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n September 24, we’ll be hosting the second Revolution of Consciousness (RoC) event at The Reggie Lewis Center, in Roxbury Crossing. The event theme, aligned with Natural Awakenings of Boston’s mission, prioritizes cultivating bridges between allopathic medicine and holistic alternatives. While there may always be some need for drugs and surgery, it can no longer be denied that our bodies have the natural ability to heal given the support they need. We hear story after story of how those that have beaten seemingly overwhelming odds went on to live long and productive lives after being given a short-term terminal diagnosis by conventional practitioners. Some people feel that giving terminal and chronic patients hope in their ability to reframe their own beliefs about disease to embrace the possibility of complete healing, is irresponsible. Others that have witnessed firsthand the miraculous effects of a change in consciousness in themselves and loved ones understand the benefits of learning to harness the power of our mind to heal our body. In the new documentary HEAL by writer, director and producer Kelly Noonan Gores and co-producer Adam Schomer, we are brought along on the individual journeys of a few such patients to learn about what worked for them. Learn more in Gores’ article, “Change the Mind, Heal the Body” in this issue and join us at RoC for an exclusive film screening before its general release. The viewing will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Natural Awakenings’ national senior staff writer Linda Sechrist. Panelists include Schomer, transformational healer, Rob Wergin and a victorious survivor of a terminal diagnosis. Personally, I believe that the key to healing any malady, be it physical, emotional, spiritual, professional or financial, is found through our own diligence and willingness to try to find what works for us as unique beings. In an era of instant gratification and quick fixes that usually go nowhere, this calls for persistent and progressive effort to reap lasting results. Too many of us have been willing to live with less than full and vibrant health, maybe because we don’t know any better or are unwilling to try something less mainstream than a new drug or other temporary patch. Perhaps first, we must have an authentic desire to be healed and next, an openness to keep trying different approaches until we find what resonates on a deep level of inner knowing, a sense that “This feels right”. Please join us to meet practitioners of a helpful array of holistic and mindbody modalities at The Revolution of Consciousness next month. For more information, visit May we all pause often this summer to b-r-e-a-t-h-e. Breathe in life. Enjoy a beautiful sunset, dig your toes into the sand or dance like nobody is watching. Stop at a roadside stand and eat fresh-picked fruits and vegetables. Do what feeds your soul and allows you to let go, to exchange stressors for a feeling of calm balance and a healthy life. It may well be the best prevention of all. Happy summering,

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Tickets on Sale for Healthy Lifestyle Event, Film Screening


.atural Awakenings is hosting The Revolution of Consciousness on September 24, at The Reggie Lewis Center, Roxbury Crossing. Early bird ticket pricing ends July 31 for the day-long expo which includes 100 exhibitors; the Bodywork Oasis, featuring a wide variety of hands-on body and energy workers; a diverse selection of workshops relating to mind-body medicine and higher consciousness; a 24-foot, seven-circuit labyrinth; food trucks; and an indoor local and healthy food café. The event will wrap up with Boston’s premiere weekend screening of the soon-to-be-released 2017 documentary HEAL, a film about the power of the mind and the body’s natural ability to heal. Following the film, a panel discussion moderated by Natural Awakenings Publishing Corporation senior staff writer, Linda Sechrist, will take place and include the film’s producer, Adam Schomer, transformational healer, Rob Wergin and patients that have combined allopathic medicine with mind-body approaches to achieve full recovery. Natural Awakenings Boston publisher Maisie Raftery says, “This is the most important film of our time. A masterful presentation of healings that can occur when the gap between allopathic and mindbody approaches is filled.” Cost: $15 early bird/$25 through September 23/$30 at door. Location: 1350 Tremont St., Boston. For more details, visit See ad on page 3.

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19th Annual 5K Run/Walk to Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer


he National Ovarian Cancer Coalition invites participants to take part in its 19th annual Run/Walk to Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer at 8 a.m., September 10, at DCR Mother’s Rest Area, Carson Beach, in South Boston. Organized by the Massachusetts chapter, this event celebrates survivors, remembers those that have been lost to ovarian cancer and increases awareness of the disease. Runners and walkers will travel on a flat, fast course along the bay. Funds raised will help to empower the community, support quality of life initiatives for survivors and caregivers, promote early awareness so all women know the signs and symptoms, and invest in cutting-edge research until a cure for ovarian cancer is found.

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newsbriefs Campaign for Holistic Healthcare Insurance Coverage


he Holistic Healthcare Initiative of Massachusetts is conducting a grassroots campaign for a 2018 ballot question asking citizens of Massachusetts whether they believe holistic modalities should be covered by their legislatively mandated health insurance. Unfortunately, the legislative process has become quite costly, and estimates for this campaign are running at approximately $2.4 million. Right now, the goal is to raise $225,000 by the end of September. Every donation helps, both large and small, in order to take on the long-established Western medicine groups which have dominated the legislative process, thereby controlling the choices available to patients. “It is time to take our power back and allow the people to have some choice in their health care,” says Dr. Kevin J. Lizotte, ND, and chairman of the Holistic Healthcare Inititiative. “There is research coming out every day demonstrating the effectiveness of holistic modalities. Many citizens utilize these alternative therapies, but even more would be open to the possibilities if the treatments were covered by their insurance.” Donations can be sent to Holistic Healthcare Initiative of MA, P.O. Box 52342, Boston, MA 02205 or made online at Stay updated on Facebook @ Holistic Healthcare Initiative of MA.


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newsbriefs SugAR Poke Diet and Nutrition App Helps to Reduce Sugar Intake


ugAR Poke, a free public health app, is focused on displaying the truth about secondary sugar for all food products in local grocery stores. Added sugar is the secondary and hidden sugar that is present in many food products that most Americans consume today, such as salad dressings, pasta sauces and even yogurts. The app uses augmented reality, a form of virtual technology to display the number of teaspoons of added sugar by analyzing the front of each food label. Two labels are in design: a green and a black label. The green label represents zero teaspoons of added sugar in a food product, while the black label represents any amount of added sugar greater than zero. The app is currently in the demo stage and has been created by a team of developers and interns. The founder and CEO of Eradicate Childhood Obesity Foundation, Inc. (EChO), Laurent Adamowicz, has stated that, in reference to vending machines, “Imagine the potential of SugAR Poke when you stand in front of the machine and you can literally poke through the glass to see how much added sugar each beverage contains before you make your selection.” Pandora Reality, EChO’s technological partner, has developed the app, and Alper Guler, the chief developer, has stated, “Both of my parents are doctors, so I want to help kids reduce their sugar consumption. That’s why I joined EChO’s team to create a solution.” SugAR Poke is on Kickstarter and KIND Causes, and is looking for help to combat childhood obesity one pledge at a time. Every $20 they receive allows them to add at least one more food product that can be “poked”. Their goal with the Kickstarter is to input every food product in the supermarket so that shoppers can buy the healthiest options. Donate at Cost: Free and available to download now. For more information, visit Be sure to let our advertisers know you found them in natural awakenings

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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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newsbriefs Grammy Award-Nominated Flutist David Young to Perform Healing Music


oul Ascension Meditations, featuring twice Grammy Award-nominated flutist David Young, will be performed at various locations throughout the Greater Boston area between August 11 to18. He will be playing two Renaissance flutes simultaneously and has been described by some as “a portal between HeavDavid Young en and Earth,” and a catalyst associated with out-of-body, music-inspired experiences. Young has sold more than 1 million copies of his 59 albums of heavenly and healing music, and more than 20,000 healers and healing centers worldwide are said to use his music, reaching 300,000 people daily. Marie Diamond, one of the Nine Earth Mothers who appears in the film The Secret, says, “I had the most profound spiritual experience of my entire life while listening to David performing his Creation CD.” Young has presented more than 250 Soul Ascension Meditations nationwide. The soothing music of his flutes, along with inspired, guided spirit journeying, open the heart and mind to the most profound spiritual experience many attendees have had in their lives. Hundreds of people have said they’ve had visions and encounters with either Jesus, Buddha, Mother Mary, Lao Tzu or Lady Quin Yin. Experiences that people describe run the gamut from deep emotional healings and being shown heavenly worlds to encounters that are slightly humorous. Young feels one of the most important messages that comes through is that the Ascended Masters are reachable and accessible to anybody—they will share their wisdom and love—if we only reach out to them.  Suggested love offering: $30 (no one will be turned away). Locations: Various. For more information or to make reservations, visit DavidYoungMusic. com for the four events within an hour of Boston between August 11-18.

newsbriefs Boston GreenFest Celebrates 10 Years


ne of the largest multicultural environmental music festivals in the region, Boston GreenFest will take place for its 10th year from August 11 to 13, at Boston City Hall Plaza. This free event pulls out all the stops this year to showcase innovation, alternative health, healthy living and ways to bring greater balance to our planet. There will be films, exhibits, live music and a series of EcoForums at Faneuil Hall, including two about health that are supported by Natural Awakenings Boston. “This is an opportunity for Natural Awakenings readers to move away from the print world into the real world and directly meet some of the people, companies and nonprofits who could make a difference in their lives,� says Karen Weber, executive director of Foundation for a Green Future, Inc. Beyond exhibits and educational opportunities, great food, wine and beer will be available, and attendees will enjoy eco-vendors, culture and amazing entertainment, including evening concerts. Free fitness classes in Zumba, BollyX, yoga and mini-bootcamp will also be offered. Cost: Free. Location: Boston City Hall Plaza, 1 City Hall Square, Boston. For more info, visit Boston See ad on page 6. Be sure to let our advertisers know you found them in natural awakenings

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One-Year Shiatsu Certification Program Begins this September

Brenner Reiki Healing has been awarded Best of Boston 2017 by Boston Magazine, recognizing the benefits that reiki practice and teaching from Elise Brenner, owner of Brenner Reiki Healing, can bring to people of all ages and backgrounds. Reiki sessions and trainings promote mindfulness, resiliency, emotional regulation and wellness in daily life. The system of reiki is a mind-bodyspirit healing and meditation practice that promotes health and wholeness on all levels of our beings: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. “Amidst the uncertainties of our lives, reiki facilitates a deeper awareness of our solid, stable selves and of the inner qualities we wish to embody moving forward,” says Brenner. “When we experience this more settled state of mind, all of the systems of our bodies are best able to restore their natural repair mechanisms.” Brenner Reiki Healing offers a monthly Community Reiki Clinic, reiki sessions, reiki training, programs for reiki practitioners and reiki outreach to community groups and workplaces.


ravel to beautiful Vermont for one four-day weekend each month, beginning September 29, to become a certified Shiatsu practitioner. The year-long program will end September 23, 2018. Zen Shiatsu is a form of Asian bodywork therapy from Japan, a meditative physical practice that brings healing to the practitioner as well as the client. The Shiatsu School of Vermont is one of two Zen Shiatsu schools in the country that is certified as a professional program by the American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia. Students learn qigong and other meditative techniques to cultivate a strong internal presence that allows them to receive healing while simultaneously empowering their clients to restore health and balance. Shiatsu assesses and treats the same meridians as acupuncture using healing touch, stretches and joint rotations. Zen Shiatsu is characterized by graceful, rhythmic movements choreographed by the practitioner. Graduates of the certification program at the Shiatsu School of Vermont enables students to practice in many states in the U.S. For students that wish to practice Shiatsu in a state that requires a massage therapy license, the Shiatsu School of Vermont offers additional courses to prepare and qualify students to take the massage and bodywork licensing examination (MBLEx). Location: 24 High Street, Brattleboro, VT. For more information and pricing, call 802-246-0877 or visit See ad on page17.

