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ith Thanksgiving upon us, I’d like to share some insights I’ve recently gleaned on how moments of gratitude for daily blessings can set the tone of our entire day. This summer our parent company treated our nationwide family of Natural Awakenings publishers to a 12-week Happiness Delivers online workshop with Life Coach Mary Lynn Ziemer. Saying that I’m grateful for the experience is an understatement. One of the most valuable lessons I’ve learned is to be grateful for literally everything! It begins from the first stirrings of our day, expressing gratefulness for waking up, to the coolness of the air as we nod off and everything in-between. The sweetest discovery has been learning to apply gratitude to trigger a change in attitude when life presents hurdles or fears of an unknown future bubble up in thought. The key has been catching whatever it is soon enough, noticing it before it consumes my attention and pushes me into a proverbial rabbit hole. I’ve heard that we have 17 seconds to change a thought from the negative before momentum kicks in and it gets exponentially more difficult to bring ourselves back into a positive balance. Conversely, when we can keep an uninterrupted 17 seconds of positive emotion going, we more easily and consistently feel good. These days, whenever I’ve allowed myself to derail, it’s increasingly natural to make a shift by querying, “How many seconds has that been?” Often that’s enough to snap my focus right into gratefulness, realizing that it’s all small stuff in the big picture, no matter how big it might feel at the time. Life’s too important to sweat the small stuff. What relief!

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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 Psychotherapist Joe DeAngelis Joins Center for Body Mind Integration in Lexington


arbara Gosselin and Alison Shaw, co-founders of The Center for Body Mind Integration, in Lexington, welcome psychotherapist Joe DeAngelis, LICSW, CGP, to the center. DeAngelis has more than 20 years’ experience working with individuals, couples and groups, and an educational background in pastoral counseling, clinical social work and contemporary relational psychoanalysis. “I’m delighted to be joining with Alison and Barbara,” says DeAngelis. “EmJoe DeAngelis barking on my own yoga practice over the past few years has increased my desire to pay close attention to our whole selves. It’s great to be with colleagues who share that focus.” The mission of The Center for Body Mind Integration is to transform health care by offering innovative therapies and education. Healing modalities offered include craniosacral therapy, body centered counseling, pastoral counseling, energy healing and integrative bodywork with seasoned practitioners that are experts in their fields. DeAngelis can be reached at 781-8626404 and by visiting Location: The Center for Body Mind Integration, 109 Mass. Ave., Lexington. To learn more, call 781-507-4226 or visit See ads on pages 27 and 31 and Resource Guide on pages 43 and 46.

Wintergreen Herbal Market Celebrates the Holidays


erbstalk will present a Wintergreen Herbal Market from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., November 28, at the Armory, in Somerville. The free event features handcrafted herbal products and gifts, along with music and educational demonstrations on herbal projects. Visitors can shop for botanical crafts, winter teas, herbal products and natural body care items, and learn how to do useful and fun herbal projects at home. “Our Wintergreen Herbal Market brings together herbal vendors and crafters from around New England in a lively holiday market,” says organizer Steph Zabel. “We’ll also have hourly educational demonstrations where attendees can learn fun and delicious ways to use herbs at home over the winter months for health and wellness.” Cost: Free. Location: The Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. For more information, call 617-453-2070 or visit See ad on page 8.

newsbriefs The Revolution of Consciousness Expo Features Film Festival and Author Baptist de Pape


pend the day with Natural Awakenings Boston at The Revolution of Consciousness, a day-long event from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., November 1, at the Westin Waltham Hotel. The event includes screenings of three enlightening documentaries, healthy living / healthy planet exhibitors including The Bodywork Oasis featuring a wide variety of hands-on body and energy workers, and a diverse selecBaptist de Pape tion of workshops relating to mind-body medicine and higher consciousness. The films include the feature documentary by Shannon Harvey, The Connection, which reveals groundbreaking research by the world’s leading experts in mind-body medicine and true stories of recovery; People v. The State of Illusion, a film by Austin Vickers that questions the very nature of reality; and The Power of the Heart, a life-changing film about the astonishing power and intelligence of the heart. The day will feature a Q&A and book/DVD signing with Baptist de Pape, author of The Power of the Heart and cocreator of the film of the same name following the screening of the film. The event will also include a labyrinth walk complemented by music from Christine Tulis (, internationally renowned healing artist, harpist, singer and award-winning composer. Maisie Raftery, event producer and publisher of Natural Awakenings Boston magazine, states, “Our hope and intention is that every attendee, exhibitor, presenter and bodyworker come away from this event feeling uplifted, energized and empowered to keep the momentum moving forward by the experiences and connections made.” Cost: $12 at the door, save $4 by purchasing online at Location: 70 3rd Ave., Waltham. For more information, call 617-906-0232 or visit TheRevolutionOf See ad on page 17.

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newsbriefs Free Workshop on Defusing Performance Anxiety and Negative Thoughts


aren Welling of Welling Coaching will present How to Stay Cool When Things Get Hot, a free, hands-on workshop from 11 a.m. to noon, November 7, in Brookline Village. The workshop is for artists, athletes and others that want to learn methods for calming performance anxiety and defusing negative thoughts. “These tools can be practiced and applied to any facet of life, including athletics, public speaking, managing stress, striving for betKaren Welling ter health habits and making decisions,” says Welling. “The workshop will offer ways to identify and defuse negative thoughts, techniques for managing performance and other kinds of anxiety, and a brief introduction to Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), which is self-administered acupressure.” Welling, a coach and performing musician herself, says that participants in the workshop will come away with tools and receive the comfort of knowing that they are not alone in their selfdefeating thinking or performance jitters. Cost: Free. Location: John Payne Music Center, 9 Station St., Brookline Village. To learn more and reserve a space, call 617623-3703 or email See ad on page 19 and Resource Guide on page 44.

A Party for Giving Thanks in Westwood


ennis Pratt, director of the Personal Growth Network (PGN), will host a Giving Thanks Party from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., November 21, in Westwood. Pratt says it’s an opportunity for conscious people to really give thanks for their blessings before getting lost in the busyness of the holidays. “Gratitude is a proven method to improve personal happiness, and we are often too busy in our daily lives to take time to be grateful,” says Pratt. “Thanksgiving is the holiday that is focused on gratitude, but it can be overshadowed by obligations, cooking, football, family and Black Friday. We want to take some time to really celebrate this important holiday.” PGN is a positive psychology support community with thousands of members in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire who are consciously and proactively creating more success and happiness in their lives. Leaders in the community create more than 150 parties, workshops, study groups and monthly Heartbeat Salons throughout the region. All are welcome to join at Meetup. com/Personal-Growth-Network. Cost: $10 or potluck contribution. For more information and location details, call 781-320-8195 or visit


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Eastover Offers Winter Qigong Programs in the Berkshires


astover Estate and Retreat Center, in the Berkshires, is offering winter programs with world-leading holistic leaders and teachers, including qigong masters Mantak Chia and Jiangye Jiang. The center sits on a 600-acre sanctuary in Lenox, adjacent to October Mountain and minutes away from Tanglewood and the Kriplau Yoga center. “Eastover is quickly evolving into a major northeast center of wellness, spiritual and public health, instructor training and holistic retreats,” says Yingxing Wang, founder and partner. “Our business model of facilitating programs and generous package of giving back 95 percent of tuition to facilitators makes us unique.” Other Eastover presenters include Chinese medicine teacher and scholar Lonny Jarrett, TCM World Foundation Founder Dr. Nan Lu, Qigong Healing Master Robert Peng, Lee Holden, Dr. Alberto Villoldo and Nancy Buttenheim, founding director of Let Your Yoga Dance. “Qigong, tai chi and yoga provide simple tools for cultivating positive emotions, breathing, nourishing our heart and strengthening our physical body,” says Wang. “Qigong helps us turn blocked life force energy into positive energy to nourish our body and mind. This winter, Master Jiang Jiangye will be teaching at Eastover each week.” Location: Eastover, 430 East St., Lenox. For more information, call 866-264-5139 or visit html. See ad on page 13 and Resource Guide on page 46. natural awakenings

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newsbriefs Online Course for Success Through the Emotional Freedom Technique


uccess Coach Tam Veilleux presents a new, do-it-yourself e-course for those that want to learn and practice Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). Enrollment is ongoing for the “30-Day Do You, But Better” e-course, which includes a free, six-day trial. “There is a surge in do-it-yourself methods these days, as people want to enjoy mastering a new skill for health and wellness and take care of themselves in alternative ways,” says Veilleux. “This e-course fills that need and offers a free trial so people can test the waters of EFT and mindset management.” Veilleux says the most recognized benefits of EFT include lower blood pressure and stress reduction. A 30-day tapping program provides a scripted format for developing an ongoing daily practice of emotional self-care. “For those who understand the importance of clearing emotional pain before it has a chance to break down their physiology, the 30 days of emails is a great opportunity to gain clarity and build confidence as you clear sadness, anger and fear by disrupting negative patterns in the brain,” says Veilleux. To learn more and access the free trial to the 30-Day Challenge, call 207-592-0377 or visit See Resource Guide on page 44.

Open House at New Saugus Location of Center for Expressive Therapy


he Center for Expressive Therapy and Mental Health Counseling will host an Open House Art Making Event at their new Saugus location at 1288 Broadway from 1 to 3 p.m., December 12. The center offers expressive art therapy that’s covered by state and commercial insurances. “Expressive therapy is an alternative to traditional verbal talk therapy, which may not have worked for clients in the past,” says Stephanie Page, LMHC. “We will also offer traditional mental health counseling, including the cognitive and dialectical behavioral therapies, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy (EMDR), mindfulness training and treatment that considers the mind-body-spirit connection.” Cost: Free. For more information, call 508-375-8776 or visit See ad on page 9 and Resource Guide on page 45. 10

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newsbriefs Shamanic Journey Guided Meditation for Thanksgiving Season


odi RedHawk, founder of The Healing Community Centers, will host a Shamanic Journey Guided Meditation Healing Circle from 7 to 9 p.m., November 19, in East Bridgewater. RedHawk says the event offers people the opportunity to destress and receive comforting love and nourishment for inner awareness, healing and a deeper connection with self. “Thanksgiving time is a wonderful and divine opportunity for reflecting, giving and honoring in gratitude that which we receive, and being with those we love,” says RedHawk. “When we give to ourselves, we ‘fill our tank’ so that we can share ourselves with others and actually enjoy this special season instead of being half present and run down from the endless goings on.” RedHawk is a shaman, medicine woman, spiritual healer and teacher. She asks those attending the Shamanic Journey Guided Meditation Healing Circle to arrive between 6:30 and 6:50 p.m. During the circle, participants will be invited to share what is in their mind and heart and be guided in a Shamanic Journey Meditation for the purposes of release and restoration for mental, emotional and physical health. The Healing Community Centers is currently seeking team members to support the work. Cost: $30. Location: Ms. Bee Haven Angel Alley, 10 West Union St., East Bridgewater. For more information, call 617-686-7530, email JodiRedhawk@ or visit TheHealingCommunity, or natural awakenings

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inger and voice teacher Barry Harris will be offering his popular voice workshops in December to individuals interested in learning how to experience spiritual surrender through studying voice. He says, “It is no longer just an abstract idea, but an actual experience. Unexpected emotional healing can result from studying voice.” Dates and locations have not yet been determined. According to Harris, one’s happiness and power depend on one’s authentic experience of emotions, and studying voice is a great way to be spiritually reborn beBarry Harris yond the ego-mind, and thus, experience a happier and more powerful life. “Disempowering our usual controlling ego-mind is a gigantic first step in spiritual transformation,” he says. His workshops and teachings are excellent for people that have damaged their voices, as well as for those who haven’t, because he teaches the balance between singing with maximum high energy emotional vitality, yet with the gentleness of no muscle resistance. “Singing done by Spirit’s grace is the secret to all good and optimal singing, whether or not one has damaged or weakened one’s voice,” he explains. Cost: $60 for four-hour workshop, with partial scholarships available. For upcoming workshop dates and locations, call 857-998-3677 or visit BarryMiracles. See Resource Guide on page 46.

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Having Gratitude Yields More Happiness than Having Things


wo studies from Baylor University have confirmed that materialism can lead to feeling less satisfied with life, while a sense of gratitude reverses some of the negative effects of the pursuit of things. The research, led by Professor James Roberts, Ph.D., included questionnaires sent to 246 marketing students from another university, focusing on happiness and satisfaction with a 15-minute survey that included a 15-point materialism scale. The study found that individuals that focused on achieving material goals were less satisfied with their lives, less happy and had lower self-esteem. Meanwhile, the study found that grateful students found more meaning in their lives and felt a greater sense of satisfaction. “Individuals high in gratitude showed less of a relationship between materialism and its negative affect. Additionally, individuals high in materialism showed decreased life satisfaction when either gratitude or positive affect was low,” note the researchers.

