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wo of the trickiest topics to discuss are politics and religion. I’m giving myself a pass this month because what’s resonating within feels deeper than what the general term religion evokes for me. For the past 35 years, up until the last 12 months, I had pretty much abandoned any form of organized religion. Raised Catholic until age 9, at which time my parents drifted into the Evangelical Christian realm, I’d never experienced what I now understand to be a “spiritual connection” to something greater that lies within. Sure, I went to weddings, funerals, christenings and the rare occasional church holiday celebration, but never for anything deeper than the event that brought me to a house of worship. I witnessed others being deeply moved by the messages shared and briefly wondered where their depth of connection came from. Still, I didn’t inquire within for many years as to what I might be missing. Thankfully, I’ve now found a spiritual community that feels like home. It’s a place that welcomes all, no matter their race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic class or any other societal classification. I write this letter on the heels of the Thanksgiving gathering held a few days before the traditional holiday. Instead of presenting a lecture, the reverend offered up his own story of thanks before passing a microphone to the person seated next to him. He invited each one there to speak a few words of thanks for goodness experienced in both their outer and inner worlds. My head started swirling with thoughts about all I am grateful for… until I hit the pause button, recognizing that I didn’t want to miss a single word being shared by others. I yearned to feel and experience their gratitude with them in that moment. Before long, tears of joy welled up as I realized that one of the greatest gifts given and received through this newfound sense of connection was that I had unwittingly and gradually learned to experience tears of joy. Reflecting further upon this pivotal experience, I realized that it was one small example of how deeply connected we are as part of the Natural Awakenings community and how grateful I am for each and every person touched through these pages. Our advertisers give much of themselves through their tireless work. Readers keep the circle going with their desire to learn more about the topics shared. Our printers, designers and editorial team make it all come together each month. All of the distributors and distribution points network us physically. You, each one of you, is why this magazine is blessing our wider community. I speak for the entire team at Natural Awakenings Boston when I say, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the role you play. We celebrate you all. Have a safe and joy-filled holiday season. 4

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t last, a certified Shiatsu practitioner program will be available once more in Boston at the Watertown Center for Healing Arts. Even more exciting is that students will have the rare opportunity to study with WinterJade Lindy Ferrigno, one of the original students of the originator of Zen Shiatsu, the late Master Shizuto Masunaga as well as his top student, the late Kishi Sensei. Ferrigno Sensei will pass on these advanced teachings to Boston-area students. The Watertown program is a satellite school of the Shiatsu School of Vermont. Applications will be accepted starting January 1, 2018. This year-long, 500-hour program will begin September, 2018. “This is an amazing opportunity to become certified in an up-andcoming profession,” says Sarah West, assistant director of Shiatsu School of Vermont. Shiatsu is a form of traditional medicine from Japan that supports the body to relieve pain and control internal and external disease patterns. Location: Watertown Center for Healing Arts, 22 Mt. Auburn St., Watertown. For more information, call 802-246-0877 or visit See ad on page 23.

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o help combat the barrage of emotional intensity and stress that the holidays can bring, Sacred Temple Arts is offering special holiday sessions this month, including customized, high-quality, integrative, holistic healing treatments. “Decompressing in-between events can make your gatherings more joyous, as well as contribute to your overall health and well-being,” says Sacha Fossa, owner Sacha Fossa of Sacred Temple Arts. Sacred Temple Arts combines personal coaching with healing arts including energy and bodywork. Modalities such as Access Consciousness Bars, Unlimited Body, reiki, shamanism, entity clearing, flower essences, tantra and more may be included in these holiday sessions. By taking time to simply receive an in-person, virtual or by phone coaching and healing arts session, individuals can enjoy the holidays with more ease, vitality and fun. Location: Virtual or in person at Sacred Temple Arts, 121 Water St., Newburyport. For more information, call 978-309-9399 or visit See ad on page 25 and Resource Guide on page 39. 6

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oin Amare Global and Dr. Shawn Talbott, who has focused for two decades on the links between nutrition, biochemistry and psychology, from 9 a.m. to noon, December 2, at the Crowne Plaza Boston, in Newton, for an educational event about groundbreaking science in the holistic health field around gut/brain health and mental wellness. One in four Americans will experience a mental health challenge this year, such as feeling stressed or anxious, having trouble sleeping or dropping weight, or losing focus or mental clarity. There is now a paradigm shift in science showing the gut may be at the root of these issues. In the last few years, scientists learned the importance of microbiome balance in regulating mood, mental focus, as well as emotional and physical well-being. Talbott will explain how the gut/brain axis talks to each other through a complex network of nerves, cells and biochemicals. Attendees will leave with an actionable plan that can be implemented immediately. Amare Global, The Mental Wellness Company, is on the forefront of addressing these issues, using only the best aspects of both ancient traditions and modern scientific principles. It is creating a platform of natural mental wellness solutions, programs, education and technology to provide holistic and natural solutions to help people optimize their mental wellness and stress resiliency.

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newsbriefs The New Enough Companion Guidebook is Released


aurie McCammon, author of Enough: How to Liberate Yourself and Remake the World with Just One Word and The Enough Companion Guidebook, believes that readers need activities and exercises to help them embody her message that we are “enough”, inseparable from the universe and its infinite ability to create plenty. “An innate pathway to plentitude has always been available to us as our own true nature, but it’s been obscured by the ‘never enough’ paradigm, a seriously distorted rogue worldview narrowly fixated on lack,” says McCammon. “The guidebook’s 100-plus hands-on activities for individuals and groups are a collaborative effort with eight co-authors, including Natural Awakenings senior staff writer Linda Sechrist. Humanity’s millennia-long, upside-down relationship with the word ‘enough’ is a group delusion that’s the root of all dysfunction, from personal to planetary,” notes McCammon. For more information or to order, visit

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havna Srivastava, founder and CEO of Bhvana’s Wellness Group, in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, has announced the 2018 Women’s Spiritual Retreat from February 15 to 25 in India and Dubai. This unique women’s only retreat is designed around creating a ripple of peaceful energy and a shift in consciousness. The retreat includes visiting Dubai for two nights and two days. Landing in Chennai, India and visiting Mahabalipuram Temple, Kanchipuram, Oneness University, Mysore Palace, the Chamunda Goddess Temple, an experience of a light and sound show at Vrindavan Garden, touring Bangalore, the Silicon Valley of India. Special Package 1: Tours Only - $3,200/person until December 31. Package 2: Intensive - $3,400/person until December 31. Bring or refer a friend to receive $100 credit. Full package amount due on December 31. Non-refundable $500 deposit due on registration. Retreat pricing does not include flight, medical, bar or extra drinks during meals. Offerings at Oneness University are extra. For more information or to sign up, call 774-242-2112 or email See ad on page 6 and Resource Guide on page 36. 8

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Mayor Walsh Takes Measures to Make Boston Climate Ready


his past month, Mayor Marty Walsh announced new measures to protect East Boston and Charlestown from current and future flooding risks because of climate change. The measures include a plan for street elevation and a deployable flood wall. The 2016 citywide Climate Ready Boston report names East Boston and Charlestown as neighborhoods with a high risk for flooding events because of sea-level rise. Two major near-term actions are identified in the report: Main Street elevation in Charlestown and a deployable floodwall across East Boston Greenway. Elevating Main Street by an average of two feet in front of the Schrafft’s Center driveway will block the main flood pathway through Charlestown, which will protect more than 250 residents and at least 60 businesses. Installation of a seven-foot-high deployable floodwall will block the current one percent annual chance flood, which will provide immediate protection to almost 4,300 residents, at least 70 businesses and critical infrastructure. More than 400 community members shared their ideas with Greenovate and its neighborhood partners for solutions to protect and enhance their neighborhoods through surveys, interviews, workshops and meetings for this project. This latest study is one of many actions Boston is taking to prepare our city and neighborhoods for the impacts of climate change.

