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hope that, like me, you are taking full advantage of the classic New England summer we’re enjoying this year. That’s my excuse for writing my letter to you in the wee hours of deadline day, although I also suspect my tendency to procrastinate on writing projects, a habit I hope to remedy. Finding ways to balance myriad aspects of life so it all works both personally and professionally has proven one of my greatest challenges, especially when it comes to owning a business. There’s always something that can or should be done. Our magazine often publishes insights on how to re-center, focus and align with priorities in order to achieve ongoing balance, yet I still find myself frequently wandering off track, only to be nudged back on when I’m already in sight of the tipping point. Like any good habit, it takes practice to live in harmony, and there’s no single right or wrong way that suits everyone. What we offer in these pages is intended to educate and elevate consciousness by sharing positive messages and choices for each individual. We encourage you to take what works for you and leave the rest behind; better yet, pass it along to a friend. One new habit I am successfully practicing is gratitude. I set little reminders to myself and take a moment to look around for things I’m grateful for throughout the day. It may be something as subtle as appreciating the unlimited shades of green within trees or as grand as the blessing of an advertiser reporting great results by being associated with us. Consciously focusing on gratitude combined with daily meditation time helps me feel a bit more grounded; I find myself willing to allow balance to manifest more often. Thus, I found Debra Melani’s article, “Barefootin’: It Grounds Us” particularly interesting this month. It’s fun to recall fond memories of childhood summers spent scampering barefoot under my favorite willow tree. Now I realize why I also feel more calm and connected when walking barefoot on the beach. I know I pay extra attention to the sand, rocks, seashells and sand castles. Whatever the reason, it keeps me in the moment—right where I’m learning to live. Living and loving the journey right now,

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newsbriefs Half Off Initial Acupuncture Appointments in Brookline


rookline Medical Acupuncture is accepting new patients and offering half off its regular fees for new patients that schedule their initial evaluation in August. The center offers Japanese-style acupuncture performed by Dr. Amy Pearsall, a Western-trained physician who evaluates patients’ issues using an integrated approach. “One of the biggest complaints patients have is that their doctors do not have sufficient time to spend with them,” says Pearsall. “My goal is to provide ample time so that I clearly understand what concerns my patients. Communication, education and partnering for healing and wellness are not just words, but principles of my practice.” New patients can save half off a complete initial evaluation, examination and treatment at Brookline Medical Acupuncture if they register for an August appointment. Pearsall says she wants new and existing patients to enjoy their treatments, get relief and healing and learn something new at each session. Location: Brookline Medical Acupuncture, 1622-A Beacon St., Ste. 205, Brookline. For more information, call 857-288-9416 or visit BrooklineMedical See ad on page 9 and Resource Guide on page 3.

New Medical Practice Specializes in Natural Hormone Therapy


r. Connie Jackson is pleased to announce that her two new practice locations will specialize in hormone balance, Bioidentical hormone therapy and thyroid and adrenal balance. Jackson has new offices in Brookline and Stow. “This represents a change in my practice, as I’m trained in restoring hormonal balance, well-being and vitality,” says Jackson. “As we age, our hormone levels Connie Jackson, M.D. decline or may become out of balance. Individualized therapy with biologically identical hormones can enhance and restore our well-being, health and vitality at any stage of life.” Locations: Connie Jackson, M.D., 55 Pond Ave., Brookline, and 132 Great Rd., Ste. 201, Stow. For more information or appointments, call the Brookline office at 617-232-0202 or the Stow office at 617-879-0403. See ad on page 11 and Resource Guide on page 43.

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newsbriefs Awakening Journeys Debuts Travel Adventures of Self-Discovery


raveling to new destinations and learning about different cultures ignites the imagination and engages the senses in exotic ways, encouraging a fresh understanding of our place in the world and our connection with others. With the recent creation of Awakening Journeys, friends and readers of Natural Awakenings Boston can enjoy several opportunities for self-discovery and adventure, beginning in fall 2012. Travel excursions to Peru and China, offered in a special 10-day tour format, will be the first destinations available. Sheryl Miller, a traveler from St. Petersburg, Florida, who recently toured China says, “This is a fabulous journey—an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experience. China will fill up your senses and expand your heart.” Likewise, visitors to Peru’s many historic sites, such as Machu Picchu and the Inca ruins surrounding Lake Titicaca, speak of remarkable vistas and extraordinary memories. Travelers with Awakening Journeys will find themselves immersed in the varied cultures and traditions of each destination country. These one-of-a-kind trips are intended to inspire and enrich participants through purposeful travel, camaraderie and diverse activities. Local group rates are available, and local nonprofit organizations can participate and use the trip as a fundraiser. For groups and local fundraisers, contact Maisie Raftery at 617-906-0232 for details. For more information and trip itineraries or to register for an Awakening Journey, visit See ad on page 9.

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Red Cross Blood Drive at Johnson Compounding, in Waltham


ohnson Compounding and Wellness Center, in Waltham, is hosting a Red Cross Blood Drive from 1 to 6 p.m. on August 20. The blood drive is an annual event at Johnson Compounding and Wellness. “Summer is a critical season for Red Cross blood banks, so we make sure to host this every year,” says Stephen Bernardi, co-owner. “With people on vacation, the donations drop and the supply gets critically low. We all need to work together to make sure the supply is adequate for any emergency.” Johnson Compounding and Wellness Center, a family-owned business, is recognized by the Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board. The compounding pharmacy specializes in customizing medications to meet patients’ individual needs and the Wellness Center has one of the area’s most extensive selections of high-quality nutritional supplements and homeopathic remedies. Gary Kracoff, a doctor of naturopathic medicine and registered pharmacist at Johnson Compounding, offers fee-based individual consultations and integrates holistic and Western medicine in order to provide the best care for clients. Free lectures are offered monthly at the center. Blood donation appointments can be scheduled by calling 800733-2767 (RED-CROS). Location: Johnson Compounding and Wellness Center, 577 Main St., Waltham. For more information, call 781-893-3870 or visit Natural See ad on page 17 and Resource Guide on page 44.


newsbriefs Herbal Academy of New England Launches Certification Program


he Herbal Academy of New England, in Woburn, is offering its first certification program in herbalism this fall. Enrollment is now open for the program, which will meet over 12 weekends from September 22 through June 2. The certification courses will be taught by a team of experienced herbalists and a medical doctor, allowing students to learn about a variety of approaches to herbalism. “The academy opened its doors this summer with a mix of classes that are rooted in traditional, scientific and plant-spirit herbalism,” says Amber Meyers, academy representative. “Instructors emphasize holism, nourishment and ecological responsibility, and the site features an enchanting view of Horn Pond, along with lovely herb gardens and is within easy walking distance to Mount Towanda.” August classes at the Herbal Academy of New England include a session on preparing raw food and workshops on making medicinal tinctures, oils, vinegars and salves. More course information is available online at HerbalAcademyOfNE. com. The academy also offers community hours during which students, practitioners and others interested in herbalism can gather to exchange information and mentoring while enjoying a cup of tea and natural surroundings. Location: The Herbal Academy of New England, 120 Arlington Rd., Woburn. For more information, call 781-572-4454 or visit See ad on page 15 and Resource Guide on page 45.

A Walk to Learn About Beneficial Herbs for Pets and People


ancy Anderson, herbalist and owner of Canis major Herbals, in Somerville, will host an herb walk at 11 a.m. on August 25. The informational walk will take place along the bike path in Davis Square, in Somerville, starting at the entrance behind the Rite Aid pharmacy on Highland Avenue. Anderson will discuss the medicinal properties of the many plants growing wild in the area and aim to give dog owners a better understanding of how herbs can benefit both animals and humans. “Anyone who is interested in learning about native plants that can help both pets and people is invited to come along,” she says. “Bring your curiosity, your questions, a notebook and a pen. Well-mannered dogs are also welcome.” Anderson says that such plants as dandelion, Japanese knotweed, red clover, comfrey, sweet leaf, juniper, burdock, and yarrow have medicinal properties that are appropriate for dogs. She hopes to present more walks in the future, tentatively scheduled for the fourth Saturday of each month. Location: Meet on the bike path behind Rite Aid pharmacy, 393 Highland Ave., Somerville. For more information, call 617-501-9241 or visit CanisMajorHerbals. com. See Resource Guide on page 44.

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newsbriefs Recorded Herbal Lectures Available for Downloading

C New Geothermal Heating and Cooling System at Otis Airbase


ew England Renewable Energy, in Hyannis, announces the completion of a geothermal energy project at Otis Airbase, on Cape Cod. Company President Ed Malloy reports that the federal government is now heating and cooling large buildings at Otis Airbase with geothermal technology instead of oil, saving thousands of dollars. “This is the largest federally owned geothermal system in Massachusetts,” says Malloy. “It’s a testimony to the value and broad application of renewable geothermal technology as a means of efficiently heating and cooling both large and small buildings.” Geothermal technology involves a pump that extracts energy from water below the Earth’s surface, using that energy to heat and cool commercial and residential buildings. Malloy says that the new system at Otis Airbase can save taxpayer dollars over time and help to guide funds toward the development of additional alternative energy sources.

ommonWealth Center for Herbal Medicine, in Brookline, is offering recorded lectures on its website. The lectures, along with class notes, are available for downloading at and playable on any standard mp3 device. “We’re very pleased to be able to offer these recordings,” says CommonWealth Center Founder Katja Swift. “We hear from a lot of people who are looking for this kind of information but whose schedules keep them from being able to come to classes. This way they can learn about herbalism and natural health care whenever it’s convenient for them.” The CommonWealth Center for Herbal Medicine is both a school and clinic, offering herbal studies courses and apprenticeships as well as restorative exercise classes. Cost: $10 to $35 per recording. Location: CommonWealth Center for Herbal Medicine, 25 St. Mary’s Ct., Brookline. For more information, call 617-750-5274 or visit See ad on page 19 and Resource Guide on page 44.

Discounts Available on Summer Esthetics Program in Woburn


he Catherine Hinds Institute of Esthetics, in Woburn, is offering its next 300-hour Esthetics Program, beginning August 13. Natural Awakenings readers that register before the start date can receive a $500 discount on the full-time day program. The institute also offers 30- to 80-hour advanced education courses, approved by the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Cosmetology, to all licensed estheticians. “We hope people will take advantage of this limited time tuition discount at the Catherine Hinds Institute,” says president An Hinds, whose mother began establishing a chain of skin-care salons in Boston and New York in the late ’60s and early ’70s. In 1979 Catherine Hinds founded her own institute, which was the first accredited esthetics school in the nation. Location: Catherine Hinds Institute of Esthetics, 300 Wildwood Ave., Woburn. For more information, call 781-935-3344 or visit See ad on page 13 and Resource Guide on page 46.

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Boston GreenFest Returns to City Hall Plaza


oston GreenFest 2012 will be held at City Hall Plaza from August 16 to 19. The festival provides opportunities for people to exchange knowledge, products and services in all areas of green living, including health and wellness, water, energy, transportation and fashion. “It’s a unique event that unites people for learning and fun while finding solutions to make our lives and our city greener,” says Dr. Karen Weber, executive director of Boston GreenFest. “Bostonians are keenly aware of the critical challenges we face with regard to our environment, our health and the everyday decisions we make. They should come out for GreenFest and bring others along, as there’s something to learn and do for people of all ages and backgrounds.” The event features a GreenFilmFest, an EcoBazaar, a Food Emporium and a new EcoTerrace serving sustainably crafted wine and beer. This year’s festival features preview events on August 11, on the Greenway and at Spectacle Island, in Boston Harbor; and on August 12, at the Strand Theater, in Dorchester. GreenFest is partnering with The Movement Festival to offer free dance and movement classes to the public on August 19. “We’ll also have the MIT Fab Lab on site, ecoArt that will astonish and ecoFashion that will amaze,” says Weber. Location: Boston GreenFest 2012, City Hall Plaza, Boston. For more information, call 617-477-4840 or visit BostonGreen See ad on page 15.


