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Evolutionary Grace Live In Boston with Alan Davidson and Lori Leyden

What is Evolutionary Grace Boston ? A two-day & an evening Experiential Retreat where you will sense and feel the freedom and liberation of pure Grace and Enlightenment.

Who is Evolutionary Grace For ? Any seekers who long for a real full-on experience of The Infinite Divine. Anyone still chipping away at the long list of judgements and grievances to forgive. Meditators of all levels - Beginners welcome.

When is it ? June 15th thru 17th, 2018 Where is it ? The Warren Conference Center and Inn | Ashland, MA 01721

Alan Davidson

Lori Leyden, PhD, MBA

Alan Davidson is the creator of Evolutionary Mystic Meditation and the founder of ThroughYour He’s the author of Body Brilliance: Mastering Your Five Vital Intelligences, a #1 best-selling health and wellness book and winner of two national Book of the Year awards. Alan has taught massage, meditation, energy medicine, movement and human transformation since 1990.

Lori Leyden, PhD, MBA is the Founder of the Grace Process and facilitates healing work with The Grace Process, a spiritual practice for heart-centered living. With more than 30 years experience in the fields of psychotherapy, business, and spiritual growth, Lori is a uniquely qualified author, workshop leader, business consultant, and humanitarian

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ver since we launched Natural Awakenings Boston in 2010 and I daily walked door-to-door asking for distribution sites and introducing practitioners and businesses to the magazine, we’ve promoted it as a bridge between traditional medicine and more natural and holistic approaches to healing. Although we’ve continued to evolve, our mission remains true. Our intention is to meet readers wherever they are on their wellness journey. All that we do furthers our aim to serve as your go-to resource for options and education that keep the conversation open to healthful solutions—whatever that might be for an individual. Reflecting on my professional publishing experience these last eight years, it seems to me that it’s influenced how I approach life overall in terms of becoming much more solution oriented. When difficulties or roadblocks appear, instead of freaking out, hiding and procrastinating or retreating, I’ve noticed that my near-automatic response is, “Okay, if this isn’t going to work, what possible solutions are out there?” I’ve found that this subtle shift in thought has yielded tremendous mental health benefits. Dealing with life’s speed bumps surely builds character and helps shape us during our personal evolution, as well. For me, facing obstacles with a mindset already leaning in the direction of an answer immediately takes the edge off a problem and allows space for helpful results to show up. Our team is always thrilled to meet readers and hear your stories; it’s often about how something you’ve read or a practitioner you’ve visited has changed life for the better. I hope to see you out and about this spring and hear a bit of your inspiring story. May you find an idea that resonates with you as you turn these pages this and every month. Peace,

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Diversity and Inclusion Workshop Scheduled


he Concordia Center for Spiritual Living will host What is Diversity & Inclusion?, a workshop facilitated by Ellen Suazo, currently serving on the Diversity Commission for the Centers for Spiritual Living (CSL). This one-day, two-part training takes place from 9:45 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 19. Registration opens at 9:15 a.m., with Part 1: Diversity Training held from 9:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., followed by Part 2: Listening from Love running from 1:45 to 4 p.m. Lunch is provided. “Engaging in this training will stretch your mind, increase your compassion and enhance your understanding to embrace diversity and inclusion to create a world that works for all,” says Suazo. “Expect to experience an expansion of consciousness as we share and grow.” Suazo is an experienced Diversity Commission Trainer in high demand across the nation. A CSL-licensed spiritual practitioner, conscious life and professional coach, author, speaker, dedicated community advocate and counselor for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, she is the founder and executive director of Mindshifting International. Cost: Suggested love offering $10-$20; all are welcome regardless of ability to pay. Location: 292 W. Shore Rd., Warwick. Pre-register at

Explore Fresh Local Food Options at Farm Share Fair


arm Share Fair 2018 will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., May 10, at The Armory, in Somerville. Farm Share Fair is a yearly information event which showcases Boston-area Farm Share and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs. Attendees can meet farmers and explore an array of fresh, local products including veggies, fruit, flowers, meat, chocolate, fish, eggs and dairy. The event also provides information about home delivery programs for busy working families and professionals on the go. The event is free, open to the public and a great way to support Massachusetts growers and small food businesses. Cost: Free. Location: 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. For more information, email or visit See ad on page 9.


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Free Workshop on Brain Training with Neurofeedback


dvanced Neurotherapy, P.C., will be holding a free workshop from 6 to 7:30 p.m., May 23, at the Sharon Public Library, in Sharon, to learn more about neurofeedback and how it works. Led by Advanced Neurotherapy’s director, Dr. Jolene Ross, the workshop will focus on brain training with neurofeedback, which is used to treat a number of neurological disorders such as ADHD, anxiety and depression. It can also be used to enhance areas of brain function such as memory and attention. Attendees can learn how neurofeedback works as well as the research behind this method of treatment. Brain training with neurofeedback is easy, effective, safe and durable. Likewise, Ross is a licensed psychologist with an extensive background in the treatment of individuals with neuropsychiatric and neurobehavioral challenges. Cost: Free. Location: 11 N. Main St., Sharon. For more information, call 781444-9115, email Kayleigh@Advanced or visit Advanced See ad on page 19 and Resource Guide on page 36.

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Evolutionary Grace Event Comes to Boston for First Time


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volutionary Grace with Alan Davidson and Lori Leyden, Ph.D., will take place on June 15 to 17, at the Warren Conference Center & Inn, in Ashland. This exclusive world-class healing experience is on the leading edge of evolutionary spirituality and consciousness, and includes enlightenment, meditation and tapping. Attendees will sense and feel the freedom and liberation of pure grace and enlightenment at this two-day and an evening experiential retreat. Leyden holds a doctorate in health and human services with a concentration in psychoneuroimmunology, and a master’s degree in business administration with a concentration in management. With more than 30 years experience in the fields of psychotherapy, business and spiritual growth, Leyden is a uniquely qualified author, workshop leader, business consultant and humanitarian. Davidson is the creator of Evolutionary Mystic Meditation and the founder of He’s the author of Body Brilliance: Mastering Your Five Vital Intelligences, the #1 bestselling health and wellness book and winner of two national Book-of-theYear Awards. Davidson says, “I fuel the tipping point of human consciousness. 3 percent of the world’s population is dancing around enlightenment as a way of being. As that number of enlightened people grows to 6 and 7 percent, the problems that plague humanity now will dramatically shift. As 10 percent of the world’s population shifts into full enlightened consciousness, roughly the current population of Europe, a tipping point of transformation will make life on Earth a very different experience for those who follow us.” The Warren Conference Center and Inn is located on more than 100 wooded, lakefront acres just 25 miles from downtown Boston, yet with the charm and character of a country setting. A gourmet lunch with meat, vegetarian and gluten-free options for both Saturday and Sunday, plus tea and coffee service for each break, is included with tuition. Cost: Early bird $597 (by May 24); full price $697. Location: 529 Chestnut St., Ashland. For more information, visit ThroughYour See ad on page 3.

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Acton Pharmacy to Host Free Lecture on Lyme Disease


cton Pharmacy will host a free lecture on Lyme disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment from 7 to 8 p.m, May 9. The lecture will be led by Carol Englender, M.D., of Integrative Medicine, in Framingham. In Massachusetts, Lyme disease infection can occur any time of the year. Young ticks, called nymphs, are typically most active between May and July, and adult ticks are most active during the fall and spring months, but can also survive some of the winter when temperatures are above freezing. The bacteria that can cause Lyme disease are spread by black-legged ticks that exist throughout the state. Cost: Free. Those interested need to register at Location: 563 Massachusetts Ave., Acton. For more information, call 978-263-3901, email or visit See ad on page 10 and Resource Guide on page 37.

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The Wise Way to Yoga Book Signing Event


ecile Raynor will be holding a free signing event for her new book, The Wise Way to Yoga, from noon to 2 p.m., June 2, at Akasha Yoga Studio, in Roslindale, and will include a reading as well as a demonstration by the author. The book focuses on approaching coordination, balance and posture from an organic Cecile Raynor perspective. The book teaches readers how to activate whole-body intelligence in order to improve postural balance for optimal safety and performance. “Cecile’s book is full of knowledge and wisdom. It is extremely valuable to anyone who wants to experience the joy of being embodied with ease on and off the mat. I highly recommend it,” says Mona Kelley, a yoga teacher and Pilates instructor. Cost: Free. Location: 20 Birch St., Roslindale. For more information, call 617-359-7841, email or visit See Resource Guide on page 39.

Mindfulness for Happiness


NU will be holding a series of classes from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m., May 6, 13 and 20, at Alchemy Yoga, in Acton, led by Alexia Taylor, a certified wellness coach and meditation teacher. The three-class series will focus on practical mindfulness practices that address contemporary life challenges. Classes will cover simple techniques such as meditation, visualization and journaling. Participants can expect to develop an awareness of their inner happiness and an appreciation of their resilience in the face of challenges. Cost: $75; space is limited, registration required. Location: 138 Main St., Acton. For more information or to register, call 617-939-3113, email or visit See ad on page 35 and Resource Guide on page 38.