Cloves Inhibit Cancer Growth


esearch from China has determined that cloves (Syzygium aromaticum) inhibit the growth of several cancers. Researchers tested an extract of whole cloves against several types of human cancer cells, including those of ovarian, cervical, liver, colon, breast and pancreatic cancers. Published in the journal Oncology Research, the test used an incubation system that simulated the ability of these cancer cells to grow within the body. The researchers found that the clove extract stopped such development. The active constituents they identified within the clove extracts include oleanolic acid and eugenol. “Clove extract may represent a novel therapeutic herb for cancer treatment, and oleanolic acid is one of the components responsible for part of its antitumor activity,” the researchers commented. Cloves, one of the oldest medicinal spices, have been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for many centuries.

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Formaldehyde Found in GMO Soybeans

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esearchers from the International Center for Integrative Systems, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, have determined that genetically modified (GM/GMO) soybean plants accumulate the carcinogen formaldehyde. The researchers utilized a scientific method called CytoSolve to analyze 6,497 diverse laboratory studies conducted by 184 scientific institutions in 23 countries worldwide. The study data showed that GMO soybeans significantly accumulate formaldehyde, a class-one carcinogen. The research also found that genetic modification forces a depletion of glutathione among the plants, which weakens their immune system. This contrasts with the proposals put forth by the GM industry that GMO soybean plants are stronger, allowing them to endure environmental hardships better than non-GMO soybean plants. The research was led by V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai, Ph.D., a biologist trained at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and published in the peer-reviewed journal Agricultural Sciences. “The results demand immediate testing, along with rigorous scientific standards to assure such testing is objective and replicable. It’s unbelievable such standards for testing don’t already exist. The safety of our food supply demands that science delivers such modern scientific standards for approval of GMOs,” states Ayyadurai. Former Environmental Protection Agency Senior Scientist Ray Seidler, Ph.D., comments about the study, “The discovery reported by Ayyadurai reveals a new molecular paradigm associated with genetic engineering that will require research to discover why the extent of formaldehyde and glutathione concentrations are altered, and what other chemicals relevant to human and animal health are affected. We need the kinds of standards Ayyadurai demands to conduct such research.”

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eventspotlight Natural Living Expo in Marlborough Features Dan Millman and Sonia Choquette


he 9th Annual Natural Living Expo, New England’s largest holistic health and wellness expo, will return on November 14 and 15 to the Best Western Royal Plaza Trade Center, in Marlborough. Presented by Spirit of Change magazine, the alternative health event attracts more than 8,500 attendees and offers access Dan Millman to information about the body-mind-spirit connection, healthy living and healing therapies from 225 exhibitors. Visitors can shop fair trade and local artisans from the creative marketplace, participate in more than 90 empowering workshops, and experience yoga and movement classes presented by leaders in the holistic health field. The expo also features healthy cooking demonstrations and a food court that includes raw, vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options. “People can also take home samples of natural and organic foods and beverages, beauty care items, vitamins/supplements, healthcare and pet products from more than 40 natural brands at the free sample bar,” says Project Manager Roxanne Pacella. “Keynote speakers this year include John Holland, Sonia Choquette, Dan Millman, Dr. Adiel Tel-Oren, Phyllis Light, Linda Howe, and Toby Christensen.” Cost: $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Location: Best Western Royal Plaza Trade Center, 181 Boston Post Rd. W., Marlborough. To learn more, call 508-278-9640 x4 or visit or for special promotions and free ticket giveaways.

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Solving Hunger

France Tackles Food Waste with New Law French supermarkets will be banned from throwing away or destroying unsold food and must instead donate it to charities or for animal feed under a law set to crack down on food waste. Supermarkets will also be barred from deliberately spoiling unsold food so it cannot be eaten. Larger stores will have to sign contracts with charities by July 2016 or face penalties. The law will also introduce an education program about food waste in schools and businesses, and follows a measure enacted last February to remove best-before dates on fresh foods. The Gars’pilleurs, an action group founded in Lyon, warns that simply obliging supermarket giants to pass unsold food to charities could give a “false and dangerous idea of a magic solution” to food waste, failing to address the core issues of overproduction in the food industry and wastage in food distribution chains. Source: The Guardian

Recycling Revolution

Global Rise Bolsters Sustainability On November 15, thousands of events in communities nationwide will celebrate America Recycles Day ( A program run by national nonprofit Keep America Beautiful since 2006, the event is dedicated to promoting recycling in the U.S. via special material collection drives and educational activities. Materials available to groups include advice on setting up collectibles stations and customizable templates for promoting activities to increase recycling awareness, commitment and local action. There’s plenty of room to grow: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that the amount of waste that the average citizen composts or recycles has increased from 17 percent in 1990 to 33 percent today. Some other countries have been conducting their own national programs longer. For the 19th year, Australia will celebrate a weeklong National Recycling Week ( in November. More than 90 percent of Aussies feel it’s the right thing to do. Recycle Now (, England’s national program, supported and funded by the government and implemented by 90 percent of municipalities, conducts its annual weeklong program in June. Organizers contend that six out of 10 citizens now describe themselves as committed recyclers, compared to fewer than half when the campaign launched in 2004. Germany also celebrates recycling for two days in June; many other countries do so in July.

Monsanto Pushback More Countries Ban Toxic Roundup

Countries are gradually banning the use of Monsanto Roundup herbicide around the world as a danger to the environment and human health, and Bermuda is one of the latest to join the ranks. These moves come soon after a recently published metastudy conducted by the World Health Organization International Agency for Research on Cancer published in The Lancet Oncology determined that glyphosate, the main ingredient in Roundup, is probably carcinogenic to humans. Colombia stopped using Roundup to kill illegal coca plants. France banned the sale to homeowners, and Germany is poised to do the same. A group of 30,000 Argentine physicians are calling for a ban there, where it’s blamed for boosting birth defects and cancer. Others, including the Brazilian federal prosecutor, are demanding that Roundup’s active ingredient, glyphosate, be pulled off the shelves. In the U.S., the Institute for Responsible Technology (IRT) is assisting efforts in cities, counties and school systems to enact immediate bans of glyphosate-based sprays. IRT is also calling for schools to measure the amount of glyphosate residues in school meals and to take steps to eliminate them if found. Source: EcoWatch

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actionalert Public Hearing to License Naturopathic Doctors in Massachusetts A public hearing to license naturopathic doctors (NDs) in Massachusetts will take place on the afternoon of November 17 at the State House. On that same morning, the Massachusetts Society of Naturopathic Doctors (MSND) will hold a Lobby Day, where consumers and practitioners will have the opportunity to meet with lawmakers and aides to talk about this legislation. For those not yet familiar with the profession, naturopathic doctors attend four-year, in-residence, full-time post-graduate naturopathic medical schools, which are recognized by local educational. There are currently seven naturopathic medical schools in North America. Instead of focusing on pharmaceuticals and surgery, NDs work with natural medicine approaches including therapeutic nutrition, botanical medicine, lifestyle modification and physical medicine to stimulate patients’ innate healing capacity. NDs are trained to look at the whole patient, to understand the full impact of various stressors on physical, mental and emotional health. Massachusetts residents are also encouraged to write their state senators and state representative, asking them to support their right to have access to naturopathic doctors in Massachusetts. Contact information for each senator and state representative can be found at For more information about Lobby Day and the public hearing, contact Amy Rothenberg, ND, and president of the MSND, at For more information on MSND, visit 16

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A Soulful Celebration of Body, Mind and Spirit Making the most of the original spirit and intention of the season’s holiday of gratitude feeds mind, body and spirit. Consider these happy and healthy choices. Turkey: Free-range and organic gobblers are less likely to carry diseases and contain synthetic additives. Heritage turkeys are raised outdoors, freely roam pastures, are genetically diverse and eat the varied diet that nature intended ( Spare a bird: Turkey alternatives include fun, seasonal staples such as vegetable lasagna, butternut ravioli and acorn squash filled with onions, beans and dried fruits. Beverages: Serving locally made apple cider, beer or wine supports local farmers and businesses, plus avoids the carbon footprint that distant choices incur in transport. Festive preparations: Refrain from using Styrofoam, as it isn’t recyclable and can emit chemicals when meeting up with hot turkey; use washable cloth napkins instead of paper brands that go to the incinerator or landfill; and ask guests to bring a container to take leftovers home to avoid food waste.

Get kids involved: ThanksgivingTips suggests giving children construction paper that can be made into decorations and recycled later. Baker’s clay, a mixture of flour, salt and water, can also be molded into creative pieces. Revive the traditional atmosphere: The first Thanksgiving was a communal affair, so invite neighbors to join family members. Besides enhancing friendships, their proximity reduces auto emissions by keeping them off the road or encouraging shorter trips. Honor peace and brotherhood across all races and ethnicities by sharing with guests the essence of the first successful summer harvest by pilgrims in 1621. According to Listening to America, by Stuart Berg Flexner, members of the Native American Wampanoags were also invited to the celebration because the tribe had taught them to plant native Indian corn, a key to recovery after their first difficult winter. Perhaps read a passage from the Iroquois Thanksgiving Prayer, encouraging us to “return to our mother, the Earth, which sustains us.” Visit

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Choose Lasting Wealth

“Imagine an economy in which life is valued more than money and power resides with ordinary people that care about one another, their community and their natural environment,” says David Korten, Ph.D., the co-founder of Positive Futures Network and author of Change the Story, Change the Future: A Living Economy for a Living Earth. “When we choose real wealth,” says Korten, of Bainbridge Island, Washington, “we can have exciting hobbies and adventures; work that challenges and stimulates us; and spiritual connection with a universe that’s infinitely larger than a stock portfolio. Instead of more stuff in our alreadystuffed lives, we can have fewer things, but better things of higher quality—fewer visits to the doctor and more visits to museums and friends’ houses.”

Step One: Taking Inventory of Our Stuff

Suze Orman, owner of the Suze Orman Financial Group, in Emeryville, California, and the bestselling author of The Courage to Be Rich: Creating a Life of Material and Spiritual Abundance, ponders whether having stuff is worth it and suggests we take an inventory of what we own. “Think about the value of each object—what it cost you when you bought it, what it’s worth in dollars today, and what it’s worth in an Earthly, material representation of who you are now,” she says. Orman suggests that we go through every closet and cupboard and recycle or throw away items that no longer serve us well, and then reconnect with items we cannot part with, such as family mementos. “Think of these items so precious to you and how little, in fact, they cost you,” she says. In this way we define for ourselves the true meaning of worth, and it’s never about the stuff. Once we have a handle on what we own, it’s time to turn to what we want and how we can get there.

TRUE WEALTH Living a Life We Love is Real Affluence by Judith Fertig


raditional economics has us thinking in opposites—in terms of assets and liabilities. We consider the value of the material things we’ve accumulated: We add up our assets, which may include stocks, bonds, real estate, bank accounts and retirement savings. Then we subtract what we owe: Our liabilities may include a home mortgage, credit card debt, insurance premiums and student and vehicle loans. The balance is deemed our net worth. Figured this way, our net worth changes every minute and can sometimes shift dramatically. There is a better way to assess our wealth, because we are overlooking, dismissing or squandering valuable resources and benefits such as time, personal health, spiritual well-being, social connections or community in order to buy temporal things that will only depreciate over time. Golden, Colorado, author David Wann explores this theme in his book Simple Prosperity: Finding Real Wealth in a Sustainable Lifestyle. He remarks, “The U.S. may be on top when it comes to spending, but we also lead the world in debt per capita, children in poverty, percent of people in prison, obesity and infant mortality.” In fact, the U.S. has recently been ranked 42nd among countries in longevity— right below Guam and just above Albania. “So where is all the spending really getting us?” he asks. “We need to be getting more value out of each dollar, each hour, each spoonful of food, each square foot of house and each gallon of gas. The secret of success at the local, national and global scale is not really a secret; it’s in plain sight, and it’s called moderation.”


