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RECIPES A HEART WILL LOVE Tasty Ways to Boost Heart Health


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t may be February, but the longer days are waking up the gardener in me. When you love creating healthy meals, having a garden with a fresh supply of organic produce right outside your door makes it hard to wait for spring. But even though there’s just rye grass in my garden right now, I’m still having fun trying out new healthy Dana Boulanger Marilee Burrell recipes indoors. Soups, for instance, are the perfect healthy winter food. They’re warm and filling, they’re easy to prepare ahead of time, and they freeze well in small batches. The squash soup featured on our cover (recipe on page 26) is creamy, satisfying and healthy. I like to spice it up a bit by adding several cloves of garlic and a tablespoon of curry powder, for extra phytonutrients and flavor. This month our focus is on heart health, and eating the right foods is key to that. Recent studies show that eating four servings of berries a week cuts the risk of heart attack by a third. And adding just one weekly serving of a dark, leafy green, like kale or spinach, reduces the risk of heart disease by 23 percent. Our feelings and emotions also play a big role in heart disease. Financial worries, work stress or the loss of a loved one can flood the heart with stress hormones, and over time the adrenaline and cortisol can damage the inner walls of blood vessels and increase the accumulation of plaque. The good news is, studies show that those who meditate are 50 percent less likely to die or have a heart attack over a five-year span. Exercise is important too, but you could be a marathon runner and drop from a heart attack if you’ve eaten a high-fat diet most of your life. Even healthy fats, like olive oil and nuts, can cause health problems when eaten at high levels. More and more experts are now convinced that low-fat, plant-based diets are the heart friendliest—and what works best for the heart is best for the rest of the body too. The recipe for a healthy heart? Eat a predominantly plant-based, low-fat diet, be happy as often as possible, exercise and meditate. You can learn more about heart health in the articles that follow. I’m always on the lookout for my next new favorite ultra-healthy food. Last month it was a coffee substitute—roasted dandelion root tea with raw honey. I love it, although I will say that, in general, if you want to make the switch to healthy foods, you first have to lose your taste for the familiar, fatty, salty things by going off junk food completely for a couple of weeks. If you do that, you can completely overhaul your diet within about 21 days, at which point you’ll start to love and even prefer the flavors of cleaner, healthy food. It’s totally worth it. If you’re too busy to prepare your own healthy meals, meet Skinny Buddha, featured in our local food spotlight (page 24). They sell soup cleanses, a smoothie-based Skinny Fast Plan and customized meal plans. And everything they make is organic, vegan and gluten-free. We hope you enjoy this month’s edition, start discovering your new favorite healthy foods, and use our magazine as a road map to your healthier, happier heart. Be well,

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Skinny Buddha offers chef-designed, nutrition-packed meals to grab and go


HEART WILL LOVE Tasty Ways to Boost Heart Health

30 HEART OF A WOMAN The Right Choices Keep It Strong

34 AMAZING EMBRACE The Healing Power of Hugs



Natural Remedies Restore Calm


on Making Love Last

40 INVESTING FOR GOOD How to Align Money With Values

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Renovated Pellegrino Healing Center Opens in Hyde Park


Draft-horse at Stony Kill Farm

Stony Kill’s Winter on the Farm


very year, Stony Kill Farm, in Wappingers Falls, hosts four seasonal events that are education based and family friendly. Winter on the Farm, its newest event, was initiated just last year. This year’s Winter on the Farm is set for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on February 16. “As this is a snow event, we’re hoping for snow for February 16. Otherwise we will delay the event to the 23rd,” says Stacey Lynch Adnams, program director at the not-for-profit Stony Kill Foundation. The festivities are located in and around the farm’s barn and in the field across from the pasture. Guests can visit livestock in the barn, take a draft-horsedrawn sleigh ride in the field, or go inside the greenhouse to make pinecone bird feeders and learn about the plants from a master gardener. Near the campfire, they can learn about maple syruping. In the lower shop, they can sip hot cocoa and learn how to felt from sheep’s wool. “If there’s snow on the ground, we’ll have snowshoe rentals and snowman making,” Adnams says. “And from 10 a.m. to noon we will be hosting an all-you-caneat pancake breakfast in our barn classroom. Adults are $10 and kids are $5, and children 3 and under eat for free. Proceeds from our breakfast sales and any donations will benefit the care of our livestock.” Cost: Free admission and parking. Donations appreciated. Location: 79 Farmstead Ln., Wappingers Falls, NY. For more info, visit


he newly renovated Pellegrino Healing Center in Hyde Park, which celebrated its grand opening in December, was acupuncturist Christine Pellegrino’s response to two years of dramatic increase in local demand for her healing services. “I created this new, multifunctional healing and wellness facility to serve Pellegrino Healing Center the community’s needs, and I’ve been overwhelmed by the love and support of my amazing patients, family, friends and people from the community that came out in the cold to celebrate,” she says. “My vision to heal the world is starting right here in the Hudson Valley.” Pellegrino Healing Center offers acupuncture treatments, massage therapy, intuitive energy healing, yoga and wellness classes, spa treatments, reflexology, Beamer therapy, facial rejuvenation, laser therapy, and nutrition and lifestyle consultations. Among the many new additions to the building are a yoga studio, an infrared sauna and a Tibetan herbal foot soak room. “Our mission is to guide people on their journey of wellness,” Pellegrino says. “Our quality holistic services are the healing waters along their path, helping them to relieve pain, speed recovery and maintain a balanced and healthy lifestyle. We tailor our services to each individual and create a safe and restorative space for healing.” Location: 4307 Albany Post Rd., Hyde Park, NY. For more info, call 845.233.5672 or visit

Stronger Together Solidarity Fair in New Rochelle


n response to the recent attack on Tree of Life Synagogue and HIAS in Pittsburgh, members of Temple Israel, in New Rochelle, felt a strong desire to engage on the issues of anti-Semitism and other social, racial and economic injustices. That desire evolved into the Stronger Together Solidarity Fair, which will take place at the temple from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on February 3. According to Howard Horowitz, chair of Temple Israel’s Social Action Committee, the fair “will serve to raise awareness, exchange information and foster coalition building, unity and solidarity against all forms of injustice in today’s climate.” The event is open to the public and includes a light breakfast. In the temple’s exhibit hall, representatives from more than 15 grassroots, local and national organizations, such as HIAS and The Workmen’s Circle, will share information and answer questions about their work for social justice and human rights. In addition, there will be a 10:30 a.m. panel discussion featuring leaders committed to these issues. “The panelists will discuss how we are stronger together when we work together,” Horowitz says. Cost: Free. Location: 1000 Pinebrook Blvd., New Rochelle, NY. Anyone planning to attend should RSVP by calling the Temple Office at 914.235.1800 or emailing or

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Self-Care Retreat for Women at Balance Wellness Studio


alance Wellness Studio, in Mohegan Lake, will host a self-care retreat for women from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on February 17. “February is the month of hearts, flowers and love. Women are the nurturers and love-givers. Because we can’t give when we’re running on empty, we’ve brought together an outstanding group of women practitioners and instructors to recharge women’s spirits by leading them on a wonderful journey of self-care,” says Karen (Kat) Symington Muendell, founder of Balance Wellness Studio. “Practicing self-love and self-care enables us to reach our highest potential. This daylong retreat is designed to replenish and celebrate our loving, giving nature as strong women.” The retreat will feature an assortment of classes that would cost $185 if taken separately, Muendell says. They include yoga, an expert-led discussion, an essential oils workshop, a mini-facial, a self-myofascial release lesson, an intention setting and focus session, and an expressive movement class. “We will close with a beautiful tonglen meditation to share the love we have given ourselves with all beings in the universe,” Muendell says. Snacks, drinks, a buffet spa lunch and a “swag bag” are included in the retreat price. Space is limited to 10 participants. Cost: $130. Location: 1851 E. Main St. (Route 6), Mohegan Lake, NY. To view a full schedule or to register, visit For more info, call 914.374.1471 or email February 2019


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March Retreat Focuses Program Helps Seniors Conquer Fear of Falling lthough they might not talk about it, fear of on Mastering Personal falling is common among older adults, says Energy Molly Roffman, owner and director of Stepnne Bentzen, a Westchester Reiki master and teacher, will offer a special local retreat, Walking Powerfully in the World, March 8 through 10 at the Holmes Anne Bentzen Camp and Retreat Center. The weekend event is designed to help participants start the new year by mastering their personal and creative energy. “This course is about understanding energy and taking responsibility for the life you create,” she says. “Everything is energy.” By teaching energetic awareness and empowerment, Bentzen says, she helps people create personal boundaries and learn to use emotions without becoming them. “Personal energy mastery means being fully present. As we raise our vibrational frequency, we claim our power to choose the life we want to live. In this workshop, participants will discover four pillars of heart-centered living that will foster greater personal peace and help them live in alignment with their higher selves. Living from the heart allows more of your divine nature to shine through.” The retreat begins at 7 p.m. Friday and ends at noon Sunday. The program includes energy and movement exercises, meditation and a Saturday evening sound bath featuring professional musician Kathy Shelhart, from the Byram Hills School District. The retreat will conclude with an interfaith service and healing circles using the power of intention. Cost includes meals and two nights of lodging at Holmes Camp and Retreat Center. Various accommodation options are available. Location: 60 Denton Lake Rd., Holmes, NY. For information and registration, call 845.878.6383 or visit


WISEnow, a balance fitness studio in Briarcliff Manor. The fear can develop as a result of having had a fall, or from hearing about a fall that a friend or family member has had. StepWISE offers a program to help people manage these fears, Roffman says. A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns about Falls is an award-winning, eight-class program that encourages participants to explore their concerns, safely increase their activity level and boost their confidence. Classes meet from 1 to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays. The next session begins March 6. “Serious falls are categorized as traumas, and therefore it is not unusual to experience psychological repercussions beyond the physical injury,” Roffman says. “These concerns can manifest as a fear of falling. As a result, people often respond by curtailing their activities to protect against a future fall. But this strategy can backfire. By restricting their activity, they run the risk of becoming isolated, sedentary and depressed, making them weaker both mentally and physically—and therefore more prone to fall again.” Recommended by the National Council on Aging, A Matter of Balance uses group discussions, films, exercise and strategy building to help participants overcome their fear in order to continue leading full lives, she says. Location: 325 S. Highland Ave., Ste. 109, Briarcliff Manor, NY. For more info, call 914.292.0602 or visit See ad, page 35.

Quit with Quinn Introduces Free Info Sessions


f January is the month we make New Year’s resolutions, February is often the month we break them. Stephen Quinn, owner of Quit with Quinn, says it’s his goal to make those resolutions permanent. Beginning this month, his company is holding free informational lectures to explain how the Quit with Quinn program works. “Oftentimes people succeed in getting to within 90 percent of their goal of quitting drinking, smoking or another habit they no longer want, but are unable to make that final 10 percent leap,” he says. “Instead they vacillate between various levels of addiction, without ever managing to completely kick the habit. At Quit with Quinn, we help push you across the finish line.” Quit with Quinn specializes in helping people quit drinking, smoking, eating sugar, using drugs or overeating, or overcome behavioral blockages. “We deal with the source of unwanted habits and offer people a complete reset, with minimal, if any, cravings or other usual undesirable withdrawal symptoms,” Quinn says. The public is invited to attend any of the new informational lectures, ask questions and learn how the Quit with Quinn program might be able to help them. For more info, contact Stephen Quinn at 914.473.2015 or visit See ad, page 39.

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Laser Collagen Treatments for Skin Issues


any people notice signs of aging when skin begins to sag around the face and neck or when darker pigmentation appears. Laser collagen treatments are appropriate for men and women of all skin types and skin tones who wish to achieve dramatic results without painful surgery and lengthy recovery times, according to Hilda Demirjian, owner of Hilda Demirjian Laser and Skin Care Center. A noninvasive, FDA-approved facial rejuvenation option, laser collagen skin treatments reduce the appearance of wrinkles, dark spots, dark circles under the eyes, dullness of the skin, and loose skin for a smoother and more youthful appearance, she says. The process uses an infrared light source—a laser—to tighten skin by heating the natural collagen in the dermis (deep) layer under the skin’s surface, causing the more surface epidermis skin layer to contract and tighten. During a session, the practitioner uses a hand-held laser to apply brief pulses of energy to the skin. A continuous burst of cool air from the laser ensures patients› comfort. Sessions normally last from 30 minutes to one hour, depending on the size and location of the area to be treated. According to Demirjian, most people require two or three treatments about a month apart, but additional treatments may be needed depending on the issue being addressed. Facial skin tightening is noticeable immediately after the treatment, she says, and there is no downtime after the procedure. “Laser collagen treatments are safe and effective for restoring a firmer, more youthful appearance to skin anywhere on the body. They also encourage the growth of new collagen in the treated areas and promote the absorption of more collagen from surrounding untreated areas,” Demirjian says. “With the regeneration of natural collagen, patients immediately begin to notice smoother, softer skin and a more youthful appearance. The effects continue to improve over time following laser treatment, as the skin’s natural stores of collagen are gradually replenished.” Location: 34 S. Broadway, Ste. 607, White Plains, NY. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 914.374.1756 or visit See ad, page 21.

Alternatives to Violence Project Seeking Workshop Facilitators


he Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP), a volunteer program that provides conflict resolution training for prison inmates, is seeking people who would like to become conflict resolution workshop facilitators. Becoming a facilitator involves taking three weekend workshops: Basic, Advanced and Facilitator Training. The next Basic workshop in Westchester will take place March 8 to 10.


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“The AVP began with one workshop for prison inmates at Green Haven Prison, in Dutchess County, in 1975,” says Fred Feucht, coordinator of the AVP program in Westchester. “Now the program is in 30 states and 50 countries around the word. AVP conflict resolution workshops are held in Iraq, Rwanda, Kenya, Palestine, Sudan and many other conflict zones.” Locally, AVP conducts community workshops Fred Feucht in Westchester, the Bronx and Brooklyn. It also provides workshops for inmates in Sing Sing, Bedford Hills and other prisons. Location: Purchase Friends Meetinghouse, at the intersection of Purchase and Lake Streets (adjacent to the Westchester County Airport), in Purchase, NY. For more info, contact Feucht at 203.405.6103 or, or visit

Microdermabrasion Now Offered by Daniela Hortencio


aniela Hortencio has added microdermabrasion to her menu of skincare services at Sarah’s House of Health, in Mahopac. ​“The reason I decided to bring in a super-powerful microdermabrasion machine is because of its many benefits,” she says. “It removes dull skin, softens fine lines, smoothes out coarse skin texture, reduces acne and pore size, fades scars and brown spots, and stimuDaniela Hortencio lates cell turnover and the creation of collagen. I simply love it.”  Microdermabrasion is less aggressive than dermabrasion, so it doesn’t require numbing medicine, she adds. “It’s basically an exfoliation and skin rejuvenation procedure that leaves skin looking softer and brighter.” Before Hortencio begins any microdermabrasion procedure, she examines the client’s skin type while discussing their goals for their face. She then reviews the risks and benefits of the procedure and suggests a skincare regimen in order to achieve those goals. Having researched various skincare products, she uses the Eminence Organic line, which she says produces the best results. All Eminence products are “truly organic,” she notes, and there are specialized blends for every skin type and problem. She also offers a full line of facial spa treatments, including the Red Carpet Facial, Anti-Aging Oxygenating Facial, Gentleman’s Facial​and Teenager Facial. Location: Sarah’s House of Health, 900 South Lake Blvd., Mahopac, NY. For more info, call Hortencio at 914.562.0618 or visit See ad, page 12. February 2019


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Holistic Chamber of Commerce Adds Poughkeepsie Chapter


Synchronicity Brings Healing through Psychic Readings


or more than a decade, people have come to Synchronicity, a healing center and spiritual gift shop in Brewster, for Reiki, massage, meditation or classes, or just to soak in the energy of the space, with its scent of candles and hand-dipped incense. But it’s best known for the gifted psychic tarot and medium readers it brings in, says owner Marcus Feighery. World-renowned psychic medium Suzane Northrop will be at Synchronicity on March 22 to lead a message circle, and Feighery is finalizing plans to host another celebrity guest, Colin Bedell, horoscope columnist for Cosmopolitan and the founder of the astrology resource QueerCosmos. Synchronicity has readers available every day for scheduled or walkin appointments. “These readings help offer guidance and insight into life situations,” Feighery says. “Clients usually know the path they are on or wish to take, but they may need a little psychic support. Medium readings are very healing, as they connect clients with messages, memories and the essence of loved ones that have passed on. Connecting to spirit’s energy proves they still exist and have not left us.” February classes and events at Synchronicity include Psychic Readings with Athena; Face Reading (Physiognomy); a Reiki Master Class with Feighery; Mendhi Henna Designs by Jo; Healing Grief: A Medium’s Perspective and Guidance on the Grief Process and the Afterlife; and Journey for Your Soul’s Purpose with Savannah. Location: 1511 Rte. 22, Brewster, NY. For more info, call 845.363.1765 or visit See ad, page 47.


