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ealth challenges have a way of taking over our lives. When we’re experiencing pain or dealing with a chronic medical condition, everything else becomes secondary. This month we tackle two huge topics—cancer and autism—and explore new ideas and resources that are giving hope to those affected. Cancer is personal for Dana and Dana Boulanger Marilee Burrell me. Sixteen years ago, Dana triumphed over breast cancer. She created her own integrative team and says that hiring a nutritionist who specialized in cancer patients was key to keeping her body strong. As I was growing up, I saw many of my close relatives die from cancer, and so I pursued a career in medical research. But twenty years later, I realized that pharmaceuticals weren’t the magic bullet I’d hoped they’d become. I changed direction and now co-publish this magazine, through which Dana and I advocate for integrative approaches that treat the root causes of disease and chronic conditions, and help the body heal and stay healthy, rather than merely treating symptoms with pills. If you have been affected by cancer, directly or indirectly, or if you want to get proactive with this disease, you’ll find ideas and inspiration in “Live Cancer-Free: Natural Ways to Prevent and Heal Cancer,” page 30. If you know someone who has been touched by autism spectrum disorder (ASD), we hope you’ll read and pass along our special section on the subject, starting on page 34 with “Fresh Looks at Autism: Focusing on a Child’s Optimal Potential.” Contributing authors include local ASD pioneer Kenneth Bock, M.D., who discusses how his biomedical approach can help individuals of all ages, and homeopathic physician Susanne Saltzman, who addresses the vaccine issue in a comprehensive way. Whatever our health challenge, there are things we can do to feel better and start healing today. For example, emerging science continues to validate the important role food plays in maintaining good health and helping our bodies heal from disease and chronic conditions. I’ve learned that food can be both powerful medicine and a source of inflammation, which is thought to be at the root of many chronic conditions, including cancer. If your diet is mostly processed food, you may be feeling symptoms of inflammation right now, like achy joints. A primarily realfood, plant-based diet will benefit you in two ways. First, plants contain powerful phytochemicals that guard against damage from toxins and help rid your body of existing toxins and heavy metals. Second, eating lower on the food chain (think plants, rather than animals) ensures that your food will contain fewer chemical toxins. I now start my day with 16 ounces of fresh, organic celery juice, followed an hour later by a nutrient-dense wild blueberry, banana, ginger, hemp seed, turmeric and cilantro smoothie. For lunch I make a huge salad with homemade salad dressing heavy on the avocado. I snack on organic fruit in between meals, and for dinner I might make lentil pasta with lots of veggies smothered in organic tomato sauce. After decades of migraines on a paleo diet, I am now almost completely migraine-free. Yay! Please save the date for our big 10-year anniversary party, which will be held October 1, from 1 to 4 p.m., rain or shine, at Hilltop Hanover Farm in Yorktown Heights. There will be food (of course), music, yoga, drumming and lots of fun. Many of our advertising partners are coming, and we hope to see you there too! Enjoy our spectacular summer!

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contents 8 newsbriefs 16 healthbriefs 18 globalbriefs 20 ecotip 16 22 foodbriefs 26 consciouseating 28 healingways 34 autism

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

26 FEAST IN THE FIELDS The Rise of Pop-Up Organic Dining

by John D. Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist


TO A HOLISTIC DENTIST A Conversation with Dr. David Lerner by Kazaray Taylor


30 LIVE CANCER-FREE Natural Ways to Prevent and Heal Cancer


by Linda Sechrist


Focusing on a Child’s Optimal Potential by Linda Sechrist

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newsbriefs Mariandale Center’s New Name Reflects Broader Mission



his fall, the Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center in Ossining will change its name to the Mariandale Center, to reflect its broader, more inclusive vision for future programs and events. In coordination with the change, the center will hold an October 15 benefit, Autumn’s Invitation: Echoes and Ecos(ystems) on the River. The grounds at Mariandale “Autumn’s Invitation is for the local community to celebrate echoes from the past at Mariandale, the land and the river, and our thriving ecosystem and future at Mariandale,” says the center’s director, Jane Hanley. The event will feature live music, a silent auction, a quilt sale and show and seasonal refreshments. Tickets can be reserved in advance for $15 at Mariandale. org/AutumnsInvitation. As part of its broader mission, the Mariandale Center introduced writing workshops this year and will offer several this fall, from day and overnight programs to a weekend Life Writing/Memoir retreat. Topics include memoir writing, journaling, poetry and prose. A new series, Writing Tuesdays, will be offered for six afternoons in September and October. Other fall offerings will include group and individual spiritual direction, private and directed retreats, and wellness services such as massage, healing energy and other modalities. The center continues to offer popular programs like Introduction to Meditation and Buddhism II, Aging Contemplatively, Dances of Universal Peace, Qigong, Chakra and Energy Healing, Dominican Views of Evolution and Eco-Spirituality, Tai Chi, Yoga, Jungian-Christian Response to our Political Chaos, a convocation on environmental activism, celebrations of the autumn equinox and winter solstice, Advent programs, a Holiday Heirlooms retreat for crafters and quilters and Catholic-Lutheran Unity Day on September 30. The Mariandale Center is located at 299 N. Highland Ave., Ossining, NY. To see the full program calendar, register or donate, visit See ad, page 71.


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Slow Medicine Network Opens in Katonah


unRaven and Slow Medicine have opened Slow Medicine Wellness, a new workspace in Katonah that will be shared by a network of practitioners in a variety of healSlow Medicine Wellness ing arts, including yoga, meditation, astrology, Chinese medicine, naturopathy and counseling. Michael Finkelstein, M.D. is the founder and executive director of the Slow Medicine Foundation and the founder and medical director of SunRaven: The Home of Slow Medicine, a holistic wellness center located on a farm in Bedford. “Whereas SunRaven is a holistic farm and wellness center featuring Michael and Robin Finkelstein’s independent practices, Slow Medicine Wellness is a beautiful work-share space in downtown Katonah for different practitioners in the Slow Medicine network,” says Geoff Bruskin, chief operating officer for Slow Medicine Wellness.  Located at 223 Katonah Avenue, the space will have variable operating hours, depending on what programs are scheduled. For more information about Slow Medicine Wellness and the services offered there, call Geoff Bruskin at 860.227.1480.

Free Essential Oils Classes in Dutchess, Westchester and Putnam


aitlin a n d Rob Begley, owners of 2Drops Young Living Essential Oils, Caitlin and Rob Begley family are offering free, private natural wellness classes—including Essential Oils 101, Creating a Chemical-Free Home and Essential Oils for Animals, among others—in Dutchess, Putnam and Westchester Counties upon request. The Begleys, who are natural wellness educators and independent distributors for Young Living Essential Oils, also offer complimentary classes regularly in Red Hook and Poughkeepsie. The couple’s business is growing rapidly in northern Dutchess County, Caitlin says. “Our passion is in helping adults, children—especially those with special needs—and animals support their bodies naturally using chemical-free products. Our vision is to bring the life-changing benefits of essential oils into every home. Everyone deserves to live above the wellness line.” Through each of their classes, the Begleys offer an opportunity to experience essential oils aromatically, topically and internally, she says. They also hope to increase public awareness of the harmful chemicals in our environment. “The average person applies 300 chemicals to their body every day, and 80 of those chemicals before breakfast. Most are from four things: soap, makeup, shampoo and other hair care products,” she says. “Essential oils are a better way. They are totally chemical free, steam distilled or cold pressed from pure plants, and there are over a million uses for essential oils— cleaning supplies, personal care products like toothpaste and deodorant, and even oil-infused nutritional supplements.”

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newsbriefs Akashic Records Classes and Workshop in August


ia Abilay, an Akashic Records teacher, Healing Touch practitioner, energy and intuitive communicator and One Spirit interfaith minister, is offering special courses in the Akashic Records this month in Uptown Kingston. Abilay will teach How to Open the Records for Yourself, a class in reading the Akashic Records, August 15, from 5 to 8 p.m., and again August 25, from 6 to 9 p.m. She will also teach a weekend Kia Abilay course for certification as an Akashic Records practitioner August 25, from 6 to 9 p.m., and August 26, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. “Those wishing to become a certified Akashic Records practitioner will learn it through the Pathway Prayer Process— a responsible, reliable method for working in this remarkable, infinite, spiritual resource,” she says. “They’ll gain wisdom and insight and empower their lives, all while nurturing a more conscious relationship with their own souls.” Abilay was certified as an Akashic Records teacher by Linda Howe, author of How to Read the Akashic Records. A longtime practitioner at the Omega Institute, Abilay recently returned to Uptown Kingston via Hawaii. For more info or to schedule a session (long distance or in person), contact Kia Abilay at 808.927.4024 or, or visit

Lake Mahopac Pharmacy Caters to Kids


hildren’s health needs are best served by someone with the training and tools to address them. Nagi Wissa, owner of Lake Mahopac Pharmacy, says that while his pharmacy does everything a standard big-box store pharmacy does, it has a special section just for children’s products, including a wide selection of child-specific supplements and holistic remedies, as well as custom dosages and flavorings. For example, it carries two brands of Omega 3 gummies, Vitafusion and Lil Critters, which deliver broad health benefits in a form that’s easy for kids to take. “Omega 3 is good for cognitive health, and has been found to be beneficial for kids with autism. It helps with behavior and concentration,” says Wissa, a registered pharmacist. It also carries Bio-Strath products, which are gluten-free, whole-food supplements providing a full spectrum of naturally occurring B vitamins, including B1, B2, B3 and B12.


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The pharmacy will customize or compound prescriptions on site— a particularly helpful service for children’s medication, since dosages often need to be titered down for lower body weights—and it can convert a medicaNagi Wissa at Lake tion from pill to liquid Mahopac Pharmacy form. “Some medications are not available in liquid, so we can make it into a liquid for kids to take, and add flavoring,” Wissa says. Lake Mahopac Pharmacy works with all doctors and accepts Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance plans. The store is located at 559 Rte. 6, Mahopac, NY. For more info, call 845.208.0424 or visit See ad, page 35.

Cancer Coaching Now Available


ulie Johns, a certified coach with the Cancer Journey, is now offering cancer coaching for patients, survivors and caregivers in the New York/Connecticut area. She also offers Panic to Powerful, a 90-minute workshop about movJulie Johns ing through the cancer journey. “Whether you’re a patient, a survivor or a caregiver, cancer can change you in ways that you never imagined,” Johns says. “Cancer is an invitation to journey inward,” she explains. “It’s an opportunity for personal growth and awakening. From this perspective, your body is speaking to you and your soul is calling you.” Cancer coaching can help those affected look beneath the surface and harness more of their power and beauty than they ever thought possible, she says. “How will you hold yourself through treatment? How will you support the physical treatment you’re choosing, with healing on all levels—including mental, emotional and spiritual? How will you hold yourself as a caregiver? If you’re a survivor, how will you deal with the shadow of cancer? How will you live today instead of ‘someday’? The only right answers to these questions are your answers. Cancer coaching can help you slow down and listen, help you understand what your body is trying to tell you and the messages you are longing to hear.” The goal, she says, is to move from “panic to powerful” and to find true healing by traveling a transformational journey. For a gift session, contact Johns at 845.328.1799 or JulieJ@, or visit Watch Natural Awakenings’ calendar listings for Panic to Powerful workshops in the fall. See ad, page 33. natural awakenings

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newsbriefs Expanded Services for Visual Development in Scarsdale


r. Samantha Slotnick, a specialist in behavioral optometry and vision therapy, now assesses “the building blocks of visual-motor development”— which ideally form in infancy but can be learned retroactively—as part of her optometric evaluation. “As infants develop and explore their new world, they are constantly acquiring new skills,” Slotnick says. “The templates for each new discovery are based in Dr. Samantha Slotnick pre-existing ‘primitive’ reflexes. working with young boy These automatic movement patterns provide the building blocks for learning to make more complex movements.” The purpose of the visual system is to guide movement, establish goals and plan the sequential steps to reach those goals, she says. This begins with children righting the head, learning to crawl, moving the limbs independently and setting their sights on a destination. From these early movements, they learn critical vision skills like keeping their eyes level; watching moving targets; and making rapid eye jumps in response to movement in their peripheral vision. They also learn to coordinate their eyes and body: estimating distances and the time it takes to travel them, for example, and building the visual-motor planning skills that support fine-motor development and dexterity. “Children of any age—even adults—can revisit missed learning stages with home-based activities that foster visual-motor development,” she says. “This directly enables more efficient use of the visual system in gathering and processing information, for learning in an intense, sustained academic environment.” For more info, visit To attend a free workshop, call 914.874.1177. Dr. Samantha Slotnick has offices at 495 Central Park Ave., Ste. 301, Scarsdale. See ad, page 37.

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Being Fearless thought leaders and environmental advocates

Omega Institute Environmental Conference Will Live-Stream


mega Institute, home of the Omega Center for Sustainable Living, will hold its environmental conference, Being Fearless: Action in a Time of Disruption, October 13 through 15 in Rhinebeck. The weekend conference will also be available via live stream and on-demand for a modest donation to Omega. Amy Goodman, Van Jones, Cornel West, Bill Moyers, Jon Kabat-Zinn and other thought leaders and environmental advocates will guide a timely conversation about what it takes to be bold and advance the issues that matter most, effectively and for the long haul, says Robert “Skip” Backus, chief executive officer at Omega. “This conference creates the opportunity to explore what has become the new normal—a country divided—and where we go from here,” Backus says. “Through the expertise of frontline change makers, we will examine what’s required to open the door to a more inclusive culture and protect the planet we share. We are thrilled to be able to offer this year’s conference to a global audience via live stream for a donation of only $5. All donations help Omega continue to create more important conversations like this one.” Those who participate online can watch the event live and also access the event on demand for 90 days following the conference, plus watch a post-conference on-demand event with Matthieu Ricard in New York City. For more info, visit See ads, pages 2 & 17.

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New Charity Offers “hOUR Help” to People in Need


hayl e e n Liguori, m a n ager of Dreaming Goddess in Poughk e e p sie, has launched Shayleen Ligouri a new with hOURglasses charitable business, Hour Hearts, to help local people in need. “Dreaming Goddess strives to support and give back to its community, and Shayleen embodies the store’s mission—not just in her daily interactions with customers, but also with her new business,” says store owner Rhianna Mirabello. Liguori’s handcrafted manifestation bottles, called hOURglasses, feature the design of a double-heart hourglass. “The thought is that one heart is my heart, one heart is your heart, and together it is ‘hOURglass,’” she explains. “Each bottle comes with a set of intention cards. To manifest a vision, you place a card in the special holder suspended inside the bottle and burn the included tea light on top. Also included is a meditation bracelet to wear, to bring mindfulness to your vision.” All proceeds are donated to someone nominated through the community, to help in whatever way is needed, she says. “Maybe that help will be money for medication or food that they can’t afford. Maybe the help I can provide will be giving my time to someone who needs a ride to an appointment or support group, or to a church, synagogue or mosque. My mission is to help others—hour by hour, one hOURglass at a time.” hOURglasses cost $20 and can be purchased at the Dreaming Goddess, located at 44 Raymond Avenue, or at To nominate someone for “hOUR help,” email Shayleen Liguori via See ad, page 49.

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Integrity Chiropractic Dr. Jodi Kennedy, DC 11 Miller Rd, 845.628.7233

Susan Adler, LMT Massage Therapy with a Nurturing Touch Studio in Mamaroneck, on-site visits in Westchester, Bronx, Manhattan 914.320.4063;



Leigh Damkohler, CCSP, LMT Neuromuscular/ Massage Therapy Scarsdale area, off Central Ave 914.523.7947

Lisanne Elkins, MA, LMT, RM Balance Bodywork Therapeutic Massage & Reiki. 914.319.4375


CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY MOUNT KISCO Joy Matalon LMT, CST The Center For Health and Healing 914.519-8138

WHITE PLAINS Well On The Way, LLC Elizabeth Pasquale, LMT, CST 914.762.4693; White Plains & Ossining



New Life Therapeutic, LLC Massage & Facials 1283 Route 311, C-2015 845.464.9270

RYE Bon Accord Massage Linda May Thomas, MA, LMT 43 Locust Ave 914.960.8808;

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Massage Envy Spa-Scarsdale 777 White Plains Rd (Rt 22) Shoppes@Eastchester 914.902.9200;

BEACON Mitchell C. Schulman, PhD, LMT Licensed Massage Therapist Kailo Center For The Healing Arts 845.440.7013;

EASTCHESTER Deanna Scaldaferri, LMT Body, Mind & Spirit 453 White Plains Rd. 914.582.6816

SCARSDALE Massage Envy Spa 365 Central Park Ave Near California Pizza Kitchen 914.422.3689

YONKERS Donna Costa, LMT House calls or Office in Yonkers; 914.907.4485




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newsbrief Seven-Day Detox Has Cancer Focus


dit Babboni will offer 7-Day Raw Plant Food Detox, a program designed to jumpstart a broader transformation to better mind-body health, August 21 to 27 at Zen Garden in Yorktown Heights. A major focus of Babboni’s raw food diet is countering cancer, which is often preventable Edit Babboni and, in her opinion, curable. “Cancer manifests itself when the body is out of balance,” she explains. “Every process in our body is controlled by enzyme activity. Since the enzymes in food are destroyed at temperatures above 140 degrees Fahrenheit, the body doesn't receive any enzymes from cooked or processed foods. Although their main job is to digest proteins, some enzymes also attack tumor tissues. A high animal-protein diet leaves very few enzymes to destroy tumors, which could then spread uncontrollably. Clearly, lack of enzyme activity is a major culprit for sickness and cancer. Part of the answer lies in fueling the body with enzyme-rich foods—that is, organic, raw plant foods.” At Zen Garden, Babboni offers a comprehensive sixmonth program that includes a nutrition and diet plan tailored specifically for each client. But diet is only a small part of the program. “Clients learn the mind-body connection that can lead them to a path of healthy relationships, a healthy, more attractive body and a happy life,” she says. Babboni’s six-month comprehensive program costs $199 a month. Her seven-day detox costs $125. Zen Garden is located at 61 Lakeview Dr., Yorktown Heights, NY. For more info, call or text 917.721.2529, e m a i l Yo g a . Ze n G a r d e n @ g m a i l . c o m , o r v i s i t See ad, page 22.

