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s the big 5-0 milestone approaches, I am gratefully reflecting on how successes as well as perceived mistakes have all boosted me into the place I stand today. Coming to realize that “mistake” is just another name for a growth-inducing learning experience is undeniably one of the most empowering and enlightening experiences of life’s journey. I am not one of the rare few that learn well by watching others. It usually takes a few jolts to get my attention. It’s been refreshing for me to finally understand how even doubtful choices in my own life have culminated and conspired to reveal helpful, game-changing lessons that no amount of reading, conversation, therapy or self-help immersion could have ever accomplished. In our feature article this month, “Powerful You!”, Judith Fertig relates that, “Personal empowerment is all about taking a stand—developing the vision, countering misguided beliefs, having a plan and then moving forward to be the best version of one’s true self.” It’s comforting to know that even the future boo-boos we’ll all inevitably make have the power to carry us on to a new “best version” of ourselves when we allow them to do so. I’m excited to consider the possibilities of what’s up next in major aspects of life’s ongoing adventure. As to Natural Awakenings of Boston, it too continues to evolve and I’m happy to share a new department called Mind-Body Connection, added this month. We lead with “Just Say Yes!” by Alison Shaw of Bodymind Resourcing, in Arlington, in which she explains how turning resistance into acceptance creates an empowered, healthy life. We look forward to exploring the abundance of mindbody techniques available throughout Greater Boston and beyond. The idea for the department comes on the inspiring heels of Boston’s premiere of the new documentary film, The Connection ( Produced and directed by Shannon Harvey, it explores how pioneering research is proving a direct connection between our thinking and our health. Harvey, who at age 24 was diagnosed with a debilitating autoimmune disease, refused to settle for a hopeless diagnosis and set out to heal herself. What she discovered on her journey evidences the epitome of self-empowerment. Our hope is that those searching for a better approach to treatment will have the opportunity to learn about and locate the right combination of integrative medicine and complementary therapies to help them be well. We all deserve to live our optimum life. I hope you find nourishment for mind, body and soul in these pages. From our home to yours, we wish you a happy, healthy and empowered holiday season of gratitude! Peace,

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

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


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newsbriefs Tibetan Tulku Anyen Rinpoche Returns to Rhode Island


nyen Rinpoche will hold a day of iinstruction in lolong, a profound practical tradition that helps bring wisdom, compassion and insight into everyday lives, from 1 to 7:30 p.m., November 16, at the Canonicus Camp and Conference Center, in Exeter. According to the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, it is possible to live free of regret when each moment, encounter and situation is dealt with deliberately and compassionately. Rinpoche’s lineage can be traced back directly to Anyen Rinpoche the renowned Dzogchen master Patrul Rinpoche. He has earned the degree of Khenpo (master teacher) and became the head scholar of his monastic university. His immense sense of humor, wisdom and insight promises to make his teachings truly enjoyable and rewarding.

Suggested donation: $50-$65. Location: Canonicus Camp and Conference Center (Shaub Lodge), 54 Exeter Rd., Exeter, RI. Registration required. For more information, call Ann Porto at 401-529-2020 or visit

Changing the Way Kids Raise Money for Schools


ick The Cans is an initiative to eliminate school fundraising campaigns that have traditionally focused on product sales. The organization’s new model seeks to benefit the community and teach life lessons to young people while also raising funds for teams and clubs. “The traditional fundraising model is broken,” says founder Manassah Bradley. “A Kick The Cans fundraiser teaches kids self-reliance, accountability, leadership and entrepreneurship while instilling a greater sense of pride and ownership in their communities.” Bradley says his initiative helps communities through such projects as park clean-ups, graffiti wipe-outs and tree plantings, while taking pressure off parents and supporting kids’ interests and activities. “In the current model, our kids raise billions selling highpriced, low-quality products, and most of that money goes back to the fundraising company,” says Bradley. “With Kick The Cans, kids get to keep the vast majority of the money they raise. It’s not just another fundraiser, it’s a social movement.” For more information, call 844-938-4265 or visit

newsbriefs Newton Chiropractic Holiday Shopping Fair


ewton Chiropractic & Wellness Centre will host a Holiday Shopping Fair from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m., November 2, to help gift givers find the perfect gift for those “hard-togift” family and friends. A variety of products and services from various vendors will be on sale, including skincare products, jewelry, bags, kitchenware, Himalayan salt lamps, massage and detoxifying foot bath gift cards, and other gifts and knickknacks. Refreshments will be served. Cost: Free. Location: 383 Elliot St., Door F, Ste. 250, Newton. For more information, call 617-964-3332 or email Info@Well for details. Visit for directions. See ad on page 15, and Resource Guide on page 44.

Koko FitClub Now Offers Individual Coaching


oko FitClubs, in Brookline and West Roxbury, now offer coaching for members that want the added benefits of individual attention and accountability. The Koko Plus premier membership features specially trained Master FitCoaches that mentor clients during their sessions. “The Koko Smartraining System already has everything any member needs to get fit, but there are some people who want more in the way of additional human interaction, personal coaching and support,” says owner Lena Lemeshov. “Koko Plus is for these members.” Lemeshov says the program is also for those that may need extra help and accountability for a specific fitness goal with a deadline. Master FitCoaches will review member workouts, guide them through warm-ups and strength training, correct their form and provide tips on each exercise. Coaches will also offer support and guidance on Koko cardio workouts, heart rate statistics, strength training metrics, nutrition plans and lifestyle choices to keep members on track with their goals. “With a Master FitCoach at your side, every movement and every exercise is closely monitored for proper posture, pace and technique for optimal results,” says Lemeshov. “You will be motivated and pushed harder than you would typically push yourself.” Location: Koko FitClub, 39 Harvard St., Brookline Village and 77 Spring St., (Shaw’s Plaza), West Roxbury. For more information, call 617-566-5656 (Brookline) or 617-325-4800 (West Roxbury) or visit or WestRoxbury. See ad on page 19, and Resource Guide on page 45. natural awakenings

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World Peace Caravan Taking Shape for December 2015


undreds of people from 12 countries are preparing for a global peace movement that will culminate in a 12day camel caravan from Petra, Jordan, to Jerusalem in December, 2015. The World Peace Caravan is the initiative of Gary Young, CEO of Young Living Essential Oils, who dreamed of a modern-day journey for peace that would invite people of all cultures, faiths and backgrounds to unite along what is known as the Frankincense Trail. Participants in the caravan will travel by camel, horse or foot, camping along the way and taking part in multi-cultural activities including music, dance, educational seminars and the exploration of historical and religious sites. Other events include a two-day Peace and Health Conference on the Dead Sea and a Concert for Peace in Jerusalem to be broadcast and streamed around the world. The World Peace Caravan will also select a delegation of 12 youth ambassadors for the caravan and create an online youth community. Both groups will participate in a solutions-driven, project-based global educational program reflecting some of the United Nations Sustainable Development and Millennium Development Goals. Young people the world over will collaborate to tackle such ambitious goals as eradicating poverty and hunger, ensuring environmental sustainability and cultivating healthy lives. For more information, visit WorldPeace


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newsbriefs Free Medical Marijuana Handbook Covers Laws, Use and Myths


ntegr8 Massachusetts, an integrative healthcare practice in Burlington that specializes in the use of medical marijuana and other alternative treatments, has created a free, online handbook to help current and prospective medical marijuana users understand state laws concerning its use. The Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Patient Handbook is part of the organization’s community education and outreach program to help people make informed decisions. “The handbook dispels some of the common myths of medical marijuana,” says Dr. Joey Rottman, medical director of Integr8 Massachusetts. “These include thinking that it makes you high, that there is no difference between recreational and medical marijuana, and that the only way to get the benefits of medical marijuana is by smoking it.” The handbook outlines the laws in Massachusetts that govern the use, prescription and distribution of marijuana for medical purposes. It also explains the use of medical marijuana for the treatment of various health conditions. “Even though medical marijuana was legalized in Massachusetts in November 2012, there is still much uncertainty about the laws and even more uncertainty about which medical conditions can be treated with it and how it works,” says Rottman. The Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Patient Handbook is available for free at Patient_Handbook_Mass.pdf. To learn more, call 781-328-4488 or visit See ad on page 8. natural awakenings

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ohnson Compounding and Wellness, in Waltham, opens its doors for a customer appreciation day on November 8, featuring vendors from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and a 20 percent discount storewide that includes sale items. “Our amazing vendors will be sampling, educating and informing our customers about their great products,” says Katie McDonough, director of pharmacy education. “They include Ezymedica, Ortho Molecular, Urban Moonshine, Fire Cider, Solgar, Innate Response, Synthovial, Barleens, Puremedy and Amazing Grass, and we’ll also be having a tasting with an amazing chef.” Location: 577 Main St., Waltham. For more information, call 781-893-3870 or visit See ads on pages 2 and 11, and Resource Guide on page 44.

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ristine Jelstrup, LMT, CBK, presents a free Energy Testing Workshop from 7 to 9 p.m., November 18, at Central Square Health and Wellness, in Cambridge. Jelstrup will be testing people’s energy fields during the event and speak about the impact of diet on the energy field. “People love to know how big their energy field is, and I will explain how to grow it by showing them how to muscle test for foods or supplements that expand the energy field,” says Jelstrup. “A bigger, stronger and more balanced energy field will lead to a healthier body, so it’s important to be aware of what affects it, and this workshop will help with that.” Cost: Free. Location: Central Square Health and Wellness, 126 Prospect St., Ste. 5, Cambridge. For more information, call 617-833-3407 or visit CentralSquare See ad on page 16 and Resource Guide on page 43.

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Free Training to Awaken and Ignite the Brain’s Highest Potential


igher Brain Living will present a free training on awakening and igniting the brain’s highest potential from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., November 17, at the Doubletree by Hilton, in Westborough. The event is for leaders in psychology, life coaching, chiropractic, acupuncture, homeopathy, yoga and other holistic fields that wish to help their clients and features a live presentation and demonstration of the Higher Brain Living technique. “Our primitive, lower brains were designed to protect and keep us safe and alive, but today they encourage an unnecessary state of hyper-vigilance, stress, anxiety and fear,” says Marketing Director Sarah Williamson. “Higher Brain Living, created by Dr. Michael Cotton, helps us to actually change the physiology of our brains.” Williamson says that the technique helps people to experience more joy, confidence, purpose and passion by creating a clear channel and powerful energy surge to the Higher Brain. “It opens a gateway to true, lasting and expansive higher living like no psychological, spiritual or physical healing modality on the planet,” she says. The training event will be led by Wanda McCallum.

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newsbriefs Webinars on Using Feng Shui to Create Powerful Environments


eng Shui master and author Steve Kodad is offering step-by-step training on how to use feng shui in the home. The training, which is presented in five live webinars and 26 recorded presentations, leads to certification as a feng shui design professional. “Feng shui is an environmental art and science that supports living in harmony with the natural world, and it became known in the United States about 30 years ago,” says Kodad. “The words feng shui stand for wind and water, two of the most prevalent ways that life force energy, or chi, moves around the planet. An environment with good feng shui therefore feels comfortable, safe and very positive.” Modules in the webinar series cover such topics as color psychology, furniture placement, curb appeal, use of the five senses, attracting and controlling chi, the yin/yang theory and using the five elements to create optimum balance. “Feng shui is a powerful way to give all areas of your life a huge boost,” says Kodad. “It does not have to be difficult to follow, and gives us a blueprint of how to change our home or business in a positive and dynamic way.” For more information and to register, visit See Resource Guide on page 45.

