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Healing Addictions Empowering Ways to Break the Cycle

A Man’s Best Foods Choices that Boost and Balance Testosterone



THE GUT-MIND CONNECTION David Perlmutter on How Our Stomach Dictates Our Mind and Moods

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ast month I attended the Natural Awakenings Publishers’ Conference, held this year in Marco Island, Florida. Traveling with Rhode Island Natural Awakenings publisher and good friend Maureen Cary, we took full advantage of a few extra days in the sun to unwind from the daily hustle of managing our businesses and life in general. It was the third such trip we’ve made together and we always have a great time. For me, life doesn’t get much better than spending time with cherished friends sharing the kind of intense laughter that makes you gasp for breath and nearly wet yourself. A full moon over the Gulf of Mexico atop breathtaking sunsets proved a perfect backdrop for the dynamism of people set on doing good in the world. The energy generated over the three days of presentations and informal exchanges was palpable. One of the guest presenters, Mary Lynn Ziemer, a master life coach and co-author of The Change: Insights into Self-Empowerment, introduced us to the concept of filling up our “happiness tank”. She believes that the more inspired actions we take to fill it up, the happier and calmer we will be. Her advice? Do what makes you happy and do it often. According to Ziemer, the more happy actions we make part of our daily life, the more successful we will be (not the other way around). She’s also a big believer in the value of tapping into the innate power of our brain. Because happiness is an inside game, changing our thoughts and consequently taking inspired actions can have a profound effect on income, stress levels, productivity and joy. Ziemer’s approach to achieving the life we desire is supported by Harvard University studies that demonstrate how when we mentally rewire our brain to think a new outcome, we can achieve what we want. This special Healing Addictions and Balanced Man issue is chock full of contributions from people that witness how rewiring our brain and reworking our life choices can improve every aspect of every day. Too many people resort to some kind of substance abuse to cope with the life they’ve created for themselves just to cope with their problems. We now rejoice in a fresh path of hope for long-term success explored in Lisa Marshall’s feature article, “Rethinking Recovery: Holistic Approaches to Healing Addictions.” Please share it with anyone in need because like with everything in life, caring friends make our world go ’round. Here’s to finding something to smile about each day. Peace, Maisie Raftery, Publisher

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SARAH’S SCHOOL OF MARTIAL ARTS 1100 Massachusetts Ave., 3rd Flr. Arlington, MA

When: July 20-24 and August 17-21 Time: 8:30-1:00 pm For more information: (781) 641-0262

Free Workshops on the Body’s Natural Healing Power


anielle Swanson, of Body and Brain Yoga and Tai Chi, will hold a new workshop series for mind and body health. Healthier Together takes place at Body and Brain Yoga and Tai Chi locations in Arlington, Brookline and Cambridge, and presents a different theme each month. June’s workshop focuses on back health, while July’s focus is mindful eating. “We practice different holistic exercises and energy principles to create and maintain a healthy body and mind,” says Swanson. “The events are open to everyone, and we’re hoping to promote the awareness that our bodies have natural healing power that we can tap into and reactivate.” Attendees can visit to receive a free book, Solar Body, on natural healing, consciousness and science. “Rather than treating symptoms once we are already sick, Healthier Together, and our Body and Brain methods in general, offer opportunities to create an effective system of health management mentally, emotionally and physically,” says Swanson. “This can reduce our chances of getting sick and the need for pharmaceuticals.”

Cost: Free. Locations: 325 Broadway, Arlington; 235 Harvard Ave., Brookline; and 1773 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. For dates, times and more information, call 781-648-9642 or visit See ad on page 3.

New Name, EPA Award and Party for Green Decade Newton


or a quarter century, Green Decade Newton has been an advocate for environmental action. Now known as Green Newton (GN), the organization will host a 25th Anniversary Celebration from 7 to 9:30 p.m., June 11, at Lasell College. The event honors GN’s work for change in Newton, and its 2015 New England Merit Award from the Environmental Protection Agency for “outstanding contributions on behalf of our region’s environment.” The same GN board and membership will continue its work advocating for the environment and educating the public about leading a sustainable lifestyle. “We anticipate our new name will enhance the public’s understanding of our purpose, and attract more people and businesses to become involved in Green Newton’s important work for the environment,” says Board President Marcia Cooper. The anniversary celebration includes live music, hors d’oeuvres, desserts, wine, raffles and a silent auction. Boston Globe columnist Derrick Z. Jackson will speak, and two Newton residents will be honored for their contributions as local environmental leaders. “We work hard all year to educate folks and preserve our environment, and this is a chance to celebrate our successes over 25 years,” says event Co-Chair Sunwoo Kahng. “This includes the recent EPA award and our new website, and one of our board members, Peter Smith, is making sure we have enough carbon offsets so that our party will be carbon neutral.” For information about the anniversary celebration, visit or email Beverly Droz at


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newsbriefs Online Course to Improve Vision Naturally


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ee Coleman, founder of Coleman Natural Vision Improvement, will offer a 10week online course for improving eyesight naturally from June 17 to August 19. Participants will learn how to read more easily, focus in the distance, expand peripheral vision and apply the techniques to sports and ergonomics for computers and handheld devices. “If our eyes can get worse, why can’t they get better? We can improve our eyesight naturally, without surgery, drugs or glasses,” says Coleman. “It’s never too late to improve our eyesight, and when we heal our vision, we change our lives. Imagine soft, relaxed eyes and clear vision.” The course also includes meditation to see from the core and mind, ideas for customizing the workspace for maximum visual enhancement and yoga sets. Coleman says that vision deteriorates due to lifelong habits of eyestrain, along with physical, mental and emotional stress. “Learning to relax the eyes, visual system and mind allows the eyes to focus with more clarity,” she says. “Eyes don’t necessarily have to age, and natural techniques can save people time and money. My techniques, which worked for me, are easy to learn and apply to everyday life.”

New Book Explains How to Magnetize Your Life


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avid Scott Bartky, certified Law of Attraction life coach, has released his new book, Magnetize Your Life! available on Bartky says he wrote the book for anyone that wants to learn new techniques for using the Law of Attraction. “The information in this book will help people to attract more of what they want in life,” says Bartky. “And the immediate benefit to all readers is that using the techniques explained in the book will raise their vibrations, which will reduce any resistance to whatever it is they desire.” Bartky says that one technique he shares in the book is both fun and magnetizing. It involves sharing a meal with someone in which the only topic discussed is what is desired, creating feelings of excitement. “Doing this will lessen the resistance to that desire, allowing it to manifest,” he says. “I would recommend this book to anyone who is serious about finding out how to attract more of what they want.”

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newsbriefs Center for Body Mind Integration Opening in Lexington


lison Shaw, of Bodymind Resourcing, and holistic physical therapist Barbara Gosselin have teamed up to create The Center for Body Mind Integration, located at 109 Massachusetts Ave., in Lexington. Scheduled to open in July, the center will offer innovative mind-body therapies to help people that are struggling with physical and emotional health issues find relief. “We are so excited to be opening this center,” says Gosselin. “Alison and I have collaborated for several years now, sharing our passion for helping people to heal from all kinds of physical and emotional struggles.” Gosselin says that the center will also focus on advancing awareness about the power of working with the mind and body as one for deeper and lasting healing. “Barbara and I have each developed unique and effective models that have helped people heal more effectively than through medicine or psychotherapy alone,” says Shaw. “We want to provide a resource center for people to learn about, and benefit from, the latest advances in integrative health care.” The center will open in July and an open house date will soon be announced. For more information, call Alison Shaw at 781-646-0686, Barbara Gosselin at 781-507-4226, or visit or See ads on pages 28 and 29 and Resource Guide listings on pages 39 and 42.

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ose Siple, certified hypnotherapist and owner of Thought Alchemy’s Transformational Hypnosis Center, will offer online Virtual Gastric Band Hypnosis weight loss in a group forum on Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m., from June 16 to July 21, and Thursdays, from 7 to 9 p.m., from June 28 to July 23. “If you have been on the weight-loss roller coaster for too long and want to get real lasting results, then this is the program for you,” says Siple. “This is not a diet, but a mind-shift change that will transform your relationship with your body, food and exercise, resulting in a healthier, fitter and trimmer you.” Virtual Gastric Band Hypnosis is a technique that causes the subconscious to replicate the end result of the gastric band surgery. The client experiences a full feeling when they have eaten an appropriate amount of food discouraging them from overeating. Combined with other powerful hypnotic techniques that work on the emotional and mental root causes of weight gain, the program enables the client to make a complete change in their approach to eating and relationship with food. This group program is limited to seven members and requires a one-on-one private session, followed by four group sessions of hypnosis to anchor the new patterns within the mind. Clients that complete the program join a monthly support group, where they will meet other successful members and receive the reinforcement hypnotherapy to help them maintain their new healthy approach to life. This group meets the first Saturday of every month. To secure a space in the program, call Rose Siple at 774-991-0574. See ad on page 13 and Resource Guide on page 41.


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Second Annual Greenovate Boston Community Summit at Northeastern


he second annual Greenovate Boston Community Summit will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., June 6, at the Curry Student Center at Northeastern University. The event brings together residents, businesses, government officials and organizations to help Boston reach its sustainability and climate goals. The summit fosters collaboration, new ideas, action and alignment for achieving communitywide goals. This year, summit workshops will be broken up into two highly interactive, hour-long sessions. Workshops will relate to the city of Boston’s Climate Action Plan, with the first session highlighting relevant best practices and the second session focusing on next steps to implement climate action in the city. Workshop topics include Maintaining Boston’s Trees and Open Spaces through Public-Private Partnerships, Integrating Sustainability into Boston Public Schools, Neighborhood Sustainability Planning and Sustainability in Higher Ed. Location: Curry Student Center, Northeastern University, 346 Huntington Ave., Boston. To learn more, visit natural awakenings

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newsbriefs Medical Aesthetics of New England Now Offering Natural Hormone Treatment


r. Gert Walter of Medical Aesthetics of New England is now offering the BioTE Medical Method of natural hormone replacement to patients in the New England area. Walter, who has been practicing in Massachusetts for more than 20 years, says that BioTE’s method of hormone replacement is the safest and most effective way for both men and women to balance hormones. The BioTE Method, developed by Dr. Gary Donovitz from Arlington, Texas, utilizes tiny hormone pellets that are inserted into an area just below the hip on the patient’s back side. The procedure takes less than 15 minutes to perform and involves minimal pain and healing. Walter adds, “With just two to three in-office treatments per year, patients can get their hormones balanced naturally. This is a significant improvement over hormone shots, gels and creams which have to be administered daily or weekly and can have a host of side effects. Hormone pellet therapy is plant-based and natural.” Walter also cites the long-term benefits of hormone pellet therapy. According to Walter, “Of course, energy and libido are improved and patients love the way they feel when their hormones are balanced. But there are a number of long-term benefits as well. Studies have shown that bio-identical hormone replacement therapy is protective to the prostate, the heart, the bones and the brain.” For more information, call 978-263-1406 or visit See ad on page 37.

Brain Health Practitioner Joins Central Square Health and Wellness


iz Elia, a certified Crossinology Brain Integration Technique (BIT) practitioner, has joined the team at Central Square Health and Wellness. BIT is a non-invasive, cuttingedge therapy for addressing such issues as ADD, ADHD, dyslexia, “foggy brain”, allergies and anxiety, among others. “BIT is safe, relaxing, effective and easy, making it ideal for children who struggle to thrive in school, or adults who are overwhelmed,” says Elia. “It improves concentration, memory, coordination, emotional stability, reading comprehension, motivation, clarity and drive, and it’s wonderful to see the profound shifts that can occur in a very short period Liz Elia of time.” Elia also holds certifications in yoga therapy for brain disorders, Reiki, Heart Mind Integration healing and myofascial therapy. Location: 126 Prospect St., Ste. 5, Cambridge. To learn more, call 617-869-0479. For additional services offered, visit See ad on page 6 and Resource Guide on page 39.


