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or nonnutritious ingredients in the food on grocery store shelves. I think that’s why I love this time of year, when our farmers’ markets and farm stores open for the season: I don’t have to read labels, and better yet, I can talk with the people who grow the food, so when I prepare my meals I can appreciate the food and the farmer too. We’re lucky to have so many local farmers who are passionate about growing food for our communities. While we publish our Foodie Guide and new healthy eating articles every month, in July we really like to focus on farmers. So we had fun this month connecting with local farmers and discovering cool places that grow and offer farm-fresh foods. Walking barefoot between rows of lettuce, catching the scent of lavender mixed with the aroma of mint or basil from the far side of the garden, is both stimulating and soothing to my soul. I honor the process of planting, growing, harvesting, preparing and indulging in the food that nourishes my body. Gardening is an experience that touches my every sense. And for me, sharing meals is a sacred way to connect with others; that’s why I love cooking and eating with friends and family. I appreciate the precious connection between nourishing one’s body and loving oneself. By choosing the highest and best foods with which to fuel my body, I honor who I am. More and more women today are taking to the field and living off the soil. Especially in our area, female farmers are on the rise, growing the food that feeds our communities. You can read about several of them in “Women’s Work: The New Face of the Small Farm Is Female,” on page 34. This month’s magazine also features articles on organic farming, foods to eat to help us sleep better, and the 10 top anti-inflammatory foods. Our local article on CBD takes a closer look at how this popular hemp derivative works. We asked some local CBD experts to enlighten us on the benefits of this plant-based product, which has been shown to reduce depression, anxiety, pain, inflammation and epileptic seizures, and may even help with addiction. To learn more, read “Tips for Buying CBD: Legal Hemp Products Are Welcome Tools for Treating Symptoms,” on page 50. Now that summer has finally arrived, there are so many fun things to do! Dutchess County is bursting with all kinds of new businesses and events, from outdoor movies, to yoga and Pilates, to new restaurants like Tacos & Cones, as well as biking, hot-air balloon festivals, dragon boat races and more. Our calendars in print and online are packed with happenings from NYC to Red Hook. Mark your calendar for some of these upcoming events, classes and community gatherings. You can check out our monthly and ongoing calendars on pages 65-69, and find even more happenings by visiting our community calendar at Enjoy,

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Contents 34 WOMEN’S WORK


The New Face of the Small Farm Is Female


Restoring the Nutritional Value of Crops

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Flavorful Ways to Lower Disease Risk


Natural Ways to Reduce Pain

50 TIPS FOR BUYING CBD 44 Legal Hemp Products Are Welcome Tools for Treating Symptoms

52 GARY GRIGGS on What We Must Do to Save Our Coasts


ARE GETTING CANCER GMO Toxins Permeate Pet Foods

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NuSpecies Offers Free Consultations with Naturopathic Doctors


uSpecies, the Beacon-based creator of raw, natural, liquid, organic supplements, has added to its staff of natural health consultants in order to better guide its clients to improved health. “Over the last 12 years, we’ve helped thousands of people live better and longer,” says Aston Farquharson, NuSpecies’ founder. “We assist our clients to rebuild their immune systems and their bodies overall, and we always endeavor to help as many people as possible who suffer with diseases. To this end, we have added four naturopathic doctors and some registered nurses to our staff to ensure that our clients are exposed to the very best opportunities to live better naturally. By coupling our supplements with client services from our NDs, RNs and nutritionists, NuSNuSpecies’ headquarter pecies has become a very successful organization dedicated to the best tradition of helping people live better.” in Beacon Just as clients receive free consultations when they see Farquharson, they can now book free consultations with NuSpecies’ naturopathic doctors. NuSpecies also has an app featuring its most recent articles and success stories, so clients can engage with each other, get exclusive discounts and learn about NuSpecies products and services. For more information or to arrange for a consultation, visit or call the company at 866.261.8886. NuSpecies’ headquarters is located at 427 Main St., Beacon, NY. See ad, page 19.

nOMad’s Summer Series Brings Yoga Community Together


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OMad’s fourth annual Summer Series, classes designed to bring Hudson Valley yoga studios and their communities together, will take place weekly through September 20, at 6:30 p.m., at Scenic Hudson’s Long Dock Park in Beacon. A different studio will be featured each week. This year the series will include a kids’ yoga class for noMad Summer Solstice event ages 5 and up. No experience or reservations are necessary to participate in any class, although there is a $15 per class suggested donation. Participants should bring a mat and a friend. “These annual nOMad events are much anticipated and celebrated by our Hudson Valley, even beyond the yoga community,” says Pheobe Miller, founder of nOMad always at OM. “I would love to see that entire lawn at Scenic Hudson’s Long Dock Park fill up again as our community comes together in our small corner of the world. There is such a joy to meet new students and see familiar faces each year. Our mission each week is to raise our vibrations to spread love and peace.“ Founded in 2014, nOMad always at OM is a community-based business that

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organizes events on and off the yoga mat, designed to inspire joy, gratitude, confidence and connection. Anyone can join in, regardless of yoga experience. nOMad offers yoga community events around the Hudson Valley, retreats and teacher trainings around the world and a global online studio featuring Hudson Valley teachers to enhance a home practice. For more info, visit or

Chronic Symptoms Inspire CBD Start-Up


herniated disk had left Mark Frieder with chronic back pain for more than a decade. His wife, Jeanne, suffered from irritable bowel syndrome and hot flashes. Both of them found relief in CBD oil, which they found at a hemp festival in Sedona, Arizona. The Frieders, both Reiki practitioners, had heard about the plant-based healing compound, made from legal, industrial hemp. “We were curious about CBD, because Mark Frieder it’s known to alleviate many ailments,” Mark says. “So we spoke with several vendors, got information and purchased a bottle or two of the tincture. When we got home, we began taking it daily. Soon I realized my back didn’t bother me as much, and I was able to get out of bed in the morning without doubling over. Jeanne’s symptoms had subsided as well.” The results were so dramatic that Mark decided to begin distributing legal, hemp-based CBD products in New York, where it was virtually unknown. CBD Source NY was born. Since launching, the Frieders have assembled a team of friends and ambassadors to spread the news about CBD via word of mouth. The couple has attended shows and festivals, received referrals and called on local businesses. Mark sells CBD products through several NY retailers and to individual customers. “The feedback from these customers, and the results they’ve experienced, are exceptional,” he says.   Now affectionately called “the oil guy” by his customers, Mark says he enjoys taking the time with them to discuss their health concerns and then staying in touch to ensure they’re getting good results. “I’m no doctor, but I’m passionate about this amazing healing aid that is plant-based, ecologically sound and perfectly safe and legal. I continue to research CBD manufacturers to develop a catalog of products that are organic and contaminant-free and use a carbon dioxide-based method of extraction. We have all our products independently tested by a third-party lab in order to verify the manufacturers’ product-efficacy claims.”   For more info, contact Mark Frieder at 914.393.3518 or visit See ad page 51. July 2018


Dr. Kaushik Announces Certification Courses in Ayurveda


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r. Somesh Kaushik will begin offering certification courses in Ayurveda starting in September. Certification will be awarded by the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) Certification Board and include certificates in Ayurvedic Health Counselor

(CAHC) and Ayurvedic Practitioner (CAP). A CAHC is trained to focus on preventive health care as well as health promotion, with a specific focus on diet and lifestyle through traditional Ayurvedic medical science principles and practices. Completion of the intense, in-depth CAHC program will constitute eligibility for the CAP program. The Ayurveda curriculum will consist of lectures, clinical practicum, self-study and case reports. Travel to India to participate in health clinics will be part of the clinical practicum. NAMA certification includes four areas of concentration: foundations of Ayurveda (history and philosophy); concepts of Ayurveda; skills and competencies; and recommendations, treatment and other interventions. “This program is for those who would like to deepen their knowledge of health for their own and their family’s well-being, and for those who wish to pursue Ayurveda, the world’s oldest healing system, as a profession,” Kaushik says. Kaushik has been practicing Ayurveda for more than 35 years. He received his training as an Ayurvedic physician with a Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery at Kurukshetra University, India, and as a naturopathic doctor at the University of Bridgeport, Connecticut. He also holds master’s degrees in public health and public administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He has taught Ayurvedic medicine at the Graduate Institute, University of Bridgeport, and National University of Natural Medicine, and has lectured about Ayurveda throughout the United States. The application deadline is August 24. For more information, call 646.670.6725 or email See ad, page 17.


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Tacos & Cones Now Open on Main Street in Pawling


wo of America’s favorite foods are being served from one storefront at Tacos & Cones, now open at 9 East Main Street in Pawling. Local business owner Ben Christgau came up with the concept when he was enjoying a night off with his 8-year-old daughter. “I love tacos and she loves ice cream, so we Ben Christgau decided to open another family business that would be fun for both of us,” he says. The shop will have a walk-up window and outdoor picnic tables where the community can gather. Tacos & Cones serves Mexican street tacos made with gluten-free corn tortillas, fresh salsa, cilantro and chicken, pork, steak or veggies. Other savory offerings include salads and house-made guacamole. Ice cream offerings include a hard style from Perry’s and an all-natural soft serve from Gillette Creamery. Both companies are based in New York. The house special will be the nacho cone, ice cream served in a taco-shell-shaped waffle cone. Tacos & Cones will be a peanut-free environment, and there will be several gluten-free options on the menu. Christgau says he likes the idea of offering “healthy, affordable fun food,” while his daughter is just excited that Pawling now has an ice cream shop. A strong advocate for local business, Christgau will source his produce from Hudson Valley farms and Peterson’s Nursery, in Patterson, and has partnered with a neighboring business, the Imperial Castle Toy Shop, for a customer loyalty program. Tacos & Cones is open seven days a week, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

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Soirée Supports Efforts to Prevent and Treat Dementia


he Sharp Again Naturally Soirée, supporting the prevention and restoration of memory loss, will be held on July 11, at 6:30 p.m., at the CV Rich Mansion and grounds in White Plains. The event will include dinner as well as an evening of entertainment, featuring a mentalist, a classic rock band, a 50-50 raffle, a silent auction and a wine pull. “Many elements of keeping our bodies and brains healthy will be incorporated into the evening,” says Lisa Fiener, board chair and co-founder of Sharp Again Naturally. “A mentalist will circulate during cocktail hour to delight and challenge guests. Dancing keeps the mind and body in top form. Guests will dine on brainhealthy food, including guacamole and salmon, and have a chance to bid on silent auction items such as spa and alternative therapy treatments, golf outings, fitness and food items, and lots more.” Sharp Again Naturally, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, educates the public and medical community about causes of memory loss and dementia that can be prevented, treated and often reversed, Fiener says. For more information about Sharp Again Naturally and for tips to keep your brain sharp, visit For details about the Sharp Again Naturally Soirée, visit To donate to the organization, visit See ad page 16.

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Karma Road Yoga Opens in Briarcliff Manor


arma Road Yoga, a full-service, 1,200-foot yoga studio, is now open in the Village of Briarcliff Manor. With Karma Road Yoga studio 10 certified teachers, it offers a broad menu of morning and evening classes, from Gentle Yogi Bliss to Karma Power. There are actually two studios on site: Karma Studio, for yoga classes, and Bhakti Room, for small groups and wellness services, says Betsy Egan, a partner in the business along with Ellen Forman. “I’m delighted to bring this studio to Briarcliff Manor, as it has the potential to be a major asset to the residents and the surrounding area,” Egan says. Kim Trotta, a yoga student from Croton, agrees. “I found Karma Road to be just the right yoga studio to begin my yoga practice because of its warm and welcoming environment,” she says. People of all ages and abilities are welcome at Karma Road Yoga, and true to its name, the studio will donate a portion of its profits to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Briarcliff. “I’m honored to be part of this business model of giving back and supporting local causes,” Forman says. Opening specials include a two-for-one deal, and there’s an ongoing special for new students. Karma Road Yoga is located at 1250 Pleasantville Rd., Briarcliff Manor, NY. For more info, visit, or contact the studio at or 914.382.6733. See ad, page 49.


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Community Invited to Free Movies in Poughkeepsie Park


pper Landing Park in Poughkeepsie has become an outdoor cinema on certain Saturday evenings this summer, as the Millman Harris Romano (MHR) Foundation and Walkway Over the Movies Under the Walkway Hudson host Movies Under the Walkway, free movie nights on the banks of the Hudson River. Each family-friendly event starts with music at 7 p.m., followed by a movie at sunset. Upcoming showings include Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle on July 14; Star Wars: The Last Jedi on July 21; Coco on August 4; and Black Panther on August 18. Upper Landing Park is located at 83 North Water Street. Moviegoers should bring their own blankets or chairs. Food vendors will be on site, and free parking is available at Metro North and the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum. According to, “The Millman Harris Romano Foundation was established in 2001 to honor the memories of three men committed to the health, mind and spirit of their communities. Samuel K. Millman, James R. Harris and Salvatore Romano were dedicated to ‘giving back’ to the communities that had been instrumental to their lives and those of their neighbors, friends and families. They believed that all citizens should have the opportunity to participate and advance in personal and community issues such as education, cultural enrichment and health.” For more information, visit

Awaken Wellness Fair Returns to New York City


he Awaken Wellness Fair, the longrunning “body-mind-spirit-green expo,” will return to New York City July 29, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., in a new location, the Roger Smith Hotel (on the mezzanine and the 16th floor), at 501 Lexington Avenue at East 47th Street. Free tickets are available from Eventbrite. “Men and women who are curious about holistic practices are attracted to the Awaken Fairs,” says their founder and director, Paula Caracappa. “They find abundant information encompassing the world of ancient as well as new, cuttingedge healing and wellness methods. Often guests have come expecting to spend a couple of hours and find themselves spending the entire day, because there is so much exciting knowledge to gather.” Two rooms will be devoted to free presentations on how to “awaken to your best self,” she says. In the vendor area, visitors can learn about products and services such as essential oils, chiropractic, nutritional supplements, organic cleaning products and healing crystals and jewelry. Intuitive readers and holistic healers are a big part of the fair, Caracappa says. “This group offers insight through tarot reading, mediumship, angel reading, pet readings and many more, for entertainment purposes only. The gifted healers practice a variety of energy healing, including Reiki. Healing practices have become more and more mainstream, and many people sample a healing practice for the first time at the Awaken Fair.” Until July 28, discounted appointments can be made with readers and healers online at For more info, visit See ad, page 2.

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Monthly Forum Ties Holistic Practice, Community Outreach


reate QuanYin Institute (CQY), a new, local grassroots nonprofit organization founded to explore the intersect of holistic practices, yoga, nature and social activism, will hold its second Wholistic Peace Forum on July 21, Wholistic Peace Forum from 3:30 to 5 p.m., in Hartsdale. “It will be an interactive and collaborative experience as we identify and discuss best practices for the holistic community to get more involved with overarching community issues here in Westchester,” says Cristina Ortiz, founder, president and CEO of CQY. “Some themes we are currently exploring in our outreach work are education, healthcare, de-incarceration, women’s rights, resilience and compassion.” The forum launched in June and will be a monthly gathering. Participation is free, and donations are welcome, Ortiz says. “You are invited to come together, to learn and grow as a holistic community at this monthly gathering,” she says. “If you are interested but won’t make it on the 21st, please let us know by sending an email to, and we will be happy to keep you in the loop for future meetings. If you can’t make it but think a colleague or friend is aligned, please spread the word.” For tickets and details, visit and search Wholistic Peace Forum.

Harlem Valley Rail Ride Set for July 22


he Harlem Valley Rail Ride, which takes cyclists through a horse farm, a dairy farm and a car-free, six-mile section of abandoned railroad track, will be held July 22, beginning and ending at Eddie Collins Field in Millerton. Riders can choose from several route lengths, from 23, 33, 45, 57, 72 and 80 miles, to two different 100-mile routes, all along low-traffic country roads. The day starts with a gastronomical breakfast, plus pancakes, french toast, bacon, sausage and Irving Farms Coffee. It concludes with a country barbecue festival, featuring local sweet corn, hot dogs, bratwurst, sausage and peppers, hamburgers, veggie burgers, grilled chicken, salad and, for dessert, ice cream and watermelon triangles. Participants can get a free therapeutic massage after the ride, and the American Legion will be sponsoring a beer garden, with all proceeds going to the Wounded Warriors Fund. The Town of Millerton, which was ranked as one of America’s “10 Coolest Small Towns” by Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel magazine, has given organizers of the Harlem Valley Rail Ride a permit for weekend camping and a shower truck in Eddie Collins


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Field. Riders should bring a swimsuit and towel, plus a change of clothes in a small bag. Event organizers will hold their bags during the ride, and will hand out free T-shirts to riders afterwards. The cost of registration is $90. For more info, visit HarlemValleyRailRide. com.

CoachGlo Hosts Daylong Women’s Retreat


loria Marrero Favreau, the certified coach practitioner known as CoachGlo, will host her annual life-coaching retreat for women August 26, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Bailey Farms, located at 23 Barnes Road in Ossining. Darling, You Are Fabulous: Transforming Your Inner Critic into SelfConfidence! is an opportunity for women to relax and learn more about themselves, Favreau says. The daylong retreat, which includes breakfast and lunch, as well as snacks and light beverages, features a health talk, yoga, meditation, music and dancing. “Participants in the retreat will meet like-minded sisters,” Favreau says. “We encourage them to invite an old friend and make new friends too. It’s a very casual environment, so we recommend comfortable attire and footwear.” The cost to attend is $79. There is limited seating, so ticket sales will end July 30. To order tickets, visit and search for “Darling You Are Fabulous.” Favreau’s private practice, Gliding With Glo Life Coaching, is located at 66 Main St., Bedford Hills, NY. For more info, call 914.204.1703 or visit

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he Hudson Valley Hot-Air Balloon Festival, now in its 27th year of hosting balloonists from across the country, has moved to the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck. The larger space will accommodate more activities for all ages; give balloonists the option to fly in all directions for 360-degree views, launch and offer tethered balloon rides; and provide spectators with plenty of free parking, plus more opportunities to interact with balloons and their pilots. Organized by the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce (DCRCOC), the balloon festival has expanded significantly over the years, with more than 25,000 people attending in 2017. This year’s event, set for July 6-8, will feature more than 100 balloon launches during the weekend, with mass launches scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings, and sunrise launches on Saturday and Sunday. There will be tethered balloon rides available all weekend. ����������������������������������� All rides are weather and wind permitting, but other activities will be available at all times, including a craft beverage tap tent, live bands, vendors, food trucks and family activities. Spectators should allow for extra traffic time to ensure that they see the balloons inflate and launch. Updates will be posted throughout the weekend on the chamber’s website, dcrcoc. org, as well as on the 27th Annual Hudson Valley Hot-Air Balloon Festival Facebook and Instagram pages. Advance discounted tickets are now available. Visit for complete event information, including tickets, FAQs, directions and vendors.


