Natural Awakenings Greater Boston/Rhode Island June 2024

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Strengthening the Backbone

A Men’s Health Imperative

Prostate Protection

A Look at Holistic Cancer-Prevention Strategies Building Quality Muscle

How Diet and Resistance Training Can Help

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While there’s still something for everyone, this month we’re honoring the men as we celebrate Father’s Day and Men’s Health Month.

In “Solving Mental Health Issues in Men: Finding Meaning in Turbulent Times,” Dr. Reef Karim addresses the pressing issue of men’s mental health, highlighting the rising rates of loneliness, substance abuse and suicide among men. He explores the cultural factors contributing to these challenges and advocates for male-specific mental health treatments, emotional communication training, and redefining healthy masculinity to help men find purpose and improve their well-being.

Health writer Zak Logan looks at prostate health in “Prostate Protection: A Look at Holistic Cancer-Prevention Strategies” and discusses the significance of diet, exercise and stress management in maintaining prostate health. It’s a must-read for men looking to adopt proactive lifestyle measures to mitigate cancer risks.

“Strengthening the Backbone” by Dr. Jamie Enos highlights the critical importance of spinal health by offering research-backed strategies and expert insights. He emphasizes the need for preven-

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tative measures to ensure longevity and resilience. From proper ergonomics to nutritional considerations, it’s a comprehensive guide for maintaining a healthy spine.

In “Prioritizing Sleep for Men’s Health,” by Alora Frederick, we explore the pivotal role of sleep in men’s overall well-being. Delving into how quality sleep affects not only mental health, but also weight management, heart health and more, she provides practical tips for improving sleep hygiene and the benefits of natural remedies to enhance sleep quality.

Our Wise Words article, “Jeffrey R. Gladden on Cracking the Code of Longevity,” offers practical tips for improving both the quality and quantity of life that nearly anyone can implement if motivated to do so.

Our collective hope at Natural Awakenings is that you find something within these pages to help you or someone you love improve quality of life. Have a great June!




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7 June 2024 Be sure to let our advertisers know you found them in Contents 16 Prioritizing Sleep for Men’s Health 18 Sommerfly Sensory Products for Sleep, Focus and Calm 20 Solving Mental Health Issues in Men 23 Strengthening the Backbone 24 Building Quality Muscle 26 The Medicinal Power of Food 28 Prostate Protection 32 Jeffrey R. Gladden on Cracking the Code of Longevity 8 News Briefs 14 Health Briefs 15 Global Briefs 18 Business Spotlight 20 Feature Story 24 Fit Body 28 Conscious Eating 32 Wise Words 33 Resource Guide Departments Online Exclusives CHECK OUT THESE ARTICLES YOU CAN ONLY FIND ONLINE! Cannabidiol for Dogs Tips for Successful CBD Treatments Green-Home Design Tips Healthy Options for a Sustainable Sanctuary Own Your Own Franchise Make a difference in your community. Become a Natural Awakenings Franchise owner. Visit: Corp.Natural How to Advertise
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Customer Appreciation Day at Johnson Compounding & Wellness

Visit Johnson Compounding & Wellness, in Waltham, Massachusetts, for its annual Customer Appreciation Day in the store on June 1 during regular business hours. Sample and discover new products and services, meet the staff, get questions answered and enter raffles for some great prizes. There will also be free food and beverages and samples that can be taken home. Most items will be on sale for 20 percent off throughout the store (prescriptions, consultations and select services are excluded). Those unable to attend in person may shop online at for the same great discounts on June 1 and 2.

Location: 577 Main St., Waltham, MA. For more information, call 781-893-3870, ext. 3, email or visit See ad, back page and Resource Guide on page 34.

Enhanced Beauty Ink Unveils a New, Second Location

Enhanced Beauty Ink, a leader in permanent makeup and beauty services in Rhode Island, is expanding availability of its services with a new location at 300 Industrial Way in Tiverton. This addition comes as a response to growing client demand and the company’s commitment to providing more accessible, high-quality beauty solutions.

Jaeda Chabot, the founder and visionary behind Enhanced Beauty Ink, shares her excitement: “Opening in Tiverton allows us to offer our transformative beauty services to a broader audience. We are thrilled to continue providing our unique blend of care and craftsmanship that our clients trust.”

Established in Portsmouth, Enhanced Beauty Ink has served more than 2,000 clients, providing top-tier beauty enhancements including microblading, permanent eyeliner and scalp pigmentation. Their services are tailored to meet the diverse needs of their clientele, including individuals dealing with hair loss due to medical conditions. As Chabot further notes, “Our goal is to ensure that every client leaves feeling beautiful and confident. Our team’s dedication to quality and compassion sets us apart in the beauty industry.”

Portsmouth location: 966 East Main Rd., Portsmouth, RI. Tiverton location: 300 Industrial Way, Tiverton, RI. For more information, call 401-366-2544 or visit See ad, page 19.

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New Holistic Service to Overcome Stress

Cécile Raynor, founder of Cécile’s Wise Ways, in Brookline Village, Massachusetts, is introducing a new service as an Embodied Spiritual Life Coach to help people handle and overcome the enormous amount of modern-life stress. Based on a 30-plus-year alternative practice handling chronic tension and pain at the mind, body, heart, and soul level, the focus of this new service is to help people accurately assess their current life. It aims to help them reclaim a state of expansion and wellbeing at a time when most people live in the state of contraction that comes with stress. Integrating such embodied awareness in daily living leads us to be less reactive and to respond with more clarity, flexibility and efficiency.

“Given the stress of modern life including the added stress of the pandemic, people have been left in need of tools to step out of their overwhelmed mind, uptight or painful body or even to assess life and revisit which direction to shift into in order to thrive instead of just cope,” she says. “This work is a pathway leading people from where they are to where they want to be. It guides people to think about their life differently, so it can evolve into better outcomes with more peace of mind, ease of movement, lightness of being and the joy of wholeness.”

Location: 33 Harvard St., Brookline, MA. For more information or to make an appointment, call 857-245-9488, email or visit See Resource Guide, page 33.

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Dr. David Offers New Type of Skin Resurfacing Technology

In an effort to provide patients with more than just dental services, the practice of Dr. Amparo M. David, in Bolton, Massachusetts, has recently added a cosmetic practice to complement their whole-health services. Opus, which uses plasma energy or electromagnetic energy to gently perforate skin to stimulate the body’s biological healing response, can reverse the signs of aging; especially skin wrinkles.

The stimulation from the plasma energy removes dead skin cells to make room for healthier tissue. As we lose collagen while aging, tissue starts to sag, especially around the eyes, neck and jaw line. The plasma energy generates minor thermal injuries to the superficial layers of the skin, effecting a minor sun burnt appearance for one to two days. Once healing is completed, a new layer of healthy skin cells is produced. The appearance of deep lines and sagging tissue tightens without the use of chemicals or aggressive surgery that necessitates long-term healing.

For optimal results, several sessions of Opus are recommended, yet one session has been shown to produce noticeable improvements in problem areas. The treatment is ideal for undesired wrinkles where the skin moves constantly, like the corners of the mouth and around the lip and eyes, plus uneven lines from surgery or acne scars.

Location: 563 Main St., Bolton, MA. For more information or to make an appointment, call 978-634-6580 or visit See ads, pages 4 and 10, and Resource Guide, pages 35 and 37.

