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hen entering the magazine business two years ago, I could not have imagined how daily life would change on so many levels. I looked forward to transitioning from a routine weekday work schedule of 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the… ahem, “freedom”—excuse me, had a little tickle in my throat—of entrepreneurship. I found that it can be pretty scary to have all that freedom and be on your own, but collaborating with so many other business owners is lots of fun too. As a Natural Awakenings publisher, I meet amazing people doing amazing things all the time. This month a leading example is Steve Chinosi, director and chief innovation officer at Newton North High School (NNHS), and his student team of “solutionaries”. In June of 2011, we first featured the fledgling NNHS Greengineers program pioneered by 17 brave students researching and tackling real-life environmental issues. Since then, the group has grown to nearly 200 participants with new students eager to enroll. You’ll find our original story at Don’t miss the exciting update on page 24, “Newton Public Schools Innovation Laboratory – A New Model for Sustainable Education.” I’m a bit envious of these young people, coming of age at such an exciting time. We extend kudos to each of them for embracing the opportunities available through this local volunteer initiative. These talented expanding minds together with their co-creating peers around the globe represent the future. We look forward to our world making the most of their breakthrough Earth-sustaining designs and inventions in the next decade or two. In honor of Earth Day on April 22, we’ve packed this Green Living issue with ways to improve the quality of our lives by greening our daily lifestyles. “Household Cleanse,” on page 32, sheds light on the most toxic common household chemicals and some healthier choices we can make to minimize their impact on our family’s health as well as the environment. Don’t miss our special Earth Day calendar feature on making the most of our park systems and other community events, on pages 30 and 31. You’re sure to find many fun ways to celebrate our home planet this month. We also want to thank you for your ongoing feedback. Constructive comments and suggestions help us to know what we’re doing right and places we might improve. Please, keep your ideas coming! Always feel good, live simply and laugh more,

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Open Studios for Brookline Artists in Late April


rookline Artists Open Studios (BAOS), an annual premier arts event featuring more than 275 artists at 35 locations, will take place this year on April 27 and 28. “It’s a oncea-year major cultural event that’s family-friendly and open to the public,” says BAOS organizer Gwen Ossenfort. “It takes place all over Brookline in both public spaces and private studios and includes music and other performances as well as graphic art, jewelry, sculpture and crafts.” For more information, call 617-9973680 or visit Brochure maps with descriptions, links to artist websites and more information is available at

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newsbriefs Sneak Preview of Organic, Chemical-Free Furniture Collection


urnature, a premier designer and manufacturer of organic, chemical- and flame-retardantfree upholstered furniture and mattresses, in Watertown, is offering a sneak preview of its new Metro Collection. The collection, which is the creation of Furnature co-founder and internationally renowned designer Barry Shapiro, consists of contemporary, upholstered and slip-covered pieces. “More than three years in development, this collection articulates Barry’s personal and professional evolution,” says Furnature co-founder Fred Shapiro. “In the past, our designs were primarily focused on replacing the chemicalladen ingredients found in traditional furniture. Now, with a new emphasis on modern and contemporary styling, Barry’s new approach has been to strip away unnecessary tailoring elements and create modern, utilitarian objects that are elegant and comfortable, providing exceptional value for generations.” The Shapiros, who launched Furnature in 1990, are credited with designing and manufacturing the first chemical-free, organic upholstered furniture in the United States. The duo also pioneered the design of the first organic mattresses. To celebrate the new Metro Collection, Furnature will offer a 10 percent discount on any piece purchased prior to June 1. Location: Furnature, 86 Coolidge Ave., Watertown. For more information, call 617-926-2888 or 800-326-4895 or visit See ad on page 16.

Growing and Doing Much Good, One Backyard at a Time


ackyard Veggie Garden is a new, full-service vegetable garden company serving Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire. Owner Darron Jalbert says that his company’s mission is founded on the many positive health and ecological benefits associated with cultivating and consuming home-grown produce. “It’s the most local, natural and sustainable food option available today,” says Jalbert. “The growing and consuming of backyard veggies brings positive spiritual, physical and ecological benefits to individuals, the community and the planet. On a personal level, it is a way to do much good, one backyard at a time.” Backyard Veggie Garden specializes in non-GMO, organic and heirloom veggies and fruits, grown in raised-bed and container gardens for residential, culinary and commercial clients. “We can install a garden in any space available and offer support, knowledge, labor and materials to vegetable gardeners of all experience levels,” says Jalbert. “Our services range from design and consultation to installation and maintenance. We can even show gardeners how to can and jar their veggies for year-round enjoyment and teach them to create their own nutrient-rich compost at home.” For more information, call 857-234-2395, email Contact@BackyardVeggieGarden. com or visit See ad on page 15.

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newsbriefs A Workshop for Humans on ‘The Way of the Horse’


ife coach Brian Reid, founder of Horses Know the Way Home (HKTWH), will team up with his Shire mare, Brenda Lee, to offer a transformational workshop from May 24 to 26. “The Way of the Horse” will take place at Sable View Natural Horsemanship, in StockBrian Lee bridge, Vermont, and offer participants the chance to learn key relationship and communication skills through working with Brenda Lee. “Connecting with horses, we learn how to communicate through feel and intention rather than the language and logical side of our brains, which can cause blocks through worry, fear and stress,” says Reid. “We learn how to read the signals communicated to us when a connection is either made or broken, and this knowledge benefits the interactions that we have in our everyday lives.” Reid says that he will teach personal development and self-improvement principles through The Way of the Horse, demonstrating how to apply his 13 HKTWH principles to life. “People will discover joy, balance and happiness,” he says. “They’ll also move toward and discover desires in areas where they may have been previously stuck.” Prior experience with horses is not required to benefit from this workshop, and more information can be found at

Cost: $300. Location: Sable View Natural Horsemanship, 332 Music Mountain, Stockbridge, VT. For more information, call 401-402-0819 or visit HorsesKnow See ad on page 16 and Resource Guide on page 16.

European Thermography and New Location for Bella Natural Health


r. Dawna L. Jones of Bella Natural Health, now in a new Norwell location, announces European thermography services for patients. Jones is teaming up with Jackie Bell Natural Health to offer this painless diagnostic tool, which does not involve radiation, exclusively in the Boston area. In documented studies, European thermography has been found to detect early signs that a cancer may be forming up to 10 years before any other devices. “The fact that European thermography can detect the earliest signs of dysfunction in the tissue allows for intervention prior to an irreversible state in the organ,” says Jones. “It can provide a true picture of your health and serve as a guide for preventative care and maintenance of health.” Location: Bella Natural Health, 99 Longwater Circle, Ste. 100, Norwell. For appointments, call 781-829-0930 or visit For more information about European thermography, call 508-280-6434 or visit NaturalBell. com. See ad on page 39 natural awakenings

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newsbriefs Free Workshop on Nutritional Testing at Central Square Health and Wellness


Health and Wellness Show Returns to Needham on April 7


alter Perlman, coordinator of the annual Health and Wellness Show at the Sheraton Needham Hotel, announces the return of this health-focused event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 7. This year’s show is sponsored by the Sports Club/LA. “The Health and Wellness Show is an opportunity for people to learn, share knowledge and get free health screenings from local area professionals,” says Perlman. “Visitors can also sample nutritious specialty foods and learn about supplements, local health clubs and personal trainers, health travel companies, air and water purification systems, healthy weight loss and holistic veterinary care. They’ll leave with information about new and better ways to get healthy and stay that way.” Perlman says that more than 55 health and wellness professionals will be on hand for the event, including chiropractors, eye doctors, skin care specialists, nutritionists, pharmacists, acupuncturists, audiologists and orthopedic specialists. Cost: $5 at the door; free to those who register online. Location: The Sheraton Needham Hotel, 100 Cabot St., Needham. For more information or to register, call 508-460-6656 or visit


ristine Jelstrup, LMT, CBK, of Central Square Health and Wellness, in Cambridge, has added the Morphogenic Field Technique (MFT) to her list of services. She is offering a free workshop on MFT from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 4 at the Central Square Health and Wellness office. The workshop will cover such topics as basic nutrition, environmental concerns, good fats and bad fats and organic Kristine Jelstrup versus genetically modified food. Jelstrup will also demonstrate nutritional energy testing, and teach attendees how to use this method to discover which foods can enhance their personal well-being. All attendees will also receive a coupon for 50 percent off their first one-on-one consultation with Jestrup. MFT, a form of nutritional energy assessment, uses applied kinesiology, or muscle testing, to determine nutritional needs and toxin levels in the body. “Our bodies are designed for long and vibrant lives, but toxins in our food and environment today are compromising our health,” says Jelstrup. “MFT is a powerful tool for getting to the root causes of chemical imbalances and identifying what nourishes our bodies and what harms them. This leads to greater energy and improved health.” Cost: Free. Location: Central Square Health and Wellness, 126 Prospect St., Ste. 5, Cambridge. For more information or to register, call 617-833-3407, email Kristine@ or visit CentralSquare HealthAndWellness. com. See ad on page 19 and Resource Guide on page 43.

Free Workshop on Detecting and Removing Toxins in the Body


mily Chan, ND, of Modern Integrative Medicine, now offers her clients the Clear Change Program, which assists the body in removing chemicals, environmental toxins and heavy metals in a safe and effective way. “A study conducted at the Centers for Disease Control on human exposure to environmental chemicals found that 212 harmful chemicals were in the blood and urine of most Americans,” says Chan. “These chemicals poison the cells and Emily Chan contribute to fatigue, chronic illness and premature aging.” Chan will offer a free introductory workshop, Clear Change Program for Healthy Detoxification, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on April 8 at the Lydian Center for Innovative Medicine, in Cambridge. Participants will learn how to reduce toxic exposure and experience a clear change, more energy and recovery from chronic diseases. “Most Americans experience a decline in health beginning at age 30, but this doesn’t have to be the case,” says Chan. “The goal is to have as many years of quality life as possible. In our modern environment, this means being smart about keeping the body clean.” Chan says that anyone who suffers from fatigue, chronic inflammation, foggy thinking, mood swings, bloating or difficulty losing weight will benefit from the workshop and the Clear Change Program. Cost: Free. Location: Lydian Center for Innovative Medicine, 777 Concord Ave., Ste. 301, Cambridge. For more information and to register, call 617-299-6151, email or visit See Resource Guide on page 46.

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newsbriefs Russill Paul Offers Transformative Yogic Spiritual Training


ationally renowned author, musician and spiritual teacher Russill Paul (aka Anirud Jaidev) has created an innovative online distance-learning program, the Yogic Mystery School, to explore deeper dimensions of the yogic experience. Designed for all levels of spiritual practitioners, it fosters spiritual transformation via chant, breath and meditation techniques that work synergistically to facilitate profound states of consciousness. Paul offers a free Russill Paul webinar and $1 introductory course on his website for individuals that wish to pursue the program. Yogic Mystery School practices do not require physical poses, instead drawing from deeper facets of authentic spiritual self-realization and enlightenment—the deeper goals of yoga. Healers, therapists, educators, artists, yoga practitioners and business and technology professionals can all benefit from the program, which allows individuals to study according to the parameters of their schedule and budget. Paul has taught spirituality for more than two decades at the graduate and post-graduate levels at prestigious learning institutions across America. He spent many years in India studying chanting in ancient temples and training as a monk, experiences that are reflected in his book, The Yoga of Sound: Tapping the Hidden Power of Music and Chant, and bestselling chant CDs. Paul will present in person from May 17 to May 19 in Nottingham, New Hampshire. Attendees will receive a complimentary online Silver Membership package in the Yogic Mystery School.

