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e are excited to kick off 2014 with this special Health & Wellness issue, our biggest one yet! It is jam packed with articles tapping national and local experts selected with the aim of providing helpful resources for you to make good use of all year long. Kathleen Barnes’ feature article, “Build Your Own Wellness Dream Team,” provides a compass to assist at a time when most people find navigating today’s complex and confusing conventional health care options a daunting task. We challenge you to build your own custom team of caring and multifaceted professionals selected to actively support you in achieving and sustaining all aspects of your well-being. We’d like to think you’ll find good reasons to draw members of your team from those you meet monthly in these pages. This month affords profiles of 18 local experts ranging from professional coaches to chiropractors, naturopathic doctors and holistic dentists. These are complemented by a targeted Natural Health Glossary to clarify local practitioner offerings and modalities. For a more comprehensive glossary, visit Staying on track with our good intentions is a challenge for most of us. For me, working with a life/professional coach has proved to be my most demanding yet personally fulfilling work ever. I highly recommend it. As local Achievement Coach Leigh Doherty reminds us in “Beginning Again: Fortifying Resolutions with Compassion and Courage,” even when we slide off track, a willingness to correct our course on the spot and continue allows fresh beginnings to occur at any moment. It places the concept of new beginnings into everyday life, well beyond the context of a once-a-year calendar event. Several other local experts weigh in on additional helpful topics this January, as well, including transforming stress, whole body thermography, muscle response testing and preventing winter colds and flu. As always, we hope you find something or someone that resonates and helps so that you increasingly feel good, live simply and laugh more every day. To a happy and healthy new year for all,

Maisie Raftery, Publisher

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newsbriefs Winter Cleanse and Educational Programs at Groton Wellness


roton Wellness has released its 2014 winter seminar, event and class schedule. The center offers a mixture of educational classes and events featuring herbs, biochemical hormone balance, cleanses, dental secrets, cooking tips, spa detoxification and health and wellness support. “We have a 10-day Super Cleanse to help people recover from their holiday celebrations, followed by monthly 2-day cleanses,” says Director of Marketing and Events Christine Habermann. A complete listing of educational and special offerings at Groton Wellness can be found at

Location: Groton Wellness, Mill Run Plaza, 493-495 Main St., Groton. For more information, call 978-449-9919 or visit See ad, page 7, Resource Guide on page 53, Wellness Profile, page 35.

Online Classes to Study Herbs and Holistic Health


he Boston School of Herbal Studies, in Arlington, is offering webinars and video downloads for a variety of herbal classes this winter. The online learning opportunities are aimed at those that live at a distance from the school and those that have serious time constraints, other commitments or physical disabilities that may limit their participation in the classroom. The winter webinars include Healing Depression, Lyme Disease: Hope for a Silent Epidemic, and Addressing Insulin Resistance with Paul Bergner, a nationally prominent herbalist. There are also classes on the ancient art of soap making, seasonal affective disorder, fertility awareness and natural baby and toddler care. All classes can also be attended in person. Location: Online at or The Boston School of Herbal Studies, 12 Pelham Ter., Arlington. For more information, call 781-646-6319 or visit See ad, page 21, Resource Guide on page 54, Wellness Profile, page 39.

A Course to Transform Attitudes and Beliefs About Money


r. Mindy Kopolow of ThinkShift Technologies presents a three-day Money Energy World class on January 25 and 29 and February 5, in Woburn. The class is designed to assist people in releasing negative beliefs, thoughts and feelings about money and embracing a new experience of money that is positive, fun and easy. Participants who take the course are eligible to participate in ongoing Money Energy discussion groups afterwards.

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Location: Dr. Mindy Kopolow’s office, 400 West Cummings Park, Ste. 3400, Woburn. For more information about Money Energy World, call 617-972-5055 or visit See ad, page 19, and Wellness Profile. page 40.


Annual Fundraiser Features an Abundance of Healers


he eighth annual Day of Healing and Insight at the Theosophical Society (TS) Center for Spiritual Studies, in Arlington, features 25-minute sessions with practitioners of qigong, massage, acupuncture, sound healing and Reiki. This fundraiser for the TS takes place from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, January 18, with a snow date of January 19. “It’s a new year and a great time for people to fully engage in their own self-care on all levels,” says TS vice president Janet Kessenich. “The Day of Healing and Insight serves the larger community by giving participants a wonderful opportunity to receive help and healing from top Boston-area practitioners while benefitting the TS operations fund.” Open to all, the TS Center for Spiritual Studies offers weekly study groups, workshops and lectures on such topics as healing, philosophy, meditation and spirituality. Cost: $25 per practitioner session (early registration recommended). Location: TS Center for Spiritual Studies, 21 Maple St., Arlington. For more information and registration, call Elsa Elliott at 617-501-2953, email or visit See ad, page 26 . natural awakenings

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newsbriefs Weekly Classes and Private Sessions on Energy Management


arbara Strassman, owner of Sole Woman, presents classes on personal energy management every Thursday morning from 9 to 10:30 a.m., in Sharon. The classes help participants to live in tune with natural laws while managing their energy and dealing with the energies of those around them. “It has been proven by the HeartMath Institute that we affect each other within five feet. We’re electrical beings, transmitting and receiving energy all the time and it can be overwhelming to those who are sensitive,” says Strassman. “We can learn how to navigate energies, maintain our center and have a positive effect on those around us.” Strassman also offers individual sessions by appointment. “Learning to live consciously while managing and protecting our energies benefits everyone and helps to keep us healthy in body, mind and spirit,” she says. For more information, call 781-784-1955 or visit See ad, page 14, and Resource Guide, page 53.

Fall Fitness Challenge a Success for Koko FitClub, the First Digital Gym


oko FitClub has completed its 90 Days of Koko Challenge, a national campaign advocating fitness and preventive health care with free health assessments and community support. The campaign ran from September through November and featured activities designed to educate, encourage and support Koko members and their communities in their efforts to live a “fitness life.” “We’re on a mission to help people improve their health,” says Lana Lemeshov, owner of Koko FitClubs in West Roxbury and Brookline. “In just three months, Koko has shown that it can transform people’s lives with thousands of miles walked, billions of pounds lifted and millions of calories burned across the nation, just in time for the holidays.” Koko FitClub is the nation’sfifirst digital gym, combining exercise science, leading-edge technology and computerized data to prescribe effective fitness and nutrition programs for its members. All activity is 100 percent guided, tracked and optimized for the best results. Location: Koko FitClub, 39 Harvard St. in Brookline Village and 77 Spring St. (Shaw’s Plaza), West Roxbury. For more information, call 617-566-5656 (Brookline) or 617-325-4800 (West Roxbury) or visit See ad, page 10, and Resource Guide, page 54.


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newsbriefs Free Facial and Massage Workshop for Women in Watertown


ezakkah Norins, LMT, owner of Nuance Bodywork, presents Sisters are Doing it for Themselves, a free facial and massage workshop for women, at 6:30 p.m., January 20, at the Watertown Center for Healing Arts. “The workshop teaches women a wonderful way to express friendship and nurturing,” says Norins. “We all need to cultivate better ways of taking care of each other in a loving, supportive way, while appreciating the beauty of each woman.” The treatment begins with compresses that relax muscles and release tensions that cause lines and wrinkles. The face will then be cleansed and exfoliated, and a massage will smooth away tension in the forehead, sinuses, jaw and neck. Acupressure and lymphatic drainage techniques will also be used, and organic masks will be applied to treat each woman’s skin while she receives gentle foot massage. Norins designed this treatment for the Four Seasons Hotel in Boston, where it became quite popular. The workshop is limited to eight participants, so early registration is required. Location: Watertown Center for Healing Arts, 22 Mt. Auburn St., Watertown. To register and learn more, call 617-254-4088 or visit See Resource Guide, page 52.

New Light Therapy System at Central Square Health and Wellness


ristine Jelstrup, owner of Central Square Health and Wellness, announces the addition of the Halo Light Therapy System to her healing practice. Jelstrup says that the method represents a new paradigm in photonic light therapy protocols. “No other light therapy system remotely compares to the speed of performance and approach that this system offers,” she says. “Halo combines the best of Western medical photonics and electron technology with the purest natural botanicals, herbs and amino acids to produce a bio-treatment system that unites modern and ancient practices.” The Halo systems uses full spectrum white and violet botanical harmonic applicators to reduce pain from inflammation, infections, insect bites, poisonous plant reactions, arthritis, neuropathy, fibromyalgia, headaches, burns, sinus congestion and pain, injuries and all types of acute and chronic pain conditions.

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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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newsbriefs Visions HealthCare Expands Yoga Therapy Classes and Sessions



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isions HealthCare, in Dedham, is increasing its yoga therapy offerings as part of the company’s integrative services. Students can choose between one-onone sessions, a Saturday drop-in class or an eight-week group program. The next classes take place at 9 and 10:30 a.m., Saturday, January 11. The eight-week program options include Fridays at 10 a.m. beginning January 10 or Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m. Yoga therapy is said to bridge modern health care and the ancient practice of yoga by combining modified movements, balancing breathing techniques, meditation, teaching and discussion. “Yoga therapy differs from mainstream yoga in the sense that it is a very individualized, gentle practice,” says instructor Alaine Amaral. “It’s ideal for individuals with pain, injury or disability.” Amaral is certified in integrative yoga therapy as well as Kundalini yoga. Pre-registration is required and the class is limited to 15 participants. Individual appointments with Amaral are available year-round.

Location: Visions HealthCare, 910 Washington Street, Dedham. For more information, call 781-232-5431 or visit See ad on back cover and Resource Guide Listing, page 55.

productspotlight Coffees Designed for Weight Loss, Energy and Mental Focus from Javita


he Javita Coffee Company, maker of gourmet instant coffees, has introduced a new South American coffee infused with medicinal herbs from Asia. The 100 percent natural coffee is made from estate-grown Arabica and Robusta beans. The first two coffees in Javita’s new product line are Burn + Control, designed for weight loss and a natural energy boost, and Energy + Mind, which is said to provide sustained energy, enhanced mental clarity and focus. Burn + Control is infused with 600 mg. of healthy phytonutrients from the Garcinia Cambogia and Yerba Mate herbs. The formula was created to enhance fat burning, fuel workouts, increase stamina and cut cravings. Each cup of Energy + Mind contains 800 mg. of Bacopa Monnieri, Gotu Kola and green tea, herbs that are said to boost memory and concentration while promoting healthy brain function. Later, Javita plans to introduce their Green + Lean instant weight-loss tea, made of Japanese Sencha green tea. For more information about these and other Javita products, visit MyDailyCuppa. See ad, page 26.

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aking vitamin C before engaging in physically demanding activities helps keep colds away for people that are heavy exercisers, say Finnish researchers at the University of Helsinki. While their meta-study showed that non-exercisers that took vitamin C daily gained little or no protection from colds, the story for marathoners, competitive skiers and soldiers on subarctic assignments was much different. The study, published in the Cochrane Review, found that the 598 heavy exercisers cut their risk of colds in half.

Cocoa Calms Inflammation


ew can say no to a cup of hot cocoa on a cold winter’s night. “Enjoy!” say Penn State researchers. They have found that a little bit of cocoa may be a powerful diet aid in helping to control inflammation and ameliorate related diseases, including diabetes. Numerous current studies link obesity to inflammation in the body. Cocoa, although a common ingredient of chocolate, by itself has lowcalorie, low-fat and high-fiber content. The researchers fed laboratory mice the human equivalent of 10 tablespoons of cocoa powder—about four or five cups of hot cocoa—along with a high-fat diet for 10 weeks. The control group ate the same diet without the cocoa. Lead researcher Joshua Lambert, Penn State associate professor of food science, says the study results surprised the team, which did not expect the “dramatic reduction of inflammation and fatty liver disease” associated with obesity. Although the animals lost no weight, the cocoa powder supplement reduced liver triglycerides by 32 percent and plasma insulin levels by 27 percent, indicating it might be a powerful obesity-fighting tool. But there is a catch: Adding sugar, an inflammatory substance in itself, to healthy cocoa will likely neutralize the benefits. Try stevia as a sweetener instead; it’s been used for decades to lower blood sugar.


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Sweets Sour Brain Power


inging on sweets and soda in an effort to bone up for exams or presentations probably has the opposite effect, according to a new animal study from the University of California, Los Angeles. Researchers found that eating or quaffing too much fructose, like that found in cane sugar and the highfructose corn syrups permeating many processed foods, can cause unclear thinking, poor learning and impaired memory. Scientists have long known that high-fructose diets increase the risk for diabetes, obesity and fatty liver. Now the UCLA team has discovered that only six weeks of a high-fructose diet slowed the animals’ brains. The good news is that eating omega-3 fatty acids like those found in cold water fish appear to counteract the negative effects of fructose, enabling the animals to think more clearly.

Produce Banishes the Blues


ew research from New Zealand’s University of Otago shows that consuming more whole fruits and vegetables increases peacefulness, happiness and energy in one’s daily life. Scientists discovered the strong relationship to be particularly apparent in countering winter blues. A total of 281 college-age students filled out an online food diary and mood survey for 21 consecutive days. Results showed that eating fruits and vegetables one day led to improvements in positive mood the next day, regardless of other key factors, such as body mass index. Other types of food did not produce the same uplifting effect. “After further analysis, we demonstrated that young people would need to consume approximately seven to eight total servings of fruits and vegetables per day to notice a meaningful positive change,” says Tamlin Conner, Ph.D., with the university’s department of psychology. “One serving of fruit or vegetables is approximately the size that could fit in our palm, or half a cup.” Study co-author Bonnie White suggests that this can be accomplished by having vegetables comprise half of the plate at each meal and snacking on whole fruit like apples. The American Psychiatric Association acknowledges that seasonal affective disorder (SAD) affects, at least mildly, as many as 20 percent of Americans.

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Mammograms Carry Cancer Hysterectomy Alternatives Risk


here is growing evidence that mammograms, which are the primary screening tool for breast cancer, may cause it. Scientists have long known that radiation causes cancer, and now research published in the British Journal of Radiobiology reports that the so-called “low-energy X-rays” used in mammography are four to six times more likely to cause breast cancer than conventional high-energy X-rays because the low-energy variety causes more mutational damage to cells. Mammograms led to a 30 percent rate of over-diagnosis and overtreatment, according to a study published in the Cochrane Review. Researchers wrote in the study, “This means that for every 2,000 women invited for screening throughout 10 years, one will have her life prolonged and 10 healthy women, who would not have been diagnosed if there had not been screening, will be treated unnecessarily. Furthermore, more than 200 women will experience important psychological distress for many months because of false positive findings.” Many women and functional medicine doctors are now choosing non-invasive and radiationfree annual thermograms as a safer alternative. Those at high risk for breast cancer may choose to do periodic MRI screenings, a recommendation supported by research at Britain’s University Hospitals Birmingham.



ach year, hundreds of thousands of women have hysterectomies, involving the surgical removal of the uterus and, in some cases, the cervix, fallopian tubes and ovaries. Dr. Mitchell Levine, of Visions HealthCare in Dedham and Wellesley, says that up to 90 percent of women that are advised to have hysterectomies don’t really need them. “The effects of a hysterectomy can impact one’s physical, emotional, sexual and overall health,” says Levine. “Women should be offered treatment alternatives that are less damaging.” Levine says that uterine fibroids, the leading cause for most hysterectomies, are present in about 30 percent of women and usually don’t require surgery. “In cases where heavy bleeding, anemia, pressure on other organs and pain warrants surgery, fibroids can be removed without removing the entire uterus,” he says, noting that the same is true for ovarian cysts. For women suffering with endometriosis, Levine recommends laparoscopic surgery to preserve the uterus and ovaries, and such alternative treatments as dietary changes, herbs, acupuncture and hormonal adjustments. Heavy bleeding, which is often caused by fibroids, polyps or hormonal imbalances, can also be treated with these same methods. “In more severe cases, an endometrial ablation or hysteroscopic myomectomy, both minimally invasive procedures, can be performed,” says Levine. “With the exception of cancer cases, a woman’s sexual and reproductive organs can and should be preserved to maintain her optimum wellness.” Location: Visions HealthCare, 910 Washington St., Dedham, and 100 Second Ave, Needham. For more information, call 781-431-1333 or visit VisionsHealthCare. com. See ad on back cover and Resource Guide Listing on page 54.