Salt and Sensitive Souls Yoga Classes at Saltitude

Saltitude, in Lincoln, Rhode Island, is offering Salt and Sensitive Souls Yoga classes to enrich mind, body and soul on the second Wednesday of each month from 6 to 7:15 p.m. led by Christine of Sunflower Souls Yoga. Each all-levels session—incorporating breathwork, slow mindful movement, progressive relaxation and meditation to allow participants to escape their minds and tune in to their bodies—will take place inside Saltitude’s Himalayan salt cave

“Our bodies hold so much wisdom,” Christine says. “When we are able to take the time to quiet our minds, we become sensitive to what our bodies need to tell us.” Everyone will need to bring their own mat or double up with someone else.

Saltitude offers meditation and salt (halo) therapy year-round. Salt is antibacterial, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory, posing many health benefits. The dimly lit Himalayan salt cave is has a starry ceiling, enhancing an already relaxing experience. Card readings, sound therapy, energy healings, reflexology, yoga, painting, craft classes and other special events are also available throughout the year.

Cost: $40. Location: 204 Front St., Lincoln, RI. For more information or to register (required), call 401-359-7937, email or visit See ad, page 13.

Indulge in a Tranquil Treetop Spa Experience

The Preserve Resort & Spa, in Richmond, Rhode Island, now offers the OH! Spa Treetop Experience, the first of its kind to ever be offered in the state. Nestled high amongst the lush tree canopy of The Preserve, guests, especially couples, can embark on an unparalleled private and enchanting retreat-like journey of serenity, rejuvenation and boundless tranquility.

Top-tier services provided by the skilled artisans of the OH! Spa that especially cater to the sporting and luxury lifestyle of adventure seekers and nature lovers include soothing massages, facials, body scrubs, manicures, pedicures and a full array of hair services. Common room amenities include two large, heated whirlpools, a cold plunge shower and an outdoor infinity-edge pool.

Amidst the serene setting of whispering, rustling leaves and gentle breezes, treatments in this elevated oasis will be further influenced by the rich and plush surrounding forest, fields and flora.

Location: 1 Preserve Blvd., Richmond, RI. To make reservations, call 401-5394653. Mention Natural Awakenings advertisement for a 15% discount. Visit or OHSpaAtThe for more information. See ad, page 2.

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Third Annual Ram Dass Legacy Retreat in August

The Love Serve Remember Foundation (LSRF) is hosting the 2024 Ram Dass Legacy Summer Mountain Retreat III from August 15 to 19 at the Art of Living Retreat Center, in Boone, North Carolina. This year’s event, under the theme Harmony and the Sacred Feminine, will explore the integration of Bhakti and Buddhist teachings. Notable spiritual leaders including Krishna Das, Spring Washam, David Nichtern and Rima Rabbath will lead participants through a variety of sessions such as kirtan, guided meditations and yoga practices.

The retreat promises a blend of spiritual enrichment and artistic expression, featuring live music performances by The Human Experience, aimed at enhancing the meditative and communal atmosphere. Raghu Markus, the event’s host and executive director of the foundation, emphasizes the retreat’s impact: “This retreat offers a unique opportunity to dive deep into spiritual practices surrounded by the natural beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains, fostering significant personal and communal growth.”

LSRF is dedicated to preserving and continuing the teachings of Neem Karoli Baba and Ram Dass. It supports the dissemination of these teachings through various mediums including online courses, blog content, films, podcasts, and collaborations with conscious artists and musicians.

For more information, visit To save $100 on the retreat, register with this link

Family Restoration Day in Dorchester



Boston-based Propa City Community Outreach (PCCO) and Friends will present its Family Restoration Day 2024 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 22 at Dr. Loesch Family Park, in Dorchester, Massachusetts. Attendees will connect with other community members as well as resources and small business owners.

“Come enjoy a day of family fun and community unity,” enthuses Stephanie Crawford, PCCO founder. “Join us in bridging the gap between Boston community members and the organizations that can serve them.”

PCCO advocates for awareness of pregnancy and infant loss through healing and educational workshops, trainings for healthcare professionals and other activities. Dealing with this type of loss is by no means an easy feat, so PCCO encourages families to find the voice they need to speak up and honor their child. Families from all walks of life are invited to join their healing community.

Event location: 22 Wainwright St., Dorchester, MA. For more information, call 617-4075347, email or visit

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Make it a Healthy Father’s Day for Dad

Shop Nature’s Goodness

Natural Food Store, in Middletown, Rhode Island, for the perfect healthy gift for Father’s Day. “Check out our unique gifts for Dad from sweet treats, amazing skincare products, men’s supplements to beautiful gems and crystals that he’s sure to love,” encourages co-owner Donna Levesque.

“June is also Men’s Health Month which is an opportunity to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men,” she adds. “We have a large selection of vitamins and supplements to specifically support their health.”

Nature’s Goodness is known for providing the finest quality natural and organic whole foods including many gluten-free products, natural body care, athletic supplements, protein powders, incense, smudging supplies and candles made with essential oils, natural pet care food and supplements since 1984.

“Come in and we will answer any questions you may have and guide you towards some great options for yourself or the man in your life,” says Levesque. “Our goal is

to create a friendly, welcoming environment that inspires our customers to get excited about healthy living.”

Location: 510 E. Main Rd., Middleton, RI. For more information, call 401-847-7480, email or visit See Resource Guide, page 35.

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University of Washington clinical psychologists and love researchers Drs. John and Julie Gottman have interviewed more than 3,000 couples and studied more than 40,000 couples undergoing couples therapy to understand how to make relationships and love last. Most successful couples were able to “make repairs” when they said or did the wrong thing. A repair is not an apology, grand gesture or love declaration, but rather a chance to pause and ask a partner a mundane question like, “Do you want a cup of coffee?” The question implies that their partner still exists for them.

The Gottmans also discovered that to successfully resolve a conflict, there should be five positive interactions for every negative interaction. A positive interaction includes a smile, touch or simply saying “I understand”, whereas a negative interaction would be an insult or expression of blame. They warn against using phrases like, “You never” and “You always”. They recommend being more specific by saying, “I’d love it if we went on more dates,” instead of “You never plan dates anymore.”


A study led by researchers from the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center and published in Toxicological Sciences found nano- and microplastics (NMPs) in all 62 placenta samples they tested. Researchers identified the presence of rayon, polystyrene, polyethylene and other plastic particles. Polyethylene, which was present in 54 percent of the samples, is the most common plastic and is used in manufacturing water bottles, packing materials and bags. The research is important to evaluate the potential impacts of NMPs on adverse pregnancy outcomes.


Major depressive disorder (MDD) is a common mental disorder that affects an estimated 21 million adults in the United States, according to the National Institutes of Health. For some, MDD may severely interfere with or limit a person’s ability to carry out life activities. People with depression also have trouble accessing memories.

JAMA Network Open recently published a study from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine involving 32 patients with MDD, which sought to evaluate whether the participants could be prompted to recall a specific personal memory when exposed to an odor or word cues. The researchers rated levels of arousal, vividness, repetition and recall response time based on those memory clues. Participants recalled more specific personal memories when cued with odors than with words. Odor-cued memories were more vivid and arousing than word-cued memories. The results could have implications for managing MDD and possibly reducing depressive symptoms.


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the first-ever national drinking water standard to protect communities from exposure to toxic per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), commonly referred to as “forever chemicals”, which are used to make coatings and products that resist heat, oil, stains, grease and water. According to the EPA, “exposure to PFAS has been linked to deadly cancers, impacts to the liver and heart, and immune and developmental damage to infants and children.”

