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letter from the publisher

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his month’s feature story, “Dial Down Stress: How to Stay Calm and Cool”, by Lisa Marshall got me thinking a bit about how I deal with anxiousness. While life seems to be moving and changing faster than ever before everywhere you turn, it’s not only hard to feel up to speed — natural progression feels left out of the equation. Advancements in technology are changing the landscape and scope of our lives at a pace unprecedented in history. Computations that used to take days and hours are now measured in nanoseconds. Consider that the first useful electrocardiogram machine arrived in 1903; today it’s old news that doctors perform heart surgery remotely using computers and robotic arms. Cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin are prevalent in news stories, with futurists predicting the end of hard currency. Some believe that centralized banking will move to a decentralized model. A non-regulated financial system might bring wealth to even the poorest places on Earth. Artificial Intelligence, self-driving cars and vertical indoor farms are realities. A super computer that originally took up a square block now rests on our wrist. Innovations are never-ending. While such tech advances have the potential to improve quality of life on a massive scale, they also bring myriad stressors. It’s daunting to consider how to adopt even a small percentage of ideas geared to make life a little easier to navigate, but meanwhile making life complicated and confusing. Enter… stress-relieving activities, many of which we explore in this issue. My favorite de-stressor is a 15-minute morning meditation. I’m not sure how it works but most stresses flow out easily to resolution ever since I’ve been consistent with this practice. Another of my favorite go-tos is having my little Yorkie, Cooper, around to greet me throughout the day. My mood instantly shifts and softens just by looking at that adorable face. All he wants is love and play… plus a piece of whatever I’m eating. Loving is simple and life is good for a happy heart. May you meet life in calm and peace,

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Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, green living, creative expression and the products and services that support a healthy lifestyle.

Contents 14 CHILD ANXIETY: School, Home and Social Situations

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16 DETOX NATURALLY FOR A FRESH START

17 EXPECT A MIRACLE

Five Ways to Manifest Our Desires

18 DIAL DOWN STRESS How to Stay Calm and Cool

22 UNDERSTANDING NUTRACEUTICALS

How They Differ from Health Store Supplements

24 ADVICE ON

NUTRACEUTICALS FROM GARY KRACOFF

25 KICK THE PLASTIC HABIT

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Choose Earth-Friendly Alternatives

26 10,000 STEPS AND COUNTING

Keep Moving to Stay Fit

28 EAT WHEAT AGAIN

Eight Ways to Restore Gut Health

30 DON’T OVERFEED FIDO Plus Other Tips to Keep a Dog Cancer-Free

DEPARTMENTS 6 news briefs 11 health briefs 12 global briefs 13 eco tip 17 inspiration 22 healing ways 25 green living 26 fit body 28 conscious

11 30 natural pet 33 calendar 35 classifieds 36 resource guide

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news briefs

Metrowest Thermal Imaging is Growing

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etrowest Thermal Imaging announces the acquisition of InsideOut Thermographys’ following mobile sites in Massachusetts: Amherst, East Harwich, Framingham, Sudbury and West Bridgewater, as well as in Chatham, New York. Metrowest has current sites in Acton, Hopkinton, Orleans, Petersham, Sandwich, Shrewsbury, Waltham, Amherst, New Hampshire and Londondery, New Hampshisre. The practice provides medical digital infrared thermal imaging and interpretation of breast and body. A Meditherm infrared camera is used to record thermal patterns and temperature variations that are reflected on the surface of the body that reveal physiologic dysfunction, as well as nerve and vascular changes that are invisible to X-rays and MRIs. It is a totally non-invasive clinical imaging procedure without radiation for detecting and monitoring a number of diseases and physical injuries. Each image provides the medical doctors with more than 70,000 pixels of information. This procedure is especially useful for young women and women with dense breasts. For more information and locations, visit MyThermography.com. See ad on page 20.

Six-Month Women’s Empowerment Program Begins this Month

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oin Sarah Brassard, an empowerment advocate, intuitive healer, meditation teacher, author and speaker, in partnership with Groton Wellness’ Heather Stickney, program development manager and provider support, for Set Your Life in Motion, a six-month inner empowerment journey for women. An introduction to the program will take place from 6 to 8 p.m., January 9, at Groton Wellness, followed by monthly classes to be held Sarah Brassard from 6 to 9 p.m., on January 16, February 20, March 13, April 17, May 15 and June 19. Participants will learn to harness their power and courage, and from this new place of self-awareness and self-healing, they will learn to listen deeply—not to the noise of their surroundings—but to the ever-present peace that lives inside them.   “I am thrilled to partner with Groton Wellness in launching this life-changing program,” says Brassard. “The journey to true healing requires that we take the most challenging path there is: the path within.” Monthly sessions will include supportive discussion, book study, meditation, self-reflection, journaling, restorative movement, breathing, soothing music, essential oils, sound therapy and more. Cost: $650. For more information, call 978-449-9919 or visit Groton Wellness.com/Events. See ad on page 2. 6

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Natural Awakenings Family of Franchises Keeps Growing

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HAROLD KOENIG on Why Science Finds Faith a Healthy Choice Physician Harold G. Koenig, an international authority on religion, health and ethical issues in medicine, has dedicated his career to understanding the relationship between faith and… NaturalAwakeningsBoston.com/Harold-Koenig

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(L-R) Jody Norri-Janati and Candi Broeffle, new co-publishers of Twin Cities edition, and Steve Ellis, new publisher of Washington, D.C. edition, at a recent training in Naples.

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atural Awakenings Publishing Corp. (NAPC) welcomed two new publishers to a recent training session at the corporate headquarters in Naples, Florida. The NAPC staff spent several days with these entrepreneurs, discussing the ins and outs of taking over publication of existing Natural Awakenings magazines in Washington, D.C. and the Twin Cities of Minnesota. Founded by Chief Executive Officer Sharon Bruckman with a single edition in Naples in 1994, Natural Awakenings has grown to become one of the largest, free, local, healthy living publications in the world, serving more than 3.5 million readers each month via more than 80 magazines published in cities across the U.S. and in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. “Our devoted family of publishers, supported by advertisers, informs readers of many leading-edge national and local resources that offer paths to a happier, healthier and longer life,” says Bruckman. “Our active and growing readership has helped increase interest in naturally healthy living that has influenced mainstream America and is beneficial for people and the planet.”

Healthy-Weight Kids; Food Choices that Prevent Obesity In 2010, President Obama and Michelle Obama launched Let’s Move! as their signature initiative to tackle epidemic levels of U.S. childhood obesity. While modest progress has been made, it remains… NaturalAwakeningsBoston.com/Healthy-Weight-Kids (Links go live on December 31)

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Meditation Styles Plus: Living Courageously February articles include: Finding Your Perfect Meditation Style Heart Healthy Foods Pathways Toward Personal Resilience

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Women’s Weekend Retreat Invites Joy In

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n March 24 and 25, Julie McGrath of The Joy Source will host the 8th annual Women’s Getaway Weekend, at Ashworth-by-the-Sea, in Hampton, New Hampshire. This weekend by the beach is designed to offer women a chance to take a break from all the stressors in their life, be surrounded by other positive, forward-moving women, and be encouraged to let joy in. Retreat leader McGrath will focus on how to fully immerse ourselves in joy and keep it with us not just for the weekend, but for everyday. She will encourage attendees to look at patterns in their life—whether it be communication patterns, choices, experiences— that can either welcome joy in or deflect it, or even repel it. This workshop will energize and inspire attendees to be the joy seeker not only in their amazing experiences, but in their ordinary days. “With all that’s happening in the world today, I believe it’s important now, more than ever, to develop a concrete action plan for joy,” McGrath says. Cost: $335/single, $250/double. Location: Ashworth-by-the-Sea, 295 Ocean Blvd., Hampton, NH. For more information, call 978-587-7324 or visit TheJoySource.com/WomensWeekend-2018. See ad on page 17.

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Massachusetts State of Solar Event

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oin Climate Action Business Association for the annual Massachusetts State of Solar event from 6 to 8 p.m., January 25, at One International Place, in Boston, to explore current trends in the solar industry and theories for its future in Massachusetts. The evening includes a reception with networking and a panel discussion led by industry, policy and community experts.

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SYMMETRY Neuro-Pathway Training Launches New Program

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YMMETRY Neuro-Pathway Training, formerly BrainCore USA, launches a more efficient and cost-effective Neuro-PT software program that optimizes brainwave patterns for individuals seeking to reduce negative symptoms and try an alternative method to medication. SYMMETRY Neuro-Pathway Training program is for individuals, families, students and professionals, and now at-home training is available for individuals or families that want to train their brain but cannot come to a SYMMETRY Center in-office location. SYMMETRY Neuro-PT is comprised of proven methods to strengthen vital brain connections. Enrollees experience noticeable, useful and lasting transformations as a result of helping their brain better regulate itself. This often improves their ability to manage their thoughts, reactions, and relate with the outside world in harmonious and productive ways. These abilities improve significantly, with a noninvasive and drug-free approach, that also enhances the effects of other therapies. For more information, call 844-272-4666 or visit SYMMETRYNeuroPT.com. See Resource Guide on page 36.

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An Owner’s Manual for a Fulfilling Life

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n January 1, Kelly McCormack is releasing the first of a three-book series that is designed to help us gain competence and grow immensely, both personally and professionally. “If we were fully competent in how our human complex works, we could fulfill our potential to create meaningfully in this world,” she says. The series is called Creating a Leader, related to the inner work that is necessary to lead oneself. The first title is Simply Limitless. Simply Powerful will follow on July 4, and Simply YOU on January 1, 2019. These books offer accessible models and frameworks that include stick-figure drawings and explanations that are available to everyone. McCormack wrote this as an owner’s manual for herself and then decided to share it with others that don’t have the 15,000 hours to invest, but want the benefit of those experiences. McCormack has worked with leaders for more than 30 years. The Creating a Leader series captures solutions found in her decades of varied, intensive personal and professional research and experiences. She offers practical solutions to help improve the quality and quantity of power leaders have to create for themselves and those around them. She is an expert in human development technology, specializing in the ultra-high performance state of flow. Cost: $9.95 at Amazon. For more information, visit CreatingALeader.com. See ad on page 15.

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Second Edition of Boston Public Market Seasonal Cookbook  Now Available 

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he team at the Boston Public Market (BPM), an indoor, year-round marketplace, announces the launch of their second recipe book, the Boston Public Market Seasonal Cookbook. The colorful paperback book serves as a guide to seasonal cooking, helping readers to eat more local, more often, using fresh food grown and produced throughout New England. Written in-house by the Boston Public Market staff, the cookbook features more than 100 recipes, shopping lists and cooking tips reflective of the local agricultural landscape and items produced by the farmers, fishers and food entrepreneurs found at the BPM. The Seasonal Cookbook is available for purchase at the Info Desk, located inside the Market entrance at the corner of Congress and Hanover streets, near FoodCares Urban Market and Red Apple Farm. Cost: $25. Location: 100 Hanover St., Boston. For more information about the Boston Public Market, visit BostonPublicMarket.org.

