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t feels quite freeing within seconds; an immediate and tangible change”, says Dr. Neal Smookler. What Smookler is describing is a fascinating method that resets and refreshes the brain back to it’s youth. “It seems as if you are growing younger; that was dumbfounding to me in those early days, still is.” At 51, Smookler has been ‘re-setting’ brains for almost two decades now. Smookler is serious about his work and others take him seriously, despite his smiling hazel eyes and youthful looks. After reeiving his doctorate from the prestigious Los Angeles College of Chiropractic, he moved
back to Boston, but within just a few years was introduced to Alphabiotics. “After my first Alphabiotic brain reboot, I was, uh ... humming. I was literally resonating in what I can only describe as an insulated cocoon of warmth, openness and peace. It felt like a valium taking effect while in a flotation tank. I felt like my mind, my body, even my cells went through a decompression. It was like nothing I had ever experienced. Life began to take on a bit of a magical view that I hadn’t felt before. I remember waking up one night because I was so happy.” “As much as I loved chiropractic - I couldn’t turn away from my experience. So with a warm, fuzzy feeling I said goodbye to my past incarnation as a D.C. and discontinued all chiropractic activity in order to function full time as an Alphabioticist.” So just what was this discovery? In a sense, “water-wings” for dissolving limitation.
“Inside your head is a physical mechanism that enables the brain to reboot itself. A reset button, if you will. I want to be very clear; it’s not there by accident. We’re hard wired by Mother Nature this way. I was trained twenty-one years ago to know where the mechanism is located, and exactly how to activate it.” “Alphabiotics is a simple way to address any challenge or limitation, health or otherwise. The method results in a release of unconscious, accumulated stress - resolving vastly complex issues with stunning simplicity.” “With the participant lying face up on a specially designed table, the alphabioticist performs a very unique ‘hiccup’ movement of the head.” One present theory suggests that the pineal gland in the brain has the ability to create a piezoelectric charge when it is deformed. In physics, a piezo-
electric charge is a ‘spark’ created as the result of an applied compression (alphabiotic method) on a crystalline structure (the pineal gland.) The compression causes the pineal gland to deform and then reshape - resulting in the conceptual spark. In mere nanoseconds, neurons begin to fire spreading the potential throughout both brain hemispheres, triggering the reset. “As long as the internalized fight-or-flight response, which is really a low level state of alarm or shock, goes unchecked; the end result is diminished potential - read that, limitation.” “What I believe the alphabiotic method is accomplishing is bringing a person out of shock by enabling the brain to
override the daily ‘emergency stand-by’ mode, like an ‘all clear’ signal, prompting the brain to begin a series of systems checks, assessing various levels of function, while re-setting the blueprint (DNA) back to a more youthful, uncorrupted (by stress) version.” “As we are designed for whole brain function - this is the mode it defaults to; energy wasted on the stress response is reclaimed to address any challenge or limitation.” When asked what he enjoys most about that work - Smookler hesitates for a moment, then as if the answer was there all along he replies, “people often come with a sadness, an emptiness. After a re-set, the light returns, you can see it in their eyes, that spark.”
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everal years back, I climbed aboard the “We create our own reality with our thoughts” bandwagon and became a pseudo poster-child for the lazy students approach to personal growth. I read and listened to books from well-known authors on the subjects of living in the moment, the power of positive thinking, the art of allowing, the premise that whatever we think—good or bad—is precisely what we attract into our lives...the list goes on. Intellectually, I think I do a decent job of understanding the various modern-day self-improvement concepts and have applied such acquired basic knowledge to make some progress, primarily via subtle spurts of personal growth. But I have found that there is nothing like the sometimes painful trials of personal life experiences to open us up to embracing the depth of what’s possible. It’s like mindlessly singing the words to an old song memorized long ago, and then suddenly awakening to its deeper dimensions of meaning. Or re-watching a childhood cartoon seen hundreds of times and getting the subtle humor you weren’t equipped to understand as a child. I wonder why in our ever-present scramble for information on what to base our decisions on, we ignore our internal knowing, fighting all inner and outer evidence that the easier path is allowing life to just be and reveal itself? I am wondering if it has something to do with the paradox of human “comfort zones”. I am discovering that personal growth accelerates during major health, financial or other personal challenges and am currently considering the benefits of this less than joyful “un-comfort” zone. This is the place where I try to control events, circumstances and people I care for in the name of keeping life within the status quo for fear of change or perceived loss. It’s a space filled with a spectrum of negative emotions including fearsome insecurities, self-doubt, and feeling overwhelmed and powerless. I’ve been discovering that as I learn to live more from this new vantage point, it morphs from being “outside” the comfort zone to becoming a new “growth zone”. It is where life actively happens, where possibilities live. All real excitement and expansion comes in letting the next chapter unfold, step by step, with eager anticipation of what lays in wait, shed of past regrets and making the most of the present moment. I am humbled and newly thankful for a recent physically and emotionally challenging experience that prompted me to go deeper inside than ever before, where I recognized levels of resilience never before imagined possible. I am grateful to have received a gift of fresh perspective that’s been waiting a lifetime for discovery. Loving, being present to each moment and cherishing every evidence of love, regardless of what’s around the corner, is a precious way to live. To the discovery of new perspectives!
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newsbriefs Weekend Workshop Harnesses Personal Horsepower for Positive Change
rian Reid, a life coach and founder of the personal development company Horses Know the Way Home, is offering a weekend workshop, July 13 and 14, in Wickford, Rhode Island. The workshop features equine assisted teachings for healers, coaches, teachers, trainers, therapists and business leaders who wish to transform their own lives and the lives of others. “The horse, more than any other animal, has moved human development for centuries,” says Reid. “They Brian Reid can move us away from patterns that no longer serve us and toward what matters most in our lives today. Horses inspire shifts in human consciousness that differ from those offered by traditional forms of therapies, teachings, coaching and healing modalities. Their energy of accepting awareness creates a space of innocence and possibility that most of us haven’t felt sine we were children.” Attendees will add new dimensions to their professional offerings by employing Reid’s 13 Principles program. “People will take away the wisdom of the horse and the desire to share it,” he says. “Most of my clients are amazed by the simplicity and effectiveness of the Horses Know The Way Home principles.” Location: Black Walnut Farm, 863 Tower Hill Rd., Wickford, RI. For more information, call 401-402-0819. To purchase tickets online and view other upcoming events, visit HorsesKnowTheWayHome.com/MR2013. See ad on page 33 and Resource Guide on page 45.
‘Hugging Saint’ Amma Returns to Boston
orld-renowned humanitarian and spiritual leader, Mata Amritanandamayi Devi (Amma), returns to the Boston area to offer free programs and her famous loving embrace, 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., July 15 and 18, and a retreat July 16 to 18, at the Best Western, in Marlborough. The summer programs feature inspirational music, meditation, spiritual discourse and personal blessings. Known internationally as “The Hugging Saint,” Amma has embraced more than 32 million people around the globe. “According to Amma, when she emAmma braces someone, it is a process of purification and inner healing,” says John Flanders, a volunteer coordinator for the July programs. “The Christian Science Monitor says that Amma spreads the healing qualities of universal motherhood, and what made the biggest impression on me was learning about all of the humanitarian work that she and her devotees perform all over the world,” adds Flanders. Amma’s humanitarian activities include disaster relief, women’s empowerment, hunger prevention and slum renovation. More information about these and other projects can be found at EmbracingTheWorld.org. Cost: Free. Location: Best Western Royal Plaza Trade Center, 181 Boston Post Rd., W. Marlborough. For more information, call 716-226-6223 or visit AmmaNewEngland.org. See ad on page 15.
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newsbriefs New Back Bay Location for Healthy Roots Natural Medicine
r. Maggie Luther, owner of Healthy Roots Natural Medicine, has opened a second location in the heart of Boston’s Back Bay that focuses on natural health and alternative and integrative medicine. Luther is a professionally trained naturopathic doctor specializing in holistic and integrative health, natural medicine and disease prevention for people of all ages. “My appointments provide for enough time to unMaggie Luther derstand who my patients are as individuals, rather than just focusing on the symptoms they are experiencing,” says Luther. “There is no one-size-fits-all in medicine, and my job is to develop a natural medicine approach that will truly benefit their conditions.” Luther says that her treatment options address symptoms while working to uncover their root causes. “Naturopathic medicine focuses on the restoration of health by truly understanding the whole person,” she says. “Practitioners, such as myself, bridge the gap between conventional and alternative medicine by understanding the science of modern medicine in pertinent labs and imaging, along with the most effective evidenced based natural treatments.”
Location: 419 Boylston St., 4th Fl. (at Qi, The Inner Gym), Boston. For more information, call 617-245-0561 or visit HealthyRootsNaturalMedicine.com. See Resource Guide on page 46.
Training Program to Improve Doctor-Patient Communications
ke Lasater, co-founder of Mediate Your Life personal development programs, presents a weekend workshop entitled, How To Talk So Your Doctor Will Listen (And You Both Get Heard), October 12 and 13, in New Haven, Connecticut. “Many caregivers today are under intense pressure, and they have little preparation for the difficult communication issues that are inevitably part of patient care,” says Lasater. How To Talk So Your Doctor Will Listen is for anyone that has ever felt rushed or overwhelmed during a doctor’s visit and would like to build better relationships with health care providers. According to Lasater, empathy is the key to better communication in medical settings. “My goal is to help people remember how to access that empathy and how to make clear, non-judgmental requests that are the hallmark of effective collaborations,” he says. The program has been approved by The Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare, in Boston. In June, Lasater and his Mediate Your Life team delivered training during the Schwartz Center Rounds program, which encourages healthcare providers to make personal connections with patients and colleagues by focusing on the human dimension of medicine.
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newsbriefs Additional Cambridge Location for Better Life Acupuncture & Herbs
idgie Franz, owner of Better Life Acupuncture and Herbs, in Lexington, has opened a second practice location at Hands-On Health Associates, in Porter Square, Cambridge, where she will see clients on Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Wednesdays, 2 to 7 p.m.; and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. “Hands-On Health Associates is just steps away from the Porter Square MBTA station,” says Franz, a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist, “It’s in the lower level of the Porter Exchange building of Lesley University, and they offer personal care in a comfortable, professional and holistic setting.” Better Life Acupuncture and Herbs offers gentle acupuncture treatments, herbal medicine consultations, and diet and lifestyle counseling. “A lot of people turn to acupuncture for help with a particular condition, and they’re stressed out about it,” says Franz. “What they discover is that they are able to relax so well that many conditions go away. Acupuncture is subtle but powerful medicine.” Franz says that her treatments are particularly helpful for patients with any kind of pain, digestive complaints, sinus conditions and allergies, fertility concerns, anxiety, depression, stress and trauma.
Location: Hands-On Health Associates, Porter Exchange Bldg., 1815 Mass Ave., Cambridge. For more information, call 617-645-0073 or visit AcuMidgie.com. See Resource Guide on page 44.
Annual Fourth of July Celebration in Boston Promises Music, Patriotism and Pyrotechnics
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spectacular display of fireworks will again illuminate the sky over the Charles River for hundreds of thousands of spectators, in Boston, on July 4. A free Boston Pops concert at 8:30 p.m., at the Hatch Shell, accompanies the annual light show, featuring conductor Keith Lockhart leading the Pops orchestra and special guests. The concert begins with The Star-Spangled Banner and includes a fly-over of fighter jets, and Tchaikovsky’s explosive 1812 Overture closes the performance, complete with dramatic drumrolls and real cannon fire, as church bells ring throughout the city. Visitors are encouraged to arrive early to find a viewing spot on either side of the Charles River. Those wishing to see the concert should make their way to the grassy area in front of the Hatch Shell as early as 9 a.m., on Independence Day. Many of the prime riverside viewing spots for fireworks fill up by late morning or early afternoon. Another option is to attend the free rehearsal concert, in the same location with smaller crowds, the evening of July 3. For more information, visit the official event website, July4th.org.
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newsbriefs Free Talk on Fertility Awareness Method
nna Churchill, a Fertility Awareness Educator-in-training, presents a free talk from 6 to 7 p.m., July 28, at the Cambridge Women’s Center. The session will describe the Fertility Awareness Method, which teaches women Anna Churchill to observe and interpret body signals for conceiving, avoiding pregnancy and gauging their general health. “Approximately 62 percent of women of reproductive age use a contraceptive method to prevent pregnancy, and many of these are hormonal methods that interfere with their bodies’ natural cycles,” says Churchill. “A lot of women are realizing the disconnect between trying to avoid toxins in their diets and environment while actively ingesting hormones. Many are looking for alternatives.” Churchill says that she herself has been practicing the Fertility Awareness method for more than a decade. “This is basic information that every woman should have about her body. In this introductory session I’ll cover what it takes to learn the method, who can benefit from it, and what resources are available for more information.” Cost: Free. Location: Cambridge Women’s Center, 46 Pleasant St., Cambridge. Space is limited. For more information, call 617-489-1906, email Anna@ACFertilityAwareness.com or visit ACFertilityAwareness.com. natural awakenings
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ome favorite summer fruits, like peaches, plums and nectarines, may help ward off metabolic syndrome, a collection of conditions including high blood sugar levels and excess fat around the waist that can lead to serious health issues such as stroke, heart disease and diabetes. A study by Texas A&M AgriLife Research, presented at the American Chemical Society’s 2012 National Meeting & Exposition, reported that pitted fruits contain bioactive compounds that can potentially fight the syndrome. According to food scientist Luis Cisneros-Zevallos, Ph.D., “The phenolic compounds in the fruits have anti-obesity, anti-inflammatory and anti-diabetic properties… and may also reduce the oxidation of the bad cholesterol, or LDL, which is associated with cardiovascular disease.”
