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ears ago, people that cared about the environment were called hippies; today, it’s hip to embrace a lifestyle that focuses on sustainable practices and taking care of the planet. Most states now have rebate programs to encourage everyone to use less energy. Plus grocery store aisles stock scores of products claiming to be better for the environment. But the principle of “buyer beware” applies here as everywhere: A growing number of pioneering companies are making good strides toward sustainable practices. But more are spending a lot of money to make themselves appear to be “green” in the public eye when they aren’t even close and are, in fact, flagrantly denigrating the environment. It’s a practice called greenwashing. Because the leading challenges of climate change explored in Christine MacDonald’s feature article are too important to us to allow ourselves to be distracted by lies, it’s vital that we learn how to recognize greenwashing. A good rule of thumb is when a business or organization spends more time and money claiming to be green through advertising and marketing than actually implementing business practices that minimize environmental impact. A classic example is an energy company that loudly touts a sustainable energy technology they’re working on but that represents only a sliver of its notso-green business. This sometimes occurs on the heels of an oil spill or plant explosion. Or a hotel chain may promote itself as eco-friendly because it allows guests to choose to sleep on the same sheets for a few days and reuse towels, but does little to save water and energy use on its grounds, with appliances and lighting, in the kitchens and with its vehicle fleet. While we applaud every baby step, it’s time to get serious in big ways. GreenWashingIndex.com is a great resource to visit to become betterinformed and see how to easily recognize greenwashing in media campaigns. Avoiding culprits is one way we can help support real environmental change. Buying food locally is another way to benefit the environment. Wellmanaged farms provide ecosystem services: They conserve fertile soil, protect water sources and foster plantings that sequester carbon from the atmosphere. Their farm environment is a patchwork of fields, meadows, woods, ponds and buildings that provide community wildlife habitat. In choosing local products, we cut down on the consumption of packaging materials, transportation fuel and long-distance refrigeration. Many small-scale, local farms focus on sustainable practices, such as minimized pesticide use, no-till agriculture and composting, few food-miles to consumers and light to no packaging for their farm products—all positives for the environment. Don’t miss the fourth Annual Boston Local Food Festival on Sunday, October 6 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. This annual event presented by the Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts (SBNMass.org) transforms our Greenway and the city of Boston into the nation’s largest local and sustainable food hub (details on page 8). It’s nutritious and fun. As always, thank you for supporting our advertisers; their participation allows us to bring you this free healthy living, healthy planet magazine each month. We are grateful. Enjoy the foliage!

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newsbriefs Wilderness Weekend Connects People to Their Personal Horsepower



Medana Gabbard Paintings that tell a story of simpler times in bygone days aptly describes the work of artist Medana Gabbard. This self-taught American folk art painter relies primarily on oils and acrylics and fondly speaks of her cover image, Andrew: “It’s a proud, early morning rooster I named after my father-in-law, posing with bright autumn pumpkins.” The opportunity to tell a story is what she enjoys most about the artistic process. Her penchant for vibrant color in general, and the large orange winter squash in particular, is evident. “I put pumpkins in almost every one of my paintings,” she says. Gabbard’s inspiration comes from all folk artists, past and present. She was greatly influenced by her father, Edward Galda, and brother, Ed Galda, both of whom she deems accomplished artists. “In such a family,” she notes, “my favorite childhood Christmas gifts were always coloring books and crayons.” The artist was raised in the desert of Arizona and now splits her time between her home studio there and her studio-gallery in Brandon, Vermont. The Vermont landscape and simple way of life she enjoys there is another popular theme in her art. “People are surprised when they learn I’m not a Vermont native,” she says. View the artist’s portfolio at MedanaGabbard.com. 6

ife Coach Brian Reid, founder of Horses Know The Way Home, presents a weekend wilderness workshop designed to connect people to their personal “horsepower” and move them toward what matters. The event takes place from October 25 to 27, at the University of Rhode Island’s W. Alton Jones Campus, in West Greenwich, Rhode Island. Throughout the workshop, Reid, his horse Brenda Lee and guest teachers will guide participants through personal development and self-improvement principles in the midst of wooded trails. Yoga classes are also included. “It’s an out-of-the-box weekend that will open a window into the natural laws we all live by,” says Reid. “We’ll learn how to play with nature’s fundamental principles to grow in life and create happiness.” This month Reid is also celebrating the publication of his new book, Horses Know The Way Home Inspirational Whisperings, a collection of illustrated and inspirational short stories and poems that is available at Amazon.com. Horses Know The Way Home is an international personal development program that facilitates growth and movement in people by applying the natural laws communicated by horses. Discounts available for Natural Awakenings readers (see ad on page 3 for details on how to obtain discounts). All-inclusive fee includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and two nights’ accommodations. Location: University of Rhode Island, W. Alton Jones Campus, 401 Victory Hwy., W. Greenwich, RI. For details and registration information, call 401-402-0819 or visit HorsesKnowTheWayHome.com/retreat. See ad, page 3, and Resource Guide, page 44.

Open Studios Event for Health and Wellness in Brookline Village


ellness in the Village hosts the Quest for Wellness, an opportunity for people to meet and greet the health and wellness practitioners and teachers of Brookline Village, from 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday, October 6. Presented in an open studios format, practitioners will welcome visitors to the Brookline Village and invite people to learn about their various styles, modalities and approaches. “Wellness in the Village is a grassroots organization with the goal of acquainting people with the depth and diversity of health and wellness practitioners and teachers in Brookline Village,” says co-founder Benjamin Kelley, director of the Boston School of Boabom. “It really is a special community, with great energy and an incredible group of highly skilled people practicing here.” The Quest for Wellness will showcase body workers, acupuncturists, chiropractors and fitness facilities as well as teachers of Boabom, t’ai chi, yoga and healthy eating. The free event also features prizes, family activities and sidewalk sales at local shops before closing at 4 p.m. with a raffle drawing and free concert at the Boston School of Boabom. Maps will be available to guide visitors on the quest. Cost: Free. Location: Brookline Village. For more information, call 617-480-8237 or visit VillageWell.net.

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newsbriefs Green Solutions EXPO at Newton Harvest Fair This Year


he Newton/Needham Chamber of Commerce presents a Green Solutions Expo from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, October 20, at Newton Centre. This free event brings 50 green products and services exhibits to the area and coincides with the Newton Harvest Fair. Visitors to the expo will learn how to reduce their carbon footprint and explore options for solar electricity and solar hot water that are supported by state and federal rebates and incentives. “At a time when the environment is threatened by global warming, many solutions have been proposed that will save homeowners and businesses money,” says Peter Smith, chair of the chamber’s environment committee. “Many of these solutions also make our buildings healthier and more comfortable.” Electric and hybrid vehicles will be on display at the event, which features continuous entertainment, food and games for kids. Tips on living a green lifestyle will be offered, along with green products, services and ideas. “We invite people to come and see how far hybrid cars can go before they have to switch to gasoline and find out how to convert to solar electricity and reduce electric bills without spending thousands,” says Smith. “In some cases, solar panels can be installed at no cost to the homeowner.” Location: Newton Centre parking lot, Newton Centre Green (Beacon St. and Centre St.), Newton. For more information, call 617-233-6071 or visit NNChamber.com.

Workshop on Living and Leading Through Body and Voice


aitlin Green, MEd, and Jason Jedrusiak, RYT, of SeekExploreCreate, will present a two-hour workshop on using voice, movement and breathing techniques to bring more empowerment and relaxation to everyday life. Authentic Presence and Full-Bodied Expression takes place from 3 to 5 p.m., Saturday, October 26, at the new Art, Mind, Body Studio, in East Cambridge. “The workshop will help to reinforce our message, ‘Plant your feet where you are, connect with your energy and effectively express your best,’” says Green. “Jason and I are both educators, performers and directors of theater as well Caitlin Green, MEd as yoga instructors.” Green and Jedrusiak will lead participants through a variety of restorative stretches and easy-to-follow theater activities to help develop more effective and authentic expression using the whole body. “One of our mentors, Keith Johnstone, states that improvisation and theater are relevant to selfconfidence, self-exploration and the ability to relax,” says Green. “We’ve designed this offering for both those looking to be more effective leaders and those who simply want to be more expressive and creative with their body, voice and mind in daily life.” Cost: $20 suggested donation. Location: Art, Mind, Body Studio, 580 Cambridge St., Cambridge. For more information, call 617-869-1551 or visit CaitlinGreen.net. See Resource Guide, page 46. natural awakenings

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newsbriefs Boston Local Food Festival Returns to the Rose Kennedy Greenway


he Boston Local Food Festival (BLFF) returns to the Rose Kennedy Greenway from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, October 6. The event connects thousands of “foodies” with more than 100 local food producers, including farmers, restaurants, food trucks and fishermen. “It’s an opportunity for people to learn from their community growers and producers while supporting and enjoying delicious local food,” says Jacqueline Conese, marketing manager of the Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts, which sponsors the event. “We hope people will bring their reusable bags and loosened belts to the festival and join the fun.” Vendors such as Mei Mei Street Kitchen, Red Fire Farm and Ula Cafe join this year’s festival, which includes a Fish Stock Zone with a Seafood Throwdown chef competition, do-it-yourself demos, a crop share, a family fun zone and two stages featuring local musicians. “BLFF also prides itself in being a zero waste event, meaning that 91 percent of its waste is diverted from the landfill and 100 percent of its energy use is offset,” says Conese. “Visitors are also encouraged to bring reusable water bottles, and all food for sale will be priced at $6 or less.” Debuting at the festival this year is Locally, a new home delivery service for local food. For more information, visit Locally.co. Cost: Free. Location: Rose F. Kennedy Greenway, Atlantic Ave. and Milk St., Boston (Aquarium T-stop). For more information, call 617-395-7680 or visit BostonLocalFood.org.

Weekend Workshop on Treating Lyme Disease with Flower Essences


he CommonWealth Center for Herbal Medicine, in Brookline, presents a weekend intensive workshop on using flower essences to treat Lyme disease from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., November 16 and 17. The workshop is led by David Dalton, author of Stars of the Meadow and founder and director of Delta Gardens, a flower essences treatment, research and training company. “We are thrilled to have David here for this two-day workshop,” says CommonWealth Center Director Katja Swift. “Based on decades of work in his busy New Hampshire practice, David will reference more than 50 successful case studies of using flower essences as a powerful tool for anyone suffering from chronic Lyme, as well as those looking to prevent the disease.” Day one of the workshop includes a presentation on the history and background of Dalton’s protocol, with case studies and a live demonstration. Day two gives participants an opportunity to practice the techniques and see the results for themselves. To learn more about Dalton’s work, visit DeltaGardens.com. Cost: $250. Location: CommonWealth Center for Herbal Medicine, 25 St. Mary’s Ct., Brookline. For more information, call 617-750-5274 or visit CommonWealthHerbs.com. See ad, page 25, and Resource Guide, page 45. 8

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newsbriefs New Expanded Facilities for Newton Chiropractic and Wellness Centre


fter more than 20 years of serving the local community on Route 9, Newton Chiropractic and Wellness Centre has moved to the serene and historic setting of Echo Bridge Office Park located at 383 Eliot Street, Suite 250, in Newton Upper Falls. Owner Dr. Julie Burke says the decision to move reflects an expanded vision. “We wanted a calmer environment and additional space for our wellness programs and community education activities,” says Burke. “We look forward to sharing our knowledge with new neighbors and old friends alike and to create even more excitement around living the wellness lifestyle.” Newton Chiropractic and Wellness Centre offers chiropractic and massage services as well as wellness coaching. The new, expanded facilities will include a HydroMassage bed, an ionic detox footbath room and a wellness coaching space that will also feature weekly health lectures, workshops and community health screenings. “Wellness coaching has become very popular, and we wanted to have room to expand these services to include weight management, nutritional and detox guidance and exercise support,” says Burke. A grand opening celebration planned for November will include free antioxidant scans, drawings to win free massages, product samples, refreshments and tours of the new facility. For more information, call 617-964-3332 or visit WellAdjusted.com. See ad, page 25, and Resource Guide, page 44.

Free Workshop on Nutritional Energy Testing in Cambridge


ristine Jelstrup, LMT, CBK, presents a free workshop on the Morphogentic Field Technique (MFT) from 7 to 9 p.m., Thursday, October 17, at Central Square Health and Wellness, in Cambridge. The workshop covers nutritional and environmental concerns and features a demonstration of MFT nutritional energy testing. “I’ll be teaching people how to use this form of nutritional energy assessment to discover which foods can enhance their personal well-being,” says Jelstrup. “Our bodies are designed for long and vibrant lives, but eating too much of the wrong foods or foods with no nutritional value compromises our health.” Jelstrup says that MFT uses applied kinesiology, or muscle testing, to determine nutritional needs and toxin levels in the body. “It’s a powerful tool for getting to the root causes of chemical imbalances and identifying what nourishes our bodies and what harms them,” she says. “This leads to greater energy and improved health.” All who attend the workshop will receive a coupon for 50 percent off their first private consultation with Jelstrup. Location: Central Square Health and Wellness, 126 Prospect St., Ste. 5, Cambridge. For more information or to register, call 617-833-3407, email Kristine@CentralSquareHealthAndWellness.com or visit CentralSquareHealthAndWellness.com. See ad, page 31, and Resource Guide, page 43. 10

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ertified Achievement Coach Leigh Doherty, co-founder of Designed Alliance, presents a workshop to visually explore life balance from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, October 19, at Saint Sava Church, in North Cambridge. The Wheel of Life Workshop will guide participants in reviewing life balance to identify areas of satisfaction and areas that may deserve more attention. “Pausing to take a bird’s eye view of life allows you to consider each area of your life and assess whether there’s a lack of balance,” says Doherty. “The Wheel of Life is a visual depiction of life as it is now, compared with how you would like it to be. Participants will leave with an action plan for making the changes they wish to make in their lives.” Active participation is essential in this interactive workshop, says Doherty, who will offer a free, follow-up coaching session to all attendees. “Time and time again, even the most self-aware people see things mapped out on a wheel of life in a way that brings home new information that’s vital to readjusting one’s life for the best balance,” she says. “It’s easy to go around with more weighted attention on one area and extreme deficits in other areas. This workshop can help remedy that imbalance.” Cost: $25. Location: Saint Sava Church, 41 Alewife Brook Pkwy., Cambridge. For more information or to register, call 617-764-6268, email Leigh@DesignedAlliance.com or visit DesignedAlliance.com. See ad, page 29, and Resource Guide, page 44. natural awakenings

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newsbriefs A Day to Feel Good at the Health and Wellness Show in Randolph


vent coordinator Walter Perlman presents the annual Health and Wellness Show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, October 6, at The Lantana, in Randolph. The day offers visitors a chance to learn about the latest health and wellness practices and meet local practitioners. “The Health and Wellness Show is an opportunity for people to sample or buy products, talk to professionals, get health screenings and make appointments with wellness practitioners,” says Perlman. “We’re lucky to have more than 50 local professionals joining us.” Visitors to the Health and Wellness Show can learn about acupuncture, allergy treatments, audiology, massage, chiropractic, colon therapy, diabetes prevention, lasik surgery, nutrition, skin care and weight loss. They’ll also meet representatives from health clubs and holistic pharmacies and manufacturers of vitamins, supplements, lactose-free products and supportive footwear. Cost: $5 on day of event, or free by registering at HealthAndWellnessShow.net. Location: The Lantana, 43 Scanlon Dr., Randolph. For more information, call 508460-6656 or visit HealthAndWellnessShow.net.

