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HER SOUL IN BLOOM Self-Care for All Stages of Life

MENTAL HEALTH DIET Using Food as Medicine for Anxiety and Depression

OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA An Often-Missed Diagnosis in Women

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ur May issue arrives with spring in the air and “Her Soul in Bloom: Self-Care for All Stages of Life,” Marlaina Donato’s blissful feature on the importance of me-time. Recently having the opportunity to be the primary caregiver of my 8-month-old great-nephew for a mere 30 hours was an eye-opening experience of the greater necessity of parents figuring out and making me-time happen for themselves. As a single person who is ultimately only responsible for herself and a small dog, it’s not that difficult for me to squirrel away for some mental recharging when necessary. For me, it seems more about listening, paying attention to what’s going on in my mind and allowing a little break when I know it’s time. I had no true concept of what full-time parenting actually entailed. With grand visions of catching up on reading for a weekly class, dragging along my computer to clean up some loose ends for work while the baby slept, all seemed reasonable. Because that’s what babies do right, they sleep. I know, funny! From the moment he was handed off to me to the moment I handed him back, there was never a dull moment. I remember thinking to myself, how do they do this and live life at the same time? He was a bit stuffy and congested so sleep was pretty much nonexistent for auntie as she spent more time listening to him breathing or staring intently at the monitor to make sure he was breathing than catching zzzz’s for sure. Finally getting a few early morning hours of sleep, he was up shining brightly at 6 a.m. and we were off and running. Wake up, diaper change, prep a bottle, feed a bottle, a few minutes of playtime, another diaper change… a really bad one with a serious blowout. (I don’t know how such a tiny creature could even hold all that!) And so the day went. Naps were far shorter and less frequent than expected so it was clear those books and my computer would lay right where they were dropped when we walked in the door. I think it took me three days to recover from the exhaustion of caring for this tiny human being for less than a day-and-a-half. So, I have a whole new appreciation of the importance of self-care from the caregiver perspective and a whole new appreciation for caregivers—the ultimate heroes. Kudos to all the moms and dads out there, especially the single ones. I don’t know how you do it, but I sure do give you credit. And Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms and pseudo moms… my hat is off to you! Peace,

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Springtime Smile Party at Groton Wellness


rop by Groton Wellness from 6:30 to 8 p.m., May 7, for a free Springtime Smile Party celebrating the grand opening of its new pediatric and orthodontic space. Enjoy treats and tea, face painting, exploring the new space, a photo booth, music, balloons and crafts, raffles and fun. Groton Wellness is a functional medicine center, synergistically fusing state-of-the-art biological dentistry with functional medicine to meet the health needs of the whole person. They are professionals in preventative and functional medicine, dental and orthodontic care, airway and sleep solutions, nutrition, mindfulness self-care practices and a wide range of supportive therapies. Cost: Free. Location: 493-495 Main St., Groton. For more information, call 978-449-9919 or visit See ad on back page and Resource Guide on page 37.

Save Money on Local Produce with CSA


very day of the week during the summer, Clover Food Lab turns into a pickup point for the best farmshares in New England. Signups are now live, and the deadline to sign up for a share is May 31. A farmshare, or CSA, is a partnership between residents and a farmer. It is the single best way to get money directly into the hands of farmers. And it’s the best way to eat the finest produce for a fraction of what would be paid at the grocery store. Every week, CSA members get a different box, representing the farm, the soil and the weather at that particular time of year in New England. The lineup of farms this year includes Next Barn Over and Brookford Farm. There’s a cut-flower farmshare from Many Graces (with a special Mother’s Day gift option), a Rhode Island mushroom share with a different varietal of mushroom each week and a culinary/medicinal herb share from Sawmill Farm. For those feeling up to a summer project, there’s even a Windy Ridge Organics seedling share so people can grow their own herbs and vegetables on their windowsill or fire escape. Sign up at


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Book Tour Highlights Treating Chronic Diseases and Cancer with an Integrative Approach


peakers, Ralf Oettmeier, M.D., and Josef Vizkelety, M.D., DDS, of the Alpstein Clinic, in Switzerland, will give a comprehensive overview of the Alpstein Clinic concept from 6 to 8:30 p.m., May 21, at the Residence Inn Cambridge. This concept focuses on the most important pillars of whole-body medicine and dentistry: diagnosis of root causes, purification and release, regeneration and rejuvenation, and harmonization and awareness. In addition, the two will discuss key themes from their recent book, Say Yes to LIFE! which offers clarity, innovative treatment approaches and hope for those suffering from chronic illness and cancer. This will be an interactive discussion with questions from the audience being encouraged by the presenters. Bioregulatory health care is an innovative approach to holistic health care that combines medical and dentistry expertise to provide whole body care for a patient that includes mind, body and spirit. For people with chronic illness and cancer, this is an approach that can offer them relief from symptoms as well as get to the root cause of their issues to better treat the disease from multiple angles, not just with medication or invasive therapies. Cost: $15 advance/$20 at the door. Special ticket package: $45 includes the book. Location: 120 Broadway, Six Cambridge Center, Cambridge. For more information, call 508748-0816 or visit See ad on page 6 and Resource Guide on page 36. Be sure to let our advertisers know you found them in

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A Free Introduction to Advaita Meditation


on Moir and Lalla McHugh will introduce the practice of Advaita Meditation from 7 to 8:30 p.m., May 14, at the Waltham Public Library. Advaita is a philosophical and spiritual tradition of self-realization. At the heart of Advaita is the concept of unity. The Sanskrit word advaita means “not two,” or nondual. This philosophy asserts that there is something essentially good, intelligent and awake in each of us— and that that something is no different from the essence of this creation. Advaita’s approach is fundamentally experiential. With guidance, practice and self-examination, individuals can experience deep peace and connect to the love and consciousness that underlie everything. Moir and McHugh have been members of the Advaita Meditation Center (AMC), in Waltham, for more than 20 years. They practice mantra meditation and participate in group meetings at AMC for the study and practice of non-dual philosophy as expounded in Advaita Vedanta texts and by modern teachers. Currently, as volunteers, they both teach meditation at AMC and guide new practitioners in meditation. Cost: Free. Location: 735 Main St., Waltham. For more information, visit

SBN’s 30th Annual Conference on Sustainable Business


he Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts will host its 30th annual Conference on Sustainable Business from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., May 31, at Natixis Investment Management, in Boston. This is a great opportunity to engage with other local, green and fair businesses in the area. The conference includes keynote speakers, breakout sessions, ignite-five-minute presentations, networking, catered lunch and a tour of one of the greenest buildings in Massachusetts. For three decades the Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts has brought businesses, community leaders and nonprofit organizations interested in joining forces together in order to create a more just and sustainable Massachusetts. Cost: SBN members and co-sponsors, $75; non-members, $95. Location: 888 Boylston St., Boston. For more information, call 617395-0250 or visit


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Johnson Compounding and Wellness Appreciates Their Customers

Johnson Compounding & Wellness will hold its popular Customer Appreciation Day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 1 at its location in Waltham. Representatives from many of their most highly regarded brands will be on hand with free samples and wellness tips from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visitors can enjoy tasty treats, amazing raffle prizes, informative short lectures from local practitioners and a 20 percent discount on all items for purchase. “Our customers are our greatest asset,” says John Walczyk, co-owner and pharmacist. “We are excited to share one of our favorite days with them.”

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Prenatal Yoga Reduces Caesareans and Labor Pain First-time mothers that practiced yoga beginning in the 30th week of pregnancy had fewer caesareans, fewer low-weight newborns and milder and briefer labor pains. They were also less likely to require painkillers or labor inducement. The Mangalore, India, hospital study, published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, included 150 women 20 to 35 years old that were pregnant for the first time and had no prior yoga experience. Half of the women did not do yoga, while the other half took 30-minute yoga classes once every week or two. Women in the yoga group were also more comfortable after giving birth.


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Mindfulness May Ease Menopausal Symptoms Women in menopause that are mindful and nonjudgmental of their thoughts are less irritable, anxious and depressed, reports a Mayo Clinic study recently published in Climacteric, the journal of the International Menopause Society. Researchers gave questionnaires to 1,744 menopausal patients 40 to 65 years old and found that those with higher mindfulness scores struggled less with common menopausal symptoms. Mindfulness didn’t lower hot flash and night sweat symptoms, however.

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Japanese researchers interviewed 1,003 Tokyo women over 70 years old about which of 16 types of exercise they did, including dancing, calisthenics, jogging, golf, ball games, hiking, yoga, bicycling and tai chi. In eight years of follow-up, those that danced were 73 percent less likely to be classified as impaired in any of the “activities of daily living” such as walking, cooking, dressing and bathing—a result not produced by the other physical activities. “Dancing requires not only balance, strength and endurance ability, but also cognitive ability: adaptability and concentration to move according to the music and partner; artistry for graceful and fluid motion; and memory for choreography,” writes lead author Yosuke Osuka, of the Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology.

Swedish seniors that took coenzyme Q10 and selenium during a four-year study were still benefiting 12 years later with a reduced cardiovascular mortality risk of more than 40 percent. In the original study, Linköping University researchers gave 443 independently living seniors over 70 years old either a placebo or 200 milligrams of CoQ10 and 200 milligrams of selenium per day. Those on the supplements showed a reduced risk of dying from cardiovascular disease, improved heart function, less hospitalization, more vitality and a better quality of life. Twelve years later, the researchers examined autopsies and death certificates, and found the supplement-takers had a lower risk of death compared to the placebo group, even if they had diabetes, high blood pressure or ischemic heart disease.

