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Rethinking Heart Health


Surprising Keys to Cardiac Wellness


CHOCOLATE Why It’s Actually Good for You


PETS The Right Supplements Ward Off Trouble

BECOMING Warm Hearted

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hanks to St. Valentine’s support of couples in his spiritual practice and his closing words, “from your Valentine,” in his farewell letter to a befriended child, February brims with things loving and heart centered— including this month’s issue of Natural Awakenings. In “Keeping a Warm Heart in a Cold World,” Jonathan Baxter explores the meaning and benefits of warmheartedness. Linda Sechrist’s feature article, “Rethinking Heart Health,” explores how caring for our emotional health heals and strengthens our heart. We even remember our family’s humblest hearts with Vivian Zottola’s pet piece, “Reducing Stress in Canine Friends.” We expect so much from our own fist-sized organ. Beating about 100,000 times a day, 35 million times in a year and more than 2.5 billion times during an average lifetime, the heart is nothing short of a powerhouse miracle. Plus, it’s more than meets the eye. There’s a reason that when we feel something deeply, we “feel it in our heart.” Our language reflects this in many ways, ranging from emotions of heartbreak to heartfelt joy. When a beloved heart stops beating, the loss can feel bottomless. It’s also a poignant reminder of how precious our short time is here on Earth. Such reminders, while hard, thankfully have served to help me to more fully embrace life’s adventure, to love more deeply and to appreciate the wondrous beats of everyday life. What is life? It’s about love It’s about compassion It’s about kindness and faith It’s about patience It’s about caring and sharing It’s about forgiveness You get what you give… so give good. ~ Anonymous

Rock on Valentines,

Maisie Raftery, Publisher

correction In our profile of Boston Dental Wellness Advanced Concept Dental Care (January 2014, page 37), we inadvertently printed two addresses and phone numbers. The first contact line is incorrect. The second contact line is accurate: 1842 Beacon St., Ste. 305, Brookline. 617-868-1516. We apologize for any inconvenience. 4

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Pioneering Doctors and Patients Reinvent Cardio Care by Linda Sechrist


Filmmaker Katie Teague Uncovers Our Misperceptions


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26 LOVE MONEY TO GET MORE OF IT by Dr. Mindy Kopolow

27 CHOCOLATE AS HEALTH FOOD Boosting Diets and Heart Health 27 by Judith Fertig

28 CYCLES OF SPIN Returning to its Heart-Healthy Origins

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A Hawaiian Mantra Lets Love Back In

Natural Awakenings Celebrates 20 Years by Sharon Bruckman

How to Keep Little Hearts Humming

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newsbriefs Free Orientation to Tai Chi and Ongoing Classes at Visions HealthCare


isions HealthCare presents a Free Orientation to Tai Chi from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., February 12, at its Dedham location. The event kicks off an eight-week tai chi class series, taught by Master Calvin Chin from February 19 through April 9.  Chin, the owner and chief instructor at Martial Arts Academy, in Newton, will offer the short form of tai chi during the one-hour classes as part of Visions’ five-aspect model of health. “We believe that adding these classes to our expansive list of services is of great benefit to our patients and the Dedham community as tai chi is known for improving health and well-being,” says Marketing Team Leader Stephanie Travers.  Tai chi is a fluid sequence of movements choreographed in a low impact routine. The practice focuses on the mind/body connection, creating a state of active meditation and tranquility, as relaxed movements are coordinated with mental awareness. Tai chi has evolved into a self-healing art due to its many health-related benefits, including stress relief and better concentration, circulation and balance in adults. Cost: $160. Limited to 15 participants, ages 16 and older. Location: Visions HealthCare, 910 Washington St. (Rte. 1A), Dedham. For more information or to register, call 781-232-5431, email or visit See ad, back page, and Resource Guide, page 43.

New Blog and Workshop on the Alexander Technique


ecile Raynor, owner of Alexander Technique and Thai Yoga of Brookline, announces a new blog and will lead an introductory workshop on the Alexander Technique from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., February 22, in Brookline. The blog,, helps people to understand movement in a deeper way, get more from their yoga practice and prevent injuries on and off the mat. “The way you understand and perform movements in your everyday life affects how you understand and perform yoga poses and movements,” says Raynor. “The reverse is also true, as the benefits of yoga practice can help us handle life movements differently.” Raynor says that many people experience moments in yoga or life where everything seems to work together effortlessly, but they don’t necessarily know how to get back to that,” she says. “Learning how to trigger your postural reflexes is the way to get to that place of perfect integration on demand.” In addition to the blog and workshop, Raynor offers Off the Mat Yoga classes on a regular basis. Location: Workshops and classes take place in Brookline or at Akasha Studio, 14 Meehan St., Jamaica Plain. For more information, call 617-359-7841 or visit See Resource Guide, page 43 . 6

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Free Workshop to Address Fear of Change


ome changes are harder to make than others, so Designed Alliance: a coaching partnership is hosting a free workshop, Facing Change: Overcoming Your Fear of Change to Reach Your Professional Goals, from 10 a.m. to noon, February 11, at the Center for Women and Enterprise, in Boston. Led by trained Immunity to Change facilitator and Professional Coach Leigh Doherty, participants will explore the nature of adaptive versus technical changes, identify an adaptive goal to explore through their Immunity to Change mapping process, examine hidden commitments that may create obstacles to certain desired change and create an action plan to test the waters of active change. “It is truly amazing to witness how the Immunity to Change mapping process is like a mirror being held up to reveal the behaviors we develop in the name of protecting ourselves from our fears,” says Doherty. “I have seen even the most reflective people see their deep rooted hidden commitments come to the surface of the water through this process. It can truly be the root of lasting and powerful change.” Location: 24 School St., 7th Fl., Boston. For more information, call Leigh Doherty at 617-764-5268, email or visit See ad, page 14, and Resource Guide, page 44. natural awakenings

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newsbriefs Family and Sports Focus at Hopkinton Chiropractic Office


r. Binh Nguyen has partnered with Dr. Jennifer Belesi to create Cedar Chiropractic and Sports, P.C., in Hopkinton. The new office offers a family-oriented practice with an emphasis on sports chiropractic. A state-of-the-art facility, Cedar Chiropractic and Sports is unique in combining a wellness practice with sports chiropractic. “We offer a personal-feel-style family practice with a sports-based emphasis,” says Nguyen. “We’re confident that patients will feel right at home in our office.” Nguyen, a chiropractic sports physician (CCSP), holds a degree in Chiropractic from New York Chiropractic College and Biomedical Engineering from Syracuse University. “I have a strong belief in the efficacy of integrative care and preventative ergonomics,” he says. “I am most passionate about seeing patients perform and achieve their goals, and it’s one of our top priorities to protect their well-being.” Nguyen notes that chiropractic can be used to help bodies avoid reactions or inflammation due to one of Hopkinton’s most celebrated recreational activities, running. “Hopkinton is known as a marathon town and many runners can benefit from the Graston technique, cold laser therapy, Pro-Adjuster and kinesio taping,” he explains. “These methods are designed to break down scar tissue and restrictions that are usually associated with some form of tissue trauma.” Location: Cedar Chiropractic and Sports, 77 W. Main St., Ste. 203B, Hopkinton. For more information, call 508-435-8182 or visit See ad, page 14, and Resource Guide, page 44.

Program on Emotions and Heart Health


AM Healing Sanctuary and Sole Woman are offering a one-night program from 7 to 8:30 p.m., February 11, in Sharon, to teach attendees how to notice, identify and acknowledge how emotions can affect heart health. Heart to Heart: The Emotions that Affect Your Health, will cover topics including which emotions bring on symptoms of heart attack and congestive heart failure, how emotions can cause disease and which organs represent different emotions such as the connection between anger and the liver, and fear and the kidneys. Attendees will learn “body talk” to address symptoms such as slouched posture, upper back pain, coughing and shallow breathing as the body’s way to protect the heart and the emotions we hold inside. Cost: $25. Location: 18 Sherwood Cir., Sharon. For more information or to register, call Barbara Strassman at 781-784-1955, email or visit See ad, page 21.


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ertified Positive Psychology Coach Kim Childs presents an Introduction to The Artist’s Way from 2 to 3:30 p.m., February 15, at The Arlington Center, in Arlington. The workshop features exercises and a discussion based on the book The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity, by Julia Cameron. Childs says that her workshops are for anyone who wants to expand or explore their creativity, eliminate unproductive habits and make time for what they truly love. “The Artist’s Way affirms the creative spark in everyone, whether we long to paint, write, make music, cook gourmet feasts or start a small business or nonprofit,” says Childs. “People often think that they need to call themselves artists to do this work, but it’s really about reclaiming passions, overcoming self-sabotage and procrastination and making life our canvas.” Cost: $18. Location: The Arlington Center, 369 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington. To register, call 781-316-0282 or visit To learn more about ongoing workshops on The Artist’s Way, call 617-640-3813, email Kim@KimChilds. com or visit See Resource Guide, page 44.

Youth Aging Out Day Fundraiser


he Definition of Nyce and One Off Apparel present Youth Aging Out Day from 5 to 10 p.m., February 7, at The Definition of Nyce, in Boston, to benefit The Home for Little Wanderers’ Young Adult Resource Network (YARN). YARN/Roxbury Village youth artists will participate in a fundraiser selling T-shirts featuring their own artwork. The event will also feature music, refreshments, raffle and more. The Home for Little Wanderers’ YARN program assists young adults ages 17 to 22 as they age out of state care and transition from Department of Children and Families (DCF) dependent care to independent living. The Home’s staff works with clients in obtaining stable housing, employment, physical and psychological wellness, and educational and community involvement, while developing supportive relationships. “Youth Aging Out Day is a day of fun and thoughtful reflection to showcase the talent and art by youth who receive services through YARN and The Home’s Aging Out programs,” says Daniel Rechel, owner of The Definition Of Nyce. “The money raised will provide youth with support to address the struggles they face as they make the transition from ‘dependent care’ status in child welfare systems to an independent life in our community.” Location: 221 Newbury St., Boston. For more information about The Home’s programs and services visit

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newsbriefs New Book Details Dr. Mark Mincolla’s Whole Health Healing System


oston-based natural health care practitioner, Dr. Mark Mincolla, will sign copies of his new book, Whole Health, on February 6 and 13 in Cambridge and Boston. Mincolla’s unique method is based on more than 30 years’ experience as a holistic medical practitioner. It integrates elements of classical Chinese medicine, personalized nutrition, and extrasensory energy medicine, while inspiring and empowering people to attain balance in body, mind and spirit. The February 6 book signing takes place at the Harvard Coop, in Cambridge, while the February 13 event will be held at Trident Booksellers & Café, in Boston. During both Dr. Mark Mincolla events, Mincolla will explain and demonstrate the principles of his Whole Health Healing System, detailed in Whole Health, which enables people to customize and optimize their own personal, natural health plan. For more than three decades, Mincolla has integrated ancient Chinese energy techniques with cutting-edge nutritional science in what has become his innovative Electromagnetic Muscle Testing system (EMT). For four years, Mincolla was a featured guest on Boston’s Fox 25 “Living Well” segment. He also reached millions of viewers with his “You Are What You Eat” health segments on the New England Cable News television network. Location: Harvard Coop, 1400 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, and Trident Booksellers and Café, 338 Newbury St., Boston. For more information, call 661-2558283 or visit

Hands On Healing and Reiki Offers Custom Aromatherapy Blends


ands On Healing and Reiki, in Waltham, works with clients to create custom aromatherapy blends for individual needs. The blends can help with sleep issues, irritability and anxiety, among other issues. “Essential oils and herbs are some of nature’s way of helping us along our path,” says owner Becka Reed. “Once customers identify the issue they want to work on, Hands On Healing and Reiki is there to help nature help them.” Reed says that she can create a custom blend of essential oils to help customers with migraines and stress and bring about relaxation. Custom aromatherapy blends are available in spritzer bottles, bath salts, moisturizers or combination packages. For more information, call 781-763-7176 or visit natural awakenings

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Online Radio Show Emphasizes Role of Natural Health Care


special Rethinking Health Matters online radio show, hosted by Natural Awakenings National Editor Linda Sechrist from 3 to 4:30 p.m., February 7, will highlight the importance of independent media in informing the public about natural health care options. Guests will include several Natural Awakenings publishers and Scott Tips, president of Natural Health Federation, an international educational nonprofit that protects access to healthy food and supplements and alternative therapies without government restrictions. Additional guests are Joanne Quinn, Ph.D., executive director of the Foundation for Alternative and Integrative Medicine, which collects clinical data to advance nontoxic, costeffective therapies, plus international research consultant Ferdinando Pisani Massamormile. Also participating are Dr. James Forleo, author of Health is Simple, Disease is Complicated; Dr. Constance Casebolt, owner of South Carolina’s Greenville Functional Medicine; and Sayer Ji, founder of, the world’s foremost open-access, natural medicine database. To listen, visit Rethinking Health Matters at greenmedradio.