More Bok Choy, Less Ice Cream Boosts Breast Health


howing down on cruciferous veggies reduces the risk of recurring breast cancer, say Vanderbilt University researchers, while consuming too many high-fat dairy products produces an opposite effect, according to the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The paper on veggies presented at the American Association for Cancer Research showed that the more cruciferous vegetables a woman ate in the first two years after her breast cancer diagnosis, the lower was her risk of the cancer returning or death from the original cancer. Eating broccoli, cauliflower, bok choy and cabbage worked to reduce the rate of recurring breast cancer by 35 percent and the risk of death in the following nine years by 62 percent. On the other side of the coin, the NCI study showed that women treated for early stage breast cancer that regularly ate one or more servings of high-fat milk, cheese, yogurt or ice cream increased their risk of dying of breast cancer by 44 percent and of earlier death from all causes by 64 percent.

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Avoid Winter Colds and Flu Through Prevention by Dr. Gary Kracoff


s winter colds, flu and other ailments hit their yearly highs, many people feel as if they have no control over whether they become ill. The reality is that most people can dramatically reduce their chances of contracting these illnesses with some awareness and simple actions. First, lifestyle is a significant predictor of wellness, and the importance of adequate rest and good nutrition cannot be overstated. Medical researchers have drawn a very clear correlation between rest and illness prevention. Lack of adequate sleep has been tied to scores of diseases and adverse health conditions. If the body is not rested, it is not prepared to fight off invading germs. Sleep experts recommend eight hours a night for adults and more for children. As far as nutrition is concerned, a diet full of antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables will help to maintain a strong immune system. Conversely, a diet high in refined sugar and saturated


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fats will tax the immune system, making the body work harder to process food and, essentially, thwarting its ability to fight illness. Water helps to ensure the health of the kidneys and other vital organs. Sipping water throughout the day in a quantity equal to half your body weight is ideal. For example, a person weighing 150 pounds should drink 75 ounces of water. This is in addition to any coffee, tea or soda that may be consumed, especially those with caffeine, which acts as a diuretic. Stress reduction techniques such as yoga or meditation may also be used preventatively, and washing hands before putting them near your face or eating can help reduce the chances of infection. Fresh air contributes to good health, yet most people spend the majority of their time indoors during winter, breathing germ-filled air (even if filtered). If getting outdoors for fresh air is difficult, open the windows for a few minutes each day. A humidifier used in winter will remove dryness from the air that irritates the skin and dries out mucus membranes, leading to respiratory illnesses. Note that it’s important to clean the humidifier weekly. Supplements that can boost immunity include a daily multi-vitamin that includes vitamin D3; a daily probiotic containing the healthy bacteria that keep the digestive system working

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optimally; and astragulas, an herbal remedy that has been shown to boost the immune system. For those who are coming down with an illness, the following remedies can shorten or reverse the process: ViraStop 2x contains proteolytic enzymes that serve as catalysts to metabolism, detoxification and the immune system; elderberry syrup or extract, which is known to aid the respiratory system; oscillococcinum helps to reduce the duration and severity of flu symptoms; and WholeMune primes and mobilizes key immune cells to protect against challenges and increases immune vitality and mental clarity. Finally, it’s important to know that alcohol can limit the body’s immune response because it kills good, healthy

bacteria and reduces the amount of deep sleep that a person gets. When used beyond moderation, alcohol has a negative effect on the body. Building a protective layer through good health practices and the use of natural supplements can bolster the body against illness. Time spent doing these things now is time that’s less likely to be lost to illness later on. 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, pages 9 and 25, Resource Guide on page 53, Wellness Profile, page 34.

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Build Your Own Wellness Dream Team

Take Your Health to the Next Level by Kathleen Barnes


onventional doctors too often dispense vague, boilerplate health advice, urging their patients to eat a healthy diet, exercise and take helpful supplements. Some are lucky enough to also be directed to detoxify their body and manage stress. That’s typically the best most people can expect in terms of practical advice. It is rare to receive specific, individualized answers to such burning questions as:

Complementary natural healing modalities can address all of these queries and more. Finding the right mix of treatment and preventive measures requires some creativity and self-knowledge. The experts Natural Awakenings consulted maintain that it is both desirable and possible to assemble an affordable and effective personal health care team that focuses on optimum wellness.

What is the best diet for this specific problem or my body type?

“We need to understand the value of an integrative approach because no single modality treats everything,” says Dr. Jingduan Yang, the Philadelphiabased founder and medical director of the Tao Integrative Medicine. By way of example, he maintains credentials as a physician, a board-certified psychiatrist and an internationally recognized expert on classic forms of Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture. Integrative practitioners see the human body on three levels, Yang

Which exercise will work best for me—yoga, running, tennis or something else? Why do I feel stressed so much of the time, and what can I do about it? What supplements are best for me, and which high-quality products can I trust?


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explains: structural; biochemical; and bioenergetic, a form of psychotherapy. Ideally, he says, conventional and integrative medicine, plus complementary practitioners, work together to provide the total care an individual patient needs. “Any problem on one level affects all levels, so we assess patients on all three with whatever tools we have,” he says. While conventional medicine may be able to treat structural problems well and biochemical problems to a certain extent, it falls short on the energetic level. That’s when it’s time to expand the team, counsels Yang. “‘Know yourself’ is the watchword. Get to know what to use and when to use it. It’s the practitioner’s job to educate patients in this way.” Dr. Andrew Weil, renowned as the father of the integrative medicine movement in the U.S., has remarked, “If I’m in a car accident, don’t take me to an herbalist. If I have bacterial pneumonia, give me antibiotics. But when it comes to maximizing the body’s natural healing potential, a mix of conventional and alternative procedures seems like the only answer.” Dr. Shekhar Annambhotla, founding director and president of the Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America, turns to the integrative realm of ayurvedic medicine for healing and wellness. The 5,000-year-old Indian healing tradition incorporates lifestyle changes, yoga and meditation, detoxification, herbs, massage and various other individually targeted healing modalities, depending on the patient’s diagnosis and recommended treatment plan.

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“Wellness is a team effort,” advises integrative medicine specialist Dr. Vijay Jain, medical director at Amrit Ayurveda for Total Wellbeing, in Salt Springs, Florida. It’s not only a matter of knowing what needs the practitioners will address at specific times, it’s also knowing who can help when the going gets tough. “Modern medicine has the edge for early detection of disease,” Jain notes. “However, Ayurveda is excellent in determining the earliest imbalances in the mind and body that eventually lead to disease.”

Most experts consulted agree that a personal wellness program should include a practitioner that acts as a gatekeeper and coordinates a care plan to meet individual needs. Jain recommends that the foundation of the team be a licensed medical professional such as an integrative physician (MD), osteopathic doctor (DO) or chiropractor (DC). In most states, any of these professionals can function as a primary care doctor, authorized to order and read laboratory tests, prescribe drugs and access hospital services. In some states, a naturopathic physician (ND) can perform the functions of a primary care doctor in ordering and reading laboratory tests. As part of a personal wellness team, consider a functional medicine or integrative physician, chiropractor, osteopath, doctor of naturopathy, ayurvedic practitioner, nutritionist, Traditional Chinese Medicine doctor/acupuncturist, herbalist, craniosacral therapist, massage therapist and energy practitioner (such as in Reiki, medical qigong or polarity therapy). It’s not necessary to see all of them, sources say. Sometimes, one practitioner will be skilled in practicing several modalities, a bonus for patients. Other complementary practitioners may form a supporting team that works with the primary care team, depending on the challenges a patient faces. They will be identified as treatment unfolds and the team evolves over time.

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An ayurvedic practitioner likely will begin by helping to define healthful lifestyle changes, depending on one’s dosha, or energetic temperament. Yoga and meditation would be a likely recommendation, plus specific herbs and perhaps detoxification, says Annambhotla. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and acupuncture often go handin hand with Ayurveda in accordance with the view that illness and disease are caused by imbalances in the body’s energetic flow. Diagnostic techniques employ intuition and pulses to assess and smooth blocks in energy circulation. Craniosacral therapy is another way to unlock energetic blockages caused by lifestyle stress and other factors that restrict and congest the body’s innate ability to self-correct and natural awakenings

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remain healthy, says Joyce Harader, a registered craniosacral therapist in Cave Creek, Arizona, and secretary of the board of the Biodynamic Cranial Sacral Therapy Association of North America. She relied on a whole team to realize a natural way back to health after being diagnosed with lupus in 1992. “Members of my health team fluctuate, depending on what is going on in my life and where I am focusing,” comments Harader. She points out, for example, that nutrition education and general deep-tissue massage can both be helpful as part of a foundational plan toward obtaining and maintaining optimal health. In fact, many of our experts recommend both a monthly chiropractic adjustment and/or massage, as well as daily yoga and an ongoing meditation practice for wellness and total wellbeing. Naturopathic practitioners operating in states where they are licensed can be good sources of nutrition counsel and often recommend herbal remedies for relief. “For chronic illness, you need a chiropractor or drug-free physician like a naturopath on your team. Conventional medicine is generally poor at dealing with chronic illness,” observes Naturopath and Chiropractor Michael Loquasto, Ph.D., who practices in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Loquasto should know. He has practiced integrated modalities for 50 years, employing the knowledge gained through his practice and triple doctorates, which include one in nutrition. Also a master herbalist, he strongly advocates that people start by working with a good integrative or functional medicine medical doctor. “In some states, like Pennsylvania, chiropractors and osteopaths can perform routine diagnostic work, but in many states they cannot,” he notes. “I recommend undergoing a physical every six months and regular bone density tests, plus colonoscopies.” Loquasto is not in favor of mammograms because of the radiation exposure associated with them, but supports routine breast screening using ultrasound or thermography.



Intuitive listening and observant selfknowledge are crucial parts of any wellness plan. Most people are aware when something doesn’t feel right in their body. “Libido is a great barometer of health,” suggests Dr. Diana Hoppe, an obstetrician, gynecologist and hormone specialist in San Diego, California. “If you’re not interested in sex, it’s probably a sign that you need to do some investigating.” Reasons for such a decline of interest are wideranging says Hoppe. “For men and women, it might be due to hormonal changes, lack of self-esteem, medications, stress, relationship issues, job, family life or lack of sleep. It means that somewhere, things are out of balance,” she says.

Funding a Plan

A personal multifaceted wellness program can be expensive, but there are ways to minimize the cost. “In the new world of high insurance deductibles, people get more for their money from an alternative doctor, especially one knowledgeable in a variety of healing therapies, than a conventional one,” Loquasto advises. Costs for tests may also be lower; plus patients are not expected to pay $150 or more just to walk in the door. A current trend has medical doc-

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tors and chiropractors participating in “umbrella” practices and wellness centers, where several types of practitioners collaborate in one facility. They find that sometimes insurance will pay for certain complementary services, including massage and nutrition education, when doctors or chiropractors prescribe them. Maintaining wellness in an environment filled with chemical, biological and mental toxins is a substantial, yet worthy, investment. It’s far better than the costly alternative of dealing with regular bouts of sickness or escalating disease. In that light, maintenance looks affordable: an ayurvedic diagnostic session starts at around $100, a consultation with a licensed naturopath at $75 and acupuncture at $100; a massage typically costs about $80 an hour. While insurance is unlikely to pay for treatments outside the realm of conventional medicine and sometimes, chiropractic, “The cost of these preventive therapies will be much less than the cost of treatment for a serious disease,” advises Loquasto. “You’re worth it.” Kathleen Barnes is author of more than a dozen natural health books. Her latest is The Calcium Lie II: What Your Doctor Still Doesn’t Know with Dr. Robert Thompson. Connect at

Muscle Testing Gets to the Root of Health Issues by Kristine Jelstrup


he word kinesiology means “the study of movement” and was originally used to describe a field of medicine concerned with the workings of joints and muscles. Since the 1960s, other systems of kinesiology have evolved based on the work of American chiropractor Dr. George Goodheart, who discovered that particular physical symptoms were often related to weaknesses in particular muscles. Goodheart proposed that a language between doctors and patients could be created by testing those muscles and working to strengthen them, which he noticed led to the improvement or disappearing of other health problems. Eventually Goodheart named this system Applied Kinesiology (AK) and used it to evaluate the structural, chemical and mental aspects of a person. He said that muscle testing could ascertain which therapies, including nutrition, diet, manipulation and exercise, would help to restore well-being. One popular form of AK is the use of muscle testing to determine energy changes within the body. The procedure involves a practitioner applying gentle pressure to specific parts of the body, often the arms or legs, to test the response of the underlying muscle. The tested muscle will either easily resist the pressure from the practitioner or give way. Kinesiologists use this on/off response to gain valuable information about other imbalances within the body and the necessary procedures to correct them. If a patient has lower back

pain, for example, the practitioner can press on various vertebrae while pressing down on the arm until the arm goes weak. The practitioner can then make a correction on that vertebra, after which the muscle should test strong. If a patient has a rash, the practitioner can start with a strong deltoid muscle, touch the rash and see the muscle go weak. She can then have the patient hold a supplement designed to clear up the rash. If the muscle tests strong, then the supplement will most likely help. A central AK concept is the triad of health, envisaged as a triangle with sides labeled structural, emotional and biochemical. For example, a structural problem such as an injured joint may have emotional repercussions. A biochemical problem, such as excess intake of a toxic mineral or underproduction of hydrochloric acid, can have structural and emotional effects. All three sides must be addressed for complete healing to occur. If a patient is having a hard time healing from an old back injury and the practitioner cannot find anything physical to correct, it may be an emotional issue. The practitioner can use muscle response testing to find the emotion that is keeping the patient from healing. When identifying the

correct emotion, the muscle will go weak. He can then do a variety of emotional clearing techniques until the muscle responds strongly when the emotion is stated again. Sometimes, there are additional emotions to clear before the back pain goes away. AK doesn’t just treat the symptoms of a problem, it works with other diagnostic measures to get to the root of the problem and help to repair the body holistically. When a person’s energy is in balance, they are closer to performing at their highest potential and achieving their goals. 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 See ad, page 25, Resource Guide on page 52, Wellness Profile, page 42.

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Transforming the Stress Response by Alison Shaw


t is a well-proven medical fact that emotions affect the body, and that stress contributes to illness by compromising many systems, including the heart, digestive and immune systems. It can also lead to depression, anxiety and decreased longevity. Health science has come a long way in determining the effects of stress and ways to manage it, but there is another dimension to stress management that allows people to release their stress reactions while, or even before, they are triggered. To learn how to interrupt chronic stress patterns, it’s important to examine what they are. The “stress response” is an automatic biological reaction


that occurs when danger is perceived. It stimulates a neurological response in the brain, leading to the release of hormones that travel to many organs in the body to aid in responding to a perceived threat. The physiological effects of these stress hormones include shallow breathing, increased heart rate and blood pressure, muscular tension, hyper alertness, decreased sleep and unsteadiness or feeling ungrounded. While the stress response was designed to mobilize people in times of actual physical danger, such as fleeing tigers and bears, modern stressors are often more emotional and psychological in nature, such as difficult relationships and overwhelming “to do” lists.

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The problem is that the body doesn’t know the difference between grizzly bears and being late to a meeting, and the stress response kicks in. Modern anxieties can become chronic, keeping the stress response locked in the “on” position, which wreaks havoc on physical and psychological health. Complicating the situation is the fact that people often respond to present situations based on stressful experiences in the past. This is called conditioning and is generally unconscious and automatic. Finally, the nervous system can’t distinguish between an actual threat and an imagined one when triggered by a stressful thought. The fear of failure can activate the stress response as readily as that grizzly bear, even when it’s unconscious. In addition to adopting stress management practices to help the bodymind shift to a relaxation response, there is another powerful way to combat stress. It involves becoming aware of the unconscious beliefs, memories and perceptions that cause the nervous system to become alert. Becoming aware of one’s emotions and physical reactions allows for conscious choices to release the stress pattern. Here are some simple steps to develop this awareness and help the body shift to a state of more openness and calm. 1. Become aware of your body’s stress responses. Do you hold your breath and tighten your jaw, shoulders or any other muscles? Perhaps you become ungrounded and lose awareness of your body altogether. Notice chronic postures that you adopt in daily life. Do you collapse your chest when you feel afraid? Do you tighten your back to “effort” through life? 2. Release this stress posture by reversing it. Deepen your breath, release tense muscles, open your chest and expand whatever has collapsed. It is helpful to bend the knees and feel the weight of your body on the floor. 3. Identify the “threat” that your nervous system is responding to. Is there really a bear chasing you or are intimidated by your boss? Are you responding to the person or situation in front of you or to someone or something from the past? Are you actually

in danger? Once aware of these conditioned patterns, the most important thing is to practice self-compassion and patience. Awareness brings the ability to adopt new reactions and postures that promote freedom, peace and health. Alison Shaw is a nurse practitioner, integrative therapist and founder of Bodymind Resourcing, in Arlington. For more information, visit or call 781-646-0686. See ad, page 24, Resource Guide on page 54, Wellness Profile, page 37.

