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Eat For Wellness How to Move Past Food Sensitivities



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love March, especially because it is the month Marilee and I were both born. So we each look forward to celebrating another amazing year of more fun and joy! Historically in March we usually have one good snow storm and then by the end of the month spring arrives with much warmer and sunnier days. My pooch Pepper and I can’t wait to get back outside for long walks in the neighborDana Boulanger Marilee Burrell hood and connecting with nature. Our focus this month is food. In the past 15 years, I have changed my diet many times and have become very aware of what foods are both delicious and nutritious and what makes me feel good. Celiac and gluten sensitivity runs in my family. I have been gluten-free for more than seven years and my husband recently joined me on this gluten-free journey because of his own digestive challenges. He often asks me if gluten-free is healthier. Not necessarily, I explain, as gluten-free items can still have sugar, salt, carbs and, many times, other fillers that are by no means healthier. That being said, when I do want some bread or pasta, the gluten-free one makes me feel better. As many of us do, I strive to eat a rainbow of fruit and vegetables daily and truly appreciate farmers who respect our earth and grow sustainable foods that nourish and fuel me. Supporting local farmers’ markets and farms is so important; that is why we are so excited to help support and promote the first Bedford2020 Food Forum on March 4 at Fox Lane High School in Bedford (see page 26). This local event will be a great way for our readers to listen to food experts, and meet local farmers and chefs. Being an educated consumer is empowering and being able to make good choices for the foods we eat is key to maintaining our health and wellness. What you eat matters so be honest with yourself. If you find you are grabbing a quick snack that has a label, read it. Or grab some fruit or vegetables that don’t need a label and enjoy some sweetness from the earth. Almost everyone is aware our bodies are exposed to hundreds of toxins daily. Environmental toxins are in the air, our food and water with all having ill effects on our health. There are tons of books, webinars and programs on detoxing out there. And there are programs that are sure to make you feel better but it seems like everyone tells you something different. That’s why we reached out to five local detoxification experts and asked them for insight and advice for our readers. Be sure to read the article “Deciphering Detox: Finding the Right Program” on page 28. We also have included local resources for buying organic juices and places that offer cleanses to start fresh this spring. We are very passionate about connecting with local practitioners who offer healthy lifestyle products and services that support our readers and our planet. We strive to connect with those professionals who we know and trust in our communities and who we feel have the highest and best interest of their clients in mind. So please let our advertising partners know if you have seen their ad, event listing, article or news brief in Natural Awakenings in print or online. We encourage you to try a new class, product or service and create health habits that support your health, wellness and our planet. We hope to see you at Bedford 2020 Food Form or perhaps at the Awaken Wellness Fair in Tarrytown on March 26 (see page 12). Eat well ~

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28 DECIPHERING DETOX Finding the Right Program with Local Experts

34 FEARLESS EATING How to Move Past Food Sensitivities by Kathleen Barnes


38 THUMBS-UP ON FATS Good Fat Doesn’t Make Us Fat by Judith Fertig



How to Defuse Bad Actors by April Thompson

42 HOLISTIC EYE CARE Taking the Whole Body into Account


by Linda Sechrist

44 NATURAL REMEDIES FOR ITCHY PETS Gentle Ways to Calm Allergies by Sandra Murphy



On Simple Steps To Well-Being by Judith Fertig



LIFE STORY Create Your Own Hero’s Journey by Kim Schneiderman


Workouts Use Natural Body Patterns by Aimee Hughes

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newsbriefs Zen Garden Food Detox Challenge Nourishing the Body Starts in April with Herbal Medicine


his spring will be busy at Zen Garden Health Coaching & Yoga, which hosts its quarterly Raw Plant Food Detox Challenge in April, a special kids’ yoga series and a handstand workshop in March, and the launch of a new program for women. Owner Edit Babboni says she always looks forward to detox week, which starts on April 3 this spring. “I know in a week I will feel much better, lighter and will have more energy,” she says. The challenge includes three gentle yoga classes with meditation, a raw food e-booklet with the recipes for the week, and a Facebook support Edit Babboni group. All participants will have access to Babboni, a certified health coach, in person after each class, or via the Facebook group. In the second part of March, the studio starts its six-class series Pretzel Yoga for Children. “This is a fun way to let children get acquainted with and love yoga,” Babboni says. The fee is $150. For yogis who would like to deepen their practice and master handstands, Zen Garden is hosting a handstand workshop March 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. with its new yoga teacher, Monika Acton. The fee is $30. New Year New Life New You is a three-month program for women who feel they need to change something in their lives but are not sure where to start. The program is designed to help with weight loss and reduce symptoms of chronic disease, Babboni says. Zen Garden Yoga is located at 61 Lakeview Dr., Yorktown Heights, NY. For more info, contact Babboni at 917.721.2529 or, or visit See ad, page 31.


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ost people today are malnourished—even those who regularly eat what they consider “healthy” food, says Bonnie Rogers, a local clinical herbalist and wellness coach. On March 28, she will teach Nourishing Your Body for Spring, introducing the best herbs and foods for starting the season out on a new path to mind-bodyspirit health. Through her customized threemonth programs, Rogers works with Bonnie Rogers clients one-on-one to help them nourish their bodies to overcome sluggishness or irritability, or feelings of being stuck or overwhelmed. Many of her clients are women living with stress, anxiety, menopause or digestive issues, who are looking for a simple way to increase their energy and become more balanced. “I believe that your body can heal using nourishing foods and herbal medicine,” she says. “By working with herbal infusions such as nettles, oat straw and many other herbs, you can heal your body from the inside out. During the spring, for example, you want to strengthen your organs with mineral-rich plants and tonics such as chickweed, dandelion and garlic mustard.” Beginning in May, Rogers will teach a six-month program for people who want to make herbal medicines and learn how herbs can help heal the body. For consultations, contact Rogers at 914.923.4346 or Bonnie@ She offers a free 15-minute “get acquainted” session, and Natural Awakenings readers will receive 15 percent off their first consultation program. For more info or to register for the spring workshop, visit See ad, page 20.

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Annual Sugar Maple Celebration in Fishkill


weet rewards await those who visit Sharpe Reservation March 18 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. That’s when the Fresh Air Fund’s 14th annual Sugar Maple Celebration will be in full swing. Kids at Sharpe Reservation's One day each Sugar Maple Celebration year, the Fresh Air Fund invites the public to Sharpe Reservation in Fishkill to enjoy a day of family fun and celebrate that special time between winter and spring known as maple sugaring season. Festivities include planetarium shows, live animal shows, storytelling, dozens of demonstrations of crafts like wood carving and blacksmithing, field games, and a children’s nature and craft discovery center. Admission is free. Local food and crafts from Hudson Valley vendors are available for purchase (all sales are cash-only). Special features will include the Maple Syrup Contest, during which visitors can taste-test syrups from around the region, and the Sugar Shack, where visitors can buy maple products and see how sap becomes syrup. Sharpe Reservation—more than 2,000 acres of land with lakes, streams, ponds and wooded hiking trails—is the site of the Fresh Air Fund’s five camps, where each summer 3,000 children from New York City’s low-income communities explore the outdoors, make friends, have fun and learn new skills. During the school year, more than 15,000 children visit the reservation to participate in the fund’s environmental education programs. The Sugar Maple Celebration is cosponsored by the New York State Outdoor Education Association. Sharpe Reservation is located at 436 Van Wyck Lake Rd., Fishkill. For info and directions, visit or call 845.897.4320.

The Chapel at Croton Falls Hosts Interfaith Sundays


n March 26, Pastor Hans B. Hallundbaek of the Chapel at Croton Falls will host The Sacredness of the Earth, an interfaith gathering addressing susInterfaith Sunday presenters tainability and climate change. Guests will include Doug DeCandia, food growing project coordinator at the Food Bank for Westchester. The event is part of the Chapel’s monthly Interfaith Sundays series, designed to offer a wide range of heart-centered religious perspectives in an interactive service that includes prayer, music and spirited discussion. The next Interfaith Sunday gathering, on April 23, will focus on Movement, Healing and Spirituality, featuring Melanie Gambino, a minister of healing and Continuum Movement teacher who is on faculty at SUNY Purchase and the Harvey School. A special Interfaith Sunday on May 14 will celebrate Mother’s Day with the Chapel’s annual Symphony of Peace Prayers, with guest author Dr. Jude Currivan, original music by Sita’s Light and a flag ceremony honoring all the nations of the world. The Chapel has hosted an array of spiritual teachers, international speakers and local thought leaders from diverse traditions, as well as gifted musical guests. To be considered as a speaker or musician, contact Rev. Deborah Moldow, interfaith minister, at The Chapel at Croton Falls, located at 609 Route 22, holds contemporary Christian services every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Visitors are welcome. For more info, visit

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Awaken Wellness Fair March 26 Has Party Vibe


he Awaken Wellness Fair, which returns to Tarrytown March 26, has long been billed as “our area’s best-loved body-mind-spiritgreen expo.” There’s plenty to be learned at this event, but the vibe is far more social Awaken Wellness Fair in Tarrytown than educational, notes Awaken Fairs founder Paula Caracappa. “While expo is a word associated with such events, this one is a party—no walls separating people. It’s wide open, with lots of friendly interaction.” Since 2002, this wellness-focused, experiential event has attracted more than 100 exhibitors to locations throughout the tri-state area, expanding from one annual event to multiple events in New York City, Tarrytown, Brooklyn, and Fort Lee, New Jersey. While attendance has grown from 42 people at the first Awaken Fair to hundreds of people in recent years, the goal remains constant: introducing people to the variety of wellness services and products available in our area today. This year’s fair in Tarrytown will take place March 26, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the Grand Ballroom of the DoubleTree Hotel at 455 South Broadway. Keynote speaker Kacey Morabito Grean of WHUD Radio will present “Life Lessons,” discussing what she’s learned in her 30-year broadcasting career. Caracappa says the Awaken Fairs are a big draw for men and women curious about holistic wellness practices, as they have the opportunity to explore modalities like Reiki and pranic and energy healing. “Healing practices have become more and more mainstream, and many people ‘sample’ a healing practice for the first time at the Awaken Fair,” she says. “They find abundant information encompassing the world of ancient, as well as new, cutting-edge healing or 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.” Visitors can also explore products and services to support a healthy lifestyle. The Awaken Fair’s vendors represent a broad variety of products and services, from essential oils and Ayurvedic medicine to nutritional supplements and organic cleaning products. “Of course, the best vendors of healing crystals and jewelry are at the fair too, offering love-focused rose quartz, healing turquoise, serenity-inducing amethyst and all the others,” Caracappa says. Intuitive readers will also be on hand, offering insight (for entertainment purposes only) through tarot readings, mediumship, angel readings, numerology, pet readings and similar techniques. Discounted appointments can be made with readers and healers online at For more info, including exhibitor lists and information for interested vendors/businesses, visit For questions, email See ad, page 2. 12

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Experience Elemental Change through Self-Actualization Weekend Retreat in Rye


ransformation expert Rose Caiola and astrologer Pamela Cucinell will lead a Rewire Me Retreat, focused on the human connection to the ancient elements of earth, air, fire and water, April 7-9 at Wainwright House, located on the Long Wainwright House in Rye, Island Sound in Rye.  location of the Rewire Me Retreat ����������������� Both Jungian psychology and MyersBriggs personality testing are rooted in our unconscious connection to the ancient elements, Cucinell notes. “By becoming alert to the symbolic content around us, we feel more present in the world. At this time of immense change, a knowledge of the elements’ colors, sounds and ritual help balance an individual and enhance his or her relationships.” Through this elemental connection, participants will experience greater self-awareness, Caiola says. “This exclusive retreat is designed for those who are ready to dive deeper into their true selves and enhance all aspects of their personal and professional lives.” The retreat will include interactive workshops, accommodations, meditation and yoga, gourmet meals, a personalized astrology chart and a focus on empowerment and community. For pricing information, visit Caiola, a certified consultant for Neurochange Solutions, holds certifications in Holographic Memory Resolution and neurofeedback and is trained in kinesiology, hypnosis meditation and yoga. She founded Rewire Me as a destination and resource center for people seeking balance and personal transformation. “This restorative weekend retreat is designed be experiential, educational and fun,” she says. Cucinell, a Tarot card maven and Reiki master, holds the National Council of Geocosmic ��������������������������������� Research PAA certification for astrology consulting. She coordinates the Westchester Holistic Network. For more information, contact Caiola at or 212.772.8960.


– In the December 2016 news brief “Clinical and Health Psychologist Offers Weight-Loss Counseling,” we incorrectly stated that Dr. Penni Waldman offers weight-loss counseling and psychotherapy services. She offers personalized health, detoxification and weight-loss programs that may include nutritional, psychological and spiritual classes. For more info, call 914.961.8412 or visit natural awakenings

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Interactive Workshop Local Landscape Designer Uses Focuses on Reversing Shamanic Principles artist and landscape designer Lia Russ, Memory Loss Local who began studying shamanism in the early


a n y of us worry that our memo r y i s n ’t as sharp as it used to be—we tend to walk into a room and forget why, o r w e ’r e constantly Dr. Cory Lenherr searching for things—or else we worry about a loved one with dementia. Sharp Again Naturally, an educational nonprofit based in Westchester, has identified 10 causes of memory loss and dementia and ways to address them. It will present this information at a workshop April 2 at Hyatt House in White Plains. The workshop is being taught by Dr. Cory Lenherr, a functional medicine physician, and health coaches Debbie Drelich, Lisa Feiner and Myra Oney. Lenherr trained with Dr. Dale Bredesen, who is internationally recognized for his groundbreaking research using a multitherapeutic approach for reversing mild to moderate cognitive decline. Lenherr will help workshop participants consider what might be affecting their memory, address risk factors, provide guidance on speaking to doctors, and supply a list of recommended tests. Important nutrition guidelines to support brain health will be presented along with a food demonstration. Other workshop features include stress reduction techniques and a Q&A to allow participants to ask questions in a supportive environment. The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (lunch included), followed by a post-workshop intensive from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. for health coaches, nutritionists and other professionals.

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1980s, is now incorporating shamanic principles into her design work, which includes consultations, design, project management and start-to-finish garden installations. She has been helping people connect with themselves and the earth through creating beautiful environments and organic vegetable gardens for more than 20 years. Russ recently became a certified shaLia Russ manic Reiki master and is apprenticing with Llyn Cedar Roberts to become a certified shamanic Reiki teacher. “The thing I love the most about re-immersing myself in shamanic teachings is that it has increased my awareness of the flow of energy between man and nature,” she says. “It has made me more conscious of things I was doing naturally, like creating positive biospheres around my clients’ homes. When the earth, plants and other beings in a space are happy, their sense of contentment, peace and joy radiates exponentially. Add a beautiful landscape—whether for foraging, veggie or flower gardening—and the energy is even stronger. Shamanic gardening lends itself to finding the sacred in everything and bringing that home to rest in our hearts.”  Russ owns Walk a Sacred Path, a new healing center in Dover Plains, is working toward certification as a creative arts therapist, and is studying to become a holistic health and nutrition coach. Her book, Connecting the Dots, will be published soon. For consultations, call 914.329.3325. For more info, visit,, or

Positively Priming the Mind Workshop


im Serafini, founder and CEO of MindPT, will be the keynote speaker at a Positively Priming the Mind Workshop from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., March 22 in New York City. Participants will learn more about the research and technology behind the accelerated learning tool called Mind Power Technology (MindPT) that serves businesses, nonprofits, organizations and entrepreneurs in creating positive results by priming the mind to start each day on a positive note. Serafini is a leading authority on positive priming and how to accelerate learning and change. This workshop is for coaches, practitioners, doctors, healers, educators, advocates, managers, trainers and others. Attendees will leave with real Kim Serafini tools to navigate life more easily and beautifully. MindPT is a revolutionary new way to integrate new beliefs and cultivate the mindset and habits of happiness and success,” she says. “Traditional personal growth programs often fail to produce the desired results because they require time, effort and discipline, but MindPT is quick and effortless, based on the latest in neuroscience research and proven, positive psychology principles. It is shared in fun and engaging bite-sized lessons on a desktop computer or mobile app to create fast, enduring results.” Cost is $49, including lunch. For location and tickets, visit

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Noted Craniosacral Therapist Joins NewLife Expo Comes to Center for Health and Healing New Yorker Hotel March 17-19


oy Matalon is now offering craniosacral therapy (CST) at the Center for Health and Healing in Mount Kisco. A certified craniosacral therapist who has also been a New York-licensed massage therapist for more than 30 years, Matalon was featured in New York magazine as one of the best 15 massage therapists in New York City offering CST. She will be available for Joy Matalon complimentary consultations and mini-sessions from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on March 26, when the center holds its Day of Healing Anniversary Celebration. CST is a gentle manual technique designed to enhance the function of the craniosacral system—the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. As a craniosacral therapist, Matalon works with children and adults and treats a wide range of physical and emotional problems, including migraines, chronic neck and back pain, TMJ, ear issues, depression, anxiety, digestive issues, PTSD and traumatic brain injuries. She specializes in SomatoEmotional Release (SER). “Our bodies and minds store the residual effects of acute trauma,” she says. “Receiving craniosacral treatments can release the effects of trauma while fostering your body-mind connection, and building skills to access deep relaxation and creative problem solving.” For more info, contact Matalon at or 914.519.8138, or visit See ad, page 18.


