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t’s an experience of something new. You either take to it with ease, jump right in and enjoy the ride, or you’re skeptical about every little nuance.” “That this is a first is open to debate, yet a demonstrable way has been found to immediately shift personal limitation to a better state.” “The end result is that complex (health) challenges, limitations, blocks and dilemmas resolve with a stunning simplicity, without years of therapy, medication and expense - and it feels quite freeing within seconds, an immediate and tangible change says Dr. Neal Smookler.” What Smookler is describing is a fascinating method that resets the pineal gland in 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 52, Smookler has been ‘resetting’ Bostonian’s for close to a quarter-century now. Smookler is serious about his work and others take him seriously, despite his smiling hazel eyes and youthful looks. After receiving his doctorate from the prestigious Los Angeles College of Chiropractic, he moved back to Boston, but within just a few years was introduced to what would become his life’s work. “After my first pi-

neal gland-brain reset, I was, uh... humming. I was literally resonating in what I can only describe as an insulated cocoon of warmth, openess 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 the early 90’s.” So just what was this discovery? “In a sense, “water-wings” for dissolving personal limitation.” “Inside your head is a mechanism, the pineal gland (its shape resembling a tiny pine cone, hence its name) which is located near the center of the brain, tucked in a groove where the two rounded thalamic bodies join.” “This pineal mechanism, is in essence, a reset button.” “I want to be very clear; it’s not there by accident. We’re all hard wired by Mother Nature this way. I was personally trained twenty-two years ago, by the professions founder, Dr. Virgil Chrane, to know where the mechanism is located, and exactly how to properly activate it.” One present model 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 (pineal reset) on a crystalline structure (pineal gland.) With the participant lying face up on a specially designed table, Dr. Smookler performs a very unique “hiccup” movement of the head. The compression (‘hiccup’ ) 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. The grip of the fightor-flight response, which is really a low level state of alarm or shock (i.e. diminished function and limitation) is released. Energy previously misappropriated is reclaimed to address any challenge, block or limitation health or otherwise. “What I believe the pineal-reset 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.” “As the pineal gland unfreezes, the brain and nervous system reset back to our original blueprint, cellular DNA. Now, instead of accessing a corrupted copy of a copy of our blueprint, experienced as diminished potential - the original, clean blueprint is read (function is enhanced.”) Movement, in even the most difficult cases is believed to stem from Dr. Smookler’s two tiered approach - increasing function while dissolving limitation. He also notes that a

significant part of his success is due to something Virgil taught him early on; to infuse every reset with that something extra, that intangible ... presence, intent and love. Something Neal has never forgotten. 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.”

For the last quarter-century, Dr. Neal Smookler has maintained a successful family-oriented wellness care practice in Massachusetts. He has held certification from Alphabiotics International since 1992. Neal received his Doctorate in Chiropractic from The Los Angeles College of Chiropractic in December 1988. He holds a Chiropractic license from both the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the State of California. Neal received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Boston College in June 1985. Neal considers Dr. Virgil Chrane as his primary teacher. He was trained personally by Virgil - logging hundreds of hours (and miles) in the two plus decades he has studied and refined it. Neal credits the original principles and philosophy (as well as a little secret) that Virgil mentored him in, as an intrinsic component of his success. Very few grasp those core teachings of Dr. Chrane, even fewer ever attain Virgil’s mastery, his “je ne sais quoi.” Dr. Smookler made a commitment to this great man twenty-two years ago to carry on his work undiluted and without compromise. With a background in orthopedics and neurology and the safety and comfort of the patient being paramount, Dr. Smookler has delivered the pineal-reset safely over 200,000 times in the last twenty two years - an unparalleled accomplishment. Neal’s work has been featured in The Newbury Street Guide, The Improper Bostonian, City Magazine, Sacred Pathways Magazine, Spirit of Change Magazine as well as on WBZ, WZBC & WATD. He lives and practices in Massachusetts.

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n 1826, the French epicurean Jean Anthelme BrillatSavarin concluded a lifetime of observation by writing, “The future of the nations will depend on the manner of how they feed themselves.” Today this message is more crucial than ever. Thanks to my personal belief that everything is happening exactly how and when it is supposed to, I don’t tend to become emotionally involved in matters that otherwise would likely infuriate me beyond the ability to function. Enter the dysfunctional reality of genetically modified organisms (GMO) and the blissful ignorance of most Americans. I’m still startled in disbelief when someone in this day and age asks, “What is a GMO?” Also holding the belief that what you resist persists, my approach to fighting blind acceptance of GMOs is making intelligent choices about what food I buy and consume. For me, this extends deeper than whether a food has been genetically engineered to asking questions like: Where did it come from? Was it grown sustainably and toxin-free? Was this animal treated humanely? Our feature article, “Forcing Change in Our Food System: Banning GMO Crops and Genetically Engineered Food,” by Natural Awakenings staff with contributing reports by Case Adams and Wendy Fachon, is a discomforting look at how our government has aligned with a megalithic corporation to create what may be the world’s largest monopoly—of our national food supply no less. Monsanto, along with its compatriots, are poised to threaten the future of our food system and possibly the health of every American along with it. The good news is we can do something about it. If you have yet to read Malcolm Gladwell’s The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference, I highly recommend it. He explores and illustrates what economists call the 80/20 principle, which is “the idea that in any situation roughly 80 percent of the ‘work’ will be done by 20 percent of the participants.” Non-GMO activists and proponents may be outnumbered, perhaps mostly by uninformed bystanders, but persistence through education will bring this issue to the tipping point of change. It’ll be the point at which formerly unknowing and innocent bystanders become motivated to support a massive shift, from poisoning and depleting America’s farmlands toward nourishing the soil from coast to coast using all-natural and organic crops. It will be a huge step forward in improving the health of our families, our nation and the world. Please broadly share your understanding of everyone’s right to good, clean, additives-free, health-giving food. Let’s all choose to consistently support nonGMO growers, buy and eat local foods, shop regional farmers’ markets and contribute to this crucial shift. Peace,

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newsbriefs Community Health Fair in Dedham is Open to All


he Dedham Community Health Fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., July 26, at Solid Body Fitness. Visitors to the fair will have the opportunity to sample healthy meals, snacks, desserts and drinks while learning about new gyms, medical practices and health conscious restaurants, businesses and services in the area. This free event also features an on-site CrossFit demonstration, along with Pilates, yoga and state-of-the-art medical technology. Dozens of vendors from wellness, medical, fitness and nutrition companies will be on hand, and a list of those participating can be seen at Cost: Free. Location: Solid Body Fitness, 123 Stergis Way, Dedham. For more information, call 781-929-7946 or visit

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ristine Jelstrup, LMT, CBK, owner of Central Square Health and Wellness, in Cambridge, will present a free workshop on the Morphogentic Field Technique (MFT) from 7 to 9 p.m., July 24, at her office. MFT, an energetic form of nutritional assessment, uses applied kinesiology, or muscle response testing, to determine nutritional needs and toxin levels in the Kristine Jelstrup body. Jelstrup will demonstrate MFT to attendees and teach them how to use it to discover which foods can enhance their personal well-being and that of family members. “Our bodies are designed for long and vibrant lives, and eating too much of the wrong foods or foods with no nutritional value will compromise our health,” says Jelstrup. “MFT is a powerful tool for getting to the root causes of chemical imbalances and identifying what nourishes our bodies and what harms them. This leads to greater energy and improved health.” The workshop will also cover basic nutrition, environmental concerns, good and bad fats, and facts about organic versus genetically modified food. All attendees will receive a coupon for 20 percent off their first one-on-one consultation with Jelstrup. As space is limited, those interested in attending are required to reserve a seat. Cost: Free. Location: Central Square Health and Wellness, 126 Prospect St., Ste. 5, Cambridge. For more information, call 617-833-3407 or visit See ad on page 14 and Resource Guide on page 39.

newsbriefs Fifth Annual Run to Home Base Supports Veterans’ Services

Learn New Skills at Amy C. Lund, Handweaver Studio & Gallery


elebrate the Tiverton Arts & Artisans Festival on July 19 with Amy C. Lund, Handweaver Studio & Gallery, purveyor of artisan hand woven textiles, crafted with passion and heart for everyday use in the home, or for special occasions. Lund offers make-your-own he fifth annual textile classes, such as reAmy C. Lund Run to Home cycled rag pot holders, and Base, presented she also crafts custom-made designs for unique gift-giving. by New Balance, In honor of National Blueberry Muffin Day, Lund will will take place at Fenway Park on July 19. The fundraising be sharing her “Best Berry Muffin Recipe” with anyone that run, created by the Red Sox Foundation, supports services for drops by on July 11. Stop in on Worldwide Art Day, August 8, veterans of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. for fun, free weaving activities. The studio is open to the gal Since 2010, Run to Home Base participants and sponsors lery so visitors can see works in progress and be inspired by have raised more than $9 million to support efforts to help these veterans with such issues as post-traumatic stress disor- creativity while wandering through the shop. der and traumatic brain injury through clinical care, educaLocation: 3964 Main Rd., Tiverton, RI. For more information, tion and research. call 401-816-0000, email or “With American troops on the ground in every corner visit See calendar for more events. See of the world, it is critically important that we remember and Resource Guide page 41. do everything we can to help these brave service men and women and their families,” says Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner. “With New Balance’s support, this wonderful fundraiser serves as a community-wide opportunity to thank these courageous warriors for everything they have done, and continue to do, for our country.” The fundraising minimum for adult walkers is $250 and all participants must be at least 14 years old. Younger children can walk if accompanied by a full fundraising adult and raise a minimum of $125. All donations towards runners are tax deductible and benefit the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program. Checks can be sent to the Red Sox Foundation/Home Base Program, 4 Yawkey Way, Boston, MA 02215.


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Strawberry Jerry LoFaro After ruling out his initial career choices of paleontologist, zoologist, baseball player and Good Humor ice cream man, Jerry LoFaro parlayed his lifetime interest in dinosaurs and other animals, fantasy, art history and literature into a successful career as an illustrator. His art—always striking and often humorous—has been featured on book covers for major publishers and in advertising and promotional campaigns for clients including Nike, Disney, National Geographic, The Discovery Channel and TIME magazine. Celestial Seasonings has commissioned LoFaro to create tea, coffee and seasonings package designs, even entrusting him to update the company’s famous icon, Sleepytime Bear. Recently, he was honored with a gold medal from the Society of Illustrators. “Superficially, I’d describe my work as realism,” says LoFaro. “However, much of what I’ve done in content is conceptual, with surreal flourishes.” Prior to 2002, he worked primarily with acrylics; now, he uses Photoshop to create digital art. LoFaro also treasures the rural beauty of his New Hampshire surroundings and confides, “My life revolves around walking out to my studio in the woods, listening to great music and being creative.” View the artist’s portfolio at


ana Lemeshov, owner of Koko FitClubs, in Brookline and West Roxbury, announces a promotional offer of 30 Days for $30 for anyone that wishes to try the digital gyms. Koko FitClub offers a complete, customized, professional fitness program using the latest technology and the help of trained staff, who provide additional encouragement and assistance. “We make it easy for anyone to succeed, and there is no obligation to join after the 30 days, although we’d be surprised if people didn’t want to continue,” says Lemeshov. “Koko changes lives by helping people to get into shape, adding years to their lives and making those years more active.” Koko’s unique, automated approach to fitness is based on a personalized and structured digital program that can be done in as little as 30 minutes a few times per week. “Unlike traditional gyms that basically ‘rent’ you their equipment, Koko technology guides, motivates and supports your personal fitness journey at every step,” Lemeshov says. “We want to demonstrate what a difference the right support and prescriptive fitness program can make and, if we haven’t earned your business at the end of 30 days, we don’t deserve to have you as a client.”