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Sufficient Sleep Supports Immunity


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study from the University of Washington, in Seattle, tested the relationship of immune system functioning to lack of adequate sleep. To rule out genetic factors, which experts say account for 31 to 55 percent of individual sleep patterns, researchers tested blood samples from 11 pairs of adult identical twins (genetic matches) with differing sleep habits. They found that the immune system was depressed in the twin that slept less. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Americans are sleeping 1.5 to two hours less than they did 100 years ago, and more than 30 percent of working people average fewer than six hours a night. Dr. Nathanial Watson, lead author and co-director of the university’s Sleep Medicine Center at Harborview Medical Center, observes, “Seven or more hours of sleep is recommended for optimal health.”

Massage Relieves Chronic Back Pain


esearchers from Indiana University-Purdue University, in Indianapolis, set out to find out if massage therapy—typically an out-of-pocket expense not covered under most insurance plans— can provide effective treatment for individuals suffering with chronic back pain. The study followed 76 primary care patients with chronic back pain for 24 weeks. The researchers measured pain, disability and quality of life at the beginning of the study, after 12 weeks and again after 24 weeks of massage therapy. Each patient was referred to a licensed massage therapist for 10 no-cost sessions in a real-world environment during the initial 12 weeks. More than half of the patients that completed the core study reported clinically meaningful improvements for physical and mental measures. For bodily pain, 40 percent were clinically improved. Older adults and Baby Boomers reported the highest percentage of changes. Plus, the study found that sufferers that avoided taking painkillers were twice as likely to experience reduced pain than those using opioids.


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MAPLE SYRUP GIVES GOOD GUT Researchers from the University of Rhode Island have discovered that pure maple syrup contains inulin, a complex carbohydrate that serves as a prebiotic. It encourages growth of beneficial gut bacteria and extends the lengthy list of beneficial vitamins and minerals contained in this natural sweet. Consume it in moderation, limited to a few times a week.


Meditating Raises Spirits More than a Vacation


cientists from the University of California at San Francisco, and Harvard Medical School, in Boston, tested the effect of vacations and meditation on the genes of 64 women between the ages of 30 and 60 that were novice meditators. They all spent six days at the same resort in California. Half participated in a meditation program that included yoga, self-reflection exercises and mantra meditation; the other half did not engage in onsite meditation. The researchers also studied a group of 30 experienced meditators already participating in the resort’s meditation program. Blood sample tests and surveys from all 94 women were conducted at intervals: once right before their stay, once right after, a third one month post-vacation and then 10 months after the trip. All the women displayed significant changes to their molecular network pattern after the six days, with the most substantial genetic changes related to immune function and stress response. One month after the resort experience, all groups continued to display improvements. However, the novice meditators showed fewer symptoms of depression and stress for a significantly longer period than the women not participating in the meditation exercise. Be sure to let our advertisers know you found them in natural awakenings

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Tea Time

Nature Rights

This year, the Whanganui River, in New Zealand, became the first in the world to be granted the same legal rights as a person. Equally vital, a court in northern India has given the sacred Ganges and Yamuna rivers, as well as several glaciers, the legal status of “living human entities” to help in the preservation and conservation of the country’s highly polluted waterways, thus allowing polluters to be sued. These decisions are variants of “rights of nature” measures that date back to the 1970s. More than three dozen U.S. localities have ordinances ascribing varying types of rights to nature or to specific natural objects. In America, rights of nature activism usually takes the form of ballot initiatives that emerge to contest the power of corporations wherever local natural resources are seen as being threatened. The first such ordinance was passed in 2006, when Tamaqua Borough, in Pennsylvania, sought to protect the town’s drinking water from the nearby dumping of sewage sludge. More recently, an ordinance from the Boulder (Colorado) County Protectors, with assistance from the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, asserting the “right to a healthy climate,” was recognized as a federal constitutional right by Judge Ann Aiken, of the U.S. District Court in Oregon. Source: BBC

Tuna Turnaround

Lower Mercury Levels Tied to Drop in Coal Emissions Levels of highly toxic mercury contamination in Atlantic bluefin tuna are rapidly declining, a trend that has been linked to reduced mercury emissions in North America, according to a new study published in Environmental Science & Technology. Average mercury concentrations dropped by more than 2 percent per year, for a total decline of 19 percent between 2004 and 2012. Scientists believe that most of that reduction has occurred because of a shift away from coal, the major source of mercury emissions, to natural gas and renewable fuels. Pollution control requirements imposed by the federal government have also cut mercury emissions, but these have been rolled back or eliminated by President Trump’s commitment to “bring back coal.” Source: Scientific American 16

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Australian scientists have launched a project to bury tens of thousands of teabags in wetlands around the world to discover how efficient different kinds of wetlands are at capturing and storing carbon dioxide. Already, more than 500 citizen scientists are involved on every continent but Antarctica. The bags will be monitored over a three-year period, and then dug up and measured at intervals of three months, six months and each year after that. Wetlands are important for carbon capture and storage, a process known as carbon sequestration, holding up to 50 times as much carbon as a comparable area in a rainforest; some are better than others. There are hundreds of thousands of wetlands around the world, and a standardized technique for monitoring the carbon sink is needed for accurate comparison—but monitoring devices can be expensive to install. Faster decay of the tea inside the bag means more carbon is being released into the atmosphere, while a slower rate means the soil is holding the carbon. Once researchers can establish which wetlands are most effective at carbon sequestration, work can begin on protecting and restoring them, and ensuring they are not disrupted. Volunteers that contact BlueCarbon will receive a kit containing teabags and information on how to bury them.


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Tiny Robots Seen as Tech Fix for Reduced Bee Population Harvard University researchers led by engineering professor Robert Wood have introduced the first RoboBees—bee-sized robots that can ascend and hover in midair while tethered to a power supply. The project is a breakthrough in the field of micro-aerial vehicles. It has previously been impossible to pack all the components onto such a tiny workable robot framework and keep it lightweight enough to fly. The researchers believe that within 10 years, RoboBees could artificially pollinate a field of crops, a critical development if the commercial pollination industry cannot recover from the severe bee losses of the past decade. Source: Science

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City Smarts

Urban Planning Goes Green Early American developers of Washington, D.C., and Savannah, Georgia, strived to recreate the plans of European cities that offered plenty of public squares and parks. Subsequent highrise apartments in most other U.S. cities that followed lacked certain elements of neighborhood cohesion, as documented in Zane Miller’s book The Urbanization of Modern America. In Boston, Baltimore, New York City and elsewhere, waterfront revitalizations launched in the 1980s helped improve conditions, making use of nature-oriented ideas that are still trending upward. Urban Hub describes how regions like Silicon Valley, in California, and Boston’s Route 128 corridor continue to enjoy mutually beneficial relationships with Stanford University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University. The concept promotes pedestrianization programs and incentives that increase bike-friendliness, multimodal public transportation such as people-mover sidewalks and car sharing, plus off-hour, no-driving and park-and-ride policies. Join the social media conversation at The U.S. Department of Transportation recently released updated standards on how state agencies should measure mass transit, biking and walking volumes (EverybodyWalk. org). States will assess impacts on carbon emissions by tracking walkers, bikers and transit users instead of just comparing rush-hour travel times to free-flowing traffic conditions, which favors highway spending alone. The Big Jump Project at rates areas for bike friendliness and taps ideas aimed to increase biking networks. To date, they cover Austin, Texas; Baltimore; Fort Collins, Colorado; Los Angeles; Memphis, Tennessee; New Orleans; New York City; Providence, Rhode Island; Portland, Oregon; and Tucson. The nonprofit Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia (, encompassing 400 businesses and organizations, is pioneering a Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) retrofit program. The city water department is collaborating on Green City Clean Water’s plan to meet U.S. Environmental Protection Agency clean water regulations and foster rain gardens, green roofs and porous pavements. “We help engineer nature back into cities,” says Anna Shipp, interim executive director and GSI manager. “Socially responsible, replicable and environmentally conscious initiatives and policies catalyze local economies and benefit water, air, aesthetics and people’s emotions.” 18

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Fresh, Natural and in Your Neighborhood Eat Local Month to Feature the Best in Local Foods by Wendy Lewis

Every year, August brings warmer summer temperatures and fun outdoor events. This year, the month also promises a great opportunity to eat more healthfully while supporting local businesses.


hrough grant funding from the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, the Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts (SBN) has organized the first annual Massachusetts Eat Local Month. The campaign, running throughout this month, will feature a mouth-watering variety of activities each week, including a film screening, tours, a roundtable discussion and, of course, lots of opportunities to sample a wealth of local foods, products and services. Eat Local Month, the brainchild of SBN, will benefit both consumers and businesses, says Maddie Phadke, the organization’s managing director. “Our goal with Eat Local Month is to help raise consumer awareness and knowledge about local foods and where they come from,” she says. “And there is also a greater opportunity for local food businesses to have the chance to connect with consumers, for restaurants to connect with local farms, and local producers to source local food. Overall, it benefits everyone.” Eat Local Month will acknowledge the vital role that local restaurants play in Massachusetts’ regional economy and will provide rich opportunities for restaurant owners and managers to network, learn and brainstorm. Phadke says, “In planning Eat Local Month, we saw the challenges restaurant owners and managers face in trying to source locally and do the right thing

and that we could create an opportunity to get everyone talking about their ideas and help overcome those challenges.” Greater collaboration between local businesses can help decrease the number of “food miles” between suppliers, restaurants and consumers, stimulate the local economy, and build pride in local foods and restaurants. Year-round, SBN helps connect restaurants and consumers with affordable, sustainable and fresh local food. SBN produces a comprehensive Local Wholesale Sourcing Guide and partners with Massachusetts Buy Local groups and Local First organizations to support business-to-business relationships. Eat Local Month will kick off with a free roundtable discussion, “Sourcing Locally and the Local Food Movement” from 9 to 10:30 a.m., August 1, at the SBN boardroom in Cambridge. Restaurant owners, chefs, food suppliers and other food industry professionals are invited to network, discuss their challenges and successes around local sourcing, and brainstorm ways to support the local food movement. In its second week, Eat Local Month will focus on sustainable seafood in participating restaurants and will feature a tour of Red’s Best, a Boston-based seafood wholesaler that promotes community-based, small-boat fishing. Representatives from SBN and Red’s Best will discuss their initiatives to support fishermen and the local seafood industry, and the many different types of New England seafood. The tour, taking place from 8:30 to 10 a.m., August 7, is free for SBN members and $10 for non-members. During the final week of the campaign, several restaurants will offer special Eat Local menus, featuring dishes made with locally sourced ingredients. Diners can sample delicious dishes and learn about the ingredients’ origins, farms and suppliers. Eat Local Month will conclude with a closing celebration from 6 to 8 p.m., August 29, at The KITCHEN at Boston Public Market. The celebration will feature a screening of Forgotten Farms, a documentary about the challenges of New England dairy farmers and their role in the local food movement. Light refreshments and snacks will be served. More Eat Local Month events are in the works. To find the latest information, participating businesses and social media updates, visit Restaurants interested in participating can also follow the link on the page to apply online. Love local food? The healthy fun continues after Eat Local Month concludes. On September 17, SBN will present the 2017 Boston Local Food Festival, a free, outdoor event showcasing farmers, local restaurants, food trucks, specialty food producers and organizations focusing on healthy food and fitness from New England. The festival will come alive with demos, a seafood throwdown competition, music and performances, a family fun zone and more. Visit BostonLocal for more information. The Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts (SBN) is located at 99 Bishop Allen Dr., #100, Cambridge. For more information, visit

