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’ve recently begun working with a life coach. In the notso-distant past, I might have considered this step long overdue, but am discovering the truth that, wherever we are on our life’s journey, we are always exactly where we are supposed to be. Like most people, I tend to stay in comfort zones, mindlessly repeating mistakes until the pressure for change reaches a tipping point that compels an admission that something’s not working. We become restless with the status quo. It becomes time to break the cycle of a habitual way of being or doing. If we’re not alert to early “heads up” flags, it can take a figurative slap or two upside the head before we wake to recognize that it’s time for us to change. I have been keen to learn firsthand how even the most subtle shifts, such as pulling our shoulders back and lifting our head upward into a more comfortable and natural position, can change the way we view the world and experience ourselves in it. It’s an easy experiment: First, hunch your shoulders forward and position your head face down with a frown for a moment; now notice how you feel. Next, lift your shoulders back, pick up your head and take a deep regenerative belly breath and smile. Can you feel an immediate difference in your mental and emotional state? Similarly, how we use words affects our psyche and how we are perceived by ourselves and others in daily life. As I switch from thoughts of “should” to “could” when I awake each morning, it releases some pressure inside and positively alters how I feel about getting up and going to the gym. We’ve probably all experienced a similar phenomenon when we successfully mark the “to-do” that’s been bugging us the most as “done.” Suddenly, everything feels lighter. When I stop “shoulding” on myself, I revel in the relief of gentle self-care that appears. Putting “could” in its place gives me the welcome opportunity to make a better choice and take a positive action free of judgmental overtones. In time, with practice, I am confident that “could” will become “will”; but for now, “could” is working for me, opening me up to hopeful possibilities in several areas of my life. One thing I’ve learned from this lesson is that it’s OK to take small steps as long as we continue to move forward toward what matters most. Through exercising such subtle shifts, I’ve discovered that what matters most to me is being happy and that’s the best way I can begin to change the world around me… starting with me. I cheerfully recommend this month’s feature article, “Life Lift: Being Happy from the Inside Out,” by Judith Fertig, for you to discover your own secrets to lasting happiness. To contagious happiness!
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newsbriefs Free Mini-Retreat for Women Seeking Balance
arie Wetmore, a life and career coach for women, is hosting a free life balance and relaxation mini-retreat from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., June 22, at the Democracy Center, in Harvard Square. Women can step back from their busy lives and experience life coaching, relaxation techniques, and support and tools to start making changes immediately. “Women are the ultimate multi-taskers,” says Wetmore. “Between work, family responsibilities and trying to keep Marie Wetmore up with this busy world, they often put themselves last.” Wetmore’s coaching practice focuses on women’s success and empowerment, beginning with strategies to help clients find balance. “A woman who achieves balance is not only more fulfilled, she’s also able to bring her best self to her work and the people she loves,” she says. Registration for the mini retreat will be open until the event is full. Space is limited to give each participant personalized attention. Cost: Free. Location: 45 Mount Auburn St., Cambridge. For more information, call 781-670-7090 or visit LionsShareCoaching.com. See ad on page 15 and Resource Guide on page 44.
Farm Fresh Food and Treats Delivered to Doorsteps
his month, Something GUD launches its farm-to-fridge delivery service for Boston and the North Shore, providing customers with sustainably sourced fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, Auden Erwin dairy, snacks, desserts, and beer and wine, delivered directly to their door. Something GUD will host a launch party on June 22 for all to meet the farmers and fishermen and eat great, local food. “It’s like a full-diet CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), except you can choose exactly how much you get, and you can change it any time,” says Something GUD co-owner Colin Davis. “Local, farm fresh food is amazing, and we make it insanely easy for people to buy all their food directly from farmers, fishermen, bakers and more.” Davis says that more than 50 percent of every customer dollar spent goes directly to the people who grew, caught or baked the meals. “When our customers come home from work, their fridge will be stocked with amazing local food. And right now, people can get $5 off their first delivery by using the code AWAKEN,” he says. For more information and details on the launch party, call 978-846-1116, email Greg@SomethingGUD.com or visit SomethingGUD.com.
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newsbriefs Chronic Pain Relief Training Program in Watertown this Fall
his fall, the Somatic Movement Center in Watertown is offering the first Boston area training program in an effective method of chronic pain relief called Clinical Somatic Education. The training program begins in September and offers extensive hands-on practice with clients, as well as experience in teaching group movement classes. The technique was developed by Thomas Hanna as a way for people to eliminate habitual muscular patterns that cause them pain. Somatic Movement Center co-owner Sarah Warren says that while many bodyworkers and fitness professionals are drawn to Somatic Education to further their learning, others come to the program with no related experience. “I came to the Somatics training with a background in interior design and dance,” says Warren. “It starts with the basics and by the end of the program, I had gained a thorough understanding of anatomy, neurophysiology and ways to address the individual needs of people with chronic pain.”
Location: 440 Arsenal St., Watertown. For more information, call 800-762-2998, email Sarah@SomaticMovementCenter. com or visit SomaticMovementCenter.com. See ad on page 38 and Resource Guide on page 46.
Life is Good T-shirts Raise Money for One Fund Boston
he Life is good company is selling Boston Love T-shirts to raise money for the city it loves. The limited edition shirts honor and support the people who were lost, injured and traumatized by the tragic events surrounding the Boston Marathon bombings. All profits from the sales will be donated to One Fund Boston. “We’re filled with gratitude for the courageous acts of goodness that were shown on the part of thousands,” says Bert Jacobs, chief executive optimist at Life is good. “Our hearts go out to all of the victims and those impacted by the unprecedented events that occurred.” The Boston Love Tee will spread optimism through its message “Nothing is stronger than love”, and will retail for $26.20 to commemorate the distance of the Boston Marathon route. The shirt will be available while supplies last from Lifeisgood.com, company store locations and participating retail partners. Location: Life is good retail locations, including 285 Newbury St., Boston. For more information, call 617-266-4160 or visit Lifeisgood.com. natural awakenings
Whole Foods Market Invites Customers to ‘Bee’ Part of the Solution
n response to declining honey bee populations across the globe that threatens biodiversity and the future of agricultural systems and gardens, Whole Foods Market has launched its “Share the Buzz” campaign to raise awareness and inspire productive action. For every pound of organic summer squash sold at Whole Foods Market stores from June 12 to 25, the company will donate 10 cents to The Xerces Society, an environmental organization that works for the conservation of invertebrates and their habitats. “The honey bee may be small, but it plays a mighty role in pollinating more than 100 fruit and vegetable crops across the world,” says Marketing Team Leader Bonnie Combs. “By raising awareness of these issues, Whole Foods Market hopes to motivate people to take action and share the many ways they can be a part of the solution.” In addition, several Whole Foods suppliers will donate funds to support pollinator preservation. Customers can look for telltale “Share the Buzz” signs throughout stores on such products as MaraNatha nut butters and Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day cleaning products. There are many ways for people to support honey bees in their daily lives, says Combs. “Buying organic is one of the easiest ways to support pollinator health, and planting beefriendly flowers and fruits provides forage for honey bees and other pollinators.” For more information, visit Whole FoodsMarket.com/sharethebuzz and local Whole Foods Markets.
newsbriefs Improving Vision Naturally with Yoga
osemarie Coleman, president of Coleman Natural Vision Improvement, has opened a new office at Qi, The Inner Gym, in Boston, where she teaches vision improvement techniques that retrain the brain and employ Kundalini yoga methods to relax eyes, bodies and minds. Coleman’s natural vision improvement classes are offered Tuesdays, 7:30 to 8:45 a.m.; Wednesdays, noon to 1 p.m.; and Thursdays, 6 to 7:30 p.m. “We yoga our bodies, why not yoga our eyes?” Coleman remarks. “Most people are born with perfect sight and we ‘create our own blur’ through stress and tension in Rosemarie Coleman our daily lives. By relaxing our eyes, we can improve our vision naturally, without surgery, drugs or special lenses.” Coleman says that thousands of people have used her methods to heal nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism and other conditions. Classes cover different approaches to such key aspects of vision as reading, distance seeing, convergence, fusion and tracking. “We use exercises, relaxation, science and physiology to create the pathway to sharper, clearer, more balanced vision that relies less on external correction,” says Coleman. “People can integrate these techniques into their daily routine and see real improvement.” Location: 419 Boylston St., 4th floor, Boston. For more information, call 617838-0928 or visit EyesOnYoga.com. See Resource Guide on page 46.
Rain Garden Coming to Wellesley Town Hall
he Wellesley Natural Resources Commission (NRC) will install a rain garden this summer near the duck pond on the grounds of Wellesley Town Hall. An unveiling of the new garden is scheduled for 10:30 a.m., July 13. The NRC has partnered with the Massachusetts Watershed Coalition to develop a Low Impact Development project that includes the rain garden, a porous paver system and other sustainable landscaping features. Together, these elements can keep stormwater from polluting the pond while creating a wildlife habitat for visitors to enjoy. “A rain garden works like a sponge to absorb stormwater and filter out pollutants before releasing them into nearby waterways,” says NRC Environmental Education Coordinator Laura Kiesel. “When it rains, water picks up oil, pet waste, pesticides and other contaminants and carries them into lakes, rivers and ponds. A well-placed rain garden can minimize or prevent this pollution.” Kiesel says that the duck pond at Wellesley Town Hall was chosen for this project because it is highly visible. “It is our hope that visitors to the pond will learn more about rain gardens and their role in protecting the environment, and maybe plant them on their own properties,” she says. Location: 525 Washington St., Wellesley. For more information, call 781-4311019 x2294 or visit WellesleyMA.gov/pages/wellesleyma_nrc/index or.
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newsbriefs Radio Show and Workshop on Everyday Spirituality
anet Kessenich, founder of Spiral Energies, launches a monthly Internet radio show called Creating a Spirited Life, at 8 p.m., June 16, to help listeners integrate Janet Kessenich spirituality into their daily lives. The Dreamvisions 7 Radio Production will air live on the third Sunday of each month at 8 p.m., on AM1510 NBC Sports Radio Boston, with replays at Dreamvisions7radio.com. “The show will provide new thoughts, perspectives and ideas to help people experience spirituality in their everyday lives,” says Kessenich. “A spirited life is joyful, satisfying and rich in purpose and meaning, but achieving this is sometimes easier said than done.” Kessenich says the radio program will draw on the wisdom of guests and interactions with listeners to bring out new ideas and perspectives that can improve lives. “I’ve explored spirituality in everyday life for years, and this program allows me to continue the discussions I’ve been having with clients and workshop participants,” she says. “I’m very interested in helping others, and myself, to have a deeper recognition of the Divine in the everyday.” Kessenich presents a related workshop, Spa for the Spirit, at The Center at Westwoods from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., June 22.