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Light Bulb Standards Weakened

Post-Coal Cash

Miners Becoming Beekeepers

As the Appalachian economy struggles with the loss of three-fifths of its coal mining jobs in the last three decades, a surprising option is emerging for some: beekeeping. The Appalachian Beekeeping Collective offers beekeeping training, including bees and equipment and ongoing mentoring, for displaced coal miners and low-income residents of mining towns; so far, about 35 people are participating. Landowners are donating property for the beehives, which will be maintained without pesticides or antibiotics. Honey from a single hive can bring in about $750 a season, or $15,000 per 20, and additional money can be made selling the beeswax for candles and lip balm. The beekeeping collective is part of Appalachian Headwaters, a nonprofit formed in 2016 with a $7.5 million lawsuit settlement from coal mine operator Alpha Natural Resources for violations of the Clean Water Act. The money has been used to fund environmental restoration projects and to develop sustainable economic opportunities in the coal mining communities of West Virginia.

Hatching a Record

Avian Senior Citizen Astounds Again

Being at least 68 years old didn’t deter Wisdom, a Laysan Albatross, from recently hatching another chick. The world’s oldest known banded wild bird, which roosts at the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, in Hawaii, has birthed and raised more than 30 chicks in her lifetime. She and her mate-for-life Akeakamai spent about two months incubating the new egg, and now they’ll raise the chick for five to six months before it flies out to sea. It is uncommon for albatross to return, lay and hatch an egg every single year, but the pair has produced a chick each year since 2006, say U.S Fish and Wildlife Service officials.

Higher federal standards for energy-efficient light bulbs established two years ago are in the process of being rolled back by the U.S. Department of Energy, part of a move toward widespread deregulation by the current administration. Consumers stand to lose about $100 per household per year in electric bill savings if the higher standards are not implemented, say critics. The wasted energy could result in more power plant pollution, which harms the environment and contributes to health problems like asthma. The plan would also stifle innovation, eliminating a powerful regulatory incentive for manufacturers and retailers to invest in high-quality, energy-efficient LED light bulbs.

Beyond Green Burial

Human Composting at the End of Life

Washington is poised to become the first state to make it legal to compost human remains. A bill allowing for the process, called natural organic reduction, as well as another called water cremation, has passed the state senate and is making its way to the house for a vote. Human composting involves placing a body in a tubular vessel and covering it with natural materials like wood chips and straw. Over several weeks, microbial activity breaks down the body into about a cubic yard of soil. Recompose, a company that wants to offer the practice as an alternative to traditional methods, worked with Washington State University to test its safety for environmental and human health. Six people donated their bodies for the study. The method alleviates much of the carbon footprint associated with both cremation and traditional casket burial.

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Digital Receipts Gain Momentum

Compared to newspapers, magazines and junk mail, retail sales receipts may seem inconsequential in their use of trees and their footprint on the environment. Yet, getting and handling that tabulation of a sale is a health hazard that contributes to landfills. Certainly, some receipts are required for tax records and product returns, but the vast majority serve no future purpose; there’s also a better and safer option than paper. reports the annual waste from receipts in the U.S. totals 686 million pounds, and that skipping receipts would save 12 billion pounds of carbon dioxide, the equivalent of 1

million cars on the road. The problem is getting worse as many retail outlets include special offers and other promotional information on receipts, making them longer and the corresponding amount of paper used greater. The Ecology Center, an educational nonprofit located in San Juan Capistrano, California, estimates that 93 percent of paper receipts are coated with Bisphenol-A (BPA) or Bisphenol-S (BPS), endocrine disrupters that are used as color developers to help make the receipts more legible. However, the presence of either makes them ineligible for recycling. According to Green America (, BPA that can be “absorbed into our bodies through our hands in mere seconds,” can impact fetal development and “is linked to reproductive impairment, Type 2 diabetes, thyroid conditions and other health concerns.” Employees that regularly handle receipts have 30 percent more BPA or BPS in their bodies. In January, California Assembly member Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) introduced legislation (AB 161) nicknamed “skip the slip”, which would require retailers to offer digital receipts to customers. If it passes, it will be the first such law in the country.

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On the Brink

Monarchs Need Species Protections

Being listed as part of the Endangered Species Act would protect monarch butterflies. In the 1980s, about 4.5 million butterflies spent winters along the California coast. This season’s stay is shaping up to consist of only about 30,000. Fully 99 percent of the species listed under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 are still with us today. To urge the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to give monarch butterflies the proven protection of the Endangered Species Act in June, sign the petition at


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Obstructive Sleep Apnea

An Often-Missed Diagnosis in Women by Amparo M. David


frequent trips to the bathroom at night. Daytime symptoms of OSA in women often include mood symptoms, such as feeling depressed, anxious, irritable, impatient and constant fatigue. They may struggle to stay awake or may fall asleep in inappropriate places, like at work or in public. Mental effects of sleep apnea are forgetfulness, foggy thinking and difficulty concentrating. The source of a woman’s OSA symptoms can be misdiagnosed because of the overlapping symptoms associated with hormone changes and depression. Women are more likely to be prescribed prescription medications (such as antidepressants or hormone replacement therapy) rather than a sleep study for further testing. Complicating matters is women's answers to certain questions may mislead a clinician to assume the problem is insomnia because they report how they feel when they are trying to get to sleep, and it makes it sound like insomnia instead of sleep apnea. Hormone changes after menopause not only increase the likelihood of sleep apnea, but the symptoms of the OSA are often disregarded as the effects of menopause or simply, “getting older”. Obstructive sleep apnea affects women indirectly as well. Studies have shown that suffering from OSA in one partner is associated with higher levels of stress and depression in both partners. Women may be more sensitive to both soothing and stressful effects of co-sleeping. Spouses of snorers are more frequently affected by sleep-related problems (insomnia, morning headache, daytime sleepiness and fatigue), regardless of sleep situation (co-sleeping or separate bedrooms). Use of CPAP in treating OSA improves the quality of life in both partners.

the stereotype. ccording to the American Acad The truth is that sleep apnea affects emy of Sleep Medicine, it is estimany different people, including those mated that as many as 26 percent of normal weight, any gender or age, and of adults ages 30 to 70 have obstructive some who don’t even snore. Women are sleep apnea (OSA). Women are less often less likely to report loud, chronic snoring. diagnosed with sleep apnea than men. Their snoring is often much lighter and Though men are only twice as likely to breathing problems are less noticeable. have OSA, they are diagnosed eight times Apnea events for women are shorter and more than women. Women are under-dihappen less frequently. agnosed and under-served for this condition. With this knowledge, patients and Symptoms for Women with OSA doctors can improve the quality of life for Women with OSA are more likely to rewomen. port night time symptoms of insomnia, There are a few factors that lead to restless leg syndrome, waking often or the underdiagnoses or misdiagnoses of female sleep apnea patients, starting with the perception of what a sleep apnea patient should look like. Many people picture someone with OSA to be an overweight, older male f you have symptoms that could be related to sleep apnea, talk with a thick neck and a loud to your doctor. Be sure to let them know that you would like snore. Though these attributes a sleep study to rule out a sleep disorder or obstructive sleep are risk factors, they do not offer a complete picture of OSA apnea. If you do receive a diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea, some treatment options may include CPAP, a sleep apnea oral patients. These preconceived ideas about the appearance of appliance, orofacial myofunctional therapy, nutrition and weight loss, release of tethered oral tissues, an evaluation with an ENT, an apnea patient may cause a doctor to overlook symptoms laser therapy for lax palatal tissue (Nightlase), vitamin supplementation or any combination of these treatments. when the patient doesn’t fit


Diagnosis and Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

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Dr. Amparo M. David, DMD, has her own practice, Dentistry by Dr. David, located at 563 Main St., Bolton, where she practices general and cosmetic dentistry and orthodontics. She also has completed a residency in dental sleep medicine and sleep apnea and is able to assist some of her patients with this common problem. For more information, call 978-779-2888 or visit See ad on page 7 and Resource Guide on page 36. May 2019


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Self-Care As Bedrock

HER SOUL IN BLOOM Self-Care for All Stages of Life by Marlaina Donato


o be female is to be Self-care does Expectation Hangover: Overblessed with an innate Disappointment in not necessarily coming gift for multitasking, Work, Love, and Life. have to involve The San Diego-based but in our fast-paced, jampacked world, daily life for time; it’s a way motivational speaker views most women is a juggling act self-care to be as vital as of being. that can come with a steep education. “Women are not price tag if self-care isn’t on ~Christine Hassler taught in high school and the to-do list. Depression, college how to take care of anxiety and feeling overwhelmed are all themselves. Prioritizing self-care is so imtoo common. According to the National portant. I see so many young women with Alliance on Mental Illness, one in eight adrenal or thyroid burnout and eating women experience depression during their disorders. All of that comes down to stress, lifetime—twice the rate of men. relationship to self and lack of self-care.” The personal interests of women in Seasons of a Woman’s Life their 30s and 40s trying to balance motherhood and career often get lost in the tanEach decade poses unique challenges. For women in their 20s and early 30s, compar- gled underbrush of daily logistics. There can be a deep longing for identity well into ing and finding one’s own path can be sigthe 50s, especially when children leave the nificant. “The feminist movement of our nest. Fears of aging and loneliness often mothers’ generation opened doors, but so accompany women 60 and older. By pasmany 20- and 30-something women have sionately and joyously taking care of body interpreted that as, ‘I have to do everyand spirit, women of any generation can thing and be everything,’” says Christine find renewal. Hassler, life coach and author of 14

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Women play vital roles in family and community, much like the foundation of a sound building, and if self-care is not the bedrock, all that is supported by it is likely to be compromised. “I believe we’ve taken the bait, the promise that if we arrange our life circumstances just so, we’ll feel ease and happiness. We’re getting to a place as a collective where we see a bankruptcy in that,” says Miami-based holistic women’s psychiatrist Dr. Kelly Brogan, bestselling author of A Mind of Your Own: The Truth About Depression and How Women Can Heal Their Bodies to Reclaim Their Lives. Body-mind-spirit self-care is the heart of Brogan’s approach, and self-love is the lifeblood. “Self-love is quite elusive for most of us, perhaps because our self-esteem is contingent [upon it], and we only feel good about ourselves under certain circumstances. The daily choice to prioritize caring for oneself can ultimately lead to an experience of self-love and wholeness,” says Brogan, who compares a ritualized system of daily self-care that comes first to putting on the proverbial oxygen mask before attempting to meet the needs of others. “Balancing self-love and caring for others starts with recognizing and accepting that it’s possible for you to effectively do both. Self-love at the soul level is the catalyst for healing on all levels, which in turn drives our level of self-worth,” concurs Teigan Draig, a spiritual life coach and busy home-schooling mom in Spencerville, Ohio. She reminds us that putting our needs above the wants of others is not being selfish, but is an emotional necessity that helps women get out of the loop of self-defeatism and self-sabotage. “The first step to finding your fire is learning to love yourself, all of yourself. Self-care and selflove are a total wellness package.”

