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e’re thrilled that you’re a fan of Natural Awakenings! It’s fairly safe to conclude that you’re also a fan of a healthy environment. Welcome to our annual Green Living issue. Crissy Trask’s feature article, “Live Green, Save Big,” disproves the myth that eco-friendly choices are harder on our wallets than conventional options. The accompanying piece, “By the Numbers,” is another eye-opener. In our quest to publish Natural Awakenings in an environmentally responsible fashion, it’s good to keep in mind that “going green” is a process. Just as with any major shift, progress comes in steps. Our mind evolves and seeks practical refinements as we filter and absorb information to realize what’s doable. If someone wants to lose weight, for example, they have a better chance of succeeding if they pick a date in the future at which point they want to reach their goal, and then work backward, articulating where they need to be on a weekly or monthly basis. It works the same way when we want to make any shift with lasting and permanent benefits. So it is with greening up our lives; it doesn’t have to be a matter of all or nothing so long as we’re moving in the right direction. Occasionally, we hear from purists that they don’t understand why we print Natural Awakenings at all if we’re a “green” company. Why not go totally electronic? First I’ll note that we print on 100 percent recycled non-glossy paper with non-toxic soy ink. Of course, we invite readers to join our email list to receive the digital edition instead, but we also understand that the majority of our readers are overdosed on screen time and prefer the gentle tactile experience of flipping paper pages. Additionally, studies suggest that our brains relate to the physical markers on pages, like left and right and the relation of page corners to the text, which allow us to recall the location of information and call up the memory of reading it. This anchoring sense is lost on a screen. Plus, historically we know that many readers file magazines for months or even years so they can return later to reference advertisers, calendar events and favorite articles. Not only do we want to help readers remember all of the valuable information they find in these pages, we are also happy to provide fun tips on other ways you can reuse past issues. Practical repurposing ranges from shredding for packing material, tearing into pieces for household compost, lining litter boxes and garbage cans, rolling into paper logs, and cutting out pictures and words for a vision board. Of course you can always resend it to the recycling center, or better yet, pass it along to a friend. The crafting link at BuzzFeed. com/chanelparks/awesomemagazine-newspaper-crafts has more ideas and links for everything from making clocks, trashcans, seedling starters, frames, bowls, trivets and vases to shaping a sailor hat and a paper dress. We took a few minutes to create an envelope out of a past issue. It was fun and free. We hope you explore and enjoy spring to the utmost,

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newsbriefs Healthy, Custom-Made Furniture at The Organic Mattress


he Organic Mattress, in Sudbury, is expanding its collections with the introduction of handcrafted, heirloom upholstered furniture. The pieces are made from all-natural and non-toxic ingredients, featuring kiln-dried hardwood frames, certified organic natural rubber cushion cores and certified organic wool batting wrap. The items are covered with sustainable, non-toxic upholstery fabrics and wood stains that are used don’t contain any volatile organic compounds. Each piece is made-to-order and designed to reflect the lifestyles and tastes of today’s families. “Health-minded people in the Northeast and beyond seek healthy furniture and a regional showroom where they can test the sofas and chairs before they commit to buying them,” says Donna Halloran of The Organic Mattress. “Otherwise, most people have had to blindly order pieces from other parts of the country without ever seeing or sitting in them.” Finished pieces are delivered to customers’ homes by the company’s delivery staff. Location: 348 Boston Post Rd., Sudbury. For more information, call 978-440-8200 or visit See ad on page 25 and Green Guide Listing on page 30.

Open House, New TV Show at Johnson Compounding and Wellness

Johnson Compounding and Wellness Center, in Waltham, is hosting a free open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m, April 12, to show its appreciation for its loyal customers and welcome new ones. Johnson pharmacy staff will be present to answer questions about compounding and the laboratory. Vegan chef Lisa Kelly will offer tastings and Dr. Alex Bingham of Visions HealthCare will answer questions about functional medicine. Visitors can also enjoy chair massage and bone density testing. Vendors at the event include Urban Moonshine, Perceptiv, Innate, Ortho Molecular, Boiron, Kare n Herbs, Enzymedica and Emily’s skin soother. “We’ll be running an awesome sale that day featuring the opportunity to buy one item and get the second one for 50 percent off,” says Johnson marketing director Katie McDonough. “There will be many great raffle prizes, samples from all the vendors and much more.” McDonough also notes that Dr. Gary Kracoff, a practitioner of naturopathic medicine and pharmacist at Johnson Compounding and Wellness, is hosting a new TV show that focuses on natural ways to achieve optimum health and wellness. Staying Healthy Naturally airs on Waltham Cable Access on Tuesdays at 9 a.m. and Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m.

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First Annual Norwood Community Wellness Fair


he First Annual Norwood Community Wellness Fair takes place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., April 12, in the Norwood High School gymnasium. The free, interactive event is open to all ages and brings local providers together to promote healthy living in the community. “I’ve been overwhelmed by the community support and enthusiasm for an event like this,” says organizer Jane Singh. “We want it to be fun and educational, so people can participate in activities, hear live talks, try a kids or adult yoga session, have their blood pressure taken and learn about fitness, nutrition, acupuncture, massage and more.” Speakers include Dr. Richard Chen of Visions HealthCare, presenting a functional medicine approach to treating Attention Deficit Disorder. Dr. Marc Saulnier will speak about chiropractic care and nervous system scans, and healthy eating talks include Lauren Leonard’s Lessons in Lunchboxes and Donna Morin’s So You Think You Know Food. A full list of participating providers can be found at WellnessFair. Location: Norwood High School, 245 Nichols St., Norwood. For more information, call 781-801-6540 or visit

newsbriefs Elements Massage Opens in Brookline


o celebrate its grand opening, Elements Massage, at 870 Commonwealth Avenue, in Brookline, is offering customers a discount price of $59 for their first 55-minute therapeutic massage session. Clients can choose from deep tissue, hot stone, prenatal, sports/stretch, Swedish and trigger point massage styles. Each massage therapist at Elements is licensed or certified according to industry standards. Staff members review a client’s health history, challenges and lifestyle to match them with the best therapist for their particular needs. “We spend time with you to understand your body’s problem areas and learn about your wellness goals and expected outcomes,” says owner Chuck Goldman. “Our massage therapists check in with you before, during and after your massage to verify that you are comfortable and your needs are being met.” For more information, call 617-585-0055 or visit See ad on page 21.

Celebration of Reiki Conference in Brookline


he Celebration of Reiki Conference comes to the Holiday Inn in Brookline from 8:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., April 27. This year’s conference theme is Reiki: Making the Connection. The event offers a forum for Reiki education and information sharing, networking and a vehicle for sustainable community building among area Reiki practitioners. “Reiki practitioners of all levels, lineages, traditions, philosophies and practices are invited to become part of the Celebration of Reiki Conference,” says Publicity Coordinator Judith Bousquin. “The Boston area, and beyond, has so much Reiki talent and experience but few venues for creating community and sharing ideas. This is a beautiful opportunity to bring together the energy, strength and talent of Reiki practitioners to empower and educate one another.” Cost: $80. Location: Brookline Holiday Inn, 1200 Beacon St., Brookline. For more information, email Elise Brenner at or visit natural awakenings

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Free NLP Training and Certification Program


lex Bering, an author, trainer and area manager for Dale Carnegie Training, will present complimentary Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) two-day training and certification programs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., March 29 and 30, and April 5 and 6, at The Hampton Inn, in Norwood. A third session Alex Bering will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., April 26 and 27 at The Holiday Inn, in Mansfield. These events are open to the public, hospitals, doctors and business/life coaches, and will discuss the newest and most powerful techniques, tools and ways to heal, cure and understand clients and/or patients. Bering is a master trainer of NLP and a board-certified hypnotherapist. He will be joined by David R. Behan, executive CEO and clinical director of Ten Harley Street, a prestigious clinic in London offering hypnotherapy/psychotherapy, NLP, coaching, training and more.  NLP explores the relationship between how we think (neuro), how we communicate (linguistic) and our patterns of behavior and emotion (programming). By studying and learning NLP, individuals will become more aware of their impact on others, how to manage and influence their own behavior for optimal results and how to improve and enhance their own interpersonal communication, which will lead to building better relationships with others at work and at home.    Location: The Hampton Inn, 434 Providence Hwy., Norwood and The Holiday Inn, 31 Hampshire St., Mansfield. To participate, call Alex Bering at 508-269-1236 or email Alex. 8

newsbriefs Greatest Party on Earth Honors Boston Artists and the Planet


oston’s Artists For Humanity (AFH) will hold its ninth annual Greatest Party on Earth (GPOE) at 7:30 p.m., April 26, at AFH’s EpiCenter, Boston’s first LEED platinum building. The event celebrates the creativity and entrepreneurial spirit of Boston’s young artists, while also celebrating the Earth and promoting sustainability. The annual event raises funds for paid apprenticeships in fine arts and design for Boston’s under-resourced teens and celebrates AFH’s commitment to the sustainability movement. “This is the biggest citywide green celebration and a dazzling evening of amazing art and design, extraordinary non-stop live entertainment and inspired cuisine,” says Henry Goodrow, AFH development director. “GPOE 2013 was a sellout, with more than 650 attendees representing Boston’s diverse and creative communities of philanthropists, business executives, artists, scientists, art school students, entrepreneurs, architects and designers.” This year’s event is expected to draw even more people, says Goodrow, and offers a focus on green energy. “At every GPOE, AFH’s young artists tackle diverse environmental issues. The Painting Studio and the Lewis Gallery at the EpiCenter are transformed with amazing installations,” he says. This year, teens have chosen to focus the community’s attention on sustainable energy. Location: 100 W. 2nd St., Boston. For more information, call 617-268-7620 or visit

Free Talks on Role of Bacteria and Healthy Food Choices for Digestive Health


orman Robillard, Ph.D., founder of the Digestive Health Institute and author of the Fast Tract Digestion book series, presents a talk on Digestive Health and You from 1 to 2:30 p.m., April 22 at the Cambridge Senior Center and from 12:30 to 2 p.m., May 21 at the Newton Senior Center. Both talks will be followed by a Q&A session. The interactive talks will focus on the role of bacteria and healthy food choices for digestive health, drawing from scientific evidence and offering information for making better food choices. Robillard will cover such issues as heartburn, acid reflux, laryngopharyngeal reflux disease, irritable Norman Robillard, Ph.D. bowel syndrome, celiac and Crohn’s diseases, gastroesophageal reflux disease and diverticulitis. He’ll also speak about using diet for prevention and overall health, and treating and preventing functional gut disorders with food choices. Location: The Cambridge Senior Center, 806 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. To register, call 617-349-6060. The Newton Senior Center, 345 Walnut St., Newton. Call 617-796-1660 to register. For more information, call 617-596-1486 or visit

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newsbriefs Book Drive to Benefit Whole Planet Foundation


he Newtonville Whole Foods Market is holding a book sale through April 15 to benefit the Whole Planet Foundation, a private, nonprofit organization established by Whole Foods Market. The foundation provides grants to microfinance institutions in Asia, Africa, the Americas and the Middle East, which in turn develop and offer micro-enterprise loan programs, training and other financial services to the self-employed poor. Books for sale are located by the customer service booth, and Associate Store Team Leader Samuel Brownell encourages customers to donate books to the drive. “100 percent of the proceeds from the book drive benefit the foundation, so any books you would like to donate would be welcome,” he says. Location: 647 Washington St., Newtonville. For more information, call 617-9652070 or visit

Natural Health Care Webinars


magine you are 20 years old and your doctor tells you that you have a terminal illness with one year left to live,” says Dr. Paul Yanick, president of the nonprofit American Academy of Quantum Medicine (AAQM). That’s what happened to Dr. Yanick 45 years ago. Today, as the national director of board certification for doctors in Quantum Medicine, he is announcing free monthly webinars to members on a wide range of health topics. These webinars will Dr. Paul Yanick take place one Monday evening each month starting April 7 with an exciting presentation on natural ways to protect one’s body from radiation and electro-pollution. “Did you know escalating radioactive toxins are behind skyrocketing cancer and inflammatory disorders, fatigue and weight gain due to thyroid and insulin damage?” asks Dr. Yanick. “Did you know that a 2013 Associated Press investigation revealed that at least 48 of 65 nuclear power plants in the U.S. are leaking into our ground water? And, that many scientists are reporting high levels of radiation in the air, oceans and in many foods as well as massive dieoffs of birds, bees, and fish?” These webinars will address these questions and much more. The AAQM is a professional, accredited research and educational nonprofit organization dedicated primarily to training clinicians since 1998. Cost: Free. For more information and to register for the webinars, visit See ad on page 39. natural awakenings