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Early Warnings of Heart Troubles Differ for Women


omen may worry more about breast cancer, but in reality, heart disease is the top killer of American women, claiming 300,000 lives a year, 7.5 times the number that die of breast cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Although heart disease is more often perceived as a men’s issue, since 1984 more women have died of heart disease than men. Part of the reason may be that women’s heart attacks can differ from men’s and the American Heart Association (AHA) warns that women often fail to recognize the symptoms, ranging from torso aches and pains and nausea to anxiety, shortness of breath, dizziness and extreme fatigue. They may experience subtle symptoms for months and write them off as byproducts of menopause, heartburn or effects of aging. The National Institutes of Health states that 43 percent of women that have heart attacks experience no chest pain. The difference between the more subtle signs of a heart attack in women and the more dramatic signs in men may help explain why 75 percent of men, prompted to act quickly, survive a first heart attack, while only 62 percent of women do, according to the AHA. “Research shows that women may not be diagnosed or treated as aggressively as men,” notes the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, part of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

Zinc Orchestrates Immune Response


any have heard that zinc can stop a cold in its tracks, and new research from Ohio State University tells us why; it turns out that zinc gently taps the brakes on immune responses, slowing them down and preventing inflammation from spiraling out of control. The researchers’ work with human cells and animals found that zinc serves to balance the immune response within the cells so that the consequences of insufficient zinc at the time of an infection include excessive inflammation. Of all the zinc contained in our bodies, only about 10 percent of it is readily accessible to help fight off an infection, notes Daren Knoell, professor of pharmacy and internal medicine and lead author of the study, published in Cell Reports. The research team suggests that proper zinc balance is especially important in battling serious and potentially deadly infections. Zinc deficiency affects about 2 billion people worldwide, including an estimated 40 percent of the U.S. elderly. natural awakenings

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ver the years, a broad range of research has confirmed that omega-3 fatty acids found in fatty fish like salmon, tuna and sardines promote heart and brain health. Now researchers at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine have found that taking fish oil supplements isn’t as effective at keeping blood pressure under control as eating an actual fish. The animal study published in the U.S. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that eating oily fish helped open ion channels, a complex series of membranes in the cells that line blood vessels, letting sodium, calcium and potassium in and out of those crucial cells and helping reduce blood pressure. Because fish oil supplements did not activate the ion channels, they didn’t reduce blood pressure in the same way.

FDA Moves to Ban Trans Fats


eart-clogging trans fatty acids may soon be a thing of the past. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has taken the first step to remove trans fats from its GRAS (generally recognized as safe) list, effectively banning their use in food products. Trans fats, also known as hydrogenated vegetable oils, can be found in many processed foods, including baked goods, microwave popcorn, peanut butter, frozen pizza, margarine and coffee creamers. Created by adding hydrogen to liquid oils to turn them into a solid form, trans fats have been used to improve the texture, shelf life or flavor of foods. For more than a decade, numerous scientific studies have documented that trans fats raise dangerous LDL cholesterol and lower good HDL cholesterol. The FDA’s proposed ban would require the food industry to gradually phase out all trans fats, likely over several months or years, noting their threat to health. Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said the move could prevent 20,000 heart attacks a year and 7,000 deaths. Many food manufacturers have already phased out trans fats since new nutrition labeling requirements were introduced by the FDA in 2006; plus an increasing number of local laws have banned them.


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

Wild Valentines

Many Animals Mate for Life Humans like to think of themselves as unique when it comes to taking vows of togetherness. But a surprising number of other species in the animal kingdom provide sterling examples of fidelity, monogamy and lifelong pairing. Gibbons, of the ape family, are the nearest relatives to humans that mate for life. They form extremely strong pairings and both sexes are on relatively equal footing in their relationships. Bald eagles, our national emblem, typically mate for life, except in the event of a partner’s inability to procreate. Wolves, often portrayed as tricksters in folklore, conduct a family life more loyal than many human relationships. Wolf packs typically comprise a male, a female and their offspring, making them akin to a human nuclear family. Swans form monogamous pair bonds that last for many years or even for life. Their loyalty is so storied that the image of two swans swimming with their necks entwined in the shape of a heart has become a universal symbol of true love. French angelfish are seldom found far from their mate, because they live, travel and even hunt in pairs. The fish form monogamous relationships that often last as long as both individuals are alive. In fact, they act as a team to vigorously defend their territory against neighboring pairs. Other examples include albatrosses, African antelopes, black vultures, Malagasy giant rats, prairie voles, sandhill cranes, termites and, of course, turtle doves. To view images, visit and MatesSlideshow.

Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present. ~Jim Rohn

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While online mega-shopping malls have decimated many types of small businesses around the country, the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies notes that independent bookstores are doing surprisingly well. For the last four years, their number and total sales have grown, despite the recent recession. In 2009, citizens patronized 1,651 independent bookstores in the United States; today their number exceeds 1,900. In addition, local coffee shops have grown faster than the largest chain’s storefronts. Bakers and specialty food purveyors, independent pharmacies and pet, fabric and stationery stores are growing, too. One reason for the good news is the “buy local” ethic promoted by groups such as the American Independent Business Alliance. Last year, sales at independent businesses in cities benefitting from these campaigns grew 8.6 percent; those without them still increased 3.4 percent. Independents are winning customer loyalty in part by hosting and sponsoring events that enrich the community. The public is realizing that buying local supports area families, keeps more dollars circulating locally and strengthens a healthy sense of community that benefits everyone. Source:

Greenwashing Watchdog

Dr. Bronner Clears Out Imposters The nonprofit manufacturer of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps (, known in the U.S. for more than 50 years for its devotion to purity and information-crammed product labels, has taken to filing lawsuits against companies that don’t live up to health claims or that employ deceptive greenwashing tactics. One primary focus is the cosmetics industry’s use of so-called “organic” ingredients. Company president David Bronner reports, “About 80 percent of these companies simply dropped their claims; the others reformulated.” He also lobbies for labeling of genetically modified organisms (GMO) in Washington State. Source: 16

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Turning Agri-Waste to Good Use Cement that incorporates waste ash from sugar production is not only stronger than ordinary cement, it also qualifies as a greener building material. Researchers at the Niels Bohr Institute at the University of Copenhagen, in Denmark, have found that cement made with sugar cane ash mixed in is stronger, can withstand higher pressure and crumbles less than ordinary cement. In countries where sugar cane is grown, such as Cuba and Brazil, this agricultural waste product has been added to cement for years. Extracting sugar from the cane typically leaves a lot of fiber waste that is burned into ash, discarded and then requires disposal. Using sugar cane ash also can lower the energy use and carbon footprint of cement production. Heloisa Bordallo, a researcher at the Institute, comments, “You are saving both CO2 emissions and raw materials.” Source:

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Canada Shows the Way via Mass Transit The government of Ontario, Canada, is issuing “green bonds” to fund the expansion of mass transit infrastructure in the province. Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne says, “Green bonds are a great tool to raise capital for a project with specific environmental benefits. The worldwide market for green bonds in the last year has doubled; it’s now estimated to be more than $346 billion in U.S. dollars.” Source:

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KOKO FITCLUBS: Digital Gyms Make Fitness Easy in the Digital Age by Kim Childs


ana Lemeshov, owner of Koko FitClubs, in Brookline and West Roxbury, was looking for her own fitness solution when she stumbled upon a gym and franchise that would change her life in 2010. As a busy computer programming professional, Lemeshov was seeking a personal trainer to help her achieve fitness goals when she walked into a Koko FitClub on Cape Cod and fell in love. “It felt as if somebody peeked inside my head and removed every single obstacle to working out,” she recalls. “It was such a pleasant place, small and full of friendly staff, with a spa-like atmosphere. The machines didn’t look like medieval torture instruments and I really admired how Koko used technology to help make fitness part of someone’s everyday routine.” Excited to share what she was experiencing, Lemeshov went on to open her two Boston-area Koko FitClubs in 2012. Since then, she’s introduced more than 800 members to this revolutionary style of fitness. She’s also worked to help people understand and appreciate the concept of a digital gym. “It’s been a challenge to define Koko because it’s a fundamentally different experience than anything in the history of fitness,” says Lemeshov. “The combination of the words ‘digital’ and 18

‘gym,’ like ‘online’ and ‘shopping,’ or ‘personal’ and ‘computer,’ took a while to catch on. Automated personal training is close to describing what Koko FitClub is, but it’s really much more.” Technology has been making its way into the fitness industry via such gadgets as running shoes equipped with microchips and smart phone apps that measure steps and calorie intake. While these items can monitor movement and gather physiological data, says Lemeshov, Koko FitClub takes it a step further by offering a system of technological analysis and guidance to help people to grow stronger, leaner and more physically fit. “When a member walks in, we identify their goals and analyze their body composition for lean muscle mass and body fat and assess their strength and fitness levels,” Lemeshov explains. “The Koko algorithm then creates a program based on the member’s current fitness level and goals. It’s a personalized plan that includes both fitness and nutrition.” Koko FitClubs feature Smartraining equipment to lead clients through each workout, providing instruction and coaching while tracking progress and adjusting the volume and intensity of workouts accordingly. “We keep people motivated because each workout

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is different,” says Lemeshov. “It’s never boring and we celebrate people’s achievements in and out of the club. The biggest challenge for most people is to simply make it through the door, and Koko practically does the rest.” Clients do best when they allow 30 minutes for strength training two or three times a week and cardio training at least four times a week, Lemeshov reports, and Koko’s high-intensity interval training style requires just 15 minutes a session. Lemeshov maintains that, on average, Koko FitClub members achieve a 19 percent increase in strength in their first eight weeks of training. “Getting healthy is much easier than people think, and fitness can really be fun at a place like Koko,” she says. “Our on-site Fit Coaches are another important part of the process, creating a warm, welcoming atmosphere and putting a smiling, human face on the technology.” Koko FitClub is located at 39 Harvard St., Brookline, and 77 Spring St. (Shaw’s Plaza), West Roxbury. For more information, call 617-566-5656 (Brookline), 617-325-4800 (West Roxbury) or visit See ad on page 11, and Resource Guide on page 45.