Kudos for Kale
he U.S. Department of Agriculture’s new food pyramid, MyPlate (ChooseMyPlate.gov), is based on its 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, aimed at helping people make better food choices. Fruits and vegetables should comprise half our “plate”, and dark green veggies are the USDA’s top choice of nutrients. Kale leads the list of helpful leafy greens for many reasons. Like its cousins in the Brassica family—broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage and collards—kale is a low-calorie, nutrient-dense powerhouse of antioxidants, including vitamins A and C. Per calorie, kale contains more iron than beef and more calcium than milk, and it is better absorbed by the body than most dairy products. A single serving (about one cup, chopped) provides 5 percent of the recommended daily intake of fiber, plus two grams of protein. The versatile veggie—it is tasty steamed, braised or baked—is also a rich source of both omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids. Best of all, kale is a “green” green, high on the sustainability scale. Growing one pound of kale uses about 23 gallons of water; raising a pound of beef necessitates more than 2,400. Sources: USDA.gov; VegSource.com
n the United States, healthcare-acquired infections (HAI) result in 100,000 deaths annually and add an estimated $45 billion to healthcare costs. Common HAI microbes that often contaminate items within hospital rooms include methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and vancomycin-resistant enterococcus (VRE). Few strategies have been clinically proven to reduce the spread of these infections, but copper’s antimicrobial properties are promising. According to a recent study published in the journal Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, placement of bed rails, tables, IV poles and nurse’s call buttons in intensive care unit hospital rooms reduced the number of HAIs in patients by more than half. 10
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electable strawberries serve up some sweet health benefits. Studying the effects of strawberries on cardiovascular health, heart disease and diabetes, scientists at the University of Warwick, UK, discovered that extracts from the fruit activate a protein called Nrf2, which increases antioxidant and other protective measures in the body and helps decrease blood lipids and cholesterol that can lead to cardiovascular problems. The scientists plan to continue their research in order to identify the most healthful varieties of strawberries, how they are best served or processed and the amount to eat for optimum benefits.
Nature’s Own Sports Drink
f Mother Nature chose an ideal sports drink for light-to-medium exercise, it might be coconut water, the clear liquid found most abundantly inside young, green coconuts. That’s the conclusion reached by Indiana University Southeast lecturer Chhandashri Bhattacharya, Ph.D., in presenting his research to the American Chemical Society. “Coconut water is a natural drink that has everything your average sports drink has and more,” says Bhattacharya. “It has five times more potassium than Gatorade or Powerade. Whenever you get cramps in your muscles, potassium will help you get rid of them.” A 12-ounce serving of coconut water may also help balance the typical American diet, which is too low in potassium and too high in sodium derived from excess salt; individuals consuming such diets tend to have twice the risk of death from heart disease and a 50 percent higher risk of death from all disease-related causes. Coconut water is also high in healthful antioxidants.
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Honeybee-Killing Pesticides Banned in Europe
Colony collapse disorder, a mysterious ailment that has been killing large numbers of honeybees for several years, is expanding, wiping out 40 to 50 percent of the hives needed to pollinate many of America’s fruits and vegetables. Some beekeepers and researchers cite growing evidence that a powerful class of pesticides known as neonicotinoids, which hinder the bees’ brain learning function and leave them unable to make the connection between floral scents and nectar, could be a key factor. Although manufacturers claim the pesticides pose no threat to bees, a recent British honeybee field study found enough evidence to convince 15 of 27 EU member governments and the Executive European Commission to support a two-year ban on three of the world’s most widely used agricultural pesticides in this category, starting this December. The action followed a European Food Safety Authority report in April that indicated these toxins pose an acute risk to honeybees. Source: Voice of America
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Neotame is the New Aspartame NutraSweet, a formerly Monsantoowned company, has developed a new version of Aspartame, called Neotame. It’s 3,000 times sweeter than table sugar and about 30 times sweeter than Aspartame. Not yet available directly to the public, Neotame is used to sweeten commercially processed foods, but is not required to be listed on package labels of non-certified organic foods. Neotame is more stable at higher temperatures than Aspartame, so it’s approved for use in a wider array of food products, including baked goods. One of the byproducts created when our bodies break down these sweeteners is formaldehyde, which is extremely toxic even in tiny doses. In the U.S. National Library of Medicine, which contains more than 11 million medical citations, Neotame research fails to include any double-blind scientific studies on toxicity in humans or animals. Nutrition expert Dr. Joseph Mercola notes that individuals experiencing side effects from Aspartame or Neotame can file a report with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration at Tinyurl.com/FDASafetyReports. Source: Mercola.com
Natural Fiber is Stronger than Steel Nanocellulose, a material derived from tree fiber and some grain stalks, could now potentially be sourced from blue-green algae in sufficient quantities to cost-efficiently create ultra-thin media displays, lightweight body armor, a one-pound boat that carries up to 1,000 pounds of cargo, and a wide range of other products. R. Malcolm Brown, Jr., Ph.D., a biology professor at the University of Texas at Austin, presented his team’s findings at an American Chemical Society conference as a major step toward “one of the most important discoveries in plant biology.” Brown’s method uses genes from the family of bacteria that produces vinegar and secretes nanocellulose. The genetically altered algae, known as cyanobacteria, are entirely self-sustaining. They produce their own food from sunlight and water and absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, offering a natural way to reduce this major greenhouse gas. Brown says bacterial nanocellulose can be used to create ballistic glass, aerospace materials or even wound dressings, because it retains its stiffness and strength even when submerged in liquid. Its most obvious application would be in paper, cardboard and display industries. Source: TheVerge.com
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Taking Care of the Whole Person at Groton Wellness
roton Wellness is the first holistic center of its kind on the East Coast, fusing state-of-the-art biological dentistry with integrative medicine to address the health needs of the whole person. Located on Main Street, in Groton, the center offers preventative and functional medicine, general dentistry, pediatric and orthodontic dental care, nutrition, detoxifying spa therapies, holistic skin care, Dr. Madelyn Pearson wellness educaand Abigail Sullivan tion and a host of complementary and alternative therapies. Visitors to Groton Wellness can also enjoy locally sourced food in their Farm To Table Café, another piece of the center’s comprehensive approach to health and healing. “We are a truly unique wellness center because we offer holistic dental and medical care, spa treatments, complementary therapies and delicious, nutritious food in our café,” says marketing coordinator Amy Ashman. “This allows us to address every aspect of a person’s health.” The team of experienced practitioners at Groton works interactively to develop personalized, comprehensive wellness plans for patients that can be enacted under one roof. “Our practitioners look beyond symptoms to treat the whole person,” says Ashman, who notes that introductory videos can be found at YouTube.com/GrotonWellness. Location: Groton Wellness, 493-495 Main St. (Mill Run Plaza), Groton. For more information, call 978-449-9919 or visit GrotonWellness.com. See ad on page 11 and Resource Guide on page 45.
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Home Composting Boosts Sustainability A 2012 report from the National Resources Defense Council notes that just 3 percent of uneaten food in the United States is composted, and landfill scraps account for 23 percent of all methane gas emissions. Composting, the process of decomposing organic matter into a nutrient-rich material, is an easy way to turn food scraps, lawn clippings, garden trimmings and other waste into natural garden fertilizer. Its relatively loose composition allows nutrients to pass into the soil quickly, and the practice reduces discards to landfills. Compost material is not limited to what’s left on a plate after dining. Expand contents to include peels, cores and husks from fruits and vegetables generated during meal preparation, egg and nut shells, tea leaves and coffee grounds, bread, crackers and pet food. Fruit and vegetable seeds won’t decompose in cold conditions, however. (Learn more about green gardening at Green Living.NationalGeographic.com.) Now, plates and cups made of sugarcane or corn, plus oil- and plant-based packaging, can also be added to the list. Pending legislation in California would allow products meeting certain criteria to bear “compostable” or “biodegradable” claims on packaging. Manufacturers of compost bins are responding to increased consumer interest with convenient options. In addition to traditional plastic or metal containers and wood-sided bins, new high-quality, enclosed, compost tumblers offer quicker processing time, protection from animals and less odor. Advanced models include automatic, electric, indoor composters. (See more at EarthEasy.com/grow_compost.html.) Live composting in the form of vermiculture, or worm composting, teaches care for creatures and ecosystem sustainability. Food scraps feed worms, which then produce nutrientrich castings (excreta). (Learn more at GrowOrganic.com and RedWormComposting.com.)
communityspotlight Patricia Howard and Be Awake at Work: Bringing Mindfulness to the Office and Beyond by Kim Childs
atricia Howard worked as a software developer for many years before becoming fascinated by energy healing. Her curiosity led her to the Barbara Brennan School of Healing, in Florida, where Howard became certified in Brennan Healing Science. Unable to locate any teaching positions upon graduating, Howard found her way to Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Today, she teaches this comprehensive program in hospitals, wellness centers and the workplace, while also teaching and seeing clients as an energy healer. Natural Awakenings spoke with Howard to learn more about MBSR and the benefits to those who practice it. What brings people to your MBSR classes? The program originally began as a pain clinic, so some people come because of chronic pain and illness. Others come because they know that they’re not showing the best of who they are in relationships or at work; they’re getting overwhelmed by stressful situtations; and they can’t cope the way they used to. Additionally, some people come for spiritual practice. How does the program help them? MBSR helps people become more aware so they can witness themselves in situations instead of automatically reacting or overreacting. It helps them understand themselves more. People also become less controlling and more kind, while learning to trust, take more ownership of themselves and grow curious about relating effectively to others. What does the program involve? Each session features a topic, such as perception, communication and stress reactivity, all of which are applicable to many environments in life. There’s also a mindfulness practice, the first of which is a body scan in which people lie on the floor, similar to savasana in a yoga class, becoming aware of sensation in the body. The more centered and pres14
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ent you are in your body, the less fearful you are in the mind and the more you have a deeper understanding of your own experience, which can bring more openness to your relationships. Other practices include gentle yoga and sitting meditation, all of which people also do at home, and there’s an allday meditation experience for program participants, too. Are corporations receptive to this program? Yes, because MBSR can reduce their health insurance costs. The program is a kind of participatory medicine for employees as they take part in their own physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health through the practices. This can result in fewer sick days, more productivity as people learn to collaborate better, and more creativity as stress is reduced. In this era of downsizing and layoffs, many people work in a state of fear, which zaps energy and limits their perspective. MBSR helps people to live with uncertainty in a more comfortable way, allowing them to find creative solutions to the challenges they face. It also builds self-confidence. What are your students reporting about the benefits of MBSR? One man told me that he’d become so much less reactive at work that his colleagues came up to him and asked, “Don’t you care anymore?” because he wasn’t panicking in the way he used to. He told me he felt his heart open to his colleagues in that moment, which was very sweet. Another man said that he’d recently attended an important client meeting in which he didn’t speak as much as he usually would. He said, “I didn’t try to convince them, which gave my clients the opportunity to ask questions and trust me because I was so present.” So all of a sudden, this man realized that he was conducting business in a new way. A woman in my current class reported that she typically rushed through the evening with her children, serving dinner and doing homework. After practicing MBSR for three weeks, she started to enjoy helping her son with his homework. She says that there’s generally more laughter in her home now, which led her husband to register for my next program. Other students say that they no longer rush to fix so many things in life, letting things resolve more naturally and realizing that their personality needn’t always be in charge. For more information about Patricia Howard’s MBSR classes and energy healing, call 617-524-7628 or visit BeAwakeAtWork.com. See ad on page 6 and Resource Guide on page 46.
Six Ways to Eat Safe
The Latest Facts about Organics, Pesticides, GMO’s and More by Melinda Hemmelgarn
ot fun in the summertime begins with fresh, sweet and savory seasonal flavors brought to life in al fresco gatherings with family and friends. As the popularity of farmers’ markets and home gardening surges onward, it’s time to feast on the tastiest produce, picked ripe from America’s farms and gardens for peak flavor and nutrition. Similar to raising a sun umbrella, learning where food comes from and how it’s produced provides the best protection against getting burned. Here’s the latest on some of the season’s hottest food issues to help families stay safe and well nourished.
