Hudson Valley Health & Wellness


A central part of Hudson Valley lifestyle is health—from getting outdoors to eating nutritious, sustainable food, people who live in the region care about living well-rounded, healthy lifestyles, with a focus on fitness, nutrition, mindfulness, and general wellness. Chronogram’s Hudson Valley online magazine focuses monthly on wellness coverage, including health trends and topics, diets and cleanses, medical treatments and facilities, alternative medicine and practices, yoga and movement, health myths and mantras, bone and heart health, sound healing, and wellness fairs and expos.


The Spectrum of Care: Autism-Friendly Services at Columbia Memorial Health

Columbia Memorial Health's Emergency Department and their Rapid Care centers in Copake and Valatie have dedicated rooms for patients with autism, who might struggle with the high stimulation of the surrounding clinical environment. These rooms feature lower furniture, calming paint colors, sensory blankets, and iPads to help ease communication.

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Esteemed Reader | January 2020

Publisher Jason Stern discusses the isolation of people today versus the 70's when people hitchhiked and connected.

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3 Experts Offer Tips for Getting Unstuck from Old Patterns

New year, new you, right? Often easier said than done. To help you actually fulfill your healthy resolutions for 2020, health editor Wendy Kagan talked to experts in three fields for tips on how to get unstuck from old patterns.

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Esteemed Reader | December 2019

Publisher Jason Stern relates an allegorical tail of hopelessness and the restorative power of the inner voice or voice from beyond.

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TMI Project Essay: More Than Just This Moment

Ray Long shares a story in which the LGBTQ suicide helpline helped him survive and empowered him to be "more than just a moment."

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Healing Quest: Julia Indichova's Natural Fertility Boosting Program

Julia Indichova, Woodstock-based creator of Fertile Heart Ovum Practice and author of two books, views the fertility journey as a revelatory quest for wholeness and an opportunity for healing.

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Maternity Care 2.0: Columbia Memorial Health & Albany Med Team Up to Deliver Better Care

Two hospitals, Columbia Memorial Health and Albany Med team up to deliver better access for the region.

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High Time: A CBD Medical Conference and Public Workshop in Newburgh

Everyone from Curious Medical Practitioners to Consumers Can Learn about CBD on December 6
Since the 2014 Farm Bill’s legalized the industrial production of hemp, CBD products have infiltrated the market, showing up in everything from lattes to tampons to gas station gummies. CBD is one of over 100 cannabinoids in the hemp plant. Unlike THC—the psychoactive compound found in marijuana—CBD does not produce a high and isn’t addictive. Rather, CBD interacts with the human body’s own endocannabinoid system, which helps regulate things such as pain, inflammation, anxiety, and sleep. As the peer-reviewed studies affirming the therapeutic benefits of CBD continue to roll in, the plant-derived compound is establishing itself as a useful resource within the medical community. Still, there is a lot of ambiguity around CBD and its application, which the Newburgh Armory Unity Center aims to clear up with their December 6 conference, “CBD For Healthcare Professionals: What Is Cannabidiol Extract And How Does It Work.” CBD for Medical Professionals The conference at the Armory, sponsored by Orange County Citizens Foundation and Cornell Cooperative Extension, aims to educate professionals in the medical community about the fringe-turned-mainstream health product. "This is a new and exciting healthcare opportunity that's currently being extensively researched by the medical community,” says Nancy Proyect, president of the Citizens Foundation. "This conference and workshop brings current information and knowledge about CBD to our community. Hemp production is becoming significant for our community, especially for our farmers. CBD is becoming significant for the medical community in its uses to help treat anxiety, insomnia and chronic pain. This conference will offer critical information on CBD effectiveness, uses, contraindications, and how to identify quality brands on the market." Presentations will be given by professionals including doctors, pharmacists, and manufacturing leaders from across the US. Seminar topics include “Introduction to Hemp, Past, and Present,” “Hemp: Agricultural & Legislative Basics in New York,” “Physiology and Pharmacology of Cannabidiol and the Endocannabinoid System,” “The Green Revolution: Recent Changes in CBD and Recreational Marijuana,” and “Cannabinoid Clinical Pharmacology.” CBD for Consumers Following the conference is a workshop for the general public, “CBD in Healthcare: What is Cannabidiol Extract?" Emily Leppien, a doctor of pharmacology at BCPS, will be openly discussing the uses and the future of CBD, as well as the research behind the product. The professional conference will take place December 6 from 8am to 5pm and the general public workshop from 6 to 8pm. Tickets for the conference are $125, with a discount of $50 tickets for medical students, residents, interns, and fellows. Tickets for the public workshop are $10. ...

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Esteemed Reader | November 2019

Publisher Jason Stern discusses his upcoming birthday, its significance and questions whether a person's spirit lives on in others for years to come.

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TMI Project Essay: Nam MyoHo Renge Kyo

Kesai Riddick shares his upbringing with a white mother and no father. Although he struggled with not knowing his dad Buddhism helped him understand that it's better to know yourself.

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CBD Crazed: It's High Time We Looked at the Science Behind the CBD Hype

As CBD products fly off the shelves everywhere from gas stations to wellness boutiques, we peek at the science behind the hype.

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Columbia Memorial Hospital Rolls Out 3D Breast Biopsy Technology

As part of their continuing effort to invest in new medical technologies, Columbia Memorial Hospital has rolled out cutting-edge 3d breast biopsy technology, which complements their existing 3D mammography capabilities and offering Hudson Valley patients state-of-the art screening and breast cancer detection services.

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Esteemed Reader | October 2019

Publisher Jason Stern explains how the enneagram is both a symbolic portrait and a roadmap to becoming a completed human being.

