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atural Awakenings Publishing Corporation’s family of 95 magazines bid a fond farewell to company President Larry Levine, with many joining in a conference call and sharing notes, prayers and good thoughts prior to his passing on September 23. Larry enthusiastically contributed his all with a host of talents focused on forwarding our collective mission of providing publishers and readers with the tools needed to help us all create a healthier, more sustainable world together. Company founder and CEO Sharon Bruckman honors her partner, saying, “Our home office and publishers are truly saddened to lose the beautifully loving, guiding Larry Levine light that Larry generously shared with us throughout the past 12 years. His impact on our lives and Natural Awakenings’ success will continue to bless our readers. We will miss him dearly.” One of Larry’s last gifts to the company was recommending Pat McGroder as vice president of franchise development just weeks before his unexpected passing. Pat brings 24 years of publishing experience and has already proven an incredible blessing to our family of heart-centered entrepreneurs. On a recent inspirational publishers call, we were each sharing what we would choose as our single “super power” and Larry’s was that he’d be a living essence of the Buddha. For many of us, that’s a role we’ve seen him play since day one, expressing unconditional love and compassion toward everyone. It’s how he lived. How many people in the corporate world can say that the last words they regularly hear from the “top brass” of their organization are “I love you!”? For our leadership, these aren’t just words. You could feel Larry’s love coming through the ether. A thoughtful and thoroughly considerate man, he contemplated how to offer the most benefit in each conversation and encounter. We’ll miss Larry’s physical presence with us, but feel at peace knowing that life is eternal and the good he embodied will continue to help steer the awe-inspiring ship that is Natural Awakenings. His spirit lives on in these pages in the pure intention to help all we touch to feel better, live simply and laugh more. With love and gratitude,

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newsbriefs Divine Chocolate for the Holidays


ivine Treasures is now taking chocolate orders for the holiday season. Products are made using only organic European dark chocolate, filled with ingredients that are organic, gluten-free and vegan-friendly. Fans of peanut butter, caramel and chocolate are likely to enjoy a Perfect Duo. Ginger Explosion or Lavender Blue are for those interested in a chocolate adventure. The unique Buddha Blessing is a laughing Buddha made with sweet mango, coconut and lemongrass with a burst of spicy red pepper. Various “turtle” confections are also available, featuring caramel, chocolate and pecans. Hailed as a favorite by locals since opening in Manchester, Connecticut, Divine Treasures’ customer base has expanded throughout the country thanks to online ordering. “I actually think of these customers more as clients,” says owner Diane Wagemann. “And we’ve even got Hollywood stars ordering from our website to satisfy their inner foodie. While we adhere to both vegan and gluten-free requirements, our products are made to a standard that all can enjoy.” A special holiday promotion is being offered by Divine Treasures. Shoppers receive 10 percent off their next purchase placed online before November 30. Enter promo code “AB1016” to activate this promotion. For more information or to place your holiday order, call 860-6432552 or visit See ad on page 17.

Meet Local Holistic Community at Free Open House


et to know the local holistic community at the free Wholistic Health Alliance (WHA) Open House from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., November 6, at Sons of Italy, in Winchester. The WHA is a nationally launched nonprofit dedicated to building healthier communities. WHA aims to bring together complementary/holistic medicine practitioners, fostering collaborations, building stronger networks and enabling a more intimate relationship between practitioners and the community. It currently operates in the states of Massachusetts, New York, California and Maine, with more chapters in the pipeline. Holistic businesses, practitioners and vendors will be on hand at the event offering sample services, discount vouchers and free gifts. Plenty of easy-access parking is available. Cost: Free. Location: 117 Swanton St., Winchester. For more information, visit or follow on Twitter (@WHAGroup) and Facebook.


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erry Cudmore, a life and business coach and creator of the Spiritual Finance Initiative, will hold a five-class workshop, beginning January 14, on changing individual and collective relationships with money. The Spiritual Finance Class Series takes place via phone and in person at the Sisters of Solace, in Westport. “The relationship with money is one of deep taboo in our culture, and it touches just about everything in our lives,” says Cudmore. “If we can positively affect that relationship by aligning money with our values, everything changes. It’s about transforming money from an adversary to an empowering ally.” Cudmore says the five classes aim to help people understand their personal relationship with money and finance; transform how they relate to prosperity, abundance and success; clear the emotional clutter of limiting financial beliefs; have a clear understanding of why it is spiritually “okay” to be prosperous; become more comfortable in the “money conversation”; and create healthy and empowering relationships with money and finance.   Cost: Each student automatically receives a $300 full scholarship to cover cost of class. Location: 700 American Legion Hwy., Westport. Class size is limited and pre-registration is required. To register, call 508-636-4668 or email SistersOfSolace@ To learn more, call 508-636-6549 or visit See ad on page 19.

Free Talk on Functional Medicine in Westborough


isa Vasile, NP, co-owner of 4 Better Health, will present a free talk on functional medicine from 2 to 4 p.m., November 4, at the Tatnuck Bookstore, in Westborough. Vasile will be joined by Dr. Patti Zub to discuss how functional medicine works in collaboration with traditional medicine to reduce and reverse chronic conditions and symptoms by identifying root causes and redirecting imbalances. “We have seen hundreds of patients feel better by optimizing nutrients, lifestyle, sleep, energy and appropriate metPatti Zub and abolic and hormonal functioning,” says Vasile. “Traditional Lisa Vasile medicine often leans on medication for disease and symptoms, leaving patients with the belief that their symptom or condition is lifelong. Functional medicine believes the body can and will heal.” Vasile and Zub will also discuss why pain, hormonal issues, excess weight, fatigue, brain fog and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) are often outward signs of inward imbalances. The pair will offer helpful hints on reducing and reversing fatigue, IBS and brain fog, along with beneficial suggestions for diet, supplementation and lifestyle. Cost: Free. Location: Westborough Shopping Center, 18 Lyman St., Westborough. To learn more, call 508-625-1807 or visit natural awakenings

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

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


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s we approach the holidays, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed with pressure to give presents. An idea that should strengthen relationships and foster well-being, gift-giving too often becomes a source of stress and anxiety, along with unnecessary items that have the potential for cluttering instead of clarifying our lives. This holiday season, give meaningful gifts of health, well-being and sustainability, and be remembered by the people that mean the most to you. Look to Natural Awakenings’ Conscious Giving Guide on pages 16 and 17 to find reiki, crystal bed, jewelry, clothing, chocolates, Gem Therapy, CD’s, blown glass and one-of-a-kind gifts and services for everyone on your gift-giving list. “The holidays can often be a time for reflection, so slow down and remember what is most important to you and your loved ones,”Gift says Maisie Raftery, publisher of Natural Awakenings Boston. “Time spent together creating memories and sharGuide ing healthy holiday traditions and experiences can be one of the most cherished gifts of all.” Businesses and individuals wishing to advertise in the December Conscious Holiday Gift Guide should call 617-906Meaningful gifts for the most people 15. in your life. 0232 bymeaningful November

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Free Pampering for Ladies at Groton Wellness


elax, laugh, eat, drink, dance and get pampered from 6 to 9 p.m., November 10, at Groton Wellness’ Ladies Night Out. The free event will include women’s health seminars, one-on-one time with practitioners, facial treatments, all-natural make-up sessions, spa treatments, specialty vendors, spa and retail specials, complimentary beverages, café samples and entertainment. One-night-only 20 percent discounted medical/spa gift cards will be on sale, just in time for family- and self-care and holiday gifts. Also, $20 discounts on Dr. Hauschka products will be given for every spa treatment booked during the event and received by December 30. Pre-registration to the event is required. Cost: Free. Location: 493-495 Main St., Groton. For more information, call 978-449-9919 or visit See ad on back page and Resource Guide on page 41.

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ind out why restoring healthy liver function is a critical step in any detoxification program with the complete five-part webinar series, Elements of Detoxification, available now from CommonWealth Center for Holistic Herbalism. This course series includes five, two-hour video sessions taught by Ryn Midura, as well as bonus documentation, resources and free student forum discussion. Learn simple and sustainable methods for eliminating toxins from one’s food, body and environment. Understand the importance of sleep, movement, diet and stress management in an effective detox protocol, and why it’s imperative that we nourish before we purge. Also, learn about herbs that help to clean the blood, support the liver and restore the body’s natural pathways of elimination and detoxification. To purchase the course, visit herbal-detoxification-webinars and complete payment via PayPal. Once completed, instructions for accessing the class recordings, student forum and support materials will be sent. Cost: $125. For more information and other class offerings, visit See ad on page 28 and Resource Guide on page 41.

Preparing Beyond Birth Online Summit


he Fourth Trimester Summit, a free online event that will give new moms the information and support they need for a healthy, confident start to motherhood, will take place over 10 days from November 9 to 18. Hosted by Lisa Chin, the Summit brings together more than 40 speakers in many different areas of women’s health, Lisa Chin infant development and relationships to support new moms in the first three months after birth. “The biggest mistake expecting mothers make is solely focusing on and preparing for birth and not for the time after,” says Chin. “It’s arguable that pregnancy is way more predictable than when the baby is born.” New parents will gain a greater understanding of the challenges of healing after birth, breastfeeding, navigating sleep and many other changes they undergo after the birth of a new baby. The Summit focuses on natural and holistic approaches for the modern-day mom and baby. Cost: Free. Location: Online. For more information, call 857288-8675, email or visit FTS. See ad on this page and on page 11.


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oulful, heart-centered, spiritual, lady-boss-soulpreneurs that want to help change the world are invited to a monthly gathering from 8 to 10 a.m., the first Saturday of every month at Life Alive, in Cambridge. Women entrepreneurs gather each month to share ideas, make new friends and strengthen and empower each other within the sacred chain of sisterhood. Local, organic food and drink is served by host Life Alive in their Chakra Lounge downstairs. Tickets must be purchased ahead of time as capacity is strictly held at 40 women. Each ticket includes a buffet of healthy vegetarian food, tea and kombucha. The two hours is a mix of unstructured social time, mingling and networking with structured sharing and exchanging with each other.

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he human body was not designed to be hunched for hours in the same position, whether at a computer at work or watching TV at home. This static position develops poor posture that can cause as much trouble as repetitive motions that strain muscles. When we sit for long periods, the resulting shape gets locked in the body’s fascia, the connective tissue that surrounds every muscle, like vacuum packing. In sitting, the hip flexors are shortened, the spine is often compressed, and if we are at a desk, our head is likely thrust forward, weighing on the neck and back. When locked in place by a habitual posture, the fascia loses its resilience and we feel trapped in a pattern that stresses our muscles, joints and nerves, causing discomfort, pain and ongoing poor posture. Stretching or other exercise is not always a practical solution. A great way to jump-start a positive change is a series of Rolfing Structural Integration sessions. In this hands-on method, a Certified Advanced Rolfer evaluates the body’s alignment—identifying how the fascia is restricted, causing pain and posture problems—and frees it to sculpt the body back into its natural state of balance and ease, mainly using hands and forearms. These experts also advise patients on better sitting posture and more efficient body movement. Source: Anne F. Hoff, certified advanced Rolfer and member of the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration faculty in Boulder, CO. For more information on Rolfing, call the Rolf Institute at 303-449-5903 or visit See ad, page 26.

