ARE MY VITAMINS JUNK?

Are you taking a daily multi-vitamin? How about minerals? Are they making a difference in the way you feel? Do you feel healthier & more energetic because you are taking them?

If not, is it because they are not what they say they are? Is it because you are paying for something you are not getting? In other words, are you being cheated?

Years ago, I was given the COMPARATIVE GUIDE TO NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS. In it, over 1500 nutritional products from the U.S. and Canada are compared to an ideal supplement, developed from the recommendations of seven recognized scientific authorities. The Final Product Scores allow us to see what we are really getting.

I was shocked to find that the majority of supplements are mediocre at best, if not downright diddley-squat.

For instance, how many of us take the Centrum products? Centrum Select ranked a measly 4.6%!! Out of 100! It’s best product only reached 7%!

Here’s a few more:Geritol Complete: 3.4%GNC Mega Men’s: 21.1%Herbalife Formula 2: 14.8%Nutrition Dynamics Multi-vitasorb: 0.7%One A Day Advanced Women’s Formula:1.9%!!!!!!!One A Day Advanced Men’s Formula: 4.6%!!!!!!!Rite Aid Whole Source Complete Formula for Women: 4.8%Walgreens Ultra Choice Premium Men: 21.1%Walgreens Ultra Choice Premium Women: 22.1%

Any school teachers in the house? What’s a passing grade?Most of us know the importance of supplements. We’ve already heard that our foods and soil are deficient in nutrients so we need to take vitamins and minerals in the form of supplements to maintain a healthy body. We may have seen or heard about the overwhelming amount of studies that support vitamins and minerals as preventatives of many diseases and conditions.

So we take our vitamins and guess what?WE ARE STILL SICK AND TIRED. We don’t feel better and NOW I KNOW WHY. It’s because the vitamins don’t have enough nutrients in them.

If you want to know how YOUR multi-vitamin is ranked, you can email me at elizabethpasquale@wellontheway.org. Put ARE MY VITAMINS JUNK? as the subject. I’ll look up your vitamin and get back to you. Or, better yet, get your own copy of COMPARATIVE GUIDE TO NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS, by Lyle MacWilliam. If you’re anything like me, you’ll want to peruse it again and again. It’s a wealth of information.

Do you want to know which company came out on top? One I had never heard of?USANA Health Sciences with 96%. Only 4 companies reached 900r higher. The study was independently conducted and was not commissioned by USANA or any of these other top rated companies.

Secret to Effective DETOX! Because you asked for it!

Everywhere I turn, people are either asking me about how to effectively detox or telling me how they are doing it. When they tell me the method they are using, they are often asking if I think this is an effective method. Most of the time, I really don’t know for sure. One measure of effectiveness is if you are feeling better. But many toxins don’t manifest symptoms early on, so it’s hard to go by that. There are very few products that have objective evidence of effectiveness.

Let’s face it, toxins invade our bodies from every direction!! But no need to panic. There are effective ways out there to handle it.

I was really happy to discover this brief video that describes a very simple & easy way to turn on the natural detox process in our bodies. I wanted to share it with you right away because it gives us reliable proof that its actually working! Proven effectiveness is a rarity in many detox products on the market. Check this video out and let’s talk!

Feel free to give me a call at 914 762 4693.

This is my swimming hole pictured here. This is the Croton River, which flows down from the Croton Reservoir and ends in the Hudson River. It’s an interesting river because, like the Hudson, it flows in 2 directions. The Hudson flows from the Adirondack Mountains and ends up in NY Harbor. But at high tide, the Hudson flows in reverse, with salt water coming up the river.

Croton River & my dog, Max

At high tide, the little Croton River also flows in reverse and heads back in the direction of the reservoir until it reaches the small dams in place to provide swimming lakes.

Every moment of every day there is a different delight to enjoy at my swimming hole. It changes depth and light and character with the changing tides, weather, and cloud formations.

This summer there were 2 incidents when anxiety crept into my idyllic get-away. There was the sewage spill at Yonkers and a second spill at Ossining. The Hudson Riverkeeper keeps us aware of “bad” effluent days, even when there is no disastrous spill. The truth is our sewage infrastructure, even on good days, is over-taxed and needs to be brought up to speed with the population growth.

Be sure to check out the Riverkeeper website at www.riverkeeper.org to see how you can contribute to the solution! I was concerned about swimming with all these sewage spills. My favorite spot was never affected, though many beaches were closed. Even so, I wonder what’s getting into me when I swim. As the water flows up to my swimming hole from the Hudson with the high tide, it passes through a natural filtration system of reeds and swamp. When it comes from the other direction, it flows from the Croton Reservoir, which is as pure as it can get.