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TMI Project Essay: Pain Cracks the Rock

The story of Theresa Haney about processing trauma, living with addiction, and finding a path to recovery, adapted from the TMI Project archives.

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Just Breathe: Breathwork as a Journey of Self-Discovery

Unlocking a state of altered consiousness similar to psychedelics, breathwork is a journey of discovery.

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Breast Tech: 3D Mammography at Columbia Memorial Health

In March, the hospital rolled out state-of-the-art 3D mammography, a cutting-edge imaging technology that generates a three-dimensional picture of the breast, affording healthcare providers a more accurate view of tissue, compared to the conventional two-dimensional mammograms.

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Woodstock Healing Arts: Bringing Self-Care to Hudson Valley Communities

Everyone is busy. If we’re not working, we are taking care of the kids, the house, the car, our furry family members, and maybe even caring for aging parents. Time for self-care is scarce, but Ben Fleisher, the owner of Woodstock Healing Arts, says it’s vital that everyone take time to care for themselves.

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Esteemed Reader | September 2019

Publisher Jason Stern explores conflict, duty, and mindfulness.

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The Science and Healing Benefits of Psychedelics

Researchers explore the therapeutic benefits of psychedelics from magic mushrooms to Molly.

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Treat Yourself: Mirbeau Inn & Spa Rhinebeck is Accepting Reservations

The Spa Mirbeau in Rhinebeck, which will be located at the soon-to-open Mirbeau Inn & Spa Rhinebeck are currently accepting reservations for September 28 and beyond.

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Esteemed Reader | August 2019

Esteemed Reader of Our Magazine: The tenor of the public discourse, so rife with vitriol, polemics, and contradictions exerts a continuous draw on attention and the temptation to get swirled into an omnipresent vortex of negativity. In my view, this is the beginning of the kind of mass psychosis that tends to precede violent upheavals in society.  How does a person inwardly strive for presence and impartiality in front of budding and blooming disequilibrium leading to the deterioration and collapse of a society that has, hitherto in our lifetime, been livable if not comfortable? Around the time of my birth, numerous spiritual teachers and thoughtful academics were expressing much the same message: the current social and economic structures of human life are not sustainable for the earth nor for maintaining a basic let alone abundant human society. The unsustainable system, these teachers said, is bound to fail, and we need to begin to coalesce authentic communities based on perennial principles. One of the teachers from what could be called the "New Axial Age" of the end of the 20th century was an English polymath named John Bennett. He formulated the problem and pointed to a solution in a private meeting with a group of students in London in 1972: "The problem in front of us all is how to live in a world that is being increasingly dominated by negative forces; how to become possible channels for transmission of positive forces. How not to get oneself caught into the stream of negativity. It seems easy enough to decide in one's own mind that this is what one wants to do and intends to do, but it is necessary to stop and ask oneself whether we are capable of making the decision to put aside, with every means available to us, negative attitudes in our thoughts and in our speech and in our behavior towards other people." I am humbled in the face of an admonition such as the above, suggesting the possibility of putting away all negative attitudes toward others. Despite efforts to be inwardly clean, I see the frequency with which negativity leaks into my thoughts, emotions, words, and deeds. I see that I react to both people near to me—people that I love—as well as to public figures and events in the news. To become really cleansed of negativity seems like a bodhisattva vow, something ideal but impossible.  Some of the events in the life of John Bennett come to mind. I recall how his teacher, Peter Ouspensky, suggested that Bennett and other students attempt to work with the Orthodox practice of perpetual Prayer of the Heart. With application, Bennett became able to recite The Lord's Prayer continuously and simultaneously in English, Greek, and Latin, even in the midst of a busy outer life. Bennett had superpowers of intention, effort, and attention. He was a giant of inner work. As a mere mortal, I wonder, how could I approach this task? In answer, I recall that Bennett further suggested that we are not in this evolutionary inner work alone. There are forces, intelligences, he said, that are involved with genuine human progress. This evolution is a development of being, growing a vessel or soul that is able to contain reactions and transmute poison into nectar. Help, Bennett said, is available to those guided by conscience, the inner compass that allows human beings to see and respond to what is true.  The forces involved with human evolution are always available to help. To receive this one needs a balance of active work on oneself and receptivity to help and guidance from beyond (or from deep within) oneself. This is expressed in the Arab proverb "Trust in Allah but tether your camel," or "[The Totality] helps him who helps himself."  Bennett concluded his teaching with this formulation of the task for those who wish to work for a positive future for humanity: "To replace all negative attitudes towards the existing world by a feeling of confidence and love towards the new world which is being born, towards the still unborn child that is the future mankind, to arouse in oneself constantly this love of the future humanity. Every time one observes in oneself some kind of negative attitude, to take this as the reminder that we human beings live on this Earth in order to serve and particularly to serve the future and to serve with love, with hope, with confidence that it is possible for humankind to be born again."   —Jason Stern ...

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How Far Away Are We From 3D Printing Organs?

Leading Experts Weigh In on the Possibilities
While still a project that requires more time and research, the future of transplant-ready 3D-printed organs is closer to being a reality than you might think.

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Hudson Valley Events

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Improv Empowerment for Adults @ Hudson Valley Improv

Improv Empowerment for Adults

Tue., Jan. 21, 6-8 p.m. — This is where it all is where it all begins at HVI....
Enjoy a Snowshoe Hike Through the Birch-lined Father Loop @ Alford Springs

Enjoy a Snowshoe Hike Through the Birch-lined Father Loop

Tue., Jan. 21, 1-4 p.m. — Hike the 4.3-mile Father Loop at Alford Springs Trail with the Great...

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