Local Organic Reigns Supreme
Diana Dyer, a registered dietitian and garlic farmer near Ann Arbor, Michigan, observes, “You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy local, and that’s kind of the same thing.” Purchasing local foods whenever possible has many merits, including shaking the farmer’s hand, asking about farming methods and developing sincere relationships. Buying local also supports the local economy and contributes to food security. Yet “local” alone does not necessarily mean better. Even small farmers may use harmful pesticides or feed their 16
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livestock genetically modified or engineered (GM, GMO or GE) feed. That’s one reason why the smartest food choice is organic, with local organic being the gold standard. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) organic certification label ensures that strict national organic standards—prohibiting the use of antibiotics, hormones and GM feed and ingredients—have been met. Plus, organically raised livestock must have access to the outdoors and ample time on pastures, naturally resulting in milk and meat with higher levels of health-protecting omega-3 fatty acids. Still, organic naysayers abound. For example, many negative headlines were generated by a recent Stanford University study that questioned whether or not organic foods are safer or more healthful than conventional. Few news outlets relayed the researchers’ actual conclusions—that organic foods may reduce exposure to pesticide residues and antibiotic-resistant bacteria; children on organic diets have significantly lower levels of pesticide metabolites, or breakdown products, in their urine; organic milk may contain significantly higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids; and organic produce contains higher levels of health-protecting antioxidants. Jim Riddle, former organic outreach coordinator at the University of Minnesota, in Lamberton, explains that organic farming methods are based on building and improving the soil, promoting biodiversity and protecting natural resources, regardless of the size of the farm. Healthier ecosystems, higher quality soil and clean water will produce healthier plants, which in turn support healthier animals and humans on a healthier planet.
Pesticide Problems and Solutions
Children are most vulnerable to the effects of pesticides and other environmental toxins, due to their smaller size and rapid physical development. Last December, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a policy statement that asserted, “Beyond acute poisoning, the influences of low-level pesticide exposures on child health are of increasing concern.” The organization links pesticide exposure to higher risk for brain tumors, leukemia, attention deficit disorders, autism and reductions in IQ. Because weeds naturally develop resistance to the herbicides designed to kill them, Dow AgroSciences has genetically engineered seeds to produce crops that can withstand spraying with both the systemic herbicide glyphosate (Roundup), and 2,4-D, one of the active ingredients in Agent Orange, used as a defoliant in the Vietnam War. The latter is commonly applied to lawns and wheat-producing agricultural land, even though research reported in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives links exposure to 2,4-D to birth defects and increased cancer risk. Dow AgroSciences’ new GE seeds await regulatory approval. Eric Mader, program director at the Portland, Oregonbased Xerces Society for the conservation of invertebrates and pollinator protection, warns that broad-spectrum pesticides kill beneficial insects along with those considered pests. Mader recommends increasing the number of beneficial insects, which feed on pests, by planting a greater diversity of native plants on farms and in home gardens.
Demand for GMO Labeling
Despite California’s narrow defeat of Proposition 37, which would have required statewide labeling of products containing GMOs, advocates at the Environmental Working Group and the Just Label It campaign are pushing the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for nationwide GMO labeling. Responding to consumer demand, Whole Foods Market recently announced that it will require GMO labeling in all of its U.S. and Canadian stores by 2018. Filmmaker Jeremy Seifert’s powerful new documentary, GMO OMG, should give the movement a major push, as well. The 2013 film explores the danger in corporate patenting of seeds and the unknown health and environmental risks of engineered food. Seifert says, “I have a responsibility to my children to hand on to them a world that is not poisoned irreparably.” As for the promise that GMOs are required to “feed the world,” he believes it’s a lie, noting that it’s better to “feed the world well.”
Seed Freedom and Food Choice
Roger Doiron, founder and director of Kitchen Gardeners International, headquartered in Scarborough, Maine, celebrates Food Independence Day each July Fourth. Doiron believes that growing, harvesting, cooking and preserving food is both liberating and rewarding, and patriotic. More than 25,000 individuals from 100 countries belong to his nonprofit network that focuses on re-localizing the world’s food supply. Food
Get Your Non-GMOs Here Reading labels is always a good practice. We can also rely on trusted sources to help us sort out suspect products from the natural whole foods that we know are good for us. Here’s a short list of websites and associated apps to help make food shopping a bit easier. n CenterForFoodSafety.org; Tinyurl.com/getCenter
n Fooducate.com; Tinyurl.com/getFooducateGMOapp n NonGMOProject.org; Tinyurl.com/getNonGMO
n NonGMOShoppingGuide.com; Tinyurl.com/get
n Also take action at Buycott.com: Tinyurl.com/get
freedom starts with seeds. Saving and trading heirloom, non-hybrid, non-GMO seeds is becoming as easy as checking out a library book. Several libraries across the country are serving as seed banks, where patrons check out seeds, grow crops, save seeds and then donate some back to their local library. Liana Hoodes, director of the National Organic Coalition, in Pine Bush, New York, is a fan of her local Hudson Valley Seed Library. The library adheres to Indian Physicist Vandana Shiva’s Declaration of Seed Freedom and makes sure all seed sources are not related to, owned by or affiliated with biotech or pharmaceutical corporations. In addition to preserving heirloom and open-pollinated varieties, each seed packet is designed by a local artist.
Finicky about Fish
Grilled fish makes a lean, heart-healthy, low-calorie summer meal. Some fish, however, may contain chemicals that pose health risks, especially for pregnant or nursing women and children. For example, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), nearly all fish and shellfish contain traces of mercury, which is toxic to a baby’s developing nervous system. Both the EPA and local state health departments post consumption advisories that recommend limiting or avoiding certain species of fish caught in specific locations. For several decades, Captain Anne Mosness, a wild salmon fisherwoman, operated commercial fishing boats in Washington waters and from Copper River to Bristol Bay, Alaska. She worries about the threat of pollution from industrial aquaculture, plus the effects of genetically engineered salmon on wild fish populations, coastal economies and ecosystems. Mosness explains that AquAdvantage Salmon, a product of AquaBounty Technologies, was created “by inserting a growth hormone gene from Pacific Chinook and a promoter gene from an eel-like fish called ocean pout into Atlantic salmon.” She questions the FDA approval process and failure to address unanswered questions about the risks of introducing “novel” animals into the food supply, as well as related food allergies and greater use of antibiotics in weaker fish populations. “The salmon farming industry already uses more antibiotics per weight than any other animal production,” comments Mosness. The FDA’s official public comment period on GMO salmon closed in April, but consumers can still voice concerns to their legislators while demanding and applauding national GMO labeling. GMO fish may be on our dinner plates by the end of the year, but with labels, consumers gain the freedom to make informed choices. Consumers can also ask retailers not to sell GMO fish. Trader Joe’s, Aldi and Whole Foods have all committed to not selling GMO seafood. natural awakenings
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, antibiotics are one of the greatest public health achievements of the past 100 years. However, one of the most critical public health and economic issues we currently face is the loss of these drugs’ effectiveness, due in large part to their misuse and overuse in industrial agriculture. Dr. David Wallinga, senior advisor in science, food and health at the Institute of Agriculture and Trade Policy, says that about 80 percent of all antibiotics are given to farm animals for two reasons: to prevent illness associated with living in crowded, stressful and often unsanitary conditions; and to promote “feed efficiency”, or weight gain. However, bacteria naturally mutate to develop resistance to antibiotics when exposed to doses that are insufficient to kill them. Wallinga points out that antibiotic-resistant infections, such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), cost our nation at least $20 billion annually and steal tens of thousands of American lives each year. Most recently, hard-to-treat urinary tract infections (UTI), were traced to antibiotic-resistant E. coli bacteria in chickens. Antibiotic-resistant bacteria exist in our environment, but are more likely to be found in conventionally, rather than organically raised meat and poultry, which by law must be raised without antibiotics. Consumers beware: the word “natural” on food labels does not provide the same protection. The good news is that according to Consumers Union research, raising meat and poultry without antibiotics can be accomplished at minimal cost to the consumer—about five cents extra per pound for pork and less than a penny per pound extra for chicken. Melinda Hemmelgarn, aka the “Food Sleuth”, is a registered dietitian and award-winning writer and radio host at KOPN. org, in Columbia, MO (FoodSleuth@gmail.com). She advocates for organic farmers at Enduring-Image.blogspot.com.
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Food Supply News Sources Antibiotic Resistance n Healthy Food Action: HealthyFoodAction.org n Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy: iatp.org n Keep Antibiotics Working: KeepAntibioticsWorking.com n Meat Without Drugs: MeatWithoutDrugs.org n Not in My Food: Tinyurl.com/NotInMyFoodNoAntibiotics Fish Food Safety
n Center for Food Safety: CenterForFoodSafety.org n Food and Water Watch: FoodAndWaterWatch.org n Food Sleuth Radio interview with fisherwoman, Anne
Mosness: Tinyurl.com/FoodSleuthRadioAnneMosness GMOs n GMO Food Labeling: JustLabelIt.org n GMO OMG: GMOFilm.com
Local/Organic n Eat Local: Simple Steps to Enjoy Real, Healthy and Affordable Food, by Jasia Steinmetz: TableOfTheEarth. com/eat-local-simple-steps n Organic Farming Research Foundation: ofrf.org Pesticides n Safe Lawns: SafeLawns.org n Xerces Society: Xerces.org/mission Seed Freedom and Food Choice
n Kitchen Gardeners International: kgi.org n National Center for Home Food Preservation:
n Seed Libraries: NewDream.org and
n Seed Matters: Tinyurl.com/SeedMattersCommunityProject
Why Good Posture Is About More Than Looking Good by Julie Burke
rowing up, many people hear the words “Stand up straight,” from well-meaning adults. While this is excellent advice for those who want to appear poised and confident, posture is about so much more than just looking good. In fact, because it impacts the health of the spine and nervous system, good posture is vital to overall health. The spinal cord transmits information from the brain to all of the body’s vital organs, tissues and cells. Coordination of all bodily functions is dependent on this free flow of communication. Many of life’s emotional and environmental stressors create tension that can deform the spine, and these misalignments interfere with the smooth passage of nerve impulses. If left uncorrected, such conditions will not only distort posture, but also prevent the body from functioning optimally. Often, the gradual progression toward poor and unhealthy posture can be witnessed over a person’s lifetime. Once the posture has weakened, the forces of gravity are relentless in preventing recovery. The downward gravitational pull contributes to one of the most common postural problems, in which the head protrudes forward and its weight (about as heavy as a bowling ball) pulls constantly on the spine. Chiropractors refer to this as “Forward Head Syndrome.” When this postural distortion is present many physiological repercussions follow. Research has shown that the
body has trouble producing endorphins under these conditions, and that the nervous system often reacts by staying stuck in a “fight or flight” response. The normal curves of the neck and spine are lost as the body tries to compensate for all the pushes and pulls on the nervous system. The body also tends to overreact to this loss by filling in the spaces with
calcium deposits and spurs, also known as arthritis. This all adds up to many variations and degrees of discomfort, pain and malfunction. Researchers have also discovered that poor posture can lead to decreased blood flow, which inhibits oxygen from reaching the tissues effectively. These situations can all conspire to create such things as premature aging, intestinal problems, hemorrhoids and even heart and vascular disease. The good news is that, where posture has degenerated, it can often be restored through a combination of chiropractic adjustments, massage, good nutrition and appropriate exercise programs. By recognizing the importance of posture and being alert to the warning signs of spinal decay, people can make adjustments and lifestyle choices that result in more graceful aging and better health. Dr. Julie Burke is the owner of Newton Chiropractic and Wellness Centre, 345 Boylston St., Suite 300, Newton. To make an appointment for massage or chiropractic, call 617-964-3332 or visit WellAdjusted.com. See ad on page 13 and Resource Guide on page 44.
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Crazy Sexy Fridge Foods Each week, Kris Carr stocks her fridge with what she considers “whole, plant-based deliciousness.” One of the biggest secrets of eating healthy, she says, is being prepared. “Always keep a well-stocked arsenal of healthy ingredients at your disposal,” she advises. “At the very least, you’ll always be ready to whip up a green juice or smoothie.” n Canning jars filled with
ready-to-drink homemade smoothies and green juices
n Kale, parsley, spinach,
cauliflower, cucumber, bell peppers and citrus fruits
Health Rules Crazy, Sexy, Savvy, Yummy by Judith Fertig
n Flax oil n Flax bread n Vegan buttery spread n Vegan mayonnaise n Raw sauerkraut n Vegan sausages n Cacao powder
Wellness Activist Kris Carr
n summer, when many fruits, herbs and vegetables are at their peak, it makes sense to harness their power for the family’s benefit. “Some people flock to plant-empowered living for better health, others because of their spiritual beliefs, to support animal welfare, respect the environment or best of all, because it tastes great,” says wellness activist Kris Carr, a documentary filmmaker, New York Times bestselling author and the educational force behind KrisCarr.com. Carr joined the wellness revolution after being diagnosed with a rare disease. It proved to be the incentive she needed to change her eating habits and find renewed power and energy. Her new book, Crazy Sexy Kitchen, with recipes by Chef Chad Sarno, celebrates the colors, flavors and powers of plants that nourish us at the cellular level. Her main tenets include a focus on: Reducing inflammation. Inflammation is caused by what we eat, drink, smoke, think (stress), live in (environment), or don’t do well (lack of exercise). At the cellular level, it can lead to allergies, arthritis, asthma, heart disease, diabetes,
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digestive disorders and cancer, according to Victoria Drake, Ph.D., of the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University, who culled the latest research (LPI.OregonState.edu/ infocenter/inflammation.html). Creating an acid/alkaline balance. “Tilting the pH scale in the alkaline direction is easy with a diet filled with mineralrich plant foods,” says Carr. It also means minimizing meat, dairy, sugar, eggs, commercially processed foods, coffee and alcohol. Drinking produce. Green juices and green smoothies are ideal. “They are the most important part of my personal daily practice, one that I will never abandon,” Carr notes. Carr and her husband, Brian Fassett, whom she met when he edited her documentary, Crazy Sexy Cancer, share the juice and smoothie making responsibilities. “We make enough to have two 12-ounce servings of green drinks a day. Our recipes are often guided by what’s available in the fridge,” she advises. The secret is a three-to-one ratio of three veggies for every piece of fruit. Kale reigns in their home. The dark leafy superfood is especially suited for smoothies, salads and sautés. They like kale’s generous helping of vitamin K for maintaining strong bones. Carr’s Crazy Sexy Kale Salad is dressed with vinaigrette that includes flax oil, which she notes is high in omega-3s to promote healthy brain function. It’s also a well-known antiinflammatory food. “Make sure to buy cold-pressed, organic flax oil in a dark bottle and store it in the fridge,” she advises, “because light and heat may turn the oil rancid. I like Barlean’s brand, but there are many other quality flax oils available. Since it is sensitive to heat, I use it mostly in salad dressings and smoothies.” Carr maintains that, “By decreasing the amount of acidic inflammatory foods while increasing the amount of healthy and alkaline plant foods, you flood your body with vitamins, minerals, cancer-fighting phytochemicals, antioxidants and fiber.” This supports the body in maintaining and repairing itself. She further points out, “Once your body repairs, it can renew. That’s big-healer medicine. You might as well get a business card that reads: self-care shaman.” Award-winning cookbook author Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFood AndLifestyle.blogspot.com.