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Whole Body Thermography for Monitoring and Addressing Health


by Matthew Robinson and Sue Saari

n the not-so-distant past, people were afraid to learn about developing health problems because they felt powerless to change the outcome. Fortunately, that scenario is changing, as educated and aware patients begin to partner with doctors in managing their health. When people appreciate the extent to which their actions can positively affect their health, then fear, which is one of the greatest impediments to healing, can be replaced with the motivation to make healthier choices. Medical knowledge and technological innovations have also advanced rapidly during the last century. One of the newer diagnostic tools available to those seeking information about their health is Digital Infrared Thermal Imag-

ing (DITI), or thermography. DITI is a simple, safe, non-invasive, inexpensive test of the body’s physiology that offers clinically significant information without side effects. DITI can detect physiological dysfunction in any area of the body relating to inflammatory, neurological, vascular or musculoskeletal problems. By noting and monitoring changes in these systems, patients and their health care practitioners can respond by creating personalized wellness programs. Thermography uses medical thermal imaging cameras to detect and record heat patterns radiating from the body’s surface. These heat patterns, which result from changes in blood flow to the skin, reflect sympathetic nervous system responses to abnormal biological activity.

Such responses can point to any dysfunction, injury or pathology in the body. Once DITI images are taken, the thermal scans are interpreted by specially trained medical doctors. While news has been growing about thermography’s use in detecting breast cancer, whole body thermography can reveal functional changes taking place throughout the entire person. The conditions that a full body thermogram can expose range from cardiovascular problems, to gastrointestinal issues such as diverticulitis, to urogenital abnormalities. By becoming aware of these issues, people have the opportunity to rebalance their systems by implementing proactive changes in lifestyle, nutrition and complementary therapies. Thermography can also provide objective evidence about the type and extent of an injury or other structural problem, which can shorten the path to finding the best treatment. Additionally, thermography offers an inexpensive way to follow the effectiveness of traditional or alternative medical interventions. This is especially important with complex or chronic conditions, when it can be difficult to assess how well a treatment is working. Comparing thermal scans over time can determine the effectiveness of a treatment plan. Finally, the information obtained from a thermogram can help to rule out the need for more invasive tests or procedures or, conversely, provide greater justification for them. Matthew Robinson and Sue Saari are coowners of Metrowest Thermal Imaging. Both are licensed acupuncturists, and Saari is also a certified thermographer. For more information, call 781-8992121 or visit See ad, page 11, Resource Guide on page 55, Wellness Profile, page 41.


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Beginning Again Fortifying Resolutions with Compassion and Courage by Leigh Doherty


he ringing in of the new year inspires many people to make resolutions that involve trying on new behaviors or ending old ones. Typical resolutions include adding or increasing exercise, vowing to lose weight or swearing off certain foods or activities. Research shows that people tend to be successful with intended resolutions for the month of January, only to lose steam by February. By April, many have forgotten the vows that they made to themselves as they welcomed in a new year. Barriers to achieving goals come in varied shapes, sizes and names. Similar to unexpected surprises in a video game or false exits in a labyrinth, these barriers can halt a person’s momentum temporarily or permanently, despite dedication and determination. The truth is, change is hard. Whether the goal is to spend more time at the gym, be more involved in creative endeavors or respond to emails in a timelier manner, different kinds of change are hard for different kinds of people for different reasons. According to research conducted by Dr. Robert Kegan and Dr. Lisa Lahey of Harvard University, when heart patients that were being studied were informed that death was imminent without specific changes in behavior, only one in seven patients actually made the prescribed changes. This study illustrates how truly challenging certain changes can be, even when the motivation is literally life or death. Change requires clarity, awareness and the commitment to begin again when good intentions fail. Perhaps the most important component of lasting change is self-compassion on the journey. Like a child who falls down and gets back up when learning to walk or ride a bike, adults must adopt a similar sense of resilient determination, along with a healthy dose of cheerleading and care for the self when aiming for change. Holding an “all or nothing” mind28

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set when it comes to modifying behavior is likely to bring about discouragement and failure. Here are some ways to stay on track, and begin again, with resolutions: 1. Imagine what you might say to a child, a loved one, or best friend who was struggling to stay on a goal path; chances are you might be more compassionate and encouraging with them than you tend to be with yourself. 2. Practice mantras or say or post affirmations that provide encouragement. Simple phrases like “Correct and continue” or “I shall begin, again!” can be supportive. 3. Create an artistic representation containing symbols, photos, encouraging words or phrases that remind you of your true desire to stay the course and offer compassion when you may falter. 4. Find a partner and agree to remind each other that “Beginning Again” is an option and that it’s possible to pause, correct and continue on the desired path without giving up. Willingness to correct course and continue on the spot, every day if necessary and helpful, allows beginnings to happen any time of year. It also puts the concept of beginnings into everyday life, not just in the context of a once-a-year calendar event. Leigh Doherty, MA, GCEC, is a certified professional coach and co-founder of Designed Alliance, a coaching partnership that works with clients locally, nationally and internationally. For more information, visit, email or call 617-764-5268. See ad on page 15 and Resource Guide on page 53.


Caring, Steering, Cheering

A Health Coach Helps Us Change for Good by Lauressa Nelson

A health or wellness coach integrated into a personal healthcare team can be critical to catalyzing sustainable change. Many people understand they need to modify their self-care, yet fail to take the optimal steps to make such a transformation happen.


hat we’ve discovered is that people don’t routinely change behavior due to education alone or out of fear. They change through partnership,” explains Linda Smith, a physician’s assistant and director of professional and public programs at Duke Integrative Medicine, in Durham, North Carolina. Coaching partnerships supply a supportive bridge between provider recommendations and patient implementations, she says, “significantly increasing the client’s ability to make changes successfully.” “Health coaching was absolutely essential to my health,” says Roberta Cutbill, a 72-yearold retired registered nurse in Greensboro, North Carolina, who considered her lifestyle relatively healthy when in her late 60s she experienced autoimmune and cardiac problems. “I have an excellent primary care doctor who, when these issues came up, told me that I needed to change my diet, thoughtfully downloaded a list of recommendations and sent me on my way. I still needed

help with many things in order to make the changes,” recalls Cutbill, which is why she turned to a health coach at Duke Integrative Medicine. Margaret Moore, founder and CEO of Wellcoaches Corporation and co-director of the Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital, a Harvard Medical School affiliate, in Belmont, Massachusetts, identifies two primary forces that enable behavioral change: autonomous motivation (people want to do something for their own reasons, not because someone tells them to) and confidence (they believe they can do it). “The most powerful motivating forces of all are what you treasure most in life, your life purpose and contribution,” she remarks. Both Smith and Moore emphasize that the priorities in any health coaching relationship are client driven, based on the client’s chosen goals and personal intrinsic motivators. Confidence in attaining ultimate success is built through positively framed experiments and experiences. “A health coach is trained to help clients break up their goals into manageable steps, focus on strengths, track progress and identify and overcome personal roadblocks,” explains Dr. Karen Lawson, an integrative physician and director of integrative health coaching at the University of Minnesota’s Center for Spirituality and Healing, in Minneapolis. A helpful approach sets goals that can be met and exceeded, not insurmountable ones. “The key is always keeping a positive lens, helping clients see the progress they achieve,” continues Lawson. This involves speaking in terms of growth through trial and error, in which outcomes are explored without judgment and clients feel empowered to modify. This is vital, explains Moore, because experiencing at least a three-to-one ratio of positive to negative emotions creates the conditions for the brain to learn, change and thrive, making people feel more capable of taking care of their health. Mindful awareness is another essential tool; being self-aware and reflecting on what we are doing while it is happening. Unlike thinking, analyzing and planning, mindfulness involves observing while experiencing. During sessions, coaches use it to give their full attention in a non-judgmental way, modeling how clients can bring such compassion to themselves. A mindful state calms mental noise and puts reflective distance between individuals and their beliefs, emotions and behaviors. It improves their ability to handle negative emotions and to make a conscious choice to respond with a different attitude or new behavior, according to Moore. For Cutbill, maintaining a personal relationship with her coach over time has been the most significant factor in the improvement of her health. “The relationship was healing, because my coach regularly pointed out my progress with profound encouragement and validation. I wish all primary care doctors had health coaches on staff to help them and their patients attain the success they both are aiming for.” Lauressa Nelson is an editor and contributing writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at natural awakenings

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icture Perfect Pets, LLC, has moved to 374A Cambridge Street, in Burlington, and added Puppy Day School, a drop-off training and socialization program, to its list of services. The program is focused on promoting behavioral wellness in dogs through positive reinforcement while preventing such problems as aggression. “By training and socializing young puppies during a critical developmental phase, people can prevent many of the serious behavior problems that can develop in the face of under-socialization and inadequate puppy training,” says Bette Yip, owner of Picture Perfect Pets. The company’s new 3,600-square-foot location is used for group dog training lessons and pet photography, in addition to Puppy Day School. “People can drop-off their puppies for the day or send their pups to school on the Puppy Bus,” says Yip. “Puppies will get training and plenty of supervised play time in a safe, controlled setting, and they’ll go home with less energy for nipping, chewing and general mischief.”

ast fall, the Winchester Fire Department received training from the Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital (Mass Vet) on how to safely stabilize a dog or a cat rescued from a fire. Most fire departments in Massachusetts carry oxygen masks for dogs and cats, but, while the basic rules for first aid and CPR are the same for all mammals, there are key differences between humans and dogs and cats. “We value the opportunity to provide educational opportunities like this to our community,” says Barbara Travers, hospital services manager at Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital. “Our team of emergency doctors and technicians are deeply dedicated to saving lives. If a firefighter can stabilize and safely transport a rescued animal to us, it gives us a real chance at keeping a family intact when everything else is gone.” The trainings covered anatomy, vital signs and hands-on CPR using canine dummies. The firefighters learned how to find a femoral pulse, apply an oxygen mask and place an injured animal on a backboard for transportation. They also received tips on approaching fearful and often dangerous wounded animals. “We cannot thank the emergency veterinary team at Mass Vet enough for all that they have done,” says Joshua Fiore, paramedic coordinator for the Winchester Fire Department. “With this knowledge, the people of Winchester can be assured that we will, to the best of our abilities, aid the veterinary professionals in saving their pets.”

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Pet First-Aid Kits All-Natural Home Health Care by Sandra Murphy


irst-aid is the first thing you can do to help an injured animal if you are prepared,” says Dr. Jason Nicholas, owner of The Preventive Vet, in Portland, Oregon. Attention in cases of injury or sudden illness can help a dog or cat stay more comfortable, stop bleeding and provide temporary relief. A pet first-aid kit can resemble a pantry more than a medicine cabinet. Natural components include: Cool water. Purified water kept in a spray bottle can cool overheated pets. For the fastest results, spray near the pulse points, the “armpits” and where fur is the thinnest. Further, a vet will assess if clinical hydration is needed beyond the water bowl. Saline solution. Versatile saline is available at the vet’s office or any pharmacy, and also easy and inexpensive to make at home. Use it to flush debris from eyes, clean wounds and promote healing from incisions. Two teaspoons of non-iodized salt in four cups of boiled water mimics body fluids. The Ohio State University Medical Center website provides a recipe for normal saline solution at Vinegar. It acts as a drying agent, especially for floppyeared dogs taking a dip in a pool or natural waterway, which can leave the inner ear moist. “Don’t use vinegar if the skin is red or broken because it will be painful,” says Dr. Jules Benson, vice president of veterinary services at Petplan Pet Insurance, in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania. Never use it more than twice a week. Honey. Apply this sweet unguent to gums to help counteract low blood sugar and shock, particularly when a diabetic pet’s insulin levels are off. Maple syrup is a good substitute. Sugar. Although not recommended in a regular pet diet, sugar can be a topical antibacterial for the short term. Sugar draws water from the wound and dehydrates bacteria, supporting growth of new tissue. Plain yogurt. Adding this healthy refrigerated topping to dry food will activate a sluggish appetite and supply needed cultures to help balance the digestive system. Cornstarch. This non-toxic remedy helps stop minor bleeding from cuts, scrapes and pedicure accidents. Calendula. Also known as pot marigold, calendula cream may be used as an antiinflammatory. Bug bites, scrapes, sunburn

and itching from allergies also benefit from its application. Aloe. Easily grown in a garden or pot and available in gel form, aloe sooths burns, prevents blisters and speeds healing. It also serves as canine Chapstick. “Older dogs often have cracked skin on their noses,” notes Benson. “Aloe helps to heal the skin and keeps the dog comfortable.” Rescue Remedy. Illness or injury brings stress, and one common solution is Rescue Remedy. To relieve fear or anxiety, rub it onto a paw, nose or ears or add the recommended num-

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ber of drops to water, a treat or food. It helps dogs, cats and birds. Dosage relies on the extent of stress rather than weight or species. Clean cloths. For bee stings or insect bites on the body, cool compresses can reduce swelling and itching. Wet a washcloth with cold water or for larger welts, wrap an ice pack in a towel and apply for a few minutes at a time. For stings on the face or mouth, it’s best to go to the vet’s office immediately, so that airways don’t swell up and hinder breathing. Miscellaneous supplies. Keep on hand gauze, tape, small scissors, tweezers, a small flashlight, clean socks to cover a bandage and disposable gloves to keep human germs out of open wounds. A dog in pain may bite without realizing it. Nicholas recommends a basket muzzle,

so the dog can easily breathe and pant. When a pet eats or drinks non-food items or foods they shouldn’t, such as chocolate, grapes or onions, head to the local vet. Veterinarian Jeff Levy, in New York City, who is also a certified veterinary acupuncturist, counsels, “Always keep contact information for your vet, an emergency hospital and animal poison control center handy.” Also, find out where emergency services are located when traveling. Just like children, pets may have accidents or get sick after office hours. Stay calm, head for the natural pet pantry and then call the family’s holistic veterinarian. Sandra Murphy is a freelance writer in St. Louis, MO. Connect at StLSandyM@

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hroughout the year Natural Awakenings strives to bring you the latest information and resources available for natural health, nutrition, personal growth, green living, fitness and creative expression. We are pleased to offer this special section, including local Wellness Profiles and the Natural Living Glossary to support you in leading a healthy, balanced lifestyle.

Natural Health Glossary Acupressure: Based on the same system as acupuncture, but fingers and hands are used, instead of stimulation with needles, in order to restore the balanced flow of the body’s life energy (qi or chi, pronounced “chee”). Acupuncture: An ancient Oriental technique that stimulates the body’s ability to sustain and balance itself, based on the theory that an electromagnetic life-force (qi or chi, pronounced “chee”) is channeled in a continuous flow throughout the body via a network of “meridians.” Disease is understood as an imbalance in the meridian system. A practitioner inserts acupuncture needles at specific points along the meridians to stimulate or disperse the flow of life force. Alkaline Water: Drinking water that has been treated through the use of a water ionizer. Proponents of alkaline 34

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r. Gary Kracoff is a registered pharmacist and naturopathic doctor at Johnson Compounding & Wellness Center, a family-owned and operated pharmacy that specializes in customizing medications to meet the individualized needs of patients. He is also a faculty member at the Center of Education and Development of Clinical Homeopathy and an education director at the Academy of Integrative Medicine. As the staff naturopath, Kracoff consults with patients about naturopathic approaches to their healthcare concerns. “I look at the person as a whole, rather than suppress and chase symptoms,” he says. “I focus on finding the ‘why’ to what is happening physically and mentally and work to restore the balance in the body, helping the body to heal.” In addition to its compounding service, Johnson Compounding & Wellness Center features a full range of nutritional supplements, natural products and homeopathic remedies. All products can be shipped, including compounded prescriptions, and Kracoff stays in contact with clients on a regular basis to answer questions, diffuse any possible confusion and provide the proper setting for faster healing and recovery. In a team effort, Kracoff enjoys talking with clients and guiding them on their journey toward good health. “Our bodies want to thrive and be healthy,” he maintains. “I enjoy working with nature to figure out what can be done to support the body so that healing can occur and symptoms can fade away.” He regularly holds educational seminars at the wellness center and in the community, and provides fee-based private consultations. “We have excellent results and client referrals occur daily. As a family-run business, we think of our clients as a part of our family and provide them with the same love and care we provide our own families,” Kracoff says. See ads, pages 9 and 25.

