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letter from the publisher



Go for Flow


ast month, I started a workshop that entails applying the concepts taught by Emmet Fox in his booklet, The 7 Day Mental Diet. Now a week-and-a-half into it, I’m finding it a fascinating and amazingly easy way to shut down negative thoughts. Our class is continuing for several weeks because instead of trying for a faster, more dramatic and potentially short-lived change, our teacher has elected to have our class continue for several weeks to ensure that our approach to this personal transformation endures. During the first two weeks we simply noticed emotiondriven thoughts as they occurred, and then learned to gently let them go. We came to pay closer attention to thoughts, both negative and positive, without judging or labeling them good or bad, but just noting their presence with a bit of curiosity. The trick is not to monitor thoughts, but just “notice-when-you-notice” and mentally observe something like, “Hmmm… that was interesting.” Rather than questioning what this or that thought means, we are to stop at immediately acknowledging and letting it go. Something started to happen early on that has me intrigued. When a negative thought or reaction came, I would chuckle or smile to myself, and it immediately dissipated any negativity. Catching a positive thought or response only intensified the joy already being experienced. I love how simply noticing a negative emotion before it had time to take hold and expand in my thought and life made it easy to skip right past it, recognizing the fruitlessness or embracing it, so that I could move on into a quick giggle. Realizing the control we have over our thoughts and emotions feels delightfully empowering. With practice, I hope to make this new response an automatic habit because it’s significantly easing the flow of my days. I am wishing us all a beautiful month of flow! Peace,

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Sage Plant-Powered Health Now Offering Plant-Based Tours to Italy


racie Hines, founder of Sage Plant-Powered Health, is leading two Inspired in Italy tours from September 21 to 28 (ladies only) and October 4 to 11 (couples/singles). These plantbased tours to the Piedmont region of Italy include nutrition and cooking classes in a historic farmhouse kitchen, tours of world-renowned vineyards and wineries, wine tastings, visits to medieval castles and historic churches, and more. Recently declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its deep-rooted culture of wine and the extraordinary vineyard landscape, this region produces the world’s most highly valued wines. “Many people think eating a plant-based diet is extreme, but it really isn’t. It’s just a matter of changing your perspective. When you look at the healthiest people on the planet—those living in the so-called ‘Blue Zones’—that is exactly what they eat and they live active and vibrant lives well into their 90s and even 100s,” says Hines. Hines has been teaching plant-based nutrition and cooking classes in the Boston area since 2015. She maintains a plant-based diet is the only diet proven to reverse and/or significantly reduce the risk for a variety of cancers, cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes, autoimmune diseases and more. Tour members will learn about the benefits of this way of eating and how to prepare delicious plantbased meals. Cost: EU$3,395 (approximately $4,500 depending on exchange rate). EU$195 discount for Natural Awakenings readers. Mention NA when booking. For more information, call 781-913-2422 or visit See ad on page 11.

Nurturing Body, Mind and Feelings with Breema


reema, a practical, down-to-earth approach to being present, will be presented in Boston for the first time in many years. Matthew Tousignant and Luna Lacey, certified Breema instructors, are leading a complimentary introductory class from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., March 23, at the Shambhala Meditation Center of Boston, in Brookline, followed by a full-day workshop from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 5 p.m., March 24. Half-day attendance is offered.  Breema orients us toward moving, thinking and feeling in a new yet totally natural way. By practicing Breema’s self-care exercises, partner bodywork and Nine Principles of Harmony, participants can become more grounded and refreshed, and enjoy a more open-hearted and balanced relationship with themselves, others and all of life.  All are welcome to participate in this floor-based practice. Continuing Education credit is available for massage therapists.

Location: 646 Brookline Ave., Brookline. Cost: $125. For more information, call 510-428-0937 or visit Breema.Info/Boston. See ad on page 9. 6

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Massage Therapy Now Offered at Bella Natural Health


ellye Twitty, licensed massage therapist, is now working directly with Dr. Dawna L. Jones at Bella Natural Health, in Norwell, providing professional massage services to improve clients’ circulation and flexibility, and help manage chronic stress. Several types of massages are offered, including lymphatic drainage, myofascial release, breast health, reflexology, Swedish massage and deep tissue. Jones, M.D., FACOG, is a board-certified physician in OB/GYN, and the practice of medicine that has evolved at Bella Natural Health is an integrated approach using combined homeopathic, naturopathic and allopathic principles. This methodology allows the possibility of deepening the process of healing and in reconnecting with homeostasis of the body allowing for preventive care, healing and true health. Women’s health issues addressed in the practice include hormone imbalances, PMS, chronic fatigue, osteoporosis, libido concerns, chronic viral infections, vaginal bleeding, fibrocystic breasts, breast health, weight management, fibromyalgia, stress, endometriosis and fibroids. Twitty and Jones work together to provide a team approach to help their clients achieve optimal health. Location: 99 Longwater Cir., Ste. 100, Norwell. To schedule an appointment for a massage, call 781-829-0930. For more information, visit See ad on page 8. Be sure to let our advertisers know you found them in

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Facial Yoga Proven To Work


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n a recent study conducted by Northwestern University and published by JAMA Dermatology, it was found that facial yoga exercises do bring a youthful vitality to the face. The study was taught by Gary Sikorski of Happy Face Yoga, who has been teaching his facial exercises program since 2006. His Happy Face Yoga class will be coming soon to TriYoga Boston, in Waltham. Individuals with sagging jowls or winkled foreheads without the financial wherewithal or desire to spend large sums on medical intervention now have an affordable and natural alternative in Happy Face Yoga. The program uses proven techniques combining fundamental yoga practices of awareness training, relaxation and conscious breathing with dynamic facial muscle resistance exercises. “Past class participants have referred to it as non-surgical plastic surgery,” says instructor Sikorski. “Amazing changes occur in the face in three or four weeks.” Classes meet once a week for four weeks, and Sikorski will also be offering a one-time, two-hour informational seminar. In addition to facial yoga exercises, information on the muscles of the face, vitamins and supplements, nutrition and other aspects of facial care will be discussed. For more information, call 305-304-0880 or visit

Improve Your Health and Wellness at Annual Spring Show


vents by Walter Perlman will present the 2018 Health and Wellness Spring Show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., April 8, at the Waltham Westin Hotel. The event will offer visitors the opportunity to experience free health screenings, sample and buy healthy lifestyle products, and connect with local health and wellness professionals. “It’s a chance for people to learn ways to relax and enjoy life more,” says Perlman. The event features at-home-care specialists, chiropractors, dentists, financial health experts, health coaches, life coaches, massage therapists, reiki masters, eye doctors and nutritionists, among other practitioners. Attendees will also have the chance to learn about brain rebooting, compounding pharmacy, cryotherapy, EFT tapping, essential oils, flotation therapy, juicing, memory improvement, nutritional response testing, raw foods, skin care, supplements, tai chi, yoga and more. Cost: $5. Location: 70 Third Ave., Waltham. For more information, call 508-460-6656 or visit See ad on page 9.


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Presidential Profiles: Washington to Trump Book Launches on Amazon


oin author Herb Pearce from 6 p.m. to midnight, March 24, at his home in Arlington Heights for a free art viewing party and book signing party for his new book, Presidential Profiles: Washington to Trump – Enneagram and Myers-Briggs Perspectives. The book, which is available at Amazon or Kindle, includes all 44 presidents with revealing stories of the lives, loves and losses, as well as successes and failures of each president from birth to death. The book reveals each Enneagram and Myers-Briggs type, the unique personality each had and why they were destined to be in the powerful position they ended up. Some dreamed of being president from childhood and others were pressured into it by wives or other politicians. The historical backdrop of each president’s time period is revealed in the sweep of American history. Cost: Free. Location: For address, call 617794-7213 or email For more information, visit See Resource Guide on page 38.

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Find Clarity and Happiness at Amazing You Workshop


havna’s Wellness Group is offering a unique Amazing You workshop from March 23 to 25, to release negative patterns, blocks and mindsets/ beliefs for relationships, love and finances. Activities begin Friday from 7 to 10 p.m., and include chakra dance and movement, yoga, drumming, meditation and clearings for a happier and healthier mind, body and heart. The workshop continues from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday and concludes from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday. Participants will wake up their inner self, recharge energy levels, release emotional traumas and find clarity and happiness. Cost: $499 until March 10. Location: 512 Main St., Shrewsbury. For more information, call 774-242-2112 or visit See ad on page 6.

