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believe that an upside to the recent election, regardless of which candidate we supported, is clear awareness that these times present an incredible opportunity for us to mature as individuals and as a nation. It’s plain that we’re all being called on to unite in taking action for desired change that supports the greater good. Reflecting back on the most challenging times of my life, I see now that they’ve also been the most expansive and growth-supporting events I’ve experienced. While the struggle is real when we’re in the trenches of unrest trying to understand why certain things happen, I believe that when we are able to embrace them as opportunities instead of fault lines, we come out better for it in the long run. Like our country at large we each have contradicting stories and beliefs running around in our psyches. It’s what we do when we uncover and resolve those conflicts using a heartfelt intelligence free of ego that yields the best results. Personally, I choose to limit exposure to mainstream and social media by skipping over negative headlines. Meanwhile, I’m coming into countless opportunities to engage with people, including strangers with profoundly different life stories than mine, and it’s been one of the most rewarding experiences ever. There’s an authenticity as we delve below the surface to the heart of things. No talk of politics, the election, our differences… just kindness. Female, male, white, black, yellow, red, Democrat, Republican, Independent, fat, skinny, short, tall and every other distinction one could possibly make, we are all the same colors inside, all feel similar emotions at one time or another, all have hopes and dreams. At a deeper level, we are all one, as evidenced in Linda Sechrist’s December feature article, “Scientists Explore Love Emerging Research Shows We’re All Connected.” It shares many resources available for us to do further research that will benefit us and everyone we touch. The kindness of a genuine smile as our face lights up at the presence of another is one of the most precious gifts we have to give. I hope to meet you one day soon­—in person, on the street, at an event or wherever else we’ll be able to share the connection made through smiling eyes. My wish is that you find something in these pages to lift you up this and every month. In gratitude and peace,

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newsbriefs Integrative Family Doctor Joins Staff at Groton Wellness


roton Wellness, an organization that features biological dentistry, integrative medicine and a medical spa with a clean-food café, has welcomed Richard Chen, M.D., to its practice as an integrative family doctor. Chen specializes in gastrointestinal and thyroid issues, autoimmune disorders, chronic fatigue, depression, anxiety, cardiovascular and metabolic dysfunction, natural hormone replacement, non-spiRichard Chen nal arthritis injections and functional medicine. Jean Nordin-Evans, DDS, co-founder of Groton Wellness, says that Chen’s combined traditional medical training and in-depth knowledge of integrative medicine will help patients immensely. “We are happy to add Dr. Chen to our long list of practitioners, so that patients will receive the best care possible in the 21st century,” she says. Location: Groton Wellness, 493 Main St. (Rte. 119), Mill Run Plaza, Groton. To learn more, call 978-449-9919 or visit See ad on back page and Resource Guide on page 41.

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he 10th Annual North End Holiday Shopping Stroll will take place in Boston from 6 to 11 p.m., December 2. This free community event is designed to celebrate the arrival of the holiday season and give shoppers the chance to explore the narrow streets, trendy boutiques, wine stores and specialty shops of Boston’s Little Italy. Many neighborhood stores will stay open later than usual to serve holiday refreshments and offer special promotions. Visitors who stop in at all 15 participating locations can enter to win an exclusive gift package filled with products from each business. Select merchants will display balloons outside their storefronts to let shoppers know where to visit and have their holiday stroll postcard stamped. The holiday tree will be lit and on display at the corner of Hanover and Cross streets, and visitors can pick up their holiday stroll postcard while enjoying complimentary hot chocolate provided by the North End Beautification Committee. Cost: Free. Location: Begins at Hanover and Cross streets in Boston’s North End.


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newsbriefs Weekend Sufi Meditation Seminar Explores the Inner Life


he Inayati Order of Greater Boston will present Know Thyself: An Exploration of the Within during the weekend of December 2 at the Dante Alighieri Society, in Cambridge. Pir Zia Inayat-Khan, president and spiritual leader of the Inayati Order, will guide this journey of inner exploration. “This is a precious opportunity to be guided by Pir Zia Inayat-Khan, a deeply adept international spiritual teacher Pir Zia Inayat-Khan who is in the Boston area for this one weekend only,” says Publicity Coordinator Hermione Garland. “He follows in the Sufi lineage of his grandfather, Hazrat Inayat Khan.” The event begins at 7:30 p.m. with a free public talk, Exploring the Sufi Path, that probes the path’s meaningfulness for everyday life and its promise for troubled times. The workshop on December 3 and 4 takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and includes stories, sacred sound and breath practices, and the experience of contemplation and meditation. Participants will explore the peace of the inner self and its wisdom. Cost: $35-$240. Location: The Dante Alighieri Society, 41 Hampshire St., Cambridge. For information and registration, call 617-522-0800, email KnowThyself@ or visit

Free Introduction to Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction in Natick


indy Gittleman, a certified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher, is offering a free MBSR orientation session from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., December 4, at Roots and Wings, in Natick. Gittleman will introduce the MBSR program, guide attendees in mindfulness methods and approaches, and answer questions. “The MBSR program is highly experiential and includes guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices and concepts, gentle stretching, group discussions, home assignments, practice materials and recordings,” says Gittleman. “Thousands of people around the world have taken it to learn Cindy Gittleman how to cope more effectively with such challenges as general life stress, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, chronic illness and pain, cancer, depression and anxiety, gastrointestinal distress and sleep disturbances.” Gittleman says there is a wide body of research supporting the benefits of mindfulness practice, including decreased physical and psychological symptoms, increased ability to relax and cope with physical and emotional pain, greater energy, improved self-esteem, and an ability to deal more effectively with stressful situations. “It is my hope that people will discover their inner resources and live more fully, both personally and professionally, through the use of mindfulness practices,” she says. Cost: Free. Location: Roots and Wings, 317 N. Main St., Natick. To learn more, call 978-657-7730 or visit natural awakenings

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newsbriefs Free Health Screenings and Clinical Research Event in Boston


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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

n December 1, the public is invited to the Tufts Medical Center, in Boston, for a free event on the local clinical research environment. AWARE for All, produced by the Boston-based Center for Information and Study on Clinical Research Participation (CISCRP), will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. “This event provides valuable information and education about the clinical research process, new medical treatments under development, and how to determine whether to participate in a clinical trial,” says Rachel Minnick, senior manager for marketing and promotion at CISCRP. “It also serves as a forum for open dialogue between patients, members of the public, and health and research professionals, and offers access to a number of free health screenings.” AWARE for All has been held in the Boston area since 2003 and typically attracts between 300 and 500 attendees. This year’s event will focus on oncology clinical trials and begin with an overview in both English and Cantonese. Health screenings include body mass index, cholesterol, anemia and diabetic foot tests. Vaccines for flu, pneumonia and hepatitis A and B will also be available, along with food, prizes and giveaways. Cost: Free. Location: Tufts Medical Center, 800 Washington St., Boston. To register, visit or call 877-633-4376. See ad on page 3.

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Natural Awakenings Publishing Corp. (NAPC) welcomed four new publishers to a November training session at the corporate headquarters in Naples, Florida. The NAPC staff spent several days with these entrepreneurs, discussing the ins and outs of publishing a new Natural Awakenings edition in Spokane, Washington, and taking over publication of existing magazines in Oklahoma City, Wayne County, Michigan, and Volusia and Flagler counties, Florida. Founded by Chief Executive Officer Sharon Bruckman with a single edition in Naples in 1994, Natural Awakenings has grown to become one of the largest, free, local, healthy living publications in the world, serving 4 million readers each month via 95 magazines published in cities across the U.S. and in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. “Our devoted family of publishers, supported by advertisers, informs readers of many national and local resources that offer paths to a happier, healthier and longer life,” says Bruckman. “Our active and growing readership has helped increase interest in naturally healthy living that has impacted mainstream America and is beneficial for Earth and its inhabitants.” For a list of locations where Natural Awakenings is published or to learn more about franchising opportunities, call 239-530-1377 or visit


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newsbriefs Autoimmunity Disorders Lecture at Johnson Compounding and Wellness


isa Vasile, NP, will present a free lecture on autoimmunity disorders from 7 to 8:30 p.m., December 1, at Johnson Compounding and Wellness, in Waltham. Lisa Vasile Vasile has taught on the faculties of UMass Graduate School of Nursing, Mass College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and MassBay Community College. “Autoimmunity leaves people with pain, fatigue, skin and neurological issues, and thyroid and gastrointestinal disorders,” she says. “All of these disorders rob the body of the vitality and strength to live an optimal life, and cost those suffering thousands of dollars. Of those suffering with autoimmunity, four in five people are women, and one in five are children.” Vasile will offer attendees ways to empower themselves to reduce and reverse autoimmune conditions and symptoms, sharing key components that have been identified to distract, overwhelm and aggravate the immune system. “When these are removed, autoimmunity symptoms drastically calm down,” she says. Reservations are required, but walk-ins will be admitted at 7 p.m. as space permits. Cost: Free. Location: Johnson Compounding and Wellness, 577 Main St., Waltham. To reserve a seat, stop by the center, call 781-893-3870, ext. 3, or visit lecture. See ad on this page and Resource Guide on page 41.


