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Nutrition Upgrade


Natural Remedy for Dental Anxiety

Resolving Allergies and Their Causes

Food as Medicine Nutritional Therapy for All

Five Strategies for Better Eating

Healing From Genetically Altered Foods

Boost Metabolism Using Science and Your Body

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f your search for reliable and well-researched health and wellness wisdom has brought you to Natural Awakenings, you’ll be pleased to learn that this month’s issue focuses on some of today’s most important health issues facing millions of Americans—genetically altered foods, air quality and seasonal allergies. I get so excited when I open up my computer to see that I’ve received my national publisher’s preview of what topics will be covered in the national portions of the March edition, which heralds the coming of spring. Since planning the national editorial content for the magazine begins a few months in advance, this means that while I’m still all bundled up in winter wear, and virtually hibernating to escape the snow, sleet and ice of winter, I get to start daydreaming of longer, warmer days. With spring trying to break through this month, seasonal allergies are not far behind. This means that you shouldn’t miss reading "All the Right Moves" and "Fight Back Naturally." These, and the article by local biological dentist, Amparo David, who teaches us how to resolve allergies with nose breathing, are focused on helping people and pets with allergies. Did you know that 70 percent of the immune system resides in the lining of the gut? That’s just one critical issue writer Melinda Hemmelgarn addresses in "Nutrition Upgrades: Five Strategies for Better Health." Ditch the diet, eat for yourself and the planet and learn about the care and feeding of that all-important microbiome. March 22 is World Water Day. In "Saving a Drop to Drink: Our Role in the Coming Water Crisis," writer Jim Motavalli helps us to take stock of water scarcity, the top long-term global risk for the next decade. Jim’s advice on how we can reduce our water footprint is invaluable. Bet you didn’t know it takes more than 3,000 gallons to produce a smartphone and up to 620 gallons to water a 1,000-square-foot lawn. There’s plenty of food for thought here that goes far beyond watering our lawns and low-flush toilets. As always, thanks for spending time with Natural Awakenings Boston. We appreciate the opportunity to meet you wherever you happen to be on your path and hope you find something useful within this month's edition that supports you today or in the future.

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Contents 15 CBD OIL

A Natural Remedy for Dental Anxiety


16 NUTRITION UPGRADES Five Strategies for Better Health

19 FOOD AS MEDICINE Nutritional Therapy is Right for Everyone




Another Reason to Go Organic

22 BOOST METABOLISM Using Science and Your Own Body


VS. ALLERGIES All the Right Moves


Breathe in Through the Nose

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Our Role in the Coming Water Crisis


When Allergies Put the Bite on Pets

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March 2019


news briefs

Free Lecture on Hemp-Derived CBD


ohnson Compounding and Wellness, in Waltham, will host National Educator Miles Sarill who will lead an informative lecture on CBD at 5 and 6:30 p.m., April 1. Hemp-derived cannabidiol, or CBD, has been receiving a lot of attention for its benefits on human health. Hemp CBD supplements are even being recognized amongst the medical community as a key supplement to improve quality of life. However, even with its growing popularity, some still are not entirely familiar with it and are even hesitant to approach the subject. Attendees will learn about the discovery of CBD and its natural sources, including the differences between agricultural hemp and high-THC cannabis plants; discover how CBD interacts with the body via the human endocannabinoid system (ECS) and how it is related to overall well-being; learn why hemp is the eco-friendliest way to balance the endocannabinoid system; and determine why hemp-derived CBD may be the best option for one’s health. Cost: Free. Location: 577 Main St., Waltham. For more information, call 781-893-3870 ext. 3 or visit See ad on page 25 and Resource Guide on page 35.

A Course in Living Plant-Based Nutrition


oin raw foods educator and Master Chef Rawbert Reid from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., April 6 and/or 7, at the Montserrat Building, in Beverly, for a one- or two-day course in living nutrition. Chef Rawbert has been teaching since 1997 and is chef Master Chef Rawbert Reid founder of the Organic Garden Cafe, established in Beverly, in 1999, the second longest-running raw food restaurant in the world. Participants will learn how to reclaim their health and save the planet through a plant-based lifestyle, as well as recharge their vitality with the latest in vegan raw and macrobiotic cooking techniques. Each workshop will have samples throughout and culminate with a raw food buffet. Attendees will also receive Rawbert’s 100page chef training manual. Additional classes and internship programs are also offered by Rawbert. Cost: $695 for two-day program; $350 for one day. Location: 248 Cabot St., Classroom 217, 2nd Fl., Beverly (5-minute walk from the Organic Garden Cafe). For more information, call 978-922-0004 or visit


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New Book Combines Ancient Practices with Latest Science


row A New Body: How SPIRIT and Power Plant NUTRIENTS Can Transform Your Health, by Alberto Villoldo, Ph.D., provides advice on how shamanic practices, cutting-edge science, detox strategies and power-plant foods can activate our cells’ ability to regenerate and repair. The book, available beginning March 12, includes a foreword by Christiane Northrup, M.D. “We all started out from an egg and a sperm that met and fused in an environment conducive to development,” says Villoldo of the foundation for his program. “As cells quickly divided, multiplied, and differentiated into specific types of cells, they followed careful biological instructions that are stored deep within our DNA. Our fully developed bodies can access and switch on those same coded instructions—but first, we need to prepare the environment.” Villoldo, who formerly directed the Biological Self-Regulation Lab as a clinical professor at San Francisco State University, has studied the healing practices of Amazon and Andean shamans for 25 years. He previously co-authored A Shaman’s Miraculous Tools for Healing with Anne E. O’Neill and has also written several other books.

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Benefit Concert for Buddy Dog Humane Society


he Women In Music Gathering (WIMG), a New England-based, intergenerational, artist-alliance group of women in music, singer/songwriters and performing musicians, will perform a benefit concert from 3 to 4:30 p.m., April 6, at Club Cafe, in Boston, to raise money for the Buddy Dog Humane Society. Buddy Dog shelters rescue pets in need, give them medical care and place them in forever homes. The concert will feature songs WIMG wrote about their own four-legged friends and fur babies. All funds will be donated to Buddy Dog Humane Society. Cost: $20. Location: Club Cafe, 209 Columbus Ave., Boston. For more information, call 617-536-0966 or visit

New Once-a-Month Composting Option


ity Compost is now offering a new, once-a-month composting service for those that do not produce enough compostable waste to justify a weekly, or even bi-weekly service. People are increasingly seeking ways to exist in balance with nature. However, in today’s complex world this is not always as simple as it could be. With City Compost’s once-a-month service, residents have more time to fill up the bucket (all food is accepted including meat and dairy), while keeping the costs of a composting service at only $9 per month. With free compost back as an option, users can save hundreds of dollars on growing fresh food at home. This service is also accompanied by Wood~Rice, made by recycling pieces of oak flooring and furniture leftover from manufacturing. It pulls in the moisture from wet food, preventing food from quickly rotting to avoid unpleasant odors. The simple act of composting helps rebuild the earth, whether participating from a studio apartment in the big city or a home in the suburbs. Cost: $9 per month. For more information, call 978-378-3048, email AdamJ@CityCompost. com or visit See ad on page 14 and Resource Guide on page 35.

Revolution Community Yoga Public Open House


evolution Community Yoga will host a free Annual Open House from 2:30 to 6 p.m., March 23, at their location in Acton. Attendees can explore a variety of free 30-minute classes of different styles, all of which are beginner-friendly. No pre-registration is required as classes are first-come, first-served. Other free offerings include a raffle, massage services, kids mandala coloring and henna by Henna Cafe. Cost: Free. Location: 537 Massachusetts Ave., Acton. For more information, call 978-274-5596 or visit

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Five-Day Fast at Eastover Estate and Eco-Village


astover Estate and Eco-Village is now offering a five-day, scientific fasting and meditation retreat every Sunday through Friday. Yingxing Wang, co-founder of Eastover Estate and Eco-Village, the 600-acre retreat sanctuary in the heart of the Berkshires, recently returned from Las Vegas, where she attended the A4M conference on functional medicine. What she learned about the benefits of monthly fasting convinced her to offer a five-day, nutrient-packed fast as a standard retreat option at Eastover all year round. “This is the third year I’ve attended A4M, and it’s always packed with new research about cancer, chronic disease and memory loss,” Wang says. “There is a lot of science supporting the self-care practice of taking five days each month for a nutritious low-calorie, low-protein, lowfat fast. More than 20 years of research at USC has shown that such prolonged fasting is superior to calorie restriction, one- or two-day intermittent fasting or skip-a-day fasting.” In addition to enjoying chef-prepared meals, participants will learn to replicate those meals at home in order to continue their fasting practice. They will also learn from a variety of special guests, such as experts in memory loss, macrobiotics, nutrition, qigong and tai chi. Cost: Less than $200/day all-inclusive. Location: 430 East St., Lenox. For more information, call 631-680-7573 or visit Be sure to let our advertisers know you found them in

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New Customized Sexification Program


acred Temple Arts is offering a new 10-session Sexification Program. Sacha Fossa, owner of Sacred Temple Arts, describes sexifying as becoming sexier as one uncovers and unleashes their inner being. Sexifying is not only about feeling and looking attractive, but actually becoming magnetic, potent and generative as a result. The program includes 10 private individual/couple virtual or in-person sexification lessons (one to two hours each, Sacha Fossa in-person all are two hours); customized homeplay programs; email and/or phone follow-up after, and inbetween sessions; and two one-hour virtual follow-up sessions upon completion of the program. Readers that mention Natural Awakenings receive a 20 percent discount. For more information, call 978-309-9399, email SacredTempleArts@ or visit See ad on page 8 and Resource Guide on page 38.

Live Online Qigong Coming Soon


ao and Zen Healing will soon be adding live, online qigong classes and practice sessions to their list of offerings. Even for people that can create their own qigong routine, sometimes it is nice to let someone else take the lead. Plus, practicing with others, even through a virtual classroom, can be a lot more powerful than practicing alone. Qigong is the practice of cultivating mental and physical balance by coordinating breath, movement and awareness. It helps the body heal and stay strong using exercises designed to gently stretch and strengthen. Tao and Zen Healing offers one-time and ongoing medical qigong classes and workshops that help the body heal and stay strong. For more information, call 617-524-2795 or visit


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health briefs

Pine Bark Soothes Prostate

Meditation and Music Slow Cellular Aging

Benign prostate hypertrophy (BPH), a condition that affects half of men older than 60, is related to increased prostate gland size and a reduced flow of urine from the bladder. To test the effectiveness of the pine bark extract Pycnogenol on BPH, researchers from Italy’s D’Annuncio University divided 75 men with the condition into three groups: One was given 150 milligrams a day of Pycnogenol, another received standard non-drug management and the third was given conventional drug treatment. The researchers found that urination frequency, urgency, intermittency and nighttime occurrences significantly improved after 60 days of treatment among the pine bark extract group.