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eal Pickles is the Western Massachusetts Small Sustainable Business of the Year. Real Pickles is a company that walks its talk and makes extraordinary contributions to their community and local economy. This worker-owned cooperative is committed to promoting human and ecological health by providing people with delicious, nourishing food and by working toward a regional and organic food system, all with the well-being of its employees, the community, and our shared planet at heart.   As part of its commitment to support a regional, organic food system, Real Pickles purchases all of its vegetables and fresh herbs and spices from organic family farms in the Northeast. It sources primarily from eight organic farms located within 40 miles of Real Pickles and benefits from the rich soils of the Connecticut River Valley. The farmers they work with have a wealth of experience in growing organically. The result is vegetables of the highest quality, full of flavor and nutrients. To learn more about how to get involved with the cooperative, visit RealPickles.com.

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health briefs

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Lutein in Greens and Eggs Slows Cognitive Aging Healthy diet options of spinach and kale may also help keep our brains fit. In a study from the University of Illinois appearing in Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 60 adults between 25 and 45 years old having higher levels of lutein, a nutrient found in green, leafy vegetables, avocados and eggs, had neural responses more on par with younger people than others of their own age. Lutein is a nutrient that the body can’t make on its own, so it must be acquired through diet. It accumulates in brain tissues and the eyes, which allows researchers to measure levels without using invasive techniques.

Hemp Oil Cuts Seizure Frequency in Half Research from the New York University Langone Comprehensive Epilepsy Center has found that cannabidiol, a non-psychoactive extract of hemp oil, significantly reduces seizure rates in epileptics. Scientists there tested 120 children and young adults with epilepsy and found that the cannabidiol group’s number of seizures per month decreased from 12.4 to 5.9 compared to a statistically insignificant change in the placebo group.

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Generosity Cheers Mind, Body and Spirit A Swiss study gave volunteers $25 a week for four weeks, and told half of them to spend the money on themselves and the others to spend it to benefit others. Subsequent brain scans revealed a link between the altruistic acts and feelings of contentment, activating neurons in the ventral striatum associated with happiness. Even the intention alone to be more generous was enough to create these changes, and the amount spent did not influence the increase in levels of well-being. The discovery sheds fresh light on why many people feel gratified when giving, even when it costs them something.

FISH OIL TWICE WEEKLY EASES ARTHRITIS

Eating fish at least twice a week may significantly reduce the pain and swelling associated with rheumatoid arthritis,in which the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks the joints, creating swelling and pain. Studies have already shown the beneficial effect of fish oil supplements on rheumatoid arthritis symptoms, but a new study of 176 participants at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in Boston, found that increasing the amount of fish containing omega-3 they ate weekly as a whole food lowered their disease activity. The Arthritis Foundation estimates that about 1.5 million people in the U.S. have the disease; women far more often than men.

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global briefs

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Eco Pesticide

Safer Product Controls Citrus Pests

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and California Department of Pest Regulation have approved CRS Plus, an aerosol pheromone biopesticide product that disrupts the mating cycle of Aonidiella aurantii, also known as California Red Scale (CRS). Pheromones do not kill or damage the target insects, and are species-specific, so pollinators and other beneficial insect species are not affected. CRS attacks all aerial parts of citrus trees, including twigs, leaves, branches and fruit. Heavy infestations can cause reduced fruit quality, yellowing and dropping of leaves, dieback of twigs and limbs and even death of the tree.

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence. ~Helen Keller

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The San Francisco Department of the Environment’s list of materials allowed in blue recycling bins has been expanded to include plastic bags, paper coffee cups, ice cream containers, milk or juice cartons and textiles; it is also downsizing refuse bins. It’s all part of a shift to using dual-compartment trucks to collect refuse from black bins and organic waste from green bins, with a dedicated truck for recyclables. A national leader in recycling, the city is one of the first to attempt a zero-waste target year of 2020. California has a goal of 75 percent recycling by 2020, having achieved a 44 percent rate in 2016. Los Angeles is making progress with a new commercial waste recycling system. Washington, D.C., has also expanded its list of accepted materials for recycling bins, but still doesn’t include plastic bags. With recent improvements to automated and optical sorting technology, some companies are becoming more accommodating about what they will accept.

The 2017 Chicken Marketing Summit in North Carolina involved hundreds of leaders from fast-food chains, marketing agencies and poultry production companies discussing the fact that Americans are eating less poultry—and what to do about it. Richard Kottmeyer, a senior managing partner at Fork to Farm Advisory Services, explained that Millennials need to be “inspired and coached” to consume more animal products, according to an article published on WattAgNet.com, an industry website. “Compared to their parents, Millennials are more likely to believe in evolution and accept that climate change is occurring. They seek out facts and science to better understand a complex world, but the poultry industry doesn’t have any fact-based information to defend its cruel, unsanitary practices,” states animal rights advocate Nathan Runkle via EcoWatch.com. The majority of chickens raised for meat have been bred to grow so large so quickly that they collapse under their own unnatural weight. North Carolina has enacted an “ag-gag” bill, making it illegal to photograph or videotape animal abuse.

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San Francisco Moves Toward Zero Waste

Young Vegetarians Worry Meat Industry

Plumbing Progress

Recycled Plastics Put to Good Use

Australia’s Centre for Advanced Design in Engineering Training at Deakin University is practicing an affordable way to increase the availability of potable (drinkable) water in needy areas of the world. The project involves collecting plastic garbage from around the Pacific Islands and turning it into pellets, which are then extruded as 3-D printer filament to make replacement plumbing parts, often in short supply in those locations. That effort is called 3D WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene), and the children’s charity Plan International Australia will be the first recipient (Plan.org.au).

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Secrets to Better Furniture

A new year can prompt us to refresh the look and feel of our home. Eco-minded individuals may wish to spruce up a treasured piece of furniture or find a replacement that’s light on environmental impact.

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furniture made from sustainably harvested forests and tree farms or reclaimed wood. Find explanations of Forest Stewardship Council certification requirements at US.FSC.org.

MChoose vintage and secondhand furniture to extend its life with a bonus of nostalgia. Avoid painted furniture from the early to mid-20th century, which may contain lead, or use a paint-testing kit.

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natural wood finishes, naturally tanned leather or organic cotton. Look for Greenguard product certification to ensure low toxicity (Greenguard.org). Some businesses, like Upholstery on Broadway, in Arlington, Massachusetts, conduct money-saving classes for people that want to learn to repair or restore their own furniture. Owner Kevin Kennedy finds, “People bring in their own projects, often wing chairs and side chairs, along with stray pieces of materials. As long as they have ‘good bones’ [solid wood frames], new fabric can add many years.” For those afraid of making mistakes in cutting fabric, “We help them measure carefully first, and that relieves their anxiety.” A carpenter’s rule is to measure twice, cut once.

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ture line made from 100 percent recycled materials, including glass, plastics and metals, for easy assembly without tools. Standardized components deliver efficient manufacturing and shipping; each part has an identification number with the manufacturer’s date and location, and the type of waste used in production.

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CHILD ANXIETY:

School, Home and Social Situations

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any adults often suffer from anxiety, but few consider the possibility of children also being affected. In fact, anxiety can affect children’s everyday Jolene Ross lives during some of the most developmental years, which can leave lasting impacts as he or she grows into an adult. Parents should be diligent in trying to notice patterns of behavior that may indicate their child is struggling with anxiety. But, what things should they look for? Anxiety can often look like Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), and be displayed in physical ways like fidgeting or moving body parts rhythmically. A person’s mental abilities to perform a task, known as their executive functions, may be impacted. This could negatively affect things like attention, focus, working memory, task initiation and task completion. Anxiety could be preventing the brain from accessing frontal brain regions, which are responsible for the performance of these executive functions. In a classroom setting, a child with anxiety will not raise their hand in class to 14

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participate out of fear of not being good enough and being judged by others. If the child is called upon, their mind goes blank and will not be able to answer the question even if the answer is known just moments before being called on. This fear of being called on can be so severe that they cannot even pay attention or focus during class. Children with anxiety often struggle with seeking additional academic support. While the child fears being teased by other students and will not ask questions during class, the child will also not seek help after class due to anxiety. When completing assignments, children with anxiety may feel that all work must be perfect and will sometimes refuse to turn in work. Teachers may notice patterns of late work or work that has not been turned in at all. Sometimes children will have even completed the assignment, but refuse to turn it in, not because they have forgotten, but because they feel extremely anxious to do so. Procrastination is also commonly due to anxiety, because the child may not understand an assignment or fears their work will not be good enough. At home, a parent may notice their child has trouble making decisions, has trouble advocating for their own needs, avoids eye contact, and is always second


guessing every little thing. Anxiety often affects self-esteem as children may be fearful of making a mistake or saying something incorrect. Perfectionism can distress children, which often leads to not wanting to try new things out of fear of not being able to do them well enough. This often stems from fear of humiliation. Children with anxiety can experience tremendous social issues, and will often prefer to sit alone at lunch or play alone on the playground. Children will not ask to play with other children or contact other children for play dates out of fear of embarrassment. Sometimes children with anxiety will cling to one friend they feel comfortable with and no one else. If a child with anxiety is being bullied by other children, they will not seek out assistance. Parents that recognize any of these symptoms in their child should seek help from a mental health professional. If a child’s anxiety is not treated at a young age, it can heavily impact their development including academic performance, personal growth and social abilities. Dr. Jolene Ross is a licensed psychologist and is an EEG-Certified Senior Fellow of the Biofeedback Certification International Association. She is a neurobehavioral psychologist with extensive experience in neurobiofeedback treatment, cognitive and behavioral therapy, and behavioral medicine. She received training in EEG assessment from Dr. K.H. Wong, of Children’s Hospital Medical Center Boston, and has an extensive background in the treatment of individuals with neuropsychiatric and neurobehavioral challenges. See ad on page 23 and Resource Guide on page 36.

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DETOX NATURALLY FOR A FRESH START by Raied Dinno and Saad Dinno

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lthough the holiday season is a time of celebration, tradition and congregating with family, friends and neighbors, it can create a setback for many in terms of nutrition, dieting and exercise. Health and wellness routines are often put on hold during these months, as people find themselves with less free time for exercise while consuming meals that tend to be larger in size and lower in nutritional value. The holiday season is, of course, followed by the new year, which presents a clean slate and new opportunity. For the few, this is the time to pick up healthy habits where they left off last year; but for the many, this is a chance to begin a healthier, more natural way of living that begins with naturally detoxing through nutrition and lifestyle changes. A nutrient-dense diet will help lead in naturally detoxing the body, with an em16

phasis on hydration and meal preparation with lots of fruits, vegetables and proteins and less daily sugary snacking. These steps can keep the body and mind focused and energized throughout the day, while also remaining sated. There are specific types of nutrients to focus on while in the natural detox phase. For example, foods rich in B vitamins may help the body produce energy from the food it eats. Calcium and magnesium in dried fruits and leafy greens may also help in supporting the body’s energy production and at the same time may calm nerves and reduce anxiety. Omega-3 fatty acids that are found in most nuts and seeds, may also increase overall bodily function and lower the risk of stress and anxiety. It is important to note that health and wellness lifestyle habits are not developed overnight. They take time to adopt and make routine, and there will likely be a

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period of transition during which a natural detox will ultimately lead to a new beginning. Every day the body takes in toxins that can harm the performance of organs and weaken functionality. Along with a healthy, nutritious diet, to help guide the way during this crucial time, there are natural detox and cleansing kits that provide stepby-step instructions to ultimately dissolve the build-up of toxins and restore the body to a stronger and cleaner form. These kits and cleanses vary in their methodology and how they affect different parts of the body. It’s important to note that consumers should always consult with their health care providers prior to beginning a detox or cleanse. While in the natural detox phase, here are four themes to keep in mind to stay on course: Practice stress and relaxation techniques. Any form of meditation or yoga can be helpful in managing stress, which is harmful to the body. Just taking 15 minutes a day can truly make a difference. Make a conscious effort to eat healthier. Try to replace those “fake foods” that are high in carbohydrates, fatty acids and sugar, with “real foods” like fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, water, and—if possible—look into organic options as well. Unplug from technology (also known as “digital detox”). Put down the smartphone, laptop or iPad, and pick up a book or magazine. Take a break from staring at a screen, which can be straining to the eyes and draining to the brain. Be kind to yourself and others. Although this theme does not need any explaining, it’s worth noting because it goes to the heart of the wellness lifestyle. Changing habits and routines is never easy; particularly as we get older. Using the change in calendar to refresh and reinvigorate and adopt a health and wellness mindset can bring about significant benefits that will serve you well for many years to come. Raied and Saad Dinno, brothers, are registered pharmacists and co-owners of Acton Pharmacy, Keyes Drug, in Newton, and West Concord Pharmacy. See ad on page 10 and Resource Guide on page 37.


