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was happy to see New England farmers Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs included as a brand to trust in this month’s Conscious Eating feature, “Eggs-pert Advice: How to Buy Good Eggs from Happy Hens,” by Judith Fertig. They’ve been my local go-to whenever I miss visiting a farmers’ market. I hope that, like me, you find the article helpful as we each endeavor to decipher the packaging language used, and too often abused, in producer and manufacturer marketing efforts. Shifting product language challenges everyday consumers to differentiate between what’s not-so-good, good, better or best when selecting the healthiest food options available within our budget. Naturally, I’m already excited about the upcoming growing season. I love the control my backyard organic veggie garden gives me in ensuring top-quality ingredients for meals. Working with a wellness coach that emphasizes the importance of fresh local food has upped my joy in the natural catharsis that comes with spending time nurturing seedlings into mature, healthy, nourishing treats. For me, gardening serves as a blessed escape from the routine tasks of the workday world as I lose myself in something that brings joy and sunshine to my heart. Gardeners everywhere will relate, as will nature lovers. Being in nature is a universal trigger for leaving the mundane behind and connecting more intimately with our inner being. Another avenue for me is creating art. One recent evening I was huddled over my computer clearing emails and buttoning up tasks when a dear friend popped into thought. She had just lost her beloved dog and posted a picture of the two of them walking on the beach and that photo flashed through my mind. I felt impelled to immediately close my laptop and go straight to work creating their silhouette from galvanized wire (final piece pictured above). Being completely lost inside that creation apart from time and space for an hour or so felt like being on vacation a thousand miles away. Seeking out just the right piece of driftwood for the stand became another welcome opportunity to be fully in the moment and consciously connect as I walked a few beaches on a sunshiny bright, chilly winter afternoon.

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newsbriefs Boston Public Market Hosts Farm to Fork to Film Event


sneak preview of an unreleased trailer of the feature-length documentary, A Fine Line, will be shown at the Farm to Fork to Film fundraising event taking place from 6:30 to 10 p.m., April 3, at Boston Public Market. The film explores the critical role of female chefs in the restaurant industry. There will be a Q&A with the filmmakers and some of Boston’s favorite master chefs, including Barbara Lynch, Jody Adams, Tiffani Faison and introducing Valerie James. Attendees will enjoy signature dishes from Boston’s best restaurants, complimentary wine, beer and specialty cocktails, plus live jazz to accentuate the film’s score. All proceeds go to ensuring the completion of the film and its engagement campaign fighting for equal pay for equal work and paid parental leave. Cost: $110. Location: 100 Hanover St., Boston. For more information, email Joanna James at Joanna@Aliana or visit

The Hempest Celebrates Grand Re-Opening


he Hempest, Boston’s first cannabis-based store, now in business for more than 20 years, has re-opened at its new location at 301 Newbury Street, in Boston. To celebrate, The Hempest will be offering specials and sales throughout the month of April on its expanded product line of hemp and organic clothing, CBD oil, cannabis accessories, grow books and organic body care. For more information, call 617-421-9944 or visit See ad on page 24 and Profile on page 39. 6

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newsbriefs Three Programs Offered at Ananda North East Kriya Retreat


nanda Centers, Rhode Island, Boston and Maine/ New Hampshire, are co-sponsoring a residential Kriya Retreat from May 5 to 7, at the beautiful Rolling Ridge Retreat Center, in North Andover, Massachusetts. Kriya Yoga is a meditation technique that quickly accelerates one’s spiritual growth toward the goal of yoga: union with the Divine. It was first made widely known by Paramhansa Yogananda in his Autobiography of a Yogi. Kriya consists of easy-tolearn techniques to increase concentration and awareness, promote deeper meditation and increase energy. This is an experiential retreat in which participants will practice the beginning techniques of Kriya Yoga through twice daily guided spiritual practices such as energization exercises, Ananda yoga postures, chanting and meditation. Additionally, through discussion, stories and inspirational talks, participants will learn more about the Kriya tradition and discover ways to live more superconsciously for greater happiness and success in all areas of life. There will be three programs running concurrently at this retreat: Initiation into Kriya and Higher Kriya for those that have prepared and been approved by Ananda beforehand, and An Alternate Introductory Program for those not participating in either initiation. The retreat will be led by Nayaswamis Pranaba and Parvati, two of Ananda’s most engaging and experienced ministers. Cost: Fees are based on chosen accommodations $275-$370 (until 4/13) and include lodging, meals and all programs. For more information and registration, call Jiavanna at 401-524-4766 or visit Be sure to let our advertisers know you found them in natural awakenings

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newsbriefs Innovative Coaching Program Leads to Life Transformation


ose Siple, the founder of Thought Alchemy, is a transformational specialist, life coach, hypnotherapist and spiritual teacher. She is offering a new transformative coaching program called Becoming A Conscious Creator. It is an innovative coaching program that has been developed at Thought Alchemy over many years of program development and, according to Siple, “is one of the most powerful transformational programs a person can undertake to make positive change happen in their life.” Becoming A Conscious Creator is a program that combines the teachings of sacred wisdom with the powerful transformative tools of neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) and hypnotherapy to bring about amazing change in people’s lives. The program is offered on both an individual and group basis. The program spans a 120-day time period where each individual develops a life plan focus and then, through a transformative process of regular meetings and work with recorded hypnotic sessions, shifts their consciousness in a manner that enables them to become conscious creators of their own life. The program includes plan development, bi-weekly coaching and alternative weekly check-ins to ensure success which can be done in-person in Rehoboth or online via Web meetings. Siple says, “Becoming a conscious creator means developing a different way of observing and responding to life. Your automatic mode of consciousness tends to take over and the old patterns derail conscious intent without even knowing how. A method is needed for catching the traps set by the old patterns, and that is exactly what Becoming A Conscious Creator does. It helps individuals transmute the old patterns into new positive patterns of behavior that can lead us to our dreams.” Cost: $1,200. For more information, call 774-991-0574 or visit See ad on page 27, Profile on page 43, and Directory on page 40. 8

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newsbriefs Groton Wellness Hosts Spring Open House Celebration


roton Wellness Center, in Groton, welcomes visitors to a free open house featuring complimentary mini spa treatments, educational workshops, raffles, vendors and healthy food. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., May 13, and includes tours of the center and the chance to meet Groton’s dental, medical and spa staff. Live music will entertain visitors as they shop participating vendors. Kids will enjoy crafts, face painting, a bounce house, sand table, corn hole and the farm animal petting zoo featuring goats, baby cows, bunnies and chickens. “This event is a way to wholeheartedly celebrate all of our current patients who have been coming for years,” says Dr. Jean Nordin-Evans, co-founder of Groton Wellness. “We also invite newcomers to come enjoy a day of learning and experiencing new things.” Cost: Free. Location: Groton Wellness Center, Mill Run Plaza, 493 Main St., Groton. For more information, call 978-4499919 or visit See ad on back page, Profile on page 41, and Directory on page 38.

Free Brain Training Workshop in Medfield


r. Jolene Ross, licensed psychologist, director of Advanced Neurotherapy and an EEG-certified senior fellow of the Biofeedback Certification International Association, will lead a free workshop on how neurofeedback can improve the brain, from 6:45 to 8:15 p.m., April 20, at the Medfield Public Library. According to Ross, brain training with neurofeedback will enhance brain function, improve memory, correct executive function struggles, improve overall attention and reduce anxiety and depression. Many other neurologically based disorders of the brain can be helped using neurofeedback no matter what the cause. Ross is a neurobehavioral psychologist with extensive experience in neurobiofeedback treatment, cognitive and behavioral therapy, and behavioral medicine. She received training in EEG assessment from Dr. K.H. Wong, of Children’s Hospital Medical Center Boston, and has an extensive background in the treatment of individuals with neuropsychiatric and neurobehavioral challenges. Cost: Free. Location: Medfield Public Library, 468 Main St., Medfield. For more information, call 781-444-9115 or visit See ad on page 15, Profile on page 43, and Directory on page 36.

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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newsbriefs Free Presentation on How Divine Power Helps and Heals


runo Groening (1906-1959), who was well known in Germany for his extraordinary healing successes, taught that a higher power exists and can heal, and he showed people how to connect to it. Dr. W. Vogelsberger, a medical doctor and chronic pain specialist from Germany, will present this simple approach to spiritual healing from 7 to 8:30 p.m., April 27, at the Boston Center for Adult Education BallBruno Groening room, in Boston. He will share documented, present-day reports of healings of severe, chronic and reportedly incurable diseases. People who have been healed will share their experiences, and attendees at the lecture will be able to connect to and absorb this healing power for themselves in a simple way. Even as a child, Groening possessed a deep spiritual connection that helped people find healing in his presence. He attracted wide public attention in 1949, after a grateful father announced that his son had been healed of muscular dystrophy through Groening’s help. Thousands of healings occurred throughout Germany in subsequent years. Healings continue to this day. More than 80,000 people from over 120 countries are practicing Bruno Groening’s teachings through the Bruno Groening Circle of Friends. Cost: Free; donations appreciated. Location: 122 Arlington St., Boston. For more information, call 617-909-1857, email or visit

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earn ways to relax, be healthy and stay healthy at Walter Perlman’s annual Spring Health and Wellness Show which will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., April 9, at the Waltham Westin Hotel. Free health screenings will be offered, and attendees will be able to sample and purchase products as well as meet, interact and make appointments with local specialists in the following fields: acupuncture, acupressure, audiologists, brain reboot, chiropractors, dentists, essential oils, eye doctor, gluten-free foods, nutritionists, juicers, reflexologists, reiki masters, skin and hair care products, olive oils, solar energy, tai chi, vascular and vein care, weight loss and more.


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newsbriefs New Natural Awakenings App

The Natural Awakenings healthy living, healthy planet lifestyle app has been upgraded with a brand-new look and updated features. The changes to the free app, which has already been downloaded by 40,000-plus users, will make keeping up with the best choices for a green and healthy lifestyle easier than ever. New features include being able to sign up for promotions, updates and newsletters plus linking to the Natural Awakenings website. Visitors can find local magazines nationwide; a national directory of healthy and green businesses and resources with products, practitioners and services, complete with directions; updated national monthly magazine content; archives of hundreds of previously published articles on practical, natural approaches to nutrition, fitness, creative expression, personal growth and sustainable living by national experts that are searchable by key words; and an archive of articles in Spanish. “These upgrades and expanded accessibility will empower people to enjoy healthier, happier and longer lives more easily than ever before,” notes Natural Awakenings founder Sharon Bruckman. “Offering free access to Natural Awakenings’ powerful network of healthy living resources through this exclusive app is another way we can serve our users.” To download the free app, search for Natural Awakenings on Google Play or the Apple app store or visit


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2016 review from Australia’s Murdoch University, in Perth, confirms the cognitive benefits of consuming plants in the Salvia genus, particularly sage. Cognition includes processes associated with attention, memory, judgment, evaluation, reasoning, problem solving and decision making. Researchers discussed the theory that an accumulation of amyloid-ß peptide (Aß) in the body is responsible for some cognitive dysfunction in Alzheimer’s patients. Studies have shown that sage can protect mice against Aß-induced neurotoxicity, thus helping to preserve cognition. The researchers also highlighted acetylcholine (ACh), a neurotransmitter believed to play an important role in attention, learning, memory and motivation. ACh enzyme inhibitors help prevent alterations in ACh, preserving these functions. In vitro and animal studies show that some species of salvia are effective ACh enzyme inhibitors. In addition, animal studies have shown that sage extracts can reduce depression and anxiety. Both of these conditions can contribute to a decrease in cognitive function. Further research is needed to determine the extent of the effect and safe dosage.


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esearchers from the Mount Sinai Medical Center, in Miami Beach, concluded in a 2016 review of research that chelation therapy using agents such as ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) can significantly reduce risk of cardiovascular events. The review highlighted research showing that heavy metals such as cadmium have been linked with increased cardiovascular disease risk, and chelation therapy has been shown to effectively remove heavy metals from the body. Of particular interest was a study that specifically tested the effectiveness of chelation therapy on reducing cardiovascular events. The randomized, double-blind study involved 1,708 patients ages 50 and up that had experienced a heart attack at least six weeks prior. Half were given 40 infusions of a 500 milliliter chelation solution with EDTA. The other half received a placebo. Researchers measured deaths, heart attacks and strokes, along with other heart conditions and subsequent hospitalization for an average period of 55 months. They found that the chelation therapy reduced heart attacks and strokes by 23 percent and reduced hospitalization for heart attacks by 28 percent.

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Sedentary Kids Lag in Reading Skills


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study from the University of Eastern Finland, in Kuopio, has found that less active boys perform worse in reading and arithmetic classes than their more active counterparts. Researchers studied 89 boys and 69 girls ages 6 to 8 and measured their sedentary time and moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) time using a heart rate monitor, movement sensors and body fat percentages. The subjects’ arithmetic and reading skills were calculated using standardized test scores. Comparing the data, the researchers found that higher levels of MVPA were associated with higher reading fluency in grade one and that lower reading levels were associated with more sedentary time in grades one through three. A significantly stronger correlation was discovered when male subjects were the focus. Sedentary boys that spent less time engaged in MVPA displayed consistently poorer scores in both reading fluency and comprehension than their peers. For girls, more sedentary time was associated with better arithmetic scores.


