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letterfrompublisher Waking Up


’ve often felt that “I need to be hit in the head with a hammer” before waking up to a lesson that has, in retrospect, been blatantly staring me in the face for years. I’m happy that recently my best life education has come in the form of a more finely tuned ability to “witness my with-ness” as my dear friend and mentor Brian Sean Reid puts it. Brian has skillfully and diligently been finding new and creative ways to teach me what I need to companion my journey ever since we started working together. I’ve spent much of this time simultaneously fighting the teachings and facing inner demons at the level I’ve been ready to face them, as we all must, in order to grow beyond our old selves and the stories we make up in our minds that limit our ability to achieve what we most desire. By the time you read this, we’ll have completed the second Revolution of Consciousness (RoC) event held on September 24 in Boston. Unbeknownst to me, when the title of our event was born, it triggered an adventure that became my inner being’s way of guiding me to new levels of understanding my own “inner human complex”. This phrase comes from the work I’m currently immersed in, aptly titled, The Inner Everest Expedition, created by author Kelly McCormack. She’s another cherished mentor the Universe has delivered to me since I realized that I’m no longer willing to settle for playing it small. I am driven to learn more about what makes me tick, while more consciously choosing to do things previously far beyond my comfort zone. As it happens, I’ve been in the midst of creating an internal revolution of consciousness parallel to the manifestation of RoC. All unknowingly, I set an intention that put me on a path that would force me either to grow or metaphorically die if I didn’t step up to the growth required to pull it off. We all face basic human challenges. Along the way we tell ourselves different versions of the similar stories and either face up to or deny our ability to conquer the next challenge or phase of growth. When we open ourselves to the realization that we can’t do it alone, good people show up to support us. Unexpected blessings appear where we may have previously seen little hope. Blessings and appreciation go out to you with heartfelt thanks for being the driving force behind this publication. My intention has always been to help others make connections that will help them find ways to improve both individual and collective peace of mind. To inner peace and endless growth,

Maisie Raftery, Publisher

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newsbriefs New Inspiring and Insightful Spiritual Study Group to Meet


he North Smithfield Trilingual Rhode Island Center for Spiritual Living Study Group will meet monthly from 10 a.m. to noon, October 21, November 4 and December 2, at One Voice Studio, in North Smithfield, Rhode Island. This group is affiliated with the Concordia Center for Spiritual Living in Warwick, Rhode Island. The fall study group, led by licensed spiritual practitioners Natalia deRezendes and Tracy Ahmadian, will be studying and discussing This Thing Called You, written by Ernest Holmes, founder of Science of Mind, and the Ancient Toltec Wisdom of Don Miguel Ruiz and The Four Agreements. This new thought philosophy will be taught in Spanish, Portuguese and English. In addition, a fall Trilingual Celebration of Love and Light, incorporating music, movement and new thought philosophy, will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., October 15, at Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, in Warwick. Weekly services take place every Sunday morning at 9:15 a.m. Location: One Voice Studio, 411 Central St., North Smithfield; Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 West Shore Rd., Warwick. For more information about the study group, call Natalia deRezendes at 401-323-7664 or email Nataliade, or call Tracy Ahmadian at 401-4863215 or email See ad on page 11.

Andrew Zimmern Co-Hosts Seventh Annual Babson Food Day


oin others in a celebration of young leaders of new, good food businesses as well as established and esteemed restaurateurs from around Boston on October 18, at Babson College’s seventh annual Food Day. This free event showcases entrepreneurship as both a tool and a mindset to positively influence how eaters think about, select and consume food, and how entrepreneurs learn, connect dots and build on their visions. Co-hosted by extraordinary Entrepreneur in Residence Andrew Zimmern, Babson Food Day fuels the energy, creativity and generosity of eaters and entrepreneurs working together for a brighter food future. The event is free to attend, no registration required, and open to the public. Cost: Free. Location: Babson College, 231 Forest St., Wellesley. For more information, visit


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New Compost Service to Transform Food


hether one lives in a small space in the city with no room to compost, a suburban neighborhood where enjoying a beautiful garden is better than dealing with the flies and smells of a compost pile, or a rural area where raccoons and skunks have more fun in the compost than one would digging and sifting to get to the black gold, everyone can benefit from City Compost’s new home composting service. City Compost’s new, one-of-a-kind, weekly service occurs directly at the individual’s residence with a fresh bucket dropped off each week. All types of food, including meat and dairy, cooked and raw, oily and saucy can be included plus plain paper products and uncolored newspaper print as well. The best part is that customers can opt to receive independently processed compost back (start now and in time for next spring) or it goes to support growing more fresh food elsewhere. Adam Jankauskas of City Compost shares, “Just one full bucket creates enough compost for a new square foot of gardening space. I am so excited about seeing fresh food growing all over, increasing access to fresh produce for everyone, all while saving people money.”

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he Organic Mattress is launching a timely collection of upholstered furniture that uses all-natural and non-toxic ingredients and upholstery fabrics for this fall. Donna Halloran, formerly of Ekla Home Furniture, brings her 12 years of experience in the non-toxic home furnishings industry with her to choose the safe components and upholstery fabrics for this new line. This collection is for purists that regard good health and indoor quality as highest priorities. Numerous research studies are finding that flame retardants and other chemicals in household products are causing serious health issues. The flame retardants alone have been associated with endocrine disruption, thyroid malfunctioning, infertility, lower I.Q.s, low sperm count and certain types of cancer. The findings of these studies are mirroring the decades of buried findings about chemical toxicity that are highlighted in the Poison Papers (, a vast trove of rediscovered chemical industry and regulatory agency documents and correspondence stretching back to the 1920s. For more information, visit See ad on page 27.

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands, but seeing with new eyes. ~Marcel Proust

Online Silent Auction Fundraiser for Health Choice Massachusetts Nonprofit


ealth Choice Massachusetts will hold an online auction fundraiser from November 1 through 7 to benefit the organization’s mission of advocating for patients’ rights. The organization focuses on advocating for patient education, autonomy and full disclosure in health decision-making, providing education regarding nutrition, healing and prevention of chronic illnesses for children and adults, and supporting legislation that preserves patient choice in Massachusetts. Bidding items include gift cards/certificates, experience vouchers, natural health products, houseware, furniture and more. Auction items will be awarded to the highest bidder with all proceeds to go to Health Choice Massachusetts. All donations are tax-deductible. Donor companies will be featured on the Health Choice Massachusetts Facebook page and heavily promoted across social media leading up to auction. For the latest auction information, visit To donate or for further inquiry, call 617-218-7096 or email Fundraising@


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oin Climate Action Business Association and Save That Stuff from 6 to 8 p.m., October 19, at the Old Church West, in Boston, for a panel discussion about emerging drivers and opportunities for entrepreneurs working to make wealth from waste. The circular economy is an emerging economic model that promotes innovation and creative business models for advancing zero waste practices and products. Hear from panelists about their successes, challenges and future business opportunities in the circular economy. Panelists include Gavin Bodkin, co-owner and COO of Circular Blu, an award-winning Boston-based startup that re-purposes hospital plastics into sustainable products; Joel Dashnaw, a territory manager for Save That Stuff, a Boston-based resource management company enabling more than 3,000 New England businesses and institutions to safely and efficiently get rid of paper recyclables and a wide variety of other recoverable scrap materials otherwise destined for the dumpster; and John Lively, director of Environment and Materials at Preserve, a Waltham-based certified B Corporation that is the leading maker of performance-driven and stylish, 100 percent recycled household products. This event is part of CABA’s Local Emerging Market Series in which it focuses on specific industries to encourage dialogue within the local industry. Over the past five years, Massachusetts has become the national incubator for innovative business solutions to climate change. CABA has developed a free series of reports, Local Emerging Market Reports (LEMR), to offer a spotlight on what they see as further opportunities for leadership in the transition to a carbon-free economy.

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newsbriefs Dinno Health Celebrates 20 Years of Acton Pharmacy Ownership


aad Dinno, RPh, FIACP, FACA, and Raied (Ray) Dinno, RPh, the brothers, pharmacists, founders and co-owners of Dinno Health, are proud to announce their 20th year of ownership of Acton Pharmacy, a full-service, independent pharmacy serving the local community. Established c.1927, Acton Pharmacy, in Acton, will celebrate the landmark achievement of Dinno ownership by hosting a health and wellness fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., October 14. The free event is open to all residents and will feature face painting, free blood pressure readings, a yoga class, a raffle, free giveaways and much more.   “We have been honored to provide patient-centered health services to this wonderful community for so many years,” says Saad Dinno. “We thought there is no better way to celebrate this milestone than by hosting a health and wellness fair for our loyal customers. We are looking forward to seeing many familiar faces and having a fun day at the pharmacy.”   The 20th anniversary event will be preceded by a free lecture on depression and mental health, presented by Dr. Sara Bolton, a psychiatrist affiliated with McLean Hospital, from 7 to 8 p.m., October 11, at Acton Pharmacy.   Acton Pharmacy is one of three neighborhood pharmacies owned and operated by Dinno Health. The others are West Concord Pharmacy, in Concord, and Keyes Drug, in Newton.  Each store is a full-service pharmacy offering prescription items and other specialty items such as medical supplies, surgical stockings, and a full line of nutraceuticals, supplements and other natural products. Compounded prescription medications are available at Acton Pharmacy and Keyes Drug. Cost: Free. Location: Acton Pharmacy, 563 Massachusetts Ave., Acton. For more information, visit See ad on this page and Resource Guide on page 39.

