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HEALTHY LIVING HEALTHY PLANET

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recently participated in a 5-week talk series on the New York Times bestseller, The Four Agreements, by don Miguel Ruiz. The practical wisdom imparted by Ruiz is perhaps one of the simplest ways to transform and live our lives in harmony with the world around us and more importantly, in harmony with ourselves. The Fourth Agreement, ‘Always Do Your Best’ resonated within me the most profoundly this time around as it seems to include the others within it. When we consciously do our best, the other three agreements are followed naturally and by default. The talk series wasn’t my first exposure to The Four Agreements. Early last year I participated in a book study on the same title. It included the opportunity to do a project that reflected on what we learned in the study. I decided to make a wire sculpture of the agreements (pictured). The piece had been hanging around my living room pinned to a 2’x4’ corkboard, getting moved from space to space and corner to corner in the room since its creation. It was clearly time to do my best and finish and mount this project. One of the most significant aha moments of the talk series for me was during the message on this fourth agreement of always doing our best. Having previously been unconsciously interpreting this agreement as being the best rather than doing my best, it struck me powerfully. That subtle distinction between being the... and doing my best suddenly clarified the understanding that our best is never going to be the same from moment to moment. On those days when nothing seems to go right, our best will be different from the days that seem to flow effortlessly in our favor. Having this extra layer of understanding is helping me to be a bit gentler with myself when asking the question, ‘Am I doing my best in this moment?’ It’s opening new opportunities for a more positive internal dialogue especially when I’m not feeling my best. Rest assured that we did our best to bring you another jampacked issue of helpful and solution-based content in this edition of Natural Awakenings. I hope you enjoy it. Peace,

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The Four Agreements Be Impeccable With Your Word Don't Take Anything Personally Don't Make Assumptions Always Do Your Best

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Contents

Natural Awakenings is a family of more than 70 healthy living magazines celebrating 25 years of providing the communities we serve with the tools and resources we all need to lead healthier lives on a healthy planet.

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Smart Strategies for Preventing Dementia

24 NATURE’S TOOLBOX The Key to Prostate Health

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We Must Face Our Own Story First

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Beyond Buttons and Portabellas

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news briefs herbal marketplace BEAR MEDICINE HOLISTIC SERVICES Clinical Herbalist Tommy Preister 339-223-0647 BearMedicineHerbs.com BOSTON SCHOOL OF HERBAL STUDIES High-Quality, Affordable Herbal Education Madelon Hope 781-646-6319 BostonHerbalStudies.com FULL MOON GHEE Made on the FULL MOON! Hannah Jacobson-Hardy 413-695-5968 FullMoonGhee.com HANNAH’S HERBALS A Source for Your Herbal Needs; Practicing Herbalist Hannah Sparks 978-660-2552 Squareup.com/Store/ Hannahs-Herbals RAVEN CREST BOTANICALS Locally Grown & Hand-Crafted Plant Medicine, Artisanal Skin Care, Herbalism Retreats Susanna Raeven 347-866-0447 RavenCrestBotanicals.com SWEET BIRCH HERBALS Five Elemental Herbal Medicine and Shiatsu Hannah Jacobson-Hardy 413-695-5968 SweetBirchHerbals.com

The Mouth-Body Connection in Brookline

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r. Yasmin Chebbi, DMD, in conjunction with Brookline Adult Education, is offering a class about natural oral health care from 7 to 8:30 p.m., June 20, at Brookline High School. Having clean and healthy teeth and gums is an important part of one’s overall health. Healthy teeth and gums are linked to heart health, gut health, brain health and low inflammation. Attendees will learn about the best ways to naturally care for their oral health beyond traditional brushing and flossing to never have a cavity again and to promote overall health. This course will also cover children's oral health, how to reduce cavities and how to reduce the need for braces.

Cost: $6. Location: 115 Greenough St., Brookline. For more information, call 617-730-2700 or visit BrooklineAdultEd.org. See ad on page 25 and Resource Guide on page 37.

The Embodiment of Love Personified Returns to New England

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orld-renowned humanitarian and spiritual leader Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, better known as Amma, returns to the Boston area on July 8 to 9, at the Best Western Royal Trade Center, in Marlborough. Everyone is invited to attend and experience her unconditional love in the form of Amma’s embrace and personal blessing. Amma has hugged more than 38 million people all over the world. “When people come to see me, I understand how Amma much they are suffering,” explains Amma. “When I see them crying, I wipe their tears. My main goal is to console them and help them experience peace and love.” The free programs are at 7:30 p.m., July 8, and 10 a.m. and 7 p.m., July 9, and include inspirational music, meditation and spiritual discourse. Numbered tokens for individual blessings are distributed 90 minutes before each program. Cost: Free. Location: Best Western Royal Trade Center, 181 Boston Post Rd. W., Marlborough. For more information, call 716-226-6223 or visit AmmaNewEngland.org/tour. See ad on page 8.

Equine Gestalt Therapy for Addicts

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Gentle Bounty offers services to families that are affected by addiction by partnering horses and humans to help heal and repair family relationships that have been broken down. Many that suffer from or have active addiction in their lives will reach out for help when the disease has reached crisis level. By then it is difficult to face the issues that are sometimes so painful to look at and begin to create the change their life needs. Horses help people work through the chaos and set the healthy boundaries that will rebuild trusting relationships. Gestalt (which means wholeness) is experiential in nature and deeply tied to somatics (body responses). Almost all clients experience permanent resolutions to the issues worked on during their sessions and find that the process elicits lasting change in their lives. Cost: Please call for pricing; sliding fee scale available. For more information, call 413-3132442 or email GentleBounty969@gmail.com. See ad on page 29.

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GreenChoice Launches Grocery Shopping App

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reenChoice has launched the first version of its free mobile app which empowers consumers to make informed food choices that align with their dietary needs, health goals, personal values and budget. “Stepping into a grocery store, we’re flooded with product options, many of which use misleading claims and buzzwords to draw us in. Deciphering labels is exhausting and often leads to misinformed choices,” says Galen Karlan-Mason, GreenChoice’s founder and CEO. GreenChoice aggregates and analyzes data on diet, health, sustainability and ethics from countless federal agencies, research institutes and nonprofits, third-party certifiers and news reports. “We convert disparate and convoluted food data into actionable, personalized information for consumers,” says Karlan-Mason. Users can scan, search or browse products to see product insights and GreenScores for the food safety, processing concerns, nutritional value and environmental impact of more than 50,000 food and beverage products. Users are also able to input any allergies or dietary restrictions they have and the app will alert them anytime a product conflicts with their dietary preferences. Users can compare prices across different retailers and build shopping lists for in-store or online shopping. And users can earn rewards from local businesses for buying products that score well. Cost: Free. Visit GreenChoiceNow.com to download the GreenChoice app. See ad on page 9. Be sure to let our advertisers know you found them in

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Maine-Based Integrative Healer Now Available in Boston’s North Shore

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ealing Resonance LLC with Kristi Borst is offering integrative healing for increased wellness and joy in Topsfield each Tuesday. Since 2013, Borst has been helping clients in Wells, Maine, and worldwide via distance energy healing to achieve greater wellness and joy. Borst is a natural-born mind, body, spirit and emotions quantum healer and originator of Perspective Reboot energy medicine. In addition to one-to-one PerKristi Borst spective Reboot sessions, she offers dropin hours on Tuesday afternoons for spiritual guidance, emotional support and/or medical/emotional intuitive mini-sessions. Once a month, Healing Resonance LLC with Kristi Borst offers a group healing/release/empowerment session with in-person and distance seats available (typically held in the evening, also on Tuesdays). Cost: private sessions $145; group sessions $40; mini-guidance, $2/ min. with 15-min. minimum. Location: 54 Main St., Topsfield. For more information, call 978-238-9321 or visit HealingBoston.US.

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news briefs JOIN US FOR A BOOK SIGNING & FREE LECTURE Empowering individuals to adopt healthier life habits with authors Drs. Paul Napper and Anthony Rao

Wednesday, June 19 7 to 8:30 pm at Acton Pharmacy

Groton Wellness Welcomes Two New Practitioners

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roton Wellness is pleased to welcome Dr. Candice Scholl, ND, and Taylor Hawks, LE, to its holistic health center. Scholl is a licensed naturopathic doctor in the states of Massachusetts and New Hampshire, specializing in hormone regulation, including brain hormone regulation (for the treatment of depression, anxiety, hyperactivity, general malaise and sleep disorders), adrenal gland secretion problems, thyroid conditions, sex hormone-related imbalances, including natural fertility enhancement, metabolic syndrome and diabetes, anti-aging strategies for maximum health and longevity, digestive issues and weight gain/loss support. Scholl sees men and women of all ages including teenagers and children. She uses scientific, research-based medicine as her foundation. Hawks is a licensed esthetician with a genuine interest in partnering with her clients through skin care education and creating goals for optimal health. She has an outgoing and nurturing personality encouraging self-care, positive self-esteem and mindful self-talk. She has a passion for creating the ultimate spa experience for clients. Hawks is also a wax specialist and became a trainer due to her careful techniques. Clients enjoy her wise gentle touch, warm smile and extensive experience as an esthetician providing holistic facials, full body skin care packages, waxing, lymphatic drainage and more. Location: 491-495 Main St., Groton. For more information, call 978-449-9919 or visit GrotonWellness.com. See ad on back page and Resource Guide starting on page 35.

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Spirit Festival Coming to Connecticut Riverfront

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ickets are now available for Spirit Festival, a celebration of wellness, yoga, music and dance, which will be held September 13 to 15, along the Connecticut River in Hartford. Through beneficial and inspirational traditions of yoga, dance and music, Spirit Festival illustrates the Balinese Hindu concept of Tri Hita Karana: living in harmony with our spiritual, social and natural environments. Produced in affiliation with BaliSpirit Festival and Riverfront Recapture, the event will provide a safe and moving space for discovering new paths to harmony, healing, creativity and community. Spirit Festival will feature a diverse array of offerings from conscious teachers, practitioners, performers and artists, including a kirtan and chanting workshop with internationally celebrated yogi-musician Girish; an immersive sound bath with integrative sound therapist Daniel Lauter; an opportunity to talk and practice with Maya Breuer, founder of the Yoga Retreat for Women of Color at Kripalu; a “get real� workshop with the author of the indie spiritualist, Chris Grosso; a grounding workshop for creating a spiritual life with Dr. Brandon Nappi; a participant-driven and technology-infused installation by New Media artist Balam Soto; an introduction to the practice of ashtanga yoga with Randolph Osgood; a high-energy experience of Caribbean-style SocaRobix with trainer and coach Wasine Mark; children and family yoga instruction with Dragonfly Studios; and an opportunity to turn trash into instruments with ethnomusicologist Dennis Waring. Location: Riverside Park & Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, Hartford. For more information including ticket prices, visit SpiritYogaFestival.com. See ad, page 3. Be sure to let our advertisers know you found them in

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Grand Prix Dressage Trainer Turned Life Coach Helps Youth Riders

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ancy Lavoie, certified life coach and mindfulness coach, offers a bimonthly webinar, Finding Our Identity Through Riding Horses, that youth riders can join from anywhere on their computers or phones. The webinar discusses difficult issues such as the fear of other’s opinions, competition pressure, values and how to build confidence as well as time management. The girls are able to share and work through difficult subjects as well as build a positive set of friends based on trust and common values. What started out as a competitive life with horses has led to a path of wellness and contributing to others for Lavoie. She began riding at a very young age and a competitive life took her all over the U.S. and Europe. For years, improving her riding skills was all that mattered to her. As time passed, she began wanting to give back to the community and volunteered with the Young Riders, organizing clinics and fundraising. It was at this point that she wanted to learn even more how to make a real difference in young lives. With so much competition and success pressure, today’s youth are not able to simply be in the present, believe in their own worth and just learn. As a life and mindfulness coach, Lavoie is able to give the necessary support to youth, whether they are involved with horses or not. Coaching is available in person in Wellington, Florida, in the winter and Greeneville, New Hampshire, in the summer months. Coaching is also available via phone. For more info, visit Carousel Coaching.com. See Resource Guide on page 35.