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Coming in September

newsbriefs Free Teleclass and Fall Workshops for Recovering and Exploring Creativity



reativity coach and writer Kim Childs is offering 12-week intensive workshops on The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity in Arlington this fall. The workshops, which begin in mid-September, are based on the internationally bestselling book by Julia Cameron that has led millions to uncover and recover their creativity. “People often assume they have to be an artist to Kim Childs do this work, but it’s really about living as creatively and authentically as you can and making your life a work of art,” says Childs. “Some have tried working through the book on their own, but most do better with group support. That’s something I’ve seen in my 11 years of coaching students through this powerful process.” Childs is offering a free, introductory teleclass from 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, August 22, for those who wish to know more about The Artist’s Way. She is also presenting introductory workshops in Arlington on September 8 and 9. See for details and student testimonials. Cost: $440 for the 12-week workshop; 10 percent discount if registered by September 1. For more information, call 617-640-3813 or visit See Resource Guide on page 44.

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Free Classes for Beginning Pilates Students in Watertown


hawn’s Studio, in Watertown, is hosting an open house and free, comprehensive beginner Pilates classes for new students at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on August 18. The 45-minute classes will include instruction on Pilates apparatus and mats for a total-body workout focusing on strength, flexibility and breathing. “This is a wonderful opportunity to experience a gentle yet highly effective workout,” says Shawn Giles, Leah Principe studio owner. “Our clients report feeling invigorated and more open in their bodies even after one session, and those who are dealing with chronic pain often find some relief.” Dancer Leah Principe, the studio’s newest teacher, will instruct both newcomer sessions. “She is highly creative and passionate about teaching Pilates,” says Giles. “We’re happy to have her here and the open house is a chance for new clients to meet her, check out the studio and learn something new in a relaxing environment.” Location: Shawn’s Studio, 103 Morse St., Watertown. For more information or to register, call 617-393-3535, email or visit ShawnsStudio. com. See Yoga, Pilates & Fitness Directory on page 17.

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newsbriefs Natural Awakenings’ Family of Franchises Keeps Growing


atural Awakenings Publishing Corp. (NAPC) recently welcomed a group of new publishers that completed a training program in May at the corporate headquarters in Naples, Florida. The NAPC training staff spent several days with entrepreneurs from San Francisco, California; Washington, D.C.; Lancaster, Pennsylvania; and Western Massachusetts, as well as a new owner of the Bucks County, Pennsylvania franchise. Company CEO Sharon Bruckman launched the first edition of Natural Awakenings in 1994 and began franchising it in 1999. The company currently publishes Natural Awakenings magazines in more than 85 markets throughout the United States and in Puerto Rico, with a collective readership exceeding 3.5 million. For a list of locations where Natural Awakenings is publishing or to learn more about franchising opportunities, visit Natural or call 239-530-1377. See ad, page 36.

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Why Folk Remedies Rock


hat do white tea, witch hazel and rose extract— long used as natural aids for preserving youth and well-being—have in common? They all possess potential health and beauty properties that could be simply too good to ignore, say scientists from London’s Kingston University. The researchers, working in collaboration with British beauty brand Neal’s Yard Remedies, tested 21 plant extracts and discovered that their naturally occurring substances may offer new treatments to block the progression of inflammation. The findings are promising as potential treatments for aging skin, as well as more serious illnesses such as cancer, diabetes, arthritis, neurodegenerative conditions and cardiovascular and pulmonary problems. Using human cells as their model, the researchers applied three different concentrations of white tea (freeze-dried powder), witch hazel (dried herb) and rose extract (in a medicinal tincture) to see what effect the mixtures might have on suppressing the rogue enzymes and oxidants that play key roles in cellular inflammation and aging. All three remedies were remarkably effective in keeping inflammation in check. Whenever inflammation starts—whether as a simple cut to a finger, exposure to the sun, chemicals or pollutants, or irritation due to an arthritic joint—the body begins to produce a protein compound called interleukin 8 that exacerbates the process. The three substances tested appear to successfully interfere with this. White tea displayed the most marked results.

Elderberry Elixir: Backyard Medicine Chest


ew research is turning up another natural remedy to mend what ails us. Native to both North America and Europe and historically appreciated by Hippocrates as “nature’s medicine chest,” elderberries are especially rich in antioxidants, putting them near the top of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC) list. Both the flowers and fruit are used to make tea, juice, wine, preserves and nutraceutical products to treat a variety of ills. International herbalist James Duke, Ph.D., author of The Green Pharmacy, recognizes the elderberry’s age-old reputation as a remedy for viral infections and for treating cough, flu and tonsillitis. It’s even being studied for its activity against HIV and for regulating blood sugar. Researchers at the University of Missouri-Columbia are examining its potential for preventing strokes and prostate cancer, reducing inflammation and boosting resistance to infectious diseases. They’re set to host the first International Symposium on the Elderberry, from June 9 to 14, 2013. Terry Durham, a farmer and conservationist in Ashland, Missouri, describes elderberries—which are typically harvested in late August through early September—as “the superfruit in our own backyard.” 16

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Dried Plums Keep Bones Healthy


hen it comes to improving bone health in postmenopausal women—and people of all ages, for that matter— eating dried plums is a simple, proactive solution to help prevent fractures and osteoporosis, reports a Florida State University researcher. “During my career, I have tested numerous fruits, including figs, dates, strawberries and raisins, and none of them come anywhere close to having the effect on bone density that dried plums, or prunes, have,” says Bahram H. Arjmandi, The Florida State University’s Margaret A. Sitton Professor and chair of the Department of Nutrition, Food and Exercise Sciences. Arjmandi and his colleagues tested two groups of postmenopausal women over a 12-month period. The first group of 55 women consumed 100 grams of dried plums (about 10 prunes) each day, while the second, control group of 45 women ate 100 grams of dried apples. All participants also received daily doses of calcium (500 milligrams) and vitamin D (400 international units). The group that consumed dried plums had significantly higher bone mineral density in the ulna (one of two long bones in the forearm) and spine, compared with the group that ate dried apples. According to Arjmandi, this was due in part to the ability of dried plums to suppress the rate of bone resorption, or breakdown, which tends to exceed the rate of new bone growth as people age.

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globalbriefs News and resources to inspire concerned citizens to work together in building a healthier, stronger society that benefits all.

Danger Signs

Monsanto Weed Killer Causes Animal Mutations The world’s most popular weed killer, Monsanto’s Roundup, a systemic, broad-spectrum herbicide, can induce morphological changes in vertebrate skeletal animals, say U.S. biologists studying its effect on amphibians. A study by University of Pittsburgh researchers says the poison, tested in environmentally relevant concentrations, caused the shapes of two species of amphibians to change. The study is the first to show these dangerous consequences. The presence of predators can cause tadpoles to change shape by altering their stress hormones, but similar shape changes seen after exposure to Roundup suggest the weed killer may interfere with the hormones of tadpoles, and potentially, many other animals. The development is important because amphibians not only serve as a barometer of an ecosystem’s health, but also as an indicator of potential dangers to other species in the food chain, including humans.

Better Doggie Bags Want Not, Waste Not

The New York Times estimates that 78 million dogs produce more than 10.6 million tons of dung annually. To tackle the growing problem of unhygienic doggie doo-doo, about which USA Today reports, “At some beaches, dogs help raise bacteria levels so high that visitors must stay out of the water,” operators of Allan H. Treman Marine State Park, in Ithaca, New York, started a project in 2009 to compost the waste in its dog park. Plastic bags that don’t decompose easily end up in landfills, so park officials began placing corn-based, compostable bags in dispensers. A local company, Cayuga Compost, picks up the waste weekly for processing and deposits it into a pile mixed with yard and wood waste at a nearby composting site. In 18 months, the company composted 12 tons of dog waste from the park. Lab tests have shown that the compost is pathogen-free and has a high-nutrient profile that is perfect for flowers, shrubs and trees. Cayuga Program Manager Mark Whiting calls it a great example of upcycling—taking something that is otherwise considered worthless and turning it into a product with higher value. Note: and similar entities provide complete sustainable systems for pet waste disposal; biodegradable bags are widely available at retail.


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Fit Lit

Long Live Exceptional Books With the avalanche of digital content available on a host of common devices that include computers, tablets and phones, some educators are concerned that literary classics are getting short shrift in the mix of websites, blogs, social networks and music. The Great Books Summer Program (GreatBooksSummer. com) introduces young book lovers to literature they would not typically encounter in today’s classrooms. The unique summer camp, held for the past 10 years at Amherst College, in Massachusetts, and Stanford University, in California, was created for middle school and high school students to discover and maintain critical reading and thinking skills during their seasonal break and beyond. “Great Books’ faculty not only stresses the importance of reading, but introduces exceptional literature that students wouldn’t typically discover on their own,” says co-founder and Academic Director Peter Temes, Ph.D. Primary goals of the program are to help students learn how to read and think at a college level; learn how to engage in lively, spirited, yet disciplined discussion; gain new powers of perception, critical thinking and self-expression; develop greater confidence with peers and adults; and launch their own lifelong intellectual journey. Register now for next summer. Source: The Christian Science Monitor


Wash & Wear

How to Green Everyone’s Wardrobe Every fall, even with back-to-school sales, buying clothes can be costly for families. Also, new togs take a toll on the planet: Most common synthetic fabrics are petroleum-based; and according to the Sustainable Cotton Project (Sustainable, 25 percent of all insecticides applied in this country, including known carcinogens, are used to grow cotton. Perceived as a disposable commodity, garments purchased for growing children are typically discarded after serving only a fraction of their useful life, while teens dismiss outfits when fashions change. Adults often have closets full of items from when they weighed less. Here are 10 commonsense ways to redress the problem and lighten the family’s ecological footprint. Wash only as needed. Avoid wasting energy and water by washing clothing only when it’s dirty, rather than after a single gentle wearing; then drip- or line-dry. Go unisex for tots. Siblings can wear family hand-me-downs and share basic items like shirts and pants. Share. Family members, friends and neighbors can swap perfectly wearable fashions when they tire of them. Help strangers. Charitable nonprofits, detailed on websites like DressFor (women’s business attire) (athletic gear sent to developing countries) and (caring for the homeless), all have on-the-ground networks in place to redistribute goods. Give it back. Some brands take back and recycle their products. Nike (, for instance, repurposes any brand of worn-out athletic shoes in the making of new sports facilities. Shop where you drop. When dropping off donated clothing and other items at a thrift or resale store, walk inside and see what’s for sale. Read labels before purchasing. Some clothes require more maintenance that isn’t eco-friendly, such as special detergents, ironing or even dry cleaning, which typically uses toxic perchloroethylene (PERC)—unless it’s a green cleaning process. Look for alternatives. Clothing made from organic, low-impact or recycled materials such as organic cotton, hemp, bamboo and recycled fibers, is available in stores and online. Dress casually. Dress suits for men and women require dry cleaning, so whenever possible, leave such fine attire in the closet. Buy the good stuff. Brand names often live up to their advertising. Prestigious trademarks often get that way by producing better-made, more durable clothing and also protecting their image by avoiding exploitive practices. Check them out online via third-party evaluators.