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esearchers from Northumbria University, in England, have discovered that drinking peppermint tea can improve working and long-term memory. After 180 healthy adults filled out questionnaires about their mood, they were selected at random to consume one of three drinks—peppermint tea, chamomile tea or water—and then rested for 20 minutes. The subjects were then tested for memory and other cognitive factors and given a second mood questionnaire. Those that drank peppermint tea exhibited improvements in both types of memory and were more alert than the other two groups. The participants that drank chamomile tea displayed reductions in both memory and attention functions compared to the others. Researcher Mark Moss, Ph.D., notes, “The enhancing and arousing effects of peppermint and the calming, sedative effects of chamomile observed in this study are in keeping with the claimed properties of these herbs and suggest beneficial effects can be drawn from their use.”

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study in the journal Pediatrics, published by the American Academy of Pediatrics, has found that the common childhood habits of thumb sucking and nail biting can reduce the risk of adolescent and adult allergies. Researchers followed more than 1,000 individuals from 5 through 32 years old, monitoring these two habits at ages 5, 7, 9 and 11. The subjects were tested for allergies at 13 using a skin-prick test and again at 32. Of all participants, 31 percent were frequent thumb suckers and nail biters, and those children had a lower incidence of allergic reactions than the others. These results support a hygiene hypothesis suggesting that early exposure to microbial organisms reduces the risk of developing allergies.



ranberries, a staple on most holiday tables, can help women reduce their risk of urinary tract infections (UTI). A recent study published in the journal Phytotherapy Research tested the impact of consuming whole-cranberry fruit powder on women that had experienced two or more UTIs in the previous 12 months. Of the 182 study participants, 89 were given 500 milligrams of the cranberry powder daily for six months. The remaining 93 women ingested a placebo. The cranberry group reported significantly fewer infections than the placebo group. In addition, it took the women in the cranberry group more time to develop a first UTI than the women in the control group.

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esearch published in the Journal of Marketing Research links bright light to healthier food choices. The study observed 160 diners at four separate metropolitan locations of a chain dinner restaurant between 6 and 8 p.m. Two of the restaurants used bright lighting (250 lux luminance) and the other two locations had dim lighting (25 lux luminance). The researchers found that diners at the well-lit locations were more likely to choose healthy options such as baked or grilled fish and chicken than the patrons at the dimly lit restaurants. These results were replicated in a laboratory test of 700 college students where scientists attributed students’ healthier choices to the alert feelings that being in a bright room elicits.

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Satellites Reveal Unexpected Plant Growth The study Greening of the Earth and its Drivers, published by an international team in the journal Nature Climate Change, shows significant greening of a quarter to onehalf of the Earth’s vegetated lands based on satellite data from the past 33 years. This represents an increase in leaves on plants and trees that produce sugars using sunlight energy to mix atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) with water and nutrients from the soil. These sugars are the source of food, fiber and fuel for life on Earth. More sugars are produced when there is more of this greenhouse gas in the air in a process called CO2 fertilization. About 85 percent of the Earth’s land is free of ice and covered by vegetation, currently encompassing 32 percent of the planet’s total surface area. Lead author Dr. Zaichun Zhu, a researcher from Peking University, in China, states, “The greening over the past 33 years reported in this study is equivalent to adding a green continent about two times the size of mainland USA, and has the ability to fundamentally change the cycling of water and carbon in the climate system.” The effect may serve as a carbon sink to help counter climate change. Source: Boston University

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Norway Bans Deforestation Products The Norwegian Parliament Standing Committee on Energy and Environment has pledged that the government will follow a deforestation-free public procurement policy, meaning that any product that contributes to deforestation will not be used by the country as part of an Action Plan on Nature Diversity. Rainforest Foundation Norway was the main lobbying influence behind this recommendation and has worked for years to bring the pledge into existence. “This is an important victory in the fight to protect the rainforest,” says Nils Hermann Ranum, head of policy and campaign for the committee. “Over the last few years, a number of companies have committed to cease the procurement of goods that can be linked to destruction of the rainforest. Until now, this has not been matched by similar commitments from governments. The Norwegian state is now following suit and making the same demands when it comes to public procurements.” Deforestation is estimated to comprise about 15 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions, contributing to climate change and disrupting natural cycles and livelihoods, according to the World Wildlife Fund. Removal of trees can disrupt a region’s water cycle, resulting in changes in precipitation and river flow that also contribute to erosion. Ivan_Sabo/

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Missouri is rolling out a set of energy-generating photovoltaic pavers along a section of the iconic Route 66 highway in a sidewalk pilot project—the first on a public right of way—in the U.S. The street pavers were developed by Solar Roadways, a company created by inventors Scott and Julie Brusaw, which raised more than $2.2 million in crowdfunding in 2014 to bring their technology to market. The Brusaws claim that replacing all of America’s roads and parking lots with their solar pavers would generate more than three times what the country consumed in electricity in 2009. The Missouri Department of Transportation considered their own crowdfunding campaign to support their energy experiment; plans called for the hexagonal solar panels to be fully installed and operational by the end of this year.

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Hospital Allows Cats and Dogs Pet dogs and cats are visiting with their seriously ill owners, reducing stress and improving morale, at the Juravinski Hospital, in Hamilton, Ontario. The Zachary’s Paws for Healing program, the first of its kind in Canada, was founded by Zachary Noble and his aunt, Donna Jenkins. Before each visit, the animals are thoroughly cleaned so as not to introduce harmful germs, and brought in on covered, wheeled carts away from all other patients during their one-hour weekly visits. The all-volunteer program plans to offer foster care to pet owners that enter the hospital for treatment. Learn more at

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Quality Clothes Are Planet-Friendly The temptation to buy inexpensive clothes whispers, “It’s smart to trend with the latest fad,” or “Disposable wear can be tossed if it gets stained,” or “I can wear this outfit only once for a special event.” The lure to buy future throwaways seems especially prevalent during the holiday season of gifting and gatherings. Consumers can fall into the cycle of buying from inexpensive chain stores, wearing items a few times and then discarding them during spring cleaning purges. According to The Atlantic magazine, Americans now buy five times as much clothing annually as they did in 1980, yet recycle or donate only 15 percent of it. They simply discard 10 million tons as waste, reports the Huffington Post. Conscious consumers consider the extended consequences of their purchases. Production and transport of an average shirt, for example, can deliver about nine pounds of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, reports Eve Andrews, culture editor for She offers five tips: buy less; shop smarter and only for what’s truly needed; look for durability and design that won’t fall apart or look dated in a few months; decrease frequency of laundering to increase the life of the garment; and donate what no longer works. Also consider the type of fabric the garment is made of and its environmental impact. According to, nylon and polyester, made from petrochemicals, are non-biodegradable so they are inherently unsustainable on two counts. Nylon manufacture creates nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas 310 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Making polyester uses large amounts of water for cooling, along with lubricants which can become a source of contamination. Both processes are also very energy-hungry. Rayon is another artificial fiber, made from wood pulp, often of old growth forest that is cleared. To make rayon, the wood pulp is treated with hazardous chemicals such as caustic soda and sulphuric acid. On the other hand, renewable, fast-growing hemp is a suitable substitute for many unsustainable products like non-organic cotton (which currently uses more than 25 percent of the world’s insecticides and more than 10 percent of the world’s pesticides) and many plastic products. Not only can hemp be used for an astonishing number of products, its net environmental benefit is impressive. It grows in a variety of climates and soil types, is naturally resistant to most pests, and grows very tightly spaced allowing it to outcompete most weeds. Hemp can also be pulped using fewer chemicals than wood because of its low lignin content. Hemp cloth is strong, soft, breathable and mold-resistant, and it blocks UV rays. With hemp becoming legal again, consider supporting farmers growing this planet-saving crop by using hemp products. From fuel to food and plastics to paper, has a large selection of hemp gear and products. Hempest storefronts are located at 207 Newbury St., # 1, Boston (closing December 31), and at 36 JFK St., Cambridge. For more information, call 617-868-9944 or visit See ads on pages 18 and 19.