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Workshop on Natural Approaches to Mental Health


hyllis Light, the legendary master herbalist from Alabama, will be teaching a two-day workshop, Natural Approaches to Major Mental Health Issues, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., March 24, and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., March 25, at The Boston School of Herbal Studies, in Arlington. Anti-depressant usage among Americans has increased more than 400 percent over the past 10 years. With so many Americans using psychotropic medications, it is Phyllis Light imperative for herbalists to have an understanding of mind/body disorders, including ADD/ADHD, bipolar disorder, autism, obsessive compulsive disorder and various forms of depression and anxiety. In this class, Light will discuss how imbalances in methylation and neurotransmitter functioning as well as oxidative stress contribute to emotional and spiritual disease. She will also focus on herbal and nutritional protocols and lifestyle changes that can address these major disorders. She will describe how the liver, brain and nervous system work together to keep people healthy and balanced. Cost: $250 ($150 non-refundable deposit). Location: 12 Pelham Terrace, Arlington. For more information, call 781-646-6319, email or visit

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Dinno Health Offers Three-Month Group Wellness Program


ric Reardon, MS, certified nutritionist, will lead a three-month group wellness program to boost energy and metabolism. Participants will meet six times from 6 to 7 p.m., February 28, March 14 and 18, April 11 and 25, and May 9, at Acton Pharmacy. A sampling of what will be taught includes managing weight without low-calorie dieting, understanding whole foods, a detoxification program to increase energy and mental clarity, natural hormone balancing solutions for perimenopause and menopause, age- and health-appropriate nutritional supplements, dealing with chronic stress and burnout, and new research into the gut microbiome and how to feed the gut for weight loss and brain health. Participants will also have the opportunity to sample delicious, nutrient-rich foods and learn new recipes.

Cost: $115. Location: Acton Pharmacy, 563 Massachusetts Ave., Acton. For more information and to reserve a spot, call 978-2633901 or visit

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Research at Penn State University published in the journal Health Psychology shows that being more enthusiastic and optimistic about getting things done upon waking up in the morning increases the physical activity of osteoarthritis patients throughout the day, resulting in more exercise and reduced symptoms. The study followed 135 osteoarthritis patients for 22 days.

University of Eastern Finland research on 1,621 men found that four to seven saunas per week can cut high blood pressure risk in half. Their conclusion states, “Regular sauna bathing is associated with reduced risk of hypertension, which may be a mechanism underlying the decreased cardiovascular risk associated with sauna use.”

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Gooseberries are Good for the Gut


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PHYSICAL ACTIVITY DETERS ALZHEIMER’S According to a study in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, researchers discovered the risk of dementia can be halved by engaging in physical activities like walking, dancing and gardening, which significantly improve brain volume in the hippocampus region and the frontal, temporal and parietal lobes. The scientists studied 876 participants for 30 years and completed a longitudinal memory test of the patients, which were 78 years old on average, and followed up with MRI brain scans. They recorded their physical activity and logged caloric output every week. Two other studies found that any exercise that raises our heart rate and produces sweating for a sustained period will benefit cognitive health as we age. One meta-analysis of 36 studies from Australia’s University of Canberra found that exercise improved cognition by an average of 29 percent for those older than 50; another small group study from Germany’s Otto von Guericke University, in Magdeburg, specifically showed that dancing benefits seniors’ cognition.


Researchers from Malaysia’s Islamic Science University tested 30 patients with gastrointestinal issues, dividing them into three groups. One received lactose, a placebo; another group was given omeprazole, an over-the-counter remedy; and the third Phyllanthus emblica Linn, an ayurvedic treatment for gastrointestinal issues also known as Indian gooseberry. The research found the herbal treatment resulted in less pain, vomiting, sleep loss and other issues. Participants’ intestinal walls also showed signs of significant healing. The researchers concluded, “Findings indicate that the ethanolic extract of P. emblica fruits has gastroprotective effects in humans that justify its traditional use.”

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Floating Farm Helps Power UK Needs

Hywind, the first floating wind farm in the UK, is located 15 miles offshore of Peterhead, in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Its five turbines with a 30-megawatt capacity will provide clean energy to more than 20,000 homes to help meet the country’s ambitious climate change targets. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says, “The government’s commitment to the development of this technology, coupled with Statoil’s [lithium] battery storage project, Batwind, positions Scotland as a world center for energy innovation.” Hywind is operated by Norwegian oil and gas company Statoil ASA and Masdar Abu Dhabi Future Energy Co.

Fossilized Financing

Renewable Energy Subsidies Lag Far Behind

The G20 nations, comprising the world’s biggest economies, provide four times more public financing to support fossil fuels than renewable energy, says a report from the environmental coalition Oil Change International ( This took place even though German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced climate change as the heart of the agenda at the Hamburg summit in July 2017. The public financing—in soft loans and guarantees from governments along with huge fossil fuel subsidies—makes coal, oil and natural gas cheaper to use in the short run because both the front-end and back-end costs are undisclosed.

Grassroots Gumption

Sweet Potato Project Encourages Enterprise

The Sweet Potato Project, started by journalist Sylvester Brown, Jr., will work in partnership with St. Louis University and a small cadre of local nonprofits called the North City Food Hub to hold culinary, small business, horticulture, restaurant management, and land-ownership classes and business incubator opportunities this spring. The goal is to enable at-risk youths in North St. Louis to grow food and make money through food packaging and distribution. The project encourages people to become innovative, self-sufficient players in today’s expanding global economy. Brown says, “Success doesn’t always mean you’ve made a lot of money; it can also mean you’ve survived poverty or managed to create something.” Be sure to let our advertisers know you found them in

Food Sourcing

Marine Algae Could Nourish Growing World Population

According to the United Nations, more than 800 million people today are regularly undernourished. By 2050, a rise of another 3 billion in global population is expected to escalate pressure on food supplies. The challenge means providing not just sufficient calories, but also a balanced diet for good health. Fish present a viable solution, but most of the world’s inventory is already overharvested. Some scientists propose “cutting out the middle fish” via the commercial production of marine microalgae as a staple food. They produce fatty acids, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, polymers and carbohydrates that humans need and that can be used to feed animals and farmed fish. Microalgae are found in both freshwater and marine aquatic systems. Only a handful of algal species are used commercially now, but hundreds of strains have similar potential. Meanwhile, innovators at Copenhagen’s future-living lab SPACE10 created the Algae Dome, a 13-foottall urban ecostructure powered by solar energy that pumps out oxygen and produces food in a closed-loop arrangement. This hyperlocal food system grows microalgae, which are among the world’s fastest-growing organisms and can thrive on sunshine and water almost anywhere. March 2018


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Indoor Greenery Removes Airborne Toxins

Along with naturally beautifying a home, many indoor plants help purify air quality often contaminated by chemicals found in common household products and furnishings. A recent study by the State University of New York at Oswego found that bromeliads absorbed up to 80 percent of pollutants from volatile organic compounds (VOC) emitted by paint, furniture, printers, dry-cleaned clothes and other household products. Other plants that scored highly for purifying the air of VOCs in airtight container tests were dracaena and spider plants ( In related news, peace lilies have been shown to be effective in reducing airborne ammonia. NASA scientists have discovered that Boston fern, rubber plants, English ivy, devil’s ivy, peace lily, mum and gerbera daisies help clear the air of the formaldehyde often used in insulation, carpeting and particleboard furniture. ( Environmental scientist B.C. Wolverton’s book How to Grow Fresh Air: 50 House Plants that Purify Your Home or Office cites ferns as another good plant for removing formaldehyde from the home. Ferns are nontoxic, making them good indoor plants for pet owners per the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Indoor levels of formaldehyde can also be reduced by potting areca palm, amstel king ficus and weeping fig plants, according to The website also cites how dragon tree plants can help remove xylene (used in solvents), trichloroethylene (found primarily in adhesives) and toluene (a solvent and gasoline additive) from the air. Beyond improving air quality, indoor plants also boost ambient oxygen levels, lower mold counts and serve as a natural humidifier and mood enhancer.