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Tai Chi Eases Chronic Neck Pain


study from Harvard Medical School, in Boston, has found that tai chi, a low-impact exercise and movement meditation, can help relieve chronic neck pain. Researchers divided 14 participants, 18 years or older, with ongoing neck pain into three randomized groups. One received 12 weeks of tai chi instruction, one performed group neck exercises and one received no treatment. “The study results showed that 12 weeks of tai chi was more effective than no treatment for benefiting pain levels, disability, quality of life and postural control in persons with chronic neck pain,” explains Peter M. Wayne, Ph.D., co-author of the study; he’s also the founder of the Tree of Life Tai Chi Center and assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. The group neck exercise subjects experienced results that were similar to those in the tai chi group, suggesting that the two paths are equally effective.

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Drinking More Water Improves Food Intake


uopeng An, Ph.D., a kinesiology and community health professor at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, studied the hydration and dietary habits of more than 18,300 American adults and found that drinking more water each day can impact the overall calories and nutritional value of food consumed. Reviewing data from four parts of the National Center for Health Statistics’ National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, in which participants were asked to recall their food and drink intake during two non-consecutive days, An determined the percentage of plain water drunk by each person. He found an association between a 1 percent increase in the subjects’ daily intake of plain water and an 8.6-calorie reduction in food intake. An also discovered a slight reduction in foods high in fat, sugar, sodium and cholesterol with the change. Participants that increased their plain water consumption by one to three cups reduced their calorie intake by 68 to 205 calories per day. The same increase in water correlated with a daily reduction in sodium intake by 78 to 235 milligrams, five to 18 grams less sugar and seven to 21 milligrams less cholesterol.

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globalbriefs News and resources to inspire concerned citizens to work together in building a healthier, stronger society that benefits all.

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According to data service Mercaris, the U.S. had a record 4.1 million acres of organic farmland in 2016, an 11 percent increase over 2014. As of June 2016, the number of certified organic farms reached 14,979, including 1,000 startups. The top states in organic cropland after California, with 688,000 acres, are Montana, Wisconsin, New York and North Dakota. Montana hosted a 30 percent increase to 417,000 acres in 2016, adding 100,000 acres since 2014 and 50 new organic farms. In assessing the positive trend, Scott Shander, a Mercaris economist, says, “With today’s lower commodity grain prices, farmers are looking to add value and meet consumer demands. The global market is dictating U.S. prices. Demand for organic corn and soybeans is still growing strongly, but production is not growing as fast, so more of the production will be international.” Source: NAGreaterBoston


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Phasing Out Plastic Film Food Wrappers Many grocery store foods are wrapped in plastic packaging that creates non-recyclable, non-biodegradable waste, even though thin, plastic films are not efficient at preventing spoilage. Some plastics are also suspected of leaching harmful compounds into food. Researcher Peggy Tomasula, D.Sc., is leading a U.S. Department of Agriculture team developing an environmentally friendly film made of the milk protein casein that addresses these issues. She states, “The protein-based films are powerful oxygen blockers that help prevent food spoilage. When used in packaging, they could prevent food waste during distribution along the food chain.” Plastic six-pack rings are renowned for their negative impact on wildlife and the environment. Now the Saltwater Brewery, in Delray Beach, Florida, is making edible sixpack rings for beer cans that are 100 percent biodegradable. Constructed of barley and wheat ribbons from the brewing process, they can be safely eaten by animals that come into contact with the refuse. Company President Chris Gove notes, “We hope to influence the big guys and inspire them to get on board.” Source: American Chemical Society

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Kiara Nirghin, a South African teenage girl and recent winner of the Google Science Fair’s Community Impact Award for the Middle East and Africa, is pioneering a new technology to fight drought. The Holy Web, her super-absorbent polymer, can store reserves of water hundreds of times its own weight. Drought remains one of South Africa’s main challenges, with at least eight provinces requiring regular food relief. The project is designed to help farmers in dry areas build large water reservoirs for an adequate and regular supply of water for irrigation. “I wanted to minimize the effect that drought has on the community, and the main thing it affects is the crops. That was the springboard for the idea,” says Nirghin. Her invention uses recycled and biodegradable waste products such as avocado skins and orange peels to make the polymer sustainable, affordable and environmentally friendly. Source: CNN


Think Earth Day Every Day The federal Every Student Succeeds Act, passed in December 2015 to take effect in the 20172018 school year, is the first law in U.S. history to include language that supports environmental education. Plans call for it to be integrated with current state standards, graduation requirements, teacher development and assessment, funding sources and policy action steps. offers lesson plan ideas for students. For example, students from third grade through high school might collect their household junk mail and explore ways to reduce it. Those in kindergarten through eighth grade may create a binder of information on endangered species that includes maps, animal facts and threats to their survival, exploring causal interconnections throughout the planet. Students can also build a cafeteria compost pile or find ways to improve their school’s recycling program. Kathleen Rogers, president of the nonprofit Earth Day Network, on, says, “We need to promote environmental consciousness into our children’s curricula so they are able to analyze problems, think critically, balance needs and take informed action.” Earth Day isn’t just one day. Aware citizens can take a rewarding action every day. Be sure to let our advertisers know you found them in natural awakenings

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March for Science this Earth Day

Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment. ~Jim Rohn

Concerned citizens will unite on April 22 for a March for Science in Washington, D.C., and locations around the world to champion robustly funding and publicly communicating science for the common good as a pillar of freedom and prosperity. The group is calling on political leaders and policymakers to enact evidence-based standards in the public interest. The focus will showcase science as a tool to find answers and influence decisions at all levels, from astronomy to zoology, including environmental science and climate change. Jacquelyn Gill, Ph.D., was part of the original group sparking the idea of a March for Science via her initial tweet. “We know how to keep our air and water clean, and the outcomes of the research should inform the policy,” says Gill, an assistant professor of paleoecology and plant ecology at the University of Maine. Caroline Weinberg, a New York City science writer and program co-chairwoman, says, “Within hours, satellite marches were popping up around the country, then the world.” Organizers report several hundred established event locations and the number continues to grow. To join or create an event, visit satellite-marches.


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We watch the graceful flight of colorful butterflies and appreciate their crucial role as pollinators. Establishing butterfly gardens or accommodating them in yard plantings increases food sources radically threatened by reductions in blossom-rich landscapes due to development, intensive agriculture, insecticides and climate change. The National Wildlife Federation ( reports that butterflies are particularly attracted to red, yellow, orange, pink and purple blossoms that are flat-topped or clustered for landing or hovering, with short flower tubes that present easy access to nectar. Regional planting. In the Southeast, goldenrod, with its arching, yellow flowers, appeals to Buckeye species. Tiger Wing, Dainty Sulphur and Malachite lead the way in Florida. Some other suitable plants and trees for attracting butterflies, according to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildlife Center ( are yarrows, red and white baneberries, and red, scarlet and soft maples in the Northeast; Butterfly and Honey daisies, Indian Mallow, American Century and Husiache, in the Midwest; and Giant, Ground, Subalpine and Noble firs, Vine Maple and Columbian Monkshoods in the Northwest. Inspiring individual efforts. reports that California Academy of Sciences aquatic biologist Tim Wong cultivated California Pipevine plants in his backyard butterfly home four years ago upon learning that it is the primary food for California Pipevine Swallowtails in the San Francisco area. Starting with just 20 caterpillars, he was able to donate thousands of the swallowtails to the San Francisco Botanical Gardens last year and has grown more than 200 plants. Milkweed. Populations of iconic Monarch butterflies have plummeted 90 percent in the past 20 years, reports the National Wildlife Federation, primarily due to decline of 12 native milkweed species. They need support for their annual 2,000-plus-mile migration from the U.S. Northeast and Canada to central Mexico and back. Joyce Samsel, curator of the Florida Native Butterfly Society (FloridaNativeButterflies. org), notes that the Florida Monarch stays south of Tampa year-round. Learn about milkweed host plant growing conditions at Find milkweed seeds via Donate to help. Adopt milkweed habitat land through an Environmental Defense Fund ( program by donating $35 for one acre up to $350 for 10 acres. Their goal is to retain and protect 2 million acres.


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Assessing the Safety of GMOs The Need for FDA Standards by V. A. Shiva Ayyadurai


he use of genetic modification in crops is a hotly debated and controversial topic. Supporters of genetically modified organism (GMO) crops claim that due to the growing world population and shrinking resources such as arable land, there is a dire need for deploying GMO crops

to keep food production in pace. This claim has been refuted by scientists and members of the sustainable agricultural community that assert practices such as organic, biodynamic and indigenous farming methods, done within local and small farm ecosystems, can provide more than enough

food to feed the world’s population. Furthermore, such practices avoid risks to human and agricultural health caused by GMO foods and their reliance on man-made pesticides and factory farming methods. Consider a big vegetarian dinner with fresh plump corn kernels, wonderfully firm soybean tofu and a salad of squash with delicious dressing made with canola oil. And later, vegan ice cream with sweetener from sugar beets. What a healthy meal. Or, is it? A new study suggests that those ingredients, all of which are likely genetically engineered food (GMOs), are not the same as the ones that grandma grew in her backyard. The GMO version of soy, for example, may likely have 250 percent less glutathione, one of nature’s most important antioxidants, and likely accumulates high levels of formaldehyde, a known cancer-causing chemical. What is a GMO? Ninety-seven percent of the soy in the United States is genetically engineered. A GMO, to be clear, is the product of genetic engineering. GMOs are created by taking the gene of another organism, such as a fish, and inserting it into the gene of another organism, such as soy. This kind of genetic transfer takes place in a laboratory and is asexual—meaning no sex took place to create it. In natural plant breeding, two organisms of the same variety have a full exchange of genes through sexual reproduction. Therefore, natural plant breeding is not the same as genetic engineering as some mainstream media publications, including The New York Times, have stated and confused the public. How did GMOs like GMO soy get released into the environment? Contrary to the popular belief that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) tests and approves the release of GMOs, the FDA does not make any conclusion or determination of the safety of GMO products. Consider Bill and Harry start a GMO blueberry company. To get approval to sell the GMO


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blueberry, all they must do is simply inform the FDA that they tested the difference between the GMO and the non-GMO version and found them to be “substantially equivalent” based on criteria that Bill and Harry chose. The FDA has a safety consultation with Bill and Harry and issues a letter acknowledging that Bill and Harry have told the FDA that they did some testing. In summary, it is all based on self-reporting. There is no independent verification of Bill and Harry’s testing, whether they in fact did them, how they did them or the quality of their testing. Unbelievable as this may seem, this is the fact of how GMOs are approved for release into the environment.

and the environment is not to decide for or against GMO, but rather to implement real objective standards to assess safety of GMOs. We do not have any objective standard of GMO safety, and without them, it is unscientific and reckless to allow GMOs to be approved for public consumption. Dr. V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai, the inventor of email and an MIT-trained systems scientist, holds four degrees from MIT, is a world-renowned systems scientist, inventor and entrepreneur. In 2003,

he developed CytoSolve, a scalable computational platform for modeling the cell by dynamic integration of molecular pathways models. He serves as executive director of the International Center for Integrative Systems (ICIS), a nonprofit research and education foundation, located in Cambridge. In 2014, Shiva chaired a committee that helped evolve standards for the emerging and fast-growing natural products industry. ICIS is also home to the Clean Food Certified certification program. See ad, page 3.

The need for real safety assessment standards for GMO In a 2015 research study of GMO soy published in Agricultural Sciences, glutathione and formaldehyde levels were found to be significantly different between the GMO and the non-GMO varieties. If the manufacturers of GMO soy had included the levels of these two molecules in the criteria for establishing the equivalence of the two, then they would have seen that they are indeed not equivalent. However, because of no oversight on how the equivalence testing is done, GMO manufacturers have the leeway to manipulate the testing process and criteria to somehow establish the “equivalence” of the GMO variety with that of the non-GMO variety. What we need to have is real safety assessment standards to determine what criteria should be selected for testing equivalence of the GMO and non-GMO varieties. And these criteria need to be objective. For example, in the above research study done using CytoSolve technology, a revolutionary computer-based platform created at MIT that allows integration of multiple molecular pathway models, it became clear that the criteria of formaldehyde and glutathione levels are key to determining equivalence when testing GMO soy. Such objective criteria need to be established by the FDA for GMO testing of every other crop as well. The imminent need for the world Be sure to let our advertisers know you found them in natural awakenings

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Four-Season Climates

ECO YARDS Turning Lawns into Native Landscapes by Lisa Kivirist and John D. Ivanko


raditional turf lawns are an ecological nightmare,” says John Greenlee, author of The American Meadow Garden, who notes that most monoculture turf lawns never even get used. His company, Greenlee and Associates, in Brisbane, California, designs residential and other meadows throughout the U.S. as an engaging alternative. Many other appealing options likewise use native plants appropriate to the local climate. For instance, replacing Kentucky bluegrass, Bermuda grass or another non-native species with natives can deliver drought resistance and lower irrigation needs; eliminate any need for fertilizers or toxic pesticides; reduce or eliminate labor-intensive and often polluting mowing and edging; enhance the beauty of a home; and attract birds, butterflies and other wildlife. 22

Before replacing a lawn, determine the desired result. It may simply be achieving a low-maintenance, lawn-free yard; growing food like vegetables, herbs, fruit or nuts; or supplying ample flowers for a fresh weekly bouquet. Other benefits might include increasing privacy, dining al fresco, escaping into nature or even sequestering carbon dioxide to reduce climate change. To be successful, choices must be appropriate to the climate, plant hardiness zone, local zoning ordinances and homeowner association rules. Also consider the soil quality and acidity, moisture content and whether plantings will be in full sun or shade, or both.

