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Page 1: Vascular Vitality - Natural Awakenings€¦ · you’ll enjoy this month’s nod to heart health and healing as we enjoy 2020 to the fullest together. In our feature story, “Sacred

1 February 2020

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February 2020 | NY Capital District | AlbanyAwakenings.com

H E A L T H Y L I V I N G H E A L T H Y P L A N E T

Plastics Push-BackThe Drive to Banish Single-Use Plastics

VascularVitalityThe Lifeblood of Heart Health

Moving From Fear

to LoveHow to Cope With

Anxious Times

Healing Joints From WithinThe Promise of Regenerative Medicine

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Love is in the air this month, and here at Natural Awak-

enings it’s only natural that we’re focused on matters of the heart—after all, it is what keeps us alive and living and loving well! I hope this letter finds you reveling in many daily experi-ences that fill your emotional heart center with joy, and that you’ll enjoy this month’s nod to

heart health and healing as we enjoy 2020 to the fullest together. In our feature story, “Sacred Vessels: The Lifeblood of Heart

Health,” Julie Peterson examines the crucial role of the vascular sys-tem and how simple, natural lifestyle choices can prevent or remedi-ate damage that may result in a heart attack, stroke, vision loss and cognitive decline. It’s easy to take our hearts for granted on a physical level sometimes. Considering the amazing and unconscious actions that are going on from moment to moment does give us pause to honor this sacred process and become conscious of actionable steps through physical movement and healthier food choices to foster improvement system-wide. Are you feeling inspired to make some adjustments?

While lifestyle changes have the power to restore our heart, the field of regenerative medicine is making great strides in rejuvenating joints, ligaments, tendons and tissues by stimulating the body’s natural healing process via a patient’s own blood platelets, growth factors, fat, stem cells and other factors. In our Healing Ways department, we learn there is hope for healing joints from within, As medicine and an understanding of the human body’s overall healing ability continues to evolve, it will be amaz-ing to see future advances in this area too.

In case you’re wondering, regenerative therapy isn’t just for hu-mans, as Peterson explains in “Pain Relief for Pets: Prolotherapy Gives Joints New Life.” Veterinarians are treating cats, dogs and even horses with this non-surgical form of self-healing.

We top it all off with a large dose of love featuring Scarlett Lewis’s inspiring essay, “Choosing Love: How to Cope With Fearful Times,” her insights after the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy claimed the life of her son, Jesse. In 2014 I, was fortunate to see Lewis speak in person as a guest of Dr. Wayne Dyer during his NYC visit, and I was incredibly moved by the message that love can be found in even the most difficult experiences. Dyer’s T-shirt that day read simply read the word “Love” (with the period meaning that all we need is love, period). This is surely something to ponder and strive for.

To Living and Loving Well,

Carolyn Coogan, Publisher

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DEPARTMENTS 4 news briefs

10 health briefs

12 global briefs

14 eco tip

15 business spotlight

16 healing ways

18 green living

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11 SOUND WAVES HELP RELIEVE PAIN

16 HEALING JOINTS FROM WITHIN The Promise of Regenerative Medicine

18 DISRUPTING DISPOSABLES The Drive to Banish Single-Use Plastics

20 SACRED VESSELS The Lifeblood of Heart Health

24 VITAL STEPS The Path to Vascular Fitness

27 PAIN RELIEF FOR PETS Prolotherapy Gives Joints New Life

29 CHOOSING LOVE How to Cope With Fearful Times

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news briefs

H E A L T H Y L I V I N G H E A L T H Y P L A N E T

2020 EDITORIAL CALENDAR

HEALTH BRIEFS | GLOBAL BRIEFS ECO TIP | GREEN LIVING

HEALING WAYS | FIT BODY CONSCIOUS EATING

HEALTHY KIDS | WISE WORDS INSPIRATION | NATURAL PET

DEPARTMENTS

Age-Defying Habits Plus: Healthy Immune System

Thriving on a Plant-Based Diet Plus: CBD

Autoimmune Breakthroughs Plus: Protein & Collagen Connection

Beyond Factory FarmingPlus: Gut Health

Emotional Well-Being Plus: Adaptive Yoga

Personalized Diabetes Strategies Plus: Skin Care

Cardiovascular Health Plus: Regenerative Medicine

Grassroots Climate Crisis Strategies Plus: Healthy Home

Inspired Lifestyle Travel Plus: Brain Health

Biological Dentistry Plus: Environmental Education

Stress Management Plus: Joint Health

Creating Community & Connection Plus: Spending Locally

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PLANT-BASED NUTRITION ISSUE

WOMEN’S WELLNESS ISSUE

THE FOOD CONNECTION ISSUE

SELF-EMPOWERMENT ISSUE

THE DIABETES CHALLENGE ISSUE

Looking Within for Self-Healing

Registered nurse Elizabeth Peters is a Level 2 practitioner of Quantum Healing Hypnosis Technique (QHHT), a unique

method founded by regression hypnotherapy author and educa-tor Dolores Cannon. It emphasizes healing in the body and is grounded in the understanding that answers to all questions can be found within. Sessions are held in a farmhouse with a neat, chemical-free, smoke-free environment.

Peters says, “We are capable of so much more than many of us realize in our conscious, surface minds. Accessing the higher consciousness through hypnosis is a safe and effective way to improve physical, emotional, mental and behavioral well-being. In a QHHT session, you are verbally guided to a deep level of relaxation where we converse with the very expansive aspect of you to receive guidance and solutions you are seeking. Oftentimes, once the message has been received by the person, the issue or problem can be resolved.”

Reasons for choosing to have a QHHT session may include health, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, curiosity, grief, unwanted habits, life decisions, PTSD, curiosity and life purpose. QHHT sessions are said to help people strengthen the alignment with their higher selves

Location: 1587 Schodack Valley Rd., Castleton. For more information, call 518-424-6341 or visit elizabethpetersqhht.com and qhhtofficial.com. See ad, page 13.

A Deeper Sense of Peace in a Fast-Paced World

The eight-week Saratoga Stress Reduction Program spring session, taught by Selma Nemer, Ph.D., and Pierre

Zimmerman, MS, will begin March 7 for Tuesday evening classes from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

This class in mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) and stress management teaches multiple forms of mindfulness meditation from credentialed instructors with decades of experience. Students learn the latest neuroscience findings about the impact of mindfulness on the brain and our ability to heal. While the program is very personal and therapeutic, it is also solidly practical and offers concrete approaches to dealing with physical and emotional distress. Students discover they can experience a deeper sense of peace in the midst of a fast-paced, demanding and stressful life.

Graduates say the program has helped them improve sleep, breathe more easily, reduce anxiety (and for some, eliminate the need for medication), better manage physical pain, increase physical flexibility, change negative thought patterns, bring greater awareness to their eating habits, feel more connected to their bodies, improve immune system health, discover a sense of inner calm even during stressful situations and be in the present moment with greater ease.

Location: Bloom Fitness Studio, 153 Regent St., Saratoga Springs. To register, call 518-581-3180, ext. 307 or visit SaratogaStressReduction.com.

Elizabeth Peters

The best thing to hold onto in life is each other. ~Audrey Hepburn

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The 33rd annual Flurry Festival, held from February 14 through 16, is a

celebration of music and dance from America and around the world, with dances such as Contra, Swing, Square, Waltz, Latin, African, European, Israeli, Celtic, Scandinavian and more. Highlights include dances, workshops, singing, concerts, jamming, performances, family events, storytelling and vendors.

The Flurry is not about competitive ballroom-type dancing, nor is it formal; it’s about having fun with plenty of opportunities to learn new dances and meet new people. Dress is casual and comfortable. Soft-soled, clean shoes not worn outdoors are required on all dance floors. As a community dance event, people often switch partners after each dance. They don’t need to bring a partner.

Admission from $3 to $115. Festival headquarters will be at the Saratoga Springs City Center and the Saratoga Hilton (534 Broadway). For more information, visit FlurryFestival.org. See ad, page 13.

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Discover the Benefits of Essentrics

Gail Tassarotti is a Level 4 Essentrics instructor who offers both private

and group classes. She has personally ben-efited from these workouts and wants to guide clients in the relief of chronic pain, increased strength, flexibility, posture and improved overall health. This full-body workout was developed by Miranda Esmonde-White, PBS TV personality and author of the New York Times bestseller, Aging Backwards.

Perfect for both men and women of all ages and fitness levels, Essentrics includes both dynamic and fluid move-ments that gently strengthen and stretch the body. When consistently practiced, these techniques promote strong, lean and flexible muscles.

Location: Albany Dance & Fitness, 1197 Central Ave., Albany. For more information, call 518-573-3631 or visit AlbanyDanceFitness.com.

Make 2020 the Year of Purpose

Louise Finlayson Ph.D., a clinical psychologist and transformational coach, inspiring conscious

living for more than 25 years, is offering a special program, Discovering Your Unique Path to Purpose in 2020, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., February 23. Lunch is included.

She says, “Come home to your true self ! This all-day workshop will help you to discover key in-sights about your life purpose, and help you embark on your unique life path. Participants will discover a simple, straightforward path to self-acceptance, ways to free themselves from their harsh inner critic and the gift of embracing all aspects of themselves.

Location:1525 Western Ave., Albany. For pricing and registration (inquire about early bird savings before Feb. 21), call 518-218-0707 or visit LouiseFinlayson.com/events. See ad, page 9.

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Show the Body Some Love for Valentine’s Day

Kathleen Vroman, LMT, owner/prac-

titioner at Community Massage, is celebrating Valentine’s Day during the month of February by offering nurturing treatments that enhance

health and well-being; the perfect gift for oneself and/or loved ones. A 90-minute massage costs $100 ($10 off). Also add an essential oil (Detox or Chill Pill) at no charge and hot stones ($15) to the session for additional therapeutic benefits.

Online and in-store gift certificates, multi-pack dis-counts, herbal hot/cold pack gift sets (includes neck wrap, body pack, eye pillow and spray) and CBD topical pain reliev-ers are available.

Vroman says, “Comforting and relaxing therapeutic treatments are a healthy alternative to traditional chocolates. Support New Year's resolutions for positive changes in self-care with a variety of bodywork options.”