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Step Two: Re-Evaluating Life Goals

Just as we would do a personal financial assessment before we make plans to achieve financial goals, a life audit helps us determine our priorities for living happily and productively. Ximena Vengoechea, a design researcher for Twitter, Inc., in San Francisco, recently did this using 100 sticky notes during one dedicated afternoon. She wrote a single wish, one thing she’d like to do, on each note. During this “spring cleaning for the soul,” as she calls How we spend it, Vengoechea reafour days is, of firmed her thirst for course, how we learning and adventure. Taking it a step spend our lives. further, she analyzed how she spent her ~Annie Dillard time and how often

she saw the people most important to her, mapping the data as pie charts. She discovered that most of her time was spent in work-related activities and not enough in adventure or seeing the people she loved. Drawing it up in the visual medium of charts helped her identify her life goals and see the changes she needed to make. Doubtless, we can all find better ways to utilize our assets.

tains Korten. “Your community economy is part of the glue that binds people together. It’s the key to physical and mental health and happiness.” Giving less control over our financial well-being to Wall Street and more to Main Street will help us think in terms of livelihoods, instead of mere jobs. For Korten, this equates to not only how we make money to live, but also how we live—valuing our homes, communities and natural environment. Priceless social capital comes from investing Our Time our time and money in local communities. Korten Arianna Huffington, of New York City, founder of The observes how, when freely and wisely spent, these efHuffington Post, knows firsthand about having so many forts can lower crime rates, make schools more prodemands on our time that days feel rushed, which ductive and help economies function better. can increase our stress and negatively impact our productivity. She says, “On the flip side, Finding and doing Korten cites Oakland, California’s Well-Being in Business Lab, which works with the Greater the feeling of having enough time, or even surwhat “lights us Good Science Center at the University of Caliplus time, is called ‘time affluence’. Although fornia, Berkeley, to provide local communities it may be hard to believe, it’s actually possible up” will bring with a research-based model for prosperity. In to achieve.” Huffington recommends simple us abundance. socially abundant communities and nations, steps like getting enough sleep and putting individuals don’t have to earn as much money time limits on work and online activities. ~David Howitt to be comfortable, because their quality of life Belinda Munoz, a social change activist in is partly provided by the strength of social bonds. San Francisco who blogs at, observes, “Time is neutral. We either use it wisely or waste it, so the onus is on us to make it an asset.” Munoz can both let go Heeding the Call to Change of stress and be more productive when she blocks out day Finding and doing what “lights us up” will bring us parts. “When I focus, I shut out interruptions, stop feeling abundance, claims David Howitt in Heed Your Call. The rushed and get my work done with ease,” she says. Portland, Oregon, Meriwether Group entrepreneur who

Our Health

One high-impact way to support personal health is to value food more, maintains Wann. “We need to spend more of our household budget for food, not less,” he says. “By rearranging both our household and national expenditures, we should give a higher priority to fresh, healthy food and a lower priority to electronic gadgets, shopping, cars, lawns and even vacations. Our overall expenses don’t have to go up, they just need to be realigned with our changing values. By choosing higher quality food and supporting better ways of growing it, we also begin to reshape the American culture,” he says.

Our Community

consults for consumer companies, maintains that finding our heroic purpose (that heart-centered thing we feel we were meant to do) is the first step toward true wealth. Howitt says the secret is in one small word—and. Instead of choosing either/or, our world expands with “and”. He urges us to integrate the intuitive and analytic parts of ourselves: “poet and professional, prophet and profit, soul and success.” It’s not just about philanthropy, but truly making your community and your world a better place through your work, he observes. “You’re doing good in the world, and when you live that way, money follows you.” Judith Fertig blogs about living well at AlfrescoFoodAnd from Overland Park, KS.

The community, rather than the stock market, is the better source of real wealth—both personal and global—main-

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Sharing Our Bounty Food Drives Need Healthy Donations by Avery Mack


hat’s on the Meat: Tinned tuna, Please be table can help chicken and salmon store generous at lower risks easily for use in salads or of stroke, heart attack, the holidays and casseroles, on a sandcancer and diabetes, acwich and in whole wheat year-round. cording to the American pasta, brown rice or Heart Association. Not all low-fat stir fries. Avoid the families are able to afford the healthibisphenol-A (BPA) associated with cans est foods, but fatty, high-sugar options and plastic containers. Instead choose can be avoided. The most-needed BPA-free pouch packaging and cans donations are nonperishable and high with BPA-free liners (see in protein, but low in sodium, sugar BPAFreeCannedFood). and fats. Soup and Stew: Containing meat Give the best, most affordable and veggies, soups and stews provide products, according to these tips and filling, hearty comfort foods. the food drive’s guidelines. Organic Vegetables: Yams and whole-berry and non-GMO (genetically modified) cranberry sauce turn dinner into a foods are welcome. Note that not all holiday feast. Add color to the plate pantries can store fresh produce, glass with mixed veggies. Lentils, pinto, containers or personal hygiene items. black and kidney beans in stew, chili or “Pantries rely on informed comsalad provide fiber, calcium, zinc and munity support,” explains Jim Byrnes, iron. Spices add zing. Tomatoes, sauce director of Pennsylvania’s Nazareth and salsa add flavor; choose glass jar Area Food Bank. “Area churches, products only in order to be BPA-free, schools and businesses keep us supdue to the acidic effect on cans. plied. We’ll help 300 families this year, Pasta, Rice and Grain: In Kansas compared to 100 in 2006, balancing City, Missouri, Katie Thomas, owner nutrition with practical needs.” of Crazy Daisy Cleaning, regularly California’s San Diego Food Bank organizes food drives. She says, “Pasta feeds better choices to 370,000 people and sauce make a variety of dishes and each month, including military families, extend the number of meals.” Whole seniors and children. Such community grain pasta, brown or wild rice, quinoa efforts change lives. and couscous are better choices than 20

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white pasta. Bulgur provides nearly 75 percent of a day’s fiber requirement when added to soup or salad. Cereal: Steel-cut or rolled oats, farina (Cream of Wheat) and grits are low-calorie and nutritious options for a warm start to the day. All can be found as organic; farina in whole wheat or white wheat that is certified kosher. Cold cereals should list whole grains as the first ingredient and be high in fiber and low in sugar, like organic Oat O’s. Snacks: Unsalted nuts, full of fiber, protein and vitamins, are highly prized at food pantries. Packed in juice, fruit cups make a healthy treat. Dried fruit and sunflower seeds are another favorite. Low-salt, low-sugar peanut or sunflower butter packs protein. Honey is a healthy sweetener. Collecting Party: “A group of us collected and donated 600 pounds of food for babies, pets and adults to Extended Hands Food Bank,” says Dee Power, in Fountain Hills, Arizona. For babies, include food without added sugar or salt and single-grain cereal. Alternative Giving: Especially popular during the December holidays, the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank offers prepacked bags to grocery store patrons, paid for at checkout. Customers can see what’s included and the food bank picks them up. (Tip: Cash donations allow lower cost bulk purchases with no need to transport or sort items.) Non-Food: Make sure the food pantry has storage space before donating wet or dry food for cats and dogs and birdseed; baby wipes, shampoo and soap; and adult soap, deodorant, shaving supplies, toothpaste, shampoo and toilet paper. “A $5,000 grant gave us added storage space,” says Byrnes. The bottom line is what food pantries need is much the same as what’s found in any healthy home pantry—comestibles rich in flavor, vitamins and fiber and free of unhealthy additives. Please be generous year-round, sharing well beyond the holidays. Connect with the freelance writer via

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The Greater Boston Food Bank The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) organizes and plans local food drives each month, as well as accepts donations. Ways to donate without volunteering include monetary donations, becoming a Sustainer Giver, joining a Harvesting Circle, making a stock gift, or even leaving a legacy. For more information on what each of these options entails, visit how-to-help/donate.php.

Kids Who Care at The Greater Boston Food Bank Wednesday, November 11 1 to 3:30 p.m. The Kids Who Care (KWC) program, run by GBFB, provides bagged and boxed food for children, seniors and veterans at risk for hunger in Eastern Massachusetts. The program takes volunteers as young as 10 years old, giving families and friends the chance to help together. During the event, volunteers will be provided with an introduction to the GBFB, training in food safety and handling, as well as hands-on service activity. Kids Who Care is offered during days in which schools are closed, so that all children ages 10 and up are able to participate.

This volunteering event also includes an optional GBFB tour at 5 p.m. For more information or to RSVP, please email Joyce MacDonald at

Little Brother’s Boston Holiday Celebrations Thursday, November 26 (and other holidays) 3305 Washington St., Jamaica Plain The Little Brother’s Program is committed to relieving isolation and loneliness for the older generation. The program focuses on the celebration of life, and offers many volunteering opportunities for those interested. On Thanksgiving Day, and various other holidays, volunteering provides

the elderly with companionship and meals. Volunteers are asked to deliver nutritious meals and flowers to elderly homes throughout Boston. Other responsibilities include providing transportation to holiday luncheons, cooking and hosting. The program also accepts donated baked turkeys and other holiday food items. For more information, visit Little To become a volunteer, call 617-524-8882 or email

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Sorting Night at The Greater Boston Food Bank Wednesday, November 18 5:30 to 8 p.m. Volunteers will be expected to pack food and grocery items into specific categories. Member agencies will then select the groceries from the categories to send out to food insecure families. natural awakenings

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non-perishable food for those in need. In 2014, the program raised nearly $100,000 for the Boston Bounty Bucks program, as well as 50,000 pounds of food that went to those that are food insecure. During this time about 150 businesses and organizations participated. Food donations are being accepted at Ben & Jerry’s, Boston Fire Department, Boston Library branch and other locations. For more information, visit CityOfBoston. gov/food/canshare or email

MCSS Food Drive The 3rd Saturday of every month The Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center 100 Malcolm X Blvd., Roxbury The MCSS food program is organized by The Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center and provides more than 90 food insecure families with food. Volunteers are expected to be ready to pack the food by 10 a.m., and be ready for deliveries by 1 p.m. Volunteering tasks include pick up, packing, delivery and cleanup. For more information, visit mcss-food-drive or email Feisal Khalil at To volunteer, contact Amna Bukhari at Amna.Bukhari@

Community Servings Pie Selling Program Sign up to become a Pie in the Sky pie seller. Each $28 Thanksgiving pie sold provides a week’s worth of medically tailored meals for a Community Servings client. One-hundred fifty of Greater Boston’s best chefs, bakers and caterers donate their time, talent and resources to provide pie buyers with delicious Thanksgiving pies that help the organization raise more than $800,000. For information on becoming a pie seller, visit Antonia DePace is a student at Emerson College and editorial intern at Natural Awakenings Boston.


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Chronic Pain and the Mind-Body Connection

by Michele Lowenthal


veryone experiences pain at some point in his or her life, and some people endure it more chronically than others. Doctors may prescribe bed rest, pain medication, MRIs, or physical therapy. Surgery or cortisone shots may also be suggested, along with the application of heat and cold, and there can be a wide range of diagnoses for why people hurt. There is a huge and profitable industry built around pain management and, while certain measures help temporarily, pain often returns in the original location or in a new one. In the 1970s, sports medicine physician John Sarno, M.D., began to realize that the location of the pain his patients were exhibiting, such as with herniated or slipped disks, did not seem to correlate to the diagnoses they had been given. As he began talking to his patients about what was going on in their lives, he started to see a pattern emerge. It indicated that their pain might be related to the stresses of life. As Sarno shared his findings with patients, many began to recover. While he did not then fully understand the physical mechanism of how emotions create pain, he was certain there was a connection. Sarno called the condition Tension Myositis Syndrome (TMS) because he believed the condition affected the muscles. He later came to understand that TMS could also affect tendons and nerves as well as the gastrointestinal system, skin and other parts and systems of the body. Sarno saw fibromyalgia, for example, as a very painful and common TMS condition. While the idea that the mind and brain can create pain in the body is difficult to accept, Sarno believes that nearly 80 percent of the pain we develop is emotionally based but physically felt. The true purpose of TMS pain is to keep emotionally

painful thoughts from coming to consciousness. We can be triggered in the present by an unconscious memory from the past. If this memory or emotion is distressing, our brain will distract us quickly with the best preoccupation there is—pain. As people become focused on getting relief from the physical pain, the emotional pain is pushed to the background. The usual emotional culprits are rage and fear, although low self-esteem or trauma may be involved. In addition, someone with certain personality traits, such as perfectionism and people pleasing, may be more likely to experience chronic pain. One does not have to change their personality in order to relieve their pain. The first step in treatment is acceptance of the TMS diagnosis. This is the most difficult part of therapy as the client has likely seen many practitioners and has been given many physical explanations for the pain. There are physicians in Massachusetts and elsewhere trained by Sarno who can determine if the patient has TMS or a strictly physical situation. Another step in treatment is understanding the concept of conditioning. If we expect pain in a certain situation, it will be there. The client needs to learn skills to reverse the conditioning process. Treatment also includes helping the client be ready to allow the underlying emotional issues to come to consciousness. This part can take time and cannot be hurried. Michele Lowenthal is a TMS practitioner and counselor who works with clients via Skype. For more information, visit or email MLowenthal0625@ See Resource Guide on page 43.