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atural Awakenings magazine is sporting a new look. After being unveiled in Florida’s Collier/Lee edition that serves Naples and Fort Myers—the first of a family of magazines that has grown to encompass 85 U.S. cities, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic—in July, the new logo and cover design will appear in all editions BUILDING starting in Transformative BETTER BONES TRA VEL October. Bounce, Leap & Outer Adventures Lunge Your Way Inner Journeys to Bone Health OthCreating The Right er design Community Chiropractor 15 elements are expected to be refreshed in the near future to align with the evolution of the national content already underway. The plans were announced at the Natural Awakenings’ Publishers Conference in Orlando in May. “We’ve kept up with new, cutting-edge trends and developments in all areas of sustainable, healthy living through the years, so it’s only natural for our look to also evolve,” says Sharon Bruckman, CEO and founder of Natural Awakenings Publishing Corporation. “The new cover format enables us to highlight more of the content offered inside the issue. The changes also reflect the success of our mission in supporting the presence and growth of the natural living movement to the point where it’s beneficially influencing mainstream media content.” Launched by Bruckman with a single magazine in 1994, Natural Awakenings is now one of the largest, free, local, healthy lifestyle publications worldwide, serving approximately 3.5 million readers. FR




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esearchers from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in Boston, followed 108,630 U.S. women enrolled in the Nurses’ Health Study between 2000 and 2008, comparing their mortality rates with the amount of vegetation around their homes. The researchers also accounted for related risk factors such as age, socioeconomic status, race and ethnicity, and smoking behaviors. They concluded that subjects living in the greenest areas had a 12 percent lower mortality rate than those living in the least lush areas during the study period.

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esearchers from the Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital, in New York City, studied the impact of music therapy on 60 patients that had undergone spinal fusion surgery. Half received a 30-minute music therapy session, along with standard postoperative care, within 72 hours of surgery. The other half received only standard care. The scientists used the visual analog scale to measure pain before and after music therapy in both groups concurrently. The patients receiving music therapy experienced average pain level reductions from 6.2 to 5.09, while the control group averaged slight increases in pain, from 5.2 to 5.87. “The degree of change in the music group is notable for having been achieved by non-pharmacologic means, with little chance of adverse effects,” explains Center Director and study co-author Joanne Loewy. “Pain is subjective and personal, and warrants an individualized approach to care. Certified, licensed music therapists can tailor treatment to each patient’s musical preferences and address their pain level.”

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study from the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, examined the impact of regular walking on people with vascular cognitive impairment, the second-most common form of dementia. The ailment occurs when blood vessels become damaged by cardiovascular disease, impeding good blood circulation and making the brain work harder. The researchers scanned the brains and conducted computerized decision-making and attention tests on 38 people with mild, early forms of vascular cognitive impairment. Half of the subjects were asked to participate in supervised, one-hour walking sessions three times per week for a six-month period. The remaining subjects did not walk. After six months, the walking group showed improvements in both blood pressure and brain function, with their brains requiring less effort during the decision-making and attention tests.

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pirulina platensis, a single-celled blue-green algae used in supplements, is often taken for the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases. A new study from Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, in Iran, tested the efficacy of spirulina supplementation on the body mass index (BMI), weight and cholesterol levels of 64 obese adults between the ages of 20 and 50. Subjects were divided into intervention and placebo groups. The intervention group took twice-daily supplements of Spirulina platensis for 12 weeks. BMI, fasting blood samples and lipid profiles were assessed at the beginning and end of the study, and food intake and appetite were reported daily. The scientists found more than double the reductions in both body weight and BMI in the spirulina group, compared to the control group. In addition, reductions in both total cholesterol and appetite were found in the intervention group.

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Columbus Day Renamed to Honor First Peoples Many people feel that Christopher Columbus is partly responsible for the genocide of Native Americans, and bestowing him a day of celebration adds insult to injury. In a progressive move, the Anadarko City Council, in Oklahoma, unanimously voted to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day—observed this year on October 9. City employees get the holiday off, and other municipalities in Oklahoma have followed suit.

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Court Removes Manmade Barriers A legal challenge in Washington state may require spending nearly $2 billion to restore salmon habitat by removing barriers that block fish migration. The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a 2013 ruling ordering the state to fix or replace hundreds of culverts that allow streams to pass beneath roads, but block the salmon. Lorraine Loomis, chair of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission, states, “This is a win for salmon, treaty rights and everyone that lives here.” The group represents 21 tribes in western Washington that challenged the state over the culverts in 2001, part of decades-long litigation over tribal fishing rights. She advises, “Fixing fish-blocking culverts under state roads will open up hundreds of miles of habitat and result in more salmon.”

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Decaying Autumn Leaves Feed Summer Gardens In many parts of the U.S., autumn brings fallen leaves, and the benefits of composting can be extended via leaf molding. “You get new leaves every year. You don’t need to take leaves to a landfill or burn them,” advises Lee Reich, Ph.D., a garden and orchard consultant in New Paltz, New York ( Digging or tilling leaves into garden beds and containers, using them as mulch, fosters natural soil conditioning, supplies beneficial nutrients and enriches earthworm habitat. estimates that 50 to 80 percent of tree nutrients end up in their leaves. According to, “Leaf mold prevents extreme fluctuations in soil temperature, keeps the soil surface loose so water penetrates easily, retains soil moisture by slowing water evaporation and stimulates biological activity, creating a microbial environment that helps thwart pests.” One method comprises piling leaves in a corner of the yard or in a wood or wire bin at least three feet wide and tall. Thoroughly dampen the entire pile and let it sit, checking the moisture level occasionally during dry periods and adding water if necessary. Another option is to fill a large plastic bag with leaves and moisten them. Seal the bag, and then cut some holes or slits for airflow. Check every month or two and add water if the leaves are dry. Either way, the decomposition process for most leaves can take six to 12 months; reports that some leaves, like oak, can take up to three years to decompose. Hasten the process by mowing the leaves a couple of times before adding them to the pile or bag; turning them over every few weeks with a shovel or garden fork; or covering the contained pile with a plastic tarp to keep the leaves wetter and warmer.

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booknews When Angels Play Poker by Maura O’Leary


aura O’Leary’s personal experiences with angel signs and messages inspired her to write When Angels Play Poker (published by Inspiring Voices), a story about the adventures in heaven when an ordinary couple go about their lives on Earth, while being watched over, prayed for and loved every day. A fast paced page-turner, When Angels Play Poker is the first novel in a three-part series. “This is a unique and imaginative tale of what it is like every day in heaven,” says O’Leary. “I believe and feel from the angels that they are just full of joy and do fun things together, like dance and play poker. But their priority is to watch over all of us daily.” Written from the heart over several years, O’Leary hopes that her story “will inspire readers, impact their lives and hopefully, make them want to share this inspiring tale with others,” she says. Maura O’Leary is a successful business executive, who has been an intuitive all her life. She is also a reiki practitioner, certified medium and angel messenger. She lives in the Boston area. Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and

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Copper H2O: Staying Hydrated the Ayurvedic Way by Jessica Rose


id you know that drinking water stored in a copper water bottle can be beneficial to your health? According to ayurvedic medicine, water stored in a copper vessel (which is known as “tamra jal�) balances the three doshas in the body (vata, kapha and pitta) by gently infusing the water with the many positive health properties of copper. For example, copper is anti-bacterial, acts as an effective anti-oxidant, improves immunity, supports good health, prevents aging, eliminates toxins and free radicals and stimulates the brain. Although the concept of storing water in copper vessels arose centuries ago and has its origins in ayurvedic medicine, the practice is increasingly gaining attention from the mainstream scientific community. In fact, recent scientific studies have shown that drinking water stored in a copper vessel can have attractive health benefits. According to ayurvedic medicine, drinking water from a copper vessel can improve the digestive system, help build a strong immune system, slow the aging process, maintain cardiovascular health, support the thyroid gland, stimulate the brain, fight arthritis and inflamed joints, and keep skin healthy and acne free. Recent studies have also shown that storing water in a copper vessel is a great way to safely and inexpensively make natural alkaline water. Many health advocates believe that alkaline water helps neutralize acidity in the

body and thereby increases energy levels, boosts the immune system, supports weight loss, detoxifies the body, cleanses the colon, rejuvenates the skin and supports the health of muscles and joints. Recent studies have shown that alkaline water can benefit those with high blood pressure, diabetes, or high cholesterol, and that it can also neutralize acid in the bloodstream leading to improved circulation and increased oxygen distribution throughout the body. Not all copper water bottles are created equal, so be sure to do your research and invest in a quality copper bottle. In particular, make sure to choose a copper bottle made from 100 percent pure high-grade food safe copper with no other metals, alloys or lining. You may also wish to choose a copper bottle with a hammered texture, as this increases the surface area of copper on the inside of the bottle and thereby enhances the health benefits. Copper H2O offers high-quality copper water bottles along with good karma: it donates 15 percent of its profits to several nonprofit organizations that work to supply clean drinking water in developing countries. Copper H2O’s bottles are handmade by skilled artisans using traditional techniques and are all made from 100 percent pure high-grade, food-safe copper without any other metals, alloys or lining. Learn more at

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Dr. Iveta Iontcheva-Barehmi DMD, MS, D.Sc. Dr. Iontcheva-Barehmi is an accomplished dentist and specialist in Periodontics and Implants. She has a firm belief that our bodies are very intelligent. All the body organs and systems are interconnected and related to each other (the teeth and the mouth are part of and related to the whole body). Our bodies are perfect self-sustainable systems, capable of self-healing and self-regeneration. Dr. Iontcheva-Barehmi has expertise in the areas of Biological, Physiological Dentistry and Integrative Periodontal Medicine and Implants, Lasers and Energy Medicine. Miracle Bite Tabs™ (MBT) Miracle Bite Tabs™ (MBT) and and Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) are used to treat Dental Distress Syndrome. Your teeth and jaws are an extension of your brain and spinal cord. Any imbalances caused by improper alignment of the jaw can play a major role in pain syndromes and chronic diseases. Head and Neck Pain Management Scenar, a non-invasive treatment device, is the only real time biofeedback device that will find what is wrong with your body and stimulate self-healing through electro stimulation and “conversation” with the control systems of the body (CNS Integrative Periodontal Medicine-Periodontal Spa The majority of the dental and periodontal procedures in Dr. Iontcheva-Barehmi’s office are laser assisted. She has Biolase MD, the most versatile laser, which can be utilized to work with the gums and the teeth, implants and root canals. The discomfort is minimal to none and the healing is speededup. The procedures are often combined with a low level laser and Scenar, which give additional boost to the healing and removing discomfort.