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Fifth annual Dragon Boat Race and Festival

Dragon Boat Race and Festival Returns July 21


abitat for Humanity of Dutchess County is partnering with 22Dragons of Montreal to host the fifth annual Dragon Boat Race and Festival on July 21 at the Hudson River Rowing Association, in Poughkeepsie. In addition to dragon boat races, the daylong event will feature food trucks, music, local vendors and activities for all ages on the banks of the Hudson River. In a dragon boat race, families, friends, coworkers and group and club members form teams and compete against each other, paddling 40-foot-long wooden boats down a 200-meter course. Each team comprises 16 paddlers, a drummer and two or three alternates. Competitors can register as teams or register as individuals, in which case they will be placed on a team that needs paddlers.  While the Dutchess Dragon Boat races are going on, the shoreline will be humming with energy as the Riverside Festival provides a wide range of entertainment throughout the day. Admission to the festival is free and open to the public. For more info or to register, visit or visit Dutchess Dragon Boat Race and Festival on Facebook.



n the June edition article “Pilates Heals,” we incorrectly attributed the following quotes: “Joseph Pilates described his method as ‘complete coordination of the mind, body and spirit.’ It is this coordination that sets Pilates apart from all other methods of core training and is the reason why it is so beneficial for health and vibrancy at any stage of life.” “Pilates is for every body. I teach Pilates to men and women of all ages who come to the studio for all types of reasons. No matter what the reason for starting Pilates, everyone sticks with it—most people for a lifetime—because the practice of coordinating the mind, body and spirit is so powerful and effective.” These words were spoken by Elaine Ewing, owner of Rhinebeck Pilates. We apologize for the error.

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As Earth’s climate becomes warmer, sleepless nights will increase for many, predicts a study from the University of California, San Diego. The research links sleep data on 765,000 Americans collected by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with climate models that predict warming trends. Rising temperatures could cause six additional nights of poor sleep per 100 people by 2050 and 14 by 2099. Seniors, which have difficulty regulating body temperature, and low-income people without air conditioning, are likely to be the most affected.

Exercise Benefits Cancer Survivors Moderate-to-vigorous physical activity increases cognitive function and reduces fatigue in breast cancer survivors, concludes a University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne study. The 299 participants that had undergone chemotherapy an average of eight years earlier wore an accelerometer for a week to measure their average daily minutes of exercise and completed a set of questionnaires and neuropsychological tests. The findings suggest that those regularly performing this level of exercise benefit through improved attention, memory and multitasking abilities. Also, in a recent Portuguese study of 15 women being treated for advanced breast cancer, eight women performed two, one-hour sessions a week of aerobic, strength-training and arm exercises. After 12 weeks, they experienced significantly less fatigue and pain, improved cardiovascular fitness, better emotional well-being and a greater ability to perform daily tasks, compared to the control group. 18

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Eating Apples and Tomatoes Repairs Lungs Eating lots of fresh tomatoes and fruit, especially apples, helps heal damaged lungs of ex-smokers, reports Johns Hopkins University research published in the European Respiratory Journal. The study, which followed more than 650 people between 2002 and 2012, also found that those that ate more than two tomatoes or more than three portions of fresh fruit daily experienced markedly less of the natural decline of lung function that typically occurs after age 30.


The danger of pesticide exposure for expectant mothers has been confirmed by a study of half a million people in the San Joaquin Valley of California, a heavypesticide region in which more than one-third of U.S. vegetables and two-thirds of our fruits and nuts are grown. Studying birth records, researchers from the University of California, Santa Barbara, found that the top 5 percent of women with the highest exposure had negative effects for all birth outcomes, including low birth weight, gestational length, preterm birth and birth abnormalities.


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Walking Speed May Predict Dementia A recent study published in Neurology suggests there is a link between walking speed and the onset of dementia in older adults. Using a stopwatch, tape and an 18-foot-long hallway to measure the walking speed of 175 adults aged 70 to 79, University of Pittsburgh researchers found that in the course of 14 years, those that slowed down by 0.1 second or more per year were 47 percent more likely to develop cognitive decline. The slowing walkers also experienced shrinkage in the right hippocampus, associated with complex learning and memory. The results held true even after realizing that a slowing gait could be due to muscle weakness, knee pain or another disease. Similarly, a study published in Neurology of 93 adults 70 and older found that slow walkers were nine times more likely to develop non-memory-related mild cognitive decline than moderate-to-fast walkers. Walking speed was monitored using infrared sensors in their homes over a three-year period; participants regularly took memory and thinking tests. 20

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Bee venom and its toxic component, melittin, can reduce the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi that causes Lyme disease more effectively than standard therapy using antibiotics such as doxycycline, cefoperazone and daptomycin. The laboratory findings come from the Lyme Disease Research Group at the University of New Haven, in Connecticut.

Just 9 percent of U.S. adults eat enough vegetables and only 12 percent eat enough fruit every day, concludes a recent study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National guidelines for adults recommend at least one-and-a-half to two cups per day of fruit and two to three cups of vegetables. Consumption is lowest among men, young adults and adults living in poverty.

Air Pollution Affects Teen Menstruation Polluted air raises the chances of irregular menstrual cycles among teenage girls, a new Boston University School of Medicine study reports. Studying the records of 34,832 women and linking that information with levels of pollutants when the women were 14 to 18 years old, researchers concluded that teenage girls in polluted areas have a slightly greater likelihood of menstrual irregularity and take longer to achieve regularity in high school and early adulthood. It may also put them at long-term risk of other hormone-related problems, researchers warned.

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Researchers from Thailand had 64 people suffering from hay fever (allergic rhinitis) experience halfhour steam baths three times a week for four weeks. Half received baths without herbs; the other half’s baths were enhanced with herbs such as lemongrass and ginger. The two treatments equally lowered symptoms such as sneezing, nasal itching and nasal congestion, but those taking the herbal baths reported greater satisfaction with their treatment.

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Glycine Is Key to Anti-Inflammatory Supplement Medical scientists know that chronic inflammation is linked to disease. As Harvard Health Publishing puts it, “The four horsemen of the medical apocalypse—coronary artery disease, diabetes, cancer and Alzheimer’s—may be riding the same steed: inflammation.” Dr. Joel Brind, a longtime medical researcher and the CEO of Natural Food Science, based in New Hamburg, has developed a simple nutritional solution to inflammation. “The best anti-inflammatory food is bone broth or gelatin (collagen), which is rich in glycine, the main amino acid found in collagen or gelatin,” he says. “However, eating the muscle meat without the collagen of the bones actually depletes glycine from the body, thus making it—whether red meat or white—proinflammatory.” Brind’s dietary supplement, sweetamine, is a convenient way to keep chronic inflammation at bay, he says. “Glycine needs to be replenished daily, as it’s a small, water-soluble nutrient that quickly cycles through the body. Because it’s used like a sweetener in tea or coffee, sweetamine simplifies that replenishing process. People who use it regularly receive the tremendous benefit of eliminating inappropriate or excessive inflammation in an easy and natural way.” To buy or read more about sweetamine, visit See ad, page 45. July 2018


According to data from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, three of the world’s largest meat producers, JBS, Cargill and Tyson, emitted more greenhouse gas last year than all of France and nearly as much as the biggest oil companies, such as Exxon, British Petroleum and Shell. Carbon dioxide emissions from raising farmed animals make up about 15 percent of global human-induced emissions, with the biggest offenders being beef and milk production. The nonprofit environmental organization EcoWatch claims that a pound of beef requires 13 percent more fossil fuel and 15 times more water to produce than a pound of soy. It notes, “There is no such thing as sustainable meat, and plant-based alternatives to meat, dairy and eggs take a mere fraction of the resources to produce as their animal-based counterparts.” A vegan diet is not just good for the planet, either; it also spares animals misery at factory farms. “Pigs, cows, chickens and other farmed animals suffer horribly. These innocent animals face unthinkable horrors: cruel caged confinement, brutal mutilations and bloody, merciless deaths,” says Joe Loria, communications and content manager at the humanitarian group Mercy for Animals.

In Vitro Corals

Scientists Help Repropagate Vanishing Reefs

Warming seawater and increasing ocean acidity are damaging reef ecosystems around the world, and some scientists and environmentalists fear a worldwide collapse by 2050. Coral reefs are colonies of millions of tiny animals. In a single night, the corals join in casting a fog of sperm and eggs into the water to either fertilize and make baby coral larvae or settle back onto the reef, fostering growth. Dirk Petersen, Ph.D., founder and executive director of Sexual Coral Reproduction, in Hilliard, Ohio, gathers sperm and eggs from corals, fertilizes them in a lab and returns the baby corals to the wild. “A bunch of us coral reef managers were just so sick of just watching things die,” says Laurie Raymundo, a biologist at the University of Guam. This kind of in vitro fertilization provides at least a glimmer of hope for the future.


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In a win for the health of the world’s oceans, McDonald’s says it will end the use of harmful polystyrene foam packaging globally by year’s end. Rarely recycled, the material used in beverage cups and takeout containers is a frequent component of beach litter, degrading into indigestible pellets that marine animals mistake for food, resulting in injury or death. The company says, “The environmental impact of our packaging is a top priority.” The International Agency for Research on Cancer has determined that styrene, used in the production of polystyrene, is also a possible human carcinogen. Dunkin’ Donuts is also phasing out its polystyrene foam cups in favor of paper cups. A planned worldwide project completion by 2020 will prevent nearly 1 billion foam cups from entering the waste stream each year. Customers may still opt for the restaurant’s mugs or bring their own thermos. The foam cups will be replaced with doublewalled paper cups made with paperboard certified to Sustainable Forestry Initiative standards.


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Conservation Project Protects Part of Amazon

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The Amazon Region Protected Areas Program (ARPA), a joint venture between the World Wildlife Fund and the Brazilian Ministry of the Environment, has reached the goal of protecting a network of conservation units comprising more than 231,000 square miles in the Amazon River basin, or about 15 percent of the biome’s territory in Brazil. The program is now present in 117 conservation units—including in national and state parks, ecological stations, and biological and sustainable development reserves in the states of Amapá, Amazonas, Maranhão, Mato Grosso, Pará, Rondônia, Roraima and Tocantins—that are home to more than 8,800 species. ARPA works with local communities to create, expand, strengthen and maintain these units by ensuring resources and promoting sustainable development in the regions. They benefit from goods, projects and service contracts, such as the establishment of councils, management plans, land surveys and inspection, reaching 30 protected areas so far. ARPA is the largest strategy in place on the planet for conservation and sustainable use of tropical forests.

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Algae Alchemy

Dutch Turn Seaweed into 3-D Household Items

Dutch designers Eric Klarenbeek and Maartje Dros have been cultivating live algae and processing it into material that can be used for 3-D printing. This algae polymer can be turned into everyday items from shampoo bottles to bowls and trash bins. They hope it could replace petroleum-based plastics to help alleviate our unsustainable consumption of fossil fuels. They have also experimented with other biopolymers such as mycelium (fungi), potato starch and cocoa bean shells. The pair now operate a research and algae production lab at the Luma Foundation, in Arles, France. They point out that their creations do more than just replace plastic—algae can also suck up carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas driver of global climate change. They explain, “The algae grow by absorbing the carbon and producing a starch that can be used as a raw material for bioplastics or binding agents. The waste product is oxygen—clean air.”

Pooch Patrol

Smart Vest Could Increase Neighborhood Safety

Thailand is the home of a new “smart vest” that could turn stray dogs into personal guardians. Equipped with a hidden video camera, vest sensors transmit live streaming videos when the dog barks, showing what it sees via a smartphone app. Pakornkrit Khantaprap, on the creative team at Samsung, says, “It’ll make people feel that stray dogs can become night-watches for communities.” More tests are needed before the vest can be introduced into additional communities for trial runs.

Man-Made Meat

Laboratory Food to Hit Pet Food Market

As we race toward a future full of high-tech, lab-grown meats in place of the environmentally unsound animal protein industry, a new startup wants to extend this offering to our furry friends, too. Aiming to make the most sustainable, transparent and organic product possible, Rich Kelleman, owner of Bond Pet Foods, started growing it in a petri dish from animal cells, free of the environmental and ethical dilemmas caused by traditional animal farming. Lab-grown meat slashes land use by 99 percent, produces 90 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions and may be a more economically viable way to feed the growing global population. “Pet food has always been quick to follow human food trends,” says pet food industry consultant Ryan Yamka, who is working with the startup. “If you walked down the aisles this year at the trade shows, you already saw people talking about humanely raised and sustainable pet food.”

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Natural Pools

Swim Amidst Stones and Plants

Those spending time in their traditional home swimming pool this summer or taking the plunge to install a natural pool have healthy and cost-saving options. Saltwater pools are far better for skin, hair and lungs. Their use of sodium chloride reduces possible side effects from long-term exposure to the chlorine in traditional pools. Natural swimming pools may employ alternative materials instead of concrete or fiberglass, plus aquatic plants, rather than harmful chemicals

and completely mechanical filtering systems. They require no chemicals to maintain because they are self-cleaning, mini-ecosystems. According to Mother Earth News, the plants enrich the pool with oxygen, support beneficial bacteria that consume debris and potentially harmful organisms, and provide habitat for fish, frogs, dragonflies and other waterborne life. Some owners separate plants from main swimming areas; others integrate them, creating a pond-like aesthetic. Ecohome, a Canadian sustainable housing resources firm in Quebec, attests, “No further landscaping is required, as with a traditional pool, which can make the total finished

cost of natural pools even more competitive. Moving water and the natural predators of mosquito larvae that will inhabit chlorine-free water will make natural swimming pools practically mosquito-free.” Whole Water Systems LLC, in Idaho, concurs that natural pools deploy “systems that have lower maintenance costs than conventional pools.” For a traditional pool, an oxidation system using a generator powered either by traditional electricity or ultraviolet light-capturing solar panels is a chemicalfree way to keep water sanitized, reports For greater sustainability and cost savings for traditional pools, the UK’s Poolcare Leisure Limited suggests monitoring for leaks; using a cover overnight and during extended periods of inactivity to reduce water loss due to evaporation; and utilizing recycled glass in the water-filtering system to save 30 percent in energy costs. According to the Sierra Club, covers also prevent pools from becoming a death trap for pets and wildlife and keep pool water cleaner to reduce pumping needs.

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eco spotlight administrative offices are in Portchester, and its manufacturing facility is located in Highland. SunTegra Solar Shingles attach directly to a roof and integrate with composition shingles and other low-profile roofing materials, offering customers a durable and protective roof material and a highperforming solar system in one, Hertz says. The lightweight design and integrated wiring reduces complexity and increases the speed of installation.

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Sunrise Solar Solutions Now Installs Solar Shingles


unrise Solar Solutions, the Briarcliff Manor company that installs solar photovoltaic systems in Westchester County, the Hudson Valley and the New York Metro area, now offers solar shingle installations for residences and commercial buildings. According to Douglas Hertz, Sunrise president and CEO, solar shingles have become an extremely popular and sought-after energy option for home and business owners who like the aesthetically appealing, seamless appearance of a solar shingles roof, the relatively quick and easy installation process, and the significant federal and state tax credits and incentives available to those who invest in a solar system. “There are many home and business owners who have been waiting for a very long time—and are still waiting—for solar shingles promised by other companies that are guaranteed to be top-quality, reliable, effective and save money,” Hertz says. “Their wait is finally over. We can deliver solar shingles to them today that are of the highest quality and feature proven technology.” 26

The company’s timing for unveiling its new solar shingles option couldn’t be better, he says, because the current federal and state tax credits and incentives remain significant and in full effect until 2019, when those rates will then start to decrease.

Solar That Looks Seamless

Solar shingles—photovoltaic cells designed to look like and integrate with conventional asphalt roof shingles—get installed over new or existing roof sheathing and can generate enough electricity to power a whole house, according to Hertz. The solar shingle roof combines the benefits of solar power with the reliability of traditional roof shingles, and is used in place of roofing materials to provide the same protection from the elements as is provided by regular asphalt shingles. In order to offer this new product, SunTegra Solar Shingles, Sunrise Solar Solutions partnered with New York-based SunTegra, formerly known as Integrated Solar Technology, a solar products company known for developing high-quality, innovative solar solutions. The company’s

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Dennis Farrell, a Stamford, Connecticut, homeowner who had SunTegra Solar Shingles installed on his home, says the conversion to solar was easy and has already begun to pay off. “It’s been a full year since installation, and I have never had any problem or issue with the shingles,” he says. “In fact, my solar shingle roof is extremely reliable and has significantly reduced my electric bill.” The solar roof system installed on Farrell’s waterfront home consisted of 55 105-watt SunTegra Shingles. The 5.8 kilowatt (at peak) SunTegra Shingle solar roof is sized to provide an estimated 6,543 kilowatt hours per year and replaced the need for more than 400 square feet of asphalt shingle roofing. The installation of the entire shingle roof, Farrell says, was a “non-event, quick and clean, and it integrated nicely into the roof.” Sunrise Solar Solutions is the largest locally owned and operated solar company in Westchester, the Hudson Valley and the Tri-State Area, including northern New Jersey and Connecticut. A full-service New York State Energy Research and Development Authority solar installer and North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners certified installer, Sunrise offers sales, design and installation of stateof-the-art solar energy systems for both homes and businesses. For more information about Sunrise Solar Solutions or its solar shingles, call 914.762.7622 or

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Organic turkey on Sweet Potato “bread” at BeWies Holistic Market

Sweet Potato “Bread” Is Hot at BeWies


ince BeWies Holistic Market in Armonk began serving sandwiches on its house-made sweet potato “bread,” it’s been scrambling to keep up with customer demand, says co-owner Amy Berman. “Our newest hot item is our chicken, turkey and vegetarian sandwiches on sweet potato bread. Actually, it’s not bread—it’s roasted sweet potato slices—but we use it as bread for our sandwiches. We can’t keep them in our fridge.“ Every day, the market makes nine trays of this gluten-free bread substitute, which starts out as jumbo garnet yams. “We slice the yams into quarter-inch rounds, brush them with a little olive oil, lightly salt them and then roast them to perfection,” Berman says. “Then we build the sandwiches from there. Everything is organic.” This latest creation is just one more option on BeWies’ growing menu of organic, fresh-made food. The market has become a go-to spot in Westchester for people who want a healthy meal or snack made to order. In addition to juices, smoothies, salads, wraps and acai bowls, BeWies offers a variety of baked treats that are gluten free, nut free and vegan. BeWies Holistic Market is located at 430 Bedford Rd., Armonk, NY, in the Moderne Barn Plaza. For more info, call 914.273.9437 or visit See ad, page 31.