Meditating or listening to classical music altered biomarkers associated with cellular aging and Alzheimer’s disease in adults experiencing memory loss, according to a recent West Virginia University study. The 60 participants had subjective cognitive decline, including forgetting familiar names and losing objects, a condition that may be a preclinical stage of Alzheimer’s. For 12 minutes a day, they either listened to instrumental classical music or did a kirtan kriya meditation involving chanting, visualization and finger poses. After three months, all subjects had increases in a key beta amyloid peptide protective from Alzheimer’s, as well as better memory, mood, sleep and quality of life, while the meditation group experienced significantly better improvements. Activity in two chromosomal markers of cellular aging—telomere length and telomerase activity—increased for both groups, especially among those that practiced more frequently or started with lower cognitive scores. The improved biomarkers were maintained or even strengthened three months after the study ended.

Herbs Make Worthy Prebiotics Ginger, black pepper and holy basil, mainstays in traditional medicines as anti-inflammatories, also contain significant prebiotic potential that could help gut health, report researchers from India’s National Institute of Nutrition, in Hyderabad. Holy basil (Ocimum sanctum) and ginger (Zingiber officinale) showed significantly higher prebiotic activity, especially of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium species, when compared to the well-known prebiotic fructooligosaccharide (FOS). Black pepper (Piper Nigrum) had prebiotic effects similar to FOS.

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Lemon Balm Lowers Blood Pressure, Reduces LDL Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis), a soothing herb from the mint family, can significantly improve the condition of patients with chronic stable angina, reports a recent study in the Journal of Herbal Medicine. Researchers at Iran’s Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences tested 80 patients with the condition, which involves chest pain linked to a lack of blood flow to the heart. The patients were given three one-gram doses a day of lemon balm powder or a placebo. After two months, the patients given the lemon balm had significant reductions of “bad” low-density cholesterol (LDL), both systolic and diastolic blood pressure, and increased workout capacity, a measure of heart function. Be sure to let our advertisers know you found them in

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Homeopathy and the Treatment of Epidemic Influenza Each year homeopaths, gather the necessary information to treat the human condition of influenza by sorting out what is called the genus epidemicus. This is done by gathering the symptoms of ten or more patients suffering from the same strain of influenza and then identifying the most commonly seen symptoms that year. Homeopaths then study the collective cases and develop a series remedies specific to the given strain of influenza. The genus epidemicus can also be used as a preventative or prophylaxis for those not infected that are tending to or surrounded by those that have succumbed to the present acute epidemic of flu. Krista Connolly, RSHom, CCH, a homeopathy and Bowen specialist in Dedham, shares several remedies that have proven to be the genus epidemicus for this flu year 2018-19. Gelsemium - “This was the most common remedy needed during the 1918 Spanish Flu and is what most homeopaths look to first. There are chills notably up and down the spine. The eyelids are heavy and drooping as if they cannot keep their eyes open. Great languor with a terrible headache. As with most flus there is fever.” Phosphoric Acid - “This year if gelsemium does not work, phosphoric acid is a close runner-up for those with similar symptoms. The common idea in this remedy is debility, mental and physical. This can come on through the loss of fluids through diarrhea and vomiting and the patient is much worse for exertion. The mental attitude is indifferent with a settled despair.” Arum Triphyllum - “Acridity is a key note of this remedy as nasal discharges are acidic causing rawness and even sores under the nose. The nose is completely stopped up and the throat is very sore. There can be quivering of the upper eyelids; especially the left. This remedy is worse lying down.” These are just three remedies that have been useful this flu season. A note to anyone that has had the flu or knows of others that have the flu: One of the most overlooked symptoms for flu is a feeling of depression, not just during the flu itself, but weeks following. You are not losing your mind, you are just recovering, and it will pass. For more information about Krista Connolly, RSHom, CCH, and her work, call 608-362-4940, email or visit See Resource Guide on page 37. 12

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Transcendental Meditations


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Near-Death Experiences Can Be Learned

“Meditation-Induced NearDeath Experiences: a 3-Year Longitudinal Study,” published in Mindfulness, concludes that some Buddhist meditation practitioners can willfully induce near-death experiences (NDE). These profound psychological events typically occur in people close to actual or perceived death. The ability to willfully induce such experiences could help scientists better understand the phenomenon, which so far has been difficult to research. “The practice of using meditation to gain a better understanding of death is longstanding, particularly in Buddhism, where ancient texts exist to help spiritual practitioners prepare for or gain insight into the process of dying,” says study author William Van Gordon, of the University of Derby, in England. “Unlike regular near-death experiences, [12] participants were consciously aware of experiencing the meditation-induced NDE and retained control over its content and duration. Also, compared to regular forms of meditation, the meditation-induced NDE led to a five-fold increase in mystical experiences and a four-fold increase in feelings of non-attachment,” explains Van Gordon.

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Artificial Wood Resists Fire and Water

A new, lightweight synthetic wood has been created that is as strong as wood, but without its traditional vulnerability to fire and water, as reported by Shu-Hong Yu, a materials chemist at the University of Science and Technology of China, in Hefei, and the author of a study published in Science Advances. It’s made of polymer resin and chitosan, a sugar polymer derived from the shells of shrimp and crabs. Adding human-made or natural fibers to the mix could also help. The new material does not require years to grow and repels water; samples soaked in water and a strong acid bath for 30 days scarcely weakened, while balsa wood lost two-thirds of its strength and 40 percent of its crush resistance. The new material is also difficult to ignite, and stopped burning when it was removed from the flame. Its porosity creates an air-trapping capacity that could make it suitable as an insulation for buildings, but eco-friendly alternatives to the polymer resins are needed to broaden interest in its utility.

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Planet Earth Has a Flag

A new project by Oskar Pernefeldt, a graduate student at Beckmans College of Design, in Stockholm, Sweden, has designed a new flag for the entire planet to be used worldwide in a move toward unity. Its minimalist design shows seven rings intertwined on a deep, sea-blue background, forming a flower in the middle. Simple and contemporary, the flag evokes the Earth’s natural beauty. “The blue field represents water, which is essential for life,” writes Pernefeldt. “The flower’s outer rings form a circle which could be seen as a symbol of Earth as a planet, and the blue surface could represent the universe.” The flag has yet to be adopted by any official government agencies.

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Liquid Fuel Stores Solar Energy

Solar power is cheap and plentiful, but there has been no way to store it efficiently. Scientists from Chalmers University of Technology, in Gothenberg, Sweden, are developing a liquid molecule composed of carbon, hydrogen and nitrogen that when exposed to sunlight, rearranges the bonds between its atoms into an energized new isomer. In this way, energy from the sun is captured between the isomer’s strong chemical bonds and stays there even when the molecule cools down to room temperature. When the energy is needed, the fluid is drawn through a catalyst that returns the molecule to its original form, releasing energy as heat. “The energy in this isomer can now be stored for up to 18 years,” says Chalmers University nanomaterials scientist Kasper Moth-Poulsen. “And when we come to extract the energy and use it, we get a warmth increase, which is greater than we dared hope for.” The hope is that this warmth can be used for domestic heating systems, powering a building’s water heater, dishwasher, clothes dryer and more. The scientists claim the fluid can now hold 250 watt-hours of energy per kilogram, double the energy capacity of Tesla’s Powerwall batteries. Moth-Poulsen believes the technology could be available for commercial use within 10 years.

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Spring Decluttering

Spring is the season of renewal, and on the home front, that means cleaning, organizing and reducing clutter. While we apply natural, eco-friendly cleaning agents, the act of moving items around offers the opportunity to rearrange or eliminate some of them, providing a fresh look and a sense of comfort, order and control. To clear clutter, Christa O’Leary (, founder and CEO of Home in Harmony Lifestyle, based in Boston, and author of Home in Harmony: Designing an Inspired Life, suggests that decluttering is best accomplished in small chunks every day to allay feeling overwhelmed, with the help of someone “who knows you have made the commitment and will hold you accountable.” She says stacks of paper and folders “zap your energy and mojo” and take away from productivity and efficiency, along with testing the patience of family members. O’Leary’s website offers tips that provide simple solutions for tackling such areas as magazine stacks and cluttered closets. She relates that a mom recently emailed her to say that her 7-year-old daughter did it as well, and “made a cute, adorable space.” suggests first compiling a to-do list and enlisting someone to help with the physical and psychological aspects of the task at hand: letting go of items that can be donated to charitable organizations and thrift shops, where they can benefit someone else; and being creative in storing seasonal clothing, extra towels or decorations in old military-style trunks, stacks of vintage suitcases or under beds. Along with making the bedroom more visually appealing, removing items and materials can also create a tranquil setting for a more restful night’s sleep. suggests getting rid of old pillows that may be filling up with dust, germs and bacteria; spare bedsheets that we never use; knickknacks that clutter the bedside table and all traces of food and beverages.


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A Natural Remedy for Dental Anxiety by Yasmin Chebbi


ental anxiety affects one in four pointment and right before a dental people and is more common appointment can help reduce anxiety than a fear of heights. More and relieve pain. Because of its strong than 20 percent of Americans miss their anti-inflammatory effects, CBD is a very dental appointments because of dental effective pain reliever and can be used for fears. Unfortunately, this leads to a lack of dental pain. CBD is a much safer alternapreventative care and visits to the dentist tive to the prescription painkillers given only for dental emergencies as people after an appointment because it does not with dental phohave addictive bia are more like- CBD is a safe and effective way properties. It is ly to experience also safer than to calm dental anxieties and gum disease or the traditional relieve pain from dental proce- anti-anxiety tooth loss. CBD oil is medications predures or inflammation. the perfect soluscribed before a tion for dental anxiety and has many dental visit because it has a shorter halfother dental benefits as well. CBD, or life in the body and patients can safely cannabidiol, is a major compound found drive after their appointment. CBD is also in hemp plants and cannabis. Unlike shown to be effective for sensitive teeth, THC that is found in cannabis, CBD does gum inflammation and jaw pain. not cause a “high� effect because it is not CBD has been found to be safe for psychoactive. CBD is becoming routinely use in most adults and children. Adults used for patients with anxiety, depression, should take 1.5 milligrams of CBD oil insomnia and chronic pain. for every 10 pounds of weight the night before the procedure and the time of the How can CBD be used in dentistry? procedure. Children should take eight to Taking 15 to 30 milligrams under the 10 drops of CBD in a spray format the tongue the night before a dental apmorning of the procedure. Be sure to let our advertisers know you found them in

When looking for CBD oil, it is important to purchase 100 percent organic CBD that is grown in the U.S. and has undergone third-party testing. Avoid fillers and be sure that the product is 100 percent CBD. CBD can come in many forms including wax and tablets. Oils are quickly absorbed and have an appropriate concentration for a dental visit. CBD may be contraindicated in patients with Parkinsons, tumors and HIV/ AIDS. It may also have interactions with certain medications so talk with your doctor before taking CBD. Some patients may have an extremely rare allergic reaction, usually in the form of a rash, from CBD. To test, place one to two drops of oil on your upper thigh and check for rashes or bumps 24 hours later. While THC regulations vary, CBD is legal for use and purchase in all 50 states. It is a safe and effective way to calm dental anxieties and relieve pain from dental procedures or inflammation. Patients should speak to their doctor about CBD and how it can help for a more pleasant dental visit. Yasmin Chebbi, DMD, practices holistic dentistry in Brookline and Needham. Her office provides CBD oil as a natural remedy for dental anxiety. She can be reached at 617-651-5088. and Hello@ See ad below and Resource Guide on page 35 and 37.

