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ur Healing Ways article this month, “Sacred Silence: Discover the Benefits of Quiet at a Silent Retreat,” by April Thompson, sparked a new curiosity. I’d like to give it a try. I’ve been hearing lately how spiritual teacher David Harshada Wagner characterizes silence as a “powerful energy… roaring within.” It all got me thinking about my own meditation practice and the discipline it’s taken to solidify it into a full-fledged habit. Only now am I beginning to experience the celebrated deeply felt energy associated with a quiet mind. It likely took longer for me than it could have to get comfortable about “doing it right” because I didn’t take any short cuts in the way of formal training or classes in developing my practice. I appreciate that through trial and error I’ve been able to let go of any previous expectations of what’s “supposed” to happen during meditation. These days I set a meditation app timer for 15 minutes and then settle into my seat with a few relaxing deep breaths, easing into counting breaths, with three counts for the inhale and five on the exhale. I’ve learned to allow thoughts that inevitably pop up to be acknowledged and swiftly released before they pick up momentum. Instead of becoming distracted, I can gently shift back to focus on breathing and counting breaths. So far, it’s what works best for me. There are as many styles of meditation including diverse approaches explored through teachers, workshops, Internet searches and books as well as in this magazine. I encourage anyone interested in meditation to try different styles before throwing in the towel, a common occurrence for those new to the practice. Once you find what works best for you, I can promise that the rewards are internally transformative. Living life from a place of underlying calm changes everything. When life throws curve balls, it’s easier to process through them from a firmly grounded emotional state. Even the highs feel different and increasingly more balanced. Greater intuition and inspiration are wonderful benefits. It’s becoming easier for me to distinguish “monkey-mind” noise from inner knowing. I find the thoughts that feel really good and seem to come from out of nowhere (unrelated to recent thoughts) tend to arise from the place of inner knowing. I’m now able to even break for a moment to jot down a note on an inspiration that’s surfaced during a session. I love having an agreement with myself that there are no rules for meditation other than to do what feels right in the moment. This approach is proving quite valuable to an overall sense of well-being. Meditation is renowned as a deeply personal and individual adventure open for unlimited exploration. It’s one of countless paths for developing inner peace and an enriching one. May we each deeply know and spread peace,

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newsbriefs Free Workshop on How Toxic Food Adversely Affects Genes


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ommercial and conservation photographer Melissa Blackall is based out of Somerville. “I hope my photographs evoke a sense of wonder about the subject. I aim to capture something intimate and even thought provoking.” Whether she’s shooting for a small business, nonprofit or family, she has an eye for authentic interactions and relationships. She is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and approaching her tenth year as a professional photographer. For more information about her photography business and conservation work, visit

oin Kristine Jelstrup of Central Square Health and Wellness from 7 to 9 p.m., November 16, at Citywide Senior Center, in Cambridge, for a free workshop to learn which foods are the most toxic, how to do Muscle Response Testing and how to read and grow one’s energy field to figure out which foods are best for us and our families. Commercially grown crops are an epic health failure. Environmental factors such as GMO crops and the toxins that are sprayed on them are adversely affecting our health and negatively altering our genes and the genes of future generations. Every human has an energy field that can be used to access health information about the body. The Morphogenic Field grows when the body is fed nutritious food and it shrinks when the body is fed toxic food. It is possible to figure out how food is affecting our health through Muscle Response Testing. Jelstrup, CMFT, CBK, LMT, has been a natural healthcare practitioner in Cambridge for more than 18 years, using various forms of applied kinesiology to find the root cause of health problems whether physical, chemical or emotional. Once identified, the blockages are released and organ systems are supported with nutrition to restore the body to good health. The three techniques she uses the most are Morphogenic Field Technique, Koren Specific Technique and Bio-Kinetics Health Systems. Cost: Free. RSVP at (How Foods Alter Your Genes & What You Can Do About It). Location: Citywide Senior Center, 806 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. For more information, call 617-833-3407 or visit CentralSquare See ad on page 8 and Resource Guide on page 38.

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oin Climate Xchange, Climate Action Business Association and special guests from 6 to 9 p.m., November 2, at The Lenox Hotel, in Boston, in bringing effective local solutions to the international discussion on climate change. Enjoy a lively atmosphere, unforgettable speakers and delicious cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Massachusetts policy makers, community advocates and business leaders are coming together for this not-to-bemissed sendoff to our delegation as they head to Germany to promote carbon pricing at the Bonn Climate Change Conference. After our nation’s withdrawal from the Paris Naomi Oreskes Accord, it is increasingly imperative for our state to demonstrate its leadership in reducing carbon emissions. The keynote speaker will be Naomi Oreskes, a professor at Harvard University. A world-renowned geologist and historian of science, she is the author of more than 100 scholarly and popular books, articles and opinion pieces. Her next book, Science on a Mission: American Oceanography from the Cold War to Climate Change, will be published by the University of Chicago Press. Cost: $250. Location: 61 Exeter St., Boston. For more information, visit


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newsbriefs Groton Wellness Welcomes Herbalist Rachel Fae Coleman


roton Wellness, a vibrant organization that combines biological dentistry, functional medicine, and an environmental-detoxification medical spa with a clean-food café, welcomes Rachel Fae Coleman to its practice as a clinical and traditional Western herbalist. Coleman specializes in immune Rachel Fae Coleman support, allergies and asthma, detoxification, Lyme disease treatment, nutrition deficiencies, hormonal and reproductive health, skin/hair/ nails, sleep disorders, women’s health, endocrine system, depression and anxiety, energy and fatigue, digestion, physical/emotional/spiritual trauma, children’s health, self-care practices, nervous system, migraines, plant meditations, plant medicine group programs and more. Coleman graduated from The Gaia School of Healing and Earth Education, and is certified as a clinical and traditional Western herbalist and plant spirit educator. Individuals can meet her at Groton Wellness’ Ladies Night from 6 to 9 p.m., November 2. In addition, Coleman offers a free 15-minute phone or in-person consultation to new patients. Dr. Jean Nordin-Evans, DDS and co-founder of Groton Wellness states, “We are excited to welcome Rachel Fae Coleman to our innovative, community health and wellness center. Her approach to herbal medicine will help our patients immensely. We are happy to add to our long list of practitioners so that patients will receive the best care possible in the 21st century.”

The Revolution of Consciousness Sponsors Workshop on Better Diabetes Management


irst in a series of workshops, lectures and film screenings sponsored by The Revolution of Consciousness, certified holistic health coaches Rosanne Ryder and Christine Emmi will lead a free workshop for individuals with or suspecting Type 2 diabetes at 7 p.m., November 14, at Johnson Compounding and Wellness, in Waltham. A diagnosis of Type 2 or prediabetes can be stressful. This workshop not only addresses simple steps to learning healthy eating and exercise patterns that will help improve A1C, but also a shift in thinking to stay motivated and positive by providRosanne Ryder and ing stress relieving and mindfulness practices. Christine Emmi Ryder, who is also trained as a National Diabetes Prevention Program Life Coach states, “Many people think that the easiest way to manage diabetes is to take medication, but according to the Diabetes Prevention Program study, lifestyle change was even more effective in reducing the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes than taking metformin.” Attendees will be given concrete guidelines on how to eat for blood sugar management, including understanding label reading and portion control. Learn the proper amount and best carbohydrates to eat and how to swap out unhealthy food choices for healthier versions. The pair will also address some of the obstacles that can limit progress such as negative thinking patterns and habits and how to replace them. A stress management mindfulness exercise will be taught as well.

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newsbriefs Researchers Share Findings at Monthly Integrative Medicine Grand Rounds


he Osher Center for Integrative Medicine holds Integrative Medicine Grand Rounds from 8 to 9 a.m., the first Tuesday of each month, at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in the Bornstein Family Amphitheater. The aim of these grand rounds is to support interdisciplinary learning and discuss integrative medicine research and the application of integrative therapies. Each month, an audience of conventional and integrative medicine researchers, clinicians and educators from across Boston are presented with alterMatthew Kowalski nating research and clinical topics. The research presentations provide the opportunity for researchers to share their findings and promote further discussion about their work. During clinical presentations, service providers explain their patient’s case, often with the patient present; the treatment plan in which they have used integrative medicine techniques; and their patient’s outcome. All presentations are followed by a Q&A and a coffee hour, at which audience members can speak further with the presenter(s) and network with others working in the field of integrative medicine. The Integrative Medicine Grand Rounds are free and open to conventional and integrative medicine practitioners, researchers and educators from across Boston. This month, the presentation will take place on November 7, and the topic is Moving Past the Misconceptions: A Combined Neurologic/ Chiropractic Approach to Treating Headaches and Neck Pain. Matthew Kowalski, DC, and President of the New England Spine Institute, will be presenting. His practice focuses on the evaluation and treatment of patients suffering with headaches, neck pain and back pain. Cost: Free. Location: 45 Francis St., Boston. To learn more about the Osher Center or watch previous Grand Rounds presentations, visit

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Natural Living Expo Offers Workshops, Shopping and More


he 11th annual Natural Living Expo, one of New England’s largest holistic health and wellness events, will return to Marlborough’s Best Western Royal Plaza and Trade Center on November 11 and 12. The annual event which attracts guests, exhibitors and speakers from across the country expects to draw more than 9,000 attendees, with 275 exhibitors and 90 workshops. The event also provides shopping opportunities for holistic wellness products, natural beauty care, fair trade goods from around the world, local artisan jewelry, clothing, cards and more. In addition, attendees enjoy a Free Sample Bar of sample-size natural and organic foods and beverages, beauty care items, vitamins/supplements, healthcare and pet products from more than 50 natural brands. Attendees of the two-day event will have full access to workshops which include yoga, movement and meditation sessions, alternative medicine and weight loss/ healthy living workshops and much more; all presented by leaders in the holistic field, including Metrowest Thermal Imaging. In between workshops and browsing exhibits, guests can enjoy a Healthy Foods Tent with breakfast, lunch and dinner options. The tent will also feature vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free choices, as well as healthy Thai, Greek, Mexican, beverages and dessert specialty vendors.