Keeping a Warm Heart in a Cold World By Jonathan Baxter


t takes a strong heart to live in this world. Disturbing incidents like school shootings and other violent crimes are all too common. Politicians and pundits take to the airwaves to stir up emotions on hot-button issues, and the internet brings images of natural disasters from around the world to everyone’s desktop and mobile phone. Even dayto-day life brings plenty of fodder for emotional reactivity. Rumors about layoffs at work raise anxiety; a loved one’s health concern brings a sense of powerlessness; even positive events, like holiday gatherings or a new job promotion, deliver an emotional jolt. All this turmoil can leave a person feeling emotionally drained and worn out, constantly feeling pity for those in the wake of disaster or worry for those at risk. Or it can push people in the other direction, toward a hardening of the heart, a clamping down on emotions and a turning away from caring. Fortunately, there is another option, though it is not widely recognized. Emotional strength can

be trained and cultivated, and with practice, one can learn to maintain a warm-hearted stance even in the face of overwhelming emotional events. There are several requirements for developing warm-heartedness as an alternative to being soft-hearted (too easily ungrounded by emotional events) or hard-hearted (unfeeling and uncaring). First, the practice of warm-heartedness requires a sense of safety, both physical and emotional. This safety might be accessible within a family, between friends or available in a spiritual community or classroom. It may need to come from the support of a professional counselor or another kind of healer, but whatever the source, safety creates the opportunity to open the heart in a new way. Second, warm-heartedness requires the ability to both focus and expand one’s attention. Keeping a warm heart means paying attention to one’s own experience as well as to the experience of others. In a society that loves multitasking, a singular focus is not always

easy to accomplish, but distraction is the enemy. Warm-heartedness demands attention to the ever-changing present in the same way that listening to a song demands paying attention to the unfolding melody. Third, warm-heartedness requires acceptance or a willingness to let go of control. The practice involves accurately recognizing the limits of one’s own ability to make change in the world. Insisting that others behave in a certain way is a sure formula for slipping out of warm-heartedness. Keeping a warm heart means having the faith to let go of the illusion of control. All of this emotional work takes time and energy, just like learning any other skill, but the rewards can be lifechanging. From a warm-hearted stance, relationships become pleasure, play, and teamwork, instead of competition and conflict. With a warm heart, a person is free to be creative and intuitive, to see new opportunities rather than fighting off unwanted experience. Warm-heartedness leads to clarity of action, because fewer resources are dedicated to worrying about things that are out of one’s control. Instead of pity, the warm-hearted person offers support. Instead of frustration, he feels acceptance. The warm-hearted person sets limits with everyone’s best interest in mind rather than cutting people off out of defensiveness or anger. With a warm heart, the beauty of the world is apparent, even in the midst of struggle. Jonathan Baxter, MA, MS, LMHC, is a psychotherapist, couples counselor and consultant based in Lexington. For more information, visit or call 617-306-0264. See ad on page 8, and Resource Guide on page 46.

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RETHINKING HEART HEALTH Pioneering Doctors and Patients Reinvent Cardio Care by Linda Sechrist


n 1977, Dr. Dean Ornish began to think beyond an allopathic medicine paradigm that defined the reversal of cardiovascular disease, including coronary heart disease (CHD) and the hypertensive diseases such as heart failure and stroke, as physiologically implausible. Undaunted by the challenge of funding his research, he pushed forward. Results of his foundational 1986 to 1992 Lifestyle Heart Trial, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, proved that individuals with preexisting coronary atherosclerosis that make intensive, integrated lifestyle changes can begin to experience improvements in their condition after as little as one year without using lipid-lowering drugs. Based on his 30-plus years of clinical research, Ornish and his colleagues further showed that five years of following proper nutrition, fitness and stress 20

management—which must include love and support—can reduce symptoms of CHD and other chronic conditions. He remarks in Love & Survival: 8 Pathways to Intimacy and Health that despite numerous studies showing a medical basis for its occurrence, the reason why CHD is reversible is still the subject of debate. Ornish’s work has paved the way for a growing corps of pioneering integrative physicians successfully collaborating with patients to reduce the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States.

Plaque the Culprit

The cause of cardiovascular disease is arterial plaque, a fine layer of fatty material that forms within the arteries and blocks blood flow. It is largely the result of food and activity choices, plus the degree of inflammation in the arteries. Dr. Steven Masley’s three keys to im-

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proving heart health highlighted in his book, The 30-Day Heart Tune-Up, and an upcoming PBS special, concern lifestyle factors capable of shrinking plaque, improving circulation and strengthening the heartbeat. “Abnormal plaque growth is preventable 90 percent of the time,” states the president of Masley Optimal Health Center, in St. Petersburg, Florida. While conducting research on the heart health of nearly 1,000 patients over a period of 20 years, Masley suspected that the traditional assessment approach of measuring cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure didn’t effectively address the biochemistry within arteries. Testing intima-media thickness (IMT) using a simple 10-minute external ultrasound confirmed it. The test bounces high-frequency sound waves to measure the thickness of the carotid arteries’ innermost two layers on either side of the neck. “This valuable tool allows for an estimate of arterial age. A healthy, young cardiovascular system has less plaque and an unhealthy, old one has more,” advises Masley. IMT, a useful tool for preventing future heart attacks and strokes, differs from standard carotid Doppler ultrasound, which looks for artery obstructions suggesting surgery. A practitioner of functional medicine, Masley explains heart-related diagnoses differently than his allopathic counterparts. “Rather than diagnosing high blood pressure as hypertension, I categorize it as not enough exercise, not enough fruits and vegetables, high emotional stress and excessive body fat.” To optimize heart health, Masley employs a broad, holistic matrix of options that enhance the cardiovascular system—the interactions among diet, activity level, weight, environmental toxins, hormones, stress and biochemical factors such as blood sugar control and inflammation levels. He prescribes heart-healing foods that simultaneously help to manage the aging process, following a customized, heartfriendly supplement plan; engaging in exercise that strengthens the heart and arteries; and learning how to better manage stress. He contends that cardiovascular events remain the top cause of death because individuals are largely un-

Love and intimacy are at the root of what makes us sick and what makes us well, what causes sadness and what brings happiness, what makes us suffer and what leads to healing. ~ Dr. Dean Ornish, Love & Survival aware of treatment options before they get into trouble. More, “Most people falsely assume that their condition has been fixed with a medical procedure and/or drugs, and that a lifestyle change isn’t necessary.”

Cholesterol’s Bad Rap

Dr. Stephen Sinatra, an integrative cardiologist, anti-aging specialist and bioenergetics psychotherapist in Manchester, Connecticut, has also shifted his heart health paradigm. He now prescribes a combination of conventional medicine, food, supplements, mind/body strategies and natural healing methods. His book, Heartbreak and Heart Disease: A Mind/Body Prescription for Healing the Heart, relates many inspiring case histories that address the psycho-emotional component of heart health and illustrate how to repair and reopen a broken heart by releasing long-repressed emotions. Following two years of Gestalt psychotherapy training and seven years of bioenergetics training, Sinatra likewise realized that heartbreak was one of the major causes of heart disease. An expert in the field of natural cardiology, he had once believed that cholesterol and fat were the primary causes before 40 years of treatment research taught him otherwise. “Cholesterol is not the reason for heart disease,” advises Sinatra, founder of and author of The Great Cholesterol Myth. “The body produces and needs cholesterol to natural awakenings

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convert sunlight to vitamin D, to make sex hormones, vital semipermeable membranes for the body’s trillions of cells, plus bile salts for digestion. Even your brain makes and uses cholesterol to build connections between the neurons that facilitate learning and memory.”

Real Perpetrators

Sinatra names the real perpetrators of heart disease—stress, inflammation and overeating sugar and processed foods containing saturated fat. He counsels that the heart benefits less from a lowfat, high-carbohydrate diet than one low in carbohydrates and higher in healthy fats, overturning widespread medical mantras. Also, a high-fructose, high-grain carbohydrate diet raises triglycerides, increases the risk of metabolic syndrome and contributes to insulin resistance, causing the liver to produce more cholesterol, as well as more inflammatory, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL) particles, all of which increase the risk for CHD, diabetes and stroke. The American Heart Association (AHA) estimates that metabolic syndrome, which affects nearly 35 percent of American adults, may overtake smoking as the leading risk factor for CHD. The AHA currently is focused on increasing awareness that heart disease is the number one killer of women. Its Go Red for Women campaign emphasizes the vital need to take preventive basic actions, including adopting an exercise routine, healthier diet and doctor visits for appropriate non-invasive tests.

Essential Spirit

Dr. James Forleo, a chiropractor in Durango, Colorado, with 30-plus years of


It is no coincidence that we address our physical and emotional heart by the same name. Our physical heart usually reflects the state of our emotional heart, and vice versa. ~ Dr. James Forleo clinical experience, maintains that health is simple, disease is complicated (also the title of his book). He counsels patients, “If mental stress is present in your life, you owe it to your cardiovascular system to change to a healthier lifestyle. Your life may depend on it.” Forleo has recognized that an individual’s state of mind can be a big help or hindrance in maintaining a healthy heart. “The heart represents a different realm of experience entirely, one that cannot be explained by logic and reason,” comments Forleo. He champions the link between maintaining normal spinal function and healthy heart function, along with supporting the inner presence of Spirit, which he calls the healthy heart’s ultimate elixir. “Its essence relaxes the heart, opens the mind to possibilities greater than itself and provides the perspective that the heart and the mind are complementary,” he observes. He explains that when our emotions get bottled up, something in our heart or circulation has to give. “If you or someone you know experiences heart problems, chances are that unresolved emotions lie directly below the surface,” he says. “There are exceptions, and genetic problems can explain many heart defects, but heart problems don’t usually

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show up unless emotions are involved.” Forleo’s concept is supported by the work of Rollin McCraty, Ph.D., executive vice president and director of research at California’s Institute of HeartMath. His research papers include The Energetic Heart: Bioelectromagnetic Interactions Within and Between People. “Today, evidence suggests that the heart may play a particularly important role in emotional experience. Research in the relatively new discipline of neurocardiology has confirmed that the heart is a sensory organ and acts as a sophisticated information encoding and processing center that learns, remembers and makes independent functional decisions that don’t involve the cerebral cortex,” advises McCraty.

To Happy Hearts

Pioneering integrative medical doctors Masley, Sinatra, Forleo and Mona Lisa Schultz, who also holds a Ph.D. in behavioral neuroscience, agree that in matters of heart disease, emotions take center stage. Schultz, who recently co-authored All is Well: Heal Your Body with Medicine, Affirmations and Intuition, with Louise L. Hay, a leading founder of the self-help movement, applies her 25 years of experience as a medical intuitive with the best of Western clinical science, brain research and energy medicine. Shultz observes, “Every illness has an emotional component, which tells us intuitively that something or someone in our life or environment is out of balance and needs to be addressed. Our use of language—such as frustration makes our heart race, anger boils our blood—and our common sense are telling us what we don’t need more studies to confirm. If we

can’t deal with our anger in a timely fashion, name our feelings, respond effectively and release them, we increase our chance of illness, ranging from hypertension to cardiovascular events.” According to the American Journal of Cardiology, the U.S. spends 10 percent of all healthcare dollars for cardiovascular disease prevention and medical management versus 90 percent on medical treatment procedures and hospital care. For individuals interested in taking charge of their heart health, working with a physician that embraces the emerging paradigm of integrative lifestyle changes and prevention can be a drug-free, life-saving decision. Linda Sechrist is the senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Visit for full interviews.

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart. ~Helen Keller natural awakenings

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Money Myths

Filmmaker Katie Teague Uncovers Our Misperceptions by Linda Sechrist


atie Teague’s inspiring documentary, Money and Life (MoneyAndLifeMovie. com), provocatively asks: Rather than disastrous, can we view economic crises as brimming with opportunities to shift our thoughts about money and thereby improve models of economic exchange?

Why did you produce a documentary on the subject of money? As an in-depth psychotherapist familiar with observing humanity, I felt that I could use the simple lens of storytelling to chronicle the complexity of money

and economics. Because I had no experience in economics or filmmaking, I was often brought to my knees in the crucible of all I was learning, a virtual crash Ph.D. course. In interviewing David Korten, economist, author and former professor at the Harvard Business School, he soothed my worries by pointing out that because I hadn’t been indoctrinated into the world of economics and its jargon, my language of metaphors and analogies would help lay people better recognize and understand convoluted economic concepts. As a therapist, I repeatedly see how disconnections due to eroding

relationships with ourselves, our natural world and each other are wreaking havoc on people and the planet. I routinely see that money isn’t a root cause of a person’s issues, just the container for them. Most frequently the issues I hear about result from setting dreams aside “for later” and squelching the sparks of individual genius, usually because of a perceived scarcity of money. I became curious about what role our relationship to money plays in such disconnections.