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Five Strategies for Better Health


by Melinda Hemmelgarn

pringtime brings a desire to clean up our diets and refresh our plates. Here are five worthy strategies for upgrading nutrition and greeting the season with a renewed sense of well-being.

n Ditch dieting. According to the Boston Medical Center, an estimated 45 million Americans go on a diet each year and spend more than $30 billion annually on weight-loss products. Despite this hefty investment, restrictive diets don’t work, says Sandra Aamodt, a neuroscientist based in northern California. Aamodt co-presented the Neurobiology of Dieting: Evidence for Improving Mental Health With a Self-Care Approach session at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) annual meeting last October in Washington, D.C. “Diets are not harmless,” Aamodt explains. “They create stress, persistent 16

hunger, trigger eating disorders such as binge eating and even make people fatter over time.” It’s better to take a kinder approach, says Rebecca Scritchfield, a Washington, D.C.-based registered dietitian and Aamodt’s co-presenter. Scritchfield is the author of Body Kindness: Transform Your Health From the Inside Out – and Never Say Diet Again. She teaches her clients to value their self-worth regardless of body size, practice mindful eating and focus on overall self-care: Think enjoyable physical activity, adequate sleep and positive selftalk. Mindful eating includes paying attention to thoughts and feelings that trigger eating such as hunger, but also stress, boredom and loneliness, says California-based registered dietitian Andrea Lieberstein, who wrote Well Nourished: Mindful Practices to Heal Your Relationship with Food, Feed Your Whole Self, and End Overeating. She encourages clients to identify voids in their lives and fill them

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cook and garden.

The best dietary upgrade starts in our own kitchens, where the cook controls the ingredients. Home cooking with fresh, whole foods is at the heart of feeding ourselves well. Processed food manufacturers would like us to equate cooking with drudgery or think that cooking takes too much time, yet this couldn’t be further from the truth. Tanmeet Sethi, an integrative physician at the Swedish Cherry Hill Family Medicine Residency, in Seattle, established a culinary medicine program that includes both cooking and gardening classes. Sethi says, “Eating is sacred; it’s our connection to the earth.” She also believes there is wisdom in the way food has been traditionally cooked. Sethi recommends a



with healthy relationships and pleasurable activities, rather than food. The “health at any size” philosophy is accepted by a growing number of health and nutrition experts, including Annie Kay, a registered dietitian and registered yoga therapist at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. She’s the author of Every Bite is Divine: The Balanced Approach to Enjoying Eating, Feeling Healthy and Happy, and Getting to a Weight That’s Natural for You. Kay injects compassion into her work, promoting stress reduction, conscious eating and finding peace for individuals to reach their natural weight.


Mediterranean eating pattern for its power to reduce depression and ward off chronic diseases. She also promotes the “herb and spice pharmacy” to reduce inflammation and treat and prevent disease. For example, she says, “Ginger and turmeric both act on the same biochemical pathways as anti-inflammatory medicines.” Cooking and eating together as a family has multiple benefits, too, improving children’s nutrition, self-esteem and school performance. Best of all, says Sethi, “Family meals allow us to connect with the people we love.” Put away phones, turn off screens and truly tune in to each other. Connecting to the earth through gardening also improves our health, according to both Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, a registered dietitian and associate director of the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Diana Dyer, a Michigan-based organic farmer, registered dietitian and author of A Dietitian’s Cancer Story: Information & Inspiration for Recovery & Healing. They promote gardening as a way to interact with nature, reduce stress and improve quality of life. With just a small patch of soil, home and community gardens provide a ready source of affordable, fresh and nutritious vegetables and herbs.

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American Public Health Association, climate change is a major threat to our population. Droughts, fires, storms and flooding create obvious challenges to growing crops, but new research also shows how increasing levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere decreases the nutritional quality of food, leading to lower levels of protein and minerals. One solution is to change the way we farm and eat. For example, Jennifer Jay, Ph.D., a professor of environmental engineering in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of California Los Angeles, calculated the carbon footprints and climate impacts of a variety of food choices. In general, she says, the fewer animal products in our diets, the lower the greenhouse gas impact. But meat and other animal products

Seventy percent of our immune system is in the lining of the gut. ~Tanmeet Sethi, an integrative physician at the Swedish Cherry Hill Family Medicine Residency, in Seattle. need not be totally off the table. Simply choose smaller portions and when possible, purchase local pasture-raised products produced without antibiotics and hormones. Organic food production introduces less fertilizers, pesticides, antibiotic-resistant bacteria and greenhouse gases into our environment. So, what’s best for the planet is best for us. Jay provides easy, plant-based and planet-friendly recipes at

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B.C., Hippocrates said, “Bad digestion is the root of all evil.” Fast forward through the centuries to today, and one of the hottest areas of research in health, medicine and nutrition revolves around the microbiome; more specifically, the community of microorganisms living in the gut. “Seventy percent of our immune system is in the lining of the gut,” explains Sethi, which is why she advises,“Feed the bacteria in your gut real food.” Similarly,

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Teresa Martin, a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator based in Bend, Oregon, emphasizes the value of unprocessed, high-fiber, organic plant foods to nourish gut bacteria and maintain microbial balance. Speaking at the same recent meeting, Martin described multiple ways gut bacteria influence our physical and mental health, including nutrient absorption, body weight and blood sugar control, bone density, inflammation and mood. Microbes in the colon digest and ferment plant fibers into short-chain fatty acids, which help ensure a thick, healthy, intestinal mucus lining. Martin notes, “When we don’t eat enough plants, we can’t make enough short-chain fatty acids,” which are key to gut-brain crosstalk and control of appetite and mood. Martin recommends eating 35 to 50 grams of fiber per day from food, not supplements. She also warns against “microbial assassins” such as antibiotics, processed meats, high-fat diets, refined carbohydrates, added sugars and artificial sweeteners, plus the emulsifiers polysorbate 80 and carboxymethylcellulose, which are commonly added to foods like ice cream and baked goods to improve texture and extend shelf life. All contribute to microbial imbalance, the loss of microbial diversity and leaky gut—the inability to keep offending food compounds like gluten and intact milk protein out of the bloodstream—leading to food intolerance, inflammation and autoimmune disorders.

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fasting and smart meal timing. Allowing

the body at least 12 hours without food intake benefits gut microbial diversity, says Martin. Intermittent fasting, or eating patterns in which no or few calories are consumed between 12 to 16 hours, can protect against a variety of metabolic diseases such as Type 2 diabetes, perhaps in part due to the effect on gut microbes. Dorothy Sears, associate professor of medicine and associate director of the Center for Circadian Biology at the University of California, San Diego, studied the effect of intermittent fasting, or “time-restricted feeding”, on the risk of breast cancer recurrence. In a study of more than 2,300 breast cancer survivors, Sears discovered the women that fasted for at least 13 hours a day reduced breast cancer recurrence by 36 percent, regardless of other dietary factors. Putting this into practice, if the last meal of the day ends at 6 p.m., the first meal of the next day would not begin before 7 a.m. In addition to this “prolonged nightly fasting,” Sears says that when we eat affects the way our bodies handle calories. She recommends eating during the first half of the day, when the sun is up and our enzyme and hormone systems are best able to handle calories, control blood sugar and body weight. Spring forward with these five tips and enjoy better health. Melinda Hemmelgarn, the “food sleuth”, is an award-winning registered dietitian, writer and nationally syndicated radio host based in Columbia, MO. Reach her at Tune into Food Sleuth Radio through iTunes, Stitcher and 18

Quick Tips for Enjoying Good Food, Fast 1. Cook once, eat twice (or more).

Smart, busy cooks use this wise, old home economics strategy. A big pot of soup, stew or chili makes many servings of easy-toheat leftovers. Store extra servings in glass, never plastic, for quick, heat-and-serve meals. Add a side salad and fruit for dessert for a nourishing, fulfilling meal.

2. Master the omelet. Eggs, pref-

erably free-range and organic, make fast, easy, affordable meals. Get creative with personalized omelet fillings. For example, in a tablespoon or more of olive oil, quickly sauté any combination of seasonal vegetables like potatoes, onions, peppers, mushrooms, asparagus, kale or spinach. When tender, slide vegetables into a bowl. Add a few more drops of olive oil to the pan and pour in beaten eggs. When eggs are almost set, top them with sautéed vegetables and a sprinkle of cheese. Cover the pan, set heat to low and when cheese is melted, it’s time to eat. For an alternative filling, try beans, avocado, cheese, onions or peppers with a side of salsa.

3. Use an electric pressure cooker. Say goodbye to sodium-laden, BPA-

lined cans of beans. With today’s safe and easy electric pressure cookers, a pot of unsoaked dry beans can be ready in less than an hour. Use cooked beans in a variety of quick, delicious dishes, including hummus, burritos, soups, chili and veggie burgers. For tips on vegetarian cooking and stress-free pressure cooking, visit

4. Make friends with farmers.

Find local farmers’ markets for the most flavorful, fresh, seasonal produce. For those not sure what to do with kohlrabi or a strange-looking squash, farmers and fellow shoppers will gladly provide ideas. It’s like going to a community party with fellow foodies—much more fun than a trip to the grocery store.