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Koko FitClub of Brookline and West Roxbury Launch 90-Day Challenge


oko FitClubs in Brookline and West Roxbury are participating in the national “Commit to Fit: 90 Days of Koko Challenge” through November 30. Since September 1, the clubs have been hosting a series of health-focused activities designed to educate, encourage and support Koko’s members and their communities in efforts to live more fit lives. Koko FitClub is the first digital gym to combine exercise science, leading-edge technology and research data to prescribe fitness and nutrition programs for its members. “At Koko, we strive to help our members lead a fitness life,” says Lana Lemeshov, owner of the Brookline and West Roxbury clubs. “This means getting appropriate exercise, actively enjoying the world around us and doing our part to prevent the lifestyle diseases that are impacting our communities. Together we can move the needle toward a healthier, happier nation.” Each month, the Commit to Fit challenge focuses on a specific theme chosen to demonstrate the benefits of fitness for the health and well-being of club members and their communities. October’s focus is on the lifelong benefits of living a fitness life, while November focuses on lifestyle disease prevention. Location: Koko FitClub, 39 Harvard St., in Brookline Village; and 77 Spring St. (Shaws Plaza), in West Roxbury. For more information and to register for the challenge, call 617-566-5656 (Brookline) or 617-325-4800 (West Roxbury) or visit KokoFitClub.com. See ad, page 7, and Resource Guide, page 45.


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newsbriefs Immersion Program in Conflict Resolution


ediate Your Life (MYL), a personal development company, is now offering CEUs for its three, 33-hour immersion training programs in conflict resolution. The revised curriculum also allows participants to take the trainings in any order. The first program, Resolving Internal Conflicts, takes place October 24 to 28. “This is an opportunity for coaches, managers, counselors, therapists, ministers, mediators and any one else with an interest in peacemaking,” says MYL’s John Kinyon. “It’s for anyone who uses conflict resolution in their work or would like to start.” Participants can receive social work CEUs for the 33 hours of training. Kinyon, who initiated the new curriculum in MYL’s West Coast Immersion Program, says he is happy that the same flexibility will now be available on the East Coast. “Many people who find out about our method are eager to begin working with us right away,” he says. “We like the fact that we’re meeting people’s needs and helping them become the peacemakers they want to be.” The East Coast Immersion Program is led by Kinyon and Ike Lasater, who are renowned for their contributions to nonviolent communication and conflict resolution efforts. Their new book, Choosing Peace: New Ways to Communicate to Reduce Stress, Create Connection, and Resolve Conflict will be available through Amazon.com this fall. For more information, visit MediateYourLife.com/mediate yourlifebookseries.

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kudos For nearly 20 years, the Roxbury Technology Corporation has carried out a mission to create jobs and build the local community while making top-quality, Earth-friendly products. The company, which recycles and remanufactures toner cartridges for such businesses as Staples, welcomes local clients who wish to use their products and services. Roxbury Technology pick ups and refurbishes used toner cartridges from area businesses in order to make printing more sustainable and continue creating jobs for Boston residents. Recently, Roxbury Technology moved to a new facility in Hyde Park, deliberately choosing a location that was accessible by the commuter rail in order to maintain a connection to the inner city community in which it began. The company has been recognized by the city of Boston, the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City, Inc. magazine and other organizations and publications for its success and inspiring mission. For more information, visit RoxburyTechnology.com. For the 30th year in a row, the Wellesley Natural Resources Commission (NRC) and Department of Public Works (DPW) have been honored with a Tree City USA Award, recognizing their proactive public tree management program. The Wellesley NRC and DPW preserve and protect more than 10,000 town-owned trees.  Tree City USA awards are sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Urban Forestry Program and the National Arbor Day foundation. Honored municipalities must meet four criteria, which include establishing a tree care department, spending at least $2 per capita annually on urban forestry and enforcing laws that protect public trees. “This award is a testament to the Wellesley’s long tradition of valuing trees and open spaces, says NRC Executive Director, Janet Hartke Bowser. “We are honored to once again be its recipient.” For more information, visit Wellesleyma.gov.


October is National Spinal Health Month

A healthy spine is more than the basis of good posture—it is a harbinger of sound emotional and physical health, according to practitioners of holistic chiropractic care. Those seeking relief from back pain and other common spinerelated conditions might do well to exchange pain-masking drugs for more lasting relief from professional adjustments. All chiropractic can be considered alternative medicine, because practitioners do not prescribe drugs or surgery. Instead, these doctors rely on manual therapies such as spinal manipulation to improve function and provide pain relief for conditions ranging from simple sprains and strains to herniated discs and sciatica. Yet, holistic chiropractors go beyond treatment of structural problems, like a misaligned spine, to address root causes. Dr. Julie Burke, a Newton chiropractor who has been practicing holistic methods for over 20 years, points out that “Back and neck pain and a host of other common complaints are related not just to physical stress, but emotional, mental and chemical stressors as well. A holistic practitioner will work to get at the root of the problem, helping the body to better manage stress, in addition to assisting the patient to make lifestyle changes that will help prevent or reduce future stress.” Holistic chiropractors typically can suggest complementary measures such as massage, yoga, naturopathy or physical therapy for a more integrated and comprehensive treatment approach. Beyond adjusting the spine, they may also prescribe adjustments to diet, exercise and other lifestyle elements, depending on their understanding of an individual’s optimum path to wellness. Before placing one’s care in someone else’s hands, ask for credentials and seek out reviews from former patients. Good health—and a happy spine—begin with an educated and empowered patient. ChiroHealthy.com includes a database of licensed chiropractors, searchable by zip code.


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globalbriefs Freebie Fruit

Online Mapping Points the Way Falling Fruit (FallingFruit.org), created by Caleb Philips, co-founder of Boulder Food Rescue, and Ethan Welty, a photographer and geographer based in Boulder, Colorado, uses a map to cite locations of fruits and vegetables that are free to forage around the world. It looks like a Google map, with reported locations marked with dots. Zoom in and click on one to find a description of what tree or bush is there. The description often includes information about the best season to pluck plant fruits, the quality and yield, a link to the species’ profile on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s website and additional advice on accessing the spot. Welty compiled most of the half-million or so locations from various municipal databases, local foraging organizations and urban gardening groups. Additionally, the map is open for Wikipedia-style public editing. He says, “Falling Fruit pinpoints all sorts of tasty trees in public parks, lining city streets and even hanging over fences from the UK to New Zealand.” It also lists beehives, public water wells and even dumpsters with excess food waste.


GMOs Threaten Wheat Exports America lags behind the world in limiting, banning or even labeling genetically modified (GE, GM or GMO) crops, and now Japan has suspended some imports from the United States because of the discovery of unapproved GM wheat in Oregon. The European Union is weighing similar action. Serious economic implications stem from the fact that many countries will not accept imports of genetically modified foods, and the U.S. exports about half of its annual wheat crop. The Washington Post reports the presence of GMO wheat on an 80-acre field in Oregon as a mystery. Monsanto tested a similar strain in Oregon between 1994 and 2005, but the product was never approved for commercial use. The strain was identified in the state when a farmer tried clearing a field using Monsanto’s herbicide and discovered that the wheat could not be killed. Blake Rowe, CEO of the Oregon Wheat Commission, says that reductions in Northwest wheat sales would affect farmers in Idaho and Washington as well as Oregon, because the wheat is blended together. Oregon sold $492 million of wheat in 2011; 90 percent of it went overseas. natural awakenings

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globalbriefs Eco-Power Tower

Fossil-Fuel Freedom

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Meet the World’s Greenest Office Building

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Even on cloudy days, the photovoltaic-paneled roof of the Bullitt Center, in Seattle, Washington, generates all the electricity the six-story structure requires. Inside, commercial office space is equipped with composting toilets, rainwater showers and a glass-enclosed stairway to encourage climbing exercise over riding the elevator. The Bullitt Foundation, founded in 1952, has focused since the 1990s on helping cities function more like ecosystems. Seattle’s new building not only provides space for eco-conscious tenants, but also functions as a learning center, demonstrating how people and businesses can coexist more in harmony with nature. The Bullitt Center was constructed according to a demanding green building certification program called the Living Building Challenge, which lists zero net use of energy and water among its many requirements. The standards far surpass those of the better-known Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. Founder Jason McLennan says the challenge is to encourage others to build more enjoyable, sustainable and affordable structures around the world. Source: Yes! magazine

Course Correction

Climate Science Curriculum Update Millions of young Americans are beginning to learn about climate change and associated science in the classroom. Next Generation Science Standards (NextGenScience.org), which have been adopted by 26 states and are under consideration by 15 more, teach how and why fossil fuel emissions are a causal factor in overheating the world. The previous federal science teaching standards, published in 1996, avoided the issues of evolution and climate change. Scientists and educators jointly developed the new standards with states’ input to help students distinguish between scientific fact, religious beliefs and political opinion. Source: InsideClimateNews.org

Garbage Galore

A Swirling Southern Patch of Plastic Trash The Great Pacific Garbage Patch and North Atlantic Garbage Patch have already been well documented, and the trashy family is growing. The South Pacific Gyre is an accumulation zone of plastic pollution floating off the coast of Chile. Scientists at the 5 Gyres Institute, which tracks plastic pollution in swirling subtropical gyres (vortices), discovered this latest mass of plastic by examining ocean currents. A new study published in the journal Marine Pollution Bulletin marks the first documentation of a defined oceanic garbage patch in the Southern Hemisphere, where sparse research on marine plastic pollution previously existed. View a map and find more information at 5Gyres.org. 16

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A new study lays out how New York State’s entire demand for end-use power could be provided by wind (50 percent), solar (38 percent) and geothermal (5 percent), plus wave and tidal energy sources. This ambitious goal could be achieved by 2050, when all conventional fossil fuel generation would be completely phased out. The plan also generates a large net increase in jobs. Mark Jacobson, a co-author of the study and professor of civil and environmental engineering at California’s Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, analyzes how energy technologies impact the atmosphere and how society can transition rapidly to clean and renewable energy sources if we integrate production and energy use in a systems perspective. Robert Howarth, Ph.D., the senior co-author and a professor of ecology and environmental biology at Cornell University, in New York, has been tackling climate change and its consequences since the 1970s. He says, “Many pundits tell us that solar, wind, etc., are great conceptually, but that it will take many decades to start to make these technologies economically feasible.” However, “New York is one of the larger economies in the world, and New York City is the most energyefficient city in the U.S.”



t 16, Raven Sadhaka Seltzer suffered an injury that left her with a herniated disc in her lower back. Seltzer began to practice yoga, which gave her some relief from chronic pain, until another injury in the same area led to a diagnosis of spondylolisthesis, a condition in which vertebrae slip out of their proper position. Seeking to avoid surgery, Seltzer developed her own healing program from such methods as yoga therapy, Reiki and Ayurveda. Today she helps others as an integrative yoga therapist, wellness consultant and author of the new book, Back to Balance: Heal Your Spine, Heal Your Life. Seltzer spoke with Natural Awakenings about the methods detailed in her book. How did you develop the program that you teach and write about in the book? I started with my own Kripalu yoga training and added other methods from my training in massage therapy, positional therapy, Reiki and Ayurveda to create a routine for myself. Once the pain was gone I could begin strengthening and healing my spine. The program has worked so well for myself and others that I created the book, which allows me to “go home” with clients and students who want to know what they can do on their own to keep healing. Who is the book for? It’s for those with chronic pain in the low back or neck, the two areas for which spinal fusion surgery is recommended. While surgery may be unavoidable in some cases, the book can help those seeking alternatives to surgery or ways to relieve chronic back or neck pain. Also, some people use this book after spinal fusion surgery to deal with immobility issues and arthritis. Can you describe the Back to Balance program? It features stretching, strengthening, restorative poses, movements and breathing techniques, and the methods take about 10 minutes in the morning or evening to get the best results and relief. There are photos at the end of each chapter illustrating the poses, and I include ergonomic guides and charts that

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people can use to track progress. I also give lifestyle tips about things like diet, sleep habits and sleep surfaces, because it’s typically not just one thing that keeps the spine in a chronic situation. The 30 chapters offer something for each day, and conventional wisdom says that it takes 30 days to get a habit going. I hope my readers will continue with the parts of the program that work for them. What if someone is in too much pain to exercise? The first few chapters are about reducing pain, which sometimes requires medication or natural supplements like bromelain to reduce inflammation. I include poses to alleviate pain, which is created by compression on the nerves. If you can reduce the compression through gentle breathing, gentle motion and restorative poses, it can be very helpful. Later, we can begin to gently strengthen, stretch and add in the other lifestyle elements. How have these methods helped your clients? One young man in my corporate yoga classes sought me out for private sessions after suffering with chronic back pain for a decade. He took in the wisdom and followed the methods while taking my yoga classes and making more

conscious lifestyle choices. After a few months, he felt better and told me that he never would have thought it was possible to live without pain. Do you still have spondylolisthesis? No, and that’s one thing that I’ve learned, which is that discs and spinal tissue can and do heal. My herniated disc had healed badly, however, leaving a lot of scar tissue. When the doctor told me I had spondylolisthesis, he made it sound like a life sentence. But I worked to strengthen the muscles in front of and behind the injured area, which held the spine in place. So I no longer have that diagnosis but I do have to maintain my spinal health, and that’s the part that people don’t always like because they want a quick fix. I’m pretty vigilant about keeping myself in good shape and being mindful of my body and movements. Once you’ve compromised an area, it’s always a little more open to injury, but I know what to do to get back on track when something unexpected happens. To learn more, purchase the book or register for upcoming workshops with Raven Sadhaka Seltzer, call 617-9420644 or visit SelfHealingSolutions.com. See ad, page 31, and Resource Guide, page 46.

