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Heart-Based LEADERSHIP Women Mobilize to Heal the World





Signals of Anxiety

The Joys of Grandparenting How to Mindfully Love Little Ones

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letterfrompublisher Hats off to Women Rising


udos go to Linda Sechrist for this month’s special Healing Ways article, “Heart-Based Leadership, Women Mobilize to Heal the World.” I am often in awe reading about women in history that have championed a cause, succeeding against all odds by applying a steadfast vision, grit and persistent effort. They usually come to it not because of some master plan or world-shaking inspiration; most are moved to stand for societal change either because they became tired of unfair treatment or chose to do something that they enjoy. Rosa Parks is an excellent example of the first motivation. In 1955, returning home from her job, Mrs. Parks was sitting in the “colored section” of a Montgomery, Alabama, transit bus when she was told to surrender her seat to a white man. She refused because she was tired. Tired of the discrimination and inconvenience, she acted against the abhorrent treatment being endured by an entire race merely for the color of their skin. Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to officially run the Boston Marathon, in 1967, is a prime example of the second motive. “I wasn’t running Boston to prove anything; I was just a kid who wanted to run her first marathon,” she said. As part of her training, three weeks before the event during her first pass at running 26 consecutive miles, she suggested to her male running mate that they go an additional five miles to build their confidence for the big race. At the end of the extended practice run she “hugged him ecstatically—and he passed out cold.” The Women’s March on Washington this past January has prompted an explosion in activities by women’s organizations working to empower women to be the best they can be and take control of their future. I’ve particularly witnessed the exponential growth of Boston Business Women (, hosts of the BE BOLD annual conference on May 17. Now with 8,800 members, the platform enables area women to share experiences and resources aimed to support, encourage and inspire each other. It’s hard for anyone to wrap their head around how so many of today’s moms are able to juggle a household, work full- or part-time and manage the demands of everyday life and relationships. We admire you all and pray you find ways to let others nurture you along the way. To all those mothering and healing the world,

Maisie Raftery, Publisher

contact us Publisher Maisie Raftery Managing Editor Nancy Somera Marketing/Sales Manager Steve Lenehan | 617-762-6699 Proofreader Randy Kambic Administrative Assistant Allison Roedell Contributors Susan Briggs • Judith Fertig Sacha Fossa • Aimee Hughes Barbara Pleasant • Margo Roman Linda Sechrist • Deborah Shouse April Thompson Design & Production Courtney Ayers Stephen Blancett Julee Bode Zina Cochran P.O. Box 1149 Brookline, MA 02446 Phone: 617-906-0232 Fax: 877-907-1406 © 2017 by Natural Awakenings. All rights reserved. Although some parts of this publication may be reproduced and reprinted, we require that prior permission be obtained in writing. Natural Awakenings is a free publication distributed locally and is supported by our advertisers. It is available in selected stores, health and education centers, healing centers, public libraries and wherever free publications are generally seen. Please call to find a location near you or if you would like copies placed at your business. We do not necessarily endorse the views expressed in the articles and advertisements, nor are we responsible for the products and services advertised. We welcome your ideas, articles and feedback.

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Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, green living, creative expression and the products and services that support a healthy lifestyle.

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26 HEART-BASED LEADERSHIP Women Mobilize to Heal the World by Linda Sechrist



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GRANDPARENTING How to Mindfully Love Little Ones

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newsbriefs Free Health and Wellness Coaching Sessions Offered


anine Gilarde, a registered nurse, certified Wellcoaches health and wellness coach and founder of Coaching for Healthy Living, will be offering complimentary 30-minute coaching sessions via telephone starting this month. Gilarde helps her clients by educating them on the myths of weight loss and how to make healthy choices for their unique lifestyles. “I pair education with a customized Janine Gilarde coaching program that really works long term,” she says, adding that her program is not about any quick fixes. Gilarde works with busy professional women who have tried—and failed—at diets in the past. “I find that it’s food first, but one needs to also focus on the relationship between nutrition, emotions and stress,” she suggests. She seeks the underlying cause of issues using a holistic approach so her clients can lose weight in a sane and sustainable way. Cost: Free. For more information, call 617-610-0734, email or visit See ad on page 11 and Resource Guide on pages 39 and 42.

Registration Open for the 8th Annual Boston Local Food Festival


ustainable Business Network is now recruiting vendors and sponsors for New England’s largest one-day farmers’ market. Themed Healthy Local Food for All, the 2017 Boston Local Food Festival, which will take place on September 17, at Rose F. Kennedy Greenway, is free for attendees and open to the public. Previous festivals have attracted more than 140 vendors and 50,000 attendees. The Festival is ideal for marketing products to New England consumers, creating brand recognition with the public, gaining experience with telling the story of one’s business, interacting with other local food producers and fostering a vibrant local food community in New England. Whether a new food business or a seasoned local favorite, the Boston Local Food Festival is a fantastic way to connect with the community and help any business grow. Register early as vendor spots do sell out. Final deadline is August 23. For more information and to register, visit BostonLocalFood


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Workshop on Finding Success Through Self-Discovery


or the first time on the East Coast, Damanhur University and guest teacher and healer Tridacna Belladona will present Inner Personalities – A Journey for Self Discovery, Healing and Enlightenment Level I Workshop from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., April 29, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 30, at Watertown Center for Healing Arts. A free introduction to Damanhur will take place from 7 to 9 p.m., April 28, and a dinner and party on April 29 is part of the course. This workshop can help anyone that is blocked and unable to live to his or her full potential. The work will be geared towards people that are intelligent, eager to grow and willing to commit to self-growth. Many people can be successful in some areas of their lives (career) but not others (relationships). Greater success in all areas can be obtained when a person is able to release past blocks and discover and harmonize one’s inner personalities. Individuals will reconnect with their inner-self and soul. It will teach what true self-love is, to live a life of peace and harmony and to live in the moment. As a result the person will be a superior partner, parent and overall human being. Many of the exercises performed in the workshop are based on forms of artistic expression, though they don’t require any artistic skills. Others are meditative. All exercises use playfulness to get to know our personalities and understand their needs.

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inspiration When We Set Out, Let Spirit Steer Us Teaching me how to steer the 30-foot-long sailboat he built, my father would say, “It’s the sail that follows the wind, and the rudder that follows the sail.” The sail, by its nature, will catch the wind and lean into it. The rudder is for... (Links go live on Friday, April 28)

Cost: $285 in advance, $320 at the door. Location: 22 Mt. Auburn St., Watertown. For more information, visit BostonDental See ad on page 12, and Resource Guide on page 39. Be sure to let our advertisers know you found them in natural awakenings

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newsbriefs Customer Appreciation Day at Johnson Compounding & Wellness


ohnson Compounding & Wellness will hold its popular Customer Appreciation Open House from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., May 20. Representatives from many of their most highly regarded brands will be on hand with free samples and wellness tips. All items (prescriptions excluded) will be discounted 20 percent only on this day. The event will also include Dr. Meena Kumar, who practices functional medicine, and many amazing raffle prizes. “Our customers are our greatest asset,” says Katie Nolan, director of pharmacy education. “We are excited to share one of our favorite days with them.” Cost: Free. 577 Main St., Waltham. For more information, call 781-893-3870 or visit See ad on page 34 and Resource Guide on pages 39 and 41.

Yoga at the Ashram Presents Mother Earth Fest


ain or shine, Yoga at the Ashram will celebrate its First Annual Mother Earth Fest from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 13, outside under tents on the beautiful grounds of Yoga at the Ashram, in Millis. This family-friendly event, sponsored by Natural Awakenings Boston and others, will feature a day of fun with live music, yoga, a global bazaar, inspirational speakers and a delicious food court. “We are planning a beautiful day with themes of sustainability, inner truth, yoga and conscious shopping,” says Hari Kirin Kaur, director of Yoga at the Ashram. The day will start with heart-opening vinyasa yoga with teacher Dima Bosko. No prior yoga experience is required.   Answer the Muse, from Ithaca, New York, will perform an interactive concert, mixing uplifting music and performance art. The group’s musical journey integrates original music, covers, theatre, meditation and movement to provide a joyful, enlightening and entertaining experience. Intuitive healer Siri Gian and inspirational energy healer Rhys Thomas also headline the event. Free healing arts appointments will be provided on a first-come basis. Cost: $35 by May 12; $45 after. Kids under 12 free; ages 13-21 $15. Location: 368 Village St., Millis. For more information, call 508-376-4525 or visit See ads on pages 3 and 7. 8

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newsbriefs Free Educational Talk During Lyme Disease Awareness Month


lan Grazioso of Grazioso Integrative Health, in Lexington, will present a free, educational talk on Lyme disease and how biomagnetic therapy can reduce or eliminate its symptoms, from 7 to 8 p.m., May 25, at the Wayland public library. More than 300,000 Americans are diagnosed with Lyme disease annually according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Lyme disease is caused by a spirochete—a corkscrew-shaped bacterium called Borrelia burgdorferi. Lyme can mimic symptoms of many other diseases making it difficult to diagnose. It can affect any organ of the body, including the brain and nervous system, muscles and joints, and the heart, and available testing can be widely inaccurate. According to, 20 to 30 percent of patients have false negative antibody tests. Over the years, there has been significant controversy over the science, medicine and public policy of Lyme disease. Treatments include antibiotics and many alternative approaches, including biomagnetic therapy which uses pairs of specially placed magnets to balance the pH in parts of the body. Grazioso is a local biomagnetic practitioner trained in the Lyme Magnetic Protocol. Grazioso recalls, “I was fortunate to stumble upon biomagnetic therapy and be treated, trained and mentored by Joan Randall in her Lyme Magnetic Protocol (LMP) which is a very in-depth approach to addressing symptoms of acute and chronic Lyme and its many co-infections.” Grazioso launched his biomagnetic practice in 2015 in a clinic he shares with a chiropractor, a massage therapist and an acupuncturist in Lexington, Massachusetts. Cost: Free. Location: Wayland Public Library, 5 Concord Rd, Wayland. For more information, visit See ad on page 9 and Resource Guide on page 38. Be sure to let our advertisers know you found them in natural awakenings

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newsbriefs Naturopathic Doctor and Nutritionist Team Up in Back Bay Location


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r. Keri Layton has teamed up with Lexy Penney, MSN, RD, a nutritionist who truly understands food. Layton, a naturopathic doctor trained at Bastyr University, Keri Layton a leading four-year school of naturopathic medicine, is passionate about enhancing integrative medicine in Boston. Her mission is to empower patients to understand their own physiology so they can take charge of their Lexy Penney health. Layton completed a residency in integrative family medicine with a focus on functional medicine. She has worked for more than 10 years in private practice teaching people of all ages how to reduce their reliance on medication and enhance their well-being and vitality, without an overwhleming number of supplements or an excess of expensive testing. She also understands and supports appropriate use of medication and medical procedures and works with patients to enhance their efficacy and minimize side effects and recovery time. Penney, a nutritionist and registered dietitian, recognizes that there is not one best diet, and she is passionate about helping people find their best diet. Instead of focusing on prescribed diets and counting calories, Penney thrives on helping people find and implement a manageable diet and lifestyle strategy that will create and maintain great lifelong health. Location: 29 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. Learn more about these practitioners and their innovative approach at  and See Resource Guide on page 41.