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newsbriefs Reiki Conference Comes to Watertown


Celebration of Reiki Conference will take place from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on April 20 at the Masonic Hall, in Watertown. The gathering will feature New England Reiki practitioners offering a range of styles, and all Reiki students and practitioners are invited to attend. “The Boston area has so much Reiki talent and experience, but few venues for creating community and sharing ideas,” says Elise Brenner, Ph.D., Reiki master teacher and conference organizer. “The mission of this conference is to get everyone in one place, talking and sharing their energy to empower and educate one another. We’re already humbled and a bit overwhelmed by our community’s enthusiastic response.” The theme of the conference is “Reiki: Practice and Path,” and the agenda includes panel discussions on “Diversity in Reiki Practice” and “Reiki in Medical Settings,” along with a selection of workshops on sharing Reiki with children and underserved populations, developing a practice and living the Reiki principles. Cost: $35 in advance; $45 at the door. Location: Masonic Hall, 32 Church St., Watertown. For more information and to register, call 617-244-8856 or visit

Voices of Boys and Men Concert Benefits Mentoring Program


oys to Men New England (BTMNE) celebrates five years of offering adult-teen mentoring programs with its second annual “Voices of Boys and Men” benefit concert, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on April 21 at Scullers Jazz Club, in Boston. This year’s theme is The Power of Voice. “Boys need an emotionally safe place where they can learn to find their voice, speak their truth, connect with their feelings and be heard and respected,” says BTMNE board chairperson Linda Marks. “Boys to Men New England offers programs to teenage boys so they can explore what it means to be a good man, and receive support to become the men they want to be.” BTMNE offers group mentoring in community and school-based settings for boys ages 12 to 17 and proceeds from the concert will benefit these efforts. Two sets of musical performances will feature both youth and adult voices, including jazz vocalist Rebecca Parris, G20 and Sounds of Concord barbershop choruses, The Kid Jazz Band, father-and-son duo Jack and Jesse Gauthier, Boston Minstrel founder Tim McHale and 15-year-old saxophonist Sara Hanahan. Concert admission includes appetizers, and BTMNE welcome donations to help students from Boston-area charter schools attend the event. Cost: $75. Location: Scullers Jazz Club, Doubletree Hotel, 400 Soldiers Field Rd., Boston. For more information, call 617-913-0683 or visit BoysToMenNew


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kyTherapy is an organic, all-natural line of body products developed by Kimberly Sparks, a Reiki master and teacher in West Warwick, Rhode Island. Sparks launched the company in 2011, after serious health challenges sent her on a mission to find safe and natural soaps, sea salts, underarm powders and oils. Today Sparks is healthy and living without traditional medicines as she grows the SkyTherapy product line. “I want to serve like-minded people who wish to cure and care from within,” she says. “My products do not contain any toxic ingredients. They are pure and simple, free of petroleum, parabens, sodium lauryl sulfate, chemical fragrances, preservatives and dyes.” SkyTherapy products include deodorant, dry shampoo, Dead Sea mineral salts and scrubs, facial mud cleanser, lip elixirs, aromatherapy sprays and all-natural handmade soaps. “My ancient recipes date back to Roman and Egyptian times, incorporating lavender, chamomile and vanilla cinnamon,” says Sparks. “Our Dead Sea Mineral Packed Mud Mask thoroughly cleans, detoxifies and tightens skin while stimulating new cell growth, and our Dead Sea Bath Salts and scrubs detoxify, relieve achy muscles, improve circulation, exfoliate and stimulate the lymphatic system.” SkyTherapy makes an organic, all-natural and vegan roll-on Lip Elixir with nutrients to moisten lips, kill germs and freshen breath. “Among our aromatherapy sprays, Smudge is the most popular,” says Sparks. “It contains organic essential oils, Reiki healing intention and genuine chakra crystals.” Each item is 100 percent guaranteed and made by artisan hands, says Sparks. SkyTherapy products can be found in selected Whole Foods Markets, hospitals, health food stores, homeopathic facilities, spas, yoga studios and salons, and online at For more information, email or visit See ad on page 7 and Resource Guide on page 47.

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kudos Students Lead Change for Environmentally Friendly Endowments


hristopher Round of Divest Harvard, in Cambridge, joins college students from more than 200 campuses across the country in urging schools to divest from fossil fuels in their endowments. “If it’s wrong to wreck the planet, then it is wrong to profit from it,” says Round, noting that the movement has already seen four schools divest. “Last fall Divest Harvard won student support by more than 72 percent in a campus-wide vote, and our work has been recognized by such leaders as Al Gore and Jon Huntsman, who applaud our efforts and commend us for standing up for what we believe in.” For more information, call 978654-8310 or visit


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A Bus Pass to Green Well-Being


here’s a way to simultaneously help both Planet Earth and one’s own health, report scientists from Imperial College London, in England. The researchers examined four years of data from the country’s Department for Transport National Travel Survey beginning in 2005, the year before free bus passes were available for people ages 60 and older. The study team found that those with a pass were more likely to walk frequently and take more journeys by “active travel”—defined as walking, cycling or using public transport. Staying physically active helps maintain mental well-being, mobility and muscle strength in older people and reduces their risk of cardiovascular disease, falls and fractures. Previous research by Taiwan’s National Health Research Institutes published in The Lancet has shown that just 15 minutes of moderate daily exercise lowers the risk of death in people over 60 by 12 percent, and another study at Newcastle University found that 19 percent of Britain’s adults achieve their recommended amount of physical activity through active travel alone. Public health organizations in the UK believe that “incidental” exercise, such as walking to and from bus stops, may play a key role in helping seniors keep fit and reduce social exclusion.

Turmeric Acts Against Cancer


hroughout history, the spice turmeric has been a favored seasoning for curries and other Indian dishes. Its pungent flavor is also known to offer medicinal qualities—turmeric has been used for centuries to treat osteoarthritis and other illnesses because its active ingredient, curcumin, can inhibit inflammation. A new study led by a research team at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, in Munich, Germany, has shown that turmeric can also restrict the formation of metastases and help keep prostate cancer in check. The researchers discovered that curcumin decreases the expression of two pro-inflammatory proteins associated with tumor cells and noted that both prostate and breast cancer are linked to inflammation. The study further noted that curcumin is, in principle, suitable for both prophylactic use (primary prevention) and for the suppression of metastases in cases where an established tumor is already present (secondary prevention).

A Diet for Healthy Bones


ge-related bone mass loss and decreased bone strength affect both genders. Now, the first randomized study, published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, indicates that consuming a Mediterranean diet enriched with olive oil may be associated with increased serum levels of osteocalcin, a protein that plays a vital role in bone formation. Earlier studies have shown that the incidence of osteoporosis in Europe is lower in the Mediterranean basin, possibly due to the traditional Mediterranean diet, which is rich in fruits, vegetables, olives and olive oil.

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Thrifty Threads

Levi’s Latest Sustainable Moves World record holder and Olympic champion sprinter Usain Bolt will soon model Puma boots that are “made for rotting,” and when the next Levi Strauss collection arrives, their new jingle will be, “These jeans are made of garbage.” Crushed brown and green half-liter plastic bottles will be on display at retail store displays, of which the equivalent of eight, or 20 percent, are blended into each pair of Waste<Less jeans. Nike and Gap have their own sustainability programs, and Patagonia has long supported a small ecosystem of Earth-friendly suppliers. But as the biggest maker of jeans in the world, with sales of $4.8 billion in 2011, Levi’s efforts command the most attention. Levi joined the Better Cotton Initiative, a group of companies that work with local nongovernmental organizations in Pakistan, India, Brazil and Mali to teach farmers how to grow cotton with less water. Last year marked the first cotton harvest given this effort and Levi has blended its share into more than 5 million pairs of jeans. With cotton prices on the rise and pressure from activist groups such as BSR, an environmental organization that works with businesses, large clothing manufacturers are starting to adopt more sustainable practices. Source: Business Week

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Label GMOs

Whole Foods Supports Americans’ Right to Know Whole Foods Market has become the first company in the industry to decide that all products containing genetically modified organisms (GMO) in its U.S. and Canadian stores must be so labeled by 2018. “We support the consumer’s right to know,” said Walter Robb, co-CEO of Whole Foods Market, in announcing the policy. “The prevalence of GMOs in the United States, paired with nonexistent mandatory labeling, makes it very difficult for retailers to source non-GMO options and for consumers to choose non-GMO products.” Genetic engineering introduces changes in DNA structure—usually to increase crop yield, plant hardiness and aesthetic appeal, rather than improve nutritional content. Acknowledged downsides of artificially transferring genes into plants include substantial increases in the use of chemicals and genetic cross-contamination of fields. While major food companies funded the defeat of California’s Prop 37 calling for GMO labeling, 82 percent of Americans are pro-labeling, according to a recent poll by market research firm YouGov. On April 8, Americans will demand that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) stop choosing Monsanto’s industrial interests over policy transparency and public health. Concerned citizens are beginning to take back America’s food system. Join the Eat-In for GMO Labeling, Stone Soup style, outside of the FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, 5100 Paint Branch Pkwy., College Park, MD 20740, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., April 8. Visit

Silver Lining

Cleaning Up the Cloud The New York Times has reported that “cloud” data centers—which store YouTube videos, run Google searches and process eBay bids—use about 2 percent of all electricity in the nation. In some data centers, up to 90 percent of the energy is wasted. Now, an industry consortium called the Uptime Institute is sponsoring a “server roundup” and handing out rodeo belt buckles to the Internet company that can take the largest number of heat-producing, energy-hungry servers offline. Many centers expend as much or more energy in cooling their facilities as in computing and transmitting data. Sharing best practices has become common among data center pros. Facebook won the Institute’s Audacious Idea award last year for its Open Compute Project, which enabled both its server and data center designs to be open-sourced for anyone to access and improve upon. Source:


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globalbriefs Better Barters

Swapping Trash for Fresh Produce Mexico Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s innovative monthly Mercado del Trueque (barter market) in Chapultepec Park is a winning trifecta for citizens, local vegetable and plant vendors and the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s secretariat of the environment. There, residents can exchange cardboard, paper, glass, aluminum, plastic bottles, electronic devices and other waste for paper chits that are redeemed at kiosks for vouchers worth points. The traders can then use the vouchers to buy tomatoes, potatoes, lettuce, lemons and other produce from participating farmers from surrounding districts. Mexico produces 40 million tons of garbage annually, but only recycles about 15 percent. With this barter system, farmers have gained a new place to sell their produce and earn extra income, while the materials collected are processed for industrial reuse. Source:


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Keep Bucks in Your Pocket at the Pump When mass transit isn’t an option, drivers have many ways to save money by coaxing more miles per gallon (mpg) from their vehicle. It’s easy to adopt some simple driving and maintenance habits. Slow down. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), driving at 55 mph instead of 65 mph can improve gas mileage by as much as 15 percent. Reduce excess weight. An extra 100 pounds of nonessential cargo in a vehicle could reduce mpg by up to 2 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Properly inflate tires. The increased surface area of the rubber in soft tires meeting the road creates ongoing drag and a greater demand on the engine. Keep the engine tuned. Regularly check and refresh fluid levels, especially in colder regions where winter places additional stress on engine parts. While high-quality synthetic motor oil blends may protect the engine better than conventional oil, they don’t eliminate the need for regular oil changes, according to The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence notes that one misfiring spark plug can reduce fuel efficiency by up to 30 percent. Avoid rapid accelerations and braking. The EPA estimates that about half of the energy needed to power a car is consumed during acceleration, and fuel economy can be improved by as much as 10 percent by avoiding unnecessary braking. Keep the engine air filter clean. According to, a clogged filter strains performance. In some cars, the filter can be easily checked by the owner; or drivers may ask a technician to do so during regular tune-ups.

Dr. Iveta Iontcheva-Barehmi DMD, MS, D.Sc. Dr. Iontcheva-Barehmi is an accomplished dentist and specialist in Periodontics and Implants. She has a firm belief that our bodies are very intelligent. All the body organs and systems are interconnected and related to each other (the teeth and the mouth are part of and related to the whole body). Our bodies are perfect self-sustainable systems, capable of self-healing and self-regeneration. Dr. Iontcheva-Barehmi has expertise in the areas of Biological, Physiological Dentistry and Integrative Periodontal Medicine and Implants, Lasers and Energy Medicine. Miracle Bite Tabs™ (MBT) Miracle Bite Tabs™ (MBT) and and Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) are used to treat Dental Distress Syndrome. Your teeth and jaws are an extension of your brain and spinal cord. Any imbalances caused by improper alignment of the jaw can play a major role in pain syndromes and chronic diseases. Head and Neck Pain Management Scenar, a non-invasive treatment device, is the only real time biofeedback device that will find what is wrong with your body and stimulate self-healing through electro stimulation and “conversation” with the control systems of the body (CNS Integrative Periodontal Medicine-Periodontal Spa The majority of the dental and periodontal procedures in Dr. Iontcheva-Barehmi’s office are laser assisted. She has Biolase MD, the most versatile laser, which can be utilized to work with the gums and the teeth, implants and root canals. The discomfort is minimal to none and the healing is speededup. The procedures are often combined with a low level laser and Scenar, which give additional boost to the healing and removing discomfort.

Vitamin C electrophoreses is a unique method used in Europe to prevent recession, boost collagen synthesis, support and increase the blood circulation leading to firming the gingiva and discontinuing the signs of aging and bleeding. It is part of the integrative protocol for treatment and prophylaxes of periodontitis. Zirconia Solution to Titanium Implant If you are allergic or sensitive to other metals Bio-ceramic (zirconia) implants might be an option for you. Dr. IontchevaBarehmi is certified to place zirconia implants, you don’t need to travel to Europe anymore. Ozone Treatment Ozone is a powerful oxidizer and kills effectively bacteria, fungi, viruses and parasites. Oxygen ozone therapy can be applied as an adjunctive therapy in treatment of periodontitis (periodontal disease), in arresting and reversing carious lesions in initial stage, reversal of initial pulp inflammation in deep carious lesions, treatment of dentinal hypersensitivity. The methods applied are efficacious with no toxicity or side effects. Perio-Protect Dr. Iontcheva-Barehmi is certified to use the Perio-protect methodone of the best prophylactic methods for periodontal disease, and subsequently for cardiovascular disease, diabetes and some other conditions. Restorative and Cosmetic Dentistry Your amalgam fillings contain not only poisonous mercury but they cause cracks in your tooth structure and can lead to tooth loss. Defective amalgam fillings are removed safely following the IAOMT protocol, Including spa treatments for detoxification and the newest form of noninjectable Vitamin C with comparable absorption. Anxiety and dental phobias are rarely experienced in the Dr. Iontcheva-Barehmi’ s practice. Meditation, breathing techniques, homeopathy, EFT technique, hypnotherapy are all used, so you can be comfortable and love coming to your dentist. To schedule your comprehensive exam and share the excitement of a healthy smile call:


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The Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts: Changing the Way the World Does Business by Kim Childs


he Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts (SBN) was founded in 1988 by Laury Hammel, a pioneer in the local economy movement. With its mission to “build economies that are local, green and fair,” SBN reflects a growing awareness that business practices work best when they benefit profit margins, people and the planet. Today SBN is a network of businesses, community leaders and individuals committed to local economies, environmental sustainability, social justice and local food production and consumption. Natural Awakenings (a proud SBN member) spoke with managing director Katrina Kazda to learn more about SBN’s current work in the Boston area.