Space Available for Workshops and More in Pawtucket, Rhode Island


he Empowerment Factory, a space located within Ahlers Designs in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, is now renting to inspirational and creative instructors and speakers for conducting workshops, meetings or training sessions. Artist Gail Ahlers says she created The Empowerment Factory to expand the reach of her mission, “Making art, creating joy and empowering people”. This includes helping others expand their opportunities through personal and professional growth. In addition to her artwork and commemorative gifts, Ahlers has been involved in a number of philanthropic endeavors, which allow her to share her mission of optimism throughout the community. Ahlers collaborates with several nonprofits, such as We Share Hope, and also facilitates Youth Workforce job training as well as other youth-related programs. “I call myself an ‘Ambassador to Joy’,” she says. “The Empowerment Factory is a place where people can come together to share the tools that create more happy, healthy people.” The space is large enough for groups of up to 30 people and free parking is available. Location: 999 Main St., Pawtucket. For more information, call 401-365-1010 or visit


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Looking at Beautiful Art Bumps Up Brain Activity


esearchers from Japan’s Oita University have found that aesthetic appreciation of paintings may be linked to altering activities in specific areas of the brain. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans of 39 people were taken as they looked at slides of still life and landscape paintings by 19th-century French painters and slides of photographs that closely replicated the paintings. While the subjects considered both the paintings and the photographic analogs to be beautiful during the experiment—with no significant differences between them—the most beautiful paintings were rated significantly higher than their corresponding photographic analogs in the pre-experimental phase. The researchers cite this as evidence of feeling greater pleasure from the paintings. The MRIs showed that during the experiment, portions of the brain’s frontal lobe related to emotions, memory, learning and decision making were activated. However, when the researchers compared the positive effects of aesthetic appreciation of the art paintings versus the photographs, they noted significantly more activity at the back of the subjects’ brains, specifically the bilateral cuneus, a part of the occipital lobe responsible for basic visual processing; and the left lingual gyrus, or ridge, associated with vision, encoding visual memory, logical ordering and dreaming. The findings suggested that these neural structures are associated with the aesthetic appreciation for paintings.

Algae-Based Cosmetics May Ward Off Inflammation and Cancer


lgae extracts added to natural cosmetics may help prevent cancer. A recent review of research from Taiwan’s Kaohsiung Medical University found marine algae extracts help protect skin cells by reducing oxidative stress, which has been linked to both inflammation and cancer. The review covered the major algae types of red algae, brown algae (such as kelp), green algae and bluegreen algae (such as spirulina). A host of compounds in these extracts were found to provide protection against free-radical damage. In one study, phloroglucinol, a phenol derivative from brown algae, inhibited inflammation among human tissue sarcoma cells.

Beauty is whatever gives joy. ~Edna St. Vincent Millay

Honey and Ginger Beat Antibiotics in Fighting Superbugs


esearchers from Ethiopia’s University of Gondar College of Medicine have recently found that the use of mixtures of honey and ginger extract can treat drug-resistant bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae. They note that further clinical evaluation and pharmacological standardization of the mixtures are needed before they can be used therapeutically. The scientists conducted laboratory testing with clinical isolations of five separate superbugs: methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Staphylococcus aureus (non-MRSA), two strains of Escherichia coli plus Klebsiella pneumoniae. The inhibition of all five types of bacteria by three common antibiotics—methicillin, amoxicillin and penicillin—were compared with the antibacterial effects of ginger extract, honey and a combination of the two. The ginger extract and honey combination was found to have the greatest inhibiting effect on the bacteria; however, even the two applied separately were more effective against the bacteria than the antibiotics. Although in vivo studies are needed, the researchers believe that the honey and ginger extract combination is a promising source for treatment of resistant bacterial strains.

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Two Countries Buck the Mining Industry The governments of El Salvador and Costa Rica have successfully resisted demands by the gold mining industry, putting long-term environmental protection ahead of short-term financial gain. El Salvador stopped issuing gold mining permits several years ago, despite high gold prices and the contention by some that exporting gold was one of the country’s few chances to boost economic growth. The majority of its citizens obtain water from one large river system, the Lempa, and gold mining, which uses cyanide as a processing agent, invariably pollutes nearby rivers and watersheds. The government of Costa Rica has said no to open-pit mining, one of the most environmentally destructive mining methods. Popular opposition surged in the wake of a major accident that led to the closure of the Canadian-owned Bellavista open-pit gold mine. Source: YES! magazine

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Senior Roommate Service Combats Loneliness AARP, Inc., estimates that about 8,000 baby boomers turn 65 every day. With longer and healthier life expectancies, many are divorced or widowed and need roommates to have company and chat with; to share living costs and chores; and for emotional support. Women-only founder Sarah Venable says, “I went online to find a service that helps women over 50 find roommates, and found to my dismay that there were plenty of sites for finding roommates in their 20s and 30s, but nothing for boomer women.” For a $30 fee, the site uses a detailed algorithm to match women not only by location, but by interests, tastes, lifestyles, education, personal preferences and a host of other factors; much like a successful dating website.

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Big Fish

Whales’ Global Impact Underestimated Whales have long been considered too rare to be the focus of overall marine ecological research, with more attention going to much smaller essential organisms like algae and plankton. However, as whales recover from centuries of overhunting that reduced their numbers by two-thirds or more, scientists are realizing the important role they play in transferring fertilizers like iron and nitrogen from deep waters to feed plankton near the surface via plumes of fecal matter. A study at the University of Vermont, published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, evaluates decades of research on the ecological role of great whales. Lead author Joe Roman says, “Whale recovery could lead to higher rates of productivity where whales aggregate to feed and give birth, supporting more robust fisheries.” It seems that the long-lived whales may even ease the impact of perturbations in climate and buffer marine ecosystems from destabilizing stresses. Roman states, “This warrants a shift in view from whales being positively valued as exploitable goods or negatively valued because they compete with people for marine fish to one what recognizes that these animals play key roles in healthy marine ecosystems, providing services to human societies.” Source:

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The Power of Patriotic Purchasing Buying products that are made in the USA supports both our neighbors and nation. Keeping the entire product cycle within our borders employs more Americans, enhances local and national economic security and ensures greater product quality because American environmental and health regulatory standards are often higher than in other countries. For companies, domestic production can be part of a larger emphasis on supporting local businesses and implementing eco-practices. provides examples of domestically made products in many categories, including personal apparel, handcrafts, household goods, green products, appliances, sporting goods and tools. About 95 percent of our clothing is now made in other countries, according to the Ecology Global Network (, mostly in China, where sweatshops and human rights abuses are prevalent. Polyester and nylon are derived from petroleum and processed and dyed using synthetic, often toxic substances such as copper, nickel and cobalt. The nonprofit Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture’s Fibershed and Grow Your Jeans programs (Tinyurl. com/GreenJeansEtc) and the Sustainable Cotton Project’s Cleaner Cotton program ( increase domestic production by assisting and connecting domestic growers and textile makers. In addition to spotlighting locally made products in its stores with special shelf tags, Whole Foods Market has made more than $10 million in low-interest loans to independent farmers and food artisans via its Local Producer Loan Program. Canyon Bakehouse, a gluten-free bakery in Boulder, Colorado; Buchi Kombucha, brewers of sustainably crafted, Earth-bermed tea in Asheville, North Carolina; and Fancypants Baking Company, makers of 100 percent natural and nut-free cookies in East Walpole, Massachusetts, are examples ( WholeFoodsLocalLoans). Iconoclastic ice cream maker Ben & Jerry’s (, headquartered in Waterbury, Vermont, conducts a Caring Dairy program that assists farmers to apply more sustainable practices; buys eggs from hens in certified humane cage-free farms; and plans to transform all of its 50 flavors to non-GMO ingredients and earn fair trade certification by the end of this year.


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Preparing for Cold and Flu Season by Dr. Gary Kracoff

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Early Detection of Disease Allows for Early Intervention and Optimal Health


he immune system is challenged by thousands of offending invaders every day. Fortunately, there are proven ways to boost immunity and fortify the body in time for winter’s challenges, beginning with adequate rest and good nutrition. Medical researchers have drawn a clear correlation between rest and illness prevention, and a lack of adequate sleep has been tied to scores of diseases and a lowered immune system. A diet rich in probiotics, nutrients and enzymes is also crucial. Unfortunately the current food supply does not contain enough of these “good” bacteria and enzymes. On top of that, many people take food that is already nutritionally deficient and either over-cook or microwave it, destroying more of these valuable ingredients. We can supplement with immunity-supporting enzymes such as Virastop, which needs to be taken on an empty stomach in order to be absorbed into the bloodstream. Immunity-supporting enzymes can be used daily for maintenance or a few times a day for therapeutic use. For those that may catch a cold or flu this winter, here are a few herbal, nutritional and homeopathic suggestions:

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- Andrographis extract (300mg/3 to 4 times a day) is an excellent adaptogen that supports the immune system and lessens cold and flu symptoms without drowsiness or stimulation. A blend of andrographis, black elderberry, echinacea, l-lysine, acerola, zinc and vitamin A can be used daily to support health or, in the proper formulation, can be taken every hour for six doses at the onset of symptoms. - Beta-glucan is very helpful for people who get sick often and it can help to restore the immune system to its optimal status. It is best taken in an extract that contains 75 percent beta-glucan with a dosage of 250mg per day. - A well-formulated probiotic is very important, containing 10 to 14 different live strains of lactobacilli, bifidobacterium and soil-based organisms. Each strain has a specific purpose in the intestinal tract, such as supporting the immune system, making vitamins, balancing hormones, combatting yeast and

aiding digestion, elimination and detoxification. - To help clear sinuses, a blend of N-acetyl cysteine, andrographis, Eleuthero Root, bromelain and berberine sulfate can help to thin mucus and balance inflammation. - For the flu, Anas barbariae (Oscillococcinum) is a homeopathic remedy specifically for body aches, headache, fever, chills and fatigue. Safe for children and adults, it helps reduce the duration and severity of flu symptoms. Other homeopathic remedies include: - Aconitum Napellus 30C is very effective at the onset of symptoms, before the cold is established. Dissolve five pellets under the tongue every 30 minutes until symptoms resolve. - Allium Cepa 12C is helpful for a watery nasal discharge that irritates the upper lip, while Eupharasia 6C helps with a non-irritating watery nasal discharge and a watery, irritating discharge from the eyes. - Gelsemium 12C benefits those with an irritating nasal discharge, fever, shivering, headache and lack of energy. - Hydrastis Canadensis 12C is used when there is a sticky, viscous, yellowish discharge from the nose with dripping down into the throat. Washing hands thoroughly, eating well, getting a good night’s sleep and decreasing stress are the best ways to prevent colds and flu. Now is a good time to get ourselves in shape for a healthy winter, and these additional supports can help to reduce both the symptoms and the duration of these illnesses. Dr. Gary Kracoff is a naturopath and registered pharmacist at Johnson Compounding and Wellness Center, 577 Main St., in Waltham. For more information, call 781-893-3870, ext. 2 or visit See ads on pages 2 and 11, and Resource Guide on pages 44 and 46. natural awakenings

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Powerful You!

Six Ways to Create the Life You Want

by Judith Fertig

courageously reach for our highest visions,” says Straub. “Start with what’s working already and the vision of what life can be.” She likens self-empowerment to “spiritual surfing, riding the wave where the energy, momentum and passion are.” As workshop leaders, they encourage participants to transform limiting beliefs, determine what is meaningful for them, construct a compelling vision from that insight and then find ways to manifest that vision. They address six key areas in which to become more powerful and realize our personal best: physical health, emotional health, relationships, work, finances and spirituality.

Physical Health


ulitzer Prize winner Anna Quindlen had reached the top of the New York Times bestseller list more than once, yet she relates in her memoir, Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake, that she also yearned to be able to do a headstand, but felt she didn’t possess the necessary sense of balance. “That’s just a little story you tell yourself,” advised her personal trainer. Our bodies, Quindlen observes, are major appliances that deliver decades of faithful service with precious little downtime. She admits, “If the human body had a warranty, mine would have run out ages ago.” Still, she clung to a vision: “I want to be strong; strong enough to hike the mountain without getting breathless, strong enough to take a case of wine from the deliveryman and carry it to the kitchen.” Quindlen, who lives in New York City and New England, was also maintain20

ing an incorrect belief: It wasn’t her sense of balance that was holding her back, it was fear. After two years of trying, she was able to do a headstand. Along with a sense of accomplishment, this quirky achievement was a revelation as she ultimately concluded, “If I can do one thing like that, perhaps there are others.”