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From the Midwest to New England, “Wild ginger makes a nice, low groundcover with heart-shaped leaves in shade or part shade, where lawn grass often struggles,” suggests Pam Penick, of Austin, Texas, author of Lawn Gone: Low-Maintenance, Sustainable Attractive Alternatives for Your Yard. “Pennsylvania sedge, a low, grassy, meadow-like groundcover, can also work. For areas with full sun, bearberry, an evergreen creeping shrub with red berry-like fruit in fall, or prairie dropseed, a beautiful prairie grass with sparkling seed heads in fall, might be worth trying.” “Stick with the Carex family of plants, the sedges, for a native meadow,” echoes Greenlee. “They vary in color, texture and height. Follow nature’s lead and create a tapestry of commingled plants. Start slow and add flowering plants like Queen Anne’s lace, daisies, asters and poppies.”

Hot and Humid Subtropics

In sunny and well-drained areas of the South, Penick suggests Gulf muhly, an ornamental grass. “Its fall blooms resemble pink cotton candy floating above its green leaves.” In Florida, flowering sunshine mimosa with fernlike leaves and other natural groundcovers are low maintenance. “Basket grass is a low, evergreen grass-like plant with long, spaghetti-type

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The right regional native plants often include grasses and ferns, herbaceous plants like flowering perennials and woody ones like shrubs, vines and trees. Native plants provide shelter and food for wildlife and help preserve a sense of place. “Work with a professional landscaper in your area, ideally a member of the Association for Professional Landscape Designers,” advises Greenlee. Tap a local university extension service, master gardener and garden club for local expertise, often available at no or low cost via classes or club membership.

leaves that puddle around it, suitable for shade or partially shaded areas,” advises Penick. “It’s slow to grow, but highly drought-tolerant and nicely covers a dry slope or spills over a retaining wall. Texas sedge makes a low-growing, meadowy alternative that’s evergreen and needs mowing only once every year or two.” Moss is a fine option for shady and moist areas. “If moss is naturally colonizing a patch of yard, allow it to fill in where the lawn doesn’t want to grow,” Penick counsels. “It makes a springy, evergreen groundcover needing only brief misting to keep it looking good during dry periods.”

Mediterranean and California Coast

Plentiful sunshine, rare frosts and modest rainfalls make many California coastal areas perfect for growing lots of plants, rather than plots of water-thirsty turf. “For full sun, work with California yarrow, purple sage, Indian mallow, white sage, lupines and California sagebrush,” recommends Charlie Nardozzi, of Ferrisburgh, Vermont, author of Foodscaping. “In shade, try mountain yarrow, mimulus monkey flower, California honeysuckle, California flannel bush and coyote mint.” “Blue grama grass is native to many states, and buffalo grass is native to states west of the Mississippi River in the right places,” adds Greenlee. They’re especially suited for meadows established in drought-prone regions.

Rainy Marine Areas

“For sunny areas, try goat’s beard, penstemon, beach strawberry, mock orange and huckleberry,” says Nardozzi, who

covers gardening nationally at “For part shade, experiment with gooseberry, red flowering currants, western amelanchier, deer fern, trillium and wild ginger.” Adding some clover to a traditional lawn may eliminate the need for fertilizers while retaining some turf, says Erica Strauss, of Gamonds, Washington, in her Northwest Edible Life blog. “When the clover loses leaf mass from mowing, its roots die off to compensate and nitrogen enters the soil for neighboring plant roots to use.” White clover works well for those on a budget; microclover costs more and is even better. For shady, north-facing or boggy-wet areas, Strauss recommends sweet woodruff. Moss is another option.

Semi-Arid, Steppe and Desert Climes

“If you crave a lawn but want to go native, Habiturf is perfect for the hot, dry Southwest,” says Penick. Developed by the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, in Austin, Texas, it’s a mix of several native turf grasses, looks like a shaggy traditional lawn and can be occasionally mowed on a high setting to keep it neat. Once established, it needs far less water than traditional turf. “Silver ponyfoot grows well in many regions as an annual; as a perennial, it needs mild winters,” Penick continues. “Native to western Texas, New Mexico and Arizona, it likes good drainage, gravelly soil and full-to-part sun.” Xeriscaping—landscaping that requires little to no water—is especially prevalent in hot, dry regions. Plant picks typically include cactus, succulents, agave and herbs like rosemary or sage. John D. Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist, co-authors of ECOpreneuring and Farmstead Chef, operate the Inn Serendipity, in Browntown, WI.

More EcoYard Ideas Edible Landscaping

A kitchen garden represented by any kind of edible landscaping replaces some turf grass with produce. Carefully designed and maintained, it can be as attractive as any other garden space. “According to GardenResearch. com, 30 million U.S. households, about 25 percent, participated in vegetable gardening in 2015,” reports Dave Whitinger, executive director of the National Gardening Association, owned by Dash Works, in Jacksonville, Texas. “To integrate edibles into a landscape, first assess the locations of sunny and shady spots,” says garden consultant Charlie Nardozzi. “Then, identify plants suited to the growing conditions that will fit in those areas. Mix in edibles with flowers, shrubs and groundcovers to keep the yard beautiful.” For urban areas, he recommends raised beds and containers as a good way to integrate edibles, bringing in clean soil and moving containers to the sunniest spots in the yard. “We have 3,000 raised beds in Milwaukee,” says Gretchen Mead, executive director of the Victory Garden Initiative, which helps install edible landscapes. “We went from about 35 new kitchen gardens eight years ago to more than 500 each year now.” The easy-to-build raised beds go on top of or in place of turf lawns. For Midwestern residents, Mead recommends beginning with six crops that can be started as transplants, like tomatoes or broccoli, and then growing a couple of plants from seed, like zucchini or green beans.

Water-Saving Gardens

“Water-saving gardens use less of this precious resource through appropriate plant choices, rain-conserving features, berming and terracing to slow runoff, water-permeable hardscaping and smart irrigation practices,” says Pam Penick, author of The Water-Saving Garden. “Regardless of where

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you live, saving water is a priority for everyone. Drought is a growing problem in the Southwest and West, but also affects the Midwest, Southeast and even New England.” “Rain gardens help absorb, retain and use rainfall, preventing it from draining into the sewer,” agrees Jennifer Riley-Chetwynd, with Colorado’s Denver Botanic Gardens. “Rain barrels collect water from gutters and downspouts so there’s more control in time and method of distribution, including perhaps drip irrigation.” According to the Groundwater Foundation, in Lincoln, Nebraska, rain gardens can remove up to 90 percent of problematic nutrients and chemicals and up to 80 percent of sediments from rainwater runoff. Compared to a conventional lawn, they allow 30 percent more water to soak into the ground.


Hardscaped areas are used far more

frequently than the turf lawn they replace as we move through spaces like walkways, patios, fountains, decks and grilling areas to enjoy the outdoors. “Plant people can get excited about planting but forget to leave ample space for patios and paths, often resulting in an overgrown, pinched look for seating areas and other places meant to be inviting,”

cautions Penick. “It can also be easy to underestimate how large plants can grow in a few years. Plan ahead for these ‘people spaces’ and install them before establishing garden beds.” Landscapers recommend being generous with this technique without paving over paradise. “Plants will spill and lean over hardscaping, so it won’t feel too large once your garden is filling in,” says Penick. “To address runoff and allow rainwater to soak into the soil, use water-permeable paving wherever possible: gravel, dry-laid flagstone or pavers; even mulch for casual paths.”

A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination. ~Nelson Mandela


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MEDICAL MASSAGE Targeted Therapy for Specific Ills by Linda Sechrist


haron Puszko, Ph.D., founder of the Daybreak Geriatric Massage Institute, in Indianapolis, teaches and certifies massage therapists working in assisted living, long-term care and memory care facilities. She relates, “These individuals appreciate not only the physiological benefits of massage but also having a therapist touch and address them by their names. A 105-year-old woman jokes, ‘Now that they’ve figured out how to keep us alive for so long, they don’t know what to do with us. Thank God for massage therapy.’” Specialty certificate programs such as Puszko’s, representing advanced education and training within a modality qualified as therapeutic massage and bodywork, are benefitting both massage therapists and clients. Some outcome-based specialty modalities considered as requirements for specific populations such as seniors, athletes, infants and cancer patients and survivors, are referred to as “medical massage”. The nonprofit National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork provides an accredited, voluntary certification beyond entry-level state licensure. To maintain their status, therapists must complete 24 hours of continuing education and 100 hours of work experience, and pass a criminal background check every two years. The certifying board also approves continuing education providers that teach specialty techniques, including integrative health care, sports massage and military veteran massage. The result is therapies administered according to a national standard of excellence requisite for

therapists working in collaboration with doctors, chiropractors, wellness centers, retirement care communities and other medical settings. Puszko, an approved provider who founded her service in 2000, offers beginning and advanced weekend workshops for therapists on the complexities of physiological changes and technical skills required to work with geriatric or senior clients. She works from three offices in upscale retirement communities and teaches approved continuing education curricula throughout the U.S. and internationally. “Although the skills I teach are not taught in massage school, they are in demand at independent and assisted living facilities where massage is considered a vital aspect of health care,” says Puszko. “Older Americans represent the greatest challenge to massage therapists. For elderly residents, stretching and pulling on delicate skin and joints, as well as pushing one’s elbow into gluteus maximus muscles, are unacceptable approaches.” She explains that they might be called upon for a range of needs from helping prepare a 70-year-old marathoner for a race to reducing the stress of an exhausted hospice patient. Geri Ruane is one of four founding directors of Oncology Massage Alliance, in Austin, Texas. She manages the operations for this nonprofit created in 2011 to help therapists that volunteer to administer complimentary hand and foot massage therapy to cancer patients and caregivers in chemotherapy infusion rooms and prior to radiation treatment. The alliance offers financial assistance



to licensed massage therapists for advanced training through approved third-party oncology massage classes and provides hands-on experience with cancer patients. Ruane defines the essential aspects of an oncology massage therapist’s (OMT) skill set. “A properly trained therapist has an informed understanding of the disease itself and the many ways it can affect the human body; the side effects of cancer treatments, such as medications, surgery, chemotherapy and radiation; and the ability to modify massage techniques in order to adapt accordingly. Our main purpose is to reduce stress and provide emotional support for cancer patients and caregivers in radiation and infusion rooms.” For example, an OMT will ask a patient about their cancer treatment history, including particulars of related individual health issues, prior to the massage. Hospitals in 35 states and Washington, D.C., now offer massage therapy to individuals during cancer treatment. MK Brennan, president of the Society for Oncology Massage, created in 2007, in Toledo, Ohio, is a registered nurse with a longtime practice in Charlotte, North Carolina. Brennan observes, “In nursing school, I was taught how to give a back rub, an aspect of patient care once provided by all nurses, but no longer part of a nurse’s education. It now appears that there could be a resurgence of interest in offering massage therapy in hospitals that would encompass more medical aspects and require modified techniques for different patient populations.” In addition to oncology and geriatric massage, other select massage therapy modalities such as orthopedic, bodywork, Asian techniques and those related to pregnancy, infant and child health care as well as other special needs require advanced education and training. Before making an appointment with a massage therapist/bodyworker for a specific type of help, inquire about their knowledge, experience, training and continuing education. Ask about additional credentials above entry-level core education that are specific to special needs. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