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Ignite More Sexual Energy with Sacred Temple Arts


acred Temple Arts offers customized sessions and programs, for singles and couples, to ignite more sexual energy. Sacha L. Fossa is a highly trained and experienced sex, intimacy and relationship coach, educator and holistic healer, offering the keys to sensual and sexual healing, awakening, more pleasure and empowerment, at any life stage. Working with clients, Fossa delves into the world of accessing, utilizing,

increasing and directing more sexual energy for greater pleasure, health and vitality, in and out of the bedroom. She presents a new and cutting-edge holistic sex education that includes tantra, sacred sexuality and a more metaphysical, yet extremely practical, approach. Says Fossa, “What if it was possible to not only have an evolving array of orgasms, but to actually live orgasmically? What if this is your natural state of being, when you become more tuned

into your energy?” Sessions are conducted virtually, or in person, at Sacred Temple Arts, in Newburyport. Fossa maintains it is vital for everyone, especially women, to deepen their connection to their own pleasure centers, individually and collectively. “An essential ingredient is missing from most women’s lives: the ability to tap into their own arousal, and Sacha L. Fossa therefore, turn on their lives,” she says. “A turned-on life is a well lived life.” Fossa has walked this path personally and guides her clients through the trenches of drama, trauma, stress and dis-ease, to new ways of being and creating choice, freedom and even ecstasy in their lives. She is a valuable resource for those that have had sexual trauma. Fossa creates an opportunity in a safe, nurturing environment to learn and experience techniques that go beyond talk therapy and allopathic healing modalities. Energy and bodywork is combined with coaching, and all clients receive homeplay practices in a specialized program designed for them to continue to expand their practices in between sessions. There is no nudity during sessions. “The key to healing is awareness and attunement to the body’s desires,” Fossa says. She believes that by becoming more aware and embodied, expansion beyond the physical world’s perceived limitations and indoctrinated beliefs that prevent healing is more than possible. To put it simply, Fossa says, “Sexual energy is life force energy and the fuel for faster expansions in awakening consciousness, and therefore, healing. This is possible for everyone. Please do not discount it until you have tried it.” Location: Sacred Temple Arts, 121 Water St., Newburyport. For more information, call 978-309-9399 or visit See ad on this page and Resource Guide on page 43.


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LIVE CANCER-FREE Natural Ways to Prevent and Heal Cancer by Linda Sechrist


ictorious warriors against cancer are speaking to other patients about their journeys of recovery and healing. Two who regularly speak to physicians, as well, are Glenn Sabin, author of n of 1: One Man’s Harvard-documented Remission of Incurable Cancer Using Only Natural Methods, and Kathy Mydlach-Bero, author of EAT: An Unconventional Decade in the Life of a Cancer Patient. Their stories demonstrate the healing effectiveness of healthy lifestyle measures still widely categorized as prevention.

Whole Life Triumphs

Determined to become free of the chronic lymphocytic leukemia that had defined his life for 20 years, Sabin, who lives near Washington, D.C., appointed himself the subject of his own research experiment. He subsequently became a poster child for the remedial synergy of biological individuality, a whole systems approach to integrative oncology and self-induced healing through lifestyle and supplement interventions. Sabin now 22

dedicates his business development firm, FON Consulting, to advancing integrative medicine as the new standard of care. His mission is to open minds to the idea that knowledge, empowerment and self-efficacy are our best allies against a life-limiting diagnosis, and we can do much to help the healing process. Writing to Joe Biden regarding the vice president’s Cancer Moonshot initiative, he candidly describes America’s present cancer-friendly environment. “The public has become conditioned to existing in a broken food chain that remains in disrepair due to misguided farming subsidies [and] untested or otherwise questionable chemicals (many of which are banned in other countries) that are present in the water we drink, the air we breathe, food we consume and products we use. Current therapies or those in the drug pipeline won’t improve the 50/50 odds of developing cancer. What will have the greatest impact are consumer education toward powerful lifestyle changes and access to the building blocks of basic health.”

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of new blood cells, and the benefits of growing and eating foods containing angiogenesis-inhibiting compounds that oppose such growth and so work to prevent, improve and avert recurrences of chronic disease. “Cancer hijacks the angiogenesis process triggered by inflammation and keeps it permanently activated to ensure that cancerous cells receive a dedicated, uninterrupted blood supply,” explains Mydlach-Bero. For three years, she largely consumed only items from the list of angiogenesis-inhibiting foods now posted at These include green tea, strawberries, blackberries, red tart cherries, raspberries, blueberries, apples, grapefruit, lemons, tomatoes, cinnamon, purple potatoes, kale, grape seed oil and pomegranate. In 2008, she completely replaced both the drugs to combat the side effects of chemo and radiation and a long-term medication for preventing recurrence with healthful foods. Her physicians were admittedly uncomfortable with her decision to combine chemotherapy and radiation treatments with “food as medicine”, reiki, prayer, meditation, mindfulness and


Mydlach-Bero made her remarkable recovery from rare and unrelated aggressive Stage 4 inflammatory breast cancer and a high-grade tumor in her head and neck. To tell her story, the resident of Delafield, Wisconsin, relied on her 18 journals as a surrogate memory to chronicle a 10-year journey of courageous exploration, self-evolution, self-advocacy and self-transformation that connected her with her healing potential. Then the mother of two young daughters, Mydlach-Bero rejected a 21-month prognosis in 2005, along with the notion that disease and medicine would determine her fate. Defying the odds, she applied what she learned from research regarding Avastin, a pharmaceutical created to combat harmful growth

supplement intervention. But that didn’t deter her. To awaken others to the practicality of food as medicine, she founded NuGenesis Farm, in Pewaukee, a nonprofit modeled after her home practice.

Prevention is Paramount

Pioneering physicians and researchers agree with Sabin and Myldach-Bero that comprehensive prevention, the key to solving the cancer epidemic, is missing from conventional medicine. Leading voices include Dr. Andrew Weil, founder and director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the College of Medicine, University of Arizona (AzCIM), in Tucson; Dr. Carlos M. Garcia, founder of Utopia Wellness, near Tampa, Florida; advocate Susan Silberstein, Ph.D., founder of, in Richboro, Pennsylvania; and Ajay Goel, Ph.D., director of the Center for Epigenetics, Cancer Prevention and Cancer Genomics at Baylor University Medical Center’s Research Institute, in Dallas. Weil pioneered the earliest efforts to develop a comprehensive curriculum in evidence-based integrative medicine and the field of integrative oncology. “We’ve known for nearly 15 years that inflammation is the root cause of many chronic diseases. Since 2012 scientific evidence has proven that a healthy lifestyle and an anti-inflammatory diet can influence various cancers,” says Weil. His curriculum for health professionals and the general public was the first to cite the role of a nutrient-rich, anti-in-

flammatory diet in cancer prevention and treatment. “Health professionals graduate armed with a better understanding of the complex interactions between cancer, gut microbiome and nutrition,” advises Weil, whose paradigm inspires his chain of True Food Kitchen restaurants. It includes lots of fruits and vegetables, moderate amounts of whole or cracked grains, al dente pasta, healthy fats and plant-based proteins from legumes, nuts and seafood as well as poultry and lean, antibiotic-free grassfed meats, cheese and eggs. Plus, he likes white, green and oolong teas, fresh herbs and spices, up to two glasses of red wine a day (less for women; possibly none for those at high-risk for breast cancer), and dark chocolate for antioxidant polyphenols. Integrative Oncology, authored by Weil and Dr. Donald I. Abrams, an integrative oncologist, is mandatory reading for AzCIM students that learn to use complementary interventions in prevention and conventional cancer care. Subjects such as antioxidants, cannabinoids, energy medicine, mind-body medicine, music and expressive art therapies are covered, as well as naturopathic oncology, plus the roles that community and spirituality play in prevention and treatment. Goel’s 20-year career in cancer prevention research has produced a wealth of related articles. Among his findings, he advises, “Curcumin, a yellow compound


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Reiki Supports Individuals Living with Cancer by Elise Brenner


diagnosis of cancer comes with a lot of emotional turmoil, stress and anxiety, which can be detrimental to our health,” says Lorenzo .Cohen, Ph.D., director of the integrative medicine program at the MD Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas. To offset the emotional storm, patients can engage in mind-body practices, such as reiki, to relieve stress. Reiki is a gentle, non-invasive mind-body healing and meditation practice that can be performed on oneself or others. Reiki practitioners use gentle touch to facilitate a healing state of being in the recipient, allowing for emotional regulation, stress-reduction and mindfulness. As a nonpharmacological option, it can reduce the distressing symptoms patients commonly experience during and after cancer treatment. A recent study found that reiki treatments can bring a noticeable improvement in pain levels. Pre- and post-reiki session surveys for cancer patients showed a more than 50 percent decrease in self-reported distress, anxiety, depression, pain and fatigue. The American Cancer Society considers reiki a safe, complementary cancer therapy without any contraindications. It induces the body’s natural relaxation response which encourages optimal functioning of the body’s own natural healing system. During a session, the recipient’s nervous system shifts from sympathetic mode to parasympathetic mode, thereby regulating blood pressure and heart rate, relieving tension and anxiety, strengthening the immune system, reducing inflammation and stimulating the brain’s production of endorphins that act to decrease the perception of pain. While undergoing chemotherapy, reiki sessions, prior to and during treatments, help manage both the mental and emotional suffering as well as some of the post-chemo reactions. Another study found that for cancer patients receiving outpatient chemotherapy, reiki sessions were helpful in improving well-being, relaxation, pain relief, sleep quality and reducing anxiety. Due to more effective methods of cancer diagnosis and treatment, people are living longer. Yet cancer leaves its marks—the deepest of which may be those on the mental-emotional level: fear, anxiety and depression. For those lucky enough to enter remission, reiki can help with the intense anxiety that comes with the uncertainty of a possible recurrence of the cancer. Several major area medical facilities, such as Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Spaulding Rehabilitation Center, Newton-Wellesley Hospital and Emerson Hospital, offer reiki sessions for their patients as part of their complementary and integrative healthcare services. Elise Brenner, Ph.D, reiki practitioner and teacher, and founder and executive director of the nonprofit reiki educational and outreach organization, Celebration of Reiki, Inc., is a strong advocate for reiki outreach, education and empowerment. She assists clients at Brenner Reiki Healing, in Newton, while also providing reiki at veteran’s retreats, community wellness fairs, support groups, schools, hospitals and hospice. For more information, visit See Resource Listing on page 43.