“Empowering clients to take an active role in their health gets them involved in their healing. I focus on finding the ‘why’ to what is happening physically and mentally and work to restore the balance in the body, helping the body to heal.”

Jean Nordin-Evans Holistic Dentistry, Wellness Center

Groton Wellness

493-495 Main St., Groton • 978-449-9919


roton Wellness was founded by Dr. Bob Evans and his wife, Jean Nordin-Evans, in 2004, as a dental practice that believes a person’s teeth are integral to the health of the entire body. This underlying principle is practiced in adult and pediatric dentistry as well as in the orthodontic department. The vision grew to include medical treatments, a therapeutic spa and a wellness café that offers nutritious, whole-food dishes and take-out with many of the ingredients being purchased from local farms. Groton Wellness is a holistic center with professionals in preventative and functional medicine, dental care, nutrition and a host of complementary and alternative therapies, including therapeutic spa services, thermography, EAV, Ondamed, specialized kinesiology chiropractic, psychotherapy and acupuncture, and has had enormous success treating chronic health issues such as Lyme disease, hormonal imbalance and internal toxicity. “Treating you as an individual, not your individual parts, is our unique wellness approach to health and healing,” says Nordin-Evans. “We treat by searching for the root cause of an issue and not just addressing symptoms.” The center offers a mercury amalgam removal program, designed to remove toxic dental material, including mercury amalgam and other fillings, crowns or bridges. Mercury is a toxic material that can escape from fillings in vapor form and become absorbed directly into the brain, depleting and suppressing the immune system. The rate of vaporization increases when the fillings are stimulated by hot liquids, chewing and even brushing teeth. Nordin-Evans explains, “Mercury toxicity is a cumulative toxicity, storing itself in many tissues of the body for years, and possibly is the cause of chronic maladies that have affected people for years.” Groton Wellness is pioneering and nurturing a vibrant wellness community by helping others understand, practice and maintain a joyful and healthy life. They embrace scientific, alternative and traditional healing methods that support physical, emotional and social well-being. See ads, pages 7 and 9.

“Treating you as an individual, not your individual parts, is our unique wellness approach to health and healing.”

water believe that high acidity in the body contributes to a number of physical illnesses and conditions, from fatigue and weight gain to more serious disorders. They believe that drinking alkaline water can help resolve these health problems by raising the body’s pH level. Aromatherapy: An ancient healing art that uses the essential oils of herbs and flowers to treat emotional disorders such as stress and anxiety and a wide range of other ailments. Oils are massaged into the skin, inhaled or added to a water bath. Often used in conjunction with massage therapy, acupuncture, reflexology, herbology and chiropractic or other holistic treatments. Ayurveda: The oldest medical system known to man and a comprehensive spiritual teaching practiced in India for 4,000 years. It focuses on achieving and maintaining perfect health via the balance of the elements air, fire, water, ether and Earth (illness is considered an excess of any element). Bioenergetics: A psychotherapy that works through the body to engage the emotions. Performing specified postures and exercises causes the release of layers of chronic muscular tension and defensiveness, termed “body armor.” The unlocking of feelings creates the opportunity for understanding and integrating them. Bio-Kinetics: Bio-Kinetics incorporates a series of protocols which locate and eliminate neuro-receptor dysfunction caused by injuries, emotional experiences, environmental toxins and electromagnetic disruptions in the body. These techniques test for neurological dysfunction and then correct the dysfunction, decreasing pain, restoring function and movement, improving balance and posture and restoring normal range of motion by clearing compensations created by previous injuries. Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement (BHRT): The treatment of the symptoms of menopause (and its male equivalent, andropause) through the use of hormones that have the same chemical structure as those naturally produced by the body. Many compounding pharmacies have staff trained in Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT), which is thought by its proponents to have fewer risks and side effects than traditional methods of hormone replacement. Bodywork: Massage and the physical practices of yoga are perhaps the best-known types of bodywork; both have proven successful in relieving tension and stress, promoting blood flow, loosening stiff muscles and stimulating the organs. Massage therapies encompass countless techniques, including Swedish massage, shiatsu, Rolfing, Alexander technique, Aston patterning, Bowen, Breema bodywork, Feldenkrais method, Hellerwork, polarity therapy, Rosen method, Rubenfeld synergy and Trager. Chelation Therapy: A safe, painless, nonsurgical medical procedure that improves metabolic and circulatory function by removing undesirable heavy metals such as lead, mercury, cadmium and copper from the body. Chinese Medicine: Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is one of the world’s oldest and most complete systems natural awakenings

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of holistic health care. It combines the use of medicinal herbs, acupuncture, food therapy, massage and therapeutic exercise, along with the recognition that wellness in mind, body and emotions depends on the harmonious flow of life-force energy (qi or chi, pronounced “chee”). Chiropractic: Based on the premise that proper structural alignment permits free flow of nerve activity in the body. When spinal vertebrae are out of alignment, they put pressure on the spinal cord and the nerves radiating from it, potentially leading to diminished function and illness. Misalignment can be caused by physical trauma, poor posture and stress. The chiropractor seeks to analyze and correct these misalignments through spinal manipulation or adjustment. Colon Hydrotherapy: An internal bath that washes away old toxic waste accumulated along the walls of the colon. It is administered with pressurized water by a professional using special equipment. The treatment is used as both a corrective process and for prevention of disease. Colonics are used for ailments such as constipation, psoriasis, acne, allergies, headaches and the common cold. Compounding Pharmacy: Pharmaceutical compounding is the creation of a particular pharmaceutical product to fit the unique need of a patient. This may be done for medically necessary reasons, such as to change the form of the medication from a solid pill to a liquid, to avoid a non-essential ingredient that the patient is allergic to, or to obtain the exact dose(s) needed or deemed best of particular active pharmaceutical ingredient(s). It may also be done for more optional reasons, such as adding flavors to a medication or otherwise altering taste or texture. Counseling: These terms encompass a broad range of practitioners, from career counselors, who offer advice and information, to psychotherapists, who treat depression, stress, addiction and emotional issues. Formats can vary from individual counseling to group therapy. In addition to verbal counseling techniques, some holistic therapists may use bodywork, ritual, energy healing and other alternative modalities as part of their practice. Craniosacral Therapy (CST): A manual therapeutic procedure to remedy distortions in the structure and function of the craniosacral mechanism—the brain and spinal cord, the bones of the skull, the sacrum and interconnected membranes. CST is used to treat chronic pain, migraine headaches, temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), ear and eye problems, balance problems, learning difficulties, dyslexia and hyperactivity. Movement Therapy: A method of expressing thoughts and feelings through movement, developed during the 1940s. Participants, guided by trained therapists, are encouraged to move freely, sometimes to music. Movement therapy can be practiced by people of all ages to promote self-esteem and gain insight into their own emotional problems, but is also used to help those with serious mental and physical disabilities.


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Newton Chiropractic and Wellness Centre Chiropractic/Network Spinal Analysis, Wellness 383 Elliot St., Ste. 250, Newton Upper Falls 617-964-3332


ewton Chiropractic and Wellness Centre (NCC), founded by Dr. Julie Burke, has been serving families in Newton and the surrounding areas for more than 20 years. The experienced team—consisting of chiropractors, massage therapists plus an acupuncturist and wellness coach— delivers high quality holistic health services and education to those seeking pain relief and disease prevention as well as those that are interested in optimizing their overall health. Creating an environment in which the body’s innate potential to heal itself is respected and encouraged, NCC works to keep smaller problems from escalating into larger ones that may require surgery and drugs. The doctors practice Network Spinal Analysis (NSA), a unique, gentle-touch form of chiropractic care that is exclusively practiced by doctors of chiropractic and requires additional, extensive post-doctoral training. This approach utilizes specific analysis and adjusting methods, incorporating low-force adjustments applied at specific points along the spine, as well as highly specific positioning of the patient. Using this strategy, the practitioner is able to assist the neurological system to develop new strategies to dissipate tension from the spine, nerves and muscles; decrease pain and the defensive posturing created from past trauma; create a more self-correcting, self-reliant nervous system/spine; improve posture and increase function, such as range of motion; better adapt to stress; and experience greater overall well-being. NCC also specializes in massage therapy, offering a variety of modalities. In addition, ionic detoxifier foot baths facilitate and aid the body’s natural detoxification process. The centre also offers HydroMassage, a combination of water, heat and massage in a single system, along with nutritional counseling, antioxidant scans and stress and health testing. See ad, page 21.

“We consider it our duty to reach out to the public and help them with smaller problems before they escalate into larger ones, in order that they can avoid the unnecessary risks associated with drugs and surgery.”

Alison Shaw

Boston Dental Wellness

Licensed Family Nurse Practitioner, Licensed Bodyworker, Certified Energy Medicine Practitioner

Specializing in Peridontics and Implants

Bodymind Resourcing

393 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington • 781-646-0686


odymind Resourcing offers an innovative approach to physical and emotional healing that works with the body and mind at the same time; a more effective process than either medicine or psychotherapy alone. Through an individualized and gentle blend of body-centered counseling, integrative bodywork and energy medicine, Alison Shaw helps people learn to discover and release lifelong body-mind coping patterns that keep them stuck in physical and emotional illness and pain. Offering an integrative blend of modalities—including body-centered counseling, movement and expressive exercises, guided body awareness and imagery, subtle and deep tissue bodywork, and Barbara Brennan energy healing—clients are able to make vital connections that may elude them while working with separate practitioners focusing in only one modality. Shaw offers in-person and telephone sessions, and conducts tele-seminars and webinars in body-mind healing for the public and online training programs for nurses. “Illness and health are a function of the constant interplay between the mind and the body,” Shaw explains. “Over the course of life, the body helps us navigate emotional challenges and manage, defend and adapt to ‘survive’ and get what we need and want in life. Over time, these adaptations can lead to chronic patterns of tension, restriction and imbalance that result in symptoms and even illness.” Shaw suggests that when only physical symptoms are addressed, we may be missing a critical aspect of their origin. Shaw brings more than 30 years of experience in both conventional and alternative health care to her work with clients. Her eclectic training and experience in integrative nursing, body-centered therapy, bodywork and energy medicine allows her to work effectively on many dimensions and to guide the healing journey with a unique breadth and depth of perspective. The process is a fluid and often changing one of following the client’s experience between body, emotion and energy field as the system unwinds in the way it needs to. See ad, page 24.

“With awareness we have choice. We can release old physical and emotional postures that keep us stuck in illness and pain and can learn to adopt new body-mind postures that foster health and healing. Health is freedom. I help people free themselves to get well.”

577 Main St., Waltham • 781-893-3870 1842 Beacon St., Ste. 305, Brookline • 617-868-1516


oston Dental Wellness Advanced Concept Dental Care is a practice at which patients are respected and supported, and their value for wellness is wholeheartedly shared. Dr. Iveta Iontcheva-Baremhi takes an integrative healing approach, recognizing that oral and dental health and diseases can have a major influence on the health and disease processes of the whole human body. The practice offers mercury/metal-free biological, restorative and cosmetic dentistry, integrative periodontal medicine, nutrition consultation and detoxification treatments. It’s equipped with state-of-the-art dental and medical technology and uses several separate kinds of lasers. Iontcheva-Barehmi is experienced in different modalities of energy medicine as well. Anxiety and dental phobias are rarely experienced in Iontcheva-Barehmi’s practice. She uses meditation, breathing techniques, EFT technique and hypnotherapy to create a comfortable, stress-free dental setting, especially successful methods for oversensitive people and special care children including those with autism. She strives to learn about new healing and treatment techniques because she believes the body has its own intelligence but is strongly connected to the mind and the spirit. “Whether it’s a bad tooth, periodontal disease, an energy block, TMJ, skeletal or muscle trauma, or emotional wound, the human body works as a unified system where everything is connected,” she says. “It is our temple that we constantly dwell in and draw life force from. Learning how to connect and listen to the body—helping it without interfering—is the biggest challenge in today’s medicine and dentistry.” The new office space was designed using feng shui principles to create a positive energy for maximum healing and comfort. Among other services offered are Miracle Bite Tabs , head and neck pain management, periodontal spa, vitamin C gum rejuvenation, zirconia solution for titanium implants and ozone therapy. See ad, page 11.

“I partner with my patients to achieve not only dental health, but complete well-being.”

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Dentistry (Holistic): Regards the mouth as a microcosm of the entire body. The oral structures and the whole body are seen as a unit. Holistic dentistry often incorporates such methods as homeopathy, biocompatibility testing and nutritional counseling. Most holistic dentists emphasize wellness and preventive care, while avoiding and often recommending the removal of silver-mercury fillings. Detoxification: The practice of resting, cleansing and nourishing the body from the inside out. According to some holistic practitioners, accumulated toxins can drain the body of energy and make it more susceptible to disease. Detoxification techniques may include fasts, special diets, sauna sweats and colon cleansing. Environmental Medicine: Explores the role of dietary and environmental allergens in health and illness. Factors such as dust, mold, chemicals and certain foods may cause allergic reactions that can dramatically influence diseases, ranging from asthma and hay fever to headaches and depression. Flower Remedies: Flower essences are recognized for their ability to improve well-being by eliminating negative emotions. In the 1930s, English physician Edward Bach concluded that negative emotions could lead to physical illness. His research also convinced him that flowers possessed healing properties that could be used to treat emotional problems. In the 1970s, Richard Katz completed Bach’s work and established the Flower Essence Society, which has registered some 100 essences from flowers in more than 50 countries. Functional Medicine: A personalized medicine that focuses on primary prevention and deals with underlying causes, instead of symptoms, for serious chronic diseases. Treatments are grounded in nutrition and improved lifestyle habits and may make use of medications. The discipline uses a holistic approach to analyze and treat interdependent systems of the body and to create the dynamic balance integral to good health Guided Imagery & Creative Visualization: Uses positive thoughts, images and symbols to focus the mind on the workings of the body to accomplish a particular goal, desired outcome or physiological change, such as pain relief or healing of disease. This flow of thought can take many forms and involve, through the imagination, all the physical senses. Imagination is an important element of the visualization process; it helps create a mental picture of what is desired in order to transform life circumstances. Health Coaching: Health coaching, also referred to as wellness coaching, is a process that facilitates healthy, sustainable behavior change by challenging a client to listen to their inner wisdom, identify their values, and transform their goals into action. It includes coaching in nutrition, exercise and lifestyle changes. Herbal Medicine: This oldest form of medicine uses natural plants in a wide variety of forms for their therapeutic value. Herbs produce and contain various chemical substances 38

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Brian Reid Life Coach, Personal/Professional Development 73 Howland Ave., Jamestown, RI • 401-402-0819


orsepower is the amount of energy needed to move an amount of matter a certain distance over a certain time. According to Life Coach Brian Reid, life is about moving toward and attracting what matters, while letting go of what no longer matters in one’s life. Through one-on-one coaching sessions, group workshops and his new coaching program called Release Your Inner HorsePower, Reid helps people release their personal horse power and experience change, movement, action and immediate results. “Releasing your HorsePower (HP) is accessing and utilizing your natural gifts and the forces of nature so you can move your life, business and relationships toward what matters to you,” he says. Reid explains three elements must be present to create movement in life: desire or wanting; faith, trust and permission; and clearing and cleaning the space to receive. He supports clients through personal transformation that can often be painful, and says, “I help them create the life they dream of by giving them the knowledge necessary for changes to ‘stick.’” Jennifer Peterson, a professional coach in Minnesota and client of Reid’s, describes him as a professional motivator, rather than a life coach. “The term life coach is much too weak to accurately describe what he ‘turned on’ in me so I could take action in my own life,” she reveals. “What I love most about Brian is his energy, force and no-nonsense approach that hold me accountable to my dreams and of what’s next for me in my life and business.” Reid is passionate about health, fitness, nature and horses, which are used in his Horses the Know the Way Home transformational workshops. Drawing from the natural laws by which horses live in the wild, Reid has translated these laws into 13 topics to inspire people to achieve freedom from limiting thoughts and make a true connection with oneself. See ad, page 13.