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The daily choice to prioritize caring for oneself can ultimately lead to an experience of self-love and wholeness.

Benefits of Self-Nourishment

Many psychologists agree that self-care can help to improve concentration, promote relaxation, fortify relationships and boost productivity. Most women crave more me-time, but don’t know how to implement change. “Without a premise of self-care, we react based on stress patterns. We react with more tension, irritability, guilt and obligation. We say, ‘Yes’ when we want to say, ‘No’. However, when we take stock in our physical, emotional and spiritual well-being, we’re less reactive,” observes Hassler, who underscores self-care as an investment for life. “Most women have inner critics and a negative relationship with self. Self-care is essential so we can turn down the volume of the inner critic, stop people-pleasing and make self-honoring choices.” Balancing motherhood and career or other obligations can leave many women running on empty and resentful. “We would never tell a loved one who desperately needed some TLC to get over it and just keep going. As busy women, when we don’t take the time to care for ourselves, the consequence is our children getting a mom who is preoccupied, anxious and disconnected,” says women’s life coach Veronica Paris, in San Diego. Catering to everyone’s desires and spreading ourselves too thin can backfire. Paris asks, “How do I want my kids to look back on me as a mother? By taking the time to self-care, we’re taking accountability for how we want to show up in our world rather than shape-shifting from one situation to the next. We can teach our children how to do the same.”

Our Emotions As Wellspring

For too many women, another common byproduct of self-neglect can be emotional numbing and feeling “flatlined”. A toxic or addictive relationship to food, alcohol or shopping can be a symptom of a deep need to nourish the self and give a voice to suppressed feelings. “One of our greatest challenges is that we’ve become disconnected from our deep seat of power, which is our capacity to feel,” says Brogan. “We’ve been enculturated to disregard our experience of feeling emotions, and because of this, it’s been reduced to a very narrow bandwidth.” Brogan believes that it is key for women to reestablish a connection to

Sometimes my daily me-time was only five minutes here or 10 minutes there, but it saved my sanity. ~Teigan Draig nature’s rhythms and their own feminine, fluid energy, as well as giving up the need to control. “I think it’s the work of many women to understand that we’re not here to meet the needs of everyone on the planet—and with our loved ones, it disempowers them as much as we’re feeling disempowered. We’re here to meet our own needs and then offer compassion and

SIMPLE SELF-CARE STRATEGIES 4 Schedule me-time on the calendar. 4 Unplug from gadgets. 4 Spend lunch breaks in the park. 4 Rest before hitting the wall of exhaustion. 4 Take 10 minutes to stretch and breathe in the morning. 4 Meditate in the shower; choose a luxurious, natural, body wash. 4 Wear your favorite jewelry. 4 Designate a beautiful tea cup or coffee mug to use on hectic work days. 4 Buy yourself flowers; take yourself out to lunch or a museum. 4 Sprinkle lavender, rose geranium or ylang ylang essential oil on your sheets. 4 Opt for a gentle workout instead of a high-intensity session when tired. 4 Choose a healthy breakfast. 4 Play, be silly and be a kid again. 4 Designate 15 to 20 minutes after the workday to color, doodle or journal. 4 Listen to your favorite music during commuting or cleaning the house. 4 Abandon perfectionism. 4 Connect to a higher power, however you define it, even if it is inner peace.

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caring in a way that comes from a more boundaried space.” Hassler affirms that when women are fully present, every aspect of life can be viewed through a clearer lens. “Self-care helps us tap into our super power, which is our intuition, and by doing that, we know what we need and act on that.”

Thrive With Small Changes

Beginning the day with self-care can be as simple as taking the time to meditate and breathe deeply for a minute or two before getting out of bed and opting for a healthier breakfast. Feeding our senses and feasting on what gives us joy can be a way of life. “Self-care does not necessarily have to involve time; it’s a way of being,” says Hassler. “The more time we spend on self-care tells the subconscious mind that we’re worth it.” Draig suggests setting personal boundaries, and part of this means reserving time for ourselves. “When I became a new mother, I was running on fumes. Sometimes my daily me-time was only five minutes here or 10 minutes there, but it saved my sanity. Learn to schedule self-care time in your calendar as you would anything else,” she says, noting, “My house was not always spotless, but it was a trade I was willing to make so I could take care of myself and be a better mother.” Being innovative can be an ally. “Ten minutes walking the dog or taking the baby out in a stroller can become 10 minutes spent saying positive self-affirmations,” suggests Paris. “That 15-minute drive can be spent deep breathing instead of listening to the news on the radio.” Blooming into our best possible self is returning to our essence. “It’s about taking off the masks, no longer living according to expectations and other people. It’s about radical self-acceptance,” says Hassler. Each decade poses an invitation to grow and commit to self-nourishment. “There will be days where you feel like you can’t get the hang of it, but you’ll arrive, and when you do, no matter what age you are, it can be magical,” Draig says. Marlaina Donato is a composer and author of several books in women’s spirituality and holistic health. Connect at May 2019


Mental Health Diet Using Food as Medicine for Anxiety and Depression by Bridgitte Carroll


iagnosed mental health disorders have been on an incline in recent years. The availability of mental health services has also increased; however, many times the predominant discussion surrounding treatment includes pharmaceuticals. While these may be indicated in many cases, the medications prescribed don’t address the root cause of the dysfunction. Inflammation is a driving force in developing most chronic diseases, including mental health disorders like anxiety and depression. Whether it is in conjunction with medication or alone, consuming an anti-inflammatory diet, focusing on gut health and using targeted supplementation allow someone to improve their mental health symptoms in the short term but also prosper in the long term with optimal health. 16

Anti-inflammatory diet

The greatest strategy to decrease inflammation and thus support optimal mental health is through consuming an anti-inflammatory diet where food is used as medicine. An anti-inflammatory diet is high in phytonutrients, which are the beneficial, health-promoting compounds in plants. They are simple to recognize as each color of the rainbow connects to a different group of these beneficial plant compounds. When grocery shopping, try adding new colors of recognizable vegetables like purple carrots or orange sweet potatoes. It’s also important to create balance within each meal by including healthy fats like avocado or olive oil, protein like salmon or pastured chicken, carbohydrates like sweet potatoes and plentiful color with a wide variety of vegetables.

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Removing foods can play an important role in reducing the body’s inflammatory response. Gluten, refined sugar and caffeine are the most problematic when it comes to mental health. Gluten decreases the protective barrier in the gut, causing microscopic openings in the gut lining that negatively influence the body’s inflammatory response (also termed “leaky gut syndrome”). Sugar can cause an imbalance of bacteria in the gut, specifically leading to an overgrowth of bad bacteria and yeast that can lead to mental health dysfunction. Additionally, caffeine may also play a role in anxiety as it increases our stress hormone cortisol. If you’re not ready to give up your morning cup of Joe, consider switching to half-caffeinated or adding adaptogens or medicinal mushrooms such as lion’s mane or reishi. To determine if these foods or food groups are causing dysfunction, remove for three months then introduce one at a time, one week apart. Take note of how the body feels during this reintroduction phase.

Gut Health

It is imperative to evaluate the health of the gut when rebalancing the system from mental health dysfunction. The gut is also known as “the second brain” as it connects directly to the brain through the vagus nerve which allows bi-directional signals to and from the gut to the brain. If one is out of balance, it will influence the other. The health of the gut is largely determined by its balance of good and bad bacteria; this bacterial community is called the microbiome. Too much or the wrong types of the pathogenic bad bacteria play a large role in mental health and can increase dopamine levels, exacerbating anxious feelings. Additionally, serotonin is made in the gut and can be dysregulated when the microbiome is imbalanced. Overall gut health can be evaluated by a comprehensive stool test or working with a knowledgeable functional medicine practitioner. After determining imbalances, a personalized protocol is developed and may include removing pathogenic bacteria with targeted plant compounds and increasing beneficial bacteria through probiotics and food.

Whether it is in conjunction with medication or alone, consuming an antiinflammatory diet, focusing on gut health and using targeted supplementation allow someone to improve their mental health symptoms.