What projects and programs are currently underway at SBN? Right now we have Sustainable Business and Sustainable Community Leader Programs, the Boston Local Food Program, our Local First Network and 18

Local Green Guide and the ongoing SBN membership activities and events. What are the Sustainable Business and Sustainable Community Leader Programs? These are green technical assistance and certification programs for small and medium-sized local businesses, nonprofits and community groups. We work intensively with the participants, leading them through a sustainable change process that begins with an energy efficiency audit, looking at such things as water conservation, transportation and waste management. From there we make individually tailored recommendations on how they can become more sustainable, suggesting vendors they might use and incentives and rebates to make those changes. We work with them to carry out a customized action plan and, once they’ve completed 80 to 100 percent of those actions, they get certified as a Sustainable Business or Sustainable

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Community Leader. We then stay in touch with participants and offer them the chance to re-certify every two years if they continue and increase their sustainable practices. How do participants benefit from this certification? They reduce their resource consumption, which leads to cost savings from such things as switching to energy-efficient light bulbs, appliances and practices. It also creates a sense of pride, and many participants tell us that going through the process changes their whole culture and the way they do business and communicate with others in the community. Often the sustainability impact expands to the clients and customers they’re working with, too. Participants also get the marketing and public relations benefit from being a green business, which is very important now because a lot of consumers really care about that and seek businesses that share their values.

Can you tell us more about the Boston Local Food program? Our goal is to increase the percentage of local food consumed in Massachusetts and our biggest annual event is the Boston Local Food Festival, which takes place every October on the Rose Kennedy Greenway. It features more than 120 local food vendors, including farmers, food producers and restaurants. Each year we attract 30,000 to 40,000 visitors who get to sample local food products, meet with growers and producers, purchase local and sustainable produce, watch chef demonstrations and take part in do-it-yourself demos. Other things that we organize include educational seminars and the Buy Local Trade Show to connect food producers with wholesale buyers, and our all-local dinners. These are really fun and creative events that challenge area restaurants to source and prepare three- to four-course meals from 100 percent local ingredients, right down to the oil and salt they use. The events page of our website,, lists all of these activities.

years and it’s one of the fastest-growing sectors of the state economy. Right now more than 100 businesses are SBN members and we recently launched a B2B Networking Group, in which business leaders and entrepreneurs work together to not only grow their own companies, but also support each other. It gives each business owner a whole new group of spokespersons to promote what they have to offer. We also organize the longest-running Sustainable Business Conference and a Sustainability Leadership Summit, which allows business leaders to collaborate on proj-

ects and programs that lead to great innovations. Our members can meet monthly in entrepreneur groups, too, and the networking and exchange opportunities increase exponentially as we grow. There’s been a huge boom in the sustainable business movement and I think people are really seeing the upside of working to strengthen local economies. For more information about the Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts and a schedule of events, call 617395-0250, email or visit See ad on page 15.

What is your Local First program all about? It’s a network program that’s currently in Cambridge, Somerville, Belmont, Watertown, Jamaica Plain, Newton/ Needham, Brookline and Worcester. We launch hyper-local nonprofits in these communities that work to promote local businesses, nonprofits and artisans, connecting them with citizens and consumers and encouraging local trade to create vibrant communities and economies. The networks create their own boards and staffs and make their own decisions but we are affiliated with them and provide support. There’s also a lot of cross-collaboration between the networks. How is SBN membership these days? It’s amazing. Everything that we’re doing is gaining in momentum every day. In the last several months we’ve had an influx of new members joining the network. More and more people are coming to the Boston Local Food Festival each year and more businesses are reaching out and wanting to get certified as Sustainable Business Leaders. The local and sustainable food movement has also grown tremendously in the last few natural awakenings

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positive choices and the necessary tools for problem solving. “These elements enable students to take all that they learn and use it with reverence and a sense of responsibility,” says Weil. Her institute offers the only master’s degrees in humane education that this approach requires, with complementary in-class and online programs for young people and adults. Her determined vision is slowly becoming a reality as teachers become familiar with these concepts and integrate them into hands-on, project-based learning that crosses disciplines and better marries school experiences with real-life lessons.

Zoe Weil portrait by Robert Shetterly

Make the Extraordinary Ordinary

Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Seymour Papert, a renowned educator and computer scientist, has conducted in-depth research in how worthy real-world topics get students excited about what they learn. They increase their tendency to dig more deeply and expand their interest in a wide array of subjects as they better retain what they learn, become more confident in trusting their own judgment and make the connections needed to broadly apply their knowledge. Young people learn how to collaborate and improve their social and group speaking skills, including with adults.

THE NEXT LEVEL Education for a More Sustainable World by Linda Sechrist


hat is the purpose of education?” That’s a question Zoe Weil frequently revisits with her workshop audiences. As co-founder and President of the Institute for Humane Education (IHE), Weil has spent most of her adult life researching the answer. Her conclusion is that the U.S. Department of Education’s present goal of preparing graduates to “compete in the global economy” is far too myopic for our times. Weil’s firsthand research, which grounds her book, The Power and Promise of Humane Education, has led her to forward the idea that the goal should be inspiring generations of “solutionaries” prepared to joyfully and enthusiastically meet the challenges of world problems. “I believe that it is incredibly irresponsible for America’s educators and policymakers not to provide people with the knowledge of interconnected global issues, plus the skills and tools to become creative problem solvers and motivated change makers in whatever fields they pursue,” says Weil. Weil points to four primary elements that comprise a humane education: providing information about current issues in age-appropriate ways; fostering the Three C’s of curiosity, creativity and critical thinking; instilling the Three R’s of reverence, respect and responsibility; and ensuring access to both


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need to build cases for environmental protection around broad-based community concerns like health, quality of life, the protection of watersheds and wildlife and the education of our children. Environmental issues are also social, economic and quality of life issues. Our challenge is to bring life-sustaining principles into creative thinking for the long view, rather than the short term. ~ Terry Tempest Williams

According to Papert, project-based learning improves test scores and reduces absenteeism and disciplinary problems. “If schoolchildren are given the gift of exploration, society will benefit, both in practical and theoretical ways,” notes Papert.

Telling Transformation

Papert’s observations were affirmed by middle school students at Voyagers’ Community School, in Farmingdale, New Jersey, in one of the IHE 10-week online classes—Most Good, Least Harm—in April 2012. “Initially, students were intimidated and underestimated their ability to express their thoughts and concerns or debate issues with the adult participants. That challenge faded quickly,” remarks Karen Giuffre, founder and director of the progressive day school. Posing provocative questions like, “What brings you joy?” and engaging in conversations in subjects like climate change, racism, recycling, green energy, genocide and war challenged the students to step up to become respected equals. “This demanded a lot from these young people, because the experience wasn’t only about absorbing complex issues and developing an awareness of the material, political, economic and cultural world around them. It was also about how they probed their minds and emotions to determine where they stood on issues and what they could do to change their lifestyle, or that of their family and community, to make it more sustainable,” says Giuffre. The students went on to help organize a peace conference that entailed 20-plus workshops to inspire an individual mindful awareness of peace that motivates and empowers the peacemaker within. It was intended to incite collective action across generations, explains Giuffre, and was followed by community service to people impacted by Hurricane Sandy.

Answering the Call

Children or adults that participate in activities such as those created by IHE or the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Challenge 20/20 are developing what Peggy Holman describes as “change literacy”, the capacity to be effectively present amid a changing set of circumstances. Holman, an adjunct professional lecturer at American University’s School of Public Affairs, in Washington, D.C., is co-founder of the Open Space Institute-US, which fosters whole-system engagement, and author of Engaging Emergence. “Conversational literacy—the capacity to talk and interact in creative ways with others that are very different from us—is our birthright. However, change literacy, a necessary skill for future leaders, is learned via curiosity,” advises Holman. “In my experience, children grasp it more quickly than adults, because authentic expression and curiosity come naturally to them. Children don’t have a long history, and so are naturally more present when engaged in exploring things that matter.” Global problems of deforestation, peacekeeping, conflict prevention, terrorism, water pollution and shortages, natural disasters and mitigation, global warming, education for all, biodiversity, ecosystem losses and global infectious diseases aren’t yet subjects found in a normal curriculum for grades five through nine. However, the Internet-based Challenge 20/20 program now has youth in nearly 120 independent and traditional schools throughout the United States working on solutions that can be implemented both locally and globally. “Challenge 20/20 partners American schools at any grade level [K-12] with counterpart schools in other countries, free natural awakenings

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deficit, Fay students focused on the challenges families in underdeveloped countries face that must walk miles to find clean, safe, water sources. A taxing water-carrying experiment brought immediate appreciation for the difficulty of transporting water, prompting them to invent the Water Walker. The modified rolling cooler with heavy-duty straps attached can carry up to 40 quarts of water on large, durable wheels and axles designed to navigate rocky terrain.

Bill McKibben portrait by Robert Shetterly

Re-Imagining Education

of cost,” explains NAIS Director Patrick Bassett. “Together, teams tackle real global problems while forming authentic bonds and learning firsthand about cross-cultural communication.” Qualifying students may have an opportunity to share their experiences at the association’s annual Student Diversity Leadership Conference. In 2010, 11 students at the Fay School, in Southborough, Massachusetts, partnered with Saigon South International School (SSIS), in Vietnam. After a year of studying, raising awareness and brainstorming solutions for the global water


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“Transformative learning, which is vital to the learning journey, goes beyond the acquisition of information,” says Aftab Omer, Ph.D., president of Meridian University, in Petaluma, California, and founder of its formative Institute of Imaginal Studies. “In informational learning, we acquire facts, concepts, principles and even skills, but in transformative learning, we are cultivating capacities. This is how certain capabilities become embodied in us, either as individuals or as human systems,” he advises. Portrait artist Robert Shetterly tours with his series of more than 100 portrait paintings in traveling exhibits titled Americans Who Tell the Truth. They are helping individuals learn to embody patience, perseverance and compassion, while enhancing their understanding of sustainability, social justice, civic activism, democracy and civil rights, via both historical role models and contemporary mentors such as environmental activist Bill McKibben, conservationist Terry Tempest Williams and renowned climate scientist James Hansen. “We don’t need to invent the wheel, because we have role models that have confronted these issues and left us a valuable legacy,” remarks Shetterly. In 2004, he collaborated to produce a companion curriculum with Michele Hemenway, who continues to offer it in Louisville, Kentucky, elementary, middle and high schools. Hemenway also teaches Art in Education at Jefferson Community & Technical College and 21st-Century

Terry Tempest Williams portrait by Robert Shetterly

Civics at Bellamine University, both in Louisville. Out of many, she shares a particularly compelling example of a student transformed due to this learning method: “I taught a young girl studying these true stories and portraits from the third through fifth grades when she took her place in a leadership group outside the classroom. Now in middle school, she is doing amazing things to make a difference in her community,” says Hemenway. Reflecting on her own life, deciding what she cared about most and what actions she wanted to take, plus her

own strengths, helped the student get a blighted building torn down, document and photograph neighborhood chemical dumping and have it stopped and succeed in establishing a community garden, a factor known to help reduce crime. Among Shetterly’s collection is the portrait of John Hunter, a teacher in Charlottesville, Virginia, who devised the World Peace Game for his fourth grade students. Children learn to communicate, collaborate and take care of each other as they work to resolve the game’s conflicts. The game triggers an eight-week transformation of the children from students of a neighborhood public school to citizens of the world. Demonstrating transformational learning at its best, they experience the connectedness of the global community through the lens of economic, social and environmental crises, as well as the imminent threat of war. Hunter and his students are now part of a new film, World Peace and Other 4th-Grade Achievements, which reveals how effective teaching can help unleash students’ full potential. Professor Emeritus Peter Gray, of Boston College, who researches comparative, evolutionary, developmental and educational psychology, believes the transformational method will be accepted as part of the increased demand to integrate enlightened educational approaches in public schools. The author of Free to Learn notes, “A tipping point can occur. It’s happened before, when women won the right to vote, slavery was abolished and recently when gays were openly accepted in the military.” Weil agrees that when more individuals commit to working toward a sustainable and just world, it will happen. “What’s more worthy of our lives than doing this work for our children and coming generations?” she queries. “How can we not do this for them if we love them?” Linda Sechrist is a Natural Awakenings senior staff writer. For recorded source interviews and additional perspective, visit her website,

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Newton Public Schools’

innovation laboratory A New Model for Sustainable Education by Linda Sechrist


teve Chinosi, director and chief Innovation Officer of the Newton Public Schools’ Innovation Laboratory in Newtonville, is in the business of true education—inspiring “solutionaries”, who are prepared to joyfully and enthusiastically meet the challenges of world problems. Like Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Seymour Papert, a renowned educator and computer scientist who conducted in-depth research in how realworld topics get students excited about what they learn, Chinosi has discovered that project-based learning is one key to unlocking the curiosity, creativity and critical thinking of tomorrow’s problem solvers. Chinosi’s students, who are enjoying the gift of exploration, are helping to invent a more sustainable future. In 2006, when Chinosi and a group of his writing workshop students decided to build some research skills, they initially debated a topic to focus on. Although the subject chosen—is a Wankel (rotary) engine better than a diesel engine—was a likely one for teenage male students to explore, Chinosi knew nothing about engines. What he did know about was what it would take to engage his students in a challenge—defending the diesel as the best and most efficient engine in the world. Within a day, fired-up students had scoured the Internet for critical information and turned in impressive results to Chinosi. Although biodiesel was an improbable topic, students were inspired by the idea that waste vegetable oil could power cars and generators. “It was the research topic that every teacher dreams about,” says Chinosi. Student research teams spent a month seeking out information on the chemistry of biodiesel, the history of Rudolf Diesel and his invention, as well 24

Jake Close, Sean McIntyre, and Owen Dix in front of their Swing Pump.