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., June 2. Representatives from many of their most highly regarded brands will be on hand with free samples and wellness tips, and prizes will be raffled off throughout the day. All items (prescriptions excluded) will be discounted 20 percent only on this day. “Our customers are our greatest asset,” says John Walczyk, coowner. “We are excited to share one of our favorite days with them.” Cost: Free. Location: 577 Main St., Waltham. For more information, visit See ad on page 8 and back cover, and Resource Guide on pages 37 and 39. 10

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Seniors that ate a Mediterranean diet high in vegetables, fruit, whole grains, nuts and legumes were able to live independently longer, had fewer falls and fractures, and were less frail, according to recent research. In a study published in the Journal of the American Geriatric Society, University College London researchers analyzed the eating habits and health data of 5,789 participants in studies in France, Spain, Italy and China. “People that followed the Mediterranean diet the most were overall less than half as likely to become frail over a nearly four-year period compared with those that followed it the least,” says lead author Katy Walters, Ph.D. The researchers also noted that the plant-based diet may help older people maintain muscle strength, activity, weight and energy levels. 12

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Young Women Outdo Male Peers in Oxygen Uptake Young women process oxygen about 30 percent faster and more efficiently than men when they begin exercising, according to a new study from Canada’s University of Waterloo. The ability to extract oxygen from the blood is an important fitness marker, which the researchers tested by having 18 young men and women exercise on treadmills. The women’s superior results indicate they are naturally less prone to muscle fatigue and poor performance. “The findings are contrary to the popular assumption that men’s bodies are more naturally athletic,” observes lead author Thomas Beltrame, Ph.D. Previous research had found that older men and male children tend to have faster oxygen uptake than women.


In a survey of 171 midlife American women, more than 80 percent reported using complementary and alternative medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine researchers discovered. The most common choice was herbal teas, followed by women’s vitamins, flaxseed, glucosamine and soy supplements. Only 34 percent of the non-Hispanic white women and 14 percent of the Hispanic women discussed it with their doctors.

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When an adult looks into the eyes of a baby, a synchronization of brain waves occurs that could indicate an intention to communicate, concludes a Cambridge University study of 36 infants. This coordinating supports the baby’s early learning and communication skills, according to the researchers. The effect, which researchers measured via electroencephalogram (EEG)-wired skullcaps, was strongest with eye-to-eye contact and weaker when the adult’s head was turned away. The more vocalizations—little sounds—the baby made, the greater their brainwaves synchronized with the adult.

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Grocer Shuns Plastic Trays

The British supermarket chain Iceland is planning to eliminate or drastically reduce plastic packaging for more than 1,000 of its house-label products by the end of 2023, switching to paper-based trays instead. Nigel Broadhurst, joint managing director of Iceland, explains that the typical ready meal was packaged in a particularly bad way. “It is currently in a black plastic tray. That black plastic is the worst possible option in terms of toxins going into the ground and the ability to recycle that product.” He also notes that instead of the usual plastic bag, grocers could put netting around a bunch of apples the same as with oranges. Iceland’s research found that 80 percent of shoppers would endorse a supermarket’s move to go plastic-free.

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Recycled Plastic Transforms into Prosthetics The emerging technology of three-dimensional (3-D) printing can benefit the world in many ways. Re:Purpose for Good, in Australia, creates robotically 3-D printed prosthetic devices from recycled plastic and e-waste. It’s difficult to customize prosthetics, so more invasive surgery is often needed to make standard sizes fit the patient. Other companies produce 3-D printed prosthetic hands and arms, but Re:Purpose for Good customizes both hands and feet at a much lower cost. The company’s robotics and prosthetics engineer Gerardo Montoya, who had been working on 3-D printing prosthetics for children in Mexico, merged the idea with a desire to do something about the 8 million tons of plastic entering the oceans. Along with plastic waste, they also use e-waste such as discarded smartphones that have all the circuitry and microprocessors needed for advanced features. The company even plans to teach their prosthetic-making process to children as part of their science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) curriculum, so they can learn 3-D printing skills. They’re making it open source so more people can get involved without patent restrictions.

All That Glitters

Women Warriors

Scientists have called for glitter to be prohibited due to the threat it poses to wildlife. The glistening, decorative, plastic microbead powder may seem harmless, but environmental researchers report it’s a dangerous pollutant, particularly in oceans. Trisia Farrelly, Ph.D., of New Zealand’s Massey University, notes, “Their diminutive size and sparkling appearance make them appealing to animals, which will eat them.” Seven U.S. states now restrict the use and sale of products with microbeads; California was the first in 2015. The British government will ban rinse-off microbeads—plastics of less than one millimeter in length—found in exfoliating scrubs, shower gels, toothpaste and even on greeting cards. Plastics are found in a third of all fish caught in Great Britain, according to a study by Richard Thompson, Ph.D., professor of marine biology at Plymouth University. He says of shower gel with glitter particles, “That stuff is going to escape down the plughole and potentially enter the environment.”

The Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit aims not only to protect rhinoceroses in South Africa by patrolling the Balule Nature Reserve, in Greater Kruger National Park, but to also be a role model in their communities. It’s the first majority-female, anti-poaching unit in the country. Founded in 2013 by Transfrontier Africa NPC to protect the Olifants West Region of Balule, the Black Mambas were invited within a year to expand into other regions, and now protect all boundaries of the reserve. These 32 young women and two men want their communities to understand that the benefits are greater through rhino conservation rather than poaching, as they address the local social and moral decay that results from poaching. Their concern is also for their children’s sake because the sham economy has corrupted morals and brought narcotics into their communities. To make a donation, visit

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Healing Properties of CBD Oil

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umans have an endocannabinoid system (ECS) that is a biological system consisting of a network of receptors spread throughout the body involved in regulating a variety of physiological and cognitive processes. CBD, which stands for cannabidiol, is one of 113 different cannabinoids. These are chemicals that occur naturally in hemp and marijuana plants. CBD differs from the commonly known tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and does not contain psychoactive properties that give the feeling of being “high”. These cannabinoids are interactive within the human body through our cannabinoid receptors 1 and 2. CB1 is found in the brain and is the receptor which THC affects most prevalently, given its psychoactive values. CB2 is found in the immune system and is affected most by CBD, which gives CBD an immense value for use in healing the body. Medicinal hemp is grown with high amounts of CBD and very low amounts of THC and is used to make CBD products.

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The 2014 Farm Bill legitimized industrial hemp and declared it to be distinct from marijuana. CBD products that contain less than 0.3 percent THC are considered hemp, and therefore, legal for sale in certain states for those over the age of 21. CBD oil is very versatile and can be consumed topically, through inhalation, or internally through ingesting or suppositories. CBD oil is most commonly found in salves, edibles, tinctures, vapes and extracts. There are two types of CBD products, isolates and full spectrum. Isolates contain isolated CBD molecules. A full-spectrum CBD oil contains these molecules and additional plant nutrients and identifiers, such as terpenes. Evidence suggests some terpene profiles help to lower insulin levels and suppress appetite, helping with weight loss and diabetes management. Other terpene profiles increase circulation. An analogy for this would be that consuming isolates is like taking a beta carotene supplement, while a full-spectrum product is like eat-

ing an entire carrot, which contains beta carotene. More research is needed on the benefits and differences between each type of oil. High-quality CBD products will have third party testing conducted to ensure consistency and accurate labeling of concentration. CBD is a medicinal product that is effective for a variety of disorders, best known for its effects on pain management and mood stabilization. CBD can be used to deal with the symptoms of anxiety, depression and insomnia, and it has been proven to help with seizure regulation. CBD can also help with nausea/vomiting,

chronic pain, menstrual cramps, bacterial growth and inflammation. The recommendation is generally to start with isolates, then upgrade to full spectrum, as the person becomes more familiar with how the CBD affects their body. Due to the addition of terpenes, full spectrum oils may be less predictable than isolate products. Begin with a low dose of 5 to 10mg and increase from there to 25mg. CBD has been known to have a cumulative effect when taken daily. However, one should always consult with their physician before trying any new drug, and be especially cautious when on medication

for low blood pressure or anything dealing with the heart. Marteen Santerre is founder of Soul Being, a company specializing in connecting health seekers with wellness professionals of more than 40 therapies through their online platform. She began volunteering with hospice in 2012 and has since helped a large range of individuals using holistic therapies from ages 6 to 97. She is a reiki master teacher of the Usui Tibetan Lineage and meditation coach. For more information, visit Soul See ad on page 20 and Resource Guide on page 39.