Vitamin C electrophoreses is a unique method used in Europe to prevent recession, boost collagen synthesis, support and increase the blood circulation leading to firming the gingiva and discontinuing the signs of aging and bleeding. It is part of the integrative protocol for treatment and prophylaxes of periodontitis. Zirconia Solution to Titanium Implant If you are allergic or sensitive to other metals Bio-ceramic (zirconia) implants might be an option for you. Dr. IontchevaBarehmi is certified to place zirconia implants, you don’t need to travel to Europe anymore. Ozone Treatment Ozone is a powerful oxidizer and kills effectively bacteria, fungi, viruses and parasites. Oxygen ozone therapy can be applied as an adjunctive therapy in treatment of periodontitis (periodontal disease), in arresting and reversing carious lesions in initial stage, reversal of initial pulp inflammation in deep carious lesions, treatment of dentinal hypersensitivity. The methods applied are efficacious with no toxicity or side effects. Perio-Protect Dr. Iontcheva-Barehmi is certified to use the Perio-protect methodone of the best prophylactic methods for periodontal disease, and subsequently for cardiovascular disease, diabetes and some other conditions. Restorative and Cosmetic Dentistry Your amalgam fillings contain not only poisonous mercury but they cause cracks in your tooth structure and can lead to tooth loss. Defective amalgam fillings are removed safely following the IAOMT protocol, Including spa treatments for detoxification and the newest form of noninjectable Vitamin C with comparable absorption. Anxiety and dental phobias are rarely experienced in the Dr. Iontcheva-Barehmi’ s practice. Meditation, breathing techniques, homeopathy, EFT technique, hypnotherapy are all used, so you can be comfortable and love coming to your dentist. To schedule your comprehensive exam and share the excitement of a healthy smile call:


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Stay Healthy on the Road with an Herbal Travel Kit by Hannah Sparks


raveling is one of the great adventures of life—new places, new people, new sights, smells and sounds. It’s at once stimulating and relaxing, thrilling and nerve-wracking. It can take us deep into nature or deep into the city, and can be done alone or with company, pets or children. There are many ways in which travel manifests itself, but wherever the destination, travel can have a way of bringing up health concerns. Whatever the situation, there are herbal allies ready to help. This is a small list of the many wonderful herbal allies available to use when traveling. Stress, tension and sleeplessness all respond well to lavender essential. This powerhouse can be useful for everything from general stress and sleeplessness to helping with insect bites and sunburns. Lavender essential oil also makes a great insect repellent and soothes all types of burns, including sunburn. Lavender essential oil is one that can be applied neat (undiluted) to unbroken skin, but please be aware that essential oils are highly concentrated and should be used with respect and responsibility. Digestive upset is common with travel; it seems the two tend to go hand in hand. For general stomach upset, peppermint, chamomile and ginger are tasty and can often be found at local grocers and restaurants. Bitters also can help with an upset stomach and come in many forms from dandelion and burdock to leafy greens such as arugula. Getting a cold or flu while traveling is no fun and traveling also exposes us to viruses we may not have at home. Echinacea tincture is wonderful to have on hand when feeling under the weather and can also be applied topically for oral irritation such as toothache or canker sores as well as for bug bites or skin infections. Tincture of lemon thyme in a spray bottle is also great to have on hand; it can be useful for supporting the body’s natural defenses against microbes and can

be sprayed into the hands as a hand sanitizer. Be sure to bring earplugs and an eye mask if you have trouble sleeping. And herbal allies such as chamomile and lemon balm are lovely for settling down for sleep. If these milder herbs aren’t doing the trick, more potent herbs such as passion flower or valerian may do the trick. Please note that for a small percentage of people, valerian can act as a stimulant like coffee and should not be used in conjunction with sedatives (alcohol, medication, etc). Hannah Sparks is a practicing herbalist and herbal educator in West Newbury. She works one-on-one with clients at her home office and is available to teach classes on a wide variety of topics relating to using herbs. Sparks can also be found selling her hand-crafted, all-organic skin care and herbal teas at the Beverly Farmers’ Market and Salem Farmers’ Market, as well as online at See Herbal Guide listing on this page.

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TRAVEL Outer Adventures, Inner Journeys by April Thompson

An open-hearted journey can take unexpected paths. More travelers today are searching for deep and lasting changes in their view of themselves and the world.

Declare Your Intentions

Part of the intention setting is clarifying what we hope to accomplish through making a journey, suggests Nathaniel Boyle, creator of The Travelers podcast and the travel platform Holocene that facilitates community among transformation-seeking travelers. It might be climbing a mountain with our spouse to strengthen a marriage, or taking a cooking class in Italy or a basket weaving workshop in Indonesia to rekindle a sense of fresh input and creative expression.

Cousineau suggests that travelers prepare to open their thinking by reading about the history, culture and geography of a place, and then continue to learn en route by talking to locals for insight rather than relying only on a guidebook. “Make yourself vulnerable. Ask questions and be humble. Talk to your waiter or cab driver about their lives and conditions in their country. Those that become most delighted and transformed by their experiences are the most curious,” observes Cousineau. Anna Pollock, of London, England, founder of Conscious Travel and a sustainable travel expert, elaborates on potential results. “Travelers may see the world and their part in it differently or feel greater clarity, peace, freedom or hope. For some, it’s about insights into their personal purpose. Others may return with a deeper sense of connectedness or feeling of mastery that comes from trying something completely new.” Jake Haupert, of Seattle, owner of Evergreen Escapes International, co-founded the Transformational Travel Council to help people embark on such life-altering journeys, and translate “Aha!” moments on the road into meaningful changes back home. He has witnessed individuals undergo radical shifts from changing careers to becoming parents. One couple was so moved by their experiences on an African safari that they adopted their first child from Kenya.


Attention and intention are the main ingredients for transformative travel for Phil Cousineau, acclaimed author of The Art of Pilgrimage. “Ask yourself what is motivating the journey: Are you going just to check something off your bucket list because you read about it or are you going because your grandma told you how magical her visit there was in the 1920s? Are you going because you’re at a crossroads in your life, marriage or work?” queries Cousineau. Naming your intention helps open up the heart and psyche for transformation. Cousineau recommends sharing our choice beforehand with a friend or even a casual acquaintance. Writing it down can also unpack those yearnings and understand the pull to a place.

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times, and some travelers feel unhappy, unprepared, bored or disappointed,” remarks Cousineau. “But the flip side is that travels can stretch us, just like a medieval rack.” If you have stretch goals, you can build them into an itinerary, advises Haupert, whether it’s getting up the courage to skydive or negotiating a purchase in a foreign street market.

Do Less, Experience More If we truly want to know the secret of soulful traveling, we need to believe there is something sacred waiting to be discovered in virtually every journey. ~Phil Cousineau

Move Beyond Comfort

“Travel can serve as a vehicle for expansive personal growth. Through it, we learn to explore the world and ourselves,” Boyle observes. “When you venture outside the controlled environment of prepackaged trips for tourists to face difficult decisions and confusing and chaotic situations that require problem solving, that’s where real change can occur,” says Haupert. “My 12,000-mile journey from Washington, D.C., to Antarctica was transformative in so many ways,” says journalist Andrew Evans, author of The Black Penguin memoir. “I’m a geographer by training and spent four years studying maps, but I never understood the true size of the world until I traveled across it on a Greyhound bus. I now see the world as much smaller and much more accessible. The trip made me a stronger, more confident person, and less afraid of what other people think of me; it also made me want to keep traveling.” “Travel comes from the word travail, to labor, and trip from tripalium, Latin for a medieval torture rack. Metaphorically, travel can feel like torture at

To heighten experiential awareness while traveling, build fewer to-dos into an itinerary, the experts recommend. “Immerse yourself in a place. Leave time for unplanned explorations, rather than bouncing between destinations without space for spontaneity and restful reflection,” says Haupert. “Also build in time for meditation, yoga, simple relaxation or other intentionally restorative moments in-between the high-intensity peak experiences.” Haupert suggests staging a ceremonial start to a journey, such as a special dinner or bike ride upon arrival. Similarly, Cousineau recommends starting a new journal on every journey, to ceremoniously start anew in one’s thinking. Engaging in ritual can also help awaken the traveler, says Cousineau. He suggests walking in silence as we approach a sacred site, or physically engaging with it, as pilgrims might do when they palm the feet of a Buddha statue or press their forehead to the Wailing Wall. Sacred sites are fertile ground for transformative experiences, says Lori Erickson, an Episcopal deacon, travel writer and author of Holy Rover: Journeys in Search of Mystery, Miracles, and God, a memoir of her trips to a dozen of the world’s holy sites. “So many people have prayed and opened their hearts in a holy place that you can feel the energy,” she says. Erickson suggests that travelers seek out hallowed ground from different traditions, which can help heal divides among people of divergent faiths. “The art and architecture of holy sites are beautiful manifestations of spiritual longing and human creativity. These places have the power to move you, regardless of your own spiritual background.”