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newsbriefs Find the Right Support System at Free Chronic Pain Event


he second annual, “I’m Not Just Anybody: Fight Back Against Chronic Pain” event, a collaboration between the U.S. Pain Foundation and the Hope Collective, will take place from 2:30 to 5 p.m., November 20, at the Massachusetts State House. Chronic pain affects one in three adults and still remains widely misunderstood by both the general public and the medical field. Attendees can listen to others that have gone through the pain experience, and hear from alternative healthcare specialists that work directly with chronic pain patients. Specialists will be available in acupuncture, corrective therapy, massage therapy, mental health counseling, yoga and more. Light refreshments donated by Whole Foods will be provided. Keynote speaker Jim Curtis, storyteller, patient, entrepreneur and author of the recently published The Stimulati, has walked the same path as many chronic pain patients, and now lives to inspire others by leading a meaningful life with pain. Cost: Free. Location: Massachusetts State House, Great Hall, 24 Beacon St., Boston. To register for event, visit For more information about the Hope Collective, visit

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uis Mendez and Waleska Sallaberry, the publishers of Natural Awakenings Puerto Rico (PR) edition for the past 15 years, have a simple request: “Please help us rebuild.” Mendez and Sallaberry are remarkable community leaders, having not only launched what is now PR’s number one health and wellness publication, but also having originated and managed the most important annual health and wellness expo in PR and the Caribbean, created a natural health network of discounted services with more than 1,000 providers and 250,000 members, and founded an alternative eco-school to serve PR’s western coast. Luis & Waleska Natural Awakenings publishers have created a GoFundMe account to support their efforts to rebuild PR’s holistic health and wellness community at a time when healing services are desperately needed. Mendez and Sallaberry will be trustees of this fund and will disseminate the proceeds to the people and organizations in PR at their discretion. Natural Awakenings Publishing Corporation CEO Sharon Bruckman says, “Through this campaign, we are offering a way to directly affect the natural health community in Puerto Rico, allowing for continued sustenance in the months to come.” For more information and to make a donation, visit AwakeningsPRfundraiser. See ad on page 16.

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Onions Healthy for Heart and Kidneys


cientists from the Research Institute for Endocrine Sciences and Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, both in Tehran, Iran, investigated the impact on leading diseases of regularly eating onion and garlic (both belonging to the genus Allium). Using data from more than 12,000 people for an average of six years, researchers assessed their onion and garlic consumption using a food frequency questionnaire and compared those measurements with blood pressure and incidences of both cardiovascular and chronic kidney disease. The scientists discovered the subjects that ate more onion and garlic regularly had risk reductions of 64 percent in cardiovascular disease, 32 percent in chronic kidney disease and 25 percent in hypertension compared to those that ate less of them.

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Acupuncture and Herbs Ease Delirium in Patients


cientists from the Gifu University Graduate School of Medicine, in Japan, examined the impact of a combination of acupuncture and traditional herbal medicine on the rate of delirium in cardiovascular patients admitted into an intensive care unit. Of the 59 patients studied, 29 were treated with conventional care and 30 were given the same care, plus herbal medicine three times a day and acupuncture once a day. In the treatment group, incidental rates of delirium were 6.6 percent, significantly lower than the 37.9 percent rate found in the control group. This group also required fewer sedative drugs traditionally used to combat aggressive behavior in delirious patients.

Cranberry Prebiotic Promotes Gut Health


esearch from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, has found that the cell walls of cranberries contain xyloglucan, a complex sugar that feeds the beneficial, naturally occurring bifidobacteria, enhancing the body’s microbiome. “A lot of plant cell walls are indigestible, just like we can’t digest the special sugars found in xyloglucans,” explains nutritional microbiologist and researcher David Sela, Ph.D. “But when we eat cranberries, the xyloglucans enter our intestines, where beneficial bacteria can break them down into useful molecules and compounds.” Sela emphasizes the importance of prebiotics. “With probiotics, we are taking extra doses of beneficial bacteria that may or may not help our gut health,” he says. “But with prebiotics, we already know that we have the beneficial guys in our guts, so let’s feed them with more nutrients and things that they like.”

Black Cumin Oil Helps Control Asthma


igella sativa oil (NSO), commonly called black cumin, is used to treat a variety of inflammatory conditions. Researchers from University College London, in the UK, and King Abdulaziz University, in Saudi Arabia, studied the impact of this oil on patients with asthma. Scientists divided 80 asthmatics into two groups of 40. One group was treated with 500 milligrams of NSO twice a day for four weeks. The other was given a placebo. The researchers used an asthma control score to measure improvement, along with pulmonary function testing and the level of blood eosinophils, disease-fighting white blood cells that indicate inflammation and allergic reaction. The researchers found normal eosinophil levels and significant improvement in the average asthma control test score for those in the NSO group, plus improved pulmonary function, compared to the placebo group.

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Getting Greener

News and resources to inspire concerned citizens to work together in building a healthier, stronger society that benefits all.

Conventional street lights collectively emit more than 100 million tons of carbon dioxide annually. The city of Las Vegas, a leader in municipal sustainability, has contracted with EnGoPlanet, a New York City clean tech startup, to install the world’s first Smart Street Lights powered by pedestrians’ footsteps via kinetic energy pads and solar energy. When someone steps on a kinetic tile, energy is created and goes directly to a battery. Petar Mirovic, CEO of EnGoPlanet, says, “Clean and free energy is all around us. Urban cities have to build the smart infrastructures of tomorrow that will be able to harvest all of that energy. This project is a small but important step in that direction.” Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman says, “Through our LEED-certified buildings, solar projects, water reclamation, alternative-fueled vehicles and sustainable streetlights, Las Vegas continues to lead the way.” The company also cites Smart Street Light projects in Chicago, Detroit, Auburn Hills (Michigan), Asbury Park (New Jersey) and at stadiums such as the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, in New Orleans.


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Sweden Dumps its Dumps Landfills generate environmental problems such as the greenhouse gas methane that warms the atmosphere and toxic chemicals from household cleaning products that pollute soil and groundwater. Installations are smelly, noisy and can breed disease-transmitting vermin, as well as harm wildlife. Recycling helps cut the volume of waste, but the bulk of all trash continues to fill these dumps. Sweden produces about the same amount of waste as other European nations, but less than 1 percent of its household refuse ends up in landfills. Thirty-two waste-to-energy (WTE) plants that have been operating across the country for years incinerate more than 2 million tons of trash annually—almost 50 percent of all waste. The country still recycles, but anything else normally ends up in the WTE incinerators, creating steam to generate electricity distributed on the grid. This system heats close to a million homes and powers more than a quarter-million, thus reducing Sweden’s reliance on fossil fuels. Sweden also helps to clean up other countries in the European Union by importing their trash and burning it. Because specific products contain materials that cannot be recycled or incinerated, some landfills are still necessary.

In a major marker of renewable growth, sources of energy that includes wind, solar, hydro and wood pellet burning briefly generated more electricity—50.7 percent—than coal and gas in Great Britain for the first time on June 7. When nuclear sources are added, the number increased to 72.1 percent. Records for wind power are also being set across Northern Europe.


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Artificial intelligence (AI) is helping doctors and scientists worldwide do their jobs better. In wildlife preservation, many researchers want to know how many animals there are and where they live, but Tanya Berger-Wolf, a professor of computer science at the University of Illinois at Chicago, states, “Scientists do not have the capacity to do this, and there are not enough GPS collars or satellite tracks in the world.” At AI-driven, photos are uploaded by experts and the public and analyzed for species, age and even gender. One massive Kenyan study in 2015 prompted officials to alter their lion management program. Also, the locations of stranded victims of floods, earthquakes or other disasters can be determined via computer programmers writing basic algorithms that examine extensive footage. In flooded areas, AI technology can also find debris that harbors trapped people. AI techniques can even monitor social media sites to find out more about missing people and disasters.

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How to Properly Discard Cooking Oil Holiday meal traditions that kick off with a Thanksgiving turkey and continue through festive meals for New Year’s can produce lots of cooking oil and grease waste. Following proper disposal procedures protects both the environment and home plumbing. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reports that vegetable oils and animal fats share common physical properties and create similar environmental effects as petroleum spills, including coating and suffocating animals and plants; polluting food supplies and habitats; fouling shorelines; and clogging water treatment plants. Cooking oil and kitchen grease is the number one cause of stopped-up sewer pipes, according to Earth 911. Grease sticks to the lining of plumbing pipes in small particles, which catch onto each other and accumulate

until the growing mass can block and backup sewage lines, leading to a nasty mess and sometimes costly repairs. This potential problem can be avoided simply and easily. n For small amounts of kitchen grease such as lard, shortening or tallow that inevitably go down the drain, flush with cold water so that it solidifies, making it less likely to stick to pipes. n Freeze small amounts of used cooking fats, oils and grease in a container like a used coffee can with a tight-sealing lid, then place it in the trash. n Larger and unfrozen quantities of used cooking oil may be taken to an area recycling center for proper disposal year-round. No special container is required and the liquid is emptied from the consumer’s container onsite. Don’t combine the contents with anything else, so it can be repurposed by vendors that collect it from the centers.