Workshop cost: $85 if registered by June 20, or $100 at the door. Location: The Center at Westwoods, 590 Gay St., Westwood. For more information, call 617-926-4155 or email Janet@SpiralEnergies.com. natural awakenings
coverartist newsbriefs Free Acupuncture for Those Traumatized by the Marathon Bombings
Pansies with Butterfly Janis Grau Working with watercolors is a long-term proposition for Janis Grau, who earned a degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art and went on to teach art to middle-schoolers for 35 years. After living on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, this Baltimore native now creates art in her Fort Myers, Florida, home studio. Grau finds inspiration for her paintings in the natural settings of these two coastal areas. Her compositions stem from a desire to capture the fleetingness of nature in some permanent way. She notes, “I want observers to be drawn into the flower, imagine the scent and feel the texture of each petal and leaf, so that they may see something they’ve never before noticed.” View the artist’s portfolio at FineArtAmerica.com/profiles/ janis-grau.html.
he New England School of Acupuncture (NESA), in Newton, is operating a free Trauma Relief Clinic for runners, victims, first responders and families affected by the Boston Marathon bombings. “Our entire community was rattled by acts of senseless violence,” says NESA President Susan Gorman. “We decided to bring alumni together to help those affected by the tragedy, opening up our student teaching clinic and employing volunteers and staff to answer phones, get the word out and provide free treatments.” Additionally, Gorman notes that more than 100 NESA alumni across New England have offered their own clinics to the effort. “We’re honored to have such an outpouring of support from the NESA community. Seeing so many volunteers come forward, selflessly and tirelessly, only proves how the worst of circumstances brings out the best in people.” This ancient healing technique has been used by such groups as Acupuncturists Without Borders to provide relief in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Location: 150 California St., Newton. For more information, call 617-558-1788 or visit NESA.edu. See ad on page 6 and Resource Guide on page 43.
Back Bay’s New Inner Gym for Body, Mind and Spirit
i, The Inner Gym, has opened in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood. With 8,000 square feet, 15 offices, two classrooms and a wood-floor yoga studio, the center aims to serve the needs of mind, body and spirit. Qi, The Inner Gym offers such integrative healthcare choices as acupuncture, chiropractic, massage, Reiki, T’ai chi, yoga, meditation and energy balancing. They also offer life, health and nutritional coaching, shamanic arts, hypnotherapy, natural vision improvement and other “inner work” practices. “I wanted to create a little piece of Heaven on Earth,” says founder Kate Gray. “And you don’t have to be a client to come to Qi Inner Gym. Visit our lovely tearoom to enjoy one of our organic tea blends or spend some time in our serene, contemplative library. We welcome new members to our community of healthy, happy ‘spirit nerds’ gathering together in Boston.” Gray says visitors are welcome to tour the space, try a class or workshop or make an integrative health appointment. The handicap-accessible center is steps from Newbury and Charles streets, the Public Garden and the Boston Common, with access via the Green Line, metered street parking and nearby public parking facilities. Location: 419 Boylston St., 4th floor, Boston. For more information, call 857-2335408 or visit QiInnerGym.com.
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ecotip Clean Ride DIY Versus Commercial Carwash
We all want our new, energy-efficient vehicles to look their best, and eco-conscious drivers want to extend their green lifestyle to include cleaning their car. Washing can provide some exercise and saves money, but the International Carwash Association reports that automatic car washes use on average fewer than 45 gallons of water per car, compared with 80 or more at home. Commercial facilities also drain wastewater into sewer systems to be treated or reused, while soapy do-it-yourself water can directly enter waterways via storm drains unless it’s in an area that filters into a local aquifer. Here are some helpful tips. Conserve water. For DIY folks, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recommends using a bucket instead of a hose for washing a section at a time, and then quickly rinsing using a pistol-grip hose nozzle, and also washing the car on gravel or a lawn, so wastewater doesn’t flow off pavement or sidewalks and down a storm drain. Be sure to use phosphatefree, non-toxic biodegradable soaps and waxes. Check under the car. Grime, dirt and salt may have accumulated in crevices of the undercarriage, especially in colder regions, so spray underneath, too. Be observant. A fender-bender, stray pebbles or the impact of another car door may have chipped exterior paint. According to the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, corrosion, acid rain, storm damage and harsh sunlight can also mar body paint and expose metal surfaces. Treat these blemishes with a stop-rust spray and touch-up paint before they spread. Sources: epa.gov, ASE.com, CarWash.org, ehow.com
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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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Don’t Worry, Be Healthy
he adage, “Don’t worry, be happy,” captures the essence of the first-ever metastudy of the relationship between happiness and heart health. Based on a comprehensive review involving 200-plus studies, researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health, in Boston, concluded that a positive outlook on life could help protect the heart from cardiovascular disease. Julia Boehm, Ph.D., and Laura Kubzansky, Ph.D., discovered that certain psychological traits—optimism, positive emotions and a sense of meaning—both offer measurable protection against heart attacks and strokes and slow the progression of cardiovascular disease. The pair found that the most optimistic individuals had approximately 50 percent less chance of experiencing an initial cardiovascular event compared with their less upbeat peers. “The absence of the negative is not the same thing as the presence of the positive,” notes Boehm. “Psychology has been trying to fix what’s wrong with people, but there’s also an increasing interest in what people might be doing right.”
Fruits and Veggies Can Help Us Kick Butts
he first long-term study on the relationship between fruit and vegetable consumption and smoking cessation offers good news: Eating more healthy produce can help smokers quit the habit and remain tobacco-free longer. Researchers from New York’s University of Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions surveyed 1,000 smokers ages 25 and over from around the country. In a 14-month follow-up, they were asked if they had abstained from tobacco use during the previous month. Those that consumed the most produce were three times more likely to have been tobacco-free for at least 30 days than those that ate the least amount of produce. Smokers with greater fruit and vegetable consumption also smoked fewer cigarettes per day, waited longer to smoke their first one and scored lower on a common test of nicotine dependence. The findings, published online in the Nicotine and Tobacco Research journal, remained consistent even when adjusted for age, gender, race, ethnicity, education and household income.
Sports and Music: A Winning Combination
istening to our favorite music, whatever the genre, can increase both our enjoyment of and performance levels in competitive sports participation. Keele University researchers, presenting these findings at the 2012 British Psychological Society annual conference, noted that playing selected tunes reduces perceived exertion levels, plus increases one’s sense of being “in the zone”. The greatest effects were found with music used during structured training sessions. Previous studies showing that motivational music in general boosts performance did not include exploring the effects of listening to one’s favorite music. 12
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Flavonoids Protect Men Against Parkinson’s
indings published in the journal Neurology add to a growing body of evidence that regular consumption of flavonoids, found in berries, teas, apples and red wines, can positively affect human health. According to new research on 130,000 men and women undertaken by Harvard University, in Boston, and the UK’s University of East Anglia, men that regularly consumed the most flavonoid-rich foods were 40 percent less likely to develop Parkinson’s disease than those that ate the least. No similar protective link was found for women. It is the first human study to show that flavonoids can help protect neurons against diseases of the brain.
Excessive Dietary Fat May Hinder Conception
ne reason for a couple’s inability to conceive could be linked to too much fat in the male’s diet. A study by Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital of 99 U.S. men uncovered an association between a high fat intake and lower sperm count and concentration. Results were published in the journal Human Reproduction. Men that consumed the most saturated fats had a 35 percent lower total sperm count and 38 percent lower sperm concentration than men that ate the least amount of such fats. Moreover, men that ate more omega-3 polyunsaturated fats—the type of healthful fat often found in fish and plant oils—had better-formed sperm than men that ate less.
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Restoring Native Prairies, Yard by Yard From Canada south to Texas and from Indiana west to Colorado, nearly 600,000 square miles of grassland once contributed to this continent’s complex ecosystem, supporting a diverse and teeming web of life. Today, less than 1 percent remains intact. The good news is that farmers and residents have been making inroads toward restoring this native landscape, converting suburban yards and rural fields to expanses of tall grass and fallow pastures that welcome native species. Government agencies and conservation groups, aided by volunteers, have undertaken numerous restoration projects across U.S. and Canadian prairieland, some of them comprising thousands of acres. The initial investment in time and money starts with removal of invasive or even cultivated species and the planting of native grasses. Substantial benefits include low-maintenance ecosystems that require less water and no fertilizer while supporting diverse wildflowers and wildlife. But it’s not as simple as planting a few seeds. In semi-rural and more urban areas, neighbors and zoning laws don’t always see eye-to-eye with these “new pioneers”, especially in deed-restricted communities. Concern over perceived property value deterioration and a potential influx of vermin sometimes wins the day. Farmers have been known to plow under an entire restoration project upon news of rising grain prices due to the ethanol industry, in order to cultivate it for financial gain. It is evident that social and economic policies must support the effort if it is to succeed. Source: Yale Environment 360
Green Homes Can be a Bargain One of the most innovative, energy-efficient houses in the United States has been built in the District of Columbia’s working-class Deanwood neighborhood, which has struggled with foreclosures. The Empowerhouse, a residence that produces all of its own energy, consumes 90 percent less energy for heating and cooling than a conventional dwelling. Empowerhouse was designed using “passive house” technologies as part of the Solar Decathlon design competition, held on the National Mall in 2011. It’s the work of students at The New School, in New York City, and Stevens Institute of Technology, in Hoboken, New Jersey, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity and the D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development. Each duplicable unit costs a locally affordable $250,000. Bringing the community into the design process for both the house and landscape is the basis for collaboration on additional projects in the neighborhood, including a new community learning garden. The designers remark that it all plays a part in creating social sustainability, an aspect often left out of development programs. Source: Parsit.Parsons.edu
With the average American household owning 24 electronic devices, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) estimates we are annually producing nearly 3 million tons of e-waste. Tube-type TVs and computer monitors contain lead, while cell phones harbor toxic mercury, cadmium, arsenic and brominated flame retardants, all of which can leach from landfills into groundwater. Alternatives include selling old phones or trading them in at a store, and buying a new phone only when necessary. For $10, Staples will recycle any brand of computer monitor, desktop and laptop computer, fax machine, printer or scanner. Dell products are accepted at no charge. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency offers information about local e-waste recycling and regulations regarding handling of electronic equipment at Tinyurl.com/EPAeWasteTips. For a global perspective, see the United Nations Environment Programme 2010 update at Tinyurl.com/UNeWasteReport.
Two New Sources of Sustainable Energy A new compound of lead telluride— a semiconductor first used in the Apollo moon landings to provide astronauts with a renewable, thermoelectric power source—can transform the heat emitted from car tailpipes and the chimneys of power stations and factories into a power source. According to the scientists engineering the innovation at Northwestern University, in Evanston, Illinois, as much as 15 to 20 percent of the heat currently being lost could be recovered as electricity. Another team of researchers at Utah State University, in Logan, has created a yeast biodiesel fuel that can be made using the watery waste from the mass production of cheese. One cheese plant’s daily byproduct of up to 1 million gallons of liquid cheese waste can produce 66,000 gallons of fuel. natural awakenings
Johnson Compounding and Wellness Center:
ohnson Compounding and Wellness Center, in Waltham, has provided customized medications and natural health remedies for people since 1852. Today, this accredited compounding pharmacy is working to meet an increased demand, after a 2012 meningitis outbreak led to the closure of several area compounding pharmacies. Natural Awakenings spoke with owner and pharmacist Steve Bernardi to learn more about the need for customized prescriptions. Bernardi also spoke about the growing number of men who are visiting his pharmacy for their unique health issues.