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newsbriefs Local Yoga Teacher Shares New Book


Siberian-born yoga teacher, Slava Kolpakov, shares his yogic journey and insights from the yoga practice in his new book, Threads of Light: A Yoga Tapestry, an inspirational read for anyone looking for deeper meaning in their lives. The book draws a clear picture of yoga as a lifestyle practice and phiSlava Kolpakov losophy and is an ideal companion for new yoga practitioners and experienced yoga instructors looking for inspirational themes with which to infuse their yoga practice. Kolpakov has always been fascinated with the transformational power of stories. His belief is that our values and actions are shaped by the stories we have been told, and continue to retell. Kolpakov teaches yogic philosophy in his weekly yoga classes and teacher training courses at Sangha Movement Studio, in Watertown. Cost: $16.95. For more information, visit ThreadsOfLight

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MDAR Announces Open Application Period for Energy, Environmental and Food Safety Grant Programs


assachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) will be accepting applications from agricultural operations that wish to participate in the Department’s energy, environmental and food safety grant programs. Interested agricultural operations are encouraged to review the information and applications on each program’s webpage. Reimbursement grants of up to $30,000 will be awarded on a competitive basis for the Ag-Energy Grant programs, Agricultural Environmental Enhancement Program, and Agricultural Food Safety Improvement Program. The deadline for all program applications is June 7. All projects must have construction completed by June 30, 2018. Grant applications are now available at Mass.Gov/eea/ agencies/agr.

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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 Holistic Healing Stories Shared


n May 18, Wholistic Health Alliance will present powerful and inspiring stories of three people that turned their illnesses around and transformed their lives completely using holistic or integrative solutions. Join others at Transformation Stories Night from 6 to 9 p.m., at the Bedford Convention Center and hear what challenges the speakers faced and what worked for them. Seating is limited so make your reservation through email at or via Facebook at Wholistic Health Alliance. Healthy food will be available for purchase. Cost: $10 suggested donation. For more information, call 603791-4911 or visit

Acupuncturist Celebrates New Location and New Certification in Reproduction Medicine


arina Beleno Carney, one of only a handful of American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (ABORM) Fellows in Massachusetts is now working on Wednesdays and Fridays at 1 on 1 Self Indulgence Spa and Sanctuary, in Acton, in addition to her existing private practice, Life Gate Acupuncture, in Pepperell. Carney specializes in reproductive medicine, including women’s health, male and female infertility, pregnancy and postpartum care.

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Cost: $50-$140. Locations: 1 on 1 Self Indulgence Spa and Sanctuary, 457 Great Rd., Acton. Life Gate Acupuncture, 78 Main St., Ste. A, Pepperell. For more information, call 978294-9291 or visit See ad on page 24 and Resource Guide on page 38.


The Empath’s Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People, by Judith Orloff, M.D. A Book Review by Caroline Myss


eing an empath is the new normal. The Empath’s Survival Guide is a perfect guide book. Now people will know how to cope with being highly sensitive and empathic in their everyday lives without developing exhaustion, compassion fatigue or burning out. This book is fabulous and so timely. Everyone needs this book! Empaths are sponges that absorb other people’s emotions and symptoms. Dr. Judith Orloff offers a wealth of practical strategies to stop absorbing other people’s stress while keeping your sensitivities open and alive. She addresses the special needs of empaths in areas such as health, work, relationships and love, parenting and raising empathic children, and combating narcissists and other energy vampires. Also empaths can develop heightened intuition, which they must learn to cope with in a grounded way.  Orloff discusses plants, Earth, relationships, telepathic and precognitive, and food empaths plus more! The secret to a happy life for everyone that wants to nurture their empathic abilities in an often overwhelming world is to practice the self-protection strategies in this book. Her book validates that empaths experience the world around them primarily through their energetic or intuitive senses. Such knowledge is vital to understanding and caring for your own awakening sensitivities.  Judith Orloff, M.D., is a UCLA psychiatrist, New York Times bestselling author and an empath herself. For more information about her Empath Support Newsletter and book, visit



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Platelet Rich Plasma Injections Assist in Cellular Regeneration


he Priapus (P Shot) and O Shot is performed with one’s own platelet rich plasma (PRP) which can be used to improve joint function (originally developed by orthopedists 20 years ago), to stop urinary incontinence in women (very high success rate), improve sexual pleasure and function in men and women, and rejuvenate the skin of the aging face and other places. PRP is obtained from drawing the patient’s blood, then processing the blood specifically to concentrate the platelets and filter out red blood cells and most of the white blood cells. The remaining PRP contains concentrated platelets, monocytes and a bit of plasma, which is then re-injected into the desired area. The platelets are an important part of the normal healing cascade that gets activated with any injury. They release multiple growth factors, which in turn draw in stem cells to rejuvenate the treated area. The O-shot (Orgasm shot) is a procedure that involves injecting one’s own PRP into specific places around and in the vagina. Many women report more and better orgasms, increased lubrication and libido, and vaginal tightening after getting the O-shot. It makes the tissue healthier and more responsive. The O-Shot is particularly effective in treating incontinence and can help with other issues like painful lichen sclerosis. Many women achieve a healthier and happier sex life, particularly when used with bio-identical hormones. The P-Shot (Priapus shot) is the male equivalent of the O-Shot. With PRP, there is actual growth of new tissue and new blood vessels, not just dilation of existing ones, thereby improving erectile function. It can help to straighten curvature of the penis, make stronger and more firm tissue and help with libido. The procedure can improve overall sexual function and is effective for men that have lost sexual function due to an enlarged prostrate, prostate cancer, drug side effects, after effects of surgery, diabetes or other conditions. For more information and a complimentary consultation, call Medical Aesthetics of New England at 978-263-1406. See ad on page 10.

DNA Markers Link Lifespan to Nutrition


elomeres, located at the end of human chromosomes, protect DNA from deterioration. Multiple studies over the past decade have associated longer telomeres with increased longevity and a slowing of the aging process. A study from Kookmin University, in Seoul, Korea, collected nutrition data from 1,958 men and women between the ages of 40 and 69. The information included a baseline food frequency questionnaire assessing the consumption of vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, B9 (folate), C and E, as well as calcium, phosphorus, potassium, iron and zinc, during an 18-month period. Researchers measured the length of the subjects’ telomeres after 10 years in a follow-up examination and compared these results with the nutrition information. The study found an association between longer telomere length and vitamin C, folate and potassium intake in all participants. These nutrients are available in many fruits and vegetables.

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esearchers from the United Kingdom’s University of Winchester have found that cycling improves brain function. The study tested the cognitive function of 17 physically active men in their 20s before and after two, 30-minute sessions on a stationary bike. The results showed significant cognitive improvements following each session. Biking to work is also a good way to reduce our carbon footprint, but breathing in exhaust fumes and other pollutants is a concern for street cyclists. Alexander Bigazzi, a transportation expert in the department of civil engineering and school of community and regional planning at the University of British Columbia, has studied the relationship between average-speed bicycle travel and inhalation of potentially harmful air. Using a U.S. Census-based computer model of 10,000 people, Bigazzi found that the ideal bicycling speed to inhale the minimum amount of pollution is between 7.5 to 12.5 miles per hour (mph), placing the lowest risk for women at nearly eight mph and for men at just over eight mph. “The faster you move, the harder you breathe and the more pollution you could potentially inhale, but you are also exposed to traffic for a shorter period of time. This analysis shows where the sweet spot is,” says Bigazzi.

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esearchers from the Copenhagen University Hospital, in Denmark, discovered expectant mothers that take omega-3 supplements while pregnant reduce the risk that their babies will develop asthma. Analyzing blood samples from 695 Danish women at 24 weeks of gestation and again one week after birth, the study tested the levels of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)—longchain omega-3 fatty acids found in fish, fish oil and DHA-algae supplements—in the women’s blood. The health of the babies was monitored for five years and compared with the blood analysis. The children of the mothers given 2.4 grams of long-chain omega-3 supplements during their third trimester displayed an overall 31 percent reduced risk of developing asthma. “Asthma and wheezing disorders have more than doubled in Western countries in recent decades,” explains Professor Hans Bisgaard, of the Copenhagen Prospective Studies on Asthma in Childhood at the hospital. “We now have a preventative measure to help bring those numbers down.”

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Marine Reserve Preserves Ocean Biodiversity The French government has expanded the Réserve Naturelle Nationale des Terres Australes Françaises, a highly protected marine reserve in French-controlled, sub-Antarctic waters of the southern Indian Ocean, from about 8,000 to more than 46,000 square miles; it now includes seven areas surrounding the islands of Crozet and Kerguelen. France intends to designate 10 percent of its oceanic territory by 2020, and this action brings the total as of the end of 2016 to 1.3 percent. These large-scale, fully protected marine reserves may serve as climate refuges for many species. The rich biodiversity of the new addition includes marine mammals, fish, seabirds, orcas, penguins, Antarctic fur seals and the critically endangered Amsterdam albatross.