What are the effects of awaking to what money is and isn’t in our lives? In considering this from the perspective of healing and tending the soul, asking, “Where are we most wounded

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in our modern world?” I had my own quantum awakening to the fact that I’m not separate from the subject matter I’m exploring: What is my own story with money? Have I given up healthy selfgovernment to the money god? What are my opportunities to reclaim my own power? I discovered that the core principle of the economy, money and currency is relationship itself, and that we’ve unwittingly disempowered ourselves by entrusting too much power to middlemen like central banks and financial consultants, but are now realizing that we don’t need them. One clear example is that more individuals are having a direct experience of the divine. Also, entire communities are investing their time, energy and money in their local economies, where they have established relationships and can see the results. I believe that the technologies supporting our emerging new economy reflect our own consciousness coming online.

and innovative perspectives so that we all can better participate in whatever is emerging.

Will a new economy replace or parallel the existing one? A new economy is emerging and operating in parallel. Beyond being based on gifting, alternative money, barter or other buzzwords, it’s coming online from a previously unknown place. This is one of the reasons I term the film emergent-oriented, rather than solution-oriented. A quote by Richard Buckminster Fuller, systems theorist, architect and inventor, eloquently applies: “You

never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” The fact is that the old economy, based on debt and scarcity, is designed to collapse. The more innovative we can be in participating in the emerging economy, the more conscious awareness we can bring to bear, improving the chances for increasingly positive impacts. Linda Sechrist is a Natural Awakenings senior staff writer. Visit for recorded interviews.

Were you surprised at what you learned? I did not know that the U.S. and global economies are based on debt and scarcity nor understand beforehand that our perceptions of scarcity and separation from one another are only illusions. While the majority of economists say that money is an exchange, Bernard Lietaer, author of The Future of Money, states, that is what money does but not what it is. Fundamentally, money is a human agreement—a form of currency via an artifact designed, engineered and built by humans. This is something we have forgotten and it’s hurting us.

How did you approach the universally sensitive subject of money? The film is purely a starting place and a tool that individuals can use to educate themselves and spark conversations. I kept the tone of the film as non-polarizing as possible so that conservative family members could cull compelling concepts that inspire further exploration, rather than walk away feeling a need to defend their beliefs. Awareness and knowledge breeds empowerment natural awakenings

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Love Money to Get More of It by Dr. Mindy Kopolow


oney was invented by human beings because the system of barter which prevailed on the planet for so many years was limited and inadequate. A bean farmer interested in purchasing fish for dinner could approach a fisherman and ask to exchange beans for fish. However, if the fisherman declined, then the farmer, without any other means of obtaining fish, would most likely have eaten beans for dinner again. Money solved the innate problems contained in the barter system. The concise and consistent value of money provided an even playing field for exchange. As human beings evolved, so did our system for the exchange of goods and services, allowing people to get what they wanted in an easier and more efficient way. Wanting things and having a desire for improved conditions is intrinsic to the nature of humankind; for this reason, we shouldn’t feel guilty, embarrassed or ashamed for wanting them. Money is often the intermediary or the agent that works between our desire and the acquisition of material objects or specific experiences that we believe will make us happier. Our relationship with money creates energy, so it is essential to be aware of and understand how we define money and the qualities and characteristics that we project onto it. The idea that money is implicitly bad and the root of all evil, and the notion that money is the measure of an individual’s success, permeate our culture. Everyone finds themselves somewhere along this continuum of extremes, but individuals that bounce back and forth between these two polar beliefs end up unsatisfied with their money situation. Negative feelings and beliefs about money create an obstacle to acquiring it. In order to have money, it is essential to relinquish all negative and self-defeating thoughts, feelings and beliefs about money and to embrace, appreciate and honor money for the positive energy that it is. Money is a rich and powerful source of inspiration, ideas, creativity and good will, creating connections and opportunities between people. The beliefs and feelings we project outward about money will be reflected back to us in an accurate and telling manner. For money to flow into our lives we must love money; for an abundance of money, we must love ourselves, too. Dr. Mindy Kopolow is a clinical psychologist and money energy coach. She is the creator of Money Energy World, which is both a money philosophy and a class. In her work, she assists people in releasing fearful and self-defeating beliefs about money. For more information, visit See ad, page 24.


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CHOCOLATE AS HEALTH FOOD Boosting Diets and Heart Health by Judith Fertig


esearch tells us that 14 out of any 10 individuals like chocolate,” quips cartoonist Sandra Boynton. American chocolate lovers buy 58 millionplus pounds around Valentine’s Day, according to Nielsen Research. Ideally, the dark treat would be as healthy as a salad or an apple. Fortunately, accumulating research is on the way to giving plant-based chocolate superfood status. All chocolate starts with cacao beans, seeds from the pods of the tropical cacao tree that thrives only in hot, rainy climates in Africa, Indonesia and South America. Local soil and climate conditions determine flavor characteristics, much as with grapes. Harvested beans are fermented to create the chocolate taste and then dried. Afterwards, chocolate makers add brand-specific ingredients to the cacao solids. “The percentage number on a bar’s wrapper represents the weight that actually comes from the cacao bean content,” says Robert L. Wolke, professor emeritus of chemistry at the

University of Pittsburgh and author of What Einstein Told His Cook: Kitchen Science Explained. “The higher the number, the lower the percentage of sugar and the less sweet, more bitter and complex the flavor.” This is significant because dark chocolate contains higher levels of antioxidants which can help reduce cell damage, according to the Integrative Medicine Department at the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor. Alex Whitmore, founder of Taza Chocolate, in Somerville, Massachusetts, recently had one of its bars lab tested for antioxidant levels, called ORAC, or oxygen radical absorption capacity; the higher the value, the more antioxidants. Taza Chocolate’s 80% Dark Bar had a 65 percent higher ORAC than Himalayan goji berries, famed for being a superfood. “This is very high for a chocolate bar,” notes Whitmore. Cocoa also serves as a superfood for cardiovascular and metabolic health, report two recent studies from separate teams of Harvard School of Public Health researchers. A 2012 meta-analysis of clinical trials published

in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition concluded that consuming dark, unsweetened cocoa powder and dark chocolate can improve blood pressure, vascular dilation and cholesterol levels, plus reduce metabolic precursors like diabetes that can lead to heart disease. In 2011, Eric Ding, Ph.D., a Harvard School of Public Health epidemiologist and nutrition scientist, reviewed short-term trials of subjects ingesting 400 to 500 mg per day of flavonoidrich cocoa, which he equates to 33 bars of milk chocolate or eight bars of dark chocolate. While Ding feels this is an unreasonable amount to eat because of the extra calories from sugar and fat, he states, “Supplements with concentrated cocoa flavonoids may perhaps be helpful for garnering the benefits discovered. The key is getting the benefits for heart disease while avoiding the calories, and for that, chocolate bars are not likely the best solution.” Another observational study published in Nutrition shows that eating dark chocolate might help keep the pounds off for teenagers. Researchers with the Healthy Lifestyle in Europe by Nutrition in Adolescence program at the University of Zaragoza, in Spain, knew that chocolate consumption in adults already had been linked to lower body mass index. They found that chocolate consumption was also associated with lower total and midsection fat in European adolescents, reports Sayer Ji, founder of, a natural health research database. “The quality and cocoa content they used in their research is probably much higher than in America,” says Ji. “From my perspective, it appears that even when researchers don’t control for type, the results across the board are rather startling. Even American subjects, presumably eating common milk chocolate bars, see benefits.” So, this Valentine’s Day—and every day—we can happily relish that one-ounce piece of artisan dark chocolate melting slowly in our mouth and know we’re doing it for pleasure and for health. Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFoodAnd from Overland Park, KS.

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CYCLES OF SPIN Returning to its Heart-Healthy Origins by Janet Osen


ike many newly minted sports, “Spin” has at its center a nearmythical figure: its creator, Jonathan Goldstein—better known as Johnny G— by most accounts a unique eccentric with an unheralded passion for cycling. In 1987, while training for the renowned The Race Across America bike event, a mega-marathon 3,100mile race from Los Angeles to New York, Goldstein was struck by a car and nearly killed. It produced an epiphany: Building an indoor bike simulating the outdoor experience would create a novel workout that would incorporate cardio training and emphasize a mindbody connection. With the formation of Mad Dogg Athletics in 1994, the Spinning craze began rolling. Rolling Stone magazine named it the newest hot exercise and by 1996 there were 1,000-plus Spinning centers in 30 countries.

True to Form

Conceived as a form of cardio biofeedback, the activity keyed on training the heart muscle aerobically using a 28

heart monitor. The original goal was to provide an “aerobic base” by working at 65 to 80 percent of one’s maximum heart rate, making the heart a more effective pump and increasing oxygen levels throughout the body. The Spin program follows the principle that participants will train aerobically for six to 12 weeks prior to a “Race Day”—a special ride performed at a steady anaerobic threshold generally at 85 to 95 percent of maximum heart rate. Anaerobic threshold, or AT, is the point at which the body accumulates lactic acid in the muscles faster that it can be removed. “Aerobic base building creates a strong foundation for increasing one’s lactate threshold,” explains Lorey Pro, a master Spin instructor and assistant director of fitness and wellness at Louisiana State University. “Riders can increase their tolerance for anaerobic exercise.” “The metabolism’s foundation is strengthened by aerobic base building. Without it, the body will fall apart if the athlete moves right into anaerobic threshold training,” explains Shannon

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Derby, a master Spin instructor and certified group fitness and personal trainer at Mountain’s Edge Fitness Center, in Boulder, Colorado. In contrast to indoor cycling, Spin requires that exertion rates be correlated to levels based on maximum heart rates, and revolutions per minute (RPMs) or pedal strokes be kept at pre-specified levels. According to Pro, Spin should combine mind and body training by using a variety of heart rate zones to improve health, fitness and performance. Instructors take participants through a series of rides known as Energy Zones, each serving a specific purpose like endurance, strength or recovery. Terri Arends, a master Spin instructor and group fitness director at the Jewish Community Center of Dallas, Texas, attests that without such rides, the aerobic foundation crumbles. She likes to put riders through “kicking Spin rides and moments of Zen that allow riders to let go and find their inner athlete.”

Lost in Translation

In today’s typical Spin class, no one wears a heart monitor. While some gyms and boutique facilities offer endurance or strength rides, most conduct only interval rides featuring top 40 music selections and a loose interpretation of the prescribed movements, positions and cadence rates. “Interval rides tend to get picked most,” observes Derby. “There are many different kinds and they are fairly easy to teach and well liked, even though that isn’t what the official Spinning program recommends.” Del Lugo, a Spin instructor and fitness professional in Suffern, New York, who works at the nearby Torne Valley Sports Complex and Lifeplex Health Club, says he rarely sees classic Spin done anymore. In Lugo’s world, Spin should be simply a “fun, safe experience with the instructor endeavoring to instill enthusiasm and encouragement.”

Moving Forward

One key indicator of whether a fitness activity is a trend and not a fad is the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) annual Fitness Trends survey. In 2012, Spin made ACSM’s top 20 list of fitness trends, citing it as “one of the most popular group exercise programs

in the commercial sector.” Yet it fell off of ACSM’s list last year. Reviving the original training program may prove helpful in preventing potential Spin burnout. Workouts were originally designed to culminate each week in a meditative, low-impact recovery ride to allow for rest and recovery, which is pivotal to any successful fitness program. The key to Spin’s continuity may be in moving cycling back to its origins—re-educating participants about how best to use Spinning to maximize desired results for body, mind and spirit.

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I am sorry for participating in this erroneous memory data. Please forgive me for not seeing the perfection in this moment, and playing back a universal memory I have received within me that is riddled with wrongs and errors. Thank you for cleansing me, others, the world and the universe.