Dr. Iveta Iontcheva-Barehmi DMD, MS, D.Sc. Dr. Iontcheva-Barehmi is an accomplished dentist and specialist in Periodontics and Implants. She has a firm belief that our bodies are very intelligent. All the body organs and systems are interconnected and related to each other (the teeth and the mouth are part of and related to the whole body). Our bodies are perfect self-sustainable systems, capable of self-healing and self-regeneration. Dr. Iontcheva-Barehmi has expertise in the areas of Biological, Physiological Dentistry and Integrative Periodontal Medicine and Implants, Lasers and Energy Medicine. Miracle Bite Tabs™ (MBT) Miracle Bite Tabs™ (MBT) and and Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) are used to treat Dental Distress Syndrome. Your teeth and jaws are an extension of your brain and spinal cord. Any imbalances caused by improper alignment of the jaw can play a major role in pain syndromes and chronic diseases. Head and Neck Pain Management Scenar, a non-invasive treatment device, is the only real time biofeedback device that will find what is wrong with your body and stimulate self-healing through electro stimulation and “conversation” with the control systems of the body (CNS Integrative Periodontal Medicine-Periodontal Spa The majority of the dental and periodontal procedures in Dr. Iontcheva-Barehmi’s office are laser assisted. She has Biolase MD, the most versatile laser, which can be utilized to work with the gums and the teeth, implants and root canals. The discomfort is minimal to none and the healing is speededup. The procedures are often combined with a low level laser and Scenar, which give additional boost to the healing and removing discomfort.
Vitamin C electrophoreses is a unique method used in Europe to prevent recession, boost collagen synthesis, support and increase the blood circulation leading to firming the gingiva and discontinuing the signs of aging and bleeding. It is part of the integrative protocol for treatment and prophylaxes of periodontitis. Zirconia Solution to Titanium Implant If you are allergic or sensitive to other metals Bio-ceramic (zirconia) implants might be an option for you. Dr. IontchevaBarehmi is certified to place zirconia implants, you don’t need to travel to Europe anymore. Ozone Treatment Ozone is a powerful oxidizer and kills effectively bacteria, fungi, viruses and parasites. Oxygen ozone therapy can be applied as an adjunctive therapy in treatment of periodontitis (periodontal disease), in arresting and reversing carious lesions in initial stage, reversal of initial pulp inflammation in deep carious lesions, treatment of dentinal hypersensitivity. The methods applied are efficacious with no toxicity or side effects. Perio-Protect Dr. Iontcheva-Barehmi is certified to use the Perio-protect methodone of the best prophylactic methods for periodontal disease, and subsequently for cardiovascular disease, diabetes and some other conditions. Restorative and Cosmetic Dentistry Your amalgam fillings contain not only poisonous mercury but they cause cracks in your tooth structure and can lead to tooth loss. Defective amalgam fillings are removed safely following the IAOMT protocol, Including spa treatments for detoxification and the newest form of noninjectable Vitamin C with comparable absorption. Anxiety and dental phobias are rarely experienced in the Dr. Iontcheva-Barehmi’ s practice. Meditation, breathing techniques, homeopathy, EFT technique, hypnotherapy are all used, so you can be comfortable and love coming to your dentist. To schedule your comprehensive exam and share the excitement of a healthy smile call:
Vitamin C gum rejuvenation 1842 Beacon St. Suite 302, Just like skin, gums can be Brookline MA rejuvenated for health and youth. www.bostondentalwellness.com
Easy Summer Recipes “Many of my recipes have been influenced by cultural experiences, twists on favorite childhood meals or newly discovered ingredients,” says Chef Chad Sarno. “The strawberry smoothie is among Kris Carr’s favorites. Few dishes have proved to be as timeless and widely beloved as the kale salad.”
Strawberry Fields Smoothie
Enjoy the nostalgic tastiness of strawberry milk sans moo juice or powdered junk. Strawberries are phytonutrient factories, supplying the body with a bounty of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant nutrients. Yields 2 servings 3 cups cashew or nondairy milk of choice 2 cups fresh strawberries 1 Tbsp lemon zest 1 small orange, peeled 1 banana 1½ cups loosely packed spinach Blend all ingredients until smooth in a high-speed blender.
Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes. ~ Oscar Wilde
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Crazy Sexy Kale Salad
Kale is the king of leafy veggies and rules this preventionrocks salad. Serve it solo with a favorite cooked grain, or wrapped in nori or a gluten-free tortilla. Crown this kale creation by adding chopped fresh herbs or favorite diced vegetables. To be fancy, serve the salad wrapped in a cucumber slice. Yields 2 to 3 servings 1 bunch kale, any variety, shredded by hand 1 cup diced bell peppers, red, yellow or orange ¼ cup chopped parsley 1½ avocados with pit removed, chopped 2 Tbsp flax oil 1½ tsp lemon juice Sea salt, to taste Pinch of cayenne, to taste 1 cucumber
Combine all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl. Massage and mix using both hands to “wilt” the kale and cream the avocado (takes just a minute or two). Then serve. For a fun touch, cut a thin lengthwise slice of cucumber and create a circle to outline each serving of salad, stitching the ends of the cucumber slice together with a toothpick. Place the salad in the cucumber ring and then serve. Source: Adapted from Crazy Sexy Kitchen: 150 PlantEmpowered Recipes to Ignite a Mouthwatering Revolution, by Kris Carr with Chef Chad Sarno.
What it Does to the Body and How it Can be Managed by Gary Kracoff
t’s a fact that stress occurs at all levels of life. Mental and emotional states such as anxiety, fear, depression, grief and frustration are stressful, and physical conditions such as infection, chronic illness or surgery cause tremendous metabolic stress on the body. Exposure to pesticides, cleaning agents and environmental toxins add to the stress overload, as does the consumption of drugs, excessive alcohol and processed foods. Some signs of chronic stress include: Insomnia and sleep issues Weight gain Hypothyroidism and subclinical hypothyroidism High blood pressure High blood sugar Depression and anxiety Lack of energy or stamina Sugar cravings Allergies Headaches 24
Sexual dysfunction, low libido and infertility Poor memory PMS and hot flashes Some of these problems can be traced to improper function of the adrenal glands, which control our reactions to stress. While the adrenals are meant to help us get through shortterm stressors, most people today experience long-term overstimulation of the adrenal glands, impacting the immune system and decreasing blood flow to the digestive tract. This can lead to indigestion and irritable bowel syndrome, insulin resistance, cravings of high-calorie, high-fat and high-sugar foods and a decreased production of thyroid hormones. Symptoms of adrenal distress include headaches, environmental sensitivities, fatigue, dizziness upon standing, excessive perspiration, salt cravings, alcohol intolerance, cold hands and feet, indigestion and short temper.
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Nutrition has a profound impact on the adrenal glands, which depend on certain vital nutrients to maintain a healthy output of hormones and an adequate response to stress. These nutrients include Tyrosine, zinc, selenium, B vitamins, magnesium and omega-3 oils. The adrenals also require sodium for the synthesis of adrenal hormones, and salt cravings can indicate chronic adrenal exhaustion. Avoiding caffeine, nicotine, alcohol and stimulants, and getting adequate sleep, are helpful for adrenal health. Unfortunately, when most people are stressed they do not eat a balanced diet or get enough sleep, which exacerbates the problem. Exercise, good eating habits, adequate hydration and a positive attitude all help to combat stress and its negative effects on the body. A brisk walk after a challenging day at work helps to release pent up stress and keep it out of the house. Adaptogenic
herbs such as Rhodiola can be very helpful when the body is under undue stress. Rhodiola can be used as needed to calm the adrenals without causing drowsiness or mental slowdown. Stress, while unavoidable, is best managed through healthy diet, exercise and lifestyle choices, along with a positive mental attitude. The right supplements can be helpful in restoring balance and dealing with the negative effects of prolonged stress, and health care providers and pharmacists can assist with designing a plan for overall wellbeing. Remembering the 80/20 rule is also helpful. That is, most people spend too much energy trying to control the 80 percent of life stressors that they cannot change, instead of managing the 20 percent that they can. Dr. Gary Kracoff is a naturopath and registered pharmacist at Johnson Compounding and Wellness Center, 577 Main St., in Waltham. For more information, call 781-893-3870, ext. 2 or visit NaturalCompounder.com. See ads on pages 2 and 18 and Resource Guide on page 45.
Letting Kids Just Be Kids
They Thrive on Natural, Unstructured Fun by Madeline Levine
Well-meaning attempts to fill a child’s summer with enriching activities may do more harm than good. Why not let kids just be kids?
Self-initiated and self-directed play otions of summer as endless free means the child is calling the shots time—to climb trees, chase fireand learning what comes naturally. If a flies, build a fort in the woods, child strums a guitar because he loves maybe set up a lemonade stand—have it, that’s play. When being instructed, been supplanted in many families by the child may enjoy the experience, but pricey summer camps or other highly it’s not the same, because the motivastructured activities. But unstructured play isn’t wasted time; it’s the work of tion is at least partly external. childhood, a vehicle for The American Thinking back to our Academy of Pediatdeveloping a basic set of life skills. Research own best childhood rics recommends that children play outside as published in Early memory, it won’t be much as possible—for Childhood Research & Practice shows that a class or lesson, but at least 60 minutes a day—yet almost half children that attend the time we were of America’s youth play-based rather than routinely aren’t getacademic preschools allowed to just be. ting any time outside, become better students. according to study findings reported in Child development expert David the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Elkind, Ph.D., author of The Power of Medicine. Outdoor play helps combat Play, maintains, “Play is essential to childhood obesity, acquaints them with positive human development.” Various their larger environment and supports types teach new concepts and concoping skills. tribute to skills, including helpful peer Every child is different. But as relations and ways to deal with stress. 26
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Dr. Kenneth R. Ginsburg, a professor of pediatrics at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and University of Pennsylvania and a leading expert on resilience, remarks, “Every child needs free, unscheduled time to master his or her environment.” Play is valuable because it miniaturizes the world to a manageable size and primes kids for learning. Consider the complexities involved in a game of chase. Kids develop social skills in organizing and agreeing on rules, and then participate in the physical and creative actions of the actual activity while resolving conflicts or disagreements during its course—providing a foundation for excelling in school and even the business world. Solitary play also provides problem-solving practice. A young girl playing with her dolls may try out different ways of handling the situation if one of them “steals” a treat from the dollhouse cookie jar before tea is served. Because youth haven’t yet developed a capacity for abstract thinking, they learn and discover more about themselves mainly by doing. Developing small self-sufficiencies gives kids a sense of power in a world in which they are, in fact, small and powerless. This is why kids love to imagine dragon-slaying scenarios. Taking risks and being successful in independent play can increase confidence and prepare them to resist peer pressures and stand up to bullying. Given our global challenges, tomorrow’s adults will need the skills developed by such play—innovation, creativity, collaboration and ethical problem solving—more than any preceding generation. A major IBM study of more than 1,500 CEOs from 60 countries and 33 industries in 2010 found that the single most sought-after trait in a CEO is creativity. To survive and thrive, our sense of self must be shaped internally, not externally. We need to learn and focus on what we’re good at and like to do; that’s why it’s vital to have kids try lots of different activities, rather than immersing them full-time in parental preferences and dictated experiences. Leading experts in the field agree that considerable daily, unguided time not devoted to any structured activity facilitates their
investment in the emotional energy required to develop their own identities. It is this sense of self that provides a home baseâ€”a place to retreat, throughout life. Ultimately, everyone must rely on their own resources and sense of self or theyâ€™ll always be looking for external direction and validation. Mental health workers say that produces kids that take unnecessary risks, have poor coping skills and are vulnerable to substance abuse. Business leaders say such a tendency produces workers that need too much time, resources and direction to be really valuable. In the end, learning who we are primarily takes place not in the act of doing, but in the quiet spaces between things, when we can reflect upon what we have done and who we are. The more of these quiet spaces families provide for kids, the better. Madeline Levine, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist and educator in San Francisco, CA, is the author of New York Times bestsellers, Teach Your Children Well and The Price of Privilege. See MadelineLevine.com/category/blogs.