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Mind-Body Intervention Shows Improvement in Patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome


pilot study by Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine researchers and colleagues at Mass General and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center shows that patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) experience symptom improvement and changes in inflammation-related gene expression after participating in BHI’s Stress Management and Resiliency Training (SMART) program. This pilot study was just published in the open-access journal PLOS ONE, and is the first to examine the use of the relaxation response in these disorders. It is also the first to investigate the genomic effects of the relaxation response in individuals with any disorder. Co-lead author of the study, Braden Kuo, M.D., of the Gastrointestinal Unit in the Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Medicine, says about the study, “What is novel about this study is the demonstration of the impact of a mind-body intervention on the genes controlling inflammatory factors that are known to play a major role in IBD and possibly IBS.” Both IBS and IBD are chronic conditions that produce abdominal pain and changes in bowel function, such as diarrhea. Stress seems to make both conditions worse, and symptoms themselves can increase stress in patients, so finding ways to break that cycle can have significant clinical benefits. Both patients with IBS and IBD experienced significant improvement in symptoms, anxiety and overall quality of life, not only by the end of the program, but after just three weeks in the program. Changes in gene expression related to inflammation were changed as well, most significantly in patients with IBD. Source: Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine, 151 Merrimac St., 4th Flr., Boston. For more information, visit



n international team of scientists has confirmed that consuming berries such as strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, blackcurrants, mulberries and raspberries can significantly reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Blueberries, in particular, were found to be associated with increased memory and learning. Researchers from Washington State University, the U.S. National Institutes of Health, India’s Annamalai University and Oman’s Sultan Qaboos University’s College of Medicine and Health Sciences reviewed two decades worth of research relating to consuming berries and dementia. They found that the many biochemicals contained in berries provide antioxidant protection to neurons and prevent the formation of beta-amyloid fibrils found in the brains of Alzheimer’s disease patients.


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olistic health practitioners must know the nature of a patient’s problem before they can design a protocol to address it. Advocates of natural medicine tend to disagree with the conventional medical community, but it is important to remember that although their methods may be different, traditional tools of investigation can still be valuable to holistic practitioners. “While there are some good natural diagnostic tools to determine a problem’s origin, sometimes the tools of allopathic medicine are simply superior. Ultrasound, MRI, blood tests and pathogen screening can all be of enormous value when considering how to heal a condition of damage or sickness,” says Nature’s Rite Founder Steven Frank. “If someone is bleeding internally, knowing the source—ulcer, tumor, hemorrhoids or liver disease—is of paramount importance. All of these have dramatically different treatment protocols. When a patient’s energy is low, knowing their blood work and pathogen load is of tremendous value towards designing a healing program.” While allopathic medicine may seek to poison, cut or irradiate the problem, natural medicine professionals may choose the appropriate combination of herbs, acupuncture, qigong or other natural products and modalities. “Having the knowledge of exactly what is damaged and then using the techniques that we know are most suited for healing this condition is what collaborative medicine is all about,” explains Frank. “In our quest to bring natural medicine to the community, we don’t have to shun the diagnostic benefits of the high-technology hospitals. We can use their tools to accentuate our skills.” For more information, email or visit See ad on page 25.

Acupuncture Treats Prostate Enlargement


esearch from China has found that a combination of acupuncture and moxibustion, a form of heat therapy in which dried plant materials are burned on or near the surface of the skin to warm and invigorate the inner flow of qi, or energy, can effectively reduce the symptoms of benign prostate enlargement. Researchers tested 128 patients with prostate enlargement for three months, dividing them into two groups. One group was given acupuncture and moxibustion; the other took a traditional Chinese herbal medication for prostate enlargement called Qianliekangi. The patients’ prostate symptoms were tested using the International Prostate Symptom Score, maximum urine flow rate and residual urine tests. At the study’s end, the patients given the acupuncture/moxibustion treatment reported significantly reduced levels in all three tests—calculated at an 89 percent total effective rate—compared to the herbal medication group. 12

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Natural Ways to Keep Crawling Critters Away With picnics and barbecues on the calendar, summer is a time for indoor/ outdoor entertaining with family, friends and neighbors. To keep invading ants away, hosts will want to use natural materials, many of which can be found in the kitchen, instead of chemical products that may be hazardous to humans, pets and wildlife. Natural lines of defense. Applying ground cinnamon or mixing some of the spice with sugar, cloves and water into a thin paste and using a cotton swab to dab it in cracks and around doors and windowsills outside the house where ants might enter can be effective. The aroma is too strong for them, so they’ll either succumb or turn away. Another method recommended by the Mother Nature Network is to clean floors and countertops with a solution of one cup each of vinegar and water, with the option to enhance it with 15 drops of lemon oil. Try a simple spray. An organic insecticide for application in grassy locations, applied to the legs and sides of the picnic table or chairs, can help reduce intrusion by ants and other pests. suggests pouring oneand-a-half cups of water into a blender and adding two bulbs of garlic. Liquefy the ingredients to a smooth blend, strain out the remaining pieces of garlic, dilute the mixture with about a gallon of water and fill a spray bottle. Organic pest control. Some manufacturers specialize in eco-friendly products, including the Extremely Green Gardening Company (ExtremelyGreen. com) that offers diatomaceous earth, Hasta La Vista Ant! and Bug Shooter insecticide. Other chemical-free bug traps can be found at many hardware stores. Avoid temptation. Keep food container lids and boxes tightly closed indoors and keep food covered as much as possible outdoors. Taking natural preventive steps now is timely because many ant species are highly active in early summer as they seek to increase the food stores for their colonies.


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New Technology Makes Windows Power Producers

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SolarWindow Technologies’ new window coatings are a “first of its kind” technology that could turn the buildings we live and work in into selfsufficient, mini power stations. They can generate electricity on see-through glass and flexible plastics with colored tints popular in skyscraper glass. The coating can be applied to all four sides of tall buildings, generating electricity using natural and artificial light conditions and even shaded areas. Its organic materials are so ideal for lowcost, high-output manufacturing that the technology is already part of 42 product patent applications. When applied to windows on towers, it’s expected to generate up to 50 times the power of conventional rooftop solar systems while delivering 15 times the environmental benefits. For example, a single SolarWindow installation can avoid the amount of carbon emissions produced by vehicles driving about 2.75 million miles per year, compared to 180,000 miles for conventional rooftop systems.

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Salinity is Eating Away Farmland Worldwide Every day for more than 20 years, an average of almost eight square miles of irrigated land in arid and semiarid areas across 75 countries have been degraded by salt, according to the study Economics of Salt-Induced Land Degradation and Restoration, by United Nations University’s Canadianbased Institute for Water, Environment and Health. Salt degradation occurs in arid and semi-arid regions where rainfall is too low to maintain regular percolation of rainwater through the soil and where irrigation is practiced without a natural or artificial drainage system, which triggers the accumulation of salt in the root zone, affecting soil quality and reducing productivity. In the Colorado River Basin alone, studies peg the annual economic impact of salt-induced land degradation in irrigated areas at $750 million. The cost of investing in preventing and reversing land degradation and restoring it to productive land would be far lower than letting degradation continue and intensify. Methods successfully used to facilitate drainage and reverse soil degradation include tree planting, deep plowing, cultivation of salt-tolerant varieties of crops, mixing harvested plant residues into topsoil and digging a drain or deep ditch around salt-affected land.

China Reverses Its Recycling Policy

Plastic items we carefully separate from the rest of the trash and put in a distinct container may have a dubious fate, according to environmental watchdog Quartz. U.S. recycling companies have largely stayed away from accepting plastic, and most of it has been shipped to China, where it can be processed more cheaply. But China has announced a new Green Fence policy ( ChinaGreenFence), prohibiting importation of much of the plastic for recycling that it once received. Plastic categories #3 through #7 (shampoo bottles to butter tubs) may go into domestic landfills again until a solution is found, says David Kaplan, CEO of Maine Plastics, a post-industrial recycler. China controls a large portion of the recycling market, importing about 70 percent of the world’s 500 million tons of electronic waste and 12 million tons of plastic waste each year. These Chinese policy changes will put pressure on Western countries to reconsider their reliance on this formerly cost-effective practice of exporting waste and the necessity for increasing their domestic recycling infrastructure.

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businessspotlight spotlight SIMPSON SPRING:

A Pure Source of Water Bubbles Up in Easton by Kim Childs


impson Spring, located in Easton, dates back to 6,000 B.C. and was considered a source of healing waters by the Wampanoag tribe members who once lived there. In 1830, Samuel Simpson acquired the land on which it’s located. Decades later, his grandson began selling the water and experimenting with carbonation and flavorings to make soda in a lab that still sits on the site. “We are the oldest bottling plant in the United States,” says co-owner Chris Bertarelli, whose father-in-law bought the land in 1988. “We’re the real thing, sitting in a protected woodland setting on 160 acres.” Today, Simpson Spring bottles its pure product in one-, three- and five-gallon jugs and half-liter bottles, and features refill stations where bottles can be filled for 25 cents a gallon. Bertarelli says their product is unique because it comes naturally from the spring, unlike some bottled waters on the market that are fundamentally tap water. “When you buy bottled water, you want to check the source,” she says. “Most bottled water has many different sources and it’s not clear if they’re real springs or if they’re digging down to get the water. A lot of big corporations have taken over the water industry.” The Bertarellis offer tours of the spring, the old lab and bottling room, and the place where soda is currently made in such flavors as fruit punch, grape, coffee, sarsaparilla, root beer, ginger ale, lemon-lime and cream. “We make many


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of our extracts and syrups with spring water, juices and pure cane sugar,” Bertarelli notes. “I’m a total advocate of soda as an occasional treat. It used to be a special event for Sunday dinner, not something people consumed all day. We also have 12-ounce bottles of seltzer, which is 100 percent spring water and fruit juice essence in lemon-lime, pink grapefruit, cranberry and plain.” People can call ahead to arrange a tour or join a scheduled one every Saturday at 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. In addition to water, the store sells chicken and grass-fed beef from local farms, pasta, eggs, granola and pickles. More local vendors come out every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at a market that features organic products, soaps and honey. The benefits of natural spring water include minerals that are often taken out by other bottlers. In addition to relying on the earth’s filtration process, the Bertarellis have their water regularly tested by an outside laboratory. “Our customers say they’ve been looking for us because it’s hard to find what we offer,” says Bertarelli. “We’re happy to give them delicious, nutritious water. Sometimes it tastes almost sweet, and there is no after taste.” Location: Simpson Spring, 719 Washington St., Easton. To learn more, call 508-238-4472 or visit See ad on page 9 and Resource Guide on page 43.

Lessons in Mindful Living from China

by Janice Pegels


n addition to paying attention to the quality of the food we eat, the manner in which we consume it and the tone and pace of daily life can greatly affect health and well-being. In rural parts of China, for example, food is eaten on very small plates or in bowls and, while the food is cooked in ample oils and fats, it is not scooped onto a person’s plate. Instead, one simply takes repeatedly from the main platters with chopsticks until the meal is over. Using chopsticks forces people to take smaller bites of food, and eating more slowly in this way leads to more awareness of satiety; it is not uncommon to eat one nut or bean at a time with chopsticks. The practice facilitates mindful and conscious eating at every meal. Similarly, inhabitants of such rural areas often perform daily tasks in a relaxed, non-rushed pace, which helps keep stress levels in check. For many in China, daily exercise is done in groups with tai chi-like movements, often times to music. People frequently congregate in groups, especially with their colleagues, who typically live in the same apartment complex near their place of employment. It may also help that these people are allowed to retire at a younger age—55 for women and 60 for men. This leaves them able to help care for their grandchildren so their children can focus on their jobs. The Confucius concept of filial piety is well at work in China, where several generations often live under the same roof and help and support each other in many ways. A true sense of community and strong relationships boost well-being. Modern society could benefit from the lessons of such traditional societies when it comes to slowing down the pace of living and being more mindful about the way we eat, the activities we choose and how we view our relationships. As a place to start, challenge yourself to eat a meal a day with chopsticks. Dr. Janice Pegels is a functional medicine doctor at Visions HealthCare, 910 Washington St. (Rte. 1A), Dedham. She is accepting new patients. For more information, call 781-431-1333 or visit See ad on back cover.