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Five Ways to Manifest Our Desires by J. Marie Novak

may discover self-confidence in other areas of life.

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Step Beyond Routine

Step out of routines, broaden horizons and bust through comfort zones. Bumps and bruises may occur, but bravery is rewarded. Miracles are not beyond our grasp, but we may need to extend our reach in ways we’ve never done before.

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Help Others Receive the Miracles They Pray For

Experience the bliss of being a giver. Share what others need. Sponsor a child’s education. Give unused belongings to people that desperately need them. Offer words of encouragement. It all matters more than we realize.

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ccording to a Pew Forum study, nearly 80 percent of Americans believe in miracles. When we think we can’t handle burdensome difficulties on our own, we often seek help from a higher power, pleading: Cure me or my loved one of this illness. Aid me in providing for myself and my family. Bring me someone to love. Help me resolve this intensely painful situation. Protect loved ones from the harm they’re subjecting themselves to. If we want miracles to unfold in our lives, we must actively participate in their manifestation. Here are five ways to manifest more miracles in our lives.

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Be Grateful for Everything

Gratitude deserves its positive buzz.

When we’re grateful, our energy changes and our light shines. Our perspective shifts from scarcity to abundance. We bring forth divine blessings by being tuned into the giving nature of the creator of all. When we live in a state of gratitude, good people, opportunities and blessings arrive.

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Stop Using Excuses to Do Nothing

When we take a positive step in our lives—it can be anything—a way forward will often appear that may be unrelated to the blessing we receive. For example, clearing out clutter may clarify a career move. Taking a course to build a new skill may introduce us to a new friend. In beginning a new exercise routine, we

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Trust Intuition

When we listen to our intellect instead of our inner heart-and-soul guidance system, we get turned around and off course. We all have an inner knowing that can help us get where we want to go. Divine wisdom always trumps the human mind. When we tune into it and trust what it’s telling us, we invite miracles into our lives. We all have the power to participate in creating miracles for ourselves and others by bringing to fruition what did not seem remotely possible. It’s easy to start by practicing these five miracle-creating strategies. J. Marie Novak is an author, life transformation mentor and founder of the Believe and Create online community. Learn how to believe in and create the life you were born to live at BelieveAndCreate.com.

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DIAL DOWN STRESS How to Stay Calm and Cool by Lisa Marshall

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hether from natural disasters, divisive politics, unmanageable workloads or a smartphone culture that makes it tough to unplug, U.S. adults are feeling more strain now than they have at any other time in the past decade, according to the American Psychological Association’s 2017 Stress in America Survey. One in three say their stress has increased in the past year and one in five rate the level at eight or more on a scale of one to 10. About three in five, or 59 percent, say they believe this is “the lowest point in the nation’s history” and nearly two-thirds say concerns about our nation’s future (including its health care, economy and international relations) are key sources of their stress. “We’re seeing significant stress transcending party lines,” notes Arthur C. Evans Jr., Ph.D., the association’s CEO. All that stress is having a powerful impact on health, with as many as 80 percent of visits to primary care physicians characterized as stress-related, according to the American Medical Association. 18

Adopting the right attitude can convert a negative stress into a positive one. ~Hans Selye Workplace stress accounts for 120,000 deaths a year—more than influenza, diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease combined—according to a 2015 Stanford University study. Yet, empowering news has emerged amid this epidemic of anxiety-related illness. Research shows that by eating right, exercising and changing our mindset about stress itself, we can buffer our bodies from many health hazards. “Unfortunately, you can’t always avoid the things that stress you out. But you can control how you respond to stress before it takes over your life,” says Melanie Greenberg, Ph.D., a Mill Valley, California, psychologist and author of the recent book The Stress-Proof Brain: Master Your Emotional Response to Stress Using Mindfulness and Neuroplasticity.

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Our Brain on Stress

Whether it’s an urgent email from the boss or a rude motorist driving unsafely, tense situations elicit a physiological response remarkably similar to what might occur if we were chased by a lion. Deep inside an almond-shaped region of the brain called the amygdala, an alarm goes off, signaling the release of hormones like adrenaline and cortisol that boost heart rate, usher extra blood to muscles, hasten breathing and spike blood sugar to provide more fuel for the brain to react. Evolutionarily, this response was key to early human survival, providing the energy boost needed to flee predators. Even today, it has its upside, says Greenberg. “In the short term, stress can be exciting and even beneficial, revving you up so you can put your passion and energy into something.” But chronic excess can lead to high blood pressure and blood sugar, inflammation, cognitive problems and a hair-trigger response to stress, in which our body overreacts even to mild annoyances. It can also, research suggests, accelerate aging by eroding the protective caps on our chromosomes, called telomeres.


“Think of the stress response as an elastic band,” says Dr. Mithu Storoni, a Hong Kong physician and author of the new book Stress Proof: The Scientific Solution to Protect Your Brain and Body — and Be More Resilient Every Day. “If you pull it and it snaps back immediately, that’s fine. But if you pull it too intensely or too frequently, it doesn’t snap back, and there are lots of downstream consequences.”

Stress-Proofing Our Body

Eating right can better protect our bodies, says New York City Registered Dietitian Malina Malkani. She recommends loading up on nutrient-dense, high-fiber foods like leafy greens, beans and lentils, nuts and seeds during stressful times, because they can slow our rate of digestion and minimize unhealthy dips and spikes in blood sugar. Beneficial, bacteria-rich foods like yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut and kimchi are other foundational foods for stress-resilience, says Storoni, because they can dampen bodily inflammation that arises from chronic tension. They can also replenish bacterial strains like lactobacillus and bifidobacteria which, according to studies of college students, tend to decrease when we feel pushed beyond our limits to handle what’s coming at us. One 2016 study of 171 volunteers, published in the Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, found that those that ate yogurt containing lactobacillus plantarum daily for two months had fewer markers of stress in their blood. Another study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2007 found that when 132 adults drank a probiotic-infused milk drink daily for three weeks and were then subjected to an anxiety-prone situation, their brains reacted more calmly than those of a control group. “Probably the most important thing you can do to make your body stress-resilient is to maintain a healthy ecosystem of bacteria in your gut,” advises Malkani, who recommends exchanging dessert for low-sugar yogurt every day and taking probiotic supplements as well as steering clear of sweetened beverages and refined carbohydrates. The spice turmeric is also a good stress-buster due to its anti-inflammatory properties and ability to help normalize blood sugar, Storoni notes.

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e can take charge and do even more things to keep stress at bay in the first place, says Christine Carter, Ph.D., a University of California, Berkeley, sociologist and author of The Sweet Spot: How to Accomplish More by Doing Less. “I’m all about prevention,” she says. “There are many ways to set up your life to be less stressful.”

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Multitask less, monotask more:

“The brain was not evolved to multitask and it can be stressful when we try to do so,” says Carter, referencing a Stanford University study. “At the end of the day, we end up feeling fried.” She recommends setting up a “fortress against interruption” for an hour or two each day when we feel most alert. Put the phone on mute, don noise-canceling headphones and ask coworkers or family members to not interrupt your focus on an important priority.

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Don’t be a chronic media checker: Eighty-six percent of

Americans say they constantly or often check their email, texts or social media accounts, according to the latest Stress in America Survey. Half of U.S. workers say they respond to every email within a half-hour. Carter recommends instead scheduling a block of time at the beginning and end of each day for the task. During weekends and evenings, disable email and social media notifications. Research shows the more often we check, the more stressed we are. One recent study of British office workers found that checking email almost immediately boosts heart rate, blood pressure and cortisol levels, while refraining causes the stress response to subside.

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be stressful, and we are all faced with an increasing number of them every day. To limit a personal decision-making load, get boring. Devise a meal plan that doesn’t vary from week to week (unless it’s a happy creative outlet). Stock the wardrobe with favorite styles of shirts and shoes in different

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Don’t overthink things: Ruminating on past events and relationship problems can be a great source of stress in the present moment. If there’s nothing that can be done about it, stop thinking about it. Literally visualize a stop sign when the thought bubbles up.

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Daydream: Idle times, like standing

in line, sitting in traffic or showering can allow our brain to rest and recover from hassles. Embrace such opportunities and don’t clutter them up with technology; leave the phone and radio off.

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Meditate: Invest 10 minutes daily to sit still, focus on breathing, visualize an image or stare at an object and try to keep thoughts from drifting. Brain imaging studies published in the Brain Research Bulletin show that “Through [such] meditation, it’s possible to rewire your brain to create a new, stronger circuit that keeps your emotional reactivity under control,” says Dr. Mithu Storoni, who has published a book on the topic.

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Heighten spirituality: Whether it’s regularly attending religious services, yoga meditation sessions or quiet walks in the woods, a spiritual practice can be a powerfully effective means of coping with stress and mitigating its health impacts. Duke University research shows that people regularly engaged in a spiritual practice are more likely to survive heart surgery, recover better from stroke, have shorter hospital stays and become depressed and stressed less often. “Spirituality connects you to the broader world, which in turn enables you to stop trying to control things all by yourself,” explains Dr. Roberta Lee, an integrative physician, in her book The SuperStress Solution. “When you feel part of a greater whole, it’s easy to understand that you aren’t responsible for everything that happens in life.” January 2018

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Despite our natural craving for comfort food, it’s a good idea to go easy on saturated fats in the immediate aftermath of a traumatic situation, because stress slows fat metabolism. In one recent study, Ohio State University researchers asked 58 women about their previous day’s stressors, and then fed them the fat-loaded equivalent of a double cheeseburger and fries; the stressed-out women burned 104 fewer calories. “If a woman had a stressful day at work every day and ate a meal like this, she could easily gain seven to 11 pounds in a year,” says study author Jan Kiecolt-Glaser, a professor of psychiatry and psychology and director of the university’s Institute for Behavioral Medicine. Exercise, too, can help combat stress-related illness. But Storoni attests that not all exercise is created equal. One recent study in the Journal of Physiology found that in animals daily moderate exercise (the equivalent of a light jog) can boost levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), a critical brain protein diminished by stress and sleep deprivation, significantly more than weight training or intense exercise. On the flip side, excess strenuous exercise (laps around the track or an intense gym workout) can boost inflammation, whither brain cells, and aggravate the physical impacts of stress, says Storoni. “If you want to exercise to relieve the stress you just experienced, keep it at low intensity,” counsels Storoni. If possible, work out in the morning, as it can boost melatonin levels at night, helping you get to sleep faster, she notes.