Summer Play Seven Ways to Let a Kid be a Kid by Madeline Levine Why not make summer fun again? Here’s how. 4 Follow the principle that regular playtime is vital for everyone. 4 Get in touch with our own playfulness. Kids really do model what they see. Present a picture of adulthood that children will want to grow up to emulate. 4 Tell the kids it’ll be a laid-back summer. Ask them to create a fun bucket list of which activities they want to keep... and which they want to toss. Parents may be shocked by what they say they want to quit doing. Sometimes kids do things because we want them to, and somehow we fail to notice their heart hasn’t been in it. 4 Arrange low-key times with friends and family. This may mean turning down some invitations and setting aside an evening as family night. Make sure kids have regular opportunities to just hang out with family and friends. 4 Encourage free-range (not pre-packaged), natural and spontaneous play— like a sandbox in the backyard, blocks and impromptu neighborhood soccer games, instead of an amusement park, elaborate toys and soccer camp. 4 Make sure children also have total down time for lying in the grass looking at the sky, or sitting on the sidewalk sharing a stick of all-natural gum with a friend. 4 Show trust in giving youngsters some freedom. Choice is the hallmark of true play. Have confidence that when a child is off on his own and enjoying and directing himself in activities he chooses, that is his “job”. The chances are that whatever innocent activities he’s doing of his own free will are better than any “enriching” activity we might impose on him. 28
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rom freshly picked cherries to moonlit hikes, summer offers endless free gifts. Its lingering daylight reminds us to step outside, take a deep breath and savor life’s simple joys. “Summer is a time to enjoy the small things in life, which are often the sweetest,” counsels Janet Luhrs, author of The Simple Living Guide and founder of the online Simplicity School (Simplicity Journey.com). “Kids do this instinctively, like seeing who can throw a rock furtherest into the water. I’m happy just having a simple backyard dinner with friends, reading a book in a city park or paddling a canoe.” Here are some summer classics to expand our own “to savor” list. Feast on Earth’s bounty. Make the most of summer’s cornucopia of candysweet berries, rainbow-colored heirloom tomatoes and other natural treats abounding at local farmers’ markets. Get wet. Go skinny-dipping in a hidden creek, run through sprinklers in shorts or swimsuit or round up the neighborhood kids for a trip to a local water park, lake or public pool. Water games like Marco Polo and underwater tea parties never grow old, even for grown-ups. Commune with creatures. Who can resist the winking lightning bugs, flickering dragonflies and songs of an evening insect chorus? Summer immerses us in nature. See how many animals that eagle-eyed friends and family members can spot during visits to area parks and preserves. Read by sunlight. The pleasure of reading heightens with natural light and fresh air. Pick an easy read to take to the beach or a hammock with sunglasses and a glass of herbal sun tea. Celebrate community. ‘Tis the season for free local festivals, picnic con-
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certs, open-air movies and state fairs. Invite a friend or make a Dutch treat of it, even organize an informal potlatch block party. Take a day trip. Consider the healthy dose of activities that exist close to home. Delightful discoveries await the curious when traveling by local waterway, walking trail or bicycle path. Map a flexible route, allowing ample time for unexpected stops. Try something new. Summer is a chance to be adventurous. Step into a bright, pastel shirt or tropical sundress, and then revel in the compliments. Move from an indoor exercise routine to a free yoga class in a shady park and test ride a standup paddleboard. Look up. Summer skies offer more drama than daytime TV. Perch on the porch at sunrise, sunset or before a thunderstorm rolls in. On a clear calm night, lie back on a blanket and trace constellations while watching for shooting stars and meteor showers. Capture memories. Gather a pocketful of seashells, press wildflowers from special spots, make breadand-butter pickles from the garden and print favorite snapshots to spark happy summer memories any time of the year. Do nothing. In the midst of so many marvelous options, we can also give ourselves permission to cancel our own plans on a whim and just do nothing. Simple daydreaming can lead to good ideas and inner rhapsodies. Summer is the best time to just be. “Try to not to plan more than one thing in a day this summer,” advises Luhrs. “Otherwise, you’ll end up cutting short activities to rush off to the next thing instead of enjoying what’s already in front of you.” Connect with freelance writer April Thompson at AprilWrites.com.
petbriefs Happiness resides not in possessions and not in gold; the feeling of happiness dwells in the soul. ~Democritus
Waving Adoption Fees for Older Cats at MSPCA
he MSPCA-Angell presents a two-week Declare Your Love Adoptathon for senior cats at its adoption centers, from July 1 to 14, in Methuen, Boston and Centerville. For two weeks, adoption fees will be waived for all 9-year-and-older cats, with the hope of finding homes for more than 40 senior felines. “Summer can be the most challenging season for placing older cats in homes, due to the abundant number of kittens born in warmer months,” says Heather Robertson, director of development for the MSPCA at Nevins Farm. “Senior cats may also have medical needs that can make them less desirable to potential adopters. By waiving adoption fees, we hope to make it more affordable for those who will take on any medical care that a cat may need.” The MSPCA has long championed the benefits of adopting older cats, noting that they are almost always litter box trained and accustomed to living with people. “Older cats typically require far less time to acclimate to their surroundings than kittens,” says Robertson. “And, because many cats can live well in their late teens, even a healthy 9-year-old cat has plenty of vibrant years ahead and plenty of love to offer.” Location: MSPCA at Nevins Farm, 400 Broadway, Methuen (and other MSPCA adoption centers). For more information, call 978-687-7453, ext. 6101 or visit MSPCA.org/adoptions.
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alem Play Areas for Canine Exercise (SPACE) presents its second annual Dog Days of Summer fundraiser, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., July 20, on Commercial Street, in Salem. The free, famMax and Joice Himawan ily- and pet-oriented event raises money to support the Leslie’s Retreat Dog Park and a planned sheltered pavilion with permanent seats. “We want to continue the beautification of our park and promote more play areas for canine exercise in order to maintain an enjoyable space for both dogs and their owners,” says SPACE President Sarah Gagnon. “One way we do that is with this fun, free event that everyone can enjoy with their family and dogs.” Dog Days of Summer features pet-friendly vendor booths, an agility course with tryouts, live entertainment, raffles and food. Cost: Free. Location: Commercial St., Salem. For more information, call 978-8849878, visit SalemSpace.org or email SalemSpacebod@gmail.com. See ad on page 35.
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ike a canary in a coal mine, dogs serve as sentinels, drawing our attention to health hazards in our shared home environment and in the products and byproducts of the food industry.
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In the mid-1990s, as genetically engineered or modified (GE, GM or GMO), corn and soy were becoming increasingly prominent ingredients in both pet food products and feed for farm animals, the number of dogs reported suffering from a specific cluster of health problems increased. It also became evident from discussion among veterinarians and dog owners that such health problems occurred more often among dogs eating pet food that included GM crops than those consuming food produced from conventional crops. The conditions most cited included allergies, asthma, atopic (severe) dermatitis and other skin problems, irritable bowel syndrome, leaky gut syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, colitis, recurrent diarrhea, vomiting and indigestion, plus abnormalities in liver, pancreas and immune system functions. People often reported failed treatments and harmful side effects to prescribed remedies (e.g. steroids), as well as problems with various manufactured prescription diets after their attending veterinarians diagnosed their animals with these conditions. According to a 2011 study in the journal Cell Research, in engineering crops like corn and soybean, novel proteins are created that can assault the immune system and cause allergies and illnesses, especially in the offspring of mothers fed GMO foods. Diminished nutrient content is a concurrent issue. “The results of most of the few independent studies conducted with GM foods indicate that they may cause hepatic, pancreatic, renal and reproductive effects and
may alter hematological, biochemical and immunologic parameters,”concluded Artemis Dona and Ioannis S. Arvanitoyannis, of the Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology at the University of Athens Medical School, in their 2009 study on the effect of GM foods on animals. Such problems are caused partly by the inherent genetic instability of GM plants, which can result in spontaneous and unpredictable mutations (Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering Reviews). DNA in GM foods is altered by the genetic engineering process; it can be incorporated by gut bacteria and may alter their behavior and ecology in the digestive tract. Likewise, when digestive bacteria incorporate material from antibiotic-resistant genes, engineered into patented GM foods crops to identify them, it could have serious health implications, according to Jeffrey M. Smith in his book, Genetic Roulette, and Terje Traavik and Jack Heinemann, co-authors of Genetic Engineering and Omitted Health Research.
What Pet Owners Can Do Look for pet foods that are free of GM corn and soy, and/or organically certified. Pet food manufacturers that use U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) certified organic ingredients—and especially those that don’t use corn, soy, canola, cotton byproducts (oil and cake) or sugar beet, which are more commonly genetically engineered, or imported rice, which can have GM strains—can legitimately claim “No GMO Ingredients” on their packaging. Information, plus tips on avoiding hidden GMO ingredients are available at NonGMOShoppingGuide.com. Many websites also provide recipes for home-prepared diets for companion animals, including DogCatHomePreparedDiet.com. Let responsible pet food manufacturers know of consumers’ concerns and heed Hippocrates’ advice to let our food be our medicine and our medicine be our food. Enlightened citizen action is an integral part of the necessary revolution in natural agriculture aimed at promoting more ecologically sound, sustainable and humane farming practices, a healthier environment and more healthful, wholesome and affordable food for us and our canine companions. Michael Fox, author of Healing Animals & the Vision of One Health, is a veterinarian with doctoral degrees in medicine and animal behavior. Find GMOfree pet food brands and learn more at DrFoxVet.com.
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FRIDAY, JUNE 28 Boston Navy Week – June 28-July 5. In honor of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812, this week features a huge number of events for kids, including early 19th-century boarding pike and gun drills, War of 1812 Seabag Discovery Kits to explore symbols and tools of the trade, guided tours, demonstrations of rope-making and tours of the Tall Ships. For event listings & additional details: Boston-Discovery-Guide.com.
TUESDAY, JULY 2 Boston Harborfest and Chowderfest – July 2-7. Festivities take place in central Boston neighborhoods including Historic Downtown, the Downtown Waterfront, Boston Common, Charlestown, the South Boston Waterfront, the North End and Boston Harbor Islands National Park. For details: BostonHarborfest.com. Network Spinal Analysis Class – 7:30-8:30pm. Discover your body’s innate ability to heal itself. This is possible through an advanced chiropractic technique called Network Spinal Analysis (NSA). Learn the basics of this fascinating modality including a live demonstration. Free. Newton Chiropractic & Wellness Centre, 345 Boylston St, Rte 9, Ste 300, Newton. 617-964-3332. WellAdjusted.com.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 3 Boston Pops Concert – Oval opens at 4pm, concert begins at 8:30pm. Also on July 4: Oval opens at 9am, concert begins at 8:30pm. From the opening notes of the National Anthem to the closing bursts of real cannon fire as part of the 1812 Overture, celebrate Independence Day in spectacular fashion. Free. Hatch Shell, Boston Esplanade. Boston-Discovery-Guide.com.
THURSDAY, JULY 4 Yoga for Liberation Day – 10am-5pm. Join Annie Hoffman for this all-day extravaganza. All-levels Iyengar classes from 10am-12pm and 3-5pm. Vegetarian feast in between. $75. Windhover Retreat Center, 257 (R) Granite St, Rockport. 617645-5573. AnnieHoffmanYoga.com. Fourth of July Fireworks – 10:30pm, immediately following the Boston Pops Concert. Boston’s most spectacular firework display of the year. Watch from tall buildings, rooftops or the banks of the Charles River.
FRIDAY, JULY 5 Rockport Yoga Retreat with Annie Hoffman – July 5-7. Dinner on Fri at 6pm, closing at 2pm, Sun. Annual yoga retreat. Dormitory-style lodging in a gorgeous rustic setting. Morning and afternoon yoga classes and other activities. Enjoy delicious ayurvedic cooking throughout your stay. $325 all inclusive. Windhover Retreat Center,
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SATURDAY, JULY 6 Shakespeare on the Common – July 6-28. Performances are usually 8pm, Tues-Sat and 7pm, Sun with a 2pm matinee on at least one Sat. One of the most popular Boston events in July. Bring a blanket, a picnic basket and enjoy a magical evening of free theater under the stars. Free. Boston Common, near the Parkman Bandstand. Boston-Discovery-Guide.com. Monthly Yoga Reset – 2-3:30pm. Through a detoxifying Vinyasa flow and then a restorative practice, come to clear away old energy and set a positive intention for the upcoming month. The class is perfect for those looking to reconnect and redefine. $15. The Breathing Room, 763 Massachusetts Ave, Ste 7, Cambridge. 570-5741207. CaitlinGreen.net.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 10 Charles River Herb Walk – 12:15-1:15pm. A fun, informative walk with the plants along the Charles. Learn to identify over a dozen herbs growing wild right here in Boston, and their uses in herbal medicine. $5. Meet near the Harvard Boathouse, JFK St at Memorial Dr, Cambridge. 617-750-5274. CommonWealthHerbs.com.