Natural Approaches Resolve Major Illnesses by Linda Sechrist


lthough natural health enthusiasts may recognize alternative healing modalities as a preferred approach to treatment, in the face of major health issues, even they tend to join the crowd that’s turning fi rst to conventional medicine. Thus, many gentler modalities described in The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, co-authored by doctors of naturopathy Michael T. Murray and Joseph Pizzorno, remain largely untapped resources. Ignored because they are unsupported by traditional science-based medicine, holistic measures such as acupuncture, energy medicine, essential oils, herbs, detoxification, health-promoting diets, homeopathy, prayer and meditation, supplementation, yoga, massage and naturopathy are sacrificed in favor of often painful medical procedures and prescription drugs which can’t claim to permanently cure anything and can have many harmful side effects. 16

Lack of Awareness

“A patient that dabbles in holistic medicine for minor health issues such as indigestion, headache or insomnia often turns to conventional methods after receiving a serious diagnosis such as diabetes, heart disease or cancer because they are scared,” observes holistic physician Dr. Wendy Warner, medical director of Medicine in Balance, in Langhorne, Pennsylvania. The co-author of Boosting Your Immunity for Dummies suggests that relatively few people turn to natural solutions for both preventive and therapeutic measures because they’re unaware they exist. Integrative oncologists and endocrinologists that are aware of the benefits of natural complementary methods are scarce. Relatively few conventional doctors are educated in functional medicine. “Yet complementary modalities such as acupuncture, massage and some essential oils can support the immune system and help an individual deal with stress experienced from coping with their illness,” says Warner.

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Rob Wergin, an experienced energy medicine practitioner, speaks from experience regarding clients that consult him for life-threatening diagnoses. “When I see them, they’re desperate and have exhausted all conventional methods. I’m their last-ditch effort,” remarks Wergin. The most frequent reason he hears is, “My family, friends and doctor told me not to waste my money on charlatans.” “People find it challenging to put faith in natural methods and are nervous about going against a doctor’s advice until they feel or see positive results; even these may not provide sufficient motivation to continue with alternative treatments,” he says. “I believe this is the result of the influence of pharmaceutical ads promising results, the medical community’s belief in proof solely through clinical trials, websites like and well-meaning friends insisting that the conventional route is the only way to go. It’s sad to see the gravity of these influences pulling clients back into solely believing in the Western model of medicine,” says Wergin. Ann Lee, a doctor of naturopathy, acupuncturist and founder of the Health for Life Clinic, Inc., in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, notes, “This mindset continues to get reinforced by insurance companies that do not cover alternatives. Paying out of pocket for medical expenses also influences a patient’s choices.” Kelly Noonan-Gores and Adam Schomer, director and producer, respectively, of the documentary fi lm HEAL, suggest that unconscious conditioning plays the biggest role in an individual’s choices. “We are deeply conditioned to view medical specialists and prestigious medical institutions as the ones with all the answers. Sometimes they do



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and sometimes they don’t,” says Noonan-Gores, who intends to have her fi lm awaken viewers to the possibilities of alternative paths of healing. As just one other example noted in the fi lm, thousands have used the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), tapping on their body to help release the trauma and stress often associated with illness.

Resistance to Change

“The conventional medical community wants to maintain the model in which they have heavily invested centuries of time, energy and money. Patients that investigate integrative and complementary medicine may resist hearing that in order to get well, they might need to change their worldview and lifestyle, take a leave of absence from their job, develop a spiritual practice, exercise or maybe even leave a toxic relationship,” says Schomer. “Conventional medicine says take this pill and keep living your life the same way,” says Schomer. “We are not demonizing doctors, pharmaceuticals or the medical system. We simply believe that individuals are more empowered to heal when they take control of their health.” Eva Lee, a resident of Los Angeles featured in the documentary, suffers from a rare and unpredictable form of blistering skin inflammation. “I’ve tested negative for faulty genes and all sorts of rare viruses and bacteria, which helped point me towards holistic methods. So far, following the directives of Dr. Mark Emerson, a chiropractor specializing in nutrition, in Maui, Hawaii, who I met while fi lming, has helped my body become healthier and deal with inflammation levels that rapidly reduced as soon as I detoxed and eliminated meat and dairy from my diet,” says Lee. Still, it’s hard for her to accept that her condition could be due to the type of stress and suppressed emotions that Anthony William explores in his book Medical Medium: Secrets Behind Chronic and Mystery Illness and How to Heal. Finally Heal

“Before, I wasn’t familiar with EFT, which I continue to use and benefit from. However, despite everything I’ve learned, I can’t give up on all Western medicine, put my faith in alternatives and let my intuition and faith guide me to healing. It’s easier to be skeptical than to have faith,” Lee says.

Quiet Role Models

Sheila Tucker, a resident of Navarre, Florida, has been a registered nurse for 20 years, practicing in hospital settings such as critical care, emergency and administration. “I know and understand doctors, surgeries and pharmaceutical treatments and hospitals,” says Tucker, who recalls that throughout her life she was taught to believe in a system that suddenly stopped working for her. “In 2014, I was dying from a rare autoimmune condition, requiring fulltime care, and planning my funeral. Doctors had tried everything, yet my health continued to decline. When I saw a friend’s Facebook posts about her use of essential oils, I was curious, but reluctant to reach out, and didn’t want anyone to know that I called her for advice,” recalls Tucker. “Shortly after my friend arrived with her oils, my husband came home with our daughter, who had strep throat and a fever. She made us promise to use selected oils through the night and prayed with us.” Tucker attributes the miracle of her daughter’s turnaround the next morning to shifting her paradigm and opening her up to believing in the healing power of essential oils. Thanks to her friend and role model, Tucker learned how to use therapeutic-grade oils, supplements and a healthy diet to cleanse her body of the heavy toxic load accumulated from several years of expensive drug treatments. Today, she is a healthy and enthusiastic advocate, and her personal results opened the eyes of her physician to the point where she also shifted her own philosophy of healing. Tucker now offers educational classes in her office and online through her website that reaches

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hundreds of individuals worldwide. She advises, “Reach out to people that you see are having positive results with a different healing system than yours. Ask them to show, help and teach you. I’ve seen many people restored to health by using methods that science is only beginning to understand.”

It’s a Marathon

“Outside of any dominant paradigm, it’s easier to cast suspicion than to make curious inquiry and, over time, working within a dominant worldview creates polarity, the antithesis of ‘wholism’. An inclusive approach integrates all medical and complementary approaches, as well as interaction with the natural world,” says Patrick Hanaway, a family physician and founder of Family to Family Medicine, in Asheville, North Carolina. Hanaway, the former director of medical education for the Institute for Functional Medicine and the first medical director at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, explains, “Doctors have a rigorous job fi lled with responsibility. Change is difficult and investigating vastly different ways of practicing medicine requires a degree of curiosity and openness. I am heartened by thought leaders and heads of top medical schools who are presently opening up to functional medicine, natural medicine and complementary approaches.” “The paradigm shift we are ushering in has been 50 years in the making,” assesses Hanaway. “Some medical professionals are immersed in a polar view of right and wrong, offering personal attacks and disparaging comments to maintain control of the dialogue. This is not appreciated by patients who look to the doctor as a teacher—the Latin docere means to teach. “The movement to change medicine and the cultural paradigm of healing is a marathon, not a sprint, and those of us involved are prepared to stay the course.” Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at May 2018


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Moving Through

MENOPAUSE Exercising Reduces Symptoms


by Marlaina Donato

ransitioning through menopause and the years of perimenopausal hormone fluctuation leading up to the finale can be physically and emotionally challenging for many women. Consistently following a healthy diet and positive lifestyle are important, and health researchers, doctors and midlife women can attest to the multidimensional benefits of exercise. Perks may include reduction of menopausal discomfort, better brain function, stronger bones and reversal of estrogen dominance syndrome that can set the stage for fibroids, cystic breasts, cancer, migraines and weight gain.

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Studies of 3,500 women in South and Central America have shown that a more active life reduces hot flashes and night sweats. The results, published in Menopause, the journal of the North American Menopause Society, reveal that sedentary individuals often experience increased intensity of related symptoms like insomnia and irritability. Aerobic exercise such as regular walking, hiking, swimming or biking might also help the brain produce neurochemicals that are compromised when estrogen levels drop. Sue Markovitch, author and owner of Clear Rock Fitness, in Columbus, Ohio, recommends aerobic exercise. “I believe our bodies were made to move. One of the amazing gifts of fitness is it’s truly never too late. When we incorporate daily movement in our lives, all the other systems in the body will work more according to plan. Simply taking a daily walk helps balance brain chemistry,” says Markovitch, who specializes in improving fitness levels for women over 40. “Walking is fitness magic, whether it’s on a treadmill, outside or in the pool. Get your heart rate into an aerobic zone, preferably for 30 to 45 minutes. I’ve heard testimony after testimony of improved sleep, less back or joint pain and better mood.” She also suggests adding a few weekly sessions of resistance training to daily walks.