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A Prescription for Care

Johnson Compounding and Wellness Pharmacy Continues Longstanding Legacy by Wendy Lewis


Big changes often bring about endings. But for a neighborhood pharmacy, change is helping a tradition continue.

ohnson Compounding and Wellness, in Waltham, has recently changed hands from previous co-owners and pharmacists Stephen and Diane Bernardi to Pharmacy Manager John Walczyk, PharmD, RPh, FIACP, FACA and Andrew Stein, PharmD, RPh. Though the Bernardis have stepped down during their 30th anniversary of ownership, they will continue to work in the front store, continuing a tradition of topnotch customer care. “Our patients are our number one concern and the reason for our existence, and we know John and Andy will make us proud,” says Diane Bernardi. Graduates from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy with a doctor of pharmacy degree, both Stein (2005) and Walczyk (2006) have since worked in independent compounding pharma14

cy for more than 12 years and have received numerous awards in the field, including Walczyk’s 2011 Massachusetts Innovative Pharmacist of the Year. Walczyk serves on the Pharmacy Advisory Committee of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Pharmacy and Stein is currently serving as an acting board member on the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Pharmacy. Steeped in a Rich History The pharmacy takes its name from Horace I. Johnson, who opened the business in 1852 on Main Street, in Waltham. The Tankel family bought the business in the 1920s and operated it until 1987, when they sold it to Steve and Diane Bernardi. Under the ownership of the Bernardis, Johnson Compounding and Wellness experi-

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enced tremendous growth and change, expanding its staff from six employees in 1987 to nearly 50 today. Walczyk and Stein are excited to be the fourth owners of this 165-year-old neighborhood pharmacy, stating, “We truly look forward to continuing our legacy of providing the highest quality of personalized care for those who depend upon us.” Over the years, the pharmacy’s offerings have grown and evolved, reflecting both modern advances in pharmaceuticals and the ever-changing needs of its customers. Today, it is a premier pharmacy in the Northeast serving 15 states throughout the country, and it has earned an international presence in the world of supplements. It was one of the first independent pharmacies of its kind to have a dual focus on natural medicine and now offers a full range of nutritional supplements, natural products and homeopathic remedies. It is Massachusetts’ first sterile and non-sterile compounding pharmacy accredited by the Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board. As a compounding pharmacy, Johnson Compounding and Wellness is able to address specific customer concerns. Unlike mass-produced drugs, compounded medications are created from scratch in small batches by mixing individual ingredients together in the exact strength and dosages specified by a patient’s provider. Compounding allows patients to avoid unwanted allergens, excipients and other potentially harmful dyes and fillers. Medications may also be created in varied forms, such as suppositories, troches, creams, ointments, eye drops, capsules and liquids. With its focus on compounding and natural remedies, the pharmacy supports the principles of integrative medicine. Pharmacy staff and patient providers work closely to offer an enlightened “whole person” approach. The wellness center at Johnson Compounding has become popular for its on-site expertise and educational offerings with more than 10 pharmacists, a registered nurse and Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine Gary Kracoff, who brings new and exciting remedies to the vast selection of homeopathic and wellness supplement lines. The new owners will continue a regular sched-

ule of on-site lectures that offer ample opportunities for anyone to learn how to better take charge of their health. A wealth of information—videos, blog articles and a newsletter—is also available on the pharmacy’s website. Many come to Johnson Compounding and Wellness for alternatives to mainstream medicine. Katie Nolan, the pharmacy’s director of pharmacy education, says bio-identical hormone replacement therapy has become popular among both men and women, as well as compounded solutions for pain management, thyroid issues, and even pediatric and veterinary needs. The staff at Johnson Compounding and Wellness always keeps an eye on the latest advances in health and wellness, bringing the latest treatments and innovations to its customers. The pharmacy is now the premier source for low-dose Naltrexone, prescribed for chronic pain and many autoimmune diseases, and Serum Tears, prescribed as a natural treatment for dry eye. It is also one of the first pharmacies in the state to offer genetic testing and targeted therapies. As it has since 1852, Johnson Compounding and Wellness will continue its legacy of bringing the best in pharmaceutical wellness to the customers of today—and the future. Johnson Compounding and Wellness is located at 577 Main St., Waltham. For more information or questions, call 781-8933870. Visit for a virtual tour, event calendar and more. See ad on this page and Resource Guide on pages 39 and 41. Wendy Lewis is a frequent contributor to the Boston and Rhode Island editions of Natural Awakenings. Be sure to let our advertisers know you found them in natural awakenings

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Change Your Lifestyle, Change Your Life Wellness Coaching Offers a Supportive Path to Health by Wendy Lewis

The essential conditions of everything you do must be choice, love, passion. ~Nadia Boulanger


More energy. Less weight. A balanced, healthy life. Many of us wish for these things, but face challenges attaining them. Janine Gilarde did too, until she found the tools for a healthier life.


ears ago, Gilarde suffered with to create a comprehensive coaching weight gain, chronic fatigue approach specifically tailored for each and digestive individual. Since 2015, issues. Countless visits Gilarde has offered her to her doctor didn’t services to clients in the help her find answers, Boston area. which left her feeling The key to lasting depressed and defeated. change, Gilarde says, is Finally, with the help of setting small, attainable a holistic practitioner, goals and making daily she was diagnosed with lifestyle changes. Gilarde stress-related ailments provides guidance regardand realized that she ing exercise, stress-bustneeded to heal and reing strategies, and eating, pair her life. cooking and shopping to A Boston-based regsupport a healthy diet. Janine Gilarde istered nurse, Gilarde She also offers reiki. “A brought her new awarelot of this is basic, but we ness to her job and found herself seeing ignore it,” Gilarde says. “Many of my her patients in a different light. “I saw clients are busy women because, as so many people suffering in the hospital women, we often put our needs last.” with illnesses that they could resolve Gilarde offers complimentary with simple lifestyle changes,” she says. 30-minute strategy sessions to help Plus, she saw how the constraints of clients decide if coaching is right for the modern health care system did not them. “My life is so much better now allow for the kind of one-on-one, ongo- because I have these tools,” Gilarde ing guidance people needed to change says. “I want to share them with oththeir lives. er women so they don’t have to go Determined to help others, Gilarde through what I did.” earned a certification as a health and wellness coach to learn the science be- To learn more, visit Gilarde’s website at hind behavior change. She combined See ad on that knowledge with her expertise in page 18 and Resource Guide on pages nursing, nutrition and energy healing 38, 42 and 43.

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Yin Restorative Herbs for a Healthy Transition Toward Winter by Hannah Jacobson-Hardy


utumn is associated with the metal element according to the five element system in Traditional Chinese Medicine. It invites us to descend the way leaves fall from trees after serving them all summer. It is a time for reflection and restoration. Several herbs complement the transition from summer to fall, which is also a time to deeply nourish the yin body. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, there is yin and yang, which are complementary forces deeply interconnected. For example, there is light and darkness, cold and hot, expansion and contraction. Yin can be interpreted as slow, quiet, rest, heavy and feminine. Yang can be interpreted as moving, loud, buoyant, forceful and masculine. The fluids in the body are considered yin, while the muscular structure is yang. Obviously, both are equally valuable and needed. The dominant Western culture is often more accepting of yang energy. Work harder, smarter, faster, and success will be enjoyed, but not if the yin is undernourished. Let’s be wise by nourishing the yin while rising into yang. Signs of undernourished yin include insomnia, anxiety, feeling hot and thirsty even after hydrating, dry skin and hair, hot flashes, night sweats, vivid dreams and nightmares, some types of headaches and feeling wired despite exhaustion. Following are some herbs and foods that support yin restoration:  Adaptogens which help the body repair from stress such as reishi, astragalus, tulsi, ashwagandha, schisandra and shatavari  Nourishing tonics that restore the nervous system such as milky oats, skullcap and nettles


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 Mild sedatives to promote sleep and relaxation such as lavender, rose, linden, chamomile, catnip, kava kava, California poppy and valerian  Cooling bitters such as mint, dandelion root, burdock root and passionflower  Healthy fats are necessary for repairing the body from stress and supporting the nervous system such as ghee, coconut oil, fish oil, omega-3s, avocados and nuts. Fat received a bad reputation with the “fat-free” trend; however our brains, spines, joints, synovial fluid and hormone regulation depends on adding equal amounts of healthy fats.  Foods and herbs that are sweet and bland help build the body’s yin reservoirs such as squash, roots, animal fats, eggs, grains, dairy and sweeteners. According to Brittany Wood Nickerson, author of Recipes from the Herbalist’s Kitchen, “They are nutritive and regenerative; they provide all the building blocks for growth and help the body build, repair and sustain energy.” In addition to drinking herbal teas and consuming foods that nourish the yin, there are also lifestyle changes that invite balance after yang time, or long periods of output. Feeling more tired after slowing down is common. The yin systems take time to restore, generally no less than one month after periods of excessive output. Take time to rest or nap (especially between 3 to 5 p.m.), read a book, journal, meditate, attend a silent retreat, catch up with friends, practice restorative yoga, get a massage and sip a cup of herbal tea. Hannah Jacobson-Hardy, founder of Sweet Birch Herbals and Full Moon Ghee, is a holistic health coach and community herbalist devoted to providing the region with high-quality plantbased medicines that are locally grown and sustainably wildcrafted. Hannah is deeply committed to healing our relationships with each other and the Earth through nature-based experiences. Learn more at and at See listing on this page.

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Preventing, Reversing and Managing Diabetes Naturally by Linda Sechrist


ore health practitioners today are recognizing both the mind-body connection, as well as energetic and metaphysical insights into preventing and reversing illnesses. As a result, those facing diabetes and other health challenges are accessing contemporary resources such as Louise L. Hay’s explanation of the emotional roots of disease in You Can Heal Your Life, and the medical science and natural methods explained by health researcher and author Gary Null, Ph.D., in No More Diabetes: A Complete Guide to Preventing, Treating, and Overcoming Diabetes. Applying a “both” rather than an “either” approach illuminates the importance of recognizing the ways our thoughts, emotions and lifestyle choices can impact chronic illness and long-term health.

Two Perspectives


Hay suggests that this metabolic disorder may be rooted in a feeling of being deprived of life’s sweetness and longing for what might have been, accompanied by a great need to control deep sorrow. Such chronic unease can show up as Type 1, or insulin-dependent, diabetes; Type 2, or non-insulin-dependent diabetes; latent autoimmune diabetes in adults (LADA), a slowly progressing variation of Type 1; or gestational diabetes, which occurs during pregnancy.