Seasonal Supper at Space Features Local Food and Art


enea Dayton, owner of Hayfields Market in North Salem, and Emily Simoness, founder and executive director at Space on Ryder Farm, share a common philosophy: “Time and space are valuable things—use them wisely.” In keeping with that philosophy, they are once again partnering to offer an intimate evening of local food and art. This third annual Space on Ryder Farm Dinner will take place July 21, from 7 to 10 p.m., at Space on Ryder Farm, which is located down the road from Hayfields, on the border of North Salem and Brewster. A showcase for creativity on the plate and on the stage, the evening will pair Hayfield’s chef, Rory Crumm, and a performing artist from Seasonal Supper with Space at Ryder Farm Space for a mutually inspired menu and performance set, served al fresco. The evening will also include a cocktail-hour tour of the farm. All food gathered, prepared and served will come directly from North Salem, using local, seasonal and farm-produced ingredients. The proceeds from each ticket purchase will benefit Space on Ryder Farm, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. “The Space program creates an environment to invigorate artists and innovators with their work, and contributes to the sustainability and preservation of Ryder Farm, one of the oldest family-run organic farms on the East Coast,” Dayton says. Now in its seventh season, Space has hosted more than 1,000 residents, holds symposia on creativity and activism, provides child care for resident artists, integrates the organic farming operation and has nurtured 40 young professionals through its intern program. “We are inspired and intrigued by what Emily and her team has created for the artist community while also coexisting and helping to maintain Ryder Farm,” Dayton says. “Not many people even know it exists nearby, and for that reason, we are proud to be partnered with Space.” For more info, visit or call Hayfields at 914.669.8275.

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Fable: From Farm to Table Launches Choice-Based CSA


able: From Farm to Table, in Ossining, has launched an all-new Farm Card program, an innovative type of CSA (community supported agriculture) that provides more flexibility and choice for its members. Fable’s CSA sells Farm Cards for $250 or more, which members can spend like cash throughout the summer and fall at the farm’s market. This up-front purchase helps the farm invest in growing fresh, local, organic produce for the community. Members can pick out their own produce—as much or as little as they’d like—over the course of the growing season, and Fable will subtract their weekly selections from their Farm Card balance. “Members can pick whatever they want every week,” says the farm’s owner, Tom Deacon. “Don’t like turnips? Skip ’em. Craving curly kale? Grab as many bunches as you want. Need to skip a week or two? That’s not a problem either. Having a dinner party? You can pick up everything you need at our newly remodeled market, which is located inside a beautiful, rustic barn built in the 1700s.”

 Fable’s CSA is no longer limited to just produce grown on the farm. “Now our members can enjoy some local and artisanal products too, like jarred tomatoes, homemade bread, cheese, herb-infused olive oil and more,” he says. Fable: From Farm to Table is located off the Taconic State Parkway on Route 134, at 1311 Kitchawan Rd., Ossining, NY. Its new market is open weekends from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more info, visit

New Festival Celebrates Natural Resources


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he Sun & Earth | Farm & Food Festival will be held August 4, from 4 to 9 p.m., at Common Ground Farm, located at 79 Farmstead Lane in Wappingers Falls. “The festival will be a celebration of gratitude for our precious natural resources, from the sun in the sky to the earth beneath our feet, highlighting sustainable agriculture, local food, music and our supportive community,” says the farm’s director, Sarah Simon. Located on the historic Stonykill Farm property, Common Ground Farm is a nonprofit community farm project

dedicated to food justice and education in the Hudson Valley. During this inaugural festival, the nonprofit will invite guests to explore the farm, eat local food, enjoy musical performances and engage in food and farm activities. In collaboration with the Sun Club, the farm will also unveil its new solar-powered mobile market vehicle. Vendors, performers and a schedule of activities will be announced soon. Admission is free (donations are appreciated), and a portion of food and drink sales will be donated to Common Ground Farm to support its efforts to expand food access throughout the Hudson Valley. To sponsor an activity or volunteer at the festival, or for more info, visit or email

U-Pick Vegetables at Hilltop Hanover Farm


uly marks the start of u-pick season at Hilltop Hanover Farm and Environmental Center, in Yorktown Heights. Beginning this month, Hilltop Hanover Farm’s pick-yourown fields are open to the public every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. “U-Pick takes eating locally to whole new level,” says Shanyn Siegel, farm director. “It’s a great way to get your hands dirty and be a part of the farm-to-table community. U-Pick at Hilltop Hanover Farm Unlike many other u-pick operations, which focus on fruit, Hilltop Hanover grows fields of pick-your-own vegetables, herbs and flowers. The u-pick fields follow the seasonal crop cycle: lots of greens and fresh herbs early on, followed by fruiting crops, including cucumbers, tomatoes and peppers. All produce at Hilltop Hanover is grown using only organic practices. Volunteers and farmers are available to show visitors where and how to harvest vegetables. There is no charge to enter the u-pick fields at Hilltop Hanover; produce is paid for at the farm stand after harvesting. The farm stand also carries eggs, honey and value-added products from throughout the Hudson Valley. U-pick may close in inclement weather, so call ahead if the weather looks questionable. For more info, visit or call 914-962-2368. July 2018


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Pollinator-Friendly Solar Bill Passes Unanimously


he New York State Assembly and Senate has passed the Pollinator Friendly Solar Act, an agricultural bill to establish a statewide standard for planting pollinator habitats under Pollinator habitats under solar panels ground-mounted solar panel arrays. Advocates say the unanimous passage of act shows the state’s strong commitment to advancing the development of clean solar energy and supporting endangered pollinator species. Pollinator friendly solar is the practice of adding attractive, pollinator-friendly native plantings under and around groundmounted solar panels, instead of the typical gravel, concrete or turf. The new bill represents an opportunity to advance solar energy while also addressing the threat of pollinator extinction, promoting the use of native plants and supporting local farmers. Over the past year, Bedford 2020, a local grassroots group that advocates for sustainability, has been leading the effort to bring pollinator friendly solar to New York State. Last April, it introduced to New York the pioneering program, which was originally initiated in Minnesota by the nonprofit Fresh Energy. In 2016, the Minnesota program yielded more than 2,300 acres of pollinator friendly solar. This is the equivalent of installing a six-by-twelve-foot pollinator garden in the backyard of every one of Minnesota’s 1.4 million single-family homes. Bedford 2020 is currently developing a demonstration program in New York State to develop best practices for pollinator friendly solar at a variety of sites, including landfills, brownfields, farms, private properties, schools and corporate headquarters. It will be working with a diverse group of solar developers and researchers to learn about optimum soil conditions, plant material and pollinator response. The first demonstration site was planted last month at 5-Spoke Creamery, a small, all-solar farm in Goshen that raises grass-fed cows and produces raw milk cheese. The site was planted by community volunteers, who used native plant seeds and plugs supplied by Prairie Restorations, a Minnesota company with 40 years’ experience in restoration landscape work. To learn more about Bedford 2020 and its work to advance pollinator friendly solar in New York, email or 914.620.2411.

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udson Valley AgriBusiness Development Corporation (HVADC) is now accepting applications for its second annual Farm and Food Funding AccelHVADC Accelerator program erator (FFFA), an participants during field visit intensive training program designed to help food enterprise owners develop the skills and materials to build their businesses and secure financial resources. The six-to-eight-month curriculum will begin in November. For local food entrepreneurs on the verge of scaling their businesses, one impediment to growth can be the access to capital, says Mary Ann Johnson, deputy director of HVADC, which launched the program in 2016 to address this challenge. The nine participants in that first class surpassed all goals in terms of increased sales, job creation and new market opportunities, she says, and HVADC is seeking similarly motivated food entrepreneurs to apply for this year’s program. FFFA participants will engage in expert instruction, one-onone counseling and technical assistance, group interaction and industry networking events to learn how to build their sales in anticipation of speaking with investors and discover new market prospects. The program will culminate in spring 2019, when participants will have a chance to pitch to potential funders. “The FFFA curriculum is basically a fast-track program for those who need additional business, financial planning, management, marketing and capacity-building training … and, most important, an opportunity to access sources of capital,” Johnson says. “It is a wonderful opportunity for Hudson Valley farmers and food entrepreneurs who have ideas about how they would like to scale up their business, such as launching a new product, introducing a new crop, seasonally expanding production or finding new distribution channels. We found through the first class that networking with other FFFA peers in the class produced creative collaborations for sales opportunities, new product development and references.” ���������������������������������������������������������� Participants will be able to connect with the growing network of funders that support local food systems through methods such as equity, loans, grants and crowdfunding, as well as the Hudson Valley AgriBusiness Loan Fund. Training sessions will be conducted by HVADC, its industry partners, industry professionals, and institutional and retail stakeholders in the Hudson Valley food system. Peers from the 2016 FFFA class will participate as mentors and counselors. Sylke Chesterfield, a business consultant and certified coach of Chesterfield Advantage, is the FFFA project manager.

The cost to apply to the FFFA program is $15. For more info or application information, visit or contact Mary Ann Johnson at 518.432.5360 or  

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The New Face of the Small Farm Is Female Diane Zlotnikov,

Z Farms Organic Food

by Allison Gorman


he face of the American farmer has changed over the decades, from a man on his horse-drawn plow, to a man on his tractor, to a man overseeing other men on a factory farm. Now America is returning to its agricultural roots, embracing small farms run with natural practices. And often as not, the face of that small farm is female.

Farm Director Sarah Simon says Common Ground relies on volunteers and supporters, as well as partnerships with local businesses, to keep the mission going. Sallyeander Soaps, in Beacon, uses the farm’s organic flowers in his calendula dandelion soap, and gives part of the revenue

Sarah Simon

Common Ground Farm Stony Kill Environmental Center Wappingers Falls, NY 845.231.4424

Farm Director, Common Ground Farm Located on nine acres leased from Stony Kill Environmental Center, in Wappingers Falls, Common Ground Farm has a small footprint but a big mission. Part of a larger nonprofit that focuses on food access and education, it donates half the organic produce it grows, operates farmers’ markets that accept food benefits, and is working with schools to get more locally grown food on kids’ lunch trays. 34

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back to Common Ground. The farm has a similar arrangement with another Beacon business, Drink More Good, which uses the farm’s cucumbers, mint and jalapenos in its seasonal soda syrups. Hudson Valley Brewery is also working on a beer made from the farm’s fresh herbs. “These value-added producers turn our perishable produce into a more shelfstable and diverse array of products,” she says. Simon would like Common Ground to be a connection between the local farm movement and food access in our communities, so that small farmers can help prevent hunger while running viable, resilient businesses. “Every community needs strong local businesses to provide meaningful employment and quality products,” she says. “Farms are an especially important part of this picture because they preserve open spaces, provide food security in an otherwise fluctuating global marketplace, and offer a way for people to remain connected to their food and the means of agricultural production, which otherwise frequently results in worker exploitation.” She says it’s important for farmers to focus on the well-being of their workers, and for the general community to be aware of the financial challenges many farmers face. “The minimum wage in New York State is going up, which is a very good thing but a challenge for many small farms,” she says. “When you look at the price of local produce, it’s important to understand that you are helping support local jobs.”

Elizabeth Ryder

Owner, Ryder Farm Sarah Simon

Family farms were once the mainstay of American agriculture, but the industrialization of farming pushed most families

while helping preserve the area’s historic character.” It makes sense that Ryder is very supportive of other local farmers, whom she sees as collaborators in a greater mission. “We understand that feeding the soil is what feeds the plant that feeds us,” she says.

Elizabeth Ryder off their land and out of the business. Not so with Ryder Farm, which is proof positive that with tenacity, good management and fair government, the family farm can survive and thrive. “Our family farm goes back to 1795,” says Elizabeth Ryder. “In 1975, the pressure of rising taxes was weighing heavily upon our fallow farm, and we acted upon a new initiative put forth by New York State in an effort to save small family farms such as ours.” As the Ag District Law provided some tax relief to operations meeting certain requirements in agricultural production, the Ryders decided to go organic. Now Ryder Farm produces organic vegetables, herbs and flowers, and it recently acquired Red Angus beef cattle. It also won a Natural Resources Conservation Service grant to enhance its pastures for grazing. One younger family member founded an artist retreat center, Space on Ryder Farm, to engage local residents and give them access to the farm. “Space has proclaimed their dedication to keeping agriculture here on the farm in the foreseeable future,” Ryder says. The farm also welcomes farm visits and offers programing that’s open to the public. By keeping the farm viable, Ryder says, the family hopes to retain the rural character of the Westchester-Putnam area. “That’s a challenge,” she admits. “Our proximity to New York and local transit encourages population growth and the associated loss of open space. I’ve always felt that farms provide the working landscape of open space. A farm such as ours gives people an opportunity to buy local farm products from a known and trusted source,

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MaryKate Chillemi Partner/Farmer, Meadowland Farm

MaryKate Chillemi Meadowland Farm is a small small farm, a market garden operated by just two people, MaryKate Chillemi and her partner, Chris Hausman. It is located in Clinton Corners in Dutchess County, on an original homestead that dates back to 1790. Over the years, the farm has been home to dairy and livestock animals. Now Chillemi and Hausman use biodynamic growing methods to produce heirloom vegetables, fruit, mushrooms, flowers, herbs and honey. “We’re students of biodynamics and continue to educate ourselves on such practices,” Chillemi says. “We use the biodynamic planting calendar and make our own compost, herbal teas and preparations. We are also transitioning this prop-

erty to no-till, and by next year all of our beds will be permanent. It’s overall better for our soil not to be compacted by tractors, and for our rocky soil, it is the most manageable for our scale.” She and Hausman lease their pasture to Dirty Dog Farm, whose grass-fed cows provide the manure necessary to build Meadowland’s compost, which Chillemi calls “the heart of the farm.” They are also building a greenhouse on site, which will eliminate the long drive to rented greenhouse space at a neighboring farm 30 minutes away. Future plans include introducing some high tunnels to the operation and improving the farm’s overall infrastructure. Farming is hard work, physically and logistically, Chillemi says, but it’s worth the good results: closing the carbon footprint, giving more people access to organic, local food, and empowering small communities to resist the encroachment of national corporations. “It’s not easy or lucrative, but you don’t farm if you’re trying to make money,” she says. “For us, it’s a spiritual journey, one we see as playing an important role in the world. And for that I feel very proud and honored.” Meadowland Farm 689 Schultzville Rd. Clinton Corners, NY 914.400.3298

Diane Zlotnikov Manager, Z Farms Organic Food

Diane Zlotnikov, M.D., is an internal medicine doctor and endocrinologist who works in general practice and urgent care online, through telemedicine. Oh, and she runs Z Farms Organic Food in Dover Plains, handling day-to-day operations, management, organic certification and even beekeeping. “It’s my hobby-turned-small-business that I do part time,” she explains. “I turned to farming to connect to the land and show appreciation for its beauty and bounty. Transforming an abandoned parcel that July 2018


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produce that we sowed and planted by hand. They can also come volunteer and learn from us. We can show them how to work the fields, and they can apply that knowledge to their own garden. We can also show them how hydroponic growing works Bethann Bruno, Fable: From Farm to Table in our 200-tower greenhouse. Locals are always stopping by Bethann Bruno to volunteer and visit and are full of quesFarm Manager, Fable: From tions. We appreciate their help on the farm, Farm to Table and we hope they leave happy, with the Bethann Bruno has been farming for 20 answers they needed.” years. When not working as the farm man Of course there are challenges to ager for Fable: From Farm to Table, she farming, she says. “When I wake up in the creates small vegetable gardens and edible morning, my list of daily tasks depends landscapes for local homeowners. She also on the weather. And I spend a lot of time teaches gardeners how to use their land tilling the fields and laying the plastic and more efficiently. irrigation by hand. A plastic mulch layer “I began farming at a very young age,” and tractor is on my wish list.” she says. “I have always had a love of the field and placing my hands in the soil. I Fable: From Farm to Table love watching everything grow. Seeing a 1311 Kitchawan Rd. Ossining, NY seed turn into a seedling, and then produce 914.862.0205 ; a crop, really lights me up.” Fable, a farm in Ossining, is operated by a strong, close-knit team of farmers who work year-round producing organic, nutrient-rich herbs, fruits and vegetables, including leafy greens, herbs, tomatoes and garlic. They use modern technological advancements such as greenhouses, hydroponics and vertical farming to grow their produce as sustainably possible. They also keep pastureraised chickens for eggs. Local residents benefit from Fable in many ways, Bruno says. “We supply them Grace Jorgensen, Greenhouse Grower, with fresh, organically grown Fable: From Farm to Table

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was last farmed in 1940—overgrown fields, falling-apart fences, a totally wrecked 18thcentury farmhouse—into a fully functional certified organic farming Dr. Diane Zlotnikov operation gives us pride and sense of accomplishment.” The Z Farms farm stand is open 365 days a year, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., selling certified grass-fed beef, lamb and goat; pasture-raised poultry; eggs and berries. It also delivers to customers in local zip codes within 22 miles from the farm (with a onetime $70 minimum order). Zlotnikov says she was surprised at first by the high cost of running a certified organic local farm—a cost that must be factored into the price of organic produce, making it unaffordable to some people. “We participate in the Farmers Market Nutrition program, both at the Pawling farmers market and at the farm stand, to somewhat help the situation, and we are trying to restructure certain aspects of operations to make prices more affordable. It is a work in progress for us,” she says. She’s hoping the farm can establish a local volunteering program, which would ease their labor shortage and enable them to charge less for their products. The farm also might launch a “pick-your-own” program for berries and apples, once those crops are in full production. As a physician, Zlotnikov sees the farm’s mission as educational as well as agricultural. “Ideally, the farm is not only a source of highquality food but also an educational center, promoting healthy lifestyle and safe environment. We will gradually develop programs and classes for the community.” Ultimately, she says, organic farming doesn’t just promote human health; it also promotes the health of the land.

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hen we think of scientists as men and women in lab coats peering into microscopes, what’s missing is farmers. Our society doesn’t tend to equate the two, yet farmers are active field scientists. How they choose to grow and produce food greatly impacts our shared environment of soil, water and air quality, as well as the nutritional content of food, and therefore, public health. The best field- and lab-based scientists share key traits: they’re curious, keen observers and systems thinkers that learn by trial and error. Both formulate and test hypotheses, collect data, take measurements, assess results and draw conclusions.