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Choo Choo Breakthrough Wind-Powered Trains in Holland

Nederlandse Spoorwegen reports that all of its electric trains are now running on energy harvested from wind. Working with Eneco, a sustainable energy supplier in the Netherlands, the goal was to operate the trains via wind turbines by January 2018, but they beat their own deadline. Electric locomotives don’t use conventional engines; instead, they act like a component in an electric circuit transmitted via high-voltage power lines. Three options for usage include onboard energy storage systems such as batteries; an overhead wire; or an extra live rail, which has current flowing through it at all times. It’s used to power lights and air-conditioning, as well as for propulsion. According to the Global Wind Energy Council, turbines capable of generating 586 megawatts of electricity are the workhorses. In 2016, a 700 megawatt offshore wind farm near the town of Borssele became the most cost-effective of such installations in the world.

Planting Progress New Seed-Sharing Law in California

California is the fourth state to pass a law making it legal to swap seeds and collect them in non-commercial libraries. That’s good, because the U.S. Department of Agriculture Federal Seed Act, in place for 80 years, mandates that any activity involving non-commercial distribution of seeds must be labeled, permitted and tested according to industrial regulations that would be both costly and burdensome to the hundreds of local seed libraries operating in 46 states. Nebraska, Illinois and Minnesota also recently passed laws protecting non-commercial seed activity from regulatory requirements. Free seed libraries, swaps and exchanges increase access to local food and can play a large role in expanding and preserving biodiversity. Neil Thapar, the food and farm attorney at the Sustainable Economies Law Center, says, “We wanted to create the legal framework for an alternative system that is not reliant on large companies to provide open-pollinated seed varieties. Seed sharing has a direct connection to building local economic resilience.” The center is taking action to try to get laws changed in all 50 states.

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Turtle Turnaround

Record Hatchlings Give Hope Worldwide, six of the seven sea turtle species are threatened or endangered because of human activity. A ray of hope now shining from conservation efforts is that nesting sea turtles have posted record numbers of successful hatchlings in South Carolina the last three years, with Georgia and Florida reporting similar results. Decades of helpful efforts are paying off due to increased public awareness of turtle-friendly practices at seaside locations. Heed these rules: 4 Keep lights off on beachfront property during nesting season. 4 Refrain from using flash photography on the beach at night. 4 Keep beaches and oceans clean. Litter such as plastic bags and balloons can cause injury or death when sea turtles mistake them for jellyfish, a favorite food. 4 Respect sea turtles by observing them from a distance. 4 Report dead or injured sea turtles and nest disturbances to 1-800-9225431. Learn more about sea turtle conservation and how to get involved at Find an introductory video at OceanToday.noaa. gov/endoceanseaturtles.

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Cloth Better than Disposable for People and the Planet Disposable diapers are the third most common consumer item in landfills. When even those labeled “eco-friendly” are covered by other debris after being discarded and hidden from sunlight and air, they don’t readily biodegrade. Producing disposables also makes major demands on water, energy, nonrenewable resources like oil and renewables like wood. Many brands contain harmful ingredients such as polyacrylate, dioxin, phthalates and heavy metals that can be absorbed by a baby’s soft, developing skin and promote rashes. According to SmallFootprint, 90 to 95 percent of American babies annually generate 27.4 billion single-use plastic diapers, or 7.6 billion pounds of garbage. While comparable statistics on adult diapers aren’t available, Euromonitor International forecasts a 48 percent increase in U.S. sales to $2.7 billion in 2020, up from $1.8 billion in 2015. In a decade, sales of diapers for adults could surpass those for babies at Kimberly-Clark and Procter & Gamble, attributed to bladder control issues related to health and age, according to the Urology Care Foundation and Mayo Clinic. The American Academy of Pe-

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diatrics and the American Public Health Association advise that in all cases, fecal matter and urine should be rinsed and flushed down the toilet instead of put in the trash, so that contaminants don’t enter groundwater and potentially spread disease. Traditional cloth diapers are the way to go for several reasons beyond budget: 4 Using cloth facilitates earlier potty education by quickly communicating to the baby when they are wet. New cloth diaper systems like Nicki’s Diapers ( can be easily cleaned in regular and high-efficiency washing machines. Some popular brands are listed at 4 The nonprofit association at Real helps connect local groups of mothers to communicate and share best practices in use, cleaning and potty training, such as learning a baby’s cues for needing to go. It also hosts informative events such as the annual national Great Cloth Diaper Change. 4 Cloth diapers in good condition can be resold on eBay and sites like

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Herbs that Beat the Heat Favorite Varieties that Flourish in Summer


Reliable Basils

“I place basil as the number one herb in popularity, as well as heat tolerance,” says Cristina Spindler, owner of the Peconic River Herb Farm, in Calverton, New York. “Basil actually prefers heat.” There are many types, and greenleafed culinary varieties are easy to grow through the summer, provided they’re not allowed to dry out. Two particularly heat-hardy types are purple-leafed varieties such as red rubin and African blue, which debuted in 1983. “Purple basil is shockingly fragrant and beautiful on the plate. Plus, it’s easy to grow in a small space and produces quickly,” says Lisa Kessler, who for several years has co-owned with her husband, Ben, the White Hills Lavender and Herb Farm, in Dearing, Georgia. “The flowering tops are usable as herbs and as beautiful cut flowers, so don’t toss them away.” “African blue basil flourishes in summer heat and is an especially ben-

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eficial nectar plant for bees and other pollinators,” says Traci Anderson, who has been running Seminole Springs Herb Farm, in Eustis, Florida, in their family for more than 20 years. Vigorous and heavy-flowering, it can grow to over three feet tall, and usually persists as a perennial in Florida, Texas and other mild winter climates.

In Central Florida, Anderson recommends culantro, aka Mexican coriander, as a summer herb different from the better-known cilantro. “Culantro equals the flavor of cilantro, but with no bitter or medicinal aftertaste.” A great longterm performer, it continues producing flavorful new leaves even after the plant starts blooming. Anderson also suggests growing West Indian lemongrass for its fragrant leaves and thick stalks. A vigorous, clump-forming grass, lemongrass can be grown in containers anywhere or served as an edible ornamental in landscapes where summers are hot. “Lemongrass enjoys a sunny and moist environment, so it benefits from being near an air conditioner drain or downspout,” she advises.

Mediterranean Flavors

Growing Tips

by Barbara Pleasant ome of the best plants to keep as summer companions are herbs that enrich life with their flavors, fragrances and beauty. It’s not too late to pot up a few herbs or plant them in the garden if we choose varieties that thrive in hot, summer weather.

your kids or grandkids have the experience of putting it in the pasta sauce. It’s easy to grow in a small herb garden and will last through the winter in most parts of the South.” An unrelated tropical plant from Africa with strong oregano flavor, the leaves of variegated Cuban oregano are pretty enough to grow alongside flowers, and the plants thrive in humid heat. Cuban oregano readily grows through hot summers, and the plants produce more leaves each time leaf tips are harvested.

Rosemary is the most adaptable and heat tolerant of Mediterranean herbs; it can be grown as a perennial where soil doesn’t freeze hard in winter. “My top herb garden choice for the hot, humid conditions in the South is Tuscan blue rosemary, because it is beautiful, easy to grow and is wonderful in all kinds of foods and products,” Kessler says. “It blooms in several seasons and provides bees with off-season food.” Thyme is a top cooking herb, although too much summer rain can lead to mildew and leaf blight. This rarely happens with Summer savory, which has a punchy flavor that Spindler describes as “a peppery cross between oregano and thyme that’s perfect on all of the classic summer veggies—squash, green beans, tomatoes and corn.” Kessler recommends oregano as part of our summer planting list. “Let

Herbs always need watering in hot weather, and pouring from a watering can at the base is far better than bathing the leaves with a hose. Should containers become so dry that they refuse to take up water, place them in a broad dish or pail filled with three inches of water for 30 minutes to rehydrate the roots. Always grow herbs in pots with large drainage holes, so excess water can drain quickly. Make a habit of pinching off a few herbal leaves, crushing them between the fingers and inhaling their fresh aromas. Barbara Pleasant’s new book, Homegrown Pantry: A Gardener’s Guide to Selecting the Best Varieties & Planting the Perfect Amounts for What You Want to Eat Year Round, is now available (Storey Publishing). Connect at Barbara

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NATURAL MOTHERHOOD Creating the Best Start for New Life by Deborah Shouse


woman’s body is exquisitely designed to conceive, nurture and give birth,” says Dr. Carol J. Phillips, an Annapolis, Maryland, prenatal chiropractor, doula and author of Hands of Love: Seven Steps to the Miracle of Birth. Judith Lothian, Ph.D., associate editor of the Journal of Perinatal Education, professor of nursing at Seton Hall University, in South Orange, New Jersey, and a natural childbirth educator, knows the significance of women’s deep intuitive instinct. “Women who feel supported and encouraged can tap into their own wisdom and find deep satisfaction in giving birth naturally. The process itself perfectly prepares mother and baby to continue on their journey together.” Several gentle strategies help mothers-to-be prepare for the joys of natural pregnancy and childbirth.

research its benefits and healing qualities. The yearning for comfort foods like pizza, macaroni or ice cream may signal the need for more nurturing. Eyeing popcorn or chips could be a sign she’s stuffing down an emotion. She can ask herself, “What am I suppressing?” “Eat a lot of protein, including vitamin B-rich foods, during both pregnancy and breastfeeding,” advises O’Mara. “Nursing moms need to eat nutrient-dense foods frequently, along with getting adequate fluids,” says Wilson. She recommends foods that assist lactation called galatactagogues, like

Build a Baby-Friendly Body “Follow your urges,” counsels Peggy O’Mara, of Santa Fe, New Mexico, former editor of Mothering Magazine and author of Having a Baby, Naturally. “Eat when you’re hungry. Sleep when you’re weary. Go to the bathroom the moment nature calls. Practice this in pregnancy so you’ll be in the habit of listening to your instincts when you give birth.” This simple advice counters women’s common habit of attending to other people’s needs instead of their own. Along with eating organic whole foods, Kristy Wilson, of Las Vegas, a certified professional midwife, labor doula and placenta preparation specialist, recommends both a plant-based food supplement with iron and whole food prenatal supplement. Vitamin C is important for a strong amniotic sac; she suggests at least 500 milligrams daily. A high-strung mom can take magnesium chloride baths or sip a soothing cup of red raspberry leaf tea. “Women that are concerned about their diet can tune into the baby and ask what they need,” says Lori Bregman, of Santa Monica, California, a doula, birth coach and author of The Mindful Mom-to-Be. If craving a certain dish, she can


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almonds, avocados, legumes, kale and spinach. To increase milk production, add fennel to meals or smoothies, or turn to capsules.