5. Experiment with helpful cookbooks. Mark Bittman’s Kitchen

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can be prepared in 20 minutes or less. Betty Crocker, the renowned classic teacher, shows beginning cooks how to make standard dishes from scratch. For delicious vegetarian meals, check out Deborah Madison’s Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone. And to enrich children’s taste buds, invite them into the kitchen with The Kids’ Multicultural Cookbook: Food & Fun Around the World, by Deanna F. Cook.

6. Invest in a microplane grater or handheld rasp. Add a punch of

flavor and pizzazz with this versatile kitchen tool. Use it to add freshly grated garlic, ginger and turmeric; plus lemon, lime and orange zest.

7. Purge cupboards of packaged, processed foods. Read ingredient

labels to remove the big offenders: refined flours, sugar and substitutes, artificial colors and additives that harm gut microbes, including polysorbate 80 and carboxymethyl cellulose.

8. Stock up with grab-and-go snacks. Fruits, vegetables, nuts, nut but-

ters and plain yogurt (sweeten to taste with local honey, seasonal fruit and cinnamon) make satisfying, high-nutrient snacks.

9. Keep assorted organic herbal teas handy. Unsweetened herbal teas make cozy companions during prolonged nighttime fasting. Staying well hydrated is key to mental performance and weight control, too. Thirst often masquerades as hunger, so drink water or tea first, then reassess appetite.

10. Put fun and pleasure back into eating. Host a potluck with friends

to share cooking and clean up, or have a picnic with kids of all ages. Put flowers or a candle on the table and play soothing music—it all enhances digestion and encourages mindful eating. Bon appétit!


Registered dietitian Brenda Davis, of British Columbia, also recommends whole-food, plant-based diets to reverse Type 2 diabetes. She developed a “whole-grain hierarchy” to identify the most gut-friendly, least-processed grains, including cracked oats, brown rice, barley, buckwheat, sprouted grain, wheat berries and kamut. Along with beans, legumes, nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables, Davis says these foods nourish beneficial gut microbes and reduce inflammation.

Food as Medicine

Nutritional Therapy is Right for Everyone by Beth Gardner

Healthy food can act as medicine in promoting proper function of our body systems and decreasing the likelihood of developing a chronic disease.


ur bodies depend on the nutrients that can be found in foods such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Potassium found in bananas, for instance, helps control healthy blood pressure; and apples, which are high in soluble fiber, can help lower cholesterol levels. By incorporating nutrient-dense foods into our diets, we provide our bodies with the tools they need to keep our systems intact. On the other hand, diets packed with processed foods, sugar and fat, can increase the risk of developing chronic diseases such as inflammation, diabetes and obesity. When we consume foods high in refined carbs or sugar, our bodies digest them into sugars and fatty acids, creating unwanted fat in our bodies. Over time, an over-consumption of these foods can make us more susceptible to developing health problems, such as high blood pressure and high blood sugar. These conditions can then lead to heart disease and other chronic illnesses. While diet may not be the sole solution to reversing the effects of a particular disease, an individual can certainly benefit from a change in diet. Antioxidants found in fruits such as pomegranates, can lower both cholesterol and blood pressure; and leafy greens contain a good source of vitamin E that can

protect the body from inflammation-causing molecules. Our bodies also process these fruits and vegetables into energy. Whole grains, which are high in fiber, also may help reduce cholesterol, as can heart-healthy avocados, which are rich in good fats. The list goes on, but nutrient-dense foods can all act as natural remedies to bolster our health and aid in preventing disease.

This form of nutritional therapy is right for everyone. While each individual may need more or less of certain nutrients depending on their health conditions, the food we choose to eat ultimately impacts the overall function of all of our bodies. However, we realize this change in lifestyle may be challenging to adopt at first for a variety of reasons. People often get so caught up in the idea of dieting, they forget the importance of nourishing their bodies and finding the proper balance. The word “diet” in general, can even have a negative connotation, implying a limit on our food choices and overall consumption. We suggest adopting a healthy mindset that focuses on what you should eat, rather than what you should not. Some people simply do not have the time to cook meals, and thus resort to frozen meals or takeout. While these may seem like a better alternative in the shortterm, the effects of poor eating greatly increases the risk of developing chronic diseases later on. These individuals should consider a consultation with a wellness professional to develop a healthy eating plan that works for them to fit their lifestyle. Beth Gardner is a certified lifestyle educator and director of health and wellness for Acton Pharmacy, Keyes Drug, in Newton, and West Concord Pharmacy. To learn more or to set up a consultation, email BGardner@ See ad on page 10 and Resource Guide on pages 35 and 39.

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Healing From Genetically Altered Foods Another Reason to Go Organic by Marlaina Donato


wenty-five years As I dug deeper, I put man health have ignited ago, the first among the pieces together of controversy genetically modscientists, consumers ified (GM) crop came to the relationship between and even governments. market in the form of a Much of the GMOs, gut health and tomato engineered for a research has been consubsequent diseases. ducted in other counlonger shelf life. Today, as much as 80 percent of ~Michelle Perro, pediatrician, tries—more than 60 food in the U.S. conauthor and executive director have banned GMOs— tains GMOs (as they are and most studies have of GMO Science best known) and most focused on the health of the world’s genetically engineered crops effects of the glyphosate used on these are treated with glyphosate herbicides, crops, which the World Health Organizaprimarily Monsanto’s Roundup. tion in 2015 declared a probable human Unlike hybrids produced by convencarcinogen. “Glyphosate adversely affects tional breeding, GMOs are created in a the mitochondria, neurotransmitter prolaboratory, often incorporating DNA from duction and hormones,” says Smith, whose other species, such as bacteria and viruses. recent documentary, Secret Ingredients, Researching the potential health effects presents stories of people that overcame “must be our number one priority, because chronic illnesses by eliminating GMOs GMO technology is replacing nature,” says from their diets. Jeffrey Smith, executive director of the Smith recently conducted a survey Institute for Responsible Technology, in published in the International Journal of Fairfield, Iowa. “The altered genomes are Human Nutrition and Functional Medipassed on to future generations.” cine in which 3,256 respondents report Although U.S. regulators generally ed improvement in a number of health regard these foods to be safe, the ubiquity problems after they switched to largely of GMOs in the food chain and a lack of non-GMO and organic diets. “Many of the research on their long-term effect on huconditions that improved in the survey

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participants are similar to the health issues found in lab animals fed GMOs or the associated herbicide Roundup,” he wrote. More than 85 percent reported improvement from digestive disorders. It is possible that glyphosate, which is antibiotic in nature, may disrupt the delicate balance of the microbiome, a community of microbes that inhabit the gut.

Roundup and Gut Health

“Roundup can loosen the tight junctions between our cells,” explains Smith. “This can lead to leaky gut, which can contribute to inflammation and numerous diseases.” Dr. Akil Palanisamy, a Harvard-educated physician and author of The Paleovedic Diet: A Complete Program to Burn Fat, Increase Energy, and Reverse Disease, concurs. “I do believe that the microbiome is crucial for health, and by switching to organic, we eliminate the potential microbiome-damaging effects of glyphosate.” Palanisamy, based in San Francisco, emphasizes glyphosate’s known ability to cause DNA damage and potentially induce cell death. “It may be a contributing factor to Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, depression, infertility and gastrointestinal disorders,” he says. “It is impossible in the U.S. to just eliminate GMO foods from the diet, so eating organic is the only way to guarantee avoiding GMO foods. This automatically also reduces pesticides from the diet.”

Anecdotal Evidence

Dr. Michelle Perro, a pediatrician, author

and executive director of GMO Science, in San Rafael, California, became involved when she came across research by plant biologist Dr. Arpad Pusztai, one of the first scientists to raise concerns about the safety of genetically modified foods. “I was able to correlate his findings with the change in children’s health that I was beginning to notice in my own practice,” says Perro. “As I dug deeper, I put the pieces together of the relationship between GMOs, gut health and subsequent diseases.” Perro has seen improved health in her patients once a cleaner diet is introduced. “Parents have the ability to help reverse chronic disorders plaguing their children, including asthma, eczema, food allergies and neurocognitive disorders such as autism and ADHD [attention deficit hyperactivity disorder].” Palanisamy has also seen significant changes in his patients’ health when they heed his advice and avoid GMOs. “Often, they report improvement in digestion, mood, brain fog and energy levels.” The body is designed with the innate ability to heal, says Pero. “Chronic diseases can be reversed when organic nutrition is the foundation.” The Hartman Group’s Organic & Natural 2018 report reveals that 46 percent of American shoppers now seek GMOfree food. “The tipping point here in the United States has begun,” says Smith. Marlaina Donato is the author of several books on spirituality, health and wellness and a composer. Connect at

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Boost Metabolism Using Science and Your Own Body


by Heather Tallman Ruhm

eople often think of metabolism in the context of body weight, blaming excess weight on a slow metabolism. They turn to a variety of methods (both natural and synthetic) to try and rev up their metabolism to burn more calories. But nutrition, environmental exposures such as mold, physical activity and even quantity and quality of a person’s sleep can weigh in on weight issues. Although metabolism is not the only factor when it comes to excess weight, it certainly plays a significant role in people’s health. Metabolism is a complex system that refers to the chemical processes that take place in the body to maintain life. Ranging from converting food into energy to the elimination of nitrogenous wastes, metabolism is the way the body builds up and breaks down substances (as anabolic and catabolic states). These chemical processes are complex and may need attention, whether one feels overweight, or not, even in chronic illness where fatigue is a common side effect and metabolism boosting foods (or pills and the like) can only do so much to counteract this metabolic disruption. So how can someone boost his or her metabolism, impact such a complex system and improve overall sense of well-being? The most common recommendations include nutritional and lifestyle changes such as increasing protein and water consumption, engaging in high-intensity workouts, or avoiding exposures to unnatural chemicals and pollutants. For someone looking for new options for a true metabolic boost or to help remove body pollutants to free up these chemical processes that keep us alive or thriving, one can turn to a number of treatments that employ the body’s innate ability to self-regulate and correct systemic imbalances. Here are a few treatments along with their benefits and health conditions they might address. (As with all conditions, it is important to confer with a physician to determine the proper course of action in order to not create further imbalance): 22