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igh-cacao dark chocolate contains high levels of flavanol, a compound known for its heart health benefits, but less is known about diluted foods such as milk chocolate candy. Harvard researchers followed 55,502 subjects for 13 years, comparing levels of high blood pressure, diabetes and cardiovascular disease to lifestyle traits. They found those eating one to three servings of chocolate a month (including milk chocolate) displayed a 10 percent lower risk of irregular heartbeat than those eating an ounce or less a month. Eating one serving per week of chocolate yielded a 17 percent lower risk and two to six servings a week 20 percent, and then leveled off after eating one or more servings per day. “Eating excessive amounts of chocolate is not recommended, because many chocolate products are high in calories from sugar and fat, and could lead to weight gain and other metabolic problems,� advises Elizabeth Mostofsky, author of the study.

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esearchers from the Dana Farber Cancer Institute examined nutrition and cancer recurrence data from 826 patients with Stage III colon cancer and found those that consumed two or more ounces of tree nuts a week experienced a 42 percent reduction in cancer recurrence and a 57 percent lower risk of death on average compared to those that ate no nuts.

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Fifty healthy patients and 50 with chronic fatigue syndrome were tested for bacteria and immune molecules by researchers from Columbia University. They discovered that imbalances in the levels of certain gut bacteria are prevalent in individuals with chronic fatigue syndrome, a disorder often accompanied by extreme fatigue, muscle and joint pain, cognitive issues and insomnia.

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TAI CHI EASES THE BLUES Boston researchers found a reduction in depressive symptoms among people that practice tai chi via 50 Chinese-Americans diagnosed with depression. They were divided into three groups. One group participated in tai chi sessions twice a week and were encouraged to practice the movements at home three times a week. Another group attended twice weekly depression education sessions and a third served as the control group. After 12 weeks, the tai chi group reported significant improvements in depression symptoms, which continued after the study was completed, measured at 24 weeks.

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

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


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For 20 years, Maria Brenton, an outspoken proponent of older people living independently, has been campaigning and planning for the opening of a different kind of retirement home run by its residents, supporting each other through old age. She says, “Attitudes toward older people in this country are out of date. Most members of the older population don’t wish to have everything done for them.” She attests that institutions and agencies dealing with older people encourage dependency and are patronizing and paternalistic. “Older people internalize it, and they learn to wait for people to do things for them,” advises Brenton. New Ground, in Barnet, North London, is the first UK cohousing development set up just for older women, with 26 women from age 50 to 87. Also in London, The Collective has created something similar with enhanced amenities such as a cinema room and a launderette with a disco ball. WeWork is an American company that has set up communal offices, and recently established WeLive, in New York City.

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Chimps, Zebrafish and Birds Communicate Like We Do Chimps, orangutans and bonobo apes are now known to be capable of understanding what others are thinking and recognize human thoughts, an ability once thought to be impossible. A team led by Christopher Krupenye, of Duke University, had apes take part in a visual experiment where they watched videos on a monitor while their gaze was being tracked. They discovered an anticipation of events that went beyond the visual cues presented. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has determined that zebrafish are social animals, similar to humans and other mammals—they form friendships, experience positive emotions and have individual personalities. The group advises people that eat fish or keep them as pets to consider the moral implications. Honey hunters in sub-Saharan Africa have a unique form of communication with honeyguide birds that fly ahead to point out beehives which the hunters raid, leaving wax for the birds to eat. A study in the journal Science reports that they listen for a specific call made by their human collaborators. Dr. Claire Spottiswoode, of the University of Cambridge, in England, and University of Cape Town, in South Africa, observes, “It seems to be a two-way conversation between our own species and a wild animal.” 12

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Digitalizing Data Helps Rainforest Census The Amazon rainforest is thought to harbor a greater diversity of trees than anywhere else on Earth, but the exact number has long been a mystery. In 2013, scientists estimated that the number of species was around 16,000, but no actual count had been done. In a new paper in Scientific Reports, researchers delved into museum collections from around the world to confirm the current number of tree species recorded in the Amazon and assess possibilities of those yet to be discovered. “Since 1900, between 50 and 200 new trees have been discovered in the Amazon every year,” notes Nigel Pitman, a Mellon senior conservation ecologist with the Field Museum. “Our analysis suggests that we won’t finish discovering new tree species there for three more centuries.” The study relied upon the digitization of museum collections data— photographs and digital records—of the specimens housed there and shared worldwide through aggregator sites like “It gives scientists a better sense of what’s actually growing in the Amazon Basin, aiding conservation efforts,” says Pitman.


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Regift or Recycle Smart Phones When replacing holiday purchases of smartphones and other electronic devices, don’t just trash the old ones. Manufacturing electronics consumes many resources and discarded waste can leak harmful chemicals into ecosystems. There are far better ways to redirect and repurpose them. Besides trading in phones for a rebate, another good option is transferring them to an official recycling program that makes sure all components are dealt with properly. Some states offer special provisions. Check the E-Cycling Central website at Major phone makers and carriers offer recycling programs, and some retailers accept select electronic devices. Best of all, give a device a new life by gifting it. accepts obsolete personal electronic devices by mail; the donor selects a charity to receive the proceeds., and are kindred organizations. lets users find nearby charity recycling initiatives via zip code. It provides scholarships for U.S. children that have lost a parent through warfare or terrorism, feeds malnourished children in Asia, builds low-income housing and donates prepaid calling cards to military personnel. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, other unwanted electronic devices can be recycled so that incorporated copper, steel and glass can be recovered and reused. Other materials like lead (in circuit board solder, glass cathode ray tubes of many TVs and computer screens, and batteries) and mercury (in fluorescent backlights of many flat-panel screen displays) can be captured and recycled, instead of polluting the environment. Small appliances like toasters, coffee makers and clothing irons aren’t considered e-waste and generally aren’t recyclable because they are made of a mix of plastic and metal. Using them for many years helps.

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Express Feelings in a Healthy Way Family gatherings can sometimes test our boundaries and patience. Avoid repressing feelings by finding a way to speak a personal truth in the moment, in a calm and healthy fashion. It’s better than returning home stewing about what we wish we could or should have said.

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How to Really Enjoy the Season by Dianne Bischoff James


eelings of comfort and joy can seem elusive when the holiday to-do list looms or runs amok. The season can seem more like an endless burden than a parade of cheerful events and glad tidings. Amidst celebratory chaos, these simple rules will help restore inner peace and create greater happiness.


Eschew Perfection Guests are much more interested in filling their stomachs with great food than judging the scuff marks and wall dings. The perfection of the season is found in the special moments when families and friends sit down together.


Pay Attention to the Smiles The approaching holidays encourage more shared smiles, kind words and thoughtful gestures. While out and about, look for the grins and well wishes. Hold the door open for others and offer a friendly greeting to store clerks. We’ll find ourselves smiling even more, because thoughtfulness is contagious.


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rience a moment of stillness. Inner quiet allows the mind to relax and reinvest energy in the body, so we can return to holiday activities with renewed zest.

Assign Roles to Household Helpers The holiday load is lighter when everyone pitches in. Assign specific roles to household members with clear responsibilities, from taking out the garbage to setting the table and washing up.


Leave Some Tasks for Later It’s unrealistic to think the house has to be in perfect order after festive gatherings. After guests leave, put the leftovers in the fridge and watch a movie. Cleanup will feel easier and faster after a good night’s rest.





Give Each Person a Special Gift Think of something thoughtful that both the giver and receiver enjoy doing together and write a promissory note for the shared experience, such as a free backrub, a day spent downtown, a personal manicure or a movie the other person wants to see.

Take Advantage of Extended Shopping Hours To avoid crowds and lines, schedule a late-night power-shopping trip. This is the easiest way to manage a department store visit with sanity, have easy access to the shelves and get immediate service.


Take a Holiday Binge Day Designate a day with no limits and no self-judgment. For anyone that mentally monitors their calories or sweets, claim a binge day out loud with permission for total holiday munching freedom. The next day, we can reinstate discipline.

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Express Gratitude at the Table Loving feelings can never be expressed enough, so use the holiday as an opportunity to tell others how important they are to you. Create a heartfelt moment at the table by sharing at least one thing that you’re truly grateful for, and ask everyone else to do the same. Go Outside for Fun in Nature Hiking in a nearby forest preserve, skating, sledding or building a snow fort with the kids not only burns energy, but is emotionally exhilarating for the whole family. Pick an outdoor activity, don appropriate togs, and share in the laughter and serenity of a sparkling winter day.