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

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RETHINKING RECOVERY Holistic Approaches to Healing Addictions by Lisa Marshall


hrough 15 years of alcohol and prescription drug addiction, one prominent Virginia business owner tried it all to get clean: three inpatient rehab centers; talk therapy; Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA), spending roughly $200,000 in the process. “I would follow through for about a year, and then start to feel like I was on top of things and get complacent,” says the 52-year-old, who asked that her name not be used. She’d treat herself to “just one drink” and soon find herself in a familiar downward spiral. She last relapsed in October 2012. Three months later, she was on the interstate in the morning, a half-empty four-pack of mini wine bottles on her front seat, when she swerved and slammed head-on into a semi-trailer truck. She escaped her flattened car with minor head trauma, gratitude that her children didn’t have to “bury their drunk mother,” and a renewed will to sober up and rediscover happiness. Today, she’s done just that, thanks to a comprehensive, holistic approach that included hiring a life coach that specializes in addiction, overhauling her diet, making time for daily physical and spiritual exercises and reframing her addiction, not as a disease she is cursed with, but as a predisposition she has the power to keep at bay. “Yes. I was passed a gene by my alcoholic father. Yet that only becomes a threat to me when I make a choice to ingest something that cuts the beast 16

loose,” she says. “I work hard every day, using a whole bunch of different tools to keep that from happening again.” She is one of a growing number of alcoholics and addicts reaching beyond the standard trifecta of 28-day rehabs, 12-step programs and psychotherapy toward an approach that addresses mind, body and spirit. More than 40 million Americans over the age of 12 (16 percent of the population) are addicted to alcohol or drugs, according to the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at New York City’s Columbia University. Yet the standard treatments yield lessthan-stellar success rates. Sixty percent of addicts return to drug use within a year after rehab, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and only 5 percent of AA attendees continue with meetings after 12 months, according to AA research. David Essel, a Fort Myers, Florida, life coach who specializes in working with substance abusers, says that when examining all the data, only about one in 10 addicts or alcoholics that use conventional means alone are still clean after one year. Fortunately, because people vary widely in emotional needs and physiologies, other complementary options are also catching on.

Mending Brain and Body

Enter a group meeting for recovering addicts or alcoholics and chances are there will be a pot of black coffee, plus

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donuts or cookies. “Having poor eating habits is a primary contributing factor to relapse,” says Registered Dietitian David Wiss, founder of NutritionInRecovery. com, which provides nutrition consulting for recovery programs in Los Angeles. Because substance abuse can deaden appetite and many of the same neurological circuits that drugs and alcohol stimulate are also activated by salty or sugar-laden foods, newly recovering addicts tend to be ravenous and drawn to junk food. “After 30 days in treatment, people can gain 10 to 30 pounds. They often turn back to addictive substances they’ve abused to get their appetite back under control,” says Wiss. (Because smoking deadens taste buds, drawing people to seek out more intense salty or sugary flavors, it exacerbates the problem.) In a subconscious attempt to get maximum stimulation of now-neglected reward centers in the brain, users often eat little most of the day, then binge later, leading to erratic blood sugar levels that can impact mood, further sabotaging recovery. After years of abuse, addicts also tend to suffer deficiencies of proteins and good fats—key building blocks of a healthy brain. “The brain has been rewired due to the use of substances. Without healing it, you can attend all the meetings in the world and you’ll still struggle with cravings,” reports Essel. He starts new clients with 500 milligrams (mg) daily of the dietary supplement DLphenylalanine, an amino acid precursor to feel-good neurotransmitters such as norepinephrine. He also gives them tyrosine, an energizing amino acid said to quell sugar cravings. For relieving a craving in progress, he recommends 500 to 1,000 mg of glutamine, placed under the tongue. Wiss says he generally recommends food over supplements, yet asking newly recovering addicts to also revamp their diets can be tough. “I wouldn’t expect anyone to make a big nutritional change in their first week of sobriety,” he says. After that, he encourages small steps: Drink eight glasses of water per day. Eat three meals and three snacks to keep blood sugar stable. Load up on fiber, which can help heal the gut and replenish it with healthy bacteria. Eat plenty of lean protein to promote production of feel-good brain chemicals. Load up on

nuts, seeds, fatty fish and other omega-3 fatty acids that suppress inflammation in the brain and have been shown in some studies to quell depression. Daily exercise is also key as Wiss notes that it “circulates our blood and gets all those healthy nutrients into our brain.” Physical activities can also help fill the void and even provide a new sense of identity for someone whose selfesteem has been shattered, says Scott Strode, founder of Denver, Colorado’s Phoenix Multisport, which hosts group cycling, running and climbing outings for recovering addicts and alcoholics. Strode kicked his own cocaine habit 18 years ago by immersing himself first in boxing, then climbing and triathlons. He founded Phoenix in 2007 to help fill what he sees as a gaping hole in recovery support services—a place where people with similar pasts can gather and talk without dwelling exclusively on their dependence issues. He has since served 15,000 people in Colorado, California, and Boston, offering 60 free outings a week for anyone at least 48 hours sober. “By being part of something like this, you can let go of the shame of being the addict, the junkie or the one that let down the family. Now you are the climber or the mountain biker,” says Strode. He stresses that Phoenix programs aren’t intended to replace treatment. Still, “For some, just that redefining of self may be enough. For others, it’s a powerful tool in a broader toolbox.”

Beyond AA

Co-founded in 1935 by an alcoholic named Bill Wilson, Alcoholics Anonymous now has 2 million members and has played an important role in many successful recoveries. However, its Godbased approach (five of the 12 steps refer to God or Him), a credo that alcoholics must admit “powerlessness” and its

emphasis on alcoholism as a defining disease aren’t for everyone. Naysayers point to a 2006 finding by the nonprofit Cochrane Collaboration that states, “No experimental studies unequivocally demonstrated the effectiveness of AA or 12-step approaches for reducing alcohol dependence or problems.” Such concerns have prompted

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some alternative recovery fellowships, including Moderation Management (, which helps people that want to drink less; and Smart Recovery (, which supports an ethos of self-empowerment via cognitive behavioral therapy, nutritional changes and group discussions. Other programs focus on renewing the soul by applying metaphysical practices to the traditional 12 steps. “The conventional 12 steps talk about a higher power outside of you,” says Ester Nicholson, a singer, author and addictions counselor. In her book Soul Recovery: 12 Keys to Healing Addiction, she describes a descent into crack cocaine addiction beginning in her teens, and the long climb out of it. At first, she says, the 12 steps helped her break free of what she calls the “spiritual malady, mental obsession and physical allergy,” that is addiction. But after a decade of being clean, followed by a near-relapse, she discovered meditation and other spiritual practices. “I realized that this higher power can restore me to sanity, but the higher power is actually within me. I found this wonderful bridge between the 12 steps and universal spiritual principals, and it is rocking my world.” Patti Lacey, 54, an Essel client, likewise found lasting sobriety by extending her toolbox, learning to focus not only on past pain, but on bringing forth her best self. According to the International Coach Federation, which reports an uptick in interest in recovery coaching, a coach helps to establish individual goals and map a journey to success. Two years into recovery, Lacey still takes her supplements daily, rises at dawn to meditate, attends 12-step meetings and is part of a nondenominational church community. She also regularly meets with her coach to report progress and update goals, including getting a handle on her finances, a frequent casualty of addiction. “Everybody’s journey is different,” Lacey confirms. “What I needed was someone to tell me exactly what to do in the beginning, and then be around to hold me accountable. That changed everything.”


n her book, Soul Recovery: The 12 Keys to Healing Addiction, Ester Nicholson offers a metaphysical take on the 12 steps. Here’s a look. You are the Power. Through my conscious union with the infinite universal presence, I am powerful, clear and free. Through the realization that God is within me, expressing as me, my life is in divine and perfect order. Restored to wholeness. Through my conscious connection with the one power, I reclaim my spiritual dominion and emotional balance. I am restored to my original nature of clarity, peace and wholeness. I am restored. Complete surrender. I turn my life over to the care of the God I understand, know and embody as love, harmony, peace, health, prosperity and joy. I know that which I am surrendering to, and I do so absolutely. Knowing that this power is the very essence of my being, I say with my whole heart and mind: Thy will be done. An examined life. Through my absolute surrender and conscious connection to the one power and presence, I courageously, deeply and gently search within myself for all thought patterns and behaviors that are out of alignment with love, integrity, harmony and order. Living out loud. I claim the courage and willingness to share the exact nature of my mistakes with another spiritual being. I am heard with compassion, unconditional love and wisdom. In this loving vibration, clarity, peace and balance are restored. Honoring the inner child. I am now ready to release all thought patterns and behaviors

Lisa Marshall is a freelance health writer in Boulder, CO. Connect at 18

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unlike my true nature, which is wholeness. I free-fall into the loving presence of spirit within, and allow it to heal every known and unknown false belief. I am transformed by the renewal of my mind. Never give up. In loving compassion for every aspect of my being, I humbly surrender to the love of spirit. I know myself as a perfect expression of life. I surrender all, and I am restored to the life I am created to live. Willingness. I acknowledge the people I have offended based on false beliefs, fear, doubt and unworthiness. I am willing to go to any lengths to clean up my side of the street. Cleaning up the wreckage. Backed by all the power of the universe, I lovingly, directly and honestly make amends in a way that supports the highest good of all concerned. Spiritual maintenance. I am in tune with my inner self. With integrity, love and self-compassion, I acknowledge my mistakes and continue to clean up the mistakes of my past and present. Conscious contact. Through daily prayer and meditation, I deepen my conscious connection to the divine and experience the fullness of the universal presence as the dynamic reality of my life. Loving service. Through my awakened consciousness, I am now prepared to carry the message of truth out into the world. I am now a clear channel to support the awakening of others to their true identity of wholeness.

coping strategies instead. A favorite method of working with Ashwagandha is in a long-decocted coffee-like beverage that generally consists of some combination of Ashwagandha, Burdock, Chaga, Solomon’s Seal and Codonopsis. The addition of Solomon’s Seal not only has physiological effects, but it supports emotional work by aiding in flexibility and adaptability, and helping one be true to self. Codonopsis is also useful in an addiction situation, as it builds energy gently, at a pace a stressed-out body can handle.

Herbal Allies Ease Addiction by Katja Swift

 Nettle


he intense stress of living in a society that is losing connection to the things that ground us—community, spirituality and relationships with the Earth and with the other intelligences in our world—robs us of restful respite from stress and can create unhealthy mechanisms for dealing with stressors. These coping mechanisms can eventually lead to addictions. Rebuilding those lost connections can make recovery easier. Along with community and support structures, which are time and again found to be critical in successfully taking actions towards a healthier life, plants are available allies.

 Tulsi

Tulsi is a favorite herb for moving out of addiction. It has been found that prolonged exposure to cortisol—a hormone produced in response to stress— shrinks the hippocampus, the part of the brain that converts short term memory to long term memory. Chronic high cortisol levels impact the ability to process and move past negative events in life. Foundationally, addiction is about stagnation, or being stuck in a place that doesn’t serve the individual. Alcohol, heroin, sugary snacks, gambling, or whatever the addiction may be, becomes the mechanism by which someone uses to cope with stress or the stimulus that isn’t manageable. These coping mechanisms may help someone feel distracted, or numb their discom-

fort, but they don’t do anything to promote change. Tulsi can help people move past stuck emotions. It has been shown to lower cortisol levels and provide specific specific neuroprotective action in the hippocampus, both of which can help restore the body’s ability to process negative experiences and move toward change.

 Ashwagandha

Another helpful adaptogen is Ashwagandha. It also works to protect the hippocampus, as well as to support both the structural formation and the function of neural cells and neural webs. Not only that, but Ashwagandha is particularly good for helping to restore natural cycles. It is most helpful in rediscovering one’s natural sleep/wake rhythm. Without sufficient time spent sleeping, the liver doesn’t have enough time to clear toxins from the body. Activity is critical for a healthy sleep/wake cycle, and Ashwagandha can help a person not only sleep more effectively, but also be more motivated to get their body moving. When the body is moving, the emotions, which are part of the body, can get moving, too, making it easier to weather the ups and downs that are a normal part of human existence. Seeing these fluctuations as unpleasant yet normal, it is easier to retain enough control to choose less harmful self-soothing habits, and ideally turn to self-care for

Nettle is deeply nourishing, which is of critical importance in matters of addiction. People often turn to coping mechanisms when they feel that they are being asked to do more than they have resources available, whether on the job or in a relationship, or otherwise. This is particularly apt in the case of eating addictions. Simply drinking long infused Nettle tea by the quart can allow that person to begin to feel nourished from the inside out, and reduce their need for binge eating. Nettle also is deeply supportive to kidney health, which is pertinent to not only elimination, but to adrenal health. The kidneys are the “soil” in which the adrenals “grow”, and nourishing that soil is a deeply restorative way to improve adrenal function. Nettle can play an emotional role as well. These feisty, spiny plants that sting can do a great deal to help a person create some space in the world for themselves with healthy boundaries.