First, recognize what we’re already doing right—eating well, perhaps, or exercising—and then add another healthy activity. Cardiologist Suzanne Steinbaum, director of New York City’s Lenox Hill Hospital’s Women and Heart Disease, underscores that much of physical health is within our personal control. “Many lifestyle factors keep us from being physically healthy enough to lead a full life,” she says, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, lack of exercise, poor diet, excessive alcohol consumption or drug use, stress and depression. “The good news is that lifestyle factors are within our power to change.” Steinbaum recommends starting small by changing one bad habit and then seeing how we feel. “Quit the diet soda or the sugar-sweetened beverages. Get rid of potato chips. Go for a walk. Put down your smartphone and spend some focused time with your child, a friend or even your pet. Then breathe… and just listen to how you feel.”

Take a Stand

Emotional Health

Personal empowerment is all about taking a stand—developing the vision, countering misguided beliefs, having a plan and then moving forward to be the best version of one’s true self. David Gershon and Gail Straub, of West Hurley, New York, authors of Empowerment: The Art of Creating Your Life As You Want It, contend that empowerment always starts with a desire for a better life. “We need to learn how to dream, how to boldly and

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Our emotions can be allies in achieving personal empowerment, advises Straub. For example, fear can alert us to danger; joy can remind us to be grateful. However, when emotions cause pain and threaten derailment, it’s important to understand why, and then work through it. “Uncomfortable emotions let us know there is a problem to attend to, a wound to work on, thus allowing us to see our own truth,” explains

don Miguel Ruiz, Jr., of San Diego, California, author of The Five Levels of Attachment. “With awareness, we can observe our uncomfortable emotions, as they may be showing a belief we are holding that is no longer true for us.” “To work through our emotions, we have to be able to accurately sense what we are feeling and be able to express it in a healthy way,” adds Straub, like expressing anger after a tough commute by punching a designated pillow or shouting into a closet. Furthermore, “We need to change the belief we’ve identified that’s causing the painful emotional response.” Did the guy that cut us off in traffic really do it maliciously? Third, learn to let go of a negative emotion that’s automatically triggered when someone or something presses our “hot button” by immediately considering, “He must have been in a big hurry,” or “She doesn’t realize how offensive that remark could be,” realizing it’s their problem, not ours, and declining to make it ours. Achieving greater emotional calm is a huge step toward personal empowerment.


Acting on heartfelt emotions can help forge stronger and healthier relationships. “Sometimes, we say yes to a false image of ourselves or hide who we are in order to be accepted,” counsels Ruiz, noting that not presenting our authentic selves in relationships will weaken or replace true intimacy with a sense of loneliness and distance. “Say, ‘I forgive, I accept and I let go.’” This paves the way to being genuine, which naturally leads to greater unconditional love and more fulfilling and honest relationships. In romantic relationships, life coach Martha Beck, Ph.D., author of Finding Your Way in a Wild New World: Reclaiming Your True Nature to Create the Life You Want, suggests ditching the image of two people looking soulfully into each other’s eyes. “Realize that you’re both changing all the time,” she says. Instead, envision two people walking side-byside at the same pace, and a relationship that will continue to refresh and move forward, instead of getting stuck in well-worn patterns.

meditating. “You have to relax to start dissolving the disbelief in the possibility of having what you want,” she says. “Empty out the negative thoughts in order to gain the confidence that abundance is yours.”



Capability is one of the new guiding principles for self-empowerment at work, says Haydn Shaughnessy, a fellow at the University of California-Irvine’s Center for Digital Transformation and co-author, with Nicholas Vitalari, of The Elastic Enterprise. “It’s more about a broad-stroke capability,” he claims, such as public speaking, writing or troubleshooting and fixing machinery. Capability means a strong skill that can be fine-tuned for a specific circumstance; a talented generalist, rather than a narrow specialist. Shaughnessy recommends that we recognize and develop our best competencies in order to equip ourselves to both withstand economic adversity and help push our careers forward.


Fiscal self-empowerment involves cultivating the confidence that we will be able to obtain more money when needed. Beck maintains that anyone can create abundance that lasts. “Where people believe they get abundance, they will,” she says, as in friendships or creative problem solving. It’s the mixed internal messages of, “I need more money,” with, “There’s not enough to go around,” that can block the flow of abundance in our lives. Beck, who lives in San Luis Obispo, California, recommends throwing a “neurological toggle switch” to turn off the “lack-and-attack” part of our brains and turn on the “everything-is-goingto-be-all-right” area. This is realized through slowing down, relaxing and

Following all of these first five steps also helps enhance our spirituality. Dennis Merritt Jones, of Simi Valley, California, author of the new book, Your (Re)Defining Moments: Becoming Who You Were Born to Be, calls it “being pulled by vision,” rather than being pushed by pain. The motivational speaker believes that every encounter, event or circumstance is a portal to a redefining moment—a chance to connect with our authentic self. Jones cites seven characteristics of the authentic or timeless self: realizing our oneness in life, reverence for that life, fearlessness because we know we’re part of something bigger, integrity, humility, equanimity and unconditional love. “When these qualities become the norm in our daily lives, we’ll know we are living from the authentic self,” he says. Jones urges us to live “more vertically.” He explains, “We exist on what I call the surface of life, a horizontal pathway where we go about our daily routines. We often don’t hear the siren call from the depths of our being because we are so busy ‘doing’. It’s the authentic self that’s eternally calling us to be who we were born to be.” He describes a “sacred intersection” where we can turn from the horizontal everyday and move in a vertical direction to the depths of our souls or the heights of our imaginations via mindfulness and self-enquiry. Fortunately, every moment of every day offers this opportunity to expand our being. The key question is, “Will we be consciously present enough to recognize the opening and step through the door?” These experts concur there is no finish line for self-empowerment or attaining the perfect place to stay. It’s a “sustainable growth process,” says Gershon, an ideal project for the rest of our lives. Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFoodAnd from Overland Park, KS.

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JUST SAY YES! Turning Resistance into Acceptance Creates an Empowered, Healthy Life by Alison Shaw


ife is movement. Living things are animated, and when they stop moving the flow of vital energy is shut off and health is compromised. This is true on many levels. On the physical level, human life depends on the constant rhythm of breath, heartbeat and the flow of blood through open vessels. If this ceases, so does life. Physical exercise is also vital for the health of body and mind. Yoga, deep breathing and natural foods all help to keep our physiology moving freely. But freedom of movement is important to other aspects of life, too. Emotional health depends on the ability to experience and express feelings. Emotions have energy and act much like water. When water is allowed to flow freely, it will always find its way to a peaceful state. Raging rivers high in the mountains eventually reach


the ocean, dissipate and settle. But when the river is damned, the energy of the water does not simply disappear; it creates pressure. So too, when emotional expression is blocked, that emotional energy is held by the body. To stop it, muscles tense, the breath constricts and the body gets stuck in a state of contraction which interferes with health. Movement is also vital to the self and soul. For those that aren’t able or permitted to express creativity, pursue visions and create their chosen life, unhappiness and worse results. No one can thrive when life force, and the movement associated with it, is suppressed on any level. Then again, emotions, and expressing them, can be painful, so people often resist what they feel and close down in self-protection. These “body-mind patterns” are formed

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at a young age and persist as habits throughout one’s life. Individuals stop breathing to block feeling emotions, tighten the jaw to resist speaking and brace all over to fight physical pain. Like boxers constantly blocking punches, it becomes habit to resist to avoid surrender at all costs. Consequently, individuals try harder to be who they think they should be, to feel good, and not show the bad stuff. Reminders to “stay positive; be strong; look good; do it right; don’t feel that; get over it!” have been heard by all. It is common and understandable to think or say, “I don’t want to feel this!” Unfortunately, resistance locks the unwanted feeling in place. Mindfulness meditation teaches people to be compassionate witnesses of their experience instead of trying to change it. This has been shown to elicit the relaxation response, improve cardiovascular and immune function and generate well-being. Expressive art and movement therapies help people free emotional and creative expression for deep healing. The somatic therapist Richard Strozzi Heckler describes how living like an aikido master helps create a life with more peace and health. Unlike the boxer, the aikido master has the opposite response to unwanted experiences. Instead of blocking the punch, the aikido master reaches for the punch and draws it toward him/ herself. By accepting what is, even the painful, the force of that punch dissipates. It’s counterintuitive but it works. There is vitality trapped in unwanted emotions and censored selfexpression. When it’s blocked and held, it’s hard to feel empowered and move freely on any level. When we soften and allow our experience to flow, we can move toward peace and aliveness. Here’s how to free up one’s life force and step into power: 1. Notice when “No” is the response to an experience. Feel how the body blocks the flow of sensation, emotion or impulse. Does the breath stop, jaw or shoulders tighten? 2.

Open the breath; release the

tension in the body. Imagine turning toward this experience and saying, “Yes, you can be here.” Like relaxing on a cold day and letting the chills run through the body, it’s not comfortable but it will pass. 3. Allow the feeling of what’s real, and notice the force of the unwanted sensation or emotion soften, easing distress and making way for the next experience to flow. Increased energy, greater relaxation and deeper rest may now become more noticeable. Remember; what we can feel, we can heal and what we resist persists. Alison Shaw is a nurse practitioner, integrative therapist and owner of Bodymind Resourcing, in Arlington, which combines body-centered counseling, integrative bodywork and energy medicine. For more information, visit Bodymind or call 781-646-0686. See ad on page 30 and Resource Guide on page 46.

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are responsible for everything happening in your life.

Growing Up with Wayne Dyer Serena Dyer Reflects on Her Spiritual Upbringing by Lindsay McGinty

What was it like to grow up with Wayne Dyer as your father? Growing up, my seven siblings and I were exposed to a lot of ideas that 24

were different than what my friends heard. We were taught that within each of us is a purpose, a passion that we call dharma, and that dharma is what we are incarnated here to do. We were taught that the most important thing you could do in your life was to follow that dharma, and in doing so, you would be serving God. I often joke that my childhood was filled with unconditional love and security, but also a lot of weirdness! Not many kids learn transcendental meditation at the age of 5 and count monks as friends. photo:


erena Dyer had a unique childhood being raised by spiritually progressive parents, including her bestselling celebrity dad, Wayne Dyer, Ph.D., who would write her notes on personal stationery printed with the motto, “Be realistic. Expect miracles!” It’s not a message her peers likely heard at home. Now 29, Serena shares her point of view in Don’t Die with Your Music Still in You: My Experience Growing Up with Spiritual Parents, co-authored with her father. The title reflects her parents’ key lesson for their children: Pursue the life you are born to live. Some missteps along the journey to her true calling included enrolling in law school to maintain her student identity, but her upbringing served as a light guiding her home to herself. She wrote the book after dropping out of law school, a big step toward her dream of inspiring others to live authentically.

Were there any downsides to being raised by spiritual parents? I like to think that while there weren’t any real downsides, there were certainly challenges. For example, in a more traditional household, when someone gets the flu, their parents probably tell them that it’s flu season and it’s just going around. In my household, when one of us would get the flu, we were told that we aligned with it and allowed it in. In other words, part of the challenge of having spiritually progressive parents is that they make sure you are aware that you

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What is the greatest lesson you learned? Thus far, it is knowing that we are the creators of our destiny—the masters of our fate. I wholeheartedly believe that we sign up for the experiences we have in this lifetime, as they are part of our soul’s desire to grow and expand. When we make the choice to view life as not happening to us, but responding to us, we become more consciously aware of how much our thoughts affect our daily experience. I am so grateful my parents taught me this at a young age because I have learned to choose my thoughts carefully.