Meeting a Growing Demand for Customized Prescriptions
Can you explain what’s behind the current rush on your business?
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There have been several board of pharmacy actions against different businesses and we’re one of the few pharmacies left open that can compound sterile medications. There may have been valid reasons for closing some of those businesses, but regulators are not addressing the need for the availability of compounded medications. We’re afraid that the limited availability of compounded drugs will seriously impact the health and safety of patients who rely on these medications. It’s a frustrating situation, but we’re working hard to meet the demand and ensure that patients have access to the vital medications they need.
So, despite last year’s crisis, the demand is growing for compounded prescriptions?
Yes. Millions of patients depend on compounded medications because they can’t use commercially available drugs for many different reasons, including allergies to preservatives, dyes, flavors and artificial sweeteners. Others need dosages that are not commercially available, and there are children’s medications that need to be taken as a liquid, but that form isn’t on the market. Even veterenarians are having trouble getting medications in the forms they need.
What else is in demand at Johnson Compounding right now?
Steve Bernardi, pharmacist/co-owner; Omar Allibhai, pharmacist; Jay Huang, pharmacist; John Walczyk, pharmacist/pharmacy manager
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The New England Allergy Mix is a specialized formula that we had made for us many years ago, and we sell hundreds and hundreds of bottles each year. It’s a homeopathic spray made with the extracts of many different pollens that are native to New England. Our clients have reported a high success rate. A $20 bottle of this mix can last two weeks to two months, depending on how often you use it and, once you get your allergies under control, you use less and less as your symptoms become less severe. It’s a natural way to alleviate allergies without the harsh side effects of commercial medications, such as drowsiness and lethargy.
The other thing we’re seeing in the pharmacy is more bioidentical hormone prescriptions for men and women.
What is behind the increase in hormone replacement therapy for men?
A lot of men in their mid-30s and older are wondering why they feel “off” or tired all the time. Many also notice that their sex drive is decreasing, along with their physical strength, and hormonal deficiencies can be the culprit. It’s good to check the adrenal glands, too, when these symptoms appear, because the adrenals affect the sex hormones and other things down the line. You’ll get much better results if you fix both imbalances. If a man is experiencing these types of symptoms he should have his adrenal function and testosterone levels checked.
What are your male clients saying about their use of bioidentical hormones?
They’re reporting great results. In general, men are becoming more open about these kinds of issues and they’re trying to take better care of themselves. We used to see only women at our lecture series and now the audience is mixed. Another change we’re seeing is a rise in bone density issues with men. One reason is that men take a lot of acidblocking drugs for stomach problems, and that can lead to calcium deficiencies, as can drinking a lot of soda and coffee. Calcium supplementation can help but, again, the adrenals should be checked first. We carry a saliva test that can help to assess the functionality of the adrenal glands. Dr. Gary Kracoff, our pharmacist and naturopathic physician, counsels clients on hormone and endrocrine related issues. He can help to assess test results and recommend supplements. Steve Bernardi is co-owner and vicepresident of pharmacy at Johnson Compounding and Wellness Center, located at 577 Main St., in Waltham. For more information, call 781-893-3870 or visit NaturalCompounder.com. See ad on pages 3 and 18, and Resource Guide on page 44. natural awakenings
LIFE LIFT Being Happy from the Inside Out by Judith Fertig
An age-old question rides a new wave of bestseller lists, university research and governmental soul-searching. The answers to “What are the secrets of a happy life?” might surprise us.
appiness is the only true measure of personal success,” advises Geoffrey James, of Hollis, New Hampshire, author of How to Say It: Business to Business Selling. His work confirms that the rollercoaster world of business does not always promote a sense of well-being. James believes, “The big enemy of happiness is worry, which comes from focusing on events that are outside your control.” For him, something as simple as a good night’s sleep contributes to personal happiness. Each of us has certain things that help make us feel positive, and they often come in small moments, advises Ed Diener, Ph.D., a psychology professor at the University of Illinois and author of Happiness: Unlocking the Mysteries of Psychological Wealth. Based on 25 years of research into the subject, he’s a recognized expert in what he calls “subjective well-being.” In a recent six-part BBC series on happiness, Diener told viewers, “It may 16
sound silly, but we ask people, ‘How happy are you, on a scale of one to 10?’ The interesting thing is that it produces real answers that are valid—not perfect, but valid—and they predict all sorts of real things in their lives.”
Getting to Happy
The moment-to-moment path to happiness follows a trail blazed by paradox. A recent University of Missouri College of Business study by Marsha Richins, Ph.D., suggests that happiness is in the wanting, not the getting. As noted Positive Psychologist Martin Seligman, Ph.D., remarks, “Focusing solely on happiness as a foundation of a good life,” won’t get you there. Gretchen Rubin, the New York City-based author of The Happiness Project and Happier at Home, further finds that, “Happiness doesn’t always make you feel happy.” Trying each day to be emotionally centered, affable, kind, conscientious, generous, patient, principled, accomplished, spiritual and
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true to yourself—the kind of person that should be happy and that makes other people happy—can be tough. Widespread economic and associated financial challenges have made many question whether money can buy happiness, a common core assumption of the “happiness starts on the outside” approach. Apparently, money can sometimes buy feelings of well-being, but only to a certain degree, according to researchers Angus Deaton and Daniel Kahneman, at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs. In 2010, they surveyed 450,000 randomly chosen residents across the country via daily questionnaires. The study revealed that, “Low income exacerbates the emotional pain associated with such misfortunes as divorce, ill health and being alone.” Yet they also discovered that, “High income buys life satisfaction, but not happiness,” and there is no further progress in happiness beyond an annual income of $75,000 (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences). On the other side of the world, in the tiny Himalayan country of Bhutan, where 70 percent of its 717,000 citizens are subsistence farmers and an annual income of $75,000 would be considered a fortune, people say they are generally happy, partly due to the nation’s “happiness starts on the inside” philosophy. Since 1971, Bhutan has been operating based on a gross domestic happiness (GDH) value system. Bhutanese Prime Minister Jigmi Y. Thinley explains that the country has focused on growing both materially and spiritually, and citizen well-being has taken precedence over economic growth. For decades, this was deemed an oddity by many in the West, although now it appears prescient. “It’s easy to mine the land and fish the seas and get rich,” says Thakur Singh Powdyel, Bhutan’s minister of education. “Yet we believe you cannot have a prosperous nation in the long run that does not conserve its natural environment or take care of the well-being of its people, which is being borne out by what is happening to the outside world.” The country measures its success in maintaining GDH by conducting regular surveys of the population. The reigning
official definition of happiness involves peace, contentment and living in harmony with all creation. Seligman, author of Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-Being, has become a believer in GDH. “How can you measure well-being in a person, a family, a country or globally?” he queries. Research by Seligman and his colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, points to four basic elements: positive emotion, relationships, meaning in life and accomplishment, or PERMA. Seligman says there are proven ways to improve each element. For positive emotion, writing down three “blessings”, or things that went well that day, can increase our feelings of gratitude and well-being. For relationships, actively listening and being present for a loved one and having that attention returned can strengthen those bonds. Increasing meaning in our lives, says Seligman, can be a challenge for Westerners. “We have threadbare spiritual and relationship furniture. We have too much ‘I’ and not enough ‘we,’” he says. But getting involved in something that increases the “we” factor will help make us happier.
Nurturing Signature Strengths
Self-surveys at AuthenticHappiness. com can help us identify our strengths and realize what we’re especially good at—and we increase our feelings of accomplishment by doing more of them. “You can even figure out how to do the task you like least by using your signature strength,” Seligman advises. He shares an example of a grocery store cashier that disliked bagging groceries, but was exceptional at social
getting enough sleep? Are you getting good food to eat? When you take care of those very basic things, you feel energized, and then you can start moving to address other issues.”
If I become happy and it makes you happy, it is like tipping the first domino so the next one falls and that happiness spreads.
~ James Fowler, economic behaviorist, University of California-San Diego interaction. She made herself happier by chatting with her customers while she packed their selections. Lara Blair, a portrait photographer in Camas, Washington, believes in celebrating strengths. “If making things is what you love, give it the space in your brain, home and life that it deserves.” Blair’s seminars and retreats help people tap ways to increase feelings of creativity, accomplishment and meaning. “If you nurture it and believe that growing this beautiful thing is worth the effort, the rewards will be more than you ever dreamed,” she says. When, as a happily married lawyer with children, Rubin thought her life was missing something vital, she used her love for reading and writing to explore that wistful, “What if?” She started researching subjective happiness via Marcus Aurelius, Samuel Johnson, Benjamin Franklin and St. Thérèse de Lisieux, whom Rubin refers to as her “spiritual master.” She decided to testdrive her findings at Happiness-Project. com and began blogging about new ways of thinking and behaving that were bringing her and her readers greater selfrealization and contentment. “A great place to start is with your own body,” she counsels. “Are you
Once we’ve upped our happiness quotient, it can still be difficult to stay at that level, says Kennon Sheldon, professor of psychological sciences at the University of Missouri, in Columbia. In a recent study conducted with researchers at the University of California-Riverside, Sheldon and his colleagues found that by both recognizing that the desire for “more” and “better” in our lives won’t stop and also appreciating what we have, we’ll stay happy. It’s equally vital to continually keep things fresh, with positive new experiences at home, work, play and exercise, as well as in relationships. In other words, sustained happiness takes a little work. “Just before going to bed,” suggests James, “write down at least one wonderful thing that happened that day. It may be anything from making a child laugh to a big sale. Whatever it is, be grateful for the present day, because it will never come again.” The benefits of individual wellbeing radiate to those around us, notes Seligman. “When individuals are flourishing, they are more productive at work, physically healthier and at peace.” He believes that as we find ways to increase positive emotion, relationships, meaning in life and individual accomplishment, it’s possible for life on Earth to flourish. Judith Fertig is a regular contributor to Natural Awakenings.
LESSENING INFLAMMATION to reduce arthritis pain and disease by kristine bahr
oint problems and arthritis can affect everyone, from golfers and swimmers, to walkers and triathletes. Rather than mask the pain with drugs, it’s best to use a holistic approach to healing and determine the underlying cause of the affliction, whether it be injury, chronic overuse, diet or lifestyle. Most people don’t believe that arthritis can be prevented because there is a common misperception that joint cartilage, the cushioning that covers the bones, simply wears away with age. In fact, joint cartilage wears away with inflammation, which is a normal part of the healing process. Problems occur
when the inflammatory response does not shut off and becomes chronic. This can affect not only joints, but also blood vessel walls and the cells that line the gut, leading to atherosclerosis, lactose and gluten intolerance, and such illnesses as diabetes, cancer and stroke. Preventing chronic inflammation can thus prevent joint problems. But even if one already has arthritis, reducing the amount of inflammation in the body will help to relieve symptoms and yield more freedom of movement, sometimes within days or weeks. Highly moveable joints such as wrists, fingers, shoulders, hips and knees are
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the most likely to be affected by osteoarthritis. These are called “synovial joints” because the bones meeting in this type of joint are bathed in synovial, a clear fluid whose job is to provide lubrication. Sometimes, though, the membrane that secretes the synovial becomes inflamed. The first step in any program to combat arthritis and joint problems is to stop the inflammation. Doctors can prescribe anti-inflammatory drugs, but there are healthier ways to combat inflammation, such as altering one’s diet. Beneficial foods include olive oil, cod, salmon, sardines, kale, ginger, bok
choy, mushrooms, avocados, cranberries, apples, cinnamon and almonds. Avoiding sugar, processed foods and polyunsaturated oils that contain very little omega-3â€™s is also crucial, and some people should additionally omit gluten and dairy from their diet. Hormone-laden meat can also trigger an inflammatory response, as can pesticides and certain chemical ingredients in food. Stress reduction is probably the biggest factor in any anti-inflammatory program because the chemical reaction that the body creates under stress lowers the immune response and allows inflammation to run unchecked. There are many supplements that can help as well, the most effective of which is curcumin, found in turmeric. Itâ€™s also prudent to take a good plant oil combination made from flax, primrose and sunflower oils. Kristine Bahr, MS, is a nutritionist and the founder of Cutting-Edge Wellness in Brookline. To learn more and schedule a free 15-minute consultation, visit KBahr.co or call 617-360-1929. See ad on page 29.