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What we consume can boost our body even in the short term, a new study from St. Louis University shows. After eating the Mediterranean diet for just four days, athletes ran faster than after eating a Western diet. In the study, published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, seven women and four men ate one of two diets for four days: the Mediterranean, with its emphasis on whole fruits and vegetables, nuts, olive oil and whole grains, or the Western, high in trans and saturated fats, dairy, refined sugars, refined and highly processed vegetable oils, sodium and processed foods. After a nine-to-16-day break, they followed the other diet. The athletes exercised on a treadmill for five kilometers after each diet and were found to have run 6 percent faster after following the Mediterranean diet, despite similar heart rates and perceived levels of exertion.

Magnesium seems to optimize vitamin D, increasing the vitamin’s utilization for those with insufficient levels and decreasing it in those with excessive amounts. In a randomized trial of 250 people between ages 50 and 85 that were considered at risk for colorectal cancer, researchers at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center found that changes in blood levels of vitamin D were significantly affected by the intake of magnesium—a mineral in which 80 percent of Americans are deficient. In addition to supplements, magnesium-rich foods include dark leafy greens, beans, whole grains, dark chocolate, nuts, avocados and fatty fish such as salmon.

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Find a Green Space and Make a Friend Integrating green spaces among living areas increases trust among strangers, according to a study from Canada’s University of Waterloo. Participants in walking tours of a Vancouver neighborhood were asked to complete a smartphone questionnaire at six stops, including at a rainbow-painted crosswalk and both wild and manicured community gardens. Researchers found that colorful design elements and green spaces were linked to higher levels of happiness, plus greater trust of strangers and environmental stewardship. “The urban design interventions we studied are relatively simple and low cost, but show great potential to improve individuals’ emotional and social lives,” says Hanna Negami, lead author.

Apparently, the fabled marijuanainduced “munchies” cravings don’t have people reaching for carrots. A new study from the University of Connecticut found that shortly after Colorado, Washington and Oregon legalized recreational marijuana, increases in purchases were recorded in those states for potato chips (5.3 percent), cookies (4.1 percent) and ice cream (3.1 percent). 14

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Clean Water Solution in the Pipeline

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Search Engine Company Plants Trees

Internet users can help fight global deforestation even while surfing. German online search engine Ecosia, now used in 183 countries, diverts its advertising revenue from clickthroughs to planting trees worldwide to the tune of more than 52 million since 2009. With each search, the company says, it removes around two-and-a-half pounds of carbon dioxide from the air. Christian Kroll, Ecosia’s founder, wrote, “Climate change is a very real threat, and if we’re to stop the world heating above the 1.5 degrees warned about in the IPCC [Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change] report, we need to plant trees at scale.” Kroll suggests that if Ecosia were to get as big as Google, they could absorb 15 percent of all global carbon dioxide emissions. Users can find it at Ecosia.org.

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Countries Learn from Recycling Strategy

In Norway, up to 97 percent of the country’s plastic bottles are recycled, and other countries are taking note. The government’s environmental taxes reward companies that are eco-friendly. If a company recycles more than 95 percent of its plastic, then its tax is dropped. Customers pay a deposit on each bottled product they buy. To get back their money, they must return their used bottles to one of the 3,700 machines found in the country’s supermarkets and convenience stores. The Ellen MacArthur Foundation estimates that if current global trends continue, plastic trash in the ocean will outweigh fish by 2050.

With the world facing a future of climate change and water scarcity, finding an environmental way to cleanse drinking water is paramount. Researchers in China contend they are working on a method to remove bacteria from water that’s both highly efficient and environmentally sound. By shining ultraviolet light onto a two-dimensional sheet of graphitic carbon nitride, the team’s prototype can purify two-anda-half gallons of water in one hour, killing virtually all the harmful bacteria present. This technique of photocatalytic disinfection is an alternative to current eco-unfriendly water filtration systems such as chlorination or ozone disinfection.

Revamping Recycling China Forces U.S. Cities to Change Specs

China, one of the world’s main importers of recyclable waste, is rejecting shipments that are more than 0.5 percent impure, so loads contaminated by a greasy pizza box, disposable coffee cups and the odd plastic bag could end up in the local landfill instead. Most single-use cups, for instance, are lined with a fine film of polyethylene, which makes the cups liquid-proof, but also difficult and expensive to reprocess. Most waste management facilities will treat the cups as trash. Since China banned impure plastics, many U.S. municipalities no longer accept plastics numbered 3 to 7, which can include yogurt cups, butter tubs and vegetable oil bottles. Another contamination culprit is food residue. Washing out food scraps from recyclables can be just as important as putting the appropriate item in the recycling bin.

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Kill It Naturally

Heavy rains, leaky pipes and floods can lead to mold growth, which can create poor and even toxic indoor air quality. Irritating the eyes, skin, nose, throat and lungs of both mold-sensitive and non-allergic people, mold can also cause immediate or delayed respiratory symptoms; some can be extremely severe in individuals prone to asthma. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns that people with a weakened immune system are at higher risk of health effects from mold, which can also instigate a chronic cough. Toxic reactions can include pulmonary hemorrhaging in infants and memory loss in young children. A roof leak, burst pipe or malfunctioning water heater can all set the stage for mold to take root, sometimes hidden behind walls and cabinetry. Even in homes that haven’t been damaged by excessive water, mold can be found wherever humidity levels are high, including basements, garages and showers. Proper ventilation and repair of leaky fixtures can help keep mold growth at bay. According to the CDC, mold growth can be removed from hard surfaces with soap and water. Natural antimicrobials such as plain white vinegar and baking soda are also powerful cleansers; tea tree oil is a natural, antibacterial and antiseptic fungicide that can kill black mold on impermeable surfaces. Remediation of extensive mold growth on drywall and other permeable building materials is best left to professionals to arrest its spread and prevent toxic spores from becoming airborne. There are many companies that use eco-friendly “green” methods and materials. If choosing to go the DIY route, sequester the area to be worked on and use specialized HEPA filters and a respirator to avoid inhaling spores. Use protective goggles and gloves throughout the entire process. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency suggests that surface sampling may be useful to determine if an area has been adequately cleaned or remediated. Sampling for mold should be conducted by professionals that have specific experience in designing mold sampling protocols, sampling methods and interpreting results.

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Banish Toxic Air in Plane Cabins

Flying safety is more than making it to our destination; it’s about the air we have to breathe while in the skies. Toxic fume events can occur when air, contaminated by engine exhaust, fuel fumes, de-icing fluids and/or ozone, enters the aircraft cabin through the jet engine intake. Exposure to even low levels of these contaminants can incapacitate passengers and crew, and long-term exposure could lead to debilitating health issues. In April, U.S. Representative John Garamendi (D-CA) and U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) introduced the Cabin Air Safety Act (H.R. 2208) to protect commercial airline passengers and crew from toxic cabin air. Follow its progress at GovTrack.US. The bill would require training on toxic fumes for all pilots, crew members and flight attendants; make sure the Federal Aviation Administration maintains a record of all reports of and conducts investigations into all toxic fume occurrences; and direct the airline industry to install detectors in the air supply system of planes to locate sources of contamination. Contact a congressional representative, listed on GovTrack.US, to support the bill.

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“Kissing is intimate: One is right there in the space of one’s soul. It gets to the core of the heart and spirit because it’s such a lovely way to express and receive love and affection. A kiss a day really can keep the doctor away.”

Tips for Better Kissing

THE LOST ART OF KISSING by Sacha Fossa

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ecoming an amazing kisser can bring access to new levels of connection with a lover, igniting passion and sensual energy with just a kiss. Kissing is often considered a means to an end. It’s how many couples begin foreplay, but when they progress into other forms of arousal, kissing is often forgotten. There are tons of nerve endings in lips that stimulate desire, so kissing before, during and after sexual play, of any kind, can be extremely arousing and satisfying. Besides bringing about intense bonding and connection, kissing has many health benefits:  It lowers blood pressure.  Men initiate open-mouth kissing to transfer libido-boosting testosterone to their partner.  Passionate kisses cause the heart to beat faster, pumping blood to all vital organs.  A good long kissing session can terminate a headache and/or menstrual cramps, as it dilates the blood vessels and eases pain.  It gets fluids flowing. Besides lubrication in a woman’s genitals, it increases saliva secretions that wash away plaque on teeth that leads to cavities.  It amps up happy hormones like serotonin, dopamine and oxytocin. When stressed or rundown, kissing (or lovemaking) can make us feel better, as it relaxes, restores and revitalizes, not unlike exercising.  Kissing can help one feel more loved and connected, which also boosts self-esteem.  Tightening and toning facial muscles happens with kissing, so more kissing can help one look younger. Andréa Demirjian, author of Kissing: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About One of Life’s Sweetest Pleasures,” conveys, 18

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Practice good oral hygiene and freshen breath first. Schedule regular trips for dental cleanings and brush daily for overall good mouth hygiene. Consider mouthwash, natural mints, or therapeutic grade peppermint essential oil for freshening breath. Long, slow, deep breathing is best while kissing. Notice where one’s hands are. Add caressing, hair stroking, lightly stimulating erogenous zones and/or simply holding. Treat kissing as passionate meditative movement, being fully present and aware of the whole body, and where and how it’s in contact with a partner’s. During foreplay, tease with soft pecks. Start by giving gentle pecks all over a partner’s face—everywhere except the lips. Slowly, gently trace the outline of their mouth with just the tip of the tongue. Tease by not penetrating the mouth yet, just building up to it. This is the warm-up. Gradually increase arousal (heat up), but do it slowly. If rushing, slow down. Go at least half the speed accustomed to. Experiment with going 10 times softer in your kissing and touch and see what new sensations and experiences are possible. The slower the build-up, the greater the arousal. Continue with open mouthed kissing but not using tongue yet. If a partner starts to French kiss with tongue, pull back a bit, then return to kissing. Be playful. Help build desire. Finally, gently start sucking and lightly nibbling on the lower lip. Then try the upper. Do not always keep eyes closed. Learn the tantric art of eye gazing. The eyes are the windows into the soul. The right eye sends energy and the left eye receives it, so look into both eyes with a soft gaze but focus slightly more on the left eye.