Acupressure Eases Fatigue in Cancer Survivors


reast cancer survivors are often plagued by chronic fatigue that lasts long after their treatment is finished. They have few options to relieve the condition, but acupressure shows promise. A study published this summer in the Journal of the American Medical Association concluded that acupressure can significantly improve two symptoms of fatigue experienced by breast cancer survivors: sleep quality and quality of life. The researchers tested 424 women that had completed cancer treatments at least a year prior to the study. They were divided into three groups—one self-administered relaxing acupressure and another stimulating acupressure, while the control group followed a conventional care plan. After six weeks, fatigue was reduced from 70 percent to 43 percent among those receiving acupressure, with two-thirds of the women in the acupressure groups reaching levels of fatigue considered normal. The relaxing acupressure group showed substantial improvements in sleep quality compared with the conventional care group at week six, but the two groups reached parity at week 10. The relaxing acupressure group was the only one that showed improvements in quality of life, making it a reasonable, low-cost option for managing fatigue symptoms.

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he human brain does not function optimally in society’s noise-filled environment. The brain, like the body, needs rest to function, and that comes with silence. A recent study in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience discovered that the brain is able to integrate both internal and external information into a “conscious workspace” when resting. Constant distractions and noises can detract from the brain’s ability to process critical information. Noise also elevates stress hormone levels within the brain. Research published earlier in Psychological Science examined the effects that the relocation of the main Munich airport, in Germany, had on children’s health and cognition. Gary W. Evans, researcher and professor of human ecology at Cornell University, notes that when exposed to constant noise, children develop a stress response that causes them to ignore it. The study’s subjects tuned out both harmful sounds and stimuli that they should be paying attention to, including speech. Silence has the opposite effect, releasing tension in brain and body. Exposure to chronic noise can also hinder children’s cognitive development, according to a study from the World Health Organization and the European Commission Joint Research Centre; this includes language skills and reading ability. To help counter modern noise pollution, attention restoration theory suggests that individuals placed in environments with lower levels of sensory input can recover some of the cognitive abilities they have lost.

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preliminary study led by Dr. James E. Stahl and published this fall in the journal PLOS ONE found that patients who participated in Benson-Henry Institute (BHI) mind-body programs like meditation and yoga reduced their medical visits on average by 43 percent in the year after taking part. “Our study’s primary finding is that programs that train patients to elicit the relaxation response—specifically those taught at the BHI—can also dramatically reduce healthcare utilization,” says Stahl. The relaxation response was first described more than 40 years ago by Herbert Benson, M.D., founder and director emeritus of the BHI and a co-author of the study. The physiologic opposite of the well-documented fight-or-flight response, the relaxation response is elicited by practices including meditation, deep breathing and prayer and has been shown to be helpful in the treatment of stress-related disorders ranging from anxiety to hypertension. The paper’s authors note that stress-related illnesses such as anxiety and depression are the third highest causes of health expenditures in the U.S. after heart disease and cancer, which also are affected by stress. “Studies show that 60 to 90 percent of all medical visits are stress-related. This research proves that we can greatly improve the lives of our patients by integrating stress reduction into our healthcare delivery model,” says Benson. “This could improve patients’ overall health and reduce healthcare costs dramatically. It’s time to integrate this approach into mainstream medicine.”

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The Kroger grocery chain, with nearly 2,500 U.S. stores, including subsidiaries Ralphs, Fry’s, King Soopers and Food 4 Less, has decided to go all in on the organic food market as a follow-up to the 2012 release of its Simple Truth brand of organic foods. Kroger President Michael Ellis says, “We’re really just answering the customer’s call for more and better,” giving Whole Foods Market more competition. Walmart has also begun to satisfy the growing health concerns of its shoppers by integrating organic options in its supermarkets. Now the challenge is for organic farming—which intentionally works to minimize agricultural impacts on the health of people and the planet—to meet the greater demand nationwide for healthier foods. Although implementation will vary depending on climate, experts advise that it begins with farms adopting healthy soil practices. It’s up to consumers to keep the momentum going. Source:


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The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act is a new federal law that restricts animal testing and requires regulators to develop technology-based alternatives. It updates the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976, which insisted non-animal tests be used whenever possible and established a precedent for developing animal-free testing, including vitro and silico (computer simulation) methods. Earlier this year, the John Hopkins University School of Medicine made strides in removing the use of animals from medical training and cosmetic testing. Now all new chemicals will have to meet specific safety standards. Clothing, couches and cleaning products, among many other consumer goods, contain chemicals linked to cancer, Parkinson’s and other serious health problems, but are not routinely tested for safety. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will now have new authority to require testing with a legal mandate to review existing chemicals on the market. Along with updating rules for tens of thousands of everyday chemicals, the law specifically sets safety standards for dangerous chemicals like formaldehyde, asbestos and styrene. It aims to standardize on the national level what is currently a jumble of state rules governing an $800-billion-a-year industry.

Carbon Dioxide Passes ClimateWarming Threshold Record carbon dioxide levels will surpass the symbolic threshold of 400 parts per million (ppm) this year and will likely never fall below it again in our lifetimes, according to a new study published recently in the journal Nature Climate Change. The findings highlight urgent concerns about global efforts to curb climate change as outlined in the Paris agreement negotiated last December and signed in April by nearly 170 nations. Carbon concentrations have passed the 400 ppm limit before, but never permanently. The authors state, “In the longer term, a reduction in CO2 concentration would require substantial and sustained cuts in anthropogenic [humanly influenced] emissions to near zero.” The determined safe level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is a maximum of around 350 ppm, according to climate advocates. Source:

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BODYMIND REPATTERNING: A Deeper Look at the Body-Mind Connection by Gina Cronin

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verything that holds emotional enerhappens in gy. The first approach our physiology is by working with and body is connected conscious awareness to our psychology; to through talking, guidthoughts, feelings and ing body dialogues emotions, both in the and leading guided present and throughout imagery. This allows the history of our lives,” people to tune in to says Alison Shaw, nurse what is happening in practitioner, certified their body and conholistic nurse, licensed nect it to what is hapmassage therapist, cerpening emotionally. tified energy healer and The second apowner of Bodymind proach is movement, Alison Shaw Repatterning, in Lexingthrough which paton. At the core of Shaw’s practice is the tients understand how they are living idea that every thought and feeling peoenergetically in the body. They then ple have, whether conscious or unconlearn to adopt a more open, grounded scious, creates chemical, structural and and centered posture through expressive physiological changes in the body. movement work. The third approach is “Depression and anxiety have a geared towards using touch as an awarephysiological posture or component to ness tool. Shaw uses bodywork and them,” says Shaw. “Over time we all Brennan Healing Science techniques to form body-mind patterns, which are continue the process of awareness and adaptations and defense mechanisms release of restrictive patterns in the body that build up unconsciously as ways of and energy field. She designs each sescoping with stress.” She explains that sion based on what she thinks is useful the defense mechanisms people build and what the client is interested in doing. Some people may not want to talk can end up causing pain, restriction or at all and work directly with movement illness, and that people cannot heal fuland touch, while others might not be ly until they look at both the body and comfortable with touch therapy—permind at the same time. haps because of past trauma—and prefer Bodymind Repatterning does just to talk through the issues. Each session is that. During the one-on-one sessions, personalized to the needs of the patient. Shaw uses three different approaches to “It’s a collaborative and fluid prohelp her patients observe how the body cess, like multidimensional surfing,” says participates in emotional issues and

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Shaw, who has been working with the body-mind connection for more than 30 years. “I knew I wanted to go into holistic healing since I was a teenager. I became a nurse practitioner with the overarching passion to help bring integrative ideas into conventional medicine.” Bodymind Repatterning, formerly known as Bodymind Resourcing, came from the idea that people can become free of restrictive, unconscious patterns, and then live from the source of who they truly are. This is the core of Shaw’s model, with Bodymind Repatterning titling the therapy more descriptively and precisely. Individuals with both emotional and physical issues have found deep healing through Shaw’s sessions. “People come for long-term emotional struggles like depression and anxiety, while others come with physical illnesses from muscular tension and structural issues to chronic fatigue syndrome and cancer,” Shaw says. By breaking through destructive patterns and restrictive defense mechanisms, individuals can uncover the vibrancy and well-being that is the essence of who they are. Location: The Center for Body Mind Integration, 109 Massachusetts Ave., Lexington. For more information, call 781-646-0686 or visit Bodymind See ad on this page and Resource Guide on page 42.

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STAY SHARP Powerful Ways to Avoid Mental Decline by Lisa Marshall


slow descent into dementia seemed inevitable for a 66-yearold man that had been misplacing his keys, missing appointments and struggling at work. He failed doctor-administered cognitive quizzes and tested positive for a gene variant linked to an exponentially higher risk of Alzheimer’s disease. A brain scan revealed scattered clusters of sticky, amyloid plaque—a hallmark of the disease. His hippocampus, or memory center, had shrunk to rank in the lowest 17 percent of men his age. Told there wasn’t much that could be done, he sought the help of University of California, Los Angeles Alzheimer’s researcher Dale Bredesen, a neurologist and founding president of the independent Buck Institute for Research on Aging. He recommended a personalized, 36-point plan, including a high-fat/low-carb diet, intermittent


fasting, strict sleep schedule, select dietary supplements and other lifestyle changes. Within three months, family members reported marked improvements in his memory. At 10 months, brain scans revealed his hippocampus had grown 12 percent. “Such improvements are unprecedented,” says Bredesen, who described this and nine other hopeful cases in a provocative paper published in June in the journal Aging. “These are the first examples of a reversal of cognitive decline in pre- and early Alzheimer’s patients.”