The rule is expected to reduce PFAS exposure for approximately 100 million people. Public water systems have three years to complete their initial testing for six PFAS categories, which will be paid for by a $1 billion dedicated federal fund. Where PFAS levels are found to exceed the new standards, public water systems must implement solutions within five years.

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In an area between Mount Rainier and Mount St. Helens in Washington State sits a grassland expanse of naturally formed goosebumps known as mima mounds ranging from two to seven feet tall and up to 40 feet across. Despite research and monitoring over the last 50 years, the origin of these rare land formations has baffled scientists. Theories that have been published and debated include that they were built by pocket gophers; the result of wind-blown sediment being ensnared by vegetation; formed by glacial meltwaters; the result of earthquake waves; or the sediment from a glacial outburst flood that swept through the valley 17,000 years ago. No matter what created the mounds, visitors to the Mima Mounds Natural Area Preserve would agree the spring bloom of the purple camas flowers is a beautiful sight.


Cambridge University scientists have discovered a fossil forest in southwest England featuring plants with a woody root system and “twiglets” that are estimated to be 390 million years old. Their discovery was published in the Journal of the Geological Society. This forest is 4 million years older than an ancient forest discovered in 2019 in an abandoned quarry in Cairo, New York, and precedes dinosaurs by 150 million years. The oldest trees appeared approximately 500 million years ago, but it was the advent of forests that reduced global CO2 levels to near-modern levels, while supplying the Earth with oxygen, thus paving the way for more complex life forms.


Concrete is the second most used substance in the world after water, and it accounts for 7 percent of global carbon emissions. That is roughly the same amount of CO2 produced by India. Large amounts of carbon dioxide are released when limestone and clay are super-heated to make cement, the glue that binds the sand and gravel together to produce concrete. This process is often powered by fossil fuels like gas and coal.

Driven by federal grants and state emission standards, a number of startup companies are developing technologies and techniques to produce cement with low or no CO2 emissions. Brimstone, for example, asserts that it can make cement from rocks that contain no carbon, while Partanna claims it can produce cement with less CO2. Eco Material Technologies sells coal and volcanic ash substitutes that reduce the amount of cement in concrete. Canadian startup CarbonCure Technologies has developed a process to pump the CO2 from the cement process back into the concrete. Many companies in the green cement business face challenges to make their products and processes cost-effective, and some have not yet built scalable factories. Nevertheless, cement makers have no choice but to continue to search for cheap ways to cut pollution.

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In the hustle and bustle of modern life, sleep often falls by the wayside for many individuals. With societal narratives such as “I’ll sleep when I’m dead” or “Rest is for the weak”, adequate sleep can often be far down on a long priority list for adult men. However, in the context of men’s health, it’s imperative to understand the vital importance of sleep.

Sleep plays a pivotal role in various aspects of men’s well-being, including mental health, weight management, heart health, diabetes and cancer risk. Quality sleep is not merely a luxury; it’s a crucial component of the prevention and treatment of various health issues. Adequate sleep supports mental health by regulating mood and cognition, aids in weight management by balancing hormones, and influences daily cravings and eating patterns. The textbook rule of thumb for adults is seven to eight hours a night. Ideally, each person can get into bed and fall asleep within 15 to 30 minutes, wake up without an alarm clock and feel rested. Insufficient sleep, sleep disturbances or both can exacerbate these common health conditions in men.

Numerous factors can disrupt sleep patterns, ranging from lifestyle choices to underlying imbalances in the body. Eating too late can hinder sleep quality by causing discomfort, triggering reflux and pre-occupying the body with digestion instead of cellular regeneration. Blood sugar dysregulation throughout

Prioritizing Sleep For Men’s Health

the day and especially at night will disturb sleep. The last meal of the day should ideally be at least three hours before bedtime and include a balance of fiber-rich foods, protein and whole-food complex starchy carbs like whole grains, squash, beans and or potatoes. The balance of these macronutrients stabilizes blood sugar over the course of the night and prevents sleep disruptions.

Underlying cortisol imbalances can be aggravated by the nightly TV news, blue light exposure from screens and the absence of a bedtime routine when our bodies and thoughts are calmed before entering sleep. If cortisol patterns are dysregulated, cortisol will spike randomly within the night waking up an individual and making it difficult to fall back asleep. More complex conditions involving histamine issues, chronic inflammation in the body from infections or stagnant liver health will also disrupt sleep.

Fortunately, there are various strategies men can employ to improve their sleep quality and overall well-being. Establishing a consistent bedtime routine, limiting screen time before bed and sleeping in a cool, dark environment can drastically enhance sleep quality. Finding healthy outlets for stress, such as exercise, meditation and minimizing exposure to stress-inducing content, can reduce cortisol levels and promote relaxation before bedtime.

Also, there’s a range of natural compounds and herbal remedies that can aid in enhancing sleep quality and promoting restful nights. Castor oil packs are an age-old remedy for aiding in liver detoxification, reducing inflammation and supporting continuous sleep throughout the night. Tart cherry juice, known for its natural melatonin content, can aid in regulating sleep-wake cycles and promote deeper sleep. Incorporating herbs like valerian root, passionflower, chamomile and lavender into nightly routines can have calming effects and improve sleep quality. While melatonin supplements can be beneficial for some it does not work for all. There are many other supplements like magnesium or CBD that may prove helpful.

Prioritizing sleep is essential for both mental and physical health, weight management and daily functioning. By understanding the factors that disrupt sleep and implementing effective solutions, men can reclaim their nights and awaken feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

Alora Frederick, RDN, LDN, is an integrative and functional dietitian in Waltham, MA. She is currently accepting new patients at Johnson Compounding and Wellness for virtual nutrition appointments. Schedule a free,15-minute, introductory call at Natural See ad, back page and Resource Guide, pages 34 and 35.

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Sommerfly Sensory Products for Sleep, Focus and Calm

Anxiety relief plays a vital role in addiction recovery, and Sommerfly is a premier producer of weighted and compression sensory products, which provide drug-free and self-directed relief from anxiety, giving people power over their stressful lives. The company’s neuroscience-based approach to touch therapy enhances physical and mental well-being to foster sleep, focus and calm. The products work by activating pressure receptors in the user’s skin that respond favorably to deep touch and proprioceptors in muscles and joints that respond to body position and motion. Touch therapy brings a greater sense of comfort and control.

Kristi Langslet, OTR/L, has worked as an occupational therapist for over 36 years helping children and adolescents, and she founded Sommerfly in 2005. She spent countless hours designing and testing her products directly with many different

people and age groups, and they are used by mental health institutions and hospital emergency rooms.

Sommerfly offers hospital-, waterproofand home-grade, 100 percent cotton corduroy weighted blankets which provide deep pressure touch sensation, helping many to achieve a more restful night’s sleep. The blanket is designed with a curved cutout portion at the top that allows it to contour around the shoulders and under the chin for a great fit, without bunching up around the head area. It’s weighted with non-toxic PET pellets and is free from BPA, phthalates and lead. A “pocketed construction” technique keeps pellets evenly distributed in their chambers, providing optimal weight coverage over the user. The pellets are sewn into a cloth bag and double stitched for extra strength and maximum durability. Special tabs on the corduroy Sleep Tight blankets secure

an optional duvet cover, which adds ease for machine washing and drying. The waterproof Wipe-Clean blankets don’t require machine washing, but can be easily cleaned with cleaning wipes.