Location: within Elevate Albany Wellness, 407 Albany Shaker Rd., 2nd fl., Loudonville. For appointments and more informa-tion, call 518-272-1400, or visit CommunityMassages.com. See ad, page 19.

CranioSacral Therapy for Post-Concussion Syndrome

Elena Ajdelsztajn a certified Craniosacral

Therapist and owner of Welcome Home Inte-grative Bodywork, in Albany, is offering $15 off the first session during the month of February. Craniosacral Therapy

(CST) can offer support for those suffering from post-concus-sion syndrome, now experiencing persistent symptoms such as headaches or dizziness.

CST is a gentle and natural way to release compression between skull bones and tightness in the surrounding soft tis-sues after trauma to the head, helping restore its natural move-ments and fluid flow while relieving pressure and pain. With gentle palpation, practitioners can find the affected areas and using light-touch techniques, work to soften and decompress these tight tissues over a number of sessions.

Location: 409 New Karner Rd., Ste. 101, Albany. For appointments call 518-783-6091 or visit WelcomeHomeIntegrativeBodywork.com. See ad, page 5.

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Discover Spiritual Wellness

Sarah F. Vulgamore, MA, MS, NCC, founder of Well for the Soul and Creative

Spiritual Practices, in Troy, says, “Well for the Soul and Creative Spiritual Practices is a celebration of healing and transformation. It is a deep belief in pursuing life choices by integrating a thorough sense of self with profound creative practice.”

Formerly the Director of Spiritual Wellness at the world-renowned Canyon Ranch health resort, in Lenox, Massachu-

setts, Vulgamore offers creative spiritual practices such as immer-sive sound therapy, art-making as meditation and holistic wellness counseling. She helps people develop personal rituals and routines for their spiritual health to live a meaningful life, create an intimate relationship with something greater than their own life and experi-ence a pervasive sense of connectedness throughout their life.

Techniques include harmonics, rhythms and vibrations to help clients expand their self-awareness and to promote self-heal-ing using Himalayan singing bowls, buffalo frame drums, koshi chimes, rattles, tuning forks, and stringed monochord.

Vulgamore adds, "The Well is a warm and organic meeting spot, surrounded by the beautiful falls of the Poestenkill Gorge. The powerful energy of the landscape distinctly supports inner intentions for self-discovery, healing and transformation."

For more information, call 518-874-4345 or visit WellForTheSoul.com. See ad, page 14.

New Healthy Marketplace in Ballston Spa

The Holistic Health Mar-ketplace has opened as a

one-stop store for all things natural at 402 Rowland Street, in Ballston Spa, with a Febru-ary special of 15 percent off all heart-related products. The marketplace is housed within the same building as AAC Family Wellness Center, Dr. Michael Quartararo’s practice (he also owns the marketplace).

Customers will find a full line of doctor-approved, high-quality, vitamins and supplements, including organic cannabidiol (CBD) products. Local fare such as tea, handmade lotion and soap is also available. Free consultations from a doctor on staff make this a unique wellness store like no other.

For more information, call 518-363-0202 or visit aacwellnessgroup.com. See ad on page 13

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Lower Stress for Less this Month

Barbara Stevens, a certified

stress management consultant and hypnotist at Stress

Techniques, has received certification from PESI in sleep management, and is offering a stress/sleep evaluation for $45 (a $75 value) during the month of February on Tuesdays and Wednesdays by appointment. This one-hour session will evaluate a client’s stress level and provide specific ways to remedy sleep disturbances.

She says, “Stress can adversely affect sleep quality and duration, while insufficient sleep can increase stress levels. Both can lead to lasting physical and mental health problems. Sleep disorders have shown to cause memory issues; moodiness; weakened immune systems and increased risk of disease; weight gain; slower healing of illnesses, including anxiety and depression; impaired judgment; and relationship issues.

Stevens is certified by the International Association of Counselors and Therapist in hypnosis and stress management. She has worked in the field of stress management for more than 25 years, offering private and corporate sessions.

Stress Techniques is located within The Chakra Garden, 409 New Karner Rd., Colonie. For appointments, call 518-755-5053 or visit StressTechniques.com.

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Use Probiotics to Reduce Bone Loss and Newborn InfectionsBone loss leading to increased fracture risk occurs in half of postmenopausal women, but new research from Sweden offers a deterrent: a combination of three Lactobacillus probiotic strains. A total of 249 healthy, early postmenopausal women over the age of 50 that took the probiotics for a year suffered no significant bone loss in the lumbar spine compared to a placebo group, report researchers at Gothenburg University. They had slight reductions in bone loss at the neck and no changes at the hip or upper femur. In a British Medical Journal-published study on probiotics that spanned 10 years and involved nearly 1,000 at-risk babies, researchers from the UK’s Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital found that newborns with gut infections were twice as likely to recover when given probiotics as part of their treatment in intensive care units, with sepsis rates reduced from 22.6 percent to 11.5 percent. The strains used were L. acidophilus, Bifidobacterium bifidum and B. longum subspecies infan-

tis. The babies were suffering from necrotizing enterocolitis, a rare infection and inflamma-

tion of the intestines which can affect low-birthweight babies.

Practice Qigong Massage to Improve Autism Symptoms in ChildrenQigong, a traditional Chi-nese massage technique and movement practice, may offer hope for the one in 68 American chil-dren suffering from au-tism spectrum disorder. Researchers at Portugal’s Oporto University reviewed 10 high-quality studies, all of which involved mas-sage for children as young as 2, including two which also employed slow qigong movements and breathwork for older children. Previ-ous studies have found that the qigong type of gentle massage practiced for 15 minutes daily by parents on autistic children helps the children tolerate touch, feel reassured by it and bond more deeply with parents that also feel less stress. The meta-study affirmed, “Qigong seems to be able to decrease severity of individual sensory, behavioral and language compo-nents of autism, and improve self-control, sociability, sensory and cognitive awareness, as well as healthy physical behavior.”

Use Pumpkin Seed Oil to Dodge HypertensionPostmenopausal women are more likely to de-velop hypertension than men their age, but taking pumpkin seed oil daily may head off that condition, report researchers from Marymount University, in Arlington, Virginia. In a blind study of 23 partici-pants, women taking three grams of pumpkin seed oil for six weeks had significantly reduced systolic blood pressure, as well as better blood flow in their arteries. The oil “might be effective in the prevention and treatment of hyperten-sion in this population,” write the authors.

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Get Nutritional and Antifungal Benefits

from CeleryResearchers from Cameroon’s

University of Buea studied the properties of nine local vegetables and found that celery, Apium graveolens, had some of the highest levels of antifungal properties, as well as high levels

of nutritional lipids, protein, vita-min C, copper, zinc and phospho-

rous. Also scoring high in nutritional and antifungal value were the seeds

of Irvingia gabonensis, African or bush mango, sometimes used in the U.S. in weight-loss products.

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For those that suffer from chronic pain, have circulation problems or wounds that do not heal, sound waves therapy might be the answer. We hear sound because it travels through the medium of air. Sound pressure waves can cause the body to increase circulation and penetrate areas where blood flow and nerve transmission has been reduced due to inflammation or arthritis.

When we feel the vibration of loud music, that is the pressure of the sound waves hitting the body. Sound travels like ripples the water throughout the body. While different frequencies of sound can be very beneficial and help the body heal itself naturally, others can be harmful. High-frequency sound waves can create intense heat that can burn, and high-pitched sounds can cause hearing damage. Low-frequency sound waves have been proven to have no harmful side effects, while helping relieve symptoms of sciatica, migraines and several other painful symptoms.

Wave Therapy, LLC, in Las Vegas, has developed a low-frequency sound stimulation (LFSS) device that provides whole body health. This U.S. Food and Drug Administration Class 1 medical device has no known medical side effects. Medsonix completed several clinical trial studies on LFSS in 2002 at the University of Nevada that has resulted in the awarding of three U.S. patents for circulatory disorder, inflammatory musculoskeletal tissue disorder and blood disorders. Wave Therapy is a safe, non-invasive and drug-free alternative to full-body health.

Sound wave therapy involves the use of omnidirectional, low-requency sound waves which are transmitted throughout the whole body to reduce inflammation and increase cell phase angle while improving overall cell health. The Wave Therapy Machine provides immediate and quantifiable improvements in inflammation, circulations, nervous system functions, overall cellular health and reduction of pain.

Wave Therapy sessions may reduce symptoms of diabetes, fibromyalgia, Lupus, Lyme disease, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, scleroderma and other diseases. Benefits include reduced pain and increased circulation in clients with arthritis, bursitis, carpal tunnel, chronic fatigue, drop foot, edema, headaches, inflammation, neuropathy, numbness, migraines, PTSD, sport injuries, tendonitis, wound healing and many more.

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Seal DealFishermen Protect Endangered Sea Mammals

In 1969, there were only 100 South American fur seals and sea lions along the coastline of Lima, the capitol of Peru, but that has increased to more than 8,000 today, thanks to local fishermen that have realized over the intervening years that a

balanced ecosystem benefits all. Once hunted almost to the point of no return for their pelts and because they ate so many fish, the sea mammals have slowly rebounded since Peru established its first marine protection area there in 1979, the Paracas Marine Reserve. Today, the Fishermen’s Union has defined these areas, in which each local fishing collective is dependent economically, and has assigned responsibility to that group for protecting those marine re-sources. Impetus for species protection is also being driven by the rise of tourism and artisanal fisheries. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature, which maintains a “Red List” database of spe-cies and the degree to which they are threatened with extinction, has also been involved. It also compiles a

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Clear ThinkingUNESCO Adopts Resolution on Earth Charter

The 40th General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and

Cultural Organization (UNESCO), held last November, adopted a

resolution that reaffirms the importance of the Earth Charter (EarthCharter.org) as an ethi-cal framework for sustainable development. The Charter’s four pillars—respect and care for the com-munity of life; ecology integri-ty; social and economic justice;

and democracy, non-violence and peace—have guided and

underpinned UNESCO’s sustain-able development work. Taking into

account the current world situation and environmental crises, delegates felt

it was time to act and that the Earth Charter provides the needed principles and values. Although it has no binding force, like previous UNESCO resolutions, its ethical foundation may surface in future battles in international courts.