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2017 Local Farmers' Markets

Buy Fresh, Buy Local! Dutchess County Amenia Farmers’ Market Fridays, 3-7pm, thru Oct 4988 Rt 22, Town Hall

Red Hook: Hudson Valley Farmers Market at Greig Farm Saturdays, 10am-3pm 223 Pitcher Lane, Red Hook

Beacon Farmers’ Market Sundays, 10am to 3pm Veterans Place, next to Post Office

Rhinebeck Farmers Market Sundays, 10am-2pm, thru Nov 61 East Market St, Rhinebeck

Fishkill Farmers’ Market Main Street Plaza, Rt. 52 Thursdays, 9am-3pm, thru Oct

Putnam County

Hyde Park Farmers Market Saturdays, 9am-2pm, thru Oct 28 4390 Route 9

Brewster Farmers’ Market & Hudson Valley Regional Farmers Market Sundays, 10am-2pm 15 Mount Ebo Rd, South, Brewster

Millbrook NY Farmers Market Saturdays, 9am-1pm, thru Oct 28 3263 Franklin Ave

Cold Spring Farmers’ Market Boscobel, Rt 9D, Garrison Saturdays, 10:30am-1:30pm

Milan Farmers Market Mobile Mart, Rt. 199 Fridays, 3-7pm, until Sept 30

Westchester County

Millerton Farmer’s Market Saturdays, 9am-1pm, thru Oct 28 Millerton Methodist Church, 6 Dutchess Ave Pawling Farmer’s Market Saturdays, 9am-1pm, thru Sept 30 Charles Coleman Blvd, Pawling Village Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market Mondays, 4-7:30pm, thru Oct 75 N. Water St. Poughkeepsie –Arlington Farmers’ Market Thursdays, 3-7pm, thru October, Raymond & Collegeview Aves,

Bronxville Farmers’ Market Saturdays, 8:30-1pm, thru Nov 18 Stone Place at Paxton Ave Chappaqua Farmers Market Saturdays, 8:30am-1pm Chappaqua Train Station Croton-on-Hudson – Down to Earth Farmers Market Sundays, 9am-2pm, thru 11/19 Lot behind 1 Croton Point Ave Dobbs Ferry Farmers Market Fridays, 10am-4pm, thru Oct Corner of Cedar and Main St Eastchester Farmers Market 344 White Plains Rd (rear parking lot Country Markets Supermarket) Sundays, 10am-3pm, thru Oct 15

Harrison – Down to Earth Farmers Market Saturdays, 8:30am-1pm, thru Nov 18 Ma Riis Park

Ossining – Down to Earth Farmers Market Saturdays, 8:30am-1pm, thru Dec 30 Corner of Spring & Main Streets

Hastings Farmers Market Hastings-On-Hudson Library, 7 Maple Ave Saturdays, 8:30am-1:30pm, thru Nov

Peekskill Farmers Market Saturdays, 8am-2pm, thru Nov 18 13 Bank St, between Park and Main

Irvington Farmers Market Sundays, 9am-1:30pm, thru Nov 19 Main Street School 101 Main St Katonah – John Jay Homestead Farm Market Saturdays, 9am-1pm, thru Oct. 28 400 Jay St, Katonah Katonah – Muscoot Farmers Market 51 Rt 100, Katonah Sundays, 9:30am-2:30pm, thru Nov 19 Larchmont – Down to Earth Farmers Market Saturdays, 8:30am-1pm, thru Dec 16 Metro North upper lot Chatsworth Av/Myrtle Blvd New Rochelle Grand Market Saturdays, 9am-2pm, thru Oct. 1 Library Green downtown public library

Pleasantville Farmers Market Saturdays, 8:30am-1pm Memorial Plaza Rye – Down to Earth Markets Sundays, 8:30am-2:30pm, thru Dec Parking Lot on Theodore Fremd Ave Putnam Valley Farmers’ Market Fridays, 3-6:30pm, thru Sept 1 Tompkins Corners Cultural Center 729 Peekskill Hollow Rd Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow Farmers Market Saturdays, 8:30am-2pm, thru Nov Patriots Park, White Plains Farmers Market Wednesdays, 8am-4pm, thru Nov 22 Court St. between Martine Ave & Main St. Yorktown Farmers Market Saturdays, 9am-2pm, thru Sept 16 Jefferson Valley Mall, 650 Lee Blvd.

New Rochelle – Down to Earth Farmers Market Fridays, 8:30am-2:30pm, thru Nov Huguenot Park/Twin Lakes

Yonkers Get Fresh Farmers’ Market Fridays, 10am-4pm, thru Oct 27 Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site, 29 Warburton Ave

Cortlandt Manor – NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital 1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 11am-4pm, thru Nov Lobby, 1980 Crompond Rd

Yonkers – Saint John’s Church Farmers’ Market Thursdays, 7am-4pm, thru Nov 16 Church Courtyard, One Hudson St

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Meditating Raises Spirits More than a Vacation


cientists from the University of California at San Francisco, and Harvard Medical School, in Boston, tested the effect of vacations and meditation on the genes of 64 women between the ages of 30 and 60 that were novice meditators. They all spent six days at the same resort in California. Half participated in a meditation program that included yoga, self-reflection exercises and mantra meditation; the other half did not engage in onsite meditation. The researchers also studied a group of 30 experienced meditators already participating in the resort’s meditation program. Blood sample tests and surveys from all 94 women were conducted at intervals: once right before their stay, once right after, a third one month post-vacation and then 10 months after the trip. All the women displayed significant changes to their molecular network pattern after the six days, with the most substantial genetic changes related to immune function and stress response. One month after the resort experience, all groups continued to display improvements. However, the novice meditators showed fewer symptoms of depression and stress for a significantly longer period than the women not participating in the meditation exercise.


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study from the University of Washington, in Seattle, tested the relationship of immune system functioning to lack of adequate sleep. To rule out genetic factors, which experts say account for 31 to 55 percent of individual sleep patterns, researchers tested blood samples from 11 pairs of adult identical twins (genetic matches) with differing sleep habits. They found that the immune system was depressed in the twin that slept less. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Americans are sleeping 1.5 to two hours less than they did 100 years ago, and more than 30 percent of working people average fewer than six hours a night. Dr. Nathanial Watson, lead author and co-director of the university’s Sleep Medicine Center at Harborview Medical Center, observes, “Seven or more hours of sleep is recommended for optimal health.”

Massage Relieves Chronic Back Pain


esearchers from Indiana University-Purdue University, in Indianapolis, set out to find out if massage therapy—typically an out-of-pocket expense not covered under most insurance plans—can provide effective treatment for individuals suffering with chronic back pain. The study followed 76 primary care patients with chronic back pain for 24 weeks. The researchers measured pain, disability and quality of life at the beginning of the study, after 12 weeks and again after 24 weeks of massage therapy. Each patient was referred to a licensed massage therapist for 10 no-cost sessions in a real-world environment during the initial 12 weeks. More than half of the patients that completed the core study reported clinically meaningful improvements for physical and mental measures. For bodily pain, 40 percent were clinically improved. Older adults and Baby Boomers reported the highest percentage of changes. Plus, the study found that sufferers that avoided taking painkillers were twice as likely to experience reduced pain than those using opioids.

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EATING FRUIT LOWERS CARDIAC RISK Scientists from the University of Oxford and the Chinese Medical Academy studied 500,000 healthy adults in China for seven years, tracking medical records of illnesses and deaths. They found that a 100-gram serving of fruit per day (primarily apples and oranges) reduces the risk of dying from a heart attack or stroke by one-third. Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition




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Sea Mammals Freed from Showtime The California Orca Responsibility and Care Advancement Act, sponsored by Congressman Adam Schiff, is aimed to end the famous SeaWorld orca shows. “It means no more wild capture, no more breeding. We would essentially phase out the captive orcas that are currently in these water parks,” says Schiff. This means that SeaWorld must end their Shamu shows by the end of this year. However, the animals already at the San Diego park will continue to live there. Parks in Orlando and San Antonio will end their shows by 2019. Under pressure from activists and faced with declining ticket sales, SeaWorld is now moving to end its theatrical orca shows and breeding program. They announced the unveiling of a new attraction this summer, Orca Encounter, as an educational experience. Gabriela Cowperthwaite, director of the documentary film Blackfish, says that the new show is designed to make the audience feel better, not the animals. “The trainers aren’t safe, and the whales aren’t happy,” she states. “They’re still just doing manic circles around concrete swimming pools.” The company is developing its first SeaWorld park without orcas in the Middle-Eastern country of Abu Dhabi. 18

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Due to customer requests and petitions, more stores are beginning to stock the one in five pieces of produce that never made the cut before due to quirky shapes or other blemishes. Often, these are displayed next to their better-looking, more expensive counterparts to give consumers an eco-friendly choice. The 133 billion pounds worth of misshapen or scarred fruits and vegetables annually plowed under, buried in a landfill or fed to livestock is sharply at odds with the reality that 48 million Americans face food insecurity. Whole Foods Market created a pilot program in some of its California stores, testing sales in April 2016 with Imperfect Produce (ImperfectProduce. com), a service that delivers to homes. Walmart brought weather-blemished apples to 300 of its Florida stores to kick off their imperfect role in the movement. Five Pittsburgh Giant Eagle stores call their program Produce with Personality, and focus on navel oranges, russet potatoes, peppers and apples. Fourteen Hannaford stores in Albany, New York, offer the Misfits line, while donating unsold produce to local nonprofits. Hy-Vee’s 242 stores, located in eight central states, rolled out the Misfits last December.


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Tuna Turnaround

Lower Mercury Levels Tied to Drop in Coal Emissions Levels of highly toxic mercury contamination in Atlantic bluefin tuna are rapidly declining, a trend that has been linked to reduced mercury emissions in North America, according to a new study published in Environmental Science & Technology. Average mercury concentrations dropped by more than 2 percent per year, for a total decline of 19 percent between 2004 and 2012. Scientists believe that most of that reduction has occurred because of a shift away from coal, the major source of mercury emissions, to natural gas and renewable fuels. Pollution control requirements imposed by the federal government have also cut mercury emissions, but these have been rolled back or eliminated by President Trump’s commitment to “bring back coal.” Source: Scientific American Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition

Nature Rights

Buzzing RoboBees

Tiny Robots Seen as Tech Fix for Reduced Bee Population Harvard University researchers led by engineering professor Robert Wood have introduced the first RoboBees— bee-sized robots that can ascend and hover in midair while tethered to a power supply. The project is a breakthrough in the field of micro-aerial vehicles. It has previously been impossible to pack all the components onto such a tiny workable robot framework and keep it lightweight enough to fly. The researchers believe that within 10 years, RoboBees could artificially pollinate a field of crops, a critical development if the commercial pollination industry cannot recover from the severe bee losses of the past decade. Source: Science

This year, the Whanganui River, in New Zealand, became the first in the world to be granted the same legal rights as a person. Equally vital, a court in northern India has given the sacred Ganges and Yamuna rivers, as well as several glaciers, the legal status of “living human entities” to help in the preservation and conservation of the country’s highly polluted waterways, thus allowing polluters to be sued. These decisions are variants of “rights of nature” measures that date back to the 1970s. More than three dozen U.S. localities have ordinances ascribing varying types of rights to nature or to specific natural objects. In America, rights of nature activism usually takes the form of ballot initiatives that emerge to contest the power of corporations wherever local natural resources are seen as being threatened. The first such ordinance was passed in 2006, when Tamaqua Borough, in Pennsylvania, sought to protect the town’s drinking water from the nearby dumping of sewage sludge. More recently, an ordinance from the Boulder (Colorado) County Protectors, with assistance from the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, asserting the “right to a healthy climate,” was recognized as a federal constitutional right by Judge Ann Aiken, of the U.S. District Court in Oregon. Source: BBC

Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you. ~Frank Lloyd Wright

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Early American developers of Washington, D.C., and Savannah, Georgia, strived to recreate the plans of European cities that offered plenty of public squares and parks. Subsequent highrise apartments in most other U.S. cities that followed lacked certain elements of neighborhood cohesion, as documented in Zane Miller’s book The Urbanization of Modern America. In Boston, Baltimore, New York City and elsewhere, waterfront revitalizations launched in the 1980s helped improve conditions, making use of nature-oriented ideas that are still trending upward. Urban Hub describes how regions like Silicon Valley, in California, and Boston’s Route 128 corridor continue to enjoy mutually beneficial relationships with Stanford University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University. The concept promotes pedestrianization programs and incentives that increase bike-friendliness, multimodal public transportation such as people-mover sidewalks and car sharing, plus off-hour, no-driving and park-and-ride policies. Join the social media conversation at The U.S. Department of Transportation recently released updated standards on how state agencies should measure mass transit, biking and walking volumes ( States will assess impacts on carbon emissions by tracking walkers, bikers and transit users instead of just comparing rush-hour travel times to free-flowing traffic conditions, which favors highway spending alone. The Big Jump Project at rates areas for bike friendliness and taps ideas aimed to increase biking networks. To date, they cover Austin, Texas; Baltimore; Fort Collins, Colorado; Los Angeles; Memphis, Tennessee; New Orleans; New York City; Providence, Rhode Island; Portland, Oregon; and Tucson. The nonprofit Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia (, encompassing 400 businesses and organizations, is pioneering a Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) retrofit program. The city water department is collaborating on Green City Clean Water’s plan to meet U.S. Environmental Protection Agency clean water regulations and foster rain gardens, green roofs and porous pavements. “We help engineer nature back into cities,” says Anna Shipp, interim executive director and GSI manager. “Socially responsible, replicable and environmentally conscious initiatives and policies catalyze local economies and benefit water, air, aesthetics and people’s emotions.”

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Helping to Heal A Resource Guide for Parents by Nancy Sirianni


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foodbriefs Non-GMO Corn in South Salem


hree Feathers Farm’s most popular produce, its non-GMO corn, is ripe and ready for sale in the farm’s garden house in South Salem. Family owned and operated, the farm is open seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., from Three Feathers Farm's corn field May through October. “We have a self-service garden house, where you will find fresh-picked vegetables and farm-fresh chicken, eggs and flowers,” says owner Jeanine Haberny. “We pasture-raise our cows and sell grass-fed beef. In the spring and summer, we sell fresh roaster chickens as well. We have customers who travel from all over just to purchase our veggies, beef and chickens.” While the farm isn’t certified organic, it practices organic standards, Haberny says. “Everything that we sell is raised or grown on our farm, and it is all non-GMO.”   Three Feathers Farm is located at 371 Smith Ridge Rd. (Rte. 123), South Salem, NY, directly across the road from Oakridge Shopping Center. For more info, contact Joe or Jeanine Haberny at 914.533.6529 or, or visit threefeathersfarm.

Katonah Library Hosts Food Documentary Series


n August 2, the Katonah Village Library will host a free screening of Circle of Poison, the second in a series of documentaries demonstrating the connection between our food and the natural world. The goal of the library’s Food on Film series is to explore the importance of biodiverse, sustainable farming and the effects of industrial and ecological agriculture on the health of people and the planet. The film will be shown at 7 p.m. in the accessible lowerlevel Garden Room. There will be an introduction, light refreshments and “meet the farmers” session before the screening, and a Q&A session afterward. Guest speakers will include Doug Decandia of Bionutrient Food and Farming Group, food growing project coordinator at the Food Bank of Westchester; Deb Taft of Mobius Fields; and Jeff Cordulack, director of the Northeast Organic Farming Association. The series coordinator is Michele Durivage. The third movie in the series, Queen of the Sun: What the Bees Are Telling Us, will be shown September 13. Katonah Village Library is located at 26 Bedford Rd., Katonah, NY. For more info, call 914.232.3508, email or visit


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egetarian Vision, in conjunction with New Life Expo, will bring the n a t i o n ’s largest vegetarian and health convention to New York September 9 and 10 at Penn Plaza Pavilion, located at 401 7th Avenue at 33rd Street (across from Penn Station). The event will run from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. both days. An international vegetarian convention and health and food festival, Vegetarian Vision is “a full weekend of food, fun and awareness” featuring vegetarian, vegan and yoga celebrities as well as health and wellness experts and exhibitors. Among the many featured speakers at this year’s convention will be Dr. Brian Clement of the Hippocrates Health Institute; Gary Null; Dr. Joel Fuhrman; Dr. Caldwell Esselstein, a cardiologist at Cleveland Clinic; Dr. Robert Ostfeld, director of cardiology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine; and Dr. Perry Frankel, cardiologist at Northshore Hospital, who will be offering six noninvasive health tests all weekend at his booth. Advance admission is $15 for one day or $25 for the weekend. Visitors can preregister at To exhibit or for a free brochure, call 516.897.0900.

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Big Bang Coffee Ramps Up Subscription Service


ig Bang Coffee Roasters likes keeping thing close to home—from its Peekskill store and roasting facility, to the farmers’ markets where it sells fresh-brewed coffee, to its local delivery/subscription service. Beginning this month, visitors to the farmers’ markets in Hastings, Chappaqua, John Jay Homestead and Irvington can sign up for a Big Bang subscription and get a bonus too. “At the markets, you’ll be able to grab a free bag of coffee when you sign up for a six-month subscription,” says owner Elina Dart. “Our new website with our new branding and logo will be live in August. The subscription is super customer-service focused, meaning every month each customer selects the coffee from all of our available coffees, rather than us choosing, or having a standing order of the same coffee every month. I think people should be able to get the best quality service with the best quality coffee. The home delivery service allows people to stop compromising on a daily ritual and start their day with an incredible experience. That’s really our mission.” Big Bang sources its beans, which are fair trade and 100 percent organic, from all over the world. It offers three custom blends and 10 different options between blends and single bean. Big Bang Coffee Roasters is located at 1000 N. Division St., Ste. 9., at the Hat Factory in Peekskill, NY. For more info, call the store at 914.402.5566 or visit natural awakenings

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The Rise of Pop-Up Organic Dining by John D. Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist


he flip side of enjoying farm to table is taking the table to the farm. Socalled “pop-up feasts” are booming at farms throughout the country during growing and harvest seasons. While the format varies, dinners are typically hosted on working rural or urban farms, last about three hours and include aperitifs and a tour before the meal. Wine pairings or beer tastings and live music may be among the enticing activities offered. Gabriele Marewski, owner of Paradise Farms, near Miami, Florida, was a pioneering forerunner of the trend. For 10 years prior to retirement, she hosted more than 50 chefs, served thousands of guests an organic Dinner in Paradise and raised more than $50,000 for area charities. Periodic onsite dinners continue ( “Many chefs are active in farm-totable dinners on the West Coast. We also see participation among wineries, orchards, cheese makers and breweries,” says A.K. Crump, CEO of TasteTV, in San Francisco, which also supervises “People like to meet the meal maker and know more about the origin of what they eat.”