“The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” ~ Alan Kay as the impact and economics of the global petroleum market. Their papers, slideshows and Wiki-site, presented to the principal and science teachers, impressed and inspired Chinosi. “Their enthusiasm for the content was so infectious that I caught it and decided to continue their research on their integration of science, history, economics, and contemporary issues,” he says.

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Two years later, after studying, researching and participating in every biodiesel activity he could find, Chinosi built a prototype appleseed processor and began making fuel. With his curriculum research and development complete, he was ready for students. In 2009, 17 pioneers signed up for the first Greengineering class. In 2013, this class, as well as many others like it across the

U.S., filled with nearly 200 students. “In one school the demand is greater than the capacity,” exclaims Chinosi, who notes that programs have struck a chord on multiple fronts. He has observed that young people, who are involved in a collaborative learning venture, are feeling their call to activism. “Whether it’s social, political, and environmental change, they have an embodied sense of knowing that they can make a difference and that their actions will affect the planet,” he explains. Chinosi offers an example of how teams of solutionaries with young, fresh eyes, and unencumbered minds, invented a universal solution to pumping water in rural areas of the developing world, where access to fresh water is a problem. In the fall of 2012, after much discussion on how frequently adults use the phrase, “I wish I had half the energy that kids do,” the design challenge became Playground-Power. Curious to explore how playtime energy could be put to productive use, the collaborative research of student teams resulted in the decision to invent a swing pump that would allow play do the work of pumping water. After students dismantled an old abandoned swing set in the backyard of a consenting homeowner, they used the parts to engineer a full scale prototype that could be built anywhere with scrap metal and two-by-four pieces of wood. “That was just one of the many inventions that semester,” says Chinosi, who notes that the lab is now on the list of visiting dignitaries, such as the governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the U.S. State Department. “Harvard University researchers will be here for the next six months to study our integrated STEM model, Greengineering, which has no boundaries between subjects like conventional education does. The human brain doesn’t isolate information on mathematics, history, biology, or chemistry. Rather it integrates information, which is what education should do. I’ve seen how kids get more excited about ‘Solution-Centered Learning’ with ‘Student-Centered Solutions’ and how they better retain what they learn, which is why I believe that this could be one of the new models for education,” enthuses Chinosi.   For more information, visit Newtons-Lab. or Greengineers. natural awakenings

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Scratch and Sniff Another Allergy Season is Here by Sarah Byrne


any people breathe a sigh of relief when spring shyly offers its first green buds and promises new life after a frigid white winter. Others reach for their inhalers, nasal sprays, and antihistamines, braced for their breathing to get hijacked by allergic sniffles and wheezes. Allergy and asthma symptoms plague roughly one out of five Americans, and they continue to be on the rise. There are many theories about why the number of allergy sufferers has skyrocketed, and many of them point to environmental changes. For example, the “hygiene hypothesis” blames today’s sterile, industrialized lifestyle for reducing people’s exposure to a well-rounded assortment of germs that are actually needed to induce the normal development of immune cells. Another theory suggests that global warming has lengthened allergy seasons. Ragweed season alone has grown by four weeks in the past decade, which means an additional month of itchy throats and eyes. Others point to the types of trees and plants that adorn American streets and backyards. Most are male plants, preferred because they lack unkempt pods and fruits. The problem is that they pump more pollen into the air. 26

Pollen is made up of small particles that are spread easily by the wind. In the spring they originate from trees and in early summer they come from grasses. Weeds are the source of pollen in late summer and early fall. The first time that these tiny grains drift into a susceptible person’s nose and contact their mucous membranes, a cascade of immune signals leads to the formation of IgE antibodies. These antibodies act like

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airport customs officials, scanning for intruders. When pollen is detected, a red alert is signaled and backup is called forth in the form of a surge of histamine and other inflammatory mediators. Next comes the dilation of blood vessels, mucous secretion and nerve stimulation, resulting in sneezing, itching, congestion, a runny nose, and watery eyes. Whether a person becomes sensitized to these allergens depends on their genetics and environmental factors. Other common types of allergens include dust, mold, animals, and foods. While some people have unmistakable allergy symptoms, others may have subtle chronic symptoms like persistent congestion or post-nasal drip that they shrug off as “normal” without realizing the actual impact. Still others may have less apparent symptoms such as digestive upset, wheezing or shortness of breath, or even fatigue or anxiety. Of the numerous approaches to allergy treatment, the first step is avoidance. Spring pollen sufferers should stay indoors and use air conditioning in lieu of open windows. Those sensitive to dust should wash

all bedding weekly in hot water and encase mattresses, pillows, and box springs in impermeable covers. People allergic to mold should avoid damp basements and raked leaves, and combat mold growth at home. Other tips include keeping rugs and pets out of bedrooms, and using a HEPA filter. Medications commonly used in the treatment of allergies include antihistamines, inhaled corticosteroids or bronchodilators and decongestants. More natural options include: quercitin, which decreases histamine; bromelain and stinging nettles, which calm the inflammation cascade; and n-acetyl cysteine (NAC), which dissolves mucous. Some people find that dietary changes, such as eliminating foods containing gluten and dairy, help to lessen allergy symptoms as well. Other options include acupuncture, homeopathy, and immunotherapy, which involves regular injections of allergens. Health care providers can offer relief to those already affected by pollen, even by simply bringing awareness to symptoms that can then be treated, rather than tolerated. Sarah J. Byrne, M.D., is a Functional Medicine physician at Visions HealthCare, 910 Washington St., in Dedham. Allergy services are also available at Visions HealthCare in Wellesley at 170 Worcester St. For more information about allergy testing and treatment options, visit or call 781431-1333.  See ad on back cover.

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A Lasting Approach to Chronic Pain Relief by Sarah Warren


t’s reported that approximately 100 million Americans, representing about third of the population, suffer from chronic pain. A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) concluded that, despite increasing dollars spent on treating back and neck pain, there was no improvement in the health or functioning of those suffering from spinal problems. The JAMA study also found that medication expenditures comprised the greatest increase, as people spent more and more money to mask their pain. In fact, dollars could be more effectively spent on uncovering and addressing the underlying causes of chronic pain. Somatic educators such as F. Matthias Alexander, Moshe Feldenkrais and Thomas Hanna all posited that chronic pain and physical deterioration is caused by habitual misuse of the body. During the early and mid-1900’s, early pioneers of somatic education explored how exercises that increased awareness of internal sensations often led to improved motor control in the body. While their work was not yet verifiable from a scientific standpoint, the methods used by these early educators were found to greatly improve motor function and eliminate chronic pain. Building on the passive movement techniques developed by Alexander and Feldenkrais, Hanna explored active movement techniques, which proved to be more powerful in creating lasting changes in the way that people moved and sensed their bodies. Hanna saw people with chronic muscular pain, joint pain, and movement difficulties quickly and easily improve by regaining control of muscles that had been keeping them in their habitual posture and movement patterns. He labeled his methods 28

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Hanna Somatic Education. Hanna Somatic Education is taught through a series of one-hour lessons that include both hands-on movements and self-care exercises. All of the movements are very slow and gentle, suitable for all ages and physical abilities. Somatic movement techniques work with the nervous system, releasing chronic muscular tension and making lasting changes to posture and movement patterns. The purpose of the Somatic Education process is to not only reduce pain and regain awareness and control, but also to teach the client how to flow through the process without a practitioner. The ultimate goal after a series of hands-on sessions is that the client will gain the knowledge and understanding necessary to proceed on his or her own and be fully self-sufficient. Those who explore Hanna Somatic Education for chronic pain report that it provides lasting relief, along with improved posture. More information about these techniques can be found in Hanna’s book Somatics: Re-awakening the Mind’s Control of Movement, Flexibility, and Health. The book features case studies and engaging explanations of how the sensory-motor system works and how people can improve with age and learn to be free from pain. Sarah Warren is a Clinical Somatic Educator and co-owner of Somatic Movement Center, located at 440 Arsenal St. in Watertown. The center will offer a professional Somatic Education training program beginning this September 2013. For more information, visit or call 800-762-2998. See ad on page 29 and Resource Guide on page 46.

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Sculptures will be launched during the Earth Day River Ceremony (Apr 27). To register: 978-371-0820 x 213.


Honoring Earth Day

Go Green at Parks and Other Community Events


his year’s National Park Week, from April 20 to 28, centered on Earth Day, will offer free weekday admission to all 398 national parks from April 22 to 26, adding 134 more historic sites, preserves, recreation areas and other sites to the usual 264 with no entrance fee. Earth Day’s 43rd anniversary celebrations in America and worldwide will encourage everyone to join in the next “billion acts of green,” aligned with the theme: The Face of Climate Change. “In the face of unprecedented occurrences of extreme weather, loss of species and pollution, it is clear that climate change is affecting our planet. We cannot afford to wait any longer to act,” advises the Earth Day Network, which posts many ideas for participating at Find local park activities by state at htm?program=parks or check a park’s website for upcoming programs. Following are other leading local events that will help citizens of all ages answer the call to go green.


River Ceremony Workshops – Apr 13 & 21. 1-4pm. Led by artist and certified InterPlay trainer CC King. Workshops will explore the many ways one can construct a floating sculpture out of natural branch and grass fibers. 30

“Muskie Moves” Workshop – With CC King. Explore movement inspired by local “edges”, whether they are natural habitats and creatures or one’s personal edges, within and without. Participants encouraged to reveal some of their own moves and breathe life into Earth Day celebration creations: puppets, banners, songs and or stories for both public and private enjoyment. To register: 978371-0820 x 213.


Earth Week: On the Move – Apr 1722. 10am-4pm. Float, fly and roll your way through fun experiences at the Ecotarium as you learn how things move across air, land, and water. Join in an Earth Day Festival celebration April 20 when admission is half price. $14/ adults, $8/18 & under, free/children under 2. EcoTarium, 222 Harrington Way, Worcester. 508-929-2701.


14th Annual Charles River Cleanup – 9am-12pm. Join thousands of others along 80 miles of the Charles River for an Earth Day cleanup. Volunteers pick up trash along the shorelines making the river cleaner, healthier and more beautiful. Free. Charles River, Boston. Earth Day/Arbor Day Celebration – 10am. Come for a day of timely demonstrations and information sharing, children’s nature games and crafts. Representatives from various local conservation groups will offer sustainable solutions for a green planet. Demonstrations and guided tours throughout the day. Free. Mass Audubon’s Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, 108 North St, Norfolk. 508-528-3140. Earth Day Family Wetlands Exploration – 1pm. Each spring frogs, salamanders and many other creatures are hatched in wetlands. Some will live in the pond, others race against weather to develop

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before the wetlands dry up. Explore both of these worlds on Earth Day. Adult: $5/member, $6/nonmember; Child: $3/member, $4/nonmember. Mass Audubon’s Wildwood Camp, 462 Old New Ipswich Rd, Rindge, NH. 866-627-2267.


Party for the Planet at Franklin Park Zoo – 10am-3pm. Make friends with the animals during a day of events that will include performances by the Green Rockers and POP Alert. Throughout the day, observe as zookeepers feed ice treats to the lions, tigers and gorillas as well as the mandrills, keas and more. $16/adults, $10/children, free/under 2. 1 Franklin Park Rd, Dorchester. 617-541-5466. Race Against Extinction 5K – 11am. Runners and walkers, including animals, are invited to participate. Proceeds will be donated to The World Wildlife Fund and The Nature Conservatory. $25. Artesani Park, 1255 Soldiers Field Rd, Boston. Blue Discoveries Family Day: Earth Day Celebration – 11am-3pm. Learn more about the blue planet through art, science and storytelling. Programs highlight aquarium favorites as well as often-overlooked inhabitants. Included with admission. $17.95/adults, $12.95/ children 3-11. New England Aquarium, Central Wharf, Boston. 617-973-5200. Natick Earth Day Festival – 11am-3pm. Rain date: Apr 28. Come together and discuss the issues of conservation, sustainability, land stewardship and volunteer action. Includes kids’ activities, live music, vendors, demos and good food. Info & schedule: Earth Day at Wachusett Meadow – 1pm. Celebrate Earth Day by helping to maintain many miles of hiking trails, gardens and grounds. Preregistration would be helpful. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Free. Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, 13 Goodnow Rd, Princeton. 978-4642712.

Film Screening: The Story of Stuff – 7:30pm. This short animated documentary will change your life forever. UMass Amherst Campus, Campus Center Room 101. More info: events/earthday2013.


Earth Day Festival 2013: Student Fair and Concert – 12-4pm. Variety of student organizations with interactive activities focused on taking action for a greener campus and planet. Also dance your way through the afternoon to live music. UMass Amherst Campus, Goodell Hall Lawn. More info: umass. edu/events/earthday2013. Earth Dinner at The Fireplace – 5-10pm. Experience Earth Day dinner featuring all local food like fresh foraged mushrooms, Hillman Farm goat cheese, spring chicken pot pie, and sweet potato stew. A certified-green restaurant where they recycle, compost, do not use Styrofoam and have made a commitment to make four ecofriendly changes to the restaurant each year. Full menu available online. 1634

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Festival on the grounds of Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts. Come and enjoy an abundance of art, entertainment, gastronomic delights and environmental awareness opportunities. Free. Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts, 40 Stow St, Concord. 978-371-0820 x 213.