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PERSONALIZED PRESCRIPTIONS Compounding Pharmacy Customizes Medications to Meet Patients’ Needs by Mohammed Hassoun

Compounding in the 21st century is much less common, but maintains a vital role in medication customization for high-risk patient populations and as a tool within integrative medicine.


he process of comutilize compounding pounding a preparapharmacies in situations tion for the purpose where the drug is medof healing is as old as ically essential to the the human race. Ancient treatment plan, but the compounders, found patient is allergic to an throughout hunter-gatherer inactive ingredient in the societies, knew that the commercially available medicinal properties of medication. For example, Mohammed Hassoun animals and plants within a patient needs thyroid their environment greatly increased supplementation but is allergic to fillsurvival. The discoveries and practices ers (inactive ingredients) such as corn, of the earliest compounders drove the gluten, lactose, or dyes; therefore, a creation of the modern pharmacy procompounding pharmacy prepares the fession and the principles of pharmacy medication without said inactive incompounding. However, the birth of gredient. the pharmaceutical industry led to re Most of the medications available placing pharmacy compounding with at a pharmacy are produced as tablets mass production of medications in or capsules for ease of administration. order to decrease cost and meet larger However, some patients are unable to demands. swallow due to age, certain conditions Many of the patients treated with and even loss of consciousness. The customized compounded medications ability of a compounding pharmacy do so to address a particular need, such to provide alternative forms of a drug as a severe allergy to an ingredient plays a crucial role in allowing these in a medication, an inability to take patients access to medications necesthe form in which the medication is sary for their conditions. Infants, for available (cannot swallow tablets), and example, that require medication to many others. Medications available stabilize a condition such as a seizure at a regular pharmacy are manufacdisorder, do not easily swallow tablets tured to include the active ingredient or capsules. Instead, a doctor would (the drug the doctor prescribed) and task a compounding pharmacy with inactive ingredients. Doctors typically turning the tablet/capsule into a liquid

allowing the caregiver to administer the medication with little trouble. Compounding provides a tool for practitioners to meet patients’ needs without compromising their health. Many practitioners prefer compounding for its ability to tailor the medication specific to each patient. In particular, integrative medicine practitioners utilize compounded medications to customize conventional and alternative medications when treating the “whole person”. Integrative medicine utilizes all treatment options ranging from referring patients to specialized doctors to homeopathy and acupuncture. Integrative practitioners are experts at determining what combination of therapy (conventional and alternative) provides the best outcomes for the patient’s overall health. Many times integrative practitioners find it necessary for a patient to be on a compounded medication because every patient has different sensitivities to the amount of medication they need and can handle. Both integrative medicine and compounding pharmacy complement each other well, because of the focus on personalization whether it is for the treatment plan or the actual medication. Compounding pharmacy may not be as common as it used to be, however it remains a staple within the profession of pharmacy. The current approach of one size fits all within our healthcare system is losing steam. More patients as well as practitioners are starting to favor the personalized approach for overall health. Compounding pharmacy will not replace pharmaceutical drug manufacturing (nor should it), but as with the ancient compounders, it will employ all the resources available in order to treat any patient’s specific ailment. Mohammed Hassoun, Pharm.D., RPh, is a pharmacy compounding fellow at Johnson Compounding and Wellness, in Waltham, and assistant professor of pharmacy practice at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences University. For questions about compounding, call 781-893-3870 or visit Natural See ad on page 10 and Resource Guide on page 41.

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LOVING LARGE Scientists Say We’re All Connected by Linda Sechrist


rue love is not something reserved exclusively for soulmates, couples, children, friends or family. Observations by sages for millennia and by enlightened scientists more recently are increasingly aligned with the point of view articulated by renowned meditation teacher Jack Kornfield that true love and awareness—a sense of universal connectivity and the idea that divinity, or the sacred, is found in all things—are indistinguishable.

Scientific View

This state of being, generally denoted by strong feelings of love or acceptance toward others, brings us into contact with universal energy which connects all of humanity with the natural world. Clues to our united commonality are explored in two 21st-century books, Love 2.0: How Our Supreme Emotion Affects Everything We Feel, Think, Do, and Become, by Barbara L. Fredrickson, Ph.D., and A General Theory of Love, by medical doctors Thomas Lewis, Fari Amini and Richard Lannon. These authors explore the brain science that’s related to love and awareness. 20

Although trying to grasp love intellectually may be like eating soup with a fork, the authors of A General Theory of Love cite feelings as a good starting point. Fredrickson describes love as “the momentary upwelling of three tightly interwoven events: a sharing of one or more positive emotions between you and another; a biochemical synchrony between your and the other person’s biochemistry and behaviors; and a reflected motive to invest in each other’s well-being that brings mutual care.” Fredrickson, director of the Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Laboratory at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, believes love is a complex physiological response; a “positivity resonance.” She describes key factors in love’s ability to biologically transform us as oxytocin, a hormone active in social bonding and attachments, and the vagus nerve deep within the brain stem that connects with numerous organs, including the lead “character” in this relationship, the heart. The neural synchrony of positivity resonance between the brains of two individuals is a connected oneness

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Cosmic View

During their 30-year friendship, Bob Staretz collaborated with astronaut Edgar Mitchell, Sc.D., the lunar module pilot on Apollo 14 and founder of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, to research and write “The Quantum Hologram and the Nature of Consciousness,” published in the Journal of Cosmology. Their scientific theory explains how all of creation learns, self-corrects and evolves as a selforganizing, interconnected holistic system through love. “Without exception, everything in nature exists and works together in total balance, resonance and harmony, interacting as one. From this perspective, Edgar and I reached the obvious conclusion—the organizing principle of the cosmos is agape love, an ultimate form of unconditional love that accepts all things existing in nature without regard to conditions, expectations, shortcomings, flaws or faults,” explains Staretz. The former executive director of Eternea, an organization focused on spiritually transformative experiences and the study of consciousness, Staretz says individuals that undergo such an experience attest that loving one another and

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that Fredrickson notes is far more ubiquitous than previously thought possible. Her research shows that it requires only connection, not the intimacy or shared history that comes with any special bonds. Micro-moments of the connected oneness we feel as life-giving reverberations occur via shared smiles or laughter, a common compassion or an engaging story. Humans all hunger for such moments. The prerequisites are perceived safety and authentic sensory connection with another, even if it’s fleeting. In Fredrickson’s perspective, such neural coupling is a biological manifestation of oneness in which a habitual focus on “me” expands to a life-expanding “we”.

all of nature, of which we are a part, is the central reason for our existence. Anita Moorjani’s latest book, What If This Is Heaven? reiterates the life lesson she learned from her dramatic near-death experience in which she identified herself as a state of pure consciousness connected with everything in the cosmos. She clearly heard: “Your only work is to love yourself, value yourself and embody this truth of self-worth and self-love so that you can be love in action. That is true service, to yourself and to those who surround you.” This message continues with her, and she explains that by not loving ourselves, we are denying the part of God that expresses itself through us. An overarching insight from her life-changing journey is, “Unconditional love is a state of being, not an emotion. It’s not just one side of the coin— it’s the whole coin.”

If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is, infinite. ~William Blake

How-to Resources Interest in this deeper perspective led The Shift Network, which offers online transformative education, to host a recent Advanced Teachings for Truly Loving Yourself with Margaret Paul, P.h.D., co-author of Do I Have to Give Up Me to Be Loved By You? Many others are working to spread the word about a larger sense of life-giving love, including Cleveland, Ohio, intuitive psychologist Debra L. Reble, Ph.D., author of Being Love: How Loving Yourself Creates Ripples of Transformation in Your Relationships and the World. She says, “Our soul’s purpose is to be and express love. We dream of love, yearn for love and make love, but rarely do we realize that we are love, a source of divine energy.” Reba Linker, a New York City life coach and author, hosts a Leaders in Self-Love Facebook page and the Paint Yourself into The Picture online coaching show. Linker’s philosophy on love resembles that of New Thought leader Michael Beckwith, minister, author and founder of the Agape International Spiritual Center, in Culver City, California—

to discern that our true nature is love is to know that we are created in the very image and likeness of love, the essence of life itself. Gary Sinclair, author of Healing Memories in Seconds, views his life from an altitude of oceanic oneness. His 35 years of study in a field that uses energy to heal spirit, mind and body led him to develop Soul Link, a memory energy therapy. His work is changing the face of therapy for those with post-traumatic stress disorder and led to the revelation, “Love pulls whatever it touches to its highest potential.” Teaching what he knows “beyond a shadow of a doubt” helps to shift his students’ worldview. “All of creation is made up of electromagnetic energy vibrating at different frequencies. We are energy beings who can learn to manage our energy to heal ourselves. We are all connected by omnipres-

ence, the energy of love, a heart connection of life. Consciously choosing this awareness allows us to be ‘love living life.’” Kamini Desai, director of education for the Amrit Yoga Institute, in Salt Springs, Florida, lends her yogic perspective to love. “We are each a wave on the ocean of existence. Even though we are separate waves, we carry the essence of the same ocean. When that essence manifests in us as spirit, its quality is a healing force of love surrounding our cells, causing our heart to beat and regenerating our organs. This intelligence guides and directs the universe in the same manner that it heals and maintains our body. In yoga, we learn to listen to its subtle voice so that we can follow its urges and energetic impulses to the source from which it springs.” The perceptions of California’s HeartMath Institute founder Doc Childre, dedicated to helping people access their intuitive insight and heart intelligence, are generally aligned with those of Fredrickson. Both approaches recognize how order and balance in the nervous system and smooth, harmonious and coherent heart rhythms enhance our ability to clearly perceive a far larger universe of experience. The ensuing connections widen the windows of perception to view ourselves as no longer separate, but part of a unified whole. Accumulated micro-moments of love communicated through synchronized gazes, touches and vocalizations forge a shared subjective appreciation of connection and oneness. We feel ourselves embodying positive resonance and experience easier and more immediate rapport in familial, familiar and even new relationships. We discover abundant opportunities to feel love, loved and loving as we make ourselves available to them. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

