Musings from 20th Street – Going Upside-Down at the Woodstock Fruit Festival

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Musings From 20th Street

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(Photo Credit: Josh Keefe/The Gothamist)

Going Up-Side Down

at the

Woodstock Fruit Festival

By Jane G. Goldberg, Ph.D.

In spite of its name, the Woodstock Fruit Festival is nowhere near Woodstock. It’s actually on lovely Trout Lake – which is a stone’s throw away from Lake George, where my friend, Lenny, owns The Villas on Lake George. He is in the process of happily converting to a holistic health center. Stay tuned for lots of great seminars coming in a blissful setting.

This year was the 5th annual Fruit Festival, where kindred souls gathered for raw food, stimulating classes, and making and renewing friendships.

This year, the theme for me was inversion: the profound and powerful health benefits of going up-side down.

Forty years ago, Bernard Jensen (the nutritionist who guided my mother to curing her terminal cancer) introduced me to the slant board.

I have started recommending the use of the slant board to many of my Metatron clients because of what I see in their brains. All the people I see above the age of 40 are showing that they are not getting enough blood into their brains. The problem has been, though, that we couldn’t find any slant boards for them to purchase and use at home. I suggested to a few of my clients standing on their heads, but most of them are at an age where learning to stand on their head is not an appealing option.

The Fruit Festival reminded me of the solution of an inversion table. And I am happy to share this information, about why reversing the flow gravity in our bodies is so important, even essential to healthy aging.

The inexorability of gravity:

Because we live day-in and day-out with the force of gravity, we don’t often think about how much energy we exert fighting it. Yet, when we feel tired, we are sensitive to the effects of gravity and feel compelled to lie down to ameliorate some of gravity’s inexorable pull. When we go to the zoo and look at the animals on all fours, we develop a great appreciation for our human up-rightness. However, we don’t often think about how much stress our being erect puts on our bodies. When we walk or run, we’re putting all of the gravitational pressure of our entire body on one small spot (our feet), creating thousands of pounds of pressure per square inch. Merely standing creates tremendous gravitational force against the feet and the spine.

Wherever there are weaknesses in our bodily structure—in the knee and hip joints, the lower back, the neck and abdomen—there will be more frequent injuries. In fact, the single largest health problem in the United States is back pain, an effect from our perpetual struggle against gravity. As well, gravity affects us on a cellular level. Many biologists now feel that gravity plays a significant role in the cell’s loss of ability to replicate itself, thus contributing directly to aging and death. Bernard Jensen has said that there is not a single disease in which gravity does not play a part.

Clearly, if we could diminish the force of gravity on our bodies, we could, as well, diminish the sagging muscles in our faces that give some of us, after the age of 50 or 60, jowls and necks that we hate seeing in the mirror. If we could diminish the force of gravity, we can diminish the crowding of our internal organs that occurs because our insides, as well as our outsides, start to sag, thus making them less efficient. In short, if we could reverse the force of gravity on our bodies, we would look and feel younger.

Well, we can’t. Gravity is a fact of life that is inescapable. Outer space, where we, indeed, escape gravity, seems to be the only place where we can escape from the pull of gravity. But space travel has its own set of problems: we are no longer exposed to the all-important effects of electromagnetic energy (as discussed in a prior Musings)

(Click the images below to read Musings from 20th Street – Introducing PEMF: Benefits for Brain and Body & [part 1 & 2] )


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What we can do, however, is find ways to allow gravity to work FOR us instead of AGAINST us.

Robert Lockhart is an Aussie who has a healing center “down under” (as they say). He spoke knowledgably and eloquently, at the Fruit Festival, about the benefits of reversing gravity through inversion. 


Going upside down

Our bodies have evolved in a way that they normally work, not too badly, with the law of gravity. For instance if we look at the construction of the intestinal tract, we see that through most of the journey, food follows a downward slope. When the food reaches the beginning of the colon, it is now mostly liquid, and thus responds easily to peristaltic movement. In the ascending colon, the appendix lies below, and this organ, usually thought of as useless, actually serves to act as an irritant to force the food material uphill. By the time the material reaches the descending colon, gravity is able to exert its force to pull the waste downward.

To find an occasional reprieve from gravity, the logical question is: since gravity is the force that keeps pulling everything down, why not change the direction of our bodies so that what was going down in us now goes up, and what was going up now goes down? In other words, since we can’t change gravity, we have to change ourselves. We can turn ourselves upside down. In this way, we are using the force of gravity for healing.

Yoga discovered the importance of upside-down eons ago. They invented the shoulder and head stands. 

When you are standing up, the pull of gravity, and thus the pull on the flow of blood and all other fluids in your body is five or six feet. When you lie on the slant board, with your head lower than your feet, the pull of blood to the upper part of your body is about 18 inches. It’s not a lot, but plenty enough to accomplish a considerable task.