Dianne Bischoff James is a life transformation coach, actor, business consultant and author of The Real Brass Ring: Change Your Life Course Now. She specializes in facilitating the midlife reboot and lives in Boston, MA.



Sing While We Work Nothing makes meal preparation tasks go faster than crooning along to our favorite carols. Turn up Susan Boyle’s O Holy Night and soon your lungs will be full of air, your heart filled with sentiment, and the turkey stuffed with seasonal goodness will be ready to go into the oven.


Engaging Our Growth Zone Creating and Fulfilling Our Potential by Kelly McCormack


ach of us has been programmed with an adjustable comfort zone. When we own our comfort zone in a way that helps us to expand it, we can use our new-found power and ability to create and fulfill our individual potential for creating a positive impact in this world. But how do we do that? We are required to manage three zones in any experience we have. Those are the comfort zone, the growth zone and the overwhelm zone. The comfort zone represents the competencies we have already acquired. The growth zone—the area just outside of the comfort zone—

allows us to program our nervous system to grow the comfort zone beyond its current limits in a very healthy way. The overwhelm zone— the place beyond the growth zone—is where our nervous system bookmarks the experience as something to be avoided. It further solidifies the negative impact of the experience through a recording of the details of what happened and a deep programming of the decisions made in the moment when we were overwhelmed. An example of this is when humans need to speak publicly. This fear, known as glossophobia, is the

number one anxiety producer among all humans. About 75 percent of us shudder at the thought because for most of us, we don’t contain the education and experience that would bring about competently speaking in front of a group. This makes having a supportive belief about speaking nearly impossible and causes us to become overwhelmed in similar experiences. In this case, our comfort zone doesn’t house public speaking. Not a problem; our growth zone can be engaged to take incremental steps, by perhaps speaking in an appropriately supportive environment, such as at a place like Toastmasters. Once the skills are learned and practiced, the beliefs will adjust. If past experiences crop up—making us feel somewhere between uncomfortable and paralyzed—the underlying cause can be found and resolved with relatively simple tools. Maybe public speaking isn’t a skill we wish to acquire. Nonetheless, if we knew that we could help our nervous system navigate between our comfort zone and growth zone, while avoiding the overwhelm zone, what could we create? Kelly McCormack is a human development technologist who specializes in the ultra-productive, ultra-conscious, ultra-connected human state called “flow”. She is the author of the three-book series, Creating a Leader. Her 30 years of working with leaders combined with intensive personal awareness work help her share transformative frameworks that make consciousness accessible. See ad below.

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PEACE ON EARTH Conflict Resolutions that Work to Bridge Divides Healing happens when we handle conflict in a healthy and transformative way.

Call to Action

Roughly 30 years ago, notable voices began urging Americans to embrace a sustainable worldview of unity in diversity, recognizing our core oneness as a solution to an increasingly out-of-balance society. Success in this endeavor depends primarily on the “habits of the heart” of our citizens, developed in local milieus of families, neighborhoods, classrooms, congregations, voluntary associations, workplaces and public places where strangers gather.

Activating Answers

While mainstream media often largely focuses on the negative aspects of conflict—discord, divisiveness, intolerance, violence, incivility, injustice, chaos and complex problems—a counter-movement is convening constructive conversations. Participants are initiating dialogue and deliberations intended to resolve conflicts and create cohesiveness, collaboration, cooperation and compromise among local factions that disagree on how to deal with everything from health care and social justice to environmental protection and climate science. Educational training materials and books are giving outdated models of conflict resolution a facelift. In The Revolution Where You Live: Stories from a 12,000 Mile Journey Through a New America, Sarah Van Gelder devotes a chapter to a Greens16

boro, North Carolina, battle over a story about a deadly, racially charged incident from the city’s recent past. She quotes James Lamar Gibson, a 20-something African-American activist and core organizer for the Counter Stories Project: “We’ve been stuck in an old conversation for a couple of decades. We want to have an army of people with restorative conversation skills, so we can get past the divisiveness and imagine together a different sort of Greensboro,” he says. The project began with facilitator training, and then developed story circles in which residents were able to have the difficult discussions that don’t ordinarily take place among the police, city council, churches and social agencies. Today’s conflict resolution experts are discovering that conflict is an essential and powerful call for applying spiritual principles and exercising spiritual practices.

Provocative Questions

“What if we considered conflict as a secret ally or a guidepost, showing us what really matters to us and how much we care? What if our intense emotions are sources of invincible energy, with the power to build the world we want, together? What does having conflict in a healthy and transformative way look like?” queries Ma’ikwe Ludwig,

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executive director of Commonomics USA, an organization which educates and advocates for a world where a commons-based economy creates economic and ecological security for all. “Conflict has the power to bring to the surface what’s really at stake and to unite people toward a common goal,” advises Ludwig. Her thought-provoking questions can help shift perceptions toward the idea that we need to use conflict; maybe even welcome it. Ludwig, author of Together Resilient: Building Community in the Age of Climate Disruption, recently helped present new perspectives on conflict resolution during a webinar for Transition US members interested in creating inclusive and diverse communities through collaboration. The nonprofit inspires, encourages, supports and provides networking and training for grassroots initiatives seeking to build community resilience in the face of such challenges as oil spills, climate change and economic crises. Courtney Breese, managing director for the nonprofit National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) and her colleagues, together with thousands of innovative thinkers, are helping by introducing people to simple dialogue and deliberation structures, processes and resources that invite meaningful and productive conver-

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A community is a group that can fight gracefully… Chaos is not just a state; it is an essential process of community development. ~Dr. M. Scott Peck, The Different Drum: Community Making and Peace sations leading to constructive civic engagement. Breese remarks, “We’re open to working with anyone interested in learning processes that can help bridge divides. We also like sharing stories about what is working.”


The group’s downloadable free tools help newcomers: A beginner’s guide for exploring dialogue ( beginners-guide); a how-to-guide for Conversation Café (CC) hosts (Tinyurl. com/ManualForConversationCafe); and the American Library Association Libraries Transforming Communities: Models for Change Project ( ltc-models). “To date, we’ve had at least 800 librarians participate in free NCDD webinars,” Breese notes. CC is a simple tool useful in exploring difficult topics and provides a safe space to process different perspectives. “Initial agreement on basic rules includes suspending judgment while listening and seeking to understand others, refraining from persuading or converting and talking only from per-

sonal experience,” explains Breese. One new network member, J. Scott Wagner, author of The Liberal’s Guide to Conservatives, speaks about the importance of using neutral language in dialogue. “I learned from him how words can be emotional triggers and signal one-sided perspectives, leaving some group members feeling angry or excluded because they feel the speaker won’t be open to hearing their perspective,” says Breese. After three tours of the U.S. and hundreds of interviews with conservative individuals, Wagner, founder of the nonprofit Reach the Right, was inspired to use his knowledge of five arenas—neurology/cognitive psychology, personality, bias, social conformity and morality—to help progressives understand conservatives that are not only their political leaders, but also their relatives, partners, friends and managers. He offers a simple explanation for anyone drenched in inaccurate biases. “We inherit unconscious genetic personality characteristics that lead us to develop our ideology, with which we construct our world and align with others that are in agreement. Differences in our personality characteristics are the culprits that create conflict.”

Community Needs Erase Enmity

Drawing on 25 years of experience of enabling sworn enemies to create peace in places such as South Africa, Northern Ireland and Colombia, Adam Kahane, author of Collaborating with the Enemy: How to Work with People You Don’t Agree with or Like or Trust, shares insights into the “enemyfying syndrome” that instigates conflict. This habit of thinking and acting as if people we are dealing with are our enemies and the cause of our problems is all around us and dominates the media. “The enemies are always the others, ‘those people’. Enemyfying, which feels exciting and satisfying— even righteous and heroic—usually obscures, rather than clarifies, the reality of the challenges we face. It amplifies conflicts, narrows the space for problem solving and creativity, and distracts us with unrealizable dreams of decisive victory from the real work we need to

do,” observes Kahane. Kahane sees the challenge of conflict becoming more acute. “People today are generally more free, individualistic and diverse, with stronger voices and less deference. Volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity are growing.” Yet, contrary to the common view, it is possible for people that hold contradictory positions to find ways to collaborate. That’s what he and 40 others representing military officers, guerrillas and paramilitaries; activists and politicians; businesspeople and trade unionists; landowners and farmers; and academics, journalists and young people, accomplished in the Destino Colombia project. They organized to contribute to ending their country’s 52-year civil war.