Most health professionals agree that balance is the key. Jeanne D. Andrus, a menopause expert and author of I Just Want to Be ME Again, in Covington, Louisiana, recommends cardio, resistance training and exercise that increases flexibility and core strength. “For a beginner, this may include two to four days of walking, one to three days of strength training and one to three days of yoga or Pilates, with the goal being three and a half hours of activity per week.” Of course, all of these need to be at appropriate levels for the woman’s condition and goals,” advises Andrus. According to studies led by Helen Jones, Ph.D., from the Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences at Liverpool John Moores University, UK, three, 30-to45-minute aerobic sessions a week reduced hot flashes and yielded significant results.

good for both body and spirit. Menopause can be a time for personal expansion and an invitation for self-care that might have been neglected or postponed. Fromberg believes we can all revitalize our resources at any stage of life, and the years surrounding menopause call for us to tune into ourselves even more. “What seems

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While some conventional approaches suggest vigorous exercise, many holistic professionals caution against extremes. “It’s important to individualize, and in my ongoing research it’s clear that the high-intensity strength and sculpting approach so often promoted and perceived as necessary to maintain shape, weight and health is a myth,” says Dr. Eden Fromberg, an obstetrician, gynecologist and founder of Holistic Gynecology New York, in Manhattan. Instead, Fromberg recommends an integrated approach to exercise that supports connective tissue and joints. While some forms of exercise including yoga are perceived as gentler than others, she warns against an all-or-nothing strategy, noting, “Intense, deep stretching and joint-straining may cause injury more easily during hormonal transition.” Andrus concurs, “If high cortisol levels are involved and accompanied by insomnia, stress placed on the body by rigorous exercise will increase these levels and actually lower available energy.” She also advises adopting a non-aggressive approach for osteoporosis. “Weight-bearing exercise is a must, but if bone loss is already present, start much more gradually to ensure that bones are protected.”

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ive revolutionary women, whose research and teachings focus on pleasure (specifically, sexual pleasure) as a major factor in female health and empowerment, are considered the grandmothers of the modern female sexual pleasure revolution. Together, they have brought the concept of sexual healing and empowerment through pleasure into the world via their extensive work and advocacy.

Betty Dodson

Recognized as one of the principle voices for women’s sexual pleasure and health for more than three decades, Dodson released her first self-published book, Liberating Masturbation: A Meditation on Self-Love in 1974, later inspiring another edition called, Sex for One: The Joy of Selfloving (2006). Dodson was the first person to openly admit to masturbation and write about masturbation and pleasure, breaking all the sexual norms, especially for women. Her business partner, Carlin Ross, described Dodson’s memoir as, “one woman’s struggle to liberate female sexuality while enjoying her own. From sex parties to feminist politics, Betty defied social conventions and questioned myths that held women back.” Additionally, Dodson created and ran Bodysex groups for 25 years, where women learned about their bodies and orgasms through the practice of self-stimulation (sometimes individually, other times in groups). She has documented these practices in several videos available through her website. Dodson continues her private individual and couples coaching practice in New York City and remains an active voice and participant in what is now often called the Women’s Sexual Pleasure Revolution.

Gina Ogden

Gina Ogden’s books on women’s sexual health, pleasure and the meaning of sexual relationship include The Heart and Soul of Sex (2006), Women Who Love Sex (2007) and The Return of Desire (2008). Ogden created and produced the first nationwide survey of human sexuality to investigate the multidimensional nature of sexual experience. The survey is called Integrating Sexuality and Spirituality (ISIS), and it’s used as, “a progressive model for exploring the body,

mind, heart and spirit.” Like Dodson’s work, Ogden focuses on women’s sexuality, health and pleasure. However, as a licensed therapist, Ogden practices in a more conservative and therapeutic way, which may be viewed as culturally more accepted.

Margot Anand

Anand’s work, SkyDancing Tantra (with institutes worldwide), is described as “a unique path to sexual bliss” and “teaches you to choose with awareness what brings you pleasure and joy.” She believes that, “pleasure is a discipline—even a spiritual discipline—because it generates a tremendous amount of energy.” In Anand’s latest book, Love, Sex & Awakening: An Erotic Journey from Tantra to Spiritual Ecstasy (2017), she recounts her fascinating adventures. In her own words, she provides techniques and exercises to connect to the spiritual potential of not just sex, but pleasure, cultivating a deeper, more fulfilling love life and experience of life in general. As spiritual (Tantric) healers, Anand and Caroline Muir (the other grandmother of modern tantra) work with energy as a catalyst for healing, pleasure and ecstasy.

womanly art of pleasure to new levels, advocating for orgasm as necessary to women’s health, well-being and fulfillment. Her new book, Pussy: A Reclamation (2016) is “a roadmap to feminine power, radiance and joy.” There are many differences noted between each one of these sexual empowerment educators, yet all of them are approaching women’s sexual health and well-being using innovative and holistic ways. These sexual pleasure revolutionaries advocate that women’s empowerment is deeply connected to their sexuality. Sexual pleasure can (and should be) a valued aspect

of a woman’s experience and a key aspect of her individual and collective empowerment. Sacha L. Fossa, MA, is the founder and healer at Sacred Temple Arts, a holistic sexual coaching and healing arts business focused on awakening, healing, education and empowerment. Her motto is Choose Pleasure As A Way Of Life. Sacred Temple Arts provides services through in-person or virtual sessions and programs for individuals and/or couples. Visit for more information and to sign up for a complimentary consultation. See ad below and Resource Guide on page 39.

Caroline Muir

Caroline Muir has authored two bestselling books: co-authored Tantra: The Art of Conscious Loving (1989) and the Tantra Goddess: A Memoir of Sexual Awakening (2011). Muir founded the Divine Feminine Institute for Men and Women, which was inspired by her original work with her ex-husband, tantra teacher Charles Muir, on Sacred Spot [G-spot] healing and awakening massage. She has since created a new platform for her message at the Nurturing Practice of Awakening and Healing. Today, she uses a feminine-wisdom approach to sexual wholeness, which is a key practice for developing expanded full-body orgasm.

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conscious eating

Better Basics Heather McClees, a plant-based nutritionist in South Carolina who blogs at One Green Planet, once loved commercial ketchup; then she read the labels. “Most ketchup is made of tomato concentrates, sugars, including high-fructose corn syrup, cane sugar, agave nectar, coconut nectar/syrup, brown rice syrup, cane juice and cane crystals, vinegar, “spices” that is likely code for MSG, water and refined salt. All of this makes ketchup addicting,” she says. “While you could pay for pricey organic ketchup and condiments that come without added sugars, you can save money by spending five minutes in the kitchen to make your own.” Find a recipe at Tinyurl. com/HealthyKetchupRecipe.



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Mayonnaise and Ranch Dressing


hile not essential to every dish or meal, condiments provide extra flavoring, final flourishes and added enjoyment to any dish. Such meal accompaniments range from vinegars to spreads and sauces, finishing spice mixtures and natural salts. America’s previous king of condiments was ketchup. Today, according to a 2017 poll from, it stands behind mayonnaise and mustard with soy and hot sauce rounding out the top five (generic product ranking at We often take familiar condiments for granted, yet a look at their ingredients can be startling. Many prominently include processed corn syrup and other sugars, sodium, gluten, monosodium glutamate (MSG), artificial flavors and unpronounceable preservatives, according to

Dana Angelo White, a registered dietitian in Fairfield, Connecticut. Homemade versions of condiments provide a happy alternative. They not only taste great, but can be good for us. “Certain condiments add more to your meals than flavor—some actually improve your health,” says White. The potassium in homemade mustard is good for the digestive system through stimulating the flow of saliva, suggests a study in the Indian Journal of Medical Research. Homemade ketchup made with small cooked tomatoes is rich in lycopene, a nutrient that protects heart health, according to research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. White’s fresh-made “THE Green Sauce,” full of vitamin-rich avocado and cilantro, is replete with antioxidants ( TheGreenSauceRecipe).

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Eschewing eggs, J. Kenji Lopez-Alt, of San Mateo, California, uses aquafaba, the starchy liquid in a can of chickpeas, for a plant-based twist on emulsified mayonnaise. Find it at MayoRecipe. In her Mebane, North Carolina, kitchen, Kim Campbell, author of The PlantPure Kitchen, makes a plant-based ranch dressing with tofu for body and nutritional yeast, herbs and lemon juice to achieve the characteristic flavor. Find it at RanchDressing.

More Exotic Condiments Pomegranate Molasses

Sweet and tart pomegranate molasses can be used like vinegar in salad dressings, as a marinade ingredient or as syrup over pancakes and waffles. Angela Buchanan, aka Angela Cooks, a professor at the University of Colorado, in Boulder, who blogs at, follows the Whole30 program, which bars sugar. Because she also likes Middle-Eastern food, Buchanan experimented and created her recipe for Pomegranate Molasses without



added sugar ( MolassesRecipe).

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Green popcorn is fun. With a spirulina powder, garlic powder, sea salt and cayenne pepper spice mix, even a movie snack can be healthy. “Spirulina is one of the most potent of all superfoods. Available in a powder form, it’s a blue-green

algae that provides protein, B vitamins and iron. It’s used as a natural energizer, digestive aid and detoxifier,” says Tara Milhern, a holistic health coach in New York City. She also likes it sprinkled on baked potatoes or vegetables as a finishing flavor. See PopcornSeasoning. Without preservatives, homemade healthy condiments don’t last as long as

commercial versions. McClees advises, “I store mine in a glass mason jar for one week in the fridge. I choose a half-pintsize jar, since the less empty space there is at the top of the jar, the longer it keeps.” Judith Fertig writes cookbooks plus foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (

DIY Condiment Recipes THE Green Sauce

“This sauce is a salad dressing, dipping sauce or sandwich spread,” says nutrition expert Dana Angelo White. “After tasting it, you’ll be putting it on everything.”