Journey Jump-Offs Here’s a short list of resources to inspire transformative adventuring. n The blog at explores Cambodia’s sacred Buddhist sites.   n Evergreen Escapes at Evergreen specializes in unforgettable locales tailored to the traveler’s inner calling.   n “The Travelers” podcast via features stories and advice from 200-plus change-makers on topics ranging from creativity, fear and gratitude to travel-related careers.   n Muddy Shoe Adventures at offers small-group trips that challenge participants with combinations of physical activities and cultural experiences.   n connects people through shared spiritual adventures like mind-body healing and immersion in nature.   n Phil Cousineau ( hosts writer’s retreats, literary tours and pilgrimages to historic sacred sites.   n Responsible Travel at Responsible offers socially and environmentally conscious tours to all seven continents, including small-ship cruises to more authentic, lesser-known ports of call.   n Transformational Travel Council’s website Transformational. travel conveys uplifting stories, a travelers’ forum and other tools for change-seekers.                                                                                 n World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms ( links volunteers with organic farmers to help build a sustainable global community.

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When you give while traveling, you often get back even more, says Cousineau. “A pilgrim never travels empty-handed. Bring gifts; even postcards from home can make a meaningful connection.” He recently brought baseball equipment along on a group tour he led to give to kids in baseball-crazed Cuba. Giving appreciation is as important as tangible mementos, he notes. “Gratitude makes transformation possible; that’s what modern people are longing for, to be touched.” Boyle suggests that finding ways to give back can unlock unique opportunities. Quinn Vanderberg and Jonathon Button, guests on Boyle’s podcast, left stable lives and jobs in California for Nicaragua in 2012 with only their travel bags and a shared dream. Brainstorming a vision for a new life together, the 25-year-old pair had realized, “We wanted life to be filled with travel, culture and people, and to make an impact along the way,” says Vanderburg. “We went knowing we wanted to create a social venture, but first wanted to see what was really needed by the community.” They went on to partner with local educational nonprofits and artisans to launch Life Out of the Box, a line of

clothing and accessories modeled after Toms’ “Buy one, give one” business model. For every product sold, the entrepreneurs donate school supplies to a child in need. Since 2012, the project has expanded to also support kids in Guatemala, Kenya, Mexico and Morocco.

Drive Home Transformation

Starting with a moment of reflection before departing a place, take advantage of a trip’s afterglow to recall insights learned, gel memories, share insights and move to make changes stick. Haupert sees this as a good time to develop an action plan to “express gratitude for the journey and create a framework for your homecoming.” Then, take a day to reflect upon returning home before jumping back into work or other obligations, internalizing your experience and integrating your “traveler self” back into normalcy. It might involve a trip to the spa, an afternoon of journaling or organizing trip photos, suggests Haupert. “Resist the urge to check emails the minute the plane touches down or start planning the next trip. Take time to remember the journey and see your home turf with fresh eyes,” adds Cousineau.

Close Encounters Eager for a transformative adventure without traveling afar? Here are some ideas for exploring cultures and connecting with others closer to home. 4 Attend festivals celebrating varied cultures in your local community. Every spring in Washington, D.C., embassies showcase the cuisine, art and history of 70 countries. Frackville, Pennsylvania’s 103-year-old Lithuanian Days is the oldest ethnic festival in the country. 4 Host a traveling cyclist and hear tales from the trails via, a hospitality exchange for 90,000 touring cyclists and hosts. 4 Take advantage of local, state and national parks, including 88 ocean and coastal parks within the National Park Service ( Along with wilderness sites, the service also stewards important cultural heritage sites nationwide. 4 Find a spiritual retreat center at 4 Overnight on an organic farm. Visit to sample what’s in season in the region. 4 Meet and host individual travelers via, a network of 11 million globetrotters in 150,000 cities. 22

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Lasting Travel Gifts

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Adventure travelers named transformation and an expanded worldview as top motives for their explorations. ~Adventure Travel Trade Association The returned pilgrim has a responsibility to memorialize the journey, an ancient tradition of Judeo-Christian and Islamic faiths, advises Cousineau. The San Francisco writer traveled with a group on foot from Louisville, Kentucky, to Thomas Merton’s Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani, near Bardstown, Kentucky, to celebrate the legacy of Merton and Mahatma Gandhi. One of the women inked a footprint from each of 100-plus travelers, sewing them into a quilt to commemorate the pilgrimage. Chronicling the journey can be as simple as a dinner party with friends to share what we have learned, says Cousineau, but suggests that travelers engage attendees to also contribute their own stories and reflections. “We have a choice upon returning; do nothing and just let that experience fade or own it for ourselves,” concurs Boyle. “It’s incumbent to extract the meaning of our experiences and find a way to express them, whether through a photo series, article, painting or video. The traveler’s ‘third act’ of creativity after preparation and execution is how we process change.” Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

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School Om Work

Kids Calm Themselves with Meditation by April Thompson


choolchildren are learning the calming effect of tuning into their minds and bodies through a pioneering program in Baltimore, Maryland, that’s replacing time outs and school detentions with mindful moments. Trained staff—including many former students—teach yoga, mindfulness practices, meditation, centering and breath work that empower kids to resolve conflicts peacefully. Brothers Atman and Ali Smith and friend Andres Gonzalez founded the nonprofit Holistic Life Foundation (HLF) in 2001 in response to the pressing need to help kids living in challenging urban environments better manage stress, anger and other heightened emotions. Today, the organization is sowing the seeds of mindfulness with some 7,500 students a week across 18 Baltimore-area schools, usually beginning through daylong, school-wide interventions and afterschool programs supporting targeted populations. Frustrated kids cool off and

center themselves through breathing exercises and meditation in the Mindful Moment Room in the HLF flagship Robert W. Coleman Elementary School. “Sometimes when I get mad, I just breathe deep. I picture being in a certain place I like and I just stop being mad… I think of being a bigger person and doing something maybe a wise man would do,” advises one fifth-grade participant. “When we had to take a big test, before I took it and in the middle, I took deep breaths to stay calm and finish the test. When everybody around you is making a lot of noises, you just try to tune them out and be yourself, do your breathing,” says another fifth-grader. The training starts with educators learning mindfulness techniques both to help their students and also manage their own stress in the classroom. “The program was a fantastic experience,” says Lori Gustovson, a teacher at Baltimore’s Lincoln Elementary School. “We integrated the exercises into our daily

schedules, helping many students and teachers focus their attention and regulate emotions such as anxiety, anger and frustration. We are a better school because of the time they spent in our classrooms teaching us the beauty of paying attention to breath, movement and each other,” she observes. Participating schools have reported fewer fights, better attendance and higher grades, among other benefits, according to Ali Smith, all results backed by independent research. Recent studies in schools from San Francisco to Columbus, Ohio, have shown that teaching kids mindfulness practices can heighten attentiveness, self-control and empathy, while reducing stress, hyperactivity and depression, and improving academic performance. The kids also apply their newfound skills at home. “To take ownership of the practice and understand the benefits, you have to know how to explain it, so we use a reciprocal teaching model,” says Ali. “We teach the kids to say, ‘Mom, Dad, you look stressed; can you take a breather with me?’” Martin, a Lincoln Elementary student, was pleased to report, “I went to my house and taught my mom how to do all the things you guys taught us.” Virginia, another student, noted, “This morning I got mad at my dad, but then I remembered to breathe, and then I didn’t shout.” Other schools are following suit. Mindful Schools began in 2007 as a single-school program in Oakland, California, and then expanded to support online and in-person courses and a network of mindful educators spanning all 50 states and more than 100 countries. The David Lynch Foundation funds efforts to bring transcendental meditation to underserved kids in classrooms like the Brooklyn Urban Garden Charter School, in Queens, New York; Wilson High School, in Portland, Oregon; and Wayzata West Middle School, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, among others. Find easy instruction at MindfulnessStarterLesson. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

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BUILDING BETTER BONES Bouncing, Leaping and Lunging Our Way to Bone Health by Kathleen Barnes

Success in the quest for stronger bones is possible at any age.

Start and Stay Young

“Peak bone strength is reached by the age of 30, so it’s vital for young people to engage in dynamic impact movement through their teen years and 20s,” says Sherri Betz, chair of the American Physical Therapy Association bone health group, a doctor of physical therapy and geriatric-certified specialist with a private practice in Santa Cruz, California. Engaging in sports during our youthful developing years helps build strong, wide and dense bones that will carry us well into old age, literally giving us a firmer base to stand on. It’s paramount to encourage children and young people to be physically active and for us all to continue with athletic activities throughout adulthood to preserve the bone health peak we reach at age 30.