Spark the Spirit

Affirmations can positively state the mother-to-be’s intentions for pregnancy and birth. Examples include: “Birth Keep Moving with Intention is a safe and wonderful experience. Wilson recommends yoga, swimming, I am choosing the right path for my walking or light jogging three to five birth. I trust my body and my intimes a week, for 20 minutes a day. stincts. I have all the support I need.” “Squatting like a child on your haunchWilson recommends choosing two es is a great exercise for childbirth,” she to four that resonate, repeating them says, noting that 20 squats daily will every morning while gazing into the strengthen core muscles. Sitting on an mirror, placing them on the refrigerexercise ball instead of a desk chair or ator door and even having them pop couch also engages core muscles, while up on a smartphone. improving posture. “Meditation prepares you for “Regular exercise brings more enchildbirth and can also be soothing ergy, better sleep, reduced stress, higher during labor by offering tools that push away fear,” says O‘Mara. She likes this spirits, better odds of an easy labor, faster mantra from Thich Nhat Hahn’s book, post-delivery recovery and reduced risk of gestational diabetes and high blood The connections established Being Peace: “Breathing in, I calm myself, breathing out, I smile.” pressure during pregnancy,” Bregman between mother and finds. She recommends a prenatal yoga To begin, sit comfortably in a quiet room with eyes closed. For women practice that includes breathing and visuchild are much stronger new to meditation, Wilson suggests alizations. This restorative form of yoga when she progresses through lighting a scented or colored candle offers gentle stretching, promotes good and noticing the colors and movement circulation and naturally supports relief pregnancy and birth from or healing of many possible pregnancy of the flame for something physical a natural perspective. ailments. to focus on. “This calming practice is “To alleviate physical distress, try important because labor becomes like ~Kristy Wilson chiropractic prenatal care,” says Phillips. a meditation,” she says. The mother Light finger contact from an expericopes through the contraction, then enced practitioner helps realign bony segments and restores uses her meditation skills to reset, refocus and ground herthe body’s normal tone. “A prenatal expert can adjust so the self before the next contraction. mom’s body maintains its balance and the baby is free to Wilson and Bregman both encourage expectant mothers move.” to keep a journal during pregnancy. “Record thoughts and Craniosacral therapy reestablishes balance to the memexperiences. Sometimes dreams tell things about the child, branes that encapsulate the brain and spinal cord. who has a story too,” advises Wilson.

Prepare the Mind

“Just say, ‘No thanks,’ to friends who want to burden you with stories of their long, excruciating labors,” O’Mara advises. “Protect yourself from toxic people and their horror stories. Focus on maintaining your own good health and surround yourself with people that have experienced a normal birth. Plan to have uplifting support during the birthing process and in the postpartum period.” A woman easily influenced by others might ask her doula, midwife or spouse to be her advocate. A woman that needs to exercise control might seek such assistance for peace of mind, knowing that her wishes will be followed. “‘Pain’ is a fear-based word,” to be avoided in conversations about labor, Wilson explains. “Don’t fear the strength of contractions. They are doing exactly what your body needs to do to give birth.” As a midwife, she helps moms relax and embrace these intensely important sensations by focusing on what is going on in their body. Research published in the journal Cell Adhesion & Migration shows that the hormones released during labor enter into the baby’s immune system to also strengthen the child.

Design a Special Experience Create a Birth Plan

Those that prefer a home birth can find a compatible midwife through a natural birthing community such as the National Association of Certified Professional Midwives, International Childbirth Education Association and La Leche League. For a hospital experience, look for low-Caesarean rates, a personally compatible doctor and a distinct birthing center. Either way, a doula or midwife can help craft the desired birth plan. Upon selecting a venue, the expectant mother may imagine the ideal birth environment and write positive statements, such as, “I want to move around freely. I want my husband and sister with me at all times.” “If a home birth is a mother’s first choice, design two plans; one for home and one for the hospital,” suggests Phillips. “If the mother needs hospital care during labor, the attendants will know her wishes.” Wilson encourages the spouse to be involved from the beginning. “The partner’s energy plays a role in how

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the birth progresses during labor. Plus, being part of the planning keeps him engaged and attuned to her wishes.”

Orchestrate a Childbirth Team

“The birthing mother needs continuous support from someone that can focus on her and her needs,” says Phillips. “The partner also needs to have access to experienced support. Both need to

surround themselves with people that know how to enfold them in love.”’ A birthing team includes the medically trained attendant appointed to help deliver the baby; either a midwife or a doctor. Many women choose to have a trained doula collaborate, as well. She provides continuity of care and advocacy, lessens the need for medical intervention, stays with the mother, honors

Blessing the Birth by Deborah Shouse


he blessingway ceremony helps a woman prepare mentally, emotionally and spiritually for the work of birthing, opening her to instinctive abilities that will guide her in mothering,” says Donna Miller Watelet, interfaith minister and co-author of Mother Rising: The Blessingway Journey into Motherhood. Miller Watelet, a facilitator of dozens of blessingway rituals, shares an example of a nourishing gathering: In a comfortable and safe room, a group of friends circles the mother-to-be, signifying their support. They discuss the intention for the blessingway and invite the mom to symbolically let go of any fears blocking a harmonious experience. Once her fears are emptied out, they fill her up with affirmations,

appreciations and adornments. Women can gift an object that has meaning to them, such as a bead, flower or scrap of cloth, as a sign of their commitment to her. These gifts will then be fashioned into something lasting, such as a necklace for the mother. The circle may then bind themselves together, each woman wrapping red yarn around her wrist before passing along the skein until everyone is connected. As they discuss this intertwining, they cut the binding yarn and keep the bracelets, a reminder of their caring for the new family. “Finally, we enjoy a feast together,” Miller Watelet says. “Sharing a meal reminds us to bring the intentions of the blessingway back into everyday life.”

and includes the partner and supports the parents in making informed decisions. With home births, family members tend to invite themselves over. The mom needs to have control of her birthing atmosphere. “I encourage moms to be firm regarding who they want in the room when the baby is born,” Wilson says.

Honor the Postpartum Mother

“Giving birth is the first big unknown of parenting,” says Wilson. “You plan for it and then you have to trust and accept the outcome.” She encourages postpartum appointments for discussing the birth. “A breastfeeding mother’s nutrient requirements are actually higher postpartum,” Wilson says. To prevent deficiencies, she suggests moms nourish themselves during this period, delaying any focus on weight loss and regaining muscle tone. The birth team and other friends can deliver meals, do light housecleaning, run a load of laundry and bring groceries. The new parents will welcome this generous and loving help. Deborah Shouse is a mother, writer, speaker, editor and health advocate in Kansas City, MO. Her latest book, Connecting in the Land of Dementia: Creative Activities to Explore Together, focuses on life’s meaningful moments (


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A New View of Women’s Sexual Anatomy and Arousal by Sacha Fossa


eo-tantra and other forms of sacred sexuality often focus on sexual healing through sexual pleasure as a necessary, worthy and not often-used or socially or culturally accepted path for women. The importance of women intimately understanding their own physiology and anatomy of arousal is paramount. Women should know that this is not based exclusively on physical and biological aspects, but also cultural, historical, psychological and, for some, spiritual influences on women’s sexuality. When it comes to female turn-on, much is misunderstood within a biased patriarchal cultural history. There is great benefit for both genders to receive a new sexual education that includes, at minimum, a basic understanding of female sexual physiology and the anatomy of arousal. Contemporary sex education should include vital and cutting-edge information about the female erectile network, as many people are unaware that pound for pound, women have as much erectile tissue as men. No longer are women limited to only two parts—the head, or glans, of the clitoris, and the G-spot—as the main sources of their sexual arousal and pleasure. The female erectile tissue (aka pleasure) network includes the entire clitoral structure, which is by far larger than what most people have been taught. This includes the clitoral

head, shaft and legs (crura), the erectile bulbs (vestibular) and two sponges: urethral and perineal. The associated orifices are the vaginal and anal openings. Sex educator Sheri Winston presents the most accurate and detailed understanding of such new information in Women’s Anatomy of Arousal: Secret Maps to Buried Pleasure (2010). This award-winning guidebook integrates ancient wisdom, our shared cultural history and lost knowledge about female sexuality with this new accurate view of female anatomy, arousal and pleasure in a way that can be put to

immediate practical use for discovering just how pleasurable these erectile structures are. In ancient and modern tantra, women are considered to have the natural capacity for unlimited pleasure. Now science is catching up with factual evidence that goes beyond the clitoral head having at least 8,000 nerve endings seemingly dedicated almost solely for pleasure. Why is it that only recently has an accurate portrayal of female sexual arousal arisen? One possibility is a shared patriarchal medical paradigm, which focused more upon studying pain than pleasure, and medicating symptoms rather than investigating the underlying causes holistically. Dr. Emily Nagoski, author of Come As You Are: The Surprising New Science That Will Transform Your Sex Life, contends that researchers have spent the last decade trying to develop a “pink pill” for women to function like Viagra for men, and in that process, the research brought to light what does work to maximize women’s sexual arousal and overall well-being. A pill is too simplistic and will never work. Nagoski presents the framework of what generally will work, in all its complexity. When asked, “Isn’t it just culture?” she responds, “It could easily be true that in a more sex-positive culture, more women would experience spontaneous desire. In fact I would bet on it, since in a more sex-positive culture

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there would be fewer things to hit the brakes.” If every woman and man read even just these two books on female sexuality, they will have an extensive new sexual education that would be of benefit both in, and out, of the bedroom. This new research contributes greatly to the neo-tantric and many women’s spirituality movements’ perspectives that pleasure is healing, even essential, for the feminine to thrive. As sexpert Pamela Madson (author of Shameless: How I Ditched the Diet, Got Naked, Found True Pleasure... and Somehow Got Home in Time To Cook Dinner) says, “Learning to access and use arousal is the beginning of becoming whole. Arousal is the ignition switch of the feminine erotic engine, that potent driver of sexual energy that is life force itself. Is it any wonder that arousal heals?”