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RUN FUN Races Beckon Beginners


by Aimee Hughes

’ve run in cities, rural areas and suburbs. I’ve run while deployed to military bases in the Middle East, in cities on four continents, in blazing heat and winter snowstorms,” says Maria Cicio, a licensed professional counselor candidate and marathoner in Grove, Oklahoma. “I’ve been running regularly for 25 years, mostly injury-free, and have found what works best for me.” For beginners, Cicio recommends starting with a 5K race. “There are a hundred reasons why a full marathon would not be fun for a beginner, but trail running, charity races and 5K road races are perfect,” she says. Cicio attests the physical health benefits come from the training and preparation more than from the race itself. “You can run for many years before deciding to run an official race, in which case you’ll probably have already experienced increased cardiovascular health, improved muscle tone and strength. “Running your first race can focus your running and turn it into training. You might increase your daily or weekly mileage, depending on the planned length of the race, or add some speed work to your regular running routine. When I’m training for a race, I’m more in tune with what my body needs; I also sleep better,” she says. The mental benefits are what keep many people running, even after the physical ones seem to plateau, advises Cicio. “Running means regular exercise, so it can improve our general mood. While numerous studies show this to be true, the best evidence comes from runners themselves.” Almost everyone has heard of a runner’s high, even if we haven’t experienced it ourselves. It’s long been accepted that endorphins released during exercise create a feeling of euphoria after a satisfying workout. Recent research on mice by the Central Institute of Mental Health at the University of Heidelberg Medical School, in Germany, suggests that it might be natural endocannabinoids that lighten our mood and contribute to the high. 26

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Meditation master Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, in Halifax, Canada, teaches an online course, The Art of Mindful Running. He points out that running, or doing any physical activity, in a meditative state can deepen, train and enhance the mind. “Within 20 to 30 minutes, you have an opportunity to work with your mind. Instead of just spacing out or trying to get exercise, you can actually say, ‘I am going to be present, I am going to relate to my breathing and my movement a little bit,’” says Mipham. “This is healthy both for the mind and the body.” Those looking for an alternative to running on concrete and asphalt find that trail running ups the fun factor while nature nurtures us. “While I’d always loved running races, the roads rarely changed. Even the same trail tends to change daily, with a new puddle or a log to jump or crawl over, or a new offshoot. The natural running landscape is full of surprises,” says Nikki Partridge, an avid trail runner, American College of Sports Medicine-certified personal trainer and Stott Pilates instructor in Auburn, California. “Trail running healed me,” says Partridge. “I always had some injury from running: tendonitis, sprained ankles, runner’s knee, pulled hamstrings, illiotibial band syndrome, shin splints or plantar fasciitis. I became a walking encyclopedia on injury and recovery. But the trails saved me. I no longer pronated when I ran, I had no more tendonitis from running on canting sidewalks—even my knee pain disappeared—my balance improved and my body was happy.” When winding down after a race, carve out ample time for recovery and reflection. “I always ask myself what I liked about how it was organized, course conditions, support staff and the after-party, and then look for another race that fits my preferences,” says Cicio. “Consider taking a vacation around a particular race that interests you or find a local road race the next time you travel. For a modest fee, you get to run a race and typically luck into a T-shirt, food and party camaraderie.” The running world can open our eyes to new places, good people and greater self-awareness, along with physical fitness. Spring is a good time to lace up our shoes and begin the expansive journey. Aimee Hughes, a freelance writer in Kansas City, MO, is a doctor of naturopathy and senior staff writer for LongevityTimes online. Connect at

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he RunGuides calendar is a complete schedule of road and trail running races in and around Boston. Search for runs in a specific month, or filter by distance. Boston 5K races are perfect for beginners or seasoned runners. Find races as well as get training tips at Find running and walking trails, clubs and events in Boston and Cape Cod at Eventbrite is an easy-to-navigate site with a full list of 5K and 10K races. and

 Try Abdominal Massage: Some 70 percent of the immune system resides in the gut. Try self-massage or visit a certified Chi Nei Tsang practitioner, that can help move immune-boosting cells from the gut to the rest of the body.  Drink Clean, Filtered Water: Drinking clean water helps blood carry oxygen to the cells. Without oxygen, we cannot have a strong immune system.

Nine Simple Taoist Ways to Boost the Immune System

Tao master Mantak Chia will lead a teacher training in Universal Healing Tao (UHT), June 9-25 at Eastover Estate and Retreat, located in Lenox, MA, minutes from Tanglewood Music Center and Kriplau Yoga Center. See the full line of spring programs at See ad on page 12. Sarina Stone is a certified medical chi kung educator.

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ith flu season not quite gone and allergy season fast approaching, our immune system needs to be in top shape to keep us well. Mantak Chia, a Taoist qigong master and founder of Universal Healing Tao, suggests nine simple ways to boost the immune system naturally.

 Laugh: Laughter shakes the body and bones, stimulating the production of stem cells and red blood cells; enhances oxygen intake; stimulates the heart and lungs; and releases endorphins that ease pain.  Smile: Chia created the Inner Smile meditation to detoxify and energize the internal organs necessary to digest food, clean the blood and eliminate waste.  Eat Real Food: For 30 days, eat unprocessed, organic vegetables, fruits, meats and herbs, natural oils and modest amounts of freshly prepared grain.  Move: Mindful physical movement squeezes toxins from tissues, flushes bacteria from the lungs and relieves stress that compromises immunity.  Practice 5 Bone Marrow Chi Kung (Qigong): Deepen your laughter therapy by focusing your laughter on the sacrum and femur. “When we activate the bone marrow in the sacrum and femur bones, we stimulate the production of the stem cells and healthy red blood,� Chia says.  Breathe: Deep diaphragmatic breathing supports the immune system by strengthening T-cell formation and improving lymphocyte production.  Jump, Vibrate, Tap: Whole-body vibrating (via jump rope or trampoline), local tapping and gentle hitting with your hands will enhance blood circulation and lymph flow.

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ENZYME THERAPY FOR PETS A Key to Good Health by Shawn Messonnier


nzymes are among the most commonly used supplements for cats and dogs because they are widely beneficial. They support digestive health and enhance nutrient absorption, as well as reduce inflammation and boost overall wellness. A nutrition school adage states, “If you have a question on your exam and don’t know the answer, put down ‘enzymes’ and you’ll likely be correct.” The point is that enzymes made by the body for specific functions are essential to life because they affect nearly every physical or biological process. Enzymes help normal, healthy pets use nutrients and support the righting of gastrointestinal disorders, whether involving simple vomiting, diarrhea, chronic or complete constipation, anal sac disorders or inflammatory bowel disease, regardless of cause. Because sick pets often suffer from reduced appetite

and impaired digestion, enzyme supplements are often added to a dietetic regimen to improve their nutritional status. Helpful enzymes include proteases, carbohydrases (like amylase) and lipases that break down proteins, carbohydrates and fats, respectively. Digestive enzymes are highly specific both to the type of food they act upon and the conditions under which they work. They can be derived from pancreatic, plant or microbial sources (bacteria or fungi). While pancreatic enzymes activate mainly in the small intestines (being inactive in the stomach’s lower pH environment), plant and microbial enzymes begin digesting foods in the stomach immediately after ingestion and likely even on the food being prepared, if the enzymes are added several minutes before they are eaten. Enzymes from microbial and plant origins have a broader spectrum of activity because

they are stable and active through a wide pH range of 3.0 to 8.0. Enzymes may be helpful for pets with inflammatory conditions, including arthritis, dermatitis, allergies, asthma and cancer. In such cases, they should not be administered with food, because otherwise they will be “used up” before the pet digests the food. It’s also possible to use enzyme supplementation to reduce excessive shedding because enzyme supplementation is widely recognized to increase the absorption of nutrients, some possibly involved in controlling hair growth. Some of these nutrients may be used in thyroid hormone synthesis, which can positively affect hair growth and reduce shedding. A novel use for enzymes is to help pets practicing coprophagia, or the eating of their own or another animal’s feces. Adding the proper enzymes to the diet is believed to curb this problem, which could result from a nutrient deficiency caused by incomplete digestion and absorption. For pets with behavioral coprophagia, enzyme supplementation is unlikely to help the problem but will still benefit the pet’s overall health. The recommended dose by breed and weight is based upon experience, the label of a specific product and directions provided by the family veterinarian. Using enzymes according to a professional’s advice is safe, with rare to nonexistent side effects. Talk to the pet’s doctor about the best enzyme products to address individual needs and keep them healthy.

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The Heart of the Wild Reveals Our Spiritual Life Gail Johnson/

Excerpts from “America’s National Parks” from The Hour of Land


by Terry Tempest Williams

I learned early on we live by wild mercy.

t was standing inside Timpanogos Cave (a national monument) as an 8-year-old child that marked me. Hiking to the entrance of the cave with our church group, we were ushered in by a park ranger. Immediately, the cool air locked inside the mountain enveloped us and we wore it as loose clothing. Immense stalactites and stalagmites hung down from the ceiling and rose up from the floor, declaring themselves teeth. We were inside the gaping mouth of an animal and we were careful not to disturb the beast, traversing the cave on a narrow constructed walkway above the floor so as not to disturb its fragility. But it was the Great Heart of Timpanogos Cave that captured my attention. When everyone else left the charismatic form, I stayed. I needed more time to be closer to it, to watch its red-orange aura pulsating in the cavernous space of shadows. I wanted to touch the heart, run the palms of my hands on its side, believing that if I did, I could better understand my own heart, which was invisible to me. I was only inches away, wondering whether

it would be cold or hot to the touch. It looked like ice, but it registered as fire. Suddenly, I heard the heavy door slam and darkness clamp down. The group left without me. I was forgotten—alone— locked inside the cave. I waved my hand in front of my face. Nothing. I was held in a darkness so deep that my

eyes seemed shut even though they were open. All I could hear was the sound of water dripping and the beating heart of the mountain. I don’t know how long I stood inside Timpanogos Cave before our church leader realized I was missing, but it was long enough to have experienced how fear moves out of panic toward wonder. Inside the cave, I knew I would be found. What I didn’t know was what would find me—the spirit of Timpanogos. To this day, my spiritual life is found inside the heart of the wild. I do not fear it, I court it. When I am away, I anticipate my return, needing to touch stone, rock, water, the trunks of trees, the sway of grasses, the barbs of a feather, the fur left behind by a shedding bison. Wallace Stegner, a mentor of mine, wrote: “If we preserved as parks only those places that have no economic possibilities, we would have no parks. And in the decades to come, it will not be only the buffalo and the trumpeter swan that need sanctuaries. Our own species is going to need them, too. It needs them now.” Excerpts from The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks by Terry Tempest Williams, reprinted with permission. Learn more at

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Eggs-pert Advice How to Buy Good Eggs from Happy Hens by Judith Fertig


anice Cole, the author of Chicken and Egg: A Memoir of Suburban Homesteading with 125 Recipes, knows how delicious a really fresh egg tastes. She keeps three chickens she calls “the girls” in the backyard of her suburban Minneapolis home. “Jasmine, a white Silkie, lays small, beige-colored eggs; Keiko a black and white Ameraucana and Silver Wyandotte cross, green eggs; and Peanut, a brown, feathery Cochin mix, brown eggs,” relates Cole. Cole has learned a lot about the natural lives of chickens. They need 14 hours of sunlight to produce eggs and lay about one per day. Chickens must be protected from predators, locked up at night in their coop for optimal well-being and let out in the morning to roam. Here are some tips for buying the freshest, most delicious and humanely raised chicken eggs.

How to Read an Egg Carton Deciphering the language on an egg carton is a first step. Diet affects flavor. “Eggs from pasture-raised chickens

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allowed to roam—eating grass, worms and bugs in the backyard or a pasture—will look and taste better than eggs from chickens limited to an inside space eating chicken feed,” says Cole. “Pasture-raised eggs will have a fresh herbaceous, or grassy, flavor with an ‘egg-ier’ essence.” “Look for the terms organic, free range or ideally, pastured or pasture-raised,” advises Adele Douglass, in Herndon, Virginia, executive director of Humane Farm Animal Care ( “USDA Organic” is a U.S. Department of Agriculture label confirming that the food the chicken ate was certified organic. “Non-GMO” indicates a diet free of genetically modified ingredients. “Free-range”, another USDA label, means the chicken had continuing access to the outdoors. “Pasture-raised” assures that the chicken roamed outdoors daily, eating what they wanted; the ideal scenario. “Cage-free” is a USDA-regulated designation ensuring that the chickens

were allowed to roam More than 90 percent with free-radical- and freely about withinflammation-fighting of eggs sold today come antioxidants.” Kirkin their building to get food and water. from giant egg factories. patrick adds, “Eggs “Natural” has no real also help protect meaning says Dougeyes. Their nutri~ Pete and Gerry’s, lass; the term invokes ent-rich yolks, like America’s first Certified leafy green vegetano USDA regulation and nothing about acHumane egg producer bles, are high in lutual farming practices. tein and zeaxanthin, “Certified Humane” or “Animal Welfare carotenoids that studies have repeatedApproved” means that each free-range ly shown help protect against macular hen has at least two square feet of outdoor space; it’s the most desirable designation, says Douglass. When farmers want to raise egg-laying chickens, they need to Here’s Humane Farm Animal provide physical conditions similar to Care’s Adele Douglass’ short list those Cole affords, but on a larger and of sources for well-raised eggs. more efficient scale, usually without   Kirkland Signature Organic the love. In regions where 14 hours of Eggs, at Costco, are Certified daylight are not a given, farmers use Humane. While not pasartificial lighting. When snow is too ture-raised, they’re cage-free. deep for the birds to venture out and Costco has partnered with severit’s too cold for bug life, farmers supply al small family farms throughout indoor coops and feed. How well and the country, which guarantees humanely they do this is up to consumpeace of mind for Costco and gives ers to find out. these smaller purveyors a steady stream of business. Egg Nutrition Vital Farms, of Austin, Texas, supEating one egg a day, or moderate plies eggs to stores throughout many consumption, will not raise cholesterof the southern and western states. ol levels in healthy adults, concludes They specialize in Pasture-Raised and a 2012 review in the journal Current Certified Humane eggs, produced by Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabout 90 family farms. Recently, they abolic Care. While egg yolks contain pioneered a process to make “culling” cholesterol, they also possess nutrients that help lower the risk for heart disease, including protein, vitamins B12 and D, riboflavin and folate, according to the Harvard School of Public Health, in Boston. A study by Kansas State University researchers published in the 2001 Journal of Nutrition also found that phosphatidylcholine, another substance in eggs, can decrease the amount of cholesterol the body absorbs from them. Plus, eggs are great sources of micronutrients and antioxidants, says Kristin Kirkpatrick, a registered and licensed dietitian and wellness manager for Cleveland Clinic’s Wellness Institute, in Ohio. “I’ve always been a huge proponent for eggs. As lean sources of protein, they help us stay full, are easy to prepare and can be part of a healthy eating regime because they’re packed

degeneration.” Ideally, all chickens would be treated like Cole’s “girls.” For now, the best most of us can do is choose “Pasture-Raised,” “Organic” and “Certified Humane”. Getting to know more about the farmers that produce our eggs is even better.    Judith Fertig writes food health articles and cookbooks from Overland Park, KS (