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Diana Dyer, a registered dietitian and organic garlic farmer outside of Ann Arbor, Michigan, explains, “I like to help people see the similarities between the scientific process and good, careful farming—all aspects of which revolve around observations, goals, planning, implementation, intervention and analysis of 38

results—then careful re-planning based on those results.” Dyer and her husband, Dick, started farming after long careers in traditional health care, where the focus was on treating people after they got sick. Through their farm work, they wanted to focus on prevention. “Growing healthy food in healthy soil, our goal was to create and nourish a healthy community from the ground up. Communicating the multiple benefits of healthy soils and ecosystems has been at the core of our vision and responsibility from day one,” she says. The Dyers believe that flavor is key to eating and enjoying truly nourishing foods, and based on their professional health backgrounds and farming experience, they connect healthy soil with higherquality, better-tasting food. In Havre, Montana, Doug Crabtree, and his wife, Anna, manage Vilicus Farms, featured in the book Lentil Underground: Renegade Farmers and the Future of Food in America, by Liz Carlisle. The Crabtrees

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grow organic heirloom and specialty grains, pulses and oilseed crops such as emmer, kamut, black beluga lentils and flax. Asked if he considers himself a scientist, Crabtree first defines the term as “a person who is studying or has expert knowledge of one or more of the natural or physical sciences.” Then he replies, “Given this definition, how could any farmer not be a scientist? An organic farmer is a lifelong student of nature, seeking to emulate her wisdom and processes as we refine our production systems. Organic production isn’t just growing food without toxic chemical inputs, it’s a system that requires conscientiously improving soil, water and associated resources while producing safe and healthy food for America’s growing population of informed consumers.”

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new Vegetable Systems Trial, a long-term, side-by-side comparison of both biologically organic and chemically based conventional vegetable production. An organic farmer with a Ph.D. in molecular ecology from Drexel University, in Philadelphia, Smith studies how soil quality and crop-growing conditions influence the nutrient density and health-protecting properties of specific vegetables. “Over the past 70 years, there’s been a decline in the nutritional value of our foods,” reports Smith. “During this time, industrial agriculture, with its pesticides and synthetic fertilizers, increased yields and size of crops, but the tradeoff was a decline in nutrient content, known as the ‘dilution effect’.” In addition, Smith explains, greater levels of nitrogen fertilizer, typical of conventional production methods, may also increase a plant’s susceptibility to insects and disease. Smith’s research will give fellow farmers, healthcare providers and consumers a better understanding of how crop production practices influence soil quality and therefore, food quality. For example, research of organic crops shows higher levels of vitamin C; higher-quality protein; plus more disease-fighting compounds called secondary plant metabolites such as lyco-

Organic production isn’t just growing food without toxic chemical inputs, it’s a system that requires conscientiously improving soil, water and associated resources while producing safe and healthy food for America’s growing population of informed consumers. Doug Crabtree pene, polyphenols and anthocyanin, the plant pigment responsible for the red, blue and purple colors in fruits and vegetables, as reported in a meta-analysis published in the British Journal of Nutrition. The Rodale Institute has formed partnerships with nutrition and medical researchers at Pennsylvania State University, in University Park. Of particular interest, for example, are extracts from purple potatoes that show promise in helping to kill colon cancer cells. Smith looks forward to identifying growing methods that boost levels of anthocyanin, as well as other health-protecting compounds in crops. The new Regenerative Health Institute, a global research and education center linking soil health to human health, will also be housed at the Rodale Institute. It’s a collaboration between Rodale staff and the Plantrician Project, a nonprofit organiza-

Quality Food Science Resources Allegheny Mountain Institute: Beyond Pesticides Annual Forum presentations: Food Sleuth Radio current interviews with Andrew Smith and Sue Erhardt: Food Sleuth Radio past interviews with Jim Riddle and David Montgomery:; Grassmilk: History of soil and human health: Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service:; Regenerative Health Institute: Rodale Institute: “Sustaining Life: From Soil Microbiota to Gut Microbiome,” by David Montgomery: U.S. Food Sovereignty Alliance: Vilicus Farms:

tion in New Canaan, Connecticut, that promotes whole food and plant-based nutrition, and helps healthcare providers embrace food as medicine as the foundation of their practices. Jeff Moyer, a renowned international authority in organic agriculture and executive director of the Rodale Institute, explains, “It’s not only what you eat that’s important, but how what you eat was produced. Ultimately, our personal health is linked to the health of the soil.” David Montgomery, a professor of geomorphology at the University of Washington, in Seattle, has visited farms worldwide, witnessing how farmers use regenerative farming practices to bring degraded soil back to life. He learned that grazing animals, cover-cropping and no-till farming free of synthetic chemical fertilizers and pesticides protects and enriches the soil microbiome, which contributes to the nutrient density of plants and human health.

We Are What We and Our Animals Eat

Along with our well-being, livestock farming methods impact our environment, too. A growing body of research including a new study published in Food Science & Nutrition shows that meat and dairy products from animals raised mostly on grass or pasture—as nature intended—contain significantly higher levels of conjugated linoleic acid and omega-3 fatty acids compared to grain-fed animals. These naturally occurring fats help protect us from inflammation, heart disease and cancer. Important in brain, eye and nerve development, omega-3 fatty acids are especially critical for pregnant and breastfeeding women and their infants. Organic farmers, by law, must provide their ruminant animals with July 2018


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significant time on pasture and may not feed them genetically engineered feed or feed produced with synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. Further, they can’t use synthetic hormones or antibiotics to promote weight gain. In these ways, organic farmers help protect our food, water, and environment from contamination, and reduce the growing global threat of antibiotic resistance. Randolph Center, Vermont, dairy farmers Regina and Brent Beidler diligently study and question changes they witness in their immediate environment. They monitor what grows in their pasture, watch what their cows choose to eat and count the numbers and activities of insects, bees, worms, birds and wildlife. They understand that careful land and animal stewardship is key to soil, plant, animal and human health.

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More hospitals nationwide are investing in farms and farmers’ markets to boost patient, employee and community health by increasing access to nutrient-dense, fresh, healthful food. One exceptional example is the new partnership between Virginia’s Allegheny Mountain Institute (AMI) and Augusta Health, an independent, community-owned nonprofit hospital in Augusta County, Virginia. The AMI Fellowship program prepares individuals to become farmers, teachers and ambassadors for health-

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promoting food systems. “Both AMI and Augusta Health believe that access to excellent health care includes access to healthy food,” explains Sue Erhardt, the institute’s executive director. The AMI Farm at Augusta Health initiative will create an onsite production farm and a community venue for food, nutrition and gardening education. Their goal is to tackle three major local health issues: poor nutrition, low physical activity and overweight; diabetes; and mental health. A Food Farmacy program for those with or at risk for Type 2 diabetes will provide fresh produce prescriptions at an onsite farmstand, as well as cooking classes. Erhardt recalls her life-changing experience as a teen, hearing American labor leader Cesar Chavez speak about farm worker exposure to pesticides and related cancer clusters. She’s proud to say, “The farm project will exemplify sustainable practices for growing vegetables, including organic fourseason crops and companion planting, while promoting soil health. “We believe this project will promote a better quality of life for staff, patients and community members.” That’s the power of farming when it’s dedicated to optimum health. Melinda Hemmelgarn is a registered dietitian, writer and Food Sleuth Radio host with, in Columbia, MO. Connect at

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MJ is an abbreviation for the temporomandibular joint—the joint in front of the ear, connecting the jawbone to the skull. But the term TMJ is also commonly used to refer to a broader condition that can cause strain and imbalance in the jaw and neck muscles and the bones of the skull and face. (A more accurate abbreviation is TMD, or temporomandibular disorder.) TMJ disorder doesn’t just affect the head, neck or jaw; it can affect whole body. For example, correcting an underlying jaw problem has been known to relieve chronic back pain, breathing problems, difficulty walking, foot problems, digestive issues, fatigue and generalized stress. Because the symptoms can be so diverse and widespread, TMJ disorder is often overlooked and misdiagnosed. How is TMJ disorder corrected? Dentists who specialize in TMJ disorder tailor each treatment to fit the needs of the patient, beginning with a careful study to define the nature of the problem. This involves a thorough consultation and examination, including an evaluation of all sites of pain and related body systems. Plaster models of the teeth can help dentists understand how a patient’s bite contributes to his or her condition. In some cases, the dentist may take X-rays of the TMJ, conduct a computerized analysis of the jaw’s neuromuscular function, or use sonography to listen to jaw sounds. Once the problem is defined, the goal is to bring the TMJ and the jaw muscles into a comfortable and healthful balance. During treatment, the patient might be referred to an osteopath, a chiropractor or a physical therapist who can bring the neck and spine into alignment too. Once comfort and balance have been achieved, the patient might need to

see an orthodontist and/or restorative dentist to discuss bite correction. Who specializes in TMJ disorder? Many dentists treat TMJ disorder, but few have the depth of training and experience of Dr. David Lerner, a TMJ specialist in Westchester County, New York. In fact, Dr. Lerner knows just what TMJ disorder feels like—he began suffering from the symptoms when he was a kid. Dr. Lerner’s approach to treatment includes a number of alternative therapies and testing methods not often found in a dental office. In addition to having 40 years’ experience treating TMJ disorder, Dr. Lerner is also trained in acupuncture, applied kinesiology and craniosacral therapy. Using this broad training, he has helped many TMJ disorder patients who suffered from chronic pain and disability before finding their way to his Yorktown Heights office.

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hildren benefit from a close connection with nature, and there’s no better place to learn about plants and soil than a garden. Families don’t need lots of space, as even a small collection of potted plants holds fascination for youngsters. The first step is to understand a garden as seen by a child that may be more interested in creative play than in making things grow.


Whitney Cohen, education director at Life Lab, a nonprofit that promotes garden-based education in Santa Cruz, California, thinks kids benefit most from what she calls “dirt time”—spent outdoors interacting with plants, animals, soil and everything else. “When a child plants a seed, tends it over time and ultimately pulls a carrot out of the soil and eats it, they begin to know down in their bones that

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food comes from plants; that healthy food is delicious; and that we are part of a vast and beautiful web of life,” Cohen says. This learning process may not match a parent’s idea of a lovely garden. “Children don’t make neat rows. They water leaves and flower petals rather than the roots. They accidentally step on young seedlings. Gardening with children is messy and chaotic, but there is always learning going on beneath the surface, just out of sight,” says Catherine Koons-Hubbard, nature preschool director at the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Growing nutritious vegetables like cherry tomatoes allows kids to see, touch and possibly smash a food as they get to know it, increasing the likelihood that they will eventually eat it.

Incorporate Play Spaces “Children might rather be playing than following instructions,” Koons-Hubbard counsels, but it’s easy to incorporate space for free play in the garden. Depending on a child’s imagination and which toys are used, a spot of diggable soil in the shade might morph into a dinosaur refuge, pony farm or secret place for fairies. Kids are also attracted to stepping stones, which encourage hopping, stretching and even counting. Don’t be surprised if kids turn some of them into a stage or a place to stack rocks or leaves. Children love mixing soil and water together into mud. When given a bucket

Children love to water plants, especially during hot summer weather. Small watering cans that hold only a little water are easy for kids to handle and limit overdoing it. of clay, soil and water, kids quickly discover they can use mud to paint, sculpt or make fantasy pies decorated with leaves, sticks or flowers. “Playing in mud fully engages the senses, and there are studies that show it can benefit the immune system and make us happier,” says Leigh MacDonald-Rizzo, education director at the Ithaca Children’s Garden, in New York. References include the University of Bristol, UK, University of Colorado Boulder and University of California, Los Angeles. “Mud isn’t anything, really, and that open-ended quality lends itself to joyously creative play that helps children develop a relationship with the natural world,” she says.

Top Tools for Kids Small children notice things close to the ground, which become even more interesting when seen through a magnifying glass. Sturdy kids’ versions in bright colors are easy to find if they get misplaced outdoors. Curious children love getting a close-up look at worms and other critters in the worm bin or compost pile, or the structures inside flowers. “But when we just let the children explore, they’ll find loads of intriguing objects we may never have thought of, like water caught on the fuzzy underside of a leaf, a sparkly rock or rough tree bark,” Cohen says. Children love to water plants, especially during hot summer weather. Small watering cans that hold only a little water are easy for kids to handle and limit overdoing it. Water-filled spray bottles also encourage exploration while keeping kids cool. Digging to discover what’s underground comes naturally to kids, and preschoolers do best with toy-size tools with short handles. Older kids can control child-size spades and rakes better than heavier adult tools.

Keeping Outdoor Space Safe Remove the worry from gardening with kids by minimizing safety risks. Replace poisonous or prickly plants with vegetables, herbs or edible flowers and teach kids of all ages not to eat plants unless they have first been checked by an adult. Insects can be both interesting and threatening, and flying insects often are attracted to bright colors. Dress kids in light, neutral colors to avoid unwanted attention from bugs. Avoid chemical fertilizers and sprays, and opt for organic solutions. Barbara Pleasant has authored many green-thumb books including Homegrown Pantry: Selecting the Best Varieties and Planting the Perfect Amounts for What You Want to Eat Year-Round. She grows vegetables, herbs and fruits in Floyd, VA; connect at

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ny time our A healthy diet is beneficial Hu, also a Ph.D. and bodies sense an professor of nutrition not only for reducing the “invader”—a and epidemiology risk of chronic diseases, but in the department of microbe, virus, plant pollen or unwelcome also for improving mood nutrition at the Harchemical—they go into and overall quality of life. vard School of Public high alert, producing Health, in Cambridge, Dr. Frank Hu white blood cells to fight Massachusetts. “A it off. Once the danger healthy diet is beneficial not only for reduchas been thwarted, normal functioning ing the risk of chronic diseases, but also for returns. improving mood and overall quality of life.” If we continue to expose ourselves to Hu, Josh Axe, a chiropractor and these threats, then the high-alert process, doctor of natural medicine, in Nashville, known as inflammation, becomes chronic. Tennessee, and Dr. Andrew Weil, direcThis disturbance of natural equilibrium can tor of the Arizona Center for Integrative lead to cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, Medicine at the University of Arizona, in arthritis, depression and pain. It can also Tucson, promote anti-inflammatory foods, mask or worsen autoimmune diseases. Eating backed by recent studies, on their websites. foods with natural anti-inflammatory prop- “Small, gradual changes are typically erties can help the body function better. more sustainable and easier for the body to adapt to,” writes Axe. “So rather than Physician Support emptying your pantry and sailing off to “Many experimental studies have shown that the Mediterranean, you can pursue an components of foods or beverages may have anti-inflammatory diet one step at a time.” anti-inflammatory effects,” says Dr. Frank That’s what Andrea Adams Britt did.

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A professional wedding cake baker from Lee’s Summit, Missouri, Britt experienced bewildering symptoms, including digestion issues, depression, migraines, weight gain and skin irritation. In 2015, she eliminated flour and sugar from her diet, and then added more organic leafy green vegetables, coconut oil and wild-caught salmon. Her symptoms went away one at a time, and by last January, she had also lost 100 pounds. The solution for her was to create flavorful dishes that she enjoyed eating, so she did not feel deprived. Weil advises, “The best foods are those that offer disease-preventive benefits such as anti-inflammatory effects and delectable flavor. When I eat such foods, I feel as though I’ve hit a grand slam homerun— the sensory pleasure is heightened by the fact that each bite contributes to my overall well-being.” His take on an Anti-Inflammatory Food Pyramid at offers a broad sample of these foods in an easy, downloadable graphic. Reducing inflammation in her body has also led to better mental and emotional health for Britt. “I am a happier person,” Britt says. “I can control my emotions, focus my thoughts and am more at peace.”

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Green leafy vegetables such as Swiss chard contain natural anti-inflammatories such as vitamins K, D and C, says Axe.


Beets have a natural antioxidant, betalain, an anti-inflammatory compound that inhibits the activity of enzymes the body uses to trigger inflammation, advises Axe.


Sea buckthorn berry juice (known as olivello juice) is one of the most concentrated natural sources of vitamin C, says Weil.


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cholesterol levels, ultimately assisting in lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease, per Weil.


Virgin coconut oil has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, according to a study published in Pharmaceutical Biology. Britt eats a total of one-and-a-half tablespoons a day in hot drinks, salads or soups.


Tomatoes are an easy-to-use and a tasty anti-inflammatory food, says Axe. He notes, “They are a rich source of lycopene, betacarotene, folate, potassium, vitamin C, flavonoids and vitamin E.”


Bok choy has potent anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer effects, as well as a higher concentration of betacarotene and vitamin A, than any other variety of cabbage, according to Weil.


Black cod, also known as butterfish or sablefish, has even more omega-3 fatty acids than salmon, notes Weil.


Walnuts, rich in omega-3 essential fatty acids, help protect against metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes, says Axe. Judith Fertig writes award-winning cookbooks plus foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (

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hen medical scientists identified inflammation as a common denominator among a number of scary diseases, from cancer to diabetes to Alzheimer’s, it gave us all hope that we could somehow keep those diseases at bay. But that medical discovery just led to new questions: What causes chronic inflammation, and how can we avoid it? Anthony William, author of several best sellers, including Medical Medium: Secrets Behind Chronic and Mystery Illness and How to Finally Heal, believes that in addition to physical injury, certain pathogens—often hard-to-diagnose viruses—are a major cause of inflammation and chronic illness. William often discusses inflammation and its remedies on the Medical Medium Show on and on his blog at “Inflammation is a sign that there is a greater problem taking place in the body,” he writes. “And, while inflammation may be present, it is never the answer. It is simply an indication that something else in the body needs to be addressed.” William vigorously opposes a theory that in some medical circles has become prevailing wisdom: inflammation happens because the body is attacking itself. He calls that theory “disastrously inaccurate.” He believes that food is the best tool for reducing inflammation. By eating specific foods and herbs, we can combat pathogens, strengthen the immune system and heal the body.