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“I started Dinner on the Farm nine years ago to create unique experiences that connect people to the places their food is grown and the people that grow them,” says Monica Walch, whose popup dinners are served picnic-style for friends and families that bring their own tableware. Her company’s Midwest events, usually offered on Minnesota and Wisconsin farms, always feature local chefs, food ingredients and breweries ( “There’s nothing like being comfortably seated in the field where your food is growing and having the opportunity to enjoy it just hours after it’s been picked. Then, add in one-on-one conversations with your chef, brewer and farmer, as well as like-minded community members,” observes Walch, who grew up on an organic dairy farm in Minnesota. Setting the bar for high-end, white tablecloth, adults-only communal events, Outstanding in the Field tours the country to offer a taste of fresh, local cuisine prepared by top regional chefs. They’re known for serving meals on long tables set up in fields on

prairie ranches, in olive groves or fruit orchards, as well as at urban rooftop farms or near vegetable row crops. “Our mission is to get folks out to the farm and honor the people whose good work brings nourishment to the table,” says organization founder and chef/artist Jim Denevan. More than 90, five-hour events that include appetizers and a guided farm tour are being held all the way through November in more than a dozen states (see “Some of our most popular events feature farmers of the sea, and are set alongside the ocean or other bodies of water,” adds Lisa Supple, publicist for the company. “They feature local fisher people and oyster and abalone farmers.” “Epicurean San Diego offers popup farm dinner events at Dickinson Farm, in National City, California,” explains

Guests enjoy appetizers and cocktails at a Dinner on the Farm event at Primrose Valley Farm, in New Glarus, Wisconsin.

fundraising events, like The Foodshed Alliance’s Farm to Fork Dinner and Wine Tasting, now in its seventh year ( It’s held at the Alba Vineyard, in Milford, New Jersey, which practices renewable viticulture. “We already have eight chefs lined up to prepare an eight-course, locally sourced, wine-pairing dinner served among the vines,” explains Kendrya Close, executive director of the alliance. Expert winemakers select each course’s pairing. “We’re proud to be the hardworking roadies that set the stage for America’s rock star farmers,” says Denevan. John Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist, co-authors of ECOpreneuring and Farmstead Chef, operate the Inn Serendipity, in Browntown, WI.

Pizza on the Farm event at Dream Acres, served by a waiter on stilts, in Rogers, Minnesota. owner Stephanie Parker (Epicurean “We strive to completely source our produce from the farm.” The veteran-owned, certified organic Dickinson Farm features heirloom fruits, vegetables and herbs grown on a large city lot. “We have focused on urban farms to inspire more people to grow their own food and to show that you don’t have to live on a huge piece of property in the countryside,” Parker notes. Some pop-up feasts are managed directly by local farmers in partnership with lead chefs. Others serve as annual

MooGrass Band performance at Dinner on the Farm event at Sandhill Family Farms, in Brodhead, Wisconsin.

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gether on your case to treat you the way you want to be treated. If you’ve ever had to explain to your primary care doctor what a thermagram is, you’ll understand the value of using an allholistic, integrative healthcare team.

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Reasons to Switch to a Holistic Dentist

A Conversation with Dr. David Lerner of the Center for Holistic Dentistry by Kazaray Taylor


visit to Dr. David Lerner, a holistic dentist in Yorktown Heights, may include acupuncture, kinesiology or even a heated neck pillow. But this kinder, gentler practice still offers all the standard dental procedures, and even the option of nitrous oxide for patients who are anxious or need a lot of work. Natural Awakenings recently caught up with Dr. Lerner to learn about the advantages of visiting a holistic dentist. Here are his top five.


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1. A holistic wellness team I often have patients tell me they already see other holistic practitioners, and they sought us out because they also wanted to work with a dentist whose belief system is based on natural healing principles. Adding a holistic dentist to your wellness team allows collaboration between all your other integrative health providers. They speak the same language and can work to-

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It’s important to work with a dentist who’s properly trained to safely remove mercury. At our office, patients are protected so they don’t absorb any mercury as the fillings are being removed. We put a rubber dam over the teeth so they won’t swallow mercury; we put a mask over their nose so they won’t breathe mercury vapor; we cover their bodies so they won’t absorb mercury through their skin. We even use a special vacuum in front of their mouth to suction away the air as we’re cleaning out the fillings. My office staff and I wear protective gear as well. We’re serious about this. We know mercury is really bad for everybody who’s exposed to it.

3. Use of safe dental materials Patients should be concerned about the materials that are being used instead of mercury amalgams. Most mercury fillings get replaced with bonded ceramic or composite filling materials. These historically contained a plastic compound known as BPA. Then it became known that BPA is an estrogen mimicker, which is why we now have concerns about the type of plastic used in water bottles. What happened in dentistry is that a lot of the manufacturers of these filling materials just reengineered the BPA molecule so they could call it something else. So when we test people with kine-

Holistic dentists screen their patients for sensitivity to any materials before they’re used—whether they’re for fillings, crowns, implants or dentures. siology to see if they are sensitive, many still react to those materials as if the BPA were still mimicking estrogen. Now there are some newer materials with totally different chemical formulations. Holistic dentists screen their patients for sensitivity to any materials before they’re used—whether they’re for fillings, crowns, implants or dentures. All these categories of dental restorations could involve materials that trigger an immune system response or are toxic to the body.

4. Special precautions with root canals There is a growing controversy about the limitations of root canals, and whether they actually eliminate all infection of the tooth. Often they don’t, and the tooth then can then become the source of a problem. One of our mentors, Dr. Thomas Rau from Switzerland, says that 80 percent of his patients with breast cancer have a toxic root canal-treated tooth on the acupuncture meridians related to the breast. When patients at his clinic are dealing with autoimmune conditions or serious conditions like cancer, he and his staff strongly advise not only that any mercury be removed from their mouth, but that any root canal-treated teeth be evaluated as well. So an important aspect of holistic dentistry is how we deal with a tooth that’s become infected or that’s had a root canal already.

5. Getting the bite right Imbalances of the bite will affect the whole musculoskeletal system, and the balance of the craniosacral system, through the acupuncture pathways. Evolving methods for evaluating and treating this have always relied heavily on applied kinesiology, like muscle reflex testing. We’re also relying more and more on using computer measure-

ments to look for imbalances within the bite—forces on the teeth as well as muscular imbalances within the jaw that can cause reflexive imbalances elsewhere in the body. A common occurrence is people having a bite issue after having a dental restoration done, whether it’s a filling or a crown. The bite might be too heavy on the tooth that was repaired, or it might be too low, leaving the other teeth to bear more of a load than they are able to tolerate. Either way, the teeth become sensitive.

Bite imbalances are also a major contributor to muscle tension, which is the most common cause of headache. Even with migraines, we often see that structural problems in the balance of the bite will have an influence. The Center for Holistic Dentistry is located at 1 Taconic Corporate Park, 2649 Strang Blvd., Ste. 201, Yorktown Heights, NY. For more info, call the office at 914.214.9678 or visit See ad, page 5.

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Recharge Your Body

LIVE CANCER-FREE Natural Ways to Prevent and Heal Cancer by Linda Sechrist


ictorious warriors against cancer are speaking to other patients about their journeys of recovery and healing. Two who regularly speak to physicians, as well, are Glenn Sabin, author of n of 1: One Man’s Harvarddocumented Remission of Incurable Cancer Using Only Natural Methods, and Kathy Mydlach-Bero, author of EAT: An Unconventional Decade in the Life of a Cancer Patient. Their stories demonstrate the healing effectiveness of healthy lifestyle measures still widely categorized as prevention.

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Determined to become free of the chronic lymphocytic leukemia that had defined his life for 20 years, Sabin, who lives near Washington, D.C., appointed himself the subject of his own research experiment. He subsequently became a poster child for the remedial synergy of biological individuality, a whole systems approach to integrative oncology and self-induced healing through lifestyle and supplement interventions. Sabin now 30

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dedicates his business development firm, FON Consulting, to advancing integrative medicine as the new standard of care. His mission is to open minds to the idea that knowledge, empowerment and self-efficacy are our best allies against a life-limiting diagnosis, and we can do much to help the healing process. Writing to Joe Biden regarding the vice president’s Cancer Moonshot initiative, he candidly describes America’s present cancer-friendly environment. “The public has become conditioned to existing in a broken food chain that remains in disrepair due to misguided farming subsidies [and] untested or otherwise questionable chemicals (many of which are banned in other countries) that are present in the water we drink, the air we breathe, food we consume and products we use. Current therapies or those in the drug pipeline won’t improve the 50/50 odds of developing cancer. What will have the greatest impact are consumer education toward powerful lifestyle changes and access to the building blocks of basic health.”

We’ve known for nearly 15 years that inflammation is the root cause of many chronic diseases. ~Andrew Weil Mydlach-Bero made her remarkable recovery from rare and unrelated aggressive Stage 4 inflammatory breast cancer and a high-grade tumor in her head and neck. To tell her story, the resident of Delafield, Wisconsin, relied on her 18 journals as a surrogate memory to chronicle a 10-year journey of courageous exploration, self-evolution, self-advocacy and self-transformation that connected her with her healing potential. Then the mother of two young daughters, Mydlach-Bero rejected a 21-month prognosis in 2005, along with the notion that disease and medicine would determine her fate. Defying the odds, she applied what she learned from research regarding Avastin, a pharmaceutical created to combat harmful growth of new blood cells, and the benefits of growing and eating foods containing angiogenesisinhibiting compounds that oppose such growth and so work to prevent, improve and avert recurrences of chronic disease. “Cancer hijacks the angiogenesis process triggered by inflammation and keeps it permanently activated to ensure that cancerous cells receive a dedicated, uninterrupted blood supply,” explains Mydlach-Bero. For three years, she largely consumed only items from the list of angiogenesis-inhibiting foods now posted at These include green tea, strawberries, blackberries, red tart cherries, raspberries, blueberries, apples, grapefruit, lemons, tomatoes, cinnamon, purple potatoes, kale, grape seed oil and pomegranate. In 2008, she completely replaced both the drugs to combat the side effects of chemo and radiation and a long-term medication for preventing recurrence with healthful foods. Her physicians were admittedly uncomfortable with her decision to combine chemotherapy and radiation treatments with “food as medicine”,

reiki, prayer, meditation, mindfulness and supplement intervention. But that didn’t deter her. To awaken others to the practicality of food as medicine, she founded NuGenesis Farm, in Pewaukee, a nonprofit modeled after her home practice.

Prevention is Paramount

Pioneering physicians and researchers agree with Sabin and Myldach-Bero that comprehensive prevention, the key to solving the cancer epidemic, is missing from conventional medicine. Leading

voices include Dr. Andrew Weil, founder and director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the College of Medicine, University of Arizona (AzCIM), in Tucson; Dr. Carlos M. Garcia, founder of Utopia Wellness, near Tampa, Florida; advocate Susan Silberstein, Ph.D., founder of, in Richboro, Pennsylvania; and Ajay Goel, Ph.D., director of the Center for Epigenetics, Cancer Prevention and Cancer Genomics at Baylor University Medical Center’s Research Institute, in Dallas.

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Weil pioneered the earliest efforts to develop a comprehensive curriculum in evidence-based integrative medicine and the field of integrative oncology. “We’ve known for nearly 15 years that inflammation is the root cause of many chronic diseases. Since 2012 scientific evidence has proven that a healthy lifestyle and an anti-inflammatory diet can influence various cancers,” says Weil. His curriculum for health professionals and the general public was the first to cite the role of a nutrient-rich, antiinflammatory diet in cancer prevention and treatment. “Health professionals graduate armed with a better understanding of the complex interactions between cancer, gut microbiome and nutrition,” advises Weil, whose paradigm inspires his chain of True Food Kitchen restaurants. It includes lots of fruits and vegetables, small amounts of non-GMO grains, healthy fats and plant-based proteins from legumes, nuts and seafood as well as poultry and lean, antibiotic-free grass-fed meats, cheese and eggs. Plus, he likes white, green and oolong teas, fresh herbs and spices, up to two glasses of red wine a day (less for women; possibly none for those at high-risk for breast cancer), and dark chocolate for antioxidant polyphenols. Integrative Oncology, authored by Weil and Dr. Donald I. Abrams, an integrative oncologist, is mandatory reading for AzCIM students that learn to use complementary interventions in prevention and conventional cancer care. Subjects such as antioxidants, cannabinoids, energy medicine, mind-body medicine, music and expressive art therapies are covered, as well as naturopathic oncology, plus the roles that community and spirituality play in prevention and treatment. Goel’s 20-year career in cancer prevention research has produced a wealth of related articles. Among his findings, he advises, “Curcumin, a yellow compound extracted from turmeric, has become a gold standard for prevention and the natural treatment of many chronic health conditions, including colon cancer. It targets cancer stem cells, disrupts cancer cell communication, triggers cancer cell death and helps to prevent cancerous mutations to cells. It’s also been shown to improve the efficacy of conventional treatments including fewer adverse effects.” He recommends only taking turmeric products with BCM-95 percent active curcuminoids.

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Petri dish, Garcia’s studies help achieve an anti-cancer life. He advises, “There is no ‘one size fits all’ medical protocol box for cancer treatment. Customized modifications to lifestyle and diet are required because food nutrients directly impact the mechanisms by which cancer cells grow and spread. The right nutrition can reverse a compromised immune system, which research shows is a major contributor to the development of cancer.” Whether for improvement or prevention, Garcia’s patient protocols always begin with a comprehensive evaluation appointment to learn about the individual he is treating. For cancer patients, his two-phase, eight-week program involves immune-enhancing therapies followed by immunotherapy aimed to de-cloak the camouflaged protein coating of wily cancer cells so the body’s immune system can identify and destroy them.

Mind/Body Detox

To maintain good health, Judy Seeger, a doctor of naturopathy near Fort Lauderdale, Florida, recommends a regular detoxification regimen to cleanse environmental and product toxins and toxic emotions. Through experience, she has learned that individuals living with cancer need to substantially support their abnormally functioning elimination system to rid it of dead proteins from destroyed cancer cells and chemotherapy drugs that are overtaxing the immune system. “Clearing out toxic, stressful emotions that produce acid, weaken the immune system and create an environment for cancer to propagate is essential,” says Seeger. “Fulfilling the body’s requirement for an ongoing healthy nutritional plan that maintains a healing alkaline environment reduces both the risk of a cancer as well as recurrence.” She has observed that when an individual’s healing process has stalled despite their doing all the right things to improve their biochemistry, it’s frequently because they haven’t done an emotional detox and lack feeling a spiritual connection to something larger than themselves. Silberstein categorizes cancer as epidemic. She speaks regularly regarding preventing cancer and its recurrence at medical and nursing schools, continuing oncology nursing education programs and universities. “What is needed more than new treatment research is public education regarding the true causes of cancer and continuing education credits in

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lifestyle training for medical professionals,” she says. Silberstein’s nonprofit organization provides online holistic cancer coach training for health professionals as well as research-based education and counseling on how to prevent, cope with and beat cancer through immune-boosting holistic approaches. The list of books authored by cancer survivors continues to grow, offering helpful insight into how individuals are negotiating the challenges of their healing journey. Two recent books, Surviving the Storm: A Workbook for Telling Your Cancer Story, by Psychotherapist Cheryl Krauter, and Cancer Survivorship Coping Tools: We’ll Get You Through This, by Barbara Tako, are particularly helpful regarding the onslaught of toxic feelings and emotions that stress the mind and body—fear, anger, isolation, anxiety, depression and uncertainty, as well as loss and grief. Emphasizing the need for individuals diagnosed with cancer to tell their stories, the authors encourage keeping a journal. The act of getting thoughts and experiences out of the mind and onto paper supports emotional cleansing. “It’s important to share the real story of the emotional storm that is cancer, as well as the ravages of its treatments and invisible, but lingering side effects; to tell the tale of the cancer survivor who is moving from patient to person; and to explore and discover who you are after having faced down your mortality,” Krauter counsels.

Changed Paradigm

Results of the Human Genome Project, as well as the work of Bruce Lipton, Ph.D., stem cell biologist and author of The Biology of Belief, and other epigenetic researchers support the point that “environmental signals” that directly affect our DNA expression include our thoughts, emotions, belief system, exposure to sunlight, exercise and everything we put into our body. Such new science shatters the idea that we are victims of our genes and environment. It shines light on the fact that we have tremendous power to shape and direct our own physical health. Our entire lifestyle is pivotal. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at natural awakenings

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Fresh Looks at Autism Focusing on a Child’s Optimal Potential


new paradigm shift regarding autism spectrum disorder (ASD) centers on evolving beliefs about the possibilities for those living with autism, as well as the unimagined brilliance they possess and their need for supportive help. Everyone can benefit from the results of hands-on research and experience by parents and caregivers that are finding nontraditional ways to help special needs children deal with issues related to emotional and cognitive detachment and isolation. Momentum for this major shift in perspective is fueled by young adults that are telling their encouraging stories online and in books such as Carly Fleishman’s Carly’s Voice. Parents of the one in 45 children diagnosed with ASD know that their lifetime commitment requires extraordinary courage, perseverance, patience, determination, emotional strength, outside-the-box thinking and unconditional love. These parental characteristics are most cited by those that have mastered related developmental disorders, which they now regard as gifts, because they are thriving. Dr. Andrea Libutti, author of Awakened by Autism: Embracing Autism, Self, and Hope for a New World, offers her insights for understanding the multifaceted nature of autism and the need for a personalized plan for healing. Janice Vedrode, a special needs coach, consultant and child advocate in Saginaw, Michigan, founded Spectrum Speaks and writes at blog to inform parents about numerous issues regarding ASD. “Because I live in a town that didn’t have an existing support group for parents with ASD children, I took it upon myself to get the ball rolling and advise parents that they need to build a dream team—doctors, therapists, special needs teachers, spiritual community, friends and family—that will make sure their child succeeds and lives a happy and successful life,” says Vedrode. Wanting to help both their own two sons with devel34

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opmental disabilities and others, Boaz and Minerva Santiago, residents of Pembroke Pines, Florida, became early trailblazers ushering in the self-employment movement for special needs individuals. Their Picasso Einstein online educational platform at has launched the #JobCreators Bootcamp Training for parents and professionals and the #JobCreators Integration Program that collaborates with organizations, financial institutions and government agencies. “If you focus on pursuing a business for your child for the sake of their independence, you won’t get caught up in only the business and money aspects. Self-employment allows even greatly impaired individuals the maximum opportunity to experience independence, not just in the present, but for the rest of their lives,” explains Boaz. He cites an example of Check It Out: a young boy with an avid interest in ing clothing. His parents learned how to create a meaningful job for him by creating a simple small laundry business from the family garage. Although at the beginning he was only asked to fold clothing (which he already expressed interest in), his father now accompanies him around the neighborhood to pass out business cards and promote his service. Being in business has helped him grow as a person. “Begin by assuming your child is competent and make it possible for them to follow their passion and create a future they can be proud of,” advises Boaz. Shining lights are leading the way. With her father’s help, Carly Fleishman, diagnosed at the age of 2 with nonverbal severe autism, wrote a book by striking one

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New Microbusiness Employs Autism Support Groups Resume Meetings in September Young Adults with Special Needs

FAAHFA maintains an email contact list of about 350 people, to whom it sends meeting announcements and information pertinent to members’ concerns. To join the list or for more info, visit or email

computer key at a time that described living in a mind and body afflicted with this condition. Still nonverbal, she hosts a YouTube radio show on which she interviews celebrities via a device that turns keystrokes into verbal language. Kerry Magro, with Autism Speaks, a research and advocacy organization, answered the question, “What Happens to Children with Autism When They Become Adults?” in his TEDx talk, one of his many media ventures. Chris Varney, an “I can” advocate for children’s rights, won rave reviews for his TEDx talk, “My Unstoppable Mother Proved the Experts Wrong.”


he Extended Family (TEF), a Westchester/Putnam-based nonprofit, has teamed with Guatemalan direct-trade organization De La Gente (DLG) to launch a new microbusiness, A Dream in Every Bean, staffed by people with special needs. TEF����������������������������������������������������� will purchase DLG-���������������������������������� roasted coffee beans and hire exceptional individuals to weigh, bag, label, sell, distribute, pack and ship coffee to customers and retail locations. For people who require one-on-one, qualified support, traditional employment is not an option. So TEF was founded to provide meaningful engagement for exceptional young adults, empowering them to live productive lives. It creates employment opportunities within supportive environments where everyone has a sense of purpose. A Dream in Every Bean is TEF’s first planned microbusiness. DLG’s mission is “to create economic opportunities that improve the quality of life for their families and communities.”