Earth Day 2013 Keynote Address: Annie Leonard and The Story of Stuff – 7pm. UMass Amherst Campus, Stockbridge Hall, Bowker Auditorium. More info: Greening Our Community Series: Environmental Speaker Series – 7pm. Everything you’ve always wanted to know about trash and recycling, but were afraid to ask. Presentation by Courtney Forrester and Elaine Gentile from Newton’s Department of Public Works. Newton Free Library, Druker Auditorium.


Musketaquid Earth Day: River Ceremony, Parade & Festival – 10am-2pm. Musketaquid Arts and Environment’s 23rd annual Musketaquid Earth Day celebration, including a morning River Ceremony along the Concord River, a Parade with music and large puppets making its way from the river through Concord Center and ending with a

Watertown Bike Drive – 11am-3pm. Bring your old bikes to donate. No need to inflate the tires or even dust them off. Will provide a tax receipt for your donation, if you like. First Parish of Watertown, 35 Church St, Watertown. More info:


NewtonSERVES Environmental Projects – 9am-4pm. A day of community service bringing together volunteers of all ages to complete tasks that benefit our City. Green Decade is sponsoring a swap & trade clothing event at The Newton Cultural Center, 1000 Commonwealth Ave. More info: 617-964-8567. To volunteer: NewtonSERVES.html.

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Household CLEANSE Banish these Five Chemicals for a Domestic Detox by Gail Griswold-Elwyn


mericans are collectively more aware and educated than just a few years ago about the range of environmental chemicals we inhale and ingest, yet most still live with dangerous substances in their homes,” according to Jen Loui. She is a Leadership in Energy & Environmental Designaccredited professional in St. Louis and an industry expert who writes green curricula for high schools across the country. Guarding against pollution of indoor air is a good place to start; the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has ranked poor air quality among the leading environmental dangers, reporting links to many common health problems. Here’s how to rid the family home of the top five common household toxins. Formaldehyde. Traces of this toxin, the same chemical used to embalm the deceased, pervade almost every room. “My clients are often shocked to learn that they likely ingest this toxic, cancer-causing chemical every day of their lives,” says P. Richelle White, a sustainable lifestyle coach and co-owner of Herb’n Maid, a green cleaning and concierge service in St. Louis. “Because formaldehyde is often an ingredient in everyday things like cosmetics, faux wood furniture and conventional clean-


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ing products, they get a daily dose of it.” Even at low levels, formaldehyde can cause eye, nose, throat and skin irritation; at its most malignant levels, it can cause severe allergic asthma, infertility and lymphoma, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health. Healthier choices: Switch to allnatural beauty products and cosmetics. At minimum, check that compressed wood fibers don’t use a formaldehydebased chemical as a binding agent; better yet, choose natural, reclaimed wood for interior surfaces and furnishings. Polyvinyl chloride. PVC is omnipresent and dangerous. Water bottles, nylon backpacks, pipes, insulation and vinyl tiles generally contain PVC, as well as almost anything waterproofed, such as baby changing mats and mattress covers. PVC usually contains plasticizers called phthalates, which are released over time; it also can chemically combine with other organic materials to produce toxic dioxin byproducts. According to Greenpeace and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), PVC byproducts and vapors are endocrine disruptors that can mimic or block hormones in the body. In addition, the EPA has linked PVC to serious respiratory problems, immune suppression and cancer. Healthier choices: Look for PVC-free

plastics. When shopping for waterproofed items, choose those with coatings made from polyurethane or polyester. Phthalates. A 2007 report by the NRDC notes that 12 out of 14 common brands of household air fresheners and room sprays contain phthalates, which people regularly inhale primarily because these chemicals prolong the time that products maintain their fragrance. In studies conducted by the World Health Organization, researchers concluded that consistent exposure to phthalates could increase the risks for endocrine, reproductive and developmental problems. The majority of synthetic air fresheners were found to also emit significant amounts of terpene, a volatile organic compound (VOC) that can react with naturally occurring ozone to create formaldehyde. Healthier choices: Put boxes of baking soda in cabinets to absorb odors and scent interiors with all-natural oils and potpourri. Chlorine. According to the American Lung Association, most conventional cleaning products include some chlorine, with large concentrations in

“Allergies, asthma, lung cancer and heart problems have all been linked to poor indoor air quality.” ~ U.S. EPA bleach. Inhalation of chlorine can irritate the respiratory system; prolonged exposure can lead to lung disease and asthma. Healthier choices: Purchase chlorine-free cleaning products, especially chlorine-free bleach. Or make inexpensive solutions of white, distilled vinegar mixed with a little lemon for scent for a multipurpose, multi-surface cleaner; try baking soda as a scrubbing powder. Volatile organic compounds. VOCs are emitted as harmful gases by a wide array of products including paints, lacquers and paint strippers; cleaning supplies; pesticides; carpets and furnishings; office copiers and printers, correction fluids and carbonless copy paper; plus

graphics and craft materials that include glues and adhesives, permanent markers and photographic solutions. The EPA calculates that, “Concentrations of many VOCs are consistently higher [up to 10 times] indoors than outdoors.” Healthier choices: Look for VOC-free products and consider using organic clay paint, which has the added benefit of acting as an absorbent of toxic gases. Most people spend up to 90 percent of their time indoors, where the air quality can be two to five times (and even up to 100 times) more polluted than the air we breathe outside, according to the EPA. “A simple solution is to open windows for a portion of each day or night to let in fresh air,” advises Loui. Making these choices enables us to protect ourselves better at home. Gail Griswold-Elwyn is founding president of Rethink Renovations, of St. Louis, MO, which offers green design/build and construction services, including cabinetry and furniture that minimize environmental impact. Connect at 314-323-8845 or

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Liver and Adrenal Issues Share Symptoms by Dr. Shawn Messonnier


drenal and liver diseases can commonly plague pets, with adrenal problems occurring more often in dogs but routinely misdiagnosed, and liver disease more frequently present in cats.

Liver Disease

This inclusive term is used to describe any disorder of the liver. In both dogs and cats, common causes include toxins, infections, metabolic problems and tumors. In cats, infections and fatty liver disease are more likely, while dogs more often experience infections and tumors. Clinically affected pets are usually anorectic (not eating) and lethargic; in severe cases, jaundice may occur. Conventional therapies depend to some extent on the cause, but in general, antibiotics and hospitalization for fluid therapy and forced feeding, often through a stomach tube, are necessary to give the pet the best chances of recovering. Pets with liver cancer are usually diagnosed too late to be a candidate for surgery, unless only one liver lobe is involved, or chemotherapy.   More gentle natural therapy often results in curing the condition, even in later stages, depending upon the root cause. The herb milk thistle is well known for its ability to heal liver damage. B vitamins, as well as the nutritional supplements comprising S-adenosylmethionine (SAMe) and phosphatidylcholine, may also be effective treatments.   34

Adrenal Disease

Adrenal issues, especially common in middle-aged and older canines, can refer to Addison’s disease or Cushing’s disease—signifying decreased or increased adrenal function, respectively— and are commonly misdiagnosed as liver disease.   Addison’s disease, although not prevalent, is often incorrectly diagnosed because its symptoms of reduced appetite, vomiting, diarrhea and weakness are shared with most other diseases. Blood testing can

“In my veterinary practice, pets with elevated levels of enzymes indicating liver or adrenal disease are always treated with natural remedies first. In most cases, this treatment is effective and conventional medication is not needed.” ~ Dr. Shawn Messonnier

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be helpful, but is not always definitive. Cushing’s disease is a more common problem. Signs mimic diabetes and kidney disease, including increases in appetite, thirst and urination. Accurate diagnosis requires specialized blood tests and abdominal sonograms. Conventional treatment for either disease involves lifelong medication. Natural therapies that work to prevent and alleviate such ailments may involve adrenal glandular supplements, milk thistle and herbs such as licorice (for Addison’s disease) or ginseng and magnolia bark (for Cushing’s disease). Regular laboratory testing is important for a pet to allow for early diagnosis and treatment of potentially life-threatening diseases. If a pet develops liver or adrenal disease, combining conventional therapies with natural remedies usually results in successful treatment of the condition. Shawn Messonnier, a doctor of veterinary medicine practicing in Plano, TX, is the award-winning author of The Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats and Unexpected Miracles: Hope and Holistic Healing for Pets. Visit PetCare

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Helping Dogs Have Happy Lives by Abbey Brown


ogs make the most positive response to a well-structured life. This consists of regular meal times, outings and training sessions, which can be combined into a schedule. It is especially important that dogs have consistent times around meals and going out to do their business. A regular schedule grounds the dog’s expectations. The dog needs to know what is coming next. An adult dog needs to go out a minimum of four times a day. Geriatric dogs and puppies need to go out more frequently because of bowel and bladder control. Behavioral issues, such as housebreaking accidents, are more likely to occur when a regular schedule is not followed. A dog cannot be blamed for an owner’s inconsistency. It is essential that a schedule be established and followed. When dealing with any dog behavior, it must be understood how a dog thinks. In a dog’s mind, the impulse to do something is followed by an action, unless taught otherwise. The dog must realize that potty time is outside, not in the house; unless taught, dogs do not know otherwise. Exercise is also another important element for a dog to have a healthy and happy life. Dogs of all sizes require fresh air and exercise for good muscle tone, contentment and happiness. They also need mental stimulation to develop a well-rounded, socialized personality. This provides the opportunity for them to see other people and dogs. They also can become acquainted with their external environment by riding in a car. If owners’ schedules do not allow for walks or socialization, they can hire dog walkers. Veterinarians often can provide reliable references for dog walkers. Training is essential for a socialized dog. Trained dogs are happy dogs, as they can have more world experience as a result of their desirable behavior. A dog can obtain a Canine Good Citizenship Certificate, also known as a CGC, from a reputable trainer. This is a recognized certificate from the American Kennel Club that allows dogs and their owners the opportunity to enter specialized facilities to provide companionship for people. This is a wonderful chance for others to experience the warmth of a relationship with a dog. A trained dog also can play with and develop friendships with other dogs. In his book Understanding Your Dog, author Dr. Michael Fox states that dogs have emotional centers in their brains similar to humans’ brains. This confirms the importance of socialization. Most destructive behaviors, such as chewing and barking, are caused by boredom, lack of stimulation, loneliness and frustration. Just as children are disturbed by a chaotic environment, so is the canine species. A dog is a valuable family member who responds to love, attention and healthy living within a positive environment. By attending to these few things, we can have happy dogs and a better relationship with them. Abbey Brown, owner of Abbey’s Dog Training of Massachusetts, in Waltham, has been a dog behavior and obedience training consultant since 1980 and has a master’s degree in psychology and animal behavior. For more information, call 781-891-5439 or visit See Resource Guide on page 45.


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TUESDAY, APRIL 2 Posture & Pain Management Workshop – 5:30-6:30pm. Chiropractic Physician, Dr. Eric Roseen, facilitates a free, interactive workshop on managing low back pain, proper stretching and effective ergonomics. Event inspired by National Public Health Week will take place in the multipurpose room of Visions HealthCare’s brand-new Dedham facility. Visions HealthCare, 910 Washington St, Dedham. 781-232-5431.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3 Introduction to Meditation Course – Wednesdays, Apr 3-May 1. 7-9:30pm. A 5-wk introductory course including basic information and techniques relating to meditation. Can be followed by another focusing on mantra meditation. $120. Advaita Meditation Center, 28 Worcester Ln, Waltham. 781-647-0020.

THURSDAY, APRIL 4 The Astrology of Potential: Foundational Revolution Is In The Air – 7:30-9:30pm. Unprecedented astrological events signaling enormous potential for significant change are coming up in the next few months. These events will be discussed by a panel of astrologers to show how we can use this opportunity to manifest the greatest possible good for all. $20. Theosophical Society, 21 Maple St, Arlington. 617-926-4155.

FRIDAY, APRIL 5 Yoga Therapy Small Group Class – Fridays, Apr 5-May 31. 10-11:30am. An 8-wk series of a highly individualized, self-empowering process that combines the healing properties of healthcare and yoga. Includes breathwork, movement, strength building and deep relaxation to restore healing in the body, mind and spirit. $180. Visions HealthCare, 910 Washington St, Dedham. 781-232-5431.

SATURDAY, APRIL 6 Health and Wealth Workshop – 9am-3pm. Learn about how to live a healthier lifestyle while being able to impact the health of the ones you love. Dive into the wellness industry, personal growth and entrepreneurship all in one day. Free. DoubleTree Hotel, 11 Beaver St, Milford. For more info, Pam: 978-877-6122. Wellness in the Village – 1:30-4pm. A wellness fair sponsored by the town of Brookline’s Department of Health and Department of Recreation. Meet teachers and practitioners, along with a program of short talks and classes to introduce the diversity of styles and modalities available in Brookline Village. Free. Brookline

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Town Hall, 333 Washington St, Brookline. 617686-5762. The Biggest Winner Open House – 2-4pm. Come and join us as we kick off our 90day Biggest Winner event. There will be a presentation and information on exactly what you need to do as well as demonstrations, samples and news on some great prizes. Free. Newton Chiropractic and Wellness Center, 345 Bolyston St, Ste 300, Newton. 617-964-3332.