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Bredesen is among a small but growing group of researchers, physicians, caregivers and patients challenging the conventional wisdom that the road to dementia goes one way, with no cure or repair of damage done. They argue that the key to both prevention and

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reversal, at least in early stages, is to pinpoint its numerous drivers—from nutritional and hormonal deficiencies and exposure to infection to environmental toxins and harmful drugs—and attack them simultaneously. It’s a stark departure from the classic, often unsuccessful, one-pill treatment approach. Of the 244 clinical trials for Alzheimer’s drugs between 2002 and 2012, all but one failed. “Imagine having a roof with 36 holes in it, and your drug patched one hole. You still have 35 leaks,” says Bredesen, who believes his synergistic approach—the Bredesen Protocol—can likely make Alzheimer’s drugs work better or render them unnecessary. Skeptical colleagues point out that Bredesen’s paper described only 10 case studies, not a clinical trial. “It is intriguing, but not enough to make recommendations to physicians or patients,” says Keith Fargo, Ph.D., director of scientific programs and outreach for the Chicago-based Alzheimer’s Association. “The current consensus in the scientific community is that we do not have a way to reverse dementia.” While agreeing that a larger study is needed, Neurologist David Perlmutter, of Naples, Florida, whose bestsellers Brain Maker and Grain Brain promote nutritional changes for supporting brain health, considers Bredesen’s study revolutionary. “To reverse Alzheimer’s in one patient is monumental, much less 10,” says Perlmutter. They recently presented together at a conference organized by Sharp Again Naturally, a New York nonprofit that educates patients and caregivers about natural means of slowing and reversing cognitive decline. After losing her mother to Alzheimer’s, the nonprofit’s co-founder, Jacqui Bishop, 74, stopped her own frightening decline by changing her diet and getting her thyroid hormone levels under control via supplements. Now she’s helping others do the same. She says, “We are trying to change the conversation from one of despair to one of hope.”

Mending Body and Brain

Key to Bredesen’s approach is the notion that instead of being one disease, Alzheimer’s consists of three sub-types

Lifestyle changes can prevent and slow cognitive decline. Some say they also reverse it. with distinct drivers: inflammation or infection; harmful environmental exposures; and/or lack of neuron-nurturing hormones. To determine which one to target, he tests patients for blood-sugar, inflammation and hormone levels, heavy metals and critical nutrients such as D and B vitamins. Then he crafts a personalized plan. He notes that the 10 years it can take to progress from subtle decline to full-blown Alzheimer’s provides a huge opportunity. “Ideally, we want people to come in when they have mild impairment or are asymptomatic,” says Bredesen, advising that tests be done for the APOE4, or “Alzheimer’s gene” in one’s 40s. “People have not wanted to know in the past because they’ve been told there is nothing they can do about it. We completely disagree.” One way to stay cognitively sharp is to eat fewer carbs (which boost blood sugar) and eat more fat, says Perlmutter. “There is a clear relationship between elevated levels of blood sugar and increased risk of Alzheimer’s.” One study, published in 2013 in the New England Journal of Medicine, tracked 2,067 healthy adults for seven years and found that the higher their average glucose level, even if they weren’t diabetic, the more likely they were to develop dementia. For instance, those with a level of 115 milligrams per deciliter were 18 percent more at risk than those measuring 100 milligrams per deciliter. A 2012 study published in Neurology followed 266 adults for four years and found that those with higher blood sugar saw certain areas of the brain shrink 6 to 10 percent more than those with lower blood sugar. Gluten can also be problematic, advises Perlmutter, when it’s inflammatory and driving brain degeneration. In contrast, good fat, like that in avocados, fatty fish, coconut oil and walnuts, serves as a foundation for neurons and an efficient, clean-burning fuel source for the brain. This is particunatural awakenings

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Get-Smart Supplements Curcumin: This potent constituent in turmeric (the yellow spice that gives curry its flavor) has been shown to combat many of the problems that contribute to brain degeneration, including inflammation, free radical damage and high blood sugar. It also boosts growth of new brain cells. Take 500 milligrams (mg) twice daily or eat a diet rich in curry. DHA (docosahexaenoic acid): This omega-3 fatty acid serves as a key building block for brain cell membranes. Take 1,000 mg daily (derived from fish oil or algae) or eat lots of fatty fish. Coconut oil: It’s rich in medium-chain triglycerides, an efficient, clean-burning fuel source for the brain. Take one or two teaspoons daily. Probiotics: These help fortify the intestinal lining, reducing the gut permeability and inflammation that can impact cognitive health. They also support production of key neurotransmitters and the brain-derived neurotrophic factor brain growth hormone. Look for supplements or foods containing Lactobacillus plantarum, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus brevis, Bifidobacterium lactis and Bifidobacterium longum. B vitamins: High levels of the amino acid homocysteine have long been linked to increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease; have levels checked and if they’re elevated, B6 and B12 can reduce them. Source: David Perlmutter 22

larly helpful in someone with early-stage Alzheimer’s, says Bredesen, because the disease can make it harder for the brain to use sugar for fuel. In some cases, both doctors recommend an extremely lowcarb, or “ketogenic” diet (fewer than 60 grams of carbs per day). Starved of carbohydrates, the liver produces fat-like compounds called ketones, a brain-fuel source shown to stimulate growth of new neural networks. Bredesen also recommends 12 hours of fasting each night, with zero food intake within three hours of going to sleep. Fasting promotes a process called autophagy, by which the brain essentially cleans itself of damaged cellular material. Eight hours of sleep is also vital. According to University of Rochester research, the space between brain cells opens up during sleep, allowing cleansing channels of fluid to flow more freely. “If you were operating your house 24/7 with no time to rest or clean, it would be disastrous,” says Bredesen. “The same is true of your brain.” Also, they say, keep teeth clean because bacterial infections, including those in the gums, have been shown to hasten formation of neuron-killing plaque. Also critically examine the prescription drugs being ingested. A recent study of 74,000 people published in JAMA Neurology found that regular use of heartburn drugs like Prilosec and Nexium increased dementia risk by 42 to 52 percent. Meanwhile, anticholinergic drugs like Benadryl and statin drugs prescribed to manage cholesterol have also been linked to increased dementia. “We see ‘statin brain’ all the time,” observes Perlmutter, who says once patients go off the drugs, they tend to get better.

False Hope or Sound Advice

Fargo says researchers are keenly interested in many of the ideas in Bredesen’s paper. Although it’s too early to endorse them, numerous studies are underway. But he wonders if some patients that assert that they’ve reversed dementia actually suffered from something else, like sleep apnea or depression. Bredesen stands by his research, asserting that the 10 patients in his paper had all been formally diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or its precursors. One

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Resources Alzheimer’s Association, Buck Institute for Research on Aging, David Perlmutter, MPI Cognition, Sharp Again Naturally, 69-year-old entrepreneur that was planning to close his business after 11 years of mental decline is now expanding it. A 49-year-old woman that scored poorly on neuropsychological tests showed no signs of cognitive decline when she was tested again nine months later. In all, more than 100 people have participated in the program. “We have people that are four-and-ahalf years out and doing very well,” he says, noting that such strategies aren’t likely to work for someone with advanced Alzheimer’s. In some cases, the results may be more subtle, but for those caring for a sick loved one, any positive progress means a lot. Paul Tramontozzi knows. After his father, then 75, was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia, the New York City financial advisor attended a Sharp Again Naturally meeting seeking advice. “I was skeptical, but when the answer you get from everyone else is, ‘There’s nothing you can do,’ you become more willing to listen.” He took his father off his cholesterol medication, fed him spoonfuls of coconut oil daily and put him on a specific supplement regimen. His balance improved and he could participate in family outings again. “If you had told me a few years ago we’d be able to take Dad to a restaurant for his 80th birthday, I would have said, ‘No way.’ But we did.” Tramontozzi says his father isn’t cured, but the advice he obtained facilitated more time together and insights on how to avoid a similar fate. “These are all things a healthy 37-year-old should be doing right now anyway. I just wish we’d found out earlier.” Lisa Marshall is a freelance health writer in Boulder, CO. Connect at


Emotional Freedom U by Shawna Pelton

sing three essential teachings, it is possible to experience a happy and harmonious life free of emotional suffering. It starts with the willingness to grow with an open mind. When individuals want something they have never had, they must be willing to do something they’ve never done. People who live abundantly carve out time for personal growth and self-development. They read self-help books, take classes to learn something new, receive spiritual healing, therapy or coaching sessions, journal and reflect on life experiences. They avoid or limit complaining about circumstances and other people, as it only further anchors an identity with feeling miserable and helpless in life. Working with a mentor can help to break through blocks and grow beyond pain.

oneself with faith in a loving supportive creator/universe. Without a powerful anchor one can easily become overwhelmed and lose hope when facing down fears. It then becomes too easy to resort to default patterns such as substance use, laziness, anger and violence, blaming and shaming, isolation from others, posturing oneself to look more important, and quitting then beating oneself up. It’s not about being the best, the smartest or having luck, but more about being resourceful and making the most of what we’ve got while developing skills and being in service along the way. Make and follow daily rituals to change the old outdated pattern Start each day with meditation, positive affirmations that influence a positive mindset and an intention to see the good in life. Include the prayer “Thy will be done.” End each night by journaling, acknowledging any challenges and reflecting on three things to be grateful for having experienced during the day. Then allow the energy of appreciation to flow in. Everyone must be willing to do their own part to move through difficulties in order to transform into that which they seek: wholeness, love, peace and freedom. Healing is about experiencing the fullness of life while being grounded in the knowing of our true divine nature. Where there’s a will, there’s a way. Shawna Pelton is a metaphysical healer and transformational coach helping people clear blocks to create a fulfilling life of passion and purpose while being at ease in mind and body. She can be reached at 813-966-0164 or See Resouce Guide on page 40.

Make the way right “Time heals all wounds” is only partly true. While grief and sadness diminish over time, individuals that actively seek to gain understanding from a painful life experience typically heal faster and do not repeat the experience. According to ancient teachings of Kabbalah, integrating the lessons from life experiences leads to wisdom and is a key to the kingdom. Heart-based forgiveness allows for this process as it dissolves the pain of an offense and helps us ascend to higher levels of consciousness. Ho’oponopono is a Hawaiian formula that can be used to help dissolve pain leading to peace through forgiveness. With four simple sentences stated sincerely and humbly—“I’m sorry,” “Please forgive me,” “I love you,” and “Thank you”—the pain of an event and the void left behind by a wrong can be replaced with the power of love, the greatest healer of all. Expressing gratitude for the wisdom learned from life experiences allows the healing of life force energy to flow freely, rather than staying jaded or stuck as a victim. Make a commitment to the path of freedom Common traits of successful people include having a strong desire for an aligned life, and having a purpose and belief in natural awakenings

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the nervous system will power down a little and the arm will go weak. The opposite effect can also happen when a supplement that the body needs is held up against the client and the client’s arm will grow much stronger. Positive input equals a strong nervous system. When done by a therapist trained in AK, the information from the body is very clear.