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Yields: about 2 cups 1 avocado, peeled and seeded Juice of 2 limes 2 cups fresh cilantro (leaves and stems) 1 jalapeno pepper 2 Tbsp white vinegar 1 Tbsp honey 1 tsp kosher salt ¼ white onion 1 cup filtered water

Plant-Based Ranch Dressing

“Ranch dressing can be dairy-free and made with tofu, making it plant-based and oil-free,” says Kim Campbell.

Combine ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Yields: about 2 cups

Taste for seasoning and adjust as needed.

2 lb tofu, about 2 (14-oz) packages 1½ Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped ¾ cup onion, finely chopped 2 cloves garlic 3 Tbsp distilled white vinegar 2 Tbsp agave syrup 1 Tbsp lemon juice 1 tsp nutritional yeast 1 tsp dry mustard ¼ tsp paprika ½ tsp celery seeds 1 Tbsp dried chives ¾ cup filtered water

If mixture appears too thick, add a little more water. Courtesy of Registered Dietitian Dana Angelo White

Pomegranate Molasses

It takes about an hour to cook down, but homemade unsweetened pomegranate molasses is worth the time, advises Angela Cooks. Yields: 1 cup 32 oz unsweetened organic pomegranate juice Fill a saucepan with the juice and bring it to a low boil. Reduce the heat so the liquid will stay at a low boil, and let the juice cook down to a scant cup of thick, syrupy liquid. This takes about an hour; note that it will thicken more once it is cooled. Once arriving at a desired thickness while cooking, let it cool completely.

Blend all ingredients in a food processor until smooth.

Transfer the pomegranate molasses to a glass jar to store in the refrigerator where it will keep well for a few months.

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Using Thermography to Identify Stress in the Body by Susan Saari


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esearch shows that stress contributes to 80 percent of all illnesses. Aside from causing other serious health problems, chronic stress can wear down the immune system, leaving us vulnerable to cancer and disease, significantly increase our risk for heart attack and stroke, disrupt our hormones and reproductive systems, affect our metabolism, create sleep deprivation that can change our blood and gut pH, and rewire our brain and nervous system. When the body’s natural reaction to stress is stuck in the “on” position, the healthy adrenaline and cortisol response turns against us causing all kinds of unintended negative consequences. This chronic stress puts individuals at risk for developing depression, elevated blood pressure, elevated blood sugar, sugar cravings, fatty liver, brain fog, reduced bone density, hormone disruption, increasing symptoms of both PMS and peri-menopause, anxiety disorders, cancers, chronic fatigue and aches and pains. In the practice of digital infrared thermal imaging (DITI), or thermography, the inflammation expressed by chronic stress is evident. Inflammation or dysfunction shows as a temperature gradient out of the norm reflected on the surface of the skin. It shows as a hotter or colder range than the normal baseline. This information allows people to garner information about their bodies and be proactive in creating healthier bodies and healthier lifestyles. Some proven strategies that help reduce stress, thereby reducing inflammation in the body, include meditation, tai chi, qigong, yoga, listening to calming music, practicing breathing exercises, hypnosis, massage, guided imagery, emotional freedom technique/tapping, art therapy, acupuncture, journaling and progressive muscle relaxation technique. The use of a BEMER machine can improve micro-circulation and increases oxygen in the tissue, reducing inflammation. Other helpful lifestyle changes to reduce stress include examining life’s priorities and learning to say “no”, participating in physical activity, eating right (lots of vegetable and limiting fat and sugar intake), fostering healthy friendships and getting plenty of sleep. It is also critical to learn to forgive ourselves and others

when, on occasion, we can’t meet certain standards. Learn to accept help. Improve time management and practice positive thinking; think with gratitude. Professional counseling or psychotherapy is another option. We may not be able to do much about some of the common external causes of stress such as financial problems, major life changes, trauma, commuting, being too busy, children and family, or internal causes of stress, for example, fears, uncertainty, caffeine, illnesses/viruses and bacterium, poor diet, over and underuse of the body and sleep disorders, but we can do a lot for ourselves to improve our current situation by choosing to add into our lifestyle a few of these suggestions. Susan Saari, LicAc, MAOM, is a certified health educator, acupuncturist and certified clinical thermographer. She practices at Metrowest Thermal Imaging, located at 25 Grant St., Waltham, and 364 Boston Turnpike Rd., Shrewsbury. For more information, call 781-899-2121 or visit See ad on this page and Resource Guide on page 39.

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Functional Medicine Leads the Way by Linda Sechrist

Historical Overview

During the last 25 years, a less drug-based grassroots model for dealing with chronic illnesses in the U.S. has emerged. First labeled holistic, the movement gained momentum as alternative approaches morphed into being considered complementary to conventional medicine, warranting studies by the National Institutes of Health. Responding to public interest, an integrative model of care that focuses on the whole person has taken root in medical institutions such as the Cleveland Clinic, in Ohio. The latest evolution to a systems-oriented, patient-focused clinical model of functional medicine, which seeks to address causes of illness, rather than simply treat symptoms, has been garnering increasing interest by the public and pioneering medical professionals. It’s now maturing into personalized functional medicine.

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One of the best-prepared, traditionally trained medical professionals in explaining this approach is Jeffrey S. Bland, Ph.D., recognized as the father of functional medicine, and author of The Disease Delusion: Conquering the Causes of Chronic Illness for a Healthier, Longer and Happier Life. He co-founded, with his wife, Susan, the 26

Institute for Functional Medicine, in Washington, which provides a system geared to understanding the complexity of chronic illness and design individualized programs for more effective healing. “Medical science didn’t have the advanced technology 25 years ago to perform the research that now helps us better understand the complexity of chronic illness, as well as our present ecological view of the body. Today we’re examining how all the networks of our biology intersect in a dynamic process that creates health when in balance or disease when out of balance,” attests Bland, whose career has focused on searching for a unifying principle behind all healing that can be used to discern the best possible therapy for specific individuals. Incorporating what he learned from Linus Pauling, Ph.D., two-time Nobel Prize laureate, and Lee Hood, M.D., Ph.D., as well as systems biology and practicing lifestyle medicine, Bland founded the nonprofit Personalized Lifestyle Medicine Institute ( in 2012. Seeking to transform the entire medical approach to chronic illness, the Seattle-based organization is a virtual and onsite hub for health professionals, researchers, educators and the public to share ideas and converse about how personalized functional medicine can be delivered to everyone as an improved standard of care.

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The National Human Genome Research Institute, in Bethesda, Maryland, maintains that an evolved approach to medicine starts with using an individual’s genetic profile to determine the best path to preventing, diagnosing and treating diseases. By 2003, scientists had delivered the first essentially complete sequence and map of all the genes in the human body. Three decades ago, the medical fraternity had few reliable explanations for the origins of chronic health issues. Today, accepted factors include predispositions for a specific disease related to an individual’s genome, along with contemporary epigenetic influences such as nutrition, environment and lifestyle. None of these elements, however, necessarily define our destiny. “This genomic personalized medicine approach is creating friends among all healing arts practitioners because it facilitates our using information to design a less-toxic environment, lifestyle, diet and treatment to meet an individual’s specific needs and particular circumstances that led to a disease,” says Bland. “Diseases are only names assigned to a collection of symptoms,” says Bland. “They don’t indicate how the individual became afflicted. If 10 patients with Type 2 diabetes each had epigenetic variations that triggered getting the condition, it would be unwise to treat them all the same; it’s far better to treat those factors that specifically led to the disease.” Addressing the concern that genetic test results might be used to deny someone health insurance, Bland notes, “This is a significant misunderstanding about genetic testing. Our genes don’t tell us how we are going to die. They tell us how we should live. Understanding how our genes can help us live to 100 is a model of enlightenment. Those that practice this systems biology approach are counting on functional personalized medicine becoming the updated standard of care.” Physicians often offer genetic testing services. At-home DNA testing can be done using a saliva collection kit mailed to a laboratory, offering both ancestry and health information that must be interpreted by an informed professional. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at Linda