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According to William, fruits are powerful antiinflammatory agents. He recommends figs and papaya for inflammation in the gut, for example. Other pathogenfighting fruits include apples, wild blueberries, peaches, plums, nectarines, melons, mangos and cherries. Then there are the leafy greens, like kale, arugula and lettuce, and herbs like rosemary, oregano, thyme and sage. Some of the foods William recommends, like aloe vera, are a little less common, though they’re often available at major grocery stores. Others can be found in supplement form. “Nettle leaf and lemon balm are wonderful anti-pathogenic supplement options,” he writes. “Licorice root, another anti-inflammatory choice, is especially good at fighting off herpetic viruses.” While eating more pathogen-fighting foods can help us heal, avoiding the foods that allow pathogens to thrive in the body is important too, according to William. Foods to avoid include eggs, gluten and dairy, as well as foods that are less widely known as troublemakers, like canola oil and corn. Through his books, website, blog and radio show, William tries to bring hope to those suffering from chronic illness. “You can overcome this!” he writes. “Trust your body, trust the accuracy of this information, and know that I will never stop rooting for you along the way!” For more info, visit July 2018


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hronic pain affects 100 million Americans, with annual treatment costs reaching $635 billion, according to the Institute of Medicine. Worse, opiate-derived pain medications, conventional medicine’s go-to treatment for chronic pain, are addictive and deadly. The Annals of Internal Medicine reports that an estimated 2 million Americans suffered from opioid use disorder involving prescription drugs as of 2016 while 12 million admitted to misusing them. Legal and illegal opioids killed 64,070 Americans in 2016, 21 percent more than the previous year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Some opioid addiction stems from use of illegal recreational drugs like heroin and cocaine, but the National Institute of Drug Abuse testified to the U.S. Senate that as of 2014 more than four times as many Americans were addicted to prescription opioids (2.1 million) than heroin (467,000). Natural approaches, less harmful in relieving pain and thereby preventing drug addictions, are addressing and ameliorating long-term back or neck, nerve and

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even cancer pain, and saving lives. The first step in preventing dependency is to avoid opioids completely, says Fadel Zeidan, Ph.D., assistant professor of neurobiology and anatomy at the Wake Forest School of Medicine, in WinstonSalem, North Carolina: “Opioids don’t work for chronic pain. They may be effective for acute pain, such as right after an injury or surgery, but they are ineffective and addictive in the long run.” Here are several better ways to feel better. Mindfulness meditation: Zeidan recommends mindfulness meditation and cites a University of Massachusetts study of people with chronic pain in which pain lessened by at least 65 percent after 10 weeks of this practice. “Mindfulness meditation is about discipline and regulating one’s attention. It appears to shut down the thalamus, the brain’s gatekeeper, and the brain’s ability to register pain,” explains Zeidan. Yoga: Strongly positive effects have been reported in several studies, including one


To enroll in a new study on mindfulness meditation and chronic back pain, email For information on ongoing studies, visit on 150 veterans with chronic low back pain from the Veterans Administration San Diego Healthcare System. It showed that 12 weeks of yoga classes reduced pain and opioid use, and improved functionality of participants; many of them had suffered back pain for more than 15 years. Acupuncture: The ancient Chinese modality that’s been used to treat all types of pain for millennia has become such a mainstream treatment that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommends that healthcare providers learn more about it to help patients avoid prescription opioids. “All pain starts with imbalance,” says Terri Evans, a doctor of Oriental medicine in Naples, Florida. “Acupuncture is about creating balance in the body and in releasing the fascia, where pain patterns get locked.”


Marijuana: All forms of marijuana, or cannabis, are illegal on the federal level, but medical marijuana is now legal in 29 states and the District of Columbia. In a study

Drumming Out Drugs Music, specifically drumming, stimulates the release of endorphins, the body’s own morphine-like painkillers. Group drumming can help people withdrawing from addictive drugs, especially those having particular difficulty in conventional addiction programs, reports a University of Arizona at Tempe study published in the American Journal of Public Health. Other supportive studies are listed at html.

from San Francisco General Hospital published in the journal Neurology, researchers found that smoking the first cannabis cigarette reduced pain by 72 percent in a group of patients with painful neuropathy. The body’s endocannabinoid system, found in the brain, organs, connective tissues and immune cells, is one of its natural pain-coping mechanisms, and is most affected by cannabis. Mitch Earleywine, Ph.D., associate professor of clinical psychology at the State University of New York at Albany, author of Understanding Marijuana: A New Look at the Scientific Evidence and a member of the advisory board of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, is an advocate of medical marijuana. While regarding it as helpful for chronic pain with little risk of addiction, he concludes it’s “great for a small handful of conditions, but it’s not the cure-all that some are suggesting.” CBD oil: Dr. Hyla Cass, of Marina del Rey, California, an integrative physician expert in psychiatry and addiction recovery, and author of The Addicted Brain and How to Break Free, is more comfortable with CBD (cannabidiol) oil. It’s a hemp product legal in 45 states, provided it qualifies in non-addictive levels of THC, the component of cannabis that induces euphoria (see TheCannabis Some CBD oils contain trace amounts of THC, not enough to induce a “high” or contribute to addiction, but there are also products that contain no

Let the Sunshine In Just getting a little natural sunlight can have a strong effect on chronic pain, according to a study published in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine. Hospital patients fortunate enough to have beds on the sunny side of the building cut their need for opioid-based pain meds by 22 percent just one hour after spine surgery. THC at all. By definition, hemp’s THC content is less than 0.3 percent versus marijuana’s 5 to 35 percent. “CBD oil won’t make you high,” says Cass. “In and of itself, CBD oil is very potent. You don’t need the THC for pain relief. There’s no need to go down the slippery slope of using an illegal substance.” In addition to CBD oil’s pain-relieving effects on the endocannabinoid system, says Cass, it’s a powerful anti-inflammatory, which contributes to its effectiveness in addressing the underlying causes of chronic pain, confirmed by University of South Carolina research. Kathleen Barnes is the author of numerous books on natural health, including Food is Medicine. Connect at

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you buy has low or no detectable levels of THC—unless that’s what you want. CBD is legal in New York and many other states, but it’s not regulated, so in order to get safe, high-quality CBD, buy it from a trusted source so you’ll know what you’re getting. Recently Natural Awakenings asked three local experts for their tips on shopping for CDB products.

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Tips for Buying CBD Legal Hemp Products Are Welcome Tools for Treating Symptoms


by Kazaray Taylor

BD, or cannabidiol, which is extracted from the cannabis or hemp plant, has become extremely popular in recent years. Emerging research indicates that CBD reduces depression and anxiety and may be as effective as antianxiety pharmaceuticals and antidepressants on the market. Research also shows that CBD reduces pain, inflammation and epileptic seizures, and may help with addiction.


CBD has a growing legion of fans, even with its high price tag. It takes a lot of hemp to produce a little CBD, and since any toxins in the soil can be absorbed by growing hemp plants and concentrated during the CBD extraction process, organic hemp is preferred. When choosing a CBD product, consider its level of THC, which is the main mind-altering ingredient in CBD’s biological cousin, marijuana. Make sure the CBD

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Nagi Wissa, a registered pharmacist and owner of Lake Mahopac Pharmacy, says CBD oil is a hot item these days. It’s so popular that he’s been out of stock for two months and is scrambling to get it back on the shelves. “It’s a huge science now,” he says. “Everyone’s talking about it.” He says the reason for its surging popularity is that it reduces pain and inflammation and eases cancer-related symptoms such as nausea.” His store sells CBD oils, creams and pills, none of which cause euphoric effects. The different formulations serve different purposes, he says. “Depending on the ailment, when people come in, we make a suitable recommendation,” he says. “If someone has elbow pain, for example, we’d would steer them towards a cream.”

A Broad-Spectrum Treatment

Shira Adler, the local author of The ABCs of CBD: The Essential Guide for Parents (And regular folks too), says that because of its nature, CBD helps relieve a broad variety of symptoms. “The endocannabinoid receptor system, which is how all mammals are wired to receive CBD and the rest of the cannabinoid family, creates homeostasis in the body,” she says. “The endocannabinoid system basically regulates all of our other systems. Since the underlying symptomology of every challenge, issue, ailment and state of disease is inflammation, if nothing else, consider CBD your best ally to address inflammation.” As a CBD educator, advocate and entrepreneur, Adler speaks locally and nationally about CBD and the hemp and cannabis industries from a holistic perspective.

Harvesting hemp in the field. Through her business, Shira Synergy, she sells CBD oil and other products, which together form a holistic CBD wellness system. Her CBD tinctures range from 1,000 to 3,000 mg. per bottle. She also sells body butter and Shira Synergy Sprays, which are CBD-infused proprietary blends of essential oils (Clear, Center, Nurture, Inspire, Smile). “Many more products coming,” she says. Right now, there are a few really good companies that sell CBD products, and many not-so-good ones, she notes, adding, “The fact is, not all CBD is equal.” She recommends learning the basics before buying any CBD product. In general, she says, you get what you pay for. “Sure, you can grab a one-milliliter bottle (the standard size) of CBD for not a lot, but then you’re not getting a lot of CBD. It could be highly diluted, mixed with too high of the MCT (one of the usual carrier bases).”

A Happy Customer

Like many people who sell CBD products, Marcie Manfredonia Siciliano, owner of Custom Candle, in Bedford Hills, got into the CBD business because she was a happy customer. She had suffered from chronic pain, fibromyalgia, inflammation and anxiety for years, and felt she was running out of options, until the day she discovered CBD. “From the moment I was introduced to CBD, it changed my quality of life drastically,” she says. “The hype is real.” Now she sells CBD in her Bedford Hills store. “There are many brands on the market, but the most wellknown and sought-after companies manufacturing CBD products are Charlotte’s Web and Healthy Hemp,” she says. “The forms vary from liquid drops and edibles to creams, candles and diffusers.” Custom Candle now carries a wide selection of CBD products, including gummies, edibles, creams, lotions, candles, diffusers and more.

What does the future of CBD look like?

“Where we are now … with CBD and the entire cannabis-hemp industry is just the beginning,” Adler says. Lake Mahopac Pharmacy ( is located at 559 Rte. 6, Mahopac, NY. Shira Adler ( can be reached at 888.392.5242. Custom Candle Co (CustomCandleCo. com) is located at 25 Depot Plaza, Bedford Hills, NY. July 2018


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Gary Griggs on What We Must Do to Save Our Coasts by Randy Kambic


hile Gary Griggs has lived near the coast of California most of his life, visits to the coasts of 46 nations helped shape his latest book, Coasts in Crisis: A Global Challenge. The distinguished professor of Earth sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz, writes on how coral reefs provide shelter, food and breeding grounds for about one-third of the world’s species of marine fish, as well as coastal protection from major weather events. Most coral reefs are now besieged by pollution, overfishing, sedimentation, coastal construction, tourism and global warming. Approximately 3 billion people— nearly half our planet’s total population— live in coastal areas. He cites that hurricanes have caused more U.S. fatalities than any other natural hazard, and the driving forces behind rising sea levels will increase future vulnerabilities unless effective actions are taken now. Griggs, who also wrote Introduction to California’s Beaches and Coast and Living with the Changing California Coast and co-wrote The Edge, today recaps the history and assesses the current status of coasts worldwide. He suggests ways in which current negative trends might be reversed or improved.

We need to do everything possible to cut back on greenhouse gas emissions, but that’s not going to stop rising sea levels anytime soon. We need to start adapting right away. We can elevate structures, but that’s limited. Historically, we’ve used armoring, including seawalls, levees and rock revetments, which work for awhile, but have endpoints. Ultimately, it’s going to take relocation, or what we call “planned retreat”, moving back when the sea nears our front yard. The more we reduce or mitigate the emission of greenhouse gases, the less adaptation will be needed to cope with climate change.

How can we better deal with rising sea levels?

Have researchers seen any overfished species rebound?

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Why are coral reefs so vital to the global ecosystem?

In the tropical latitudes, coral reef ecosystems have formed the basic biological, geological, economic and cultural framework of area coastlines and island nations for centuries. Today, fisheries and tourism anchor those economies. Millions of people depend on these local ecosystems for their protein supply. About 50 percent of coral reefs are in poor or fair condition, and most are in decline. Whether from pollution, dredging, filling or overfishing, virtually all of those reefs are under significant threat.

A 2013 report by the Natural Resources Defense Council found that about twothirds of U.S. commercial fish species that

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had been seriously depleted had made significant recoveries—28 of 44 fish stocks, including Atlantic bluefish, flounder and black sea bass—primarily due to better management practices. We now have fisheries restrictions and marine-protected areas in place. To realize some long-term success, we need to limit fisheries in certain areas and for certain species. California’s Monterey Bay Aquarium publishes a Seafood Watch Consumer Guide card specific to regions; it color codes which species are safe to eat and which ones no longer can provide a sustainable harvest, so we know which ones to ask for at grocers and restaurants.

What might mitigate the environmental impact of what you term “coastal megacities”? Eight of the largest metropolitan areas worldwide—Shanghai, Mumbai, Karachi, Tokyo, Dhaka, Jakarta, New York/New Jersey and Los Angeles—are along shorelines. Coasts in Crisis looks at the hazards of hurricanes, cyclones, typhoons and tsunamis that their residents are exposed to—along with long-term sea level rise. These incredible concentrations of people not only fish heavily, they discharge large volumes of waste and wastewater. You can’t put 10 million people on a shoreline and not expect impacts. We need to get all of these discharges cleaned up and under control. Shorelines are very delicate biological environments. We also must get global population under control to make a much softer footprint on the planet. It would take four planet Earths to support the present global population if everyone indulged in America’s current consumption habits ( Sustainability is what we must work toward, whether it’s food, water or energy. Currently, we’re mining the planet for all its resources, which can’t go on for much longer. We need to recognize this and return to equilibrium with what the planet can supply. Freelance writer and editor Randy Kambic, in Estero, FL, is a frequent contributor to Natural Awakenings.

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Art that Inspires Action Artists Work to Save Nature’s Beauty by Avery Mack

Eco-art creatively highlights environmental sustainability issues and sparks possible solutions.


ounts Botanical Garden, in Palm Beach County, Florida, hosted Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea, a thoughtprovoking traveling exhibit featuring giant sea creatures made entirely of marine debris from beaches. “It graphically illustrates the amount of plastic pollution in our oceans and waterways,” says Curator and Director Rochelle Wolberg. The exhibit included Grace the Humpback Whale Tail, the Marine Debris Anemone, Priscilla the Parrot Fish, Flash the Marlin, Water Bottle Jelly, Sebastian James the Puffin, Lidia the Seal, Hugo the Humpback Whale Tail, American Sea Star and Musical Seaweed. Take a look at some of them and check for current exhibit locations at In Mechanicsville, Maryland, ex-iron and steel worker Steve Glorius repurposes scrap metal into natural world and fantasy art sculptures of ocean creatures that also inform about endangered wildlife. His works have adorned museums, restaurants, galleries and gift shops. Debbie and Mike Schramer, owners of Fairy House Vintage Antiques and Art, in Provo, Utah, create fairy houses made from twigs, mosses, bark and other natural elements. “Instead of paint and paper, we use nature itself,” says Mike, who encourages others to follow suit. “People enjoy time outdoors more intricately as they look for small items.” Although fairy houses are trendy now, the


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Schramers started building their fantasy worlds in 1987. They’ve authored three books to spark the imagination, Fairy House: How to Make Amazing Fairy Furniture, Miniatures, and More from Natural Materials, Fairy Village and F is For Fairy: A Forest Friends Alphabet Primer board book. At 14, Canadian Evan Sharma, of Kingston, Ontario, is already an active entrepreneur—his artwork now appears on sneakers and clothes. He calls his company RBLB for Right Brain/Left Brain, saying, “To be a whole person, you have to use both the creative side and the analytical side of your brain.” His passion for the environment is particularly expressed in a painting he donated to support the Olympic team. Painted at an elevation of 7,000 feet on Sun Peaks, in British Columbia, he finished with snow for authenticity and texture. This year, he spoke on creativity at the 6 Under 16 program, in Montreal. “Eco-art makes an impact on the world,” says John Sabraw, professor of art and chair of painting + drawing at Ohio University, in Athens. “Right now, my paintings are round. People say they see a long view of the planet or what’s seen through a microscope. Every painting evokes a different emotional response from the viewer.” All Sabraw’s paintings use pigments processed out of polluted streams, often mixed with other standard artist colors. Sabraw has helped develop several ways for artists to adopt sustainable practices. See his TedxTalk at He points out that whatever form eco-art takes, its purpose is to show a problem, provoke a response and ask the viewer, “What if…?” Connect with the freelance writer via

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Why More Pets Are Getting Cancer

GMO Toxins Permeate Pet Foods


by Jeffrey Smith

n the late 1990s, the nationally syndicated newspaper columnist, “animal doctor” Michael Fox received many letters about dogs and cats with diarrhea, itchy skin and other persistent disorders. He advised all inquirers to immediately remove foods that contain genetically modified organisms (GMO). Dozens of follow-up thank-you notes verified that his recommendation worked. “One of the main reasons I came to the conclusion of blaming GMOs in pet foods for this cluster of health problems is that essentially, nothing else in the health background of these animals had been changing,” says Fox. Many vets have also reported a rise in pet obesity, skin conditions, inflammation, degenerative disk disease, cancer and even shorter lifespans since late 1996, when GMOs and associated poisons entered America’s food supply. For example, most GMOs like soy, corn and canola are designed by Monsanto to tolerate high doses of its Roundup herbicide. Corn is also engineered to produce an insect-killing poison called Bt-toxin. 56

Together with pesticides sprayed on or produced inside GMO crops, the side effects from genetic engineering create dangers. Monsanto’s “Roundup-ready” corn has higher levels of putrescine and cadaverine, compounds responsible for dead body odor. They promote bad breath and also can enhance the risk of allergic reactions and cancer.

Getting Cancer from Food

Cancer rates among our country’s 185 million pets are skyrocketing, especially among dogs. Canines have the highest cancer rate of all mammals; in America, about half are struck with the disease. In 2015, the World Health Organization classified Roundup’s active ingredient, glyphosate, as a “probable human carcinogen.” Insufficient human studies exist, but a goodly number of animal studies confirm that it causes cancer. Preliminary tests commissioned by the Institute for Responsible Technology (IRT), an educational nonprofit, on the dangers of GMOs, revealed that six popular dog and cat foods contained more glyphosate residues than most human foods.

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Possibly because pets are exposed to Roundup from spraying both foods and lawns, a pilot study by Health Research Institute Laboratories, which tests glyphosate levels in food and environments, found the levels in dogs’ urine were 50 times higher than the average in humans.

Amazing Recoveries

Numerous veterinarians see good results when pets switch to non-GMO food that’s free of synthetic pesticides. Veterinarian Barbara Royal, owner of The Royal Treatment Veterinary Center, in Chicago and author of The Royal Treatment: A Natural Approach to Wildly Healthy Pets, says, “Allergies, gastrointestinal problems, autoimmune diseases, behavioral problems [and other conditions] improve when we take the animals off of these GMO-laden, glyphosate-ridden foods, and put them on something that’s more organic and natural. It’s a dramatic change.” In a survey conducted by IRT, 3,256 people that adopted a non-GMO and largely organic diet reported improvements in 28 health conditions, many of which have increased in the U.S. parallel with the growing prevalence of GMOs and Roundup. Further, 80 pet owners cited improvements in status for eight health issues, including digestion, allergies and skin conditions, when their pet’s food was changed. Plausible explanations include that glyphosate is patented as an antibiotic, and so easily kills beneficial bacteria in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. This could possibly interfere with digestion, detoxification and immunity. According to integrative veterinarian Karen Becker, in Chicago, the Healthy Pets expert for, “We know now that animals consuming genetically modified foods… can change the terrain of their GI tract.” Most notably, glyphosate and Bt-toxin are linked to leaky gut—unnatural holes or gaps created in intestine walls. Veterinarian Marlene Siegel, owner of the Pasco Veterinary Medical Center, in Lutz, Florida, says, “We know that the root cause of most disease is inflammation; and that inflammation is coming from the leaky gut.”