Brain anemia may not be a medically recognized disease entity, but anyone suffering from chronic fatigue has it. If muscle tone or circulation is not good enough, then the blood can’t travel uphill to the brain sufficiently to feed the brain. Without sufficient blood to the brain, virtually all of our functions will be weakened. The cerebellum, the back part of your brain, is where every physical organ is regenerated. You cannot breathe, you cannot hear, see or taste, you cannot think properly, nor move any part of your body without your back brain getting enough blood flow. This is, as well, the first part of the brain to be adversely affected by gravity.

Animals instinctively feed their brains the blood that is needed by how they sleep. An animal is always in a prone position during sleep, and its head falls lower than the rest of its body. In fact, if you hold an animal up by his front feet for long enough (for a dog, it’s four hours; for a rabbit, it’s three quarters of an hour), the animal will die because its heart and arteries cannot pump enough blood into its brain to keep it alive.

One of the conditions that we find the most responsive to the slant board is prolapsus of the internal organs. Any of us who have been on a traditional western diet, with refined foods, for any extended period of time, will have a prolapsed bowel. The transverse colon, which crosses over the abdomen, will dip in the middle, thus forcing the waste products in the colon to actually have to go upward, against gravity. This almost always proves too difficult, and a prolapsed colon then becomes a clogged colon. Bladder and prostate difficulties generally arise because the organs have fought against gravity for too many years, and the bladder is no longer in its proper place. Uterine fibroid tumors can be caused by the organs above bearing down, causing pressure on the uterus. The uterus, then, becomes mal-positioned, thus rendering the uterus less capable of throwing off toxic material.

Going upside down, either by lying on a slant board, or on an inversion table, repositions all of the internal organs. Gravity pulls the organs upwards, thus creating space between the organs so that the oxygen can reach the organs more easily.

Simply lying on the slant board (which gives a 45 degree slope) or the inversion table (which you can position so that you are fully upside down at 180 degrees) with your arms stretched out above your head both is and feels wonderful.

You may have noticed that between 3 and 5 p.m., it gets harder to keep your energy level up. This is because at this time, the sun and moon change their configuration in relation to each other. The fluids in our bodies make a concomitant change in response. It’s best to find time to do inversion around this time and you will find that you have renewed vigor for the rest of the day. In fact, 15-20 minutes inverted renews your body the same as an hour of sleep.

You can augment the effect of the inversion by doing simple exercises.

Inversion exercises:

Exercise 1)

To bring more blood into the abdomen, pull the stomach in and up, toward the shoulders.

Exercise 2)

You can also pat the stomach, stretching your upper torso from side to side. This both increases circulation and breaks down pockets in the intestinal tract.

Exercise 3)

Flex the knees, bringing them as close to your chest as you can get. This is a brain exercise.

Exercise 4)

Bicycle on the board. This is good for the abdominal organs.

Exercise 5)

Lift the legs and rotate them in large circles. This brings circulation into the pelvic area and stretches the muscles around the prostate. It also releases pressure on the bladder.

Exercise 6)

Lift legs straight up to as close to a 90° angle to your body as you can get, then lower them slowly. This builds abdominal strength.


Robert Lockhart talked about the amazing benefits of oscillation on the inversion board (a feat that you can’t accomplish on the slant board). You move your cerebral spinal fluid as well as your lymphatic fluid. It improves sleep, feeds the brain, gives more agility to joints, and a host of other benefits. Or, go for broke: learn to walk doing a handstand. Even walking down steps, as our intrepid friend at the Festival demonstrated. (Just kidding: don’t try it. You’ll probably end up breaking your neck.)


La Casa has just acquired a brand new state-of-the-art inversion table. The beauty of our table is that not only can you invert yourself fully, or oscillate as Robert Lockhart suggests, but you get the benefit of far-infra-red waves whilst you are enjoying the inversion. Enjoy our newest therapy: Oscillation.

Respectfully submitted by:

La Casa

Spa & Wellness Center

– and –

Jane G. Goldberg Ph.D.

*Licensed Psychologist
*Certified  Psychoanalyst
*Stone Carrier Medicine Woman, Native American Traditional Organization

The Navel Expo is coming soon! Jane will be speaking at the health and wellness conference September 27th, at the Millenium Hotel (145 W. 44th Street). The conference runs from 10 AM – 6 PM, and Jane’s lecture begins are 3 PM. For details and day passes, please check for updates.

70 years since Hiroshima Atomic Bomb detonated – is radiation good or bad?

– By. Ed Park, M.D. 

This evening, CNN reminded me that it has been 70 years since the Enola Gay dropped the first of two atomic bombings of a civilian population that expedited the end of the Pacific War.