Stress-Proofing Our Mindset

While diet and exercise can buffer our body from the impacts of chronic stress, a shift in mindset can keep it from becoming chronic in the first place, says Greenberg.“The goal is not to eliminate stress, but to put it in its place—to use its energizing and motivating aspects to take care of what needs to be done, and then relax,” and stop paying attention to it. This, she says, requires being mindful of what’s happening in the present moment. “When you feel your heart racing at the sight of another urgent demand at home or work, stop what you are doing, take a deep breath and tune into what’s happening in your body,” advises Green-

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People with a stress-hardy mindset may temper stress as an “excite-and-delight” challenge in adventurous situations. Others “tendand-befriend”, reaching out to help and comfort in times of tragedy. Studies show that when participants are told, “You’re the kind of person whose performance improves under pressure,” it does—by as much as one-third. ~Harvard Medical School Healthbeat berg. She notes that when the highly reactive amygdala “hijacks the brain”, we often say and do things in the heat of the moment that we later regret. Waiting just a moment (like counting to 10) allows the more rational part of our brain (the prefrontal cortex) to kick in. “It allows you to go from panic to, ‘I’ve got this.’” Greenberg observes that we often feel most stressed when we feel out of control. When faced with a daunting task, it may help to make a list of the things we have control over and a list of the things we can’t control—then make a plan to act on the manageable one and let the others go.


“Mindfulness is also about keeping our self-judging and ruminating mind at bay, which may keep repeating, ‘I’m not doing enough,’” she says. “Realize that you do not have to listen to every thought that comes into your head. Ask yourself, ‘What is the most important thing for me to focus on right now?’” Greenberg also says it’s important to aim to broaden and brighten our view in tough times, explaining, “Feeling stress biases your brain to think in terms of avoiding threat and loss, rather than what you can gain or learn from the situation.” Start by jotting down three ways this challenging situation may be beneficial in the long run; also make a list of things and people we are grateful for, she suggests. “Practicing gratitude helps you realize that you have a choice about what to focus your attention on and you don’t have to let stressors take all the joy out of life,” according to Greenberg. As an added bonus, “You’re less likely to take your stress out on loved ones when you think about what they mean to you and how they have helped you,” she says.

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UNDERSTANDING NUTRACEUTICALS

How They Differ from Health Store Supplements by Linda Sechrist

by ingredients in our products.” The word nutraceutical, blending nutrition and pharmaceutics, was coined in 1989 by Stephen L. DeFelice, the founder and chairman of the nonprofit Foundation for Innovation in Medicine, in Mountainside, New Jersey, which promotes clinical research and development of dietary supplements and foods specifically for their health benefits. Reputable companies that manufacture private-label nutraceuticals, such as Metagenics and Xymogen, among others, research and develop products for functional nutrition and quality. While such products are solely distributed through partnerships with healthcare professionals such as medical doctors, nutritionists and pharmacists, some of the evidence-based, professional-grade formulas are available through online physician websites. Metagenics and Xymogen collaborate with institutions such as the Cleveland Clinic, Bastyr University and National College of Natural Medicine in conducting clinical research that demonstrates how their formulas impact healthy aging, cognitive function and overall health.

Savvy consumers seeking products that might help them achieve Federal Regulations and maintain good health may be noticing two new categories: Medical foods and nutraceuticals, orally administered dietary products formulated to medical food and nutraceuticals. support the management of conditions such

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edicalized terminology is now being used to describe certain products we may already have been buying from brand-name dietary supplement companies and retailers, and they have a higher price tag. One common example: powdered protein meal-replacement shakes that can cost up to $16 more than a retail store brand, as nutraceutical and medical food purveyors want to differentiate their products as having clinical research and development behind them. This raises the bar on the quality of contents and assures consumers of third-party testing for proof of ingredients. Although both are regulated under the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) of 1994, there is no legal distinction between dietary supplements and nutraceuticals, yet each 22

serves different purposes. Dietary supplements, comprising vitamins, minerals and/ or herbs and botanicals, are intended to enhance wellness among healthy adults. Nutraceuticals encompass nutrients, foods or parts of foods used as medicine to provide health benefits beyond nutrition and combat chronic disease. Some of the most popular formulations involve botanicals like ginseng, ginkgo biloba, St. John’s wort and echinacea. “Medical foods, formulated for dietary management of a specific medical condition for which nutritional needs are unmet by a normal diet, are regulated under the Orphan Drug Act of 1983,” explains Bill Shaddle, senior director of medical education at Metagenics, Inc. “Our nutraceuticals and medical foods are supported by verifiable science that provides solid evidence regarding the therapeutic benefits produced

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as compromised gut function, age-related muscle loss, metabolic syndrome, Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, are subject to standard food and safety labeling requirements of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. Although they may be used under medical supervision, patients don’t need a prescription. Many healthcare practitioners, including dietitians, currently recommend them under a physician’s direction. Unlike pharmaceuticals, which are accountable to the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, patent-protected and supported by expensive testing documentation, nutraceuticals are not. However, many manufacturers do choose to undergo costly testing. Like all dietary supplements, the majority of which do not undergo third-party testing, they are regulated by DSHEA, which defines and regulates labeling and claims of benefits related to classic nutrient-deficiency diseases.

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Private Quality Control Xymogen is strictly a physician’s line of nutraceuticals, explains Cheryl Burdette, a doctor of naturopathy and director of clinical research and outreach for the company. “In our manufacturing process, to avoid contamination and validate ingredients, every batch is third-party assayed by an independent laboratory, whereas some companies only do this for every fifth or 20th lot. Xymogen’s validation extends to packaging and controlling the level of humidity because it affects how ingredients oxidize,” says Burdette. Gary Kracoff, a registered pharmacist and naturopathic doctor at Johnson Compounding & Wellness, in Waltham, Massachusetts, researches the nutraceuticals that he carries and recommends for his clients. “I like professional-grade nutraceuticals because their formulas are researched and science-based. They are excellent products for specific purposes. Individuals that take the medical foods come to appreciate their disease-modifying therapeutic results. While pricier, they include healthier sources of carbohydrates and fats, as well as natural, rather than synthetic nutrients to provide what the body needs to return to a state of balance,” says Kracoff.

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Advice on Nutraceuticals from Gary Kracoff by Linda Sechrist

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ccording to the 2017 TABS Analytics 10th Vitamins, Minerals and Supplements (VMS) Study, the explanation for the 20 percent soar in the sale of online VMS from 2016 to 2017 was the successful performance of Amazon. com, the largest Internet retailer in the world, and the brick and mortar online retailers such as Walmart. Among healthcare professionals, the staggering $2.4 billion in 2017 online sales, along with the $13.5 billion in total retail and online U.S. sales volume, has raised notable concern regarding important issues that impact consumers. These range from quality of VMS contents such as GMOs, artificial colors and fillers to hyped online marketing propaganda, misleading information and lack of proper labeling information, as well as added ingredients for long-term stabilization and extended shelf life. An additional concern is for outdated nutraceuticals that are being sold online at reduced prices. Local healthcare professionals, such as Gary Kracoff, a registered pharmacist and naturopathic doctor at Johnson Compounding & Wellness, in Waltham, generally prefer to recommend nutraceuticals and medical foods as part of a patient’s “big picture” treatment plan to correct

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deficiencies, manage chronic health conditions and restore health and wellness. Q. Why do you prefer to recommend nutraceuticals and medical foods? I trust the manufacturers as well as in their research, processes and testing procedures. Q. Why are nutraceuticals and medical foods more effective? A good example is a Metagenics vegan-based powdered supplement that is a medicinal food specifically formulated to help individuals with metabolic syndrome, as a meal replacement or healthy snack for post surgery, or for individuals that are having difficulties digesting food. Metabol-

ic syndrome is a cluster of conditions—increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist, abnormal cholesterol or triglyceride levels—that occur together, increasing the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. A well-formulated medical food has the added nutrients that help the body start balancing these issues while the individual is integrating necessary lifestyle changes. Q. Why should readers be cautious about “good deals” on online supplements? Although there are some companies selling high quality supplements online, individuals who get “real good deals” are generally buying products that are out of date. The consumer likely doesn’t know where to look for the expiration date that has often been removed. Consumers should be aware that online companies, carrying well-known supplements brands, which they sell at big discounts, are sometimes even unaware that they could be selling counterfeit or outdated products, simply because they are not an authorized retailer. Unfortunately, there are so many phenomenal online marketing campaigns touting great products that promise cures for arthritis, diabetes, weight loss, memory loss and other health challenges. They promise a greater quality of life for the consumer and ship the first bottle at no cost other than shipping and handling. The consumer gives their credit card number and is signed on for a monthly auto-ship and informed that they can discontinue future shipments at any time. What they discover is a different reality—it’s nearly impossible to cancel. The shipments keep coming and the credit card continues to be charged. Q. What is the best strategy for using supplements and nutraceuticals? There is much to learn about supplements and nutraceuticals, which is why healthcare professionals agree that self-diagnosis and self-treatment is a problem. Without the guidance of a professional health practitioner, proper testing and a strategy for correcting undetected deficiencies and imbalances with a proper diet and lifestyle changes, more serious problems may develop.

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Kick the Plastic Habit Choose Earth-Friendly Alternatives by Avery Mack

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rocery bags, bottles, cups and straws comprise much of the 9.1 billion tons of plastic manufactured worldwide in the past 65 years. Once discarded, 79 percent resides in landfills and litters the environment, with more created daily. Annually, the equivalent of five grocery bags of trash for every foot of coastline worldwide enters the oceans, killing 100,000 marine animals. A 2016 World Economic Forum report says that by 2050, the world’s seas could contain more plastic than fish. At the 2017 Our Ocean Conference, the Ocean Conservancy and its partners announced a $150 million preventive plan. “This is a major breakthrough for trash-free seas,” says Susan Ruffo, the conservancy’s managing director of international initiatives. “Our research found improved waste management in Southeast Asian countries [Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam and China] can halve plastic going in the ocean by 2025.” When the United Nations launched the Clean Seas campaign in 2017, Indonesia pledged $1 billion to reduce plastic waste by 70 percent within eight years through education, taxes on plastic bags and investing in alternative products. Increased awareness is crucial to buy and discard less, create alternatives and recycle more to support the planet’s overall health.

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Lacking space, technology and equipment to transform waste into reusable materials, U.S. municipalities typically ship it to a sorter for processing elsewhere; often to China, where new regulations restrict what’s

accepted, leaving trash haulers scrambling. Although recyclable, these are the worst plastics: #3, Polyvinyl chloride, used in plastic wrap, toys, squeeze bottles and packaging for peanut butter, contains lead and phthalate esters (chemical compounds) that affect development of testosterone, according to a study by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. #6, Polystyrene, in Styrofoam, plastic utensils and disposable or carryout containers, is toxic to our brain and nervous system; ask what restaurants use. #7, Polycarbonate, found in the lining of canned foods, sports drinks, juice drinks, ketchup bottles and clear sippy cups, contains bisphenol A (BPA), a proven endocrine disruptor.