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ore than 100 experts are slated to speak at the NewLife Expo, which returns to NYC March 17-19 at the newly renovated New Yorker Hotel, with exhibits and panel discussions covering topics from nutrition to UFOs. “Most exhibitors are exclusive to the expo,” says its founder, Mark Becker. Among returning experts are Marianne Williamson, Eric Pearl and Dannion Brinkley, who will join Sean Morton, Richard Doyle, Gail Thackray, Stacie Breeze and dozens of other high-profile lecturers. “They’ll make it a weekend you’ll remember forever,” Becker says. “And this is one of our healthiest expos, as Dr. Joel Wallach joins Dr. Jane Goldberg, Dr. Chi, Dr. Cua, Dr. Paul Ling Tai, Dr. Eric Kaplan, Kat James and others to bring you the latest in alternative health care and proper nutrition.” The NewLife Expo is America’s longest-running event focused on holistic enlightenment and rejuvenation, he notes. “The expo continues at the vanguard of raising awareness to more than a million Americans for over 27 years, with its lecturers and exhibitors promoting a healthy mind, body and spirit; alternative medicine; yoga and meditation; anti-aging; and the metaphysical and psychic realms.” For more information or to preregister for discounts, visit or email

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Eat Well, Be Well at Brewster Farmers’ Market


he yearround Hudson Va l l e y Regional Fa r m e r s ’ Market (HVRFM) in Brewst e r, o p e n Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., is now offering fresh meats and Ronnybrook cheese and dairy products from General Cochran Farms. The market’s newest vendor, a family-owned business based in Wassaic, practices conscientious farming with the goal of providing affordable, nutritious organic foods to local communities at a convenient location. Visitors the HVRFM can sip hot organic coffee while browsing the market’s myriad offerings, including fresh veggies from DoReMe; baked goods from Bootleg Breads; and specialty items like jam and goat’s milk soap. Ace Endico’s Market Table has recently joined the market to provide fresh-cured meats and cheeses and an array of local products, such as jewelry from the Grand Strand, soaps from Smellz Good, spirits from KAS Honey Liquors, fresh pickles and pickled products, and prepared food and goods from Steve’s Country Kitchen.  ���������������������������������� The market has also added the Market Café, offering fresh, locally made croissants, donuts and other pastries in addition to a wide variety of baked goods from Bella’s, including gluten-free and sugar-free items. “Bella’s creates only the finest all-natural, authentic Italian biscotti, hand-poured butter toffee and old-fashioned cookies and brownies,” says Storm Tentler, HVRFM’s marketing and community relations coordinator. Nick The Knife, who provides knifesharpening services, is a weekly presence at the market, as are kids’ crafts and free samples. For a full list of vendors, visit HudsonValleyRegionalFarmersMarket. org.

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Ionic Detox Footbath Affects Whole-Body Health


etty Prinsen is now offering ionic detox footbath (IDF) services at Online Hair Designs, located in Putnam Plaza on Route 6 in Carmel, and Cosmo Hair Salon, loBetty Prinsen cated at 3101 Route 22 in Patterson. As a teaching ballerina with a master’s in dance education from Columbia, Prinsen says she knows firsthand how the feet affect the entire body. “The IDF is an emerging treatment to detoxify the body, which contributes to feeling revitalized, relaxed, balanced and less stressed,” she says. “When your body and mind are relaxed, you can live life more profoundly and your body can heal.”  Bruce Given of Lake Peekskill says that after years of “climbing the walls” with leg pain, his first IDF treatment almost completely relieved it, and he’s seen further improvement with continuous treatments. “The footbath keeps reducing the swelling and pain in my leg, and it cleared up some rashes I had on my feet, and some bruises, too,” he says. IDF is a simple process that takes just over half an hour, Prinsen says. “For 35 minutes, the feet are placed in a tub of hot water with salt and an electronic device, which produces a low-risk electrical charge to the water. Using the science of ionization and osmosis, the charged water draws out toxins through the skin and into the water. After treatment, the body’s natural detoxification processes function more efficiently and continue the elimination of toxins for three to five days.”  Prinsen also provides in-home service to clients with scheduling or travel issues.

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Mary Opfer Nutrition Now Open in Somers


ary Opfer, a certified integrative functional nutritionist and registered dietitian, has opened a private practice in Somers offering custom treatment plans for people who are dealing with acute or chronic Mary Opfer conditions or who want to achieve or maintain their best health. “Whether you’ve been diagnosed with an illness, suffer from fatigue, chronic constipation, bloating, GI issues or autoimmune disorders, or simply want to be in optimal health, I can help you reach your goal by uncovering the root causes of your nutritional concerns and giving you an individualized treatment plan,” she says. Combining her “food as medicine” approach and her culinary background, Opfer helps clients create realistic meal plans to put their specific health goals into action. “My technique helps reduce inflammation, eliminate toxins and lower blood sugar utilizing food as medicine and recommending lifestyle modifications,” she says. “The end results are optimal health, more energy, regularity, less bloating, restful sleep and reduced migraine frequency.” A sought-after health and wellness speaker and an adjunct professor at the City University of New York, Opfer regularly conducts healthy cooking classes at Hanover Farm in Yorktown and is a contributor to Halston Media and various published cookbooks. She offers an inoffice initial consultation with a choice of office or phone follow-ups to assist clients with their nutritional care plans. She offers hormonal testing and accepts Medicare and most major insurance. Mary Opfer Nutrition is located at 378 Rte. 202, Somers, NY. For more info, call 914.617.8585 or visit MaryOpferNutrition. com or Opfer Nutrition. See ad, page 35.

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esearchers from the Harvard School of Public Health, in Boston, used data from previous studies to discern the association between dairy and animal fats and cardiovascular disease (CVD) in American adults. The study reviewed dairy fat and other fat consumption data using validated food-frequency questionnaires from more than 43,000 men and 175,000 women during three different studies, each spanning at least 20 consecutive years. Of the subjects studied, 14,815 developed some form of CVD, close to 7 percent of the total. The researchers found that replacing dairy foods with foods containing polyunsaturated fats—primarily found in vegetables, nuts and fish—in just 5 percent of a subject’s diet reduced the risk of CVD by an average of 24 percent. But replacing the same percentage of dairy fats with other animal fats increased the incidence of CVD by 6 percent.

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Veggie, Fish and Nut Fats Preserve Heart Health

esearchers from Tianjin Medical University, in China, have discovered that regularly taking docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) improves brain function in older adults with mild cognitive impairment. A total of 219 adults over the age of 65 participated in the randomized, double-blind, 12-month trial. Half of the subjects were given two grams of this omega-3 fatty acid daily, while the others received a placebo. The researchers measured cognitive function, including a full-scale intelligence quotient (IQ) test and two IQ subtests which serve as indicators of both short and long-term memory. The tests were administered after six months and again after 12 months. The DHA group showed a 10 percent higher IQ than the placebo group. There were also significant increases in both IQ subtests and brain hippocampus volume in the DHA group. Decreased hippocampus volume is a primary indicator of Alzheimer’s disease.


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Eye Health Nutrients Also Aid the Brain


utein and zeaxanthin are known key carotenoids for eye health, filtering out harmful high-energy blue wavelengths of light and helping to protect and maintain cells comprising the eye. The human body does not make enough of either nutrient, so we must get them from supplements or food sources such as kale, spinach, collard greens, turnip greens, corn, green peas, broccoli, romaine lettuce, green beans and eggs. Researchers from the University of Georgia, in Athens, investigated the relationship between levels of lutein and zeaxanthin and cognitive function. They measured the levels of each nutrient in the retinas of 43 older adults with a mean age of 72 and asked that the subjects learn and recall pairs of unrelated words. The study found that those with higher levels of both nutrients did better on the test, suggesting that the enhanced neural efficiency that comes from consuming these nutrients leads to better brain function.

Herbs and Colloidal Silver for Natural Allergy Control


arly summer can be full of pollens, as a large part of the country is in bloom, with ragweed and purple loosestrife filling the air with allergens. While this has been the case for thousands of years, seasonal allergies seem to have become both more severe and more pervasive recently. Fortunately there are two natural remedies, herbs and colloidal silver, that have been shown to counter allergy symptoms, says Steven Frank, chief herbalist at Nature’s Rite in Sarasota, Florida. When the body comes into contact with allergens, it releases histamines—the chemicals that trigger symptoms like sneezing, a runny nose, congestion and swelling of membranes and tissues. There are a number of herbs that, when absorbed by the membranes inside the nose, enter the cells and cause them to produce their own antihistamines, Frank says. “Rather than spraying steroids into your nose in an effort to override the histamine response, a natural solution is to encourage the cells, by way of these herbs, to produce their own antihistamines. This way you can interrupt the cycle of overt symptoms without becoming dependant on a steroidal spray.” Yarrow leaf, horseradish root, elderflower and eyebright are a few herbs that can break the histamine cycle naturally, he says. “A decoction of these, with calendula and aloe for soothing, works wonderfully as a natural congestion relief.” Another approach is to use a spray consisting of an enhanced aqueous silver colloid, which works much like a styptic pencil to constrict micro-capillaries inside the nose. “The shrinking of the nasal tissues reduces swelling and congestion while also killing bacteria and fungus,” Frank says. “This can help a beleaguered immune system and stop a sinus infection—a wonderful prophylactic for the allergy season.” Steven Frank’s herbal products and formulations, designed to help people live more comfortable, healthier lives, are available online at See ad, page 15.

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

Botanical Breakthrough

In many large commercial chicken farms, the animals are fed antibiotics to keep them healthy and fight off infections. But due to consumer demand, McDonald’s has eliminated antibiotics used in human medicine from its entire restaurant chicken supply. Meanwhile, a farm in Pennsylvania owned by Scott Sechler is among the first to rely solely on a mix of oregano oil and cinnamon in the treatment and care of its chickens. In addition to being completely natural, oregano oil supplies the chickens with health advantages, producing a much higher quality of natural chicken in a far more humane method than that attained using antibiotics. Like antibiotics, the oil assists the chickens in battling any infections, reducing the number of birds lost to disease. Bob Ruth, president of another Pennsylvania farming business, has been testing oregano on his pigs for six months to see if it can outperform prescription antibiotics. Related problems arise when animals live in dirty conditions, making them more susceptible to infections and viruses, which can also be triggered by insufficient cleansing of slaughterhouses that must be hosed down and completely sanitized after each act of butchery. He thinks that drugs should not be a requirement if the farmers keep things tidy.

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A Veggie Leather Alternative Researchers from Iowa State University have developed a new form of synthetic leather using cellulose fibers taken from kombucha tea, along with vinegar and sugar, made in shallow plastic tanks. When a colony of bacteria and yeast is added, the material grows on the top of the liquid’s surface, where it can be harvested and dried. The researchers have successfully used the material to make prototype garments, including shoes and a vest. It’s 100 percent biodegradable, so when the fabric gets wet, it softens and becomes less durable; in very low temperatures, it can become brittle. Young-A Lee, Ph.D., associate professor of apparel, merchandising and design at Iowa State University, in Ames, says, “Fashion, to most people, is an ephemeral expression of culture, art and technology, manifesting itself in practical form. Fashion companies keep producing new materials and clothing, from season to season, year to year, to fulfill consumers’ desires and needs. Think about where these items eventually go. They will take up tremendous underground spaces of the Earth, like other trash.” Spanish designer Carmen Hijosa has created Piñatex, another faux-leather product made from pineapple leaf fibers as a more sustainable and cruelty-free alternative. She acted after seeing how leather tanneries operate.

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Clean Jeans

Laundry Machines Boost School Attendance Kids in middle schools with attendance problems may simply lack clean clothes to wear. An experiment by the Whirlpool company has taken on the issue with significant results. The Whirlpool Care Counts Program donated 17 pairs of washers and dryers to school districts in St. Louis and Fairfield, California. Kids with attendance problems were asked to bring their laundry to be cleaned while they were in class. Each student had approximately 50 loads of laundry done at school during the year, and more than 90 percent increased their attendance, with at-risk students attending almost two more weeks in class. Whirlpool is now expanding the program. Compared to factors such as economic opportunity, unemployment and institutional racism, laundry might seem inconsequential, but for a 10-year-old facing stacked odds, having nothing clean to wear could be the deciding factor in whether or not they want to face their classmates that day. Seventh-grade teacher Alison Guernsey, in Fairfield, says, “One of my students had more or less withdrawn from school completely. After we started the program, he was more excited about coming and started to actively engage in class. He didn’t feel like an outsider anymore.”

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Fish farming has become a way for many Africans to beat poverty and hunger. Hillary Thompson, who lives in Milton Park, a low-density area in the Zimbabwean capital of Harare, says, “For more than a decade, fish farming has become a hobby that has earned me a fortune.” He has been able to acquire properties that he rents out as one of many residents that have profited through fish farming. In many African communities, swimming pools and backyards have been converted into small-scale fish farming areas. Faced with nutritional deficits, some Africans have taken up the practice to improve their diets. In Zimbabwe, an estimated 22,000 people are involved in fish farming, according to the ministry of agriculture. Behind the success of many of them stands the Aquaculture Zimbabwe Trust, established in 2008 to mobilize resources for the sustainable development of environmentally friendly fisheries nationally. Across Africa, fishing provides direct incomes for about 10 million people and provides food for 200 million more. Source:

This evidence is overwhelming at this point. You eat more plants, you eat less other stuff, you live longer. ~ Mark Bittman

Junior Achievement The Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Foundation (TODASTW) is holding its annual national event on April 27, offering new toolkits and activity guides based on this year’s theme of Dependability at The group assists businesses, families, schools and organizations throughout the year initiate their own special work day for children and mentees. Each year, more than 3.5 million American workplaces open their doors to about 39 million employees and their children on TODASTW Day. “Human resources and marketing professionals are typically responsible for creating this day within their companies,” says Carolyn McKeucen, the foundation’s executive director. “We provide templates and automated planning elements to save them time while ensuring success for planners and participants.”

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A Gallup poll last year reported that 64 percent of U.S. adult coffee lovers consume one or more cups daily and the average number of cups quaffed each day is 2.7. We can express our affection for both java and the Earth by following these eco-tips. 4 Forego the convenience of single-cup, plastic pod makers like Keurig. As Mother Jones magazine recently reported, only 5 percent of current pods are made with recyclable plastic, and even those, having hard-to-remove aluminum tops, pose recycling challenges. Keurig plans to make all of its pods recyclable by 2020. 4 Many other simpler coffee-making devices maximize energy use by facilitating more servings and reducing waste. recommends the Moka Pot, a pressure-driven aluminum stovetop brewer; the Chemex Coffeemaker, a funnel-shaped glass unit with a wooden collar; the Canadian wood product Aeropress; an old-fashioned vacuum pot with two glass chambers connected by a thin neck; and a traditional non-electric stovetop percolator. 4 Some coffee farms exploit their workers, paying subsistence wages, damage rainforests and use unsustainable farming practices. Jake Carney, co-founder of, founded Lucy’s Bru, an organic whole-bean coffee that’s exclusively shade-grown under fair trade conditions, sustainably farmed and free of harsh fertilizers and pesticides. 4 Reuse steel and aluminum coffee cans. details how they can make effective dehumidifiers for damp basements when filled with salt; soak paint brushes in thinner solutions; store items in a garage or work space; and serve as a spot lawn or garden seeder after punching holes in the bottom. The website also lists ways that coffee grounds can be used as a beauty, cleaning, deodorizer and dying agent. 4 Use better filters at home. Instead of paper, single-use filters, suggests reusable or unbleached, biodegradable alternatives such as the Medelco cone permanent filter and a French press. 4 For to-go drinkers, many coffee shops and restaurants will pour fresh brew into mugs that patrons bring in. Keeping a clean spoon in the car can save on plastic stirrers.

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Simple Retrofits for an Energy-Efficient Home


etrofitting a house to make it super energy-efficient may sound intimidating, but local builder Lou Levy, who specializes in sustainable, eco-friendly construction, says it doesn’t necessarily require major renovations. “Minimally impactful alterations can be done to an existing house to achieve a super-insulated structure that consumes no more than five kilowatts of electricity per year and also has passive-solar heat,” he says. One strategy Levy suggests is building a super-insulated shell exterior to achieve a thermal value of R40 at the walls and R50-60 at the roof. To achieve a very high heating efficiency, install triple-glazed replacement windows and new, south-facing windows with a tile floor for thermal gain. And installing an array of solar photovoltaic panels will result in very low electrical use. With applied rebates, the system will pay itself off in 15 years. “You can do the full treatment or partial,” he says. “Everything would be a major plus for energy savings and the overall comfort level in your home, as well as a major addition to its value.”

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Mark Bittman to Speak at Bedford 2020 Food Forum


n March 4, Hudson Valley residents are invited to celebrate local food, farming and cooking at the first Bedford 2020 Food Forum, featuring two “food-world rock stars”—New York Times food journalist Mark Bittman and sustainable food pioneer Michel Nischan, a three-time winner of the James Beard Award. An event for all community members—home gardeners, chefs, cooks, teens, parents, activists, healthconscious individuals, or anyone who wants to learn more about local food—the forum will be held March 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Fox Lane High School on Route 172 in Bedford. Participants can engage with experts about our food system and the benefits of local farms and food, and explore initiatives to eliminate food waste and increase food distribution to the needy. “The Bedford 2020 Food Forum was born out of an overwhelming desire from community members to come together to learn, meet the stakeholders and share information about the local food scene in Northern Westchester and surrounding areas,” says forum Co-Chair Olivia Farr. “Our goal is for each attendee to leave the event with inspiring information and one or two specific action plans relevant to their own personal food, health and community priorities.” 26

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The event is organized around four central food themes: Eat (celebrating and advocating for local food, and exploring strategies for better local cooking); Buy (exploring ways to evaluate, purchase and afford local foods; Grow (learning how to cultivate a backyard harvest); and Share (learning about local food security and accessibility, eliminating food waste and how to get involved and help throughout the community). The keynote presenters will set the stage for the event’s themes of local food and taking action. The opening session will feature Bittman, a renowned author and self-proclaimed guru in “making food in all its aspects understandable.” Later, a general session will be led by Nischan, who founded Wholesome Wave, a leading organization aimed at ensuring affordable, healthy, local food for all. “We are thrilled to provide the opportunity for community members to interact with these eminent thought leaders in the world of food. Both Mark and Michel bring an incredible depth of knowledge, a deep passion for local food and a unique ability to help individuals make beneficial food choices in line with their own personal goals,” says forum Co-Chair Karen Simons. The Bedford 2020 Food Forum will also offer dynamic interactive workWestchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition

shops and expert panel discussions on the subjects of Buy, Eat, Grow and Share. Among the topics are The Skinny on What’s Really in Our Food; The Inside Scoop on Shopping a Farmers’ Market Like a Chef; Increasing Healthy Food in Our Schools; How to Get Involved With and Drive Food Policy; Local Success Stories in Feeding the Hungry Among Us; Backyard Bees and Chickens; and The History of the Food Movement in Our Area. “With nearly twenty workshops, there will be something for everyone,” Simons notes. “A special set of workshops will be tailored to high school students who want to learn about topics from being a food justice leader to careers in food and agriculture.” The Bedford 2020 Food Forum Expo, a hands-on display and learning venue, will feature an indoor famers’ market, live cooking demonstrations, a book corner, gardening and composting demonstrations, and lively discussion around food health, sustainable food systems, food justice advocacy, food waste and more. “We anticipate over 50 expo booths at the food forum,” says Bedford 2020 Program Manager Ellen Calves. “The selection criteria for expo participants requires they provide a highly experiential, hands-on opportunity for people to dig in to local food.” The $25 admission price includes keynote sessions, three self-selected workshops, the expo and a lunch made from seasonal local food. Students are admitted free, and scholarship tickets are available. This event is anticipated to sell out. Purchase tickets at foodforum. For more information, email or call 914.620.2411. See ad, page 23.