Perhaps most importantly, Sommerfly’s weighted blankets align with research on appropriate blanket weight. Cheaper lighter weight products may be less effective. Sommerfly offers five sizes to fit body weight ranges from 20 pounds to well over 200 pounds. A sizing chart is available on their website.

The Cozy Caterpillar compression tube and Super Cat compression tube both provide a calming and relaxing experience through self-directed deep pressure touch and muscle use. They are designed to assist individuals with anxiety, ADHD, autism, Sensory Processing Disorder, restlessness or stress. Both are triple-stitched spandex

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for high-impact use and long-lasting durability, and both are available in five sizes. The Cozy Caterpillar is open at both ends for convenience and safety. The Super Cat includes a hood and increased length for tying at the bottom. By exerting pressure with arms and legs, one can intensify the compression and enjoy a full-body, deep touch experience. The Cozy Cat blue color was designed to enhance relaxation and tranquility.

The Sommerfly product line also includes weighted lap pads, vests, shoulder wraps, hand fidgets and more. All products are made in the USA (Fall River, Massachusetts), with great attention to quality and detail. Langslet approaches product design with the mindset of someone who truly cares about finding the right solutions. Regarding addiction recovery, Langslet highlights the connection between recovery and techniques for reducing anxiety throughout all phases of recovery to embrace a new level of serenity.

For more information or to place an order, call 401-575-3830 or visit See ad, page 21 and Resource Guide, page 36.

A Revolution in Water Treatment

The physical state of water plays a key role in the biology of life. Analemma is a tool that enhances the quality of your drinking water by transforming it into a coherent, liquid crystalline state. A groundbreaking technology with scientifically-proven benefits, this water was made for all living beings on Earth.

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Solving Mental Health Issues in Men

Finding Meaning in Turbulent Times

Many men struggle with mental health issues, often experiencing debilitating emotional turmoil, alone and in silence. Evidence of this suffering can be quantified in a number of ways.

An epidemic of “despair deaths” related to alcoholism, substance abuse and suicide is documented to be worse in men than women. According to the U.S. Centers for

Disease Control and Prevention, American males were almost four times more likely to commit suicide than women in 2021. The National Institutes of Health reports overdose mortality rates for opioids and stimulant drugs such as methamphetamine and cocaine are two to three times greater in men. While men use drugs at higher rates than women, this alone does not explain the gap in overdose deaths.

Loneliness has become such a widespread problem that the U.S. Surgeon General recently called it an epidemic and the World Health Organization noted, “The effect of social isolation and loneliness on mortality is comparable to that of other wellestablished risk factors such as smoking, obesity and physical inactivity.” A 2021 report by the Survey Center on American Life stated that since 1990, the number of men saying they have no close friends has jumped from 3 percent to 15 percent.


COVID-19 incurred invisible costs such as increases in loneliness and mental health strain. Because men generally tend to spend less time and energy cultivating meaningful social relationships but still require structure to thrive, the pandemic was particularly destructive to them.

Roughly one out of three men in America under the age of 30 reported having no sex in the last year (a 30-year low), which is an obstacle to building meaningful relationships and families. Men have become not only socially disconnected, but also more vulnerable to following dangerous groups, influencers and others with extreme messaging. Men that fail to attach to partners, communities or careers may grow increasingly resentful and act out with volatility and unrest. An African proverb says, “The young men who do not feel the warmth of the tribe will burn down the village to feel it.”

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According to Gabor Maté, a Canadian physician, author and speaker on addiction, stress and childhood development, “The issue is men’s value has been defined in a very narrow sense, and when the power is taken away from people, people have a loss of agency and loss of control, belonging, meaning and value. Men have become deprived of a sense of meaning and belonging, and that’s a function of the culture we live in.”


Men’s Mental Health Advocacy: Shame is the biggest barrier, preventing men from seeking help and expressing vulnerability. We need to talk and stop shaming them.

Male-Specific Mental Health Treatment: Men communicate differently, so counseling must address unexamined feelings. Research shows that physical activity can help reduce anxiety and depression, so sports activities that draw men together such as softball, surfing or martial arts can offer a win-win situation.

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Emotional Communication Training: Men need to develop their emotional communication skills, such as how to express themselves and share feelings through language, vulnerability and emotional expression, to deepen relationships. Men can be strong and competitive while also being authentic, vulnerable and emotionally connected.

Maté advises, “Men need to accept their vulnerability and work it through, and not reject it or be ashamed of it. And to let go of, ‘I can’t be self-reflective; I have to be tough,’ and that takes a lot of help and support. Men who come back from war will heal by accepting their vulnerability and spending time in support groups. Another thing we should do is show respect for the courage of those men who choose to explore their vulnerability.”

Embracing Universal Masculinity and Femininity: We must realize there is

masculinity and femininity in all of us. Neither masculinity nor femininity is the problem—hatred, oppression and inequality of opportunity are the problems, no matter the gender or ratio of masculine and feminine qualities within the individual.

Defining Healthy Masculinity: Masculine qualities are traditionally thought of as bravery, strength, courage, confidence, ambition, competitiveness, self-reliance and decisiveness. These standards are hard to live up to, so the question is how do we adapt healthy masculinity to be equipped with skills for success in changing times.

Offer Coaching Before Therapy: Because men may be more defensive, less open, less vulnerable and more disconnected from their feelings than women, many will respond to coaching over therapy, which can be a gateway to start thinking about deeper

purpose and well-being. A personal development program geared specifically for men to build skills, share support and figure out how to excel in a changing world of technology and role-confusion may be helpful.

Encourage Inspiration and Purpose: Men need to find purpose by doing something meaningful that inspires them and makes them feel energized and appreciated. The more they feel helpless and stuck in survival mode, the more loneliness grows.

Psychologist Elizabeth Lombardo explains how a survival mentality doesn’t allow for meaningful and purposeful pursuit. “Perceived or real threats put you in survival mode, and when you’re in this mode, your limbic system takes over and you’re not thinking about purpose, connection or collaboration (things that can pull you out of this mode); you’re just trying to survive.”

Men’s health needs to become a movement that encourages males to be proud of their masculinity, but also add new skills in emotional communication and vulnerability to find purpose, improve their health and have the best chance for success in turbulent times.

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IStrengthening the Backbone

A Men’s Health Imperative

n the symphony of well-being, the spine plays a solo role—a conductor of movement, a conduit of strength and a harbinger of vitality. As Men’s Health Month dawns, it’s time for men to tune into the melody of spinal health, recognizing its profound impact on overall wellness. Through a synthesis of research-backed strategies and expert insights, exploring the need for preventative measures for spinal health, illuminating pathways to resilience and longevity is highly timely and helpful.

Regular physical activity not only strengthens the muscles supporting the spine, but also promotes circulation and flexibility.

The focus of this discussion is on the findings from esteemed institutions such as the Mayo Clinic and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The Mayo Clinic underscores the prevalence of spinal disorders among men, citing factors such as poor posture, sedentary lifestyles and age-related degeneration as key contributors. Meanwhile, the NIH emphasizes the far-reaching consequences of spinal conditions, from diminished mobility to chronic pain. These insights underscore the urgency of prioritizing spinal health through proactive measures.