Small Changes Make a Difference

Recycling weakens plastic grocery bags, necessitating double-bagging to avoid spills. Average families annually accumulate about 1,500 plastic bags, with 99 percent ending in landfills, as litter or stuffed in the pantry, according to the Center for Biological Diversity. Worldwide, many countries ban or tax bags. “Annually, 50 billion water bottles are sold globally, including 30 billion in the U.S. That’s 1,500 individual water bottles thrown away per second,” says Deanna Latson, co-founder of ARIIX, which makes water purification systems, in Bountiful, Utah. “One filter can purify the equivalent of thousands of them a year.” The U.S. annual bottle recycling rate is 23 percent. Beth Terry, of Oakland, California,

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author of Plastic-Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too, offers 100 tips at MyPlasticFreeLife.com, including this planet-saving advice:  Opt for bar soap instead of liquid, soap nuts in lieu of plastic-packaged powders, and baking soda and lemon or vinegar rather than sprays to clean.  Ask the butcher to wrap meat in paper, forgoing trays and plastic wrap.  Buy fruit and vegetables at farmers’ markets; return containers for reuse.  Turn out-of-fashion garments into cleaning rags; skip plastic scrubbers.  Carry reusable water bottles and cloth shopping bags.  Avoid over-packaged frozen foods.  Use glass jars for leftovers and storage.  Buy kitty litter packaged in paper.  Choose stainless steel pet food and water bowls. As a substitute, glass is endlessly recyclable, but facilities are few. Find resource centers at gpi.org/glass-resource-locator. “Plastic innovations stop at invention and don’t follow through to endof-life solutions,” says Tom Szaky, CEO and founder of TerraCycle, in Trenton, New Jersey. It accepts both basic and difficult-to-recycle waste including pens, laboratory waste, cigarette butts, art supplies, small auto parts, bathroom cleaning waste, toys, candy wrappers and coffee pods (TerraCycle.com).

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Tell companies when products have excessive or harmful packaging. In Delray Beach, Florida, Saltwater Brewery created biodegradable, safely edible wheat and barley six-pack rings to replace traditional plastic rings that are hazardous to wildlife. Restaurants routinely provide fresh plastic straws with refills. BYOS (bring your own straw), whether plastic, stainless steel or paper, and let management know why. Americans daily discard 500 million plastic straws (StrawlessOcean.org/alternatives). “Consumers are willing to change if options are available,” observes Szaky. “Manufacturers need to offer high-quality, reusable products designed for reuse equal or superior in value to single-use, disposable items.” Connect with the freelance writer via AveryMack@mindspring.com. January 2018

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10,000 Steps and Counting Keep Moving to Stay Fit by Kathleen Barnes

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e have become a nation of couch potatoes. The average American takes only 5,900 steps a day, somewhat better than the sedentary Brits that average less than 4,000. The notion that overall we need to take 10,000 steps a day to be physically fit started with manpo-kei, a 1960s Japanese marketing tool to sell pedometers. While the 10,000 steps concept lacks specific supporting science, it’s widely acknowledged that we are healthier the more that we move. Affixing a target number to it helped spread the notion of the benefits of walking, says Catrine Tudor-Locke, Ph.D., a walking behavior researcher at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Tudor-Locke is a proponent of the walking goal, although she readily admits the real objective is to get people moving more. “Any opportunity to walk more, more frequently and farther, wherever that is— it all adds up,” she says.

Making 10,000 Steps Possible For those already physically fit and physically active, 10,000 steps is a no-brainer. However, it’s never too late to start for those with exercise programs that have been supplanted by a too-busy-to-workout lifestyle. There’s probably no easier exercise than walking, says Dr. Melina Jampolis, the Los Angeles author of The Doctor on Demand Diet. “Walking is the number one exercise I recommend to most of my patients, because it is exceptionally easy to do, requires only a supportive pair of quality sneakers and

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has tremendous mental and physical benefits that increase just by getting outside in the fresh air.” The biggest bang for the increased effort is the first 3,000 to 4,000 steps between the sedentary baseline and 10,000 steps, Tudor-Locke explains. “Still, 10,000 steps is the magic number for the average American,” says Dr. Michael Roizen, chief wellness officer at the Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, Ohio. “That specific number of steps seems to help break down insulin resistance, an underlying cause of Type 2 diabetes. We’re not exactly sure how this happens, but we know that this amount of exercise takes the glucose from the blood where it is a hazard to the cells, so that it becomes less hazardous.”

Exponential Health Benefits Many more well-documented health benefits of a walking program include: 4 increased heart health 4 lower blood pressure 4 stronger muscles 4 improved balance 4 weight control 4 natural stress relief Several studies from places like Harvard Medical School’s affiliate Brigham and Women’s Hospital also show that a brisk walking program nearly cut in half the risk of early death in breast cancer patients. Most exercise experts note that a walking pace that leaves the walker only slightly out of breath reaps the greatest rewards. “One hundred steps a minute is a good cadence,” advises Tudor-Locke. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends at least 150 minutes of exercise weekly, or 30 minutes five days a week, for virtually everyone. Many experts don’t believe it’s necessary to move for 30 minutes straight. Ten-minute increments work fine; so a quick morning walk around the block, another outing during the lunch hour and a refreshing walk with the dog after work can do the trick. Some evidence from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion suggests that varying walking speed is even more effective in overcoming insulin resistance and burning calories.

Counting Up Roizen recommends wearing a pedometer or using a free iPhone app (no need for a fitness band), mainly to keep up awareness of our daily step count. There’s no age when we don’t need to walk anymore. If a consistent 10,000 steps does wonders for health, some ask if more would be better. “Ten thousand is the answer for health and longevity, but 12,000 or more makes a difference for fitness and calorie burning, so go for it!” Roizen says. Kathleen Barnes is the author of numerous books on natural health, including Our Toxic World: A Survivor’s Guide. Connect at KathleenBarnes.com.

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his kundalini yoga breathing technique, when combined with a brisk walking program, changes the basic rhythms of the body, even at cellular levels, according to the Kundalini Research Institute, in Santa Cruz, New Mexico. Breathwalking, a particular combination of breathing and walking, improves several brain functions, according to research the institute conducted with the University of Arizona. Breathwalking, compared to normal walking, increases executive function by as much as 80 percent and improves cognitive function, judgment and mental focus. Other findings by the institute are that breathwalking improves vision, including depth of field and clarity of detail, as well as muscle balance and heart function. “If aerobic exercise resembles the pure power of a single frequency emanating from a strong radio station, then breathwalking looks like many frequencies mixed into complex and richly textured patterns. One is a tone; the others add melody, chords and harmonies. It is like comparing loud noise to sophisticated music,” notes the organization’s website.

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How to Do It Wave breath: Inhale steadily through the nose to the count of four while taking four steps, exhale through the mouth to a count of four while taking another four steps. Stair breath: Make four distinct inhalations through the nose to a count of four while taking four steps; and then exhale through the mouth in four sharp exhalations while taking another four steps. Dr. Jim Nicolai, who is affiliated with the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, in Tucson, has created a helpful instructional video at Tinyurl.com/How ToBreathwalk.

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

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

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he New York University Langone Medical Center recently reported that 74 percent of Americans experience some form of digestive distress, a quarter are obese and more than 100 million U.S. adults are pre-diabetic and don’t know it. While many blame such problems on eating wheat, some food scientists disagree, including those citing two major studies by Harvard researchers; following more than 100,000 people for 25 years, they concluded that those eating the most wheat compared to low-gluten folks had a 13 percent lower diabetes risk and no greater risk of heart disease. While the standard American diet, which includes highly processed wheat, is likely responsible for many of these health concerns, plenty of science links a diet rich in whole grains, including whole wheat, to weight loss, better digestion and lower blood sugar. The Mediterranean Diet, replete with whole grains and wheat, is still revered as one of the healthiest-known diets. Centenarians that live in the famed “blue zones”, recognized for their longevity-enhancing environment and lifestyles, eat a non-processed, whole-food diet rich in whole grains and wheat.

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Many Americans that are gluten-sensitive today digested wheat fine when they were young. At some point, our ability to digest foods that are a bit harder to digest, like wheat and dairy, became compromised. It’s possible to reboot.

Delete Processed Foods

The first step toward reestablishing digestive strength is avoiding all processed foods. A study in the journal Diabetes Care linked a processed food diet to a 141 percent increase in belly fat, high blood sugar and high cholesterol. It further showed that a diet of whole grains, including wheat, reduced the risk of these health concerns by 38 percent. Monitor these ingredients to achieve a healthier diet. n Avoid all added sugars or artificial sweeteners. Allow nothing more than six grams of naturally occurring sugar per serving. n Avoid fried foods and baked goods made with refined cooking oils used to preserve them like bread, muffins, cookies, energy bars, most packaged foods and chips. n Eat bread that’s only made of organic whole wheat, salt water and starter.


Restore Liver and Gallbladder Function

Highly processed vegetable oils are used as preservatives in most packaged foods, including bread. Processing these oils renders them indigestible. Linked to congestion of the liver and gallbladder, they disable liver bile so it can’t break down either good or bad fats, also making it insufficient to buffer stomach acids. Without adequate bile production to neutralize stomach acid, the stomach won’t produce the needed acid to digest proteins like gluten and the casein in dairy. This malady has effected a huge spike in gallbladder surgeries and epidemic levels of obesity, high blood sugar and food intolerances. To boost bile flow, enjoy these foods daily: n Eat one red beet and one apple a day— either raw, cooked, juiced or blended. Add celery and make a bile-flow smoothie. n Consume one teaspoon of both coconut oil and high-quality olive oil per day. n Eat more artichokes, bitter roots and leafy greens. n Drink fennel and fenugreek tea with meals.

Strengthen Stomach Fire

Instead of taking digestive enzymes or a hydrochloric acid-based stomach acid pill, stimulate the stomach to make its own acid and the small intestine and pancreas to produce digestive enzymes. This is best done regularly with the following five spices:

n Use ginger, cumin, coriander, cardamom and fennel. Studies published in journals such as Molecular Nutrition & Food Research and the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry suggest that when these five spices are used together —as a supplement, in cooking or to flavor food—they act as a total upper digestive reset. These five-star spices: 4 Stimulate digestion 4 Increase bile flow, pancreatic and small intestine enzyme activity, and fat and sugar metabolism 4 Decrease H. pylori, an opportunistic acid-producing microbe, from adhering to the stomach 4 Decrease gas and bloating 4 Support optimal weight, microbiology health, growth of good gut bacteria and elimination 4 Act as powerful free-radical scavengers Following these simple steps of nutrition will set gluten sufferers on the right path to retraining the body to digest and enjoy wheat again. John Douillard, a Boulder, CO, doctor of chiropractic and creator of the wellness website LifeSpa.com, is the former director of player development and nutrition advisor to the New Jersey Nets NBA team. He is author of the book Eat Wheat: A Scientific and Clinically-Proven Approach to Safely Bringing Wheat and Dairy Back into Your Diet. Learn more at EatWheatBook.com.

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Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital 781-932-5802 IVGHospitals.com MSPCA Angell Animal Medical Center 617-522-7282 Angell.org Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Center of New England 781-684-8387 VESCONE.com Woburn Animal Hospital 781-933-0170 WoburnAnimalHospital.com

Don’t Overfeed Fido Plus Other Tips to Keep a Dog Cancer-Free by Karen Becker

RESCUE EMERGENCY SERVICES Animal Rescue League of Boston 617-426-9170 ARLBoston.org

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ancer is the leading cause of canine fatalities in the U.S., Europe and Japan. Often diagnosed too late, the risks, heartache and expense of aggressive traditional treatments have many people searching for healthy alternatives. Although the causes are not well understood, we can give our companion the best possible chance of prevention.