The Yin & Yang of Kissing

Alternate yin and yang roles between kisser (yang/giver) and kissee (yin/receiver). Decide who is going to be in which role, choose a length of time (perhaps for five minutes) and set a timer. When time is up, share any sensations and/or experiences before switching roles and setting the timer again.  Yin=softness of lips, light pressure, slow speed, lower lip, shallow  Yang=firmness of lips, hard pressure, fast speed, top lip, deep An example of yin/yang play: Press lips against theirs—hard (yang)—as if about to devour them whole, or soft (yin) as if penetration is what one is asking for. Keep a partner guessing what is coming and when, as this amps up the energy even more. Setting up special time to practice kissing can help partners explore different types of kissing, contributing immensely to new experiences, whether on a first date, or second decade. Sacha Fossa is a sexual health, wellness and empowerment coach, educator and healing arts practitioner who offers sessions, programs and classes, virtually and/or in person, for individuals and couples to gain erotic liberation and mastery. For more information and to sign up for a complimentary consultation, call 978-309-9399 or visit SacredTempleArts.com. See ad on page 17 and Resource Guide on page 39.


The Benefits of Meditation with Sound Vibration in the Corporate Environment by Priscilla Gale

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tress management for the corporate environment not only improves the health and wellness of each individual employee, but the health and wellness of the company as a whole. Stress in any form (physical, mental or emotional), activates the sympathetic nervous system, triggering the release of hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol which directly impact blood pressure, immune functions, blood glucose and inflammation. When the nervous system is chronically activated by stress, the excess of circulating hormones creates dysfunctions such as irritability, high blood pressure, heart disease, depression, anxiety, insomnia and other maladies resulting from chronic inflammation. For successful companies to remain competitive in today’s global marketplace,

they need to possess a clear vision of their goals as well as the inspiration to be innovative, with both leadership and teamwork focused towards success. The success of any business begins with the individual as inspiration and innovation are born at the individual level. Every person that realizes there are infinite possibilities around them experiences limitless creativity when not seriously limited by stress. One form of stress management is mindful meditation, based on 2,500-yearold Buddhist principles of being attentive to the “right here, right now present” in order to sense the infinite eternal state of consciousness throughout the whole body and whole being, thus shifting our crazy-busy thinking mind into infinite stillness, peace and silence. Gongs, Himalayan

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singing bowls and crystal singing bowls are powerful methods to shift the mind into stillness and for reducing stress. They create an ocean of sound that is profoundly relaxing, activating the parasympathetic nervous system which naturally supports the increase of disease fighting immune cells to balance the over-amped, overtaxed sympathetic nervous system. Water serves to conduct sound waves and the body is largely comprised of water. The vibrations gently reverberate, traveling over, around and through the body to calmly relax and soothe the body. Sound travels from the outer ear throughout the body via the vagus nerve, impacting brain waves, respiratory and heart rate. Blood pressure drops and breath is restored to its natural rhythm. Gongs and bowls induce a holistic resonance and a spontaneous meditative state in the mind, effortlessly creating a cleansing process for the subconscious mind. As it’s not music that follows a melody, the logical analytical part of the brain can’t figure it out, thus allowing for the mind to completely disengage, empty and blissfully float into a peaceful deep meditative state. There, the turmoil and stresses of everyday life begin to be released, cleared, cleansed and washed away. Sound meditation empowers employees to succeed and lead more balanced, fulfilling and productive lives both at home and in the workplace. Clinical studies in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine and others have shown an increase in mental clarity, concentration and awareness, enhanced productivity and efficiency, improved communication, confidence, overall health and well-being and reduced stress. Companies benefit from reduced healthcare costs, decreased absenteeism due to illness, employee loyalty, less personnel turnover and increased employee retention. Priscilla Gale is, among many things, a crystal singing bowls practitioner and holds a master’s certification in Himalayan singing bowls. She travels extensively throughout New England performing public sound healing meditations with both Himalayan and crystal singing bowls as well as offering private sound healing sessions with a crystal healing bed. For more information, call 978-897-8846 or visit PriscillaGale.com. See Resource Guide on page 39. June 2019

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Brain Savers Smart Strategies for Preventing Dementia

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by Melinda Hemmelgarn

ith 5.8 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease, there’s no shortage of advice on how to enhance, preserve and restore brain function. Judging from the assortment of brain training games and apps to the multitude of books promising ways to avoid or even reverse dementia, a growing number of aging Americans want to know the best strategies for preventing and treating cognitive decline and memory loss.

Prevention: A ‘No-Brainer’

As with any disease, prevention throughout the life cycle is key, but especially important for Alzheimer’s—the leading cause of dementia worldwide. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, the illness is con20

sidered a slowly progressive brain disease that begins well before symptoms emerge. Despite predictions that the number of afflicted Americans will reach nearly 14 million by 2050, there are no drug cures. David Perlmutter, M.D., a board-certified neurologist based in Naples, Florida, and an editorial board member of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, summarizes a recent study evaluating the effectiveness of currently available Alzheimer’s medications. “Not only were Alzheimer’s patients who were taking these drugs not gaining any benefit, but their rate of cognitive decline was worsened when they were on the Alzheimer’s medications,” thus making lifestyle risk reduction even more critical. Dale Bredesen, M.D., a professor in the UCLA Department of Neurology and

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Martha Clare Morris, Sc.D., a nutritional epidemiologist at the Rush University Medical Center, in Chicago, and author of Diet for the MIND: The Latest Science on What to Eat to Prevent Alzheimer’s and Cognitive Decline, says, “Given that Alzheimer’s disease is known as an oxidative-inflammatory disease, there has to be a dietary influence.” From two decades of research in-

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author of The End of Alzheimer’s: The First Program to Prevent and Reverse Cognitive Decline, has studied the disease’s neurobiology for decades. He believes drug therapies have failed because scientists neglected to focus on why individuals develop the disease in the first place. He emphasizes, “Alzheimer’s is not a single disease,” even if the symptoms appear to be the same. Bredesen says it’s the result of the brain trying to protect itself from multiple metabolic and toxic threats. Bredesen developed the ReCODE (reversal of cognitive decline) protocol, an ambitious, comprehensive and personalized therapeutic program that includes genetic, cognitive and blood testing, plus supplements and lifestyle improvements, including stress reduction, improved sleep, diet and exercise. With the goal of identifying and treating the individual’s pathway to disease, ReCODE addresses fixing five key areas he believes form the underlying origins and progression of Alzheimer’s disease: insulin resistance; inflammation/infections; hormone, nutrient and nerve growth factors; toxins; and dysfunctional nerve synapses. The Lancet International Commission on Dementia Prevention, Intervention and Care also advocates multiple points of action. By addressing nine “potentially modifiable risk factors” throughout the lifespan, the commission says, “More than one-third of global dementia cases may be preventable.” These factors include maximizing education in early life; controlling hypertension, obesity and hearing loss in mid-life; and in later life, managing depression and diabetes, increasing physical activity and social contact, and not smoking.


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volving more than 10,000 people, Morris developed the MIND diet, which stands for “Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay”. It’s a hybrid of the Mediterranean and DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diets, modified to include specific components from each that offer the most protection against dementia. Morris identifies 10 brain-healthy dietary components: leafy greens, vegetables, berries, whole grains, nuts, seafood, poultry, beans and legumes, olive oil, and one glass of wine per day; plus five unhealthy components to limit: sweets and pastries, red meats, fried and fast foods, whole-fat cheese and butter or margarine containing trans fat. Morris found those individuals that most closely followed the dietary recommendations lowered their risk for Alzheimer’s disease by as much as 53 percent, while those following the diet moderately well showed a reduction of about 35 percent. Morris acknowledges a number of common aging-related, yet treatable, conditions that can cause “dementia-like symptoms,” including low thyroid hormones and vitamin B12 deficiency. She also identifies specific brain-protective compounds including vitamins E, B12, folate and niacin, plus lutein, omega-3 fatty acids, beta carotene and flavonoids found in colorful fruits and vegetables,

tea and nuts. She is currently testing the MIND diet, plus a mild calorie restriction on 600 individuals 65 to 84 years old living in Boston and Chicago; results are expected in 2021. The Alzheimer’s Association is also recruiting individuals for a new lifestyle intervention study. Aarti Batavia, a registered dietitian based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and a certified practitioner of functional medicine trained in the ReCODE protocol, says, “Diets that are good for the heart are good for the brain.” But she also warns that many common medications such as statins, antihistamines, some antidepressants and proton pump inhibitors (that reduce stomach acid, which is required for absorbing vitamin B12) can increase the risk for dementia.

Smart Steps

As we continue to discover how genetics, environment and lifestyle factors intersect, take the following smart steps to promote longevity and vibrant brain health:

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Monitor and control blood sugar: Type 2 diabetes increases the risk

for dementia. Brenda Davis, a registered dietitian in Vancouver, British Columbia, and author of The Kick Diabetes Cookbook: An Action Plan and Recipes

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n The Alzheimer’s Association diet study: Tinyurl.com/AlzheimerAssociationDiet n Beyond Pesticides: BeyondPesticides.org n Blue Zones: BlueZones.com n Brain Health Education and Research Institute: BrainHealthEducation.org n ConsumerLab.com: assesses effectiveness and safety of supplements conducive to brain health. n Glycemic index and load: Tinyurl.com/GlycemicIndexAndLoad n ntegrative Environmental Medicine, edited by Aly Cohen, M.D., and Frederick vom Saal, Ph.D. n Food Sleuth Radio interviews: Tinyurl.com/Food-Sleuth-Radio Aarti Batavia: to be posted on Food Sleuth site this month Brenda Davis: Tinyurl.com/BrendaDavisInterview, Tinyurl.com/BrendaDavisOnFoodSleuth Brenda Davy: Tinyurl.com/BrendaDavyInterview Teresa Martin: Tinyurl.com/TeresaMartinInterview, Tinyurl.com/TeresaMartinAudio Martha Clare Morris: Tinyurl.com/MarthaClareMorrisInterview David Perlmutter: to be posted on Food Sleuth site this month Dorothy Sears: Tinyurl.com/DorothySearsInterview Be sure to let our advertisers know you found them in

About Wheat and Other Grains When considering whether to restrict or include grain in one’s diet, consider the following: n Individuals with celiac or non-celiac gluten sensitivity should avoid wheat and other gluten-containing grains such as barley and rye. n According to nutritional epidemiologist Martha Clare Morris, diets rich in high-fiber whole grains, including wheat, decrease inflammation and oxidative stress, and improve cognition. She says, “Diets higher in fiber are linked to lower rates of diabetes and heart disease,” both of which increase risk of dementia. n Author Brenda Davis’ “grain hierarchy” promotes whole, intact grains as key in controlling blood sugar. n Whole grains are high in vitamins E and B, which protect against cognitive decline. n Dr. David Perlmutter, who supports high-fiber diets, but advocates avoiding gluten, warns against shopping in the gluten-free aisle. Foods there might not have gluten, he says, but they’re going to “powerfully raise your blood sugar.” n Choose organic grains to avoid exposure to pesticide residues. June 2019