Physical activity appears as a cornerstone in the edifice of spinal well-being. Research published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics advocates for the efficacy of exercise in preventing and managing back pain. Dr. Sarah Johnson, a physiotherapist specializing in spinal rehabilitation, highlights the importance of incorporating both aerobic and strength-training exercises into one’s routine. “Regular physical activity not only strengthens the muscles supporting the spine, but also promotes circulation and flexibility,” Johnson affirms.

Ergonomics also holds considerable influence over spinal health. The American Chiropractic Association emphasizes the significance of proper workplace ergonomics in mitigating the risk of spinal injuries. Simple adjustments, such as maintaining neutral

posture while sitting and using ergonomic furniture, can significantly reduce strain on the spine. Dr. David Miller, a chiropractor with more than two decades of experience, underscores the importance of ergonomic interventions. “Investing in ergonomic equipment and adopting ergonomic principles can prevent a myriad of spinal issues in the long run,” he asserts.

Furthermore, nutritional considerations play a pivotal role in supporting spinal health. Emerging research suggests that certain nutrients, such as calcium, vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids, are instrumental in keeping bone density and supporting spinal function. A study published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research underscores the importance of a balanced diet rich in these nutrients for improving spinal health. Registered dietitian Lisa Martinez emphasizes the role of nutrition in preventing age-related spinal degeneration. “Incorporating nutrient-dense foods such as leafy greens, fatty fish and dairy products can fortify the spine against degenerative conditions,” Martinez advises.

In conclusion, the pursuit of spinal health is not a passive endeavor, but an active commitment to vitality and longevity. By integrating evidence-based strategies into their lifestyles, men can fortify the backbone of their well-being, empowering themselves to thrive in the face of life’s challenges. As Men’s Health Month beckons, let it serve as a call to action—a rallying cry to prioritize spinal health and embrace the transformative power of prevention.

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Building Quality Muscle

How Diet and Resistance Training Can Help

Muscles act like metabolic Spanx, holding everything in the body tighter, supporting joints to prevent injuries, keeping bones strong and helping the immune system remain resilient to infection. Skeletal muscle acts as an endocrine-producing organ, supporting a healthy metabolism and balancing hormones. Strong, healthy muscles help us feel better, move more easily and live more powerfully.

Once someone crosses the threshold into their 40s, there is a natural decline in muscle mass and strength, known as sarcopenia. Adults can lose 3 to 8 percent of muscle mass per decade after turning 30, with losses accelerating after 60. Preventing this decline and supporting quality muscle is key. “Muscle can be stimulated largely in two ways: first, through dietary protein, and second, through resistance,” explains Gabrielle Lyon, a board-certified family physician and author of Forever Strong


The building blocks of protein fall into two categories: essential amino acids, which are necessary nutrients that the body cannot make on its own and must be acquired through dietary intake; and non-essential amino acids, which can be synthesized by the body from carbohydrates and other dietary sources. To promote muscle recovery and development, it is important to consume protein that contains all nine essential amino acids in optimal amounts throughout the day.

More than half of older adults are not getting enough protein, and sarcopenia may increase their need for it. To offset age-related

decline, every meal should contain a minimum of 30 grams of protein. Active people, including those that do resistance training, should target one gram of protein per pound of their ideal body weight daily.

The best animal proteins that offer all nine essential amino acids in the right balance include pasture-raised poultry and eggs, wildcaught seafood and grass-fed beef. Plant proteins often lack one or more crucial amino acid, so vegans or vegetarians should eat a minimum of 40 grams of protein per meal to reach an adequate intake. Breaking an overnight fast with a protein-packed breakfast jumpstarts metabolism and provides more sustained energy during the day, fueling morning activities and preventing mid-morning crashes. A protein-rich dinner supports muscle recovery and helps the body rebuild during sleep.


“The most important type of exercise is resistance training as you get older, because you need to build muscle," says Mark Hyman, a functional-medicine doctor whose latest book, Young Forever, explores the secrets to longevity. “Without muscle, you become frail and dysfunctional.” Building muscle can improve the capacity for everyday activities, diminish the likelihood of chronic illnesses and decrease the risk of falls and frailty. Resistance training also improves bone density, metabolic health and overall quality of life.


• Target multiple muscle groups simultaneously with compound

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exercises like squats, deadlifts, bench presses, rows and overhead presses.

• Focus on lifting the maximum weight manageable while maintaining proper form to avoid injury.

• Gradually increase the resistance or intensity of exercises over time to continually challenge the muscles.

• Aim for two to four weekly resistance-training sessions. Consistency and patience are the foundations for lasting strength and muscle-tone improvements.

• Engage all key muscle groups. For the upper body, try bench presses, overhead presses, dumbbell chest presses, pushups, pullups, bent-over rows, seated rows and lat pulldowns. To work the hips and thighs, try squats, lunges, deadlifts and step-ups. For core strength, consider planks, Russian twists and bicycle crunches.

• Perform two to four exercises for each muscle group, doing two to four sets for each exercise. Between sets, take 90- to 120-second rest breaks. Aim for eight to 15 repetitions per set.


To prevent injuries or burnout, rest is crucial, allowing muscles to repair and rebuild. Give each muscle group 48 to 72 hours before targeting it again. It is normal to feel sore after a workout, but be mindful of the difference between soreness and pain. Soreness feels like mild, diffuse discomfort or stiffness and is a normal response to unfamiliar or intense exercise. Sharp, intense or persistent pain, particularly around a joint, indicates potential injury or overstrain. On rest days, incorporate low-intensity, active-recovery activities like walking, yoga or swimming; try foam rolling, stretching and mobility exercises to improve flexibility and circulation; and consider meditation for mental-health benefits. Aim for seven to nine hours of quality sleep, which promotes tissue repair and growth-hormone release.


• To optimize strategies and identify areas for improvement, regularly measure the circumference of the biceps, chest, thighs, waist and hips.

• Keep track of the amount of weight, repetitions, sets and intensity of every exercise session.

• Track muscle mass and body-fat shifts with a body-composition scale and take consistent photos from various angles to document muscle definition and physique evolution.


• Adjustments to diet and training programs may be necessary based on changing goals or feedback from tracking methods.

• If progress stalls, adjust training variables such as workout intensity or frequency.

• Use fluctuations in muscle mass or body fat to refine protein intake or overall macro-nutrient ratios.

JJ Virgin is a certified nutrition specialist, certified fitness instructor and bestselling author of The Virgin Diet, JJ Virgin’s Sugar Impact Diet and their companion cookbooks. Learn more at

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The Medicinal Power of Food

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), food is one of our sources of natural medicine. Foods, supplements and/or Chinese herbal prescriptions can aid in all aspects of health, including, but not limited to, combatting colds, flus or allergies; boosting the immune system; re-building the body after injury; promoting overall health and well-being. Eating seasonally appropriate foods also promotes body health and immunity.

Although spring is coming to an end, environmental allergies can exist in every season. Foods high in vitamin C (to boost immunity), omega-3s and antioxidants, as well as anti-inflammatory foods all combat the symptoms of allergies. These foods include lemons, almonds, Brussels sprouts, bell peppers and broccoli, all high in vitamin C; salmon, flax oil, pepitas and walnuts high in omega-3s; berries, green tea and turmeric high in antioxidants. All of these foods can be consumed throughout allergy season to alleviate allergy symptoms.