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the dangerous current course. “These next few years are going to tell the tale about the next 10,000 years,” says well-known global environmental activist Bill McKibben, author of Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet. “We’re not going to stop global warming; it’s too late for that. But we can keep it from getting as bad as it could possibly get.”

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enowned “We’re not going to stop a leisurely descent from the ubiquitous climate sciglobal warming; it’s too use of climateentist Richard Somerville, Ph.D., late for that. But we can changing fossil fuels. Unfortunately, uses simple lankeep it from getting as bad greenhouse gases guage and sports analogies to help us as it could possibly get.” would have had to peak two years ago understand climate ~ Bill McKibben and now be in dechange and the cline in order to take risks ahead. the easy way out. Instead, the amount of A distinguished professor emeritus, researcher at California’s Scripps Institu- carbon dioxide in the atmosphere shot past 400 parts per million last May, a tion of Oceanography and author of The Forgiving Air, he likens greenhouse level that most scientists agree the planet hasn’t experienced since long before the gases to a scandal that’s rocked major league baseball in recent years. “Green- arrival of modern humans. “Science tells you, you can put this house gases are the steroids of the much carbon dioxide into the atmoclimate system,” he says. Although we sphere, but no more,” without changing can’t link them to any single weather the planet’s climate too dramatically, event, we can see them in the statistics Somerville says. “Mother Nature tells at the end of the season, Somerville says. With the bases loaded, “Look out, you, you cannot wait 50 or 100 years to solve this. You have to do it in five to 10 because Mother Nature bats last.” years. There’s been a general failure to To explain how we could confront connect the dots.” The bit of good news the problem, he turns to another sport, skiing. If we were serious about avoiding is that time has not yet completely run out. He and other pioneering thought a worst-case scenario, we would have leaders believe that we can still reverse opted for the “bunny slope” approach,


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On the Water Front

Sandra Postel agrees. “Water, energy and food production: These things are tightly linked, and all are affected by climate change.” From Los Lunas, New Mexico, she leads the Global Water Policy Project, a group also focused on the climate conundrum, as well as Na-

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McKibben’s grassroots group, 350.org, opposes the planned Keystone XL pipeline that, if built, is expected to transport Canadian tar sands oil across the United States to refineries along the Gulf of Bill McKibben Mexico. Increasing fossil fuel infrastructure, he says, is impractical, and we’d be better off investing in clean and renewable energies such as wind, solar and geothermal. It’s a theme also sounded by Frances Beinecke, president of the New York City-based Natural Resources Defense Council and author of Clean Energy Common Sense. With the failure of the U.S. Congress to enact Frances Beinecke climate legislation, her group, encompassing 1.4 million online members and activists, is pressing the Obama administration to live up to its pledge to regulate the carbon dioxide emitted by power plants. The leading culprits for climate-changing gases, they contribute 40 percent of the country’s carbon emissions. “It’s time to act, and we have to act now,” Beinecke says.

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“Tell politicians that you care about this. We’ve got to get countering climate change high on the priority list.” ~ Richard Somerville tional Geographic’s Change the Course national freshwater conservation and restoration campaign. Competition for water is increasing in several parts of the country, she says, and will only get worse as dry conditions increase demands on groundwater. Endangered sources detailed in her extensive related writings include Sandra Postel the Ogallala Aquifer, vital to agricultural operations across much of the Great Plains, and California’s Central Valley, the nation’s fruit and vegetable bowl. In the Colorado River Basin, which provides drinking water to some 30 million people, water demands already exceed the available supply— and that gap is expected to widen with changes in the region’s climate. In other regions, the problem is too much water from storms, hurricanes and flooding, a trend that Postel and other experts say will also worsen

as the world continues to warm and fuel weather extremes. Beyond the loss of lives and property damage, this “new normal” holds stark implications for communities. “We’ve built our bridges, dams and other infrastructure based on 100-year records of what’s happened in the past,” advises Postel. “In a lot of ways, how we experience climate change is going to be through changes in the water cycle. If the past isn’t a good guide to the future anymore, we’ll have to change our water management.” (See nrdc.org/ water/readiness by city and state.)

On the Ocean Front

The world’s oceans are being transformed by climate change in ways we are only beginning to understand. Since the Industrial Revolution, oceans have absorbed a significant portion of the carbon dioxide generated, experiencing a 30 percent rise in acidity; that’s expected to reach 100 to 150 percent above pre-industrial levels by the end of this century, according to the nonprofit National Academy of Science (NAS), in Washington, D.C. “Thank goodness for the oceans, but they are paying a tremendous price,” says Oceanographer Dawn Wright, Ph.D. She’s chief scientist of Esri, in Redlands, Dawn Wright

California, that analyzes geographic system relationships, patterns and trends. The higher acidity levels are “taking a toll on shellfish such as oysters, clams and sea urchins, as well as coral reefs, where much aquatic life is spawned,” Wright explains. Climate change may have other devastating impacts on the ocean food chain—and eventually us—that scientists are only beginning to discern. As just one of myriad impacts: Ocean acidification threatens the country’s $3.7 billion annual wild fish and shellfish industry and the $9.6 billion slice of the global tourism business that caters to scuba divers and snorkelers, according to a recent NAS study.

The Way Forward

We can be grateful for some hopeful developments in the call to act. Wright, who has advised President Obama’s National Ocean Council, is overseeing her company’s ocean initiative, which includes building an ocean basemap of unparalleled detail. While less than 10 percent of the world’s oceans’ underwater realms are mapped today, Esri is compiling authoritative bathymetric data to build a comprehensive map of the ocean floor. Public and private sector planners, researchers, businesses and nonprofits are already using this map and analysis tools to, among other things, conduct risk assessments and provide greater understanding of how onshore development impacts oceans’ natural systems.

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“Water, energy and food production: These things are tightly linked, and all are affected by climate change.” ~ Sandra Postel

Municipalities are also taking action. New York City plans to restore natural buffers to future hurricanes, while Philadelphia and other cities are restoring watersheds, replanting trees in riparian areas, adding rain gardens, laying permeable pavement and revamping roofs and parking lots to reduce stormwater runoff. Investing in such “green infrastructure” is less costly than expanding “grey infrastructure” such as underground sewer systems and water purification plants. Increasingly, local authorities are relocating communities out of flood zones to allow rivers to reclaim wetlands, an effort which also creates new recreation and tourism spots. Floodplains buffer against extreme flooding and drought, plus filter stormwater runoff, removing farm and lawn fertilizers and other chemicals that otherwise enter waterways, creating deoxygenated “dead zones” where aquatic life can’t survive, as exemplified by parts of Lake Erie, Chesapeake Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. “These solutions are unfolding here and there,” Postel notes, while also remarking that too many locales are rebuilding levees at their peril and allowing people to return to areas that flood repeatedly. “An amount of climate change is already locked in. We will have to adapt, as well as mitigate, simultaneously.” Somerville, who helped write the 2007 assessment by the Nobel Prize-winning International Panel on Climate Change, labels it “baloney” when politicians say there’s not enough time or it’s too expensive to address the problem. “It’s very doable,” he maintains. “First, inform yourself. Second, tell politicians that you care about this. Then raise hell with those who don’t agree. We’ve got to get countering climate change high on the priority list.” McKibben recommends that the country gets serious about putting a price on carbon emissions. Meanwhile, he’s encouraged by the people-powered regional successes in blocking fracking, a controversial method of extracting natural gas, and credits grassroots groups for holding the Keystone pipeline project at bay. “We’re cutting it super-close” and need to change the trajectory of climate change, according to McKibben, who says we can still have good lives powered by wind and solar, but will have to learn to live more simply. “I don’t know where it will all end and won’t see it in my lifetime. But if we can stop the combustion of fossil fuels and endless consumption, then there’s some chance for the next generation to figure out what the landing is going to be.” Christine MacDonald is a freelance journalist in Washington, D.C., who specializes in health, science and environmental issues. Learn more at ChristineMacDonald.info. 20

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Assessing Breast Cancer Risk With Digital Thermography by Matthew Robinson and Susan Saari


or years, mammography has been considered the “gold standard” in breast cancer screening. The technique involves passing X-rays through compressed breast tissue to produce images that can reveal structural abnormalities. The average cancer can take up to 10 years to form a mass large enough to be revealed in a mammogram, however, and the screening is incapable of detecting the changes that take place during this growth period. Activities that coincide with the development of tumors include increased vascularization, or blood supply, and increased lymphatic drainage. There is also an intensified inflammatory response in the area surrounding the growing cells. Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging (DITI), commonly known as thermography, is a risk-assessment tool that can be used to detect these early changes. Thermography, which has been available in the United States since the 1960s, was approved by the FDA in 1982 as an adjunct to mammography. It works by comparing a series of thermal images of the breast taken over a period of time. In healthy individuals, an initial baseline is established by performing two scans over a three-month interval. A board-certified thermologist examines the scans, noting the unique characteristics of a person’s vascular anatomy and recording the details for comparison with future scans. These baseline images act much like a thermal “fingerprint” and tend to be quite stable over time, unless there is a developing pathology.

The images used in thermography are taken with an infrared camera in a non-invasive manner, without compression or radiation. A major advantage of thermography is that it can look at all areas relating to breast health and function, beyond the actual breast tissue. Because it doesn’t depend on compressed breast tissue for diagnosis, thermography can be an ideal method for monitoring breast health in men, younger women, women with breast

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implants and those who have had mastectomies. Thermography offers early risk assessment by identifying the early functional and physiological changes that mark the growth of cancer. Even though these changes take place inside the body, they are reflected on the surface of the skin as heat, which makes them detectable by thermography. By providing early warning of functional changes taking place in the breast, thermography offers the greatest opportunity for proactive changes in lifestyle, nutrition and complementary therapies to rebalance the system and maintain optimal breast health. Matthew Robinson, LicAc, MAc, is an acupuncturist specializing in trauma and cancer care. Susan Saari, LicAc, MAOM, is a certified health educator, acupuncturist and certified clinical thermographer. Their practice, Metrowest Thermal Imaging, is located at 25 Grant St., Waltham, and 364 Boston Turnpike Rd., Shrewsbury. For more information, call 781-899-2121 or visit MyThermography.com. See ad this page, and Resource Guide, page 46.

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Shop with the Planet in Mind Daily Choices Help Counter Climate Change by Christine MacDonald

Until recently, we’ve been asked to choose between the economy and the environment. Now we’re realizing that the two are closely linked, and that our continued prosperity depends on how well we take care of the natural systems that sustain life—clean air, water, food and an overall healthy environment.


lthough the worst impacts of climate change are still decades away, experts say it’s already a costly problem. In 2012, U.S. taxpayers spent nearly $100 billion—approximately $1,100 apiece—to cover crop losses, flooding, wildfires and other climate-related disasters, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council. That’s more than America spent last year on education or transportation. Given the lack of action on climate change by Congress, more Americans are looking to leverage their purchasing power to make a difference. Yet, as consumers trying to “shop their values” know, it’s often difficult distinguish the “green” from the “greenwashed”. Natural Awakenings has rounded up some tips that can help.

Dismiss Meaningless Labels

Urvashi Rangan, Ph.D., who leads the Consumer Safety and Sustainability Group for Consumer Reports and its Greener Choices and Eco-labels online initiatives, says companies 22

take far too many liberties in product labeling. The dearth of standards and consistency across the marketplace has rendered terms like “fresh,” and “free range” meaningless. Also, there’s more wrong than right about the “natural” label put on everything from soymilk to frozen dinners, she says. While critics of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s USDA Organic label say its regulations are not tough enough, Rangan says at least we know what we’re getting. The same is not true of many claims decorating consumer goods, Rangan advises. Plus, producers get away without identifying myriad other controversial practices, she says, including genetically engineered ingredients. To help consumers protect themselves, the Consumer Union and other nonprofit public advocates have made their evaluations easily accessible via cell phones and iPads. The Web-based Good Guide’s evaluations of more than 145,000 food, toys, personal care and household products are at shoppers’ fingertips via an app that scans product barcodes on the spot.

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A number of easy-to-use online tools help us understand the far-flung impacts of a purchase, including on humans and habitats. The Good Guide, for instance, employs chemists, toxicologists, nutritionists, sociologists and environmental lifecycle specialists to evaluate a product’s repercussions on health, environment and society. Sandra Postel, who leads the Global Water Policy Project, has teamed up with the National Geographic Society to devise a personal water footprint calculator. It helps people understand the wider environmental impacts of their lifestyle and purchasing choices, and provides options for reducing their footprints and supporting water replenishment efforts. “It takes a per capita average of 2,000 gallons of water each day to keep our U.S. lifestyle afloat,” twice the world average, calculates Postel. The typical hamburger takes 630 gallons of water to produce, for example, while a pair of jeans consumes 2,600 gallons, most of it to grow the necessary cotton. Water is just one of numerous resources overused in the United States, according to author and journalist Danielle Nierenberg, co-founder of Food Tank. “We overbuy food. It goes bad and ends up in landfills,” where it lets off methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, as it decomposes. “We also over-order at restaurants,” observes Nierenberg, whose think tank focuses on the interrelated issues of hunger, obesity and environmental degradation. Overall, the U.S. annually accounts for 34 million tons of food waste. “Part of the problem is we’ve lost home culinary skills,” says Nierenberg, who says we need to rethink how and how much we eat. “We don’t really understand what portions are,” she adds.

