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he Center for Spiritual Living Greater Boston has a new home at 50 Dudley Street, in Cambridge. There is plenty of Sunday street parking as well as easy, nearby bus and MBTA access. Rev. Edwin F. Tanzi and Rev. George L. Stewart are offering weekly Sunday morning services and are currently expanding the calendar to include many community activities, classes and workshops. Sunday mornings begin with meditation at 9:45 a.m., followed by service at 10 a.m. and fellowship time afterwards. A calendar of events, schedule of life-expanding classes and other information, including Science of Mind philosophy founded by Dr. Ernest Holmes, can be found at cslboston.org. “We invite you to join our spiritual family at our new home,” say Tanzi and Stewart. For questions or more information, call 617-947-2743, “Like” on Facebook or visit cslboston.org.

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acred Temple Arts will offer two different classes this month, the Access Consciousness Bars and Foundation class, and a one-day class entitled The Keys to Women’s Sensual & Sexual Awakening, Healing & Pleasure. The Access Bars class will be offered twice, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., March 4 and March 9, at a private residence in Lincoln. The other class will be offered from 1 to 4 p.m., March 26, at Sacred Temple Arts, in Newburyport. Becca Speert, certified Access Consciousness Facilitator, will facilitate the day-long Bars workshops that teach people Becca Speert of all ages how to practice Access Consciousness Bars while receiving two sessions as well. The class is suitable for all skill levels and anyone that would like to receive the Bars, share it with family or friends, or offer it as a professional service. Access Bars is a process that has assisted thousands of people to have more clarity and to change many aspects of their body and their life including sleep, health, money, sex and relationships, anxiety, stress and more. During a session, a practitioner lightly touches 32 points on the head to release the electromagnetic charge that holds all the considerations, thoughts, feelings and emotions in place that create limitations. This is a professional certification with no prior experience needed. On March 26, an empowering sex education workshop will be presented by Sacha Fossa, including cutting-edge information on female anatomy, as well as a deepening into the understanding of sacred sexuality. Attendees will receive a homeplay program (via email after the class), to continue their pleasure research. This class is for women that are ready to expand their sensuality, sexuality and self-expression. Fossa is a sex, relationship and intimacy coach, certified sex educator and Advanced Certified Tantric Educator (ACTE), with an MA in Health Arts and Sciences. “Teaching women the sacred sensual arts in a revolutionary new way that integrates modern tantra and sex education with healing arts leads to new levels of (sexual) awakening, healing, empowerment and embodiment,” she says. Cost: Bars: $300, $150 for repeat. Sensuality class: $100. For more information and class locations, visit SacredTempleArts.com/upcoming-in-person-classes. See ad on page 13.

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r. Eric Pearl, author of The Reconnection: Heal Others, Heal Yourself, demystifies the healing process. He teaches others (90,000 and counting) how to activate and use what he refers to as an all-inclusive spectrum of healing frequencies. “Reconnection teaches people how to transcend the ego and its judgment, and reach a state of non-judgment observation,” explains Pearl. “Many of the individuals I have taught describe their experience simply as an internal activation of an advanced level of consciousness, in which awareness allows the perception of a multidimensional universe.” Pearl posits that as part of our growth as human beings, stating, “We not only discover that we have become more, we understand that we can’t stand in fear, lack and limitation, and we can only offer ourselves as a vessel for healing for ourselves and others when we reside in oneness and love.” Pearl believes that it is part of everyone’s life journey to discover that they are an empty vessel, born to be filled with spirit. He advises, “By letting go of beliefs that block our ability to deeply understand this, we can harmonically converge with the lives of others at the level where we are all energy, as physics indicates.” For more information on the Online Level I Course and Integrated Combinations with Live & In-Person Level II schedules, visit ReconnectiveHealing.com. Mention the promotional code word AWAKE and receive a 20 percent discount. See ad on page 43. Be sure to let our advertisers know you found them in natural awakenings

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unfeng Li is a highly cultivated martial arts and gigong master, who was the famous head coach of China’s National Martial Arts Team when more than 100 young students won gold medals while training with him. For seven days, Master Li will be teaching at Eastover Estate and Retreat, in Lennox, from March 31 to April 7. The all-inclusive program, including housing and meals, will be offered as a three-day, six-day or eight-day program. Li acted in and directed several martial arts films, and was an overnight sensation for playing the main role in the award-winning popular film Wu Ling Zhi – Legends of HeJunfeng Li roes. Master Li also taught Jet Li, Donnie Yen and many other famous kung fu movie stars. Many students follow his teaching, not because he is famous, but for his modesty and humility and the healing effect of Sheng Zhen Gong. Sheng Zhen Gong is a method of self-healing, often referred to as “the qigong of Unconditional Love.” It involves a series of moving and non-moving forms, all designed to remove negative energy, or qi, and gather positive healing energy. The movements and contemplations of Sheng Zhen Gong help re-create that deep sense of inner peace we experienced as a small child. As the body softens and negative emotions are released, one experiences a feeling of perfect harmony with the universe. Sheng Zhen empowers and transforms lives, says editor of Sheng Zhen Wuji Yuangong, Anabel Alejandrino. “It is through practice that one is led naturally into one’s own perfect love in the heart. More than just a healing tool for the body and the emotions, I have found that not only do the movements almost magically become the tools with which we can become the person we all want to be, but also our capacity to enjoy life with its ups and downs is enhanced and magnified. Junfeng Li is a living example of this,” she says. Cost: Varies. Early bird discount: $100 off, 20 percent off room and board. Location: 430 East St., Lenox. For more information, call 631-680-7573 or visit Eastover.com. See ad on page 3.

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livia Napoli, an integrative nutrition coach specializing in corporate wellness, one-on-one nutrition coaching, weight loss and group health programs, will offer a fun and engaging Introductory Weight Loss Workshop from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., March 28. This is a perfect workshop for friends and family who want Olivia Napoli to lose weight together but may have had challenges in the past. Together, participants will explore and implement the fundamentals of a whole food nutrient dense diet and lifestyle. Following Napoli’s weight-loss strategies, participants can shed pounds, tone up, look younger, sleep better, feel better physically and emotionally, boost their energy, get glowing skin and lustrous hair, and lower chances of serious diseases and several types of cancer. This powerful, transformative group workshop will consist of one 60-minute session, however there will be options to sign up for the Spring Weight Loss Group Program Series which kicks off in April. Cost: $25. Location: Workbar Cambridge, 45 Prospect St., Cambridge. For more information, call 917-576-4078 or visit OliviaNapoli.com. See Resource Guide on page 42.

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nyone that has struggled to reduce their intake of low-density lipoprotein (LDL or “bad” cholesterol) may have considered avoiding saturated fat in their diets, although the latest meta-study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine now refutes this. Researchers from the University of Copenhagen, in Denmark, conducted a test to determine if consuming low-fat versus regular cheeses impacts LDL cholesterol levels. The study divided 139 people into three groups. One ate regular fat cheese, one consumed reduced-fat cheese and one didn’t eat any cheese at all for 12 weeks. Both LDL and high-density lipoprotein (HDL or “good” cholesterol) levels were tested at the beginning and end of the period. Researchers found no significant difference in the LDL levels of any of the groups and no difference between the HDL levels of the reduced-fat and regular cheese groups, suggesting that consuming lowfat versions has no measurable metabolic benefit. An increase in HDL levels among those that abstained from eating cheese altogether was noted.

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pring can be full of pollens because a large part of the country is in bloom. Ragweed and purple loosestrife will be blooming and filling the air with allergens, and the severity and pervasiveness of strong allergic reactions has increased. When the body experiences allergens, it releases histamines. These chemicals trigger symptoms such as sneezing, excess mucus flow, congestion and swelling of membranes and tissues. Rather than spraying steroids up our nose, there are a number of herbs that when absorbed by the membranes of the nasal passageways can enter the cells and cause them to produce their own antihistamines. Yarrow leaf, horseradish root, elder flower and eye bright are a few excellent examples of herbs that can break the histamine cycle naturally. A decoction of these, with calendula and aloe for soothing, works wonderfully for natural congestion relief. Another approach is to use a spray consisting of an enhanced aqueous silver colloid. The styptic qualities of silver have been utilized for years to constrict microcapillaries and reduce bleeding. The shrinking of the nasal tissues reduces swelling, congestion and at the same time, kills bacteria and fungus. This can help a beleaguered immune system and stop a sinus infection; a wonderful prophylactic for the allergy season. For more information, call herbalist Steven Frank at 888-465-4404 or visit NaturesRiteRemedies.com. See ad, page 3. 10

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new study from King’s College London has found that children’s use of electronic devices close to bedtime can reduce their chances of a good night’s sleep. Researchers examined 20 existing studies encompassing 125,000 children between the ages of 6 and 19. They found that youngsters using a device within 90 minutes of falling asleep had an increased likelihood of poor and inadequate sleep quality and excessive daytime sleepiness. Study author Ben Carter, Ph.D., says, “Sleep is an often undervalued, but important part of children’s development, with a regular lack of sleep causing a variety of health problems.” These can include obesity, sedentary lifestyle, reduced immune function and poor diet. Poor food choices and excessive eating can start young, as illustrated in a study from Colorado University, in Boulder, which found a link between sleep deprivation and poor diet choices in preschool children. The Colorado study followed five girls and five boys, ages 3 and 4, that were regular afternoon nappers. They were deprived of their naps for one day, during which their food and beverage consumption was monitored and compared with their choices on a day when their sleep routine remained intact. During the sleep-deprived day, the children ate 20 percent more calories than usual and their diet consisted of 25 percent more sugar and 26 percent more carbohydrates.