Thump ThumpTrees Exhibit ‘Heartbeat’Scientists have discovered that some trees raise and lower their branches several times in the course of the night, indicating a cycle of water and sugar transporta-tion, but they didn’t know why. Plants need water to photo-synthesize glucose, the basic building block from which their more complex molecules are formed. For trees, this entails drawing water from the roots to the leaves. Dr. András Zlin-szky, at Aarhus University, Denmark, used a laser scanning technique to measure the exact location of branches and leaves of 22 tree and shrub species, and published his observations of substantial unexpected movement cycles. He says, “We detected a previously unknown periodic movement of up to 0.4 inches in cycles of two to six hours. The movement has to be connected to varia-tions in water pressure within the plants, and this effectively means that the tree is pumping. Wa-ter transport is not just a steady-state flow, as we previously assumed.” Some might call that pumping action a heartbeat.

Soot CitiesAlaska Battles

Air PollutionAlaska, which has some of the

most pristine environments in the U.S., also has some of the worst air

quality in its cities. According to the American Lung Association 2019 State of

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chorage ranked 21st in cities with high levels of short-term particle pollution between 2015-2017, the latest years that figures are available. Although

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tion is made of soot, or tiny particles that come from coal-fired power plants, diesel emissions, wildfires and wood-burning devices. These particles are so small that they can lodge deep in the lungs and trigger asth-ma attacks, heart attacks and strokes, and can even be lethal,” warns Marge Stoneking, executive director at the American Lung Association in Alaska.

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Water WinFresh H20 Comes to Kenya Town

A drought-plagued Kenyan region is using a new, solar-powered, desalina-tion plant from the international non-profit GivePower to obtain clean water. Before the plant’s arrival in the town of Kiunga, villagers had completely run out of clean drink-ing water and had

to use dirty well water and saltwater from the Indian Ocean. The new solar water farm produces enough drinking water that’s cleaner than typical desalination plants for more than 35,000 people every day. GivePower has a mission of using renewable en-ergy as a means of bringing water, food and energy to places that need it most. They plan on building similar facilities in other drought-prone countries such as Co-lombia and Haiti.

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Green HorizonsA Billion Trees in Eight YearsMarrying forestry to technology, the startup Flash For-est, in Toronto, is using aerial drones to plant trees 10 times faster than human planters with a goal of 1 billion trees by 2028. Since testing prototype devices last year, it has already planted several thousand trees across Ontario using pre-germinated seed pods containing a mixture of species. The drones are capable of planting trees at just 50 cents per pod, or a quarter of the cost of typical planting methods. Funded partly by a Kickstarter campaign, the group will start planting trees in April, with at least 150,000 in the ground by the end of this year. At full capacity, one drone operator will be able to plant 100,000 seed pods per day. Flash Forest spokesperson Angelique Ahlstrom says, “Our goals are to have a significant and measurable impact on mitigating climate change in the next decade, while combatting deforestation and biodiversity loss on a global scale. We feel we are one of the only ways that the federal government will be able to fulfill its pledge to plant 2 billion trees in the next 10 years.”

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healing ways

Someday, medical science will allow us to infuse damaged or aging organs with new cells, or to manufacture

made-to-order organs on a 3-D printer. These emerging techniques to revitalize worn-out body parts are on the drawing board in the field of regenerative medicine. However, for the injured college athlete or the grandmother with compromised joint function, healing and pain relief can already be found in the form of prolotherapy and other non-invasive approaches that stimu-late the body to heal itself. Injection therapies using dextrose or the patient’s own platelets or stem cells are being used to naturally stimulate the body to produce collagen and rejuvenated tissue, offering hope to those with soft tissue injuries, osteo-arthritis, degenerative disc disease and even pain syndromes like fibromyalgia. A recent review in the British Medical Bul-letin of 10 high-quality studies of dextrose prolotherapy in adults with mild to mod-erate osteoarthritis of the knee showed patients experienced significantly less pain

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and improved range of motion in both the short term and long term without adverse effects. Eighty-two percent of patients were satisfied with the treatment.

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founder of Caring Medical Regenerative Medicine Clinics, in Fort Myers, Florida, and Chicago. “Prolotherapy is used to treat osteoar-thritis because it helps correct the underly-ing reason why it has occurred, which is joint instability. The body overgrows bone as a long-term response in an effort to stabilize an unstable joint,” Hauser says. Naturopathic physician Brent Camer-on, of Aurora Natural Medicine, in Gilbert, Arizona, suggests individualized treatment plans for best results. “My recommenda-tions are very patient-specific, which is an important piece in prolotherapy.” Cameron says his patients are likely to start seeing relief in the first week. “In many instances, they experience complete relief and mobil-ity after a series of treatments.” While Cameron attests to the ef-ficacy of dextrose prolotherapy, he is cautious with recommending it for people with systemic inflammatory conditions. “Someone with a history of joint-related autoimmune response tends to mount stronger inflammatory responses. Other forms of regenerative medicine can be helpful for rheumatoid arthritis [RA], but not in the inflammation-mediated way, like prolotherapy and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections.” One option, according to the Institute of Regenerative Medicine, in Boca Raton, Florida, might be very small embryonic-like stem cells (VSELS), an emerging form

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utilizing different injection therapies for the treatment of osteoarthritis.

The Power of PlateletsPRP injections are similar to prolotherapy, using platelets from the patient’s body in-stead of dextrose. “As blood flows through an injury site, the inflammatory chemi-cals trigger the platelets to release growth factors, which causes the torn fibers of the damaged structures to heal,” says Fort Worth osteopath Gerald Harris, of Texas Prolotherapy and Neural Therapy. PRP is sometimes used in conjunction with stem cell therapy, which is typically applied in cases in which something needs to be replaced, to help fill in gaps in ligaments or tendons, Harris says. PRP injections have proven to be effective in easing chronic low back pain from damaged vertebral discs. An over-view of research published in the Journal of Spine Surgery in 2018 found it to be safe, effective and feasible, with promising po-tential for the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders. Harris says that people that wish to avoid surgery or cortisone injections can benefit from PRP, which can also be ap-plied topically to treat non-healing wounds like bedsores and diabetic ulcers. Harris subscribes to the power of persistence. “Don’t give up. With proper treatment there is a strong likelihood that you can live a happy, healthy life free from chronic pain.”

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On campus, Penn State provides bags of different colors for tailgaters with instructions for fans to separate recyclables in one bag and everything else in the other. That program was exported to Pocono. Michael is also working with PepsiCo, which owns Frito-Lay, to develop alterna-tive packaging. The University of Florida’s efforts began in 2012, when the campus freed itself from plastic bags, getting buy-in from Chick-Fil-A, Subway and other eateries that agreed to switch to alternatives. “We’ve been Styrofoam-free since 2012, as well,” says Allison Vitt, outreach and communications coordinator for the UF Office of Sustainability. “At the end of 2018, we officially switched over all to compostable straws.” They feel like plastic, but are certified compostable, she says. UF has engaged with Cupanion, a company that developed an app that has a “fill it forward” program, distributing money to clean-water charities worldwide. “Since 2016, we’ve been working with them to reduce single-use plastic, rewarding people for reus-ing their bottles,” says Vitt. Interested students, staff and faculty are given a barcode sticker to scan on their phone each time a bottle is refilled at a campus retailer or water fountain. The app provides points that can be redeemed for monthly prizes. “It also shows you your

personal footprint—your cumulative impact, like how many single-use bottles you have avoided,” she says. On a smaller scale, Dana Honn and his wife Christina went completely plastic-free upon opening Café Carmo, in New Or-leans. “We only had about a dozen seats, but determined to have as little waste as possible. Every year, we were able to build upon it,” he says. “A lot of local folks have really changed their perspective. We see a lot more custom-ers coming in and saying they appreciate that

we are using compostable cups and compostable straws.” It’s a slow, but steady effort, says Eric DesRoberts, senior manager of the Ocean Conservancy’s Trash Free Seas program. “We have worked with a number of restaurants talking about why it is important to be taking action to keep plastics out of the waste stream and out of the ocean.” More people are volunteering to clean up and cut back on plastics, and more businesses are asking the nonprofit, Washing-ton, D.C.-based, environmental advocacy organization how they can do their part. “There is momentum, but it is challenging,” says DesRoberts.

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every cell in the body, delivering nutrients and eliminating waste. Each human adult harbors an astonishing 60,000 miles of blood vessels—enough to wrap around the planet twice. Keeping these hard-working vessels supple and open is the key not only to avoiding disease, but also to ensuring a long and healthy life. The alternative—arteriosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries—can slowly and silently bring on cardiovascular disease (CVD), which can result in a heart attack, stroke, vision loss and cognitive decline. CVD is the leading cause of death in the U.S., killing one in four Americans,

according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). By 2035, nearly half the population—45 percent—is predicted to have some form of the disease. “A hundred years ago, we were farm-ing the back 40 with a team of horses, eating what we grew. Kids don’t get out and ride bikes; they’re playing video games and eating crap. There’s very little doubt how we got to this problem,” says John Osborne, M.D., director of cardiology at State of the Heart Cardiology, near Dallas. Yet, the nation’s number one killer, which can fester for decades without symp-toms, is largely preventable and reversible. Only 15 percent of CVD is related to genet-ics; the rest is attributed to lifestyle, and the right choices can make all the difference. The key is to adopt heart-healthy habits before the body delivers a potentially fatal warning. “The initial presentation of heart disease can be an acute catastrophic event that results in death in half the men and two-thirds of the women. That’s not treat-able,” warns Osborne.