As we transition from spring foods (such as lentils, wheat germ, green bell pepper and lime) to summer foods, we want to consume foods that work to naturally cool the body while simultaneously replenishing water and encouraging its proper transportation out of the body as to not retain water in the humid weather. These foods include asparagus, bok choy, broccoli, sprouts, celery, shrimp, strawberry and all green vegetables. Yin-building foods (foods which build any fluid or watery-type substance in our body) include string beans, blackberries, watermelon, cucumber and seaweeds, also useful in the heat.

Summer is the season of Heart Qi (pronounced “chee”; qi is the body’s life force or energy). While heart healthy foods include all that we may think of traditionally, in TCM, they can also include small amounts of ghee (clarified butter), small amounts of good quality cow or goat milk, basil, reishi mushrooms and chia seeds.

To target cholesterol for heart health, eat foods such as oatmeal, flaxseed oil, legumes (kidney beans, cannellini beans, etc.), asparagus, poppy seeds, omega-3s, radish and green tea.

To strengthen blood vessel walls, eat the core of cabbages, some of the pulp and inner peel of citrus fruits and the white insides of peppers.

In honor of Men’s Health Month, addressing common health concerns for men is important. These concerns include greying hair, hair loss, erectile dysfunction and prostate health. Small dietary changes can yield significant benefits in long-term well-being, paving the path to wellness and vitality for men of all ages.

By harnessing the power of the following nutrient-dense foods, men can nourish their bodies and fortify their health from the inside out. When we understand the connection between nutritional choices and specific health concerns, men can harness the healing potential of food to optimize their overall well-being.

Grey hair and losing hair/retaining hair: black sesame seeds and Kidney Qi tonifying foods which will help with bone and teeth strengthening and repair, as well as head hair. These include

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kidney, black and mung beans, parsley, seaweeds, barley, blackberries, string beans, trout, chicken, salmon and walnuts.

Prostate Health: tomatoes, broccoli, green tea, legumes, fish, pomegranate juice and anti-inflammatory foods (see previous).

Erectile Dysfunction (ED): foods high in omega-3s, flavonoids and flavones (the parent compound for flavones are flavonoids) and l-arginine have been shown to help ED and/or help prevent ED. These include foods and herbs such as salmon, olive oil, whole grains, leafy greens, strawberries, blueberries, artichoke heads, bell peppers, kumquats, apples, pears, citrus fruits, poultry, red meat, nuts, fish, dairy products, parsley, thyme, rosemary, chives, tarragon, oregano, chamomile tea and aforementioned Kidney Qi-tonifying foods.

Food is medicine. What we take into our bodies greatly impacts our day-to-day functioning, mood and health. These are simple additions or changes to one’s daily eating routine to positively affect quality of life. Happy Heart Qi season and happy eating!

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Prostate Protection

A Look at Holistic Cancer-Prevention Strategies

Most men don’t usually think about their prostate until they face an exam or experience symptoms such as pain or difficulties while urinating. These symptoms may be attributed to a benign enlargement of the gland, usually in older men, or to the presence of cancer cells. This understated reproductive player, which can be stimulated for sexual pleasure, is responsible for regulating urine flow, secreting semen and converting testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT) at puberty.

Prostatic cancer usually affects men over 65. African American and Caribbean men are at a higher risk. Although the American Cancer Society predicts almost 300,000 new cases this year, overhauling the diet and getting regular exercise can make a difference. “It’s never too early to begin taking care of your prostate,” says Dennis Golden, a two-time

cancer survivor and prostate-cancer coach from New Kent, Virginia.


“In terms of lifestyle, everything is accumulative. If you put in junk, your body doesn’t know what to do with it and stores all those chemicals that don’t belong there, and it all eventually catches up with you someday. Read labels. If you can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it,” says Golden, who went back to basics when he faced his frightening cancer diagnosis.

According to Jon Lanman, a registered dietitian nutritionist in Bend, Oregon, “In health care, we talk a lot about lifestyle change, and the reality is that lifestyle change is hard, and it takes time.” He advises tossing aside perfection and expecting

slip-ups while committing to small changes that add up.

For Golden, eliminating restaurant food, excessive sodium and alcohol has been key. A fan of quick and easy meals, he relies on pan cooking for healthy, delicious fare with plenty of steamed veggies. “There’s no reason to grab a burger or to eat out when you can have a meal finished in 25 minutes. I veered away from beef and incorporated more chicken and fish like salmon and fresh trout,” he explains, adding that biking also made a difference. Now 81, he pedals 25 miles several times a week.


Lanman notes, “There is no single miracle food, but I’d recommend limiting sugars and processed carbohydrates, as well as processed meats and red meats.” To amp up nutrients, he spotlights the Mediterranean and DASH diets that accentuate fiber from fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Lanman also recommends lycopene, a compound found in tomatoes, beets, radishes, cherries and pink grapefruit, which has shown promise in the treatment and prevention of prostate cancer.

The Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) advocates cruciferous vegetables like cauliflower, bok choy, kale and Brussels sprouts. Packed with the phytochemical glucoraphanin that targets cancer cells, broccoli is a heavy hitter, as well.

Recent research points to a number of nutritional guidelines. A 2021 study published

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in European Journal of Public Health noted that nitrites as food additives were positively associated with prostate cancer risk. A 2022 study published in Frontiers in Nutrition also found a higher risk of the disease in those consuming red and processed meats.

In a 2022 study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers reported a lower risk of aggressive forms of prostate cancer in men under 65 that followed a diet rich in plant-based foods. After tracking men in a study for six years, a team of Harvard University scientists found that selenium supplementation was linked to a 65 percent lower occurrence of advanced prostate cancer, but it was contraindicated for individuals with high systemic levels of the mineral. Additional studies are underway to determine recommended dosages, but the researchers of this study suggested “a healthful diet that will provide good amounts of the mineral.”


Both Lanman and Golden recommend eliminating alcohol altogether. While research on the correlation between alcohol

consumption and prostate cancer is inconclusive, a 2022 meta-analysis published in the journal Biomolecules suggests that alcohol intake and the development of prostatic cancer can create the perfect storm when poor diet, folate and fiber deficiencies, advanced age, race, smoking, obesity, genetics, stress and other factors are also present.


According to the PCF, extreme stress can have a cumulative effect on the body, allowing prostate cancer to take root and grow. This is because the stress response can

activate certain hormones that make it easier for tumors to grow and spread, while also negatively impacting the immune system.

To relieve stress and learn better coping skills, PCF suggests adopting relaxation and meditation practices, counseling, group therapy and exercise. For Golden, better health is a mindset. He endorses journaling and having good expectations daily. “Focus on the positives,” he says.

Zak Logan is a freelance health writer dedicated to holistic living and getting back to basics.

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4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts or thighs

1 28-oz can of organic, diced, fire-roasted tomatoes

¼ cup capers (4 Tbsp)

¼ tsp Himalayan salt

1 tsp dried oregano

1 tsp dried basil

2 medium-sized, fresh garlic cloves, peeled and thinly sliced

1 Tbsp organic, extra-virgin olive oil

Preheat oven to 400° F. Place cast iron pan on a medium-high stove and sauté garlic until brown. Add chicken and pour fire-roasted tomatoes evenly over it. Add capers. Sprinkle salt, oregano and basil over chicken and tomatoes. Place uncovered cast iron pan into the oven for approximately 35 to 40 minutes or until chicken is tender. If desired, serve over garbanzo wheat-free pasta.

Recipe courtesy of frequent contributor Marlaina Donato.