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utein and zeaxanthin are known key carotenoids for eye health, filtering out harmful high-energy blue wavelengths of light and helping to protect and maintain cells comprising the eye. The human body does not make enough of either nutrient, so we must get them from supplements or food sources such as kale, spinach, collard greens, turnip greens, corn, green peas, broccoli, romaine lettuce, green beans and eggs. Researchers from the University of Georgia, in Athens, investigated the relationship between levels of lutein and zeaxanthin and cognitive function. They measured the levels of each nutrient in the retinas of 43 older adults with a mean age of 72 and asked that the subjects learn and recall pairs of unrelated words. The study found that those with higher levels of both nutrients did better on the test, suggesting that the enhanced neural efficiency that comes from consuming these nutrients leads to better brain function.

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Oregano Oil Proves a Safe Antibiotic for Poultry In many large commercial chicken farms, the animals are fed antibiotics to keep them healthy and fight off infections. But due to consumer demand, McDonald’s has eliminated antibiotics used in human medicine from its entire restaurant chicken supply. Meanwhile, a farm in Pennsylvania owned by Scott Sechler is among the first to rely solely on a mix of oregano oil and cinnamon in the treatment and care of its chickens. In addition to being completely natural, oregano oil supplies the chickens with health advantages, producing a much higher quality of natural chicken in a far more humane method than that attained using antibiotics. Like antibiotics, the oil assists the chickens in battling any infections, reducing the number of birds lost to disease. Bob Ruth, president of another Pennsylvania farming business, has been testing oregano on his pigs for six months to see if it can outperform prescription antibiotics. Related problems arise when animals live in dirty conditions, making them more susceptible to infections and viruses, which can also be triggered by insufficient cleansing of slaughterhouses that must be hosed down and completely sanitized after each act of butchery. He thinks that drugs should not be a requirement if the farmers keep things tidy.

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Researchers from Iowa State University have developed a new form of synthetic leather using cellulose fibers taken from kombucha tea, along with vinegar and sugar, made in shallow plastic tanks. When a colony of bacteria and yeast is added, the material grows on the top of the liquid’s surface, where it can be harvested and dried. The researchers have successfully used the material to make prototype garments, including shoes and a vest. It’s 100 percent biodegradable, so when the fabric gets wet, it softens and becomes less durable; in very low temperatures, it can become brittle. Young-A Lee, Ph.D., associate professor of apparel, merchandising and design at Iowa State University, in Ames, says, “Fashion, to most people, is an ephemeral expression of culture, art and technology, manifesting itself in practical form. Fashion companies keep producing new materials and clothing, from season to season, year to year, to fulfill consumers’ desires and needs. Think about where these items eventually go. They will take up tremendous underground spaces of the Earth, like other trash.” Spanish designer Carmen Hijosa has created Piñatex, another faux-leather product made from pineapple leaf fibers as a more sustainable and cruelty-free alternative. She acted after seeing how leather tanneries operate. Source: News.iastate.edu 12

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Laundry Machines Boost School Attendance Kids in middle schools with attendance problems may simply lack clean clothes to wear. An experiment by the Whirlpool company has taken on the issue with significant results. The Whirlpool Care Counts Program donated 17 pairs of washers and dryers to school districts in St. Louis and Fairfield, California. Kids with attendance problems were asked to bring their laundry to be cleaned while they were in class. Each student had approximately 50 loads of laundry done at school during the year, and more than 90 percent increased their attendance, with at-risk students attending almost two more weeks in class. Whirlpool is now expanding the program. Compared to factors such as economic opportunity, unemployment and institutional racism, laundry might seem inconsequential, but for a 10-year-old facing stacked odds, having nothing clean to wear could be the deciding factor in whether or not they want to face their classmates that day. Seventh-grade teacher Alison Guernsey, in Fairfield, says, “One of my students had more or less withdrawn from school completely. After we started the program, he was more excited about coming and started to actively engage in class. He didn’t feel like an outsider anymore.”


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Refresh the Home with a Spring Clearing When spring is on its way, we get the urge to refresh and clean. We air things out, sweep the rooms and corners, scrub and vacuum the floors, wash the windows and discard outdated foods in the fridge. Spring cleaning is a time for bringing renewal and freshness to our homes. As a bonus to spring cleaning and decluttering, our lives flow with greater ease and grace. Our responsibilities at home and work, everyday commitments and unfinished projects will seem easier to complete, lightening up the cluttering of our hearts and minds. Here are some tips to get started on spring clearing in the home, office and on oneself. • Look over papers lying around. Remove, recycle, file and shred documents that contain personal information. • Organize and put away items that are on the counters of the kitchen. • Hang up clothing that is lying around. Donate clothing not worn recently. Give to a shelter or organization that will pick them up. • Play music in the home and office. Choose classical, meditative, mantras, prayers, jazz or vocalists that sing nice positive lyrics. Music can have a healing, clearing and positive effect on the energy of the home and people. • Smudge the home. Burn sage and walk through all the rooms to break up stuck energy. Drumming or shaking a rattle is another good way to break up the areas of stuck energy. • Take an Epsom salt bath or shower to clear one self. Anyone with diabetes is advised to use baking soda instead. Source: Karen Piedra is a realtor and family/home healer and master reiki teacher. She can be reached at 508-395-6392 or KarenPiedra.com. See ad on page 26.

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he United States has not passed a major federal law to regulate the safety of ingredients used in personal care products since 1938. During the past two decades, the European Union has banned more than 1,300 chemicals in the product formulas of personal care products and restricted the levels of over 250 more in such products, while the U.S. has only partially banned 30 to date. Ask Congress to help protect our families from common harmful ingredients used in everyday personal care products. Join the Beautycounter movement by asking Congress for more health-protective laws in the beauty industry. To take action, visit http://p2a.co/qt7Cu0u or text MarchForth to 52886.

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Combating Lyme Disease With Biomagnetic Therapy by Natural Awakenings Staff

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n 2013, unknowingly, Alan Grazioso was bitten by a tick near the woods of Camp David in Maryland. “This deer tick the size of a sesame seed changed my life,” he says. “I had no idea I would discover a whole new profession as a result.” Grazioso is an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker who has traveled the globe producing projects for Oxfam, PBS and the History Channel. Grazioso remembers feeling oddly lethargic and achy with a low-grade fever. Three weeks later a bull’s-eye rash appeared on his leg. He was fortunate as fewer than half of Lyme cases show the tell-tale bull’s-eye according to the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS). “The bull’s-eye is a clear indicator that the Lyme bacterium known as Borrelia burgdorferi has invaded the body,” Grazioso continues. “Most clients I see today unfortunately were not as lucky as I was. Sadly thousands go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed for years. Early detection is key.” Researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that 300,000 diagnosed cases of Lyme disease occur annually in the United States. Data shows higher concentrations in 14 states in the Northeast and Midwest, yet Lyme has been reported in all 50 states and in 80 countries worldwide. New England remains one of the epicenters of Lyme. Immediately upon seeing the bull’s-eye, Grazioso rushed to the ER and took the doctor-prescribed 21 days of antibiotics. “I felt better but almost a year later odd joint pain symptoms

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surfaced.” A trusted friend referred him to Joan Randall, a Lyme-focused alternative practitioner in Woodstock, Vermont. This was Grazioso’s first introduction to biomagnetic therapy. A dozen treatments later, to his surprise, he was free from his Lyme symptoms. Deeply impacted and intrigued, he began studying biomagnetism with Randall and became certified in biomagnetic therapy with the Goiz Institute of Biomagnetism, in Berkeley, California. Biomagnetic therapy was developed nearly three decades ago in Mexico by medical surgeon Dr. Isaac Goiz Durán. Durán began treating HIV patients in his clinic with pairs of specially placed magnets of opposite polarities. The “Biomagnetic Pair,” as Durán referred to the modality in the early days, uses pairs of medium-strength magnets of opposing charge to equalize organisms’ pH. After promising results with HIV patients in the late 1980s, Durán discovered additional “pairs” to address symptoms and pathologies of other illnesses and began teaching internationally. Grazioso adds, “I was fortunate to stumble upon biomagnetic therapy and be treated, trained and mentored by Joan Randall in her Lyme Magnetic Protocol (LMP) which is a very in-depth approach to addressing symptoms of acute and chronic Lyme and it’s many co-infections.” He started his biomagnetic practice in 2015 in a clinic he shares with a chiropractor, a massage therapist and an acupuncturist in Lexington, Massachusetts. Grazioso reflects, “Nearby historic battles were fought by courageous minutemen and women that saved early America from the Brits. I feel humbled to serve clients and help them battle Lyme.” Clients travel to Grazioso’s office from across New England. “Ironically I feel very grateful to this little tick because I found my calling as a biomagnetic practitioner and am able to make a difference.”

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Fortunately, food allergies that trigger such a dramatic, fast, immune response are fairly rare, particularly in adults. “Most of what we’re seeing today is an uptick in food sensitivities and intolerances, terms that are often used interchangeably to describe foods that are not digested well and can challenge the immune system,” says Solana Beach, California, nutrition and fitness expert JJ Virgin, author of The Virgin Diet. Newark, Delaware, medical doctor and allergist Junfang Jiao, Ph.D., attests to increased levels of testing for food allergies and sensitivities in recent years. “I can’t say there are more allergies or sensitivities, but more doctors are aware of the wide-ranging symptoms and more people are getting referred for testing,” he reports. Many experts agree on at least one underlying cause behind the trend—a widely studied condition called leaky

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omplaints of digestive upsets, brain fog, headaches, relentless food cravings and unrelieved stress appear to be at epidemic levels these days. “These symptoms may be part of newfound awareness of the wide-ranging and seemingly unrelated health problems caused by food sensitivities and intolerances, which are different from food allergies,” explains microbiologist Kiran Krishnan, from Chicago.