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 Exercise with Oxygen Therapy (EWOT) EWOT is an altitude-contrast training system. During EWOT, a patient will breathe in four times as much oxygen than is present in normal air. This increase in oxygen triggers an anti-inflammatory response within two minutes. The effects of the increased oxygen are cumulative and increases in metabolic energy are notable within one week. Increases in oxygen levels last three days and anti-inflammatory effects last up to one year. Breathing concentrated oxygen while exercising can provide immediate increase in strength, endurance and energy by increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, plasma and tissues. In addition to boosting your metabolism, EWOT can be beneficial in those with various conditions, such as aging, cancer, cardiac conditions, emphysema and stress.  Vitamin IV Therapy The intravenous route is the most effective and efficient way to replenish vitamins and minerals because it bypasses the digestive system, allowing for 100 percent absorption. IV Vitamin Therapy works by administration of vitamins and nutrients directly into the bloodstream. Customized infusions can be used to help treat a variety of ailments and imbalances. For instance, there are comprehensive infusions of key cellular ingredients used to target hydration, infections, or nutritional deficiencies, for example. They are also an ideal way to boost the immune system, increase energy levels and relieve stress. Nutritional IV therapy is safe when administered by a qualified practitioner.  Whole-Body Low-Level Hyperthermia Hyperthermia is a therapy that increases the core body temperature. It activates the body’s heat regulating mechanism, stimulates the immune system, improves circulation and metabolism. In addition, hyperthermia will enhance glandular (endocrine) function while decreasing lactic acid in cells. Hyperthermia also reduces the amount of carbon dioxide in the cells while facilitating cellular waste removal or detoxification. This treatment option can reduce blood pressure and shift metabolism to positively decrease body fat mass.  Electron Foot Baths An electron foot bath is a 30- to 45-minute treatment where the patient sits comfortably with his or her feet in a warm foot bath. Conduction and a specific frequency within the bath add a positive charge to the hydrogen in the water which allows toxins to be pulled through the more than 4,000 large pores in the feet. Because electromagnetic energy controls our chemistry, when this energy is disturbed, cellular functioning is compromised, and metabolism is impaired. By restoring the electromagnetic balance of the cell, the tissue can repair and heal. Electron foot baths have a variety of health benefits and can be used for many conditions such as supporting immune, endocrine and nervous system health as well as cancer support, chronic disease, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and fibromyalgia support. Dr. Heather Tallman Ruhm is the medical director at the American Center for Bioregulatory Medicine and Dentistry (The BioMed Center New England) located at 111 Chestnut St., Providence. The center uses a holistic system of assessments and therapeutics to help the body heal itself, treating chronic conditions and maintaining health. For more information, visit See ad on page 14 and Resource Guide on page 35.


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Exercise vs. Allergies All the Right Moves by Marlaina Donato


easonal allergies plague more than 26 million Americans, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, with numbers on the rise in recent years. This is due in part to a dramatic increase in the amount of airborne pollen, a possible byproduct of climate change. Environmental and lifestyle stress, inadequate nutrition and weakened immune systems are also factors, leaving many feeling too miserable to engage in physical activities. Yet, research shows that exercise can help ease allergy symptoms and lessen severity. A survey of 2,000 allergy sufferers sponsored by the UK National Pollen and Aerobiology Research Unit showed those that exercised the most had the mildest symptoms.

 More Exercise, Less Discomfort

Boosting heart rate through aerobic activities such as running, walking, jumping rope, treadmill routines, tennis and team sports like volleyball or basketball seems to offer anti-allergy benefits. Vitamin C can also help. Researchers from the Faculty of Sports Science at Chulalongkorn University, in Bangkok, Thailand, found that 70 percent of participants that took a vitamin C supplement and ran for half an hour

experienced decreased nasal congestion and sneezing. “Exercising regularly creates a cumulative effect in the body, helps speed up metabolism and improves immunity, so you could find even less allergies occurring over time,” says Stephanie Mansour, fitness expert and former allergy sufferer from Chicago. “I used to get allergy shots for a runny nose and headaches during certain times of the year, but personally transformed my allergies through expanding my lungs and chest and balancing out my nervous system.” The American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy recommends gentler forms of exercise, and cautions against vigorous workouts such as Crossfit or long runs that can be counterproductive and exacerbate allergy flare-ups. Mansour recommends yoga, Pilates, walking or weight training— especially when congestion is a factor.

 Try Some Yoga

Mansour, a certified yoga instructor, attests to the benefits of the practice. To ease the symptoms of allergies, she recommends yoga both for its physical effects and its breath benefits. “Yoga can also help bring equilibrium to the nervous system and help the body relax. When the body is in a healthy balance and relaxed, it’s more effective at warding off

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things like infection or allergies.” Registered nurse and yoga instructor Kristin Brien, of New York City, concurs. “A yoga practice trains and strengthens the vagal nerve, which activates the parasympathetic nervous system—rest and digest mode—and turns off the inflammatory response,” Brien says. “When we are under chronic stress, our nervous systems react as though our bodies are under constant threat, thus making some of us more susceptible to hypersensitive reactions to offending seasonal antigens like pollen and ragweed.” Yoga practitioners across the board recommend inverted poses such as the plow, shoulder stand and downward facing dog to relieve allergy-related congestion. While yoga can be beneficial, inverted poses should be avoided by anyone with high blood pressure, glaucoma or retinal issues due to increased pressure in the blood vessels of the head, and some experts emphasize that allergy sufferers and asthmatics should avoid hot yoga and other demanding forms during flare-ups. A gentle approach goes a long way. Ideally, Brien recommends asanas that anyone can do, including legs up the wall, supported bridge pose, supported reclined goddess pose and child’s pose.

 Warm-Up

No matter the type of exercise, warming up can play a key factor. According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, stretching before activity and boosting heart rate helps to maximize exercise and its symptom-reducing effects.

 Create a Healthy Space

Lessening the body’s burden by making small changes in living or workout space can also optimize the benefits of exercise. Brien, an allergy sufferer and asthmatic, recommends using a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter to reduce circulating allergens and also wiping down all surfaces, including yoga mats, floors, window sills and vents. During drier, colder times of the year, Mansour recommends using a humidifier to add moisture to the air and improve breathing. Exercise may not cure seasonal allergies, but it can lessen related symptoms, along with effecting a more balanced nervous system and better overall health. Marlaina Donato is the author of several books and a composer. Connect at March 2019


Mouth breathing causes enlarged tonsils, which also narrow the airway. While at rest, sighing or sniffing regularly, irregular breathing, large breaths prior to talking, frequent yawning, or breathing using the upper chest rather than the diaphragm, can be signs of low carbon dioxide levels. As we inhale through our nasal and sinus passages, nitric oxide helps control microbes in sinuses and lungs and improves circulation by dilating blood vessels. Like carbon dioxide, it helps oxygen release into cells. Good circulation lowers blood pressure, improves sexual function and nourishes skin. Ineffective oxygen or nitric oxide delivery to cells underlies many diseases.

Early Actions Parents Should Take

1. Breast-feeding: Immunoglobulins and human proteins in breast milk help infants resist allergies while formula is often a significant source of protein allergies and stuffy noses. Clear nasal passages allow babies to breathe through their noses instead of learning to mouth breathe. Breast-fed infants also learn to work their lips, cheeks and tongues differently than bottle-fed babies. The coordination required for an infant to swallow and breathe while breastfeeding is a critical step by Amparo M. David in learning correct swallow patterns and promotes optimal development of the palate and sinuses. Discourage nonnutritive sucking, posture of the face and mouth are incorrect, whether it be pacifiers, fingers, arms or ccording to the American College facial form is incorrect. Facial development of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, cheeks. These influence development by is nearly complete by age 12. The bones are more than 50 million Americans creating a strong vacuum within the mouth more pliable before this age. are affected by allergies each year and this and teach babies an incorrect sucking pat Compressed sinuses and habitual number is continually increasing. Allertern. This not only affects the appearance mouth breathing causes over breathing and gies are among the top 10 leading causes of the teeth but the shape of the palate, creates low CO2 levels. CO2 contributes to of chronic illness. One of the best ways to cranial bones and sinuses. These habits also eliminate or reduce allergens from entering our buffering system, which guards against encourage the tongue to rest on the floor the body is to breathe in through the nose. pH swings. If we of the mouth. Toddlers Most Americans do not realize they conare short on this should switch to a reguOne of the best ways to stantly breathe through their mouth, a phebuffer, our saliva or lar cup as early as possieliminate or reduce aller- ble, since sippy cups are nomenon called mouth breathing. In order urine may register to gain better development of the sinuses, as too acidic or too gens from entering the body also a problem. breathe through the nose. alkaline. This can 2. Watch for flatis to breathe in through the Consistent mouth breathing, for any trigger inflammatened cheeks or unusual reason, alters the development of the face tion and nasal mu- nose, gaining better devel- mouth shape. These and jaws, preventing the face to grow to its cous production opment of the sinuses. conditions almost alfull and healthful proportions. This altered in an effort to slow ways worsen. Dark cirfacial growth enforces mouth breathing CO2 loss. Stuffy cles under the eyes and slumping shouland restricts nasal breathing. Better sinus noses encourage mouth breathing, creating ders can indicate allergies, poor sleep and development begins with nasal breathing. a cycle of CO2 loss. The more one mouth poor oral posture. Do not ignore allergies The face contains intricate muscles that rebreathes, the more allergens and dry, cool or large tonsils or adenoids. Blocked noses model facial bones over time. If the resting air they must process. lead to open mouth postures.

Resolving Allergies

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3. Look for parted lips or chewing with an open mouth at any age as it indicates a person is breathing and chewing through the same space. One’s face continues to change throughout life. It may grow downwards to such an extent a child may struggle to close his lips at all. Once this happens, it is very difficult to correct by means other than surgery. Persuade your child to keep his mouth closed at rest. 4. Treatment to guide facial growth can begin at age 4. By age 5 there should be spaces between the front baby teeth. Their permanent successors, which arrive at about age 6, are much larger. If lower front teeth are crowded at 6 years of age, begin treatment immediately. At the very least, your child may need to improve his oral posture. 5. Look at speech. The tongue should be in the palate for most sounds. If it protrudes sideways or forwards between the teeth, the teeth are likely to displace. A lisp usually indicates the tongue is incorrectly between the teeth. The lips should contact between most syllables. 6. Release tight tissue attachments that anchor the tongue and lips and prevent a proper tongue rest position and swallow. It also releases shoulder girdle muscles. 7. Consider orofacial myofunctional therapy to repattern muscles. Therapy involves making new neuromuscular pathways for better habits. 8. Orthodontics: Find a dentist who practices “full face” orthodontics. These practitioners prefer to start around age four to guide growth and develop the face forward, rather than downward and back. Properly done, an expansion will improve the airway. Whatever orthodontic style you choose, ask how the plan will impact the airway. Even adults may orthodontically expand their palates to experience relief.