Optimal Bone Exercises

“Adulthood is a perfectly good time to start building and improving bone fitness and health. The outcome is just a little bit less,” says Steven A. Hawkins, Ph.D., a professor of exercise 24

science at California Lutheran University, in Thousand Oaks. “Bone responds to exercise much like muscle,” explains Larry Tucker, Ph.D., professor of exercise sciences at Brigham Young University, in Provo, Utah. “Bone doesn’t grow, per se, but like muscle, it does get denser and stronger according to the stresses and strains put on it.” “The key is to put a heavy load on bones to stimulate them to grow,” Hawkins notes. Standing exercises are recommended, because the bones most likely to benefit from strengthening exercise are 30 targeted leg and hip bones, says Tucker. “Surprising the bone is your best bet,” points out Betz. “Don’t do the same things over and over again at the same time, either repetitive exercises like running or weight lifting or consistent combinations; even high-intensity exercise can diminish the effects.” The most highly recommended exercises involve those that require changing directions, bouncing and

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Yoga for Bones Yoga doesn’t involve bouncing or jumping for the most part, but it can be helpful in maintaining strong bones, says Sherri Betz, a Santa Cruz, California, physical therapist and Pilates and yoga instructor. “Poses, including the tree, chair, warrior, triangle, half moon and sun salute, need to be as dynamic as possible and focus on leg strengthening and spine extension.



leaping—from basketball to lively dances, and even some intense yoga postures. Hopping and jumping are probably the best way to strengthen bones, but must be done in the proper way, according to Tucker and others. Research by Tucker’s team published in the American Journal of Health Promotion studied the effects of jumping on hip bone density in premenopausal women. It may seem counterintuitive, but Tucker reports that most benefits are gained from jumping as high as possible, resting 30 seconds and repeating up to 10 times twice a day in intervals at least eight hours apart. “If you jump continuously, the exercise loses effectiveness pretty quickly,” he says. Those that enjoy circuit training should do something else during the 30-second rests between repetitions, Tucker advises. Because it’s the jolt of jumping that stimulates bone strength, using a mini-trampoline or another cushioning device to lessen impact on the body won’t increase bone density. Betz cautions against starting a jumping program too quickly. “Proper alignment, balance and body awareness come first,” she says. “Do 20 to 25 heel raises in a row, a full squat with good alignment and a full lunge to ready the body for a jumping

program.” Such strengthening safeguards against falling and injury.

Walking Isn’t It

Walking, running, weight training and other repetitive exercises don’t improve bone density, says Hawkins. “Walk and do other repetitive exercises for cardiovascular health and general fitness. While these might help maintain current bone strength, they won’t improve bone density.” Walking reduced the risk of hip fracture by 41 percent for postmenopausal women walking four hours a week, with fewer falls due to improved strength, balance and other factors per the Journal of the American Medical Association. Numerous studies confirm that exercise of any kind keeps us healthy, but for bone health, the answer is to start weight-bearing exercises early and sustain the practice for a lifetime. Kathleen Barnes is a health writer and author of The Calcium Lie II: What Your Doctor Still Doesn’t Know, with Dr. Robert Thompson. Connect at


Best Bone Test

The most common way of testing bone density is a DEXA (dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry) scan. The result is called a T-score and is one case where a zero is perfect. A score of +1.0 to -1.0 is considered normal. A score between -1.0 and -2.5 is considered osteopenia, or weakened bones. A score lower than -2.5 indicates some level of osteoporosis. The National Osteoporosis Foundation recommends bone density testing for women and men older than 65 and 70, respectively, and those that are petite, prone to breaking bones or have other risk factors. For more information, visit BoneDensityTest. Be sure to let our advertisers know you found them in natural awakenings

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and healthy. Aerobic exercise training is associated with modest improvements in attention and processing speed, executive function and memory. Exercise improves cognitive ability in patients with mild cognitive impairment. In a study of patients with subjective memory impairment, one group was given a physical activity program of 142 minutes per week and compared to a group of control subjects. There was modestly improved cognition relative to controls in older adults with memory impairment.

Lifestyle Interventions to Improve Brain Function by Elisa Mercuro


ur brain function is important to the quality of life. Our brain allows us to learn new skills, enables our independence, our personality, likes and dislikes and the ability to remember our social connections. That is why when patients notice a decline in their brain’s ability to function, it is understandably very upsetting. Subjective cognitive decline can be an early sign of a progressive neurodegenerative condition such as Alzheimer’s disease. It is not uncommon for patients to have mild subjective symptoms of memory loss, “senior” moments. Often these types of symptoms are attributed to aging and ignored until it is not possible to ignore the impact on daily life. By 2050, it is estimated by the Centers for Disease Control and 1414Prevention that the incidence of Alzheimer’s dementia is expected to triple in the U.S. population. That means many of us are future dementia patients. There is a growing body of evidence that lifestyle interventions now can help improve brain function and reduce the risk of developing this life-altering disease. 26

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Top 5 Lifestyle Interventions to Improve Cognitive Function  Get Some Exercise We know that exercise increases your brain-derived nerve growth factor (BDNF). This improves neuroplasticity and can help keep the brain resilient

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 Manage Your Stress We all have stress. It is how we perceive our stress that influences our hormones and our thinking. Think about the last time you were frazzled. Often our thinking is not as clear in times of stress. That is the short-term impact of cortisol, the stress hormone. Cortisol is the hormone in the body produced by our adrenal gland when our brain perceives stress. The effect of cortisol is magnified when stress hormones are in “flight or fight” sympathetic nervous system overdrive daily for many years. High levels of cortisol are associated with lower memory function and speed of information processing. Higher levels of plasma cortisol levels are also associated with greater age-related cognitive change. In one study, high cortisol at age 45 associated with poorer verbal memory and fluency at age 50. Daily activities to invoke the relaxation response such as meditation, prayer, mantra, exercise and social connection can help reduce daily stress.  Get Your Sleep Poor quality and reduced quantity of sleep is associated with decreased brain function. There are sleep disorders (such as sleep apnea) where people do not get quality sleep and that can affect brain function. Sleep apnea is a problem where there are pauses in breathing during sleep and is diagnosed with a sleep study. Sleep quantity is also very important for our brain health. Sleep deprivation impairs learning and memory, decreases alertness and attention, decreases response time and impairs decision making. One study showed that commonly experienced levels of sleep deprivation depressed performance to a level equiv-

alent to that produced by alcohol intoxication. Sleep debt has a neurobiological cost which can accumulate over time. Try to get at least seven hours of sleep every night for optimal brain performance. If you suspect a sleep disorder, such as sleep apnea, it is important to be tested through a sleep study. ď Ž Reduce Your Sugar Sugar has permeated the standard American diet in many of our processed foods. Reducing refined sugar and refined grain products such as bread and pasta may be helpful in reducing the risk of developing dementia. There is a strong association between diabetes and dementia. Even in patients without diabetes, higher levels of blood glucose (sugar) increased risk of dementia. We know that it is the refined sugar and refined grain products and other added sweeteners that increase our blood glucose levels. Reducing these foods in the diet and exchanging them for fresh vegetables, fruits, proteins, healthy fats and whole grains (that have higher fiber content) can reduce elevation in blood glucose levels. ď Ž Reduce Your Toxins There are a host of environmental toxins we are exposed to daily that can affect our cognition. Reducing your incoming toxins by watching your intake of foods that may contain heavy metals is important for protecting your brain as well as the rest of your body. Avoid eating large predatory fish (such as tuna and swordfish) that contain mercury. Investigate your personal care products on a website such as to make low toxicant choices. Choose organic meats, vegetables and fruits to reduce exposure to pesticides and herbicides. Supporting the elimination of toxins in your body is also important. Drink plenty of filtered water, and eating colorful antioxidant and phytonutrient containing fruits and vegetables support biotransformation and elimination. Elisa Mercuro, DO, is a certified functional medicine physician at Groton Wellness. For more information, visit See ad on back cover and Resource Guide on page 39. Be sure to let our advertisers know you found them in natural awakenings

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Storytelling. Humans learn best when seeing and hearing stories. Facts don’t arouse us as much as narratives and full-body experiences do. Bombarding people with facts won’t create desired change. We must be inspired to act on the knowledge.

8 Creating Community 15 Ways to Craft a Circle of Caring by Linda Buzzell


n facing up to today’s often degrading environmental, economic, political, social and hyper-individualistic cultural conditions, we instinctively know that survival requires coming together to effect constructive change. Here are proven approaches to community building that work.

proceeding with the event’s main activity. People that feel seen and known are more likely to stay involved.


Provide food and drink. Traditional societies have always taken hospitality seriously. Having people bring items to add to the collective feast is better than catering.

Elders. Shared history, respect and affection are vital to belonging. Adults coping with a high-stress, industrialized culture might tend to find elders’ stories slow-moving and boring, but they are a critical resource for our collective survival. Beware of the “star from afar” syndrome that posits outsiders as experts, rather than honoring and developing our own community resources, which won’t disappear at the end of an event.


Gifts and sharing. As we focus on creating a sharing society versus a gimme culture, it’s nice to give small gifts such as a plant or garden flower, organic seeds or regifted items to event attendees. It’s a simple way to help everyone feel valued, appreciated and welcomed. The key is keeping events local, simple and created by the community for the community. Many hands make light work, and some of the best community events cost the host little, while everyone involved brings their own chair or blanket, serving ware and potluck dish.

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Connect with nature and the seasons. Tying gatherings into what’s happening seasonally with all life forms is a traditionally effective way of fostering community.

Ceremony, ritual and the sacred. Deep in our collective human memory lie countless spring and harvest festivals, ceremonial or religious events, meals and celebrations that included a strong sense of passage, initiation and the sacredness of all life. Use one as a springboard to add meaning to a contemporary gathering.



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Build a campfire. Whether literal or metaphoric, create a clear, focused attraction that draws people into a circle.

Welcome each person. Either designate greeters or go around the circle welcoming and acknowledging each participant before


Collective problem solving. People bond into a community when they participate in solving a real-world community problem,

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Shopping. People have been bonding through meeting others in the marketplace since ancient times. Sales or silent auctions are popular when the money paid becomes a gift to the community. A little excitement. Raffles and door prizes add fun as long as any money raised goes into the common coffers as a gift to all. Child care. Children provide a necessary source of untamed energy and entertainment for any gathering. Multigener-

helping someone in need or addressing a situation that demands a community solution. Consider using Robert’s Rules of Order or other guidelines for discussions that maintain civility, discourage competitiveness and peacefully resolve conflicts in order to reach consensus.


Bombarding people with facts won’t create desired change. We must be inspired to act on the knowledge. ational exchanges also help form and shape them through exposure to role models and life education, even if they might not feel engaged at the time.


Transportation. Facilitating carpools and providing transportation for those without cars or unable to walk builds community even before the event starts.