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lthough each person’s results will vary, certain things can be expected from weight loss hypnosis at Thought Alchemy. First, according to owner and hypnotherapist Rose Siple, the body is designed to eliminate excess and knows what is best for it if an individual knows how to observe and tune into the messages being sent. One of the most powerful results from this process is that the body’s biological mechanism will reset itself when void of conditioning and emotional programming, and individuals will begin to eat to live, instead of living to eat. When no longer on the diet roller coaster, the body begins to reclaim itself and thoughts like “I shouldn’t have that” or “I should stay away from that food,” go away. The most common thing clients state is that the bad or harmful foods that used to draw them no longer have the pull. The result: slow, gradual weight loss that is lasting. The body, through the subconscious mind, begins to seek better health, with re-routed and re-calibrated neural pathways, directing the individual to seek different ways to relieve stress, boredom, worry and the numerous other stressors that trigger comfort eating. As a result, the biological mechanism begins to guide individuals toward healthier food choices. Often people that have had an aversion to vegetables and fruits, or foods they were raised upon, begin to seek them out. The interesting part of hypnosis is that no direct suggestions are made about those foods; just gentle guidance to the subconscious mind to get the body back on track. Throughout the process, individuals will be taught observational skills geared toward understanding the way the subconscious mind responds to events. With this new awareness, combined with a process that takes individuals forward without dependence on the hypnotist, the clients’ session recordings cover about 85 percent of the weight loss issues in their life. They learn to see more clearly when a life event is triggering an old eating behavior and a means to resolving it on their own if an old pattern begins to resurface. Sustaining the change is critical and will last if the new neural pathway is appropriately anchored

with the subconscious mind. Success is in each individual’s hands by working with the program and listening appropriately to the session recordings as instructed until anchored, and then observing events to see where potentially new life events are triggering old patterns or the formation of new patterns. Turning to the recordings to help get through trigger events, such as the holidays or a family event, will help people to remap the pattern. There are also sessions to help when encountering a new life event. The process does not work by magic; client participation and cooperation are critical. The understanding of how the mind works, how a pattern is formed and how triggers fire off bad habits is critical. Typically anywhere from three to six sessions are needed, however, each individual is different. Along with hypnosis, some individuals need help with changing diet or incorporating exercise into their regimen. If life is chaotic and stressful, sometimes it is necessary to tackle that before success with food will occur. Without a doubt, Thought Alchemy’s process is powerful. It changes one’s approach to food and puts people in the driver’s seat, slowly guiding them to their body’s appropriate balance point. Often, clients will say that they did not realize how effective it was until they were a couple years down the road and still not going off the deep-end on food. Perhaps they occasionally fall away, but they quickly get back on track with their session files. People will find they are more successful with the changes they make and adhere to new lifestyle changes more easily. Rose Siple is the founder of Thought Alchemy’s Transformation Center and is a certified professional hypnotherapist, NLP practitioner, coach and spiritual teacher. She works with clients privately and in small groups, as well as teaches a curriculum of studies that facilitate personal transformation. Thought Alchemy is located in Rehoboth, MA, and also offers on-line services. For more information, call 774-991-0574 or visit See ad on page 34 and Resource Guide on page 38.

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Five Reasons to Love a Cat

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Loneliness is never a problem with a cat around. “Cats need to be fed, have litter changed and be brushed,” says Lisa Bahar, a therapist and clinical counselor at Lisa Bahar Marriage and Family Therapy, in Newport Beach, California. “Being comforted by a cat helps with depression and isolation.” While at Indiana University Bloomington Media School, Jessica Gall Myrick, Ph.D., now associate professor at Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications at Pennsylvania State University, in University Park, discovered watching cat videos isn’t just fun, but a way to feel more energetic and positive. With some 94 million YouTube tales of cat adventures online, there’s no lack of available mood boosters.


Some cats enjoy leashed walks, presenting opportunities to mindfully enjoy nature

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and make friends. At home, a cat’s hunting skill and human creativity can be tapped using do-it-yourself treat dispensers and toys or inventive games.

Improved Health

Talking to kitty can make a bad day better. A lap cat prompts enforced timeouts and excuses to nap. Petting reduces tension and stress. Aimee Gilbreath, executive director of the Michelson Found Animals Foundation, in Los Angeles, points to a study from Life Sciences Research Institute, in Pretoria, South Africa, showing, “Simply petting a cat can reduce stress-related cortisol, while increasing serotonin and oxytocin.” The Second National Health and Nutrition Examination Study Mortality Follow-up concluded that having a cat lowers risk of myocardial infarction (heart attack) and cardiovascular disease including strokes, making cats a novel path to a healthier heart. When researchers reporting in the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America measured the purring sound

I have lived with several Zen masters—all of them cats.

says jme Thomas, co-founder of Motley Zoo Animal Rescue, in Redmond, Washington. “They’re good pets for busy people. Adopt two at the same time so they bond and aren’t lonely.”

~Eckhart Tolle of domestic cat purrs, they discovered these resonate at 25 and 50 Hertz (Hz), the two low frequencies that best promote bone growth and fracture healing. Purrs also have a strong harmonic near 100 Hz, a level some orthopedic doctors and physical therapists use for ultrasound therapy. A child under a year old living with a cat is only half as likely to develop allergies to pets, ragweed, grass and dust mites, much as inoculations guard against disease and boost immune systems. The study, published in Clinical & Experimental Allergy, followed children from infancy to age 18. French researchers discovered autistic children age 5 and older that had a cat were more willing to share, offer comfort to others and show empathy. Sharing cat responsibilities tightened family bonds. Cats like routine, especially for meals, making them good pets for Alzheimer’s patients that may lose track of time. Many people like the added warmth of a nearby sleeping cat at night. Fifteen minutes of exercise, followed by a snack, will put kitty on the owner’s sleep schedule.

Cats are Eco-Friendly

A New Zealand study reports that cats have a lower carbon footprint than dogs, comparing dogs to a Hummer and cats to a Volkswagen Golf. Dogs eat

more beef, incurring red meat’s huge footprint. “Because cats eat less than most dogs overall, it saves money, too,” says Gilbreath. Everyone needs someone to care for and love. With about 77 million cats living in U.S. households and more in shelters or rescues, there’s plenty of people- and planet-friendly love to be found. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at StLouis FreelanceWriter@

Cats are Low-Maintenance

Overall, cats are self-sufficient animals, requiring only love, food and a spotless litter box. Self-cleaning, most cats don’t require regular trips to the groomer for haircuts and a bath. Scratching posts keep nails short. A snack, playtime or welcoming puddle of sunshine persuades kitty that it’s naptime. “In rescue, we say dogs are toddlers and cats are teenagers. Cats live without constant oversight,” Be sure to let our advertisers know you found them in

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MONDAY, APRIL 30 Nutrition & Health Conference – Apr 30-May 2. 7am-1pm. Join us for 3 days of amazing food and insights on nutrition and healthful living from researchers, clinicians, educators and chefs. Our goal is to provide health practitioners with an understanding of the central role of nutrition in health and healing. To provide a scientific basis for the integration of nutrition and medicine in order to practice preventive and therapeutic nutritional medicine. $894. Westin Boston Waterfront, 425 Summer St, Boston. Register:

TUESDAY, MAY 1 Get What You Want with Help from Your Friends: Hypnosis Seminar – 6:30-8pm. Participate in a fun, interactive group exercise that helps you define your dream. Then enjoy a group hypnosis session designed to create your success potential. Donation. The Tam Center for Healing, 15 Cottage Ave, 5th Fl, Quincy Center. 781-3402146.


mark your calendar Japanese Reiki I and Animal Reiki 1 Retreat: Cultivating and Sharing Inner Peace Essential practices for mindful self-healing and sharing compassionate meditation with all creatures. Discount rates for animal rescue staff, volunteers. Open to all animal lovers. With Kat Forgacs, Bliss Animal Reiki.

May 3-7

Cost: $420, $375 by April 1. 617-758-7496 Arlington, location given to participants. Preregister: Manomet’s Business Sustainability Student Competition – 5:30-8pm. Manomet is engaging the next generation in creating a more sustainable world. Join us in Boston to be inspired by their vision for the future. Free. The Downtown Harvard Club of Boston, 1 Federal St, 38th Fl, Boston.


shamanism, gain access to healing and insight from your spirit guides, release what no longer serves to create your heart’s desire. $595, all-inclusive. Spirit Fire Retreat Center, 407 W Leyden Rd, Leyden. 857-205-0849.

SATURDAY, MAY 5 Birding at Brook Farm – 9-11am. Bring your camera and binoculars for bird watching at Brook Farm. Led by expert birder Debra Listernick. Free. Brook Farm Historic Site, 670 Baker St, Boston. 617-694-6407. Unbound Visual Arts Expo – May 5-6. 10am7pm. City Heart Show Saturday for artists who have experienced homelessness and Unbound Visual Arts Expo on Sunday. Over 100 selling handmade affordable arts and crafts. Free. Prudential Center, 800 Boylston St, Boston. 617657-4278. BEMER Workshop – 3:30-4:30pm. BEMER is designed to improve circulation supporting the body’s natural self-regulating processes. It enhances cardiac function, physical fitness, endurance, strength and energy, concentration, mental acuity, stress reduction and relaxation, and sleep management. Free. Newton Chiropractic & Wellness Centre, 383 Elliot St, Ste 250, Newton. Limited space, RSVP: 617-964-3332 or

SUNDAY, MAY 6 Spring Open House – 3:30-5pm. Meet our experienced, holistic health providers and teachers, enjoy complimentary snacks, demonstrations, mini-classes and mini-treatment sessions, raffle, giveaways and discounts. Free. Life Gate Holistic Living Center, Inc, 66 Boston Rd, Groton. 978448-0405.

MONDAY, MAY 7 Reiki-Infused Yoga Nidra Workshop – 7:309pm. One of the deepest and most profound meditations one can experience. As you are guided into a deep but conscious relaxation you are able to access and release samskaras (innate tendencies, impressions created by previous actions or thought). $30/advance, $40/day of. Revolution Community Yoga, 537 Massachusetts Ave, Acton. 978-274-5596. More info:

TUESDAY, MAY 8 Enneagram and Spirituality – 9:30am-3:30pm. Learn how each of the nine Enneagram types can free themselves from some of the confines of their type ego and still enjoy their type. Learn to develop the higher qualities of each type. Includes lunch and the workshop is held at a beautiful Italianate villa next to a lake. $65. Rolling Ridge Retreat Center, 660 Great Pond Rd, North Andover. 617794-7213.

