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letter from the publisher



Natural Awakenings' Mission Statement: To empower individuals to live a healthier lifestyle on a healthier planet. To educate communities on the latest in natural health and sustainability. To connect readers with local wellness resources and events, inspiring them to lead a more balanced life.


his month we celebrate 25 years of publishing Natural Awakenings magazine and the vision that was brought forth by our CEO and founder Sharon Bruckman. You can read more about Sharon’s story starting on page 10 in an article by our National Editor Jan Hollingsworth, “Silver Thread and Golden Opportunities, 25 Years of Natural Awakenings.” The mission statement summarizes our collective intentions as publishers within each of the communities we serve across the U.S. and Puerto Rico. The aspect that resonates most intensely with me is that of connection. Many of our publishers are also healers in their communities. We have doctors, naturopaths, homeopaths, yoga instructors, meditation teachers and holistic practitioners of many modalities that are publishing Natural Awakenings local editions around the country. Although I’m not a healer, I am a connector, the conduit for connection. It’s my job, mission and passion to connect the healers of our community and our planet with those who need or are searching for what they have to offer. They all offer hope. Each one has a unique story about how and why they started their practice and/or business. Each one is passionate about helping others improve their quality of life, and each one is focused on personalizing their approach for the success and well-being of every person they touch. Some future day, I hope to write a book that gives you a deeper look at their stories and how many have experienced or overcome seemingly insurmountable odds to pursue their passion for helping others. Whether it was a major upset in the corporate world that left them searching or a fire and passion that they were born with, each has a unique and compelling story to share. This month we bring you the 2019 Natural Healthy Living Directory. It's a special edition for you to save, share and refer back to when you or someone important in your life has a need that can be filled by one of the wellness professionals found in these pages. Wishing all a happy, healthy 2019 with 365 days filled with ease and grace.

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25 Years of Natural Awakenings


New Energy for the New Year


on Cannabis as a Healing Therapy






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health briefs

Eating Mediterranean Diet Helps Save Eyesight

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Nettle Leaf Helps Inflammatory Bowel Patients Nettle, a common roadside weed, may offer hope for sufferers of inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis. Research from Iran’s University of Medical Sciences tested 59 patients with inflammatory bowel disease in a 12-week, double-blind clinical trial with an extract of nettle leaf (Urtica dioica). Those receiving the nettle leaf extracthad lower blood levels of theC-reactive protein inflammatory marker along with a significant improvement in their inflammatory bowel disease quality-of-life scores. 6

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Being upbeat helps heart health, reports a new review of research from Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Analyzing dozens of studies on psychological well-being involving hundreds of thousands of people, the researchers found that the most optimistic people are more likely to kick a smoking habit, exercise regularly and favor fruits and vegetables over processed meat and sugary foods. Mindfulness programs such as meditation, yoga or tai chi can help enhance optimism by reducing anxiety and stress while boosting quality of life, say the study authors. The researchers also highlighted a 2017 study that found that women in the top quarter of optimism were 40 percent less likely to die from heart disease.

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Optimism Linked to Better Heart Health


The risk of late-stage, age-related macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness worldwide, can be lowered by 41 percent by eating a Mediterranean diet, according to a new study presented by the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO). The research, which followed nearly 4,500 French and Dutch adults aged 55 and older for 21 years, found that no single food component lowered the risk; rather, it was the nutrient-rich diet itself. The findings correlate with previous research that links the Mediterranean diet, typically rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes, fish and olive oil, to a longer lifespan and a lower risk of heart disease and cognitive decline. “You are what you eat,” says AAO spokesperson Emily Chew, M.D. “It’s time to take quitting a poor diet as seriously as quitting smoking.”

global briefs

Cork Rocks


The Self-Regenerating Building Material

Cork is both recyclable and renewable because it regenerates its bark after harvesting, which causes no harm to trees. Durable cork can be found in the flooring of the Library of Congress and as an insulator for space shuttles. It’s also a waterproof, abrasion-resistant fire retardant and acoustic insulator with odor and humidity-controlling and acoustic sound-dampening applications. In Portugal, the world’s largest producer, the outer skin regrows in time for the next harvest. The stripped trees absorb large amounts of carbon dioxide and release more oxygen, so Portugal’s cork forests, or montados, are often referred to as the “lungs” of the environment.

Smart Trash

Baltimore Rolls Out Sensor-Equipped Bins

Baltimore is spending $15 million to deploy 4,000 sensor-equipped trash receptacles that signal when they need emptying to increase collection efficiency. “The cans come with Wi-Fi; we will utilize this capability to allow the can to transmit information, including how full it is, so we can offer as-needed servicing of the cans,” says Jeffrey Raymond, with the Baltimore Department of Public Works. The solar-powered trash receptacles are manufactured by Ecube Labs, with offices in Los Angeles and South Korea. The company is installing its CleanCUBE bins across Baltimore in three stages, starting with 150 units in the South Baltimore gateway/casino area.

3-D Domiciles

High-Tech Instant Homes on Horizon

A 3-D printed home can be built in less than 24 hours at a cost of $10,000. Developers hope to cut it to $4,000 to help families living in poverty or other unsafe conditions. New Story, a housing charity organization, and ICON, a construction tech company, have partnered to try ending global homelessness. Being able to lock the door and have a safe shelter can be elusive. An entire community of printed homes is planned for construction in El Salvador. The 650-square-foot, proof-of-concept prototype—containing a living room, small office, one bedroom and one bathroom—was built in Austin, Texas. Human workers installed the windows, doors, plumbing and electrical systems. ICON staff will use the home as an office to test its durability.

Meatless Munchies Vegan Beer Hall Highlights Plant-Based Food

People relying on plant-based diets can find it challenging to honor their philosophies when enjoying a night out in a beer hall. But in Quincy, Massachusetts, the tavern Rewild is giving hope to those that want to get a little buzzed and still trust the menu. Owner Pat McAuley is working with chef Will Hernandez to offer vegan food at affordable prices. McAuley says, “There’s no other place in Massachusetts that you can go have a few beers, hang out with friends and eat plantbased food. My primary goal of the whole project is to just bring plantbased food in a social and fun way.”

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film brief

Secret Ingredients New Film Shares Stories of Hope and Healing

A new feature-length documentary, Secret Ingredients, makes a compelling case for why organic foods may be the key to unlocking better health and reversing chronic illnesses ranging from asthma to autism. The film shares the uplifting stories of individuals and families that overcame their struggles with digestive problems, allergies, skin conditions and infertility after eliminating genetically modified (GMO) crops and agricultural toxins from their diets. “This gives tremendous hope for those suffering from chronic disorders in that simply switching to an organic diet may improve their quality of life,” says Jeffrey Smith, who produced and co-directed the film with award-winning filmmaker Amy Hart. “We hope the film will create an organized tsunami driving millions of people to better living through healthy eating.” Secret Ingredients includes testimonies from physicians and scientists that explain how GMOs, Monsanto’s ubiquitous Roundup herbicide and other pesticides can disrupt our biological systems and compromise our health. “More than 200 studies show the links between GMOs and poor health,” says Smith, “while Roundup and other toxic applications have been proven to damage mitochondria, disrupt the gut biome, throw off hormones, and promote tumors and birth defects.” The film builds on the groundbreaking research that went into Smith’s prior feature-length documentary Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives, which looked at genetically engineered foods as a major contributor to rising disease rates in the U.S. Visit for a trailer and schedule of screenings. Smith’s companion site HealingFromGMOs. com features a free online conference that shares research-based recommendations on how to protect against and heal from exposure to GMOs and pesticides. 8

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25 Years of Natural Awakenings by Jan Hollingsworth


entrepreneur in her he year was 1994. The real “natural own right—was quietly America Online awakening” is about laying the foundation opened the first each of us waking up for what would become gateway to the World Wide Web; Jeff Bezos to who we truly are and the largest franchise publishing network in founded the fledgling the kind of world we the natural health indusbehemoth Amazon; and can create together. try: Natural Awakenings Deepak Chopra installed magazine. the first bricks on his ~Sharon Bruckman “America’s natural path to enlightenment wellness and sustainabilwith the publication ity movements were in their infancy when of his book The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success: A Practical Guide to the Fulfillment we started,” says Bruckman. “Now the seeds that were planted in fertile soil are benefiting of Your Dreams. people nationwide, as well as throughout our Perhaps not coincidentally, genetiprecious planet.” cally engineered tomatoes entered the U.S. Woven from the threads of grit, food supply that year, spawning a GMO inspiration and perhaps serendipity, food revolution that transcended the agethe magazine was a tapestry of health, old debate between pesticides and organhealing and mindfulness. Its successful ics. Frankenfoods, as they are called, were Naples debut was quickly followed by a the leading edge of a cultural awakening. second edition in Sarasota. Meanwhile, in the sleepy, sun By 1999, it was clear that Americans drenched beach town of Naples, Florihad a voracious appetite for well-researched, da, Sharon Bruckman—a dreamer and 10