1Avoid Pet Obesity

In studies across species, caloric restriction has been shown to help prevent tumor development and progression. Obesity is strongly linked to increased cancer risk in humans and is assumed so in dogs. For people, cancer is also connected with excessive glucose, increased insulin sensitivity, inflammation and oxidative stress. Overfeeding a dog is not a loving thing to do.

an Anti2Choose Inflammatory Diet

Creating or promoting inflammation raises cancer risk by facilitating abnormal cells

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to proliferate. Current research suggests cancer is actually a chronic, inflammatory disease. Because cancer cells require the glucose in carbohydrates as an energy source, limit or eliminate carbs present in processed grains, fruits with fructose and starchy vegetables. Cancer cells generally can’t use dietary fats for energy, so appropriate amounts of good-quality fats are nutritionally healthy. Another major contributor to inflammation is poor-quality, processed pet food, which is typically high in omega-6 fatty acids and low in omega-3. Omega-6s increase inflammation; omega-3s do the reverse. A healthy, moist dog diet contains real, whole, organic, non-GMO (genetically modified) foods, preferably raw—also plenty of high-quality protein, including muscle meat, organs and bone; moderate amounts of animal fat; high levels of EPA and DHA (omega-3 fatty acids, such as those present in krill oil); and some fresh-cut ground veggies; plus antioxidant-rich fruit.


Consider adding both vitamin/mineral and other supplements like probiotics, digestive enzymes, medicinal mushrooms and super green foods. Work with a holistic or integrative veterinarian to determine the best regime.

Exposure 3Reduce to Toxins

Harmful toxins include chemical pesticides like flea and tick preventives, lawn chemicals, tobacco smoke, flame retardants and all common household cleaners. A six-year study by the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, at Tufts University, showed that exposure to lawn pesticides, specifically those applied by lawn care companies, raised the risk of canine malignant lymphoma up to 70 percent. Conventional flea and tick preventives are pesticides, whether spot-on treatments, pills, dips, solutions, shampoos or collars. Chemical spot-on products attracted U.S. Environmental Protection Agency attention based on reports of 40,000 adverse events in 2008, including 600 animal deaths. Because avoiding all toxins is nearly impossible, consider periodic detoxification based on a vet’s recommendation. For a dog with constant exposure to toxic chemicals all summer, a daily oral detox protocol is sound. If the only source is a monthly dose of a flea and tick product, limit a detox to the week after each pill or topical treatment.

versus intact (not neutered) dogs; and three to four times the cancer rates for spayed female golden retrievers versus intact females. Opting for ovary-sparing spays (hysterectomy) is another option that preserves sex hormones while rendering the animal sterile. Applying these five suggestions in caring for a dog throughout its life offers a pet a good chance for a cancer-free and overall healthy, high-quality life. Karen Becker, a doctor of veterinary medicine, is a proactive, integrative practitioner who consults internationally and writes for Mercola Healthy Pets (HealthyPets.Mercola.com).

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4Refuse Unnecessary Vaccinations

To properly maintain a dog’s first line of defense—the immune system—don’t overstimulate it with vaccines. Tailor vaccine protocols to minimize risk and maximize protection, considering the dog’s breed, background, nutritional status and overall vitality. A good protocol with healthy puppies is to provide a single parvovirus and distemper vaccine at or before 12 weeks of age, and a second set after 14 weeks. Cautious vets then order a titer test (at a lab that uses the immunofluorescence assay method) two weeks after the last set of vaccines. If the dog has been successfully immunized, it’s protected for life. If titer tests indicate low vaccine levels (unlikely), try a booster for only the specific viruses that titered low, and only those to which the animal has a real risk of exposure. Combination vaccines (four to eight viruses in one injection), a standard booster at many veterinary practices, is not recommended.

Physical 518 Maintain Integrity Until at Least to 24 Months of Age

Studies from Purdue University, the University of California, Davis, and others show a clear link between spaying/neutering and increased cancer rates in dogs, especially large breeds. These include increased risk of osteosarcoma in Rottweilers neutered or spayed before their first birthday; double the risk of bone cancer in neutered or spayed large, purebred dogs Be sure to let our advertisers know you found them in

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SUNDAY, JANUARY 21 Explore the Traveling Tidepool – 1-3pm. The New England Aquarium visits and will bring all kinds of creatures from New England’s waters. Free. BCYF Curtis Hall Community Center, 20 S St, Jamaica Plain. 617-635-5195. Boston.gov.

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First Night Boston – 12pm-12am. The oldest New Year’s Eve event of this type in the U.S. Fun, alcohol free and designed for the whole family. Entertainment, ice sculptures, People’s Parade, family fireworks, ice show, ice skating, music, dancing, midnight fireworks and more. Free. Copley Square, Boston Common & Boston Harbor. FirstNightBoston.org.

MONDAY, JANUARY 1 The Ice – Jan 1-2. Interactive ice sculptures. Free. Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston. FaneuilHallMarketplace.com. L Street Brownies New Year’s Day Swim – 9-9:30am. One of Boston’s oldest traditions will continue with an estimated 600 people plunging into Boston Harbor. Free. 617-635-5104. BCYF Curley Community Center, 1663 Columbia Rd, K St Entrance, Boston. Boston.gov. First Day Boston – 11am-2pm. Copley Square will welcome New Year’s revelers to participate in activities devoted to families and children’s entertainment. Free. FirstNightBoston.org.

mark your calendar Resolutions Re-Frame

Find the soul in your goals this year. Come to this inspiring new year’s workshop led by holistic wellness coach, Katrina Piehler. You’ll come away with a new perspective and ideas for how to tune into your inner GPS and navigate life powerfully from the inside, out all year long.

Jan. 14 & 2 • 2pm

Cost: $20 617-833-3035 The Arlington Center, 369 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington. 617-833-3035. More info & to register:

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SUNDAY, JANUARY 7 Winter Trails Day – 9am-2pm. A national event designed to introduce everyone to the fun of being outside during the winder on cross-country skis or snowshoes. Free showshoeing trail pass, snowshoe demos and guided tour. Free showshoes can only be used for 15-20 mins. Rentals are available. Free. 781-891-6575. Weston Ski Track, 190 Park Rd, Weston. More info: SkiBoston.com.

MONDAY, JANUARY 15 Franklin Park Zoo – 10am-4pm. Free admission for Martin Luther King Jr Day. 1 Franklin Park Rd, Boston. More info: ZooNewEngland.org.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 10

Museum of Fine Arts Free Open House – 10am-5pm. Special exhibitions, family-friendly activities celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Free. Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave, Fenway, Boston. 617-267-9300. MFA.org.

Mindfulness with Matthew – 3:15pm. Learn about mindfulness from an expert. Matthew Carriker is the founder of the Agape Spiritual Community and the Protestant Chaplain at Brandeis University. Free. Waltham Public Library, 735 Main St, Waltham. 781-314-3429. Waltham.Lib.MA.us.

Martin Luther King Jr Concert and Tribute – 1pm. Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra performs classical music, spirituals and freedom songs with a sing-along and a keynote speaker. Doors open at noon. Free. Great Hall upstairs at Faneuil Hall. FaneuilHallMarketplace.com.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 11

The Incredible Dr. You Workshop – 7:158:15pm. This first of two workshop breaks down the basics of Network Spinal Analysis, the method of chiropractic used at Newton Chiropractic. Get more out of your adjustments and enlighten yourself on just how incredible your body is at healing itself. Free. Newton Chiropractic & Wellness Centre, 383 Eliot St, Ste F, Newton. RSVP: 617-964-3332. WellAdjusted.com.

Family Nutrition Class – 9:30-10:30am. 6-wk series of parent and child classes that will educate parents and young children about what nutrients the body needs to grow, develop and flourish. Free. Woburn. RSVP required: 617-527-6689. CommunititesUnitedInc.org.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 13 Acupuncture Relaxation – 9am-2pm. Relax, find relief and rest. A quiet environment, group setting with affordable prices. Taking insurance for further treatment, if covered. 18+ years’ experienced practitioner. First session free. Joy Community Acupuncture, 335 Boylston St, Ste J3, Newton. 617-510-0559. JoyCommunityAcupuncture.com.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 20 Snowflake Festival and Open House – 1pm. Stroll through the studios and try out exciting projects in mixed media, comic creation, jewelry making, 3D sculpture and more. Enjoy hot cocoa and watch a live pottery demo and listen to live music. Free. Brookline Arts Center, 86 Monmouth St, Brookline. BrooklineArtsCenter.com.

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Free Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Information – 6:30-8:30pm. Cindy Gittleman, Certified-MBSR teacher and founder of Sunrise Mindfulness, leads an information session about the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn. Free. Skin to Soul, 800 W Cummings Park, Ste 3950, Woburn. 978-657-7730. SunriseMindfulness.com.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 26 Film Night: King Kong – 6:30pm. Screening of the classic film, King Kong, which premiered in 1933. Free. Boston Center for Adult Education, 122 Arlington St, Boston. Registration required: 617-267-4430. bcae.org.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 27 9th Annual Chocolate Festival – Jan 27-29. Harvard Square establishments pull out all the stops to celebrate all things chocolate. Restaurants will feature chocolate appetizers, entrees, desserts, cocktails, cordials and nightcaps. Retailers will have chocolate specials and deals. The highlight is on Saturday. A free chocolate tasting event from 1-2pm. 27 Brattle St, Cambridge. More info: HarvardSquare.com.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 28 Free Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Information – 6:30-8:30pm. Cindy Gittleman, Certified-MBSR teacher and founder of Sunrise Mindfulness, leads an information session about the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn. Free. Roots and Wings, 317 N Main St, Natick. 978-657-7730. SunriseMindfulness.com.

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Ready to invite joy in? Hosted by Julie McGrath of The Joy Source. Take this time to refresh your spirit, reconnect with your dreams and allow yourself to feel joy!

March 24-25

Cost: $250/double, $335/single occupancy. 978-587-7324 Ashworth by the Sea, 295 Ocean Blvd, Hampton, NH. 978-587-7324. TheJoySource.com/womens-getawayweekend-2018.