HEALING HURT A Hawaiian Mantra Lets Love Back In


o’oponopono is an ancient Hawaiian huna, a secret to facilitating forgiveness within; or simply, the art of forgiveness. Four healing phrases are employed in a harmonic mantra to help “make things right” or “correct the errors”. It works to cleanse hurt feelings and relieve suffering from being in an unforgiving or unforgiven state. According to the Babylon online dictionary, Ho’oponopono is used to release problems and blocks that cause imbalance, unease and stress in the self; bring peace and balance through physical, mental and spiritual cleansing that involves repentance and transmutation; and create balance, freedom, love, peace and


wisdom within individuals, social entities, the world and the universe. Ho’oponopono Forgiveness Mantra I am sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you. I love you. These four forgiveness phrases, both individually and collectively, help heal us and our relationships with others, especially loved ones. Each one melts hearts and heals souls. Going deeper, we can voice this mantra in communing with the divine and see the effect both within and without.

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I love you. Loving the sweet divine is the greatest power or energy there is in all space. I am now loving everyone involved and affected. I know that my perceptions of them are within me, where this error first occurred and where it can be eradicated. Like planting a seed in soil that grows into nothing of our making, the divine does the work as we allow it to work through us. As we come to consistently use the Ho’oponopono mantra, we may elect to select a special word as a substitute for the whole mantra to use as a touchstone, so that when we say or think this word, we are immediately clear and clean of all the pain associated with any erroneous memory data presented. Our heart is healed and family or friends will return to relationships with a lighter heart. We do not need to understand how it works, only that it does. Source: Adapted from

Catalyst for Change

Natural Awakenings Celebrates 20 Years by Sharon Bruckman, CEO/Founder


heartfelt shout out goes to the 90 U.S. cities and metro areas across the country, plus Puerto Rico, where Natural Awakenings is effecting positive change in people’s lives. For 20 years, this free community magazine has been loyal readers’ go-to resource for awakening America to the benefits of naturally healthy living. We thank our 3.8 million readers that devour these pages every month, typically from coverto-cover. We voice gratitude to the thousands of committed advertisers that report multiplied business success as a result of our partnership. We extend kudos to the hundreds of editorial contributors that have generously shared their pioneering expertise with us via cuttingedge information and practical tips. Interviews and bylines of internationally recognized healers, teachers and leaders underscore the magazine’s primacy in its field. Collectively, we comprise a great movement embodying ways of living that are healthy for people and the

planet. Together, we are producing a pay-it-forward chain reaction of positive energy and conscious living that benefits everyone. Each large and small choice in favor of natural health and environmental sustainability counts toward enhancing our own standard of living and supporting a higher quality of life on Earth. It all starts with individuals waking up to conscious living and connecting locally to make measurable differences

in their own homes and communities. They are role models of wellness. They are eco-stars. They are visionaries that daily act on their passion for helping others live happier, healthier, more thriving lives. What started as a single print publication in Naples, Florida, in 1994, is now a growing network spearheaded by 90 local magazine publishers reaching out to share the message. Supportive media range from digital magazine editions, e-newsletters, community websites and social media releases to an iPhone app, webstore and dating website, topped by a nationwide network of local natural health practitioners. All embrace the original vision of bringing like-minded people together to help make life better. We are glad that you are joining us in celebrating 20 years together. We look forward to all the good that 2014 and beyond will bring to us all. For more information and to connect, visit

Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet. ~Roger Miller

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petbriefs Local Veterinarian Speaks About Ozone Therapy at Rome Conference


ast fall, Dr. Margo Roman, of Main Street Animal Services of Hopkinton (MASH), was among five Americans to attend the fourth World Congress on Ozone and Oxygen Therapy in Rome, Italy. The international event featured three veterinarians and hundreds of medical doctors. Roman spoke about the use of ozone therapy in veterinary medicine. Dr. Margo Roman Since 2004, Roman has used ozone therapy at MASH to treat infection, Lyme disease, cancer, allergies and dental issues. “Integrative therapies like this can help us to avoid more expensive and invasive procedures,” she says. “More people and pet owners should demand that integrative medicine be among their healthcare choices, and knowing that other countries are using these therapies should encourage Americans to inquire about them.” Location: MASH, Main St. Animal Services of Hopkinton, 72 W. Main St., Hopkinton. For more information, call 508-435-4077 or visit See ad, page 36 and Resource Gude, page 46.

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Dogs Leave Paw Prints on Your Heart

Real Estate Sales Support Homeless Animals


o support his passion for animal welfare, real estate agent Michael Pallares, with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage of Jamaica Plain, is donating $500 of each Michael Pallares home sale or purchase for which he’s responsible to The Animal Rescue League of Boston this year. Pallares, who recently welcomed two homeless pets into his own family, is an advocate for responsible pet ownership. “I grew up in a household surrounded by cats and dogs that were adopted from shelters and rescue organizations,” says Pallares. “It’s a practice that my family continues to this day.” Last year Pallares joined the Dog Park Association of Southwest Boston, a volunteer organization whose mission is to create a new fenced-in dog park for the Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain, Roslindale and West Roxbury neighborhoods of Boston. For more information about selling or buying a home with the assistance of Michael Pallares, and supporting The Animal Rescue League of Boston in the process, call 617-899-3162 or visit See ad with Low Cost Spay & Neuter Resource sponsored by Pallares, on page 35.


Cardiac Care for Pets How to Keep Little Hearts Humming by Dr. Shawn Messonnier


ymptoms that suggest a dog or cat’s heart is not pumping effectively include coughing and fatigue from light exercise. Before the signs are evident, it is far better to check for heart disease during regular twice-yearly visits to the veterinarian. Using a stethoscope, a skilled doctor can pick up telltale heart murmurs during the examination. A fairly common problem with cats, heart disease tends to occur as cardiomyopathy, an issue with the heart muscle. In most dogs, where cardiomyopathy is rare, it usually involves damaged heart valves, resulting in “leaks” that allow blood to flow in both directions. Upon an initial diagnosis of heart disease, one of two mistakes in treatment routinely occur: Either a doctor prescribes strong cardiac medications to “prevent” heart failure from happening (even though no medication has been shown to prevent heart failure), or he takes a wait-and-see approach, only intervening when the disease progresses to irreversible heart failure.

The better approach is to do further testing and evaluation at the first sign of a murmur, including chest Xrays, an electrocardiogram (EKG) and a cardiac ultrasound to classify the stage of the disease and determine if conventional medications can help. Follow-up visits every six months allow the doctor to identify the point at which heart disease has progressed toward impending heart failure. In general, pets with either a diseased or failing heart can benefit from supplements. Individual regimens vary, based on the nature of the patient’s case.


matory mediators. Because omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids compete with each other to be converted to active metabolites (pro-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory) in the body, decreasing the intake of omega-6 fatty acids and/or increasing dietary omega-3 fatty acid levels, available through fish oil, is generally considered beneficial. The differing numbers identifying omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids simply refer to where the carbon-carbon double bonds are positioned in the molecules. Supplementing with fish oil may also reduce the occurrence of atherosclerosis, thrombosis,

Fish oil contains beneficial docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) unsaturated omega-3 fatty acids. The principle metabolites derived from the metabolism of EPA and DHA tend to be anti-inflammatory. Contrariwise, omega-6 fatty acids, which are found in warm-weather vegetable oils, produce pro-inflamnatural awakenings

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coronary heart disease, arrhythmias, heart failure and sudden cardiac death by decreasing inflammation throughout the body, including in the heart.

Coenzyme Q-10

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), also known as ubiquinol or ubiquinone, is a naturally occurring antioxidant synthesized in most tissues in the body. The highest concentrations are in the heart, kidneys, liver and pancreas. In the diet,

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CoQ10 is found in foods such as organ meats, poultry, fish, meat, nuts, soybean oil, fruits, vegetables, eggs and dairy products. The Professional’s Handbook of Complementary & Alternative Medicines explains that CoQ10 is used in electron transport in mitochondria—small organelles inside cells that convert carbohydrates and fats into energy. It reports that studies in people with hypertension showed a reduction in systolic blood pressure through CoQ10 supplementation. Benefits of such therapy studied in people with a heart that has failed in its pumping ability showed increased improved heart function and proper dilation of the blood vessels for improved circulation. It is proving to be one of the best nutrients to help an ailing heart.


The herb hawthorn is highly regarded for its suitability in the treatment of heart disease due to its flavonoid and other antioxidant content. It provides several beneficial effects for the heart—helping to maintain a normal heart rhythm with decreased risk of arrhythmias; bolstering the force of heart muscle contraction; increasing coronary blood flow; and decreasing the organ’s energy demands. It acts like angiotensin-1-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors such as the medicine Enalapril, used to help regulate blood pressure and reduce the workload of a failing heart. While other therapies can be used to help pet heart patients, these three are a sound starting point. In some cases, they may be suitable instead of medications that can cause side effects to the kidney and liver, or at least allow for smaller doses. Natural remedies provide a gentler alternative. Shawn Messonnier, a doctor of veterinary medicine practicing in Plano, TX, is the award-winning author of The Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats and Unexpected Miracles: Hope and Holistic Healing for Pets. For more information, visit

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Joshua was rescued in 2012


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Reducing Stress in Canine Friends by Vivian Zottola


ll animals depend heavily on their senses of smell, sight and hearing to keep them from danger, find food and comfort and navigate their way in the world. These same sensitivities can make pets even more susceptible to stressful events and triggers than the people that care for them. Learning about the differences in sense perception between canines and humans can Vivian Zottola and Coco make for more harmonious living. The underlying reasons dogs may feel anxiety, frustration and fear include poor communication, the use of improper equipment, noise pollution, a poor diet or limited mental and physical exercise. Dogs can also learn or inherit genetic predispositions toward bad behavior. Regardless of the history, there is much that can be done to help ease a pet’s stress level based on observed behavior. Education: First, consult with a qualified veterinarian to ensure that there are no medical problems causing your dog to be anxious. Next, put some time into learning more about the dog’s senses, fostering better communication through training and planning out some simple exercises. Exercise: Plan daily exercise and relaxation opportunities for your pet. Exercise, fundamentally important to a healthy and wellbalanced dog, safely channels bottled up energy for pets kept indoors. Brain Power: Studies show that it takes both physical and mental exercise to natural awakenings

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reduce anxiety and behavior problems in pets. To exercise your dog’s brain, try toys that dispense food, design foraging games, practice training, take a walk or throw a ball from your chair. Home Management: Create a relaxing environment in your home. Research indicates that music therapy, particularly the psychoacoustics in certain kinds of classical music, calm the parasympathetic nervous system in both pets and people. A good choice is Through a Dogs Ear by Joshua Leeds and Susan Wagner. Relax: Spend a few minutes messaging essential oils and flower remedies, such as Bach Rescue Remedy for Pets, onto your dog’s ears and throughout its coat. Studies show that massage and aromatherapy can calm animals as well as humans. Practicing these simple techniques can help to reduce anxiety for both you and your pet and create a stronger bond. A calmer, well-behaved dog is a wonderful companion and great reminder to humans to be present and peaceful.