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BE WHOLLY RESTORED from Head to Toe at Groton Wellness by Gina Cronin


roton Wellness attests it’s the only wellness center in the nation that offers family dentistry, orthodontics and medical, as well as a detoxification spa and organic café all under one roof. It is a onestop-shop for holistic wellness in all aspects of a patient’s life. The center started as a biological dental practice more than a decade ago, but owners G. Robert Evans, DMD, and Jean M. Nordin-Evans, DDS, felt limited in seeing their patients through to op22

timal health without a support system. “Before the medical center, spa and café were introduced, patients would be sent an hour or even two hours away to receive appropriate follow-up care,” says Amy Ashman, director of marketing at Groton Wellness. For the past eight years, patients have benefitted from receiving the integrative health care that they need to feel healthy, happy and nurtured all in one place. The medical department at Groton Wellness is

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comprised of 12 medical practitioners including two medical doctors. Richard Chen, M.D., is new to the staff and is a functional medicine doctor who specializes in gut health issues, endocrine issues, auto-immune disorders, chronic fatigue, depression, natural hormone replacement, non-spinal arthritis injections and more. Daniel Cagua-Koo, M.D., is an integrative family doctor who has extensive experience treating environmental toxicity, especially biotoxin illnesses from mold, chemicals and Lyme. Holistic nurse practitioner and holistic gynecologist Irina Serebryakova provides many screenings and tests that conventional medical offices don’t provide, including the OligoScan. This test detects minerals, oxidative stress and heavy metals using spectrophotometry with a quick, non-invasive scan of the palm of a patient’s hand. Other medical services offered include energy and vibrational medicine, acupuncture, herbal medicine, hormone balancing, gynecology, diet and lifestyle planning and more. On staff are six dentists, one of whom is an orthodontist. The dental department draws clients from all over the world for safe mercury amalgam removal. All of the dentists specialize in emotionally mindful dentistry in order to help eliminate anxiety surrounding a patient’s dental procedure. Says Ashman, “When I needed a tooth pulled, Bob Evans helped me with a completely different way of thinking, where I was able to appreciate how hard my tooth had worked for me instead of seeing it as a horrible burden.” The café is a hot spot for nutritionally balanced, clean, organic, local and seasonal food. Chef Arwyn Lennon has more than three decades of culinary experience, and works closely with the doctors to craft nurturing and medicinal meals and cleanses. The café has just introduced a medicinal bone broth bar. Whole-body detoxification, holistic skin care, massage therapy and colon hydrotherapy are but a small sampling of the treatments available at the spa. On top of the many ser-

vices provided, Groton Wellness Center opens its doors to the public for as many as 20 educational events every month. Events scheduled for December span a range of topics including: Protecting Your Energy, Bone Broth for Healthy Holidays, Lyme Disease, Shelter Building, Essential Oils for Giving and Receiving Love, Women’s Inner Wisdom Circle and more. Location: Groton Wellness, Mill Run Plaza, 493-495 Main St., Groton. To learn more or see a full schedule of events, call 978-449-9919 or visit See ad on back cover and Resource Guide on page 41.

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Miracle Bite Tabs™ (MBT) Miracle Bite Tabs™ (MBT) and and Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) are used to treat Dental Distress Syndrome. Your teeth and jaws are an extension of your brain and spinal cord. Any imbalances caused by improper alignment of the jaw can play a major role in pain syndromes and chronic diseases. Head and Neck Pain Management Scenar, a non-invasive treatment device, is the only real time biofeedback device that will find what is wrong with your body and stimulate self-healing through electro stimulation and “conversation” with the control systems of the body (CNS Integrative Periodontal Medicine-Periodontal Spa The majority of the dental and periodontal procedures in Dr. Iontcheva-Barehmi’s office are laser assisted. She has Biolase MD, the most versatile laser, which can be utilized to work with the gums and the teeth, implants and root canals. The discomfort is minimal to none and the healing is speededup. The procedures are often combined with a low level laser and Scenar, which give additional boost to the healing and removing discomfort.

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


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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.

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Heal Adrenal Fatigue

NATURALLY Practical Ways to Regain Vitality by Linda Sechrist


atigue due to physical or mental exertion is common in those beleaguered by stress, poor eating habits and insomnia, struggling to balance the needs of family and career and too often using caffeine and other stimulants to artificially rebound energy. James L. Wilson, Ph.D., a doctor of chiropractic and naturopathy, educates medical professionals about an even more serious health issue he identifies as “adrenal fatigue”; it’s characterized by below-optimal adrenal function induced by an overload of such stressors. Our two walnut-sized adrenal glands, one atop each kidney, produce vital hormones that help control heart rate, blood pressure, digestion and many other functions, including how the body deals with stress.

Identifying the Core Issue

In his book, Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress Syndrome, Wilson sheds light on the scope of the problem. “The fact that adrenal fatigue is unrecognized by conventional medicine has left millions of people suffering from an untreated problem that interferes with their ability to function normally and capacity to enjoy life. For those whose adrenal glands are ‘running on empty’, even something as basic as happiness seems almost out of reach,” comments Wilson, who resides in Tucson, Arizona. Individuals suffering from adrenal fatigue are most concerned about their low moods, energy, mental acuity and libido, for which conventional medicine typically prescribes antidepressant and anti-anxiety drugs. These medications do nothing to revive adrenal functioning. This faulty condition also affects weight gain and a propensity toward the development of some diseases, including fibromyalgia. “Your resiliency, energy, endurance and very life depend

on the proper functioning of the adrenals,” Wilson says. We’ve inherited our sympathetic nervous system and its stress response of fight-or-flight from our prehistoric ancestors. It hasn’t evolved to differentiate between an acute threat to survival and the chronic threats from looming deadlines, financial pressures and other modern-day worries. “The adrenal stress response to physical danger or any perceived psychological threat is identical—the release of norepinephrine and epinephrine responsible for cascading physiological reactions,” explains Dr. Vijay Jain, who treats fatigue from an integrative perspective at his Mind Body Wellness Center, in Palm Coast, Florida.

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Adrenal fatigue is mainly a self-induced health problem that doesn’t just appear. It results from an accumulation of ongoing choices that we can change. Jain applies ayurvedic principles to reestablish balance in the body’s three prominent mind-body types that influence personal well-being. These are known as vata, pitta and kapha. For people primarily characterized by vata and pitta typology, fatigue is the result of being overactive and burning the candle at both ends. For those with kapha constitutions, fatigue is the outcome of a sedentary lifestyle with insufficient movement and eating the wrong foods for them. He further recommends getting more sleep with regular bedtimes, practices such as yoga nidra meditation, pranayama (yogic breathing) and a slower-paced yoga practice with longer-held meditative poses, as well as massage and a diet designed to restore our biological energies, or doshas, to a balanced state. “Depending on a patient’s constitution I advise some to slow down and burn 50 percent less of their candle, while I tell others to increase their physical activity and improve their diet.” Jain also recommends a type of ayurvedic purification and detoxification treatment that involves a series of five therapies including massage and herbal treatments. Performed in sequence, these allow the body and mind to drop into a state of peacefulness. Acupuncture treatments are also helpful, along with a regimen of adaptogenic herbs such as ginseng, schisandra and ashwagandha, according to Jain. In Happy Healthy Thyroid: The Essential Steps to Healing Naturally, author Andrea Beaman writes about how she recovered naturally from adrenal fatigue. To restore energy and vitality to the body, she further recommends the healing practices of hatha yoga, qigong and tai chi. “These modalities build energy, whereas power yoga, and cardiovascular exercises drain energy in fatigued individuals,” advises Beaman. She notes that it can take six months to two years to restore desired energy levels. Beaman counsels individuals with behavioral characteristics that make it more challenging to burn less of their candle. She grabs their attention with the critical nature of their situation. “‘You are in and out of life in a blink. If you’re exhausted at age 48, how are you going to live a vibrant, happy and exuberant life right up to the finish line?’ That generally works,” she says. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

More Tips to Beat Fatigue by Linda Sechrist


he earliest signs of adrenal fatigue are low energy and the need for several strong shots of caffeine to kick-start the morning or get through an afternoon slump. If these symptoms arise, take steps to begin nourishing, restoring and de-stressing the adrenal glands. Eliminate stressors. Reevaluate daily schedules to make room for a regular session of yoga, meditation, tai chi or qigong. Establish a regular sleeping schedule aligned with the body’s natural cycle. Slipping between the sheets no later than 10 p.m. can mean better and deeper rest. Make dietary changes, starting with 40 grams of protein each morning. Limit the intake of stimulants, including caffeine. Eliminate sugar and processed grains. Add adaptogenic herbs and organic coconut and olive oils to dishes and food preparation. Eat nutritious foods such as greens and brightly colored vegetables. As a result, blood sugar and insulin levels will take fewer rollercoaster rides, easing the work of the adrenals. Refrain from over-exercising. Excessive cardio or endurance training is hard on the adrenals, so substitute more relaxing forms of exercise. Practice calming mindfulness and deep, controlled, diaphragmatic breathing. natural awakenings

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A Gorgeously Greener Holiday Fresh Thinking About Décor by Avery Mack


ature’s holiday decorations can transcend cliché pine wreaths or farmed trees to make highly personalized indoor décor that supersedes traditional greenery. Yet mistletoe, holly leaves and berries, eucalyptus, poinsettias, tree needles, acorns and a cut tree’s water reservoir can be harmful to both pets and children. Here are some better choices.