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Jonathan Bender, founder of The Performance of Your Life, a public speaking and personal development business, has been on a lifelong quest of fostering personal growth and societal transformation. His therapeutic classes and workshops demonstrate how to connect, honor and deeply resonate with others, even if they have different worldviews, and how to listen and hear in the same way we want to be heard. Acknowledging the adrenalin rush that’s a common response to fear of conflict, Bender says, “When we learn to be mindful and speak from our entire body, rather than just from our head, we notice that the voice resonates and originates from a much bigger place. This teaches us to cultivate greater awareness of our emotions and how we express them. “Begin by acknowledging an emotion, and then reduce its intensity through slow, deep breaths, paying attention to the correlating physical sensation. Shifting our focus back to the heart allows us to recognize parts of ourselves in the stories of others and come to understand that our personal history is


Intense emotions can become sources of invincible energy with the collective power to build the world we want.

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the filter through which we ‘enemyfy’,” says Bender, who speaks and presents publicly, educating audiences and clients about the universally challenging performances of everyday life. According to Robert Atkinson, Ph.D., author of The Story of Our Time: From Duality to Interconnectedness to Oneness, today’s rugged individualism amid conflicts comprises a crisis of consciousness. “No longer can we settle only on seeing things in opposition to one another; we need to shift our consciousness to be able to see the parts coming together in a new whole. Accepting the oneness of humanity as a biological fact, a social necessity and a spiritual reality will lead us further along our journey toward lasting world peace.” His observation fits with what Joanna Macy, author and scholar of Buddhism and deep ecology, believes is the call of our time: “As planetary citizens, we are being called to wake up together.” Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings who blogs at


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ly and repeat positive affirmations. This practice can help to turn things around in the moment. Mindfulness meditation can be beneficial in relieving anxiety and helps one recognize destructive thought patterns that cause emotional suffering.

The Good News Behind a Prediabetes Diagnosis by Rosanne Ryder and Christine Emmi

Prediabetes can serve as a wakeup call and become an opportunity to make positive lifestyle changes that crowd out unhealthy habits.


ore than 100 million U.S. adults are now living with diabetes or prediabetes, according to a report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). An estimated 84 million individuals have prediabetes, a condition that if not treated often leads to Type 2 diabetes within five years. Diabetes was the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S. in 2015. Fortunately, prediabetes can be reversed through simple changes in lifestyle and mindset. The first step is to make good health the number one priority. When wellness becomes a priority, life is more enjoyable. Take an inventory of daily habits and notice patterns. Begin to take steps to create an environment of wellness. Once a proper mindset is developed, follow these steps to turn your health around: 20

Add in activity – Many people lead a sedentary life. Sitting at a desk all day can make it difficult to fit in an exercise program. Start by just moving. Add a minimum of 30 minutes of movement daily. This can be accomplished in a variety of ways. Break it up into 10-minute increments by doing things like lifting dumbbells while watching TV, or going for a 10-minute walk, doing some yard work, or even playing with the kids. Join a formal exercise class a couple of times a week, or do something enjoyable like dancing or a favorite sport. The idea is to move every single day in some way. Crowd out stress – Stress can have a negative effect on blood sugar. Learning how to handle stress in a productive way improves everything. Perhaps getting stuck in traffic or issues at work cause stress. Take time to breathe deep-

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Get enough sleep – According to Forbes magazine, a Mayo Clinic study found that “When people are sleep deprived, they make worse food choices than when they’re well rested.” In a recent WebMD article, Mark Mahowald, M.D., director of the Minnesota Regional Sleep Disorders Center, in Hennepin County, states, “There is some evidence that sleep deprivation could lead to prediabetic state.” According to Mahowald, the body’s reaction to sleep loss can resemble insulin resistance, a precursor to diabetes. Re-evaluate your diet – It seems that everyone knows that eating highly processed and sugar-laden food is not healthy. Many people do not count what they drink as part of their daily food intake, but liquid calories can add up quickly and they don’t really register in our minds as food. Be careful about seemingly healthy choices like “natural lemonade” juices, or sweetened green tea. Often these drinks contain more than the recommended daily allowance of 24 grams of sugar in just one drink. Replace with water or unsweetened herbal tea to add in hydration and crowd out empty calories. A well-balanced whole food diet that is lower in carbohydrates is the best option to manage blood sugar. Healthy fats such as avocados, nuts, olive oil and coconut oils are satiating. Pay attention to the carbohydrate, sugar and fiber content in processed foods. Label reading is an important component for blood sugar control. Try to limit your carbohydrate intake to about 45 grams per meal. Subtract the grams of fiber in the food from the total grams of carbs to get a net carb reading. For example, a serving of beans has 18 grams of carbohydrates and seven grams of fiber. Subtract the fiber from the carbs and get a “net” of 11 grams of carbs. Since it is important to limit total carbohydrate intake, add-

ing fiber contributes to the feeling of fullness and as a result, fewer total carbs will be consumed. Add in five, half-cup servings of veggies daily. Veggies add the most nutrition for the least calories. Green, non-starchy veggies are best as they are high in fiber and usually low in carbs. Limit fruit to two servings a day because it’s high in natural sugar. Do not count the carbs in green non-starchy veggies; however do include the carb count for fruits and starchy vegetables. Get support – Family and friends may be a great support system, but can sometimes unknowingly sabotage efforts to shift to a healthier lifestyle. Joining a group or workshop can help with accountability and offers support for lasting change. Don’t try to alter everything at once. Start with one small step and keep building momentum. Eventually the new habits will create a new normal, and that is the best news of all. Rosanne Ryder and Christine Emmi are certified health coaches and the co-founders of Shift Wellness Consulting. They specialize in natural prediabetes and Type 2 diabetes management, mindfulness meditation and healthy weight loss. They provide workshops for community organizations and businesses as well as individual coaching. For more information, call 508-287-7631 or visit ShiftWellness See ad on this page.

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motional well-being is essential in order to walk through life in a kind and respectful way. When one is feeling balanced, they’re generally happy, kind and often playful. Conversely, when one is stressed, out of balance and absorbed in their suffering, it can be difficult to smile or even be present in the moment. When stressed, the body releases a set of chemicals caused by the stress response. Some of these chemicals are adrenalin, cortisol, thyroxin and insulin, among others. These chemicals can cause several imbalances, especially if the stress response becomes chronic. Chronic stress can lead to many deficiencies. These deficiencies can lead to malnutrition and improper endocrine/hormonal communication in the



body. Humans are hormonal beings. When balanced and happy, hormones are sending and receiving harmonious messages from the heart, digestive system, adrenals, pituitary gland and other endocrine glands. According to Candice Pert, author of Molecules of Emotion, The intestines are the seat of our emotional brain— our emotional headquarters. When responding to stress, the intestines begin to shut down, as the circulatory blood is mostly diverted to the peripheral muscles for the fight/flight response. This stress response can in turn cause mild to severe imbalances. When in stress, the communication between the liver, heart and most endocrine glands starts to break down and goes into an emergency mode. In this emergency