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eventspotlights Health and Wellness Spring 2014 Show Set for Needham

Interact with more than 70 local health and wellness professionals at the Health and Wellness Spring 2014 Show to be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., April 6, at the Sheraton Needham Hotel, in Needham. Event organizer Walter Perlman says this year’s show is set to be one of the largest to date. “More people and vendors are interested in this year’s show than ever before,” he says. Attendees will be able to sample and buy products, get free screenings, make appointments and learn from some of the best experts in the industry. Experts represented at this year’s show are an eye doctor, chiropractors, acupuncturists, health coaches, weight loss specialists, Reiki masters, hypnotherapists, physical therapists, reflexologists, herbalists, massage experts, life coaches and audiologists. Topics and other attractions include, health clubs, skin care products, vitamin and supplement companies, body wraps, laughter yoga, gluten-free foods, harp acoustic therapy, a compounding pharmacy, lactose-free cheese, Pilates, a vegan chef, thermography, juice bar, homeopathy and brain wellness, among others. Cost: $5 at the door; free for those who register at register. Location: 100 Cabot St., Needham. For more information, call 508-4606656 or visit

Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!’ ~Robin Williams

DiscoverYou Wellness Expo Comes to Marlborough


he sixth annual DiscoverYou Wellness Expo comes to the Royal Plaza Trade Center, in Marlborough, on April 26 and 27. The event is expected to feature more than 135 exhibitors specializing in nutrition, beauty, fitness, yoga, meditation, massage therapy, green products and more. The expo includes more than 40 informational seminars and demonstrations, and keynote addresses from Glen Brooks Roland Comtois, of Blessings by Roland, and Glen Brooks of Vibrant Living. Other featured speakers include Deborah Beauvais of Dreamvisions 7 Radio Network and Terry Wildemann of Awaken the Possibilities. On Saturday, visitors can enjoy a screening of the documentary Food Matters. Dr. Kerry Goyette, DC, will also speak at the expo on Saturday at 4 p.m., covering the subject of detoxification in Detox Your Body, Heal Your Life. Goyette says that she wants people to know more about their innate ability to detox. “Cleanses and detoxing are very popular today and I think what often gets lost is the knowledge that our bodies already have amazing systems in place,” she says. “I’ll be talking about those wonderful systems, how to keep them working properly and how to do a personal assessment of your own ‘sanitation system.’” Cost: $10/day or $15 for the weekend. Location: Royal Plaza Trade Center, 81 Boston Post Rd. W., Marlborough. For more information, call 401-769-1325 x11 or visit See ad on page 3 and Green Guide Listing on page 30.


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ecotip Heirloom Home

A Fresh Look at Furnishings that Last Why not expand on the spring tradition of home cleaning by appraising existing home furnishings and décor to see how rearrangements can freshen the whole presentation? Employing a few basic creative strategies will yield long-lasting beauty, cost savings, health benefits and utility, all adding up to enhanced sustainability. Secondhand items readily spruce up interiors when they are thoughtfully selected. Look for gently used, new-to-you items— ranging from furniture and lamps to accent pieces like pottery and wall art—at antique and thrift shops, yard and estate sales or via online forums such as and Seeking out fair trade items helps support a fair wage for artisans around the world. Plants enliven and beautify any space while cleaning indoor air, according to a recent study by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and Associated Landscape Contractors of America. Plants cited as especially effective in removing formaldehyde, benzene and carbon monoxide from the air include bamboo palm, Chinese evergreen, English ivy, gerbera (African) daisy, chrysanthemum and peace lily. Pot them in used jars or other repurposed containers to conserve materials and add character and more personality to home décor. Overall balance is key. “An imbalanced room has large furniture grouped together at one end and lightweight furniture and bare walls at the other,” says professional designer Norma Lehmeier Hartie, author of Harmonious Environment: Beautify, Detoxify & Energize Your Life, Your Home & Your Planet. “The effect is like being on a tilting boat in a storm.” Furniture arrangements are best when they allow light to flow through spaces with ample allowance for moving about the room. The ideal setup facilitates worktable projects and small-group conversations. Round tables help make everyone feel like they belong, according to green living expert Annie Bond. Sustainable kitchen wares are often the classiest. Sturdy pots, pans and kettles, like Le Creuset and Picquot Ware, may offer replacement parts and lifetime guarantees; Bialetti and Bodum coffee makers and Littala glassware are durable and long-lasting. While some may cost more upfront, their longevity saves money over time. Then there’s always grandma’s iron skillet. Additional sources: and

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

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


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Olive Leaf Outperforms Diabetes Drug


live leaf may provide nature’s answer to diabetes treatment. A recent study from the University of Auckland, in New Zealand, suggests that olive leaf extract can help reduce insulin resistance and increase insulin production by beta cells in the pancreas. The researchers tested 46 middle-aged, obese adults at risk for developing metabolic syndrome-related Type 2 diabetes. In the double-blind, placebo-controlled study, olive leaf extract outperformed the diabetes drug metformin and “significantly improved insulin sensitivity and pancreatic beta-cell secretory capacity,” according to the researchers. Insulin helps escort glucose into the body’s cells.

Tomatoes Prevent and Even Treat Liver Disease


omatoes are widely known for their outstanding antioxidant content, anti-inflammatory and cancerfighting properties, plus benefits to heart health. Now, research from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Human Nutrition Research Center, at Tufts University, in Boston, Massachusetts, has found that consuming tomatoes—particularly their lycopene content—can also help prevent and even treat both liver disease and cancer of the liver. The researchers combed through 241 studies and scientific papers to connect the dots. They report that lycopene up regulates the sirtuin 1 (SIRT1) protein, meaning it increases the number of receptors on cell surfaces, thereby increasing cellular response to it. SIRT1 activation is recognized to protect against obesity-induced inflammation and degeneration of the liver, explain the study’s authors. Lycopene was found to protect against fatty liver disease, liver fibrosis and the formation of cancer in the liver and lungs. Multiple studies have shown cooked tomatoes and tomato sauce offer increased bioavailability of healthful lycopene.


Ventilation and Cleaning Hinder Indoor Pollutants


roperly ventilating and frequently cleaning our homes and offices are both important to our health, concludes a new European study published in the Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Researchers analyzed bacterial and fungal counts and suspended particulate matter in indoor air samples of 40 homes and offices. They determined that 45 percent had indoor pollution levels greater than that recommended by the current European Concerted Action Report on air quality standards. An analysis of a Canadian government Health Measures Survey discovered 47 different indoor volatile organic compounds (VOC) among more than half of the 3,857 households surveyed throughout Canada. Most of the VOCs identified there have also been present in separate European and U.S. studies. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), VOCs are carbon chemical compounds that can evaporate under normal indoor conditions. The concern with indoor VOCs is their potential to react with indoor ozone to produce harmful byproducts that may be associated with adverse health effects in sensitive populations. Typical sources are common household chemicals, furnishings and décor, as well as indoor activities such as unventilated cooking, heating and smoking.

kudos Anna Churchill, founder of AC Fertility Awareness, has recently completed her certification as a Fertility Awareness Educator through Grace of the Moon. She will be offering private consultations and classes for women and couples that are interested in learning the Fertility Awareness Method for preventing or achieving pregnancy. “When women are taught to notice and record their fertility signs, they can use the information to gauge their Anna Churchill general health, prevent pregnancy, or optimize their chances of conceiving,” she says. “They can do this without the negative health and side effects that often accompany hormonal birth control options.” For more information, call 617-489-1906 or visit

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Orange Oil Calms Kids in Dental Chairs


or centuries, aromatherapy using orange oil has been heralded in traditional herbalism for its ability to alleviate anxiety. Research published in the journal Advanced Biomedical Research now finds that aromatherapy using the same ingredient can significantly reduce a child’s anxiety at the dentist’s office. The study, conducted at Iran’s Isfahan University of Medical Sciences and published in the peer-reviewed journal Advanced Biomedical Research, tested 10 boys and 20 girls between 6 and 9 years old. In this crossover design study, participants were assigned randomly into two groups. Half the children were treated with water instead of any essential oil (control) initially and received orange aroma in the second session (intervention). Another 15 children received treatment under orange aroma in the first encounter (intervention) and were treated without any aroma the second time (control). When the children were given orange oil aromatherapy, they experienced significantly reduced heart rates and lower salivary cortisol levels compared with those not receiving it. The results corroborate findings from a 2000 study from the University of Vienna, in Austria, published in Physiology and Behavior. natural awakenings

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globalbriefs CO2-Correct Food

Menus Minimize Greenhouse Gases

WOMEN’S WELLNESS Tune into Your Body’s Intelligence and Take Charge of Your Life

Experts at the Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health, at Aberdeen University, in Scotland, have created a new menu plan that is healthy and nutritious, as well as good for the environment. The researchers compiled a shopping list of 52 foods arranged in categories according to how much climate-changing greenhouse gases are produced to make and transport them ( They then devised a weekly weight allowance for each food, which when followed, would reduce the use of greenhouse gases by about a third. Surprisingly, the list features foods such as chocolate, ice cream and red meat, but anyone wanting to reduce their carbon footprint must only eat them in relatively tiny quantities. Some food groups, such as dairy products and meat, produce much bigger emissions of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide than others because of the way they are manufactured and brought to market. The production of fruit, vegetables and legumes is much less likely to produce such high emissions. Source:

Marine Maneuvers

Harnessing the Ocean’s Power Potential The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is investing $16 million on 17 tidal and wave projects to sustainably and efficiently capture energy from waves, tides and currents. The projects will also help gather crucial data on how these devices interact with the surrounding environment. The DOE will also spend $13.5 million on eight projects to help U.S. companies build durable, efficient wave and tidal devices that reduce overall costs and maximize the amount of energy captured. Specifically, the projects will focus on developing new components and software that predicts ocean conditions and adjusts device settings accordingly to optimize power production. Source:

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Rainwater flows through porous pavement, allowing it to quickly reach soil, which helps keep pavement clearer from ice and snow in the winter and reduces the amount of pollutants that rain washes off of streets and into bodies of surface water. “It works about 50 percent of the time,” says David Drullinger, an environmental quality professional with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. He explains that dirt, sand and other debris get stuck inside the pavement; for it to be effective again, it must be cleaned. More machines capable of unclogging these road surfaces are needed before widespread installation is viable. As more contractors gain experience working with the new material, the more effective it may become. Several communities in Michigan already are adopting the use of porous pavement for its benefits. Source:

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Cheaper Solar Panels Spur Job Growth Solar industry jobs are up nearly 20 percent in the 14 months through November 2013 as cheaper panels and rising electricity rates spurred people to turn to solar, according to a report by the nonprofit Solar Foundation research group. At latest count, solar companies employ nearly 143,000 solar workers, up more than 23,000 from September 2012—a job growth rate that’s 10 times faster than the national average and is helping local economies, according to the foundation. The industry is expected to create 22,000 new jobs in 2014, although at a slower pace than 2013. Cuts of 8,500 positions are projected in the sector that generates electricity from fossil fuels. Solar firms surveyed in the report said that more than 50 percent of their business and homeowner customers turned to solar to save money, while nearly 23 percent said they invested in panels because costs are now comparable with utility rates. The report noted that the cost of solar equipment has fallen about 50 percent since the beginning of 2010, motivating more people to go green.