Shamanic Retreat for Women: Explore, Heal, Transform – May 4-6. Learn core principles of


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Free 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Info Session – 7-7:30pm. Learn all about yoga and how to teach a yoga class. Most importantly, you will learn more about yourself and how to live and teach from a heart-centered place. Revolution Community Yoga, 537 Massachusetts Ave, Acton. 978-274-5596. More info:


mark your calendar Free Lyme Disease Lecture Lyme disease is one of several infections carried by the black-legged tick. New England is a hotbed of Lyme disease, which is often hard to diagnose. Symptoms may include joint pain, fever, fatigue and headaches. Delayed treatment can lead to prolonged and varied symptoms. In this talk, Dr. Englender will discuss how to prevent, diagnose and treat Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. There will be time for questions after the talk.

7 - 8pm

Cost: FREE Acton Pharmacy, 563 Massachusetts Ave, Acton.


mark your calendar 2018 BRMI Conference Join the Bioregulatory Medicine Institute for Understanding, Optimizing, and Maintaining the Bioregulatory Terrain, a conference for progressive health care providers who are looking for powerful ways to improve their patients’ health and advance their practices and laypeople looking to learn more about mind-body practices.

May 10-12

508-748-0816 Ticket packages vary, see website; Special discount for Natural Awakenings readers, Enter code NATURAL for 25% off any ticket package. The Galt House, 140 N Fourth St, Louisville, KY. More info & tickets: BRMI.Online/Events. Farm Share Fair – 5:30-8:30pm. A Farm Share program allows you to receive a fabulous box of great stuff every week direct from a Massachusetts

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

THURSDAY, MAY 17 Restoring the USS Constitution Tour – 10:3011:30am. Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the USS Constitution’s preservation facility. Free. USS Constitution Museum Lobby, Charlestown Navy Yard, Bldg 22, Boston. 617-426-1812.

SATURDAY, MAY 19 Family Day at the Manomet Banding Lab – 8:30-10:30am. Manomet’s Banding Lab will open our doors to visitors of all ages to witness live demonstrations of the bird research happening on our campus. $10/adults, $5/children. Manomet Inc Headquarters, 125 Manomet Point Rd, Plymouth.

farm. Come meet the fantastic farmers and home delivery companies from across this state, which bring local produce to the Boston area. Free. The Armory, 191 Highland Ave, Ste 1C, Somerville.

FRIDAY, MAY 11 Introduction to BaGua Zhang – May 11-13. With Master Fukui Yang and Rick Barrett. Ba Gua Zhang is an exquisitely beautiful and powerfully effective Chinese internal martial art that emphasizes spiral movements, graceful footwork, quick movement and whole-body energetic connection. Eastover Estate & Retreat Center, 430 East St, 866-2645139. For pricing:

SATURDAY, MAY 12 Reiki Level II Training & Certification – 9am7pm. Discover deeper teachings and practices within the traditional Japanese system of reiki. Learn to practice with three symbols and mantras, as well as specific healing processes. CEUs for nurses and LMTs. Prerequisite: Reiki Level 1 Training. Comprehensive course manual. Ongoing support in your practice. Inquire about tuition discounts for seniors, students, veterans. Reduced fee if you have already completed Level 2. $300. Brenner Reiki Healing, 324 Central St, Newton. 617-244-8856.

SUNDAY, MAY 13 Eastover Medical Qigong & Eastern Medicine Symposium 2018 – May 13-18. Join a panel discussion on practical and modern applications of qigong, tai chi, and Chinese medicine. Presenters include: Junfeng Li, Sifu Terry Dunn, Aiping Cheng, Solala Towler, Master Fukui Yang and Rick Barrett. This symposium welcomes beginners and experienced practitioners. Eastover Estate & Retreat Center, 430 East St, Lenox. 866-264-5139. For pricing: 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. Includes snacks, entertainment and goodie bag for each child. $35/preregister, $40/day of. Boston Common and the Public Garden. More info & to register: Lilac Sunday – 10am-3pm. Family-oriented activities and you can bring your own picnic. Free. Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Jamaica Way, Boston. 617-524-1718.


mark your calendar Healthy Skin from Within Join Integrative and Functional Dietitian, Bridgitte Carroll, and skincare expert, Melissa Bernardi, as they discuss strategies to optimize your lifestyle and skincare routine to enhance your skin. They will delve into different skin concerns such as acne, rosacea, psoriasis and how to reduce the occurrences with diet, lifestyle and supplementation optimization. They will also discuss the importance of a natural skincare routine with suggested products for different ages and concerns.

Tues., May 15 • 7-8:30pm

Cost: FREE Johnson Compounding & Wellness, 577 Main St, Waltham. 781-893-3870. The Incredible Dr. You Workshop – 7:158:15pm. This first of 2 workshops breaks down the basics of Network Spinal Analysis, the method of chiropractic used at Newton Chiropractic. Get more out of your adjustments and enlighten yourself on just how incredible your body is at healing itself. Free. Newton Chiropractic &

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Acupuncture Relaxation – 9am-1pm. Relax, find relief and rest with community acupuncture. It’s a quiet environment, group setting with affordable prices. Taking insurance for further treatment, if covered. 18+ yrs’ experienced practitioner. Free first visit. Joy Community Acupuncture, 335 Boylston St, Ste J3, Newton Centre. 617-5100559. The Spine: Embryology & Development – May 19-20. 10am-4:30pm. With Amy Matthews. Explore the embryology of the spine from its earliest development patterns, and how it allows us to find a dynamic sense of alignment in any position. $200/full weekend, $60/class. Body Kneads Yoga, 1145 Reservoir Ave, 2nd Fl, Cranston, RI. 401-632-0878. BodyKneads.Yoga.

SUNDAY, MAY 20 Reiki Level I Training & Certification – 9am7pm. Learn to care for yourself and others with reiki practice in a warm and professional setting. Learn the traditional Japanese reiki meditations, how to practice hands-on healing of self and others, the reiki principles, reiki history, and how reiki promotes mindfulness and resilience 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. Conscious Touch Lab: Unlock Intimacy & Pleasure through Conscious Consent – 11:30am6:30pm. Practice the essential intimacy skills of communicating your boundaries, needs and desires while giving and receiving nurturing, non-sexual touch. Experience the empowerment, liberation, connection and pleasure that results from clearly understanding and embodying the four quadrants of giving and receiving within the Wheel of Consent. $187. Watertown Center for Healing Arts, 22 Mt Auburn St, Watertown. 339-707-0061. Veterans’ Memorial Parade – 3pm. Largest Memorial Day Parade in the area. Honors Veterans, active duty military, guard, and reserves, and police, fire fighters, and first responders. Free. City Hall to Davis Square to corner of Hollan & Broadway, Somerville.

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


mark your calendar Glaucoma & New Treatments Acton Pharmacy will host a free lecture featuring Matthew D. Lazzara, MD, who will discuss new treatments for glaucoma. Dr. Lazzara is an ophthalmologist at Lexington Eye Associates and Emerson Hospital who specializes in the medical and surgical management of glaucoma, cataract surgery and external eye diseases.

Wed., May 23 • 5-6pm

Cost: FREE Acton Pharmacy, 563 Massachusetts Ave, Acton.

Neurofeedback: Brain Training at its Best – 6-7:30pm. A free educational lecture by Dr. Jolene Ross concerning easy, effective, safe, and durable brain training for executive functioning, ADHD, memory, attention, anxiety, autism, and depression as well as many other neurologically based disorders of the brain. Research will be presented. Free. Sharon Public Library, 11 N Main St, Sharon. 784-444-9115.

THURSDAY, MAY 24 Dorchester Heights Tour – 5pm. The National Parks Service will be hosting a tour of the Dorchester Heights Monument. Free. Dorchester Heights Monument, 95 G St, Boston. 617-6353850. Free Webinar: A Bioregulatory Look at the Immune System – 7-8:30pm. This webinar will study the immune system through the lens of bioregulatory medicine diagnostics and therapies. Hosted by the Marion Institute BioMed Programs. Free. 508-748-0816. To register: Webinars.

MONDAY, MAY 28 Free Admission at MFA – 10am-4:45pm. Free admission to the museum including special exhibits and family activities. Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave, Boston.

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save the date Solutions for Optimal Mental Wellness Mental wellness has been misunderstood for a long time. New science shows our levels of happiness vs sadness, optimism vs pessimism, anxiety vs comfort are not all in our head. A key contributor to mental wellness is determined by what’s happening in our second brain, our gut. Join Amare Global, The Mental Wellness Company, as we discuss the science behind the gut-brain connection and natural solutions for restoring physical energy, mental acuity and emotional wellbeing.