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While exposure to bugs can’t always be avoided, much can be done to boost the immune system to lessen their impact and potentially save lives.


he speed with which the current flu epidemic is attacking and killing people is confounding medical practitioners. High-risk groups—children, people with autoimmune deficiencies and Baby Boomers—are being hit the hardest. The use of tobacco and alcohol, a poor diet and the side effects of medications all contribute to poor health, making people more susceptible to the flu. Likewise, young children are at risk because they haven’t lived long enough to build up immunity to dangerous infections. Our ancestors looked to tried-andtrue herbal remedies and nutritional approaches for healing. In fact, scientists in pharmacology are still using herbs in their symptom-based formulas because they know they’ve worked for centuries. Whenever possible, individuals should look to these approaches to get well. Given the right nutrition and elimination of toxic substances, the body can and will heal itself.

The Immune System

Simply put, the immune system is our white blood cells. They are made in the digestive tract by the flora—hundreds of God-given strains of bacteria—that produce enzymes for digestion and other chemicals that help the body deal with the functions of staying healthy. Toxins like alcohol, 16

chemotherapy and radiation can destroy them. What is more, one round of antibiotics can wipe them out, leaving individuals susceptible to other things, like viruses and fungal infections that wreak havoc with our operating systems. Since antibiotics are only effective on bacterial infections, not viruses, their use should only be in proven cases of secondary infections. Steroids, known as immunosuppressants, commonly used to aid in treatment of autoimmune diseases such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis (MS), also reduce inflammation in cases of pneumonia. However, steroids also adversely affect what happens in our guts, intestinal tracts, joints, soft tissue and bones.

Lines of Defense

Probiotics and prebiotics are a good first line of defense in boosting the immune system. Probiotics are healthy bacteria. High-quality, multi-strain and high-culture-count probiotics should be used in order to replace the hundreds of strains that are killed off by antibiotics and steroids. Prebiotics feed the probiotics. They can be purchased in different forms or ingested through eating raw vegetables and fruits, rich in phytonutrients and live enzymes. Oil of wild oregano and olive leaf are antibiotic, fungal, viral and parasitical remedies used throughout the centuries

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by physicians. Bilberry extract has recently been found to be effective in blocking virus cells from reproducing, and has been used for centuries to treat inflammation, among other disorders. Since they are all food-sourced remedies, there is reduced risk of negative side effects, barring allergies to any of them. Dr. Jennifer Ashton, chief health and medical editor and chief medical correspondent for ABC News and Good Morning America, recommends the use of these remedies. Olive Leaf is especially effective in dealing with bronchial and asthmatic congestion.

Inflammation Control

Inflammation is at the heart of mucus production, which clogs up airways, cutting off blood supply to vital organs and drowning people in their own fluids. In heart attacks, cholesterol is at the scene of the crime; but the inflammation is the real culprit. Reduce the inflammation and there’s a chance for less discomfort and health risks. Steroids are often prescribed to manage inflammation, but steroids can interfere with blood-sugar regulation, and can require the use of insulin. As alternatives, mullein and/or methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) are effective in reducing inflammation in the body. Mullein has been used for centuries to treat various causes of inflam-

Given the right nutrition and elimination of toxic substances, the body can and will heal itself. mation. MSM is a dietary source of sulfur that naturally supports the immune system and plays a major role in the formation of enzymes and hormones that control body activities. It is used to improve immune function and lowers inflammation. The liver is critical in management of the immune system and in dealing with the toxic side effects of pharmaceuticals, alcohol, toxic substances and stress on our bodies. Milk thistle, another ancient remedy for infections, is effective in cleansing the liver and body of those things that make us feel so lousy. Yeast control is often overlooked and undervalued. Sugar is a known cause of inflammation. Avoid processed fruits, fruit juices, popsicles, desserts, artificial sweeteners and processed carbohydrates—bread, pasta, white rice and flours of any kind. They all break down to sugar. Eat an orange and/or low glycemic-index fruits, and drink water and clear bone broth for their protein and life-giving marrow. The book, The Missing Diagnosis, addresses Candidiasis (yeast) infections that can wreak havoc with the body. It causes inflammation, diarrhea, brain fog, urinary-tract infections, chronic ear, nose and throat infections, leaky gut and acid reflux from fermentation in the gut. It also can be the driver behind sugar cravings and high blood-sugar because it thrives on sugar. Proliferation is often the result of the use of steroids and antibiotics.

Oral Hygiene

Oral hygiene helps to prevent bacteria from the mouth from entering the heart, lungs and brain. It has been written about in many medical journals as a primary line of defense for people with heart and lung issues. Brushing, tongue-scrubbing, flossing and killing bacteria is Dental Hygiene 101. The topical application of oregano oil to an infected gum can reduce or eliminate said infection, without any toxic side effects. Oil pulling is an age-old remedy rooted in ayurvedic medicine that uses natural substances to clean and detoxify teeth and gums. It has the added effect of whitening teeth naturally and evidence even shows that it may be beneficial for gum health and that certain oils may help fight harmful bacteria in the mouth. Washing hands, disinfecting surfaces and avoiding crowds and sick people all make sense. Covering our mouths and noses when sick and keeping our hands out of our mouths and off our faces all help to prevent the spread of contact and airborne diseases. To stay out of the doctor’s office, it is incumbent on us to eat healthier diets and boost our own immune systems with supplements that nurture our cells and detoxify our bodies. Let food be thy medicine. Diane L. Slader is a graduate of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, in New York City, and a practitioner of holistic treatments for conditions that cause symptoms that lead to the use of pharmaceuticals and no healing. She believes that we are each of body, mind and spirit, affected by what we take into ourselves in thoughts, words and substances.

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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What Five Countries Can Teach Us about Good Eating


by Judith Fertig

mericans love to explore ethnic cuisines and then put their own “more is better” spin on them, like a Chinese stir-fry turned into chop suey with fried rice or a pasta side dish super-sized into a whole meal. “We’ve Americanized dishes to the extent that they don’t have their original health benefits,” says Dr. Daphne Miller, a family physician in the San Francisco Bay area and author of The Jungle Effect: The Healthiest Diets from Around the World— Why They Work and How to Make Them Work for You. Here are five popular—and healthy—world cuisines, known for their great dishes, star ingredients and health-enhancing practices.

Traditional Japanese

Ingredients. The dietary benefits of green tea, fermented soy and mushrooms like shiitake and maitake are well documented. Add dried seaweed to this list. Beyond sushi, it’s a delicious ingredient 18

in brothy soups, where it reconstitutes to add a noodle-like quality, slightly smoky flavor and beneficial minerals, including calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, molybdenum, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, vanadium and zinc. A study in the Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition linked the longevity of Okinawan residents to eating seaweed, a staple of macrobiotic diets. New York City culinary instructor and cookbook author Hiroko Shimbo prefers dried wakame seaweed, readily available in the U.S. Practices. Shimbo grew up in Tokyo, Japan, where her mother helped her surgeon father’s patients by preparing foods that helped them recover quickly. Shimbo believes wholeheartedly in Ishoku-dogen, a Japanese concept often translated as, “Food is medicine.” Shimbo says, “I eat fairly well, treating food as blessings from nature that keep me healthy and energetic. I do not often indulge in expensive, rich foods.” She prefers eating foods in season and

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Ingredients. South India—including the states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Telangana—offers many plant-based dishes that feature coconut, rice and spices such as turmeric, known for decreasing inflammation, according to the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. Varieties of dried split peas called dal [dal is singular and plural] are used in vegetable curries and ground to make the gluten-free savory crepes known as dosa or puffy white idlis for a snack or breakfast. South India native and current Minneapolis resident Raghavan Iyer, teacher, consultant and author of many cookbooks, including 660 Curries, says, “One technique that gives vegetable dishes a lift is dry-frying or toasting whole spices. It adds complexity and nuttiness.” Simply heat a cast iron skillet, add the whole spices and dry fry until spicy aromas arise; then add them to a dish. Practice. South Indian meals usually comprise many small, highly flavored, colorful, plant-based dishes served with rice. They yield a pleasant aroma and sensation

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small portions, listening to what her body craves. When feeling the need for minerals and vitamins, she makes a brothy soup with just a little dried wakame, which reconstitutes to four times its dried volume. A second practice supporting healthy well-being is hara hachi bu, or “Eat until your stomach is 80 percent full.” It requires self-discipline to eat slowly and decline more food. But this restraint supports a widely accepted fact that “It takes about 20 minutes for the brain to receive the message that the stomach is full. If we eat slowly, we get the message at the right time, even if we want a few more bites. If we eat too quickly, by the time our brain sends the message, we have probably eaten too much,” says Shimbo. One Great Dish: Japanese soups offer nutrition and flavor in a bowl. Shimbo’s Eat-a-Lot Wakame Sea Vegetable Soup in her cookbook The Japanese Kitchen: 250 Recipes in a Traditional Spirit can be made with chicken or vegetable broth. Other healthy ingredients like sesame oil, fresh ginger, scallions and garlic boost its health benefits.


of fullness without overdoing it, says Iyer. One Great Dish: A vegetable/legume curry such as tamata chana dal, or smoky yellow split peas is simple to make. Iyer cooks dried, yellow, split peas with potatoes and turmeric, then dry-fries dried chilis and spices, and purées them in a blender for a no-fat, vegan and gluten-free dish. In Iyer’s view, “The epitome of comfort food is a bowl of dal and rice.”