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Family-Pleas Holiday Meals


A Global Wake-Up Call

Collective Consciousness Nears Spiritual Tipping Point

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Silver Thread and Golden Opportunities

practical information about the latest natural approaches to nutrition, fitness, personal growth and sustainable living. The Natural Awakenings franchise was born that year, conceived as a local magazine in many different communities—now 74 markets in the U.S.—anchored by a national editorial team that explores and anticipates the latest trends in mind, body and spirit. Readership of the print magazines is 2.8-million strong, plus a broad online and digital reach. Bruckman’s holistic-minded passion for health, wellness and integrative therapies has awakened in like-minded entrepreneurs a desire to embrace her mission. As Paul Chen, publisher of the Atlanta franchise puts it: “Awakenings of the heart speak to our desire for deeper and stronger personal relationships. Awakenings of the mind speak to our desire to learn more, faster, and optimize our mental capacities. Awakenings of the soul speak to our desire to develop greater love and compassion for all living beings equally and an increasing understanding of and connection with whatever it is we believe lies beyond our small, individual human selves.” The magazine, in turn, has awakened its readers to new ways of connecting both with their communities and each other. Natural Awakenings has become a go-to guide for local community events, products and practitioners in all of its markets. “We love to spread light,” says Bruckman. “Natural Awakenings has played a significant role in fueling the wellness revolution I saw emerging all those years ago, propelled by the kindred spirits who read, advertise and contribute to our magazines. Our publishers are torchbearers aligned with the vision of a healthier world and the mission to facilitate that transformation.” During a lifetime of holistic-minded

entrepreneurship, Bruckman, a constant gardener, continues to personally tend each new crop of ideas that germinate on the pages of her magazines which bear the imprint, “Healthy Living, Healthy Planet.” By identifying and responding to a simple need in one community, she has tapped into a universal spirit that exceeded her wildest expectations. “If you have the heart, vision and enthusiasm to help make the world a better place, a greater force just might step in to enable success beyond anything you imagined. The real ‘natural awakening’ is about each of us waking up to who we truly are and the kind of world we can create together.” We can’t always be shaded by the trees that we grow, yet after 25 years, the seeds Bruckman planted have branched across a nation and borne fruit that will make a difference in countless lives for many years to come. It is my honor to join her on this journey as Natural Awakenings celebrates its silver anniversary. Jan Hollingsworth is the national editor of Natural Awakenings magazine.

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WebMD. Also, a five-year study of 950 seniors at Chicago’s Rush University found that eating leafy greens once or twice a day slowed mental deterioration. reduce anxiety and depression, protect against mental decline and even correct stroke damage. In a Swiss study using MRI, people drinking green tea immediately had heightened activity in the working-memory part of their brain.

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New Energy for the New Year by Ronica A. O’Hara


ith the merry-making furor of the holidays behind us, it’s that time of year when our bodies are crying out for some detox and rejuvenation. Aside from getting back to the basics—a healthy diet and daily exercise—we can take a page from traditional Chinese and Indian medical practices and holistic approaches and use natural, organ-by-organ procedures to renew our bodies and restore inherent vitality. “Strengthening our organs is critical because the organs create the vital essences of life, and our emotional and mental health depends to a great extent on how healthy our organs are,” notes T. Caylor Wadlington, a doctor of Oriental medicine and acupuncture teacher in Denver. “In working to revitalize and re-energize the organs, we renew not just our physical body, but also our sense of well-being.” Here’s a guide to a gentle fix-up campaign for the five organs considered vital for life in both Western and Eastern medicine: 12

Boost the Brain

“Stress can lead to imbalance of the brain’s neurotransmitters, making it more difficult to focus, concentrate, relax and sleep—but it’s reversible, and the brain can absolutely heal from these effects under the right circumstances,” says integrative neurologist Ilene S. Ruhoy, M.D., Ph.D., of the Center for Healing Neurology, in Seattle.

Assess it: If you find it hard concentrating, sleeping, getting things done, remembering where things are and not being grouchy, the brain could be on stress-related overload. See a doctor if teeth grinding, high blood pressure, shortness of breath, fainting or dizziness develop. Eat this: The top brain boosters are easy

to swallow—dark chocolate, berries, nuts and avocados, along with oily fish, reports

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nating slow movements, or even rest with one-to-two-minute bursts of intense, all-out, heart-pounding moves like Zumba dancing, jogging or lunges increases important proteins called the neurotrophic factor that help brain cells grow, work and live longer, reports a new study from Canada’s McMaster University.

Rejuvenate the Heart

Stress also increases hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol, which drive up blood pressure, blood sugar and inflammation, says holistic cardiologist Joel Kahn, M.D., of Detroit, author of The Whole Heart Solution: Halt Heart Disease Now with the Best Alternative and Traditional Medicine.

Assess it: Shortness of breath, irregular heartbeat, anxiety, panic and swollen feet or ankles are signs the heart may be overloaded. Get medical help immediately if there is unusual deep exhaustion, unexplained weakness, nausea, dizziness, chest pain or pain that spreads to the arms. Eat this: “The best foods for a stressed

heart are those rich in magnesium. I like a giant green, leafy salad, often organic arugula, with blueberries, pumpkin seeds and walnuts,” says Kahn.

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ommends boswellia, long used in Asian and African medicine. It targets cerebral inflammation, stimulates the growth of neurons, enhances cognition, lowers depression and alleviates learning and memory problems.

sadness—emotions linked in laboratory studies to decreases in lung function. “You can actually give yourself a stress asthma attack,” says Maui naturopath Carolyn Dean, M.D., ND, author of The Complete Natural Medicine Guide to Women’s Health.

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Assess it: Trouble breathing, shortness

Supplement with this: Vitamin D. Low levels seem to be linked to a higher risk of respiratory infections and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, according to a review of clinical studies in Advances in Nutrition.

strengthens and tones heart muscles, suppresses deadly blood-clotting signals, fights inflammation and lowers heart attack risk, studies show. European doctors routinely prescribe it for managing mild heart failure, either alone or with drugs.

of breath and a cough that won’t go away are signs of stressed-out lungs. If there’s coughing up of blood or mucus, or discomfort or pain when breathing, see a doctor.

Try this movement: To loosen the airways when tense, the American Lung Association recommends slowly breathing in through the nose for two counts with the mouth closed. Purse the lips as if to whistle, and then breathe out slowly and gently through the lips to a count of four.

Try this movement: Hop on a bike:

Eat this: A 10-year study of 650 Euro-

pean adults found that eating apples and tomatoes two or three times a day, along with other fruit, speeds the healing of smoke-damaged lungs and seems to slow down the lungs’ natural aging process.

Detox the Kidneys

Cycling 20 miles a week slashes heart disease risk by half, reports the British Medical Journal. Also, do slow stretches every day: A Japanese study found a correlation between flexibility of the body and of the arteries.

Cleanse the Lungs Family holidays may not always be unconditionally loving, which can induce stress, anger and

Drink this: A juice combining cilantro, carrot, celery and ginger. According to the Lung Institute, cilantro helps remove heavy metals, carrots provide vitamin A to repair lung tissue, celery helps flush out carbon dioxide and ginger removes irritants from the lungs.

The kidneys are hard-working, fistsized organs just below the back rib cage that filter waste and toxins out of 200 quarts of blood a day.

Assess it: Fatigue, feeling cold, shortness of breath, itchiness, swollen hands or feet, a puffy face, metallic-tasting food and ammonia-smelling breath are signs of growing kidney stress. See a

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doctor if experiencing kidney pain, weakness, lightheadedness, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting, extreme thirst or decreased urination.

Eat this: Bone broth, wheat, millet,

black sesame seeds, chestnuts, mulberries, raspberries, strawberries and walnuts are recommended by herbalist and acupuncturist Irina Logman of the Advanced Holistic Center, in New York City, to restore the kidneys.

Drink this: Water with squirts of lemon or lime. “The citrate makes water, as metabolized, more alkaline, which helps to remove acid from the blood, bring pH into balance and prevents bone, heart and further kidney damage,” says Phoenix nephrologist Mandip S. Kang, M.D., author of The Doctor’s Kidney Diet: A Nutritional

Guide to Managing and Slowing the Progression of Chronic Kidney Disease.

Supplement with this: Dandelion tea

helps to cleanse and strengthen the kidneys and a new study in Renal Failure reports that it also protects the kidneys from damage by certain toxins.

Try this qigong movement: Rub the palms together to warm them, and then place them on the kidney areas. Slowly massage in circular motions 12 times, and then reverse direction.

Shore up the Liver

“The liver is critical for detoxifying the body, but higher sugar and alcohol consumption over the holidays, as well as more stress, can increase toxin buildup that can damage the liver, which is why it’s

important to take steps to help it recover,” says functional chiropractor Jennifer R. Welch, DC, of Iowa Functional Health, in Clive, Iowa.

Assess it: Itchy skin, easy bruising, musky-smelling breath, itchy red palms and mental sluggishness are early problem signs. Advanced symptoms that require medical care are yellowish skin, abdominal pain, swollen legs and ankles, ongoing fatigue, dark urine and pale stool. Eat these: A Chinese study linked liver disease with low potassium levels, so consume sweet potatoes, tomato sauce, beet greens, beans, blackstrap molasses and bananas.

Drink this: Sip probiotic drinks like kombucha, kefir and yogurt-based smoothies. The probiotic Lactobacillus rhamnosus significantly lowered liver damage linked to excess acetaminophen in a recent Emory University laboratory study. Supplement with this: Milk thistle

has been shown in Italian animal studies to decrease and even reverse damage to the liver caused by medications, alcohol, antibiotics, pollution and heavy metals.