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daily Quincy Market History Tour – 11am, daily; 6pm, Wed; 2pm, Sat. Learn about Quincy Market’s central and ever-evolving role in Boston’s history. Meet guide by Pulse Café on South Market St. Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 4 S Market, Boston. 617-523-1300. FaneuilHallMarketplace.com. Blink! Light and Music Show – Thru Jan 5. 4:30-9:30pm, running every half hour. Light and music show at Faneuil Marketplace. Free. Faneuil Marketplace, 4 S Market St, Boston. FaneuilHallMarketplace.com.

sunday Celebration Service – 10-11:15am. Meditation, 9:45am. Service followed by fellowship. Free. Center for Spiritual Living of Greater Boston, 50 Dudley St, Cambridge. 617-947-2743. CSLBoston.org. SoWa Vintage Market – 10am-4pm. Designers, collectors, appreciators of the beautiful and unusual love this market. A cool, urban, vintage flea market featuring fresh vintage and designer finds every week. Free. SoWa Vintage Market, 450 Harrison Ave, Boston. SoWaVintageMarket.com. Vinyl Sundays at Short Path Distillery – 1-6pm. Bring your favorite LP and we’d be happy to spin it on the tasting room stereo system, or choose from our selection. Free. Short Path Distillery, 71 Kelvin St, Unit 2, Everett. ShortPathDistillery.com. Kirtan: The Music of Spirituality – 7-9pm. 2nd Sun. Charlie Braun’s music is a creative outpouring of reflective melodies, sweet harmonies, inthe-groove rhythms and the space in between. Donation. Eastover Estate & Retreat Center, 430 East St, Lenox. 866-264-5139. Eastover.com.

monday Anxiety and Panic Support Group – 5:30pm. 1st Mon. A group designed to offer a place where people with common interests and experience can meet. People who have been through, or are going through, a similar circumstance can do more than sympathize with you, they can relate to what you are going through and keep you from feeling alone. Free. Washington St, Newton. 617-849-3198. UCanBeFearFree.com.

tuesday Integrative Medicine Grand Rounds – 8-9am. 1st Tues. Aims to support interdisciplinary learning, discuss integrative medicine research

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and the application of integrative therapies. Free. Bornstein Family Amphitheater, BWH, 45 Francis St, Boston. 617-525-3204. OsherCenter.org. Noon Concerts on the Freedom Trail – 12:15pm. Stop by to hear a 30-40-min concert. Performers vary each week and perform a wide variety of music ranging from jazz to folk, medieval to modern. $3 suggested donation. King’s Chapel, 64 Beacon St, Boston. 617-227-2155. Kings-Chapel.org. Stretch and Core Class – 4-4:30pm. Designed to help achy shoulders and necks, hips and lower backs with mostly stretches and some strengthening exercises. Core and balance is incorporated into this 30-min class. Appropriate for all fitness levels. $9/drop-in, $30/5 pack, $50/10 pack. Embody Fitness, 18 Adams St, Burlington. 781-999-2503. EmbodyFitness.net. Open Meditation – 7-8:15pm. A supportive environment with 45 mins of shamatha sitting. Appropriate for all levels with several breaks and a brief inspirational video. Free. Rigpa Boston, 24 Crescent St, Ste 308, Waltham. 619-906-4291. RigpaBoston.org.

wednesday Free Tour of Symphony Hall – 4pm select Wed. Also 2pm select Sat. Join volunteers on a behindthe-scenes tour and hear about the hall and the history and traditions of the famed musicians and conductors. Boston Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave, Boston. For available dates & times: 617-638-9390. BSO.org. Museum of Fine Arts Free Wednesdays – 6-9pm. An opportunity to sketch from live models and/or from objects in their collections. A drawing instructor provides insights on drawing technique and the artist-model relationship as it informs the creation of artwork. MFA, 465 Huntington Ave, Boston. 617-267-9300. mfa.org.

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Support Group for Spouses and Family Members of Breast Cancer Patients and Survivors – 6:30pm. 3rd Wed. Do you keep your questions, concerns or fears to yourself? Have you wished there were others you could talk with who have been in your shoes? Please join us for our monthly support group led by the husband of a breast cancer survivor. Free. Generations Healing Center, 250 Main St, Oxford. PinkHippy.org. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous Weekly Meeting – 7-8:30pm. Free 12-step program for food addiction. There is a solution. Do you, or someone you know, struggle with issues with food, weight or body image? Weekly meetings open to anyone. Free. St. Brigid’s Parish Center, 1995 Massachusetts Ave, Lexington. 617-610-3748. FoodAddicts.org. Public Open Night at the Observatory – 7:30pm, Fall/Winter; 8:30pm, Spring/Summer. A chance to come observe the night sky through telescopes and binoculars and see things you otherwise might not get to see. Held most Wed evenings throughout the year, weather permitting. Free. Coit Observatory at Boston University, 725 Commonwealth Ave, Boston. 617-353-2630. BU.edu. Let’s Laugh Today Laughter Yoga – 7:308:30pm. 1st Wed. Any age and any level of physical ability can enjoy this unique exercise of laughter and clapping combined with gentle breathing that brings more oxygen to the body’s cells. Free. Meetinghouse of the First Universalist Society, 262 Chestnut St, Franklin. 508-660-2223. LetsLaughToday.com.

thursday Free Night at the ICA – 5-9pm. The Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave, Boston. ICABoston.org. Assabet Valley Holistic Mom’s Group – 7-8:30pm. 2nd Thurs. A non-profit organization


that is gender neutral, open to the public. LGBT, singles, couples, marriages, teachers, professionals and individuals are welcome. Free. Maynard Public Library, 77 Nason St, Maynard. More info: 978-908-7870. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous Meeting – 7-8:30pm. Are you having trouble controlling what you eat? A twelve step recovery program for anyone suffering from food obsession, overeating, under-eating or bulimia. Free. Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Johnson Conference Room, 170 Governor’s Ave, Medford. 617-583-2901. FoodAddicts.org. SRR Thursday Night 4.06 Miler – 7:15-8:15pm. It may be raining. It may be hot or cold. The SRR Thursday night run will happen every week, no matter what. Free. Casey’s Bar, 171 Broadway, Somerville. SRR.org/Events/Thursday-Night-Race. Shift from Dis-Ease to Ease – 7:30-9pm. 2nd Thurs. Cancer? Be supported in how to manage your anxiety and explore how the interactions of your beliefs and feelings can have profound effects on your health and well-being. Presented by, Sonny Rose, MA, Founding Director of The Healing Beyond Cancer. Bring pen and paper. Free. Roots and Wings Healing Center, 317 N Main St, Natick. 978-369-7733. TheHealingBeyondCancer.com. Observatory Night – 7:30-9:30pm. 3rd Thurs. A non-technical lecture and telescopic observing from the observatory roof if weather permits. Free. Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, 60 Garden St, Cambridge. 617-495-7461. CFA. Harvard.edu.

friday Belmont Youth Running Club – 7-7:30am. The goal of this free club is to show your passion for running and to help youth and beginner runners learn to enjoy the sport in a safe and fun environment. We will stretch, run, laugh and plank. Bring a bottle of water. Belmont Reservoir, corner of Payson Rd & Oak St, Belmont. 617-4384467. Facebook.com/Belmont-Youth-RunningClub-198154413907597. Health Lecture Series – 10am. 1st Fri. An informative discussion for parents and caregivers on a variety of parent- and child-related topics such as nutrition, behavior, community resources and more. Held in the Old Country Buffet, Watertown Mall, 550 Arsenal St, Watertown. 617-926-4968. Watertown-Mall.com.

Blood Pressure Screenings – 10am-12pm. 1st Fri. Free blood pressure screenings in front of the Old Country Buffet. Watertown Mall, 550 Arsenal St, Watertown. 617-926-4968. Watertown-Mall.com. Second Fridays – 5-8pm. Free with admission at the MIT Museum on the 2nd Fri each month. Mingle with friends in the unique galleries and see some of the latest research coming out of MIT. MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge. 617-253-5927. mit.edu/museum. SoWa First Fridays – 5-9pm. 1st Fri. Over 60 galleries south of Washington St and at the Artist’s Guild, nearby businesses and restaurants open their doors to give you a chance to experience the vibrant South End arts community. Free. Start at 450 Harrison Ave, follow gallery lights around the neighborhood. SoWaBoston.com.

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CLASSES & WORKSHOPS

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

ACIM TALKS – Talks based on A Course in Miracles streaming live every Wednesday night with ongoing access if you can’t listen live. Hosted by Marianne Williamson. Marianne.com.

saturday

OFFICE ASSISTANT/RECEPTIONIST – Seeking candidate that is honest, hardworking, good with computer, team player, pleasant personality, fast learner able to accept direction. Bhvana’s Wellness Group: 774-242-2112 or BhavnaSrivastava@BhWellnessGroup.com.

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous Weekly Meeting – 7:45am. Free 12-step program for food addiction. There is a solution. Do you, or someone you know, struggle with issues with food, weight or body image? Weekly meetings open to anyone. Free. Christ Church, 33 Central St, Andover. 617610-3748. FoodAddicts.org. The Marketplace at Simpson Spring – 10am2pm. Includes farmers, bakers, artisans and local entrepreneurs. Stop in to browse or take in our featured entertainment, local authors, educational seminars and lecturers. 719 Washington St, South Easton. SimpsonSpring.com/saturday-market. Let’s Laugh Today Laughter Yoga – 11am12pm. 2nd Sat. Any age and any level of physical ability can enjoy this unique exercise of laughter and clapping combined with gentle breathing that brings more oxygen to the body’s cells. Free. Unitarian Church of Sharon, 4 N Main St, Sharon. 508-660-2223. LetsLaughToday.com. Neutrality Night with Stephen Dupre – 8pm. Have some fun and learn simple techniques to get neutral to experience real-time energy shifts. Register online: first 10 will get issues addressed on the call. Free. Online event. 401-405-1669. ThePowerOfNeutrality.com/events.

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ACUPUNCTURE

SYMMETRY NEURO-PATHWAY TRAINING

GROTON WELLNESS

Dianne Kosto, Founder & CEO 132 Central St, Ste 205A, Foxboro 844-272-4666 Dianne@SymmetryNeuroPT.com SymmetryNeuroPt.com

Helping patients return to health with acupuncture, ear therapy, cupping, guasha and acupressure, Quan’s expertise lies in the areas of chronic and acute pain, allergy, digestive conditions, stress related problems, headaches, migraines, anxiety, depression, neurological disorders, respiratory issues, supportive treatment for cancer, fertility, reproductive health, women’s health and difficult-to-treat conditions in conventional medicine. See ad, page 2.

Natural solutions to ADHD, autism, migraines, memory loss and mental fatigue do exist. SYMMETRY is helping families increase grades in school, become more productive at work, manage emotions with calmness and security, and regain their health. Book a free consultation at MeetMe.so/DianneKosto.

Quan Zhou, LicAc, Nutritionist 493-495 Main St, Groton 978-449-9919 GrotonWellness.com

APPLIED KINESIOLOGY CENTRAL SQUARE HEALTH AND WELLNESS

Kristine Jelstrup, CMFT, CBK, LMT 126 Prospect St, Ste 5, Cambridge, 02139 617-833-3407 Kristine@CentralSquareHealthAnd Wellness.com CentralSquareHealthAndWellness.com Achieve optimal health physically, emotionally, nutritionally. Kristine uses a form of muscle response testing to identify and clear nervous system interference, facilitating optimal health. See ad, page 6.

BRAIN TRAINING

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

COLON HYDROTHERAPY CHIROPRACTIC NEWTON CHIROPRACTIC AND WELLNESS CENTRE Julie Burke, DC 617-964-3332 Info@WellAdjusted.com

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 ads, pages 3 and 7.

COACHING A COMMON THREAD COACHING James Ashton 646-262-3037 ACommonThread99@gmail.com

ADVANCED NEUROTHERAPY, PC Jolene Ross, PhD 781-444-9115 RetrainYourBrain.com

Specializing in Neurotherapy, an effective, drug-free treatment for: attention, behavior, emotional, and executive function problems, autistic spectrum, anxiety, depression, postconcussion, peak performance and more. See ad, page 23.