THURSDAY, JULY 11 Workshop for Body-Breath Integration – 7-8pm. Learn how to de-stress your life and calm your mind. Release tension and energy blockages in the body. Create more focused healing with your chiropractic care. A powerful and inspiring workshop with Dr. John Coleman. $20. Newton Chiropractic & Wellness Centre, 345 Boylston St, Ste 300, Newton. 617-964-3332. WellAdjusted.com. Herbs and Movement for Plantar Fasciitis – 7-9pm. Co-taught by an herbalist and a bodyworker, this class teaches methods from both worlds for resolving this persistent and painful problem. $25. CommonWealth Center for Herbal Medicine, 25 Saint Mary’s Ct, Brookline. 617750-5274. CommonWealthHerbs.com.
FRIDAY, JULY 12 Sand Sculpting Festival – July 12-15. Over 500,000 spectators gather at Revere Beach to watch renowned master sculptors from across the U.S. and Canada work their magic with individual 12-ton allotments of sand imported from Hudson, NH plus water. The sculptures they create will amaze you with their detail and artistry. Free. Revere Beach, Revere. 978-749-6700. BostonDiscovery-Guide.com. Vision Quest Mitote – July 12-14. Come for a weekend at the cabin. Awaken soul-self and break through illusions, fears and ego blocks in our deep practices and overnight dreaming work.
See website for additional details. $350. Southern Vermont, 2 hrs from Boston. Directions upon reservation: 973-647-2500. BeTheMedicine.com.
SATURDAY, JULY 13 New Boston Arts Festival: Outside the Box – July 13-20. An arts festival bringing dance, theater, magic, circus acts, culinary arts, acrobats, clowns, mural painting, street art and music to neighborhoods all over the city. Look for events in Boston Common, Christopher Columbus Park, Waterfront Park, City Hall Plaza, Copley Square and more. For additional details: BostonDiscovery-Guide.com. Horses Know The Way Home Workshop – 8:30am-3pm. Come experience for yourself the combination of personal development and self-improvement principles through the way of the horse. Learn with Life Coach, Brian Reid and Brenda Lee how to apply the 13 HKTWH principles in your life to find joy, balance and happiness. $99. Black Walnut Farms, 863 Tower Hill Rd, Wickford. 401-402-0819. HorsesKnowTheWayHome.com. Introduction to Reiki – 10am-12pm. Learn about the ancient energy healing art Reiki in this 2-hr lecture, including 20 minutes of guided meditation. Reiki is a healing method for reducing stress, relieving pain and facilitating healing and personal growth. Free. Arlington Reiki Associates, 366 Mass Ave, Ste 304, Arlington. 781-648-9334. ArlingtonReiki.com. Reiki I Certification Class – 10am-6pm. Reiki I provides you with a complete method of accessing healing energy for yourself and others. Learn the hand positions, receive the channel opening attunements, practice giving a complete Reiki treatment and receive a complete Reiki treatment. This ancient healing art reduces stress, relieves pain, facilitates personal and spiritual growth, and healing on all levels. $150. Arlington Reiki Associates, 366 Mass Ave, Ste 304, Arlington. 781-648-9334. ArlingtonReiki.com. Rain Garden Event at the Wellesley Town Hall Duck Pond – 10:30am-12pm. The Wellesley Natural Resources Commission will be unveiling their long-awaited rain garden and Low Impact Development project at the Town Hall Duck Pond. Find out how rain gardens work and benefit the environment and how these gardens might be useful on your own property. A hands-on event complete with a plant raffle. Free. Wellesley Town Hall Duck Pond, 525 Washington St, Wellesley. 781-431-1019 x 2294. WellesleyMA.gov.
TUESDAY, JULY 16 Dinner On Newton Community Farm – 6:309pm. Spend an evening on the farm and enjoy a wonderful dinner including farm fresh veggies prepared by a professional chef. Enjoy the food, delicious wines, lively conversation and relaxing music while watching the sun set over the Farm’s beautiful landscape. $55/general public, $45/ friends of the farm. Newton Community Farm, 303 Nahanton St, Newton. Reservations required: 617-916-9655. NewtonCommunityFarm.org.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 17 Making Herbal Medicine: The Power of Powders – 7-9pm. Learn to make and use your own herbal powders and how to blend them with
specialevent Receive a loving embrace from Amma, known as the “Hugging Saint” Amma, a world-renowned humanitarian and spiritual leader known as the “Hugging Saint” by the U.S. media, will be visiting the Boston area for two days of programs (free to the public) and a retreat. You are invited to receive a personal blessing and experience the love, grace and compassion that Amma embodies.
July 15 • 10am & 7:30pm (Free) July 16-18 • Retreat (Pre-Registration) July 18 • 7pm Devi Bhava (Free) Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel/Trade Center 181 Boston Post Rd. W (Rte 20) Marlborough For more information on all the programs, Call: 716-226-6223 Email: Ammanewengland@gmail.com Visit: ammanewengland.org/tour nut butters, honey, and ghee to make soothing, vitalizing, and nourishing edible medicines. $25. CommonWealth Center for Herbal Medicine, 25 Saint Mary’s Ct, Brookline. 617-750-5274. CommonWealthHerbs.com.
THURSDAY, JULY 18 Introduction to Fertility Awareness – 6pm. A talk about the benefits of charting your cycles and what you can learn from greater awareness of your menstrual pattern, presented by Anna Churchill, Fertility Awareness Educator-in-training, who has been using the Sympto-Thermal method of fertility awareness personally for over a decade. Free. Cambridge Women’s Center, 46 Pleasant St, Cambridge. 617-489-1906. For questions or more info: Anna@ACFertilityAwareness.com. ACFertilityAwareness.com.
Gentle Yoga Class – 6-7pm. Yoga therapy is a highly individualized, self-empowering process that combines the healing properties of healthcare and yoga. This free and open class is designed for those living with the daily challenges of chronic pain and illness. You can expect a combination of movement, breathing, reflection and discussion in this class. Free. Visions HealthCare, 910 Washington St, Dedham. 781-232-5431. FreeYogaClass.eventbrite.com. B-veloping Round Table for Holistic Practitioners – 6-8pm. Our monthly B-veloping Round Tables bring together a variety of Holistic Health Practitioners to network, share knowledge and build their practice. Experience authentic collaboration and growth through a structure designed to give you time in the spotlight as well as speak one-on-one with other attendees. $35. Qi Inner Gym, 419 Boylston St, Boston. 857-2888675. B-Veloping.eventbrite.com. Trigger Point Release Seminar – 7-8pm. Discover why gentle touch is so effective in reducing pain and tension in the body, and learn techniques to effectively do this at home. Bring a partner as it requires another person to do it. You must call to register for this event as space is limited. Free. Newton Chiropractic & Wellness Centre, 345 Boylston St, Ste 300, Newton. 617964-3332. WellAdjusted.com.
FRIDAY, JULY 19 True Story Theater Show – 7:30-9am. A troupe that does playback theater, a beautiful form of theater for social healing and for the community. The night’s theme is Stories of Loss & Healing (in support of The Children’s Room). $15. Arlington Center Yoga Studio, 369 Mass Ave, Arlington. For more info: TrueStoryTheater.org.
SATURDAY, JULY 20 Summer Mindfulness Retreat – 10am-5pm. Refresh yourself with a day of mindfulness in a retreat-like setting. The day includes mindfulness talks, guided periods of sitting and walking meditation and yoga practices. No prior experience necessary. Fee includes tea, water, light snacks and vegetarian lunch. $125/person, $100/person if 2 or more. Bethany House, 176
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SUNDAY, JULY 21 Intro to Shiatsu – 9am-6pm. Translated as “finger-pressure,” Shiatsu uses finger, hand and elbow pressure, stretches and other techniques to adjust the body’s physical structure and activate innate self-healing mechanisms to help ward off illness and maintain good health. Learn the basic Shiatsu routine and a select group of meridians. $160. Cortiva Institute, 103 Morse St, Watertown. 617-612-6905. Cortiva.com. Reiki Clinic – 1:30-4:30pm. Reiki Clinics are an opportunity for clients to receive a Reiki treatment at the introductory rate of $15 for a half-hour treatment by a group of practitioners. Reiki is an ancient hands-on energy healing method for reducing stress, relieving pain and facilitating healing on all levels. Reiki Practitioners participate in giving and receiving Reiki treatments for free at the clinics. By appointment only. $15/clients, Free/practitioners. Arlington Reiki Associates, 366 Mass Ave, Ste 304, Arlington. 617-710-3683. ArlingtonReiki.com.
TUESDAY, JULY 23 Network Spinal Analysis Class – 7:30-8:30pm. Discover your body’s innate ability to heal itself. This is possible through an advanced chiropractic technique called Network Spinal Analysis (NSA). Learn the basics of this fascinating modality including a live demonstration. Free. Newton Chiropractic & Wellness Centre, 345 Boylston St, Rte 9, Ste 300, Newton. 617-964-3332. WellAdjusted.com.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 24 7 Essential Herbs: An In-Depth Study – 7-9pm. Every herb has a broad array of actions and uses in medicine, food and magic. In this class, we’ll cover 7 of our most versatile and useful allies. $25. CommonWealth Center for Herbal Medicine, 25 Saint Mary’s Ct, Brookline. 617-750-5274. CommonWealthHerbs.com.
THURSDAY, JULY 25 Boston Bruins Foundation’s Harbor Sunset Cruise – 6-9pm. Join Boston Bruins alumni for a fun-filled cruise to raise funds for the Bruins Foundation Bike Team riding the PanMassachusetts Challenge from Sturbridge to Provincetown in August. Music, dancing and spectacular harbor views. $30. Departs from
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SATURDAY, JULY 27 Summer Arts Weekend – July 27-29. Celebrate summer and Boston’s vibrant arts community at this 3-day festival. Free concerts throughout the days featuring jazz, classical, bluegrass, folk and Celtic music. At night, musicians move indoors to restaurants and bars offering specials and deals. Copley Square in Back Bay. Boston-DiscoveryGuide.com. Reiki 2 Certification Class – 10am-6pm. Increase your healing capability and learn mental, emotional and long-distance healing. Learn three sacred symbols and the healing techniques associated with them. Pre-requisite: Reiki I Certification Training. Continuing Education Credits for nurses, mental health professionals and massage therapist available. $300. Arlington Reiki Associates, 366 Mass Ave, Ste 304, Arlington. 781-648-9334. ArlingtonReiki.com.
MONDAY, JULY 29 Pay What You Want Day – 10am-5pm. Rolfing® Structural Integration for Powerful, Pain-Free Posture. Community supported wellness. All donations will be used to provide affordable care to financially struggling individuals. By appointment only. Donation. Boston Body Balance, 2557 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge. 617-308-7104. BostonBodyBalance.com.
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Beginner Level Yoga Classes – Sun-Wed & Sat evenings. Small group class introducing yoga flows, poses and sequences linked to breath and core strength. Emphasis on the fundamentals and an interconnection with the body through yoga alignment, meditation, breathing technique and relaxation. $20/class. Lifetime Health & Consulting, LLC, Harvard Sq, 116 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge. 617-710-1337. For scheduling & to reserve a spot: Info@HolistiKey.com. ColonLove.com. Boutique Yoga – By appointment only. One-hour sessions designed specifically for the beginner. Come to this peaceful, comforting and well-balanced environment to begin or enrich your Vinyasa yoga practice. Choose between private, semiprivate, trio or quad to begin cultivating your body flow. $100-$125. Lifetime Health & Consulting, LLC, 1166 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge. 617-710-1337. HolisticKey.com. Dead Sea Scrolls: Life In Ancient Times – Thru Oct 14. Witness one of the most significant archaeological finds of the 20th century. Discover an amazing story where a Bedouin goat herder stumbled upon a hidden cave along the shore of the Dead Sea and discovered the scrolls. A once in a lifetime exhibit. Ticket includes general Exhibit Halls same day or within 6 months. $32/adults, $29/seniors 60+, $27/children 3-11. Museum of Science, Boston, 1 Science Park, Boston. 617-723-2500. MOS.org. Free Energy Yoga Class – Call for scheduling. 70-minute long class focused on building strength and warmth of the core. Move through periods of stretching, breathing postures and energy meditation. Dahn Holistic Fitness, 1773 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge. 617-354-9642. DahnHolistic Fitness.com. Free Tour Of Symphony Hall – Musicians and engineers consider Boston’s Symphony Hall to be the most acoustically perfect concert space in the United States. Join volunteers on a behind-thescenes 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. Yoga at The Breathing Room – Located next to Life Alive, this studio is like no other in that it offers various styles of yoga, massage, acupuncture and more. $25 explorer pass for one week of yoga. The Breathing Room, 763 Massachusetts Ave, Ste 7, Cambridge. BreathingRoomBoston.com. Alexander Technique for Neck, Back and Joint Pain – Thru Oct. 5-7pm. First day of every month.