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Eavesdropping on our repetitive inner mind chatter and observing its impact on outer experiences can reveal faulty thinking that disrupts the mindbody connection. Hay, a firm believer in the power of affirmations to send a message to the subconscious mind, recommends them to aid healing. For diabetes, she suggests, “This moment is filled with joy. I now choose to experience the sweetness of today.” Null cites medical evidence that explains how the physical causes of diabetes are related to the pancreatic production of the hormone insulin and the body’s use of it, together with rollercoaster blood sugar levels determined by food selections, stress, sleeplessness, insufficient rest and lack of exercise. His approach for preventing, reversing or managing this debilitating condition is to raise awareness of the physical, behavioral and mental causes that lead to its emergence, and making healthy lifestyle choices that regulate blood sugar levels.

Naturally Control Blood Sugar

Glucose, the human body’s key source of cellular energy, is the end product of the digestive system breaking down carbohydrates, proteins and fats for absorption in the intestines. From there, it passes into the bloodstream. Glucose also supplies energy for the brain. Normal blood glucose levels vary throughout the day. For healthy individuals, a fasting blood sugar level upon awakening is less than 100 milligrams (mg) per deciliter (dl) of blood. Before meals, normal levels are 70 to 99 mg/dl; otherwise, 100 to 125. Consistent readings above 126 indicate that lifestyle changes are needed to avoid eventual progression into full Type 2 diabetes. When there’s an inability to efficiently transport glucose from the blood into cells, cells don’t receive the energy they need to function properly. “Elevated glucose levels contribute to blood vessel damage, high blood pressure and inflammation among other issues. High glucose causes insulin levels to spike in an effort to draw the glucose into cells. This stresses the pancreas and causes a sugar crash, called hypoglycemia, which can lead individuals to make impulsive, poor food choices,” advises

amounts of simple carbohydrates and sugars, are overweight or are exceedingly sedentary and eat unhealthy processed foods, have a higher risk for developing Type 2 diabetes. Iankowitz’s effective, patient-centered practice follows a practical, fourmonth healing plan that includes tracking foods, moods, blood pressure, sleeping habits and exercise, all necessary to manage or reverse Type 2 diabetes.

Effective Diet Choices

Nourishing myself is a joyful experience, and I am worth the time spent on my healing. ~Louise L. Hay Marcy Kirshenbaum, a board-certified clinical nutritionist and owner of Enhance Nutrition, in Northbrook, Illinois. She notes, “Elevated sugar and insulin levels raise triglycerides, a fat that circulates in the blood, and cholesterol, specifically the LDL (low-density lipoprotein) levels. Triglycerides and cholesterol are important measures of heart health. Triglyceride levels of 150 mg/dl in fasting blood is a risk factor for a stroke or heart attack.”

Early Heads-Up

According to the American Diabetes Association, 8.1 million of the 29.1 million individuals diagnosed with diabetes were previously unaware of any early symptoms such as dry mouth, excessive thirst, frequent urination, constant hunger (even after meals), unusual weight gain or loss and lack of energy. “Many individuals only learn of their condition from a doctor-ordered routine blood test such as the A1C glycated hemoglobin procedure, which reads blood sugar levels over a three-month period,” advises Dr. Nancy Iankowitz, a board-certified family nurse practitioner and founding director of Holistic and Integrative Healing, in Holmes, New York. Individuals that consume large

Making the highest-impact food choices is critical in the earliest stages of diabetes. That’s why nutritionist and holistic integrative health practitioner Saskia Kleinert, an independent practitioner who also serves as director of the Emeryville Health & Wellness Center, in California, helps patients integrate dietary changes into everyday life. “Patient education includes the necessity of eating low-glycemic index foods and reducing blood glucose levels, while increasing healthy fats with nuts, avocado and olive oil,” advises Kleinert. She notes that antioxidant-rich plant foods are another key component of an effective dietary plan for all age groups. The role of exercise is also vital for those needing to reverse pre-diabetes or managing diabetes aided by insulin injections. “Exercise increases the muscle cell’s demand for glucose, moving it out of the blood into muscle cells that use it as fuel, and so lowering insulin levels,” explains Jamie Coughlan, a naturopathic doctor who practices in Pleasanton and Pleasant Hill, California. Dr. Angelo Baccellieri, owner of Westchester Wellness Medicine, in Harrison, New York, introduces patients to intermittent fasting, an eating pattern that helps treat insulin resistance and control blood sugar. “The concept is predicated on going 14 to 16 hours without food, replicating how our primitive ancestors ate. They feasted when food was available and fasted during famines, sometimes going several days without eating,” advises Baccellieri, who notes that intermittent fasting can be done one day a week. “Our biochemistry actually does very well with this approach, which

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isn’t hard to do when your last meal is at 7 p.m. and you skip breakfast and delay lunch the next day until 1 p.m. You can drink water with lemon, teas and black coffee throughout. By 1 p.m., the body has been 18 hours without protein and carbohydrates, allowing insulin levels to remain at a low level. Excess insulin from too much sugar shifts the body into a storage mode. Having no sugar stores available, the body can then switch into a ketogenic state that allows the body to burn fat for fuel,” explains Baccellieri. Herbs such as turmeric reduce inflammation. Berberine can help cells

use glucose efficiently. Supplements such as vitamin C, B-complex, resveratrol and pycnogenol (pine bark extract) can raise antioxidant levels, in which most pre-diabetic and diabetic individuals are deficient, according to a study published in PubMed. Cautious health professionals tailor supplement recommendations to each patient.

Helpful Weight Loss

In The Diabetes Breakthrough, based on a scientifically tested way to reverse diabetes through weight loss, Dr. Osama Hamdy and Sheri R. Colberg, Ph.D., explain a home-based version

of the 12-week Why WAIT (Weight Achievement and Intensive Treatment) program offered at the Joslin Diabetes Center, affiliated with Harvard Medical School, in Boston. WAIT allows participants to reach their weight and blood glucose goals, along with improvements in blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and liver and kidney function. The program’s success is due to doable increases in exercising that put greater emphasis on strengthening muscles; effective ways to change bad habits; successful portion control; healthy alternatives to favorite foods; carbohydrate counting; and meals composed of the right balance of complex carbohydrates and antioxidant-rich plant foods, protein and fat, all to achieve optimum body weight and diabetes control.

No Quick Fix

Restoration of health begins with the most important lifestyle changes. n Replace processed and sugary foods in meals and snacks with nutrient dense, whole foods. n Determine possible food sensitivities with an elimination diet. n Eat some protein with every meal. n Eliminate environmental toxins.

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n Perform some form of cardiovascular exercise and resistance training at least three to five times a week. n Add stress-relieving practices such as yoga, tai chi or qigong. According to Hamdy, “On average, diabetes has the potential to rob you of more than 12 years of life, while dramatically reducing the quality of life for more than 20 years through chronic pain, loss of mobility, blindness, chronic dialysis and heart disease.” Such serious consequences also include stroke, hearing impairment and Alzheimer’s, he adds. All provide good reasons to live responsibly every day, cherishing longterm goals of laying claim to the best possible health. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at


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Ohio, author of Kindness is Contagious, observes, “We are literally created to be kind; it’s well known that feel-good endorphins are released when we do an act of kindness. I think we often hold back because we predetermine that our resources are limited. Know your talents and gifts, and build your acts of kindness accordingly.”


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Feed Your Soul

Sharable Thanksgiving

Ways to Focus on What Really Matters by Marlaina Donato

Thanksgiving inspires a season of appreciation for what sustains us and gives meaning to life.

Share Good Food “I think true sustenance is when our hunger for connection and belonging meet,” says Sarah Ban Breathnach, the Los Angeles author of The Simple Abundance Journal of Gratitude. “When my daughter was small, we would purchase a complete Thanksgiving dinner for the local food pantry when we shopped for our own, saying, ‘One for us, one for them.’” Nourishment of our emotional and spiritual selves often begins with choosing simple, whole food. Rocco DiSpirito, a New York City celebrity chef and author of Rocco’s Healthy + Delicious, reminds us, “Eat real food! Return to the basics of eating what’s produced by Mother Nature. You’ll become a better partner, parent and person.” Cooking is more enjoyable when shared; beyond partaking together, partnering in meal preparation is a fun way to nurture bonds with others any time of the year.

Bangor, Pennsylvania, has opened her doors for intimate community events through the years. “My former home, a converted church, was a perfect space for organizing and a way to give back,” says Caldara, who has hosted gatherings on local environmental issues, music performances, literary nights and annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebrations. Small living spaces can be just as welcoming and facilitate simple conversation, a valuable gesture. “The art of listening is such a beautiful, but rare act of kindness. I love technology, but there’s no denying that our devices have made us poor listeners,” says Michael J. Chase, of southern Maine, the founder of The Kindness Center, whose books include Am I Being Kind and Off: A Memoir of Darkness, a Manual of Hope. Each month, Chase makes it a point to visit friends and send some handwritten notes instead of using social media.

Share Life’s Happiness

Practice Kindness

Common interests lessen the chasm between our to-do lists and nurturing camaraderie. Anna Maria Caldara, of

Sharing our time or talent will be remembered long after the holiday feasting. Author Nicole J. Phillips, of Athens,

 Revive a traditional weekly or monthly dinner with family or friends.  Whip up and enjoy a healthy dinner or dessert with someone not seen in a while.  Organize a healthy potluck using local ingredients and encourage invitees to bring someone that’s new to the group.  Choose a healthier version of a holiday favorite and print out the recipe for everyone at the event.  Fill a holiday basket with yummy and colorful edibles and drop it off at a local business or library to express appreciation.  Seek reconciliation by initiating a conversation with someone that may have been hurtful.  Explore to join or host a dinner to make new friends.