Sparked by new research, a tidal wave of new female sex educators and activists, along with the revival of goddess, nature-based and tantric worship and empowerment of the feminine, a female sexual pleasure revolution has begun. The time is ripe for women to reclaim their power, their bodies and their pleasure. Sacha Fossa, MA, ACTE, is a holistic sexual empowerment coach, educator and healing practitioner. Her business is Sacred Temple Arts, located in Newburyport. Services include customized private sessions, programs and intimate classes, in person or virtual. For more information, call 978309-9399 or visit SacredTempleArts. com to sign up for a complimentary consultation. See ad on page 23 and Resource Guide on page 42.

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Milk Minus the Moo

Evaluating Alternatives to Dairy by Judith Fertig


hen dietary concerns, food sensitivities or curiosity prompt us to try alternative milks, it helps to know the basic facts about the leading types, to choose the best ones for us.

Almond Milk

Pro: Almond milk is low in fat and can be easily made at home, so ingredients are known. One cup of homemade almond milk has about 40 calories, one gram of protein, 6 percent of the daily value (DV) for calcium, three grams of fat and eight grams of carbohydrates. As for storebought options, one cup of Silk Organic Almond Original contains 60 calories, with one gram of protein, 10 percent DV for calcium, two-and-a-half grams of fat and eight grams of carbohydrates. Con: Almond milk is neither high in protein nor calcium; it’s not as nutritionally packed as other alternatives. Some might not care for the faint nutty flavor.

Coconut Milk

Pro: Dr. Josh Axe, a functional medicine physician who owns the popular natural health website,, and the Exodus Health Center, near Nashville, Tennessee, points out, “High in medium-chain triglycerides, coconut milk is a very filling, fat-burning food.” One cup of homemade coconut milk has about

450 calories, six grams of protein and 64 grams of fat, plus trace minerals such as manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, iron and copper. Canned coconut milk is similar: one cup of Native Forest Unsweetened Coconut Milk Classic contains 420 calories, three grams of protein and 45 grams of fat, plus trace minerals such as manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, iron and copper in each cup. Con: High in fat and calories, coconut milk may not be the best choice for drinking every day, but is delicious in Asian-style soups and curries.

Hemp Milk

Pro: Hemp milk, made from hulled hemp seeds, contains 10 essential amino acids, including key fats. “Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are vital for healthy functioning of the brain,” says Axe. Hemp milk works well for people with tree nut allergies. One cup of Pacific Hemp Original has 140 calories, three grams of protein, 50 percent DV for calcium, five grams of fat and 20 grams of carbohydrates. Living Harvest Tempt Hemp Milk has 80 calories per cup, two grams of protein, 30 percent DV for calcium, eight grams of fat and one gram of carbohydrates. Con: Grassy-tasting hemp milk tends to separate in hot coffee.

Rice Milk

Pro: High in vitamins and calcium when fortified, rice milk made from brown rice is also high in vitamins. According to Ted Kallmyer, author of Flexible Dieting, in Bend, Oregon, rice milk is the least likely alternative milk to trigger an allergy. One cup of Pacific Rice Milk has 130 calories, one gram of protein, 30 percent DV for calcium, two grams of fat and 37 grams of carbohydrates. One cup of Rice Dream Organic Rice Drink has 120 calories, one gram of protein, 30 percent DV for calcium, 2.5 grams of fat and 23 grams of carbohydrates. Con: Low in fat and protein, it’s also relatively high in carbohydrates. It has a less creamy texture than hemp, coconut or soy milks.

Soy Milk

Pro: Soy milk provides more protein than other alternative milks. Look for a calcium-fortified, organic brand that doesn’t contain the thickening agent carrageenan, suggests Dr. Andrew Weil, founding director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, in Tucson. Different brands have different nutritional components. For example, one cup of Organic Valley Soy Original has 100 calories per cup, with seven grams of protein, 30 percent DV for calcium, three grams of fat and 11 grams of carbohydrates. One cup of Organic EdenSoy Extra Original Soymilk contains 130 calories, with 11 grams of protein, 20 percent DV for calcium, four grams of fat and 13 grams of carbohydrates. Con: Some people might not like the thick texture and soy aftertaste. Dr. Frank Lipman, founder and director of Eleven Eleven Wellness Center, in New York City, says that limiting soy is a good idea due to soy’s prevalent pesticide saturation and its researched links to thyroid, endocrine system and sex hormone dysfunction ( If soy is eaten, “Choose certified organic, soy products—preferably fermented versions like miso, natto and tempeh—with the Non-GMO Project seal; and do so sparingly, no more than twice a week,” advises Lipman. Judith Fertig writes food health articles and cookbooks from Overland Park, KS (

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Women Mobilize to Heal the World


by Linda Sechrist

he Heart to Lead: Women as Allies for the Greater Good, a documentary film directed and produced by Cheryl Gould, of Naples, Florida, explores the emerging paradigm of heartbased feminine leadership and how it is attuning women to their inner strengths, beliefs, each other and our Earth. “Women’s deeper unity of being is empowering them to take action and lead. Women who once longed for a culture that would reflect their highest priorities are now creating one in which they support each other and make a difference,” says Gould. She notes that for centuries, a vast number of women have led and served as change agents. “Unfortunately, the majority of them never made it into the headlines or history books. A prime example— few individuals knew that 12 women ran for president before Hillary Clinton.” In a recent Yes! magazine article, Rucha Chitnis reports that women are rising up to push back against growing corporate power, land grabs, economic injustice, climate change and more. Women’s groups and networks offer a paradigm shift, she concludes, exposing links between unbridled capitalism, violence, the erosion of human rights and destruction of the Earth. A woman’s style of leadership in America’s corporate boardrooms, activist-led movements or state and federal government may not be plainly evident. Feminine wisdom’s emerging solutions are compassionate, collaborative and consensus-building, and pursue universal outcomes and group cooperation. They 26

contrast with conventional competitive strategies and solutions, according to The Legislative Effectiveness of Women in Congress study at Vanderbilt University’s Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, in Nashville. Jean Shinoda Bolen, a medical doctor, Jungian analyst in Mill Valley, California, and author of Artemis: The Indomitable Spirit in Everywoman, has been advocating since 2002 for a United Nations Fifth World Conference on Women (5WCW). “Empowered and equal women are the key to peace and sustainability. We need to rise up together and fulfill the Dalai Lama’s words at the Vancouver Peace Summit: ‘It will be up to Western women to bring about peace.’” Bolen’s 5WCW vision joins millennial women worldwide now entering their era of activism with the feminist movement spearheaded by a boomer generation of women that’s forwarded the equality and empowerment of women this far. To this end, she marched in Washington, D.C., on January 21 in the Million Women’s March that globally attracted 5 million participants. “To make human rights women’s rights, we need a united global women’s movement,” she states. Sande Hart, from Orange County, California, director of the Charter for Compassion International-Women and Girls sector and president of the women’s global interfaith organization Spiritual and Religious Alliance for Hope (SARAH), participated in the Los Angeles Women’s March with 750,000 others. “There’s a sense that we’ve had enough. We’re

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not angry. We are morally outraged and seeking peaceful solutions wrapped in compassion and based in justice for all. In nearly 15 years of women’s community building, I’m convinced that healing our communities with resilience and a regenerative spirit is our biological and innate imperative. I see women emerging in unprecedented ways to make this happen,” says Hart. The Rising Women Rising World organization provides tools and training to help women and men develop feminine wisdom and the qualities of potent compassion, deep listening, intuition and inclusivity. Hazel Henderson, an evolutionary economist in St. Augustine, Florida, host of the Ethical Markets online TV show and researcher of The Love Economy shared in her book The Politics of the Solar Age: Alternatives to Economics, has mentored staff members of Rising Women Rising World. Henderson contends that to shape a future for the good of all, we must bring into balance the masculine and feminine energies and learn to value the long-marginalized qualities of feminine wisdom. Henderson’s Love Economy paradigm reflects the sharing and caring sector not presently reflected in the nation’s gross domestic product. “Women’s unpaid work—raising children, taking care of households, serving on school boards, volunteering, caring for aging parents, etc.—constitutes 50 percent of all production in the U.S. and 70 percent of that in developing countries. This unvalued economic sector underlies and supports the public and private parts of the entire economy,” advises Henderson, who observes that competition cannot be the sole basis for an economy with any expectation of high quality of life on a small planet. In her film, As She Is, producer and director Megan McFeely, of Marin County, California, captures her own journey to understand the collective potential of the feminine and how to live true to its innate knowing. She queries: “Can you imagine what might happen if women here and around the world rose up together and used our power of longing to heal the Earth?” Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

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MASTERING SELF-DEFENSE Staying Aware Avoids Problems by Aimee Hughes


began my personal training in the Non-Violent System (NVS) of self-defense with Grandmaster Verkerke in 1996,” says Eddie Rose, senior instructor of NVS Peace in the Midst of Non-Violence at Shangri-La Springs, in Bonita Springs, Florida. This aspect of the martial art form seicho jutsu was created by Canadian Daniel Verkerke, Ph.D., as a simple self-defense system to teach and perpetuate nonviolence; he continues to share it with the public, law enforcement, corporations and private security firms in the U.S. and internationally. Nonviolent self-defense is akin to the dynamics of bullfighting. “The matador never matches his strength with the enormous animal; rather, he redirects the energy of the bull with simple and precise movements—counterbalancing— and letting the bull’s energy move past him,” explains Rose. He’s trained everyday people of all ages and walks of life in this approach, in the U.S., UK, Puerto Rico and Jamaica. “As they train, students begin to feel more secure wherever they go, because they are learning how to be safe even in the midst of physical confrontation,” says Rose. “They wind up feeling more empowered as they learn how to neutralize aggression simply and effectively.” Practicing NVS increases balance, coordination, overall flexibility and joint mobility. Its soft, circular, martial arts movements, combined with slow-to-fast linear movements, also enhance cardiovascular health. “Mental and spiritual training includes the awareness and development of a state of being conscious of energy and mind. Everyone’s actions and reactions directly reflect the development of their mind,” says Rose.