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GROTON WELLNESS

Katryn Miller, MEd, LMT, Colon Hydrotherapist 493-495 Main St, Groton 978-449-9919 GrotonWellness.com Katryn has always held a deep desire to learn about the body and how it works. After many years of running her own business, Katryn joined Groton Wellness to help others with Colon Hydrotherapy. She holds a training certificate on the Libbe Colon Hydrotherapy Device. See ad, page 2.

INTERNAL WELLNESS CENTER

Liz Marcano-Pucillo 150 Wood Rd, Ste 403, Braintree, MA 02184 781-228-6915 Liz@InternalWellnessCtr.com InternalWellnessCtr.com Receive professional colon hydrotherapy by a national board-certified therapist using the Angel of Water system. The most comfortable and private system in the industry. See ad, page 35.


JOHNSON COMPOUNDING AND WELLNESS

COMPOSTING

Stephen Bernardi 577 Main St, Waltham, MA 02452 781-893-3870 • Fax: 781-899-1172 Steve@NaturalCompounder.com NaturalCompounder.com

CITY COMPOST

978-378-3048 Info@CityCompost.com CityCompost.com An at-home collection service that turns food scraps into soil to grow more fresh food. Meat and dairy acceptable. Call today to learn more. See ad, page 35.

COMPOUNDING & WELLNESS PHARMACY

JCW is the only sterile and non-sterile PCABaccredited pharmacy in Massachusetts. In addition to our compounding service, we offer a full range of nutritional supplements, natural products, homeopathic remedies and home health care equipment. See ad, back page.

DENTIST

BIRD’S HILL COMPOUNDING PHARMACY

DR. IVETA IONTCHEVA-BAREHMI DMD, MS, D.SC.

401 Great Plain Ave, Needham, MA 02492 781-449-0550 Pharmacist@BirdsHillPharmacy.com BirdsHillPharmacy.com

1842 Beacon St, Ste 305, Brookline, MA 617-868-1516 BostonDentalWellness.com

Familyowned and -operated since 1960, we have evolved from a traditional pharmacy to a worldwide compounding and nutritional resource. Our unique one-on-one patient consultations produce a full understanding of your health needs. You, your physician, and one of our compounding pharmacists work as partners to ensure that you will receive the best care possible.

DINNO HEALTH

Acton Pharmacy 563 Massachusetts Ave, Acton, MA 01721 978-263-3901 Keyes Drug 2090 Commonwealth Ave Newton, MA 02466 617-244-2794 West Concord Pharmacy 1212 Main St, Concord, MA 01742 978-369-3100 DinnoHealth.com For more than a quarter of a century, Dinno Health has been a trusted provider of pharmacy services and is committed to providing the highest quality of individualized care for each customer. At our three independent pharmacies we offer prescriptions, compounded medications, medical supplies, homeopathic remedies, vitamins and vaccines. See ad, page 10.

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 27.

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

Groton Wellness is a vibrant center for health and healing consisting of Holistic Family Dentistry & Orthodontics, an Integrative Medical Practice, a therapeutic detoxification spa, and a clean food, farm-to-table café—all working together to provide exceptional community health care. We also offer exciting talks, cleanses, classes and events, many of which are free to the community. Groton Wellness uses IV therapy, nutrition management, herbal medicine, bio-identical hormone balancing, EAV testing, colon hydrotherapy, acupuncture and many other holistic therapies to treat patients from head-to-toe. We have enormous success treating chronic health issues such as Lyme disease, cancer, diabetes, hormonal imbalance, mold, internal toxicity and more. See ad, page 2.

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DIABETES PRE-DIABETES REVERSAL SHIFT WELLNESS CONSULTING 508-287-7631 or 774-275-9659 ShiftWellnessConsulting@gmail.com ShiftWellnessConsulting.com

Specializing in natural solutions to healing pre-diabetes and diabetes support. Coping and healthy living strategies. Offering on-site workshops for businesses and organizations and individual coaching. See ad, page 17.

DIVINE HEALING BHVANA’S WELLNESS GROUP

512 Main St, Shrewsbury, MA 01545 Bhavnasrivastava@BhWellnessGroup.com BhWellnessGroup.com Call now to receive Divine healing energy to release pain from your heart, soul, body and allow for love and joy to enter your life. See ad, page 6.

HEALTH COACH YOUR WELLNESS SCOUT Kirsten Wright-Cirit 919-593-2943 YourWellnessScout@gmail.com YourWellnessScout.com

Your Wellness Scout provides coaching, resources, and tips to set wellness goals and integrate sustainable solutions and practices without tipping the work, life, family balance.

HERBAL STUDIES THE BOSTON SCHOOL OF HERBAL STUDIES

12 Pelham Terrace, Arlington, MA 781-646-6319 BostonHerbalStudies.com We offer two Herbal Apprenticeship Programs, Advanced Training, Aromatherapy Certification and a series of Thursday evening and Saturday afternoon classes. Please visit our website. See ad, page 9.

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HORMONE BALANCING BELLA NATURAL HEALTH Dawna Jones, MD, FACOG 99 Longwater Cir, Ste 100 Norwell, MA 02061 781-829-0930 BellaNaturalHealth.com

Board-certified MD in gynecology and integrative medicine. Hormone balancing, nutrition and detoxification are keys to optimal health. See ad, page 10.

GROTON WELLNESS

Irina Serebryakova, Holistic, NP 493-495 Main St, Groton 978-449-9919 GrotonWellness.com Irina is trained in holistic modalities such as weight management, whole body detoxification, nutraceuticals, essential oils, spiritual medical intuition and kinesiology. Irina’s training extends to endocrine disorders such as hypothyroidism, adrenal insufficiency, depression, anxiety and sex hormone deficiencies. She also practices holistic gynecology, bio-identical hormone restoration, neurotherapy, endocrine disorders and ozone therapy. See ad, page 2.

INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE CRYSTAL SOUND HEALING/ SACRED SONG REIKI 978-897-8846 SacredSongReiki@yahoo.com SacredSongReiki.com

Services include: (John of God) Crystal Bed Healing with Crystal Singing Bowls; Sound Healing; Sound Healing with Reiki; Reiki. Release stress, reduce pain, boost your immune system, lower blood pressure, more energy, clarity of thought. sessions and appropriate referrals where necessary.

INTEGRATIVE VETERINARY MEDICAL CARE MASH MAIN ST ANIMAL SERVICES OF HOPKINTON Margo Roman, DVM 72 W Main St, Hopkinton, MA 01748 508-435-4077 MASHVet.com

A full-service integrative veterinary clinic offering caring and healthful options and mod- alities like acupuncture, functional nutrition, homeopathy, chiropractic, herbs, ozone therapy, surgery and dentistry. See ad, page 29.

LYME SPECIALIST

HYPNOTHERAPY THOUGHT ALCHEMY

Rose Siple, Certified Hypnotherapist 774-991-0574 Info@ThoughtAlchemy.guru

PETER HOWE

98 Parmenter Rd, Framingham, MA 01701 508-838-1101 Info@PeterHoweHealer.com Lyme requires a mutli-dimensional approach. With the use of Quantum Reflex Analysis, Zyto, and nutritional support we can identify the Lyme, its supporting bacteria and remediate them. Returning the person to one’s health. See ad, page 9.

Transform yourself and achieve your goals through the transformative healing process of hypnotherapy. Aren’t you tired of talking about it and thinking about it? We specialize in Virtual Gastric Band Hypnosis for weight loss. Call today. See ad on page 13.

MASSAGE NEWTON CHIROPRACTIC & WELLNESS CENTRE 383 Elliot St, Ste 250 617-964-3332 WellAdjusted.com

Deep-tissue, medical, sports, Swedish and therapeutic massage, shiatsu, reiki & hydromassage in a full-service Wellness Center also featuring chiropractic, acupuncture, Facial Rejuvenation, Facelift Acupuncture and detox footbath. See ads, pages 3 and 7.

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MIND-BODY MEDICINE BODYMIND REPATTERNING

Alison Shaw APRN, LMT, CEH 109 Massachusetts Ave Lexington, MA 02420 781-646-0686 Alison@BodymindRepatterning.com BodymindRepatterning.com An innovative blend of bodycentered counseling, integrative bodywork and energy medicine to uncover and release bodymind patterns that limit your life and health. See ad, page 9.

BOSTON BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE 1371 Beacon St, Ste 304-305 Brookline, MA 02446 617-232-2435 Ext 0 BostonBMed.com

Boston Behavioral Medicine promotes a holistic view of health using integrative mind-body psychotherapy, stress management, and nutritional services, and strives for the balance of mental, physical, social and spiritual well-being.

GROTON WELLNESS

Grace Ramsey-Coolidge, LMHC 493-495 Main St, Groton 978-449-9919 GrotonWellness.com Grace Ramsey-Coolidge is a Heart-and Energy-Based Psychotherapist who practices process-oriented care that focuses on the interactions between the mind, body and spirit to target the root cause of issues using kinesiology and energetic medicine. A Reiki Master, she teaches meditation techniques, energetic medicine classes and chakra seminars. See ad, page 2.

NATURAL HEALTH PETER HOWE

98 Parmenter Rd, Framingham, MA 01701 508-838-1101 Info@PeterHoweHealer.com Through a mutli-modatlity approach, Peter’s practice utilizes the wisdom of ancient knowledge with the science of modern day. Addressing the person’s physical, emotional and spiritual needs that will support the client’s health or return to health. See ad, page 9.


GARY KRACOFF, RPH & NMD

BRENNER REIKI HEALING

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

NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE KERI LAYTON, ND

Whole Family Wellness, LLC 29 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02116 781-721-4585 Naturopathic Medicine since 2006. Dr. Layton provide safe, effective, complementary and alternative natural therapies to achieve vibrant health in people of all ages.

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

THERMOGRAPHY METROWEST THERMAL IMAGING

Susan Shaw Saari, Lic.Ac., CCT, MEd, MAOM, Diplomate in Acupuncture (NCCAOM) 781-899-2121 Sue@Thpclinic.com, MyThermography.com 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 20.

REIKI OF GREATER BOSTON

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

SPIRITUALITY PETER HOWE

YOGA CECILE RAYNOR

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

98 Parmenter Rd, Framingham, MA 01701 508-838-1101 Info@PeterHoweHealer.com

NUTRITION COACHING OLIVIA NAPOLI WELLNESS Olivia Napoli Boston, MA 917-576-4078 Olivia@OliviaNapoli.com OliviaNapoli.ccom

What if you could look and feel your best every single day? It’s possible. As an Integrative Nutrition Coach, I specialize in healthy eating and lifestyle, including one-on-one nutrition coaching, corporate wellness, group health programs, weight loss, cooking demos and more.

Peter offers every 1st and 3rd Tuesday evening meditation at 7pm. Once a month Peter offers sweat lodge. Both are for those who seek to find awareness for the heart and soul. See ad, page 9.

TANTRA/SACRED SEXUALITY SACRED TEMPLE ARTS Sacha L. Fossa, MA, ACTE 978-309-9399 SacredTempleArts.com

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REIKI BOSTON REIKI MASTER

34 Lincoln St, Newton Highlands 617-633-3654 BostonReikiMaster.com Are you stressed from the pressure of your job, home life, kids or an illness? Do you want to feel calm and relaxed? Experience reiki. Certified Reiki Master/Teacher with over 20 years’ experience in energy medicine providing pure Usui Reiki healing/relaxation sessions.

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