Other Useful Herbs

Some other nervines that are particularly helpful include Eastern Wood Betony, (Stachys officinalis). Slowly, gently, Betony can help a person learn to feel comfortable and stay present in the body when stressful events occur. It can ease the jarring-ness of transition, whether it’s flight in stress, or return afterwards. Much of the time, the thought of trying to once again associate, or consciously choose to end the dissociating, is anxiety-inducing. Betony makes that transition gentle and nonnatural awakenings

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threatening. Ghost Pipe (Monotropa uniflora) is also tremendously helpful. When a situation is what it is, and stressing out about it isn’t going to help, Ghost Pipe can calm the mind. Ghost Pipe also works well for the anxiety that comes from over-stimulation, either from simply living in an over-stimulating society, or from the sensations that go along with a “bad trip”. Sean Donahue writes in Llewellyn’s 2012 Herbal Almanac about using Ghost Pipe successfully to help people come back from druginduced states. He particularly likes it not just for the return to this current shared reality, but also as healing for psychological and spiritual damage that may have occurred while the mind was so open and exposed to other realities. In the end, the foundational work in healing from addiction is in reconnection—with self, with community, with Cycle, and with the whole body Earth. Central to that work is the recognition that we have choices, we have allies and we have power. Katja Swift is an herbalist and healer with 18 years of clinical experience. She is also director of CommonWealth Center for Holistic Herbalism, located at 25 St. Marys Ct., in Brookline. For more information or to schedule a consultation, call 617-750- 5274 or visit See ad below and Resource Guide on page 41.


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The Gut-Mind Connection David Perlmutter on How Stomach Microflora Affect Brain Health by Linda Sechrist


r. David Perlmutter, a board-certified neurologist and recipient of the Linus Pauling Award for his innovative approaches to addressing neurological disorders, has recently released Brain Maker, the latest in a series of books on brain health. This medical advisor to the Dr. Oz Show demonstrates how brain problems can be prevented by adopting lifestyle changes that nurture the bacteria living in the digestive system.

Why did you begin your book with the quote, “Death begins in the colon,” rather than “Brain health begins in the gut”? I wanted to draw attention to the real life-or-death issues mediated by what goes on inside the gut. Individuals with an immediate concern for their heart, bones, immune system or brain must recognize that the health of these parts and functions are governed at the level of commensal gut bacteria, the normal microflora that eat what we eat. This relationship is the most powerful leverage point we have for maintaining health.

How were you led to expand from studying the nervous system and brain to investigating gastrointestinal medicine? Early on in my career, I was taught that everything that goes on in the brain stays there. But leading-edge research now reveals that seemingly disparate organs are in close communication, regulating each other’s health. As scientific literature began supporting the notion that gut-related issues

have a huge bearing on brain health, and specifically on brain disease, it became important to me to be able to leverage deep knowledge of this empowering information in terms of being able to treat brain disorders.

What is the Human Microbiome Project (HMP)? HMP, launched in 2008 by the National Institutes of Health, is a $115 million exploration of the gut microbiome. In the ongoing research project involving genetic and DNA assessment, researchers are looking at the microbiome array in the gut of individuals suffering from various diseases. They are drawing correlations between emerging patterns in the abnormalities of gut bacteria and specific diseases. For example, autism correlates with an overabundance of the Clostridia species. In diabetes, there are more Firmicutes than Bacteroidetes, which we also see in obesity characteristic of the Western cosmopolitan diet. This is paving the way for interventions designed to restore a normal balance of gut bacteria. An example in my book is Dr. Max Nieuwdorp’s research at the University of Amsterdam, in which he discovered an array of abnormal bacteria that characterize Type 2 diabetes. In the more than 250 individuals diagnosed with diabetes that he treated in a double-blind study, he was able to reverse the disease by inserting a series of fecal material transfers from healthy, lean donors into diabetic patients.

What is the most eye-opening information about the roles played by gut organisms? More than 100 trillion bacteria live in our gut. Plus, there are viruses, yeast species and protozoa. When we factor in their genetic material, it means that an astonishing 99 percent of the DNA in our body is bacterial. It’s humbling to realize they influence all manner of physiology, from our immune system to our metabolism, making vitamins, maintaining the gut lining and controlling inflammation, the key mechanism involved in Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis and any number of brain degenerative disorders. They also exert influence over the expression of our 23,000 genes, in effect regulating the expression of the human genome. The latest startling discovery— which is so new that it’s not in the book—is that bacterial DNA sequences have now been found in the human genome, meaning we are partly bacterial. It reveals the most sophisticated symbiotic and intimate relationship at the deepest level imaginable. It turns the previous way of thinking about who we are upside-down. Our perceptions of the world, moods, hunger or satiety, even our metabolism, are dictated by gut bacteria, which deserve careful stewarding. They don’t deserve, for example, to be bombarded by the capricious use of antibiotics whenever we have the sniffles.

How can we reestablish good gut health? Better food choices bring about significant changes in our body’s microbiome. By incorporating prebiotic foods such as Jerusalem artichokes, dandelion greens, garlic, leeks, onions, jicama or Mexican yam, as well as fermented foods such as kimchi, kombucha tea, yogurt and kefir, individuals can reestablish good gut health that helps them gain control over inflammation, the cornerstone of all degenerative conditions. Inflammation originates in the gut. Balancing bacteria and reducing intestinal permeability, which allows substances to leak through the lining of the small intestine into the bloodstream, can reduce it. Visit Linda Sechrist’s website, ItsAllAbout, for the recorded interview. natural awakenings

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The State of Solar in Massachusetts by Lucy Alexander


n April, small business and solar industry leaders filled the Nonprofit Center, in Boston, for a panel discussion hosted by the Climate Action Business Association on what is sure to be an important topic on Beacon Hill this legislative session: the state of solar in Massachusetts. So far, Massachusetts has been a leader in promoting growth in the solar industry. It has more than 750 megawatts (MW) of solar installed and is the nation’s second largest employer in the solar industry, according to a report from the Solar Foundation, which studies and promotes the solar industry. Massachusetts currently has more solar than the state of Florida. The event highlighted the many reasons why solar energy is important in both the private and public sectors. The panel featured a diverse set of stakeholders, including keynote speaker state Senator Jamie Eldridge; Bill Zamparelli, senior media relations specialist at Eversource Energy; Fred Unger, president of Heartwood Group; Leslie Malone, senior analyst for Energy and Climate from the Acadia Center; and Larry Aller, head of business development and strategy at Next Step Living. Massachusetts has been able to make important advances in solar due to a series of policies that incentivize solar adoption, including implementing a renewable portfolio standard (RPS), solar renewable energy credits (SRECs), and solar rebates. Another important part of Massachusetts’ success with solar has been its net metering program, the future of which is currently threatened by net metering caps passed by the legislature. Net metering allows eligible customers to use excess electricity they generate to offset their utility costs. It is important because it makes solar more cost competitive and accessible to residents of Massachusetts. Solar energy adoption benefits all ratepayers by increasing resiliency, decreasing reliance on harmful fossil fuels, and job creation. Massachusetts limits the amount of solar energy commercial properties can net meter, making it difficult to expand the solar industry. Currently, net metering is capped at 4 percent of peak load for private net metering and 5 percent for public for installations over 60 MW. National Grid, which covers almost 50 percent of Massachusetts cities and towns, has already reached these caps, and caps in other utility areas are quickly being approached as more and more residents take advantage of solar energy opportunities. Unger points out that there is no technical reason for the caps and that money is lost both by utilities and private sector stakeholders. From the perspective of utility companies, Zamparelli notes that they are not opposed to solar energy or any other renewable sources, and that they


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already must meet RPS standards, which require a certain percentage of energy to come from renewable sources. Without the option to net meter, current policy makes it much more difficult for Massachusetts businesses to take advantage of solar energy to reduce their utility bills and their carbon footprints. Net metering makes solar accessible to all residents in Massachusetts who otherwise would not be able to access solar by offering virtual net metering. Virtual net metering allows users to use net metering credits to offset their electricity bills through a remote solar project. This makes solar net metering accessible to Massachusetts residents and businesses that either rent or are located in areas that don’t receive enough sunlight for solar panels to operate. With net metering caps already being hit, the Massachusetts legislature is faced with creating a long term plan to continue to support the already thriving solar industry here, and to continue to use solar as a way to meet our greenhouse gas emissions reductions targets. Aller points out that “if we don’t raise the caps, we won’t have the tools to produce solar energy,” and investors will move on, jobs will be lost and overall the local economy will suffer. Instead of increasing capacity from natural gas, we should instead take advantage of renewables, especially solar. Eldridge has introduced a bill, SB1770 An Act relative to net metering, community shared solar and energy storage, which not only lifts the net metering caps to 1,600 MW and establishes a goal of 20 percent electricity generation from solar by 2020, but also calls for the creation of energy storage systems and incentivizes communityshared solar projects by giving them the same tax exemptions as residents that install solar panels on their homes. As Aller states, Massachusetts legislatures care and they will listen to their constituents. It is time to step up to the opportunity and challenge presented by solar. To learn more about how to support the growth of solar in Massachusetts, either as an individual or as a small business, visit Lucy Alexander is the policy coordinator at the Climate Action Business Association, and she studies political science and environmental studies at Boston College. natural awakenings

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Boost Testosterone with the Right Choices by Kathleen Barnes

Today’s rates of male infertility and sexual dysfunction suggest that low testosterone is rapidly becoming a national problem.


ohns Hopkins School of Medicine epidemiologists estimate that 18.4 percent of all American men over the age of 20, totaling 18 million, have reported experiencing erectile dysfunction. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 7.5 percent of all sexually experienced men under 45, or more than 4 million, have consulted a fertility doctor, suggesting it’s a serious problem among younger men. “Both erectile dysfunction and infertility reflect elements of lifestyle choices, especially obesity, smoking and exposure to environmental toxins,” says Naturopath James Occhiogrosso, of Fort Myers, Florida, author of Your Prostate, Your Libido, Your Life: A Guide to Causes and Natural Solutions for Prostate Problems and He says there are many ways to address low testosterone, a factor in both issues, and a healthy diet is crucial for healthy sexual function in both men and women. Some foods can help, while others can hinder a man’s sexual vitality, advises Craig Cooper, of Newport Beach, California, founder of the CooperativeHealth network of men’s health websites and author of Your New Prime: 30 Days to Better Sex, Eternal Strength, and a Kick Ass Life After 40. He identifies key no-nos that decrease testosterone as eating excess sugar, drinking excessive alcohol and being sedentary. Here are the best foods for increasing testosterone. Shrimp: Like fatty fish, this tiny crustacean is one of nature’s few food sources of vitamin D, which Harvard School of Public Health research confirms is linked to testosterone levels. Four ounces of shrimp contain 162 IU (international units), about 40 percent of recommended daily intake. Oysters, red meat and pumpkin seeds: All of these are rich sources of zinc, which Cooper notes has a direct link to higher testosterone levels. He cautions, however, that too much zinc can cause its absorption to diminish. Men need 11 milligrams (mg) of zinc a day. Oysters are considered a food of love for a reason: One shelled oyster contains 12.8 mg of zinc. Pumpkin seeds are zinc powerhouses with 7 mg in 3.5 ounces. By comparison, 3 ounces of beef liver or dark chicken meat deliver 4.3 mg and 2.4 mg, respectively. Lean, grass-fed beef, tuna and nuts: These are high-quality sources of omega-3 fatty acids. “Without obtaining at least 24

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20 percent of our daily calories from fat (no less than 15 percent) we can’t function at optimum capacity, as hormones are produced through the components of dietary fats, including the sex hormones like testosterone,” advises Virginia Beach, Virginia, Registered Dietitian Jim White, a spokesman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. “A diet high in carbohydrates and too much dietary fat—more than 35 percent—will cause a gain in body fat, which can decrease testosterone levels. Balance is the key.” Broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage: Cruciferous vegetables are rich sources of indole-3-carbinol, which helps both balance testosterone and estrogen, and neutralize excess estrogen in men and women, says Occhiogrosso. Yes, men have estrogen, too, just less than women, and too much blocks testosterone production. Red grapes: This whole food is a good source of resveratrol and proanythocyanidin, which block harmful estrogen production, says White. Excess estrogen production spurred by eating foods like soy and flax and the growth hormones contained in big agriculture’s

meat and dairy products lowers testosterone production in men. Strawberries: Due to their cortisollowering vitamin C, all berries help reduce stress, including when hormones are released during a heavy workout that can hamper testosterone production. One study published in the International Journal of Sports Medicine confirms that more cortisol equals less testosterone; another in the World Journal of Men’s Health shows that high cortisol lowers sex drive and results in delayed ejaculation. Plus, two Brazilian studies showed animals with the highest vitamin C intake had the highest sperm counts among study subjects. Another good cortisol fighter is the allicin in garlic. Pomegranates: Occhiogrosso likes pomegranates for building testosterone levels. An impressive study from the International Journal of Impotence Research showed that the performance of 47 percent of the impotent male study participants improved after consuming a daily glass of pomegranate juice for four weeks. “Food is always the first choice when I’m treating men with testoster-

one and fertility issues,” says Occhiogrosso. “It’s often effective without the dangers of testosterone injections.” Kathleen Barnes is the author of numerous health books, including Food Is Medicine: 101 Prescriptions from the Garden. Connect at

Body Building Doesn’t Build Testosterone


any people think that bodybuilders define he-man muscles by producing huge amounts of testosterone. Not so, says Naturopath James Occhiogrosso, who specializes in men’s health. “Bodybuilders consume huge amounts of protein to build muscles,” he says. “When a man’s pumping 100 to 150 grams of protein into his body every day, he will actually produce less testosterone.” For healthy testosterone levels, he recommends that a man derive a maximum of 25 percent of his daily calories from protein.