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DETOX Finding the Right Program


xposure to toxins is an inescapable reality of our day-to-day lives and detoxification programs offer substantial benefits to the body and mind. The variety of programs and products on the market can make choosing the right one a challenge. Natural Awakenings connected with five local detox experts to find out what they recommend.

Brigitte Shotiminrin

21-Day Guided Cleansing Programs

Brigitte Shotiminrin, owner of WellSpring Holistic & Green Health Center, in Larchmont, describes someone in desperate need of a detox as being, “cranky and sluggish with complaints of arthritis, fluid retention and gut issues.” For the many of us who feel some or all of these symptoms, she recommends a full systemic detox that addresses all vital organs. “WellSpring offers two guided, personalized 21-day cleansing programs,” she explains. “One features a multifunctional approach of therapeutic treatments and cleansing remedies combined with a diet to purge and uproot those stubborn toxins. The other takes a synergistic approach to cleansing, using acupressure and reiki treatments to cleanse and accelerate the flow of Chi into your energy system and heal naturally.”


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The benefits of both of these programs are far-reaching, claims Shotiminrin, helping to protect health and vision, lose weight and slow the process of aging. “Once the toxins leave the body, you will experience a significant health transformation,” she says. “You will gain strength and rejuvenation mentally, physically and emotionally. Some people even find that it turns their personality inside out, bringing out the gold hidden within the heart and highlighting your natural beauty.” Shotiminrin recommends cleansing on a regular basis to keep the body functioning at an optimal level.

Michael Finkelstein, M.D. Comprehensive Gradual Detox

“Our bodies and minds tend to accumulate stuff,” explains Dr. Michael Finkelstein, medical director of SunRaven: The Home of Slow Medicine, in Bedford. “On the physical level, this is apparent with stiffness and discomfort or when we notice issues with our bowels and energy levels. Toxin build up is also associated with general fatigue, mood issues and low energy states. While the toxins themselves may not cause the condition, they can exacerbate the symptoms. Detoxification can help remove those toxins on the physical level and help us reset on the mental and emotional levels as well.” Finkelstein recommends a comWestchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition

prehensive approach to detoxification with a technique that includes hydration, juice fasting, sweating, skin brushing and supplements to promote liver detoxification, as well as bowel regimens. He also encourages clients to prepare for the program by switching to a raw food diet several weeks before it begins. Recognizing the difficulty level of this intense detox, Finkelstein says, “It is an arduous process that requires self-discipline and often some interval discomfort. For those who experience resistance to the program, it is best to begin slowly by adding one element at a time or a shorter process and slowly graduating to a more comprehensive and thorough routine.” For maximum health benefits, Finkelstein suggests doing some form of detox once per year. “Some people, particularly those dealing with a chronic inflammatory process, may benefit from more frequent detox programs,” he adds.

Dr. Michael Wald Blood Detective/ DTOX

“Our bodies are detoxifying constantly. Every cell, tissue, organ and organ system is built to detoxify,” explains Dr. Michael Wald, of Integrated Nutrition of Mount Kisco. “We live in a toxic world and we have too much stress and toxic thoughts. Therefore, it is not a question as to whether to detoxify, but how to detoxify.” The host of the Detox Deception radio show, Wald uses an extensive data set from each client to create a customized detox program for their individual needs. He created the DTOX product line and program, which begins with a detailed questionnaire followed by a 60-minute consultation to help determine what each patient’s goals and health issues are. Wald then conducts blood-detective evaluations that include urine, saliva and blood samples to figure out the biochemical and nutritional needs of each client. He then enters this data into his own software program to create a customized detox program. “I give clients my cell number and personal email so that we can make adjustments to their

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ized programs on the fly,” adds Wald. “Detox, in my view, is a daily gradual process when done to help offset and/or avoid various chronic degenerative conditions and to potentially extend quality, and perhaps length, of life,” explains Wald. “When a person is currently toxic, detoxification—if not done right—will lead to inflammation, oxidative stress, degeneration, premature aging and potentially a shorter length or quality of life.” The massive amount of data he collects on each patient helps to ensure that the detox process is done right and is effective.

Dr. Somesh N. Kaushik Panchakarma: Detox the Ayurvedic Way

Ayurvedic and Naturopathic Physician Somesh N. Kaushik specializes in Panchakarma, Ayurveda’s primary purification and detoxification process. He contends that anyone with a chronic condition, fatigue, fogginess or dragging can benefit from a detox, which helps improve and regain health, vibrancy, productivity and healing. “Panchakarma combines five therapies used in Ayurveda to loosen deepseated toxins and move them from tissues to the lymph system to be excreted from the body, either through the skin, urine or feces” Kaushik explains. The five therapies include Abhyanga, a full body oil treatment; Shirodhara, an oil drip on the pineal gland (third eye) to balance hormones; Nasya, a nasal drip oil; Swedana, ozone therapy, and Basti, an oil and herb enema. Kaushik encourages individuals


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to seek expert help when detoxing. “It is important to speak with someone who has experience in conducting a detox and who will support you on your journey to health,” he says. “An experienced person may also suggest a diet plan, a lifestyle adjustment, supplements and a gentle approach. A detox that is done too fast or without the correct components may cause ill effects.”

Susan S. Blum, M.D. Nutrient-Rich Juice Cleanse and Yoga

Founder and Director of the Blum Center for Health, in Rye Brook, Dr. Susan S. Blum supports detoxification programs for everyone, regardless of their lifestyle or health status. “We all have daily exposure to toxins through the environment—pesticides, plastic residues, heavy metals and pollution—and I believe even if you feel well, everyone will benefit from a reboot detox program yearly to help reduce the toxin load in the body. If you have symptoms of fatigue, difficulty concentrating, don’t feel like yourself or have a chronic illness, then you would certainly benefit from a detox program,” she says. An ideal detoxification program, claims Blum, will support the liver’s detox pathways with food and supplements while using gentle yoga and exercise to promote lymphatic flow. This will help to support the body’s natural ability to clear toxins. She recommends juice programs that use organic juices and provide all the nutrients the liver needs to do its job, including enough

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protein and fat, along with antioxidants and vitamins. Blum warns against nutritionally defective programs. “Many juice cleanses can leave you feeling worse if they do not provide all of the nutrients you need,” she says. A nutritionally sound juice cleanse can give the body a serious boost. “Reducing the toxin load in the body will help your immune system work better, reduce inflammation and help you have more energy and think more clearly,” claims Blum. “I believe it is a very important part of a preventative health program since we are all exposed to toxins everyday despite our best efforts to eat and live clean.” Sources: Brigitte Shotiminrin, WellSpring Holistic & Green Health Center, 1415 Boston Post Rd. Ste. 5, Larchmont, 914.341.1246, See ad, page 15. Michael Finkelstein, M.D., SunRaven: The Home of Slow Medicine, 501 Guard Hill Rd., Bedford, 914.218.3113,, See ad, page 25. Michael Wald, D.C., Integrated Nutrition of Mount Kisco, 86 Smith Ave., Mount Kisco, 914.242.8844, info@, See ad, page 5. Dr. Somesh Kaushik, Ayurvedic and Naturopathic Physician, Yellow Monkey Village, 792 Rte. 35, Cross River, 914.875.9088,, See ad, page 15. Susan S Blum, MD, Blum Center for Health, 34 Rye Ridge Plaza, Rye Brook, 914.652.7800,

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t’s hard not to smile when ordering from the juice or smoothie menu at Green Organic Market, the new independent health food store in Hartsdale. Try ordering a Beet Goes On (a juice blend of beet, carrot, celery, orange and ginger) or a Berry Happy (a smoothie with strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, vanilla yogurt and coconut water) with a Juice at Green Organic Market straight face. The owners hope people will smile at the prices as well as the puns. Their all-organic juice blends come in three sizes, from 8 to 24 ounces, ranging from $3.99 to $8.99. Their part-organic smoothies come in two sizes, 16 and 24 ounces, priced at $5.99 and $7.99. With an extensive list of add-ons at a dollar apiece, as well as a choice of milks for the smoothies, customers can put their own twist on their order. Or they can create their own juice blend from scratch, starting with a carrot or celery base and then choosing four ingredients to mix in. Green Organic Market also offers produce, nutritional supplements and personal-care products at a deep discount, and it has a deli with vegan and vegetarian options, including an assortment of sandwiches and salads. Store hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Free limited delivery service is available within five miles of the store with a $50 minimum purchase. Green Organic Market is located at 275 S. Central Ave., Hartsdale, NY. For more info, call 914.437.5802. See ad, page 35.

Small-Group Spring Cleanse at GetJuiced


argarita Carreras—a certified yoga instructor and holistic health coach and the owner of GetJuiced in Red Hook—recently returned from a nutritional cleanse at the Sivananda Ashram in Paradise Island, Bahamas. She found the cleanse so rewarding that she’s offering it to groups of four this spring, so friends can experience it Margarita Carreras together. “They’ll learn about food as medicine while reviving and reversing toxic overload in their bodies,” she says. This “food as medicine” philosophy is already the foundation of GetJuiced, a whole-food juice café serving organic juices, soups and salads. “We believe that food has the power to heal and transform your body into a vibrant, energetic and healthy individual,” Carreras says. The spring cleanse program she will offer is designed to boost energy, reduce inflammation and sugar cravings, rejuvenate the skin for a healthy glow, and replenish the body with essential nutrients.  “Participants will learn to detoxify gently and with ease through clean eating,” she says. “They will alkalize their bodies through fresh juices, superfood smoothies, healing broths and detox salads.” She will also share healthy recipes and useful tools for continuing the journey to a healthier and more vibrant lifestyle once the cleanse is over. GetJuiced is located at 8 E. Market St., Red Hook, NY. For more info, call 845.835.8402 or visit See ad, page 38.

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BeWies in Bedford Popular for Organic Juice Cleanses


eWies Holistic Market and health food store has become a popular stop for its own line of organic juice cleanses made fresh daily on site. According to BeWies cofounder Amy Berman, customers often come in to buy a juice cleanse after a vacation or even after eating too much over the weekend. A full-day cleanse typically comes with three green juices made from kale, swiss chard, cucumber, celery, ginger, parsley and lemon, and a sweet juice made up of beets, carrots and apples, but everything is customizable, she says, adding, “Customers can get salads with their cleanses too, if they prefer to chew.” Juices and salads are made fresh every morning, with pickup usually by 8:30 or 9 a.m. The price for their all-inclusive organic juice cleanse is $59.95 a day. Single juices are available in three sizes—16, 24 and 32 ounces—and range from $9 to $17. BeWies also makes organic smoothies, available in 16and 24-ounce sizes and priced from $7.50 to $12. “The base of all our smoothies is either almond milk or coconut water, and then we use fruits and nut butters, and either plant-based or whey protein powder,” Berman says. “Probably our most popular smoothie is the Monkey, which is made with almond milk, banana, peanut butter and protein powder” A popular choice with adults is the Awake—a midafternoon pick-me-up made with almond milk, coldbrewed coffee concentrate made in-house, dates, cinnamon and vanilla. BeWies also offers a wide selection of salads and wraps, all made on site with organic ingredients. And then there’s the market’s large, entirely gluten-free bakery, which makes two kinds of chocolate chip cookies (one is nut-free), and chocolate chip, lemon poppy seed and cinnamon almond muffins. “You really can’t taste that the products are gluten-free,” Berman says. “If you didn’t know it, you would just think that you are eating a cookie from a really great bakery.” A popular new item that’s ideal for an afternoon snack is the Acai Bowl, a frozen treat made with frozen acai purée blended with strawberries, bananas and coconut milk. It has a creamy consistency like sorbet and comes with any three of the following toppings: berries, almonds, chia seeds, coconut, chocolate chips, granola, almond butter and peanut butter. BeWies Holistic Market is located at 430 Bedford Rd., Armonk, NY, in the Moderne Barn Plaza. For more information, call 914.273.9437 or visit See ad, page 29. 32

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2living, creators of organic, non-GMO, 100 percent cold-pressed juice without added sugar or water, is rebranding as Living Juice and releasing a new juice this spring. Living Juice will make its debut with the four original fruit and vegetable cold-pressed juices from O2living as well as its new blend, Pineapple Punch, made from organic kale, pineapple and apple. Available in 12- and 16-ounce sizes, Pineapple Punch is also made without any added water or sugar. “Our mission is to offer the best-tasting, nutrient-rich living juice,” says the company’s founder, Rosemary Devlin. “We combine fresh, organic ingredients to create dynamic flavor combinations. No water, no sugar. Every ounce is packed with a high dose of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Our cold-pressed juice is more than healthy— it’s delicious.” Living Juices are appropriate for everyday nutrition as well as juice detoxification, Devlin says. Juice cleanses and fasts can be ordered online at and are available at the O2living wellness center, which also offers an array of holistic spa treatments and living yoga classes that can complement a detoxification or holistic health program. O2living wellness center is located at 792 NY-35, Cross River, NY. See ad, page 29.

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Fortunately, food allergies that trigger such a dramatic, fast, immune response are fairly rare, particularly in adults. “Most of what we’re seeing today is an uptick in food sensitivities and intolerances, terms that are often used interchangeably to describe foods that are not digested well and can challenge the immune system,” says Solana Beach, California, nutrition and fitness expert JJ Virgin, author of The Virgin Diet. Newark, Delaware, medical doctor and allergist Junfang Jiao, Ph.D., attests to increased levels of testing for food allergies and sensitivities in recent years. “I can’t say there are more allergies or sensitivities, but more doctors are aware of the wide-ranging symptoms and more people are getting referred for testing,” he reports. Many experts agree on at least one underlying cause behind the trend—a widely studied condition called leaky

FEARLESS EATING How to Move Past Food Sensitivities by Kathleen Barnes


omplaints of digestive upsets, brain fog, headaches, relentless food cravings and unrelieved stress appear to be at epidemic levels these days. “These symptoms may be part of newfound awareness of the wideranging and seemingly unrelated health problems caused by food sensitivities and intolerances, which are different from food allergies,” explains microbiologist Kiran Krishnan, from Chicago.

Food Allergies

Food allergies seem to be plaguing America’s children now more than in the past. We know that peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, once standard lunchbox fare, have become a no-no. They’re often outlawed by schools to protect the students that experience extreme peanut allergies. 34

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The symptoms of food allergies in adults and children, often including hives, rashes and itching, can range from being annoying to life threatening. For extremely sensitive people, the tiniest fragment of a peanut or a bee sting, exposure to latex gloves or certain medications like penicillin can cause such a sudden strong allergic reaction that it results in anaphylaxis, which makes breathing passages swell shut. If untreated, such extreme allergies can even prove fatal, which is why people with severe allergies carry the antidote epinephrine (adrenaline) with them. Food allergies are diagnosed by blood and/or skin testing under the supervision of a medical professional, usually a doctor of medicine, osteopathy or naturopathy. Effective treatment, which must be customized to the individual, typically entails avoidance of allergy triggers. Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition

gut, characterized by intestinal permeability. Microscopic pinholes in an unhealthy small intestine can allow undigested nutrients to pass through intestinal walls, triggering mild immune responses, inflammation and, potentially, the onset of some diseases. Theories of what causes leaky gut are diverse and sometimes contradictory but experts recommend consulting a medical professional if one suffers from food sensitivities. Each individual is unique, so there is no “blanket solution” for everyone. Dysbiosis: Leaky gut is often caused by an imbalance in “good” and “bad” intestinal bacteria, sometimes called dysbiosis, says Krishnan. It can be brought on by the use of antibiotics, antibiotic residues in meats and dairy products or a diet high in sugar and processed foods. Most interesting, he believes, is the discovery that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s weed killer


Some More Common Issues

Roundup used on genetically modified (GMO) corn and soy crops, contributes to dysbiosis, as verified by Massachusetts Institute of Technology scientists in a study published in Interdisciplinary Toxicology. They concluded with a plea to world governments to reconsider policies regarding the safety of glyphosate residues in foods. GMOs: While this issue has been less widely analyzed, a 1996 study published in the Journal of Applied Microbiology found that the Bacillus thuringiensis toxin added to Monsanto’s GMO corn crops to kill pests is not destroyed during human digestion. Danish researchers at the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University suggested it may damage cells of the intestinal lining. Gluten: “Gluten causes leaky gut,” says Port Jefferson, New York, naturopathic doctor Doni Wilson, author of The Stress Remedy, voicing one side of the controversy based on her review of scientific literature. She’s concluded, “Whether you are sensitive to it or not, gluten increases the production of zonulin, which can result in damage to intestinal walls and cause the cells on the outside of the intestines to set off an immune response to anything that passes through. In this condition, what we’re eating—cheese, milk, eggs, corn, soy—is leaking through the gut lining, triggering an immune response and potentially creating multiple food sensitivities.” Wilson also notes that in her clinical experience, only about half of her patients with gluten sensitivities complain of digestive issues. “I’ve found that gluten causes the immune cells on the outside of the small intestine to affect the nervous system, causing headaches, anxiety, depression and insomnia,” she says. Her findings are backed by research from the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Celiac Research and Italy’s University of Catania. The same researchers confirm that non-celiac gluten sensitivity or intolerance can also foster depression; a University of Cincinnati study published in the journal Headache links gluten and headaches. Other proteins in wheat can be problematic, advises Fiona McCulloch, a Toronto doctor of naturopathy, citing a study presented at the annual European Gastroenterology Conference, in Vienna, natural awakenings

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Food Intolerances Self-Questionnaire

7. During meetings or conversations I zone out and struggle to concentrate for long periods of time on my work. _____

As a gluten tolerance test, substitute an amount of non-gluten carbohydrates for the same amount of gluten-containing products. For example, instead of two pieces of bread, substitute three-quarters of a cup of brown rice—a rough equivalent in carbohydrate content. A positive difference in hunger, cravings and energy levels when gluten is eliminated indicates a condition of gluten intolerance.