Offer Some Time  Offer to help clean up a friend’s yard or organize a closet or room in their house.  Host a children’s art party and donate their works to a local facility or shelter.  If in possession of a holistic, artful or practical skill, gift it.  Bring a pot of homemade soup to a friend or neighbor that’s under the weather.  Find ideas for random acts of kindness at

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SACRED SILENCE Discover the Benefits of Quiet at a Silent Retreat by April Thompson

energy,” says Wagner. “Silent retreats are the loudest, as the energy is roaring within. It should be a joyous practice.” Yet retreats aren’t a cakewalk. Los Angeles author and mindfulness facilitator Jennifer Howd chronicles the challenges of her first nine-day silent retreat in Joshua Tree, California, in her memoir Sit, Walk, Don’t Talk. Seven retreats later, Howd says that although the journey isn’t always easy, she always gains insights about herself and the nature of the mind.

Choosing a Retreat


ndividuals seeking to escape life’s ceaseless distractions, deepen their personal spiritual practice, enhance well-being and gain fresh perspective, are patronizing silent retreats in rising numbers. “Retreats are a special opportunity to enter a healing space where your natural energy, insight, intelligence and wisdom can arise,” says Linda Mary Peacock, known as Thanissara, a former Buddhist nun, cofounder of South Africa’s Dharma-giri Hermitage and Outreach and a retreat leader at the Spirit Rock Insight Meditation Center, in Woodacre, California. Sheila Russ, of Richmond, Virginia, has participated in several retreats with silent components, hosted by spiritual traditions spanning Baptist to Benedictine. “People of different faiths all have the same need to reach inside and listen. If we don’t slow down and get quiet, we can’t hear what’s going on with us,” says Russ. “Spending time in contemplation is cleansing and freeing; I feel like mentally and spiritually I can breathe.”

Scientific Support

Attaining heightened well-being after a retreat may have a neurological basis, according to research from Thomas Jefferson University’s Marcus Institute of Integrative Health, in Philadelphia. Silent retreats appear to raise the brain’s levels of mood-boosting chemicals, according to Dr. Andrew Newberg, director of 24

research there. Newberg’s team tested the brains of retreat participants before and one week after an Ignatian-based retreat, finding significant changes in their serotonin and dopamine systems. “Whether through prayers, walks or meditations, the single-minded ritualistic aspect of retreats seems to predispose the brain for peak spiritual experience,” he observes.

What to Expect

Formats vary, but most silent retreats entail extended periods of sitting meditation or prayer, often alternating with walking meditation or other mindful movement. Some may also entail a work detail, like sweeping the meditation hall or helping prepare meals. “Work tasks help bring mindfulness into everyday life,” says Chas DiCapua, a resident teacher for the Insight Meditation Society’s flagship retreat center in Barre, Massachusetts, who has led silent retreats teaching Buddhist practices for 20 years. “The community aspect is equally important; being surrounded by people that support your spiritual practice can encourage you on what can be a lonely path.” Silence doesn’t mean being static and somber or not thinking, counsels David Harshada Wagner, of Ojai, California, whose meditation retreats draw from the Indian mystical traditions of yoga, vedanta and tantra. “Silence is more than the absence of talking; it’s a powerful

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Retreat leaders caution that while it’s good to jettison expectations and ap-proach the experience with an open mind, choose a retreat that fits individual needs. The level of personal attention at retreats can vary greatly, remarks Thanissara. “Some may host 100 or more people, relying largely on taped instruction without much interaction with group leaders. A small group might be better for a first retreat,” she suggests. Thanissara recommends an upfront review of instructor credentials and starting with a weekend retreat before embarking on one of longer duration. Regardless of length, retreats aren’t always for everyone. “If you’re going through emotional or psychological difficulties, it’s best to discuss your circumstances with a teacher at the retreat center before deciding to attend. If you’re in therapy, talk with your therapist,” counsels DiCapua.

Retreat Back to Everyday Life Afterwards, ease back into the daily routine; don’t rush back into old patterns of media and food consumption, recommends Howd. “Try to build-in a day or two of down time. You may still be processing things emotionally.” DiCapua suggests finding a local community of a kindred practice to keep the momentum going, and not expect to keep it up as earnestly at home as at the retreat. Above all, “Appreciate yourself for having thought to go on a retreat and follow it through,” says DiCapua. “It can be a radical thing.” Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at



Retreats for All Faiths R

etreat centers vary from nondenominational to those aligned with a faith, but even within a tradition, styles of meditation vary. The following opportunities highlight some of the more prevalent offerings. and can be helpful tools.

Omega Institute: One of the largest centers on the East Coast, the Omega Institute (, in Rhinebeck, New York, offers yoga, meditation and mindfulness retreats led by notable and varied spiritual teachers. Unity: The Unity church, a Christian faith honoring all


paths to God, offers an annual silent retreat facilitated by Rev. Paulette Pipe ( Held at Unity Center, in Kansas City, Missouri, the experience incorporates soulful music, labyrinth walks and meditation practice.

Tassajara Zen Mountain Center: A working monastery for more than 50 years, Tassajara Zen Mountain Center and Hot Springs (, in the Ventana Mountains of northern California, offers lay meditation practitioners a sense of monastic life each summer. Retreats are mainly taught in the Zen Buddhist tradition, focused on observing the breath and mind. Rolling Meadows: Located in rural Brooks, Maine,

Rolling Meadows ( offers silent retreats combining yoga and meditation. Leaders Patricia Sunyata Brown and Surya-Chandra Das take an eclectic approach incorporating multiple traditions to stimulate self-inquiry and compassion.

Insight Meditation Society: Founded by Sharon Salzberg, Jack Kornfield and Joseph Goldstein in the 1970s, the Insight Meditation Society ( focuses on the Buddhist practices of metta (spreading lovingkindness) and vipassana (insight) meditation. Silent retreats at its historic center in Barre, Massachusetts, range from two days to three months. Jesuits: A Roman Catholic order cofounded by St. Ignatius, the Jesuit tradition incorporates prayer, meditation, self-awareness and other contemplative practices. Jesuits. org/retreat-centers lists Jesuit retreat centers across the U.S. where seekers can deepen their relationship with God through silence.







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Not Your Grandma’s Stuffing Healthy Twists on Old Favorites by Judith Fertig


hanksgiving side dishes continue to evolve, even though traditional entrées still hold pride of place. New, lighter alternatives to time-honored stuffing maximize flavorful dried fruits, herbs and nuts. Healthy options may use gluten-free bread or black rice, cauliflower, chestnuts or pecans for flavor, bulk and color. A stuffing can also fill a halved acorn squash or cored apple. According to renowned health authority Dr. Joseph Mercola, pecans contain more than 19 vitamins and minerals, including anti-inflammatory magnesium, heart-healthy oleic acid, phenolic antioxidants and immune-boosting manganese. Erica Kannall, a registered dietitian in Spokane, Washington, and a certified health and fitness specialist with the American College of Sports Medicine, likes dried fruits because they contribute antioxidants and fiber.

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Celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito, of New York City, salutes his Italian heritage



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with chestnuts and embraces healthy living with millet and mushrooms in his special stuffing. His new book Rocco’s Healthy + Delicious includes healthy takes on Thanksgiving dishes such as a sugar-free cranberry sauce. Sonnet Lauberth, a certified holistic health coach, blogger and cookbook author in Seattle, created a healthy stuffing she loves. “My Grain-Free Sage and Pecan Dressing is one of my favorite dishes to bring to gatherings because it works with a variety of diets,” she says. “It’s gluten-, dairy- and grain-free, paleo and vegan. The pecans can be omitted for a nut-free version.” Riced cauliflower is the base, which is available prepackaged at some groceries, but can be made at home simply by chopping the florets into rice-kernelsize pieces. “Cauliflower is the perfect base for this recipe, as it adds a nice texture in place of bread and provides extra fiber,” she says. Laurie Gauguin, a personal chef in the San Francisco Bay area, specializes

Natural Awakenings recommends using organic, non-GMO (genetically modified) and non-bromated ingredients whenever possible.

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in gluten-free dishes that she prepares in clients’ homes. “Anything that will hold its shape and not crumble too much can work as a stuffing base,” she says. “Gluten-free, somewhat sticky grains, like short grain brown rice, Chinese black rice, millet or soft-cooked quinoa work well.” “Choose a mixture that contrasts with the texture and color of the food you’re stuffing,” advises Gauguin. “I created a stuffing that has crunchy pecans, tender black rice and chewy, dried cranberries to contrast with the creaminess of the cored squash entrée.

The black rice looks striking against the golden squash.” A stuffing that everyone can eat is ideal for a holiday gathering, either to serve or bring. Lauberth observes, “While not always possible, it’s nice if the host can accommodate various dietary concerns and preferences. Bring your own hearty side dish or two so that you have enough to make a meal for yourself if needed.”

Stuffed Apples with Fig and Hazelnuts Yields: 4 servings 2 oz dried figs, finely chopped 1 Tbsp roasted, shelled hazelnuts, chopped 1 tsp orange zest ¼ tsp allspice 4 Granny Smith apples, cored ½ cup maple syrup 1 Tbsp coconut oil 2 Tbsp fresh orange juice

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Preheat oven to 350˚ F.

Healthy Holiday Stuffing Recipes

Combine the chopped figs, hazelnuts, orange zest and allspice in a bowl.

Rocco DiSpirito’s Stuffing

Place grapeseed oil in a 12-inch cast iron pan; place the pan in the oven and preheat oven to 425˚ F. Cook a quarter-cup millet in a small saucepan on the stovetop according to package instructions. When millet is cooked through, transfer it to a large mixing bowl. Heat a large, safe, nonstick sauté pan over high heat and use it to sauté the mushrooms until tender and golden, approximately seven to 10 minutes. Transfer mushrooms to the same mixing bowl as the millet.

Combine the maple syrup, coconut oil and orange juice and drizzle it over the apples. Bake the apples for 25 minutes or until tender.

Heat a large, safe, nonstick pan over medium heat and use it to sweat the onions, celery and carrots until tender and translucent, about 10 minutes. Transfer the vegetable mix to the same mixing bowl as the millet and mushrooms.