SUNDAY, APRIL 7 Introduction to Reiki – 10am-12pm. Meet the Reiki Master Teachers Ulrike and Denis Dettling Kalthofer, listen to a lecture about Reiki and its history, experience a 20-min guided imagery and relaxation and get your questions about Reiki answered. Pre-registration required; space limited. Free. Arlington Reiki Associates, 366 Mass Ave, Ste 304, Arlington. 781-648-9334. Health and Wellness Show 2013 – 10am-3pm. Health screenings on site. Meet over 45 local health and wellness businesses. Learn, sample and be healthy. Free/pre-registration online, $5/no pre-registration. Sheraton Needham Hotel, 100 Cabot St, Needham. 508-460-6656. Herbal Clinic – 10am-3:30pm. With Madelon Hope and Tommy Priester. Affordable, alternative health care at a teaching clinic. Herbal and nutritional consultations. Free. Boston School of Herbal Studies, 12 Pelham Terrace, Arlington. 781-646-6319. Reiki I Certification Class – 10am-6pm. Reiki I provides you with a complete method of accessing healing energy for yourself and others. Learn the history and philosophy of Reiki, receive the channel opening attunements, learn the hand positions, practice giving a complete Reiki treatment, receive a Reiki treatment, learn how to do self-treatments. CEs available for nurses, massage therapists and mental health professionals. $150. Arlington Reiki Associates, 366 Mass Ave, Ste 304, Arlington. 781-648-9334.

MONDAY, APRIL 8 Introducing the Clear Change Program for Healthy Detoxification – 7-8:30pm. Learn about hidden toxins you may be exposed to daily and how to avoid them. Understand what the body needs to get rid of these toxins and how most Americans may be deficient in nutrients needed to process the toxins. Free. Lydian Center for Innovative Medicine, 777 Concord Ave, Ste 301, Cambridge. RSVP: 617-299-6151.

Organization and Time Management for Women – Mondays, Apr 8-May 13. 7:30-8:45pm. A 6-wk series. Enroll up to week 2. Create a calmer, more effective life by organizing your environment and managing your schedule. Create a routine and system you can rely on, freeing your mind to be more creative, connected and focused on your true priorities. $69. West Medford. For more info: Women’s Success Boot Camp – Mondays, Apr 8-May 13. 7:45-9:30pm. A 6-wk series. Enroll up to week 2. Get what you really want by achieving your personal and professional goals. Learn to self-coach and master the art of success. Get clear and focused, develop an organized action plan, gather your resources, get motivated and overcome obstacles. $69. Davis Square.

TUESDAY, APRIL 9 Tap Into Boston’s Sustainability Network – 6-8pm. Will feature a screening of the film Tapped, and a guest-speaker panel with respected water professionals and activists, including Jill Appel from the Concord bottle ban initiative. Free. Boston University School of Management Auditorium, 595 Commonwealth Ave, Boston. 617-419-0314. RSVP: TapIntoBoston.EventBrite. com. Hypnosis for Better Golf – 6:30-8:30pm. With Kathryn McGlynn, Certified Hypnotist. Get ready to take your game to the next level. Controlling the mind is the key to great golf. With selfhypnosis, learn to think and perform like a pro on the course. $30. Braintree High School, 128 Town St, Braintree. 781-340-2146. Creating a Life That Matters – Tuesdays, Apr 9-30. 7-9pm. The way you see yourself, your selfportrait, is the basis of most major life decisions. Your self-portrait sets your goals and aspirations and establishes your future life. When you see yourself as strong and confident, the world seems more giving, and ambitions seem more possible. But when we allow our inner critic in, voicing negative thoughts, our confidence decreases, and we are reduced to feelings of guilt or sadness. This seed of negativity stays with us, cluttering our mind, prohibiting us from leading a fulfilling life. $97. The Theosophical Society, 21 Maple St, Arlington. More info, Donna Markussen: 781354-4075. A Call to Life: Celebrating the Beauty of This Earth and Our Lives – 8-8:30pm. Spring is a wonderful time to take stock and celebrate

introduction to mindfulness, describes how this awareness connects to your physical health and leads you through Mindful exercises. Mastering these techniques can change the way you handle life’s inevitable stressful moments. Free. Visions HealthCare, 170 Worcester St, upstairs, Ste 200, Wellesley. 781-232-5431. WellesleyMindfulness.


the gift of life itself. Join a phone conference with Dr. Christiane Northrup and learn how to celebrate being alive. It can be one of the best wellness practices to incorporate into your lifestyle. Free. 978-877-6122. Register: Team Northrup Business Opportunity Call – 8:30-9pm. Align with the work of Dr. Christiane Northrup. Learn how to create your own successful business in the wellness industry and how to earn residual income with Team Northrup. Join this free conference call for more information. 978-877-6122. Register:

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10 Encyclopedia of Nutrition and Good Health Book Talk – 2:30-3pm. Learn about The Encyclopedia of Nutrition and Good Health. With over 2,500 topics like food content, vitamins, minerals and supplements, you’ll leave with some healthy new ideas. Free. Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital, Patient/Family Resource Center, 3rd Fl, 1153 Centre St, Boston. 617-9837371. Homemade Herbal Skin Care – 7-9pm. Learn to make your own clay mask, lotion, face wash and toner, and salt or sugar scrub, all from natural, additive-free ingredients, enhanced with fragrant medicinal herbs. No experience necessary. $25. CommonWealth Center for Herbal Medicine, 25 Saint Mary’s Ct, Brookline. 617750-5274. Orientation to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction – 7-9pm. Patricia Howard provides an

Free Orientation to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction – 10am-12pm. Patricia Howard provides an introduction to mindfulness, describes how this awareness connects to your physical health and leads you through mindful exercises. Mastering these techniques can change the way you handle life’s inevitable stressful moments. Free. Visions HealthCare, 910 Washington St, Dedham. 781-232-5431. Work-Life Balance for Women – Thursdays, Apr 11-May 16. 6:30-7:45pm. A 6-wk series. Enroll up to week 2. Get the clarity, support and tools needed to strike the right balance. Streamline your work, savor more rest and relaxation at home, build a more supportive environment and return to work rejuvenated. $69. More info: VortexHealing Divine Energy Healing: Introduction and Free Group Healing – 7:30-9pm. Experience the power of VortexHealing, one of the most effective and profound forms of energy therapy taught today. Designed to transform the roots of emotional consciousness, it can heal the physical body and awaken spirit within the human heart. Facilitated by Lorraine Stobbe Goldbloom. $10. Theosophical Society, 21 Maple St, Arlington. 617-926-4155.

FRIDAY, APRIL 12 Technologies of Ecstasy & The Healing Potential of Non-Ordinary States – 7-9pm. A free public discussion about humanity’s relationship with ecstatic and mystical traditions from our ancient shamanic roots, through its controversial encounters with modern society, religion, and psychotherapy, and concluding with the groundbreaking work of Stanislav Grof. Free. Belmont Lions Club, 1 Common St, Belmont. 857-264-1520. Got Love? What’s Holding You Back? – 7-9:30pm. In these free relationship workshops, you will be led through a series of gentle exercises designed to open your heart and feel

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SATURDAY, APRIL 13 Holotropic Breathwork – 9am-9pm. Experience deep inner healing and self-transformation through a practice that integrates ancient mystical traditions, transpersonal psychology, and modern consciousness studies. $135 before Apr 1, $150 after. Belmont Lions Club, 1 Common Str, Belmont. 857-264-1520. The Magdalene Circle – 2-4pm. With Gloria Amendola. Explore esoteric traditions through secret teachings. Gloria will scan and read your field (all 7 chakras), so you can discover where you flow and where you’re stuck leading to a Shamanic Journey. $25 registered by Apr 11; $30 door. Theosophical Society, 21 Maple St, Arlington. 617-926-4155. To register, Gloria:

SUNDAY, APRIL 14 New Well-Adjusted Workout – 9-10am. Newton Chiropractic and Wellness Centre is introducing an exciting new outdoor workout that combines strength and cardio for an effective whole body workout. Suitable for all fitness levels. Bring a water bottle and a towel. Free. Cold Spring Park, Beacon St, Newton. 617-964-3332. To register: The Biggest Winner Open House – 6:30pm8pm. Come and join us as we kick off our 90-day Biggest Winner event. There will be a presentation and information on exactly what you need to do as well as demonstrations, samples and news on some great prizes. Free. Newton Chiropractic and Wellness Center, 345 Bolyston St, Ste 300, Newton. 617-964-3332.

TUESDAY, APRIL 16 Spring Renewal Detox – Apr 16-May 14. A gentle cleanse program, run by Nutrition Consultant Molly Robson will bring you back to balance. As we usher in a new season, full of growth and renewal, it’s the best time of year to cleanse and detox your system after a long, cold winter. $150. Samadhi Integral, 796 Beacon St, Newton Center. 617-678-3108. For details:

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617-906-0232 or email us at: Publisher@ Boston by Little Feet Freedom Trail Tour – 12pm. Also Thurs, Apr 18, 10am. Enjoy a child’seye view of the Freedom Trail’s architecture and history especially designed for young walkers 6-12 years of age. Learn about Boston’s role in the American Revolution and discover the materials on which a city is built. A free explorer’s map is included. $10/person. 617-3672345.

THURSDAY, APRIL 18 Preventing and Recovering from Running Injuries – 7-9pm. Co-taught by an herbalist and a body-worker, this class will cover manual and herbal therapies for preventing and recovering from running-related injuries. $25. CommonWealth Center for Herbal Medicine, 25 Saint Mary’s Ct, Brookline. 617-750-5274. Opening To Creativity – 7:30-9pm. With Selina Maitreya. If you are an individual interested in creativity, or a creative professional seeking a more creative life, join Selina as she takes us through a 2-hr experience that will reopen sensory realms and provide you with tools that will enable you to be in the present moment. $20. Theosophical Society, 21 Maple St, Arlington. 617-926-4155.

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$35/advance, $40/door. Masonic Hall, 32 Church St, Watertown. For more info, tickets & registration materials: “Voices of Boys and Men” Benefit Concert for Boys to Men New England – 5-7:30pm. Join us for an inspirational evening of music and words with world-renowned jazz singer Rebecca Parris, Williams head football coach Aaron Kelton, and amazing performers. Proceeds support adult-teen mentoring work of BTMNE. $75. Scullers Jazz Club, 400 Soldiers Field Rd, Boston. 617-9130683. New Generation Energy & TRADE Host “The Mint Party” – 7:30pm. Boston’s premier green energy event. Help us celebrate the re-launch of NGE and begin a tradition of celebrating sustainability in Boston for years to come. Proceeds go toward making Boston a more sustainable community. $100. TRADE, 540 Atlantic Ave, Boston. 617-624-3688. For details:

TUESDAY, APRIL 23 Self-Help Stress Survival – 6:30-8:30pm. With Hypnotist Kathryn McGlynn. Learn effective selfcare tools to manage your stress response, reduce its negative effects, and increase your health and well-being. A group hypnosis session teaches you to relax and stay calm, even under the most stressful conditions. $30. Braintree High School, 128 Town St, Braintree. 781-340-2146.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24 Overcoming Emotional Eating – Wednesdays, Apr 24-Jun 26. 7pm. In this 5-wk course, learn how to overcome the stress that triggers emotional eating. Using empowering, proven techniques in a caring, supporting environment. Learn to “rewire” yourself and create a healthier, happier you. $195/5 wks. Theosophical Society, 21 Maple St, Arlington. 617-926-4155. PMS Prevention Naturally – 7-9pm. The symptoms of premenstrual syndrome—physical, mental, and emotional—can be reduced or eliminated naturally, with food, sleep, movement, and herbs. Join us for this class and stop PMS from cramping your style. $25. CommonWealth Center for Herbal Medicine, 25 Saint Mary’s Ct, Brookline. 617-750-5274.

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Inquiry works by releasing the energy behind addictive cravings and compulsions. Participants have reduced, if not completely eliminated, longstanding compulsive behaviors and addictions, and compulsion has fallen away in many other areas of their lives. $295. Weston. For more info: Full Moon Yoga Celebration – 7-9pm. April is the Egg Moon. Join us in celebrating the Divine Feminine through movement, yoga, dance, chanting and meditation. This event is for women only; other months are usually coed. $20/advance, $25/door. The Center at Westwoods, 590 Gay St, Westwood. 617-869-9574.

SATURDAY, APRIL 27 2nd Annual Daoism & Health Festival – 10am4pm. Join The Daoist Benevolent Association at the Boston Common to celebrate World Tai Chi and Qi Gong Day. All are welcome. Featuring martial arts performances, Tai Chi and Qi Gong Workshops, silent auction, food and more. The path to a healthy life lies within. Free. Stress Relief Program – Saturdays, Apr 27Jun 29. 5-wk course. Learn proven, powerful techniques to manage high blood pressure, diabetes, insomnia, depression and anxiety. Boost your immune system and improve performance at work and in sports as well. Identify your stress triggers and develop techniques to overcome them. Includes an initial half hour individual phone session. $195/5 wks. Theosophical Society, 21 Maple St, Arlington. 617-680-1134. Reiki 2 Certification Class – 10am-6pm. Increase your healing capability and learn mental, emotional and long-distance healing. Learn three sacred symbols and the healing techniques associated with them. Pre-requisite: Reiki I Certification Training. Continuing Education Credits for nurses, mental health professionals and massage therapist available. $300. Arlington Reiki Associates, 366 Mass Ave, Ste 304, Arlington. 781-648-9334.

SUNDAY, APRIL 28 Medicinal Plant Walk – 1-3pm. Learn to identify healing plants in our area. Medicinal plants are everywhere, in our backyards, along the streets we walk, and in open spaces all around us. Learn which parts of the plants are used medicinally and how they nourish us and support health. $15. Rock Meadow, Belmont. 781-6466319.

ongoingcalendar All Calendar events for the May issue must be received by April 10th and adhere to our guidelines. Visit for guidelines and to submit entries. Make pendants for only $10 more per person. Diablo Glass School, 123 Terrace St, Boston. 617442-7444.