1¾ cups water

1 cup organic white quinoa

½ cup fresh or frozen organic blueberries

¼ cup finely chopped red or white onion

¼ cup finely chopped fresh Italian parsley

1 Tbsp aged balsamic vinegar

⅓ tsp Himalayan pink salt

Organic, extra-virgin olive oil

Combine quinoa, water and salt in a medium pot. Bring to a boil; cover and reduce heat; and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove covered pot from heat and let sit for 10 minutes before removing lid and fluffing the grains with a fork.

Add vinegar, blueberries, parsley and onion; mix gently. Serve quinoa salad warm or cold with a drizzle of olive oil.

Recipe courtesy of frequent contributor Marlaina Donato.

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2 medium-sized cucumbers or 1 large English cucumber, sliced thin, peel optional

2 medium or large apples of choice, chopped into bite-sized pieces

¼ cup finely chopped fresh cilantro

½ lemon, juiced

½ lime, juiced

¼ tsp Himalayan salt

1 Tbsp organic, extra-virgin olive oil

Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Gently toss and serve immediately.

Recipe courtesy of frequent contributor Marlaina Donato.

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Jeffrey R. Gladden

on Cracking the Code of Longevity

Jeffrey R. Gladden is the founder and medical director of Gladden Longevity, in Dallas, Texas, a clinic that helps people “live young for a lifetime”. He is the author of 100 Is the New 30, which provides an easy-to-understand blueprint, identifying four target areas to be optimized: life energy; longevity, which includes the hallmarks of aging; health; and performance.

A board-certified cardiologist, Gladden earned his medical degree with multiple honors from Temple University and practiced for 25 years as an interventional cardiologist. He co-founded the Baylor Scott & White Heart Hospital, in Plano, as well as several cardiac catheterization programs around Dallas.

What is longevity medicine?

The best way to understand longevity medicine is to put it in context with what we currently are familiar with. Traditional medicine is called health care, but it’s actually

reactionary, sick care that focuses on relieving symptoms with a sprinkle of preventive advice but offers no real health optimization. Functional medicine and integrative medicine look at the root cause of an issue to create a more complete and durable answer.

Longevity medicine, however, goes after the drivers of aging. So far, we’ve identified 16 hallmarks of aging that contribute to and accelerate the aging process. This is how we’re going to enable people to live young for a lifetime, thereby creating the most durable, most comprehensive answer to the symptoms they are experiencing and the aging process itself.

Is longevity medicine out of reach for people with limited resources?

When people first come to us to make them young again, we do extensive genetic testing and measure many biological ages for them. By knowing what cards they’re holding and where they are in the game, we know where

to start. And then, many of the reversal-type interventions like stem cells, young plasma, peptides or custom-made medications may be important but require a financial investment.

The flip side is that there are many things people can do that are not costly. If you’re smoking, drinking or eating excessive amounts of processed foods, stop doing that. If you’re not exercising, start exercising every day. The other thing that’s massively important and doesn’t cost much, if anything at all, is working on your mindset.

People stop asking the questions that drive progress, and they get married to their current answers. They think: I’m going to get older, retire at 65, take Social Security, play golf, visit my grandkids, travel and then wind down. This picture of the future is make-believe, quite honestly, even though society reinforces it. The beauty of being human is that you can create your own reality. What if you paint a different picture by asking, “What does it take to make my life better?” or “How can we make 100 the new 30?”

What is the mental health impact on longevity?

So many of us have been plagued with anxiety and depression, and all of us have had traumatic experiences. Because of the way our brains are wired, we live in reaction to that trauma, either consciously or unconsciously.

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The problem is that if we are confronted with something again, it triggers a stress response or maybe a post-traumatic response that we’re carrying with us from the trauma that we incurred, and now our nervous system is on high alert. Our stress levels are on high alert. Our cortisol, insulin, adrenaline and dopamine and the whole sympathetic nervous system is activated in a way that is accelerating disease, aging and decline.

You can never live young for a lifetime if you’re carrying all that burden. When you solve the mental health piece, you crack the code of anxiety, depression, PTSD, addiction and all the self-sabotaging behaviors.

What is your personal goal in your longevity quest?

The target I’ve settled on right now is when I’m 100, I want to have a 30-year-old body and a 300-year-old mind, where I’ve solved, healed and transcended all of the mental health issues and past trauma, enabling me to have more wisdom and empathy, and freeing me to bring all of my gifts forward—my enthusiasm, artistry, intellect, compassion and my ability to help others and make the world a better place. If you have a clear target like that, all of a sudden you have a longevity mindset. You can never crack the code on aging if you don’t have a longevity mindset.

How do we stay the course and avoid falling back to old, unhealthy habits?

I think you have to be motivated by joy. If you’re motivated by fear you will definitely tap out. It has to come from this understanding that for me to bring all of my gifts to bear for the planet or for me to have my best life, I need to step into this concept of having a young body and a very mature, expanded, spiritual, intellectual, emotionally replete mind. That’s my target, and there’s so much joy in doing that, so every day I’m motivated by joy, not by obligation, and I think that’s what makes it sustainable.

Sandra Yeyati is national editor of Natural Awakenings.

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MCWC offers a variety of services, which include chiropractic care, nutrition, homeopathy, total body modification, activator methodology, auto, sports and work injuries, applied kinesiology, contact reflex analysis and Graston technique. Dr. Malchar and Dr. Boudreau, as well as supporting staff, are here to support you along your wellness journey. See ad, page 9.

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Family chiropractic practice offering holistic care to patients of all ages. Based on the initial evaluation, patients will be given a treatment plan which addresses ergonomics, exercise, stretching and nutrition in addition to their spinal alignment. See ad, page 9.



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Craniosacral Therapy


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Energy Healing


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Amparo M. David, DMD

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Dr. David uses the latest technology available to diagnose and treat infants as well as children and adults. She has extensive training in the fields of functional release, airway dentistry and myofunctional therapy. See ad, page 4.

Functional Dietitian


Johnson Compounding & Wellness 781-893-3870 x 149

Integrative and Functional Registered Dietitian who strives to motivate individuals on their health journey. Alora loves to help people feel their best and has a special interest in GI health and mental health (depression & anxiety). See ad, back cover.

Gut Health


Jessica Liggero, HHP, SIBO Practitioner 617-459-8114

A virtual Holistic Health Coaching Service that focuses on improving gut health, SIBO and detoxification by making changes to your daily habits and by integrating the best herbal supplements for your individual needs. See ad, page 32.

Health Food Store


510 East Main Rd

Middletown, RI 02842


Since 1984, we have been providing the finest quality Natural & Organic Whole Foods including many gluten-free products, natural body care, athletic supplements & protein powders, incense, smudging supplies and candles made with essential oils. Natural pet care food & supplements. Open Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm. Visit website for more information.



Om Homeopathy, It’s My Health Cumberland, RI 401-573-3757

With 16+ yrs experience in classical homeopathy, Vandana Pitke has helped many clients restore and achieve health. A certified classical homeopath, she looks at the clients from a holistic perspective focusing on mind, body and spirit. She also incorporates many other holistic modalities in her practice, which makes healing faster, better and from within when combined with homeopathy. I am not this hair, I am not this skin, I am the soul that lives within. ~Rumi

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Hormone Health


Podcast: Confidently Balance Your Hormones


Explore holistic hormone health solutions at our practice. Certified in hormone health, we address issues like hormone imbalance, infertility, thyroid, type 2 diabetes and menopause. Tune in to our podcast, Confidently Balance Your Hormones, for expert insights.