Sat., June 2 • 10am - 4pm

Cost: FREE

Cambridge. 978-877-6122. Register & more info:


save the date Evolutionary Grace: Live in Boston Evolutionary Grace is the experience of you at your most powerful, most radiant, most Enlightened Mystical Self. You are the pinnacle of 13.8 billion years of love unfolding at the leading edge of evolution itself.

Fri., June 15 • 6:30pm $597 by May 24; $697 after. The Warren Conference Center & Inn, 529 Chestnut St, Ashland. 713-527-0209.


save the date Weekend Yoga with Tias Little Sign up now. Light on the Subtle Body Weekend Workshop. This weekend will be split into 4 classes.

Oct 6-7 • 10am-1pm, Sat; 2-5pm, Sun. Take full weekend or part. $200/full weekend, $60/class. Body Kneads Yoga, 1145 Reservoir Ave, 2nd Fl, Cranston, RI. 401-632-0878. BodyKneads.Yoga.

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daily Quincy Market History Tour – Learn about Quincy Market’s central and ever-evolving role in Boston’s history. Meet guide by Pulse Café on South Market St. Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 4 S Market, Boston. 617-523-1300. Available dates and times: Free Tour of Symphony Hall – 4:30pm select weekdays. Also 3:30pm select Sat. Join volunteers on a behind-the-scenes tour and hear about the hall and the history and traditions of the famed musicians and conductors. Boston Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave, Boston. For available dates & times: 617-638-9390.

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


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

tuesday Noon Concerts on the Freedom Trail – 12:15pm. Stop by to hear a 30-40-min concert. Performers vary each week and perform a wide variety of music ranging from jazz to folk, medieval to modern. $5 suggested donation. King’s Chapel, 64 Beacon St, Boston. 617-227-2155. Open Meditation – 7-8:15pm. A supportive environment with 45 mins of shamatha sitting. Appropriate for all levels with several breaks and a brief inspirational video. Free. Rigpa Boston, 24 Crescent St, Ste 308, Waltham. 619-906-4291. Mental Wellness: The Science & Solutions – 9-9:30pm. Join Amare Global for a live webinar as we discuss the science behind the gut-brain connection and natural solutions for addressing the mental wellness epidemic. Free. Pamela Pearson: 978-877-6122. For webinar details:

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wednesday Ton Ren Healing Class – 9-10am. Release blockages to restore the body’s natural healing ability. Powerful distance healing method developed by Tom Tam, LAc, utilizing acupoints and the unconscious universal commonality. Donations accepted. Portal Crystal Gallery, 489 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington Center, Arlington. 857-928-0513. Museum of Fine Arts Free Wednesdays – Free admission after 4pm. MFA, 465 Huntington Ave, Boston. 617-267-9300. Endometriosis Sommerville: An Endometriosis Support Group – 6-7pm. 1st Wed. New support group for endometriosis survivors to thrive in community. Free or donation. More info: Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous Weekly Meeting – 7-8:30pm. Free 12-step program for food addiction. There is a solution. Do you, or someone you know, struggle with issues with food, weight or body image? Weekly meetings open to anyone. Free. St. Brigid’s Parish Center, 1995 Massachusetts Ave, Lexington. 617-610-3748. Let’s Laugh Today Laughter Yoga – 7:308:30pm. 1st Wed. Any age and any level of physical ability can enjoy this unique exercise of laughter and clapping combined with gentle breathing that brings more oxygen to the body’s cells. Free. Meetinghouse of the First Universalist Society, 262 Chestnut St, Franklin. 508-660-2223.

Natural Solutions for Mental Wellness – 8-8:30pm. Join Amare Global, The Mental Wellness Company, for a live webinar as we discuss the science behind the gut-brain connection and its impact on mental wellness. Free. Pamela Pearson: 978-877-6122. For webinar details: 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. Space limited, reservations recommended. Free. Coit Observatory at Boston University, 725 Commonwealth Ave, Boston. 617-353-2630.

thursday Mental Wellness: A Deep Dive with Q&A – 2:30pm. Join Amare Global’s live webinars and deep dive into mental wellness topics like stress, ADHD, brain fog, fatigue, low energy, sleep and more with Q&A. Free. Pamela Pearson: 978-8776122. For webinar details: Pamelaepearson@ Free Night at the ICA – 5-9pm. The Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave, Boston. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous Meeting – 7-8:30pm. Are you having trouble controlling what you eat? A 12-step recovery program for anyone suffering from food obsession, overeating, under-eating or bulimia. Free. Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Johnson Conference Room, 170 Governor’s Ave, Medford. 617-583-2901. SRR Thursday Night 4.06 Miler – 7:15-8:15pm. It may be raining. It may be hot or cold. The SRR Thursday night run will happen every week, no matter what. Free. Casey’s Bar, 171 Broadway, Somerville. Observatory Night – 7:30-9:30pm. 3rd Thurs. A non-technical lecture and telescopic observing from the observatory roof if weather permits. Free. Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, 60 Garden St, Cambridge. 617-495-7461. CFA.

friday Watertown Mall Walking Club – 9am. Meet the club leader near Carter’s. Start with stretching exercises followed by a walk through the mall. Occasional guest lectures. Free. Watertown Mall, 550 Arsenal St, Watertown. 617-926-4968. Second Fridays – 5-8pm. Free with admission at the MIT Museum on the 2nd Fri each month. Mingle with friends in the unique galleries and see some of the latest research coming out of MIT. MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge. 617-253-5927. SoWa First Fridays – 5-9pm. 1st Fri. Over 60 galleries south of Washington St and at the Artist’s Guild, nearby businesses and restaurants open their doors to give you a chance to experience the vibrant South End arts community. Free. Start at 450 Harrison Ave, follow gallery lights around the neighborhood. Community Reiki Clinic – 7-8:45pm. 1st Fri. Receive a 30-min reiki session by appt. Appointments start at 7pm, 7:35 & 8:10pm. If you have been curious about reiki, schedule a session. $15. Brenner Reiki Healing, 324 Central St. Auburndale. 617-2448856.

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 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. Greenway Open Market – Thru Oct. 11am5pm. Every Sat, 1st & 3rd Sun. An eclectic mix of handmade art, music and locally produced products to Boston. Gourmet food trucks. Different mix of vendors each week. Free. Rose Kennedy Greenway, near Rings Fountain, High St & Atlantic Ave, Boston. NewEnglandOpenMarkets. com/visit-the-greenway.

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

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

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


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


We are an integrative holistic center, with a caring team of Network Spinal Analysis chiropractors, massage therapists, Shiatsu and reiki practitioners and a Wellness Coach. See ads, pages 7 and 11.

Achieve optimal health physically, emotionally, nutritionally. Kristine uses a form of muscle response testing to identify and clear nervous system interference, facilitating optimal health.

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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 19.



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


Liz Marcano-Pucillo 150 Wood Rd, Ste 403, Braintree, MA 02184 781-228-6915 Receive professional colon hydrotherapy by a national board-certified therapist using the Angel of Water system. The most comfortable and private system in the industry. See ad, page 8.



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


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


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

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 18.


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


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


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

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

PAMELA PEARSON 978-877-6122 The Emotion Code supports you in releasing trapped energies that manifest as physical problems, weight-gain, relationship and even financial challenges. Open yourself to experience more joy, love, freedom and abundance. Call for free consult. See ad, page 19.

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Tim Grantham, Certified NIASZIIH Healer 745 High St, Westwood, MA 339-203-1726

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

Hands-on, Earth-based, energy healing, where the healer assists the client to alleviate illness, pain and dis-ease by tracking it’s aspects through all layers of the body in order to locate and shift the source.


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


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

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, page 2.


Rose Siple, Certified Hypnotherapist 774-991-0574 Are you trying to change and frustrated with yourself because you can’t? Filled with stress, unable to change behaviors or attain goals, call Thought Alchemy for the change you desire. See ad on page 34.


Alexia Taylor 617-939-3113 An individualized approach to health. Using Functional Medicine, Positive Psychology, Mindfulness to support your path to happiness. Specializing in transforming stress, sleep problems, developing an eating plan that works for you. Live fully, well, now. See ad, page 35.


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

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


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



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.

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


Deep-tissue, medical, sports, Swedish and therapeutic massage, shiatsu, reiki & hydromassage in a full-service Wellness Center also featuring chiropractic, acupuncture, Facial Rejuvenation, Facelift Acupuncture and detox footbath. See ads, pages 7 and 11.


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 25.



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


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


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

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


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


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.



98 Parmenter Rd, Framingham, MA 01701 508-838-1101

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 ads, pages 8 and 10, and on back cover.


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

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 21.


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

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Susan Shaw Saari, Lic.Ac., CCT, MEd, MAOM, Diplomate in Acupuncture (NCCAOM) 781-899-2121, A clinical imaging technique that records thermal patterns of the body to help diagnose and monitor pain or pathology in any part of the body. See ad, page 25.


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

SOUL BEING An expanding technology platform that connects health seekers with wellness professionals. Representing 40+ therapies in health and wellness. Online tools to manage your holistic lifestyle. See ad, page 20.


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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Natural Awakenings Boston May 2018  

Boston's premiere healthy living, healthy planet magazine.

Natural Awakenings Boston May 2018  

Boston's premiere healthy living, healthy planet magazine.