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Mailbox Libraries Gain Worldwide Alice Mills smiles as she looks at the box that sits on her lawn in Hutchinson, Kansas, an act of kindness for neighbors and the community. Inside the box is a miniature library. Books sit on two shelves; the bottom with short stories for children and the top with novels for adults. After her children grew up and moved away from home, they took the books they wanted with them. The rest sat on a bookshelf collecting dust. “If they’re here, they’re not being read,” Mills says. The concept for the Little Free Library began in 2009 to promote literacy and the love of reading, as well as to build a sense of community, according to They are now popping up around the world in the United States, Bulgaria, Germany, Italy, Pakistan, Spain, Turkey and the Congo. A recent Pew Internet & American Life Project survey shows that Americans strongly value the role of public libraries in their communities, both for providing access to materials and resources and for promoting literacy and improving the overall quality of life. More than half used a public library in a one-year period, and 72 percent say they live in a “library household”. Most Americans say they have only had positive experiences at public libraries and value a range of library resources and services. National Library Week begins April 13. Contributing source:

correction In the March 2014 article, “Apprenticeship Programs Teach How Herbs Can Heal”, we listed one school as Boston School of Herbs. The correct name is Boston School of Herbal Studies. For more information on its programs, visit Boston See ad on page 21. natural awakenings

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Boston Green Academy: Preparing Students for Sustainable Lives by Kim Childs


n 2007, a group of educators in Boston came together to propose a new, innovative school aimed at helping at-risk students to succeed and prepare for life in the real world. Four years later, they opened Boston Green Academy (BGA), a charter school that replaced the struggling Odyssey High School, in South Boston, where dropout rates were high and graduation rates were low. Today BGA is thriving, graduating more students, adding middle school grades and preparing for a move to Brighton. The school’s success is due to a caring staff, strong community partners and a curriculum that embraces real life experience. Natural Awakenings spoke with BGA Development Director Mary Callaghan to learn more about the academy’s hands-on approach to education. Who attends BGA? We currently have 340 students in grades nine through 12 from across Boston, primarily Dorchester, Roxbury and Mattapan. Any Boston resident can apply and students are selected by lottery. We take all students, regardless of ability, and we have the highest population of special education students among Massachusetts charter schools, representing 33 percent of our student body. We have one-to-one aides for some students, a strong special education teaching staff and differentiated education and inclusion in the classroom. Why the focus on hands-on learning? Many of our kids are at risk of failing and dropping out and a majority have experienced trauma in their lives, so it’s not


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necessarily text books and traditional assignments that work for our students, but experiential learning and getting outside the classroom. This ties in with our green theme because we do a lot of field trips and work with more than 45 partners, including such environmentally conscious organizations as The Nature Conservancy, Boston Bikes and the New England Aquarium. Are all BGA students studying “green” subjects? We teach traditional subjects, but each teacher incorporates green themes when possible. We want students to leave BGA with a plan, whether it’s going to a two- or four-year college or directly entering the workforce. Whatever a student wants to do, we’ll help them figure out a path to get there. We’re introducing a Green Career Pathways program for grades six through 12 that includes placing students in internships with green companies, based on their interests. For example, a student who wants to learn finance might intern in a clean energy company, while a student interested in human resources may end up at Vertex Pharmaceuticals, and so on. We’re trying to expose our kids to green industries, companies and individuals, but they don’t have to be a science person to work at these places. How did you lower the student dropout rates and increase graduation rates? Since taking over Odyssey High, the main focus at BGA has been to create a safe, caring culture in which kids want to learn. We’ve made a lot of progress there, thanks to a strong Student Support Team. That team includes two full-time social

workers, four community field coordinators, three social work interns and a director of special education. if students are having a hard time, a rough day or problems at home, they can go to these people. We also have a dean of student behavior and the teachers are amazingly devoted. If a student doesn’t come to class, the teachers call their home that day. Parents are notified if students are having issues in class or not attending, and they’re often asked to come in for a meeting. We do a lot of mediation. In the first two years we were reactive. Now we’re more proactive, addressing problems as soon as we see them. What’s next for BGA? As we prepare to move to Brighton, we’re working with the Green Fellow for the City of Boston, to become the first LEEDcertified existing public building in the city. We also hope to green the cafeteria and help kids learn how to grow their own produce and share knowledge about healthy eating with their families. Our annual BostonGreenGala fundraiser on April 2 features Mayor Marty Walsh and we’ll have a lot to celebrate there. Boston Green Academy is located at 95 G St., South Boston. For more information, call 617-635-9860 or visit Boston

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Celebrate Earth Day 2014

FRIDAY, APRIL 25 Boston Shines – Apr 25-26. West Roxbury, Jamaica Plain, Roxbury, Allston and Brighton residents, as well as local businesses and organizations, are invited to volunteer in a widespread beautification effort. 617-635-4500.

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle to Renew the Health of Our Planet


hether already an activist or still struggling to sort recyclables, we all have a prime opportunity during the week of April 22 and other days to renew our individual and collective pledge to tread more lightly on the planet. “Environmentalism touches every part of our lives, from what we eat to what we wear to what we breathe,” says Earth Day Network President Kathleen Rogers. “Learning about where our food comes from or how a product is made can be fun,” she continues, “and awareness is the foundation for action.” More than a billion citizens have already registered their acts of green through the organization’s website; this year, the campaign seeks to engage a billion more. Suggestions range from the personal, such as pledging to stop using disposable plastic, to the political, in calling our congressional representatives to reestablish a tax credit program for renewable energy. With an estimated two out of every three people on Earth expected to be living in cities by 2050—straining water, energy and transportation systems—Earth Day Network has chosen Green Cities as this year’s theme. Advocates are calling upon cities to invest in smart grids, overhaul outdated building codes and increase public transportation options. Visit to pledge a personal act of green, find a volunteer opportunity or learn more about the regreening of urban communities around 18

members & students, $10/nonmember. Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building, 125 Arborway, Boston. For students to register free: 617-384-5277.

the world. Help Boston celebrate its progress toward sustainability at these local Earth Day 2014 events. SATURDAY, APRIL 5 2014 Earth Night – 7-10pm. Biggest annual fundraiser for Environmental League of Massachusetts. Drinks, dinner, silent and live auctions, and a night of entertainment featuring Women of the World. Back Bay Events Center, 180 Berkeley St, Boston. 617-742-2553. SATURDAY, APRIL 19 6th Annual Race Against Extinction 5K – 11am. We are looking for Cheetahs (experienced and first-time runners), Tortoises (walkers), Gazelles (inline skaters), Kangaroos (parents with strollers), Wolf Packs (runners or walkers with their pets) and Sloths (those who cannot or will not be running, skating, walking or moving in general, but would like to support and help protect their fellow species). $25. Proceeds donated to the World Wildlife Fund. Artesani Park, Brighton. TheRace TUESDAY, APRIL 22 The Balance of Nature: Ecology’s Enduring Myth – 6:30-8pm. In his lively and thought-provoking book, The Balance of Nature: Ecology’s Enduring Myth, John Kricher demonstrates that nature in fact is not in balance, nor has it ever been at any stage in Earth’s history. He will explain why it is critical that we accept and understand that nature is constantly in flux, and, in effect, quite naturally out of balance. Free/

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SATURDAY, APRIL 26 Massachusetts Park Serve Day – Annual public service day for residents to clean up area beaches, parks and more. 617-626-1250. DCR/Parkserve. 15th Annual Earth Day Charles River Cleanup – 9am-12pm. In a collaboration led by Charles River Watershed Association, volunteers from over 20 towns will work together to remove litter and debris and beautify the Charles River and its surrounding parklands. 781-788-0007. Musketaquid Earth Day: River Ceremony, Parade & Festival – 10am-2pm. Includes a morning River Ceremony along the Concord River, a Parade with music and large puppets making its way from the river through Concord Center and ending with a Festival on the grounds of Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts. Enjoy an abundance of art, entertainment, gastronomic delights and environmental awareness opportunities. Free. Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts, 40 Stow St, Concord. 978371-0820 x 213. The Greatest Party on Earth – 7:30pm1am. Enjoy a dazzling evening of amazing art and design, extraordinary live entertainment, non-stop dancing, and inspired cuisine while raising funds to support empowering jobs in art and design for Boston teens working at Artists for Humanity. Artists for Humanity EpiCenter, 100 W 2nd St, Boston. 617268-7620. SUNDAY, APRIL 27 Earth Rock Run – 8am. Green Stride & Sub 5 have developed a fun and exciting spring option for anyone who

loves the challenge of running, postrace party with live music (on and off the course) and the celebration of Earth Day. The course takes you through the beautiful streets of North Andover for a 13.1-mile loop. Double up and run the course twice for a certified 26.2. After the race enjoy beer, food, live music and vendors displaying their sustainable initiatives all in celebration of Earth Day. $70/half; $90/full. 1600 Osgood St, N Andover. GreenStride262. Party for the Planet at Franklin Park Zoo – 10am-3pm. Celebrate the animals of Earth with a day at the Franklin Park Zoo, where there will be a variety of Earth Day-themed events. Festivities include opportunities to meet the zookeepers, animal enrichment activities, scavenger hunts, entertainment, ecofriendly exhibitors. One Franklin Park Rd, Boston. 617-541-5466. ZooNew MONDAY, APRIL 28 Population and The Planet – 5:30pm, reception; 6:30-8pm, panel discussion. How many people are too many? Can conservation and technology innovations support Earth’s ability to provide food, water and other benefits for 9 billion people? How does human population growth affect other species and the planet’s health as a whole? $25. Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, Wimberly Theatre, 527 Tremont St, Boston.

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FRIDAY, MAY 2 Boston Shines – May 2-3. Hyde Park, Roslindale, Dorchester and Mattapan residents, as well as local businesses and organizations, are invited to volunteer in a widespread beautification effort. 617-635-4500. Ons/BostonShines. FRIDAY, MAY 9 Boston Shines – May 9-10. Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Mission Hill, Fenway, South End, Bay Village, North End, West End, Downtown, Charlestown, Chinatown, East Boston and South Boston residents, as well as local businesses and organizations, are invited to volunteer in a widespread beautification effort. 617-635-4500. CityOf natural awakenings

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routine. You grow a strong bond with your home.” Securing a much smaller dwelling than what we originally had designs on can lead to a lifetime of savings. With less space to furnish, heat, cool, light, clean and maintain, we can enjoy greater financial freedom, less stress and more time for fun.

2. Deciding Where to Live


SAVE BIG Five Eco-Friendly Life Decisions that Can Actually Save Us Money by Crissy Trask


very pivotal life decision, from choosing where we live to eating healthier, can support our best interests environmentally, as well. The good news is that it is possible to afford a sustainable way of life. Eco-friendly choices for housing, vehicles and food— generally perceived as expensive for the average individual or family—often are not only attainable when pursued in a thoughtful way, but can actually save us money compared to maintaining the status quo.

1. Buying a Home

When considering a move to a new place, we often find out how much house we can manage and then proceed to invest to the hilt. But if hitting our spending limit will leave a deficit in the amount of green and healthy home features and furnishings we can achieve, we could end up with a residence that makes neither financial nor 20

ecological sense, and isn’t good for our health. A solution is to scale back on costly square footage. Spending 25 to 40 percent less than we think we can on a smaller home provides more possibilities when planning the renovation budget, enabling us to create a home that is more deeply satisfying. Nicole Alvarez, an architectural designer with Ellen Cassilly Architect, in Durham, North Carolina, who blogs at, says that if we value quality over quantity, place over space and living more intentionally in every aspect of our lives, we are ready for a small home. Occupying less space has profoundly influenced her daily life and happiness. Alvarez has found, “When space is limited, everything has a function and a purpose. Everything has to be intentional. Over time, as you grow in the home, you make small modifications to personalize it more to adjust to your

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Urban, suburban or rural, where we live incurs long-term repercussions on the natural environment. Choosing an established community within or close to an urban center tends to be more protective of air, water and land quality than living in a distant, car-dependent suburb, yet many families feel either drawn to or resigned to the suburbs for the lower housing prices. But as Ilana Preuss, vice president at Washington, D.C.-based Smart Growth America, explains, “There is more to housing affordability than how much rent or mortgage we pay. Transportation costs are the second-biggest budget item for most families. In locations with access to few transportation choices, the combined cost of housing and transportation can be more than 60 percent of the total household budget. For families with access to a range of transportation choices, the combined cost can be less than 40 percent.” In most suburbs, where the only practical transportation choice is a personal vehicle, dependency on a car takes a toll on us financially and physically. Driving a personal vehicle 15,000 miles a year can cost about $9,122 annually in ownership and operating expenses, according to AAA’s 2013 Your Driving Costs report, and hours spent daily sitting behind the wheel being sedentary is eroding our health. Lack of transportation options is a leading detriment to the nation’s collective wellness, according to the federal agency Healthy People. Sustainable cities provide many transportation options, including public buses and trains, car-sharing services and all forms of ride sharing; and perhaps most importantly, they are bike- and pedestrian-friendly. Choosing communities that make it possible to reduce driving and even go car-free

Eco-friendly choices for housing, vehicles and food—generally perceived as expensive for the average individual or family—often are not only attainable when pursued in a thoughtful way, but can actually save us money compared to maintaining the status quo. much of the time can save us money, reduce stress and improve our health.