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extracted from turmeric, has become a gold standard for prevention and the natural treatment of many chronic health conditions, including colon cancer. It targets cancer stem cells, disrupts cancer cell communication, triggers cancer cell death and helps to prevent cancerous mutations to cells. It’s also been shown to improve the efficacy of conventional treatments including fewer adverse effects.” He recommends only taking turmeric products with BCM-95 percent active curcuminoids.

Customized Protocols

Considering each individual’s biological individuality as a Petri dish, Garcia’s studies help achieve an anti-cancer life. He advises, “There is no ‘one size fits all’ medical protocol box for cancer treatment. Customized modifications to lifestyle and diet are required because food nutrients directly impact the mechanisms by which cancer cells grow and spread. The right nutrition can reverse a compromised immune system, which research shows is a major contributor to the development of cancer.” Whether for improvement or prevention, Garcia’s patient protocols always begin with a comprehensive evaluation appointment to learn about the individual he is treating. For cancer patients, his two-phase, eight-week program involves immune-enhancing therapies followed by immunotherapy aimed to de-cloak the camouflaged protein coating of wily cancer cells so the body’s immune system can identify and destroy them.

Mind/Body Detox

To maintain good health, Judy Seeger, a doctor of naturopathy near Fort Lauderdale, Florida, recommends a regular detoxification regimen to cleanse environmental and product toxins and toxic emotions. Through experience, she has learned that individuals living with cancer need to substantially support their abnormally functioning elimination system to rid it of dead proteins from destroyed cancer cells and chemotherapy drugs that are overtaxing the immune system. “Clearing out toxic, stressful emotions that produce acid, weaken the immune system and create an environment for cancer to propagate is essential,” says Seeger. “Fulfilling the body’s require-

ment for an ongoing healthy nutritional plan that maintains a healing alkaline environment reduces both the risk of a cancer as well as recurrence.” She has observed that when an individual’s healing process has stalled despite their doing all the right things to improve their biochemistry, it’s frequently because they haven’t done an emotional detox and lack feeling a spiritual connection to something larger than themselves. Silberstein categorizes cancer as epidemic. She speaks regularly regarding preventing cancer and its recurrence at medical and nursing schools, continuing oncology nursing education programs and universities. “What is needed more than new treatment research is public education regarding the true causes of cancer and continuing education credits in lifestyle training for medical professionals,” she says. Silberstein’s nonprofit organization provides online holistic cancer coach training for health professionals as well as research-based education and counseling on how to prevent, cope with and beat cancer through immune-boosting holistic approaches. The list of books authored by cancer survivors continues to grow, offering helpful insight into how individuals are negotiating the challenges of their healing journey. Two recent books, Surviving the Storm: A Workbook for Telling Your Cancer Story, by Psychotherapist Cheryl Krauter, and Cancer Survivorship Coping Tools: We’ll Get You Through This, by Barbara Tako, are particularly helpful regarding the onslaught of toxic feelings and emotions that stress the mind and body—fear, anger, isolation, anxiety, depression and uncertainty, as well as loss and grief. Emphasizing the need for individuals diagnosed with cancer to tell their stories, the authors encourage keeping a journal. The act of getting thoughts and experiences out of the mind and onto paper supports emotional cleansing. “It’s important to share the real story of the emotional storm that is cancer, as well as the ravages of its treatments and invisible, but lingering side effects; to tell the tale of the cancer survivor who is moving from patient to person; and to explore and discover who you are after having faced down your mortality,” Krauter counsels.

Changed Paradigm

Results of the Human Genome Project, as well as the work of Bruce Lipton, Ph.D., stem cell biologist and author of The Biology of Belief, and other epigenetic researchers support the point that “environmental signals” that directly affect our DNA expression include our thoughts, emotions, belief system, exposure to sunlight, exercise and everything we put into our body. Such new science shatters the idea that we are victims of our genes and environment. It shines light on the fact that we have tremendous power to shape and direct our own physical health. Our entire lifestyle is pivotal.

Holistic Lifestyle Coaching for Cancer by Janine Gilarde


hronic diseases account for 70 percent of U.S. deaths. Health coaching can help individuals adopt healthy lifestyle behaviors that prevent and control diseases, including cancer. Cancer care is much improved by the use of a coach to enhance wellness using an integrative, holistic, personalized and preventative care model. Through help with diet, stress management, exercise and other factors, holistic lifestyle coaching helps clients design a holistic game plan to aid in the prevention and control of illness. Lifestyle Changes Support Wellness Cancer risk, as well as the rate of survival and/or recurrence, can be attributed to lifestyle practices such as diet, physical activity and weight. These practices also impact the management of cancer treatment. The American Cancer Society recommends survivors maintain a healthy weight and engage in healthy lifestyle habits to reduce risk of recurrence and mortality of cancer; however, the majority of survivors do not heed this advice. Breaking old habits and staying consistent can be challenging. Coaches help support clients as they prioritize their well-being and help manage lifestyle risk factors associated with cancer. It is more likely that individuals will make such changes by working with a wellness coach that can help them take stock of their health and wellness, co-create an integrated wellness plan and help them be accountable to follow through and accomplish the changes they want to see. What is Health and Wellness Coaching? A health coach helps individuals navigate the complexities of life and helps them discover those things that complicate the pursuit of good health. Once obstacles are identified, it is easier to create strategies for forward movement. Employing a well-trained, certified health and wellness coach as an ally increases the chances for success in such goals as weight loss, time and stress management, and improved nutrition, which can not only affect the course of an illness more positively, but can lead to greater life satisfaction. Janine Gilarde is a registered nurse, certified health and wellness coach and reiki master teacher. She helps individuals transform their lives and mindset through holistic lifestyle coaching and energy work. For more information, email Janine@Coach4HealthyLiving or visit Coach4 See ad on page 8 and Resource Guide on pages 40 and 43.

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How to Foster Healing in 30 Seconds or Less by Alison Shaw


llness, particularly cancer, can challenge us to examine how we care for ourselves and to learn new ways to help ourselves heal. Here is a simple practice we can do on our own that helps develop a healing state in both body and mind in every moment, beyond medical appointments, yoga classes, meditation cushion and reiki session. The idea The state of health and healing happens when there is freedom of movement in all aspects of our body, mind, emotions and soul. When we restrict free and open movement of muscles, breath, emotional expression and feeling, even soul direction, the entire body-mind is hampered and health is compromised. The practice Stop... pause... tune in to the body and ask where are my muscles holding, where is my posture constricted or collapsed? Am I holding my emotions in to not feel them or to appear strong? Then consciously drop the shoulders, expand and lift the chest, deepen the breath

and drop the weight of the body onto the legs. Imagine the pelvis is like a bowl of water getting heavier with every breath, allowing the upper body to become light and free. Acknowledge feelings with compassion and imagine them flowing out of the body on the out-breath. Letting more physical and emotional energy flow will bring both physiology and mood into a state of deeper healing and well-being, enhancing the effectiveness of all medical and holistic treatment modalities. Bodymind awareness is the key. To take this awareness to the next level, body-centered therapists can help uncover the roots of the body-mind patterns that develop over a lifetime and help them release more deeply. Alison Shaw is a holistic nurse practitioner, integrative therapist and founder of Bodymind Repatterning, located at The Center for Body Mind Integration, 109 Massachusetts Ave., Lexington. She helps people further their healing by discovering and resolving the hidden body-mind patterns beneath illness and pain. In-person and telephone sessions are available. For more information, call 781-646-0686 or visit See ad on page 15 and Resource Guide on page 42.

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The Rise of Pop-Up Organic Dining by John D. Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist


he flip side of enjoying farm to table is taking the table to the farm. Socalled “pop-up feasts” are booming at farms throughout the country during growing and harvest seasons. While the format varies, dinners are typically hosted on working rural or urban farms, last about three hours and include aperitifs and a tour before the meal. Wine pairings or beer tastings and live music may be among the enticing activities offered. Gabriele Marewski, owner of Paradise Farms, near Miami, Florida, was a pioneering forerunner of the trend. For 10 years prior to retirement, she hosted more than 50 chefs, served thousands of guests an organic Dinner in Paradise and raised more than $50,000 for area charities. Periodic onsite dinners continue ( “Many chefs are active in farm-totable dinners on the West Coast. We also see participation among wineries, orchards, cheese makers and breweries,” says A.K. Crump, CEO of TasteTV, in San Francisco, which also supervises “People like to meet the meal maker and know more about the origin of what they eat.”