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DADS How They Raise Conscious Kids by Lane Vail


athers are more involved in their children’s lives than ever before, embracing their roles of leader, nurturer and protector, and they’re reaping extraordinary benefits. According to a 2014 study published in the Academy of Management Perspectives, fathers that spend more time with their kids are both happier at home and more satisfied at work. Today, many mindful dads engaged in a natural lifestyle apply that same health consciousness to their parenting. Support Mama. Natural fathering begins during pregnancy, with an informed birth plan. “Support whatever birthing decision the woman feels will provide her the most comfort and relaxation,” advises Dr. John Douillard,


an ayurvedic chiropractor and author of six books, including Perfect Health for Kids. Hold her hand, rub her back, advocate for her rights and after the birth, support her efforts to breastfeed whenever, wherever and however long she wants. “Fathers should recognize that the burden of care is clearly on the mother for at least the first year, so her opinions and wishes deserve special consideration and respect,” says Ben Hewitt, father of two, home unschooler and author of The Nourishing Homestead. Embrace physical closeness. Bonding through nurturing touch is powerful and rewarding for father and child. A recent study published in the Journal of

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Perinatal Education found that fathers that practiced infant massage experienced significant stress release and bonding with their offspring. Wearing a baby or toddler in a sling, wrap or carrier is another comforting way to spend time together. Co-sleeping helps foster a more natural sleep rhythm with a nocturnally hungry baby, while also offering another way to connect. “Any stress my family may have experienced during the day dissipated when we reconnected at nighttime,” Hewitt attests. “Looking back, I can’t imagine having missed out on that opportunity to be so close with my kids.” Feed healthy habits. Natural dads are educated about both naturopathic and Western medicine to make informed choices regarding prevention and intervention. Douillard applies the ayurvedic principle of seasonal eating in order to bolster the immune systems of his six children and clients. Cooling foods like fruits and vegetables in summer prevent overheating; warming foods like soups, nuts and meats in winter lubricate mucus membranes and facilitate fat and protein storage; light foods like leafy greens in spring detoxify the body. His experience is that when kids with robust immunity catch the occasional malady, its severity and duration are reduced, and natural herbs often provide a gentle first step toward recovery. Douillard treats colds with a spoonful of equal parts turmeric and honey mixed into a paste. “Turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory and antiviral herb that also helps liquefy mucus in the respiratory tract,” he says. For tummy troubles, he suggests offering kids an herbal tea of cumin, coriander or fennel. Above all, parents must exemplify good health habits. “Eat better, exercise regularly, change your diet with the local season and your kids will follow along,” says Douillard. Impart green morals. Earth-conscious parents teach their children how to leave a faint ecological footprint by supporting local eco-friendly companies, reducing the presence of toxic chemicals in the home and consuming and wasting less. However, wagging a finger and imploring kids to be ecofriendly is not enough; model helpful behaviors and illustrate the implications of their choices. “Instead of saying, ‘You

should recycle,’ show kids online pictures of the giant flotillas of plastics polluting the oceans,” says Hewitt. Maintain an experiential dialogue about respecting, preserving and enjoying nature. Encourage adventure and resourcefulness. “Historically,” says Hewitt, “children learned alongside their parents and community, immersed in their environment, an arrangement that allowed them continual opportunities to prove their own resourcefulness.” All dads, like homeschoolers, will find satisfying fun in sharing problem-solving, hands-on projects with their kids, like building a debris shelter in the woods, planting a garden, or using repurposed materials to engineer something with form and function. Learning doesn’t have to be a hierarchical activity, wherein dads teach children, says Hewitt. “The opportunity to learn and explore together is powerful.” Play. Hewitt encourages dads to look for opportunities to relieve kids of their often overwhelming and scattered schedules. “It’s incredibly important for kids and adults to set aside time for free play and exploration,” he says. “Go outside with them,” says Douillard. “Make up games, goof off, run around, roll around and just be with them. It makes a world of difference in their lives.” Lane Vail is a freelance writer in South Carolina and blogger at Discovering

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HIDDEN TREASURES Neighbors Discover Their Wealth of Resources

by John McKnight and Peter Block

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he essential promise of consumerism is that everything fulfilling or needed in life can be purchased—from happiness to healing, from love to laughter and from raising a child to caring for someone at the end of life. What was once the task of relatives and neighbors has been outsourced, costing the family its capacity to manage traditionally provided necessities. The community has been replaced by paid professionals and technology. Until the 20th century, the basic philosophy of rearing children was that they become effective grownups by connecting with productive adults and learning the community’s skills, traditions and customs from them. Youth had key household jobs to do. When they became adults, they were thus equipped to care both for the next generation and for those that had cared for them. Today, the most effective communities are those in which neighborhoods and residents have reclaimed their traditional roles. The research on this point is decisive. Where there are “thick” community connections, there is positive child development. Health

improves, the environment is sustained and people are safer and have a stronger local economy. Neighbors Naomi Alessio and Jackie Barton were talking about family challenges when Alessio noted her son Theron’s encouraging turnaround after he began voluntarily learning metalworking skills with Mr. Thompson in his garage shop. Alessio could see Theron change and finally stopped worrying about what he was doing after school. Barton admitted that her son Alvin was in trouble, and asked Alessio if there might be someone in the neighborhood whose skills would interest him. They discovered enough diverse talent for all the kids in the neighborhood to tap into. Three of the men they met— Charles Wilt, Mark Sutter and Sonny Reed—joined Alessio, Barton and Thompson in finding out what the kids on the block were interested in learning. Also, why not ask the kids what they knew? They found 22 things the young people knew that might be of interest to some adults on the block. The six neighbors named themselves the Matchmakers and created a neighborhood website. Many neighbors also formed a band, plus a choir led by Sarah Ensley, an elder who’d been singing all her life. Charles Dawes, a police officer, formed an intergenerational team to make the block a safe haven for everyone. Lenore Manse decided to write family histories with photos and persuaded neighborhood historian Jim Caldwell and her best friend, Lannie Eaton, to help. Wilt suggested that the Matchmakers welcome newcomers by giving them a copy of the block history, and then updating it with information about each new family. Three years later, at the annual block party, Barton summed up the neighborhood’s accomplishment: “All the lines are broken; we’re all connected. We’re a real community now.” Adapted from an article by John McKnight and Peter Block for YES! Magazine that appears in its anthology, Sustainable Happiness. They are co-authors of The Abundant Community: Awakening the Power of Families and Neighborhoods (Abundant  natural awakenings

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After stays in guesthouses and hotel rooms, a tiny house felt spacious, so I decided to build my own as a home base.


THE TEENY-TINY VACATION OPTION Mini-Dwellings Make Travel a Lark by Avery Mack

Tiny vacation cottages offer a simple, cozy setting for taking time off together and spell crazy fun—a huge improvement over sterile motel rooms.


ost of us are oriented to a typical American house averaging 2,300 square feet, making it a childlike hoot to step into the petite footprint of a tiny house one-tenth the size. Vacation rentals of “tinies” are available nationwide in all shapes and styles—including treetop aeries. Tree houses range from rustic to luxurious. Marti MacGibbon and her husband, Chris Fitzhugh, spent a romantic weekend at the Out ‘n’ About Treehouse Resort, in Cave Junction, Oregon. “The Peacock Perch is a favorite,” says MacGibbon. “It also helps me overcome my fear of heights.” In Hawaii, Skye Peterson built a tree house from recycled materials in five native ohia trees outside Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. The eco-friendly, solarpowered, passive-energy vacation home enchants guests with firelight at night and breakfast in the morning. For those that prefer ground-level vacationing, glamorous camping, or glamping, offers an outdoor experience with the comforts of home. Yellowstone 30

National Park’s Yellowstone Under Canvas has summer options for every budget through September 7, including an onsite gourmet restaurant. Tipis offer the basics, while a roomier safari tent adds a wood-burning stove with complimentary firewood. A deluxe suite with private bath sleeps a family with kingsize and sofa beds. All face majestic views of mountains, water and wildlife. Rustic Karenville, eight miles from Ithaca, New York, isn’t on any map. Owner and builder Karen Thurnheer and her husband, Robert Wesley, live in a 270-square-foot cabin amidst a small village of tinies next to the 9,000-acre Danby State Forest. The little buildings don’t have running water; some have woodstove heat, electricity if the generator’s running and there’s a composting outhouse. “The houses are silly and fun,” she says. “There’s fresh air and at night a million stars.” Sarah and John Murphy welcome travelers to enjoy urban life with amenities in the heart of Music City via Nashville’s tiniest guest house.

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~Lauren Juliff, professional travel blogger With a complete kitchen and bath, conditioned air and Wi-Fi, its 200 square feet can accommodate four. Rhode Island’s Arcade Providence historic shopping mall took a hit from Internet shopping. Now it’s vibrantly alive as micro-apartments (bedroom, bath and kitchen in 300 square feet) fill the second and third levels, while first-floor stores cater to residents and destination shoppers. The “no vacancy” sign is regularly posted for apartments acting as dorms or pied á terres. On the West coast, near the 150acre Lily Point Marine Park, in Port Roberts, Washington, a secluded gingerbread cottage affords a gas fireplace, solarium and upstairs deck for viewing wildlife. “It’s relaxing and romantic,” says owner Pat Capozzi. Artsy and trendy, Caravan is the first tiny hotel in the United States. Since 2013, guests have enjoyed a choice of its six tiny houses in Portland, Oregon’s Alberta Arts District. Simple-living students, retirees and even families with small children and pets are embracing the concept longer-term. “The best part,” says Macy Miller, a Boise, Idaho architect who built her own tiny of recycled materials at a cost of $12,000, “is no mortgage.” To avoid local minimumsize zoning requirements, her house is mounted on a flatbed trailer. The 196-square-foot space is also home to her boyfriend James, toddler Hazel, and Denver, a 150-pound great dane. Recently, Miller blogged, “I’m designing what may be the first tiny nursery as we expect baby number two!” As Thurnheer observes, “There are lots of silly people like me who love living tiny.” Connect with freelance writer Avery Mack at

Walking The Cat

Photo courtesy of Best Friends Animal Society


Harness a Curious Cat for a Lively Stroll


by Sandra Murphy

ats live longer these days, due to improved food, regular veterinary care and indoor living, but there’s another aspect of health to consider. To thrive, cats need mental and physical stimulation, which outdoor adventures naturally deliver. “Leash walking’s a great way for cats to get fresh air, exercise and explore,” says Utica, New York, Veterinarian Debra M. Eldredge, author of Cat Owner’s Home Veterinary Handbook. Kitty’s senses are activated in such expanded horizons. For trips outside the yard, Eldredge advises, “Choose your places and times; you don’t want to mingle with joggers and skateboarders.” Cats have definite preferences. “Jagger walks around the block with my husband, Rob,” says Anna Easteden, an actress in Los Angeles. Jagger has no problems with dogs he meets, but not all cats are so tolerant. “Star walks only in the yard, companioned by Fuzzy and Boots.” All four are microchipped in case of an escape. Carrie Aulenbacher, of Erie, Pennsylvania, author of The Early Bird Café, first got her cat Daisy used to a harness indoors before venturing outside. “Now he runs to the door and meows to go out,” she says. Daisy’s been hiking for 10 years. View some of his adventures at Boston insurance underwriting assistant, cat blogger and artist Koshka Koh routinely walks her Abyssinian therapy cat, Jake. “We can’t hurry. People ask questions and want to pet him. They say, ‘I wish my cat could do that.’”