3. Choosing a Car

We know two primary facts about cars: They are expensive and those with internal combustion engines pollute during operation. Still, many of us need one. Reducing the total impact and burden of owning a car can be as simple as prioritizing fuel efficiency. It helps that fuel-sippers now come in more sizes than just small, yet small subcompacts remain a good place to start our research because of their budget-friendly prices and high fuel economy. A subcompact that averages 32 miles per gallon (mpg) and has a sticker price below $15,000 can save us so much money compared with a top-selling compact SUV—upwards of $16,000 over five years, according to—that if we need a larger vehicle on occasion, we can more easily afford to rent one. Hybrid electric vehicles (HEV), both small and midsized, can be an even better choice, averaging 41 mpg. Cost comparisons show that an HEV can save a heavily travelling city driver nearly $1,000 in fuel costs annually versus a comparably sized conventional gasolinepowered car. Although a 2014 midsized HEV has an average suggested retail natural awakenings

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By the Numbers 1 The average dollar cost to fully

recharge a plug-in electric hybrid vehicle battery.

3 The factor by which occupied living space per household member has increased in the last 60 years. 8 The percentage of goods sold in the U.S. in 1960 that were foreign made. 377 The number of hours the average American needs to work each year in order to own and operate a car, equivalent to 9.4 standard work weeks. 13,000 The dollars a person requires annually to treat Type 2 diabetes, a preventable, diet-related disease. Sources: Go Green, Spend Less, Live Better, by Crissy Trask; In Defense of Food, by Michael Pollan

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price of $28,431, the category has been around long enough to create a market in previously owned vehicles. A used hybrid that is just two years old can cost up to 25 percent less than a new one.

4. Buying American

According to Consumer Reports, many shoppers prefer to buy products made in the USA, but with more than 60 percent of all consumer goods now produced overseas, finding American goods is not always easy. The good news is that buying American doesn’t mean only buying American made. We back the U.S. economy and jobs when we purchase used items that have been renewed or repurposed by enterprising citizens. Creative reuse supports new and existing businesses that collect, clean, sort, recondition, refurbish, remanufacture, update, refinish, reupholster, repair, tailor, distribute and sell used parts, materials and finished goods. Sarah Baird, director of outreach and communications of the Center for a New American Dream, an organization working to shift consumption away from wasteful trends, loves the history of used items. She says, “An item that has already lived one life has a story to tell, and is infinitely more interesting than anything newly manufactured.” Another reward is the big savings afforded by previously owned durable goods; not even America’s big-box discount retailers can beat these genuine bargains. Of course, not everything is available in the used marketplace, but when it makes sense, we can proudly know that our purchases support American ingenuity and workers.

5. Getting Healthy

Going green is healthy in innumerable ways. In addition to driving less, banning toxic products from our household cupboards and dinner plates is another solid place to start on the road to improved well-being for ourselves and the planet. Toxic consumer products pollute the planet, from manufacture through use and disposal. They aren’t doing us any favors. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reports that the average human body now contains an estimated 700 industrial compounds,

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A recent study conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service found that healthy foods are not any more expensive than unhealthy foods. ~ pollutants and other chemicals due to exposure to toxic consumer products and industrial chemicals. After researching proper local disposal of such hazards, replace them on future shopping forays with safer choices. It’s an investment in our health that can save untold pain and money and pay off big time in avoiding health problems ranging from cancer, asthma and chronic diseases to impaired fertility, birth defects and learning disabilities according to the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families Coalition. To reduce exposure to the toxins that are commonly sprayed on conventional crops, select sustainable and organic versions of foods to prepare at home whenever possible. Such choices help keep both our bodies and the environment healthy and can be surprisingly affordable compared with eating out and consuming prepackaged convenience foods. By substituting whole foods for prepared foods, cooking more meals at home and practicing good eating habits—like eating less meat and downsizing portions—the average person can enjoy high-quality food for $7 to $11 per day. This matches or falls below what the average American daily spends on food, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Considering that diet-related diseases can cost afflicted families thousands of dollars a year, better food choices can make us not only healthier, but wealthier, too. Crissy Trask is the author of Go Green, Spend Less, Live Better. Connect at

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nogenic and isn’t absorbed through skin.


Washing soda, a caustic chemical cousin of baking soda, softens water and removes stains. Bond advises, “It’s a heavy duty cleaner as powerful as any toxic solvent,” so wear gloves. Hydrogen peroxide is considered an effective disinfectant and bleach alternative by the Environmental Protection Agency. Use it to whiten grout and remove stains.


Essential oils derived from plants infuse cleaners with fragrance and boost germ-fighting power. Tea tree, eucalyptus and lavender oils all boast antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties. The Jabs advise that although they can be pricy, “The investment will pay for itself many times over.”

DIY Recipes Keep Your Home Naturally Clean

Lemon juice or citric acid cuts through grease, removes mold and bacteria and leaves dishes streak-free.

by Lane Vail

Coarse kosher salt helps soften dishwasher water and acts as a scouring agent.


mericans use 35 million pounds of toxic household cleaning products annually. According to the Children’s Health Environmental Coalition, in Los Angeles, traces of cleaning chemicals can be found throughout the human body within seconds of exposure, posing risks like asthma, allergies, cancer, reproductive toxicity, hormone disruption, neurotoxicity and death. Equally sobering is the decades of research suggesting a relationship between the overuse of powerful disinfectants and the rise of antibiotic-resistant super bacteria like methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), as well as concerns over these toxins entering water supplies and wildlife food chains. Cleaning product labels lack transparency, says Johanna Congleton, Ph.D., a senior scientist for the Environmental Working Group, because “manufacturers aren’t required to specify ingredients.” One approach to assure safe ingredients is do-it-yourself (DIY) products. For Matt and Betsy Jabs, the authors of DIY Natural Household Cleaners who blog at, creating homemade cleaners is a rewarding exercise in sustainability and simplicity. “We’re cutting through all the marketing and getting back to basics,” says Matt. Affordability is another benefit:


The Jabs’ homemade laundry detergent costs five cents per load, compared with 21 cents for a store brand. Annie B. Bond, a bestselling author and pioneering editor of the award-winning Green Guide, dispels a DIY myth: “What’s time-consuming isn’t making the cleaners; it’s making the decision to switch and figuring it all out,” she says.

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Find these multitasking ingredients in local groceries and health stores or online. White vinegar effectively cleans, deodorizes, cuts grease and disinfects against bacteria, viruses and mold. Castile soap in liquid or bar form serves as a biodegradable, vegetable-based surfactant and all-around cleaner (avoid mixing with vinegar, which neutralizes its cleansing properties). Baking soda cleans, whitens, neutralizes odors and softens water. It’s an excellent scrubbing agent for bathrooms, refrigerators and ovens. Borax, a natural mineral, improves the effectiveness of laundry soap. Although classified (as is salt) as a low-level health hazard that should be kept away from children and animals, borax is non-carci-

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Home Formulas

All-purpose cleaner: Homemade Cleaners: Quick-and-Easy ToxinFree Recipes, by Mandy O’Brien and Dionna Ford, suggests combining one cup of vinegar, one cup of water and 15 drops of lemon oil in a spray bottle. Use it anywhere, including glass and mirrors. For serious disinfecting, follow with a hydrogen peroxide spray. Foaming hand/dish soap: Shake one cup of water, a quarter-cup of castile soap and 15 drops of essential oil in a foaming dispenser. Use in bathrooms and kitchens. Dishwashing detergent: DIYNatural recommends mixing one cup of borax, one cup of washing soda, a half-cup of citric acid and a half-cup of coarse kosher salt. Leave it uncovered for several days, stirring often to prevent clumping. Cover and refrigerate. Use one tablespoon per load with a half-cup of citric acid in the rinse to combat streaks. Laundry detergent: Combine one cup of borax, one cup of washing soda and one 14-ounce bar of grated castile soap. Use one tablespoon per load, adding a half-cup of lemon juice to the rinse cycle. Prior to washing, use hydrogen peroxide as a stain remover (test first; it may lift color).

Bathroom soft scrub: Bond recommends creating a thick paste with liquid castile soap and a half-cup of baking soda. Scour tubs, showers and stainless steel surfaces with a sponge, and then rinse. Toilet bowl cleaner: Sprinkle one cup of borax into the toilet at bedtime and then clean the loosened grime with a brush the next morning, advises Bond. Wipe outer surfaces with the all-purpose spray. Wood polish: Bond recommends mixing a quarter-cup of vinegar or lemon juice with a few drops of olive and lemon oil. Hard floor cleaner: Environmental Working Group’s DIY Cleaning Guide suggests combining a half-gallon of hot water with one cup of white vinegar in a bucket to mop. Carpet cleaner: Freshen rugs by sprinkling baking soda at night and vacuuming in the morning, suggests Bond. For deeper cleaning, combine one cup of vinegar and two-and-a-half gallons of water in a steam cleaner. Lane Vail is a freelance writer in South Carolina. Connect at

More than 95 percent of “green” products manipulate labels by providing irrelevant information (declaring a product is free of an already illegal chemical), being vague (masking poisons as natural ingredients), outright lying (claiming false endorsements) and other maneuvers. ~ TerraChoice Group

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Ice Chaser

James Balog’s Dramatic Images Document Climate Change by Christine MacDonald


ational Geographic photographer James Balog says he was skeptical about climate change until he saw it happening firsthand. Watching once-towering glaciers falling into the sea inspired his most challenging assignment in a storied 30-year career—finding a way to photograph climate change. In exploring Balog’s Extreme Ice Survey, a breathtaking photographic record of vanishing glaciers, and his award-winning documentary, Chasing Ice, Natural Awakenings asked about the challenges he faced to bring this dramatic evidence of climate change to a world audience.

How did seeing glaciers shrink “before your eyes” move you to endure sometimes lifethreatening conditions to get these images on record? I fell in love with ice decades ago as a young mountaineer and scientist. I loved to get up before dawn and hike out on a glacier in Mount Rainier or one in the Alps, watch the light come up and hear the crunch of the frozen ice underfoot. 26

On a trip to Iceland early in the project, I was looking at these little diamonds of ice that were left behind on the beach after the glaciers broke up. The surf had polished them into incredible shapes and textures. Walking the beach, you’d realize each one was a unique natural sculpture that existed only for that moment before the return of high tide stole it away. Nobody would ever see it again. That was an amazing aesthetic and metaphysical experience. I realized that I wanted people to share this experience, to see the glaciers disappearing. This visual manifestation and evidence of climate change is here, happening right before our eyes. It is undeniable.

Why do these photos and videos help us grasp the scale of Planet Earth’s climate changes already underway? When people encounter Extreme Ice Survey images, their response is typically immediate and dramatic. It is the first step toward caring about a distant landscape most will never experience in person, enabling them to connect

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the dots between what happens far away and the rising sea levels, extreme weather events and other climaterelated issues closer to home.

What can an everyday person do to help underscore the global scientific consensus and urgency of addressing global warming? Lobbyists and pundits seek confusion and controversy, because ignorance seeks to hide within a noise cloud of false information. As long as the public thinks climate change isn’t real or that science is still debating it, fossil fuel industries protect their profits. Without social clarity, the political leaders financially beholden to fossil fuel industries have no motivation to act. Market signals don’t help us make correct decisions when the military, health and environmental costs of fossil fuels that spread throughout the economic system don’t show up in today’s gasoline prices and electricity bills. Science and art seek clarity and vision. Clear perception is the key to changing the impact we’re having on our home planet. With social clarity, the policy, economic and technological solutions to wise energy use and countering climate change can be widely implemented. The path forward is being traveled by individuals committed to improving their own lives and communities; by school children who can’t stand the inaction of their elders; by innovative entrepreneurs and corporations eager to make or save money; by military generals seeking to protect their country and their soldiers; and by political leaders of courage and vision. We are all complicit with action or skeptical inaction; we can all participate in solutions to climate change.