Try this yoga movement: With feet shoulder-width apart, make circles with the hips, pushing the torso farther and farther outward with each circle. Reverse direction. Ronica A. O’Hara is a Denver-based freelance health writer. Connect at


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Cannabis as a Healing Therapy by Amber Lanier Nagle

D It always seems impossible until it’s done. ~Nelson Mandela

ustin Sulak, D.O., opened a private osteopathic manipulation, hypnotherapy and integrative medicine practice in Hallowell, Maine, in 2009, the same year the state’s voters expanded its medical cannabis law. At that time, he was one of the few physicians in Maine willing to certify patients to use cannabis legally. As of this writing, 33 states now allow medical marijuana, and 10 of them allow its recreational use. Cannabis initiatives continue to find their way onto state ballots with each election cycle. Today, Sulak’s practice serves thousands of patients that use cannabis for authorized medical purposes. He educates medical professionals and patients on its safe, clinical use, while continuing to explore its therapeutic potential. Visit to learn more.

What led you to become a national advocate for the therapeutic potential of medicinal cannabis?

After trying cannabis in my teens, I realized what I had been told about the herb was not true, and I began thinking more critically about mainstream and natural approaches to health. Cannabis helped me make deeper connections with people, nature, music and spirituality. In college, I worked with social and political activists to learn and spread the truth about canna16

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bis— that it’s a plant that has been used by humankind for thousands of years; that it has the potential to address many of our healthcare and environmental problems; that it’s been a victim of propaganda; and that it’s safe for most people. Then, as a firstyear medical student, I attended a conference lecture on the endocannabinoid system, a powerful physiological system our bodies use to stay healthy and respond to illness and injuries, and I saw the incredible therapeutic potential of cannabis in a new light. Today, there’s enormous evidence, including a 2017 report from the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, concluding that cannabis can be a safe and effective medicine for treating many conditions.

Which conditions are your patients using medical cannabis for?

My two offices in Maine currently follow approximately 8,000 patients who use medical cannabis, and of those, about 70 percent suffer from chronic pain, many of whom are able to eliminate or decrease their dependence on opioids. Post-traumatic stress disorder is the next most common diagnosis we treat with cannabis, with excellent results where other medications fail. Medical cannabis is like a magnet for conditions that fail to respond to conventional medical approaches, in-

cluding cancer, multiple sclerosis, dementia, Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis, epilepsy, movement disorders, tick-borne disease, brain and spinal cord injuries and more. Combining the most proven techniques of eastern & western medical theories & practices for our patient's complete care.

How do you address concerns that cannabis is a gateway drug and can become addictive?

Research proves that medical cannabis actually serves as an exit drug, not a gateway drug. One study of 350 medical cannabis users in California found 40 percent of the subjects used cannabis as a substitute for alcohol, 26 percent as a substitute for illicit drugs, and 66 percent as a substitute for prescription drugs. Any time a person can replace a harmful substance with a safer substance like cannabis, it’s a step in the right direction. Cannabis dependence does exist, but is uncommon. One study published in the journal Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology found that only 9 percent of those who try cannabis illicitly develop dependence, compared to 24 percent of those who try heroin. Cannabis withdrawal is mild and similar in intensity to caffeine withdrawal, and most people don’t have any trouble stopping using cannabis, when and if they need to.

Are there any side effects?

The common adverse effects of cannabis are mild, especially when compared to other drugs. A 2008 review found that in 23 randomized controlled trials, there was no higher incidence of serious adverse events following medical cannabis use compared with control. Dizziness was the most common non-serious adverse effect. Other common adverse effects include euphoria, altered consciousness, acute panic or paranoid reaction; altered motivation; impaired attention, memory and psychomotor performance; tachycardia; orthostatic hypotension; dry mouth; and increased appetite.

If someone lives in a state that has legalized medicinal cannabis and thinks it may help a disease or condition, what should be their first step?

The ideal first step is to find a medical provider with experience in the medical cannabis field. The Society of Cannabis Clinicians ( is a good resource. Amber Lanier Nagle is a freelance writer based in Northwest Georgia. Connect at

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


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


Trinity Lounge, 1314 Mass Ave, Arlington, MA 02476 617-819-4372 Licensed esthetician, certified aromatherapist and practicing herbalist, Angelica offers an array of wellness therapies. From organic and advanced skincare services, henna adornment, natural cosmetic solutions, vibrational sound therapy sessions, herbal medicine and aromatherapy consultations.


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2019 Natural Healthy Living PROFILES Dr. Jean Marie Nordin, DDS, IBDM, ND Groton Wellness


ean Marie Nordin, DDS, IBDM, ND, grew up on a farm in Kansas and learned the core values of hard work, helping others in the community and all-natural food. After completing dental school, she began her professional career at a dental practice in West Newton, where she met a like-minded dentist and business partner, Bob Evans, DMD. In April 2004, Jean and Bob opened Groton Wellness, a leading center for holistic health care. Founded on the principles of holistic dental health, that vision expanded from a biological dental practice into a full Functional Medicine Center including functional medicine, a detoxification spa and an all-natural, farm-to-table café. Dr. Nordin has a serious passion for learning and teaching. On top of her doctorate of dental surgery, she is board-certified as a naturopathic dentist and board-certified in integrative biologic dental medicine. She is also certified in Stress Management and Resiliency Training (SMART), developed by the BensonHenry Institute in conjunction with the Harvard Medical School. Dr. Nordin now teaches to staff and other healthcare providers. Services provided: Health-focused general dentistry, integrative biologic dental medicine and naturopathic dentist. We treat a wide variety of conditions from a toothache to heart disease, as well as autoimmune disorders and gut imbalance. Areas of specialty: Biological dentistry, oral surgery, sleep solutions, chelation therapy, safe mercury removal. Healing/healthy living philosophy: Our approach is a holistic ecosystem perspective, always educational, non-pharmaceutical whenever possible and interdisciplinary whenever appropriate. It’s simple and straightforward, in the service of your ultimate health goals. Jean Marie Nordin, DDS, IBDM, ND, Groton Wellness, Mill Run Plaza, 493 Main St. (Rte.119), Groton. To schedule an appointment or for more information, call 978-449-9919 or visit See ad on page 2.


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The BioMed Center of NE 111 Chestnut St, Ste 1, Providence, RI 02903 833-8BIOMED (824-6633) As part of the BioMed Center NE’s caring team of professionals, Dr. Heather uses sophisticated technology to identify root causes of illness and dysregulation and guide individualized therapies for gentle detoxification, nourishment and restoration. See ad, back cover.


Dr. Jolene Ross Advanced Neurotherapy


r. Jolene Ross is the founder and director of Advanced Neurotherapy, a wellness clinic that utilizes behavioral medicine applications, such as quantitative EEG analysis and neurofeedback, to improve quality of life. She works with individuals and families challenged with neuro-cognitive, neuro-emotional, and neurodevelopmental disorders. Using EEG technology, neurofeedback has the ability to target specific locations where the brain is having trouble functioning. Neurofeedback uses safe operant conditioning to teach the brain to improve brainwaves, which improves overall brain function. Dr. Ross, a licensed psychologist, received a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Boston College. She studied with Dr. Barry Sterman, founder of quantitative EEG assessment and neurofeedback, and Dr. Joseph Cautela, founder of the fields of behavior therapy and behavioral medicine. Services provided: Neurofeedback, brain mapping, biofeedback, behavioral therapy, cognitive therapy, health coaching, parent coaching and psychotherapy. Areas of specialty: ADD/ADHD, autistic spectrum, anxiety, behavioral issues, birth-related disruptions, brain injuries, dementia, depression, learning disabilities, mood disorders, post-surgery syndromes, seizures, psychological disorders, toxic exposure, and enhancing work, school and sports performance. Healing/healthy living philosophy: “I believe in getting to the root of the problem and correcting it, not masking or suppressing it,” Ross says. “Improving your brain function through corrective care in a safe, comfortable and supportive environment improves your life for the long term.” Dr. Jolene Ross, Advanced Neurotherapy, 145 Rosemary St., Entrance J, Needham. For more information, call 781-444-9115 or visit See ad on page 18.

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The BioMed Center of NE 111 Chestnut St, Ste 1, Providence, RI 02903 833-8BIOMED (824-6633) Leading Integrative Physician with clinics in Scottsdale, Arizona (TheBioMedCenter. com), Providence, RI and Nassau, Bahamas (Albany He specializes in bioregulatory medicine, chronic disease treatment and optimizing athletic performance. Visit See ad, back cover.


The BioMed Center of NE 111 Chestnut St, Ste 1, Providence, RI 02903 833-8BIOMED (824-6633) Most advanced center for Bioregulatory Dentistry in North America. Holistic approach identifies root causes of disease and toxicity. Services include full dental reconstruction, safe mercury (heavy metals) removal, jaw cavitation surgery, Cone Beam (CBCT) scanning, ozone therapy, PRF, zirconia (ceramic) dental implants and all ceramic/metal-free 3D dentistry, TMJ, sleep apnea, dental material biocompatibility testing. See ad, back cover.




The BioMed Center of NE 111 Chestnut St, Ste 1, Providence, RI 02903 833-8BIOMED (824-6633) Structural Energetic Therapy provides long-term relief and rehabilitation from pain, imbalance and toxicity. Cranial structural balancing, deep tissue myofascial unwinding and energy release techniques are integrated to restore fluidity and wholeness to the entire system. See ad, back cover.