here is now a Poughkeepsie chapter of the Holistic Chamber of Commerce (HCC), whose goal is to create an international movement promoting holistic, natural and sustainable products, services and solutions. As a group associated with the international organization, the new chapter will promote and support holistic and sustainable professionals and business owners in the Hudson Valley. The chapter will host a Holistic Happy Hour at 6:30 p.m., February 9, at Angel Aura Spiritual Boutique, in Pawling. Members will bring snacks, and nonmembers can attend for $5. Regular chapter meetings will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. every second Tuesday, at Asian Temptation Fusion, located at 718 Dutchess Turnpike in Poughkeepsie. Meetings are free for HCC members and $10 for nonmembers. The February 12 topic will be Preparing Your Tax Documents. “Poughkeepsie is the perfect place for the Holistic Chamber of Commerce,” says Maryalyce Merritt, chapter president and owner of Akasha’s Journey. “We have a large population here and a community that really values those products and services. It’s time for us to come together and show the standard of integrity and professionalism we bring to the work we do. I see association with the international organization as a natural partnership for our vibrant and growing holistic business community. We are in the service business, yet we are still hidden. That marketing aspect is where I really see a need for support. The HCC offers that.” All potential professional and business members must submit references before being accepted for chapter membership, she says. The HCC is an international organization that brings consumers together with holistic and eco-friendly options. There are almost 1,500 professional HCC members throughout North America. All members are reference-checked prior to being represented in the online Member Directory ( For more info about the Poughkeepsie chapter of the HCC, visit HolisticChamberOf

Sugaring Program at Sugar Hill Farm


amilies are invited to join the Westchester Land Trust (WLT) on February 23 for a backyard sugaring at Sugar Hill Farm in Bedford Hills. This hands-on program, which runs from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., will include history, storytelling, science and sap tasting—or “something for everybody,” says Kristen O’Hara, WLT conservation program coordinator. “Guests will discover how to identify a maple tree, tap it and then detail the process of making syrup,” she says. “They can come explore a tradition and leave with DIY knowledge on how to tap into an amazing resource in their own backyard. Also, Sugaring at Sugar Hill Farm this program will be indoors and outdoors. You can’t have maple syrup without cold weather, so guests should come prepared with warm clothing.” The rain date is February 24. Location: 403 Harris Rd., Bedford Hills, NY. For more info, call 914.234.6992 ext. 15, email or visit

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s someone who has suffered from cluster headaches, Valerie Nivar brings special understanding and empathy to people diagnosed with “invisible” medical conditions, which are Valerie Nivar often debilitating but have no visible symptoms. With her help, they learn to cope with the emotional side effects of cluster headaches, as well as migraines, lupus, fibromyalgia and chronic pain. She also offers therapy for people with stress and anxiety disorders. “As a licensed psychotherapist, I help my clients overcome PTSD, trauma and anxiety and cope with the emotional symptoms of cluster headaches and end of life,” she says. “I help them overcome traumatic past experiences, identify triggers, reduce symptoms, define quality of life and find peace.” Among the natural treatments Nivar offers are Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, which she says offers effective and lasting relief for trauma and anxiety; mindfulness techniques, such as guided meditation; and Reiki healing sessions. She is a certified as a Reiki 1 Level therapist. “I am passionate about empowering my clients to achieve motivation and confidence and to live their best life,” she says. In addition to free consultations, Nivar offers weekend and late-weekday appointments at her offices in Nyack and Pleasantville, as well as tele-therapy sessions to residents of New York and Connecticut who cannot make the drive to her office locations. For more information or to schedule an appointment or consultation, call 914.292.3617, email, or visit or 16

‘Grandfather of Integrative Dermatology’ to Teach His Methods


hen Dr. Alan Dattner spoke at the first Integrative Dermatology Symposium last October, one of the attendees at the California event dubbed him “The Grandfather of Integrative Dermatology.” The experience inspired Dattner to start teaching the methods he’s learned over the past 40 years, and to extend this teaching to help a wider audience. He’s currently looking for an aspiring integrative dermatologist to train and join his practice. “I find that people have individual issues as well as environmental and disease-associated causes, so sucDr. Alan Dattner cessful holistic treatment has to assess and correct an entire person,” he says. “I encourage anyone living with unsolved chronic skin conditions to make an appointment and see how we can help you.”   He says he was excited by a recent success with a patient he was treating for acne, who revealed that she had severe cervical dysplasia induced by chronic human papillomavirus (HPV). The condition required regular biopsies to look for cancer. “Additional treatments we added, in combination with the acne therapy, appeared to have cleared her cervical dysplasia,” he says. “This exciting success leads me to seek to help more patients with the condition involved.”   Although he has moved his entire practice to his New Rochelle office, Dattner still sees ongoing and new patients from New York City, Westchester, the surrounding area and elsewhere in the United States, both in his New Rochelle office and online. Meanwhile he is continuing to spread the word about integrative dermatology. His article “Holistic Help for Skin Problems” appears in the February 2019 issue of Bottom Line Health.  Location: 17 Rodman Oval, New Rochelle, NY. For more information, call 914.637.0908, email or visit

Opioid Crisis Focus in Somers


ugene Ritchie will host a viewing and discussion of two TED Talks on countering the opioid crisis, from 1 to 3 p.m. February 7, at the Somers Library. This is one of a series of similar events Ritchie has hosted at the library. His mission is to provide library members and the Somers community with an inspirational forum for personal and professional growth through the viewing and discussion of TED Talks. Each program consists of diverse speakers with short presentations of 10 and 20 minutes long, followed by light refreshments. The TED Talks for this event are Jan Rader’s “In the Opioid Crisis, Here’s What It Takes to Save a Life” and Chera Kowalski’s “The Critical Role Librarians Play in the Opioid Crisis.” These programs are funded by donations to the Friends of the Somers Library. Location: Route 139 and Reis Park, Somers, NY. For more info, call 914.232.5717 or visit

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Facial Massage Has Holistic Benefits


facial involves more than simply cleansing and applying lotions to the face. It’s also a relaxing massage that has holistic benefits, says Lyna Mancuso Lyna Mancuso, esthetician and owner of Bloom Skin Care Studio, in Fishkill. “A well-performed facial massage is a glorious treat that will reduce puffiness, improve skin tone and enrich complexion,” Mancuso says. “The physical benefits include stimulation of the skin’s immune processes, firming of weak muscles, tissue regeneration and anti-aging effects. There are also spiritual benefits, including stress relief and a greater awareness of the bodymind connection.” She says massage stimulates the body’s lymphatic system, which is responsible for emptying cellular waste, transporting water out of tissues, along with bacteria, cell fragments, immobile cells, inorganic substances, large molecular fats, proteins, viruses and other debris. “With mechanical manipulation, the lymph system can move up to 10 times more fluid than it normally does,” she says. “A facial massage involving lymphatic work improves circulation to the skin, boosts nutrition to the skin cells and speeds up the filtering of water in and out of cells, eliminating waste products. Skin color perks up, and the skin’s elasticity and suppleness improve. The skin also becomes more balanced, less prone to breakouts and more resistant to infection.” Bloom Skin Care Studio, a private practice, provides holistic skin care to women of all ages and skin types, with special attention to those with touch sensitivities, such as fibromyalgia or lupus patients or abuse survivors.

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When zinc, a trace mineral, is combined with tea, coffee, chocolate and other foods that contain specific antioxidant compounds, it boosts protection against the oxidative stress linked to aging and diseases such as dementia, cancer and heart disease, report researchers from Auburn University, in Alabama, and the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, in Germany. Zinc activates a plant compound known as hydroquinone, which boosts foods’ antioxidant properties. Hydroquinone alone cannot break down harmful free radicals, but when combined with zinc, a type of enzyme is created that helps prevent damage to organs and tissues. 18

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Harmful bacteria from the genus Mycobacterium have been shown to linger in showerheads and lead to lung infections through inhalation of steam. University of Colorado researchers analyzed 656 biofilms coating the inside of showerheads sent to them by volunteers throughout the U.S. and Europe, and found twice as much mycobacterium in showerheads from households receiving municipal water than in those receiving well water. Chlorine

disinfection methods were suspected by the researchers. Plastic showerheads had levels that were, on average, two times lower than showerheads made of metal or metal and plastic components. “Hot spots” with high levels of mycobacteria—such as Hawaii, southern California, Florida, the upper Midwest and the midAtlantic states—generally overlapped regions where mycobacterium-related lung diseases are most prevalent.

Immigration to U.S. Lowers Healthy Gut Bacteria People in developing nations have much greater diversity in gut bacteria than Americans, but a University of Minnesota study of U.S. immigrants has found that six to nine months after moving to the U.S. and eating a Western diet, the gut bacteria of those from countries with predominantly non-Western diets changed to match gut bacteria typical of a Western diet, while their gut bacteria became less diverse and less healthy. These effects increased with the duration of U.S. residence and were compounded across generations. The more “Westernized” a woman’s microbiome, the greater her risk of obesity.


Zinc Combo Fights Aging Diseases

Harmful Bacteria Linked to Certain Showerheads

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Bitter melon (Momordica charantia), a spiky, cucumbershaped fruit, has traditionally been used in Asian countries to lower blood sugar. Now, researchers at Universiti Sains Malaysia report that it can significantly improve symptoms and reduce the pain of knee osteoarthritis. Half of 75 patients were given a placebo and the other half 1,500 milligrams three times a day of a bitter melon supplement. After three months, the bitter melon group had significantly fewer symptoms and less knee pain and analgesic use, as well as lowered body weight, body mass index and fasting blood glucose levels.

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Bitter Melon Eases Knee Pain

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Ashwagandha Normalizes Hypothyroid Levels Ashwagandha, a traditional ayurvedic herb, can significantly improve symptoms of subclinical hypothyroidism, a condition that affects many women, a new double-blind clinical study shows. Researchers from India’s Sudbhawana Hospital tested 50 patients that had high circulating thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) levels. For eight weeks, half were given 600 milligrams a day of ashwagandha; the other half were given a placebo. In the treatment group, TSH levels fell by more than 17 percent, T4 levels increased by nearly 20 percent and T3 levels increased by more than 40 percent. “Ashwagandha treatment effectively normalized the serum thyroid indices during the eight-week treatment period in a significant manner,” the report concluded.

The Power of Thank-You Notes Practicing gratitude is a healthy habit, yet people often hesitate to write heartfelt thank-you notes to people that have touched their lives. Researchers at the University of Chicago and the University of Texas, in Austin, report that writers underestimate how much people receiving those notes are surprised, happy and appreciative. The researchers also found that the letter writers were unduly concerned about their ability to express their gratitude skillfully. While the writers worried about choosing the right words, the recipients felt happiness simply through the warmth of the gesture.

Walnut Leaves Improve Diabetic Health In a double-blind study of 40 Type-2 diabetes patients, Iranian researchers gave half of them 200 milligrams of an extract of walnut leaf (Juglans regia) for eight weeks and the other half a placebo. Although the walnut leaf extract had no significant effect on their blood glucose levels or insulin resistance, it significantly lowered systolic blood pressure and body weight in the patients.

Sniffing Dogs Can Detect Malaria After years of worldwide decline, malaria is on a worrisome upswing, but researchers from Durham University, in the UK, have found a quick, non-invasive,

low-cost detection method: dogs. Trained to sniff out malaria parasites in socks that West African children wore for one night, the canines correctly identified 70 percent among the infected and 90 percent among the uninfected children. February 2019


Natural Remedies Can Boost Immunity in Winter Acupuncture has long been a natural go-to for pain. In winter, however, it can also help ward off some of the nasty pathogens that make people sick this time of year, says Dr. Fred Lisanti of Integrative Med Solutions. A naturopathic doctor and master acupuncturist, Lisanti offers various natural preventive remedies to keep the body healthy through cold and flu season. “I specifically formulate a holistic protocol for each individual patient,” he says. “My immune-boosting remedies, derived from sources such as acupuncture, botanical medicine, clinical nutrition and more, help the body embrace what it knows best and fire up its healing powers so the patient can sail through winter and hit the ground running come spring.” There is scientific evidence that acupuncture has a positive effect on the immune system, Lisanti says, citing a 2017 study in the open-access, peer-reviewed journal PLOS One, published by the Public Library of Science. The study concluded that “acupuncture was able to regulate the production of immune cytokines and the differentiation and activation of splenic T cells.” As an adjunct to acupuncture, Lisanti might also recommend herbal remedies such as black elderberry, oregano oil and olive leaf extract to boost immunity, and add in clinical nutrition—a “medicinal eating” approach—as well as nutraceutical supplementation and individualized vitamins, minerals and enzymes, for a full-spectrum application to promote optimal health. Location: Integrative Med Solutions, 266 White Plains Rd., B-1, Eastchester, NY, and 2 Greenwich Office Park, Ste. 300, Greenwich, CT. For more info, call 914.337.2980. 20

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Nuts Improve Blood Vessel Health Munching on almonds and walnuts significantly increases blood vessel dilation and reduces artery plaque, say West Virginia University scientists. In a two-day study, 27 overweight volunteers ate 77 grams of almonds (about 2.5 handfuls) along with their lunch one day; on another day, they ate 60 grams of walnuts (about two handfuls) with lunch. Measurements taken four hours after each meal found that both diets significantly increased blood vessel dilation and lowered markers of artery plaque. Both types of nuts also reduced heart rate and systolic blood pressure among the volunteers.

Holy Basil Fights Tooth Infection Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum), an Indian herb also known as holy basil, has been proven effective in studies in reducing stress, lowering blood sugar and healing wounds. Now, research from India’s Rishiraj College of Dental Sciences has found that tulsi essential oil, used as a disinfectant, significantly reduced infection levels following root canals of primary molars in a study of 40 children. Although a triple antibiotic cream had better antibiotic properties, the researchers recommended tulsi for longstanding infections and to avoid antibiotic reactions and overuse.

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Children and teens that spend more than seven hours a day on screens have twice the risk of being diagnosed with anxiety or depression compared to those that spend one hour a day similarly engaged, concluded a San Diego State University study of more than 40,000 youngsters.

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film brief

Michael Bloomberg at the special advance screening of Paris to Pittsburgh.

Changing Landscapes Climate Change Documentary Seeks Consensus

National Geographic Documentary Films, in partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies and RadicalMedia, has released the new film Paris to Pittsburgh (free at NatGeoTV. com), a tribute to the impassioned efforts of individuals battling the most severe threats of climate change in their own backyards. Set against the national debate over the United States’ energy future and the Trump administration’s decision to exit the Paris Climate Agreement, the film captures what’s at stake for communities around the country and the inspiring ways Americans are responding. The film, which premiered in December in 172 countries in 43 languages, is directed and produced by Emmy Award winner Sidney Beaumont and Emmy-nominated filmmaker Michael Bonfiglio. It features local leaders and everyday citizens telling the stories behind climate-related recovery and resiliency. The documentary illustrates the tireless innovative efforts to reduce carbon emissions, including those in former coal boomtowns such as Pittsburgh, where Mayor Bill Peduto says, “There are now more jobs in renewable energy in the state of Pennsylvania than coal, natural gas and oil combined.” February 2019


Fish Revival

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Horse Sense

Wild Horses Ride Out the Storm North Carolina’s freeroaming wild horse herds on the Outer Banks have “ridden out” their share of storms. When Hurricane Florence struck the area in 2018, the Corolla Wild Horse Fund of Currituck County, where the herd lives, announced on Facebook, “The horses have lived on this barrier island for 500 years, and they are well-equipped to deal with 22

rough weather. They know where to go to stay high and dry, and are probably in better shape right now than most of us humans, who are scrambling with final preparations.” Historians believe the herds, which number about 100 horses, descend from those brought to the New World by European explorers. Instincts dating back five centuries compel the

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Insects around the world are in a crisis, and a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that the problem is even more widespread than scientists first believed. In a pristine rain forest in Puerto Rico, the number of invertebrates—including moths, butterflies, spiders and grasshoppers—dropped 60fold between 1977 and 2013, probably due to a four-degree rise in average temperature. The lizards, birds and frogs that fed on them also seriously declined. In 2014, an international team of biologists estimated that globally in the past 35 years, the numbers of invertebrates such as beetles and bees had decreased by 45 percent. Another recent study showed a 76 percent decrease in flying insects in the past few decades in German nature preserves. The food web may be being obliterated from the bottom: Insects pollinate three-quarters of our food crops, feed the birds and fish that are also consumed by larger species and are vital to the decomposition that keeps soil healthy and ecosystems running. “Nature’s resilient, but we’re pushing her to such extremes that eventually it will cause a collapse of the system,” Brad Lister, a co-author of the Puerto Rican study, told the New York Times.

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Sharp Decline Threatens Ecosystem

Following the removal two years ago of an obsolete dam in Manville, New Jersey, American shad are successfully spawning in the lower section of the Millstone River. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recently observed juvenile fish there for the first time since 1845. American shad (Alosa sapidissima) are the largest member of the herring family and are anadromous, as they spend most of their lives in saltwater, but return to freshwater rivers each spring to spawn. They played an important role in American history and economics. New Jersey Department of Emvironmental Protection Commissioner Catherine McCabe says, “This species has an inherent tendency to recolonize once obstacles are removed from its migratory path.” During the Industrial Revolution, rivers were dammed for electric power and lakes, but during the last decade, dam removal has become a new call to action. Besides preventing fish migrations, dams also harm water quality in rivers by blocking water flow, trapping sediment and changing habitats.

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Bug Apocalypse

feral mustangs to either huddle on high ground, butts to the wind, or seek refuge in the maritime forest during storms, say experts. But news has come of a Shackleford Banks horse named Merlin that was fenced in an inundated quarantine site

during the storm, according to the Foundation for Shackleford Horses. Merlin somehow survived, and it “may have involved swimming,” says Margaret Poindexter, president of the foundation that co-manages the herd on National Park Service land.