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eu/consumers/cosmetics/cosing, it has banned scores of toxic chemicals from makeup sold in EU countries.


Dangers in the Cosmetic Bag

Choose Safe and Healthy Natural Beauty Aids by Kathleen Barnes


e all want to look and feel beautiful, often enhancing our best features with assistance from cosmetics. Yet many of us may not be aware of the toxic ingredients contained in products we’re using. “When the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act was passed 77 years ago, it contained 112 pages of standards for food and drugs, and only one page for cosmetics,” says Connie Engel, Ph.D., science and education manager at the Breast Cancer Fund and its Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, in San Francisco. While most cosmetic ingredients must be listed on product labels, sometimes their names are hard to recognize, many are toxic and some of the most dangerous ones may not even be listed. Labeled toxins commonly found in cosmetics include endocrine disruptors that can affect our developmental, reproductive, neurological and immune systems. Here are just a few: Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), also known as Teflon, is found in foundation, pressed powder, loose powder, bronzer, blush, eye shadow and mascara. It can even enhance the toxicity of other chemicals, according to Danish research published in the International Journal of Andrology, and due to its fluorine base, can disrupt iodine absorption, contributing to breast disease including cancer. Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and its cousin, hydroxytoluene (BHT), 24

are common preservatives found in lip products, liquid makeup and moisturizers that the European Commission on Endocrine Disruption cites as interfering with hormone function. They’ve also been shown to cause kidney damage, according to research from Spain’s Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Formaldehyde in many forms, including quaternium-15, coal tar, benzene and mineral oils that are prohibited in the European Union and Japan, are classified as carcinogens by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. These examples represent the tip of the iceberg of toxic chemicals of concern commonly used in cosmetics. They further range from allergens and substances that cause non-cancerous and cancerous tumors and organ toxicity to developmental and reproductive impairment, miscarriage and bioaccumulation leading to toxic overload when not excreted. Fragrances don’t have to be included in label ingredient lists, constituting another major concern, explains Engel. “Most cosmetics, even eye shadow, contain fragrance, and those fragrances can contain several dozen unlabeled ingredients, including hormone-disrupting phthalates.” The European Union is the authoritative source on all of these issues. Based on its CosIng (cosmetic ingredients) database accessed via ec.europa.

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Safe and Healthy Alternatives Fortunately, safe alternatives are available to enhance our natural beauty. “Become an educated consumer and read the list of ingredients,” advises Janice Cox, the Medford, Oregon, author of Natural Beauty at Home. “Fewer ingredients and organic components mean safer products.” Better yet, we can make our own more natural beauty aids. “One advantage of making your own is that you’re in control. You know yourself and your skin and sensitivities,” says Cox. DIY products are easy if intense color isn’t a requirement. “The color many people want is hard to produce with kitchen ingredients,” Cox explains. “You can make clear mascara and eyebrow tamer with castor oil. It’s easy to make lip balms and maybe get a little color by adding berry juice or beet root powder.” For those that want the look of high-quality makeup without toxins, other good alternatives come into play, says Hollywood makeup artist Lina Hanson, author of Eco-Beautiful. “I had been working in the industry for several years before I discovered the toxic ingredients in makeup; I was shocked,” she says. Equally unsettling, “I also learned that many of the ingredients allowed in the U.S. are banned in the European Union because of their toxicity.” That knowledge launched Hanson’s quest to create safe, organic, beauty-enhancing products for women, celebrities and everyday people alike. “So many people these days pay close attention to what they put in their bodies, but not everyone is as careful about what they put on their bodies,” she says. “I want people to understand that you don’t have to sacrifice beauty in going green.” Hanson warns against so-called “natural” cosmetics that abuse the term and may include harmful preservatives and synthetic ingredients. She assures, “Any product labeled ‘USDA certified organic’ contains 100 percent organic ingredients.” Her book mentions numerous brands she recommends.

Beauty Bonus Tip Healthy, moisturized skin is essential to natural beauty, many experts agree, noting that younger women need to unclog pores to prevent acne. They don’t need much moisturizing, but skin generally becomes drier with age, making good moisturizers important. Cox recommends jojoba oil to effect glowing skin. Hanson likes coconut oil, although she recommends rubbing it in, removing makeup and then taking it off with a hot, wet towel. The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics ( has created a helpful app for iPhone and Android users at Simply download it and scan a store item’s barcode to immediately access information on the product’s toxic ingredients, along with recommendations for healthier alternatives. Kathleen Barnes is the author of many natural health books, including Food Is Medicine. Connect at Kathleen

DIY Island Lip Gloss 1 tsp grated beeswax 1 tsp grated cocoa butter 1 tsp coconut oil 1 tsp macadamia or other nut oil 1 tsp light sesame oil 1 /8 tsp vitamin E oil Choose organic ingredients when possible. Melt ingredients together in a double boiler or microwave. Add a pinch of beetroot power for color. Stir well until all are mixed. Store in a small, clean container. Recipe courtesy of Janice Cox, EcoBeauty natural awakenings

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Barre Your Way to Better Fitness Ballet-Inspired Workouts Create Long and Lean Muscles by Lynda Bassett


magine having a ballerina’s physique, grace, strength and flexibility. That’s the potential of barre. “Barre is a combination of ballet, yoga and Pilates principles. We use small, isometric movements to temporarily fatigue muscles and make them long and lean. The so-called fatigue is what causes muscles to shake, and therefore, change,” explains Nadia Yokarini-Kotsonis, a certified barre instructor at Physique Fitness Studio, in Grove City, Ohio. Students use a ballet barre to support themselves while doing the exercises. Yokarini-Kotsonis is among many former dancers that have embraced barre fitness. Trained in ballet, tap,

contemporary and traditional dance in Athens, Greece, she discovered barre when she moved to the U.S. “I fell in love with how challenging it was and the effects and changes I saw in my body. I got certified a year later and have been teaching ever since. I’m still in love with practicing it, no matter how tired I might be beforehand,” she says. Rather than a cardiovascular regimen, “Barre is good for developing core strength. You gain overall flexibility, muscle strength, improved posture and range of motion,” says Lisa Juliet, West Coast regional director of the teacher certification program (

Not Just for Dancers

While barre has had some U.S. presence since the 1950s, “It’s having a resurgence now,” says Charlene Causey, a certified natural health professional and ballet body barre instructor in Pueblo, Colorado. Newfound interest began on both coasts and is quickly becoming a Midwest mainstay, according to YokariniKotsonis, who says it’s one of the most popular classes she teaches, and other studios are following suit. She remarks, “Everyone wants to offer barre, and everyone wants to come to a class and see what it’s about.” “Seniors love it because barre helps improve their balance. It’s also perfect for people working to overcome injuries,” says Juliet. She notes that while women are predominant in classes, the tide is turning a bit toward more gender equity. “Men that enter classes as skeptical come out sweating.” One recently earned his barre teaching certificate.

Benefits of Barre

“What makes this workout brilliant is that the classes are designed to fit the goals and ability levels of all participants. Each set of exercises provides options ranging from the beginner to the more advanced barre enthusiast. Effective, yet safe, low-impact techniques provide ongoing challenges,” says Causey. Those that regularly practice realize many positive 26

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This ballet-inspired conditioning class is choreographed to engage all the major muscle groups, stretching, lengthening and strengthening the body from top to bottom and from the inside out.

effects. “Your body becomes long and lean, similar to a ballet dancer’s. You learn to stand tall and become stronger with each class,” says Yokarini-Kotsonis. However, don’t expect it to be easy. “Even when you do it every day, you’ll still find it extremely challenging,” she adds. Most teachers individualize modifications for beginners. “I tell my students to do what they can. There’s no judgment here,” says Causey. Many yoga teachers offer barre classes as a beneficial complement to other sports and activities such as running. “It supplements your other endeavors,” notes Causey. Today’s barre classes feature bare feet and typical workout wear, specialized equipment and props, contemporary music and of course, the ballet barre. The whole experience is highly positive and upbeat, says Causey. Most fitness experts would agree that it’s good to add variety to workouts, and trying something new adds spice to the mix. Plus, for those that keep at it, says Yokarini-Kotsonis, “Barre can be the fastest resultsoriented program you can undergo. Expect to see a change in your body in a month if you attend three to four classes a week.” Lynda Bassett is a freelance writer near Boston, MA. Connect at natural awakenings

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NATURAL MOOD BOOSTERS Safe Alternatives to Antidepressants


by Kathleen Barnes

adness darkens the world of the 16 percent of Americans diagnosed with clinical depression and the untold millions more that try to cope without a formal diagnosis, according to a University of Colorado study published in Clinical Therapeutics. Just as daunting, an estimated 30 million Americans take prescription antidepressant drugs for premenstrual discomfort, chronic pain and anxiety, as well as depression, according to Dr. James Gordon, a clinical professor of psychiatry at the Georgetown University School of Medicine. He founded and directs the Center for Mind-Body Medicine, in Washington, D.C., and is the renowned author of Unstuck: Your Guide to the Seven-Stage Journey Out of Depression. While conventional medicine offers a smorgasbord of antidepressants, many are ineffective or produce harmful side effects. One University of Pennsylvania study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found scant evidence that they benefit people with mild to moderate depression because the drugs work no better than a placebo in at least 80 percent of cases. Side effects of traditional antidepressants included nausea, headaches, weight gain, insomnia, sexual dysfunction, agitation, irritability, anxiety and even violent behavior and suicidal thoughts, according to the University of Colorado research involving more than 40,000 patients. It further showed that nearly 70 percent of patients stop taking the prescription drugs within three months, largely because of intolerable reactions. Some safer and healthier alternatives exist. “We know that depression is more a symptom than a diagnosis,” says Dr. Hyla Cass, author of numerous related books, including Natural Highs. “It’s a sign of imbalance in biochemistry,

Curcumin, the rhizome of the turmeric plant that gives curry powder its distinctive yellow color, addresses both the symptoms of depression and its underlying causes, says Ajay Goel, Ph.D., director of the Baylor Center for Gastrointestinal Research, in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. A recent study by Goel in Phytotherapy Research showed that this natural spice helps generate new, properly functioning brain cells that manufacture mood-elevating neurotransmitters. Along with being as effective as Prozac (fluoxetine) without the side effects, curcumin can neutralize the suicidal thoughts and violent behavior sometimes displayed in people with major depression taking prescription antidepressants. “We also know that prescription antidepressants become less effective the longer you take them,” says Goel. “Curcumin doesn’t lose its effectiveness over time.” Rhodiola rosea, the well-researched root of an Arctic plant, has brought relief even to some of Cass’ severely depressed patients. Cass points to its ability to help balance stress hormones and stimulate production of the feel-good brain chemical serotonin, much like the claims of prescription drugs, but without any known side effects. A new study published in Phytomedicine confirms that rhodiola is at least as effective as the prescription antidepressant Zoloft (sertraline) in fighting major depression. Cass also recommends 5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan), an extract of the seeds of an African shrub that produces the critical serotonin with no negative side effects. A recent Indian study from the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences comparing the effects of 5-HTP and Prozac confirms that “5-HTP definitely has antidepressant effects in patients with depression.”