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Communicating with the Body’s Innate Intelligence by Kristine Jelstrup

Innate intelligence is the intelligence wired into each individual that governs every single act in the body. Every chemical reaction, every tissue formation and every bacterial invasion that is fought off is controlled and coordinated by one’s innate intelligence. Every living thing has it.


hen someone doesn’t feel well, they intuitively want to know why; what is the cause? Not always self-evident, a therapist trained in applied kinesiology (AK) acts as an interpreter between individuals and the innate intelligence of their body to find the answers. She or he has a “conversation” with the body by using a technique known as muscle testing. Not really testing the muscle, the technique instead looks for a shift in energy that can be detected in a shift in muscle strength in relation to the information given to the body. Positive information creates strong nervous system signaling in the body; negative information creates weak nervous system signaling. For example, a client will hold her 24

arm straight out to her side perpendicular to her body, and the therapist will press down on the arm a little and say, “Meet my pressure.” The client’s arm is locked, strong. Now the therapist might touch various reflex points on the body looking for a change in the muscle response. If the therapist touches a reflex point on the body, like the adrenals for example, and if this gland has low energy, the arm will go weak because that low energy is transferred through the nervous system and reflected in the strength of the arm. Another example could be the therapist holding a packet of artificial sweetener near the client’s heart, which would also make the arm go weak because artificial sweeteners are universal toxins. As a negative input,

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To determine why someone is not feeling well, an AK therapist will spend the session doing detective work by trying to figure out which body systems have weak energy and why. Is there an immune challenge, a toxicity or does the organ or gland just need some nutritional support in order to heal and have good, strong energy? Therapists communicate with a client’s innate intelligence by using kits that contain little vials of cellular energies of all kinds of things. One such kit might contain vials with the cellular energies of all the body systems. If the body shows interest in one of these vials, the small intestine for example, then the therapist knows the energy of the small intestine is weak. What the therapist doesn’t know is why. Another kit might contain the most common immune challenges like virus, bacteria, mold, yeast, fungus, parasite and toxins like metals, chemicals and plastics. If the body responds to this kit the therapist needs to figure out which vial it is and act accordingly by finding the supplement that will take care of the immune challenge or toxin. Applied kinesiology provides a platform by which the therapist can communicate with the innate intelligence of the body and facilitate healing in a very specific and profound way. Kristine Jelstrup, LMT, CBK, is a natural healthcare practitioner and owner of Central Square Health and Wellness, located at 126 Prospect St., #5, in Cambridge. For more information, call 617-833-3407 or visit CentralSquare HealthAndWellness. com. See ad on page 12 and Resource Guide on page 40.

employees, but Gallo says mindfulness enables her to be available to her staff and solve problems without getting “swept off my feet so easily by all the desires, agendas and emotions confronted at work.” Carroll cautions that it’s not about trying to eliminate our own or others’ emotional agendas or personal biases at work; rather, individuals use mindfulness to become more conscious of and relaxed about them. “Meditation helps develop agility in viewing… to self-regulate, drop fixed mindsets, become self-aware,” explains Carroll, who has coached university presidents, CEOs and nonprofit executives in mindful leadership techniques. “You learn things from a competitor’s perspective or pick up on social cues you may miss if you instead had a fixed lens on a situation.”


WORKPLACE WISDOM Mindfulness in Corporate Life by April Thompson


he workplace can be filled with stress, egos and distractions that challenge the productive and happy atmosphere we desire. Both employees and employers are adopting mindfulness to help cope and transform both themselves and their work environment. Rooted in Eastern philosophies like Buddhism, most workplace mindfulness programs have stripped the techniques to a secular form more appealing to skeptics or adherents of other religions. The key practice—simply known as “sitting” or meditation—involves focusing our attention on our thoughts, breathing, emotions or bodily sensations for a set time period, while the term mindfulness refers to the ability to be aware of the present moment, whether meditating or in a business meeting. While Fortune 500 companies like Procter & Gamble, Aetna and General Mills have instituted formal mindfulness programs, Michael Carroll, meditation teacher, executive coach and the author of Awake at Work, says that the mindfulness revolution has been largely seeded from the ground up. It’s emerged through people exploring the practices in their personal lives, and then bringing them to work.

Personal and Professional Benefits

Jacqueline Gallo, operational excellence manager for Whitcraft Group, a manufacturing plant in Eastford, Connecticut, discovered meditation 12 years ago while seeking solace during a traumatic time. Today, Gallo does three short sits a week and occasionally participates in 10-day retreats. Whitcraft doesn’t offer meditation to

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Corporate Acceptance

While meditation may be on the upswing in the workplace, it was a battle to legitimize it, according to Tara Healey, program director for mindfulness-based learning at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care (HPHC). A longtime meditation practitioner, Healey started the Mind the Moment program a decade ago while serving as an organizational capacity building consultant. Surveys had shown that employees were overwhelmed and dissatisfied, but lacked the skills to rectify their situation. “The leadership said, ‘Great, let’s do it, but not tell anyone,’” relates Healey. She notes that meditation, a core component of her multifaceted mindfulness course covering everything from workplace stress to mindful listening, wasn’t accepted in the workplace at that point. Today, 30 percent of her company’s 1,050 employees have completed a six-week class introducing them to the power of mindfulness; some go on to participate in a guided monthly group meditation practice or use com-

Workplace Wisdom from Body & Brain Yoga in Brookline Here at Body & Brain Yoga, mindfulness practice is not just a way to de-stress at work, it is our work. Daily mindfulness training is an essential part of preparing and delivering quality experiences to our clients. If an instructor is distracted, insincere or stressed out, it can negatively impact everyone’s class. Instructors prepare their minds through regular centering exercises and focused breathing and meditation prior to class. As practitioners develop more awareness, mindfulness becomes increasingly central to their practice. We work with the philosophy that any company can improve every aspect of its business—whether that is selling car parts, preparing taxes or working in a hospital—through mindfulness training. The right kind of results are the result of the right kind of mind. David Driscoll, Head Instructor and Center Manager Body & Brain Yoga 235 Harvard St., Brookline natural awakenings

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pany meditation rooms for individual practice. The health services company also offers the course to its member companies throughout New England. To date, more than 12,350 people in 174 companies have participated, encompassing varied fields from higher education and health to finance and technology. A survey of employees showed that initially 99 percent felt it was a good use of their time; another taken six months later found that 87 percent were still using the techniques. HPHC informatics analyst Stephanie Oddleifson, who took the course nearly 10 years ago, says it transformed her way of thinking and behaving in

the workplace and furnished a set of practices she uses every day. In times of conflict, “I was so quick to make up stories in my head and jump to conclusions previously,” she says. “Now I’m able to pause before responding and observe my thoughts without getting caught up in them. I can diffuse tense situations with humor and not take things personally.” Additional research substantiates the anecdotal evidence for meditation’s workplace benefits. In 2015, scientists from Canada’s University of British Columbia and Germany’s Chemnitz University of Technology compiled data from 20-plus neurology studies,

finding significant correlations between meditation and areas of the brain related to capacities for self-regulation, introspection and complex thinking. A Rice University study specifically found a positive relationship between workplace mindfulness, job performance and employee retention. While workplace mindfulness programs vary and may incorporate helpful talks, encouraging readings and group discussions, Healey and Carroll both caution that reading or talking about mindfulness or meditation is no substitute for the practice itself, which many find challenging. “You won’t taste the benefits just reading about it,” remarks Healey. “The practice will come into play come showtime.” Connect with April Thompson, of Washington, D.C., at

Workplace Wisdom from Brenner Reiki Healing in Auburndale Through ongoing, everyday reiki practice, we gain a skillful resource that enables us to do three key things for ourselves and those around us. First, we strengthen our ability to pause, instead of leaping into the drama. Second, we improve our capacity to notice what thoughts are filling our minds in that moment and what emotions are arising within us. Third, we become aware of our connection with others around us; we feel that non-separation and non-duality toward others, and in that state of mind we can more easily refrain from being the judge and the critic of others. This means we can become more skillful with our speech and our actions; acting from that space of inner calm and outer connection, whether in the workplace or anywhere else. Elise M. Brenner, Ph.D. Brenner Reiki Healing 324 Central St., Auburndale


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Integrative Medicine Treating the Whole You by Gary Kracoff


ccording to The Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health, integrative medicine and health is “a holistic system that reaffirms the importance of the relationship between practitioner and patient, focuses on the whole person, is informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapeutic and lifestyle approaches, healthcare professionals and disciplines to achieve optimal health and healing.” This model, where all modalities are available to treat each patient uniquely, case by case, using different protocols for each person, runs contrary to the mainstream model of specialists and specific protocols for each disease or condition or symptom. The “whole person” is forgotten often in the mainstream model. For this reason, many patients are searching for an integrative medicine practitioner to be part of their health care team who can manage both conventional and complementary health approaches in a coordinated way. While pharmaceutical medicines can give quick relief of symptoms, they do

not address the underlying cause of the symptom. An integrative medicine approach would use pharmaceuticals when necessary to stabilize a dangerous condition or provide relief from a troublesome symptom, while working with all available modalities to help correct the underlying cause of the symptom or condition. This involves but is not limited to nutrients, herbs, homeopathy, acupuncture, chiropractic, physical therapy, reiki, compounded prescriptions, or pharmaceuticals along with lifestyle changes such as diet modification, exercise, stress reduction, meditation, therapy and sleep adjustments. Patients that are on pharmaceuticals can be helped with integrative medicine, as many drugs cause nutrient depletion which then can lead to other health issues and a decreased effectiveness of the medication. An integrative practitioner is not a specialist in all modalities. They are an expert at determining what combination of therapies would be best for the patient to assist the healing of the body, address the main complaint that brought

the patient to the office, and are willing to have other practitioners be part of the team approach to health. Such as when work is done on a house, homeowners may need an electrician, plumber, carpenter and painter, each of which has an area of expertise that they excel in and has the proper tools in their tool box to accomplish the task. To help co-ordinate the work, one usually hires a foreman to keep an eye on the whole project. In medicine, each practitioner specialist has a skill set and a specific set of tools in their tool box. So too does the healthcare foreman (integrative practitioner), but the most important tool is their knowledge of the many different modalities and practitioners available and necessary for a joint effort in helping a patient get well. They understand that there is not one specific protocol, but rather an individual path that brought each person to where they are healthwise, and likewise a uniquely designed treatment plan that evaluates and explores multiple therapies and modalities to find the right combination for the safest, healthiest path to returned health. In its earliest form of integrative medicine, the general practitioner from previous generations knew the family dynamics, their patients and their lifestyles, and as they received information from specialists, they put a protocol together to manage the care. Often that approach can get lost in the current medical model of modern medicine due to a lack of communication between practitioners, and many times no one is coordinating the therapies. Now that patients are becoming their own health care advocate and searching for an integrative approach, the health care system can shift to “treating the whole you” and not just “treating symptoms”. This will lead to better health of the patients, and in the long run, decrease health care costs. Dr. Gary Kracoff is a naturopathic doctor and registered pharmacist at Johnson Compounding and Wellness Center, located at 577 Main St., Waltham. For more information, call 781-893-3870 ext. 2 or visit See ad on page 21 and Resource Guide on page 42.