Share Instead of Buy

Collaboration characterizes the broader trend in careful consuming that relies on cell phone apps. Sometimes known as the “sharing economy” or “collaborative consumption”, initiatives can range from car and bike shares to neighborly lending of lawn mowers and other tools and sharing homegrown produce. One

of the more innovative food-sharing options is Halfsies, in which diners at participating restaurants pay full price for a meal, but receive half of a full portion, effectively donating the cost of the other half to fight hunger. Whatever the product, experts say, the new sharing business model is part of a fundamental shift in how people think about consuming, with the potential to help us reduce our personal carbon footprint and contribute to a more sustainable future. Christine MacDonald is a freelance journalist in Washington, D.C., who specializes in health, science and environmental issues. Learn more at ChristineMac Donald.info.

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by Jon Napoli

emp is one of the most versatile and beneficial plants humankind has ever known. Food, fuel, paper, textiles, plastics, paint, concrete, fiberboard and medicine, among other items can be derived from the ecofriendly cannabis plant. The first American flag was made from hemp, the original draft of the Declaration of Independence was written on it, landowners were required to grow it and could even pay their taxes with it. In fact, Christopher Columbus could not have travelled here without hempen sails. Unfortunately, this highly profitable crop is illegal for American farmers to grow, even though it once was widely grown and accepted as medicine throughout the 19th century. Bans against cannabis began in the early 1900s and gained momentum when prohibitionists started to use the term marijuana, a Mexican colloquialism, to confuse and instill fear in the American population. The Marijuana Tax Act was passed in 1937 which made possession or transfer of cannabis illegal throughout the United States under federal law, excluding medical and industrial uses, in which an inexpensive excise tax was required. The ban was briefly lifted during World War II when farmers were requested to again grow hemp for the war effort,

but afterwards reinstated along with continued anti-marijuana propaganda. There are many environmental and nutritional advantages to growing hemp. It requires no pesticides or herbicides to produce and is not genetically engineered. Clothing derived from hemp is strong, comfortable, mold and mildew-resistant, breathes well and blocks ultraviolet rays naturally. Unlike wood-based paper, hemp-derived paper does not require a chlorine-based bleaching process that results in dioxin run-off. When added to one’s diet, hempseed is nutritionally complete and alone can sustain healthy human life. It also is as versatile as soy and can be grown in colder climates. American farmers could benefit from growing hemp crops again by capitalizing on the hemp market, rather than importing it from other countries. Consumers can help influence decision-makers and law-makers by purchasing hemp products such as clothing, body care, accessories and bags. Jon Napoli is founder of The Hempest stores located at 207 Newbury St., Boston; 177 Main St., Northampton; and 36 JFK St., Cambridge. A fourth store is located in Vermont. For more information, visit Hempest.com. natural awakenings

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Ancestral Diets A Lighter Shade of Paleo by Sayer Ji and Tania Melkonian


egetarian Awareness Month provides a timely opportunity to realize that a plant-focused diet does not derive exclusively from plants. Just as a carnivore does not subsist on meat alone, the same applies to a vegetarian. What can we learn from our Paleolithic, or Stone Age, ancestors? The recent trend toward recreating a Paleoera diet emphasizes the importance of vegetable nutrition to prehistoric communities, correcting the misperception that they were primarily meat-eaters. The original Paleo diet, before the advent of agriculture, reflected the hunting and gathering of lean meats, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, and was absent of grains, dairy, starchy foods, sugar and salt. Today’s updated version might comprise foods naturally available and/ or abundant before the cultivation of food in gardens, crops and livestock. Loren Cordain, Ph.D., author of The Paleo Diet and Nutritionist Nora Gedgaudas, author of Primal Body, Primal Mind, each contest the premise perpetuated by many in the weight-loss industry that fat, especially naturally saturated fat, is unhealthy. Those same proponents that maintain low-fat/ non-fat food is a panacea for modern illnesses also purport that cholesterol is

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the chief cause of heart ailments. Gedgaudas writes that the diets of hunter-gatherers inhabiting varied landscapes, from the Inuit of the north to tropical forest hominids, included large amounts of fat and cholesterol, which is essential to maintaining cell membranes and regulating hormones. She points out that obtaining cholesterol from food is necessary to augment the liver’s function of creating cholesterol internally. Cordain agrees that even saturated fats in meats can be beneficial, providing the animals are grass-fed, lean and live in clean surroundings. He emphasizes, however, that when our prehistoric ancestors ate fat, they did not also eat grain carbohydrates, sugar and salt, and contends that it is these components, not meat, that can be detrimental to the body. Doctor of Naturopathy Maureen Horne-Paul adds that organic, lean and game meats are exempt from the acidity inherent in corn-based animal feed. Plus, “When an animal is insensitively confined and killed, stress hormones are released that result in acidity. So, we are changing our pH from a healthy alkaline state to a more acidic condition when we consume meat from conventionally raised animals.” Scientific studies published in the

raw milk products, provided they retain Journal of Gluten Sensitivity, Medical their full fat content and come from Hypotheses and by the Mercola group grass-fed cows. She reasons that the attest to key problems related to presence of the antihuman consumption carcinogenic fatty acid of grains. Anti-nutrients conjugated linolenic such as phytic acid in acid (CLA) and the Wulgrains lead to the poor Paleo Specials zen factor anti-stiffness absorption of minerals du Jour agent in the fat benefit and related deficiencies. joint lubrication. Curried carrot soup with Improper absorption of Experts suggest buckwheat crackers and dietary protein caused in goat cheese that the dietary formula part by enzyme inhibiestablished by our pretors in grains also tends Kale wraps with julienne historic ancestors can to damage the pancreas. of grass-fed strip loin, be the foundation for a Individual sensitivities bell peppers and avocado modern-day, healthy, to proteins in specific non-confining, creative Butter-grilled pineapple grains can further intereating experience. We rounds served with fere with functioning dollop of vanilla-scented can exchange grains of the neuroendocrine heavy cream for quinoa, amaranth system and subsequent and buckwheat (not emotional difficultechnically grains at ties like addiction and all), and include tubers depression may arise. and legumes, due to their folate and All of these difficulties have been exacerprotein content. Blue and sweet potatoes bated by irresponsible prenatal diets that also contain high levels of anthocyanins have made younger generations extrasensitive to the challenges posed by grains and potassium. Nearly every category of food, in the proper amounts, can be part to the human system. of such a balanced diet. While Cordain doesn’t recommend When we explore what makes dairy, Gedgaudas suggests organic or

sense and eat clean and natural foods, we have a good chance of finding our body’s own sweet spot. Sayer Ji is the founder of GreenMed Info.com and an advisory board member of the National Health Federation. Tania Melkonian is a certified nutritionist and healthy culinary arts educator. Learn more at GreenMedInfo.com.

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TREKKING AS PILGRIMAGE A Literal Path to Personal Growth

by Sarah Todd


or more than a millennium, seekers have made spiritual pilgrimages on the Way of St. James, beginning at their chosen point in Europe, winding westward and ending in the Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela. Today, as portrayed in the 2010 movie, The Way, the core route continues to attract both secular and devout trekkers. It’s fair to say that every pilgrim derives something from the journey, although it’s not always what they expect. Alyssa Machle, a landscape architect in San Francisco, imagined that walking The Way would be a quietly contemplative and solitary experience. Instead, she spent weeks bonding with fellow trekkers: an Ohio schoolteacher trying to decide whether to become a Catholic nun, and a German woman in her 30s unsettled by falling in love with her life partner’s best friend, a war veteran in his 70s.


“Inevitably, each person had some internal battle that he or she hoped to resolve,” Machle found. “My own ideological shift was about setting aside preconceived ideas about how I would experience the path, and focusing my energy on the community that I suddenly was part of.” The diverse goals of the people Machle met on The Way speaks to the power of adventurous treks. From the Bible story of Moses and the Israelites crossing the desert for 40 years to young Fellowship of the Ring members hiking across Middle Earth, we like the idea of walking long distances as a way to get in touch with ourselves—and often with something larger. In America, there are as many trails to hike as there are reasons to do it. For Cheryl Strayed, author of the 2012 bestselling memoir, Wild, hiking

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the Pacific Crest Trail at age 26 allowed her innate courage to blossom. A rank novice, she took to the trails solo, grieving the early death of her mother, and discovered a new kind of self-reliance. “Every time I heard a sound of unknown origin or felt something horrible cohering in my imagination, I pushed it away,” Strayed relates. “I simply did not let myself become afraid. Fear begets fear. Power begets power. I willed myself to beget power. It wasn’t long before I actually wasn’t afraid.” Other people on such journeys are inspired by their love for the environment, like Zen Buddhist priest and retired psychotherapist Shodo Spring, leader of this year’s Compassionate Earth Walk, a July-through-October protest of our nation’s dependence on fossil fuels. It has engaged a “moving community” of shared prayers, meditation and yoga along the path of the pending Keystone XL pipeline from Hardisty, Alberta, Canada, to Steele City, Nebraska. Spring emphasizes that the walk is intended to connect participants to the land and the people that live on it. “We’re going to small towns,” she says, “where many residents make their livelihoods from oil. There’s a deep division between such people and our group. But when we listen to each other, that division gets healed.” Activist David Rogner says that longdistance walks don’t just raise awareness of political and social issues—they also give people hope. He spent 25 months walking across the United States in the first coast-to-coast roadside litter program, Pick Up America. “As we walked and picked up trash, we inspired people to believe there could be change,” he says. His trek gave him hope for his own future, too. He now believes, “If you commit your life to the healing and restoration of community and yourself, you are going to be wholly provided for.” Whatever the purpose, there are many scenic long-distance walking trails to choose from. The Pacific Crest Trail, from the U.S.-Mexico border in Southern California to the uppermost reaches of Washington State, offers stunning views of the Sierra Nevada and Cascade mountain ranges. The Appalachian Trail, which winds 2,200

miles between Georgia and Maine, provides 250 shelters and campsites. In Wisconsin, the 1,000-mile Ice Age Trail offers awe-inspiring views of glacial landscapes. Starting in North Carolina, the Mountains-to-Sea trail extends from the Great Smoky Mountains to the crystal-blue waters of the Outer Banks. In Missouri, the Ozark Trail sweeps through mountains, lush valleys and tumbling waterfalls. Plus, overseas trails await, as well. Sarah Todd is a writer and editor in Brooklyn, NY. Connect at SarahToddInk.com.

TIPS FOR A LONG TREK by Sarah Todd Pack light. In long-distance hiking, every ounce counts. Try to make sure everything in the backpack has at least two uses: socks that double as mittens or a fleece that transforms into a pillow. Get in shape. Walk two hours a day in preceding months to help train for lengthy days on foot. Do a few test walks loaded with gear to see what it’s like to carry that amount of weight before hitting the trail. Prepare for foot care. Expert trekkers smear jelly-like products like Waxelene on their feet before putting on their socks to help prevent blisters. It also soothes chafing and offers foot relief at the end of a long day’s hike. Plan meals beforehand. Measure out all the ingredients for a healthy menu plan and put them in lightweight bags to allow the exact right amount of food needed—no more, no less—for the long haul between provisioning stations (local accessible towns and holding spots for pre-shipped boxes).

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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STARRY-EYED KIDS Clear Skies, Cool Nights Open Vast Vistas by Randy Kambic


ishing upon a star The magical stellations, given the clearer is an iconic activity skies and comfortably cool night sky is nights. This year, families can steeped in everyone’s childhood desire to anticipate a special viewing a perfect attain happiness and fulfillof the Comet ISON, which is playground expected to be visible from ment. Actual stargazing can help make parents’ dreams for a child’s much of the United States in for their children’s well-being late November. imagination. come true, as well. Children are exposed Getting Started to imagining the larger celestial realm Sky & Telescope magazine’s online through popular films, science ficguide, Getting Started in Astronomy, tion literature and pop songs, plus offers easy steps for parents to put stars more tangibly via current sky events. in kids’ eyes. Check out its This Week’s Consider news of the meteoroid that Sky at a Glance link. Find an open exploded over Russia in February and space like a park or wooded clearing to the latest images from the surface of reduce ambient light and use sky maps Mars beamed to us by the NASA rover in hobby publications or astronomy Curiosity. Experiencing the excitement books from the library as guides. of early knowledge can bolster aca Binoculars are the best tool to start demics while fostering a calming sense getting familiar with the night sky—they of the order of nature’s rhythms. augment the naked eye enough to iden “Astronomy ties into every edutify many Moon craters, Jupiter’s moons cational domain—physics, geometry, and the crescent phases of Venus. Planalgebra, history and ecology,” advises etariums, science and children’s muformer elementary school teacher Hiseums, nature centers and astronomy ram Bertoch, of West Valley City, Utah, clubs often hold public family events owner of the KidsKnowIt Network, that include access to telescopes; some which maintains 10 free children’s loan or rent them out. (Find local clubs learning websites, including Kids and facilities at SkyAndTelescope.com/ Astronomy.com. Standing in awe at the community/organizations.) wonders of the universe can also instill Other opportunities include a centering sense of humility in the face NASA’s Night Sky Network of astronoof such grandeur. my clubs, Astronomy magazine’s youth Autumn is one of the best times for programs, SpacePlace.nasa.gov and channeling youngsters’ intrigue in conAstronomy.com/kids programs. Boy 28

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Faraway Fun Facts n Stars appear to twinkle from light distortions caused by temperature differences in our atmosphere. The lifespan of most stars is billions of years. n Ancient peoples saw patterns among the 2,000 stars visible to the naked eye and gave them names like The Big Dipper, Cassiopeia and Scorpius. n A “shooting star” is actually a meteor with a trail of gases and particles. n The Moon’s surface is pitted with thousands of craters from long-ago meteor strikes. n Saturn’s rings are composed mostly of billions of ice particles and rocks. n Jupiter is by far the largest studied planet; after the Moon and Venus, it’s usually the brightest object in the night sky. n Planets Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune, Mercury and Mars, as well as Pluto, are named for Roman gods—Venus was the Roman goddess of love. n Planets and the Moon don’t emit light—they reflect light from the sun.