What’s next on the horizon for you? We will continue to keep the Extreme Ice Survey cameras alive. This project doesn’t end just because the film came out. We plan to keep observing the world indefinitely. We’ll install more

cameras in Antarctica; funding permitting, we also hope to expand into South America. I intend to continue looking at human-caused changes in the natural world, which is what I’ve been photographing for 30 years. I’m developing a couple of other big ideas for conveying innovative, artistic and compelling interpretations of the world as it’s changing around us. I will continue doing self-directed educational projects through our new nonprofit, Earth Vision Trust. Overall, I feel a great obligation to preserve a pictorial memory of vanishing landscapes for the people of the future. Christine MacDonald is a freelance journalist in Washington, D.C., whose specialties include health and science. Visit Visit Us At Like Us At NaturalAwakeningsBoston and Natural Pet Boston Follow Us At NAGreaterBoston


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Backyard Birds and Butterflies Native Habitats Draw Critters and Delight Kids by Avery Mack


reating a backyard wildlife habitat provides valuable teaching moments. With planning and care, birds, bats, butterflies and bunnies can view yards as safe havens and sources for food, water and shelter, providing endless fascination. Josh Stasik, a father of three and owner of, in Syracuse, New York, sees firsthand how feeding winged wonders can be an inexpensive way to start a new family activity. “My mom taught me about flowers and bird feeders. I hope my kids will someday pass the information along to their children,” he says. Habitat plantings and available foods determine what creatures will visit. 28

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“Native plants attract native bugs that are eaten by native birds and bats,” observes Stasik, noting that staff at extension services and garden centers can provide helpful advice. Based on his own research, Stasik knows, “Bird species have definite tastes in food. Bluebirds love mealworms. Hummingbirds like floral nectars. Orioles look for citrus fruit. Butterflies are eclectic sippers of both floral and citrus.” Hummingbirds pose particular appeal for kids and adults because they appear always on the move. map.html follows their migration sites. Videographer Tom Hoebbel, owner of TH Photography, outside Ithaca,

New York, builds birdhouses and nesting boxes with his kids. They also participate in the annual Christmas bird count for the Audubon Society (Birds.Audubon. org/Christmas-birdcount). The Great Backyard Bird Count, a joint project between nonprofits Audubon and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, folbird photos courtesy of Susan lows in February Gottlieb, of Venice, California ( “In our yard, we have five nesting boxes made from reused wood. Once or twice a week, we check to see who lives there and how many eggs there are,” says Hoebbel. “So far, we’ve seen bluebirds, chickadees and house wrens.” He laments the rapid decline of bats in the Northeast due to pesticides killing bugs, the main course for birds and bats. “In the winter, bats live in caves, so we put one-by-one-foot boxes in the yard for their summer homes.” Warm evenings on the patio are more enjoyable when bats clean up the mosquito population; a single bat can eat as many as 1,000 in an hour. The monarch butterfly population is another favorite species in decline, with the spectacular annual migration on the verge of disappearing due to illegal deforestation, climate change, expansion of crop acreage and imposition of genetically modified plants that reduce the growth of native species. “You can help them by planting perennial milkweed in your garden,” advises Brande Plotnick, founder of Tomato Envy, in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania. Milkweed is the food of choice because it makes the caterpillars and butterflies toxic to birds and other predators. Also consider planting garden phlox, coneflower and lantana. Migrating monarchs live about nine months and fly up to 30 miles per hour. Plotnick also suggests planting

an herb garden that includes parsley. “Swallowtail butterflies will lay eggs on parsley, caterpillars hatch and feed on it, and eventually create a chrysalis,” she says. “You’ll be able to see the entire butterfly life cycle.” Rabbits add another dimension to backyard wildlife. Just as birds and butterflies need trees, bushes and plants to land on and hide in, bunnies need ground cover. The Virginia Department of Game and Fisheries counsels that brush piles should start with a base of large limbs, logs or stones to raise the floor above ground and create tunnels and escape routes, plus a home base. Top with smaller branches and maybe a recycled Christmas tree or dead plants. Encourage structural density and permanence with live vines. The resulting brush pile should be igloo-shaped and about six to eight feet tall and wide. Visit City ordinances or subdivision regulations might prohibit brush piles in ordinary yards. Find out how to gain certification as a wildlife habitat through the National Wildlife Federation at Rabbits can have as many as seven babies per litter, depending on the species. Make sure their space is sufficient. Before attracting bunnies to the yard, be aware of local predators—hawks, owls, coyote, dogs and stray cats. The brush pile may also attract other animals like skunks, raccoons and reptiles. A wildlife habitat is a fun, ongoing

learning experience. It calls on math skills for bird counts, geography to follow migration maps and woodworking to build homesites and feeding spots. It becomes a lesson in local ecology and the roles of native plants and animals. When children comprehend they can help save wildlife, it’s also a lesson in hope. Avery Mack is a freelance writer in St. Louis, MO. Connect via AveryMack@

Habitat Tips Recognize the basic needs of all wildlife; food, water, cover and safe places to raise young. 4 Determine the most desirable species to attract and learn their specific needs. 4 Evaluate current yard habitat conditions for missing elements. 4 Develop a plant list; select for wildlife value, emphasizing native plants suitable for the region. 4 Realize that habitat will grow larger and mature. 4 Certify the family’s backyard wildlife habitat through the National Wildlife Federation. Source: Education Department at Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, GA

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yan’s Barkery, an all-natural dog treat company created by a boy who wanted to Ryan Kelly and Barkley make better biscuits for his rescue puppy, is giving back to the pet communities in Boston and Connecticut. The company recently donated wholesome, all-natural treats to dogs while they await permanent homes. As a 10-year-old entrepreneur, company president Ryan Kelly launched his line of treats in Connecticut, in 2011, and debuted at Boston’s own K9 Strolls in the South End in 2013. Now 12, Kelly wants to help homeless animals and has divided his donations among three organizations: Buddy Dog Humane Society, STARelief and Pet Assistance, and Bully Breed Rescue. Kelly was recently featured on the television show Shark Tank, in which he received an investment from real estate mogul Barbara Corcoran, who continues to support him and his efforts in business and in giving back. Kelly works closely with his mother and grandmother to make Ryan’s Barkery thrive.

pring sessions have begun at Fit Doggie and Me, a unique workout program for people and their dogs. Spring Session II, the next four-week session, takes place on Saturdays, May 3 to May 31, and Sundays, May 4 to June 1, at Crate Escape, in Belmont, but location is subject to change due to weather. Mike Harb, creator of Fit Doggie and Me, is a certified personal trainer who launched the program after hearing a recurring excuse from his clients. “They tell me they don’t have time to work out because they have to walk and spend time with their dogs,” says Harb. “Rather than let clients miss out on physical activity, I set out to find a solution and created the program last year.” Sessions feature certified personal and dog trainers and such drop-in canine professionals as veterinarians, nutritionists and groomers. Each session includes strength and resistance exercises and a series of cardio and calisthenic exercises that progress from low to high intensity. “Clients can expect to see increased cardiovascular fitness, increased strength and conditioning, weight loss or decreased body fat and more muscle tone and energy levels, along with increased overall health and excitement about coming to class,” says Harb, a former Taekwondo Australian National Team member who has trained athletes and non-athletes of all ages and serves as head trainer for Gold’s Gym in Arlington. “This applies to people and pets, alike.”

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t seems dogs travel just about everywhere with their humans these days. They’re spotted at home improvement stores, happy hours, drive-through restaurants and workplaces, in addition to their usual hangouts. To get Sparky invited into even more people places, he must have good manners. “Just like with kids, not every venue is appropriate for dogs,” advises Eileen Proctor, a pet lifestyle expert in Denver, Colorado. “Some dogs are more introverted and want a quiet spot to relax. Others love a party. Know your dog and socialize him accordingly; never force him into an uncomfortable situation.” Instead, help him acclimate to new locales gradually, from a distance; stop when he shows signs of stress. A yawn, averted eyes, hiding behind his owner or nervous pacing are clues that a fourlegged pal has had enough. “Good manners at home might not translate to public manners,” Proctor notes. “Take practice runs to see how your dog handles distractions.” Day care or play dates with other dogs help hone canine social skills, while basic obedience—leave it, sit, stay, down, off, an effective recall and walking nicely on a leash—form the basis for

good manners. Reward good behavior with praise, treats or a favorite activity.

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Amy Burkert, the on-the-road owner of, says, “After a long day at the office or a ‘ruff’ week at work, it’s nice to include your dog when eating out. Pet-friendly restaurants with outdoor seating areas where the dog can join you are becoming more common, but always ask first. “Dogs in dining areas should lie quietly under your table or by your chair,” she continues. “This is not the time to socialize. Diners may find it unappealing to be approached by your dog while they’re eating. Choose a table where your dog can be out of the way of customers and the wait staff.” It will take practice. “If he acts up, apologize, leave and know that you’ll do better next time,” says Burkert. A good process for teaching good restaurant manners begins with sitting quietly with the dog when there are few people around, and then moving on. The next time, order an appetizer. Increase the amount of time the pet is expected to wait quietly, as well as the number of distractions.

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Christina Mendel, an international business coach with offices in Germany and Italy, adds that dogs need a safe and secure retreat from excessive activity. Her Chihuahua mix, Balu, is small enough to fit into a carry bag. He can take a nap, people watch or have a snack without fear of human interference. “The carry bag helps when I take clients to dinner, drive or fly to onsite appointments,” she says. “Many of my clients are dog owners, so we bond because he’s well behaved and knows tricks.” Flying presents its own challenges because airlines limit the number of pets on each flight. Check the company’s rules for pet size, weight and type of crate required. Dogs ride as cargo unless they are small enough to fit in a carrier under the seat. Other passengers might be fearful or allergic, so respect their boundaries. In the car, a dog needs to be calm and wear a special seat belt, be crated or otherwise restrained to keep him safe, not distract the driver and prevent lunging out the window.


Find tips for walking dogs in crowded urban areas at RulesOfTheDoggyRoad. At Work

Dogs may be welcome in the workplace. Alexandra Blackstone, design director for Killer Infographics, in Seattle, Washington, takes her corgi puppy, Buster, to the office. “He was good when he was the only dog at work,”

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explains Blackstone. “When an older dog and another puppy were there, he barked and tried to herd them.” He didn’t read other dogs well, so to further Buster’s dog-to-dog communication skills, Blackstone enrolled him in doggie day care twice a week. She advises first introducing dogs outside of the office setting. “Communicate with coworkers as to what your dog is working on, so everyone is consistent in their behavior toward him,” Blackstone advises. “Be clear how to correct any inappropriate behavior if someone else shares responsibility for walking him.” She reports that with positive training techniques, Buster is learning to respond well and now splits his time between day care and the office. “It’s your responsibility to make taking the dog along a good experience for all,” counsels Proctor. “That includes using a leash and always picking up after him, every time.” Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy of St. Louis, MO, at StLSandy@

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The Incredible Dr. You Workshop – 7:30-8:30pm. The first class in a series of two which break down the basics of “Network Spinal Analysis,” the method of chiropractic that we use at Newton Chiropractic. Class will help you get more out of your adjustments and enlighten you on just how incredible your body is at healing itself. Free. Newton Chiropractic & Wellness Centre, 383 Elliot St, Ste 250, Newton. 617-964-3332.

Mesa Course of Personal Growth – Apr 5 & 6. A Mesa consists of a mesa cloth and stones which you’ve collected to be used for your healing. This series of classes is not only for those who want to build a mesa, but for anyone who has the desire to evolve into a place of self-realization, fulfillment and peace. $375/session. I AM Sanctuary, 18 Sherwood Cir, Sharon. 781-784-1955.

THURSDAY, APRIL 3 Healing Depression: Balancing the Brain, the Heart and the Gut – 6:30-9:30pm. Learn how to balance the 3 centers of consciousness with specific herbs and foods. Find out about herbal sedatives, mood elevators and tonics and how to use them to feel more vital and resilient. $25. Boston School of Herbal Studies, 12 Pelham Ter, Arlington. 781-6466319.

FRIDAY, APRIL 4 A Myofascial Approach to Neck and Shoulder Pain – 9am-5pm. Course offers a multidimensional approach to evaluate and treat each client individually using a variety of bodywork techniques. Targeted at neck and shoulder pain. $140. HealthCare, 910 Washington St, Dedham. 781-4311333. Drop-in Yoga Class – 10-11:30am. Join compassionate and skilled teacher, Alaine Amaral, RYT500, for a gentle and therapeutic yoga therapy class. Held in the expansive multipurpose room of our Dedham facility. $18. Visions HealthCare, 910 Washington St, Dedham. 781-232-5431.

Valentine’s Day Workshop: The Divine Romance – 2-5pm. With practices from kundalini yoga, discover how to utilize all the feelings that arise in relationship, negative and positive alike, and direct them toward the Divine. Bring a picture of your partner or fantasy partner (movie stars will do). And, if you have one, bring a picture of a Divine Being that elicits passion for you. $35. Kundalini Yoga Boston, 186 Hampshire St, Cambridge. 617-868-0055.