Supplementation can be very useful in seeing and feeling quick results. To reduce the inflammatory burden on the system, certain forms of curcumin, fish oil, CBD and probiotics can be beneficial. There are other herbs called adaptogens that don’t address the root cause of dysfunction but can be a safe alternative to pharmaceuticals and allow someone to feel better within days. It’s helpful to note that herbs are synergistic, which means that they typically work better in a blend of several different herbs versus one single herb. They also are powerful and may interfere with other supplements and medications. Each person should seek a knowledgeable healthcare practitioner or reputable wellness store that can guide them with choosing the best supplement or protocol for their unique body. Bridgitte Carroll, MS, RDN, LDN, is an integrative and functional dietitian in Waltham. She works one-on-one with clients utilizing a systems approach to get to the root cause of bodily imbalances. She is currently accepting new clients at Johnson Compounding and Wellness, 577 Main St., Waltham. For more information, call 781-893-3870 or visit See ad on this page and Resource Guide on page 37. Be sure to let our advertisers know you found them in

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allows the patient to identify where their inflammation may be and work to correct it. Taking a proactive approach to health, thermal imaging gives individuals the map for potential triggers and for making lifestyle changes that can help fix the physiology of the body. Thermography allows for gaining knowledge and making informed choices. By making just a few changes, we can live healthier and longer lives. Following is a list of practices that can significantly reduce inflammation and reverse the risk for disease and cancer:  Let Food and Supplements Be Your Medicine

Heat pattern between the breasts identifies lower esophageal inflammation that over time can develop into Barrett’s Esophagus or esophageal cancer.

Detecting Inflammation with Thermography A Proactive Approach to Health by Sue Saari


cute inflammation is the body’s natural immune response, generally a positive reaction to an irritant or damage. It may show up as redness, swelling, heat, pain and or loss of function, like cystitis, a cold, or infected finger. It is how our body communicates that something is wrong, and it fixes itself. Chronic inflammation can develop from acute inflammation or build slowly over time and have devastating effects as in leaky gut, esophageal cancer, or diabetes. People don’t just wake up one morning in a diseased state; it most often develops slowly over time throwing off one’s body chemistry and even sometimes changing our DNA. If not looking for it, it often goes undetected. Most chronic, low-grade inflammation cannot be detected with 18

conventional testing. Thermography is a way to detect that something may be brewing, that our health gyroscope is off. Thermography is a tool used to look for physiological changes in the breast and body that are compatible for cancer and disease. This information is valuable. Thermal images can show if the breast and/ or body is physiologically malfunctioning and needs to be corrected. Like a car that is making noise, we bring it in for diagnosis; we don’t ignore it. When a patient comes in for thermal imaging, they may have symptoms or not. A health history is recorded and then pictures are taken. These are then sent off to medical doctors that are thermologists. The doctor then creates a report of their impressions. Reviewing the report

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Eat organic as much as possible; juice or smoothie raw foods, broccoli and broccoli sprouts, seaweeds for iodine, pure water, probiotics, sunlight or Vitamin D3 and K2 if low, krill oil or ground flax seed for Omega 3s, organic coconut oil and olive oil, mushrooms of all types but especially Maitake and Reishi, blueberries, cherries, ginger, turmeric, holy basil, pineapple, papaya, miso, chia seeds, liposomal Vitamin C, resveratrol and melatonin for sleep if low.  Eliminate Toxic Exposure Reduce daily exposure to environmental toxins in the home and in the body: sinus rinsing; brush your teeth with baking soda; if you can’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin; throw out the plastic and use glass; use a corded telephone as much as possible; do not use dryer sheets; turn off the modem at night; and remove mercury amalgams safely.

 Balance Your Energy and Move Your Body

Take part in healing arts and practices that balance the body: massage, chiropractic, acupuncture, yoga, tai chi, reiki, reflexology, meditation, positive self-speak and breath work. Exercise daily: walk, swim, swing the arms. Decongest breast tissue with self-breast massage.  Heal the Emotional Hurts Clear the body of toxic emotions that have created stress and disease in the body.  De-stress Stop and examine life’s priorities and remember to name yourself as one of those priorities. Do something good and relaxing for yourself.

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The silent causes of aging and disease are silent no longer when we monitor our health with thermography and address the imbalances. Sue Saari is co-owner of Metrowest Thermal Imaging, located at 364 Boston Turnpike Rd., Shrewsbury and 15 mobile locations. She is a licensed acupuncturist and a certified thermographer. For more information, call 508-425-3300 or visit See ad on page 24 and Resource Guide on page 39.

Never forget the three powerful resources you always have available to you: love, prayer and forgiveness. ~H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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Pet parents can groom, bathe and massage pets with the hypo-allergenic, bio-friendly components of HandsOn Gloves, carefully designed and clinically proven to be safe for use with humans and animals.These grooming gloves work wet or dry allowing for the perfect combination of scrubbing nodules on fingers and palms. The gloves are also a handy innovation to help remove pet fur off of furnishings, car seats and more, making it a multi-purpose tool. Your pets will love grooming time even more now. 20

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The purest and most potent broad-spectrum, adaptogenic, superherb powders that help the body reduce inflammation, Root & Bones' lineup of powerful adaptogens effectively counteract physical, emotional and environmental stressors. Decreasing or harmonizing one’s cortisol and other stress hormone levels, regular use cultivates thriving inner and outer health. Designed with convenience in mind, Root & Bones products can be smoothly integrated into a busy lifestyle and easily blended into coffee, tea, water, smoothies or baked goods. Add these two products to a wellness gift basket for any loved one that suffers from migraines. Changes in barometric pressure are a common migraine trigger. WeatherX earplugs allow air to flow through a CeramX filter that helps regulate the barometric weather, so a person experiences a more gradual change in pressure and, more importantly, a less intense headache. The WeatherX app sends push notifications alerting you to insert the plugs prior to a barometric pressure shift. Another powerful addition to your migraine toolbox is the Migrastil Migraine Stick. Apply Migraine Stick roll-on to the temples and back of neck as needed. Cooling relief made in the USA from all-natural essential oils. Vegan, cruelty-free and comes with a 90-day, no hassle, money back guarantee.

Alchemi Labs is a line of hats created specifically to help with protection against the sun’s harmful rays. Made of the same material that protects astronauts from solar rays, Alchemi Labs hats block 99.8% of skin-damaging UV rays, as well as skin-damaging ultra-violet rays. Moisture-wicking sweatband and aggressive ventilation aids in cooling and can help prevent heat stroke. Used by professional distance runners, beach lovers, gardeners, outdoor adventure seekers and more. Unisex and five styles to choose from, including the River Hat, Expedition Hat, Desert Hat, Sun Cap and Bucket Hat. Be sure to let our advertisers know you found them in

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Breast Implant Warriors Unite by Linda Sechrist


he U.S. Surgeon General’s warning on cigarettes hasn’t prevented individuals from smoking, nor has the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) list of risks and complications associated with breast implants kept women from undergoing voluntary breast augmentation. Since 1997, the number of saline- and silicone-filled breast implant surgeries has tripled. According to the National Center for Health Research (NCHR), more than 400,000 women and teenagers undergo breast implant surgeries every year, with 75 percent for augmentation of healthy breasts and 25 percent for reconstruction after mastectomies. The marked increase in surgeries implanting these Class III “high risk” medical devices includes many women that undergo procedures to replace old implants that have broken or caused other problems. An estimated 40,000 U.S. women a year have the surgery to remove the implants entirely. These “explants” stem from a variety of issues, from rupture or delayed wound healing to broken implants that have caused breast pain, capsule contracture, spontaneous deflation, breast lesion, infection, wrinkling/scalloping and necrosis. Another reason for removal is the growing concern about the reported incidence of breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL), a treatable T-cell lymphoma, and breast implant illness (BII) associated with both silicone and saline implants. 22

The FDA first sounded the alarm about the rare lymphoma in 2011, linking it to implants with textured, Velcro-like outer shells. In February, the federal agency issued a letter to healthcare providers seeking to increase awareness “about an association between all breast implants, regardless of filling or texture,” and BIA-ALCL. On the issue of BII and other problems reported by women with implants, the FDA has remained largely silent, suggesting that “studies would need to be larger and longer than these conducted so far.” However, the number of women with implants reporting health problems has prompted the FDA to demand that two manufacturers of the devices conduct proper long-term health studies. The agency sent out letters in March warning of deficiencies in FDA-required research and the possibility that their products could be taken off the market. The move is considered to be a victory for patient activism. groups/HealingBreastImplantIllness has become a sanctuary for more than 68,000 women that report a range of symptoms associated with BII. Nicole Daruda, of Vancouver Island, Canada, says she created the group to support women that visited her website,, where she told her personal BII story that began with implant surgery in 2005. “I never anticipated an avalanche of women’s stories about the symptoms

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that I endured before having my explant surgery in 2015.” After hearing from other women, Daruda felt affirmed in her suspicions that implants had caused her fatigue, brain fog, memory loss, headaches, joint and muscle pain, hair loss, recurring infections, swollen lymph nodes, rashes, irritable bowel syndrome and problems with thyroid and adrenal glands. “I believe that various doctors pigeonholed my symptoms into the category of autoimmune disorders because few general practitioners are aware of BII.” Diana Hoppe, M.D., a board-certified OB/GYN in Encinitas, California, never heard of BII until earlier this year. “Doctors rely on published, evidence-based study results, and while there are none linking connective tissue disorders and breast implants, I suspect that the outcomes of studies conducted by breast implant manufacturers are equally as suspicious as the outcomes of studies done by the manufacturers of cigarettes.” One longtime BII combatant says, “My body mounted an all-out war, in the form of a foreign body immune response.” She learned about BII from BreastImplantIllness, but is unable to afford the explant surgery that would remove the apparently toxic invaders. NCHR reports that at the time of explant surgery, approximately three out of five women have had implants and their unhealthy symptoms for 10 years or more. After explant surgery, 89 percent of the women report improvement. However, explant surgery is just the first step. Daruda used chelation and the protocols of Gerson Therapy, a natural treatment that activates the body’s ability to heal itself through an organic, plantbased diet, raw juices, coffee enemas and supplements. “It took me four years to recuperate,” she says. “It didn’t take that long to know the lesson I wanted to share with other women: Self-love and self-worth are more important than society’s false concepts of beauty. The essence of who we are is not tied to any body part.” Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