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mode one can become super anxious, sad/depressed, overwhelmed, angry, insecure, etc. Many people suffer with seasonal affective disorder (S.A.D.). For them, the season’s changing can bring on depression and or anxiety and an anticipation of the darkness of the winter. S.A.D. feelings are often triggered by the seasonal changes, but can be more related to unhealed early traumas, be it pre-birth, birth process or post-birth. Once these traumas are healed, S.A.D. issues ease or clear entirely. This is an area where herbs can be most helpful. The teas below are focused on calming, warming, healing and balancing one’s body, mind, emotions and spirit. These formulas can bring about a sense of ease and in turn allow one to be more present, calm and engaged in life. These herbal formulas can help to relax and rebalance the whole system, no matter the source of the stress. Wholesome herbal teas should be consumed three times per day for proper effectiveness. When sitting down to drink a freshly brewed tea, stop a moment, remind yourself to breathe deep and slow, and notice how the tea makes you feel. Herbal teas are the least expensive, simplest and very effective approach to bringing harmony and balance into being. The following teas can bring ease, balance and harmony, and be simply formulated by using one teaspoon to represent one part. Tea blends are arranged in one to three parts per herb. Make the formulas by mixing herbs together in a zip lock bag. Use one to two tablespoons of the blend to three cups of boiled water. Let it steep covered for 20 minutes or let it sit overnight in an airtight bottle. Drink three cups daily. Uplifting and nourishing blend: 1 part reishi, 2 parts linden, 2 parts holy basil, 2 parts catnip, 1part rose and 3 parts hawthorn. Actions: Immune modulating, heart calming, anti-anxiety, digestive, anti-spasmodic, endocrine balancing and cardiac supportive. Calming and centering: 2 parts passion flower, 3 parts skullcap, 1 part ashwagan-

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yme, a tick-born disease, has hit pandemic proportions. It is ubiquitous and insidious by nature. It infects people of all ages, knows no boundaries and survives whatever conditions nature throws at it. In 2013, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted 30,000 cases of Lyme reported per year but also that true incidence was at least 10 times higher— some 300,000 new infections each year. This is an outdated estimate by several years, and to make matters worse, it is now known that all blood transferring insects such as fleas, mites, spiders, and mosquitos may transfer Lyme-associated bacteria and spirochetes. Mounting research suggests evidence that human fluids may contain the associated bacteria of Lyme. While not conclusive, some researchers believe that spirochetes can habitate in gums, saliva, vaginal fluids and sperm thus enhancing the spread of Lyme. It is suggested, like any transferable disease, cautions should be acknowledged. Steven Harrod Buhner’s book Healing Lyme is an excellent source for more information on the subject. Although antibiotics are often prescribed as a mainstream remedy or cure-all for Lyme, it is becoming evident that antibiotics may only provide some initial relief of symptoms. Lyme and its associated bacteria have an amazing ability to survive within its

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host. Lyme, just like malaria, in its basic form is a spirochete. During World War II in the Philippines, malaria was treated with quinine. It abated the symptoms for a while but they would inevitably return. It is now known that these spirochetes form protective shields called biofilms. Biofilms are a polysaccharide sac that is impervious to antibiotics and most of the body’s immune responses. What makes Lyme and its many coinfections so dangerous and destructive is that given time, the Lyme crosses the blood brain barrier and then morphs into various other symptoms or diseases that are misdiagnosed as dementia, arthritis, digestive issues and many others. Prevention and Protection Thankfully, there are many ways to prevent infection and protect against Lyme. Prevention is the first line of defense, so always use safe insect repellents, wear appropriate clothing and shower after being outside. Do daily body checks. Support the immune system with foods that are fresh and alive, and avoid those that are inflammatory like the night shades (tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, potatoes), sugar and other foods that contain lectins. Chlorella, propolis, apple cider vinegar, stevia, olive oil, oleic acid, linoleic acid, raw honey, garlic, ginger and cranberries

can assist in preventing and breaking down biofilms. Herbs such as teasel, Japanese knotwood, Samento and Cat’s Claw are very effective. Supplements such as Monolaurine and Premier Research Labs Betaine HCL, which when accompanied by HCL Activator, are great biofilm busters. Heavy metals should be detoxed, as all bacteria and parasites are sustained by them in the body. Emotions and Energy Levels Another important consideration is the understanding that the body is energy. Energy is the atoms and molecules that allow manifestation of everything that moves, that breathes and that exists. Energy can be measured by vibration. The body, mind and spirit all vibrate at different speeds. David Hawkins discusses the scale of consciousness in his book Power VS Force and produced a chart on emotions and their energy levels. The emotion of love vibrates at some of the highest levels. At this high level, disease has a very hard time existing in the body. It is easy to keep a level PH. Hate, anger, depression and resentment vibrate at very low levels creating an acid base for disease, parasites and Lyme to exist. Dr. Bradley Nelson created a powerful yet simple system called The Emotion Code that uses kiniseology to quickly identify and easily clear trapped emotions. Other effective techniques include Emotional Freedom Technique, Neuro Linguistic Programing (NLP), hypnosis, body work and energy clearing work. These are just a few modalities that can help keep the body’s vibration higher. Most of all, be proactive and become educated. Lyme treatment is different for everyone and must be monitored for life. Risk of infection and reoccurrence is high, and blood tests are only about 25 percent accurate. Don’t wait until symptomatic; take action now. Peter Seymour Howe is a holistic health practitioner with many years of experience and success in customizing treatment protocols for Lyme and other chronic conditions. Contact him at 508838-1101 or See ad on this page.

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CHAMPIONING HOLISTIC ATHLETES The New Face of Sports Medicine by Marlaina Donato

From college athletics to Olympic training, sports medicine has a new, holistic face.


oaches and athletes nationwide are attributing quicker recovery time, less inflammation and better focus to a whole body approach to health care. A nutrient-dense diet tailored to individual needs is at the heart of overall fitness. Like Venus Williams and Tom Brady, tennis and football superstars who prefer raw vegan and organic whole foods, respectively, many of today’s outstanding athletes choose to eat clean and incorporate mind-body practices.

Telling Triumphs

Paralympic snowboard cross racer gold medalist, world champion and International Ski Federation para Nordic World Cup gold medalist Evan Strong, of Nevada City, California, was 26

raised on an organic farm in Hawaii and continues to adopt many holistic practices. “I have a superfood smoothie every day. Liquid food helps me feel lighter and I have more usable energy for training,” says Strong. His regimen also includes organic produce, sprouted grains, occasional raw goat milk products, homeopathic formulas and wildcrafted medicinal herbs. Strong credits achieving his personal best to a healthy lifestyle and recovery from an automobile accident that led to amputation of his lower left leg as a teen. “After the accident, my family and I opened a raw vegetarian restaurant. We produced as many cultured foods as possible—sauerkraut, kombucha and kefir. Improving my gut health gave me the biggest strides

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in healing. Yoga and meditation also contributed. It all saved me.” Six-time Ironman triathlete, U.S. Senior Olympic gold medalist and marathoner Ruth Heidrich, Ph.D., of Honolulu, attributes surviving stage IV breast cancer primarily to her low-fat vegan diet. Already an avid runner and nutritionally conscious, Heidrich was shocked to hear the diagnosis. “I was 47 years old when I was told the results of the biopsy. I thought I was going to die because of the symptoms I was experiencing,” recalls the 82-year-old, who not only beat multiple malignancies without chemotherapy or radiation, but was the first cancer patient to complete an Ironman Triathlon. This “Ironlady’s” holistic approach includes a whole food, 100 percent plant-based diet, featuring oats, quinoa and brown rice. “When we give our body its proper fuel, it will function at its optimal level,” remarks Heidrich, who has dedicated her life to re-educating others about diet and investing in her ongoing athletic achievements.

On the Road

Maintaining good habits while traveling can be challenging. Strong adds healthy salts to structure his drinking water and brings along superfoods such as green vegetable powders to use when he can’t access organic produce. To optimize his air quality while away from home, Strong uses a personalized air purifier that creates ozone. San Francisco-based, three-time Olympic swimming gold medalist and world champion Natalie Coughlin remains dedicated to better diet choices without deprivation. “When I travel, I always bring my own snacks. I like dark chocolate-covered almonds, a natural sweet that also supplies protein and fiber. To stay hydrated, I drink herbal teas, especially mint,” says Coughlin, who also incorporates a tart green smoothie every morning with kale, parsley, collards, celery, citrus and frozen pineapple. At home, “I like to be informed about where my meat comes from and how the conditions are for the animal. If I roast a chicken, I will use every



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Ruth Heidrich part, including the bones, to make a stock,” she says. Her holistic approach includes a consistent yoga regimen, meditation and application of essential oils.