What is the greatest gift your parents have given you? It’s not something they did for me; it was how they lived their lives in front of me. My parents did not encourage me to follow my dreams and then sacrifice theirs in order to raise me. My parents followed their dreams and in watching them do so, I felt safe to go after mine, as well. They taught me that there is no honor in sacrificing yourself or your dreams for anyone else, and demonstrated that the only time you have to make your life the way you want it is now. I am grateful to them for living their lives this way, which has allowed me to feel safe living my life this way, as well.

What advice would you give to people that wish they were raised in a more spiritual manner? I tell people that it doesn’t really matter what kind of parents you had, it matters how you feel about yourself. Everything in life starts with the self. If you don’t have love and acceptance and forgiveness for yourself, you won’t have these things to give to other people either. I was taught that we can’t give what we don’t have. When we learn to love and treasure every part of ourselves, we also have love to give to others. Contributor Lindsay McGinty lives in Orange County, CA.


“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”

Practice Gratitude and Change Your Life

~ William Arthur Ward

by April Thompson

“I have started a gratitude journal that I write in every day. When you run out of the ‘obvious’ blessings, it makes you dig deep and see all the small things. I commit to do my very best to never take anything or anybody, good or bad, for granted.” ~ Lisa Henderson Middlesworth

“A town can be such a blessing. Neighbors always pull together when there’s a tragedy or natural disaster. The boundaries diminish and yards become one... we eat in each other’s kitchens, supervise each other’s children, share vehicles and generally watch out for each other. I believe it is God’s way of reminding us that we’re one family and each of us provides the strength and foundation for the other.” ~ Colleen Epple Pine

~ Joanie Weber Badyna


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Grateful Kickstarts

“My losses have given me an inner compass by which I live my life. While I would not wish the tragedies I have experienced on anyone, I am eternally grateful for the blessings. I do not waste time, and I know how to love without fear.”

iddlesworth, Pine and Badyna are among thousands adopting a Gratitude Challenge to help develop their gratitude reflex and cultivate a more positive outlook on life. Gratitude can take many forms, but typically participants pledge to reflect upon and express it daily with the help of email prompts from a sponsoring organization. A gratitude practice can help grow appreciation for the strangers that better our lives. It can also deepen our

Gratitude is a small act with a big payoff, Green observes. “The person receiving gratitude appreciates knowing they made a difference, but the giver is the greatest recipient. It feels good to express gratitude, plus you are freed from future regrets that you didn’t express it when you had the chance.” Patricia Brugioni, a Christian Science nurse from Chicago, has been sharing three things she’s grateful for on social media on a daily basis since taking a five-day online challenge earlier this year. “I am a grateful person by nature, but now I am claiming the good that is coming to me and learning to cherish things without feeling like I have to earn them,” she says.

gratefulness for the significant others we sometimes take for granted. Approaching a milestone birthday, retired businessman Walter Green set out on a year-long journey to visit 44 people that he credited with changing his life to initiate conversations about their influence, which he recounts in the book This is the Moment! While the relationships were already solid, according to Green, “In many cases, it was the most significant conversation we ever had.”’s first online Gratitude Challenge brought together 11,000 people from 118 countries. The site now has an online portal, including a startup kit designed to help community organizations sponsor their own challenges. Gratitude can be good for business, too. Four Canadian branches of the bank TD turned its ATMs into “automatic thank-you” machines that provided high-value personalized gifts to its longest-standing customers to thank them for their loyalty. Any business can be creative in showing appreciation in meaningful ways to its customers. As with any new skill or habit, gratitude needs to be exercised until it becomes second nature. Simply writing a page a day in a gratitude journal or saying a morning thank-you prayer can help maintain the momentum.

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a mid-afternoon slump. They are hard to digest together and all at once, taxing body energy,” she explains. “Then, when you feel the inevitable drop in energy, you might turn to caffeine or sugary soda, but that only brings on another slump.”


Beauty Foods Kimberly Snyder Shows How to Eat for Radiant Skin, Eyes and Hair


by Judith Fertig

ise food choices that optimize digestion and promote natural, ongoing detoxification can help us attain red-carpet shape, professes nutritionist and beauty expert Kimberly Snyder, New York Times bestselling author of The Beauty Detox Foods. She aims for optimum health as the basis for achieving a desirable outward glow. Snyder says she once struggled with several beauty issues. In seeking wellness on the way to becoming a nutritionist, she found that her daily energy level improved after she started making shifts in her diet. She then lost weight, her hair got healthier and her formerly troubled facial skin became clear and smooth. Blogging about her gradual transformation and lifestyle philosophies attracted media attention and a celebrity clientele by word of mouth. “I never looked for clients; they found me,” she says. Today, Snyder counts entertainers Fergie and her actor-husband Josh Duhamel, Kerry Washington, Channing Tatum and Drew Barrymore among the many celebrities she has helped get into better camera-ready shape. Early into her personal transformation, Snyder realized that digestion holds the key. “I never linked my constipation issues with my acne,” she says. “It’s a tremendous amount of work to digest food. It’s no wonder that eating a fast-food sandwich with gluten bread, animal protein and cheese with casein produces 26

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Snyder, who is now a vegan, suggests simplifying meals and starting them with whole, raw, plant-based foods like salads. She advises her clients to start the day with lemon juice in warm water. If they don’t feel like breakfast, she advises, “Don’t force yourself. Listen to your body, it knows best.” When hunger hits, Snyder blends a Glowing Green Smoothie—what she calls, “the star of the whole Beauty Detox program,” in her book. A batch of three to four servings requires seven cups of chopped spinach; six cups of chopped romaine lettuce; one-and-a-half cups of chopped celery; one banana; an apple and a pear, both peeled, cored and chopped; two tablespoons of fresh lemon juice and two cups of filtered water. She claims that drinking this smoothie can make a difference in just three days. She also lists 50 plant-based foods for specific body benefits because they are naturally alkaline-forming during digestion and assimilate more effectively than acid-forming animal protein, dairy, caffeine, alcohol and sugar. By improving digestion, we end up feeling more energetic.

Timely Eating

Carefully timed consumption is another key in Snyder’s beauty regimen. She recommends starting the day with a light smoothie, eating foods based on whole plants throughout the day, and then eating a raw salad and a vegetarian meal or some animal protein as an earlier dinner. Eating fruit by itself on an empty stomach helps it digest better than when combined with other foods that take longer to process. On hungrier days, Snyder suggests turning to whole grains such as oats or quinoa, which are high in fiber and lower in fat, or fibrous chia seeds. When energy is low, she advocates supplementing with bee pollen or a protein smoothie. She stresses, “Progress, not perfection,” as her mantra, advising that it’s better to take small steps and keep moving forward rather than try to change everything all at once. She believes that experiencing higher energy and beauty benefits provides effective incentives to continue instead of trying to stick to a strict, numbers-based plan that doesn’t take into account energy or digestion.

Ongoing Cleansing

“The metaphor I use for healthy digestion is a waterfall versus a stagnant pond,” says Snyder. “You want your system to be moving, dynamic.” To keep digestive “sludge” out of our body’s systems, Snyder recommends a proven detox approach of drinking liquid only between meals to help foods digest easier. She particularly recommends her own Probiotic & Enzyme Salad, made with four cups of shredded cabbage; one inch of fresh ginger, cut into strips; one teaspoon of caraway seeds; and cold, filtered water, all left to naturally ferment in a jar at room temperature for about five days—or refrigerated

raw sauerkraut from a health food store—to help flush out toxins. She also emphasizes supplementing with probiotics, such as her unique formula made from soil-based organisms. Infrared sauna treatments can also help leach heavy metals out of body fat and decrease cellulite. “These techniques have been around for a long time because they work,” says Snyder. “As I always say, outer beauty is a reflection of inner health.” Connect at Judith Fertig blogs at from Overland Park, KS.

Top 50 Beauty Detox Foods by Kimberly Snyder These foods work to improve specific body areas while promoting whole-body wellness. Such plant-based foods also improve digestion and raise energy levels.

For Beautiful Skin Youthful Red bell peppers Coconut (fresh, milk, oil) Avocados Spinach

Arugula Onions Raw applecider vinegar Garlic Lemon

For Beautiful Hair

For a Beautiful Body Fluid body movement Broccoli Brussels sprouts Sesame seeds Romaine lettuce

Radiant Watercress Figs Sweet potatoes Cucumbers Acai

Pumpkin seeds Dulse (a type of seaweed) Carrots Radishes Nutritional yeast

Cellulite-free Fresh cilantro and parsley Buckwheat and oat groats (whole oats)

Soft Pineapple Almonds Walnuts Flaxseed

For Beautiful Eyes

Toned body Kale Hemp seeds Quinoa Millet Chia seeds

Unlined, wrinkle-free Pears Cabbage Turmeric Clear, blemish-free Fermented vegetables (e.g., sauerkraut)

Bright eyes Papaya Beets Blueberries Apples Eliminating dark circles and puffiness Celery Collard greens Asparagus Bananas

For an Inner Glow Bee pollen Sunflower seeds Sprouts Spirulina (dried blue-green algae) or chlorella (high chlorophyll algae) natural awakenings

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Eco-Beauty Homemade Shampoos, Lotions and Perfumes Make Great Gifts by Kathleen Barnes

cial shampoos, but it gets hair much cleaner,” she advises. Homemade beauty products are a natural outlet for anyone that loves to cook or craft. Make a small batch—experiment with an array of essential oils to create a preferred scent to suit individual tastes, and add or subtract the amounts according to skin and hair types. “Take it a step further and make pretty gift packages with glass bottles, jars or tins embellished with ribbons, personal artwork or anything else that taps into your creative juices,” says Cox. “Your friends and family will be especially happy to receive and use them.” Kathleen Barnes is the author of numerous natural health books and publisher at Take Charge Books. Connect at


any of us have grown disenchanted with expensive, commercial beauty products that include toxic and even cancer-causing ingredients. Fortunately, safe, natural and affordable alternatives—including homemade shampoos, conditioners, moisturizers, bath salts, body scrubs and butters—are stocked at many natural grocers and health food stores. We all want to avoid phthalates, cetyl alcohol, triclosan, sodium laureth sulfate, parabens and many other poisonous chemicals commonly found in lotions, creams, scrubs, oils, perfumes and makeup products that may not be listed on labels. “You want to know what’s in your product,” says Janice Cox, of Medford, Oregon, the bestselling author of Natural Beauty at Home and Eco-Beauty. “If you’re making your own, you’re in control.” Cox remarks, “Ingredients are absorbed through the skin, our largest organ. It’s why some medicines like birth control, pain relief and nicotine patches are effectively applied externally; it’s also why toxic ingredients placed on our skin can be so harmful.” Her recommended solution is simple: The kitchen cabinet harbors solutions to the dry and dull skin that plagues many this time of year, shampoo residues that result in drab hair, 28

and less-than-glowing skin due to a suboptimal holiday diet. “Many products require only one or two ingredients and take minimal time to make,” says Cox. “Plus, they cost only pennies. Who wouldn’t choose that over a $30-an-ounce mysterious chemical soup?” Honey is a Cox favorite for several reasons, including its antimicrobial effects: a dab on a blemish or insect bite can zap it overnight. “Honey has high potassium content, making it almost impossible for bacteria to survive in,” she explains. It’s also a good source of B vitamins thiamine, niacin, riboflavin and pantothenic acid, plus minerals like iron, zinc and manganese. In this case, what’s absorbed through skin is literally nourishing our body’s entire system. Honey is also a powerful humectant, helping to prevent loss of moisture from skin and hair. Cox recommends dropping a tablespoon or two in a warm bath to soothe rough skin without stickiness, a conditioning mixture of honey and olive oil to produce silky hair and an apple-honey toner to facilitate glowing skin. She also recommends an easy shampoo that contains nothing more than natural soap (like Dr. Bronner’s), water and a little vegetable oil for dry hair. “It doesn’t foam up like commer-

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Simple Natural Beauty Ingredients Here are a few favorite ingredients for home treatments: n Honey is perfect for conditioning dry, damaged hair and rinses out easily. n Sour cream makes a great facial mask for softening and cleansing a dull complexion. n Green tea is packed with antioxidants and tones skin with no need to rinse off. n Oatmeal can be used instead of soap to cleanse all skin types. n Pineapple juice soothes tired feet and softens rough patches. n Baking soda works head to toe as a hair rinse, facial scrub and bath soak. n Olive oil in a nail soak keeps nails clean, flexible and strong.