Locations: 39 Harvard St., Brookline Village and 77 Spring St. (Shaw’s Plaza), West Roxbury. For more information, call 617-566-5656 (Brookline) or 617-325-4800 (West Roxbury) or visit or WestRoxbury.KokoFit See ad page 16 and Resource Guide page 41.

Naturopathic Doctor Gives Free Talk on ADD/ADHD and Effects of Stress


ary Kracoff, a doctor of naturopathic medicine at Johnson Compounding and Wellness, will present a free talk on ADD/ADHD and Stress and Your Adrenals from 7 to 8 p.m., July 23. The event takes place at the center, in Waltham. In ADD/ADHD: Understanding What is Out of Balance and What You Can Do to Help, Kracoff will explain what might be going on behind ADD/ADHD symptoms and discuss how homeopathic remedies, nutritional support, herbal products and lifestyle changes can be helpful. Speaking on stress and the adrenals, Kracoff will cover how bodies react to short- and long-term stress, how it Dr. Gary Kracoff adversely affects health, and what products, dietary modifications and lifestyle choices can help. “Stress has been shown to be a major contributor to insomnia, high blood pressure, digestive disorders and hormonal issues,” says Kracoff. “It contributes to many of our common health issues, so I’ll be teaching people how to deal more effectively with daily stresses and how to take care of their bodies.” Cost: Free. Location: Johnson Compounding and Wellness, 577 Main St., Waltham. For more information or to reserve a seat, call 781-893-3870 or visit Natural See ads on pages 2 and 10, and Resource Guide on pages 40 and 42.

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Annual July Fourth Fireworks and Boston Pops Concert Celebrates Past and Present


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 will include the musical numbers “Even the Stars Fall 4 U” by Keith Urban, “Roar” by Katy Perry and “Let It Go”, the popular song from the movie Frozen. 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,

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event spotlight Annual Celebrate Life Festival in Germany or Via the Web


he Celebrate Life Festival (CLF), one of Europe’s largest spiritual gatherings with more than 1,000 attendees, will take place from July 24 to August 3 in the north of Germany and on the Web. This year’s event, entitled Mystical Summer School – Renaissance of Spirit, marks the festival’s eleventh year. CLF organizers say that the program is open to people from all over the world that wish to study mystical principles in a dynamic mix of exploration and celebration, exercises and encounters. “We’ll develop a culture that places awakening in the center of everyday life,” says organizer and speaker Thomas Hübl. “Many people suffer from a gap between their spirituality and everyday life. The CLF trains us to combine both realms with the help of the mystical principles and the science of awakening.” All CLF presentations and workshops will be in English or German, with simultaneous translation. Those interested in attending the event in Germany or through the web-stream can visit to learn more. Attendees of the live web-stream are invited to interact by sending in questions, which will be forwarded to the presenters. The CLF is a nonprofit event, and all proceeds go to carefully selected charitable projects.

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uxton Hollow Farm Certified Organic Compost Tea was created for people interested in gardening without the use of chemical fertilizers. Its balanced compost tea blend, when actively aerated in its Buxton Hollow Farm Tea Pot, incubates a micro-herd of aerobic, beneficial, micro-organisms that can be immediately applied to soil and plants. These organisms quickly go to work to break down biodegradable materials, creating nutrients in the soil to promote rich healthy plants. “Agriculture today is not sustainable as we know it as long as we continue to use chemicals and pesticides,” says Frank Jacques, owner of Buxton Hollow Farm. “We’ve got to think of local, sustainable gardening, and our compost tea is the tool that will allow it to happen.” Buxton Hollow Compost Tea Blend can be used as a foliar feed, a soil drench, or both. Soil drenches are best for building up the soil microbial activities and supplying lots of beneficial soluble nutrients to the plant’s root system and the topsoil texture. Foliar feeds are best for quick fixes of trace elements and small portions of other soluble nutrients into the plant through its leaves. Foliar feeds are also good for plant disease control. “Most gardeners know the best chance at a healthy plant starts with healthy soil,” says Jacques. “This is a great way to build healthy soil naturally.” Here’s how to use it: 1. Drop the small burlap bag into the brew pot 2. Plug in the aerator and let it brew for 24 or more hours 3. Open the spigot located at the bottom of the pail to fill a spray bottle or watering can 4. Apply to the soil or plant To shop for Buxton Hollow Compost Tea, call 401-7676700 or visit or BuxtonHollow. See ad on page 19.

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Essential Oils Effective in Fighting Candida, MRSA


ssential oils show promise in preventing infections from the fungi Candida albicans and the bacteria methicillinresistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), according to several recent studies. Romania’s Polytechnic University of Bucharest researchers found that topical application of the essential oils from Salvia officinalis (sage) and Anethum graveolens (dill) provided significant inhibition against the C. albicans fungi when compared with a standard antiseptic dressing. Scientists from England’s Manchester Metropolitan University compared the effects on three strains of MRSA in wound dressings containing the essential oils of patchouli, tea tree, geranium, lavender and grapefruit seed extract against a conventional antibacterial dressing of silver sulfadiazine cream. Each oil was applied independently and in combination with wound dressings. Grapefruit seed extract and geranium oil were found to most effectively inhibit the MRSA strains.

Ashwagandha Herb Mutes Bipolar Disorder, Lowers Stress

Ginger and Turmeric Protect Skin from Sun


cientists from Thailand’s Chulalongkorn University have found that extracts from ginger and turmeric may help prevent DNA damage caused by the sun’s ultraviolet B (UVB) rays, a leading cause of melanoma and other skin cancers. Fifteen herbal extracts were created; each was applied to human kerahe ancient ayurvedic herb ashwagandtinocytes, the predominant cell type in ha (Withania somnifera) shows promise the outer layer of skin that can be damin reducing the symptoms of bipolar disorder, according to two recent studies. aged by the sun’s rays. The research For eight weeks, scientists from the University of Pittsburgh’s Western Psychiatric ers measured the ability of each herb Institute gave 500 milligrams per day of ashwagandha extract or a placebo to 53 paextract to absorb ultraviolet radiation tients diagnosed with bipolar disorder. The researchers used a series of bipolar tests to and act as an antioxidant, neutralizing gauge cognition, response time, social cognition response and other processes. After free radicals. the eight weeks, the group given ashwagandha showed significant Turmeric and ginger extracts improvements in auditory-verbal working memory, reaction time and social cognition. absorbed a significant amount of UVB In a study published in the Indian Journal of Psychiatric Medicine, among rays before they could damage the a group of 64 men and women with chronic stress, after two months of ashwaskin, according to the results, published gandha treatment, standardized test scores revealed stress reduced by 44 percent, in Photochemistry and Photobiology. anxiety and insomnia by 68 percent and severe depression by 79 percent. Depres- Each was found to stimulate the synsion and anxiety are hallmarks of bipolar disorder. thesis of thioredoxin 1, an antioxidant protein that appears to protect keratinocytes from DNA damage and toxicity to living cells.


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globalbriefs News and resources to inspire concerned citizens to work together in building a healthier, stronger society that benefits all.

Relaxing Rules

U.S. Organic Standards Under Siege Last September, without any public input, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), under pressure from corporations, changed the way the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) decides which non-organic materials are allowed in products labeled as Certified Organic, all but guaranteeing that when the NOSB meets every six months, the non-organic and synthetic materials allowed in organic items will increase. Certain non-organic or synthetic materials can be used in up to 5 percent of a USDA Organic product, and in up to 30 percent of a Made with Organic Ingredients product. Look for the addition of carrageenan, synthetic nutrients such as DHA and ARA, sausage casings made from processed intestines, synthetic methionine, antibiotics and mutagens, among others. Sign a petition in protest at

Sperm Killer

Monsanto Roundup Herbicide May Cause Gene-ocide The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has ruled to allow Roundup herbicide residues in food at concentrations a million times higher than levels already shown to be carcinogenic in cell research. Now a new study published in Free Radical Medicine & Biology adds to a growing body of research implicating the herbicide’s main ingredient, glyphosate, at concentration ranges well within the EPA “safe level” for food, in inhibiting male infertility. Noting the research revealing Roundup’s toxicity to the germ line (sperm and egg) of animal species, the argument can be made that this chemical has contraceptive properties and therefore, genocidal consequences. By directly affecting the biologically immortal cells within the testes that contain DNA with more than 3 billion years worth of information essential for the future of the human species, Roundup could even be considered an instrument of mass destruction. Minimally, the precautionary principle should be applied that any chemical with the potential to disrupt or destroy our species’ reproductive cells should be banned unless the manufacturer can prove its safety beyond a reasonable doubt. Source: 14

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Shame Game Corporations Bow to Public Pressure

Microbeads are tiny balls of hard plastic found in facial scrubs, shampoo and toothpaste that flow down drains and pass through wastewater treatment plants, ending up in waterways, where they enter the food chain. New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has proposed the first U.S. legislation banning plastic microbeads in commonly used cosmetics ( BeadLegislation). Finding microbead-free products isn’t easy; we must read ingredient lists and steer clear of products that contain polyethylene or polypropylene. Natural alternatives include ground almonds, oatmeal and pumice. Palm oil is a natural ingredient used in thousands of everyday products from snack foods to shampoo. But as tropical forests are cleared and carbon-rich peat swamps are drained and burned to make way for palm oil plantations, carbon is released into the atmosphere, driving global warming and shrinking habitat for endangered species. Tropical deforestation currently accounts for about 10 percent of the world’s heat-trapping emissions. Last March, General Mills and Colgate-Palmolive announced new palm oil policies. Concerned citizens can tell other major corporations that for the sake of our atmosphere, tropical forests, peat lands and endangered species, the time to act is now, and to use only deforestation-free and peatlands-free palm oil going forward. Take action at OilPetition.

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ore than 3.5 million skin cancers in over two million people are diagnosed annually with skin cancer, making it the most common of all cancers, with medical costs to treat skin cancer reportedly estimated at almost $2 billion annually. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that more people are diagnosed with skin cancer than with breast, prostate, lung and colon cancer combined. About one in five Americans will develop skin cancer during their lifetime, with melanoma the second most common form of cancer for adolescents and young adults, 15 to 29 years old. A survey found that 43 percent of white adults in Massachusetts had at least one sunburn in the past year—an increase from 35 percent in 1999. Sunburns are a significant risk factor for the development of skin cancer. The rate of new melanoma diagnoses—responsible for 75 percent of all skin cancer deaths—was 26 percent higher in Massachusetts than the national average and was the 9th highest in the U.S. from 2001 to 2005. An estimated 2,000 state residents were diagnosed with melanoma in 2012, and more than 200 people in Massachusetts die of melanoma every year. While some sunlight can be enjoyable, too much can be dangerous. By following some simple steps, time in the sun can be enjoyed without

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overexposure to its harmful rays. The EPA recommends these action steps: • Do Not Burn Sunburns significantly increase one’s lifetime risk of developing skin cancer, especially for children. • Avoid Sun Tanning and Tanning Beds UV light from tanning beds and the sun causes skin cancer and wrinkling. • Generously Apply Sunscreen Use about one ounce to cover all exposed skin 20 minutes before going outside. Sunscreen should have a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 15 and provide protection from both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. Reapply every two hours, even on cloudy days, and after swimming or sweating. • Choose a Sunscreen that is Healthy and Protects the Planet Some sunscreens contain chemicals that can be harmful to humans and to fish when they wash off in rivers and oceans. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) recommends against using sunscreen and cosmetics whose labels disclose the presence of vitamin A, retinyl palmitate or retinol, which has been shown to hasten the development of skin tumors and lesions on sun-exposed skin. Another to avoid is oxybenzone, a known hormone disruptor. Use EWG’s 2014 Guide to Sunscreens for help choosing a healthy sunscreen. (ewg. org/2014sunscreen) • Wear Protective Clothing Wear protective clothing, such as a long-sleeved shirt, pants, a widebrimmed hat, and sunglasses, when possible. • Seek Shade Seek shade when possible and remember that the sun’s UV rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. • Get Vitamin D Safely Get Vitamin D safely through a diet that includes vitamin supplements and foods fortified with Vitamin D. Don’t seek the sun. For more information, visit sunwise. natural awakenings

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BOSTON PUBLIC MARKET AT DEWEY SQUARE Rose Kennedy Greenway 617-997-8669 Tuesdays & Thursdays, 11:30am-6:30pm May 20 - November 25

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CHARLES SQUARE Charles Hotel Courtyard 1 Bennett St 617-349-4648 Fridays, 10am-3pm May 18 – November 23 COLD SPRING PARK 1200 Beacon St 617-796-1525 Tuesdays, 1:30-6pm July 1 - October 28

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FORCING CHANGE IN OUR FOOD SYSTEM Banning GMO Crops and Genetically Engineered Foods by Natural Awakenings staff with reporting by Case Adams and Wendy Fachon

It may take some concerted efforts among consumers and legislators, but eventually, especially among larger publicly held companies like Monsanto, when the customers stop buying their goods, they can lose control over the market and be forced to make strategy changes.


early 1.4 million Americans have signed a petition urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to require labeling of geneticallyengineered (GE) food—the most on any petition pending before the agency. More than 200 non-GMO (genetically modified organisms) food companies recently signed a letter to the President of the United States urging him to honor his pledge to require GMO labeling. At the state level, Vermont has passed the first state law requiring GMO labeling on all products sold in its state, and two counties in Oregon have recently passed an outright ban on GMOs. The U.S. GMO-free battle rages on. According to the Non-GMO Project (, GMOs are plants or animals engineered with DNA from bacteria, viruses or other plants and animals. These experimental genes from different species can not occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding. While large corporations that produce GMOs, such as Monsanto and Dupont, claim they are a better solution 20

to feeding a hungry planet, there is a growing body of evidence connecting GMOs with increased health risks, environmental damage and violation of farmers’ and consumers’ rights. As a result, the Monsanto Corporation, the world’s largest purveyor of genetically modified food seeds, is combating a growing worldwide opposition to GE foods. Contingency planning may become more vital to Monsanto as growing genetically modified crops face significant restrictions or partial or complete bans in more than 60 countries. Among them are: Germany, Ireland, Italy, Egypt, Austria, Greece, Hungary, Luxembourg, Bulgaria, France, Madeira, Switzerland, Mexico, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, India, Thailand, and Georgia. In the United States, several states have attempted to ban GMO crops or require labeling for GE foods but have faced legal opposition, with many having backed down from legal pressure— some say from Monsanto’s lobbyists and lawyers. Some states legislatures,

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such as those in North Dakota, Iowa, Idaho, Indiana, Oklahoma, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Oregon and West Virginia, have passed or moved to pass laws banning localities such as cities and counties in their states from passing their own GMO-free laws, for instance, the one in Jackson County, Oregon. Furthermore, the U.S. House of Representatives has attempted to nullify the states’ rights to require GMO labeling with the King Amendment of the 2013 farm bill. While the King Amendment has been dropped, the attempts to nullify states’ rights to require GMOs continue. Non-GMO battle cries can be heard from consumers as they increasingly resist buying GMO foods. In addition to the movement in the U.S. to require GMO labeling, even among countries where GMO crops are allowed by governments, citizens are becoming progressively resistant to purchasing GE foods. Some polls have found nine out of 10 Americans support GMO labeling. This trend is also evident in Canada, Britain, Spain and other countries where movements among citizen-action groups and legislators seek GMO labeling requirements as well as crop bans. Label requirements for GMOs have proved lethal to GM crops and GM seed suppliers in those countries that require labeling. More than 40 countries from around the world now either require GE foods to be labeled or have instituted voluntary labeling laws. Some claim that genetically-modified food sales decrease with labeling laws. These labeling laws, mostly among first-world countries, have occurred primarily out of concern that genetically engineered foods—or the potential of its increased pesticide content—may prove to have negative health consequences. Others are simply disturbed by the prospect of genetically altering our food supply without a clear understanding of the long-term consequences. While much of the world’s educated consumers are pushing for either banning GMO crops or at least requiring GMO labeling, many of the world’s largest growing regions still embrace growing GMO crops. These include China, Canada, countries in Africa, and much of South America. In the U.S., some 90 percent of acres planted are

now from genetically modified seeds, which, among other things, do not produce plantable seeds. This is also called a terminator seed. This means that farmers will have to rely upon one supplier, or the owner of the patented seed, to supply them with their seeds: Monsanto. Monsanto’s strategy is working. As their GM seeds have been proliferating in many parts of the world, Monsanto’s sales have been growing due to its success with Bt corn and other crops. Currently two-thirds of Monsanto’s sales are from seeds, and its seed business and profits have been growing at a steady 10 percent or more per year. By not buying genetically-modified foods, consumers can help put a stop to this propagation, which can possibly lead to the devastation of our natural crops. Monsanto’s recent acquisition of Seminis, which included several divisions that develop non-GMO hybrids, is proof that Monsanto can learn to become successful without spreading the world with genetically modified seeds that will change our food and crop landscape forever. The Seminis company owns the rights to the lettuce hybrid called Frescada. Frescada was originally developed as a natural hybrid between romaine lettuce and iceberg lettuce. It is crisper than romaine, and more nutritious than iceberg. And it is now being sold in many stores. The natural crossbred variety was originally developed by Petoseed, a small seed breeder from the Central California region. The variety does indeed produce its own seeds if grown for seed, and it does not contaminate other crops. There is a critical difference between genetic modification and natural crossbreeding techniques. Cross breeding

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comes from two species being joined together during their growing stages, resulting in a natural hybridization. Rather than demonizing companies, consumers can encourage change instead by voting with their wallets. Most of the conventional corn, soy, canola, cottonseed and sugar beet crops grown in the U.S. are now GMO. As such, choosing to buy organic or non-GMO certified products will reduce demand for a majority of the GMO crops currently being grown. A Non-GMO Shopping Guide can be found at NonGMO As sales of cereals and other products containing conventional corn and soy decrease, companies like General Mills and Kellogg’s will begin offering organic corn and soy or non-GMO corn or soy. Both companies have already acquired organic brands, so the change is beginning. As consumers purchase more of these non-GMO products, demand among farmers will decrease, driving the price of GMO crops down. GM farmers will then begin to switch their crops to non-GMO crops. Monsanto’s GM strategy has been the result of the acceptance—knowingly


or not—of its technology by consumers, but consumers can change this. Laws can be changed and labeling required, which is a good start, but only consumers can decide not to buy GM foods. GM food is easy to avoid because organic foods are not allowed to include GMO ingredients. In addition, new compliance labeling by the Non-GMO Verification Project is being introduced on more and more labels, and Whole Foods has announced it will require all brands in their stores to be labeled NonGMO by 2018. Gradually, consumers, retailers, action groups and brands are taking action. Wendy Fachon, MBA, is an afterschool educator for Child Opportunity Zone (COZ) programs around Rhode Island and the editor of the WakeUpPeople. org healthy choices website. Case Adams, a California Naturopath, has authored many natural health books and is founder of RealNatural, Inc. Portions of this article were excerpted from his article “Many Countries and Localities Ban GMO Crops, Require GE Food Labels” at

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Free Movie Screening:

Open Sesame The Story of Seeds A free screening of the documentary film Open Sesame – The Story of Seeds will be shown at 7 p.m., July 24, at the Metcalf Auditorium at Rhode Island School of Design Museum, and at 6 p.m., July 30, at the William Hall Library, in Cranston. Filmmaker Sean Kaminsky exposes one of the world’s most precious resources, seeds, and how they are at risk, what is at stake and what can be done to protect the source of nearly all our food. Location: Metcalf Auditorium at RISD Museum, 20 N. Main St., Providence, and William Hall Library, 1825 Broad St., Cranston. Reserve a seat at, OpenSesame-Cranston.Event and

SEED SAVERS EXCHANGE Conserving America’s Endangered Garden and Food Crop


eed Savers Exchange is a nonprofit organization that conserves and promotes America’s culturally diverse but endangered garden and food crop heritage for future generations by collecting, growing, and sharing heirloom seeds and plants. Founded in 1975 by Diane Ott Whealy and Kent Whealy, SSE’s collection started with seeds from two garden plants that Diane’s grandfather brought with him when he immigrated from Bavaria to St. Lucas, Iowa in the 1870s. The Whealys realized that if they did not keep these varieties alive, they would become extinct. It was in this spirit that they created a network of gardeners that shared and grew each other’s seed in case of crop failure or sickness. To this day, the exchange remains at the heart of Seed Savers Exchange, however membership is not required in order to purchase from their on-line catalog. SSE members are as diverse as the varieties they offer. The network of more than 13,000 backyard preservationists in all 50 states and more than 40 different countries includes novices as well as lifelong seed savers. Every year, members exchange thousands of fruit, grain and vegetable varieties through seeds, plants, roots and bulbs in the Seed Savers Exchange Yearbook. This person-to-person seed exchange creates a resilient and diverse seed system able to withstand changing climates and consolidating seed companies. Many of these varieties are not commercially offered and are available only because of the preservation work of listed members. Seed Savers Exchange was one of the original signers of the Safe Seed Pledge in 1999: “Agriculture and seeds provide the basis upon which our lives depend. We must protect this foundation as a safe and genetically stable source for future generations. For the benefit of all farmers, gardeners and consumers who want an alternative, we pledge that we do not knowingly buy or sell genetically engineered seeds or plants. The mechanical transfer of genetic material outside of natural reproductive methods and between genera, families or kingdoms, poses great biological risks as well as economic, political and cultural threats. We feel that genetically engineered varieties have been insufficiently tested prior to public release. More research and testing are necessary to further assess the potential risks of genetically engineered seeds.” For more information, visit

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FARM TO TABLE RESTAURANTS Local Restaurants Serving Local Food CAMBRIDGE Catalyst Chef/Owner William Kovel’s passion for simple, delicious food is reflected in Catalyst Restaurant’s modern American cuisine. Catalyst celebrates each season by featuring the best ingredients from a wide range of farms and food producers in the region, focusing on locally grown organic produce and wild and farm-raised food from sustainable practices. Diners can catch a glimpse of the chef at work in the chef’s dining area, while atrium dining, with its floorto-ceiling 30-foot windows, supplies plenty of natural light throughout the year. In the spring, summer and fall months, the covered and heated outdoor patio offers a beautifully landscaped spot for al fresco dining. 300 Technology Sq., Cambridge. 617576-3000. GROTON Farm To Table Café at Groton Wellness Located within its Medical and Spa Center, the Farm To Table Café at Groton Wellness offers nourishing meals, homemade soups, rejuvenating smoothies, organic coffee or tea and home baked desserts. The Café serves only the freshest, finest-quality organic 24

and all-natural ingredients, with many gluten-free and vegan dishes offered daily. Ingredients are purchased from local and sustainable farms whenever possible, and meals are prepared without using refined flours or sugars. Natural Foods Chef Karen Zimmerman creates daily dishes using homemade condiments, nourishing bone broths and sauces and chemicalfree meats and produce. Diners can be assured that meat, poultry and eggs are grass-fed, hormone-free and pasture-raised. “Food is medicine; food is energy,” says Zimmerman. “Eating sustainably grown vegetables and humanely treated animals is the only way I see for creating health in ourselves and the world.” Mill Run Plaza, 493-495 Main St., Groton. 978449-9919. GrotonDentalWellness. com/Farm-Table-Cafe. NEWTON Farmstead Table Husband-and-wife co-owners Chad and Sharon Burns have created an innovative classic American country kitchen, inspired by the fresh, pure ingredients of local farmers. At the entrance to Farmstead Table, a blackboard lists the local farmers and purveyors whose products the restaurant uses. They blend French technique with their own culinary creativity to created dishes with ingredients that speak for themselves.

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Diners can pair meals with cocktails, often showcasing spirits from local distilleries, domestic craft brews and finely curated wines. They share, “We are dedicated to being actively involved in our community, contributing sustainable, responsibly sourced product and knowledge, and in doing so, establishing ourselves as a place for our community members to gather.” 71 Union St., Newton. 617- 9286000. WATERTOWN Porcini’s Restaurant Since 1996, Chef Rodney Moreira has been growing fresh herbs and vegetables on Porcini’s garden patio beginning in late April/early May, and incorporates them into many of the dishes he serves each night. Diners enjoy dishes that include green and purple basil, rosemary, mint, jalapeno hot peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, green and red peppers and scallions. Dining is available on the patio with seating up to 40 guests from late spring through early fall and can be reserved for special family or corporate events. 68 School St., Watertown. 617-9242221. ALL AROUND BOSTON Clover Food Lab Twelve locations (five restaurants and seven food trucks) are scattered around Boston, all serving a menu that changes day-to-day to stay in sync with the best-tasting seasonal ingredients. Founder and CEO Ayr Muir says, “Clover food is fast food. We are obsessed with speed; our average serve times are around 3.5 minutes.” Despite their fast preparation, fresh food—they do not own any freezers—is cut as close as possible to when it is served. They typically use 30 to 60 percent organic ingredients depending on the time of year, and 40 to 85 percent of their ingredients are

sourced from the Northeast. Headquarters: 7 Holyoke St., Cambridge. Metro Pedal Power Not a restaurant, but rather a produce distribution solution between the farmer and restaurant produce buyers, Metro Pedal Power delivers farm-fresh produce to restaurants with chefs that want to source as much of their food as local as possible. Deliveries are made on Metro Pedal Power’s fleet of pedal-powered vehicles (bicycles), eliminating gas-powered vehicles from the last mile of inter-city freight routes, a concept that the team of dedicated individuals believes in. Wenzday Jane of Metro Pedal Power says that many of the chefs that are passionate about local produce work in small restaurants requiring small orders, so sending a truck with only 30 to 40 pounds of produce is wasteful. “That kind of trip is really easy for us to make on our pedalpowered vehicles.” They also make to-go deliveries for some local area restaurants, perform waste hauling and offer same- and next-day parcel service. 617-776-3700.

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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:


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Did the FDA declare war on the natural products industry in the 1990s?

James Gormley Takes On the FDA

The FDA conducted numerous and illegal raids on health food stores, supplement makers and practitioners. In an infamous barbaric raid on the clinic of integrative physician Dr. Jonathan Wright, in Tahoma, Washington, in 1992, agents and deputized officers converged with guns drawn, terrorizing patients and staff because Wright was giving his patients legal L-tryptophan supplements to help with sleep and mood. It was dubbed the “vitamin B-bust”. A federal grand jury declined to indict Wright on the charges stemming from the raid.

Why the Natural Health Movement Must Protect Itself by Kathleen Barnes


ames Gormley, a leader of the natural health movement in the U.S. and an award-winning health journalist, is a passionate advocate for natural health. For more than 20 years, he’s been at the forefront in the fight against government restriction of dietary supplements and for transparency in the food industry, and has twice participated in America’s trade delegation to the United Nations Codex Alimentarius Commission, advocating for health freedom. Gormley’s editorial positions have included editor-in-chief of Better Nutrition and editorial director for the Vitamin Retailer Magazine Group. He now serves as both vice president and senior policy advisor for Citizens for Health and as a scientific advisory board member with the Natural Health Research Institute. His latest book, Health at Gunpoint: The FDA’s Silent War Against Health Freedom, poses a strong stance against government interference in our rights to information about and access to healthy food and supplements.

Why do you believe that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are tainted by special interests, particularly big companies in the pharmaceutical and food industries? The FDA was created to address issues of food and drug contamination and adulteration. Dr. Harvey Wiley, the courageous first leader of its predecessor, the Bureau of Chemistry, expressed his disgust with the unintended consequences in his 1929 26

book, The History of a Crime Against the Food Law: The Amazing Story of the National Food and Drugs Law Intended to Protect the Health of the People, Perverted to Protect Adulteration of Foods and Drugs. The FDA has been beholden to drug companies for decades. Making the situation worse, a 2012 law loosened conflict of interest restrictions for FDA advisory panels. That has further weakened the agency’s review system and likely allowed more drugs with safety problems to gain marketing approval, according to an analysis published in the journal Science in 2013. In addition, 40 percent of the FDA’s last budget increase came from user fees on prescription drugs paid by the pharmaceutical giants. The USDA has the potential to do much good, but is bogged down with politics and mandates to push questionable biotechnology.

With regard to the controversy over genetically modified organisms (GMO), are certain companies being given undue influence in national policy making? Yes. A perfect example was the ability of Monsanto to block initiatives requiring labeling of food products that contain GMOs in California and Washington state. Monsanto and the food industry continue to leverage their considerable influence in the U.S. Congress to block such legislation on a national level, despite the massive outcry from consumers demanding to know the identity and origin of the food we eat.

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Current European Union and international codex policies maintain that most necessary nutrients can and should be obtained from foods, so they have dramatically limited the availability of many supplements. Do you expect such a policy to become part of U.S. law? These European policies fly in the face of reality and every major food study conducted since World War II. The superrefined, overly processed Western diet does not and cannot fully supply optimal levels of daily nutrients. The U.S. has made minor efforts to tread this dangerous path and been met with tremendous consumer outrage. Potential related laws and policies would have to make it past an avalanche of public comments.

What is the current status of the fight for health freedom, and what is your prognosis for the future? Substantial threats to our health freedom still exist, but I am optimistic. Three highly credible nonprofit organizations are leading the way: the Alliance for Natural Health, Citizens for Health and the National Health Federation. If consumers remain vigilant and stay informed on the issues identified by these advocates, we will be able to tackle and defeat threats to Americans’ health freedoms as they emerge. Kathleen Barnes has authored many natural health books. Connect at

therapyspotlight Recognizing Nutritional Needs with Morphogenic Field Technique orphogenic Field Technique (MFT) describes a series


of procedures performed in a professional health care setting with the goal of communicating with the body, via its nervous system/energy field, or Morphogenic Field. Also called the M-Field, this energy resonance informs the practitioner and patient about the nutritional needs of the body at the cellular level. The entire procedure takes approximately 10 to 15 minutes when performed by a skilled practitioner. The MFT procedure was developed to address the nutritional challenges created by the degrading food supply in America. Fortunately, these challenges are often resolved using customized dietary changes combined with organic whole food-sourced supplements. When MFT is performed, the body’s nervous system, through its energy field, has the opportunity to provide “information” Kristine Jelstrup about the nutritional needs of that person. With this important information, the patient can be advised of the nutritional changes required to keep their energy field large and balanced, moving them toward greater health. While performing the procedure, the health care practitioner first measures the M-Field for size and symmetry. In other words, is it “big” and is it “balanced”? If the patient’s M-Field is small (less than 2 feet) or asymmetrical (larger in the front than in the back, for example), the patient is considered to have a health challenge. Next, it is determined if this challenge can be corrected with the right nutritional supplementation or dietary change. If so, the appropriate changes are advised. At the end of the procedure, with the right nutritional protocol, the patient’s energy field will be larger and more symmetrical. “The MFT procedure is incredibly fast, efficient and accurate,” says Kristine Jelstrup, a natural health care practitioner in Cambridge who is certified in MFT. “Invariably, as the patient’s energy field expands, becomes more balanced and stable, their overall health improves. Today in America, there is not a single person without a nutritional health issue as a result of 150 years of dietary degradation brought upon by the commercial food industry. If your health is less than optimal, you might consider making an appointment for an MFT session,” she encourages. For more information about MFT, visit Kristine Jelstrup owns Central Square Health and Wellness, 126 Prospect St., #5, Cambridge. Call 617-833-3407 or visit Central See ad on page 14 and Resource Guide on page 39. natural awakenings

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onnie Jackson, M.D., practiced obstetrics it is nutritional,” says Jackson. “People’s diets and gynecology for 20 years before beare not as good as they used to be and concoming a functional medicine practitiotain more fast foods. Even the so-called fresh ner 10 years ago. Today, Jackson sees patients foods we eat may not be as vital as they were in Stow and Brookline, where she specializes just 50 years ago.” in bioidentical hormone replacement therapy Some of Jackson’s patients benefit (BHRT) and functional metabolic and nutritionfrom a combination of thyroid replacement al medicine for men and women. medication and the right nutrients, she says. “My original training focused on diagnosing Nutritional support for hypothyroidism can and treating diseases with medication, which include iodine, certain amino acids and other mostly just covers up the problem,” says Jackvitamins and minerals that aid the function of son. “In functional medicine we try to figure out thyroid-stimulating hormones in the body. where things are going wrong that create symp For male and female patients at mid-life, Connie Jackson, M.D. toms and diseases, and we begin to intervene at Jackson may prescribe bioidentical hormones that level.” to restore energy, good sleep, sex drive and While the majority of Jackson’s patients are women, greater enjoyment of life. “I get many patients who’ve done many of them are referring their male relatives to the praca lot of doctor shopping, and they’re often so relieved and tice as they see results with functional medicine and BHRT. happy that I really listened to them and wanted to help “Men are beginning to reach for tools to help them with them put the puzzle together,” Jackson says. “I get much such things as low libido and loss of stamina, decreased more satisfaction trying to find and fix the root of the probmuscle mass and weakness, hair loss, depression, anxiety, lem, and I’m passionate about my work because I see posimemory and sleep issues and brain fog,” she says. tive results.” Jackson says that because many of these symptoms overlap with hypothyroidism, a man that thinks he’s dealLocations: Pond Ave., Brookline or 132 Great Rd., Stow. For ing with low testosterone may have issues related to diet or more information, call 617-232-0202 (Brookline) or 617abnormal thyroid function. “Hypothyroidism is becoming 879-0403 (Stow) or visit See ad something of an epidemic, and we have to think that part of on page 27, and Resource Guide on page 39. Rachael Solem, Irving House at Harvard

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icture Perfect Pets, In Burlington, has added a second Puppy Bus to its fleet due to the growing demand for its Puppy Day School, a drop-off dog training program. Owner Bette Yip says training begins the moment the bus driver arrives at the dog’s home, where the animal practices patiently waiting, being released and walking on a leash from doorway to bus. “Dogs love the Puppy Bus program,” says Yip. “While there is usually a little chatter as the dogs greet each new rider that joins the pack, they soon settle into enjoying a peaceful, quiet and relaxing ride to set the tone for their school day.” Yip says that the Puppy Bus experience is an effective way for puppies to learn how to ride safely in a vehicle early on. “Young puppies start out riding in a crate that’s secured into the vehicle, which is the safest way for a dog to ride in a car,” Yip notes. “For practical reasons, some large-breed dogs graduate to riding in special seatbelt harnesses.” Yip says that dogs can move from Puppy Day School to a Doggy Middle School curriculum and, eventually, Mentor Dog status. Location: Picture Perfect Pets, 374 Cambridge St., Burlington. For more information, call 617-966-4240 or See ad on page 33.

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POOCH 10 Foods to Make a Dog’s Coat Glow by Suzi Beber


o keep our dog’s skin and coat healthy, supplements may first come to mind, especially oils and powders. However, whole foods deserve a closer look for naturally elegant results.


Chia seeds contain more healthy omega-3 fats and fiber than flax or other grain seeds and are a good source of protein and antioxidants, notes Patrick Skerrett, executive editor of Harvard Health Publications. They are abundant in alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), a plantbased form of omega-3, which combats skin inflammation and improves the skin’s texture and softness, says holistic nutritionist Melissa Diane Smith, of Tucson, Arizona.


Eggs are nutritional powerhouses containing the most bioavailable protein for dogs. Eggs have vitamin A, which promotes cell turnover. Their zinc further supports protein synthesis and cell division, necessary for wound healing, the formation of connective tissue and skin health, according to the National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements. Egg yolks provide a valuable source of biotin, effective in treating dry skin, seborrhea and itching associated with skin allergies, reports, a website of veterinarians Dr. Race Foster and Dr. Marty 30

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Smith, owners of Foster and Smith, Inc. Avoid raw eggs, as they contain avidin, which interferes with the metabolism of biotin, fats, glucose and amino acids, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.


Almonds contain the entire vitamin E family of tocopherols and tocotrienols. “Deficiency of vitamin E has been implicated in the development of certain dermatological disorders in dogs,” counsels Lee Russell McDowell, Ph.D., in Vitamins in Animal and Human Nutrition. Almonds are also an excellent source of B vitamins, copper, manganese, magnesium, zinc and bioflavonoids, with a trace of omega-3. While safe in small quantities for larger dogs, whole almonds are not easily digested and can upset the stomach and create intestinal distress. Almonds are easily ground into a powder using a blender, and almond meal is also available at many grocery stores.


Renowned herbalist Juliette de Bairacli Levy pioneered the use of coconut in natural diets for companion animals. Raw coconut contains medium-chain, saturated fats that transform into energy and can decrease bacterial growth, irritation and inflammation, according to naturopathic

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physician Bruce Fife, a certified nutritionist, doctor of naturopathy and author of The Coconut Oil Miracle.


Carob, the fruit of the Ceratonia siliqua tree, is rich in natural sugars, vitamins and minerals. Free of the stimulants caffeine and theobromine found in chocolate, it’s safe for dogs and its vitamin E supports skin health. Recent research published in the Iraqi Postgraduate Medical Journal shows that carob also has natural antibacterial properties.


A fortifying cereal low in starch and high in mineral content, especially potassium and phosphorus, oats also harbor calcium, magnesium, B vitamins and iron. The grain’s primary benefit to skin and coat is its soluble fiber content, which also helps a dog’s gastrointestinal system to remove toxins.


Liver from grass-fed animals enhances healthy skin. Nutrients include calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc, copper, vitamins A, C, D, E and eight B vitamins, including thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, folic acid and biotin.

Wild Salmon

Cooked wild salmon is ripe with omega-3 fatty acids, which along with benefiting the skin and coat, appear to boost the immune system, and may assist dogs with allergies, according to the article “10 ‘People’ Foods for Dogs,” by Elizabeth Pask and Laura Scott.


Cranberries contain a variety of bioactive components, including proanthocyanidins and anthocyanin antioxidants, plus the phytochemical ellagic acid. “Animal experiments show that supplementation with anthocyanins effectively prevents inflammation and subsequent blood vessel damage,” explains Northern California Registered Dietitian Marilyn Sterling, who also points to myriad studies of the antioxidant power of proanthocyanidins. According to the American Institute of Cancer Research, ellagic acid can prevent skin cancers. The 16th-century herbalist Henry Lyte documented their use in treating skin wounds and eczema.

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes can be considered a skin superfood, because they hold a high level of betacarotene (a precursor form of vitamin A) and are a good source of vitamin E. Their vitamin C content, which increases with cooking, facilitates collagen production, contributes to photoprotection, decreases photodamage and supports wound healing, according to a report by Alexander J. Michels, Ph.D., of the Oregon State University Linus Pauling Institute. Suzi Beber is the founder of The Smiling Blue Skies Cancer Fund via Canada’s University of Guelph Veterinary College and Teaching Hospital Pet Trust. She also contributes to Animal Wellness magazine, from which this article was adapted and used with permission. 32

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Chow Down Try to use organic ingredients whenever possible for all of these recipes.

¼ cup goat’s milk Olive oil Combine ingredients in a mediumsized bowl; let sit for 10 miutes.  Lightly coat a pan with olive oil, add bowl contents and then scramble like regular eggs. Cool before serving as a topping to a dog’s regular meal.  

Cooked Liver Paté

Same ingredients as liver paté. Hard boil the eggs and set aside. Lightly sauté liver in a pan with the olive oil, sea salt and kelp. Cook until pink is gone. Cool and then combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender until smooth. Serve and store as indicated above. Source: Recipes courtesy of Suzi Beber.

Raw Liver Paté

Chia Coconut Crunch

1½ cups rolled oats 1 tsp baking powder ½ cup coconut flour 1½ Tbsp chia seeds ¼ cup coconut oil 1 cup almond butter 2 whole eggs 1 tsp pure vanilla ¼ cup carob chips Preheat oven to 350 F. Cover a large cookie sheet with parchment paper. Combine all ingredients except carob chips. After ingredients are well incorporated, add carob chips. Form small balls of dough with hands, place on cookie sheet and lightly flatten each ball with the back of a fork. Bake for 10 minutes in preheated oven. Cool completely before serving. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container or bag.  

½ lb liver (chicken or bison) 2 eggs 1 tsp sea salt or kelp 1 Tbsp olive oil Whirl all ingredients together in a food processor or blender until smooth. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Use as a topper for regular meals.

Oats ‘n Egg Scramble 2 eggs, whisked ½ cup rolled oats

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Healing with Sound Vibration – 6-7pm. Join Mary and Claudia as they introduce you to the healing qualities of sound vibration. They will assist you in clearing energy blocks through crystal bowl meditation and Atlas Balancing technique. Free. Blossom Healings, 468 Main St, Stoneham. 781-526-7546.

Healthy Skin Care and Fitness Event – 6:308:30pm. Commit to a green lifestyle while getting amazing anti-aging and fitness results with Arbonne personal care and nutrition. Join us for samples and meaningful consultation. Free. Preservation Properties, 439 Newtonville Ave, Newton. 617212-2062.

Charles River Herb Walk – 12:15-1:15pm. Over 40 different species of medicinal plants grow along the Charles River between Harvard and Central. Learn to identify and work with these urban herbs. $5. Harvard Weld Boathouse, JFK St at Memorial Dr, Cambridge. 617-750-5274.


The Healing through Reiki Clinic – 6:308:30pm. Reiki healing is a natural, light touch therapy that gently balances life energies and brings healing on three levels: emotional, physical, and spiritual. One of the greatest Reiki health benefits is stress reduction. Donation. TS Center for Spiritual Studies, 21 Maple St, Arlington. 617-849-3198.

Herb Walk at Hall’s Pond – 5:30-6:30pm. Identify medicinal plants growing in the Hall’s Pond Sanctuary, the founding land for the Mass Audubon Society. $5. Hall’s Pond Sanctuary, Beacon St, near Hawes St T stop, meet at gates by tennis courts, Brookline. 617-750-5274.

Boston Pops Concert – Oval opens at 4pm, concert begins at 7:30pm. Also on July 4: Oval opens at 9am, concert begins at 7:30pm. 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.

FRIDAY, JULY 4 4th of July Fireworks – 9:30pm, 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.

MONDAY, JULY 7 Recycled Rag Weaving Class – July 7-12. 10am4pm. Make a pot holder to add a bit of creativity and color to your kitchen and cooking. It only takes a day and lasts for years. Beginner level. $65, materials included. Amy C. Lund, Handweaver Studio & Gallery, 3964 Main Rd, Tiverton. 401816-0000.


The Incredible Dr. You Workshop – 7:308:30pm. First class in a series of two breaking down the basics of “Network Spinal Analysis,” which is the method of chiropractic that we use at Newton Chiropractic. Helps you get more out of your adjustments and enlightens you on just how incredible your body is at healing itself. Free. Newton Chiropractic & Wellness Centre, 383 Elliot St, Ste 250, Newton. 617-964-3332. Trigger Point Release Seminar – 7:30-8:30pm. Discover why gentle touch is so effective in reducing pain and tension in the body, and learn techniques to effectively do this at home. Bring a partner as it requires another person to do it. Space limited, registration required. Free. Newton Chiropractic & Wellness Centre, 383 Elliot St, Ste 250, Newton. 617-964-3332.

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Meet the Tribe at Buddha Bear’s Den – 6:308:30pm. Learn how the tribe at Buddha Bear’s Den connects the chakras with color, sound and therapeutic touch to help on your path of healing. Free. Buddha Bear’s Den, 1019 Boston Post Rd, upstairs treatment room of White Lotus Massage, Marlborough. 774-314-8448. Herbalism as First Aid – 7-9pm. Learn to make your own herbal first aid kit and identify and use common plants for wounds, bites, stings, burns and more. $25. CommonWealth Center for Herbal Medicine, 25 Saint Mary’s Ct, Brookline. 617-7505274.

FRIDAY, JULY 11 Celebrate National Blueberry Muffin Day – 10am-4pm. Pop in and pick up Amy C. Lund’s “Best Berry Muffin Recipe” to celebrate

National Blueberry month by Living Artfully & Creatively Every Day. Free. Handweaver Studio & Gallery, 3964 Main Rd, Tiverton. 401-816-0000.

SATURDAY, JULY 12 Day of Healing and Insight – 10:30am-3:30pm. Top area practitioners offer healing and intuitive sessions to benefit the TS Center for Spiritual Studies Operations Fund. $25/25-min session. TS Center for Spiritual Studies, 21 Maple St, Arlington. 508-481-2547. Yoga Nidra Workshop – 11am-12:30pm. Instructor Alaine Amaral, BFA, RYT500, introduces yoga nidra which is a form of guided meditation, translating as “yogic sleep.” A combination of relaxation, affirmation, breathwork and visualization techniques. Pre-registration preferred but not required. $25. Visions HealthCare, 910 Washington St, Dedham. 781431-1333. Kundalini Yoga & Healing with the Gong – 1-2:15pm. Instructor Alaine Amaral BFA, RYT500, guides a gentle kundalini yoga set to balance the nervous system and relax the body; followed by a long, luxurious lay-out. Pre-registration preferred but not required. $18. Visions HealthCare, 910 Washington St, Dedham. 781-431-1333.

SUNDAY, JULY 13 Sports Massage, Stretching PNF & Cramp Management – 9am-6pm. Join Meghan Mari and Rachel Fairweather, owners of Jing Massage school in Brighton England, this summer to get a fresh look and new approach to add to your massages. Learn to perform isolated PNF for the entire body as well as a variety of techniques to assess and help athletes and/or clients make quick gains in range of motion to reduce pain, help recover from injuries, improve performance and improve all around movement. $320. Cortiva Institute, 103 Morse St, Watertown. 617-668-1000.

– 9am-6pm. Learn how to effectively assess and treat the most commonly injured musculoskeletal pains and injuries throughout the body. Focus on Carpel tunnel and repetitive stress injuries. $160. Cortiva Institute, 103 Morse St, Watertown. 617668-1000.

Tiverton Arts & Artisan Festival happening right outside the door. Free. Amy C. Lund, Handweaver Studio & Gallery, 3964 Main Rd, Tiverton. 401816-0000.

Just Breathe: Somato-Respiratory Integration Workshop – 7:30-8:30pm. Learn breathing exercises that will help you to release tension and calm your mind. Somato-Respiratory Integration (SRI) helps enhance your chiropractic care as well as free up energy in your body. $20. Newton Chiropractic & Wellness Centre, 383 Elliot St, Ste 250, Newton. 617-964-3332.

Medicinal Plant Walk – 1-3pm. Learn to identify local medicinal plants and understand how they help heal us. We will look at which parts of the plants are used medicinally and how they support health. $15. Rock Meadow, Mill St, Belmont. 781643-6319.

FRIDAY, JULY 18 Sand Sculpting Festival – July 18-20. 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. Free. Revere Beach, Revere. 978749-6700.

SATURDAY, JULY 19 Run to Home Base – Run or walk through scenic Boston and end with an unforgettable experience of crossing home plate at historic Fenway Park. A fundraising event helping to provide services to local veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. 617-226-6012. For info on registration & fees: Arts & Activities at the Mill Pond Studios & Galleries – 10am-4pm. Artful activities throughout the day. Stop by the Studio & Gallery and visit the


Reiki Clinic – 1:30-4:30pm. 30-min Reiki treatments by group of practitioners. Preregistration required. $15; free for practitioners. Arlington Reiki Associates, 366 Massachusetts Ave, Ste 304, Arlington. Jean: 617-835-9963.

TUESDAY, JULY 22 How to Get What You Want with a Little Help from Your Friends: Hypnosis Seminar – 6:308pm. Interactive and fun group exercise followed by hypnosis session to help you overcome obstacles to achieving your dream. Facilitated by Kathryn McGlynn, Certified Hypnotist. Benefit event. Donation. The Healing Center at Our Weeping Angel Foundation, 190 Old Derby St, Ste 100, Hingham. 781-340-2146. Trigger Point Release Seminar – 7:30-8:30pm. Discover why gentle touch is so effective in reducing pain and tension in the body, and learn techniques to effectively do this at home. Bring a partner as it requires another person to do it. Space limited, registration required. Free. Newton

Reiki Level 1 Training – 9:30am-6:30pm. Improve your health and well-being, promote mindfulness, and learn to care for others with the gentle transformative practice of Reiki. CEUs for RNs and LMTs. $150. Brenner Reiki Healing, 324 Central St, Newton. 617-244-8856. Free Introduction to Reiki – 10am-12pm. Also July 26. Learn about this healing art for stressreduction and relaxation. Sample treatments, lecture and guided imagery. Pre-registration required. Free. Arlington Reiki Associates, 366 Mass Ave, Ste 304, Arlington. 781-648-9334.

MONDAY, JULY 14 Simplicity Scarf Weaving Class – July 14-19. 10am-4pm. Slow down and let your creativity flow and wind through the woven threads as you weave a Simple Cotton Scarf. 1-day class. Beginner level. $145, materials included. Amy C. Lund, Handweaver Studio & Gallery, 3964 Main Rd, Tiverton. 401-816-0000.

TUESDAY, JULY 15 Unraveling the Mysteries of Musculoskeletal Pain: Carpel Tunnel and Repetitive Stress Injuries

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 23 Fertility Awareness Method Class – July 23 & Aug 20. 6-9pm. 2-session workshop. Learn how to chart your menstrual cycle and to use the information to achieve or avoid pregnancy without synthetic hormones. $100. Democracy Center, 45 Mt Auburn St, Cambridge. Registration required: 617-899-7624. Understanding ADD/ADHD – 7-8pm. Dr. Gary Kracoff will explain what may be going on behind the ADD/ADHD symptoms. Homeopathic, nutritional and herbal products will be presented that can be helpful. Discussion will include beneficial diet suggestions, supplementation, homeopathic remedies and lifestyle changes. Free. Johnson Compounding & Wellness, 577 Main St, Waltham. 781-893-3870. Introduction to Flower Essences – 7-9pm. Learn to use flower essences, energetic medicines derived from living flowers, to heal emotional, psychological, and physical imbalances. $25. CommonWealth Center for Herbal Medicine, 25 Saint Mary’s Ct, Brookline. 617-750-5274. Shakespeare on the Common – Thru Aug 10. Performances are usually 8pm, Tues-Sat and 7pm, Sun with a 3pm matinee on July 26. 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.

THURSDAY, JULY 24 Artisan Gallery Open Studio – 5-8pm. Celebrate Tiverton with special after-hours shopping and open studios at the Mill Pond Art & Artisan Studios & Galleries and throughout Tiverton Four Corners. Free. Amy C. Lund, Handweaver Studio & Gallery, 3964 Main Rd, Tiverton. 401-8160000.

Ava Anderson Non-Toxic Summer Sizzle Tour – 6-8pm. An opportunity to meet Ava Anderson live and to our hear her message and information about toxic chemicals that are used legally in most main stream personal care products. All are welcome. Free. Waltham. For more info: 413-281-0533.

Contemplative Full Moon Labyrinth Walks – 7pm. Walk the labyrinth as a meditative way to connect with grounding earth energy, the cycles of the moon and our own cycles of energy, focus and intention. 617-833-3035. Somerville Community Growing Center, 22 Vinal Ave.


Meditation, Music and Mantra – 7-8:30pm. Enjoy deep meditation with meditative music and chanting. For experienced meditators and beginners alike. Includes some guided visualizations with students of spiritual master Sri Chinmoy. Free. Easy Does It Studio, 493 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington. 617-299-0970.

Summer Arts Weekend in Boston – July 2627. Free concerts throughout the days feature jazz, classical, bluegrass, folk and Celtic music. Centered around Copley Square, Back Bay. Detox 101: Supercharge Your Brain – 8:30am1:30pm. Explore brain health from a totally different perspective. Engage in fun breakthrough exercises, do a health inventory on yourself and develop your personal health strategy. For those who want to take control and have an incredible quality of life. $65. Palmer Family Chiropractic, 114 Water St, Milford. 877-609-6767. Work and Learn Garden Days 10am-1pm. Spend time outdoors, learn and/or teach, and help the garden thrive for all to enjoy. Bring gloves, snacks and water container, if desired. A chance to get dirty while building community. Free. Somerville Community Growing Center, 22 Vinal Ave. Weekend Workshop Intensive with Sweetgrass Herbals – July 26-27. 10am-4pm. Join us in beautiful Vermont for this 2-day herbal workshop of hands-on medicine making, plant walks, indepth study of uses, preparations and dosages of local plant medicines. Delicious food, morning yoga and more. Cost includes meals and materials. $$225 if registering with a friend; $250. Lincoln, VT. 413-668-4257.


MONDAY, JULY 28 Ninja Movie Summer Camp for Kids – July 28Aug 1. 8:30am-1pm. During this week, kids will participate in a ninja movie along with creating their own costumes and character. $200. SSOMA, 1100 Massachusetts Ave, 3rd Fl, Arlington. 781-6410262. BoomTown Summer Concert Series – July 2831. 7pm. Bring friends, family members and the folks you work with and enjoy great musicians and their music. Concerts feature a different musical group each evening. Free. Multicultural Art Center Theater, 41 Second St, East Cambridge. 617-5771400.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 15 Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training – Aug 15-17. Immerse yourself in laughter for a weekend and discover how to skillfully lead Laughter Yoga. Instantly infuse yourself and your relationships with compassion, joy and confidence. “Laughter is the new meditation.” $295/$110. Blue Mountain Eco-Friendly Retreat Center, Knoxville, MD.

Tall Ship Tours – July 27-28. 10am-6pm. Tour America’s Tall Ship, the Eagle, the tallest tall ship in the U.S. Coast Guard’s fleet. Free. Charlestown Navy Yard.

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daily Free Basic Yoga, Breathing, Relaxation and Meditation Class – 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. For times & availability: 617-354-9642. 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 behindthe-scenes tour and hear about the hall and the history and traditions of the famed musicians and conductors. Boston Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave, Boston. For available dates & times: 617-638-9390. Strengthening and Weight Loss Classes – 6am & 7pm. Small group classes tailored to your needs. We help people that were injured and don’t know where to start. Cost varies. The AIS Institute, 103 Morse St, Watertown. 617-393-1829.

sunday Fit Doggie and Me: Free Trial Workouts – 9am-12pm. Also Sat. A unique program designed for people to work out with their dogs. Runs once a week for 4 wks and includes a 15-min educational session from a different professional each week. Thorndike Park, Arlington. 617-3354903. SoWa Farmers’ Market – Thru Oct 26. 10am4pm. A foodie’s delight with 60 mouth-watering stands every week. Find the freshest produce, dairy products, meats and herbs from local farms and shop the many specialty food stands for unusual and creative gourmet products and services. Shop local and support area farmers. Free. SoWa Farmers’ Market, 460 Harrison Ave, Boston. SoWaSundays. com/FarmersMkt. SoWa Vintage Market – 10am-4pm. Designers, collectors, appreciators of the beautiful and unusual love this market. A cool, urban, vintage flea market featuring fresh vintage and designer finds every week. Free. SoWa Vintage Market, 460C Harrison Ave, Boston. SoWa Food Truck Court – Thru Oct 26. 11am4pm. Food truck heaven with 25 food trucks all in one location. Munch on a scrumptious grilled cheese sandwich, have a slice of gourmet pizza, overdose on bacon or eat healthy with rice and veggies. SoWa Food Truck Court, 540 Harrison Ave, Boston. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu – 3:30-4:30pm. A martial art, combat sport and a self-defense system. Students learn techniques that not only increase their physical fitness, but also challenges the mind. $100. SSOMA,

1100 Mass Ave, 3rd Fl, Arlington. 781-641-0262. 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. $75/6-wk series, $15/drop-in. The Center at Westwoods, 590 Gay St, Westwood. 617-869-9574. Free Sunday Night Movies in Christopher Columbus Park – 8pm, approximately. Movies include a number of favorites from the past 40 years. For dates & movie titles:

monday Therapeutic Qigong – 11:15am-12:15pm. Also Wed. An ancient Chinese self-healing exercise typically involving moving meditation, coordinating slow flowing movement, deep rhythmic breathing and a calm meditative state of mind. Intended to cultivate and balance life energy, restoring the cells to their normal function. $125/ full month, $80/4 sessions, $25/drop-in. TS Center for Spiritual Studies, 21 Maple St, Arlington. 617997-9922. Mindfulness Meditation for Professional Women – 12:15-12:30pm. Participate in a telephonic 15min mindfulness meditation led by a woman leader. Free. Register: MindfulnessForWomen. Yoga for Wellbeing – 2-3pm. Enjoy yoga’s benefits to the mind, heart, body and energy in this class. Gentle postures, breath, energy-centering practices, compassionate self-awareness and inspiration. Bring own yoga matt, blanket, pillow as desired. $15. TS Center for Spiritual Studies, 21 Maple St, Arlington. 781-648-0101. Ideal Protein Free Workshop – 6-7pm. Learn about natural, healthy, medically supervised weight loss with a registered nurse and certified well coach. Free. Ideal Weight-Total Well Coach, 112B Boston Rd, Rte 119, Groton. 617-666-1122. Anxiety and Panic Support Group – 6:30pm. First Mon. 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. Free. Washington St, Newton. Doreen: 617-8493198. 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. Let’s Laugh Today Laughter Yoga – 7-8pm. 3rd Mon. Any age and any level of physical ability can

enjoy this unique exercise of laughter and clapping combined with gentle breathing that brings oxygen to the body’s cells. Give enhanced vitality, energy and a feeling of real well-being. Free. Unitarian Church of Sharon, 4 N Main St, Sharon. 508-6602223.

tuesday Practitioner’s Breakfast – 7:30-9am. 3rd Tues. Enjoy breakfast from Farm to Table Café. All health care practitioners are welcome to share breakfast and knowledge. Monthly speakers and presentations. Working together to increase the overall wellness of our great community. Free. Groton Wellness, 493 Main St, Mill Run Plaza, Groton. 978-449-9919. Free Stretching Class – 9-9:30am. Free class for the senior community, conducted by Dr. Binh Nguyen, CCSP, CKTP. Introduction to stretching and resistance band training for muscle strengthening. Hopkinton Senior Center, 28 Mayhew St, Hopkinton. 508-497-9730. Noon Concerts on the Freedom Trail – 12pm. Stop by to hear a 30-40-min concert. Performers vary each week and perform a wide variety of music ranging from jazz to folk, medieval to modern. $3 suggested donation. King’s Chapel, 64 Beacon St, Boston. 617-523-1749. Group Yoga Therapy – 12:30-2pm. A highly individualized, self-empowering process that combines the healing properties of health care and yoga. $180/8 wks. Visions HealthCare, 910 Washington St, Dedham. 781-231-5431. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu – 6:15-7:15pm. Beneficial in helping individuals gain more knowledge on how to defend oneself and increase self-discipline. Learn techniques that increase physical fitness and mental training. Call for pricing. Arlington Dojo, 1100 Massachusetts Ave, 3rd Fl, Arlington. 781-6410262. Therapeutic Qigong – 6:30-7:30pm. An ancient Chinese self-healing exercise typically involving moving meditation, coordinating slow flowing movement, deep rhythmic breathing and a calm meditative state of mind. Intended to cultivate and balance life energy, restoring the cells to their normal function. $125/full month, $80/4 sessions, $25/drop-in. TS Center for Spiritual Studies, 21 Maple St, Arlington. 617-997-9922. Pajama Storytime – 6:30-7:30pm. Except July 15. Pack a picnic, grab your favorite bedtime friend, get your pajamas and come to the garden for a nature-themed storytime. Geared for 3-6 year olds but all ages welcome. Free. Somerville Community Growing Center, 22 Vinal Ave. 781-771-0692. Reiki Clinic – 6:30-8:30pm. Reiki sessions on the 2nd Tues of the month on a donations only basis. TS Center for Spiritual Studies, 21 Maple St, Arlington. 617-849-3198. For appt, Kathleen: KWelcome09@

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wednesday Tong Ren Energy Healing Group – 9-10am. Remove blockages in the flow of chi so that the body can better heal itself. Individuals with cancer, lymphoma, diabetes, MS, Parkinson’s, IBS, chronic headaches, chronic pain, hormone problems, arthritis and other ailments have experienced benefits from this work. $10/suggested donation. TS Center for Spiritual Studies, 21 Maple St, Arlington. 617-997-9922. Therapeutic Qigong – 11:15am-12:15pm. Also Mon. An ancient Chinese self-healing exercise typically involving moving meditation, coordinating slow flowing movement, deep rhythmic breathing and a calm meditative state of mind. Intended to cultivate and balance life energy, restoring the cells to their normal function. $125/ full month, $80/4 sessions, $25/drop-in. TS Center for Spiritual Studies, 21 Maple St, Arlington. 617997-9922. Meditation Evenings – 7-8:30pm. Come to meditate and take part in a discussion. Both beginners and experienced meditators welcome. Light refreshments provided. Donation. Advaita Meditation Center, 28 Worcester Ln, Waltham. 781-647-0020.

thursday Gentle Kundalini Yoga with Gong Relaxation – 8:30-10am. Emphasis on breath work meditation. Students given individual attention with modifications of yoga poses if needed. Relax with healing gong vibrations. $12. Newton Highlands Congregational Church, 54 Lincoln St, Newton Highlands. 617-332-3675. Awakening Divine Feminine Energies – 9-10:30am. Raise your vibration with powerful clearings using Violet Flame: flame of the I AM Presence. Class is guided by the energies of the universe and our collective needs for that day/ week. $15. I AM Healing Sanctuary, 18 Sherwood Cir, Sharon. 781-784-1955. Kendall Square Farmers’ Market – Thru Oct. 11am-2pm. Locally grown, healthy and affordable fresh food. Shop for fresh fruits, vegetables, dairy, meats, fish and flowering plants from nearby farmers. Kendall Square, 500 Kendall St, Cambridge. Kendall Square Concert Series – Thru Sept. 12-1:30pm. Jazz at 5pm. A free outdoor concert series. Treat your ears to the sounds of the city’s talented music community. Help aspiring vocalists, instrumentalists and writers build their future. Kendall Square Cambridge Center Plaza. South Shore Community Meditation – 7-8pm. A bimonthly guided meditation, led by a facilitator. Bask in the peace that resides within. No experience necessary; all are welcome. Free. South Shore Integrated Health, 208 Broadway, Hanover. 303589-7208. Sacred Circle Dance – 7-8:30pm. 4th Thurs. An ancient international tradition with simple steps to traditional and newly minted dances. Gather in community and dance in a circle to folk music


from around the world. No partner or experience necessary. Free. Follen Unitarian Universalist Church, Anne Smith Room, 755 Massachusetts Ave, Lexington. 781-643-1586. Somerville Road Runners Night 4.13 Miler – 7:15-8:15pm. It may be raining. It may be hot or cold. The SRR Thursday night run will happen every week, no matter what. Free. Casey’s, 171 Broadway, Somerville. Observatory Night – 7:30-9:30pm. 3rd Thurs. A non-technical lecture and telescopic observing from the observatory roof if weather permits. Free. Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, 60 Garden St, Cambridge. 617-495-7461. CFA.

friday The Web We Weave – July 11-25. 9:30-11am. Each moment we can choose a new way of being, a new way of living, we can unwind the old web and spin a new one. Learn how to make the changes you desire and manifest those changes now. $25/class. I AM Healing Sanctuary, 18 Sherwood Cir, Sharon. 781-784-1955. 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. Group Yoga Therapy – 10-11:30am. No class July 4, 18. A highly individualized, self-empowering process that combines the healing properties of health care and yoga. $180/8 wks. Visions HealthCare, 910 Washington St, Dedham. 781-2315431. Blood Pressure Screenings – 10am-12pm. Free blood pressure screenings on the 1st Fri each month in front of the Old Country Buffet. Watertown Mall, 550 Arsenal St, Watertown. 617-926-4968. Second Fridays Free – 5-8pm. Free evening at the MIT Museum on the 2nd Fri each month. Mingle with friends in the unique galleries and see some of the latest research coming out of MIT. MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge. 617-253-5927. Glass Beadmaking – 6:30-9:30pm. Last Fri. An evening of glass, friends and wine. Spend 3 hrs in one of our studios to experience an introductory taste of working with hot glass in glassblowing and bead making. $75. Diablo Glass School, 123 Terrace St, Boston. 617-442-7444. Maynard Sacred Drum Circle – 7pm. 1st Fri. An ancient practice that builds harmony, restores connection with the Earth, and supports group consciousness. Bring own drum or shaker or borrow one of ours. $10-$20 sliding scale. Bliss Healing Arts, 63 Great Rd, Ste 103, Maynard. 508-481-2547. Reiki Clinic – 7-9pm. 1st Fri. Experience a Reiki session at the Brenner Reiki Healing monthly Reiki Clinic. 30-min time slots available; call to schedule. $10. Brenner Reiki Healing, 324 Central St, Newton. 617-244-8856.