8. After eating a big meal, I’m hungry and craving more of what I ate several hours later. _____

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by JJ Virgin Answer each question with never (0), seldom (1), sometimes (2) or often (3). 1. I need a cup of coffee or another caffeinated pick-me-up to jumpstart the middle of my morning or afternoon. _____ 2. I crave baked goods, pasta and other high-sugar impact foods. _____ 3. I have difficulty falling asleep or I awake during the night feeling anxious and struggle to get back to sleep. _____ 4. My bowel movements occur infrequently (less than one a day), which can sometimes be painful and involve straining. _____ 5. My mood can change swiftly and I take out my crankiness and irritation on coworkers and family members. _____ 6. I want to lay my head down on my desk mid-morning or afternoon because I have little motivation to remain productive. _____

9. Doing routine and important tasks takes all the energy and initiative I have. _____ 10. Even as an adult, I struggle with acne, rashes or blotchy skin, even though I use expensive skin cream. _____ 11. I head to the bathroom or step outside after a meal because of gassiness, bloating or other uncomfortable gut issues. _____ 12. The smell of a scented candle, perfume and detergent bothers me. _____ 13. Walking or moving around can create cramping, achiness or joint pain. _____ 14. I develop headaches that prevent me from enjoying the moment and leave me scrambling for a pain reliever. _____ 15. Even though I don’t have other cold/flu symptoms, I suffer from a scratchy throat or sinus trouble. _____ 6. I eat all the right foods in moderation, exercise religiously, and yet struggle 1 intensely to lose every pound. _____ Total Score: ______

What Scores Mean

18 or above – You most likely struggle with food intolerances that create many unpleasant symptoms and stall fat loss. By removing the seven target foods for just three weeks, you’ll see these symptoms disappear and the scales will start moving again. 10 to 17 – You display some of the symptoms that food intolerances can trigger. You would greatly benefit from eliminating target foods to lose symptoms and those last few pounds. Below 10 – While you suffer few of the symptoms brought about by food intolerances, you could still benefit from the same regimen. Even the healthiest person can take their game up a notch and ditch those last few stubborn pounds. Source: The Virgin Diet, by JJ Virgin 36

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last October. The report showed that a family of proteins called amylase trypsin inhibitors can lead to the development of inflammation in tissues beyond the gut, including the lymph nodes, kidneys, spleen and brain. Glyphosate residues can be a factor in gluten intolerance. Although wheat crops produced in the U.S. are not yet genetically modified, many non-organic wheat crops are sprayed with glyphosate to promote rapid drying, according to the Environmental Working Group. Inadequate digestive enzymes: Lactose intolerance is the most common result of missing digestive enzymes like lactase, according to the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minnesota. Avoiding milk products may relieve digestive distress for some.

Eliminate Items, Then Challenge

Most experts believe the easiest way to deal with food sensitivities is to stop eating the food in question. The so-called “elimination and challenge” diet, which has been in use for decades, is effective, free and addresses the foods responsible for common food intolerances, says Virgin.

Simply avoid the food of concern completely for at least three weeks, then eat a small amount of it and catalog the results. For some people, it may only take a couple of hours for symptoms to return after eating a piece of bread, cup of milk, an egg or bit of tofu. Virgin’s seven-food challenge is a bit more rigorous, but improves feelings of general well-being so readily that many people don’t even want to bring back the eliminated foods because they feel so much better, she says. Her threeweek diet completely eliminates the most common food sensitivity triggers: gluten-containing foods (largely wheat), dairy, eggs, soy, corn, peanuts, sugar and artificial sweeteners. “When I say eliminate these foods 100 percent, I mean it,” cautions Virgin. “You need to give your immune system at least that much time to cool off.” She adds, “You can do anything such as this for just three weeks.” Virgin also recommends the elimination diet for weight loss because it helps overcome food cravings triggered by the immune system response and leptin resistance, leveraging the hormone that turns off the body’s hunger signals, a finding confirmed by independent studies performed by Sweden’s Lund University and Italy’s University of Palermo. She’s also documented other positive effects through her own research and experience with participants in her programs, including improvements in energy, focus, joint pain, skin clarity and bloating, all in the designated short time frames.

Other Approaches

People with food sensitivities may be able to tolerate occasional indulgences in their trigger foods once they’ve healed their digestive systems, notes

Raw onions, garlic, leeks and asparagus are prebiotics. They help feed probiotic bacteria and improve gut health. Krishnan. Probiotics can help, especially those encapsulated in spores so they can pass through the barrage of stomach acid and reach the small intestine where they are most needed. Krishnan’s research, to be published this spring, showed that half of otherwise healthy young people suffering from leaky gut had a dramatic reduction of symptoms by taking a spore-forming probiotic Bacillus indicus product for 30 days. After the healing period, sensitive people may be able to eat small amounts of certain foods with the assistance of dietary aids and supplements, adds McCulloch. Get dirty: Johns Hopkins University research has shown that kids raised in an excessively hygienic environment experience much higher rates of allergies and sensitivities. University of Wisconsin researchers found that youths growing up in households that are less than obsessively sanitary among four or five other people and dogs will strengthen and challenge their immune systems as

they mature. Adults need to challenge their immune systems, too, says Krishnan. Eat organic and fermented foods: A widely varied diet helps spread out the immune system challenges of trigger foods. Organic foods don’t contain glyphosate and other potentially harmful chemicals; fermented foods contain digestive enzymes. Eat prebiotics: Raw onions, garlic, leeks and asparagus are prebiotics. They help feed probiotic bacteria and improve gut health. Block sensitivity triggers: Many people with lactose intolerance are able to consume dairy products if they use lactase, the enzyme that helps digest lactose. Similarly, some people with gluten intolerance find they can eat moderate amounts of wheat products with protein supplements like lectin, carb blockers and digestive enzymes that help break down the gluten molecules, according to Virgin. Supplements that might help: Glucomannan (konjac or elephant yam fiber) contributes to a feeling of fullness and stabilizes blood sugar, says McCulloch. She also recommends the amino acid L-glutamine and digestive enzymes to assist in gut healing. Kathleen Barnes is the author of numerous natural health books. Connect at

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n an era of too much information, the role of fats in our diet has been a victim of not enough information. Today’s turnaround in nutritional thinking acknowledges natural fats as being vital to heart health and weight loss.

Heart Health Benefit

A recent metastudy in the Annals of Internal Medicine, a journal of the American College of Physicians, concluded that saturated fat does not appear to increase heart disease risk, overturning almost 60 years of accepted medical thought. The researchers analyzed data from 76 studies involving more than 600,000 people and found that those that ate the most saturated, or “bad”, fat did not show a higher risk of cardiovascular disease compared with those that ate the least. Note that processed trans fats remain a villain, still deemed a risk to heart health per the metastudy. The misleading information began in the 1950s, when Physiologist Ancel Keys, Ph.D., discovered a correlation between diets high in saturated fats and higher cholesterol levels. Soon, the lowfat diet was born.  In 2000, further research introduced the concepts of good and bad fats. More Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition

recent analysis confirmed this finding with the refinement that saturated fats increase both types of cholesterol. However, the latest research from the journal BMJ shows that saturated fat does not increase the number of LDL, or “bad”, particles, a predictor of cardiovascular disease. Instead, it makes existing LDL particles larger, a fairly benign situation in regard to such disease.

Weight Loss Benefit

Fat doesn’t even make you fat, claims Mark Hyman, a well-known medical doctor in Lenox, Massachusetts, and author of Eat Fat, Get Thin: Why the Fat We Eat Is the Key to Sustained Weight Loss and Vibrant Health. “The theory that all calories have the same impact on your weight and metabolism remains one of the most persistent nutrition myths,” says this practitioner of functional medicine who points out that we’ve been sidetracked by wrong thinking. “Eating fat can make you lean. Healthy cell walls made from highquality fats are better able to metabolize insulin, which keeps blood sugar better regulated. Without proper blood sugar control, the body socks away fat for a rainy day. The right fats also

crease fat burning, diminish hunger and reduce fat storage,” he notes. Whole30, a 30-day diet revolving around clean eating, also emphasizes healthy fats. Devised in 2009 by Dallas Hartwig, a functional medicine practitioner and certified sports nutritionist, and Melissa Hartwig, a certified sports nutritionist, the program aims to reduce inflammation, detoxify the body and reset metabolism. The Salt Lake City, Utah, authors of the New York Times bestselling The Whole30 recommend healthy fats to keep us full and rev up metabolism. Recommended healthy fats include coconut milk and oil, avocados, olive oil, organic ghee (clarified butter) and raw nuts. Josh Axe, a natural medicine practitioner and clinical nutritionist in Nashville, Tennessee, recommends the healthy fats contained in avocados, organic butter and ghee from grass-fed cows and goats, coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, and other foods high in omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon, sardines, walnuts, chia seeds and flax seeds. “Butter’s experiencing a comeback as a healthy fat as its benefits become more widely known,” says Axe. “The omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids in butter help the brain function properly and improve skin health.” Ghee, an ancient Indian version of butter,

is lactose- and casein-free, while being loaded with fat-soluble vitamins A, D and E, says Axe. These vitamins are best absorbed by the body when they’re in a fat substance and then stored in the gastrointestinal tract, keeping metabolism and digestion on track, he notes. Ghee’s high level of vitamin K2, best known as a natural blood coagulator, “also helps strengthen bones, while the fatty acids found in it improve digestion and reduce inflammation.”

Healthy Levels of Fat

“If you’re active, about 40 percent of your calories should come from carbohydrates, another 30 percent from protein and the other 30 percent from fat in general,” says Axe, adding that this has the added benefit of helping prevent arteriosclerosis. “Some people may consume a greater percentage of healthy fats if the goal is to become a fat burner.” “There is no one-size-fits-all approach to weight loss and health,” Hyman reminds us. “Low-carb, higherfat diets work for most people, but for some, they may not be optimal in the long term.” Judith Fertig writes food health articles and cookbooks from Overland Park, KS (

Prime Sources of Healthy Fats Functional medicine physician Mark Hyman suggests that we include four to five servings of fat in our diets every day. “In the last five years, the scientific evidence has been mounting that high-fat diets outperform low-fat diets for weight loss and for revising every single indication of heart disease risk, including abnormal cholesterol, diabetes, hypertension and inflammation,” he says. Each amount listed indicates a serving size. Nuts (a handful of walnuts, almonds, macadamia nuts or cashews) Seeds (a handful of pumpkin, sunflower of flaxseed) Most plant-based liquid oils (one

tablespoon of olive, safflower, sesame, avocado, macadamia, grape seed or walnut oil) Fatty fish (4 ounces of salmon, herring, mackerel, sardines, tuna or trout) Avocado (one-half to one avocado) Extra virgin coconut oil (one tablespoon) Organic coconut milk (one-quarter cup)

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Silencing Cyberbullies



How to Defuse Bad Actors by April Thompson


hether it’s a damaging rumor posted on Facebook, a humiliating photo shared on Instagram or a threatening text, cyberbullying is increasing among today’s youth. A 2015 Cyberbullying Research Center study of middle school students found that 43 percent had been targeted, while 15 percent admitted to being online bullies. Meanwhile, students, parents and teachers are combating cyber-aggression with initiatives to make the phenomenon socially unacceptable in schools.

Grassroots Action

Tyler Gregory, 23, attended a small, insular high school in rural Ohio where bullying was problematic. As a senior with younger siblings approaching their high school years, he aimed to change the local culture to make bullying uncool. Gregory decided to make a movie to submit to the NO BULL Challenge, a national organization that provides students a platform to develop and disseminate materials that


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spark dialogue about such troubling issues. Challenges ranged from teaching himself filmmaking and persuading students to participate to mustering the courage to present the project to his school. He achieved the transformation he sought, beginning with 70 students participating in his production. “I appealed to classmates by asking, ‘How do you want to be remembered? Why not choose to be viewed positively, as leaders?’” says Gregory, who later became a spokesperson for NO BULL Challenge. To date, the challenge has received 600 submissions, garnering 23 million impressions through digital and social media, the vehicles of cyberbullies. A recent graduate of Dayton, Ohio’s Wright State University, Gregory has spoken to about 45,000 students in 27 states in school assemblies. Nancy Willard, director of Embrace Civility in the Digital Age, headquartered in Creswell, Oregon, believes that such initiatives, which shift schools from punitive approaches to making bullying incompatible with accepted social norms, are the only way to bring lasting change. “We need to cultivate a climate where being hurtful is contrary to a school’s expressed values. Most young people don’t like to see their peers being hurtful and admire those that stand up to peers and have them make amends,” says Willard. The educator’s website,, offers free materials with concrete steps for students and teachers to foster positive school environments.

Protecting the Vulnerable

Cyberbullying isn’t limited to attacks on unpopular kids that lack satisfying peer relationships. It’s seven times more likely to occur between current or former friends and romantic partners than between strangers, according to a study led by Diane Felmlee, professor of sociology at Pennsylvania State University. Felmlee’s research further found that non-heterosexual youth are four times as likely as their heterosexual peers to be cyberbullied, while popular kids are also frequently targeted. Two social dynamics seem to be at work: “One involves individuals that violate social norms, such as LGBTQ youth, and the other revolves around status struggles,” reports Felmlee. “In the latter case, bullies are vying for popularity, recognition and self-esteem. Those with higher social status may be attacked because they’re viewed as competition.” Cyberbullying’s impact can exceed face-to-face aggression, as offensive remarks can spread far and fast, and live online in perpetuity instead of fading away, observes Felmlee. Gregory adds that it can also affect students’ ability to learn when some skip school to avoid tormentors.

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Most youths don’t report cyberbullying, feeling embarrassed, afraid the situation will get worse or doubtful of remedial action. “Schools need to step up their response to bullying, make it known that it won’t be tolerated, set clear policies and enforce them,” counsels Gregory. Because most bullied youths don’t speak up, parents need to communicate openly with kids and be aware of their online activities, advises Felmlee. Willard notes that it’s also important to address the bullies themselves through understanding their motivation, and then persuading them to accept responsibility and take steps to rectify harm. “This should be about reparation, not punishment.” Gregory’s high school film assures bullies that it’s never too late to make amends. While it can be hard to stand up to bullies, caring peers can easily express support. “Bystanders have the power to change the atmosphere,” agrees Gregory. “Kindly approaching a student being picked on who may feel alone and ashamed goes further than most students realize.” Those affected by cyberbullying also can cut off their aggressors, suggests Gregory. “The ‘block’ button is powerful. Cyberbullies want to see a reaction. Blocking them from social media exchanges or texting takes away their power.” Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, of Washington, D.C., at

Muting Meanness Here are some tips to help keep digital spaces safe and civil. * Think twice before posting a photo or comment that could be taken out of context and misappropriated. * Report bad behavior to an adult that can help figure out the right course of action. * Don’t portray youth as victims, which can perpetuate the idea they are weak and vulnerable targets. * Save cyber evidence to help officials take appropriate action. Some schools now have online reporting systems that allow students to anonymously submit screenshots from social media. * Don’t retaliate. It likely will only aggravate unwanted behavior and drag everyone down to the cyberbully’s level of consciousness. * Keep watch. Apps like Online Guardian for Families, CyberSynchs and YouDiligence allow parents to monitor children’s exposure on social media via keywords related to bullying. Resources:;;; PreventionTips; AppsBlockBullies;

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Holistic Eye Care Taking the Whole Body into Account

by Linda Sechrist he “old wives’ tale” about eating Wellness Center, which he founded in carrots for healthy vision wasn’t Zephyrhills, Florida, embraces tradiwrong, but fell far short of a holistic tional and alternative therapies. He uses approach to eye health. Today’s holistimicrocurrent, ozone therapy and U.S. cally trained healthcare providers and Food and Drug Administration-approved ophthalmologists believe that properly stem cells from a newborn’s umbilical maintaining the marvelous phenomenon cord in treating serious eye disease. of eyesight requires taking into consider- Kondrot, the author of 10 Essentials ation genetics, diet, toxin exposures, life to Save Your Sight, systemically underenvironments and our belief systems. stands the eyes as windows to overall “The body does not work as a series health. For instance, his perspective is of parts in isolation, but as a dynamifounded on the fact that a balanced diet cally integrated living system,” says is one of the best preventive measures for Marc Grossman, a doctor of optometry, maintaining eye health. Systemic disorlicensed acupuncture physician and ders such as high blood pressure, diabeco-founder of Natural Eye Health, in tes, stress-related effects and nutritional New Paltz, New York. “The reductionist deficiencies are easily determined under method of referring each symptom to the the scrutiny of his holistic biomicroscope. domain of a particular specialist, isolated According to science published in from the whole person, is slowly being the Journal of Manipulative and Physireplaced with a complementary view of ological Therapeutics, chiropractic spinal health care that may include acupuncture manipulation may also contribute to and other forms of Traditional Chinese normal vision; in one case study, 20 Medicine. We are beginning to look at treatment sessions helped an individual each person as an integrated being.” recover the function of optic nerves and Progressive health providers now normal vision. It’s generally accepted that consider dietary preferences, general chiropractic adjustment realigning the exercise regimens, environmental factors spinal column allows the nervous system and physical, emotional and mental to function properly, reduces tension issues, as well as an individual’s particu- and frees up the body to better transport lar symptoms, in determining treatment blood to locations such as the eyes. Adstrategies. “To improve vision, the ditionally, the second vertebra below the condition of the whole person needs to skull contains nerves that affect the eyes, be addressed,” says Grossman, whose optic nerves, auditory nerves and sinuses. books include Natural Eye Care: Your Common eye conditions generGuide to Healthy Vision. ally develop so slowly that they may Board-Certified Ophthalmologist not present noticeable symptoms and Homeopathic Doctor Edward until deterioration has become severe. Kondrot’s practice at Healing The Eye & “Many factors can affect our eyesight,



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including other health problems. Having a family member with eye disease may mean you’re genetically prone to having that condition as well, but living a healthy lifestyle may prevent the gene from being activated,” advises Kondrot. Viewing the condition of the eyes as a reflection of whole body health means that lifestyle and diet choices play major roles. The Vision Diet and supplement program recommended in Grossman’s Natural Eye Care has been shown to reduce the intraocular pressure in the eyes of study participants by five to seven millimeters, which generally equates to 10 to 15 percent. In general, a diet high in beta-carotene, vitamins C and E, and sulfur-bearing amino acids can be helpful. Foods containing such nutrients include garlic, onions, beans, spinach, celery, turnips, yellow and orange vegetables, green leafy vegetables, seaweed, apples, oranges and tomatoes. Other dietary and lifestyle options recommended by Grossman are daily drinking one pint of juice made from mostly green vegetables and drinking eight to 10 glasses of purified water to keep eyes hydrated. Managing stress and doing palming and other eye exercises, such as those found at, as well as daily aerobic exercise for at least 20 minutes, are also beneficial. Additionally, Kondrot’s use of multimodal protocols such as hyperbaric oxygen therapy, homeopathy, and detoxification can be applied to reverse visual loss. Kondrot advises that avoiding foods that trigger allergic reactions is important. “A study of 113 patients with chronic simple glaucoma showed an immediate increase in pressure in the fluid inside the eye when they were exposed to foods to which they were allergic. Take up meditation, yoga, tai chi or any other practice that helps you manage stress and relax,” he advises. “Some consider glaucoma a stress-related condition.” The best strategy for healthy eyes is to have regular eye examinations. Early detection and prompt treatment can prevent significant vision loss.