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Visions HealthCare: Treating the Whole Person for True Vitality by Kim Childs


our years ago, How do you evaluate Visions HealthCare a patient’s health after opened its doors in the initial consultation? Wellesley with a mission Our doctors perform to offer patients a comprehensive comprehensive array of evaluations based on services for treating the the patient’s complaints body, mind and spirit. and concerns. We’ll This fall, Visions will often examine their open another facility diet for possible food in Dedham, and future allergies, the most plans include creating common of which are dozens more satellite wheat, dairy and soy, Founder and Medical Director, Ed Levitan, M.D., with a patient. offices throughout New and we may look at a England. Natural Awakenings spoke with Dr. Wendie person’s intestinal functions, which is an important step in Trubow, a practicing physician and quality director at assessing someone’s immunity and inflammatory response Visions, to learn more about the company’s integrative for such conditions as arthritis, fatigue and migraines. approach to health care. Depending on the patient, we may also look at their blood, What makes Visions HealthCare different from other stool, saliva or urine, or send them to one of our other doctors’ offices? providers to evaluate their emotional or spiritual condition. In Massachusetts, the current average wait time for a We’re about to add a psychiatrist and a behavioral health primary care physician is three months. Many of our specialist to our staff as well. doctors have wait times of under a week and, while we Do you accept insurance at Visions? provide primary care appointments, we also provide We accept nearly all insurances and we deeply believe something called functional medicine. For us, that means in accessible, affordable care. Our goal is that the entire addressing health as the interplay between five core areas: health care experience is sustainable for the patient, the the physical, biochemical, emotional, energetic and payer and the physicians. Approximately 50 percent of spiritual. Most doctors examine the physical body or the our services are covered by insurance, and the other 50 biochemical makeup, but a significant imbalance in any percent are things that people typically pay for out of of those five areas can lead to “dis-ease.” The dis-ease pocket, such as massage, craniosacral work, reflexology can build over a period of years, manifesting as things like and acupuncture. fatigue, difficulty losing weight or the inability to bounce Can you share some patient transformation stories back from stressful events in reasonable amounts of time. with us? We spend an hour with each new patient, really listening One woman came to me with a long list of medical issues, to their health goals and challenges and learning about the including obesity, arthritis, hypertension, fatigue, insulin conditions of their lives. resistance and a history of blood clots. After an initial


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evaluation, we recommended that she begin our monthlong detoxification, which is physician-supervised and run by our registered dieticians. She eliminated all of her allergenic foods, lost weight and later transitioned into our First Line Therapy program. That’s a three-month lifestyle plan and modified Mediterranean diet that’s been clinically proven to reduce blood pressure, cholesterol and weight. When I saw this patient for follow-up a few months later, she had lost even more weight and said, “I was hardly able to get off the couch before and now I put on zumba music and dance around my house.” I also saw a 27-year-old runner who was in good health but experiencing some fatigue. It turned out she was allergic to gluten. When she eliminated it, the fatigue resolved and she even shaved 25 seconds off her mile. Other patients may be eating well and exercising but still feeling unwell. We might offer them a stress reduction plan if they’re not managing their stress well, or refer them to one of our providers who work on healing energetic imbalances or clarifying and strengthening life purpose, which can greatly affect health. We work as a team here and share patient information, through a secure medical records program, to offer the best possible treatment plan. We’re about transforming health care and helping people get to an amazing place in their lives so they can go out and contribute to the world. Visions HealthCare is located at 170 Worcester St. (Rt. 9), Wellesley, with a second Dedham location to open in the fall. For more information, call 781-232-5400 or visit See ad on back cover.

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

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


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The un-family meal

Healthy Eating, Family-Style

No-Fuss, Stay-Trim Strategies

The sit-down meal is an endangered family function, thanks to hectic schedules, time spent with TV, video games, the Internet and other electronic devices, as well as the perceived uncool factor of noshing with the folks. Yet studies show that family meals foster communication and usually lead to higher intakes of calcium- and fiber-rich fruits and vegetables, plus lower amounts of unhealthy fats, sugar and sodium, says Keith-Thomas Ayoob, Ed.D., a registered dietitian and associate clinical professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, in New York. A supporting study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association confirmed that tykes that took in fewer family meals (and watched more TV) were more likely to be overweight. University of Minnesota researchers found that adolescent girls that ate often with their family were less prone to use cigarettes, alcohol and drugs. Try this: Commit to a sit-down meal most days of the week, suggests Registered Dietitian Brenda J. Ponichtera, author of Quick and Healthy Recipes and Ideas. Don’t overlook breakfast as potential family time as well, counsels Ayoob. “Kids that eat a well-balanced breakfast do better in school, have improved vitamin and mineral intake and are more likely to maintain a healthy body weight.”

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n exhausting routine of early morning wakeups, soccer practices and work deadlines makes it understandably easy to put healthy family eating on the back burner. As more time-strapped families adopt drive-through dining, it’s no surprise that weight scales nationwide are buckling under the pressure. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, more than a third of American adults are obese. But the expanding-waistline epidemic impacts far more than just the quality of life among adults. A report in the Journal of the American Medical Association states that 16 percent of children are either overweight or obese, with another 16 percent knocking on the door. 22

According to Sally Phillips, a registered dietitian and nutrition expert at Ohio’s Akron Children’s Hospital, a child that has an unhealthy body weight not only often has self-esteem issues, but is also at increased risk for Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, elevated blood cholesterol and triglycerides, plus orthopedic challenges; all health problems that possibly could impact life expectancy. More, childhood obesity that progresses into adulthood has been linked to increased artery wall thickness—a marker for atherosclerosis. Because many overweight children become plump adults, lifestyle modification at an early age is vital. Try these no-fuss strategies from experts to overcome today’s pitfalls to attaining family nutrition.

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Liquid calories Today’s average American household obtains more than 20 percent of its daily calories from beverages; on average, soft drinks alone account for 8 percent of adolescents’ calorie intake. The rise in beverage consumption has mirrored the country’s slide toward rounder body shapes. “Satiety is less when you drink calories versus eating the same calories in foods, because drinks empty from the stomach quicker,” advises Phillips. “The extra calories from liquids can easily exceed what the body can use.” The worst culprits are “liquid candy” such as soda and energy, sport and sweetened fruit drinks. In a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Harvard researchers confirmed that a greater intake of these beverages leads to weight gain in adults and children. “Plus, most sweetened drinks don’t have much

nutritional value,” says Ayoob. Although they contain important vitamins, even fruit juices, such as orange, cranberry and apple, still pack a lot of concentrated sugars. Try this: Phillips recommends limiting empty-calorie sweetened beverages and replacing them with unsweetened choices like low-fat milk, homemade iced tea and filtered water jazzed up with lemon or lime. Keep daily intake of fruit juice between four to eight ounces, and focus on eating whole fruits, instead. “You can also freeze natural fruit juice in ice-cube trays,” says Phillips. “Pop these into [a glass of] water for a hint of sweet flavor.” Send children to school or camp with a reusable, BPA-free water container (stainless steel works well) so they get in the aqua-drinking habit. Also consider stocking the fridge with refreshing, potassium-rich coconut water. Chicken again? Never before has such a variety of foods been more readily available. Still, too many families fall into the trap of preparing the same familiar eats—like spaghetti, chicken, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on white bread—week in and week out. When children are repeatedly presented with the same foods, they don’t learn to appreciate new flavors and textures, which reinforces a picky palate and a fear of unfamiliar dishes, says Ayoob. From a body weight standpoint, an article published in Science suggests that when the brain isn’t gratified by food—which can happen when the family eats roast chicken for the fourth time in the same week—people are more likely to make midnight kitchen raids and add to their total calorie intake. Try this: Once a week, have a newfood-of-the-week meal, featuring healthy ingredients such as quinoa, lean bison or kale, paired with family favorites, to encourage branching out. “Don’t throw in the towel if your child emphatically refuses it at the start. Research shows that it can take 10 or more times before a new food is accepted by a finicky eater,” advises Phillips, a mother of two. She also suggests letting kids loose in the produce department to pick a new fresh item they are curious about, and then involving them in its preparation, so they are more likely to try it. “Or, subnatural awakenings

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stitute a familiar food, like apples, with pears,” Ayoob recommends. Snack attacks With so much unhealthy snack food marketed toward kids, it’s easy for youngsters to graze their way to a bigger waistline. Findings shared by Italian university researchers in the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition specifically link savory, energy-dense snack foods with childhood obesity. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that the percentage of American children eating three regular meals a day has decreased over the past 25 years, while consumption of high-calorie, snack-type foods has gone up. “Unhealthy snacking can have an impact on academic performance, energy levels and weight,” Ayoob remarks. Try this: Don’t push the panic button if a child looks a little heavy while he or she is still growing, but it never hurts to give the household pantry and fridge an overhaul. First, get rid of nutrient-devoid chips, cookies and soda. “Replace them with healthier, portable fuel like nuts, baby carrots, low-fat string cheese and cottage cheese, yogurt and dried fruit,” suggests Ayoob. This does away with the goodversus-bad food battle on the home front. Ponichtera likes keeping a bowl of varicolored seasonal fruit on the counter for when kids return home ravenous. She also recommends offering sliced veggies and fruit with tasty and nutritious yogurt, guacamole or hummus dip, or making after-school smoothies, using frozen fruit, healthy, low-fat milk and yogurt. Because watching TV—including commercials extolling unhealthy foods— provides prime opportunities for mindless snacking (various studies link excess TV time with elevated body fat), consider pulling the plug after an hour. If snacking must be done in front of the tube, Ponichtera likes natural, unbuttered popcorn, deeming it excellent because it’s whole-grain, low in calories and high in filling fiber. Meals in a hurry The desire for something quick may be why half of total U.S. food expenditures today go to meals prepared outside the home. Studies suggest that the more we purchase fast food, the greater our girth. “This should come as no surprise, because what is often ordered is mostly out-ofcontrol portions, higher in calories, fat,


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sugar and salt, than what would be served at home,” says Ayoob. Even shunning the all-too-familiar drive-through for a smarter option could pack on pounds. Researchers reported in the Journal of Consumer Research that an individual is likely to underestimate the calories in a meal marketed by a restaurant as healthier, than those in a meal from a perceived offender. This mistake often leads to overeating through purchasing extra or bigger side orders, suggest the study’s authors. University of Minnesota research suggests that adolescent members of families that rely on fewer than three purchased meals per week are more likely to consume healthier beverages and vegetables with meals and less prone to indulge in soda and chips at home. Try this: Skip the fast food outlets and open The Joy of Cooking. “Preparing more home-cooked meals is all about planning and implementing time-saving strategies,” says Ponichtera. Take time during the weekend to create dinner menus for the coming week, with input from all family members, and make a detailed grocery list to facilitate an efficient visit to the health food store and grocery. Ponichtera also stresses the, “Cook once, serve twice,” trick, where home chefs purposely double the recipe and plan to serve leftovers later, adding different sides for variety. When time is at a premium, tossing ingredients for stews or chilies into a slow cooker in the morning is a tasty and healthy option. “Always have a few homemade dishes that can be easily warmed up, such as lasagna, soups and casseroles, in your freezer,” adds Ponichtera. It also works to freeze leftovers in lunch-size containers to take to work. On days when family members have time to cook, make salads and dressings (served on the side) or bean, vegetable and whole-grain side dishes ahead of time, so they will be ready accompaniments for the coming week’s entrées. “Involving children in the meal prep not only saves parents time,” reflects Ponichtera, “but also teaches kids valuable cooking skills they might otherwise lack.” Everybody wins. Canadian-based registered dietitian and nutrition writer Matthew Kadey also takes active vacations to keep trim. Copyrighted © 2012 Penton Media, Inc. natural awakenings