Set cooked apples aside for 10 minutes to let the sauce thicken slightly, and then serve warm or at room temperature. Adapted from a recipe in Family Circle Australia.

Add the chestnuts, sage, poultry seasoning, protein powder, egg whites and chicken stock to the large mixing bowl, and then use a rubber spatula to mix well, so that no lumps are visible. Carefully remove the cast iron pan from the oven, and then pour stuffing batter into it. Popping occurs as the outside batter develops a crust.

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1 Tbsp grapeseed oil ¼ cup millet 1 lb crimini mushrooms, sliced 1 large onion, diced 3 stalks celery, diced 1 medium carrot, diced 4 chestnuts, chopped 1 Tbsp fresh sage, chopped 1½ Tbsp poultry seasoning 3 scoops Rocco’s Protein Powder Plus (check 2 egg whites 1¾ cups low sodium chicken or vegetable stock Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground pepper

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Yields: 8 servings

Place the apples in a baking dish and loosely press the fig mixture into the cavities of the apples.

Return the cast iron pan to the oven and bake for 13 minutes. Remove from oven and turn the result out onto a serving dish. Recipe courtesy of Rocco DiSpirito, Rocco’s Healthy + Delicious.

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Roasted Acorn Squash Stuffed With Black Rice, Pecans, Dried Cranberries and Tempeh Yields: 8 servings Squash: 4 acorn squashes (1½ lb each) 4 tsp olive oil ½ tsp sea salt Rice: 1 Tbsp olive oil ¾ cup finely diced onion 1 cup Chinese black rice (also called Forbidden Black Rice) ½ tsp sea salt ¼ tsp ground cinnamon ¼ tsp ground coriander 2 cups water 4 oz tempeh, crumbled Roasted Pecans and Cranberries: 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans 1 tsp minced ginger root 4 tsp olive oil 1 tsp ground coriander ¼ tsp ground nutmeg ¼ tsp sea salt 10 large sage leaves, chopped 1 cup dried cranberries 2 Tbsp maple syrup Preheat oven to 375˚ F. Cut squashes in half lengthwise, then scoop out the seeds. Brush the interior, plus the cut sides of the squashes with the 4 teaspoons oil, then sprinkle with teaspoon sea salt. Arrange squash halves on a baking sheet, cut side down. Roast for 40 to 50 minutes on the upper middle rack of the oven until tender when pierced with a fork.

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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.

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.

While the squash is roasting, place a medium, heavy saucepan over medium heat and pour in one tablespoon of olive oil. Add the onion and sautĂŠ for two to three minutes, until the onion begins to soften. Stir in the rice, salt, cinnamon and coriander. Cook and stir for 30 seconds. Pour in the water and bring to a boil, then cover and simmer over very low heat for 30 to 60 minutes, until rice is tender. Scatter crumbled tempeh over the cooked rice. Cover the pan, then take it off the stove and let it rest for 10 minutes. While the rice is cooking, combine pecans, ginger, four teaspoons olive oil, one teaspoon coriander, nutmeg and one teaspoon salt. Pour this mixture into an eight-by-eight-inch baking pan; roast at 375Ëš F for 15 minutes on the bottom middle oven rack, stirring halfway through. Stir in the sage, dried cranberries and maple syrup. Roast for another 10 minutes, then remove from the oven. Arrange squash halves, cut side up, on a serving platter. Combine rice with the pecan mixture and divide among the squash halves, pressing gently so the stuffing stays put. If made one day ahead, cover and reheat in a 350Ëš F oven until heated through. Recipe courtesy of Laurie Gauguin,

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issa Rankin wears many hats: physician, mystic, author, artist, speaker and blogger. What unites her many pursuits is a passion for helping people optimize their health and understand how science and spirituality converge toward that goal. A former obstetrician and gynecologist, Rankin is the founder of the Whole Health Medicine Institute, in San Francisco, which trains doctors in mind-body-spirit medicine. She’s authored six books to date, including the bestseller Mind over Medicine, The Fear Cure and The Anatomy of a Calling. She lives in California’s Marin County and blogs at

What common signs indicate that fear is affecting our health? When people are sick, there is almost always an element of fear. Many of us have “ridden shotgun” at one time or another with a health diagnosis, and that’s scary, so even if it’s not predisposing the illness itself, it can stimulate fear. Studies from institutions such as the Harvard School of Public Health and Carnegie Mellon University have discovered strong correlations between fear, stress and anxiety and health issues. When fear is predisposing us to illness, addressing the root cause of the issue is preventive medicine.

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Whether triggered by something trivial or real, fear activates the “fight-or-flight” stress response in the brain. The body has natural self-healing mechanisms, but these only operate when our nervous system is relaxed, so effectively dealing with fear is foundationally critical to wellness.

How can we distinguish between true and false fear? True fear is an actual threat to physical survival, like being approached by someone wielding a gun. However, most fear is generated by a story we make up in our minds. Our wild imaginations, the source of beautiful creativity, can be a destructive force, too, as we envision all kinds of worst-case scenarios, most of which will not come true. Modern-day humans average more than 50 stress responses a day, which indicates we’re way off track in our relationship to fear. The mind constantly strategizes how to get what it wants and avoid what it doesn’t. A spiritual practice can help interrupt the “monkey mind” constantly ruminating on what could go wrong. Paying attention to fear around practical issues like not being able to pay bills is helpful because it can keep us from being reckless, such as buying an unneeded luxury item although our mortgage payment looms. But letting false fear prevent us from following a

dream, ending an unhealthy relationship or leaving a toxic job can predispose us to illness. Fear is the emotional equivalent of pain in the body. Attend to it when it arises; try to understand what it is telling you and see what’s in need of healing.

What are some effective ways to defang false fear? Ultimately, we need to come into the right relationship with uncertainty; it’s the gateway to possibility. People often think that fear provides protection, when our intuition, which typically requires a relaxed state of mind, is a far more effective protector. There have been studies about doctors following their hunches to a patient’s underlying condition, leading to life-saving diagnoses.

How can we cultivate courage, curiosity and resilience, rather than feed our fears? Cultivating a spiritual practice such as mindfulness helps put a pause between a feeling like fear and the reaction that might ensue. You learn to sit with uncomfortable feelings and recognize the story you are spinning in your mind about what’s happening. It also means letting go of expectations when things don’t go as planned. Fear is my cue to activate a practice of surrender; to turn something over to the universe. I will also ask for help to calm my heart and let go of attachments. For me, this life-changing practice means I now trust the mystery more than my mind. I trust the unknown more than science and logic. The latter may be useful tools when doing taxes or a research paper, but I don’t trust them to be the best navigation system of my life or help me in a crisis. Psychology isn’t enough to address fear, which comes with the territory if you think that we are just flesh robots programmed to maximize self-interest, alone in a hostile universe. Once you learn to see the possibilities and hand over the wheel to a greater, benign organizing intelligence, something unwinds in the nervous system and we relax into the wonder of mystery. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson at Be sure to let our advertisers know you found them in natural awakenings

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DIY FIRST-AID FOR DOGS Seven Natural Home Remedies by Karen Becker


any pet parents check their kitchen cabinets first when treating their canine companion’s minor health issues. Three helpful basics are canned, 100 percent pumpkin, povidone iodine antiseptic and 3 percent hydrogen peroxide, plus apple cider vinegar and coconut oil.


Minor Skin Abrasions, Cuts, Infections or Hot Spots Solution: Povidone iodine. The gentle Betadine brand can allay staph, yeast and most common bacteria. It’s safe if a pet licks it. Dilute the povidone iodine until it looks like iced tea, soak a clean cloth and gently wipe infected skin areas. Rinse the cloth, wipe the skin, and then pat dry. Repeat twice daily for a minor issue.


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Constipation, Diarrhea and Other Minor Digestive Issues Solution: Canned pumpkin. For occasional mild tummy upsets, give a teaspoon of pumpkin for every 10 pounds of body weight, one to two times a day, either in food or as a treat, for non-allergic dogs. Pumpkin’s soluble fiber can ease diarrhea and constipation.


Itchy, Irritated Paws Solution: Footbaths. About 50 percent of a dog’s foot licking and chewing can be alleviated by simply rinsing off allergens and other irritants from its paws. For large dogs, soak one foot at a time in a bucket. Stand small dogs in a sink or tub, or dunk one paw at a time in a small container of solution. Dilute povidone iodine to the color of iced tea and add to the footbath. Swish it around while the dog stands in it for two to five minutes. Talk soothingly and offer treats as needed.



Fleas Solution: Apple cider vinegar (ACV). It doesn’t kill fleas, but helps deter them. Put a solution of equal parts raw, organic ACV and water in a spray bottle and spritz the pet before they head outdoors plus dog bedding. Consider adding it to a dog’s food as well; one teaspoon for every 20 pounds of pooch. During baths, pour diluted ACV of one cup of vinegar to one gallon of water over a freshly bathed dog (avoid the head) for a flea-preventive rinse. Massage the ACV solution into their coat and towel dry. Don’t rinse. Alternatively, add about two cups of apple cider vinegar to their bathwater.

dishwashing liquid. For a large dog, double, triple or quadruple the mixture, based on their size and coat. Apply the mixture to the dog’s dry coat, taking care to avoid the eyes. Massage the mixture into the coat and skin for about five minutes or until the skunk smell starts to dissipate. Use a sponge to apply the solution to the chin, cheeks, forehead and ears. Rinse thoroughly. When rinsing the head, tilt the dog’s chin upward to protect the eyes. It may be necessary to repeat the entire process up to three times. Rinse off the solution completely.