(killing non-egg-bearing male chicks) more humane. Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs, headquartered in Monroe, New Hampshire, works with more than 30 family farms in Illinois, Indiana, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Vermont. Their eggs are Organic and Certified Humane, as the chickens live in spacious barns with outdoor access. “Most of the year, they roam outside our barns as they please on organically grown grass amid clover and wildflowers,” says owner Jesse Laflamme. “At the same time, we also have to ensure our hens are safe from predators and communicable diseases from wild birds.”

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the afternoons and evenings, as it’s a wonderful cleansing tonic. Also, try increasing the consumption of raw apple cider vinegar by adding to salad dressings, as it has natural antiseptic qualities to help cleanse and build healthy gut flora.

3 Tips for a Successful Spring Detox by Olivia Napoli


pring is a time of rebirth. The budding beauty of fresh flower buds, leaves and shoots urge us to shed the stagnant energy and added weight accumulated over the winter. Spring is also a beautiful, bursting time of year to press the reset button and detox not only the physical body, but all areas of life ranging from health, home environment, relationships, finances and even career. Here are three tips for a successful spring detox and renewal: Juice Cleanse Our bodies are naturally designed for detoxification. Everyday, we eliminate toxins through our liver, colon, kidneys, lungs, skin and lymph glands. However, organs become taxed from the constant consumption of toxins from animal products, processed foods and pollution. Liquid cleanses can help press the reset button and give our bodies a rest from the nutrient-poor junk that adds to our waistlines, robs us of energy, accelerates aging and makes us sick. Raw organic juice is alkalinizing, cell-rejuvenating, detoxifying, along with being a well-balanced source of nutrients and vitamins. As a bonus, taste buds are rewired to crave more of the good stuff.


Once cells are fed the vitamins they need from nutrient-rich, plant-based foods, the body no longer craves the empty calories from junk foods that can lead to disease. Naturally, we become biologically cleaner organisms. Clean, Light Nutrient-Dense Eating A favorite quote by bestselling author Michael Pollan is, “Eat food. Not too much, mostly plants.” This is a great time of year for diets to lighten up by shifting to a more raw food, plantbased diet. It isn’t necessary to strive for a 100 percent raw diet; even a modest reduction in the ratio of proteins and fats can lead to a lighter and cleaner feeling during the warmer months. Raw, leafy green vegetables have a cooling effect on the body, while heavier dense, clogging foods like animal proteins and starches are a bit heavier. Many health experts advocate for a green smoothie every morning to cleanse the body and cells, and prime the body for solid foods. Take full advantage of farmers markets, and look for the beautiful harbingers of spring, including asparagus, spring onions, shallots, scallions, spring peas, rhubarb and morel mushrooms. Increase water intake to flush out impurities, and try incorporating hot water with lemon in

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Career and Passions Our work and job satisfaction play a critical role in our overall health. Many spend decades in unsatisfying careers which wreaks havoc on their health, joy and fulfillment. Taking a quick pulse of one’s career and fulfillment levels is a great exercise to do during spring. Each of us has a gift that when discovered can lead to passion and purpose. Explore work that is motivating and inspires a higher purpose. Ask these questions: What makes me smile? What lights me up? If money wasn’t an issue, what would I do? Once one’s purpose is identified, commit to taking steps to fulfill it. This requires setting well-defined goals and strategies with room for change. Consider working with a health or life coach for added accountability. Often, individuals make choices that are intimidating, but that is part of the process. Hold firmly to the vision of your dream career and meditate on it daily. Consider making a vision board or mind map to serve as a powerful visualization tool for the future. Use essential oils for increased focus, alertness and motivation. Spring is an excellent time to take the first step. Harness the wave of powerful inspiration that rushes in with this invigorating season. Go with it. Trust it. Let intuition and passion be your guide. Olivia Napoli is an Integrative Nutrition & Wellness Coach in the Boston area, specializing in one-on-one nutrition consulting, cooking classes and demonstrations, workplace wellness programs, workshops, seminars and more. Her LivWELL Health & Nutrition Program helps the busy professional reset the rules on food, fitness, stress management, sleep, relationships, career, grocery shopping and more. To learn more, visit or meet Napoli at one of her upcoming events or workshops. See Directory on page 42.

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Integrative Healing Practitioner: Out of Ruts and onto Paths 366 Mass Ave, Ste 101 Arlington, MA 02474 339-707-0503 Wouldn’t it be a relief to be free of old patterns with ease, and experience more joy? Come delete the old apps with this non-invasive push button system. Free up some space.


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 14.


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


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Iveta Iontcheva-Barehmi DMD, MS, DSc Boston Dental Wellness


oston Dental Wellness is a holistic dental practice with an emphasis on periodontal medicine, implants and cosmetic dentistry. It is a practice at which patients are respected and supported, and their value for wellness is wholeheartedly shared by Dr. Iveta Iontcheva-Baremhi, who takes an integrative healing approach, recognizing that oral and dental health and diseases can have a major influence on the health and disease processes of the whole human body. Dr. Iontcheva-Barehmi uses unique diagnostic and healing technologies, such as scenar therapy, ozone therapy and several different kinds of lasers. Services provided: Dental Distress Syndrome treatment, head and neck pain management, zirconia solution to titanium implant, Vitamin C gum rejuvenation, integrative periodontal medicine, periodontal spa, ozone therapy, cosmetic and restorative dentistry and laser therapy. Areas of specialty: Periodontics, implants, biological and physiological dentistry and energy medicine. She uses meditation, breathing techniques, EFT technique and hypnotherapy to create a comfortable, stress-free dental setting, especially successful methods for oversensitive people and special care children, including those with autism. Healing/healthy living philosophy: “Our bodies are intelligent,” says Iontcheva-Barehmi. “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.” Iveta Iontcheva-Barehmi, DMD, MS, DSc., Boston Dental Wellness, 1842 Beacon St., Ste. 305, Brookline. For more information, call 617-8681516 or visit See ad, page 9, and Directory on page 38.


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Karina Beleno Carney 78 Main Street, Pepperell 978-294-9291

Karina Beleno Carney, Lic.Ac., brings over 10 years experience of effective and compassionate acupuncture, Chinese herbs and TuiNa treatments. Serving Nashoba Valley. See ad, page 14.

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The Boston School of Herbal Studies


ounded in 2000, we offer affordable, high-quality herbal education in an urban setting. We are practicing herbalists passing down the time-honored tradition of herbalism, incorporating scientific knowledge with traditional practice and clinical experience. Services provided: Herbal apprenticeships, advanced training, aromatherapy certification (two levels), ongoing evening herbal classes and medicinal plant walks. The Herbal Apprenticeships offer hands-on experience making tinctures, teas, salves, oils and flower essences. Students learn to identify, harvest and use medicinal plants to help heal and balance the body. The Advanced Training Program has two components: Intensives with prominent visiting herbalists which focus on how to get to the root cause of physical complaints. The second component involves an immersion in the plant world. The emphasis is on foraging, deep botany and ecology, enhanced growing techniques and the alchemy of cooking with medicinal plants. The Aromatherapy Certification Course teaches students how to blend and use essential oils to heal body, mind and spirit. Students learn the essential oils most helpful for common ailments. Healing/healthy living philosophy: We honor plants as our teachers and our allies and are committed to ecological sustainability and ethnic/ gender equality. Our goal is to empower people to attune to plant energies to heal on multiple levels. The Boston School of Herbal Studies, 12 Pelham Ter., Arlington. For more information, call 781-646-6319 or visit See ad, page 8, and Directory on page 38.


7 Central St, Ste 145, Arlington, MA 02476 617-548-8167 The Acupuncture Practice of Lisa Desrosiers is now located in Arlington Center. Effective, gentle and compassionate holistic health care for Metro Boston. Specializing in women’s health (fertility, pregnancy, menopause), stress, mood issues, pain and wellness care.

ANIMAL HEALTH MASH MAIN ST ANIMAL SERVICES OF HOPKINTON Margo Roman, DVM 72 W Main St, Hopkinton, MA 01748 508-435-4077

An integrative veterinary clinic offering alternative therapies and functional veterinary medicine in a balanced whole health approach to companion animal healthcare. Therapies include ozone therapy, acupuncture, nutrition, homeopathy, and traditional Chinese medicine. See ad, page 28.


Kristine Jelstrup, CMFT, CBK, LMT 126 Prospect St, Ste 5, Cambridge, 02139 617-833-3407 Kristine@CentralSquareHealthAnd Achieve optimal health physically, emotionally, nutritionally. Kristine uses a form of muscle response testing to identify and clear nervous system interference, facilitating optimal health. See ad, page 17.

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Elise M. Brenner, Ph.D. Reiki Master Teacher Brenner Reiki Healing


Integrative Healing Practitioner: Out of Ruts and onto Paths 366 Mass Ave, Ste 101 Arlington, MA 02474 781-643-7020 Hormonal imbalance can happen at any age and stage of life and interfere with sleep, resilience, and immune system, and can worsen anxiety and low moods. Let’s have a conversation. Most insurance accepted. .



Alan Grazioso, BMT Lyme Disease Specialist Lexington Medical Building, Lexington, MA 339-970-8375 Specializing in alleviating symptoms of Lyme disease, it’s co-infections and other autoimmune health issues. Lyme Magnetic Protocol trained. Goiz BioMagnetic Pair Therapy certified. See ad, page 31. .


eiki practice puts the body in the best condition to do what it is designed to do—heal itself. Whether you are exploring reiki for relief from troubling physical conditions, or seeking a happier more vitalized self, Brenner Reiki Healing offers a comforting and professional setting in which to discover reiki’s health and wellness-promoting benefits. Services provided: With more than a decade of practice and teaching, master practitioner and teacher Elise Brenner of Brenner Reiki Healing provides individualized reiki treatments; a monthly community reiki clinic; monthly reiki training for all levels; reiki outreach and education to community groups and organizations; reiki shares for practitioners; and mentoring for reiki practitioners all in a supportive environment to assist in guiding you to heal yourself and others through reiki. Healing/healthy living philosophy: “Many of us find ourselves living with uncertainty, waiting for the ‘next shoe to drop’. This causes a weathering of all the body’s systems. Reiki practice allows us to connect to ourselves, to one another, to our day-to-day routines, and to the natural world from a more solid, calm and clear heart-mind-body. In so doing, we get a chance to live in that strong, calm and clear state of being with ourselves and others,” says Brenner. Elise M. Brenner, Ph.D., Brenner Reiki Healing, 324 Central St., Newton. For more information, call 617-244-8856, email or visit See Directory on page 43.



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

Specializing in Neurotherapy, an effective, drug-free treatment for: attention, behavior, emotional, and executive function problems, autistic spectrum, anxiety, depression, postconcussion, peak performance and more. See ad, page 15.


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.

BRAINCORE NEUROFEEDBACK 132 Central St, Ste 205A, Foxboro 844-272-4666 Natural solutions to ADHD, autism, migraines, memory loss and mental fatigue do exist. BrainCore is helping families increase grades in school, become more productive at work, manage emotions with calmness and security, and regain their health.



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


617-610-0734 Looking for ways to better manage stress, improve health or lose weight? Want support in moving beyond old patterns that are holding you back? Health and Wellness Coaching and reiki can help. See ad, page 11.