Know the Risk FactorsThe first step toward cardiovascular health is awareness. Important indicators of CVD risk include:4 High blood pressure (over 140/90)4 High cholesterol (over 240 mg/dL)4 High triglycerides (over 200 mg/dL)4 High blood glucose (over 140 mg/dL) 4 Obesity (BMI over 30)4 Inflammation (hsCRP test above 2 ml/dL)4 Physical inactivity (less than 30 minutes a day)4 Smoking or vaping (any at all)4 Chronic stress4 Loneliness

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Any of these factors can increase the risk of CVD, but possessing a cluster of the first five comprises a condition called metabolic syndrome, which significantly increases the potential for heart disease and Type 2 diabetes—itself a significant risk factor that can damage blood vessels, as well as the organs they support. “While diabetes is the seventh-lead-ing cause of death in the United States, this figure belies the fact that most people with diabetes die of heart disease, kidney failure and other complications,” says Brenda Davis, RD, of Alberta, Canada, author of Kick Diabetes Essentials: The Diet and Lifestyle Guide. Metabolic syndrome, like CVD, has few obvious symptoms and is on the rise: Nearly one-third of adults in the U.S. have it, according to the CDC. The one distinct marker for the condition is an accumula-tion of fat around the waistline, character-ized by a measurement of over 35 inches for women and 40 for men.

Take Action to Cut Risks“When a disease is lifestyle-induced, the only thing that can reverse it is a dramatic change in diet and lifestyle,” says Davis. “We’ve seen over and over again that it works.”

n Know the Numbers CVD flies under the radar even though it’s increasingly common at younger ages. The Journal of the American Medical Association

released a study in December 2019 stating that about one in four young adults in the U.S. have pre-diabetes, putting them at increased risk for Type 2 diabetes and CVD. Lisa McDowell, director of clinical nutrition and wellness at St. Joseph’s Mercy Health System, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and team dietitian for the Detroit Red Wings, works with elite athletes of all ages and notes that they more likely know their favorite player’s jersey number than their own health numbers. “Learn what your blood pressure is, know your body mass index, get your cholesterol levels and triglycerides and your [hemoglobin] A1C.

Know these numbers early on and, if there’s a problem, fix it,” she advises. While simple blood tests help monitor indicators for CVD, more sophisticated tests can be even more revealing. In 2018, the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association (AHA) jointly issued new guidelines for patients over age 50 to get a computerized tomogra-phy (CT) scan to determine their calcium score. The procedure checks for hardening of the arteries and predicts the risk of a 10-year future cardiovascular event. “This identifies people who have pre-clinical atherosclerosis, regardless of risk factors,” says Osborne. “It also helps people modify behaviors, because they are faced with a diagnosis.” Yale R. Smith, a Melbourne, Florida, M.D., who specializes in metabolic and functional medicine, utilizes the U.S. Food & Drug Administration-approved protein unstable lesion signature (PULS) blood test. Recommended for patients in their 40s, it measures inflammatory biomarkers for the body’s immune system response to arterial injury and provides a chronological heart age and risk of a CVD event. “If you can show someone the future, it’s a wake-up call to make lifestyle changes to increase longevity,” Smith says.

n Eat for Heart HealthPerhaps the single most important change that people can make is diet. “But a lot of people don’t want lifestyle medicine—they’d rather take a statin with their Big Mac,” says McDowell. Preventing or reversing CVD requires diligence, but it’s largely about eating real, whole food—and mostly plants.

This means avoiding processed foods and consuming less salt, trans fats, saturated fat and cholesterol; and more fruits, vegeta-bles, whole grains, nuts and seeds. “There’s not an excess of blueberries in the American diet; there’s an excess of relatively inexpensive, highly processed junk foods in large containers,” says McDowell. Overcoming the urge to grab fast and easy foods requires education. “Everyone needs to learn how to read a food label and avoid foods linked to vas-cular disease,” she adds. Vegans have healthier cholesterol lev-els in their blood compared to vegetarians, which in turn have better levels than meat-eaters. Study-verified diets that lower CVD indicators also include the Mediterranean diet, as well as two developed by the Na-tional Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet and the Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes (TLC) diet, which also addresses exercise and weight control. “I don’t believe that one diet fits ev-erybody, but there’s a preponderance of evi-dence that the more plant compounds you get, the better off you are,” says McDowell.

Some cardiovascular boosters: Leafy greens flush out excess sodium and magnesium, and reduce inflammation.  Berries improve circulation by boosting nitric oxide, which expands blood vessels. Pomegranate juice lowers blood pressure and reduces plaque formation. Walnuts, peanuts and almonds lower LDL, the “bad cholesterol”. Oily fish, chia and flax seeds with omega-3 fatty acids lower triglycerides. Soy with anti-inflammatory isofla-vones helps dilate blood vessels. “We could eat tofu, tempeh, miso, edamame, soy beans or even organic soy ‘veggie meats’ in place of red meat,” says Davis. Yogurt, kefir and other fermented probiotic dairy products help improve glycemic control, blood lipids, cholesterol and blood pressure. Supplements can be very helpful:Red yeast rice extract, much like a statin, significantly lowers total cholesterol and LDL.

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Coenzyme Q10, a powerful antioxi-dant, lowers blood pressure and combats the side effects of statins. Omega-3s in fish oil supplements reduce heart risk in healthy people and those already diagnosed with CVD risk. Nicotinamide riboside improves blood pressure and arterial health in those with mild hypertension. Garlic, fresh or in capsules, can lower cholesterol and blood pressure.

n Move ItSitting all day and then briefly exercis-ing doesn’t provide the same benefit as moving periodically throughout the day. Take more frequent breaks from sitting,

get up to move around for a couple of min-utes every 30 minutes. Exercise strengthens the endothelium, the innermost of an artery’s three layers, and produces nitric oxide, which helps

keep arteries open and healthy. Getting the blood moving lowers cholesterol and blood pressure, and increases oxygen and nutrients to the body. Exercising outdoors provides addi-tional benefits. Research from the Barce-lona Institute for Global Health found that exposure to green spaces helped prevent metabolic syndrome.

n Stress Less, Socialize MoreSpending even 20 minutes outdoors in nature can do won-ders for high blood pressure and cortisol levels, studies show. Walking or talking with a friend deepens social en-gagement, a key factor in lowering CVD risk: “Having the right tribe is crucial,” says McDowell. “If you’re with people who support you and make you laugh, you feel less stress.” Walking a dog outdoors gets three cardiovascular pluses—exercise, nature and

sociability, as dogs tend to be tail-wagging ice-breakers. Further, merely stroking a pet lowers blood pressure. Apps like Headspace and Insight Timer make it easy to do meditation, which studies suggest may reduce overall CVD risk.

n Don’t SmokeNot starting to smoke or vape at all is ideal for car-diovascular health, but quitting allows the body to begin to heal, reducing the risk of coronary heart disease after one year by 50 percent, reports the AHA; 14 years later, the risk is the same as a non-smoker’s. “It’s not intuitively easy to make healthy decisions,” says McDowell. “We have to learn how to make good choices.”

Julie Peterson writes from rural Wisconsin. Connect at [email protected].

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Moving the body regularly also lowers stress hormones like cortisol that can ignite damag-ing vascular inflammation. A West Virginia University study presented at the 2016 Experimental Biology meet-ing in San Diego showed that aerobic exercise fosters healthy blood vessels in rats exposed to chronic stress. Combining aerobic exercise with good diet and paying attention to triglyceride levels all help to keep us young from the inside-out.

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Brian Engler, of Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania,

was asked to provide hospice care for a senior Akita. Tadao was underweight, weak, arthritic and had been severely neglected. He needed a place to live out his remaining days in comfort. Even though Tadao was unstable with severely limited mobil-ity, Engler believed that the old dog had more than a little life left in him. Engler’s veterinarian tried prolother-apy injection treatments for Tadao’s joint pain and he soon became more comfort-able and gradually more active. “By the time we completed the treatments, he was able to get up and down with ease and started cruising around the kitchen look-ing for snacks on the counter,” says Engler. Prolotherapy, short for proliferative therapy, isn’t just for dogs. Any animal with a joint can receive the regenerative injection therapy, which relieves pain by strength-

ening ligaments and tendons supporting the joint. It’s minimally invasive, involving the injection of a sugar solution directly into the affected area. The body’s inflammation response kicks in, resulting in regrowth of

new fibers in ligaments and tendons. Prolotherapy has been around a long time. It was used to treat lame animals around 1350 B.C. Back then, a hot poker was used to induce the inflammation response. In the 1930s, injection of an irritant solution at the site of the injury be-came the new method, and has since been shown in scientific studies to facilitate the repair and regrowth of connective tissue, ligaments, tendons, cartilage and other joint-stabilizing structures. Modern prolotherapy has remained basically the same for the last 80 years, although the injected irritant solution is modified according to the veterinarian, the type of animal and the injury. Every

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vet uses a slightly different prolotherapy “cocktail”, which typically includes 50 per-cent dextrose and possibly several other ingredients the practitioner finds useful, such as saline, vitamin B12, lidocaine and homeopathic combinations. Some vets also offer platelet-rich plasma or stem cells in the injection mixture. “Prolotherapy offers an effective alterna-tive to surgery in a significant number of partial ligament tears or persistent joint pain issues,” says Judith M. Shoemaker, DVM, owner of Always Helpful Veterinary Services, in Nottingham, Pennsylvania. “It’s quite inex-pensive and the success rate is very good. Many animals respond after just a few treatments.” Shoemaker typically does prolo-therapy treatments in three- to five-week intervals until the joint heals. She also looks to correct the underlying issues of the problem. “Joints don’t get torn up with normal movement,” she says. Animals may have joint issues from falling, but other causes include over-weight, long toenails or chiropractic issues.

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Prolotherapy stabilizes joints after an injury and achieves pain-free motion, but it’s only successful if the cause of the injury is remedied. “Prolotherapy is a very important tool in integrative veterinary care, but it’s not a panacea, and it’s never a stand-alone treatment,” says Christin Finn, DVM, owner of the Canine Rehabilitation & Integrati-ve Veterinary Center, in Kingston, Washington. “It’s part of a combi-nation of integrative treatments based on what is best for your pet.” The right balance of treatments to help an animal feel comforta-ble could include laser therapy, osteopathic manipulation, acupunctu-re, physical therapy, custom braces, prolotherapy or rest. Using prolotherapy in conjunction with other posture-corre-cting and integrative therapies is a win for pets and their owners. Surgery is fraught with complications and expensive. When prolothe-rapy is used as part of a comprehensive treatment plan, animals can recover from injuries that may have been debilitating or even fatal. Ivey Sumrell’s Irish sport horse recovered from a severe injury. At 8 years old, Johnny was bitten on the neck by a stallion. “His neck became unstable and he had severe problems walking,” says Sum-rell, of Tryon, North Carolina. “Ultrasound-guided prolotherapy was done three times to all of his neck joints.” Johnny was able to be ridden and lived to be 22. And Tadao, the dog that was expected to die in hospice care a year ago, is enjoying life. He’s now well-nourished and loved, and painlessly goes for walks and plays at the park. “Tadao is the poster child for what prolotherapy can do,” says Engler.