The Key to Living Fully and From the Heart by Susan Hagen
nspired living begins with fully buying in to life, getting off the sidelines and into the game. But what, exactly, does that look like? For starters, it means moving away from head-centered living to heart-centered living, which can only be done by risking vulnerability. Being vulnerable means being open to other people, being willing to receive new information and impressions, and stepping outside one’s habitual patterns. Otherwise, isolation creates conditions in which the mind continually recycles the same thoughts and creates the same patterns over and over again. Brené Brown, an author and professor at the University of Houston, has spent the past decade studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness and shame. She is a leading researcher on human connection. Through her research Brown has found that, while Americans prefer to numb out rather than risk feeling vulnerable, vulnerability is actually the birthplace of joy, creativity, belonging and love. “Whole-hearted people embrace vulnerability,” she says. Tragedy often brings forth this vulnerability in people, causing them to see things differently and live from the heart, rather than from a place of self-protection. It may start with becoming less vigilant and being open to the interruptions that life offers on a daily basis to illustrate, confirm or teach us something. Being vulnerable may mean being the
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first one to extend a hand, an apology, a smile or a greeting. It may also involve initiating sex with your partner, starting a difficult conversation, offering forgiveness and revealing truths that lay the heart open. Through vulnerability, defenses are released, offering opportunities for true, healthy connection with yourself and others. What needs defending, then, is vulnerability. This begins with knowing that the unconscious pull is often toward separation, finding fault, blaming and mislabeling the wrong people as â€œunsafeâ€?. On the surface these may appear to be justified reasons for not risking vulnerability, but they only serve to cut people off from meaningful connections. When a neighbor or co-worker does not reciprocate a greeting, when a spouse does not see their partnerâ€™s efforts, when a friend forgets the plan to get together; these can be triggering incidents. Such events present the choice to either remain heart-centered and open or gather evidence that supports shutting down. This choice creates the difference between living fully from the heart and tolerating a disconnected life. Inspired living brings forth a consciousness that thrives in remaining vulnerable, awake and fully alive.
Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky. ~Rabindranath Tagore
Susan B. Hagen, MA, MEd, is an inspirational humorist with a psychotherapy practice in Cambridge. For more information, call 617-455-1313, email HagenSus@ gmail.com, or visit SusanBHagen.com.
Grilled Peaches with Lemon Balm Gremolata
This recipe is simple, yet full of flavor. A traditional gremolata condiment includes parsley, lemon zest and garlic, but this sweeter version finds deliciousness in fruit. Using a microplane grater culls the flavorful yellow part of the lemon rind without the bitter white pith. Chopping the herbs with the lemon zest make the flavors blend together better.
by Claire O’Neil
n outdoor spaces from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, to Arch Cape, Oregon, produce is growing and grill embers are glowing. Growing a garden and grilling its bounty have never been more popular. For the first time since 1944, when 20 million “Victory” gardeners produced 44 percent of the fresh vegetables in the United States, food gardening is outdistancing flower gardening. In its latest survey of garden retailers, the National Gardening Association found that consumers’ spending for growing their own food hit $2.7 billion, versus $2.1 billion for flowers. Barbecuing grill chefs are expanding their repertoire beyond grass-fed burgers and steaks. More vegetables and fruit are being grilled now than in the past, according to the latest annual survey by leading grill manufacturer Weber. This all makes sense to Karen Adler and Judith Fertig, co-authors of The Gardener & the Grill. They’ve observed that when the bounty of the garden meets the sizzle of the grill, delicious things happen. “Natural sugars in vegetables and
fruits caramelize,” says Adler. “Essential oils in fresh herbs become more aromatic. The colors of fruits and vegetables stay more vivid when grilled, rather than when cooked any other way.” “Grilling gives even familiar foods an exciting new makeover,” notes Fertig. For example, by cutting a head of cabbage into quarters, brushing each cut side with olive oil and then grilling and chopping, the backyard chef infuses a grill flavor into a favorite coleslaw. Flatbreads, patted out from prepared whole-grain or gluten-free pizza dough, can be brushed with olive oil, grilled on both sides and then topped with flavorful garden goodies. Simple fruits like peaches and plums—simply sliced in half, pitted and grilled—yield fresh taste sensations, especially cradling a scoop of frozen yogurt. A quick foray to the garden or farmers’ market can provide just the right colorful, flavorful edge to any summer barbecue. Claire O’Neil is a freelance writer in Kansas City, MO.
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¼ cup packed lemon balm leaves or 1 Tbsp packed mint leaves ½ tsp lemon zest Pinch kosher or sea salt 4 peaches, halved and pitted Prepare a medium-hot fire in the grill. Chop the lemon balm or mint and lemon zest together until very fine. Sprinkle a pinch of salt over the leaves and chop again. Set aside in a small bowl. Place the peach halves cut-side down on the grill. Grill 4 to 6 minutes, turning once, until they are tender and slightly blistered. To serve, place two peach halves in each guest’s bowl and sprinkle the lemon balm gremolata over all of them. Source: Recipes adapted from The Gardener & the Grill.
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Grow, Pick, Grill Making the Most of Summer’s Bounty
Kale, Potato and Chorizo Pizza. photo by Steve Legato
Yields 4 servings
Fresh on the Grill Kale, Potato and Chorizo Pizza
Hearty but not heavy, this pizza takes kale (or alternatively, Swiss chard or collard greens) and onions from the garden, and then adds vegetarian chorizo to accent. Yields 4 servings 1 pound fresh whole grain or gluten-free pizza dough Âź cup whole grain or gluten-free flour for sprinkling 4 new potatoes, cooked and thinly sliced 8 kale leaves Olive oil, for brushing and drizzling Grapeseed oil for brushing the grill rack 8 oz cooked and crumbled vegetarian chorizo (Portuguese or other spicy sausage optional) Â˝ cup chopped green onion (white and light green parts) Coarse freshly ground black pepper Prepare a hot fire on one side of the grill for indirect cooking. Oil a perforated grill rack with grapeseed oil and place over direct heat. Divide the dough into four equal parts. Sprinkle with whole grain or glutenfree flour and press or roll each piece into an 8-inch circle. Sprinkle flour of
choice on two large baking sheets and place two rounds of dough on each sheet. Brush the potatoes with olive oil, place on the perforated grill rack and grill for 15 minutes, turning often, or until tender before topping the pizza. Brush the kale with olive oil. Grill leaves for 1 minute on each side or until slightly charred and softened. Quickly trim off the bottom of the stalk and strip the leaves from the stems. Finely chop the leaves and set aside.
Handy Gardento-Grill Gadgets n Long-handled grill tongs and a spatula help the cook handle foods on the grill like a pro.
Brush one side of each pizza with olive oil and place, oiled side down, on the direct heat side of the grill grate. Grill for 1 to 2 minutes or until the dough starts to bubble. Brush the top side with olive oil and flip each pizza round, using tongs, onto a baking sheet. Quickly brush pizza rounds with additional olive oil, and then spoon on one-fourth of the sliced potato and grilled kale.
n Barbecue mitts protect hands and arms from the heat. n A perforated grill rack, akin to a cookie sheet with holes, placed directly on the grill grates, keeps smaller vegetables and tender fish fillets from falling through. n A grill wok is perfect for stir-grilling foods outdoors, a complement to indoor stir-frying.
Sprinkle toppings of sausage and green onion. Drizzle a bit more overall olive oil and season with pepper. Using a grill spatula, place each pizza on the indirect side of the fire. Cover and grill for 4 to 5 minutes or until the kale has slightly wilted and the topping is hot. Serve hot.
n A sturdy, stiff, grill brush makes short work of cleaning the grill grates after each use.
Baja Fish Tacos
Fresh fish tacos with a twist are a healthy treat. Tip: Assemble the raw slaw ingredients before grilling the cabbage, which cooks simultaneously with the fish. Yields 4 servings Grilled Napa Cabbage Slaw Taco Topping 1 large head Napa cabbage, cut in half lengthwise Grapeseed oil, for brushing 1 cup assorted baby greens, such as spinach, oak leaf lettuce or Boston lettuce 8 green onions, chopped (white and green parts) ¼ cup tarragon vinegar ¼ cup sour cream ½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice ½ tsp fine kosher or sea salt Baja Fish 1½ lbs mahi mahi, catfish, halibut or other mild, non-farmed, white fish (about ¾-inch thick) ¼ cup blackened seasoning or other barbecue spice mixture 8 whole-wheat flour tortillas, for serving 8 lemon wedges, for serving 1½ cups of a favorite salsa, for serving Prepare a hot fire in the grill. Brush the cut sides of the Napa cabbage halves with oil. Coat the fish fillets 24
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with the blackened seasoning or other selected spice mix. Grill the cabbage, cut-side down, directly over the fire for 2 to 3 minutes or until the cabbage shows good grill marks, then remove from heat. Grill the â€œfleshâ€?, or cut side, of fish fillets first (not the skin side, which is darker because it is more delicate) directly over the fire for 3 to 4 minutes. Turn the fish only once, and finish cooking with the skin side against the grate another 3 to 4 minutes, for 10 total minutes per inch of thickness (most fish fillets are about Âž-inch thick). Note: The skin side is last because it has more connective tissue and holds together better on the grill. Finish assembling the slaw. Thinly slice the grilled cabbage and place in a large bowl. Stir in the greens and green onions. Having earlier combined and mixed the vinegar, sour cream, lemon juice and salt for the slaw dressing in a small bowl, now pour it over the greens mixture. Toss to blend. Assemble the tacos by placing some of the grilled fish on each tortilla. Top each with about one-third cup of the slaw and roll up, soft taco-style. Serve with a lemon wedge and a small ramekin of salsa. natural awakenings
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How Raising Children Changes Men by Armin Brott
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ecoming a father is one of the most defining benchmarks in a man’s life. In their research, University of California-Berkeley Psychology Professors Phil Cowan, Ph.D., and Carolyn Cowan, Ph.D., found that when asked how important each aspect of life felt over a two-year study period, childless men surveyed showed a significant increase in the “partner/lover” aspect. But young fathers squeezed that facet into a smaller life space to accommodate the significant increase in the “parent” element. Here are a few highlights from what relevant studies by Oregon State University, in Corvallis, the University of Nevada-Las Vegas and Switzerland’s University of Zurich say about how fatherhood changes men.