Organic Surpasses Non-GMO

GMOs are not the only crops drenched with Roundup. It’s also sprayed on other foods to dry them, often just a few days before harvest, including wheat, oats, barley and other cereals. It’s also used on lentils, citrus orchards, sunflowers, potato fields and vineyards. Organic growers and processors are not allowed to use GMOs, Roundup or other synthetic toxins. It’s safest to choose organic; if unavailable, at least buy verified non-GMO.

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EXERCISE TO SLEEP BY Quell Insomnia and Nighttime Anxiety


by Marlaina Donato

nsomnia plagues millions of Americans, and finding a solution can be difficult when the condition is chronic. Prolonged lack of quality sleep compromises health and sets the stage for depression, high blood pressure, obesity, inflammation, poor memory and even serious risk of heart attack. The good news is that natural alternatives, especially regular exercise, offer relief. Northwestern University research published in the journal Sleep Medicine even confirms better results from exercise than other natural approaches.

Timing is Everything

Circadian rhythm, the body’s internal clock, governs physiological patterns involving sleep and hunger, and is cued by temperature and sunlight, so timing our exercise is important. Other studies at Northwestern reveal that workouts earlier in the day yield better results because muscles also have their own rhythm (internal clocks) that help them perform more efficiently due to the presence of daylight, and function optimally then. According to the National Sleep Foundation, a decrease in body temperature after an initial increase during physical activity initiates sleep, which also suggests that exercising later in the day, but not before bed, is helpful, as well. Research from Princeton University further shows that exercise can help the brain process stress, helping to minimize anxiety which often accompanies or fosters insomnia. Long Beach, California, holistic podiatrist Don Kim, creator of The Walking Cure Program, affirms, “The first thing to address is the circadian rhythm—what I call the body’s highest peak and lowest valley. The entire system needs to get used to slowing down.” Kim’s life changed for the better, including his struggles 58

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with insomnia, when he made walking a priority after an incapacitating back injury. “Walking is synchronized motion and induces meditative brain waves,” says Kim, who teaches others how to walk for better physical and mental health.

Oxygen is Key

The more oxygen the brain receives, the lower the levels of cortisol that trigger racing thoughts. Other forms of moderate aerobic exercise involving cardio machines, spinning, cross-country skiing, swimming and dancing are also beneficial ways to increase oxygen intake. Chicago fitness expert Stephanie Mansour explains, “Improving circulation helps to increase the body’s energy during the day and helps you wind down at night.” It’s a common misconception that rushing through the day is the same as engaging in exercise. Mansour elaborates: “Exercising is different than just being busy or working outside, because it’s a time where you connect your mind, body and breath. You’re forced to be present. It’s difficult to think about your to-do list when you’re physically engaged.” According to, just 10 minutes of regular aerobic activity anytime improves sleep quality significantly. Plus, it abates the likelihood of sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome that sedentary lifestyles can cause or exacerbate.

Cultivating Calm

Restorative yoga instructor Naima Merella, manager of Studio 34, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, says, “We’re not taught to value rest, and conditions like feeling overwhelmed and insomnia are the result. Most people in our culture suffer from an overactive fight-or-flight response, so engaging our parasympathetic nervous system, or relaxation response, can balance this.” Merella advocates yoga, breath work and certain qigong exercises. “One option is to do a more active yoga practice to burn off excess nervous energy, and then end with restorative poses to engage the relaxation response. It all depends on a person’s schedule and what they’re able to do. Ideally, I would suggest doing at least 30 minutes of restorative yoga and breath work before bed, but even a few minutes of a restorative pose or breathing technique can be helpful. I’ve found the kundalini yoga meditation, Shabad Kriya, most helpful for sleeping.” Renowned yogi Janice Gates, of Marin County, California, also advises physical practice, as well as understanding the foundational teachings. “It’s important to remember that you’re not your anxiety. It’s easy to identify with suffering and conditions that cause it. Yoga supports us to be free of that conditioning. Keep in mind that an issue can be more mental at times and more physiological at other times, so we want to address both with asanas early in the day to balance the nervous system and mindful breathing at bedtime.” Whichever form of exercise we choose, we should be gentle with ourselves. As Merella reminds us, “The best thing we can do is send ourselves compassion and love.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at July 2018


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Namastesis Yoga Studio Opens in Fishkill


hen Becca Roberts planned the concept for Namastesis, her new yoga studio in Fishkill, she knew that its atmosphere would be just as important as its amenities. “I wanted a vibe in which community and individualism are encouraged and celebrated,” she says. “Whether someone is an experienced yoga practitioner or a first-time student, everyone is welcome at Namastesis.” Now, two months after opening, Roberts is following through on her mission to create “a home for balanced wellness,” distinguished by its wide variety of yoga classes. “Regardless of age, physical ability or experience, you will find something here that works for you as an individual.” Becca Roberts The studio offers several types of classes, including alignment, yin, gentle, vinyasa, restorative and heated yoga, as well as massage therapy and Reiki. Roberts has broad training and many years of experience in yoga, massage therapy and Reiki healing, and she says that background helps her make everyone feel welcome and safe at Namastesis. She and the other teachers there can guide new students toward a class or wellness service that meets their personal needs. Namastesis, located at 1065 Main St., Suite H, Fishkill, NY, is currently offering a special for first-time students, $45 for one month of unlimited yoga. For more info, contact the studio at 845.765.2299 or, or visit

Pilates Double Workshop Offered in Rhinebeck


hinebeck Pilates is hosting a double workshop—Joe’s Natural Laws and How They Influenced His Work, with Sean Gallagher, and Historical Chair Exercises, with Elaine Ewing—on July 22, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The workshops last three hours each, with an hour for lunch in between. The first workshop, a lecture, will explore the natural laws of nature and human physiology and Elaine Ewing how Joseph Pilates understood them in relation to health. Gallagher will explain how Pilates developed his exercise method, and its effects on the skeleton, connective tissue (fascia and sinews), and the circulatory, nervous, lymphatic, muscular and energetic systems. In the second workshop, students will gain a fuller understanding of how Pilates used chairs as part of his method, and they will practice and learn his original exercises on the Wunda Chair and High Chair. In addition, Ewing will discuss many of Pilates’ philosophies, such as the importance of good posture, and Pilates’ continuous effort to make exercise convenient at home by incorporating exercise apparatus into the furniture we use daily. The cost of the double workshop is $250. “This is an opportunity to gain more insight into the Authentic Pilates method, learn how Pilates can make you stronger and healthier, and meet other local people who share your interests,” says Terianne Neden, manager of Rhinebeck Pilates. Rhinebeck Pilates is located at 6400 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck, NY. For more info, visit or contact Elaine Ewing at 845.876.5686 or


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NETWORK PILATES STUDIOS ARDSLEY Club Pilates Ardsley 875 Saw Mill River Rd. 914.292.1292; ardsley

CORTLANDT MANOR Stay True Pilates Private/Small groups 914.382.2040

DOBBS FERRY Pilates and More Health & Fitness Studio 127 Main Street 914.478.3560

MOUNT KISCO Club Pilates Mount Kisco 30 E. Main St. 914.362.8414; MountKisco Elite Performance PT of Westchester, PC 175 E. Main St, Suite 204 917.476.2164

POUND RIDGE Pilates Pound Ridge Classical Pilates Studio Old Mill River Road 917.841.1218

RHINEBECK Rhinebeck Pilates 6400 Montgomery Street 845.876.5686

SCARSDALE Club Pilates Scarsdale 365 Central Park Ave. 914.449.4411; scarsdale


SOMERS Equipoise Pilates & Wellness Bailey Court, 334 Rt. 202 914.276.2056

Elevate Yoga Studio 3535 Crompond Rd.


WAPPINGERS FALLS Elevate Yoga & Barre Studio 1820 New Hackensack, Suite 3 845.462.8400

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

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Beacon of Light Wellness Center 4 S. Chestnut St 845.202.3515 beBhakti Yoga Center (1 block behind the Library) 89 Dewindt St 845.440.8855

Putnam Yoga 30 Tomahawk Street Baldwin Place 845.494.8118;


O2 Living/drinklivingjuice 792 Rt. 35 Yellow Monkey Village 914.763.6320;

Quest Yoga 11-13 East Main St, 2nd floor 914.241.YOGA



Devotion Yoga of Westchester Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan 2055 Albany Post Road 914.930.7707


EASTCHESTER The Temperance Center 453 White Plains Road 914.793.2600

FISHKILL Firefly Yoga Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga 992 main street Namastesis-Yoga & Wellness Offering Yoga, Massage & Reiki 1065 Main Street - Suite H 845.765.2299;

KATONAH Golden Prana Yoga 223 Katonah Avenue 914.232.3473

Westchester Yoga Arts 49 Lawton Street, 2nd Floor 914.632.1101 Hudson Valley Healing Ctr. Salt Cave.Yoga.Lifestyle 51 Springside Ave

SOMERS Yoga at Zen Garden Private and Small Groups 917.721.2529;

VALHALLA YogaShine Special Needs/Yoga Therapy 711 Legion Drive; 914.769.8745

YONKERS Nueva Alma Yoga & Wellness 799 McLean Avenue 914.294.0606;



Katonah Yoga 39 Main Street 914.241.2661;

Balance Yoga & Wellness Yoga,Pilates,Reiki,Massage 2444 Boston Post Rd. 914.833.9703

Heather Reiners, HipHeather Yoga Teacher & Reiki Master Beginners & Gentle Yoga 914.479.2594;




Liberation Yoga & Wellness Center 862 Route 6 845.803.8389;

Guerrera Yoga E-RYT, YACEP, Shamanic Workshops. Privates. Retreats 917.578.4264; Yoga Instructor


The Art of Healing Wellness Center 64 Gleneida Ave. 845.878.4325

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Sound Healing and the Hudson Valley by Susan Kaplan

D Tell them you saw it in Natural Awakenings!


Susan Kaplan

uring my years growing up in Yonkers, and as an adult living in Connecticut and Massachusetts, I spent many blissful days in the Hudson River Valley. I sank into the comfortable Victorian splendor of Mohonk Mountain House and hiked its rustic, winding network of trails. I walked the casual Main Street of New Paltz, enjoying the coffeehouses and funky vintage shops that a college town brings. I indulged a lifelong love of historic homes, touring the mansions of Vanderbilts and Roosevelts and taking in the eclectic design of Frederic Church’s Olana, astonished by its majestic views from high on the hill. Impressive architecture and landscaping is matched—maybe surpassed—by idyllic perches and panoramic views of the mighty Hudson River. The region always has exerted a strong pull on my spirit. Still today, I remain in awe of the waterways, wildlife, history and rural beauty of the Hudson River Valley. It is an exciting place to set down roots—and a perfect place to practice vibrational sound therapy. Beneath the first impressions of quaint downtown streets, farms, fruit stands and a thriving artistic community, the Hudson River Valley is a place where new age and spiritual beliefs continue to merge with centuries of Eastern traditional medicine and Western health systems. This evolving

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symbiosis, blending science and holistic awareness, is exemplified in the growing use of Himalayan singing bowls for mind-body-spirit healing. The use of Himalayan singing bowls is not new. They’ve been around for centuries as part of religious or spiritual practices and shamanic healing ceremonies. Vibrational Sound Therapy (VST) is just the most modern incarnation of an old holistic entity, signaling new appreciation for the sayings “The whole is more than the sum of its parts” and “Just because we can’t see it doesn’t mean it can’t have benefits.” The physics of sound and other scientific principles give new credibility to practices once thought of as meritless, and have been incorporated into the custom, handhammered engineering of the therapeuticgrade bowls used in VST. At a minimum, these bowls invoke a deep state of relaxation; most clients fall asleep at some point during a session. As the Vibrational Sound Association methodically trains more certified practitioners, who use these techniques in established body or energy work or in standalone practices, there is increasing evidence that VST decreases anxiety and depression, improves sleep, and decreases or eliminates chronic and acute pain. As a sound therapist, I’ve started fresh in a region known for natural beauty, community pride and history. I encourage you to try something new too: Himalka Holistic Healing, the place for vibrational sound therapy. Susan Kaplan is a certified vibrational sound therapy practitioner and the founder of Himalka Holistic Healing. For more info or to schedule an appointment, contact her at 845.706.4431. To learn more about VST, visit See ad, 59.

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Pam Cucinell Phone, online & in person 917.796.6026;

Bernadette Bloom, MI Energy Healing & Teacher 239.289.3744

Dreaming Goddess Energy healers/Tarot Readers 44 Raymond Ave. Poughkeepsie 845.473.2206

Colin McPhillamy Pleasantville, NYC, Skype 213.840.1187

AURA-SOMA COLOUR THERAPY The Source NY Wellness Center 143 Boardman Road Bldg 3 Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 845.214.0452;

ENERGY HEALING Accessing Intuition & Spirit for Healing: Mag Treanor RN Carmel, NY; 845.228.8132 Tina Aurora CPC Reiki Master Energy Healing & Coaching Cortlandt Manor, NY 914.473.1032;

Betty S. Feldman, LLC, HTCP Healing Touch Program 53 Maple Ave. Fishkill, NY 845.896.6405 One Light Healing Touch Certified Energy Practitioners &Training Schools.


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Francine Tesler Medical Intuitive The psychic for people who usually don’t go to psychics. 220 King St., Chappaqua 914.469.6693;

REIKI PAST LIFE REGRESSION Shira Adler, Intuitive Healer Certified Past Life Regressionist 914.861.5186;


Anne H. Bentzen, RMT, JRP Reiki Master Teacher & Energetic Counseling 914.588.4079; Beacon of Light Wellness Center Alison Jolicoeur 845.202.3515 Shamanic Reiki Master Teacher

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Elka Boren, Shaman Healer Tarot•Tea Leaf•Houseclearing Angel Aura Spiritual Boutique Pawling, NY; 772.223.4143 Celestial Touch Laura Schek, Medium, Reiki Master 7 Arch St, Pawling, NY 845.244.1767;

The Temperance Center Merrill Black, LCSW Reiki Master & Instructor, Intuitive Energy Healer 914.793.2600

SHAMANISM Eileen O'Hare, LoveMore Sessions, Training 914.456.7789, Beacon, NY

Synchronicity 1511 Rt. 22, Brewster, NY 845.363.1765

Guided Channeling Group The Temperance Center Merrill Black, LCSW 914.793.2600

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Four Steps to Authentic Living How to Live a Deeply Joyful Life by Jan Desai

1. Connect with the inner voice. Uncovering authenticity comes from within. We learn to discern and heed the inner voice of wisdom through daily silence, a still space that allows messages to resonate. This ever-present guidance system is always spot on. The key is to connect often. Be grateful for the fruits of quiet moments. Maybe they occur during prayer and meditation, in the shower, walking in solitude without earphones or driving with the radio off. Breathe deeply, cherishing an open heart. Gut feelings often presage inner knowing.

2. Realize the difference between soul and ego. Connected with our soul—the seat of everything positive, the venue of all potential and light—we experience spaciousness, unconditional love and complete support. If accusations, blame or heavy judgment arise, it’s just the ego trying to maintain the status quo. By dismissing its raging, it dissipates.

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3. Reconnect with authentic selfhood. We must banish every misconception and lie we tell about ourselves. Falsehoods define us just like the things that are true. Take a good, long look in the mirror and ask, “Who is this person? What has

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made me who I am today? What experiences have created this unique divine work? Are my eyes alight or dim? What am I feeling? Am I weighed down by burdens, exhausted by current choices?” Simply ask the questions; don’t look for answers, but be wary of the ego’s vote for falsehoods.

4. Find some crazy joy. Beginning today, do one new thing daily that brings joy. Temporary happiness builds and reinforces joy, but soul-deep joy weaves a base of strength within. It’s an attitude—an outlook. When we are flourishing spiritually, emotionally and physically, it evokes joy in how we live and feel. Move out of familiar comfort zones and do something unexpected. Pursue a heartfelt desire long delayed. Watch a comedy with friends. Take a dance class. Call an old friend. Volunteer somewhere nurturing. Be in this moment. Understand that this is what life will feel like when living authentically, free of masks and pretense— when each day is meaningful and suffused with joy. Remember, authentic living is about the journey, not the destination. Jan Desai is a wife, mother, entrepreneur and visionary who transformed her life at age 50 by breaking with conventions. She shares her lifetime of learning at

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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 July 12 (for August issue) and adhere to our guidelines. Email for guidelines on how to submit listings. No phone calls or faxes, please.



Breath Work – 7-9pm. With Erika. Firefly Yoga, 992 Main St, Fishkill. RSVP/info: Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 7:15-8:15pm. With Merrill Black. Unique theme, meditation and group discussion. $20. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600.

SATURDAY, JULY 7 From Darkness to Light: Reconnecting with Your Spirit – 11am-3pm. With Rose Kress, of the LifeForce Yoga Healing Institute. Breathwork, intention, affirmation, self-inquiry, asana and more. $90 lunch provided. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. Preregister/ prepay: 914.793.2600.

SUNDAY, JULY 8 Water Ceremony – 10-10:30am. Prayers are offered up with tobacco and song, sending them down to the ocean, for the healing of the waters, of Mother Earth and for all relations. Free. Poughkeepsie Boat Launch. 845.473.2206. Journey for Your Soul’s Purpose – 11am12:30pm. With Savannah. $20. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765. Info:

MONDAY, JULY 9 The Healing Circle: Relax, Restore and Return to Balance – 1-2:30pm. Restorative healing touch and reiki healing prompts an overall calming, balancing and healing response that enhances health and well-

10:30 am-12 pm

Owlfeathers: Interfaith Meets Poetry, with Prof. Suzanne Ironbiter

of life today. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 236 S. Bedford Road (Rt. 172). Mount Kisco. Free. RSVP not necessary.

A Summer Retreat for Writers: Finding Inspiration, Contemplation and Creativity – July 5-9. The retreat is open to everyone: for those who journal and for writers of every genre. $450 includes overnight accommodations and all meals. The Mariandale Center, 299 N Highland, Ave, Ossining. Info: 914.941.4455. Hudson Valley Hot-Air Balloon Festival – July 6-8. Over 100 balloon launches during the weekend, with mass launches scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings, and sunrise launches on Saturday and Sunday. Craft beverage tap tent, live bands, vendors, food trucks and family activities. Info:

Sunday, July 15

All Welcome – Refreshments 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:

Independence Day Fair – 11am-4pm (rain or shine). Family-friendly fair featuring petting zoo, equestrian demonstration, pony rides, crafts, face painting, hayrides, live music, fishing, pet adoption, food from the grill and  more. Free admission. John Jay Homestead, 400 Jay St. Katonah. Info:


Interfaith Sundays at The Chapel at Croton Falls

FRIDAY, JULY 13 Hudson Valley Hot-Air Balloon Festival – July 6-8. being. $20. The Mariandale Center, 299 N Highland Ave, Ossining. Info: 914.941.4455. Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 7:15-8:15pm. With Merrill Black. Unique theme, meditation and group discussion. $20. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600.