Toxin Ingestion Solution: Hydrogen peroxide to induce vomiting. Use 3 percent hydrogen peroxide and give one teaspoon for every 10 pounds of dog weight. Add a little

vanilla ice cream or honey to encourage swallowing, or simply syringe it down their throat, if necessary. Walk the dog for a few minutes— movement helps the hydrogen peroxide work—which typically occurs within 15 minutes. If the dog doesn’t vomit in 15 minutes, give a second dose. If after another 15 minutes they still haven’t vomited, call a veterinarian. Don’t induce vomiting if the dog is throwing up already, has lost consciousness or can’t stand, or it’s been more than two hours since they ingested the toxin. Harsh chemicals can cause burning both as they are swallowed and come back up. For these problems, seek veterinary care immediately. Dr. Karen Becker, a proactive and integrative veterinarian in the Chicago area, consults internationally and writes Mercola Healthy Pets (HealthyPets.

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


Crusty Skin and Nails Solution: Coconut oil. Skin treatments using 100 percent organic, cold-pressed, human-grade coconut oil can reduce flaking and improve skin quality, especially for seniors with crusty patches of skin and funky nails. Bathe the dog, and then rub the oil into the skin all over their body, especially on dry areas. Let it absorb for about five minutes. Follow with another bath (not much lather) and a very light rinse. Also, dab it directly on hotspots, eruptions and rashes after disinfecting.


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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 5 Open House – 10am-12pm. Oxbow Schoolhouse is a nonprofit elementary school serving children in grades 1-6. Families are welcome to take a guided tour of our facilities, visit classrooms, and speak with teachers. Free. Oxbow Schoolhouse, 270 Barnum Rd, Devens. 978-772-9500.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 7 How to Get What You Want with a Little Help from Your Friends: Benefit Event – 6:30-8pm. Participate in a fun group exercise that will help you define your dream and overcome obstacles to achieving it. Enjoy a group hypnosis session. Donation. The Tam Center for Healing, 15 Cottage Ave, 5th Fl, Quincy Center. 781-340-2146.

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of a Boston start up. Free. Winchester Public Library, 80 Washington St, Winchester. 781-7217171.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10 Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair – Nov 10-12. Over 130 dealers from the U.S. and Europe. Rare, collectible and antiquarian books, manuscripts, autographs, maps and more on exhibit and for sale. Bring your own books, maps and ephemera and get a free appraisal. $20/Fri night preview, free/Sat & Sun. Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston, Back Bay, Boston. 617-3693204. Sheng Zhen Healing Qigong & Ba Gua Zhang Taichi Training – Nov 10-15. Sheng Zhen means “Sacred Truth” and in this transformative qigong training, Master Li teaches a method of self-healing involving movements designed to remove negative energy and to collect instead, nature’s healing “Qi.” Eastover Estate & Retreat Center, 430 East St, Lenox. 866-264-5139. Details:

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11 Veterans Day Parades – 1pm. Two parades that march around Boston Common along Boylston & Tremont sts, and on to City Hall Plaza and the front of Faneuil Hall.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12 Reiki Clinic – 1:30-4:30pm. A community service project where clients can receive a halfhour reiki treatment by a team of practitioners. Reiki practitioners can volunteer at the clinic and receive a free treatment. $15. Arlington Reiki Associates, 366 Massachusetts Ave, Ste 304, Arlington. Pre-registration required: 617-835-9963 or Family Day – 2-4pm. Families with children of all ages are invited to drop-in and explore the Addison’s fall exhibitions through hands-on activities related to the theme of “invisibility.” Free. Addison Gallery of American Art, 180

Main St, Andover. 978-749-4015. Museums/Addison. Music for Food, Season 8: Schubert’s Vienna/ Our Boston II – 7:30pm. A musician-led initiative to fight hunger. Artists volunteer their time and 100% of concert donations go to a local food pantry. Free, suggested donations: $25/adult, $10/ student. NEC’s Brown Hall, 29 Huntington Ave, Boston.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14 Reverse Diabetes and Prediabetes – 7-8pm. First in a series of workshops, lectures and film screenings sponsored by The Revolution of Consciousness, certified holistic health coaches Rosanne Ryder and Christine Emmi, will lead a free workshop for individuals with or suspecting Type 2 diabetes and prediabetes. Attendees will be given concrete guidelines on how to eat for blood sugar management, including understanding label reading. Free. Johnson Compounding and Wellness, 577 Main St, Waltham. Chris Emmi, 774-275-9659.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 15 Fertility Awareness Meetup – 7-8pm. A space where women can connect with peers to access information and pose questions about using natural birth control for pregnancy prevention or achievement. Free. The Women’s Center, 46 Pleasant St, Cambridge. 617-899-7624.



SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18 Planes, Trains and Automobiles – 5pm. Show outdoors. Free. Faneuil Hall Marketplace, West End, 4 S Market St, Boston. FaneuilHall Sheng Zhen Gong Lecture – 7-9pm. Master Junfeng Li will share the healing properties of his Shen Zheng (Unconditional Love/Sacred Truth) qigong practice, its movements and meditations designed to achieve two key objectives: the removal of stored negative energy from the body, and the obtaining of “Qi,” the healing, and prominent energy of the natural world. Free. Harvard University Science Center, Bio 10, 1 Oxford St, Cambridge. 866-264-5139.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 19 Reiki Level 1 Training & Certification – 9am7pm. Learn how to care for yourself and others with reiki practice. Your training includes the Japanese reiki meditations, how to practice hands-on healing of self and others, the reiki principles, reiki history, and how reiki promotes mindfulness and resiliency on all levels of your being. Comprehensive course manual, CEUs for nurses, social workers & LMTs. $150. Brenner Reiki Healing, 324 Central St, Newton. 617-244-8856.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 20 I’m Not Just Anybody: Fight Back against Chronic Pain – 2:30-5pm. Come listen to others that have gone through the pain experience, and hear from alternative healthcare specialists that work directly with those in pain. Free. Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon St, Great Hall, Boston.

Columbus Park Lighting – 5-6pm. The mayor switches on the Christopher Columbus Park trellis lighting with music and a choir. Free. Christopher Columbus Park, Boston. 617-635-7275.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 25 32nd Annual Boston Tuba Christmas – 2pm. An estimated 150-200 tuba players will serenade the crowd outdoors with favorite holiday classics. Free. Faneuil Hall Marketplace, West End, 4 S Market St, Boston.


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How Foods Alter Your Genes and What You Can Do About It Commercial foods are an epic health failure. Environmental factors such as GMO foods and pesticides are adversely altering your genes. In this workshop you will learn that everyone has an energy field that can be used to access health information about the body. In the second part of the workshop you will have an opportunity to learn how to use Muscle Response Testing to figure out which foods are good and which foods are bad for you and your family. Find your field and discover the secret to your health and vitality.

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Free. Citywide Senior Center, 806 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge. 617-833-3407.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17 Women’s Qi Cultivation: Holistically Creating Vitality, Beauty, Balance & Nutritional Health – Nov 17-19. With Susan Krieger, Lac, MS. This workshop, based on ancient healing methods brought to life for 21st-century women, will explore ways for us to feel empowered in any circumstance. Eastover Estate & Retreat Center, 430 East St, Lenox. 866-264-5139. Details:

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

Integrative Medicine Grand Rounds – 8-9am. 1st Tues. Aims to support interdisciplinary learning, discuss integrative medicine research and the application of integrative therapies. Free. Bornstein Family Amphitheater, BWH, 45 Francis St, Boston. 617-525-3204.

sunday Celebration Service – 10-11:15am. Meditation, 9:45am. Service followed by fellowship. Free. Center for Spiritual Living of Greater Boston, 50 Dudley St, Cambridge. 617-947-2743. SoWa Vintage Market – 10am-4pm. Designers, collectors, appreciators of the beautiful and unusual love this market. A cool, urban, vintage flea market featuring fresh vintage and designer finds every week. Free. SoWa Vintage Market, 450 Harrison Ave, Boston. Vinyl Sundays at Short Path Distillery – 1-6pm. Bring your favorite LP and we’d be happy to spin it on the tasting room stereo system, or choose from our selection. Free. Short Path Distillery, 71 Kelvin St, Unit 2, Everett. Kirtan: The Music of Spirituality – 7-9pm. 2nd Sun. Charlie Braun’s music is a creative outpouring of reflective melodies, sweet harmonies, inthe-groove rhythms and the space in between. Donation. Eastover Estate & Retreat Center, 430 East St, Lenox. 866-264-5139.

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


Noon Concerts on the Freedom Trail – 12:15pm. Stop by to hear a 30-40-min concert. Performers vary each week and perform a wide variety of music ranging from jazz to folk, medieval to modern. $3 suggested donation. King’s Chapel, 64 Beacon St, Boston. 617-227-2155. Stretch and Core Class – 4-4:30pm. Designed to help achy shoulders and necks, hips and lower backs with mostly stretches and some strengthening exercises. Core and balance is incorporated into this 30-min class. Appropriate for all fitness levels. $9/drop-in, $30/5 pack, $50/10 pack. Embody Fitness, 18 Adams St, Burlington. 781-999-2503. Anxiety and Panic Support Group – 6:30pm. 1st Tues. Designed to offer a place where people with common interests and experience can meet. You are not alone in your experience, and knowledge is the key to living a symptom-free life. Free. Washington St, Newton. 617-849-3198. Open Meditation – 7-8:15pm. A supportive environment with 45 mins of shamatha sitting. Appropriate for all levels with several breaks and a brief inspirational video. Free. Rigpa Boston, 24 Crescent St, Ste 308, Waltham. 619-906-4291.

wednesday Free Tour of Symphony Hall – 4pm select Wed. Also 2pm select Sat. Join volunteers on a behindthe-scenes tour and hear about the hall and the history and traditions of the famed musicians and conductors. Boston Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave, Boston. For available dates & times: 617-638-9390. Museum of Fine Arts Free Wednesdays – 6-9pm. An opportunity to sketch from live models and/or from objects in their collections. A drawing instructor provides insights on drawing technique and the artist-model relationship as it informs the creation of artwork. MFA, 465 Huntington Ave, Boston. 617-267-9300. Support Group for Spouses and Family Members of Breast Cancer Patients and Survivors – 6:30pm. 3rd Wed. Do you keep your questions, concerns or fears to yourself? Have you wished there were others you could talk with