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Combining Massage and Chiropractic for Lasting Improvements By Dr. Julie Burke


n the general course of living people can develop unhealthy structural patterns, often as a result of repetitive motions, poor posture, pregnancy and athletic activities. Harmful patterns may also form in those compensating for injuries and other stressors. The result is poor regulation of muscle tone, improper mechanical functioning, and discomfort. Some people may seek relief by getting a massage, while others try chiropractic. In fact, the combination of these modalities can create lasting change and improved health for most people. Massage is defined as the manual manipulation of soft tissue to promote health and well-being. Soft tissue includes muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, skin, and connective tissue, and manual manipulation encompasses everything from light touch for relaxation to specific, deep tissue work. Massage therapy thus covers a variety of ways to induce positive changes in the structure and function of soft tissue, goals that are completely synergistic with those of chiropractic care. Network Chiropractic (also known as Network Spinal Analysis or NSA) is a gentle, yet powerful, approach to wellness that respects the body’s innate ability to heal. Like massage, NSA attempts to induce positive changes to the soft tissue. It does so by engaging the person’s own body to reduce any interference in nervous system communication. As the nervous system responds to NSA treatments, unhealthy muscular tension is decreased, which improves posture and removes pressure from chronically stressed bones, joints and other structures. 26

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As therapeutic massage releases unhealthy muscle tension in targeted areas, it prepares the body to receive and incorporate the maximum benefits from chiropractic care. NSA adjustments then help to integrate these improvements, allowing someone to create positive structural patterns for mobility, posture, health and increased well-being. In some cases, these goals take some time to accomplish. Often in the course of chiropractic adjustments, the shifting energy patterns can produce discomfort in another area that was being held in an incorrect way. In massage, getting the “knots” out of muscles and tissue can make someone more aware of problems that they didn’t even know they had. Sometimes a person may come away from a really good massage or adjustment not knowing if they feel any better, and sometimes they may think they feel worse. This temporary discomfort likely stems from the shifts in body structure that can occur with both modalities.   The healing process can be intense at times, as the body detoxes after a manipulation by releasing pent-up waste products into the system for elimination. Drinking lots of clean water helps with this process. Of course, all healing treatments are more effective when the client follows a regimen of proper nutrition, exercise and healthy lifestyle choices.   Dr. Julie Burke is the owner of Newton Chiropractic and Wellness Centre, 345 Boylston St., Suite 300, Newton. To make an appointment for massage or chiropractic, call 617964-3332 or visit See ad on page 7 and Resource Guide on page 44..

Natural Ways to Reduce Summer and Fall Allergy Symptoms By Colleen D. Chausse


ew Englanders wait a long time for the warm days of summer. Unfortunately, those who suffer from seasonal allergies may not fully enjoy the season. From July to October, plants such as ragweed can trigger allergy symptoms long after the spring culprits of blossoming trees, flowers and grass have ceased causing problems. An allergy is considered an error in the body as it overreacts to harmless substances. To defend itself, the body releases increased histamine via mast cells, creating those annoying allergy symptoms of itchy eyes, runny and stuffy noses, sneezing, and congestion. It’s hard for many people to embrace summer activities under these conditions, but the good news is that there are several strategies for reducing summer allergy symptoms. Here is a list of natural methods to try:

 Long-term and permanent relief methods provided by highly trained professionals include Advanced Allergy Therapeutics (AAT), acupuncture and Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Techniques (NAET). With a few simple strategies in hand, even allergy sufferers can enjoy the balmy, long days of summer and time spent outdoors. Colleen D. Chausse, BS, RN, is owner and practitioner at Mass Allergy Relief Center, located at 594 Marrett Road in Lexington. For more information, call 781-2747700, email, and visit See ad below and Resource Guide on page 43.

 Go to the ocean. Because allergy symptoms can cause physical and mental fatigue, many who are affected may choose to stay indoors. But the air quality in such places as beaches, waterfalls, and mountains (after a lightening storm) is beneficial to allergy sufferers due to the presence of negative ions. These electrically charged particles are nature’s way of removing airborne allergens and contaminants such as dust, dander and mold spores, leaving cleaner air behind.  Avoid window fans, as they can draw pollen into the home. Opt for air conditioning when weed pollen counts are high.  Roll up windows in the car and use air conditioning instead.  Supplements and herbs such as quercetin, stinging nettle and butterbur have been shown to reduce allergy symptoms by stabilizing and reducing mast cell action and histamine release.  Use a neti pot. Neti pots have been used for centuries to rinse and irrigate the sinuses. Pollen, mold spores, pet dander, dust and dust mites are lightweight and are easily trapped in the nasal passages. Using a neti pot is an effective way to cleanse the nasal membranes of irritating pollen and other allergens. natural awakenings

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INVESTING IN MAIN STREET Cities, Schools and Churches Move their Money to Local Economies by Rebecca Leisher


ince the big corporate banks contributed to crashing the economy in 2008, news sources report that they’ve been rewarded with bailouts, tax breaks and executive bonuses, while American workers have lost jobs and homes. There is little wonder that many Americans—and now, institutions and local governments—have been closing their accounts at these corporate banks and transferring the money to community banks and credit unions. The intent is to send a strong message about responsibility to government and Wall Street, while supporting institutions that genuinely stimulate local economies. The first Bank Transfer Day, last November, was publicized over five weeks, largely through social networks. During that period, credit unions received an estimated $4.5 billion in new deposits transferred from banks, according to the Credit Union National Association. Citizens are calling for financial institutions to be accountable, encouraged by the popularity of the Move Your


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Money campaign. Schools, churches and local governments across the country have been transferring large sums, or at least considering doing so, in order to invest in local economies instead of Wall Street. Last year, the city of San Jose, California, moved nearly $1 billion from the Bank of America because of the bank’s high record of home foreclosures. City council members linked foreclosures to lost tax revenue, reduced services and layoffs, and urged other U.S. cities to follow their example. The Seattle, Washington, city council responded to the Occupy Wall Street movement by unanimously passing a resolution to review its banking and investment practices, “…to ensure that public funds are invested in responsible financial institutions that support our community.” Officials in Los Angeles, New York City and Portland, Oregon, are discussing proposals that address how and where city funds are invested. Massachusetts launched the Small Business Banking Partnership initiative last year to leverage small business loans, and has already deposited $106 million in state reserve funds into community banks. Student activists and the Responsible Endowments Coalition are urging colleges and universities—some of which have assets comparable to those of a town or city—to move at least a portion of their endowments from Wall Street. The Peralta Community College District, in California, with an annual budget of $140 million, has done just that. The district’s board of trustees voted unanimously last November to move its assets into community banks and credit unions. Churches and faith organizations are moving their money, too. Congregations in the California interfaith coalition LA Voice vowed to divest $2 million from Wells Fargo and the Bank of America, ending a 200-year relationship with the big banks. The Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church, in East San Jose, pulled $3 million out of the Bank of America and reinvested the funds into Micro Branch, a division of Self-Help Federal Credit Union, designed to assist underserved communities. Moving money to where banking practices and investments are transparent is the most effective action. Oregon Banks Local represents small businesses, family farms and community banks. It offers a website tool that ranks local banks and credit unions on such criteria as where they are headquartered, jobs created and the extent of local investment, showing which financial institutions truly serve local communities. “People from all walks of life are angry at the banks,” says Ilana Berger, co-director of The New Bottom Line, a national campaign that promotes moving money from Wall Street. But the broad appeal of this grassroots movement toward financial reform is based on more than anger or strategy. “It’s a way to move our money to follow our values,” says Berger. “It’s an opportunity to really protest against the banks, but also a way to show what we want them to be.” Freelance writer Rebecca Leisher originated this article as part of “ 9 Strategies to End Corporate Rule,” for the Spring 2012 issue of YES! magazine.

How to Keep Your Dollars Working Locally


itch the Cards. All electronic transactions siphon money out of the local community to some extent, so try the human approach and bank in person. Make purchases with cash or second best, write a check. If plastic is the only choice, choose a debit card. Local merchants lose some of their potential profit each time you use a card, but they pay up to seven times more in fees when it’s a credit card. Studies show that people spend 12 to 18 percent more when they use cards instead of cash. Move Your Debt. Already broken up with your megabank? From credit card balances to car loans to mortgages, megabanks make far more money off your debt than your savings. Refinance debt with a credit union or local bank and let the fees support your community. Be wary of “affinity credit cards”, which donate a certain amount per purchase to charitable organizations but often are connected with a megabank. Spend Deliberately. Forget Internet deals; shop local and independent. Support second-hand markets by buying used, and barter and trade services when possible. Look for goods grown and made nearby. Research purchases carefully; find easy company-screening assistance at Green America’s Responsible Shopper website ( Invest in Home. Investing in your home strengthens the community and builds wealth. Pay down your mortgage, and then use that equity when it’s time to retire. Want more investment? Do it with a second property and be a local landlord, or invest in your children’s homes. Beyond mortgages, invest in your home’s energy efficiency for an ongoing solid rate of return. Or become your own utility by tying your home’s alternative energy system into the power grid. Source: The editors of YES! magazine.

How Families and Schools Can Reduce Childhood Obesity By Judith Mabel


hildhood obesity rates in America have tripled over the last 30 years, and a 2008 survey revealed that more than one third of children and adolescents in the United States were overweight or obese. Causes for these alarming numbers include such obvious factors as overeating and insufficient exercise, but two new culprits are also being examined for exacerbating the problem. An explosion in the use of high fructose corn syrup among food manufacturers has been linked to the rise in obesity in both children and adults. The sweetener is present in large quantities in soft drinks, jam and many other processed foods. A recent article from the University of Colorado School of Medicine indicated that the metabolism of fructose can cause fatty liver, obesity, and insulin resistance. These conditions lead to the development of Type 2 diabetes, another disease on the rise among children. Phthalates, which are chemicals commonly used in plastics, are also associated with the increase in childhood obesity. These chemicals are present in many household products and even some pacifiers. A study presented at this year’s annual meeting of The Endocrine Society in Houston indicated a significant correlation between phthalates and obesity. The most common factors that contribute to childhood obesity are the ways in which kids are fed and the amount of television they watch.

In both instances, parents can play a significant role in shaping healthy habits. Mothers should breast feed for as long as possible, ideally 6 to 12 months, and introduce solid foods between 4 and 6 months. Parents should ensure that their children eat a variety of fruits and vegetables and drink ample water. As kids often ask for the foods they see on television, it’s important to set limits there. Heading outdoors and becoming an active family boosts health for everyone. Public schools can do much to reduce childhood obesity rates as well. In Wisconsin, a school superintendent recently directed all local schools to spotlight a large, attractive bowl of fruit at the beginning of the cafeteria line. Children in those schools chose almost twice as much whole fruit for dessert over such items as ice cream and cookies. When one school principal took the assignment literally and placed a spotlight over the fruit bowl, the choice of fruit nearly tripled. In schools near Los Angeles, students who participate in garden projects show an increased preference for fresh vegetables over those purchased from the store. Equally significant is the fact that, as the desire for veggies goes up, the demand for sweets goes down. Creating appetites for healthy food is a great start. Judith Mabel, Ph.D., RD is president of Nutrition Boston in Brookline. For more information call 617-232-3073 or visit See ad on page 25.