Garden-to-Table Italian

Ingredients. There’s American-Italian, as in pizza with pepperoni and double cheese, and then there’s real Italian dishes dating back to the Etruscans. Healthy Italian starts with the love of growing things. Whatever grows in the garden is best, served simply with extra virgin olive oil; a recent Temple University study found it preserves memory and wards off Alzheimer’s. Eugenia Giobbi Bone, co-author of Italian Family Dining: Recipes, Menus, and Memories of Meals with a Great American Food Family, says, “My palate was formed with the flavors of homegrown foods. Cooking in central Italy is all about bringing out the flavor of a few very fresh, well-grown ingredients. That means primarily seasonal eating, with lots of vegetables and little meat in summer, the opposite in winter. There isn’t a lot of fuss to the culinary style, which instead depends on interesting, but simple combinations of foods and techniques.” Practice. Italian families’ view of healthful garden-to-table includes the exercise attained from gardening. “We have a good work ethic in our family,” remarks Bone, who lives in New York City and Crawford, Colorado. “We are of the mentality that physical work is satisfying, even when it is hard.” From her father’s family, Bone has learned to break a meal into small courses and to eat heavier during the day and lighter at night because this helps maintain a healthy weight, according to many studies including one published in the UK journal Diabetologia. One Great Dish: Dress up pasta with a seasonal vegetable sauce, such as caponata, an eggplant and tomato mixture, or include primavera via spring

vegetables and basil, or arrabbiata, featuring tomatoes and red pepper flakes.


Ingredients. “So much about Lebanese cuisine is ‘on trend’ with our tart and sour flavors from lemon, sumac and pomegranate molasses, a wide array of vegetarian and vegan dishes, plus a tradition of pickling, called mouneh, and yogurt and cheese-making,” says food blogger Maureen Abood, author of Rose Water & Orange Blossoms: Fresh and Classic Recipes from My Lebanese Kitchen.

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“Lebanese cuisine is extraordinarily healthy, fitting squarely into the Mediterranean diet.” Abood lives in East Lansing, Michigan, where she loves to use summer cherries and berries in her Lebanese-inspired dishes. According to Abood, another reason why Lebanese food is so popular is that Lebanese immigrants to the U.S. now outnumber the native population of their mother country. Practice. Gathering to share food is a hallmark of Lebanese hospitality. “The Lebanese style of eating includes maza; many small shared plates of remarkable variety,” says Abood. “Food as medicine” is also a Lebanese practice, according to a study in the journal Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. One Great Dish: “Many of my favorite Lebanese dishes are plant-based,” says Abood. “We love to stuff everything from cabbage to summer squash to grape leaves with vegetarian fillings, and cook them in a garlic or tomato broth. Every week, we make and eat mujaddara, a lentil and rice or bulgur pilaf with deeply

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caramelized onions.” Pair with any Lebanese salad, such as one she makes with sweet cherries and walnuts for “a perfectly healthy and crazy-delicious meal.”


Ingredients. Vietnamese cooking emphasizes fresh herbs and leafy greens, green papaya, seafood, rice and condiments. A study in the British Journal of Nutrition found that green or unripe papaya contains more healthy carotenoids (lutein, beta-carotene and lycopene) than tomatoes or carrots. Practice. The preferred style of Vietnamese cooking is steaming or simmering, using less fat. It also encourages communal eating, with each diner dipping an ingredient into a cooking pot. Cooked foods are accompanied by fresh salad greens, including herbs served as whole leaves. One Great Dish: Vietnamese hot pot is a favorite of Andrea Nguyen, whose Vietnamese family emigrated to California. Nguyen, author of Into the Vietnamese Kitchen: Treasured Foodways, Modern Flavors, blogs about food at and now lives near San Francisco, California. “This is a slow, cook-it-yourself kind of meal. Set it up, relax with some organic wine or beer and enjoy. Flavors develop and the hot pot transforms as you eat,” she says. “At the end, you’ll slurp up the remaining broth and noodles.” See French Bonus: While croissants and triple-crème brie might not seem part of an ideal diet, rediscover two healthy practices from the French: Eat less and eat together. Ongoing studies at Cornell University show that we eat less if offered less. When researcher Paul Rozin, Ph.D., a psychology professor with the University of Pennsylvania, compared portions in Paris, France, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Philly portions were 25 percent larger. It’s also reflected in the two countries’ cookbook recipes. Rozin further found that French diners spent more time eating those smaller portions—perhaps explaining the French paradox: Most French eat rich foods and drink wine, yet don’t get fat. Judith Fertig writes award-winning cookbooks plus foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS ( March 2018


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he winter is long in New England and many suffer from symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), especially in the months of February and March. This is partly due to the lack of sunlight and vitamin D, but it could also be deeper beneath the surface. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, winter is Water Time and it is an important time to honor the inner self, ask deep questions, ponder what the future holds and nourish one’s reserves. A time ago, the world honored the cycles of nature and the cycles of the body, which may be ready for deep rest after the busy holidays; however, today, busy work life beckons. Try using this precious time indoors to ask what the heart may be wanting this spring, as if a seed is gestating underneath the cold damp snow, waiting to sprout. There are several herbs which restore the body and replenish the nervous system. Take advantage of these herbal allies, especially in the cold winter months, when our bodies are ready to receive yin nourishment.

Tips for uplifting the spirit this winter:

• Uplifting herbs: hawthorne, St. John’s wort, lavender, rose, tulsi, linden, lemon balm, passionflower. 20

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• Nervous system restoratives: milky oats, ashwagandha, chamomile, nettles. Flower essences: borage, rose, calendula, sunflower, gorse, mustard, vervain. • Consume mineral rich superfoods: parsley, seaweeds, spirulina, nettles, cacao, spinach, kale, mustard and dandelion greens. • Take vitamin D daily, at least 2,000 to 5,000IU. • Eat grass-fed animals that were raised outside because they store vitamin D in their fat cells. • Cook with mushrooms that have been dried outside exposed to sunlight such as shiitake and maitake because they store vitamin D in their cells. • Exercise and spend time in nature. Getting a few minutes of sun rays on the face can make a big difference with mood. • Treasure sleep: sip a nervine tea before bed if needed. Remember, the sun is returning and the spring equinox will take place soon. Depression, fatigue, insomnia, lack of interest in life, brain fog and SAD may be an indicator of something deeper going on that the heart is calling out for. Our society often views sadness as weakness, but many alternative practitioners and holistic health coaches see symptoms of depression as a signal of imbalance, or something ready to be born that has not

yet been acknowledged. Try meditation, warm herbal baths, walking in nature, sharing with trusted friends and journaling to nurture the inner wisdom that is waiting to be seen.

Recipes for SAD symptoms and depression during winter months: Uplifting Heart-Spirit Tincture: 3 parts hawthorne leaf, berry and flower 2 parts tulsi (tulsi glycerine is delicious, too) 1 part St. John’s wort 1 part rose (rose glycerine is delicious) ½ part lavender ½ part lemon balm

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3 parts chamomile 2 parts nettles 2 parts skullcap 1 part oats 1 part passionflower 1 part lemon balm ½ part roses ½ part lavender * Add 1 parts valerian and 1 parts hops for sleep tea Hannah Jacobson-Hardy, founder of Sweet Birch Herbals, LLC and Full Moon Ghee, is a holistic health coach, ghee producer and community herbalist devoted to providing the region with high-quality, plant-based medicines that are locally grown and sustainably wildcrafted. Find her natural product line and learn more about her services at See ad in Herbal MarketPlace on page 20.