The Tree

For smaller spaces or to make a statement, try grouping topiary trees of varying heights draped with solar twinkle lights and small ornaments or fresh flowers to create a focal point in a bay window. “A lemon-lime cypress lends another burst of unexpected color on an entry hall table,” says freelance floral designer Janet Corrao, in Nutley, New Jersey. “It smells good, too.” Corrao suggests setting the pots in colorful, inexpensive metal buckets from craft stores for added glamour. Unless deemed a hazard to active kids or pets, set up a mid-sized stepstool on a table or open a six-foot ladder in a corner and hang ornaments down the center space; add garlands and lights and set potted flowers and small gift boxes on the steps. Search “alternative Christmas 26

trees” at for more ideas. Another option uses hedge-like plants in lieu of a tree. Consider an English or Japanese boxwood plant or evergreen lilly pilly, and then trim to the desired size and shape. Plant it outdoors as weather and climate permit.

The Table

“While we were working on a photo shoot, the photographer decided to include a Christmas scene. I was able to add fresh greenery from the property to the red ornaments and white orchids that I’d brought along. It made a striking centerpiece running the entire length of the table,” says florist Angie Zimmerman, of Angie Zimmerman Designs, in El Dorado Hills, California. “For the fireplace mantel I used branches with red berries to add height on either side of the central mirror and then duplicated the centerpiece design between them.” A festive table can be dressed with appealing edibles. Use a bread wreath as a base and stud it with skewered basil leaves, cherry tomatoes and small balls of fresh mozzarella cheese for an easy, self-serve, Caprese appetizer. A colorful dish of balsamic dressing or another dip in the center.

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For a sit-down dinner variant, place a few Caprese skewers in small, clear, glass vases along the table with individual finger bowls of dip. Flatleafed green parsley sprigs add another special touch. Zimmerman further suggests using deep-red Roma apples, cored, as candle holders. Transform oranges into aromatic pomanders by scoring the rinds with a citrus stripper in a spiral, circle or other pattern. Use a small nail to make holes and stud the fruits with whole cloves. Adding seasonal greenery and sterilized pine cones makes a beautiful and fragrant centerpiece.

The Front Door

“I love to use pine cones for centerpieces,” Corrao says. “Our weather is cold enough that I don’t have to worry about bugs when collecting cones in the neighborhood.” For warmer climates, bake the pine cones for 30 minutes in a 200-degree oven to melt excess sap, kill insects and fully open them. Sold online or in kitchenware stores, a bay leaf wreath offers cheer at the door. After the holidays, hang it in the kitchen for easy access. “Kumquats, lemons, tangerines, small oranges and crabapples add color to green wreaths,” notes Corrao.


For many, Christmas demands the smell of fresh pine boughs. Spice up the traditional greenery with carnations or other light-hued flowers colored with the juices of fresh, canned or frozen fruits and veggies—red from cranberries, beets and cherries; purple from blackberries; green from spinach; pink from strawberries; and blue from red cabbage or blueberries. Freshly cut the flower stems and put them in the liquid from crushed produce or the can to absorb color. Hang garlands out of reach of young children and pets. Navjot Kaur, of Navjot Designs, in Chicago, says, “We all have greenery in our yard or patio gardens that can be used for the holidays. It’s fun to alter the design based upon what is available.” Imagination and inspiration can spark new, greener traditions. Connect with the freelance writer via



Healthy Holiday

Seasonal Drinks that Revitalize


The best holiday drinks are festive and taste great. They should also be easy to fix. Here are a few to get us started. nadianb/

Restorative Drinks Revive Good Cheer by Judith Fertig


uring jam-packed special occasions like holidays, our drinks should multitask, too. We need festive tipples to refresh us without overdoing it, restore equilibrium if we overeat or drink or revive us when we’re feeling low from a seasonal cold or flu. In addition to traditional offerings that family and friends might expect, why not add a new and improved signature drink to everyone’s repertoire? These feel-good beverages, featuring winter fruits high in vitamin C, anthocyanins, therapeutic herbs and fresh ginger, deliver delicious boosts to help us feel our best.


The season of hospitality is happily also the season of pomegranates, blood oranges and Meyer lemons (a sweeter, thin-skinned, aromatic variety). These vibrant fruits give a taste of good cheer to anything we can pour, shake, muddle or simmer. Whether we offer fresh-squeezed blood orange juice in the morning, a non-alcoholic cocktail of pomegranate juice and sparkling water, or a squeeze of Meyer lemon juice in a hot toddy or tea, the tart flavor is a sure pick-me-up. The red color in antioxidant-rich blood oranges and pomegranates indicates the presence of anthocyanins, compounds that might help prevent cancer and heart disease, as well as treat eye disorders, according to an article published in the Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology. Meyer lemons are a good source of vitamin C, essential for producing collagen needed to support the formation of new bone, blood vessels, ligaments and tendons, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.


After an evening of over-imbibing, our systems need to reboot. The stomach needs help in processing alcohol, plus we may be dehydrated and feeling a little queasy. Filtered water, coconut water or a sweet, caffeine-free coffee or carbonated beverage of the lemon-lime variety rehydrate, as well as help our digestive system break down and flush out the alcohol. According to Registered Dietitian Aicacia Young, in Austin, Texas, founder of, the simple act of drinking water before we go to bed can assist in the recovery process. Research published in the Food & Function journal found that lemon-lime soda helps the body metabolize alcohol better by speeding up its ability to process the compound aldehyde dehydrogenase, the main cause of hangover symptoms. For nausea and motion sickness, ginger or peppermint tea can help, according to studies in the American Journal of Physiology and the French Prescrire International.

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In a champagne flute, pour a jigger of gin, the juice of half a blood orange and a squeeze of Meyer lemon juice. Top up with champagne. Courtesy of Kathryne Taylor, a whole foods and vegetarian blogger; Search

Holiday Sangria Yields: 8 servings

Combine 1 liter of cabernet sauvignon, a quart of pomegranate juice, ¼ cup agave nectar, 1 thinly sliced Meyer lemon and 1 thinly sliced pear in a pitcher. Add ice and stir. Pour into glasses to serve.

Fresh Hot Peppermint Tea


Sometimes the stress of holiday to-dos, often combined with travel, can lower the resilience of our immune system. When we feel symptoms of a cold or flu coming on, the classic hot toddy can help us feel human again. The alcohol in whiskey is a natural decongestant; plus, it helps get us to sleep. Honey soothes and perky lemon juice gives us hope that we’ll feel better the next day. Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS. Connect at

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Bring 1 cup of water to a boil. While it’s boiling, place 7 to 10 fresh organic mint leaves in a tea cup. Pour the hot water over the mint leaves and let them steep in the cup for 5 minutes. Strain out leaves as desired, and enjoy. Courtesy of Heather Crosby, author of YumUniverse: Infinite Possibilities for a Gluten-Free, Plant-Powerful, WholeFood Lifestyle; fresh-peppermint-tea.

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Harnessing the Power of the Body-Mind Connection for Deeper Healing by Alison Shaw


he term “psychosomatic” used to imply that something was wrong. It’s been used to suggest that unexplained physical symptoms are generated by the mind (“it’s all in your head”) and has implied that this reflects some kind of pathology. This interpretation is consistent with a core assumption in western medicine beginning in the 1600s when French philosopher René Descartes declared that the body and the mind (and soul) were separate and independent. It stood to reason then that if one was affecting the other there must be crossed wires in a person’s psyche. As this philosophy took hold, medical science developed independent of psychology and the realms of spirit. In the past half century, medical research has begun to disprove this assumption and to break down the stigma associated with the term “psycho (mind) somatic(body)”. Research has shown that long periods of emotions like grief and anger can have negative effects on the functioning of the heart and immune system for example. Science established long ago, beginning 28

with the work of Hans Selye in the 1960s, that emotional stress negatively effects many of the body’s systems; the cardiovascular, endocrine and gastrointestinal, to name a few. Many healthcare institutions now include stress management and lifestyle practices such as mindfulness meditation as accepted and important approaches to health and wellness. But medicine and science are evolving even further and are on the brink of a new and tremendously exciting era ushered in by the discoveries of psychoneuroimmunology: the study of the interactions between the mind, nervous system and endocrine system. Research in this field has established that there are direct and healthy biological processes linking emotions, thoughts and the body not just at times of stress, but in every moment. Now there is evidence that body-mind medicine must expand way beyond stress management because it’s not just stress that affects the organs and systems. In her book The Molecules of Emotion, Dr. Candace Pert explains