Russill Paul Comes To Nottingham – May 1719. Author, musician and spiritual teacher Russill Paul comes to Nottingham, NH. $20/kirtan, $200/workshop, $235/whole weekend. Includes online Silver Web Conference package in Yogic Mystery School. Register with Ben Fowler: or

Kripalu Yoga Series with Jen – 5-6:15pm. Move your body in a way that improves your health, makes you feel good and provides you with tools to help manage life’s challenges, both on and off the yoga mat. It’s yoga for everybody. Join for 6-wk series or drop-in. $60/6 wks. Zen Muscular Therapy & Wellness Center, 100 Trade Center, North Entrance, Ste 725, Woburn. 617-699-2389.

Beginner-Level Yoga Classes – Sun-Wed & Sat evenings. Small group class introducing yoga flows, poses and sequences linked to breath and core strength. Emphasis on the fundamentals and an interconnection with the body through yoga alignment, meditation, breathing technique and relaxation. $20/class. Lifetime Health & Consulting, LLC, Harvard Sq, 116 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge. 617-710-1337. For scheduling & to reserve a spot: Boutique Yoga – One-hour sessions designed specifically for the beginner. Come to this peaceful, comforting and well-balanced environment to begin or enrich your Vinyasa yoga practice. Choose between private, semi-private, trio or quad to begin cultivating your body flow. By appointment only. $100-$125. Lifetime Health & Consulting, LLC, 1166 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge. 617-710-1337. Free Energy Yoga Class – 70-min class focused on building strength and warmth of the core. Move through periods of stretching, breathing postures and energy meditation. All ages and levels welcome. Dahn Holistic Fitness, 1773 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge. For scheduling: 617-354-9642. Free Tour Of Symphony Hall – Musicians and engineers consider Boston’s Symphony Hall to be the most acoustically perfect concert space in the United States. Join volunteers on a behindthe-scenes tour and hear about the hall and the history and traditions of the famed musicians and conductors. Boston Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave, Boston. For available dates & times: 617-638-9390.

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Free Breathing and Meditation Group – 2-3:15pm. Join us for our bi-weekly breathing, relaxation and meditation sessions. Learn and experience practical tools for managing stress and energy in everyday life. All ages and levels welcome. Dahn Holistic Fitness, 1773 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge. 617-354-9642.

Anxiety and Panic Support Group – 6:30pm. First day of every month. Designed to offer a place where people with common interests and experience can meet. Learn that you aren’t alone in your experience and knowledge is the key to living a symptom-free life. Washington St, Newton. For more info, Doreen: 617-849-3198.

Gentle Beginners Morning Yoga – 10-11:15am. Also, all-level yoga, 11:30am-12:45pm. All classes are taught in the Kripalu style and can be gentle, moderate or vigorous. $14/drop-in, $12/ students with ID. The Lily Pad, 1353 Cambridge St, Cambridge. Glassblowing Family Experience – 1-2pm. Enjoy a glassblowing demonstration with the family. A truly unique experience. $15/person.

Sunday Restorative Yoga – 5-6:15pm. Relax, stretch, de-stress and re-charge your whole system before your work week. Poses supported with blankets and bolsters. Open to everyone. $75/6-wk series, $15/drop-in. The Center at Westwoods, 590 Gay St, Westwood. 617-8699574. Supper Club at Mandarava – 7pm. 3rd Sun. String of six or so surprise courses, all small plates, presented directly by the chef and created entirely at her whim. Sit back and take in a little magic in a cozy, candlelit environment. First come, first served basis; reservations required. $36/seat. Mandarava, 46 Inn St, Newburyport. 978-465-7300.

Community Acupuncture – Thru Dec 31. Also Wed & Fri. By appt. Affordable care for a healthy community. Acupuncture in a shared space, rather than private rooms enabling lower cost. Sliding scale, $35-$55/initial visit, $20-$40/follow-up visits. Green Tea Yoga, 10 Colonial Rd, Salem. 781-269-2287. Kripalu Yoga Series – 7-8:15pm. This yoga style is about moving your body in a way that improves health, makes you feel good and provides you with tools to help manage life’s challenges, both on and off the yoga mat. Beginners welcome. $96/8-wk series, $15/drop-in. Earthsong Yoga, 186 Main St, Fl 2, Marlborough. 619-699-2389. Open Meditation – 7-8:15pm. Join Rigpa Boston’s open meditation sessions whenever you wish. Open to everyone, from beginners to more experienced meditators. Donations accepted. Rigpa Boston, 24 Crescent St, Ste 308, Waltham. 619-906-4291.

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Jam’n Cardio Kix – 7:15-8pm. A martial arts fitness class that puts several musical patterns together into routines performed continuously to develop cardiovascular fitness, agility and quickness. $100/10 classes, $60/5 classes, $15/ drop-in. Corpbasics Fitness & Training Club, 73 Bow St, Somerville. 617-628-8400. Corpbasics. com. Hatha Yoga at Gallery 263 – 7:15-8:30pm. Increase flexibility, strength and balance. Relax and recharge mind and spirit. Intelligent sequencing and attention to alignment which will challenge all levels. Emphasizes correct alignment within a flowing sequence that will leave you feeling strengthened and energized. $10. 263 Pearl St, Cambridgeport. 617-459-9817. Community Contra Dance – 7:30-10:30pm. Make new friends while doing easy social dancing to great live music in a historic hall. Alcohol-, smoke- and perfume-free. Instruction provided; no need to bring a partner. $8, $5/22 or under. Concord Scout House, 74 Walden St, Concord. 978-369-1232. Yoga for Cyclists – 7:45-9:15pm. A beginnerfriendly class for cyclists and other athletes. Emphasis on releasing chronically tight muscles and gently strengthening the core. Restorative poses used to release stress and cultivate deep relaxation. $17/drop-in. The Arlington Center, 369 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington. 781-316-0282.

Chi-Lel Qigong for Integral Health – 11:15am12:15pm. Experience the healing power, learning gentle movement with visualization to build up your own energy. Discuss how effective qigong exercises can be and why they can help many health issues. $120/8-session series, $20/session. Theosophical Society, 21 Maple St, Arlington. 617-997-9922. Noon Concerts on the Freedom Trail – 12pm. Stop by to hear a 30-40-minute concert. Performers vary each week and perform a wide variety of music ranging from jazz to folk, medieval to modern. $3 suggested donation. King’s Chapel, 64 Beacon St, Boston. 617-5231749. Newton Farmers’ Market – Thru June 18. 1:306pm. A new indoor market with farm-fresh eggs, fruits, vegetables, turkey, beef, fish, goat cheese, gouda, olive oil, baked goods, popovers, jams, jellies, plants and flowers. Hyde Community Center, 90 Lincoln St, Newton Highlands. Zumba Toning – 6:30-7:30pm. Benefit mentally, emotionally and physically from the dance workout that has caused such a sensation all over the world. $100/10 classes, $12/walk-in. Dance Union, 16 Bow St, Somerville. 617-968-1695. Holistic Healing Reiki Clinic – 6:30-8:30pm. 2nd Tues. The Holistic Healing Reiki Clinic is offering Reiki sessions on a donation basis as a means of service to the community. Donations


accepted. Theosophical Society, 21 Maple St, Arlington. 781-648-0101. Kripalu Yoga Series with Jen – 6:45-7:45pm. Learn to move your body in a way that improves your health, makes you feel good and provides you with tools to help you manage life’s challenges, both on and off the yoga mat. $65/5-class card, $15/drop-in. Breathe Wellness, 162 Cook Ln, Marlborough. 617-699-2389. Reiki Clinic – 7-9pm. Last Tues. An opportunity to try something new, crack open the door or just take a moment for yourself to de-stress. Appointments for 30-min sessions suggested. $10. Sky Dancer’s, 788F Country Way, Ste 1, Scituate. 339-526-9759.

Refreshing Samples – 11am-2pm. Try featured refreshing teas and nutritional snacks. Enjoy a selection of organic teas, treats and snacks. Stop in to see what’s new to try or call ahead to find out in advance. Free. Johnson Compounding and Wellness Center, 577 Main St, Waltham. 781893-3870. Expand Your Gifts – 6:30-8:30pm. Every two weeks. Come develop your known and unknown, intuitive, psychic or medium gifts. Discover new aspects of you. $15. Sky Dancer’s, 788F Country Way, Ste 1, Scituate. For more info or to register: 339-526-9759. Meditation Evenings – 7-8:30pm. An opportunity to meet others and learn more about the Center and its offerings. Begins with an orientation and a period of meditation, then, a reading or presentation and discussion. Light refreshments provided. Suggested donation $10. Advaita Meditation Center, 28 Worcester Ln, Waltham. 781-647-0020. Dance Freedom – 7:30-10:30pm. The oldest continually running weekly barefoot dance in the world. Live DJ music, a great workout, lots of fun and lots of interesting people to meet. Recharge and renew in a joyous, positive, drugand alcohol-free environment. $10-$20 sliding scale. First Congregational Church, 11 Garden St, Cambridge. 617-312-3039.

Gentle Kundalini Yoga and Gong Relaxation – 8:30-10am. Stimulates and balances the glandular and immune systems in preparation for meditation. The body is strengthened and the mind is centered. $130/10 classes, $15/drop-in. Newton Highlands Congregational Church, 54 Lincoln St, Newton Highlands. 617-332-3675. Early Explorers – 10:30am-12pm. Children ages 3-6 will move, learn and create. Will investigate the science and beauty of winter through explorations, games and art. Afterward, warm up by reading stories, doing craft projects and other fun indoor nature activities. Child must

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be accompanied by an adult. $5/members, $7/ nonmembers. Mass Audubon’s Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill St, Mattapan. 617-9838500. Reiki Healing Circle for Women on a Healing Journey with Cancer – 4-6pm. Once a month. Women trained in Reiki and at various stages in their healing journey come together to support each other. Uplifting, life affirming and healing. $35. Arlington Reiki Associates, 366 Mass Ave, Ste 304, Arlington. 781-648-9334. Zumba – 6:30-7:30pm. Benefit mentally, emotionally and physically from the dance workout that has caused such a sensation all over the world. $100/10 classes, $12/walk-in. Dance Union, 16 Bow St, Somerville. 617-968-1695. Evolutionary Circle – 7-9pm. 2nd Thurs. Explore our emergence as universal humans, up to and following the Planetary Shift. Led by eliSabeth Taylor, A.C.E. and Rev. Betty Walker. Donation encouraged. Unity Somerville, 6 William St, Somerville. 781-643-1586. Somerville Road Runners Night 4.13 Miler – 7:15-8:15pm. It may be snowing. It may be raining. The SRR Thursday night run will happen every week, no matter what. Free. Casey’s, 171 Broadway, Somerville. Thursday-Night-Race. Observatory Night – 7:30-9:30pm. 3rd Thurs. A non-technical lecture and telescopic observing from the observatory roof if weather permits. Free. Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, 60 Garden St, Cambridge. 617-4957461.

The Family Walking Program – 9:30am. Take a healthy walk through the mall in a safe, climatecontrolled environment for both parent and child. Spend time with other parents while your children make new friends and learn the benefits of regular exercise. Meet near Carter’s. Watertown Mall, 550 Arsenal St, Watertown. 617-926-4968. Children’s Films – 10am & 11am. Free children’s movies at the library each week. Boston Public Library, East Boston Branch, 276 Meridian St, East Boston. 617-569-0271. BPL. org/Branches/EastBoston.htm. Health Lecture Series – 10am. 1st Fri. An informative discussion for parents and caregivers on a variety of parent- and child-related topics such as: nutrition, behavior, community resources and more. Held in the Old Country Buffet, Watertown Mall, 550 Arsenal St, Watertown. 617-926-4968. Yoga for All Levels – 10-11:30am. All-levels Vinyasa flow-style yoga experience that offers a dynamic approach to a safe foundation. Say yes to exploring a deeper experience in your practice and join with your highest aspirations. $15. Samara Yoga Studio, 249 Elm St, Somerville. 617-3932200.

Blood Pressure Screenings – 10am-12pm. Free blood pressure screenings on the 1st Fri each month in front of the Old Country Buffet. Watertown Mall, 550 Arsenal St, Watertown. 617-926-4968. Second Fridays Free – 5-8pm. Free evening at the MIT Museum on the 2nd Fri each month. Mingle with friends in the unique galleries and see some of the latest research coming out of MIT. MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge. 617-253-5927. Poetry Open Mic – 6:30-8pm. 2nd Fri. Continuing the trend of the 1950s beatniks who were open to energy sensations, into vibes and enjoying performance art, reading, listening and just enjoying. Free. Unity Somerville, 6 William St, Somerville. 617-628-5558. Jam’n Java Open Mic and Coffeehouse – 6:309pm. 1st Fri. Sign up to play, or come and listen to talented local performers. Free. Jam’n Java, 594 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington. ArlOpenMic. Friday Night Cooking Series – 6:30-9:30pm. Join us for a night of conversation, anecdotes and fun, and a detailed cooking demonstration. See website for specifics by week. $61. Cambridge Center for Adult Education, 56 Brattle St, Cambridge. Glass Beadmaking – 6:30-9:30pm. Last Fri. An evening of glass, friends and wine. Spend 3 hrs in one of our studios to experience an introductory taste of working with hot glass in glassblowing and bead making. $75. Diablo Glass School, 123 Terrace St, Boston. 617-442-7444.