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Finding a Solution

Saving a Drop to Drink Our Role in the Coming Water Crisis by Jim Motavalli


lthough climate change gets most of the attention, the international water crisis looms just as large. The World Economic Forum has ranked water scarcity as the top long-term environmental risk globally for the next decade; the United Nations reports that 1.2 billion people—a fifth of the world’s burgeoning population—live in regions of water scarcity; and as many as 700 million around the globe are already suffering from water deprivation. The U.S. is not in a water crisis— yet—but serious problems loom on the

horizon in places like Southern California and the desert Southwest. Los Angeles and San Diego rely on mountain snow in the north to melt and replenish rivers and lakes. But record high temperatures and a shortfall of winter storms—problems aggravated by climate change—have greatly reduced available water supplies. In the Southwest, Colorado River reservoirs were at record lows last summer. As the region continues to use more water than can be replaced by rain and snow, places like Phoenix may experience severe rationing, according to the Center for

“Fortunately, through conservation, more water-conscious consumption and smarter management of water, we can replenish and repair the water cycle. But we must make this a priority and pick up the pace,” says Sandra Postel, director of the Global Water Policy Project and author of Replenish: The Virtuous Cycle of Water and Prosperity. Right now, we’re addressing a 21st-century crisis with 20th-century tools. Leaky pipes, broken water mains and faulty meters are responsible for the loss of 2.1 trillion gallons of water annually in the U.S., according to the American Water Works Association. And our lifestyles are extremely water-intensive. For instance, it takes 3,120 gallons of water to produce one smartphone; watering a 1,000-square-foot lawn even once uses 620 gallons of water. Here are some simple steps everyone can take. Doing them won’t crimp our lifestyles, but it will help us hold on to our finite and threatened fresh water supply: 4 Eat less meat. The water required to produce one quarter-pound hamburger is equivalent to 30 showers, according to One serving of poultry uses 90 gallons. 4 Track down water leaks, which typically waste 10 gallons daily. Common leak sites are faucets, shower heads, swimming pools, garden hoses and pipe joints. 4 Replace old, leaky toilets with efficient models bearing the WaterSense label, or simply put a brick in the toilet tank to reduce consumption with each flush. To check a toilet for leaks, put a few drops of food coloring in the tank and see if any of it transfers to the bowl without flushing. 4 Wash only full loads of laundry and use right-size load settings. Typically, the washing machine accounts for 15 to 40 percent of a household’s indoor water use. Consider a more water-efficient, front-loading washer.


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Biological Diversity. Arizona’s Lake Mead, which supplies water to 22 million people, could run dry by 2021, report researchers from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography of the University of California at San Diego.

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4 Take shorter, five-minute showers with a low-flow showerhead (saving more than 10 gallons compared to the 10-minute version), turn off the water while brushing teeth and shave with a full basin rather than open taps. 4 Wash the car less often: The process uses as much as 150 gallons of water. Driving may not seem to have much to do with water use, but the Water Footprint Calculator ( reports, “Water is used in great quantities during

fuel extraction, refining and production.” So taking public transportation, combining errands or joining a car pool will reduce our water footprint. 4 Reduce lawn watering to a one-hour soaking once a week, rather than daily. Water in the morning—before 10 a.m.— when it’s cooler, so grass roots can absorb moisture before it evaporates. If watering must be done in the evening, try between 4 and 6 p.m., which gives the grass blades time to dry before nightfall.

Jim Motavalli is the author of eight books, and contributes to The New York Times and Barron’s.

Online Calculator offers an online calculator that allows us to figure out our daily use of water and compare it to that of other households.

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What It Takes to Make Our Stuff An eye-popping amount of water is needed to grow or manufacture what we eat, buy and use on a daily basis. Although it’s impossible to reduce our water use to zero, it’s helpful to know how much water is required, so that we’re less inclined to overbuy or waste. 1 cup of coffee. . . . . . . . . . . . 55 gal. 1 avocado. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 gal. 1 hamburger . . . . . . . . . . . . . 660 gal. 1 pound of chicken meat. . . 468 gal. 1 gallon of milk. . . . . . . . . . . 879 gal. 1 pound of barley. . . . . . . . . 200 gal. 1 pound of wheat. . . . . . . . . 132 gal. 1 pound of rice. . . . . . . . . . . 450 gal. 1 pound of soybeans . . . . . . 216 gal. 1 pound of almonds. . . . . . . 1,900 gal. 1 orange. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 gal. 1 egg. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 gal. 1 pound of chocolate. . . . . . 3,170 gal. 1 slice of bread . . . . . . . . . . . 10 gal. 20 pounds of dog food. . . . . 4,000 gal. 1 pair of leather shoes . . . . . 3,626 gal. 1 pair of cotton jeans. . . . . . 2,108 gal. 1 cotton T-shirt. . . . . . . . . . . 659 gal. 1 smartphone . . . . . . . . . . . . 3,190 gal. 1 car tire. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 518 gal. 1 car . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13,737 to 21,926 gal. Sources: Friends of the Earth,, Be sure to let our advertisers know you found them in

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natural pet 4 A change in cleaning products. Use unscented, all-natural cleansers. Put the dog or cat in another room when vacuuming so they don’t breathe dust. A new cat litter can trigger allergic reactions. Look for unscented, dust-free litter.

When Allergies Put the Bite on Pets by Sandra Murphy


pringtime doesn’t just mean warmer weather, colorful flowers and greening grass. It also brings seasonal allergies. For pets, it can be a miserable time of year, because dogs and cats are lower to the ground and pick up allergens on their fur. Grass, weeds, pollen, lawn chemicals, fertilizers and fleas can trigger reactions such as itchy skin, raw paws, sneezing fits and general discomfort. Due to the warmer temperatures of the past decade, flea allergies in dogs have risen 12 percent, while cats have seen a whopping 67 percent increase. Environmental allergies are also up 30 percent for dogs and 11 percent for cats, according to the 2018 State of Pet Health Report from the Banfield Pet Hospital, in Vancouver, Washington. The most common environmental allergens include dust mites, mold, fabric, feathers and cleaning solutions.


A dog’s itching will often manifest between the toes, on the wrists, “armpits”, groin, legs, ears, eyes and back, just in front of the tail. In the quest for relief, dogs will lick, chew, pull out hair and scratch, often leaving bare spots or open wounds that may get in28

fected. Cats will pull hair, scratch ears and develop a rash or bare spot on the stomach or inside the legs. In extreme cases, a veterinarian will give an injection to calm the itchiness before more damage is done. Owners can use that lull to investigate what is causing the allergy.


For fleas, there are more natural ways to end the cycle than using potentially toxic pet treatments. Diatomaceous earth (DE) is affordable, non-toxic and safe, made from fossils of marine life crushed into a superfine powder. Its deadly effect on insects stems from piercing their hard shells so they become dehydrated. It does not harm mammals. Be sure to buy foodgrade DE, not the kind that’s designed for use in pools and gardens. Simply dust the dog to the skin with the powder and sprinkle it on bedding, rugs and carpets. Cats tend to have more favorite nap spots than dogs, so vacuum first to get rid of any flea eggs. Sprinkle the DE and leave it in place for a couple of weeks. Vacuum again. DE can be hard on regular vacuums, but a Shop-Vac is up to the task.

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4 Seasonal flowers and grasses. Pet-friendly wipes will remove excess pollen when the dog comes in after outdoor time. A twice-weekly bath during the worst of the season and weekly as blooming subsides will wash away pollens. An oatmeal shampoo is soothing; don’t use tea tree oil-based shampoos, which may further irritate skin. Be sure to dry the fur. Wet bedding can cause mold, another allergen. 4 Dust mites. Replace worn beds and bedding on a regular basis. Look for natural fabrics and fillings; no down or feathers. Wash weekly. 4 Lack of proper filtration. The air conditioner will capture incoming pollen: Be sure to change the filter often.

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4 Check the paw pads. If they’re irritated or red and raw, ask the vet for a salve to ease the pain while they heal. Be sure to wipe paws when coming into the house. 4 Take a look inside the ears. Allergies can lead to earaches, so watch for red, inflamed skin or black, tar-like goop. Either requires a vet visit and a prescription salve. 4 If dog walks are part of regular exercise, ask neighbors or local park employees if they’ve sprayed pesticides or treated grassy areas. 4 Add a small amount, based on weight, of Omega-3-rich fish oil to food to soothe and smooth the skin. Diligence in spotting symptoms can stop itching in its tracks when remedies are in place or at hand. Connect with Sandra Murphy at

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4 Plastic bowls. Switch to stainless steel bowls for food and water.


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SATURDAY, MARCH 2 Maple Magic Day – 8am-2pm. Pancake breakfast until 11am at Memorial School, right next to the Farm. Featuring wheat and gluten-free pancakes, live Dixieland jazz, agricultural demos and a terrific raffle. Member: $10/adult, $5/kids 10 & under; Nonmember: $12/adult, $6/kids 10 & under. Maple Sugaring Tours Past & Present until 2pm every half hour. $8/person, free/babies on backs. Natick Community Organic Farm, 117 Eliot St, Natick. 508-655-2204. Harvest of Empire Film – 2-4pm. Join us for the award-winning documentary, Harvest of Empire, and a discussion with Patricia Montes, Executive Director of the immigrant rights organization Centro Presente. Free. Robbins Library, 700 Massachusetts Ave, Community Rm, Arlington. 857-209-1122.


special event Be as Simple as You Can Be

A day of practicing Breema, a simple natural form of touch, body movement, and harmonizing principles that invites receptivity and helps raise our level of consciousness. The nonjudgmental and nurturing atmosphere of Breema balances the feelings, relaxes the body, and supports mental clarity. On Friday, March 8, 7-9pm, experience a complimentary evening of Breema including Self-Breema exercises, a Breema bodywork class, and a mini-bodywork session at the same location. All welcome.

Sat. March 9 10am - 5pm

SUNDAY, MARCH 3 Dine Out Boston – Mar 3-8 & 10-15. Enjoy some of Boston’s finest dining at affordable prices. Try a new restaurant or get back to an old favorite. 200+ participating restaurants. Prices vary. More info: Reiki Clinic – 1:30-4:30pm. Experience a relaxing reiki treatment. Practitioners volunteer at the clinic. Free/practitioners, $15/clients. Arlington Reiki Associates, 366 Massachusetts Ave, Ste 304, Arlington. Pre-registration required: 617-8359963.

THURSDAY, MARCH 7 Introduction to NeuroSculpting – 6-8pm. Neurosculpting is a 5-step process fusing the latest in neuroscience within a guided meditation to help individuals harness the power of self-directed neuroplasticity for healing. $40. Bliss Brain at Union Wellness, 64 Union Sq, Somerville. 617821-5560.

$125. The Boston Center for Contemplative Practice, 796 Beacon St, Newton Centre. Register: 541-484-2882. Breema.