Food Allergies

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The symptoms of food allergies in adults and children, often including hives, rashes and itching, can range from being annoying to life threatening. For extremely sensitive people, the tiniest fragment of a peanut or a bee sting, exposure to latex gloves or certain medications like penicillin can cause such a sudden strong allergic reaction that it results in anaphylaxis, which makes breathing passages swell shut. If untreated, such extreme allergies can even prove fatal, which is why people with severe allergies carry the antidote epinephrine (adrenaline) with them. Food allergies are diagnosed by blood and/or skin testing under the supervision of a medical professional, usually a doctor of medicine, osteopathy or naturopathy. Effective treatment, which must be customized to the individual, typically entails avoidance of allergy triggers.

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gut, characterized by intestinal permeability. Microscopic pinholes in an unhealthy small intestine can allow undigested nutrients to pass through intestinal walls, triggering mild immune responses, inflammation and, potentially, the onset of some diseases. Theories of what causes leaky gut are diverse and sometimes contradictory but experts recommend consulting a medical professional if one suffers from food sensitivities. Each individual is unique, so there is no “blanket solution” for everyone. Dysbiosis: Leaky gut is often caused by an imbalance in “good” and “bad” intestinal bacteria, sometimes called dysbiosis, says Krishnan. It can be brought on by the use of antibiotics, antibiotic residues in meats and dairy products or a diet high in sugar and processed foods. Most interesting, he believes, is the discovery that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s weed killer

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Roundup used on genetically modified (GMO) corn and soy crops, contributes to dysbiosis, as verified by Massachusetts Institute of Technology scientists in a study published in Interdisciplinary Toxicology. They concluded with a plea to world governments to reconsider policies regarding the safety of glyphosate residues in foods. GMOs: While this issue has been less widely analyzed, a 1996 study published in the Journal of Applied Microbiology found that the Bacillus thuringiensis toxin added to Monsanto’s GMO corn crops to kill pests is not destroyed during human digestion. Danish researchers at the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University suggested it may damage cells of the intestinal lining. Gluten: “Gluten causes leaky gut,” says Port Jefferson, New York, naturopathic doctor Doni Wilson, author of The Stress Remedy, voicing one side of the controversy based on her review of scientific literature. She’s concluded, “Whether you are sensitive to it or not, gluten increases the production of zonulin, which can result in damage to intestinal walls and cause the cells on the outside of the intestines to set off an immune response to anything that passes through. In this condition, what we’re eating—cheese, milk, eggs, corn, soy—is leaking through the gut lining, triggering an immune response and potentially creating multiple food sensitivities.” Wilson also notes that in her clinical experience, only about half of her patients with gluten sensitivities complain of digestive issues. “I’ve found that gluten causes the immune cells on the outside of the small intestine to affect the nervous system, causing headaches, anxiety, depression and insomnia,” she says. Her findings are backed by research from the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Celiac Research and Italy’s University of Catania. The same researchers confirm that non-celiac gluten sensitivity or intolerance can also foster depression; a University of Cincinnati study published in the journal Headache links gluten and headaches. Other proteins in wheat can be problematic, advises Fiona McCulloch, a Toronto doctor of naturopathy, citing a study presented at the annual European Gastroenterology Conference, in Vienna, last October. The report showed that a

As a gluten tolerance test, substitute an amount of non-gluten carbohydrates for the same amount of gluten-containing products. For example, instead of two pieces of bread, substitute three-quarters of a cup of brown rice—a rough equivalent in carbohydrate content. A positive difference in hunger, cravings and energy levels when gluten is eliminated indicates a condition of gluten intolerance. ~Fiona McCulloch family of proteins called amylase trypsin inhibitors can lead to the development of inflammation in tissues beyond the gut, including the lymph nodes, kidneys, spleen and brain. Glyphosate residues can be a factor in gluten intolerance. Although wheat crops produced in the U.S. are not yet genetically modified, many non-organic wheat crops are sprayed with glyphosate to promote rapid drying, according to the Environmental Working Group. Inadequate digestive enzymes: Lactose intolerance is the most common result of missing digestive enzymes like lactase, according to the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minnesota. Avoiding milk products may relieve digestive distress for some.

Eliminate Items, Then Challenge

Most experts believe the easiest way to deal with food sensitivities is to stop eating the food in question. The so-called “elimination and challenge” diet, which has been in use for decades, is effective, free and addresses the foods responsible for common food intolerances, says Virgin. Simply avoid the food of concern

completely for at least three weeks, then eat a small amount of it and catalog the results. For some people, it may only take a couple of hours for symptoms to return after eating a piece of bread, cup of milk, an egg or bit of tofu. Virgin’s seven-food challenge is a bit more rigorous, but improves feelings of general well-being so readily that many people don’t even want to bring back the eliminated foods because they feel so much better, she says. Her threeweek diet completely eliminates the most common food sensitivity triggers: gluten-containing foods (largely wheat), dairy, eggs, soy, corn, peanuts, sugar and artificial sweeteners. “When I say eliminate these foods 100 percent, I mean it,” cautions Virgin. “You need to give your immune system at least that much time to cool off.” She adds, “You can do anything such as this for just three weeks.” Virgin also recommends the elimination diet for weight loss because it helps overcome food cravings triggered by the immune system response and leptin resistance, leveraging the hormone that turns off the body’s hunger signals, a finding confirmed by independent studies performed by Sweden’s Lund University and Italy’s University of Palermo. She’s also documented other positive effects through her own research and experience with participants in her programs, including improvements in energy, focus, joint pain, skin clarity and bloating, all in the designated short time frames.

Other Approaches

People with food sensitivities may be able to tolerate occasional indulgences in their trigger foods once they’ve healed their digestive systems, notes Krishnan. Probiotics can help, especially those encapsulated in spores so they can pass through the barrage of stomach acid and reach the small intestine where they are most needed. Krishnan’s research, to be published this spring, showed that half of otherwise healthy young people suffering from leaky gut had a dramatic reduction of symptoms by taking a spore-forming probiotic Bacillus indicus product for 30 days. After the healing period, sensitive people may be able to eat small amounts of certain foods

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with the assistance of dietary aids and supplements, adds McCulloch. Get dirty: Johns Hopkins University research has shown that kids raised in an excessively hygienic environment experience much higher rates of allergies and sensitivities. University of Wisconsin researchers found that youths growing up in households that are less than obsessively sanitary among four or five other people and dogs will strengthen and challenge their immune systems as they mature. Adults need to challenge their immune systems, too, says Krishnan. Eat organic and fermented foods: A widely varied diet helps spread out the immune system challenges of trigger foods. Organic foods don’t contain glyphosate and other potentially harmful chemicals; fermented foods contain digestive enzymes. Eat prebiotics: Raw onions, garlic, leeks and asparagus are prebiotics. They help feed probiotic bacteria and improve gut health. Block sensitivity triggers: Many people with lactose intolerance are able to consume dairy products if they use lactase, the enzyme that helps digest lactose. Similarly, some people with gluten intolerance find they can eat moderate amounts of wheat products with protein supplements like lectin, carb blockers and digestive enzymes that help break down the gluten molecules, according to Virgin. Supplements that might help: Glucomannan (konjac or elephant yam fiber) contributes to a feeling of fullness and stabilizes blood sugar, says McCulloch. She also recommends the amino acid L-glutamine and digestive enzymes to assist in gut healing. Kathleen Barnes is the author of numerous natural health books. Connect at KathleenBarnes.com.

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Testing for Food Sensitivities by Kristine Jelstrup

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ne of the biggest challenges with food sensitivities is figuring out which foods are causing harm. It can be challenging to give up all the potentially harmful foods (as done in an elimination diet) because there could be many suspects but only a few actually causing problems. It’s much easier to restrict one or more foods from our diet when we can confirm which particular food is really the cause of the problems. One way to narrow down possible offenders is through Muscle Response Testing, which is a form of applied kinesiology. The foods that are harmful to one’s nervous system will weaken it; the foods that are good for an individu-

al will strengthen it. These weaknesses and strengths will be reflected in a weak or strong Muscle Response Test. It’s easy to do the testing and can take place in a matter of minutes. Many practitioners have small glass vials which contain the energy of foods people are most commonly sensitive to. The body will react to them as if they were the actual food. If a patient holds a vial with the energy of wheat in it, for example, and then has a weak Muscle Response Test, there is a good likelihood that wheat is giving them problems. They feel the weakness and this makes it easier for them to avoid the offending food. There are three options for man-

aging food sensitivities: 1. Avoid the food. 2. Desensitize and strengthen the system to eliminate the bad reaction to certain foods. 3. Take supplements to help digest the offending food while at the same time taking supplements to heal the gut. One or any combination of the three can be implemented. To desensitize the system, a patient holds the vial of the suspected food or the food itself while the practitioner clears the disturbances or blockages found in the nervous system related to that food. To find the supplement(s) that will help digest the food and heal the gut, the practitioner uses Muscle Response Testing. Some supplements will elicit a strong muscle response and others will elicit a weak muscle response. The ones that make the patient strong are the ones that will help. One way or another, patients can navigate their way through food and supplement options by seeing a practitioner that uses Muscle Response Testing. Kristine Jelstrup, LMT, CBK, is a natural healthcare practitioner and owner of Central Square Health and Wellness, located at 126 Prospect St., #5, in Cambridge. Her services include Muscle Response Testing. For more information, call 617-833-3407 or visit CentralSquareHealthAndWellness.com. See ad on page 6 and Resource Guide on page 39.