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amilies of Adults with Aspergers/High-Functioning Autism (FAAFHA), which has met regularly in Westchester for more than a dozen years, will hold its next monthly meeting September 24, at Arc of Westchester, the Gleeson-Israel Gateway Center, located at 265 Saw Mill River Road (Route 9A) in Hawthorne. FAAFHA meets at Arc of Westchester from September to June each year, usually (but not always) on the fourth Sunday of each month, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. “Some of our meetings are general meetings—rap sessions. At other meetings we have speakers on a variety of topics of interest to our members. Some of the topics we have dealt with are benefits, OPWDD eligibility, guardianship, special needs trusts, housing, medication and many more. Anyone who would like to attend our meetings is welcome,” says Bonnie Kaplan, who facilitates the group along with Judy Omidvaran. Another group that meets concurrently with FAAFHA is for adults on the autism spectrum; it focuses on social skills. Anyone interested in attending this group must be screened by the facilitators, Robin Kaufman and Lauren Greiner. They can be contacted at

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Such powerful stories specifically relate how parents, grandparents and helpful friends forged networks that freed them and their afflicted children of the inhibiting stigma of autism and enabled them to realize their fullest potential. A bedrock philosophy in supporting ASD and other special needs children is to assume they are competent and learn to see them through God’s lens, rather than the lens of the world. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

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“We look at each person as an individual and figure out what’s the proper diet for this person, what are the proper targeted nutrients, whether they have an issue with heavy metals and chemicals—many do—and whether they need to be detoxified,” he says. They may need nutrients to help with detoxification and metabolism, like glutathione or N-acetyl cysteine (NAC). Also promising are sulforaphanes, compounds found in cruciferous vegetables. In a double-blind, placebo-controlled study, researchers at Johns Hopkins found that sulforaphanes reduced the symptoms of ASD in people ages 13 to 27.


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t a time when autism spectrum disorder (ASD) affects 3.5 million Americans, Kenneth Bock, M.D. has two reassuring convictions about this modern epidemic: it’s never too late to treat ASD, and you may not need psychotropic drugs to do it. Known worldwide for his work with ASD, Bock uses an individualized, multifaceted approach with his patients, favoring a blend of nuanced, natural treatments like metabolic balancing, dietary modification, gastrointestinal restoration, immune system regulation and the elimination of environmental toxins. In his recent book, Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma and Allergies, he explains his biomedical approach and why it’s effective, even in teens and adults. “There is no question that the younger you work with someone in a biomedical type of approach, the more chance you have of a very, very significant improvement and even recovery,” he says. “But that being said, a child, adolescent, young adult or even adult is never too old to pursue types of medical approaches (and see improvement).” The oldest ASD patient Bock has worked with is 47, and even that patient regained some function, Bock says, adding, “You are never going to lose the diagnosis completely in an older adult, but that doesn’t mean you can’t significantly help them.”

The goal is not to “cure” ASD, but rather to reverse it, so the patient recovers as much function as possible. after he got them on the right medications, or off multiple medications, in order to address the underlying factors contributing to their autism symptoms. “I believe every teen and young adult deserves to be looked at from a biomedical approach to figure out what might be contributing, because it’s not just one thing,” he says. To that end, Bock’s treatment regimen always begins with a thorough physical assessment. Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition

In order to know which physiological areas to treat and in what order, Bock identifies each ASD patient by subtype: gut-brain axis issues; immune system issues (immune deficiencies, recurring infections and hyperimmune reactivity, including allergies and autoimmunity); inflammation (often in the gut and brain); nutritional deficiencies or imbalances; hormonal issues, including thyroid or adrenal imbalances; and metabolic imbalances (such as methylation issues). “Those are things you can do something about, rather than having these kids committed to long-term psychotropics without any other interventions. I think that really misses the boat,” Bock says. While psychotropic medications might serve a useful purpose early on and may be needed long term, he says, ultimately the practitioner needs to address the underlying problems contributing to the symptoms. “When you do that, it’s amazing. When you treat the infections, or treat the gut … some of these kids are hugely constipated, have abdominal pain or diarrhea, and that’s going to cause behaviors that are said to be autistic. But if they have acid reflux and they’re in pain, and all you do is attribute the pain to them being autistic and acting out, it’s really a shame. Because if you give them medicine for reflux or give them a diet, give them some nutrients that can

While psychotropic medications might serve a useful purpose early on and may be needed long term, ultimately the practitioner needs to address the underlying problems contributing to the symptoms. heal the lining of the upper GI tract, the behaviors can disappear without a psychotropic. I’ve seen that many times.” Bock’s practice in Red Hook, NY offers a variety of anti-inflammatory treatments, including a diet that eliminates gluten (found in many grains) and casein (found in dairy). “Sometimes removing those makes a huge difference,” he says. He also prescribes nutrients with anti-inflammatory properties, such as vitamin D, probiotics, curcumin and omega 3 fatty acids, as well as certain herbs.

Reversing ASD

The goal is not to “cure” ASD, but rather to reverse it, so the patient recovers as much function as possible. “Sometimes we’re very successful, other times we’re moderately so—and sometimes not,” Bock says. “But I’d say the vast majority of people we see show some type of improvement, and that extends to adults.” Early intervention is still best, he adds, and fortunately pediatricians now have tools enabling them to spot red flags for ASD in children as young as 6 months to a year old. He recommends starting biomedical evaluation and treatment in addition to behavioral therapies as soon as there are clues that a child might have an autism-related issue. Kenneth Bock, M.D. sees patients from around the world and consults with physicians, companies and institutions, as well as patients and their families. His practice, Bock Integrative Medicine, is located at 50 Old Farm Rd., Red Hook, NY. For more info, call 845.758.0001 or visit natural awakenings

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Vaccines, Big Pharma and the CDC Exploring the Rise of Autism and Other Childhood Health Issues


by Dr. Susanne Saltzman

important for public health, and I share their desire for the safest vaccines possible, as a homeopathic physician I have been especially concerned with the increasing number of vaccines given to infants and children. According to the website CenterWatch, which follows the clinical trials industry, since 2005 alone, the number of vaccine products in research and development have more than tripled. Because of the toxic preservatives in vaccines, I have always cautioned parents to space them out to lessen the risk of side effects. While mercury was finally removed from most vaccines in 2002 (it still remains in some flu vaccines), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) still lists aluminum and other toxic preservatives among the ingredients in most vaccines. In fact, Miller’s Review of Critical Vaccine Studies by Neil Z. Miller offers a wealth of scientific data refuting the idea that vaccines are completely safe and efficacious. This book contains summaries of more than 400 scientific studies published in leading journals worldwide that provide statistical data showing the negative effects of vaccines.

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hen I began practicing homeopathy 25 years ago, it was common for me to see children with ear infections, allergies or asthma. Over the years, however, I began seeing children with much more serious illnesses, such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis—diseases I would normally see in adults. Then at some point I was inundated with children on the autistic spectrum. As a homeopathic physician, I witnessed the parallel and widespread increase in pharmaceutical drugs and vaccines in younger and younger children, and I clinically observed that they were having deleterious effects on my patients’ health.


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I noticed that a child’s first ear infection, bout of eczema or worsening of allergic rhinitis sometimes occurred within days to weeks of his or her immunizations. I also worried about the misuse and overuse of antibiotics in infants and toddlers, because I observed their immune systems weaken over time. Now we know this weakening is partly due to the antibiotics’ disruption of the gut microbiome at an early age. Research published last year in the journal Genome Medicine showed that this disruption can increase a child’s vulnerability to chronic disease later in life.

More vaccines routinely given Although I agree with my allopathic colleagues that certain vaccines are

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The 2016 documentary VAXXED: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe, alleges that the governmental agency charged with vaccine safety oversight, the CDC, might have known about a vaccine-autism connection since at least November 2001, and discarded the supporting data to keep the information hidden. This allegation is especially disturbing in light of the explosion of autistic cases since 2002, as noted by the nonprofit advocacy organization Autism Speaks. Apparently, the CDC has a significant financial interest in making sure vaccines are marketed and sold. In an interview published at, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., environmental attorney and chairman of the World Mercury Project for vaccine safety advocacy, notes that the CDC buys and sells $4.1 billion of vaccines annually. Speaking at an Autism One conference, he called the interrelationships within and between the CDC and

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society—from caring for these young people to lost productivity—is incalculable. Homeopathy can be an extremely effective treatment for children on the autistic spectrum; many children will need a number of homeopathic medicines or different potencies of the same medicine over time. Homeopathic treatment allows other interventional methods, such as behavioral therapy or a change in diet, to work more effectively. It also can be used to counter the negative effects of medications and/or vaccines when they are prescribed on an individual basis.

injecting multiple vaccines at once into immunologically immature beings—a practice, along with the excessive use of antibiotics, that may be contributing to the alarming increase of neurological and immunological diseases in our children. The social, psychological and economic toll this has taken on our

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Help for Injured Wildlife by Sandra Murphy


eeing lost, injured or While some are with veterinarians in the rehab center. “We see native orphaned animals is considered a species of reptiles, raptors, heartbreaking, but unless a wild animal is in nuisance, each songbirds and mammals eastern gray squirrels,” immediate danger from rescued animal like says Jenna Glaski, a program prey or traffic, it’s best to senior mentor. “When fawns wait and observe. Mothers has a place and bobcats are orphaned, forage for food and return in the overall it’s usually because the to the babies intermittently. eco-system. mother has been hit by a car If in doubt, call a wildlife or shot.” rehabber for advice. In the Georgetown area, South “Rehabilitators are trained, tested, Carolina Coastal Animal Rescue and licensed, take continuing education Educational Sanctuary (SC-CARES) courses and file annual reports. All rehabbers care for injured wildlife and care provided must meet government standards,” explains wildlife rehabilita- other animals. Miss Belle—a doe that was trapped in fencing and temporarily tor Regina Whitman, of Queen Creek, paralyzed trying to get free—received Arizona, via her Desert Cry Wildlife physical therapy and is expected to website. She rehabs rabbits, squirrels, make a full recovery. raccoons, skunks, baby javelina and Founded in 2004 by Kevin Barton coyote pups. and Linda Schrader, the Wildlife Center The Dan & Dianne May Wildlife of Venice, serves Sarasota and Charlotte Rehabilitation Center at Lee’s-McRae counties. Its five acres offers hutches, College, in Banner Elk, North Carolina, barns, habitats for squirrels and racis the only college program in the U.S. coons, an aviary and a pond for waterthat allows students to work hands-on 40

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fowl. In 2015, volunteers rescued eight striped skunks. Because these mammals are slow and have poor eyesight, wide roads are especially hazardous as they move through diminishing habitat. Skunks eat insects, grubs, rodents, moles and snakes. Paul and Gloria Halesworth specialize in hummingbirds at Wild Wing Rehab Hummers & Songbirds, in Ahwatukee, Arizona. “Hummingbird babies require a special formula we import from Europe. A body temperature of 105 degrees causes casual rescuers to think they’re overheated. They pant like dogs if too hot; otherwise, they’re okay,” Paul says. If a nest is found on the ground, reaffix it in a tree. “Duct tape works,” he notes. “Mom will find them.” Released birds are taken to the Desert Botanical Garden, in Phoenix. Rehabbing owls costs significantly more, up to $800 from hatchling to release. The Halesworths refer owls to another rehabber that annually cares for about 500 owls. In Fort Gratiot, Michigan, Back 2 the Wild Rehab rescues all kinds of wild animals. In February, two geese were stuck in a frozen river. Firefighters freed the birds and rehabbers checked them for frostbite. One goose died, but the other was released after the next storm passed through. The Snowdon Wildlife Sanctuary, near McCall, Idaho, accepts orphaned bear cubs. Tapping into three decades of research reported by program supervisor Jeff Rohlman, they are vetted and put into a two-acre enclosure to learn to live in the wild until they are old enough for release. Most arrive undernourished and dehydrated; if separated from their mother, they don’t know how to feed themselves or when to hibernate. Dreamcatcher Wild Horse & Burro Sanctuary, in Ravendale, California, doesn’t release rehabbed guests—it provides a lifetime home to roam 1,000 acres in family packs to find their own food and water. Public lands are leased to ranchers for grazing, compelling competition for food between livestock and wild animals, so this is a safer option; the sanctuary also advocates protection of resident mountain lions, badgers, coyotes, hawks and eagles. Barry and Maureen Genzlinger,

Following the good Samaritan rule allows casual rescuers to keep an animal only long enough to safely transport it to a rehabilitator. founders of the Vermont Bat Center, in Milton, have rescued and released more than 125 bats since Barry became a licensed bat rehabilitator for the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department in 2013. “We have one bat that lost 95 percent of the skin on a wing,” he says. “After three months, most of it has grown back. In two more months, it should be fine, just in time to hibernate.” Bats can eat up to 1,000 mosquitoes in an hour. While some are considered a nuisance, each rescued animal has a place in the overall eco-system. Following the good Samaritan rule allows casual rescuers to keep an animal only long enough to safely transport it to a rehabilitator. Rescue operations always need volunteers to donate time or money to help the cause. For creatures, staying with a healing friend can help but there’s no place like home. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelanceWriter@


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A 7-year-old hound and canine-style Houdini named Gumby was adopted seven times, surrendered to the shelter eight times and thrice became a stray. An unprecedented 11 return trips to the Charleston Animal Society, in South Carolina, convinced the staff he prefers shelter life. Now his self-appointed job is comforting and helping new arrivals adjust to their temporary home. Dentist April Patterson owns Dr. Patty’s Dental Boutique and Spa, in Fort Lauderdale. After attending a local Humane Society fashion show, she returned to her office with Oliver, a

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four-pound Pomeranian mix of undetermined age. This cutie’s job is to steady nervous patients. “It wasn’t planned,” says Patterson. “Oliver will bark nonstop when left alone, but being one of the staff makes him happy. Meeting Oliver is part of our hiring process.” Dory, a yellow Labrador certified therapy dog, is approved by the San Diego district attorney’s office to offer aid in court when a victim or witness testifies in front of the defendant. “Dory was the first court support dog in California and the city’s first of five dog and handler teams,” says Kathleen Lam, a retired attorney and dog handler. “The dogs undergo rigorous testing to demonstrate good behavior in court. Handlers work on long downs and stays, including hand signals.” Dory recently accompanied an 8-year-old girl testifying against her father; he had killed his wife in front of her two years before.

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Deemed “too large to sell,” Bert, a chocolate Pomeranian, wound up in an Oklahoma shelter. Kathy Grayson, owner of The Hole, a New York City art gallery, saw his photo on and fell in love. She immediately traveled to adopt him. Bert, whom she characterizes as quiet, refined and perfectly suited to the art world, loves being at the gallery and has attended art fairs in major U.S. cities. Follow Bert’s adventures via bertiebertthepom. “Edie, a boxer mix puppy, started training Dory, the first court support as an assistance dog, but dog in California. her personality proved better suited to the hospitality industry,” says Julie Abramovic Kunes, public relations manager for the Fairmont Hotel, in Berkeley, California. Kunes’ Edie was hired by the Fairmont Pittsburgh Hotel in 2011, before making the career move west with her in 2017. A former shelter dog, Edie greets visitors as a community ambassador.