TUESDAY, JULY 10 Let Your Yoga Dance – 6:30-7:30pm. With Amy Planck. For adults. Experience joy and fun while expressively dancing through the chakras. $109 eight weeks. Mt Pleasant Community Center, 125 Lozza Dr, Valhalla. Preregistration required: 845.803.5737. Qi Gong Classes – July 10 and July 24. 6:307:30pm. Sacred Space Healing Arts, 436 Main St, Beacon. $10. Register: 845.416.4598. Tea & Stones – 6:30-7:30pm. A lecture to connect and learn about gems, stones and their incredible properties. Free. Dreaming Goddess 44 Raymond Ave, Poughkeepsie. 845.473.2206.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 11 Sharp Again Soiree – 6:30pm. Music, dancing, silent auction, dinner and drinks in support of Sharp Again Naturally’s mission to preserve and restore memory. CV Rich Mansion. Info: Sansoiree. Summer Qigong: Learn to Expand Your Awareness – July 11-Aug 29. 7-8pm. Eight-week series. $15 per session. $100 per series. The Mariandale Center, 299 N Highland Ave, Ossining. Info: 914.941.4455.

THURSDAY, JULY 12 Death Cafe meeting – 7pm. Share candidly, questions, fears and beliefs about death. Make the most

New Moon Manifestation – 7-8pm. Together manifest 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. Psychic Message & Healing Circle – 7-9pm. With Shaman Healer Elka Boren. $40. Angel Aura Spiritual Boutique, 12 W Main St, Pawling. RSVP: 845.493.0432. Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 7:15-8:15pm. With Merrill Black. Unique theme, meditation and group discussion. $20. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600.

SATURDAY, JULY 14 Summer Ecology Walk – 1-2:30pm. Find out what is going on in nature during this time of the year during a stroll around the sanctuary. Read Wildlife Sanctuary, Playland Park, Rye. 914.967.8720. More info: Astrology Workshop – 1-3pm. With Astro Cheryl. Learn and discuss the basics of Astrology. $40. Angel Aura Spiritual Boutique, 12 W Main St, Pawling. RSVP: 845.493.0432.

markyourcalendar Awaken Wellness Fair …Awaken to Your Best Self…

FREE ADMISSION TO New York’s best-loved holistic party It’s all about body, mind and spirit! Speakers, Healers, Vendors & Readers 100’s of exhibitors & guests! Exhibitor spots available Sunday, July 29 ~ 10am to 5pm Roger Smith Hotel, 501 Lexington Ave. @47th NYC

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Quinn Info-Lecture – 7:45-8:30pm. Discover the unseen energy of addiction and how this simple, natural method can help participants quit alcohol, smoking and sugar behaviors for good. 80 percent success. Free Lecture. Briarcliff location. 914.473.2015. Eyes and the Brain – 7-9pm. Vision is more than 20/20 eyesight. Learn to reduce visual stress and make efficient use of vision. Free. Dr. Samantha Slotnick, 495 Central Park Ave, Ste 301, Scarsdale. RSVP, Jane: 914.874.1177. Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 8-9pm. With Merrill Black. Unique theme, meditation, group discussion. $20. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600.

Birth Trauma Healing Workshop – 7-9pm. With Shaman Healer Elka Boren. $40. Angel Aura Spiritual Boutique, 12 W Main St, Pawling. RSVP: 845.493.0432.

SUNDAY, JULY 15 Interfaith Sundays at The Chapel at Croton Falls – 10:30am-12pm. Owlfeathers: Interfaith Meets Poetry, with Prof. Suzanne Ironbiter. All Welcome – refreshments follow. The Chapel at Croton Falls, 609, Rt. 22, Croton Falls. Parking across street. Info: Learn the Angel Oracle Cards – 11am-12:30pm. With Joann Fiallo. Basic level. $25. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765. Info: Walking Tour of the Lasdon Memorial Garden – 2-3pm. Join Lasdon’s horticulturist on a walking tour of a fragrance garden, a shrub border and a formal garden. Lasdon Park, Arboretum and Veterans Memorial, Somers. Info: 914.864.7268.

TUESDAY, JULY 17 Free Lecture: Stress: The Ayurvedic Approach to Getting Out From Under – 7-9pm. With Dr. Somesh Kaushik, an Ayurvedic and Naturopathic physician. Lewisboro Library, 15 Main St, S Salem. 914.875.9004.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 18 Natural Way to Quit Alcohol, Sugar, Smoking – 7-7:45pm. Learn simple, effective method for quitting smoking, alcohol, sugar and more. 80 percent success. Simpler than most believe. Free lecture. Briarcliff location. 914.473.2015. Curing Addiction from the Core: Quit with


Ancestral Healing Workshop – 7-9pm. With Shaman Healer Elka Boren. $40. Angel Aura Spiritual Boutique, 12 W Main St, Pawling. RSVP: 845.493.0432.

SUNDAY, JULY 22 The Harlem Valley Rail Ride – Takes cyclists through a horse farm, a dairy farm and a car-free, six-mile section of abandoned railroad track, beginning and ending at Eddie Collins Field in Millerton. Concludes with barbecue festival. Info/ cost: Double Workshop: Joe’s Natural Laws and How They Influenced His Work – 11am-6pm. With Sean Gallagher and Historical Chair Exercises with Elaine Ewing. $250. Rhinebeck Pilates, 6400 Montgomery St. Elaine: 845.876.5686.

Free Lecture: Ayurveda Overview and Q & A – 3-5pm. Dr. Kaushik’s Ayurvedic and Naturopathic Clinic will hold an afternoon of Ayurveda. Yellow Monkey Village, 792 Rte 35, Cross River. 914.875.9088; Music of the Heart: A Bhakti Yoga Experience – 3-5pm. With Darren Marc. Sacred time for soul nourishment includes gentle yoga, call and response singing and other Bhakti practice. No experience necessary. Quest Yoga Arts, 11-13 E Main St, Mt Kisco. Preregister: 914.996.4286. (workshops tab).

best practices for the holistic community to get more involved with overarching community issues in Westchester. Hartsdale. Free/donations welcome. Tickets/details:, search Wholistic Peace Forum.

Quit Alcohol Simply and Permanently – 1-2pm. Learn about Quit with Quinn—helping people around the world overcome alcohol, smoking and other addictions. Easier than people ever thought possible.80 percent success. Free lecture. NYC location, E 37th btwn Park and Lex. 914.473.2015.

Live Music outside at Hayfields – See Fridays 7-9pm.

FRIDAY, JULY 20 Yin Yoga Teacher Training – July 20-22. With Megan for a weekend of Yin Yoga exploration. Upon completion of this course, students will receive 20 YACE Continuing Education hours through Yoga Alliance. $375. Wainwright House, Rye. Boot Camp for the Soul: Art and Yoga One Day Retreat – 9:30am-4pm. Designed to provide an uninterruptible space to unplug from the busyness of life and reconnect with oneself. $75. The Mariandale Center, 299 N Highland Ave, Ossining. Info: 914.941.4455. Yin Yoga for Self-Care – 6-9pm. Stretch out and bring awareness to the entire body and will incorporate some gentle Qi Gong in addition to the longer Yin holds. $55 Nonmembers. Wainwright House, Rye. Chakra Crystal Grid Healing Workshop – 7-9pm. With Shaman Healer Elka Boren. $40. Angel Aura Spiritual Boutique, 12 W Main St, Pawling. RSVP: 845.493.0432. Shamanic Journey Circle – 7-9pm. Through rhythmic drumming in guided meditation, transcend the conscious state and journey to meet the many helping spirits around. No experience necessary. $20. DG Sanctuary. 2 Lagrange Ave, Poughkeepsie. 845.473.2206.

SATURDAY, JULY 21 Dragon Boat Race and Festival – Dragon boat races, food trucks, music, local vendors and activities for all ages on the banks of the Hudson River. Info: Wholistic Peace Forum – 3:30-5pm. Interactive and collaborative experience to identify and discuss

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Healing/Psychic Fair – 1-6pm. 7/22 & 7/29. Healers, psychics, tarot readers, palm readers and Reiki Masters available for readings and healing sessions. Portion donated to the Global Autism Project. Chapel at Croton Falls. 609 Rt. 22, Croton Falls. Info: Rona Levine 914.419.8693. Belly Dance Basics – 2:30-4:30pm. With Gina Bergamini. A celebration of natural beauty and power regardless of age, ability or body type. Quest Yoga Arts, 11-13 E Main St, Mt Kisco. Preregister: 914.996.4286. (workshops tab).

MONDAY, JULY 23 Fourth Monday Bird Walk – 7:30-9:30am. BYO binoculars and join experts from Saw Mill River Audubon for a walk through park to see the birds of the season. Beginners welcome. Croton Point Park, meet in main parking lot, Croton-on-Hudson. 914.862.5290. Info: More info:

TUESDAY, JULY 24 Let Your Yoga Dance – 6:30-7:30pm. With Amy Planck. For adults. Experience joy and fun while expressively dancing through the chakras. $109 eight weeks. Mt Pleasant Community Center, 125 Lozza Dr, Valhalla. Preregistration required: 845.803.5737.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 25 Quit Alcohol Simply and Permanently – 7-7:45pm. Learn about Quit with Quinn—helping people around the world overcome alcohol and other addictions. Easier than people ever thought possible.80 percent success. Free lecture. Briarcliff location. 914.473.2015. Natural Way to Quit Alcohol, Sugar, Smoking – 7:45-8:30pm. Learn simple, effective method


Dragon Boat Race and Festival, See July 21 for quitting smoking, alcohol, sugar and more. 80 percent success. Simpler than most dare to believe. Free lecture. Briarcliff location. 914.473.2015.

FRIDAY, JULY 27 Sixth Annual Firefly Festival – 6:30-8:30pm. BYO chairs, blankets and flashlight. Meet at the end of Michigan Road for this annual festival. Enjoy some s’mores while watching this amazing show. Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, Cross River. Info: 914.864.7317. Mediumship Circle – 7-8:30pm.With Carla Blaha. $40. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765. Info: 22 Arcanas Workshop – 7-9pm. With Shaman Healer Elka Boren. $40. Journey through the Tarot Major Arcana. Angel Aura Spiritual Boutique, 12 W Main St, Pawling. RSVP: 845.493.0432. Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 7:15-8:15pm. With Merrill Black. Unique theme, meditation, group discussion. $20. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600.

SATURDAY, JULY 28 Reiki 1 & 2 – 11am-4pm.With Reiki Master Marcus Feighery. $275. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765. Info: Essentials for a More Easeful Labor: A Couples Labor & Delivery Workshop – 3-7pm. Learn all the basics that a couple needs to know in preparation for labor. Quest Yoga Arts, 11-13 E Main St, Mt Kisco. Preregister: 914.996.4286. QuestYogaArts. com (birth and baby tab). Women’s Full Moon Gathering – 7-8:30pm. A non-denominational monthly gathering for women, coming together to draw on the powerful energies of the full moon. $10 requested donation. DG Sanctuary, 2 Lagrange Ave, Poughkeepsie. 845.473.2206.

SUNDAY, JULY 29 Introduction to Foot Reflexology – 10am-1pm. Wyld Womyn, 378C Main St, Beacon. Register: Wyld Womyn. 845.440.8300.

MONDAY, JULY 30 Kids Summer Camp – July 30-Aug 3. 9-11:45am. Ages 5-9. $150. Firefly Yoga, 992 Main St, Fishkill. RSVP/info:

July 2018

Astrology with Pamela Cucinell Stir the Pot

Whatever is a win probably has a cost on July 1. Scattered thoughts on July 2 lead to an ability to connect the dots. Open up to creative solutions on July 3. Pre-dawn undercurrents stir confusion on���������  �������� Independence Day: meditate, relax, reflect.���������  �������� Inspiration on July 5 generates high productivity. July 6, mutual respect benefits all parties to override conflict.  

Jupiter Direct

On July 7, savor the moment without high ticket investment. July 8 bliss comes through delicious tastes and the natural environment. Frustration on July 9 finds an outlet through activity and information. Jupiter goes direct on July 10, to start a cycle of renewed optimism. Clear clutter and get your ducks in a row on July 11. The Cancer new moon on the July 12 solar eclipse offers opportunity to move past old grievances. An upset on July 13 provides a fresh outlook. 

Grease the Wheel

On July 14, hit high pitches with humor and stories. July 15 brings satisfaction in down-to-earth tasks. Your to-do list diminishes on July 16. Get your house in order on July 17. Diplomatic discussions on July 18 reap rewards.�����������������������  ���������������������� Continue the conversation on July 19.

Leo Light  

Treasures are to be found on July 20. Even difficult conversations find way to resolution on July 21. On July 22, the sun moves into Leo and demands that we get outside and play like kids. Whatever impasse presents itself on������������������������������  ����������������������������� July�������������������������  ������������������������ 23 dissolves with information. Diversions amuse on July 24. In contrast, efficiency is high on July 25.

Mercury Retrograde

Mercury retrograde on July 26, coupled with the ongoing Mars retrograde, signals reassessment for whatever you’ve got cooking. The Aquarius full moon lunar eclipse on July 27 triggers an impulsive desire to be heard; integrate the big picture into personal self-expression. Everybody has an opinion on July 28. The best antidote for too much going on is convivial company, with no agenda, on July 29. Tranquil waters on July 30 soothe the spirit; find the right harbor. Don’t get bogged down by lost promises on July 31; look toward resolution. Pamela Cucinell offers spiritual insight with a practical twist, with both astrology and tarot, at�����������������������������������  ���������������������������������� She offers guidance through her website, private sessions, YouTube and webinars. For more information, contact her at pamela@insightoasis. com or 917.796.6026. See ad, page 47. July 2018



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on going events NOTE: All calendar events must be received via email by the 12th of the month and adhere to our guidelines. Email for guidelines and to submit entries. No phone calls or faxes, please. Ongoing Calendar listings must be resent quarterly for our January, April, July & October editions.

sunday Kacey, On The Radio – 6:30am. The Health and Happiness Show. Interviews with therapists, healers, doctors, actors and dreamers. Tune into 100.7 WHUD. Slow Flow Vinyasa – 9am. With Joan. A gentle, slower paced class that links poses to breath to cultivate strength, alignment, balance and gentle opening. o2living, Yellow Monkey Village, Cross River. 914.763.6320. $22/drop-in or class card online: Science Barge Art & Science Workshop Sundays – Through Oct. 2-4pm. Children ages 4-10. Planting activities, arts and crafts and get up close and personal with baby eels, oysters and blue claw crabs. Suggested $5 donation for supplies. Info/RSVP: 914.513.7354.

monday Vinyasa – 10am. With Marisa. A moderately paced flow of poses, with attention to alignment and breath. Mildly challenging. $22 drop-in or class card. o2living, Yellow Monkey Village, Cross River. 914.763.6320. Community Pilates Tower Class – 5:30-6:15pm. Invigorating pilates workout using the tower at a discounted rate. $20. Rhinebeck Pilates, 6400 Montgomery St. Elaine: 845.876.5686.

tuesday Gentle Yoga for Wellness – 5:45-7pm. With Ann Cassapini. Yoga using chairs, props, deep relaxation/meditation to build stability, strength and flexibility. Gentle level. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Ann: 917.882.0921. Early Morning Vinyasa – 6am. With Tara, Firefly Yoga. 992 Main St, Fishkill. RSVP/info: Pilates Tower Class – 6pm. Fully equipped pilates studio and small class sizes. $35. Rhinebeck Pilates, 6400 Montgomery St. 845.876.5686.

914-617-8750 Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition

Vinyasa Restorative Flow – 7:30-8:45pm. With Jo-Anne. Great vinyasa flow class that incorporates restorative yoga. All levels. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Jo-Anne: 917.364.1871. Hot Vinyasa – 8:30am. With Linda. A quick hour of Hot Vinyasa in the morning. Strengthen and tone body while finding a peaceful state of mind. o2living, Yellow Monkey Village, Cross River. 914.763.6320. $25/drop-in or class card online:

wednesday Men’s Mindful Breath & Body Yoga – 5-6:15pm. With Victor Gazzini. Class for men combining mind, body, breath, asanas, chanting to support steadiness, alertness, and comfort. Beginner level. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Vic: 914.319.7322. Yin Breath Yoga – 6:30-7:45pm. With Victor Gazzini. A class using a breath bases asana practice that incorporates meditation, visualization and chanting. All levels. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Vic: 914.319.7322.

thursday 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. Alignment – 8:30am. With Kate. Focusing on students’ individual needs, this class utilizes detailed alignment curs, kinetic awareness, mindful meditation, breath work and more. All levels. $22 drop-in or class card. o2living, Yellow Monkey Village, Cross River. 914.763.6320. Reformer Group Class – 7pm. Get in shape for the summer with core strengthening. Invigorating small group class with certified pilates instructor. $38. Pilates and More, 127 Main St, Dobbs Ferry. 914.478.3560. Pilates Tower Class – 10am. Energizing pilates workout in beautiful, fully equipped studio. Small class sizes. $35. Rhinebeck Pilates, 6400 Montgomery St. 845.876.5686.

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Reformer Group Class – 7pm. Get in shape for the summer with core strengthening. Invigorating small group class with certified pilates instructor. $38. Pilates and More, 127 Main St, Dobbs Ferry. 914.478.3560.

friday Pilates Tower and Reformer Classes – 7:3010:30am. Fully equipped pilates studio. $35-40. 6400 Montgomery St, Rhinebeck. 845.876.5686. Mindful Restorative Yoga – 9:30am-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. Gentle Yoga for Wellness – 11am-12:15pm. With Ann Cassapini. Yoga using chairs, props, deep relaxation/meditation to build stability, strength and flexibility. Gentle level. $18 drop-in. Ann: 917.882.0921. Eastchester. Live Music at Hayfields – 7-9pm. Local artists and bands from doors open at 6:30pm. Food, beer and wine will be on offer along with a cozy local vibe. Hayfields, 1 Bloomer Rd, North Salem. Info: 914.669.8275.

saturday 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. Vinyasa – 9am. With Sarah. A moderately paced flow of poses, with attention to alignment and breath. Mildly challenging. o2living, Yellow Monkey Village, Cross River. 914.763.6320. $22/drop-in or class card online:

classifieds Fee for classifieds is $1 per word per month, $25 minimum. To place listing, email content to Deadline is the 12th of the month.