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that informational substances (like neurotransmitters and hormones) are released not just from the brain but from many organs throughout the body that create changes in every cell in the body in response to every thought and feeling. Organs, tissues and cells are changing chemically and electrically in response to conscious and unconscious thoughts, emotions and moods in every moment. This tremendously powerful discovery means that every individual has the ability to affect their own physiology and to promote healing, or perpetuate dis-ease. By becoming aware of how physiology is affected by patterns of thinking, ways of dealing with emotions, moods and even by unconscious beliefs about one’s self and the world, it’s possible to release both body and mind from these potentially restricting patterns and learn to develop bodymind patterns that promote health and healing. This can look like becoming aware of held breath at times of fear or tense shoulders and jaw muscles when anger is not expressed, or collapse and fatigue during times of sadness. By identifying how the body is literally sculpting our psychological state, new choices can be made that will increase balance, freedom and healing both physically and emotionally. In addition to working directly with the body-mind interaction in a moment, it can be even more useful to identify the more hidden, longheld patterns that develop in early childhood as unconscious ways of responding to life. Everyone develops these early body-mind patterns that run in the background, much like apps on a phone that drain the battery and interfere with the phone’s speed and functioning. Mindfulness, imagery, self reflection and practices like yoga, tai chi and qigong are all wonderful ways of connecting to our body-mind relationship. More and more therapies that work with the mind and body together are available that offer professional guidance in uncovering body-mind habits and regaining balance and freedom. Most people understand the importance of lifestyle management

and self care: eating well, exercising and managing stress. But these new discoveries of the intimate and constant relationship between body and mind allow us to go a step further to resolve and avoid the internal imbalances that contribute to physical and emotional disease. We should take back the term “psychosomatic” as a label of respect for our wholeness and empowerment to heal ourselves through conscious exploration of our psyche’s intricate (and healthy) relationship with our physiology. Humans are psycho-somatic (mind-body) beings, a fact that puts healing and disease prevention in the palm of our own hands and allows us to become more powerful partners with our healthcare practitioners in the quest for health and wellness. Alison Shaw is a holistic nurse practitioner, integrative therapist and founder of Bodymind Repatterning, located at The Center for Body Mind Integration, 109 Massachusetts Ave., Lexington. She helps people further their healing by discovering and resolving the hidden body-mind patterns beneath illness and pain. In-person and telephone sessions are available. For more information, call 781-646-0686 or visit See ad on page this page and Resource Guide on page 42.

We would like to thank our readers and advertisers for their support throughout the year. All of us at Natural Awakenings Boston wish you a peaceful and joyful holiday season and new year.

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Krista Tippett on Our Evolving Spirituality Why it Evokes Hope by Randy Kambic


rista Tippett helps us ponder the meaning of life as host and executive producer of On Being, the award-winning weekly radio program and podcast produced in Minneapolis for more than 400 public radio stations. The bestselling author of Einstein’s God: Conversations About Science and the Human Spirit has been acclaimed for thoughtfully delving into the mysteries of human existence. Her latest book, Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living, reflects upon how spirituality intersects with science, technology, health, art and politics. This daughter of a Southern Baptist minister first launched her show, originally titled Speaking of Faith (also the title of her first book), on Minnesota Public Radio/American Public Media in 2003. Today, Tippett continues to discuss faith, spirit, inner growth and what it is to be human with leading authors, thought leaders and pioneering change makers. She also hosts online classes and a blog.

How has On Being evolved to reflect existing dimensions of spirituality that have proven surprising? I am fascinated with how spiritual life and religious identity have evolved in the last decade. This part of life is more fluid than it’s ever been in human history. We are the first generation that didn’t inherit religious identity like we

do a hometown. We craft our spiritual lives and choose our faith, even if it’s the faith of our families. In many that don’t claim a religious affiliation, especially Millennials, I encounter a spiritual curiosity and ethical passion akin to religion at its best. Because seekers dwell both inside and outside of traditions, my life of conversation stretches beyond boundaries in ways I did not expect when I began. I also never imagined that I’d interview physicists, evolutionary biologists and neuroscientists exploring territory previously reserved for theologians and philosophers. Together, they are illuminating the ancient questions related to our place in the cosmos; the nature of human freedom and consciousness; even beauty and the reality of mystery.

Which guests do you feel have resonated the most with listeners and why? A show that seems to have touched more people most deeply is my interview with the Irish poet, philosopher and author John O’Donohue just before he died in his early 50s. He radiated such an unusual combination of qualities: wisdom, tenderness and playfulness; mysticism, theology and a raw Celtic earthiness. He’s someone who could speak of God with great wildness, strangeness—and authority. He inspired with his vision of beauty as a human calling and somehow embod-

ied it for the listener. I meet all kinds of people that keep that show on their playlist and listen again and again. In general, my favorite guest is the most recent person interviewed. At the moment, it’s Jimmy Wales, the Wikipedia co-founder, who stunned me with his insistence on kindness as the virtue that’s made this nonprofit’s ethos and accomplishments possible. Another is civil rights veteran Ruby Sales, who wisely works to uplift the human drama of our political/social moment, like the way we must come to be as articulate about what we love as about what outrages us.

How do you see people’s awakening sensibilities influencing local and global issues? I am drawn to the notion that we are in the adolescence of our species. The globe right now is like a map of the teenage brain, prone to recklessness and destruction in places and simultaneously possessing vast potentials for creativity and advances. So many are relentless in telling the story of destruction that it seriously colors how we tell the story of our time. I stand among those shining a light on the abundant beauty, goodness and courage in our world so these become more visible and evident at a global level.

Are you optimistic about the future? I am hopeful about the future. My life of meaningful conversation has led me to re-imagine the meaning of hope. It has nothing to do with wishful thinking, but rests on the lives of beauty and goodness I see everywhere I turn. It’s a choice—a more exacting and courageous choice than cynicism or resignation. The pain and fear alive in the world surface as anger and violence, and some of us are called to be calmers of fear. We must create the world we want our children to inhabit and do so together. Hope isn’t an option on this path; it is one of our primary resources for getting there. Randy Kambic is a freelance writer and editor in Estero, FL, and regular contributor to Natural Awakenings.

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Year round gift suggestions: to your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect. ~ Oren Arnold

r. Ayse Washington, DVM, CCRP, has joined the veterinary staff of Main Street Animal Services Ayse Washington of Hopkinton (M.A.S.H). Washington brings an integrative approach to M.A.S.H. and is skilled in a variety of therapies, including acupuncture, cold laser, strengthening exercises and rehabilitation. She also provides nutritional consultation and supplement recommendations for animals. Washington has held positions in general practice, emergency medicine, critical care and rehabilitation for animals, and completed coursework in acupuncture at the Chi Institute for Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine. She obtained a certificate in canine rehabilitation from the University of Tennessee. “Dr. Washington has passion for treating animals who are struggling with chronic illnesses, debilitating diseases and end of life issues,” says M.A.S.H. General Manager Colleen Shannon. “She’s also experienced a variety of disease conditions from the perspective of the pet owner, including cancer, heart disease, arthritis, allergies and dementia, which allows her to empathize with her clients as they struggle to make decisions regarding their pet’s care.” Location: 72 W. Main St., Hopkinton. To learn more, call 508-435-4077 or visit See ad on this page and Resource Guide on page 41.

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an and woman’s best four-legged friend can activate and energize even the most reluctant couch potato or exhausted owner, making the family dog an excellent exercise buddy. Regardless of how lax we may be, everyone feels better after some kind of workout. A study published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology confirms that working up a sweat outdoors affords an appealing boost of energy, enjoyment and improved state of mind. Dogs love routine, so they’ll be waiting by the door for their daily walks. Make each outing mindful by letting the pet choose the route and pace. While they stop to sniff, do hamstring stretches by leaning against a wall, fence or tree. Once the warm-up portion is completed, add sprints to burn more calories. Ask for a sit, pick a goal a short distance away and then give the cue to run together fast. After arriving at the goal, ask for another sit. “Our favorite time to go is before 7 a.m. to avoid cars and when the asphalt isn’t too hot for his paws,” says Monica Weintraub, a food and travel blogger currently working from

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Beijing, China. “Carl loves the burst of energy, and we both build muscle.” A backyard agility course can complement or even substitute for walks. It’s easy to make with weave poles, jumps and tunnels. Vary the order of the obstacles and run alongside the dog to call out each one. When it’s excessively wet, cold and icy or hot outside, create an indoor agility course. Use blankets and upturned chairs for tunnels, cardboard boxes to designate a weaving trot and a hula hoop for jumps. Set it up on top of rugs that foster firm footing. Balance can also be improved with exercise balls. While some dogs only see a soccer game, others try to balance on the ball, strengthening core muscles like their humans. Learning doga, or yoga for dogs, incorporates a canine’s natural trainability, flexibility, mimicry of human moves and desire to please. Kristen Corral, who’s also certified in animal massage, teaches Anima yoga fusion classes for people and pets of all ages in Las Vegas. “Anima means an expression of one’s true inner self,” she explains. “We work on

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balance and never force the dogs into poses. They’re excited during the first sessions, but as you move and breathe together, it becomes a calming and relaxing activity.” Floor exercises with the help of a dog also helps strengthen core muscles. Do leg lifts and teach the pet to walk under a raised leg to ensure it stays raised for the proper amount of time. Incorporate fetch games with situps; throw the toy when sitting up and accept it back while reclining. Alternate arms—the dominant one has better aim, while the other one adds steps for the dog as it runs to fetch an errant toss. For chair exercises, use a toy to lure the dog under the chair, moving it from side-to-side, simultaneously working the waistline. Fetch lets the dog chase the toy before dropping it in front of the chair, giving the owner’s core muscles a workout when bending to pick it up each time. Dogs love to play hide-and-seek. It’s easy with two people; one holds the dog while the other hides. If solo, teach the pet to sit until a timer goes off before starting the hunt. “I ask Felix, my mixed-breed dog, to hold a sit-stay while I go hide,” says Chantelle Wallace, a professional writer who volunteers to exercise animals at Skyline Pet Care and Fitness, in Austin, Texas. “Hide and seek activates both mental focus and physical exercise.” Dancing to favorite tunes expends lots of energy. Dogs may perform obedience moves to the beat or, like humans, dance like nobody’s watching. Scientists at the University of Missouri are among those that have found that music improves moods, too. Teaching a dog to help around the house impresses everybody and takes advantage of bad weather to catch up on chores. They can tour a laundry basket to bedrooms, pick up trash or place items for recycling in a bin. Select individual items to be carried up or down stairs for a muscular workout. Take some tips from Jesse, a most helpful dog, at Tinyurl. com/HouseholdHelpPooch. When our will to exercise is wavering, an eager dog will help keep an exercise routine interesting and on track. The dog’s goal is always to have fun with their favorite person.

