Healthy Weight Loss: a Free Lecture with Marie Regis, M.S., L.Ac.

WHERE: 29 Barstow Rd., Suite 201, Great Neck NY 11021 

WHEN:    Sunday August 2nd from 10-11:30 a.m. 

What if weight loss was about coming back to the joy of feeling well, refreshed, full of life? I invite you to discover a new way of seeing what to many of us has seemed like an impossible challenge. Learn how to eat satisfying meals and still lose weight effortlessly. Gain a new appreciation for food; for the gift of change and of feeling light and clear. I hope you’ll join us for this informative talk based on Chinese dietary therapy.

MICROWAVES: Still Dangerous to your Health!

Several studies suggest that that foods are altered on the molecular level as a result of microwave cooking. This has been called the “microwave effect.” Many still argue that the microwave effect is a myth, but a several studies have come out supporting this theory. Most notably, a study released by Penn State University in 2001 stated that conventional and microwave heating produce very different changes at the molecular level. The study also referenced a 1995 study which demonstrated that microwaves, unlike other heating devices – can destroy viral DNA. Another study conducted in 2003 examined broccoli prepared in the microwave and found that it had lost 97% of its valuable antioxidant content.

Our modern world is dominated by processed food, and most of the fresh produce we do eat is grown in heavily depleted soil. To most of us, eating completely raw is definitely not enticing, so opting for the best possible cooking method is important. Light steaming, stir-frying in a high quality oil or simmering in a soup or stew are healthy alternatives. Cooking vegetables just enough to soften the fibrous outer covering of the vegetable to make it digestible, and no more, preserves much of the vital nutrients of the food. Many people choose to eat a lot of their vegetables raw. Traditional Cultures and Chinese medicine in particular consider this an unhealthy habit as it tends to weaken the digestive system and lower metabolism. This can lead to weight gain and other health issues.

Container Chemicals & Food Fats Leak Into Your Food

We’re all familiar with the “Microwave Safe” label found many food containers, but this label is  misleading. Despite what many people think, it only means they can be used in a microwave without melting or starting a fire. In fact,  numerous toxic chemicals can leak into your food when heated in a microwave. Chemicals such as polyethylene terpthalate (PET), benzene, toluene, xylene, the now well-known BPA, and even its so called safer alternative BPS. Many of these chemicals have estrogen-like effects on women’s bodies (thereby putting some women at greater risk for breast cancer). Some can affect brain development, or contribute to diabetes, prostate disease, and more. The microwaving of fatty foods in “microwave safe” plastic containers can cause the release of
the known carcinogen dioxins. Glass storage containers are a better alternative and a worthy investment.

Even A New & Safety Inspected Microwave Can Leak Radiation

Microwave manufacturers , thankfully have put into practice higher safety standards in the newest microwave ovens. Thanks to their hard work, some previous concerns have been rectified, however there still is still some exposure, especially when standing within a certain radius of the appliance when in use. Even a new, perfectly functioning microwave can expose us to up to 400 milliGauss of unwanted radiation. To put that into perspective, exposure to a mere 4 milliGauss has been linked to leukemia. Steering clear of microwaves when in use is certainly advisable for all but is particularly critical to pregnant women and children.

Acupressure for Headaches and Allergies: with Marie Regis, L.Ac.

Like acupuncture, acupressure can be very helpful for those of us who suffer from allergies or headaches, two often related problems. Learn reflex points in the hands and feet, face, and back can help reduce symptoms and melt away stress. Marie will also discuss the value of using certain essential oils in combination with acupressure to support the immune system and open the sinuses. Learn tools to help yourself and enjoy the wonder of the outdoors this year!

WHERE:  Calliope Fitness & Arts on the Pier

20 Lumber Rd., Suite B-1, Roslyn NY

WHEN:  Thursday July 2nd from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m.

Please contact Rhonda at Calliope Fitness to register 516-472-7255

Acupuncture for Healing and Personal Transformation

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A Talk by Marie Regis, M.S., L.Ac.

Did you know that acupuncture as an adjunct to psychotherapy, can help transform intimacy issues, reduce anxiety levels, improve self-esteem, heal a broken heart, support the grieving process?

For every mental and emotional state there is a corresponding physical energetic reality; acupuncture can affect this energetic pattern, thereby altering brain chemistry, mood, and even attitudes. Marie will share stories of transformation she has helped facilitate in her own practice, and explain some of the theoretical basis for this work.