Muscle-Soothing Bath Salts Yields 24 ounces This is the perfect bath to relax and refresh the whole body. Add a few drops of essential oils to the mixture for scent. 1 cup kosher or sea salt 1 cup baking soda 1 cup Epsom salt Mix together all ingredients and pour into a clean, dry container. Pour one cup of the mixture into a warm tub slowly, allowing the salts to dissolve completely. Soak for at least 20 minutes, but no more than 40 minutes.

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Raw Sugar Body Scrub Yields 10 ounces Raw sugar is well-suited for freshening skin. Using a body scrub helps rid skin of surface impurities, enabling it to retain more moisture and look healthier. It also boosts circulation, which energizes the whole body. 1 cup raw sugar ½ cup light oil, such as almond or sunflower ½ tsp vitamin E oil Mix together all ingredients and pour into a clean container. Massage a tablespoon or two at a time all over the body to gently exfoliate and moisturize skin.

Body Butter Yields 4 ounces This is a rich, buttery cream that makes a wonderful all-over body cream. It contains four well-known skin conditioning oils. ¼ cup grated cocoa butter 1 Tbsp coconut oil 2 Tbsp light sesame oil 1 Tbsp almond oil 1 Tbsp grated beeswax Combine all the ingredients in a heat-resistant container. In the microwave or on the stovetop using a double boiler, gently heat until the mixture just begins to melt. Remove from heat and stir well until the wax and cocoa butter are melted and all ingredients are mixed together.

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Pour into a clean container and allow it to cool completely. Spread a small amount of the body butter on the skin.

Basic Shampoo Yields 8 ounces If hair is oily, the optional vegetable oil may be omitted, but if hair is dry or damaged, include it. This is a great shampoo for all hair types because it’s gentle on hair and won’t strip away the natural oils. ½ cup water ½ cup mild natural liquid soap (like Dr. Bronner’s or any Castile soap) ½ tsp light vegetable oil (optional) Gently stir all the ingredients together, being careful not to beat the mixture or it will create foam. Pour the shampoo into a clean plastic container. Shampoo as normal, and then rinse well with cool water.

Solid Perfume Yields 1 ounce Solid perfume and scents have always been popular because they are long-lasting, easy to carry and discreet—just rub them on—no need to waste them by spraying the air. 1 Tbsp grated beeswax 1 Tbsp almond oil 8 drops essential oil or mixture of oils (peach, orange, sandalwood, vanilla or lavender) In a heat-resistant container or small saucepan, gently heat the beeswax and oil until it melts. Stir in the scented oil, pour into a clean, small container and allow the mixture to cool completely. Rub a finger across the solid perfume and apply the scent to pulse points or anywhere else.

Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough. ~Oprah Winfrey

Recipes courtesy of Janice Cox, author of Natural Beauty at Home, Natural Beauty for All Seasons, Natural Beauty from the Garden and Eco Beauty. natural awakenings

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Cellulite Shrinkers

fitbody by E.C. LaMeaux


nsightly cellulite, which is comprised of fat deposits just beneath the skin, appears as lumps or dimples, usually near the buttocks and upper thighs, and is most common in women. Building muscle can make cellulite harder to notice and help burn more calories. While cellulite deposits might not be eliminated, burning body fat will make them shrink and be less visible. Here are five top exercises to blast stubborn cellulite.

Cardiovascular Exercise

As long as we’re expending more calories than we’re taking in, we will begin burning the body’s fat deposits. As cardio workouts burn calories, they can reduce overall body fat, which also makes cellulite harder to see. Any exercise such as walking, running, hiking or cycling can help in the overall battle to burn calories and blast cellulite.

Stair Climbing

Stair climbing burns at least 10 calories


Five Simple Exercises to Smooth Thighs a minute, according to the nonprofit National Wellness Institute, that promotes healthy lifestyles worldwide. Plus, stair climbing has the added benefit of working all the muscle areas that tend to get hit with the greatest amounts of cellulite.

While kneeling on hands and knees, lift a leg up behind you until it’s pointed upward at a 45-degree angle. Slowly bring the leg back down and repeat the movement with the other leg. Start with 15 reps and work up from there.

Leg Lifts


Janet Wallace, Ph.D., professor of kinesiology at Indiana University-Bloomington, advises that leg lifts are the best exercise for toning the outer thighs. Lie on the floor on your side, placing one elbow on the ground and prop your head up with that same hand. Place the other hand on the floor beside your waist. With legs straight and toes pointed, lift the top leg up as far as it will go, then slowly lower it back down. Do 10 to 15 reps, and then turn over and work the other leg.

Back Kicks

Stand comfortably with feet about a foot apart. Slowly bend the knees to lower your body until both thighs are parallel to the floor. Then gradually stand back up, squeezing gluteal and back-of-the-thigh muscles as you rise. If performed consistently, this exercise will increase muscle strength in the thighs and buttocks, which also helps burn fat, according to the Mayo Clinic. Less fat equals less noticeable cellulite. As with the other exercises, start with 15 repetitions per session and work up to more.

An MSNBC health segment recommend- E.C. LaMeaux posts a body of work at Gaiam Life (, from which ed this fat-busting move to target all the areas that are most susceptible to cellulite. this was adapted.

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milie’s Homemade Dog Food has created a line of all-natural, homemade, human-grade dog food. Emilie’s offers four whole food recipes of the product, all of which are sold in mason jars. Owner Emilie Paolini began making homemade dog food in 2002 after adopting Ben, a finicky puppy from the American Bullmastiff Association. “I know that dogs are prone to developing many of the same diseases as humans, so I researched and developed recipes based on recommendations from the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association,” she says. Recent pet food recalls have made owners more aware and educated about the ingredients in their pet’s food,

Paolini notes. “Many consider their pet a member of the family and would like to feed these animals the same highquality food as they, themselves, eat,” she adds. All of Emilie’s recipes contain a high-quality protein, vegetables, legumes, gluten-free grains, flax seed and fruit. One version is vegan, created for Axel, a spaniel mix that was diagnosed with an animal-protein allergy. “That was the most challenging recipe to create, but that’s all I feed him now and he’s no longer on his allergy medication,” Paolini notes. To learn more, call 207-608-7172 or visit see ad on page 35.

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Animals Love Interactive Toys and Games

Organic ...

by Sandra Murphy


hat’s on the family pet’s wish list this year? Family members can have fun creating interactive toys and games that are easy on the holiday budget. According to a recent American Pet Association survey, three out of four owners buy gifts for their pets during the holiday season to the collective tune of $5 billion. Dogs and cats receive new sweaters and boots, collars and leashes, toys and treats. Yet, what they really crave is attention. “Too often, pets are left alone for eight hours a day, leading to anxiety, frustration and unwanted behaviors. It’s important that they’re mentally challenged, learn new commands and have fun,” says Dr. Mary Gardner, co-founder of Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice, in Los Angeles. “Cognitive decline and muscle wasting, common in older pets, can both be thwarted with games personalized for age and ability.”

Special Dog Treats Look for sturdy wooden puzzles that hide a treat behind doors that pull or slide open. Advanced puzzles involve a multi-

step solution. Following dog treat cookbooks will keep dedicated bakers in a canine’s good graces throughout the year. Write an activity—a walk, trip to the dog park, game of fetch or a doggie/human dance party—on a few index cards. “Teach the dog to choose by rubbing one card with a sodium-free bouillon cube,” suggests Eileen Proctor, a pet lifestyle expert in Denver. “As soon as the dog sniffs the card, reward with praise and the designated gift. Once the game is learned, there is no need to keep scenting the cards.” Turn up a corner of all the cards for easy pickup.

Purrfect for Cats

Cats may like to play it cool, but bring out a laser pointer and they act like kittens again. To mimic hunting instincts, play hide-andseek with kitty’s food; put holes in a closed box with special bits of dry food inside, then let her paw it out or roll the box. Place a too-largeto-swallow jingle bell inside an empty toilet paper roll and tape the ends shut for a charmnatural awakenings

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ing-sounding toy. An orphaned sock filled with crinkly cellophane and sewn shut makes an intriguing toy to drag around. Improvise a fishing pole from a colorful dowel rod and heavy twine with a pet- and planet-friendly item tied on the end for a pet to chase. Cats love to squeeze themselves into small spaces or relax in larger ones, so pass along gift boxes.

Pretty-Bird Specials

In the wild, birds spend most of their time foraging for food. Mimic a wilderness search by hiding food beneath an unused, unbleached coffee filter or a large lettuce leaf. Cut food in pieces big enough to hold in a claw to help hone balance. Hide seeds in a madefor-birds piñata, available at pet supply stores. Puzzle boxes range from reachin-for-food versions to slide-a-door or pull-a-knob difficulty levels.

Fun for Fish

Betta (Siamese fighting) fish love to rest near the surface, so provide a leafy hammock, available where supplies are sold. Finned friends get exercise as they chase a laser pointer’s red dot

through the water. A new plant or ping-pong ball floating on the surface provides added entertainment. Moss balls are a good place to hide food and also help keep the water clean. A ceramic log lets fish hide inside.

Climbing Crabs

Hermit crabs are social animals, both curious and amusing. The gift of a new shell or two during molting season is appreciated. Flat-topped rocks with textured sides, large enough to not tip over, provide a different view. Fibers like those used for macramé, hung from the lid of the tank almost to the floor mimic rope climbing. Upside-down terra cotta flower pots, in different sizes and covered with netting, provide more surfaces and heights to explore. “Time spent together is a gift for both the giver and the recipient,” says Proctor. “It’s more thoughtful than anything you can find in a store. You always get back more than you give.” Sandra Murphy is a freelance writer in St. Louis, MO. Connect at StLouis

“Dogs are social, emotional beings. Companionship is far more important than any material object. Interact with your dog, play with him or take him for a walk.” ~ Dr. Clare Wilson, pet behavior counselor, St. Petersburg, Florida


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Embodying the Divine Feminine – Nov 1-2. Join Shaman Janet StraightArrow and Astrologer Kelley Hunter for a deep weekend of awakening the feminine in you. Be strong, soft, real: selfrelationships-sex. $350. Private retreat. Brattleboro, VT. 973-647-2500.

Community HU: Experience the Wisdom and Love of Your Inner World – 7-8pm. People of all faiths and philosophies are cordially invited to join us to sing HU, an ancient name for God. Sung silently or out loud, singing or changing his sacred word can bring benefits such as peace, calmness, solace in difficult times, expansion of awareness, and an experience of divine love. Free. TS Center for Spiritual Studies, 21 Maple St, Arlington. 508816-1454.

Gurunam Sacred Chant Concert with Special Guest Gurusangat Singh – 7-9pm. Join internationally renowned chant artist and devotional singer, Gurunam Singh, for an uplifting evening experiencing the healing power of the yoga of sound in the kundalini yoga tradition. $25 by Oct 30, $35 thereafter. Kundalini Yoga Boston, 14 Arrow St, Ste 10, Cambridge. 617-868-0055.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 2 Reiki Clinic – 1:30-4:30pm. Experience a relaxing Reiki treatment by a group of practitioners, or volunteer as a practitioner, and receive a free treatment. Free/practitioners, $15/ non-practitioners. Arlington Reiki Associates, 366 Massachusetts Ave, Ste 304, Arlington. Pre-registration required: 617-835-9963.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 3 Fibromyalgia & Hormonal Imbalance – 6-7pm. Studies have linked fibromyalgia to fatigue, sleep problems, headaches, depression and anxiety. Join Irina Serebryakova, Groton Wellness’ holistic nurse practitioner, and learn about risk factors and what is thought to cause fibromyalgia. $30. Groton Wellness, Mill Run Plaza, 493 Main St, Groton. 978-449-9919. Understanding Omega-3s – 7-8:30pm. A discussion led by Nanette Ruggiero from Nordic Naturals, explaining the ins and outs of the importance of omega-3s on our bodies. Learn the basic science behind omega-3s important impact in our bodies, discover why they are vital building blocks for a healthier you. Learn how to evaluate any fish oil for quality and therapeutic value. Free. Johnson Compounding & Wellness, 577 Main St, Waltham. 781-893-3870.