A Holistic Approach

An integrative approach that emphasizes physical activity and a meditation or other spiritual practice can be highly effective in treating all levels of depression, according to Gordon. “It’s a way to get unstuck, to help us move through and beyond depression and other difficulties in our lives,” he says. Exercise triggers rises in mood at least equal to those generated by antidepressant prescription drugs, according to new Duke University research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. People that are depressed often don’t want to move, Gordon comments. “Start with what you can do. Walking a couple of blocks a day is a good beginning.” He notes, “I teach specific meditation techniques such as slow, deep, soft-belly breathing and mindful walking and eating. All have been shown to decrease levels of anxiety and stress, enhance mood and optimism, and promote greater emotional stability and more reliable judgment.” A healthful diet emphasizing vegetables, fruit and healthy fats; strong support from friends and family; creative activities; and connecting with a higher power comprise Gordon’s integrative prescription for a happy life. Kathleen Barnes is author of numerous natural health books, including Food Is Medicine. Connect at natural awakenings

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A BODYMIND APPROACH TO Healing Depression by Kim Childs


n July, Barbara Gosselin, PT, and Alison Shaw, NP, LMT, CEH, teamed up to open the Center for Body Mind Integration, in Lexington. Gosselin’s work includes craniosacral therapy, fascial mobilization and energy healing to help people with pain, while Shaw’s Bodymind Repatterning combines body centered counseling, integrative bodywork and energy medicine. Their aim is to practice and share their passion for these healing therapies and promote awareness in the community and medical system about the power of bodymind therapies in healing physical and emotional issues. Natural Awakenings Boston wanted to know how these methods can be used to treat depression, in particular. Can you describe your approach to healing depression? AS: We believe that health is a function of the free flow of energy on all levels of one’s being—physiological, emotional and on a soul level. I often 30

find that, in people with depression, that flow has been hampered and energy has gotten stuck. Unresolved and unexpressed emotions are held by the body for years, creating patterns of stillness and contraction that affect someone for their whole lives. So I can help them through counseling, imagery, movement and hands on bodywork to find those places where that movement is stopped. We then work to help the natural flow of physical, emotional and mental energy find its own way back to balance and freedom. So it doesn’t involve taking any herbs, supplements or medication? AS: Not in my work, but I do believe strongly that there often is a chemical component to depression, such as a neurochemical imbalance that can be helped by anti-depressants or herbal support, Chinese medicine and nutrition. These supports are very useful in that process, unless they’re being

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used to solve an issue that really might be mindbody generated. The complement of the two can be very powerful, and sometimes people need the foundational chemical support to bring their chemistry back into balance before they can really get traction from the work I do with them. I also want to mention that food is one of the most powerful medications we put into our body each day. There’s a direct connection between nutrition and our endocrine and hormonal systems, which affect our emotional experiences, and food sensitivities can contribute to anxiety, depression and other mood disorders. BG: I think we get into trouble as a society when doctors recommend only medication for depression without looking at other levels that may be involved. The risk is that this can cover up issues that need to be dealt with to really address the root of the depression. What approach do you use in your work? BG: Similar to Alison I look at the movement of energy through the movement of fascia, the connective tissue that runs throughout the body. I once heard a quote that said, “The opposite of depression isn’t happiness, it’s vitality,” and I thought that was powerful. It says that depression is not only an emotional experience, but also a physiological one, experienced as decreased vitality. When there is a lot of restriction in the fascia, it takes someone a lot of energy to move through that. I think the word depressed is accurate in that case, because they are literally being held down by these restrictions. Bodywork can restore vitality on the physical level by freeing up restrictions and allowing movement of energy in the tissues, which can help lift the depression. Have you seen this happen in your clients? BG: Yes. Even though most people come to me primarily for pain, they share that, as a result of the work, they feel more energy, or vitality, meaning less depression.

“The opposite of depression isn’t happiness, it’s vitality,” Barbara Gosselin

What about the role of traditional therapy in depression? AS: We often work closely with psychotherapists to add the body-centered component to the work they’re doing with clients. Many of my clients are doing great work with a psychotherapist, and the way I work with them is not to replicate that but to ask how the depression feels in the body, both physically and symbolically, and have a conversation with it—a dialogue—to hear from the unconscious and deeper levels of the self and soul. Exploring the unconscious and the body are the pieces that can allow deeper issues to change and release in ways that talking alone cannot. Shifts in the body can lead to emotional shifts, as well as the other way around. The Center for Body Mind Integration is located at 109 Mass. Ave., Lexington. For more information, call 781646-0686 or 781-507-4226, or visit See ads on pages 27 and 31 and Resource Guides on pages 43 and 46.

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us, which enhances intimacy and the effectiveness of the relationship in accomplishing good. Using this six-part process of helpful concrete steps applies equally to the children and adults in our lives. n Become aware of the other person’s emotions. n Care about the other person by seeing their emotions as valid and important.

What’s Your Child’s EQ? Six Ways to Raise

n Listen empathetically to better understand the way they feel, allowing them to feel safe to be vulnerable without fear of judgment. Seek to understand, rather than to agree or redirect.

Emotional Intelligence by Teal Swan


uch of our identity is shaped in childhood by key events and the emotions and perspectives we associate with them.

All Emotions Count

Emotional intelligence, sometimes referred to as EQ, is often overlooked as a skill set in today’s world. The recent animated film Inside Out calls attention to effective ways of addressing a child’s journey by embracing and better understanding their emotions; particularly those that don’t feel positive. A recent study by the London School of Economics Centre for Economic Performance found that a child’s emotional health is far more important in determining future happiness than factors such as academic success or wealth. Parents can help ensure a healthy emotional upbringing by avoiding making three mistakes. Disapproval of a child’s emotions: This involves being critical of a child’s displays of negative emotion and reprimanding or punishing the child for expressing them. Dismissing a child’s emotions: This comes across as regarding a child’s emotions as unimportant, either through ignoring their emotions, or worse, trivializing them. Offering little relevant guidance: While parents may empathize, they don’t set limits on behavior or assist each

child in understanding and coping with their emotions.

Recipe for a High EQ

Parents can successfully form deeper connections with their kids by recognizing, respecting and acknowledging their emotional range, rather than telling kids they should feel a certain way. Telling someone how they should or shouldn’t feel only teaches them to distrust themselves and that there’s something wrong with them. As a communication aid, Inside Out may speak best to older children, because younger viewers may get the erroneous impression that emotions can control them, rather than that they can control their own emotional reactions. The recipe for healthy bonding and emotional development is for all parties to model how they value the importance of each other’s feelings and respectfully listen for the feelings behind the words. In opening ourselves to being understood, we open ourselves to understanding others. Good parenting involves emotion. Good relationships involve emotion. The bottom line is that emotions matter. We all struggle with negative emotions from time to time, and the way we address and deal with them influences our emotional health. The goal is to develop a trustworthy emotional connection with the other person that is important to

n Acknowledge and validate their feelings. We don’t need to validate that the thoughts they have about their emotions are correct; instead, simply let them know that it’s valid to feel the way that they do. For example, if a friend says, “I feel useless,” we could validate them by saying, “I can see how you might feel that way.” n Allow the person to experience their emotions fully before moving toward any kind of improvement. We cannot impose our idea of when they should be ready or able to feel differently. This is when we practice unconditional presence and unconditional love. We are there as support, without trying to fix them or anything else. Don’t be offended if they don’t accept support that’s offered at this time. A benevolent power is inherent in offering love that exists regardless of what someone does or does not do with it. n Help the other person to strategize ways to manage the reactions they might be having to their emotions after—and only after—their feelings have been validated, acknowledged and fully felt. This is when we can assert new ways of looking at a situation that may improve the way another person is feeling. This is when advice may be offered. When done successfully, this process can transform a conflict encountered in a relationship into solid gold. Teal Swan is the author of Shadows Before Dawn: Finding the Light of SelfLove Through Your Darkest Times, on how healing hidden wounds reveals our authentic selves ( Inside Out will be released next month on DVD.

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petbriefs Support Farm Animal Welfare in Massachusetts


ow through November 2016, volunteers are spreading out across the state, gathering signatures to place a measure on next year’s ballot that would protect farm animals from being exposed to routine cruelty in industrial “factory farms”. Dubbed, “Act to Prevent Cruelty to Farm Animals”, it would simply require that hens used for eggs, female pigs used for breeding, and newborn calves raised for veal be given enough space to stand up, lie down, turn around and extend their limbs. The modest measure would also require that many meat products and eggs sold in the Commonwealth meet that basic requirement. The campaign has gained the support of sustainable agricultural producers across the state. The overwhelming majority of Massachusetts farms are cage-free already, and many family farmers are sick of factory farm operators that cut corners on food safety, animal welfare and environmental stewardship. The coalition pushing for the measure, called Citizens for Farm Animal Protection, includes the Animal Rescue League of Boston, Berkshire Humane Society, and the MSPCA, as well as national groups like the Humane Society of the United States, the ASPCA, the Center for Food Safety, and United Farm Workers. To learn more, call 617-522-2016 or visit

Especially for Pets Donates to Pets and People Foundation


Scratch a dog and you’ll find a permanent job. ~Franklin P. Jones

specially for Pets has donated $7,342 to the Pets and People Foundation to support the organization’s mission of providing certified pet therapy teams to clients of nursing homes, adult care centers, assisted living facilities, halfway houses, hospices and hospitals. “A person with Alzheimer’s disease may not respond to humans speaking, but touching the soft fur of a dog just might make them smile,” says Amy Kinne of Especially for Pets. “The act of patting a dog or cat can bring back memories of their own pet and get them talking about that faithful friend.” The Pets and People Foundation was founded in 1985 as a nonprofit volunteer organization. Volunteers provide “people therapy through pets,” with a budget that comes entirely from donations. The foundation also provides military veteran programs, reading programs at schools and libraries, stress relief events at schools and work environments, and such special events as Christmas in the City. For more information, visit Each quarter, Especially for Pets chooses a different local nonprofit organization to receive customer donations that come from having their pets’ nails clipped at any of the store locations in Acton, Canton, Medway, Newton, Sudbury, Wayland and Westborough. For more information, visit or See ad on page 35.


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Choosing the Perfect Pet Not Just Any Dog or Cat Will Do by Sandra Murphy


he old line, “He followed me home, can we keep him?” used to get a kid a dog or cat of his own. In today’s homes, it’s not that easy. Choosing a pet is a personal choice not to be taken lightly nor made on another person’s behalf. A surprise pet is a bad idea. Rather than gift a pet during the holidays or at any other time, give a coupon to be redeemed after extensive and careful consideration. Involve the whole family in listing pros and cons, deal breakers and must-haves. Lifestyle adjustments by everyone are to be expected, but pets shouldn’t make all the sacrifices. Available time and space, daily routines and costs all matter in determining the perfect pet.


Account Coordinator for z11 Communications, public speaker and author Michael Holtz, of Knoxville, Tennessee, admits he would’ve fallen in love with any dog. His wife, Sarah, searched to find the one that would work best for them. Based on past experience, Sarah knew that she didn’t want a herding, massive, shedding or miniature pet. She was drawn to Labrador types and found Marley, a golden/basset mix rescue that moved in as Michael was undergoing cancer treatment. “She’s calm, playful and wants to be near, but doesn’t smother, is stubborn, yet trainable, and mostly obedient,” Sarah says. “Plus, she’s content to nap or go on three-mile walks. Walking Marley helped Michael’s recovery after surgery. She was good with just sniffing the green off of a blade of grass until he was ready to head home.”


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sites, shelters, adopt-a-thons and rescue groups,” she says. “As a single person with a full-time job, I wanted a dog that would fit with my work, volunteer and exercise schedules.” Riley, a bloodhound/Lab mix, fit the bill. Shelter workers can project how large a dog will get when fully grown, as well as their temperament and other breed traits. Carver was cautioned that Riley was an active animal, needed long walks and would ultimately top 100 pounds. Now age 11, he’s a companionable 135 pounds. “I was surprised at how easy it was to change my routine to accommodate playtime, mile-long walks and training. He’s laid

back and gentle for his size,” comments Carver, a blog talk radio show host in Parma, Ohio. Danielle Nay, an expat from the UK, researched for two years before choosing Freeway, her neighbor-friendly löwchen. He’s a mid-size dog, big enough to be a manly companion, but the right size for a high-rise apartment. “When his humans are busy, Freeway flings his own ball down the hall and then runs after it,” she says.

Not Quite Perfect

The perfect pet doesn’t have to be perfect in looks or health. Dorie Herman, of Jersey City, New Jersey, a

graphic designer for Martha Stewart Living, in New York City, is the human behind Chloe Kardoggian, a Chihuahua and puppy mill rescue, age 11, which she describes as “three pounds, two teeth, one giant tongue and an Instagram sensation.” Due to poor nutrition, mill dogs often lose their teeth as young adults, causing their tongues to hang out. She advocates for older dogs and an adopt/ don’t buy policy. “With senior animals, you know what you’re getting. They have personality,” says Herman. “With my work schedule, I wanted an older pet, small and piddle-pad trained.”

Take Two

More Factors to Consider n A yard isn’t a must, but dogs need regular exercise and socialization. n Adult children boomerang home after college or a divorce, often with pets. A new baby also alters a home’s equilibrium. Many hours away due to work, school activities, elder care and/or volunteering can lead to a bored pet that will produce its own entertainment, often to the family’s dismay. n Some pets are easily washable, while others need professional grooming. Daily brushing minimizes shedding. n Family members’ tolerance for pet drool and snoring counts. n A yearly wellness exam, required inoculations, a microchip and pet insurance add to the tab.