High Expectations

Even under the best of circumstances, professional athletes encounter difficulties, but when faced with enormous obstacles, the best can get even better. “I’ve faced injuries and illness during pivotal times in my life and career, but I always approached it with the intention to be proactive, rather than being reactive,” advises Coughlin. For Strong, confronting tragedy with the right attitude offers possibility. “Thirteen years ago, I was hit by a car and lost my leg, but now I see that moment as a blessing instead of a curse. It was a hardship that tested my limits, but in the end, it propelled me to achieving dreams I didn’t even know I had.” Nearly four decades after her grim diagnosis, Heidrich embodies hope for all of us when she says, “It is never too late to adopt a better way.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at Be sure to let our advertisers know you found them in natural awakenings

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horses like We Three Kings, The Holly and the Ivy and especially Greensleeves for their baroque roots and repeating patterns,” notes Morgan.


Cats Hear Up to 64,000 Hz

by Sandra Murphy


ust as dogs’ and cats’ noses are more efficient than ours, they also have better hearing, reacting to a broader and higher range of frequencies and vibrations. “We sense our world from where our ears are. Our plane is generally five to six feet high; animals closer to the ground hear things differently,” says Janet Marlow, founder and CEO of Pet Acoustics, in Washington Depot, Connecticut. The internationally renowned musician, composer and sound behaviorist has invented species-specific music based on her 30 years of research. Humans hear up to 23,000 Hertz (Hz), which differs substantially from that of many other creatures ( deafness/HearingRange.html). A Hertz is a standard unit of frequency set at one cycle per second.

Horses Hear Up to 33,500 Hz Marlow found that horses prefer rhythmic pieces matching their natural movements. “When a Tennessee walking horse breeder played music during a birth, the foal and mother recovered faster than usual.” After that, “The horses ran to the barn upon hearing the same music.” Sally Morgan, a physical therapist and advanced certified Tellington TTouch practitioner in Northampton, Massachusetts, who has enjoyed freestyle performance riding, says, “I liked to play our songs in the barn. Five CD players can keep horses re28

laxed most of the day. They don’t like country-western music; it’s often sad and in the wrong cadence. Classical music like Bach is calming. When I played Pachelbel’s Canon in D on my flute, my Morgan gelding, Ten Penny Moonshine, listened for hours.”

Rabbits Hear Up to 42,000 Hz “Rescued rabbits like long tones, common in music accompanying yoga or reiki,” Morgan relates. “Long tones hold a chord with layers of notes on top.”

Dogs Hear Up to 45,000 Hz “People hear in stereo, animals in mono,” says Marlow. It’s why dogs tilt their heads left to right—to allow more sound waves into their ears—collecting information from various angles. Sound frequency and intensity keeps an animal alive in nature; they learn to flee in another direction, not analyze. Separation anxiety is often due to a sound the dog doesn’t recognize, Marlow explains. Sound triggers behavior, whether good or bad, as dogs relax or are stressed. Music releases tension from their being ever-vigilant as seen in their posture. To understand what a dog hears, sit or crawl on the floor. Electronic speakers are usually positioned at heights conducive for our ears, not theirs. “For the holidays, my dogs and

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Each Species Grooves to Its Own Beat

Marlow credits her cat, Osborn, with inspiring her interest in music for animals. When Osborn was injured, she visited the veterinary hospital and sang to him to keep him calm. Her home state’s Litchfield Veterinary Hospital became her initial testing ground for species-specific music. “We use Pet Acoustics music boxes in the cat ward, recovery rooms and exam rooms,” says Heather Florkowski, a certified technician at the facility. “In our experience, stress inhibits the healing process. Like people, animals are anxious when ill and visiting the doctor’s office. Music helps ease their stress. At home, when I move the music box to another room, my dog follows it.” “During a TTouch session, cats are completely relaxed when I play New Age music for them,” says Morgan. “Pick music

that fits the cat’s personality. You can tell what they like from their body language; it’s not always what you’d expect.”

Aquarium Fish Hear Up to 3,000 Hz “Fish are frantic animals that must always anticipate their next meal,” says Sam Williamson, a former marine biologist in Edinburgh, Scotland. “When I started playing classical music at feeding time, I noticed my three betas became calmer. A piece by Benjamin Britten, started two minutes before feeding, led to them expect food only when the music played.”

Domesticated Birds Hear Up to 8,500 Hz In the wild, birds are part of a flock. At home, they’re often solitary. “Birds are the most musical and communicative of all animals,” remarks Marlow. “Without companionship, birds can get neurotic and pull their feathers out. Provide a sense of the outdoors by including nature sounds in played music.” “Animals need us to be aware of their hearing,” Marlow advises. “Holistic pet people have addressed improved diet and medical procedures. Understanding how music supports their well-being also enables us to better care for them.” Connect with Sandra Murphy at

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1 North End Holiday Shopping Stroll – 6-10pm. A free event designed for the community to celebrate the arrival of the holiday season. Shoppers will have the chance to explore the narrow streets, trendy boutiques, wine stores and specialty shops of Boston’s little Italy. Pick up a shopping passport, get it stamped at all 15 participating locations and you’ll have the chance to win a special gift package. Free. North End Boston. ycwy95hr.


markyourcalendar Mental Wellness: The GutBrain Connection For too long, we’ve been taught that mental wellness is all in our head. New science shows a key contributor to anxious emotions, lack of focus or depressed mood is determined by what’s going on in our second brain, our gut. Join Amare, the Mental Wellness Company, as we discuss the science behind the gut-brain connection and natural solutions for addressing the mental wellness epidemic.

Saturday, December 2

9 am - 12 pm

Free. Boston. 978-877-6122. Info & registration:

kid concert by children’s musical group, Little Groove, face painting with Jandy, arts and crafts with FPAC, snacks from Boloco and more. Free. Atlantic Wharf, Waterfront Sq, 290 Congress St, Boston.

markyourcalendar BEMER Workshop BEMER is designed to improve circulation supporting the body’s natural self-regulating processes. We can be healthier and more productive when our cells, tissues and organs are adequately nourished and our metabolic waste products are removed. BEMER enhances cardiac function, physical fitness, endurance, strength and energy, concentration, mental acuity, stress reduction and relaxation, and sleep management.

Saturday, December 2

3:45-4:45 pm

Free. Newton Chiropractic & Wellness Centre, 383 Elliot St, Ste 250, Newton. Limited space; RSVP: 617-964-3332.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3 Free Introduction to Reiki – 10am-12pm. An overview of reiki, an ancient hands-on healing method for reducing stress, relieving pain and facilitating healing and personal growth. Free. Arlington Reiki Associates, 366 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington. 781-648-9334.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 4 Boston Holidays! Celebrating with Music – 9am-5:15pm. WGBH will be hosting Boston’s best jazz and classic musicians and choirs for a day of fun and holiday music. Join multiple shows throughout the day. RSVP required. Free. WGBH, One Guest St, Boston. 617-300-5400. Holly-Day on the Harbour – 12-2pm. Family-friendly holiday celebration will feature a

Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy Lecture – 7-8:30pm. Dr Joseph Kaye will be discussing approaches to balancing hormones. Having successfully treated hundreds of men and women with BHRT therapy, he will review bio identical hormones and how they can be used to improve your health. Dr. Kaye practices at Optimal Wellness MD, based in Woburn. Free. Johnson Com-

pounding & Wellness, 577 Main St, Boston. 781893-3870.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5 Meditation is Mind Expanding: Benefit Seminar – 6:30-8pm. Learn how to make meditation an easy and simple activity that will be yours to call upon whenever you want. By donation. The Tam Center for Healing, 15 Cottage Ave, 5th Fl, Quincy Center. 781-340-2146. The Incredible Dr. You Workshop – 7:15-8:15 pm. This first of 2 workshops 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.


markyourcalendar Acton Pharmacy Interactive Essential Oil Workshop Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Enjoy a complimentary 1-hour interactive workshop on stress management and relaxation with dōTERRA essential oils. Learn why essential oils are so effective and beneficial to your health and how to use them safely. Use your senses to experience several of the oils during the workshop and even make your own personal stress blend to take home. This will truly be a fun, relaxing, informative and interactive session.