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“Why are these things happening?” It’s an important question and it all comes down to two competing feelings: fear versus love. When we see disturbing images such as school shootings or political oppo-nents attacking one another, it cultivates anxiety, which is epidemic in our society. When left untreated, it can lead to nega-tive outcomes including substance abuse, depression, suicide and violence. Often, we look to those in perceived power to solve these issues. Perhaps what we haven’t con-sidered is that these are not political issues; rather, they are issues of the heart and only we can solve them. So we continue to see pain and suffer-ing played out before us. We feel powerless and this feeds our unease. Our personal safety is a priority and external safety mea-sures sometimes fail. If we don’t feel safe, nothing else matters. There is a solution. The opposite of anxiety and fear is love. When we examine the trajectory of most societal ills, there is often an arc of loneli-ness, depression, isolation and often abuse. From a young age, we can learn to choose love as a thoughtful response to any situation. When we do this, we take back our personal power. We become part of the solution to the issues we see, and science tells us that others will do the same.

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There is a formula for choosing love. It starts with courage. My son Jesse was a 6-year-old boy who stood up to the shooter that came into his first-grade classroom at Sandy Hook Elementary School and saved nine of his classmates’ lives before losing his own. We all have that courage within us: the courage to be kind, to speak our truth, to do the right thing. We can only have one thought at a time, so we can shift our thinking by replacing a negative thought with a grate-ful one. Forgiving helps us to take back our personal power and is a gift we give ourselves. It is the foundation of healthy relationships that lead to greater happi-ness and connection in our lives. Com-passion in action helps us step outside our own busyness, distraction and even pain to help others. When we do this, we’re choosing love and helping to create a safer, more peace-ful and loving world. When we model the practice of these character values as a thoughtful response for our children, they grow up to do the same.

Scarlett Lewis is the founder of the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to ensure every child has access to social and emotional education and support. Connect with her at [email protected].

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1The Art of Intention Setting – 10am-12pm. Feel the power! This workshop will assist participants in getting clear on what speaks to their soul and expands their heart. Participants will leave with a visual reminder of their hearts desire. $30. Divine Sisterhood, A Woman’s Empowerment Center, 270 River St, Ste 203, Troy. Register: 518-577-0223.Sample Saturdays at Vitality – 10am-2pm. Come join the staff at Vitality Health Store to sample gluten free and other homemade and healthy treats. Vitality Health Store, 3441 Amsterdam Rd (Rte 5), Scotia. Info: 518 372-4706.Intuitive Readings – 10am-4pm. With Chrissy Manolakis. Sessions held at Vitality Health Store, 3441 Amsterdam Rd, Scotia. Questions/appointment (walk-ins OK): 518-372-4706.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 2Dharma Meditation with Pierre Zimmerman – 9-10:15am. Weekly meditation followed by a short discussion. All contemplative traditions honored. $10 suggested donation. Held at Saratoga Health & Wellness, 538 Maple Ave, (Rte 9), Saratoga Springs. Info: 413-992-7012.Free Guided Meditation & Satsang – 9:30am-11am. Join AMI’s weekly 20-minute guided meditation and satsang discussion. Participants may sit on comfortable chairs or on the floor. No experience necessary. Taught by AMI founders Leonard and Jenness Perlmutter. Free. American Meditation Institute, 60 Garner Rd, Averill Park. Info: 518-674-8714.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 3Tai Chi for Anxiety and Depression – 4 & 5pm. With Jerry Petell, LMSW. Learn how to meditate in motion using posture, breath, and mental focus to balance the body’s energy systems. People of all ages and physical abilities can practice this exercise. $10/class. Pinnacle Behavioral Health, 1 Pinnacle Place, Albany. Register: 518-689-0244 ext. 19 or 22.Breastfeeding Basics – 6-8pm. Learn all about

breastfeeding with Kelly Duheme, IBCLC as she discusses breast-feeding techniques and positions, benefits for both mom and baby, what to expect in the early days. $25. Hosted by Saratoga Hospital, 211 Church St, Saratoga Springs. Register online or call 518-580-2450. Keto-Klub – 7pm. “What are we eating?” Weekly discussion of the benefits of a ketogenic approach. Free. Northeast Spine & Wellness, 306-B Grooms Rd, Clifton Park. RSVP required: 518-371-4800.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4Mindfulness: Practice & Process – 4:30pm. This class focuses on applying mindfulness skills to one’s everyday experience. This enables one to gain a better understanding of negative thinking and emotional patterns. Once this awareness is gained, then the process of addressing what’s happening in the present can begin, increasing feelings of well-being. Pinnacle Behavioral Health, 1 Pinnacle Place, Albany. Pricing/register: 518-689-0244 ext. 19 or 22.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5Morning Yoga for 50 Plus – 9:45am-11am. Taught by Melanie Gloeckner RYT. Yoga for healthy aging

to increase flexibility and strength, build endurance and breath capacity. $15 drop in or $40-50/mo. American Meditation Institute, 60 Garner Rd, Averill Park. Info: 518-674-8714.Intuitive Readings – 10am-6pm. With Chrissy Manolakis. Sessions held at Vitality Health Store, 3441 Amsterdam Rd, Scotia. Questions/appointment (walk-ins OK): 518-372-4706. Global Peaceful Cities Project Volunteer Meetings – 6:30pm. Have fun with people who like to smile while changing the world! 6183 Johnston Rd., Albany. Details/directions: 518-424-0406.Self-Care Skin Love – 7-8pm. Learn lymphatic massage techniques to detoxify, heal and brighten the skin with licensed esthetician Patricia Heitz. Receive a complimentary skin sculpting treatment to redeem later. Please bring a yoga mat. $25. Star & Splendor, 34 S Main St, Voorheesville. Register: 518-892-2289.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7Transforming Anxiety with Empowerment – 10am-11:15am. Ages 21 & up. Learn how to achieve compassionate insight, inner peace, and increased empowerment to interrupt unhelpful patterns with powerful, practical tools. Pinnacle Behavioral Health, 1 Pinnacle Place, Albany. Pricing/register: 518-689-0244 ext. 19 or 22.Transforming Anger with Empowerment – 11:30am-12:45am. Ages 21 & up. Identify anger triggers, learn effective communication, and connect with one’s authentic compassionate self. Certificates given for 8 weeks of attendance. Pinnacle Behavioral Health, 1 Pinnacle Place, Albany. Pricing/register: 518-689-0244 ext. 19 or 22.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8Sample Saturdays at Vitality – 10am-2pm. See Feb 1 for details. Vitality Health Store, 3441 Amsterdam Rd (Rte 5), Scotia. Info: 518 372-4706.Intuitive Readings – 10am-4pm. See Feb 1 for details. Vitality Health Store, 3441 Amsterdam Rd, Scotia. Questions/appointment (walk-ins OK): 518-372-4706. Open House Holistic Fair – 12-4pm. Join Healing Whispers on the 2nd Saturday of the month for its Open House! Get to know the practitioners by signing up for mini sessions in everything from reiki to Soul Path and sound healing. Healing Whispers, 251 New Karner Rd, Colonie. Call 518-878-5109 for more information.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9Dharma Meditation with Pierre Zimmerman – 9-10:15am. See Feb 2 for details. Held at Saratoga Health & Wellness, 538 Maple Ave, (Rte 9), Saratoga Springs. Info: 413-992-7012.Free Guided Meditation & Satsang – 9:30am-11am. See Feb 2 for details. American Meditation Institute, 60 Garner Rd, Averill Park. Info: 518-674-8714.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 10Tai Chi for Anxiety and Depression – 4 & 5pm. See Feb 3 for details. Pinnacle Behavioral Health, 1 Pinnacle Place, Albany. Register: 518-689-0244 ext. 19 or 22.Soul Sharers – 6:30-8pm A small group of like-minded members discussing a variety of spiritual

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topics. It is never boring! Bring topic ideas. Free. 5 Longkill Rd (left of Stewart's), Ballston lake. Call to reserve a seat: Joan Ann. 518-526-5012. Love and Angels Are In The Air – 6:30-8:30 pm. Join Vici Armsby and certified angel thera-pist, Jake Paul, for an evening of connecting to the love within, around and amongst the legion of angels! This will be a powerful evening of opening the heart chakra and tuning into the power of love. $40. Divine Sisterhood, A Woman’s Empowerment Center, 270 River St, Ste 203, Troy. Register: 518-577-0223. Keto-Klub – 7pm. See Feb 3 for details. Northeast Spine & Wellness, 306-B Grooms Rd, Clifton Park. RSVP required: 518-371-4800.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11Mindfulness: Practice & Process – 4:30pm. See Feb 4 for details. Pinnacle Behavioral Health, 1 Pinnacle Place, Albany. Pric-ing/register: 518-689-0244 ext. 19 or 22.Salt Cave Bliss – 6pm. Relax and breathe easier for a 50-minute halotherapy treatment plus a 10-minute hand or foot massage in the Himalayan salt cave with an LMT. $40. The Salt Den, 654 Watervliet Shaker Rd, Latham. Reservations required: Use Mindbody online or call 518-785-7258. Facing The Floor & More – 7-8pm. A 4-week Awareness Through Movement series. Taking intentional time on the belly can help to counter the many pulls of contemporary life that fold one forward and pull one down. When support of the ground is found on the front as a means to reach the horizon, participants can learn to live a more upright and engaged life. $20/class or $39/month for unlimited classes. Conscious Movements, 1913 5th Ave, Troy. Registration required: Buffy, 518-629-5664.Journaling Workshop –6-8pm. Journaling can be healing, transformative, life changing, as well as life- saving. Join local author and journal extraordinaire, Janine De Tillio Cammarata, as she introduces techniques for a fun and easy journaling practice. No experience necessary. BYO journal. $25. Hosted by The Palette Café, 493 Broadway, Saratoga Springs. Info: 518-450-1529.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 12Morning Yoga for 50 Plus – 9:45am-11am. See Feb 5 for details. American Meditation Institute, 60 Garner Rd, Averill Park. Info: 518-674-8714.Intuitive Readings – 10am-6pm. See Feb 5for details. Vitality Health Store, 3441 Amsterdam Rd, Scotia. Questions/appointment (walk-ins OK): 518-372-4706.