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pices add a punch of extra flavor to our favorite dishes, but they also possess proven health and wellness properties. From regulating blood sugar to reducing inflammation to helping control appetite, behold the magnificent six.

at the onset of symptoms and each day afterwards,” says de la Forêt, citing a study published in Clinical Nutrition. “I mince a clove and mix it with honey to make it easier to swallow.”

Garlic (Allium sativum)

Dr. Lipi Roy, a clinical assistant professor at the New York University School of Medicine and blogger at SpicesForLifemd. com, considers turmeric the golden spice of life. “In addition to its role in Indian and Asian cuisine, turmeric is used in traditional Indian medicine to treat common ailments like stomach upset, ulcers, flatulence, arthritis, sprains, wounds and skin and eye infections,” she says. A study published in Oncogene concluded that curcumin (the active ingredient in turmeric) was a more potent anti-inflammatory agent than aspirin or ibuprofen. Try adding a little turmeric and ground black pepper to soups, salads and sauces.

“There’s a lot of evidence that suggests garlic supports heart health,” says Rosalee de la Forêt, a clinical herbalist and author of Alchemy of Herbs: Transform Everyday Ingredients into Foods and Remedies that Heal. A study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition tracked the blood pressure of 79 patients with uncontrolled hypertension and found that the mean systolic blood pressure of those consuming two 240-milligram capsules of aged garlic extract a day for 12 weeks significantly decreased compared to those taking one capsule or a placebo. “Garlic may also reduce the duration and severity of colds and flu when taken

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Turmeric (Curcuma longa)

Black Pepper (Piper nigrum)

Used in India for 4,000 years, black pepper may be the most popular spice of our era. “Black pepper can increase the amount of nutrients your body absorbs from other food and spices,” says de la Forêt. A study published in Plant Medica concluded that subjects consuming a small amount (20 milligrams) of an extract of black pepper showed an increase of retained curcumin in their bodies. For maximum benefits, grind whole peppercorns directly onto food at mealtime.

Ginger adds a zing of healthy flavor to hot teas and stir-fried veggies such as broccoli, green beans, carrots or mushrooms.

Paprika (Capsicum annuum)

“One of cinnamon’s super powers is that it may help regulate blood glucose in patients with Type 2 diabetes,” Roy says. In a study published in Diabetic Medicine, subjects taking two grams of cinnamon daily for 12 weeks exhibited much better blood sugar control. Roy suggests sprinkling it on oatmeal, apples, pumpkin pie and brownies. Roast chicken flavored with cinnamon and other spices is another treat.

A common spice added to Hungarian, Portuguese, Spanish, Turkish and Indian cuisine, paprika is rich in natural carotenoids (the orangey pigment in many plants with antioxidant power) and capsaicin, both of which may decrease mortality from chronic illnesses. Another benefit of this capsaicin-containing spice is its ability to control appetite. In research published in the journal Physiology and Behavior, participants that consumed red pepper spice had a slightly higher core temperature and energy expenditure after a meal than the control group. The study further suggested that those that consumed capsaicin-containing spices like paprika ate fewer calories per day and had less interest in food. “Paprika is a great salt alternative, too,” says Roy. “Too often, people think they are craving salt, but they aren’t. They are craving flavor, and paprika gives a nice kick to chili, salad, grilled cheese and so many other foods.”

Ginger (Zingiber officinale)

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Cinnamon (Cinnamomum cassia and Cinnamomum verum)

“Ginger is a rhizome people have traditionally used medicinally to help with digestive issues, including upset stomachs and nausea,” says Karen Kennedy, of Concord, Ohio, a horticulturist and educator at the Herb Society of America. In a study published in the World Journal of Gastroenterology, researchers concluded that gastric emptying and relief was more rapid after subjects with frequent or severe stomach upsets ingested 1.2 grams of ginger. Ginger is also linked to increased circulation and reduced inflammation. A study published in Phytotherapy Research noted that this spice also worked in alleviating migraines equal to the pharmaceutical sumatriptan (Imitrex). According to a study in the journal Arthritis, it’s an effective tool in the battle against rheumatoid arthritis.

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Sunshine on Our Shoulders

Makes Us Happy and Healthy by Kathleen Barnes


ver since skin cancer scares penetrated the national psyche in the mid-1980s, Americans have been conditioned to cover up and slather on sunscreen when we leave the house. Now experts say we haven’t been doing ourselves a favor, even when strictly using all-natural formulas. We’ve been blocking the sun’s life-giving rays, essential for the body’s production of vitamin D, and possibly prompting a host of health problems.

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“Ninety percent of the vitamin D we get comes from the sun, and exposing arms and legs for a few minutes a day is enough for most people with no risk of skin cancer,” says Registered Nurse Sue Penckofer, Ph.D., a professor in the School of Nursing at Chicago’s Loyola University. She’s the lead researcher for the Sunshine 2 Study, a clinical trial investigating the vitamin’s vital role in relieving depression. “Every tissue and cell of your body requires vitamin D to function properly,” says Michael Holick, Ph.D., a medical

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doctor who has pioneered vitamin D research at the Boston University Medical Center. A 40-year professor at the Boston University School of Medicine, he’s a fervent advocate of sensible sun exposure. “Vitamin D is actually a hormone, essential for bone and muscle health. It plays a significant role in reducing the risk of infectious diseases, including cardiovascular problems and certain cancers, contributes to brain function and memory, and elevates mood, all while reducing early mortality,” explains Holick, author of The Vitamin D Solution: A 3-Step Strategy to Cure Our Most Common Health Problem. Yet, he says, about half of all Americans are among the 1 billion people worldwide that are vitamin D deficient. Published vitamin D research in the U.S. National Library of Medicine turns up 74,486 studies and citations dating back to 1922, with nearly half done in the past 10 years; 478 of the total were authored or co-authored by Holick or cited his research. His work confirms that sensible sun exposure and supplementing with natural vitamin D3 brings vitamin D

levels to the optimal 40 to 60 nanograms per milliliter (ng/ml). New research from the University of Surrey, in the UK, found D3 twice as effective in raising vitamin D levels as D2, which is often synthetically produced. While the human body manufactures vitamin D as a re sponse to sun exposure, eating certain foods like fatty fish, egg yolks and cheese can help. Fortifying foods with the vitamin is controversial. “It’s interesting that the right sun exposure will correct D deficiency rapidly, but won’t create an excess. Our bodies stop producing the hormone vitamin D once we have enough,” says Dr. Robert Thompson, an obstetrician, gynecologist and nutrition specialist in Anchorage, Alaska, and author of The Calcium Lie II: What Your Doctor Still Doesn’t Know.

Bare Minimum

Holick, who differentiates between unhealthy tanning and healthy sun exposure, recommends exposing arms and legs to noonday sun for five to 10 minutes three times a week for most people. He adds, “Everyone needs 1,500 to 2,000 international units of vitamin D3 [supplements] a day year-round, and obese people need two to three times that much, because their ability to manufacture vitamin D is impaired.” Penckofer’s research confirms that fair-skinned people absorb the sun’s rays easily and quickly, while darker-skinned people have a natural sunblock, so they need much longer sun exposure to absorb the UVB rays that trigger the production of vitamin D. She remarks that inadequate vitamin D is a possible explanation for the greater risk of high blood pressure observed in African-Americans. Holick contends that anyone living north of Atlanta, Georgia, cannot get enough winter sun exposure to maintain optimal vitamin D levels. “While vitamin D can be stored in the body for up to two months, a winter-induced deficiency is a convincing explanation for the seasonal affective disorder that strikes many in northern states in January, just two months after the weather turns too cold to get sufficient sun exposure,” explains Penckofer. “In Alaska, we eat lots of fatty fish and take D supplements in winter. We know there’s no chance we’re getting the D we need from the sun, even when we’re sunbathing in negative 30 degrees Fahrenheit temperatures,” quips Thompson. Kathleen Barnes is the author of numerous books on natural health, including Food Is Medicine: 101Prescriptions from the Garden. Connect at

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Fruit Snippets

Stray grapes, a half-finished peach, overripe bananas, wrinkly berries and the core of a pineapple can all go in the freezer, and then into a smoothie.