“Releasing your HorsePower (HP) is accessing and utilizing your natural gifts and the forces of nature so you can move your life, business and relationships toward what matters to you.”

Dr. Margo Roman

The Boston School of Herbal Studies

Holistic Veterinary Services

Herbal Apprenticeships, Advanced Training, Aromatherapy Certification

Main Street Animal Services of Hopkinton 72 W. Main St., Hopkinton • 508-435-4077


ain Street Animal Services of Hopkinton (MASH) offers conventional veterinary medicine and alternative therapies in a balanced whole health approach to pet health care. Doctors and other holistic care center practitioners support each pet’s vital energy for good health and self-healing. The caring and compassionate staff uses nutrition, acupuncture, homeopathy, chiropractic and other modalities along with traditional diagnostics to optimize each pet’s health. “We recognize that your pet is an important member of your family,” says Dr. Margo Roman, veterinarian and practice owner. “From well visits to treating chronic disease, we offer medicine that respects the integrity of your pet’s mind, body and spirit.” Other services offered include functional nutrition, dentals, ozone therapy, vaccine titers, immune system support, cancer prevention and support, ultraviolet light blood irradiation (UVBI) therapy and micro-biome restoration therapy. MASH teaches clients how to keep animals healthy, avoiding unnecessary vaccinations, pesticides, drugs and procedures. “When people are told invasive and expensive procedures are their pet’s only option,” Roman says, “a needed and helpful lifesaving option might be to get the viewpoint from another experienced veterinarian.” Acupuncture, ozone, herbs, homeopathy and functional nutrition and medicine have been known to help animals with a chronic disease or cancer that have been given a poor prognosis. With the number of dogs and cats diagnosed with cancer increasing, the need to strengthen pets’ immune systems to prevent disease is critical. As part of its overall commitment to bring health and healing to their patients and caretakers, the MASH office building is eco-friendly and green, and feng shui principles were practiced to create a pleasant setting for the animals. See ad, page 32.

“People reading Natural Awakenings are looking for additional healthy living support, and we offer that care for their animals.”

Boston Area • 781-646-6319


ounded in 2000, the Boston School of Herbal Studies offers affordable, high-quality herbal education to people interested in learning the time-honored tradition of herbalism. Incorporating scientific knowledge with traditional practice and clinical experience, the school teaches students how to address and heal many common ailments. Students taking part in its Herbal Apprenticeship program receive hands-on experience making tinctures, teas, salves, oils, herbal baths, sprays and flower essences, and are introduced to such varied herbal traditions as Chinese, Ayurveda and Western herbalism. Courses cover the physiology of each body system and the herbs that nourish and support it. Students learn to identify medicinal plants in the local environment and are taught when and how to harvest each particular herb for its greatest therapeutic effect. The Advanced Training Program provides instruction on how to become a clinical herbalist, focusing on facial, pulse, tongue, nails and sclera assessment techniques. Students have the opportunity to practice their skills at a monthly herbal clinic. This year, intensive instruction will be offered by nationally prominent herbalists on how to address insulin resistance, mood disorders and addictions. The Aromatherapy Certification Course teaches students how to blend and use essential oils to heal body, mind and spirit. This comprehensive course addresses the body systems, their common ailments and the essential oils most helpful for addressing each condition. Three different methods of blending are introduced with demonstrations of how to use essential oils in our everyday lives. Evening classes are scheduled throughout the fall and winter and cover a variety of significant herbal topics including healing depression, addressing Lyme disease, caring for babies and toddlers in a natural way, correcting seasonal affective disorder and learning the ancient art of soap making. See ad, page 21.

“We are practicing herbalists passing down the time-honored tradition of herbalism, incorporating scientific knowledge with traditional practice and clinical experience. We honor ancestral wisdom and are committed to ecological sustainability, ethnic/ gender equality and feminist principles.” ~ Madelon Hope, Clinical Herbalist natural awakenings

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that act upon the body to strengthen its natural functions without the negative side effects of synthetic drugs. They may be taken internally or applied externally via teas, tinctures, extracts, oils, ointments, compresses and poultices. Homeopathy: A therapy that uses small doses of specially prepared plants and minerals to stimulate the body’s defense mechanisms and healing processes in order to cure illness. Homeopathy, taken from the Greek words homeos, meaning “similar,” and pathos, meaning “suffering,” employs the concept that “like cures like.” A remedy is individually chosen for a person based on its capacity to cause, if given in an overdose, physical and psychological symptoms similar to those the patient is experiencing. Hydrotherapy: The use of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full-body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used at home as part of a self-care program. Integrative Medicine: This holistic approach combines conventional Western medicine with complementary alternative treatments, in order to simultaneously treat mind, body and spirit. Geared to the promotion of health and the prevention of illness, it neither rejects conventional medicine nor accepts alternative therapies, without serious evaluation. Ionic Foot Detox: This machine is a modern energy therapy device that balances the body’s natural energy system. By introducing a high level of negative ions into the water of a foot bath, the feet, utilizing principles of reflexology and the science of ionization and osmosis, create a positive cellular environment and enable the body’s natural detoxification processes to function at their peak. Kinesiology / Applied Kinesiology: The study of muscles and their movement. Applied kinesiology tests the relative strength and weakness of selected muscles to identify decreased function in body organs and systems, as well as imbalances and restrictions in the body’s energy flow. Some tests use acupuncture meridians and others analyze interrelationships among muscles, organs, the brain and the body’s energy field. Applied kinesiology is also used to check the body’s response to treatments that are being considered. Koren Specific Technique (KST): KST is a healthcare protocol that any provider can use to improve their results and expand their ability to help others. KST grew from two chiropractic techniques: Directional Non-Force Technique (DNFT) and Spinal Column Stressology. In addition to its chiropractic application, KST’s more universal applications have permitted it to be used by healers of all kinds. even lay people to access information. Life Coach: A professional who helps clients identify their personal and/or professional goals and design a plan or institute techniques for achieving them. The life coach works with clients to recognize and overcome any obstacles that may interfere with achievement of those goals. 40

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Dr. Mindy S. Kopolow Clinical Psychologist, Money Energy Teacher 400 W. Cummings Park, Ste. 3400, Woburn 617-972-5055 •


r. Mindy S. Kopolow earned her master’s degree in counseling psychology from Lesley College in 1985, followed by her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Antioch New England Graduate School in 1997. For more than 25 years, she has been providing psychological treatment to children, adolescents and adults in a variety of clinical settings, and she currently has a private psychology practice, in Woburn, where she treats patients with a wide variety of diagnoses and issues. Kopolow also teaches classes in spirituality and the exploration of consciousness, with a particular interest in the shared nature and definition of energy within the fields of science and spirituality. She facilitates a lecture entitled How Reality Really Works: Explorations in Consciousness, and created Money Energy World, a course on the energy of money and how individuals can learn to uncover and release negative and confusing beliefs and feelings about money. “In my work as a clinical psychologist, I learned that many people struggle with issues about money and commonly experience deep fears about not having enough of it,” says Kopolow. “Lack of money and fears about money are responsible for many individuals’ emotional struggles and can often result in anxiety and depression.” Kopolow understands that many people experience conflicting and confusing thoughts, beliefs and feelings about money resulting in frustration and self-blame. The Money Energy World class helps people transition into a whole new understanding and experience of money which is freeing, exciting and empowering. See ad, page 19.

“Many people experience conflicting and confusing thoughts, beliefs and feelings about money, resulting in frustration, self-blame, anxiety and depression.”

Metrowest Thermal Imaging

Liz Marcano-Pucillo

Thermography, Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine

Colon Hydrotherapy

364 Boston Turnpike Rd., Shrewsbury • 508-425-3300 25 Grant St., Waltham • 781-899-2121 Body n Beyond, 225 Wood St., Hopkinton Concord Holistic Health Center, 56 Winthrop St., W. Concord • 781-899-2121 •


etrowest Thermal Imaging (MTI) is owned and operated by Susan Saari, a licensed acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist and certified thermographer, and Matthew Robinson, licensed acupuncturist and shiatsu practitioner. Bringing more than 30 years of combined experience in health care and health education to their clients, MTI aims to work with clients and their practitioners to prevent disease and create vibrant, sustainable health and well-being. MTI offers digital infrared thermal imaging (DITI), a proactive screening tool that helps people detect early changes in their physiology and track the efficacy of their treatment choices, without any radiation, compression or pain. This non-invasive diagnostic technique allows examiners to visualize and quantify changes in skin surface temperature. Since there is a high degree of thermal symmetry in a normal body, subtle abnormal temperature asymmetries can be easily identified, thereby making it easier to diagnose, evaluate, monitor and document a large number of injuries and conditions, including soft tissue injuries and sensory/autonomic nerve fiber dysfunction. According to Saari, early detection allows practitioners to look for the root cause, treat the underlying disturbance and restore balance. “Good health requires one to be proactive,” she says. Saari receives ongoing advanced training from Pam Ryerse, one of the teachers with the most extensive experience in clinical thermography in the country. Using the highest quality digital thermal imaging camera available, licensed medical practitioners take scans at one of four MTI locations between Boston and Worcester. These scans are then read, interpreted and reports compiled by board-certified medical doctors. Thermography services include breast screening, region of interest screening, and half- and full-body scans. MTI also offers integrative wellness services, acupuncture and herbal medicine in a caring, respectful and compassionate manner. See ad, page 11.

“We believe in true health care. Health is more than merely the absence of disease—it is a total state of physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and social well-being.”

Internal Wellness Center

640 Washington St., Dedham • 781-329-3800


iz Marcano-Pucillo became a certified colon hydrotherapist in 2008 after a successful career in the banking and real estate management industries. She became interested in colon hydrotherapy 13 years ago to address her own medical issue, and after experiencing successful results from treatment, she pursued becoming a certified therapist. Nearly everyone can benefit from colon irrigation, a therapy that has been practiced for thousands of years. Modern, fast-paced lifestyles are tough on digestive systems, mostly due to eating the wrong kinds of food that overtax natural defenses. The accumulation of overprocessed, hormone- and pesticide-laden food lodged in the digestive tract can eventually leach into the rest of the body’s systems, causing illness and disorders. Marcano-Pucillo believes in treating the person as a whole and considers colon hydrotherapy as an important step in the holistic process of managing one’s health and well-being. It is this connection between colon health and overall well-being that drives her and her practice methods. She ensures that each client is treated with dignity and respect in a setting that is private and encourages self-reflection. The finest hygienic and ergonomic equipment is used, facilitating total sanitation and efficiency. The 45- to 60-minute procedure consists of a gentle and thorough colon cleansing in a relaxed, comfortable environment, complete with soothing music, cascading water and aromatherapy. Through a series of sessions Marcano-Pucillo is able to help clients develop and implement their own path to wellness using colon hydrotherapy as one of many strategies that leads to positive outcomes. She is adept at helping clients make connections between colon health and overall health and wellness. See ad, page 27.

“I believe in treating the person as a whole and consider colon hydrotherapy an important step in the holistic process of managing one’s health and well-being.” natural awakenings

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Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD): A gentle, noninvasive, rhythmical whole-body massage, aimed at stimulating the lymphatic system to carry away excess fluid in the loose connective tissue, which helps remove toxins. Blockage or damage within the system may lead to conditions like edema, acne, inflammation, arthritis and sinusitis. The therapy stimulates one of the body’s natural cleansing systems to help bring tissues to a healthier state. Meditation: The intentional directing of attention to one’s inner self. Methods and practices to achieve a meditative state are based upon various principles using the body or mind and may employ control or letting-go mechanisms. Techniques include the use of imagery, mantras and observation, and the control of breathing. Research has shown that regular meditation can contribute to psychological and physiological well-being. It can also help reduce stress and alleviate stress-related ailments, such as anxiety and high blood pressure. Myofascial Release Technique: A safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. Myofascial Release is a type of soft tissue massage, which incorporates stretching and massage of the connective tissues, or fascia. Myofascial release is used to treat neck and back pain, headaches, recurring sports injuries and scoliosis. Naturopathy: A comprehensive and eclectic system whose philosophy is based upon working in harmony with the body’s natural healing abilities. Naturopathy incorporates a broad range of natural methods and substances aimed to promote health. Training may include the study of specific approaches, including massage, manipulation, acupuncture, acupressure, counseling, applied nutrition, herbal medicine, homeopathy and minor surgery plus basic obstetrics for assistance with natural childbirth. Network Chiropractic: Uses Network Spinal Analysis (NSA), a system of assessing and contributing to spinal and neural integrity, as well as health and wellness. Founded and developed by Donald Epstein. Practitioners employ gentle force to the spine to help the body eliminate mechanical tension in the neurological system. The body naturally develops strategies to dissipate stored tension/energy, thus enhancing self-regulation of tension and spinal interference. (Also see Chiropractic.) Nutritional Analysis: Identifying nutrient challenges are critical because they can affect all body functions as well as organ, joint and bone stability. Proper nutrition, supported with whole food supplements, promotes overall health and provides the human body the building blocks for tissue repair, helping re-establish proper function throughout the body and aiding in all the bodies healing processes. Nutritional Counseling: Embracing a wide range of approaches, nutrition-based, complementary therapies and counseling seek to alleviate physical and psychological disorders through special diets and food supplements. 42

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Kristine Jelstrup, LMT Bio-Kinetics, Koren Specific Technique, Nutritional Response Testing

Central Square Health and Wellness

126 Prospect St. #5, Cambridge • 617-833-3407


ristine Jelstrup has been a natural health care practitioner in Cambridge for more than 15 years and is certified in Bio-Kinetics and the Morphogenic Field Technique. She is also trained in Koren Specific Technique (KST) and Nutritional Response Testing. Each of these systems works to clear physical, chemical and emotional blockages from the nervous system and ascertain what the body needs nutritionally in order for it to heal itself. Jelstrup helps clients find balance in their energy and nervous systems, which reduces the negative effects of stress and assists the body’s innate healing capacity to relieve pain and promote health and wellbeing. “As we age and new stresses start to pile up on top of old ones, our bodies become less able to adapt and we go into break down,” says Jelstrup. “My job is to clear away these stresses on the body, whether old or new, so the body can be healthy, function better and be in better shape to handle new stresses.” All the systems she uses are variations on Applied Kinesiology, a method of getting yes and no answers from the body. Using a technique called Muscle Response Testing, she is able to locate energetic blockages in the nervous system. A weak muscle response indicates an area of the body that may need additional support to function properly and be healthy. Such support can be found in supplements, dietary changes and energy healing. Whether stressors are physical, emotional or chemical, Jelstrup works to find them and clear them out, resulting in a strengthened body, reduced pain and improved health that can lead to lifelong vitality. See ad, page 25.

“I believe that the body is always trying to be in harmony and balance. Imbalances can lead to dis-ease, so I help the body find balance and be dis-ease free.”

Kim Childs


Certified Positive Psychology Coach, Kripalu Yoga Teacher, Workshop Facilitator

Massage, Healing, Nutrition & Wellness Counseling

Take the Leap Coaching 617-640-3813


im Childs is a certified positive psychology coach, Kripalu yoga teacher and facilitator of workshops based on The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity. She founded Take the Leap Coaching to help guide people to greater fulfillment, well-being and self-expression. As a coach, Childs combines the concepts and practices of positive psychology and The Artist’s Way to assist her clients in bringing forth clarity, greater self-awareness, inspired action and a sense of purpose. “It’s truly my pleasure and privilege to help people know and appreciate themselves more deeply,” she says. “As a coach, I hold up a believing mirror to my clients, reflecting back their strengths and helping them to identify and live from their authentic desires. I also hold them accountable, gently but firmly, to the actions they decide to take.” For more than a decade, Childs has worked with men and women of all ages to reclaim their lives and explore their passions, artistic and otherwise. She works with clients over the telephone, via Skype and in-person, in private or group sessions. “We all have things that we long to do in life and give to this world, and we are meant to do and give them,” she says. “I have taken the leap many times to follow my heart in the direction of what promised greater fulfillment, and it’s my life’s work to help others do the same.” Childs shares more lessons in her blog, A Pilgrim on The Path. As a writer, her work has been featured in Chicken Soup for the Mother and Daughter Soul, Natural Awakenings magazine and Thrive, the blog of the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. When she’s not working, she likes to sing, drum, chant and take long walks.

“As a coach, I hold up a believing mirror to my clients, reflecting back their strengths and helping them to identify and live from their authentic desires.”