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SYMMETRY Neuro-Pathway Training SYMMETRY Neuro-Pathway Training was founded by Dianne Kosto, SCN, who first learned of neurofeedback to help her son in 2009 when she became a provider and was inspired by the success they experienced for him and others. Kosto made the decision that she would spend the rest of her life bringing this same feeling of success and relief to others. It is now her personal mission to educate individuals, professionals and facilities about the real hope and results that neurofeedback presents. Services provided include training and support for individuals, professionals and facilities with user-friendly neurofeedback services and systems; affordable at-home plans to train in the convenience of their own home with remote supervision and guidance to full-service contracts for schools and facilities; and long-term results without the harmful risks and side effects of traditional medical interventions. SYMMETRY specializes in bio- and neurofeedback to address brainwave dysregulation which manifests in common negative characteristics of ADD/ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, behavioral and learning concerns, developmental delays, PTSD, anxiety, depression, brain injury, concussion, migraines, memory loss, insomnia, fibromyalgia. The therapy is also excellent for peak performance training and more. “We train the brain to correct brainwave dysregulation and teach trainees’ brains to better regulate,” says Kosto. “The approach is backed by more than 50 years of evidence-based research, is painless, drugless, non-invasive, has no harmful side effects and creates longterm positive changes.” Location: 132 Central St., Ste. 205 A, Foxboro. Schedule a free, 30-minute, initial consultation via MeetMe.so/DianneKosto. For more information, call or text 844-2724666 or visit SYMMETRYNeuroPT.com. See Resource Guide on page 35. 22

for Defeating Diabetes, advises reducing the glycemic load of the diet by limiting refined carbohydrates and sugars, and eating a high-fiber, plant-based diet. Dorothy Sears, Ph.D., a member of the executive committee of the Center for Circadian Biology at the University of California, San Diego, says it’s not just what we eat that matters, but when. She discovered multiple metabolic benefits, including reduced blood sugar, with prolonged nightly fasting—13 hours between the last meal at night and the first meal in the morning. Brenda Davy, Ph.D., a registered dietitian and researcher at Virginia Tech, in Blacksburg, says hydration can influence blood sugar, weight and cognition, especially among middle-aged and older populations. She recommends drinking two cups of water prior to meals to moderate food intake.

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Focus on ‘good’ fats: Olive oil,

nuts, avocados, and omega-3 fatty acids found in fatty, cold-water fish protect both the heart and brain. Michael Lewis, M.D., based in Potomac, Maryland, recommends an “omega-3 protocol” to help his patients recover from traumatic brain injury, which can increase risk for dementia.

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Spice up your diet: Batavia

recommends cooking with brain-protecting herbs and spices such as turmeric, cinnamon, thyme and rosemary, which can help reduce inflammation and risk for dementia.

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Mind your gut: Western medicine

has historically separated the brain from the rest of the body. But research on the “gut-brain axis” shows there’s communication between our gut microbes and brain, plus direct links to neurodevelopmental disorders and dementia. “What goes on in the gut influences every manner of activity within the brain: the health of the brain, the functionality of the brain, the brain’s resistance to disease process and even mood,” says Perlmutter. Both Perlmutter and Teresa Martin,

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a registered dietitian in Bend, Oregon, emphasize the importance of high-fiber plant foods that gut microbes need to produce beneficial, short-chain fatty acids to protect against inflammation, insulin resistance and “leaky gut”.

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Prioritize sleep: All brain (and

gut) experts recommend adequate sleep—seven to eight hours each night— to restore body and mind.

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Exercise: Both Morris and Perlmut-

ter recommend aerobic activities in particular, like walking, swimming and cycling, to improve blood circulation to the brain and increase the production of a hormone called brain-derived neurotrophic factor, which is responsible for stimulating neuron growth and protecting against cognitive decline.

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Avoid environmental toxins:

Exposure to pesticides, pollutants and heavy metals such as lead, mercury and arsenic can increase the risk of neurodegenerative disorders, including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Choosing organic food both reduces exposure to toxins and protects water quality and farmworker health. Virginia Rauh, Ph.D., deputy director of the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health, in New York City, spoke at the National Pesticide Forum in Manhattan in April. She explains that of the 5,000 new chemicals introduced each year, “at least 25 percent are neurotoxic,” and even very low-level exposure can harm children’s neurodevelopment.

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Socialize: In studies of “Blue Zone”

populations that enjoy longevity with low rates of dementia, social engagement appears to be the secret sauce for quality of life. Melinda Hemmelgarn, the “Food Sleuth”, is an award-winning registered dietitian, writer and nationally syndicated radio host based in Columbia, MO. Reach her at FoodSleuth@gmail.com.

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Advanced Neurotherapy

Protecting and Nourishing Gut Microbiota Dietitian Teresa Martin suggests: n Strive to eat a wide variety of plant species and at least 30 grams of fiber every day (some cooked and some raw).

Dr. Jolene Ross is the founder and director of Advanced Neurotherapy, a wellness clinic that utilizes behavioral medicine applications, such as quantitative EEG analysis and neurofeedback, to improve quality of life. She works with individuals and families challenged with neuro-cognitive, neuro-emotional, and neurodevelopmental disorders. Using EEG technology, neurofeedback can target specific locations where the brain is having trouble functioning. Neurofeedback uses safe operant conditioning to teach the brain to improve brainwaves, which improves overall brain function. Ross, a licensed psychologist, received a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Boston College. She studied with Dr. Barry Sterman, founder of quantitative EEG assessment and neurofeedback, and Dr. Joseph Cautela, founder of the fields of behavior therapy and behavioral medicine. Advanced Neurotherapy specializes in ADD/ADHD, autistic spectrum, anxiety, behavioral issues, birth-related disruptions, brain injuries, dementia, depression, learning disabilities, mood disorders, post-surgery syndromes, seizures, psychological disorders, toxic exposure, and enhancing work productivity, school grades and sports performance. “I believe in getting to the root of the problem and correcting it, not masking or suppressing it,” Ross says. “Improving your brain function through corrective care in a safe, comfortable and supportive environment improves your life for the long term.” Location: 145 Rosemary St., Entrance J, Needham. For more information, call 781444-9115 or visit AdvancedNeurotherapy.com. See ad below and Resource Guide on page 35.

Always remember that you are absolutely unique— just like everyone else. ~Margaret Mead

n Limit “microbial assassins”, including refined carbohydrates and added sugar (no more than 25 grams or six teaspoons of added sugar per day); sugar substitutes; food additives such as polysorbate-80 and carboxymethylcellulose; smoking and vaping; chronic stress; antimicrobial soaps and sanitizers; antibiotics; proton pump inhibitors; high-fat diets; and processed meats.

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Nature’s Toolbox The Key to Prostate Health by Melanie Laporte

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he prostate is about the size of a walnut, yet this tiny gland can be the source of major problems for many men. Most potential health risks are preventable and treatable with proper diet, lifestyle changes—and a new array of natural approaches. Holistic and integrative practitioners are looking beyond traditional supplements like saw palmetto, lycopene, pygeum and green tea extract to treat common conditions such as enlargement of the prostate or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), which can develop as men grow older. Rob Raponi, a naturopathic doctor in Vaughan, Ontario, sees men struggling with nocturia, an effect of BPH that wakes them during the night with the urge to urinate. “It interrupts your sleep, which accumulates and starts to interrupt your day,” says Raponi, who uses zinc-rich ground flax and pumpkin seeds to ease BPH urinary symptoms and inflammation. He’s also achieving positive results by utilizing combinations of rye grass pollen extract. He says, “It seems to work wonders.”

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diagnosed with prostate cancer, the second-leading cause of male deaths in U.S. However, it’s also one of the most preventable cancers. “The key is to make our body inhospitable to mutating cells which could form cancer that ultimately threatens your life,” says Lorenzo Cohen, Ph.D., director of the Integrative Medicine Program at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, in Houston. Part of the answer may lie in the human gut, which makes diet central to addressing prostate issues. According to a recent review of research published in Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases, the microbiome—a community of microbes that supports digestion and the immune system—may influence prostate inflammation and the development of prostate cancer. “The microbiome’s ability to affect systemic hormone levels may also be important, particularly in a disease such as prostate cancer that is dually affected by estrogen and androgen levels,” it concludes.

The Nutritional Factor

“A plant-centered diet with low-glycemic-load foods feeds your microbiome, which is at its healthiest and will thrive when it’s fed healthy soluble fibers provided exclusively from the plant world,” says

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Cohen, the author of Anticancer Living: Transform Your Life and Health with the Mix of Six. Antioxidants and plant nutrients counterbalance oxidative stress and damage, adds Cohen. “Cruciferous and bracken vegetables—raw kale, broccoli, Swiss chard, dark leafy greens and soy— invigorate the prostate. Also, a couple of Brazil nuts per day give a healthy dose of selenium to decrease risk factors.” Jim Occhiogrosso, a Fort Myers, Florida-based natural health practitioner and author of Your Prostate, Your Libido, Your Life, notes that most incidences of prostate cancer are slow growing and not aggressive. “One of my first clients was in his early 80s, was diagnosed with prostate cancer, and treated it with only herbs. Fifteen years later, in his mid-90s, he still has prostate cancer. He’s still doing fine and getting around, albeit slowly.” Occhiogrosso says he uses herbal mixtures of saw palmetto, “which is a good supplement for beefing up the immune system—also solar berry, mushroom extracts, vitamin C and full-fraction vitamin E.” Mark Stengler, a naturopathic doctor and co-author of Outside The Box Cancer Therapies: Alternative Therapies That Treat and Prevent Cancer, recommends a blend of five grams of modified citrus pectin, 200 milligrams of reishi mushroom and 1,000 milligrams of green tea extract taken two to three times per day, plus vitamin D. The five-year survival rate for men diagnosed with prostate cancer is about 98 percent, and it’s been rising for the last few years. Early diagnosis is critical, says Raponi. “If you stop prostate cancer when it’s still in stage one or early on, the five-year survival rate is 100 percent, but if it’s later on, it starts to drop into the 70s.” The same measures employed to prevent prostate issues—whole foods, natural herbs and regular exercise—should still be pursued, but more aggressively if cancer should develop. “The intensity becomes more salient after diagnosis,” says Cohen, “but we don’t need a diagnosis to up our game with healthy living.” Melanie Laporte is a licensed massage therapist and health writer based in Austin, Texas.