Learn how to improve postural balance and coordination, reduce mind and body tension and increase ease of movement using this technique. $50. Alexander Technique & Thai Yoga, 33A Harvard St, Ste 302, Brookline. 617-359-7841. AlexanderTec.com. Anxiety and Panic Support Group – 6:30pm. First day of every month. Designed to offer a place where people with common interests and experience can meet. Learn that you aren’t alone in your experience and knowledge is the key to living a symptom-free life. Washington St, Newton. For more info, Doreen: 617-849-3198. UCanBFearFree.com.
Gentle Beginners Morning Yoga – 10-11:15am. Also, All-Level Yoga, 11:30am-12:45pm. All classes are taught in the Kripalu style and can be gentle, moderate or vigorous. $15/drop-in, $12/ students with ID. The Lily Pad, 1353 Cambridge St, Cambridge. YogaWithNatalie.net. Free Breathing and Meditation Group – 2-3:15pm. Join us for our bi-weekly breathing, relaxation and meditation sessions. Learn and experience practical tools for managing stress and energy in everyday life. All ages and levels welcome. Dahn Holistic Fitness, 1773 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge. 617-354-9642. DahnHolistic Fitness.com. Sunday Restorative Yoga – 5-6:15pm. Relax, stretch, de-stress and re-charge your whole system before your work week. Poses supported with blankets and bolsters. Open to everyone. $75/6wk series, $15/drop-in. The Center at Westwoods, 590 Gay St, Westwood. 617-869-9574. SelfHealingSolutions.com. Expression Flow Yoga – 6:30-7:30pm. Feel into your greatest creative tools, your body and voice. Expression Flow is a Vinyasa-based flow that incorporates vocal exercises to open the body and voice. Great for creative souls and those looking for more expressiveness in their lives. $10. The Breathing Room, 763 Massachusetts Ave, Ste 7, Cambridge. 570-574-1207. CaitlinGreen.net.
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Supper Club at Mandarava – 7pm. 3rd Sun. String of 6 or so surprise courses, all small plates, presented directly by the chef and created entirely at her whim. Sit back and take in a little magic in a cozy, candlelit environment. First come, first served basis; reservations required. $36/seat. Mandarava, 46 Inn St, Newburyport. 978-465-7300. MandaravaJuice.com.
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Community Acupuncture – Thru Dec 31. Also Wed & Fri. By appt. Affordable care for a healthy community. Acupuncture in a shared space, rather than private rooms enabling lower cost. Sliding scale, $35-$55/initial visit, $20-$40/follow-up visits. Green Tea Yoga, 10 Colonial Rd, Salem. 781-269-2287. NSCAcupuncture.com. Open Meditation – 7-8:15pm. Join Rigpa Boston’s open meditation sessions whenever you wish. Open to everyone, from beginners to more experienced meditators. Donations accepted. Rigpa Boston, 24 Crescent St, Ste 308, Waltham. 619-906-4291. RigpaBoston.org. Hatha Yoga at Gallery 263 – 7:15-8:30pm. Increase flexibility, strength and balance. Relax and recharge mind and spirit. Intelligent sequencing and attention to alignment which will challenge all levels. Emphasizes correct alignment within
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a flowing sequence that will leave you feeling strengthened and energized. $10. 263 Pearl St, Cambridgeport. 617-459-9817. Watertown HolisticHealth.com. Beginner Meditation Series – 7:30-8:30pm. 6-wk beginner series. Join Jen, a certified Kripalu Yoga instructor and meditation teacher with over 15 years of experience. Learn a new meditation technique; explore ways to integrate meditation into a busy life. $50/series, $10/drop-in. For location, Jen: JenHocko@gmail.com. AJourneyInto Health.com. Community Contra Dance – 7:30-10:30pm. Make new friends while doing easy social dancing to great live music in a historic hall. Alcohol-, smoke- and perfume-free. Instruction provided; no need to bring a partner. $8, $5/22 or under. Concord Scout House, 74 Walden St, Concord. 978-369-1232. MondayContras.com. Yoga for Cyclists – 7:45-9:15pm. A beginnerfriendly class for cyclists and other athletes. Emphasis on releasing chronically tight muscles and gently strengthening the core. Restorative poses used to release stress and cultivate deep relaxation. $17/drop-in. The Arlington Center, 369 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington. 781-316-0282. ArlingtonCenter.org.
Chi Lel Qigong for Integral Health – 11:15am12:15pm. Experience the healing power, learning gentle movement with visualization to build up your own energy. Discuss how effective qigong exercises can be and why they can help many health issues. $120/8-session series, $20/session. Theosophical Society, 21 Maple St, Arlington. 617-997-9922. ArlingtonQiWellness.com. Noon Concerts on the Freedom Trail – 12pm. Stop by to hear a 30-40-minute concert. Performers vary each week and perform a wide variety of music ranging from jazz to folk, medieval to modern. $3 suggested donation. King’s Chapel, 64 Beacon St, Boston. 617-523-1749. Kings-Chapel.org. Kundalini Yoga – 3:45-5pm. Enjoy the union of body, mind and soul. Kundalini yoga is a discipline combining physical, mental and spiritual practices for developing strength, awareness, character, and consciousness. $65/5-class card, $15/drop-in. Qi, The Inner Gym, 419 Boylston St, Boston. 617-838-0928. EyesOnYoga.com. Zumba Toning – 6:30-7:30pm. Benefit mentally, emotionally and physically from the dance workout that has caused such a sensation all over the world. $100/10 classes, $12/walk-in. Dance Union, 16 Bow St, Somerville. 617-968-1695. ShapeUpPersonalTraining.com. Holistic Healing Reiki Clinic – 6:30-8:30pm. 2nd Tues. The Holistic Healing Reiki Clinic is offering Reiki sessions on a donation basis as a means of service to the community. Donations accepted. Theosophical Society, 21 Maple St, Arlington. 781-648-0101. TSBoston.org. Kripalu Yoga Series with Jen – 6:45-7:45pm. Feel more centered, focused and self-aware. Gentle yoga where you compassionately move your body to improve physical, mental and emotional health. $65/5-class card, $15/drop-in. Breathe
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Wellness, 162 Cook Ln, Marlborough. 617-6992389. BreatheInWellness.com. Reiki Clinic – 7-9pm. Last Tues. An opportunity to try something new, crack open the door or just take a moment for yourself to de-stress. Appointments for 30-min sessions suggested. $10. Sky Dancer’s, 788F Country Way, Ste 1, Scituate. 339-526-9759. SkyDancersNewAge.com.
Refreshing Samples – 11am-2pm. Try featured refreshing teas and nutritional snacks. Enjoy a selection of organic teas, treats and snacks. Stop in to see what’s new to try or call ahead to find out in advance. Free. Johnson Compounding and Wellness Center, 577 Main St, Waltham. 781-8933870. NaturalCompounder.com. Nia Class Your Body’s Way – 11:45am-12:45pm. A body/mind workout blending dance, martial arts, yoga and more. No prior experience necessary. Drop-ins welcome. $10. Karma Yoga, 1120 Mass Ave, Harvard Sq, Boston. 617-620-7654. AliceHellerDance.com. Community Acupuncture – 2:30-5:30pm. Also Thurs & Fri, 2:30-5:30pm and Sun, 9:30am12:30pm. Cambridge, Belmont and Watertown residents, take advantage of effective acupuncture at an affordable rate. Sliding scale $20-$40. Initial consultation $30-$50. OM Namo Community Acupuncture, 21 Belmont St, Cambridge. 617868-0756. OMNamoCenter.com. Meditation Evenings – 7-8:30pm. Come to meditate and take part in a discussion. Both beginners and experienced meditators welcome. Light refreshments provided. Donation. Advaita Meditation Center, 28 Worcester Ln, Waltham. 781-6470020. AdvaitaMeditation.org. Dance Freedom – 7:30-10:30pm. The oldest continually running weekly barefoot dance in the world. Live DJ music, a great workout, lots of fun and lots of interesting people to meet. Recharge and renew in a joyous, positive, drug- and alcohol-free environment. $10-$20 sliding scale. First Congregational Church, 11 Garden St, Cambridge. 617-312-3039. DanceFreedom.com.
Rising Energy Flow – 7-8am. A morning Vinyasa class dedicated to your re-awakening. Come to set an intention and invigorate your energy for the week ahead. $10. The Breathing Room, 763 Massachusetts Ave, Ste 7, Cambridge. 570-574-1207. CaitlinGreen.net. Gentle Kundalini Yoga and Gong Relaxation – 8:30-10am. Stimulates and balances the glandular and immune systems in preparation for meditation. The body is strengthened and the mind is centered. $130/10 classes, $15/drop-in. Newton Highlands Congregational Church, 54 Lincoln St, Newton Highlands. 617-332-3675. Early Explorers – 10:30am-12pm. Children ages 3-6 will move, learn and create. Will investigate the science and beauty of winter through explora-
Happy 4th of July! tions, games and art. Afterward, warm up by reading stories, doing craft projects and other fun indoor nature activities. Child must be accompanied by an adult. $5/members, $7/nonmembers. Mass Audubon’s Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill St, Mattapan. 617-983-8500. MassAudubon.org. Kundalini Yoga – 3:45-5pm. Enjoy the union of body, mind and soul. Kundalini yoga is a discipline combining physical, mental and spiritual practices for developing strength, awareness, character, and consciousness. $65/5-class card, $15/drop-in. Qi, The Inner Gym, 419 Boylston St, Boston. 617-838-0928. EyesOnYoga.com. Reiki Healing Circle for Women on a Healing Journey with Cancer – 4-6pm. Once a month. Women trained in Reiki and at various stages in their healing journey come together to support each other. Uplifting, life affirming and healing. $35. Arlington Reiki Associates, 366 Mass Ave, Ste 304, Arlington. 781-648-9334. Arlington Reiki.com. Natural Vision Improvement – 6-7:30pm. Learn to care for your eyes to keep them strong, balanced and clear with Natural Vision Improvement techniques. $35. Qi, The Inner Gym, 419 Boylston St, Boston. 617-838-0928. EyesOnYoga.com. Zumba – 6:30-7:30pm. Benefit mentally, emotionally and physically from the dance workout that has caused such a sensation all over the world. $100/10 classes, $12/walk-in. Dance Union, 16 Bow St, Somerville. 617-968-1695. ShapeUpPersonalTraining.com. Free Concerts at ICA Boston – July 12-Aug 23. 6-8:30pm. Berklee College of Music students, alumni and faculty perform free concerts featuring jazz, world music, Latin and more on Harborwalk next to ICA Boston. Relax and enjoy great music and gorgeous views. Boston-Discovery-Guide.com. Evolutionary Circle – 7-9pm. 2nd Thurs. Explore our emergence as universal humans, up to and following the Planetary Shift. Led by eliSabeth Taylor, A.C.E. and Rev. Betty Walker. Donation encouraged. Unity Somerville, 6 William St, Somerville. 781-643-1586. Birth2012Boston.com. Somerville Road Runners Night 4.13 Miler – 7:15-8:15pm. It may be raining. It may be hot. The SRR Thursday night run will happen every week, no matter what. Free. Casey’s, 171 Broadway, Somerville. SRR.org/Events/ThursdayNight-Race. Let Your Yoga Dance – 7:15-8:30pm. Move, groove and soothe your way through summer. A delightful Chakra-fusion experience that combines music, movement, breath, yoga and userfriendly dance to exercise subtle energies in the body that influence well-being, ease and peace. $60/4 classes, $17/drop-in, $15/student/senior. First Parish Lexington, 7 Harrington Rd, Lexington. 339-223-9067. Growing-Happiness.com.
Observatory Night – 7:30-9:30pm. 3rd Thurs. A non-technical lecture and telescopic observing from the observatory roof if weather permits. Free. Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, 60 Garden St, Cambridge. 617-495-7461. CFA.Harvard.edu.
The Family Walking Program – 9:30am. Take a healthy walk through the mall in a safe, climatecontrolled environment for both parent and child. Spend time with other parents while your children make new friends and learn the benefits of regular exercise. Meet near Carter’s. Watertown Mall, 550 Arsenal St, Watertown. 617-926-4968. Watertown-Mall.com.
taste of working with hot glass in glassblowing and bead making. $75. Diablo Glass School, 123 Terrace St, Boston. 617-442-7444. DiabloGlass School.com. Free Friday Flicks at the Esplanade – Thru late Sept. At sundown. The perfect way to spend a Friday night in the summer. This series of family movies provides the perfect excuse to grab a blanket, pack a picnic and head for an evening of entertainment under the stars. Free. 617-787-7200. Boston-Discovery-Guide.com.
Children’s Films – 10am & 11am. Free children’s movies at the library each week. Boston Public Library, East Boston Branch, 276 Meridian St, East Boston. 617-569-0271. BPL.org/Branches/ EastBoston.htm.
Morning Yoga – 7-8:15am. Most Sat mornings. Gentle, beginner-level yoga class held in a sunlit room in a lovely historic house in Waltham. Let by Keith Herndon, a Kripalu-trained instructor. A great opportunity for those who wish to bring yoga into their lives. Donation. Advaita Meditation Center, 28 Worcester Ln, Waltham. 781-6470020. AdvaitaMeditation.org.