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Revitalized Living Space Refresh and Recharge the Energy in One’s Home or Office by Karen Piedra

When selling a home or just looking for a fresh perspective on life, an energy clearing of one’s living space can renew, reenergize and revitalize one’s health, well-being and relationships.


oving into a new home, apartment or office initially feels differently from the space one is coming from due to the energy vibration of the new space. How a room feels energetically is especially important when selling a home, because buyers want to feel happy and uplifted; they want to be able to picture them-


selves living in the home. When a home is built, trees are cut down and the earth is dug up, resulting in trauma to the land. Then throughout the years, different families move in and out of the home, each leaving the energy of the story of their lives in the property. From positive events such as new births, weddings, graduations,

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birthday parties and holiday gathering, to the lows that come from experiencing illness, addiction, divorce, financial highs and lows, and job changes, the energy of these emotions gets stuck in the property. This is known as the energetic impression—the feeling one gets when walking into a home or business. The energy of one’s surroundings also represents the individual and first impressions when someone enters a space determines whether they will buy a home, purchase an item at a shop, or do business with a particular person. Here are some ways to improve and heal the energy of one’s home or office so first impressions are good: Smudging – a Native American tradition of burning sage and fanning it around the space to clear out stagnant and negative energy. Play beautiful music – classical, chanting, relaxation, drumming, Tibetan and crystal bowl are good choices. Reiki – reiki the walls and the individual rooms of the home while meditating or chanting positive mantras and prayers. Burn a white candle and incense. Clean the new space and open the windows to let fresh breezes blow in. Karen Piedra is a realtor and family/ home healer and master reiki teacher. She can be reached at 508-395-6392, or Karen See ad on page 26.


Stephen Dinan Outlines America’s Noble Destiny Bridging Our Political Divide is Key

behind their excesses and errors. We can belong to any party and claim an important piece of the truth; a singular truth we stand for, such as liberty or social justice or economic growth, but it represents only a personal selection from a larger set of sacred American principles. To attain insight into these principles, we must move to an enlightened vision that honors all political perspectives, seeing each as a valuable, yet incomplete contribution toward the emerging whole.

Why have you called for a sacred America?


tephen Dinan, founder and CEO of The Shift Network, is a champion of the transpartisan movement that seeks to transcend America’s current political climate to realize greater unity and understanding. His new book, Sacred America, Sacred World: Fulfilling Our Mission in Service to All, offers innovative, practical solutions for engaging citizens in an emerging whole. Dinan has forwarded thinking in his work with the Institute of Noetic Sciences, where he helped shape the Shift in Action and One Minute Shift programs, and with the Esalen Center for Theory & Research, a think tank he helped create to explore human potential frontiers. He is also an active member of the Evolutionary Leadership and Transformational Leadership councils.

What political problem tops the list if we’re to make progress on anything? We all know that American politics suffers from extreme polarization. Just as the middle class has faded away from our economy, the bipartisan “middle” has dropped out of our political process. In the last two decades, moderates have become far less prominent,

giving way to ideologues on both sides of the aisle. As a result, Congress is virtually unable to legislate, because politicians on the left and right insist they have all the answers. They often refuse to work with the president if he is from the other party. This childish behavior is a far cry from the bipartisan approach to solving problems that once made this country great. Our country is falling apart and we need to renew ourselves by finding a sacred vision of national unity. The fast-growing transpartisan movement offers an answer that can be aided by perspectives of transpersonal psychology and a visionary spiritual dimension drawn from wisdom traditions of the East and West.

How is transpartisan best defined? Transpartisan means that Americans can rise above damaging divisions. It provides hope that if we supply the right intention, we can hold to a vision that honors the ideals of a wide range of viewpoints. No one can be 100 percent right or 100 percent wrong, and we transcend limiting conservative and liberal categories by using dialogue and maturity in embracing the truths of all parties, while leaving

“Sacred” is a word that binds us together in the mystery of life and links us into a single human family in which ultimately no one is our enemy. A sacred worldview leads to a life filled with respect and reverence. It informs and enables us as we reach for our highest destiny as a country, not built on a desire to be number one, but a humble sense of calling, animated by a spirit of service to all. America is being called to explore new frontiers politically, economically and spiritually, in service to our own citizens and the world. We are to embrace a path away from the waste and tragedy of war and toward universal health, sustainability and prosperity. It requires the best of both progressive and conservative values and a collaborative style of politics that seeks higher ground. Global accords and councils will replace the endless posturing of every military era.

What have you, as a progressive, learned from conservatives? Conservatives tend to focus on preserving what has worked in the past, which is a useful function. In the human body, we have strong elements required for health that basically protect its homeostasis. Too much change happening too quickly can be dangerous to us. Conservatives often play the same role in society, minimizing the risk of chaotic change and preserving core values, commitments and culture. I’ve found that embracing conservative values and perspectives is a good form of cross-training in my role as a spiritually based CEO, where it’s

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imperative that I not risk everything on each new idea. A moderate path draws upon the best of conservative perspectives while opening to new possibilities for innovation and cultural expression, which tends to be a focus of progressives.

How can we replace political gridlock with a more perfect union? The ultimate solution comes in personally building bridges of curiosity, respect and understanding, and recognizing that true, lasting answers to extremely complex problems require the best thinking of all parties and ideologies so that some hybridization of solutions happens. We may not come to consensus on major issues, but we can come into deep dialogue and human exchange. Extending a hand of friendship across the aisle is ultimately one of the most important things we can do as citizens. The women members of the Senate have led the way in doing this, often creating breakthroughs through their personal connections with members of the other major party. For more information, visit Stephen or


Unconscious Self-Sabotage Realigning the Mind to Change Behavior by Judith A. Swack


t is common for people to set doable goals for themselves and then find, to their surprise, that their behavior is inconsistent with their goals. People on weight-loss diets often eat what they know is bad for them. People who want to create healthy relationships often ignore red flags and find themselves in painful and unsatisfying relationships. Nobody really does this intentionally. This peculiar phenomenon is caused by a misalignment between the conscious mind and the unconscious mind resulting in unconscious self-sabotage. The conscious mind is the land of rational, concrete, linear and logic. It is very literal. For example, the chair is blue. That is a $100 bill. The unconscious mind is the land of emotion (which is not rational), imagination, memory, creativity, poetry and metaphor. It thinks in images, sounds, feelings, tastes, smells and sensations.

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It is not literal like the conscious mind. It makes associations and broadens meaning and understanding. For example, a blue chair might remind someone of a living room chair that the cat used to sleep on (causing a feeling of happy nostalgia). Looking at a $100 bill might trigger happy imaginings about what it could buy.

How does the unconscious mind generate self-sabotaging behaviors?

Growing up, people have negative, sometimes even traumatic, experiences that get stored in the unconscious mind. These experiences trigger negative emotions causing people to imprint damage patterns in the form of negative conclusions about themselves, the world, and even life itself. Emotions are energetic sensations felt in the body. (That is why they are called feelings.) The more strongly a person feels something, the more

he believes it, even if it is not true. Because emotions have more energy than thoughts, they influence/run behavior. This explains why people do what they know isn’t right for them even though they know better. The conscious mind is not in charge. Damage patterns adversely influence our perceptions, reactions and behavior in such a way as to make it difficult to achieve our goals.

The 4 D’s: Delete, Distort, Deny, Dismiss

How do people manage to hold on to beliefs that are not true? A belief forms a lens through which all external information is filtered. Information that agrees with the belief gets through the filter, and the person sees it as validation, proof, or support for that belief. In other words one sees what one believes. Information that disagrees with the belief gets deleted, distorted, denied or dismissed. For example: Jane, a woman who believes that she is “unattractive,” goes to a singles activity with a friend. Her friend observes that an attractive man is smiling at her. Jane may respond by 1) claiming that she doesn’t see anyone smiling at her (delete), 2) denying that the man is looking at her (deny), 3) stating that if the lights were any brighter or if he got any closer he’d run the other way (distort), 4) imagining the man asking for her phone number and never calling, or taking her out on one date and deciding he doesn’t like her, so never mind (dismiss). In any case, Jane’s behavior toward the man will be lukewarm and uninviting. At the end of the evening Jane will have met no one and concluded that her belief was right all along (a self-fulfilling prophecy.)

by noticing when something is not working properly. Then they can evaluate behaviors, beliefs, attitudes, emotional reactions and end results by focusing on whether something is useful to them or not, rather than whether or not something is true. It may also help to look at the positive results others are getting and try to determine what their beliefs are that seem to be working. It may even help to get honest feedback from others. One way to communicate with the unconscious mind is to use the technique from Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) of going inside one’s head, asking an open-ended question about what the part that is running the problem behavior believes, feels, or is trying to accomplish. Sending the question echoing throughout the whole body will bring a quick response as follows: visual (a picture, a memory, a dream that you can see); auditory (a thought in words, a piece of music, a tone of voice); and kinesthetic (a physical or emotional sensation felt in the body.) Sometimes there is a taste or smell response. It’s easy to interpret an auditory response in words. Pictures or feelings may require more questioning. Once people realize that the problem lies within their unconscious minds, there are many healing and therapeutic methods and techniques

(some of which can be self-applied) that work to identify and then rapidly and completely release these patterns. These methods include energy psychology, NLP, EMDR, hypnotherapy, applied kinesiology, Body-Talk, Yuen Method, The Emotion Code, Jaffe-Mellor technique, and Healing from the Body Level Up, to name a few. (Note: Talk therapy does not work because it only treats the conscious mind.) Alignment of the conscious mind with the unconscious mind results in greater levels of inner peace, self-acceptance and positive results in all areas of life. The originator of Healing from the Body Level Up methodology, Judith A. Swack, Ph.D., is a biochemist/immunologist, master NLP practitioner, certified hypnotherapist, mind-body healer, visionary and leader in the field of energy psychology. She is a recipient of the 2015 ACEP award for major contribution to the field of energy psychology, and offers trainings both nationally and abroad. Swack teaches local community education classes at Newton Community Education and Boston Center for Adult Education, and has a private practice in Needham. Swack and her associates offer individual client sessions in person, by Skype or by telephone. See ad on page 9 and Resource Guide on page 41.

How does one identify and clear non-useful lenses?