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Natural Awakenings

Tips for a Tree-Free Home


Many Ways to Pare Down Paper Use

If one in five households switched to electronic bills, statements and payments, the collective impact would save 151 million pounds of paper annually, eliminating 8.6 million full garbage bags and 2 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions, according to the PayItGreen Alliance. While computers continue to offer significant environmental benefits, there are other “tree-mendous” things we can do to conserve forest resources. n Paper bags can be substituted for plastic bags as trash can liners and serve as compost-ready receptacles for fruit and vegetable scraps. describes many ways to reuse paper bags after cutting them along the seams; use them to wrap gifts and shipping boxes or let the kids paint or draw on them. n Use the blank side of sales receipts, envelopes, shopping lists and other paper scraps to jot down to-do lists, notes and more. The family can keep a small pile that everyone can tap into.





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n Choose paper products that are gentle on the Earth in how they are made. TreeZero Inc. (TreeZero. com) markets, supplies and distributes 100 percent carbonneutral paper made from recycled sugarcane waste fiber. n Consider “branching out” and help protect trees that are being threatened by overharvesting, development and the effects of climate change by supporting the Alliance for Community Trees (, a national nonprofit that plants trees in communities across the nation. Get the shovels ready to pitch in when the Arbor Day Foundation ( celebrates its 148th annual tree-planting events on April 26—especially important this year due to the destruction of many trees from recent hurricanes and fires.

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food spotlight

Elyce Jacobson and Shaka Taffawa

Eating Right, Made Easy

Skinny Buddha offers chef-designed, nutrition-packed meals to grab and go by Marilee Burrell


inding a place to eat that is completely vegan, organic and gluten-free in Westchester is an unexpected delight. And that’s exactly what Skinny Buddha is—times two. Elyce Jacobson and Shaka Taffawa, co-owners of Skinny Buddha Organic Café in Scarsdale and Skinny Buddha Organic Kitchen in Mount Kisco, say they created the business to give more people access to flavorful, nourishing food made from the best ingredients. Both locations offer a broad variety of fresh, healthy items, from smoothies and açaí bowls to hot and cold beverages, soups, salads, wraps, entrees and baked goods.  “Our most popular items are our açaí bowls, our hummus wrap and our kale salad,” Jacobson says. “Right now, though, our vegan chili and soup of the day have been a hit, due to the colder weather.” While many restaurants are shaving calories off their menu items, Skinny Buddha is about creating delicious meals that pack a nutritional punch. Jacobson, a vegan and certified holistic health counselor trained in Ayurvedic nutrition, graduated from Peter Kump’s New York Cooking School and received further training at the Natural Gourmet Cooking School. Taffawa is a certified personal trainer and fitness nutrition specialist. With Skinny Buddha, Jacobson and Taffawa have made it easy to eat well. Both locations are cozy, with limited seating, so they 24

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specialize in quick service, whether through made-to-order, preordered or prepackaged meals. “Customers can pop in and order off the menu, grab prepackaged items from our fridges or choose from a large selection of baked goods,” Jacobson says. “They also have the option of preordering on our app. They can place their orders days in advance or for pick up within a 10-to-30-minute window.”     The made-to-order menu includes items like smoothies, açaí bowls, burgers, avocado toast and bagels with vegan cream cheese. Soups of the day are also available. Customers with specific health goals rely on Skinny Buddha’s soup cleanse and custom-prepared meals, as well as its smoothiebased Skinny Fast Plan.  “Our soup cleanse is Ayurvedic by design,” Jacobson says. “It offers six 16-ounce mason jars of soup per day. All of them are vegetable based. Some are puréed and creamy in texture, while some have chunks of vegetables to satisfy the chew factor.” Skinny Buddha will prepare one to three custom meals a day for clients, working within a specific calorie range and making sure the meals are macro and micro nutrient balanced. With the Skinny Fast Plan, customers can choose two smoothies per day from Assorted organic, vegan, gluten-free the five signature smoothies baked goods at Skinny Buddha on the menu, and they also get a snack. “They provide their own dinner or pick something up from us,” Jacobson says. Skinny Buddha also produces vegan, organic meals for corporate events and business meetings and caters “smoothie bars” for private parties. Whatever the food, the guarantee is that it’s nutritious and all natural. “We work with a few different organic produce purveyors,” Jacobson says. “If we can’t get it organic, we won’t buy it.” Right now there are just two Skinny Buddha locations, although that might change if popular demand has any sway. “Our customers are always asking us to open locations where they live,” Taffawa says. “We’ve probably been asked to open up in a hundred different towns.” Skinny Buddha Organic Café 6 Depot Plaza, Scarsdale, NY Monday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Tuesday-Friday 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; 914.472.9646 Skinny Buddha Organic Kitchen 159 Lexington Ave., Mount Kisco, NY Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; 914.358.1666;

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Divide into four bowls. For texture and crunch, garnish with roasted pepita or pumpkin seeds.

conscious eating

This whole-grain, gluten-free, no-knead, no-mess bread contains flax, sunflower and chia seeds, hazelnuts, oats, coconut oil and maple syrup as a sweetener. Accompanying soup, it makes for a satisfying meal. This recipe is adapted from “Change Your Life Bread” in D’Anca’s book My New Roots.


Tasty Ways to Boost Heart Health


by Avery Mack

s a special meal for Valentine’s Day or any other, many plant-based dishes are so tasty that no one will miss the meat. Low in fat and sugar and high in ingredients that promote heart health, the following recipes are courtesy of Carol D’Anca, a board-certified nutrition practitioner and author of Real Food for Healthy People: A Recipe & Resource Guide, in Highland Park, Illinois.

Start With Soup

Rich in dietary fiber and low in fat, butternut squash with low-salt vegetable broth and spices is an easy-to-make soup loaded with nutrients and flavor. Allow 40 to 45 minutes to roast the squash.

Butternut Squash Soup Yields: Four servings 1 butternut squash, 2-3 lbs, peeled and cut in cubes to equal 4 cups

3 cups low-sodium vegetable broth Dash red pepper flakes Freshly ground black pepper Pepitas or pumpkin seeds for garnish Preheat oven to 425° F. Line a heavy baking pan with parchment paper. Spread squash cubes in a single layer, using two lined pans if needed. Roast for about 40 minutes or until tender when pierced with a fork. Alternate method: Wash the squash. Make several slits to allow for escaping steam. Roast whole in the oven for about 45 minutes or until soft and easy to peel and cut. Transfer the roasted squash to a food processor or heavy-duty blender. Add remaining ingredients and process until smooth. Add additional broth to reach desired consistency.

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Change Your Life Bread Yields: One loaf 2 cups shelled raw sunflower seeds 1 cup whole flax seeds 1 cup blanched hazelnuts 3 cups rolled oats (use certified gluten-free oats, if needed) 4 Tbsp chia seeds 6 Tbsp psyllium husks Pinch fresh ground coarse salt, preferably Himalayan 2 Tbsp maple syrup 6 Tbsp coconut oil, liquefied at low temperature in a small pan 3 cups water In a loaf pan lined with parchment, combine all dry ingredients, stirring well. Whisk maple syrup and water together in a measuring cup. Add to the dry ingredients and mix until everything is soaked and dough becomes thick. If it’s too thick to stir, add one or two teaspoons of water until it’s manageable. Smooth the top with the back of a spoon.

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Let it sit on the counter for at least two hours, or all day or overnight. When the dough retains its shape, even when you pull the sides of the loaf pan or lift the parchment, it’s ready to bake. Preheat oven to 350° F. Place loaf pan in the oven on the middle rack and bake for 20 minutes. Remove bread from loaf pan, place it upside down directly on the rack and bake for another 30 to 40 minutes. Bread is done when it sounds hollow when tapped. Let cool completely before slicing. Store bread in a tightly sealed container for up to five days. Freezes well. For a quick and easy toast, slice before freezing.

The Pleasures of Pasta

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Pasta is guilt-free when we use a whole wheat variety that digests more slowly than white flour pasta, avoiding blood sugar spikes, D’Anca says. Gluten-free, grainfree or vegetable pasta can be substituted for whole grain pasta. Fresh asparagus is recommended. If it’s not in season, consider red chard for its bright red and green colors and abundance of vitamins K, A and C. It’s a good source of magnesium, potassium, iron and dietary fiber.


Whole Grain Pasta with Asparagus and Tomato Coulis Yields: 6 servings for dinner or 8 as a smaller first course. 1 lb of your favorite whole grain pasta 3 large cloves garlic, roasted for about 25 minutes in their skins 3 pints cherry or grape tomatoes, halved

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Use red, orange, yellow or a mix of colors 1½ Tbsp fresh thyme leaves 1 lb fresh asparagus, pencil thin is best (if not available, substitute red chard) ¼ cup pitted Kalamata olives ½ cup fresh basil ¼ cup white wine or white wine vinegar Squeeze garlic from its skins into a large skillet. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Cook over medium heat until the mixture is reduced and thickened to a sauce (coulis), about 20 to 30 minutes. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente.

Remove the pan and turn the vegetables over. Add the chickpeas and rosemary and return to the oven. Roast for another 30 to 45 minutes until the edges of the vegetables start to turn dark and the chickpeas are browning. Sprinkle with balsamic vinegar, toss and serve warm as is or over quinoa.

Savory Side Dish

Chickpeas are a great source of fiber. Bell peppers, also known as sweet peppers, are available in white, orange, green and purple. Lycopene gives red tomatoes their color, may reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol and lower blood pressure. Yellow tomatoes have twice as much iron and zinc and higher levels of vitamin B and folate to help red blood cells. Darker tomatoes ranging from purple to black produce higher levels of antioxidants for a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease. Don’t overlook green tomatoes, which are higher in vitamin K and calcium than reds or yellows.

Roasted Chickpeas with Grilled Vegetables Yields: Serves two, or four if dished over quinoa 12 small mushrooms, sliced 2 ripe tomatoes, quartered 1 red bell pepper, cut in strips 1 yellow pepper, cut in strips 1 red onion, cut into wedges, or 1½ cups leeks, halved lengthwise, cleaned, and cut chiffonade-style About 6 cloves of garlic, peeled 2, 14-oz cans of chickpeas, rinsed and drained 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary Balsamic or white wine vinegar 28

Put mushrooms, tomatoes, red and yellow peppers, onion and garlic in a large roasting pan. Roast for about 30 minutes or until the vegetables caramelize.

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If you’re gaining weight, it means your liver is sluggish. ~Anthony William, Liver Rescue

Drain the pasta well and place back in the pan. Add tomato coulis and olives. Toss well to infuse flavors. Let warm for 2 to 3 minutes. Serve at once.

Preheat oven to 400° F.

Burgers for Lunch

These burgers are good either oven baked or grilled, weather permitting. Offer toppings like baby spinach, salsa, nut cheese, pesto, fig jam, mango or slaw. Apple cider vinegar, dill, celery salt and agave nectar to taste makes a dressing for slaw. Thin slices of Granny Smith or Honey Crisp apples add a tang of tart or hint of sweetness.

Black Bean/Veggie Burger 1 16-oz can of black beans, drained, rinsed well and dried on a paper towel ½ red bell pepper, cut in large pieces 1 medium-size onion, cut in large pieces 1 Tbsp chili powder, mild or hot to taste 3 cloves of garlic, rough chopped 1 tsp black cumin 1 Tbsp ground flax seeds 3 Tbsp water Approximately 1 cup bread crumbs (glutenfree if needed) to act as a binder 4 buns or bread of choice

Eating healthy doesn’t mean all salads, all the time. From appetizer to dessert, healthy, easy-to-make, creative and colorful recipes can improve health and add flavor to life. Almond Butter and Raw Cacao Chocolate Truffles Yields: 12 servings 1 cup almond meal ½ cup almond butter ¼ cup raw cacao, organic 3 Tbsp grade B maple syrup 1 tsp organic vanilla ¼ cup raw almonds, ground ¼ cup raw cacao nibs, ground Finely ground nuts like walnuts or hazelnuts, shredded coconut or raw cacao for texture and added flavor Make a flax “egg” by mixing the ground flax seeds with the water. Let it sit for 3 to 5 minutes until it thickens to an egg consistency.

serve as is or roll in nuts, coconut or cacao for texture and added taste. For more recipes and information about nutrition and heart health provided by D’Anca, visit Avery Mack is a freelance writer in St. Louis, MO. Connect via AveryMack@

Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and mix them to a smooth batter. Chill the batter for about 20 minutes. Roll into either bite-sized or larger balls to

Place the bell pepper, onion and garlic in a food processor and process until smooth. Remove the mixture and drain in a fine sieve. Too much liquid will make the burgers fall apart. Place black beans in the food processor and pulse to a thick, sticky consistency. Add the drained red pepper mixture, flax “egg”, cumin and chili spice. Process until lightly mixed. Remove the burger mixture to a bowl. Add bread crumbs until you have a firm burger and form into patties.. Grill for 5 to 10 minutes, turning once, or bake in a 350° F oven on a parchment-lined baking sheet for about 5 to 10 minutes on each side.

Guilt-Free Chocolate Dessert

“Chocolate desserts usually include loads of sugar and butter, making them a highly processed and saturated-fat food,” says D’Anca. “These treats deliver the good fat of cacao nibs and the antioxidants of raw cacao.” February 2019


Heart of a Woman The Right Choices Keep It Strong by Lisa Marshall


ometime between the salad and the main course at her grandson’s bar mitzvah, Joyce Lenard, then 69, felt a crushing pressure deep within her chest. A tireless go-getter who had worked in Hillary Clinton’s district office when she was a U.S. senator, raised two daughters and recently donated a kidney to one of them, Lenard had spent months painstakingly planning the 100-guest gala, so when the pain came, she ignored it and got on with the party. She even drove herself to her Long Island home that night. “I just assumed I was having indigestion and it would pass,” Lenard recalls. Hours later, her husband rushed her to the hospital, where she was diagnosed with a rare, often-fatal form of heart attack, takotsubo cardiomyopathy, in which intense stress literally changes the shape of the heart. Thankful to be alive, she has since taken up meditation, cleaned up her diet and now leads a support group for female heart patients of all ages. Like her, many of them never saw it coming. 30

“Women tend to be the caregivers,” says Lenard. “We take care of our husbands, our families, our friends, our careers, and we often forget about our own health. Then look what happens.” Lenard is among the 44 million U.S. women with cardiovascular disease, an insidious illness that until recently has been erroneously framed as a “man’s disease”. In reality, it is the number one killer of women, responsible for one in three deaths each year, according to the American Heart Association (AHA). By comparison, one in 26 women die of breast cancer. While awareness has risen since 2004, when AHA launched its Go Red for Women campaign, surveys show only 17 percent of women view cardiovascular disease as something that should concern them. It should, experts say, because 80 to 90 percent of cases are avoidable with lifestyle and dietary changes. In some cases, natural remedies can even reverse it. “We have all this sophisticated equipment and all these medications, but when it comes down

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Know Risks and Address Them Early

In the late 1990s, researchers discovered women were about as likely as men to be diagnosed with the disease, and far more likely to die from it. “They didn’t have the classic signs and symptoms, so they often went undiagnosed and untreated,” explains Jennifer Mieres, M.D., a cardiology professor at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, in New York. Along with chest pain, women often suffer fatigue, shortness of breath, indigestion, pain in the neck, back or jaw, nausea or anxiety in the months leading up to a heart attack. In more than half of the cases, according to one recent study in the journal Circulation, doctors fail to recognize these symptoms. Then there is the “not now” factor. “I used to see women all the time who said, ‘I have had these symptoms for months, but I just didn’t have time to take care of it,’” says Mieres, co-author of Heart Smart for Women: Six S.T.E.P.S. in Six Weeks to Heart-Healthy Living. Recent research has also shown that women are uniquely vulnerable to developing heart disease in ways that men don’t share. Taking birth control pills (especially while smoking) can boost risk. Complications during pregnancy such as preeclampsia and gestational diabetes can be hard on the heart, increasing vulnerability for years to come. Because estrogen is believed to be cardio-protective, when it wanes during perimenopause and menopause, risk goes up again. “As soon as we hit menopause, our biological milieu starts to change,” says Mieres, noting that “good” cholesterol tends to decrease and “bad” cholesterol (LDL) and triglycerides tend to increase. Yet, arterial plaque—which can ultimately build up, break loose and cause a heart attack or stroke—starts accumulating as early as age 20, so the earlier women start paying attention, the better.


~Christina Adams, M.D.

to it, the vast majority of cardiovascular disease can be prevented,” says integrative cardiologist Christina Adams, M.D., of the Scripps Women’s Heart Center, in La Jolla, California.


We have all this sophisticated equipment and all these medications, but when it comes down to it, the vast majority of cardiovascular disease can be prevented.

Food Not Meds

Thirty years after the first cholesterol-lowering medication hit the market, so-called statin drugs have become the largest class of medications in the world, with U.S. sales doubling between 2000 and 2010 to reach $20 billion, according to the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. While drugs can be appropriate for those already diagnosed with heart disease and at high risk of heart attack or stroke, they are not without serious side effects. Statins can cause chronic muscle pain, memory loss and increased blood sugar, while hypertension drugs can precipitate fainting and kidney damage. For many patients, there’s another way, integrative cardiologists say. Unfortunately, most of the talk about prevention focuses on prescription medications, says Stephen Devries, M.D., executive director of the Chicago-based Gaples Institute for Integrative Cardiology. “What often gets lost in the discussion are the dietary changes, which can be equally important.” Devries recommends a plant-based Mediterranean diet—low in the saturated fat found in beef, processed meats and cheese—and high in leafy greens, whole grains and includes “good” fats found in fish, olive oil and avocados. Specific foods have also been shown to lower cholesterol and blood pressure.