Source: Don’t Know Much About the Universe, by Kenneth C. Davis

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The magical night sky is a perfect playground for a child’s imagination. Scout and Girl Scout troops both offer astronomy merit badges. When a family’s interest continues sufficiently to buy a telescope, test preferred models at many potential settings before finalizing a purchase. According to the online guide, a first telescope should provide high-quality optics that limit diffraction (the spreading of light as it passes through the lens system to the eye) and a sturdy, smooth-working mount. More advanced telescopes have built-in computers and motors that can be programmed to point at specific spots in the sky.

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If trying to emulate Galileo is a challenge, youngsters can relate and aspire to the cadre of young scientists profiled in Astronomy magazine’s “Astronomy’s Rising Stars” story in July, available via most public libraries. Being a “self-described computer nerd” led Mark Krumholz, Ph.D., an associate professor of astronomy and astrophysics in his 30s at the University of California-Santa Cruz, to conduct massive-star formulation simulations. By “plugging in the laws of physics and turning the crank,” he has shown why some stars heat gas around them to appear much larger than others. Colors vary, as well. Stargazing was the catalyst for Anna Frebel, Ph.D., an assistant physics professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in Cambridge. “I consider myself fortunate that my initial passion led to becoming a professional astronomer,” says this scientist, who is credited with discovering the most chemically 30

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primitive star; the oldest known star as of 2007, at about 13.2 billion years; and the red giant star S1020549. Whether early steps lead to a later career or as a heavenly hobby, helping to convert a child’s, “What’s that?” to a happy, “I know what that is,” becomes worth encouraging. As Bertoch observes, “Kids have an innate excitement about what’s out there.” Randy Kambic, in Estero, FL, is a freelance writer and editor who regularly contributes to Natural Awakenings.

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poisoning in dogs and cats. “Just one extra-strength acetaminophen can be deadly to a cat, and just four regularstrength ibuprofens can lead to serious kidney problems in a 10-pound dog,” advises Dr. Steven Hansen, a veterinary toxicologist and chief operating officer with the ASPCA. He suggests storing medications in a secure cabinet out of the animal’s reach. 2. Insecticides In one recent year, the APCC handled more than 27,000 calls reporting problems involving flea and tick products, clearly demonstrating the toxicity of these products. Wherever

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situations for dogs and cats, including seizure or kidney damage. Consider safer, more humane ways of getting rid of rodents, such as live traps. Just as parents baby-proof a home, why not proactively pet-proof both home and property? 6. Household cleaners Bleaches, detergents and disinfectants are just some of the household cleaners that can harm furry, four-footed and other companions. Store all cleaners in a secure spot; better yet, switch to nontoxic, green alternatives. 7. Chocolate Don’t share this tasty treat with animals. Chocolate contains caffeine-like substances known as methylxanthines, which can cause abnormal heart rhythm, tremors, seizures and even death in animals, especially dogs. “Typically, the darker the chocolate, the greater the potential for poisoning,” notes Hansen. 8. Chemical hazards This group encompasses antifreeze, drain cleaners, pool and spa chemicals and others. Hansen says, “These substances can cause a variety of problems, ranging from gastrointestinal upset and depression to respiratory difficulties and chemical burns.” 9. Physical hazards Be alert for objects that could cause choking, intestinal obstruction or other injury. “We’ve managed cases involving the ingestion of several common objects—from pet collars and adhesive tape to bones, paper products and similar items,” says Hansen. “It is important to make sure that items that could be easily knocked over, broken, chewed up or swallowed are kept out of the reach of curious pets.” 10. Home improvement products The APCC has dealt with thousands of cases involving paint, solvents, expanding glues and other products used in construction and renovation. Advises Hansen, “Pet parents should keep animals out of areas where home improvement projects are taking place.” For more information, visit aspca.org/apcc.


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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1 Healthy Eating, Positively Healing – Tuesdays thru Oct 29. 6-7pm. A 5-wk series to accelerate and rejuvenate your body with easy-to-follow, guided Ayurveda recommendations so that your body finds its healthy weight. Real foods. Whole foods. Easy foods. $195. Center for Integrative Healing, 23 Main St, Watertown. 617-393-2200. NamasteNutrition.net.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2 Charles River Herb Walk – 12:15-1:15pm. Join us for a fun, informative walk with the plants along the Charles. Learn to identify over a dozen herbs growing wild right here in Boston, and their uses in herbal medicine. $5. Charles River, JFK St at Memorial Dr, Cambridge. 617-750-5274. CommonWealthHerbs.com. Recover and Uncover Your Creativity with The Artist’s Way – Oct 2 & 9. 7-8:30pm. In this 2-part workshop, Kim uses exercises from The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity, to get you unstuck and in touch with your passions and creativity, whether or not you call yourself an artist. Bring a favorite notebook. $30. Arlington High School, 869 Mass Ave, Arlington. 617-640-3813. Kim@KimChilds. com. ArlingtonCommunityEd.org.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3 Difficulties and Mistakes: An Exploration and Discussion – 7:30-9pm. Join Dilip for this wisdom conversation to learn how, with a few simple shifts of thought, you can gain strength from your difficulties as well as how to laugh and profit from your own mistakes. Discover the courage, freedom and joy of transforming your difficulties and mistakes into valuable life lessons. $10. TS Center for Spiritual Studies, 21 Maple St, Arlington. 617926-4155. TSBoston.org.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4 Thai Massage Level 1 – Oct 4 & 18, 5-9pm & Oct 6 & 20, 9am-4pm. Thai Bodywork is an ancient holistic healing art that has been practiced in Thailand for over 2,500 years. Learn the foundational theory and cultural background behind Thai Massage. Learn to perform a basic 60-min Thai Massage sequence; learn safe body mechanics for practicing on the mat; learn Thai Massage techniques in the supine, prone, side-lying and seated positions. $350. Cortiva Institute, 103 Morse St, Watertown. 617-6126905. Cortiva.com.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5 18th Annual Somerville Homeless Coalition Road Race – 9am. Certified 5K. All proceeds benefit the Somerville Homeless Coalition, an innovative, nonprofit organization which has the mission to provide homeless and near homeless


individuals with supportive services and housing solutions. $25. Davis Square, Somerville. 617623-6111. SomervilleHomelessCoalition.org. Introduction to Reiki – 10am-12pm. Learn about the history and theory of this healing method, get your questions answered, receive a sample treatment and experience 20 mins of guided imagery and relaxation. Reiki can be used on yourself, others and pets. Free. Arlington Reiki Associates, 366 Mass Ave, Ste 304, Arlington. Pre-registration required: 781-648-9344. ArlingtonReiki.com.

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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8 10-Day Natural Detox Cleanse Class – 6-9pm. Experience a nourishing and detoxifying cleanse. Reclaim your body and live an energetic life. Includes 3-hr class, on-going coaching and a 1-hr follow-up session. $150. Natural Vitality Studio, 123 Union St, Ste 202, Easthampton. 413-6950942. Natural-Vitality.com.

Honest Kitchen Demo Day – 11am-3pm. Learn more about one of this month’s featured foods, Honest Kitchen dehydrated raw food for cats and dogs. Find out about the health benefits of a raw food diet. Bring home fresh samples of our foods and/or supplements for your pooch to try. Free. Especially for Pets, 44 Main St, Rte 27, Wayland. 508-647-6923. EspeciallyForPets.com.

Trigger Point Release Seminar – 7:30-8:30pm. Discover why gentle touch is so effective in reducing pain and tension in the body and learn techniques to effectively do this at home. Bring a partner as it requires another person to do it. Registration required; space limited. Free. Newton Chiropractic & Wellness Centre, 383 Elliot St, Ste 250, Newton. 617-964-3332. WellAdjusted.com.

Harpoon Octoberfest – 5:30-11pm. Also Sat, Oct 5, 2-9pm. A festival of beer, music and Fall. Sip on fresh Octoberfest beer alongside your friends, nibble on bratwursts and watch (or join) chicken dancing and German chocolate cakeeating contests while lederhosen-clad musicians waltz their hearts out. $20 cover charge includes a souvenir pint cup and 1 drink ticket. Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave, Boston. 617-5749551. HarpoonBrewery.com.


SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6 Reiki Level 1 Training – 9:45am-6:30pm. Learn to practice Reiki for self-care and self-discovery, as well as to be of service to others. Class facilitates healing, health, and wellbeing on all levels: physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. Simple, gentle, easy to learn, and suitable for people of all ages, all backgrounds, and all physical conditions. $150. Brenner Reiki Healing, 324 Central St, Newton. 617-244-8856. BrennerReikiHealing.com.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction – 6:308:30pm. Learn mindfulness techniques that result in increased awareness, strengthening of the mindbody connection, and improved health. Recognize your option for tranquility when inevitably faced with stress and improve your quality of life. Registration Required. $540 plus $45 for materials. Visions HealthCare, 910 Washington St, Dedham. 781-232-5431. VisionsHealthCare.com. Immune Enhancing Herbs Lecture and Workshop – 7-9pm. Marlene Adelmann, the founder of the Herbal Academy of New England, along with Barbara DiMasi will guide members through Immune Enhancing Herbs, just in time for cold and flu season. Start your family on the road to better health and sound immune building practices. $55. Perch on Bedford Common (Herbal Academy of NE), 24 South Rd, Bedford. 781-5724454. HerbalAcademyOfNE.com.

Back to Balance: Heal Your Spine, Heal Your Life – 10am-4pm. Join Integrative Therapist, Raven Seltzer, for an introductory session, based on her book of the same title. Relieve your pain, stretch and begin to gently strengthen your core muscles again. Suitable for anyone with chronic (not acute) back or neck aches and pain and limited mobility. $125. The Center at Westwoods, 590 Gay St, Westwood. 617942-0644. BostonWellnessCenter.com.

Making Herbal Medicines: Herb-Infused Wines – 7-9pm. Learn to blend unique herbal formulae and infuse them in wine to make delicious and medicinal libations. Includes tastings, hands-on activity and recipes. $25. CommonWealth Center for Herbal Medicine, 25 Saint Mary’s Ct, Brookline. 617-750-5274. CommonWealthHerbs.com.

23rd Annual SIDS Race for Life – 11am. A 5-mile road race and 3.75-mile fun walk. All proceeds benefit the Massachusetts Center for SIDS. $25/ pre-registration, $30/day of. John Boyle O’Reilly Club, 33 Progress Ave, Springfield. 413-788-8603. SIDSRace4Life.org.

HONK! Festival of Activist Street Bands – Thru Oct 14. A revolutionary spectacle of activist street bands that converges every year in Somerville. Join in the fun as these bands honk their horns to enliven and embolden their audience, to protest a world of violence and oppression and to celebrate the causes and institutions they support. Free. For more info: HonkFest.org.

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VortexHealing™ Divine Energy Healing, Introduction and Group Healing – 7:30-9pm. Experience the magic of one of the most effective and powerful forms of energy therapy taught

today. This extraordinary and profound healing modality can heal the physical body and awaken spirit within the human heart. $10. TS Center for Spiritual Studies, 21 Maple St, Arlington. 718666-6574. LorraineGoldbloom.com.

coaching session. $25. Location TBA to registered participants, North Cambridge. 617-764-5268. DesignedAlliance.com. Johnson Compounding Customer Appreciation Day – 10am-2pm. Come in and chat with representatives from our various Supplement companies. Raffles and free sample bags for our first 100 guests. Johnson Compounding and Wellness Center, 577 Main St, Waltham. 781-8933870. NaturalCompounder.com.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12 Relationship Dynamics – 9:30am-2:30pm. Experience insight revealed through mindfulness practices. From this place of centeredness and awareness, explore how you habitually react to relational dynamics. Recognize your power of choice to transform automatic reactions to conscious responses to improve communication, get your needs met, and build healthy relationships. $95. Visions HealthCare, 910 Washington St, Dedham. 781-232-5431. VisionsHealthCare.com. Spiritual Mastery through the Power of Forgiveness – 1-5pm. With Kevin Martin. Workshop is about clearing out the memories and thoughts that are obstacles in your way of becoming the person that you want to be. Learn just how powerful forgiveness can be in this process. Bask in the light of forgiveness like you never have before. $40 by Oct 9. TS Center for Spiritual Stuides, 21 Maple St, Arlington. 978494-4542. TSBoston.org.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13 Cat Rescue of Meow Mixer – 11am-2pm. Also Oct 20. Meet the cats and representatives from CaRMaH, an all-volunteer organization that maintains a foster care adoption program. Other programs include: a feral trap, vaccinate, neuter and release program, a foster home program and rehoming. Learn more at carmah.org. Free. Especially for Pets, 444 Great Rd, Rte 2A, Acton. 978-264-4444. Amy@EspeciallyForPets.com. EspeciallyForPets.com.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 14 Fall Nutritional Reset Paleo Cleanse – Oct 1427. A 14-day whole food cleanse based on the Paleo Framework. Gluten, grains, dairy and legumes (notoriously inflammatory foods) will be eliminated for 14 days. You’ll be eating whole, real foods including lots of vegetables, fruits, lean meats, nuts and seeds to get your internal system in working order after the winter. The goal of this cleanse is to get you on track for changing your life—to get you thinking of food as nourishment. $139. Virtual Event. 339-545-1321. FriskyLemon.com.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15 Workshop for Body-Breath Integration – 7:308:30pm. Learn how to de-stress your life and calm your mind. Release tension and energy blockages in the body. Create more focused healing with your chiropractic care. A powerful and inspiring workshop with Dr. John Coleman. $30. Newton Chiropractic & Wellness Centre, 383 Elliot St, Ste 250, Newton. 617-964-3332. WellAdjusted.com.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16 Healing Heartburn with Herbs – 7-9pm. Learn how to keep your digestive fire contained. From soothing the burning in an acute attack to correcting the underlying imbalances that are at root, herbal remedies are simple, easy, and accessible to all. $25. CommonWealth Center for