SUNDAY, APRIL 6 Health and Wellness Spring 2014 Show – 10am-3pm. Meet over 55 local area health and wellness professionals to learn about the latest health and wellness products and services. Learn, grow and be healthy. Free screenings. $5/ at door, free/register online. Sheraton Needham Hotel, 100 Cabot St, Needham. 508-460-6656. Healthy Living Expo – 10am-4pm. To promote awareness for healthy and conscious living by creating a nexus between the community and the industry. Expo showcasing health and wellness, fitness, green living and organic and natural products and more. $60. Exhibit hall is free. Radisson Hotel

specialevent Tibetan Teaching & Book Signing

A public talk and book signing with Author and Tibetan Buddhist Lama Anyen Rinpoche on Dying With Confidence. Strongly advocating use of our spiritual path now in order to have mindfulness, calm and clarity at that moment of our death.

April 6, 7-9pm $30 suggested donation Samadhi Integral Life Practice Center 796 Beacon St, Newton Center For more information: Jan Bloom, PhD 617-678-6488 • Waterfront, 180 Water St, Plymouth. 508-615-9805. More info: Natural Baby & Toddler Care – 11am-1pm. Herbal educator, Rachel Hope, presents an introduction to natural care for babies and toddlers. Discuss whole foods nutrition to support immunity and prevent colds, as well as gentle, effective remedies for common ailments. $25. Boston School of Herbal Studies, 12 Pelham Ter, 781-646-6319. Buddha’s Belly: An Ayurvedic Medicinal Dinner – 5-9pm. Executive Chef, Stuart Reiter, pairs with ayurvedic bodyworker, Kris Quinones, LMT, in creating a special 3-course vegan dinner inspired by the healing wisdom of ayurveda. Reservations encouraged. $30. True Bistro Vegan Restaurant, 1153 Broadway, Somerville. 617-331-6303. Sample and Learn About EVOO – 3:30-5:30pm. Join us for a special charity event to benefit children’s charity, Lazarus House Ministries. Sample Italy’s Finest 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oils while partaking in a fabulous 4-course meal. Johnny Madge, Italy’s expert olive oil taster will pair our 100% Italian extra virgin oils with each course that is served. $25.The Lanam Club, 260 North Main St, Andover. Info@ExtraVirginOlio. com. Spring Cleanse – 6-9:30pm. Lose old unwanted weight, clear your digestion and change your habits. Remove stress in your system and regain huge amounts of energy. This will be the first meeting and cooking class with Siri Bani Kaur. Location will be emailed to participants. $345. Kundalini Yoga Boston, 14 Arrow St, Cambridge. 617-868-0055.

TUESDAY, APRIL 8 Holistic Healing Reiki Clinic – 6:30-8:30pm. Reiki healing is a natural, light-touch therapy that gently balances life energies and brings healing on 3 levels: emotional, physical and spiritual. 20-min sessions on a donation basis as a means of service to the community. Schedule with Kathleen or Doreen. TS Center for Spiritual Studies, 21 Maple St, Arlington. 617-849-3198. KWelcome09@gmail. com.


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Trigger Point Release Seminar – 7:30-8:30pm. Discover why gentle touch is so effective in reducing pain and tension in the body, and learn techniques to effectively do this at home. Bring a partner as it requires another person to do it. Registration required, space limited. Free. Newton Chiropractic & Wellness Centre, 383 Elliot St, Ste 250, Newton. 617-964-3332.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9 Herbal Detox: What You Need to Know – 7-9pm. Find out why restoring healthy liver function is a critical step in any detoxification program. Learn simple and sustainable methods for eliminating toxins from your food, body, and environment. Learn about herbs that help to clean the blood, support the liver, and restore your body’s natural pathways of elimination and detoxification. $25. CommonWealth Herbs, 25 Saint Mary’s Ct, Brookline. 617-7505274.

THURSDAY, APRIL 10 Basics of Pregnancy Massage – 9am-6pm. Whether you want a thorough review of the basics or an introduction to the specialty of pregnancy massage, learn safe and effective pregnancy massage client positioning, draping and pregnancy massage techniques, as well as precautions and contraindications to support women through their healthy pregnancies, while visiting a spa or massage practice. $160. Cortiva, 103 Morse St, Watertown. 617-612-6905. Sample and Learn About EVOO – 5:30-7:30pm. Join us for a special charity event to benefit The Greater Boston Food Bank. Sample Italy’s Finest 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oils while partaking in a fabulous 4-course meal. Johnny Madge, Italy’s expert olive oil taster will pair our 100% Italian extra virgin oils with each course that is served. $25. Rustic Kitchen, 210 Stuart St, Boston. ExtraVirginOlio. com/JohnnyMadge.

SATURDAY, APRIL 12 Day of Sound Healing – 9:30am-2:30pm. Participants explore different variations of sound and tone, and experience first-hand how each has a different effect on his or her energetic state. Discover this very powerful healing tool, available to you any time you need it. $95. Visions HealthCare, 910 Washington St, Dedham. 781-4311333. Norwood Community Wellness Fair – 10am1pm. Meet local providers who promote healthy living in Norwood and the surrounding communities. Fun activities and information on yoga, medita-

tion, acupuncture, chiropractic care, healthy eating, and more. All ages welcome. Free. Norwood High School, 245 Nichols St, Norwood. 781-801-6540.

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Beantown Pet Expo – 10am-6pm. Tons of exhibitors, including free treats from Organic Dog Baker, Bare Naked Dog Bakery. Prizes and fun for both the 2-legged and 4-legged. Dozens of Rescue Groups and a Mega-Adoption event. Free. South Shore Expo Center, 8 Natalie Way, Plymouth. 800-9773609.

Kundalini Yoga for Abundance and Miracles – 1-3:30pm. Shift your perception quickly into the force of love, and illuminate your radiance, so you can attract your hearts deepest desires. Workshop integrates thousands of years of ancient wisdom with kundalini yoga and healing. $35 by Apr 10, $45/after.

K9 Chiropractic Care and Exercise – 11am12pm. An informal discussion and demonstration with Dr. Bruce Indek, Certified Animal Chiropractor. Canine Chiropractic can be used to maintain your dogs overall health and prevent many problems such as disc herniation, leg lameness, minimize the affects of arthritis, improved gait, give your dog more energy, and so much more. Space & seating limited. Free. Boston K9 Concierge, 202 K St, Ste 1, South Boston. 617-464-1005. Register: Eyes on Yoga – 2-5pm. Reduce dependence on glasses through relaxation, movement, science and physiology to create the pathway to sharper, clearer vision. Learn tools for nearsightedness, farsightedness, photo sensitivity, eye fatigue, eye teaming issues, sports enhancement tracking, computer eye strain and pre/post-operative awareness in private sessions, groups and workshops around Boston. $35 by Apr 9, $45 after. Kundalini Yoga Boston, 14 Arrow St, Cambridge. 617-868-0055. The Incredible Dr. You Workshop – 3-4pm. This first class in a series of two breaks down the basics of “Network Spinal Analysis” which is the method of chiropractic that we use at Newton Chiropractic. Class will help you get more out of your adjustments and enlighten you on just how incredible your body is at healing itself. Free. Newton Chiropractic & Wellness Centre, 383 Elliot St, Ste 250, Newton. 617-964-3332. Moving Forward: Boston Strong in Everyday Life – 7pm. An inspiring evening with meditation master and marathon runner, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, exploring our incredible capacity to meet daily challenges with strength, courage and compassion. $40-$85. Arlington Street Church, 351 Boylston St, Boston. HOOPERZ New England – 7-11:45pm. The stadium will be transformed into a massive multi-generational HOOParty™ with live DJs, a specialty marketplace, skill intensives, jams, performances, special entertainment, and more. $25/adults, $10/ages 6-17 & 65+. Tyngsboro Sports Center, 18 Progress



classifieds EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES AD SALES REP – Natural Awakenings is accepting resumes for full-commission experienced Ad Sales Reps in Southeastern Middlesex County. Strong organizational and people skills, computer/database experience necessary. Must be a self-starter. We’re positive people looking for positive associates who are focused on healthy living to reach like-minded practitioners and businesses, and help grow their client base. Flexible schedule with great earning potential, only you set the limit on your potential. Email cover letter and resume to: Publisher@NaturalAwakenings Boston. com. SERIOUS INQUIRIES ONLY PLEASE. VISIONS HEALTHCARE IS SEEKING APPLICANTS – For the following full-time positions Admin Manager, IT Manager, Wellness Manager, Phlebotomists and part-time Apothecary Assistant. Visions HealthCare is an integrative healthcare facility based in Dedham. Since 2008, they have aimed to develop a sustainable care model by providing a complete and unique approach to wellness. View descriptions & qualifications: https:// app_272394866107013.

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Kundalini Yoga Boston, 14 Arrow St, Cambridge. 617-868-0055. Building Community through Mentoring: Benefit Concert for Boys to Men New England – 5-7:30pm. A concert featuring musicians of all ages. Mentoring Partnership Executive Director, Marty Martinez, will keynote speak on the concert theme of “Building Community Through Mentoring.” Victor Martinez and Carlos Cordero, the visionary leaders of Lawrence Boys to Men program will also keynote speak. $75. Scullers Jazz Club, 400 Soldiers Field Rd, Boston. 617-913-0683.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16 Free Orientation to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction – 6:30-8pm. An opportunity to experience mindfulness and how it can positively impact our quality of life, including improved communication, peace of mind and positive effects on physical health. Visions HealthCare, 910 Washington St, Dedham. 781-431-1333. Natural Fertility for a Strong, Healthy Baby – 7-9pm. Learn what you need to know to eat right, sleep right, move right, and support yourself with herbs so that your body is prepared for what’s coming next. Workshop will teach you to understand and take control of your own fertility. $25. CommonWealth Herbs, 25 Saint Mary’s Ct, Brookline. 617-750-5274.

THURSDAY, APRIL 17 Free Orientation to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction – 9:30-11am. An opportunity to experience mindfulness and how it can positively impact our quality of life, including improved communication, peace of mind and positive effects on physical health. Visions HealthCare, 910 Washington St, Dedham. 781-431-1333. Free Talk for Women: Prelude to the Gathering – 11:45am-1:45pm. An introductory talk demonstrating how fear, negative energy patterns, and self-limiting beliefs can hold us back from living our intended lives. Unravel these hindrances and make room for growth and expression of who you really are. Free. Visions HealthCare, 910 Washington St, Dedham. 781-431-1333.

SATURDAY, APRIL 19 Cultivating Happiness: An Intro to Positive Psychology – Learn how the science of Positive Psychology can help you to ask questions and make choices that support greater happiness and wellbeing. Certified Positive Psychology Coach, Kim Childs, will offer practices from the field and invite participants to try them on. $18. The Arlington Center, 369 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington. 617640-3813. Anti-Aging Skin Care Consultations – 11am3pm. Using pure, safe botanical ingredients with the advanced green science, Arbonne’s Swissbased products will correct and prevent with visible results. Free Skincare consultation. Enjoy the products, get questions answered, and discover what toxic ingredients to avoid how to create the results you are looking for. Newton. For an appt: 617-212-2062.


Womb Wise: Fertility Awareness and Herbal Rituals – 5:30-8pm. Learn how to interpret cycles of fertility (knowledge of which can be used for conception or contraception) and how to incorporate herbs and ritual in to those cycles in a way that honors, nourishes and heals. Leave with the information and inspiration to develop an even deeper level of communication with your body and its innate wisdom. Bring a pen, paper and a mug. Class limited to 12. $40. The Democracy Center, 45 Mt Auburn St, Cambridge. 802-779-7807.

TUESDAY, APRIL 22 Free Talk on Digestive Health and Foods – 1-2:30pm. Your health depends on bacteria in your gut. Learn about food choices that will immediately improve your digestion and overall health. Free. Cambridge Senior Center, 806 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge. 617-596-1486. Holistic Healing: Integrated Energy Therapy Clinic – 6:30-8:30pm. Integrated Energy Therapy is a powerful, hands-on healing energy system that gently releases limited energy patterns from your past, empowers you in the present, and can guide you to your full potential as you move into your future. $25/25-min treatment. TS Center for Spiritual Studies, 21 Maple St, Arlington. 617-356-7291.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23 Creating Conscious Loving Relationships – Wednesdays, Apr 23-May 28. 6:30-8:30pm. Enhance and ignite your relationships by learning essential, reliable, body-centered tools and skills. The art of creating healthy relationships is in feeling your feelings, speaking from a foundation of authenticity, listening consciously, joyfully taking responsibility for your life and purpose, and generating ongoing appreciation. $180/person, $150/ couple. TS Center for Spiritual Studies, 21 Maple St, Arlington. 508-962-0009.