Nuts, including walnuts, peanuts and almonds, have been shown to lower LDL. One 2017 study of 77,000 female nurses, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, found those that ate peanuts or tree nuts (including almonds and cashews) two or more times per week had a 19 percent lower risk of developing heart disease. Those that ate walnuts once a week cut their risk by 23 percent. Dark purple and red fruits contain compounds called anthocyanins that boost production of nitric oxide, and in turn expand blood vessels, improving circulation. Another recent study, published in the journal Circulation, followed 94,000 women for 18 years and found those that ate four servings or more per week of blueberries and strawberries were a third less likely to have a heart attack. Pomegranates are also key for heart health, with recent research published in the journal Clinical Nutrition showing a daily serving of juice can make platelets less sticky, lower blood pressure and reduce plaque formation. Dark leafy greens like kale and broccoli—which are rich in vitamin K—play an important role in fostering a healthy heart structure; a single serving per week can cut the risk of heart disease by 23 percent, according to the Gaples Institute.

Nurturing the Emotional Heart

No discussion of heart health would be complete without an emphasis on social and emotional health, a critical risk factor which until recently has been largely absent, says Sandeep Jauhar, M.D., director of the Heart Failure Program at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center, and author of the new book, Heart: A History. But research shows the emotional heart can break, too, as in Lenard’s case. With as many as 90 percent of incidents occurring in women, the condition that landed her in the emergency room often shows up in patients with no signs of obstructed blood vessels or high cholesterol. Rather, factors like financial worries, work stress or the death of or break-up with a loved one can flood the heart with stress hormones, changing its shape to one that resembles a Japanese pot called a takotsubo and weakening it profoundly. “Remarkably, in many cases, once the emotional state returns to normal, so does the heart,” says Jauhar. Longer-term, emotional stress has been shown to lead to platelet aggregation, or stickiness in the blood, which can impact blood flow. Also, constant bombardment by stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol can damage the inner walls of blood vessels, boosting accumulation of plaque.

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ª Red yeast rice extract: This over-

the-counter (OTC) extract, commonly used in Chinese medicine, has been shown to significantly lower both total cholesterol and LDL, or “bad” cholesterol levels, much like a statin does. Studies show 1.2 to 2.4 grams per day can reduce cholesterol by 26 percent in 12 weeks.

ª Omega-3 fatty acids: Eating fatty fish or taking fish oil supplements (one to four grams daily of EPA/DHA) has been shown to reduce risk of heart disease in healthy people and lower triglyceride levels and risk of heart attack in those already diagnosed with cardiovascular disease. Walnuts, chia, hemp and flax seeds are excellent vegan sources of Omega-3s.

ª Coenzyme Q10: Found in small

amounts in organ meats, sardines, cauliflower and asparagus, this powerful antioxidant—also available in OTC supplements—can lower blood pressure and help combat the side effects of statins.

ª Nicotinomide riboside: Fairly

new on the supplement scene, this compound, known as NR, has been shown to mimic the beneficial impacts of calorie restriction, improving blood pressure and arterial health in those with mild hypertension.

ª Garlic: Some studies suggest that

garlic, either fresh or in supplements, can lower cholesterol and blood pressure. February 2019


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To nurture the metaphorical heart, integrative cardiologists recommend taking time to maintain healthy personal relationships and minimize work stress. As well, exercising five to six days per week for at least 30 minutes and practicing activities like mindfulness meditation or yoga have been shown to lower heart rate. A recent study published in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes looked at 201 people with coronary heart disease. It found those that practiced meditation were 50 percent less likely to die or have a heart attack or stroke in the span of five years. Finding quiet spaces to retreat to can also be important. A study published in November by researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital, in Boston, found that living and working in chronically noisy environments can boost the risk for heart problems. It is also wise to prioritize sleep (at least seven hours per night), because the lack of it can inflame arteries. The bottom line is that a holistic approach is best, says Jauhar. “If you want to live a long life, don’t smoke, eat well and exercise, but also pay attention to the quality of your relationships and your ability to withstand stress and transcend distress. Those are also a matter of life and death.” Lisa Marshall is a freelance health writer in Boulder, CO. Connect at February 2019


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These behaviors ugs don’t just feel A Primal Need good; they do also turn down our for Connection good. A simple biological response Mata Amritanandamayi, embrace can boost our to stress and may a 65-year-old Indian spirihealth and mood, connect tual leader better known even improve us spiritually and even help as Amma, has hugged mend society. how our immune tens of millions of people Hugs and other types system works. around the world, earning of affectionate touching her the nickname, “the ~Michael Murphy, can provide numerous hugging saint.” benefits in the face of researcher Amma’s tradition of threats or stress, according hugging people grew organically, from hugto Michael Murphy, Ph.D., a researcher ging someone she noticed in distress, to how with the Laboratory for the Study of she receives massive crowds clamoring for Stress, Immunity and Disease at Carnegie one of her loving, compassionate embraces. Mellon University, in Pittsburgh. “The “A hug is a gesture that reveals the research shows that touch behaviors like spiritual truth that, ‘We are not two—we hugs reduce negative responses to threats are one,’” says Swami Amritaswaruand make people feel happier, more secure pananda, one of Amma’s senior disciples. and more supported.” “In today’s world, where people often feel In a study of 404 adults, Carnegie alienated and lonely, a hug can uplift and Mellon researchers looked at how social support and hugs affected participants’ sus- make us feel reconnected to the people and world around us.” ceptibility to the common cold after being Intention is key to the exchange of exposed to the virus. “People experiencing energy that occurs with a hug, says Amrilots of conflict are more likely to get a cold taswarupananda. “What is important is the when exposed to a virus,” says Murphy. sincerity behind the action—the genuine “But individuals who also tend to receive feeling of love and compassion. A simple lots of hugs appear protected from this adglance or mere touch of the hand can have ditional risk.”


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that same power to make us feel whole if that genuine, heartfelt connection is there.” Hugs tap into that fundamental human need to belong, says Murphy. “Hugs and other forms of affectionate touch act as powerful reminders that we belong. “These behaviors also turn down our biological response to stress and may even improve how our immune system works.” For example, researchers think that touching might trigger our body to release oxytocin, a hormone that can reduce fear and improve social bonding, Murphy notes. Hugs and the associated oxytocin release can have powerful ripple effects in the body, decreasing heart rate and levels of stress hormones cortisol and norepinephrine, along with improving immune function and pain tolerance. Oxytocin can also trigger the release of feel-good hormones like serotonin and dopamine.

Bridging Divides With a Hug While Murphy cautions that the jury is out on the effects of hugs on strangers, as most research has been done on embraces between loved ones, Ken Nwadike, Jr. has built a national campaign around the concept. Known as the “free hugs guy”, the former competitive runner began offering up hugs during the 2014 Boston Marathon, the year after the deadly bombing. Nwadike has since brought the Free Hugs Project to more divisive spaces, from political rallies to protests, offering hugs to all to spread love and inspire change. The Los Angeles activist’s all-embracing hugs are a symbol of unconditional love, respect and unity at a time when tensions and political divisions are running high. For Nwadike, hugs are a way of de-escalating conflict and mending the human divide. “Communities are divided because of fear, hatred and misunderstanding. Starting the conversation with kindness, rather than hatred, will get us a lot further,” he says. Consent is always important, and not everyone appreciates an unsolicited hug. But like compliments, hugs are free to give and usually well received. As humans, we bear arms that were built not to harm, but to heal. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, of Washington, D.C., at February 2019


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Mindful activities and creative outlets like art, music and dance in a no-pressure environment help kids get out of “fight-or-flight” mode.

Sleep and Diet Triggers Before parents seek any treatment for their child’s anxiety, Kiel stresses the importance of looking at the basics. “When children don’t get enough sleep, their bodies don’t respond as well to stressful situations. School-age children need 10 to12 hours of sleep per night, and teenagers should be getting nine to 10 hours.” Sensitivity to certain foods such as gluten or dairy is also something to consider, says Kiel. Rosen concurs. “Artificial dyes and sweeteners can negatively impact mood and focus. More of an issue, though, is nutritional imbalance.” Skipping breakfast or eating mostly carbs can feed anxiety, he notes. “The brain relies on sustainable fuel—a blend of lean proteins, healthy fats—and in some cases, gluten-free, whole grain carbs.” Eating foods high in healthy fat and protein can help minimize blood sugar fluctuations that can trigger symptoms of anxiety in kids. Probiotics and/or cultured and fermented foods can help gut health and promote equilibrium. Omega-3 fats from fish or vegetarian sources are also important additions.

Helpful Supplements Supplements dosed appropriately for children and teenagers are safe and can offer huge benefits. “Magnesium is good for relaxation, especially anxiety accompanied by muscle tension. B-complex vitamins are also important because they are depleted by stress and help the body to handle stress,” says Kiel. Her herbal recommendations include skullcap, hops and milky oat as teas or glycerin-based extracts. “For teenagers, in addition to these three gentle herbs, I recommend kava kava, which can have a significant calming effect without drowsiness.”

Polyvagal Theory Research by Stephen Porges, Ph.D., a professor at the University of North Carolina, in Chapel Hill, addresses the importance of the vagus nerve, which runs from the brain through the face and thorax to the abdomen. His polyvagal theory suggests the interconnectedness of emotions, mind and body in both children and adults. This nerve affects all major organs and plays a critical role in anxiety and inflammation. Mindful breathing and using the vocal chords, especially singing, stimulates the vagus nerve and nourishes well-being. Splashing the face with cold water during times of stress also tones this nerve and reduces acute anxiety. DiGiacomo emphasizes that different natural therapies offer hope even for severe cases, advising, “It’s important to know that anxiety is highly treatable.”

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n Arsenicum: for anxiety about health or fear of germs n Gelsemium: for stage fright and both performance and anticipatory anxiety

n Phosphorus: for children that worry about the safety of their parents

n Pulsatilla: for children that have a hard time being alone and need lots of reassurance and attention

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Food for Thought In 2015, The New York Times reported on the use of mindaltering medications for infants and toddlers. Approximately 83,000 prescriptions for Prozac were written for kids of ages 2 and younger in 2014, as well as 20,000 prescriptions for antipsychotics.

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What are Core Gifts, and what role do they play in the search for lasting love?

In my decades of work as a psychotherapist and coach, I’ve come to realize again and again that the qualities people feel most embarrassed or awkward about—their deepest insecurities—are some of their greatest gifts. These Core Gifts are like secret parts of ourselves that we often want to hide because we feel so vulnerable around them. But these gifts are where we have the greatest sensitivity and passion; they’re the things we feel and care the most deeply about and the keys to finding someone who really loves us for who we are. When we learn to lead with and cherish our Core Gifts instead of hiding them away, the story of our romantic life completely changes. But the opposite is true, too. Suppressing our gifts is actually an act of

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quiet violence against our most authentic self, and it always leads us into situations where we end up feeling diminished or hurt. The degree to which we feel ashamed of those vulnerable parts of ourselves is the degree to which we’re going to be attracted to people who are bad for us.

How can we move past our insecurities to discover and honor our Core Gifts? If you find yourself repeatedly attracted to people who don’t treasure you for who you are, there are Core Gift qualities you haven’t learned to honor. Anywhere you’re insecure, you can ask yourself questions that really change the way you think about yourself. What might be the gift that lies inside this insecurity, and how have I not honored it? Who are the people in my life who have valued my gifts and how did that feel? You can also discover your Core Gifts by asking yourself what sensitivities keep getting stepped on or neglected—those are qualities you haven’t learned to treasure enough yet.

Why is it important to differentiate between what you call Attractions of Inspiration and Attractions of Deprivation? This is perhaps the most important distinction you can make in your search for love.

Attractions of Deprivation are attractions to people who are only sometimes available to love and treat you well, but you become deeply invested in trying to get them to love you because you’re unconsciously trying to heal old childhood wounds through the relationship. But there are also Attractions of Inspiration; these are people who inspire you by who they are in the world and how they treat you and others. When you start really learning how to honor and lead with your Core Gifts, your attractions change. You’ll start becoming attracted to available people who love you for who you are. Deciding to say no to Attractions of Deprivation to only pursue Attractions of Inspiration is quite simply the most important decision you’ll ever make in your search for healthy love.

What is the Wave of Distancing, and how can it sabotage relationships? The Wave of Distancing is the single greatest saboteur of healthy love that I know of. If you haven’t yet learned to honor your Core Gifts, you’ll want to flee when you meet Attractions of Inspiration who are available and kind. You may begin noticing qualities about them that irritate you and find yourself wanting to leave—this is what I call the Wave. The Wave is fear, because something deep inside you knows that this person could be special, and to open yourself up to and possibly be hurt by a kind person is a very scary thing. So your psyche unconsciously protects you by making you want to flee, and if you don’t understand this, then you may leave what could be a wonderful relationship. If you do understand it, you’ll come to realize that like a wave, it hits hard, but then passes. If you can stick around long enough and just keep enjoying that person throughout the Wave, those feelings will disappear and the attraction will return. Emily Courtney is a freelance health and wellness writer and editor living in northern Colorado. Connect at February 2019


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ow we spend our money is important, but how and where we save it matters just as much. Today’s financial marketplace offers diverse options for values-based investing and banking, regardless of interests or assets. Sustainable, responsible and impact investing is rapidly expanding. Professionally managed assets in the U.S. using socially responsible investment (SRI) strategies grew from $8.7 trillion to $12 trillion in the last two years, according to a 2018 report by the Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment. This represents 26 percent—about one in four dollars—of all U.S. assets under professional management.

The Big Bank Break-Up While large numbers of investors are moving their money responsibly, changing bank accounts can still feel difficult to many people, says Fran Teplitz, executive co-director of the Washington, D.C., nonprofit Green America, which works to promote a more sustainable economy. To make the sometimes intimidating bank-changing process a little easier, Green America’s Get a Better Bank campaign at breaks it 40

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down into bite-sized steps. “Educate yourself on the issues with the conventional banking industry, from Wall Street speculation to predatory lending practices,” says Teplitz. People don’t need to sacrifice banking needs for their values. Reflect upon what’s important in a financial institution, and then shop around for the right fit. Credit unions and community development banks that lend in local and underserved communities are often great choices, says Teplitz. Green America’s Get a Better Bank database is a great starting point for responsible banking options.

Investing for the Future For longer-term investing, there are more vehicles available to responsibly assist investors toward their financial and social goals. While responsible investing once meant simply screening out “sin stocks”, like tobacco, guns and gambling, which were available only to investors able to make a large minimum deposit, today there are values-based funds to suit every cause and income level. “Socially responsible investing has come a long way since it got off the ground in this country during the apartheid divestiture movement in the 1980s,” says Gary

Matthews, an investment advisor and CEO of SRI Investing LLC, headquartered in New York City. Countering some investor concerns about underperforming SRI funds, there is a growing body of evidence to show that money that does good can also do well. The firm Nuveen TIAA Investments assessed the leading SRI equity indexes over the long term and “found no statistical difference in returns compared to broad market benchmarks,” nor any additional risks, according to a 2017 report Responsible Investing: Delivering Competitive Performance.

SRI Approaches and Outcomes Fossil fuel-free portfolios are trending, Matthews notes—which Green America encourages. While acknowledging the ever-fluctuating price of oil, Matthews says he’s seen diversified portfolios that eliminate oil, coal and natural gas do better at times than those that include them. A subset of SRI investments, Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) investing focuses less on what sector a company is in than on how they conduct their business. The way companies treat their employees and respond to climate change are factors that may have a positive influence on financial performance. Robo-advisors, a recent arrival in the SRI sector, are online investment services that automate money management. Roboadvisor companies make it easier for people to invest and leverage technology to keep fees down, although they usually do not offer in-depth impact research on the companies within the financial products they offer, according to Amberjae Freeman, of the portfolio management team for Swell Investing LLC, an impact investment company in Santa Monica, California. Swell evaluates thousands of companies to build diversified portfolios of businesses aligned with at least one of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Like most SRI firms, Swell offers retirement IRAs (individual retirement accounts), as well as more liquid brokerage accounts, with a minimum initial deposit of $50. While the array of investment options can be daunting, investors should aim for progress, rather than perfection, in their portfolios. As the money and impact in a portfolio grows, so does an investor’s confidence and knowledge. April Thompson is a freelance writer in Washington, D.C. Connect at

A WORD TO THE MONEY-WISE n Verify that a bank is insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) or the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), where accounts are insured up to $250,000 per depositor. n Responsible investors can also influence banking practices in their workplaces, religious institutions or professional associations by educating account managers about the issues. Green America has a free booklet for 401k benefits managers at n There are as many names for socially responsible investing (SRI) as there are approaches to it including community, ethical, green, impact, mission-related, responsible, sustainable and values-based investing. What an institution or a fund does and how they do it is more important than how it’s labeled. n The mainstreaming of SRI, while positive overall as impact investing is getting the attention of larger firms, has led to some “greenwashing”, where portfolios are being touted as socially responsible without much depth to their criteria, cautions investment advisor Gary Matthews, of SRI Investing LLC, in New York City. Fund sustainability rankings like the Morningstar Sustainability Rating can help take out the guesswork, although it pays to ask hard questions and look at a fund’s individual holdings. n Returns, whether social, environmental or financial, aren’t everything. “When it comes to investing, it’s important to get clear about specific goals, whether it’s planning for a home purchase or paying off student loans, understand the potential risks and returns, and set up an appropriate time horizon,” says Amberjae Freeman, of the portfolio management team for Swell Investing LLC, a Santa Monica-based impact investment firm.