Facing The Floor & More – 12-1pm. A 4-week Awareness Through Movement series. See Feb 11 for details. Conscious Movements, 1913 5th Ave, Troy. Registration required: Buffy, 518-629-5664.Global Peaceful Cities Project Volunteer Meetings – 6:30pm. See Feb 5 for details. Have fun with people who like to smile while changing the world! 6183 Johnston Rd., Albany. Details/directions: 518-424-0406.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshop – Feb 13-March 19. Build confidence in managing health and keeping active and engaged in life. Held at Willow Tree Wisdom, 6907 State Highway 30, Amsterdam. Pricing/register: HealthLink Littauer, 518-736-1120."Gal"entines Day Celebration: To Benefit The Compassionate Acts of Service (CAS) Initiative – 6:30-8:30pm. Join Divine Sisterhood to learn more about CAS and to celebrate the triumphs, friendships, and compassionate hearts of those involved. There will be light refreshments, hot beverages, essential oils, compassionate crafts and more! $20 donation (all proceeds go towards CAS). Held at Divine Sisterhood, A Woman’s Empowerment Center, 270 River St, Ste 203, Troy. Info/register: Vici, 518-577-0223

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14Transforming Anxiety with Empowerment – 10am-11:15am. See Feb 7 for details. Pinnacle Behavioral Health, 1 Pinnacle Place, Albany. Pricing/register: 518-689-0244 ext. 19 or 22.Transforming Anger with Empowerment – 11:30am-12:45am. See Feb 7 for details. Pinnacle Behavioral Health, 1 Pinnacle Place, Albany. Pricing/register: 518-689-0244 ext. 19 or 22.

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Flurry Festival – Feb 15-17. Celebrating traditional international music, song, dance, and stories. Work-shops and events for all ages and abilities including family dances for young children, instrument les-sons, sing-alongs, jamming, and dances from beginner level on up. No need to bring a partner or know how to dance. Festival headquarters are at Saratoga Hilton & City Center, 534 Broadway. Tickets and more information at FlurryFestival.org.

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Sound Bath with Elise – 7-8:30pm. Join Elise as she opens up sacred space, sharing the healing energy of sound through Tibetan singing bowls attuned to the vibrational frequencies of the planets. $20. Healing Whispers, 251 New Karner Rd, Colonie. Register: 631-875-8053.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15Sample Saturdays at Vitality – 10am-2pm. See Feb 1 for details. Vitality Health Store, 3441 Amsterdam Rd (Rte 5), Scotia. Info: 518 372-4706.Intuitive Readings – 10am-4pm. See Feb 1 for details. Vitality Health Store, 3441 Amsterdam Rd, Scotia. Questions/appointment (walk-ins OK): 518-372-4706. Open House – 1-3pm. Talk with a master hypnotist (to learn about no more vaping!) light therapist or an energy therapist. This office is all about improving

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health, without drugs. Freedom Thru Hypnosis and Light Therapy Services are located at 5 Longkill Road, (left of Stewart's) Ballston Lake. More info: 518-526-5012.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16Dharma Meditation with Pierre Zimmerman – 9-10:15am. See Feb 2 for details. Held at Saratoga Health & Wellness, 538 Maple Ave, (Rte 9), Saratoga Springs. Info: 413-992-7012.Free Guided Meditation & Satsang – 9:30am-11am. See Feb 2 for details. American Meditation Institute, 60 Garner Rd, Averill Park. Info: 518-674-8714.Learn to Weave on a Mini Loom – 1-2:30pm. Learn techniques for weaving on a mini loom with fiber artist Sarah Martinez. Complete a project and bring home materials to continue projects at home. $45 (includes kit and loom to take home). Star & Splendor, 34 S Main St, Voorheesville. Info/register: 518-892-2289.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 17Free MDT Low Back Pain Workshop – 12pm. Over the past 30 years Maccio Physical Therapy has helped thousands of patients get back to doing the things they love. Why live another day in pain? Want to learn more? Join this free workshop! Maccio Physical Therapy, 1 New Hampshire Ave, Troy. Preregistration required: 518-273-2121. Tai Chi for Anxiety and Depression – 4 & 5pm. See Feb 3 for details. Pinnacle Behavioral Health, 1 Pinnacle Place, Albany. Register: 518-689-0244 ext. 19 or 22.

Keto-Klub – 7pm. See Feb 3 for details. Northeast Spine & Wellness, 306-B Grooms Rd, Clifton Park. RSVP required: 518-371-4800.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18Mindfulness: Practice & Process – 4:30pm. See Feb 4 for details. Pinnacle Behavioral Health, 1 Pinnacle Place, Albany. Pric-ing/register: 518-689-0244 ext. 19 or 22.Free MDT Low Back Pain Workshop – 5pm. See Feb 17 for details. Free. Maccio Physical Therapy, 1 New Hampshire Ave, Troy. Preregistration required: 518-273-2121.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19Morning Yoga for 50 Plus – 9:45am-11am. See Feb 5 for details. American Meditation Institute, 60 Garner Rd, Averill Park. Info: 518-674-8714.

Intuitive Readings – 10am-6pm. See Feb 5for details. Vitality Health Store, 3441 Amsterdam Rd, Scotia. Questions/appointment (walk-ins OK): 518-372-4706. Global Peaceful Cities Project Volunteer Meetings – 6:30pm. See Feb 5 for details. Have fun with people who like to smile while changing the world! 6183 Johnston Rd., Albany. Details/directions: 518-424-0406.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20Sound Bowl Meditation in the Cave – 6pm. Discover how ion singing bowls can influence the body and calm the mind. Listen to the sounds of Tracey Piazza in the Himalayan salt cave while reducing the stress in life. This environment creates a positive outcome not just for the mind, but in physical health as well. $40. The Salt Den, 654 Watervliet Shaker Rd, Latham. Reservations required: Use Mindbody online or call 518-785-7258.

Women’s Wellness Series – 6:30-9pm. Six-week program (through March 26). Gathering like -minded women to participate in community and ritual. This series honors the element of earth. The purpose of an earth ritual is to provide a sense of belonging, a remembrance of home, and an experience of being “grounded” in the most literal sense. Participants will receive more info upon registration. Hannah’s Healing Wellness Studio, 61 Rowland St, Ste 202, Ballston Spa. Pricing/info: find on Eventbrite or call 518-421-4245.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21Transforming Anxiety with Empowerment – 10am-11:15am. See Feb 7 for details. Pinnacle Behavioral Health, 1 Pinnacle Place, Albany. Pricing/register: 518-689-0244 ext. 19 or 22.Transforming Anger with Empowerment – 11:30am-12:45am. See Feb 7 for details. Pinnacle Behavioral Health, 1 Pinnacle Place, Albany. Pricing/register: 518-689-0244 ext. 19 or 22.Gong Lab’s Monthly Gong Bath – 7:30-9pm. 3rd Friday of each month. The Gong Lab “Gong Baths” are a meditation experiment with sound and vibration. A relaxing and a rejuvenating experience with a continuum of sound known as the holistic resonance. $20. The Pilates Principle 578 Loudon Rd Latham. Questions: 518-290-0271.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22Sample Saturdays at Vitality – 10am-2pm. See Feb 1 for details. Vitality Health Store, 3441 Amsterdam Rd (Rte 5), Scotia. Info: 518 372-4706.Reiki Level II Training – Feb. 22 & 29, 10am-3pm. Take a reiki practice to the next level with RMT & Barbara Brennan School of Healing graduate Lynn Gelman. Learn distance and emotional healing techniques, explore the chakras and their relationship to health and healing. Lynn weaves traditional Usui reiki practices with Brennan healing techniques to enhance participant's learning experience. Class includes instruction, attunement, practice time, certification, reiki II manual and level II certificate. (Reiki 1 is a prerequisite to take this class) RSVP by 2/19: Lynn: 518-727-2054 Intuitive Readings – 10am-4pm. See Feb 1 for details. Vitality Health Store, 3441 Amsterdam Rd, Scotia. Questions/appointment (walk-ins OK): 518-372-4706.

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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23Dharma Meditation with Pierre Zimmerman – 9-10:15am. See Feb 2 for details. Held at Saratoga Health & Wellness, 538 Maple Ave, (Rte 9), Saratoga Springs. Info: 413-992-7012.Free Guided Meditation & Satsang – 9:30am-11am. See Feb 2 for details. American Meditation Institute, 60 Garner Rd, Averill Park. Info: 518-674-8714.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23Discovering Your Unique Path to Purpose in 2020 – 11am-5pm. Come home to the self! Join transformational coach, Dr. Louise Finlayson, PhD for this all-day workshop to discover key insights. Participants will consider their life's purpose and Louise will help the group embark on their own unique life path. Lunch included. $125 early bird/$150 at the door. 1525 Western Ave, Al-bany. Register: 518-218-0707

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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 24Tai Chi for Anxiety and Depression – 4 & 5pm. See Feb 3 for details. Pinnacle Behavioral Health, 1 Pinnacle Place, Albany. Register: 518-689-0244 ext. 19 or 22.Keto-Klub – 7pm. See Feb 3 for details. Northeast Spine & Wellness, 306-B Grooms Rd, Clifton Park. RSVP required: 518-371-4800.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25Mom Meetup – 10-11am. A new kind of mom group: with real talk, real life, support and positivity. Free. Hosted by Palette Cafe, 493 Broadway, Saratoga Springs. Questions/directions: 518-450-1529. Mindfulness: Practice & Process – 4:30pm. See Feb 4 for details. Pinnacle Behavioral Health, 1 Pinnacle Place, Albany. Pric-ing/register: 518-689-0244 ext. 19 or 22.Advanced Energy Workers Chakra Assessment Class – 6pm. There’s so much to be discovered with an accurate reading of the chakras! Learn how to assess the chakras with hand scans and pendulums to see if energy is flowing, blocked, distorted or holding energy and feelings down. Then move energy and see how the chakras shift. If possible, bring a wooden pendulum to class. $40. Space is limited. EMBRACE, 1023 Rte 146, Clifton Park. RSVP by 2/22: Lynn Gelman, 518-727-2054.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26Morning Yoga for 50 Plus – 9:45am-11am. See Feb 5 for details. American Meditation Institute, 60 Garner Rd, Averill Park. Info: 518-674-8714.Intuitive Readings – 10am-6pm. See Feb 5for details. Vitality Health Store, 3441 Amsterdam Rd, Scotia. Questions/appointment (walk-ins OK):