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she explains. If childhood tooth growth is delayed, Pearson often suggests a chiropractic adjustment if all other developmental areas are normal. “It can help the body relax so that teeth erupt naturally,” she advises.

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Kids Do Best with Holistic Dentistry by Linda Sechrist

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ccording to a 2012 New York Times story, “Preschoolers in Surgery for a Mouthful of Cavities,” more dentists nationwide are recommending that children be administered general anesthesia at hospitals due to the severity of decay. Such extensive dental work on children is largely preventable. Wise parents encourage their children to develop healthy habits such as brushing teeth at least twice a day; eating fewer sugary snacks and brushing afterwards; limiting fruit juice intake to four ounces a day; and sucking on bacteria-killing xylitol lollipops. Such a routine combined with an initial dentist visit by their first birthday can reduce dental costs, including hospital treatment for extreme decay that can cost thousands of dollars. Other ways to reduce the too-common incidence of six to 10 childhood cavities include breastfeeding only until baby teeth erupt; avoiding transmission of an anaerobic oral bacteria carried in saliva that’s the leading cause of tooth decay; early interceptive treatment to

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avoid crowding of teeth; and consulting a nutritionist.

Breastfeeding

Andie Pearson, a doctor of dental medicine and owner of Gaimed Dental Spa, in Wilmette, Illinois, tells mothers that in the descent through the birth canal, their baby ingests the bacteria necessary to digest breast milk. As teeth later emerge, their gut bacteria also become able to digest solid food. “By the time a child has all 20 baby teeth, between 18 and 30 months, they no longer have the microbial ecology for digesting breast milk and should be weaned. Researchers from the University of California-Berkeley have found that the more frequently a mother breastfed her child beyond the second birthday during the day, the greater the child’s risk of severe early tooth decay,” says Pearson. Development of facial muscles and bone structure is dependent on chewing and gnawing. “Teething rings facilitate chewing that builds stronger teeth and creates better alignment,”

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Mouth-to-Mouth Susan Maples, a doctor of dental surgery and owner of Total Health Dentistry, in Holt, Michigan, notes that Streptococcus mutans is the leading reason children are hospitalized today. “Cavities are formed when the rate of decay of the teeth caused by the lactic acid produced by the bacteria exceeds the rate of repair initiated by the phosphate and calcium ions in saliva,” she explains. The unwanted bacteria is transmitted through saliva, which is why adults should avoid licking spoons or tasting foods before offering them to children between the ages of 1 and 3. “This type of bacteria thrives on sugar, so children shouldn’t have lots of sugary drinks and sweet treats,” says Maples. Mouth kissing presents a similar risk.

Early Intervention

Kris Kammer, a doctor of dental surgery and owner of Gums of Steel Oral Hygiene Transformation, in Middleton, Wisconsin, learned early in his career to avoid mercury amalgam fillings and early extractions of bicuspids for orthodontic purposes, and that xylitol reduces buildup of plaque bacterial biofilm on teeth. A study published in the Journal of Dental Research, supported by findings of a metastudy appearing in Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dentistry “shows that regular use of xylitol over six months significantly reduces the Streptococcus mutans population,” he says. He also suggests early interceptive treatments which can be performed by general dentists. “Parents don’t need to wait for children’s teeth to come in crooked and crowded. These issues can be addressed with a removable appliance that expands the arch in the roof dome, influences bone growth and makes room for incoming teeth,” says Kammer. Early proper diet may also help prevent crowding of teeth as well as maloc-


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

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

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clusion, or misalignment of upper and lower teeth, according to Pearson.

Tooth Truth

Role Modeling “Parents play a pivotal role in their children’s dental hygiene. They influence how their children care for their teeth, behave in the dentist’s office and feel about dental visits,” advises Pentti Nupponen, a doctor of dental medicine and owner of the Halifax Center for Holistic & Cosmetic Dentistry, in Halifax, Pennsylvania. Children should be made familiar with dentistry and taught that they are responsible for their dental hygiene from around age 1. Nupponen explains his gentle method: “I encourage mothers to bring their children along for dental appointments so that they can watch me from their mother’s lap. Generally, by the time they are alone in my chair, they aren’t frightened.” Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at ItsAllAboutWe.com.

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Biological dentistry enlists the body, mind and spirit in the care and maintenance of the mouth, which is the gateway to one’s complete health. Individuals with good oral conditions are more likely to enjoy better health and wellness throughout the entire body.

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ll teeth are located along meridians, or energetic pathways, that connect to different parts of the body. Time and time again, biological dentists see proof of this interconnectedness. People with breast cancer, for example, frequently have issues with certain teeth such as #2, 3, 14, 15, 20 and 29. Others with prostate cancer may have issues with different teeth like #7, 8, 9, 10, 23, 24, 25 and 26. The list of teeth and medical connections are well-documented. Once the teeth and mouth are brought to good health, a patient frequently is relieved of the corresponding medical symptoms. Health focused-dentistry is not always conventional, but it always strives for individual biocompatibility. Practices such as electro-dermal screening, homeopathy, nutritional and detoxification therapies, acupressure and massage are all incorporated by holistic dentists in an effort to individualize treatment recommendations. In addition, biological dentistry helps to create a strong immune system which is the best way to prevent disease. The focus on good oral health is the key to whole-body health and well-being. Safe, effective treatments using natural approaches and materi-

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als alongside state-of-the-art technology reduce toxic exposure to metals and chemicals. The goal is to identify and address the cause of oral infections (cavities, gum disease). When toxicity is identified in the oral cavity, it is essential to rid the mouth of the toxin and help re-establish a state of wellness. Health-focused dentistry takes into consideration how the treatment of the oral cavity will affect the immune system as well as the overall health of the individual. Detoxification and support from other medical practitioners and healing modalities are often utilized to ensure a successful treatment outcome. A holistic approach to oral health may involve more than a dentist. Look for a wellness center that goes above and beyond dentistry to get well, be well and stay well. Jean Nordin-Evans, DDS, ND, IBDM, is co-founder of Groton Wellness, located at 493-495 Main St., Groton, in the Mill Run Plaza. Groton Wellness offers family dentistry, orthodontics and integrative medicine, as well as a detox spa and café. For more information, call 978-449-9919 or visit GrotonWellness.com. See ad on next page and Resource Guide on page 40.


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finding with the refinement that saturated fats increase both types of cholesterol. However, the latest research from the journal BMJ shows that saturated fat does not increase the number of LDL, or “bad”, particles, a predictor of cardiovascular disease. Instead, it makes existing LDL particles larger, a fairly benign situation in regard to such disease.

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Thumbs-Up on Fats Good Fat Doesn’t Make Us Fat by Judith Fertig

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n an era of too much information, the role of fats in our diet has been a victim of not enough information. Today’s turnaround in nutritional thinking acknowledges natural fats as being vital to heart health and weight loss.

Heart Health Benefit

A recent metastudy in the Annals of Internal Medicine, a journal of the American College of Physicians, concluded that saturated fat does not appear to increase heart disease risk, overturning almost 60 years of accepted medical thought. The researchers analyzed data from 76 studies involving more than

600,000 people and found that those that ate the most saturated, or “bad”, fat did not show a higher risk of cardiovascular disease compared with those that ate the least. Note that processed trans fats remain a villain, still deemed a risk to heart health per the metastudy. The misleading information began in the 1950s, when Physiologist Ancel Keys, Ph.D., discovered a correlation between diets high in saturated fats and higher cholesterol levels. Soon, the lowfat diet was born.  In 2000, further research introduced the concepts of good and bad fats. More recent analysis confirmed this

Fat doesn’t even make you fat, claims Mark Hyman, a well-known medical doctor in Lenox, Massachusetts, and author of Eat Fat, Get Thin: Why the Fat We Eat Is the Key to Sustained Weight Loss and Vibrant Health. “The theory that all calories have the same impact on your weight and metabolism remains one of the most persistent nutrition myths,” says this practitioner of functional medicine who points out that we’ve been sidetracked by wrong thinking. “Eating fat can make you lean. Healthy cell walls made from high-quality fats are better able to metabolize insulin, which keeps blood sugar better regulated. Without proper blood sugar control, the body socks away fat for a rainy day. The right fats also increase fat burning, diminish hunger and reduce fat storage,” he notes. Whole30, a 30-day diet revolving around clean eating, also emphasizes healthy fats. Devised in 2009 by Dallas Hartwig, a functional medicine practitioner and certified sports nutritionist, and Melissa Hartwig, a certified sports

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nutritionist, the program aims to reduce inflammation, detoxify the body and reset metabolism. The Salt Lake City, Utah, authors of the New York Times bestselling The Whole30 recommend healthy fats to keep us full and rev up metabolism. Recommended healthy fats include coconut milk and oil, avocados, olive oil, organic ghee (clarified butter) and raw nuts. Josh Axe, a natural medicine practitioner and clinical nutritionist in Nashville, Tennessee, recommends the healthy fats contained in avocados, organic butter and ghee from grass-fed cows and goats, coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, and other foods high in omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon, sardines, walnuts, chia seeds and flax seeds. “Butter’s experiencing a comeback as a healthy fat as its benefits become more widely known,” says Axe. “The omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids in butter help the brain function properly and improve skin health.” Ghee, an ancient Indian version of butter, is lactoseand casein-free, while being loaded with fat-soluble vitamins A, D and E, says Axe. These vitamins are best absorbed by the body when they’re in a fat substance and then stored in the gastrointestinal tract, keeping metabolism and digestion on track, he notes. Ghee’s high level of vitamin K2, best known as a natural blood coagulator, “also helps strengthen bones, while the fatty acids found in it improve digestion and reduce inflammation.”