    Where: Carol’s Holistic Health Expo

             VFW Albertson. 155 Searingtown Rd., Albertson NY

         (Next to Shelter Rock Public Library)

               WhenSat. March 7th, 1:00 to 1:30 p.m.

Expo runs from 11:30 am to 5:30 pm. For more info go to:

 Entrance fee:   $10 when RSVP online at

($15 if no RSVP)


Learn Qi Gong


Kung fu or Tai Chi

Learn Qi gong: Non-strenuous Exercises for Health and Wellbeing, with Marie Regis, L.Ac.

WHEN:  Sunday Jan. 25th 2015, from 10 am to 4 pm

WHERE:  29 Barstow Rd., Suite 201, Great Neck NY 11021

FEE:  $90

When practiced daily, these simple exercises can increase vitality, improve circulation, eyesight and coordination. Marie has also found them helpful for anxiety, irritability and insomnia. They consist of non strenuous standing and seated postures.

Marie Regis is a NYS Lic. Acupuncturist in private practice in Great Neck. She specializes in Stress Reduction, Pain Issues and Women’s Health.  She has been a holistic healer for over 20 years. She has extensive training in Chinese Dietary Therapy, Essential Oils and Chinese herbs. Please see for more info.

Please call Marie for more information or to        confirm you’re coming: 516-455-2206

Acupuncture for Women’s Reproductive Health


Learn how acupuncture can support fertility and ease menstrual issues and PMS without the side effects of medication. If you’re suffering from menstrual cramping, excessive menstrual bleeding, PMS, or a fertility issue, this lecture could change your life.

WHERE:  The Acupuncture & Wellness Center, 29 Barstow Rd., Suite 304, Great Neck NY 11021

WHEN: Sunday November 17th from 10 – 11 am




Staying warm in the aftermath of hurricane Sandy

Tropical Storm Katia (NASA, International Space Station, 08/31/11) NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center via Flickr

As the weather becomes colder, many of us who are still without heat are experiencing symptoms of overexposure to the cold. Early symptoms of a cold can include: Neck and upper back stiffness, body aches, sneezing, sensitivity to drafts, foggy head/slower thinking, lethargy, headaches… and of course runny nose.  I have listed below precautions that you may take to prevent getting sick:


  • Stay physically active.
  • Wear layers. Choose wool over cotton when you can. Keep your head covered (even indoors if necessary), wear gloves outside.
  • Drink hot water and eat warm and cooked foods. You can go to a deli, coffee shop, etc… to fill a thermos with hot water.
  • Try to avoid cold foods/drinks or salads.

Here is a list of warming teas:
Ginger tea: At the first sign of a sneeze, a chill or runny nose (or as a preventative), drink a cup of ginger tea and go to bed to sweat out the cold
Ginger and cinnamon tea: Perfect for those who feel chilled from being too long in the cold, and who are sensitive to drafts.

Recipe for ginger tea:
– Add a cup of hot water to 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of grated fresh ginger (or 2-3 slices) and sip it as hot as you can. If you do not feel better after one dose, repeat three times per day..( Some recipes add a dash of red pepper to this)
Recipe for Ginger and Cinnamon Tea:
– Add one cup of hot water to 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of grated fresh ginger and 1/4 teaspoon of ground cinnamon. Let it infuse (covered) for 5 to 10 minutes. Sip it as hot as you can, then go to bed. this can also be taken three times daily.

If you’re able to cook, here are some warming spices you might use:

Ginger, garlic, black or red pepper.
Basil, cardamon, cinnamon, bay leaves, chives, cloves, coriander leaves, cumin, dill leaves or seeds, fennel leaves or seeds, fenugreek, lemongrass, musturd seeds, nutmeg, oregano, savory, Sichuan pepper, star anise.

Warming seeds/nuts:
Chestnuts, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, walnuts, watermelon seeds.

Warming vegetables:
Carrot, chinese chives, leek, onion, shallot, spring onion.

If you have gas in the car, you may also visit your acupuncturist. Acupuncture (especially with moxibustion) can stop the progression of a cold and clear headaches, neck tension and body aches. It may take more than one session to clear a cold that has taken hold; but for those who get sick easily it can be a God-Send.

Take the best care!

Acupuncture and fertility

I have found in my practice that acupuncture can help resolve fertility issues, in a gentle, non-invasive way. Acupuncture can help by:

  • Regulating the menstrual cycle
  • Supporting the hormonal system and ovulation
  • Improving circulation
  • Reducing stress
  • Improving the success of implantation with IVF

The following article was copied from


Acupuncture increases chances of success in IVF by 65%
By: Diane Joswick, L.Ac., MSOM

Women undergoing IVF were 65 percent more likely to become pregnant when they combined the procedure with acupuncture, a recent study has shown.