The Incredible Dr. You Workshop – 7:308:30pm. This first class in a series of two, breaks down the basics of “Network Spinal Analysis,” which is the method of chiropractic that we use at Newton Chiropractic, and will help you get more out of your adjustments and enlighten you on just how incredible your body is at healing itself. Free. Newton Chiropractic & Wellness Centre, 383 Elliot St, Ste 250, Newton. 617-964-3332.

party, educational wellness lecture, massages and $25 gift card to Lush. Net proceeds donated to domestic violence awareness funding. $40/early bird, $50/at door. Lush Cosmetics, 166 Newbury St, Boston. 617-651-3213. Moon Meditation: Full Moon – 7:30-8:30pm. A mix of guided and silent meditations influenced by both Native American and Eastern practices. A crystal gird will also be utilized in order to further the success of our meditation. Free. TS Center for Spiritual Studies, 21 Maple St, Arlington. 781648-4548.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 7 Rock the Boat Benefit for NAMA’s RevolOceanary Work – 6:30-9:30pm. Dance to the music, enjoy delicious food bites using regional sea and land food, and snack on vegetarian raviolis rolled out all night. Learn from thoughtful chefs and take part in a silent auction. $40. Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave, Somerville.

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



Open House at JCW – 10am-2pm. Join us for the free event for our loyal customers. 20% off all items, including sales items (excluding prescriptions). Vendors include: OrthoMolecular, Innate, Integrative Therapeutics, Solgar, Enzymedica, Kare ‘n’ Herbs and many more. Free. Johnson Compounding & Wellness, 577 Main St, Waltham. 781-893-3870.

Group Healing with Mother’s Milk Divine Mother Energy – 7-8:30pm. Learn about this new healing modality; choose an issue for healing; optional group share afterward. $15. TS Center for Spiritual Studies, 21 Maple St, Arlington. 617-9436980. Food Allergies and the Holidays – 7-9pm. Learn how to make your holiday favorites free of gluten, dairy and other common food allergens. $25. CommonWealth Center for Herbal Medicine, 25 Saint Mary’s Ct, Brookline. 617-939-3438.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6 A Flush of Wellness at Lush: Domestic Violence Fundraiser – 7-9pm. Come for a wine and cheese

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The Mystical Awakening with Pir Zia InayatKhan – Nov 8-9. Join Pir Zia as he shares meditation, sound and movements exploring Mystical Awakening. $225, scholarships available. Andover Newton Theological School, 234 Herrick Rd, Newton Centre. 617-522-0800.

Yoga Nidra Workshop – 11am-12:30pm. With instructor, Alaine Amaral, BFA, RYT500. A form of guided meditation, translating as “yogic sleep,” which is a combination of relaxation, affirmation, breath-work and visualization techniques. Facilitates the integration of body, mind and spirit, is deeply relaxing, and helps you to make meaningful changes in your life. Suitable for all ages, levels and abilities. $25; pre-registration preferred but not required. Drop-ins welcome.

Visions HealthCare, 910 Washington St, Dedham. 781-431-1333. Kundalini Yoga & Healing with the Gong – 1-2:15pm. Instructor Alaine Amaral, BFA, RYT500, will guide in a gentle kundalini yoga set to balance the nervous system and relax the body; followed by a long, luxurious lay-out. The instructor will play the gong during the relaxation. $18; preregistration preferred but not required. Drop-ins welcome. Visions HealthCare, 910 Washington St, Dedham. 781-431-1333. Balancing the Elements Fall Yoga Workshop with Annie Hoffman – 4-6pm. Inner space Fall workshop with certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor, Annie Hoffman. All levels welcome. $25/preregister, $30/walk-in. Inner Space, 17 Station St, Brookline. 617-730-5757.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 10 Prevent, Manage and Reverse Type II Diabetes – 6-7pm. Join Joshua Lloyd, Naturopathic Doctor, and Linda Cox, Certified Health Coach, as they discuss ways families may prevent, manage and even reverse Type II Diabetes naturally. $30. Groton Wellness, Mill Run Plaza, 493 Main St, Groton. 978-449-9919. Wholistic Wellness Workshop – 6:30-8pm. Join Linda Cox, Certified Health Coach, as she introduces Groton Wellness’ unique approach to wholistic wellness: a series of programs backed by a team of practitioners working together to support you. Meeting one day a week for 3 wks. $99. Groton Wellness, Mill Run Plaza, 493 Main St, Groton. 978-449-9919.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 12 LGBTQ Herbal Medicine – 7-9pm. Transgender herbalist, Gavin McCarthy, teaches how to support the unique health needs of LGBTQ people. $5$25/sliding scale. CommonWealth Center for Herbal Medicine, 25 Saint Mary’s Ct, Brookline. 617-939-3438.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 14 Hypnosis to Improve Memory – 6:30-8pm. During a group hypnosis session, learn to go into a relaxed learning mode for optimal comprehension and total recall. $10 suggested donation. The Healing Center at Our Weeping Angel Foundation, 190 Old Derby St, Ste 100, Hingham. 781-3402146.

Reiki Cliinic – 7-8:45pm. Brenner Reiki Healing in Newton provides a monthly Reiki Clinic. 30min Reiki sessions. Make your appointment for 7pm, 7:35pm or 8:10pm. $10. Brenner Reiki Healing, 324 Central St, Newton. 617-244-8856.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 15 Natural Living Expo – Nov 15-16. New England’s largest holistic expo. Attend more than 90 unique and informative workshops on all topics holistic and healthy. Hourly cooking demos provide new recipes and inspiration. Arrive early as the first 200 people receive a free gift bag. Free parking. $12. Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel and Trade Center, 181 Boston Post Rd W, Marlborough. 508-2789640. JCW at Natural Living Expo – Nov 15-16. 9am5pm. We will be exhibiting at the Natural Living Expo. Stop by Booth #902 to say hello, grab some samples and check out all of our awesome sale items, 50% off. $12 weekend admission, plus access to 225 exhibits. Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel and Trade Center, 181 Boston Post Rd W, Marlborough. 781-893-3870. Buddhist Meditation Retreat – 9am-9pm. The retreat includes both sitting and walking meditation. Basic instruction/guidance available for newcomers. Free. TS Center for Spiritual Studies, 21 Maple St, Arlington. 617-460-6156.


markyourcalendar Tibetan Tulku Anyen Rinpoche Returns to Rhode Island! Making the Most of the Time We Have. Lojung, or mind training, is a contemplative tradition that teaches us how to live a life free of regret. Join us as Anyen Rinpoche gives instruction in this practical tradition that helps bring wisdom, compassion and insight into our lives. Two-hour afternoon break.

Nov. 16 • 1-7:30pm Registration required. Suggested Donation $50 - $65. Canonicus Camp and Conference Center 54 Exeter Rd, Exeter. 401-529-2020.

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Reiki Level 1 Training and Certification – 9am6:30pm. Learn how to work with Reiki to lower stress and promote mindfulness. Learn to care for others with this gentle transformative practice. CEUs for Nurses and LMTs. $150. Brenner Reiki Healing, 324 Central St, Newton. 617-244-8856. Free Introduction to Reiki – 10am-12pm. Learn about the hands-on healing art of Reiki, experience a 20-min guided imagery and sample treatment. Reiki is used for stress reduction and healing on the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual level. Free. Arlington Reiki Associates, 366 Massachusetts Ave, Ste 304, Arlington. Pre-registration required: 781-648-9334.

markyourcalendar Energy Field Testing A large, balanced energy field leads to a better functioning nervous system and a healthier body. A small, unbalanced field leads to ill health. Have your energy field measured and learn how to muscle test yourself so you can choose foods and supplements that will grow your energy field. This amazing tool will empower you to achieve greater health and vitality.

Nov. 18 • 7-9pm Free. Central Square Health and Wellness 126 Prospect St, Ste 5, Cambridge Space limited; RSVP: 617-833-3407

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 17 Mind Blowing Way to Reduce Stress – 6:308:30pm. Higher Brain Living® creates an energy surge to the higher brain, opening a gateway to expansive higher living like no other. Activate this by attending a live, mind-blowing demonstration. Free/pre-register, $97/at door. Boston-Westborough A Doubletree by Hilton, 5400 Computer Dr, Westborough. Register:

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 18 The Role of Herbal Medicine in the 21st Century: Herbal Tonics for the Whole Body – 6:30-7:30pm. Join Groton Wellness’ lead herbalist, Kenyon Keily, to learn what herbal medicine is, the illnesses it treats and the role it can play to benefit your whole body naturally. $25. Groton Wellness, Mill Run Plaza, 493 Main St, Groton. 978-4499919. Designing Marketing Flyers for Healing Arts Practices – 7-9pm. Learn how to skillfully create flyers for your business practice. Microsoft Word or similar program used for class. $60/3-class series. TS Center for Spiritual Studies, 21 Maple St, Arlington. 781-648-4548. Just Breathe Somato-Respiratory Integration Workshop – 7:30-8:30pm. Dr. Coleman will teach breathing exercises that will help you to

release your tension and calm your mind. SomatoRespiratory Integration (SRI) helps enhance your chiropractic care as well as free up energy in your body. $20. Newton Chiropractic & Wellness Centre, 383 Elliot St, Ste 250, Newton. 617-9643332. Practitioner’s Breakfast: Thermography, Beyond Breasts – 7:30-9pm. An interactive morning of learning, collaborating and networking. Featured speaker, Ann Barker will discuss a radiation-free, non-contact screening procedure that uncovers temperature differences in the body that may indicate growing tumors. Free. Groton Wellness, Mill Run Plaza, 493 Main St, Groton. 978-449-9919.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 20 Fertility Awareness Meetup – 6-7am. Women invited to discuss charting for natural birth control and pregnancy achievement. Free. Cambridge Women’s Center, 46 Pleasant St, Cambridge. 617899-7624. Group Healing with Mother’s Milk Divine Mother Energy – 7-8:30pm. Learn about this

new healing modality; choose an issue for healing; optional group share afterward. $15. TS Center for Spiritual Studies, 21 Maple St., Arlington. 617943-6980.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 22 Cranberry Slam – 10am-2pm. Watch cooking demonstration of healthy recipes featuring local cranberries, talk to a cranberry farmer, buy fresh local cranberries, and participate in kids’ activities. Free. Egleston Farmers’ Market, The Urbano Project, 29 Germania St, Jamaica Plain. Holiday Shopping Fair – 2:30-5:30pm. Start your holiday shopping with us. Vendors will include skincare, jewelry, all sorts of bags, kitchenware, Himalayan salt lamps in a variety of shapes, gifts and other knickknacks. Perfect for that hard gift person. Refreshments served. Free. Newton Chiropractic & Wellness Centre, 383 Elliot St, Door F, Ste 250, Newton Upper Falls. 617-9643332.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23 Eckandar Workshop Service – 11am-12pm. Members of all faiths and perspectives are invited to participate in the Eck Worship Service. Meet other like-minded people seeking to bring more spiritual insight into their daily lives. November’s discussion: “How to see the blessing of God in everyday life.” Free. TS Center for Spiritual Studies, 21 Maple St, Arlington. 617-625-9505.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 27 Thanksgiving Yoga with Annie Hoffman – 9-11am. Celebrate your blessings with Annie Hoffman, certified Iyengar yoga instructor. All levels welcome. Feel free to bring family or friends that are in town. $20. Inner Space, 17 Station St, Brookline. 617-730-5757.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 30 Reiki Clinics – 10am-1pm. Bring your animal in to experience the subtle yet powerful healing energy for physical, mental, emotional and spiritual issues. Pre-registration encouraged; walk-ins welcome upon availability. $15/up to 15 mins. Longer sessions available. Especially for Pets, 44 Main St, Wayland. 508-647-6923.

savethedate Your World of YES! Retreat Gift yourself, or someone you love, an uplifting, spacious day dedicated to eliciting your juiciest vision for a remarkable 2015! Guided personal work blended with supportive group sharing will help you claim your “YES” and craft an actionable plan to make that “YES” a reality in your life.