Healthy Levels of Fat

“If you’re active, about 40 percent of your calories should come from carbohydrates, another 30 percent from protein and the other 30 percent from fat in general,” says Axe, adding that this has the added benefit of helping prevent arteriosclerosis. “Some people may consume a greater percentage of healthy fats if the goal is to become a fat burner.” “There is no one-size-fits-all approach to weight loss and health,” Hyman reminds us. “Low-carb, higher-fat diets work for most people, but for some, they may not be optimal in the long term.” Judith Fertig writes food health articles and cookbooks from Overland Park, KS (JudithFertig.com). 26

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octor of Osteopathic Medicine Joseph Mercola has practiced as a board-certified family physician for more than 30 years. His educational website, Mercola.com, has been the most visited natural health site for the past 12 years, with 12 million unique visitors each month. His three New York Times bestsellers include Effortless Healing.

milligrams per deciliter). It is important to get these levels checked, because it is impossible to know without testing.

In your opinion, what is the greatest health risk Americans face today and what can we do about it right now?

With today’s overload of conflicting health information—and the temptation to self-diagnose—how can we accurately assess our status in terms of optimal wellness? One of the major principles I strongly embrace is to listen to your body and adjust your lifestyle based on the feedback it’s providing you. The seven clinically proven gauges I advise you to assess now and continue to monitor every six months or so are fasting insulin level (normal is less than five micro-international units per milliliter of blood; ideal is less than three); vitamin D level (normal is 40 to 60 nanograms per milliliter); waist-to-hip ratio (ideal for men, 0.8; for women, 0.7); body fat percentage (fitness level for women is 21 to 24 percent; for men, 14 to 17 percent); HDL to total cholesterol ratio (ideally 24 to 30 percent or higher); blood pressure (ideal numbers are 120 over 80 systolic/diastolic without medication); and uric acid level (ideal is three to five

I’m convinced that for the typical American, the most important health step to take is to stop drinking soda, sports drinks, fruit juices or artificially flavored and sweetened waters and replace them with pure water. Most people are now aware that sodas are laced with processed sugars like high-fructose corn syrup and artificial sweeteners, but many don’t know that their favorite sport and vitamin drinks contain these sweeteners plus a host of frightening extras, including toxic chemicals like chlorine, fluoride, phthalates, BPA [bisphenol A] and disinfection byproducts.

What role do carbohydrates play? Carbs are a far dirtier fuel than fat and generate far more reactive oxygen species than fat. Some 70 years of following low-fat diet recommendations has resulted in the vast majority of dieters losing the ability to burn fat as their primary fuel. One of the most powerful strategies to regain this ability is to start a practice of regular intermittent fasting, restricting your eating window to six to 14 hours a day and fast the rest of the day.

Of course, you will want to replace a high net carb intake, or total carbs minus fiber, with healthy fats such as those in avocados, coconut oil, seeds and nuts. Avoid industrially processed omega-6 vegetable oils like corn, soy and canola.

Because an indoor, climate-controlled, sedentary lifestyle may lead to slowly developing chronic disease, what changes do you suggest we make? Spending time outside with bare feet in contact with the ground even for short periods can yield significant benefits. It’s even better to do it with the sun shining on your bare skin. The Earth is an abundant source of free electrons, and when the sun shines on your skin a vital biological circuit forms that helps transfer energy to water throughout the body, which serves as a cellular battery. Albert Einstein won a Nobel Prize for describing this process, called the photoelectric effect. Reducing the length of time sitting each day and regularly moving is even more important for most of us than getting regular exercise. A good rule of thumb is to stand up every 15 minutes or so.

What can we do better to maintain optimal health?

Two-thirds of Americans are overweight. The problems with carrying excess weight are more than aesthetic. At the root of obesity is mitochondrial metabolic dysfunction. Metabolic disorders go hand-in-hand with many of the chronic diseases plaguing Americans in record numbers—including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, dementia and cancer—according to numerous studies such as research by the Centers for Disease Control and the Center for the Study of Chronic Metabolic and Rare Diseases, at George Mason University. The most potent strategy to address such metabolic dysfunction is to make a strong commitment to reaching and maintaining a personally healthy level of body fat. Judith Fertig writes food health articles and cookbooks from Overland Park, KS (JudithFertig.com).

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magine an exercise system that strengthens the body enough to be used in training world-class athletes, stretches more safely than any form of yoga and expands the core training concepts of Pilates into natural full-body movements like those used in everyday reaching and walking, along with jumping and swimming. This is the Gyrotonic system,” says Angela Crowley, a Gyrotonic master teacher, trainer and exercise spa owner in Coral Gables, Florida. A former gymnast and dancer, Crowley took to the Gyrotonic approach after being severely injured in an automobile accident. “Traditional physical therapy only addressed certain aspects without bringing me back to normal,” she says. “Running and yoga felt intolerable. Gyrotonic exercises became a perfect bridge. I was able to rehabilitate safely while challenging myself to return to normal expectations and now, beyond.” The system of fluid movements leverages specially designed equipment that can be customized for every individual. “The Gyrotonic system combines elements from many different modalities into three-dimensional, circular movements. A primary focus is on all the different motions of the spine and how to create rhythmic, flowing movement within the entire body,” says Stefani Schrimpf, Gyrotonic instructor and studio owner of Physiques, in Overland Park, Kansas. “The exercises strengthen, lengthen and stretch muscles, while stimulating connective tissues around the joints. They also improve balance, flexibility and coordination. This system allows you to push beyond specific limitations and to isolate and fine tune movement skills,” says Schrimpf. While a Gyrotonic workout has similarities to yoga and Pilates, it is also unique. According to Melissa Jutras,

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a Pilates instructor, weightlifting coach, personal trainer and gym/studio owner of Big Blue Strength, in Lexington, Kentucky, “Hatha yoga is a series of static postures, whereas Pilates and Gyrotonic movements focus on flow, using equipment to enhance core strength, stability, control, coordination and flexibility. The difference is that Gyrotonic exercises works on three dimensions with every circular movement, like the body naturally moves. It uses weights and a pulley system, whereas Pilates is more linear and uses spring tension.” Jutras believes the Gyrotonic system, Pilates and yoga all complement weightlifting and strength training, affording a mind-body balance. “The body then experiences low- and high-threshold exercise, low-intensity and high-intensity, weight-bearing and non-weightbearing activity,” she says. Crowley sees the Gyrotonic approach complementing virtually any activity. “The exercises help practitioners learn how to move more efficiently, easily, powerfully, gracefully and successfully in every facet of life.” The method is also offered without equipment in the form of Gyrokinesis, a flowing class done on a chair, mat and standing. This affordable option can be practiced independently at home. “My youngest client is 7, my oldest is 94,” relates Crowley. “We have clients that have become bored by repetitive exercise and enjoy the limitless variations of movements that keep both their minds and muscles alert. We have chronic pain clients that have exhausted other medical options and are improving their ability to function more optimally and enjoying their lives again.” Both Schrimpf and her husband, Juan Trujillo, teach the Gyrotonic method. “Our greatest reward is the feedback we get. Once people try it, they’re hooked,” she says. “It transforms how people think about movement and brings a sense of joy and accomplishment. They feel their joints becoming more supple and balanced, and find their bodies responding well to the natural movement patterns.” Aimee Hughes, a freelance writer in Kansas City, MO, is a doctor of naturopathy and consultant for the Yandara Yoga Institute. Connect at ChezAimee@gmail.com. Be sure to let our advertisers know you found them in natural awakenings

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Reframing Your Life Story Create Your Own Hero’s Journey by Kim Schneiderman

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very life unfolds as a uniquely dynamic, purposeful and potentially heroic story that is open to interpretation, especially our own. We are the star and spin doctor of this work-in-progress, with the power to tell our stories as triumphs, tragedies or something in-between. Our life story is filled with suspense: Big and little decisions affect our storyline, including the relationships we choose, our goals, how we live and the ways we nourish ourself physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. How we tell our story matters. We are constantly sifting through competing narratives to make sense of our world for ourself and others. Whether we consider ourself a heroic figure overcoming obstacles or a tragic victim of destiny often depends on how we choose to read the text of our life and tell our story. Creating a personal myth is a fundamental way we find meaning. We are always the protagonist, with supporting characters providing love and assistance and antagonists posing challenges that push us beyond our comfort zones. Rather than narcissism or navel-gazing, the more intimate we become with our own story, the more we realize that everyone has an equally valid and vital narrative in which they are the central character. Understanding that everyone is on their own story journey can help us establish connection and empathy. In every myth, the protagonist has a character arc; a particular way they mature and develop due to shifting tides in their life story. Similarly, each of us is on an ever-evolving journey of self-discovery with choices about how

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to respond to situations, conflicts and happenstance. By reframing our lives as personal growth adventures, we can adapt to plot twists and view unexpected difficulties as opportunities for self-transformation. With gusto, we can reclaim and shape our personal narrative through choice and voice. Thinking of ourself as the main character in our story can help us shift to novel perspectives on situations we repeatedly face. Instead of staying stuck in the same old storyline, try asking: If I were a character in a novel or movie… n What would I hope the hero would do when faced with these circumstances? n What actions or outcomes would I prefer as the observer of this story? n What might this situation be teaching the star? n How might the protagonist maximize this situation, perhaps becoming a more compassionate, caring, creative or stronger person? n Why would a benevolent author place this character in a particular situation? With imagination and well-directed self-inquiry, we can step out of our story, check out the landscape and determine whether to stay on our current path or go in a different direction. We can then transform obstacles into opportunities to break bad habits and improve character to become the real hero of our own living, evolving story. Kim Schneiderman is a New York City psychotherapist and author of Step Out of Your Story: Writing Exercises to Reframe and Transform Your Life. Visit StepOutOfYourStory.com.