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Proceed With Caution Pure essential oils are far too strong to use undiluted, Richter says. Age, physical condition and species are so varied that guessing which oil and how to use it can be dangerous to the pet. “Skin irritation like a hot spot or rash is a relatively minor problem that could benefit from the right essential oil. An open wound requires a veterinary visit,” he says. “Some oils aren’t recommended unless under veterinary guidance. Reactions can range from mere annoyance to toxicity.” Wintergreen, melaleuca, pennyroyal, tea tree and pine oils cause the most reported problems for dogs, according to Peppermint, cloves, cinnamon and oregano oil also can be quite strong and require educated use, says Richter. An uneven gait, vomiting, diarrhea, drooling and weakness can be symptoms of toxicity, requiring immediate veterinary care to prevent damage to the central nervous system or organ failure. In its fragrance and taste, plants have defense mechanisms to ward off destructive insects or to attract bees and butterflies. Those same properties can help people and animals. The plant’s natural compounds can ward off fungi, bacteria, parasites or inflammation. However, just reading a label isn’t enough to know which oils will work best for these problems. “The Animal Desk Reference II: Essential Oils for Animals, Second Edition, by Melissa Shelton, is a reader-friendly guide,” says Richter. “I touch on the subject in my book The Ultimate Pet Health Guide: Breakthrough Nutrition and Integrative Care for Dogs and Cats, but for deeper study, I recommend Shelton’s book.” “One thing I’d say is, learn all you can before using oils around pets,” Richter says. “There’s not a one-size-fits-all formula for dilution for safe use. There are too many variables with oils and animals.” Be more than a well-meaning pet lover—also be well-educated. Sandra Murphy is a freelance writer in St. Louis, MO. Connect at

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Mindful parenting begins with cultivating our own sense of self-worth by Allison Murphy


f you’re reading this article, you’re good enough. Some of us grow up thinking success will come to us if we acquire specific things, such as good grades (if we are students, or parents of students); an impressive title; or a certain type of house. And that’s OK if we don’t lose our sense of who we are to external rewards, thinking, “If things look a certain way, that’s what matters.” When we focus on being good enough on the outside, we can unconsciously prolong the search for self-love and reside in self-loathing. Nothing we buy or use can get us to self-love; it’s simply knowing and feeling that we’re already good enough, because we were born that way. But I get it: “Being good enough for you” sometimes doesn’t sound like enough. Take technology, for example. Social media, if not managed, can allow us to develop the disease of codependency. Each hit on our social media page or posts releases “feel good” hormones that can be


addictive. Like alcohol or opioids, they take away that “not good enough” feeling. That’s what drugs are supposed to do—take the pain away. If I were a child today, trying to perform (in school, in sports, in college applications) without a true sense of my own worth or adequate coping skills, I would want that pain to go away too. That’s why some of us turn to certain substances or behaviors—so we don’t have to feel “not good enough.” In my opinion, the larger problem is not the substance or behavior we pick up, but what motivated us to pick it up in the first place. As parents, if we’re not careful, we can give our children the “I’m not enough” disease. Here’s how it happens: If I’m a parent who doesn’t feel good enough myself, I might use my children as a way to “self-medicate,” to relieve my own sense of inadequacy. I might micromanage their time and activities so much that I take away their ability to make decisions for themselves. I don’t allow them to learn

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valuable lessons because I don’t want to feel the uncomfortable feelings associated with their decisions and behaviors that go along with making mistakes. That’s because I think what they do and how they do it is a reflection of me. I prevent them from establishing their own sense of self-worth, instead telling them, in essence, “You’re not good enough to make decisions yourself, so I’ll do it.” If we’re not careful, we can grow the disease of perfection, the addiction to codependency (searching outside ourselves to feel better because we don’t like how we feel on the inside). We teach this to our children when we take away their ability to trust and rely upon themselves. We know today that this mental/emotional state also causes our bodies to become physically sick as well. The good news is that we can also have the opposite effect on our children through mindful living and parenting. I had to take a close look at my own codependent traits (like worrying about what people thought of me, and micromanaging my child’s life) so I could reclaim my lost self. When we no longer abandon ourselves and we know our worth, our bodies gain a vitality and clarity that can reduce or even eliminate physical, emotional and spiritual disease. Allison Murphy, MEd, a licensed health and science educator, health coach and yoga practitioner, lives in Carmel, NY. For more info, contact her at 845.674.3533 or

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As parents, if we’re not careful, we can give our children the “I’m not enough” disease.



A COMMON HEART SONG Whales Point the Way


by Mark Nepo

ust as whales are born with an instinct for the deep, we are born with an impulse toward creating a quality of life. No matter the type of work that leads us there, following that impulse is the destiny of each soul, so we search to find our medium through which aliveness can express itself. Following our instinct for the deep, we find each other. In areas of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, whales sing basically the same song, and when a new verse is added, they all incorporate it. As humans, we have a greater capacity to communicate, yet we resist adding to our common song. Whales occupying the same geographical areas that may include large oceans tend to sing similar songs with local variations, but whales from other regions of the world will sing entirely different songs. Once united, though, they find a common pitch. The songs are constantly evolving over time, and old patterns are not repeated. In essence, whales stay current, freshly updating their communications with each other. It’s a noble task for us all to emulate. Most whales, especially humpbacks, compose patterns of sound that are strikingly resonant with human musical traditions. What helps whales be such good communicators is that sound travels about four times faster in water than on land. Thus, it is profoundly easier to hear in the deep. Dwelling there, we have a better chance of staying current and hearing our common song. When we follow our instinct for the deep, we discover our common song, which brings us alive. Through this unfolding, we make our contribution to the common good. From generation to generation, all that we learn and create adds to this living work of art we call a quality of life. Adapted excerpt from More Together than Alone, by Mark Nepo. Connect at and February 2019


by Janet Catalina


dream is not simply a desire. A dream is something you aspire to, a goal that excites you. Finding a soul mate, traveling the world, having a more fulfilling job … just the thought of it sizzles for you. Do you have a dream? Is it still alive, or have you put it aside? Does your dream seem to have slipped away? In essence, we are creating our lives every moment. Often, though, we end up creating the “same old same old.” We get so caught up in day-to-day busyness, in what “needs” to be done, that we lose sight of the reality that every minute is the beginning of the rest of our lives. We may not even realize that we are the creators or that change is possible.

Defining the Dream The second month of the New Year offers a perfect opportunity for reflection. With the holidays over, there’s now time to step back, take stock of your life and determine what you really want for yourself going forward.


The first step is to clarify your aspirations. What is your dream? What do you truly want in life? Once you are clear on this, you need to “feed” your dream—visualize it as if it has already happened, and feel the emotions of success. Believe it and allow yourself to feel that you deserve it. As you do that, the next steps toward realizing your dream will become clearer. Often, though, we block ourselves. We may truly believe that we want to achieve our dream, but a part of us may feel unworthy or fearful. For example, you may be searching for a soul mate, but if you‘re unconsciously scared of getting hurt or not being good enough, you could be blocking that perfect person from coming into your life. The same thing can happen if you’re dreaming of a lucrative new job or a different direction in your career. Can you visualize yourself succeeding in that new position, or do you tend to dwell on the risks of leaving your secure old job or on your fears that the new position may not work out?

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We need to break through our fears, let go of old beliefs that we aren’t worthy or aren’t good enough to have abundance in our lives or be truly happy. We are the creators of our lives, and the only thing between us and our dreams is ourselves. Once we understand that, we can begin taking action to clarify what we want, let go of what’s blocking us, and empowering ourselves to step into the life we dream of. This is something we can do on our own or by participating in a program that gives us guidelines for the journey. I work with an amazing program, PULSE Manifestation and Empowerment (PULSE stands for Perception Uniting Life Spiritual Energy), that guides participants through a complete step-by-step process—from clarifying dreams and discovering blockages, to breaking through those blockages to manifest a new life. The program is simple and enjoyable and can be learned in a daylong workshop or a weekend retreat. Whether we engage in this process by ourselves or through a guided program, the key to success is knowing that we are the creators of our lives and that we can choose to live our dreams. Janet Catalina, MSW, is a life coach and therapist and the co-developer of PULSE Manifestation, the culmination of her lifelong work helping people move past blockages into unlimited possibilities. She will lead a Pulse workshop February 2 and a Pulse weekend retreat August 2-4, both at the Mariandale Center in Ossining, NY. For more info, visit

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Pam Cucinell Phone, online & in person 917.796.6026;

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Anne H. Bentzen, RMT, JRP Reiki Master Teacher & Energetic Counseling 914.588.4079;

Colin McPhillamy Pleasantville, NYC, Skype 213.840.1187

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Beacon of Light Wellness Center Alison Jolicoeur 845.202.3515 Shamanic Reiki Master Teacher The Temperance Center Merrill Black, LCSW Reiki Master & Instructor, Intuitive Energy Healer 914.793.2600

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

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

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by Marlaina Donato

hether skiing on Preparing your three weeks’ prep is better than fresh powder body should be on nothing,” she says. That also on a mountain goes for most winter pursuits. top of your list of Sean Sewell, founder of slope, ice skating or snowvacation details. Mountain Fitness School, shoeing, winter recreation offers new opportunities to in Denver, concurs. “People ~Linda Scholl get in shape and a specialtend to think that these ized focus for fitness. sports are mostly quad-dominant, but it’s “Preparing your body should be on top not necessarily the case. I believe the body of your list of vacation details,” says physical works as a unit, and is therefore only as therapist Linda Scholl, of the University of strong as its weakest link, so all muscle Utah Orthopaedic Center. Her ski fitness groups are important in the big picture.” classes in Salt Lake City focus on developing four muscle groups: quads, hamstrings, glutes Winter-Ready Workouts and core. “Ideally, you should take six to Lunges, single-leg dead lifts and lateral-moeight weeks to prepare for a ski vacation, but tion exercises are all well-suited for tailored


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training. Winter fitness prep classes offer ideal benefits, but simple walking or running up and down stairs can also do wonders. “Stairs are the closest thing to a hill, and you can get creative with stairs—skipping a stair or hopping. It also has a cardio component which helps you adjust to the altitude of a ski destination,” says Scholl. Maggie Lehrian, owner of Roots Yoga Studio, in Hawley, Pennsylvania, attests to yoga’s benefits for conditioning, “The standing sequences in yoga practice, especially hatha yoga, are tremendously effective at increasing balance and strength in the legs and glutes needed for crosscountry and downhill skiing, skating and snow shoeing.” She recommends adding 30 minutes of cardio, such as walking or running, three times a week to a balanced yoga practice that includes components of strengthbuilding and stretching. Yoga fosters concentration and endurance and offers unrealized benefits. “Breathwork can be extremely helpful when traveling to higher altitudes,” says Lehrian. Yoga also scores high for attaining a confident, healthy beach body for a winter Caribbean getaway, with strength-building, core-focused styles such as vinyasa or power flow.


Experts agree that the body’s core muscle groups are not only key in getting fit, but play a major role in preventing common injuries.

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Links to Learn From General Preparation Ski Ready: Winter Fitness: Balance Exercises: For Snow Sports: For Skiing:

Last-Minute Beach Body

Winter-Worthy Workouts

Shape Up:

According to Mountain Fitness School founder Sean Sewell:

Avoiding Injury Experts agree that the body’s core muscle groups are not only key in getting fit, but play a major role in preventing common injuries. “The core should always be activated during heavy exercises. This keeps the back safe and allows for better power output,” says Sewell. “The core is not just the abdominal muscles. I like to think of the core as an area from the shoulders to the knees and both the front and back of the body.” Proper alignment is paramount. “Skiing involves absorbing a lot of force. It’s literally controlling a fall downhill, so leg alignment is everything,” says Scholl. This applies to many winter sports—including skiing, hockey and ice skating—to avoid injuries to the anterior cruciate ligament, which stabilizes the knee.

n Stretching and warming up are a must for mobility, recovery and most importantly, to maximize all exercises. Using foam rollers or a lacrosse ball and yoga and massage are all recommended. n Kettlebell Swing is the best bang-for-your-buck exercise for glutes, core, calorie-burning and endurance. If this is too advanced, a deadlift can replicate many of the same benefits. n Squat for healthy knees, strong quads and core, and better motor control. Try the goblet squat, offset squat, double kettlebell squat or body squat, or whatever else might be more comfortable. n Lunging is a good starting exercise; step-back, front and side lunges are three options. Add weight when proficient with a kettlebell, dumbbell or even a backpack. n Press for upper body strength and a strong core; pushup, chest press, overhead press.

Body Basics

Start off with a TRX or a high box for pushups to reinforce good form. Once proficient, progress to floor pushups.

Being winter-ready also means eating well and staying hydrated, both on and off the slopes. “Eat well and take recovery seriously,” says Sewell. “If you are serious about performance and recovery, then do not skip out on eating.” Scholl recommends drinking plenty of water, avoiding alcohol before hitting the slopes and consuming a good balance of protein and carbohydrates, especially post-workout or after a day of skiing.

According to physical therapist Linda Scholl, the following are recommended for three days a week for six to eight weeks to build strength and skill without overtraining. Repeat each exercise with a 15-second rest.

Perks of Winter Sports

n Core exercises are for quicker results, safety and reinforcement for the back. Try planks and hollow holds.

n Hamstrings focus: dumbbell dead lifts standing on one or both legs (three repetitions, 10 each side)

Choosing a winter sport is ideal to help combat cold weather blues and the all-too-common winter rut. As a bonus, skiing and snowboarding burn a surprisingly high number of calories. In essence, getting outside just makes winter more enjoyable. “Whether it is a solo powder day or a mellow spring day, being in the mountains is empowering and rejuvenating,” says Sewell. Scholl agrees. “It’s important to stay active, regardless of how cold it is outside. Enjoy winter and where you are.”

n Squats: body weight squat (10, three repetitions progressing to 10, three repetitions each leg)

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n Core focus: plank/side plank (three repetitions of 30 seconds each)

Tip: Technique matters. Squat with good form: knees over your ankles in both the frontal and sagittal plane (knees in line with your first and second toe and never in front of the toes throughout the entire squat). n Buttocks/Lateral Motion: speed skater hops (three repetitions of 20 seconds each from side-to-side)

Check with a physician before beginning an exercise regimen. February 2019


news briefs

Dance the Weekend Away in Saratoga


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he 32nd annual Flurry Festival will be held on President’s Day Weekend, February 15 through 17, at the Saratoga Springs City Center and Saratoga Hilton, with more performances and workshops scheduled at Parting Glass Pub, Putnam Den and Excelsior Springs. The Flurry is internationally known as a destination for dancers and music lovers of all ages, featuring more than 300 performers, five venues and more than 250 events. Vendors sell fun dance wear and shoes, and food options include vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free. This year’s diverse lineup includes programs for families with young children and teens, featuring international music, singing, jamming, storytelling, square dancing, movement games, sing-a-longs and more. Teens get their own contra dance, Irish set dance, techno contra dance, talent showcase, jam session, world dance and body percussion workshops. Among the live concerts and performances will be the Vanaver Caravan’s World Dance Festival and the Strawberry Hill Fiddlers. There will be music instruction and jamming all weekend long, including workshops for guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, ukulele and percussion, plus tune workshops and jamming for all instruments. Tickets are available online until Feb. 8 and at the door. Passes and discounts are available. For more information, visit See ad, page 43.

Equilibrium Studio Opens in Pawling


orraine Landau’s new business, Equilibrium Studio, in the Village of Pawling, opened in November as the logical culmination of her professional journey as a licensed mental counselor and her personal journey to sustainable health through a variety of movement and exercise techniques. She had tried balancing her sedentary job with long-distance running, but then orthopedic injuries began taking their toll. “That’s when I decided I needed a new format,” she says. “I trained and began to teach at the local gyms—yoga, Pilates, Barre and low-impact cardio classes, including water aerobics, cycling and rowing. I got into a whole new dimension after running, and I decided to bring my passion to Pawling, by creating a tranquil environment in the middle of natural surroundings.” Equilibrium offers yoga, Pilates and Barre, as well as stretching and strengthening classes designed to help people rehabilitate from injuries and improve their athletic performance. The studio has small classes, experienced instructors and individual attention, Landau says, and it is “very different than the gym. I want my members to incorporate these healthy moves into their daily lifestyle and also bring it to the outdoors. I use yoga in my counseling practice, and I hope to continue my practice in Pawling.” Cost: Unlimited classes are $75 a month for adults and $45 for students with current student IDs. Individual classes are $10 a session. Private sessions are $50 per hour. Location: Pawling Commons, 63 E. Main St., Pawling, NY. For more info, call 845.832.0037 or 914.523.7703, or visit 50

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BALANCE FITNESS StepWISEnow Strength.Flexibility.Balance 325 S. Highland Ave., Ste. 109 Briarcliff Manor/ Ossining 914.292.0602;

GYROTONIC MILLBROOK Gyrotonic Millbrook 34 Front Street 845.417.3659

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

CORTLANDT MANOR Stay True Pilates Private/Small groups 914.382.2040


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



KARMA ROAD YOGA 1250 Pleasantville Road 914.382.6733

Hudson Valley Healing Ctr. Salt Cave.Yoga.Lifestyle 51 Springside Ave




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

TAI CHI In Balance Concepts Tai Chi. Meditation. Qigong 2505 Rt. 6, St. 108, Brewster 845.803.1992

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


Club Pilates Mount Kisco 30 E. Main St. 914.362.8414; MountKisco

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Pilates Pound Ridge Classical Pilates Studio Old Mill River Road 917.841.1218


RHINEBECK Rhinebeck Pilates 6400 Montgomery Street 845.876.5686

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

Elevate Yoga Studio 3535 Crompond Rd.