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BAREFOOTIN’: IT GROUNDS US Reap Earth’s Energy for Wellness by Debra Melani

Imagine feeling the surge of well-being that comes from strolling barefoot on a moist, sandy beach or sinking all 10 toes into a cool, lush lawn on a warm summer day. Both comprise an experience known as “grounding” or “earthing”. Recent research suggests that these tempting life experiences offer more than feel-good frolics; they might help reboot health.


y the end of the day, I could hardly walk. My feet would be screaming,” relates Lynn Deen, 66, of Mio, Michigan, describing dealing with Achilles tendonitis and plantar fasciitis in both heels. “I struggled with it for four years. I tried everything, from conventional treatments to complementary therapies. Nothing touched it.” Then Deen listened to an online interview about earthing, a therapy that involves connecting with the Earth’s electrical field, either through skin-toground contact (barefoot strolls) or by using home grounding products available online. Motivated by a yearning to maintain her active lifestyle, she de-


cided to try it. Three months later, she attested, “My heels were completely normal.” And because she opted to use a special earthing bedsheet, Deen says her husband benefited, too. “We have better sleep, less snoring and a better sense of well-being,” she reports. Theoretically, because the waterabundant human body is a good electrical conductor, such grounding allows negatively charged free electrons, which are rife on the Earth’s surface, to enter the body and scour it for free radicals: those positively charged particles that may cause disease and inflammation. “Most of the diseases today are related to chronic inflammation,”

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says Dr. Martin Gallagher, a physician and chiropractor who heads Medical Wellness Associates, a large integrative medicine clinic in Jeannette, Pennsylvania. “That inflammation is considered to be the buildup of positive electrons. The Earth’s free electrons neutralize these chemical buzz bombs, called free radicals, bringing the body back to homeostasis. It is that state of equilibrium that allows the body to heal.” Today’s lifestyles have nearly eliminated that natural healing effect, says James Oschman, director of the Nature’s Own Research Association, in Dover, New Hampshire. “When I was a kid, my shoes came off in the spring and didn’t come back on until fall,” Oschman recalls. Today, almost everybody wears plastic-soled shoes, rides in vehicles and hangs out indoors on carpet and wood or tiled floors, completely blocking these free electrons, which Oschman maintains are the most effective and efficient antioxidants available. He states, “We’ve experienced a total disconnect.” His claim is supported by small studies that are beginning to accumulate, indicating the potential benefits of grounding. Here is a sampling of the findings, from The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. Helped the body’s natural healing response. Researchers compared physiological changes during a two-hour grounding session of 14 men and 14 women and then a two-hour sham session. Changes in respiration and heart rates plus blood oxygenation within 20 minutes of grounding appeared to aid the healing process, reports lead author Gaetan Chevalier, Ph.D., director of the Earthing Institute. He notes that as in previous studies, subjects with acute inflammation experienced less swelling, redness, heat and pain. Improved sleep and reduced pain and stress. Researchers grounded 12 patients looking for these benefits while they slept. Comparing their cortisol levels (a stress-related hormone) prior to the eight-week study with results from periodic retesting and follow-up interviews, they found that grounding reduced nighttime levels of cortisol and better aligned its secretion with the body’s natural 24-hour circadian rhythm, which is important for sleep. Subjects reported

improvements in all three areas. Decreased muscle pain. Researchers looked at blood counts and chemistry in eight active exercisers, following routines that assured muscle soreness. Four subjects treated with grounding techniques showed a boosted immune response and reported reduced pain. Oschman says that some professional athletes swear by the practice, including members of four U.S. Tour de France teams (between 2003 and 2007) that were grounded nightly during the competitions. Gallagher, who estimates that 70 percent of his patients consciously practice grounding, sees improvement in conditions including heart disease, arthritis, chronic pain, autoimmune diseases, chronic fatigue syndrome, attention deficit disorder, allergies, asthma, menopausal symptoms, sleep apnea and jet lag. Judged safe for all ages, blood-thinners present the only known complication, so heart patients should consult their doctors. “This is like the relationship of vitamin D from sunlight,” concludes Gallagher. “We are receiving something that is integral to our design, part of our nature. Earthing isn’t an intellectual concept; it’s a necessity of life.” Freelance journalist Debra Melani writes about health, medicine and fitness from Lyons, CO. Connect at Debra or


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FARMERS’ mARKET gUIDE The Boston area is surrounded by an abundance of local, naturally grown produce. Here is a listing of some of the markets available. Please check the day and time, as they may change without notice.


North Harvard St. & Western Ave. 617-495-8052 Fridays, 3-7pm June 15 - October 26

ALLSTON VILLAGE 500 Cambridge St. 978-604-4384 Saturdays, 11am-3pm May 12 - October 27

1200 Beacon St. 617-796-1525 Tuesdays, 1:30-6pm July 3 - October 30


617-997-8669 Tuesdays & Thursdays, 11:30am-6:30pm, 6pm after November 4 May 24 - November 20


Day & Herbert St. 781-893-8222 Wednesdays, 12-6pm, 12-5pm after November 4 May 23 - November 21


Russell Common parking lot, Massachusetts Ave. & Pleasant St. 781-858-8629 Wednesdays, 2-6:30pm June 6 - October 24






Belmont Center parking lot, Cross St. & Channing Rd. 617-484-0170 Thursdays, 2-6:30pm thru Labor Day, then 2-6pm June 14 - October 25

CAMBRIDGE CENTRAL SQUARE Bishop Allen Dr. & Norfolk St. 781-893-8222 Mondays, 12-6pm May 21 - November 19


Morse School parking area, Memorial Dr. & Magazine St. 617-864-2942 Saturdays, 10am-2pm June 2 - October 27, except October 20


Charles Plaza, Bennett St. at Eliot St. 617-864-2942 Sundays, 10am-3pm, Fridays, 12-6pm May 20 - November 18



Bennington St. & Meridian St. 617-568-4028 Thursdays, 3:30-6:30pm July 5 - October 18

139 St. James Ave. 781-893-8222 Tuesdays & Fridays, 11am-6pm May 15 - November 20

BOSTON MEDICAL CENTER 840 Harrison Ave. 617-414-4542 Fridays, 11:30am-2:30pm June 22 - October 19

BOSTON PRUDENTIAL CENTER 800 Boylston St. 978-448-6499 Thursdays, 11am-6pm May 17 - October 25


1 City Hall Square 617-997-8669 Mondays & Wednesdays, 11am-6pm, 5pm after November 4 May 21 - November 21, except holidays

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500 Harrison Ave. 800-403-8305 Sundays, 10am-4pm May 6 - October 28 775 Commonwealth 617-358-5551 Thursdays, 12-4pm September 6 - October 25


Centre St., West Parking Lot 617-730-2000 Thursdays, 1:30-dusk June 14 - October 25

HARVARD UNIVERSITY 26 Oxford St. 617-495-8052 Tue, 12-6pm June 19 - Oct 30


Blue Hills Bank parking lot, 1196 River St. 617-361-6964 Saturdays, 2-5pm July 14 - October 6


677 Centre St. 508-867-7193 Tuesdays, 12-5pm Saturdays, 12-3pm May 15 - December 25

KENDALL SQUARE 500 Kendall St. 617-225-2440 Thursdays, 11am-2pm June 7 - September 6


Lexington Center, Massachusetts & Fletcher Ave. 781-860-0729 Tuesdays, 2-6:30pm May 29 - October 23


12 South St 508-867-7193 Thursdays, 12pm-dusk May 31 - October 25

NEWTON AMERICAN LEGION POST 440 295 California St. 617-796-1525 Fridays, 12-5pm July 6 - October 5


446 West Broadway 617-464-5858 Mondays, 12-6pm, except holidays May 7 - November 19


On the plaza, Washington & Prospect St. 781-893-8222 Thursdays, 5-8pm June 14 - November 20


On the plaza, Washington & Prospect St. 781-893-8222 Saturdays, 9am-1pm June 2 - November 17


Sovereign Bank parking lot, Main & Moody St. 781-899-6230 Saturdays, 9:30am-2:30pm June 16 - November 10

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or most parents, back-to-school season also signals the start of cold season, which for some kids, can stretch out for months. Kids’ immune systems, like their brains, need to be educated and strengthened, which might explain why young children are likely to experience two or three colds a year, says Dr. Lawrence Rosen, a holistic pediatrician practicing in New Jersey and chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Complementary and Integrative Medicine. Here are some great strategies to keep kids healthy and bolster their immune systems throughout the year. Manage stress: Stress is probably the biggest challenge to a child’s immune system, says Rosen. “Stress plays a big role in immune health. It literally impacts us on the cellular level. Studies repeatedly show that kids get sick more frequently when they are stressed out.”

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“Give your kids some down time,” Rosen advises. “Don’t schedule every minute of their time. If you are a compulsive scheduler, then schedule quiet time.” Sleep is a vital component of immune system health, he points out. “Most children need at least eight hours of sleep a day and surprisingly, teenagers may need as much as 10 hours.” Eat right: Eliminating sugar completely from a child’s diet is a huge step toward better health and building a strong immune system, says holistic Pediatrician Debby Hamilton, of Boulder, Colorado. In California, a Loma Linda University study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that eating or drinking eight tablespoons of sugar (about the amount in two, 12-ounce soft drinks) can: n Reduce the ability of white blood

Dr. Lawrence Rosen suggests a homemade hand wash blend of essential oils commonly called Thieves Oil. He makes up his own sweet-smelling antibacterial blend from cinnamon, clove, lemon eucalyptus, rosemary and orange oils, mixed with a little aloe vera and water. Keep in a spray bottle next to every sink. cells to fight off infection by 40 percent. n Lower immune function for up to five hours. n Block absorption of vitamin C, which plays a vital role in immune function. n Make cells more permeable to the influx of bacteria and viruses. Tracee Yablon-Brenner, a registered dietitian, holistic health counselor and co-founder of, offers a few tips to get kids enthusiastic about healthy eating: n Ask kids to help prepare the food and set the table, with tasks appro priate to their ages. n Cut vegetables in small pieces and “hide” them in favorite foods; for example, add zucchini and broccoli to spaghetti sauce. n Grow a garden (even a container garden) and engage children in the fun of growing food. n Take them to a farmers’ market to help pick out meal ingredients. Any food high in vitamin C is great for strengthening immune systems and improving overall health. Sources include citrus fruits, berries, bell peppers, cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts and all dark, green, leafy vegetables, especially kale. Yablon-Brenner thinks that juice is too high in sugar (even natural sugars) and instead favors fiber-rich whole fruits. She encourages eating lots of wild-caught fish (avoiding farmed fish, which can be contaminated with mercury and other toxic substances)

and plenty of foods rich in vitamin E and zinc, such as pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds. Probiotics are also important for keeping the immune system strong. For some kids, eating all-natural yogurt is enough, but for others, probiotic supplements may be necessary. “I’m really passionate about educating and teaching families about the benefits of eating real food and helping them recognize that food is really the best medicine,” says Yablon-Brenner. Exercise: Daily exercise is a key component of any health regimen. “Sometimes, I literally write a prescription for family exercise,” says Rosen. Outdoor exercise is beneficial because it also exposes children to the sun, helping them to manufacture the vitamin D that is essential for a strong immune system. Other highly recommended exercise programs include yoga for stress reduction, which can be adapted even for small children. Supplements: Rosen and Hamilton both favor select supplements for children, especially during cold and flu season. Rosen recommends a whole-food multivitamin for kids every day, as well as vitamin D supplements as follows: 400 IU daily for babies, 1,000 IU for young children, 2,000 IU for tweens and 4,000 IU for teens and adults. Hamilton adds 15 milligrams of zinc daily and likes targeted herbal preparations for preventing and treating colds. Sanitation: The experts’ advice here may be surprising: They all recommend letting kids get a little dirty. “Kids are a little too sterile,” says Hamilton. “We used to play in the dirt, get dirt under our nails and expose our immune systems to bacteria that made them stronger. Our focus on antibacterial products today has actually led to the growth of antibiotic-resistant superbugs.” As a postscript, she recommends avoiding hand sanitizers; not only are they less than effective, but their alcohol content can cause dry skin.