Jan. 10 • 9:30am-5:30pm Participation limited to 12. The Center at Westwoods, 590 Gay St, Westwood. 781-258-4288.


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daily Free Basic Yoga, Breathing, Relaxation and Meditation Class – Learn and experience practical tools for managing stress and energy in everyday life. All ages and levels welcome. Dahn Holistic Fitness, 1773 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge. For times & availability: 617-3549642. Free Tour of Symphony Hall – Musicians and engineers consider Boston’s Symphony Hall to be the most acoustically perfect concert space in the United States. Join volunteers on a behindthe-scenes tour and hear about the hall and the history and traditions of the famed musicians and conductors. Boston Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave, Boston. For available dates & times: 617-638-9390. Strengthening and Weight-Loss Classes – 6am. Small group classes tailored to your needs. We help people that were injured and don’t know where to start. Cost varies. The AIS Institute, 103 Morse St, Watertown. 617-393-1829.

sunday Reiki Clinic – Thru Nov 30. 10am-1pm. Bring your animal in to experience the subtle yet powerful healing energy for physical, mental, emotional and spiritual issues. Pre-registration encouraged; walk-ins welcome upon availability. $15/up to 15 mins. Longer sessions available. Especially for Pets, 44 Main St, Wayland.508-647-6923. 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, 460C Harrison Ave, Boston. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu – 3:30-4:30pm. A martial art, combat sport and a self-defense system. Students learn techniques that not only increase their physical fitness, but also challenge the mind. $100. SSOMA, 1100 Massachusetts Ave, 3rd Fl, Arlington. 781-6410262.

monday Nia-Somatic Movement Class – 10-11am. An hour of luscious conscious movement: body/ mind emotional and spiritual dance martial arts and yoga set to great music. $15. New England Tango Academy, 620 Cambridge St, 2nd Fl, East Cambridge. 617-620-7654. AliceHeller15@ Prenatal Yoga – 11am-12pm. Relax, re-energize, revitalize. Gentle stretches to relieve tension.

Free first session. The Well Street Station, 62 Mt. Auburn St, Watertown. 617-923-1440. Therapeutic Qigong – 11:30am-12:30pm. Also 6:30-7:30pm. An ancient Chinese self-healing exercise which has been conducted for a wide variety of medical conditions, including diabetes, allergies, fatigue, anxiety, depression, menopause syndrome, headaches, joint stiffness, movement disorders and cancer treatment. $125/full month, $80/4 sessions, $25/drop-in. TS Center for Spiritual Studies, 21 Maple St, Arlington. 617997-9922. Yoga for Well-Being – 2-3pm. Enjoy yoga’s benefits to the mind, heart, body and energy, offering supportive ways to center, calm, energize, empower, uplift and nourish yourself. Bring own mat, blanket, pillow or support blocks as desired. $15/class. TS Center for Spiritual Studies, 21 Maple St, Arlington. 781-648-0101. Mindful “EasYoga” – 6pm. Relax, re-energize, revitalize. Walk-ins welcome. Free 1st session. The Well Street Station, 62 Mt Auburn St, Watertown. 617-923-1440. Anxiety and Panic Support Group – 6:30pm. 1st Mon. 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. Let’s Laugh Today Laughter Yoga – 7-8pm. 3rd Mon. Any age and any level of physical ability can enjoy this unique exercise of laughter and clapping combined with gentle breathing that brings oxygen to the body’s cells. Give enhanced vitality, energy and a feeling of real well-being. Free. Unitarian Church of Sharon, 4 N Main St, Sharon. 508-6602223.

tuesday Practitioner’s Breakfast – 7:30-9am. 3rd Tues. Enjoy breakfast from Farm to Table Café. All healthcare practitioners are welcome to share breakfast and knowledge. Monthly speakers and presentations. Working together to increase the overall wellness of our great community. Free. Groton Wellness, 493 Main St, Mill Run Plaza, Groton. 978-449-9919. Free Stretching Class – 9-9:30am. Free class for the senior community, conducted by Dr. Binh Nguyen, CCSP, CKTP. Introduction to stretching and resistance band training for muscle strengthening. Hopkinton Senior Center, 28 Mayhew St, Hopkinton. 508-497-9730. 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. Ideal Protein-Free Workshop – 6-7pm. Certified Wellcoach Joyce Strong presents on weight loss, integrative health and nutrition and how to safely burn fat and spare lean while promoting excellent gut health and a healthy immune system. Free. Ideal Weight-Total Well Coach, One Tara Blvd, Nashua. 617-666-1122. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu – 6:15-7:15pm. Beneficial in helping individuals gain more knowledge on how to defend oneself and increase self-discipline. Learn techniques that increase physical fitness and mental training. Call for pricing. Arlington Dojo, 1100 Massachusetts Ave, 3rd Fl, Arlington. 781-6410262. Reiki Clinic – 6:30-8:30pm. Reiki sessions on the 2nd Tues of the month on a donations-only basis. TS Center for Spiritual Studies, 21 Maple St, Arlington. 617-849-3198. For appt, Kathleen: KWelcome09@

wednesday Therapeutic Qigong – 11:30am-12:30pm. An ancient Chinese self-healing exercise typically involving moving meditation, coordinating slow flowing movement, deep rhythmic breathing and a calm meditative state of mind. Intended to cultivate and balance life energy, restoring the cells to their normal function. $125/full month, $80/4 sessions, $25/drop-in. TS Center for Spiritual Studies, 21 Maple St, Arlington. 617-997-9922. Better Your Balance – 1-2pm. Pam Reich, PT and Lauri Weinstein, OT teach this dynamic class to improve balance and prevent falls. Traditional therapy is combined with martial arts, Feldenkrais Method® and Listening Fitness™. $100/6-wk series. Easy Does It Movements, 19 Mystic St, Arlington. 617-875-6041. Ideal Protein-Free Workshop – 6-7pm. Certified Wellcoach Joyce Strong presents on weight loss, integrative health and nutrition and how to safely burn fat and spare lean while promoting excellent gut health and a healthy immune system. Free. Ideal Weight-Total Well Coach, 112B Boston Rd, Rte 119, Groton. 617-666-1122. 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. Meditation Evenings – 7-8:30pm. Come to meditate and take part in a discussion. Both beginners and experienced meditators welcome. Light refreshments provided. Donation. Advaita Meditation Center, 28 Worcester Ln, Waltham. 781-647-0020.

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Public Open Night at the Observatory – 7:308:30pm. A chance to come observe the night sky through telescopes and binoculars and see things you otherwise might not get to see. Learn some astronomy as well. Held most Wed evenings throughout the year, weather permitting. Free. Coit Observatory at Boston University, 725 Commonwealth Ave, Boston. 617-353-2630.

thursday Gentle Kundalini Yoga with Gong Relaxation – 8:30-10am. Emphasis on breath work, meditation. Students given individual attention with modifications of yoga poses if needed. Relax with healing gong vibrations. $12/drop-in. Newton Highlands Congregational Church, 54 Lincoln St, Newton Highlands. 617-332-3675. Awakening Divine Feminine Energies – 9-10:30am. Raise your vibration with powerful clearings using Violet Flame: Flame of the I AM Presence. Class is guided by the energies of the universe and our collective needs for that day/ week. $15. I AM Healing Sanctuary, 18 Sherwood Cir, Sharon. 781-784-1955. Institute of Contemporary Art Free Thursdays – 5-9pm. Share the pleasures of reflection, inspiration, provocation and imagination that contemporary art offers through public access to art, artists and the creative process. Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave, Boston. Somerville Road Runners Night 4.13 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, 171 Broadway, Somerville. Observatory Night – 7:30-9:30pm. 3rd Thurs. A non-technical lecture and telescopic observing from the observatory roof if weather permits. Free. Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, 60 Garden St, Cambridge. 617-495-7461. CFA.

friday Health Lecture Series – 10am. 1st Fri. An informative discussion for parents and caregivers on a variety of parent- and child-related topics such as: nutrition, behavior, community resources and more. Held in the Old Country Buffet, Watertown Mall, 550 Arsenal St, Watertown. 617-926-4968. Blood Pressure Screenings – 10am-12pm. Free blood pressure screenings on the 1st Fri each month in front of the Old Country Buffet. Watertown Mall, 550 Arsenal St, Watertown. 617-926-4968. Second Fridays Free – 5-8pm. Free evening at the MIT Museum on the 2nd Fri each month. Mingle with friends in the unique galleries and see some of the latest research coming out of MIT. MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge. 617-253-5927. Glass Beadmaking – 6:30-9:30pm. Last Fri. An evening of glass, friends and wine. Spend 3 hrs in one of our studios to experience an introductory taste of working with hot glass in glassblowing and bead making. $75. Diablo Glass School, 123 Terrace St, Boston. 617-442-7444. Maynard Sacred Drum Circle – 7pm. 1st Fri. An ancient practice that builds harmony, restores connection with the Earth and supports group consciousness. Bring own drum or shaker or borrow one of ours. $10-$20 sliding scale. Bliss Healing Arts, 63 Great Rd, Ste 103, Maynard. 508-481-2547.

Reiki Clinic – 7-9pm. 1st Fri. Experience a Reiki session at the Brenner Reiki Healing monthly Reiki Clinic. 30-min time slots available; call to schedule. $10. Brenner Reiki Healing, 324 Central St, Newton. 617-244-8856. Astronomy After Hours at the Museum of Science – 8:30-10pm. Weather permitting, visit the Gilliland Observatory on the roof of the Museum’s parking garage to view stars, planets, the Moon and other astronomical phenomena. On cloudy nights, tour the inside of the Observatory and participate in astronomy-related activities run by the staff. Call to ensure program is running on any given Friday. Museum of Science Boston, Gilliland Observatory, 1 Science Park, Boston. 617-589-0267.

saturday Adult Shotokan – 7:45-9am. Introduction to S h o t o k a n K a r a t e . $ 1 0 0 . S S O M A , 11 0 0 Massachusetts Ave, 3rd Fl, Arlington. 781-6410262. Free Family Workout – 9:30-10:30am. A free, all-level, outdoor, interval workout. Get your Saturdays off to a great start. Newton Chiropractic & Wellness Centre, 383 Elliot St, Newton Upper Falls. Registration required: 617-964-3332. 2 For 1 at Joy Community Acupuncture – Thru Nov 22. 9:30am-12:30pm. A great chance to try acupuncture, which is well known for its healing properties. An affordable community clinic with group healing space. Limit one time/person, couple. $20-$40 sliding scale with $10 initial paperwork fee. Joy Community Acupuncture, 335 Boylston St, Ste J3, Newton. 617-510-0559. Egleston Farmers’ Market – Thru Feb. 10am-2pm. Sharing delicious food and bringing people together. Come and enjoy this winter market featuring local, healthy food. The Urbano Project, 29 Germainia St, Jamaica Plain. Let’s Laugh Today Laughter Yoga – 11am-12pm. 2nd Sat. Any age and 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. Gain enhanced vitality, energy and a feeling of real well-being. Free. Walpole Library, 143 School St, Walpole. 508-6602223. Glassblowing Sampler – 12-2pm. Every other Sat. Get a taste of the ancient art of glassblowing. Enjoy the excitement of playing with melted glass while making your very own souvenir. Learn how to gather glass from the furnace, and then control and shape it. Our experienced teachers will help you make a colorful paperweight for you to exhibit as your trophy. $75. Diablo Glass School, 123 Terrace St, Boston. 617-442-7444.