Thursday, December 7

7 - 8 pm

Free. Acton Pharmacy, 563 Massachusetts Ave, Acton. 978-263-3901. Neurofeedback: Brain Training at its Best! Psychological, Neurological, Cognitive Correction – 7-8:30pm. Brain training with neurofeedback is easy, effective, safe and durable. A better brain means a happier, higher functioning person. Learn how neurofeedback works, what improving your brain can do for you and what the research says. Free. Needham Free Public Library, 1139 Highland Ave, Needham Heights. 781-444-9115.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8 Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training – Dec 8-10. This training is for 200-hr trained yoga teachers interested in delving more fully into the world of prenatal yoga. This 18-hr immersion will prepare students to design, sequence and teach safe prenatal classes. $250. Revolution Community Yoga, 537 Massachusetts Ave, Acton. 978-274-5596. Fort Point Holiday Sale & Stroll – 4-8pm. Artists will display their jewelry, paintings, clothing, cashmere accessories, holiday ornaments and pottery. Gather in the lobby of 315 on A where you can also enjoy drop-in holiday art and craft activi-


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ties, refreshments and the fireplace. Free. 315 A St, Boston.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9 First Free Acupuncture Relaxation – 9am-1pm. Want to feel better? Come to this community acupuncture clinic that is quiet and affordable. Taking insurance if covered. 18+ years’ experience. Free. Joy Community Acupuncture, 335 Boylston St, Ste J3, Newton. 617-510-0559. JoyCommunity Myofascial Release Workshop – 1-3pm. With Jen Mast and Amy Yapp. A self-maintenance practice that complements your yoga practice. Our bodies have a covering of connective tissue called fascia. Designed to explore our myofascial system. $48. Revolution Community Yoga, 537 Massachusetts Ave, Acton. 978-274-5596. Concert of East-West Music – 7:30-9pm. Joyful, dazzling, heart-opening music of Premik, who has performed with Sting, Ravi Shankar, Krishna Das and many more. Jazz-classical-Indian fusion for flute and sax. Free. First Parish Church in Cambridge, 3 Church St, Harvard Sq, Cambridge. 617299-0970.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16 The Nutcracker Story Hour – 1:30pm. Meet Boston Ballet School expert faculty, hear the story of The Nutcracker and take a picture with The Nutcracker bear. Free. Boston Ballet School, 153 Needham St, Newton Upper Falls. 244th 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. $25

plus service fee. Old South Meeting Place, 310 Washington St, Boston. 617-482-6439.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 31 First Night Boston – 12pm-12am. The oldest New Year’s Eve event of this type in the U.S. Fun, alcohol free and designed for the whole family Entertainment, ice sculptures, People’s Parade, family fireworks, ice show, ice skating, music, dancing, midnight fireworks and more. Free. Copley Square, Boston Common and Boston Harbor.

In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute. ~Thurgood Marshall

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10 Reiki Level 1 Training & Certification – 9am7pm. Training classes in a warm and professional setting. Learn to care for yourself and other with reiki. Learn reiki meditation, how to practice hands-on healing of self and others, the reiki principles, reiki history and how reiki promotes mindfulness and wellness on all levels of your being. Comprehensive course manual. CEUs for nurses, social workers and LMTs. $150. Brenner Reiki Healing, 324 Central St, Newton. 617-244-8856. Concert of East-West Music – 5-6:30pm. Joyful, dazzling, heart-opening music of Premik, who has performed with Sting, Ravi Shankar, Krishna Das and many more. Jazz-classical-Indian fusion for flute and sax. Free. The Arlington Center, 369 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington. 617-299-0970.


markyourcalendar Winer Gala & Sustainable Business of the Year Awards SBN is excited to host our annual fundraising event at Arts at the Armory in Somerville, MA. This lively venue will provide the perfect backdrop for a true celebration of all things local. The Gala also features the 3rd annual Massachusetts Sustainable Business of the Year Presentations where five businesses will be recognized for their work toward a local, green and fair economy!

Thursday, December 14

7 - 10 pm

$60. Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave, Somerville. 617-395-0250.

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daily Ice Skating Path & Holiday Market – Holiday market open thru Dec 31. Enjoy an 11,000-sq-ft ice skating path, European-style holiday market, festive holiday decorations, Santa’s house and places to get drinks and snacks. Skate rental available. City Hall Plaza, Boston.

Nia-Somatic Fitness Classes – 7:30-8:30pm. Nia technique is a blend of dance martial arts and healing arts set to music to fit your personal experience. All levels welcome. Discount cards available. $15. Om Namo Center, 21 Belmont St, Cambridge. 617-620-7654.


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

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

Blink! Light and Music Show – Thru Jan 5. 4:30-9:30pm, running every half hour. Light and music show at Faneuil Marketplace. Free. Faneuil Marketplace, 4 S Market St, Boston. FaneuilHall

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


Stretch and Core Class – 4-4:30pm. Designed to help achy shoulders and necks, hips and lower backs with mostly stretches and some strengthening exercises. Core and balance is incorporated into this 30-min class. Appropriate for all fitness levels. $9/drop-in, $30/5 pack, $50/10 pack. Embody Fitness, 18 Adams St, Burlington. 781-9992503.

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

monday Anxiety and Panic Support Group – 5:30pm. 1st Mon. A group designed to offer a place where people with common interests and experience can meet. People who have been through, or are going through, a similar circumstance can do more than sympathize with you, they can relate to what you are going through and keep you from feeling alone. Free. Washington St, Newton. 617-849-3198.


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. UCanBFear Open Meditation – 7-8:15pm. A supportive environment with 45 mins of shamatha sitting. Appropriate for all levels with several breaks and a brief inspirational video. Free. Rigpa Boston, 24 Crescent St, Ste 308, Waltham. 619-906-4291. Free Community Yoga – 7-8:30pm. For beginners, classes include postures, relaxation, breathing practices, and chanting. Accessible to all abilities and levels of practice. Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing. Do not eat for 2 hrs prior. Bring own yoga mat or a large towel. Donations welcome. First Parish Church, 7 Concord Rd, Billerica. 978-663-2293.

wednesday Nia Class – 8-10am. Nia movement class taught by Alice Heller. Brown belt is tailored to all ages/ levels. Fun fitness for body, mind, spirit and emotions. $15/$13. Studio 550, 550 Massachusetts

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Ave, 3rd Fl, Central Square, Cambridge. 617-6207654. Free Tour of Symphony Hall – 4pm select Wed. Also 2pm select Sat. Join volunteers on a behindthe-scenes tour and hear about the hall and the history and traditions of the famed musicians and conductors. Boston Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave, Boston. For available dates & times: 617-638-9390. Museum of Fine Arts Free Wednesdays – 6-9pm. An opportunity to sketch from live models and/or from objects in their collections. A drawing instructor provides insights on drawing technique and the artist-model relationship as it informs the creation of artwork. MFA, 465 Huntington Ave, Boston. 617-267-9300. Support Group for Spouses and Family Members of Breast Cancer Patients and Survivors – 6:30pm. 3rd Wed. Do you keep your questions, concerns or fears to yourself? Have you wished there were others you could talk with who have been in your shoes? Please join us for our monthly support group led by the husband of a breast cancer survivor. Free. Generations Healing Center, 250 Main St, Oxford. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous Weekly Meeting – 7-8:30pm. Free 12-step program for food addiction. There is a solution. Do you, or someone you know, struggle with issues with food, weight or body image? Weekly meetings open to anyone. Free. St. Brigid’s Parish Center, 1995 Massachusetts Ave, Lexington. 617-610-3748. Public Open Night at the Observatory – 7:30pm, Fall/Winter; 8:30pm, Spring/Summer. A chance to come observe the night sky through telescopes and binoculars and see things you otherwise might not get to see. Held most Wed evenings throughout the year, weather permitting. Free. Coit Observatory at Boston University, 725 Commonwealth Ave, Boston. 617-353-2630. Let’s Laugh Today Laughter Yoga – 7:308:30pm. 1st Wed. Any age and any level of physical ability can enjoy this unique exercise of laughter and clapping combined with gentle breathing that brings more oxygen to the body’s cells. Free. Meetinghouse of the First Universalist Society, 262 Chestnut St, Franklin. 508-660-2223.