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have worked in the corporate world, served as a missionary in the Middle East during 9/11 and the Iraq War, been assaulted with a knife, launched a small business and a nonprofit and suffered deep loss at the early deaths of dear friends, but nothing has terrified or paralyzed me more than fathering my own son. It has demanded me to first face my own father-story with an intensity and intentionality I would rather flee than engage. My parents more than adequately provided for my physical needs. I had friends, lived in the suburbs and even had a horse. From the outside looking in, I had nothing to complain about. Any time the haunting ache of father-hunger emerged from my soul, I quickly squelched it, telling myself to simply move on. It is the story of most men in my generation. I continued to live as if all was well until I married and had a son of my own. I was now a father, and the weight of this title sent my soul into a tailspin. What is father? Who am I as father? What does it mean to father? And finally, with the force of a left upper jab to the jaw: How was I fathered? I realized that to father

him, I, myself, still needed to be fathered. In my conversations with men about their father-stories, the most frequent sentence I hear is, “My dad did okay. He did the best he could.” But no child wants an “okay” dad. Every child longs for a dad to know, see, pursue, hope, envision, create and bless. Franciscan friar and author Richard Rohr states, “If we do not transform our pain, we will transmit it in some form.” Untransformed pain from our father, whether from his absence, vacancy or violence, will inevitably be transmitted to our children. I can only take my son as far as I myself have gone. Our sons were born into an already existing story—our story—and for them to know who they are, we need to know who we are, in all of our glory and pain. From this place of freedom, we can usher our sons into a manhood we can come to know together. Reprinted with permission from Chris Bruno, the director of the Restoration Counseling Center of Northern Colorado and the president of the Restoration Project. He is the author of Man Maker Project: Boys are Born, Men are Made.

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Mushrooms are pretty spectacular. All edible species benefit the immune system and together, support just about every system in the human body. ~Stepfanie Romine health; it stimulates nerve growth factor, a protein that promotes healthy brain cells. “Lion’s mane is a cognitive enhancer, and it helps creativity, motivation and memory, as well as brain function,” Romine says.

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handful of mushrooms a day just might keep the doctor at bay, according to a mounting body of research providing powerful evidence of the fungal kingdom’s abilities to promote health and fight disease. “Mushrooms are pretty spectacular. All edible species benefit the immune system and together, support just about every system in the human body,” says Stepfanie Romine, an Asheville, North Carolina, health coach and author of Cooking With Healing Mushrooms: 150 Delicious Adaptogen-Rich Recipes that Boost Immunity, Reduce Inflammation and Promote Whole Body Health. When Robert Beelman started doing nutritional research on mushrooms 20 years ago, they were touted for what they didn’t have: fat, calories, sugar, gluten and cholesterol. “Today, we can talk about all the good things they contain: fiber, protein, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other important micronutrients,” says the director of the Center for Plant and Mushroom Foods for Health at Penn State University. Beelman’s research has focused on several micronutrients that are bountiful in mushrooms, including the amino acid ergothioneine, an antioxidant not found in significant amounts in any other plant-based food source. Ergothioneine levels decrease with age, and larger drops are associated with cognitive impairment, he says. Several large epidemiological studies in Japan and Singapore have significantly correlated higher mushroom consumption with decreased rates of dementia. Countries where residents eat larger amounts of mushrooms also enjoy a higher average life expectancy, even after controlling for other variables, says Beelman. Lion’s mane is one variety known to protect cognitive 26

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Cordyceps and reishi mushrooms are also adaptogens—botanicals used for centuries in Asian medicine to help the body adapt to stresses, regulate bodily functions and support the immune and adrenal systems, according to Romine. Turkey tail is one such medicinal mushroom, a longtime treatment for cancer and other diseases in Asia. The tree-based fungus contains polysaccharide-K (PSK), that is believed to inhibit cancer cell growth and repair immune cell damage after chemotherapy. “Medicinal mushrooms have been approved adjuncts to standard cancer treatments in Japan and China for more than 30 years and have an extensive clinical history of safe use”, either alone or combined with radiation or chemotherapy, according to a literature review published by the National Institutes of Health National Cancer Institute. Oyster mushrooms, another fungal superstar, contain cholesterol-lowering lovastatin, plentiful B vitamins and up to 30 percent protein, according to Paul Stamets, one of the world’s leading mushroom authorities. Oysters are also the most easily digestible mushroom, according to mycologist and herbalist Christopher Hobbs, author of Medicinal Mushrooms: An Exploration of Tradition, Healing & Culture. Hobbs’ 2017 article in HerbalGram, the peer-reviewed journal of the American Botanical Council, cites 122 different studies supporting the safety and efficacy of medicinal mushrooms such as oysters.

More Than a Pizza Topping

There are myriad creative ways to incorporate mushrooms into a diet, says Romine, who recommends aiming for a half-cup daily cooked serving. “Mushrooms are nature’s sponges, and will take on the flavor of any sauce, so start simply and add sauces sparingly.” She suggests sautéing mushrooms with a neutral oil, then adding wine or sherry and finishing with fresh herbs. Cooking with wine can help unlock the beneficial compounds the fungi contain, says Romine. Fresh or dried culinary mushrooms like oysters, shiitakes or maitakes can also be great additions to morning meals like savory oatmeal or tofu scrambles. Powdered mushroom extracts, available online or in health stores, are an easy way to infuse meals with fungi’s beneficial properties. They mix well into everything from raw desserts and baked goods to teas and smoothies. Whole mushrooms that are tough, like reishi and chaga, can be boiled to extract the healthful elements and consumed as a tea or used for soup broth. Romine says raw mushrooms are not as flavorful, digestible or nutritional as cooked.

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While a mushroom-rich diet can help protect and promote health, Romine cautions that they are not a cure-all or a substitute for a healthy lifestyle. To address specific health concerns, she recommends working with a dietician or clinical herbalist to develop appropriate and effective ways to incorporate mushrooms into a health regimen. April Thompson is a freelance writer in Washington, D.C. Contact her at AprilWrites.com.

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Creamy Old Bay King Oyster ‘Scallops’

hen marinated in classic Old Bay Seasoning and sliced into hearty rounds, king oyster mushrooms are a pretty convincing stand-in for scallops— especially once they’ve been seared and braised. Corn furnishes a bit more heft, while artichokes lend their lightness and detoxifying properties. Yields: 4 servings

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For the marinade

1 tsp kelp seasoning blend 2 tsp Old Bay Seasoning 2 Tbsp safflower oil or melted butter 1 Tbsp lemon juice 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar ⅛ tsp pepper

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Know Your Fungi

Many beneficial mushrooms are available in the wild, and some exclusively so. Foraging for them can be rewarding, but proceed with caution; some edible mushrooms may have deadly lookalikes, so only forage with the help of a trained expert. Health food stores and online vendors are good sources of mushroom powders or extracts, which have a long shelf life. Look for a manufacturer of 100 percent organic mushroom extracts and supplements. Many farmers’ markets also carry specialty mushrooms like king oysters, lion’s mane or others not easily found in grocery stores. Not all mushrooms are created equal. Button mushrooms and others in the Agaricus family are lowest in micronutrients like ergothioneine, with porcinis in the Boletus family yielding the highest, according to Robert Beelman, director of the Center for Plant and Mushroom Foods for Health at Penn State University. Don’t expect magic from mushrooms, cautions author Stepfanie Romine; like most lifestyle changes or holistic treatments, it can take some months to yield results.

2 (6-oz) packages king oyster mushrooms, sliced into ¾-inch rounds 1 Tbsp safflower oil 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 cup artichoke hearts 1 cup corn kernels (optional) ½ cup dry white wine 1 Tbsp butter 1 Tbsp heavy or cashew cream 1 Tbsp chopped flat-leaf parsley for garnish or prepared mashed potatoes or grits for serving Mix all marinade ingredients together in a container with a tight-fitting lid. Add the mushrooms, toss to combine and marinate for at least two hours. Remove the mushrooms and reserve the remaining marinade. Place a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the oil, then sear the mushrooms on both sides, about two minutes per side, then add the remaining marinade, garlic, artichoke hearts and corn (if using it). Deglaze the pan with the wine, scraping the bottom to loosen any brown bits.

Reduce the heat to medium-low. Cover and cook for 10 minutes, until the sauce has thickened and the artichokes and corn are heated throughout. Editor’s note: To make an organic substitute for Old Bay Seasoning: 1 Tbsp paprika 1 Tbsp ground bay leaves ½ Tbsp sea salt 1 tsp black pepper ½ tsp red pepper flakes ½ tsp white pepper ½ tsp allspice Recipe used with permission from Cooking With Healing Mushrooms: 150 Delicious Adaptogen-Rich Recipes that Boost Immunity, Reduce Inflammation and Promote Whole Body Health, by Stepfanie Romine.

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armer weather Anything that goes on Pets at Risk has arrived, your lawn goes into Chemicals routinely used and so begins in lawn care are especially your pet’s body. many homeowners’ annual problematic for the family quest for a well-nourished, ~Michele Yasson, DVM dog or cat. “Animals are weed-free lawn. Howevclose to the ground, and er, the grass isn’t always their feet touch the ground, greener—or healthier—using conventional so every substance you choose to allow in approaches. your home and yard will affect them,” says Turf grass covers up to 50 million Ashley Geoghegan, DVM, of VetNaturally, acres of American land, and according to in Mandeville, Louisiana. the U.S. Environmental Protection AgenA study conducted by the Departcy, about 60 million pounds of synthetic ment of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at pesticides are used each year in yards and Purdue University concludes that common gardens, in addition to tens of millions lawn chemicals like glyphosate, 2, 4-D and more pounds applied in parks, schoolyards permethrin are linked to canine bladder and other public spaces. cancer. A six-year study by the Foster Americans spend billions of dollars Hospital for Small Animals at the Tufts growing and maintaining manicured University Cummings School of Veterlawns resulting in a high price for pets, inary Medicine reveals that exposure to people and wildlife. Nitrogen from professionally applied lawn pesticides and fertilizers seeps into surface water and herbicides increased the risk for canine groundwater, contaminating wells and malignant lymphoma by 70 percent. spawning harmful algae blooms; pestiIn pets, chronic or sub-chronic expocides kill off more than 70 million birds sure to conventional lawncare chemicals each year in the U.S. alone; and bees and manifests as eye damage and thyroid, urinary other pollinators are also succumbing to and reproductive conditions. Feline gastrothe toxic chemicals at an alarming rate. intestinal distress is also a consequence, and

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even indoor cats are at risk from contaminants brought into the home. “Anything that goes on your lawn goes into your pet’s body. Pets walk through it, roll in it and then groom themselves,” says Michele Yasson, DVM, of Holistic Veterinary Services, in St. Augustine, Florida. “Max, one of my canine patients, developed acute, life-threatening pancreatitis just hours after his yard had been treated by a commercial lawncare service.”

