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ur September feature article by Kathleen Barnes, “Music as Medicine: Music Soothes, Energizes and Heals Us,” reminds me of the times I’ve been blessed to witness the healing power of music for those navigating the realm of dementia. For several years I watched the mental and emotional decline of a good friend’s mother, amazed at the transformation that would happen whenever we played old familiar tunes for her. It was a boon we could count on. Whether she was feeling frustrated, agitated or distant, music was the one thing that always brought her back for a few precious moments. One particularly heartwarming visit was when we arrived to pick her up to venture out for a joyride and found her staring blankly out the window of a common room. Up until that point it had been relatively easy to coax her into some conversation, but this day she seemed farther away and it felt like a tipping point. Knowing how much this dear one loved music, my friend pulled out her phone and started a playlist that clearly took her mom back to the days of her youth, socializing over drinks with endless nights filled with dancing. In no time at all, she was on her feet and mother and daughter were dancing up a storm. The smiles and giggles that quickly ensued had mom bending over with one hand over her mouth holding in the laughter and the other holding her belly. That experience proved to be a pivot point for me, providing enough evidence to show that music has the power to heal our soul. These days I only listen to songs that take me to or keep me in a happy place. Whether it’s dancing to 70s funk, moving about the living room in the middle of a workday with my good friend and part-time helper or driving to the beach singing and dancing in my seat looking like a crazy person, music stirs my soul and brings much joy to this life. May we all feel the music when we need it most! Peace,

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newsbriefs Research Supports Herbal Menopause Relief


atural Health International’s (NHI) Femmenessence, an herbal formulation that has been shown in clinical studies to significantly reduce menopausal symptoms for up to 80 percent of women, is now available locally at Good Health Natural Foods located at 1630 Hancock Street, in Quincy. According to the authors in the International Journal of Biomedical Science (2006 Dec; 2(4): 360–374), Maca-GO, the proprietary ingredient in Femmenessence was observed to reduce the frequency and severity of hot flashes, excessive sweating, interrupted sleep pattern, nervousness, depression, headaches and loss of libido/interest in sex. They further concluded that full benefit could only be achieved after two consecutive months of use. “The transition to menopause should be relatively symptom free. After all, it’s not an illness, despite what women have been led to believe,” says Jan Roberts, pharmacist, clinical nutritionist and bestselling author. According to a company spokesperson, Femmenessence is organic, kosher, vegan, pure, global trade and environmentally friendly. By establishing infrastructure and manufacturing operations in Peru, NHI has created industry with year-round employment while engaging in environmentally sustainable and organic farming practices. Femmenessence is packaged in the United States in a GMP, organic and kosher-certified facility utilizing oxygen-barrier blister packs, which keep the product stable for up to three years versus six months for packs or bottles. To learn more about Femmenessence, visit or see ad, page 15.


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newsbriefs Rolf Institute Expands Training Program

Get Ahead this Year with Brain Training Troubled by executive function struggles, ADHD, autism, anxiety, or learning/behavioral problems? We provide safe, effective, drug-free treatment that starts with a quantitative EEG brain map. Once we pinpoint discordant rhythms in the brain, our neurofeedback sessions correct brain imbalances and promote sustained improvements in function, resulting in a substantial reduction or elimination of symptoms. We host free


he Rolf Institute of Structural Integration is now offering the opportunity to train as a certified Rolfer in other parts of the country beyond its main campus in Boulder, Colorado. Beginning early next year, the complete Basic Rolfing Structural Integration training program will also be offered in Atlanta, Georgia; Bellingham, Washington; Brookfield, Wisconsin; Charles Town, West Virginia; and Holderness, New Hampshire. The training, which typically lasts one-and-a-half to two years, is designed for career professionals that are licensed or have extensive training in complementary therapies and wish to become Rolf Institute members upon graduation. Courses are taught in a modular format, meeting at least once a month over extended weekends to accommodate busy schedules and professional commitments. The program allows established practitioners to expand their skills while learning about leading-edge research on the fascial system and how it affects body structure and movement. For more information, including costs and a full schedule, call 303-449-5903, ext. 106, email or visit Register online at See ad, page 3.

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Fall Health and Wellness Show


alter Perlman will hold his biannual Health and Wellness Show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., September 25, at the Holiday Inn, in Peabody. The event offers ways to become and stay happier and healthier, with free health screenings, products to buy and sample, and the opportunity to make appointments with practitioners of acupuncture and acupressure, home care, audiology, biofeedback, chiropractic, dentistry, dialysis and kidney health, massage, nutrition and more. The Health and Wellness Show also features body wraps, DNA testing, eye doctors, a hair and wig salon, health coaches, kickboxing, personal trainers, Pilates, podiatrists and reiki masters. Skin and hair care products will also be featured, along with solar energy, essential oils, specialty foods and mattresses, vascular and vein care, vitamins and supplements, and weight loss. Cost: Free with advance registration. Location: Holiday Inn Peabody, 1 Newbury St., Peabody. For more information, call 508-460-6656 or visit See ad, page 6. natural awakenings

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Study to be a Nutritional Therapist


he Nutritional Therapy Association is offering two separate, ninemonth, blended online and in-person nutritional therapist certification programs with new venues in Washington, D.C., Phoenix, Boston, New York City, Denver, Toronto and other cities. Enrollment continues through September 12 for workshop courses that begin on September 19, while registration for the winter courses will commence October 10 until February 6, 2017, with classes starting February 13. The course, based on the teachings of Dr. Weston A. Price and Dr. Francis Pottenger, instructs students in how to conduct a five-step client consultation process. Highlights include a hands-on functional assessment tool to identify nutritional weaknesses and effectively manage wellness goals. “Since 1997, our mission has been to be the transformative educator of nutritional therapy, reconnecting people to healing foods and vibrant health,” says Executive Director Eric Bowman. “Our values are rooted in the innate ability to heal, respect for bioindividuality, a foundational approach to nutrition and health and unwavering commitment to a nutrient-dense, whole food diet.” For more information, including costs, registration and locations, call 800-9189798, email or visit See ad, page 19.


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newsbriefs Lyme Disease and Aromatherapy Certification Programs at Herbal Studies School


he Boston School of Herbal Studies will offer two certification courses this fall in aromatherapy and the treatment of Lyme disease. The courses will take place in Lincoln and Arlington. The Lyme Disease Practitioner Training, led by clinical herbalist Tommy Priester, aims to help clinicians understand and address Lyme disease and co-infections in an effective and comprehensive way. The course covers herbs and supplements that specifically address Lyme disease and co-infections, supporting the body to repair damage caused by Lyme, and which tests are most accurate. “Practitioners will learn protocols to eliminate symptoms and help people to return to normal functioning,” says Assistant Director Patrice Green. “They’ll also learn how to restore balance so that clients are symptom free, and address the psycho-spiritual dynamics responsible for immune suppression.” The Level 1 Aromatherapy Certification, led by clinical herbalist and aromatherapist Linda Patterson, teaches how essential oils work to heal the body, mind and spirit. The course addresses common ailments and the essential oils most helpful for each condition. “Blending methods are introduced, and demonstrations of how to use essential oils in everyday life, particularly for stress reduction,” says Green. “Students also learn to make natural cosmetics and use essential oils to trigger memory, mood and attraction.” Cost: Varies by program. Location: Lincoln and Arlington. To learn more about classes, dates and fees, call 781-646-6319 or visit See ad, page 6 and Resource Guide, page 41. natural awakenings

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newsbriefs New Reiki Practice and Free Weight Loss Support Group in Saugus


Yoga is a way to freedom. By its constant practice, we can free ourselves from fear, anguish and loneliness. ~Indra Devi

riana Piazza, a reiki master and owner of North Shore Wild Wellness and Energy Healing, in Saugus, is offering a free Reiki Information Session at 11 a.m., September 24. Piazza, who is also an integrative nutrition counselor, will also be leading a free, weekly weight-loss support group at the center. “Reiki is the best all-around technique that I know of for allowing the body to relax and begin to heal itself from the inside out,” she says. “The human body and the energy of our universe have infinite knowledge and astounding healing capabilities if we allow them to work as they are designed. Energy healing, like reiki, helps to get our more delicate energetic systems flowing, while opening up the areas that need the most love.” Piazza says the weekly weightloss support group will offer a non-judgmental, encouraging space to share ideas, successes and struggles. The Reiki Information Session is for those who have never experienced energy healing or are interested in learning what it takes to become a practitioner. All new clients can schedule a free, comprehensive screening with their first treatment. Cost: Free. Location: North Shore Wild Wellness and Energy Healing, 228 Central St., 3rd Fl., Saugus. To learn more, call 781-629-9659 or visit See Resource Guide, page 43.


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newsbriefs Women’s Success Summit in Freeport, Maine


omen business owners are invited to attend a Women’s Success Summit presented by the Corporate Unicorns from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., September 23, in Freeport, Maine. Breakthrough coach Tam Veilleux will be joined by three other coaches to present a full day of strategies and breakthrough techniques. “This is an opportunity for women to come together for strategic and emotional support,” says Veilleux. “They will learn powerful decision making skills, how to attract more money and manage their systems, and debunk old stories that keep them from feeling successful. They’ll also connect with like-minded women who have the same struggles.” Attendees can pre-purchase a VIP ticket to attend Sparks Fly evening festivities, during which an entire segment on money mindset will be taught and dinner with the Corporate Unicorns will be served. Registration closes September 16.

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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 Run or Walk To Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer


he Massachusetts chapter of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC) will present the 18th annual 5K Run/Walk to Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer at 7:30 a.m., September 11, at Carson Beach, in South Boston. Dubbed “The Silent Killer”, ovarian cancer is considered the deadliest of all the gynecologic cancers because it is difficult to detect. “Symptoms can be vague and subtle, and are often misdiagnosed as benign illnesses,” says NOCC chapter manager Anne Sweeney. “This fundraising and awareness raising event will inform people about these subtle signs and symptoms and the importance of early detection and treatment. It also supports ovarian cancer awareness and education programs.” More than 1,800 runners, walkers, survivors and family members are expected to attend the event, featuring music, a vendor tent, food from some of Boston’s most popular food trucks, and a flat course that runs along the shore that’s ideal for experienced and beginning runners alike. Location: DCR Mother’s Rest Area, 125 William J. Day Blvd., Carson Beach, South Boston. To learn more, call 781-643-9800 or visit See ad, page 9.