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MONDAY, JANUARY 27 It’s Not What You’re Eating; It’s What’s Eating You: A Psycho-Spiritual Approach to Weight Loss – 7pm. Mondays thru Apr 28. 12 wks of group support that gets to the root of why we carry excess weight. Pursue self-awareness, selfexploration and self-care. $399. Bliss Healing Arts, 63 Great Rd, Ste 103, Maynard. 508-4812547.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1 Fight For Air Climb: Race up Boston Place – 7:15am. Help raise the funds necessary to provide lifesaving education, research and advocacy to beat lung disease and find a cure. $35/registration by Jan 28, $50/walk-on day of. BNY Mellon Center at One Boston Place, 201 Washington St, Boston. For more info: Spiritually-Oriented Time Management Workshop – 10am-3pm. Gain tools to take your life in hand carefully and consciously. Working with root issues of Attention, Boundaries and Choices: The ABC’s of a new way. Dig beneath the surface symptoms to a deeper level where change has a better chance of taking hold. $60. TS Center for Spiritual Studies, 21 Maple St, Arlington. 617522-4956. Free Presentation on Movement Therapy for Children – 11am. Eve Kodiak, author of Rappin’ on the Reflexes and Feelin’ Free, shares some of the basic ABC’s of reflex recognition and gives some practical ways to more “stuck” behaviors through to a calm and integrated state. Robbins Library, 700 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington. RSVP: The Language of Numbers – 2-5pm. Learn the basics of Akara Numerology, one of the teachings of kundalini yoga. Discover how to decode your birth date to reveal your innate gifts, challenges, and stress patterns and how to transform them into your most powerful assets and strategies. $45. Kundalini Yoga Boston, 186 Hampshire St, Cambridge. 617868-0055.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 2 New Year, New You at Athleta – 11am-1pm. Enjoy a free yoga class at Athleta followed by a New Year, New You discussion. Stephanie Lyon will share the Arbonne Healthy Living Program to help you lose weight, detoxify, regain energy and increase mental focus. Sample delicious natural vegan and gluten free energy drinks, protein shakes and bars. Athleta, 220 Boylston St, Chestnut Hill. 617-212-2062.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4 Trigger Point Release Seminar – 7:30-8:30pm. Discover why gentle touch is so effective in reducing pain and tension in the body and learn techniques to effectively do this at home. Bring a partner as it requires another person to do it. Free. Newton Chiropractic & Wellness Centre, 383 Elliot


St, Ste 250, Newton. Space limited, registration required: 617-964-3332.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6 Chinese Healing Exercises for Better Health and Longevity – 7:45-9pm. Learn simple, yet highly effective exercises that can be practiced by anyone regardless of age, gender or current level of fitness. $10/ TS CSS members, $20/nonmembers. TS Center for Spiritual Studies, 21 Maple St, Arlington.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8 Ardas Bahee Meditation – 6-9pm. Chanting for 2.5 hrs brings you deeply into a meditative state allowing you to experience the Infinite in everyday life. Ardas Bahee is a mantra prayer. $25/preregistration by Feb 5, $35 after. Kundalini Yoga Boston, 186 Hampshire St, Cambridge. 617-8680055.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9 Super Self-Care Sundays: Mind-Body Skills Group – 10:30am. Every other Sun thru Apr 20. Breathe, visualize, draw, shake, dance and share in a safe, supportive environment based on the Center for Mind-Body Medicine’s world-renowned group process. Restore balance, activate the body’s natural self-repair mechanisms and revive on all levels. $199. Bliss Healing Arts, 63 Great Rd, Ste 103, Maynard. 508-481-2547. Winter Beach Party – 11am-2pm. Parents of young children can entertain their little ones at this annual party including a variety of beach games, Silly Willy the clown and DJ entertainment. Children can also touch live local tide pool animals. Admission includes pizza, ice cream and refreshments. Family is up to 5 people. $15/family for members, $25/ family for nonmembers. $3/person over 5. Arlington Boys & Girls Club, 60 Pond Ln, Arlington.

changes, identify an adaptive goal to explore through the Immunity to Change mapping process, examine hidden commitments that may create obstacles to certain desired change, create an action plan to test the waters of active change. Free. Center for Women and Enterprise, 24 School St, 7th Fl, Boston. 617-764-5268. Herbal Aphrodisiacs Workshop – 6-9pm. Make delicious and luxurious love potions to treat yourself and your beloved Valentines. Explore the ancient traditions around the world that use the essence and aromas found in plants, fruits, nuts and flowers to enhance sensuality, reproductive health and vitality. $50 includes instruction, resources and materials. Natural Vitality Studio, 123 Union St, Ste 202, Easthampton. 413-695-0942. Winter Blues: The Role of Herbal Medicine in the 21st Century – 6:30-7:30pm. The deep-seated benefits of herbal medicine can play a pivotal role in overall mental health. Learn what herbal medicine is, and the role it can play to boost your mental outlook naturally. $10. Groton Wellness, Mill Run Plaza, 495 Main St, Groton. 978-4499919. Heart to Heart-the Emotions that Affect Your Heart Health – 7-8:30pm. A program that opens the door to noticing, identify and acknowledging how your emotions are affecting your heart health. Come and say I love you, to you. $25. 18 Sherwood Cir, Sharon. 781-784-1955. Just Breathe: Somato-Respiratory Integration Workshop – 7:30-8:30pm. Learn breathing exercises that will help release tension and calm the mind. Somato-Respiratory Integration (SRI) helps enhance your chiropractic care as well as free up energy in your body. $30. Newton Chiropractic & Wellness Centre, 383 Elliot St, Ste 250, Newton. 617-964-3332. The Incredible Dr. You Workshop – 7:30-8:30pm. The first class in a series of two, The Incredible Dr. You breaks down the basics of Network Spinal Analysis which is the method of chiropractic used at Newton Chiropractic. Learn to get more out of your adjustments and learn how incredible your body is at healing itself. Free. Newton Chiropractic & Wellness Centre, 383 Elliot St, Ste 250, Newton. 617-964-3332.


The Alchemy of Soap Making – 1-3:30pm. Learn the ancient art of soap making this winter. Watch the demonstration of kitchen chemistry reveal techniques for creating beautiful and successful soap. All participants will leave with a sample of soap made that day. $35 plus $10 materials fee. Boston School of Herbal Studies, 12 Pelham Ter, Arlington. 781-646-6319.

Herbal Wines & Cordials – 7-9pm. Learn how to make an herbed wine or a dessert cordial to go with your Valentine’s Day dinner. $25. CommonWealth Center for Herbal Medicine, 25 Saint Mary’s Ct, Brookline. 617-750-5274.

What Would Jesus Buy? Movie Screening – 6-8pm. A breath of fresh air during a holiday season that can get weighed down by consumerism. A documentary following Bill Talen, a New Yorkbased activist and performance artist who has won notoriety for his character Rev. Billy. Free. Kundalini Yoga Boston, 186 Hampshire St, Cambridge. 617868-0055.

Lyme Disease: Hope for a Silent Epidemic – 6:30-9:30pm. This seminar offers herbal protocols and lifestyle changes to improve health, enhance vitality, and reduce the impact of Lyme. Learn how to boost immunity, since the Lyme spirochete can affect the body’s immune response. $25. Boston School of Herbal Studies, 10 Pelham Ter, Arlington. 781-646-6319.



Facing Change: Overcoming Your Fear of Change to Reach Your Professional Goals – 10am12pm. Explore the nature of adaptive vs technical

Intro to The Artist’s Way – 2-3:30pm. Ready to explore your creativity and remember your passions? The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to

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Higher Creativity, can get you unstuck and in touch with your creative side, whether or not you consider yourself artistic. Bring a favorite notebook. $18. Arlington Center, 369 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington. 617-640-3813. Valentine’s Day Workshop: The Divine Romance – 2-5pm. With practices from kundalini yoga, discover how to utilize all the feelings that arise in relationship, negative and positive alike, and direct them toward the Divine. Bring a picture of your partner or fantasy partner (movie stars will do) and, if you have one, a picture of a Divine Being that elicits passion for you. $35/preregistration by Feb 12, $45 after. Kundalini Yoga Boston, 186 Hampshire St, Cambridge. 617-8680055.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 17 Moon Meditations: Full Moon – 7-8pm. The full moon is ideal for letting go of those things that are holding us back. A mix of guided and silent meditations influenced by both Native American and Eastern practices. Leave both relaxed and empowered. Free. TS Center for Spiritual Studies, 21 Maple St, Arlington. 781-648-4548.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19 Herbs for Dental Health – 7-9pm. Learn herbal remedies and natural therapies for oral health care. Includes formulations for homemade tooth powder, mouthwash and more. $25. Commonwealth Center for Herbal Medicine, 25 Saint Mary’s Ct, Brookline. 617-750-5274.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20 Healing Depression: Balancing the Brain, the Heart and the Gut – 6:30-9:30pm. Learn how to balance the 3 centers of consciousness with specific herbs and foods. Find out about herbal sedatives, mood elevators and tonics, and how to use them to feel more vital and resilient. Boston School of Herbal Studies, 12 Pelham Ter, Arlington. 781646-6319. Sound Healing Session with SoundScapers – 7-9pm. SoundScapers builds a cathedral of exquisite sound and tone using voice, the didgeridoo, trance Native American drumming, rattling, chanting, gongs and crystal, and Tibetan sound bowls. This deeply therapeutic and relaxing 2-hr session will leave you feeling released, relaxed and rejuvenated. Please bring a yoga mat and blanket to be comfortable on the floor. $25. TS Center for Spiritual Studies, 21 Maple St, Arlington. 781-254-3239.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21 New England Home Show – Feb 21-23. See hundreds of products and services exhibited in one convenient space, talk to the experts and collect business cards and brochures for follow-up. $11/adults, free/under 17. Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd, Boston. Invocation to the Unified Chakra: Hypnosis Seminar – 6:30-8pm. Balance and unify all the chakras in, above and below your body. Experience 2 different guided meditations and measure changes in your body’s aura before and after each exercise. All proceeds donated to the Foundation. $10/suggested donation. The Healing Center at

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22 SailFest: New England Boat Show – Feb 22Mar 2. New England’s biggest boating event with something for everyone. Check out the exhibits, attend free boating and fishing seminars, and find out all you need to know about owning a boat. $15/adults, free/under 15 accompanied by an adult. Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, 415 Summer St, Boston. Details: The Incredible Dr. You Workshop – 3-4pm. The second class in a series of two, The Incredible Dr. You breaks down the basics of Network Spinal Analysis which is the method of chiropractic used at Newton Chiropractic. Learn to get more out of your adjustments and learn how incredible your body is at healing itself. Free. Newton Chiropractic & Wellness Centre, 383 Elliot St, Ste 250, Newton. 617-964-3332. Off the Mat Yoga – 7-9pm. The way you understand and perform movements in your everyday life affects how you understand and perform yoga poses. Learn about postural reflexes activation to get the best out of your yoga and prevent injuries on and off the mat. $50. 33A Harvard St, Ste 302, Brookline. 617-359-7841.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23 Introduction to Reiki – 10am-12pm. Learn about the history and theory of this healing method, get your questions answered, receive a sample treatment, and experience 20 mins of guided imagery and relaxation. Reiki can be used on yourself, others and pets. Free. Arlington Reiki Associates, 366 Mass Ave, Ste 304, Arlington. Pre-registration required: 781-648-9344. The Dragon King Puppet Show – 1pm & 2:30pm. An underwater fantasy based on Chinese folklore, Tanglewood Marionettes’ latest production tells the tale of an intrepid Grandmother who journeys to the bottom of the sea to seek the Dragon King, and the answers to why he has forsaken the land above. $8/advance, $10/day of. Newton City Hall, 1000 Commonwealth Ave, Newton.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25 Trigger Point Release Seminar – 7:30-8:30pm. Discover why gentle touch is so effective in reducing pain and tension in the body, and learn techniques to effectively do this at home. Bring a partner as it requires another person to do it. Free. Newton Chiropractic & Wellness Centre, 383 Elliot St, Ste 250, Newton. Space limited, registration required: 617-964-3332. Become the Interpreter of Your Life and Relationships via the Ancient Science of Cards – 7:30-9:30pm. Tuesdays thru Apr 8. A 7-wk course to open your eyes to an entirely new way of living in harmony with the metaphysical influences that govern your life. $20/session, $125/all sessions if pre-paid in full by Feb 22. TS Center for Spiritual Studies, 21 Maple St, Arlington. 781-769-1353.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27 Addressing Seasonal Affective Disorder – 6:309:30pm. Explore triggers for seasonal affective disorder and how to address them with herbs to help correct neuro-endocrine imbalances, flower essences to help bring light into our lives, essential oils to soothe and nurture us during the winter journey, and nutrition and exercise to help balance and strengthen the body. $25. Boston School of Herbal Studies, 10 Pelham Ter, Arlington. 781-6466319.

specialevent Second Annual Celebration of Reiki Conference

Join Reiki practitioners from across the region for an exceptional day centered on the theme, ‘Reiki: Making the Connection’. Give yourself the gift of a day to learn from, and connect with, your Reiki community. $80 covers the full day of the Conference.