Yoga at Zen Garden Private and Small Groups 917.721.2529;



O2 Living/drinklivingjuice YogaShine 792 Rt. 35 Yellow Monkey Village Kripalu/Meditate/Yoga Therapy 914.763.6320; 7-11 Legion Drive, 914.769.8745;

EASTCHESTER The Temperance Center 453 White Plains Road 914.793.2600


BEDFORD HILLS Katonah Yoga 39 Main Street 914.241.2661;

Yoga Haven & Yoga Haven 2 Tuckahoe & Scarsdale; 914.337.1437

Namastesis-Yoga & Wellness Offering Yoga, Massage & Reiki YONKERS 1065 Main Street - Suite H Nueva Alma Yoga & Wellness 845.765.2299; 799 McLean Avenue 914.294.0606;


Golden Prana Yoga 223 Katonah Avenue 914.232.3473


Beacon of Light Wellness Center 4 S. Chestnut St 845.202.3515


Liberation Yoga & Wellness Center 862 Route 6 845.803.8389;

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

Putnam Yoga 30 Tomahawk Street Baldwin Place 845.494.8118;

MOHEGAN LAKE Balance Wellness Studio Yoga.Dance.Exercise.Wellness 1851 East Main St (Rt 6) 914 374.1471;

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

markyourcalendar Saturday, February 9 The Karma of Your Verbal Cues

with Jason Ray Brown Hosted by Yoga Teachers Association 1:30–4:30 p.m. Discover What NOT to say to avoid imbalances as students’ practices evolve. The Yoga Studio at Club Fit Briarcliff Manor $45 members/$65 nonmembers Register at 914.582.7816

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1 Crystal Bowl Sound Bath – Two Sessions: 6 & 7:30pm. Hudson Valley Healing Center in Poughkeepsie welcomes Daniel Lauter. $40, includes salt therapy. Info:


EagleFest. See Saturday, February 9. Reiki Master Class – 11am-4pm. With Reiki Master Marcus Feighery. $675. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. Reserve seat: 845.363.1765. Sound Healing – 6-8pm. With Dan Lauter. Over 30 years of an internationally recognized practice, a not to be missed event. $30. Universal Healing Arts. 4 Crestview Ave, Cortlandt Manor. Register in advance: 917.737.4325.


Zen Mind, Zen Space – 10am. Incorporate mindfulness meditation with creation of sacred art. Fourweek series includes making smudging tools, black rock painting, dreamcatchers and candles. $40 per class. $140 series prepaid. Supplies included. Hands of Serenity Healing, 1129 Main St, Fishkill. Register: 845.896.1915.

LifeForce Yoga Chakra Balancing Flow & Yoga Nidra – 4:30-6pm. With Merrill Black. Gentle meditative flow using sounds, postures, hand gestures and restorative poses to balance chakras. Ending with yoga nidra. $20. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600.


with Anne Bentzen, MSOT, RMT

Reiki Level 1 Classes

Direct Healing, Reiki history and principles

Feb. 9-10

May 4-5

Adv. Reiki Level 2 Classes

Intuitive techniques, symbols, distance healing March 16-17 May 18-19 Time: 1-5 pm daily Location: Armonk RSVP: 914.588.4079 52

Opioid Crisis TED Talks at Somers Library – 1-3pm. Viewing and discussion of two TED Talks on countering the opioid crisis. Route 139 and Reis Park, Somers. Info: 914.232.5717; visit


Stronger Together Solidarity Fair – 9:3012:30pm. To raise awareness, exchange information and foster coalition building, unity and solidarity against all forms of injustice. Free. 1000 Pinebrook Blvd. Temple Israel, New Rochelle. RSVP: 914.235.1800.

Spring 2019 Weekend Reiki Classes


Finding Your Energetic Core supported with Homeopathy – 7:30pm. With Janice Solomon. Gentle yoga, breath work and visualization along with homeopathic concepts for vitality and health. Rye Free Reading Room, 1061 Boston Post Rd, Rye. Hosted by

Invasive Vine Removal - Free-a-Tree Program – Join Groundwork Hudson Valley in combating a variety of invasive vines along the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail, 13-11 Arthur St, Yonkers. Info: Victor Medina: 914.375.2151.


Healers Sacred Circle at Universal Healing Arts – 7:30-9:30pm. An atmosphere of peace and healing led by Amazing Healer Gene Krackhel. Must have background in energy healing. $20. 4 Crestview Ave, Cortlandt Manor. 917.737.4325.

Stony Kill Foundation Beekeepers Association – 7pm. Guest Speaker Travis Grout from Cornell’s Bee Lab will present: Turning Your Hobby into a Beekeeping Business. Stony Kill Farm, in the barn classroom, Rte 9D, Fishkill. $15 drop-in. Info:

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6 Natural Approaches to Anxiety – Learn holistic ways to manage anxiety from a naturopathic doctor. $25. $20 as part of a series. Beacon of Light Wellness Center, 4 S Chestnut St, Beacon. Alison 845.202.3515. Homebuyer Orientation – 6:30-8pm. Learn about CHI’s services, the steps to homeownership and the resources available. Held monthly. Free. Greenburgh Public Library, 300 Tarrytown Rd, Elmsford. Register:

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Natural Way to Quit Alcohol, Sugar, Smoking… – 7-7:45pm. Learn about a simple, effective treatment for quitting smoking, alcohol, sugar and more. 80 percent plus success. Simpler than most dare to believe. Free info session. Briarcliff location. 914.473.2015. Healing Grief: A Medium’s perspective & Guidance on the Grief Process and the Afterlife – 7-8:30pm. With Carla Blaha. $35. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22 Brewster. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. Reserve seat: 845.363.1765. Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 7:15-8:15pm. With Merrill Black. Unique theme, meditation and group discussion. $20. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600. Group Past Life Regression – 7:30-9pm. For those wondering about their past life/lives. Take a journey into the unknown. $20. Universal Healing Arts, 4 Crestview Ave, Cortlandt Manor. Info: 917.737.4325. Curing Addiction from the Core: Quit with Quinn Info Session – 7:45-8:30pm. Learn about the unseen energy of addiction and how this simple, natural method can help one quit for good. Alcohol, smoking, sugar, behaviors. 80 percent plus success. Free. Briarcliff location. 914.473.2015.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9 Spot Bald Eagles at Boscobel – 9am-4pm. Snow date Feb 10. Viewing site for Teatown Hudson River EagleFest. No charge to visit EagleFest. Registration is not necessary. Info: Tickets to EagleFest in Croton: Foot Reflexology Clinic – 11am-6pm. With Reflexologist Lorraine Hughes. Experience reflexology and find out what it’s all about. 20 and 30-min sessions offered at discounted rate. Appointments recommended. Hands of Serenity Healing, 1129 Main St, Fishkill. Register: 845.896.1915. Introduction to Ayurveda and its Health Connection to Yoga – 1-4pm. Lecture presented by Dr. Somesh Kaushik, an Ayurvedic and Naturopathic physician. $25. Inner Balance Studio, 1072 Rte 311, above Sauro’s Deli, Patterson. RSVP Requested: 845.661.8664.

February 2019




INTERFAITH SUNDAYS At the Chapel at Croton Falls Sunday, Feb 17 10:30am-12noon

Discover Your Power Within: Shine on! With Kacey March 1- 3

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings: A Celebration of Freedom

Dr. Hans B. Hallundbaek, Presbyterian Prison Partnership, Katherine Vockins, Rehabilitation Through the Arts, Rev. George Cook

The Chapel at Croton Falls, 609, Rt. 22, Croton Falls, NY (Next to the Schoolhouse Theater) Parking is available across the street. Contact for feast contributions: revdeb1@; Reiki 1 Class – Feb 9-10. 1-5pm/Sat and Sun. With Anne Bentzen. Learn foundation skills for self-healing and treating others. Receive four attunements, manual and certificate. $200. Armonk. Register: 914.588.4079. The Karma of Your Yoga Cues – 1:30-4:30pm. With Jason Ray Brown. Discover what not to say, as well as, what to say. $45 members. $65 nonmembers in advance. The Yoga Studio, Club Fit, 584 N State Rd, Briarcliff Manor. Info: Audrey Brooks: 914.582.7816. Mediumship Demonstration – 2-4pm. Limited seating of 15 people. Tickets: $45. Celestial Touch, 7 Arch St, Pawling (Village). Preregistration required/ info: 845.244.1767. Holistic Chamber of Commerce Holistic Happy Hour – 6:30pm. Members will bring snacks, and nonmembers can attend for $5. Angel Aura Spiritual Boutique, Pawling. Information visit:

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10 Reiki II – 11am-6pm. Class covers the sacred Reiki symbols, chakra balancing, history taking and client confidentiality. Participants do a guided meditation with Reiki symbols to deepen understanding of them. $175. Hands of Serenity Healing, 1129 Main St, Fishkill. Register: 845.896.1915.

markyourcalendar 2019 Weekend Retreat March 8 – 10 Walking Powerfully in the World with Anne Bentzen, MSOT, RMT Take energetic responsibility for the life you create through energetic awareness of yourself and others. Raise your vibration through heart–centered living and embody more of your True Divine nature.

Join like-minded women of all ages who want to live well and flourish at every stage of life. Renew body, mind spirit through both group presentations and self-guided exercises in this weekend retreat. $250 includes accommodations and all meals and materials. Mariandale, Ossining. Register: 914.941.4455. Angelic Channeling – Noon-4pm. With Margaret Doner. Have an opportunity to have a dialogue with the angelic realm and other spiritual entities. Find soul’s purpose, karmic history and more. $125. Universal Healing Arts. 4 Crestview Ave, Cortlandt Manor. 917.737.4325. Heal Yourself and Others with Reflexology – 3-5pm. Christine Knowlton, introduces premise and techniques to show how it reduces stress and improves wellness. $45. Soulauras Wellness Center, 510 N State Rd, Briarcliff Manor. Info: Laura 914.941.2400.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12 Journey to Love Valentine’s Day Workshop –����������������������������������������������� ���������������������������������������������� 7-8:15pm. Led by Pritam Bani Kaur.������������   ���������� Heart-centered focus with meditation, breath and deep relaxation; Gong and sound healing techniques. $25/$45 couple. Devotion Yoga of Westchester, 2055 Albany Post Rd, Croton on Hudson. Info:  914.930.7707.  Register: Classes/Events tab. Holistic Chamber of Commerce Meeting – 6:30-8pm. Topic: Preparing Your Tax Documents. Meetings are free for HCC members and $10 for nonmembers. Asian Temptation Fusion, 718 Dutchess Turnpike, Poughkeepsie. Info:

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13 Bionutrient Food Association Meeting – 5:307:30pm. Local growers, gardeners and anyone who may be interested in improving the quality of foods, through regenerative farming practices, are encouraged to attend. Sugar Hill Farm, 403 Harris Rd. Bedford Hills. Free. Info: Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 8-9pm. With Merrill Black. Unique theme, meditation, group discussion. $20. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600.

LOCATION: Holmes Camp & Retreat Center Holmes, NY Info/RSVP: 845.878.6383 54

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Yin Yoga – 8-9:30pm. Weekly. A gentle movement to enlighten the body, mind and spirit. Mats provided free of charge. $15. Universal Healing Arts. 4 Crestview Ave, Cortlandt Manor. 917.737.4325.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15 Quit Alcohol Simply and Permanently – 7-7:45pm. Learn about Quit with Quinn: helping people overcome alcohol, smoking, sugar and other addictions more easily than they ever thought possible. 80 percent plus success. Free info session. Briarcliff location. 914.473.2015. A Three-Part Series for Serious Healers: Unlocking Secrets of Healing – 7:30-9pm. Led by Gene Krackhel. Series starts with getting rid of fear. $125 series. $50 individual session. Universal Healing Arts. 4 Crestview Ave, Cortlandt Manor. 917.737.4325. Natural Way to Quit Sugar, Overeating, Smoking… – 7:45-8:30pm. Learn about a simple, effective method for quitting smoking, alcohol, sugar and more. 80 percent plus success. Simpler than most dare to believe. Free info session. Briarcliff location. 914.473.2015.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16 Winter on the Farm – 11am-2pm. No-snow date: 2/23. Festivities include: farm animals, draft-horsedrawn sleigh rides, learn about the plants from a master gardener, maple syruping. Free. Donations appreciated. 79 Farmstead Ln., Wappingers Falls. Info:

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17 Self-Care Sunday Retreat – 9:30am-5:30pm. Six teachers have come together to help restore and replenish feminine energy through empowering classes and workshops. $130. Balance Wellness Studio, 1851 E Main St, Rte 6, Mohegan Lake. Schedule/details/registration: 914.374.1471. Interfaith Sundays at the Chapel at Croton Falls – 10:30am-12noon. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings: A Celebration of Freedom with Dr. Hans B. Hallundbaek, Presbyterian Prison Partnership. 609, Rt. 22, Croton Falls. Info: Journey for Your Soul’s Purpose – 11:30am1pm. With Savannagh $20. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. Reserve seat: 845.363.1765. Yin Yoga Class – 8-9:30pm. Release that which does not serve. Yoga class leads into a full moon ceremony. $25. Howling and give-aways included. Universal Healing Arts, 4 Crestview Ave, Cortlandt Manor. 917.737.4325.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 18 Reiki and Sound Healing Circle – 7-8pm. Led by Pritam Bani Kaur.���������������������������������  �������������������������������� Guided meditation, Reiki and extended gong session to heal, release and relax. $40.

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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19 Westchester Holistic Network Meeting –78:30pm. Networking begins 6:30pm. Topic: SelfCare featuring the BEMER. WHN members & firsttimers free/$10 repeat non-members. Ixchel Center, Hartsdale Register:

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20 ADD Just Doesn’t Add Up – 7-9pm. Is it really a short attention span? Learn current facts and how to distinguish visual problems that mimic or complicate AD(H)D. Free. Dr. Samantha Slotnick, 495 Central Park Ave, Ste 301, Scarsdale. RSVP, Jane: 914.874.1177. Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 8-9pm. With Merrill Black. Unique theme, meditation, group discussion. $20. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22 Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 7:15-8:15pm. With Merrill Black. Unique theme, meditation and group discussion. $20. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600. Natural Way to Quit Alcohol, Sugar, Smoking… – 7:30-8:30pm. Learn about a simple, effective treatment for quitting smoking, alcohol, sugar and more. 80 percent plus success. Simpler than most dare to believe. Free info session. Briarcliff location. 914.473.2015.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23 Backyard Sugaring at Sugar Hill Farm – 1112:15pm. Rain date: 2/24. Hands-on program, includes history, storytelling, science and sap tasting. 403 Harris Rd., Bedford Hills. Info: 914.234.6992 x 15, Reiki 1 & 2 – 11am-4pm.With Marcus Feighery. $275. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. Reserve seat: 845.363.1765.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 25 Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 7:15-8:15pm. With Merrill Black. Unique theme, meditation and group discussion. $20. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600.

FRIDAY, MARCH 1 Discover Your Power Within: Shine on! With Kacey – 3/1-3/3. Join like-minded women of all ages who want to live well and flourish at every stage of life. Renew body, mind spirit through both group presentations and self-guided exercises in this weekend retreat. $250 includes accommodations and all meals and materials. Mariandale, Ossining. Register: 914.941.4455. Info:

SATURDAY, MARCH 2 Invasive Vine Removal - Free-a-Tree Program – Join Groundwork Hudson Valley in combating a variety of invasive vines along the South County Trail, 2 Lawrence St, Ardsley, Info: Victor Medina: 914.375.2151.

February 2019

Astrology with Pamela Cucinell Cultivate Inspiration

Power struggles dominate February 1; find healthy outlets for pent-up energy. Unexpected stimuli distract on Groundhog Day. Change crackles on February 3. The Aquarius new moon on February 4 sets the tone for inspired communications and accelerates innovations. Chinese New Year of the Earth Boar begins February 5; celebrate abundance and increased value of the present moment. A generous heart benefits when it’s open to receive.

Find Your Pace

Surround yourself with music and joyous sounds on February 6, when creative harmony expands. Judicious decisions on February 7 pack a punch. The fast track is available on February 8; cast off ambivalence. Roadblocks on February 9 cannot deter a clear intention; consider them a test. “Warp speed” happens for those ready to fasten seat belts on February 10 and fast forward. Invite benevolent conversations on February 11. This strengthens resolve and provides support.  