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The Mother Our Souls Need Connecting With the Energy That Made Us by Christiane Northrup


his Mother’s Day, I want to tell you about a different way to think about your mother and about yourself—a way that is deeply true and liberating, no matter what is going on with your mother. On a soul level, we’re old friends with our mothers. And they signed up for assisting us on our souls’ journeys big time—by being willing to take on the role of our mother. And no matter how well they did or didn’t do that job, we have a job, too: to realize that though we might not have had the mother we wanted, we all got the mother our souls needed. What’s more, every single one of us can connect right now with the mother energy that made all of our bodies in the first place—the Earth herself. It has been said that when you lavish your attention on the Earth—on a flower, or a stream or any aspect of nature—that energy loves you right back. In the book series The Ringing Cedars, Anastasia refers to the land you live on and love as, “Love dissolved in

space.” You can feel this when you travel to parks and gardens, farms and yards that have been loved by those who live there. This mothering energy is available to each of us from the Earth and from Mother Nature—no matter what has happened with your biological mother. So here is my prescription for a glorious Mother’s Day. Call your mother—in spirit, if she is no longer in a body—or if speaking with her directly is too painful. Here’s a special prayer: “With my Spirit, I send Divine Love to my mother’s Spirit.” That’s it. Just say this prayer. With your whole heart. And let go of the outcome. Happy Mother’s Day. Christiane Northrup, M.D., is a leading authority in the field of women’s health and wellness. The full text of this excerpt, reprinted with permission, appears at © Christiane Northrup, Inc. All rights reserved.

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t’s May, and the temperature is rising, as is the sap and green shoots. It’s the perfect time to involve kids in growing their own garden that will get them outdoors, teach them planning and perseverance, and develop their motor, literacy and scientific skills. A South Korean study found that gardening provides both high- and moderate-intensity exercise for kids. It builds good eating habits, too: A British study of 46 9- and 10-year-olds found that they ate 26 percent more vegetables and fruit after growing a school garden, and a University of Florida study of 1,351 college students showed them more likely to eat veggies if they had gardened as children. For the most gratifying results, give kids a sense of ownership. “Let them make the decisions and be in charge of the care

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of the garden as much as developmentally possible,” advises Sarah Pounders, senior education specialist at, in Burlington, Vermont.

Getting Started

Order some seed catalogues, look online—or better yet, take a child to the local garden nursery. Let them decide what to grow. Their choices are as diverse as their interests. Veggies, flowers and plants that draw butterflies each have their own appeal. Some, like sunflowers, radishes and lettuce, are fast-growing, offering quick gratification. Or, they can choose a theme. “If your child likes Italian food, plant tomatoes and basil. If they enjoy Mexican food, then peppers and cilantro. For flowers—zinnias and cosmos—let them make flower arrangements from early summer

into the fall,” suggests Susan Brandt, of Bristow, Virginia, co-founder of the gardening site Visiting a plant nursery offers the perfect opportunity to put kids on the path to healthy living. Point out and discuss the differences between organic and nonorganic seeds and between chemical fertilizers containing Roundup—labeled “Keep Out of Reach of Children”—and organic fertilizers containing fish, seaweed and other natural nutrients.

Choose the Spot

Have Fun

“Let them add personal touches like stepping stones, signs and other decorations that let them express their personality in their garden space,” says Pounders. Help them build a scarecrow, bird feeder, toad house, bird bath, sundial or a tent. Make a teepee or small enclosure and cover it with flowers, vines or climbing beans.

Harvest the Crop

After picking ripe vegetables, kids can find recipes and prepare snacks or a dish;

arrange plucked flowers in vases and take photos; do craft activities with seeds, plants and flowers, like making potpourri or framing dried flowers; or throw a garden-themed party with favors that include herbs or seed packets. “You could have a ‘pa-jam-a’ party. Kids could wear their pajamas, pick berries, and make jam to take home,” suggests Sandborn. Ronica A. O’Hara is a Denver-based freelance health writer. Connect at

A three-foot-by-three-foot plot is an ideal size for a child’s garden, as long as it gets lots of sunshine. If living in an urban area, go with pots of soil in a sunny window.

Get the Right Tools

For young kids with short attention spans, small plastic spades, rakes and hoes might work. But older kids need hardier tools. Get them properly fitted garden gloves, plus sunhats and sunscreen.

Plant the Seeds

Help them read and interpret the seed package directions, if necessary, and use a ruler to measure proper spacing. “I always try to have a mix of plants that start from seed and from transplants, so that kids can have both immediate and delayed gratification,” says Pounders.

Water, Weed and Mulch

Show them how to use the watering can or hose properly, usually watering only when the soil is dry to a depth of one inch. They can mix their own non-toxic pesticide out of vinegar and salt, and spread such organic mulches as straw, newspaper, grass clippings and leaves to discourage weeds.

Get Scientific

“They can look at the soil to see all the living creatures in it, which is especially fun through a microscope,” says Dixie Sandborn, an extension specialist at Michigan State University. “They can learn about vermiculture by making a worm bin and feeding the worms their table scraps.” With a ruler, they can measure the growth of various plants and create a chart comparing rates. By taking photos or drawing pictures on a daily or weekly basis, they can compile an album, along with their commentary on weather patterns. Be sure to let our advertisers know you found them in

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Discover Their Secret Language by April Thompson


hile flowers are known to lean toward light, a growing body of research is demonstrating plants also respond to sounds and scents—and then herald the news to their neighbors. Far from being passive life forms, members of the plant kingdom are adept at interacting with their environments and with each other. “Plants don’t have specialized sense organs, but like animals, plants are very capable of sensing their environment. They perceive cues, weigh different alternatives and allocate resources in very sophisticated ways,” says Richard Karban, professor of entomology at the University of California at Davis and the author of Plant Sensing and Communication.

Better Living Through Chemistry

Early evidence of plant communication was discovered by accident, according to Jack Schultz, senior executive director of research development at the University of Toledo, in Ohio. “In the 1970s, researchers began to notice plants under attack respond by increasing defensive chemistry—things that make a plant distasteful or toxic to predators,” he says. Researchers noticed that control plants also seemed to respond to their neighbors being attacked. Since then, Schultz, Karban and other investigators have discovered that plants emit complex profiles of odors in the form of volatile compounds that can be picked up by other plants, as well as insects. Studying sagebrush in the Sierra Nevada mountains, Karban found that plants under duress emit chemical cues that trigger nearby plants to increase their defenses. These odors vary with the type of threat and time, working to attract pollinators during the day and fending off enemies at night, Schultz says. A plant being eaten by an insect may release 26

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a chemical that attracts predatory insects looking for herbivore prey. “There is a clear adaptive advantage in attracting the ‘enemy of your enemy’, who can act as a bodyguard for the plant being attacked.” Smells are just part of a plant’s multisensory life, says Heidi Appel, a professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Toledo and one of Schultz’s collaborators. Appel’s research with collaborator Rex Cocroft, at the University of Missouri, demonstrates they’re listening for threats, too. Her lab exposed plants from the mustard family to the sound of a caterpillar feeding, with control plants in silence or “listening” to a recording of the wind or other insects, and found that those vibrations didn’t effect the same defensive-priming response as that of the plant-munching caterpillar. “Plants have no special sense organs, so their sophisticated sense of hearing is very surprising,” says Appel.

Nature’s Networks

Karban’s lab isolated plants to determine that their chemical signals were transmitted by air rather than soil or root systems. Yet researcher Suzanne Simard, a professor of forest ecology at the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, is digging into the underground connections, finding that trees are interacting with one another below the ground in complex ways. Trees have a symbiotic relationship with fungi that’s built on a mutually beneficial exchange of nutrients, says Simard.

This underground network links root systems of trees together, enabling them to exchange carbon, water and other nutrients in a kind of natural balance sheet. Simard discovered these networks had hubs—typically older “mother trees”—that can connect to hundreds of saplings and send them excess carbon that can quadruple their survival rates. Simard also found that trees engage in “defense signaling” similar to plants, increasing their natural defenses in response to damage inflicted on their neighbors, but only if the mycorrhizal networks of fungi that aid in sending such messages are intact. Simard’s research seeks to understand how environmental threats like climate change and logging may further disrupt these communication networks. Recognizing all of the communication that exists between plants, we might wonder if human words of encouragement can help them grow. Perhaps, but not for the reasons one might hope, says Appel. “Whenever we feel a sense of connection to another life form, we are more likely to take better care of it,” says the researcher. “We underestimate what plants can do because their communication is invisible to us. Yet we also have to be careful about overestimating their abilities. We need an understanding to be driven by science, and not wishful thinking.” April Thompson is a freelance writer in Washington, D.C. Contact her at

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Bodywork for Trauma and Grief by Marlaina Donato


assage is often jective: get us to safety. Yet, Like a perfect associated with many times, the amygdadance partner, a spa-like pamperla—the part of the brain skilled bodywork that plays a key role in this ing, yet it is also an effective therapy for reducing practitioner follows process—becomes hyper physical and emotional and falsely perceives the nervous system alert pain. Bodywork can lower danger when there is none. blood pressure and reduce and helps the client Trauma becomes hardstress hormones, which wired into the nervous access sources in turn helps to balance system. Pain syndromes of trauma. blood sugar and boost and tension are common immunity. A surge of the symptoms. ~Lissa Wheeler feel-good neurotrans No matter what the mitters serotonin and dopamine is also a pattern for handling trauma, it takes a lot of natural perk of rubdowns. work for the body to repress emotions, and On the emotional level, massage therit will create tension in the form of “armorapy can offer profound benefits for anyone ing” to defend against unwanted feelings. experiencing acute grief or the effects of a “Trauma is a physiological experience. Body traumatic past. A Swedish study published tension that results from unresolved trauma in the Journal of Clinical Nursing shows that will not respond to only releasing muscle bereaved individuals that received 25-mintension,” explains Lissa Wheeler, author of ute hand and/or foot massages once a week Engaging Resilience: Heal the Physical Impact for eight weeks felt greater comfort and of Emotional Trauma: A Guide for Bodywork were more capable of coping with stress. Practitioners. Wheeler’s Medford, Massachusetts, practice focuses on releasing emotional The Body’s Pain Language patterns locked in tissue memory. “When When the “fight-or-flight” stress response the nervous system is frozen in a state of is activated in the presence of danger or threat long after the actual threat is gone, emotional distress, the body has one ob-

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all of the body’s activities of healthy regulation are challenged. This affects not only skeletal muscles, but also smooth muscle such as what’s found in the gastrointestinal tract. Sleep problems and teeth grinding can also result.”