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Thurs., Dec.1 • 5-8pm Open to all. Tufts Medical Center, 800 Washington St, Boston. 877-633-4376. Register: ICA 10 – Dec 1-10. Ten days of activities, performances, art making and reduced admission to celebrate ten years on the waterfront. More details about specific activities on each day on website. $10/Dec 1-9, free/Dec 10. 25 Harbor Shore Dr, Boston. 617-478-3100. Copley Square Tree Lighting and Festival – 3:30-6pm. Wreaths with red bows decorate the square and the Old South Church bell tolls when the lights go on. Appearances by Santa, the Boston Pops, and Rudolph. The Boston Public Library and Catered Affair host a story time and candy cane tea at the Fairmont Copley Plaza from 3:30-5pm (tea is free but must make reservations: 617-859-2282). More family fun begins at about 4:30pm with Jugglers, stilt walkers and holiday music provided by Magic 106.7. To confirm date & time: Boston Common Holiday Tree Lighting – 4-8pm. Games, prizes, a Skating Spectacular exhibition and more at the Frog Pond Skating Rink. Free. Near the Visitors Information Center on Tremont St, Boston.


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Shamanic Journey to Your Guides – 7-8:30pm. Join Shamanic Practitioner Susan Keefe for an enlightening journey to find one or more of your Spirit Guides or Power Animals. Bring questions about your life or challenges you are facing. As Susan drums, discover the wisdom they have to offer you. $35. Tai Chi Acupuncture & Wellness Center, 7 Bow St, Ste 1, North Reading. 978-2763008. Exploring the Sufi Path – 7:30-9pm. “What is a Sufi?” Pir Zia examines this question invoking the perfume of love, lover and beloved. He explores the path’s meaningfulness for our daily lives. Weekend meditation seminar follows: Know Thyself: An Exploration of the Within. Free. Dante Alighieri Society, 41 Hampshire St, Cambridge. 617-522-0800.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3 Free Holiday Movie: Home Alone – 10am. Suggested cash donation of $5 to benefit The Welcome Project. AMC Assembly Row 12, 340 Canal St, Somerville. RSVP required: Jamaica Plain Art Walking Tour – 2:30-4pm. An in-depth look at the vibrant murals, sculptures, bas-reliefs and other public works in one of Boston’s most diverse and dynamic areas. Leisurely stroll of over a mile with a knowledgeable and entertaining guide. $22.50 (half price tickets available on website). First Baptist Church, 633 Centre St, Jamaica Plain. Holiday Fair Trade Shopping Meet & Mingle – 5-10pm. Showcasing businesses, products, gift certificates for holiday shoppers looking to get meaningful, purposeful mind, body, soul gifts for the holidays. Glamming it up. Eco Fashion Show. Donations Drop for Toys for Tots. Music, food and fun. Free. DoubleTree by Hilton Boston/Rockland, 929 Hingham St, Rockland. 508-615-9805.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4 Santa Paws – 11am-2pm. Celebrate the season with your 4-legged family members. Bring your canine to Pendelton and get their photo professionally taken with Santa Claus in store. Supports MSPCA. Dogs must be leashed at all times. $10/ digital images, $20/image & in-store print. Pendleton at Assembly Row, 340 Canal St, Somerville. Christmas Tree Glassblowing – 2-6pm. Learn basic glassblowing skills while creating a beautiful holiday centerpiece. Create your own class time for groups also available. $145. Diablo Glass School, 123 Terrace St, Roxbury Crossing. 617442-7444.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7 The Incredible Dr. You Workshop – 7:308:30pm. This first of two workshop breaks down the basics of Network Spinal Analysis, the method


of chiropractic used at Newton Chiropractic. Get more out of your adjustments and enlighten yourself on just how incredible your body is at healing itself. Free. Newton Chiropractic & Wellness Centre, 383 Elliot St, Ste 250, Newton. RSVP: 617964-3332.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10 Interactive Readings: Stories Alive Featuring Frosty the Snowman – 11am. Also Dec 17. Session will incorporate audience participation, games and holiday singalongs with instruments. Appropriate for all ages, especially 3-10 yrs old. Free. Ghirardelli Chocolate, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston. 617-532-1256. Holly-Day on the Harbor – 12-3pm. Family-friendly holiday celebration featuring: kid concert by Little Groove, magic show with Robert Clarke, face painting, arts and crafts, snacks and more. Free. Waterfront Square, 290 Congress St, Boston.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11 North End Christmas Parade – 1-2pm. Look for Santa, Frosty the Snowman, lots of elves, marching bands, antique cars and plenty of good cheer. Free. Starts at Puopolo Field on Commercial St & marches around neighborhood streets.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13 LEGOLAND Toddler Tuesday – 10am-2pm. Special toddler activities, story time and LEGO fun for little ones in Duplo Farm. $16/general admission, free/2 & under. Assembly Row, Grand Union Blvd, Somerville.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16 Fort Point Holiday Stroll – 4-8pm. Walk through our historic neighborhood, nibble on sweet and savory treats from restaurants and bars, explore galleries and artist studios and shop in boutiques steeped in local flavor. Free. Fort Point Channel, Boston. 617-933-8399. FriendsOfFortPoint 243rd Boston Tea Party Reenactment – 6:30pm. Take on the role of a Patriot or Loyalist as you join more than 100 reenactors to bring to life the famous tax protest that sparked a revolution. $20 plus service fee. Old South Meeting Place, 310 Washington St, Boston. 617-482-6439.

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Aromatherapy Certification Course First Sat of every month thru Apr 1. Learn how essential oils work to heal the body, mind and spirit. This 4-month program addresses the body systems, their common ailments and the essential oils most helpful for each condition. Three different methods of blending will be introduced with demonstrations of how to use essential oils in our everyday lives. We will also be making our own natural cosmetics and learning how to use essential oils to trigger memory, mood and attraction. Meets: Jan 7, Feb 4, Mar 4, Apr 1. $450.

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daily Quincy Market History Tour – 11am, daily; 6pm, Wed; 2pm, Sat. Learn about Quincy Market’s central and ever-evolving role in Boston’s history. Meet guide by Pulse Café on South Market St. Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 4 S Market, Boston. 617-523-1300. Restorative Yoga – 4-6:30pm. Anyone needing to chill out and rest body, mind and spirit. Props used to support total relaxation, giving you a chance to catch up with yourself. Open to beginners and experienced yogis, people with injuries and other precautions. $40/session. Art & Soul, 91 Hampshire St, Cambridge. 617-594-1794. For specific dates: Blink! Light and Music Show – Thru Jan 3. 4:30-9:30pm, running every half hour. Light and music show at Faneuil Marketplace. Free. Faneuil Marketplace, 4 S Market St, Boston. FaneuilHall The Emotional Detox – 8-9:30pm. Try a DIY approach to EFT. Teach yourself to tap. Leave behind anxiety and gain clarity and confidence when you tap along with pre-written scripts. $97. Virtual Ecourse. 270-592-0377.

weekly Weekly Relax and Rejuvenate Retreats at Discounted Rates for Healers and Teachers – Thru Mar. Winter is a great season to recharge for yoga teachers and healers. Whether it’s a time to reflect and restore, or to gently reverse the “burnout” that can result from your dedication to this special line of work, we offer an all-inclusive package designed to meet your needs and budget. Eastover Estate & Retreat Center, 430 East St, Lenox. 866 264 5139. For pricing:

sunday Free Community Reiki Circle – Thru Dec 4. 9-11:30am. 1st Sun. Join reiki practitioners who share experiences and collectively create a sacred healing space. Learn about reiki and receive a reiki session. Open to all. Free. Northeast Reiki Center, 61 Nicholas Rd, Ste B2, Framingham. 508-8085696. Perfect Voice as Spiritual Path and Tool for Emotional Healing – Thru Dec. 9am-12:30pm. 4th Sun. Experience real vocal freedom by learning most important aspects of vocal technique on a foundation of spiritual grace and ego surrender. Guaranteed improvement for beginners and those with vocal problems. $60. 16 Magoun Ave, Medford. 857-998-3677.