Newton Chiropractic & Wellness Centre


wner Julie Burke and her staff at Newton Chiropractic & Wellness Centre utilize an extensive variety of health and wellness techniques and solutions—all under one roof. For more than 20 years, the Centre has been helping its patients with pain and stress relief, while improving their health, wellness and energy. The relaxing and healing environment is located directly next to the view and sounds of a waterfall on the Charles River. Unlike conventional medicine, which focuses on attempting to treat disease once it occurs, Newton Chiropractic & Wellness Centre emphasizes on improving each individual’s health to reduce the risk of pain and illness in the first place. Services provided: Gentle, non-force chiropractic (Network Spinal Analysis), an assortment of massage techniques, hydromassage, acupuncture, custom orthotics, physical therapy, detoxifying ionic foot baths, vitamin/supplement care and BEMER (designed to improve circulation to support the body’s natural self-regulating processes). Healing/healthy living philosophy: Our goal at Newton Chiropractic & Wellness Centre is to deliver the highest quality holistic health services and education to the public in order that everyone reaches their optimal health and overall potential. This affects the quality of life of the individual, their family and friends. We strive to create an environment in which the body’s innate potential to heal itself is respected and encouraged.


The BioMed Center of NE 111 Chestnut St, Ste 1, Providence, RI 02903 833-8BIOMED (824-6633) As part of the BioMed Center NE’s caring team of professionals, Dr. Heather uses sophisticated technology to identify root causes of illness and dysregulation and guide individualized therapies for gentle detoxification, nourishment and restoration. See ad, back cover.


The BioMed Center of NE 111 Chestnut St, Ste 1, Providence, RI 02903 833-8BIOMED (824-6633) Leading Integrative Physician with clinics in Scottsdale, Arizona (TheBioMedCenter. com), Providence, RI and Nassau, Bahamas (Albany He specializes in bioregulatory medicine, chronic disease treatment and optimizing athletic performance. Visit See ad, back cover.


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 18.


Newton Chiropractic & Wellness Centre, 383 Elliot St., Echo Bridge Office Park, Newton. Open 7 days a week with extended weekday hours. For more information, call 617-916-1655 or visit to view company video and educational video series “Health Empowerment.” See ads on pages 11 and 15.

SYMMETRY NEURO-PATHWAY TRAINING Dianne Kosto, Founder & CEO 132 Central St, Ste 205A, Foxboro 844-272-4666

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The BioMed Center of NE 111 Chestnut St, Ste 1, Providence, RI 02903 833-8BIOMED (824-6633) Dr. Jessica Daniels is an experienced chiropractor and invaluable team member at the Biomed Center NE with a strong understanding of energy related technologies, gifted at optimizing neurofeedback and lymphatic therapy for whole body health. See ad, back cover.


Jeff Goldman, PT Newton Physical Therapy


ewton Physical Therapy is owned and operated by Jeff Goldman, PT. Jeff has been practicing physical therapy since 1995 and orthopedic PT and sports medicine since 2000. He started Newton Physical Therapy in 2012 with Angela Weiss who currently practices physical therapy independently from Newton Physical Therapy. Newton Physical Therapy is a holistic practice in which all patients are treated exclusively by a licensed physical therapist in a one-on-one setting. The focus of each treatment session is on manual therapy and customized exercise training that provides added value for their clientele. One-hour sessions are the norm. No time is wasted on exercises that can be done at home without instruction. In the spirit of a holistic approach, Newton Physical Therapy emphasizes patient education for prevention. This not only includes body mechanics, but also methods of core strengthening for injury prevention and stress reduction. Newton Physical Therapy is located in the same space and environment as Newton Chiropractic & Wellness, located next to a waterfall that can be seen and heard. The space offers natural views of Hemlock Gorge which enhances stress reduction treatment sessions. Services offered: Myofascial release, deep friction massage, joint mobilizations, passive stretching and CranioSacral Therapy. Healing/healthy living philosophy: Newton Physical Therapy focuses on treating the mind, body and spirit of the individual. We believe that there is a strong mind-body connection associated with chronic pain as well as long-term healing. Newton Physical Therapy, 383 Elliot St., Door F, Newton Upper Falls (Located in Newton Chiropractic & Wellness Centre). For more information, call 617-916-1655 or visit See ads on pages 11 and 15.


We are a total wellness center open 7 days a week. We specialize in Gentle Non-Force Chiropractic (NSA), an assortment of massage modalities, HydroMassage, “Super Comfortable” custom orthotics, physical therapy, detoxifying ionic foot baths, and our latest wellness tool, BEMER (designed to improve circulation supporting the body’s natural self-regulating processes). See ads, pages 11 and 15.

COACHING A COMMON THREAD COACHING James Ashton, Certified Life Coach 646-262-3037

Coaching is a place where you can be truly heard and supported. Through deep listening and powerful questioning, I can assist you in moving towards a desired outcome in virtually any area of life. Complimentary 45-minute “Gain Clarity” session.

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Nancy Lavoie Nancy Lavoie has a gift for helping people navigate through social pressures and the complications of technology to find their unique confidence.


Katrina Piehler, Wellness Coach 617-833-3035 Busy life have you stressed? Struggling with poor eating or exercise habits? Simply feeling off with balance and satisfaction in life? Katrina is a certified wellness coach offering empowering, action-oriented support to help you create and maintain the balanced, healthy, vibrant life you’re yearning for. Complimentary 45-min “Get Unstuck” session.


Kim Childs 1025 Mass Ave, Arlington, MA 02476 617-640-3813 Need help clarifying and realizing your desires? Asking “What’s next?” or “How do I get started?” Kim is a certified life and career coach specializing in Positive Psychology, creativity, and midlife transitions, to help clients create more personally fulfilling, meaningful and empowered lives. Initial consultations are free.


Katryn Miller, MEd, LMT, Colon Hydrotherapist 493-495 Main St, Groton 978-449-9919 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.




Liz Marcano-Pucillo 150 Wood Rd, Ste 403, Braintree, MA 02184 781-228-6915 Receive professional colon hydrotherapy by a national board-certified therapist using the Angel of Water system. The most comfortable and private system in the industry. See ad, page 39.


The BioMed Center of NE 111 Chestnut St, Ste 1, Providence, RI 02903 833-8BIOMED (824-6633) Mary is a caring practitioner supporting the safe, gentle rinsing of the colon to cleanse the lower bowel, re-tone and reshape the colon, improve nutrient absorption and functioning of the bowel to maintain optimal health. See ad, back cover.


978-378-3048 City Compost provides home composting services and custom solutions for events and organizations. All compostables including meat, dairy and paper products are accepted. 100% of the independently processed compost goes to grow more fresh food and subscribers can receive top quality, tested, compost with service. See ad, page 17.

Acupuncture: An ancient Oriental technique that stimulates the body’s ability to sustain and balance an electromagnetic lifeforce (qi or chi, pronounced “chee”) which is channeled in a continuous flow throughout the body via a network of “meridians”. Disease is understood as an imbalance in the meridian system. Diagnosis of an imbalance is made by “reading” the pulse, face, tongue and body energy. To correct it, a practitioner inserts acupuncture needles at specific points along the meridians to stimulate or disperse the flow of life force. Acupuncture principles include the yin and yang polarities and the associations of the five elements of fire, earth, metal, water and wood with bodily organs. 26

American Center for Bioregulatory Medicine and Dentistry


he American Center for Bioregulatory Medicine and Dentistry (The BioMed Center) uses an innovative system of assessments and therapeutics to help identify the unique biological weakness that may lead or contribute to a chronic condition. They are pioneering the reintegration of medicine and dentistry to ensure that clients receive truly integrated care. The application of an individualized treatment plan helps restore the natural internal environment of the body through protective measures. Its 12,800-square-foot facility has incorporated cutting-edge technologies from across the globe to ensure that each person’s health is being assessed and treated from multiple angles. The team of physicians, therapists and staff work with individuals to develop a personalized approach to attaining optimal health. The center is one of only two bioregulatory medicine clinics in North America leading the way to better health through technology, innovation and care. Services provided: Clearmind neurofeedback, colon hydrotherapy, dynamic light therapy, electron foot baths, Evox voice-based perception reframing, exercise with oxygen therapy (EWOT), hemo-sonic, intravenous (IV) therapy, microcurrent, ozone, soundbed therapy, whole-body low-level hyperthermia, laser periodontics, mercury-free restorative dentistry, occlusal rehabilitation, removable appliance therapy, safe mercury removal, sleep apnea therapy, TMJ therapy. Healing/healthy living philosophy: Bioregulatory health care is a revolutionary system of medicine and dentistry that works from the inside out, exploring root causes of chronic disease and correcting imbalances to help your body address illnesses before they start or worsen. At the BioMed Center, we empower patients to practice proactive care, avoiding harmful drugs or invasive procedures unless absolutely necessary. BioMed Center, 111 Chestnut St., #1, Providence. For more information, call 833824-6633 or visit See ad, back page.


401 Great Plain Ave, Needham, MA 02492 781-449-0550 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.

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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 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 6.