Another nonviolent form of self-defense is Shaolin five animal kung fu, a martial arts style that mimics the characteristics of five animals—the tiger, leopard, snake, crane and dragon. Instructor Lloyd Fridenburg owns Fitness with a Purpose, in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, where he emphasizes the awareness and avoidance concept as the psychological heart of nonviolent self-defense. Fridenburg, founder and senior instructor of the Waterloo Kung Fu Academy, explains, “The concept emphasizes being constantly aware of your surroundings while avoiding obvious areas of potential danger.” He also stresses the importance of proper body language—being able to read that of others, as well as how to diffuse confrontation upfront in how we present ourself. “Martial arts are a two-sided coin,” he says. “There’s the martial aspect, which involves techniques that allow a person to defend him- or herself in a wide range of situations. Then there’s the art aspect, which encompasses a deeper study, encompassing forms of movement and mental, philosophical and meditative techniques.” “Overall health benefits are no different than one might expect of any disciplined fitness regimen,” notes Fridenburg. “However, the nature of a quality martial arts program forces practitioners to focus their entire attention on what they are doing. The mere act of staying grounded in the present moment dramatically reduces stress and sets martial arts practices apart from many other forms of movement.” Tai chi, an ancient, softer style of Chinese martial art, leverages relaxation, posture and energy work, rather than muscular tension. As a Taoist art, it embodies the way nature works, using minimal effort to accomplish a lot. “Demonstrating tai chi as a form of nonviolent self-defense is much easier than describing it,” says Aaron D. Nitzkin, Ph.D., of New Orleans, a Tulane University professor, tai chi master and certified medical qigong instructor. “If someone attacks, you don’t resist; you can use tai chi principles to yield to their movements with a natural, circular, continuous motion, turning their own force against them. When you move aggressively against a master, it feels like you’ve just bounced off them and fallen down. In order to win at tai chi fighting, you need to remain completely calm and centered and most of all, listen to your opponent’s energy with your hands, so that you can yield to it and then redirect it.” It’s a profound lesson in interpersonal communication. “My students report stronger immune systems, greater clarity of mind, better sleep, less anxiety and depression, and greater emotional stability,” says Nitzkin. “Practitioners become much more sensitive to and conscious of the internal condition of their bodies, and even develop the ability to feel bioelectric fields.” Whichever form of nonviolent self-defense suits us, experts advise that students study with a certified and experienced instructor for optimum results and safe practice. Aimee Hughes, a freelance writer in Kansas City, MO, is a doctor of naturopathy and senior staff writer for Longevity Times online. Connect at

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The Joys of Grandparenting How to Mindfully Love Little Ones by April Thompson


eing a grandparent can be magical; an opportunity to create both lifelong memories and formative experiences for grandchildren. However, it can also pose challenges that need to be managed mindfully, say experts. For more than 25 years, Patricia Salem, of Louisville, Kentucky, a licensed and board-certified art therapist, has taught mindfulness practices and art therapy in such diverse settings as hospitals and schools. Aiming to help kids and adults learn to harmoniously ease life’s challenges, her work across generations has led her to seek ways to support entire family systems on their individual and familial journey to more mindful living. Her classes focus on skills like cultivating awareness, communication, self-compassion and self-care. “Teaching mindfulness and stress reduction to children is a start; however, teaching parents and grandparents is important, too. Children need reinforcement at home for practices they are learning in order for them to take hold,” says Salem. Carolyn Tucker, a psychotherapist in Atlanta, started offering classes on mindful grandparenting six years ago after witnessing a rise in grandparents seeking therapy. “In working with new 28

mothers, I’ve found that a common area of friction is too little or too much support from grandparents. I thought it wise to help prepare them,” says Tucker. She helps grandparents develop realistic expectations of their role. “It’s easy to revert to what you know—the parenting role—so it’s important to set mindful intentions,” she observes. Tucker encourages grandparents to make mindful memories during time spent with the grandchildren. “You can find joy by being still and marveling at a grandchild’s beautiful little hands and dimpled knees while registering how the air in the room feels to create a vivid mental snapshot of the moment. “Parents and kids can become too busy, and grandparents can help them slow down. Lie on the grass together and look at cloud shapes or blow a dandelion. To me, that is the romance of grandparenting, and mindfulness allows the romance to blossom,” she says. Susan Moon, a Berkeley, California, author and grandmother who has practiced Zen Buddhism for nearly 40 years, sees grandparenting as an opportunity to release expectations; this feat can be difficult for parents caught up in their youngsters’ identities. “It’s easier for grandparents to accept

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grandkids for who they are and just be joyful with them. They get to be in the moment with the kids without worrying about the day-to-day details of caregiving that can consume parents.” She explores such ideas in her book This is Getting Old: Zen Thoughts on Aging with Humor and Dignity. Being past their working years, grandparents are often more accepting and peaceful themselves, which can be inspiring for younger generations, adds Salem. For Moon, it’s vital to be mindful of the image of aging that’s projected; “I try to model that old age isn’t tragic, and show the joy in this stage of life,” she says. Yet grandparents also should be mindful of any physical limitations and set boundaries with grandkids as needed. “It’s okay to say, ‘I can’t hang on the jungle gym with you,’ and suggest an alternative,” says Moon. Good relationships with the grandkids begin with maintaining open relationships with their parents, experts note. To do this, consistently engage in compassionate listening. “It can be tempting for grandparents that know what may have worked in raising their own children to react or jump in, but it’s important to avoid giving unsolicited advice,” Salem cautions. At the same time, grandparents can notice aspects a harried parent may miss and, if handled carefully, can provide important insights. “I was known as the ‘fairy mom’, offering magic, art and imagination. I was grateful my own mother was there, too, because one child needed more structure and stability than I was providing,” says Tucker, a mother of four. “She gave me mindful feedback without making me feel like she was trying to usurp my role.” Moon suggests practicing “right speech”—messages that are positive, affirming and loving—with everyone. “It’s important to be humble and recognize the huge job of parents and all they juggle. Let them know that you are there to support them in whatever way you can.” Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

The Power of Ozone Therapy in Humans and Animals


by Margo Roman

hat is ozone?

Ozone therapy in medicine has been a growing supportive adjunctive modality to help both humans and animals heal faster. Ozone is a special form of oxygen composed of three oxygen atoms (O3); it is the addition of the third oxygen atom that gives ozone its remarkable medical benefits. Ozone is created naturally in the atmosphere but can be produced through an ozone generator, invented by Nikola Tesla in the late 19th century. His ozone generator went into distribution in the early 1900s and main customers were naturopaths and allopaths that saw the power of the therapy. Telsa created a gel out of ozonated olive oil and sold it to doctors to help fight infections prior to the advent of antibiotics and modern day pharmaceuticals. Today it is regaining popularity and being used for many types of human and animal companion medical conditions; including, joint inflammation, Lyme disease, autoimmune disease, cancer and even Ebola.

ozone creates an oxygen rich environment that helps to reduce inflammation, heal ailments and fight disease. Giving the body oxygen in the form of O2 and O3 brings circulation and support for the much-needed mitochondria; the workhorse of the body’s cells. The more functional mitochondria available in the cells, the greater the body’s overall health and durability. In veterinary medicine, ozone can treat many problems in animals as an alternative to costly surgical procedures. It has been beneficial in fighting Lyme disease, allergies, kidney and liver failure, cancer, parvo, pyoderma, and other

bacterial and viral conditions. It is a safe and easy tool that can be delivered in a variety of ways. As a gas, it can be given in a variety of ways and in conjunction with other therapies. Combined with prolotherapy, in a procedure called Prolozone, it can treat cruciate injury, hip dysplasia and arthritis. Combined with saline, it can be given subcutaneously anywhere saline solution can be used. Ozone is a powerful anti-inflammatory and increases oxygen within the body. Using this in conjunction with other therapies may increase the effectiveness of the treatment. Increasingly veterinarians are add ing ozone therapy to their care and helping animals get healthier faster. Seek out a veterinarian that uses ozone therapy dentistry, surgery and animal care. Ozone research and practitioners can be found through the American Academy of Ozonotherapy ( There are national and international conferences for one to witness all the evidence-based medicine and clinical trials that show how valuable ozone therapy is for human and animal life. Margo Roman, DVM, CVA, COT ,CPT, FAAO, is a veterinarian at MASH Vet (Main St. Animal Services of Hopkinton). She has practiced integrative and functional veterinary medicine for almost 40 years. For more information, visit See ad below and Resource Guide on page 40.