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Gentle Ways to Calm Allergies by Sandra Murphy



ather than routinely giving drugs to dogs and cats to relieve dry, itchy, skin or food allergies, consider more gentle natural alternatives. As with people, knowing what an animal is allergic to is key to finding the right remedy and preventing future outbreaks. With dogs, about 20 percent of itching and scratching can be attributed to food ingredients. Symptoms can show up as early as 5 months or as late as 12 years old, often combined with inhalant or contact allergies. Chronic ear infections are often traced to food allergies. “If a pet is suffering mightily, see your veterinarian for shots or pills for immediate relief. Then ask the vet to allergy test for the specific problem,” advises Veterinarian Laurie Dohmen, owner of Purple Moon Herbs and Studies, in Hartly, Delaware. “This isn’t something you can do yourself. I’ve seen pet owners use what worked for a friend’s dog and make their own pets sicker, despite research and good intentions. What works for one pet won’t necessarily work for another.”


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While food elimination testing works, it’s a long process that must be done with precision. “If your pet even just nibbles the eliminated food, you have to start all over again,” says Dohmen. Whether commercially prepared or home cooked, the number of ingredients can substantially extend a test period. Each item must be completely avoided for about six weeks for an accurate assessment. Environmental allergies, which encompass everything unrelated to food, range from common grasses to inhaled pollutants. New carpets or rugs, cleaning supplies, a neighbor’s pesticides, dust and pollen are among the culprits that can cause an allergic reaction. Common symptoms are itchy ears or skin, ear infections, sneezing, runny eyes, scratching, vomiting or diarrhea. Veterinarian Judy Morgan, owner of Naturally Healthy Pets, in Clayton, New Jersey, also uses herbs in her practice to alleviate food and environmental allergy symptoms. “They can be tinctures or poultices; one herb or a blended mixture. Some are applied externally, some internally.” Giving the proper dosage for the size of the pet is vital. She particularly likes calendula for hot spots, despite its odor, because it’s antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral, followed by witch hazel to dry them, and then coconut oil or aloe to soothe and soften affected skin—plus Echinacea to boost the immune system. She uses ginger or peppermint to counteract nausea. “Many people think an allergic pet should be switched to a lamb and rice diet. In some cases, that makes dry, itchy, skin worse,” she says. “That’s why it’s important to know what they are allergic to before trying out new foods or herbal remedies. Find a holistic vet to work with.” Morgan often prescribes a mixture of herbs for the best results. “I like licorice because it works like a steroid without the side effects. Probiotics help keep gut bacteria and the immune system healthy. Parsley works well for dry, itchy, skin caused by a blood deficiency, or imbalance. “Parsley brings a protein, as well as several vitamins, to the party,” notes Kimberly Gauthier, a dog nutrition blogger in Marysville, Washington. “It’s a natural anti-inflammatory and also great if your dog’s breath needs a freshness boost.” She suggests rosemary and thyme as ingredients in an antibacterial, antifungal salve; she mixes these essential oils with extra virgin coconut oil and beeswax to create paw balm. Morgan reminds us that essential oils can be harmful, even life-threatening, for cats. “If Kitty has itchy skin, lavender tea can be used as a rinse on cooperative cats,” she suggests. “For a less cooperative feline, chamomile tea as a drink or as leaves mixed into the food soothes itches.” Dohmen cautions, “Herbs and other homeopathic remedies or flower essences are medicine and should be given as a prescription by a qualified veterinarian.”

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octor of Osteopathic Medicine Joseph Mercola has practiced as a boardcertified family physician for more than 30 years. His educational website,, has been the most visited natural health site for the past 12 years, with 12 million unique visitors each month. His three New York Times bestsellers include Effortless Healing.

With today’s overload of conflicting health information—and the temptation to self-diagnose—how can we accurately assess our status in terms of optimal wellness? One of the major principles I strongly embrace is to listen to your body and adjust your lifestyle based on the feedback it’s providing you. The seven clinically proven gauges I advise you to assess now and continue to monitor every six months or so are fasting insulin level (normal is less than five micro-international units per milliliter of blood; ideal is less than three); vitamin D level (normal is 40 to 60 nanograms per milliliter); waist-to-hip ratio (ideal for men, 0.8; for women, 0.7); body fat percentage (fitness level for women is 21 to 24 percent; for men, 14 to 17 percent); HDL to total cholesterol ratio (ideally 24 to 30 percent or higher); blood pressure (ideal numbers are 120 over 80 systolic/diastolic without medication); and uric acid level (ideal is three to five milligrams per deciliter). 46

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It is important to get these levels checked, because it is impossible to know without testing.

In your opinion, what is the greatest health risk Americans face today and what can we do about it right now? I’m convinced that for the typical American, the most important health step to take is to stop drinking soda, sports drinks, fruit juices or artificially flavored and sweetened waters and replace them with pure water. Most people are now aware that sodas are laced with processed sugars like high-fructose corn syrup and artificial sweeteners, but many don’t know that their favorite sport and vitamin drinks contain these sweeteners plus a host of frightening extras, including toxic chemicals like chlorine, fluoride, phthalates, BPA [bisphenol A] and disinfection byproducts.

What role do carbohydrates play? Carbs are a far dirtier fuel than fat and generate far more reactive oxygen species than fat. Some 70 years of following low-fat diet recommendations has resulted in the vast majority of dieters losing the ability to burn fat as their primary fuel. One of the most powerful strategies to regain this ability is to start a practice of regular intermittent fasting, restricting your eating window to six to 14 hours a day and fast the rest of the day.

Of course, you will want to replace a high net carb intake, or total carbs minus fiber, with healthy fats such as those in avocados, coconut oil, seeds and nuts. Avoid industrially processed omega-6 vegetable oils like corn, soy and canola.

Because an indoor, climatecontrolled, sedentary lifestyle may lead to slowly developing chronic disease, what changes do you suggest we make? Spending time outside with bare feet in contact with the ground even for short periods can yield significant benefits. It’s even better to do it with the sun shining on your bare skin. The Earth is an abundant source of free electrons, and when the sun shines on your skin a vital biological circuit forms that helps transfer energy to water throughout the body, which serves as a cellular battery. Albert Einstein won a Nobel Prize for describing this process, called the photoelectric effect. Reducing the length of time sitting each day and regularly moving is even more important for most of us than getting regular exercise. A good rule of thumb is to stand up every 15 minutes or so.

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Two-thirds of Americans are overweight. The problems with carrying excess weight are more than aesthetic. At the root of obesity is mitochondrial metabolic dysfunction. Metabolic disorders go hand-in-hand with many of the chronic diseases plaguing Americans in record numbers—including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, dementia and cancer—according to numerous studies such as research by the Centers for Disease Control and the Center for the Study of Chronic Metabolic and Rare Diseases, at George Mason University. The most potent strategy to address such metabolic dysfunction is to make a strong commitment to reaching and maintaining a personally healthy level of body fat. Judith Fertig writes food health articles and cookbooks from Overland Park, KS ( natural awakenings

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r. Eric Pearl, author of The Reconnection: Heal Others, Heal Yourself, demystifies the healing process. He teaches others (90,000 and counting) how to activate and use what he refers to as an all-inclusive spectrum of healing frequencies. “Reconnection teaches people how to transcend the ego and its judgment, and reach a state of nonjudgment observation,” explains Pearl. “Many of the individuals I have taught describe their experience simply as an internal activation of an advanced level of consciousness, in which awareness allows the perception of a multidimensional universe.” Pearl posits that as part of our growth as human beings, stating, “We not only discover that we have become more, we understand that we can’t stand in fear, lack and limitation, and we can only offer ourselves as a vessel for healing for ourselves and others when we reside in oneness and love.” Pearl believes that it is part of everyone’s life journey to discover that they are an empty vessel, born to be filled with spirit. He advises, “By letting go of beliefs that block our ability to deeply understand this, we can harmonically converge with the lives of others at the level where we are all energy, as physics indicates.” For more information on the Online Level I Course and Integrated Combinations with Live & In-Person Level II schedules, visit Mention the promotional code word AWAKE and receive a 20% discount. See ad, page 75.

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ccording to Rosemary Serluca-Foster—intuitive body reader, certified energy-healing facilitator and medical astrologer—our bodies are like movies, with each cell, organ and system carrying imprinted scenes from our lives. “Even the slightest action, event or feeling that your mind interprets as a wound can root itself and cause disease on multiple levels,” she says. “By the time it manifests emotionRosemary Serluca-Foster ally or physically, it’s been gestating for a long time.” “Intuitive body readings coupled with energy work get at the root of physical, emotional or spiritual issues, especially when nothing else is working,” she says. “A client came in with depression and chronic shoulder pain. What we uncovered during our healing sessions could never show up on an x-ray.”    During in-person sessions, Serluca-Foster has the client relax on a healing table while she intuits information hidden in the body and psyche. “In remote sessions, this is done by energetic focus,” she says. “Images, phrases and sensations directly related to energy blocks, physical ailments or emotional wounds come through. Loved ones who have crossed over may also present with guidance.” She notes that interactive sessions spark clients’ own intuitive guidance so they learn to heal themselves. “We each have a powerful healing radar within, which when accessed and followed can lead to deep healing shifts and ultimately a more aware and authentic life.” Rosemary Serluca-Foster has a private practice in Nyack, Ithaca and New York City. For more information, contact her at or 212.989.2933, or visit See ad, page 40.


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owsing is an ancient practice that was used to find water. Today it still is, but it’s also used to clear energy disturbances in homes and businesses. “Energy disturbances are created by things like EMFs, cell phones, cell towers, negative vortexes, natural radiation from the earth, or even previous occupants,” says dowser Jeanne Pasquale, who works in person and long distance. “These disturbances can cause negatives effects such as anxiety, sleeplessness and health issues. They can also interfere with the success of a business or the sale of a property. Have you ever noticed a certain location where businesses keep coming and going? That location could benefit from a dowsing.” Dowsing stops these disturbances, causing positive life changes, she says. “Some of the common positive effects of dowsing are improved health and energy, calmer pets, improved sleep and a lighter feeling in the environment.” Dowsers typically use a brass L-rod to identify energy disturbances, and then stop them by placing thin, 18-inch copper rods at the site of the disturbance. Clients often come to Pasquale for help selling a house or clearing negative energy in a new home or apartment. One client contacted Pasquale after moving into a Miami apartment that was plagued by strange episodes. The results of dowsing were “impressive and immediate,” she says. “We could actually feel the energy shift. My son’s fevers came to a halt, the electrical and plumbing issues ceased to exist, and even our family pet became calmer and more centered.” For more info, contact Pasquale at 845.709.5245 or visit or HouseHarmonyBlauvelt. natural awakenings

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Reframing Your Life Story Create Your Own Hero’s Journey by Kim Schneiderman


very life unfolds as a uniquely dynamic, purposeful and potentially heroic story that is open to interpretation, especially our own. We are the star and spin doctor of this work-in-progress, with the power to tell our stories as triumphs, tragedies or something in-between. Our life story is filled with suspense: Big and little decisions affect our storyline, including the relationships we choose, our goals, how we live and the ways we nourish ourself physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. How we tell our story matters. We are constantly sifting through competing narratives to make sense of our world for ourself and others. Whether we consider ourself a heroic figure overcoming obstacles or a tragic victim of destiny often depends on how we choose to read the text of our life and tell our story. Creating a personal myth is a fundamental way we find meaning. We are always the protagonist, with supporting characters providing love and assistance and antagonists posing challenges that push us beyond our comfort zones. Rather than narcissism or navel-gazing, the more intimate we become with our own story, the more we realize that everyone has an equally valid and vital narrative in which they are the central character. Understanding that everyone is on their own story journey can help us establish connection and empathy. In every myth, the protagonist has a character arc; a particular way they mature and develop due to shifting tides in their life story. Similarly, each of us is on an ever-evolving journey of self-discovery with choices about how


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to respond to situations, conflicts and happenstance. By reframing our lives as personal growth adventures, we can adapt to plot twists and view unexpected difficulties as opportunities for self-transformation. With gusto, we can reclaim and shape our personal narrative through choice and voice. Thinking of ourself as the main character in our story can help us shift to novel perspectives on situations we repeatedly face. Instead of staying stuck in the same old storyline, try asking: If I were a character in a novel or movie‌ n What would I hope the hero would do when faced with these circumstances? n What actions or outcomes would I prefer as the observer of this story? n What might this situation be teaching the star? n How might the protagonist maximize this situation, perhaps becoming a more compassionate, caring, creative or stronger person? n Why would a benevolent author place this character in a particular situation? With imagination and well-directed self-inquiry, we can step out of our story, check out the landscape and determine whether to stay on our current path or go in a different direction. We can then transform obstacles into opportunities to break bad habits and improve character to become the real hero of our own living, evolving story. Kim Schneiderman is a New York City psychotherapist and author of Step Out of Your Story: Writing Exercises to Reframe and Transform Your Life. Visit

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Hello Gyro Workouts Use Natural Body Patterns by Aimee Hughes


magine an exercise system that strengthens the body enough to be used in training world-class athletes, stretches more safely than any form of yoga and expands the core training concepts of Pilates into natural full-body movements like those used in everyday reaching and walking, along with jumping and swimming. This is the Gyrotonic system,” says Angela Crowley, a Gyrotonic master teacher, trainer and exercise spa owner in Coral Gables, Florida. A former gymnast and dancer, Crowley took to the Gyrotonic approach after being severely injured in an automobile accident. “Traditional physical therapy only addressed certain aspects without bringing me back to normal,” she says. “Running and yoga felt intolerable. Gyrotonic exercises became a perfect bridge. I was able to rehabilitate safely while challenging myself to return to normal expectations and now, beyond.” The system of fluid movements leverages specially designed equipment that can be customized for every individual. “The Gyrotonic system combines elements from many different modalities into three-dimensional, circular movements. A primary focus is on all the different motions of the spine and how to create rhythmic, flowing movement within the entire body,” says Stefani Schrimpf, Gyrotonic instructor and studio owner of Physiques, in Overland Park, Kansas. “The exercises strengthen, lengthen and stretch muscles, while stimulating connective tissues around the joints. They also improve balance, flexibility and coordination. This system allows you to push beyond specific limitations and to isolate and fine tune movement skills,” says Schrimpf. While a Gyrotonic workout has similarities to yoga and Pilates, it is also unique. According to Melissa Jutras, 52

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a Pilates instructor, weightlifting coach, personal trainer and gym/studio owner of Big Blue Strength, in Lexington, Kentucky, “Hatha yoga is a series of static postures, whereas Pilates and Gyrotonic movements focus on flow, using equipment to enhance core strength, stability, control, coordination and flexibility. The difference is that Gyrotonic exercises works on three dimensions with every circular movement, like the body naturally moves. It uses weights and a pulley system, whereas Pilates is more linear and uses spring tension.” Jutras believes the Gyrotonic system, Pilates and yoga all complement weightlifting and strength training, affording a mind-body balance. “The body then experiences low- and high-threshold exercise, low-intensity and high-intensity, weight-bearing and non-weight-bearing activity,” she says. Crowley sees the Gyrotonic approach complementing virtually any activity. “The exercises help practitioners learn how to move more efficiently, easily, powerfully, gracefully and successfully in every facet of life.” The method is also offered without equipment in the form of Gyrokinesis, a flowing class done on a chair, mat and standing. This affordable option can be practiced independently at home. “My youngest client is 7, my oldest is 94,” relates Crowley. “We have clients that have become bored by repetitive exercise and enjoy the limitless variations of movements that keep both their minds and muscles alert. We have chronic pain clients that have exhausted other medical options and are improving their ability to function more optimally and enjoying their lives again.” Both Schrimpf and her husband, Juan Trujillo, teach the Gyrotonic method. “Our greatest reward is the feedback we get. Once people try it, they’re hooked,” she says. “It transforms how people think about movement and brings a sense of joy and accomplishment. They feel their joints becoming more supple and balanced, and find their bodies responding well to the natural movement patterns.” Aimee Hughes, a freelance writer in Kansas City, MO, is a doctor of naturopathy and consultant for the Yandara Yoga Institute. Connect at ChezAimee@gmail. com.

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fitnessbriefs “Free to Move” Series at Star Bodies


tar Bodies in Scarsdale has begun a new series of classes, Free to Move, featuring gentle exercises to increase strength and flexibility. “These classes are designed for people who want to feel more freedom in their movement with less pain, and ultimately be more comfortable in their bodies” says Gilda Aronson, owner of Star Bodies. Free to Move classes are performed on the Gyrotonic Pulley Tower, which lets the parGilda Aronson ticipant perform three-dimensional circular and spiraling movements that are gentle on the joints, promoting flexibility and strength with each repetition, Aronson says. “We keep our class sizes small so that clients get personal attention to make sure their technique is good for maximum results,” she notes. Star Bodies client and “weekend warrior” Steve Wirz says he takes Free to Move classes as a proactive measure. “I’ve been doing sports my whole life and never really stretched and have been able to get away with it,” he says. “But now I realize I need to stretch and align my body to avoid injury and keep going. These classes really help to improve my technique, not to mention save my back, knees and shoulders. Everyone should be doing this type of exercise.” The cost of three Free to Move classes is $45. Star Bodies is located at 34 Garth Rd., Scarsdale, NY. For more info, call 914.522.5533 or visit See ad, page 53.

Art of Healing Introduces Facial Services and New Yoga Programs


o celebrate its first anniversary at its new location in Carmel, the Art of Healing has unveiled an updated menu of programs and services for 2017, including facial services and new yoga classes. Caryn Brogan, a licensed esthetician, will be joining the Art of Healing in March, offering facials with cold laser therapy as well as regular facials and peels.  Yoga class on Saturday According to Bill Bubenicek, founder and mornings with Andrea owner of the Art of Healing, one of the new yoga programs is a monthly “Bend n Brunch,” an alllevels yoga class following brunch snacks with drinks, every first Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The $30 fee covers the class and unlimited food and drinks. Participants who bring in a dish will get in for $15. Every Monday from 10 to 10:45 a.m., the Art of Healing will host a parent-and-me yoga class for children 6 months to 3 years old. Its gentle yoga class held every Friday at noon is “perfect for beginners, senior citizens and prenatal women,” Bubenicek says. Reiki Master Wendy Osoria will offer a meditation class every Thursday at 11 a.m.   The Art of Healing is located at 64 Gleneida, Carmel, NY. For more info, call 845.878.4325 or visit 54

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markyourcalendar Tuesday, March 7, 2017 6-8pm Katonah, NY Young Living Essential Oil Workshop “Healthy Spring Cleaning Using Essential Oils”  Spring forward with Young Living Essential Oils. Join us in learning the essential oils that naturally maximize your spring cleaning SEATS LIMITED! Register by Monday, March 6th $15. (Includes light refreshments) O: 914.556.8258  C: 914.494.2266 (address given at registration)

THURSDAY, MARCH 2 Qi Gong Classes – Mar 2, 9 and 16. 6-7:15pm. $15 drop-in. Class pkgs available. Poughkeepsie Friends Meeting House, 249 Hooker Ave, Poughkeepsie. 845.416.4598. Info:

FRIDAY, MARCH 3 Tarot Class – Mar 3-5. With Amy Benesh. Fri nightSun. Visit website for daily class times. $200 for all three-days. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765. Open House & 8th Anniversary Party – 6:309pm. Light Refreshments served. Sound Movement Fitness & Wellness Studio, 1963 Palmer Ave, Suite 2, Larchmont. Info: 914.630.1631. This is Spinal Zap – 7-8:30pm. With Brett Bevell. Combining a variety of energy modalities to release karmic conditioning, emotional and energy blockages held in the spine. $30 preregistered. $35 door. Mt Kisco. 914.864.0462.