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Dance and body movement. Modern society makes us sit a lot. Physical action connects us in a way nothing else can. Beauty and music. Our eyes and ears are portals to the soul and spirit of the human psyche. Even a simple drum can bond individuals into a coherent group. Community singing can be powerful

medicine, as places of worship ever demonstrate. A simple flower on the table or painting on the wall brings powerful archetypal energies to bear as we come together. An outdoor meeting brings nature’s magnificence to our senses, adding extraordinary power to events. The bottom line is that any community gathering, organization or event that engages body, mind and spirit has a far greater chance of surviving and thriving.

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Linda Buzzell is a psychotherapist, ecotherapist, blogger and co-editor of Ecotherapy: Healing with Nature in Mind. She co-founded a local permaculture guild, and a voluntary simplicity circle which met for 10 years in her local community. Connect at

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to lose ourselves; and we travel next to find ourselves.

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Choosing a Chiropractor How to Find the Best One by Marlaina Donato


hiropractic medicine is known for its non-surgical approach to chronic pain and other musculoskeletal conditions, but also has much more to offer. However, finding the right doctor can be as daunting as shopping for a comfortable pair of shoes. Here, three reputable practitioners talk about securing individualized care and getting the most out of chiropractic.

Address Specific Needs

Clarifying the desired outcome is helpful, because some clients are just looking for a quick fix to reduce pain, while others may be seeking overall better health, lasting wellness and an improved quality of life. “Due to insurance issues, we’ve become known as pain doctors, but that’s not the full extent of chiropractic,” explains Dr. Michelle Robin, owner of Your Wellness Connection and the educational website, in Shawnee, Kansas. “Also, you can see more than one chiropractor, as each has their own strength.” Dr. Michael Aho, of Crosstown Chiropractic, in Chicago, agrees. “Chiropractic care encompasses many 30

styles, so one of the biggest variables is the type of treatment the doctor uses. Most offices commonly treat neck, mid-back and low back pain. If you have a specific shoulder, knee or foot problem, you may want to find a doctor that frequently treats those issues. If you are pregnant, choose a chiropractor that has experience working with pregnant women.” “There are more than 140 different chiropractic techniques. Some are light touch, while others are aggressive. Some are hands-on and some use instruments for adjusting. It’s important that the doctor’s approach resonates with your nature,” advises Dr. Jackie St. Cyr of the Innate Chiropractic Healing Arts Center, in Houston. Robin advises that sitting in a doctor’s reception room to just observe and trusting our intuition is helpful before moving forward with a consultation.

Ask Questions

First, find out if a chiropractor has embraced either a conventional medical or holistic model, and then delve more deeply to find the right approach and level of care. “Ask how long a doctor

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has practiced and their governing philosophy. Do they treat the full spine or focus on the point of pain, and what range of techniques do they apply? You want them to know your spine before they adjust it; make sure they conduct a new patient exam,” suggests St.Cyr. An exam may include a thermography scan and X-rays. Helpful questions include what to expect during the initial visit, recommended frequency of treatment, the desired doctor’s office hours and how treatment might benefit a particular condition. Because most chiropractic offices offer compatible treatments, also ask about complementary modalities such as acupuncture, massage therapy, heat therapy, and interferential current therapy using minute electrical pulses for deep tissue pain relief.

Be Consistent

“You shouldn’t expect instant results,” says Aho. “You’ll benefit the most if you don’t wait too long after first experiencing symptoms of a problem before starting treatment, and are consistent with your treatment.” Being proactive can foster good results. St.Cyr concurs, stating, “When patients follow their chiropractor’s recommended routine of regular corrective care, they get the best results. Be consistent with visits and do your customized spinal exercises; they’ve been proven to work.” Robin expounds that not following through with homecare is a common pitfall for patients. “Like dental care, you always need to do something for your spine every day, be it stretching, other exercise or good nutrition.” She notes that everyone’s response to chiropractic is different. “Be realistic. If you’ve experienced injuries or accidents, it will take longer, and your healing might look different from that of someone else that is free of injuries and follows a healthier diet. Sometimes people give up on chiropractic instead of finding a chiropractor that is good for them. You wouldn’t give up going to the dentist, and the same should apply to chiropractic care.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at

Chiropractic Techniques Sampler Activator Method – A small, handheld instrument is used to gently address targeted areas for many conditions, especially low back pain and specific types of headaches including migraine. It’s considered safe for children and patients with severe arthritis and osteoporosis. Directional Non-Force Technique – This gentle method stimulates reflex reactions to determine potential discrepancy in leg lengths and corrective measures. It improves structural alignment and function and aids natural healing responses. Flexion-Distraction (Cox Method) – Mechanical and handson adjustment aids in stretching of the back. This method is especially beneficial for degenerative disc disease, herniated discs, spinal stenosis, scoliosis, neck and back pain and restricted spinal joints. Graston Technique – Instrument-assisted, soft tissue mobilization helps reduce scar tissue and persistent pain from acute and old injuries, as well as resolve longstanding trigger points in muscles and joints. It promotes circulation in affected areas to reduce pain and inflammation. It also may allay non-systemic causes of fibromyalgia. Network Spinal Analysis (network chiropractic) – This low-force technique addresses the entire body to improve communication between the brain and nerves via points along the spine and is suited to all ages. Somato Respiratory Integration – Special exercises leverage the body-breath connection to assist stress management, tension release and whole body awareness. It employs focus, breath work, touch and movement. Compatible with other treatments, it can also be done at home.

We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us. ~Joseph Campbell

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ome cats started their careers in barns with minimal job opportunities. With updated skills, they now boost office morale, encourage reading, promote products and provide therapy. Community cats even work in private security.

In the Office Millennials, now comprising a third of this country’s stressed-out labor force, according to the Pew Research Center and American Psychological Association, are among those that can benefit from having a cat around. Lowered blood pressure is one result, according to research by psychologist Karen Allen, Ph.D., conducted at the University at Buffalo. Even when comfort breaks are hard to schedule, insistent cats cannot be ignored. “Pompous Albert, a rejected show cat, works at SafeWise, in Salt Lake City,” relates Sage Singleton, who handles Albert’s Instagram account. “He boosts morale, reduces stress and provides entertainment.” Carlos, a former rescue kitten, greets employees at PetNovations, in Norristown, Pennsylvania, each morning. He’s the star of the corporate Instagram

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account and blog, and promotes the company’s eco-friendly Cat Genie litterless cat box. Smith’s Ace Hardware and Housewares, in Princeton, New Jersey, has Dusty patrol its 18,000-square-foot facility, often escorting customers along the aisles. At St. Augustine Health Ministries, in Cleveland, the furry receptionist is Oreo. This black-and-white stray claimed the job by installing herself at the front desk to welcome guests and visit with residents that miss having their own pet.

Therapists At the University of California Medical Center in San Francisco, Duke Ellington Morris visits with patients while nurses check vital signs; he’s part of an animal-assisted therapy program through the city’s Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. With the help of his humans, Jessica and Eric Hagan, of Pennsylvania’s Wolf Creek Township, Draven was certified through a local Love on a Leash chapter that qualifies pet-provided therapy animals. He showed My Cat From

Hell host Jackson Galaxy his hospital routine for a segment called “My Cat From Heaven.” Draven regularly visits the Grove City Medical Center, in Pine Township, local nursing homes and service groups.


Literacy Aids “At 18, Cleo, my small, gray cat, retired from therapy visits and missed the attention,” says Michelle Cardosi, a retail clerk in Silt, Colorado. “Kids reading to her at the school library provided a solution that satisfied everyone.” In 2010, the public library in White Settlement, Texas, adopted Browser to remedy a rodent problem. Five years later, the city council cited pending renovations and a potential impact on allergies in backing a motion to oust Browser. Supporters, pointing out that the cat brought children through the doors, successfully petitioned to keep the fourlegged employee.

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provide needed services. The Kitty Bungalow Charm School for Wayward Cats rescues such cats from Los Angeles shelters. Each is vetted, spayed/neutered and microchipped. “When they’re adopted out in threes, community cats are more likely to stay on the job,” notes founder and headmistress Shawn Simons. “In Southern California, working cats are employed as assistants to brewmasters at the Monkish Brewery to protect the grain and hops and at Saluti Cellars as vintner support in charge of gopher population control,” says Simons. “More traditionally, cats at the Portuguese Bend Riding Club barn discourage mice and make friends with horses and riders.” The school’s Working Cat Program partners with area recycling centers, golf courses, warehouses and industrial parks that could otherwise lose hundreds of millions of dollars annually due to vermin-related structural damage, including gnawed wiring and other potential fire hazards. “Businesses get an all-natural, safe and effective way to control pests and cats live life naturally,” says Simons. Working cats of many stripes are becoming increasingly common. For a business, it’s a money-saver; for a cat, it’s a lifesaver. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelanceWriter@

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RESCUE EMERGENCY SERVICES Animal Rescue League of Boston 617-426-9170

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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1 Provincetown Inspiration Weekend – 5-9pm. Join us to fill your inner well, open your heart and tend to your spirit. Using music and spoken word, art and dance, this weekend is sure to help you access the fierce love that lives within. $30-$100/ sliding scale for the weekend. Fishermen Hall, 12 Winslow St, Provincetown. 650-743-0953.

be healthier and more productive when our cells, tissues and organs are adequately nourished and our metabolic waste products are removed. BEMER enhances cardiac function, physical fitness, endurance, strength and energy, concentration, mental acuity, stress reduction and relaxation, and sleep management. Limited space; please RSVP. Newton Chiropractic & Wellness Centre, 383 Elliot St, Door F, Ste 250, Newton. 617-964-3332.