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Gentle Ways to Calm Allergies by Sandra Murphy

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ather than routinely giving drugs to dogs and cats to relieve dry, itchy, skin or food allergies, consider more gentle natural alternatives. As with people, knowing what an animal is allergic to is key to finding the right remedy and preventing future outbreaks. With dogs, about 20 percent of itching and scratching can be attributed to food ingredients. Symptoms can show up as early as 5 months or as late as 12 years old, often combined with inhalant or contact allergies. Chronic ear infections are often traced to food allergies. “If a pet is suffering mightily, see your veterinarian for shots or pills for immediate relief. Then ask the vet to allergy test for the specific problem,” advises Veterinarian Laurie Dohmen, owner of Purple Moon Herbs and Studies, in Hartly, Delaware. “This isn’t something you can do yourself. I’ve seen pet owners use what worked for a friend’s dog and make their own pets sicker, despite research and good intentions. What works for one pet won’t necessarily work for another.” While food elimination testing works, it’s a long process

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that must be done with precision. “If your pet even just nibbles the eliminated food, you have to start all over again,” says Dohmen. Whether commercially prepared or home cooked, the number of ingredients can substantially extend a test period. Each item must be completely avoided for about six weeks for an accurate assessment. Environmental allergies, which encompass everything unrelated to food, range from common grasses to inhaled pollutants. New carpets or rugs, cleaning supplies, a neighbor’s pesticides, dust and pollen are among the culprits that can cause an allergic reaction. Common symptoms are itchy ears or skin, ear infections, sneezing, runny eyes, scratching, vomiting or diarrhea. Veterinarian Judy Morgan, owner of Naturally Healthy Pets, in Clayton, New Jersey, also uses herbs in her practice to alleviate food and environmental allergy symptoms. “They can be tinctures or poultices; one herb or a blended mixture. Some are applied externally, some internally.” Giving the proper

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doptable dogs and their firefighter escorts will be heating up the runway at Survivor Tails Animal Rescue’s 3rd Annual Rescue Fever Honorary Gala, taking place at 6 p.m., March 25, at the Florian Hall, in Boston. Last year, the event hosted more than 260 attendees and raised more than $30,000 with 20 percent of the proceeds going to the Boston Firefighters Burn Foundation. This year, the goal is to raise $50,000. Twenty percent of this year’s gala will be donated to the Firefighter Cancer Support Network of Massachusetts in memory of Firefighter Pete Kannler, while the remainder will go to offsetting costs incurred by rescues such as vetting, spay/neuter, transport, training, supplies and such. This third annual red carpet event will feature special guests and an award ceremony honoring local firefighters that have gone above the call of duty to save animals from dire situations. Additionally, the Calendar Guys from the Boston Firefighters Burn Foundation will walk the adoptable dogs down the catwalk to promote them for adoption. The event, co-hosted by Channel 7 Boston investigative reporters, Cheryl Fiandaca and Mary Schwager, will also feature music by DJ Eliot Ness and Greater Boston Firefighters Pipe & Drum, a delicious buffet dinner, photo booth and silent auction packed with amazing items. Sponsorship or donation considerations are greatly appreciated.

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dosage for the size of the pet is vital. She particularly likes calendula for hot spots, despite its odor, because it’s antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral, followed by witch hazel to dry them, and then coconut oil or aloe to soothe and soften affected skin—plus Echinacea to boost the immune system. She uses ginger or peppermint to counteract nausea. “Many people think an allergic pet should be switched to a lamb and rice diet. In some cases, that makes dry, itchy, skin worse,” she says. “That’s why it’s important to know what they are allergic to before trying out new foods or herbal remedies. Find a holistic vet to work with.” Morgan often prescribes a mixture of herbs for the best results. “I like licorice because it works like a steroid without the side effects. Probiotics help keep gut bacteria and the immune system healthy. Parsley works well for dry, itchy, skin caused by a blood deficiency, or imbalance. “Parsley brings a protein, as well as several vitamins, to the party,” notes Kimberly Gauthier, a dog nutrition blogger in Marysville, Washington. “It’s a natural anti-inflammatory and also great if your dog’s breath needs a freshness boost.” She suggests rosemary and thyme as ingredients in an antibacterial, antifungal salve; she mixes these essential oils with extra virgin coconut oil and beeswax to create paw balm.

Morgan reminds us that essential oils can be harmful, even life-threatening, for cats. “If Kitty has itchy skin, lavender tea can be used as a rinse on cooperative cats,” she suggests. “For a less cooperative feline, chamomile tea as a drink or as leaves mixed into the food soothes itches.”

Dohmen cautions, “Herbs and other homeopathic remedies or flower essences are medicine and should be given as a prescription by a qualified veterinarian.” Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at StLouis FreelanceWriter@ mindspring.com.

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Social Security and Medicare: 6 Mistakes to Avoid When Claiming Your Benefits – 11am. Learn the best way to claim benefits for your personal situation. Presented by Chris Grande, MSIM, RMA of Walnut Hill Advisors and Lindsay Quillen, LICSW of Medicare Mentors. Free. Winchester Public Library, 80 Washington St, Winchester. 781-721-7171. WinPubLib.org.

Reiki Clinic – 1:30-4:30pm. Experience a halfhour relaxing reiki treatment from a group of reiki practitioners. Practitioners volunteer to work on clients and receive a free treatment from their team. Free for practitioners. Arlington Reiki Associates, 366 Massachusetts Ave, Ste 304, Arlington. Pre-registration required: 617-835-9963. ArlingtonReiki.com.

Group Meditation – 7-8pm. Also Mar 15. Guided group meditation. $35. Blossom Healings, 54 Main St, Topsfield. 978-561-1687. Blossom Healings.com.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Orientation/Information Session – 6:30-8:30pm. With Cindy Gittleman, Certified MBSR teacher. Orientation/information session about the world-renowned Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program developed by Jon-Kabat-Zinn. Free. Roots & Wings, 317 N Main St, Natick. 978-657-7730. SunriseMindfulness.com.

SATURDAY, MARCH 4

markyourcalendar Systems Health® One-Day Teacher Training Certification Workshop At this event, Dr. V.A. Shiva, the MIT engineer who invented email, will run a 1-day Teacher Training Certification Workshop on Systems Health® for health and wellness practitioners. Attendees will learn how to build a profitable educational business delivering the ancient science of Siddha and Ayurveda to anyone seeking a holistic systems approach to health and well-being. All those completing the workshop will be certified to use the Your Body, Your System® tool, allowing them to perform a systems analysis, charge, and generate new income.

Sat., March 4 • 8am - 4pm $250. 701 Concord Ave, Cambridge. 617-830-1936. SystemsHealth.com/Register Access Consciousness Bars™ Class: Energy Work to Unleash You – 10am-6:15pm. With Becca Speert. The Access Bars™ has assisted thousands of people to change many aspects of their body and their life including: sleep, health, weight, money, sex, relationships, anxiety, stress and so much more. Class allows you to become a practitioner. $300; $150 if repeating. Private residence in Lincoln. More info: 978-309-9399. Sacred TempleArts.com. Musical Animals – 10:30-11:30am. Learn about whale songs, bird songs and how music can be used to describe or imitate animals. Hear Rimsky-Korsakov’s Flight of the Bumblebee, Tchaikovsky’s Song of the Lark, Falcone’s The Tortoise & the Hare and more. Designed for ages 4-10 but all ages welcome. Free. David French Music Company, 53B Otis St, Westborough. Calendar. ArtsBoston.org/Event.

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Orientation/Information Session – 6:308:30pm. With Cindy Gittleman, Certified MBSR teacher. Orientation/information session about the world-renowned Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program developed by JonKabat-Zinn. Free. Skin to Soul, 800 W Cummings Pk, Ste 3950, Woburn. 978-657-7730. Sunrise Mindfulness.com.

FRIDAY, MARCH 10 The Access Consciousness Foundation Class – Mar 10-13. With Becca Speert. To empower you to change anything and everything you’d like to change in your life. Receive a whole toolbox of tools that will break apart the foundation of limitation and build a new foundation, one of limitless possibility. Prerequisite: Bars™. $1,400; $700 if repeating. Private residence in Lincoln. More info: 978-309-9399. SacredTempleArts.com.

SATURDAY, MARCH 11 Moonlight Walk for Woodcock – 6:30-8 pm. Join Manomet and Wildlands Trust staff in enjoying one of the first signs of spring: the epic display of the American Woodcock shorebird. $15/nonmember. Wildlands Trust Great River Preserve, Bridgewater. Manomet.org. Acupuncture Relaxation Treatment – 9pm. Relax, find relief and rest with community acupuncture in a quiet environment, group setting with affordable prices. Taking insurance, if covered. 18+ years experienced practitioner. Joy Community Acupuncture, 335 Boylston St, Ste J3, Newton. 617-510-0559. JoyCommunityAcupuncture.com.

TUESDAY, MARCH 14 Meditation is Mind Expanding Benefit Seminar – 6:30-8pm. Learn how to make meditation an easy and simple activity that will be yours to call upon whenever you want. Donation. The Tam Center for

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Healing, 15 Cottage Ave, 5th Fl, Quincy. 781-3402146. Hypnosis.ws.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Orientation/Information Session – 6:308:30pm. With Cindy Gittleman, Certified MBSR teacher. Orientation/information session about the world-renowned program Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program developed by Jon-Kabat-Zinn. Free. Skin to Soul, 800 W Cummings Park, Ste 3950, Woburn. 978-657-7730. SunriseMindfulness.com. Wildness in Our Midst: Hikes for the Expert or Novice – 7-8pm. Pete Costello, assistant curator of the Stone Zoo and volunteer hike leader, shares how examination of animal habitats and behaviors help hikers find the Fells’ most interesting residents. Free. Winchester Public Library, 80 Washington St, Winchester. 781-721-7171. WinPubLib.org.