Love Letters

Continuing to slow-cook ideas and projects on February 12 ensures quality of outcome. Focus reaps rewards on February 13, when messages percolate and options appear. Act on impulse on Valentine’s Day, when offering a warm hello or bright greeting provides pleasure of acknowledgment. No matter your workload on February 15, plan

for weekend recharge. Prickly moods on February 16 beg for comfort food, a cozy comforter and quiet. On February 17, the antidote to stress is childlike play. Art, nature and/or meditation triggers potential on Presidents Day.

In the Trenches

The Virgo Full Moon on February 19 invites bold visions to stimulate projects, health and volunteer efforts. Direct effort yields tremendous growth and action on February 20. The desire to relate and build bridges increases on February 21. Negotiations collapse and restructure on February 22; bring it home to common ground. Review perceived loss on February 23, and assess what has viability.


A 180-degree turn or total overhaul is possible on February 24. Reflection and research on February 25 bring renewed vigor and expanded concepts. Confusion on February 26 requires a “time out,” not a “check out.” Options abound on February 27; read the small print. Use February 28 to complete small tasks. Pamela Cucinell offers spiritual insight with a practical twist with both astrology and tarot at She provides guidance through her website, private sessions, YouTube and webinars. For more information, contact her at pamela@insightoasis. com or 917.796.6026. See ad, page 34. February 2019


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Kacey, On The Radio – 6:30am. The Health and Happiness Show. Interviews with therapists, healers, doctors, actors and dreamers. Tune into 100.7 WHUD. Pilates Mat Class – 9am. Fully equipped pilates studio. $20. Rhinebeck Pilates, 6400 Montgomery St. 845.876.5686. Reiki in the Salt Cave – Two sessions 1 & 3pm – Reiki Master goes person to person and delivers Reiki treatments. $40, includes salt therapy. Info: Hudson Valley Healing Center, 51 Springside Ave, Poughkeepsie. 845.605.2210.

monday Kripalu-based YogaShine – 9-10:30am. With Vitalah Simon. Gentle and calming, strengthening and invigorating, for adults, multi-level and individual attention. Beginners welcome. First class free. 7-11 Legion Dr, Valhalla. 914.769.8745. Mixed Equipment Class – 9:30-10:30am. Invigorating pilates workout using many of the pilates apparatus. $40. Rhinebeck Pilates, 6400 Montgomery St. 845.876.5686. Putnam Yoga Level 1 to Level 2 Classes: With Modifications – 9:30am. Incorporates power yoga poses and techniques for strength training and improvements in breathing, posture and mobility. 30 Tomahawk St, Baldwin Pl. Info, Christine Dodge: 845.494.8118. Basic Warm Flow Yoga – 10:15-11am. With Cara. Vinyasa class focusing on the alignment of the basic poses. $20 drop-in. 3535 Crompond Rd, Cortlandt Manor. 914.582.8925. Healing Dance Circle – 11am-12:30pm. Share and connect in a community of compassion, then move through an intuitively guided healing dance practice. $25 class. $115 five classes. White Lotus Grace: Spiritual Healing Arts & Dance, South Rd, Millbrook. 845.677.3517. Zumba Gold – 11:30am. Designed for active adults over 55. First class free. StepWISEnow Balance Fitness, 325 S Highland Ave, Ste 109, Briarcliff Manor. Visit: Tai Chi – 12:15-1pm. With Cheryl Aiello. $20. Golden Prana Yoga, 223 Katonah Ave, Katonah. Preregistration required: 914.232.3473. More info: GoldenPrana.Yoga.


...Holistic Rhapsody... Sunday, June 2 ~10am-8pm at Fable: From Farm to Table WANTED Exhibitors • Healers • Speakers • Sponsors • Vendors • Volunteers Register Here: Gyrotonic Open Level Class – 12noon-1pm. On the pulley tower. Maximum 5 per class, preregister to guarantee space. $35. Gyrotonic Millbrook, 34 Front St, Millbrook. Info: 846.417.3659. Pre-teen/Teen YogaShine, Kripalu-based – 7-8pm, Reduce stress, increase focus and selfesteem, multi-level and individual attention. Beginners welcome. First class free. 7-11 Legion Dr, Valhalla. 914.769.8745. Advanced Tai Chi & Qigong Class – 7pm. Improve one’s balance and overall health. The dance like movements develop coordination and sharpen short term memory. In Balance Tai Chi, 2505 Carmel Ave, Rte 6, Brewster. Call to schedule classes: 845.803.1992.

tuesday Pilates Mat Class – 9am. Fully equipped pilates studio. Small class sizes. $20. Rhinebeck Pilates, 6400 Montgomery St. 845.876.5686. Putnam Yoga Beginner to Level 1 Classes: With Modifications – 9:30am. Beginners, new students or individuals needing a refresher. Focus on a safe introduction to the fundamental poses in a traditional practice. 30 Tomahawk St, Baldwin Pl. Info, Christine Dodge: 845.494.8118. Beginner Tai Chi & Qigong Class – 10am and 7pm. Improve one’s balance and overall health. The dance like movements develop coordination and sharpen short term memory. In Balance Tai Chi, 2505 Carmel Ave, Rte 6, Brewster. Call to schedule classes: 845.803.1992.

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BodyCode Group Class – 12noon-1pm. Maximum 8 per class. Created by a Gyrotonic Master Trainer, Italian system focusing on deep abdominal strength. Preregister to guarantee space, $25. Gyrotonic Millbrook, 34 Front St, Millbrook. Info: 846.417.3659. Gentle Yoga for Wellness – 5:45-7pm. With Ann Casapini. Yoga using chairs, props, deep relaxation/ meditation to build stability, strength and flexibility. Gentle level. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Ann: 917.882.0921. First Monday of Month, Ongoing – 7-8:15pm. Mindful Mom Monthly Meditation and Discussion group. A gym membership for the mind. First session free. $29.99 per month. The Center for Health and Healing. 4 Smith Ave, Mt Kisco. RSVP required: 917.974.9446. Yogalates with Self-myofascial Release – 7-8:15pm. With Kat. Exclusive. Start by learning SMR to relieve tight, painful muscles, feel the difference while exercising. All levels encouraged. $14. Balance Wellness Studio, 1851 E Main, Rte 6, Mohegan Lake. 914.374.1471. Vinyasa Restorative Flow – 7:30-8:45pm. With JoAnne Salomone. Class that incorporates restorative yoga. All levels. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Jo-Anne:

wednesday Putnam Yoga Level 1 to Level 2 Classes: With modifications – 9:30am. Incorporates power yoga poses and techniques for strength training and improvements in breathing, posture and mobility. 30 Tomahawk St, Baldwin Pl. Info, Christine Dodge: 845.494.8118. YogaStrong – 9:30-10:45am. With Cara. Warm flow class that combines sun salutations and light weights to add to the intensity of the asana. $20 drop-in. 3535 Crompond Rd, Cortlandt Manor. 914.582.8925. Beginner Tai Chi for Balance – 10:15am. Graceful movements to improve strength, flexibility, balance and stamina for increased stability and confidence. First class free. StepWISEnow Balance Fitness, 325 S Highland Ave, Ste 109, Briarcliff Manor. Visit: Joyful Anusara Yoga – 11am-12:15pm. With Ann Casapini. Well balanced asana sequences that focus on alignment, mindfulness, clear intention and joy. Intermediate level. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Ann: 917.882.0921. A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns about Falls – 1-3pm. Award-winning 8 session program held monthly 2 x week. First class free. StepWISEnow Balance Fitness, 325 S Highland Ave, Ste 109, Briarcliff Manor. Visit: Gyrotonic Open Level Class – 5:30-6:30pm. On the pulley tower. Maximum 5 per class, preregister to guarantee space, $35. Gyrotonic Millbrook, 34 Front St, Millbrook. Info: 846.417.3659. Warm Flow Yoga – 5:30-6:30pm. With Cara. A well rounded flowing yoga class in a warmed studio. $20 drop-in. 3535 Crompond Rd, Cortlandt Manor. 914.582.8925.

3X3Fit Total Body Transformation – 6-7pm. With Kat. Safe way to do weight-bearing exercise for increased muscle tone and bone strength. Exclusively at Balance. Five per class. $14. Balance Wellness Studio, 1851 E Main, Rte 6, Mohegan Lake. 914.374.1471. Yin Breath Yoga – 6:30-7:45pm.With Victor Gazzini. A yoga class using a breath bases asana practice that incorporates meditation, visualization and chanting. All levels. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Vic: 914.319.7322. Mindfulness Meditation in the Tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh – 6:45-8:30pm. One Earth Sangha. Beginners welcome. Free will donation. YogaShine Studio, 7-11 Legion Dr, Valhalla. Info: 914.769.8745. Weekly Spiritual and Meditation Program – 7:30-9pm. Meditation and spiritual gathering with video selections and readings on a weekly topic. Science of Spirituality. Refreshments following. Free. Mosaic Mental Health Center, 5676 Riverdale Ave, Ste 203. Riverdale. Info: 914.433.1800.

thursday Low Cost Spay/Neuter Day for Cats – 3rd Thurs. Sponsored by Stray HELP Inc Services by TARA, Inc mobile clinic. $70 includes: spay/neuter, rabies, ears cleaned and nails trimmed. Other services available during surgery. Info, Althea: 845.705.5020. Pilates Tower Class. Mixed Equipment Class – A class for those with some pilates experience. Gain experience on the different pieces of pilates equipment while getting a great workout. $40. Rhinebeck Pilates, 6400 Montgomery St. 845.876.5686. Kripalu-based YogaShine – 7-8:30am. With Vitalah Simon. Gentle and calming, strengthening and invigorating, for adults, multi-level and individual attention. Beginners welcome. First class free. 7-11 Legion Dr, Valhalla. 914.769.8745. Putnam Yoga Level 2 to Level 3 Classes: With Modifications – 9:30am. Beginners and new students or individuals in need of a refresher. Focus is on a safe introduction to the fundamental poses in a traditional practice. 30 Tomahawk St, Baldwin Pl. Info, Christine Dodge: 845.494.8118. Beginner Tai Chi & Qigong Class – 10am. Improve one’s balance and overall health. The dance like movements develop coordination and sharpen short term memory. In Balance Tai Chi, 2505 Carmel Ave, Rte 6, Brewster. Call to schedule classes: 845.803.1992. Pilates Tower Class – 10:30am. Fun and energizing pilates workout in beautiful, fully equipped studio. Small class sizes. $35. Rhinebeck Pilates, 6400 Montgomery St. 845.876.5686. Healing Dance Circle – 11am-12:30pm. Share and connect in a community of compassion, then move through an intuitively guided healing dance practice. $25 class. $115 five-classes. White Lotus Grace: Spiritual Healing Arts & Dance, South Rd. 845.677.3517.

Zumba Gold – 11:30am. Designed for active adults over 55. First class free. StepWISEnow Balance Fitness, 325 S Highland Ave, Ste 109, Briarcliff Manor. Visit: BodyCode Group Class – 12noon-1pm. Maximum 8 per class. Created by a Gyrotonic Master Trainer, Italian system focusing on deep abdominal strength. Preregister to guarantee space, $25. Gyrotonic Millbrook, 34 Front St, Millbrook. Info: 846.417.3659. Mediation for Anxiety at Hudson Valley Healing Center – 5:30-6:15pm. Learn more about meditation and mindfulness. Drop-in or class card. Hudson Valley Healing Center. Poughkeepsie. 845.849.0838. 3X3Fit All Level Workout (New) – 6-7pm. With Kat. Safe way to do weight-bearing exercise for increased muscle tone and bone strength. Exclusively at Balance. Five per class. $14. Balance Wellness Studio, 1851 E Main, Rte 6, Mohegan Lake. 914.374.1471. Beginner & Advance Shaolin Kung Fu Class – 7pm. An excellent exercise regime and self-defense system. The powerful movements develop coordination and promote external strength. In Balance Tai Chi, 2505 Carmel Ave, Rte 6, Brewster. Call to schedule classes: 845.803.1992. Restorative Yoga with Guided Meditation – 7:308:45pm. With Kat. Calm the mind and restore the body’s balance in this 75-min class. $15. Balance Wellness Studio, 1851 E Main, Rte 6, Mohegan Lake. Preregister: 914.374.1471.

friday Pilates Tower and Reformer Classes – 7:3010:30am. Fully equipped pilates studio. $3540. Rhinebeck Pilates, 6400 Montgomery St. 845.876.5686. Super Gentle Chair Yoga, Kripalu-based YogaShine – 9:20-10:20am. With Vitalah Simon. Gentle and calming, strengthening and invigorating, attuned to people with a variety of special needs, multi-level and individual attention. Beginners welcome. First class free. 7-11 Legion Dr, Valhalla. 914.769.8745. Putnam Yoga Level 1 to Level 2 Classes: With Modifications – 9:30am. Incorporates power yoga poses and techniques for strength training and improvements in breathing, posture and mobility. 30 Tomahawk St, Baldwin Pl. Info, Christine Dodge: 845.494.8118. Powerful Flow Yoga – 9:30-10:45am. With Cara. A strong vinyasa class with sun salutations, inversions and arm balances in a heated studio. $20 drop-in. 3535 Crompond Rd, Cortlandt Manor. 914.582.8925. Beginner Tai Chi for Balance – 10:15am. Graceful movements to improve strength, flexibility, balance and stamina for increased stability and confidence. First class free. StepWISEnow Balance Fitness, 325 S Highland Ave, Ste 109, Briarcliff Manor. Visit:

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Gentle Yoga for Wellness – 11am-12:15pm. With Ann Casapini. Yoga using chairs, props, deep relaxation/meditation to build stability, strength and flexibility. Gentle level. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Ann: 917.882.0921. A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns about Falls – 1-3pm. Award-winning 8 session program held monthly twice a week. First class free. StepWISEnow Balance Fitness, 325 S Highland Ave, Ste 109, Briarcliff Manor. Visit: Guided Meditation & Inspiration of the Week – 6:30-8pm. Variety of healing movement, meditation and intuitive practices, creations, themes and combinations. $25 class. $115 five-classes. White Lotus Grace: Spiritual Healing Arts & Dance, South Rd. 845.677.3517. Y12SR (Yoga of 12 Step Recovery) –7-8:30pm. With Angela. A groundbreaking relapse prevention program, Y12SR class combines sharing in a safe, anonymous environment with gentle yoga and mindfulness. By donation, walk-ins ok. Balance Wellness Studio, 1851 E Main, Rte 6, Mohegan Lake. 914.374.1471. Beginner Tai Chi & Qigong Class – 7pm. Improve one’s balance and overall health. The dance like movements develop coordination and sharpen short term memory. In Balance Tai Chi, 2505 Carmel Ave, Rte 6, Brewster. Call to schedule classes: 845.803.1992.

saturday Yoga Teachers Association Workshops – 2nd Sat. Open to teachers and students, members and nonmembers. The Yoga Studio, Club Fit, Briarcliff Manor. Info: 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. Beginners Kundalini Yoga & Meditation – 9-10:30am. With Hardev Kaur. No experience necessary. Golden Prana Yoga, 223 Katonah Ave, Katonah. 914.232.3473. Preregistration required/ more info: GoldenPrana.Yoga. All Level Flow – 9:30-10:45am. With Katy. Vinyasa style class to suit the needs of the individual. Modifications are offered to accommodate beginners, intermediate or more advanced practitioners. $20 drop-in. 3535 Crompond Rd, Cortlandt Manor. 914.582.8925.

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Kurt Beil, ND, LAc, MPH By Appt.: Mt. Kisco/Cold Spring, NY and Ridgefield, CT 914.362.8315; Chinese medicine for relieving muscle/joint pain and headaches; treating chronic disease including autoimmune disease, digestive disorders, and mental health conditions; boosting immune function; balancing hormones; helping tobacco/substance addiction; and reducing stress. Includes acupuncture, herbs, cupping, moxibustion, qigong, and TENS electro-stimulation. Insurance reimbursement available for some services. See ad pg 17.

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


Addiction Free Naturally Briarcliff and Midtown Manhattan 914.473.2015; Quit with Quinn helps people overcome daily addictions and unwanted habits ranging from sugar, smoking, alcohol, weight loss, to overeating and other compulsive habits. All natural, painless, no medications, needles, or hypnosis. 80% success rate. See ad pg 39.


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.

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

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


SearchLight Medical 2424 Route 52, Hopewell Junction, NY 845.592.4310; Frustrated with not feeling or looking your best? Let me guide you on your path to better health and well-being. Utilizing: Medical Acupuncture, ONDAMED Biofeedback Therapy, Reiki, Mei Zen Acupuncture for facial rejuvenation, weight loss and fertility. See ads pgs 11 & 17.


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.

February 2019



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 34.




143 Boardman Rd. Poughkeepsie, NY 845.214.0452; Enhance your self discovery journey with the energies of crystals, gems, plants and colour. Restore, revitalize and rebalance. EQUILIBRIUM = HOMEOSTASIS = HUE MAN  You are unique. You are Divine. Reveal your true potential.  Which colors will you choose? 


Edit Babboni; CHC, RYT 200 61 Lakeview Dr., Yorktown Heights, NY 917.721.2529,

by Pamela Landolt, M.Msc. Available at

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

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

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.



25 Depot Plaza Bedford Hills NY; 914.218.8357 125 Westchester Ave. White Plains, NY; 914.259.6739


Yellow Monkey Village 792 Rte 35 Cross River, NY, and NYC Office: 914.875.9088; Cell: 646.670.6725; Combination of Ayurveda and Naturopathy is used to create a unique treatment plan to regain and maintain health. Based on one’s particular body constitution (dosha), a plan may includesupplements, diet/ nutrition suggestions, lifestyle management, detoxification, hydrotherapy, 0zone therapy, Panchakarma. Clinic days: M,T,W. See ad pg 12.