The remarkable success rate occurred across seven acupuncture trials involving 1,366 women in a systematic review and meta-analysis published in a February, 2008 issue of the British Medical Journal.

Acupuncture was delivered either just before or just after embryo transfer – the moment when the embryo fertilized in the laboratory must attach itself to the wall of the womb to establish a pregnancy.

The research was carried out by scientists from the University of Maryland in America and the VU University Amsterdam in Holland. Researchers claim that because acupuncture costs only about $75 per session compared to $6000 to $10,000 per cycle for IVF, it would be a cost effective, safe and efficient way of boosting success rates in fertility treatment.

It is thought that acupuncture stimulates the neurotransmitters that trigger the production of gonadotrophin-releasing hormone, which controls the menstrual cycle and a woman’s ovulation.

Acupuncture is also thought to stimulate blood flow to the uterus and boost the production of endogenous opioids, inducing the body to relax.

Acupuncture has been used in China for centuries to regulate fertility. It has also been shown to be an effective treatment for chronic pain as well as many common and uncommon disorders.  You can find an acupuncturist on

Conditions that are commonly treated with acupuncture

Source: British Medical Journal, doi:10.1136/bmj.39471.430451.BE (February 2008)

Wellness day 2012

PEACE is the evening star of the soul, and Virtue is its sun; and the two are never far apart


Dear Friends,

What better way to wish you a Happy and Healthy New Year than to create a soulful and peace- giving event, a day to let go so we may create anew… I very much hope to see you there.




Health, Inspiration, Peace  ( H.I.P.)

DATE/TIME:    Sunday January 15th , 2:30 PM to 5:00 PM

LOCATION:   All Saints Episcopal Church, 855 Middle Neck Rd, Great Neck NY 11024

PURPOSE:    To alleviate stress and promote harmony within individuals, families and the community. To help people discover natural, drug free ways to slow down and find physical and emotional balance.

DESCRIPTION:       The following services will be available at no charge (donations gratefully accepted).

1. COMMUNITY STYLE EAR ACUPUNCTURE FOR STRESS: A simple treatment based on the NADA (National Acupuncture Detoxification Association) protocol of five tiny needles in each ear. People will be seated in chairs and fully dressed. 

  • Five tiny pre-packaged and sterile needles on each ear, nearly painless when the needles go in.
  • A 30 – 45 minute treatment in a community-style group setting
  • A relaxing experience that helps reduce stress and anxiety, aids with sleep, and provides an overall sense of well-being.

          2. YOGA:

  • Introduction to Yoga styles,use of props, body alignment, Pranayama
  • Beinners/Intermediate Yoga with props
  • chair Yoga

          3 . MEDITATION: Immediately following yoga class.

          4. REIKI:  Reiki is a simple and  natural method of spiritual and physical healing, which was developed and taught by Dr. Mikao Usui. It has been effective in helping virtually every known illness and always creates a beneficial effect. It can dramatically relieve stress and promote peace of mind.

           5. MASSAGE THERAPY: Relieves tension and stress. Given fully clothed.

RSVP: While we would LOVE to hear that you are coming and perhaps bringing friends, reservations are not required.

Community Style Acupuncture in Great Neck

The First treatment is FREE through December 15th!        BY APPOINTMENT ONLY!  516-455-2206

When :  Friday evenings 7 PM to 8:30 PM

  Sunday mornings 11 AM to 1:30 PM

Where:  29 Barstow Rd, Suite 304, Great Neck NY 11021

About Community Style Acupuncture:   The treatment follows the NADA (National Acupuncture Detoxification Association) protocol, which is highly effective in reducing anxiety and hyperactivity and improving the quality of sleep. It is also very effective for people going through nicotine withdrawal or detox. from drugs/alcohol.

 About the Acupuncture Treatment:

  •  A 30 to 45 minute treatment in a community-style group setting with no disrobing
  • Five tiny pre-packaged and sterile needles on each ear, nearly painless when the needles go in.
  • A relaxing experience that reduces stress and anxiety, aids with sleep and provides an overall sense of well-being.

For more information on the power of ear acupuncture as a treatment for PTSD, please follow the link below, illustrating how it was used by Acupuncturists without Borders  after the earthquake in Haiti: