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or some time I’ve excused the time I’ve spent plying social media, reasoning that it’s important to stay connected as part of my business network and to participate in several professional development groups. Selfdiscipline would keep me selectively focused only on posts relevant to my intention. Yet, as happens with most of us from time to time, last month I found myself uncharacteristically sucked in by noisy chatter. It only took a few days of reading comments from both sides of the immigration argument to knock me off center and leave me feeling faintly hopeless. Thankfully, using devices I’ve stored in my inner toolbox that I trust to pull me out of perceived darkness, I didn’t stay off kilter for long. Ultimately, the bottom line was a return to Love—not the veil of earthly love but the Love that is the Higher Consciousness within all that is, has ever been or will be. The morning after I decided to give myself permission to occasionally visit social pages when necessary for professional purposes or to catch up with a friend, I received a Rumi poem from a dear friend. The lesson helped bring me back to center and to feel the love that we all long for regardless of life circumstances. It signifies the universal answer to the unrest we are experiencing in America at anytime and especially as we celebrate America’s independence and cherished freedoms. We are always at liberty to love.

Through Love by Rumi

Through Love bitter things seem sweet. Through Love scraps of copper are turned to gold. Through Love dregs taste like clear wine. Through Love agonies are healing balms. Through Love thorns become roses. Through Love vinegar becomes rich wine. Through Love the scaffold becomes a throne. Through Love disaster becomes good fortune. Through Love a prison becomes a rose garden. Through Love burning fire is a fragrant light. Through Love the devil becomes an angel. Through Love stones become soft as butter. Through Love grief is like delight. Through Love demons become servants of God. Through Love stings are like honey. Through Love lions are harmless as mice. Through Love sickness is health. Through Love the dead are resurrected. Through Love the emperor becomes a slave. May we all deeply feel the Love that is greater than any force of man,

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Cloud-9 Float & Wellness Opens in Jamaica Plain


loud-9 Float & Wellness is now offering the latest in non-invasive therapies at their new location at 162 South Street in Jamaica Plain. Cloud-9 is a family-owned business providing float, pulse electric magnetic field (PEMF) and infrared sauna therapy. As opposed to surgery or drugs, Cloud-9’s services are non-invasive and harmless therapies. They alleviate symptoms such as pain, anxiety and depression by targeting the source and removing stress and toxins from the body. These therapies ensure that cells are working at optimal levels so that the body can heal naturally. “Most of you have people that depend on you and this makes your health a priority,” says Alexnader Sa’Ponte, co-founder. “With the therapies we provide, we not only help you to be at your best for the ones you love, but to be at your best for a world in need.” Cost: $20-$95 depending on service. For more information, call 617942-2644, email JP@Cloud or visit See ad on page 9.

Dianica Kirton, DVM Joins MASH Vet


s a result of growing demand, Main Street Animal Services of Hopkinton is pleased to announce that Dr. Dianica Kirton, DVM, will join the practice in July. Kirton is a graduate of Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine (TUCVM). She is a native New Yorker who completed her bachelor of science in laboratory animal science at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Dianica Kirton, DMV After delving into holistic modalities to treat her own ailments, Kirton became interested in the veterinary side of holistic medicine. She has since founded the Holistic Veterinary Medicine Club at TUCVM and served as the national president of the Student American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association. Kirton is also a Fear Free Certified Professional dedicated to reducing fear, anxiety and stress in her patients and creating happy veterinary visits. Kirton is currently enrolled in the small animal acupuncture course at the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine and will become a certified traditional Chinese veterinary medicine practitioner this winter. The additional skills she brings to the practice include surgery, dentistry, laser therapy, ozone therapy, pain management, palliative care, nutrition and medicinal marijuana research. Location: 72 W. Main St., Hopkinton. For more information or to request an appointment, call 508-435-4077 or visit See ad on page 31 and Resource Guide on page 38. 6

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assachusetts officials recently announced the selection of Vineyard Wind as the winning bid for its sizeable offshore wind procurement project. The Vineyard Wind proposal, in conjunction with the state’s largest utilities, will develop 800 megawatts of clean energy to be used by residents of the Cape and Islands, as well as other consumers in the state. The project will produce 6 percent of Massachusetts’ total annual electric load, which is enough to power more than half a million homes. Vineyard Wind’s proposal, like those of its competitors, includes many critical benefits to the local community. In 2015, Vineyard Power formally partnered with Vineyard Wind through the signing of a Community Benefits Agreement (CBA). As the first CBA signed in the United States, this partnership will ensure that the benefits of offshore wind remain local as it is developed. Additionally, Vineyard Wind was the only developer to start the necessary federal and state permitting, allowing them to set an early operational start date of 2021. The next step for Massachusetts is to figure out the cost of the Vineyard Wind project. Contract negotiations are expected to finish within the next two months.

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Energy Efficiency Bill Pending on Beacon Hill


n Act Relative to Expanding Resource Efficiency in the Commonwealth” (Bill H.3404) is currently awaiting review by the Massachusetts House Committee on Ways and Means. Filed by Representative Frank Smizik of Brookline, the bill promotes increased energy and water efficiency standards and saves both residents and businesses serious money. Products covered in this bill include general appliances such as computers, monitors and water coolers; plumbing products such as faucets, showerheads, urinals and toilets; and lighting products, specifically high-CRI fluorescent lamps. The Appliance Standards Awareness Project (ASAP) finds that the requirements in Bill H.3404 would save residents, businesses and governments more than $160 million annually and reduce electricity consumption by nearly 3 percent by 2025. The bill would also save 5 billion gallons of water annually and reduce Co2 emissions by 173,000 metric tons per year by 2025, which is the equivalent of taking nearly 40,000 cars off the road. However, a critical question looms— will these standards increase the cost of appliances in the Commonwealth? The answer is no. Compliance across most of these product lines is already cost-competitive and will yield savings from day one. “It’s a no-brainer,” comments Marianne DiMascio of the Appliance Standards Awareness Project. “We have support from utilities, environmental organizations, consumer groups, industry trade associations and manufacturers.” The bill currently sits in the House Ways and Means Committee after favorable reception in the Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy. To read Bill H.3404 and track its progress, visit MALegislature.Gov/Bills/190/H3404.


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Soul Path Renewal Retreat Returns to Ferry Beach


oul Path Renewal will be holding a workshop from August 20 to 24, at the Ferry Beach Retreat Center, in Saco, Maine. Led by authors/coaches Gail McMeekin and Deb Knox, the Soul Path Renewal Retreat uses the wisdom of SoulCollage and spiritual autobiography to spark creative inspirations and life/work transitions, and serenity. The theme of the workshop is Love in Action. McMeekin and Knox have ties with Gail McMeekin the Unitarian Universalist churches and are delighted to be helping people renew their spirits and deepen their capacity for creative expression. The workshop will be interactive and varied, using combinations of writing exercises, SoulCollage card making, visualizations, journaling, work in dyads and small groups, meditations and more. Participants do not need to have writing or artistic talent to participate fully in this group. All materials will be provided by the facilitators; however, it is recommended that participants bring a personal journal and any images that they wish to explore. Meals are included in the cost of tuition.

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he sun is out, temperatures are getting hotter and everyone is spending more time outdoors. Protection from the powerful summer sun is crucial, as is adequate hydration. First, use sunscreen products that have fewer chemicals and that pose less risk to sensitive skin, such as those that are typically made up of mineral-based creams and lotions. Brands that contain zinc oxide as an active ingredient will help block powerful UV rays. This mineral forms a barrier on the surface of the skin that works as a UV ray reflector, thus helping to prevent sunburn and what is often called “sun rash”. There are also many clothing lines that block UV rays and these should be worn when out in the sun for any length of time. Covering as much skin as possible will reduce—but not eliminate—the chance of overexposure to the sun. Adequate hydration is also vitally important in the summer months. Sip, but do not gulp, filtered or purified water whenever it is possible. This will replace water lost to perspiration and will prevent against heat exhaustion and sunstroke. These steps seem simple yet every summer many people seek medical treatment requiring relief from over-exposure to the sun. The best way to treat a sunburn, which can have lasting effects, is to not get one in the first place. Contributed by Dinno Health. Dinno Health owns and operates Acton Pharmacy, West Concord Pharmacy and Keyes Drug in Newton. Each full-service pharmacy offers prescription items as well as medical supplies, surgical stockings, and a full line of nutraceuticals, supplements and other natural products. Compounded or customized prescription medications are available at Acton Pharmacy and Keyes Drug. Learn more at Dinno See ad on this page and in Resource Guide on page 37.


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Bee venom and its toxic component, melittin, can reduce the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi that causes Lyme disease more effectively than standard therapy using antibiotics such as doxycycline, cefoperazone and daptomycin. The laboratory findings come from the Lyme Disease Research Group at the University of New Haven, in Connecticut.

Walking Speed May Predict Dementia A recent study published in Neurology suggests there is a link between walking speed and the onset of dementia in older adults. Using a stopwatch, tape and an 18-foot-long hallway to measure the walking speed of 175 adults aged 70 to 79, University of Pittsburgh researchers found that in the course of 14 years, those that slowed down by 0.1 second or more per year were 47 percent more likely to develop cognitive decline. The slowing walkers also experienced shrinkage in the right hippocampus, associated with complex learning and memory. The results held true even after realizing that a slowing gait could be due to muscle weakness, knee pain or another disease. Similarly, a study published in Neurology of 93 adults 70 and older found that slow walkers were nine times more likely to develop non-memory-related mild cognitive decline than moderate-to-fast walkers. Walking speed was monitored using infrared sensors in their homes over a three-year period; participants regularly took memory and thinking tests. 12

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Eating lots of fresh tomatoes and fruit, especially apples, helps heal damaged lungs of ex-smokers, reports Johns Hopkins University research published in the European Respiratory Journal. The study, which followed more than 650 people between 2002 and 2012, also found that those that ate more than two tomatoes or more than three portions of fresh fruit daily experienced markedly less of the natural decline of lung function that typically occurs after age 30.

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Researchers from Thailand had 64 people suffering from hay fever (allergic rhinitis) experience halfhour steam baths three times a week for four weeks. Half received baths without herbs; the other half’s baths were enhanced with herbs such as lemongrass and ginger. The two treatments equally lowered symptoms such as sneezing, nasal itching and nasal congestion, but those taking the herbal baths reported greater satisfaction with their treatment.

Only One in 10 U.S. Adults Eats Healthy Just 9 percent of U.S. adults eat enough vegetables and only 12 percent eat enough fruit every day, concludes a recent study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National guidelines for adults recommend at least one-anda-half to two cups per day of fruit and two to three cups of vegetables. Consumption is lowest among men, young adults and adults living in poverty.

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Massachusetts Puts a Price on Carbon

The Massachusetts State Senate made history last month by passing landmark carbon pricing legislation. The bill (S.2545-An Act to Promote a Clean Energy Future) includes a key carbon pricing provision that allows Massachusetts to regain state leadership on climate policy by establishing a market-based mechanism to reduce carbon emissions. In environmental law and policy, market-based instruments (MBIs) are policy instruments that use markets, price and other economic variables to provide incentives for polluters to reduce or eliminate negative environmental externalities. The market-based mechanism in the bill would specifically target emissions in the transportation sector, which accounts for more than 40 percent of carbon pollution in Massachusetts. It would also reduce those caused by heating fuels, which account for another one-third of carbon pollution. The bill also contains a number of other proposals to achieve a clean energy future in Massachusetts including expansion of the state’s renewable energy portfolio (RPS) by 3 percent per year and a complete removal of net metering caps. Complementing carbon pricing, these two policies would expand demand for renewable energy. The bill has widespread support from the business community, civic advocates and environmental associations. Last fall, more than 100 business leaders urged Governor Baker to take action this legislative session, and just last week businesses representing multiple sectors met state lawmakers to advocate for carbon pricing in S.2545. If passed, this would make Massachusetts the first state to establish such a policy in the United States. Additionally, if the bill becomes law by the end of the session, it would require the Governor to implement a market-based mechanism no later than December 31, 2020.



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Dutch designers Eric Klarenbeek and Maartje Dros have been cultivating live algae and processing it into material that can be used for 3-D printing. This algae polymer can be turned into everyday items from shampoo bottles to bowls and trash bins. They hope it could replace petroleum-based plastics to help alleviate our unsustainable consumption of fossil fuels. They have also experimented with other biopolymers such as mycelium (fungi), potato starch and cocoa bean shells. The pair now operate a research and algae production lab at the Luma Foundation, in Arles, France. They point out that their creations do more than just replace plastic—algae can also suck up carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas driver of global climate change. They explain, “The algae grow by absorbing the carbon and producing a starch that can be used as a raw material for bioplastics or binding agents. The waste product is oxygen—clean air.” Be sure to let our advertisers know you found them in

Fast Food Giants Finally Address Plastic Pollution

In a win for the health of the world’s oceans, McDonald’s says it will end the use of harmful polystyrene foam packaging globally by year’s end. Rarely recycled, the material used in beverage cups and takeout containers is a frequent component of beach litter, degrading into indigestible pellets that marine animals mistake for food, resulting in injury or death. The company says, “The environmental impact of our packaging is a top priority.” The International Agency for Research on Cancer has determined that styrene, used in the production of polystyrene, is also a possible human carcinogen. Dunkin’ Donuts is also phasing out its polystyrene foam cups in favor of paper cups. A planned worldwide project completion by 2020 will prevent nearly 1 billion foam cups from entering the waste stream each year. Customers may still opt for the restaurant’s mugs or bring their own thermos. The foam cups will be replaced with double-walled paper cups made with paperboard certified to Sustainable Forestry Initiative standards. July 2018


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GMO Labeling Legislation

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) will allow public comments about its long-awaited proposed regulations for the mandatory disclosure of foods produced using genetic engineering, commonly known as GMOs, until July 3. While this legislation is intended to provide transparency, the USDA’s proposed system leaves significant loopholes that would allow companies to continue hiding GMOs. For example there are no clear requirements for companies to label ingredients derived from GMO crops, like sugars and oils, which could allow up to 70 percent of GMO products to go unlabeled. Companies can also disclose GMO ingredients online rather than on product packaging, making it difficult or impossible for Americans without smartphones or adequate cell service to know what is in their food. Companies are also not required to use common terms like genetically modified or GMO. Instead companies would be allowed to market their products as bioengineered or BE, thus misleading consumers. Additionally, the disclosure law permits the use of symbols instead of text. However two of three symbols proposed by USDA are cartoonishly pro-biotech propaganda, with blatantly biased smiley faces and a sun. USDA should eliminate these biased symbol options and allow the symbol to include the acronym GE or GMO. Consumers should urge the agency to adopt the following:  Reject QR codes and other discriminatory options to on-package labels and insist on clear, on-package labels with text and/or an easily understood symbol to maximize the benefits of required disclosures to all consumers.  Allow for the use of common, well-established labeling terms, such as GE or GMO.  Require unbiased, neutral symbols.  Include all processed foods produced with genetic engineering, given that the vast majority of GE foods are not whole foods, but processed foods, made with GE commodity crops such as corn, soy, canola and sugar derived from GE beets, including cooking oils, sodas and candies.  Ensure future food products made with newer forms of genetic engineering are covered.  Require disclosure now, not postpone to 2022. The labeling law requires regulations be finalized by July 29. However, USDA would allow companies to nonetheless postpone GMO labeling until as late as 2022. This is the final step in a decades-long process of demanding and securing GMO food labeling in the United States at the state and federal level. As such, public comment will be extremely important. Unique and personalized comments will have the greatest impact. Please note that the USDA is not treating email or web-based petitions as a valid form of comments. To submit a public comment, visit For a detailed breakdown of concerns associated with the proposed regulations, visit

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he U.S. Presidents had distinct personalities and made decisions based on their personality type. In Presidential Profiles: Washington to Trump – Enneagram and Myers-Briggs Perspectives, read revealing stories of the personal lives, loves and losses, triumphs and

failures of each of the 44 Presidents from birth to death. Some dreamed of being President from childhood, and others were pressured into it by wives or politicians. Hear the historical backdrop of each President’s time period in American history and how

the Presidents represent the American character. Hear what actually occurred rather than the typical idealized textbook portrayal. Each President is typed in the two systems of the nine enneagram personality types and the 16 types of the Myers-Briggs.

U.S. Presidents by Enneagram Personality Type wanted a comprehensive intellectual understanding of their Type 1 Perfectionist/Reformer Presidents

They tended to be honest and worked hard to do what was right. They didn’t want to compromise their principles. They include John Adams, John Quincy Adams, John Tyler, James Polk, Andrew Johnson, Rutherford B. Hayes, Benjamin Harrison, Woodrow Wilson, Calvin Coolidge, Harry S. Truman and Dwight Eisenhower.

Type 2 Helper/Pleaser Presidents

They tended to help and flatter you to their side but not reveal their own cards. They are Martin Van Buren and William McKinley.

Type 3 Achiever Presidents

Action oriented, but sometimes deceptive, they wanted to be admired for their accomplishments. These are George Washington, James Monroe, William Henry Harrison, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton.

Type 4 Depth Seeker Presidents

Lincoln was melancholy, obsessed with death, pain and loss. Only Abraham Lincoln was this type.

Type 5 Observer/Thinker Presidents

They tended to be rational, brilliant and deep thinkers and

fields of expertise. These were Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Ulysses S. Grant and Herbert Hoover.

Type 6 Questioner Presidents

They tended to be anxious and concerned about dangers and enemies and how to create loyalties and alliances. Presidents included are James Buchanan, Warren Harding, Richard M. Nixon, George Herbert Walker Bush and George W. Bush.

Type 7 Optimist Presidents

They were positive despite the odds. Even in pain they focused on the bright side. These were Franklin Pierce, James Garfield, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy.

Type 8 Boss Presidents

They were and are in charge and tended to boldly make choices. These presidents are Andrew Jackson, Zachary Taylor, Chester Arthur, Grover Cleveland, Teddy Roosevelt, Lyndon Baines Johnson and Donald Trump.

Type 9 Peacemaker Presidents

They tried to get along with everyone and tended to avoid conflict. They include Millard Fillmore, William Howard Taft, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama.

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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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absolutely believe in our capacity to self-regenerate, self-heal, self-organize and self-balance; and I apply these principles to my dental practice,” says Iveta Iontcheva-Barehmi, DMD, MS, D.Sc., of Boston Dental Wellness. She explains that dental procedures are most successful when the body is in harmony and the immune system is strong, and that it’s crucial to treat the whole being—not just a single tooth. In the case of tooth extraction, for example, many conventional dentists may not go the extra steps taken by holistic practitioners. In the holistic world, it’s known that if you remove a tooth and don’t remove the entire periodontal ligament and clean the infection from the failing root canal thoroughly, it can set the body for future health problems. The bone may heal on top, but below a cavitation can form—an empty space filled with pus, bacteria and toxins. Patients usually do not have any symptoms, but cavitations have been shown to be focal points of bacterial toxins and infection for the whole body, and recent studies show that cavitations can increase the risk of cancer. Iontcheva-Barehmi follows a strict treatment protocol for tooth extraction, using ozone and laser to remove the infected tissue and bacteria. After extraction, she utilizes an innovative grafting procedure, called platelet-rich fibrin (PRF), which consists of taking blood from the patient to produce a stem cell-enriched graft that will more effectively stimulate bone synthesis and speed up wound healing.

“It’s essential to restore the space of the missing tooth properly so as to not disrupt the communication between the teeth, and to maintain bio-harmony in the mouth.” For implant placement as an alternative to a root canal treatment, Iontcheva-Barehmi uses Swiss Bioconcepts zirconia implants—a more biocompatible and aesthetic alternative to titanium implants. Classically, a dentist performs the extraction and then needs to wait one to three months before placing an implant. With Swiss Bioconcept implants, the implant can be placed immediately upon extraction of a tooth that needs a root canal; a tooth with failing root canal; or when removing a titanium implant and replacing it with ceramic one. These new generation immediate ceramic implants were developed and first used in Switzerland and are coming soon to the United States. The Bioconcept protocol includes special preparation of the body and stimulation of the immune system with supplements, prior and post both the extraction and the implant placement. Iontcheva-Barehmi also uses special physical therapy after the procedures, including ozone, low-level lasers, quantum field therapy and biofeedback scenar technology to stimulate healing, control and eliminate pain and minimize inflammation. “This is a great alternative for all patients, but especially for those with chronic health conditions, like Lyme, where immune function is compromised,” says the doctor. Whole body healing continues with Boston Dental Wellness’ offering of the Autonomic Test Response. This test scans the body on every level, including DNA, to find blockages, toxins, bacteria and viruses. This noninvasive procedure then uses lasers and homeopathy to detox the body, which is especially useful when preparing the body for extraction, implant or removal of toxic amalgam fillings. Iontcheva-Barehmi also extends reiki and prana-therapy healing services to her patients, which she explains can minimize pain, and encourage health and well-being. She also offers spiritual courses to her patients and the community at large. “Holistic means wholeness,” she says. “The teeth and the mouth are very important, but we need to think of the whole being, the whole body and how to integrate the

treatment so we give the body a chance to exercise its self-healing potential, instead of blocking it. Iontcheva-Barehmi has a strong focus on the environment as well. At Boston Dental Wellness, there are no products with fluoride, mercury or metals. A comprehensive recycling program is in place, and soon NASA technology air and water purification systems will be installed. “Holistic dentistry is an eco-dentistry, so I see my responsibility not only being a holistic dentist and a healer, but a conscious being that keeps the balance of nature,” she says. “Dentistry is a profession using a lot of

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chemical materials that pollute the earth. The more practitioners who come to the biological/holistic philosophy, the better— not only for the patients, but for our dear Mother Earth as well.” Boston Dental Wellness is located at 1842 Beacon St., Ste. 305, Brookline. To learn more, call 617-868-1516 or visit Boston See ad on page 16 and Resource Guide on page 37. Gina Cronin is a freelance writer for Natural Awakenings magazine. Connect with her by visiting

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Restoring the Nutritional Value of Crops by Melinda Hemmelgarn


hen we think of scientists as men and women in lab coats peering into microscopes, what’s missing is farmers. Our society doesn’t tend to equate the two, yet farmers are active field scientists. How they choose to grow and produce food greatly impacts our shared environment of soil, water and air quality, as well as the nutritional content of food, and therefore, public health. The best field- and lab-based scientists share key traits: they’re curious, keen observers and systems thinkers that learn by trial and error. Both formulate and test hypotheses, collect data, take measurements, assess results and draw conclusions.

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Diana Dyer, a registered dietitian and organic garlic farmer outside of Ann Arbor, Michigan, explains, “I like to help people see the similarities between the scientific process and good, careful farming—all aspects of which revolve around observations, goals, planning, implementation, intervention and analysis of results—then careful re-planning based on those results.” Dyer and her husband, Dick, started 18

farming after long careers in traditional health care, where the focus was on treating people after they got sick. Through their farm work, they wanted to focus on prevention. “Growing healthy food in healthy soil, our goal was to create and nourish a healthy community from the ground up. Communicating the multiple benefits of healthy soils and ecosystems has been at the core of our vision and responsibility from day one,” she says. The Dyers believe that flavor is key to eating and enjoying truly nourishing foods, and based on their professional health backgrounds and farming experience, they connect healthy soil with higher-quality, better-tasting food. In Havre, Montana, Doug Crabtree, and his wife, Anna, manage Vilicus Farms, featured in the book Lentil Underground: Renegade Farmers and the Future of Food in America, by Liz Carlisle. The Crabtrees grow organic heirloom and specialty grains, pulses and oilseed crops such as emmer, kamut, black beluga lentils and flax. Asked if he considers himself a scientist, Crabtree first defines the term

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as “a person who is studying or has expert knowledge of one or more of the natural or physical sciences.” Then he replies, “Given this definition, how could any farmer not be a scientist? An organic farmer is a lifelong student of nature, seeking to emulate her wisdom and processes as we refine our production systems. Organic production isn’t just growing food without toxic chemical inputs, it’s a system that requires conscientiously improving soil, water and associated resources while producing safe and healthy food for America’s growing population of informed consumers.”

Healthy Soil, Food and People

At the Rodale Institute, in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, Andrew Smith directs the new Vegetable Systems Trial, a long-term, side-by-side comparison of both biologically organic and chemically based conventional vegetable production. An organic farmer with a Ph.D. in molecular ecology from Drexel University, in Phil-


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adelphia, Smith studies how soil quality and crop-growing conditions influence the nutrient density and health-protecting properties of specific vegetables. “Over the past 70 years, there’s been a decline in the nutritional value of our foods,” reports Smith. “During this time, industrial agriculture, with its pesticides and synthetic fertilizers, increased yields and size of crops, but the tradeoff was a decline in nutrient content, known as the ‘dilution effect’.” In addition, Smith explains, greater levels of nitrogen fertilizer, typical of conventional production methods, may also increase a plant’s susceptibility to insects and disease. Smith’s research will give fellow farmers, healthcare providers and consumers a better understanding of how crop production practices influence soil quality and therefore, food quality. For example, research of organic crops shows higher levels of vitamin C; higher-quality protein; plus more disease-fighting compounds called secondary plant metabolites such as lycopene, polyphenols and anthocyanin, the plant pigment responsible for the red, blue and purple colors in fruits and vegetables, as reported in a meta-analysis published in the British Journal of Nutrition. The Rodale Institute has formed partnerships with nutrition and medical researchers at Pennsylvania State University, in University Park. Of particular interest,

for example, are extracts from purple potatoes that show promise in helping to kill colon cancer cells. Smith looks forward to identifying growing methods that boost levels of anthocyanin, as well as other health-protecting compounds in crops. The new Regenerative Health Institute, a global research and education center linking soil health to human health, will also be housed at the Rodale Institute. It’s a collaboration between Rodale staff and the Plantrician Project, a nonprofit organization in New Canaan, Connecticut, that promotes whole food and plant-based nutrition, and helps healthcare providers embrace food as medicine as the foundation of their practices. Jeff Moyer, a renowned international authority in organic agriculture and executive director of the Rodale Institute, explains, “It’s not only what you eat that’s important, but how what you eat was produced. Ultimately, our personal health is linked to the health of the soil.” David Montgomery, a professor of geomorphology at the University of Washington, in Seattle, has visited farms worldwide, witnessing how farmers use regenerative farming practices to bring degraded soil back to life. He learned that grazing animals, cover-cropping and no-till farming free of synthetic chemical fertilizers and pesticides protects and enriches the soil microbiome, which contrib-

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utes to the nutrient density of plants and human health.

We Are What We and Our Animals Eat

Along with our well-being, livestock farming methods impact our environment, too. A growing body of research including a new study published in Food Science & Nutrition shows that meat and dairy products from animals raised mostly on grass or pasture—as nature intended—contain significantly higher levels of conjugated linoleic acid and omega-3 fatty acids compared to grain-fed animals. These naturally occurring fats help protect us from inflammation, heart disease and cancer. Important in brain, eye and nerve development, omega-3 fatty acids are especially critical for pregnant and breastfeeding women and their infants. Organic farmers, by law, must provide their ruminant animals with significant time on pasture and may not feed them genetically engineered feed or feed produced with synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. Further, they can’t use synthetic hormones or antibiotics to promote weight gain. In these ways, organic farmers help protect our food, water, and environment from contamination, and reduce the growing global threat of antibiotic resistance. Randolph Center, Vermont, dairy farmers Regina and Brent Beidler diligently study and question changes they witness in their immediate environment. They monitor what grows in their pasture, watch what their cows choose to eat and count the numbers and activities of insects, bees, worms, birds and wildlife. They understand that careful land and animal stewardship is key to soil, plant, animal and human health.

Healing Communities

More hospitals nationwide are investing in farms and farmers’ markets to boost patient, employee and community health by increasing access to nutrient-dense, fresh, healthful food. One exceptional example is the new partnership between Virginia’s Allegheny Mountain Institute (AMI) and Augusta Health, an independent, community-owned nonprofit hospital in Augusta County, Virginia. The AMI Fellowship program prepares individuals to become farmers, July 2018


teachers and ambassadors for health-promoting food systems. “Both AMI and Augusta Health believe that access to excellent health care includes access to healthy food,” explains Sue Erhardt, the institute’s executive director. The AMI Farm at Augusta Health initiative will create an onsite production farm and a community venue for food, nutrition and gardening education. Their goal is to tackle three major local health issues: poor nutrition, low physical activity and overweight; diabetes; and mental health. A Food Farmacy program for those with or at risk for Type 2 diabetes will provide fresh produce prescriptions at an onsite farmstand, as well as cooking classes. Erhardt recalls her life-changing experience as a teen, hearing American labor leader Cesar Chavez speak about farm worker exposure to pesticides and related cancer clusters. She’s proud to say, “The farm project will exemplify sustainable practices for growing vegetables, including organic four-season crops and companion planting, while promoting soil health. “We believe this project will promote a better quality of life for staff, patients and community members.” That’s the power of farming when it’s dedicated to optimum health. Melinda Hemmelgarn is a registered dietitian, writer and Food Sleuth Radio host with, in Columbia, MO. Connect at


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of The Walking Cure Program, affirms, “The first thing to address is the circadian rhythm—what I call the body’s highest peak and lowest valley. The entire system needs to get used to slowing down.” Kim’s life changed for the better, including his struggles with insomnia, when he made walking a priority after an incapacitating back injury. “Walking is synchronized motion and induces meditative brain waves,” says Kim, who teaches others how to walk for better physical and mental health.

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EXERCISE TO SLEEP BY Quell Insomnia and Nighttime Anxiety by Marlaina Donato


nsomnia plagues millions of Americans, and finding a solution can be difficult when the condition is chronic. Prolonged lack of quality sleep compromises health and sets the stage for depression, high blood pressure, obesity, inflammation, poor memory and even serious risk of heart attack. The good news is that natural alternatives, especially regular exercise, offer relief. Northwestern University research published in the journal Sleep Medicine even confirms better results from exercise than other natural approaches.

Timing is Everything

Circadian rhythm, the body’s internal clock, governs physiological patterns involving sleep and hunger, and is cued by temperature and sunlight, so timing our exercise is important. Other studies at Northwestern reveal that workouts earlier in the day yield better results because muscles also have their own rhythm (internal clocks) that help them perform more efficiently due to the presence of daylight, and function optimally then. According to the National Sleep Foundation, a decrease in body temperature after an initial increase during physical activity initiates sleep, which also suggests that exercising later in the day, but not before bed, is helpful, as well. Research from Princeton University further shows that exercise can help the brain process stress, helping to minimize anxiety which often accompanies or fosters insomnia. Long Beach, California, holistic podiatrist Don Kim, creator

The more oxygen the brain receives, the lower the levels of cortisol that trigger racing thoughts. Other forms of moderate aerobic exercise involving cardio machines, spinning, cross-country skiing, swimming and dancing are also beneficial ways to increase oxygen intake. Chicago fitness expert Stephanie Mansour explains, “Improving circulation helps to increase the body’s energy during the day and helps you wind down at night.” It’s a common misconception that rushing through the day is the same as engaging in exercise. Mansour elaborates: “Exercising is different than just being busy or working outside, because it’s a time where you connect your mind, body and breath. You’re forced to be present. It’s difficult to think about your to-do list when you’re physically engaged.” According to, just 10 minutes of regular aerobic activity anytime improves sleep quality significantly. Plus, it abates the likelihood of sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome that sedentary lifestyles can cause or exacerbate.

Cultivating Calm

Restorative yoga instructor Naima Merella, manager of Studio 34, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, says, “We’re not taught to value rest, and conditions like feeling overwhelmed and insomnia are the result. Most people in our culture suffer from an overactive fight-or-flight response, so engaging our parasympathetic nervous system, or relaxation response, can balance this.” Merella advocates yoga, breath work and certain qigong exercises. “One option is to do a more active yoga practice to burn off excess nervous energy, and then end with restorative poses to engage the relaxation response. It all depends on a person’s schedule and what they’re able to do. Ideally, I would suggest doing at least 30 minutes of restorative yoga and breath work before bed, but even a few minutes of a restorative pose or breathing technique can be helpful. I’ve found the kundalini yoga meditation, Shabad Kriya, most helpful for sleeping.” Renowned yogi Janice Gates, of Marin County, California, also advises physical practice, as well as understanding the foundational teachings. “It’s important to remember that you’re not your anxiety. It’s easy to identify with suffering and conditions that cause it. Yoga supports us to be free of that conditioning. Keep in mind that an issue can be more mental at times and more physiological at other times, so we want to address both with asanas early in the day to balance the nervous system and mindful breathing at bedtime.” Whichever form of exercise we choose, we should be gentle with ourselves. As Merella reminds us, “The best thing we can do is send ourselves compassion and love.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at

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Artists Work to Save Nature’s Beauty by Avery Mack

Eco-art creatively highlights environmental sustainability issues and sparks possible solutions.


ounts Botanical Garden, in Palm Beach County, Florida, hosted Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea, a thought-provoking traveling exhibit featuring giant sea creatures made entirely of marine debris from beaches. “It graphically illustrates the amount of plastic pollution in our oceans and waterways,” says Curator and Director Rochelle Wolberg. The exhibit included Grace the Humpback Whale Tail, the Marine Debris Anemone, Priscilla the Parrot Fish, Flash the Marlin, Water Bottle Jelly, Sebastian James the Puffin, Lidia the Seal, Hugo the Humpback Whale Tail, American Sea Star and Musical Seaweed. Take a look at some of them and check for current exhibit locations at In Mechanicsville, Maryland, ex-iron and steel worker Steve Glorius repurposes scrap metal into natural world and fantasy

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art sculptures of ocean creatures that also inform about endangered wildlife. His works have adorned museums, restaurants, galleries and gift shops. Debbie and Mike Schramer, owners of Fairy House Vintage Antiques and Art, in Provo, Utah, create fairy houses made from twigs, mosses, bark and other natural elements. “Instead of paint and paper, we use nature itself,” says Mike, who encourages others to follow suit. “People enjoy time outdoors more intricately as they look for small items.” Although fairy houses are trendy now, the Schramers started building their fantasy worlds in 1987. They’ve authored three books to spark the imagination, Fairy House: How to Make Amazing Fairy Furniture, Miniatures, and More from Natural Materials, Fairy Village and F is For Fairy: A Forest Friends Alphabet Primer board book. At 14, Canadian Evan Sharma, of Kingston, Ontario, is already an active entrepreneur—his artwork now appears on sneakers and clothes. He calls his company RBLB for Right Brain/Left Brain, saying, “To be a whole person, you have to use both the creative side and the analytical side of your brain.” His passion for the environment is particularly expressed in a painting he donated to support the Olympic team. Painted at an elevation of 7,000 feet on Sun Peaks, in British Columbia, he finished with snow for authenticity and texture. This year, he spoke on creativity at the 6 Under 16 program, in Montreal. “Eco-art makes an impact on the world,” says John Sabraw, professor of art and chair of painting + drawing at Ohio University, in Athens. “Right now, my paintings are round. People say they see a long view of the planet or what’s seen through a microscope. Every painting evokes a different emotional response from the viewer.” All Sabraw’s paintings use pigments processed out of polluted streams, often mixed with other standard artist colors. Sabraw has helped develop several ways for artists to adopt sustainable practices. See his TedxTalk at He points out that whatever form eco-art takes, its purpose is to show a problem, provoke a response and ask the viewer, “What if…?” Connect with the freelance writer via

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Flavorful Ways to Lower Disease Risk


by Judith Fertig

ny time our bodies sense an “invader”—a microbe, virus, plant pollen or unwelcome chemical—they go into high alert, producing white blood cells to fight it off. Once the danger has been thwarted, normal functioning returns. If we continue to expose ourselves to these threats, then the high-alert process, known as inflammation, becomes chronic. This disturbance of natural equilibrium can lead to cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, depression and pain. It can also mask or worsen autoimmune diseases. Eating foods with natural anti-inflammatory properties can help the body function better.

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“Many experimental studies have shown that components of foods or beverages may have anti-inflammatory effects,” says Dr. Frank Hu, also a Ph.D. and professor of nutrition and epidemiology in the department of nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. “A healthy diet is beneficial not only for reducing the risk of chronic diseases, but also for improving mood and overall quality of life.” Hu, Josh Axe, a chiropractor and doctor of natural medicine, in Nashville,

Tennessee, and Dr. Andrew Weil, director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona, in Tucson, promote anti-inflammatory foods, backed by recent studies, on their websites. “Small, gradual changes are typically more sustainable and easier for the body to adapt to,” writes Axe. “So rather than emptying your pantry and sailing off to the Mediterranean, you can pursue an anti-inflammatory diet one step at a time.” That’s what Andrea Adams Britt did. A professional wedding cake baker from Lee’s Summit, Missouri, Britt experienced bewildering symptoms, including digestion issues, depression, migraines, weight gain and skin irritation. In 2015, she eliminated flour and sugar from her diet, and then added more organic leafy green vegetables, coconut oil and wild-caught salmon. Her symptoms went away one at a time, and by last January, she had also lost 100 pounds. The solution for her was to create flavorful dishes that she enjoyed eating, so she did not feel deprived. Weil advises, “The best foods are those that offer disease-preventive benefits such as anti-inflammatory effects and delectable flavor. When I eat such foods, I

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feel as though I’ve hit a grand slam homerun—the sensory pleasure is heightened by the fact that each bite contributes to my overall well-being.” His take on an Anti-Inflammatory Food Pyramid at offers a broad sample of these foods in an easy, downloadable graphic. Reducing inflammation in her body has also led to better mental and emotional health for Britt. “I am a happier person,” Britt says. “I can control my emotions, focus my thoughts and am more at peace.”

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Green leafy vegetables such as Swiss chard contain natural anti-inflammatories such as vitamins K, D and C, says Axe.


Beets have a natural antioxidant, betalain, an anti-inflammatory compound that inhibits the activity of enzymes the body uses to trigger inflammation, advises Axe.


Sea buckthorn berry juice (known as olivello juice) is one of the most concentrated natural sources of vitamin C, says Weil. July 2018



Ginger is a potent anti-inflammatory food that also helps reduce intestinal gas and prevent nausea, advises Weil.


Green tea is best enjoyed hot with a little squeeze of lemon; it may reduce cholesterol levels, ultimately assisting in lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease, per Weil.


Virgin coconut oil has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, according to a study published in Pharmaceutical Biology. Britt eats a total of one-and-a-half table-

spoons a day in hot drinks, salads or soups.


Tomatoes are an easy-to-use and a tasty anti-inflammatory food, says Axe. He notes, “They are a rich source of lycopene, betacarotene, folate, potassium, vitamin C, flavonoids and vitamin E.”


Bok choy has potent anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer effects, as well as a higher concentration of betacarotene and vitamin A, than any other variety of cabbage, according to Weil.


Black cod, also known as butterfish or sablefish, has even more omega-3 fatty acids than salmon, notes Weil.


Walnuts, rich in omega-3 essential fatty acids, help protect against metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes, says Axe. Judith Fertig writes award-winning cookbooks plus foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (

When Good Foods Make Us Feel Bad by Kristine Jelstrup


n general, people should be able to eat any and all healthy organic foods, but for some people even some healthy foods are out of reach. Sometimes even good foods can make an individual feel bad and so they avoid them. Avoiding foods doesn’t take care of the root issue of why someone has a sensitivity to particular foods in the first place, but it can keep them from feeling bad. There can be several reasons some foods make individuals feel bad from having a body overburdened by toxins like pesticides, to having flat out allergies to certain foods. Some people seek the aid of a medical allergist that can help desensitize them to foods by giving them tiny doses of the offending food in an injection over many months. Others rely on pharmaceuticals to keep their histamine levels low. A less invasive method, and often times equally or even more effective technique, is through energy work. Applied kinesiologists often have allergen desensitization as one of the techniques they practice. Through muscle response testing, a kinesiologist can find out which foods make the nervous system weak by eliciting a weak muscle response. Once known, several techniques are available to desensitize the body to food allergens. One such technique is called the Hypothalamus Reset

Inflammation-Causing Foods Dr. Frank Hu, of the Harvard School of Public Health, suggests limiting these foods that inflame, all found in a typical fast food meal. 1. Refined carbs, such as bread buns and sugars


2. Sodas

3. Red meat and processed meat 4. French fries and other fried foods

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Technique, developed in part by Dr. Michael Chance, DC, of Gainesville, Florida. This technique connects the energy of the hypothalamus with the energy of a supplement that feeds the hypothalamus, to “turn it on”, and the energy of the food the client is sensitive to in order to desensitize the body to the offending food. The hypothalamus is known as the “master of homeostasis” for the body. It connects the nervous system to the endocrine system and detects hormone levels in the blood. Some foods negatively affect the hypothalamus and create dysregulation in the body. Desensitizing the hypothalamus to these allergens will improve the body’s regulation and make these foods less of a problem. After a few treatments the client is able to eat the food they couldn’t before without any negative effects. In many cases even anaphylaxis to foods has been cleared and then certified by an M.D. for safety. Kristine Jelstrup, LMT, CBK, is a natural health care practitioner and owner of Central Square Health and Wellness, located at 126 Prospect St., #5, in Cambridge. For more information, call 617-833-3407 or visit See Resource Guide on page 36.

Supporting Gut Health to Reduce Inflammation by Bridgitte Carroll


nflammation is considered to be a major contributing factor in the development of most chronic diseases in the United States today. The process of inflammation is inherently designed to protect us by upregulating our immune system in response to injury, pathogens and toxins. Therefore, the presence of inflammation indicates that there is a physiological problem that needs our attention. With more and more evolving research focusing on the gut as the center of health, it has been shown that supporting the function of this organ system is crucial for optimal well-being. Research shows that gut dysbiosis, an imbalance of good and bad bacteria, is a contributor to inflammatory responses. Diet and lifestyle are the largest factors that can help or harm our bacterial balance. The factors that contribute the most to microbiome disruption include high intake of processed foods, refined sugars, hydrogenated/ trans fats, over use of antibiotics or acid blockers, stress, smoking and alcohol. A good balance of bacteria can be supported by having a diet rich in colorful fruits and vegetables, stress reduction, smoking cessation and avoiding unnecessary medication with antibiotics and acid blockers. Another strategy is probiotics, which are live beneficial bacteria. They can be an excellent

addition to a supplement routine or easily ingested through fermented foods, such as kefir, kombucha, kimchi and sauerkraut. They are especially important for those that eat a diet full of processed foods, have taken antibiotics, have irritable bowel syndrome, autoimmune or chronic diseases. Prebiotics, substances that feed bacteria, are also a worthwhile addition and include onions and garlic. An overgrowth of bad bacteria can be seen with gastrointestinal (GI) upset such as acid reflux, constipation, diarrhea, bloating or gas. However, inflammation can become systemic and may be felt in other ways beyond the GI tract that may manifest as joint pain, headaches, neurological symptoms and other chronic conditions. Depending on the individual case, some may be helped by adding a specific type of probiotic called saccromyces bouldardii, or antimicrobial herbs such as oregano. Another marker of gut health can be evaluated when determining the presence and level of inflammation. Zonulin is a protein that is responsible for controlling the gut’s permeability. Specifically, it has the power to disassemble the tight junctions that keep a gut intact making sure undesirable proteins do not get through to the bloodstream. However, when gluten or

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other inflammatory proteins are ingested, zonulin is released and tight junctions become loosened allowing the proteins access to the bloodstream. This sets off the entire inflammatory and immune cascade. If zonulin is consistently high, you may be diagnosed with “leaky gut�. As a result, other food proteins that may have previously caused no problem and were generally anti-inflammatory may then cause a similar reaction and later determined to be food sensitivities. Predisposing factors to leaky gut are consumption of a highly processed diet especially rich in gluten, refined sugars and rancid vegetable oils, stress, alcohol, frequent pharmaceutical use and environmental toxins such as pesticides. Each person should seek a healthcare practitioner that will take an individual approach to reducing inflammation. Dysbiosis and leaky gut are conditions that should be evaluated with a functionally trained provider that can tailor recommendations specifically for each individual and their situation. In some cases, a comprehensive stool test is needed which can take out the guesswork and provide answers to help guide a plan towards optimal health. With their nutrition and biochemistry education, functional dietitians are ideally suited to guide and support individuals with diet and lifestyle changes that may reduce inflammation and restore health. Bridgitte Carroll, MS, RDN, LDN is an integrative and functional dietitian in Waltham. She works one-on-one with clients utilizing a systems approach to get to the root cause of bodily imbalances. She is currently accepting new clients at Johnson Compounding and Wellness. To schedule a complimentary 15-minute consult, visit bridgitte-carroll. See ad on back cover and Resource Guide on pages 37 and 39.

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Mayor Announces Boston Will Sue Drug Companies

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n June 19, Mayor Marty Walsh announced the city of Boston has retained a South Carolina law firm, Motley Rice LLC, in anticipation of a lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies to recover damages stemming from the opioid epidemic. The firm will immediately begin to gather relevant information with the intent of filing suit by the fall. “Boston, like so many cities across the country, has invested significant time, money and resources to aggressively attack the opioid crisis from every angle,” Walsh said in a statement. “Now is the time to finally hold the pharmaceutical industry responsible.” Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey’s office has sued Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, alleging the Connecticut company downplayed the prescription painkiller’s risks. Massachusetts is among roughly two dozen states, including Florida, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Tennessee and Texas that have filed suit against drugmakers recently. Counties, municipalities and even hospitals have filed similar lawsuits. According to Healey’s lawsuit, in Massachusetts, more than 11,000 have died from opioid-related overdoses in the past decade. Also, in Massachusetts, as in the nation, opioid-related fatalities have been rising—from 590 in 2010 to 2,155 in 2016, before falling slightly to 1,977 in 2017.



Natural Ways to Reduce Pain


by Kathleen Barnes

hronic pain affects 100 million Americans, with annual treatment costs reaching $635 billion, according to the Institute of Medicine. Worse, opiate-derived pain medications, conventional medicine’s go-to treatment for chronic pain, are addictive and deadly. The Annals of Internal Medicine reports that an estimated 2 million Americans suffered from opioid use disorder involving prescription drugs as of 2016 while 12 million admitted to misusing them. Legal and illegal opioids killed 64,070 Americans in 2016, 21 percent more than the previous year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Some opioid addiction stems from use of illegal recreational drugs like heroin and cocaine, but the National Institute of Drug Abuse testified to the U.S. Senate that as of 2014 more than four times as many Americans were addicted to prescription opioids (2.1 million) than heroin (467,000). Natural approaches, less harmful in relieving pain and thereby preventing drug addictions, are addressing and ameliorating long-term back or neck, nerve and even cancer pain, and saving lives.

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The first step in preventing dependency is to avoid opioids completely, says Fadel Zeidan, Ph.D., assistant professor of neurobiology and anatomy at the Wake Forest School of Medicine, in WinstonSalem, North Carolina: “Opioids don’t work for chronic pain. They may be effective for acute pain, such as right after an injury or surgery, but they are ineffective and addictive in the long run.” Here are several better ways to feel better. Mindfulness meditation: Zeidan recommends mindfulness meditation and cites a University of Massachusetts study of people with chronic pain in which pain lessened by at least 65 percent after 10 weeks of this practice. “Mindfulness meditation is about discipline and regulating one’s attention. It appears to shut down the thalamus, the brain’s gatekeeper, and the brain’s ability to register pain,” explains Zeidan. Yoga: Strongly positive effects have been reported in several studies, including one on 150 veterans with chronic low back pain from the Veterans Administration San Diego Healthcare System. It showed


that 12 weeks of yoga classes reduced pain and opioid use, and improved functionality of participants; many of them had suffered back pain for more than 15 years. Acupuncture: The ancient Chinese modality that’s been used to treat all types of pain for millennia has become such a mainstream treatment that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommends that healthcare providers learn more about it to help patients avoid prescription opioids. “All pain starts with imbalance,” says Terri Evans, a doctor of Oriental medicine in Naples, Florida. “Acupuncture is about creating balance in the body and in releasing the fascia, where pain patterns get locked.”


Marijuana: All forms of marijuana, or cannabis, are illegal on the federal level, but medical marijuana is now legal in 29 states and the District of Columbia. In a study from San Francisco General Hospital published in the journal Neurology, researchers found that smoking the first cannabis cigarette reduced pain by 72 percent in a group of patients with painful neuropathy. The body’s endocannabinoid system, found in the brain, organs, con-

nective tissues and immune cells, is one of its natural pain-coping mechanisms, and is most affected by cannabis. Mitch Earleywine, Ph.D., associate professor of clinical psychology at the State University of New York at Albany, author of Understanding Marijuana: A New Look at the Scientific Evidence and a member of the advisory board of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, is an advocate of medical marijuana. While regarding it as helpful for chronic pain with little risk of addiction, he concludes it’s “great for a small handful of conditions, but it’s not the cure-all that some are suggesting.” CBD oil: Dr. Hyla Cass, of Marina del Rey, California, an integrative physician expert in psychiatry and addiction recovery, and author of The Addicted Brain and How to Break Free, is more comfortable with CBD (cannabidiol) oil. It’s a hemp product legal in 45 states, provided it qualifies in non-addictive levels of THC, the component of cannabis that induces euphoria (see TheCannabis Some CBD oils contain trace amounts of THC, not enough to induce a “high” or contribute to addiction, but there are also products that contain no THC at all. By definition, hemp’s THC content is less than 0.3 percent versus marijuana’s 5 to 35 percent. “CBD oil won’t make you high,” says Cass. “In and of itself, CBD oil is very potent. You don’t need the THC for pain relief. There’s no need to go down the slip-

Let the Sunshine In Just getting a little natural sunlight can have a strong effect on chronic pain, according to a study published in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine. Hospital patients fortunate enough to have beds on the sunny side of the building cut their need for opioid-based pain meds by 22 percent just one hour after spine surgery. pery slope of using an illegal substance.” In addition to CBD oil’s pain-relieving effects on the endocannabinoid system, says Cass, it’s a powerful anti-inflammatory, which contributes to its effectiveness in addressing the underlying causes of chronic pain, confirmed by University of South Carolina research. Kathleen Barnes is the author of numerous books on natural health, including Food is Medicine. Connect at

Drumming Out Drugs Music, specifically drumming, stimulates the release of endorphins, the body’s own morphine-like painkillers. Group drumming can help people withdrawing from addictive drugs, especially those having particular difficulty in conventional addiction programs, reports a University of Arizona at Tempe study published in the American Journal of Public Health. Other supportive studies are listed at html.

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Gary Griggs on What We Must Do to Save Our Coasts by Randy Kambic


hile Gary Griggs has lived near the coast of California most of his life, visits to the coasts of 46 nations helped shape his latest book, Coasts in Crisis: A Global Challenge. The distinguished professor of Earth sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz, writes on how coral reefs provide shelter, food and breeding grounds for about one-third of the world’s species of marine fish, as well as coastal protection from major weather events. Most coral reefs are now besieged by pollution, overfishing, sedimentation, coastal construction, tourism and global warming. Approximately 3 billion people— nearly half our planet’s total population—live in coastal areas. He cites that hurricanes have caused more U.S. fatalities than any other natural hazard, and the driving forces behind rising sea levels will increase future vulnerabilities unless effective actions are taken now. Griggs, who also wrote Introduction to California’s Beaches and Coast and Living with the Changing California Coast and co-wrote The Edge, today recaps the history and assesses the current status of coasts worldwide. He suggests ways in which current negative trends might be reversed or improved.

possible to cut back on greenhouse gas emissions, but that’s not going to stop rising sea levels anytime soon. We need to start adapting right away. We can elevate structures, but that’s limited. Historically, we’ve used armoring, including seawalls, levees and rock revetments, which work for awhile, but have endpoints. Ultimately, it’s going to take relocation, or what we call “planned retreat”, moving back when the sea nears our front yard. The more we reduce or mitigate the emission of greenhouse gases, the less adaptation will be needed to cope with climate change.

Why are coral reefs so vital to the global ecosystem?

In the tropical latitudes, coral reef ecosystems have formed the basic biological, geological, economic and cultural framework of area coastlines and island nations for centuries. Today, fisheries and tourism anchor those economies. Millions of people depend on these local ecosystems for their protein supply. About 50 percent of coral reefs are in poor or fair condition, and most are in decline. Whether from pollution, dredging, filling or overfishing, virtually all of those reefs are under significant threat.

How can we better deal with Have researchers seen any rising sea levels? overfished species rebound? There are now about 200 million people living within three feet of high tide. Both mitigation and adaptation will be required. We need to do everything 28

A 2013 report by the Natural Resources Defense Council found that about twothirds of U.S. commercial fish species that had been seriously depleted had

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made significant recoveries—28 of 44 fish stocks, including Atlantic bluefish, flounder and black sea bass—primarily due to better management practices. We now have fisheries restrictions and marine-protected areas in place. To realize some long-term success, we need to limit fisheries in certain areas and for certain species. California’s Monterey Bay Aquarium publishes a Seafood Watch Consumer Guide card specific to regions; it color codes which species are safe to eat and which ones no longer can provide a sustainable harvest, so we know which ones to ask for at grocers and restaurants.

What might mitigate the environmental impact of what you term “coastal megacities”?

Eight of the largest metropolitan areas worldwide—Shanghai, Mumbai, Karachi, Tokyo, Dhaka, Jakarta, New York/New Jersey and Los Angeles—are along shorelines. Coasts in Crisis looks at the hazards of hurricanes, cyclones, typhoons and tsunamis that their residents are exposed to—along with longterm sea level rise. These incredible concentrations of people not only fish heavily, they discharge large volumes of waste and wastewater. You can’t put 10 million people on a shoreline and not expect impacts. We need to get all of these discharges cleaned up and under control. Shorelines are very delicate biological environments. We also must get global population under control to make a much softer footprint on the planet. It would take four planet Earths to support the present global population if everyone indulged in America’s current consumption habits ( Sustainability is what we must work toward, whether it’s food, water or energy. Currently, we’re mining the planet for all its resources, which can’t go on for much longer. We need to recognize this and return to equilibrium with what the planet can supply. Freelance writer and editor Randy Kambic, in Estero, FL, is a frequent contributor to Natural Awakenings.

Seafood Watch Recommendations for Eastern Oysters


by Sam Somera

hen asked to describe the tenants of New England seafood, Eastern oysters must be considered. Often served raw with a mignonette or cocktail sauce, these delicious shellfish are a favorite summer treat for many New Englanders. However, for consumers living in the current geological age, it is more important than ever to consider where marine foods are coming from and how sustainably they are being harvested. Luckily, the Monterey Bay Aquarium publishes a Seafood Watch Consumer Guide to help consumers choose seafood that’s fished or farmed in ways that have less impact on the environment. Recently the Monterey Bay Aquarium published summer 2018 recommendations for Eastern oysters. Eastern oysters farmed worldwide or caught in Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and Canada’s Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence are a “Best Choice”. In other words, these oysters are well-managed and caught in ways that cause little harm to habitats or other wildlife.

Eastern oysters caught in Maryland, North Carolina, Rhode Island, South Carolina and Virginia are a “Good Alternative”. The status of Eastern oysters in South Carolina is unknown, and they are depleted due to historical overfishing, disease and habitat loss in the other locations. Management is rated moderately effective overall in these states. Eastern oysters caught in New York are on the “Avoid” list. The available data indicate the stocks are overfished. The conservation measures for this fishery are rated ineffective overall because there are no limits on commercial harvest and information about the health of the stocks to inform management has not been reported since 2005. The Seafood Watch Consumer Guide is not all encompassing—notable oyster-producing states such as Maine, Connecticut and Massachusetts are not included. The guide is also geared toward providing information about the sustainability of large-scale aquaculture operations as opposed to smaller, local ones. Nevertheless it is still important to ask venders where they source their oysters and how they harvest them. For more information, visit or download its app to get the latest recommendations for seafood and sushi, and locate or share businesses that serve sustainable seafood. Sam Somera is a student at Syracuse University and editorial intern for Natural Awakenings.

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Summer-Safe Dogs by Margo Roman


pending time with our dogs in the summer brings a lot of joy, and including them on outside outings is part of what makes a dog an important part of spending time in nature. The following tips can help ensure the safety of every pet. Temperature and water access are most crucial. Dogs can get overheated easily in warmer conditions, especially in a closed car, which can heat up to more than 130 degrees even with a small cracked window. If it is necessary to leave a dog in the car for a few minutes only, make sure to park in the shade and leave windows open enough to cross ventilate. If it needs to be for more than few minutes, make other arrangements to avoid putting pets at risk. Also, have plenty of access to clean water so pets can stay hydrated. Sun exposure can also be too much for pets. A little bit of sun is fine for animals, but to be left out without ability to get into shade can be harmful. Ticks, fleas and mosquitos carry diseases and are very annoying. Choose more natural repellants that are safer for pets, people and the environment. For humans, wearing more clothing can be hotter but gives protection. Always check pets after exposure to the outdoors, pushing their hair through your fingers and trying to see

if there are any ticks attached. Topical chemical spot-on and ingested flea and tick products are not healthy. These products can harm the animal’s microbiome and be toxic. Natural and herbal sprays can work as well. Look for raw amber collars, repellant flower essences, herbal sprays, cedar wood oils and neem powders. Mosquitos carry heartworm and other diseases, while fleas can infect the home and can carry diseases.

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Water sports can be enjoyed with dogs, but make sure they can swim. Life jackets for pets are available, and provide safety for a day on the lake or ocean. If the dog is a great swimmer it may not be needed. Longer days allow for more hours to be outside walking our dogs. Be sure to have good leashes and a secure way to walk one’s dog near streets. Fireworks and thunderstorms can cause stress. Keep pets inside and protect them from the sounds as much as possible. This can be done by closing all doors and windows, keeping them in the quietest room in the house, and frequently checking-in with them, speaking to them in a re-assuring voice. By following this advice, pet owners and their dogs can enjoy safer summer months together. Dr. Margo Roman, DVM, CVA, COT, CPT, FAAO, is a veterinarian at MASH Vet (Main St. Animal Services of Hopkinton). She has practiced integrative and functional veterinary medicine for almost 40 years. For more information, visit See ad on this page and in Resource Guide on page 38.

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July 2018


calendarofevents All Calendar events for the August issue must be received by July 10 and adhere to our guidelines. Visit for guidelines and to submit entries. For extended event descriptions and additional listings, visit

SUNDAY, JULY 1 Free Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Information – 6:30-8:30pm. Cindy Gittleman, Certified MBSR teacher and founder of Sunrise Mindfulness, leads a free information session about the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn. Free. Roots & Wings, 317 N Main St, Natick. 978657-7730.

away from the world and normal activities to know you more, connect to nature, the land and spiritual guides and teachers, and your highest self, to hear yourself speak, and call for a vision for the rest of your life. This beautiful private retreat space is perfect, and Janet is a loving guide. $575. Private Farm, Catskill, NY. 973-647-2500. Details:

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TUESDAY, JULY 3 Boston Pops Concert – 5pm, opens; 8-10pm, concert. Patriotic tunes including the National Anthem and the 1812 Overture. No fireworks. Free. Hatch Shell, Boston Esplanade, 47 David G Mugar Way, Boston.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 4 Boston Pops Concert with Fireworks – 5pm, opens; 8-10pm concert. Patriotic tunes including the National Anthem and the 1812 Overture. Same program as previous day but with fireworks at the end. Free. Hatch Shell, Boston Esplanade, 47 David G Mugar Way, Boston.

FRIDAY, JULY 6 Type 4 The Depth Seeker Workshop and How to Relate to 4s – 7:30-10pm. Learn about type 4s in depth and how to relate to enneagram type 4 in depth. $40. Private home, 77 Tanager St, #2 (upstairs), Arlington. 617-794-7213.

SATURDAY, JULY 7 Sound Healing Retreat – 2-4pm. With Priscilla Gale. Music lifts our spirits and transports us to another dimension, place or time. Music holds the key to remembering our origin, reconnecting us to Source/Divinity. Our spirit, regardless of beliefs, recognizes sound as the gateway to the infinite. See website for schedule and pricing. Eastover Estate & Retreat Center, 430 East St, Lenox. Register: 866-264-5139.

SUNDAY, JULY 8 Type 5, 6, 7 Enneagram Head Types – 1-3:30pm. Learn in depth everything about type 5, 6, 7 the knowledge seeker, security seeker and optimist and how to relate to each type. Open to all types. $40. 77 Tanager St, #2 (upstairs), Arlington. 617794-7213.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 11 Type 9 Peacemaker Workshop and How to Relate to 9s – 7:30-10pm. Learn everything about type 9, the peacemaker, and how to relate to 9s. Open to all types. $40. Private home, 77 Tanager St, #2 (upstairs), Arlington. 617-794-7213.

THURSDAY, JULY 12 July Vision Quest Retreat – The purpose of a vision quest is to have time and space to pull


Acupuncture Lecture

Acton Pharmacy will host a free lecture about the ancient art of acupuncture featuring Jonathan Fang, a licensed acupuncturist from In Hand Acupuncture & Herbs in Acton. Fang will also offer complimentary acupuncture treatments to anyone who would like to participate.

Thurs., July 12 6:30-7:30pm Acton Pharmacy, 563 Massachusetts Ave, Acton. Register: 978-263-3901 x 6 or Awaken to Bliss: Hypnosis Seminar – 6:30-8pm. You are a spiritual being. Experience a group hypnosis session designed to help you access your divine self and your capacity for bliss. By donation benefit event. The Tam Center for Healing, 15 Cottage Ave, 5th Fl, Quincy. 781-340-2146.

FRIDAY, JULY 13 Enneagram Basic Workshop – 7:30-10pm. Learn about the 9 types of the enneagram, what type you are and how to relate well to each type. Herb acts the types out with hats. $40. 77 Tanager St, #2 (upstairs), Arlington. 617-794-7213.


special event Tide Turners Workshop

Led by Joe Hudson, a venture capitalist and entrepreneur from Silicon Valley and cofacilitated by local team Jeff Lieberman & Ishita Sharma. Workshop is a fully facilitated, interactive personal experience; perfect for startup leaders, small businesses and entrepreneurs. Alongside his business experience, Joe has committed himself to a life of selfexploration and inner reflection.

July 14-15 • 9am-6pm $500. CIC Boston, Anchor Conference Room 1st Fl (behind Render Cafe), 121 Devonshire St, Boston. 617-953-0674. Register & more info:

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Tools for Spiritual Healing – 2-5:30pm. Anne Magdalene will gracefully walk participants through a variety of spiritual healing techniques, offering insight and guidance with Spirit, explaining how these techniques can assist one in working through the spiritual wounds of this and previous lifetimes. $50. Eastover Estate & Retreat Center, 430 East St, Lenox. Register: 866-2645139.

SUNDAY, JULY 15 Reiki Level 1 Training & Certification – 9am-7pm. Learn the traditional Japanese reiki meditations, how to practice hands-on healing of self and others, the reiki principles, reiki history, and how reiki promotes mindfulness and resilience on all levels of your being. Comprehensive course manual. CEUs for nurses, social workers and LMTs. $150. Brenner Reiki Healing, 324 Central St, Auburndale. 617-2448856. Free Introduction to Reiki – 10am-12pm. An overview of reiki, an ancient hands-on healing method for reducing stress, relieving pain and facilitating healing and personal growth. Preregistration required. Free. Arlington Reiki Associates, 366 Massachusetts Ave, Ste 304, Arlington. 781-648-9334. Connecting East & West: A New Spiritual Path for the 21st Century – 2-4pm. With John Montgomery. Workshop will suggest/show that the force of love arises directly from the “homeostatic drive,” the core biological force within us that operates in all of our cells, organs, and tissues, and that seeks to achieve and sustain states of homeostasis or equilibrium. A force of love/self-love that allows us to be connected to the Tao of life. $30. Eastover Estate & Retreat Center, 430 East St, Lenox. 866264-5139.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 18 Enneagram Basic Workshop – 7:30-10pm. Learn about the 9 types of the enneagram, what type you are and how to relate well to each type. Herb acts the types out with hats. $40. 77 Tanager St, #2 (upstairs), Arlington. 178-6483737.

THURSDAY, JULY 19 SpiritFest and Yoga Play – 5-10pm. Expand your community and enjoy an evening filled with a journey of self-discovery. Wellprenuer savvy exhibitors, inspiring renowned mediums, yoga and healings. Come connect, share, and gain a deeper understanding of self. A unique opportunity of education and community building. Free. Pembroke Country Club, 94 W Elm St, Pembroke. 508-615-9805. Landmarks Orchestra Concert – 7-9pm. Bring a blanket or low folding chair. Food allowed. Selections from Vaughan Williams, Verdi, Delius and

more. Free. Hatch Shell, Boston Esplanade, 47 David G Mugar Way, Boston. Type 9 Peacemaker Workshop and How to Relate to 9s – 7:30-10pm. Learn everything about Type 9, the peacemaker, and how to relate to 9s. Open to all types. $40. Private home, 77 Tanager St, #2 (upstairs), Arlington. 617-794-7213.

FRIDAY, JULY 20 Sand Sculpting Festival – July 20-22. 8am-8pm. Watch 15 renowned master sculptors work their magic with individual 12 ton allotments of sand. Also features music performances, a food truck festival, amusement rides, craft activities and family entertainment. Fireworks display at 9pm, Sun. Revere Beach, Revere. Enneagram Advanced Workshop – 3:30pm. Learn the subtypes and subtleties of the enneagram way beyond the basics. $40. 77 Tanager St, #2 (upstairs), Arlington. 178-648-3737.

SATURDAY, JULY 21 Acupuncture Relaxation – 9am-1pm. Relax, find relief and rest with Community Acupuncture. It’s a quiet environment, group setting with affordable prices. Taking insurance for further treatment, if covered. 18+ yrs’ experienced practitioner. Free first visit. Joy Community Acupuncture, 335 Boylston St, Ste J3, Newton Centre. 617-5100559.

SUNDAY, JULY 22 Reiki Clinic – 1:30-4:30pm. A community service project where clients can receive a halfhour reiki treatment by a team of practitioners. Reiki practitioners can volunteer at the clinics and receive a free treatment. Pre-registration required. $15/clients, free/practitioners. Arlington Reiki Associates, 366 Massachusetts Ave, Ste 304, Arlington. 617-835-9963.

TUESDAY, JULY 24 Kids’ Summer Yoga Programs: Ages 5+ – 1:303:30pm. With Laura Grundstrom. Session 1: July 24-26. Session 2: August 7-9. $90/3-day camp, $35/drop-in. Revolution Community Yoga Acton, 537 Massachusetts Ave, Acton. 978-274-5596.

THURSDAY, JULY 26 Landmarks Orchestra Concert – 7-9pm. Bring a blanket or low folding chair. Food allowed. Wagner and Strauss with Channing Yu conducting. Free. Hatch Shell, Boston Esplanade, 47 David G Mugar Way, Boston. Relieve Anxiety – 7:30-10pm. Learns lots of practical techniques, which we’ll practice, to relieve anxiety on the spot. $40. 77 Tanager St, #2 (upstairs), Arlington. 617-794-7213.

FRIDAY, JULY 27 Enneagram Subtypes – 7:30-10pm. Learn about lots of subcategories in the enneagram. There are hundreds of enneagram types. Learn a lot about yourself in one evening. $40. 77 Tanager St, #2 (upstairs), Arlington. 617-794-7213.

SATURDAY, JULY 28 Figment Arts Festival – July 28-29. 11am-11pm, Sat; 12-6pm, Sun. The length of the Greenway is transformed into a massive collaborative artwork. Expect to see performances, sculptures, activities, art, photographs, dance and more. Free. Rose Kennedy Greenway, 185 Kneeland St, Boston.


save the date Soul Path Renewal Retreat

Using the magic of the potent tools of SoulCollage and Spiritual Autobiography, spend 4 delightful days at beautiful Ferry Beach in Maine with Gail McMeekin, LICSW, and Deb Knox. Tap into your longings and dreams, and receive invaluable guidance for manifesting soulful joy! This life-changing Soul Journey deepens your intuition, sparking your creativity, and an enhancement of your life story!

Aug. 20-24 Price varies. Ferry Beach Retreat Center, 5 Morris Ave, Saco. 207-282-4489. More info:


TUESDAY, JULY 31 Westford Kids’ Summer Yoga Program: Ages 5+ – July 31-Aug 2. 1:30-3:30pm. With Laura Grundstrom. $90/3-day program, $35/drop-in. Revolution Community Yoga Westford, 22 Town Farm Rd/Mill Works, Westford. 978-727-8356. The Incredible Dr. You Workshop – 7:158:15pm. This first of 2 workshops breaks down the basics of Network Spinal Analysis, the method of chiropractic used at Newton Chiropractic. Get more out of your adjustments and enlighten yourself on just how incredible your body is at healing itself. Please RSVP. Free. Newton Chiropractic & Wellness Centre, 383 Elliot St, Ste 250, Newton. 617-964-3332.

save the date Weekend Yoga with Tias Little

Sign up now. Light on the Subtle Body Weekend Workshop. This weekend will be split into 4 classes. Take full weekend or part.

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10am-1pm, Sat; 2-5pm, Sun. $200/full weekend, $60/class. Body Kneads Yoga, 1145 Reservoir Ave, 2nd Fl, Cranston, RI. 401-632-0878. BodyKneads.Yoga.

BEMER Workshop – 7:15-8:15pm. BEMER is designed to improve circulation supporting the body’s natural self-regulating processes. It enhances cardiac function, physical fitness, endurance, strength and energy, concentration, mental acuity, stress reduction and relaxation, and sleep management. Limited space, please RSVP. Free. Newton Chiropractic & Wellness Centre, 383 Elliot St, Ste 250, Newton. 617-964-3332.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 25 Enneagram Head Types 5, 6, 7 – 7:30-10pm. Learn about the enneagram head types 5, knowledge seeker, 6, security seeker and 7, the optimistic thinker. Perfect for those types and anyone in relationship to them. $40. 77 Tanager St, #2 (upstairs), Arlington. 617-794-7213.

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

sunday Celebration Service – 10-11:15am. Meditation, 9:45am. Service followed by fellowship. Free. Center for Spiritual Living of Greater Boston, 50 Dudley St, Cambridge. 617-947-2743. CSLBoston. org. SoWa Vintage Market – 10am-4pm. Designers, collectors, appreciators of the beautiful and unusual love this market. A cool, urban, vintage flea market featuring fresh vintage and designer finds every week. Free. SoWa Vintage Market, 450 Harrison Ave, Boston. Kirtan: The Music of Spirituality – 7-9pm. 2nd Sun. Charlie Braun’s music is a creative outpouring of reflective melodies, sweet harmonies, inthe-groove rhythms and the space in between. Donation. Eastover Estate & Retreat Center, 430 East St, Lenox. 866-264-5139.

monday Anxiety and Panic Support Group – 5:30pm. 1st Mon. A group designed to offer a place where people with common interests and experience can meet. People who have been through, or are going through, a similar circumstance can do more than sympathize with you, they can relate to what you are going through and keep you from feeling alone. Free. Washington St, Newton. 617-849-3198. Very Gentle EasYoga – 6-7:30pm. Also Tues & Thurs. Summertime is time to relax. Walk-ins welcome. First class free. The Well Street Station, 62 Mt Auburn St, Watertown. 617-923-1440. Free Guided Meditation – 6:15-6:45pm. Experience different HypnoMeditations (prerecorded by Richard Lanza) each week. HypnoMeditation takes you on a journey to states of expansive inner calm which allow for personal transformation and healing. Free. Open Doors,


395A Washington St, Braintree. 781-843-8224. Nia Class Somatic Fitness – 7:30-8:30pm. Nia is movement to music: dance, martial arts, healing arts integrated into one hour classes for your body’s healing, body, mind, spirit, emotion. All levels and ages. $15. Om Namo Center, 21 Belmont St, Cambridge. 617-620-7654. Mental Wellness: The Gut-Brain Connection – 9-9:30pm. Join Amare Global, The Mental Wellness Company for a live webinar as we discuss the science behind the gut-brain connection and its impact on mental wellness. Free. Online. 978-8776122.

tuesday Noon Concerts on the Freedom Trail – 12:15pm. Stop by to hear a 30-40-min concert. Performers vary each week and perform a wide variety of music ranging from jazz to folk, medieval to modern. $5 suggested donation. King’s Chapel, 64 Beacon St, Boston. 617-227-2155. Support Group for Spouses and Family Members of Cancer Patients and Survivors – 6:30-7:30pm. Let by the husband of a cancer survivor. Free. Tri-Community YMCA, 43 Everett St, Southbridge. 508-987-3310. Open Meditation – 7-8:15pm. A supportive environment with 45 mins of shamatha sitting. Appropriate for all levels with several breaks and a brief inspirational video. Free. Rigpa Boston, 24 Crescent St, Ste 308, Waltham. 619-906-4291. Reiki Healing Sessions – 7-9pm. Reiki and energy healers offer their services free of charge. To broaden the spirit of free care and community services to others, please make a donation in any amount for each healing you receive. Donations will be sent to a variety of local charitable causes. Free, donation suggested. Open Doors, 395 Washington St, Braintree. 781-843-8224. Mental Wellness: The Science & Solutions – 9-9:30pm. Also Mon. Join Amare Global for a live webinar as we discuss the science behind the gut-brain connection and natural solutions for addressing the mental wellness epidemic. Free. Pamela Pearson: 978-877-6122. For webinar details: Amare. com/10054.

wednesday Ton Ren Healing Class – 9-10am. Release blockages to restore the body’s natural healing ability. Powerful distance-healing method developed by Tom Tam, LAc, utilizing acupoints

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and the unconscious universal commonality. Donations accepted. Portal Crystal Gallery, 489 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington Center, Arlington. 857-928-0513. Restorative Yoga – 12-1pm. Restorative yoga for breast cancer patients, survivors and their families/ caregivers. Free for those listed. Saint Vincent Cancer & Wellness Center, 1 Eaton Pl, Worcester. 508-987-3310. Museum of Fine Arts Free Wednesdays – Free admission after 4pm. MFA, 465 Huntington Ave, Boston. 617-267-9300. Boston Public Library Concerts in the Courtyard – Thru Aug 30. 6-7pm. Also Fri, 12:30-1:30pm. Various artists and groups give concerts throughout the summer. See website for full listing. Free. Central Library in Copley Square, McKim Courtyard, 700 Boylston St, Boston. 617536-5400. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous Weekly Meeting – 7-8:30pm. Free 12-step program for food addiction. There is a solution. Do you, or someone you know, struggle with issues with food, weight or body image? Weekly meetings open to anyone. Free. St. Brigid’s Parish Center, 1995 Massachusetts Ave, Lexington. 617-610-3748. Let’s Laugh Today Laughter Yoga – 7:308:30pm. 1st Wed. Any age and any level of physical ability can enjoy this unique exercise of laughter and clapping combined with gentle breathing that brings more oxygen to the body’s cells. Free. Meetinghouse of the First Universalist Society, 262 Chestnut St, Franklin. 508-660-2223. Guided Meditation – 8-8:45pm. Take some time to slow down and breathe. A midweek stress busting session of guided meditation to check in and balance your body and mind. $5 donation. Alchemy Yoga, 138 Main St, Acton. 617-9393113. Natural Solutions for Mental Wellness – 8-8:30pm. Join Amare Global, The Mental Wellness Company, for a live webinar as we discuss the science behind the gut-brain connection and its impact on mental wellness. Free. Pamela Pearson: 978-877-6122. For webinar details: Public Open Night at the Observatory – 8:30pm, spring/summer; 7:30pm, fall/winter. A chance to come observe the night sky through telescopes and binoculars and see things you otherwise might not get to see. Held most Wed evenings throughout the year, weather permitting. Space limited, reservations recommended. Free. Coit Observatory at Boston University, 725 Commonwealth Ave, Boston. 617-353-2630.

thursday Mental Wellness: A Deep Dive with Q&A – 2:30pm. Join Amare Global’s live webinars and deep dive into mental wellness topics like stress, ADHD, brain fog, fatigue, low energy, sleep and more with Q&A. Free. Pamela Pearson: 978-8776122. For webinar details: Pamelaepearson@

Guild, nearby businesses and restaurants open their doors to give you a chance to experience the vibrant South End arts community. Free. Start at 450 Harrison Ave, follow gallery lights around the neighborhood.

Community Reiki Clinic – 7-8:45pm. 1st Fri. Receive a 30-min reiki session by appt. Appointments start at 7pm, 7:35 & 8:10pm. If you have been curious about reiki, schedule a session. $15. Brenner Reiki Healing, 324 Central St. Auburndale. 617-2448856.

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


Free Drop-In Summer Yoga on Boston Common – Thru Aug 30. 6-7:15pm. Instructors welcome students of all levels. Bring your own mat, blocks, towels and belt. Free. Frog Pond, Boston Common, Boston.

Restorative Yoga – 8:15-9:15am. Restorative yoga for breast cancer patients, survivors and their families/caregivers. Free. Oxford Community Center, 4 Maple Rd, Oxford. 508-987-3310.

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous Meeting – 7-8:30pm. Are you having trouble controlling what you eat? A 12-step recovery program for anyone suffering from food obsession, overeating, under-eating or bulimia. Free. Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Johnson Conference Room, 170 Governor’s Ave, Medford. 617-583-2901.

Very Gentle EasYoga – 9-10:30am. Also Thurs, 11am. Summertime is time to relax. Walk-ins welcome. First class free. The Well Street Station, 62 Mt Auburn St, Watertown. 617-923-1440.

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 Free Fun Fridays – Thru Aug. Each Fri various cultural venues throughout Boston will open their doors for free. More info & schedule: Watertown Mall Walking Club – 9am. Meet the club leader near Carter’s. Start with stretching exercises followed by a walk through the mall. Occasional guest lectures. Free. Watertown Mall, 550 Arsenal St, Watertown. 617-926-4968. Summer in the City – 4:30pm, music; dusk, movie begins. Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston. More info & movie titles: Second Fridays – 5-8pm. Free with admission 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. SoWa First Fridays – 5-9pm. 1st Fri. Over 60 galleries south of Washington St and at the Artist’s


Free Friday Flicks at the Esplanade – Thru Aug. 6pm, activities; sundown, movie starts. Hatch Shell, Boston’s Esplanade. For movie schedule & weather cancellations: 617-787-7200.

Boston Calling Thursday Block Parties – Thru Sept 14. 5-8pm. Live performances by a different group every week. Free. Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston. BostonCallingBlockParties.

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


The Marketplace at Simpson Spring – 10am2pm. Includes farmers, bakers, artisans and local entrepreneurs. Stop in to browse or take in our featured entertainment, local authors, educational seminars and lecturers. 719 Washington St, South Easton.

THE GREAT COSMIC TEACHINGS OF JESUS OF NAZARETH – Are available to all people for the first time in the history of mankind through the work of the divine wisdom, Gabriele. Hardbound, 880 pgs. 844576-0937.

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY START A CAREER YOU CAN BE PASSIONATE ABOUT – Publish your own Natural Awakenings magazine. Home-based business complete with comprehensive training and support system. New franchises are available or purchase a magazine that is currently publishing. Call 239-530-1377 or visit

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

NATURAL AWAKENINGS SINGLES READY TO MEET THE LOVE OF YOUR LIFE? – Dip into our pool of conscious, awake singles and meet someone that you would have never met without us! Free to join.

Let’s Laugh Today Laughter Yoga – 11am12pm. 2nd Sat. Any age and any level of physical ability can enjoy this unique exercise of laughter and clapping combined with gentle breathing that brings more oxygen to the body’s cells. Free. Unitarian Church of Sharon, 4 N Main St, Sharon. 508-660-2223.

PRODUCTS SPRINGHILL STATUARY - HOME OF THE $10 STATUE – Pet memorials, Angels, Buddha statues, bird baths. Many dog breeds. Shipping worldwide. Open year round. 75 Laura St, Tiverton. 401-314-6752.

Greenway Open Market – Thru Oct. 11am6pm. Every Sat; 1st & 3rd Sun. An eclectic mix of hand-made art, music and locally produced products to Boston. Gourmet food trucks. Different mix of vendors each week. Free. Rose Kennedy Greenway, near Rings Fountain, High St & Atlantic Ave, Boston. NewEnglandOpenMarkets. com/visit-the-greenway.

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

Magic 106.7 Family Film Festival – July 7-Aug 26. 6pm, movie starts at sundown. Entertainment and activities before the movie. Schedule on website. Free. Prudential Center, South Garden, 800 Boylston St, Boston.

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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.




Dianne Kosto, Founder & CEO 132 Central St, Ste 205A, Foxboro 844-272-4666

Helping patients return to health with acupuncture, ear therapy, cupping, guasha and acupressure, Quan’s expertise lies in the areas of chronic and acute pain, allergy, digestive conditions, stress-related problems, headaches, migraines, anxiety, depression, neurological disorders, respiratory issues, supportive treatment for cancer, fertility, reproductive health, women’s health and difficult-to-treat conditions in conventional medicine. See ad, page 2.

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

Quan Zhou, LicAc, Nutritionist 493-495 Main St, Groton 978-449-9919


Kristine Jelstrup, CMFT, CBK, LMT 126 Prospect St, Ste 5, Cambridge, 02139 617-833-3407 Kristine@CentralSquareHealthAnd


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 ads, pages 7 and 11.

Achieve optimal health physically, emotionally, nutritionally. Kristine uses a form of muscle response testing to identify and clear nervous system interference, facilitating optimal health.


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


Katryn Miller, MEd, LMT, Colon Hydrotherapist 493-495 Main St, Groton 978-449-9919 Katryn has always held a deep desire to learn about the body and how it works. After many years of running her own business, Katryn joined Groton Wellness to help others with Colon Hydrotherapy. She holds a training certificate on the Libbe Colon Hydrotherapy Device. See ad, page 2.


Liz Marcano-Pucillo 150 Wood Rd, Ste 403, Braintree, MA 02184 781-228-6915 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 24.

COACHING A COMMON THREAD COACHING James Ashton, Certified Life Coach 646-262-3037


Specializing in Neurotherapy, an effective, drug-free treatment for: attention, behavior, emotional, and executive function problems, autistic spectrum, anxiety, depression, postconcussion, peak performance and more. See ad, page 7.


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Coaching is a place where you can be truly heard and supported! Through deep listening and powerful questioning, I can assist you in moving towards a desired outcome in virtually any area of life. COMPLIMENTARY 45-minute “Gain Clarity” Session!


978-378-3048 City Compost provides home composting services and custom solutions for events and organizations. All compostables including meat, dairy and paper products are accepted. 100% of the independently processed compost goes to grow more fresh food and subscribers can receive top quality, tested, compost with service. See ad, page 25.




1842 Beacon St, Ste 305, Brookline, MA 617-868-1516

401 Great Plain Ave, Needham, MA 02492 781-449-0550 Familyowned and -operated since 1960, we have evolved from a traditional pharmacy to a worldwide compounding and nutritional resource. Our unique one-on-one patient consultations produce a full understanding of your health needs. You, your physician, and one of our compounding pharmacists work as partners to ensure that you will receive the best care possible.


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


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 16.

GROTON WELLNESS – FAMILY DENTISTRY & ORTHODONTICS, MEDICAL, SPA, CAFÉ 493-495 Main St (Off Rte 119) Groton, MA 01450 978-449-9919

Groton Wellness is a vibrant center for health and healing consisting of Holistic Family Dentistry & Orthodontics, an Integrative Medical Practice, a therapeutic detoxification spa, and a clean food, farm-to-table café—all working together to provide exceptional community health care. We also offer exciting talks, cleanses, classes and events, many of which are free to the community. Groton Wellness uses IV therapy, nutrition management, herbal medicine, bio-identical hormone balancing, EAV testing, colon hydrotherapy, acupuncture and many other holistic therapies to treat patients from head-to-toe. We have enormous success treating chronic health issues such as Lyme disease, cancer, diabetes, hormonal imbalance, mold, internal toxicity and more. See ad, page 2.


Stephen Bernardi 577 Main St, Waltham, MA 02452 781-893-3870 • Fax: 781-899-1172


512 Main St, Shrewsbury, MA 01545

JCW is the only sterile and non-sterile PCABaccredited pharmacy in Massachusetts. In addition to our compounding service, we offer a full range of nutritional supplements, natural products, homeopathic remedies and home health care equipment. See ad on back cover.

Call now to receive Divine healing energy to release pain from your heart, soul, body and allow for love and joy to enter your life. See ad, page 6.

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98 Parmenter Rd, Framingham, MA 01701 508-838-1101 Through a mutli-modatlity approach, Peter’s practice utilizes the wisdom of ancient knowledge with the science of modern day. Addressing the person’s physical, emotional and spiritual needs that will support the client’s health or return to health. See ad, page 17.


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


Psychotherapist and Enneagram expert Herb Pearce with 38 years’ experience, works with individuals, couples and families to clarify differences and practice personalized, effective communication. Enneagram team building workshops for groups and organizations. Author of 6 books.


162 South St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 617-942-2644 Float therapy involves using 10 inches of warm water heated to skin temperature and 800 lbs of epsom salt. The salt is healing and allows you to float effortlessly providing relaxation and pain relief like never before. See ad, page 9.

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

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


162 South St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 617-942-2644 Our Infrared Sauna uses Far infrared waves to heat the body reaching only 140 and is a dry heat. Despite this you sweat 3x more and detox 15-20x more toxins than a normal sauna. See ad, page 9.


Alexia Taylor 617-939-3113 An individualized approach to health. Using Functional Medicine, Positive Psychology, Mindfulness to support your path to happiness. Specializing in transforming stress, sleep problems, developing an eating plan that works for you. Live fully, well, now. See ad, page 25.

HORMONE BALANCING BELLA NATURAL HEALTH Dawna Jones, MD, FACOG 99 Longwater Cir, Ste 100 Norwell, MA 02061 781-829-0930


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

MASH MAIN ST ANIMAL SERVICES OF HOPKINTON Margo Roman, DVM 72 W Main St, Hopkinton, MA 01748 508-435-4077

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


Irina is trained in holistic modalities such as weight management, whole body detoxification, nutraceuticals, essential oils, spiritual medical intuition and kinesiology. Irina’s training extends to endocrine disorders such as hypothyroidism, adrenal insufficiency, depression, anxiety and sex hormone deficiencies. She also practices holistic gynecology, bio-identical hormone restoration, neurotherapy, endocrine disorders and ozone therapy. See ad, page 2.


NEWTON CHIROPRACTIC & WELLNESS CENTRE 383 Elliot St, Ste 250 617-964-3332

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 ads, pages 7 and 11.


Alison Shaw APRN, LMT, CEH 109 Massachusetts Ave Lexington, MA 02420 781-646-0686 An innovative blend of bodycentered counseling, integrative bodywork and energy medicine to uncover and release bodymind patterns that limit your life and health. See ad, page 17.


Board-certified MD in gynecology and integrative medicine. Hormone balancing, nutrition and detoxification are keys to optimal health. See ad, page 9.

Irina Serebryakova, Holistic, NP 493-495 Main St, Groton 978-449-9919



98 Parmenter Rd, Framingham, MA 01701 508-838-1101

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Lyme requires a mutli-dimensional approach. With the use of Quantum Reflex Analysis, Zyto, and nutritional support we can identify the Lyme, its supporting bacteria and remediate them. Returning the person to one’s health. See ad, page 17.

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

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



Grace Ramsey-Coolidge, LMHC 493-495 Main St, Groton 978-449-9919


Grace Ramsey-Coolidge is a Heart-and Energy-Based Psychotherapist who practices process-oriented care that focuses on the interactions between the mind, body and spirit to target the root cause of issues using kinesiology and energetic medicine. A Reiki Master, she teaches meditation techniques, energetic medicine classes and chakra seminars. See ad, page 2.


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


Whole Family Wellness, LLC 29 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02116 781-721-4585 Naturopathic Medicine since 2006. Dr. Layton provide safe, effective, complementary and alternative natural therapies to achieve vibrant health in people of all ages.

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


324 Central St, Newton 02466 617-244-8856 Providing you with reiki healing sessions, reiki meditation, and reiki training to support you in reaching your goals of mind-body-spirit wellness and wholeness.


98 Parmenter Rd, Framingham, MA 01701 508-838-1101 Peter offers every 1st and 3rd Tuesday evening meditation at 7pm. Once a month Peter offers sweat lodge. Both are for those who seek to find awareness for the heart and soul. See ad, page 17.



162 South St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 617-942-2644 P.E.M.F. (Pulse Electro Magnetic Field) Therapy replicates the Earth’s magnetic field to energize the cells in the body. It has many benefits however most use it to target pain in certain areas. See ad, page 9.


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 14.


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

SOUL BEING An expanding technology platform that connects health seekers with wellness professionals. Representing 40+ therapies in health and wellness. Online tools to manage your holistic lifestyle. See ad, page 8.




Sacha L. Fossa, MA, ACTE 978-309-9399

Ready to radically improve your sex and love life, with or without a partner? Cutting-edge holistic sex, relationship and intimacy coaching, energy and bodywork for your sexual healing and empowerment. In person and/or Skype. See ad, page 27.

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

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Natural Awakenings Boston July 2018  

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Boston's premiere healthy living, healthy planet magazine