2285 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge • 617-354-3082


aura Barricelli is a licensed massage therapist and co-owner of Sollievo, a wellness center that she describes as “a haven from the stresses and stressors of everyday life.” The center offers muscular therapy, craniosacral and neuromuscular work, zero balancing, massage cupping, active isolated stretching, fascial work and a variety of massage techniques including oncology, pre/perinatal, hot stone, Swedish, deep tissue and Thai table massage. Other on-site services include depth hypnotherapy, Reiki, Chinese and Japanese acupuncture, shamanic healing, nutritional and wellness counseling, mental health counseling and energy healing. Barricelli emphasizes that each person is unique, requiring treatment tailored to individual needs. “It is our job to listen carefully, watch movement, gait patterns and breathing and help unravel the blockages in the body,” she says. Working in tandem with a group of passionate and experienced therapists, the team collaborates and cross-referses with one another to provide the best personalized care possible. “We truly are invested in our clients’ wellness, whether referring internally to another therapist or referring externally to another modality,” says Barricelli. “For us, the client’s care is our first priority.” She likens complementary medicine to working out at the gym—the effects are cumulative over time. “Just like at the gym, massage therapy takes the same dedication and consistency for change to occur and take hold.” Working not only to relieve acute or chronic pain, Sollievo’s therapists also help bring clients back to balance so that eventually only maintenance is required. “Massage is the only medicine I know of that both feels good and is good for you,” she declares. Barricelli encourages people to seek natural ways to heal themselves, find wellness and manage stress levels. “Our world keeps spinning faster and faster and we forget that our bodies and minds need nurturing, downtime and rest to perform optimally,” she says.

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These will be either macronutrients (carbohydrates, fats, proteins and fiber) or micronutrients (vitamins, minerals and trace elements that cannot be manufactured in the body). Nutritional therapy/counseling often uses dietary or food supplements, which can include tablets, capsules, powders or liquids. Osteopathy / Osteopathic Physicians: Osteopathy uses generally accepted physical, pharmacological and surgical methods of diagnosis and therapy, with a strong emphasis on body mechanics and manipulative methods to detect and correct faulty structure and function, in order to restore the body’s natural healing capacities. Doctors of Osteopathy (D.O.) are fully trained and licensed according to the same standards as medical doctors (M.D.) and receive additional extensive training in the body’s structure and functions. Physical Therapy: Evaluates difficulties with mobility or function to focus on rehabilitation, through a restorative treatment program and instruction on how to make efficient use of the body in daily activities. Physical therapists use massage, exercise, electrical stimulation, ultrasound and other means to help the patient regain functional movement. Pilates: A structured system of small isolated movements that demands powerful focus on feeling every nuance of muscle action while working out on floor mats or machines. Emphasizes development of the torso’s abdominal power center, or core. Gentler than conventional exercises, Pilates, like yoga, yields long, lean, flexible muscles whose gracefully balanced movements readily translate into everyday activities like walking, sitting and bending. Can help in overcoming injuries. Positive Psychology: The scientific study of the strengths and virtues that enable individuals and communities to thrive. The field is founded on the belief that people want to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, to cultivate what is best within themselves, and to enhance their experiences of love, health, work and play. Prolotherapy: A rejuvenating therapy that uses injections of natural substances to stimulate collagen growth, in order to strengthen weak or damaged joints, tendons, ligaments or muscles. Often used as a natural alternative to drugs and/or surgery to treat pain syndromes, including degenerative arthritis, lower back, neck and joint pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, migraine headaches, and torn ligaments and cartilage. Qigong & T’ai chi: Qigong and T’ai chi combine movement, meditation and breath regulation to enhance the flow of vital energy (qi or chi, pronounced “chee”) in the body, improve circulation and enhance immune function. Qigong traces its roots to traditional Chinese medicine. T’ai chi was originally a self-defense martial art descended from qigong and employed to promote inner peace and calm. Reflexology (zone therapy): A natural healing art, based on the idea that there are specific reflex points on the soles of the feet and the palms of the hands that correspond with 44

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Enhanced Medical Care Concierge Medical Services 577 Main St., Waltham • 781-893-3870 361 Woodward St., Newton • 617-777-4080


he medical philosophy at Enhanced Medical Care is to provide proactive and personalized care in a convenient and accessible manner to patients. As a concierge medical practice, the staff creates a personal environment in an impersonal system. The experts are available for direct communication and unrushed, personalized visits to assist with each client’s medical care and inquiries. Thoughtful and conscientious in helping each person achieve their healthcare goals, Enhanced Medical Care focuses their clinical efforts on patient education, prevention, early detection and effective treatment. Because each patient is different, they develop Personalized Health Care Plans that emphasize wellness and prevention and are designed to detect risk factors and early manifestation of disease. As a concierge medical practice, their foundational motivation is to develop personal relationships with their patients in order to best care for the health of the whole person. Dr. Mark Costa, medical director, has a mind for medicine and a heart for people. As a primary care physician, he takes the time to thoroughly discuss health concerns and effectively address all aspects of a patient’s wellness. Costa’s years of experience as a lead physician at a Massachusetts General Hospital practice helped him to develop and maintain a strong network of connections. In designing a Personalized Health Care Plan, Director of Wellness Program Marilyn Chown, RN, BSN, MPH, draws upon her decades of experience of clinical research in preventative medicine. She takes an integrative approach to treating the specific needs of a patient, using a variety of tools to help keep the young at heart feeling young and healthy. Through specialized tests and a creative approach, Enhanced Medical Services helps each client look and feel better by attaining and maintaining better health.

“Since I became a member of Enhanced Medical Care, I feel I that have a true ally in managing and optimizing my long-term health—one that has the time, focus and resources I need.” ~ P. D., Boston

Dr. Nancy Zare

Dana Faulkner

Ionized/Alkaline Water

AADP Certified Holistic Health Coach


Boston Area • 617-828-9636

Wellness Wiz


ancy Zare, Ph.D., is a molecular hydration specialist who maintains that all water is not the same. “Few people understand that certain properties of water can contribute to better health, namely its potential hydrogen, energy and molecular structure,” she says. “The unique combination of active antioxidants, high alkaline content and small molecular clusters make ionized water a logical choice for health-conscious families.” Ionization is an innovative technology that dates back to the 1950s, and is an eco-friendly alternative to buying filtered or bottled water. Expert Dr. Mu Shik Jhon, author of The Water Puzzle and the Hexagonal Key: Scientific Evidence of Hexagonal Water and Its Positive Influence on Health, reports that ionized water is naturally alkaline, brimming with antioxidants and due to the breakdown of clusters in water during the process of electrolysis, ionized water is more hydrating than ordinary water. In addition to great-tasting, pure, refreshing drinking water, the Enagic brand ionizer can produce seven separate pH-level waters for household use. The highest alkaline water, when used as a rinse, can remove pesticides from fruits and vegetables, while the strongest acidic water (known as electrolyzed oxidizing water) can replace chemicals to sanitize the kitchen and bath, reportedly killing 99.99 percent of e-coli, salmonella, staph and other micro-organisms, according to a 2010 study conducted by Anne Stemper at ATS Labs, in Minnesota. While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has yet to declare a position on ionized water, water ionizers have been approved for use as medical devices in Korea by the Korean FDA and in Japan by the Japanese Ministry of Health. Doctors in these countries prescribe alkaline water for some health problems. The Enagic brand ionizer is certified as medical equipment by the International Organization for Standardization. Zare is passionate about educating people about their options for achieving optimal health. She maintains, “Your body’s pH will be balanced and you’ll feel younger, more energetic and full of vitality.”

“The quickest and easiest way to improve health and speed healing is through proper hydration.”

Live Wild, LLC


ana Faulkner is a graduate of The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, specializing in women’s weight loss without dieting. She assists clients in prioritizing self-care, stressing the consumption of real food, exercise for strength gain, the importance of proper sleep and managing stress. Live Wild, LLC, helps women find freedom from all the things in life that are weighing them down. “I believe that in order for women to lose weight and keep it off, they must find freedom from all that weighs them down—not just the excess body fat. With changes in perspective and lifestyle, women will rediscover what makes them uniquely awesome,” Faulkner promotes. As a health coach, Faulkner is a true partner in each client’s personal journey to health and wellness, creating a highly effective bond and trust. She meets with clients twice a month, either in-person or via telephone, to educate them about misleading health and nutrition information that often is the reason for weight loss struggles. Eventually, Faulkner guides clients toward a life full of more confidence and energy, free from common dietrelated health issues, negative body images and fear surrounding lifestyle changes. Women that are busy taking care of others find safety with Faulkner who listens and advises them about weight loss strategies and lifestyle challenges. “There is nothing more amazing than working with women who think they cannot get out of a rut only to discover they can and will take on their world with renewed energy, love and strength,” Faulkner says. Passionate about helping women find the inner strength and physical strength to take care of themselves first, Faulkner believes, “It is imperative and non-negotiable to love yourself. I love being the guide for women on this journey because it is the most meaningful trip they will ever take.”

“I believe that in order for women to lose weight and keep it off, they must find freedom from all that weighs them down— not just the excess body fat.” natural awakenings

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every major organ, gland and area of the body. Using fingers and thumbs, the practitioner applies pressure to these points to treat a wide range of health problems. Rolfing Structural Integration (Rolfing): A hands-on technique for deep tissue manipulation of the myofascial system, which is composed of the muscles and the connective tissue, or fascia, in order to restore the body’s natural alignment and sense of integration. As the body is released from old patterns and postures, the range and freedom of physical and emotional expression increases. Rolfing can help ease pain and chronic stress, enhance neurological functioning, improve posture and restore flexibility. Shiatsu: The most widely known form of acupressure, Shiatsu is a Japanese word meaning finger pressure. The technique applies varying degrees of pressure to balance the life energy that flows through specific pathways, or meridians, in the body. Used to release tension and strengthen weak areas in order to facilitate even circulation, cleanse cells and improve the function of vital organs. Shiatsu may be used to help diagnose, prevent and relieve many chronic and acute conditions that manifest on both physical and emotional levels. Thermography (Thermal Imaging): A diagnostic technique that uses an infrared camera to measure temperature variations on the surface of the body, producing images that reveal sites of inflammation and abnormal tissue growth. Inflammation is recognized as the earliest stage of nearly all major health challenges. Yoga: Practical application of the ancient Indian Vedic teachings. The word yoga is derived from the Sanskrit root yuj which means “union” or “to join,” and refers to the joining of a person’s physical, mental and spiritual elements. The goal of good health is accomplished through a combination of techniques, including physical exercises called asanas (or postures), controlled breathing, relaxation, meditation and diet and nutrition. Although yoga is not meant to cure specific diseases or ailments directly, it has been found effective in treating many physical ailments. Yoga Therapy: The application of yoga principles, methods and techniques to empower individuals to progress towards greater health and freedom from disease, represents a first effort to integrate traditional yogic concepts and techniques with Western medical and psychological knowledge. Yoga therapy aims at the holistic treatment of various kinds of psychological or somatic dysfunctions, ranging from emotional distress to back problems. Please note: The contents of this Health & Wellness Glossary are for informational purposes only. The information is not intended to be used in place of a visit or consultation with a healthcare professional. Always seek out a practitioner who is licensed, certified or otherwise professionally qualified to conduct a selected treatment, as appropriate. See extended glossary at MIDS/Health/Natural-Health-Glossary. Compiled by Natural Awakenings Publishing Corporation. 46

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Shambhala at Karmê Chöling Meditation, Culture, Community Barnet, Vermont • 802-633-2384

Awakening society by touching our humanity


teeped in more than 40 years of contemplative practices, Karmê Chöling, in Northeast Vermont, offers retreats and programs that can awaken individuals to a deeper sense of self and community, restore one’s natural state of well-being and uncover the compassion and wisdom inherent in each of us. Karmê Chöling hosts a large residential community, living and working on more than 700 acres of rolling Vermont countryside. The peaceful and secluded land includes a one-acre organic vegetable and flower garden, woodland walking trails and limitless stars that fill the night skies. It is one of the largest rural retreat centers of Shambhala, a global network of more than 200 urban meditation and nine rural contemplative communities. Each aspires to create a more compassionate and sustainable world based on the view that every human being has fundamental goodness, warmth and wakefulness. With a focus on meditation, contemplative arts, community, interaction with the seasons and a deep connection to the rhythms of the Earth, Karmê Chöling offers a vibrant and energetic culture—one filled with appreciation, genuineness, natural interconnectedness and humor. Programs include introductory and advanced meditation, mindful and sustainable living, personal and social transformation, awakened leadership, mind and body disciplines, contemplative arts, a family camp, teen retreats and children’s programs, organic garden internships and apprenticeships, and residential and cabin retreats. Karmê Chöling offers residential staffing opportunities, volunteer programs and community gatherings that bring people from all walks of life together to explore the possibilities of creating a sane and wholesome society. It is also home to the Mukpo Institute, a three-month residential study program that connects traditional wisdom teachings with the personal lives and real-world concerns of its students.

“Shambhala vision promotes universality in relationship to basic goodness. All human beings are basically good and an enlightened society, at various levels of manifestation, can occur in any culture.” ~ Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Shambhala International

calendarofevents All Calendar events for the February issue must be received by January 10th and adhere to our guidelines. Visit for guidelines and to submit entries. For extended event descriptions and additional listings, visit “disorder,” taking some time to critique that particular pathologizing nomenclature, getting at the root causes of depression to seek out strategies for herbal healing. $25. Commonwealth Center for Herbal Medicine, 25 Saint Mary’s Ct, Brookline. 617-750-5274.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31 First Night Boston – Bigger, better and more exciting than ever with festivities including two fireworks shows, a huge Grand Procession parade down Boylston St, family-friendly activities, live musical performances, spectacular ice sculptures by renowned artists and a stunning animation and video presentation and countdown to midnight. For details.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 10 Aquarian Teacher Training Level Two: Authentic Relationships – Jan 10-12; also Feb 21-23. An in-depth transformational learning and teaching experience with a well-designed curriculum, manual, and support materials. One of the five modules required for Level 2 certification as a Kundalini Yoga Practitioner. $1,295. Kundalini Yoga Boston, 186 Hampshire St, Cambridge. 617868-0055.

New Year’s Eve Sitting Meditation – 7:30pm12am. Periods of sitting meditation (32 minutes long) will alternate with walking meditations (7-8 minutes). Please avoid wearing loud, eye-catching clothing or using strong perfumes/colognes. Free. TS Center for Spiritual Studies, 21 Maple St, Arlington. 617-460-6156. Boston Baroque First Day Concert – 8pm. Welcome the New Year with a thrilling performance of J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos No. 3 and No. 4 featuring Soprano Kristen Watson, Tenor Matthew Anderson and Baritone Andrew Garland. Complimentary champagne and chocolates during intermission. Free. Sanders Theatre, Harvard University, 45 Quincy St, Cambridge. 617-9878600.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 1 Boston Baroque First Day Concert – 3pm. Welcome the New Year with a thrilling performance of J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos No. 3 and No. 4 featuring Soprano Kristen Watson, Tenor Matthew Anderson and Baritone Andrew Garland. Complimentary champagne and chocolates during intermission. Free. Sanders Theatre, Harvard University, 45 Quincy St, Cambridge. 617-9878600.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 2 Lyme Disease: Natural & Effective Treatments – 6-7pm. Learn to treat Lyme disease naturally and effectively. Free. Groton Wellness, 493 Main St, Groton. To register: 978-449-9919. Dental Secrets: A Lifetime of Health – 7-8pm. Learn the basics of holistic dentistry, how your teeth can affect the health of your entire body, the dangers of mercury amalgams and root canals and what to eat to prevent tooth and gum problems. Groton Wellness, 493 Main St, Groton. 978-4499919.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 5 Free Introduction to Reiki – 10am-12pm. Learn about the history and theory of this healing method, get your questions answered, receive a sample treatment and experience 20 mins of guided imagery and relaxation. Reiki can be used on yourself, others and pets. Free. Arlington Reiki Associates, 366 Massachusetts Ave, Ste 304, Arlington. Pre-registration required: 781-6489334.