Confidence and Pride
Having a close relationship with our
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child helps build mutual confidence and self-esteem. Turning a child’s tears into laughter and feeling proud when he does well confirms that we’re on our way to being a successful father. Albeit briefly, a child may even share our tastes in culture, entertainment and other areas before mapping his own individuality, but some common attitudes and interests will remain.
Patience and Humor
When something goes wrong, we can take it seriously and try to change things, or roll with it and laugh. Doing the latter can increase compassion for our own and others’ mistakes.
Early on, it may be nearly impossible to differentiate the needs of our child and partner from our own. In reality, needs are to varying degrees in opposition, thus imposing frustrations and sorrows
and forcing mutual adaptation, according to the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry think tank. Parents should consider various points of view and develop contingency plans.
Return to Childhood
Rearing kids presents the opportunity to reread favorite childhood books and disappear back into imaginative worlds.
A.A. Milne (author of the Winnie the Pooh books) and J.K. Rowling (of Harry Potter fame) first wrote for their kids. We may also be inspired to play an instrument or take up an art form learned as a child while encouraging our children in their music or art lessons.
Raising kids produces a heightened awareness of others’ perspectives, reports University of Delaware researcher Rob Palkovitz, Ph.D. Many guys admit that they were somewhat selfish and self-centered before having kids, because having people depend
on you and putting their needs before yours doesn’t come naturally. (Palkovitz notes that marriage alone doesn’t trigger this realization.)
Becoming a father prompts a hard look at one’s fundamental beliefs and values. Our view of what seemed harmless when we were younger, like not caring about money or possessions and potentially harmful lifestyle choices, changes completely when there’s a family to support. We see the world differently. Our health and well-being are no longer just personal concerns; they’re integral to our family. Interestingly, more mature new fathers—having had more time to hone their philosophy of life—report less of a need for fresh soul-searching than younger fathers. Superdad Armin Brott has been building better fathers for a decade through his blog, bestselling books and American Forces Network radio show. Learn more at MrDad.com and Tinyurl.com/MrDadApp.
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Vegetable Gardens are Worth the Growing Pains by Darron Jalbert
or many people, the task of growing their own food seems monumental, yet the rewards are immeasurable. Each year roughly 15 percent of Americans grow food items in backyards and on patios, front lawns and countless other small urban spaces. This percentage is on the rise, too, fueled by increasing distrust of the food supply, fear of food shortages and concerns about chemicals, pesticides and genetically modified foods. Early in the growing season, backyard gardening can consume considerable amounts of time and energy. As the pioneering American horticulturalist Liberty Hyde Bailey once said, “A garden requires patient labor and attention. Plants do not grow merely to satisfy ambitions or to fulfill good intentions. They thrive because someone expended effort on them.” The short checklist for gardeners in late spring and early summer includes preparing includes preparing and caring for seedlings, making compost tea, planting the
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seedlings, protecting plants from cool nights, turning the compost pile and deterring eager crows. The list could stretch for miles, covering the myriad responsibilities that backyard farmers face as they plant cold-resistant vegetables while simultaneously nurturing the heat loving seedlings of tomatoes, eggplants and peppers. The good news is that fear of failure goes hand in hand with being a good farmer. As noted by the English poet Alfred Austin, “There is no gardening without humility. Nature is constantly sending even its oldest scholars to the bottom of the class for some egregious blunder.” Fortunately, there are a few time-tested tips for a greater likelihood of success: Ê Bring technology to the garden. Carry your smartphone or set up the laptop while you work, and Google any issues or questions that arise. There is a wealth of information online to help you become a better gardener and avoid simple mistakes. Ê Grow up! Vertical gardening in any fashion, in
any garden, is a way to increase productivity, reduce labor, and avoid spoilage from bugs and rot. Ê Mulch before planting. The cheapest and easiest way to reduce water consumption in the garden is to mulch heavily. Straw is the cheapest and easiest option, but others are available. Ê Composting is gardening. Another way to reduce waste, promote organic gardening, and keep your soil healthy is to compost all organic material and close the sustainable loop. Ê Keep it organic. One misstep with a chemical fertilizer and the garden can suffer, whereas organic techniques are more forgiving. Ê Love the garden. Love is respect, intimacy, attention and compromise. The more you bring these things to your garden, the better the results. Darron Jalbert is the owner and founder of Backyard Veggie Garden and a member of the Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts. For more information , call 857-234-2395 or visit BackyardVeggieGarden.com. See ad on page 23.
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nimal Shelter, Inc., presents the sixth annual Whisker Walk, a leisurely, onemile stroll on shaded, flat, grassy trails with pet owners and their well-behaved dogs, on June 9, at the fairgrounds in Lancaster. This free event includes opportunities to meet and learn about more than 100 animal welfare organizations and pet-related vendors while supporting animal welfare groups throughout New England. Pet owners and animal lovers can walk the 50-acre fairgrounds, browse exhibits and vendors, enjoy entertainment, support animal shelters and rescue groups, and learn about pets that are waiting for adoption. The family-friendly event also features demonstrations, educational programs, special attractions, product giveaways, auctions and raffles, and food and merchandise for both people and pets. Location: Lancaster Fairgrounds, Rte. 117, in Lancaster. For more information, call 978-422-8585 or visit WhiskerWalk.org. See ad on page 33.
Helping Families to Enjoy Safe, Happy Times with Dogs and Kids
oston K9 Concierge is now a licensed presenter of Dogs & Storks and Dog & Baby Connection programs. The educational programs are geared toward families with dogs who are expecting and those with toddlers in the home. “Our programs will help people to prepare for and manage their new family life,” says Boston K9 Concierge founder and certified professional dog trainer Vivian Zottola. “We offer positive, practical and fun solutions to the pet challenges that often arise when there are new additions to the family.” Vivian Zottola Zottola says that the Dogs & Storks and Dog & Baby Connection programs help families to understand canine communication and practice safe management techniques while keeping pets and people together. “This information can literally save lives, since dogs are less likely to be surrendered and children are less likely to be harmed,” she says. Boston K9 Concierge offers experienced, insured and bonded pet services, specializing in pet services for city dogs. Services include dog training and walking, with a focus on educating pet owners about canine behavior and communication. For more information, call 617-464-1005 or visit BostonK9Concierge.com. See ad on page 35.
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DOG SPORTS People & Pets Play Well Together by sandra murphy
ith most exercise programs, while his person works out, a dog stays home alone, counting squirrels outside the window and wishing Animal Planet wasn’t a rerun. How about bringing some of that exercise home so the pet gets fit, too? John E. Mayer, Ph.D., a Chicago clinical psychologist and author of Family Fit, maintains that, “Fitness works best as a group event, including the family dog. They love to participate in many things, so be creative. Try swimming, touch football, jumping rope, rollerblading, tag or hide-and-seek.” Diane Tegethoff Meadows and Susan Riches, Ph.D., each accepted a challenge to exercise with their dogs 30 minutes a day for 30 days. “I walk my three Scotties every morning anyway, so adding minutes was easy,” says Meadows, a retired senior paralegal in Bulverde, Texas. “One of them is in charge of choosing the route, and we seldom go the same way two days in a row.” Riches, a retired Fort Lewis College professor and archaeologist, in Durango, Colorado, doesn’t let inclement weather 32
interfere. “Inside, we play fetch up and down the stairs,” she says. “I hide treats for tracking games of ‘find it.’” The dogs also like to jump through hoops. “The Scottie and Westie go at it for 30 minutes; the Maltese stops after 15.” Jeff Lutton, a Dogtopia dog daycare/boarding franchisee in Alexandria, Virginia, conducts a popular running club. “On Sunday mornings we have about 15 people that run with their dogs. My golden retriever used to run six miles, but since she’s 9 now, we’ve cut back to three.” “Treibball [TRY-ball] is herding without sheep, soccer without feet,” explains Dianna L. Stearns, president of the American Treibball Association, based in Northglenn, Colorado. “All you need is Pilates balls, a target stick for pointing, a signal clicker and treats. It’s a fun, problem-solving game for all involved.” The idea is for the dog to direct rubber balls into a goal with its nose, shoulder and/or paws—eventually, as many as eight balls in 10 minutes. Treibball can be played in group classes or competitions or at home using a kiddie soccer goal.
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Another exercise option is to turn the backyard into an obstacle course for the dog, kids and adults. Use a clicker to signal the next move. Four or five hula hoops spaced a bit apart provide a pattern for a sit/stay game as the dog moves into each one on command. A thin wooden dowel across two boxes and anchored to a stick-on photo hook on either end provides a hurdle. A child’s oversized plastic golf club hits a tennis or plastic ball just far enough for the dog to retrieve. For a doggie triathlon, add more elements, such as yard races between dogs and children on their tricycles or scooters down a straight path, with everyone cooling off in a hard-plastic swimming pool as part of the event. For dogs that are older or have mobility issues, some stretching before or even after exercise is suggested. “Doga [dog yoga] has become a daily ritual with my 11-year-old golden retriever since the onset of arthritis in her hips and back. Besides keeping her joints limber, it’s good one-on-one time for us,” says latchkey dog expert Eileen Proctor, in Castle Rock, Colorado. “Whenever she wants to stretch, she will come up and gently paw me,” relates Proctor. “Her favorite is the upward dog pose. Before practicing doga, this dear one had trouble getting to her feet, and then was lame for a minute. Now she is able to get up and move about immediately.” When exercising with pets, always keep plenty of water handy, start slow and watch out for how the weather or workout affects the participants. Scientists have changed from saying it takes 21 days to form a new habit to admitting it may take up to three times that long. That might be true for people, but try explaining it to the dog standing at the back door on day two—he’s ready to do it again. Sandra Murphy is a regular contributor to Natural Awakenings.
Dog Running Tips by Jeff lutton 4 Start slow 4 Run warm-up laps 4 Take breaks 4 Always carry water 4 Keep nails trimmed n Avoid running on hot pavement with longhaired or thickcoated dogs. n Shorten mileage for pups under 2 years, and older dogs. n Avoid concrete surfaces, which are rough on paw pads. n Stay away from winter road salt; it can cut and further damage paws. n Watch for hip or knee problems; if a dog lags behind, itâ€™s time to stop. Jeff Lutton, of Dogtopia, conducts a running club for people and their pets in Alexandria, VA.