Special Rescue Teams Mas, a water-loving Newfoundland, redefines “rescue dog”. The Scuola Italiana Cani Salvataggio, or Italian School of Rescue Dogs, is the largest national organization in Italy to train dogs and handlers for water rescue. Helicopters can often reach a swimmer in distress more quickly than a boat. The dog jumps out to circle the victim until they can grab her harness before swimming to shore or a human partner. Mas, the first certified water rescue operative recognized by Italy, France and Switzerland port authorities and coast guards, went on to train her successors. Bloodhounds are renowned for their super sniffers. Lou, a nine-year K9 veteran, on Pennsylvania’s West York Borough Police Department force, ultimately applied for retirement, passing the harness to Prince, a 3-month-old bloodhound. Prince was sworn in by District Judge Jennifer J.P. Clancy in her Spring Garden Township courtroom. The ceremony emphasizes a K9’s status in the community and within law enforcement. Paired with Officer Scott Musselman for eight months of training, the duo will work with the Missing Child Task Force. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at natural awakenings

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TAKE A HIKE Escape into Nature with a Day Trip by Marlaina Donato


o many, hiking means long-distance treks through forests or backpacking remote terrain. “In reality, it’s more about getting out into green areas close to home,” says Wesley Trimble, of the American Hiking Society. “It’s about immersion in nature.” Day hiking can be easily tailored to personal preferences and interests. “Excellent apps and websites list and describe trails in your area or community. We have a database on our site that’s helpful,” says Trimble ( He’s personally high on old rail lines that have been converted to wide, accessible paths (

A Trail for Everyone Whatever our location, age or fitness level, a hike can provide opportunities for calming solitude or connecting with people we care about. Individuals with disabilities can also get outdoors at accommodating trails such as those at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, in Delaware. There’s always something to be learned in identifying wildlife and plants. “Families can enjoy time walking outdoors together in ways impossible in other settings,” observes Verna Gates, founder of Fresh Air Family, a Birmingham, Alabama, outdoor activities educational foundation. “Nature aids in well-being in many ways.” She points to studies cited at NatureAndForest that reveal how trees emit enzymes into the air that help improve our emotional and physical health. “When I lost a child, the only place I found solace was in nature. Sitting in a patch of wildflowers truly brought me back to living,” recalls Gates. 44

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Following a lovely trail, much like inspired cooking, is as intriguing and delightful as we wish it to be. From wildflower paths to wine country trails, the great outdoors invites exploration of woodlands, glens, forests, mountain valleys, coastal areas, bayous, deserts and other terrain. Experienced daytrippers recommend revisiting favorite trails in specific seasons. “I love being in the natural world, be it New Jersey, Florida or Alaska. Every trail offers surprises,” marvels distance hiker Craig Romano ( As the author of several day hike guidebooks, he’s seen firsthand how, “Every part of the country offers different perspectives and forms of beauty. The greatest biological diversity in our country is found in the Great Smoky Mountains, where the rhododendrons are breathtaking in spring.” The world’s largest mapped cave system is in Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave National Park. Hiking to observe other subterranean wonders in Indiana or Virginia’s Natural Bridge Caverns is no less exhilarating than walking Alabama’s covered bridge trail or painter Georgia O’Keeffe’s Ghost Ranch country, in New Mexico. The Appalachian Trail, running between Maine and Georgia, attracts thousands of adventurous long-distance trekkers, but such trails also offer sections ideal for day hikes. Geomagnetic points in Arizona’s vortex region or America’s Stonehenge, in New Hampshire, afford unusual destinations. The wonders of California’s Sonoma County include Planet Walk, a scale model path that illustrates our solar system. The Crater of Diamonds State Park, in Arkansas, is the only place in the world where hikers can dig for diamonds and keep what they find, although quartz diamond sites (semiprecious stones less hard than diamonds) can be accessed at other U.S. locales. Coastal walks lead to discovering sea glass and shells. Arboretums in urban areas offer trails flush with local flora. Joining or starting a hiking club based on common interests is one way to go. “One of our guidebook series encourages outdoor enthusiasts to explore the natural world in their immediate backyards. This approach especially appeals to families, first-time trail users and athletes looking for a quick nature fix after work,” offers Helen Cherullo, publisher of Mountaineers Books (, a nonprofit committed to conservation and sustainable lifestyles. Wherever we venture, take nothing but pictures and leave nature untouched. Cherullo reminds us, “Connecting people to treasured natural landscapes leads to active engagement to preserve these places for future generations. The future of public lands—owned by every American citizen—is literally in our hands.” They deserve our vote.

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ime spent outside is best when we’re well-equipped. Here are some basic tips.

4 Be prepared for weather, stay alert, plan ahead and have a trail map so you know what to expect. 4 Inform others where you will be and what time you plan to be back. Set a deadline to turn around and head back well be fore sundown. 4 Plan on not having cell phone reception. 4 Wear proper footwear and clothing. 4 Take a compass and a flashlight. 4 Bring water, in plastic-free bottles, and well-sealed snacks. 4 Apply natural, reliable sunscreen (such as Think Sport) 4 Use DEET-free insect and tick repellant. (For an easy home recipe, add 15 drops of geranium and eucalyptus essential oils to a two-ounce spray bottle filled with distilled water. Shake well before each use.) 4 Consider a natural first-aid kit. (DIY guidelines for creat ing alternative kits are found at ediesTravelKit and

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oga/movem e n t therapy can be a powerful strategy for improving the physical and interpersonal functioning of children and adults diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Vitalah Simon and young girl Disorder, says Vitalah Simon, a yoga/movement therapist who specializes in working with people with ASD. According to Simon, the techniques involved help people on the spectrum build new motor, behavioral and communication skills, and help deepen the bond between them and their parents or caregivers. “Through yoga/movement therapy, people on the spectrum become more grounded in space and time, improving their sense of body image and boundaries,” she says. “This supports them in distinguishing self from others. They develop increased eye contact, improve impulse control, lengthen their attention span, learn self-calming skills and expand their verbal and nonverbal expressive capacities. The techniques help them develop strength, flexibility and balance and become more related to others—plus, they have fun.” Simon attunes to the developmental needs of people on the spectrum and creates movement challenges, yoga postures and games that specifically address their individual needs and those of their family members. People with ASD often convey their challenges and limitations in their nonverbal behavior, she says, and yoga, movement and creative play directly engage with the behavior, enhancing connection and communication. “We encourage parents and caregivers to participate in dyadic and/or small-group sessions as we explore new choreography for the dance of relationships. Our techniques also help individuals with ASD learn repeatable skills that increase their ability to focus and self-soothe, while building physical strength.” For more info, contact Simon at 914.769.8745 or YogaShine@, or visit See ad, page 35.

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YOGA ASSOCIATIONS Yoga Teachers Association Workshops 2nd Sat. 1:30pm The Yoga Studio, Club Fit Briarcliff Manor;

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YOGA STUDIOS BEDFORD HILLS Katonah Yoga 39 Main Street 914.241.2661;


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How Changing Your Thinking Changes Everything by April Thompson


or 40 years, Social Psychologist Ellen Langer has conducted pioneering research on the power of our minds to shape health and well-being. Langer’s work demonstrates that changing what we think and believe can transform not only our experiences, but also our bodies—a once-radical idea now common among neuroscientists. Her unconventional experiments often involve mind tricks: taking elders’ subjective thoughts back 20 years to reverse objective metrics of aging; fostering weight loss in a group of hotel maids by simply suggesting that their jobs qualify as exercise; and even changing blood sugar levels in diabetics by speeding up or slowing down perceived time during a video game session. Affectionately dubbed the “Mother of Mindfulness”, Langer was the first female professor to earn tenure in Harvard University’s psychology department. A prolific writer and scientist, she has authored more than 200 related articles and 11 books, including Mindfulness; The Power of Mindful Learning; On Becoming an Artist: Reinventing Yourself Through Mindful Creativity; and Counterclockwise: Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility. Langer lives, paints, works and observes the world from Cambridge, Massachusetts. Learn more at

What is mindful learning, and how can we best practice it? All learning is mindful; the only way to learn is by noticing new things. When we stop observing and get into our heads, wondering if that answer was right or if we responded quickly enough, we exit learning mode and enter mindlessness, where no learning can really take place. Part of what makes travel exciting, for example, is that we are primed to experience new things and pay attention to them, but actually, newness surrounds us at all times, no matter where we are. What makes us mindless is the mistaken notion of already knowing, when everything is always changing.

What techniques, with or without meditation, can we adopt to change our mindset and mental habits to reduce stress and increase health and happiness? Most mindlessness occurs by default, rather than design. If we all realized that through mindfulness we could look better, feel better, be better received and do better things—all claims that are supported by scientific research—it wouldn’t be hard to choose. Meditation is essentially a tool to lead you to the simple act of intentional noticing, but many routes lead to that destination. One way to learn mindfully is to learn conditionally; to see the world as “it would seem that” and “could be”, which is very different than “it is.” If we recognized that evaluations occur in our heads rather than the external world, much of our stress would dissipate. Negativity and stress are typically a result of mindless ruminations about negative things we think are inevitable. If we simply ask ourselves why the dreaded event might not occur, we’d be less stressed. Next, if we ask ourselves how it may actually be a good thing if it does happen, again stress would diminish. 

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If we recognized that evaluations occur in our heads rather than the external world, much of our stress would dissipate. Mental constructs are positions we consider as accepted certainties. When a physician makes a diagnosis, most people take it as a certainty and behave accordingly. Assuming that pain, decline or failure is inevitable can cause an individual to give up hope of complete recovery. But science only suggests probabilities, and if we understand this, we’ll go to work on a solution. We have a tremendous amount of control over our health that goes untapped. Placebos are today’s strongest medications demonstrating this fact. Initially, placebos were frowned upon by the pharmaceutical industry because a drug couldn’t be brought to market if a placebo was just as effective. When someone gives you a pill and you get better not because of the pill, but because of your beliefs about it, you realize that what stands in the way of healing is your own mindset.

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How have you seen these principles play out in your own life? My fascination with the ability of our mind to change our health began when my mother’s diagnosed metastasized breast cancer disappeared, a fact the medical world could not explain. Since then, my own prognosis related to a smashed ankle from a Beth Israel teaching hospital physician with the Harvard Medical School, stating that I would always walk with a limp and never play tennis again, has been completely overturned. My mission coming out of these two experiences is to determine how we can apply our mental capacities to increase control of our health and well-being. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at natural awakenings

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spiritualbrief Interfaith Sunday Focuses on Protecting Earth for Generations


he Chapel at Croton Falls, in partnership with the Buddhist Association of the United States, the Center for Earth Ethics and Sage-ing Hans Hallundbaek, Annie Teng, Bhikku Bodhi, International, Ming Kuang and Jerome Kerner will host an Interfaith Sunday addressing climate change on August 20, at 10:30 a.m. Presenters will include Venerable Bhikku Bodhi, president of the Buddhist Association of United States at the Chung Yen Monastery in Carmel; Jerome Kerner, certified Sage-ing leader of Sage-ing International and chief Owl of the Native American Indian Ramapo tribe; Dr. Hans Hallundbaek, a Presbyterian minister; and Rev. Deborah Moldow, interfaith minister at the Chapel at Croton Falls. “We are all intimately dependent on the environment and the climate in which we have our being on planet Earth,” Moldow says. “Sustainability is an ever-more-serious concern. The recent decision by the federal government to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Accord highlights these concerns, not only for our current generation, but even more so for future generations. While reactions to this decision may have a limited effect in the short term, a proactive approach of awareness raising, networking and information sharing on the community level promises to be a necessary and viable alternative.” The August 20 gathering is just the first in a series of presentations and activities the chapel is initiating related to climate change issues. It will coincide with and highlight the release of former Vice President Al Gore’s new documentary, An Inconvenient Sequel. “The gathering will seek to address climate issues from various perspectives, including the role of spirit- and faith-based organizations, and with a strong emphasis on the opportunity and responsibility of the elders in our community to contribute from their insight and wisdom, recognizing the slogan ‘Grey is the New Green,’” Moldow says. Interfaith Sunday is free and open to the public. It will be followed by light refreshments. The Chapel at Croton Falls is located at 609 Rte. 22, next to the Schoolhouse Theater. Parking is available across the street. For more info, email See ad, page 8. 50

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MEDIUMSHIP READINGS Celestial Touch Laura Schek, Medium, Reiki Master 7 Arch St, Pawling, NY 845.244.1767;

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SPIRITUAL CLEANSING The Art of Astrology Harrison, Larchmont, Mamaroneck By appointment; 914.835.7015

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Set Out a Welcome Mat for a Soulmate by Arielle Ford


ust as we need to create space in our daily schedule to nurture a new relationship, we must create space in our home to welcome in new love. It’s called “feathering the nest”. Think about the first time that our soulmate will walk into our home—what they will they see, smell and feel. Even an inviting, cozy environment may need an upgrade. The underlying vibration or feeling of a place reflects the home’s energy. Whatever has happened there since its beginning, including arguments, illnesses or times of loneliness, have all left an unseen layer of negative energy. You could say that the walls “talk”. To begin preparing our home to welcome a mate, first remove the clutter. Piles of magazines, stacks of unshelved books and excessive furnishings are blocking and keeping in old energy and preventing good, clean new energy from flowing. Be sure to remove all photographs and souvenirs that are reminders of past lovers; throw them away or put them in a box away from your home. These daily, unconscious memory triggers keep you stuck in the past. Clearing everything out is like putting out a cosmic welcome mat to the Universe that we are now ready, willing and available to receive new love. Next, it’s time to dispel the unseen energies. The fastest, easiest method is the Native American technique of smudging. The smoke will purify the space. Light a piece of white sage on a 52

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small plate and when it is smoking (not flaming) run the smoke up, down and around every room, closet, door and window frame throughout the entire home. Alternatively, on a sunny day, open all the doors and windows and, applying a broom and imagination, sweep out the old energies. Just as nature abhors a vacuum and calls in matter to fill the empty space, so making space in our home assists in calling in love. Consciously create “space” by placing an empty nightstand on “their” side of the bed, plus have at least one empty dresser drawer waiting for them. Create inviting space in a closet and clear a shelf in a bathroom cabinet. If we have a two-car garage and have been parking in the middle, pick a side and begin only parking on “our side”. The most essential ingredient to “feathering the nest” is a strong intention to remove any old, outdated, limiting or negative energies that may be preventing love from finding its way to our door. Once free from unwanted clutter and obstructions, it becomes our sanctuary of vibrant, attractive energy. Arielle Ford is the author of 11 books, including Turn Your Mate Into Your Soulmate and The Soulmate Secret: Manifest The Love of Your Life With The Law of Attraction. Her latest, Inkspirations: Love By Design, is a transformational coloring book. She lives in La Jolla, CA. Learn more at

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calendarofevents Please call ahead to confirm times and dates. Pre-register early to insure events will have a minimum number to take place. To place a calendar listing, email us before August 12 (for September issue) and adhere to our guidelines. Email for guidelines on how to submit listings. No phone calls or faxes, please. Thank you!

markyourcalendar INTERFAITH SUNDAY, CLIMATE CHANGE Sunday, August 20 at 10:30am The Chapel at Croton Falls, in partnership with the Buddhist Association of the United States, Center for Earth Ethics and Sage-ing International. Admission is free, all are welcome. Light refreshments and community to follow. The Chapel at Croton Falls, 609, Rt 22, Croton Falls, NY (Next to the Schoolhouse Theater) Parking is available across the street. Contact:

TUESDAY, AUGUST 1 Cooking Around the World: Kids' Cooking Classes – 9am-12noon. 7/31-8/4. Ages 7-12. Kids learn how to safely cut, peel, prepare and taste new recipes. $250 for the week, $50 per day. Peekskill, New Era Creative Space, 1016 Brown St, Peekskill. Info: 646.242.6452; Yoga for Athletes – 1:45-3pm. Weekly. Gain body awareness and concentration enabling body and breath to work together to take one’s sport to the next level. Quest Yoga Arts, 11 E Main St, Mt Kisco. Register: 914.241.9642. Akashic Records Healing Circle – 6-7:30pm. With Christine VanCoughnett. $20. Synchronicity, Brewster. Register: 845.363.1765.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 2 Prenatal Yoga – 1-2:15pm. Weekly. Connect with innate maternal wisdom, reduce discomforts of pregnancy and prepare for birth and motherhood. Quest Yoga Arts, 11 E Main St, Mt Kisco. Register: 914.241.9642. Shamanic Drumming Circle – 4:30-6pm. With Amy Benesch $20. Synchronicity, Brewster. Register: 845.363.1765. Free screening of the Film: Circle of Poison – 7pm. An introduction, light refreshments and “meet the farmers” session before the screening, and a Q&A session afterward. Katonah Village Library, 26 Bedford Rd., Katonah. Info: 914.232.3508,

Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 8-9pm. With Merrill Black. Unique theme, meditation, group discussion. $15. The Temperance Center. 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 3 It’s Your Health – Aug 3, 10, 17, 14. 12:30pm. Four-week workshop focuses on practical information and strategies for healthy eating, stress management, fitness and accessible activities. Register: 914.232.5717. Teens Create: Up-cycled T-Shirt Pillow – 4-5:30pm. Bring a tee-shirt to turn into a keepsake decorative pillow. For teens grades 5th grade and up. Register: 914.232.5717.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 5 Align & Flow Level 1 – 10-11:15pm. Weekly. Emphasis on strength building, endurance and alignment. Quest Yoga Arts, 11 E Main St, Mt Kisco. Register: 914.241.9642.

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SERENITY BY THE LAKE Enjoy a Day of Pampering!

You will: Sample our finest spa services, Cruise on Lake Mahopac, Lunch at the Freight House Cafe, Rejuvenate with yoga by the lake.

Sunday, August 20

2 sessions 9:30-4, or 11-5:30. Sarah’s House of Health 900 S Lake Shore Dr Mahopac,

Cost: $229-limited space, please reserve early.


MONDAY, AUGUST 7 Free Health Lecture: What is Ayurveda and How Does It Compare with Western (Allopathic) Medicine? – 6-8pm. Presented by Dr. Kaushik of Dr. Kaushik’s Ayurvedic and Naturopathic Clinic. Katonah Library, 26 Bedford Rd, Katonah 914.232.3508. Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 7:15-8:15pm. With Merrill Black. Unique theme, meditation, group discussion. $15. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600.

Prenatal Yoga – 11:30am-12:45pm. Weekly. Connect with one’s innate maternal wisdom, reduce discomforts of pregnancy and prepare for birth and motherhood. Quest Yoga Arts, 11 E Main St, Mt Kisco. Register: 914.241.9642.


Akashic Records Certification Two Day Class – Aug 5 and 6. Noon-5pm. $250. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. Register: 845.363.1765.

Vinyasa Level 2/3 – 5:15-6:30pm. Weekly. Intended for intermediate and advanced yogis seeking an invigorating flow class challenge. Quest Yoga Arts, 11 E Main St, Mt Kisco. Register: 914.241.9642.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 6 Water Ceremony – 10-10:30am. Offering up prayers with tobacco and song, sending them down to the ocean, for the healing of the waters of Mother Earth and all our relations. Free. Poughkeepsie Boat Launch. 845.473.2206 Teen Yoga and Meditation Series – 1-2pm. Weekly. Understand how stress affects mind, body and lifestyle. Learn tools to manage anxiety, be focused and happier. $100 five classes. PranaMoon Yoga, 1000 N Division St, 2H, Peekskill. Info, Elisha Simpson: 914.319.4010; Women’s Full Moon Gathering – 7-8:30pm. Non-denominational monthly gathering for women, coming together to draw in the powerful energies of the full moon. $10 donation. DG Sanctuary. 2 Lagrange Ave, Poughkeepsie. 845.473.2206.