Herbal Medicine, 25 Saint Mary’s Ct, Brookline. 617-750-5274. CommonWealthHerbs.com. Full Moon Meditation – 7:30-8:30pm. Join us monthly for a New Moon or Full Moon Meditation. The New Moon is an auspicious time for manifesting into our lives while the Full Moon is ideal for letting go of those things that are holding us back. A mix of guided and silent meditations influenced by both Native American and Eastern practices. Leave both relaxed and empowered. Free. TS Center for Spiritual Studies, 21 Maple St, Arlington. 781-648-4548. TSBoston.org. Cat and the Moon – 8-10pm. Enjoy a contemporary Celtic fusion group that was started in Boston in 2012. They have a wide range of styles including Irish, Bluegrass, originals, jazz fusion, and classical. $5/students, $10/public. Outpost 186, 186-1/2 Hampshire St, Rear, Cambridge. 781643-1586. CatAndTheMoon.wordpress.com.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17 Boston Book Festival – Oct 17-19. Celebrating the power of words to stimulate, agitate, unite, delight and inspire. Whatever your age or your interests, BBF 2013 will have something for you. Attend terrific sessions with world-class presenters, enjoy a performance at the Berklee Stage, try your hand at a workshop or Writer Idol, meet costumed characters, or just take in the lively street fair. For additional details: BostonBookfest.org. Anatomy of Technique: Shoulder Complex – 9am-5pm. Also Oct 18. Each workshop can be taken individually, or as a complete series that will effectively enhance the massage therapist’s ability to assess and address common biomechanical injuries and chronic conditions through scientific analysis, visual and palpatory assessment and advanced hands-on treatment applications. $280. Cortiva, 103 Morse St, Watertown. 617-612-6905. Details: Cortiva.com.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18 3rd Friday Soirees: José Lezcano, Guitarist/ Composer/Folklorist – 7-9pm. Twice Grammynominated guitarist/composer, José Lezcano, will play styles from Flamenco, Afro-Cuban/AfroBrazilian to his original compositions. Guest artist Soprano eliSabeth Taylor will join him. $20/$17, includes refreshments. Arlington Senior Center, 27 Maple St, 2nd fl, Arlington. 781-643-1586.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19 Wheel of Life Workshop – 10am-12pm. A visual depiction of life now, compared with how you would like it to be. Be guided through the process. Leave with an action plan in hand to better balance all you want in your life. Includes a follow-up

4th Anniversary Celebration & PH Fundraiser – 11am-3pm. Help us celebrate our 4-year anniversary in our Village Shoppes location. Make a keepsake of your pet’s paw print with a la carte ceramics, spin the wheel and take home a great prize, raffle prizes, and a yard sale and bake sale. All raffle proceeds and nail clipping donations go to Pulmonary Hypertension (PH) Research. Free. Especially for Pets, 95 Washington St, Village Shoppes, Canton. 781-828-8900. EspeciallyForPets.com. Improve Your Eyesight by Playing Cards – 12-2pm. When Brain Energy Researcher, Walter Ness’ eyesight suddenly became fuzzy he discovered that he could improve his vision by focusing on a card game, using one eye at a time. Walter will demonstrate this and other techniques and time will be provided for practice. Bring a standard deck of 52 playing cards, if you have one. $10 suggested donation. Unity Somerville, 6 William St, Somerville. 617-628-5558. NeuroplasticityClub.com Network Spinal Analysis Class – 3-4pm. Discover your body’s innate ability to heal itself through an advanced chiropractic technique called Network Spinal Analysis (NSA). Learn the basics of this fascinating modality, including a live demonstration. NSA can help you handle stress, overcome aches and pains, improve posture, and assist you in achieving a greater sense of overall well-being. Free. Newton Chiropractic & Wellness Centre, 383 Elliot St, Ste 250, Newton. 617-9643332. WellAdjusted.com.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20 Reiki Level 2 Training – 9:45am-6:30pm. Learn treatment techniques for specific healing contexts, such as mental-emotional healing and distant healing. Also learn skills in how to present Reiki to the public, how to conduct a client intake interview, and how to maintain a Reiki office with appropriate record-keeping and documentation. $300. Please inquire about discounts available. Brenner Reiki Healing, 324 Central St, Newton. 617-244-8856. BrennerReikiHealing.com. Cat Rescue of Meow Mixer – 11am-2pm. Meet the cats and representatives from CaRMaH, an all-volunteer organization that maintains a foster care adoption program. Other programs include: a feral trap, vaccinate, neuter and release program, a foster home program and rehoming. Learn more at carmah.org. Free. Especially for Pets, 444 Great Rd, Rte 2A, Acton. 978-264-4444. Amy@ EspeciallyForPets.com. EspeciallyForPets.com.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22 Thermography: Early Detection Makes Early Intervention Possible – 6-7pm. Learn how thermography, natural breast healthcare, can detect inflammation and changes years before disease

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or cancer develops detecting the earliest changes in breasts, sternum and axilla. Early detection makes it possible for early intervention, with early intervention comes greater choices and better outcomes. Free. Tatnuck Bookseller, Westboroug Plaza, Lyman St, Westborough. 508-425-3300. MyThermography.com. Women’s Vitality Journey – Tuesdays thru Nov 19. 6-9pm. 5-wk course to create a healthy and energetic lifestyle, including a 10-day cleanse and a Live Foods Class. Inspirational for a small group of women who are ready to create positive changes in their lifestyle. Includes 1-hr consultation, resource materials and personal coaching. $370. Natural Vitality Studio, 123 Union St, Ste 202, Easthampton. 413-695-0942. Natural-Vitality.com.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23 Digital Infrared Thermography Early Detection for Breast and Body Health – 7-8pm. Learn how thermography, natural breast healthcare, can detect inflammation and changes years before disease or cancer develops detecting the earliest changes in breasts, sternum and axilla. Early detection makes it possible for early intervention, with early intervention comes greater choices and better outcomes. Free. Johnson Compounding, 577 Main St, Waltham. 781-893-3870. MyThermography.com

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25 Release Your Inner HorsePower Cabin Retreat – Oct 25-27. A unique wilderness weekend in cabins for personal change and transformation with horses, yoga and more. Join Life Coach Brian Reid, his horse Brenda Lee and special guest teachers to experience the effectiveness of personal development and self-improvement principles in the midst of Mother Nature. $597. University of Rhode Island, W Alton Jones Campus, 401 Victory Hwy, West Greenwich. 401-402-0819. HorsesKnowTheWayHome.com.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26 Barktoberfest & Halloween Costume Contest – 10am-2pm. Join us for free samples, a costume contest, refreshments and trick or treating. Dog and cat goody bags to attendees. Prize for best costume. Free. Especially for Pets, 444 Great Rd, Rte 2A, Acton. 978-264-4444. EspeciallyForPets.com. Trigger Point Release Seminar – 1-2pm. Discover why gentle touch is so effective in reducing pain and tension in the body and learn techniques to effectively do this at home. Bring a partner as it requires another person to do it. Registration required as space is limited. Free. Newton Chiropractic & Wellness Centre, 383 Elliot St, Ste 250, Newton. 617-9643332. WellAdjusted.com.

Living and Leading with Authenticity through Full-Bodied Expression – 3-5pm. Workshop will lead participants through a variety of restorative stretches and easy to follow activities to help develop the body’s more effective and authentic expression. $20 suggested donation. Art, Mind, Body, 580 Cambridge St., Cambridge. 617-869-1551. CaitlinGreen.net.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29 Nutritional Supplements Lecture – 7-9pm. Information for all, from the casual walker to the competitive athlete. Learn about supplements you can take to optimize exercise training, promote energy, strength and endurance and enhance exercise recovery. Sponsored by Pure Encapsulation. Free. Johnson Compounding and Wellness Center, 577 Main St, Waltham. 781-893-3870. NaturalCompounder.com. Network Spinal Analysis Class – 7:30-8:30pm. Discover your body’s innate ability to heal itself through an advanced chiropractic technique called Network Spinal Analysis (NSA). Learn the basics of this fascinating modality, including a live demonstration. NSA can help you handle stress, overcome aches and pains, improve posture, and assist you in achieving a greater sense of overall wellbeing. Free. Newton Chiropractic & Wellness Centre, 383 Elliot St, Ste 250, Newton. 617-964-3332. WellAdjusted.com.

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daily Boutique Yoga – By appt only. 1-hr sessions designed specifically for the beginner. Come to this peaceful, comforting and well-balanced environment to begin or enrich your Vinyasa yoga practice. Private, semi-private, trio or quad. $100$125. Lifetime Health & Consulting, LLC, 1166 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge. 617-710-1337. HolisticKey.com. Dead Sea Scrolls: Life In Ancient Times – Thru Oct 14. Witness one of the most significant archaeological finds of the 20th century. Discover an amazing story where a Bedouin goat herder stumbled upon a hidden cave along the shore of the Dead Sea and discovered the scrolls. A once in a lifetime exhibit. Ticket includes general Exhibit Halls same day or within 6 months. $32/adults, $29/seniors 60+, $27/children 3-11. Museum of Science, 1 Science Park, Boston. 617-723-2500. MOS.org. Free Energy Yoga Class – Call for scheduling. 70-min class focused on building strength and warmth of the core. Move through periods of stretching, breathing postures and energy meditation. Dahn Holistic Fitness, 1773 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge. 617-354-9642. DahnHolisticFitness.com.


Free Tour of Symphony Hall – Musicians and engineers consider Boston’s Symphony Hall to be the most acoustically perfect concert space in the United States. Join volunteers on a 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. BSO.org. Yoga at The Breathing Room – Located next to Life Alive, this studio is like no other in that it offers various styles of yoga, massage, acupuncture and more. $25 explorer pass for 1 wk of yoga. The Breathing Room, 763 Massachusetts Ave, Ste 7, Cambridge. BreathingRoomBoston.com. Anxiety and Panic Support Group – 6:30pm. First day of every month. Designed to offer a place where people with common interests and experience can meet. Learn that you aren’t alone in your experience and knowledge is the key to living a symptom-free life. Free. Washington St, Newton. Doreen: 617-849-3198. UCanBFearFree.com. Alexander Technique for Neck, Back and Joint Pain – 7pm. First day of every month thru Oct 5. Learn how to improve postural balance and coordination, reduce mind and body tension and increase ease of movement using this technique. $50. Alexander Technique & Thai Yoga, 33A Harvard St, Ste 302, Brookline. 617-359-7841. AlexanderTec.com.

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sunday Gentle Beginners Morning Yoga – 10-11:15am. Also, All-Level Yoga, 11:30am-12:45pm. A perfect class for beginners or anyone looking to connect with the slower, softer side of yoga. The class sequence offers postures and breathing techniques that stretch and relax the body and calm the mind. $15/drop-in, $12/students with ID. The Lily Pad, 1353 Cambridge St, Cambridge. YogaWithNatalie.net. Free Breathing and Meditation Group – 2-3:15pm. Join us for bi-weekly breathing, relaxation and meditation sessions. Learn and experience practical tools for managing stress and energy in everyday life. All ages and levels welcome. Free. Dahn Holistic Fitness, 1773 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge. 617354-9642. DahnHolisticFitness.com. Jamaica Pond Sundays – 2-4pm. A free clinic to give Jamaica Pond walkers the experience of reduced neck, shoulders and back tension with better posture. No prior experience necessary. Jamaica Pond, Boat House, Boston. 617-359-7841. AlexanderTec.com. Tong Ren Energy Healing Class – 4-6:30pm. Tong Ren combines western knowledge of anatomy and physiology with the ancient principle of “chi,” or

Turn it up and Tune out Yoga Flow – 7:308:30pm. A detoxifying Vinyasa flow followed by a restorative finish to lead you to a blissful savasana. Class is to music. $10 suggested donation. The Breathing Room, 763 Mass. Ave, Ste 7, Cambridge. TheBreathingRoomBoston.com.

life force energy, to create what many consider to be a powerful new healing modality. Free, donation up to $10 accepted. Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, 300 First Ave, Charlestown. TomTam.com. Sunday Restorative Yoga – 5-6:15pm. Relax, stretch, de-stress and re-charge your whole system before your work week. Poses supported with blankets and bolsters. Open to everyone. $75/6-wk series, $15/drop-in. The Center at Westwoods, 590 Gay St, Westwood. 617-869-9574. SelfHealingSolutions.com. Expression Flow Yoga – 6:30-7:45pm. Expression Flow is a Vinyasa-based flow that incorporates vocal exercises to open the body and voice. Great for creative souls and those looking for more expressiveness in their lives. $10. The Breathing Room, 763 Massachusetts Ave, Ste 7, Cambridge. 570-574-1207. CaitlinGreen.net.

monday Community Acupuncture – Thru Dec 31. Also Wed & Fri. By appt. Affordable care for a healthy community. Acupuncture in a shared space, rather than private rooms enabling lower cost. Sliding scale, $35-$55 initial visit; $20-$40 follow-up visits. Green Tea Yoga, 10 Colonial Rd, Salem. 781-2692287. NSCAcupuncture.com. CrossTrain Class – 5-6am. Come to a challenging and fun class. Expect a warm up, combined upper and lower body exercises, endurance, strength and stamina development. All levels benefit. $10. Victory Field, 40 Orchard St, Watertown. Inclement weather at Watertown Center for Healing Arts, 22 Mt. Auburn St, Watertown. 617438-4467. YourHealthSense.com. Yoga at East End House – 5:30-6:30pm. A free (donation suggested) yoga class with Caitlin Green for the community. The East End House, 105 Sprint St, Cambridge. 617-824-8644. CaitlinGreen.net. Kripalu Yoga – 6pm. Start anytime. Walk-ins welcome. Experience deep relaxation, increased flexibility and renewed energy. Free/first session, $95/8 sessions, $15/walk-ins. The Well Street Station, 62 Mt. Auburn St, Watertown. 617-9231440. WellStreetStation.com. Open Meditation – 7-8:15pm. Join Rigpa Boston’s open meditation sessions whenever you wish. Open to everyone, from beginners to more experienced meditators. Donations accepted. Rigpa Boston, 24 Crescent St, Ste 308, Waltham. 619-906-4291. RigpaBoston.org. Hatha Yoga at Gallery 263 – 7:15-8:30pm. Increase flexibility, strength and balance. Relax and recharge mind and spirit. Intelligent sequencing and attention to alignment which will challenge all levels. $10. 263 Pearl St, Cambridgeport. 617-4599817. WatertownHolisticHealth.com. Community Contra Dance – 7:30-10:30pm. Make new friends while doing easy social dancing to great live music in a historic hall. Alcohol-, smoke- and perfume-free. Instruction provided; no need to bring a partner. $8, $5/22 or under. Concord Scout House, 74 Walden St, Concord. 978-369-1232. MondayContras.com. Yoga for Cyclists – 7:45-9:15pm. A beginnerfriendly class for cyclists and other athletes. Emphasis on releasing chronically tight muscles

wednesday and gently strengthening the core. Restorative poses used to release stress and cultivate deep relaxation. $17/drop-in. The Arlington Center, 369 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington. 781-316-0282. ArlingtonCenter.org.