Kale Crisps Recipe Kids Like 1 bunch of organic curly kale Sea salt to taste Garlic powder to taste 2 Tbsp lemon juice Preheat oven to 350° F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Wash and dry kale leaves, place in a single layer on baking sheet and sprinkle with sea salt. Roast for 8 to 10 minutes, until slightly browned and crispy. Drizzle with lemon juice and serve. Source: Tracee Yablon-Brenner, from

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Come Back to Your Senses A Childlike Spirit Shows the Way

Nurture Your Business

by Clint Kelly


hildren know that the wonders of creation may be comprehended through the five senses; for what are the senses really, but five portals, or ways, of knowing? Watching any group of children for a time brings a distinct sense that they are closer to understanding all that the senses have to teach us. They don’t just smell a flower; they inhale it. An ant is best observed not from a standing position, but on one’s belly. They do not simply taste something good and move on, they roll it around the tongue, lick it gradually and make it last. Children savor their senses, patiently waiting for the full story to emerge. A child’s imagination is embellished by the senses to the point of celebration. Children are teachable because they are hitting on all cylinders of human sensory perception and can never get enough. A child at play is a child with portals wide open. If adults lived that way—hilariously, at full speed, unencumbered—how much more

might they perceive and how much more might others perceive in them? To that child at play, there is something of God that is also in the rain, the mud and the untethered laughter that rings out from the puddle-splasher. So, how do we come back to our senses? Revel in the little things. Cook together and discuss how every sense comes into play. One of many people’s favorite activities is to make organic popcorn, a wonderful object lesson in how all the senses work together to yield a pleasurable result. Hear it pop, smell its mouthwatering goodness, see how the kernels expand, taste the yummy results and feel the difference between popped and unpopped corn, lightly topped with natural salt. “Feely” bags are fun. Place a fruit or vegetable in a small sack or clean sock and have kids guess what’s inside by listening to the sound it makes when shaken, what it smells like, what it feels like and with eyes closed, what a small bite tastes like. Lastly, let them look inside. We do well to keep our eyes peeled too, like children, and be amazed by all the ways life is continuously communicating with us. Clint Kelly is the author of the Sensation series of thrillers, based on the human senses. He lives with his wife in the high-touch beauty of Washington State.

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 3 St. Agrippina’s Feast – Thru Aug 5. Come celebrate the 97th anniversary of this great tradition. See the procession, eat some food, play some games and listen to the music. See website for schedule of events. Hanover St, Boston. 617-3193459. Yoga & Creativity: A Retreat in Lake Superior, WI – Thru Aug 3. On Madeline Island, described as “one of the great undiscovered treasures of the Midwest.” Three sessions daily, including an early morning sunrise practice. One session each day led by artist Kat Van Hammen will guide us to use a variety of artistic mediums to focus on the link between meditative practices and authentic artistic expression. On and off-campus accommodations. Shared and private. For additional information, check website. $1,325-$1,550, includes most meals. Madeline Island, Lake Superior, 978 Middle Rd, La Pointe, WI. 715747-2054.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 4 Reiki 2 Certification Class – 10am-6pm. Increase your healing capability and learn mental, emotional and long distance healing. Learn three sacred symbols and the healing techniques associated with them. Pre-requiste: Reiki I Certification Training. Continuing Education Credits for nurses, mental health professionals and massage therapist available. $300. Arlington Reiki Associates, 366 Mass Ave, Ste 304, Arlington. 781-648-9334.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 5 Medicinal Plant Walk – 1-3pm. Learn to identify healing plants in our area. They are in our backyards, along the streets we walk, and in open spaces all around us. Look at plants ranging from the familiar: dandelion and Queen Anne’s Lace, to the less well known: blue vervain, mullein, St. Johnswort and gravel root. Learn which parts of the plants are used medicinally and how they nourish us and support health. $15/adults, free/children. Meet at the entrance to Rock Meadow, Belmont. 781-646-6319. For directions: Astrological Tong Ren – 3-4:30pm. Tong Ren opens the flow of Chi and re-establishes harmonious energy through the system.-$10. Theosophical Society, 21 Maple St, Arlington. For more info, Linda Clave: 617-470-9200. 617926-4155.

FRIDAY AUGUST 10 Yoga for Mindful Eating Retreat – Aug 1012. Reclaim your body, relationship with food and life. Be done with compulsive eating. Find awareness and coping strategies for stress eating. Includes walks, yoga, discussion, sharing circle, meditation, journaling, vegetarian meals and time for silence, hikes or walks and personal


reflections. Participants in previous 7-wk series share stories of powerful inner transformation from this process. $400. Yoga for Mindful Eating Center, Franconia, NH. 617-393-2200. Acupuncture & Yoga Open House – 7am-9pm. Free evening festivities. Community Acupuncture by appointment only, $20 initial visit. Yoga classes, $5. Green Tea Yoga, 10 Colonial Road, Salem. 781-269-2287.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 11 Free Introduction to Reiki – 10am-12pm. Learn about this ancient hands-on healing art for reducing stress and facilitating healing. Meet the Reiki Master Teachers, Ulrike & Denis Dettling Kalthofer, listen to a lecture about Reiki and its history, experience a 20-minute guided imagery and relaxation, and get your questions about Reiki answered. Free. Arlington Reiki Associates, 366 Mass Ave, Ste 304, Arlington. Pre-registration required, space limited: 781-648-9334. Reiki I Certification Class – 10am-6pm. Reiki I provides you with a complete method of accessing healing energy for yourself and others. Learn the hand positions, receive the channel opening attunements, practice giving a complete Reiki treatment and receive a complete Reiki treatment. This ancient healing art reduces stress, relieves pain, facilitates personal and spiritual growth and healing on all levels. Simple and easy to learn. $150. Arlington Reiki Associates, 366 Mass Ave, Ste 304, Arlington. 781-648-9334.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 12 Wellness Retreat – Aug 12-17. Medically supervised individualized programs for weight loss and healing. Focus is on nutrition, fitness, and health needs. Offers organic vegetarian, raw cuisine, juice fasting and liver cleansing. Cost includes meals/snacks, fitness classes, massage and/or acupuncture and evening educational programs. $1,500. Call for special discounts. Scribner Hollow Lodge, Rte 23A, Hunter. 888-843-3334. Boston Food Swap – 2-5pm. Market season has begun. Find the freshest, most local foods and make some delicious swappables. The Boston Food Swap brings people together to exchange creative prepared foods. Bring as little or as much as you like. You can bring a bunch of one thing or multiples of a few different things. The possibilities are endless. Reserve your spot today. Free. Space With a Soul, 281 Summer St, 5th fl, Boston. For detailed schedule:

MONDAY, AUGUST 13 Yoga Summer Camp – Aug 13-24. 7-9am. Two weeks of daily early morning practice. Each week will focus on a particular theme. Week 1: The power of practice: Asana & Pranayama, Week 2: Detox and cleansing with Asana, Pranayama, diet,

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and home practice. $170/week, $320/both. Art & Soul, 91 Hampshire St, Cambridge. 617-3954227.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 14 August Moon Festival In Chinatown – 10am5pm. Celebrate as Chinatown comes alive with lion dances, martial arts, firecrackers, folk dances and lots of vendors. Chinatown Gate area on Harrison Ave, Chinatown, Boston. Bruce Springsteen Plays Fenway Park – 6:30pm. This visit celebrates the ballpark’s 100th anniversary and will be followed on August 18 by another performance at Gillette Stadium. 800514-3849.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 16 Boston Greenfest – Aug 16-19. The region’s largest multicultural environmental festival celebrating the many ways we can create a better world by greening our lives and communities. Turn your world around and have fun at the same time. Free. Boston City Hall Plaza, Government Center, Boston. For detailed schedule:

FRIDAY, AUGUST 17 Sandra Wong and Ross Martin – 7:30-10pm. A dynamic combination of nyckelharpa/fiddle and guitar exploring music from all corners of the globe. Reaching into their individual roots of Classical Western, Bluegrass, Jazz, Scandinavian, Middle-Eastern, Old-time American music and more, their arrangements honor each tradition while moving into new, unchartered territory. Come to explore, play, stretch and grow in a joyful space. $10/prior to Aug 1, $14/after Aug 1. Loring-Greenough House, 12 S St, Jamaica Plain. 413-658-4585. or

SATURDAY, AUGUST 18 Finding Your Ojas: The Ayurvedic Approach to Holistic Living – 9am-5pm. This is a spiritual system rooted in the Vedas. It is the Vedic science of healing for both mind and body through use of natural methods including diet, lifestyle practices, herbs and bodywork. Gain a firm understanding of Ayurveda’s objectives and Doshic theory. Learn how to view the world through an ayurvedic lens, and apply practical applications in your day to day life to strengthen your essential life vigor, Ojas. May include some partner work. Free for Omega Institute staff members. Omega Institute, 150 Lake Dr, Rhinebeck. 845-266-4444 x 309. Buddhist Meditation Retreat – 9am-9pm. Learn Buddhist practices and meditate with practicing Buddhists. $10. Theosophical Society, 21 Maple St, Arlington. Pre-register with Ven.Dharman Stortz: 617-460-6156. 617-926-4155.

Open House and Class for New and Beginner Pilates Students – 11:30am-12:15pm. Also 12:30pm. Open house for new and beginner Pilates students. An introduction to Pilates equipment and mat exercises that focus on strength, flexibility, stability and breathing. Bring a friend, learn something new, and have fun. Free. Shawn’s Studio, 103 Morse St, Watertown. Pre-registration required: 617-393-3535. Futures at Fenway – 1:05pm. This 7th annual event combines child-friendly activities and affordable ticket prices and discounted concessions with an exciting doubleheader starring top minor league teams, including two Red Sox affiliates. Tickets starting at only $5.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 19 Summer Restaurant Week In Boston – Aug 1924 & Aug 26-31. Twice each year, Boston looks forward to the best restaurants in the city being on sale. Sample the affordable 2- and 3-course fixedprice menus concocted by the city’s best chefs. Start making reservations now because tables fill up fast. For more info: RestaurantWeekBoston. com. Astrological Tong Ren – 3-4:30pm. Tong Ren opens the flow of Chi and re-establishes harmonious energy through the system - $10. Theosophical Society, 21 Maple St, Arlington. Linda Clave: 617-470-9200. 617-926-4155.

MONDAY, AUGUST 20 Blood Drive – 1-6pm. Sponsored by Johnson Compounding and Wellness. An official emergency appeal for blood donations has been issued by the American Red Cross. Please donate if you can. All donors will receive a coupon for a 57.6 ounce of any variety Turkey Hill SunBrew IcedTea. Free. Johnson Compounding and Wellness Center, 577 Main St, Waltham. 800-RED-CROS.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 21 Network Chiropractic Basics Class – 7:308:30pm. Awaken your innate intelligence. By emphasizing the inherent wisdom and healing intelligence of the body, Network Chiropractic can help you handle stress, improve posture and assist in achieving a greater sense of overall wellbeing. Free. Newton Chiropractic & Wellness Centre, 345 Boylston St, Rte 9, Ste 300, Newton.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 22 The Artist’s Way Free Intro Teleclass – 7-8pm. Creativity coach Kim Childs hosts this free teleclass on The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity for anyone who wants to recover their creative dreams and desires. Free. For more info: 617-640-3813 or