Locally made in Bedford. 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 and nontoxic with long-lasting aroma. Shop in stores or on-line. Stores are open 7 days a week. See ad pg 3.



495 Central Park Ave, Ste. 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. Please visit website for details.

Whole plant medicine on a ‘whole You’ level.; @ShiraSynergy The Only Holistic CBD System of Infused Aromatherapy, Tinctures, Capsules and Topicals, Founder and CEO Shira Adler is a nationally recognized CBD Expert, Speaker, Coach, Consultant, and Author of “The ABCs of CBD” – available in stores and on

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Sustainable Living plus: Creative Arts Therapy


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

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


Integrity Chiropractic 11 Miller Rd Mahopac, NY 10541 845.628.7233; Do you struggle with chronic pain and don’t know where to turn for help? Experience the relief from a total-body approach to wellness. Call today for your free consult and enjoy doing the things you love again. See ad pg 39.


Life Coach in Positive Psychology 914.263.7080; Feeling stuck? Gain clarity, investigate your strengths and navigate transitions with proven tools and guidance. Free phone consultation to explore how working together can help you make the positive changes you seek. Appointments in person or by phone. See ad pg 46.

COACHING - ADD/ADHD SUSAN LASKY MA, BCC, SCAC Certified ADHD Coach/ Organizer 914.373.4787;

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

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

Dr. Gertner himself suffered with back pain due to an injury. With upper cervical chiropractic treatments, his body began to “heal itself” and the relentless pain that had plagued him quickly left his body. This inspired him to become one of only 5 NUCCA chiropractors in New York, and less than 200 worldwide, currently. He experienced amazing results and he knows you will too. See ad pg 67.


The Practical Mystic Spirit Based Coaching for Women 914.220.2495; I help you figure out what is most important to you, identify your patterns, shift your reactions, perceptions and the negative beliefs you have about yourself. This deep change work allows your life to open up in unlimited ways.

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


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.


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. 



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



CIRCULATION Independent BEMER Distributor Mahopac, NY 914.760.5645




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.

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

February 2019



ENERGY HEALING TINA AURORA CPC REIKI MASTER Energy Healing & Coaching Cortlandt Manor, NY 914.473.1032;

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


Science based environmental health nonprofit with mission to educate the public regarding environmental exposures and links to health and environmental impacts. Practical information and solution tools are provided.  Serves local and state governments, school systems, health professionals, organizations and individuals nationwide. 

Looking for a physician with 25 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 9.


Energetic balance is essential to your health. Restore energetic flow, balance your chakras, clear stress symptoms, pain, inflammation, depression, anxiety, insomnia and more. Improve natural immunity, mental clarity and peace. Reiki classes all levels. Private sessions. Weekend retreats.


By Appointment; Sarah’s House of Health 900 South Lake Blvd, Mahopac, NY 914.562.0618; Eminence Organic Skin Care is handmade, extracted from plants, vegetables and herbs from a family-owned farm in Hungary. Let the aromas treat your senses and the ingredients impart health and beauty to your skin. Gentle massage will stimulate collagen and deliver ingredients to the deepest layer of your skin. See ad pg 12.

Energy Medicine Practioner, Medical Intuititive, Physical Therapist 46 Bedford Road, Katonah NY 239.289.3744; Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? Are you exhausted from pain, stress or PTSD? Balance your body’s energies for optimal physical health and emotional well-being with Esoteric Healing, a high vibrational technique from Tibet.

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

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

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Managing Allergies plus: Nutrition Upgrades



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


Usui/Karuna® Reiki Master Teacher, Jikiden Reiki, Energetic Counseling, OT Locations Armonk and Eastchester 914.588.4079;


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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 33.


177 Myrtle Ave, Mahopac, NY 845.208.6131 Organic hair salon. Say goodbye to grey and frizz, with no harmful ingredients. We have extensive knowledge in non-toxic and organic beauty products and offer permanent organic keratin smoothing treatment. Our passion is natural clean beauty that is luxurious, effective and affordable. See ad pg 41.


Poughkeepsie, NY 120601 917.868.1769; Integrative consulting for small to mid-sized companies who want to implement wellness programs with biometric screenings for their employees. Assessment of existing wellness programs for effectiveness or health educator for public speaking engagements; as well as a trainer for medical Spanish.


Merrill Black, LCSW, Reiki Master & Instructor Hypnotherapist, Intuitive Energy Healer, RYT, Founder 453 White Plains Rd, #201/203 Eastchester 914.793.2600; Nurture your mind, body, and soul. Thru a variety of healing modalities and services that include, psychotherapy, reiki, hypnosis, acupuncture, massage, reflexology, intuitive healing, spiritual counseling, nutritional consulting, therapeutic yoga, guided channeling meditation classes. Rediscover your control and balance your life. See ad pg 45.


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.

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

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

Shima Chayvet CEH, MRM, CHHS, CCP 4 Crestview Avenue, Cortlandt Manor, NY 914.737.HEAL; Healing. That’s what happens here. A healing community within a spiritual space that offers Reiki, Qi Gong, Reflexology, Yoga, Group Healings, Energy Healing, Special workshops, featured presenters, holistic weight loss, Sound Healing, Acupressure, Reflexology, Meditation Circles, Shamanic teachings and Reiki Certification for adults and children to name a few. There is also a metaphysical shop open to the public. Come and reconnect with your true self. See ad pg 45.


777 Ulster Ave, Kingston 504 Haight 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; Looking for a physician with 25 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 9.




Dr. Michael Wald; 914.552.1442 86 Smith Ave., Mount Kisco NY 914.242.8844; Do you suffer from chronic health problems like cancer, autoimmune, GI or neurological issues? You need a BloodDetective! Dr. Wald will work with you personally over the phone, as a house call or at his Mt Kisco office. Call today, you deserve personal attention. See ad pg 13.

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

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

DANA BOULANGER #US28016 Independent BEMER Distributor Mahopac, NY 914.760.5645

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


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.

February 2019


LAND CONSERVATION WESTCHESTER LAND TRUST 403 Harris Rd, Bedford Hills, NY 914.234.6992

Westchester Land Trust works together with public and private partners to preserve land in perpetuity, and to protect and enhance the natural resources in our communities. Learn about their many innovative programs at


Therapeutic Massage & Reiki Lisanne Elkins, MA, LMT, RM 153 Main St. Suite B, Mt. Kisco 914.319.4375; Offering therapeutic massage and Reiki for stress- and pain-relief, relaxation and general wellness. Gift certificates available for all modalities, including pre- and postnatal bodywork, aromatherapy and hot stone massage by appointment. Set your intention for healing yourself and those around you. See ad pg 34.



Kurt Beil, ND, LAc, MPH By Appt.: Mt. Kisco/Cold Spring, NY and Ridgefield, CT 914.362.8315; Utilize an integrative healing approach from a doctor trained in holistic medicine. Working with your current medical treatments & labwork, as well as botanical medicine, dietary & lifestyle counselling, nutritional supplements, acupuncture and Chinese medicine, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, stress reduction and ecotherapy. Insurance reimbursement available for some services. See ad pg 17.


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.

Laura Giacovas,LMT, MS Ed., 4th Dan Master Instructor Taekwondo Briarcliff NY 914.941.2400, Our mission is to enhance wellness and quality of life through Therapeutic Massage and Integrated Holistic Healing. We are committed to providing an inspired, nurturing environment from which wellness and harmony can be realized. See ad pg 9.

MEMORY LOSS/DEMENTIA SHARP AGAIN NATURALLY—501(C)3 Alzheimer.Dementia.Memory Loss 914.281.1404


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 12.

Experiencing “senior moments?  Have a loved one diagnosed with Alzheimer’s?  Memory loss has many causes, and can be prevented and treated. Early intervention makes a real difference!   Researchbased information to help you and your loved ones at  


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777 Ulster Ave, Kingston 504 Haight Ave, Poughkeepsie 845.338.3320; 845.485.8582 Helping people relieve symptoms o f c h r o n i c Ly m e d i s e a s e , fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome as well as many other chronic illnesses. Dramatically improve your energy levels.

NUSPECIES 866.624.4117 HQ: 427 Main St. Beacon, NY 12508 NuSpecies Health Centers provide free health consultations with certified nutritionists/life coaches. We make custom recommendations of our Raw, Organic, Liquid, Natural nutritional formulas and then work with our clients until they achieve their health goals. See ad pg 6.


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

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PHARMACIES COMPOUNDING PHARMACY 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 f f 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.


128 Grand St., Croton on Hudson, Ny 914.271.5000; Serving the community since 1929. Your one stop shop for all your Prescriptions, DME supplies, Natural supplements, Homeopathic Medicine and Herbal supplements with around the clock (9am-6pm. ) Free Deliveries. Specializing in products From Designs for health, Metagenics, Nordic Naturals, Teas, Essential Oils and Full spectrum and Isolated CBDS. See ad pg 48.

PSYCHIC READINGS DOMINIQUE AT SYNCHRONICITY Psychic Tarot Medium Reading  1511 Route 22 Brewster  845.363.1765;

Our gifted psychics offer insight and clarity for life’s situations. Analyzing your past, present and future provides support in decision making. Our Mediums receive validations from loved ones that have passed, which provide healing.


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.

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

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



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


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



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


Facial & Body Treatments 1081 Main St., Ste B, Fishkill, NY 845.288.3216; I believe in the Mind, Body, and Spirit Connection. Private studio dedicated to personalized and holistic skin care for women of all ages and skin types. Specializing in restorative, reparative, and anti-aging treatments. Botanical, cruelty-free, nature-based product lines; vegan and gluten-free options. See ad pg 34.


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


Rev. June Tompkins, Acting 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


Soul Alignment Coach and Healer Cold Spring, NY 845.202.1717; Mary Ellen O’Brien is a Soul Alignment Coach and Healer who helps Spiritual Practitioners and Healers align with their higher self consistently so they can fully own their gifts. She holds frequent group programs in Cold Spring, NY.

February 2019


SPIRIT GUIDED LIFE COACHING THE SOURCE NY, WELLNESS CENTER 143 Boardman Rd. Poughkeepsie, NY 845.214.0452;          

Navigating through life›s challenges can leave you feeling confused, doubtful, or alone. Connecting with Spirit can provide validation and guidance during uncertain times. Different modalities include Tarot, channeling, and energy balancing. Each session customized to the individual’s needs.



Certified Whole Health Educator 518.929.7579;

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

Prevention is the Cure. Offering the highest standards in Radiation-Free Breast and Full Body medical thermography. Detect changes at the cellular level years before conventional screenings. Clear results with fewer tests. Now available in Westchester and Dutchess by appointment. See ad pg 28.

Lose weight, inches and improve your overall health with the Mei Zen Acupuncture treatment for weight loss and abdominal toning. Jump start your metabolism and balance your body’s energy as you lose weight. Additional benefits include enhanced energy and improved digestion. See ads pgs 11 & 17.


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

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

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

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


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

Organic, Vegan, Gluten Free, Kosher Mount Kisco & Scarsdale Locations Mount Kisco: 914.358.1666 Scarsdale: 914.472.9646

Email: Marilee@


Addiction Free Naturally Briarcliff and Midtown Manhattan 914.473.2015; Quit with Quinn helps people lose weight by overcoming addiction to sugar and white flour, and compulsive overeating. After treatment, most people experience indifference towards refined sugar, sweets and treats, leading to easy weight loss. 30 years experience. 80% success rate. See ad pg 39.


Skinny Buddha utilizes the highest quality ingredients, to make delicious flavorful meals that everyone in the family will enjoy. Soups, salads, acai bowls, smoothies, baked goods and more. No matter what your dietary restrictions, all roads leads to Skinny Buddha. See ad pg 27.

The practitioners of Soulauras are committed to providing an inspired, nurturing environment from which wellness and harmony can be realized. Services: Therapeutic Massage, Bodywork, Auricular Acupressure and Integrated Holistic Healing Services, Yoga, Reiki, Reflexology and Chakra Balancing. See ad pg 9.




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Integrative, Holistic & Conventional 1609 Route 9, Wappingers Falls, NY 845.234.4417; We specialize in the integration of holistic and conventional veterinary medicine to provide quality, comprehensive care for your pet’s needs. We enjoy taking time to get to know our clients and their pets. This allows pets to relax, while we learn about their family lifestyle.

Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition


Led by Janet Catalina, MSW 914.548.8372; Learn how to become a Master Manifester. Create that dream job, find your soul mate, pay off your debts or whatever you desire. Learn to release what has blocked you up to now. Once you have learned how to PULSE, you have an empowerment tool for the rest of your life. Please visit for workshop dates.

“Do you have a pinched nerve?”


ear Friend, Let me start by explaining the photo in this letter. You know, when I meet people in town they usually say, “oh yeah, I know you, you’re Dr. Gertner. I’ve seen stories for years…” Well, that’s me. I’m the guy in the picture with my amazing family.

Here’s what some of my patients had to say:

“When I was in college I was injured playing football. I began developing severe and constant pain in my neck and lower back. After chiropractic, and PT were not effective in relieving my symtoms…I had surgery. Over the next 20 years I had surgery 3 more times, but I still suffered with horrible pain. I was referred to Dr. Gertner by a friend. On the first visit he performed a computerized diagnostic scan that located my problem. I had a pinched nerve. After only a few visits most of the pain in my neck and back was gone for the first time in decades. I fell like I have my life back!” – Rob C

“For the last few years I have suffered with MS. I’ve been suffering with tremors, poor circulation, neck and back pain, loss of coordination, fatigue, asthma and insomnia. I have been under care for six months and without medication, Dr. Gertner has helped me control my MS. My tremors are gone and I am able to keep my hands steady. I am also seen great improvements in all my original symptoms including asthma – all without drugs! – Don O

Now let me tell my story. When I was in chiropractic school in Atlanta, Georgia, I had a severe injury to my lower back. For over a year I suffered with horrible pain. I was getting adjusted three times a week by traditional chiropractors without any results. I was less than a month away from graduation and I became very frustrated. For the last 8 years I had studied to become a chiropractor, and now my life was put on hold by a condition that chiropractic is supposed to treat. A colleague of mine introduced me to a doctor who specializes in an unique type of chiropractic called NUCCA. In the entire world there are less than 200 NUCCA doctors. NUCCA can be considered to be like “engineering of the spine”, specializing in spinal correction without surgery. The NUCCA correction gently restores the skull, spine, and pelvis back to its proper position. This takes pressure off the nerves and allows the body to return to its natural, healthy state. Patients are typically seen 1/3 as often as traditional chiropractic and most patients receive permanent relief. Immediately after the first visit I felt relief, and in one week I was completely out of pain. I spent the next two years working as an intern in that Atlanta office. In 2002 I returned home to NY. In the last 17 years we have quickly become the busiest NUCCA office worldwide. It is common for patients to travel well over an hour each way for care. We have seen patients that travel from all over the world, as well as 48 of the 50 United States. It’s strange how life is, because people now come to see me with all types of problems. With this NUCCA procedure I have tremendous results with the type of patients that visit traditional chiropractors like neck pain, back pain, and headaches, but the majority of my patients have more severe neurological conditions such as Fibromyalgia, Trigeminal Neuralgia, MS, Parkinson’s, and Seizures, just to name a few. I explain to my patients that I am not curing them of anything, but the NUCCA procedure is able to help alleviate many of the symptoms associated with the disease.

“I used to suffer with severe facial pain called trigeminal neuralgia. I’ve seen my MD, Neurologist, and Acupuncturist with limited results. I travel from East Hampton, LI because this is the only treatment that has helped me” – Pat G

Several times a day patients thank me for helping them with their health problems. But I can’t really take the credit. I’ve never healed anyone of anything. What I do is make a specific spinal adjustment to remove nerve pressure, and the body responds by healing itself. The power that made the body, heals the body! We get tremendous results. It’s as simple as that! Make A Believer Out Of Me Offer – You shouldn’t go bankrupt to find out the solution to your health problems. If you bring in this article, you can receive my computerized diagnostic test and new patient exam with x-rays if needed for $27. This exam could cost you $300 just for the computerized test alone. But, please call right away because this offer expires on February 15, 2019, and I don’t want you to miss out. Why am I doing this? My purpose is to get as many people well through NUCCA chiropractic care as I possibly can. I want to become your chiropractor if you need me. If after the exam I think I can help you I’ll tell you, If not I’ll personally refer you to the appropriate healthcare professional. Satisfaction….Please, I hope that there’s no misunderstanding about quality of care. You’ll get professional care that’s affordable. My qualifications…I graduated from Hofstra University before finishing my Doctorate at Life College in Marietta, GA. I’m Board certified in the state of New York, and by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners. I’ve been entrusted to take care of more than 10,000 patients…newborns, pro athletes, and celebrities that you may know, and I have delivered over 250,000 spinal corrections. My assistants are Ashley and Cynthia and they are great people. Our office is both friendly and warm and we try our best to make you feel at home. Our office is called Upper Cervical Chiropractic of New York and is conveniently located at 311 North St in White Plains. Our phone number is 914-686.6200 or you can visit our website at Call today for an appointment to start getting well! Thank You. George Gertner, DC

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