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SATURDAY, MARCH 4 Bedford 2020 Food Forum – 8:30am-3pm. Featuring Mark Bittman and Michel Nischan. Keynote sessions, self-selected workshops, the expo and a lunch made from seasonal local food. $25. Fox Lane High School, Route 172, Bedford. Info: foodforum, 914.620.2411. Fundamentals of Self-Acupressure – 9-6pm. Learn a 25 self-acupressure pattern plus extra points to address specific conditions. General public and practitioners welcome. 8 CEUs for LMTs and reflexologists. Westchester Community College/Continuing Education. Info, Avra Blieden: 917.923.8731. Wake Up The Magic of Your True Essence – 11am-1pm. Two-hour mini retreat to shift vibration and awaken one’s true essence. Lighthouse Retreat and Wellness Center, Croton-On-Hudson. 845.424.6219. Reiki 1 & 2 – 11am-5pm. With Reiki Master Marcus Feighery. $275. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765. Magickal House Cleaning – 12-3pm. Spring is near, time to clean house. Create magickal floor wash, Thieves’ Vinegar and black salt in hands-on class. $30 includes supplies. Hands of Serenity Healing, 1129 Main St. Fishkill. Register: 845.896.1915. Understanding Energy: Raising Your Vibration – 2-4pm. With Carol Essig and Anne Bentzen. Energy strategies to align with authentic self for physical and spiritual well-being. $40. Golden Temple Yoga, 223 Katonah Ave, Katonah. 914.236.4503. Register: Transition to Better Health – 3pm. No need to suffer. Learn how food can be our medicine. Somers Library. Register: 914.232.5717. Monthly Shamanic Reiki Hearth Circle – 5:307pm. With Melanie Ryan. Proceeds go to EOMEC. org, a non-profit to preserve world-wide indigenous shamanic healing practices. $20 suggested. Drop-in. Mt Kisco. 914.864.0462.

SUNDAY, MARCH 5 Reiki I – 11am-6pm. Learn history of Reiki, its uses, hand positions, scanning, chakras, techniques and more. Level I attunement received. Students give/receive full Reiki treatment. $140. Hands of Serenity Healing, 1129 Main St, Fishkill. Register: 845.896.1915. Dharma Sunday School – 12:30-2pm. Explore concepts like kindness, compassion and gratitude. Ages 5 and up. By donation. SkyBaby Yoga, 75 Main St, Cold Spg. 845.265.4444. Death Café – 2pm. A group of people, often strangers, gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death. Increase awareness of attitudes about dying and

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Building a Community of Spiritual Seekers All Welcome - 10:30am Prayer, music and sharing. March 26 - THE SACREDNESS OF THE EARTH Douglas DeCandia, Community Gardener Specialist April 23 - MOVEMENT, HEALING AND SPIRITUALITY Special Guest Rev. Melanie Gambino Chapel at Croton Falls, 609 Rt. 22, Croton Falls.

death with a view towards living the best life possible. Katonah Village Library, 26 Bedford Rd., Katonah. 914.232.3508. National info: Open Dance Party – 2:30-4:30pm. For all ages. DJ provides the beats and vibrations to set attendees on a journey of self-expression. $10. SkyBaby Yoga, 75 Main St, Cold Spg. 845.265.4444. Yin Yoga & Meditation – 5-7pm. Mind/body practice focusing on connective tissues in the body. Toward end of class natural flow into meditation. $35 preregistered. Quest Yoga Arts, 11 E Main St, Mt Kisco. 914.241.9642.

MONDAY, MARCH 6 Journey to Health: Strategies for Better Health Workshop – 6:30-7:45pm. Presented by two Nutrition Health Coaches, Author and speaker,  Shanti Urreta and Executive Chef, Ken Goldfarb.  Kent Public Library, 17 Sybil›s Crossing, Kent Lakes. Registration required:  or 845.225.8585 Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 7:15-8:15pm. With Merrill Black. Unique theme, meditation, group discussion. $15. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600.

TUESDAY, MARCH 7 Healthy Spring Cleaning using Essential Oils – 6-8pm. Spring forward with Young Living Essential Oils, the essential oils that naturally maximize spring cleaning. $15 includes light refreshments. Katonah. Register: 914.556.8258.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8 Kick the Sugar Habit: Simple Solution to Everyday Addictions – 7-8pm. Learn about this simple, effective method for easy, natural weight loss and overcoming addictions. Free Lecture, Q&A. Briarcliff location. Register: 914.705.1805. Overcoming the Power of Habits and Addiction - Weiss Method Info-Lecture – 7-8pm. Learn how habits and addictions form and how to overcome them. All natural, effective methods. Free lecture, Q&A. Briarcliff location. Register: 914.705.1805.

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markyourcalendar FRI, MARCH 17-SUN, MARCH 19

The New Life Expo - NYC

Holistic, Enlightenment and Rejuvenation expo. Take a weekend out of your life to change itforever and meet thousands of people like yourself. Open your mind to all possibilities in the fields of holistic health, metaphysics and anti-aging. Vendor Marketplace. New Yorker Hotel - NYC 481 8th Ave and W 34th St (across from Madison Square Garden), New York, NY. Info:

Meditation and Shamanism: Root to Rise – 1-4pm. With Melanie Ryan. Integrative approach of Tibetan Buddhist meditation and Shamanism. Sitting and walking meditations weaved with shamanic journeys. Release fear, build strength, courage and more. $75. Mt Kisco. The Power of the Breath – 1:30–4:30pm. Learn practices to strengthen mental focus and concentration. With Daniel Orlansky. $45 members/$65 nonmembers in advance. The Yoga Studio, Club Fit, 584 N State Rd, Briarcliff Manor. Info: Audrey Brooks: 914.582.7816. Monthly Manifesting – 2-3:30pm. With Carla Blaha. $25. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765. Ayurveda: Seasonal Detoxing—How To Do It Gently and Safely – 3-5pm. Refreshments. Free. Dr. Kaushik’s Ayurvedic and Naturopathic Clinic, Yellow Monkey Village, 792 Rte 35, Cross River. Info: 914.875.9088.

SUNDAY, MARCH 12 FRIDAY, MARCH 10 Meditation and Transmission – 6:45-8:15pm. Rona Levine leads monthly Meditation and Transmission of Information Class. Reduce stress with guided meditation, breath work and mindfulness. Channeled messages shared for group participants at conclusion. $25. Register online: 914.236.4503. Mediumship Circle – 7-8:30pm.With Carla Blaha. $35. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765. Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 7:15-8:15pm. With Merrill Black. Unique theme, meditation, group discussion. $15. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600.

SATURDAY, MARCH 11 Chakras, Color & Creativity – 1-4pm. Using the ancient chakra system, create watercolor paintings with a focus on color and energy. $50/$55. Wainwright House, Rye. 914.967.6080.

Spring Renewal – Noon-2pm. With Danielle Guillet. Renew body, mind and spirit. Learn to de-stress using breathwork, movement, essential oils and more. $35 preregistered. $40 door. Quest Yoga Arts, 11 E Main St, Mt Kisco. 914.241.9642. Shamanic Healing Drumming Circle – 3:305pm. With Amy Benesh. $20. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765.

TUESDAY, MARCH 14 Qi Gong Class – 6-7pm. $10. Sacred Space Healing Arts Studio, 436 Main St, Beacon. Lorraine: 845.416.4598.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15 Addiction Free Naturally: Weiss Method InfoLecture – 1-2pm. Learn about this highly effective method for overcoming everyday addictions ranging from alcohol to nicotine, sugar, weight loss. All natural. Free lecture, Q&A. Briarcliff location. Register: 914.705.1805.


How glorious a

greeting the sun gives the mountains. ~John Muir

Mindfulness Meditation – 7-8:30pm. With Tracy Cochran. Foundational practice of bringing attention to present moment experience, observing without judgment. $20 drop-in or purchase class pkg. Sacred Spirit Yoga and Healing Arts Center, 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry.

FRIDAY, MARCH 17 The New Life Expo: NYC – 3/17-3/19. Holistic, enlightenment and rejuvenation expo. New Yorker Hotel – NYC. 481 8th Ave and W 34th St (across from Madison SquareGarden), NYC. Info: Archangel Healing Workshop – 7-9pm. With Shaman Elka Boren. $35. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765.

SATURDAY, MARCH 18 Reiki Classes – 3/18 & 3/19. Two-day course. Learn from master of Reiki masters who maintains this ancient practice as passed down from Reiki master


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Healers, Vendors and Readers Over 100 exhibitors, 1000 guests! Sunday, March 26 ~ 10am to 5pm Double Tree Hotel 455 So. Broadway, Tarrytown NY 10591

Exhibitor spots available

to student. $200. Universal Reiki Healing Arts Connection, Peekskill. Shima: 917.279.9577. Qi Gong for Beginners & Experienced – 9am12pm. $25. Register directly with school. Desmond Campus for Adult Enrichment, 6 Albany Post Rd, Newburgh. 845.565.2076. Fresh Air Fund’s 14th Annual Sugar Maple Celebration – 10am-4pm. Planetarium shows, live animal shows, storytelling, craf demos, field games, and a children’s nature and craft discovery center. Local food vendors. Free. Sharpe Reservation, 436 Van Wyck Lake Rd., Fishkill. Info: sharpe. 845.897.4320. Shapeshifting into Higher Consciousness – Mar 18-19. 10am-5pm. With Stacey Gibbons and Jonathan Hammond of Shamanic Reiki Worldwide. Rare weekend Shamanic Retreat with international teachers. Mt Kisco. 914.864.0462. Spring Renewal Yoga and Meditation Mini Retreat – 2-5pm. With Petrina Plecko. Ayurvedic based yoga poses and breathing exercises and more. $65. Sacred Spirit Yoga and Healing Arts Center, 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry. Awakening to Mediumship & Open Channeling – 5-6:30pm.With Elka Boren. $35. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765. Spring Equinox Celebration and Ceremony – 7-8:30pm. Led by Rona Levine and Anne Bentzen. Connect with lunar energies. Plant seeds of intention for the coming year. Music and drumming circle. Katonah SPACE, 44 Edgemont Rd, Katonah. RSVP: 914.588.4079.

SUNDAY, MARCH 19 Reiki II – 11am-6pm. Expand one’s knowledge of Reiki and increase vibration with the Reiki symbols. Receive Level II attunement and journey to meet one’s Reiki guides. $175. Hands of Serenity Healing. Register: 845.896.1915. Sugar Addiction and Overeating Solution: Weiss Method Info-Lecture NYC – 1-2pm. Effective method to lose weight, overcome nicotine, alcohol, overeating, sugar addiction. Free lecture, Q&A. NYC location, E 37th btw Park & Lex. Register: 914.705.1805.



REIKI MASTER TRAINING with Brett Bevell, Grand Master

April 1 & April 2 full weekend training 10am-5pm each day The Center for Health and Healing 914.864.0462 •  Mt. Kisco, NY

Shoulder Anatomy & Asana – 1-4pm. With Lauri Nemetz. Gain understanding of ones ideal movement (strength/flexibility) in shoulder area and more.. $125. Quest Yoga Arts, 11 E Main St, Mt Kisco. Register: 914.241.9642. Spring Renewal Wellness Open House – 2-6pm. An afternoon welcoming spring with a sampling from local, holistic practitioners. Free event. James Harmon Community Center, 44 Main St, Hastings on Hudson. Info: 914.274.8530. Meditation 101: Practical Tools for Modern Peeps – 3:30-5:15pm. With Dee Yergo. Explore simple, modern strategies to establish home meditation practice. All levels. $45. 914.618.4887. 112 W Boston Post Rd, Mamaroneck. 914.618.4887. Spring Equinox Healing Night – 4:30-6:30pm. With Merrill Black. Yoga, meditation, springing forward and planting seeds. $20. Half will go to charity. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600. Restorative Yoga – 5-7pm. With Karla Booth Diamond. Powerful practice everyone can benefit from, regardless of age or fitness level. 35 preregistered. $40 day of. Quest Yoga Arts, 11 E Main St, Mt Kisco. Register: 914.241.9642.

MONDAY, MARCH 20 Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 7:15-8:15pm. With Merrill Black. Unique theme, meditation, group discussion. $15. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600. Meditation for Moms – 8-9pm. With Helena de Vengoechea Rudd. Meditations to help support daily practice. Discussion to support ourselves as moms. Free. Donations appreciated. Quest Yoga Arts, 11 E Main St, Mt Kisco. Register: 914.241.9642.

TUESDAY, MARCH 21 Westchester Holistic Network Meeting – 7������������������������������������������ -8:30pm.  Networking begins 6:30pm. Guramrit Khalsa Lebron shares  Savvy Social Media for Wellness Professionals. WHN members and firsttimers free /$10 repeat non-members, Ixchel Center, Hartsdale Register: 917.796.6026.

March 2017

Astrology with Pamela Cucinell

Days Lengthen

There is a forceful will to accomplish on March 1. Tunnel vision on March 2 reboots and reaps rewards. Early birds triumph on March 3 and after that get organized. Venus retrograde on March 4 begins six weeks to re-access love, money and values. A dizzying amount of conversation on March 5 leads to action and commitment. Physical comforts and good food go a long way to improve moods on March 6, when no one wants to rush.

Weigh the Investment

Power struggles on March 7 instigate emotional upsets. An even keel in the morning on March 8 facilitates long-range productivity.  Big-picture ambitions on March 9 go the distance with strong alliances. Best efforts by noon on March 10 deserve a bit of playtime in the afternoon. Exercise and diet routines on March 11 show best results when coupled with a spiritual practice. Daylight Savings Time falls on the March 12 Virgo full moon, which supports a routine to allow you creative expression. In spite of relationship disconnects on March 13, make a vow to show up.   

Step Up

Opportunities fly on March 14, but selectivity maximizes impact. Passion explodes on March 15, which can make for short tempers. Dive deep into your heart on March 16 to reflect on what’s working. Step up to self-responsibility on March 17, because if you

don’t, no one else will. Get outdoors on March 18 and explore an adventure, big or small. Wisdom and inspiration on March 19 can make your commitment concrete. 

Crouch to Spring

Plan a long view on the March 20 vernal equinox and prepare followthrough. The rubber hits the road on March 21, but detours abound. Go back to the drawing board on March 22 to adjust anything that falls short. Fresh starts with an openness for change March 23-24 lead to new places and ideas. Recharge to renew on March 25; you cannot run without fuel.

Concentrated Leaps

On March 26, be alert to messages, dreams and symbols that inform you. The March 27 Aries new moon revitalizes desire; how important to you is your purpose? Dynamic action on March 28 stimulates growth and evolution for the courageous. Take advantage of laser focus on March 29. Prodigious accomplishments on March 30 occur through complete attention. No matter how compelling the distraction on March 31, make certain your duties are fulfilled. If you’d like to learn more about Venus retrograde, Pamela Cucinell posts her daily energetic insights at InsightOasis. com. She also offers private guidance and coaching sessions and online subscriptions. Contact her at Pamela@ or 917.796.6026. See ad page 50.

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22 Positively Priming the Mind Workshop – 10am1:30pm. With Kim Serafini, founder and CEO of MindPT. Learn about the accelerated learning tool called Mind Power Technology (MindPT) that primes the mind to start each day on a positive note. $49, includes lunch. Info:

Master Class – 4-6pm. With Tao Porchon-Lynch. Step up yoga flow and learn directly from a master. Experience 98-years-young Tao Porchon-Lynch’s unique teachings first hand. $65. 112 W Boston Post Rd, Mamaroneck. 914.618.4887.

True Essence Connecting Circle – Mar 22, Apr 5, 19 and May 3. 7-8:30pm. Shift vibration and awaken one’s true essence. Four group meetings and four individual coaching sessions. Lighthouse Retreat and Wellness Center, Croton-On-Hudson. 845.424.6219. Meditation & Channel With Carol Essig – 7-9pm. Connection with the Angelic Realm and Enlightened Beings; meditation and channeled energy healing touch from Divine Energy. $25 Max. 15 Golden Temple Yoga, 223 Katonah Ave., Katonah. Register online: 914.236.4503.

THURSDAY, MARCH 23 Teen/Tween Yoga & Mindfulness – Mar 23, 30, Apr 6, 20, 27 and May 4. 3:45-4:30pm. Learn variety of yoga poses and activities. Thematic ideas: peace, respect and acceptance introduced. Free. Somers Library. Register: 914.232.5717. Reiki Circle – 7-8:30pm. With Marianne Petitbon, Experience energy healing. For newcomers and experienced practitioners. All levels. $20 drop-in. Sacred Spirit Yoga and Healing Arts Center, 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry.

FRIDAY, MARCH 24 Reiki Master Practitioner Reiki III – Mar 24-25. Ready to advance one’s practice? Be introduced to the Usui Master Symbol. $400. Deposit required. Register: 845.896.1915. Details and times: Reiki Master Teacher – Mar 24, 25 and 26. Be attuned to Usui Master Symbol and additional symbols required to perform attunements. $575. Deposit required. Hands of Serenity Healing. Register: 845.896.1915. Details and times: Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 7:15-8:15pm. With Merrill Black. Unique theme, meditation, group discussion. $15. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600.

SATURDAY, MARCH 25 Lighten Up with Laughter Yoga & Mindful Tai Chi – 1-3pm. With Robert Rivest. $35/$40. Wainwright House, Rye. Info: 914.967.6080. Magical Awakening Level 3 – 2-6pm. With Brett Bevell. An energy healing system of ancient Celtic Shamanism. Level 1 & 2 are prerequisite of this eight level system. Mt Kisco. 914.864.0462.

ritual facilitated by astrologer Pamela Cucinell; bring a notebook. $20 WHN members/$25 non-members, Ixchel Center, Hartsdale Register: 917.796.6026. New Moon Manifestation – 7-8pm. Together manifest heart’s desire with the creative energies of the New Moon. Fee for newcomers: $10. DG Sanctuary. 2 Lagrange Ave, Poughkeepsie. Info: 845.473.2206.