The effects of high level exposure to ionizing radiation are devastating and well-documented. At a level of over 6 grays, the mortality approaches 100% from genetic damage to so many stem cells that you cannot recover.What is interesting is that a lower level of radiation is actually healthy!  This is known as the radiation hormesis phenomenon.  This chart shows that at low doses, (the Green curve shown as “D”) the cancer risk actually decreases from ionizing radiation that can damage DNA directly…
(To read more, click HERE)

Dr. Ed Park, MD, MPH author of the above article about the benefits of low-level radiation – is a telomere and telomerase expert and founder of Recharge Biomedical.   He graduated with honors from Harvard University with BA (Bachelor of Arts) in Biological Anthropology in 1989.
Dr. Park received MD (Doctor of Medicine) from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, and MPH (Master of Public Health) from Columbia University, School of Public Health, in 1993.
Be sure to get a copy of Dr. Park’s new book, Telomere Timebombs: Defusing the Terror of Aging!

Hot off the presses! This research finding was just published validating the health benefits and life-lengthening effect of low-level radiation (i.e. “The Hormesis Effect” that Dr. Jane G. Goldberg has been speaking about and writing about for several years).

Effect of Low Doses of Gamma-irradiation on Lifespan and Stress-Related Genes 

Throughout the history of living things, the natural background radiation of the Earth and cosmic rays have been one of the key environmental factors that have affected the rate of evolutionary processes. As a result of nuclear weapons testing, nuclear accidents and the activities of the nuclear fuel cycle, large areas were contaminated with artificial radionuclides.
Furthermore, additional sources of irradiation are present in medical procedures, air travel and certain manufacturing. Thus, the problem of biological effects of low doses of ionizing radiation is becoming increasingly important.
Although there are many common mechanisms of response of organism and cell to irradiation and other stresses (thermal, oxidative etc.), their principal difference is a significant role of DNA damage on the biological effects of ionizing radiation. However, these differences are attributed mostly to high dose rates. In the case of low dose radiation, direct effects of irradiation such as clustered DNA damage and DNA double strand breaks are minimal, whereas indirect DNA damages caused by the induction of reactive oxygen species become the primary result. In high doses, adverse effects accumulate in the tissues in a deterministic manner that depends linearly on the dose, but in low doses the effects are stochastic, non-linear on the dose, and depend mainly on the efficiency of the stress response’s protective mechanisms. Therefore, low doses of radiation can be regarded as moderate stress, which is known to induce hormesis.
(To read more, click HERE)

See and read about La Casa’s newest addition to our family of healing technologies – the Pulsed Harmonix TruePulse A2000! As you will hear from Lesley in the video below, our clients are also seeing wonderful results!

Two time Xterra off-road triathlete world champion, Lesley Patterson, talks about her use of the Pulsed Harmonix TruePulse A2000, and how it helps her recover from intense trainings, and how it helped in recovery from recent surgeries for a broken wrist, broken hand, and broken shoulder, as well as overall body and cellular wellness.

Click to watch the video below:

Another great review from one of La Casa’s customers:

Jane, the owner, is super knowledgeable and so sweet. My knee has been bothering for a while and she suggested the pulse magnetic machine. After just 20min I could tell a huge difference. I like the vibe in la Casa, it has a very zen feelIng. I highly recommend this place:)

– Craig M.

A review of La Casa Spa and Wellness Center‘s Floatation experience recently appeared in The Gothamist. Here is what journalist and photographer Josh Keefe had to say about our urban oasis:
La Casa Spa and Wellness Center is one of the old guards of the New York City flotation scene. Opened 22 years ago by Dr. Jane Goldberg, La Casa boasts a walk-in floatation chamber. Dr. Goldberg, who is also a psychoanalyst specializing in psychological oncology, calls her center, which offers 15 different treatments, “seriously holistic,” and claims that Michael Flatley came to La Casa to float before his Riverdance performances. The entry/lounge area feels like a jungle oasis transported to Flatiron and that, combined with the unique openness of the floatation chamber (which eases feelings of claustrophobia) makes La Casa one of the more relaxing places in the city to float.”

Did you know that for thousands of years people have been treating pain, injuries, and disease with low-radioactive stones? Now you have access to the same lost art! Jay Gutierez, as told by Jane G. Goldberg, Ph.D., shares his incredible rediscover of the ancient science behind “The Hormesis Effect: The Miraculous Healing Power of Radioactive Stones” may well be one of the most important books you will ever read. 

La Casa was created out of the experience one woman had with her mother. Long before holistic medicine became widely known, Dr. Jane Goldberg spent the 1970s seeking alternative cancer therapies for her mother, who had been diagnosed with terminal bone cancer. Following sound principles of holistic health, Jane’s mother was able to reverse her cancer condition entirely, moving from her wheelchair to joyfully playing tennis again. This experience inspired Jane to specialize in her pyschoanalytic practice to work with cancer patients, and to fulfill the need for a holistic healing center in NYC. Jane and La Casa invite you to partake of the restorative and profoundly cleansing therapies that have brought La Casa world-wide recognition.

Think of your body as part of the earth,

Think of the earth as part of your soul

La Casa Spa

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New York, NY. 10003