Chen Style Taijiquan, Wang Xi’an System: Foundation Training & Old Frame First Routine – Oct 4-8. With Dr. Robert Bacher. His teaching method emphasizes the importance of the health as well as the self-defense aspects of tai chi. Every basic exercise and form movement is clearly demonstrated and explained as to how and why it fulfills both of these functions. Eastover Estate & Retreat Center, 430 East St, Lenox. 866-264-5139. Details:

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5 Flying Phoenix Qigong: Part 2 – Oct 5-8. With Terence Dunn, PhD. A qigong workshop teaching the essential practice of Flying Phoenix Heavenly Healing Chi, an extraordinarily powerful medical qigong system created more than 400 years ago by Taoist Feng Teh. Eastover Estate & Retreat Center, 430 East St, Lenox. 866-264-5139. Details: BEMER Workshop – 6:45-7:45pm. BEMER is designed to improve circulation supporting the body’s natural self-regulating processes. We can be healthier and more productive when our cells, tissues and organs are adequately nourished and our metabolic waste products are removed. BEMER enhances cardiac function, physical fitness, endurance, strength and energy, concentration, mental acuity, stress reduction and relaxation, and sleep management. Limited space; please RSVP. Newton Chiropractic & Wellness Centre, 383 Elliot St, Door F, Ste 250, Newton. 617-964-3332.


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SuperHealth: Yogic Science to Break Habits & Addictive Behaviors Course – Oct 7-13. SuperHealth is on the cutting edge of breaking habits and addictive behavior. It is at the forefront of yogic therapeutic technology that is precise and proven effective. The system addresses alcohol, drugs, smoking, food issues, co-dependency, gambling, work, computers and includes stress, depression, fatigue and anxiety. Developed by Yogi Bhajan, the approach combines the ancient wisdom of yogic science with the innovations of western sciences. $1,288. Yoga at the Ashram, 368 Village St, Millis. 508-376-4525. BEMER Workshop – 3:45-4:45pm. BEMER is designed to improve circulation supporting the body’s natural self-regulating processes. We can


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The Three Characteristics of Existence – 7-9pm. The Venerable Bhante Buddharakkhita will present the Buddha’s teachings on impermanence, suffering and no self. 2-session program. Experienced meditators, beginners, and the curious are welcome. $25. Newton South High School, 140 Brandeis Rd, Newton. 617-559-6422. Newton

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 11 Free Lecture: Depression and Mental Health – 7-8pm. A free lecture on depression and mental health, presented by Dr. Sara Bolton, a psychiatrist affiliated with McLean Hospital. Free. Acton Pharmacy, 563 Massachusetts Ave, Acton.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12 Eastover Masters in Residence Series – 1:305:30pm. This fall, Eastover has a new Masters in Residence Series, where professional qigong/tai chi instructors reside on the Eastover premises for a period of time, to share the life-changing benefits of this powerful practice with local community college students, the general public, and in-house Eastover guests as well. Eastover Estate & Retreat Center, 430 East St, Lenox. 866-264-5139. More info:

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13 Yang-Style Teacher Training – Oct 13-15. With Grand Master Fukui Yang, Rick Barrett, Abdi Assadi. The 3 Masters share extensive knowledge/ experience in an easily understandable way. Grand Master Yang brings unbroken traditional/authentic Chinese martial arts and philosophy. Rick Barrett takes us “through the Western Gate,” translating esoteric principles into experienceable abilities. Abdi Assadi brings decades of acupuncture experience and spiritual exploration. Eastover Estate & Retreat Center, 430 East St, Lenox. 866-264-5139. Details: Free Meditation Classes – 7:30-8:45pm. Ideal for beginners; deepens your experience for those who already meditate. 4-wk series: guided visualizations, breathing and chanting, music for meditation and daily practice. Easy Does It movement Studio, 19 Mystic St, behind 493 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington. 727-657-9981.




Moving Day Boston – 9:30am-1pm. Moving Days highlight movement as a symbol of hope and progress in treating Parkinson’s disease. Join a team or walk individually to help beat Parkinson’s. Free; donations and gifts encouraged. DCR Artesani Park Boston, 1255 Soldiers Field Rd, Boston. 908-420-8865.

Healing Our Social Brain – 7:30-9pm. A workshop that explores: how we are “hardwired” to connect lovingly; causes and consequences of disconnection; and individual and societal interventions that can restore our loving connections. Free. Healing our Social Brain, 99 Massachusetts Ave, Ste 3, Arlington. RSVP: 617-6285558. CenterforHealing

Animal Reiki 1 Certification – 12-4pm. Learn how to share compassionate meditation with all creatures for stress relief, better health, positive outlook, inner peace. All animal lovers welcome. Special rates for animal rescuers and reiki practitioners. $350 early bird. Theosophical Society, near Massachusetts Ave, Arlington. Registration required: 617-758-7496.



First Free Acupuncture Relaxation – 9am-1pm. Relax, find relief, and rest with Community Acupuncture in a quiet environment, group setting with affordable prices. Taking insurance for further treatment, if covered. 18+ years experienced practitioner. Joy Community Acupuncture, 335 Boylston St, Ste J3, Newton. 617-510-0559.

BEMER Workshop – 3:45-4:45pm. BEMER is designed to improve circulation supporting the body’s natural self-regulating processes. We can be healthier and more productive when our cells, tissues and organs are adequately nourished and our metabolic waste products are removed. BEMER enhances cardiac function, physical fitness, endurance, strength and energy, concentration, mental acuity, stress reduction and relaxation, and sleep management. Limited space; please RSVP. Newton Chiropractic & Wellness Centre, 383 Elliot St, Door F, Ste 250, Newton Upper Falls. 617-9643332.

Acton Pharmacy Celebrates 20 Years with Dinnos – 10am-4pm. Acton Pharmacy will celebrate the 20th anniversary of Dinno ownership by hosting a health and wellness fair. Free. Acton Pharmacy, 563 Massachusetts Ave, Acton. The Healing Beyond Cancer: Cancer is a Doorway for Healing and Transformation – 4:30pm. Release the burden of your stuck emotions and raise your vibration. Having a diagnosis of cancer can unleash a flood of fear and anxiety. Learn how to manage your thoughts and explore and discover how the interactions of your beliefs and feelings can have profound effects on your health and well-being. With Sonny Rose, MA, Founding Director of The Healing Beyond Cancer, and Laurie McCracken, Joyologist, RN, practitioner of The Emotion Code. Free. Roots and Wings, 317 N Main St, Natick. 978-369-7733.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 18 Babson Food Day – 3-7pm. Now in its 7th year, Babson Food Day celebrates the energy, creativity, and generosity of eaters and entrepreneurs working together for a brighter food future. Free. Babson College, 231 Forest St, Babson Park.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 24 One-Year Shiatsu Certification Program – 9am6pm. Become a Certified Practitioner of Zen Shiatsu, a form of Asian Bodywork Therapy. Classes meet one 4-day weekend per month. Affordable accommodations available. $8,000. Shiatsu School of Vermont, 24 High St, Brattleboro. 802-2460877. Calmness, Clarity, Insight & Wisdom – 7-9pm. Lama Surya Das will discuss cultivating wisdom and compassion; the two wings of the bird of awakened spirit on the path to spiritual enlightenment. $25. Newton South High School, 140 Brandeis Rd, Newton. 617-559-6422. Newton

Monthly Community Reiki Clinic – 7-8:45pm. Brenner Reiki Healing is committed to providing reiki to members of the community who wish to experience a reiki session at a low cost. You can make an appointment for a 30-min reiki session at the monthly Community Reiki Clinic held the 1st Fri of each month. Appointment times are 7-7:30pm, 7:35-8:05pm, 8:10-8:40pm. $10. Brenner Reiki Healing, 324 Central St, Newton. 617-244-8856.

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daily Quincy Market History Tour – 11am, daily; 6pm, Wed; 2pm, Sat. Learn about Quincy Market’s central and ever-evolving role in Boston’s history. Meet guide by Pulse Café on South Market St. Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 4 S Market, Boston. 617-523-1300.

sunday Celebration Service – 10-11:15am. Meditation, 9:45am. Service followed by fellowship. Free. Center for Spiritual Living of Greater Boston, 50 Dudley St, Cambridge. 617-947-2743. SoWa Vintage Market – 10am-4pm. Designers, collectors, appreciators of the beautiful and unusual love this market. A cool, urban, vintage flea market featuring fresh vintage and designer finds every week. Free. SoWa Vintage Market, 450 Harrison Ave, Boston. Vinyl Sundays at Short Path Distillery – 1-6pm. Bring your favorite LP and we’d be happy to spin it on the tasting room stereo system, or choose from our selection. Free. Short Path Distillery, 71 Kelvin St, Unit 2, Everett.

monday Anxiety and Panic Support Group – 5:30pm. 1st Mon. A group designed to offer a place where people with common interests and experience can meet. People who have been through, or are going through, a similar circumstance can do more than sympathize with you, they can relate to what you are going through and keep you from feeling alone. Free. Washington St, Newton. 617-849-3198. EasYoga – 6-7:30pm. Also Thurs. Relax, re-energize and revitalize. Walk-ins welcome. First session free. The Well Street Station, 62 Mt Auburn St, Watertown. 617-923-1440. Nia-Somatic Fitness Classes – 7:30-8:30pm. Nia technique is a blend of dance martial arts and healing arts set to music to fit your personal experience. All levels welcome. Discount cards available. $15. Om Namo Center, 21 Belmont St, Cambridge. 617-620-7654.

tuesday Noon Concerts on the Freedom Trail – 12:15pm. Stop by to hear a 30-40-min concert. Performers vary each week and perform a wide variety of music ranging from jazz to folk, medieval to modern.