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Free Friday Flicks at the Esplanade – Begins July 11-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.

saturday Adult Shotokan – 7:45-9am. Introduction to Shotokan Karate. $100. SSOMA, 1100 Mass Ave, 3rd Fl, Arlington. 781-641-0262. Open Garden – Thru Oct 5. 9am-12pm. Come and enjoy the open garden. Free. Somerville Community Growing Center, 22 Vinal Ave. Therapeutic Qigong – 11:30am-12:30pm. An ancient Chinese self-healing exercise typically involving moving meditation, coordinating slow flowing movement, deep rhythmic breathing and a calm meditative state of mind. Intended to cultivate and balance life energy, restoring the cells to their normal function. $125/full month, $80/4 sessions, $25/drop-in. Park Ave Congregational Church, 50 Paul Revere Rd, Arlington. 617-9979922. 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. Magic 106.7 Family Film Festival – Thru Aug 30. Entertainment starts at 5pm, movie starts at sundown. Enjoy this free, fun, family activity in Prudential Center’s lovely South Garden. See website for listing of movies. Prudential Center, 800 Boylston St, Boston.

classifieds FOR RENT/LEASE NEWTON CENTRE – Two renovated offices, 3rd floor walk up, includes heat/AC/electricity/Internet. Rooms for $400 & $600, $900 for two. Broker is Principle. 617-969-6188.

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communityresourceguide Connecting you to the leaders in natural health care and green living in our community. To find out how you can be included in the Community Resource Guide, email to request our media kit.


697 Cambridge St, Ste 204, Brighton 2285 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge 617-651-3213 Seetal Cheema is a boardcertified physician in anesthesia and pain management, offering holistic medical care, including acupuncture and yoga.



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

ARBONNE INTERNATIONAL Stephanie Lyon 617-212-2062

Effectively using Bioidentical Hormone Therapy for 10 years; expert gynecologist passionate about supporting women to ease transition through all life phases. Accepts most major insurances. See ad on the back cover.

Anti-aging skin care and nutrition with proven clinical results. Swiss botanical products are vegan, gluten-free, non-toxic. Consumer discounts and consultant options available.


APPLIED KINESIOLOGY VISIONS HEALTHCARE 100 Second Ave, Needham, MA 02494 910 Washington St (Rte 1A) Dedham, MA 02026 781-431-1333

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.


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


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Kristine Jelstrup, LMT, CBK 126 Prospect St, Ste 5, Cambridge, 02139 617-833-3407 Kristine@CentralSquareHealthAnd Achieve optimal health, physically, emotionally, nutritionally. Kristine works with the innate wisdom of the body to clear nervous system interference, creating a balanced body. See ad page 14.


55 Pond Ave, Brookline, MA 02445 132 Great Rd, Ste 201, Stow, MA 01775 617-232-0202 (Brookline) 617-879-0403 (Stow) Specializing in Hormonal Imbalance and Individualized Natural Bioidentical Hormone Treatment for irregular menstrual cycles, hot flashes, night sweats, low sex drive, irritability, fatigue, poor concentration, poor memory, depression and sleep disturbances. Accepting most major insurances. See ad page 27.

Specializing in Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) that works with the body’s natural physiological makeup to bolster flexibility, improve circulation and increase the elasticity of muscle joints and fascia. See ad page 14.


393 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 781-507-4226 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 15.


Rezakkah Norins 22 Mount Auburn St, Watertown 02472 617-254-4088 Twenty years of experience with many techniques, Rezakkah offers comprehensive bodywork tailored to each individual’s needs. Specializing in oncology massage and self-care education.

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Specializing in Neurotherapy, an effective, drug-free treatment for: attention, behavior, emotional, and executive function problems, autistic spectrum, anxiety, depression, post concussion, peak performance and more.See ad page 11.


A state-of-the-art facility offering highest quality health care and commitment to patients. Offering a unique sports chiropractic wellness practice with a family-style focus. See ad page 34.


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


Life Coach, Personal/Professional Development 401-402-0819 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 22.


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

THE MIRACULOUS SPRING Gayle Johnson 774-264-9492

With Gayle’s 20 years of training and experience in psycho-spiritual development, she invites you to participate in a journey of great learning, transformation and love. See ad page 11.


910 Washington St (Rte 1A) Dedham, MA 02026 100 Second Ave, Needham, MA 02494 781-431-1333 Patient-centered, evidence-based spinal care and soft tissue work to decrease pain and improve mobility. Accepts major health insurances. Weekend and evening hours available. See ad on the back cover.



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

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Receive professional colon hydrotherapy by a national board-certified therapist using the Angel of Water system. The most comfortable and private system in the industry. See ad page 7.


Stephen Bernardi 577 Main St, Waltham, MA 02452 781-893-3870 Fax: 781-899-1172 JCW is the only sterile and non-sterile PCABaccredited pharmacy in Massachusetts. In addition to our compounding service, we offer a full range of nutritional supplements, natural products, homeopathic remedies and home health care equipment. See ads pages 2 and 10.


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

GROTON WELLNESS – MEDICAL, DENTAL, SPA, FARM TO TABLE CAFÉ 493-495 Main St, Groton, MA 01450 978-449-9919

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 ads pages 2 and 21.

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

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


39 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02445 77 Spring St, Shaw’s Plaza, West Roxbury, MA 02132 Brookline: 617-566-5656; West Roxbury: 617-325-4800 World’s first automated personal training studio offering highly effective, efficient, customized workouts guided and monitored by the proprietary Smartraining technology in a spa-like setting. See ad page 16.


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


12 Pelham Terrace, Arlington, MA 781-646-6319 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 17.

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

Personalized, comprehensive consultations with experienced herbalists. Whether it’s the flu or a chronic illness, or simply to build greater vitality, herbal medicine can help. See ad page 23.

HOME & LIVING AMY C. LUND HANDWEAVER 3964 Main Rd, Tiverton, RI 401-816-0000

Discover artful living with artisan hand-woven textiles in simple, sophisticated patterns, colors and textures designed for home decor and personal fashion. Distinctive handcrafted rugs, blankets, scarves, shawls, etc. Visit the shop or find her online.


978-712-8011 As your lifestyle advocate, I’ll facilitate your success in building your own health and wellness business so you can take control of your life. See ad page 27.


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

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

Family Medicine Physician with 19 years of experience practices with the Functional Medicine approach. Accepting new patients for Primary Care or Consultation. Accepts insurance. See ad on the back cover.


Alison Shaw APRN, LMT, CEH 393 Massachusetts Ave Arlington, MA 02474 781-646-0686 An innovative blend of body-centered counseling, integrative bodywork and energy medicine to uncover and release body-mind patterns that limit your life and health. See ad page 17.

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

Clinical Health Psychologist who works collaboratively with you to overcome anxieties, grief, and the difficulties of health conditions including pain. Accepts insurance. See ad on the back cover.

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Ree Coleman - Certified Vision Teacher Offices in Boston & Newton 617-838-0928 Achieve vision improvement via exercises, relaxation, science & physiology to create a pathway to sharper, clearer, more balanced vision, reducing dependence on external correction.

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 33.


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



Ari Chan, Consultant #5390 413-281-0533 Personal care products and home cleaning without harmful chem icals; 85 products and growing. We educate the consumers on chemicals to avoid in products. Contact me for more information.


Susan Shaw Saari, Lic.Ac., CCT, MEd, MAOM, Diplomate in Acupuncture (NCCAOM) 781-899-2121 A clinical imaging technique that records thermal patterns of the body to help diagnose and monitor pain or pathology in any part of the body. See ad page 6.


Phyllis Wilson 781-883-2282

Offering website design and business consulting for small businesses and providers in private practice.

SKIN CARE SPRING RAIN FACE & BODY SPA 1345 Main St, Waltham, MA 02451 781-895-0010


Johnson Compounding and Wellness 781-893-3870 Dr. Gary Kracoff provides guidance and in-depth consultative services to find the “why” to what is happening physically and mentally, working with individuals to restore balance in the body. Specializes in customizing medications to meet individualized needs of patients, and he suggests nutritional supplements, natural products and homeopathic remedies to aid in faster healing and recovery See ads pages 2 and 10.

Our goal is for you to feel beautiful. Our “stop the clock” skincare eliminates wrinkles and heals acne. Also offering Reiki, Cupping, Aromatherapy and Shiatsu to enhance your well-being.


Jennie Degen 800 Washington St, Canton 781-828-0869

Welcome to The Sacred Self Healing and Wellness Center. We are focused on providing the community with holistic and spiritual healing. Massage and Reiki. Intuitive Readings.

To advertise with us call: Cheryl 781-799-6610 Lea 617-240-3465 Shelley 508-641-5702 42

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Vicki Loberman 617-610-9551

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.


Kerry Goyette

Providing a wide variety of transformational workshops to raise “health conscious” awareness. Our goal is to help you take an informed, active role in improving your physical, emotional and spiritual health. See ad page 23.

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

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


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


Marian Reynolds Certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher Newton Highlands Congregational Church 54 Lincoln St, Newton Highlands, MA 617-733-2311

Gentle classes with emphasis on meditation and breath work. Students receive individual attention with modifications as needed. Relax with healing gong vibrations.

OPEN DOORS YOGA STUDIOS Richard Lanza 395 Washington St 781-843-8224

We provide the space and opportunity for individuals to transform their lives through greater health and joy for oneself and others. Visit one of our 14 locations in MA.

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