“I started Dinner on the Farm nine years ago to create unique experiences that connect people to the places their food is grown and the people that grow them,” says Monica Walch, whose popup dinners are served picnic-style for friends and families that bring their own tableware. Her company’s Midwest events, usually offered on Minnesota and Wisconsin farms, always feature local chefs, food ingredients and breweries ( “There’s nothing like being comfortably seated in the field where your food is growing and having the opportunity to enjoy it just hours after it’s been picked. Then, add in one-on-one conversations with your chef, brewer and farmer, as well as like-minded community members,” observes Walch, who grew up on an organic dairy farm in Minnesota. Setting the bar for high-end, white tablecloth, adults-only communal events, Outstanding in the Field tours the country to offer a taste of fresh, local cuisine prepared by top regional chefs. They’re known for serving meals on long tables set up in fields on

prairie ranches, in olive groves or fruit orchards, as well as at urban rooftop farms or near vegetable row crops. “Our mission is to get folks out to the farm and honor the people whose good work brings nourishment to the table,” says organization founder and chef/artist Jim Denevan. More than 90, five-hour events that include appetizers and a guided farm tour are being held all the way through November in more than a dozen states (see “Some of our most popular events feature farmers of the sea, and are set alongside the ocean or other bodies of water,” adds Lisa Supple, publicist for the company. “They feature local fisher people and oyster and abalone farmers.” “Epicurean San Diego offers popup farm dinner events at Dickinson Farm, in National City, California,” explains owner Stephanie Parker (Epicurean “We strive to completely source our produce from the farm.” The veteran-owned, certified organic Dickinson Farm features heirloom fruits, vegetables and herbs grown on a large city lot. “We have focused on urban farms to inspire more people to grow their own food and to show that you don’t have to live on a huge piece of property in the countryside,” Parker notes. Some pop-up feasts are managed directly by local farmers in partnership with lead chefs. Others serve as annual fundraising events, like The Foodshed Alliance’s Farm to Fork Dinner and Wine Tasting, now in its seventh year ( It’s held at the Alba Vineyard, in Milford, New Jersey, which practices renewable viticulture. “We already have eight chefs lined up to prepare an eight-course, locally sourced, wine-pairing dinner served among the vines,” explains Kendrya Close, executive director of the alliance. Expert winemakers select each course’s pairing. “We’re proud to be the hardworking roadies that set the stage for America’s rock star farmers,” says Denevan. John Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist, co-authors of ECOpreneuring and Farmstead Chef, operate the Inn Serendipity, in Browntown, WI.

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block angiogenesis. Light steaming or quick stir frying are recommended to avoid destroying the anti-cancer phytonutrients. Cauliflower can be riced and topped with turmeric-seasoned vegetables. ORANGE VEGETABLES such as carrots, sweet potatoes and pumpkin contain vitamin A and lycopene which inhibit the growth of cells in brain gliomas and other cancers. Other phytonutrients in these kinds of vegetables stimulate the growth of immune cells and improve their ability to attack tumor cells.

The Anti-Cancer Kitchen by Wendy Fachon


here are many delicious, satisfying and nutritious foods that help defend the body against the invasion of cancer by reducing inflammation, detoxifying, boosting the immune system, inhibiting tumor growth and/ or promoting the destruction of cancer cells.

TUMERIC is considered the most powerful anti-inflammatory for countering cancer. It also stimulates apoptosis (programmed cell death) in cancer cells and inhibits angiogenesis (formation of new blood vessels from preexisting blood vessels). It’s imperative that turmeric be mixed with black pepper to be assimilated by the body. A combination of ¼ teaspoon of turmeric powder, 1½ teaspoons of olive oil and a generous pinch of black pepper can be tossed with vegetables, grain dishes or salads of baby kale or spinach. GINGER is another powerful anti-inflammatory and inhibitor of angiogenesis. A ginger infusion tea helps alleviate nausea from chemotherapy or radiotherapy. GARLIC is one of the oldest medicinal herbs. Garlic, onions and leeks promote apoptosis and regulate blood sugar levels, reducing insulin secretion and the growth of cancer cells. Garlic is more easily assimilated if crushed and combined with some oil. CRUCIFORM VEGETABLES such as cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower contain sulforaphane and indole-3-carbinols, which detoxify, prevent precancerous cells from developing into malignant tumors, promote apoptosis and 28

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GREEN JUICE DRINKS are a key component of the wellknown Gerson Therapy nutritional program for cancer patients. This requires a juicer appliance, which will extract the nutrient-rich juice from a blend of leafy greens and fruits. For example, a flavorful juice can be derived from a blend of dandelion greens, spinach, cilantro, celery, cucumber and anti-inflammatory lemon, pineapple and ginger. BERRIES contain ellagic acid and many other anti-cancer polyphenols. Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and cranberries can be combined into a fruit salad or served atop hot oatmeal. PROTEIN is the only category of food that provides nitrogen which is essential to life; therefore, cells require protein to function. If there is a deficiency of protein, cancer cells will steal it from muscle. Wasting muscle accounts for a large part of the weight loss in cancer patients. It is important for cancer patients to consult with a nutritionist or naturopath to determine an adequate amount and type of protein to address the patient’s age, metabolism, body type and type of cancer. Processed meats are best avoided, as they contain nitrates and other chemical preservatives that are tied to colon cancer. BONE BROTH is a good source of protein, nutrients and minerals, including calcium, magnesium, silicon, phosphorus, sulfur, marrow and collagen, and it supports a healthy immune system. Cancer patients that undergo surgery, chemotherapy and radiation often experience a range of issues that impact eating. Bone broth is easy to swallow and easily digested. A cup of broth can be very comforting. Broth can be used as a base for soup of cancer-fighting vegetables and enhanced with herbs and spices for flavor. Making bone broth is a multi-step process that can be time-consuming. Instead, look to locally based Five Way Foods Bone Broth that, unlike a box of broth derived from powders and made to be shelf-stable with additives, is made fresh with real bones to get the beneficial collagen and gelatin along with an important amino acid and mineral blend. The refrigerated item is sold in 16-ounce glass bottles. Pure sea salt keeps sodium content low, and the fresh ingredient list includes locally sourced vegetables

and herbs known to promote healthy digestion. John Hopkins, founder and president of Five Way Foods, suggests, “To restore and nourish the body, consider making bone broth part of your daily diet.� COMPLEX CARBOHYDRATES (whole grains, whole fruits and whole vegetables) are preferable to simple carbohydrates (flour products, sugar and juices) when it comes to cancer, because complex carbohydrates take longer to absorb and help stabilize blood sugar. Fresh whole grains, whole fruits and whole vegetables contain fiber, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients that promote healthy cell growth and body functioning. ORGANICALLY RAISED foods are preferred to conventionally produced, because of pesticide and herbicide toxicity. Cancer patients should try to buy organic when possible. GREEN TEA is one of the best anti-cancer beverages. Lemon tea made by steeping lemon slices in hot water with

a dash of cayenne pepper, and consumed a half hour before each meal, also provides benefits. Herbalists can recommend and provide tea blends to help support the immune, endocrine, adrenal, blood, lymphatic and nervous systems throughout the cancer treatment process. A basic knowledge of anti-cancer nutrition strategies can empower patients to boost immunity and improve resistance to their disease. Caregivers can combine anticancer ingredients in limitless ways to create meals that can be thoroughly enjoyed. Friends that want to offer help to a family caring for a cancer patient can prepare a healthy soup and a salad, and arrange to deliver the meal at a convenient time. Wendy Fachon is an experienced caregiver, an environmental educator and founder of Rhode Island Netwalking, which helps facilitate innovative walking programs for youth to improve their health and well-being. Learn more at


or people that want to learn more, here are three highly recommended books offering valuable information about anti-cancer foods: Anticancer: A New Way of Life by David Servan-Schreiber, M.D., Ph.D. Beating Cancer with Nutrition by Patrick Quillin, Ph.D., RD, CNS The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth by Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., CNS

I keep dreaming of a future, a future with a long and healthy life, not lived in the shadow of cancer but in the light. ~Patrick Swayze

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of equilibrium for long enough, it creates a cascade of negative effects.” HEAL tells the story of how we can collectively shift that paradigm, and individually take control of our own health. The film teaches us how to also use natural and alternative methods to activate the innate and powerful healer within.

Transformational Healer Rob Wergin (background) is featured in the film.

Change the Mind, Heal the Body

The Film HEAL to Air at Revolution of Consciousness Event in September by Kelly Noonan Gores


ost people can’t believe that Anita Moorjani survived stage-4 cancer by changing only her perception about life, but stories like hers are at the heart of the documentary HEAL, by director/writer/producer Kelly Noonan Gores and producer Adam Schomer. The film—which has received early acclaim at the Illuminate Film Festival in Sedona and won the Soul in Cinema Award at the Maui Film Festival—explores how our thoughts, beliefs and emotions strongly affect our ability to heal. Viewers follow two high-stakes journeys of healing to witness what works, what doesn’t and why, from stage-4 cancer to chronic and mystery illness. Throughout the film, experts like Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson and Bruce Lipton lend their perspectives on how our beliefs and emotions have a direct and profound effect on our biochemistry. If we change our perceptions about life, we can change the signals that turn on and off genes, they say. “In a way, we have more faith in the power of cancer to kill us than we have faith in the power of God, the power of 30

miracles, the power of infinite possibility, the power of any force other than what the eyes can see and the hands can touch to interrupt the power and trajectory of disease,” says Williamson, spiritual teacher and author. We are all inherently powerful healers “We are not victims of our genes, we are masters of our genetic activity,” claims stem-cell biologist Lipton. Much of what modern Western medicine does is treat the symptoms without getting to the root cause of the dis-ease, a term that describes the state of stress that exacerbates a physical illness. “Western medicine definitely has its time and place; for example, Western medicine is great for trauma,” Dr. Joe Dispenza, a chiropractor with extensive knowledge in brain chemistry and biology, states. “But when it comes to disease, most diseases are caused by stress-related conditions, and as we know, when our body experiences stress for extended periods of time, it moves out of homeostasis—the ideal state of internal balance and equilibrium. As the body moves out

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It’s not just positive thinking “Well everyone seems to be aware of the placebo effect, the results of positive thinking. The important question is this: What is the consequence of negative thinking? While a placebo—positive thinking—can cure you of anything, A nocebo, negative belief, can actually cause any illness and can cause death,” says Lipton. This is why the experts of the film encourage the audience to seek medical advice for an accurate diagnosis, but to not believe the prognosis. “Statistics are impersonal, and you are a person, and no one can tell you what you are capable of. Someone’s got to be that one percent and why couldn’t it be you?” says Kelly Turner, Ph.D. Director Noonan Gores’ intention for creating HEAL was to empower people by showing the science behind the body’s incredible intelligence and capacity for healing, and inspire them with powerful stories of healing from supposedly incurable conditions. “With so many people suffering from chronic illness and being told by medical professionals that there is no conventional cure for their condition, it’s no wonder that there is an epidemic of fear,” says Noonan Gores. “I believe the people in this film reveal that once we shift our perception from fear to hope, and detox our outer and our inner environments, we can heal no matter how late the stage or impossible we are told our condition is. And there is plenty of scientific evidence that supports this.” HEAL will be shown at the The Revolution of Consciousness event on September 24. Following the film, attendees may participate in a panel discussion with Adam Schomer and Rob Wergin. For more information on the event and the film, visit TheRevolutionOf Kelly Noonan Gores is the director of the documentary film, HEAL. See ad on page 3.