Sometimes a tremendous amount of evidence contradicting a limiting belief can break the lens and allow a new belief to form. This is called “live and learn.” But live and learn can take a long time, and may never happen. So it is important for people to begin to align their conscious mind and intentions with their unconscious minds natural awakenings

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Especially for Pets Celebrates Bond Between People and Pets

all is an especially busy time at Especially for Pets, an Bryn, is well on her way to graduating as a service dog and independent pet supply store that offers only pet-friendbeing matched with a disabled partner. ly products and services including personalized groomAlso this month, Especially for Pets’ Day School, in ing and dog training. With stores located in Acton, Canton, Sudbury, will open where dogs can learn and play in an Medway, Newton, Sudbury, Wayland and Westborough, enriching and safe environment while participating in acEspecially for Pets has been celebrating the tivities that nurture them socially, physically bond between people and pets since 1988. and mentally. Grand opening details will be In November, its newly improved Companannounced soon. ion Rewards Program will roll out featuring In addition, a number of pet-related chariearned free food products and grooming table events will be sponsored including MSPsessions, a 3 percent reward on all supplies, CA’s Raise the Woof Gala and Operation Delta and discounts on four- to seven-week dog Dog’s Annual Walk & Wags for Veterans on training classes. Saturday, November 12, when they will host a Recently, Especially for Pets just signed Yappy Hour doggie bar. Several other nonprofits Tambor on to sponsor its second Canine Companions will enjoy time in select stores including annual for Independence puppy, Tambor. For the next 18 months, he Pet Photos with Santa to benefit Baypath Humane Society will be raised to change someone’s life for the better by his with Beth Oram Photography. This quarter, the Dog Orphans puppy raiser, Leslie Zelamsky, who is director of dog training Humane Society will receive all donations from Especially at Especially for Pets. Tambor can be found in a training class for Pets’ nail clipping fundraiser. or puppy playgroup, or visitors can meet him at their nearest store on selected dates. Especially for Pets is proud to sponsor Visit for locations and event details. this special pup, especially because its first sponsor puppy, See ad on this page.

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Stoned Doggies Dangers vs. Benefits of Pet Marijuana

As of June, half of the states and the District of Columbia have legalized the use of medical marijuana for humans. People wonder if it’s also suited for pets, too, and need to investigate the parameters and consequences carefully. “It’s not legal in any state for veterinarians to prescribe or recommend medical marijuana,” says Dr. Carol Osborne, owner of Ohio’s Chagrin Falls Veterinary Center & Pet Clinic. “Done properly, it could have applications, but it’s not standardized, dosage amounts are unknown and without U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulation, there’s no guarantee what you think you’re buying is what you get. “Dogs that get into the stash or sneak-eat marijuana-laced food can experience wobbling when walking, trembling and potential seizures,” Osborne notes. “I haven’t heard of any cases of death, but as with any prescription drug, practice responsible ownership by keeping it out of the reach of curious children and pets.” “THC [tetrahydrocannabinol] in marijuana produces the high,” explains Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Robert Silver, author of Medical Marijuana & Your Pet: The Definitive Guide. “Dogs are extremely sensitive to THC, much more so than any other species studied.” Silver believes there are uses for cannabinoid oil, derived from hemp, which has very low levels of THC; pet owners in an end-of-life situation with no hope of recovery have used it to ease pain, stimulate appetite and add quality to final days. Reference: MarijuanaGuide 34

Boarding Solutions for Beloved Pets The Best are Pet, People and Planet Friendly by Sandra Murphy


he holidays bring buffet feasts, ribboned gifts, stockings of goodies, ornaments and tinsel that to animals all look good enough to eat. Pets can get into trouble, especially if they’re away from home. Boarding may be the best alternative when the family travels for holidays.

Take a Tour

Brad Nierenberg blogs about dogs at, from Wilmington, Delaware. He relates an experience when friends watched Bitsy, his Cavalier King Charles spaniel, and she escaped out the front door. Fortunately, a neighbor found her. Afterward, he says, “I asked other dog-crazy owners which kennel they’d recommend.”

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Kennels used to be an indoor cage with a dog door to a fenced run area outside. Dogs could see each other, but not play together. Well-heeled facilities offered fancy amenities, geared more to impress the owner than comfort the pet and were generally bereft of enriching experiences. “Pets are living, breathing, loving creatures, and boarding facilities not yet up to speed need to catch up to how people feel about pets today,” says Charlotte Biggs, COO of the nonprofit International Boarding and Pet Service Association, near Austin, Texas. It helps its members create safe, responsible pet care facilities by including holistic, positive and green practices in their safety and training manuals. Susan Briggs, co-founder of the

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Ask Questions

levels of immunity from previous vaccinations. She also suggests asking about the facility’s emergency plan, including evacuation. The more information everyone has, the better the pet’s stay will be. Socialized dogs or cats should be able to enjoy group playtime or a communal catio (enclosed indoor/outdoor space for felines); others would rather watch from afar. Stays should be individualized, not uniform. Facility owners suggest first booking a day visit and then an overnight as a test. Before booking, also ask about unseen factors. Josh Parker, co-founder of K-9 Resorts Daycare and Luxury Hotels, in Fanwood and other New Jersey locations, recommends that boarding clients look for features such as eco-friendly cleaning products; air purifiers and ventilation systems to pre-

vent spreading of germs; a floor plan that reduces stress by limiting views of other animals; lighting that dims at night for restful sleep; a good ratio of staff to pets that allows employees to spend time with nervous boarders, spot any signs of illness or distress early on and intervene if quarrels arise; and availability of an on-call veterinarian with access to the family vet or nearest emergency facility. Leave a medical directive explaining what should be done if an owner can’t be reached. Flooring at better resorts is antibacterial. Outdoors, artificial grass made of recycled products is soft on paws, drains better than grass and is easier to clean. It’s eco-friendly because it requires no watering, mowing or pesticides.

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“Some facilities like ours offer webcam options so you can ‘visit’ with your dog while you’re traveling,” says Brown. Texting kennel updates and selfies of an employee with a pet can also ease any worries. “I just want my pet in a place where she is safe, secure, well cared for and loved,” says Nierenberg. Though apart, pets and their people can all enjoy a fresh adventure. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelanceWriter@


Costs vary, so ask what’s included in the basic fee, such as group play, treats, administered meds, special bedding and feeding the same food as at home. The pet also should be able to have their bed, toys and favorite things with them. Also be clear about medications, health or mobility issues and special bedding or grooming preferences. An apparent bargain can be either less than expected or more expensive once all costs are totaled. “Ask if titers are accepted in lieu of current vaccinations, and don’t feel pressured to over-vaccinate,” advises Briggs, who explains that titers assess

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independent Professional Animal Care Certification Council for the pet care industry, in Houston, advises, “Take a tour. Kennels should be clean and organized. You should feel comfortable with the staff.” “Do the employees talk about your pet like you’re bringing the car in for an oil change? If it’s ignored in favor of paperwork, maybe you should keep looking,” says Josh Brown, owner of Far North Kennel, in Anchorage, Alaska. “You want to go where the staff bends down and lets your pet come to them. It should be obvious your dog’s going to get positive human interaction. When you walk out after touring the facility, you should feel better about boarding than when you walked in.”

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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 1 Gas Leaks: Community Presentation and Discussion – 7-9pm. Leaking from underground pipes, methane is killing our shade trees, damaging our health and contributing to climate change. Ania Camargo, a long-time gas-leaks activist addresses state-wide and town-/city-based efforts and progress to combat this serious problem. Free. Hunneman Hall, Brookline Main Library, 361 Washington St, Brookline. 617-429-7139.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 2 Natural Solutions for Executive Function Struggles and ADHD – 6:45-8:45pm. A drug-free approach to cognitive health. Dr. Ross discusses a researched and effective method for achieving brain wellness and executive function success. Emotional control, initiation, working memory, planning, organization, and task completion are only a few areas that make up executive functioning. Free. The Goodnow Library, 21 Concord Rd, Sudbury. 781-444-9115.

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In this 3-session series, Lama Surya Das will guide participants through meditation practice and the Buddha’s teachings on insight and compassion, altruism, mindful anger management and the practice of integrating “nowness-awareness” into daily life.

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$100/3 sessions; $25/Insight and Wisdom, Nov 2; $25/Compassion, Altruism & Lovingkindness, Nov 10; $75/ A Daylong Meditation Workshop, Nov 20. Newton South High School and Samadhi, Newton Centre. 617-559-6999. More info: Free Talks: Kick Colds & Boost Immunity – 7-9pm. Come and learn about natural ways to beat off winter colds and boost your immune system with Nutrition Consultant Molly Robson. Free. Granite Chiropractic, 333 Elm St, Ste 120, Dedham. 781-467-0088.

offering. 66 Marlborough St, Upstairs Sanctuary, Boston. 617-947-2743. The Desire Map – 7-9pm. An inspiring workshop led by Wellness Coach, Katrina Piehler. An introduction to discovering your inner GPS and learning to navigate life powerfully from the inside, out. $25. The Theosophical Society, Arlington. 617-833-3035.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4 SED Talks – 2-4pm. Dr. Patti Zub and Lisa Vasile, NP of 4 Better Health, Inc will present an SED Talk about Functional Medicine as the New Paradigm in Health Care. Free. Tatnuck BookStore, 18 Lyman St, Westboro. 508-625-1807. 4Better

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6 Toni Bergins’ Journey Dance Training Module 2: Structures & Rituals – Experience sensual awakening as we unleash animal energies and expand our awareness. Explore our inner realms, dive into our ocean of emotion and tell our story to the dance floor. Empower ourselves to liberate old cellular memories and cleanse the body and mind with sweat and breath. Eastover Estate and Retreat, 430 East St, Lenox. 866-264-5139. For pricing: Free Showing of New Ken Burns Film – 11:30am-1:30pm. Join us to view and discuss the newly released Ken Burns film, Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War. This is a powerful documentary which draws undeniable comparisons to the refugee crisis we are facing today. Light refreshments will be served. Free. Unitarian Universalist Church, 101 Forest Ave, Swampscott. 781-5958836.

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Join Mirabai Devi in this rare opportunity to experience divine light and healing in a powerful group setting. She will lead the group through spiritual teachings, peacemaking and forgiveness prayers, group and individual light transmissions and invoking divine healing.

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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3 Death Cafe, Lexington – 7-8:30pm. Attend Lexington’s Death Cafe to discuss death, dying and more with like-hearted others. There are no right answers, only questions. And tea and cake. $5 suggested donation. Lexington Depot, 13 Depot Sq, Lexington. 781-538-5586. Spiritual Connection – 7-8:30pm. Please join us for our topic: Understanding Wholeness. Love


TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8 Shamanic Plant Journeying – 6:30-9:30pm. With Tommy Priester. Through drumming and guided meditation we make contact with plant wisdom for our own personal healing and the healing of the Earth. $25. The Boston School of Herbal Studies, 4 Minebrook Rd, Lincoln. 781-646-6319.