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FRUGAL FOODIE Practical Uses for Aging Produce by Judith Fertig


hen Jacques Pépin was growing up in France during World War II, he watched his mother use every scrap of food to meet the family’s needs, and then send him to live with a farmer in summer so her growing son could eat fresh from the farm. Today, the internationally renowned PBS-TV chef and cookbook author carries these sensibilities forward at his home and studio in Madison, Connecticut. “In Europe, and certainly in France, healthy food is much more expensive,” he says. “In America, a chef may have the person that washes dishes also prepare salads. With lettuce, he’ll cut off the whole top, cut out the heart and throw out the rest.” U.S. restaurant kitchens mirror home kitchens, where the average family throws away a quarter of the food they buy, wasting an average of $2,200 a year. These scraps mean wasted food and money at home, plus misspent resources to grow and transport the food. According to a report by the National Resource Defense Council, “Getting food to our tables eats up 10 percent of the total U.S. energy budget, uses 50 percent of U.S. land and


swallows 80 percent of the fresh water consumed in the United States.” To save money and also live better, here are just some of many easy ways to use up every bit of fresh produce we buy.

Asparagus Ends

Self-described “frugal foodie” Diana Johnson, of Auburn, Washington, never lets asparagus ends go to waste. With the help of a blender, she turns them into a creamy asparagus soup—minus the cream—that her family loves (

Broccoli, Swiss Chard and Spinach Stems

Thrifty cooks know the magic of quick pickles. Recycle the brine from pickles and pack thinly cut stems of broccoli, Swiss chard and mature spinach into the jar until covered with the brine, then seal and refrigerate. In a few days, these quick pickles will be ready for snacking and sandwiches.

Carrot and Beet Tops

Very fine carrot tops can be used like parsley. With a food processor or high-

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Freeze what’s left in the bottle in ice cube trays, suggests Anisha Jhaveri, a film writer and wine lover in New York City. It can add flavor to soups and stews, sauces and desserts like wine-poached pears.

Lemon Peels

The limonene in lemon peels is a natural cleaner and degreaser, says blogger Jill Nystul, of Salt Lake City, Utah. She makes her own Citrus Vinegar All-Purpose Cleanser by simply packing lemon peels in a jar and topping with vinegar. See how at

Vegetable Peels and Trimmings

Instead of throwing out onion skins, carrot peels, celery leaves and tough leek stems, collect them in a freezer bag over time and store in the freezer. When enough has accumulated to fill a pot, make homemade vegetable stock, suggests Sonnet Lauberth, a certified holistic health coach, blogger and cookbook author in Seattle ( how-to-make-perfect-vegetable-stock-for). At home, Pépin makes “fridge soup” once a week. “Whatever is left in the fridge—carrots, lettuce, a piece of leftover meat or whatever else I made the other day—goes into the soup,” says Pépin. “We finish it with some vermicelli or polenta or good bread.” A delicious meal, shared with family and friends, makes frugality festive. Judith Fertig writes award-winning cookbooks plus foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (

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speed blender, transform them into a favorite pesto or salsa verde recipe, suggests Registered Dietitian and nutritionist Madeline Basler, of Long Island, New York. One of her go-to’s is her Earth Day Carrot Top Pesto ( Beet greens can be sautéed like spinach, in a little extra-virgin olive oil with garlic, as a veggie side.

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umans and animals with certain medical conditions that have arisen from or have been exacerbated by damage to the microbiome can be helped by a healthy fecal transplant. Like humans, a companion animal may struggle with gastrointestinal issues, allergies and a weakened immune system after years of exposure to antibiotics, other drugs, environmental chemicals and poor diet. 28

How can the immune system be rebooted?

One way is to replenish one’s damaged microbiome with healthy symbiotic gut flora. A telling sign for the many positive possibilities of fecal transplants are the interesting observations made in many of the animals that have received micro-biome restorative therapy, or MBRT (also known as Fecal Microbiota Transplantation, or FMT).

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MBRT (FMT) has been used for human Clostridium difficile amelioration and is being used for other gastrointestinal issues. In the past five years, multiple research papers in various journals, including The American Journal of Gastroenterology, have shown the value of this treatment. For more than eight years, veterinarians have been leveraging MBRT treatment protocols for a wide variety of ailments in animals and the health benefits observed have been truly amazing. Especially in cases of chronic illnesses, there has been dramatic change post-treatment to health and behavior. A key factor in the success is the strength and health of the microbiome donors. The donors must be carefully vetted and consistently cared for to consistently repeat positive changes. Just as important as the source of the micro-biome, is the “prepping the gut” of the recipient. It is vital to create a terrain that is hospitable to the new, healthy microbes. This can be done through proper diet and care, including feeding a fresh, whole foods organic diet and adding nutraceuticals specific to the recipient’s profile. After treatment, keeping the animal on a fresh, organic, pesticide- and preservative-free diet is an important way to mimic the gut terrain that was these microbes’ original environment. It is imperative to be aware of what the animal is exposed to, to ascertain what can and cannot be given to a patient that has such delicate microbiomes.

How long does one MBRT last?

It depends. In some transplants, after only one treatment, an animal can completely recover from their illness. But there are others that need routine treatments to stabilize and maintain the body throughout the healing process. The criterion for re-in-

oculation is if the symptoms resurface. There is much we do not know, about ourselves, our world, and our universe. We do know, or should know, that it is all extremely complex and that science is always learning new facts, creating new theories and tossing old ideas. Paying attention to the emerging science of the mind/gut connection may bring medical science into a new and fruitful paradigm of health care for humans and animals. Margo Roman, DVM, CVA, COT ,CPT, FAAO, is a veterinarian at MASH Vet (Main St. Animal Services of Hopkinton). She has practiced integrative and functional veterinary medicine for almost 40 years. For more information, visit See ad on this page.

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ccording to the American Veterinary Medical Association, 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats have some degree of periodontal disease by the age of 3. Left untreated, periodontal disease not only puts a pet at risk for pain, infection and tooth loss but it can also cause damage to the heart, kidneys and liver. Periodontal disease starts with the accumulation of soft plaque on the teeth which then hardens into tartar. Plaque and tartar are not only unsightly, but when accumulated under the gum line, they lead to loss of gingival attachment and damage to underlying bone. Symptoms of severe oral health problems in dogs and cats include bad breath, reduced appetite, broken or loose teeth, bleeding from the mouth, discolored teeth or teeth covered by tartar, abnormal chewing, drooling, dropping food from the mouth, swelling in or around the mouth or changes in behavior. If a pet is experiencing any of these symptoms, it is time to schedule an appointment with a veterinarian for assessment. In general, pets’ teeth should be


evaluated at least once a year and if problems such as heavy tartar, gingivitis or loose teeth are noted, the veterinarian will recommend a sedated exam and cleaning.

Home Care

Preventing periodontal disease is not only good for a pet’s health, it’s good for the owner’s wallet. According to VPI pet insurance, the average cost of prevention is only one-third the cost of treating dental disease. Home dental care is most successful when performed on a healthy mouth. If the pet’s mouth is painful or his gums are bleeding and teeth are covered by heavy tartar, it is best to start with a professional cleaning before instituting home dental care. The goal of home dental care is the frequent removal of dental plaque and tartar. The most effective and important action that can be taken is routinely brushing the pet’s teeth. Daily brushing is best, just like in people, but even three times a week can be helpful. Regular tooth brushing may reduce the frequency of, or even eliminate the need for, periodic sedated dental cleanings.