Amparo M. David, D.M.D. Dentistry by Dr. David


r. David received her Doctorate of Dental Medicine from the Goldman School of Dental Medicine at Boston University in 1999, where she graduated with honors. She completed a mini-residency in Temporal Mandibular Disorders (TMD) at the Tufts School of Dental Medicine and has completed coursework at the Seattle Institute for Advanced Dental Studies, the Dawson Center. Dr. David continues formally to grow her expertise in biological dentistry, dental sleep medicine, TMD and dento-facial orthopedics. Additionally, she travels extensively to meet with colleagues to collectively share ideas and approaches to challenging cases, and she has formally presented continuing education courses to other dentists. Her unique holistic approach attracts patients throughout the Northeast, as she sees patients who have sought out her expertise, that live throughout New England and also New York. Services provided: General dentistry, endodontics, periodontics, cosmetic dentistry, advance light force (ALF) therapy, ozone therapy, safe amalgam removal, biocompatible materials, dentofacial orthopedic orthodontics, myofunctional therapy, frenum releases, TMJ treatment and sleep disorder dentistry. We offer dental savings plans which make it easier to afford the oral health care needed without insurance. Areas of specialty: Safe amalgam removal (SMART-certified), sleep and TMJ therapy, cosmetic dentistry, ozone therapy, implants, laser frenectomy. Healing/healthy living philosophy: Dr. David’s philosophy is to treat a person’s overall dental health rather than focusing on only the specific symptoms that her patients present. With every new patient, Dr. David dedicates part of her day to meet with them one-on-one to share her philosophy of comprehensive, biological and whole-body dentistry while ensuring that she understands what is important to them. Dentistry by Dr. David, 563 Main St., Bolton. For more information, call 978-7792888 or visit See ad on page 19.



John Walczyk 577 Main St, Waltham, MA 02452 781-893-3870 • Fax: 781-899-1172


JCW is the only sterile and non-sterile PCAB- accredited pharmacy in Massachusetts. In addition to our compounding service, we offer a full range of nutritional supplements, natural products, homeopathic remedies and home health care equipment. See ad on page 20.

We look beyond our patients’ teeth in order to improve both their smiles and their quality of life. Our practice offers full preventive services: biological, holistic, functional dentistry, ozone therapy, reconstructive dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, periodontics, endodontics, dental sleep medicine, implant dentistry, in addition to TMD (Temporomandibular Joint Disorders) therapy. See ad, page 19.

Amparo M. David, DMD 563 Main St, Bolton, MA 978-779-2888

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The BioMed Center of NE 111 Chestnut St, Ste 1, Providence, RI 02903 833-8BIOMED (824-6633) Most advanced center for Bioregulatory Dentistry in North America. Holistic approach identifies root causes of disease and toxicity. Services include full dental reconstruction, safe mercury (heavy metals) removal, jaw cavitation surgery, Cone Beam (CBCT) scanning, ozone therapy, PRF, zirconia (ceramic) dental implants and all ceramic/metal-free 3D dentistry, TMJ, sleep apnea, dental material biocompatibility testing. See ad, back cover.


1842 Beacon St, Ste 305, Brookline, MA 617-868-1516 Dr. Iontcheva-Barehmi is an accomplished dentist and specialist in Periodontics and Implants with a holistic approach to medicine and dentistry. To schedule your comprehensive exam and share the excitement of a healthy smile, call: 617-868-1516. See ad, page 9.


Dr. Apoorva J. Shah, DDS 493-495 Main St, Groton 978-449-9919 Health-focused biological dentist specializing in cosmetic dentistry, oral surgery, biological dentistry, mercury amalgam removal, digital dentistry and Invisalign. Dr. Shah is certified in Invisalign and has experience with CAD/ CAM digital technology. He has become increasingly knowledgeable about the mouth-body connection and is excited to offer holistic options to his patients. See ad, page 2.


Dr. G. Robert “Bob” Evans, DMD 493-495 Main St, Groton 978-449-9919 Health-focused general dentist at Groton Wellness specializing in biological dentistry, oral surgery, chelation therapy and safe mercury removal. Groton Wellness is a 26-chair dental practice, incorporating functional medicine, a detoxification spa, an organic cafe, and energy medicine center promoting total wellness. See ad, page 2.




Bhavna Srivastava Bhavna’s Wellness Group

Dr. Jean Marie Nordin, DDS, IBDM, ND 493-495 Main St, Groton 978-449-9919 Health-focused general dentist, integrative biologic dental medicine, and naturopathic dentist specializing in biological dentistry, oral surgery, sleep solutions, chelation therapy and safe mercury removal. Certified trainer of Stress Management and Resiliency Training (SMART) developed by the Benson-Henry Institute in conjunction with Harvard Medical School. Dr. Nordin now teaches staff and other healthcare providers. See ad, page 2.


havna’s Wellness Group is a holistic, healing, sacred space where people come to find balance, get clear, heal and be coached and mentored to bring love and peace to their lives while creating a ripple effect in their community. Bhavna, who has her MBA and is a bestselling author and transformational speaker, helps individuals re-discover their strengths and release emotional pains from traumas and relationship issues. The space is a place to meditate and build connections to self through classes, groups, one-on-one, workshops and retreats, both locally and internationally, including upcoming retreats to Nepal and Ancient India in February and Egypt in August. Bhavna’s coaching and mentoring helps individuals bring clarity to their life issues by helping to release and let go of them by using different healing modalities like reiki (Usui, Scheim, Karuna), Marconics, crystal light ball healing and Goddess reiki, which empowers women to recognize themselves and their strengths by awakening their feminine energies. Services provided: Transformation coaching, mentoring, reiki healings, reiki classes Level-1 and Level-2, NLP, soul healing sessions, light activation for universal love, advanced spiritual classes to create a deeper connection to self and to create more love in life, wellness webinars and more. Areas of specialty: Recognizing where you are stuck in your life with different mindsets and blocks and helping you clear them so you can walk your soul purpose and feel wonderful. Healing/healthy living philosophy: Live life loving everyone in your life and forgive those who do not like you to be happy, for they do not understand you and your love for them.

YASMIN’S HOLISTIC DENTAL 284 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446 617-731-6767

A holistic, caring, mercury-free dental practice that focuses on the individual, not just teeth. We will help you restore and maintain full body health. We also specialize in jaw and muscle pain, headaches and sleep. See ad, page 16.


512 Main St, Shrewsbury, MA 01545

Bhavna’s Wellness Group, 512 Main St., Shrewsbury. For more information, call 774-242-2112 or visit See ad on page 39.

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 39.



Tim Grantham, Certified NIASZIIH Healer 745 High St, Westwood, MA 339-203-1726

98 Parmenter Rd, Framingham, MA 01701 508-838-1101 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 18.


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Hands-on, Earth-based, energy healing, where the healer assists the client to alleviate illness, pain and dis-ease by tracking its aspects through all layers of the body in order to locate and shift the source.


Psychotherapist and Enneagram expert Herb Pearce with 38 years’ experience, works with individuals, couples and families to clarify differences and practice personalized, effective communication. Enneagram team building workshops for groups and organizations. Author of six books.

Marteen Santerre, Founder and CEO Soul Being


s Thomas Edison so graciously put it in 1903, “The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will interest his patient in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.” Soul Being is a tool to break the cycle and unify the fragmented health and wellness marketplace. We bridge the gap between healthcare professionals and consumers. Services provided: A free wellness assessment that recommends therapies based on your current health profile; easy to use search that allows you to find a professional in your area that specializes in your condition; curated resources and education, including videos, articles and events that help you navigate your health issues. Benefits for wellness professionals include access to a powerful network of like-minded peers and business resources for your practice to thrive, enable thousands of Soul Being members in the Northeast to find your services, and receive and give recommendations and referrals to help gain new clients. Areas of specialty: Soul Being represents wellness and healthcare professionals from more than 40 therapies across New England. Healing/healthy living philosophy: At Soul Being, we believe that it’s only through self-empowerment, exploration, trusting in and consulting many different types of practitioners, that we can begin to piece together what is the best personalized approach for each of us. Soul Being was founded with the intention to heal the brokenness that exists in medicine today and to stop the polarizing of Eastern and Western philosophies and approaches to care, using technology to bridge the gap. Soul Being, 662 Congress St., Portland, ME. For more information, call 415-2790941 or visit See ad on page 37.

FUNCTIONAL DIETITIAN BRIDGITTE CARROLL, MS, RDN Johnson Compounding & Wellness 781-893-3870 x 149

Bridgitte is experienced and passionate about helping individuals improve their well-being with food and lifestyle changes. Specialties include gastrointestinal issues, inflammatory conditions, anti-aging and weight management although she has worked with people of with many diseases. See ad, page 20.

FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE GROTON WELLNESS Dr. Henri Balaguera, MD 493-495 Main St, Groton 978-449-9919

Functional medicine doctor and clinical director of Groton Wellness. Specializes in functional medicine, chronic and infectious disease, auto-immune disorders, functional nutrition, pulmonary disorders, sleep issues, cardiovascular and metabolic dysfunction, natural hormone replacement and preventative medicine. Mindfulness and meditation are at the foundation of his core values. See ad, page 2.



162 South St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 617-942-2644 Float therapy involves using 10 inches of warm water heated to skin temperature and 800 lbs of epsom salt. The salt is healing and allows you to float effortlessly providing relaxation and pain relief like never before. See ad, page 13.

FRENECTOMY (TONGUE/LIP TIE RELEASE) DENTISTRY BY DR. DAVID Martin Kaplan, DDS 563 Main St, Bolton, MA 978-779-2888

Specializing in pediatric dentistry, Dr. Kaplan uses the latest technology available to diagnose and treat infants as well as children and adults. In 2015 he was instrumental in developing the first in the country “Infant Laser Frenectomy” training class through the continuing education department at Tufts Dental School and is an international leader in the field of dental laser surgery. See ad, page 19.

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Dr. Samantha Bogle, DMD, MDS 493-495 Main St, Groton 978-449-9919 Functional orthodontist specializing in orthodontics, dentofacial orthopedics, braces and Invisalign. Dr. Bogle loves creating beautiful smiles for her patients with a specific emphasis on early treatment in children to improve facial growth and development. She believes focusing on the airway, proper breathing and early structural intervention can reduce the need for orthodontic treatment later in life. Prevention is key. See ad, page 2.