tuesday Chi Lel Qigong for Integral Health – 11:15am12:15pm. Experience the healing power, learning gentle movement with visualization to build up your own energy. Discuss how effective qigong exercises can be and why they can help many health issues. $120/8-session series, $20/session. TS Center for Spiritual Studies, 21 Maple St, Arlington. 617-9979922. ArlingtonQiWellness.com. Noon Concerts on the Freedom Trail – 12pm. Stop by to hear a 30-40-minute concert. Performers vary each week and perform a wide variety of music ranging from jazz to folk, medieval to modern. $3 suggested donation. King’s Chapel, 64 Beacon St, Boston. 617-523-1749. Kings-Chapel.org. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu – 6:15-7:15pm. Beneficial in helping individuals gain more knowledge on how to defend oneself and increase self-discipline. Learn techniques that increase physical fitness and mental training. Call for free trial. Sarah’s School of Martial Arts, 1100 Mass Ave, 3rd fl, Arlington. 781-6410262. SarahsSchool.com. Zumba Toning – 6:30-7:30pm. Benefit mentally, emotionally and physically from the dance workout that has caused such a sensation all over the world. $100/10 classes, $12/walk-in. Dance Union, 16 Bow St, Somerville. 617-968-1695. ShapeUpPersonalTraining.com. Holistic Healing Reiki Clinic – 6:30-8:30pm. 2nd Tues. The Holistic Healing Reiki Clinic is offering Reiki sessions on a donation basis as a means of service to the community. Donations accepted. TS Center for Spiritual Studies, 21 Maple St, Arlington. 781-648-0101. TSBoston.org. Reiki Clinic – 6:30-8:30pm. 2nd Tues. Holistic Healing Reiki Clinic is offering Reiki sessions on a donations only basis. TS Center for Spiritual Studies, 21 Maple St, Arlington. For appt, Kathleen: KWelcome09@gmail.com or Doreen: 617-8493198. TSBoston.org. Gentle Yoga – 6:45-7:45pm. Yoga that is about moving slowly and attentively to improve physical, mental and emotional health. Come and try it. See BreatheInWellness.com for cost details. Breathe Wellness, 162 Cook Ln, Marlboro. 617-699-2389. AJourneyIntoHealth.com. Reiki Clinic – 7-9pm. Last Tues. An opportunity to try something new, crack open the door or just take a moment for yourself to de-stress. Appointments for 30-min sessions. $10 suggested. Sky Dancer’s, 788F Country Way, Ste 1, Scituate. 339-526-9759. SkyDancersNewAge.com.

Tong Ren Energy Healing Class – 12-1pm. Tong Ren combines western knowledge of anatomy and physiology with the ancient principle of “chi,” or life force energy, to create what many consider to be a powerful new healing modality. Free, donation up to $10 accepted. Forbes Library, 20 West St, Northampton. AmazingHealings.org. Community Acupuncture – 2:30-5:30pm. Also Thurs & Fri and Sun, 9:30am-12:30pm. Cambridge, Belmont and Watertown residents, take advantage of effective acupuncture at an affordable rate. Sliding scale $20-$40. Initial consultation $30-$50. OM Namo Community Acupuncture, 21 Belmont St, Cambridge. 617-868-0756. OMNamoCenter.com. Meditation Evenings – 7-8:30pm. Come to meditate and take part in a discussion. Both beginners and experienced meditators welcome. Light refreshments provided. $10/suggested donation. Advaita Meditation Center, 28 Worcester Ln, Waltham. 781-647-0020. AdvaitaMeditation. org. Philosophy Works: An Intro to Practical Philosophy – 7-9pm. Contact Dennis with questions related to Practical Philosophy. Free. TS Center for Spiritual Studies, 21 Maple St, Arlington. 978-443-1743. DJBlejer@verizon.net. TSBoston.com. Dance Freedom – 7:30-10:30pm. The oldest continually running weekly barefoot dance in the world. Live DJ music, a great workout, lots of fun and lots of interesting people to meet. Recharge and renew in a joyous, positive, drug- and alcoholfree environment. $10-$20 sliding scale. First Congregational Church, 11 Garden St, Cambridge. 617-312-3039. DanceFreedom.com.

thursday Rising Energy Flow – 7-8am. A morning Vinyasa class dedicated to your re-awakening. Come to set an intention and invigorate your energy for the week ahead. $10. The Breathing Room, 763 Massachusetts Ave, Ste 7, Cambridge. 570-5741207. CaitlinGreen.net. Gentle Kundalini Yoga and Gong Relaxation – 8:30-10am. Enjoy gentle yoga and meditation and deeply relax with the gong, the first and last instrument for the mind. $110/10 classes, $12/ drop-in. Newton Highlands Congregational Church, 54 Lincoln St, Newton Highlands. 617-733-2311. Reiki Healing Circle for Women on a Healing Journey with Cancer – 4-6pm. Once a month. Women trained in Reiki and at various stages in their healing journey come together to support each other. Uplifting, life affirming and healing. $35. Arlington Reiki Associates, 366 Mass Ave, Ste 304, Arlington. 781-648-9334. ArlingtonReiki.com. Zumba – 6:30-7:30pm. Benefit mentally, emotionally and physically from the dance workout that has caused such a sensation all over the

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world. $100/10 classes, $12/walk-in. Dance Union, 16 Bow St, Somerville. 617-968-1695. ShapeUpPersonalTraining.com. Somerville Road Runners Night 4.13 Miler – 7:15-8:15pm. It may be raining. It may be cold. The SRR Thursday night run will happen every week, no matter what. Free. Casey’s, 171 Broadway, Somerville. SRR.org/Events/ThursdayNight-Race. Observatory Night – 7:30-9:30pm. 3rd Thurs. A non-technical lecture and telescopic observing from the observatory roof if weather permits. Free. Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, 60 Garden St, Cambridge. 617-495-7461. CFA. Harvard.edu.

friday Heron Homeschool Wilderness Survival Program – 9:30am-2pm. Throughout Fall, Winter and Spring. Your child can learn wilderness living skills and nature awareness while fully immersed in nature. $50-$65/class, sliding scale. Amherst. 413-5220338. EarthWorkPrograms.com. Children’s Films – 10am & 11am. Free children’s movies at the library each week. Boston Public Library, East Boston Branch, 276 Meridian St, East Boston. 617-569-0271. BPL.org/Branches/ EastBoston.htm. Health Lecture Series – 10am. 1st Fri. An informative discussion for parents and caregivers on a variety of parent- and child-related topics such as: nutrition, behavior, community resources and more. Held in the Old Country Buffet, Watertown Mall, 550 Arsenal St, Watertown. 617-926-4968. Watertown-Mall.com. Yoga for All Levels – 10-11:30am. All-levels, Vinyasa flow-style yoga experience that offers a dynamic approach to a safe foundation. Say yes to exploring a deeper experience in your practice and join with your highest aspirations. $15. Samara Yoga Studio, 249 Elm St, Somerville. 617-393-2200. NamasteNutrition.net. Blood Pressure Screenings – 10am-12pm. Free blood pressure screenings on the 1st Fri each month in front of the Old Country Buffet. Watertown Mall, 550 Arsenal St, Watertown. 617-926-4968. Watertown-Mall.com. Zumbatomic™ – 4:30-5:15pm. A rockin’, high-energy fitness party packed with specially choreographed, kid-friendly routines and all the music kids like to groove to in a group. Develop a healthy lifestyle and incorporate fitness as a natural part of children’s lives. $100/10 classes, $12/walkin, $50/month for unlimited membership. Sarah’s School of Martial Arts, 1100 Mass Ave, 3rd fl, Arlington. 781-641-0262. SarahsSchool.com. Second Fridays Free – 5-8pm. Free evening at the MIT Museum on the 2nd Fri each month. Mingle with friends in the unique galleries and see some of the latest research coming out of MIT. MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge. 617-253-5927. MIT.edu/Museum. Zumba Family – 5:30-6:15pm. Something fun and healthy to do with your family. Class is toned down so that everyone can follow along. $100/10 classes, $12/walk-in, $50/month for unlimited membership. Sarah’s School of Martial Arts, 1100 Mass Ave, 3rd

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fl, Arlington. 781-641-0262. SarahsSchool.com. Zumba Fitness – 6:30-7:30pm. Achieve long-term benefits while experiencing an absolute blast in one exhilarating hour of calorie-burning, bodyenergizing, awe-inspiring movements meant to engage and captivate for life. Sarah’s School of Martial Arts, 1100 Mass Ave, 3rd fl, Arlington. 781-641-0262. SarahsSchool.com. Jam’n Java Open Mic and Coffeehouse – 6:309pm. 1st Fri. Sign up to play, or come and listen to talented local performers. Free. Jam’n Java, 594 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington. ArlOpenMic. wordpress.com. Friday Night Cooking Series – 6:30-9:30pm. Join us for a night of conversation, anecdotes and fun, and a detailed cooking demonstration. See website for specifics by week. $61. Cambridge Center for Adult Education, 56 Brattle St, Cambridge. CCAE. org. Glass Beadmaking – 6:30-9:30pm. Last Fri. An evening of glass, friends and wine. Spend 3 hrs in one of our studios to experience an introductory taste of working with hot glass in glassblowing and bead making. $75. Diablo Glass School, 123 Terrace St, Boston. 617-442-7444. DiabloGlassSchool.com. Conscious Body – 7-9pm. Exercise and enjoy your body while developing body awareness. Feel younger and rediscover play. Tone, stretch and release tension. Movement and massage for fun and wellness. No experience necessary. $15 or donation. Watertown Square MA, 22 Mt. Auburn St, Watertown. Register: 617-254-4088. Facebook. com/RezakkaMassage. Reiki Clinic – 7-9pm. First Fri. Experience a Reiki session at the Brenner Reiki Healing monthly Reiki Clinic. 30-min time slots available, call to schedule. $10. Brenner Reiki Healing, 324 Central St, Newton. 617-244-8856. BrennerReikiHealing.com.

saturday Morning Vinyasa Flow – 8-9:15am. All-levels class meant to get your blood flowing, body glowing and the intention of your spirit growing. Discounted rates for 6-wk sessions. $12/students and income challenged, $17/drop-in. Art, Mind, Body, 580 Cambridge St, Cambridge. 570-574-1207. Natural Healing with Chi-Lel Qigong – 11:15am12:15pm. Relieve allergies, headaches and joint stiffness. Lower high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes with Ancient Chinese mindful exercise. Experience the healing power of qigong. $20. Park Avenue Congregational Church, 50 Paul Revere Rd, Arlington. 617-997-9922. ArlingtonWellness.com. Glassblowing Sampler – 12-2pm. Every other Sat. Get a taste of the ancient art of glassblowing. Enjoy the excitement of playing with melted glass while making your very own souvenir. Learn how to gather glass from the furnace, and then control and shape it. Our experienced teachers will help you make a colorful paperweight for you to exhibit as your trophy. $75. Diablo Glass School, 123 Terrace St, Boston. 617-442-7444. DiabloGlassSchool.com. Live Music – 7:30-10pm. Enjoy local food, music and art. No cover charge. Nourish Restaurant, 1727 Massachusetts Ave, Lexington. 781-674-2400. NourishLexington.com.

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ACUPUNCTURE BETTER LIFE ACUPUNCTURE & HERBS Midgie Franz, LicAc, Herbalist, MBA MidgieFranz@gmail.com AcuMidgie.com

Gentle and effective acupuncture treatments, herbal medicine consultations, diet and lifestyle counseling. Specializing in chronic pain, migraines, fertility, autoimmune disorders, digestive upsets and stress management.


Certified Alexander Technique Teacher; Certified Thai Yoga Therapist 33A Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02445 617-359-7841 AlexanderTec.com Learn to relieve and prevent excess tension and manage the stress in your life. Improve your posture without any holding. Learn mind/body tools for personal growth or simply enjoy a relaxing Thai yoga session.


2285 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140 617-651-3213 SeetalCheema.co Seetal Cheema is a board certified physician in anesthesia and pain management, offering holistic medical care, including acupuncture and yoga.


150 California St, Newton MA 02458 617-558-1788 NESA.edu NESA is the first school of acupuncture in the U.S. and provides a rigorous acupuncture education along with affordable health care to the community. See ad page 8.

VISIONS HEALTHCARE 910 Washington St (Rte 1A) Dedham, MA 02026 170 Worcester St (Rte 9) Wellesley, MA 02481 781-431-1333 VisionsHealthCare.com

Acupuncturists at Visions HealthCare are able to provide relief for a variety of concerns including but not limited to insomnia, allergies, digestion, pain, fatigue, etc. See ad on the back cover.


910 Washington St (Rte 1A) Dedham, MA 02026 170 Worcester St (Rte 9) Wellesley, MA 02481 781-431-1333 VisionsHealthCare.com Effectively using BioIdentical Hormone Therapy for 9 years; expert gynecologist passionate about supporting women to ease transition through all life phases. Accepts most major insurances. See ad on the back cover.





393 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 781-507-4226 HolisticHealingPT.com

Kristine Jelstrup, LMT, CBK 126 Prospect St, Ste 5 617-833-3407 Kristine@CentralSquareHealthAnd Wellness.com CentralSquareHealthAndWellness.com Achieve optimal health, physically, emotionally, nutritionally. Kristine works with the subtle energies of the body to clear nervous system interference, creating a balanced body. See ad page 31.