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TAKE A HIKE Escape into Nature with a Day Trip by Marlaina Donato


o many, hiking means long-distance treks through forests or backpacking remote terrain. “In reality, it’s more about getting out into green areas close to home,” says Wesley Trimble, of the American Hiking Society. “It’s about immersion in nature.” Day hiking can be easily tailored to personal preferences and interests. “Excellent apps and websites list and describe trails in your area or community. We have a database on our site that’s helpful,” says Trimble ( He’s personally high on old rail lines that have been converted to wide, accessible paths (

A Trail for Everyone Whatever our location, age or fitness level, a hike can provide opportunities for calming solitude or connecting with people we care about. Individuals with disabilities can also get outdoors at accommodating trails such as those at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, in Delaware. There’s always something to be learned in identifying wildlife and plants. “Families can enjoy time walking outdoors together in ways impossible in other settings,” observes Verna Gates, founder of Fresh Air Family, a Birmingham, Alabama, outdoor activities educational foundation. “Nature aids in well-being in many ways.” She points to studies cited at NatureAndForest that reveal how trees emit enzymes into the air that help improve our emotional and physical health. “When I lost a child, the only place I found solace was in nature. Sitting in a patch of wildflowers truly brought me back to living,” recalls Gates. 32

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Following a lovely trail, much like inspired cooking, is as intriguing and delightful as we wish it to be. From wildflower paths to wine country trails, the great outdoors invites exploration of woodlands, glens, forests, mountain valleys, coastal areas, bayous, deserts and other terrain. Experienced day-trippers recommend revisiting favorite trails in specific seasons. “I love being in the natural world, be it New Jersey, Florida or Alaska. Every trail offers surprises,” marvels distance hiker Craig Romano ( As the author of several day hike guidebooks, he’s seen firsthand how, “Every part of the country offers different perspectives and forms of beauty. The greatest biological diversity in our country is found in the Great Smoky Mountains, where the rhododendrons are breathtaking in spring.” The world’s largest mapped cave system is in Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave National Park. Hiking to observe other subterranean wonders in Indiana or Virginia’s Natural Bridge Caverns is no less exhilarating than walking Alabama’s covered bridge trail or painter Georgia O’Keeffe’s Ghost Ranch country, in New Mexico. The Appalachian Trail, running between Maine and Georgia, attracts thousands of adventurous long-distance trekkers, but such trails also offer sections ideal for day hikes. Geomagnetic points in Arizona’s vortex region or America’s Stonehenge, in New Hampshire, afford unusual destinations. The wonders of California’s Sonoma County include Planet Walk, a scale model path that illustrates our solar system. The Crater of Diamonds State Park, in Arkansas, is the only place in the world where hikers can dig for diamonds and keep what they find, although quartz diamond sites (semiprecious stones less hard than diamonds) can be accessed at other U.S. locales. Coastal walks lead to discovering sea glass and shells. Arboretums in urban areas offer trails flush with local flora. Joining or starting a hiking club based on common interests is one way to go. “One of our guidebook series encourages outdoor enthusiasts to explore the natural world in their immediate backyards. This approach especially appeals to families, first-time trail users and athletes looking for a quick nature fix after work,” offers Helen Cherullo, publisher of Mountaineers Books (, a nonprofit committed to conservation and sustainable lifestyles. Wherever we venture, take nothing but pictures and leave nature untouched. Cherullo reminds us, “Connecting people to treasured natural landscapes leads to active engagement to preserve these places for future generations. The future of public lands—owned by every American citizen—is literally in our hands.” They deserve our vote.

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Hiking and Walking Trails Near Boston by Nancy Somera


any walking and hiking routes in and around Boston include gentle hills to climb for views of the city skyline and miles of trails along the rivers and bay. Disappear into nature at one of these spots: Stretching from Back Bay to Dorchester, The Emerald Necklace is an inviting green space that connects people and nature, just as landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted intended when he designed it more than 100 years ago. Today, the six parks under the Emerald Necklace Conservancy’s stewardship offer a range of experiences —from quiet time on a shaded bench to recreational activities like sailing, hiking, golf or softball. With an arboretum and a zoo, the Emerald Necklace’s attractions are as diverse as the New England seasons. Birding takes place in all the parks; birding kits are available at the Shattuck Visitor Center with binoculars and a birding book in a knapsack. The Battle Road Trail is a 9.2-mile moderately trafficked out-and-back trail located near Concord, Massachusetts, that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Located only minutes from the bustle of downtown Boston, the Blue Hills Reservation stretches over 7,000 acres from Quincy to Dedham, Milton to Randolph, providing a green oasis in an urban environment. Rising above the horizon, Great Blue Hill reaches a height of 635 feet, the highest of the 22 hills in the Blue Hills chain. From the rocky summit visitors can see over the entire metropolitan area. With its scenic views, varied terrain and 125 miles of trails, the Blue Hills Reservation offers year-round enjoyment for the outdoor enthusiast. Halibut Point and the Atlantic Path in Rockport is a must-see for anyone visiting Cape Ann. On Saturdays, from Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day weekend, quarry tours are offered at Halibut Point State Park which include a granitecutting demonstration. Other programs spotlight the park’s natural history, including wildflower walks and tide pool programs during the summer and seabird walks during the winter. The Atlantic Path, a three-hour public pathway along Rockport’s rugged northerly coastline, extends from Halibut Point State Park and Reservation to Cathedral Avenue in Pigeon Cove. Andrews Point, located along the Atlantic Path and accessible via a public right of way, offers panoramic vistas and is a noted bird-watching site. World’s End, with its tree-lined carriage paths and sweeping views of the Boston skyline, only 15 miles away, is a special place. The 251-acre coastscape includes rocky shores, broad hillsides, and open fields bracketed by pockets of woodlands. The property is ideal for walking, picnicking, jogging, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, or simply enjoying nature and the outdoors. The Charles River Reservation is a linear park stretching from Boston Harbor up the river for 20 miles. The lower half of the reservation, from downtown Boston to the Watertown Dam, is the Charles River Basin, which includes the Esplanade on the Boston side. The basin abuts the campuses of MIT, Boston University and Harvard. The Upper Charles River section of the Reservation begins at Watertown Square and meanders to Riverdale Park in West Roxbury. The Reservation has many recreational opportunities for urban dwellers. Whether your interest is walking or birdwatching, canoeing or in-line skating, the Charles River is a wonderful resource. Open year-round, dawn to dusk, Breakheart Reservation is a 640-acre hardwood forest with jagged, rocky outcroppings, two fresh-water lakes, and a rambling section of the Saugus River. Seven rocky hills, over 200 feet high, provide vistas of Boston, southern New Hampshire and central Massachusetts. An extensive trail system through the woodlands guides visitors to various areas of the reservation. The supervised swimming area at Pearce Lake, one of the few fresh-water swimming spots north of Boston, draws crowds in the summer.

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Our body does not store vitamin C, so we need at least 2,000 milligrams daily to maintain good health. A study published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine found that vitamin C can reduce damage caused by sleep apnea. High-content foods include bell peppers, dark leafy greens, kiwi fruit, broccoli, berries, citrus fruits, tomatoes, peas and papayas.

4 Get a Good Night’s Sleep Five Solutions for Sleep Apnea


by Lloyd Jenkins

n estimated 18 million people in the U.S. suffer from some form of sleep apnea. From the Greek expression for “want of breath,” sleep apnea causes cessation of breathing during the night. Bouts usually last from 10 to 30 seconds and can occur from just a few times to several hundred. The main cause is the throat muscles becoming too relaxed during sleep and constricting the airway. Two out of four people with the condition do not even realize they are sleep deprived due to apnea, and thus are at greater risk of suffering from both short-term ailments such as migraines or extreme fatigue, and long-term effects that include stroke and heart disease.


Lose Weight via Diet and Exercise Most people find the problem clears up or is greatly improved when they lose weight. One of the easiest and healthiest ways is eating only fruit from morning until noon, and then eating healthy, nutritious meals for lunch and dinner. Avoid processed, sugar-laden and deep-fried foods. Exercise at least four times a week. Doing moderate exercise for 40 minutes has been shown to significantly reduce sleep apnea (Sleep journal). Use a med-


icine ball to follow a trainer tutorial at A mini-trampoline also offers an effective workout. A brisk 20-to-30-minute daily walk is a must for better sleep.


Sleep on Either Side Lying on the back encourages throat muscles to close up and the tongue to fall toward the back of the throat. Shifting onto one side reduces this discomfort and potential apnea episodes. Using one pillow beneath the head allows the neck to rest at a more natural angle, rather than pushing the chin toward the chest, which restricts the airway.


Vitamins D and C Almost everyone is deficient in vitamin D, even many in sunny regions, reports Dr. Joseph Mercola in his report, The Amazing Wonder Nutrient. Wisely managed sun exposure supplies vitamin D—no more than 20 minutes a day, 10 minutes on each side—without suntan lotion. Alternatively, a high-dose of a quality vitamin D supplement measuring 5,000 international units is adequate, but always take it along with vitamin K2, which helps the body process calcium properly to avoid overdose problems.

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Magnesium, the Master Mineral From 70 to 80 percent of mankind is deficient in magnesium, which has been connected with prevention of degenerative diseases and mental health and is often the missing mineral in an individual’s wellness equation, according to Enviromedica’s Ancient Minerals. It also regulates muscle function, including those in the upper throat involved with apnea. Organic foods and farmers’ market offerings may have higher levels of magnesium, especially those packed with green chlorophyll. Liquid chlorophyll is available in most health stores. Start by drinking one glass (250 milliliters) per day for a week, and then take two tablespoons daily. Spinach, chard, pumpkin seeds, yogurt, kefir, almonds, black beans, avocados, figs, bananas and dark chocolate (avoid brands with white sugar) are good sources.


Helpful Natural Medicines n Just before bedtime, consume one teaspoon of olive oil (or organic honey) combined with three drops of lavender essential oil. n Supplement with serotonin precursor 5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan), which complements magnesium. n One of the best pure sources of omega-3—a top remedy for sleep apnea by protecting cells from stress—is krill oil (Alternative Medicine Review). Sleep apnea causes long-term oxidative stress and puts severe demands on the body, which is thought to deplete omega-3 levels. Lloyd Jenkins is a certified naturopath native to Canada and owner of the Budwig Cancer Clinic, in Malaga, Spain. He’s the author of seven books and many articles on treating common diseases using natural therapies.

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undergo rigorous testing to demonstrate good behavior in court. Handlers work on long downs and stays, including hand signals.” Dory recently accompanied an 8-year-old girl testifying against her father; he had killed his wife in front of her two years before.

Dogs at Work Finding the Right Dog for the Job by Sandra Murphy


very dog needs a meaningful job. Like us, some need help figuring out what they want to be when they grow up; others choose their own specialty. With imagination and experimentation, even a problem pooch can became an unexpected blessing.