“As pure as it can get” How pure is that? Recently I got a new water purifier from my friend. I can’t tell you a lot about it, except that I go by the wisdom of my friends on this one. The purifier I got actually has 3 separate filters. One takes out mercury, flouride and chlorine as well as other heavy metals. One aerates it. One takes out drugs!

This one surprised me. Drugs! Of course, what they say is true. We are all one. So if one is taking anti-depressants, anti-biotics, statins, WHATEVER!! Then we all are taking it, because, eventually, it gets in the water!

So this is how I am taking steps to make my home, my body healthy. I’m purifying my water and I’m following the advice of that video, building up my body to detox naturally on its own!

My body will be SUPER capable of de-toxing poisons that never before existed for a body to deal with. Will yours? I’m happy to help you get your body turned into an effective detox machine, too. Just contact me & we’ll get you going.

TO OUR EVERLASTING HEALTH!!
with love,
Elizabeth

40th High SchooL ReUnion: A Review of My Life As A House

It all started on Friday, November 12, 2010, with the Millburn High School Class of 1970 40th reunion, class of 1970 from Millburn, New Jersey.  We were a wild bunch.  It was the end of the love decade, the 60’s, and we didn’t know the trouble we were about to get into in the 70’s.

L to R Lee Farber, Elizabeth Pasquale, George Friedman, Barbara Dalton

We were a high school half in the old way of collegiate, ivy league prep and sports, and half in a new way–drugs, music,  experimentation, anti-war demonstrations– left-over hippies looking for a new decade’s identity.

I graduated (barely, having majored in skipping classes, please don’t tell my parents!) and wondered how my sensitive friends, who seemed so ill-fitted for society, would fare and they may have wondered the same about me.  I loved them and didn’t want them to be crushed.  We all seemed so fragile to be taking on the world. (more…)

Reverse the Irreversable? Anti-aging? You must be dreaming!

Some time ago a 14 year old girl came into my therapy office, brought in by her family which included Mom and sisters.  Let’s call the girl Sarah.

Sarah could barely make it up my 3 flights of stairs.  She walked with difficulty with a cane.  Sarah had had leukemia, which was in remission.  But cancer treatments which had saved her life had also disabled her.  

According to her doctors, she had the bone density of a 90 year old–severe osteoporosis.  On good days she could walk with a cane.  Bad days meant a wheelchair.  The doctors told her that her condition was irreversible and that it would only get worse with time.
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Byrd Reunion & Memory Lane