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Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital 781-932-5802 IVGHospitals.com MSPCA Angell Animal Medical Center 617-522-7282 Angell.org Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Center of New England 781-684-8387 VESCONE.com Woburn Animal Hospital 781-933-0170 WoburnAnimalHospital.com
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spay/neuter low cost clinics Alliance for Animals Metro Action Clinic AFABoston.org 617-268-7800 Animal Rescue League of Boston Spay Waggin’ ARLBoston.org/SW 877-590-SPAY Massachusetts Animal Coalition Spay/Neuter Links SpayMass.org Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society Spay Mass Van MRFRS.org 888-495-SPAY MSPCA Shalit-Glazer Clinic MSPCA.org 617-541-5007 Second Chance Fund for Animal Welfare SecondChanceFund.org 978-779-8287 The Stop Clinic TheStopClinic.com 617-571-7151 34
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earl’s Premium, Inc., of Wayland, announces a new, low-maintenance lawn seed that saves time, money and water. The grass it yields is safe for children, animals and the water table, and it can help homeowners to reduce their water bill and mowing time by 75 percent. “This is one of the best times of the year to use this breakthrough grass seed,” says Pearl’s president Jackson Madnick. “It only needs to be mowed once every four to six weeks and it’s a great solution for lawns, especially after last year’s drought.” Seeking to create a “better, improved grass,” Pearl’s developed this third-generation, ultra-sustainable version that leans over to become a soft meadow when it goes uncut. “With 12-to-14-inch-deep roots, this grass rarely needs water after it is established,” says Madnick. “And with slow growth and deep roots, it never needs chemical fertilizer to stay green all year.” To install the new grass, homeowners cut down the old lawn and weeds, rake away the clippings, spread the seed and keep it moist for a month. The product has received hundreds of favorable reviews from such media outlets as National Public Radio, Popular Science and This Old House magazines and The Boston Globe. Pearl’s Premium Ultra Low Maintenance Lawn Seed is available at Whole Foods Markets and Mahoney’s Garden Centers, and online at PearlsPremium.com. For more information, call 508-653-0800 or visit PearlsPremium.com. See ad on page 33.
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Yoga 4 Classrooms Workshop – 9am-3pm. Open to administrators, classroom teachers, special education teachers, physical education teachers, guidance counselors, speech and occupational therapists and others working with children in a school setting. Includes a full-color, 230-page, illustrated manual. $180. West Barnstable Community Building, 2401 Meetinghouse Way, West Barnstable. For details: Yoga4Classrooms.com.
Reiki 2 Certification Class – 10am-6pm. Increase your healing capability and learn mental, emotional and long-distance healing and the healing techniques associated with them. Prerequiste: Reiki I Certification Training. CE credits for nurses, mental health professionals and massage therapists available. $300. Arlington Reiki Associates, 366 Mass Ave, Ste 304, Arlington. 781-648-9334. ArlingtonReiki.com.
Self-Care, Self-Awareness, Self-Repair: A Day-Long Retreat for Mind, Body and Spirit – 10:30am-4:30pm. Spend a day in rest, reflection and relationship. Experience, examine and explore a full range of mind-body and self-care options designed to restore your balance, activate your body’s natural self-repair mechanisms, and revive on all levels. $129. Theosophical Society, 21 Maple St, Arlington. 617-926-4155. TSBoston.org.
Wild Edibles Workshop in Western MA – 1-4pm. Join us for this unique experience and come away with skills in correct identification of wild edibles and medicines you can find right outside your back door. Learn how and when to harvest by season and in what habitat to seek out your favorite wild edibles. For adults. $40/prepaid, $45/day of. Ashfield. 413-340-1161. EarthWorkPrograms.com.
Historic New England Free Open House – 11am-5pm. Last tour begins at 4pm. Visit many of the historic properties from Maine to Rhode Island. Learn about the people who lived in stoneenders, urban mansions, rural estates and working farms during these free guided tours. For listing of open houses: HistoricNewEngland.org. Charles River Festival – 12-6pm. Enjoy the sunshine and lots of folk, Latin, jazz and world music performances, dances, art exhibits and family-oriented craft-making activities. Over 100 food vendors and artisans sell their offerings. Free. Cambridge side of the Charles River between JFK St and Western Ave. Boston-Discovery-Guide.com.
SEMINAR ROOM – Perfect location for your wellness seminar or training class. Seated classroom for 30-50 people or massage table classroom for 10-12 tables. Friday, Saturday, or Sunday only. Free parking or walk from Watertown Square. New England School of Acupuncture. Call Steve: 617-558-1788 x 375.
Trigger Point Release Seminar – 1-2pm. Discover why gentle touch is so effective in reducing pain and tension in the body and learn techniques to effectively do this at home. Bring a partner as it requires another person to do it. Space limited; registration required. Free. Newton Chiropractic & Wellness Centre, 345 Boylston St, Ste 300, Newton. 617-964-3332. WellAdjusted.com.
Charles River Rummage – 1-3pm. Charles River Rummage BeCause Water invites you to compete in the first official kayak clean-up competition for river protection and a cash prize. The objective of the River Rummage is to educate participants on ways in which we can protect the river while enjoying it. $10/students, $20/adults. Charles River Canoe & Kayak, Kendall Location, 500 Broad Canal Way, Cambridge. 617-489-7892. BeCauseWater.org.
HELP WANTED MEDICAL ASSISTANT NEEDED IN HOLISTIC PRACTICE – Required skills include computer, phlebotomy and a pleasant disposition. Interested parties should submit inquires to Hgpractconsult@gmail.com.
OPPORTUNITIES FOLLOW YOUR HEART – A life is brief! What is your heart whispering? TheCaminoWillProvide.com.
Ascended Masters and the Melchezidek Method Workshop – 1-4pm. With Darlene Marie Slagle and Gerri DeSimone. This workshop will link several of the Ascended Masters to different phases of Melchizedek Method Healing. $45. Theosophical Society, 21 Maple St, Arlington. 617-926-4155. TSBoston.org.
MONDAY, JUNE 3 Beginner Meditation Series – Mondays, June 3-July 8. 7:30-8:30pm. Each week, learn a new meditation technique, explore ways to integrate meditation into a busy life and overcome meditation challenges by talking with people just like you. $50/series, $10/drop-in. Waltham. 617-6992389. AJourneyIntoHealth.com.
TUESDAY, JUNE 4 Scooper Bowl Ice Cream Fest – June 4-6. 128pm. Get all you want of the ice cream donated by the nation’s top frozen dessert companies and vote for your favorite. Proceeds benefit the Jimmy Fund for cancer research at Dana-Farber. $8/ages 10 & up, $4/ages 3-9, free/under 3. City Hall Plaza, Boston. ScooperBowl.org. Network Spinal Analysis Class – 7:30-8:30pm. Discover your body’s innate ability to heal itself. This is possible through an advanced chiropractic technique called Network Spinal Analysis (NSA). Learn the basics of this fascinating modality including a live demonstration. Free. Newton Chiropractic & Wellness Centre, 345 Boylston St, Rte 9, Ste 300, Newton. 617-964-3332. WellAdjusted.com.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5 Charles River Herb Walk – 12:15-1:15pm. A fun, informative walk with the plants along the Charles. Learn to identify over a dozen herbs growing wild right here in Boston, and their uses in herbal medicine. $5. Meet near the Harvard Boathouse, JFK St at Memorial Dr, Cambridge. 617-750-5274. CommonWealthHerbs.com Herbal Medicine for Pets – 7-9pm. Learn safe, simple and effective herbal and nutritional therapies for your dogs, cats, or other companion animals. $25. CommonWealth Center for Herbal Medicine, 25 Saint Mary’s Ct, Brookline. 617750-5274. CommonWealthHerbs.com.
THURSDAY, JUNE 6
Heart and Soul: An Evening of Spiritual Poetry – 7:30-9pm. For those who see spirituality at the core of life experience, poetry provides a uniquely powerful expression of that spirituality. Poets Jessie Brown and Michelle Blake reveal the spiritual dimension in experiences ranging from everyday encounters with people and nature to coping with personal tragedies. $10. Theosophical Society, 21 Maple St, Arlington. 617-926-4155. TSBoston.org.
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FRIDAY, JUNE 7 Soul Shamanism: Being Whole with your Soul Introduction – 7-9pm. Learn how to walk your walk with grace and ease. Discover a deep true connection to your whole self, your soul self, in a real and practical way. Soul Shamanism is about direct experience to you and all on a soul level of consciousness here on earth. This evening is an introduction leading into a weekend training. $25, free for participants in the weekend training. Center at Westwoods, 590 Gay St, Westwood. 973-647-2500. CenterAtWestwoods.com or BeTheMedicine.com
SATURDAY, JUNE 8 Horses Know The Way Home Workshop – 8:30am-3pm. Experience for yourself the combination of personal development and self-improvement principles through the way of the horse. Learn with Life Coaches, Brian Reid and Brenda Lee how to apply the 13 HKTWH principles in your life to find joy, balance and happiness. $99. Black Walnut Farms, 863 Tower Hill Rd, Wickford. 401402-0819. HorsesKnowTheWayHome.com. Dragon Boat Festival – June 8 & 9. 9am-5pm. The largest running dragon boat race in North America with over 50 teams competing. Enjoy the spectacular dragon boats, with rowers ranging from novice to expert. Trials on Sat; races on Sun. For details: BostonDragonBoat.org. Core Integration Integrated Walking: Improving Gait, Walking and Posture – June 8 & 9. 9am-5:30pm. Based on body mechanics, myofascial pathways, powered by awareness and designed and facilitated by Josef DellaGrotte. Workshop includes floor lessons, one-to-one guidance and some outdoor walking and practice. $280/2 days, reduced tuition for 1 day. BodyMind Integration Center, 118 Main St, Watertown. 978-461-0221. DellaGrotte-Somantic.com.
617-906-0232 or email us at: Publisher@ NaturalAwakeningsBoston.com Herbstalk 2013 – June 8 & 9. 9am-6:30pm. An educational event devoted to inspiring and empowering urban communities about the common and safe use of medicinal herbs. During our gatherings we offer educational talks and workshops for both seasoned herbalists as well as for the general public interested in holistic health. $5/community ticket, $20/all-access ticket (pre-sale). The Armory, 191 Highland Ave, Somerville. 617-5041714. For details: Herbstalk.org. Soul Shamanism: Be Whole With Your Soul – June 8 & 9. 9:30am-4pm. Join Janet StraightArrow as she initiates you into yourself. In this practice from Siberia, be initiated and explore your inner space that directly reflects your body and entire multidimensional life. This practice offers profound healing and knowing. $300/pre-pay, $350/day of. Center at Westwoods, 590 Gay St, Westwood. 973-647-2500. BeTheMedicine.com. Energetics of Intimacy – 12-4pm. There’s an energetic dynamic between couples that significantly impacts the way we relate to each other. Understanding the Energetics of Intimacy can help you shift places that are stuck between you and help both of you open up to a deeper love and connection that may not have been possible otherwise. $136. International Institute for Practical Spirituality, Cambridge. 508-380-9254. SacredTantricFire.com. Yoga 4 Classrooms Workshop – 1-7pm. Open to administrators, classroom teachers, special education teachers, physical education teachers,
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guidance counselors, speech and occupational therapists and others working with children in a school setting. Includes a full-color, 230-page, illustrated manual. $180. South End Yoga Studio, 111 W Concord St, Boston. 617-407-0233. For details: Yoga4Classrooms.com.