518-372-4706. Global Peaceful Cities Project Volunteer Meetings – 6:30pm. See Feb 5 for details. Have fun with people who like to smile while changing the world! 6183 Johnston Rd., Albany. Details/directions: 518-424-0406.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27Morning AMI Meditation – 9:30am-12:00noon (6 wks through March 26). Leonard Perlmutter’s Foundations Course of Yoga Science. This curriculum is endorsed by medical pioneers Dean Ornish, Dr. Oz and Bernie Siegel MD. 15 CME credits for physicians and other healthcare providers. American Meditation Institute, 60 Garner Rd, Averill Park. Pricing/register: 518-674-8714.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28Transforming Anxiety with Empowerment – 10am-11:15am. See Feb 7 for details. Pinnacle Behavioral Health, 1 Pinnacle Place, Albany. Pricing/register: 518-689-0244 ext. 19 or 22.Transforming Anger with Empowerment – 11:30am-12:45am. See Feb 7 for details. Pinnacle Behavioral Health, 1 Pinnacle Place, Albany. Pricing/register: 518-689-0244 ext. 19 or 22.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 29Reiki in the Cave – 10am. Increasing one’s fife force energy can reduce stress and boost the im-mune system to a happier and healthier individual. Come relax and breathe easy for 50-minutes in the Himalayan salt cave, while receiving a 10-minute reiki energy movement. $40. The Salt Den, 654 Watervliet Shaker Rd, Latham. Reservations required: Use Mindbody online or call 518-785-7258. Beginning Snow Shoeing – 10am-12pm. Discover the joy of winter and the freedom of snowshoeing!. $10. Willow Tree Wisdom, 6907 State Highway 30, Amsterdam. Register: HealthLink Littauer, 518-736-1120.Sample Saturdays at Vitality – 10am-2pm. See Feb 8 for details. Vitality Health Store, 3441 Amsterdam Rd (Rte 5), Scotia. Info: 518 372-4706.Intuitive Readings – 10am-4pm. See Feb 8 for details. Vitality Health Store, 3441 Amsterdam Rd, Scotia. Questions/appointment (walk-ins OK): 518-372-4706. Peppermint Body Butter – 12-1pm. A good way to use up leftover candy canes and a luxuri-ous way to moisturize the body, and keep skin feeling silky smooth and soft. $15. Willow Tree Wisdom, 6907 State Highway 30, Amsterdam. Register:

HealthLink Littauer, 518-736-1120.Open House – 1-3pm. Talk with a master hypnotist (to learn about no more vaping!) light therapist or an energy therapist. This office is all about improving health, without drugs. Freedom Thru Hypnosis and Light Therapy Services are located at 5 Longkill Road, (left of Stewart's) Ballston Lake. More info: 518-526-5012.

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CBD products and locally grow fare such as teas, handmade lotions and soaps. Free consultation from a doctor on staff make this a unique wellness store like no other. See ad, page 13.

CHELATION THERAPY

ANDREW GARNER, MD8 Harrison Ave, Glens Falls518-798-9401 • DrAndrewGarner.com

Performing EDTA chelation ther-apy for the removal of heavy met-als for 25+ years. Testing for toxic metals [lead, mercury, aluminum, gadolinium, etc] is easy and af-fordable, [$100]. Dr. Garner is currently performing EDTA che-

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CHIROPRACTIC

DR. JOSEPH S. GULYASNortheast Spine and WellnessOffices in Albany & Clifton Park518-371-4800 • WellAdjustedForLife.com

A veteran of holistic health and chiropractic expertise for 30 years. Graduate of Skidmore Col-lege and New York Chiropractic College. Team chiropractor for the Albany Empire Arena Foot-ball Team. See ad, page 8.

COACHING

HELENE VERDILE, CLCBallston Lake • 518-470-0048HeleneVerdileLifeCoaching.com

Spiritual, success and life transi-tion coach with a focus on hope, resilience, joy, spirituality, per-spective and positive psychology, Helene works with clients to move toward the life they most want—one filled with vibrancy,

emotional wellness and purpose. Free consultation.

KIM PERONE 850 Rte 50, Burnt Hills 518-301-3593 • Center4c.com

Kim works with clients to uncover their inspired lives. Chaos, stress, worry and doubt fade when clarity, compassion and contentment are present. Coaching for success, re-silience, bereavement, and mind-fulness. Meet life's challenges with

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LOUISE M. FINLAYSON, PH.D.1525 Western Ave, Ste 1, Albany518-218-0707 • LouiseFinlayson.com

Live with passion, purpose and meaning. Focus on what matters most, let go of limiting beliefs and step into effective action. Dr. Finlayson is an expert at helping clients live their boldest dreams. See ad, page 9.

CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY

ELENA AJDELSZTAJN, MSC, LMT, CST-T Welcome Home Integrative Bodywork, LLC409 New Karner Rd., Ste. 101, Albany 518-783-6091 • [email protected]

Upledger Institute Certified Cra-niosacral Therapist offering this gentle, hands-on method that re-leases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and improve health. Sessions are usually deeply relax-ing and excellent for relief of

headaches and migraines. Now offering 60 and 90-minute sessions. See ad, page 5.

DETOXIFICATION

SUSAN BROWN, MS, CNAt Vitality Health Store3441 Amsterdam Rd (Rte 5), Scotia518-372-4706 • GetVitalHealth.com

Certified nutritionist with 20 years' experience. Combining traditional food and herbal protocols with modern detoxifying therapies such as Ion-Cleanse foot baths, Rife machine and magnetic pulser to enhance the body's innate healing ability.

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ENERGY HEALING

ENERGY FOR HEALTH & HEALING, LLCJack Treiber, BSClifton Park & Saratoga • 518-225-4692 EnergyForHealthAndHealing.com

Over 20 years of energy healing experience, utilizing the most ad-vanced, deep and powerful energy techniques in the area to help cli-ents feel better physically, emo-tionally and psychologically. Mo-dalities include energy medicine,

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GINA CLEMENTE, RMT229 Washington St, Saratoga Springs518-791-6565 • ReikiHealingWithGina.com

Experience professional quality Reiki energy sessions, workshops and classes. Reiki promotes heal-ing that is safe, effective and com-pliments traditional medicine. Re-duce stress and anxiety, pre or post-surgery, during transitions,

cancer treatment. Peaceful office and easy parking. Established in 2003. See ad, page 18.

LYNN M. GELMAN, RMTGraduate of Barbara Brennan School of Healing 518-727-2054 • LynnMGelman.com

Transform health and well-being with advanced energy healing. Go beyond the physical body into the energetic realm to facilitate healing on a quantum level. Identifying the root of where stress, physical pain and dis-ease actually come from,

restructuring chakras and aligning with one's life purpose allows healing to begin.

THE REIKI PATHBob Weissberg, Usui Reiki Master17 Computer Drive East, Albany518-390-0299 • [email protected]

In practice since 1999. Reiki pro-motes deep relaxation, pain relief, and all levels of healing. A radical-ly simple, deep spiritual healing practice. In addition to treatment, Bob offers training in traditional reiki treatment and the traditional

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ESSENTRICS

GAIL TASSAROTTI Albany Dance & Fitness1197 Central Ave, Albany518-573-3631 • AlbanyDanceFitness.com

Gail, an Essentrics Level 4 instruc-tor, offers both group and private lessons that will rebalance your body, alleviate chronic pain, im-prove balance, increase strength, gain flexibility, and improve over-all health.

FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE

HEALTHY ENDEAVORS MEDICINE, PCAnita Burock Stotts, MD2592 Western Ave, Ste 102, Altamont518-355-2060 • HealthyEndeavorsMED.com

Functional Medicine is a dynamic approach to assessing, preventing and treating complex chronic dis-ease. It is science-based and pa-tient-centered. See ad, page 11.

GONGS & SINGING BOWLS

SEGEL VIOLINS 44 3rd St., Troy, NY518-266-9732 • ViolinsDirect.com

Expert advice and a large selec-tion of quality singing bowls and gongs are offered for sound healing, meditation, yoga and spiritual practice in this shop that is much more

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HEALING ARTS

JOAN BENDER, MA, LMHC, HC, BCST323 Delaware Ave, Delmar518-461-9507 • FoodAndMoodHealing.com

Offering health coaching, reiki and Biodynamic Craniosacral Thera-py. Tap into the healing and re-generative abilities of the body. Decrease stress, pain and inflam-mation. Nurture greater balance, health and happiness.

HERBS

JEAN'S GREENSHerbal Tea Works & Herbal Essentials26 Mall Way, Store 20, West Sand Lake518-479-0471 • JeansGreens.com

Gifts from the Earth for you and yours. Offering quality organic and wild-crafted herbs, teas, tinctures, es-sential oils, books, gifts, and bath and beauty products, as well as a variety of supplies for making your own products. Free catalog available.

HOLISTIC CENTER

HEALING WHISPERS 251 New Karner Rd, Colonie518-218-6487 • HealingWhispers.net

A mind/body/spirit community offering events, practitioners, and services that span from reiki, to readings, sound thera-py, life coaching, and more. Healing Whispers also offers

affordable, fully furnished office space for practitio-ners of holistic health and wellness.