Herbert Palmer, of Morris Plains, New Jersey, now with Green the Grid Group, worked for a moving company when three kittens showed up near the loading dock. A co-worker took one. Not in the market for a cat, much less two, Palmer tried to find them good, safe homes. After five days, he realized, Lucky and Day had a home—with him. “Sometimes we adopt them. Many times they adopt us,” he confides. Falling in love doesn’t depend solely on what looks good on paper. Everyone deserves to find their “heart” pet—when that first exchanged look proclaims, “He’s mine.” Connect with Sandra Murphy at StLouis


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calendarofevents All Calendar events for the December issue must be received by November 10th and adhere to our guidelines. Visit for guidelines and to submit entries. For extended event descriptions and additional listings, visit

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1 Free Introduction to Reiki – 9am-12pm. An overview of Reiki, an ancient hands-on healing method for reducing stress, relieving pain and facilitating healing and personal growth. Learn the history of Reiki and its many everyday uses. Free. Arlington Reiki Associates, 366 Massachusetts Ave, Ste 304, Arlington. Pre-registration required: 781-648-9334. Heart Mind Integration Healing (HMI): Learn to Lead from Your Highest Self – 10am-6pm.

markyourcalendar Stress, Relaxation and the Heart Seminar with Tammi Sweet Weaving information about the nervous, endocrine, and endo-cannabinoid systems into a rich picture of how our bodies understand our environment, this in-depth seminar addresses the physiology of the stress response. Tammi will also address the heart as an organ of perception and the role of perceptual thinking patterns in the experience of stress. All this will lay the foundations for choosing effective herbs for stressful times, and for supporting healthy stress and relaxation responses.

Sunday, Nov. 1 • 9am-1pm Sliding scale, $120-$250. CommonWealth Center for Holistic Herbalism, 25 Saint Marys Ct, Brookline. 617-750-5274.

Elisabeth Taylor, HMI Healing practitioner, will be a featured workshop presenter at The Revolution of Consciousness Film Festival & Expo. $8/ advance, $12/door. Hilton Waltham Hotel, 70 3rd Ave, Waltham. 781-643-1586.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3 Harvest the Power of Your Heart – 7-9:30pm. Become a powerful, influential force for greater happiness in the world by learning to access the wisdom, and to project the power, of your heart. $5 for food. Heartbeat Salon, Rte 128 S, 150 Partridge Dr, Westwood. 781-320-8195. Personal-Growth-Network/events/225092278/. Just Breathe: Somato-Respiratory Integration Workshop – 7:30-8:30pm. Dr. Coleman will teach you 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.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 4 Winter Special Medical Qigong Wudan Taichi Retreat – Nov 4-8. Development of intuition, cultivation of self-awareness, training to enhance your current profession and career or exploring new ways to sustain and dramatically improve your health. Eastover Estate and Retreat, 430 East St, Lenox. 866-264-5139. Details: Natural Solutions for Executive Function Struggles and ADHD – 6:45-8:45pm. A drug-free approach to cognitive health. Dr. Ross discusses a researched and effective method for achieving brain wellness and executive function success. Free. Goodnow Library, 21 Concord Rd, Sudbury. 781-444-9115. Free Public Information Session: Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous – 7-8:30pm. Are you

markyourcalendar The Revolution of Consciousness Expo Join Natural Awakenings for this day-long film festival event including screenings of three enlightening documentaries, 80+ exhibitors including The Bodywork Oasis featuring a wide variety of hands-on body and energy workers, and a diverse selection of workshops relating to mind-body medicine and higher consciousness. The films include the feature documentary by Shannon Harvey, The Connection, which reveals groundbreaking research by the world’s leading experts in mindbody medicine and true stories of recovery. People v. The State of Illusion, a film by Austin Vickers, questions the very nature of reality, and through an examination of our perceptions, beliefs and imagination, makes you both judge and jury in what will be the most important trial you will ever witness. And The Power of the Heart, from the director of The Secret, Drew Heriot, comes this unparalleled and life-changing film about the astonishing power and intelligence of your heart.

Sunday, November 1 • 10am - 6pm

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having trouble controlling how you eat? You are not alone. Today, there is a solution. Come learn more. Free. Fidelity Place, 25 Medford St, 2nd Fl, Arlington. 617-610-3748. Group Transformation Healing – 7-8:30pm. Powerful, relaxing energy healing on a group level. Shift physical, emotional, karmic, even genetic issues, release blocks, clear chakras. $35/advance, $50/door. The Healing Center, 259 Massachusetts Ave, Lower Level, Arlington. Pre-registration required: 617-943-6980. Herbal and Nourishing Broths – 7-9pm. Learn to make herbally-infused broths for nourishment and deep immune support. $20. CommonWealth Center for Holistic Herbalism, 25 Saint Mary’s Ct, Brookline. 617-750-5274.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5 Movie Screening: The Power of the Heart – 6pm. BHCC presents a screening of the movie The Power of the Heart, followed by a Q&A and book signing with author, Baptiste de Pape. Free. A300 Auditorium, 250 New Rutherford Ave, Boston. Registration required: 617-228-2260. BHCC. Lyme Disease: Natural, Effective Approaches – 6-7pm. Lead herbalist Kenyon Keily, will discuss how important it is to use herbs to minimize Lyme disease’s spirochetes and their accompanying, varied symptoms in each individual. Free. Groton Wellness, Mill Run Plaza, 493 Main St, Groton. 978-449-9919. Herbal Ecology: Landscape as a Key to a Plant’s Character – 6:30-9:30pm. With Natalie DeNormandie, Ecological Herbalist and Landscape Architect. Learn the location of main ecoregions of New England, their herbs, families, and plant communities and how landscape ecology identifies plants and their healing actions. $25. Boston School of Herbal Studies, 12 Pelham Terrace, Arlington. 781-646-6319.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6 Venus Rising: Women’s Sexual Empowerment Weekend – Nov 6-8. Be initiated into a more pleasurable relationship with your sexuality and experience the healing power of sisterhood, opening to our innate wisdom, beauty, power, and pleasure. $347. Watertown Center for Healing Arts, 17 Spring St, Watertown. 415-244-1652. Ancient Rainbow Conscious Healing Workshop – Nov 6-8. 6-9pm, Fri; 10am-6pm, Sat & Sun. ARCH: a powerful form of energy healing from Hawaii. Channel the healing of the rainbow and the elements, release old beliefs, pain and illness. Become a certified ARCH healer. $395. Infiniti Bodyworks, 19 Ridge Rd, Norton. 781-492-4143.

Happy Thanksgiving! SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7 Re-Storying Your Life for Healing and Empowerment – 2:30-4pm. Learn how to craft your life stories for greater resilience, relationships, optimism, self-esteem and empowerment with Kim Childs, Certified Positive Psychology Life and Career Coach. $18. The Arlington Center, 369 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington. 617-640-3813.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 8 Flight School with Raghunath – 1-3pm. Literally elevate your physical and spiritual practice with Raghunath, servant of flight, in his famously popular, powerful and playful class. $50. Raffa Yoga, 19 Sharpe Dr, Cranston. 401-436-3335. Reiki Clinic – 1:30-4:30pm. Receive a halfhour Reiki treatment by a team of volunteer practitioners. Reiki is a healing method for stress reduction and relaxation, facilitating the recipient’s own healing process on the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual level. $15, free/practitioners. Arlington Reiki Associates, 366 Massachusetts Ave, Ste 304, Arlington. Pre-registration required: 617-835-9963.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 9 Meditation as Medicine – 6:30-8pm. Also Nov 16 & 23. Three-week advanced meditation session, with Grace Ramsey Coolidge, that teaches clients how to directly tune into their own energybody, auric-field, cellular memory and chakra system. Learn to tap into the “root issues” of their particular illness, distress or disease. They also learn to access Divine light and shine it into the “heart of their issue.” Pre-requisite: Guided Meditation. $50/all 3 sessions. Groton Wellness, Mill Run Plaza, 493 Main St, Groton. 978-4499919.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10 Webinar: Mom on a Mission: How Neurofeedback Changed My Son’s Life – 12-1pm. Learn how and why neurofeedback can help with various common symptoms such as ADHD, learning disorders, anxiety, insomnia and more. Free. Online. 844-2724666. Attendee. Overcome Fear of Public Speaking Hypnosis Seminar – 6:30-8pm. Learn several tips for reeducating your brain to reduce your acute stress. Enjoy a group hypnosis session. Donation, benefit event. 190 Old Derby St, Ste 100, Hingham. 781340-2146.

Group Meditation & Healing: Access Inner Wisdom – 7-8:30pm. Powerful, relaxing energy healing on a group level. Shift physical, emotional, karmic, even genetic issues, release blocks, clear chakras. Pre-registration required. $35/advance, $50/door. The Healing Center, 259 Massachusetts Ave, Lower Level, Arlington. 617-943-6980. The Incredible Dr. You Workshop – 7:308:30pm. First of two classes. This workshop breaks down the basics of Network Spinal Analysis, the method of chiropractic used at Newton Chiropractic. Get more out of your adjustments and enlighten yourself on just how incredible your body is at healing itself. Free. Newton Chiropractic & Wellness Centre, 383 Elliot St, Ste 250, Newton. 617-964-3332. 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; register: 617-964-3332. Webinar: Mom on a Mission: How Neurofeedback Changed My Son’s Life – 8-9pm. Learn how and why neurofeedback can help with various common symptoms such as ADHD, learning disorders, anxiety, insomnia and more. Free. Online. attendee.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 11 Veterans Day Parade(s) – Two parades, one followed directly by the other. Starts at the corner of Boylston St and Tremont St. Follow around Boston Common, City Hall Plaza and Faneuil Hall. Herbs for Headaches – 7-9pm. Herbs are a great alternative to painkillers for headache pain, but you need to identify the best plant for your particular type of pain. Learn how. $20. CommonWealth Center for Holistic Herbalism, 25 Saint Mary’s Ct, Brookline. 617-750-5274.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12 Ladies Night – 6-9pm. The evening will include women’s health seminars, spa and facial treatments, all-natural make-up applications, specialty vendors, spa and retail special, complimentary wine, cafe samples and more. Receive a $5 gift certificate upon check-in. $5. Groton Wellness, Mill Run Plaza, 493 Main St, Groton. Pre-registration required: 978-499-9919 or

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13 Monthly Wudang Tai Chi, Qigong, Medical Qigong, Chinese Yoga Training and Retreat – Nov 13-19. Have a winter full of fun (hiking, cross-country skiing) while also learning tai chi, qigong, and medical qigong with Grand Master, Jianye Jiang. Eastover Estate and Retreat, 430 East St, Lenox. 866-264-5139. Details:

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14 Natural Living Expo – Nov 14-15. 9am-5pm. 225 exhibits, 90 classes, healthy food court, cooking demos, meditation room. Keynotes include John Holland, Sonia Choquette, Dan Millman and more. $12/advance, $15/door. Best Western Royal Plaza

markyourcalendar From Anxious to Awesome: Become Your Own Mind Whisperer Bambi Thompson, Transformational Speaker and Brain Coach, will show you: The 5-step process to dissolve self-sabotage, become resilient, and transform your life from a place of power. A surprising trick to amplify the energy of success to go from stuck to faster goal achievement. The #1 way to activate confidence that turns you into an audacious action taker who says “yes” to bigger and better opportunities. The secret sauce for working with “the bartender in your brain” to turn off fear, and turn on feeling fabulous. The magic mojo you can use any time to become a magnet for money, activate greater health, and transform challenging relationships. This game changing workshop is like getting a mute button for the noise in your mind and an acceleration switch for your success, be it personal, or professional.

Sunday, Nov. 12 • 6:30-8:30pm $25/adults, $10/students. Center at Westwoods, 590 Gay St, Westwood. 425-205-1692.

markyourcalendar How to Beat Fibromyalgia and IBS through a Functional Medicine and Nutrition Approach . The role of inflammation as a causal agent for the onset of symptoms and disease is what we will explore further in this workshop. Find out how you can address questions you may have about how what you eat affects your body-physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually, and how integrated all those aspects of you are.

Saturday, Nov. 14 • 1-3pm . $200. Rebalance 4 Health, 175 Bedford St, Ste 12, Lexington.

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Trade Center, 181 Boston Post Rd W, Marlborough. 508-278-9640. Raw Living Zucchini Alfredo Cooking Class – 2-4pm. Packed with enzymes and nutrients, this delicious meal features Alfredo sauce made from nuts and citrus and “noodles” created from zucchini! Recipe and communal lunch included. With Chef Deanna Jayne. $40. Groton Wellness, Mill Run Plaza, 493 Main St, Groton. 978-4999919.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15 Reiki Level 1 Training and Certification – 9am6:30pm. Learn Reiki healing and meditations for caring for yourself and others. Explore the teachings and practice of Reiki for wellbeing and spiritual growth with an experienced Reiki Teacher. $150. Brenner Reiki Healing, 324 Central St, Newton. 617-244-8856.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18 Fertility Awareness Meetup – 6-7pm. Come discuss the Fertility Awareness Method. The meetup group will provide a space where women can connect with peers, access information, pose questions and share experiences. Free. Cambridge Women’s Center, 46 Pleasant St, Cambridge. 617899-7624. So-Hum, So-Um: How the Hell Do I Meditate? – 6-7:30pm. Learn what meditation is and how to do it, including tips and tricks to make

markyourcalendar A Force For Good: The Dalai Lama’s Vision for Our World Goleman will discuss the central concepts of the Dalai Lama, share true stories about people who are putting these ideas into action, and detail the science of compassion and how this singular guiding motivation has the power to create a more peaceful, harmonious and equitable world.

Monday, Nov. 16 • 7-9pm $30. Newton South High School, 140 Brandeis Rd, West Newton. 617-970-4253.

savethedate Wintergreen Herbal Market Join us for an Herbstalk holiday event! The Wintergreen Market features handcrafted herbal products and gifts, music and educational demonstrations. Shop for botanical crafts, winter teas, herbal products and natural body care items. Stop in to one of our educational demonstrations, happening every hour!

Saturday, Nov. 28 • 11am-5pm The Center for the Arts at the Armory 191 Highland Ave, Somerville.


the practice work for your life. Led by Andy Kelley, who founded The Boston Buddha and teaches everyday people how to relax and recharge through meditation. Space limited. Free. Marlo Marketing, 38 Chauncy St, Boston. 617-375-9700. Register: Wellness. A New Way to Age – 6-8:30pm. If you have been tired, irritable, forgetful, gaining weight or have low libido come to this informational session. Free. FISH Restaurant & Wine Bar, 29 S Bolton St, Marlborough. 978-263-1406. Group Transformation Healing – 7-8:30pm. Powerful, relaxing energy healing on a group level. Shift physical, emotional, karmic, even genetic issues, release blocks, clear chakras. $35/advance, $50/door. The Healing Center, 259 Massachusetts Ave, Lower Level, Arlington. Pre-registration required: 617-943-6980. Kitchen Herbal Remedies – 7-9pm. Every kitchen holds herbs so important we can’t live without them. Learn to forage your own pantry shelves for these herbal remedies. $20. CommonWealth Center for Holistic Herbalism, 25 St Mary’s Ct, Brookline. 617-750-5274.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19 SMFA Art Sale – Nov 19-22. 10am-8pm. Thousands of works on a changing rotation, priced by the artists and sold to benefit student scholarships. Work produced by SMFA students, alumni, faculty and affiliated artists Take home a masterpiece of your very own. Free to view. 230 The Fenway, Boston. Natural Solutions for Executive Function Struggles and ADHD – 7-9pm. A drug-free approach to cognitive health. Dr. Ross discusses a researched and effective method for achieving brain wellness and executive function success. Free. Dover Town Library, 56 Dedham St, Dover. 781-444-9115.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20 Meditation Retreat: A Week of Meditation – Nov 20-28. With Shastri, Bill Brauer. A powerful way to deepen meditation practice and develop a kind and wakeful community. Includes: sitting and walking meditation, individual meditation instruction, contemplation, group discussion, contemplative meals, silence practice, exploring the forests and meadows of Karmê Chöling. Open to all. $720. Karmê Chöling, 369 Patneaude Ln, Barnet. 802-633-2384. Thanksgiving Parade and Celebration at Plymouth – Nov 20-22. Many events throughout the weekend including illumination ceremony, concert, parade, food festival, crafter’s village, living entertainment, farmer’s market and much more.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21 Tree Lighting and Blink! at Faneuli Hall – 2pm; 7pm, tree lighting. State-of-the-art light and sound extravaganza plus the first tree lighting of the season. Free. Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 5 Broad St, Boston.

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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23 Annual Lighting of the Trellis in Christopher Columbus Park – Everyone is welcome at the annual lighting of the wonderful blue and white trellis. Music, fun, snacks and good cheer. Free. Christopher Columbus Park, 110 Atlantic Ave,

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24 Easy Solutions to Stress-Caused Health Problems – 7:30-8:30pm. Workshop will focus on identifying the different types of stress, their effects on the body and mind, and teaching useful tools that anyone can draw from anytime and anywhere during times of stress. Free. Newton Chiropractic & Wellness Centre, 383 Elliot St, Ste 250, Newton. 617-964-3332.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 25 Monthly Wudang Tai Chi, Qigong, Medical Qigong, Chinese Yoga Training and Retreat – Nov 25-29. Have a winter full of fun (hiking, cross-country skiing) while also learning tai chi, qigong, and medical qigong with Grand Master, Jianye Jiang. Eastover Estate and Retreat, 430 East St, Lenox. 866-264-5139. Details:

markyourcalendar Open House The Center for Expressive Therapy and Mental Health Counseling is pleased to celebrate the opening of our new Saugus location by hosting an Arts-Based Open House. Expressive Therapy draws on the healing power of the imagination and creativity, and seeks to integrate the arts into the practice of psychotherapy. We are also proud to offer more traditional forms of therapy including CBT, DBT, EMDR, and Person-Centered Therapy. Come and meet our talented therapists, enjoy light refreshments, and beat the holiday stress by expressing yourself through the arts in our lovely studio. Art activities to be held beginning at 1pm, we will conclude with drum circle, 3:30-4:30pm.

Saturday, Dec. 12 • 1-4pm 1288 Broadway, Rt 1 N, Saugus. 508-375-8776.

savethedate 2016 Boston Fight for Air Climb Join 2,000 climbers and race up 41 floors of stairs. $35 registration fee and $100 fundraising minimum per climber.

Saturday, Feb. 6 • 8am-3pm . One Boston Place, 201 Washington St, Boston. 781-314-9005. Register:

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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. Body & Brain, 1773 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge. For times & availability: 617-354-9642. Kids’ Karate – 3-8pm, Mon-Thurs & 9am1:30pm, Sat. Designed to help students build self-confidence and self-awareness while learning and improving in this traditional martial art. $130. SSOMA, 1100 Massachusetts Ave, 3rd Fl, Arlington. 781-641-0262. Free Tour of Symphony Hall – 4pm select Wed; 2pm select Sat. Join volunteers on a behindthe-scenes tour and hear about the hall and the history and traditions of the famed musicians and conductors. Boston Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave, Boston. For available dates & times: 617-638-9390. Do You But Better Ecourse – Thru Jan 27. 8-9:30pm. Try a DIY approach to EFT. Teach yourself to tap. Leave behind anxiety and gain clarity and confidence when you tap along with pre-written scripts. $97. Virtual Ecourse. 270-5920377. The Tapping Club – 9-9:30pm. First day of every month. Leave behind anxiety, sadness, fear and gain amazing clarity and lightness. Led by success coach Tam Veilleux. $39. Virtual teleclass. 207592-0377.

weekly Rejuvenate Retreat – Wed-Sat thru Jan 2016. Yoga, qigong, swim/hot tub, hiking, kayaking, self-guided meditation, ink brush calligraphy self-practice, all from the peace and solitude of a private 600-acre estate. Blackout dates apply. $95/ person weekend day. Eastover Estate and Retreat, 430 East St, Lenox. 866-264-5139. More info:

sunday Free Meditation Session – 7-8am. 2nd Sun. A simple and powerful process learned in a 1-hr session for health and wellbeing. Requires 12-15 mins each day to potentially transform one’s life. Free. Shri Gurusthan Sai Baba Temple, 107 Otis St, Northborough. 617-396-4742. SoWa Vintage Market – 10am-4pm. Designers, collectors, appreciators of the beautiful and unusual love this market. A cool, urban, vintage flea market featuring fresh vintage and designer

finds every week. Free. SoWa Vintage Market, 450 Harrison Ave, Boston. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu – 3:30-4:30pm. A martial art, combat sport and a self-defense system. Learn techniques that not only increase their physical fitness, but also challenge the mind. $100. SSOMA, 1100 Massachusetts Ave, 3rd Fl, Arlington. 781641-0262.

monday Active Stretching for EveryBODY – 7:308:30am. Also Wed, 6:30-7:30pm. EveryBODY from elite athletes to couch potatoes is welcome. See “classes” on website. $12/drop-in, $100/10 classes with Budget Stretcher Card. STAR Tech Healing and Learning Center, 14 Nason St, Ste 202, Maynard. 978-897-0110. Simply Grace Radio: Just Breathe – 10am. A meditative experience and opportunity to be still, grateful, and to set heart-centered intentions for the week. Free. Online radio. 413-267-0333. Anxiety and Panic Support Group – 6:30pm. 1st Mon. People who have been through, or are going through, a similar circumstance can empathize with you and keep you from feeling alone. Free. Newton, 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. Free. Unitarian Church of Sharon, 4 N Main St, Sharon. 508-660-2223. Teen Karate – 7-8pm. Every 2 wks on Mon & Wed. Also Sat, 12:30-1:30pm. A traditional Shotokan karate class for teens ages 13-18. Curriculum covers the 3 aspects of Shotokan karate. Build self-confidence, self-awareness and long-lasting friendships. All levels welcome. $130. SSOMA, 1100 Massachusetts Ave, 3rd Fl, Arlington. 781641-0262. Nia-Somatic Fitness Class – 7:30-8:30pm. Also Fri, 8-9am. Class includes elements of dance, martial arts and healing arts. No prior experience necessary. $15, multi-class discounts available.

Om Namo Studio, 21 Belmont St, Cambridge. 617-620-7654.

tuesday Noon Concerts on the Freedom Trail – 12:15pm. Stop by to hear a 30-40-min concert. Performers vary each week and perform a wide variety of music ranging from jazz to folk, medieval to modern. $3 suggested donation. King’s Chapel, 64 Beacon St, Boston. 617-227-2155. Natural Healing with Wisdom Qigong – 12:30-1:30pm. An ancient Chinese self-healing exercise typically involving moving meditation, coordinating slow flowing movement, deep rhythmic breathing and a calm meditative state of mind. $80/4 sessions, $25/drop-in. TS Center for Spiritual Studies, 21 Maple St, Arlington. 617997-9922. Anxiety and Panic Support Group – 6:30pm. 1st Tues. Designed to offer a place where people with common interests and experience can meet. You are not alone in your experience, and knowledge is the key to living a symptom-free life. Free. Washington St, Newton. 617-849-3198. Pathworking with the Tarot and The Tree of Life – 7-9pm. Tarot is a book of knowledge that maps out the powers of your consciousness. Unlock the power within you through the process of meditative-pathworkings. $37/wk. Thought Alchemy’s Transformation Center, 161 Agricultural Ave, Rehoboth. 774-991-0574. Gentle Kripalu Yoga with Raven – 7:158:30pm. Gentle, slow-moving, breath-centered yoga and meditation practice. Adult beginners and all levels welcome. $15/drop-in, $60/7-wk session. German Centre (Deutsches Altenheim), 2222 Centre St, West Roxbury. 617-869-9574.

wednesday Museum of Fine Arts Free Wednesdays – 6-9pm. An opportunity to sketch from live models and/or from objects in their collections. A drawing

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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. Open 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. Pathworking with The Tree of Life – 7-9pm. Combine the power of hypnotic trancejourneying and the knowledge of the Tree of Life. Transform your faulty subconscious patterns and conscious thinking. $37/wk. Thought Alchemy’s Transformation Center, 161 Agricultural Ave, Rehoboth. 774-991-0574. Public Open Night at the Observatory – 7:30pm, Fall/Winter; 8:30pm, Spring/Summer. A chance to come observe the night sky through telescopes and

classifieds BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY START A CAREER YOU CAN BE PASSIONATE ABOUT – Publish your own Natural Awakenings magazine. Home-based business complete with comprehensive training and support system. New franchises are available or purchase a magazine that is currently publishing. Call 239-530-1377 or visit

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

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

thursday Prenatal Yoga Class – Thru Nov 21. 11am12:30pm. Also Sat. Relax, re-energize, revitalize. Gentle stretches to relieve tension. Free first session. The Well Street Station, 62 Mt Auburn St, Watertown. 617-923-1440. EasYoga – Thru Nov 24. 6-7:30pm. Also Sat. Relax, re-energize, revitalize. Walk-ins welcome. Free first session. The Well Street Station, 62 Mt Auburn St, Watertown. 617-923-1440. Adult Shotokan – 7-8pm. Also Sat, 7:45-9am. For ages 18+. Curriculum covers the 3 aspects of Shotokan karate, kala (forms), kumite (sparring) and kihon (basics). Classes consist of traditional Japanese training which helps mind, body and soul. All levels welcome. $100. SSOMA, 1100 Massachusetts Ave, 3rd Fl, Arlington. 781-6410262. SRR Thursday Night 4.06 Miler – 7:15-8:15pm. It may be raining. It may be hot or cold. The SRR Thursday night run will happen every week, no matter what. Free. Casey’s Bar, 171 Broadway, Somerville. Candlelight Yoga – 7:30-8:45pm. Gentle, restorative yoga by candlelight! De-stress and relax for your weekend. All levels welcome. (No class on 11/19 or Thanksgiving 11/26, otherwise weekly). $15/drop-in, $60/7-wk session. German Centre (Deutsches Altenheim), 2222 Centre St, West Roxbury. 617-869-9574. 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.