The Emergence of German New Medicine. German New Medicine (GNM) reveals that disease is initiated by a biological conflict that assists an individual during times of unexpected emotional distress.

Good to Know Tips The Best Friends Animal Society, in Kanab, Utah, averages 625 cats in residence and Society Manager Michelle Warfle supports an enriched environment. “We teach as many cats as possible to leash walk,” she says. Her tips include: Don’t prog-

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ress too quickly, keep walks fun and use a harness, not the collar. Warfle’s own cat, Earl, hikes about two miles before tiring. A backpack-like pet carrier lets a feline take a break. Adapt the walk’s length or location to a pet’s age and physical limitations, such as arthritis. “Jabez always loved to walk on Ventura’s wet sandy beaches,” says Californian Kac Young, a naturopath with a Ph.D. in natural health. “His second choice was a trip to Home Depot to ride in the cart.” Now 18, Jabez doesn’t travel as often. Routinely check kitty’s neck, tail, stomach and inner thighs to pick off

fleas and ticks after an outing before they become a bigger problem. (For an infestation of fleas, comb the cat with natural dishwashing detergent and water to drown them and rinse kitty afterward.) Pet-grade diatomaceous earth is safe to rub into her fur and bedding. Consider yard plants like mint, lemongrass, sage and lavender to repel bugs. Multiple studies suggest catnip, which kitty can roll in, may be an even more effective mosquito repellant than the toxic DEET (mosquitoes spread heartworm). Cat companions agree that when kitty explores a blade of grass or

pounces on a blowing leaf, it presents a delightful opportunity to be in the moment. A change of pace benefits those on both ends of the leash. Connect with Sandra Murphy at StLouis

Cat Walk Savvy by Darlene Arden

n Cats need to get used to an idea before embracing it. Proceed slowly. n A collar is for ID tags, not walking— a cat can wiggle out of a collar. A harness, properly fitted at the pet supply store, is best. Designate a comfortable, padded, wider harness solely for walking, not to restrain the cat in the car (a crate is safer). n Let a cat see and smell the harness before putting it on. Small treats help. Don’t let the cat bat it like a toy. Put the harness on for short spans each day until he’s used to it—cats tend to fall over, “paralyzed”, when it’s first introduced. n After the harness has been worn comfortably, add the leash and let him drag it around in an enclosed outdoor space. Never use a flexi-lead/retractable leash. A six-foot bungee (stretchy) or woven leash allows space to explore without getting tangled in a bush or beyond reach. n Leash walk around the house without pulling, yanking or dragging—just do some pet-paced walking. n Don’t force the next step, because the outdoors can be a big, scary place; most cats need to observe first before exploring. n Use lots of praise and treats. Darlene Arden is a certified animal behavior consultant from Boston and author of The Complete Cat’s Meow and Beautiful Cats. 32

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Mind-Body Experiential Event

Herbstalk 2015

LyceumLive Presents: The Power of Choice

Hosted by Natural Awakenings. Includes a viewing of the feature documentary film, The Connection, which reveals groundbreaking research by the world’s leading experts in mindbody medicine and true stories of recovery. Panel discussion including both a doctor and patient profiled in the film. Workshops to experience a variety of mindbody techniques including Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, meditation, massage, qigong, tai chi, biofeedback, hypnotherapy, yoga, laughter yoga, guided imagery, art and music therapy, breath work and more. Also included is a vendor exposition featuring local healthy living businesses and a bodywork oasis. 

Sunday, May 31 • 9am-4:30pm Visit for updates and ticketing information. Arlington High School, 869 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington. Mind-body experts interested in interviewing for the opportunity to conduct experiential workshops: 617-906-0232 or For tickets, visit

SUNDAY, MAY 31 The Keys to Enlightenment Series – Sundays, May 31-Jun 28. A 5-wk series exploring the basics of awakening from the ego dream of separation and suffering. Topics include: the structure of human consciousness, nature of the ego and ego transformation vs. ego annihilation. $20/class, $90/all classes. TS Center for Spiritual Studies, 21 Maple St, Arlington. 507-286-8060.

TUESDAY, JUNE 2 21-Day Cleanse – 6:30-7:30pm. Join Groton Wellness’ Irina Serebryakova, Holistic Nurse Practitioner, and learn about the 21-day purification cleanse and how it can lead to improved weight loss, sleep patterns, hormone function and overall health. See website for the Natural Weight Management, Purification Program questions and answers. $25. Mill Run Plaza, 493 Main St, Groton. 978-615-7157. Just Breathe: Somato-Respiratory Integration Workshop – 7:30-8:30pm. In this workshop, Dr. Coleman will teach breathing exercises that will help to release tension and calm your mind. Somato-Respiratory Integration (SRI) helps enhance your chiropractic care as well as free up energy in your body. $20. Newton Chiropractic & Wellness Centre, 383 Elliot St, Ste 250, Newton. 617-964-3332.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3 Slow Living Summit – June 3-5. 2:30-8:30pm. A summit all about farms and food. Topics covered include: food justice, green economy, ecological sustainability, health and wellness and much more.


A community conference that teaches people about plants. Includes over 30 classes on herbal medicine and holistic health topics, urban plant walks, and herbal vendors from across New England. Join us to learn more about herbs for health and wellness at our vibrant and spirited event.

June 6-7

Center for the Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave, Somerville. 617-504-1714. • $45-$249. 157 Main St, Brattleboro. 802-2758152. Herbs for Travel – 7-9pm. Learn herbal tips and tricks to avoid common health troubles associated with travel. Jetlag and intestinal distress don’t need to vacation with you. $25. CommonWealth Center for Holistic Herbalism, 25 Saint Mary’s Ct, Brookline. 617-750-5274.

THURSDAY, JUNE 4 Widening the Cycle: A Menstrual Cycle & Reproductive Justice Art Show – June 4-6. 5-9pm. A social justice art show addressing the complex issues pertaining to menstruation and reproductive justice. Free. Suffolk University Law School, 120 Tremont St, Boston.

SATURDAY, JUNE 6 How to Fix Our Broken World – 4-6pm. Every 2,000 years or so a great Teacher comes to Earth to guide us in a new direction. According to the Ancient Wisdom Teachings, we are due, and One has come. Free. TS Center for Spiritual Studies, 21 Maple St, Arlington . 978-238-8133.

TUESDAY, JUNE 9 The Incredible Dr. You Workshop – 7:308:30pm. This first class in a series of two breaks down the basics of Network Spinal Analysis, which is the method of chiropractic used at Newton Chriropractic. This class will help you get more out of your adjustments and enlighten you on just how incredible your body is at healing itself. Free. Newton Chiropractic & Wellness Centre, 383 Elliot St, Ste 250, Newton. 617-964-3332.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10 Free Workshop: Natural Solutions for Executive Function Struggles and ADHD – 6:45-8:45pm. A drug-free approach to cognitive health. Dr. Jolene Ross discusses a researched and effective method for achieving brain wellness and executive function success for children and adults. Free. Abbot Public Library, 235 Pleasant St, Marblehead. 781-4449115.

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Judy Giovangelo, Founder of Ben Speaks, will lead this inspirational workshop where you will learn, among other things, the power of intention in action, how to shift from competition to collaboration and reduce stress, increase self-esteem and confidence.

Thursday, June 11 • 6:30-9:30pm $25/adults, $10/students. The Center at Westwoods. 590 Gay St, Westwood. 425-205-1692 •

markyourcalendar Bloom into your Rich Life® Weekend Retreat: Create the Life You Long for and Deserve With Marilyn Taylor and Gail McMeekin. This masterfully created retreat will revitalize your spirit, spark your creativity with SoulCollage®, and get you laser focused on your dreams and next steps. Your life is rich with potential. Come and get the right catalysts to create your own unique rich life.

June 12-14 $249 Eastover Retreat Center, Lenox. Info, Gail McMeekin: 617-323-1442, To register: Free Group Healing – 7-8:30pm. Powerful and relaxing healing on a group level. Learn about AngelHeart Healing Energy. Shift physical, emotional, karmic, even genetic issues. Free. The Healing Center, 259 Massachusetts Ave, Lower Level, Arlington. Pre-registration required: 617943-6980. Working with Herbal Powders – 7-9pm. Learn to make and use herbal powders in honey pastes, nut butter morsels and truffles. Tasty and medicinal. $25. CommonWealth Center for Holistic Herbalism, 25 Saint Mary’s Ct, Brookline. 617-750-5274.

THURSDAY, JUNE 11 Fertility Awareness Meetup – 6-7pm. Come discuss natural birth control options. A place where women can connect with peers, access information, pose questions and share experiences. Free. Cambridge Women’s Center, 46 Pleasant St, Cambridge. 617899-7624. Feng Shui T.E.A. Time™ – 6:30-7:30pm. Featuring Christine Conway, Life Designer

& Coach, as she shares with you the amazing practice of feng shui. Explore the awareness of your T-houghts, the study of your E-nvironment, and how the A-ctions you take can bring balance, peace and happiness into your life. $7. Mill Run Plaza, 493 Main St, Groton. 978-615-7157.

SATURDAY, JUNE 13 Tapping & Emotional Freedom Techniques – 10am-5pm. Learn how to gently but effectively reduce stress and anxiety utilizing effective stress-management tools such as self-applied acupressure to optimize one’s mental and emotional health. $139 before Jun 6, $159 after. The HeartWell Institute, 1015 Pleasant St, Worcester. The Incredible Dr. You Workshop – 3-4pm. This first class in a series of two breaks down the basics of Network Spinal Analysis, which is the method of chiropractic used at Newton Chriropractic. This class will help you get more out of your adjustments and enlighten you on just how incredible your body is at healing itself. Free. Newton Chiropractic & Wellness Centre, 383 Elliot St, Ste 250, Newton. 617-964-3332.

SUNDAY, JUNE 14 Reiki Level 1 (Shoden) Training – 9am6:30pm. Learn to care for yourself and others with the gentle, transformative practice of Reiki. Experience Reiki meditations, hands-on healing, and how Reiki practice facilitates healing of mindbody-spirit. CEUs for Nurses and LMTs. $150. Brenner Reiki Healing, 324 Central St, Newton. 617-244-8856.

TUESDAY, JUNE 16 Understanding How Energy Impacts Your Health – 6:30-8pm. A lecture on how the aura (human energy field) is composed of energy centers called chakras and how these chakras regulate energy coming into the field and how when they’re blocked, it can minimize our capacity to live fully and can lay the propensity for illness. Free. Visions HealthCare, 910 Washington St, Dedham. 781231-5504. Trigger Point Release Seminar – 7:30-8:30pm. Discover why gentle touch is so effective in reducing pain and tension in the body, and learn techniques to effectively do this at home. Bring a partner as it requires another person to do it. Space limited, registration required. Free. Newton Chiropractic & Wellness Centre, 383 Elliot St, Ste 250, Newton. 617-964-3332.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17 10-Week Better Vision Course – Wednesdays, June 17-Aug 19. 12-1:30pm. Get better vision now with proven Bates Method techniques through a personal assessment, weekly group calls, facebook support group and more. Keep eyes young and healthy. $1,000/10 wks. Online course. 617-8380928. Alternative Approaches to MS – 7-9pm. Multiple sclerosis is a scary diagnosis, but it doesn’t have to stop you from living an active, healthy life. Learn how an herbalist does it. $25. CommonWealth Center for Holistic Herbalism,

25 Saint Mary’s Ct, Brookline. 617-750-5274. Free Workshop: Natural Solutions for Executive Function Struggles and ADHD – 7-9pm. A drug free approach to cognitive health. Dr. Ross discusses a researched and effective method for achieving brain wellness and executive function success. Free. Cary Memorial Library, 1874 Massachusetts Ave, Lexington. 781-4449115. Natural Remedies for Summertime Allergies, Bug Bites and Sunburn – 7-9pm. Dr. Gary Kracoff will be leading you in an interactive discussion on natural solutions to the common summer ailments. He will discuss reasons why some over the counter anti-histamines and anti-itch products are just suppressing the problem versus allowing the body to heal as a whole. Free. Johnson Compounding & Wellness, 577 Main St, Waltham. 781-893-3870.