Dianne Kosto, SCN & CEO SYMMETRY Neuro-Pathway Training

TRUE LIFE CONCEPTS Dan Rice 888-504-8098 x108


YMMETRY Neuro-Pathway Training was founded by Dianne Kosto, SCN, who first learned of neurofeedback to help her son in 2009 when she became a provider and was inspired by the success they experienced for him and others. Dianne made the decision that she would spend the rest of her life bringing this same feeling of success and relief to others. It is now her personal mission to educate individuals, professionals and facilities about the real hope and results that neurofeedback presents. Services provided: Training and support for individuals, professionals and facilities with user-friendly neurofeedback services and systems; affordable at-home plans to train in the convenience of their own home with remote supervision and guidance to full-service contracts for schools and facilities; and long-term results without the harmful risks and side effects of traditional medical interventions. Areas of specialty: Bio- and neurofeedback to address brainwave dysregulation which manifests in common negative characteristics of ADD/ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, behavioral and learning concerns, developmental delays, PTSD, anxiety, depression, brain injury, concussion, migraines, memory loss, insomnia, fibromyalgia. Also excellent for peak performance training and more. Healing/healthy living philosophy: We train the brain to correct brainwave dysregulation and teach trainees’ brains to better regulate. The approach is backed by more than 50 years of evidence-based research, is painless, drugless, non-invasive, has no harmful side effects and creates long-term positive changes.

Halotherapy aids in the treatment of respiratory difficulties, skin disorders, allergies and many more. Halo booths, cabins and salt rooms facilitate the ideal modality and can be accompanied by guided meditation and chromotherapy. Create the ultimate solution for physical health and psychological well-being.

HEALTH COACH YOUR WELLNESS SCOUT Kirsten Wright-Cirit 919-593-2943

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.


SYMMETRY Neuro-Pathway Training (local office), 132 Central St., Ste. 205 A, Foxboro. Schedule a free 30-minute initial consultation via DianneKosto. For more information, call or text 844-272-4666 or visit


Alexia Taylor 617-939-3113 An individualized approach to health. Using Functional Medicine, Positive Psychology, Mindfulness to support your path to happiness. Specializing in transforming stress, sleep problems, developing an eating plan that works for you. Live fully, well, now. See ad, page 39.


Dawna Jones, MD, FACOG 427 Washington St, Norwell, MA 02061 781-829-0930 Board-certified MD in gynecology and integrative medicine. Hormone balancing, nutrition and detoxification are keys to optimal health. See ad, page 8.



Irina Serebryakova, Holistic, NP 493-495 Main St, Groton 978-449-9919 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.

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162 South St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 617-942-2644 Our Infrared Sauna uses far infrared waves to heat the body reaching only 1400F and is a dry heat. Despite this, you sweat 3x more and detox 15-20x more toxins than a normal sauna. See ad, page 13.

Yasmin Chebbi, DMD Yasmin’s Biological Dentistry, Jaw Pain and Sleep Center


r. Yasmin Chebbi, DMD, invites individuals to a whole-health dental experience. She and her caring and responsible dental team treat people, not teeth, and use a custom, individual-centered approach to dental, oral and total health to reduce the need for extra dental treatment. Dr. Chebbi knows that oral health and overall health are directly linked. For every new patient, Dr. Chebbi completes a wellness check to assess a patient’s full health and offers a customized home oral health care plan. Services provided: Holistic health counseling for optimal oral and total health, no rush appointments, and calm and non-judgmental environment. Also offered is an in-house Dental Savings Plan, an annual reduced fee savings plan for individuals and families that costs just a dollar a day. All members receive quality dental care at greatly reduced prices. Areas of specialty: Minimally invasive biological dentistry; snoring, sleep apnea and fatigue management; TMJ/jaw pain, locked jaw and headache relief. Healing/healthy living philosophy: When recommending treatment options, Dr. Chebbi takes the time to make sure each patient has a comprehensive understanding of his or her dental health needs. She strives to provide each patient with a personalized visit and care for each patient with professionalism, empathy and a caring hand. Two convenient locations: 284 Harvard Ave. (Coolidge Corner), Brookline, and 56 Kearney Rd., Needham. To make an appointment, please call 617-7316767 (Brookline) and 617-323-1234 (Needham). To speak with Yasmin Chebbi, DMD, directly, call 617-651-5088 or email For more information, visit See ad on page 16.


A full-service integrative veterinary clinic offering caring and healthful options and modalities like acupuncture, functional nutrition, homeopathy, chiropractic, herbs, ozone therapy, surgery and dentistry. See ad, page 14.

JAW PAIN (TMJ) YASMIN’S TMJ SLEEP CENTER 284 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446 617-731-6767

Do you suffer from jaw pain or a locked jaw? Do you grind your teeth at night? Do you have headaches, ear pain, facial pain? Do you snore or wake up tired? We can help. See ad, page 16.

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98 Parmenter Rd, Framingham, MA 01701 508-838-1101 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 18.

MARTIAL ARTS BOSTON MARTIAL ARTS CENTER 161 Harvard Ave, Ste 4E, Boston 617-789-5524

The Boston Martial Arts Center has been actively training and teaching in the Boston area for over 25 years. We have grown from a small, dedicated group of practitioners into a full-fledged martial arts school devoted to training quality individuals in the best martial arts and self-defense available anywhere. See ad, page 20.


Deep-tissue, medical, sports, Swedish and therapeutic massage, shiatsu, reiki & hydromassage in a full-service Wellness Centre also featuring chiropractic, acupuncture, Facial Rejuvenation, Facelift Acupuncture and detox footbath. See ads, pages 11 and 15.

Biofeedback: A relaxation technique that monitors internal body states and is used especially for stress-related conditions such as asthma, migraines, insomnia and high blood pressure. During biofeedback, patients monitor minute metabolic changes (e.g., temperature, heart rate and muscle tension), with the aid of sensitive machines. By consciously thinking, visualizing, moving, relaxing, etc., they learn which activities produce desirable changes in the internal processes being monitored. 2019



Elise Brenner Brenner Reiki Healing

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eiki is a healing and meditation practice to settle mind and body allowing physical, mental and emotional healing. Whether exploring reiki practice for relief from troubling physical conditions, or seeking a happier more vitalized self, Brenner Reiki Healing offers a comforting and professional setting in which to discover reiki’s health and wellness-promoting benefits. Services provided: With nearly two decades of practice and teaching, master practitioner and teacher Elise Brenner of Brenner Reiki Healing provides individualized reiki treatments; a monthly community reiki clinic; monthly reiki training for all levels; reiki outreach and education to community groups and organizations; reiki shares for practitioners; and mentoring for reiki practitioners, all in a supportive environment to assist in caring for yourself and others through reiki. Brenner is committed to reiki wellness equity for all individuals. Healing/healthy living philosophy: “Many of us find ourselves living with uncertainty, waiting for the ‘next shoe to drop’. This causes a weathering of body and mind. Reiki practice allows us to re-claim our connection to ourselves, to one another, to our day-to-day routines and to the natural world from a more solid, calm and clear heart-mind-body. In so doing, we get a chance to live in that strong, calm and clear state of being with ourselves and others, feeling open to possibilities,” says Brenner.

TLC facilitates meditation environments for all levels. In-person guided meditation programs and customized mp3 sessions can be accompanied by aromatherapy, chomotherapy and halotherapy. Create the ultimate solution for psychological well-being and


Alison Shaw APRN, LMT, CEH 109 Massachusetts Ave, Lexington, MA 02420 781-646-0686 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 11.

Elise M. Brenner, Ph.D., Brenner Reiki Healing, 324 Central St., Newton. For more information, call 617-244-8856, email or visit See ad on page 8.

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

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.

Bioregulatory Medicine / Dentistry: A wholistic approach to health, which advocates the use of natural healing methods to support and restore the body’s intrinsic self-regulating, self-healing mechanisms. Bioregulation literally means the regulation of biological processes (with the Greek word bios meaning life). It employs the use of non-invasive diagnostic aids that view not only structural imbalances, but also functional, regulatory, energetic, and psycho-emotional conditions present in the patient. 32


Johnson Compounding and Wellness 781-893-3870 Dr. Gary Kracoff provides guid- ance and in-depth consultative services to find the “why” to what is happening physically and mentally, working with individuals to restore balance in the body. Specializes in customizing medications to meet individualized needs of patients, and he suggests nutritional supplements, natural products and homeopathic remedies to aid in faster healing and recovery. See ad, page 20.

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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.