Dana Faulkner, INHC Feeling stuck? As a Health and Wellness Coach for women, Dana helps women improve habits around diet, movement, stress, sleep, relationships and digestion. Feel better and find more balance, energy, confidence and freedom. Free consultation.


Sacha Fossa Sacred Temple Arts



acred Temple Arts offers holistic intimacy and relationship coaching sessions and programs to help individuals get the sex and love life they really want. In a relationship or not, achieving the goals and desires in one’s sex and love life dramatically improves all aspects of their life. Services provided: Holistic sex, intimacy and relationship coaching combined with healing arts and therapies, including Tantra, energy and bodywork, to improve one’s sex and love life immediately. Complimentary consultations offered. Sessions offered in-person or virtually. Areas of specialty: Increase sexual energy, passion, desire, connection and overall wellness; heal sexual issues, problems and challenges including: addiction (to sex and/or porn), erectile dysfunction, painful sex, shame, guilt, confusion, trauma, abuse and negative beliefs effecting sexual connection, performance and orgasm; benefit from new intimacy and communication skills; heal from past heartache and relationships. Healing/healthy living philosophy: “Your well-being depends greatly on the state of your sex, intimacy and relationships,” says Sacha Fossa. “By naturally increasing your sexual energy and skills, you can regenerate yourself, your relationships and your sex. Our customized coaching sessions, programs, or classes give you the knowledge, tools, practices and experiences to ignite your sex, your love and your entire life.” Sacha Fossa, Sacred Temple Arts, 121 Water St., Newburyport, MA. For more information, call 978-309-9399, email or visit See ad, page 21 and Directory on page 44.


MONEY & $UCCESS COACHING Virtual Coaching & Workshops 207-592-0377

Katrina Piehler, CWC, LMT, MEd 617-833-3035 Helping busy women move out of stress and overwhelm, and into resilient, empowered living. Katrina offers personalized, action-oriented wellness coaching that enables you to create and maintain the balanced, vibrant life you’ve been yearning for..

MINDFUL PURPOSE COACHING Sunada Takagi, MS, PCC Cambridge, MA 617-539-6409

Mindfulness instruction and coaching for those wishing to spark personal change from the inside out. Classes in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in Arlington, MA, and individual life coaching via phone or Skype. See ad, page 15.

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

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


Liz Marcano-Pucillo 150 Wood Rd, Ste 403, Braintree, MA 02184 781-228-6915 Receive professional colon hydrotherapy by a national board-certified therapist using the Angel of Water system. The most comfortable and private system in the industry. See ad, page 27.


Stephen Bernardi 577 Main St, Waltham, MA 02452 781-893-3870 • Fax: 781-899-1172 JCW is the only sterile and non-sterile PCABaccredited pharmacy in Massachusetts. In addition to our compounding service, we offer a full range of nutritional supplements, natural products, homeopathic remedies and home health care equipment. See ad, page 6.


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

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Diane Kosto BrainCore Neurofeedback


617-776-8382 I work with people who feel discouraged and stuck because of their clutter and disorganization issues. I help them face their emotional barriers and stay focused, while leading them through the steps needed to conquer their clutter and get organized. Results: they feel freer and more in control.


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

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

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



ll-natural solutions for ADHD, autism, learning disorders, memory loss and cognitive issues do exist. Imagine receiving better grades in school, increasing focus and task performance, feeling more secure and managing emotions with self-control. Our therapeutic office environment gives our clients a chance to relax and unwind as they train their brain. With a friendly staff and homelike atmosphere, clients tend to get hooked on the family feel around the office. Most cognitive symptoms are created by unhealthy, abnormal brainwaves. BrainCore performance brain training offers simple exercises to transform irregular brainwaves into a normal, healthy, organized patterns. By doing this, the brain becomes more stable and is able to operate optimally and efficiently. Our state-of-the-art approach is painless, drugless, noninvasive, has no harmful side effects and creates permanent change. Services provided: Biofeedback, neurofeedback, heart rate variability. Areas of specialty: ADD/ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, learning disorders, developmental delays, PTSD, anxiety, depression, brain injury, concussion, migraines, memory loss, insomnia, fibromyalgia, peak performance training and more. Healing/healthy living philosophy: To help individuals and families achieve long-term results without the harmful risks and side effects of traditional medical interventions. Drugless, painless, noninvasive, permanent changes. BrainCore Neurofeedback, 132 Central St., Ste. 205 A, Foxboro. Schedule a free 30-minute initial consultation via For more information, call 844-272-4666 or visit See Directory on page 36. 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

ENERGY HEALING NORTHEAST REIKI CENTER 61 Nicholas Rd, Framingham, MA 508-808-5696

Learn reiki, the most natural, mind-body-spirit self-care and healing therapy available today. We provide solid training in the principles of the system of Usui Reiki, including the original Japanese techniques.



Family Nutrition Consultant 78 Front St, Marblehead, MA 781-820-0942


There is a health crisis going on in America; a huge gap between what kids should eat and what they actually are eating. We offer foundational solutions to help your family bridge this gap so parents can have peace of mind knowing their children are safely and efficiently getting the whole food nutrition they need.

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 8.

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Alan C. Grazioso Grazioso Integrative Health, LLC


n 2013, unknowingly, Alan Grazioso was bitten by a tick near the woods of Maryland. “This deer tick the size of a sesame seed changed my life,” he says. “I had no idea I would discover a whole new profession.” Grazioso Integrative Health specializes in addressing symptoms of Lyme disease, it’s co-infections and other auto-immune health issues. Clients travel to Grazioso’s practice in Lexington from across New England. Services provided: Biomagnetic therapy, which was developed nearly three decades ago in Mexico by medical surgeon Dr. Isaac Goiz Durán who began treating HIV patients in his clinic with pairs of specially placed magnets. The modality utilizes pairs of medium-strength magnets of opposing charge that are hand placed on top of clients’ clothing to equalize the pH in specifically targeted parts of the body. Areas of specialty: Treatment of Lyme disease. Healing/healthy living philosophy: Grazioso says, “Ironically I feel very grateful to this little tick because I found my calling as a biomagnetic practitioner and am able to make a difference and do my part in helping alleviate my fellow humans, including youth and elders, who are suffering of this growing pandemic.” Grazioso Integrative Health is located in the Lexington Medical Building, 16 Clark St., #16, Lexington. To learn more, call 339-970-8375 or visit See ad, page 31, and Directory on page 36.

The Hempest Boutique, body care and cannabis accessories


he Hempest is a one-of-a-kind boutique specializing in Hemp clothing, organic fashion and body care, cannabis accessories, CBD oil and more. The Hempest has been in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood on Newbury Street for more than 20 years, and in Harvard Square for more than 10 years. In that time, it has educated countless consumers around the world about the incredible benefits of the cannabis plant found in fabrics, foods and medicines. It requires no pesticides or herbicides to produce and is not genetically engineered. Clothing derived from hemp is strong, comfortable, mold and mildew-resistant, breathes well and blocks ultraviolet rays naturally. Services provided: Shoppers can purchase organic clothing, organic body care, hemp based foods, 100 percent organic, high-quality CBD oils and lotions, and vapor cartridges. Areas of specialty: Specializing in all things hemp- and cannabis-based, and have been doing so for more than 20 years. Healing/healthy living philosophy: “Our philosophy is to be the change we want to see in the world,” says founder Jon Napoli. “Our dollars can be a powerful vehicle for change, and we believe spending our dollars on hemp creates the greenest, healthiest future we can have. Replacing petrochemicals with natural products like hemp is our goal.”

HOLISTC ENERGY/ PSYCHOTHERAPY AVIVA BOCK, CCMHC, LMHC Individuals, Couples & Family EMDR/Trauma/TAT 617-965-3426 Fax: 309-422-8019 

Psychotherapy for mind, body, spirit. Symptoms, traumas, pain in body, stress in mind, parts of a whole person. Be the person you want to be. Lead the life you want. Appreciate EMDR, EFT, TAT, etc.


Integrative Healing Practitioner: Out of Ruts and onto Paths 366 Mass Ave, Ste 101 Arlington, MA 02474 339-707-0503 I see people separately for GYN care, for Access BARS™, AccessFacelift™ and Body Processes™ sessions, and for visit packages to help organize your wellness through history taking, testing, treatment, sessions and appropriate referrals where necessary. 

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

Board-certified MD in gynecology and integrative medicine. Hormone balancing, nutrition and detoxification are keys to optimal health. See ad, page 19.

It is never too late to be what you might have been. ~George Eliot

The Hempest, 301 Newbury St., Boston. For more information, call 617-4219944, email or visit See ad, page 24. Be sure to let our advertisers know you found them in natural awakenings

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Dr. Jolene Ross Advanced Neurotherapy

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


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

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


Rose Siple, Certified Hypnotherapist 774-991-0574 Transform yourself and achieve your goals through the transformative healing process of hypnotherapy. Aren’t you tired of talking about it and thinking about it? We specialize in Virtual Gastric Band Hypnosis for weight loss. Call today. See ad on page 27.


Dr. Jolene Ross, Advanced Neurotherapy, 145 Rosemary St., Entrance J, Needham. For more information, call 781-444-9115 or visit Advanced See ad, page 15, and Directory on page 36.

MASH MAIN ST ANIMAL SERVICES OF HOPKINTON 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 mod- alities like acupuncture, functional nutrition, homeopathy, chiropractic, herbs, ozone therapy, surgery and dentistry. See ad, page 28.


98 Parmenter Rd, Framingham, MA 01701 508-838-1101 Lyme requires a mutli-dimensional approach. With the use of Quantum Reflex Analysis, Zyto, and nutritional support we can identify the Lyme, it’s supporting bacteria and remediate them. Returning the person to one’s health. See ad page 20.


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

Jean Nordin-Evans, DDS Groton Wellness


roton Wellness, a pioneering center for health and healing, was founded by husband and wife team, Dr. Bob Evans, DMD, and Dr. Jean Nordin-Evans, DDS, IBDM, ND, as a whole-health dental practice which believes that a person’s teeth are the gateway to health for the entire body. Experts practicing adult and pediatric dentistry, orthodontics, integrative medical and spa treatments, energy medicine, spiritual connection, and a cleanfood café that serves nutritious, whole-food dishes in which many of the ingredients are purchased from local farms. Groton Wellness is the only holistic center of its kind in the United States. Services provided: Holistic, biological dentistry, integrative medicine, detoxification spa and a clean-food café. Areas of specialty: The center offers a toxin removal education program, designed to inform patients about toxic dental materials, including bridges, crowns and silver fillings, which are comprised of 50 percent mercury—the most toxic substance known to mankind that is not radioactive. Mercury is a toxic material that can escape from fillings in vapor form and become absorbed directly into the brain, depleting and suppressing the immune system. The rate of vaporization increases when the fillings are stimulated by hot liquids, chewing and even brushing teeth. Dr. Nordin-Evans explains, “Mercury toxicity is a cumulative toxicity, storing itself in many tissues of the body for years, and possibly is the cause of chronic maladies that have affected people for years.” Healing/healthy living philosophy: “Treating you as an individual, not your individual parts, is our unique wellness approach to health and healing,” says Dr. Nordin-Evans. “Rather than treating just your symptoms, we partner with you to find and fix the root cause of your health issues.” Jean Nordin-Evans, DDS, IBDM, ND, Groton Wellness, Mill Run Plaza, 493 Main St. (Rte.119), Groton. To schedule an appointment or for more information, call 978-449-9919 or visit See ad, back page, and Directory on page 38.



MINDFUL PURPOSE COACHING Sunada Takagi, MS, PCC Cambridge, MA 617-539-6409

Mindfulness instruction and coaching for those wishing to spark personal change from the inside out. Classes in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in Arlington, MA, and individual life coaching via phone or Skype. See ad, page 15.


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

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

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


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


Grace Ramsey-Coolidge, LMHC 493-495 Main St, Groton 978-449-9919 Grace Ramsey-Coolidge is a Heart- and Energy-Based Psychotherapist who practices process-oriented care that focuses on the interactions between the mind, body and spirit to target the root cause of issues using kinesiology and energetic medicine. A Reiki Master, she teaches meditation techniques, energetic medicine classes and chakra seminars. See ad, back page.

MINDFULNESS MINDFUL PURPOSE COACHING Sunada Takagi, MS, PCC Cambridge, MA 617-539-6409

Mindfulness instruction and coaching for those wishing to spark personal change from the inside out. Classes in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in Arlington, MA, and individual life coaching via phone or Skype. See ad, page 15.

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98 Parmenter Rd, Framingham, MA 01701 508-838-1101 Through a mutli-modatlity approach, Peter’s practice utilizes the wisdom of ancient knowledge with the science of modern day. Addressing the person’s physical, emotional and spiritual needs that will support the client’s health or return to health. See ad, page 20.