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Three Signals of Anxiety


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amily dogs frequently accompany us on errands and outings away from their familiar home environment and we want them to enjoy these expeditions, so understanding their view of the world is important. To a dog, every experience is either familiar or unfamiliar. The first time they encounter a new sound, place or person, they may feel anxious. We can help with the adjustment by introducing them slowly to each new experience and step aside to provide them distance or space to observe it first at their own pace. Knowing the “tells” that signal when a dog is comfortable or uncomfortable goes a long way to a harmonious experience. Allison Culver, assistant director of The Lightfoot Way holistic animal learning center, in Houston, remarks, “Knowing how to communicate with your animal can save a lot of heartache.” With a bit of applied attention, we can readily learn to understand the changes in canine body posture and behavior that communicate their emotional state. Start by observing the dog’s posture when they are relaxed at home. It’s

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likely that their weight is balanced on all four legs and their mouth is slightly open; movement is relaxed, loose and agile. When a dog feels happy or playful, notice how their ears may perk up or tilt slightly forward. Their tail might rise and wag, and they may emit a cheerful bark. Using their visual and audio demeanor as a baseline prepares us to be alert for three secret tells that signal a change in their emotion. Closing their mouth routinely occurs when a dog is unsure or anxious. When their mouth remains closed for a minute or more, it’s a sure clue that they need more time to process information. Lip licking such as quick flicks of the tongue is meant to appease and may prevent an uncomfortable situation from escalating into anything resembling a confrontation. Dogs do it with each other and with us, too. A look away that avoids direct eye contact likewise signals that a dog is urgently processing their current environment. Norwegian dog trainer Turid Rugaas, author of On Talking Terms with Dogs:

Calming Signals, identifies the lip licking and averting of the eyes as self-calming behaviors. She affirms, “When dogs are stressed by the environment, they start using calming signals to ease the stress.” When this happens, first try creating more space or distance between the dog and any perceived threat; this may return them to their body language norm. If not, consider using holistic calming aids like a properly mixed lavender essential oil spray or Bach Rescue Remedy Pet flower essences, keeping these well away from their face. Also try mentally engaging the dog with learned cues. A quick game of sit, down, sit plus high-five allows them to engage in a familiar activity while they adjust to a new environment. If the pet does not respond to normal cues and continues to display multiple stress signals for an extended period, leave the scene altogether. Their anxiety hasn’t been relieved. If it’s still important that the dog learns to enjoy the troubling environment, work with a professional trainer that uses positive reinforcement tools to aid the transition (see or The trainer will assist in creating a plan that allows the pet to adjust at a pace that allows them to remain comfortable. By observing a dog’s posture, we can be confident of choosing mutually good outings. Susan Briggs, of Houston, TX, is co-author of Off-Leash Dog Play: A Complete Guide to Safety & Fun, co-founder of The Dog Gurus and owner of Crystal Canine (

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SATURDAY, APRIL 29 Yoga for Beginners 3-Week Workshop Series – Saturdays, Apr 29-May 13. 1:30-3:30pm. If you’re beginning or re-beinning 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.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 3 Access Consciousness Body Process: Biomimetic Mimicry – 6:30-9:30pm. BMM addresses the places that we mimic others, and releases where we have stored other people’s pain, other people’s limitations and other people’s realities. This simple handson energy modality is easy for anyone to learn. $75. Private Residence, Lincoln. 978-309-9399. Brain Training at its Best: Psychological, Neurological, Cognitive Correction – 7-8:45pm. A free educational lecture by Dr. Jolene Ross concerning easy, effective, safe, and durable brain training for executive functioning, ADHD, memory, attention, anxiety and depression as well as many other neurologically based disorders of the brain. Research will be presented. Free. Wellesley Free Library, 50 Washington St, Wellesley. 781-444-9115.

FRIDAY, MAY 5 Speed Trading + Stand Out from the Crowd! Workshops – 10am-3pm. In “Stand Out from the Crowd,” marketing and festival experts share tips on converting attendees into customers. In “Speed Trading,” producers will showcase their products for 5 minutes with each buyer. Boston Public Market Kitchen, 100 Hanover St, Boston. Details:

SATURDAY, MAY 6 CityHeart Art Sale and Show – 10am-4pm. 7th annual art show and sale featuring over 50 artists who have experienced homelessness in the Boston area. Art demonstrations and a community art making project. Free. The Shops at Prudential Center, Huntington Arcade, 800 Boylston St, Boston. 617-657-4278.

SUNDAY, MAY 7 SoWa Art Walk in the South End – 11am-6pm. Explore the fascinating artists’ studios and admire the paintings, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, photography and more. Free. Start near 450 Harrison Ave with more studios on Wareham, Waltham, Plympton, Thayer & Washington sts.


10th Anniversary Paws 4 A Cure Celebration & Charity Walk – 1-4:30pm. Proceeds from the event will be distributed directly to veterinary hospitals to assist families throughout the United States who cannot afford urgently needed treatment. $25. Quannapowitt Parkway, across from Subaru of Wakefield, Wakefield.

has assisted thousands of people to change many aspects of their body and their life including: sleep, health, weight, money, sex, relationships, anxiety, stress and so much more. This class allows you to become a practitioner. $300, $150 if repeating. Private Residence, Lincoln. 978-309-9399. Sacred


Mother Earth Fest – 10am-4pm. Family-friendly event will feature a day of fun with live music, yoga, global bazaar, inspirational speakers, a delicious food court and fun games for the kids. Held rain or shine. $35/pre-register, $45/thereafter, $15/ages 13-21, free/12 & under. Yoga at the Ashram, 368 Village St, Millis. 508-376-4525.

Winds of Change: Chinese Medicine for Spring – 11am-12pm. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, harmonizing with the changing seasons is a foundational principle. Spring is marked by new growth and the promise of warmer days, although to get there we see fluctuations in temperature and gusty winds. Learn ways to harmonize our internal landscape (our bodies) with the external landscape of spring in New England. Included will be a mini-relaxation treatment using auricular acupuncture and a guided meditation. Joy Community Acupuncture, 335 Bolyston St, Rte 9, Newton.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 10 Speed Trading + Stand Out from the Crowd! Workshops – 10am-3pm. In “Stand Out from the Crowd,” marketing and festival experts share tips on converting attendees into customers. In “Speed Trading,” producers will showcase their products for 5 minutes with each buyer. Union Station, 2 Washington Sq, Worcester. Details: Brain Training at its Best! Psychological, Neurological, Cognitive Correction – 6:30-8pm. A free educational lecture by Dr. Jolene Ross concerning easy, effective, safe, and durable brain training for executive functioning, ADHD, memory, attention, anxiety, and depression as well as many other neurologically based disorders of the brain. Research will be presented. Free. Goodnow Library, 21 Concord Rd, Sudbury. 781-4449115.

THURSDAY, MAY 11 Know Your Warblers – 6:30-8pm. Over 25 species of warbler can be found during migration in the Northeast, each with their unique plumages, songs and habits. This course will run through the species you can expect to see this spring and offer many useful tips for warbler finding and identification. $25. Manomet Headquarters, 125 Manomet Point Rd, Plymouth. Speaking for the Trees Community Meeting – 7-8:30pm. Climate change and methane gas leaks each pose significant threats to our local trees and forests. Learn what you need to know and how you can make a difference in Brookline and beyond. Free. Coolidge Corner Library, 31 Pleasant St, Brookline. Details:

SATURDAY, MAY 13 Access Consciousness Bars Class: Energy Work To Unleash You! – 9:30am-5:30pm. The Access Bars™

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markyourcalendar 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.

SUNDAY, MAY 14 Duckling Day Parade – 10am, register/check in; 12pm, parade. Retrace the path taken by Mr. and Mrs. Mallard and their own flock of 8 young ducklings in Robert McCloskey’s beloved children’s book, Make Way for Ducklings. Dress in yellow to resemble the ducklings. Massage therapists on hand to offer free mini-massages to honor the moms. $35/preregister, $40/ day of. Boston Common and the Public Garden. More info & to register: Lilac Sunday – 10am-4pm. Family-oriented activities and you can bring your own picnic. Free. Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Jamaica Way, Boston. 617-524-1718.

TUESDAY, MAY 16 Hypnosis for Pain Management Seminar – 6:303:30pm. Self-hypnosis techniques can change your perception of discomfort. Learn to produce endorphins, your body’s feel-good hormones. Donation. Tam Center for Healing, 15 Cottage Ave, 5th Fl, Quincy. 781-340-2146. Reiki Information Session for Caregivers – 7-8pm. Looking for more calm? Reiki is a gentle touch technique that promotes relaxation and reduces discomfort. It is a wonderful self-care tool and easy to learn method to comfort others. Free. The Meraki Center, 431 Trapelo Rd, Belmont. RSVP: 617-6100734.

Just Breathe: Somato-Respiratory Integration Workshop – 7:30-8:30pm. Learn breathing exercises to help release tension and calm your mind. SomatoRespiratory Integration (SRI) helps enhance your chiropractic care as well as free up energy in your body. $20. Newton Chiropractic & Wellness Centre, 383 Elliot St, Ste 250, Newton. RSVP: 617-964-3332.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 17 Kirtan with Chant Activation Healing – 7:30-9pm. Join JoJo Silverman for beautiful call and response Sanskrit chanting followed by a laying down chant healing experience. $15. Joy Community Acupuncture, 335 Boylston St, Newton. RSVP: 617-510-0559.

THURSDAY, MAY 18 Transformation Stories Night – 6-9pm. Wholistic Health Alliance is proud to bring the powerful, inspiring stories of individuals who turned it around and transformed their lives completely. $10 suggested donation. Bedford Recreation Center, 12 Mudge Way, Bedford. 603-791-4911. RSVP:

FRIDAY, MAY 19 Access Consciousness Foundation Class – May 19-22. 10am-6:30pm. To empower you to change anything and everything you’d like to change in your life. Receive a whole toolbox of tools that will break apart the foundation of limitation and build a new foundation, one of limitless possibility. Prerequisite: Bars $1,400; $700 if repeating. Private Residence, Lincoln. 978-309-9399.

SATURDAY, MAY 20 Free Relaxation Treatment – 9am-2pm. Come in for our free treatment special. Try acupuncture for effective results. Insurance accepted for future treatments, provided acupuncture is billable. Free. Joy Community Acupuncuture, 335 Boylston St, Ste J3, Newton. 617510-0559.

markyourcalendar Annual Customer Appreciation Day We’re once again hosting our popular Customer Appreciation Open House. Representatives from many of our most highly regarded brands and vendors will be on hand with free samples and wellness tips. And remember, everything we sell except compounded medications is 20% off this one day only. We are pleased to welcome Dr Kumar to our Customer Appreciation Day. Dr. Kumar’s approach to caring for her patients is to teach them to lead the course of their own treatment through education and empowerment.

Sat., May 20 • 11am-3pm Free. Johnson Compounding & Wellness, 577 Main St, Waltham. 781-893-3870.

Free Reiki Samples – 11am-3pm. Reiki of Greater Boston will be offering free reiki healing samples at Johnson’s Customer Appreciation Day. Come visit us. Free. Johnson Compounding & Wellness, 577 Main St, Waltham. 508-335-3814. 4th Annual Family Fun Day – 12-5pm. Propa City Community Outreach and All Dorchester Sports & Leadership present to you the 4th Annual Family Fun Day in Town Field. Come to Fields Corner in Dorchester and experience fun and unity for the whole family. Free. ADSL, 1565 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester. 617-407-5347.