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Most pets can be trained to accept brushing, but it requires time and patience. It can take days to weeks for a pet to allow brushing. First, get the pet used to having its face and mouth touched. Use a tasty treat on your finger such as tuna juice, peanut butter or meat baby food to reward the pet for allowing its lips to be lifted and his teeth touched. Move on to gently wiping the teeth with a gauze pad wrapped around a finger. The next step is introducing a pet toothbrush. Enzymatic pet toothpaste (never use human toothpaste which is not safe to swallow) can be a tasty way to make brushing a more enjoyable experience for the pet. To brush the teeth, have the dog or cat sit next to you or face you then gently lift the lip to expose the outer surface of the teeth (there is no need to pry the jaw open). Keep the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle and use circular motions to wipe away the plaque. The bristles of the brush will get up under the gum line as well as clean the visible crown of the tooth. Continue brushing the outer surface of the upper and lower teeth for about five seconds per tooth. Remember to reward the pet with a treat so he learns to look forward to brushing. If a pet is not amenable to brushing, there are some other ways to try to keep teeth clean. Chewing is a great activity for keeping a dog entertained while cleaning his teeth. Choose rubber toys with a rough or bumpy texture. Some rubber toys even have chambers for hiding treats to entice your dog to chew for longer. Rope toys can have a flossing action. Meaty raw knuckle bones are a good option for some dogs, but may be too hard for aggressive chewers (never feed cooked bones as they can splinter). There are also

many edible dental chews, treats and diets for dogs and cats from which to choose. Dental wipes, gels, rinses and water additives can also play a part in keeping a pet’s teeth and gums healthy. Look for the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC) seal of approval. This means the product has been independently tested and found to be effective in decreasing plaque as well as tartar. Visit a veterinarian for an oral exam and commit to home dental care. Your pets will be healthier, more comfortable and you could be adding two to five years to their lifespan. Dr. Kaitlin Fitch graduated from the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and joined a clinic in Wrentham, where she has practiced small animal medicine for the past 13 years. She is now on staff with Especially For Pets. See ad on this page.

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THURSDAY, MARCH 1 Eastover & Berkshire Community College Spring Semester Wellness Classes – Mar 1-May 11. This semester, Eastover/BCC have a wonderful array of wellness offerings including Chinese Brush Painting, Basic Tai Chi, Master-Level Qigong/Tai Chi/Kung Fu, Yoga Dance, Shiatsu, Food-as-Medicine, Chinese Calligraphy, Yoga, Shamanic Healing, Acupressure, End-of-Life Journey, Chen Meditation and more. Walk-ins please call Eastover in advance. Eastover Estate & Retreat Center, 430 East St, Lenox. For details &d registration: 866-264-5139.

SATURDAY, MARCH 3 Boston Massacre Commemoration – 9am-9pm. Hundreds of reenactors transform downtown Boston into Revolutionary Boston. Some events are free, some are included with the price of admission to the museum. Old State House, 206 Washington St, Boston. 617-720-1713.


mark your calendar Dinno Health Lecture Series: Aging With Grace and Vitality

Flying Phoenix Qigong I – Mar 22-25. Flying Phoenix is an extraordinarily powerful medical qigong system created over 400 yrs ago. Educated at Yale & Harvard, Master Dunn wrote the first medical protocol in American history on using qigong/tai chi to recover from surgery. He is also the first tai chi trainer for the NBA. Part 2: 6/287/1, Part 3: 9/13-16. Eastover Estate & Retreat Center, 430 East St, Lenox. 866-264-5139. For more info:

Acton Pharmacy, 563 Massachusetts Avenue Acton, MA 01720

Free. Crowne Plaza Boston, 320 Washington St, Newton. Pamela Pearson.

TUESDAY, MARCH 6 BEMER Workshop – 7:15-8:15pm. BEMER is designed to improve circulation supporting the body’s natural self-regulating processes. It enhances cardiac function, physical fitness, endurance, strength and energy, concentration, mental acuity, stress reduction and relaxation and sleep management. Limited space, RSVP. Free. Newton Chiropractic & Wellness Centre, 383 Elliot St, Ste 250, Newton. 617-964-3332.



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Optimize Your Mental Wellness

Cost: FREE 987-877-6122

The Incredible Dr. You Workshop – 7:158:15pm. This first of 2 workshops 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. RSVP. Free. Newton Chiropractic & Wellness Centre, 383 Elliot St, Ste 250, Newton. 617-964-3332. Free Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Information – 6:30-8:30pm. Cindy Gittleman, Certified MBSR teacher and founder of Sunrise Mindfulness, leads a free information session about the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn.program is right for you. Skin to Soul, 800 West Cummings Pk, Ste 3950, Woburn. 978657-7730.

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Join us for a talk on aging with grace and vitality presented by Lisa Vasile, NP. Drop the belief that aging is deteriorating. “It’s all part of getting older.” This is a statement many of us hear daily, not just from our friends but from medical providers. However, age is usually not the (only) reason for the body breaking down. This seminar will delve into the 10 reasons our body has aging symptoms and easy ways to test for and treat them.

mark your calendar Join Amare Global and Dr. Shawn Talbott to learn about groundbreaking science around gut/ brain health and mental wellness. One in four Americans will experience a mental health challenge this year, such as feeling stressed or anxious, having trouble sleeping or dropping weight, or losing focus or mental clarity. Amare is on the forefront of addressing these issues. Learn about natural solutions you can immediately implement to improve your stress resiliency and mental wellness.

Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn. Free. Roots and Wings, 317 N Main St, Natick. 978-657-7730.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14 Neurofeedback: Brain Training at its Best: Psychological, Neurological, Cognitive Correction – 7-8:30pm. A free 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 presented. Free. Wayland Free Public Library, 5 Concord Rd, Wayland. 781-4449115.

SATURDAY, MARCH 17 Boston Irish Heritage Trail Walking Tours – 1pm. Also Mar 18. Explore 300 years of Irish history in Boston on these fascinating walking tours along the Irish Heritage Trial in Boston Common, Beacon Hill and Downtown. Starts at the Visitor Information Center on Boston Common. $15/ adults; $12/students, seniors, military; free/12 & under. More info:

SUNDAY, MARCH 18 St. Patrick’s Day Parade – 1pm. Don’t forget to wear green. Free. Starts at the Broadway T station on the Red Line in South Boston. Free Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Information – 6:30-8:30pm. Also Mar 25. Cindy Gittleman, Certified MBSR teacher and founder of Sunrise Mindfulness, leads a free information session about the Mindfulness-

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Enneagram Personality Types Workshop – 7:30-10pm. Led by Enneagram expert Herb Pearce. Learn the 9 personality types by Herb acting out the types with hats. Discover your core type and how to relate effectively to each type. $40, sliding scale available. Private home, 77 Tanager, Ste 2, Arlington. 617-794-7213.

FRIDAY, MARCH 23 How to Sew, Hem and Iron – 6:30pm. Learn new skills your grandparents would have taken for granted. Advanced registration required. Free. Boston Center for Adult Education, 122 Arlington St, Boston. 617-267-4430.

SATURDAY, MARCH 24 Carousel Opening Day at the Greenway – The unique 34-seat carousel inspired by Boston Harbor wildlife opens for the season today. $3/ride. Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston.

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

March 24-25

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

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U.S. Presidents: Exemplars of Each Enneagram Personality Type

Nutrition & Health Conference

Learn the Enneagram 9 Personality Types through U.S. Presidents being exemplars of each type. Learn the real-life personalities of your favorite presidents and others not so favorite. Herb Pearce’s new book explores the personality types of each of the 44 Presidents and he has interesting stories to tell. Learn what the Presidents were really like and the times in which they held their presidency. Learn about your core type and what you have in common with a special President of the same type. His new book of 420 pages, Presidential Profiles: Washington to Trump: Enneagram and MyersBriggs Perspectives will be available.

March 30 • 7:30-10pm

Cost: $28 617-794-7213

Timeless, yet down-to-earth and practical, Breema uses nurturing touch, tension-relieving stretches, and rhythmic movements to catalyze ongoing and revolutionary changes in your relationship to yourself, your life, and other people. As your mind, feelings, and body become more unified, harmonious, and natural, you begin to discover the real meaning of health; harmony with existence and a greater potential to live a more purposeful and meaningful life.

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The Arlington Center Yoga, 396 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington. Boston Common Carousel Opens – Colorful carousel on the Common opens for the season today. $3/ride. Boston Common across from Beacon St.


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Shambhala Meditation Center of Boston, 646 Brookline Ave, Brookline. Breema.Info/Boston.

MONDAY, MARCH 26 Initiating Inspiration Book Group – 7:153:30pm. We are reading Carry on Warrior: The Power of Embracing Your Messy, Beautiful Life. Free. Waltham Public Library, 735 Main St, Waltham. 781-314-3429. Events/342271326289431.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28 Introduction to Fertility Awareness – 6:307:30pm. 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.


Timeless, yet down-to-earth and practical, Breema uses nurturing touch, tension-relieving stretches, and rhythmic movements to catalyze ongoing and revolutionary changes in your relationship to yourself, your life and other people. As your mind, feelings and body become more unified, harmonious and natural, you begin to discover the real meaning of health and harmony with existence and a greater potential to live a more purposeful and meaningful life.