Cellular Memory and CranioSacral Therapy

Swedish massage, Thai massage and shiatsu are all ideal treatments for chronic pain, grief and emotional imprints locked within the body’s cellular consciousness. CranioSacral Therapy (CST) offers a gentler alternative. “CranioSacral Therapy can unravel cellular stories and assist in freeing repressed or preverbal emotions from childhood,” says Seattle-based CST therapist Barbara Coon. “Experiences are held in the body. Stress and muscular tension activate the vagus nerve, and CST focuses on calming [it].” The vagus nerve facilitates communication between the brain and the heart, lungs and gut. Coon attests to the modality’s body-centered support for reducing anxiety, depression, panic attacks, memory loss, sleep disturbances and grief. “Some people respond well to deep tissue work, while others do better with the gentleness of CranioSacral Therapy,” says Wheeler. “Like a perfect dance partner, a skilled bodywork practitioner follows the nervous system and helps the client access sources of trauma.”


Healing Frequencies

Clinical aromatherapy and therapeutic sound can also play a vital role in emotional healing, especially when combined with bodywork. Kelli Passeri, a massage therapist and owner of Sound and Stone Massage, in Pittsburg, Kansas, utilizes a subwoofer speaker beneath her massage table so clients can feel the vibrations of the music. “I play music recorded in specific frequencies that align with the body and the chakras or energy centers to help rebalance the energy body,” says Passeri, who also uses rose quartz crystals in her hot stone sessions. She relies on aromatherapy blends that promote opening on both physical and emotional levels. Passeri has observed common pain patterns in her clients that often don’t have a physical cause. “The sacrum tends to hold on to lifelong traumatic emotions from childhood, and the shoulders tend to reflect more current emotional blockages and issues,” she says, adding, “I encourage my clients to open up or cry because it’s a healthy thing to do. There’s no need for embarrassment and is totally okay.” Healing on any level might take time, but allowing the body’s stories to be witnessed without judgement is key. “The good news is that when trauma is worked through, the whole body is much more resilient and has a greater capacity to live life fully,” Wheeler says. Marlaina Donato authored Multidimensional Aromatherapy and several other books. Connect at Be sure to let our advertisers know you found them in

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CBD FOR PETS What We Need to Know by Kajsa Nickels


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ith the explosion of cannabidiol (CBD) products on the human medical scene, many pet owners are looking into this hemp plant derivative as a natural means of medicating their four-legged family members. A study conducted by the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, in Ithaca, New York, found that CBD can be effective in treating some of the same ailments in pets as it does in humans. “I’ve used CBD on dogs and cats suffering from arthritis, anxiety and seizures,” says Angie Krause, DVM, a veterinarian with Boulder Holistic Vet, in Colorado. “I’ve even used CBD to treat cats with chronic respiratory infections.” Unlike CBD from marijuana, which in most cases is a Schedule I narcotic that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration considers highly subject to abuse, CBD from industrial hemp contains less than 0.3 percent of the psychoactive component THC. It is legal under federal law and can be sold nationwide, subject to state regulations. However, choosing the right CBD product is complicated by the number of confusing options. “There are so many products on the shelves with different concentrations and formulations,” says Krause, who considers the extraction method used during production to be one of the most important factors. She favors CO2 (carbon dioxide) extraction over solvent extraction methods: “CO2 leaves no residue behind that could harm the bodies of small animals such as dogs and cats.” Stephen Cital, a veterinary techni-

Within three days, it was like I had a new dog. She no longer destroys things, she is calm, she is more engaged with her environment. ~Cindy Hesse

cian in San Jose, California, co-founded the Facebook group Veterinary Cannabis Academy. He agrees that the purity of the extraction method is significant. He also notes that price is not necessarily an indicator of quality. “A 30-cc bottle of CBD could cost $70 at a concentration of 700 milligrams [7 mg per cc]. However, it’s possible to find the same volume at the same price at a concentration of 1,000 milligrams [10 mg per cc].” Some products don’t contain CBD at all, only hemp extract, Cital explains. “For people who don’t understand the labeling, this can be very misleading.” CBD is one of 104 cannabinoids found in both industrial hemp and marijuana plants. Full-spectrum hemp extracts contain the entire profile of cannabinoids, including trace amounts of THC. Broad-spectrum hemp extracts contain everything but the THC. Cital says it’s always best to start with full- or broad-spectrum products for the “entourage effect”, in which the cannabinoids work in concert. Isolates of additional cannabinoids can be added as needed, he says. When choosing a product to purchase for a pet, he recommends going with companies that are able to present the consumer with a certificate of analysis by a third party. “The certificate will show the complete profile of the CBD product, including cannabinoid, terpene, residual solvent, pesticide, bacteria, mycotoxin, fungicidal and elemental profiles,” he says. Cital notes that the elemental profile is especially important. “Hemp is very good at absorbing what is in its environment, including heavy metals such as lead.” Krause favors CBD products with minimal ingredients that “should be as simple as possible,” she says. “No xylitol, no artificial colors or sweeteners.”

Cindy Hesse, of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, also believes that CBD for pets should be as pure as possible. Her Cocker Spaniel, Reina, is both blind and deaf. Because of her handicaps, Reina experienced extreme anxiety to the point of destroying her metal crate, furniture and door frames. Reina’s vet put her on the antidepressant and antianxiety drugs Prozac and trazadone, but these only helped for a short period. After attending a CBD conference in Florida, her veterinarian decided to see if the compound might help the dog—his first patient to use CBD. The results, Hesse says, were amazing. “Within three days, it was like I had a new dog. She no longer

destroys things, she is calm, she is more engaged with her environment. I recommend CBD oil to everyone I know who has a pet with health issues.” When deciding whether to give CBD to a pet, Krause and Cital recommend working with a veterinarian to ensure the proper dosage. “People can certainly work with CBD on their own with their pets,” says Krause, “but it’s important to get the dosing and concentration right to make it worthwhile.” Kajsa Nickels is a freelance writer and a music composer. She resides in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Contact her at

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special event An Introduction to Unified Mindfulness Meditation Instructor and Coach, Alan Vukas, offers this 8-wk course. A modern system of mindfulness techniques which develop the attention skills of concentration, sensory clarity and equanimity. These three skills help us explore our inner and outer world to better understand how we think and feel, to better understand ourselves in the moment. Research shows that this enhanced understanding can reduce stress and anxiety, increase attention and memory, and increase appreciation and joy. This course is limited to 20 participants.

May 1 thru June 12 6:30 - 8pm $80. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. More info:

FRIDAY, MAY 3 New Mind Live Experience – May 3-5. Learn how to become a sought after expert at the only personal development event that will teach you the latest science of transformation. Whether you are an established service-driven entrepreneur, just starting out, or unsure of your life’s mission but have a deep desire to help others, the New Mind Live Experience will give you the latest cuttingedge science of deep personal transformation with immediate applications in business, relationships and wellness. $197. Hilton Burlington, 60 Battery St, Burlington, VT. 518-528-9958. NewMindLive.

SATURDAY, MAY 4 Boston Philharmonic: Interpretations of Music Lessons for Life – 10am-12pm. Boston Philharmonic’s world-renowned mast classes on musical interpretation return for another season. Free. Boston Public Library Central Branch, Rabb Lecture Hall, 700 Boylston St, Boston. 617-5365400. Partner Yoga – 1-3pm. With Erin LoPorto and Joanna Levine. Partner yoga has been shown to reduce social anxiety, deepen self-awareness and presence, create more supportive relationships, improve trust and communication, and boost immunity. Bring your partner, friend or that guy or girl in your regular yoga class. No experience necessary. $60/pair. Revolution Community Yoga Westford, The Mill Works Athletic Center, 22 Town Farm Rd, Westford. Register: 978-727-8356.


Free Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Orientation – 6:30pm-8:30am. Cindy Gittleman, Certified MBSR teacher and founder of Sunrise Mindfulness, leads a free information session about the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn. Free. Roots and Wings, 317 N Main St, Natick. 978-657-7730.

SUNDAY, MAY 5 How the Arboretum Became the Arboretum: The First 25 Years – 11am-12:30pm. The Arnold Arboretum did not come into existence fullformed, but had a long adolescence before it (literally) blossomed at 50. Registration required. Free. Arnold Arboretum, Centre St Gate, 243 Walter St, Boston. 617-384-5209. Events. Green House Fest – 1-3pm. See the elements of a “green” home up close. Talk with Brookline homeowners who have lived with and benefited from energy efficient and fossil fuel free features such as solar panels, heat pumps, electric cars, electric water heaters, and solar hot water. A print map along with an online version will direct you to the right stops in three easily walkable neighborhood clusters. We at Mothers Out Front Brookline believe that an information exchange among neighbors can be a powerful tool for change. Free. Brookline. 617-429-7139. For location:

THURSDAY, MAY 9 Introduction to NeuroSculpting – 6-8pm. Neurosculpting is a 5-step process fusing neuroscience into a guided meditation to help you

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harness the power of self-directed neuroplasticity for healing. $40. Bliss Brain at Union Wellness, 64 Union Square, Somerville. 617-821-5560.