Boston Local Food Festival Returns to the Greenway


he Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts will host the 7th annual Boston Local Food Festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., September 18, on the Rose F. Kennedy Greenway. The free, outdoor festival is themed Healthy, Local Food for All, and features more than 125 farmers, local restaurants, food trucks, specialty food producers, fisher folks and organizations that focus on healthy food and fitness in New England. “Festival goers learn about the benefits of sustainably grown and produced food, shop the market, eat delicious local food, participate in fun, educational activities and engage with local chefs,” says Amy Klein, director of marketing. “It connects Massachusetts and New England eaters with the abundance of fresh, nutritious local foods that are available close to home.” The festival also features a Seafood Throwdown and a family fun zone with activities organized by the Trustees and the New England Aquarium. Cost: Free. Location: Rose F. Kennedy Greenway, 191 Atlantic Ave., Boston. To learn more, call 617-395-0250 or visit See ad on page 13.

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newsbriefs Spiritual Teacher and Healer Mirabai Devi Making Boston-Area Visit

4 Corners Yoga and Wellness Coming to Dorchester


he 4 Corners Yoga and Wellness studio will open this fall at 324 Washington Street in Dorchester with an aim to make quality yoga and wellness resources accessible to everyone. The studio will offer a place of beauty, vitality and relaxation by providing a variety of yoga classes and therapeutic massage treatments for greater well-being. Yoga classes to be offered include beginner’s, Forrest, vinyasa, prenatal, therapeutic and restorative styles for people of all levels and body types. 4 Corners is also offering a social justice and trauma informed 200-hour yoga teacher training. Customized massage services range from chair, table and mobile massage at home or work, seven days a week. Modalities include Swedish, deep tissue, hot stone, sports and prenatal. 4 Corners will also offer a variety of workshops and classes geared towards health, wellness and restoration. Owners massage therapist Christine Rose and yoga teacher Karuna O’Donnell provide distinct strengths and specialized skills, with a commitment to the health and well-being of all people. There will be several community classes offered each week on a donation basis. For more information, call 508-316-9642 (YOGA) or visit See ad, page 21.



irabai Devi, an international spiritual teacher, facilitator for healing and author, will visit New England from October 1 through November 13. Her visit begins with a public event, the Transmission of Divine Light, on October 1, at Lesley University, in Cambridge, and Devi will also be offering private sessions during her time in New England. Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, she is also the founder of the Mirabai Devi Foundation, which Mirabai Devi is dedicated to raising world consciousness through the awakening and healing of humanity. Devi’s programs include spiritual teachings, guided meditation, healing, devotional music and Transmission of the Divine Light, also known as darshan. She encourages all who attend her events to focus on the divine light within in order to directly experience their own divine nature. Her programs and group healings have transformed the lives of thousands of people around the world. Cost: Free. Location: Marian Theater, Doble Campus, Lesley University, 34 Mellen St., Cambridge. To learn more, call 760-216-1029 or visit See ad, page 21.

Talk on How Sugar and Artificial Sweeteners Affect Health


rian Clement, director of Hippocrates Health Institute, will present Sweet Disease – What Sugar and Artificial Sweeteners Are Doing to Your Health, from 7 to 9 p.m., at First Parish Church, in Waltham. The talk will be followed by a Q-and-A session and book signing. Clement will present the latest research portraying sugar’s damaging effect on health and the role it plays in obesity, diabetes, cancer and other health issues. The presentation will also feature strategies for creating a healthy, disease prevention lifestyle leading to renewed energy and lasting vitality. Attendees can enjoy samples from Juice on Main in Medfield, along with organic, raw, vegan snacks. Brian Clement For more than 30 years, Clement has spearheaded an international progressive health movement and educated thousands about ways to prevent and address premature aging and disease. He and his research team at the Hippocrates Health Institute in Florida, which offers comprehensive, holistic, alternative and nutrition based programs, have developed a state-of-the-art program for health recovery and maintenance. Cost: $10 in advance at or $15 at the door. Location: First Parish Church, 50 Church St., Waltham. To learn more, call 781-8585691 or visit See ad, page 10.

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Neurofeedback Effective for ADHD and Other Learning Disorders


hether a lack of attention or struggling to read fluently, when a child struggles with a learning disorder, a parent is eager to help that child operate at his or her full potential. Unfortunately, most available help usually consists of therapy and/or medication, and these drugs often have negative side effects. Instead, more people are looking into alternatives such as neurofeedback, which is a non-invasive, drugfree, cutting edge technology. Neurofeedback uses information about the brain’s electrical energy, or brain waves, measured by a quantitative electroencephalogram (qEEG). A qEEG brain map enables professionals to see the unique pattern of mental strengths and weaknesses, areas of the brain where there is too little or too much activity, and areas that are not coordinating their activity as well they should. Many children with learning disabilities are simply stuck, so to speak, in the wrong brainwave patterns. Through neurofeedback, their brains might be able to be taught to operate on an entirely new level. Research in this field is promising. A randomized controlled clinical trial conducted by Gevensleben H., Holl B., Heinrich H., et al., tested the effectiveness of neurofeedback therapy for children diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). One-hundred and two children with ADHD, ages 8 through 12, participated in this study. Pre-training, intermediate and post-training assessment encompassed several behavior rating scales completed by the child’s parents and teachers. After the neurofeedback training, there was a significant decrease in ADHD symptomatology based on the parents and teachers behavior ratings. In his conclusion, Gevensleben stated that although more studies are needed, “Our results indicate that neurofeedback may be considered as a clinically effective module in the treatment of children with ADHD.” Source: Diane Kosto, BCN-T. For more information or to schedule a free, initial consultation to see if a qEEG brainmap is a worthy next step, visit BrainCore or See Resource Guide, page 40.

MS Patients Improve with High-Tone Electrotherapy


esearch from Poland’s Department of Rehabilitation and Physical Medicine, in Lodz, has determined that a pulsed-frequency electrotherapy treatment can significantly improve the functional abilities of multiple sclerosis patients. The researchers tested 20 multiple sclerosis patients randomly divided into two groups. For 60 minutes, one group was given the frequency therapy and the other underwent exercise therapy. The frequency therapy group showed improvement in nine of 10 different evaluation tests of each patient. The patented High Tone Frequency technique was developed by Dr. Hans-Ulrich May, a professor of medical engineering from Germany’s University of Karlsruhe.


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Breast Milk Supports Preemies’ Developing Brains


study from the Washington University School of Medicine, in St. Louis, Missouri, has found that premature babies that receive at least 50 percent of their diet from breast milk in their first month have significantly better brain development than babies that consume less breast milk. The researchers tested 77 infants born an average of 14 weeks before their full nine-month term—referred to as preterm or preemie. The brain scans of the infants were compared with how much breast milk they received while in the natal intensive care unit. Mother’s breast milk was not distinguished from breast milk provided by others. Senior researcher, physician and child psychiatry professor Cynthia Rogers explains, “With MRI scans, we found that babies fed more breast milk had larger brain volumes. This is important because several other studies have shown a correlation between brain volume and cognitive development.” Preterm birth has been linked with neurological and psychiatric problems later in life, and the researchers plan to continue to study the children. “We want to see whether this difference in brain size has an effect on any of these developmental milestones,” says Rogers.

Less Sleep Brings on the Munchies


ecent research from the University of Chicago’s Sleep, Health and Metabolism Center has found that not getting enough sleep increases a cannabinoid chemical in the body that increases appetite. The result is a lack of control in snacking. The researchers tested 14 young adults by comparing the results of four nights of normal sleep with four nights of only four-and-a-half hours of sleep. The researchers found that after reduced sleep, the subjects’ hunger increased significantly and their ability to resist afternoon snacking decreased. This surge in snacking urges also matched significantly increased circulating levels of endocannabinoid 2-arachidonoylglycerol, which peaked in the afternoon, coinciding with the increase in snack cravings. “We found that sleep restriction boosts a signal that may increase the hedonic aspect of food intake,” concludes lead study author Erin Hanlon, Ph.D., from the University of Chicago Medical Center.

Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent. ~Victor Hugo

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Lying Labels

New Term Disguises High-Fructose Corn Syrup The Corn Refiners Association (CRA) has resorted to creating a new label for high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) by calling it “fructose syrup” or just “fructose” because numerous scientific studies have linked it to obesity, Type 2 diabetes and autism. HFCS is a highly processed chemical sweetener used in many processed foods, including breads, cookies, candy, condiments and soft drinks. It extends the shelf life of products and is often cheaper than sugar, the primary reasons manufacturers use it. Standard HFCS contains from 42 to 55 percent fructose. The new term is being used when foods contain HFCS-90, which has “just” 90 percent fructose. Identifying HFCS-90 as an ingredient bizarrely gives food makers a green light to use statements such as “Contains no high-fructose corn syrup” or “No HFCS” on the product label, thus misleading buyers. Bart Hoebel, a psychology professor at Princeton University, reports, “When rats are drinking high-fructose corn syrup at levels well below those in soda pop, they’re becoming obese; every single one, across the board. Even when rats are fed a high-fat diet, you don’t see this; they don’t all gain extra weight.” Source:

Kinesthetic Kids New Desks Aid Learning via Movement

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Educators at Charleston County schools, in South Carolina, know that more movement and exercise makes kids better learners, even as the amount of time devoted to physical education (PE) and recess has been declining sharply in the U.S. “If you ask anyone in education if they prefer PE or class instruction, they say instruction every time,” says David Spurlock, coordinator of health, wellness and physical education for the Charleston County school district. “Yet, what we’re trying to show is that more movement equals better grades, behavior and bodies.” Charles Pinckney Elementary School, in Charleston, employs Active Brains, a program that uses 15 stations through which students rotate during the class. Each station has a unique exercise component such as a mini-basketball hoop or an exercise bike, and is focused on a different academic task such as spelling or math flashcards. This is the first classroom in the U.S. equipped with only kinesthetic desks. The program has been in operation for three years and has a waiting list of students excited to try the new approach. 18

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Healing Recipe Cooking May Be the Future of Medicine

In 2010, chronic disease accounted for 86 percent of all healthcare spending; four years later, the cost of treating heart disease alone totaled $315.4 billion, including medication and hospital care. At the Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine at Tulane University, medical students are learning cooking skills to better advise patients on regaining and maintaining their health through nutrition. By getting them to approach healthful food preparation with ease and awareness, this next generation of doctors is striving to provide building blocks for long-term health management. “When we see healthier eating, we see more disease prevention and fewer hospital stays, which means less money spent on health care,” says Chef Leah Sarrris, program director. Since 2012, 20 medical schools have adopted Tulane’s program, including the University of California-Los Angeles Clinical and Translational Science Institute, University of Illinois-Chicago and University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, in a partnership with the Kendall College School of Culinary Arts. Students complete eight classes of three hours each, and fourth-year students can choose from seminars that focus on different clinical interests, including nutritional support for those coping with celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, food allergies, diabetes or pregnancy. Students also teach free public cooking classes. This integrative understanding of health care may change the way the medical system operates. Source: Yes magazine