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Opting for a toxin-free lawn helps grass roots to anchor deeply into the earth, making them less likely to fall victim to weeds, disease and drought. An organic lawn has beneficial microbes; helpful insects like ladybugs and lacewings thrive, while pesty insects decline. Instead of chemical fertilizers and “natural” alternatives like borax, vinegar, garlic, essential oils and cocoa mulch, which can also be toxic to pets, try using grass clippings, seaweed, corn gluten meal, single-ingredient bone meal, diatomaceous earth or Bacillus thuringiensis (BT); all are better options. Redefining beauty and working with nature can also have a positive impact. “Set a goal to gradually reduce the area of your yard devoted to grass, and begin to establish plants like butterfly bush or bee balm that support pollinators such as bees,” recommends Sandy Long, of Greeley, Pennsylvania, a knowledgeable pet parent and executive director of the nonprofit environmental education organization SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support).

being outside. After weighing alternatives, dog trainer Rebecca Porter, owner of Rosy Dogs, in Stoughton, Wisconsin, settled on prescribed burns, mowing and hand removal of invasive plants. “It works, and now my dog gallops safely through the waist-high

grasslands. As for my yard, I enjoy the volunteer plants. It’s a decision all landowners can make.” Marlaina Donato is the author of several books and a composer. Connect at AutumnEmbersMusic.com.

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SATURDAY, JUNE 1 Cambridge Arts River Festival 2019 – 11am6pm. A huge street party celebrating early summer in the city with outstanding music, the People’s Sculpture Race, performances, food, family activities, music, vendors, artisans and more. Free. Along Massachusetts Ave between Prospect & Sidney St & down Sidney St to Pacific St. More info: Boston-Discovery-Guide.com. Gongs and Himalayan Singing Bowls Healing Meditation – 6:30-8pm. In a peaceful setting, experience the soothing healing sweet vibrations and relax into a deep meditative state that clears, cleanses and washes away stresses of every-day life. $35. Just Breathe, 45 E Main St, Westborough. 508-366-8292. JustBreatheASaltRoom.com.

SUNDAY, JUNE 2 Restorative Chakra Cleanse with Energetic Assisting – 5:15pm. Take a journey through the major and minor chakras with Jacqui Bonwel. All welcome. Use the radical approach of stillness, silence and restoration to organize yourself on multiple levels. A colorful yoga nidra and sound bath to close. $35. Revolution Community Yoga, 537 Massachusetts Ave, Acton. 978-274-5596. YogaActon.com.

MONDAY, JUNE 3 Learn How to Overcome the Roller Coaster of Weight Loss and Gains – 6:30-8pm. The proven methods found in this workshop can be used by fitness professionals and anyone wanting to lose weight. Break out of breaking even is the first system to address the phenomenon of “breaking even,” when you invest time in exercising and eating healthy and don’t see results. Free. Malden Public Library, 36 Salem St, Malden. 617-4166854. FtnessFoundry.net.

TUESDAY, JUNE 4 Scooper Bowl 2019 – June 4-6. 12-8pm. Raises money for the Jimmy Fund to benefit cancer research at Dana-Farber. Enjoy scoops or indulge in the all-you-can-eat pass. Live music, games and other activities. $3/ages 3-9, $8/ages 10+, $25/ Scoop@Night (21+). City Hall Plaza, Boston. More info: Boston-Disovery-Guide.com.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5 Crystal Bed Healing Private Sessions – 12-6pm. Crystals, light and sound enter into the equation of healing from several directions: cellular, biological systems, reducing pain, stress and anxiety. $99. Tri-Yoga Boston, 60 Prospect St, Waltham. 781609-2497. TriYogaBoston.org. West Concord Pharmacy Lecture – 6-7pm. A free lecture on safety for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients living at home, featuring Michelle Holmberg of Cooperative Elder Services, Inc. Michelle will discuss simple ways to reduce

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safety risks in the home and answer any questions. Free. West Concord Pharmacy, 212 Main St, Concord. 978-369-3100. DinnoHealth.com/ WestConcordPharmacy. Fertility Awareness Meetup – 6:30-7:30pm. A space where women can connect with peers to access information and pose questions about using natural birth control for pregnancy prevention or achievement. Free. The Women’s Center, 46 Pleasant St, Cambridge. 617-899-7624. AnnaChurchill26@gmail.com.

THURSDAY, JUNE 6 NeuroSculpting Workshop Health – 6-8pm. Learn why the brain does what it does and learn how to create neural networks which you can activate for better health. $40. Bliss Brain at Union Wellness, 64 Union Sq, Somerville. 617-8215560. Bliss-Brain.com.

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of Sunrise Mindfulness, leads a free information session about the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn. Roots and Wings, 317 N Main St, Natick. 978-657-7730. SunriseMindfulness.com.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12 Help with Headaches and Migraines Naturally – 6:30-7:30pm. Learn how you can help your headaches and migraines heal naturally with whole food nutrition using Nutrition Response Testing. Free. Natural Health Pathways, 365 Boston Post Rd, Ste 208, Sudbury. 508-309-4063. NaturalHealthPathways.net. Plum Island to Palm Beach: Our Shrinking Shoreline – 7-8pm. Bill Sargent, author and NOVA science series consultant, discusses environmental policy in the new era of rising sea levels and more frequent, powerful storms. Free. Winchester Public Library, 80 Washington St, Winchester. 781-721-7171. WinPubLib.org/calendar.

Community Reiki Clinic Fundraiser for Minding Your Mind – 6:30-8:45pm. Special fundraiser with 100% of proceeds donated to Minding Your Mind: Mental Health Programs for Young Adults. Experience a 30-min reiki session for donation. Call or email to make your appointment. Minimum $15 donation. Brenner Reiki Healing, 324 Central St, Auburndale. For an appt: 617244-8856 or Elise@BrennerReikiHealing.org. BrennerReikiHealing.org.

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Boston Pride Festival – 11am-6pm. Boston City Hall Plaza. More info: BostonPride.org.

Battle of Bunker Hill Day Parade – 12:302:30pm. Members of the Charlestown Militia dressed in Colonial attire play fifes and drums and offer musket salutes. Explore Bunker Hill Museum afterwards. Free. Bunker Hill Monument, Monument Sq, Charlestown. 617-242-2724.

Boston Pride Parade – 12pm. Free. Start at Copley Sq and finish at Boston City Hall Plaza. More info: BostonPride.org. Crystal Bowl Sound Immersion – 6-7pm. Sit or lay in a meditative state while the bowls are played, allowing the beautiful sounds and vibrations to work their magic in your energy field. The bowls play differently each time, affected by the energy in the room and what is needed to help you release old patterns. $30. Revolution Community Yoga, 537 Massachusetts Ave, Acton. 978-274-5596. YogaActon.com/Crystal-Bowl-Sound-Immersion

SUNDAY, JUNE 9 Free Introduction to Reiki – 10am-12pm. Learn about the ancient, hands-on healing art of reiki. Reiki is used for stress reduction and relaxation, to alleviate pain and to facilitate healing on all levels. Free. Arlington Reiki Associates, 366 Massachusetts Ave, Ste 304, Arlington. Pre-registration required: 781-648-9334. ArlingtonReiki.com. Free Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Orientation – 6:30-8:30pm. Cindy Gittleman, Certified MBSR teacher and founder

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Family Restoration Day – 11am-4pm. An outside community event with food, family fun and most importantly: awesome community vendors with tons of resources to share. The goal of the day is that families are able to come out and learn about the different resources available to them. Free. Dr Loesch Family Park, Brent St, Boston. 617-4075347. More info: PropaCityCo.org.

Make Your Own Silhouette Art – 7-8pm. Learn how to create silhouette art that can be used to decorate handmade cards or framed as art. Open to adults and kids 8+. Free. Winchester Public Library, 80 Washington St, Winchester. Registration required: 781-721-7171 or WinPubLib.org/calendar.

TUESDAY, JUNE 18 Crystal Bed Healing Private Sessions – 11am6pm. Crystals, light and sound enter into the equation of healing from several directions: cellular level, biological systems, reducing pain, stress and anxiety. $99. Just Breathe, 45 E Main St, Westborough. 508-366-8292. JustBreatheASaltRoom.com. Strawberry MoonSight Group Energy Healing – 6:30pm. Know there’s a better version of self just beyond your reach? Release what’s holding you back and connect more fully to self-love. Guided group meditation plus one-to-one Perspective


Reboot healing; in-person and distance seats offered. $40/in-person, $42.50/distance. Blossom Healings, 54 Main St, Topsfield. 978-238-9321. HealingBoston.US.

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special event Acton Pharmacy Lecture and Book Signing Book signing with Drs. Paul Napper and Anthony Rao, authors of The Power of Agency: The 7 Principles to Conquer Obstacles, Make Effective Decisions & Create a Life on Your Own Terms. Napper and Rao will share how agency can help empower individuals to adopt healthier life habits, followed by a book signing and reception.

Wed., June 19 7:30 - 8pm Free. Acton Pharmacy, 563 Massachusetts Ave, Acton. 978-263-3901. DinnoHealth.com/actonpharmacy

THURSDAY, JUNE 20 Bio-Regulatory Oral Health Care – 7-8:30pm. Learn about the intricate mouth-body connection in order to be the healthiest you can be, while reducing harmful exposures. Learn about the best ways to naturally care for your oral health beyond traditional brushing and flossing to never have a cavity again and to promote overall health. $6. Brookline High School, 115 Greenough St, Brookline. 617-730-2700. BrooklineAdultEd.org.

SATURDAY, JUNE 22 Discover The 5 Sex Languages – 3-6pm. The Erotic Blueprint system offers a map to arousal. These blueprints hold the keys to deciphering one’s gifts, needs, desires, turn ons, turn offs, superpowers and challenges. Class includes both an educational component and a live demo (no nudity required). Learn an erotic game to discover your highest states of arousal and receive a home play program. Space limited, register by June 19. $150, $250/couples. Newburyport, location disclosed upon registration. 978-309-9399. SacredTempleArts.com.

SUNDAY, JUNE 23 Reiki Level I Training & Certification – 9am7pm. Learn to care for yourself and others with reiki practice. Classes in a warm and professional setting. Learn the traditional Japanese reiki meditations, how to practice hands-on healing for self and others, the reiki principles, reiki history, and how reiki promotes mindfulness, well-being, and resilience. Comprehensive course manual. CEUs for nurses, social workers, LMTs. $150. Brenner Reiki Healing, 324 Central St, Auburndale. 617244-8856. BrennerReikiHealing.org. Reiki Clinic – 1:30-4:30pm. Experience a relaxing reiki healing energy treatment. Volunteer as a reiki practitioner and receive a free treatment. This is a community service project by Arlington Reiki Associates. $15/clients, free/practitioners. Arlington Reiki Associates, 366 Massachusetts Ave, Ste 304, Arlington. Pre-registration required: 617-835-9963. ArlingtonReiki.com. Biofield Tuning Live Group Session – 2-2:30pm. Experience Biofield Tuning, a new sound vibration therapy that harmonizes your energy field and heals many issues. Free. Hummingbird Harmony & Wellness, Central Sq, Cambridge. Seating limited; register: 781-392-4851. The Lost Art of Kissing – 3-6pm. Class for couples and individuals who want to become expert kissers. You will have home play kissing practice and will not need to do any kissing in class. There will be live kissing demos as part of this class. Space limited, register by June 19. $100, $150/couples. Newburyport, location disclosed upon registration. 978-309-9399. SacredTempleArts.com.