Pamela Pearson


amela Pearson is a catalyst for women who desire to achieve positive states of physical energy, mental clarity, emotional well-being and stress resiliency. Whether it be balancing career and family or managing finances and paying the bills, women are faced with constant stressors that impact the state of their overall mental wellness. A former corporate executive, Pamela understands the everyday pressures and stresses facing women who try to “do it all”. Pamela starts by addressing the physical biochemistry of the body with natural product solutions. By providing the body what it needs, many symptomatic issues begin to fall away. These symptoms could be sleep issues, aches and pains, poor digestion, hormonal imbalances, thyroid issues, weight management, anxiety, tension and depression, to name just a few. Certified in multiple energy healing modalities, Pamela can expand her suggested protocols to include reiki, crystal healing and Emotion Code healing. If you would like to improve your energy levels, mental acuity, stress resiliency and positive mood states, Pamela can help facilitate you reaching those goals. Services provided: Natural products for mental wellness plus reiki, Emotion Code, crystal healing, and work with animals. Areas of specialty: Certifications include reiki master, nutrition advisor, crystal energy healing, Emotion Code practitioner, spiritual and psychic development, dowsing for healing. Healing/healthy living philosophy: My mission is to awaken women to what’s possible so that they can consciously live a life they desire. Living a conscious lifestyle is core to my philosophy. I believe in a holistic lifestyle, healthy eating, mindfulness and integrating movement and exercise to sustain healthy living. For more information, call 978-877-6122, email or visit and

PHYSICAL THERAPY NEWTON PHYSICAL THERAPY 383 Elliot St, Door F, Ste 250 Newton Upper Falls, MA 02464 617-916-1655

Manual physical therapy which includes cranio-sacral therapy incorporates the mind-body connection for holistic healing which is essential for effective treatment of chronic pain and/or stress. Effective manual therapy treatment for acute or chronic pain or injury enables therapeutic exercise to be significantly more effective for rehabilitation. See ads on pages 11 and 15.


Christian Verde, Certified Pranic Healer 857-529-7804 A center providing workshops, healing sessions and meditation to alleviate suffering and elevate consciousness through the principles in GMCKS Pranic Healing, Arhatic Yoga and Kriyashakti. See ad, page 16.

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162 South St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 617-942-2644 P.E.M.F. (Pulse Electroagnetic Field) Therapy replicates the Earth’s magnetic field to energize the cells in the body. It has many benefits; however, most use it to target pain in certain areas. See ad, page 13.


617-524-2795 Heal yourself with medical qigong, a moving meditation related to tai chi. In-person or online classes and private lessons. Reduce stress, relieve anxiety and depression, lower blood pressure, improve physical and mental balance and more.


34 Lincoln St, Newton Highlands 617-633-3654 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.


324 Central St, Newton 02466 617-244-8856 Providing you with reiki healing sessions, reiki meditation, and reiki training to support you in reaching your goals of mind-body-spirit wellness and wholeness.See ad, page 8.




Clark Reddick The Boston Alphabiotics Center




nrelieved stress is the leading risk factor in all disease. Hans Selye called stress “the nonspecific response of the organism.” In fact, it has been discovered to be a very specific, identifiable response. The real breakthrough, however, is we now know how to release it. Alphabiotics is a scientifically proven, hands-on process that instantly releases brain stress while unifying and balancing energy between the left and right hemispheres. Energy previously consumed by an unneeded survival program is liberated. The innate intelligence of the body uses this newly available resource to resolve challenges and heal on a priority basis. Services provided: Stress relief and recovery. Areas of specialty: Years of adaptation to chronic stress rewire the nervous system in a way that deeply compromises the healing process. Stress can affect people on every level of being—spiritually, cognitively and physically. For this reason, results have been reported for a multitude of stress-related conditions. Clark suggests, “If you’ve never considered this before, Google ‘stress’ plus your limitation and see. You might be surprised.” He continues “The Alignment Process itself produces a decompressive effect that is, on its own, extraordinary. The real magic, however, is in the profound state of integration one experiences as fight or flight is shed in favor of deep parasympathetic activity. You instantly calibrate at a higher state of consciousness.” Healing/healthy living philosophy: Your mind and body have an incredible capacity to self-heal, but the stress response gets in the way. Many are rediscovering their true potential through this amazing process.

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


Shamanic healing/workshops to facilitate personal transformation and joy in relationships, career and health. Work through private sessions or join a medicine wheel series. Virtual sessions/Arlington, MA. Mention this ad for $25 off.


Clark Reddick, The Boston Alphabiotics Center, Waltham. Private membership association. To apply for membership or for more information, call 617-930-2133, email or visit

98 Parmenter Rd, Framingham, MA 01701 508-838-1101 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 18.


Sacha L. Fossa, Masters Health Arts & Sciences, Certified Sex & Tantric Educator, Licensed Erotic Blueprint Coach, Healing Arts Practitioner 978-309-9399

Chiropractic: Based on the premise that proper structural alignment permits free flow of nerve activity in the body. When spinal vertebrae are out of alignment, they put pressure on the spinal cord and the nerves radiating from it, potentially leading to diminished function and illness. Misalignment can be caused by physical trauma, poor posture and stress. The chiropractor seeks to analyze and correct these misalignments through spinal manipulation or adjustment. 34

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Ready to have better sex, and love your life more, partnered or not? Holistic cutting-edge sex, intimacy and relationship coaching, energy and bodywork, for your sexual healing and empowerment. In person and/or virtual sessions and programs. See ad, page 7.

THERMOGRAPHY METROWEST THERMAL IMAGING Susan Shaw Saari, LAc, CCT, MEd, MAOM, Diplomate in Acupuncture (NCCAOM) 781-899-2121

A clinical imaging technique that records thermal patterns of the body to help diagnose and monitor pain or pathology in any part of the body. See ad, page 11.

Krista Connolly, RSHom(NA), CCH Bowen and Homeopathic Alternative


rista Connolly, RSHom(NA), CCH, is a certified homeopath and a certified Bowen therapy practitioner. She is accustomed to treating longstanding chronic disease and has seen diseases deemed “incurable” cured using both homeopathy and Bowen therapy, which is a physical handson practice. She has 11 years of formal training in homeopathy including a master’s degree and a doctorate and has advanced training with several of the great masters of the Bowen technique. “Bowen therapy is the quickest way I know to see people get well from long-standing and recent muscular skeletal issues and chronic pain,” she says. Homeopathy is an internal medicine modality that gets to the root of acute and chronic disease and ailments on all levels—spiritual, physical, psychological and emotional. Services provided: Homeopathic consultations and Bowen therapy for both acute and chronic care. Homeopathic constitutional care for the first visit is an hour and a half to two hours; follow ups are 45 minutes to one hour. Bowen therapy sessions are 45 minutes to one hour. Both therapies are also available for animals. Areas of specialty: General practice, hormonal, respiratory, bladder and kidney, gastrointestinal, emotional and mental stresses and ailments such as depression, sleep disorders, PTSD, ADHD, ADD and autism. Healing/healthy living philosophy: I believe everyone can heal. Given the right remedy change in habits and lifestyle people improve. It is our God given right to be healthy, and we often just need the right encouragement, remedy and education to exact the snowball effect of healing. There is a special transference between patient and practitioner that can instill and infuse the beginning and completion of healing. Bowen and Homeopathic Alternative, 115 Commonwealth Ave., Dedham. For more information, call 608-362-4940 or visit


We are a total wellness center open 7 days a week. We specialize in Gentle Non-Force Chiropractic (NSA), an assortment of massage modalities, HydroMassage, “Super Comfortable” custom orthotics, physical therapy, detoxifying ionic foot baths, and our latest wellness tool, BEMER (designed to improve circulation supporting the body’s natural self-regulating processes). See ad, pages 11 and 15.


SOUL BEING An expanding technology platform that connects health seekers with wellness professionals. Representing 40+ therapies in health and wellness. Online tools to manage your holistic lifestyle. See ad, page 37.


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


60 Prospect St, Waltham MA TriYoga systematically builds strength, flexibility, reduces stress, increases energy, and promotes healing and well-being. We offer classes for beginners through advanced, chair yoga, therapeutic classes and workshops, individual yoga therapy, therapeutic massage and nutritional counselling.


Acton Pharmacy Keyes Drug West Concord Pharmacy 508-259-7851 Certified lifestyle educator and the director of health and wellness at Acton Pharmacy, Keyes Drug and West Concord Pharmacy. Beth Gardner works one-on-one with patients to help create ways to improve diet and overall health as a means for disease and illness prevention. See ad, page 6.

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Bowen Technique (Bowtech, Bowenwork): This muscle and connective tissue therapy employs gentle, purposeful moves, through light clothing, to help rebalance the autonomic nervous system (ANS). The practitioner’s subtle inputs deliver signals to the ANS at specific locations—muscles, tendons, ligaments or nerves—and the body responds in its own time, within its vital capacity. Sometimes called the homeopathy of bodywork, Bowtech addresses imbalances and both acute and chronic pain.




Katie DiChiara, Founder BrainHckr

Cynthia Gaudino/ Brenda Baylis Doulas of Boston



t BrainHckr, clients learn how to utilize their brain’s natural neuroplastic abilities through NeuroSculpting to release stresses and traumas, create balance in their immune response and create healthy new habits to live to one’s full potential. Katie DiChiara, the founder of BrainHckr, has studied various forms of neural retraining and meditation including the Gupta Programme, mindfulness, pranayama, mantra meditation and transcendental meditation, and is a certified NeuroSculpting facilitator and Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra guide. She is also a 200-hour RYT hatha and vinyasa yoga instructor and an artist. Her love of meditation, first-hand experience with overcoming chronic illness, fascination with how the brain works and creativity as an artist are a perfect combination to shape the ideal meditation for your specific needs. Services provided: NeuroSculpting meditation facilitation, guided meditation and meditation instruction available as classes, workshops, corporate and private sessions both in-person and online. Areas of specialty: stress reduction, brain re-training, chronic illness, chronic fatigue syndrome, multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS), anxiety, panic attacks, PTSD, traumatic brain injury and limiting beliefs. Healing/healthy living philosophy: BrainHckr’s goal is to share how easily accessible your full potential for health and happiness is through NeuroSculpting and meditation. You will learn how to utilize the brain’s natural neuroplasticity to release traumas, illness, stresses and limiting beliefs to create a more positive, productive and healthy life.

t Doulas of Boston, certified doula Cynthia Gaudino and certified doula and reiki practitioner Brenda Baylis help teach, guide and assist a mother throughout pregnancy and birth using natural comfort measures. Learning these techniques will help create a greater connection between a mother and her child during labor with the support of a hospital setting. Cynthia and Brenda guide moms-to-be and partners in the beautiful journey of labor and delivery and are committed to helping women achieve their desired birth, placing special attention on mothering the mother. Services provided: Total support and assistance for the mother and families during the time of childbirth; the awakening of a mother and her child’s sacred journey during birth. Areas of specialty: Brenda is certified in yin yoga and reiki 1, 2 and advanced reiki training. She specializes in supporting the balance of energy and has more than 20 years’ experience in meditation, relaxation and breathing techniques. Cynthia is practiced in comfort measures and relaxation techniques. Healing/healthy living philosophy: At Doulas of Boston, we keep an open heart-mind holding space for all with an understanding that the journey of labor and delivery is ever-changing. We have a passion for sharing our experiences, knowledge, nurturing and compassion while assisting each person individually with customizing their needs, allowing the process to unfold with great support.