Sunday, April 27 8:45am-5:30pm Brookline Holiday Inn, 1200 Beacon Street Brookline, MA 02446 For registration materials and more information see: or contact Elise Brenner at Brenner at

classifieds EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES AD SALES REP – Natural Awakenings is accepting resumes for full-commission experienced Ad Sales Reps in Southeastern Middlesex County. Strong organizational and people skills, computer/database experience necessary. Must be a self-starter. We’re positive people looking for positive associates who are focused on healthy living to reach like-minded practitioners and businesses, and help grow their client base. Flexible schedule with great earning potential, only you set the limit on your potential. Email cover letter and resume to: Publisher@NaturalAwakenings Boston. com. SERIOUS INQUIRIES ONLY PLEASE.

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choreographed routines. $75/mo. Sarah’s School of Martial Arts, 1100 Massachusetts Ave, 3rd Fl, Arlington. 781-641-0262.

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

Natural Healing with Chi-Lel Qigong – 11:15am12:30pm. Experience the healing power, learning gentle movement with visualization to build up your own energy. Discuss how effective qigong exercises can be and why they can help many health issues. $20/session. TS Center for Spiritual Studies, 21 Maple St, Arlington. 617-997-9922.

daily Free Tour of Symphony Hall – Musicians and engineers consider Boston’s Symphony Hall to be the most acoustically perfect concert space in the United States. Join volunteers on a behindthe-scenes tour and hear about the hall and the history and traditions of the famed musicians and conductors. Boston Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave, Boston. For available dates & times: 617-638-9390. Strengthening and Weight Loss Classes – 6am & 7pm. Small group classes tailored to your needs. We help people that were injured and don’t know where to start. Cost varies. The A.I.S Institute, 103 Morse St, Watertown. 617-393-1829.

sunday Reiki Clinic for Pets – Thru Feb 23. 11am-2pm. Bring your animal in to experience the subtle, yet powerful, healing energy for physical, mental, emotional and spiritual issues. Pre-registration encouraged. $15/15 mins; longer sessions available. Especially For Pets, 44 Main St, Wayland. 508-6476923. The Heart of Healing & Wellness – 11am-3pm. 3rd Sun. Introduction to the healing, skin care and weight loss program. Free skin care consultation and chakra reading. Spring Rain Day Spa, 1345 Main St, Waltham. Registration required: 781-895-0010. Free Breathing and Meditation Group – 2-3:15pm. Bi-weekly breathing, relaxation and meditation sessions. Learn and experience practical tools for managing stress and energy in everyday life. All ages and levels welcome. Free. Dahn Holistic Fitness, 1773 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge. 617-3549642. Sunday Restorative Yoga – 5-6:15pm. Relax, stretch, de-stress and re-charge your whole system before your work week. Poses supported with blankets and bolsters. Open to everyone. $75/6-wk series, $15/drop-in. The Center at Westwoods, 590 Gay St, Westwood. 617-869-9574. Expression Flow Yoga – 6:30-7:45pm. A vinyasabased flow that incorporates vocal exercises to open the body and voice. Great for creative souls and those looking for more expressiveness in their lives. $10. The Breathing Room, 763 Massachusetts Ave, Ste 7, Cambridge. 570-574-1207.

monday CrossTrain Class – 5-6am. A challenging and fun class. Expect a warm up, combined upper

and lower body exercises, endurance, strength and stamina development. All levels benefit. $10. Victory Field, 40 Orchard St, Watertown. Inclement weather at Watertown Center for Healing Arts, 22 Mt. Auburn St, Watertown. 617-438-4467. Kripalu Yoga – 6pm. Start anytime. Walk-ins welcome. Experience deep relaxation, increased flexibility and renewed energy. Free/1st session, $95/8 sessions, $15/walk-ins. The Well Street Station, 62 Mt. Auburn St, Watertown. 617-9231440. Anxiety and Panic Support Group – 6:30pm. First Mon. Designed to offer a place where people with common interests and experience can meet. Learn that you aren’t alone in your experience, and knowledge is the key to living a symptom-free life. Free. Washington St, Newton. Doreen: 617-8493198. All-Levels Vinyasa Yoga – 6:30-7:45pm. With Caitlin Green. A series of 6 sessions thru Feb 24 to build balance, flexibility, strength and mindfulness. Each session starts with a theme. $75/6 sessions, $15 drop-in. Art Mind Body, 580 Cambridge St, Cambridge. 570-574-1207. Open Meditation – 7-8:15pm. Join Rigpa Boston’s open meditation sessions whenever you wish. Open to everyone, from beginners to more experienced meditators. Donations accepted. Rigpa Boston, 24 Crescent St, Ste 308, Waltham. 619-906-4291. Community Contra Dance – 7:30-10:30pm. Make new friends while doing easy social dancing to great live music in a historic hall. Alcohol-, smoke- and perfume-free. Instruction provided; no need to bring a partner. $8, $5/22 or under. Concord Scout House, 74 Walden St, Concord. 978-369-1232. Yoga for Cyclists – 7:45-9:15pm. A beginnerfriendly class for cyclists and other athletes. Emphasis on releasing chronically tight muscles and gently strengthening the core. Restorative poses used to release stress and cultivate deep relaxation. $18/drop-in. The Arlington Center, 369 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington. 781-316-0282.

tuesday Practitioner’s Breakfast – 7:30-9am. 3rd Tues. Enjoy breakfast from Farm to Table Café. All health care practitioners are welcome to share breakfast and knowledge. Monthly speakers and presentations. Working together to increase the overall wellness of our great community. Free. Groton Wellness, 493 Main St, Mill Run Plaza, Groton. 978-449-9919. Cardio-Kickboxing – 9-9:45am. A high-intensity class teaching basic kickboxing moves using bag work, focus pad work, light sparring and other

Noon Concerts on the Freedom Trail – 12pm. 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. 617-523-1749. College Nights at Frog Pond – 6-9pm. Thru mid-March. Show your current college ID and get half-price admission. It’s the best cheap date in Boston. $2/student. Frog Pond, Boston Common. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu – 6:15-7:15pm. Beneficial in helping individuals gain more knowledge on how to defend oneself and increase self-discipline. Learn techniques that increase physical fitness and mental training. Call for free trial. Sarah’s School of Martial Arts, 1100 Massachusetts Ave, 3rd Fl, Arlington. 781-641-0262. Reiki Clinic – 7-9pm. Last Tues. An opportunity to try something new, crack open the door or just take a moment for yourself to de-stress. Appointments for 30-min sessions. $10 suggested. Sky Dancer’s, 788F Country Way, Ste 1, Scituate. 339-526-9759.

wednesday Community Acupuncture – 2:30-5:30pm. Also Thurs, Fri & Sun, 9:30am-12:30pm. Cambridge, Belmont and Watertown residents, take advantage of effective acupuncture at an affordable rate. Sliding scale $20-$40. Initial consultation $30-$50. OM Namo Community Acupuncture, 21 Belmont St, Cambridge. 617-868-0756. K9 Behavior – 6-7pm. Discover how to read your dog’s body language and gauge communication with other dogs. Useful for walking in the city and playing at the playground. Light beverages included. Space limited, reservations recommended. $30. Boston K9 Concierge, 202 K St, Ste 1, South Boston. 617-464-1005. Kids’ & Dogs’ Safety – 6-7pm. Make home a safe place for your children and your dog(s). Learn how to avoid stressful and aggressive reactions by understanding what your dog is saying through body language. Light snack and beverage included. Space limited, reservations recommended. $30. Boston K9 Concierge, 202 K St, Ste 1, South Boston. 617-4641005. Open Circle at Groton Wellness – 6-7pm. Every other Wed. A relaxed, group conversation about what healthy living looks like in the 21st century. Share knowledge as a community, form bonds and offer tips and suggestions for leading a healthy lifestyle in mind, body and spirit. Free. Groton Wellness, Mill Run Plaa, 495 Main St, Groton. Pre-registration required: 978-449-9919.

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Puppy Development – 6-7pm. An informational lecture to learn how to best care for your furry friend. Topics from emotional development and perception to nutrition and crate training are covered. Light snack and beverage included. Space limited, reservations recommended. $30. Boston K9 Concierge, 202 K St, Ste 1, South Boston. 617-4641005. Meditation Evenings – 7-8:30pm. Come to meditate and take part in a discussion. Both beginners and experienced meditators welcome. Light refreshments provided. $10/suggested donation. Advaita Meditation Center, 28 Worcester Ln, Waltham. 781-647-0020. AdvaitaMeditation. org. Dance Freedom – 7:30-10:30pm. The oldest continually running weekly barefoot dance in the world. Live DJ music, a great workout, lots of fun and lots of interesting people to meet. Recharge and renew in a joyous, positive, drug- and alcoholfree environment. $10-$20 sliding scale. First Congregational Church, 11 Garden St, Cambridge. 617-312-3039.

thursday Rising Energy Flow – 7-8am. A morning vinyasa class dedicated to your re-awakening. Come to set an intention and invigorate your energy for the week ahead. $10. The Breathing Room, 763 Massachusetts Ave, Ste 7, Cambridge. 570-5741207. Kundalini Yoga with Gong Relaxation – 8:3010am. Enjoy gentle yoga and meditation and deeply relax with the gong, the first and last instrument for the mind. $110/10 classes, $12/drop-in. Newton Highlands Congregational Church, 54 Lincoln St, Newton Highlands. 617-733-2311. Awakening the Divine Feminine – 9-10:30am. Chi Gong movements balance internal and external energies. Come into greater resonance with the Divine Matrix where healing occurs in the body, mind and spirit. Journeys to the initiation sites of Ancient Egypt and Angelic transmissions are part of each class. $15. I AM Healing Sanctuary, 18 Sherwood Cir, Sharon. 781-784-1955. Reiki Healing Circle for Women on a Healing Journey with Cancer – 4-6pm. Once a month. Women trained in Reiki and at various stages in their healing journey come together to support each other. Uplifting, life affirming and healing. $35. Arlington Reiki Associates, 366 Massachusetts Ave, Ste 304, Arlington. 781-648-9334. Cardio-Kickboxing – 7:15-8pm. A high-intensity class teaching basic kickboxing moves using bag work, focus pad work, light sparring and other choreographed routines. $75/mo. Sarah’s School of Martial Arts, 1100 Massachusetts Ave, 3rd Fl, Arlington. 781-641-0262. Somerville Road Runners Night 4.13 Miler – 7:15-8:15pm. It may be raining. It may be cold. The SRR Thursday night run will happen every week, no matter what. Free. Casey’s, 171 Broadway, Somerville. African Dance Classes – 7:30-8:30pm. A mixedlevel class including a full body warm up and introduction to West African movements and easy


healing techniques to enjoy the rhythms and take care of the body. $17/class or series discount. Yoga Nia for Life Studios, 135 Commonwealth Ave, West Concord. 617-620-7654. 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 The Web We Weave – Begins Feb 28. 9:30-11am. Go two steps back and rewrite your story, taking giant steps forwards. Release old patterns on the physical, mental, emotional, etheric and spiritual levels. $25/ class. I AM Healing Sanctuary, 18 Sherwood Cir, Sharon. 781-784-1955. Heron Homeschool Wilderness Survival Program – 9:30am-2pm. Throughout Fall, Winter and Spring. Children can learn wilderness living skills and nature awareness while fully immersed in nature. $50-$65/class, sliding scale. Amherst. 413-5220338. 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. Form and Flow Yoga – 10-11:30am. Balanced energetic effort, the deeply felt center of muscular integration combined with deep internal spacious extension, is the supportive foundation of this alignment-based flow yoga. Skillful and creative sequencing prepares your body to go deeper into each pose, accepting challenges with calm creativity, on and off the mat. $15. Samara Yoga Studio, 249 Elm St, Somerville. 617-393-2200. Blood Pressure Screenings – 10am-12pm. Free blood pressure screenings on the 1st Fri each month in front of the Old Country Buffet. Watertown Mall, 550 Arsenal St, Watertown. 617-926-4968. Second Fridays Free – 5-8pm. Free evening at the MIT Museum on the 2nd Fri each month. Mingle with friends in the unique galleries and see some of the latest research coming out of MIT. MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge. 617-253-5927. Zumba Family – 5:30-6:15pm. Something fun and healthy to do with your family. Class is toned down so that everyone can follow along. $100/10 classes, $12/walk-in, $50/mo for unlimited membership. Sarah’s School of Martial Arts, 1100 Massachusetts Ave, 3rd Fl, Arlington. 781-6410262. Zumba Fitness – 6:30-7:30pm. Achieve long-term benefits while experiencing an absolute blast in one exhilarating hour of calorie-burning, bodyenergizing, awe-inspiring Latin movements meant to engage and captivate for life. $100/10 classes, $12/ walk-in, $50/mo for unlimited membership. Sarah’s School of Martial Arts, 1100 Massachusetts Ave, 3rd Fl, Arlington. 781-641-0262.