MONDAY, JUNE 24 Where is the Sugar Hiding? – 6:30-7:30pm. There are so many different names that are used for sugar, join us to find out what they are. Free. Natural Health Pathways, 365 Boston Post Rd, Ste 208, Sudbury. 508-309-4063. NaturalHealthPathways.net.

THURSDAY, JUNE 27 NeuroSculpting Workshop Anxiety – 6-8pm. Learn why your brain does what it does and how to rewire your subconscious reactions for a more calm, centered existence. $40. Bliss Brain at Union Wellness, 64 Union Sq, Somerville. 617821-5560. Bliss-Brain.com.

SATURDAY, JUNE 29 Free Introduction to Reiki – 10am-12pm. Learn about the ancient, hands-on healing art of reiki.

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Reiki is used for stress reduction and relaxation, to alleviate pain and to facilitate healing on all levels. Free. Arlington Reiki Associates, 366 Massachusetts Ave, Ste 304, Arlington. Pre-registration required: 781-648-9334. ArlingtonReiki.com. Crystal Singing Bowls Healing Meditation – 6:30-8pm. Experience the healing vibrations of crystal singing bowls as they envelop a room to balance, heal, reduce pain, along with joy, peace and clarity of thought. $35. Just Breathe, 45 E Main St, Westborough. 508-366-8292. JustBreatheASaltRoom.com.

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

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

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

monthly Anxiety and Panic Support Group – 6:30pm. 1st day of month. A group designed to offer a place where people with common interests and experience can meet. People who have been through, or are going through, a similar circumstance can do more than sympathize with you, they can relate to what you are going through and keep you from feeling alone. Free. Washington St, Newton. 617849-3198. UCanBeFearFree.com.

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

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week. Free. SoWa Vintage Market, 450 Harrison Ave, Boston. SoWaVintageMkt.com. Kirtan: The Music of Spirituality – 7-9pm. 2nd Sun. Charlie Braun’s music is a creative outpouring of reflective melodies, sweet harmonies, inthe-groove rhythms and the space in between. Donation. Eastover Estate & Retreat Center, 430 East St, Lenox. 866-264-5139. Eastover.com.

monday Spin & Sculpt – 6:15-7am. Also Wed. This cycling class is a great cardiovascular and strength workout designed to maximize results. It’s perfect for anyone wanting to burn a ton of calories in an effective full body workout. Beginners welcome. $15. Beacon Hill Athletic Clubs, 279 Washington St, Brookline. 617-277-8600. BeaconHillAthletic Clubs.com. Martial Arts for Kids at BMAC – 5pm, Mon & Wed. Also 9:30am, Sat. Fun, confidence, coordination and self-defense in a supportive, student-centered class. Classes for ages 3 yrs to teens. Boston Martial Arts Center, 161 Harvard Ave, Ste 4E, Boston. 617-789-5524. For cost: BostonMartialArts.com. Anxiety and Panic Support Group – 5:30pm. 1st Mon. A group designed to offer a place where people with common interests and experience can meet. People who have been through, or are going through, a similar circumstance can do more than sympathize with you, they can relate to what you are going through and keep you from feeling alone. Free. Washington St, Newton. 617-849-3198. UCanBeFearFree.com. Peace Circle – 6-7pm. 1st Mon. Want to experience greater peace? Join us as we explore different aspects of peace through music, meditation and poetry and how to put it into practice within yourself, relationships, community and the world. All welcome. Facilitator, Gina Colvario-Krupka, RScP. Love offering. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-5805800. More info: Gina@BelieveInYouToday@ gmail.com. ConcordiaCSL.com or Facebook.com/ ConcordiaCSL. Free Guided Meditation – 6:15-6:45pm. Experience different HypnoMeditations (pre-recorded by Richard Lanza) each week. HypnoMeditation takes you on a journey to states of expansive inner calm which allow for personal transformation and healing. Free. Open Doors, 395A Washington St, Braintree. 781-843-8224. OpenDoors7.com.

tuesday Noon Concerts on the Freedom Trail – 12:15pm. Stop by to hear a 30-40-min concert.

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Performers vary each week and perform a wide variety of music ranging from jazz to folk, medieval to modern. $5 suggested donation. King’s Chapel, Tremont & School sts, Boston. 617-2272155. Kings-Chapel.org. Weekly Divine Meditation – 6-7pm. Experience a powerful guided meditation lead by Bhavna, the Golden Light Goddess. No two meditations are ever the same. Drop-ins encouraged. $10. Bhavna’s Wellness Group, 512 Main St, Penthouse Ste, Shrewsbury. 508-970-5620. BhWellnessGroup.com. Reiki Healing Sessions – 7-9pm. Reiki and energy healers offer their services free of charge. To broaden the spirit of free care and community services to others, please make a donation in any amount for each healing you receive. Donations sent to a variety of local charitable causes. Open Doors, 395 Washington St, Braintree. 781-8438224. OpenDoors7.com.

wednesday Restorative Yoga – 12-1:30pm. Yoga for breast cancer patients, survivors and their families and caregivers. Please see the yoga page at website, under services, for more information. Free for patients, survivors and caregivers. St. Vincent Cancer & Wellness Center, 1 Eaton Pl, Worcester. 508-987-3310. PinkHippy.org. Guided Meditation – 2pm. 2nd & 4th Wed. Guided meditations for relaxation and healing are intended to assist you release your stress and anxiety. Relaxing body and mind can improve your overall well-being. Free for patients, survivors and caregivers. Generations, 129 E Main Plaza, Webster. 508-987-3310. PinkHippy.org. Museum of Fine Arts Free Wednesdays – Free admission after 4pm. Donation suggested. MFA, 465 Huntington Ave, Boston. 617-267-9300. mfa.org. Music Therapy with Laughing Drum Circle – 6:30-7:30pm 1st Wed. Music can help reduce pain, relieve chemotherapy-induced nausea/vomiting. It can relieve stress and provide an overall sense of well-being. Join in and drum up good energy. Free/patients, survivors and caregivers; $10/other. Generations, 129 E Main Plaza, Webster. 508-9873310. PinkHippy.org. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous Weekly Meeting – 7-8:30pm. Are you having trouble controlling the way you eat? There is a Solution. Come to a meeting. Free. St. Brigid’s Parish Center, 1995 Massachusetts Ave, Rm 10, Lexington. 617-6103748. FoodAddicts.org. Meditation on Twin Hearts and Pranic Healing – 7-8:30pm. Meditation on twin hearts is a loving-kindness meditation. Come together as a group to bless the Earth. Reduce stress, boost your energy and receive healing. Donation. Workbar Boston, 711 Atlantic Ave, Boston. 857-529-7804. PHBoston.com. Public Open Night at the Observatory – 8:30pm, Spring/Summer; 7:30pm, Fall/Winter. A chance to come observe the night sky through telescopes and binoculars and see things you otherwise might not get to see. Held most Wed evenings throughout the year, weather permitting. Space limited, reservations recommended. Free. Coit Observatory at Boston University, 725 Commonwealth Ave, Boston. 617-353-2630. bu.edu.


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

SoWa First Fridays – 5-9pm. 1st Fri. Over 60 galleries south of Washington St and at the Artist’s Guild, nearby businesses and restaurants open their doors to give you a chance to experience the vibrant South End arts community. Free. Start at 450 Harrison Ave, follow gallery lights around the neighborhood. SoWaBoston.com.

SRR Thursday Night 4.06 Miler – 7:15-8:15pm. It may be raining. It may be hot or cold. The SRR Thursday night run will happen every week, no matter what. Free. Casey’s Bar, 171 Broadway, Somerville. SRR.org/Events/Thursday-Night-Race.

Energy Jam – 6-7pm. 2nd Fri. A special opportunity to share intuitive, empathic, psychic abilities. All welcome. Free. Unity Church, 6 William St, Somerville. 617-628-5558. Interactive Mindfulness.com.

Observatory Night – 7:30-9:30pm. 3rd Thurs, 6 times per academic year. A non-technical lecture and telescopic observing from the observatory roof if weather permits. Free. Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Phillips Auditorium, 60 Garden St, Cambridge. 617-495-7461. More info: CFA.Harvard.edu/publicevents.

Free Friday Flicks – 6pm, festival; sundown, movie starts. Thru Aug. Bring the family for free movies and entertainment before the start. Free. Hatch Shell, Boston’s Esplanade. More info & movie lineup: 617-787-7200.

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friday Watertown Mall Walking Club – 9am. Meet the club leader near Carter’s. Start with stretching exercises followed by a walk through the mall. Occasional guest lectures. Free. Watertown Mall, 550 Arsenal St, Watertown. 617-926-4968. Watertown-Mall.com. Restorative Yoga – 10:30-11:30am. Yoga for breast cancer patients, survivors and their families/caregivers. Free/patients, survivors & caregivers; $10/other. JOYashanAH, 915 A Riverside Dr, North Grosvenordale. 508-987-3310. More info: PinkHippy.org.

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

APPLIED KINESIOLOGY CENTRAL SQUARE HEALTH AND WELLNESS

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

Specializing in Neurotherapy, an effective, drug-free treatment for: attention, behavior, emotional, and executive function problems, autistic spectrum, anxiety, depression, post-concussion, peak performance and more. See ad, page 23.

SYMMETRY NEURO-PATHWAY TRAINING Dianne Kosto, Founder & CEO 132 Central St, Ste 205A, Foxboro 844-272-4666 Dianne@SymmetryNeuroPT.com SymmetryNeuroPt.com

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

CHIROPRACTIC NEWTON CHIROPRACTIC AND WELLNESS CENTRE Julie Burke, DC 617-964-3332 Info@WellAdjusted.com WellAdjusted.com

BEAUTY ELEMENTAL ESSENCE

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

We are a total wellness center open 7 days a week. We specialize in Gentle Non-Force Chiropractic (NSA), an assortment of massage modalities, HydroMassage, “Super Comfortable” custom orthotics, physical therapy, detoxifying ionic foot baths, and our latest wellness tool, BEMER (designed to improve circulation supporting the body’s natural self- regulating processes). See ads, pages 2 and 7.

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LOVE CREATES MIRACLES 857-753-6819 PosperityPrincess@gmail.com EdieBlue.com

Edie provides unique, boutique coaching tailored to help you create more love in your life. Courses by Edie: The ABC’s of Love, The “Write” Way to Love, Soulmate Bootcamp, Knotty Minds: Knotty Bodies. Call Edie for a free 10-min session to see if you are ready to make changes that last. See ad, page 10.