SUNDAY, JUNE 9 Diane Edgecomb: Art of Storytelling – 2-4pm. The Language of Flowers. In Victorian times, a bouquet was never just a bouquet, but a secret message filled with torrid messages for the one receiving it. $15, includes refreshments. Theosophical Society, 21 Maple St, Arlington. 781-643-1586. TSBoston.org.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12 Herbs for Musculoskeletal Problems – 7-9pm. Learn how changes to movement habits and application of herbal medicines can speed injury recovery and aid resolution of chronic musculoskeletal conditions, from sports injuries and muscle soreness to chronic back pain and arthritis. $25. CommonWealth Center for Herbal Medicine, 25 Saint Mary’s Ct, Brookline. 617-750-5274. CommonWealthHerbs.com.
THURSDAY, JUNE 13
specialevent Free Workshop on Nutritional Energy Testing Kristine Jelstrup, LMT, CBK, will discuss the building blocks for a healthy body, demonstrate nutritional energy testing, and teach attendees how to use this method to discover which foods can enhance their personal wellbeing. All attendees will also receive a coupon for 25 percent off their first one-on-one consultation with Jestrup.
June 13 • 7-9pm. Central Square Health and Wellness 126 Prospect St., Ste. 5, Cambridge For more information or to register, Call: 617-833-3407 Email: Kristine@CentralSquare HealthAndWellness.com Visit: CentralSquareHealthAndWellness.com
Basic Theosophy: Why Study the Miasms and Ancient Wisdom? – 7:30-9pm. With Kate Rafferty. Ancient wisdom says that fear will be the last thing to leave the planet, and that we, as the human race, are here to help clean up fear. Miasm means pollution. Miasm patterns cause disease. We’ll outline the basics from the ancient wisdom of three underlying causes of disease, fear being one of them. $10. Theosophical Society, 21 Maple St, Arlington. 617-926-4155. TSBoston.org.
Full Moon Yoga – 6-7:30pm. Through a detoxifying, restorative, and intentional practice, come to clear away old energy and set a positive intention for the upcoming month. $15. The Breathing Room, 763 Massachussets Ave, Ste 7, Cambridge. 570-574-1207. CaitlinGreen.net.
SUNDAY, JUNE 23 Introduction to Reiki – 10am-12pm. Learn about the ancient energy healing art Reiki in this 2-hr lecture, including 20 minutes of guided meditation. Reiki is a healing method for reducing stress, relieving pain and facilitating healing and personal growth. Free. Arlington Reiki Associates, 366 Mass Ave, Ste 304, Arlington. 781-648-9334. ArlingtonReiki.com.
FRIDAY, JUNE 14 Hyper Local Craft Brewfest – June 14 & 15. 6:30-10pm. 2nd Annual Hyper Local Craft Brewfest with homebrew showcase is presented by SBN of Massachusetts. Event will highlight and promote local brewers of beer, cider and mead, artisan beverage makers, home brewers and food vendors. $35. Center for the Arts at The Armory, 191 Highland Ave, Somerville. 617-395-7680. HyperLocalBrew.eventbrite.com.
SATURDAY, JUNE 15 South End Garden Tour – 10am-4pm. Select South End artists will be in the tour gardens creating works of art which will be up for sale at a reception immediately following the tour. View some gorgeous gardens in this neighborhood known for its passion for gardening. Proceeds benefit the South End/Lower Roxbury Open Space Land Trust. $25. South End Branch of the Boston Public Library, 685 Tremont St, Boston. LandTrustGardens.org. 5 Rhythms: Dancing on Holy Ground – 12-6pm. Dancing on Holy Ground reminds us that we are here on this Earth and within each step there is a moving prayer, a prayer that guides us through obstacles and chaos. As we dance we remember that we are a part of this Holy Ground and as we release the muck of distractions, our courage, compassion and clarity abound. $75/by June 1, $95/thereafter. Dance Complex, 536 Mass Ave, Cambridge. 978764-8779. 5Rhythms.com.
SUNDAY, JUNE 16 Medicinal Plant Walk – 1-3pm. Learn to identify healing plants in our area. Medicinal plants are 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. 781-646-6319. BostonHerbalStudies.com.
TUESDAY, JUNE 18 Free Ferry Day: Boston Harbor Islands – Celebrate summer by taking a free ferry to Georges Island or Spectacle Island. Arrive early to get your free tickets at Boston’s Best Cruises’ North Ferry Center on Long Wharf. Tickets available starting at 8am. Boston-Discovery-Guide.com. SBN On Tour: Deer Island Sewage Treatment – Join SBN as we tour Deer Island Sewage Treatment Plant. The plant removes human, household, business and industrial pollutants from wastewater that originates in homes and businesses in 43 greater Boston communities. $20. Deer Island Sewage Treatment Plant, Charlestown. 617-395-0520. Sbnmass.org/Events.
Chinatown Main Street Festival – 10am-5pm. Enjoy colorful Chinese folk dances, Lion dances, martial arts performances, Chinese Opera and vendor booths. Free. Harrison Ave, Chinatown, Downtown Boston.
THURSDAY, JUNE 20 Women’s Success Bootcamp – Thursdays, June 20-Aug 1, except July 4. 8-9:30pm. A 6-wk workshop series to help you achieve your personal and professional goals. Learn self-coaching skills, get clear and focused, develop an organized plan and overcome obstacles standing in your way. All personal, career and well-being goals are welcome. $69/6 wks, $11/session. Lion’s Share Coaching, 402A Highland Ave, Ste G, Somerville. 781-6707090. LionsShareCoaching.com.
FRIDAY, JUNE 21 Summer Solstice Ritual – 7:30-8:30pm. Join Janet Kessenich as Summer begins with an evening of celebration and ritual honoring Solstice while enriching our conscious connection with our planet’s seasonal changes. Free. Theosophical Society, 21 Maple St, Arlington. 617-926-4155. TSBoston.org.
SATURDAY, JUNE 22 Free Relaxation & Life Balance Mini-Retreat for Women – 10am-1pm. Get away from it all with a free 3-hr mini-retreat for women. Get clear on what balance means to you and why it’s the most important step toward enjoying your life more and performing better at work. Create an action plan with practical strategies to make it happen and learn easy, portable relaxation skills to use whenever the going gets tough. Free. The Democracy Center, Harvard Sq, 45 Mt Auburn St, Cambridge. 781670-7090. To enroll: Marie@LionsShareCoaching. com. LionsShareCoaching.com. Spa for the Spirit Retreat – 10:30am-4pm. Kick off summer with a day of self-care. Explore, release patterns and beliefs that get in the way of taking care of you. Be nurtured in the garden and walk the labyrinth. Restore, renew, deepen your soul connection. $85/pre-register by June 20, $100/day of. Center at Westwoods, 590 Gay St, Westwood. 617-926-4155. SpiralEnergies.com. Network Spinal Analysis Class – 3-4pm. Discover your body’s innate ability to heal itself. This is possible through an advanced chiropractic technique called Network Spinal Analysis (NSA). Learn the basics of this fascinating modality including a live demonstration. Free. Newton Chiropractic & Wellness Centre, 345 Boylston St, Rte 9, Ste 300, Newton. 617-964-3332. WellAdjusted.com.
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. ArlingtonReiki.com. Live Food Skills Class – 12-4:30pm. Have fun in this inspiring class tasting delicious foods and learning how to prepare recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and desserts. Take home the skills you need to integrate more live foods into every meal for greater health and vitality. Includes instruction, resources and all food for preparing recipes. $85. Northampton. 413-695-0942. NaturalVitality.com.
MONDAY, JUNE 24 Leader in Training Program – June 24-28. 9am3pm. For teens and pre-teens. Learn and practice wilderness skills and peer mentoring in this 1-wk program. Upon completion, participants are assessed and may have the opportunity to attend any or all At Home in the Woods as a LIT for halfprice. $255-$330 sliding scale. Conway. For more details: EarthWorkPrograms.com.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26 Making Medicine Workshop – 7-9pm. Learn how to use herbs in common first aid and acute illnesses. Experience hands-on techniques to making herbal tea blends, infused oils, salve and herbal tincture. $45 includes materials. Perch on Bedford Common, Herbal Academy of NE, 24 South Rd, Bedford. 781-572-4454. HerbalAcademyOfNE.com.
THURSDAY, JUNE 27 Boston Common Spray Pool Opens – 11am. Frog Pond turns into a spray pond and becomes the best place to cool off (if 12 or under) in the city. Grand opening celebration features familyfriendly entertainment, music, art, a gala ceremony and the chance to play in the spray. Lifeguard on duty during open hours. Free. Frog Pond at Boston Common. Boston-Discovery-Guide.com.
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Alexander Technique for Neck, Back and Joint Pain – Thru Oct. 5-7pm. First day of every month. Learn how to improve postural balance and coordination, reduce mind and body tension and increase ease of movement using this technique. $50. Alexander Technique & Thai Yoga, 33A Harvard St, Ste 302, Brookline. 617-359-7841. AlexanderTec.com. 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. UCanBFearFree.com. 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: Info@HolistiKey.com. ColonLove.com. 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. 617-7101337. HolisticKey.com. Dead Sea Scrolls: Life In Ancient Times – Thru Oct 14. Witness one of the most significant archaeological finds of the 20th century. Discover an amazing story where a Bedouin goat herder stumbled upon a hidden cave along the shore of the Dead Sea and discovered the scrolls. A once-in-a-lifetime exhibit. Ticket includes general Exhibit Halls same day or within six months. $32/adults, $29/seniors 60+, $27/children 3-11. Museum of Science, Boston, 1 Science Park, Boston. 617-723-2500. MOS.org. 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. BSO.org.
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. $15/drop-in, $12/ students with ID. The Lily Pad, 1353 Cambridge St, Cambridge. YogaWithNatalie.net. Glassblowing Family Experience – 1-2pm. Enjoy a glassblowing demonstration with the family. A truly unique experience. $15/person. Make pendants for only $10 more per person. Diablo Glass School, 123 Terrace St, Boston. 617-442-7444. DiabloGlassSchool.com. 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. 617354-9642. DahnHolisticFitness.com. 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. 617-869-9574. SelfHealingSolutions.com. Supper Club at Mandarava – 7pm. 3rd Sun. String of 6 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. MandaravaJuice.com.
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. 781-2692287. NSCAcupuncture.com. Cardio Factory – 6:30-8pm. Burn a minimum of 650 calories in this heart-pumping class. Whether a beginner or more advanced, this is the workout for you. Through a variation of both high- and low-impact routines work multiple muscle groups. $100/10 classes, $60/5 classes, $15/drop-in. Corpbasics Fitness & Training Club, 73 Bow St, Somerville. 617-628-8400. Corpbasics.com. 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.
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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. WatertownHolisticHealth.com. 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. MondayContras.com. 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. ArlingtonCenter.org.
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. ArlingtonQiWellness.com. 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. 617-523-1749. Kings-Chapel.org. Kundalini Yoga – 3:45-5pm. Enjoy the union of body, mind and soul. Kundalini Yoga is a discipline combining physical, mental and spiritual practices for developing strength, awareness, character, and consciousness. $65/5-class card, $15/drop-in. Qi, The Inner Gym, 419 Boylston St, Boston. 617-8380928. EyesOnYoga.com. 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. ShapeUpPersonalTraining.com. 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. 781648-0101. TSBoston.org.
Light refreshments provided. Donation. Advaita Meditation Center, 28 Worcester Ln, Waltham. 781-647-0020. AdvaitaMeditation.org.