THURSDAY, JUNE 18 Book Signing: Author Katina Makris – 6:308pm. Katina Makris, author of Out of the Woods: Healing from Lyme Disease for Body, Mind and Spirit, shares her personal journey with Lyme disease and offers emotional and spiritual insights into her struggles, hope and ability to manage this debilitating disease. Complimentary wine and cheese served. $7/speaker session, $17.95/book. Mill Run Plaza, 493 Main St (Rte 119), Groton. 978-615-7157. Summer Solstice Ritual – 7:30-8:30pm. What will grow in your energetic garden this summer? Set your intentions for the coming season and enrich your conscious connection with our planet’s seasonal changes. Join us as Summer begins for an evening of celebration and ritual honoring Summer Solstice. Donation to support TS Center Operation Fund. TS Center for Spiritual Studies, 21 Maple St, Arlington. 617-926-4155.


a new gift from the Angels. You’ll be a healer after this class. Introductory rate. Limited space, registration required. $111. The Healing Center, 259 Massachusetts Ave, Lower Level, Arlington. 617-943-6980.

SUNDAY, JUNE 21 Medicinal Plant Walk – 1-3pm. Learn to identify the healing plants in our area. Find out which parts are used medicinally and how the help heal the body. $15. Boston School of Herbal Studies,12 Pelham Terrace, Arlington. 781-6466319.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24 Herbal Fermented Foods – 7-9pm. Fermented foods are fantastic, but they’re even better when you incorporate medicinal herb. It’s not hard. Learn how in this class. $25. CommonWealth Center for Holistic Herbalism, 25 Saint Mary’s Ct, Brookline. 617-750-5274.

THURSDAY, JUNE 25 Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human – June 25-27. This particular journey will happen mostly in nature in the magical wild forest and open meadows of Karmê Chöling. Housing will be in the center and we will wander in the weather, stopping to sit in silence, to hear the Shambhala teachings and to be in conversation with nature. Group will practice sitting meditation, join together for teachings and take walks on the land in any weather. $400. Karmê Chöling, 369 Patneaude Ln, Barnet. 802-633-2384. Summer Arts Meditation Retreat – June 25-July 3. Exercises and activities involving contemplative arts will be incorporated into the schedule on a limited basis to explore how meditation practice can be extended into our daily lives, whether we are making a cup of tea, having a conversation, painting on canvas, or writing a poem or novel. $720. Karmê Chöling, 369 Patneaude Ln, Barnet. 802-633-2384.

The Heart Aroused: An Evening of Poetry, Music and Mindfulness – 7-9pm. Featuring: Poetry by Patricia Youngblood and Nicole DiCello as well as musical performance by Steve Benson on Sitar. Suggested donation of $10 will support the HeartWell Institute. The HeartWell Institute, 1015 Pleasant St, Worcester.

Enhance Your Vision Naturally – 6:30-8pm. If you long to throw away your glasses, you won’t want to miss Ree Coleman, Holistic Vision Improvement Teacher and owner of Coleman Natural Vision Improvement, who will share her techniques to improve and protect vision naturally. $7. Mill Run Plaza, 493 Main St, Groton. 978-6157157. or


Self-Hypnosis for Holistic Healing Seminar – 6:30-8pm. Group hypnosis for optimal physical health, mental well-being, emotional fulfillment and spiritual harmony. Manifest wellness on all levels. Facilitator: Kathryn McGlynn, Certified Hypnotist. Donation. 190 Old Derby St, Ste 100, Hingham. 7813402146.

Free Day at Joy Community Acupuncture – 9am-3pm. By appointment for new patients. Experience and facilitate healing in a community setting. This ancient medicine is emerging as a natural way to heal in the modern world. Joy Community Acupuncture, 335 Boylston St, Ste J3, Newton. Free Introduction to Reiki – 10am-12pm. An overview of Reiki, an ancient hands-on healing method for reducing stress, relieving pain and facilitating healing and personal growth. We will answer your questions, present the history of Reiki and its many everyday uses. Optional sample treatments will be available during the workshop. Free. Arlington Reiki Associates, 366 Massachusetts Ave, Ste 304, Arlington. Pre-registration required: 781-648-9334. AngelHeart Healing Energy Workshop – 10am-4pm. Learn AngelHeart Healing Energy,

Group Transformation Event – 7-8:30pm. Powerful, relaxing energy healing on a group level. Shift physical, emotional, karmic, even genetic issues, release blocks, clear chakras. $40/early, $50/ at Door. The Healing Center, 259 Massachusetts Ave, Lower Level, Arlington. Pre-registration required: 617-943-6980. How to Fix a Broken World – 7-8:30pm. At this time of profound, global crises, the World Teacher, for all mankind, Maitreya, comes to guide humanity toward a civilization based on sharing and justice for all. Free. Watertown Free Public Library, 123 Main

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SATURDAY, JUNE 27 Mindfulness Retreat – 10am-3:30pm. Join Tara Healey, Program Director of Mindfulness-Based Learning at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, in this 1-day retreat, designed to help participants develop a personal practice of mindfulness. Limited space. $85. The HeartWell Institute, 1015 Pleasant St, Worcester. Pre-registration required: 774-2436800.

TUESDAY, JUNE 30 The Power of Food – 6:30-7:30pm. Everyone has the potential to live a revitalized, energized and happy life by supercharging their health through delicious, nutrient-rich food. Join Groton Wellness’ Linda Cox, holistic, certified Health Coach, as she unravels the mysteries of food and shows you how to reboot your health with the healing power of food. Take home nutritional, powerhouse recipes. $24. Mill Run Plaza, 493 Main St, Groton. 978615-7157.

savethedate 17th Annual 5K Run/Walk to Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer Come celebrate survivors, remember those we lost, hear the powerful guest speakers and have fun enjoying the festivities of the day.

Sunday, Sept. 13 • 8am-12pm $40/pre-registered, $50/day of. DCR Mothers Rest & Day Blvd on Carson Beach, 25 William J. Day Blvd, Boston. 781-643-9800.

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daily Free Tour of Symphony Hall – 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. Kids’ Karate – 3-8pm, Mon-Thurs & 9am-1:30pm, Sat. Designed to help students build self-confidence and self-awareness while learning and improving in this traditional martial art. $130. Sarah’s School of Martial Arts, 1100 Massachusetts Ave, 3rd Fl, Arlington. 781-641-0262.


Teen Karate – 7-8pm. Every 2 wks. Also Sat, 12:30-1:30pm. A traditional Shotokan karate class for teens ages 13-18. Curriculum covers the 3 aspects of Shotokan karate, kala (forms), kumite (sparring) and kihon (basics). Build self-confidence, self-awareness and long-lasting friendships. All levels welcome. $130. Sarah’s School of Martial Arts, 1100 Massachusetts Ave, 3rd Fl, Arlington. 781-641-0262. Nia Somatic Movement Class – 7:30-8:30pm. Dance, stretch, move to soul stirring music with Somatic-fitness that’s good for your body and spirit. All levels welcome. Om Namo Studio, 21 Belmont St, Cambridge. 617-620-7654.


Free Meditation Session – 7-8am. 2nd Sun. A simple and powerful process learned in a 1-hr session for health and wellbeing. Requires 12-15 mins each day to potentially transform one’s life. Free. Shri Gurusthan Sai Baba Temple, 107 Otis St, Northborough. 617-396-4742.

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

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, 460C Harrison Ave, Boston.

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

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu – 3:30-4:30pm. A martial art, combat sport and a self-defense system. Students learn techniques that not only increase their physical fitness, but also challenge the mind. $100. SSOMA, 1100 Massachusetts Ave, 3rd Fl, Arlington. 781-6410262.

Natural Healing with Wisdom Qigong – 12:301:30pm. An ancient Chinese self-healing exercise typically involving moving meditation, coordinating slow flowing movement, deep rhythmic breathing and a calm meditative state of mind. $80/4 sessions, $25/drop-in. TS Center for Spiritual Studies, 21 Maple St, Arlington. 617-997-9922.

monday Simply Grace Radio: Just Breathe – 10am. A meditative experience and opportunity to be still, grateful, and to set heart-centered intentions for the week. Free. Online radio. 413-267-0333. Anxiety and Panic Support Group – 6:30pm. 1st Mon. Designed to offer a place where people with common interests and experience can meet. You are not alone in your experience, and knowledge is the key to living a symptom-free life. Free. Washington St, Newton. 617-849-3198. Let’s Laugh Today Laughter Yoga – 7-8pm. 3rd Mon. Any age and any level of physical ability can enjoy this unique exercise of laughter and clapping combined with gentle breathing that brings oxygen to the body’s cells. Free. Unitarian Church of Sharon, 4 N Main St, Sharon. 508-660-2223.

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“EasYoga” Class – 6-7:30pm. Also on Thurs. Relax, re-energize, revitalize. Walk-ins welcome. First session free. The Well Street Station, 62 Mt. Auburn St, Watertown. 617-923-1440.

wednesday Museum of Fine Arts Free Wednesdays – 6-9pm. An opportunity to sketch from live models and/ or from objects in their collections. A drawing instructor provides insights on drawing technique and the artist-model relationship as it informs the creation of artwork. MFA, 465 Huntington Ave, Boston. 617-267-9300. Open Meditation Evenings – 7-8:30pm. Come to meditate and take part in a discussion. Both beginners and experienced meditators welcome. Light refreshments provided. Donation. Advaita

Meditation Center, 28 Worcester Ln, Waltham. 781-647-0020. Public Open Night at the Observatory – 7:308:30pm. A chance to come observe the night sky through telescopes and binoculars and see things you otherwise might not get to see. Held most Wed evenings throughout the year, weather permitting. Free. Coit Observatory at Boston University, 725 Commonwealth Ave, Boston. 617-353-2630.

thursday Institute of Contemporary Art Free Thursdays – 5-9pm. Share the pleasures of reflection, inspiration, provocation and imagination that contemporary art offers through public access to art, artists and the creative process. Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave, Boston. Adult Shotokan – 7-8pm. Also Sat, 7:45-9am. For ages 18+. Curriculum covers the 3 aspects of Shotokan karate, kala (forms), kumite (sparring) and kihon (basics). Classes consist of traditional Japanese training which helps mind, body and soul. All levels welcome. $100. Sarah’s School of Martial Arts, 1100 Massachusetts Ave, 3rd Fl, Arlington. 781-641-0262. Somerville Road Runners Night 4.13 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, 171 Broadway, Somerville. Observatory Night – 7:30-9:30pm. 3rd Thurs. A non-technical lecture and telescopic observing from the observatory roof if weather permits. Free. Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, 60 Garden St, Cambridge. 617-495-7461. CFA.

Blood Pressure Screenings – 10am-12pm. Free blood pressure screenings on the 1st Fri each month in front of the Old Country Buffet. Watertown Mall, 550 Arsenal St, Watertown. 617-926-4968. Second Fridays Free – 5-8pm. Free evening at the MIT Museum on the 2nd Fri each month. Mingle with friends in the unique galleries and see some of the latest research coming out of MIT. MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge. 617-253-5927. Glass Beadmaking – 6:30-9:30pm. Last Fri. An evening of glass, friends and wine. Spend 3 hrs in one of our studios to experience an introductory taste of working with hot glass in glassblowing and bead making. $75. Diablo Glass School, 123 Terrace St, Boston. 617-442-7444. Reiki Clinic – 7-9pm. By appt at 7pm, 7:35pm & 8:10pm. 1st Fri. Experience a Reiki session. Facilitate healing, promote mindfulness and support personal growth in a comforting and reassuring setting. 30-min time slots available; call to schedule. $10. Brenner Reiki Healing, 324 Central St, Newton. 617-244-8856.

disorders. Wear light, flexible shoes and comfortable clothing. $80/4 sessions, $25/drop-in. Park Avenue Congregational Church, 50 Paul Revere Rd, Arlington. 617-997-9922. Prenatal Yoga Class – 11am-12:30pm. Relax, re-energize, re-vitalize. Gentle stretches to relieve tension. First session free. The Well Street Station, 62 Mt. Auburn St, Watertown. 617-923-1440. Glassblowing Sampler – 12-2pm. Every other Sat. Get a taste of the ancient art of glassblowing. Enjoy the excitement of playing with melted glass while making your very own souvenir. Learn how to gather glass from the furnace, and then control and shape it. $75. Diablo Glass School, 123 Terrace St, Boston. 617-442-7444.