MONDAY, JANUARY 6 Shamanic Journeying Meditation Group – 7-9pm. The inner art of traveling to the “invisible worlds” beyond ordinary reality to retrieve information for change in every area of our lives; from spirituality and health to work and relationships. $25. Bliss Healing Arts, 63 Great Rd, Ste 103, Maynard. 508-482-2547.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 7 Trigger Point Workshop – 7:30-8:30pm. Discover why gentle touch is so effective in reducing pain and tension in the body, and learn techniques to effectively do this at home. Bring a partner as it requires another person to do it. Free. Newton Chiropractic & Wellness Centre, 383 Elliot St, Ste 250, Newton. Space limited, registration required: 617-964-3332. Craving Free: Satisfying Cravings in all the Wrong Places – 8-8:30pm. Craving is a universal experience we all share. Understanding how and why we crave may enable us to take positive actions that result in a sense of satisfaction and freedom. Join in for an intimate, 30-min call with health experts to discuss their understanding and experience with cravings. Free Tele-gathering: 978-712-8011.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 8 Fresh Start Cooking Class with Vegan Chef – 7-9pm. Vegan Chef, Lisa Kelly, will lead an amazing class dedicated to fresh new cooking ideas. Learn benefits of a plant-based diet and what foods are cleansing and detoxifying to the body and more. $55. Johnson Compounding and Wellness Center, 577 Main St, Waltham. 781-8933870. Herbal Medicine for Seasonal Depression – 7-9pm. A class focused on seasonal-affective

Boston Celtic Music Festival – Jan 10-11. Over 100 musicians spotlight Boston area Celtic musicians and singers. Hear lots of Irish fiddle music, Scottish, Cape Breton, Quebecois and even New England music. Kicks off Fri with a parade and concert. Tickets required for various events, with prices ranging from $12-$28. For more info:

SATURDAY, JANUARY 11 Winter Trails Day – 9am-2pm. A national event designed to introduce everyone to the fun of being outside during the winter on cross-country skis or snowshoes. Free snowshoeing trail pass, demos and a guided tour. Free snowshoes can be used for 15-20 minutes per person, then rented if you want to spend more time on the trails. Weston Ski Track, 190 Park Rd, Weston. 781-891-6575. Spirit with a Mission Retreat – 9:30am-5:30pm. A personal development retreat and 6-month follow-up program for busy professionals who long to let their spirits catch up and gain more clarity around personal mission. Create a “mission alignment” plan to realize what is most important in this chapter of life. Center at Westwoods, 590 Gay St, Westwood. 781-258-4288. For pricing: Yoga Nidra Workshop – 11am-12:30pm. A form of guided meditation with a combination of relaxation, affirmation, breathwork and visualization techniques. Facilitates the integration of body, mind and spirit, is deeply relaxing, and helps you to make meaningful changes in your life. Suitable for all ages, levels and abilities. $25. Visions HealthCare, 910 Washington St, Dedham. 781-232-5431. Gentle Yoga and Healing with the Gong – 1-2:15pm. Practice a gentle kundalini yoga set to balance the nervous system and relax the body; followed by a long, luxurious lay-out. The instructor will play the gong during the relaxation. Suitable for all ages, levels and abilities. $18. Visions HealthCare, 910 Washington St, Dedham. 781-232-5431.

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SUNDAY, JANUARY 12 Reiki Clinic: Free for Practitioners – 1:304:30pm. An opportunity for clients to receive a Reiki treatment at the introductory rate of $15 for a 30-min treatment by a group of practitioners. Reiki is an ancient hands-on energy healing method for reducing stress, relieving pain and facilitating healing on all levels. Participate in giving and receiving Reiki treatments for free at the clinics. $15/clients, free/practitioners. Arlington Reiki Associates, 366 Massachusetts Ave, Ste 304, Arlington. By appointment only, Meg: 617-7103683.


their knowledge of essential oils and learn new, effective ways to deliver them. Course covers twenty essential oils, pendulums as a tool of divination, reflexology, kinesiology/muscle testing, chemistry and four methods of blending. $400 + $50 materials fee. Boston School of Herbal Studies, 12 Pelham Ter, Arlington. 781-646-6319. Day of Healing and Insight – 10:30am-5:30pm. Top area practitioners offer healing and intuitive sessions to benefit the TS Center for Spiritual Studies Operations Funds. Sign up to reserve your practioner(s) and times in advance. $25/25-min session. TS Center for Spiritual Studies, 21 Maple St, Arlington. 781-648-0101.

The Incredible Dr. You Workshop – 7:308:30pm. The first class in a series of two which break down the basics of “Network Spinal Analysis.” This class will help you get more out of your adjustments and enlighten you on just how incredible your body is at healing itself. Free. Newton Chiropractic & Wellness Centre, 383 Elliot St, Ste 250, Newton. 617-964-3332.

The Incredible Dr. You Workshop – 3-4pm. The first class in a series of two which break down the basics of “Network Spinal Analysis.” Class will help you get more out of your adjustments and enlighten you on just how incredible your body is at healing itself. Free. Newton Chiropractic & Wellness Centre, 383 Elliot St, Ste 250, Newton. 617-964-3332.


Hormone Balancing – 5:30-6:30pm. Learn 7 steps to address perimenopausal symptoms and hear what you need to know about Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy and 4 foods to help balance hormones. Free. Groton Wellness, 493 Main St, Groton. Space limited, registration required: 978-449-9919.

Free Orientation to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction – 6:30-8pm. A free orientation to learn more about this life-changing program which can bring awareness, calmness and a sense of the present to you and your body through specific techniques. Free. Visions HealthCare, 910 Washington St, Dedham. 781-232-5431.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15 Herbal Care for Cold & Flu – 7-9pm. Learn to stay sickness-free when everyone around you is sneezing; what to do if your defenses get down and you do get sick; and easy recipes for healing with many things you already have in your kitchen. $25. Commonwealth Center for Herbal Medicine, 25 Saint Mary’s Ct, Brookline. 617-750-5274.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 16 Orientation to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction – 9:30-11am. Do not let stress and anxiety rob you of living fully in the moment. Attend the free orientation to learn more about this life-changing program and experience mindfulness for yourself. Visions HealthCare, 910 Washington St, Dedham. 781-232-5431. Career Development for Healing Practitioners – 7:30-9pm. A workshop to discuss your personal vision of success and how to start making concrete plans for actualizing them. $20/nonmembers, $10/ members. TS Center for Spiritual Studies, 21 Maple St, Arlington. 781-648-0101.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 18 Household Sharps Collection Day – 9am-12pm. A public service to safely dispose of used needles, syringes and lancets, stored in sturdy punctureproof containers or unused, capped in original packaging. Watertown Town Hall, 149 Main St, Watertown. 617-672-6446. Watertown-MA-Gov. Advanced Aromatherapy Certification Course – 10am-5pm. 4 Saturdays with Linda Patterson. Course designed for those who want to deepen



Just Breathe: Somato-Respiratory Integration Workshop – 7:30-8:30pm. In this workshop Dr. Coleman will teach breathing exercises that will help you to release your tension and calm your mind. Somato-Respiratory Integration (SRI) helps enhance your chiropractic care as well as free up energy in your body. $30. Newton Chiropractic & Wellness Centre, 383 Elliot St, Ste 250, Newton. 617-964-3332.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 23 Networking for People Who Hate Networking – 10am-12pm. Learn to articulate who you are, what you do and what you offer in an elevator pitch as well as effective ways to maximize how you connect with others. Create a personal networking action plan. Free. Center for Women and Enterprise, 24 School St, 7th Fl, Boston. Registration required: 617-764-5268.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 25 Free Introduction to Reiki – 10am-12pm. Come and meet the Reiki Master Teachers Ulrike & Denis Dettling Kalthofer, listen to a lecture about Reiki and its history, experience a 20-min guided imagery and relaxation, get your questions about Reiki answered. Free. Arlington Reiki Associates, 366 Massachusetts Ave, Ste 304, Arlington. Preregistration required, space limited: 781-648-9334. Advanced Herbal Training – Jan 25-26. 10am5pm. Diagnostic classes emphasize consultation skills and involve intensive instruction and practice. Learn tongue, pulse, nail and facial diagnosis as well as formulation. The weekend intensives address insulin resistance, mood disorders and addictions and include case histories and stories from their herbal practices. $1,495. Boston School

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of Herbal Studies, 12 Pelham Ter, Arlington. 781646-6319. Trigger Point Workshop – 12:30-1:30pm. Discover why gentle touch is so effective in reducing pain and tension in the body, and learn techniques to effectively do this at home. Bring a partner as it requires another person to do it. Free. Newton Chiropractic & Wellness Centre, 383 Elliot St, Ste 250, Newton. Registration required, space limited: 617-964-3332.

MONDAY, JANUARY 27 It’s Not What You’re Eating, It’s What’s Eating You – Mondays, Jan 27-Apr 28. 7pm. 12 weeks of group support that gets to the root of why we carry excess weight. Pursue self-awareness, selfexploration and self-care. $399. Bliss Healing Arts, 63 Great Rd, Ste 103, Maynard. 508-481-2547.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29 Moon Meditations: New Moon – 7-8pm. Ideal for letting go of those things that are holding us back. A mix of guided and silent meditations influenced by both Native American and Eastern practices. Leave both relaxed and empowered. Free. TS Center for Spiritual Studies, 21 Maple St, Arlington. 781-648-0101. Handle it Herbally: UTI – 7-9pm. Learn to use antimicrobial, demulcent, and tonic herbs for the resolution of urinary tract infections. $25. Commonwealth Center for Herbal Medicine, 25 Saint Mary’s Ct, Brookline. 617-750-5274.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 30 Spiritually-Oriented Time Management Presentation – 7:30-9pm. Start the new year with fresh insights and practices to live authentically in the midst of intense time pressure. $10/ nonmembers, $10/members. TS Center for Spiritual Studies, 21 Maple St, Arlington. 781648-0101.


specialevent Second Annual Celebration of Reiki Conference

Join Reiki practitioners from across the region for an exceptional day centered on the theme, ‘Reiki: Making the Connection’. Give yourself the gift of a day to learn from, and connect with, your Reiki community. $80 covers the full day of the Conference.

Sunday, April 27 8:45am-5:30pm Brookline Holiday Inn, 1200 Beacon Street Brookline, MA 02446 For registration materials and more information see: or contact Elise Brenner at Brenner at

Arts, 1100 Massachusetts Ave, 3rd Fl, Arlington. 781-641-0262.

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daily Free Tour of Symphony Hall – Musicians and engineers consider Boston’s Symphony Hall to be the most acoustically perfect concert space in the United States. Join volunteers on a behindthe-scenes tour and hear about the hall and the history and traditions of the famed musicians and conductors. Boston Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave, Boston. For available dates & times: 617-638-9390.

sunday Free Breathing and Meditation Group – 2-3:15pm. Join us for bi-weekly breathing, relaxation and meditation sessions. Learn and experience practical tools for managing stress and energy in everyday life. All ages and levels welcome. Free. Dahn Holistic Fitness, 1773 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge. 617354-9642. Sunday Restorative Yoga – 5-6:15pm. Relax, stretch, de-stress and re-charge your whole system before your work week. Poses supported with blankets and bolsters. Open to everyone. $75/6-wk series, $15/drop-in. The Center at Westwoods, 590 Gay St, Westwood. 617-869-9574. Expression Flow Yoga – 6:30-7:45pm. Expression Flow is a Vinyasa-based flow that incorporates vocal exercises to open the body and voice. Great for creative souls and those looking for more expressiveness in their lives. $10. The Breathing Room, 763 Massachusetts Ave, Ste 7, Cambridge. 570-574-1207.

monday CrossTrain Class – 5-6am. A challenging and fun class. Expect a warm up, combined upper and lower body exercises, endurance, strength and stamina development. All levels benefit. $10. Victory Field, 40 Orchard St, Watertown. Inclement weather at Watertown Center for Healing Arts, 22 Mt. Auburn St, Watertown. 617-438-4467. Kripalu Yoga – 6pm. Start anytime. Walk-ins welcome. Experience deep relaxation, increased flexibility and renewed energy. Free/first session, $95/8 sessions, $15/walk-ins. The Well Street Station, 62 Mt. Auburn St, Watertown. 617-9231440. Anxiety and Panic Support Group – 6:30pm. First Mon. Designed to offer a place where people with common interests and experience can meet. Learn that you aren’t alone in your experience, and knowledge is the key to living a symptom-free life. Free. Washington St, Newton. Doreen: 617-8493198.

All-Levels Vinyasa Yoga – 6:30-7:45pm. With Caitlin Green. A series of 6 sessions thru Feb 24 to build balance, flexibility, strength and mindfulness. Each session starts with a theme. $75 for 6 sessions, $15 drop-in. Art Mind Body, 580 Cambridge St, Cambridge. 570-574-1207. Open Meditation – 7-8:15pm. Join Rigpa Boston’s open meditation sessions whenever you wish. Open to everyone, from beginners to more experienced meditators. Donations accepted. Rigpa Boston, 24 Crescent St, Ste 308, Waltham. 619-906-4291. Community Contra Dance – 7:30-10:30pm. Make new friends while doing easy social dancing to great live music in a historic hall. Alcohol-, smoke- and perfume-free. Instruction provided; no need to bring a partner. $8, $5/22 or under. Concord Scout House, 74 Walden St, Concord. 978-369-1232.

tuesday Practitioner’s Breakfast – 7:30-9am. 3rd Tues. Enjoy breakfast from Farm to Table Café. All health care practitioners are welcome to share breakfast and knowledge. Monthly speakers and presentations. Working together to increase the overall wellness of our great community. Free. Groton Wellness, 493 Main St, Mill Run Plaza, Groton. 978-449-9919. Cardio-Kickboxing – 9-9:45am. A high-intensity class teaching basic kickboxing moves using bag work, focus pad work, light sparring and other choreographed routines. $75/mo. Sarah’s School of Martial Arts, 1100 Massachusetts Ave, 3rd Fl, Arlington. 781-641-0262. Natural Healing with Chi-Lel Qigong – 11:15am12:15pm. Experience the healing power, learning gentle movement with visualization to build up your own energy. Discuss how effective qigong exercises can be and why they can help many health issues. $20/session. TS Center for Spiritual Studies, 21 Maple St, Arlington. 617-997-9922. Noon Concerts on the Freedom Trail – 12pm. 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. 617-523-1749. College Nights at Frog Pond – 6-9pm. Thru mid-March. Show your current college ID and get half-price admission. It’s the best cheap date in Boston. $2/student. Frog Pond, Boston Common. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu – 6:15-7:15pm. Beneficial in helping individuals gain more knowledge on how to defend oneself and increase self-discipline. Learn techniques that increase physical fitness and mental training. Call for free trial. Sarah’s School of Martial

wednesday Community Acupuncture – 2:30-5:30pm. Also Thurs, Fri & Sun, 9:30am-12:30pm. Cambridge, Belmont and Watertown residents, take advantage of effective acupuncture at an affordable rate. Sliding scale $20-$40. Initial consultation $30-$50. OM Namo Community Acupuncture, 21 Belmont St, Cambridge. 617-868-0756. K9 Behavior – 6-7pm. Discover how to read your dog’s body language and gauge communication with other dogs. Useful for walking in the city and playing at the playground. Light beverages included. Space limited, reservations recommended. $30. Boston K9 Concierge, 202 K St, Ste 1, South Boston. 617-464-1005. Kids’ & Dogs’ Safety – 6-7pm. Make home a safe place for your children and your dog(s). Learn how to avoid stressful and aggressive reactions by understanding what your dog is saying through body language. Light snack and beverage included. Space limited, reservations recommended. $30. Boston K9 Concierge, 202 K St, Ste 1, South Boston. 617-4641005. Puppy Development – 6-7pm. An informational lecture to learn how to best care for your furry friend. Topics from emotional development and perception to nutrition and crate training are covered. Light snack and beverage included. Space limited, reservations recommended. $30. Boston K9 Concierge, 202 K St, Ste 1, South Boston. 617-4641005. Meditation Evenings – 7-8:30pm. Come to meditate and take part in a discussion. Both beginners and experienced meditators welcome. Light refreshments provided. $10/suggested donation. Advaita Meditation Center, 28 Worcester Ln, Waltham. 781-647-0020. Dance Freedom – 7:30-10:30pm. The oldest continually running weekly barefoot dance in the world. Live DJ music, a great workout, lots of fun and lots of interesting people to meet. Recharge and renew in a joyous, positive, drug- and alcoholfree environment. $10-$20 sliding scale. First Congregational Church, 11 Garden St, Cambridge. 617-312-3039.