Hello Escargot Pest Control Without Chemicals

Indian runner ducks have been used in Asia for thousands of years to control pests. Now they’re being used in a South African vineyard to eat snails that damage the vines. On the Vergenoegd Wine Estate, in Stellenbosch, South Africa, about 1,000 of the well-behaved quackers parade twice a day into a vineyard to rid it of pests, as they have done for at least 30 years. Denzil Matthys, the duck caretaker at Vergenoegd, confirms that the ducks help make the farm sustainable. “We try to keep a pesticide-free farm by using the ducks,” he says. Marlize Jacobs, the farm manager and winemaker, says snails are a big problem at Vergenoegd because of the vineyard’s proximity to the ocean. “After winter, the vineyards bud,” she says. “Those buds are succulent bits of food and snails love to eat them. If we don’t control them, they will absolutely destroy the vineyard.” Watch a video at

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the Tree of Yoga is for Every Body by Meredith Musick


he wise sage Patanjali, who wrote The Yoga Sutra thousands of years ago, defined an eight-limbed tree, with a specific order of steps to climb to the top. This eight-limbed path forms the structural framework for yoga practice. Calling upon this ancient wisdom may be useful when choosing a yoga practice. The lowest limbs are yama (universal morality) and niyama (personal observances), and everyone can climb these branches. Encompassing five ethical standards and five spiritual practices, lifestyle techniques and disciplines used to follow them, yama and niyama create harmony and a code for living soulfully. They are based in personal development and mutual respect for shared values, happiness, collaboration and peace. This mighty trunk provides the support for learning yoga. The third limb is asana, the practice of physical postures. Through intensely concentrated effort, physical postures develop focus and attention for health and vibrancy, inside and out. Recent modern yoga trends lean toward physical fitness, making asana the limb that a student may need to spend the most time researching in order to discern which method is best for them. Regardless of the numerous styles of yoga individuals can choose from, perfecting poses is less important than sincerity of practice,


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whether gentle or vigorous. The joy is in the process, the time and the application of yoga to everyday life. As focus and concentration increase, climbing the tree becomes attainable. In the modern world, where constant acceleration, distraction and movement hold our attention, asana helps individuals embrace the present moment, leading to the fourth branch of the tree of yoga, pranayama, or control of the breath. This highly evolved and multi-faceted practice is taught after the student, through the first three limbs, develops enough focus. Essential to all life, the breath work is some of the most rewarding work any student can practice, on and off the yoga mat. Pratyahara, or withdrawal of the senses from the external to the internal, is the fifth branch and the basis of a meditation practice. This branch is the practice of paying close attention to fluctuations of the mind and aspirations of ego versus the soul. Cessation of thoughts can seem almost impossible, but in time, one learns to sit comfortably, watch thoughts oscillate, and replace them with healthy and useful practices. Mastering pratyahara is essential to reach the top three branches. The sixth branch, dharana, takes concentration to a single-pointed focus, as in mantra, or focal point in order to bring about stillness. The discipline required for this state of attention leads to dhyana, where eventually there is no need to explore thoughts, for they have vanished and a vast sense of conscious well-being takes their place. The highest and most elusive limb on the tree is samadhi, or complete bliss state. In this realm, one is both completely aware and awake to the realization of connection to source. A sense of complete contentedness is realized as one experiences union with all other living beings. September is yoga month, so consider climbing a tree. Be safe, start low and steady oneself until the strength and agility to soar is felt. Choose teachers and methods that enhance climbing skills and enjoy every step of the journey. Meredith Musick, LMT, E-RYT500, leads residential, back-to-nature hiking retreats in southern Vermont. She has been teaching yoga and practicing therapeutic-based massage for more than 23 years. For more information, call 239-269-8846 or visit and See ad on page 13.

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Music as Medicine Music Soothes, Energizes and Heals Us by Kathleen Barnes


s primeval drumbeats echo across an African savannah, the rhythms circle the globe, picked up by the chants and rattles of shamans gracing Amazonian jungles and Siberian tundra. They’re repeated in Gregorian chants filling medieval cathedrals and “om” meditations sounding in Himalayan caves and yoga classes everywhere. They gently echo in the repeated tones of mothers’ lullabies, happy hummings as we go about our day and the melodies of Mozart. Music is the soundtrack of our lives, whether we’re aware of it or not. It exists within, uniting and guiding us, and has helped heal body and spirit since the dawn of humanity. National Aeronautics and Space Administration scientists recently discovered that the universe itself has a song.

Pioneering Practitioners

From the soothing tones of a harp to the jarring screeches of a construction site, the stress-reducing or stress-producing properties of sound are familiar to us all. “Stress is an underlying cause of the vast majority of all illnesses, and sound and music are effective in relieving stress and bringing stillness,” says Jonathan Goldman, an internationally recognized pioneer in harmonics and sound healing and director of the Sound Healers Association in Boulder, Colorado. Through researching his many books, including The 7 Secrets of Sound 22

Healing, Goldman is convinced of the profound effect sound has on the human organism. “The simple chanting of the sound ‘om,’ or ‘aum,’ in addition to instilling calmness and relaxation, causes the release of melatonin and nitric oxide. It relaxes blood vessels, releases soothing endorphins, reduces the heart rate and slows breathing,” he explains. “Sound can change our immune function,” wrote the late Dr. Mitchell Gaynor, former director of medical oncology at New York’s Weill-Cornell Medical College for Complementary and Integrative Medicine in his book The Healing Power of Sound. “After either chanting or listening to certain forms of music, your Interleukin-1 level, an index of your immune system, goes up between 12-anda-half and 15 percent. Further, about 20 minutes after listening to meditative-type music, the immunoglobulin levels in the blood are significantly increased. Even the heart rate and blood pressure are lowered. There’s no part of your body not affected. Its effects even show up on a cellular and sub-cellular level.”

Practical Applications

Consider some of music’s scientifically validated health benefits: Stress: Singing, whether carrying a tune or not, is a powerful way to combat stress, according to many studies. A recent joint study by German and British researchers published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience confirms that

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simply listening to soothing music results in significantly lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol. The more intense the experience is in singing or playing an instrument, the greater the stress reduction. A collaborative study by several Swedish universities showed that group singing caused participants’ heart rates to synchronize, producing relaxation effects similar to that achieved through group meditation. Cancer: Gaynor used music to treat even advanced cancer patients for decades, considering it a “disease of disharmony.” He advocated re-harmonizing the body with sound vibrations that affect virtually every cell, especially enhancing immune function and potentially preventing cancer from spreading. Gaynor primarily used crystal bowls to produce deep relaxation and harmonize dysrhythmic cells in patients, but also confirmed the healing effects of certain vibratory tones of drumming and Tibetan metal gongs. Several studies confirm that listening to any kind of soothing music relieves anxiety in cancer patients; a large study from Philadelphia’s Drexel University confirms that it also relieves pain, lowers blood pressure, improves breathing and minimizes nausea associated with chemotherapy. Depression: Drumming can better counter depression than the prescription drug Prozac, according to a recent study by England’s Royal College of Music. Those that participated in a weekly drumming group experienced significantly reduced symptoms compared to a control group. Substance Abuse: University of California, Los Angeles, scientists found that drumming was especially helpful for a group of Native Americans struggling with such issues. Smartphone Addiction: Korean research found that music therapy is helpful in overcoming this condition. Immune Dysfunction: The same British study of drumming’s antidepressant effects saw similar improvement in immune function, plus an anti-inflammatory response that continued for at least three months after the study period. Neuroendocrine Disorders: Researchers at Pennsylvania’s Meadville Medical Center Mind-Body Wellness Group found that drumming effectively

helped drummers (skilled and unskilled) suffering from neuroendocrine disorders such as pituitary tumors and intestinal issues caused by disconnections between the endocrine gland and nervous systems. They further confirmed that group drumming reduced stress chemicals such as cortisol in the drummers. Muscle Tension Dysphonia: Even tuneless humming sounds like “umhum” can have a measurable therapeutic effect on individuals that have lost their voices due to overuse. Pain: When a group of British citizens suffering from chronic pain joined a choir, a Lancaster University study found they were better able to manage their condition for improved quality of life. Just listening to harp music for 20 minutes decreased anxiety, lowered blood pressure and relieved pain in a group of U.S. heart surgery patients with short-term pain participating in a University of Central Florida study in Orlando. Alzheimer’s Disease: In addition to reducing the agitation and anxiety frequently accompanying Alzheimer’s disease, researchers at Florida’s University of Miami School of Medicine found that a group of patients that participated in music therapy for four weeks experienced increased levels of the calming brain chemical melatonin.

How It Works

“Humming or singing causes longer exhalations than normal, helping to naturally eliminate toxins and acidity,” says Dr. Madan Kataria, of Mumbai, India, who has spawned 5,000 laughter clubs worldwide. “We started experimenting with the vowel sounds and humming sound. An early unpublished humming study I did in Denmark showed that people that hummed anything for just 10 minutes were able to reduce their systolic blood pressure by 10 to 15 points, their

In Nigeria, we say that rhythm is the soul of life, because the whole universe revolves around rhythm; when we get out of rhythm, that’s when we get into trouble. ~Babatunde Olatunji, drummer and social activist diastolic by four to five points and their pulse rate by 10 beats per minute.” Kataria found that people with breathing problems like asthma and emphysema experienced especially positive effects because it strengthened belly muscles used in breathing. Kataria is also a fan of kirtan—Hindu devotional call-and-response chants often accompanied by ecstatic dancing. “Kirtan takes away self-consciousness or nervousness and anxiety,” he says. Dr. Eben Alexander, who recorded his near-death experience in Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife, says the “indescribable” cosmic music he experienced has helped him come to understand the effects of specific sound frequencies on the brain. He now provides audio tools to help bring the brain to a higher state and help it match that higher and more conscious state. In his medical practice in Charlottesville, Virginia, he often employs music from a patient’s past to help them emerge from a brain injury or coma and even “reconnect pathways in a damaged brain.” Alexander explains that binaural beats and other sound effects combine to create “brain entrainment” and also in theory, “monotonize” it to free awareness and access realms other than the physical. “It’s magical what the right type of music can do to the brain stem to free up our consciousness,” he observes.