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Glass Beadmaking – 6:30-9:30pm. Last Fri. An evening of glass, friends and wine. Spend 3 hrs in one of our studios to experience an introductory taste of working with hot glass in glassblowing and bead making. $75. Diablo Glass School, 123 Terrace St, Boston. 617-442-7444. Maynard Sacred Drum Circle – 7pm. First Fri. An ancient practice that builds harmony, restores connection with the Earth, and supports group consciousness. Bring own drum or shaker or borrow one of ours. $10-$20 sliding scale. Bliss Healing Arts, 63 Great Rd, Ste 103, Maynard. 508-481-2547. Reiki Clinic – 7-9pm. First Fri. Experience a Reiki session at the Brenner Reiki Healing monthly Reiki Clinic. 30-min time slots available, call to schedule. $10. Brenner Reiki Healing, 324 Central St, Newton. 617-244-8856.

saturday Natural Healing with Chi-Lel Qigong – 11:15am12:30pm. Relieve allergies, headaches and joint stiffness. Lower high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes with Ancient Chinese mindful exercise. Experience the healing power of qigong. $20. Park Avenue Congregational Church, 50 Paul Revere Rd, Arlington. 617-997-9922. K9 Behavior – 11:30am-12:30pm. Discover how to read your dog’s body language and gauge communication with other dogs. Useful for walking in the city and playing at the playground. Light beverages included. Space limited, reservations recommended. $30. Boston K9 Concierge, 202 K St, Ste 1, South Boston. 617-464-1005. Kids’ & Dogs’ Safety – 11:30am-12:30pm. Make home a safe place for your children and your dog(s). Learn how to avoid stressful and aggressive reactions by understanding what your dog is saying through body language. Light snack and beverage included. Space limited, reservations recommended. $30. Boston K9 Concierge, 202 K St, Ste 1, South Boston. 617-464-1005. Puppy Development – 11:30am-12:30pm. An informational lecture to learn how to best care for your furry friend. Topics from emotional development and perception to nutrition and crate training are covered. Light snack and beverage included. Space limited, reservations recommended. $30. Boston K9 Concierge, 202 K St, Ste 1, South Boston. 617-464-1005. Glassblowing Sampler – 12-2pm. Every other Sat. Get a taste of the ancient art of glassblowing. Enjoy the excitement of playing with melted glass while making your very own souvenir. Learn how to gather glass from the furnace, and then control and shape it. Our experienced teachers will help you make a colorful paperweight for you to exhibit as your trophy. $75. Diablo Glass School, 123 Terrace St, Boston. 617-442-7444. Live Music – 7:30-10pm. Enjoy local food, music and art. No cover charge. Nourish Restaurant, 1727 Massachusetts Ave, Lexington. 781-674-2400.

communityresourceguide Connecting you to the leaders in natural healthcare and green living in our community. To find out how you can be included in the Community Resource Guide, email to request our media kit.

ACUPUNCTURE BETTER LIFE ACUPUNCTURE & HERBS Midgie Franz, LicAc, Herbalist, MBA Lexington/Cambridge

Gentle and effective acupuncture treatments, herbal medicine consultations, diet and lifestyle counseling. Specializing in chronic pain, migraines, fertility, autoimmune disorders, digestive upsets and stress management.


Certified Alexander Technique Teacher; Certified Thai Yoga Therapist 33A Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02445 617-359-7841 Learn to relieve and prevent excess tension and manage the stress in your life. Improve your posture without any holding. Learn mind/body tools for personal growth or simply enjoy a relaxing Thai yoga session.


2285 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140 617-651-3213 Seetal Cheema is a boardcertified physician in anesthesia and pain management, offering holistic medical care, including acupuncture and yoga.

VISIONS HEALTHCARE 100 Second Ave, Needham, MA 02494 910 Washington St (Rte 1A) Dedham, MA 02026 170 Worcester St (Rte 9) Wellesley, MA 02481 781-431-1333

Acupuncturists at Visions HealthCare are able to provide relief for a variety of concerns including but not limited to insomnia, allergies, digestion, pain, fatigue, etc. See ad on the back cover.



55 Pond Ave, Brookline, MA 02445 132 Great Rd, Ste 201, Stow, MA 01775 617-232-0202 (Brookline) 617-879-0403 (Stow) Specializing in Hormonal Imbalance and Individualized Natural Bioidentical Hormone Treatment for irregular menstrual cycles, hot flashes, night sweats, low sex drive, irritability, fatigue, poor concentration, poor memory, depression and sleep disturbances. Accepting most major insurances. See ads pages 9 and 16.


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

ARBONNE INTERNATIONAL Stephanie Lyon 617-212-2062

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



393 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 781-507-4226 I’m a Physical Therapist with 20+ years experience helping people recover from pain using gentle, effective Bodywork techniques including Craniosacral Therapy and Fascial Mobilization. See ad page 31.


Kristine Jelstrup, LMT, CBK 126 Prospect St, Ste 5 617-833-3407 Kristine@CentralSquareHealthAnd


Achieve optimal health, physically, emotionally, nutritionally. Kristine works with the subtle energies of the body to clear nervous system interference, creating a balanced body. See ad page 29.

103 Morse St, Watertown 617-905-3038 • Specializing in Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) that works with the body’s natural physiological makeup to bolster flexibility, improve circulation and increase the elasticity of muscle joints and fascia. See ad page 15.

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


Designed Alliance works with each client in a collaborative coaching partnership to clarify, articulate and create action plans toward self-identified growth, positive change and achievement. See ad page 14.


A state-of-the-art facility offering highest quality healthcare and commitment to patients. Uniquely, offering a sport chiropractic wellness practice with a family-style focus. See ad page 14.


Life Coach, Personal/Professional Development 401-402-0819 Brian Reid is an internationally acclaimed life coach with Brenda Lee, a Shire horse. Through his discoveries with Brenda Lee, Brian founded Horses Know The Way Home and developed 13 principles that guide his teachings. See ad page 23.


We are an integrative holistic center, with a caring team of Network Spinal Analysis chiropractors, massage therapists, Shiatsu and Reiki practitioners and a Wellness Coach. See ad page 12.

Kim Childs 617-640-3813

Stephen Bernardi 577 Main St, Waltham, MA 02452 781-893-3870 Fax: 781-899-1172

JCWC is the only sterile and non-sterile PCAB-accredited pharmacy in Massachusetts. In addition to our compounding service, we offer a full range of nutritional supplements, natural products, homeopathic remedies and home health care equipment. See ads pages 9 and 15.


2285 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 781-901-0035 Rupali Grover not only wants you heard and valued, but to also help you get the results that you want by providing compassionate counseling.


Need help clarifying and reaching your goals? Asking “What’s next?” or “What do I really want?” Kim is a Certified Positive Psychology Coach and facilitator of The Artist’s Way, working with individuals and groups to build happier, more meaningful lives.

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


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

industry. See ad page 17.





Patient-centered, evidence-based spinal care and soft tissue work to decrease pain and improve mobility. Accepts major health insurances. Weekend and evening hours available. See ad on the back cover.


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Receive professional colon hydrotherapy by a national board certified therapist using the Angel of Water system. The most comfortable and private system in the


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 17.

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

The only holistic center of its kind on the East Coast. Groton Wellness synergistically fuses state-of-the-art Biological Dentistry with Integrative Medicine to meet the health needs of the whole person. We are professionals in preventative and functional medicine, general and pediatric dentistry, orthodontics, detoxification, spa therapy, nutrition and a host of complementary therapies. We work with you to develop a personal, comprehensive plan that achieves wellness and balance from head to toe. This is our mission. See ad pages 7 and 9.

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

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


39 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02445 77 Spring St, Shaw’s Plaza, West Roxbury, MA 02132 Brookline: 617-566-5656; West Roxbury: 617-325-4800 World’s first automated personal training studio offering highly effective, efficient, customized workouts guided and monitored by the proprietary Smartraining technology in a spa-like setting. See ad page 11.




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


In practice for over 32 years, Dr. Levine has been a prominent advocate for holistic and gentler approaches to women’s healthcare. Provides alternatives to hysterectomy. See ad on the back cover.


Lydian Center for Innovative Medicine, 777 Concord Ave, Ste 301, Cambridge, MA 617-299-6151 Naturopathic medicine address root causes of illness, interconnection of body-systems, and approaches each patient based on their individualized needs. Specialties: gastrointestinal, mood, autoimmune, adrenal, cardiovascular, blood sugar and neurological issues.



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

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 21.

Board-Certified Family Medicine physician trained in Functional Medicine accepting new patients of all ages for Primary Care or consultation. Accepts most major health insurances. See ad on the back cover.

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

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

Personalized, comprehensive consultations with experienced herbalists. Whether it’s the flu or a chronic illness, or simply to build greater vitality, herbal medicine can help. See ad page 25.


978-712-8011 As your lifestyle advocate, I’ll facilitate your success in building your own health and wellness business so you can take control of your life. See ad page 23.

Family Medicine Physician with 19 years of experience practices with the Functional Medicine approach. Accepting new patients for Primary Care or Consultation. Accepts insurance. See ad on the back cover.


Alison Shaw APRN, LMT, CEH 393 Massachusetts Ave Arlington, MA 02474 781-646-0686 An innovative blend of body-centered counseling, integrative bodywork and energy medicine to uncover and release body-mind patterns that limit your life and health. See ad page 25.

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

Clinical Health Psychologist who works collaboratively with you to overcome anxieties, grief, and the difficulties of health conditions including pain. Accepts insurance. See ad on the back cover.


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


678 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139 617-642-0263 Dr. Magdalena Fosse integrates mind-body, cognitive-behavioral, and existential methods to alleviate symptoms and problems that cause suffering. Working with individuals and couples her aim is to create a life for each client that is meaningful and fulfilling.


6 Emily Ct Gt, Barrington 617-360-1929 Fax: 413-332-0719 • Individualized plans based on nutrient, metabolic and hormonal and digestive testing. Call Kristine Bahr, Lic Nutritionist. Insurance accepted.



1620 Massachusetts Ave, Lexington, MA 617-306-0264 Connect to your highest self! Jonathan offers spiritually focused, results-oriented, holistic psychotherapy. Release limitations, build a sense of groundedness, develop creativity, and grow into the person you are meant to be. See ad page 8.

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

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

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


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Susan Shaw Saari, Lic.Ac., CCT, MEd, MAOM, Diplomate in Acupuncture (NCCAOM) 781-899-2121 A clinical imaging technique that records thermal patterns of the body to help diagnose and monitor pain or pathology in any part of the body. See ad page 16.


Phyllis Wilson 781-883-2282

Offering website design and business consulting for small businesses and providers in private practice.


Vicki Loberman 617-610-9551

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


Kimberly Sparks 401-822-1530 All-natural body products made from the purest ingredients in the world. Dead Sea minerals, salts and aromatherapy sprays, lip elixirs, body powders and handmade soaps. See ad page 8.


Kerry Goyette

Providing a wide variety of transformational workshops to raise “health conscious” awareness. Our goal is to help you take an informed, active role in improving your physical, emotional and spiritual health. See ad page 14.

YOGA ALAINE AMARAL, BFA, RYT 910 Washington St Dedham, MA 02026 781-431-1333

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



Works one-on-one to develop a program for your body/mind to be brought back into balance. Currently accepting new clients.

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