Bioidentical Hormone Treatment CONNIE A. JACKSON, MD

55 Pond Ave, Brookline, MA 02445 132 Great Rd, Ste 201, Stow, MA 01775 617-232-0202 (Brookline) 617-879-0403 (Stow) Connie.A.Jackson.MD@gmail.com ConnieAJacksonMD.com

I’m a Physical Therapist with 20+ years experience helping people recover from pain using gentle, effective Bodywork techniques including Craniosacral Therapy and Fascial Mobilization. See ad page 30.


Rezakkah Norins 22 Mount Auburn St, Watertown 02472 617-254-4088 Facebook.com/RezakkahMassage 20 years of experience with many techniques, Rezakkah offers comprehensive bodywork tailored to each individual’s needs. Specializing in oncology massage and self-care education.

Specializing in Hormonal Imbalance and Individualized Natural Bioidentical Hormone Treatment for irregular menstrual cycles, hot flashes, night sweats, low sex drive, irritability, fatigue, poor concentration, poor memory, depression and sleep disturbances. Accepting most major insurances. See ad page 20.

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781-296-5158 A23AFin@hotmail.com As a Neuro Linguistic Programming master, Aaron works with people who want to improve the quality of their life. Also uses reflexology and the powerful effects of Reiki for healing and balance.

Julie Burke, DC 617-964-3332 Info@WellAdjusted.com

We are an integrative holistic center, with a caring team of Network Spinal Analysis chiropractors, massage therapists, Shiatsu and Reiki practitioners and a Wellness Coach. See ad page 25.

HORSES KNOW THE WAY HOME Brian Reid Info@HorsesKnowTheWayHome.com HorsesKnowTheWayHome.com


Brian Reid is an internationally acclaimed life coach with Brenda Lee, a Shire horse. Through his discoveries with Brenda Lee, Brian founded Horses Know The Way Home and developed 13 principles that guide his teachings. See ad page 3.

910 Washington St (Rte 1A) Dedham, MA 02026 170 Worcester St (Rte 9) Wellesley, MA 02481 781-431-1333 VisionsHealthCare.com Patient-centered, evidence-based spinal care and soft tissue work to decrease pain and improve mobility. Accepts major health insurances. Weekend and evening hours available. See ad on the back cover.


Marie Wetmore, Certified Coach 781-670-7090 Marie@LionsShareCoaching.com Accomplish your goals: coaching for self-care, balance, organization, time management, career change, professional success, etc. Manage decisions and transitions confidently. Learn to self-coach. Individual coaching and workshops available. Call for a free trial.


617-640-3813 Kim@KimChilds.com KimChilds.com Ready to get unstuck and on track with your goals and passions? Asking “What’s next?” Kim uses the practices and principles of Positive Psychology and The Artist’s Way to assist you in making your life more joyful, meaningful and authentic


Liz Marcano-Pucillo 640 Washington St, Dedham, MA 02026 781-329-3800 Liz@InternalWellnessCtr.com InternalWellnessCtr.com

DESIGNED ALLIANCE: A COACHING PARTNERSHIP Leigh Doherty Leigh@DesignedAlliance.com DesignedAlliance.com

Designed Alliance works with each client in a collaborative coaching partnership to clarify, articulate and create action plans toward self-identified growth, positive change and achievement. See ad page 29.


industry. See ad page 27.

Receive professional colon hydrotherapy by a national board certified therapist using the Angel of Water system. The most comfortable and private system in the

compounding & wellness pharmacy JOHNSON COMPOUNDING AND WELLNESS CENTER Stephen Bernardi 577 Main St, Waltham, MA 02452 781-893-3870 Fax: 781-899-1172 Steve@NaturalCompounder.com NaturalCompounder.com

JCWC is the only sterile and non-sterile PCAB-accredited pharmacy in Massachusetts. In addition to our compounding service, we offer a full range of nutritional supplements, natural products, homeopathic remedies and home health care equipment. See ads pages 2 and 37.

dentist DR. IVETA IONTCHEVA-BAREHMI DMD, MS, D.SC. 1842 Beacon St, Ste 302, Brookline, MA 617-868-1516 BostonDentalWellness.com

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 27.

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

The only holistic center of its kind on the East Coast. Groton Wellness synergistically fuses state-of-the-art Biological Dentistry with Integrative Medicine to meet the health needs of the whole person. We are professionals in preventative and functional medicine, general and pediatric dentistry, orthodontics, detoxification, spa therapy, nutrition and a host of complementary therapies. We work with you to develop a personal, comprehensive plan that achieves wellness and balance from head to toe. This is our mission. See ad page 2 and 9.

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781-891-5439 Abbey1239@aol.com AbbeysDogTraining.com Abbey Brown has been successfully working with dog behavior and obedience training since 1980. She has a master’s degree in psychology and animal behavior. See ad page 37.


39 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02445 77 Spring St, Shaw’s Plaza, West Roxbury, MA 02132 Brookline: 617-566-5656; West Roxbury: 617-325-4800 MA.Brookline@KokoFitClub.com MA.WRoxbury@KokoFitClub.com KokoFitClub.com World’s first automated personal training studio offering highly effective, efficient, customized workouts guided and monitored by the proprietary Smartraining technology in a spa-like setting. See ad page 7.


12 Pelham Terrace, Arlington, MA 781-646-6319 BostonHerbalStudies.com We offer two Herbal Apprenticeship Programs, Advanced Training, Aromatherapy Certification and a series of Thursday evening and Saturday afternoon classes. Please visit our website. See ad page 31.

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

Personalized, comprehensive consultations with experienced herbalists. Whether it’s the flu or a chronic illness, or simply to build greater vitality, herbal medicine can help. See ad page 25.


Integrative physician RAJKA MILANOVIC, MD

978-712-8011 Info@TeamNorthrupNE.com TeamNorthrupNE.com As your lifestyle advocate, I’ll facilitate your success in building your own health and wellness business so you can take control of your life. See ad page 20.

Integrative/Functional Medicine

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

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

integrative therapy BODYMIND RESOURCING


Lydian Center for Innovative Medicine, 777 Concord Ave, Ste 301, Cambridge, MA 617-299-6151 ModernIntegrativeMedicine.com Naturopathic medicine address root causes of illness, interconnection of body-systems, and approaches each patient based on their individualized needs. Specialties: gastrointestinal, mood, autoimmune, adrenal, cardiovascular, blood sugar and neurological issues.

Alison Shaw APRN, LMT, CEH 393 Massachusetts Ave Arlington, MA 02474 781-646-0686 Alison@BodymindResourcing.org 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 11.



617 524 7628 PmcHoward@hotmail.com BeAwakeAtWork.com

910 Washington St (Rte 1A) Dedham, MA 02026 781-431-1333 VisionsHealthCare.com Board-Certified Family Medicine physician trained in Functional Medicine accepting new patients of all ages for Primary Care or consultation. Accepts most major health insurances. See ad on the back cover.

With a background in Energy Healing & Consciousness (Barbara Brennan), Sound and Mindfulness, Patricia supports you in understanding and releasing patterns that no longer serve you so you can blossom. See ad page 30.



910 Washington St (Rte 1A) Dedham, MA 02026 781-431-1333 VisionsHealthCare.com Board Certified through the American Board of Family Medicine as well as the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine. Available for primary care and consultation. See ad on the back cover.

170 Worcester St (Rte 9) Wellesley, MA 02481 910 Washington St (Rte 1A) Dedham, MA 02026 781-431-1333 VisionsHealthCare.com

Licensed Mental Health Clinician and Behavioral Health Specialist with over 15 years of experience; integrative approach. Specialties: anxiety, panic, depression, stress, anger, etc. Accepts insurance. See ad on the back cover.

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Raven Sadhaka Seltzer, MA, E-RYT500 617-942-0644 SelfHealingSolutions.com

Feeding mind-body-spirit through therapeutic and restorative yoga, Ayurvedic counseling, meditation, pranayam and Reiki; specializing in low back pain and digestive issues. See ad page 31.

integrative veterinary medical care MASH MAIN ST ANIMAL SERVICES OF HOPKINTON Margo Roman, DVM 72 W Main St, Hopkinton, MA 01748 508-435-4077 MASHVet.com

A full-service integrative veterinary clinic offering caring and healthful options and modalities like acupuncture, functional nutrition, homeopathy, chiropractic, herbs, ozone therapy, surgery and dentistry. See ad page 37.



Improve all your relationships. Learn to navigate difficult conversations with confidence. Our training programs show you how. See ad page 29.

All-natural body products made from the purest ingredients in the world. Dead Sea minerals, salts and aromatherapy sprays, lip elixirs, body powders and handmade soaps. See ad page 12.

150 Fearing St, Ste 4-A Amherst MA 01002 413-230-3260 Connect@MediateYourLife.com MediateYourLife.com


Susan Shaw Saari, Lic.Ac., CCT, MEd, MAOM, Diplomate in Acupuncture (NCCAOM) 781-899-2121 Sue@Thpclinic.com MyThermography.com 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 21.


Qi, The Inner Gym, 419 Boylston St, Boston 617-838-0928 EyesOnYoga.com We yoga our bodies, why not our eyes? Improve: vision, memory, reading, relaxation, inner sight while reducing dependence on glasses for individuals, groups, yoga classes.


Phyllis Wilson 781-883-2282 Phyllis@WiseBlueLotus.com WiseBlueLotus.com

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



6 Emily Ct Gt, Barrington 617-360-1929 Fax: 413-332-0719 Kristine@KBahr.co KBahr.co


Vicki Loberman 617-610-9551 Vicki@Room2Improve.us Room2Improve.us

Individualized plans based on nutrient, metabolic and hormonal and digestive testing. Call Kristine Bahr, Lic Nutritionist. Insurance accepted. See ad page 11.


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We partner with clients to identify and overcome barriers to living a healthy lifestyle. Services include wellness coaching, professional organizing, personal training and stress management.

Kimberly Sparks 401-822-1530 SkyTherapy@aol.com SkyTherapyInc.com/4Wellness SkyTherapy.org


570-574-1207 Caitlin.Elizabeth.Green@gmail.com CaitlinGreen.net

Works one-on-one to develop a program for your body/mind to be brought back into balance. Currently accepting new clients.

YOGA THERAPY ALAINE AMARAL, BFA, RYT 170 Worcester St (Rte 9) Wellesley, MA 02481 910 Washington St Dedham, MA 02026 781-431-1333 VisionsHealthCare.com

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


Natural Iodine Supplementation A Must for Most Americans


e all need iodine, yet most of us don’t get enough of it through our diet. A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that iodine deficiency in the developed world has increased fourfold in the past 40 years and now affects nearly three-quarters of all adults. Numerous U.S. practicing physicians quoted widely in the media estimate that the incidence of hypothyroidism in our adult population may be between 30 and 70 percent. Thus, we can’t efficiently produce the thyroid hormones that serve as chemical messengers triggering nearly every bodily function. The presence or absence of iodine affects our every cell. Natural Awakenings Detoxifed Iodine is 100 percent natural, raw iodine in an ethyl alcohol solution. We thank all those that are benefiting from this product and enthusiastically telling us their great results.  Available only at NAWebstore.com  My wife, who suffered from extreme fatigue and other symptoms, saw a dramatic increase in energy after just a few days of taking the natural iodine drops. Now if she misses a day, she’ll end up falling asleep in the middle of the afternoon, like she used to do before taking the iodine. It works! ~ Aaron My doctor told me that I had a hypothyroid condition, prescribed medication and was happy with the follow-up test results, yet I noticed no positive effects on my overall wellbeing. Within two weeks of using the Natural Awakenings Detoxified Iodine, I had more energy, felt more awake and enjoyed clearer thinking and greater peace of mind. People even comment that I look younger. I am a fan! ~ Larry

Be Aware of Hypothyroidism Symptoms Low thyroid function, or hypothyroidism, is the most recognized and obvious indicator of low iodine intake because the thyroid gland contains more concentrated iodine than other organs. Symptoms can range from extreme fatigue and weight gain to depression, carpal tunnel syndrome, high blood pressure, fibrocystic breasts and a variety of skin and hair problems. Hypothyroidism can further cause infertility, joint pain, heart disease and stroke. Low iodine levels also have been associated with breast and thyroid cancers. In children, insufficient iodine has been strongly linked with mental retardation,

deafness, attention deficient and hyperactivity disorder and impaired growth, according to studies by Boston University, China’s Jiao Tong University School of Medicine and France’s National Academy of Medicine. The answer is simple: Taking the right kind of iodine in the right dosage can rebalance thyroid function and restore health to the thyroid and the whole body.

Reasons Behind Iodine Deficiency Radiation: Almost everyone is routinely exposed to iodine-depleting radiation emitted by cell phones, Wi-Fi, microwave ovens and other electronic devices. Iodized table salt: The human body cannot utilize the iodine added to this product. Low-sodium diets: Failure to use healthy salts to fulfill sodium requirements, plus over-

use of zero-nutrient table salt in foods, leads to iodine depletion. Bromine: This toxic chemical overrides iodine’s abilities to nourish the thyroid, adrenal and other hormone-producing glands. A known carcinogen, it is used as an anticaking ingredient found in almost all baked goods, unless the ingredients specifically cite unbromated flour. Iodine-depleted soils: Due to poor farming techniques, iodine and other minerals in soil have declined, so most foods today are devoid of naturally occurring iodine. Proper iodine supplementation with a high-quality product like Natural Awakenings Detoxified Iodine can prevent harm by protecting the thyroid and other endocrine glands and restoring proper hormone production.

Your Thyroid Needs Protection! Natural Awakenings Detoxified Iodine Can Provide the Protection You Need

Almost everyone is routinely exposed to iodine-depleting radiation emitted by cell phones, WI-FI and microwave ovens. Proper iodine supplementation with a high-quality product like Natural Awakenings DETOXIFIED IODINE can prevent harm by protecting the thyroid and restoring proper hormone production. Iodine replacement has been reported to give relief from: • Depression • Fibromyalgia • Hyperthyroidism • Hypothyroidism

• Weight Gain • Low Energy • Radiation • Bacteria & Viruses

Don’t delay, order yours today! Available only at: NAWebstore.com Or call: 888-822-0246 $20 for a 4-6 week supply SPECIAL SHIPPING - $5•up to 8 bottles

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