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Experts agree that people without musical talent are able to experience the same

Nature’s Healing Sounds The calming sounds of rushing water and gentle breezes are well known; science is now confirming the therapeutic effects of singing birds. Belgian researchers confirmed that bird song helps drown out the stressful effects of traffic noise, and Korean scientists found it makes people feel less crowded. A study published in the American Journal of Physiology showed that it can even help regulate participants’ circadian rhythms, contributing to restful sleep and overall wellness.

benefits as virtuosos, based on their degree of engagement with music. Anyone can hum, and most research confirms that benefits are enhanced in creating music rather than merely listening to it. Group singing has become increasingly popular, especially following the hit TV show Glee. Time magazine reported in 2013 that 32.5 million American adults sang in choirs, up about 30 percent from a decade earlier. The choice of musical genre matters. Recent data from Montreal’s McGill University shows that types of music tend to have specific effects; for example, blues slows heart rate and calms an anxious person, rock and punk can boost energy, and reggae can help control anger.

Spirit Moves

The spiritual aspects of virtually all types of music cannot be underestimated, says Michael Hove, Ph.D., a cognitive neuroscientist affiliated with Harvard Medical School and Fitchburg State University, in Massachusetts. His research has primarily focused on drumming to induce altered states of consciousness that shamans from diverse cultures use to bring about physical and emotional healing. What Hove calls a “boring and super-predictable” drumbeat of 240 beats a minute induced a deep trance state within minutes in most subjects, and brain scans confirmed that it enabled them to focus intensely and block out distracting sounds within eight minutes. This aligns with Alexander’s view that, “The sound of music is absolutely crucial in launching us into transcendental awareness. For the true, deep seeker, sound and vibration and the memory of music can serve as a powerful engine to help direct us in the spiritual realms.” Kathleen Barnes has authored numerous natural health books, including her latest, Our Toxic World: A Survivor’s Guide. Connect at

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WATER-WISE KITCHEN A Few Small Steps Can Make the Difference by Avery Mack


he United Nations warns that water use is outpacing population growth two to one. At this rate, two-thirds of the world will face water stress by 2025, meaning fewer crops and jobs and higher food prices. “Globally, 3 million people, mostly children, die each year due to water-related issues,” says Sister Dorothy Maxwell, of the Dominican Sisters of Blauvelt, in New York. “Water is a precious commodity. Every drop in supply should increase awareness.”

Smarter Shopping

For significant savings, use ingredients with a lower water footprint. “Be conscientious about food purchases,” advises Gene Baur, president and co-founder of the nonprofit Farm Sanctuary, in Watkins Glen, New York, and Orland and Los Angeles, California. “Choosing plant foods instead of animal products can make a huge difference. Estimates show that one person switching to a vegan diet can save at least 1,000 gallons of water every day.” Before landing on a plate, an eight-ounce steak will have necessitated 850 gallons of water, including growing and processing the animal’s food grain. The amount of water needed to produce a quarter-pound hamburger equals that of 30 average showers. “Dietary choices have environmental and ethical impacts,” agrees Michael Schwarz, founder of Hudson Valley Treeline Cheese, in Kingston, New York. “The carbon and water footprints of conventional dairy products are also enormous.” His company’s vegan cheeses are basically cashews, probiotic cultures and salt. Unlike American’s 10 million dairy cows, cashews aren’t injected with growth hormones, don’t emit methane and produce no waste runoff to pollute waterways.

Smarter Storage

The Natural Resources Defense Council reports that Americans annually discard more than 35 million tons of uneaten food that costs local governments $1.5 billion annually in clean up and landfill maintenance. Food waste contributes to climate change through the use of huge quantities of water, fertilizer, land and fuel to process, refrigerate and transport it. Plus, it emits methane gas as it decomposes. Reducing food waste can have a far-reaching impact. Applying simple household tips will help minimize waste: Protect all meat, poultry and fish along with dairy products like yogurt, sour cream and cottage cheese from bacteria by storing them in the original packaging until used; seal any leftovers in airtight containers. Wrap hard cheese in foil or waxed paper after opening. Keep fruits and vegetables separate and don’t wash before refrigerating to forestall mold. Activated oxygen, like that used in the small refrigerator appliance BerryBreeze, neutralizes bacteria and mold to keep stored foods fresh longer.

Smarter Cooking

Maxwell’s guidance for savvy water use includes: Don’t pre-rinse dishes. Run the dishwasher only when full. Use less soap when washing up and make sure it’s biodegradable. Water-wise experts also offer these cooking tips. Use a single pot of water to blanch several kinds of vegetables before freezing. Start with the lightest color and end with the darkest, especially odorous veggies like asparagus or Brussels sprouts. “Unless it’s greasy, cooking and drinking water can be reused to nourish plants,” explains Diane MacEachern, founder and publisher of 24

Boston | “I cool egg and veggie cooking water to pour on herbs and flowers.” As whole potatoes simmer, set a steamer basket over them to cook other veggies and conserve water. Fewer pots mean less dishwashing, and leftover potato water adds extra flavor to homemade potato dinner rolls. Cook shorter shapes of dry pasta in less water, first placing them in cold water and lowering the heat to a simmer once it hits a boil, also saving energy ( Method). Directions for hard-boiled eggs call for enough cold water to cover before boiling, followed by the mandatory icewater bath, using goodly amounts of water and energy. Steam eggs instead; find instructions at For a large quantity of eggs, try baking them ( Freezer jam contains more fruit, much less sugar and needs no water bath for canning jars; recipes are available online. Eat watermelon as is or in salads, compost the peel and pickle the rind using only one cup of water with minimal boiling time (Tinyurl. com/WatermelonRindPickling). Rather than waste warm water to defrost frozen foods, simply move them overnight to the refrigerator. Composting is far more eco-wise than running a garbage disposal and sink water. More than 70 percent of Earth’s surface is covered in water, but only .007 percent—like a single drop in a five-gallon bucket—is usable for hydrating its 6.8 billion people and all plants and animals. We must be creative to protect that drop by kicking it up a notch in the kitchen.

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BRINGING HOPE TO PATIENTS with a Terminal Diagnosis by Wendy Nadherny Fachon


The use of the word “terminal” limits one’s mindset, while the word “curable” opens up a world of possibility.

hile conventional oncologists consider certain cancers, including brain, to be terminal, hope lies in venturing outside the box of conventional thinking. This includes researching and evaluating U.S.-based and foreign-based clinical trials using experimental approaches to treat primary cancers and recurrent cancers with immunotherapy or gene-targeted therapy. In April 2016, three interesting Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved clinical trials were open to patients with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG), a rare and aggressive form of pediatric brain cancer found each year in about 300 children. One of these trials was offered by the Burzynski Clinic in Houston, Texas. This clinical trial was the only one offered to DIPG patients that had declined the standard recommendation of radiation, given to extend life a few months be-


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yond the median survival rate of less than one year from diagnosis. The trial protocol was designed to test non-toxic antineoplaston (ANP) peptide therapy which had been used in previous trials to treat DIPG and glioblastoma (GBM) brain tumors with some level of prior success, indicating that DIPG and GBM are in fact “curable”. The manufacturing and research for ANPs is sponsored by the Burzynski Research Institute (BRI), a publicly-owned biopharmaceutical company working to develop and deliver cancer therapies based on genomic and epigenomic principles. In 1967, Stanislav Burzynski, M.D., identified naturally occurring human peptides which were present in healthy patients and deficient in cancer patients. He concluded that these peptides played a role in preventing the growth of cancer cells. With a Ph.D. in biochemistry, Burzynski was able to reproduce the peptides synthetically,

and he named them antineoplastons. ANP therapy targets more than 100 genes that affect tumor cells. ANPs switch off certain genes that cause cancer (oncogenes), activate the genes that fight cancer (tumor suppressor genes), and pose no harm to healthy cells, with the most common side effects resulting from electrolyte imbalances, all of which can be managed through regular blood analysis, dietary intake, higher water consumption and potassium supplementation. Neil Fachon, 19, an engineering student at Northeastern University, in Boston, was diagnosed with DIPG at Massachusetts General Hospital on March 3, 2016, and became the first patient to enroll in the new ANP clinical trial that opened on April 12, 2016. On April 20, after passing baseline tests, he began receiving ANP infusions. That same day, however, the FDA placed a hold on the trial for which it had given prior approval. Committed to his chosen course of treatment and deeming the FDA objections to be unreasonable, Fachon took legal action, through federal court in his home state of Rhode Island, to overturn an FDA decision that failed to acknowledge his rights. On May 17, Fachon won a temporary restraining order that was later negotiated into a permanent injunction, and he had sound reasons for wanting to pursue this treatment. DIPG survivor Jessica Ressel, who received her diagnosis in March 1996 at age 11, was successfully treated by Burzynski. Now married and a mother of two, she is one of three long-term DIPG survivors who keep in touch with Fachon and provide encouragement. All three of these survivors were treated with ANP therapy at the Burzynski Clinic. While seeking to assure his own survival, Fachon also wants to play a role

in promising scientific cancer research. Presently Fachon is a trial of one; however, he hopes the FDA will remove the hold, or that Right to Try legislation will be passed to allow other DIPG patients to join him and have a chance at life. Right to Try legislation gives terminally ill patients the right to try investigational medicines that have not yet received full FDA approval. The FDA drug approval process can take up to 15 years—far too long for dying patients to wait, because terminal time lines are measured in months and weeks. Many potentially life-saving treatments awaiting approval in the U.S. are already available overseas, and have been for years, yet most Americans cannot afford to seek treatment abroad. A Right to Try law gives hope back to those who have lost it. It is not just for children diagnosed with DIPG, but for anyone with a terminal illness hoping to get life-saving treatment before it’s too late. Right to Try is already law in 30 states, and under consideration in 16 more. In Massachusetts, Right to Try legislation is making slow progress. On January 20, 2015, Right To Try bill H.3270 was introduced to the House committee for Public Health, and a hearing was scheduled for the following October. To date nothing more has been reported on the proposed bill, however, more interesting activity may be happening at a federal level. On May 10, 2016, the Trickett Wendler Right to Try Act of 2016 (S. 2912) was introduced in the United States Senate: “This bill bars the federal government from prohibiting or restricting the production, manufacture, distribution, prescribing, or dispensing of an experimental drug, biological product, or device that is: (1) intended to treat a patient who has been diagnosed with a terminal illness; and (2) authorized by, and in accordance with, state law. The

federal government may not restrict the possession or use of such a treatment by a patient certified by a physician as having exhausted all other treatment options.” While each bill addresses some aspect of the Right to Try issue, they fail to go far enough. If an experimental treatment shows evidence of more success than conventional treatment, why not allow a patient to bypass the conventional treatment and go straight to the experimental treatment? And if experimental treatment is more successful than conventional, why not allow the treatment to be covered by health insurance? Neil Fachon hopes the sharing of his story will raise awareness about treatment options for brain cancer and about a terminally diagnosed patient’s right to choose. People can help move Right to Try legislation forward by contacting their senators and representatives. Learn more at Learn more about DIPG at Wendy Nadherny Fachon is a health educator, a writer for Natural Awakenings Rhode Island magazine and Neil’s mother. She can provide helpful information to parents of children diagnosed with brain cancer. Contact at or through Facebook.