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Guided Lakeside Meditation and Discussion for Women – 10:30-11:30am. $35. Chappaqua. Signup:

Tea & Stones – 6:30-7:30pm. Learn about gems, stones and their incredible properties. Free. Dreaming Goddess, 44 Raymond Ave, Poughkeepsie. 845.473.2206. Essential Oils for Self-Care Workshop – 6:308:30pm. Learn to use essential oils to support overall well-being. $35. Quest Yoga Arts, 11 E Main St, Mt Kisco. Register: 914.241.9642.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 9 Guided Lakeside Meditation and Discussion for Women – 10:30-11:30am. $35. Chappaqua. Signup: Tibetan Bowl Sound Immersion – 7pm. With Carol Essig creating restorative harmonies of sound to release stress and facilitate personal alignment and peace. $25. Golden Prana, 223 Katonah Ave, Katonah. 914.236.4503. Register online: Natural Way to Overcome Addictions – 7-8pm. Simple, effective method for quitting smoking, alcohol, easy, natural weight loss and overcoming other everyday addictions. 80 percent success rate. Simpler than most would believe. Briarcliff location. RSVP: 914.705.1805.

markyourcalendar FRIDAY, AUGUST 25 & SATURDAY, AUGUST 26 The Akashic Records Practitioner Certification, with Kia Abilay

Friday, August 25 - 6pm – 9pm Saturday, August 26 - 11am – 6pm Become a Certified Akashic Records Practitioner through the Pathway Prayer Process copyright - a responsible, reliable method for working in this remarkable, infinite, spiritual resource. Classes at Anahata in Uptown Kingston, NY Register:

ADD Just Doesn’t Add Up – 7-9pm. Is it really a short attention span? Learn to distinguish visual problems that mimic or complicate AD(H)D. Free. Dr. Samantha Slotnick, 495 Central Park Ave, Ste 301, Scarsdale. RSVP, Jane: 914.874.1177.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 11 New Moms’ Group – 10:30-11:30am. Every other Fri. To ask specific questions or want to hang out and talk—mom and baby stop by. Moms’ one-four months postpartum and pregnant women. Donation. Quest Yoga Arts, 11 E Main St, Mt Kisco. Preregister: 914.241.9642. Sacred Stones Level III – 5-7pm/class. 7-8pm/ test following for those seeking certification. With Joann Fava. $45. Synchronicity, Brewster. Register: 845.363.1765. Monthly Reiki Healing Circle – 7-8:30pm. Reiki, a recognized natural healing system that supports the body’s innate healing ability. Like-minded souls sharing the collective consciousness using Reiki energy. $20 suggested. Mt Kisco. 914.864.0462. Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 7:15-8:15pm. With Merrill Black. Unique theme, meditation, group discussion. $15. The Temperance Center. 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 12 Wake Up the Magic of Your True Essence – 10:30am-12pm. Mini retreat to shift vibration and awaken true essence. Cold Spring Retreat House. Info: 845.424.6219. Breastfeeding Basics Workshop – 1:30-4:30pm. Learn what to expect and how to get started with breastfeeding. Discuss positioning, latch, supply and more. For expecting couples. 25 plus weeks. $75. Quest Yoga Arts, 11 E Main St, Mt Kisco. Register: 914.241.9642.


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MONDAY, AUGUST 14 Cooking Around the World: Kids' Cooking Classes – 9am-12noon. 8/14-18. Ages 4-10. Kids learn how to safely cut, peel, prepare and taste new recipes. $250 for the week, $50 per day. Peekskill, New Era Creative Space, 1016 Brown St, Peekskill. Info: 646.242.6452;

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markyourcalendar VEGETARIAN VISION An international vegetarian convention, heath and food festival, Vegetarian Vision is “a full weekend of food, fun and awareness” featuring vegetarian, vegan and yoga celebrities as well as health and wellness experts and exhibitors.

September 9 & 10 10am-7pm Penn Plaza Pavilion 401 7th Avenue at 33rd Street 516.897.0900

FRIDAY, AUGUST 18 Spinal Zap – 7-8:30pm. With Brett Bevell. Combining a variety of energy modalities to release karmic conditioning, emotional and energy blockages held in the spine. $35. Mt Kisco. 914.864.0462. Archangel Healing Workshop – 7-9pm. With Shaman Elka Boren. $35. Synchronicity, Brewster. Register: 845.363.1765.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 19 Special Event: An Ayurvda Cooking Class – 10-4pm. Learn to prepare an authentic Ayurvedic meal from an expert. Presented by Dr. Kaushik’s Ayurvedic and Naturopathic Clinic. Center for Mindfulness and Insight Meditation, 9 Picketts Ridge Rd, Redding, CT. Info: 914.875.9088.


Quit Alcohol Simply and Permanently: Weiss Method Info-Lecture – 1-2pm. Learn to overcome alcohol more easily than ever thought possible. Natural, effective method for overcoming many everyday habits and addictions. Free lecture, Q&A. Briarcliff location. RSVP: 914.705.1805.

Eclipse Yoga – 6-7:30pm. A unique sensory cosmic experience on the mat. Move and groove through sun and moon salutations in recognition of upcoming solar eclipse. $30. Quest Yoga Arts, 11 E Main St, Mt Kisco. Register: 914.241.9642.

Faces of the Divine – 6:30pm. With Zhenya Amditis. Discover how the divine may be working with participants in their lives. $30. Golden Prana, 223 Katonah Ave, Katonah. 914.236.4503. Register online:

THURSDAY, AUGUST 17 New Moon Manifestation – 7-8pm. Together we manifest our hearts’ desires using The Law of Attraction and the creative energies of the new moon. $10. DG Sanctuary. 2 Lagrange Ave, Poughkeepsie 845.473.2206.

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Align With Your Higher Self – 11am-12:30pm. A channeled guidance session with Mary Ellen O’Brien. Small group gathering. Rose Healing Center, Verplanck. Info: 845.424.6219. Register online/ RSVP:


Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 8-9pm. With Merrill Black. Unique theme, meditation, group discussion. $15. The Temperance Center. 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600.

September 23, 2017, 6pm Sierra Club

Interfaith Sunday, Climate Change – 10:30am. The Chapel at Croton Falls, in partnership with the Buddhist Association of the United States, Center for Earth Ethics and Sage-ing International. Light refreshments follow. Free, all welcome. The Chapel at Croton Falls, 609, Rt 22, Croton Falls.

Akashic Records – 5-8pm. Learn to read these records through the Pathway Prayer Process, a responsible, reliable method for working in this remarkable, infinite, spiritual resource. Info, Kia: 808.927.4024.

Curing Addiction from the Core: Weiss Method Info-Lecture – 7-8pm. Learn simple, effective method for overcoming everyday addictions ranging from alcohol to nicotine, sugar and weight loss. All natural. 80 percent success rate. Free Lecture, Q&A. Briarcliff location. RSVP: 914.705.1805.



Hilltop Hanover Farm in Yorktown Heights, location of Natural Awakenings 10 Year Anniversary Celebration Party Sunday, October 1, 2017, 1-4pm. Sound Healing with Tibetan Bowls – 5:30-7pm. With Michelle Clifton. The rhythmic sounds of singing bowls have profound healing effect on the nervous system affecting our mind, body and soul. $30 preregistered. $40 door. Mt Kisco. 914. 864.0462.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 20 Serenity By The Lake: Day of Pampering – 2 sessions 9:30am-4pm, or 11am-5:30pm. Sample spa services, cruise on Lake Mahopac, and lunch at the Freight House Cafe, rejuvenate with yoga by the lake. $229. Sarah’s House of Health. Info/Register: 845.802.8038.


7-Day Raw Plant Food Detox – 8/21-8/27. Edit Babbon offers a program designed to jumpstart a broader transformation to better mind-body health. $125. Zen Garden, 61 Lakeview Dr, Yorktown Heights. Info: 917.721.2529, Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 7:15-8:15pm. With Merrill Black. Unique theme, meditation, group discussion. $15. The Temperance Center. 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 22 Monthly Meditation Circle – 6:30pm. With Cheryl Sprague. Using a variety of methods from singing bowls, drumming and more, join this momentary dedication to oneself, finding peace and stillness in our busy lives. $15. DG Sanctuary, 2 LaGrange Ave, Poughkeepsie. 845.473.2206.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 23 Angelic Realm and Enlightened Beings – 7-9pm. With Carol Essig. Enjoy meditation and receive channeled energy’s healing touch of divine energy. 15 max. $25. Golden Prana, 223 Katonah Ave, Katonah. 914.236.4503. Register online:

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 25 Akashic Records – 6-9pm. Learn to read these records through the Pathway Prayer Process, a responsible, reliable method for working in this remarkable, infinite, spiritual resource. Info, Kia: 808.927.4024.


Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 7:15-8:15pm. With Merrill Black. Unique theme, meditation, group discussion. $15. The Temperance Center. 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 26 Newborn Care Workshop – 1:30-4:30pm. Learn immediate newborn procedures, sleep expectations, cord care, how to read baby’s cues, diapering, bathing, swaddling and more. $95. Quest Yoga Arts, 11 E Main St, Mt Kisco. Preregister: 914.241.9642.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 27 Sugar Addiction and Overeating Solution: Weiss Method Info-Lecture NYC – Noon-1pm. Learn a method to lose weight, overcome nicotine, alcohol, overeating and sugar addictions. Free lecture, Q&A. NYC location, E37th btwn Park & Lex. Reservation: 914.705.1805. Natural Way to Overcome Addictions – 1-2pm. Simple, effective method for quitting smoking, alcohol, easy, natural weight loss and overcoming other everyday addictions. 80 percent success rate. Simpler than most would believe. NYC location, E37th btwn Park & Lex. RSVP: 914.705.1805.

MONDAY, AUGUST 28 Energy Healing Circle – 7-9pm. With Anne Bentzen. Offers stress reduction, emotional and physical pain relief through deep relaxation. Discover natural healing solutions with Reiki in group setting. $25. Golden Prana, 223 Katonah Ave, Katonah. 914.588.4079. Register online:

TUESDAY, AUGUST 29 Cooking Around the World: Kids' Cooking Classes – 9:30am-12noon. 8/29-30. Ages 4-9. Kids learn how to safely cut, peel, prepare and taste new recipes. $100 for 2 days, $50 per day, Croton at Asbury Methodist Church, 17 Old Post Rd South, Croton. Info: 646.242.6452;

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30 Is Vision the Missing Piece of the Puzzle? Open House – 7-8:30pm. Questions and curiosity welcome. Light refreshments. Free. Dr. Samantha Slotnick, 495 Central Park Ave, Ste 301, Scarsdale. RSVP: 914.874.1177. Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 8-9pm. With Merrill Black. Unique theme, meditation, group discussion. $15. The Temperance Center. 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600.

August 2017

Astrology with Pamela Cucinell Eclipse Season

Follow curiosity and explore on August 1; decipher maps and messages with care. Morning confusion or fog lifts into a wide-open horizon on August 2. Surprises rock on August 3. Responsible actions on August 4 contrast with those who can’t match them. Genuine reflection the morning of August 5 leads to better choices. Complete or file old business on August 6, and consider new perspectives. The Aquarius full moon on August 7 is a lunar eclipse: all invitations and ideas welcome!  

Child’s Play

Tremendous strides can be made on August 8, topped off with a musical interlude. A message challenges your original intentions on August 9—meditation helps focus. You can feel “lost at sea” on August 10; take a break or organize to clear the mind. Action dominates August 11, when regardless of work or play, it’s impossible to keep still. Mercury begins its retrograde motion on August 12; back up files and don’t assume. Play with childlike abandon—fun, food and outdoor activities—on August 13.   

Lines in the Sand

Disagreements lead to powerful alliances on August 14. Money and love intrigues on August 15 distract or obsess—your choice. On August 16, missing information can cause a break in a chain and reveal new directions. Connect with loved ones by the water to magnify summer’s sweetness on Au-

gust 17. Power struggles can create more options on August 18. Break from old patterns or habits on August 19.

The Great American Eclipse  

A festive mood on August 20 ramps up the buzz about tomorrow’s eclipse. The solar eclipse is exact at 2:30 p.m. on August 21. A Leo new moon, it symbolizes new creative relationships. Over the next couple of months, what is now hidden will be revealed. In your personal life, what needs to come forward and shine? It’s back to work on August 22 when practical tasks take precedence. August 23 brings high productivity. Misunderstandings on August 24 increase without diplomacy. Authority comes down hard on August 25, so be sure you are on task. 

Looking Forward

Sensitive reactions on August 26 benefit from trustworthy companions. Research a mystery on August 27. Introspection shifts to a desire to reach out on August 28. Get good directions on August 29, when enthusiasm can outweigh planning. Launch projects to move at light speed on August 30. A little personal inventory on August 31 increases adaptability to big changes. To learn more, Pamela Cucinell posts her astrological insights at InsightOasis. com. To benefit from her revelatory guidance and coaching, contact her about private sessions and online subscriptions at or 917.796.6026. See ad page 52.

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Therapeutic Yoga Flow – 10-11:30am. With Diane Graziosa. Floor Flow: breathing, strengthening, stretching and restoring. All levels. $20 drop-in. Eastchester. Info: 914.793.2600

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Celebration of Life Service – 11-12:15am. Inspirational music, affirmative prayer, meditation, lessons in the Science of Mind. Children’s programs 1st & 3rd Sun. Free. Center for Spiritual Living White Plains, 262 Martine Ave, Masonic Temple. 914.261.9119. Community Yoga/Meditation, Chan Meditation, Sound Bath Meditation – 1-3pm. Several meditation classes by donation. Hosted by Still Mind Yoga. 305 Central Ave, Ste 2, White Plains. 914.648.0492.

monday Vitamin D Ride – 5:45am. With DGunnz  Get sweating to R&B, hip-hop, house and reggae with a focus on breathless speed intervals and heart-pounding climbs$25. 692 Saw Mill River Rd, Ardsley. Free Morning Meditation – 8:45-9:15am. SkyBaby Yoga & Pilate’s Studio, 75 Main St, Cold Spg. 845.265.4444. Pilates Mixed Equipment Class – 9am. Pilates class utilizing all the classical Pilates equipment. Previous Pilates knowledge helpful. $40. Rhinebeck Pilates, 6400 Montgomery St. Elaine: 845.876.5686. FitWalk outdoor Fitness Training-Classes – 9:3010:30am. Bronxville Lake, corner of Armour Villa and Garrett Ave, Tuckahoe. Free trial. Call for full listing of classes: 914.498.8722. Vinyasa Flow Yoga – 10-11:15am. Find inner peace and energy. Movement using the breath. Focus on alignment and strong individual attention. All levels. $15 drop-in. Zen Garden. RSVP: 917.721.2529.


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Slow Flow Yoga – 11:15am. A sequence of poses used to link the breath to our creative flexibility, strength and energy. enerShe fitness, 989 Rte 6, Mahopac. Info: 845.628.7165. Gentle Yoga for Wellness – 5:45-7pm. With Ann Cassapini. Yoga using chairs, props, deep relaxation/meditation to build stability, strength and flexibility. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Ann: 917.882.0921. Still Mind Tai Chi – 6-7pm. Yang Style Tai Chi for health and self-defense. $25 two weeks. Still Mind Yoga, 305 Central Ave, Ste 2, White Plains. 914.648.0492. Integral Gentle Yoga – 7:15-8:15pm. With Matt. Beginners welcome. $10 two classes. Still Mind Yoga, 305 Central Ave, Ste 2, White Plains. 914.648.0492. Yoga for Athletes – 7:15-8:45pm. With Michelle. Fast paced, with emphasis on using core strength and internal stability. Targeting muscles groups where athletes tend to get tight. First class free. Saw Mill Club. 77 Kensico Dr, Mt Kisco. 914.241.0797. Vinyasa Restorative Flow – 7:30-8:45pm.With Jo-Anne. Vinyasa flow class that incorporates restorative yoga. All levels. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. JoAnne: 917.364.1871. Slow Flow Restore Yoga – 7:30-8:30pm. With Jennifer Garden. Start with slow flow to connect breath and body. Finish with supported poses to relax and free the mind. $20. Pilates and More, 129 Main St, Dobbs Ferry. 914.478.3560.

wednesday Rev Rhythm 45 Cycle – 5:45am. With Patti.  Work out arms and core to the beat of today’s best music, during an exhilarating 45 minutes. $25. 692 Saw Mill River Rd, Ardsley. Health Supportive Vegan Cooking Classes – Separate Children and Adult Hands on Workshop Sessions. Preregistration required by phone, online or at cafe. Good Choice Kitchen, 147 Main St, Ossining. 914.930.1591. for info/cost.


Free Morning Meditation – 8:45-9:15am. Singing bowls included. SkyBaby Yoga & Pilate’s Studio, 75 Main St, Cold Spg. 845.265.4444. Vinyasa Flow Yoga – 10-11:15am. Find inner peace and energy. Movement using the breath. Focus on alignment and strong individual attention. All levels. $15 drop-in. Zen Garden. RSVP: 917.721.2529. Free Weekly Wellness Talks – 11am-12:30pm. With Dorette Lewis-Senior. Create safe and effective wellness plan. Learn to choose dietary and nutritional supplements to avoid conflicts with prescription medication. Lunch at nominal cost. Bronx. Register: 855.735.2533. Hatha/Vinyasa Yoga – 4-5:15pm. With Certified Yoga Instructor Deborah Barret. Beginnerintermediate class. $20. $100 six-classes. Integrative Med Solutions, 266 White Plains Rd, B-1, Eastchester. Info, Deborah Barret: 914.426.1752. Self-Defense Class – 5:30pm. By building tools of self-awareness and self-defense, one will build confidence in mind and body. enerShe fitness, 989 Rte 6, Mahopac. Info: 845.628.7165. Spin – 5:30pm, Energizing indoor cycling with hills, sprints and intervals followed by an ab-strengthening workout. enerShe fitness, 989 Rte 6, Mahopac. Info: 845.625.7165. Yin Breath Yoga – 6:30-7:45pm. With Victor Gazzini. Yoga class using a breath bases asana practice that incorporates meditation, visualization and chanting. All levels. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Vic: 914.319.7322. Walk 15 –7:30-8:30pm. With Heather Buyers. 15-min big calorie-burning moves that use the best features of low impact, aerobic style group exercise. Easy to follow. $15. Pilates and More, 129 Main St, Dobbs Ferry. 914.478.3560. Fluid Yoga – 7:30-8:30pm. With Emily Rose. CoSM: Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, 46 Deer Hill Rd, Wappinger. 845.297.2323. Kirtan – 9-10pm. With Hilary and friends. CoSM: Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, 46 Deer Hill Rd, Wappinger. 845.297.2323.

thursday Rev Rhythm 45 Cycle – 5:45am. With Lucci.  Work out arms and core to the beat of today’s best music, during an exhilarating 45 minutes. $25. 692 Saw Mill River Rd, Ardsley.