Somerville Farmers’ Market – Thru June 1. 9:30am-2:30pm. Armory, 191 Highland Ave, Somerville. Neuroplasticity Club – 12-1pm. 3rd Sat. Learn holographic thinking and speaking which means seeing images and feeling all of the emotions of the topic you are speaking or thinking about. The past becomes the present. $5/person or family. Unity Somerville, 6 William St, Somerville. 617628-5558. Somerville Laughter Club – 12-1pm. 3rd Sat. Share your laughter and your smile. Explore how the body creates happiness. Learn how to use chi-energy to activate laughter and smile neuropathways. $5/person or family. Unity Somerville, 6 William St, Somerville. 617-6285558. Live Music – 7:30-10pm. Enjoy local food, music and art. No cover charge. Nourish Restaurant, 1727 Massachusetts Ave, Lexington. 781-6742400.

communityresourceguide Connecting you to the leaders in natural healthcare and green living in our community. To find out how you can be included in the Community Resource Guide, email to request our media kit.


150 California St, Newton MA 02458 617-558-1788 NESA is the first school of acupuncture in the U.S. and provides a rigorous acupuncture education along with affordable health care to the community. See ad page 10.

VISIONS HEALTHCARE 910 Washington St (Rte 1A) Dedham, MA 02026 170 Worcester St (Rte 9) Wellesley, MA 02481 781-431-1333

Acupuncturists at Visions HealthCare are able to provide relief for a variety of concerns including but not limited to insomnia, allergies, digestion, pain, fatigue, etc. See ad on the back cover.


Certified Alexander Technique Teacher; Certified Thai Yoga Therapist 33A Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02445 617-359-7841 Learn to relieve and prevent excess tension and manage the stress in your life. Improve your posture without any holding. Learn mind/body tools for personal growth or simply enjoy a relaxing Thai yoga session.


Kristine Jelstrup, LMT, CBK 126 Prospect St, Ste 5 617-833-3407 Kristine@CentralSquareHealthAnd Achieve optimal health, physically, emotionally, nutritionally. Kristine works with the subtle energies of the body to clear nervous system interference, creating a balanced body. See ad page 19.

Bioidentical Hormone Treatment CONNIE A. JACKSON, MD

55 Pond Ave, Brookline, MA 02445 132 Great Rd, Ste 201, Stow, MA 01775 617-232-0202 (Brookline) 617-879-0403 (Stow) Specializing in Hormonal Imbalance and Individualized Natural Bioidentical Hormone Treatment for irregular menstrual cycles, hot flashes, night sweats, low sex drive, irritability, fatigue, poor concentration, poor memory, depression and sleep disturbances. Accepting most major insurances. See ad page 29.


910 Washington St (Rte 1A) Dedham, MA 02026 170 Worcester St (Rte 9) Wellesley, MA 02481 781-431-1333 Effectively using BioIdentical Hormone Therapy for 9 years; expert gynecologist passionate about supporting women to ease transition through all life phases. Accepts most major insurances. See ad on the back cover.

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Julie Burke, DC 617-964-3332

We are an integrative holistic wellness center. Our caring team consists of chiropractors specializing in Network Spinal Analysis, massage therapists and Shiatsu and Reiki practitioners. See ad page 21.


Brian Reid is an internationally acclaimed life coach with Brenda Lee, a Shire horse. Through his discoveries with Brenda Lee, Brian founded Horses Know The Way Home and developed 13 principles that guide his teachings. See ad page 16.

LION’S SHARE COACHING – LIFE AND CAREER COACHING FOR Marie Wetmore, Certified Coach 781-670-7090

910 Washington St (Rte 1A) Dedham, MA 02026 170 Worcester St (Rte 9) Wellesley, MA 02481 781-431-1333 Patient-centered, evidence-based spinal care and soft tissue work to decrease pain and improve mobility. Accepts major health insurances. Weekend and evening hours available. See ad on the back cover.


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Donna Markussen 781-583-8534 Empowering teens and adults to become emotionally, mentally, and physically centered, making life exciting and purposeful, full of meaning, enthusiasm and passion. See ad page 25.

THE ARTIST’S WAY Kim Childs 617-640-3813

Kim coaches people in the lifechanging practices and principles of The Artist’s Way and The Prosperous Heart by Julia Cameron. No artistic experience required, just a desire to live a rich and more fully expressed life. Registration underway for 2013 workshops.

BOSTON SOUL COACHING Daniel Sharp, CSC, CIMT, RMT 781-763-7685

De-clutter your mind, your home and your path to an abundant future with personalized Soul Coaching. Daniel will help you build the life you deserve. See ad page 19.


Accomplish your goals: coaching for self-care, balance, organization, time management, career change, professional success, etc. Manage decisions and transitions confidently. Learn to self-coach. Individual coaching and workshops available. Call for a free trial.

compounding & wellness pharmacy JOHNSON COMPOUNDING AND WELLNESS CENTER Stephen Bernardi 577 Main St, Waltham, MA 02452 781-893-3870 Fax: 781-899-1172

JCWC is the only sterile and non-sterile PCAB-accredited pharmacy in Massachusetts. In addition to our compounding service, we offer a full range of nutritional supplements, natural products, homeopathic remedies and home health care equipment. See ads pages 7 and 23.

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A whole-person approach to psychotherapy. Mindfulnessbased, solution focused. Teens, transitioning young adults, adults. Specialties: relationship stress, academic stress, depression, anxiety. See ad page 11.

dentist DR. IVETA IONTCHEVA-BAREHMI DMD, MS, D.SC. 1842 Beacon St, Ste 302, Brookline, MA 617-868-1516

Dr. Iontcheva-Barehmi is an accomplished dentist and specialist in Periodontics and Implants with a holistic approach to medicine and dentistry. To schedule your comprehensive exam and share the excitement of a healthy smile, call: 617-868-1516. See ad page 17.

GROTON WELLNESS – MEDICAL, DENTAL, SPA, BISTRO 493-495 Main St Groton, Ma 01450 978-449-9919

Our specialization, healthfocused dentistry, enables us to consider you, our patient, as a whole person, not merely a “dental case.” Therefore, we have the unique opportunity to evaluate every patient, and develop every treatment, procedure and protocol, from an individualized holistic standpoint. We will make recommendations to improve not only your dental health, but your overall health as well. See ad page 12.


781-891-5439 Abbey Brown has been successfully working with dog behavior and obedience training since 1980. She has a master’s degree in psychology and animal behavior.


As a wellness service of Canis major Herbals, we now offer dog walking in the Davis Sq, Somerville area. Visit Experienced. Responsible. Insured.


39 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02445 77 Spring St, Shaw’s Plaza, West Roxbury, MA 02132 Brookline: 617-566-5656; West Roxbury: 617-325-4800 World’s first automated personal training studio offering highly effective, efficient, customized workouts guided and monitored by the proprietary Smartraining technology in a spa-like setting. See ad page 22.


12 Pelham Terrace, Arlington, MA 781-646-6319 We offer two Herbal Apprenticeship Programs, Advanced Training, Aromatherapy Certification and a series of Thursday evening and Saturday afternoon classes. Please visit our website. See ad page 27.

COMMONWEALTH CENTER FOR HERBAL MEDICINE Katja Swift & Ryn Midura 25 Saint Mary’s Court, Brookline, MA 617-750-5274

Personalized, comprehensive consultations with experienced herbalists. Whether it’s the flu or a chronic illness, or simply to build greater vitality, herbal medicine can help. See ad page 13.


120 Arlington Rd, Woburn, MA 01801 781-572-4454 Our Academy is focused on the art and science of plantbased medicine, from a holistic perspective. All herbalists are welcome, mentors and students. See ad page 12.

holistic bodywork BARBARA GOSSELIN, PT

393 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 781-507-4226

Are You A Responsible Business Professional? Our readers are looking for those than can provide services that are good for them and the environment. We want to help you meet! Contact us today so we can get you and your business seen so our readers can find you easily! Call us: 617-906-0232 Email us: Publisher@ find us on the web:


I’m a Physical Therapist with 20+ years experience helping people recover from pain using gentle, effective Bodywork techniques including Craniosacral Therapy and Fascial Mobilization. See ad page 35.

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Mimi Rhys, LMT 617-413-7174 Experience what gentle, integrated therapies can do to help you lose your pain. Mimi Rhys offers craniosacral therapy, lymphatic drainage, and lymphatic joint release work. See ad page 27.

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910 Washington St (Rte 1A) Dedham, MA 02026 781-431-1333 Board-Certified Family Medicine physician trained in Functional Medicine accepting new patients of all ages for Primary Care or consultation. Accepts most major health insurances. See ad on the back cover.


910 Washington St (Rte 1A) Dedham, MA 02026 781-431-1333 Board Certified through the American Board of Family Medicine as well as the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine. Available for primary care and consultation. See ad on the back cover.

Certified Holistic Nutrition Consultant specializing in digestive health, emotional eating and detoxification. Available for individual consultations at Samadhi Integral in Newton Centre.



170 Worcester St (Rte 9) Wellesley, MA 02481 781-431-1333 Internal Medicine Physician with integrative approach and more than 13 years of primary care experience. Also available for consultation. Accepting most major health insurances. See ad on the back cover.


978-877-6122 Build your own health and wellness business. As a successful entrepreneur, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll teach you how to manifest success and achieve your personal and professional dreams. See ad page 15.

Integrative/Functional Medicine

617 524 7628 With a background in Energy Healing & Consciousness (Barbara Brennan), Sound and Mindfulness, Patricia supports you in understanding and releasing patterns that no longer serve you so you can blossom. See ad page 19.


170 Worcester St (Rte 9) Wellesley, MA 02481 910 Washington St (Rte 1A) Dedham, MA 02026 781-431-1333

Licensed Mental Health Clinician and Behavioral Health Specialist with over 15 years of experience; integrative approach. Specialties: anxiety, panic, depression, stress, anger, etc. Accepts insurance. See ad on the back cover.

SELF-HEALING SOLUTIONS Raven Sadhaka Seltzer 617-869-9574

Feeding mind-body-spirit through therapeutic and restorative yoga, Ayurvedic counseling, meditation, pranayam and Reiki; specializing in low back pain and digestive issues. See ad page 16.

integrative therapy BODYMIND RESOURCING

Alison Shaw APRN, LMT, CEH 393 Massachusetts Ave Arlington, MA 02474 781-646-0686


Lydian Center for Innovative Medicine, 777 Concord Ave, Ste 301, Cambridge, MA 617-299-6151

Naturopathic medicine addresses root causes of chronic diseases and works with each patient based on their individualized needs. Relationships between different organ systems are taken into consideration. Effective and non-invasive natural therapies are used successfully. Specialties: gastrointestinal, mood, auto-immune, adrenal, cardiovascular, blood sugar and neurological issues.



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An innovative blend of body-centered counseling, integrative bodywork and energy medicine to uncover and release body-mind patterns that limit your life and health. See ad page 35.

SOMATIC MOVEMENT CENTER Sarah Warren, CSE 440 Arsenal St, Watertown, MA

Clinical Somatic Education provides lasting relief from chronic pain by working with the nervous system to address the underlying cause. Gentle, therapeutic, and highly effective. See ad page 29.

integrative veterinary medical care MASH MAIN ST ANIMAL SERVICES OF HOPKINTON Margo Roman, DVM 72 W Main St, Hopkinton, MA 01748 508-435-4077

A full-service integrative veterinary clinic offering caring and healthful options and modalities like acupuncture, functional nutrition, homeopathy, chiropractic, herbs, ozone therapy, surgery and dentistry. See ad page 35.


150 Fearing St, Ste 4-A Amherst MA 01002 413-230-3260

Improve all your relationships. Learn to navigate difficult conversations with confidence. Our training programs show you how.

physical therapy CAMBRIDGE PHYSICAL THERAPY & SPORTS MEDICINE 1000A Cambridge St. Cambridge, 02141 617-492-6600

Specializing in outpatient orthopedic rehabilitation and treatment of sports, dance and work injuries. We also treat computer/musician overuse injuries, carpal tunnel and injuries from motor vehicle accidents.




Priscilla Gale, of Sacred Song Reiki, utilizes multiple healing modalities and techniques along with Reiki, including Himalayan and Crystal Singing Bowls, Reconnective Healing, and Magnified Healing.


Rolfing速 Structural Integration for Powerful, Pain-Free Posture. Re-balance your body. Reduce aches, pains, and injuries. Improve athletic performance. Free consultation. See ad page 39.


Attach to faucet. Make alkaline, antioxidant, purified, super-hydrating water. Select 7 pH levels for: Drinking. cooking, cleaning, moisturizing, pets, plants, degreasing, disinfecting and healing.

Michele S. Portlock, RMT 781-228-1915

Michele partners with you to create your personal wellness path with Reiki healing for your mind, body and soul. She specializes in treating patients with chronic pain and illnesses.


Empowering, action-oriented coaching that helps busy women transform and love their lives. Fully individualized one-onone coaching or powerful small group support for your journey of healthy, vibrant, balanced living. Free initial consultation available.


Vicki Loberman 617-610-9551

We partner with clients to identify and overcome barriers to living a healthy lifestyle. Services include wellness coaching, professional organizing, personal training and stress management.


Kimberly Sparks 401-822-1530 All-natural body products made from the purest ingredients in the world. Dead Sea minerals, salts and aromatherapy sprays, lip elixirs, body powders and handmade soaps. See ad page 7.




Phyllis Wilson 781-883-2282

Offering website design and business consulting for small businesses and providers in private practice.

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