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who have been in your shoes? Please join us for our monthly support group led by the husband of a breast cancer survivor. Free. Generations Healing Center, 250 Main St, Oxford. 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 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. Let’s Laugh Today Laughter Yoga – 7:308:30pm. 1st Wed. Any age and any level of physical ability can enjoy this unique exercise of laughter and clapping combined with gentle breathing that brings more oxygen to the body’s cells. Free. Meetinghouse of the First Universalist Society, 262 Chestnut St, Franklin. 508-660-2223.

thursday Free Night at the ICA – 5-9pm. The Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave, Boston. Assabet Valley Holistic Mom’s Group – 7-8:30pm. 2nd Thurs. A nonprofit organization that is gender neutral, open to the public. LGBT, singles, couples, marriages, teachers, professionals and individuals are welcome. Free. Maynard Public Library, 77 Nason St, Maynard. More info: 978-908-7870. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous Meeting – 7-8:30pm. Are you having trouble controlling what you eat? A twelve step recovery program for anyone suffering from food obsession, overeating, under-eating or bulimia. Free. Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Johnson Conference Room, 170 Governor’s Ave, Medford. 617-583-2901. SRR Thursday Night 4.06 Miler – 7:15-8:15pm. It may be raining. It may be hot or cold. The SRR Thursday night run will happen every week, no matter what. Free. Casey’s Bar, 171 Broadway, Somerville. Shift from Dis-Ease to Ease – 7:30-9pm. 2nd Thurs. Cancer? Be supported in how to manage your anxiety and explore how the interactions of your beliefs and feelings can have profound effects on your health and well-being. Presented by, Sonny Rose, MA, Founding Director of The Healing Beyond Cancer. Bring pen and paper. Free. Roots and Wings Healing Center, 317 N Main St, Natick. 978-369-7733. Observatory Night – 7:30-9:30pm. 3rd Thurs. A non-technical lecture and telescopic observing from the observatory roof if weather permits. Free. Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics,


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


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friday Belmont Youth Running Club – 7-7:30am. The goal of this free club is to show your passion for running and to help youth and beginner runners learn to enjoy the sport in a safe and fun environment. We will stretch, run, laugh and plank. Bring a bottle of water. Belmont Reservoir, corner of Payson Rd & Oak St, Belmont. 617-4384467. Health Lecture Series – 10am. 1st Fri. An informative discussion for parents and caregivers on a variety of parent- and child-related topics such as nutrition, behavior, community resources and more. Held in the Old Country Buffet, Watertown Mall, 550 Arsenal St, Watertown. 617-926-4968. Blood Pressure Screenings – 10am-12pm. 1st Fri. Free blood pressure screenings in front of the Old Country Buffet. Watertown Mall, 550 Arsenal St, Watertown. 617-926-4968. Second Fridays – 5-8pm. Free with admission at the MIT Museum on the 2nd Fri each month. Mingle with friends in the unique galleries and see some of the latest research coming out of MIT. MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge. 617-253-5927. SoWa First Fridays – 5-9pm. 1st Fri. Over 60 galleries south of Washington St and at the Artist’s Guild, nearby businesses and restaurants open their doors to give you a chance to experience the vibrant South End arts community. Free. Start at 450 Harrison Ave, follow gallery lights around the neighborhood. Monthly Community Reiki Clinic – 7-8:45pm. 1st Fri. Make an appointment for a 30-min reiki

session. Appointment times are 7-7:30pm, 7:358:05pm & 8:10-8:40pm. $10. Brenner Reiki Healing, 324 Central St, Newton. 617-244-8856.

saturday 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 gentle breathing that brings more oxygen to the body’s cells. Free. Unitarian Church of Sharon, 4 N Main St, Sharon. 508-660-2223.

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.

PRODUCTS SPRINGHILL STATUARY - HOME OF THE $10 STATUE – Pet memorials, Angels, Buddha statues, bird baths. Many dog breeds. Shipping worldwide. Open year round. 75 Laura St, Tiverton. 401-314-6752.

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

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous Meeting – 4:30pm. Are you having trouble controlling what you eat? Attend this meeting and hear experience, strength and hope from members who have found this solution and are recovering from food addiction. Learn more about the FA programs and how it may help you or someone you know and love. Free. Christ Church, 33 Central St, Andover. 617-610-3748.

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Neutrality Night with Stephen Dupre – 8pm. Have some fun and learn simple techniques to get neutral to experience real-time energy shifts. Register online: first 10 will get issues addressed on the call. Free. Online event. 401-405-1669.


EasYoga – Thru Nov. 9:30pm. Relax, re-energize, revitalize. Walk-ins welcome. First class free. The Well Street Station, 62 Mt Auburn St, Watertown. 617-923-1440.

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



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 9.

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Karina Beleno Carney 78 Main Street, Pepperell 978-294-9291

Karina Beleno Carney, Lic.Ac., brings over 10 years experience of effective and compassionate acupuncture, Chinese herbs and TuiNa treatments. Serving Nashoba Valley. See ad, page 16.



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



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Looking to improve an area of your life or to heal a personal/ business relationship? I can assist you in discovering a new path forward. My specialties: family dynamics, personal/work relationships and career development.


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


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


Liz Marcano-Pucillo 150 Wood Rd, Ste 403, Braintree, MA 02184 781-228-6915 Receive professional colon hydrotherapy by a national board-certified therapist using the Angel of Water system. The most comfortable and private system in the industry. See ad, page 29.


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Acton Pharmacy 563 Massachusetts Ave, Acton, MA 01721 978-263-3901 Keyes Drug 2090 Commonwealth Ave Newton, MA 02466 617-244-2794 West Concord Pharmacy 1212 Main St, Concord, MA 01742 978-369-3100 For more than a quarter of a century, Dinno Health has been a trusted provider of pharmacy services and is committed to providing the highest quality of individualized care for each customer. At our three independent pharmacies we offer prescriptions, compounded medications, medical supplies, homeopathic remedies, vitamins and vaccines. See ad, page 8.


Stephen Bernardi 577 Main St, Waltham, MA 02452 781-893-3870 • Fax: 781-899-1172 JCW is the only sterile and non-sterile PCABaccredited pharmacy in Massachusetts. In addition to our compounding service, we offer a full range of nutritional supplements, natural products, homeopathic remedies and home health care equipment. See ad, page 15.


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 28.

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


Specializing in natural solutions to healing pre-diabetes and diabetes support. Coping and healthy living strategies. Offering on-site workshops for businesses and organizations and individual coaching. See ad, page 22.


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Your Wellness Scout provides coaching, resources, and tips to set wellness goals and integrate sustainable solutions and practices without tipping the work, life, family balance.


Irina Serebryakova, Holistic, NP 493-495 Main St, Groton 978-449-9919 Irina is trained in holistic modalities such as weight management, whole body detoxification, nutraceuticals, essential oils, spiritual medical intuition and kinesiology. Irina’s training extends to endocrine disorders such as hypothyroidism, adrenal insufficiency, depression, anxiety and sex hormone deficiencies. She also practices holistic gynecology, bio-identical hormone restoration, neurotherapy, endocrine disorders and ozone therapy. See ad, back page.


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 34.


Rose Siple, Certified Hypnotherapist 774-991-0574 Transform yourself and achieve your goals through the transformative healing process of hypnotherapy. Aren’t you tired of talking about it and thinking about it? We specialize in Virtual Gastric Band Hypnosis for weight loss. Call today. See ad on page 18 .

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

Board-certified MD in gynecology and integrative medicine. Hormone balancing, nutrition and detoxification are keys to optimal health. See ad, page 29.


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


98 Parmenter Rd, Framingham, MA 01701 508-838-1101 Lyme requires a mutli-dimensional approach. With the use of Quantum Reflex Analysis, Zyto, and nutritional support we can identify the Lyme, its supporting bacteria and remediate them. Returning the person to one’s health. See ad, page 9.


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


Grace Ramsey-Coolidge, LMHC 493-495 Main St, Groton 978-449-9919 Grace Ramsey-Coolidge is a Heart-and Energy-Based Psychotherapist who practices process-oriented care that focuses on the interactions between the mind, body and spirit to target the root cause of issues using kinesiology and energetic medicine. A Reiki Master, she teaches meditation techniques, energetic medicine classes and chakra seminars. See ad, back page.


NEWTON CHIROPRACTIC & WELLNESS CENTRE 383 Elliot St, Ste 250 617-964-3332

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.


Alison Shaw APRN, LMT, CEH 109 Massachusetts Ave Lexington, MA 02420 781-646-0686 An innovative blend of bodycentered counseling, integrative bodywork and energy medicine to uncover and release bodymind patterns that limit your life and health. See ad, page 35.


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Whole Family Wellness, LLC 29 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02116 781-721-4585 Naturopathic Medicine since 2006. Dr. Layton provide safe, effective, complementary and alternative natural therapies to achieve vibrant health in people of all ages.

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617-610-0734 Looking for ways to better manage stress, improve health or lose weight? Want support in moving beyond old patterns that are holding you back? Health and Wellness Coaching and reiki can help. See ad, page 18.


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34 Lincoln St, Newton Highlands 617-633-3654 Are you stressed from the pressure of your job, home life, kids or an illness? Do you want to feel calm and relaxed? Experience reiki. Certified Reiki Master/Teacher with over 20 years’ experience in energy medicine providing pure Usui Reiki healing/relaxation sessions.


98 Parmenter Rd, Framingham, MA 01701 508-838-1101 Peter offers every 1st and 3rd Tuesday evening meditation at 7pm. Once a month Peter offers sweat lodge. Both are for those who seek to find awareness for the heart and soul. See ad, page 9.

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Ready to radically improve your sex and love life, with or without a partner? Cutting-edge holistic sex, relationship and intimacy coaching, energy and bodywork for your sexual healing and empowerment. In person and/or Skype. See ad, page 22.


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 13.


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

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