SUNDAY, MARCH 10 Mudras for Health & Transformation – 1-3pm. Join Cyndy Overgaag for a workshop to explore the universe of mudras. There’s a mudra for everything from healing stiff joints, awakening the chakras and revving up your digestive system to evoking the subtle qualities of unity and limitlessness. Learn how to the use mudras to complement your yoga practice and meditation. $25/pre-register, $35/day of. Revolution Community Yoga, 537 Massachusetts Ave, Acton. 978-274-5596. Traveling Tidepool – 1-3pm. The New England Aquarium visits and brings all kinds of creatures from New England waters. Free. 617-635-5195. BCYF Curtis Hall Community Center, 20 S St, Boston.



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. Free. Newton Chiropractic & Wellness Centre, 383 Elliot St, Ste 250, Newton Upper Falls. RSVP: 617964-3332.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13 Boston Flower and Garden Show – Mar 13-17. This year’s theme is “The Beauty of Balance.” Find lots of inspiration and tips about making the right garden size and plant type choices. $20/adult, $17/senior, $10/children, free/5 & under. Seaport


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World Trade Center, 1 Seaport Ln, Boston. More info:

SUNDAY, MARCH 17 Reiki Level 1 Training & Certification – 9am7pm. Learn to care for yourself and others. Training classes in a warm and professional setting. Learn the traditional Japanese reiki meditations, how to practice hands-on healing for self and others, the reiki principles, reiki history, and how reiki promotes mindfulness, well-being and resilience. Comprehensive course manual. CEUs for nurses, social workers and LMTs. $150. Brenner Reiki Healing, 324 Central St, Auburndale. 617-2448856. St. Patrick’s Day Parade – 1pm. Starts at Broadway MBTA Stop, South Boston. 627-2687955. More info:


special event Open House BioMed Center New England

Come and see what we’re all about! Join us for an Open House. Take a tour, speak with one of the BioMed Center Team members and learn more about bioregulatory medicine. Admission free. RSVP is requested, as space is limited.

Wed., March 20 4:30 - 6pm Free. BioMed Center New England, 111 Chestnut St, Ste 1, Providence. 833-824-6633. RSVP:

special event Acton Pharmacy Lecture

Acton Pharmacy will host a free lecture on understanding the signs of plantar fasciitis, led by Podiatrist Gregory D. Catalano of North Bridge Podiatry Group.

Wed., March 20 7 - 8pm Free. Acton Pharmacy, 563 Massachusetts Ave, Acton.



Traditional Chinese Brush Painting Workshop – Mar 22-24. With Zhong-hua Lu. Learn philosophical, cultural and technical aspects of Xie yi hua, a one-of-a-kind traditional style of painting. It is a language of symbolic brush strokes. Working on rice paper with Chinese ink and watercolors, learn step by step how to control brush, color, and water to create natural motifs, from rocks, trees, birds, fish, flowers and bees to complex mountain landscapes. Materials included. Eastover Estate & Eco Village, 430 East St, Lenox. 866-264-5139. Details:

Women’s Writing Circle – 2-4pm. Using expressive writing and positive psychology concepts in sacred circle as a way for women to deepen their understanding of themselves and others. Share written stories that honor and support the diverse voices of all women. Provide a safe and nurturing place for discussing truths, sharing vulnerabilities, and bearing witness with compassion and gratitude. Free. Suffolk University, 73 Tremont St, 7th Fl Sociology Dept, Boston. Jen Minotti: 802-280-5173.

The Decibel Diaries with Author Carter Alan – 7-8:30pm. WZLX music director Carter Alan chronicles a lifetime in rock with a tour through 50 concerts that create a portrait of decades of rock and roll history. Free. Winchester Community Music School, 407 Highland Ave, Winchester. 781-721-7171.

SATURDAY, MARCH 23 Ukulele 101 – 10-11am. In this workshop for teens and adults, Julie Stepanel will teach you how to tune, strum and read chords. No experience necessary. Free. Winchester Public Library, 80 Washington St, Winchester. Registration required: 781-721-7171 or Annual Revolution Community Yoga Public Open House – 2:30-6pm. If you’ve been curious about what RCY is all about, this is the perfect chance to pop in and take a casual look around. Free 30-min classes of different styles, all beginner friendly. First come, first served until the room fills up. Free. Revolution Community Yoga, 537 Massachusetts Ave, Acton. 978-274-5596. BEMER Workshop – 3:30pm. 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, please Free. Newton Chiropractic & Wellness Centre, 383 Elliot St, Ste 250, Newton Upper Falls. RSVP: 617-964-3332.

SUNDAY, MARCH 24 Discover Your Sex Languages – 1-4pm. Learn about the 5 sex languages, developed by renowned sexologist, Jaiya. Single or partnered, uncover your unique wiring as a lover, how to expand into others, and how to become an erotic master. The Erotic Blueprint system offers a unique map to arousal, and this knowledge will take your sexual satisfaction to the next level, and beyond. $80. Location provided upon registration. Registration required: 978-3099399. Free Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Orientation – 6:30-8:30pm. Also Mar 31. Cindy Gittleman, Certified MBSR teacher and founder of Sunrise Mindfulness, leads a free information about the MBSR program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn. Free. Roots and Wings, 317 N Main St, Natick. 978-657-7730.

TUESDAY, MARCH 26 Free Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Orientation – 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. Free. Skin to Soul, 800 W Cummings Pk, Ste 3950, Woburn. 978-657-7730.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27 Introduction to Fertility Awareness – 7-8pm. Presentation on what the Fertility Awareness Method is, why it works and what using the method entails as well as the pros and cons of using it for birth control. Free. The Democracy Center, 45 Mt Auburn St, Cambridge. 617-8997624.

THURSDAY, MARCH 28 NeuroSculpting Workshop Social Media – 6-8pm. Learn about the primal reactions in the brain to social media and how to improve your relationship with your online life. $40. Bliss Brain at Union Wellness, 64 Union Sq, Somerville. 617821-5560. Eat. Move. Lose – 6:30-8pm. This registered dietitian-led, 10-wk weight-loss program includes: private pre- and post-program counseling, weigh-ins, body composition assessments and more. Create your forever plan today. Varies with insurance. Mount Auburn Club, 57 Coolidge Ave, Watertown. 617-2255458.

FRIDAY, MARCH 29 Taoist Elixir Qigong (Tao Tan Pai) – 9:30am9pm. With Master Terry Dunn. Tao Tan Pai 31 Postures/Meditations is the basic health and self-healing qigong training of the Tao Tan Pai Kung Fu system, an authentic Taoist monastic system originated during China’s Tang Dynasty and attributed to Lu Deng Bin, the leader of the Eight Taoist Immortals (saints) preserved for 23 generations, mostly at the Ancient Temple of the Yellow Dragon near Mt. Luohu. Eastover Estate & Eco Village, 430 East St, Lenox. 866-264-5139. Details:

SUNDAY, MARCH 31 Reiki Level II Training & Certification – 9am7pm. Discover deeper teachings and practices within the system of reiki, and with specific healing processes. This may be a gateway to a

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professional reiki practice and a way to deepen one’s own self-practice. CEUs for nurses and social workers. Prerequisite: Reiki Level 1 Training. Comprehensive course manual. Ongoing support in your practice. $300. Brenner Reiki Healing, 324 Central St, Auburndale. 617244-8856. Essential Oils for Intimacy – 1-4pm. Learn the how, when, why and where to use essential oils for maximum benefit and ease. Get the proper education on which will be most beneficial to you, and/or your relationship. Learn about using essential oils in your daily regiment and how you can address specific concerns you may have. $80. Location provided upon registration. 978-3099399. More info: Free Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Orientation – 6:30-8:30pm. See Mar 24 listing. Roots and Wings, 317 N Main St, Natick. 978-657-7730.


save the date Open House BioMed Center New England

Come and see what we’re all about! Join us for an Open House. Take a tour, speak with one of the BioMed Center Team members and learn more about bioregulatory medicine. Admission free. RSVP is requested, as space is limited.

Wed., April 17 4:30 - 6pm Free. BioMed Center New England, 111 Chestnut St, Ste 1, Providence. 833-824-6633. RSVP:


save the date World Qigong Tai Chi Day 2019 Weekend Retreat

World Qigong Tai Chi Day is a day of free presentations, demonstrations and mini-classes offered by leaders of Tai Chi, qigong, Chinese Medicine and Eastern philosophy.

April 26-28 Eastover Estate and Eco Village, 430 East St, Lenox. 866-264-5139. More info:

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flea market featuring fresh vintage and designer finds every week. Free. SoWa Vintage Market, 450 Harrison Ave, Boston.

Quincy Market History Tour – 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. Available dates & times:

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.

Ice Skating at Boston Common Frog Pond – Thru Mar. 10am. Closing time varies by day. Skate rental available. Snack bar as well. $6/58 inches & over, free/under 58 inches. Boston Common.


The New England Watercolor Society Signature Member’s Show – Thru Mar 3. 10:30am-5:30pm. This is a wonderful show of some of the best watercolor artists in New England. Come and enjoy the variety of styles and possibly purchase a piece for your own collection. Free. The Guild of Boston Artists, 162 Newbury St, Boston. 508-9327867. Free Tour of Symphony Hall – 4:30pm select weekdays. Also 3:30pm select Sat. Join volunteers on a behind-the-scenes tour and hear about the hall and the history and traditions of the famed musicians and conductors. Boston Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave, Boston. For available dates & times: 617-638-9390.

monthly Anxiety and Panic Support Group – 6:30pm. 1st day of month. 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.

sunday Seasoned Healers Group – 9:45am. 1st Sun. Come and break bread to discuss and dream of living as an intentional group in a more rural area with like-minded, active, older adults. Singles and couples welcome. Watertown. For more info: 617548-4698 or 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


Martial Arts for Kids at BMAC – 5pm, Mon & Wed. Also 9:30am, Sat. Fun, confidence, coordination and self-defense in a supportive, student-centered class. Classes for ages 3 yrs to teens. Boston Martial Arts Center, 161 Harvard Ave, Ste 4E, Boston. 617-789-5524. For cost: 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.

Doors, 395 Washington St, Braintree. 781-8438224.

wednesday Museum of Fine Arts Free Wednesdays – Free admission after 4pm. MFA, 465 Huntington Ave, Boston. 617-267-9300. Meditation on Twin Hearts and Pranic Healing – 7-8:30pm. Meditation on twin hearts is a lovingkindness meditation. Come together as a group to bless the Earth. Reduce stress, boost your energy and receive healing. Donation. Workbar Boston, 711 Atlantic Ave, Boston. 857-529-7804. 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. Space limited, reservations recommended. Free. Coit Observatory at Boston University, 725 Commonwealth Ave, Boston. 617-353-2630.