TUESDAY, MARCH 28 Nourishing Your Body for Spring Workshop – With Bonnie Rogers. Learn the best herbs and foods for starting the season out on a new path to mindbody-spirit health. Info/register: 914.923.4346.

Douglas DeCandia is the Guest Speaker at Interfaith Sunday on March 26.

SUNDAY, MARCH 26 Awaken Wellness Fair – Special Keynote Speaker, Kacey of WHUD radio. Body, mind, spirit holistic expo. Ancient practices and cutting edge technology. More than 100 exhibitors, including speakers, healers, vendors and readers. Doubletree Hotel Tarrytown. Interfaith Sunday at the Chapel at Croton Falls – 10:30am. The Sacredness of the Earth. Guest Speaker; Douglas DeCandia, Community Gardener Specialist. Prayer, music and sharing. Chapel at Croton Falls, 609 Rt. 22, Croton Falls. Info: Free Day of Healing – 10am-4:30pm. Center anniversary event with all the holistic health center practitioners. Free holistic health consults, mini workshops and raffle prizes. The Center for Health and Healing, Mt Kisco. 914.864.0462. Addiction Free Naturally: Weiss Method InfoLecture NYC – 1-2pm. Effective method to lose weight, overcome nicotine, alcohol, overeating, sugar addiction. Free lecture, Q&A. Free Lecture, Q&A. NYC location, E 37th btw Park & Lex. Register: 914.705.1805. Yoga Ball Tune Up – 3-5pm. With Darcy Bowman. Learn a self-massage practice to refresh and recover. $55 includes tune up balls. 112 W Boston Post Rd, Mamaroneck. 914.618.4887. Ongoing Last Sundays of the Month – 4pm. Community acupuncture. Experience the beneficial effects of acupuncture in a group setting. $30. Hygeia Integrated Health LLC, 3505 Hill Blvd, Ste K Yorktown Hts. Register: 914.352.6116.

MONDAY, MARCH 27 New Moon Gathering – 7-8:30pm. Use the lunar cycle to realize intentions. Guided meditations and

Herbal Magic Gathering – 6:30-7:30pm. Enjoy this monthly hour lecture and mini workshop working with a specific herb, discussing its properties, uses and often basic how-to’s. Free. Dreaming Goddess, 44 Raymond Ave, Poughkeepsie. Info: 845.473.2206.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29 Energy Healing Circle – 7-9pm. With Anne Bentzen. Stress reduction, emotional and physical pain relief through deep relaxation. Discover natural healing solutions with Reiki. Max 18. $20. Golden Temple Yoga, 223 Katonah Ave, Katonah. Preregistration required: 914.588.4079.

SATURDAY, APRIL 1 Reiki Master Training With Brett Bevell – (4/1 & 4/2) 10am-5pm each day, full weekend training., Grand Master. The Center for Health and Healing. Mt. Kisco. Info/register: 914.864.0462.

SUNDAY, APRIL 2 Reversing Memory Loss Workshop with Dr. Cory Lenherr – 9am-3pm (lunch included), post-workshop intensive 3:30-5:30pm. Nutrition guidelines to support brain health, food demo, stress reduction techniques and Q&A. Hyatt House in White Plains. Register:

MONDAY, APRIL 3 Raw Plant Food Detox Challenge – Starts April 3. With Edit Babboni. Gentle yoga classes with meditation, raw food e-booklet with recipes for the week, and Facebook support group. Zen Garden Yoga, 61 Lakeview Dr., Yorktown Heights. Info: 917.721.2529.

FRIDAY, APRIL 7 “Elemental Change” Self-Actualization Weekend Retreat – 4/7-4/9. Join transformation expert Rose Caiola of and astrologer Pamela Cucinell for a restorative weekend of inspiration, yoga and gourmet food at Wainwright House in Rye. Info:

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1st & 3rd Sun. Free. Center for Spiritual Living White Plains, 262 Martine Ave, Masonic Temple. 914.261.9119.

Kacey, On The Radio – 6:30am. The Health and Happiness Show. Interviews with therapists, healers, doctors, actors and dreamers. Tune into 100.7 WHUD.

Teen Yoga, Meditation and Empowerment Class – 1-2:30pm. With Elisha Simpson of Crossover Yoga Project. Children ages 12-18 learn mindful techniques to help lower stress and more. PranaMoon Yoga, 1000 N Division St, Ste 2H, Peekskill. Info/ cost: 914.319.4010.

Organic Market at Congregation Sons of Israel – 11:30-2pm. 1666 Pleasantville Rd, Briarcliff Manor. Hudson Valley Regional Farmers Market – 10am2pm. 15 Mt. Ebo Road S, off Rt. 22, Brewster.����� ���� Hudson Valley Cerebral Palsy Association building. Yoga Basics – 11am. All levels. Students new to yoga interested in reviewing fundamentals, basic concepts, postures, alignment and breathing. $22 drop-in or purchase a class card on line. o2living, Yellow Monkey Village, Cross River. 914.763.6320. Celebration of Life Service – 11-12:15am. Inspirational music, affirmative prayer, meditation, lessons in the Science of Mind. Children’s programs

monday Healing Qigong – 8-9am. With Certified Instructor Dr. Kurt Beil. Ancient, gentle techniques of coordinated movement, breath and intention to build energy and more. Class-card or $22 drop-in. Quest Yoga Arts, 11-13 Main St, Mt Kisco. 914.241.9642. Vinyasa – 9:30am. With Ali. Flow of poses, with attention to alignment and breath. Mildly challenging. $22 drop-in or purchase a class card online. o2living, Yellow Monkey Village, Cross River. 914.763.6320. Free Morning Meditation – 8:45-9:15am. SkyBaby Yoga & Pilate’s Studio, 75 Main St, Cold Spg. 845.265.4444.


Putnam Yoga Level 1 to Level 2 Classes (w/ modifications) – 9:30am. For those familiar yoga, power yoga poses and techniques are incorporated for indepth strength training, improvements in breathing, posture and mobility.​ 30 Tomahawk St, Baldwin Place. $15. Info: Christine Dodge 845.494.8118; Vinyasa Flow Yoga – 10-11:15am. Find inner peace and energy at Zen Garden. Movement using the breath. Focus on alignment and strong individual attention. All levels. $15 drop-in. Reserve a spot: Edit 917.721.2529; Mindful is the New Skinny-Mindfulness and Meditation Bootcamp – 1-2:30pm. With Jodi Baretz, psychotherapist and holistic health coach. $375. The Center for Health and Healing, 4 Smith Ave, 2nd Flr, Mt Kisco. 917.974.9446. Info: Community Pilates Tower Class – 5:30-6:15pm. Pilates tower class with teacher in training. $20. Rhinebeck Pilates, 6400 Montgomery St. Elaine: 845.876.5686.

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Free to Move Class – 6:30-7:30pm. Feel more freedom in movement with less pain and be more comfortable in one’s body. Performed on Gyrotonic Pulley Towers. $25. Star Bodies, 34 Garth Rd, Scarsdale. 914.522.5533. Women’s Healing Circle – 7-9 pm. Chanting, meditation, sharing and channeling the saints, angels, stars and ancestors by Eileen O’Hare. $20. The Healing House, 11 N Cedar St, Beacon. Info:

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All Levels Yoga – 7-8:30pm. With Christine Tergis. Focus on alignment, sensations, mindfulness and breath. Variations for needs and ability. $20 dropin or purchase class pkg. Sacred Spirit Yoga and Healing Arts Center, 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry.

tuesday Free Morning Meditation – 8:45-9:15am. SkyBaby Yoga & Pilate’s Studio, 75 Main St, Cold Spg. 845.265.4444. Slow Flow Vinyasa – 10am. With Linda. Links poses to breath to cultivate strength, alignment balance and gentle opening. Newer-beginner students. $22 drop-in or purchase a class card on line. o2living, Yellow Monkey Village, Cross River. 914.763.6320. Therapeutic Yoga Flow – 10-11:30am. With Diane Graziosa, RYT 500. All levels. Floor Flow: breathing, strengthening, stretching and restoring. All levels. $20 drop-in. Eastchester. Info: 914.793.2600. Gentle Yoga for Wellness – 5:45-7pm. With Ann Cassapini, RYT 500. Gentle level. Using chairs, props, deep relaxation/meditation to build stability, strength and flexibility. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Ann: 917.882.0921. Body, Mind & Soul Dance Class – 5:45-6:45pm. Meditative energy healing movement fused with ballet, floor barre and world dance. $25. White Lotus Grace: Spiritual Healing Arts & Dance, Millbrook. 845.677.3517. Still Mind Tai Chi – 6-7pm. Yang Style Tai Chi for health and self-defense. $25/2 weeks. Still Mind Yoga, 305 Central Ave, Suite 2, White Plains. 914.648.0492. Integral Gentle Yoga with Matt – 7:15-8:15pm. Beginners welcome. A relaxing class. $10/ 2 classes. Still Mind Yoga, 305 Central Ave, Suite 2, White Plains. Info: 914.648.0492. Vinyasa Restorative Flow – 7:30-8:45pm. With Jo-Anne. All levels. Vinyasa flow class that incorporates restorative yoga. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. JoAnne: 917.364.1871.

wednesday Free Morning Meditation – 8:45-9:15am. Singing bowls included. SkyBaby Yoga & Pilate’s Studio, 75 Main St, Cold Spg. 845.265.4444. Vinyasa Flow Yoga – 10-11:15am. Find inner peace and energy at Zen Garden. Movement using the breath. Focus on alignment and strong individual attention. All levels. $15 drop-in. Reserve a spot: Edit 917.721.2529; Women’s Wisdom Group – 10:30am-12:30pm. Women support each other through the process of recognizing and embracing one’s full authenticbeing and nurturing their highest potential. $30. SunRaven, 501 Guard Hill Road Bedford. 914.218.3113.

Community Pilates Mat Class – 6-7pm. Pilates mat class with teacher in training. $10. Rhinebeck Pilates, 6400 Montgomery St. Elaine: 845.876.5686. Free to Move Class – 6:30-7:30pm. Feel more freedom in movement with less pain and be more comfortable in one’s body. Performed on Gyrotonic Pulley Towers. $25. Star Bodies, 34 Garth Rd, Scarsdale. 914.522.5533. Yin Breath Yoga – 6:30-7:45pm. With Victor Gazzini. Class using a breath bases asana practice that incorporates meditation, visualization and chanting. All levels. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Vic: 914.319.7322.


Towers. $25. Star Bodies, 34 Garth Rd, Scarsdale. 914.522.5533.


Pilates Mat class with Magic Circle – 11:3012:30pm. Pilates with physical therapist Tina Sferra. Focus on form, function and fitness to re-engineer the body. $20. Elite Performance at Katonah Yoga, 39 Main St., Bedford Hills.

Bring Happiness, Better Relationships and Enhanced Wellness into your Life. Rewire Your Connection to Mind, Body and Spirit Elemental Change Retreat April 7-9

Healing Qigong – 12:30-1:30pm. With Certified Instructor Dr. Kurt Beil. Ancient, gentle techniques of coordinated movement, breath and intention to build energy and more. Class-card or $22 drop-in. Quest Yoga Arts, 11-13 Main St, Mt Kisco. 914.241.9642. Qi Gong Classes at Poughkeepsie Friends Meeting House – 6-7:15pm. $15 drop-in. 249 Hooker Ave, Poughkeepsie. Class packages available, Lorraine: 845.416.4598.

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.

Open Movement – 6:30-7:30pm. With Betty Prinsen. Focus breath, thoughts, emotions and movements to open chakras/energy centers to move. $18 drop-in. $65 five classes. First class free. Putnam Yoga, 30 Tomahawk St, Baldwin Pl. 845.494.8118.

Mixed Equipment Pilates Class – 9-10am. Work on the reformer, chair and barrels and more. Prior Pilates experience recommended. $40. Rhinebeck Pilates, 6400 Montgomery St. 845.876.5686.

Open Level Yoga – 6:30-7:30 pm. Slow Vinyasa, beginners welcome. $10/2 classes. Still Mind Yoga, 305 Central Ave, Suite 2, White Plains. Info: 914.648.0492.

Yogalates – 9:15-10:30am. With Marianne. Combines yoga and Pilates exercises to strengthen core. Includes brief meditation and Savasana. All levels. $20 drop-in or purchase class pkg. Sacred Spirit Yoga and Healing Arts Center, 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry. Yin Yoga – 10am. With Kate. Seated and supine poses which are held longer. Deeper level of stretching. $22 drop-in or purchase a class card on line. o2living, Yellow Monkey Village, Cross River. 914.763.6320. Free to Move Class – 10-11am. Feel more freedom in movement with less pain and be more comfortable in one’s body. Performed on Gyrotonic Pulley

Breath & Flow – 6:30-7:45pm. With Patty Meehan, RYT 500. Vinyasa flow class using breath, movement, balance, stretch, closing with meditation. All levels. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. 914.793.2600. Free Meditation Session – 2nd and 4th Thursdays. 7:15 p.m. The Anam Cara Meditation Foundation, 2 Byram Brook Place in Armonk. Info:

friday Pilates Tower and Reformer Classes – 7:30am, 9:30am/Reformer & 8:30am, 10:30am/Tower, Fully equipped Pilates studio. $35-$40. Rhinebeck Pilates,

with Transformation Expert Rose Caiola and Astrologer Pamela Cucinell Experience Empowerment in Community, Water Views, Meditation, Yoga, Gourmet Food Fonrose Cottage, Wainwright House, Rye or

6400 Montgomery St. 845.876.5686. Women’s Wisdom Group – 10:30am-12:30pm. Women support each other through the process of recognizing and embracing one’s full authentic-being and nurturing their highest potential. $30. SunRaven, 501 Guard Hill Road Bedford. 914.218.3113. Mindful Restorative Yoga – 9:30-10:45am. With Reyna. Movement through breath, props, self assists to release, calm and restore. Gentle level. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Info: 914.793.2600. Vinyasa Flow Yoga – 10-11:15am. Find inner peace and energy at Zen Garden. Movement using the breath. Focus on alignment and strong individual attention. All levels. $15 drop-in. Reserve a spot: Edit 917.721.2529; Gentle Yoga for Wellness – 11am-12:15pm. With Ann Cassapini, RYT 500. Yoga using chairs, props, deep relaxation/meditation to build stability, strength and flexibility. Gentle level. Drop-in $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Ann: 917.882.0921.



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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. Mindful Slow Flow – 9:30-10:45pm. With Reyna. A mindful slow-flow class that focuses on alignment within the flows ending with restorative yoga. All levels. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Info: 914.793.2600. Hudson Valley Farmers Market – 10am-3pm. Year-round. A one stop shop farmers market with fresh Hudson Valley products. Greig Farm, 223 Pitcher Lane, Red Hook. Info: HudsonValleyFarmersMarket. Joyful Mindful Yoga – 11:15am-12:30pm. With Ann, RYT 500. Well balanced asana sequences that focus on alignment, mindfulness, clear intention and joy. Intermediate level. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Ann: 917.882.0921. Free to Move Class – 1-2pm. Feel more freedom in movement with less pain and be more comfortable in one’s body. Performed on Gyrotonic Pulley Towers. $25. Star Bodies, 34 Garth Rd, Scarsdale. 914.522.5533. Yoga Teachers Association Workshops – 1:304:30pm. 2nd Sat. Open to teachers and students, members and nonmembers. The Yoga Studio, Club Fit, Briarcliff Manor. Info: Open Level Yoga – 2-3pm. Slow Vinyasa, beginners welcome. $10/2 classes. Still Mind Yoga, 305 Central Ave, Suite 2, White Plains. Info: 914.648.0492.

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FOR RENT CROTON: 1 or 2 rooms (with sinks) in lovely, homey, peaceful office available 3 days weekly. Includes use of office space, waiting room, bathroom, massage tables. Referral possibilities. View photos on Facebook, Eastmountainacupuncture PLLC. Call 914.271.3684. 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.

HELP WANTED HEALTH CENTER RECEPTIONIST/ADMIN ASSISTANT PT/FT - NuSpecies is a natural health company helping clients rebuild from disease conditions. Provides all front end client services. Email resume and cover letter to jillian@nuspecies. com or call 845.440.7458. J O I N T H E N AT U R A L AWA K E N I N G S STREET TEAM – Be part of our volunteer street team and we will help promote your wellness business. Must have own transportation and available some weekend days April - October. For more information, e-mail us and please be sure to let us know where you are located and what kind of business you have. Please send to Dana-na@ . Thank you!

NURSE OR NURSE PRACTITIONER - NuSpecies Health Consultant PT/FT - Provide client health management at NuSpecies to those with disease conditions seeking rebuilding their health naturally. Manage client’s NuSpecies regimen, medication, medical treatments and analyze blood work. Email resume and cover letter to jillian@ or call 845.440.7458. NYS LICENSED MASSAGE THERAPIST – Massage Envy Spa now hiring at four locations in Westchester: day, evening and weekend schedules. Contact: 914.902.9200 or email resume for Rt. 22/Scarsdale; call 914.422.3689 or email clinic0906@massageenv. com for 365 Central Park Ave., Scarsdale location; 914.244.3689 or email clinic0918@massageenvy. com for Bedford Hills; 914.417.6940 or email for Rye Brook. Quickly develop a strong following. VIBRANT SALES PERSON DESIRED – Natural Awakenings of Westchester-Putnam-Dutchess is seeking a self-motivated experienced sales person who enjoys a healthy lifestyle. This commissionbased position offers flexibility and opportunity to create abundance. The right person will have their own car, computer and phone. Please e-mail if interested.

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.

RETREAT YOUR RETREAT. OUR PLACE. Wainwright House is an idyllic site, set on 5 acres with magnificent water views. For info call 914.967.6080 or visit

SERVICES MAN WITH TRUCK AND TRAILER: Perfect for small moves or pickups and delivery. Servicing Northern Westchester and Putnam-Mahopac/Carmel areas. Call Guy: 914.248.4810.

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ACUPUNCTURE HUDSON VALLEY NATURAL HEALTH Kurt Beil, ND, LAc, MPH The Center for Health & Healing 4 Smith Ave, 2nd Fl; Mount Kisco, NY 914.362.8315; Chinese medicine for relieving muscle/joint pain and headaches; treating chronic disease including autoimmune disease, digestive disorders, and mental health conditions; boosting immune function; balancing hormones; helping tobacco/substance addiction; and reducing stress. Includes acupuncture, herbs, cupping, moxibustion, qigong, and TENS electro-stimulation. Insurance reimbursement available for some services. See ad pg 32.