Astronomy After Hours at the Museum of Science – 8:30-10pm. Weather permitting, visit the Gilliland Observatory on the roof of the Museum’s parking garage to view stars, planets, the Moon and other astronomical phenomena. Call to ensure program is running on any given Fri. Museum of Science Boston, Gilliland Observatory, 1 Science Park, Boston. 617-589-0267.

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


ARTIST & SILENT RETREATS – Affordable and quiet Artist Retreat in rural southwest Vermont. Offering guided Silent Retreats in July and August. Inquiries: 802325-2603 or


The Marketplace at Simpson Spring – 10am-2pm. 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.

Health Lecture Series – 10am. 1st Fri. An informative discussion for parents and caregivers on a variety of parent- and child-related topics such as nutrition, behavior, community resources and more. Held in the Old Country Buffet, Watertown Mall, 550 Arsenal St, Watertown. 617-926-4968.

Let’s Laugh Today Laughter Yoga – 11am-12pm. 2nd Sat. Any age and level of physical ability can enjoy this unique exercise of laughter and clapping combined with gentle breathing that brings more oxygen to the body’s cells. Free. Walpole Library, 143 School St, Walpole. 508-660-2223.

Simply Grace Radio: Blessing Circle – 10am. A universal, global, gratitude experience intended to awaken grace, honor sacred experience and offer blessings for the journey. Free. Online radio. 413267-0333.

Natural Healing with Wisdom Qigong – 11am12pm. Relieve allergy, headache and joint stiffness with qigong which has been shown through scientific studies to improve mobility and balance in people with ALS, Parkinson’s, MS or other movement


SELF-STUDY A COURSE IN MIRACLES – A unique, universal, self-study spiritual thought system that teaches that the way to love and inner peace is through forgiveness.

SPACE FOR RENT BODYWORK / THERAPY SPACE – For therapist/bodyworker, in 3-office suite on Lexington/Arlington line. Common waiting area, kitchen. Ample parking. On bus line, bike path. $700+. Call Barbara at 781-507-4226.

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103 Morse St, Watertown 1-844-AIS-Today Specializing in Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) that works with the body’s natural physiological makeup to bolster flexibility, improve circulation and increase the elasticity of muscle joints and fascia. See ad page 20.


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

With a master’s degree in acupuncture and a gentle approach to healing, Rachel provides relief for insomnia, pain, indigestion, fatigue, emotional and menstrual concerns, and more. See ad on back cover.


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


393 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 781-507-4226

Kristine Jelstrup, LMT, CBK 126 Prospect St, Ste 5, Cambridge, 02139 617-833-3407 Kristine@CentralSquareHealthAnd Achieve optimal health, physically, emotionally, nutritionally. Kristine works with the innate wisdom of the body to clear nervous system interference, creating a balanced body. See ad page 6.





55 Pond Ave, Brookline, MA 02445 132 Great Rd, Ste 201, Stow, MA 01775 617-232-0202 (Brookline) 617-879-0403 (Stow) Specializing in Hormonal Imbalance and Individualized Natural Bioidentical Hormone Treatment for irregular menstrual cycles, hot flashes, night sweats, low sex drive, irritability, fatigue, poor concentration, poor memory, depression and sleep dis-turbances. Accepting most major insurances.


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

I’m a Physical Therapist with 20+ years experience helping people recover from pain using gentle, effective Bodywork techniques including Craniosacral Therapy and Fascial Mobilization. See ad page 28.


Specializing in Neurotherapy, an effective, drug-free treatment for: attention, behavior, emotional, and executive function problems, autistic spectrum, anxiety, depression, postconcussion, peak performance and more. See ad page 22.


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

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910 Washington St (Rte 1A) Dedham, MA 02026 781-431-1333 Patient-centered, evidence-based spinal care and soft tissue work to decrease pain and improve mobility. Experienced with athletes; ART & Graston® Certified. Accepts insurance. See ad on back cover.


Life Coach, Personal/Professional Development 401-402-0819 Get the support and tools you need to connect with your true nature, get in line with your personal HorsePower and transport your life and/or business toward what matters to you. Brian’s down-to-Earth and effective no nonsense approach has created a shift for many local and international entrepreneurs, coaches and facilitators through his 1-1 trainings, webinars, seminars and speeches. See ad page 3.


Alan Rosen, CPC, ELI-MP 617-320-1325

THE MIRACULOUS SPRING Gayle Johnson 774-264-9492

With Gayle’s 20 years of training and experience in psychology and psycho-spiritual development, she invites you to participate in a journey of great learning and love. Specializing in Calling in “The One,” Conscious Uncoupling, and Career Coaching , Gayle will inspire you with the effectiveness, presence, and insight with which she gets to the true source. Courses are ongoing.


Kim Childs 1025 Mass Ave, Arlington, MA 02476 617-640-3813 Need help clarifying and reaching your goals? Asking “What’s next?” or “What do I really want?” Kim is a Certified Positive Psychology Life, Career and Wellness Coach and facilitator of The Artist’s Way, helping people to cultivate more personally rewarding lives. Initial consultations are free.


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

Together, we’ll explore your goals and desires, discover obstacles to fulfillment, and create a realistic and transformational action plan. Contentment and lightness are your reality.

Receive professional colon hydrotherapy by a national board-certified therapist using the Angel of Water system. The most comfortable and private system in the industry. See ad page 31.

LAW OF ATTRACTION COACH David Scott Bartky “Phone Coaching At Its Best!” 973-444-7301

The Law of Attraction is always operating in your life. Are you using it to attract what you want? I will teach you processes and techniques so you’ll not only start to attract what you want (a relationship, more money, more clients, etc.), you’ll also become more excited about your life. The first session is free


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Stephen Bernardi 577 Main St, Waltham, MA 02452 781-893-3870 Fax: 781-899-1172 JCW is the only sterile and non-sterile PCABaccredited pharmacy in Massachusetts. In addition to our compounding service, we offer a full range of nutritional supplements, natural products, homeopathic remedies and home health care equipment. See ad on page 27.


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 15.

GROTON WELLNESS – FAMILY DENTISTRY & ORTHODONTICS, MEDICAL, SPA, CAFÉ 493-495 Main St (Off Rte 119) Groton, MA 01450 978-615-7157

Groton Wellness is a vibrant center for health and healing consisting of Holistic Family Dentistry & Orthodontics, an Integrative Medical Practice, a pampering and detoxifying Therapeutic Spa, and a clean food, farm-to-table Café—all working together to provide exceptional community health care. We also offer exciting talks, cleanses, classes and events, many of which are free to the community. Groton Wellness uses IV Therapy, Nutrition Management, Herbal Medicine, Bio-Identical Hormone Balancing, EAV Testing, Integrative Chiropractic, Acupuncture and many other Holistic Therapies to treat patients from head-to-toe. We have enormous success treating chronic health issues such as Lyme disease, cancer, diabetes, hormonal imbalance, mold, internal toxicity and more. See ad on page 23.

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

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





Dawna Jones, MD, FACOG 99 Longwater Cir, Ste 100 Norwell, MA 02061 781-829-0930

All-Natural Lice Removal Salon 617-816-9487 Boston’s premier professional head lice treatment salon. Pesticide-free, non-toxic. Founded by school nurse Berit Pratt, RN BSN MPH, since 2004. Peace of mind for frantic families.

Board certified MD in gynecology and integrative medicine. Hormone balancing, nutrition and detoxification are keys to optimal healthy See ad page 22.


I combine my own intuitive healing gifts with transpersonal psychology to create Transformational Healing for sensitive souls. This work gently and effectively clears issues at the karmic level. See ad page 20.


39 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02445 77 Spring St, Shaw’s Plaza, West Roxbury, MA 02132 Brookline: 617-566-5656 West Roxbury: 617-325-4800 World’s first automated personal training studio offering highly effective, efficient, customized workouts guided and monitored by the proprietary Smartraining technology in a spa-like setting. See ad page 20.


12 Pelham Terrace, Arlington, MA 781-646-6319


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


We offer two Herbal Apprenticeship Programs, Advanced Training, Aromatherapy Certification and a series of Thursday evening and Saturday afternoon classes. Please visit our website. See ad page 29.

COMMONWEALTH CENTER FOR HOLISTIC HERBALISM Katja Swift & Ryn Midura 25 Saint Mary’s Court, Brookline, MA 617-750-5274

Personalized, comprehensive consultations with experienced herbalists. Whether it’s the flu or a chronic illness, or simply to build greater vitality, herbal medicine can help. See ad page 20.




978-712-8011 As your lifestyle advocate, I’ll facilitate your success in building your own health and wellness business so you can take control of your life. See ad page 24.

Rose Siple, Certified Hypnotherapist 774-991-0574 Transform yourself and achieve your goals through the transformative healing process of hypnotherapy. Aren’t you tired of talking about it and thinking about it? We specialize in Virtual Gastric Band Hypnosis for weight loss. Call today. See ad page 13.

INTEGRATIVE/FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE RACHEL KATZ, MD, RD 100 Second Ave Needham, MA 02494 781-431-1333

You Matter. We Care. Board Certified Family Medicine Physician practices with the Functional Medicine approach. Accepting new patients for Primary Care or Consultation. Accepts insurance. See ad on back cover.


910 Washington St (Rte 1A) Dedham, MA 02026 781-431-1333 Licensed Mental Health Clinician and Behavioral Health Specialist with over 15 years of experience; integrative approach. Specialties: anxiety, panic, depression, stress, anger, etc. Accepts insurance. See ad on back cover.

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Alison Shaw APRN, LMT, CEH 393 Massachusetts Ave Arlington, MA 02474 781-646-0686 An innovative blend of body-centered counseling, integrative bodywork and energy medicine to uncover and release body-mind patterns that limit your life and health. See ad page 29.

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 32.



Sarah’s School Of Martial Arts 1100 Massachusetts Ave., 3rd Floor Arlington 781-641-0262

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

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

We train our body to be strong, our mind and spirit to be patient, in order to become the best human beings we can be. See ad page 6.


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

NATURAL MEDICINE 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 on page 27.


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Ree Coleman, Your Better Vision Guru Serving Greater Boston and New England 617-838-0928 In 10 visits I can completely change your relationship with your eyes. Learn techniques to improve your vision and how not to age your eyes with Computer Vision Syndrome through techniques, awareness, diet and relaxation.


444 Washington St, Wellesley, MA 02481 781-431-6167 • 866-380-5892

The Clean Bedroom is an organic and all-natural mattress and bedding resource with seven showrooms, including its Wellesley location. Through its showrooms and website, eco-minded shoppers gain insights to create a healthier sleep environment. See ad page 2.



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115 Great Rd, Acton, MA 01720 978-263-1080

We challenge the nail industry to a higher standard and provide detailed maintenance of your hands and feet in a positive, relaxing and clean atmosphere. See ad page 27.

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

Based off the body’s natural reflexes, reflexology is a non-invasive healing treatment that works through contact with the feet yet supports healing throughout. All ages. See ad on back cover.


230 Commercial St, Boston MA 02109 617-367-1900 We offer the latest cutting-edge non-invasive face and body rejuvenation available. Customized treatments are comfortable and based on each clients’ specific cosmetic needs without any down-time. See ad page 29.



Susan Shaw Saari, Lic.Ac., CCT, MEd, MAOM, Diplomate in Acupuncture (NCCAOM) 781-899-2121 A clinical imaging technique that records thermal patterns of the body to help diagnose and monitor pain or pathology in any part of the body. See ad page 8.

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

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


SIMPSON SPRING MARKETPLACE 719 Washington St, South Easton 508-238-4472

Simpson Spring is the oldest independent bottling plant in the United States, providing pure spring water and old-fashioned, hand-mixed soda in a variety of favors, classic and new. Complimentary tours of historic museum, see the Spring, Visit the Alpacas, and fill up with crisp spring water at self serve stations; bring your own containers. Saturday Marketplace educates, entertains and offers 30 food and artisan vendors. See ad on page 9.

When you pay attention to boredom it gets unbelievably interesting.

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.

~Jon Kabat-Zinn

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Natural Awakenings Boston June 2015  

Natural Awakenings magazine readers find cutting-edge information on natural health, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, green living, crea...

Natural Awakenings Boston June 2015  

Natural Awakenings magazine readers find cutting-edge information on natural health, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, green living, crea...