Comforting Companions A 7-year-old hound and canine-style Houdini named Gumby was adopted seven times, surrendered to the shelter eight times and thrice became a stray. An unprecedented 11 return trips to the Charleston Animal Society, in South Carolina, convinced the staff he prefers shelter life. Now his self-appointed job is comforting and helping new arrivals adjust to their temporary home. Dentist April Patterson owns Dr. Patty’s Dental Boutique and Spa, in Fort Lauderdale. After attending a local Humane Society fashion show, she returned to her office with Oliver, a four-pound Pomeranian mix of undetermined age. This cutie’s job is to steady nervous patients. “It wasn’t planned,” says Patterson. “Oliver will bark nonstop when left alone, but being one of the staff makes him happy. Meeting Oliver is part of our hiring process.” Dory, a yellow Labrador certified therapy dog, is approved by the San Diego district attorney’s office to offer aid in court when a victim or witness testifies in front of the defendant. “Dory was the first court support dog in California and the city’s first of five dog and handler teams,” says Kathleen Lam, a retired attorney and dog handler. “The dogs

Deemed “too large to sell,” Bert, a chocolate Pomeranian, wound up in an Oklahoma shelter. Kathy Grayson, owner of The Hole, a New York City art gallery, saw his photo on and fell in love. She immediately traveled to adopt him. Bert, whom she characterizes as quiet, refined and perfectly suited to the art world, loves being at the gallery and has attended art fairs in major U.S. cities. Follow Bert’s adventures via “Edie, a boxer mix puppy, started training as an assistance dog, but her personality proved better suited to the hospitality industry,” says Julie Abramovic Kunes, public relations manager for the Fairmont Hotel, in Berkeley, CaliforDory, the first court support nia. Kunes’ Edie was hired dog in California. by the Fairmont Pittsburgh Hotel in 2011, before making the career move west with her in 2017. A former shelter dog, Edie greets visitors as a community ambassador.

Special Rescue Teams Mas, a water-loving Newfoundland, redefines “rescue dog”. The Scuola Italiana Cani Salvataggio, or Italian School of Rescue Dogs, is the largest national organization in Italy to train dogs and handlers for water rescue. Helicopters can often reach a swimmer in distress more quickly than a boat. The dog jumps out to circle the victim until they can grab her harness before swimming to shore or a human partner. Mas, the first certified water rescue operative recognized by Italy, France and Switzerland port authorities and coast guards, went on to train her successors. Bloodhounds are renowned for their super sniffers. Lou, a nine-year K9 veteran, on Pennsylvania’s West York Borough Police Department force, ultimately applied for retirement, passing the harness to Prince, a 3-month-old bloodhound. Prince was sworn in by District Judge Jennifer J.P. Clancy in her Spring Garden Township courtroom. The ceremony emphasizes a K9’s status in the community and within law enforcement. Paired with Officer Scott Musselman for eight months of training, the duo will work with the Missing Child Task Force. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at

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TUESDAY, AUGUST 1 Eastover Macrobiotic Summer Conference – Aug 1-5. Over 50 presentations on macrobiotic cooking, over 25 leading macrobiotic teachers, counselors and chefs. Classes on macrobiotic philosophy, energy healing, visual diagnosis, Nine Star Ki, environmental studies, shiatsu, yoga and meditation. Culminates with a gala fundraising dinner for macrobiotic education. Eastover Estate & Retreat Center, 430 East St, Lenox. 866-2645139. Details: Kids’ Summer Yoga Programs – Aug 1-3. 1:30pm. For kids ages 5+, with Laura Grundstrom. $75/3-day camp, $30/class drop-in. Revolution Community Yoga, 537 Massachusetts Ave, Acton. 978-274-5596.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 2 Neurofeedback: Brain Training at its Best – 6-7:30pm. Learn how neurofeedback works, what improving your brain can do for you, and what the research says. Dr. Ross is a licensed psychologist and is an EEG Certified Senior Fellow of the Biofeedback Certification International Association. Free. Sharon Public Library, 11 N Main St, Sharon. 781-444-9115. Free Orientation: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program – 6:30-8:30pm. Cindy Gittleman, Certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher, leads a free orientation session about the MBSR program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn. Registration suggested. Skin to Soul, 800 W Cummings Park, Ste 3950, Woburn. 978-657-7730. Register & more info:


markyourcalendar “Embrace Your Grace” Women’s Kundalini Yoga Retreat In scenic Rockport, Massachusetts. Learn to enjoy each moment as it with grace and brighten your inner soul.

Thurs., Aug 3. - Sun., Aug 6 $450 includes all meals, yoga and meditation. Windhover Performing Arts Center, 257 Granite St, Rockport. 508-990-6795. Nancy_

African Dance Workshop – 7:15-8:30pm. African dance with live drummers. All levels welcome. $18-$20. Third Life Studio, 33 Union Sq, Somerville. For more info & to register, Alice: 617-620-7654.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 4 Dancin’ in the Park – 6-9pm. A warm summer evening, a live DJ, and catchy tunes make dancing irresistible. Bring comfy shoes for a fun night at Christopher Columbus Park. Free. Christopher Columbus Park, Boston.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 5 Free Intro 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. Free. Arlington Reiki Associates, 366 Massachusetts Ave, Ste 304,

Arlington. Pre-registration required: 781-6489334 or

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 9 Sat Nam Fest East – Aug 9-13. Chant, dance, meditate, elevate and celebrate. An opportunity to immerse yourself in the joy, challenge and rejuvenation of kundalini yoga, sacred chant, healing, creativity and a discovery and return to yourself. Eastover Estate & Retreat Center, 430 East St, Lenox. 866-264-5139. Details:

FRIDAY, AUGUST 11 Boston GreenFest – Aug 11-13. Featuring 3 stages with live performances, local food emporium, wine and beer garden, ecoforums with experts discussing sustainability, films, activities for kids and more. Free. Boston City Hall Plaza & Faneuil Hall, Boston. More info:

SATURDAY, AUGUST 12 Wanderlust 108 – 7:30am-3:30pm. A triathlon of 3 intentional activities: a 5K run, an outdoor yoga flow class and a guided meditation. Following the triathlon, you can take one scheduled activity, such as acroyoga, AIReal Yoga, hooping or walking meditation. Also featuring music, local vendors offering organic food and crafts and more. $20-$55. DCR Hatch Memorial Shell, 47 David G Mugar Way, Boston. Wanderlust. com/108-events/boston. First Free Acupuncture Relaxation – 9am1pm. Relax, find relief and rest with community acupuncture in a quiet environment, group setting with affordable prices. For further treatment; taking insurance, if covered. Over 18 yrs experienced practitioner. Free. Joy Community Acupuncture, 335 Boylston St, Ste J3, Newton. 617-510-0559.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 15 Just Breathe: Somato-Respiratory Integration Workshop – 7:30-8:30pm. Learn breathing exercises to help release tension and calm your mind. Somato-Respiratory Integration (SRI) helps enhance your chiropractic care as well as free up energy in your body. $20. Newton Chiropractic & Wellness Centre, 383 Elliot St, Ste 250, Newton. RSVP: 617-964-3332.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 17 NDE: Near Death Experiences: Benefit Seminar – 6:30-8pm. Have you had an NDE? Has your perception of life and death changed in any way? Come tonight and share your experience with others. Donation. The Tam Center for Healing, 15 Cottage Ave, 5th Fl, Quincy. 781-340-2146.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 20 Reiki Level 1 Training & Certification – 9am7pm. Learn reiki meditations, how to practice hands-on healing of self and others, the reiki principles, reiki history, and how reiki promotes mindfulness and wellness on all levels of your being. Comprehensive course manual. CEUs for


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nurses, social workers and LMTs. $150. Brenner Reiki Healing, 324 Central St, Newton. 617-2448856.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 22 The Incredible Dr. You Workshop – 7:158:15pm. This first of two workshops break 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. Free. Newton Chiropractic & Wellness Centre, 383 Elliot St, Ste 250, Newton. RSVP: 617-964-3332.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 23 Neurofeedback: Brain Training at its Best – 7-8:30pm. Learn how neurofeedback works, what improving your brain can do for you, and what the research says. Dr. Ross is a licensed psychologist and is an EEG-Certified Senior Fellow of the Biofeedback Certification International Association. Free. Weston Public Library, 87 School St, Weston. 781-444-9115.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 25 The Sisterhood of Plants: An Herbal Retreat for Women – 3-5pm. Connect with your plant allies. Share sacred time with other women. Sing harvesting songs. Support your moon cycle with herbs. Make plant medicines. Meditate in the temple of your womb. Steam your yoni. Love your body. Make a plant mandala. Bless the waters of the land. $350-$395. Raven Crest Botanicals, 842 Canaday Hill Rd, Berne, NY. 347-866-0447.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 26 Carnival Day – 1-6pm. View the fun, festive and diverse parade. Starts on Martin Luther King Blvd in Roxbury off Warren St and ends in Dorchester’s Franklin Park. More info: Free Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Orientation/Information Session – 6pm. Cindy Gittleman, Certified MBSR teacher, leads a free orientation/information session about the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn. Free. Roots & Wings, 317 N Main St, Natick. 978-657-7730.


savethedate 19th Annual 5K Run/Walk to Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer Join us for our largest awareness and fundraising event. Flat, fast course along the bay, good for all levels. Help us Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer.

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$45/day of, $40/advance, $15/kids ages 6-12. DCR Mother’s Rest Area, Carson Beach, 125 William J Day Blvd, South Boston. More info & to register:

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daily Quincy Market History Tour – 11am, daily; 6pm, Wed; 2pm, Sat. 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. Frog Pond Spray Pool – Thru Labor Day. 11am6pm. For 12 and under. Frog Pond turns into a spray pond for the summer. Lifeguards on duty during open hours. Free. Frog Pond at Boston Common. Restorative Yoga – 4-6:30pm. With Billie Jo Joy. Anyone needing to chill out and rest body, mind and spirit. Props used to support total relaxation, giving you a chance to catch up with yourself. Open to beginners and experienced yogis, people with injuries and other precautions. $40/session. Art & Soul, 91 Hampshire St, Cambridge. 617594-1794. For specific dates: Free Drop-In Summer Yoga on Boston Common – Thru Aug. 6-7:15pm. Instructors provide power vinyasa flow for students of all levels. Bring your own mat, blocks, towels and belt. Free. Frog Pond at Boston Common. Shakespeare on the Common – Thru Aug 6. 8pm, Tue-Sat; 7pm, Sun. Bring a blanket or low folding chair, or rent a chair for $5 plus a $5 deposit (returned when you return the chair). Bring a picnic or purchase from vendors. Free. Boston Common, near the Parkman Bandstand.

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. 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. Vinyl Sundays at Short Path Distillery – 1-6pm. Bring your favorite LP and we’d be happy to spin it on the tasting room stereo system, or choose from our selection. Free. Short Path Distillery, 71 Kelvin St, Unit 2, Everett.

monday Open P-Knotting at Noon – 12-12:45pm. Also Tues, Wed & Thurs. Individualized guided instruction on how to use the P-Knot. No P-Knot required. Free. P-Knot Industries, Hope Artiste


Village, 1005 Main St, Rm 1217, Pawtucket. 401753-2099. Nia-Somatic Fitness Classes – 7:30-8:30pm. Nia technique is a blend of dance martial arts and healing arts set to music to fit your personal experience. All levels welcome. Discount cards available. $15. Om Namo Center, 21 Belmont St, Cambridge. 617-620-7654.