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hands-on-healing of self and others. Reiki can be practiced with oneself after a reiki training class, as well as offered to others. Reiki training classes are accessible for all learners. Four Levels of Alignment A reiki treatment and the reiki meditations facilitate balance and alignment on four levels: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.


A Gateway to Healing Mind, Body and Soul by Elise Brenner


he practice of reiki in hospitals, either by volunteer reiki practitioners or by reiki-trained doctors, nurses, physician and nurse assistants, physical therapists, occupational therapists, or speech language pathologists, has vastly grown around the world. Both qualitative and quantitative studies demonstrate that hospital patients who experience reiki sessions are calmer, heal faster, experience less pain and are frequently discharged earlier than anticipated. The upshot is hospitals clearly recognize that reiki is not only an integrative mind, body, spirit healing art, but also a practical resource that not only improves patient care, but also reduces costs.

How and why has Reiki practice become so popular? Reiki is a gentle, non-invasive, mind-body-spirit healing practice for maintaining and restoring health and wellness. People seek out reiki to get relief from troubling physical conditions or to simply realize a happier more vitalized self. It is not a religion, nor is there any dogma associated with reiki practice. A reiki treatment is performed by gentle touch on (or hands hovering a few inches above) the body’s major organs, glands and joints. The recipient is always fully clothed, either lying down on a reiki table or seated comfortably in a chair. The system of reiki offers more than hands-on healing, however. In fact, the system of reiki, as developed in Japan by its founder Mikao Usui, is a spiritual self-development system of wisdom and compassion teachings, based in meditation practices, contemplative practices, as well as 28

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The Physical Level Reiki helps individuals have more restful sleep at night, maintain higher energy levels in the day, and get relief from pain caused by acute and chronic illnesses, injuries and other health conditions. It facilitates stress reduction and relaxation which has beneficial effects on all of the body’s systems, including the immune system. A reiki treatment induces the “relaxation response”, shifting the nervous system from sympathetic (fight or flight) to parasympathetic (rest and digest), in which all of the body’s systems are in a state of balance, allowing natural healing to unfold. The Mental Level The mind is sometimes called the “organ of misery” because it has the capacity to ruin our days, even our lives, with its incessant rambling and ruminating. Sometimes our minds just freak out, which then sets off a cascade of hormonal and chemical responses that compromise our physical, mental and emotional health. By bringing the mind-body into a state of balance, reiki facilitates mental clarity and promotes mindfulness. The recipient may experience an attitude shift, a creative insight or a solution to a vexing problem. The Emotional Level The ups and downs of everyday life, with its worries, anxieties and fears, become more manageable when one is in a balanced state. Reiki practice helps us move out of our frantic emotional state of hyper arousal into a state of emotional regulation and calm. We can pause and thereby reduce habitual emotional reactivity. The Spiritual Level A state of balance facilitates spiritual growth, allowing the individual to connect to an inner peace and serenity, as well as to a sense of oneness and inter-being with all beings. We experience an openness to life, a sense of spaciousness and expansiveness. Health and well-being can be transformed with a gentle transformative reiki practice. Whether one is seeking to reduce reactivity, to bring in new habits, to create an inner space for gratitude and compassion, or to gain relief from physical and emotional distress, reiki can be effective. Elise Brenner, Ph.D., reiki practitioner and teacher, is the owner of Brenner Reiki Healing, located at 324 Central St., Auburndale, and is the executive director of Celebration of Reiki, Inc., a nonprofit organization with a mission of reiki education and outreach. Contact at 617-244-8856 and visit See Resource Guide, page 42.


The Secret of Sublime Living Savoring Perfect Present Moments by Carl Greer


ife has many sublime pleasures: watching the sun rise over the horizon and observing the changing colors of the clouds; laughing with a best friend; or simply feeling the grass, dirt or sand under bare feet. The Japanese have a term, mono no aware, for that sublime moment of perfection just before it fades. Sometimes it translates as sensitivity or awareness of impermanent things. It could, for instance, refer to the beauty of cherry blossoms in full bloom; the cherry trees will blossom again next year, but we do not always have a chance to see them again. Everyday distractions can cause us to forget to slow down to enjoy moments. The secret to sublime living is to pay close attention to the sweet pleasures of life, no matter how small, and savor them before they pass. There is no way to know which weather-per-

fect day will be the last before the season shifts. Enjoying such a fleeting, sublime moment may mean discarding the day’s plans, but the delights of life do not always come around again. How easy it is to let the mind wander and forget to focus on the pleasure of an experience and the joys that life offers. We’re in danger

of missing out on sublime living when we constantly prioritize what “has to be done” instead of that which is most valued. Soon, it may seem as if the stories of our lives are being written by someone else. We forget our power to be our own storyteller and to mindfully engage in how we spend every hour. Dissatisfying tales can be replaced when we live according to a new story we write each day, called, “My life is an extraordinary adventure,” or “I relish being with my children,” or “I express love through sharing my music,” or “I am being true to myself, and that enables me to help others heal.” The more we focus on what brings us happiness, revitalization, purpose or meaning, the easier it will be to upgrade priorities and discard any plot lines and events that seem scripted by someone else. We can then make a new commitment to writing and living a more satisfying story for ourselves. We can pause to contemplate our power to be the storyteller and to always remain fully present and conscious of the sublime moments. Carl Greer, Ph.D., Psy.D., is a practicing clinical psychologist, Jungian analyst and shamanic practitioner. He teaches at the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago and is on staff at the Replogle Center for Counseling and Well-Being. Connect at

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Physicality, Embodiment and Yoga by Cecile Raynor


common belief of people in the fitness and yoga world is that strain is essential to a good, efficient and satisfying workout. But what if strain only serves to add body stiffness to strength that could be built without strain? It is also common to believe that one automatically feels connected to his or her body while exercising, when in fact, solely being physical may not be enough to feel fully connected to the innate wisdom of the whole body. In the 60s, yoga and meditation started as a way towards embodiment; a way to be mindfully connected within our self; a way to experience “being” instead of getting lost in the physicality of constantly “doing”. This widespread focus on doing and overdoing is a


direct product of the Industrial Revolution, where money, machines and appearances were common values of the 19th century. Nowadays all is happening at the speed of the modern mind and the body remains merely a functional instrument that must be kept in shape, often one body part at a time. As a result, the physicality of exercising is not quite embodied. Even on the yoga mat, focused on the shape of the poses, the mind makes the muscles control the skeleton and do what it thinks is best, often ignoring the innate intelligence of the body. When lost in our mind, the body is forgotten and safety is compromised because daily tension-producing habits take hold while we are not watching. These habitual patterns, even when they create unnecessary tension, become the norm, which eventually promotes injury. On the other hand, when the mind is embodied, there is no room for physical strain because the body and its innate intelligence work fully together. Yoga can reconnect the body to its wisdom when the whole body is being listened to, regardless of which body part is being stretched or strengthened. Many people on automatic pilot approach yoga the way they approach work—with a mind focused on individual tasks and getting things done at all cost, including sometimes ignoring the self-regulating and coordinated self. Fortunately, individuals can choose from various yoga styles that encourage them to listen to their body, move

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slowly or even stay still in various poses to experience “just being”. Slow isn’t necessary to be mindful, but it is a good way to balance the fast paced lifestyle and mind of modern men and women, especially if they do not practice daily meditation. Even when the body is still, the mind can be so active that it takes time and practice to learn how to really listen to “what is” as it is happening. It takes time for the mind and the body to come together in a place where embodiment happens. Cecile Raynor is an Alexander Technique teacher, a Thai yoga therapist and reiki practitioner. She is also faculty member at Akasha Yoga Teacher Training and runs a 12- month Mastermind for Committed Yoga Teachers with a Vision. She is currently writing a book with BlissLife Press called Yoga Body, Daily Body & Body Image: A Journey from Physicality to Embodiment. In private practice for 25 years in Brookline, she works with people all over the world via her webinars, e-course and blog Raynor can be reached at 617-359-7841. See Resource Guide on page 43.

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Ellen M. Gifford Shelter (617) 787-8872

Cape Ann Animal Aid


Baypath Humane Society (508) 435-6938

Milton Animal League, Inc.


All Dog Rescue

(617) 507-9193

NORTH BILLERICA Billerica Cat Care Coalition


Quincy Animal Shelter (617) 376-1349

Animal Umbrella


Northeast Animal Shelter (978) 745-9888


Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society (978) 462-0760


Sterling Animal Shelter


Buddy Dog Humane Society, Inc (978) 443-6990

Save A Dog, Inc (978) 443-7282


Cat Connection of Waltham (781) 899-4610


House Rabbit Network (781) 431-1211

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ouseholds with multiple pets abound as families often opt for a mix of companion animals. Currently, more than 70 million dogs, 75 million cats and 6 million birds are kept as pets in the U.S., according to a recent American Pet Products Association survey. While we cherish their affection, downsides include pet hair dust bunnies, scattered litter, spilled seeds and potty accidents. Cleaning up can be easier with training and planning. “Living on the beach, it’s easy for the dog to bring sand indoors, so I taught him to shake it off,” says dog expert and trainer Amy Robinson, in Vero Beach, Florida. “I put water in a bottle and misted it lightly on his head, then gave the cue, ‘Shake,’ and shook my shoulders. He mimicked me and got rid of most of the sand. Brushing him with a towel got the rest.” Once the dog understands the cue, retire the water bottle. “I have a Newfoundland/poodle, a great Pyrenees/poodle and a Labradoodle, so I keep old towels outside the door to wipe dirty feet,” says Kathleen Thometz, owner of Doodle Art & Design, in Western Springs, Illinois. “The Newfoundland can open the door, so I have to catch him before he tracks in muddy paw prints.” Thometz keeps their hairbrush with the towels. “I have them groomed regularly, but a quick