FRIDAY, APRIL 25 The Heart as Mind: Discover the Deep Wisdom & Guidance of the Heart – 7-8pm. Learn to experience your heart’s guidance and discover a new way of thinking about the heart by discovering how the ancients understood the heart, how the heart is an energy center, and through scientific discoveries about the heart. $15 suggested donation. TS Center for Spiritual Studies, 21 Maple St, Arlington. 617680-1134.

SATURDAY, APRIL 26 Free Introduction to Reiki – 10am-12pm. Meet the Reiki Master Teachers Ulrike & Denis Dettling Kalthofer and listen to a lecture about Reiki and its history. Experience a 20-min guided imagery and relaxation and get your questions about Reiki answered. Space limited, registration required. Free. Arlington Reiki Associates, 366 Mass Ave, Ste 304, Arlington. 781-648-9334. DiscoverYou Wellness Expo – Apr 26 & 27. 10am-5pm. Over 40 speakers and 135 plus exhibitors. Featuring exhibitors from chiropractors to weight loss solutions, to jewelry to drumming and everything in between. Discovering the possibilities in body, mind and spirit. $10. Royal Plaza Trade

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Center, 181 Boston Post Rd West, Marlborough. 401-769-1325. Vegan and Gluten-Free Healthy Living – 11am3pm. Learn about how to gain energy and fitness, enjoy delicious vegan and gluten-free Arbonne Essentials Protein Shakes, Energy Drinks, homemade bars and more. Discover an easy 30-Day to Fit program to get results, detox and cleanse. Newton. For an appt: 617-212-2062. StephLyon. Freeana: Live in Concert – 4pm. Local world music artist, multi-instrumentalist and singersongwriter weaves her eclectic and mesmerizing array of happy, sad and uplifting songs and original chants, Native flutes and alto recorder improvisations. $10. The Lilypad, 1353 Cambridge St, Cambridge. Detox Your Body, Heal Your Life – 4-4:45pm. There are 5 major sanitation systems in your body that work in concert to neutralize and eliminate potentially harmful substances. In this informative talk, learn how to keep these systems working properly and optimally. Free with paid Expo admission. Royal Plaza Trade Center, 181 Boston Post Rd, Marlborough. LiveByNaturesDesign. com/Events.

SUNDAY, APRIL 27 Celebration of Reiki Conference – 8:45am5:30pm. Join in for connection, education and community. $80. Brookline Holiday Inn, 1200 Beacon St, Brookline. 781-572-4058. Hot Stone Massage – 9am-6pm. Learn one of the most popular massage modalities in today’s spas, resorts and massage practices in a fun practical way. Learn about the preparation, sanitation, and use of hot stones in a full body massage. Course covers the basics of the Hot Stone Massage modality at a level appropriate for both new and experienced therapists. $160. Cortiva, 103 Morse St, Watertown. 617-612-6905. Therapy Dog Screening with the Pets and People Foundation – 10:30am-12:30pm. Pets & People Foundation offers pet-assisted therapy to residents of nursing homes, assisted living homes, special needs facilities, half-way houses and some children’s facilities as well as attendees at senior daycare centers and patients. Pre-registration required. Especially for Pets, 153 Turnpike Rd, Westborough. More info, Christine Macdonald: 508-572-1419. 508-366-9696. Medicinal Plant Walk – 1-3pm. Learn to identify healing plants in our area. Medicinal plants are in our backyards, along the streets we walk, and in open spaces all around us. Learn which parts of the plants are used medicinally and how they nourish us and support health. $15. Rock Meadow, Belmont. 781-646-6319.

TUESDAY, APRIL 29 Trigger Point Release Seminar – 7:30-8:30pm. Discover why gentle touch is so effective in reducing pain and tension in the body, and learn techniques to effectively do this at home. Bring a partner as it requires another person to do it. Registration required, space limited. Free. Newton Chiropractic & Wellness Centre, 383 Elliot St, Ste 250, Newton. 617-964-3332. Silviat@


free life. Free. Washington St, Newton. Doreen: 617-849-3198. Open Meditation – 7-8:15pm. Join Rigpa Boston’s open meditation sessions whenever you wish. Open to everyone, from beginners to more experienced meditators. Donations accepted. Rigpa Boston, 24 Crescent St, Ste 308, Waltham. 619-906-4291.

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daily Free Basic Yoga, Breathing, Relaxation and Meditation Class – Learn and experience practical tools for managing stress and energy in everyday life. All ages and levels welcome. Call for times and availability. Dahn Holistic Fitness, 1773 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge. 617-3549642. Free Tour of Symphony Hall – Musicians and engineers consider Boston’s Symphony Hall to be the most acoustically perfect concert space in the United States. Join volunteers on a behindthe-scenes tour and hear about the hall and the history and traditions of the famed musicians and conductors. Boston Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave, Boston. For available dates & times: 617-638-9390. Strengthening and Weight Loss Classes – 6am & 7pm. Small group classes tailored to your needs. We help people that were injured and don’t know where to start. Cost varies. The AIS Institute, 103 Morse St, Watertown. 617-3931829.

sunday Nia Movement Class – 4:15-5:30pm. Full-body warm-up and movements from dance, martial arts and healing arts, like yoga, set to eclectic contemporary and world music. Registration by Apr 1. $40/3 classes, $30/2 classes, $17/1 class. Third Life Studio, 33 Union Sq, Somerville. 617620-7654.

Sunday Restorative Yoga – 5-6:15pm. Relax, stretch, de-stress and re-charge your whole system before your work week. Poses supported with blankets and bolsters. Open to everyone. $75/6-wk series, $15/drop-in. The Center at Westwoods, 590 Gay St, Westwood. 617-8699574.

Community Contra Dance – 7:30-10:30pm. Make new friends while doing easy social dancing to great live music in a historic hall. Alcohol-, smoke- and perfume-free. Instruction provided; no need to bring a partner. $8, $5/22 or under. Concord Scout House, 74 Walden St, Concord. 978-369-1232.


Yoga for Cyclists – 7:45-9:15pm. A beginnerfriendly class for cyclists and other athletes. Emphasis on releasing chronically tight muscles and gently strengthening the core. Restorative poses used to release stress and cultivate deep relaxation. $18/drop-in. The Arlington Center, 369 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington. 781-316-0282.

CrossTrain Class – 5-6am. A challenging and fun class. Expect a warm up, combined upper and lower body exercises, endurance, strength and stamina development. All levels benefit. $10. Victory Field, 40 Orchard St, Watertown. Inclement weather at Watertown Center for Healing Arts, 22 Mt. Auburn St, Watertown. 617438-4467.


Nia Body/Mind Fitness Class – 10-11am. A blend of dance martial arts and healing arts set to great soul stirring music. All levels welcome. $15/drop-in. New England Tango Society, 620 Cambridge St, 2nd Fl, East Cambridge. 617-6207654.

Practitioner’s Breakfast – 7:30-9am. 3rd Tues. Enjoy breakfast from Farm to Table Café. All healthcare practitioners are welcome to share breakfast and knowledge. Monthly speakers and presentations. Working together to increase the overall wellness of our great community. Free. Groton Wellness, 493 Main St, Mill Run Plaza, Groton. 978-449-9919.

Kripalu Yoga – 6pm. Start anytime. Walk-ins welcome. Experience deep relaxation, increased flexibility and renewed energy. Free 1st session; $95/8 sessions, $15/walk-ins. The Well Street Station, 62 Mt Auburn St, Watertown. 617-9231440. Anxiety and Panic Support Group – 6:30pm. First Mon. Designed to offer a place where people with common interests and experience can meet. Learn that you aren’t alone in your experience, and knowledge is the key to living a symptom-

Natural Healing with Chi-Lel Qigong – 11:15am-12:30pm. Experience the healing power, learning gentle movement with visualization to build up your own energy. Discuss how effective qigong exercises can be and why they can help many health issues. $25/session, $80/4 sessions. TS Center for Spiritual Studies, 21 Maple St, Arlington. 617-997-9922.

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Noon Concerts on the Freedom Trail – 12pm. Stop by to hear a 30-40-min concert. Performers vary each week and perform a wide variety of music ranging from jazz to folk, medieval to modern. $3 suggested donation. King’s Chapel, 64 Beacon St, Boston. 617-523-1749. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu – 6:15-7:15pm. Beneficial in helping individuals gain more knowledge on how to defend oneself and increase self-discipline. Learn techniques that increase physical fitness and mental training. Call for pricing. Arlington Dojo, 1100 Massachusetts Ave, 3rd Fl, Arlington. 781641-0262. Reiki Clinic – 6:30-8:30pm. Reiki sessions on the 2nd Tues of the month on a donations only basis. TS Center for Spiritual Studies, 21 Maple St, Arlington. 617-849-3198. For appt, Kathleen:

wednesday Meditation Evenings – 7-8:30pm. Come to meditate and take part in a discussion. Both beginners and experienced meditators welcome. Light refreshments provided. Donation. Advaita Meditation Center, 28 Worcester Ln, Waltham. 781-647-0020. Dance Freedom – 7:30-10:30pm. The oldest continually running weekly barefoot dance in the world. Live DJ music, a great workout, lots of fun and lots of interesting people to meet. Recharge and renew in a joyous, positive, drugand alcohol-free environment. $10-$20 sliding scale. First Congregational Church, 11 Garden St, Cambridge. 617-312-3039.

thursday Awakening the Divine Feminine – 9-10:30am. Chi gong movements balance internal and external energies. Come into greater resonance with the Divine Matrix where healing occurs in the body, mind and spirit. Journeys to the initiation sites of Ancient Egypt and Angelic transmissions are part of each class. $15. I AM Healing Sanctuary, 18 Sherwood Cir, Sharon. 781-784-1955. Reiki Healing Circle for Women on a Healing Journey with Cancer – 4-6pm. Once a month. Women trained in Reiki and at various stages in their healing journey come together to support each other. Uplifting, life affirming and healing. $35. Arlington Reiki Associates, 366 Massachusetts Ave, Ste 304, Arlington. 781-6489334. Non-Alcoholic, Stress-Dissolving Acupuncture Happy Hour – 5-7:30pm. Experience the stimulation of ear acupoints while relaxing in a chair. Includes acupuncture, tea and snacks. $20. Market Street Health Center, 214 Market St, Brighton. 617-902-8769. Ideal Protein Workshop – 6-7pm. Free workshop to learn about natural, healthy, medically supervised weight loss. Ideal WeightTotal Well Coach, 112B Boston Rd, Rte 119, Groton. 617-666-1122.


To advertise with us call: Cheryl 781-646-8377 or Shelley 508-641-5702 Sacred Circle Dance – 7-8:30pm. 4th Thurs. An ancient international tradition with simple steps to traditional and newly minted dances. Gather in community and dance in a circle to folk music from around the world. No partner or experience necessary. Free. Follen Unitarian Universalist Church, 755 Massachusetts Ave, Anne Smith Room, Lexington. 781-643-1586. Somerville Road Runners Night 4.13 Miler – 7:15-8:15pm. It may be raining. It may be cold. The SRR Thursday night run will happen every week, no matter what. Free. Casey’s, 171 Broadway, Somerville. Thursday-Night-Race. African Dance Classes – 7:15-8:30pm. A mixed-level class including a full-body warm up and introduction to West African movements and easy healing techniques to enjoy the rhythms and take care of the body. $17/class or series discount. Yoga Nia for Life Studios, 135 Commonwealth Ave, West Concord. 617-6207654. 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. 617-4957461.

friday The Web We Weave – 9:30-11am. Register now, begins May 26. Go two steps back and rewrite your story, taking giant steps forwards. Release old patterns on the physical, mental, emotional, etheric and spiritual levels. $25/class. I AM Healing Sanctuary, 18 Sherwood Cir, Sharon. 781-784-1955. Heron Homeschool Wilderness Survival Program – 9:30am-2pm. Throughout Fall, Winter and Spring. Children can learn wilderness living skills and nature awareness while fully immersed in nature. $50-$65/class, sliding scale. Amherst. 413-522-0338. Health Lecture Series – 10am. 1st Fri. An informative discussion for parents and caregivers on a variety of parent- and child-related topics such as: nutrition, behavior, community resources and more. Held in the Old Country Buffet, Watertown Mall, 550 Arsenal St, Watertown. 617926-4968. Blood Pressure Screenings – 10am-12pm. Free blood pressure screenings on the 1st Fri each month in front of the Old Country Buffet. Watertown Mall, 550 Arsenal St, Watertown. 617926-4968.