Join us for 3 days of amazing food and insights on nutrition and healthful living from researchers, clinicians, educators and chefs. Our goal is to provide health practitioners with an understanding of the central role of nutrition in health and healing, and to provide a scientific basis for the integration of nutrition and medicine in order to practice preventive and therapeutic nutritional medicine.

April 30 - May2

Cost: $894 Westin Boston Waterfront, 425 Summer St, Boston. Register:


save the date Japanese Reiki I and Animal Reiki 1 Retreat: Cultivating and Sharing Inner Peace

Essential practices for mindful self-healing and sharing compassionate meditation with all creatures. Discount rates for animal rescue staff, volunteers. Open to all animal lovers. With Kat Forgacs, Bliss Animal Reiki.

May 3-7

Cost: $420, $375 by April 1. 617-758-7496 Arlington, location given to participants. Preregister:

Friday, 7pm to Sunday, 5pm April 20-22

Cost: $250 510-428-0937 Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, 57 Interlaken Rd, Stockbridge. 510-428-0937.

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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.

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. 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. 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. Kirtan: The Music of Spirituality – 7-9pm. 2nd Sun. Charlie Braun’s music is a creative outpouring of reflective melodies, sweet harmonies, inthe-groove rhythms and the space in between. Donation. Eastover Estate & Retreat Center, 430 East St, Lenox. 866-264-5139.

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

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.


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. Mental Wellness: The Science & Solutions – 9-9:30pm. Join Amare Global for a live webinar as we discuss the science behind the gut-brain connection and natural solutions for addressing the mental wellness epidemic. Free. Pamela Pearson: 978-877-6122. For webinar details:

history and traditions of the famed musicians and conductors. Boston Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave, Boston. For available dates & times: 617-638-9390. Endometriosis Sommerville: An Endometriosis Support Group – 6-7pm. New support group for endometriosis survivors to thrive in community. Free or donation. More info: EndometriosisSommerville.


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.

Ton Ren Healing Class – 9-10am. Release blockages to restore the body’s natural healing ability. Powerful distance healing method developed by Tom Tam, LAc, utilizing acupoints and the unconscious universal commonality. Donations accepted. Portal Crystal Gallery, 489 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington Center, Arlington. 857-928-0513.

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous Weekly Meeting – 7-8:30pm. Free 12-step program for food addiction. There is a solution. Do you, or someone you know, struggle with issues with food, weight or body image? Weekly meetings open to anyone. Free. St. Brigid’s Parish Center, 1995 Massachusetts Ave, Lexington. 617-610-3748.

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

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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. 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. Bones for Life Class – 7:30-8:45pm. Easy movement class based in The Feldenkrais Method. Bones for Life process are designed to improve posture and bone density. Discover a spring in your step. $20/drop-in or ask about promo price. Easy Does It Movements, 19 Mystic St, Arlington. 617875-6041.

thursday Free Night at the ICA – 5-9pm. The Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave, Boston. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous Meeting – 7-8:30pm. Are you having trouble controlling what you eat? A 12-step recovery program for anyone suffering from food obsession, overeating, under-eating or bulimia. Free. Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Johnson Conference Room, 170 Governor’s Ave, Medford. 617-583-2901. 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. 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. A Deep Dive with Q&A – 9-9:30pm. Join Amare Global’s live webinars and deep dive into mental wellness topics like stress, ADHD, brain fog, fatigue, low energy, sleep and more with Q&A. Free. Pamela Pearson: 978-877-6122. For webinar details: Amare. com/10054.

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. 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. 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. SoWa First Fridays – 5-9pm. 1st Fri. Over 60 galleries south of Washington St and at the Artist’s Guild, nearby businesses and restaurants open their doors to give you a chance to experience the vibrant South End arts community. Free. Start at 450 Harrison Ave, follow gallery lights around the neighborhood.

saturday Family Gym – Thru Apr 14. 10-11:30am. A free play program for families with children ages 3-8. Drop-in, no pre-registration required. Caregiver participation required. Held at 3 BCYF Community Center locations: Blackstone, Holland & Madison Park. 617-635-4923. More info: The Marketplace at Simpson Spring – 10am2pm. Includes farmers, bakers, artisans and local entrepreneurs. Stop in to browse or take in our featured entertainment, local authors, educational seminars and lecturers. 719 Washington St, South Easton. Let’s Laugh Today Laughter Yoga – 11am12pm. 2nd Sat. Any age and any level of physical ability can enjoy this unique exercise of laughter and clapping combined with gentle breathing that brings more oxygen to the body’s cells. Free. Unitarian Church of Sharon, 4 N Main St, Sharon. 508-660-2223.

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communityresourceguide Connecting you to the leaders in natural health care and green living in our community. To find out how you can be included in the Community Resource Guide, email to request our media kit.




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

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

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

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


Kristine Jelstrup, CMFT, CBK, LMT 126 Prospect St, Ste 5, Cambridge, 02139 617-833-3407 Kristine@CentralSquareHealthAnd Achieve optimal health physically, emotionally, nutritionally. Kristine uses a form of muscle response testing to identify and clear nervous system interference, facilitating optimal health. See ad, page 8.


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


We are an integrative holistic center, with a caring team of Network Spinal Analysis chiropractors, massage therapists, Shiatsu and reiki practitioners and a Wellness Coach. See ads, pages 7 and 15.


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

Specializing in Neurotherapy, an effective, drug-free treatment for: attention, behavior, emotional, and executive function problems, autistic spectrum, anxiety, depression, postconcussion, peak performance and more. See ad, page 31.



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Looking to improve an area of your life or to heal a personal/ business relationship? I can assist you in discovering a new path forward. My specialties: family dynamics, personal/work relationships and career development.


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


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



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


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


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




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

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

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


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

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 17.


Specializing in natural solutions to healing pre-diabetes and diabetes support. Coping and healthy living strategies. Offering on-site workshops for businesses and organizations and individual coaching. See ad, page 25.


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


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

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98 Parmenter Rd, Framingham, MA 01701 508-838-1101 Through a mutli-modatlity approach, Peter’s practice utilizes the wisdom of ancient knowledge with the science of modern day. Addressing the person’s physical, emotional and spiritual needs that will support the client’s health or return to health. See ad, page 21.

PAMELA PEARSON 978-877-6122 The Emotion Code supports you in releasing trapped energies that manifest as physical problems, weight-gain, relationship and even financial challenges. Open yourself to experience more joy, love, freedom and abundance. Call for free consult See ad, page 7.

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Psychotherapist and Enneagram expert Herb Pearce with 38 years’ experience, works with individuals, couples and families to clarify differences and practice personalized, effective communication. Enneagram team building workshops for groups and organizations. Author of 6 books.


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


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


Rose Siple, Certified Hypnotherapist 774-991-0574

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.

Are you trying to change and frustrated with yourself because you can’t? Filled with stress, unable to change behaviors or attain goals, call Thought Alchemy for the change you desire. See ad on page 14.

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

Board-certified MD in gynecology and integrative medicine. Hormone balancing, nutrition and detoxification are keys to optimal health. See ad, page 8.


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


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


98 Parmenter Rd, Framingham, MA 01701 508-838-1101 Lyme requires a mutli-dimensional approach. With the use of Quantum Reflex Analysis, Zyto, and nutritional support we can identify the Lyme, its supporting bacteria and remediate them. Returning the person to one’s health. See ad, page 21.


Deep-tissue, medical, sports, Swedish and therapeutic massage, shiatsu, reiki & hydromassage in a full-service Wellness Center also featuring chiropractic, acupuncture, Facial Rejuvenation, Facelift Acupuncture and detox footbath. See ads, pages 7 and 15.


My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style. ~Maya Angelou


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Alison Shaw APRN, LMT, CEH 109 Massachusetts Ave Lexington, MA 02420 781-646-0686 An innovative blend of bodycentered counseling, integrative bodywork and energy medicine to uncover and release bodymind patterns that limit your life and health. See ad, page 11.



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


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


Grace Ramsey-Coolidge, LMHC 493-495 Main St, Groton 978-449-9919

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


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


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


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

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


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March 2018


Natural Awakenings Boston March 2018  
Natural Awakenings Boston March 2018  

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