Kripalu Yoga Series with Jen – 6:45-7:45pm. Feel more centered, focused and self-aware. Gentle yoga where you compassionately move your body to improve physical, mental and emotional health. $65/5-class card, $15/drop-in. Breathe Wellness, 162 Cook Ln, Marlborough. 617-699-2389. BreatheInWellness.com.
Meditation Class – 7-9pm. Every two weeks thru June 19. An introduction to meditation. Class will also work in expanding and becoming aware of our different gifts. Sky Dancer’s, 788F Country Way, Ste 1, Scituate. For more info or to register: 339-5269759. SkyDancersNewAge.com.
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. SkyDancersNewAge.com.
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. 781-893-3870. NaturalCompounder.com. Nia Class Your Body’s Way – 11:45am-12:45pm. A body/mind workout blending dance, martial arts, yoga and more. No prior experience necessary. Drop-ins welcome. $10. Karma Yoga, 1120 Mass Ave, Harvard Sq, Boston. 617-620-7654. AliceHellerDance.com. Community Acupuncture – 2:30-6:30pm. Also Thurs, 2:30-5:30pm and Fri, 1:30-5pm. Cambridge, Belmont and Watertown residents, take advantage of effective acupuncture at an affordable rate. Sliding scale $20-$40. Initial consultation $30-$50. OM Namo Community Acupuncture, 21 Belmont St, Cambridge. 617-868-0756. OMNamoCenter.com. Meditation Evenings – 7-8:30pm. Come to meditate and take part in a discussion. Both beginners and experienced meditators welcome.
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, drug- and alcoholfree environment. $10-$20 sliding scale. First Congregational Church, 11 Garden St, Cambridge. 617-312-3039. DanceFreedom.com.
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 spring through explorations, games and art. Afterward, warm up by reading stories, doing craft projects and other fun indoor nature activities. Child must be accompanied by an adult. $5/members, $7/nonmembers. Mass Audubon’s Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill St, Mattapan. 617-983-8500. MassAudubon.org. Nia Class Your Body’s Way – 11:45am-12:45pm. A body and mind workout blending dance, martial arts, yoga and more. $10. Karma Yoga Studio, 1120 Mass Ave, Cambridge. 617-620-7654. AliceHellerDance.com.
Kundalini Yoga – 3:45-5pm. Enjoy the union of body, mind and soul. Kundalini Yoga is a discipline combining physical, mental and spiritual practices for developing strength, awareness, character, and consciousness. $65/5-class card, $15/drop-in. Qi, The Inner Gym, 419 Boylston St, Boston. 617-8380928. EyesOnYoga.com. 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. ArlingtonReiki.com. Natural Vision Improvement – 6-7:30pm. Learn to care for your eyes to keep them strong, balanced and clear with Natural Vision Improvement techniques. $35. Qi, The Inner Gym, 419 Boylston St, Boston. 617-838-0928. EyesOnYoga.com. 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. ShapeUpPersonalTraining.com. 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. Birth2012Boston.com. 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. SRR.org/Events/ThursdayNight-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. 617-495-7461. CFA. Harvard.edu.
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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. WatertownMall.com. 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. Watertown-Mall.com.
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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. 617-393-2200. NamasteNutrition.net. 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. Watertown-Mall.com. 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. MIT.edu/Museum. 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. NewBeatPoets.com. 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,
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. CCAE.org. 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. DiabloGlassSchool.com.
Morning Yoga – June 1 & 15. 7-8:15am. Gentle, beginner-level yoga class held in a sunlit room in a lovely historic house in Waltham. Let by Keith Herndon, a Kripalu-trained instructor. A great opportunity for those who wish to bring yoga into their lives. Donation. Advaita Meditation Center, 28 Worcester Ln, Waltham. 781-647-0020. AdvaitaMeditation.org. Somerville Laughter Club – 11am-12pm. 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. SomervilleLaughterClub.com. Neuroplasticity Club – 11am-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. NeuroplasticityClub.com. Natural Healing with Chi-Lel Qigong – 11:15am12:15pm. Relieve allergies, headaches and joint stiffness. Lower high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes with ancient Chinese mindful exercise. Experience the healing power of qigong. $20. Park Avenue Congregational Church, 50 Paul Revere Rd, Arlington. 617-997-9922. ArlingtonWellness.com. Live Music – 7:30-10pm. Enjoy local food, music and art. No cover charge. Nourish Restaurant, 1727 Massachusetts Ave, Lexington. 781-674-2400. NourishLexington.com.
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ACUPUNCTURE NEW ENGLAND SCHOOL OF ACUPUNCTURE
150 California St, Newton MA 02458 617-558-1788 NESA.edu 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 6.
VISIONS HEALTHCARE 910 Washington St (Rte 1A) Dedham, MA 02026 170 Worcester St (Rte 9) Wellesley, MA 02481 781-431-1333 VisionsHealthCare.com
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.
ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE Cecile Raynor
Certified Alexander Technique Teacher; Certified Thai Yoga Therapist 33A Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02445 617-359-7841 AlexanderTec.com 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.
chiropractic NEWTON CHIROPRACTIC AND WELLNESS Julie Burke, DC 617-964-3332 Info@WellAdjusted.com
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 7.
CENTRAL SQUARE HEALTH AND WELLNESS
Kristine Jelstrup, LMT, CBK 126 Prospect St, Ste 5 617-833-3407 Kristine@CentralSquareHealthAnd Wellness.com CentralSquareHealthAndWellness.com
ERIC ROSEEN, DC
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 41.
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) Connie.A.Jackson.MD@gmail.com ConnieAJacksonMD.com
910 Washington St (Rte 1A) Dedham, MA 02026 170 Worcester St (Rte 9) Wellesley, MA 02481 781-431-1333 VisionsHealthCare.com 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.
COACHING THE ARTISTâ€™S WAY Kim Childs 617-640-3813 Kim@KimChilds.com KimChilds.com
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 20.
Kim can coach you in the life-changing practices and principles of The Artistâ€™s Way by Julia Cameron. No artistic experience required, just a desire to get unstuck and live more joyfully, authentically and in color. Group intensives offered each spring and fall.
PATRICIA JAY, MD
910 Washington St (Rte 1A) Dedham, MA 02026 170 Worcester St (Rte 9) Wellesley, MA 02481 781-431-1333 VisionsHealthCare.com
BOSTON SOUL COACHING Daniel Sharp, CSC, CIMT, RMT 781-763-7685 BostonSoulCoaching.com
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.
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 41.
HORSES KNOW THE WAY HOME Brian Reid Info@HorsesKnowTheWayHome.com HorsesKnowTheWayHome.com
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 31.
LION’S SHARE COACHING FOR WOMEN
Marie Wetmore, Certified Coach 781-670-7090 Marie@LionsShareCoaching.com 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. See ad page 15.
compounding & wellness pharmacy JOHNSON COMPOUNDING AND WELLNESS CENTER Stephen Bernardi 577 Main St, Waltham, MA 02452 781-893-3870 Fax: 781-899-1172 Steve@NaturalCompounder.com NaturalCompounder.com
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 3 and 18.
DR. IVETA IONTCHEVA-BAREHMI DMD, MS, D.SC. 1842 Beacon St, Ste 302, Brookline, MA 617-868-1516 BostonDentalWellness.com
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 11.
GROTON WELLNESS – MEDICAL, DENTAL, SPA, BISTRO 493-495 Main St Groton, Ma 01450 978-449-9919 GrotonWellness.com
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 20.
Nancy Anderson 617-501-9241 Canis_major@mac.com CanismajorHerbals.wordpress.com
As a wellness service of Canis major Herbals, we now offer dog walking in the Davis Sq, Somerville area. Visit CanismajorHerbals.com. Experienced. Responsible. Insured.
EXERCISE/FITNESS/ PERSONAL TRAINING KOKO FITCLUB
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 MA.Brookline@KokoFitClub.com MA.WRoxbury@KokoFitClub.com KokoFitClub.com 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 21.
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THE BOSTON SCHOOL OF HERBAL STUDIES
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. See ad page 35.
12 Pelham Terrace, Arlington, MA 781-646-6319 BostonHerbalStudies.com 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 9.
DONNA TORNEY MA, LMAC 617-528-8854 DonnaTorney@gmail.com MindfulHub.com
A whole-person approach to psychotherapy. Mindfulnessbased, solution focused. Teens, transitioning young adults, adults. Specialties: relationship stress, academic stress, depression, anxiety.
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COMMONWEALTH CENTER FOR HERBAL MEDICINE Katja Swift & Ryn Midura 25 Saint Mary’s Court, Brookline, MA 617-750-5274 CommonWealthHerbs.com
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 41.
RICHARD CHEN, MD
910 Washington St (Rte 1A) Dedham, MA 02026 781-431-1333 VisionsHealthCare.com
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.
MAGGIE LUTHER, ND
holistic bodywork BARBARA GOSSELIN, PT
393 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 781-507-4226 HolisticHealingPT.com 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 24.
HOME-BASED BUSINESS PAM PEARSON
978-877-6122 Pam@WealthyHealthyWomen.com WealthyHealthyWomen.com Build your own health and wellness business. As a successful entrepreneur, I’ll teach you how to manifest success and achieve your personal and professional dreams. See ad page 17.
Integrative/Functional Medicine EMILY CHAN, ND
Lydian Center for Innovative Medicine, 777 Concord Ave, Ste 301, Cambridge, MA 617-299-6151 ModernIntegrativeMedicine.com
419 Boylston St, Fl 4 (Qi, The Inner Gym), Boston, MA 02116 114 Water St, Bldg 3 (Milford Family Chiropractic), Milford, MA 01757 617-245-0561 HealthyRootsNaturalMedicine.com
Alison Shaw APRN, LMT, CEH 393 Massachusetts Ave Arlington, MA 02474 781-646-0686 Alison@BodymindResourcing.org 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 25.
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Naturopathic medicine treats the individual, taking into account the whole person, and working to discover underlying cause(s) of symptoms. Naturopathic Doctors are holistic and integrative medicine specialists. Call today.
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.
JANICE PEGELS, MD
910 Washington St (Rte 1A) Dedham, MA 02026 781-431-1333 VisionsHealthCare.com
MARSHA KLEIN, LMHC
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.
PATRICIA ZUB, MD
170 Worcester St (Rte 9) Wellesley, MA 02481 781-431-1333 VisionsHealthCare.com
170 Worcester St (Rte 9) Wellesley, MA 02481 910 Washington St (Rte 1A) Dedham, MA 02026 781-431-1333 VisionsHealthCare.com 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.
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.
Raven Sadhaka Seltzer 617-942-0644 SelfHealingSolutions.com
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 42.
Naturopathic medicine address root causes of illness, interconnection of body-systems, and approaches each patient based on their individualized needs. Specialties: gastrointestinal, mood, autoimmune, adrenal, cardiovascular, blood sugar and neurological issues.
somatic movement center Sarah Warren, CSE 440 Arsenal St, Watertown, MA SomaticMovementCenter.com
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 38.
REIKI sacred song reiki
978-897-8846 SacredSongReiki@yahoo.com SacredSongReiki.com 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.
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