$3 suggested donation. King’s Chapel, 64 Beacon St, Boston. 617-227-2155. Stretch and Core Class – 4-4:30pm. Designed to help achy shoulders and necks, hips and lower backs with mostly stretches and some strengthening exercises. Core and balance is incorporated into this 30-min class. Appropriate for all fitness levels. $9/drop-in, $30/5 pack, $50/10 pack. Embody Fitness, 18 Adams St, Burlington. 781-9992503. Anxiety and Panic Support Group – 6:30pm. 1st Tues. Designed to offer a place where people with common interests and experience can meet. You are not alone in your experience, and knowledge is the key to living a symptom-free life. Free. Washington St, Newton. 617-849-3198. Open Meditation – 7-8:15pm. A supportive environment with 45 mins of shamatha sitting. Appropriate for all levels with several breaks and a brief inspirational video. Free. Rigpa Boston, 24 Crescent St, Ste 308, Waltham. 619-906-4291.

wednesday Free Tour of Symphony Hall – 4pm select Wed. Also 2pm select Sat. Join volunteers on a behindthe-scenes tour and hear about the hall and the history and traditions of the famed musicians and conductors. Boston Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave, Boston. For available dates & times: 617-638-9390. Museum of Fine Arts Free Wednesdays – 6-9pm. An opportunity to sketch from live models and/or from objects in their collections. A drawing instructor provides insights on drawing technique and the artist-model relationship as it informs the creation of artwork. MFA, 465 Huntington Ave, Boston. 617-267-9300. Support Group for Spouses and Family Members of Breast Cancer Patients and Survivors – 6:30pm. 3rd Wed. Do you keep your questions, concerns or fears to yourself? Have you wished there were others you could talk with who have been in your shoes? Please join us for our monthly support group led by the husband of a breast cancer survivor. Free. Generations Healing Center, 250 Main St, Oxford. Let’s Laugh Today Laughter Yoga – 7:308:30pm. 1st Wed. Any age and any level of physical ability can enjoy this unique exercise of laughter and clapping combined with gentle breathing that brings more oxygen to the body’s cells. Free. Meetinghouse of the First Universalist Society, 262 Chestnut St, Franklin. 508-660-2223. Public Open Night at the Observatory – 8:30pm, Spring/Summer; 7:30pm, Fall/Winter. A chance to

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come observe the night sky through telescopes and binoculars and see things you otherwise might not get to see. Held most Wed evenings throughout the year, weather permitting. Free. Coit Observatory at Boston University, 725 Commonwealth Ave, Boston. 617-353-2630.

thursday Free Night at the ICA – 5-9pm. The Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave, Boston. Assabet Valley Holistic Mom’s Group – 7-8:30pm. 2nd Thurs. A non-profit organization that is gender neutral, open to the public. LGBT, singles, couples, marriages, teachers, professionals and individuals are welcome. Free. Maynard Public Library, 77 Nason St, Maynard. More info: 978-908-7870. SRR Thursday Night 4.06 Miler – 7:15-8:15pm. It may be raining. It may be hot or cold. The SRR Thursday night run will happen every week, no matter what. Free. Casey’s Bar, 171 Broadway, Somerville. Shift from Dis-Ease to Ease – 7:30-9pm. 2nd Thurs. Cancer? Be supported in how to manage your anxiety and explore how the interactions of your beliefs and feelings can have profound effects on your health and well-being. Presented by, Sonny Rose, MA, Founding Director of The Healing Beyond Cancer. Bring pen and paper. Free. Roots and Wings Healing Center, 317 N Main St, Natick. 978-369-7733. Observatory Night – 7:30-9:30pm. 3rd Thurs. A non-technical lecture and telescopic observing from the observatory roof if weather permits. Free. Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, 60 Garden St, Cambridge. 617-495-7461.

friday Belmont Youth Running Club – 7-7:30am. The goal of this free club is to show your passion for running and to help youth and beginner runners learn to enjoy the sport in a safe and fun environment. We will stretch, run, laugh and plank. Bring a bottle of water. Belmont Reservoir, corner of Payson Rd & Oak St, Belmont. 617-438-4467. Belmont-Youth-Running-Club-198154413907597. Health Lecture Series – 10am. 1st Fri. An informative discussion for parents and caregivers on a variety of parent- and child-related topics such as nutrition, behavior, community resources and more. Held in the Old Country Buffet, Watertown Mall, 550 Arsenal St, Watertown. 617-926-4968.

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

NATURAL AWAKENINGS SINGLES READY TO MEET THE LOVE OF YOUR LIFE? – Dip into our pool of conscious, awake singles and meet someone that you would have never met without us! Free to join. Blood Pressure Screenings – 10am-12pm. 1st Fri. Free blood pressure screenings in front of the Old Country Buffet. Watertown Mall, 550 Arsenal St, Watertown. 617-926-4968. Second Fridays – 5-8pm. Free with admission at the MIT Museum on the 2nd Fri each month. Mingle with friends in the unique galleries and see some of the latest research coming out of MIT. MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge. 617-253-5927. SoWa First Fridays – 5-9pm. 1st Fri. Over 60 galleries south of Washington St and at the Artist’s Guild, nearby businesses and restaurants open their doors to give you a chance to experience the vibrant South End arts community. Free. Start at 450 Harrison Ave, follow gallery lights around the neighborhood. Monthly Community Reiki Clinic – 7-8:45pm. 1st Fri. Make an appointment for a 30-min reiki session. Appointment times are 7-7:30pm, 7:358:05pm & 8:10-8:40pm. $10. Brenner Reiki Healing, 324 Central St, Newton. 617-244-8856.

saturday Intuitive Training for Your Business – 9-11am. Find that place where your business is in support of your soul. Your soul feeds your intuition. Your intuition tells you what to do next. $300. Center for Psychic Healing and Online Training, 248 Main St, Harwich. 707-849-7793. CenterFor The Marketplace at Simpson Spring – 10am2pm. Includes farmers, bakers, artisans and local entrepreneurs. Stop in to browse or take in our

featured entertainment, local authors, educational seminars and lecturers. 719 Washington St, South Easton. EasYoga Prenatal Yoga Class – Thru Oct. 11am. Relax, re-energize and revitalize. Gentle stretches relieve tension. First class free. The Well Street Station, 62 Mt Auburn St, Watertown. 617-9231440. Let’s Laugh Today Laughter Yoga – 11am12pm. 2nd Sat. Any age and any level of physical ability can enjoy this unique exercise of laughter and clapping combined with gentle breathing that brings more oxygen to the body’s cells. Free. Unitarian Church of Sharon, 4 N Main St, Sharon. 508-660-2223. Greenway Open Market – Thru Oct. 11am-5pm. An eclectic mix of crafts, art, music and locally produced products from Boston. Gourmet food trucks. Different mix of vendors every week. Rose Kennedy Greenway, near Rings Fountain along the Wharf District parks. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous Meeting – 4:30pm. Are you having trouble controlling what you eat? Attend this meeting and hear experience, strength and hope from members who have found this solution and are recovering from food addiction. Learn more about the FA programs and how it may help you or someone you know and love. Free. Christ Church, 33 Central St, Andover. 617610-3748. Neutrality Night with Stephen Dupre – 8pm. Have some fun and learn simple techniques to get neutral to experience real-time energy shifts. Register online: first 10 will get issues addressed on the call. Free. Online event. 401-405-1669.

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Kristine Jelstrup, CMFT, CBK, LMT 126 Prospect St, Ste 5, Cambridge, 02139 617-833-3407 Kristine@CentralSquareHealthAnd Achieve optimal health physically, emotionally, nutritionally. Kristine uses a form of muscle response testing to identify and clear nervous system interference, facilitating optimal health. See ad, page 13.


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



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Karina Beleno Carney, Lic.Ac., brings over 10 years experience of effective and compassionate acupuncture, Chinese herbs and TuiNa treatments. Serving Nashoba Valley. See ad, page 8.



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



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617-610-0734 Looking for ways to better manage stress, improve health or lose weight? Want support in moving beyond old patterns that are holding you back? Health and Wellness Coaching and reiki can help. See ad, page 6.


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


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


Liz Marcano-Pucillo 150 Wood Rd, Ste 403, Braintree, MA 02184 781-228-6915 Receive professional colon hydrotherapy by a national board-certified therapist using the Angel of Water system. The most comfortable and private system in the industry. See ad, page 31.


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


Stephen Bernardi 577 Main St, Waltham, MA 02452 781-893-3870 • Fax: 781-899-1172 JCW is the only sterile and non-sterile PCABaccredited pharmacy in Massachusetts. In addition to our compounding service, we offer a full range of nutritional supplements, natural products, homeopathic remedies and home health care equipment. See ad, page 16.

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


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1842 Beacon St, Ste 305, Brookline, MA 617-868-1516 Dr. Iontcheva-Barehmi is an accomplished dentist and specialist in Periodontics and Implants with a holistic approach to medicine and dentistry. To schedule your comprehensive exam and share the excitement of a healthy smile, call: 617-868-1516. See ad, page 18.

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


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

Alison Shaw APRN, LMT, CEH 109 Massachusetts Ave Lexington, MA 02420 781-646-0686 An innovative blend of bodycentered counseling, integrative bodywork and energy medicine to uncover and release bodymind patterns that limit your life and health. See ad, page 25.

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


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

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Johnson Compounding and Wellness 781-893-3870 Dr. Gary Kracoff provides guidance and in-depth consultative services to find the “why” to what is happening physically and mentally, working with individuals to restore balance in the body. Specializes in customizing medications to meet individualized needs of patients, and he suggests nutritional supplements, natural products and homeopathic remedies to aid in faster healing and recovery See ad, page 16.


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