BrainHckr, 64 Union Square, Somerville. For more information, call 617-821-5560 or visit

Doulas of Boston, 108 Leyden St., Boston. For more information, call 781-540-1254, email MyDoulasOfBoston@ or visit

Colon Therapy: An internal bath that washes away old toxic waste accumulated along the walls of the colon. It is administered with pressurized water by a professional using special equipment. A colonic irrigation is the equivalent of approximately four to six enemas and cleans out matter that collects in the pockets and kinks of the colon. The treatment is used as both a corrective process and for prevention of disease. Colonics are used for ailments such as constipation, psoriasis, acne, allergies, headaches and the common cold.

Dentistry (Holistic): Regards the mouth as a microcosm of the entire body. The oral structures and the whole body are seen as a unit. Holistic dentistry often incorporates such methods as homeopathy, biocompatibility testing and nutritional counseling. Most holistic dentists emphasize wellness and preventive care, while avoiding (and often recommending the removal of silver-mercury fillings).

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FLOAT Boston


Ingrid LeVasseur, BA, CCT Inner Image Health Screening


float tank is a small shallow pool filled with water nearly saturated with Epsom salt, so individuals float effortlessly. The tank is kept warm, at body temperature, and it is enclosed so it is completely dark and quiet. It’s utterly relaxing. Excessive stress exacerbates many chronic health conditions. Floating is a natural and chemical-free way to bring down the amount of stress in one’s life. Nothing gives the brain and body a more complete rest than a float tank. It automatically triggers a physiological relaxation response, the opposite of fight-or-flight, and tells the body it can let down its defenses and clean up the excess adrenaline and cortisol. Services provided: Flotation sessions of 60 and 90 minutes (back to back long floats available); retail with floating-relevant products; One-time packages and memberships that come with extra benefits, such as a discount on retail items; showers with shampoo and a private-label Lemongrass & Sage Body Wash, as well as Lemongrass & Sage lotion. Alba Botanica detangling spray is provided at the hair dryer counter. Dr. Bronner’s unscented liquid soap is available by request. Areas of specialty: Stress relief, chronic pain relief, creativity, athletic recovery and performance, insomnia relief. Healing/healthy living philosophy: Peaceful states of mind are inside you already. A float practice makes it easier for you to carry them into your daily life.

nner Image Health Screening was founded in 2006 by Ingrid LeVasseur, BA, in order to bring digital infrared thermal imaging (aka thermography) to the region. It has since expanded to include the practice of NES Health which is a bio-energetic system of screening the Human Body Field, and then offering the corrective frequencies to mitigate the distortion of that field to allow the body to heal itself. NES Health is for people who say, “They can’t find anything wrong with me,” or “There’s nothing they can do to help me.” NES Health takes the information from the original blueprint of how the body works when it’s working perfectly and imprint that information back into the body. As that is done, the body starts to correct itself and goes back towards that original healthy blueprint, giving hope to people with chronic ailments. Thermography gives the patient and their provider a visual representation of where inflammation is located to further help with determining a treatment protocol. Unlike anatomical tests such as X-ray, MRI, CT or ultrasound, thermography shows physiological change and metabolic processes that can detect disease processes at subtle levels when intervention can be more effective and ultimately less costly. Services provided: NES Health screenings and protocols both in-office and remotely; thermal imaging in-office. Remote scanning is offered for those that find it difficult or inconvenient to travel. NES Health can be done effectively from the comfort of one’s own home. Healing/healthy living philosophy: As often as possible, choose that which brings you joy.

FLOAT Boston, 515 Medford St., Somerville. For more information, call 844-443-5628 or visit

Inner Image Health Screening, 5 Fundy Rd., Ste. 10C, Falmouth, ME. For more information, call 207-781-6060 or visit See ad on page 14.

Doula: A practitioner who supports an expectant mother through pregnancy, labor, birth and the postpartum period. Studies indicate that support in labor has profound benefits, including shorter labor, less desire for pain medication, lower rate of Caesarian delivery and more ease in initiation of breast-feeding. Fathers have reported that they were more relaxed with a doula present because they felt reassured and therefore freer to support their mates.

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SpectraCell Laboratories


pectraCell Laboratories has been a pioneer in the field of functional micronutrient testing and personalized medicine for more than 20 years. Its diagnostic solutions assess cellular nutrition, uncover early stages of unhealthy metabolic function before overt symptoms and acute events occur, and target metabolic issues at the cellular level to achieve systemic relief. Services provided: Although SpectraCell was founded on nutritional testing, it has evolved into much more, now offering diagnostic tests related to cardiovascular disease, metabolic dysfunction, hormone balance, inflammation and genetic testing. Areas of specialty: SpectraCell’s micronutrient test is one of the few diagnostic tests that is truly preventative. Most lab tests allow earlier diagnosis of a progressing health issue. Micronutrient testing, on the other hand, facilitates real prevention. Cellular deficiencies in any nutrient—vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and the like—when corrected, can and does actually prevent cellular dysfunction and by extension disease. Healing/healthy living philosophy: We are all biochemically unique. Our genes, lifestyle, diet, medical history—even the prescriptions we take—all affect our biochemical individuality, and SpectraCell’s solutions support this ideology, allowing for targeted and more effective treatment options. However, for SpectraCell, it’s about more than testing. It’s about going beyond the boundaries of conventional medicine to empower patients, revolutionize wellness and build a path to a more personalized future. For more information, contact Nancy Degnan at 713-595-7346 or or visit


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TriYoga Boston


riYoga is a complete yoga method. The full spectrum of yoga practices goes far beyond physical exercise and includes eight limbs comprising the full spectrum of yoga practices and a complete ethical and healthy lifestyle designed to maximize the human potential and minimize suffering. These practices encompass all layers of our being (called koshas)—the physical, energetic, mental and emotional, the intellect and the spiritual. The TriYoga flows unite asana, pranayama, inward focus and concentration. The practice is alignment-based to make it safe and effective, and remove the blocks to the flow of prana, the life force. Increasing the flow of prana increases health and well-being at all levels. Every class includes breathing and meditation to quiet the mind. The method is systematic, and the practice is safe and accessible to all. The benefits of the practice can be experienced at any level. Students have reported that the practice has alleviated their back pain, anxiety, depression, and increased strength, flexibility and happiness. Services provided: All levels of yoga classes; therapeutic classes for back pain; chair yoga; therapeutic workshops for anxiety, balance, neck and shoulder and hip pain; class series for Parkinson’s disease; private yoga therapy; therapeutic massage; nutritional counseling and energy healing. Areas of specialty: Back pain, anxiety, Parkinson’s, chronic pain, injury and surgery recovery. Healing/healthy living philosophy: Our mission is to promote health and well-being through yoga practices and education and to share the healing and transformative power of yoga. TriYoga Boston, 60 Prospect St., Waltham. For more information, call 781-609-2497 or visit

Yoga at the Ashram


s the East Coast’s premier Kundalini Research Institute affiliated yoga teacher training center, Yoga at the Ashram is committed to providing affordable yoga and meditation via ongoing daily classes and programs, including world-class trainings, courses, workshops and healing modalities, supported with ayurvedic-inspired nutrition. Services provided: Offering daily yoga classes, health and wellness workshops, trainings and concerts, Yoga at the Ashram is committed to your spiritual growth and well-being. Offering short-term stays in the spiritually uplifting environment of its beautiful guest housing, a oneof-a kind experience is provided for seekers on the path of higher consciousness or simply those that are looking for a peaceful getaway. Early morning yoga and meditation practice of Aquarian Sadhana is available to visitors every day at no charge. Areas of specialty: Kundalini yoga and meditation classes, workshops, concerts, trainings, children’s and family programs. Healing/healthy living philosophy: Yoga at the Ashram is a place to connect with the truest inner self, the gem of wisdom which dwells within everyone. The tools of yoga and meditation are here for everyone regardless of prior yoga experience or personal beliefs. These tools belong to everyone and are used to create self-awareness. The unbroken practice of yoga and meditation at the ashram for nearly 50 years has created a palpable energy of serenity and radiance. This is a unique setting in which to grow into self-discovery that is open to all. Yoga at the Ashram, 368 Village St., Millis. For more information and schedule of classes, workshops and events, call 508-376-4525 or visit

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