SATURDAY, MARCH 18 MSPCA at Nevins Farm: Spin for Animals – 9am-12pm. Join other animal lovers for the annual Spin for Animals at Cycle Fierce in Portsmouth, NH or at Flow Fitness in Lawrence, MA to spin for 1, 2 or 3 hrs. Virtual riders welcome, too. $30. Seacoast Sports Club, 95 Brewery Ln, Portsmouth. 978-687-7453. MSPCA.org.

SUNDAY, MARCH 19 Reiki Level 1 Training and Certification – 9am7pm. Learn to care for yourself and others with reiki as well as reiki meditations, how to practice hands-on healing of self and others, the reiki principles, reiki history, and how reiki promotes mindfulness and wellness on all levels of your being. Comprehensive course manual. CEUs for nurses, social workers and LMTs. $150. Brenner Reiki Healing, 324 Central St, Newton. 617-244-8856. BrennerReikiHealing.org. Free Introduction to Reiki – 10am-12pm. An overview of reiki, an ancient hands-on healing art for reducing stress, relieving pain and facilitating healing and personal growth. Free. Arlington Reiki Associates, 366 Massachusetts Ave, Ste 304, Arlington. Pre-registration required: 781-648-9334. ArlingtonReiki.com. St Patrick’s Day Parade – 1pm. Starts at the Broadway T station on the Red Line.

TUESDAY, MARCH 21 The Incredible Dr. You Workshop – 7:158:15pm. This first of two workshop breaks down the basics of Network Spinal Analysis, the method of chiropractic used at Newton Chiropractic. Get more out of your adjustments and enlighten yourself on just how incredible your body is at healing itself. Free. Newton Chiropractic & Wellness Cen-


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to pet items. Free. Online. 508-494-9303. Bidding ForGood.com.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22

Reiki Level 2 Training & Certification – 9am7pm. Discover deeper teachings and practices within the system of reiki. Learn to practice with 3 symbols and mantras, as well as specific healing processes. Reiki Level 2 may be a gateway to a professional reiki practice and a way to deepen one’s own self-practice. See website for further details. $300. Brenner Reiki Healing, 324 Central St, Newton. 617-244-8856. BrennerReikiHealing.org.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) – Wednesdays, Mar 22-May 17. 6:30-9pm. Learn easily accessible methods of increasing well-being and decreasing stress in the world-renowned MBSR program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn. Led by Cindy Gittleman, Certified MBSR teacher. $450. Skin to Soul, 800 W Cummings Pk, Ste 3950, Woburn. Registration required: 978-6577730. SunriseMindfulness.com. Brain Training at its Best: Psychological, Neurological, Cognitive Correction – 7-8:30pm. An educational lecture by Dr. Jolene Ross concerning easy, effective, safe and durable brain training for executive functioning, ADHD, memory, attention, anxiety and depression as well as many other neurologically based disorders of the brain. Research will be presented. Free. Belmont Public Library, 336 Concord Ave, Belmont. 781-444-9115. AdvancedNeurotherapy.com.

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markyourcalendar Systems Health® One-Day Teacher Training Certification Workshop At this event, Dr. V.A. Shiva, the MIT engineer who invented email, will run a 1-day Teacher Training Certification Workshop on Systems Health® for health and wellness practitioners. Attendees will learn how to build a profitable educational business delivering the ancient science of Siddha and Ayurveda to anyone seeking a holistic systems approach to health and well-being. All those completing the workshop will be certified to use the Your Body, Your System® tool, allowing them to perform a systems analysis, charge, and generate new income.

Sat., March 25 • 8am - 4pm $250. 701 Concord Ave, Cambridge. 617-830-1936. SystemsHealth.com/Register

SUNDAY, MARCH 26 Spring to Action for Animals Online Auction – Mar 26-Apr 1. 8am. Bid to help animals. Online auction with all types of items from sports tickets

The Keys to Women’s Sensual and Sexual Awakening, Healing and Pleasure – 1-4pm. For women to understand more about themselves, their bodies, and how to increase their pleasure, in and out of the bedroom. An empowering sex education will be presented, including cutting edge information on female anatomy, as well as sacred sexuality. $100. Sacred Temple Arts, 121 Water St, Newburyport. 978-309-9399. SacredTempleArts.com.

TUESDAY, MARCH 28 10 Tips to Help You Lose 10 Pounds in 10 Days Introductory Weight Loss Workshop – 6:307:30pm. Introductory weight loss workshop to kick off the new year, help you get off the diet rollercoaster and keep the weight off for good, just in time for summer swimsuit weather. $25. Workbar Cambridge, 45 Prospect St, Cambridge. 917-5764078. OliviaNapoli.com.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29 Introduction to Fertility Awareness – 7-8pm. Are you interested in natural birth control or are you planning to conceive? We’ll talk about the benefits of charting your cycles. Free. The Democracy Center, 45 Mt Auburn St, Cambridge. 617-899-7624. ACFertilityAwareness.com. Lyme - What You Need To Know – 7-8:30pm. Dr. Ross will be donating her time to support this fundraiser for a young gentleman suffering from Lyme disease for the last 6 years. Learn about easy, effective, safe and durable brain training for executive functioning, ADHD, memory, attention, anxiety, and depression as well as many other neurologically based disorders of the brain. Research will be presented. Free. Congregational Church of Mansfield, 17 West St, Mansfield. 781-444-9115. AdvancedNeurotherapy.com. Documentary: My Kid Is Not Crazy – 7-8:30pm. NE PANS PANDAS presents a special screening of documentary, My Kid Is Not Crazy: A Search for Hope in the Face of Misdiagnosis, by Tim Sorel. $16.75. Showcase Cinema de Lux Patriots Place, 24 Patriot Pl, Foxborough. NEPANS.org.

Opera Night at the Boston Public Library – 6-7pm. Boston Lyric Opera’s presentation with mini-performances and previews of upcoming productions and opera as a whole. Features “Wedding Planning: Re-imagining The Marriage of Figaro.” Free. Boston Public Library Central Branch, Copley Square, Boston. BLO.org.

FRIDAY, MARCH 31 Master Junfeng Li: Healing of the Heart Sheng Zhen Sacred Truth Qigong Training – In this transformational qigong training, Master Li teaches a method of self-healing that involves a series of movements specifically designed to remove unwanted negative energy from our bodies and to collect instead, the true and healing energy (qi) of the natural world. Eastover Estate and Retreat Center, 430 East St, Lenox. 866-264-5139. For details: Eastover.com.

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daily Quincy Market History Tour – 11am, daily; 6pm, Wed; 2pm, Sat. Learn about Quincy Market’s central and ever-evolving role in Boston’s history. Meet guide by Pulse Café on South Market St. Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 4 S Market, Boston. 617-523-1300. FaneuilHallMarketplace.com. Restorative Yoga – 4-6:30pm. Anyone needing to chill out and rest body, mind and spirit. Props used to support total relaxation, giving you a chance to catch up with yourself. Open to beginners and experienced yogis, people with injuries and other precautions. $40/session. Art & Soul, 91 Hampshire St, Cambridge. 617-594-1794. For specific dates: ArtSoulYoga.com.

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

sunday Celebration Service – 10-11:15am. Meditation, 9:45am. Service followed by fellowship. Free. Center for Spiritual Living of Greater Boston, 50 Dudley St, Cambridge. 617-947-2743. CSLBoston.org. SoWa Vintage Market – 10am-4pm. Designers, collectors, appreciators of the beautiful and unusual love this market. A cool, urban, vintage flea market featuring fresh vintage and designer finds every week. Free. SoWa Vintage Market, 450 Harrison Ave, Boston. SoWaVintageMarket.com. Vinyl Sundays at Short Path Distillery – 1-6pm. Bring your favorite LP and we’d be happy to spin it on the tasting room stereo system. Or choose from our selection. Free. Short Path Distillery, 71 Kelvin St, Unit 2, Everett. ShortPathDistillery.com.

monday Open P-Knotting at Noon – 12-12:45pm. Also Tues, Wed & Thurs. Individualized guided instruction on how to use the P-Knot. No P-Knot required. Free. P-Knot Industries, Hope Artiste Village, 1005 Main St, Rm 1217, Pawtucket. 401753-2099. P-Knot.com.

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Meditation Boston – Thru Apr. 12:30-1pm. Meditation is a way to connect to your true self and help you create balance in your life, decrease worry and fear, up-lift spirits and energy. Peace offering. The Hidden Art Gallery, 25 Myrtle St, Beacon Hill, Boston. RSVP: TheHiddenArtGallery.com. EasYoga – 6-7:30pm. Also Tues & Thurs. Relax, re-energize and revitalize. Walk-ins welcome. First session free. The Well Street Station, 62 Mt Auburn St, Watertown. 617-923-1440. WellStreet Station.com. Nia-Somatic Fitness Classes – 7:30-8:30pm. Nia technique is a blend of dance martial arts and healing arts set to music to fit your personal experience. All levels welcome. Discount cards available. $15. Om Namo Center, 21 Belmont St, Cambridge. 617-620-7654. OmNamoCenter.com.

tuesday Noon Concerts on the Freedom Trail – 12:15pm. Stop by to hear a 30-40-min concert. Performers vary each week and perform a wide variety of music ranging from jazz to folk, medieval to modern. $3 suggested donation. King’s Chapel, 64 Beacon St, Boston. 617-227-2155. Kings-Chapel.org. Anxiety and Panic Support Group – 6:30pm. 1st Tues. Designed to offer a place where people with common interests and experience can meet. You are not alone in your experience, and knowledge is the key to living a symptom-free life. Free. Washington St, Newton. 617-849-3198. UCanBFearFree.com.