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ACTIVE RELAXATION CENTER RAFFA YOGA’S URBAN SWEAT 19 Sharpe Dr, Cranston, RI 02902 401-463-3335

Experience New England’s only Active Relaxation Center. Raffa Yoga’s Urban Sweat features a Himalayan Salt Grotto, Yellow Turmeric Sauna, Black Charcoal Sauna, Eucalyptus Steam Room, Urban Hamman, Oceanic Dead Sea Salt Relaxation Room. The center also offers yoga, a wide variety of therapeutic treatments and nutrition packages, a breathe boutique and Raffa Raw; our cold pressed and un-pasteurized, local and organic (when possible) juice bar. See ad page 17.

ACUPUNCTURE ANGELA BELL ACUPUNCTURE 186 Alewife Brook Pkwy, Ste 302 Cambridge, MA 02138

Angela is a licensed acupuncturist who specializes in fertility and pregnancy. She is dedicated to empowering, educating and restoring health to women and their families.



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


With a master’s degree in acupuncture and a gentle approach to healing, Rachel provides relief for insomnia, pain, indigestion, fatigue, emotional and menstrual concerns, and more. See ad on back cover.


Acupuncture Facelift / Facial Rejuvenation / Cosmetic Acupuncture is a painless, non-surgical method of reducing the signs of the aging process. The aim is to diminish wrinkles, muscle tension, as well as systematically remove issues standing between you and the glowing young face you deserve. Traditional Acupuncture also available. See ad page 15.



697 Cambridge St, Ste 204, Brighton 2285 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge 617-651-3213 Seetal Cheema is a boardcertified physician in anesthesia and pain management, offering holistic medical care, including acupuncture and yoga.

Stephanie Lyon 617-212-2062

Anti-aging skin care and nutrition with proven clinical results. Swiss botanical products are vegan, gluten-free, non-toxic. Consumer discounts and consultant options available.

Kristine Jelstrup, LMT, CBK 126 Prospect St, Ste 5, Cambridge, 02139 617-833-3407 Kristine@CentralSquareHealthAnd Achieve optimal health, physically, emotionally, nutritionally. Kristine works with the innate wisdom of the body to clear nervous system interference, creating a balanced body. See ad page 16.


55 Pond Ave, Brookline, MA 02445 132 Great Rd, Ste 201, Stow, MA 01775 617-232-0202 (Brookline) 617-879-0403 (Stow) Specializing in Hormonal Imbalance and Individualized Natural Bioidentical Hormone Treatment for irregular menstrual cycles, hot flashes, night sweats, low sex drive, irritability, fatigue, poor concentration, poor memory, depression and sleep disturbances. Accepting most major insurances.


100 Second Ave, Needham, MA 02494 910 Washington St (Rte 1A) Dedham, MA 02026 781-431-1333 Effectively using Bioidentical Hormone Therapy for 10 years; expert gynecologist passionate about supporting women to ease transition through all life phases. Accepts most major insurances. See ad on back cover.

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103 Morse St, Watertown 617-905-3038


Specializing in Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) that works with the body’s natural physiological makeup to bolster flexibility, improve circulation and increase the elasticity of muscle joints and fascia. See ad page 16. .

A state-of-the-art facility offering highest quality health care and commitment to patients. Offering a unique sports chiropractic wellness practice with a family-style focus. See ad page 16.


393 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 781-507-4226 I’m a Physical Therapist with 20+ years experience helping people recover from pain using gentle, effective Bodywork techniques including Craniosacral Therapy and Fascial Mobilization. See ad page 19.


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 15.


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


910 Washington St (Rte 1A) Dedham, MA 02026 781-431-1333 Patient-centered, evidence-based spinal care and soft tissue work to decrease pain and improve mobility. Experienced with athletes; ART & Graston® Certified. Accepts insurance. See ad on back cover.


Specializing in Neurotherapy, an effective, drug-free treatment for: attention, behavior, emotional, and executive function problems, autistic spectrum, anxiety, depression, post concussion, peak performance and more. See ad page 17.



Life Coach, Personal/Professional Development 401-402-0819 Get the support and tools you need to connect with your true nature, get in line with your personal HorsePower and transport your life and/or business toward what matters to you. Brian’s down-to-Earth and effective no nonsense approach has created a shift for many local and inter- national entrepreneurs, coaches and facilitators through his 1-1 trainings, webinars, seminars and speeches. See ad page 23.

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Kim Childs 1025 Mass Ave, Arlington, MA 02476 617-640-3813 Need help clarifying and reaching your goals? Asking “What’s next?” or “What do I really want?” Kim is a Certified Positive Psychology Life, Career and Wellness Coach and facilitator of The Artist’s Way, helping people to cultivate more personally rewarding lives. Initial consultations are free.

THE MIRACULOUS SPRING Gayle Johnson 774-264-9492

With Gayle’s 20 years of training and experience in psycho-spiritual development, she invites you to participate in a journey of great learning, transformation and love.


Liz Marcano-Pucillo 640 Washington St, Dedham, MA 02026 781-329-3800 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 38.


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 ads pages 2 and 11.


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 6.

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

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

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

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

Nature, like man, sometimes weeps from gladness. ~Benjamin Disraeli


39 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02445 77 Spring St, Shaw’s Plaza, West Roxbury, MA 02132 Brookline: 617-566-5656 West Roxbury: 617-325-4800 World’s first automated personal training studio offering highly effective, efficient, customized workouts guided and monitored by the proprietary Smartraining technology in a spa-like setting. See ad page 19.


All-Natural Lice Removal Salon 617-816-9487 Boston’s premier professional head lice treatment salon. Pesticide-free, non-toxic. Founded by school nurse Berit Pratt, RN BSN MPH, since 2004. Peace of mind for frantic families.


12 Pelham Terrace, Arlington, MA 781-646-6319


Steve Kodad, CFSP, CFSRE 941-720-4480 Transform your environment into one that promotes success, good health, and great comfort by yourself after 3 weeks of online training. Steve Kodad is a feng shui master and author. Visit TheFengShuiCureForYou. MyInstapage.comtations.


We offer two Herbal Apprenticeship Programs, Advanced Training, Aromatherapy Certification and a series of Thursday evening and Saturday afternoon classes. Please visit our website. See ad page 8.

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

Personalized, comprehensive consultations with experienced herbalists. Whether it’s the flu or a chronic illness, or simply to build greater vitality, herbal medicine can help. See ad page 39.


100 Second Ave, Needham, MA 02494 910 Washington St (Rte 1A) Dedham, MA 02026 781-431-1333 In practice for over 32 years, Dr. Levine has been a prominent advocate for holistic and gentler approaches to women’s health care. Provides alternatives to hysterectomy. See ad on the back cover.

HOME & LIVING AMY C. LUND HANDWEAVER 3964 Main Rd, Tiverton, RI 401-816-0000

Discover artful living with artisan hand-woven textiles in simple, sophisticated patterns, colors and textures designed for home decor and personal fashion. Distinctive handcrafted rugs, blankets, scarves, shawls, etc. Visit the shop or find her online.

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978-712-8011 As your lifestyle advocate, I’ll facilitate your success in building your own health and wellness business so you can take control of your life. See ad page 17.


A full-service integrative veterinary clinic offering caring and healthful options and modalities like acupuncture, functional nutrition, homeopathy, chiropractic, herbs, ozone therapy, surgery and dentistry. See ad page 36.




Bob and Lolli Leeson Lees-on Life inspires healthy living with the Tower Garden, offering solutions to families who struggle to eat better. Improving quality of life, one family at a time. See ad page 7.


Sarah’s School Of Martial Arts 781-641-0262 We train our body to be strong, our mind and spirit to be patient, in order to become the best human beings we can be. See ad page 23.

INTEGRATIVE/FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE RACHEL KATZ, MD, RD 100 Second Ave Needham, MA 02494 781-431-1333


You Matter. We Care. Board Certified Family Medicine Physician practices with the Functional Medicine approach. Accepting new patients for Primary Care or Consultation. Accepts insurance. See ad on the back cover.

Deep-tissue, medical, sports, Swedish and therapeutic massage, shiatsu, Reiki & HydroMassage in a full-service Wellness Center also featuring chiropractic, acupuncture, Facial Rejuvenation, Facelift Acupuncture and detox footbath. See ad page 15.


910 Washington St (Rte 1A) Dedham, MA 02026 781-431-1333 Licensed Mental Health Clinician and Behavioral Health Specialist with over 15 years of experience; integrative approach. Specialties: anxiety, panic, depression, stress, anger, etc. Accepts Insurance. See ad on the back cover.



Alison Shaw APRN, LMT, CEH 393 Massachusetts Ave Arlington, MA 02474 781-646-0686 An innovative blend of body-centered counseling, integrative bodywork and energy medicine to uncover and release body-mind patterns that limit your life and health. See ad page 30.

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

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


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 ads pages 2 and 11.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA INTEGR8 HEALTH MASSACHUSETTS 101 Cambridge St, Burlington 781-328-4488

A high-quality, compassionate integrative healthcare practice specializing in medical marijuana and other proven alternative treatments that address a patients entire body, mind and spirit. See ad page 8.

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Ree Coleman - Certified Vision Teacher Offices in Boston & Newton 617-838-0928 Achieve vision improvement via exercises, relaxation, science & physiology to create a pathway to sharper, clearer, more balanced vision, reducing dependence on external correction.


Ari Chan, Consultant #5390 413-281-0533 Personal care products and home cleaning without harmful chem icals; 85 products and growing. We educate the consumers on chemicals to avoid in products. Contact me for more information.


Inner Bridges Physical Therapy & Wellness 186 Alewife Brook Pkwy, Ste 302 Cambridge, MA 02138 617-491-7400 Understand what’s happening in your body and get the comprehensive care you need to get better for good. What physical therapy should be. See ad page 23.



SPRING RAIN FACE & BODY SPA 1345 Main St, Waltham, MA 02451 781-895-0010

Our goal is for you to feel beautiful. Our “stop the clock” skincare eliminates wrinkles and heals acne. Also offering Reiki, Cupping, Aromatherapy and Shiatsu to enhance your well-being.


910 Washington St (Rte 1A) Dedham, MA 02026 100 Second Ave, Needham, MA 02494 781-431-1333

Based off the body’s natural reflexes, reflexology is a non-invasive healing treatment that works through contact with the feet yet supports healing throughout. All ages. See ad on back cover.


Susan Shaw Saari, Lic.Ac., CCT, MEd, MAOM, Diplomate in Acupuncture (NCCAOM) 781-899-2121 A clinical imaging technique that records thermal patterns of the body to help diagnose and monitor pain or pathology in any part of the body. See ad page 18.




Vicki Loberman 617-610-9551

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

Boylston 508-612-7488

Escape to what has been named the most magical destination on the planet: Become one with all that is! Floatation, Polarity, Hypnosis. See ad page 19.

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


Gentle classes with emphasis on meditation and breath work. Students receive individual attention with modifications as needed. Relax with healing gong vibrations.



Kerry Goyette

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

Marian Reynolds Certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher Newton Highlands Congregational Church 54 Lincoln St, Newton Highlands, MA 617-733-2311


910 Washington St Dedham, MA 02026 781-431-1333




Providing a wide variety of transformational workshops to raise “health conscious” awareness. Our goal is to help you take an informed, active role in improving your physical, emotional and spiritual health. See ad page 39.

Richard Lanza 395 Washington St 781-843-8224

We provide the space and opportunity for individuals to transform their lives through greater health and joy for oneself and others. Visit one of our 14 locations in MA. See ad page 40.

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Natural Awakenings Boston November 2014  

Natural Awakenings Magazine is Boston's healthy living magazine. We're your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. Our mission is to prov...

Natural Awakenings Boston November 2014  

Natural Awakenings Magazine is Boston's healthy living magazine. We're your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. Our mission is to prov...