FRIDAY, MAY 10 9th Annual AIFF Poster Contest Awards – 6:309:30pm. This reception is a celebration of many art forms from an exhibition of the poster illustrations, live music, poetry, dance and story-telling, bringing together the art students with their professor, the contest judges, artists and appreciators of the arts. The chosen poster will be unveiled. Free. Arlington Center for the Arts, 20 Academy St, Arlington. 781643-7059.

SATURDAY, MAY 11 Yoga for a Healthy and Happy Spine – 1-3pm. Alex Amorosi will discuss his anatomically informed approach to spinal health and lower back care through yoga. He will lead you through a carefully constructed sequence of yoga poses and modified yoga techniques to keep your spine feeling great, and to help alleviate minor lower back pain and discomfort. He will also help you to modify a yoga practice if you suffer from lower back injuries such as disk issues and facet joint irritation. $35. Revolution Community Yoga, 537 Massachusetts Ave, Acton. 978-274-5596.

SUNDAY, MAY 12 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.

TUESDAY, MAY 14 Advaita Meditation Workshop – 7-8:45pm. An introduction to meditation and the philosophy and practice of Advaita Vedanta. All levels welcome. Hosted by the Waltham Public Library, the Adviata Meditation Society of Waltham, and the Agape Spiritual Community of Waltham. Free. Waltham Public Library, 735 Main St, Waltham. 781-3143429. The Incredible Dr. You Workshop – 7:158:15pm. This first of two workshop breaks down the basics of Network Spinal Analysis, the method of chiropractic used at Newton Chiropractic. Get more out of your adjustments and enlighten yourself on just how incredible your body is at healing itself. Free. Newton Chiropractic & Wellness Centre, 383 Elliot St, Ste F 250, Newton Upper Falls. RSVP: 617-964-3332.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 15 Franklin Park Bird Walk – 7-8:30am. Take a 90min walk through Scarboro Hill Woods and around Scarboro Pond. Free. Meet at the Shattuck picnic area & Franklin Park tennis courts by the Shattuck Hospital, Franklin Park, Boston. 617-442-4141. Free Nia Class – 9-10am. Nia is a blend of dance martial arts and healing arts set to great music. Free if mention this listing. TBA, Central Sq, Cambridge. 617-620-7654. More info: AliceHeller15@gmail. com.

special event Keyes Drug Lecture Keyes Drug in Newton will be hosting a free lecture on integrative medicine for depression, featuring Dr. James Greenblatt of Walden Behavioral Care. Attendees will learn how natural therapies can help treat depression and ways to minimize antidepressant side effects.

Wed., May 15 7 - 8:30pm Free. Boca Bella, 442 Lexington St, Auburndale. 617-244-2794.

SUNDAY, MAY 19 Fast & Furriest 5K Run Walk Wag – 8am-2pm. Fourth annual, family-friendly spring fundraiser for the MSPCA. Includes a timed 5K fun run and walk and a “Ducky Dash” kids’ fun run, followed by activities, vendor booths, food, canine

contests, and entertainment for the whole family. $45. Assembly Row, DCR Baxter Park, 355 Artisan Way, Somerville. Register & more info: Reiki Level 1 Training & Certification – 9am7pm. Learn to care for yourself and others. Training classes in a warm and professional setting. Learn the traditional Japanese reiki meditations, how to practice hands-on healing for self and others, the reiki principles, reiki history, and how reiki promotes mindfulness, well-being, and resilience. Comprehensive course manual. CEUs for nurses, social workers & LMTs. $150. Brenner Reiki Healing, 324 Central St, Auburndale. 617-2448856. Revere Beach Kite Festival – 11am. Bring your own kite and enjoy the lovely 2-mile long expanse of sun and water. Free. Revere Beach, Revere. Reiki Clinic – 1:30-4:30pm. Experience a relaxing reiki healing energy treatment or come and volunteer as a practitioner. This is a community service provided by Arlington Reiki Associates. Pre-registration required. $15/clients, free/practitioners. Arlington Reiki Associates, 366 Massachusetts Ave, Ste 304, Arlington. Register: 617-835-9963.


special event Say Yes to LIFE! Book Tour Event Join the Marion Institute BioMed Programs for a discussion about bioregulatory health care, an innovative approach to holistic health care that combines medical and dentistry expertise to provide whole body care for a patient that includes mind, body and spirit. Our speakers, Ralf Oettmeier, MD, and Josef Vizkelety, MD, DDS, of the Alpstein Clinic in Switzerland, will give a comprehensive overview of the Alpstein Clinic Concept, which focuses on the most important pillars of whole body medicine and dentistry: Diagnosis of Root Causes, Purification & Release, Regeneration & Rejuvenation, and Harmonization & Awareness. In addition, Dr. Oettmeier will discuss key themes from his recent book, Say Yes to LIFE! which offers clarity, innovative treatment approaches, and hope for those suffering from chronic illness and cancer.

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Judy’s list of recommended books for 2019. Free. Winchester Public Library, 80 Washington St, Winchester. 781-721-7171.

THURSDAY, MAY 23 NeuroSculpting Grief – 6-8pm. This Neurosculpting workshop will guide you through meditations that will reshape and release grief to allow your mind and body to move toward healing. $40. Bliss Brain at Union Wellness, 64 Union Sq, Somerville. 617-821-5560.

SATURDAY, MAY 25 BEMER Wokshop – 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. Limited space, please RSVP. Free. Newton Chiropractic & Wellness Centre, 383 Elliot St, Ste F 250, Newton Upper Falls. 617964-3332.

MONDAY, MAY 27 MFA: Memorial Day Open House – Familyoriented festivities with special exhibitions and free admission. In the Shapiro Family Courtyard make art, music, watch a film, join tour and discussions in the galleries. Free. Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave, Boston. 617-267-9300.


save the date Vision Quest Mitote Retreat Come for a powerful weekend of ceremony, journeys, transformation, and rebirth, with Shaman Janet StraightArrow. Awaken clarity, life purpose and joy as we break through illusions, fears and ego. This gentle yet powerful weekend is life changing. We begin at sign up for ongoing support in preparation for the final journey at this weekend retreat. Enjoy healthy food and pristine land. Camping option. Sign up early; space limited.

Aug. 9 to 11 Prepaid discount. $575. Private Retreat Center in the Catskill Mountains, Accord, NY. 973-647-2500. More info & to register:

$15. Residence Inn Cambridge, 120 Broadway, Six Cambridge Center, Cambridge. 508-748-0800. More info & tickets:

WEDNESDAY, MAY 22 Great Reads for Spring and Summer – 10-11am. Judy Manzo of Book Ends will highlight some of the best books of the season. Attendees will receive

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modern. $5 suggested donation. King’s Chapel, Tremont & School sts, Boston. 617-227-2155.

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Weekly Divine Meditation – 6-7pm. Experience a powerful guided meditation lead by Bhavna, the Golden Light Goddess. No two meditations are ever the same. Drop-ins encouraged. $10. Bhavna’s Wellness Group, 512 Main St, Penthouse Ste, Shrewsbury. 508-970-5620.

daily Quincy Market History Tour – Learn about Quincy Market’s central and ever-evolving role in Boston’s history. Meet guide, Linda, at the property directly near Anthem Restaurant. Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 4 S Market, Boston. 617-523-1300. Available dates & 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.

monthly Anxiety and Panic Support Group – 6:30pm. 1st day of month. A group designed to offer a place where people with common interests and experience can meet. People who have been through, or are going through, a similar circumstance can do more than sympathize with you, they can relate to what you are going through and keep you from feeling alone. Free. Washington St, Newton. 617-849-3198.

sunday Support Group for Spouses and Family Members – 9-10am. 4th Sun. Is your spouse or family member a cancer patient or survivor? Please join our monthly support group led by the husband of a cancer survivor. Free. Generations, 129 E Main Plaza, Webster. 508-987-3310. Sunday Celebration Service – 9:30-10:30am. Change your thinking and change your life through an hour of uplifting music, affirmative prayer, meditation and an inspiring message. All are welcome. Love offering. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. More info: or ConcordiaCSL. Seasoned Healers Group – 9:45am. 1st Sun. Come and break bread to discuss and dream of living as an intentional group in a more rural area with like-minded, active, older adults. Singles and couples welcome. Watertown. For more info: 617548-4698 or Celebration Service – 10-11:15am. Meditation, 9:45am. Service followed by fellowship. Free. Center for Spiritual Living of Greater Boston, 50 Dudley St, Cambridge. 617-947-2743.