SUNDAY, MAY 21 Reiki Level 1 Training & Certification – 9am-7pm. Learn reiki meditations, how to practice hands-on healing of self and others, the reiki principles, reiki history, and how reiki promotes mindfulness and wellness on all levels of your being. Comprehensive course manual. CEUs for nurses, social workers and LMTs. $150. Brenner Reiki Healing, 324 Central St, Newton. 617-244-8856. Revere Beach Kite Festival – 11am. The first 300 kids under the age of 12 to arrive can build their own kite. Bring your own as well. Free. Revere Beach, Revere. Beginning Your Mediumship – 2-5:30pm. This is a basic mediumship workshop that will explain how to open up to your different intuitive, spiritual and psychic gifts. Guided Meditation also. $45. 15 Church St, Canton. 508-736-7338.

TUESDAY, MAY 23 The Incredible Dr. You Workshop – 7:15-8:15pm. This first of two workshop breaks down the basics of Network Spinal Analysis, the method of chiropractic used at Newton Chiropractic. Get more out of your adjustments and enlighten yourself on just how incredible your body is at healing itself. Free. Newton Chiropractic & Wellness Centre, 383 Elliot St, Ste 250, Newton. RSVP: 617-964-3332.

FRIDAY, MAY 26 Flying Phoenix Qigong – May 26-29. With Terence Dunn, PhD. An intensive qigong workshop teaching the essential core practice of Flying Phoenix Heavenly Healing Chi Meditations (Fei Feng San Gung), a rare and extraordinarily powerful medical qigong system created more than 400 yrs ago by Taoist sage Feng Teh of Ehrmei Mountain of the Xichuan Province. Eastover Estate & Retreat Center, 430 East St, Lenox. 866-264-5139. Details:

markyourcalendar Energy Healing Symposium All-weekend Energy Healing Exhibits, Demonstrations. Experience and learn how energy healing supports the healing process. 3 world-renown speakers, 12 Lectures, 16 Classroom Demonstrations, Exhibit, Practitioner & Vendor area. All welcome. Come for an hour, a day or the whole weekend. Exhibits/Demonstrations (Classroom & Atrium): 5-9pm, Fri; 9am-9pm, Sat; 9am-5pm, Sun. Atrium exhibits & classroom demonstrations: Free Admission. Lecture Hall: 7-9pm, Fri; 9am-9pm, Sat & Sun. Tickets required for Lecture Hall Presentations Evening Lectures $25; Full Access Pass $97; Sat or Sun Day Pass $60; Individual Lecture Tickets: 1/$20 2/$30 3/$40 5/$60 6/$70. $97 Web Attendance Available (Lecture Hall Presentations will be web-caste and recordings uploaded for later listening).

Fri., May 26 - Sun., May 28 Lesley University, 1815 Massachusetts Ave, 2nd Fl, Cambridge. 617-334-9432. www.


markyourcalendar Confronting Lyme with Biomagnetic Therapy: An Alternative Approach Introduction Get an overview of Lyme disease from an alternative practitioner’s perspective. Talk will include recent statistics, prevention tips as well as an introduction to Biomagnetic Therapy, a 28+ yr alternative modality that uses pairs of magnets on the body. Lyme Magnetic Protocol practitioner (and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker) Alan Grazioso shares his personal and professional journey and will touch upon associated Lyme pathogens and co-infections as well as how he approaches Lyme cases in his Lexington practice.

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Thus., May 25 • 7 - 8:30pm Wayland Public Library, 5 Concord Rd, Wayland, MA. For more info: GraziosoIntegrativeHealth. com/talk-may25.

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SUNDAY, MAY 28 Reiki Level 2 Training & Certification – 9am-7pm. Discover deeper teachings and practices within the system of reiki. Learn to practice with three symbols and mantras, as well as specific healing processes. Prerequisite: Reiki Level 1 Training. Comprehensive Course Manual. Ongoing support in your practice. Inquire about tuition discounts for seniors, students, veterans. $300. Brenner Reiki Healing, 324 Central St, Newton. 617-244-8856.

MONDAY, MAY 29 MFA Memorial Day Open House Free Admission – 10am-5pm. Museum of Fine Arts will offer familyoriented festivities including making art, music, tours, watching a film and special exhibitions. In the Shapiro Family Courtyard. Free. Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave, Boston. 617-267-9300.


savethedate “Yoga ME Happy” Women’s Retreat Relax, recharge, restore your inner happy in scenic Rockport, Massachusetts. Enjoy the ocean, nature, yoga, meditation, aromatherapy workshop, great food, new friends.

Fri., July 7 - Sun., July 9 $350 includes all meals, yoga and lodging. Limited to 24 amazing women. Windhover Performing Arts Center, 257 Granite St, Rockport. 508-990-6795. Nancy_RealLifeYoga@


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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.

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.

Restorative Yoga – 4-6:30pm. With Billie Jo Joy. 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. 617594-1794. For specific dates:

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.

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

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. 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. Nia-Somatic Fitness Classes – 7:30-8:30pm. Nia technique is a blend of dance martial arts and healing arts set to music to fit your personal experience. All levels welcome. Discount cards available. $15. Om Namo Center, 21 Belmont St, Cambridge. 617-620-7654.


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.


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.

Belmont Youth Running Club – 7-7:30am. The goal of this club is to show your passion for running and to help support youth and beginner runners learn to enjoy the sport in a safe and fun environment. We will stretch, run, laugh and plank. Bring a bottle of water. Free. Belmont Reservoir, Corner of Payson Rd and Oak St, Belmont. 617-438-4467.


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

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.

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.

Free Tour of Symphony Hall – 4pm select Wed. Also 2pm select Sat. Join volunteers on a behindthe-scenes tour and hear about the hall and the history and traditions of the famed musicians and conductors. Boston Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave, Boston. For available dates & times: 617-638-9390. 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

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SRR Thursday Night 4.06 Miler – 7:15-8:15pm. It may be raining. It may be hot or cold. The SRR Thursday night run will happen every week, no matter what. Free. Casey’s Bar, 171 Broadway, Somerville. African Dance – 7:30-9pm. Come experience the exhilarating energy of African dance to live drummers with experienced teacher Alice Heller. $18. Smith Gym, Ball Field Rd, Lincoln. 617-6207654. 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. CFA.

friday Health Lecture Series – 10am. 1st Fri. An informative discussion for parents and caregivers on a variety of parent- and child-related topics such as nutrition, behavior, community resources and more. Held in the Old Country Buffet, Watertown Mall, 550 Arsenal St, Watertown. 617-926-4968. Blood Pressure Screenings – 10am-12pm. 1st Fri. Free blood pressure screenings in front of the Old Country Buffet. Watertown Mall, 550 Arsenal St, Watertown. 617-926-4968. Second Fridays – 5-8pm. Free with admission at the MIT Museum on the 2nd Fri each month. Mingle with friends in the unique galleries and see some of the latest research coming out of MIT. MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge. 617-253-5927. SoWa First Fridays – 5-9pm. 1st Fri. Over 60 galleries south of Washington St and at the Artist’s Guild, nearby businesses and restaurants open their doors to give you a chance to experience the vibrant South End arts community. Free. Start at 450 Harrison Ave, follow gallery lights around the neighborhood. 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.

Heart-Centered Meditation – Thru May 19. 7:30-9pm. Deepen your meditation with heartcentered techniques, visualizations, mantras, music. Instruction for beginners included. Class offered throughout the year, call us to be informed. Free. Easy Does It Movement Studio, 19 Mystic St, Arlington. 617-299-0970.

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

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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.

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.

Prenatal Yoga Class – 11am-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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Greenway Open Market – Thru Oct. 11am-5pm. An eclectic mix of crafts, art, music and locally produced products from Boston. Gourmet food trucks. Different mix of vendors every week. Rose Kennedy Greenway, near Rings Fountain along the Wharf District parks.



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Integrative Healing Practitioner: Out of Ruts and onto Paths 366 Mass Ave, Ste 101 Arlington, MA 02474 339-707-0503

LIFE GATE ACUPUNCTURE 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 24.

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103 Morse St, Watertown 617-905-3038

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

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 17.


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.




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 9.


Integrative Healing Practitioner: Out of Ruts and onto Paths 366 Mass Ave, Ste 101 Arlington, MA 02474 781-643-7020 I see women for processing, counseling and coaching around pregnancy, labor, birth, and parenting, using both my 30+ years of midwifery skills as well as mind body integrative sessions using Access Consciousness. Can we see what else is possible for you?


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. .

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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 17.

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.


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


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


James Ashton 646-262-3037

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.


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 34.


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 12.


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 12.

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.

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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

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 6.

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

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


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


Rose Siple, Certified Hypnotherapist 774-991-0574


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. 



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.


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


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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 6.


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


98 Parmenter Rd, Framingham, MA 01701 508-838-1101 Lyme requires a mutli-dimensional approach. With the use of Quantum Reflex Analysis, Zyto, and nutritional support we can identify the Lyme, it’s supporting bacteria and remediate them. Returning the person to one’s health. See ad page 10.

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383 Elliot St, Ste 250 617-964-3332

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.


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 14.

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 10.


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 34.

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


Whole Family Wellness, LLC 29 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02116 781-721-4585

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.

Naturopathic Medicine since 2006. Dr. Layton provide safe, effective complementary and alternative natural therapies to achieve vibrant health in people of all ages.


222 Newbury St, 3rd Fl, Boston 617-459-7474 What’s in your hair color? How does pharmaceutical-grade Certified Organic Aloe Vera sound? Call today to experience the difference Certified Organic ingredients make in your hair care products.


309 Main St, Watertown, MA 02472 917-763-2339 A yoga program supportive of all aspects of pregnancy and motherhood. Classes exclusively for pregnant moms, new moms and even fertility. Expert teachers and workshops to support you throughout your entire journey into motherhood.


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.



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.

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.

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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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.


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 10.


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 23.


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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 18.


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.


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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