Free Guided Meditation – 6:15-6:45pm. Experience different HypnoMeditations (prerecorded by Richard Lanza) each week. HypnoMeditation takes you on a journey to states of expansive inner calm which allow for personal transformation and healing. Free. Open Doors, 395A Washington St, Braintree. 781-843-8224.

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


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.

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. $5 suggested donation. King’s Chapel, 64 Beacon St, Boston. 617-227-2155. Weekly Divine Meditation – 6-7pm. Experience a powerful guided meditation lead by Bhavna, the Golden Light Goddess. No two meditations are ever the same. Drop-ins encouraged. $10. Bhavna’s Wellness Group, 512 Main St, Penthouse Ste, Shrewsbury. 508-970-5620. Reiki Healing Sessions – 7-9pm. Reiki and energy healers offer their services free of charge. To broaden the spirit of free care and community services to others, please make a donation in any amount for each healing you receive. Donations sent to a variety of local charitable causes. Open

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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.

friday Watertown Mall Walking Club – 9am. Meet the club leader near Carter’s. Start with stretching exercises followed by a walk through the mall. Occasional guest lectures. Free. 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. Energy Jam – 6-7pm. 2nd Fri. A special opportunity to share intuitive, empathic, psychic abilities. All welcome. Free. Unity Church, 6 William St, Somerville. 617-628-5558. Community Reiki Clinic – 7-8:45pm. 1st Fri. Receive a 30-min reiki session by appt. Appointments start at 7, 7:35 & 8:10pm. If you have been curious about reiki, schedule a session. $15. Brenner Reiki Healing, 324 Central St. Auburndale. 617-244-8856.

saturday 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.

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

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PRODUCTS SPRINGHILL STATUARY - HOME OF THE $10 STATUE – Pet memorials, Angels, Buddha statues, bird baths. Many dog breeds. Shipping worldwide. Open year round. 75 Laura St, Tiverton. 401-314-6752.

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Quan Zhou, LicAc, Nutritionist 493-495 Main St, Groton 978-449-9919 Helping patients return to health with acupuncture, ear therapy, cupping, guasha and acupressure, Quan’s expertise lies in the areas of chronic and acute pain, allergy, digestive conditions, stress-related problems, headaches, migraines, anxiety, depression, neurological disorders, respiratory issues, supportive treatment for cancer, fertility, reproductive health, women’s health and difficult-to-treat conditions in conventional medicine. See ad, back page.


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


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




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

Jolene Ross, PhD 781-444-9115

Specializing in Neurotherapy, an effective, drug-free treatment for: attention, behavior, em- otional, and executive function problems, autistic spectrum, anxiety, depression, post-concussion, peak performance and more. See ad, page 19.

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

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


We are a total wellness center open 7 days a week. We specialize in Gentle Non-Force Chiropractic (NSA), an ass- ortment of massage modalities, HydroMassage, “Super Comfortable” custom orthotics, physical therapy, detoxifying ionic foot baths, and our latest wellness tool, BEMER (designed to improve circulation supporting the body’s natural self- regulating processes). See ads, pages 3 and 7.

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


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


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 10.



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


978-378-3048 City Compost provides home composting services and custom solutions for events and organizations. All compostables including meat, dairy and paper products are accepted. 100% of the independently processed compost goes to grow more fresh food and subscribers can receive top quality, tested, compost with service. See ad, page 14.


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 on page 25.


111 Chestnut St, Ste 1, Providence, RI 02903 833-824-6633


401 Great Plain Ave, Needham, MA 02492 781-449-0550 Familyowned and -operated since 1960, we have evolved from a traditional pharmacy to a worldwide compounding and nutritional resource. Our unique one-on-one patient consultations produce a full understanding of your health needs. You, your physician, and one of our compounding pharmacists work as partners to ensure that you will receive the best care possible.


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

The American Center for Bioregulatory Medicine and Dentistry is pioneering the reintegration of medicine and dentistry to ensure that you receive truly integrated care. Our staff is specially trained in the Safe Mercury Removal procedure. See ad, page 14.

DENTISTRY BY DR. DAVID Amparo M. David, DMD 563 Main St, Bolton, MA 978-779-2888

We look beyond our patients’ teeth in order to improve both their smiles and their quality of life. Our practice offers full preventive services: biological, holistic, functional dentistry, ozone therapy, reconstructive dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, periodontics, endodontics, dental sleep medicine, implant dentistry, in addition to TMD (Temporomandibular Joint Disorders) therapy. See ad, page 7.


1842 Beacon St, Ste 305, Brookline, MA 617-868-1516 Dr. Iontcheva-Barehmi is an accomplished dentist and specialist in Periodontics and Implants with a holistic approach to medicine and dentistry. To schedule your comprehensive exam and share the excitement of a healthy smile, call: 617-868-1516. See ad, page 27.

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


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


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

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

A holistic, caring, mercury-free dental practice that focuses on the individual, not just teeth. We will help you restore and maintain full body health. We also specialize in jaw and muscle pain, headaches and sleep. See ad, page 15.

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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 10.


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 29.


Tim Grantham, Certified NIASZIIH Healer 745 High St, Westwood, MA 339-203-1726 Hands-on, Earth-based, energy healing, where the healer assists the client to alleviate illness, pain and dis-ease by tracking its aspects through all layers of the body in order to locate and shift the source.

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


Dr. Samantha Bogle, DMD, MDS 493-495 Main St, Groton 978-449-9919

Specializing in pediatric dentistry, Dr. Kaplan uses the latest technology available to diagnose and treat infants as well as children and adults. In 2015 he was instrumental in developing the first in the country “Infant Laser Frenectomy” training class through the continuing education department at Tufts Dental School and is an international leader in the field of dental laser surgery. See ad, page 7.

Functional orthodontist specializing in orthodontics, dentofacial orthopedics, braces and Invisalign. Dr. Bogle loves creating beautiful smiles for her patients with a specific emphasis on early treatment in children to improve facial growth and development. She believes focusing on the airway, proper breathing and early structural intervention can reduce the need for orthodontic treatment later in life. Prevention is key. See ad, back page.



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

Bridgitte is experienced and passionate about helping individuals improve their well-being with food and lifestyle changes. Specialties include gastrointestinal issues, inflammatory conditions, anti-aging and weight management although she has worked with people of with many diseases. See ad, page 25.

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

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



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

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


Alexia Taylor 617-939-3113 An individualized approach to health. Using Functional Medicine, Positive Psychology, Mindfulness to support your path to happiness. Specializing in transforming stress, sleep problems, developing an eating plan that works for you. Live fully, well, now. See ad, page 11.



KRISTA CONNOLLY, RSHom, CCH Homeopathic Alternative 608-362-4940


Reach healing by finding a single homeopathic remedy that addresses your entire symptom picture. It's found by our listening to your symptoms in detail then carefully matching them to one remedy which can stimulate your complete healing. Consultations in-person, phone or Skype.


Margo Roman, DVM 72 W Main St, Hopkinton, MA 01748 508-435-4077

A full-service integrative veterinary clinic offering caring and healthful options and modalities like acupuncture, functional nutrition, homeopathy, chiropractic, herbs, ozone therapy, surgery and dentistry. See ad, page 26.




Dawna Jones, MD, FACOG 427 Washington St, Norwell, MA 02061 781-829-0930

284 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446 617-731-6767

Board-certified MD in gynecology and integrative medicine. Hormone balancing, nutrition and detoxification are keys to optimal health. See ad, page 12.

Do you suffer from jaw pain or a locked jaw? Do you grind your teeth at night? Do you have headaches, ear pain, facial pain? Do you snore or wake up tired? We can help. See ad, page 15.

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

The Boston Martial Arts Center has been actively training and teaching in the Boston area for over 25 years. We have grown from a small, dedicated group of practitioners into a full-fledged martial arts school devoted to training quality individuals in the best martial arts and self-defense available anywhere. See ad, page 9.


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


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, back page.

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 29.


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 17.

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

Boston Behavioral Medicine promotes a holistic view of health using integrative mind-body psychotherapy, stress management, and nutritional services, and strives for the balance of mental, physical, social and spiritual well-being. Be sure to let our advertisers know you found them in

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Dr. Gary Kracoff provides guid- ance and in-depth consultative services to find the “why” to what is happening physically and mentally, working with individuals to restore balance in the body. Specializes in customizing medications to meet individualized needs of patients, and he suggests nutritional supplements, natural products and homeopathic remedies to aid in faster healing and recovery. See ad, page 25.

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.

Johnson Compounding and Wellness 781-893-3870


34 Lincoln St, Newton Highlands 617-633-3654


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.

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

Manual physical therapy which includes CranioSacral Therapy incorporates the mind-body connection for holistic healing which is essential for effective treatment of chronic pain and/or stress. Effective manual therapy treatment for acute or chronic pain or injury enables therapeutic exercise to be significantly more effective for rehabilitation. See ads on pages 3 and 7.


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


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.


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


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98 Parmenter Rd, Framingham, MA 01701 508-838-1101 Peter offers every 1st and 3rd Tuesday evening meditation at 7pm. Once a month Peter offers sweat lodge. Both are for those who seek to find awareness for the heart and soul. See ad, page 29.


Sacha L. Fossa, Masters Health Arts & Sciences, Certified Sex & Tantric Educator, Licensed Erotic Blueprint Coach, Healing Arts Practitioner 978-309-9399 Ready to have better sex, and love your life more, partnered or not? Holistic cutting-edge sex, intimacy and relationship coaching, energy and bodywork, for your sexual healing and empowerment. In person and/or virtual sessions and programs. See ad, page 8.

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

A clinical imaging technique that records thermal patterns of the body to help diagnose and monitor pain or pathology in any part of the body. See ad, page 21.


We are a total wellness center open 7 days a week. We specialize in Gentle Non-Force Chiropractic (NSA), an assortment of massage modalities, HydroMassage, “Super Comfortable” custom orthotics, physical therapy, detoxifying ionic foot baths, and our latest wellness tool, BEMER (designed to improve circulation supporting the body’s natural self-regulating processes). See ads, pages 3 and 7.


Acton Pharmacy Keyes Drug West Concord Pharmacy 508-259-7851 Certified lifestyle educator and the director of health and wellness at Acton Pharmacy, Keyes Drug and West Concord Pharmacy. Beth Gardner works one-on-one with patients to help create ways to improve diet and overall health as a means for disease and illness prevention. See ad, page 10.


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

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