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Second Fridays Free – 5-8pm. Free evening 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. Glass Beadmaking – 6:30-9:30pm. Last Fri. An evening of glass, friends and wine. Spend 3 hrs in one of our studios to experience an introductory taste of working with hot glass in glassblowing and bead making. $75. Diablo Glass School, 123 Terrace St, Boston. 617-442-7444. Maynard Sacred Drum Circle – 7pm. 1st Fri. An ancient practice that builds harmony, restores connection with the Earth, and supports group consciousness. Bring own drum or shaker or borrow one of ours. $10-$20 sliding scale. Bliss Healing Arts, 63 Great Rd, Ste 103, Maynard. 508-481-2547. Reiki Clinic – 7-9pm. 1st Fri. Experience a Reiki session at the Brenner Reiki Healing monthly Reiki Clinic. 30-min time slots available, call to schedule. $10. Brenner Reiki Healing, 324 Central St, Newton. 617-244-8856.

saturday Garden Center Workshops – 10am-12pm. Featuring topics that are important to all gardeners, including beginner gardener boot camp, composting, container gardening, challenges of urban gardening and so much more. Free. Pemberton Farms, 2225 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge. 617-491-2244. For complete schedule: Natural Healing with Chi-Lel Qigong – 11:15am-12:30pm. Relieve allergies, headaches and joint stiffness. Lower high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes with ancient Chinese mindful exercise. Experience the healing power of qigong. $20. Park Avenue Congregational Church, 50 Paul Revere Rd, Arlington. 617-997-9922. Glassblowing Sampler – 12-2pm. Every other Sat. Get a taste of the ancient art of glassblowing. Enjoy the excitement of playing with melted glass while making your very own souvenir. Learn how to gather glass from the furnace, and then control and shape it. Our experienced teachers will help you make a colorful paperweight for you to exhibit as your trophy. $75. Diablo Glass School, 123 Terrace St, Boston. 617-442-7444.

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

ACUPUNCTURE BETTER LIFE ACUPUNCTURE & HERBS Midgie Franz, LicAc, Herbalist, MBA Lexington/Cambridge

Gentle and effective acupuncture treatments, herbal medicine consultations, diet and lifestyle counseling. Specializing in chronic pain, migraines, fertility, autoimmune disorders, digestive upsets and stress management.


697 Cambridge St, Ste 204, Brighton 2285 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, 617-651-3213 Seetal Cheema is a boardcertified physician in anesthesia and pain management, offering holistic medical care, including acupuncture and yoga.

VISIONS HEALTHCARE 100 Second Ave, Needham, MA 02494 910 Washington St (Rte 1A) Dedham, MA 02026 170 Worcester St (Rte 9) Wellesley, MA 02481 781-431-1333

Acupuncturists at Visions HealthCare are able to provide relief for a variety of concerns including but not limited to insomnia, allergies, digestion, pain, fatigue, etc. See ad on the back cover.




NEWTON CHIROPRACTIC & WELLNESS 383 Elliot St, Door F, Ste 250 617-964-3332

Acupuncture Facelift / Facial Rejuvenation / Cosmetic Acupuncture is a painless, non-surgical method of reducing the signs of the aging process. The aim is to diminish wrinkles, muscle tension, as well as systematically remove issues standing between you and the glowing young face you deserve. Traditional Acupuncture also available. See ad page 7.

Kristine Jelstrup, LMT, CBK 126 Prospect St, Ste 5 617-833-3407 Kristine@CentralSquareHealthAnd Achieve optimal health, physically, emotionally, nutritionally. Kristine works with the innate wisdom of the body to clear nervous system interference, creating a balanced body. See ad page 10.




Certified Alexander Technique Teacher; Certified Thai Yoga Therapist 33A Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02445 617-359-7841

55 Pond Ave, Brookline, MA 02445 132 Great Rd, Ste 201, Stow, MA 01775 617-232-0202 (Brookline) 617-879-0403 (Stow)

Learn to relieve and prevent excess tension and manage the stress in your life. Improve your posture without any holding. Learn mind/body tools for personal growth or simply enjoy a relaxing Thai yoga session.

Specializing in Hormonal Imbalance and Individualized Natural Bioidentical Hormone Treatment for irregular menstrual cycles, hot flashes, night sweats, low sex drive, irritability, fatigue, poor concentration, poor memory, depression and sleep disturbances. Accepting most major insurances. See ad page 23.



Anti-aging skin care and nutrition with proven clinical results. Swiss botanical products are vegan, gluten-free, non-toxic. Consumer discounts and consultant options available.

100 Second Ave, Needham, MA 02494 910 Washington St (Rte 1A) Dedham, MA 02026 781-431-1333 Effectively using Bioidentical Hormone Therapy for 10 years; expert gynecologist passionate about supporting women to ease transition through all life phases. Accepts most major insurances. See ad on the back cover.

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103 Morse St, Watertown 617-905-3038 • Specializing in Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) that works with the body’s natural physiological makeup to bolster flexibility, improve circulation and increase the elasticity of muscle joints and fascia. See ad page 29.


Life Coach, Personal/Professional Development 401-402-0819 Brian Reid is an internationally acclaimed life coach with Brenda Lee, a Shire horse. Through his discoveries with Brenda Lee, Brian founded Horses Know The Way Home and developed 13 principles that guide his teachings. See ad page 25.


A state-of-the-art facility offering highest quality healthcare and commitment to patients. Uniquely, offering a sport chiropractic wellness practice with a family-style focus. See ad page 41.

TAKE THE LEAP COACHING Kim Childs 617-640-3813

Julie Burke, DC 617-964-3332

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


Liz Marcano-Pucillo 640 Washington St, Dedham, MA 02026 781-329-3800


910 Washington St (Rte 1A) Dedham, MA 02026 100 Second Ave, Needham, MA 02494 781-431-1333

industry. See ad page 39.

Patient-centered, evidence-based spinal care and soft tissue work to decrease pain and improve mobility. Accepts major health insurances. Weekend and evening hours available. See ad on the back cover.


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JOHNSON COMPOUNDING AND WELLNESS CENTER Stephen Bernardi 577 Main St, Waltham, MA 02452 781-893-3870 Fax: 781-899-1172

JCWC is the only sterile and non-sterile PCAB-accredited pharmacy in Massachusetts. In addition to our compounding service, we offer a full range of nutritional supplements, natural products, homeopathic remedies and home health care equipment. See ads pages 2 and 23.


Need help clarifying and reaching your goals? Asking “What’s next?” or “What do I really want?” Kim is a Certified Positive Psychology Coach and facilitator of The Artist’s Way, working with individuals and groups to build happier, more meaningful lives.



Receive professional colon hydrotherapy by a national board-certified therapist using the Angel of Water system. The most comfortable and private system in the


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 11.

GROTON WELLNESS – MEDICAL, DENTAL, SPA, FARM TO TABLE CAFÉ 493-495 Main St Groton, MA 01450 978-449-9919

The only holistic center of its kind on the East Coast. Groton Wellness synergistically fuses state-of-the-art Biological Dentistry with Integrative Medicine to meet the health needs of the whole person. We are professionals in preventative and functional medicine, general and pediatric dentistry, orthodontics, detoxification, spa therapy, nutrition and a host of complementary therapies. We work with you to develop a personal, comprehensive plan that achieves wellness and balance from head to toe. This is our mission. See ads pages 2 and 13.

NEWTON DENTAL WELLNESS 93 Union St, Ste 408 Newton Center, MA 617-244-4997

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


39 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02445 77 Spring St, Shaw’s Plaza, West Roxbury, MA 02132 Brookline: 617-566-5656; West Roxbury: 617-325-4800 World’s first automated personal training studio offering highly effective, efficient, customized workouts guided and monitored by the proprietary Smartraining technology in a spa-like setting. See ad page 9.


100 Second Ave, Needham, MA 02494 910 Washington St (Rte 1A) Dedham, MA 02026 781-431-1333 In practice for over 32 years, Dr. Levine has been a prominent advocate for holistic and gentler approaches to women’s health care. Provides alternatives to hysterectomy. See ad on the back cover.





12 Pelham Terrace, Arlington, MA 781-646-6319 We offer two Herbal Apprenticeship Programs, Advanced Training, Aromatherapy Certification and a series of Thursday evening and Saturday afternoon classes. Please visit our website. See ad page 21.


910 Washington St (Rte 1A) Dedham, MA 02026 781-431-1333 Board-Certified Family Medicine physician trained in Functional Medicine accepting new patients of all ages for Primary Care or consultation. Accepts most major health insurances. See ad on the back cover.

RAJKA MILANOVIC, MD 910 Washington St (Rte 1A) Dedham, MA 02026 781-431-1333

Katja Swift & Ryn Midura 25 Saint Mary’s Court, Brookline, MA 617-750-5274

Personalized, comprehensive consultations with experienced herbalists. Whether it’s the flu or a chronic illness, or simply to build greater vitality, herbal medicine can help. See ad page 10.

Family Medicine Physician with 19 years of experience practices with the Functional Medicine approach. Accepting new patients for Primary Care or Consultation. Accepts insurance. See ad on the back cover.





Alison Shaw APRN, LMT, CEH 393 Massachusetts Ave Arlington, MA 02474 781-646-0686

978-712-8011 As your lifestyle advocate, I’ll facilitate your success in building your own health and wellness business so you can take control of your life. See ad page 17.

An innovative blend of body-centered counseling, integrative bodywork and energy medicine to uncover and release body-mind patterns that limit your life and health. See ad page 19.


DAVID DANFORTH, PHD 910 Washington St (Rte 1A) Dedham, MA 02026 781-431-1333


Mark E. Costa, MD 361 Woodward St, Newton, MA 02468 617-777-4080 Concierge Primary Care doctor providing proactive and personalized healthcare made convenient to patients with a focus on patient education, prevention, early detection and effective treatment.

Clinical Health Psychologist who works collaboratively with you to overcome anxieties, grief, and the difficulties of health conditions including pain. Accepts insurance. See ad on the back cover.

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678 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139 617-642-0263 Dr. Magdalena Fosse integrates mind-body, cognitive-behavioral, and existential methods to alleviate symptoms and problems that cause suffering. Working with individuals and couples, her aim is to create a life for each client that is meaningful and fulfilling.



We guarantee you the freshest and finest 100% Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oils, non-adulterated or mixed with other oils—strictly the real thing! See ad page 27.

1620 Massachusetts Ave, Lexington, MA 617-306-0264 Connect to your highest self! Jonathan offers spiritually focused, results-oriented, holistic psychotherapy. Release limitations, build a sense of groundedness, develop creativity, and grow into the person you are meant to be. See ad page 29.

SKIN CARE 1345 Main St, Waltham, MA 02451 781-895-0010

Our goal is for you to feel beautiful. Our “stop the clock” skincare eliminates wrinkles and heals acne. Also offering Reiki, Cupping, Aromatherapy and Shiatsu to enhance your well-being.

Ree Coleman - Certified Vision Teacher Offices in Boston & Newton 617-838-0928




Vicki Loberman 617-610-9551

We partner with clients to identify and overcome barriers to living a healthy lifestyle. Services include wellness coaching, professional organizing, personal training and stress management.


Kerry Goyette

Providing a wide variety of transformational workshops to raise “health conscious” awareness. Our goal is to help you take an informed, active role in improving your physical, emotional and spiritual health. See ad page 41.


Susan Shaw Saari, Lic.Ac., CCT, MEd, MAOM, Diplomate in Acupuncture (NCCAOM) 781-899-2121


6 Emily Ct Gt, Barrington 617-360-1929 Fax: 413-332-0719 • Individualized plans based on nutrient, metabolic and hormonal and digestive testing. Call Kristine Bahr, Lic Nutritionist. Insurance accepted.


Offering website design and business consulting for small businesses and providers in private practice.



Achieve vision improvement via exercises, relaxation, science & physiology to create a pathway to sharper, clearer, more balanced vision, reducing dependence on external correction.

Phyllis Wilson 781-883-2282


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 34.


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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 23.

YOGA ALAINE AMARAL, BFA, RYT 910 Washington St Dedham, MA 02026 781-431-1333

Integrative Yoga Therapy is a highly individualized, self-empowering process that connects healthcare with yoga. Heal from chronic pain or illness. Individual & group offerings. See ad on the back cover.

GENTLE YOGA WITH GONG Marian Reynolds 617-733-2311

Enjoy gentle kundalini yoga and meditation with extended, healing gong relaxation.

OPEN DOORS YOGA STUDIOS Richard Lanza 395 Washington St 781-843-8224

We provide the space and opportunity for individuals to transform their lives through greater health and joy for oneself and others. Visit one of our 14 locations in MA. See ad page 19.

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