TAKE THE LEAP COACHING

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

COLON HYDROTHERAPY GROTON WELLNESS Katryn Miller, MEd, LMT, Colon Hydrotherapist 493-495 Main St, Groton 978-449-9919 GrotonWellness.com

Katryn has always held a deep desire to learn about the body and how it works. After many years of running her own business, Katryn joined Groton Wellness to help others with Colon Hydrotherapy. She holds a training certificate on the Libbe Colon Hydrotherapy Device. See ad, back page.

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

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.

COMPOSTING CITY COMPOST

978-378-3048 Info@CityCompost.com CityCompost.com City Compost provides home composting services and custom solutions for events and organizations. All compostables including meat, dairy and paper products are accepted. 100% of the independently processed compost goes to grow more fresh food and subscribers can receive top quality, tested, compost with service. See ad, page 31.

COMPOUNDING & WELLNESS PHARMACY

DINNO HEALTH

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

JOHNSON COMPOUNDING AND WELLNESS

John Walczyk 577 Main St, Waltham, MA 02452 781-893-3870 • Fax: 781-899-1172 John@NaturalCompounder.com NaturalCompounder.com 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 12.

BIRD’S HILL COMPOUNDING PHARMACY

DENTIST

401 Great Plain Ave, Needham, MA 02492 781-449-0550 Pharmacist@BirdsHillPharmacy.com BirdsHillPharmacy.com

THE BIOMED CENTER

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

The American Center for Bioregulatory Medicine and Dentistry is pioneering the reintegration of medicine and dentistry to ensure that you receive truly integrated care. Our staff is specially trained in the Safe Mercury Removal procedure.

111 Chestnut St, Ste 1, Providence, RI 02903 833-824-6633 BioMedNE.com

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

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

DR. IVETA IONTCHEVA-BAREHMI DMD, MS, D.SC.

1842 Beacon St, Ste 305, Brookline, MA 617-868-1516 BostonDentalWellness.com 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 11.

GROTON WELLNESS

Dr. Apoorva J. Shah, DDS 493-495 Main St, Groton 978-449-9919 GrotonWellness.com Health-focused biological dentist specializing in cosmetic dentistry, oral surgery, biological dentistry, mercury amalgam removal, digital dentistry and Invisalign. Dr. Shah is certified in Invisalign and has experience with CAD/ CAM digital technology. He has become increasingly knowledgeable about the mouth-body connection and is excited to offer holistic options to his patients. See ad, back page.

GROTON WELLNESS

Dr. G. Robert “Bob” Evans, DMD 493-495 Main St, Groton 978-449-9919 GrotonWellness.com Health-focused general dentist at Groton Wellness specializing in biological dentistry, oral surgery, chelation therapy and safe mercury removal. Groton Wellness is a 26-chair dental practice, incorporating functional medicine, a detoxification spa, an organic cafe, and energy medicine center promoting total wellness. See ad, back page.

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ENERGY HEALING

Dr. Jean Marie Nordin, DDS, IBDM, ND 493-495 Main St, Groton 978-449-9919 GrotonWellness.com

VESSEL OF HEALING

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

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

Tim Grantham, Certified NIASZIIH Healer 745 High St, Westwood, MA 339-203-1726 VesselOfHealing.com Hands-on, Earth-based, energy healing, where the healer assists the client to alleviate illness, pain and dis-ease by tracking its aspects through all layers of the body in order to locate and shift the source.

FRENECTOMY (TONGUE/LIP TIE RELEASE)

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

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

DENTISTRY BY DR. DAVID

A holistic, caring, bio-integrative dental experience that focuses on the individual, not just teeth. We will help you restore and maintain full body health by setting up the right environments to allow the body to heal. We also specialize in jaw and muscle pain, headaches, and sleep. Mention Natural Awakenings for 20% off your first visit. See ad, page 25.

DIVINE HEALING BHVANA’S WELLNESS GROUP

512 Main St, Shrewsbury, MA 01545 BhavnaSrivastava@BhWellnessGroup.com BhWellnessGroup.com Call now to receive Divine healing energy to release pain from your heart, soul, body and allow for love and joy to enter your life. See ad, page 10.

ECO-FRIENDLY HAIR SALON KIMBERLY BRUNO SALON 288 Main St, Reading, MA 01867 781-779-8333 KimberlyBruno.com

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

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

FUNCTIONAL DIETITIAN BRIDGITTE CARROLL, MS, RDN Johnson Compounding & Wellness Bridgitte@NaturalCompounder.com 781-893-3870 x 149

Bridgitte is experienced and passionate about helping individuals improve their well-being with food and lifestyle changes. Specialties include gastrointestinal issues, inflammatory conditions, anti-aging and weight management although she has worked with people of all ages with many diseases. See ad, page 12.

FUNCTIONAL ORTHODONTICS GROTON WELLNESS

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

HEALTH COACH YOUR WELLNESS SCOUT Kirsten Wright-Cirit 919-593-2943 YourWellnessScout@gmail.com YourWellnessScout.com

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

Kimberly Bruno Salon is a boutique ecofriendly hair salon created out of love for our planet and animals. This Certified Green Circle Salon is committed to offering services using high quality products. Experience cruelty-free, vegan products containing organic ingredients, keeping you and the planet beautiful. See ad on page 17. Be sure to let our advertisers know you found them in

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HOMEOPATHY

MARTIAL ARTS

NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE

KRISTA CONNOLLY, RSHom, CCH

BOSTON MARTIAL ARTS CENTER

GARY KRACOFF, RPH & NMD

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

Johnson Compounding and Wellness 781-893-3870 Gary@NaturalCompounder.com

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

The Boston Martial Arts Center has been actively training and teaching in the Boston area for over 25 years. We have grown from a small, dedicated group of practitioners into a full-fledged martial arts school devoted to training quality individuals in the best martial arts and self-defense available anywhere. See ad, page 11.

Dr. Gary Kracoff provides guidance and in-depth consultative services to find the “why” to what is happening physically and mentally, working with individuals to restore balance in the body. Specializes in customizing medications to meet individualized needs of patients, and he suggests nutritional supplements, natural products and homeopathic remedies to aid in faster healing and recovery. See ad, page 12.

Homeopathic Alternative 608-362-4940 Contact@KristaConnolly.com KristaConnolly.com

HORMONE BALANCING BELLA NATURAL HEALTH

Dawna Jones, MD, FACOG 427 Washington St, Norwell, MA 02061 781-829-0930 BellaNaturalHealth.com Board-certified MD in gynecology and integrative medicine. Hormone balancing, nutrition and detoxification are keys to optimal health. See ad, page 8.

INTEGRATIVE VETERINARY MEDICAL CARE MASH MAIN ST ANIMAL SERVICES OF HOPKINTON Margo Roman, DVM 72 W Main St, Hopkinton, MA 01748 508-435-4077 MASHVet.com

MASSAGE NEWTON CHIROPRACTIC & WELLNESS CENTRE

GROTON WELLNESS

Deep-tissue, medical, sports, Swedish and therapeutic massage, shiatsu, reiki & hydro- massage in a full-service Wellness Centre also featuring chiropractic, acupuncture, Facial Rejuvenation, Facelift Acupuncture and detox footbath. See ads, pages 2 and 7.

Dr. Scholl is a Licensed Naturopathic Doctor in MA and NH treating patients of all ages using scientific, research-based naturopathic medicine as the foundation. Finding the root cause of chronic and autoimmune diseases. She specializes in craniosacral therapy, detoxification, bio-identical hormone therapy, Lyme disease, diabetes, anti-aging, joint disorders, adrenal fatigue, thyroid disorders, endocrine imbalance, epigenetic assessment, cardiovascular health, digestive health, cognitive imbalances, arthritis and more. See ad, back page.

383 Elliot St, Ste 250 617-964-3332 WellAdjusted.com

MIND-BODY MEDICINE BODYMIND REPATTERNING

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

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 29.

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

Do you suffer from jaw pain or a locked jaw? Do you grind your teeth at night? Do you have headaches, ear pain, facial pain? Do you snore or wake up tired? We can help. Mention Natural Awakenings for 20% off your first visit.. See ad, page 25.

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An innovative blend of bodycentered counseling, integrative bodywork and energy medicine to uncover and release bodymind patterns that limit your life and health. See ad, page 17.

Candace Scholl, ND 493-495 Main St, Groton 978-449-9919 GrotonWellness.com

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

Manual physical therapy which includes CranioSacral Therapy incorporates the mind-body connection for holistic healing which is essential for effective treatment of chronic pain and/or stress. Effective manual therapy treatment for acute or chronic pain or injury enables therapeutic exercise to be significantly more effective for rehabilitation. See ads on pages 2 and 7.


SHAMANIC HEALING/ WORKSHOPS

PRANIC HEALING CENTER FOR PRANIC HEALING

JULIE HANNON, SHAMANISM

Christian Verde, Certified Pranic Healer 857-529-7804 Info@PHBoston.com

617-549-0439 Julie@InnerPeaceAndWellness.net InnerPeaceAndWellness.com

A center providing workshops, healing sessions and meditation to alleviate suffering and elevate consciousness through the principles in GMCKS Pranic Healing, Arhatic Yoga and Kriyashakti.

REIKI

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

TANTRA/SACRED SEXUALITY

BOSTON REIKI MASTER

WELLNESS CENTER NEWTON CHIROPRACTIC AND WELLNESS CENTRE Julie Burke, DC 617-964-3332 Info@WellAdjusted.com

We are a total wellness center open 7 days a week. We specialize in Gentle Non-Force Chiropractic (NSA), an assortment of massage modalities, HydroMassage, “Super Comfortable” custom orthotics, physical therapy, detoxifying ionic foot baths, and our latest wellness tool, BEMER (designed to improve circulation supporting the body’s natural self-regulating processes). See ads, pages 2 and 7.

SACRED TEMPLE ARTS

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

BRENNER REIKI HEALING

324 Central St, Newton 02466 617-244-8856 Elise@BrennerReikiHealing.org BrennerReikiHealing.org

Sacha L. Fossa, Masters Health Arts & Sciences, Certified Sex & Tantric Educator, Licensed Erotic Blueprint Coach, Healing Arts Practitioner 978-309-9399 SacredTempleArts.com Ready to have better sex, and love your life more, partnered or not? Holistic cutting-edge sex, intimacy and relationship coaching, energy and bodywork, for your sexual healing and empowerment. In person and/or virtual sessions and programs. See ad, page 17.

THERMOGRAPHY

Providing you with reiki healing sessions, reiki meditation, and reiki training to support you in reaching your goals of mind-body-spirit wellness and wholeness.

978-897-8846 SacredSongReiki@yahoo.com SacredSongReiki.com

BETH GARDNER

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

METROWEST THERMAL IMAGING Susan Shaw Saari, LAc, CCT, MEd, MAOM, Diplomate in Acupuncture (NCCAOM) 781-899-2121 Sue@Thpclinic.com MyThermography.com

A clinical imaging technique that records thermal patterns of the body to help diagnose and monitor pain or pathology in any part of the body. See ad, page 25.

CRYSTAL SOUND HEALING/ SACRED SONG REIKI

WELLNESS RESOURCES

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

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YOGA CECILE RAYNOR

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

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