brush after a walk means I don’t have to vacuum between weekly house cleanings,” she says. “Short hair can be even harder to pick up,” reminds Ryan Riley, co-founder of, in Los Angeles. “We brush our 50- and 70-pound pit bull mixes outside after play time and they love it.” “Carpets and pets are a challenging combination, especially when pets get older and accidents happen,” observes Amy Bell, an interior decorator at Red Chair Home Interiors, in Cary, North Carolina. “I recommend hard surface flooring, washable slipcovers for furniture and keeping lint brushes by the door.” All-natural, sustainably sourced area rugs or hall runners make it easier for dogs to get around on slick surfaces; be sure the backing can withstand wet accidents. “I use a hair-attracting dry mop to pick up fur on hard floors. It takes me 10 minutes a day to do 2,400 square feet; otherwise, I’d have tumbleweeds of hair blowing around. I use a Quick Vac every two days on area rugs,” says Joan Fradella, a Florida Supreme Court-certified family mediator in Lantana, Florida. A basset mix, vizla/ Rhodesian ridgeback and boxer/Labrador all shed hair in her house. Fradella also uses a water-soaked microfiber cleaning cloth to remove what she calls sniggle art (dog nose prints) on sliding glass doors. If a hairy cat balks at brushing, try a cat hair removal glove. Some are designed to massage and remove loose hair; others clean up furniture and fabrics. Stick with washable cat or dog bedding and use a removable cover for more frequent laundering. Warming temperatures due to climate change are fostering a rise in flea populations worldwide. Food-grade (not poolgrade) diatomaceous earth sprinkled on a pet’s bedding or the pet itself is safe; the silky powder adversely affects only creatures with hard outer skeletons. Some dogs grab a mouthful of food and join the family, trailing crumbs along the way. Instead, feed them in their crates where they feel at home, allowing 15 minutes to finish. For a dog that eats too fast and then sometimes

vomits, use a puzzle-designed feeder so it has to work to get to the food. Fradella uses food and water bowls with wide bottoms because they’re harder to overturn. Stainless steel, washed daily, is best. A waterproof mat with a raised lip helps contain mealtime spills. A static mat removes litter from a cat’s feet upon exiting the litter box. “Dogs can be trained to put away their toys,” advises Robinson. Cats, not so much. Birds are messy, producing floating bits of feathers and scattered seed. A mesh seed catcher will capture most of it; a dry mop gathers up the rest.

Bell suggests randomly sprinkling about 15 drops of lavender essential oil on a new air filter before installing it for a fresh scent throughout the house, and regularly changing filters. Multiple pets may necessitate more frequent filter replacements, which also reduces dander and related allergy symptoms. Simple routines and the right tools lead to a safe, healthy home. They also free us up from unnecessary chores to enjoy more time with our beloved pets. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelanceWriter@

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specialevent Nutritional Therapy Training Certification Program This 9-month course is part online and part in-person, and works with the students’ schedule. It includes 3 in-person workshop weekends. Workshop dates vary by city. Enrollment continues through Sept 12 for workshop courses that begin on Sept 19, while registration for the winter courses will commence Oct 10 until Feb 6, 2017, with classes starting Feb 13. Venues include: Ann Arbor, Boston, Denver, Sacramento, New York City, Phoenix, San Diego, Washington D.C. and more. For more information, including costs, registration & locations: 800-918-9798, or

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 1 Junfeng Li Healing of the Heart Sheng Zhen Medical Qi Gong – Sept 1-5. A method of selfhealing that involves a series of moving and nonmoving forms, all designed to remove negative energy or qi and gather positive healing energy. As the body softens, and negative emotions are released, one experiences a feeling of perfect harmony with the universe. Price varies. Eastover Estate and Retreat, 430 East St, Lenox. 866-2645139. Spiritual Connection – 7-8:30pm. Topic: Loving Service to Others. Love offering. 66 Marlborough St, Upstairs Sanctuary, Boston. 617-947-2743.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 3 Around the World in 80 Minutes – 10am-11pm. International scavenger hunt for all ages, dinner and live music by Michael Cleary Band. Food, music, pool, sandy pond, tennis and pickleball courts, hot tub, hiking trails and other facilities. Free first visit with coupon in Natural Awakenings. Solair Recreation League, Family Nudist Camp, 65 Ide Perrin Rd, Woodstock, CT. Prenatal Yoga Class – 11am-12:30pm. Relax, re-energize, revitalize. Gentle stretches to relieve tension. First session free. The Well Street Station, 62 Mt Auburn St, Watertown. 617-923-1440.

62 Mt Auburn St, Watertown. 617-923-1440.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 Natural Solutions for Executive Function Struggles and ADHD – 6:30-8:30pm. A drug-free approach to cognitive health. Dr. Ross discusses a researched and effective method for achieving brain wellness and executive function success. Emotional control, initiation, working memory, planning, organization and task completion are only a few areas that make up executive functioning. Free. Milton Public Library, 476 Canton Ave, Milton. 781-444-9115.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 Free Acupuncture Treatment First Time – Sept 8-10. 2-7pm. Free first-time patients at this affordable community clinic. Try the healing benefits of this ancient Chinese medicine. Relax, feel relief and deep resting. First visit free. Joy Community Acupuncture, 335 Boylston St, Ste J3, Newton. 617-510-0559.

reiki treatment by a team of practitioners. Reiki practitioners can volunteer at the clinics and receive a free treatment. $15/30 mins, free/practitioners. Arlington Reiki Associates, 366 Massachusetts Ave, Ste 304, Arlington. Pre-registration required: 617-835-9963. The Artist’s Way: An Introduction – 2-4pm. Join life and career coach Kim Childs to learn about reclaiming your dreams and desires via The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity. $18. The Arlington Center, 369 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington. 617-640-3813.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 EasYoga Plus Hand Yoga Mudras – 6-7:30pm. EasYoga stretches plus hand yoga mudras for better physical, mental and emotional health. Free. The Well Street Station, 62 Mt Auburn St, Watertown. 617-923-1440.

Spiritual Connection – 7-8:30pm. Topic: Service in the World. Love offering. 66 Marlborough St, Upstairs Sanctuary, Boston. 617-947-2743.

Lyme Disease Practitioner Training – 6:309:30pm. Tommy Priester teaches practitioners how to address Lyme disease and co-infections effectively and comprehensively. Learn protocols to ease suffering and return normal functioning. 6 sessions (see website for dates). Webinar available. $395. The Boston School of Herbal Studies, 4 Minebrook Rd, Lincoln. 781-646-6319.



Road to Wellness 5K – 7-11:30am. The start and finish of the walk/run has local organizations providing healthy snack samples, demos and health related opportunities. Chair massage provided by 4 Corners Yoga + Wellness. Free. The Dimock Health Center, 55 Dimock St, Roxbury. More info: Nia Workshop – 3-4:30pm. Nia with a world music twist, with Alice Heller. Nia is a somatic fitness movement practice that incorporates dance martial arts and healing arts set to music that helps facilitate being in the body. $20. Om Namo Center, 21 Belmont St, Cambridge. 617-620-7654.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 18th Annual 5K Run/Walk to Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer – 8am-12pm. A fun, family event drawing over 1,800 runners, walkers, ovarian cancer survivors and their loved ones. Pre-reg: $40/adult, $15/age 6-11; Day of: $45/ adult, $20/age 6-11. DCR’s Mothers’ Rest Area, Carson Beach, 125 William J Day Blvd, South Boston. 781-643-9800. Massachusetts. Reiki Clinic – 1:30-4:30pm. A community service project where clients can receive a half-hour

markyourcalendar Ground and Find Peace in Vermont Yoga Retreat Ground and find peace in Vermont during this 4-day, 4-night retreat in southern Vermont’s Green Mountains. Daily yoga and meditation classes, hiking, educational nature talks, selfcare healing techniques. Individual sessions and bodywork available. Organic, healthy meals and double occupancy lodging provided. 12-14 participants makes this an ideal size to deepen your yoga practice while rejuvenating your whole being. Retreat commences with dinner on Wed. and ends after brunch on Sun. Retreat coincides with autumn’s arrival.

Sept. 14, 4pm to Sept. 18, 2pm or Sept. 21, 4pm to Sept. 25, 2pm $1,095. Fox Meadow Retreat, 41 Bossert Rd, Wilmington, VT. For more info, Meredith Musick, LMT, E-RYT: 239-269-8846.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 Relax on Labor Day – 6-7:30pm. Gentle stretches, plus special breathing exercises, to relax and re-energize. Free. The Well Street Station,

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markyourcalendar Turning Straw into Gold: Skills for Harnessing Conflict In a world that seems to be more divided daily, how can we connect across differences and increase skills in turning conflict into creative solutions? Join Kit Miller, director of the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence, as she presents ways to find common ground.

Reiki Level 1 (Shoden) Training and Certification – 9am-6:30pm. Learn to care for yourself and others with reiki. 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 nurses and LMTs. $150. Brenner Reiki Healing, 324 Central St, Newton. 617-2448856.

$25. Unity on Cape Cod, 147 Walton Ave, Hyannis. 425-205-1692.

Paws at the Beach Pet Festival and Walk – 10am-2pm. Pet festival celebrating the reopening of the beach to dogs. Vendors, 1-mile beach walk, contests and more. Benefiting Cold Noses Foundation. Free. Craigville Beach, 990 Craigville Beach Rd, Centerville. 508-494-9303.

Path to Freedom: The Four Divine Abodes – 7-9pm. Why are love, compassion, joy and equanimity considered essential to liberation in Buddhism? How does a mind imbued with these qualities realize freedom? The venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi will discuss the four abodes that are common to all schools of Buddhism. $25. Newton South High School, 140 Brandeis Rd, Newton. 617-559-6999.

Boston Local Food Festival – 11am-5pm. Nation’s largest local and sustainable outdoor food festival that showcases farmers, local restaurants, food trucks, specialty food producers, fisher folks and organizations focusing on healthy food and fitness from New England. Also features lively chef and DIY demos, a seafood throwdown competition, diverse music, performances, family fun zone and more. Free. Rose F Kennedy Greenway, 191 W Atlantic Ave, Boston. 617-3950250.

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 Spiritual Connection – 7-8:30pm. Topic: A Light in the World. Love offering. 66 Marlborough St, Upstairs Sanctuary, Boston. 617-947-2743. Preparing for Cold and Flu Season Naturally – 7-9pm. Join Dr. Kimberly Roycroft to explore natural ways to combat the cold and flu. Call to reserve your spot. $25. Medicine in the Raw, 22 North St, Ste 2, Hingham. 781-534-9456.

Life Lift Workshop – 3-9pm. Free yourself of limiting beliefs and live in the joy of your limitless potential with the Life Lift Workshop. $250. 66 Marlborough St, Upstairs Sanctuary, Boston. 617947-2743.