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Low Cost Spay/Neuter Day for Cats – 3rd Thurs. Sponsored by Stray HELP Inc Services by TARA, Inc mobile clinic. $70 includes: spay/neuter, rabies, ears cleaned and nails trimmed. Other services available during surgery. Info, Althea: 845.705.5020. Pilates Mat and Tower Class – 9am. Fully equipped, classical Pilates studio. $20-$35. Rhinebeck Pilates, 6400 Montgomery St. Elaine: 845.876.5686. Yoga Strengthen and Flow – 10-11am. With Jennifer Garden. Connect, breathe, stretch, de-stress and relax. $20 each or $175 for a package of 10. Pilates and More, 129 Main St, Dobbs Ferry. 914.478.3560. Pilates Mat Class with Magic Circle – 11:30am12:30pm. Pilates with physical therapist. Tina Sferra. Focus on form, function and fitness to re-engineer the body. $20. Elite Performance @ Katonah Yoga, 39 Main St, Bedford Hills. Prenatal and postnatal Yoga – 10:30-11:45am. With Mekea. Class focused on bringing strength and energy back into the pre or postnatal body. Saw Mill Club, 77 Kensico Dr. Mt. Kisco. Info/price: 914.241.0797. Open Level Yoga – 6:30-7:30pm. Slow Vinyasa. Beginners welcome. $10 two classes. Still Mind Yoga, 305 Central Ave, Ste 2, White Plains. 914.648.0492. Breath & Flow – 6:30-7:45pm. With Patty Meehan. Vinyasa flow class using breath, movement, balance, stretch, closing with meditation. All levels. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Info: 914.793.2600. Free Meditation Session – 2nd and 4th Thursdays. 7:15 p.m. The Anam Cara Meditation Foundation, 2 Byram Brook Place in Armonk. Zumba – 7:15-8:15pm. With Catherine Ruvolo. 60-min high energy dance party with rhythms from all over the globe. $15 each or $135 for a package of 10. Pilates and More, 129 Main St, Dobbs Ferry. 914.478.3560. Hatha/Vinyasa Yoga – 8:30-9:45am. With Certified Yoga Instructor Marianne Bateman. Beginnerintermediate class. $20. $100 six-classes. Integrative Med Solutions, 266 White Plains Rd, B-1 Eastchester. Marianne Bateman: 917.923.9043. 60

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friday Rev Rhythm 45 Cycle – 5:45am. With Patti. Work out arms and core while keeping to the beat of today’s best music. $25., 692 Saw Mill River Rd, Ardsley. Pilates Tower and Reformer Class – 7:3010:30am. Fully equipped, classical Pilates studio. $35-40. Rhinebeck Pilates, 6400 Montgomery St. 845.876.5686. Roll & Restore Class – 8:30am. Release tension, get a better stretch and restore range of motion using foam rollers and other self-massage tools. Saw Mill Club East. 917.747.3331. EveFogler.wixsite. com/fitness. FitWalk outdoor Fitness Training-Classes – 9:3010:30am. Bronxville Lake, corner of Armour Villa and Garrett Ave, Tuckahoe. Free trial. Call for full listing of classes: 914.498.8722. Mindful Restorative Yoga – 9:30-10:45am. With Reyna. Movement through breath, props, self assists to release, calm and restore. Gentle level. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Info: 914.793.2600. Vinyasa Flow Yoga – 10-11:15am. Find inner peace and energy. Movement using the breath. Focus on alignment and strong individual attention. All levels. $15 drop-in. Zen Garden. RSVP: 917.721.2529. Nia – 10am. Recharge with a fun, easy, non-impact, therapeutic cardiovascular workout for any body’s fitness level, then finish with relaxing restorative yoga. $22. Bedford Hills Fred Astaire Studio. 917.747.3331. Gentle Yoga for Wellness – 11am-12:15pm. With Ann Cassapini. Yoga using chairs, props, deep relaxation/meditation to build stability, strength and flexibility. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Ann: 917.882.0921. Slow Flow and Meditation Fridays – 12:301:45pm. With Roxanne. This flow practice reduces stress and increase mindfulness with breath work and meditation. Ease into this weekend. Saw Mill Club, 77 Kensico Dr. Mt. Kisco. Info/price: 914.241.0797.

saturday Spin –7:45am. Energizing indoor cycling with hills, sprints and intervals followed by an ab-strengthening workout. enerShe fitness, 989 Rte 6, Mahopac. Info: 845.625.7165. Peekskill Farmers Market – 8am-2pm. Year-round market offering fresh food and family fun. “Market Stage Live,” features live music, author readings, and demos with fitness and health practitioners. FMNP and SNAP accepted. Rain or Shine. Free parking. Bank St, between Park and Main. Info: Gossett Brothers Farmer’s Market – 9am–1pm. Vendors include Bee Guy Apiaries, Do-Re-Mi Farms, Johnny Cake Farms, Wave Hill Bread, Honore’s Table, Du Soleil, Bongo Pasta, also fresh fish, homemade ice cream and crafts. 1202 Rte. 35, South Salem. Info: Gossett Brothers Nursery on Facebook.

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Pilates Mat and Tower Class – 9am. Fully equipped Pilates studio. $20-$35. Rhinebeck Pilates, 6400 Montgomery St. 845.876.5686. Joyful Mindful Yoga – 9:30-10.45am. With Ann, RYT 500 Well balanced asana sequences that focus on alignment, mindfulness, clear intention and joy. Intermediate level. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Ann: 917.882.0921. Yoga – 10am. With Karen. Energetic, non-judgmental mixed styles yoga to improve health, strength, flexibility, balance and awareness. All levels. $15. NY Dance Faktory, 12 Peekskill Hollow Rd, Putnam Valley. Info, Karen Shaw: 914.522.1297. Hudson Valley Farmers Market – 10am-3pm. Year-round. A one stop shop farmers market with fresh Hudson Valley products. Greig Farm, 223 Pitcher Lane, Red Hook. Info: HudsonValleyFarmersMarket. Free Weekly Wellness Talks – 11am-12:30pm. Every other Sat. With Dorette Lewis-Senior. Learn to choose dietary and nutritional supplements to avoid conflicts with prescription medication. Lunch at nominal cost. Bronx. Register: 855.735.2533. Zumba – 11:15am. An effective and fun calorieburning dance fitness class using a mix of Latin and world rhythms. enerShe fitness, 989 Rte 6 Mahopac. Info: 845.628.7165. Info: 845.628.7165.

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Yoga Teachers Association Workshops – 1:304:30pm. 2nd Sat. Open to teachers and students, members and nonmembers. The Yoga Studio, Club Fit, Briarcliff Manor. Info: Open Level Yoga – 2-3pm. Slow Vinyasa, beginners welcome. $10/2 classes. Still Mind Yoga, 305 Central Ave, Suite 2, White Plains. Info: 914.648.0492. Summer Music Series – 6-9pm. Live music at Hardscrabble Cider outdoor patio featuring hard cider, local beers on tap and brick oven pizza. Great fun for the whole family. Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard, 130 Hardscrabble Rd, North Salem.; 914.485.1210.

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ACUPUNCTURE HUDSON VALLEY NATURAL HEALTH Kurt Beil, ND, LAc, MPH The Center for Health & Healing 4 Smith Ave, 2nd Fl; Mount Kisco, NY 914.362.8315; Chinese medicine for relieving muscle/joint pain and headaches; treating chronic disease including autoimmune disease, digestive disorders, and mental health conditions; boosting immune function; balancing hormones; helping tobacco/substance addiction; and reducing stress. Includes acupuncture, herbs, cupping, moxibustion, qigong, and TENS electro-stimulation. Insurance reimbursement available for some services.


Dr. Fred Lisanti, ND,LAC.,RH, CHT 266 White Plains Rd, B-1, Eastchester, NY 914.337.2980; Therapeutic solutions for acute and chronic health conditions. Acupuncture is an intelligent medicine, gentle enough for pregnant women, and powerful enough to treat serious conditions like chronic pain, stress, anxiety and depression. It can restore harmony and balance to mind, body and spirit.


25 North Division St. Peekskill, NY 914.772.4589; Offering Classical Chinese Acupuncture and Aromatherapy. Activate your body’s own healing potential with highly targeted treatments. Specializing in fertility and women’s health, acute and chronic pain, and acute and chronic health issues, including auto-immune disorders.


Addiction Free Naturally Briarcliff and Midtown Manhattan 914.705.1805 The Weiss Method helps people lose weight by overcoming addiction to sugar and white flour, and compulsive overeating. After treatment, most people experience indifference towards refined sugar, sweets and treats, leading to easy weight loss. 30 years experience. 80% success rate. See ad pg 28.

SearchLight Medical 2424 Route 52, Hopewell Junction, NY 845.592.4310; Frustrated with not feeling or looking your best? Let me guide you on your path to better health and well-being. Utilizing: Medical Acupuncture, ONDAMED Biofeedback Therapy, Reiki, Mei Zen Acupuncture for facial rejuvenation, weight loss and fertility. See ad pg 10.


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KARLA BOOTH DIAMOND, MAMSAT 153 Main St, Suite J Mount Kisco, NY 10549 914.649.9565

The Alexander Technique is a practical educational method for un-learning habits of tension that may be causing you stress, pain compression of the spine and joints. Learn to move with ease.


Lauren Awerdick, LMT Ossining & Tarrytown offices. On-Site & In-Home 914.534.1294; Willow Wisp Wellness is an expanding private practice that provides consciously crafted therapeutic and integrative massage and energy work sessions that support your body's innate healing process. All sessions are by appointment only. Check website for more info and events.




via Hawaii to Uptown Kingston Learn how to read the Akashic Records, or become a Certified Akashic Records Practitioner through the Pathway Prayer Process© – a responsible, reliable method for working in this remarkable, infinite, spiritual resource. Kia is also an Energy Intuitive and Wedding Officiant.

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AROMATHERAPY CBD AROMATHERAPY SYNERGY SPRAYS™ The Synergy of Ancient Wellness + Modern Science 888.392.5242; FB/Twitter/ Instagram: @t3cSynergy

“Go Beyond” expectation and limitation with Beyond-theSpectrum Synergy Sprays™! CBD, an all-natural, NO side effect, NO THC “cannabinoid” from hemp + vibrationally high pure EO custom blends for us, our children and our planet.


Pamela Cucinell NCGR PAA Phone, Online & In-person 917.796.6026; Why leave your business to chance? Perfect timing ensures follow-through and success. When you know the projected outcome it becomes easier to prioritize your day and choose the right partners. Westchester, NYC, Skype and phone. See ad pg 52.


Yellow Monkey Village 792 Rte 35 Cross River, NY, and NYC Office: 914.875.9088; Cell: 646.670.6725; Combination of Ayurveda and Naturopathy is used to create a unique treatment plan to regain and maintain health. Based on one’s particular body constitution (dosha), a plan may includesupplements, diet/nutrition suggestions, lifestyle management, detoxification, hydrotherapy, 0zone therapy, Panchakarma. Clinic days: M,T,W. See ad pg 50.


495 Central Park Ave, Suite 301, Scarsdale 914.874.1177; A whole-person, holistic approach to vision care, for all ages. Specializing in vision therapy and rehabilitation for vision problems which interfere with reading, learning, attention, performance and efficiency. See ad pg 37.


Lawrence Edwards, PhD, BCN, LMHC 2 Byram Brook Pl., Armonk, NY 10504; 914.219.8600 Biofeedback/neurofeedback for ADHD, enhanced focus, peak performance, test stress, anxiety, chronic pain, headaches, insomnia, anger, meditation, mindfulness training and more. Dr. Edwards is board certified and NYS licensed. Physician and self-referrals welcome.


271 Veterans Road Yorktown Heights, NY 10598; 914.962.3111

INTEGRITY CHIROPRACTIC Dr. Jodi Kennedy 11 Miller Rd Mahopac, NY 845.628.7233 (SAFE)

How would you like to wake up each day with less aches and more energy? Call today for your free consultation and find-out what is standing between you and your health goals. See ad pg 19.

We offer a full boarding facility with outdoor runs and indoor kennels. Being an animal hospital for the most part, we take pride in our capability to kennel pets with medical problems or special needs. See ad pg 43.

DR. MARIANNE MESSINA, DC 2241 Crompond Rd. Cortlandt Manor NY 914.930.8800


25 Depot Plaza, Bedford Hills, 914.218.8357; Hundreds of candles in stock or create your own custom candle. Choose your favorite scent, wax color, wick type and container. All natural soy candles, handcrafted & nontoxic with long-lasting aroma. Shop in store or on-line. See ad pg 29.

Optimize your body’s ability to heal and transform. Our focus is individualized and outcome based health care though functional nutrition, chiropractic a n d c r a n i o s a c r a l t h e r a p y. Cleanse, restore and repair your body, with whole food cleanses and whole food supplementation. We aim to find the root cause.




Life Coach in Positive Psychology The Center for Health & Healing 4 Smith Ave, 2nd FL, Mount Kisco, NY 914.263.7080;


PO Box 245 Fishkill, NY 12524 845.489.2378; Stray HELP is a registered not-for-profit organization, managed entirely by volunteers. Our mission is to rescue and care for stray and homeless animals, namely cats, while providing humane education to the community. We work with property owners to conduct trap/neuter/return and with pet owners to make spay/neuter affordable. In 2015, we facilitated the spay/neuter, and medical care where needed, for over 850 cats. Help us reach 1000 in 2016!

Feeling stuck? Gain clarity, investigate your strengths and navigate transitions with proven tools and guidance. Free phone consultation to explore how working together can help you make the positive changes you seek. Appointments in person or by phone.


CHIROPRACTIC DR. LEIGH DAMKOHLER, CCSP, LMT 8 Bacon Place, Yonkers, NY 10710 914.523.7947

PERSONALIZED treatments designed for YOU by Westchester’s only dually licensed practicing Sports Chiropractor and Massage Therapist. Receive a unique combination of muscle work and adjustments not provided elsewhere. Dr. Leigh can help you move and feel better. Get back to the life you love!

Certified ADHD Coach/ Organizer 914.373.4787;

Learn strategies that work with the way YOU think. ADD/ADHD or executive functioning challenges can affect every aspect of your life. Maximize your strengths and become more productive. First-hand understanding and compassion. Live the life you love!

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Poughkeepsie, NY 12601; 917.868.1769 Health coaching, with an integrative approach for corporations and families. Supportive, personalized and interactive wellness programs. Offering corporate lunch sessions and webinars increasing productivity and decreasing absenteeism. Wanda educates you on your favorite health topics and more.


Success Coaching and Hypnosis, LLC Pleasantville, NY 914.747.9059; Behavior Modification Coach and Intuitive Counselor, helps you achieve your personal goals: weight, stress, confidence, clarity and more. Immediate results and guidance using powerful tools and techniques for mind, body and spirit, just what you need to live a better life.


Practitioner: The Center for Health + Healing 4 Smith Ave 2nd Fl; Mount Kisco, NY 914.519.8138; Craniosacral therapy with Somato Emotional Release allows chronic physical, emotional and spiritual issues to be intimately explored, bringing relief from pain and activating a healing process which continues after the session is over.



Edit J. Babboni, RYT- 200, Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, 61 Lakeview Dr., Yorktown Heights, NY 917.721.2529; Drained from toxic relationships? Overwhelmed by stress at work? Fed up with those nagging cravings? Want to feel great in your body? Call for your first free consult to start changing your life! See ad pg 22.



914.921.LIFE (5433) Experience and personalized service you can trust. The finest in colonic irrigation and personal care. Serving the tri-state area since 1993.


Elizabeth Pasquale, LMT, CST, Director White Plains & Ossining offices 914.762.4693; WellOnTheWay.Com

Master Life Coach 718.812.5166

Do you ever imagine living the life of your dreams? Are you at a standstill? The best way to allow yourself to blossom is to become the master of your own destiny! Schedule a consultation today.

Curious about energy medicine? Know there is something to it, from all you’ve read and heard? Are you tingling with excitement right now, knowing you’re about to experience something life changing? Free getacquainted phone call! See ad pg 33.


Integrative Medicine and Dermatology 17 Rodman Oval, New Rochelle, NY 914.637.0908; We clear your Skin naturally, by correcting the underlying digestive and inflammatory issues using nutrition, supplements, and energetic techniques, for diagnosis and treatment. Caring Board Certified Dermatologist and World pioneer in Holistic Dermatology. 


Betty Prinsen, MA, Certified Practitioner 917.941.4767: Carmel 914.244.1606; Bedford Hills Relax and cleanse comfortably and easily through Ionic Detox Footbath. Feel revitalized, balanced, healthy and ready to enjoy life. Carmel and Bedford Hills locations.


Coaching, Healing & Channeling Cold Spring, NY 845.424.6219; Mary Ellen O’Brien uses a combination of her intuitive and coaching skills to help individuals change limiting beliefs and awaken their true essence. Her clients experience more joy, fulfillment and balance in their lives.

JEANIE PASQUALE, DOWSER INTEGRITY CHIROPRACTIC Dr. Jodi Kennedy 11 Miller Rd Mahopac, NY 845.628.7233 (SAFE)

Do you struggle with stress, pain and muscle tightness? If so, call today for your free consultation and learn how to finally address these issues and experience ideal health naturally. See ad pg 19.

Member: Westchester Holistic Network 845.709.5245 Facebook: House Harmony Do you have unsolved health issues? Selling your home? Is your business not attracting customers? Dowsing can help solve these issues. Call for more information and receive a free energy reading.

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Mag Treanor RN, Reiki, Emotion Code NLP, Kinesiology, EFT-Adv, Hypnotist Carmel, NY; 845.228.8132 Realign mind body spirit, find core issues. Clear trauma, anxieties, negative Karma, Ancestral, Inherited, trapped emotions, limiting beliefs, Release Restore Realign Balance and Heal with intuition, intention, energy techniques. Tapping, Light, Sound, Magnets, Aromas, Spirit. See ad pg 21.


Energy Healing, Coaching, Organizing Services Peekskill, NY 914.473.1032; During Tina’s healing sessions, she channels divine healing energy, promoting profound positive changes in the body, mind and spirit. Tina’s coaching style allows her clients to rewrite the script of negative thoughts to create the lives they dream for themselves.

ANNE H. BENTZEN, MSOT, RMT, JRP Usui/Karuna® Reiki Master Teacher, Jikiden Reiki; Energetic Counseling, OT Armonk & Eastchester Offices 914.588.4079;

Energetic healing complements medical care. Experience relief from stress, trauma, pain, anxiety, depression, insomnia, grief and more. Restore energy flow, improve immunity and balance all 7 major chakra systems. Monthly healing circles; Reiki certificate classes.



YOUNG LIVING ESSENTIAL OILS Caitlin & Rob Begley, Ind. Dist. Info: Contact:

We are wellness educators striving to teach families about the purity and therapeutic benefits of Young Living Essential Oils and how to live chemical free. We offer ongoing wellness education through in-person and online classes, DIY seminars, and 1:1 coaching.

Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? Are you exhausted from pain, stress or PTSD? Balance your body's energies for optimal physical health and emotional well-being with Esoteric Healing, a high vibrational technique from Tibet.

250 E. Hartsdale Ave. St. 22, Hartsdale, NY 400 Rella Blvd. St. 165, Montebello, NY 914.472.0666; Looking for a physician with 24 years of clinical practice using natural remedies? Expertise in treating acute and chronic illness in children and adults. Emphasis on homeopathic and functional medicine to decrease dependency on pharmaceutical drugs. If you want experienced, competent, compassionate, and exceptional care.