Johnson Compounding and Wellness 781-893-3870 Dr. Gary Kracoff provides guidance and in-depth consultative services to find the “why” to what is happening physically and mentally, working with individuals to restore balance in the body. Specializes in customizing medications to meet individualized needs of patients, and he suggests nutritional supplements, natural products and homeopathic remedies to aid in faster healing and recovery See ad, page 6.


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

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

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


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ohnson Compounding & Wellness has been family owned and operated since 1852. Steve and Diane Bernardi purchased the pharmacy from the Tankel family in November 1987. The business has been a mainstay on Main Street for the past 30 years, moving only a few blocks to expand the pharmacy. Services provided: Johnson Compounding & Wellness is a holistic pharmacy specializing in custom-compounded medications and natural therapies. We provide monthly lectures to the public to educate consumers on the best way to take charge of their health. Lectures are free and are offered throughout the year. Seats are limited so reserve early. Visit our website for more information about upcoming lectures. Areas of specialty: Dr. Gary Kracoff, Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine and Registered Pharmacist, offers fee-based consultations (30 or 60 minutes). Clients typically talk about their symptoms and problems, with the goal of understanding where the imbalances in their systems lie. Kracoff often suggests a plan that may include lifestyle changes, nutritional and supplemental support, homeopathic remedies and follow-up communications. Healing/healthy living philosophy: We integrate holistic and Western medicine in order to provide the best care for our clientele. Rather than dispense mass-produced drugs, we custom-compound medications from scratch, mixing individual ingredients together in the exact strengths and dosages specified by your provider. Similarly, we have an extensive knowledge about natural and homeopathic remedies and supplements. Johnson Compounding & Wellness, 577 Main St., Waltham. For more information, call 781-893-3870 or visit See ad, page 6, and Directory on pages 37 and 42.

Rose Siple Thought Alchemy’s Transformational Center


ose Siple is a deeply spiritual professional, and founder and director of Healing Through Spirit, established in 2005, as well as the founder and director of Thought Alchemy’s Transformation Center, established in 2014. She possesses an exceptional understanding of human consciousness and every human’s ability to transform themselves into the best they can be. Siple has been counseling, healing, teaching, guiding and training individuals using hypnosis for more than 10 years, helping them move toward their goals and make positive changes. A teacher and lifelong student of various disciplines of spiritual and philosophical approaches to life, Siple lives her life according to the highest principles dictated by these teachings. She can help anyone who wants to change, become more authentic and confident, eliminate unwanted habits, heal the body physically, emotionally and spiritually, achieve goals, move in a positive direction and live life in balance. Services provided: Hypnotherapy, virtual gastric band hypnosis, transformative life coaching, spiritual counseling, alternative therapies, integrated mental and emotional healing (IME), life and health transformation coaching, past life regression, inner child work, herbalism, reiki and other modalities of transcendental healing. Areas of specialty: Improve self-esteem and self-confidence; reduce fears, phobias and obsessive patterns; pain management; weight loss; smoking cessation; healthy living; achieving goals; spiritual growth and more. Healing/healthy living philosophy: “At the root of all negative behaviors and patterns is an initial focus that had a positive end goal,” she says. “Understanding this positive intention and redirecting it through the power of hypnosis begins the process of freeing us from the shackles of the mind and permits us to redirect ourselves into a healthier more positively aligned way of living.” Rose Siple, Thought Alchemy’s Transformational Center, in Rehoboth. For more information, call 774-991-0574, email or visit See ad, page 27, and Directory on page 40.



LOLLI D. LEESON, CSCA Family Nutrition Consultant 78 Front St, Marblehead, MA 781-820-0942

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

BRIANA PIAZZA, REIKI MASTER 228 Central St, Saugus, MA 01906 781-629-9659

Reiki Master healer and teacher offering healing treatment sessions and training at all levels. Call, email or visit to schedule your session.


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Janine Gilarde, RN Coaching for Healthy Living

61 Nicholas Rd, Framingham, MA 508-808-5696

Learn reiki, the most natural, mind-body-spirit self-care and healing therapy available today. We provide solid training in the principles of the system of Usui Reiki, including the original Japanese techniques.


160 School St, Ste 1-1, Waltham, MA 508-335-3814 Healing for body, mind and spirit. Yoga, reiki, meditation, crystal healing and life coaching are used to activate your body’s natural healing response.


98 Parmenter Rd, Framingham, MA 01701 508-838-1101 Peter offers every 1st and 3rd Tuesday evening meditation at 7pm. Once a month Peter offers sweat lodge. Both are for those who seek to find awareness for the heart and soul. See ad, page 20.



anine Gilarde is a registered nurse, health and wellness coach, and Reiki master teacher who works with clients to improve their health. She assists her clients in discovering what nourishes their mind, body and spirit so they are able to transform their lives and mindset through a combination of lifestyle strategies and energy work. Gilarde draws on her broad background in nutrition, wellness coaching, reiki and preventive health to embrace a unique vision and healing approach—an approach that helps individuals and companies to make better choices for staying healthy. Her programs entail easy-to-use motivational tools and strategies for ongoing accountability, leading to transformation of body, mind and spirit. Services provided: Holistic care services, including health and wellness coaching and holistic healing with reiki; private reiki sessions, reiki community workshops and reiki certification training; wellness workshops and personalized programs to support health, well-being and healing; 30-minute wellness consultations let clients determine if coaching is a fit. Areas of specialty: Stress management, reiki, chronic disease management and prevention, lifestyle interventions, behavior change, whole food nutrition, emotional eating, weight loss without diets. Healing/healthy living philosophy: Gilarde says, “I believe in a whole-person approach to wellness. Being healthy doesn’t have to be hard. Every person can have a healthier life, and I’m committed to helping you at every stage of your journey.” Janine Gilarde, RN. Serving the greater Boston area. For more information, call 617-610-0734, email or visit See ad, page 11 and Directory on page 36, 43 and 45.

TRAINING NORTHEAST REIKI CENTER 61 Nicholas Rd, Framingham, MA 508-808-5696

Individuals, Couples & Family EMDR/Trauma/TAT 617-965-3426 Fax: 309-422-8019

Stress, anxiety, depression. Banes of modern living that affect us emotionally, physically, spiritually. Learn to have body and mind in harmony in the present moment. Clear old traumas with mindfulness, EMDR, EFT, TAT, etc.

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Ready to radically improve your sex and love life, with or without a partner? Cutting-edge holistic sex, relationship and intimacy coaching, energy and bodywork for your sexual healing and empowerment. In person and/or Skype. See ad, page 21.


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Susan Shaw Saari, Lic.Ac., CCT, MEd, MAOM, Diplomate in Acupuncture (NCCAOM) 781-899-2121, A clinical imaging technique that records thermal patterns of the body to help diagnose and monitor pain or pathology in any part of the body. See ad, page 14.


Dana Faulkner, INHC Feeling stuck? As a Health and Wellness Coach for women, Dana helps women improve habits around diet, movement, stress, sleep, relationships and digestion. Feel better and find more balance, energy, confidence and freedom. Free consultation.

Peter S. Howe Holistic Health Practitioner and Healer


eter Howe’s road to health began with pain and injuries that he incurred as an arborist. After experiencing great relief from polarity and neuromuscular therapy, he was inspired to become certified in those techniques. As his interest and consciousness expanded to other forms of healing, he became certified in reiki and Hanna Somatics (biokinectics). He received a B.S. in transpersonal psychology, RoHun therapy and Brazilian Light Energization from Delphi University, and has studied Native American Ceremony with Joseph Rael (Beautiful Painter Arrow) and Sally Perry (Spirit Medicine Woman). He is also certified in pranic healing with Master Stephen Co, and in Quantum Reflex Analysis (QRA) with Premier Research Labs. Services provided: In addition to therapies above, Howe offers monthly ceremonial sweat lodges, medicine wheel walking, bi-weekly meditation classes and energy clearings on homes and offices. Areas of specialty: Help with chronic or acute physical pain, digestive issues, allergies and many other health conditions; nutritional testing; and energetic clearings of blocks or old beliefs and patterns that can negatively impact one’s well-being. Healing/healthy living philosophy: Howe says, “I believe we all have the innate wisdom to heal ourselves and it is my passion to serve, inspire and support one’s process by awakening that wisdom and turning over whatever stones are necessary to achieve optimal health and wellness.” Peter S. Howe, 98 Parmenter Rd. Framingham. For more information, call 508838-1101, email or visit See ad, page 20, and Directory on pages 40, 42 and 44.


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Supporting women, men, babies at all stages of the reproductive cycle. Infertility, prenatal, perinatal, postpartum, parenting. How traumas of previous losses can affect all aspects of reproductive health. Compassion, encouragement, celebration, EMDR, TAT, EFT, etc.


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

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indful Purpose Coaching offers classes in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and individual life coaching for navigating life changes. MBSR is group instruction in the art of mindfulness, suitable for both beginners and experienced meditators. Life coaching is personalized support for creating a more meaningful life, grounded in the principles of mindfulness While Sunada Takagi’s work is informed by her Buddhist practice, her methods are entirely secular and practical. She often draws from contemporary research on mindfulness and neuroscience. Her mission is to help individuals gain the skills to live happily in a way that’s uniquely their own.. Services provided: Group instruction in meditation and mindfulness, and individual coaching that builds personal skills such as self-awareness, confidence, and self-compassion. Areas of specialty: Mindfulness as means toward a happier, more meaningful life. Healing/healthy living philosophy: “We all come alive and thrive when we connect with basic human goodness, both in ourselves and others,” says Takagi. “Research shows that this is the key to living a happy and meaningful life. It’s a simple concept, but not one that’s easy to put into practice. Our past or current circumstances do not have to determine our future. Each of us has the capacity to shape the direction of our lives. I’ve seen it happen for so many people, and I know it’s possible for you.” Sunada Takagi, Mindful Purpose Coaching, in Cambridge. For more information, call 617-539-6409, email or visit Mindful See ad, page 15, and Directory on pages 37 and 41.

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SATURDAY, APRIL 1 Master Junfeng Li: Healing of the Heart Sheng Zhen Sacred Truth Qigong Training – Apr 1-7. In this transformational qigong training, Master Li teaches a method of self-healing that involves a series of movements specifically designed to remove unwanted negative energy from our bodies and to collect instead, the true and healing energy (qi) of the natural world. Eastover Estate and Retreat Center, 430 East St, Lenox. 866-264-5139. For more info:

Wellness Centre, 383 Elliot St, Ste 250, Newton. RSVP: 617-964-3332.


Spring to Action for Animals Online Auction – 8am. Bid to help animals. Online auction with all types of items from sports tickets to pet items. Free. Online, PO Box 26393, Wauwatosa. 508494-9303.

Demystifying Lyme Disease: A Library Talk – 6:30-8pm. In this free educational talk learn an overview of the global illness known as Lyme disease including its history, myths and recent statistics as well as prevention tips and how to identify symptoms. Award-winning filmmaker and Lyme Magnetic Protocol Practitioner Alan Grazioso shares his personal and professional journey and will touch upon associated Lyme pathogens and co-infections as well as latest treatments. Free. Robbins Library, 700 Massachusetts Ave, 3rd Fl, Arlington. 339-970-8375. GraziosoIntegrative



MSPCA Spring 2017 Vaccination Clinic – 7-11am. Clinic is open to the public, with no advance appointments required. Bring your dog on a leash or your cat in a carrier, along with any previous vaccination records if available. Microchips (a form of permanent identification) will also be available, as well as nail trims. Free. MSPCA at Nevins Farm, 400 Broadway, Methuen. 978-7745361.

Patriot’s Day Activities – Apr 8-18. Various events around Boston to celebrate Patriot’s Day. Many events are free. More info:

markyourcalendar 12th Annual Healthy Living Expo An inspirational conference and expo featuring highly respected wellprenuers like: Michelle Fleming, Rhys Thomas, Judith Swack, Frankie Boyer, Val Voner, Jill Jardine, Leontine Hartzell, Seth Monk, Heather Keay and Mary Kim- Garrity. A terrific line up of passionate heart-based educators share empowering practices of living well and in balance. A day of education and community building. A unique opportunity to connect, share, and gain a deeper understanding of self.

Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt – 11:30am. Pick up your Easter basket and clue sheet then solve the clues to figure out which businesses around Faneuil Hall are hiding all the candy-filled eggs. For children ages 1-13 accompanied by an adult. Supplies limited, please show up right at the start time. Registration suggested. Free. Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 4 S Market Building, Boston.


markyourcalendar Health and Wellness Spring 2017 Show Get free screenings. Buy and sample products. Make appointments with experts. Find new and better ways to relax and enjoy your life.

Sun., April 9 • 10am - 3pm

Sun., April 2 • 10am Free admission to most lectures and the exhibit hall. Free parking. Hotel 1620 Formerly the Radisson, 180 Water St, Plymouth, MA. More info, Candita: 508615-9805. or

TUESDAY, APRIL 4 Just Breathe: Somato-Respiratory Integration Workshop – 7:30-8:30pm. Learn breathing exercises to help release tension and calm your mind. Somato-Respiratory Integration (SRI) helps enhance your chiropractic care as well as free up energy in your body. $20. Newton Chiropractic &


$5. Waltham Westin Hotel, 70 Third Ave, Waltham. 508-460-6656.