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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10 Spiritual Connection – 7-8:30pm. Please join us for this week’s topic: Conscious of Heaven Within. Love offering. 66 Marlborough St, Upstairs Sanctuary, Boston. 617-947-2743.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11 Veterans Day Parades – 1pm. Two parades, one followed by the other. Starts at the corner of Boylston and Tremont sts and continues around Boston Common, to City Hall Plaza and finally Faneuil Hall.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12 Central Massachusetts Children’s Book Festival – 10am-3pm. Local authors and illustrators, books for sale, kid-friendly activities, music, storytelling, live performance of the Pumpernickel Puppets and more. Free. Mount Wachusett Community College, Café area, 444 Green St, Gardner. More info: Heal the Inner Critic – 11am-12pm. In this fascinating seminar, Dr. Judith Swack will lead participants in an amazingly simple forgiveness exercise that instantly quiets the inner critic, a major step toward self-acceptance, compassion and inner peace. Free with Expo admission. Natural Living Expo, Best Western Royal Plaza Trade Center, 181 Boston Post Rd W, Marlborough.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13 Reiki Clinic – 1:30-4:30pm. A community service project where clients can receive a half-hour treatment by a team of practitioners. Reiki practitioners volunteer at the clinic and receive a free treatment. $15/clients, free/practitioners. Arlington Reiki Associates, 366 Massachusetts Ave, Ste 304, Arlington. Pre-registration required: 617-835-9963.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15 Just Breathe: Somato-Respiratory Integration Workshop – 7:30-8:30pm. Learn breathing exercises to help release tension and calm your mind. Somato-Respiratory Integration (SRI) helps enhance your chiropractic care as well as free up energy in your body. $20. Newton Chiropractic & Wellness Centre, 383 Elliot St, Ste 250, Newton. RSVP: 617-964-3332.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16 24 Hours to Less Stress and Better Sleep – 6-7:30pm. Join Marlo Marketing and Jennifer Hanway to learn the secrets to getting a great night’s sleep. $25. Marlo Marketing, 38 Chauncy St, Fl. 3, Boston. 617-375-9700. Fertility Awareness Meetup – 6:30-7:30pm. A space where women can connect with peers to access information and pose questions about using natural birth control for pregnancy prevention or achievement. Free. The Women’s Center, 46 Pleasant St, Cambridge. 617-899-7624.

Brenner Reiki Healing, 324 Central St, Newton. 617-244-8856. Free Introduction to Reiki – 10am-12pm. An overview of reiki, an ancient hands-on healing method for reducing stress, relieving pain and facilitating healing and personal growth. Free. Arlington Reiki Associates, 366 Massachusetts Ave, Ste 304, Arlington. Pre-registration required: 781648-9334.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 27 Reiki Level 2 (Okuden) Training – 9am-6:30pm. Discover deeper teachings and practices within the system of reiki. Learn to practice with three symbols and mantras, as well as specific healing processes. CEUs for Nurses and LMTs. Prerequisite: Reiki Level 1 Training. Comprehensive Course Manual. Ongoing support in your practice. $300; discounts for seniors, students & veterans. Brenner Reiki Healing, 324 Central St, Newton. 617-2448856.

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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17 Spiritual Connection – 7-8:30pm. Please join us for this week’s topic: Unity and Wellness. Love offering. 66 Marlborough St, Upstairs Sanctuary, Boston. 617-947-2743.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18 Arrival of Christmas Tree from Nova Scotia to Boston Common – Always the first tree on the Common to be lit and is the star of the Boston Common Holiday Lighting Ceremony. The tree symbolizes the close friendship between the two cities. Visitor Information Center, 139 Tremont St, Boston.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19 Beech Street Center Craft Fair – 9am-3pm. Featuring over 40 vendors selling their handmade crafts including jewelry, knit items, quilts, photography, greeting cards, holiday ornaments, gifts and more. $1 donation at door, free/under 12; free parking. Beech Street Center, 266 Beech St, Belmont. 781646-8287. More info: Faneuil Marketplace Tree Lighting and Festivities – 2pm festivities begin, tree lighting begins at 7pm. Look for Globe Santa, carolers and other performances. Free. Faneuil Marketplace, 4 S Market St, Boston.

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weekly Weekly Relax and Rejuvenate Retreats at Discounted Rates for Healers and Teachers – Thru March. Winter is a great season to recharge for yoga teachers and healers. Whether it’s a time to reflect and restore, or to gently reverse the “burnout” that can result from your dedication to this special line of work, we offer an all-inclusive package designed to meet your needs and budget. Eastover Estate & Retreat Center, 430 East St, Lenox. 866 264 5139. For pricing:

sunday Free Community Reiki Circle – 9-11:30am. 1st Sun. Join reiki practitioners who share experiences and collectively create a sacred healing space. Learn about reiki and receive a reiki session. Open to all. Free. Northeast Reiki Center, 61 Nicholas Rd, Ste B2, Framingham. 508-808-5696. Perfect Voice as Spiritual Path and Tool for Emotional Healing – 9am-12:30pm. 4th Sun. Experience real vocal freedom by learning most important aspects of vocal technique on a foundation of spiritual grace and ego surrender. Guaranteed improvement for beginners and those with vocal problems. $60. 16 Magoun Ave, Medford. 857998-3677. SoWa Vintage Market – 10am-4pm. Designers, collectors, appreciators of the beautiful and unusual love this market. A cool, urban, vintage flea market featuring fresh vintage and designer finds every

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monday Active Stretching for EveryBODY – 7:308:30am. Also Wed, 6:30-7:30pm & Thurs, 9:30am10:30am. EveryBODY from elite athletes to couch potatoes is welcome. See “classes” on website. $12/drop-in, $100/10 classes with Budget Stretcher Card. STAR Tech Healing and Learning Center, 14 Nason St, Ste 202, Maynard. 978-897-0110. Open P-Knotting at Noon – 12-12:45pm. Also Tues, Wed & Thurs. Individualized guided instruction on how to use the P-Knot. No P-Knot required. Free. P-Knot Industries, Hope Artiste Village, 1005 Main St, Rm 1217, Pawtucket. 401753-2099. Anxiety and Panic Support Group – 6:30pm. 1st Mon. People who have been through, or are going through, a similar circumstance can empathize with you and keep you from feeling alone. Free. Washington St, Newton. 617-849-3198. Nia-Somatic Fitness Classes – 7:30-8:30pm. Nia technique is a blend of dance martial arts and healing arts set to music to fit your personal experience. All levels welcome. Discount cards available. $15. Om Namo Center, 21 Belmont St, Cambridge. 617-620-7654.

tuesday Noon Concerts on the Freedom Trail – 12:15pm. Stop by to hear a 30-40-min concert. Performers vary each week and perform a wide variety of music ranging from jazz to folk, medieval to modern. $3 suggested donation. King’s Chapel, 64 Beacon St, Boston. 617-227-2155. Organic Macrobiotic Plant-Based Cooking Classes – Thru Nov. 6-9pm. 1st & 2nd Tues. Also 1st & 2nd Fri. Learn how to cook organic macrobiotic healing meals and enjoy a 5-course dinner with like-minded souls, recipes and handouts. Beautiful oceanfront setting kitchen to savor the flavors. $80. 25 Surfside Rd, Scituate. 781-626-0000. Register: Anxiety and Panic Support Group – 6:30pm. 1st Tues. Designed to offer a place where people with common interests and experience can meet. You are not alone in your experience, and knowledge is the key to living a symptom-free life. Free. Washington St, Newton. 617-849-3198. UCanBFear

wednesday Free Tour of Symphony Hall – 4pm select Wed. Also 2pm select Sat. Join volunteers on a behindthe-scenes tour and hear about the hall and the history and traditions of the famed musicians and conductors. Boston Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave, Boston. For available dates & times: 617-638-9390. Museum of Fine Arts Free Wednesdays – 6-9pm. An opportunity to sketch from live models and/or from objects in their collections. A drawing instructor provides insights on drawing technique and the artist-model relationship as it informs the creation of artwork. MFA, 465 Huntington Ave, Boston. 617-267-9300. Mindfulness Meditation Practice Groups – 7-8pm. Mindfulness is not what you think. It’s about insight, compassion and real happiness. And it’s already yours. Practice helps. All levels welcome (adults). $18. Office of Mary Ann Christie Burnside, 1620 Massachusetts Ave, Ste 7, Lexington. 781-538-5586. Food Addicts in Recovery – 7-8:30pm. 12-step program for food addiction. There is a solution. Weekly meetings open to anyone. Free. Fidelity Place, 25 Medford St, Arlington. 617-610-3748. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous – 7-8:30pm. Do you or someone you know struggle with weight or food? There is a solution. Come hear about recovery from food addiction and stories of those who have used this 12-step program to help them overcome this addiction. Free. St Brigid’s, Parish Center, 1995 Massachusetts Ave, Lexington. 617-610-3748.

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and chocolate. $15. embodyFitness 18 Adams St, Burlington. 781-999-2503.

The Healing Beyond Cancer Free Workshop – 7:30-9pm. 2nd Thurs. A diagnosis of cancer can unleash a flood of fear and anxiety. Discover how the interactions of beliefs and feelings have profound effects on your health. You will shift from dis-ease to ease. Free. Roots and Wings Healing Arts, 317 N Main St, Natick. 978-369-7733.

Candlelight Yoga – 7-8pm. Also Tues, 5:306:30pm. Classic yoga. No experience required. Small classes. Individualized direction. No hot temperatures. First class free. Reiki of Greater Boston, 160 School St, Ste 1-1, Waltham. 508-3353814.

Observatory Night – 7:30-9:30pm. 3rd Thurs. A non-technical lecture and telescopic observing from the observatory roof if weather permits. Free. Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, 60 Garden St, Cambridge. 617-495-7461.

friday Belmont Youth Running Club – 7-7:30am. The Belmont Youth Running Club promotes fitness and all levels of ability are welcome. Kids ages 8 yrs and up show a passion for running while learning about setting goals. Free. Belmont Reservoir, Ayson Rd & Oakley St, Belmont. 617-438-4467. Health Lecture Series – 10am. 1st Fri. An informative discussion for parents and caregivers on a variety of parent- and child-related topics such as nutrition, behavior, community resources and more. Held in the Old Country Buffet, Watertown Mall, 550 Arsenal St, Watertown. 617-926-4968. Blood Pressure Screenings – 10am-12pm. 1st Fri. Free blood pressure screenings in front of the Old Country Buffet. Watertown Mall, 550 Arsenal St, Watertown. 617-926-4968.

Open Meditation Evenings – 7-8:30pm. Come to meditate and take part in a discussion. Beginners and experienced meditators welcome. Instruction given to those who need it. Refreshments provided. Suggested donation $10. Advaita Meditation Center, 28 Worcester Ln, Waltham. 781-647-0020.