GRAND OPENING! Balance Wellness Studio Rt. 6 Mohegan Lake. 3x3 Fit, belly dance, holistic workshops, $10 yoga and Pilates! Book classes online:

ARE YOU A PROFESSIONAL looking for a career in natural health? NuSpecies is a natural health company providing holistic services and high quality nutritional formulas. Please visit nuspecies. com/careers.


POUND RIDGE LOOKING FOR A HAIRSTYLIST to rent a chair in my day spa we use all natural and organic product. Pound Ridge NY 10 minutes from New Canaan, North Stamford, Lewisboro, & Bedford, our website please leave a message with Charles 914.400.8318.

GRAPHIC DESIGNER – Need a new look for your advertising and promotional material? Graphic designer with 15 years experience in the wellness and holistic industry. Fully bilingual: English & Spanish. Call 787.297.8818 or email waleska@



FOR RENT MOUNT KISCO PROFESSIONAL OFFICE SPACE available with shared waiting area, in town, near shopping, restaurants, parking and train. Rents include A/C, heating, wifi and 24/7 access. Join other health/healing professionals and other small businesses in this beautifully maintained building with great visibility. Call Barry for availability at 914.760.8510 or Mike at 914.907.7867.

GRATITUDE I APPRECIATE the sounds of birds. I welcome the symphony of joy and communication that surrounds me throughout my day. I am never alone. DJB

FREE INSPIRATION! NEED A LIFT? Listen to a Shine On Podcast right now! Shine On The Health and Happiness Show is heard first on 100.7 WHUD Sundays at 6:30 AM.

PET ADOPTION SPCA OF WESTCHESTER – Open 7 Days a Week: Mon-Sat 10-4 & Sun 1-4. No appointment necessary. Come find a new best friend. 590 North State Road, Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510.

Reformer Group Class – 9:30am. Get in shape for the summer with core strengthening. Invigorating small group class with certified pilates instructor. $38. Pilates and More, 127 Main St, Dobbs Ferry. 914.478.3560. Joyful Anusara Yoga – 9:30-10.45am. With Ann Casapini. Intermediate level. Well balanced asana sequences that focus on alignment, mindfulness, clear intention and joy. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Ann: 917 882-0921. Prenantal Yoga – 11:30am-1pm. Moms-to-be benefit tremendously from this practice that goes far beyond the mat preparing for labor and motherhood. Quest Yoga Arts, Mt. Kisco. Info/price: 914.996.4286, Baby & Me Yoga – 1:15-2:15pm. For parents (mom and/or dad, or grandparents) with babies 4 months up thru 11 months. Enjoy time with baby, meet other parents and restore from the rigors of parenthood in this peaceful, toning practice. Quest Yoga Arts, Mt. Kisco. Info/price: 914.996.4286,

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July 2018


community resource directory


Connecting you to the leaders in natural healthcare and green living in our community. To find out how you can be included in the Community Resource Guide email to request our media kit.



Kurt Beil, ND, LAc, MPH By Appt.: Mt. Kisco/Cold Spring, NY and Danbury, CT 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. See ad pg 13.


ACUPRESSURE® GAIL KELLSTROM, MFA, LMT, AOBTA Katonah, NY 914.232.5754; Powerful relaxation techniques reduces stress, eases neck/ shoulder/back tension and headaches. Balance, replenish, body, mind and spirit with “The Way of the Compassionate Spirit.” Gentle yet deep Asian Bodywork thousands of years old. In practice 35 years. C.E.U. classes.



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 ads pgs 16 & 33.


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 914.473.2015; Quit with Quinn helps people overcome daily addictions and unwanted habits ranging from sugar, smoking, alcohol, weight loss, to overeating and other compulsive habits. All natural, painless, no medications, needles, or hypnosis. 80% success rate. See ad pg 46.

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.

JUDITH MUIR, M.M., M.AMSAT Better Balance, Better Performance 60 Eddy Rd., Verbank, NY 12585 845.677.5871;

Alexander Technique lessons will teach you the principles that govern human functioning and how to apply them to improve performance in your daily life, whether a, musician, athlete, or a professional at a conference table.


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.


John Montgomery, Ph.D; Therapy/Coaching Scarsdale, NY 10583 917.244.5161; Is an addiction or addictive behavior negatively affecting your life? Using a powerful therapy method, I help people overcome the core emotional addictions – to sadness, worry, anxiety, or emotional ‘drama’– that always underlie destructive behaviors such as drug and alcohol abuse. See ad pg 51.

Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition

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

“Go Beyond” Expectation & Limitation with Shira Synergy Sprays!™ Proprietary Blends of CBD: an All-Natural, THC, GMO, & Solvent Free Cannabinoid from Hemp + Vibrationally High, Pure, EOs for Us, Our Children & Our Planet.

July 2018



Pamela Cucinell NCGR PAA Phone, Online & In-person 917.796.6026;



Integrity Chiropractic 11 Miller Rd Mahopac, NY 10541 845.628.7233;

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.

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 47.

See ad pg 46.

Do you struggle with chronic pain and don’t know where to turn for help? Experience the relief from a total-body approach to wellness. Call today for your free consult and enjoy doing the things you love again.




Astrology & Tarot Skype and in-person 213 840 1187 Choice lives between pre-destiny and free will. Know your stars, control your life. A reading designed to encourage, support and empower. Call now.


271 Veterans Road Yorktown Heights, NY 10598; 914.962.3111 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 57.

Practitioner: The Center for Health and Healing 4 Smith Avenue - 2nd Floor Mt. Kisco, NY 914.218.6424; Network Spinal Analysis, Chiropractic, and Wellness Consultant, Dr. Larry helps patients transcend physical and emotional trauma into optimal states of wellness. His integrative approach helps patients uncover causes of ill-health to facilitate their journey to perfect health.


Edit Babboni; CHC, RYT 200 61 Lakeview Dr., Yorktown Heights, NY 917.721.2529, Tired and Frustrated? In constant pain? Exhausted and Exhausted all possibilities? It’s time to try something new, something that works. Edit Babboni is a certified health coach and has cured her own autoimmune disease that no doctor was able to. She can help do the same for you. She offers health coaching, reiki energy healing, private yoga sessions. Call for your free one on one consultation. See ad pg 25.

BOOKS TITLE: DISCOVERING ANGELS by Pamela Landolt, M.Msc. Available at

Looking for angelic guidance? My book, “Discovering Angels” helps readers recognize when angels are near and teaches through simple exercises and guided meditations how to receive messages. Discover your two primary guardians, the zodiac, nature angels, and much more.



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 17.


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!

Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition

UPPER CERVICAL CHIROPRACTIC OF NY 311 North St., Suite 410, White Plains, NY 914.686.6200:

Dr. Gertner himself suffered with back pain due to an injury. With upper cervical chiropractic treatments, his body began to “heal itself” and the relentless pain that had plagued him quickly left his body. This inspired him to become one of only 5 NUCCA chiropractors in New York, and less than 200 worldwide, currently. He experienced amazing results and he knows you will too. See ad pg 79.

CIRCULATION DANA BOULANGER #US28016 Independent BEMER Distributor Mahopac, NY 914.760.5645

Proper blood flow is vital for life. BEMER therapy is used for wellbeing. Enhance blood-flow, circulation, cardiac function, physical endurance, energy, concentration, mental acuity, stress reduction and relaxation. Only 16 minutes a day to enhance your physical wellbeing. Sessions Available. CALL For Free Demo.


Life Coach in Positive Psychology 914.263.7080; 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.

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 46.


COACHING - ADD/ADHD SUSAN LASKY MA, BCC, SCAC 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!

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.



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.

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. 


Elizabeth Pasquale, LMT, CST, Director White Plains & Ossining offices 914.762.4693; WellOnTheWay.Com Curious about energy medicine?  Know there is something to it, from all you’ve r e a d a n d h e a r d ?  A r e y o u tingling with excitement right now, knowing you’re about to experience something life changing? Free get-acquainted phone call! See ad pg 13.


Energy is everything! Are you experiencing unexplained health issues, sleeplessness, trouble selling your home or attracting business? The problem may be disturbed energy. Call to learn how dowsing can help.


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.


Usui/Karuna® Reiki Master Teacher, Jikiden Reiki, Energetic Counseling, OT Locations Armonk, Bedford Hills and Eastchester 914.588.4079; Energetic balance is essential to your health. Restored energetic flow and balanced chakras clear stress symptoms, pain, inflammation, emotional instability, insomnia and more. Gain immunity, mental clarity and peace. Raise your consciousness. Healing circles, Reiki classes all levels. See ad pg 47.

TINA AURORA CPC REIKI MASTER Energy Healing & Coaching Cortlandt Manor, 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.


Energy Medicine Practioner, Medical Intuititive, Physical Therapist 46 Bedford Road, Katonah NY 239.289.3744; 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. See ad pg 23.

July 2018


ESSENTIAL OILS 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.




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.

Integrative consulting for small to mid-sized companies who want to implement wellness programs with biometric screenings for their employees. Assessment of existing wellness programs for effectiveness or health educator for public speaking engagements; as well as a trainer for medical Spanish.


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.


A Center For Awareness and Relaxation through Floatation Therapy. Create the ultimate Relaxation Response by removing all stimulation from light, sound, and gravity. Choose from three different float environments to find your perfect experience. Appointments available from 10am to 10pm daily. Free Parking. See ad pg 17.

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 21.

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. See ad pg 15.


HEALING CENTER 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 55.


177 Myrtle Ave, Mahopac, NY 845.208.6131 Organic hair salon. Say goodbye to grey and frizz, with no harmful ingredients. We have extensive knowledge in non-toxic and organic beauty products and offer permanent organic keratin smoothing treatment. Our passion is natural clean beauty that is luxurious, effective and affordable. See ad pg 24.


Poughkeepsie, NY 120601 917.868.1769;


RISE ABOVE FLOATATION 111 East Main Street Mount Kisco, NY 10549 914.241.1900



Natural and Organic is the way to go. Westchester Ave., Pound Ridge NY 914.764.5733; Full-Service Salon & Day Spa. Natural and organic hair color from Italy. Organic mani/pedi services plus non-toxic polish. Full body massage as well as all-natural skin care and facials. Organic retail products available. New clients: 30% off packages, mention Natural Awakenings. See ad pg 17.

Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition


Certified Natural Henna Artist 914.714.8069; Mt. Kisco Henna is an ancient tradition used for celebration, protection, blessings and healing. All henna is natural and freshly made in house. Services include Belly Blessings, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Goddess Gatherings, Henna Crowns, weddings, private appointments, corporate events and classes.


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.

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 & 41.


Dr. Michael Wald; 914.552.1442 86 Smith Ave., Mount Kisco NY 914.242.8844; Do you suffer from chronic health problems like cancer, autoimmune, GI or neurological issues? You need a BloodDetective! Dr. Wald will work with you personally over the phone, as a house call or at his Mt Kisco office. Call today, you deserve personal attention. See ad pg 9.


777 Ulster Ave., Kingston 15 Davis Ave., Poughkeepsie 845.338.3320; 845.485.8582


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.

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.


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. See ad pg 15.


Massage Therapy with a Nurturing Touch 914.320.4063;

See ad pg 47.

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

In a beautiful 3,300 sq. ft retreat-like setting, we offer Holistic Medicine, Therapeutic Pain Remedies, Body Therapies, Psychotherapy, Shamanic Healing, Reiki, Yoga, Meditation, Community Healing Circles, Health Classes and Professional Trainings. See ad pg 13.

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. Mamaroneck and on-site visits.



Independent BEMER Distributor Mahopac, NY 914.760.5645

Therapeutic Massage & Reiki Lisanne Elkins, MA, LMT, RM 153 Main St. Suite B, Mt. Kisco 914.319.4375;

Holistic Support for Horses. BEMER vet products support faster recovery, regeneration of tissue, and more efficient hydration of your horse. And reduces stress from transportation and competition. “BEMER is a 21st century ‘Fountain of Youth’ for horse and rider.” Linda Tellington-Jones. Sessions Available. CALL For Free Demo.

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.


INTUITIVE HOME ENERGY SOLUTIONS FRANZOSO ENERGY SOLUTIONS 33 Croton Point Ave., Croton on Hudson, NY 10520 914.271.4572;

Home energy audits, Air Sealing, Air Quality, Insulation, Windows, Doors Roofing, Siding and Solar. Environmentally responsible and sustainable home improvements. Call for your Free Home Audit today and start saving. Environmentally responsible and sustainable improvements. See ad pg 53.


Intuitive Medium and Author 914.730.0155; Robin has the innate ability to “hear” spirit’s voice and relay comforting messages from the “other side”. Phone, Skype or FaceTime available.  Please visit her website for other services offered.

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.

July 2018


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.


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 page 17.


The Center for Health and Healing 4 Smith Ave, 2nd Fl. Mt. Kisco, NY 914.673.4577; Andy uses a whole body philosophy called Integrated Positional Therapy. IPT was specifically developed to address pain, improve body function and range of motion. This approach has been successful in addressing many neuromuscular conditions often when other approaches have failed.


Kurt Beil, ND, LAc, MPH By Appt.: Mt. Kisco/Cold Spring, NY and Danbury, CT 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. See ad pg 13.

NEUROFEEDBACK/ BIOFEEDBACK ROSEANN CAPANNA-HODGE, ED.D., LPC, BCN, LLC Psychologist and Board Certified Neurofeedback Practitioner 898 Ethan Allen HWY, #6, Ridgefield, CT 203.438.4848;

We work with children, adults and families around a variety of issues with non-medication therapies. Our clinic bridges neuroscience with research-based clinical therapies to promote wellness. We provide brain-based treatments like Neurofeedback, Biofeedback, PEMF, EFT/ Tapping, hypnosis, psychotherapy, CBT, DBT, etc.


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


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.

NUSPECIES 866.624.4117 HQ: 427 Main St. Beacon, NY 12508 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 19.


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PO Box 245 Fishkill, NY 12524 845.232.0336 Stray HELP: a registered not-forprofit managed by volunteers. Our mission: rescue and care for stray and homeless animals while providing humane education to the community. Our vital community programs: Trap/ Neuter/Return, Spay clinics, adoption and working cat program, colony caretaker support.

PHARMACY COMPOUNDING 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 your health. We offer 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 51.


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.


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.


The Center for Health and Healing 4 Smith Ave, Mt. Kisco, NY 10549 917.974.9446; Are you stressed, short tempered with family and overwhelmed with life? Do you use food as comfort? Jodi’s unique approach integrates mindfulness, holistic health and psychotherapy to decrease anxiety, maximize joy and feel lighter inside and out. She is author of “Mindful Is the New Skinny.” Individual, groups, Skype.





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. See ad pg 60.

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

2 Coulter Road, Bakers Mills, NY 12811 518.251.3015; 914.556.8258

SKIN & BODY CARE REVIVA SKIN & BODY SOLUTIONS 929 Main St., Fishkill, NY 12524 844.363.7894;

Customized, holistic treatments for better skin, improved body appearance, and spiritual reconnection. Natural Facelift, Facials, Nonchemical Peels, Skin Tightening, Wrinkle Reduction, Fat Melting, Waxing, Reiki, Chakra Balancing, Guided Imagery, Aromatherapy, Raindrop Technique. See ad pg 23.

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 & 41.

Rev. June Tompkins, Acting Pastor 609 Rt. 22, Croton Falls, NY


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 55.

STRESS REDUCTION DANA BOULANGER #US28016 Independent BEMER Distributor Mahopac, NY 914.760.5645

C h a n g e Yo u r Life. Support your optimal well-being systemically. Enhance blood-flow, circulation, cardiac function, physical endurance, energy, concentration, mental acuity, stress reduction and relaxation. Easy to use, only 8 minutes, two times a day. Sessions available. CALL For Free Demo.



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.

By Appointment Peeksill, NY 914.906.7238; Discover the true meaning of rejuvenation, relation and calmness with the latest healing/ ayurvedic/pain management treatments including Amino Bio-Frequency Therapy and Therapeutic Massage Techniques; Anti-Aging facial techniques; Micro-needling and Dermaplaning; Microblading/Permanenteyebrows for Beauty; Reiki, Meditations. Visit website for full list of services and to book appointment. See ad pg

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July 2018



Breast and Ovarian Cancer Support Services 914.962.6402; 800.532.4290 Support Connection provides free support services to people affected by breast and ovarian cancer. Services include: One-onone counseling (counselors are also cancer survivors); Support groups; Educational and wellness programs; Webinars; Social gatherings; Referrals; A national toll-free information and support hotline. See ad pg 46.



Certified Whole Health Educator 518.929.7579;

SearchLight Medical 2424 Route 52, Hopewell Junction, NY 845.592.4310;

Prevention is the Cure. Offering the highest standards in Radiation-Free Breast and Full Body medical thermography. Detect changes at the cellular level years before conventional screenings. Clear results with fewer tests. Now available in Westchester by appointment.

Lose weight, inches and improve your overall health with the Mei Zen Acupuncture treatment for weight loss and abdominal toning. Jump start your metabolism and balance your body’s energy as you lose weight. Additional benefits include enhanced energy and improved digestion. See ads pgs 16 & 33.


John Montgomery, Ph.D; Therapy/Coaching Scarsdale, NY 10583 917.244.5161; Are you struggling with anxiety, depression, OCD, or addictive behaviors such as drug, alcohol, or food addiction? I can help you overcome the core “emotional addictions” that underlie these destructive patterns with a powerful new therapy method. See ad pg 51.

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 ads pg 5 & 41.


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Addiction Free Naturally Briarcliff and Midtown Manhattan 914.473.2015; Quit with Quinn 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 46.


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


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.

Learn how to become a Master Manifester. Create that dream job, find your soul mate, pay off your debts or whatever you desire. Learn to release what has blocked you up to now. Once you have learned how to PULSE, you have an empowerment tool for the rest of your life. Please visit for workshop dates.

Led by Janet Catalina, MSW 914.548.8372;


271 Veterans Road Yorktown Heights, NY 10598; 914.962.3111

Contact us for ad rates. 914-617-8750



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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 57.

YOGA FIREFLY YOGA & JUICE BAR 992 main street Fishkill NY 12524

Firefly Yoga is the Hudson Valleys only Baptiste Affiliate studio. Our practices are for everybody, we offer heated and non-heated vinyasa yoga, meditation and personal growth practices. Our mission is to give practitioners access to possibility and living life in their fullest potential. See ad pg 60.

July 2018



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Natural Awakenings – Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess July 2018  
Natural Awakenings – Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess July 2018