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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 Life Lift Workshop – 10am-4pm. Free yourself of limiting beliefs and live in the joy of your limitless potential with the Life Lift Workshop. $250. 66 Marlborough St, Upstairs Sanctuary, Boston. 617947-2743. Sadhguru in Boston: Meet, Mingle and Meditate – 2-4pm. Bring joy into your life with the launch of Sadhguru’s latest book:  Inner Engineering: A Yogi’s Guide to Joy. Have your unanswered questions answered. $25-$300. Back Bay Events Center, 180 Berkeley St, Boston. 617396-4742. Zentangle Art and Yoga Workshop – 4-6pm. Zentangle is a very relaxing and fluid form of art that anyone can do. Yoga using Zen Koans will break down ego barriers. Refreshments included. $45. Reiki of Greater Boston, 160 School St, Ste 1-1, Waltham. 508-335-3814.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 Walk to Cure Arthritis Boston – 9am-1pm. The Arthritis Foundation’s signature event to raise funds to find a cure and support our fight against arthritis with life-changing information, advocacy, science and community. Free. DCR Artesani Park, 1255 Soliders Field Rd, Brighton. 617-762-2124.


Accompany shaman and vision-holder as Ohki shares healing and transformative teachings inviting to us to overcome our fears and wounds, integrate spiritual practice into our daily lives and deepen our paths to true consciousness and the totality within. Drum circles, seminars and private consultations.

Sept. 19 - Oct. 4 $65. Red Wind Medicine Circles, Littleton. 978-633-7388. EasYoga plus Traditional Aspects of Yoga – 6-7:30pm. EasYoga stretches plus principles of yoga: hatha, karma, bhakti, jnana, and raja. Free. The Well StreetStation, 62 Mt Auburn St, Watertown. 617-923-1440.

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

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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 Natural Solutions for Executive Function Struggles and ADHD – 7-9pm. A drug-free approach to cognitive health. Dr. Ross discusses a researched and effective method for achieving brain wellness and executive function success. Emotional control, initiation, working memory, planning, organization, and task completion are only a few areas that make up executive functioning. Free. Morrill Memorial Library, 33 Walpole St, Norwood. 781-444-9115. Turtle Wisdom – 7-9:30pm. Authentic introduction to Earth Wheel teachings by Native spiritual teacher Ohki Simine Forest. Discover how to release fears, shadows and heal old wounds on the path to true consciousness and totality. Suggested donation $25. Roudenbush Community Center, 65 Main St, Westford. 978-633-7388.


markyourcalendar The Power and Importance of the Gratitude Practice Learn how gratitude can and will change your life, amp up your manifestations and even keep you healthy and happy. Learn what the latest science is telling us about this powerful practice. Learn the secret to going very deeply and quickly into the zone, with your gratitude practice.

Thurs., Sept. 22 • 6:30-8:30pm $25. Unity on the River, 58 Macy St, Amesbury. 425-205-1692. Spiritual Connection – 7-8:30pm. Topic: Embracing Peace, Love, and Compassion in Service. Love offering. 66 Marlborough St, Upstairs Sanctuary, Boston. 617-947-2743. Meditation Class – 7-9:30pm. Learn the fundamentals of meditation with practical exercises and group discussions. Our 5-wek course is open to all. Additional meditation classes available. Free. Worcester House, 28 Worcester Ln, Waltham. 781647-0020.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 Radiant Lotus Women’s Qigong Personal Health Retreat – Sept 23-25. With Daisy Lee, a Level III Advanced Qigong Instructor and Clinical Practitioner. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, if a woman takes care of her health through the different seasons of her life, she will attain vibrant health and mature with grace, wisdom and vitality. Eastover Estate and Retreat Center, 430 East St, Lenox. 413-637-0625. For pricing:

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 Aromatherapy Certification – 10am-5pm. Learn how essential oils work to heal body, mind and spirit. Course addresses body systems, common ailments. Meets 4 Saturdays, Sept-Dec. See website for dates. $400 plus $50 materials fee. The Boston School of Herbal Studies, 12

Pelham Terrace, Arlington.


Introduction to Reiki Energy Healing – 11am12pm. Discover what reiki can do for your health and well-being or learn what it takes to become a practitioner. Free. North Shore Wild Wellness, 228 Central St, 3rd Fl, Saugus. 781-629-9659. Berlkee BeanTown Jazz Festival 2016 – 12-6pm. Local musicians, Berklee College students and faculty join superstars in stellar performances of jazz, Latin, blues and groove acts along with food, arts and crafts. Free and ticketed events. Columbus Ave between Burke St & Massachusetts Ave, Boston.

markyourcalendar Sweet Disease: What Sugar and Artificial Sweeteners Are Doing to Your Health Brian Clement, PhD, LN, director of the world-renowned Hippocrates Health Institute (HHI), in West Palm Beach, Florida, will present “Sweet Disease: What Sugar & Artificial Sweeteners are Doing to Your Health” followed by Q&A, plus a book-signing of his latest book of the same title. Find out which seemingly healthy foods may be increasing your risk for cancer and other degenerative diseases and what to eat instead to prevent sickness and to prolong life.

Sat., Sept. 24 • 7-9pm $10 in advance at or $15 at the door. First Parish Church, 50 Church St, Waltham. 781-899-6664.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 2016 Robert Peng Five-Day Qigong and Group Healing Event – Sept 25-30. 5-day intensive practice is designed to deepen the spiritual insightfulness of each student, in the same way Robert was trained privately, by his Master Xiao Yao, in China. Eastover Estate and Retreat, 430 East St, Lenox. 866-2645139. For pricing: Reiki Level 2 (Okuden) Training – 9am-6:30pm. Learn to practice with three symbols and mantras, as well as specific healing processes. Reiki Level 2 deepens one’s own self-practice and growth, as well as providing care for others with reiki. CEUs for nurses and LMTs. Prerequisite: Reiki Level 1 Training. Comprehensive Course Manual. Ongoing support in your practice. Re-sit at a reduced fee. $300. Brenner Reiki Healing, 324 Central St, Newton. 617-244-8856. Free Introduction to Reiki – 10am-12pm. An overview of reiki, an ancient hands-on healing method for reducing stress, relieving pain and facilitating healing and personal growth. Free. Arlington Reiki Associates, 366 Massachusetts Ave, Ste 304, Arlington. Pre-registration required: 781-648-9334.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 EasYoga Plus 7 Chakras/Energy Centers – 6-7:30pm. EasYoga stretches plus 7 chakras/

energy centers, visualizations and affirmations. Free. The Well Street Station, 62 Mt Auburn St, Watertown. 617-923-1440.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 Fertility Awareness Method Workshop – 6-9pm. Learn how to chart your fertility signs and use the information for conception and/or natural birth control. Both sessions are required. Partners are welcome. $150. The Democracy Center, 45 Mt Auburn St, Cambridge. 617-899-7624. Natural Solutions for Executive Function Struggles and ADHD – 7-9pm. A drug-free approach to cognitive health. Dr. Ross discusses a researched and effective method for achieving brain wellness and executive function success. Emotional control, initiation, working memory, planning, organization, and task completion are only a few areas that make up executive functioning. Free. Wellesley Free Library, 530 Washington St, Wellesley. 781-444-9115. Setting Boundaries to Prevent Burnout – 7-9pm. In this much-needed seminar, learn what a boundary is, discuss the most common contexts where people may need to set boundaries, and learn and practice the Boundary Tap technique for sealing energetic boundaries and clearing out unwanted negative energy. $40. Newton South High School, 140 Brandeis Rd, Newton Center. 781-444-6940. The Incredible Dr. You Workshop – 7:308:30pm. This first of two workshop breaks down the basics of Network Spinal Analysis, the method of chiropractic used at Newton Chiropractic. Get more out of your adjustments and enlighten yourself on just how incredible your body is at healing itself. Free. Newton Chiropractic & Wellness Centre, 383 Elliot St, Ste 250, Newton. RSVP: 617-964-3332.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 Spiritual Connection – 7-8:30pm. Topic: Revelation of Truth. Love offering. 66 Marlborough St., Upstairs Sanctuary, Boston. 617-947-2743.



savethedate Develop Expertise in Homeopathy The New England School of Homeopathy’s 10-Weekend Course offered in Amherst, MA meets Fri night, Sat & Sun every other month. Instructors are Amy Rothenberg, ND, and Paul Herscu, ND, MPH. “I can honestly say studying with NESH is the most important thing I have done in medicine, not homeopathy, but all of medicine. Your training has changed the way I practice. You have made me a much better doctor.” – Chris Chlebowski, ND, DC.

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savethedate Public Event: Transmission of Divine Light with Mirabai Devi Join Mirabai Devi for a magical evening filled with love, expansion of consciousness, sacred music and Transmission of Divine Light (Darshan). The Transmission of Divine Light awakens your true nature, accelerates the soul’s evolution, and transmutes karma. Music by kirtan musician, Tom Lena and Shakti Rowan. Additional events: Oct 14, Oct 16, Oct 29.

Sat., Oct. 1 • 6-10pm Donations greatly appreciated. Lesley University, Marran Theater, 34 Mellen St, Doble Campus, Cambridge. 76-216-1029.




Provincetown Inspiration Weekend

Open House and Free Family Wellness Festival

Third Annual Provincetown Inspiration Weekend. Fill your inner well, lift your spirits, and inspire your heart. Inspiration Weekend is an immersive connected experience using music, lyric, and spoken word for the purpose of personal and spiritual development. This year’s theme is surrendering to our inner wisdom and accepting that the highest and best guidance is within each of us.

Sept. 30, 7:30pm - Oct. 2, 1pm

Spend a beautiful fall day on your holistic health and wellness. Fun includes: Spa treatments, mini-medical services, seminars, dental tour, meet our practitioners, café samples, special offers, raffles, bounce house, farm animals, face painting and special vendors.

Sat., Oct. 8 • 11am-3pm

Free. Groton Wellness, 493 Main St, Mill Run Plaza, Groton. 978-449-9919. More info:

Register today, space limited. $30-$60/day pass, $100/full weekend. UU Meeting House, 236 Commercial St, Provincetown. More info & to register:

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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. QI-KAYAKING BEYOND FORM – Destress on the water and go where the breeze takes you in the Berkshires. With Greg DiLisio and Johnny Snyder. Various dates. 413-8543049. Register:

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daily Qunicy Market History Tour – 11am, daily; 6pm, Wed; 2pm, Sat. Learn about Qunicy 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 Building, Boston. 617-523-1300. The Emotional Detox – 8-9:30pm. Try a DIY approach to EFT. Teach yourself to tap. Leave behind anxiety and gain clarity and confidence when you tap along with pre-written scripts. $97. Virtual Ecourse. 270-592-0377.


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

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.

SPACE AVAILABLE TWO ROOMS/OFFICES FOR RENT – Approximately 200-square feet. Perfect for massage therapist. One with bathroom, one shared hallway bathroom. In Arlington center near bus access and parking in municipal lot. 781-648-9867.