ONE ROOF58 Henry St, Saratoga Springs518-581-3180 x 300 • OneRoofSaratoga.com

Located in the heart of Sara-toga Springs since 2005, One Roof offers a range of holistic services for body and mind. Join Pierre Zimmerman for meditation or learn Mindful

WILLOW TREE WISDOM6907 State Highway 30, Amsterdam518-843-6293 • WillowTreeWisdom.com

A healthy life needs fresh air, pure water, exercise, sunshine, healthy diet, cleanliness, suffi-cient rest, sleep, relationships, emotional and spiritual balance and personal growth. A holistic health consultation helps clients use herbs to re-balance the body

systems and learn to maintain that balance. Call to schedule. See ad, page 17.

HOLISTIC DENTISTRY

DR. FREDERICK DREHER410 Rowland St, Ballston Spa518-885-6185 • NoMercDoc.com

"The mouth is a portal to the rest of the body." Dr. Dreher is a reliable health care profes-sional trained in services such as ozone, safe mercury remov-al protocol, sedation dentistry, and detox-ification. See ads,

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HOMEOPATHY

RENATA FILIACI, MSHW1613 Union St, Schenectady518-322-9533 • [email protected]

Renata’s concentrations are in ho-meopathy, nutrition, aromathera-py, and herbal medicine. Her mis-sion is to guide clients on a journey to gain positive health by maintaining homeostasis within the body as a main focus; helping

create a balance between mind, body, and soul and all physiological systems through a holistic regimen.

HOMEOPATHIC MEDICINE

HUDSON RIVER HOMEOPATHIC CLINICLarry Malerba DO DHt/Mary Malerba RN72 Main St, Coeymans518- 357-4210 • DrMHomeopathy.com

New name, new location, same quality homeopathic medical care! Serving the Capital Region for 30 years. Experienced classical ho-meopathic care for children and adults. Safe, non-toxic, FDA regu-lated holistic care for the entire

range of mental, emotional, and physical health prob-lems. “Similia similibus curentur!” See ad, page 27.

HYPNOSIS

FREEDOM THRU HYPNOSIS Joan Ann Fissette518-526-5012 • FreedomThruHypnosis.com

Learn to how to recreate the self through reprogramming the sub-conscious. Joan Ann works with clients individually to create a spe-cifically tailored plan for behavior-al change, leading to successful goal achievement. “Everything you

need already lies within you.” See ad, page 24.

QUANTUM HEALING HYPNOSIS TECHNIQUE Elizabeth Peters, RN • Schodack518-424-6341 • ElizabethPetersQHHT.com

Immense power and boundless love is experienced when in con-tact with one’s higher self. In a single QHHT session, the practi-tioner guides the natural process of obtaining deep and expansive answers to your questions. Real-

ize healing in the body and customized ways to connect again independently. See ad, page 13.

INTEGRATIVE HEALTHBEGREATFEELWELL, LLCErica Accuosti, RN654 Watervliet Shaker Rd, Latham518-310-7565 • BeGreatFeelWell.com

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REDEFINE HEALTH, LLCWendy Miller, BSN, RN518-488-7540 • reDefineHealthIHC.com

Wendy is a board-certified integra-tive health coach who partners with clients, enabling them to redefine what health truly means for them-selves. She works one-on-one with clients as they explore lifestyle choices that may be impacting their

health, supporting them non-judgmentally as they de-velop their own path towards sustainable change.

INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE

CAPITAL REGION PROGRESSIVE MEDICINE AND LONGEVITY PRACTICE, PLLC1873 Western Ave, Ste 101, Albany518-452-4910 • DrErner.com

Board-certified internist treat-ing patients with a holistic, integrative approach to pre-ventive health and wellness.Specialties: weight loss, age

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JENNIFER BAER, NP Hudson & Latham518-755-6870 • JenniferBaerNP.com

Specializing in chronic illness in-cluding Lyme disease, mold illness and chronic fatigue, Jennifer is na-tionally board certified as a nurse practitioner. She trained at one of the largest integrative centers in

the nation and has mastered the art of using cutting-edge testing and treatments to assist the patient in health restoration. See ad, page 9.

LIGHT THERAPY

LIGHT THERAPY SERVICES5 Longkill Rd, Ballston Lake518-709-7406 • LightTherapyServices.com

Photon frequency water, 1 liter, $50. Frequencies needed for any modality are available. It’s best with a diagnosis from a doctor. The energy put into the water is celestial energy that travels through space along with light, similar to reiki,

used to heal ourselves and others. A session is $35 or $45 but four sessions are in the bottle. A savings of $95 or more. Free consultation. See ad, page 9.

MASSAGE

BALANCE MASSAGE & HEALING ARTS STUDIO316 Delaware Ave, Ste 25, Delmar518-475-9999 • BalanceMassageStudio.com

Balance Massage offers a wide variety of massage and energy healing modalities and has ex-panded to include a Healing Arts Studio. Space offered for local artists to display their work, aro-

matherapy classes, crystals, oracle cards, greeting cards, CBD products, jewelry, a lending library and more to come. See ad, page 25.

COMMUNITY MASSAGE Kathleen Vroman, NYS LMTWithin Elevate Albany Wellness407 Albany Shaker Rd, Loudonville518-272-1400 • CommunityMassages.com

Providing customized sessions with effective treatments in a com-forting atmosphere since 2009. Services include deep tissue, hot stones and reflexology. Now offer-ing CBD products for topical pain relief. Discounted multi-packs and

monthly specials available, plus online scheduling and gift certificates. Discover the Capital District's "Urban Oasis!" See ad, page 19.

MANTRA WELLNESS THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE, LLC9 Corporate Dr, Ste 3, Clifton Park518-663-6000 • MantraWellnessMassage.com

Providing a healthy, relaxing environment with NYS li-censed massage therapists dedicated to promoting self-healing and balance to clients.Sessions by appointment only

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MEDITATION

THE AMERICAN MEDITATION INSTITUTE60 Garner Rd, Averill Park518-674-8714 • AmericanMeditation.org

The American Meditation Institute is a non-profit educational organiza-tion devoted to providing compre-hensive training in meditation and Yoga Science as mind/body medi-cine. AMI combines the best of an-cient Eastern wisdom and the practi-

cality of modern Western science. See ad, page 15.

MENTAL HEALTH

PINNACLE BEHAVIORAL HEALTH, IPA LLC1 Pinnacle Place, Albany518-689-0244 ext 19 or 20PinnacleBehavioralHealth.com

Pinnacle Behavioral Health has been pro-viding outpatient men-tal health services for

16 years. Services include psychiatric evaluations, medica-tion management, and counseling for individuals and couples, as well as play therapy for children. Also offer-ing a variety of groups every week. “The Empowerment You Deserve, The Care You Need.” See ad, back cover.

NATURAL BEAUTY

EVOLVE HANDCRAFTED SOAP COMPANY22 Peacham Rd, Watervliet518-368-5518 • evolvesoapco.com

A nurse practitioner and woman-owned business specializing in hand-crafting small batches of soap made with a unique blend of all natural, certified organic vegetable oils and butters. All soaps are handmade from scratch, hand-cut and incorporate

many locally sourced ingredients. See ad, page 14.

NEAL’S YARD REMEDIES ORGANICLisa Small, Independent Consultant/Leader518-755-2170 • [email protected]/Shop/LSmall

Ethical, organic beauty and well -being. A 37-year old award-win-ning global brand, certified organ-ic, non-GMO, fair trade and cruelty free skin and body care, Essential oils, health and wellness. Opportu-nity for a personal home business

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NUTRITION

ANNE J DEROCHER, CNAt Vitality Health Store3441 Amsterdam Rd (Rte 5), Scotia518-372-4706 • GetVitalHealth.com

Certified nutritionist and medical intuitive for 25+ years, using herb-als and whole foods to unravel toxicities and empower and repro-gram the body's innate wisdom to achieve optimal health.

ORGANIC SALON

BEAUTY SOCIETY ORGANIC SALON123 Dunning St, Malta518-899-7570 • BeautySocietySalon.com

All natural and non-toxic, organic, vegan, professional hair salon, us-ing only the finest in organic hair coloring and hair styling products. Owners Cristina and William Con-nolly have been serving the com-munity for over 20 years. Full

range of hair services from cutting and styling to cus-tom coloring, hair and scalp treatments, make-up and facial waxing. See ad, page 7.

NURTURE GREEN SALON & SPA182 S Broadway, Saratoga Springs518-587-0584 • NurtureGreenSalonAndSpa.com

Experience beauty and wellness at Saratoga Springs’s first green salon & spa. Specializ-ing in non-toxic hair color and only performing services using natural and organic products.

A Greencircle certified salon and spa. Leave all worries at the door. See ad, page 24.

PURE ELEMENTS AN ORGANIC SALON 1728 Western Ave, Albany 518-608-5405 • Pure-Elements-Salon.com

Providing a healthy alternative to the traditional salon experience using only the highest quality natural and organic products. Pure Elements' mission is to promote and facilitate a health-

ier planet and sustainable living, while making clients look and feel beautiful. See ad, page 28.

OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE

CAPITAL REGION OSTEOPATHY, PCDr. Thea Bordenave-Sande518-487-4839 • SlingerlandsCapitalRegionOsteopathy.com

Dr. Thea Bordenave-Sande is a board certified specialist in os-teopathic manipulative medicine and neuromusculoskeletal medi-cine (OMM/NMM). She uses gentle hands-on treatment to find the health in all of her patients

from infancy through adulthood.

PHYSICAL THERAPY

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RECOVERY

SHERI ZACHARCZENKO, BS, RC, RMTRecovery Life Coaching • 518-573-2281Serving the Entire Capital District

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SPIRITUAL CENTERS

NUMINOUSSponsor of Global Peaceful Cities Project 518-424-0406 • PeacefulCities.org

Spiritual technology for real world results: Numinous, a 501(c)3, is an interfaith spiritual organization offering lectures to the public that synthesize bio-feedback training, meditation,

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WELL FOR THE SOULSarah F. Vulgamore, M.A., M.S., NCCOn the Poestenkill Gorge in Troy518-874-4345 • WellForTheSoul.com

Sarah is a pastoral counselor and holistic life coach who uses cre-ative spiritual practices to heal and transform pain and develop whole wellness. Valuing ancient wisdom and contemporary science, Sarah’s

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CECES'S WOOL YARNS AND MORE2080 Western Ave, Guilderland518-779-9985 • ceceswool.com

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