#TeamSimeon Pregnancy Loss Work Group – 5pm. 1st & 3rd Fri. A place for families who have lost a child at any stage of pregnancy or after pregnancy to talk, de-stress and release with other families that understand. Free. All Dorchester Sports League Building, 1565 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester. 617-407-5347.

Public Open Night at the Observatory – 7:30pm, Fall/Winter; 8:30pm, Spring/Summer. A chance to come observe the night sky through telescopes and binoculars and see things you otherwise might not get to see. Held most Wed evenings throughout the year, weather permitting. Free. Coit Observatory at Boston University, 725 Commonwealth Ave, Boston. 617-353-2630.

Second Fridays – 5-8pm. Free with admission 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.

Let’s Laugh Today Laughter Yoga – 7:308:30pm. Any age and any level of physical ability can enjoy this unique exercise of laughter and clapping combined with gentle breathing that brings more oxygen to the body’s cells. Free. Meetinghouse of the First Universalist Society, 262 Chestnut St, Franklin. 508-660-2223.

Yoga, Wine and Chocolate – 5:30-7pm. An hour of yoga followed by complimentary yoga, wine

Monthly Community Reiki Clinic – 7-8:45pm. 1st Fri. Make an appointment for a 30-min reiki session. Appointment times are 7-7:30pm, 7:358:05pm & 8:10-8:40pm. $10. Brenner Reiki Healing, 324 Central St, Newton. 617-244-8856.

saturday Food Addicts in Recovery – 8am. FA is a 12-step program for those seeking help from food addiction. Come hear stories of experience, strength and hope from members who have found an answer to their biggest life problem through this 12-step program. Free. Christ Church, 33 Central St, Andover. 617610-3748. Soulful Women Entrepreneurs Gathering – 8-10am. 1st Sat. Are you a soulful, heart-centered, spiritual, lady-boss-soulpreneur who wants to help change the world with a business? Come to share ideas, make new friends and strengthen and empower each other. Space limited, reservation required. $14.50. Life Alive, Central Square, 765 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge. 978-857-0003. Yoga at The Meeting Point – 9-10:30am. With Karuna O’Donnell, Med, Certified Forrest Yoga Teacher Level 3, E-RYT 500. Body positive, trauma informed, queer friendly, all levels, small group classes. $20. The Meeting Point, 3464 Washington St, Jamaica Plain. 617-435-1749. More info: or The Marketplace at Simpson Spring – 10am2pm. Includes farmers, bakers, artisans and local entrepreneurs. Stop in to browse or take in our featured entertainment, local authors, educational seminars and lecturers. 719 Washington St, South Easton. Let’s Laugh Today Laughter Yoga – 11am12pm. 2nd Sat. Any age and any level of physical ability can enjoy this unique exercise of laughter and clapping combined with gentle breathing that brings more oxygen to the body’s cells. Free. Unitarian Church of Sharon, 4 N Main St, Sharon. 508-660-2223.

thursday Free Night at the ICA – 5-9pm. The Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave, Boston. SRR Thursday Night 4.06 Miler – 7:15-8:15pm. It may be raining. It may be hot or cold. The SRR Thursday night run will happen every week, no mat-

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ACUPUNCTURE LIFE GATE ACUPUNCTURE Karina Beleno Carney 78 Main Street, Pepperell 978-294-9291

Karina Beleno Carney, Lic.Ac., brings over 10 years experience of effective and compassionate acupuncture, Chinese herbs and TuiNa treatments. Serving Nashoba Valley. See ad, page 30.

BRAINCORE NEUROFEEDBACK 132 Central St, Ste 205A, Foxboro 844-272-4666

We offer state-ofthe-art brain training technology. Drug-free, non-invasive treatment. Emphasis on quality care with flexible payment options. Scholarships available. Call today to schedule a free consultation.


Kristine Jelstrup, CMFT, CBK, LMT 126 Prospect St, Ste 5, Cambridge, 02139 617-833-3407 Kristine@CentralSquareHealthAnd


We are an integrative holistic center, with a caring team of Network Spinal Analysis chiropractors, massage therapists, Shiatsu and Reiki practitioners and a Wellness Coach. See ad, page 7.

Achieve optimal health physically, emotionally, nutritionally. Kristine uses a form of muscle response testing to identify and clear nervous system interference, facilitating optimal health. See ad, page 12.

COACHING Virtual Coaching & Workshops 207-592-0377

ADVANCED NEUROTHERAPY, PC Jolene Ross, PhD 781-444-9115

Specializing in Neurotherapy, an effective, drug-free treatment for: attention, behavior, emotional, and executive function problems, autistic spectrum, anxiety, depression, postconcussion, peak performance and more. See ad, page 11.

Kim Childs 1025 Mass Ave, Arlington, MA 02476 617-640-3813 Need help clarifying and manifesting your desires? Asking “What’s next?” or “What do I really, really want?” Kim is a certified life and career coach specializing in Positive Psychology, creativity, and spiritual living to help clients create more joyful and fulfilling lives. Consultations are free via phone/Skype or in person.

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Liz Marcano-Pucillo 150 Wood Rd, Ste 403, Braintree, MA 02184 781-228-6915 Receive professional colon hydrotherapy by a national board-certified therapist using the Angel of Water system. The most comfortable and private system in the industry. See ad, page 23.

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Katja Swift & Ryn Midura 25 Saint Mary’s Court, Brookline, MA 617-750-5274


Stephen Bernardi 577 Main St, Waltham, MA 02452 781-893-3870 • Fax: 781-899-1172 JCW is the only sterile and non-sterile PCABaccredited 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 21.


1842 Beacon St, Ste 305, 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 8.

GROTON WELLNESS – FAMILY DENTISTRY & ORTHODONTICS, MEDICAL, SPA, CAFÉ 493-495 Main St (Off Rte 119) Groton, MA 01450 978-449-9919

Groton Wellness is a vibrant center for health and healing consisting of Holistic Family Dentistry & Orthodontics, an Integrative Medical Practice, a pampering and detoxifying Therapeutic Spa, and a clean food, farm-to-table Café—all working together to provide exceptional community health care. We also offer exciting talks, cleanses, classes and events, many of which are free to the community. Groton Wellness uses IV Therapy, Nutrition Management, Herbal Medicine, Bio-Identical Hormone Balancing, EAV Testing, Integrative Chiropractic, Acupuncture and many other Holistic Therapies to treat patients from head-to-toe. We have enormous success treating chronic health issues such as Lyme disease, cancer, diabetes, hormonal imbalance, mold, internal toxicity and more. See ad, back page.

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 28.



93 Union St, Ste 408 Newton Center, MA 617-244-4997


We are the healing dentist. We take a holistic approach to general and pediatric dentistry. We make it easy to see a dentist. New patients receive free comprehensive exam and full set of X-rays. Blog at

Dawna Jones, MD, FACOG 99 Longwater Cir, Ste 100 Norwell, MA 02061 781-829-0930

Board-certified MD in gynecology and integrative medicine. Hormone balancing, nutrition and detoxification are keys to optimal health. See ad, page 6.



Judith A. Swack PhD Needham MA 781.444.6940


Healing from the Body Level Up (HBLU™) is a uniquely powerful mind/body/spirit healing methodology that creates rapid, lasting core-level change—even when other therapies have failed—by simultaneously clearing mental, emotional, physical and spiritual blocks to happiness, health and success. 15-min free consultation. Professional training available. See ad, page 9.

Rose Siple, Certified Hypnotherapist 774-991-0574 Transform yourself and achieve your goals through the transformative healing process of hypnotherapy. Aren’t you tired of talking about it and thinking about it? We specialize in Virtual Gastric Band Hypnosis for weight loss. Call today. See ad on page 9.





Margo Roman, DVM 72 W Main St, Hopkinton, MA 01748 508-435-4077

12 Pelham Terrace, Arlington, MA 781-646-6319 We offer two Herbal Apprenticeship Programs, Advanced Training, Aromatherapy Certification and a series of Thursday evening and Saturday afternoon classes. Please visit our website. See ad, page 19.

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

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Deep-tissue, medical, sports, Swedish and therapeutic massage, shiatsu, Reiki & HydroMassage in a full-service Wellness Center also featuring chiropractic, acupuncture, Facial Rejuvenation, Facelift Acupuncture and detox footbath. See ad, page 7.


Johnson Compounding and Wellness 781-893-3870 Dr. Gary Kracoff provides guidance and in-depth consultative services to find the “why” to what is happening physically and mentally, working with individuals to restore balance in the body. Specializes in customizing medications to meet individualized needs of patients, and he suggests nutritional supplements, natural products and homeopathic remedies to aid in faster healing and recovery See ad, page 21.




Alison Shaw APRN, LMT, CEH 109 Massachusetts Ave Lexington, MA 02420 781-646-0686


222 Newbury St, 3rd Fl, Boston 617-459-7474 I love being a hairdresser. Proudly working with Eufora products containing certified organic ingredients. Cruelty free, people and planet friendly for a more beautiful tomorrow. .

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 19.


324 Central St, Newton 02466 617-244-8856 Providing you with reiki healing sessions, Reiki meditation, and Reiki training to support you in reaching your goals of mind-body-spirit wellness and wholeness.

BRIANA PIAZZA, REIKI MASTER 228 Central St, Saugus, MA 01906 781-629-9659

Reiki Master healer and teacher offering healing treatment sessions and training at all levels. Call, email or visit to schedule your session.



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160 School St, Ste 1-1, Waltham, MA 508-335-3814 Healing for body, mind and spirit. Yoga, reiki, meditation, crystal healing and life coaching are used to activate your body’s natural healing response.


Thermography is non-invasive, safe and painless. Thermography helps to track breast health and full-body applications help in the identification and monitoring of inflammatory and nerve conditions. See ad, page 32.


Susan Shaw Saari, Lic.Ac., CCT, MEd, MAOM, Diplomate in Acupuncture (NCCAOM) 781-899-2121, A clinical imaging technique that records thermal patterns of the body to help diagnose and monitor pain or pathology in any part of the body. See ad, page 12.


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Certified Alexander Technique Teacher; Certified Thai Yoga Therapist 33A Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02445 617-359-7841 Your yoga can release or create tension depending on the quality of your daily movements. Learn to let your postural mechanism work for you and notice excess body tension ease away on-and-off the mat.


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Natural Awakenings Magazine is Boston's healthy living magazine. In each issue, readers find cutting-edge information on natural health, nu...

Natural Awakenings Boston November 2016  

Natural Awakenings Magazine is Boston's healthy living magazine. In each issue, readers find cutting-edge information on natural health, nu...