Dr. Fred Lisanti, ND,LAC.,RH, CHT 266 White Plains Rd, B-1, Eastchester, NY 914.337.2980; Therapeutic solutions for acute and chronic health conditions. Acupuncture is an intelligent medicine, gentle enough for pregnant women, and powerful enough to treat serious conditions like chronic pain, stress, anxiety and depression. It can restore harmony and balance to mind, body and spirit. See ad pg 11.


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 CESSATION THE WEISS INSTITUTE Addiction Free Naturally Briarcliff and Midtown Manhattan 914.705.1805

SearchLight Medical 2424 Route 52, Hopewell Junction, NY 845.592.4310; Frustrated with not feeling or looking your best? Get on the path to better health. Utilizing Medical Acupuncture, ONDAMED, Biofeedback Therapy and Reiki to achieve a better state of health and well being. Only minutes from Taconic and I-84. See ad pg 10.


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.


The Weiss Method 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 32.




153 Main St, Suite J Mount Kisco, NY 10549 914.649.9565

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

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


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.


Pamela Cucinell NCGR PAA Phone, Online & In-person 917.796.6026; Why leave your business to chance? Perfect timing ensures follow-through and success. When you know the projected outcome it becomes easier to prioritize your day and choose the right partners. Westchester, NYC, Skype and phone. See ad pg 50.

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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.






Biofeedback/neurofeedback for ADHD, enhanced focus, peak performance, test stress, anxiety, chronic pain, headaches, insomnia, anger, meditation, mindfulness training and more. Dr. Edwards is board certified and NYS licensed. Physician and self-referrals welcome.

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!

Lawrence Edwards, PhD, BCN, LMHC 2 Byram Brook Pl., Armonk, NY 10504; 914.219.8600

8 Bacon Place, Yonkers, NY 10710 914.523.7947


Yellow Monkey Village 792 Rte 35 Cross River, NY, and NYC Office: 914.875.9088; Cell: 646.670.6725; Combination of Ayurveda and Naturopathy is used to create a unique treatment plan to regain and maintain health. Based on one’s particular body constitution (dosha), a plan may include supplements, diet/nutrition suggestions, lifestyle management, detoxification, hydrotherapy, 0zone therapy, Panchakarma. Clinic days: M,T,W. See ad pg 15.


Santhigram Wellness 446 5th Ave. Pelham, NY 10803 914.250.1417 Provides traditional Ayurveda and Panchakarma therapies which focuses on the removal of toxins from the body. Ayurveda is a traditional, holistic practice which offers methods and treatments aimed at preventing disease and living a pain-free balanced life.


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 45.


483 Cherry St., Bedford Hills NY Open: M-Sat. 10-6pm 914.241.1010; Hundreds of candles in stock or create your own custom candle. Choose your favorite scent, wax color, wick type and container. All natural soy candles, handcrafted & nontoxic with long-lasting aroma. Shop in store or on-line. See ad pg 17.

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

How would you like to wake up each day with less aches and more energy? Call today for your free consultation and find-out what is standing between you and your health goals. See ad pg 16.

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

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


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.


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

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Coaching, Energy Healing, Organizing Services Peekskill, NY 914.473.1032;


Edit J. Babboni, RYT- 200, Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, 61 Lakeview Dr., Yorktown Heights, NY 917.721.2529; Drained from toxic relationships? Overwhelmed by stress at work? Fed up with those nagging cravings? Want to feel great in your body? Call for your first free consult to start changing your life! See ad pg 31.

Tina’s coaching style allows her clients to rewrite the script of negative thoughts to create the lives they dream for themselves. During her healing sessions, Tina channels divine healing energy, promoting profound positive changes in the body, mind and spirit.


Life Coach in Positive Psychology 51 Bedford Road, Katonah, NY 10536 914.263.7080; 

Certified ADHD Coach/ Organizer 914.373.4787;


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

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


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.


Experience Dentistry in a Whole New Way Clinical Excellence in a Calming Environment 914.713.2424


Poughkeepsie, NY 12601; 917.868.1769

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 16.




Curious about energy m e d i c i n e ? Kn o w th e r e is something to it, from all you’ve read and heard?  Are you tingling with excitement right now, knowing you’re about to experience something life changing? Free get-acquainted phone call! See ad pg 47.

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

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! See ad pg 18.


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

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

Master Life Coach 718.812.5166





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.



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.

At Scarsdale Dental Spa we combine clinical excellence with comforting treatment. From the moment you enter you'll be made to feel welcomed, relaxed and comfortable. Kids and Adults love going to the Dentist again! See ad pg 30.

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DEPRESSION ASCEND HEALTH AND WELLNESS Sarah F. B. Kent, R.N., N.P. Katonah & NYC By Appointment: 914.462.7633

Frustrated, Depressed, Overeating, Insomnia, Anxious, Job-Less? Learn strategies to maximize your potential. As a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and a Registered Nurse, I offer integrative therapies. I work with individuals of all ages and families. See ad pg 40.


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


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. 


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 49.

DETOXIFICATION HOLISTIC WELLNESS ALTERNATIVES Dan Court, CN, CBCP, CECP, Qigong 2013 Crompond Rd., Yorktown Heights, NY 914.962.1155;

Start each day feeling energized and vibrant! Our gentle, fullysupported 21 day program leaves you feeling cleansed inside and out without going hungry. Jump start your body to living a healthier, more active life! See ad pg 12.

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

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


Betty Prinsen, MA, Certified Practitioner 917.941.4767 Relax and cleanse comfortably and easily through Ionic Detox Footbath. Feel revitalized, balanced, healthy and ready to enjoy life. Affordable detox packages.  Carmel and Patterson locations, in-home service. 


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


Dr. Jodi Kennedy 11 Miller Rd Mahopac, NY 845.628.7233 (SAFE); Are you between the ages of 2-92 and want to experience each day with less aches and more energy? Call today for your free consultation. Our unique total body approach is beneficial with proven results. See ad pg 16.

FAMILY PSYCHOLOGIST DR. KRISTY M. VANACORE, PSY.D. 334 Underhill Avenue, Building 3, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598 914.497.8006;

An experienced and caring Psychologist devoted to child, teen, & family wellness utilizing an integrative approach to testing, advocacy, therapy, and parent coaching. Individuals become confident, strong, prepared for life’s challenges, and resilient enough to soar.


Heather Novak, M.S., WHE Education and Fertility Transformation Coaching in Westchester County, NY 914.420.3674; Are you determined to get pregnant and give your baby the healthiest start possible in life? At Whole Health Fertility we look deeply into the Five Aspects of Whole Health (Physical, Nutritional, Emotional, Environmental, Spiritual) to uncover and transform fertility blockages and make sure you are as healthy as possible for your future baby.

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 49.

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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 43.



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

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

LOU LEVY CONSTRUCTION Carmel, NY 914.804.2120

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.

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 19.

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 8.




20 North Ave 2nd Flr Larchmont, NY 10538 Dr. Marizelle J. Arce

A boutique naturopathic wellness center that focuses on customized visits. Offering Acupuncture, Applied Kinesiology, Naturopathic medicine, massage therapy, nutrition, facial acupuncture, Infrared sauna, Acoustic cardiograms, Regulation Thermography, hydrotherapy, homeopathy, herbal medicine, Reiki, and pain management.

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

In a beautiful retreat-like setting, we offer holistic psychotherapy, body therapies, acupuncture, shamanic reiki, intuitive guidance, spiritual counseling, homeopathy, naturopathic and herbal medicine, healing circles, workshops and professional trainings. See ad pg 18.



Merrill Black, LCSW, Reiki Master & Instructor, Hypnotherapist Founder 453 White Plains Rd. #201, Eastchester 914.793.2600; Nurture your mind, body, and soul. Thru a variety of healing modalities and services that include, psychotherapy, reiki, hypnosis, craniosacral, massage, intuitive healing, yoga, and guided meditation classes. Rediscover your control and balance your life. See ad pg 12.


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.


250 E. Hartsdale Ave. St. 22, Hartsdale, NY 400 Rella Blvd. St. 165, Montebello, NY 914.472.0666;


Registered Herbalist (AHG) 1129 Main St, 2nd Fl., Fishkill, NY email:; 845.416.4598 L o r r a i n e o ff e r s I n d i v i d u a l 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.

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 43.

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Michael Finkelstein MD FACP ABIHM SunRaven: The Home of Slow Medicine 501 Guard Hill Rd. Bedford, NY 914.218.3113; You can attain enhanced health and wellness on every level. I will guide you and together we will transform you into your own best doctor, friend and selfadvocate. You will learn how to bring yourself back into balance. My intention is to be the best healer and teacher I can be. I offer insightful health evaluations with customized medical guidance. Uniquely qualified to offer medical advice and attention from a holistic perspective. See ad pg 25.


Dr. Timothy Morley 914.241.7030; Mt. Kisco 914.615.9004; White Plains Dr. Morley is a functional medicine specialist and is board certified in anti-aging. We offer the most extensive testing in the Tristate area which allows us to discover the root causes of imbalances in your body. Balance your body and balance your life. See ads pgs 13 & 33.


Rosemary Serluca Foster Certified Energy Healing Facilitator 212.989.2033; Rosemary offers interactive, dynamic healing sessions. She lays hands and intuits information suppressed in your body to alleviate emotional and physical issues. This deep, energy work will spark your intuition so you become your own healer. Nyack, NYC and phone.See ad pg 40.


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.

JOAN CARRA, PSYCHIC MEDIUM Practitioner; Wainwright House 203.531.6387;

Understand blocks in your life or re-connect with loved ones that have passed. Joan can guide you with gentle intuitive advice; card reading, numerology, palmistry and after life communications. She has 20 years of experience and is available via telephone or in person.


Massage Therapy with a Nurturing Touch 914.320.4063; Therapeutic massage to address specific issues or promote wellness. Works with generally healthy to very ill clients. Experience with geriatric, cancer, Parkinson’s, hospice massage. Studios in Riverdale and Mamaroneck; onsite visits in Westchester, Bronx, Manhattan. See ad pg 50.


Westchester & NYC 914.494.7468; Traveling massage service for everyone from stay-at-home moms to CrossFit athletes. Promotes healing, stress reduction and recovery of muscle injury. Specialties: sports massage, trigger point therapy and myofascial release. $20 dollars off first in-home massage for new clients.





Our Landscape Artists take ideas, concepts and feelings from your heads, put them in a design that makes you feel like you created it. Design in Winter - Build in Spring.

777 White Plains Rd., Scarsdale, NY 10583: 914.902.9200 365 Central Park Ave. Scarsdale, NY 10583; 914.422.3689 737 Bedford Rd., Bedford Hills, NY 10507: 914.244.3689 158 South Ridge St., Rye Brook, NY 10573; 914.417.6940 Massage therapy can be a powerful ally in your wellness program. Visit one of the four locations in Westchester to take advantage of our introductory offer. Open 7 days a week, extended hours, late evenings. See ads pgs 46 & back cover.


Laura Giacovas,LMT, MS Ed., 4th Dan Master Instructor Taekwondo Briarcliff NY 914.941.2400,

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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.

Earth more to be prized than true friendship. ~Thomas Aquinas


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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 49.

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

Utilize an integrative healing approach from a doctor trained in holistic medicine. Working with your current medical treatments & labwork, as well as botanical medicine, dietary & lifestyle counselling, nutritional supplements, acupuncture and Chinese medicine, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, stress reduction and ecotherapy. Insurance reimbursement available for some services. See ad pg 32.





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

334 Underhill Avenue, 3C Yorktown Heights, NY 10598 914.497.8006;

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.


Dr. Michael Wald, DC, MD* 86 Smith Avenue, Mount Kisco, NY 914.242.8844;


Dr. Michael Wald, DC, MD*, Board Certified Nutritionist, aka The Blood Detective, works in close partnership with you to develop your natural healing plan. Starting with a personalized review of your health goals and concerns. A metabolic map and testing your body holistically, then interpreting the findings - The Blood Detective Way! (*unlicensed)  See ad pg 5.

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


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. See ad pg 11.

Empowered Parent Coaching: A journey towards rediscovering your intuition and power as a joyful peaceful parent. Take control of your life and your home. For parents of tots to teens In-person, phone, and Skype options available. 

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


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

We are your neighborhood holistic compounding pharmacy, ready to support y o u r h e a l t h . We o ff e r compounding prescriptions, on-line prescription renewals, supplements, homeopathic remedies, personal care products, fair trade gifts and more. We deliver and we are happy to answer your questions. See ad pg 32.


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.


Yellow Monkey Village 792 Rte 35 Cross River, NY, and NYC Office: 914.875.9088; Cell: 646.670.6725; Combination of Ayurveda and Naturopathy is used to create a unique treatment plan to regain and maintain health. Based on one’s particular body constitution (dosha), a plan may include supplements, diet/nutrition suggestions, lifestyle management, detoxification, hydrotherapy, 0zone therapy, Panchakarma. Clinic days: M,T,W. See ad pg 15.

Laurie R. Mallis, MD, LAc 2424 Route 52, Hopewell Junction, NY 845.592.4310; Frustrated with not feeling or looking your best? Get on the path to better health. Utilizing Medical Acupuncture, ONDAMED, Biofeedback Therapy and Reiki to achieve a better state of health and well being. Only minutes from Taconic and I-84. See ad pg 10.

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

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

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241 Harrison Ave, Harrison, NY 10528 914.630.4594;


Mindful is the New Skinny The Center for Health and Healing 4 Smith Ave, Mt. Kisco, NY 10549 917.974.9446;

Private and semi-private classes offered on Pilates machines. Everyone’s welcome in our Pilates and Yoga classes regardless of flexibility or strength. Intimate and challenging atmosphere. Try an Extra Gentle Yoga class or a Pilates Mat class. Get your glow on! See ad pg 53.

Mindfulness and holistic health based psychotherapy helping women decrease stress, improve relationships, become less reactive and lose weight without restrictive dieting. Mindful is the New Skinny transformational program is designed to help you lighten up inside and out. Individual, groups, skype.



274 White Plains Road, Suite 7 Eastchester, New York, 10709 914.361.1399

We are a boutique Stott Pilates studio, offering a personalized, integrated approach to Pilates and yoga. Classes are small and customized. We offer privates, small reformer/ tower classes, yoga, workshops, yoga for kids and more. Ask about our new client orientation special.


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


SunRaven: The Home of Slow Medicine 501 Guard Hill Rd. Bedford, NY 914.218.3113; Offering a whole-being, integrative approach to wellness, nurturing clients into health on the emotional, spiritual, mental, and physical levels. Following one’s heart to Re-envision life in order to flourish. See ad pg 25.


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



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


An Organized Reference Guide to Caring for a Loved One at Home 914.713.5354 When an elderly loved one requires special care within the home, caregivers face overwhelming challenges with no idea who to turn to for answers. Joyce Greene shares concise, step-by-step guidance to help you through.


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.

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 8.




2 Coulter Road, Bakers Mills, NY 12811 518.251.3015; 914.556.8258 Yoga in the Adirondacks is nestled in the valley of the beautiful Adirondack Mountains, where yoga embraces nature. Connect your mind, body and spirit and explore your retreat with like-minded people to build a happier and healthier life. Studio available for your yoga/ wellness private group as well. See ad pg 54.

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GANESHA SPA Peekskill, NY 914.906.7238

Find your beauty in Ganesha Spa where traditional spa modalities are combined with procedures such as Microblading (3D Brows)   and Microneedling,  as well as Ayurvedic Treatments, Energy work, Anti-Aging skin care and Meditations. Complete true Spa experience with IR Sauna and a Steam Room!


Joan Forlow, NYS License 3021 Route 9, Cold Spring NY 845.559.3326; Feel lighter and look brighter from a healing facial with a Dermalogica Expert. Enter into a spa like environment where the technology of skincare meets the art of well-being. Relax-ReleaseRenew. Blissful!


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


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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 8.


271 Veterans Road Yorktown Heights, NY 10598; 914.962.3111 Integrative Care including Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine, along with many other types of Alternative and Complementary Veterinary Medicinal services are offered. We also offer a full range of high tech, cutting edge, medical, surgical and dental services. See ad pg 45.


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

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

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


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


Dr. Timothy Morley 914.241.7030; Mt. Kisco 914.615.9004; White Plains We know the science behind weight loss. Slow metabolism, hormone imbalance, thyroid dysfunction, metal toxicity, vitamin deficiency and lifestyle choices are a few reasons why many people don’t lose. Your personalized, physician-supervised, real food plan will be designed for your success.See ads pgs 13 & 33.



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Our Readers are Seeking Providers & Services for Therapeutic Massage & Earth-Friendly Landscaping

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Addiction Free Naturally Briarcliff and Midtown Manhattan 914.705.1805 The Weiss Method helps people lose weight by overcoming addiction to sugar and white flour, and compulsive overeating. After treatment, most people experience indifference towards refined sugar, sweets and treats, leading to easy weight loss. See ad pg 32.


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


20 North Salem Rd, Cross River, NY 914.763.8000 When there is an interference, the body loses its ability to heal. Our goal is to unlock the healing potential within you through holistic approaches, wellness chiropractic and network spinal analysis, massage therapy, integrative nutrition, transformational coaching and reiki healing. Call today for a complimentary wellness consultation.



located at South Presbyterian Church 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522 Offering contemplative, Kripalu style yoga, focusing on compassionate self-observation. Warm, welcoming to all, spacious and Sacred. Also offering: weekly Yogalates, monthly Restorative Yoga, Meditation and Reiki Circles; Kirtan Chanting and Sound Bath Healing special events.  


501 Guard Hill Rd. Bedford, NY 914.218.3113;

112 W. Boston Post Rd, Mamaroneck NY 914.618.4887;

Promoting and supporting health and wellness; facilitating communitycentered experiential and reflective learning for individuals, families, and groups, by offering educational programs, events, and resources designed to build integrative skills and understanding for those looking to holistically care for themselves, others, and the world in which we live. Transformative Programs, holistic medicine, psycho-spiritual counseling; Women’s, Men’s and Couples Groups, Garden Co-Op, Cleansing Program; Special 12-week “immersion.” See ad pg 25.

We are a classic yoga studio infused with the most fundamental forms of yoga. We uphold the authentic practice of this beautiful art form while respecting its ancient roots. Our classes nurture genuine internal inspiration through an integrated mind-body-breath experience. See ad pg 53.


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

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