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. $3 suggested donation. King’s Chapel, 64 Beacon St, Boston. 617-227-2155. Anxiety and Panic Support Group – 6:30pm. 1st Tues. Designed to offer a place where people with common interests and experience can meet. You are not alone in your experience, and knowledge is the key to living a symptom-free life. Free. Washington St, Newton. 617-849-3198. 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.

wednesday Nia-Somatic Fitness Classes – 8:30-9:30am. Nia technique is a blend of dance martial arts and healing arts set to music to fit your personal experience. All levels welcome. Discount cards available. $15. Studio 550, 550 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge. Free Tour of Symphony Hall – 4pm select Wed. Also 2pm select Sat. Join volunteers on a behindthe-scenes tour and hear about the hall and the

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history and traditions of the famed musicians and conductors. Boston Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave, Boston. For available dates & times: 617-638-9390. 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. Free. Central Library in Copley Square, McKim Courtyard, 700 Boylston St, Boston. 617-536-5400. Details: Museum of Fine Arts Free Wednesdays – 6-9pm. An opportunity to sketch from live models and/or from objects in their collections. A drawing instructor provides insights on drawing technique and the artist-model relationship as it informs the creation of artwork. MFA, 465 Huntington Ave, Boston. 617-267-9300. Support Group for Spouses and Family Members of Breast Cancer Patients and Survivors – 6:30pm. 3rd Wed. Do you keep your questions, concerns or fears to yourself? Have you wished there were others you could talk with who have been in your shoes? Please join us for our monthly support group led by the husband of a breast cancer survivor. Free. Generations Healing Center, 250 Main St, Oxford. 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. 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. Free. Coit Observatory at Boston University, 725 Commonwealth Ave, Boston. 617-353-2630.

thursday Boston Calling Thursday Block Parties – Thru Sept 14. 5-8pm. Live performances by a different group every week. Free. Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston. BostonCallingBlockParties. Free Night at the ICA – 5-9pm. The Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave, Boston. Assabet Valley Holistic Mom’s Group – 7-8:30pm. 2nd Thurs. A nonprofit organization that is gender neutral, open to the public. LGBT, singles, couples, marriages, teachers, professionals and individuals are welcome. Free. Maynard Public Library, 77 Nason St, Maynard. More info: 978-908-7870. 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. Shift from Dis-Ease to Ease – 7:30-9pm. 2nd Thurs. Cancer? Be supported in how to manage your anxiety and explore how the interactions of your beliefs and feelings can have profound effects on your health and well-being. Presented by, Sonny Rose, MA, Founding Director of The Healing Beyond Cancer. Bring pen and paper. Free. Roots and Wings Healing Center, 317 N Main St, Natick. 978-369-7733. 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.

friday Belmont Youth Running Club – 7-7:30am. The goal of this free club is to show your passion for running and to help youth and beginner runners learn to enjoy the sport in a safe and fun environment. We will stretch, run, laugh and plank. Bring a bottle of water. Belmont Reservoir, corner of Payson Rd & Oak St, Belmont. 617-438-4467. F a c e b o o k . c o m / B e l m o n t - Yo u t h - R u n n i n g Club-198154413907597. Health Lecture Series – 10am. 1st Fri. An informative discussion for parents and caregivers on a variety of parent- and child-related topics such as nutrition, behavior, community resources and more. Held in the Old Country Buffet, Watertown Mall, 550 Arsenal St, Watertown. 617-926-4968. Blood Pressure Screenings – 10am-12pm. 1st Fri. Free blood pressure screenings in front of the Old Country Buffet. Watertown Mall, 550 Arsenal St, Watertown. 617-926-4968. 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 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. 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. Monthly Community Reiki Clinic – 7-8:45pm. 1st Fri. Make an appointment for a 30-min reiki session. Appointment times are 7-7:30pm, 7:358:05pm & 8:10-8:40pm. $10. Brenner Reiki Healing, 324 Central St, Newton. 617-244-8856.

saturday EasYoga – Thru Aug. 9am. Also Mon, Tues, Thurs at 6pm. Relax, re-energize and revitalize. Walk-ins welcome. First session free. The Well Street Station, 62 Mt Auburn St, Watertown. 617-923-1440.

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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.


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.

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.


Prenatal Yoga Class – 11am-12:30pm. Relax, re-energize, revitalize. Gentle stretches to relieve tension. Walk-ins welcome. First session free. The Well Street Station, 62 Mt Auburn St, Watertown. 617-923-1440. Greenway Open Market – Thru Oct. 11am-5pm. An eclectic mix of crafts, art, music and locally produced products from Boston. Gourmet food trucks. Different mix of vendors every week. Rose Kennedy Greenway, near Rings Fountain along the Wharf District parks. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous Meeting – 4:30pm. Are you having trouble controlling what you eat? Attend this meeting and hear experience, strength and hope from members who have found this solution and are recovering from food addiction. Learn more about the FA programs and how it may help you or someone you know and love. Free. Christ Church, 33 Central St, Andover. 617-610-3748. Magic 106.7 Family Film Festival – Thru Aug 26. 5pm, activities start; sundown, movie starts. Entertainment and children’s activities followed by a different movie every week. Free. Prudential Center, South Garden, Boston. Neutrality Night with Stephen Dupre – 8pm. Have some fun and learn simple techniques to get neutral to experience real-time energy shifts. Register online: first 10 will get issues addressed on the call. Free. Online event. 401-405-1669.

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.

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. TAKE THE NEXT STEP IN MINDFULNESS USING CHI-ENERGY AWARENESS – Learn to: Connect to your brain’s “Peaceful Spot.” Create 3-dimensional holograms inside your brain, so you can consciously explore your past, present and future experiences. Connect to your Internal Intelligence that activates deeper abilities within you. For more info, see the website of Energy Awareness Teacher Walter Ness:

SERVICES TRANSFORMATIONAL ASTROLOGY READINGS WITH AYURVEDIC CONSTITUTIONAL ANALYSIS – Aura read. Yoga therapy, body-centered therapy to resolve issues. Free Triple Reiki with each reading. Email for appt:

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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.


80 School St, Watertown 617-905-3038 Specializing in Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) that works with the body’s natural physiological makeup to bolster flexibility, improve circulation and increase the elasticity of muscle, joints and fascia. See ad, page 11.


Kristine Jelstrup, CMFT, CBK, LMT 126 Prospect St, Ste 5, Cambridge, 02139 617-833-3407 Kristine@CentralSquareHealthAnd Achieve optimal health physically, emotionally, nutritionally. Kristine uses a form of muscle response testing to identify and clear nervous system interference, facilitating optimal health. See ad, page 18.


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



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 11.

BRAINCORE NEUROFEEDBACK 132 Central St, Ste 205A, Foxboro 844-272-4666

Karina Beleno Carney 78 Main Street, Pepperell 978-294-9291

Karina Beleno Carney, Lic.Ac., brings over 10 years experience of effective and compassionate acupuncture, Chinese herbs and TuiNa treatments. Serving Nashoba Valley. See ad, page 33.



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



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


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Looking to improve an area of your life or to heal a personal/ business relationship? I can assist you in discovering a new path forward. My specialties: family dynamics, personal/work relationships and career development.


617-610-0734 Looking for ways to better manage stress, improve health or lose weight? Want support in moving beyond old patterns that are holding you back? Health and Wellness Coaching and reiki can help. See ad, page 8.


Kim Childs 1025 Mass Ave, Arlington, MA 02476 617-640-3813 Need help clarifying and manifesting your desires? Asking “What’s next?” or “What do I really, really want?” Kim is a certified life and career coach specializing in Positive Psychology, creativity, and spiritual living to help clients create more joyful and fulfilling lives. Consultations are free via phone/Skype or in person.



Stephen Bernardi 577 Main St, Waltham, MA 02452 781-893-3870 • Fax: 781-899-1172 JCW is the only sterile and non-sterile PCABaccredited pharmacy in Massachusetts. In addition to our compounding service, we offer a full range of nutritional supplements, natural products, homeopathic remedies and home health care equipment. See ad, page 37.


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, back page.


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 8.


1842 Beacon St, Ste 305, Brookline, MA 617-868-1516 Dr. Iontcheva-Barehmi is an accomplished dentist and specialist in Periodontics and Implants with a holistic approach to medicine and dentistry. To schedule your comprehensive exam and share the excitement of a healthy smile, call: 617-868-1516. See ad, page 10.

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, back page.

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

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


512 Main St, Shrewsbury, MA 01545 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.

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.


12 Pelham Terrace, Arlington, MA 781-646-6319 We offer two Herbal Apprenticeship Programs, Advanced Training, Aromatherapy Certification and a series of Thursday evening and Saturday afternoon classes. Please visit our website. See ad, page 15.

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

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


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.


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


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 36.



Rose Siple, Certified Hypnotherapist 774-991-0574


98 Parmenter Rd, Framingham, MA 01701 508-838-1101 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 15.

Transform yourself and achieve your goals through the transformative healing process of hypnotherapy. Aren’t you tired of talking about it and thinking about it? We specialize in Virtual Gastric Band Hypnosis for weight loss. Call today. See ad on page 8.


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


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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 15.

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, back page.


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 15.


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, page 37.


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.

NUTRITION COACHING OLIVIA NAPOLI WELLNESS Olivia Napoli Boston, MA 917-576-4078 OliviaNapoli.ccom

BRIANA PIAZZA, REIKI MASTER 228 Central St, Saugus, MA 01906 781-629-9659

Reiki Master healer and teacher offering healing treatment sessions and training at all levels. Call, email or visit to schedule your session.


617-610-0734 Looking for ways to better manage stress, improve health or lose weight? Want support in moving beyond old patterns that are holding you back? Health and Wellness Coaching and reiki can help. See ad, page 8.


160 School St, Ste 1-1, Waltham, MA 508-335-3814 Healing for body, mind and spirit. Yoga, reiki, meditation, crystal healing and life coaching are used to activate your body’s natural healing response.


What if you could look and feel your best every single day? It’s possible. As an Integrative Nutrition Coach, I specialize in healthy eating and lifestyle, including one-on-one nutrition coaching, corporate wellness, group health programs, weight loss, cooking demos and more.


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 15.


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 20.


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 33.


617-610-0734 Looking for ways to better manage stress, improve health or lose weight? Want support in moving beyond old patterns that are holding you back? Health and Wellness Coaching and reiki can help. See ad, page 8.


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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