thursday Rising Energy Flow – 7-8am. A morning Vinyasa class dedicated to your re-awakening. Come to set an intention and invigorate your energy for the week ahead. $10. The Breathing Room, 763 Massachusetts Ave, Ste 7, Cambridge. 570-5741207. Kundalini Yoga with Gong Relaxation – 8:3010am. Enjoy gentle yoga and meditation and deeply relax with the gong, the first and last instrument for the mind. $110/10 classes, $12/drop-in. Newton Highlands Congregational Church, 54 Lincoln St, Newton Highlands. 617-733-2311. Awakening the Divine Feminine – 9-10:30am. Chi Gong movements balance internal and external energies. Come into greater resonance with the

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Divine Matrix where healing occurs in the body, mind and spirit. Journeys to the initiation sites of Ancient Egypt and Angelic transmissions are part of each class. $15. I AM Healing Sanctuary, 18 Sherwood Cir, Sharon. 781-784-1955. Reiki Healing Circle for Women on a Healing Journey with Cancer – 4-6pm. Once a month. Women trained in Reiki and at various stages in their healing journey come together to support each other. Uplifting, life affirming and healing. $35. Arlington Reiki Associates, 366 Massachusetts Ave, Ste 304, Arlington. 781-648-9334. Cardio-Kickboxing – 7:15-8pm. A high-intensity class teaching basic kickboxing moves using bag work, focus pad work, light sparring and other choreographed routines. $75/mo. Sarah’s School of Martial Arts, 1100 Massachusetts Ave, 3rd Fl, Arlington. 781-641-0262. Somerville Road Runners Night 4.13 Miler – 7:15-8:15pm. It may be raining. It may be cold. The SRR Thursday night run will happen every week, no matter what. Free. Casey’s, 171 Broadway, Somerville. African Dance Classes – 7:30-8:30pm. A mixedlevel class including a full body warm up and introduction to West African movements and easy healing techniques to enjoy the rhythms and take care of the body. $17/class or series discount. Yoga Nia for Life Studios, 135 Commonwealth Ave, West Concord. 617-620-7654. Observatory Night – 7:30-9:30pm. 3rd Thurs. A non-technical lecture and telescopic observing from the observatory roof if weather permits. Free. HarvardSmithsonian Center for Astrophysics, 60 Garden St, Cambridge. 617-495-7461.

friday The Web We Weave – 9:30-11am. Go two steps back and rewrite your story, taking giant steps forwards. Release old patterns on the physical, mental, emotional, etheric and spiritual levels. $25/ class. I AM Healing Sanctuary, 18 Sherwood Cir, Sharon. 781-784-1955. Heron Homeschool Wilderness Survival Program – 9:30am-2pm. Throughout Fall, Winter and Spring. Children can learn wilderness living skills and nature awareness while fully immersed in nature. $50-$65/class, sliding scale. Amherst. 413-5220338. Yoga for All Levels – 10-11:30am. All-levels, Vinyasa flow-style yoga experience that offers a dynamic approach to a safe foundation. Say yes to exploring a deeper experience in your practice and join with your highest aspirations. $15. Samara Yoga Studio, 249 Elm St, Somerville. 617-393-2200. Blood Pressure Screenings – 10am-12pm. Free blood pressure screenings on the 1st Fri each month in front of the Old Country Buffet. Watertown Mall, 550 Arsenal St, Watertown. 617-926-4968. Second Fridays Free – 5-8pm. Free evening at the MIT Museum on the 2nd Fri each month. Mingle with friends in the unique galleries and see some of the latest research coming out of MIT. MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge. 617-253-5927.

Zumba Family – 5:30-6:15pm. Something fun and healthy to do with your family. Class is toned down so that everyone can follow along. $100/10 classes, $12/walk-in, $50/mo for unlimited membership. Sarah’s School of Martial Arts, 1100 Massachusetts Ave, 3rd Fl, Arlington. 781-6410262.

Enjoy the excitement of playing with melted glass while making your very own souvenir. Learn how to gather glass from the furnace, and then control and shape it. Our experienced teachers will help you make a colorful paperweight for you to exhibit as your trophy. $75. Diablo Glass School, 123 Terrace St, Boston. 617-442-7444.

Zumba Fitness – 6:30-7:30pm. Achieve long-term benefits while experiencing an absolute blast in one exhilarating hour of calorie-burning, bodyenergizing, awe-inspiring Latin movements meant to engage and captivate for life. $100/10 classes, $12/ walk-in, $50/mo for unlimited membership. Sarah’s School of Martial Arts, 1100 Massachusetts Ave, 3rd Fl, Arlington. 781-641-0262.

Live Music – 7:30-10pm. Enjoy local food, music and art. No cover charge. Nourish Restaurant, 1727 Massachusetts Ave, Lexington. 781-674-2400.

Glass Beadmaking – 6:30-9:30pm. Last Fri. An evening of glass, friends and wine. Spend 3 hrs in one of our studios to experience an introductory taste of working with hot glass in glassblowing and bead making. $75. Diablo Glass School, 123 Terrace St, Boston. 617-442-7444. Maynard Sacred Drum Circle – 7pm. First Fri. An ancient practice that builds harmony, restores connection with the Earth and supports group consciousness. Bring own drum or shaker or borrow one of ours. $10-$20 sliding scale. Bliss Healing Arts, 63 Great Rd, Ste 103, Maynard. 508-481-2547. Reiki Clinic – 7-9pm. First Fri. Experience a Reiki session at the Brenner Reiki Healing monthly Reiki Clinic. 30-min time slots available, call to schedule. $10. Brenner Reiki Healing, 324 Central St, Newton. 617-244-8856.

saturday Natural Healing with Chi-Lel Qigong – 11:15am12:15pm. Relieve allergies, headaches and joint stiffness. Lower high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes with Ancient Chinese mindful exercise. Experience the healing power of qigong. $20. Park Avenue Congregational Church, 50 Paul Revere Rd, Arlington. 617-997-9922. K9 Behavior – 11:30am-12:30pm. Discover how to read your dog’s body language and gauge communication with other dogs. Useful for walking in the city and playing at the playground. Light beverages included. Space limited, reservations recommended. $30. Boston K9 Concierge, 202 K St, Ste 1, South Boston. 617-464-1005. Kids’ & Dogs’ Safety – 11:30am-12:30pm. Make home a safe place for your children and your dog(s). Learn how to avoid stressful and aggressive reactions by understanding what your dog is saying through body language. Light snack and beverage included. Space limited, reservations recommended. $30. Boston K9 Concierge, 202 K St, Ste 1, South Boston. 617-464-1005. Puppy Development – 11:30am-12:30pm. An informational lecture to learn how to best care for your furry friend. Topics from emotional development and perception to nutrition and crate training are covered. Light snack and beverage included. Space limited, reservations recommended. $30. Boston K9 Concierge, 202 K St, Ste 1, South Boston. 617-464-1005. Glassblowing Sampler – 12-2pm. Every other Sat. Get a taste of the ancient art of glassblowing.

classifieds EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES AD SALES REP – Natural Awakenings is accepting resumes for full-commission experienced Ad Sales Reps in Southeastern Middlesex County. Strong organizational and people skills, computer/database experience necessary. Must be a self-starter. We’re positive people looking for positive associates who are focused on healthy living to reach like-minded practitioners and businesses, and help grow their client base. Flexible schedule with great earning potential, only you set the limit on your potential. Email cover letter and resume to: Publisher@NaturalAwakenings Boston. com. SERIOUS INQUIRIES ONLY PLEASE.

FOR RENT/LEASE OFFICE SPACE – Space available in Arlington, Medford & Wakefield. Locations feature affordable rent, off-street parking, 24-hour security surveillance near major highways with high visibility and pedestrian traffic. Different size offices for every budget level. For more information, visit or call, 781-648-9867.

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ACUPUNCTURE BETTER LIFE ACUPUNCTURE & HERBS Midgie Franz, LicAc, Herbalist, MBA Lexington/Cambridge

Gentle and effective acupuncture treatments, herbal medicine consultations, diet and lifestyle counseling. Specializing in chronic pain, migraines, fertility, autoimmune disorders, digestive upsets and stress management.


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


2285 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140 617-651-3213 Seetal Cheema is a boardcertified physician in anesthesia and pain management, offering holistic medical care, including acupuncture and yoga.


Anti-aging skin care and nutrition with proven clinical results. Swiss botanical products are vegan, gluten-free, non-toxic. Consumer discounts and consultant options available.

VISIONS HEALTHCARE 100 Second Ave, Needham, MA 02494 910 Washington St (Rte 1A) Dedham, MA 02026 170 Worcester St (Rte 9) Wellesley, MA 02481 781-431-1333

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



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

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Achieve optimal health, physically, emotionally, nutritionally. Kristine works with the subtle energies of the body to clear nervous system interference, creating a balanced body. See ad page 25.


55 Pond Ave, Brookline, MA 02445 132 Great Rd, Ste 201, Stow, MA 01775 617-232-0202 (Brookline) 617-879-0403 (Stow) Specializing in Hormonal Imbalance and Individualized Natural Bioidentical Hormone Treatment for irregular menstrual cycles, hot flashes, night sweats, low sex drive, irritability, fatigue, poor concentration, poor memory, depression and sleep disturbances. Accepting most major insurances. See ads pages 9 and 13.


100 Second Ave, Needham, MA 02494 910 Washington St (Rte 1A) Dedham, MA 02026 781-431-1333 Effectively using Bioidentical Hormone Therapy for 10 years; expert gynecologist passionate about supporting women to ease transition through all life phases. Accepts most major insurances. See ad on the back cover.


393 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 781-507-4226 I’m a Physical Therapist with 20+ years experience helping people recover from pain using gentle, effective Bodywork techniques including Craniosacral Therapy and Fascial Mobilization. See ad page 19.


Rezakkah Norins 22 Mount Auburn St, Watertown 02472 617-254-4088 Twenty years of experience with many techniques, Rezakkah offers comprehensive bodywork tailored to each individual’s needs. Specializing in oncology massage and self-care education.


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 21.


910 Washington St (Rte 1A) Dedham, MA 02026 100 Second Ave, Needham, MA 02494 781-431-1333 Patient-centered, evidence-based spinal care and soft tissue work to decrease pain and improve mobility. Accepts major health insurances. Weekend and evening hours available. See ad on the back cover.



Designed Alliance works with each client in a collaborative coaching partnership to clarify, articulate and create action plans toward self-identified growth, positive change and achievement. See ad page 15.

2285 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 781-901-0035 Rupali Grover not only wants you heard and valued, but to also help you get the results that you want by providing compassionate counseling.


Life Coach, Personal/Professional Development 401-402-0819


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



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 11.


See ad page 14.

Divine Matrix Healings— reconnecting you to your original blueprint—clearing energies, beliefs and experiences blocking you from living your soul purpose. CranioSacral and Myofascial Therapies and Reflexology.


Need help clarifying and reaching your goals? Asking “What’s next?” or “What do I really want?” Kim is a Certified Positive Psychology Coach and facilitator of The Artist’s Way, working with individuals and groups to build happier, more meaningful lives.

Liz Marcano-Pucillo 640 Washington St, Dedham, MA 02026 781-329-3800

industry. See ad page 27.

Receive professional colon hydrotherapy by a national board certified therapist using the Angel of Water system. The most comfortable and private system in the

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

GROTON WELLNESS – MEDICAL, DENTAL, SPA, FARM TO TABLE CAFÉ 493-495 Main St Groton, MA 01450 978-449-9919

The only holistic center of its kind on the East Coast. Groton Wellness synergistically fuses state-of-the-art Biological Dentistry with Integrative Medicine to meet the health needs of the whole person. We are professionals in preventative and functional medicine, general and pediatric dentistry, orthodontics, detoxification, spa therapy, nutrition and a host of complementary therapies. We work with you to develop a personal, comprehensive plan that achieves wellness and balance from head to toe. This is our mission. See ad pages 7 and 9.

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

JCWC is the only sterile and non-sterile PCAB-accredited pharmacy in Massachusetts. In addition to our compounding service, we offer a full range of nutritional supplements, natural products, homeopathic remedies and home health care equipment. See ads pages 9 and 25.

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

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39 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02445 77 Spring St, Shaw’s Plaza, West Roxbury, MA 02132 Brookline: 617-566-5656; West Roxbury: 617-325-4800 World’s first automated personal training studio offering highly effective, efficient, customized workouts guided and monitored by the proprietary Smartraining technology in a spa-like setting. See ad page 10.

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

Personalized, comprehensive consultations with experienced herbalists. Whether it’s the flu or a chronic illness, or simply to build greater vitality, herbal medicine can help. See ad page 22.


978-712-8011 As your lifestyle advocate, I’ll facilitate your success in building your own health and wellness business so you can take control of your life. See ad page 11.


100 Second Ave, Needham, MA 02494 910 Washington St (Rte 1A) Dedham, MA 02026 781-431-1333 In practice for over 32 years, Dr. Levine has been a prominent advocate for holistic and gentler approaches to women’s healthcare. Provides alternatives to hysterectomy. See ad on the back cover.


Lydian Center for Innovative Medicine, 777 Concord Ave, Ste 301, Cambridge, MA 617-299-6151 Naturopathic medicine address root causes of illness, interconnection of body-systems, and approaches each patient based on their individualized needs. Specialties: gastrointestinal, mood, autoimmune, adrenal, cardiovascular, blood sugar and neurological issues.


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 21.


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


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RAJKA MILANOVIC, MD 910 Washington St (Rte 1A) Dedham, MA 02026 781-431-1333

Family Medicine Physician with 19 years of experience practices with the Functional Medicine approach. Accepting new patients for Primary Care or Consultation. Accepts insurance. See ad on the back cover.


Alison Shaw APRN, LMT, CEH 393 Massachusetts Ave Arlington, MA 02474 781-646-0686 An innovative blend of body-centered counseling, integrative bodywork and energy medicine to uncover and release body-mind patterns that limit your life and health. See ad page 24.

DAVID DANFORTH, PHD 910 Washington St (Rte 1A) Dedham, MA 02026 781-431-1333

Clinical Health Psychologist who works collaboratively with you to overcome anxieties, grief, and the difficulties of health conditions including pain. Accepts insurance. See ad on the back cover.


678 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139 617-642-0263 Dr. Magdalena Fosse integrates mind-body, cognitive-behavioral, and existential methods to alleviate symptoms and problems that cause suffering. Working with individuals and couples her aim is to create a life for each client that is meaningful and fulfilling.


A full-service integrative veterinary clinic offering caring and healthful options and modalities like acupuncture, functional nutrition, homeopathy, chiropractic, herbs, ozone therapy, surgery and dentistry. See ad page 32.


Ree Coleman - Certified Vision Teacher Offices in Boston & Newton 617-838-0928 Achieve vision improvement via exercises, relaxation, science & physiology to create a pathway to sharper, clearer, more balanced vision, reducing dependence on external correction.


6 Emily Ct Gt, Barrington 617-360-1929 Fax: 413-332-0719 • Individualized plans based on nutrient, metabolic and hormonal and digestive testing. Call Kristine Bahr, Lic Nutritionist. Insurance accepted.


1620 Massachusetts Ave, Lexington, MA 617-306-0264 Connect to your highest self! Jonathan offers spiritually focused, results-oriented, holistic psychotherapy. Release limitations, build a sense of groundedness, develop creativity, and grow into the person you are meant to be. See ad page 8.





1345 Main St, Waltham, MA 02451 781-895-0010

Our goal is for you to feel beautiful. Our “stop the clock” skincare eliminates wrinkles and heals acne. Also offering Reiki, Cupping, Aromatherapy and Shiatsu to enhance your well-being.


Kimberly Sparks 401-822-1530 All-natural body products made from the purest ingredients in the world. Dead Sea minerals, salts and aromatherapy sprays, lip elixirs, body powders and handmade soaps. See ad page 8.



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 11.


Kerry Goyette

Providing a wide variety of transformational workshops to raise “health conscious” awareness. Our goal is to help you take an informed, active role in improving your physical, emotional and spiritual health. See ad page 15.



ALAINE AMARAL, BFA, RYT 910 Washington St Dedham, MA 02026 781-431-1333


Phyllis Wilson 781-883-2282

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





Vicki Loberman 617-610-9551

Integrative Yoga Therapy is a highly individualized, self-empowering process that connects healthcare with yoga. Heal from chronic pain or illness. Individual & group offerings. See ad on the back cover.

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

Works one-on-one to develop a program for your body/mind to be brought back into balance. Currently accepting new clients.

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