Did you run away and join the circus?  I did.  At least that was how it felt.  I met Robert Wilson (Bob) while I was still in high school.  Some friends took me to a “happening” at New Providence High School.  A rope was being dropped interminably from the ceiling, making a gradual pile of rope center stage.  A man in a fur coat was bouncing on a board suspended between 2 pails.  People walked aimlessly across the stage.
Some in the audience huffed and walked out.  Others joined the performance and walked onto the stage and sat down, becoming part of the performance.
It was the late 60’s.
I was 16 and happened to be the baby sitter of the daughter of Mary (aka Lady Purple, as she always wore purple) a woman who was in Bob’s early work, Deafman Glance.  They invited me to go attend the performance at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and I was hooked.
Bob created theater like none other that had come before.  It was slow motion, dreamlike, more concerned with light–the color of it, the amount of it, the timing of it.  Every aspect of light was specific.  What the actors did on the stage was important as far as what was the story their bodies told.  How was an arm lifted?  How was the head turned or tilted?
I began college in confusion.  What was I doing there?  I felt like a fish out of water.  Again, synchronicity.  Bob Wilson showed up at a neighboring college.  Mel Andringa, one of Bob’s colleagues, was doing a workshop at the college and the entire group was there, the group that worked with Bob, called the Byrd Hoffman School of Byrds.
I joined them for the week of workshops.  Then one said to me, “Bob is invited to perform in France at a theater festival.  Do you want to come?”
So I ran off to join the circus.  I was on the plane a month later and performed with Bob Wilson and the Byrd Hoffman School of Byrds for several years after.  We toured Europe together and made 2 trips to the Festival of Two Worlds in Iran (when the shah was still in power).
I see now that I have lived a charmed life.   This magical experience happened to me and to our group The Byrds.  Bob was the visionary and we added our dreams.
The center of the Byrd School was Bob’s loft at 147 Spring St, NYC.   We met there for rehearsals.  Rehearsals always included open dancing.  This meant discovering the individual unique movement held within each person’s body.  The cast included children to men and women in their 70’s and 80’s.  That was a lot of unique bodies to enjoy, to watch grow and become more confident in their own uniqueness.
Bob encouraged everyone to create plays and dances on their own as well, and perform them in the Byrd loft performance space that was created on the ground floor.  So when we had a reunion, almost 40 years later, on Saturday and Sunday, August 7 & 8, I saw photos of my early performances at the Byrd loft.
I choreographed flights of fancy, dancers as miners emerging onto the stage from a well, children climbing ladders to nowhere, gods and goddesses dancing together in swirls of white fabric.
I enjoyed being reminded of this special time.  Even though we hadn’t seen each other in almost half a century (WOW!), it was easy to pick up where we left off.  Bob Wilson was a gracious host, showing us around his facility in Watermill, Long Island, where we all met and spent a beautiful day.
Bob is recreating those playful times at Watermill.  He’s built an exquisitely beautiful structure to house young artists who come in the summer to experiment with their art, collaborate with Bob, and grow.  There are stages, performance areas under the trees, workshops, gardens, sculptures, art and artifacts from ancient times to modern, pottery, all types of art housed, protected, enjoyed.
It was exciting.
Ann Wilson, senior recorder of all these events, just sent me a questionaire.   This blog attempts to answer her questions.  Her questions are below in quotes:
“a list of what you all did on stage”:
I began as the turtle in the 12 hour play The Life and Times of Sigmund Freud that was performed at the Nance Festival in France.  I was under the turtle shell crawling super slowly across a beach of vermiculite.  It took me about 45 minutes to cross the stage from right to left.  When I was center stage, I released an apple from the mouth of the turtle which floated, suspended by invisible thread, to the sky.
During that show, I was also an ostrich and a dancing Aunt Jemima, in a chorus of @ 30 dancing ostriches and @ 40 dancing Aunt Jemimas.  Sometime during that tour, I blossomed as a dancer and had key dancing roles.
“and a description, mood, feeling, sound, action of your favorite part on stage, when and where if you can remember.”
I can certainly remember my favorite parts onstage.  Charlie and I did a duet through a magical woods, as the moon crossed in the sky and Alan sat at the piano  stage left and played the moonlight sonata.  High above us, in the tree branches, Raymond was suspended on a swing.  Women in white dresses followed us, dancing slowly.  The mood was ethereal.
Another favorite part was when Bob and I did a duet in front of the pyramid in The Life and Times of Joseph Stalin.  Bob was dressed in his white Stalin suit and I wore a white skirt that was fairly transparent, like a cloud.  It was always spontaneous, a mad dance of 2 opposites, a slender girl and a tall gangly man.  It was a dance of explosive energy and the feeling was as if being carried by a storm, and landing as a leaf on the water at the end.
I have a memory of walking along the desert mountains when we performed KA MOUNTAIN AND GUARDENIA TERRACE, outside Shiraz, Iran.  I can feel the warm breeze on my face, feel the sand like soil of the mountain under my feet.  We performed continuously for 7 days and nights.  Each day the performance moved further up the mountain.  On the 7th day, we were at the top, where Noah’s Arc perched.
“Then I would like a brief description of the highlights and wonders of your lives since Byrd days as we are a wonderfull group that has made many contributions to the lives of those around us.”
Tall order.
My life continued to be blessed.
There is no way I could make a list of my life’s highlights without starting with my daughter, Catherine.  I don’t believe there has been a greater joy in my life or in the life of her dad, Michael Galasso.  Catherine has become a choreographer and film maker and looking forward at her work sometimes feels like looking into the past at the exciting time we lived.  Her work of course is different, yet some things are so strikingly similar, that they startle me.

A painting of H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche from the wall of Padma Samye Ling Temple

I have been blessed with great teachers and mentors.  I had the privilege of working closely with the artist, Les Levine for many years and we have remained close friends.
He introduced me to the Tibetan Nyingma teachers, H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche and Dilgo Khentse Rinpoche.  I then became a student of the late Khenchen Palden Rinpoche and Khempo Tsewang Rinpoche.

H. H. Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche 2009

I was able to study directly with Dr. John Upledger, the founder of CranioSacral Therapy (CST) and that study guides my professional life today.  As founder of Well On The Way LLC, a holistic healing center in Westchester County, NY, I am grounded by CST.  It is the center therapy around which my other tools developed.
I grew in my therapeutic work, adding many manual specialties and learning them directly from their originators, Dr. Bruno Chikly and Lymph Drainage Therapy (LDT) and Dr. Jean Pierre Barral and Visceral Manipulation Therapy (VM).  Judith Aston revealed the mysteries of the body’s mechanical movement to me, how to balance it and create harmony.
Lastly, I have added nutritional work and have the honor of representing the great humanitarian and scientist, Dr. Myron Wentz, and his ground-breaking products.  Dr. Wentz won the coveted Albert Einstein Award for his contributions to medicine.  He has built 3 hospitals, including an Aids Hospital in Uganda and another in Cambodia.

Elizabeth Pasquale with Dr. Myron Wentz in San Diego, 2008

I wonder sometimes what the universe is preparing me for, as it seems to educate me in these various disciplines, always giving me the best teachers, men & women far ahead in their fields.  What plans does the universe have for me, that it is preparing me so well?

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