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


First Treatment Free Fridays – Thru Nov 27. 9am-12pm or 3-6pm. Bring a new patient with you for a treatment and both get treated for $20. Must be guest’s first visit. Free with new patient. Joy Community Acupuncture, 335 Boylston St, Ste J3, Newton. 617-510-0559.


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.

A COURSE IN MIRACLES – A unique, universal, self-study spiritual thought system that teaches that the way to love and inner peace is through forgiveness.

Simply Grace Radio: Blessing Circle – 10am. A universal, global, gratitude experience intended to awaken grace, honor sacred experience and offer blessings for the journey. Free. Online radio. 413267-0333.

#1 PREMIUM CBD (CANNABIDIOL) HEMP OIL – Pain, anxiety, sleep, focus. 954-415-0942.


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Blood Pressure Screenings – 10am-12pm. 1st Fri. Free blood pressure screenings in front of the Old Country Buffet. Watertown Mall, 550 Arsenal St, Watertown. 617-926-4968. Second Fridays – 5-8pm. Free with admission at the MIT Museum on the 2nd Fri each month. Mingle with friends in the unique galleries and see some of the latest research coming out of MIT. MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge. 617-253-5927. Reiki Clinic – 7-8:45pm. 1st Fri. Experience a Reiki session. Facilitate healing, promote mindfulness and support personal growth in a comforting and reassuring setting. 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 – Thru mid-Nov. 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. Call to ensure program is running on any given Fri. Museum of Science Boston, Gilliland Observatory, 1 Science Park, Boston. 617-589-0267.

saturday Adult Shotokan – 7:45-9am. Focuses on the three main aspects of Shotokan Karate: Kata (forms), Kihon (basics) and Kumite (sparring). Traditional Japanese training to help the mind, body and soul. All levels welcome. For adults 18+. $100. SSOMA, 1100 Massachusetts Ave, 3rd floor, Arlington. 781641-0262. The Marketplace at Simpson Spring – 10am2pm. Includes farmers, bakers, artisans and local entrepreneurs. Stop in to browse or take in our featured entertainment, local authors, educational seminars and lecturers. 719 Washington St, South Easton. Let’s Laugh Today Laughter Yoga – 11am12pm. 2nd Sat. Any age and any level of physical ability can enjoy this unique exercise of laughter and clapping combined with gently breathing that brings more oxygen to the body’s cells. This oxygen boost gives enhanced vitality, energy and a feeling of well-being. Free. Walpole Library, 143 School St, Walpole. 508-660-2223. Natural Healing with Wisdom Qigong – 11am-12pm. Relieve allergy, headache and joint stiffness with qigong which has been shown through scientific studies to improve mobility and balance in people with ALS, Parkinson’s, MS or other movement disorders. $80/4 sessions, $25/ drop-in. Park Avenue Congregational Church, 50 Paul Revere Rd, Arlington. 617-997-9922. Teen Karate – 12:30-1:30pm. Focuses on the three main aspects of Shotokan Karate: Kata (forms), Kihon (basics) and Kumite (sparring). Build self-confidence, self-awareness and long lasting friendships. All levels welcome. For teens 13-18. $130. SSOMA 1100 Massachusetts Ave, 3rd Fl, Arlington. 781-641-0262.

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103 Morse St, Watertown 1-844-AIS-Today 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 22.


Rachel French, MAOM 10 East Chestnut St Sharon, MA 02067 617-515-0485 With a master’s degree in acupuncture and a gentle approach to healing, Rachel provides relief for insomnia, pain, indigestion, fatigue, emotional, menstrual concerns, obstetrics and thyroid imbalances.


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



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Mind-body mental health counselor specializing in eliminating chronic pain. Repressed emotions create pain. No exercise or medication needed. Based on Dr. John Sarno’s work. Skype sessions available.


109 Massachusetts Ave Lexington, MA 02420 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 27.


Visit for contact information updates. Effectively using Bioidentical Hormone Therapy for 10 years; expert gynecologist passionate about supporting women to ease transition through all life phases.

Jolene Ross, PhD 781-444-9115

Specializing in Neurotherapy, an effective, drug-free treatment for: attention, behavior, emotional, and executive function problems, autistic spectrum, anxiety, depression, postconcussion, peak performance and more. See ad, page 7.



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

Authentic Birthing 781-626-0000

From belly to baby. Specializing in Yoga Birth Method™, prenatal, labor, delivery, postpartum doula, Yoga Birth Method Certified, E-RYT 500, RPYT, Reiki Master and Thai bodywork. See ad, page 3.

We offer state-ofthe-art brain training technology. Drug-free, non-invasive treatment. Emphasis on quality care with flexible payment options. Scholarships available. Call today to schedule a free consultation.

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


Joint Ventures Physical Therapy 654 Beacon St, 2nd Fl Boston, MA 02215 617-536-1161, Option 1

LAW OF ATTRACTION COACH David Scott Bartky “Phone Coaching At Its Best!” 973-444-7301

The Law of Attraction is always operating in your life. Are you using it to attract what you want? I will teach you processes and techniques so you’ll not only start to attract what you want (a relationship, more money, more clients, etc.), you’ll also become more excited about your life. The first session is free.

MONEY & $UCCESS COACHING Virtual Coaching & Workshops 207-592-0377

Tired of being sad, stressed and broke and ready for a rich, rewarding life? Learn #The MoneyFix for personal power and bigger paydays.

Patient-centered, evidence-based spinal care and soft tissue work to decrease pain and improve mobility. Experienced with athletes; ART & Graston® Certified.

WELLING COACHING Karen Welling 617-623-3703

Coaching for artists, athletes, and everyone else with Karen Welling, musician and former competitive athlete. Together we’ll bolster your strengths and eliminate obstacles. Free initial consultation. See ad, page 19.


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 7.




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 international entrepreneurs, coaches and facilitators through his 1-1 trainings, webinars, seminars and speeches. See ad, page 3.


Alan Rosen, CPC, ELI-MP 617-320-1325

As a Transformational Coach and Metaphysical Healer I help people clear energy blocks so to overcome doubts and fears, and evolve their Souls highest potential. See ad, page 11.


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.

Together, we’ll explore your goals and desires, discover obstacles to fulfillment, and create a realistic and transformational action plan. Contentment and lightness are your reality.


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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 16 and 27.


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 – FAMILY DENTISTRY & ORTHODONTICS, MEDICAL, SPA, CAFÉ 493-495 Main St (Off Rte 119) Groton, MA 01450 978-449-9919

Groton Wellness is a vibrant center for health and healing consisting of Holistic Family Dentistry & Orthodontics, an Integrative Medical Practice, a pampering and detoxifying Therapeutic Spa, and a clean food, farm-to-table Café—all working together to provide exceptional community health care. We also offer exciting talks, cleanses, classes and events, many of which are free to the community. Groton Wellness uses IV Therapy, Nutrition Management, Herbal Medicine, Bio-Identical Hormone Balancing, EAV Testing, Integrative Chiropractic, Acupuncture and many other Holistic Therapies to treat patients from head-to-toe. We have enormous success treating chronic health issues such as Lyme disease, cancer, diabetes, hormonal imbalance, mold, internal toxicity and more. See ad, page 2.

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

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


I combine my own intuitive healing gifts with transpersonal psychology to create Transformational Healing for sensitive souls. This work gently and effectively clears issues at the karmic level. See ad on page 22.




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 on page 22.

Visit for contact information updates. 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.


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.


508-375-8776 The Center for Expressive Therapy and Mental Health Counseling is a private group expressive therapy and psychotherapy practice. Expressive therapy can include visual art, music, movement, drama, play, and creative writing. Accepts most insurance. See ad on page 9.


Functional medicine practice offering Telemedicine appointments in addition to in-office appointments. In addition, services include Reiki, nutritional counseling, allergy testing and treatment for all ages. See ad on page 9.


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

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

Personalized, comprehensive consultations with experienced herbalists. Whether it’s the flu or a chronic illness, or simply to build greater vitality, herbal medicine can help. See ad, page 34.

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Rachel Katz, MD, RD 30 Lincoln St Newton Highlands, MA 02461 Newton Integrative Health Services- Family and Functional Medicine, Dietetics, Medical Hypnotherapy. Now accepting new patients for consultation.

Eastover is a 600-acre sanctuary and residential holistic retreat center in the Berkshires. A dedicated facilitator of holistic events and retreats. Minutes to Stockbridge and Great Barrington, next to October Mountain with views of Mt. Greylock. See ad, page 13.


Alison Shaw APRN, LMT, CEH 109 Massachusetts Ave Lexington, MA 02420 781-646-0686 An innovative blend of body-centered counseling, integrative bodywork and energy medicine to uncover and release body-mind patterns that limit your life and health. See ad, page 31.

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


Visit for contact information updates. Licensed Mental Health Clinician and Behavioral Health Specialist with over 15 years of experience; integrative approach. Specialties: anxiety, panic, depression, stress, anger, etc.

Board-certified MD in gynecology and integrative medicine. Hormone balancing, nutrition and detoxification are keys to optimal health. See ad, page 8.


Rose Siple, Certified Hypnotherapist 774-991-0574

MASH MAIN ST ANIMAL SERVICES OF HOPKINTON Margo Roman, DVM 72 W Main St, Hopkinton, MA 01748 508-435-4077

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

Transform yourself and achieve your goals through the transformative healing process of hypnotherapy. Aren’t you tired of talking about it and thinking about it? We specialize in Virtual Gastric Band Hypnosis for weight loss. Call today. See ads, pages 23 and 35.


Dr. Patti Zub & Lisa Vasile, NP 85 Main St, Hopkinton, MA 01748 508-625-1807

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

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


508-838-1101 Over 35 years as an alternative health practitioner and neuromuscular therapist. Helps clients identify and eliminate chronic and acute pain, digestive disorders, Lyme and myriad other health disorders. See ad, page 25.


We have the pieces to your health puzzle 4 vibrant living. Comprehensive Functional Medicine. Specializing in GI disorders, thyroid, auto-immune, fatigue and reversing chronic conditions.



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

SINGING AS SPIRITUAL PATH Barry Harris 857-998-3677

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


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 16 and 27.

NATURAL NAIL & SKIN CARE ATIR NATURAL NAIL & SKIN CARE 115 Great Rd, Acton, MA 01720 978-263-1080

We challenge the nail industry to a higher standard and provide detailed maintenance of your hands and feet in a positive, relaxing and clean atmosphere. See ad, page 36.


Ree Coleman, Your Better Vision Guru Serving Greater Boston and New England 617-838-0928 In 10 visits I can completely change your relationship with your eyes. Learn techniques to improve your vision and how not to age your eyes with Computer Vision Syndrome through techniques, awareness, diet and relaxation.


Speaker & Coach 781-713-4493 Decreasing hidden toxins in your home, beauty and business products. Custom strategies and product recommendations based on your needs and health journey. See ad, page 34.




444 Washington St, Wellesley, MA 02481 781-431-6167 • 866-380-5892

The Clean Bedroom is an organic and all-natural mattress and bedding resource with seven showrooms, including its Wellesley location. Through its showrooms and website, eco-minded shoppers gain insights to create a healthier sleep environment.

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 12.



PAULETTE GLORIA HARWOOD Glorious Being 781-626-0000


Organics and whole foods, plantbased and macrobiotic cooking and classes. Transformational lifestyle coaching. Pantry, refrigerator renovations and grocery store education. Don’t know where to start? I’ll help you. It’s my passion. See ad, page 3.

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



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.

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.

SPRING WATER SIMPSON SPRING MARKETPLACE 719 Washington St, South Easton 508-238-4472


Simpson Spring is the oldest independent bottling plant in the United States, providing pure spring water and old-fashioned, hand-mixed soda in a variety of favors, classic and new. Complimentary tours of historic museum, see the Spring, Visit the Alpacas, and fill up with crisp spring water at self-serve stations; bring your own containers. Saturday Marketplace educates, entertains and offers 30 food and artisan vendors. See ad, page 25.

Sacred Space Yoga School 781-626-0000

Yoga Teacher Training Coach devoted to private one-on-one and group settings; 200- and 500-hr Yoga Alliance-registered Yoga Teacher Trainings. Each yoga practitioner and student is on a unique journey and our trainings reflect that path. See ad, page 3.

natural awakenings

November 2015


Natural Awakenings Boston November 2015  

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 2015  

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