All levels welcome. Discount cards available. $15. Studio 550, 550 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge. StudioAt550.org. Free Tour of Symphony Hall – 4pm select Wed. Also 2pm select Sat. Join volunteers on a behindthe-scenes tour and hear about the hall and the history and traditions of the famed musicians and conductors. Boston Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave, Boston. For available dates & times: 617-638-9390. BSO.org. Museum of Fine Arts Free Wednesdays – 6-9pm. An opportunity to sketch from live models and/or from objects in their collections. A drawing instructor provides insights on drawing technique and the artist-model relationship as it informs the creation of artwork. MFA, 465 Huntington Ave, Boston. 617-267-9300. MFA.org. Active Stretch for EveryBODY – 6:30pm. Also Mon, 7:30am & Thurs, 9:30am. Everybody from elite athletes to couch potatoes welcomed. See “classes” on website. $12/drop-in, $100/10 classes with Budget Stretcher card. STAR Tech Healing and Learning Center, 14 Nason St, Ste 202, Maynard. 978-897-0110. StarTechHealing.com. Public Open Night at the Observatory – 7:30pm, Fall/Winter; 8:30pm, Spring/Summer. A chance to come observe the night sky through telescopes and binoculars and see things you otherwise might not get to see. Held most Wed evenings throughout the year, weather permitting. Free. Coit Observatory at Boston University, 725 Commonwealth Ave, Boston. 617-353-2630. BU.edu.

Open Meditation – 7-8:15pm. A supportive environment with 45 mins of shamatha sitting. Appropriate for all levels with several breaks and a brief inspirational video. Free. Rigpa Boston, 24 Crescent St, Ste 308, Waltham. 619-906-4291. RigpaBoston.org.

Let’s Laugh Today Laughter Yoga – 7:308:30pm. 1st Wed. Any age and any level of physical ability can enjoy this unique exercise of laughter and clapping combined with gentle breathing that brings more oxygen to the body’s cells. Free. Meetinghouse of the First Universalist Society, 262 Chestnut St, Franklin. 508-660-2223. LetsLaughToday.com.

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Nia-Somatic Fitness Classes – 7:30-8:30am. Nia technique is a blend of dance martial arts and healing arts set to music to fit your personal experience.

Free Night at the ICA – 5-9pm. The Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave, Boston. ICABoston.org.

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Assabet Valley Holistic Mom’s Group – 7-8:30pm. 2nd Thurs. A non-profit organization that is gender neutral, open to the public. LGBT, singles, couples, marriages, teachers, professionals and individuals are welcome. Free. Maynard Public Library, 77 Nason St, Maynard. More info: 978-908-7870. SRR Thursday Night 4.06 Miler – 7:15-8:15pm. It may be raining. It may be hot or cold. The SRR Thursday night run will happen every week, no matter what. Free. Casey’s Bar, 171 Broadway, Somerville. SRR.org/Events/Thursday-Night-Race. Shift from Dis-ease to Ease – 7:30-9pm. 2nd Thurs. Cancer? Be supported in how to manage your anxiety and explore how the interactions of your beliefs and feelings can have profound effects on your health and well-being. Presented by, Sonny Rose, MA, Founding Director of The Healing Beyond Cancer. Bring pen and paper. Free. Roots and Wings Healing Center, 317 N Main St, Natick. 978-369-7733. TheHealingBeyondCancer.com. Observatory Night – 7:30-9:30pm. 3rd Thurs. A non-technical lecture and telescopic observing from the observatory roof if weather permits. Free. Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, 60 Garden St, Cambridge. 617-495-7461. CFA.Harvard.edu.

friday Health Lecture Series – 10am. 1st Fri. An informative discussion for parents and caregivers on a variety of parent- and child-related topics such as nutrition, behavior, community resources and more. Held in the Old Country Buffet, Watertown Mall, 550 Arsenal St, Watertown. 617-926-4968. Watertown-Mall.com. Blood Pressure Screenings – 10am-12pm. 1st Fri. Free blood pressure screenings in front of the Old Country Buffet. Watertown Mall, 550 Arsenal St, Watertown. 617-926-4968. Watertown-Mall.com. Second Fridays – 5-8pm. Free with admission at the MIT Museum on the 2nd Fri each month. Mingle with friends in the unique galleries and

see some of the latest research coming out of MIT. MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge. 617-253-5927. MIT.edu/Museum.

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

saturday BCYF Family Gym – Thru Apr. 10-11:30am. For children ages 3-8 and their families. Move at your own pace, jump rope, play on an obstacle course, limbo, play parachute games or sports. Caregivers must participate and remain in the gym with their children. Free. At 3 locations: BCYF Blackstone, BYCF Holland & BCYF Madison Park. More info: Boston.gov/Health-And-Human-Services/ BCYF-Family-Gym. The Marketplace at Simpson Spring – 10am2pm. Includes farmers, bakers, artisans and local entrepreneurs. Stop in to browse or take in our featured entertainment, local authors, educational seminars and lecturers. 719 Washington St, South Easton. SimpsonSpringMarketplace.com. Let’s Laugh Today Laughter Yoga – 11am12pm. 2nd Sat. Any age and any level of physical ability can enjoy this unique exercise of laughter and clapping combined with gentle breathing that brings more oxygen to the body’s cells. Free. Unitarian Church of Sharon, 4 N Main St, Sharon. 508-660-2223. LetsLaughToday.com. Prenatal Yoga Class – 11-12:30pm. Relax, re-energize, revitalize. Gentle stretches to relieve tension. Walk-ins welcome. First session free. The Well Street Station, 62 Mt Auburn St, Watertown. 617-923-1440. WellStreetStation.com.

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

BRAINCORE NEUROFEEDBACK 132 Central St, Ste 205A, Foxboro 844-272-4666 Info@BrainCoreUSA.com BrainCoreUSA.com

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

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

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

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

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TAKE THE LEAP COACHING

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

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

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

Liz Marcano-Pucillo 150 Wood Rd, Ste 403, Braintree, MA 02184 781-228-6915 Liz@InternalWellnessCtr.com InternalWellnessCtr.com Receive professional colon hydrotherapy by a national board-certified therapist using the Angel of Water system. The most comfortable and private system in the industry. See ad, page 28.

COMPOUNDING & WELLNESS PHARMACY JOHNSON COMPOUNDING AND WELLNESS

Stephen Bernardi 577 Main St, Waltham, MA 02452 781-893-3870 • Fax: 781-899-1172 Steve@NaturalCompounder.com NaturalCompounder.com JCW is the only sterile and non-sterile PCABaccredited pharmacy in Massachusetts. In addition to our compounding service, we offer a full range of nutritional supplements, natural products, homeopathic remedies and home health care equipment. See ad, page 29.

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

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

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1842 Beacon St, Ste 305, Brookline, MA 617-868-1516 BostonDentalWellness.com Dr. Iontcheva-Barehmi is an accomplished dentist and specialist in Periodontics and Implants with a holistic approach to medicine and dentistry. To schedule your comprehensive exam and share the excitement of a healthy smile, call: 617-868-1516. See ad, page 21.

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

Groton Wellness is a vibrant center for health and healing consisting of Holistic Family Dentistry & Orthodontics, an Integrative Medical Practice, a therapeutic detoxification spa, and a clean food, farm-to-table café—all working together to provide exceptional community health care. We also offer exciting talks, cleanses, classes and events, many of which are free to the community. Groton Wellness uses IV therapy, nutrition management, herbal medicine, bio-identical hormone balancing, EAV testing, colon hydrotherapy, acupuncture and many other holistic therapies to treat patients from head-to-toe. We have enormous success treating chronic health issues such as Lyme disease, cancer, diabetes, hormonal imbalance, mold, internal toxicity and more. See ad, page 23.

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THE BOSTON SCHOOL OF HERBAL STUDIES

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

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

Board-certified MD in gynecology and integrative medicine. Hormone balancing, nutrition and detoxification are keys to optimal health. See ad, page 14

HYPNOTHERAPY THOUGHT ALCHEMY

Rose Siple, Certified Hypnotherapist 774-991-0574 Info@ThoughtAlchemy.guru Transform yourself and achieve your goals through the transformative healing process of hypnotherapy. Aren’t you tired of talking about it and thinking about it? We specialize in Virtual Gastric Band Hypnosis for weight loss. Call today. See ad on page 11.


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

A full-service integrative veterinary clinic offering caring and healthful options and mod- alities like acupuncture, functional nutrition, homeopathy, chiropractic, herbs, ozone therapy, surgery and dentistry. See ad, page 33.

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

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

MIND-BODY MEDICINE BODYMIND REPATTERNING

Alison Shaw APRN, LMT, CEH 109 Massachusetts Ave Lexington, MA 02420 781-646-0686 Alison@BodymindRepatterning.com BodymindRepatterning.com An innovative blend of body-centered counseling, integrative bodywork and energy medicine to uncover and release body-mind patterns that limit your life and health. See ad, page 18.

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

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

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

NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE KERI LAYTON, ND

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

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REIKI BRENNER REIKI HEALING

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

Ready to radically improve your sex and love life, with or without a partner? Cutting-edge holistic sex, relationship and intimacy coaching, energy and bodywork for your sexual healing and empowerment. In person and/or Skype. See ad, page 13.

THERMOGRAPHY METROWEST THERMAL IMAGING

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