WORKSHOP SPACE WANTED T R A D I T I O N A L N AT U R O PAT H / HERBALIST EDUCATOR – Seeks short-term/longer-term space, 3-5 day workshops, encompassing Sat/Sun + weekdays, 9am-5pm, Greater Boston area. Mary Light, ND, MH, LMT: 734-7697794,,


Free Sunday Tai Chi – Thru Sept 4. 9am. Open to all levels. Weather permitting, rain cancels. Free. Boston Common, across from the movie theater on Tremont St, Boston. 58-245-6397. More info: Free Community Reiki Circle – 9-11:30am. 1st Sun. Join reiki practitioners who share experiences and collectively create a sacred healing space. Learn about reiki and receive a reiki session. Open to all. Free. Northeast Reiki Center, 61 Nicholas Rd, Ste B2, Framingham. 508-808-5696. Perfect Voice as Spiritual Path and Tool for Emotional Healing – 9am-12:30pm. 4th Sun. Experience real vocal freedom by learning most important aspects of vocal technique on a foundation of spiritual grace and ego surrender. Guaranteed improvement for beginners and those with vocal problems. $60. 16 Magoun Ave, Medford. 857-9983677. 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.

monday Active Stretching for EveryBODY – 7:308:30am. Also Wed, 6:30-7:30pm & Thurs, 9:30am-10:30am. EveryBODY from elite athletes to couch potatoes is welcome. See “classes” on website. $12/drop-in, $100/10 classes with Budget Stretcher Card. STAR Tech Healing and Learning Center, 14 Nason St, Ste 202, Maynard. 978-8970110. Anxiety and Panic Support Group – 6:30pm. 1st Mon. People who have been through, or are going through, a similar circumstance can empathize

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with you and keep you from feeling alone. Free. Washington St, Newton. 617-849-3198. 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. Organic Macrobiotic Plant-Based Cooking Classes – Thru Nov. 6-9pm. 1st & 2nd Tues. Also 1st & 2nd Fri. Learn how to cook organic macrobiotic healing meals and enjoy a 5-course dinner with like-minded souls, recipes and handouts. Beautiful oceanfront setting kitchen to savor the flavors. $80. 25 Surfside Rd, Scituate. 781-626-0000. Register: 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. Pathworking with the Tarot and The Tree of Life – Thru Sept 20. 7-9pm. Tarot is a book of knowledge that maps out the powers of your consciousness. Unlock the power within you through the process of meditative pathworkings. $37/wk. Thought Alchemy’s Transformation Center, 161 Agricultural Ave, Rehoboth. 774-9910574.

wednesday 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 history and traditions of the famed musicians and conductors. Boston Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave, Boston. For available dates & times: 617-638-9390. 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.

Food Addicts in Recovery – 7-8:30pm. 12-step program for food addiction. There is a solution. Weekly meetings open to anyone. Free. Fidelity Place, 25 Medford St, Arlington. 617-610-3748. Open Meditation Evenings – 7-8:30pm. Come to meditate and take part in a discussion. Beginners and experienced meditators welcome. Instruction given to those who need it. Refreshments provided. Suggested donation $10. Advaita Meditation Center, 28 Worcester Ln, Waltham. 781-647-0020. Pathworking with The Tree of Life – Thru Oct 12. 7-9pm. Combine the power of hypnotic trance-journeying and the knowledge of the Tree of Life. Transform your faulty subconscious patterns and conscious thinking. $37/wk. Thought Alchemy’s Transformation Center, 161 Agricultural Ave, Rehoboth. 774-991-0574. Healing 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 Free Night at the ICA – 5-9pm. The Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave, Boston.

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. #TeamSimeon Pregnancy Loss Work Group – 5pm. 1st & 3rd Fri. A place for families who have lost a child at any stage of pregnancy or after pregnancy to talk, de-stress and release with other families that understand. Free. All Dorchester Sports League Building, 1565 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester. 617-407-5347. 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. Yoga, Wine and Chocolate – 5:30-7pm. An hour of yoga followed by complimentary yoga, wine and chocolate. $15. embodyFitness 18 Adams St, Burlington. 781-999-2503. Candlelight Yoga –7-8:30pm. Classic yoga. No experience required. Small classes. Individualized direction. No hot temperatures. First class free. Reiki of Greater Boston, 160 School St, Ste 1-1, Waltham. 508-335-3814. 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 Yoga at The Meeting Point – 9-10:30am. With Karuna O’Donnell, Med, Certified Forrest Yoga Teacher Level 3, E-RYT 500. Body positive, trauma informed, queer friendly, all levels, small group classes. $20. The Meeting Point, 3464 Washington St, Jamaica Plain. 617-435-1749. More info: or 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. Codman Square Farmers’ Market – Thru Oct. 10am-3pm. A market promoting healthy eating and providing a day full of fruits, veggies, resources, music and fun for community members. All vendors and organizations that feel that their service can benefit the community are welcome. Kid friendly. Free. Codman Commons, Corner of Talbot Ave & Washington St, Dorchester. 617-4075347. Neutrality Night with Stephen Dupre – Thru Sept 30. 8-9:30pm. 4th Sat. Have some fun and learn simple techniques to get neutral to experience real-time energy shifts. First 10 registrants will get issues addressed on the call. Free. Online seminar. 401-405-1669. Registration & more info:

SRR Thursday Night 4.06 Miler – 7:15-8:15pm. It may be raining. It may be hot or cold. The SRR Thursday night run will happen every week, no matter what. Free. Casey’s Bar, 171 Broadway, Somerville. The Healing Beyond Cancer Free Workshop – 7:30-9pm. 2nd Thurs. A diagnosis of cancer can unleash a flood of fear and anxiety. Discover how the interactions of beliefs and feelings have profound effects on your health. You will shift from dis-ease to ease. Free. Roots and Wings Healing Arts, 317 N Main St, Natick. 978-3697733. Observatory Night – 7:30-9:30pm. 3rd Thurs. A non-technical lecture and telescopic observing from the observatory roof if weather permits. Free. Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, 60 Garden St, Cambridge. 617-495-7461. CFA.

friday Belmont Youth Running Club – 7-7:30am. The Belmont Youth Running Club promotes fitness and all levels of ability are welcome. Kids ages 8 yrs and up show a passion for running while learning about setting goals. Free. Belmont Reservoir, Ayson Rd & Oakley St, Belmont. 617-438-4467. 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

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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 26.



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ADVANCED NEUROTHERAPY, PC Jolene Ross, PhD 781-444-9115

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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.

WELLING COACHING Karen Welling 617-623-3703

Coaching for artists, athletes, and everyone else with Karen Welling, musician and former competitive athlete. Together we’ll bolster your strengths and eliminate obstacles. Free initial consultation. See ad, page 32.

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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 20.


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 17.


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 12.



Judith A. Swack PhD Needham MA 781.444.6940

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 pampering and detoxifying Therapeutic 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, Integrative Chiropractic, Acupuncture and many other Holistic Therapies to treat patients from head-to-toe. We have enormous success treating chronic health issues such as Lyme disease, cancer, diabetes, hormonal imbalance, mold, internal toxicity and more. See ad, page 2.

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

Healing from the Body Level Up (HBLU™) is a uniquely powerful mind/body/spirit healing methodology that creates rapid, lasting core-level change—even when other therapies have failed—by simultaneously clearing mental, emotional, physical and spiritual blocks to happiness, health and success. 15-min free consultation. Professional training available. See ad, page 11.


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 6.

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

Personalized, comprehensive consultations with experienced herbalists. Whether it’s the flu or a chronic illness, or simply to build greater vitality, herbal medicine can help. See ad, page 27.


Darlene-Marie Slagle Divine Methods in Spirituality promotes the mind-body connection through energy healing, using the Melchizedek Method, Usui Reiki and the EFT technique.

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 24.

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Rose Siple, Certified Hypnotherapist 774-991-0574 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 19.


Functional medicine practice offering Telemedicine appointments in addition to in-office appointments. In addition, services include reiki, nutritional counseling, allergy testing and treatment for all ages. See ad on page 21.



Alison Shaw APRN, LMT, CEH 109 Massachusetts Ave Lexington, MA 02420 781-646-0686 An innovative blend of body-centered counseling, integrative bodywork and energy medicine to uncover and release body-mind patterns that limit your life and health. See ad, page 39.

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 mindbody psychotherapy, stress management, and nutritional services, and strives for the balance of mental, physical, social and spiritual well-being.




Over 35 years as an alternative health practitioner and neuromuscular therapist. Helps clients identify and eliminate chronic and acute pain, digestive disorders, Lyme and myriad other health disorders.

Margo Roman, DVM 72 W Main St, Hopkinton, MA 01748 508-435-4077

A full-service integrative veterinary clinic offering caring and healthful options and mod- alities like acupuncture, functional nutrition, homeopathy, chiropractic, herbs, ozone therapy, surgery and dentistry. See ad, page 33.


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



Winchester Natural Health Associates 10 Converse Pl, Winchester, MA 01890 781-721-4585 Naturopathic Medicine since 2006. Dr. Layton provides safe, effective, complementary and alternative natural therapies to achieve vibrant health for people of all ages.


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 17.


222 Newbury St, 3rd Fl, Boston 617-459-7474 I love being a hairdresser. Proudly working with Eufora products containing certified organic ingredients. Cruelty free, people and planet-friendly for a more beautiful tomorrow.


Perfect your singing voice as spiritual path and for emotional healing. Barry studied with Judy Oas, world-famous teacher written up in Opera News for her miraculous results restoring damaged voices, by teaching detailed technique on foundation of spiritual grace/surrender. Free introductory lesson.

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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.

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.


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


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 25.


Ali Bourgault 978-850-4164 Massage, organic hair salon, Himalayan salt saunas, siddha kundalini healings, meditation, yoga, workshop, coaching, readings, metaphysical retail and more.


325 Broadway, Arlington MA 02474 781-648-9642 1773 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge MA 02140 617-354-9642 235 Harvard Ave, Brookline, MA 02446 617-264-4851 A Holistic Health Center which incorporates yoga, meditation, tai chi, energy work and workshops for spiritual growth. Body, mind and spirit training for all levels. See ad, page 11.


Certified Alexander Technique Teacher; Certified Thai Yoga Therapist 33A Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02445 617-359-7841


Your yoga can release or create tension depending on the quality of your daily movements. Learn to let your postural mechanism work for you and notice excess body tension ease away on-and-off the mat.

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Natural Awakenings Boston September 2016  

Natural Awakenings Magazine is Boston's healthy living magazine. In each issue, readers find cutting-edge information on natural health, nu...

Natural Awakenings Boston September 2016  

Natural Awakenings Magazine is Boston's healthy living magazine. In each issue, readers find cutting-edge information on natural health, nu...