THURSDAY, AUGUST 23 Films at The Gate – Aug 23-26. 7pm. Free Chinese film festival in Chinatown. Preperformances at 7pm, films start at 8pm. A small plaza on the Greenway gets transformed into an outdoor movie theater for this popular event

featuring Kung-Fu and Chinese classics. Folding chairs available on a first-come, first-served basis or bring your own. Location: Vacant lot on Hudson St next to Chinatown Gate. Cell Phone Photography Family Activity – 1:30pm. Also Aug 30. Bring your cell phone and team up with your child to learn photography techniques and create your own work of art as you explore the museum and experiment with a variety of art materials, tools and creative ideas. Best for kids 8-12 with an adult of any age. Bring one cell phone per child-adult pair. $45/one adult & one child, $20/additional child. Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave, Boston. 617-478-3100.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 24 St. Anthony’s Feast – Aug 24-27. The largest Italian Religious Festival in New England. This authentic Italian street festival has entertainment for people of every age: parades, strolling singers, live entertainment, contests are held daily. Stroll the beautifully decorated streets and sample the best Italian street foods from 100 pushcarts enjoying arancini, sausage peppers & onions, quahogs, calamari, pizza, pasta and, of course, zeppole, cannoli and gelato. Guests can also browse the wide selection of souvenir keepsakes and mementos. Endicott, Thacher & North Margin sts, Boston. 617-723-8669.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 25 Breach Workshop: Weekend Event Accessing the Larger Consciousness System – Aug 25-26. 9am-5pm. Access the non-physical in a safe, friendly environment. Discuss your explorations within a scientific context. Based on the work of Thomas Campbell, the Larger Consciousness System utilizes an approach that transcends limited and outmoded out of the body exploration. $250. Theosophical Society, 21 Maple St, Arlington. 617-926-4155. Frog Appreciation Day at Frog Pond – 10am2pm. Franklin Park Zoo presents a fun educational event all about frogs and especially about how to keep them happy in your neighborhood. Enjoy frog tales, music, face painting and frog races. Free. Frog Pond at Boston Common. 617635-2120. Auras & Chakras Workshop – 10am-4pm. Each person has seven chakras that regulate energy and auras, a personal space surrounding the body. Awareness of these energies and your own personal energetic dynamics can provide you with a deeper understanding of yourself and your relationships. $90. Visions HealthCare, 170 Worcester St, Rte 9, Wellesley. Registration required: 781-232-5431.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 26 Wellness Retreat – Aug 26-31. Medically supervised individualized programs for weight loss and healing. Focus is on nutrition, fitness, and health needs. Offers organic vegetarian, raw cuisine, juice fasting and liver cleansing. Cost includes meals/snacks, fitness classes, massage and/or acupuncture and evening educational programs. $1,500. Call for special discounts. Scribner Hollow Lodge, Rte 23A, Hunter. 888-843-3334.

Reiki Clinic – 1:30-4:30pm. Reiki Clinics are an opportunity for clients to receive a Reiki treatment at an introductory rate. Reiki is an ancient hands-on energy healing method for reducing stress, relieving pain and facilitating healing on all levels. Reiki practitioners participate in giving and receiving Reiki treatments. By appointment only. $10/half hour for clients, Free/practitioners. Arlington Reiki Associates, 366 Mass Ave, Suite 304, Arlington. 781-648-9334. ArlingtonReiki. com.

Mark Your Calendar sun-fri, August 12-17 sun-fri, August 26-31 sun-fri, September 9-14 sun-fri, October 7-12 Wellness Retreat: Medically supervised individualized programs for weight loss and healing. Focus is on nutrition, fitness and health needs. Offers Organic vegetarian, Raw Cuisine, Juice Fasting and Liver Cleansing. Cost includes meals/snacks, fitness classes, massage and/or acupuncture and evening educational programs. Program Cost $1500. Call for Special Discounts. Scribner Hollow Lodge, Rte. 23A, Hunter, NY. 888-843-3334.

Mark Your Calendar Sat/sun, September 8-9 sat/sun, october 6-7 Lightworkers Healing Method in the Northeast! Do you want to be who your soul wants you to be, and help others do the same? You can learn to channel Divine healing. It’s a teachable, learnable skill, not a gift. Healing practitioners and spiritual seekers alike can learn the Lightworkers Healing Method (LHM), an Angelically guided energy healing system with the exceptional goal of aligning us with our soul’s life plan. LHM applies to any arena of life – physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, financial, and interpersonal. Nothing is off limits. Level 1: The Foundation Sept. 8-9 Level 2: Letting Go of The Past Oct. 6-7; Hampton Inn Conference Center, Boston Area (Natick). Level 1 & 2 Combined Retreat Jan. 27 - Feb. 1, Kripalu Center in the Berkshires. For Information/Registration: 941-238-8488, or

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Beginners Level Yoga Classes – Thru Aug. Sun-Wed & Sat. Evenings. Small group beginnerlevel yoga class introducing yoga flows, asanas (poses), and sequences linked to breath and core strength. Special emphasis on the fundamentals of yoga; alignment, meditation, proper breathing technique, relaxation. $20/class. Lifetime Health & Consulting, LLC, Harvard Square, 1166 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge. Multiple evening classes, for scheduling: Cutting Edge Nature, Fusions of Flight and Foliage – Thru Sept 4. 10am-4pm. Mass Audubon’s Moose Hill Wildlife Gallery presents an exhibit of mixed media, collage and intricate cut paper artwork in appreciation of the natural world around us. Free. Moose Hill Sanctuary, 293 Moose Hill St, Sharon. 781-784-5691.

Yoga Class – 11am-12:15pm. Join a great group for an all-level yoga class in a cozy and spiritual studio. $17. Pipal Leaf Yoga, 945 Great Plain Ave, Needham. 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. 617442-7444. Restorative Yoga – 4-6:30pm. 2nd & 4th Sun. Intended for individuals who have been experiencing stress, fatigue, sickness, insomnia, injuries, recent surgery and anyone wanting a quiet, centering respite. A gentle entry into yoga for beginners as well. $35. Art & Soul, 91 Hampshire St, Cambridge. Pre-registration required: 617-395-4227.

Community Acupuncture – Thru Dec 31. Also Wed & Fri. By appointment. Affordable care for a healthy community. Acupuncture in a shared space, rather than private rooms enabling lower cost. Sliding scale, $35-$55/initial visit, $20-$40/ follow-up visits. Green Tea Yoga, 10 Colonial Rd, Salem. 781-269-2287. Men’s Redcord Class – 6:30-7am. A double suspension training system using the instability of the cords to condition the entire body. A great and intense workout. $20/drop-in, $90/5 classes, $170/10 classes. Every Body Pilates,


50 Leonard St, Ste 2A, Belmont. 617-484-3311.

118 Needham St, Newton. 617-620-3585.

Gentle Therapeutic Yoga – 12:30pm. Be immersed in healing, community and ease with the anusara principles of alignment. $17. Majestic Yoga Studio, 223 Concord Ave, Cambridge.

Restorative Exercise Classes – 6-7pm. Also Wed, 12:30-1:30pm. No-sweat movement and alignment classes to help resolve back pain, joint troubles and more. Low-impact stretching and body awareness practices. Drop-ins welcome. $15. CommonWealth Center for Herbal Medicine, 25 Saint Mary’s Ct, Brookline. 617-750-5274.

Core Fundamentals – 12:30-1:30pm. Also Wed, 12:30-1:30pm. Learn how to effectively use free weights, your body weight, resistance tubing and cable exercises to unleash your body’s natural confidence and power. $20/first class. Vitality Personal Fitness, 118 Needham St, Newton. 617620-3585. Pilates Group Equipment Classes – 6:307:30pm. Also Wed & Fri. Enjoy a comprehensive Pilates workout using the traditional Reformer apparatus and transform your mind, body and spirit. First class free. Shawn’s Studio, 103 Morse St, Watertown. 617-393-3535. Jam’n Cardio Kix – 7:15-8:15pm. Also Wed, 7:30pm. A martial arts fitness class that puts several musical patterns together in to routines performed continuously to develop cardiovascular fitness, agility and quickness. $100/10 classes, $60/5 classes, $15/drop-in. Corpbasics Fitness & Training Club, 73 Bow St, Somerville. 617-6288400. 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. MoneyMoves TeleConnections – 8-9pm. 2nd Mon. Discussions which will dive deeply into many facets of financial fitness from a practical as well as reflective perspective encouraging growth in money-savviness and self-awareness. Free. For details:

Practitioners Breakfast – 7:30-9am. 3rd Tues. All health care practitioners are welcome to share breakfast and knowledge. Features monthly guest speakers and presentations and working together with passion and enthusiasm to increase the overall wellness of the community. Groton Wellness Medical Center, 493-495 Main St, Groton. 978-449-9919. Kettlebell 101 – 2-3pm. Also Fri, 6-7am. Learn how to use the latest workout rage. Learn the proper technique for kettlebell exercises such as the Turkish get up, the swing, the clean, the windmill, the clean and press, the snatch and more. $20/first class. Vitality Personal Fitness,

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Zumba Toning – 6:15-7:15pm. 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. Group Wellness Coaching – 6:30pm. Also Wed. Join certified coach Andrew Barton, MS, for group coaching clinics to take charge of your health and wellness for once and for all. Learn how to eat healthy, exercise and manage your energy and stress in today’s hectic environment. $15. Rowe Physical Therapy, 1400 Centre St, Ste 104, Newton Center. 617-823-0464. EnginCoach. com. Zumba Dance Yourself Fit – 7-8pm. A fitness program that combines high energy and motivating music with fun, effective and easy-to-follow moves. Open to all fitness levels. $12/drop-in, $90/10 classes. Waltham Zumba, 8 Common St, Waltham. 978-761-2769.

Refreshing Samples – 10am-3pm. Try featured refreshing teas and nutritional snacks. Enjoy a selection of organic teas, treats and snacks for customers to sample. Stop in to see what’s new to try. Free. Johnson Compounding and Wellness Center, 577 Main St, Waltham. 781-893-3870. Meditation Evenings – 7-8:30pm. Come to meditate and take part in a discussion. Both beginners and experienced meditators welcome; instruction provided from 7-7:30pm for those who need it. Light refreshments provided. Suggested donation $15. Advaita Meditation Center, 28 Worcester Ln, Waltham. 781-647-0020. Women’s Self-Care Working Group – 7-9pm. 1st Wed. Women often assume the role of caretaker, but who takes care of them? We must learn to take time to care for ourselves. This supportive and inventive group offers insight and inspiration for the overworked and undernourished. $25/suggested fee. CommonWealth Center for Herbal Medicine, 25 Saint Mary’s Ct, Brookline. 617-750-5274.

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 alcohol free environment. $10-$20 sliding scale. First Congregational Church, 11 Garden St, Cambridge. 617-312-3039. Online Radio Meditation Music and Yoga Chats – 9-10pm. New, free meditation music radio show online streaming at 504-235-1558.

Anusara Inspired Yoga – Thru Sept 13. 9:3011am. Explore Anusara’s Universal Principles of Alignment to awaken, align, and move into an uplifted state of being. See rates on website. Samadhi Yoga Studio, 796 Beacon St, Newton Center. 617-243-0034. 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. Yoga In The Park – 6-7pm. Breathe, stretch and move into tranquility while practicing yoga on your mat in the comfort of JFK Park in Harvard Square. Please sign up in advance on the website. $10 or class card. JFK Park, Memorial Dr and JFK St, Cambridge. Zumba – 6-7pm. 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. Dental Secrets: A Lifetime of Health – 7-8pm. 1st Thurs. Learn the basics of holistic dentistry, how your teeth can affect the health of your entire body, the dangers of mercury amalgams and root canals, and what to eat to prevent tooth and gum problems. Free. Groton Wellness, 493 Main St, Groton. 978-449-9919. Hatha Yoga Class – 7-8pm. Suitable for all levels; beginners welcome. Bring a towel and

water and a mat if have one. Mats available for use if needed. $15/drop-in, $104/8 wks. A Pilates Fitness and Yoga Studio, 681 Main St, Ste 339, Waltham. 617-750-8599. PilatesMassachusetts. com.


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Nia with Maria Skinner – 7-8pm. Nia is the first cardio workout to combine martial arts, dance, and healing arts. An evolutionary approach to fitness and self-healing in a body. An acclaimed practice for over 25 years which is based on the science of the body. A fun, creative pathway to health and wellbeing, regardless of age or physical condition. $16/drop-in, $60/5 consecutive classes. Groton Wellness Medical Center, 493-495 Main St, Groton. 978-449-9919. Observatory Night – 7:30-9:30pm. 3rd Thurs. A non-technical lecture and telescopic observing from the observatory roof if weather permits. Free. Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, 60 Garden St, Cambridge. 617-4957461.