SoWa Vintage Market – 10am-4pm. Designers, collectors, appreciators of the beautiful and unusual love this market. A cool, urban, vintage 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.

monday Martial Arts for Kids at BMAC – 5pm, Mon & Wed. Also 9:30am, Sat. Fun, confidence, coordination and self-defense in a supportive, student-centered class. Classes for ages 3 yrs to teens. Boston Martial Arts Center, 161 Harvard Ave, Ste 4E, Boston. 617-789-5524. For cost: Anxiety and Panic Support Group – 5:30pm. 1st Mon. A group designed to offer a place where people with common interests and experience can meet. People who have been through, or are going through, a similar circumstance can do more than sympathize with you, they can relate to what you are going through and keep you from feeling alone. Free. Washington St, Newton. 617-849-3198. Peace Circle – 6-7pm. 1st Mon. Want to experience greater peace? Join us as we explore different aspects of peace through music, meditation and poetry and how to put it into practice within yourself, relationships, community and the world. All welcome. Facilitator, Gina Colvario-Krupka, RScP. Love offering. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-580-5800. More info: Gina@BelieveInYouToday@gmail. com. or ConcordiaCSL. Free Guided Meditation – 6:15-6:45pm. Experience different HypnoMeditations (prerecorded by Richard Lanza) each week. HypnoMeditation takes you on a journey to states of expansive inner calm which allow for personal transformation and healing. Free. Open Doors, 395A Washington St, Braintree. 781-843-8224.

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

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Reiki Healing Sessions – 7-9pm. Reiki and energy healers offer their services free of charge. To broaden the spirit of free care and community services to others, please make a donation in any amount for each healing you receive. Donations sent to a variety of local charitable causes. Open Doors, 395 Washington St, Braintree. 781-8438224.

wednesday Restorative Yoga – 12-1:30pm. Yoga for breast cancer patients, survivors and their families and caregivers. Please see the yoga page at website, under services, for more information. Free for patients, survivors and caregivers. St. Vincent Cancer & Wellness Center, 1 Eaton Pl, Worcester. 508-987-3310. Guided Meditation – 2pm. 2nd & 4th Wed. Guided meditations for relaxation and healing are intended to assist you in releasing your stress and anxiety. Relaxing body and mind can improve your overall well-being. Free for patients, survivors and caregivers. Generations, 129 E Main Plaza, Webster. 508-987-3310. Museum of Fine Arts Free Wednesdays – Free admission after 4pm. Donation suggested. MFA, 465 Huntington Ave, Boston. 617-267-9300. Music Therapy with Laughing Drum Circle – 6:30-7:30pm 1st Wed. Music can help reduce pain, relieve chemotherapy-induced nausea/vomiting. It can relieve stress and provide an overall sense of well-being. Join in and drum up good energy. Free/patients, survivors and caregivers; $10/other. Generations, 129 E Main Plaza, Webster. 508-9873310. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous Weekly Meeting – 7-8:30pm. Are you having trouble controlling the way you eat? There is a Solution. Come to a meeting. Free. St. Brigid’s Parish Center, 1995 Massachusetts Ave, Rm 10, Lexington. 617610-3748. Meditation on Twin Hearts and Pranic Healing – 7-8:30pm. Meditation on twin hearts is a lovingkindness meditation. Come together as a group to bless the Earth. Reduce stress, boost your energy and receive healing. Donation. Workbar Boston, 711 Atlantic Ave, Boston. 857-529-7804. Public Open Night at the Observatory – 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 Free Night at the ICA – 5-9pm. The Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave, Boston. 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, 6 times per academic year. A non-technical lecture and telescopic observing from the observatory roof if weather permits. Free. Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Phillips Auditorium, 60 Garden St, Cambridge. 617-495-7461. More info:

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. Restorative Yoga – 10:30-11:30am. Yoga for breast cancer patients, survivors and their families/ caregivers. Free/patients, survivors & caregivers; $10/other. JOYashanAH, 915 A Riverside Dr, North Grosvenordale. 508-987-3310. More info: SoWa First Fridays – 5-9pm. 1st Fri. Over 60 galleries south of Washington St and at the Artist’s Guild, nearby businesses and restaurants open their doors to give you a chance to experience the vibrant South End arts community. Free. Start at 450 Harrison Ave, follow gallery lights around the neighborhood. Energy Jam – 6-7pm. 2nd Fri. A special opportunity to share intuitive, empathic, psychic abilities. All welcome. Free. Unity Church, 6 William St, Somerville. 617-628-5558. Community Reiki Clinic – 7-8:45pm. 1st Fri. Receive a 30-min reiki session by appt. Appointments start at 7, 7:35 & 8:10pm. If you have been curious about reiki, schedule a session. $15. Brenner Reiki Healing, 324 Central St. Auburndale. 617-244-8856.


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


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


Restorative Yoga – 8:15-9:15am. Yoga for breast cancer patients, survivors and their families/caregivers. Free/patients, survivors and caregivers. Oxford Community Center, 4 Maple Rd, Oxford. 508987-3310. More info: The Marketplace at Simpson Spring – 10am2pm. Includes farmers, bakers, artisans and local entrepreneurs. Stop in to browse or take in our featured entertainment, local authors, educational seminars and lecturers. 719 Washington St, South Easton.

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

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


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

INTERNAL WELLNESS CENTER Liz Marcano-Pucillo 150 Wood Rd, Ste 403 Braintree, MA 02184 781-228-6915

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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 8.

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John Walczyk 577 Main St, Waltham, MA 02452 781-893-3870 • Fax: 781-899-1172 JCW is the only sterile and non-sterile PCABaccredited pharmacy in Massachusetts. In addition to our compounding service, we offer a full range of nutritional supplements, natural products, homeopathic remedies and home health care equipment. See ad on page 17.


111 Chestnut St, Ste 1, Providence, RI 02903 833-824-6633 The American Center for Bioregulatory Medicine and Dentistry is pioneering the reintegration of medicine and dentistry to ensure that you receive truly integrated care. Our staff is specially trained in the Safe Mercury Removal procedure. See ad, page 6.

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

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


1842 Beacon St, Ste 305, Brookline, MA 617-868-1516 Dr. Iontcheva-Barehmi is an accomplished dentist and specialist in Periodontics and Implants with a holistic approach to medicine and dentistry. To schedule your comprehensive exam and share the excitement of a healthy smile, call: 617-868-1516. See ad, page 25.



Dr. Apoorva J. Shah, DDS 493-495 Main St, Groton 978-449-9919


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


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.


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

Bridgitte is experienced and passionate about helping individuals improve their well-being with food and lifestyle changes. Specialties include gastrointestinal issues, inflammatory conditions, anti-aging and weight management although she has worked with people of all ages with many diseases. See ad, page 17.


Dr. G. Robert “Bob” Evans, DMD 493-495 Main St, Groton 978-449-9919

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

Health-focused general dentist at Groton Wellness specializing in biological dentistry, oral surgery, chelation therapy and safe mercury removal. Groton Wellness is a 26-chair dental practice, incorporating functional medicine, a detoxification spa, an organic cafe, and energy medicine center promoting total wellness. See ad, back page.


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


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

Martin Kaplan, DDS 563 Main St, Bolton, MA 978-779-2888

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

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

A holistic, caring, bio-integrative dental experience that focuses on the individual, not just teeth. We will help you restore and maintain full body health by setting up the right environments to allow the body to heal. We also specialize in jaw and muscle pain, headaches, and sleep. Mention Natural Awakenings for 20% off your first visit. See ad, page 12. Be sure to let our advertisers know you found them in

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

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


Dr. Samantha Bogle, DMD, MDS 493-495 Main St, Groton 978-449-9919 Functional orthodontist specializing in orthodontics, dentofacial orthopedics, braces and Invisalign. Dr. Bogle loves creating beautiful smiles for her patients with a specific emphasis on early treatment in children to improve facial growth and development. She believes focusing on the airway, proper breathing and early structural intervention can reduce the need for orthodontic treatment later in life. Prevention is key. See ad, back page.

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

JAW PAIN (TMJ) DR. YASMIN’S TMJ SLEEP CENTER 284 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446 617-731-6767

Do you suffer from jaw pain or a locked jaw? Do you grind your teeth at night? Do you have headaches, ear pain, facial pain? Do you snore or wake up tired? We can help. Mention Natural Awakenings for 20% off your first visit.. See ad, page 12.

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.




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

The Boston Martial Arts Center has been actively training and teaching in the Boston area for over 25 years. We have grown from a small, dedicated group of practitioners into a full-fledged martial arts school devoted to training quality individuals in the best martial arts and self-defense available anywhere. See ad, page 17.

Homeopathic Alternative 608-362-4940


Dawna Jones, MD, FACOG 427 Washington St, Norwell, MA 02061 781-829-0930 Board-certified MD in gynecology and integrative medicine. Hormone balancing, nutrition and detoxification are keys to optimal health. See ad, page 10.


161 Harvard Ave, Ste 4E, Boston 617-789-5524


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


Alison Shaw APRN, LMT, CEH 109 Massachusetts Ave Lexington, MA 02420 781-646-0686

A full-service integrative veterinary clinic offering caring and healthful options and modalities like acupuncture, functional nutrition, homeopathy, chiropractic, herbs, ozone therapy, surgery and dentistry. See ad, page 31.


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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 19.


Johnson Compounding and Wellness 781-893-3870 Dr. Gary Kracoff provides guidance and in-depth consultative services to find the “why” to what is happening physically and mentally, working with individuals to restore balance in the body. Specializes in customizing medications to meet individualized needs of patients, and he suggests nutritional supplements, natural products and homeopathic remedies to aid in faster healing and recovery. See ad, page 17.

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

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


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





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.


324 Central St, Newton 02466 617-244-8856

Sacha L. Fossa, Masters Health Arts & Sciences, Certified Sex & Tantric Educator, Licensed Erotic Blueprint Coach, Healing Arts Practitioner 978-309-9399 Ready to have better sex, and love your life more, partnered or not? Holistic cutting-edge sex, intimacy and relationship coaching, energy and bodywork, for your sexual healing and empowerment. In person and/or virtual sessions and programs. See ad, page 12.


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 8.


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.

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

A clinical imaging technique that records thermal patterns of the body to help diagnose and monitor pain or pathology in any part of the body. See ad, page 24.


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


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


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

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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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