Integrative Veterinary Medical Care


Margo Roman, DVM 72 W Main St Hopkinton, MA 01748 508-435-4077

A full-service integrative veterinary clinic offering caring and healthful options and modalities like acupuncture, functional nutrition, homeopathy, chiropractic, herbs, ozone therapy, surgery and dentistry. See ad page 13.

Integrative Wellness Resources


32 South St, Ste 100 Waltham, MA 02453


Health at The Flossery: Integrative health services with our experienced clinicians focuses on root causes of illness, prevention, and cures, not just management of disease. Personalized healthcare in a calm and soothing environment to thrive in optimal health. See ad, page 21.


Marie Bouvier-Newman

1099 Mendon Rd

Cumberland, RI 02864


We provide much more than products, services and education. We provide the tools you need to optimize your health in a comfortable environment. We care. See ad, page 27.

Ionic Foot Bath


Carleen Christopher


This ionic detox is a therapy that uses negative ions to cleanse the body. The ions attach themselves to the toxins and then are flushed out through the feet's reflex points. See ad, page 3.

Natural Health


Kristi Langslet, OTR/L PO Box 10451 Cranston, RI 02910


At Sommerfly, we specialize in premier weighted and compression products with unique sensory features, aiding addiction recovery and promoting overall well-being and calm for individuals experiencing anxiety. Our innovative solutions enhance physical and mental wellness. See ad, page 21.

Naturopathic Medicine


Chrysanthi Kazantzis, ND, MS 245 Waterman St, Ste 308 Providence, RI 02906


Owner and founder of Anasa Personalized Medicine, Licensed Naturopathic Physician, Clinical Nutritionist and Reiki Master. Specializing in digestive disorders, thyroid disorders, diabetes, Lyme disease and chronic pain. Addressing these conditions by treating the underlying cause through herbal medicine, supplements, homeopathy, clinical nutrition and lifestyle counseling. Book an appointment to start your journey to optimal health. See ad, page 8.


Dr. Abby Egginton

Arlington, Lexington & online appts 914-919-9300

Dr. Abby partners with her patients to find personalized health solutions for lasting wellness. She specializes in women’s and LGBTQ health, oncology, mental health and pediatrics. Call or text to schedule an appointment.


Johnson Compounding and Wellness 781-893-3870

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

Nutraceutical Supplements


Modern problems require modern solutions. MasterPeace sets the standard as the keystone detoxification support in today’s toxic world. The natural master binder, Clinoptilolite Zeolite, nano-sized and paired with Marine Plasma nutrition, sub-nano sized, is a breakthrough in holistic detoxification.

Organic Children’s Clothing

Simply Chickie creates organic, Made in the USA, whimsical children’s clothing. Sizes: newborn to 6T toddler. Based in Newport, RI.

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Organic Hair Care


38 Transit St

Providence, RI 02903


A small boutique salon promoting a holistic approach to beauty, herbalism, art and music. Offering a full range of hair services using organic, plantbased products, full apothecary of loose herbs, blends and organic self-care items and accessories. Herbalist on staff. Gallery walls featuring local artisans; all mediums welcome. Live music in semi-acoustic for Music Nights. We believe that all these mediums are symbiotic in promoting joy and wellness in the individual and the community.

Past Life Regression


Carolyn Paré


Group sessions offer guidance to another life to gain a brief review of that time. Individual sessions offer detailed investigations into other lives and deep healing of trauma/ wounds from those times.

Physical Therapy


Dr. Lynn Gray-Meltzer, PT, DPT, OCS, WCS, CLT 94 Pleasant St, Ste 102 Arlington, MA 02476 617-528-0180

Specializing in expert pelvic floor physical therapy, functional movement assessment, and oncology rehabilitation for total body women’s health. Dr. Gray-Meltzer is a board-certified clinical specialist in Orthopedics and Women’s/Pelvic Health and is a Certified Lymphedema Therapist. Free consult available. See ad, page 15.




It is my strong belief that quality mental health services are a basic human right, that should be easily accessible and affordable to everyone. I provide Informed Strength-Based/SolutionFocused Therapy for individuals, couples, families, adolescents and seniors. My specialties are in the areas of trauma, stress, PTSD, ADHD, autism, addiction/recovery, LGBTQ+, seniors concerns, grief/loss, Dementia/Alzheimer’s and support for their family members and care takers.

Raindrop Therapy


Carleen Christopher 401-228-9100

Raindrop Technique is a sequence of anointing with oils that brings structural and electrical alignment to the body in a relaxing and invigorating manner through the power of essential oils. The oils can improve overall bodily function. See ad, page 3.

Reiki/Energy Healing

BOSTON REIKI MASTER 34 Lincoln St Newton Highlands, MA 02461 617-633-3654

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

Sleep Therapy


563 Main St Bolton, MA 01740 978-779-0865;

Our facility addresses the root problem of most people’s sleep issues. Symptoms like facial pain, jaw pain, headaches, ringing in the ears, clenching, grinding and sleep disturbance must be examined thoroughly in order to treat a patient with individualized care. This usually involves the fabrication of a custom oral appliance. See ad, page 10.

Spiritual Centers


Barbara M. Fuyat 401-793-1753

We are a warm, welcoming community studying the Science of Mind, a philosophy and a way of life that embraces all spiritual paths, sexual orientations, ethnic backgrounds and ages. We believe we are all connected. It is in this oneness that we come together in nature, celebration, services, classes, workshops to understand our own spiritual magnificence and choose to live in love, peace and equality. Our vision is a world that embraces and empowers each and everyone. Everyone includes you. See ad, page 13.

It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.
~Lou Holtz
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Wellness Resources


Acton Pharmacy

Keyes Drug West Concord Pharmacy 508-259-7851

Certified lifestyle educator and the director of health and wellness at Acton Pharmacy, Keyes Drug and West Concord Pharmacy. Beth Gardner works one-on-one with patients to help create ways to improve diet and overall health as a means for disease and illness prevention. See ad, page 22.

Women’s Health


Dr. Lynn Gray-Meltzer, PT, DPT, OCS, WCS, CLT 94 Pleasant St, Ste 102 Arlington, MA 02476


Stop suffering in silence. There’s help and hope for urinary incontinence and urgency, constipation, abdominal and pelvic pain, intercourse problems, diastasis recti and many other women’s health concerns with expert pelvic floor physical therapy. Contact me today for a free consult. See ad, page 15.

Yoga & Tai Chi


Maria Sichel, RYT, CSYT 2155 Diamond Hill Rd Cumberland, RI 02864 401-305-5319

Private Svaroopa® yoga therapy sessions are tailored to meet your needs. Specially trained in treating pain, including back pain and neck and shoulder issues. Yoga therapy is more powerful than weekly yoga classes and moves you more quickly toward health and well-being. Experience pain relief, greater mobility, improved sleep, easier breathing, deep relaxation, increased flexibility and a deep sense of peace.


SALON CHAIR AND ROOM RENTALS AVAILABLE – Deep Breaths Salon & Holistic Center, 1 Starline Way, Cranston, RI. Contact: Erin or Jessica 401-808-6162.


HOLISTIC AND METAPHYSICAL PRACTITIONERS – Looking for Holistic and Metaphysical Practitioners to teach classes at Deep Breaths Salon and Holistic Center. Contact Erin or Jessica: 401-808-6162.

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