Health Lecture Series – 10am. 1st Fri. An informative discussion for parents and caregivers on a variety of parent- and child-related topics such as: nutrition, behavior, community resources and more. Held in the Old Country Buffet, Watertown Mall, 550 Arsenal St, Watertown. 617-926-4968. Watertown-Mall.com.
Somerville Laughter Club – 11am-12pm. 3rd Sat. Share your laughter and your smile. Explore how the body creates happiness. Learn how to use chi-energy to activate laughter and smile neuropathways. $5/person or family. Unity Somerville, 6 William St, Somerville. 617-628-5558. SomervilleLaughterClub.com.
Yoga for All Levels – 10-11:30am. All-levels, Vinyasa flow-style yoga experience that offers a dynamic approach to a safe foundation. Say yes to exploring a deeper experience in your practice and join with your highest aspirations. $15. Samara Yoga Studio, 249 Elm St, Somerville. 617-3932200. NamasteNutrition.net.
Neuroplasticity Club – 11am-1pm. 3rd Sat. Learn holographic thinking and speaking which means seeing images and feeling all of the emotions of the topic you are speaking or thinking about. The past becomes the present. $5/person or family. Unity Somerville, 6 William St, Somerville. 617628-5558. NeuroplasticityClub.com.
Blood Pressure Screenings – 10am-12pm. Free blood pressure screenings on the 1st Fri each month in front of the Old Country Buffet. Watertown Mall, 550 Arsenal St, Watertown. 617-9264968. Watertown-Mall.com.
Natural Healing with Chi-Lel Qigong – 11:15am-12:15pm. Relieve allergies, headaches and joint stiffness. Lower high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes with ancient Chinese mindful exercise. Experience the healing power of qigong. $20. Park Avenue Congregational Church, 50 Paul Revere Rd, Arlington. 617-997-9922. ArlingtonWellness.com.
Second Fridays Free – 5-8pm. Free evening at the MIT Museum on the 2nd Fri each month. Mingle with friends in the unique galleries and see some of the latest research coming out of MIT. MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge. 617-253-5927. MIT.edu/Museum. Poetry Open Mic – 6:30-8pm. 2nd Fri. Continuing the trend of the 1950s beatniks who were open to energy sensations, into vibes and enjoying performance art, reading, listening and just enjoying. Free. Unity Somerville, 6 William St, Somerville. 617-628-5558. NewBeatPoets.com. Jam’n Java Open Mic and Coffeehouse – 6:309pm. 1st Fri. Sign up to play, or come and listen to talented local performers. Free. Jam’n Java, 594 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington. ArlOpenMic. wordpress.com. Friday Night Cooking Series – 6:30-9:30pm. Join us for a night of conversation, anecdotes and fun, and a detailed cooking demonstration. See website for specifics by week. $61. Cambridge Center for Adult Education, 56 Brattle St, Cambridge. CCAE.org. Glass Beadmaking – 6:30-9:30pm. Last Fri. An evening of glass, friends and wine. Spend 3 hrs in one of our studios to experience an introductory
Glassblowing Sampler – 12-2pm. Every other Sat. Get a taste of the ancient art of glassblowing. Enjoy the excitement of playing with melted glass while making your very own souvenir. Learn how to gather glass from the furnace, and then control and shape it. Our experienced teachers will help you make a colorful paperweight for you to exhibit as your trophy. $75. Diablo Glass School, 123 Terrace St, Boston. 617-442-7444. DiabloGlass School.com. Magic 106.7 Family Film Festival – July 7-Aug 25. 6pm. Enjoy this free fun family activity. Movies under the stars in Prudential Center’s lovely South Garden which is up the escalators from Huntington Ave, then to the right or from Boylston, to the left. Entertainment starts at 6pm, movie starts at sundown. Free. Prudential Center, Boston. Boston-Discovery-Guide.com. Live Music – 7:30-10pm. Enjoy local food, music and art. No cover charge. Nourish Restaurant, 1727 Massachusetts Ave, Lexington. 781-6742400. NourishLexington.com.
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ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE Cecile Raynor
Certified Alexander Technique Teacher; Certified Thai Yoga Therapist 33A Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02445 617-359-7841 AlexanderTec.com Learn to relieve and prevent excess tension and manage the stress in your life. Improve your posture without any holding. Learn mind/body tools for personal growth or simply enjoy a relaxing Thai yoga session.
NESA is the first school of acupuncture in the U.S. and provides a rigorous acupuncture education along with affordable health care to the community. See ad page 7.
APPLIED KINESIOLOGY CENTRAL SQUARE HEALTH AND WELLNESS
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VISIONS HEALTHCARE 910 Washington St (Rte 1A) Dedham, MA 02026 170 Worcester St (Rte 9) Wellesley, MA 02481 781-431-1333 VisionsHealthCare.com
Acupuncturists at Visions HealthCare are able to provide relief for a variety of concerns including but not limited to insomnia, allergies, digestion, pain, fatigue, etc. See ad on the back cover.
Bioidentical Hormone Treatment CONNIE A. JACKSON, MD
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We are an integrative holistic wellness center. Our caring team consists of chiropractors specializing in Network Spinal Analysis, massage therapists and Shiatsu and Reiki practitioners. See ad page 13.
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BOSTON SOUL COACHING Daniel Sharp, CSC, CIMT, RMT 781-763-7685 BostonSoulCoaching.com
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Brian Reid is an internationally acclaimed life coach with Brenda Lee, a Shire horse. Through his discoveries with Brenda Lee, Brian founded Horses Know The Way Home and developed 13 principles that guide his teachings. See ad page 33.
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The only holistic center of its kind on the East Coast. Groton Wellness synergistically fuses state-of-the-art Biological Dentistry with Integrative Medicine to meet the health needs of the whole person. We are professionals in preventative and functional medicine, general and pediatric dentistry, orthodontics, detoxification, spa therapy, nutrition and a host of complementary therapies. We work with you to develop a personal, comprehensive plan that achieves wellness and balance from head to toe. This is our mission. See ad page 11.
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EXERCISE/FITNESS/ PERSONAL TRAINING KOKO FITCLUB
39 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02445 77 Spring St, Shaw’s Plaza, West Roxbury, MA 02132 Brookline: 617-566-5656; West Roxbury: 617-325-4800 MA.Brookline@KokoFitClub.com MA.WRoxbury@KokoFitClub.com KokoFitClub.com World’s first automated personal training studio offering highly effective, efficient, customized workouts guided and monitored by the proprietary Smartraining technology in a spa-like setting. See ad page 3.
HOME-BASED BUSINESS PAM PEARSON
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Integrative/Functional Medicine EMILY CHAN, ND
HERBal studies THE BOSTON SCHOOL OF HERBAL STUDIES
Lydian Center for Innovative Medicine, 777 Concord Ave, Ste 301, Cambridge, MA 617-299-6151 ModernIntegrativeMedicine.com Naturopathic medicine address root causes of illness, interconnection of body-systems, and approaches each patient based on their individualized needs. Specialties: gastrointestinal, mood, autoimmune, adrenal, cardiovascular, blood sugar and neurological issues.
12 Pelham Terrace, Arlington, MA 781-646-6319 BostonHerbalStudies.com We offer two Herbal Apprenticeship Programs, Advanced Training, Aromatherapy Certification and a series of Thursday evening and Saturday afternoon classes. Please visit our website. See ad page 29.
COMMONWEALTH CENTER FOR HERBAL MEDICINE
RICHARD CHEN, MD
910 Washington St (Rte 1A) Dedham, MA 02026 781-431-1333 VisionsHealthCare.com
Katja Swift & Ryn Midura 25 Saint Mary’s Court, Brookline, MA 617-750-5274 CommonWealthHerbs.com
Personalized, comprehensive consultations with experienced herbalists. Whether it’s the flu or a chronic illness, or simply to build greater vitality, herbal medicine can help. See ad page 40.
holistic bodywork BARBARA GOSSELIN, PT
Board-Certified Family Medicine physician trained in Functional Medicine accepting new patients of all ages for Primary Care or consultation. Accepts most major health insurances. See ad on the back cover.
MAGGIE LUTHER, ND
419 Boylston St, Fl 4 (Qi, The Inner Gym), Boston, MA 02116 114 Water St, Bldg 3 (Milford Family Chiropractic), Milford, MA 01757 617-245-0561 HealthyRootsNaturalMedicine.com
393 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 781-507-4226 HolisticHealingPT.com I’m a Physical Therapist with 20+ years experience helping people recover from pain using gentle, effective Bodywork techniques including Craniosacral Therapy and Fascial Mobilization. See ad page 25.
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Naturopathic medicine treats the individual, taking into account the whole person, and working to discover underlying cause(s) of symptoms. Naturopathic Doctors are holistic and integrative medicine specialists. Call today.
JANICE PEGELS, MD
910 Washington St (Rte 1A) Dedham, MA 02026 781-431-1333 VisionsHealthCare.com Board Certified through the American Board of Family Medicine as well as the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine. Available for primary care and consultation. See ad on the back cover.
PATRICIA ZUB, MD
170 Worcester St (Rte 9) Wellesley, MA 02481 781-431-1333 VisionsHealthCare.com Internal Medicine Physician with integrative approach and more than 13 years of primary care experience. Also available for consultation. Accepting most major health insurances. See ad on the back cover.
integrative therapy PATRICIA HOWARD
617 524 7628 PmcHoward@hotmail.com BeAwakeAtWork.com With a background in Energy Healing & Consciousness (Barbara Brennan), Sound and Mindfulness, Patricia supports you in understanding and releasing patterns that no longer serve you so you can blossom. See ad page 6.
MARSHA KLEIN, LMHC
170 Worcester St (Rte 9) Wellesley, MA 02481 910 Washington St (Rte 1A) Dedham, MA 02026 781-431-1333 VisionsHealthCare.com
Licensed Mental Health Clinician and Behavioral Health Specialist with over 15 years of experience; integrative approach. Specialties: anxiety, panic, depression, stress, anger, etc. Accepts insurance. See ad on the back cover.
SELF-HEALING SOLUTIONS Raven Sadhaka Seltzer 617-942-0644 SelfHealingSolutions.com
Feeding mind-body-spirit through therapeutic and restorative yoga, Ayurvedic counseling, meditation, pranayam and Reiki; specializing in low back pain and digestive issues. See ad page 41.
PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT MEDIATE YOUR LIFE, LLC
150 Fearing St, Ste 4-A Amherst MA 01002 413-230-3260 Connect@MediateYourLife.com MediateYourLife.com
Improve all your relationships. Learn to navigate difficult conversations with confidence. Our training programs show you how. See ad page 27.
SOMATIC MOVEMENT CENTER Sarah Warren, CSE 440 Arsenal St, Watertown, MA SomaticMovementCenter.com
Clinical Somatic Education provides lasting relief from chronic pain by working with the nervous system to address the underlying cause. Gentle, therapeutic, and highly effective. See ad page 40.
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
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 37.
NATURAL VISION IMPROVEMENT REE COLEMAN - CERTIFIED VISION IMPROVEMENT TEACHER
Qi, The Inner Gym, 419 Boylston St, Boston 617-838-0928 EyesOnYoga.com We yoga our bodies, why not our eyes? Improve: vision, memory, reading, relaxation, inner sight while reducing dependence on glasses for individuals, groups, yoga classes.
REIKI SACRED SONG REIKI
978-897-8846 SacredSongReiki@yahoo.com SacredSongReiki.com
Priscilla Gale, of Sacred Song Reiki, utilizes multiple healing modalities and techniques along with Reiki, including Himalayan and Crystal Singing Bowls, Reconnective Healing, and Magnified Healing.
WELLNESS products SKY THERAPY
Kimberly Sparks 401-822-1530 SkyTherapy@aol.com SkyTherapyInc.com/4Wellness SkyTherapy.org All-natural body products made from the purest ingredients in the world. Dead Sea minerals, salts and aromatherapy sprays, lip elixirs, body powders and handmade soaps. See ad page 6.
YOGA CAITLIN GREEN
570-574-1207 Caitlin.Elizabeth.Green@gmail.com CaitlinGreen.net
Works one-on-one to develop a program for your body/mind to be brought back into balance. Currently accepting new clients.
WEBSITE DESIGN THE WISE WOMAN
Phyllis Wilson 781-883-2282 Phyllis@WiseBlueLotus.com WiseBlueLotus.com
Offering website design and business consulting for small businesses and providers in private practice.
WELLNESS COACHING ROOM2IMPROVE
YOGA THERAPY ALAINE AMARAL, BFA, RYT 170 Worcester St (Rte 9) Wellesley, MA 02481 910 Washington St Dedham, MA 02026 781-431-1333 VisionsHealthCare.com
Integrative Yoga Therapy is a highly individualized, self-empowering process that connects healthcare with yoga. Heal from chronic pain or illness. Individual & group offerings. See ad on the back cover.
Vicki Loberman 617-610-9551 Vicki@Room2Improve.us Room2Improve.us
We partner with clients to identify and overcome barriers to living a healthy lifestyle. Services include wellness coaching, professional organizing, personal training and stress management.
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