MONDAY, APRIL 17 Boston Marathon – 9am. Finish line in Copley Square. Free to watch.

THURSDAY, APRIL 20 Neurofeedback: Brain Training at its Best: Psychological, Neurological, Cognitive Correction – 6:45-8:15pm. Brain training with neurofeedback is easy, effective, safe and durable. Brain training will enhance brain function, improve memory, correct executive function struggles, improve overall

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attention and reduce anxiety and depression. Come learn how it works, what improving your brain can do for you and what the research says. Free. Medfield Public Library, 468 Main St, Medfield. 781444-9115.

FRIDAY, APRIL 21 Lorelie Chang: One Breath, One Brushstroke, One Movement – Apr 21-23. We practice a slow qigong form, moving through space like paint on canvas. Included is The Chinese Tea Ceremony: One With its Healing Power, with Haiyan Feng, and a live Guzheng performance. Eastover Estate & Retreat Center, 430 East St, Lenox. 866-2645139. More info:

SATURDAY, APRIL 22 Free Relaxation Treatment – 9am-1pm. Try acupuncture for effective results of relief and relaxation. Insurance accepted for future treatments if acupuncture is billable. Free. Joy Community Acupuncture, 335 Bolyston St, Ste J3, Newton. 617-510-0559. In the Eye of the Gongspace – 2-6:45pm. With Mitch Nur. From its earliest beginnings, the gong was seen as a powerful medium to celebrate important events or to signal the purification of spiritual integrity. Today, the gong enjoys immense popularity as a meditation support, in yoga training and sound therapy. Many see the gong as a portal for personal healing and renewal. $40/pre-registration, $50/day of. Revolution Community Yoga, 537 Massachusetts Ave, Acton. 978-274-5596.

SUNDAY, APRIL 23 Reiki Level 1 Training and Certification – 9am7pm. Learn to care for yourself and others with reiki. Learn reiki meditations, how to practice handson healing of self and others, the reiki principles, reiki history and how reiki promotes mindfulness and wellness on all levels of your being. Comprehensive course manual. CEUs for nurses, social workers and LMTs. $150. Brenner Reiki Healing, 324 Central St, Newton. 617-244-8856. Brenner Free Introduction to Reiki – 10am-12pm. An overview of reiki, an ancient hands-on healing method for reducing stress, relieving pain and facilitating healing and personal growth. We will answer your questions, present the history of reiki and its many everyday uses. Optional sample treatments will be available. Free. Arlington Reiki Associates, 366 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington. Pre-registration required: 781-648-9334.

TUESDAY, APRIL 25 The Incredible Dr. You Workshop – 7:158:15pm. This first of two workshop breaks down the basics of Network Spinal Analysis, the method of chiropractic used at Newton Chiropractic. Get more out of your adjustments and enlighten your-

self on just how incredible your body is at healing itself. Free. Newton Chiropractic & Wellness Centre, 383 Elliot St, Ste 250, Newton. RSVP: 617964-3332.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26 Neurofeedback: Brain Training at its Best: Psychological, Neurological, Cognitive Correction – 6:30-8pm. Brain training with neurofeedback is easy, effective, safe, and durable. Brain training will enhance brain function, improve memory, correct executive function struggles, improve overall attention, and reduce anxiety and depression. Come learn how it works, what improving your brain can do for you and what the research says. Free. Gleason Public Library, 22 Bedford Rd, Carlisle. 781444-9115. Remember When: A Musical Fundraiser for Alzheimer’s Research – 7-9pm. A heartwarming musical adventure through the past turns out to hold the key to a bright future in this one-woman show to benefit Alzheimer’s research. Free. Coolidge Corner Theater, Moviehouse 1, 290 Harvard St, Brookline. 703-635-9832. MaMiddle.


markyourcalendar Medical Lecture: Divine Power Helps and Heals “There is no incurable!” – Bruno Groening (1906-1959). A new path to health for body and soul. Bruno Groening, who was well-known in Germany for his extraordinary healing successes, taught that a higher power exists and can heal, and he showed people how to connect to it. Dr. Vogelsberger, a medical doctor and chronic pain specialist from Germany, will present this simple approach to spiritual healing. He will share documented, present-day reports of healings of severe, chronic, and reportedly incurable diseases.

Thurs., April 27 • 7 - 8:30pm Free lecture; donation appreciated. Boston Center for Adult Education, Ballroom, 122 Arlington St, Boston. 617-909-1857.



Spring Renewal Retreat – Apr 28-30. Includes lodging, yoga, massage, acupuncture, reflexology, ayurveda, meditation, and meals freshly prepared by a registered dietitian. $650/person. Cape Cod, Mashpee. 781-999-2503.

Fifth Annual Celebration of Reiki Conference – 8am-5:45pm. Education, connection and community. Lunch included. $150. Boston Newton Marriott Hotel, 2345 Commonwealth Ave, Newton. 781-572-4058. More info & to register:


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

Sat., April 29 • 8am - 4pm $250. Systems Health Institute, 701 Concord Ave, Cambridge. 617-830- 1936. Yoga for Beginners 3-Wk Workshop Series – Whether you’re beginning or re-beginning your journey into yoga, this series is for you. Amy Yapp and Jen Mast will guide you in building your yoga practice from the ground up. Each posture will be taught in a way that allows the student to develop a strong, healthy, safe and mindful yoga practice. $105. Revolution Community Yoga, 537 Massachusetts Ave, Acton. 978-274-5596.

Run of the Charles – 10:30am. New England’s largest canoe and kayak race. Free for spectators. Along the Charles River from Boston to Cambridge. Spring Sensual Awakening for Women – 1-4pm. Would you like to ignite more sexual energy in your body? Become more orgasmic easily and naturally? Want more orgasmic living, just by being you? $100 includes a homeplay program. 121 Water St, Newburyport. 978-309-9399. Sacred


savethedate Spring Open House at Groton Wellness You’re invited to enjoy a day of learning and experiencing new things. You will love free spa services, seminars, vendors, raffles, music, farm animals, crafts, café samples and more.

Sat., May 13 • 11am - 3pm Free. Groton Wellness, 493-495 Main St, Mill Run Plaza, Groton. 978-449-9919.

World Qi Gong Tai Chi Day Celebration – 9am6pm. Teachers: Set your own 15-min to 1-hr presentation for free. Practice qigong and tai chi all day with us as we dive deep into the wisdom of the healing traditions of the East. Chinese Medicine scholar/Qigong Master Roger Jahnke gives the keynote address. Free. Eastover Estate & Retreat Center, 430 East St, Lenox. 866-264-5139.

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

sunday Celebration Service – 10-11:15am. Meditation, 9:45am. Service followed by fellowship. Free. Center for Spiritual Living of Greater Boston, 50 Dudley St, Cambridge. 617-947-2743.

ing arts set to music to fit your personal experience. All levels welcome. Discount cards available. $15. Om Namo Center, 21 Belmont St, Cambridge. 617-620-7654.


SoWa Vintage Market – 10am-4pm. Designers, collectors, appreciators of the beautiful and unusual love this market. A cool, urban, vintage flea market featuring fresh vintage and designer finds every week. Free. SoWa Vintage Market, 450 Harrison Ave, Boston.

Noon Concerts on the Freedom Trail – 12:15pm. Stop by to hear a 30-40-min concert. Performers vary each week and perform a wide variety of music ranging from jazz to folk, medieval to modern. $3 suggested donation. King’s Chapel, 64 Beacon St, Boston. 617-227-2155.

Vinyl Sundays at Short Path Distillery – 1-6pm. Bring your favorite LP and we’d be happy to spin it on the tasting room stereo system. Or choose from our selection. Free. Short Path Distillery, 71 Kelvin St, Unit 2, Everett.

Anxiety and Panic Support Group – 6:30pm. 1st Tues. Designed to offer a place where people with common interests and experience can meet. You are not alone in your experience, and knowledge is the key to living a symptom-free life. Free. Washington St, Newton. 617-849-3198. UCanBFear

monday Open P-Knotting at Noon – 12-12:45pm. Also Tues, Wed & Thurs. Individualized guided instruction on how to use the P-Knot. No P-Knot required. Free. P-Knot Industries, Hope Artiste Village, 1005 Main St, Rm 1217, Pawtucket. 401753-2099. Meditation Boston – Thru Apr. 12:30-1pm. Meditation is a way to connect to your true self and help you create balance in your life, decrease worry and fear, up-lift spirits and energy. Peace offering. The Hidden Art Gallery, 25 Myrtle St, Beacon Hill, Boston. RSVP: EasYoga – 6-7:30pm. Also Tues & Thurs. Relax, re-energize and revitalize. Walk-ins welcome. First session free. The Well Street Station, 62 Mt Auburn St, Watertown. 617-923-1440. WellStreet Nia-Somatic Fitness Classes – 7:30-8:30pm. Nia technique is a blend of dance martial arts and heal-


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

wednesday Nia-Somatic Fitness Classes – 8:30-9:30am. Nia technique is a blend of dance martial arts and healing arts set to music to fit your personal experience. All levels welcome. Discount cards available. $15. Studio 550, 550 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge. Free Tour of Symphony Hall – 4pm select Wed. Also 2pm select Sat. Join volunteers on a behindthe-scenes tour and hear about the hall and the history and traditions of the famed musicians and conductors. Boston Symphony Hall, 301 Massa-

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chusetts Ave, Boston. For available dates & times: 617-638-9390. Museum of Fine Arts Free Wednesdays – 6-9pm. An opportunity to sketch from live models and/or from objects in their collections. A drawing instructor provides insights on drawing technique and the artist-model relationship as it informs the creation of artwork. MFA, 465 Huntington Ave, Boston. 617-267-9300. Active Stretch for EveryBODY – 6:30pm. Also Mon, 7:30am & Thurs, 9:30am. Everybody from elite athletes to couch potatoes welcomed. See “classes” on website. $12/drop-in, $100/10 classes with Budget Stretcher card. STAR Tech Healing and Learning Center, 14 Nason St, Ste 202, Maynard. 978-897-0110. Let’s Laugh Today Laughter Yoga – 7:308:30pm. 1st Wed. Any age and any level of physical ability can enjoy this unique exercise of laughter and clapping combined with gentle breathing that brings more oxygen to the body’s cells. Free. Meetinghouse of the First Universalist Society, 262 Chestnut St, Franklin. 508-660-2223. Public Open Night at the Observatory – 8:30pm, Spring/Summer; 7:30pm, Fall/Winter. A chance to come observe the night sky through telescopes and binoculars and see things you otherwise might not get to see. Held most Wed evenings throughout the year, weather permitting. Free. Coit Observatory at Boston University, 725 Commonwealth Ave, Boston. 617-353-2630.

thursday Free Night at the ICA – 5-9pm. The Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave, Boston. Assabet Valley Holistic Mom’s Group – 7-8:30pm. 2nd Thurs. A nonprofit organization

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

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

MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge. 617-253-5927. Yoga, Wine and Chocolate – 5:30-7pm. An hour of yoga followed by complimentary yoga, wine and chocolate. $15. embodyFitness 18 Adams St, Burlington. 781-999-2503. Monthly Community Reiki Clinic – 7-8:45pm. 1st Fri. Make an appointment for a 30-min reiki session. Appointment times are 7-7:30pm, 7:358:05pm & 8:10-8:40pm. $10. Brenner Reiki Healing, 324 Central St, Newton. 617-244-8856.


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BCYF Family Gym – Thru Apr. 10-11:30am. For children ages 3-8 and their families. Move at your own pace, jump rope, play on an obstacle course, limbo, play parachute games or sports. Caregivers must participate and remain in the gym with their children. Free. At 3 locations: BCYF Blackstone, BYCF Holland & BCYF Madison Park. More info: BCYF-Family-Gym.

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

The Marketplace at Simpson Spring – 10am2pm. Includes farmers, bakers, artisans and local entrepreneurs. Stop in to browse or take in our featured entertainment, local authors, educational seminars and lecturers. 719 Washington St, South Easton.

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Let’s Laugh Today Laughter Yoga – 11am12pm. 2nd Sat. Any age and any level of physical ability can enjoy this unique exercise of laughter and clapping combined with gentle breathing that brings more oxygen to the body’s cells. Free. Unitarian Church of Sharon, 4 N Main St, Sharon. 508-660-2223. Prenatal Yoga Class – 11-12:30pm. Relax, re-energize, revitalize. Gentle stretches to relieve tension. Walk-ins welcome. First session free. The Well Street Station, 62 Mt Auburn St, Watertown. 617-923-1440.



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Natural Awakenings Boston April 2017  

Boston's healthy living, healthy planet magazine, plus Annual Healthy Living Directory.

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Boston's healthy living, healthy planet magazine, plus Annual Healthy Living Directory.