SoWa Vintage Market – 10am-4pm. Designers, collectors, appreciators of the beautiful and unusual love this market. A cool, urban, vintage flea market featuring fresh vintage and designer finds every week. Free. SoWa Vintage Market, 450 Harrison Ave, Boston. Vinyl Sundays at Short Path Distillery – 1-6pm. Bring your favorite LP and we’d be happy to spin it on the tasting room stereo system. Or choose from our selection. Free. Short Path Distillery, 71 Kelvin St, Unit 2, Everett.

monday Open P-Knotting at Noon – 12-12:45pm. Also Tues, Wed & Thurs. Individualized guided instruction on how to use the P-Knot. No P-Knot required. Free. P-Knot Industries, Hope Artiste Village, 1005 Main St, Rm 1217, Pawtucket. 401-753-2099. EasYoga – Thru Dec. 6-7:30pm. Also Thurs. Relax, re-energize and revitalize. Walk-ins welcome. First session free. The Well Street Station, 62 Mt Auburn St, Watertown. 617-923-1440. Anxiety and Panic Support Group – Thru Dec. 6:30pm. 1st Mon. People who have been through, or are going through, a similar circumstance can empathize with you and keep you from feeling alone. Free. Washington St, Newton. 617-8493198. Nia-Somatic Fitness Classes – Thru Dec. 7:308:30pm. 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.

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tuesday Noon Concerts on the Freedom Trail – 12:15pm. Stop by to hear a 30-40-min concert. Performers vary each week and perform a wide variety of music ranging from jazz to folk, medieval to modern. $3 suggested donation. King’s Chapel, 64 Beacon St, Boston. 617-227-2155. 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.

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. Active Stretch for EveryBODY – 6:30pm. Also Mon, 7:30am & Thurs, 9:30am. Everybody from elite athletes to couch potatoes welcomed. See

“classes” on website. $12/drop-in, $100/10 classes with Budget Stretcher Card. STAR Tech Healing and Learning Center, 14 Nason St, Ste 202, Maynard. 978-897-0110.

ing from the observatory roof if weather permits. Free. Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, 60 Garden St, Cambridge. 617-495-7461.

Mindfulness Meditation Practice Groups – Thru Dec 14. 7-8pm. Mindfulness is not what you think. It’s about insight, compassion and real happiness. And it’s already yours. Practice helps. All levels welcome (adults). $18. Office of Mary Ann Christie Burnside, 1620 Massachusetts Ave, Ste 7, Lexington. 781-538-5586.


Food Addicts in Recovery – Thru Dec. 7-8:30pm. 12-step program for food addiction. There is a solution. Weekly meetings open to anyone. Free. Fidelity Place, 25 Medford St, Arlington. 617-6103748. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous – Thru Dec. 7-8:30pm. Do you or someone you know struggle with weight or food? There is a solution. Come hear about recovery from food addiction and stories of those who have used this 12-step program to help them overcome this addiction. Free. St Brigid’s, Parish Center, 1995 Massachusetts Ave, Lexington. 617-610-3748. Open Meditation Evenings – Thru Dec. 7-8:30pm. Come to meditate and take part in a discussion. Beginners and experienced meditators welcome. Instruction given to those who need it. Refreshments provided. Suggested donation $10. Advaita Meditation Center, 28 Worcester Ln, Waltham. 781-647-0020. 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. 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.

Belmont Youth Running Club – Thru Dec. 7-7:30am. The Belmont Youth Running Club promotes fitness and all levels of ability are welcome. Kids ages 8 yrs and up show a passion for running while learning about setting goals. Free. Belmont Reservoir, Ayson Rd & Oakley St, Belmont. 617438-4467. 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. #TeamSimeon Pregnancy Loss Work Group – 5pm. 1st & 3rd Fri. A place for families who have lost a child at any stage of pregnancy or after pregnancy to talk, de-stress and release with other families that understand. Free. All Dorchester Sports League Building, 1565 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester. 617-407-5347. 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. Yoga, Wine and Chocolate – 5:30-7pm. An hour of yoga followed by complimentary yoga, wine and chocolate. $15. embodyFitness 18 Adams St, Burlington. 781-999-2503. Candlelight Yoga – 7-8pm. Also Tues, 5:306:30pm. Classic yoga. No experience required. Small classes. Individualized direction. No hot temperatures. First class free. Reiki of Greater Boston, 160 School St, Ste 1-1, Waltham. 508-3353814. 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 Food Addicts in Recovery – 8am. FA is a 12-step program for those seeking help from food addiction. Come hear stories of experience, strength and hope from members who have found an answer to their biggest life problem through this 12-step program. Free. Christ Church, 33 Central St, Andover. 617610-3748. Yoga at The Meeting Point – 9-10:30am. With Karuna O’Donnell, Med, Certified Forrest Yoga Teacher Level 3, E-RYT 500. Body positive, trauma informed, queer friendly, all levels, small group classes. $20. The Meeting Point, 3464 Washington St, Jamaica Plain. 617-435-1749. More info: or Aerial Dance Class – Thru Dec. 10-11am. AIRbarre challenges the body and mind beyond the vertical plane and up into the air. Open up your mind to this new beginning, suspend your disbelief and enjoy the flight. $30; buy 1 class, get 2 free. Swet Studio, 480 Tremont St, Boston. 617-6700631. 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. Prenatal Yoga Class – 11am-12:30pm. Relax, re-energize, revitalize. Gentle stretches to relieve tension. Walk-ins welcome. First session free. The Well Street Station, 62 Mt Auburn St, Watertown. 617-923-1440. Mind, Body, Spirit Expo Cape Cod – Thru Dec 17. 1-6pm. Feel the love with like-minded people getting together. Includes natural practitioners, personal growth, holistic healers, psychic readers and unique arts and crafts from local artists. Free. WWWCC, 4730 State Hwy, Eastham. 508-2556370.

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. The Healing Beyond Cancer Free Workshop – Thru Dec. 7:30-9pm. 2nd Thurs. A diagnosis of cancer can unleash a flood of fear and anxiety. Discover how the interactions of beliefs and feelings have profound effects on your health. You will shift from dis-ease to ease. Free. Roots and Wings Healing Arts, 317 N Main St, Natick. 978-3697733. Observatory Night – 7:30-9:30pm. 3rd Thurs. A non-technical lecture and telescopic observ-

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



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ADVANCED NEUROTHERAPY, PC Jolene Ross, PhD 781-444-9115

Specializing in Neurotherapy, an effective, drug-free treatment for: attention, behavior, emotional, and executive function problems, autistic spectrum, anxiety, depression, postconcussion, peak performance and more. See ad, page 13. .

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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 25.


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 10.


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.


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 24.


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

493-495 Main St (Off Rte 119) Groton, MA 01450 978-449-9919

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

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

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

Personalized, comprehensive consultations with experienced herbalists. Whether it’s the flu or a chronic illness, or simply to build greater vitality, herbal medicine can help. See ad, page 11.

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 6.


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 9.


12 Pelham Terrace, Arlington, MA 781-646-6319 We offer two Herbal Apprenticeship Programs, Advanced Training, Aromatherapy Certification and a series of Thursday evening and Saturday afternoon classes. Please visit our website. See ad, page 23.


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 32.

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


Johnson Compounding and Wellness 781-893-3870 Dr. Gary Kracoff provides guidance and in-depth consultative services to find the “why” to what is happening physically and mentally, working with individuals to restore balance in the body. Specializes in customizing medications to meet individualized needs of patients, and he suggests nutritional supplements, natural products and homeopathic remedies to aid in faster healing and recovery See ad, page 10.




Alison Shaw APRN, LMT, CEH 109 Massachusetts Ave Lexington, MA 02420 781-646-0686


222 Newbury St, 3rd Fl, Boston 617-459-7474 I love being a hairdresser. Proudly working with Eufora products containing certified organic ingredients. Cruelty free, people and planet friendly for a more beautiful tomorrow.

An innovative blend of body-centered counseling, integrative bodywork and energy medicine to uncover and release body-mind patterns that limit your life and health. See ad, page 29.


324 Central St, Newton 02466 617-244-8856 Providing you with reiki healing sessions, Reiki meditation, and Reiki training to support you in reaching your goals of mind-body-spirit wellness and wholeness.

BRIANA PIAZZA, REIKI MASTER 228 Central St, Saugus, MA 01906 781-629-9659

Reiki Master healer and teacher offering healing treatment sessions and training at all levels. Call, email or visit to schedule your session.



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

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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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160 School St, Ste 1-1, Waltham, MA 508-335-3814 Healing for body, mind and spirit. Yoga, reiki, meditation, crystal healing and life coaching are used to activate your body’s natural healing response.


Thermography is non-invasive, safe and painless. Thermography helps to track breast health and full-body applications help in the identification and monitoring of inflammatory and nerve conditions. See ad, page 25.


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 14.


Ali Bourgault 978-850-4164 Massage, organic hair salon, Himalayan salt saunas, siddha kundalini healings, meditation, yoga, workshop, coaching, readings, metaphysical retail and more.


325 Broadway, Arlington MA 02474 781-648-9642 1773 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge MA 02140 617-354-9642 235 Harvard Ave, Brookline, MA 02446 617-264-4851 A Holistic Health Center which incorporates yoga, meditation, tai chi, energy work and workshops for spiritual growth. Body, mind and spirit training for all levels. See ad, page 6.


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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