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Here’s Why: 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. 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. 617926-4968. 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. 617926-4968.

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Free Basic Beading Class – 1-2pm. A great opportunity to get started in beading. Learn the difference between different beads, stringing materials and findings. Free. Life’s A Bead, 404 Trapelo Rd, Belmont. 617-489-7222. LifesABead. com.

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classifieds employment opportunities AD SALES REP – Natural Awakenings is now accepting resumes for full-commission experienced Ad Sales Reps in Southeastern Middlesex County including: Cambridge, Somerville, Arlington, Belmont, Watertown, Waltham, Lexington, Brookline, Boston and Newton. Strong organizational and people skills, computer/database experience necessary. Must be a self-starter. We’re positive people looking for positive associates who are focused on healthy living and a healthy planet to reach like-minded practitioners and businesses, and help grow their client base. Flexible schedule with great earning potential, only you set the limit on your potential. Email cover letter and resume to: Publisher@NaturalAwakenings SERIOUS INQUIRIES ONLY PLEASE. SOLLIEVO MASSAGE AND BODYWORK – Is looking for a front desk person part-time. Candidate must have good interpersonal skills, computer skills, and be able to multi-task. Please send inquiries to Rose@

FOR RENT/lease 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. TWO ROOMS FOR RENT OR LEASE – In a holistic therapy practice located within Sollievo Massage & Bodywork, North Cambridge. 617-354-3082.

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. Free Friday Flicks at the Esplanade – Thru late Sept. 6pm, games, giveaways and free food samples; sunset, movie. The perfect way to spend a Friday night in the summer. Spread a blanket under the stars and watch a movie at the Hatch Shell by the Charles River. Free. Jam’n Java Open Mic and Coffeehouse – 6:309pm. 1st Fri. Sign up to play, or come and listen to talented local performers. Free. Jam’n Java, 594 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington. ArlOpenMic. Friday Night Cooking Series – 6:30-9:30pm. Join us for a night of conversation, anecdotes and fun, and a detailed cooking demonstration. See website for specifics by week. $61. Cambridge Center for Adult Education, 56 Brattle St, Cambridge. Glass Beadmaking – 6:30-9:30pm. 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. Meditation Evening – 7-9pm. 2nd Fri. Let the week go and prepare for a work-free weekend. Practice mindful meditation, chakra movement and awareness and perhaps read from The Power of Now. $20. The Center at Westwoods, 590 Gay St, Westwood. Confirm attendance: 617-524-7628 or Live Music – 8-10:30pm. Also Sat. Enjoy local food, music and art. Free, no cover charge. Nourish Restaurant, 1727 Massachusetts Ave, Lexington. 781-674-2400.

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Yoga Class – 7:30-8:45am. Stop by for a slowpaced, conscious flow through a morning yoga series. Afterwards, walk around the studio to see the events and offerings within this community. $18. Samadhi Integral Studio, 796 Beacon St, Newton Centre. Tai Chi – 8-9am. A complete physical conditioner, a healthy and regenerative exercise, a way to longevity, a self-defense art and a philosophical way of life that brings harmony and balance. $120/8 consecutive, $20/drop-in. Groton Wellness Medical Center, 493-495 Main St, Groton. 978-449-9919. Shine On Classes by Stillness Power – 9:3010:45am. Learn to use vital methods including breath cleansing, pranayama and meditation to care for your whole being and improve your overall quality of life. Bring a water bottle, cushion to sit on and an open mind. Don’t eat for two hours prior to class. $120/5 classes, $190/8 classes. Groton Wellness Medical Center, Mill Run Plaza, 493 Main St, Groton. Space limited; pre-registration required: 978-449-9919.  Broga II Power – 10-10:45am. High-energy, Broga flow class. Good for those ready for a great workout. Familiarity with Broga or yoga recommended, but not required. $100/10 classes, $15/drop-in. The Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave, Somerville. 617-207-9374. Broga I Chill – 12-12:45pm. Energetic, fun, challenging, but set to a chill, accessible pace. Perfect for Broga or yoga newbies or those interested in focusing on fundamentals. $100/10 classes, $15/drop-in. The Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave, Somerville. 617-2079374.

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


Amy Pearsall, MD 1622A Beacon St, Ste 205, Brookline 857-288-9416 Individuals seeking a more natural and elemental approach to healing and wellness may benefit greatly from the integration of Eastern and Western medicine. See ad page 3.


150 California St, Newton MA 02458 617-558-1788 NESA is the first school of acupuncture in the U.S. and provides a rigorous acupuncture education along with affordable health care to the community. See ad page 6.


170 Worcester St (Rte 9), Wellesley, MA 02481 781-431-1333 Acupuncturists at Visions HealthCare are able to provide relief for a variety of concerns including but not limited to insomnia, allergies, digestion, pain, fatigue, etc. See ad on the back cover.





Colleen Chausse, BS, RN, LMT 594 Marrett Rd, Ste 17, Lexington, MA 02421 781-274-7700

Allergies/sensitivities are an error in the body. We correct the error in a holistic, non-invasive way. Experience long-term allergy symptom relief. See ad page 27.

Our clients understand that their brain controls their life. A balanced brain allows them to experience liberating self-regulation. Love life again. Join us. See ad page 23.


Bioidentical Hormone Treatment CONNIE A. JACKSON, MD

55 Pond Ave, Brookline, MA 02445 132 Great Rd, Ste 201, Stow, MA 01775 617-232-0202 (Brookline) 617-879-0403 (Stow) Specializing in Hormonal Imbalance and Individualized Natural Bioidentical Hormone Treatment for irregular menstrual cycles, hot flashes, night sweats, low sex drive, irritability, fatigue, poor concentration, poor memory, depression and sleep disturbances. Accepting most major insurances. See ad page 11.

978-877-6122 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 13.


Successful relationships create successful businesses. Offering client communications, Web and creative services, and organizational strategies for holistic health and personal growth practitioners. See ad page 24.

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chiropract0r move well chiropractic

Dr. David Oliver, DC 1280 Centre St, Ste 210, Newton Centre 617-641-9999

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

Kim coaches people in the life-changing practices and principles of The Artist’s Way and The Prosperous Heart by Julia Cameron. No artistic experience required, just a desire to live a rich and more fully expressed life. Workshops offered each spring and fall.

Specializing in spinal manipulation, trigger point therapy and chiropractic rehab; providing our patients with long-term results. Therapeutic massage also available. All major insurances accepted.


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.


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

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

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

Dr. Iontcheva-Barehmi is an accomplished dentist and specialist in Periodontics and Implants with a holistic approach to medicine and dentistry. To schedule your comprehensive exam and share the excitement of a healthy smile, call: 617-868-1516. See ad page 21.

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

Our specialization, healthfocused dentistry, enables us to consider you, our patient, as a whole person, not merely a “dental case.” Therefore, we have the unique opportunity to evaluate every patient, and develop every treatment, procedure and protocol, from an individualized holistic standpoint. We will make recommendations to improve not only your dental health, but your overall health as well. See ad page 21.

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 ad page 17.


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19 Chestnut St, Arlington, MA 02474 781-643-2344 Fax: 781-641-3483 Our practice centers on your comfort, your convenience, and on dental excellence, always. We believe everything we do here should enhance your lifestyle and your health. See ad page 2.


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


A Green America Gold Certified Business. We clean your home or small business without hazardous chemicals, fumes or hassle. Call us for first-rate carpet, furniture or ceramic floor tile cleaning.

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

Personalized, comprehensive consultations with experienced herbalists. Whether it’s the flu or a chronic illness, or simply to build greater vitality, herbal medicine can help. See ad page 19.


120 Arlington Rd, Woburn, MA 01801 781-572-4454 Our Academy is focused on the art and science of plant based medicine, from a holistic perspective. All herbalists are welcome, mentors and students. See ad page 15.

holistic bodywork BARBARA GOSSELIN, PT

393 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 781-507-4226 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 25.


Cecile Raynor Certified Alexander Technique Teacher; Certified Thai Yoga Therapist 617-359-7841 Learn to relieve body tension and manage the stress in your life. Improve your posture without any holding. Learn mind/body tools for personal growth. See ad page 41.


integrative PHYSICIAN

Mimi Rhys, LMT 617-413-7174


Experience what gentle, integrated therapies can do to help you lose your pain. Mimi Rhys offers craniosacral therapy, lymphatic drainage, and lymphatic joint release work. See ad page 17.


126 Prospect St, Cambridge MA 781-412-4325

Lexington, MA 781-862-8000 Tamar Myers, in practice since 1992, offers comprehensive bodywork. Her expertise in a wide variety of modalities allows her to design sessions unique to each individual’s needs.

Board Certified in Family Medicine and trained in Functional Medicine, Dr. Kumar is also a practicing Reiki Master. Accepting new patients and most major insurances. See ad on the back cover.


Experience a deep sense of Self and true healing from the heart. Daniel offers Reiki and Infant Massage classes, Crystal Healing, Reiki treatments, and massage.

SOLLIEVO MASSAGE & BODYWORK 2285 Massachusetts Ave Cambridge, MA 02140 617-354-3082

A therapeutic massage and acupuncture practice specializing in chronic pain, injuries and stress reduction. We are a group of seasoned therapists with combined expertise in various bodywork treatments and approaches. Visit our website for pricing and promotions. Blue Cross & Aetna discounts available. See ad page 23.

holistic health coach NINA MANOLSON, MA, LMT, CHC


170 Worcester St (Rte 9) Wellesley, MA 02481 781-431-1333

Certified Health Coach Smokin’ Hot Mom Mentor & Family Wellness Expert 617-771-5121

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

integrative therapy BODYMIND RESOURCING

Alison Shaw APRN, LMT, CEH 393 Massachusetts Ave Arlington, MA 02474 781-646-0686 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 24.

integrative veterinary medical care

Nina helps busy moms prioritize themselves so that they look and feel their very best. She also teaches families how to make the shift to healthier eating habits. Free get-acquainted session available. See ad page 33.

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

A full-service integrative veterinary clinic offering caring and healthful options and modalities like acupuncture, functional nutrition, homeopathy, chiropractic, herbs, ozone therapy, surgery and dentistry. See ad page 24.

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


300 Wildwood Ave, Woburn, MA 01801 781-935-3344


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

We offer the finest education and training in skin care and spa therapy as well as affordable skin care treatments to the public. See ad page 13.

Specializing in outpatient orthopedic rehabilitation and treatment of sports, dance and work injuries. We also treat computer/musician overuse injuries, carpal tunnel and injuries from motor vehicle accidents. See ad page 35.


1400 Centre St, Ste 104, Newton Centre 617-244-4462

Rowe Physical Therapy is a team of competent PTs and OTs with many years of expertise in Manual Therapy. As holistic practitioners, they treat body, mind and spirit. See ad page 33.


1160 Boylston St (Rte 9), 2nd Fl, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 617-739-6010 Customized facials and treatments for all skin types using an exclusive food-grade organic, wild-crafted, chemical-, paraben- and cruelty-free skin care line. See ad page 19.

REIKI CHRISTABETH INGOLD, RP, CHC 369 Mass Ave, Arlington, MA 02474

Experience the healing energy Reiki offers physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Christabeth also offers holistic health coaching, guiding you on a wellness journey exploring your relationship with life and food.




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


170 Worcester St (Rte 9) Wellesley, MA 02481 781-431-1333

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Dr. Judy Brasier provides primary care, sports medicine, as well as osteopathic treatment. Her goal is to keep you active and well. Accepts insurance. See ad on the back cover.


Vicki Loberman 617-610-9551

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

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