Northern Westchester 917.747.3331


Post-Physical Therapy Conditioning Specialist, Medical Exercise Specialist and Personal Trainer. Using safe core stabilization, balance, strength, flexibility, cardiovascular, yoga and corrective exercises to develop muscular balance, postural awareness and other skills to reduce or eliminate your pain. Privates in my studio or your home. 914.310.2949; Human Design Science, Precise Genetic Decoding, A “Personal Operating Decision Making Manual,”Your Very Unique: Health, Nutrition, Environment, Relationship, Career/Work Needs and Proclivities and More! You are Unique, a One-of-a-Kind!


Dr. Jodi Kennedy 11 Miller Rd Mahopac, NY 845.628.7233 (SAFE); Are you between the ages of 2-92 and want to experience each day with less aches and more energy? Call today for your free consultation. Our unique total body approach is beneficial with proven results. See ad pg 19.


Energy Medicine Practioner, Medical Intuititive, Physical Therapist 175 King Street, Chappaqua, NY 239.289.3744;




Builder and General Contractor of fine custom alterations, restorations, architectural additions, and new construction. Offering a high level of management and craftsmanship. Specializing in a 95% dust-free living environment. PHIUS Energy Efficient and non-toxic building applications.Bau-Biologist, the holistic approach to Natural Building,passive and active solar installations and retrofits, as well as conventional construction. Building design services and consultation available. 44 years experience.

130 Hardscrabble Rd. North Salem, NY 914.485.1210 Family owned and operated. We raise grass fed beef, free range eggs, pastured pork and turkey. Fruits/veggies from our farm and other local farms for Summer CSA. Local honey, milk and cheese. Spring/summer/fall annuals. Store open daily 8am-6pm. See ad pg 27.

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150 Purchase St - Hansa Building Ste #7, Rye, NY 10580 914.967.1630; Understand and correct the causes of chronic conditions. Dr. Warshowsky will help you develop your optimal healing plan, incorporating the best of conventional and Integrative, Holistic medicine. He is double board certified in OB/GYN, Integrative, Holistic Medicine and a facilitator of optimal health for men, women and teens. See ad pg 10.


Merrill Black, LCSW, Reiki Master & Instructor Hypnotherapist, Intuitive Energy Healer, RYT, Founder 453 White Plains Rd, #201/203 Eastchester 914.793.2600; Nurture your mind, body, and soul. Thru a variety of healing modalities and services that include, psychotherapy, reiki, hypnosis, acupuncture, massage, reflexology, intuitive healing, spiritual counseling, nutritional consulting, therapeutic yoga, guided channeling meditation classes. Rediscover your control and balance your life. See ad pg 50.

HEALING GARDENS HAIR SALON FRESH ORGANIC SALON SOLUTIONS Hair care, Skincare & Make up 190 Rt 117 By Pass, Bedford, NY 914.242.1928;

A healthy approach to beauty and wellness led by Maureen Toohey, Regional Educator for Organic Salon Systems. The fresh team is committed to making your experience fully complete and satisfying, organically. Receive a gift valued at $75 with your 1st color appointment, when you mention Natural Awakenings. See ad pg 13.

REFLECTIONS OF NATURE The Landscape Artists 845.489.7250


We create gardens that promote healing for our clients. These sanctuaries combine beautiful sounds of chimes with flowers scents, the dancing of light off waterfalls and reflective surfaces.

HYGEIA INTEGRATED HEALTH, LLC 3505 Hill Blvd, Suite K Yorktown Heights, NY 914.352.6116;

Putting wellness back into healthcare with a specialized focus on emotional health and wellness. Our team of professionals offers acupuncture, biofeedback, massage, nutritional counseling, parent coaching, psychotherapy, and psychiatry to help support clients on a customized path to wellness.

THE CENTER FOR HEALTH AND HEALING 4 Smith Avenue, 2nd floor Mount Kisco, NY 10549 914.864.0462

In a beautiful retreat-like setting, we offer holistic psychotherapy, body therapies, acupuncture, shamanic reiki, intuitive guidance, spiritual counseling, homeopathy, naturopathic and herbal medicine, healing circles, workshops and professional trainings.


777 Ulster Ave., Kingston 15 Davis Ave., Poughkeepsie 845.338.3320; 845.485.8582 Helping people relieve symptoms o f c h r o n i c Ly m e d i s e a s e , fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome as well as many other chronic illnesses. Dramatically improve your energy levels.





Registered Herbalist (AHG) 1129 Main St, 2nd Fl., Fishkill, NY email:; 845.416.4598 Lorraine offers Individual Wellness Consultations based on the Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine Paradigm which offers a preventative and individual approach to balanced health. Each “unique� individual protocol will include Chinese, Western, Ayurvedic Herbal remedies and Nutritional planning.

250 E. Hartsdale Ave. St. 22, Hartsdale, NY 400 Rella Blvd. St. 165, Montebello, NY 914.472.0666; Looking for a physician with 24 years of clinical practice using natural remedies? Expertise in treating acute and chronic illness in children and adults. Emphasis on homeopathic and functional medicine to decrease dependency on pharmaceutical drugs. If you want experienced, competent, compassionate, and exceptional care.

HOLISTIC DENTIST DAVID L LERNER, DDS, CAC, FIND Yorktown Heights, NY 10598 914.214.9678

We offer a unique approach to the health care of the mouth based on a holistic understanding of the whole body. I invite you to explore our web site to learn how we can serve your needs. See ad pg 5.


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Michael Finkelstein MD FACP ABIHM SunRaven: The Home of Slow Medicine 501 Guard Hill Rd. Bedford, NY 914.218.3113; You can attain enhanced health and wellness on every level. I will guide you and together we will transform you into your own best doctor, friend and selfadvocate. You will learn how to bring yourself back into balance. My intention is to be the best healer and teacher I can be. I offer insightful health evaluations with customized medical guidance. Uniquely qualified to offer medical advice and attention from a holistic perspective.


Spiritual Healing Arts & Dance Millbrook + Online Studio/Sanctuary 845.677.3517; White Lotus Grace specializes in intuitive healing for body, mind, soul, and relationships through organic transformative movement and dance. Gigi Oppenheimer – intuitive healer, dancer, and coach – offers compassionate service one-on-one, to couples, and classes, online or in person.



Dr. Timothy Morley 914.241.7030; Mt. Kisco 914.615.9004; White Plains Dr. Morley is a functional medicine specialist and is board certified in anti-aging. We offer the most extensive testing in the Tristate area which allows us to discover the root causes of imbalances in your body. Balance your body and balance your life. See ads pgs 31 & 46.


150 Purchase St - Hansa Building Ste #7, Rye, NY 10580 914.967.1630; Understand and correct the causes of chronic conditions. Dr. Warshowsky will help you develop your optimal healing plan, incorporating the best of conventional and Integrative, Holistic medicine. He is double board certified in OB/GYN, Integrative, Holistic Medicine and a facilitator of optimal health for men, women and teens. See ad pg 10.

Massage Therapy with a Nurturing Touch 914.320.4063; Therapeutic massage to address specific issues or promote wellness. Works with generally healthy to very ill clients. Experience with geriatric, cancer, Parkinson’s, hospice massage. Studio in Mamaroneck and onsite visits in Westchester, Bronx, Manhattan. See ad pg 21.


Laura Giacovas,LMT, MS Ed., 4th Dan Master Instructor Taekwondo Briarcliff NY 914.941.2400, Our mission is to enhance wellness and quality of life through Therapeutic Massage and Integrated Holistic Healing. We are committed to providing an inspired, nurturing environment from which wellness and harmony can be realized.

MICHELLE VITNER, LMT, LPN A Healing Massage with Intuition 914.672.1916 or 914.873.1376

Holding sacred space through Relaxation, Therapeutic and Medical Massage Putnam, We s t c h e s t e r , D u t c h e s s . "Michelle's healing ability is more than the touch from her hands; she heals the soul. She brings serenity to people." ~Maureen S., Carmel. See ad pg 21.

NATUROPATHIC DOCTOR DORETTE LEWIS-SENIOR, ND Mind-Body-Spirit Bronx NY, Trumbull CT 855.735.2533;


Therapeutic Massage & Reiki Lisanne Elkins, MA, LMT, RM 153 Main St. Suite B, Mt. Kisco 914.319.4375; Offering therapeutic massage and Reiki for stress- and pain-relief, relaxation and general wellness. Gift certificates available for all modalities, including pre- and postnatal bodywork, aromatherapy and hot stone massage by appointment. Set your intention for healing yourself and those around you. See ad pg 52.


777 White Plains Rd., Scarsdale, NY 10583: 914.902.9200 365 Central Park Ave. Scarsdale, NY 10583; 914.422.3689 737 Bedford Rd., Bedford Hills, NY 10507: 914.244.3689 158 South Ridge St., Rye Brook, NY 10573; 914.417.6940 Massage therapy can be a powerful ally in your wellness program. Visit one of the four locations in Westchester to take advantage of our introductory offer. Open 7 days a week, extended hours, late evenings. See ads pgs 26 & back cover.

Naturopathic Physician, Wellness Educator, Medical Thermographer, Christian Minister. Her passion is helping women regain their health and wellness. With a focus on those affected by diabetes, cancer, overweight and pain. Dr. Lewis-Senior serves with joy. Some insurances accepted.

HUDSON VALLEY NATURAL HEALTH Kurt Beil, ND, LAc, MPH The Center for Health & Healing 4 Smith Ave, 2nd Fl; Mount Kisco, NY 914.362.8315;

Utilize an integrative healing approach from a doctor trained in holistic medicine. Working with your current medical treatments & labwork, as well as botanical medicine, dietary & lifestyle counselling, nutritional supplements, acupuncture and Chinese medicine, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, stress reduction and ecotherapy. Insurance reimbursement available for some services.

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Dr. Fred Lisanti, ND, LAC., RH, CHT 266 White Plains Rd, B-1, Eastchester, NY 914.337.2980;

NUSPECIES 866.624.4117 HQ: 427 Main St. Beacon, NY 12508

Blending the best of traditional and cutting edge natural medicine, Dr. Lisanti offers natural therapeutic solutions for acute and chronic conditions. He combines naturopathic care, clinical nutrition, acupuncture, detoxification, hypnosis, movement, yoga and lifestyle counseling allowing him to customize your program individually.

NuSpecies Health Centers provide free health consultations with certified nutritionists/life coaches. We make custom recommendations of our Raw, Organic, Liquid, Natural nutritional formulas and then work with our clients until they achieve their health goals. See ad pg 3.



Yellow Monkey Village 792 Rte 35 Cross River, NY, and NYC Office: 914.875.9088; Cell: 646.670.6725; Combination of Ayurveda and Naturopathy is used to create a unique treatment plan to regain and maintain health. Based on one’s particular body constitution (dosha), a plan may include supplements, diet/nutrition suggestions, lifestyle management, detoxification, hydrotherapy, 0zone therapy, Panchakarma. Clinic days: M,T,W. See ad pg 50.

LAKE MAHOPAC PHARMACY/ SURGICAL Nagi Wissa, R.Ph., IP, CEO 559 Rt, 6, Mahopac, NY 10541 T: 845.208.0424; F: 845.208.0425

We are your neighborhood holistic compounding pharmacy, ready to support y o u r h e a l t h . We o ff e r compounding prescriptions, on-line prescription renewals, supplements, homeopathic remedies, personal care products, fair trade gifts and more. We deliver and we are happy to answer your questions. See ad pg 35.

777 Ulster Ave., Kingston 15 Davis Ave., Poughkeepsie 845.338.3320; 845.485.8582 Helping people relieve symptoms o f c h r o n i c Ly m e d i s e a s e , fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome as well as many other chronic illnesses. Dramatically improve your energy levels.


Culinary Nutritionist and Functional Medicine Educator 413.717.0459; Phone, Skype, and in-person Integrating plant-based cooking, Functional Nutrition, and mindfulness practices to help you feel your best. Together we’ll create a customized action plan of healing based on your health goals and lifestyle. Offering one-on-one/family consultations, cooking lessons, public speaking.


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Pamela Hoffman, DPM Glenn B. Weiss, DPM 200 Katonah Ave., Katonah, NY 914.232.8880; Foot care for people of all ages. Board certified holistic podiatrists who use a comprehensive, integrative approach. Customized treatments utilizing the best of today’s technology combined with nutrition and 30 years of experience.


SunRaven: The Home of Slow Medicine 501 Guard Hill Rd. Bedford, NY 914.218.3113; Offering a whole-being, integrative approach to wellness, nurturing clients into health on the emotional, spiritual, mental, and physical levels. Following one’s heart to Re-envision life in order to flourish.





Tina Sferra, MSPT, CPI 175 E. Main St, Suite 204, Mt. Kisco, NY 10549; 917.476.2164 Manual PT Practice and Pilates Studio. One patient, one therapist, one hour. Integrative practice with a functional, manual approach to musculoskeletal restrictions. Specialties: Dance/ Sports Medicine PT. Pilates Apparatus sessions also available. Infinite results.


Mindful is the New Skinny The Center for Health and Healing 4 Smith Ave, Mt. Kisco, NY 10549 917.974.9446; Mindfulness and holistic health based psychotherapy helping women decrease stress, improve relationships, become less reactive and lose weight without restrictive dieting. Mindful is the New Skinny transformational program is designed to help you lighten up inside and out. Individual, groups, skype.

OPTIMAL MIND® OLD POST PHYSICAL THERAPY 43 Old Post Road South Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520 914.271.2426;

Private Physical Therapy focusing on the individual needs of each client and utilizing various manual therapy techniques to restore homeostasis in the joints, muscles, ligaments, and nerves. We also provide 1-on-1 Personal Training and Yoga. $20 discount for new clients.

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Lawrence Edwards, PhD, BCN, LMHC 2 Byram Brook Pl., Armonk, NY 10504; 914.219.8600 Integrative psychotherapy: depression, anxiety, addictions, relationships, and more. Dr. Edwards is a NY lic. psychotherapist with 40 years of experience compassionately working with adults to realize their goals. Meditation and mindfulness training are also offered.


ARCB Certified Reflexologist 1129 Main Street, 2nd fl., Fishkill, NY email:; 845.416.4598 Foot and/or Hand Reflexology sessions are offered with the use of Essential Oils applied to acupuncture points based upon each individual’s presenting pattern.  Please refer to Services page on web site for the many benefits of this ancient modality.


2 Coulter Road, Bakers Mills, NY 12811 518.251.3015; 914.556.8258 Yoga in the Adirondacks is nestled in the valley of the beautiful Adirondack Mountains, where yoga embraces nature. Connect your mind, body and spirit and explore your retreat with like-minded people to build a happier and healthier life. Studio available for your yoga/ wellness private group as well.


Yoni Hormadaly, LMT 109 Danbury Rd. Ridgefield, CT 203.550.6888 Yo n i h a s b e e n p r a c t i c i n g Structural Integration since 2002. Specializing in improving the relationship between the human body and gravity. Flat feet, chronic pain and discomfort, improvement in athletic pursuits, general selfimprovement, are some of the reasons clients of all ages have sought out this work. Free phone consultation.

SLEEP DISORDER DAVID L LERNER, DDS, CAC, FIND Yorktown Heights, NY 10598 914.214.9678

We offer a unique approach to the health care of the mouth based on a holistic understanding of the whole body. I invite you to explore our web site to learn how we can serve your needs. See ad pg 5.



Rev. Dr. Hans B. Hallundbaek, Pastor 609 Rt. 22, Croton Falls, NY Join a unique monthly Interfaith Sunday at the Chapel at Croton Falls at 10:30am – Enjoy prayer, music, movement and dialogue. Check our FB page for information on upcoming programs or e-mail Rev. Deborah Moldow, Interfaith Minister, at See ad pg 8.


299 North Highland Avenue, Bldg. 5 Ossining, New York 10562 914.941.4455; The Mariandale Center sponsors retreats and programs on spiritual and contemplative practices. We also welcome nonprofit organizations for workshops and group retreats. Our guests enjoy the contemplative environment at the Center, and the beautiful, spacious land overlooking the Hudson River. See ad pg 71.

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Yoga Plus: Graceful Aging September articles include: Yoga Practice Tips Enhancing Elderhood Healthful Recipes and so much more!


Breast and Ovarian Cancer Support Services 914.962.6402, 800.532.4290 Support Connection offers free, confidential breast and ovarian cancer support services including individual peer counseling, support groups, wellness programs and educational forums. Counselors are cancer survivors See ad pg 33..

THERMOGRAPHY PATRICIA BOWDEN-LUCCARDI LMT, CTT, CNMT Certified Thermographic Technician Certified Whole Health Educator 518.929.7579;

Prevention is the Cure. RadiationFree Breast and Full Body medical thermal imaging available in Westchester & Dutchess County. By appointment. Offices in Mount Kisco, White Plains and Poughkeepsie. See ad pg 30.

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Understand and correct the causes of chronic conditions. Dr. Warshowsky will help you develop your optimal healing plan, incorporating the best of conventional and Integrative, Holistic medicine. He is double board certified in OB/GYN, Integrative, Holistic Medicine and a facilitator of optimal health for men, women and teens. See ad pg 10.

We specialize in the integration of holistic and conventional veterinary medicine to provide quality, comprehensive care for your pet's needs. We enjoy taking time to get to know our clients and their pets. This allows pets to relax, while we learn about their family lifestyle. See ad pg 42.

150 Purchase St - Hansa Building Ste #7, Rye, NY 10580 914.967.1630;

TMJ DISORDER DAVID L LERNER, DDS, CAC, FIND Yorktown Heights, NY 10598 914.214.9678

We offer a unique approach to the health care of the mouth based on a holistic understanding of the whole body. I invite you to explore our web site to learn how we can serve your needs. See ad pg 5.

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Full Circle Veterinary Hospital Integrative, Holistic & Conventional 1609 Route 9, Wappingers Falls, NY 845.234.4417;


271 Veterans Road Yorktown Heights, NY 10598; 914.962.3111 Integrative Care including Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine, along with many other types of Alternative and Complementary Veterinary Medicinal services are offered. We also offer a full range of high tech, cutting edge, medical, surgical and dental services. See ad pg 43.

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Certified Yoga Instructor Reiki Master/Teacher Northern Westchester 914.522.1297; Karen integrates different teaching styles based on the mental, emotional, spiritual and physical aspects of each individual person. Private & Group Sessions. All Ages: Beginners to Advanced. “Energy is Limitless, Optimum Health is Timeless.”



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Saw Mill Club,77 Kensico Dr., Mt. Kisco Michelle Briks, Programs Coordinator 914.752.1872 S M C O h r a Yo g a T T program offers Yoga Alliance accredited E-RYT 200 & 300 Hour Programs to Empower Yourself and Inspire Others! Their proven training methods are anatomically informed and intelligently sequenced. The trainings are led by Michelle Briks, RYT-500, Ayurvedic specialist and accredited Nutritionist. 

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Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition

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August 2017



natural awakenings

Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition

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