thursday Free Night at the ICA – 5-9pm. The Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave, Boston. Assabet Valley Holistic Mom’s Group – 7-8:30pm. 2nd Thurs. A non-profit organization that is gender neutral, open to the public. LGBT,

singles, couples, marriages, teachers, professionals and individuals are welcome. Free. Maynard Public Library, 77 Nason St, Maynard. More info: 978-908-7870. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous Meeting – 7-8:30pm. Are you having trouble controlling what you eat? A twelve step recovery program for anyone suffering from food obsession, overeating, under-eating or bulimia. Free. Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Johnson Conference Room, 170 Governor’s Ave, Medford. 617-583-2901. SRR Thursday Night 4.06 Miler – 7:15-8:15pm. It may be raining. It may be hot or cold. The SRR Thursday night run will happen every week, no matter what. Free. Casey’s Bar, 171 Broadway, Somerville. Shift from Dis-Ease to Ease – 7:30-9pm. 2nd Thurs. Cancer? Be supported in how to manage your anxiety and explore how the interactions of your beliefs and feelings can have profound effects on your health and well-being. Presented by, Sonny Rose, MA, Founding Director of The Healing Beyond Cancer. Bring pen and paper. Free. Roots and Wings Healing Center, 317 N Main St, Natick. 978-369-7733. Observatory Night – 7:30-9:30pm. 3rd Thurs. A non-technical lecture and telescopic observing from the observatory roof if weather permits. Free. Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, 60 Garden St, Cambridge. 617-495-7461. CFA.

friday Belmont Youth Running Club – 7-7:30am. The goal of this free club is to show your passion for running and to help youth and beginner runners learn to enjoy the sport in a safe and fun environment. We will stretch, run, laugh and plank. Bring a bottle of water. Belmont Reservoir, corner of Payson Rd & Oak St, Belmont. 617-4384467. Health Lecture Series – 10am. 1st Fri. An informative discussion for parents and caregivers on a variety of parent- and child-related topics such as nutrition, behavior, community resources and more. Held in the Old Country Buffet, Watertown Mall, 550 Arsenal St, Watertown. 617-926-4968. Blood Pressure Screenings – 10am-12pm. 1st Fri. Free blood pressure screenings in front of the Old

Country Buffet. Watertown Mall, 550 Arsenal St, Watertown. 617-926-4968. Second Fridays – 5-8pm. Free with admission at the MIT Museum on the 2nd Fri each month. Mingle with friends in the unique galleries and see some of the latest research coming out of MIT. MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge. 617-253-5927. SoWa First Fridays – 5-9pm. 1st Fri. Over 60 galleries south of Washington St and at the Artist’s Guild, nearby businesses and restaurants open their doors to give you a chance to experience the vibrant South End arts community. Free. Start at 450 Harrison Ave, follow gallery lights around the neighborhood. Monthly Community Reiki Clinic – 7-8:45pm. 1st Fri. Make an appointment for a 30-min reiki session. Appointment times are 7-7:30pm, 7:358:05pm & 8:10-8:40pm. $10. Brenner Reiki Healing, 324 Central St, Newton. 617-244-8856.

saturday The Marketplace at Simpson Spring – 10am2pm. Includes farmers, bakers, artisans and local entrepreneurs. Stop in to browse or take in our featured entertainment, local authors, educational seminars and lecturers. 719 Washington St, South Easton.

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

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Let’s Laugh Today Laughter Yoga – 11am12pm. 2nd Sat. Any age and any level of physical ability can enjoy this unique exercise of laughter and clapping combined with gentle breathing that brings more oxygen to the body’s cells. Free. Unitarian Church of Sharon, 4 N Main St, Sharon. 508-660-2223.

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

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous Meeting – 4:30pm. Are you having trouble controlling what you eat? Attend this meeting and hear experience, strength and hope from members who have found this solution and are recovering from food addiction. Learn more about the FA programs and how it may help you or someone you know and love. Free. Christ Church, 33 Central St, Andover. 617610-3748.

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

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


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

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Kristine Jelstrup, CMFT, CBK, LMT 126 Prospect St, Ste 5, Cambridge, 02139 617-833-3407 Kristine@CentralSquareHealthAnd Achieve optimal health physically, emotionally, nutritionally. Kristine uses a form of muscle response testing to identify and clear nervous system interference, facilitating optimal health. See ad, page 18.


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



Specializing in Neurotherapy, an effective, drug-free treatment for: attention, behavior, emotional, and executive function problems, autistic spectrum, anxiety, depression, postconcussion, peak performance and more. See ad, page 9.

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Karina Beleno Carney, Lic.Ac., brings over 10 years experience of effective and compassionate acupuncture, Chinese herbs and TuiNa treatments. Serving Nashoba Valley. See ad, page 29.



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


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


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


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


Liz Marcano-Pucillo 150 Wood Rd, Ste 403, Braintree, MA 02184 781-228-6915 Receive professional colon hydrotherapy by a national board-certified therapist using the Angel of Water system. The most comfortable and private system in the industry. See ad, page 33.


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401 Great Plain Ave, Needham, MA 02492 781-449-0550 Familyowned and -operated since 1960, we have evolved from a traditional pharmacy to a worldwide compounding and nutritional resource. Our unique one-on-one patient consultations produce a full understanding of your health needs. You, your physician, and one of our compounding pharmacists work as partners to ensure that you will receive the best care possible.


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


Stephen Bernardi 577 Main St, Waltham, MA 02452 781-893-3870 • Fax: 781-899-1172 JCW is the only sterile and non-sterile PCABaccredited pharmacy in Massachusetts. In addition to our compounding service, we offer a full range of nutritional supplements, natural products, homeopathic remedies and home health care equipment. See ad, page 27.


1842 Beacon St, Ste 305, Brookline, MA 617-868-1516 Dr. Iontcheva-Barehmi is an accomplished dentist and specialist in Periodontics and Implants with a holistic approach to medicine and dentistry. To schedule your comprehensive exam and share the excitement of a healthy smile, call: 617-868-1516. See ad, page 11.

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

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


Specializing in natural solutions to healing pre-diabetes and diabetes support. Coping and healthy living strategies. Offering on-site workshops for businesses and organizations and individual coaching. See ad, page 21.

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512 Main St, Shrewsbury, MA 01545 Call now to receive Divine healing energy to release pain from your heart, soul, body and allow for love and joy to enter your life. See ad, page 6.

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


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 9.

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


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


Services include: (John of God) Crystal Bed Healing with Crystal Singing Bowls; Sound Healing; Sound Healing with Reiki; Reiki. Release stress, reduce pain, boost your immune system, lower blood pressure, more energy, clarity of thought. sessions and appropriate referrals where necessary.


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 29.


98 Parmenter Rd, Framingham, MA 01701 508-838-1101 Lyme requires a mutli-dimensional approach. With the use of Quantum Reflex Analysis, Zyto, and nutritional support we can identify the Lyme, its supporting bacteria and remediate them. Returning the person to one’s health. See ad, page 25.


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


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

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

98 Parmenter Rd, Framingham, MA 01701 508-838-1101 Through a mutli-modatlity approach, Peter’s practice utilizes the wisdom of ancient knowledge with the science of modern day. Addressing the person’s physical, emotional and spiritual needs that will support the client’s health or return to health. See ad, page 25.



Alison Shaw APRN, LMT, CEH 109 Massachusetts Ave Lexington, MA 02420 781-646-0686 An innovative blend of bodycentered counseling, integrative bodywork and energy medicine to uncover and release bodymind patterns that limit your life and health. See ad, page 9.

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 27.

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


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What if you could look and feel your best every single day? It’s possible. As an Integrative Nutrition Coach, I specialize in healthy eating and lifestyle, including one-on-one nutrition coaching, corporate wellness, group health programs, weight loss, cooking demos and more.


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Ready to radically improve your sex and love life, with or without a partner? Cutting-edge holistic sex, relationship and intimacy coaching, energy and bodywork for your sexual healing and empowerment. In person and/or Skype. See ad, page 25.


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