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Sunday, November 1 • 10AM-6PM The Westin Waltham Hotel • 70 3rd Ave, Waltham, MA

This Special One Day Event Includes: Q & A with film maker and author of THE POWER OF THE HEART, Baptist de Pape 3 Empowering and Enlightening Films 70 Exhibitors plus 20 Mind-Body and Personal Growth Workshops Bodywork Oasis offering treatments in acupuncture, alphabiotics, reiki, reflexology, massage, chiropractic and more! Experience Labyrinth meditation with Veriditas Trained Facilitators while award winning composer, healing artist, vocalist and harpist, Christine Tulis performs live. All-Inclusive Tickets: $8.00 in advance • $12.00 at the door BROUGHT TO YOU BY



am struck by the first sentence of our feature story this month and its timing. “Awakening the Global Heart” by Natural Awakenings Senior Staff Writer Linda Sechrist states: “As individuals and in groups, more people today are expressing deep inner caring and compassion for fellow humans and all life on this planet by hitching their heartfelt energies to powerful actions that hold the promise of a sustainable future.” Thanks to the governing Higher Power that sometimes reveals itself in what we call synchronicity, co-incidence or serendipity… we are also happy to share the launch of our next event, The Revolution of Consciousness (TROC), which you can read more about starting on the back cover. It’s the welcome result of feedback from participants that attended our MindBody Experiential Event & Expo last May. They made it crystal clear that our community is craving heartfelt connections through a deeper knowledge and understanding of ourselves and one another. We continue to hear stories of such experiences that are changing people’s lives. In planning toward the ultimate vision of the desired result with my friend and mentor Brian Sean Reid, the theme came about based on our intention to bring together local thought leaders and practitioners qualified to help us all evolve into who we really are and have been all along. The idea is akin to re-evolving back to who we were when we were born, before outside influences grabbed hold to mold us into who we “think” we are today. What better place on Earth than the birthplace of the American Revolution to forward The Revolution of Consciousness? Merriam-Webster defines revolution as “a fundamental change in the way of thinking about or visualizing something; a change of paradigm.” In the 18th century, the colonists shifted how they saw themselves and wanted to live and ended up choosing to embrace massive change with the intention of freeing themselves from limiting impositions that were holding them back. In the 21st century, our ongoing intention is that what readers discover in these pages and experience at events like The Revolution of Consciousness will spark cherished desires and fuel the vision of those seeking to discover and make the most of heartfelt opportunities to grow. Like America’s early pioneers, we can let go of fears that are holding us captive to some outgrown personal status quo. I find that the most crucial part of my own evolution is getting my predefined self out of the way, so that the revolution bubbling up within can move me forward. My job every day is to clear and clean the thoughts and emotions that would keep me from creating the marvels still to come on this amazing journey. To a peaceful revolution,

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newsbriefs Wayne Dyer to be Honored at I Can Do It! Conference in New York


ore than 30 thought leaders and experts will be on hand at the I Can Do It! Hay House Conference, held in New York City on November 14 and 15. This year’s event features a tribute to Wayne Dyer the late Dr. Wayne Dyer, who was originally scheduled to be among the presenters. Speakers during the conference include Cheryl Richardson, Christiane Northrup, Bruce Lipton and Joe Dispenza, a doctor of chiropractic. Other featured speakers include Kris Carr, Nick Ortner, Mike Dooley, Barbara DeAngelis and Gabrielle Bernstein. Presentation and workshop topics focus on enriching relationships, living creatively, healing past pain, using Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT, or tapping) to eliminate self-sabotaging behaviors, making positive choices stick, using meditation and yoga to ease worry and frustration, and choosing foods, thoughts, and spiritual practices that nourish the body, mind and spirit. Cost: $150 - $300. Location: Jacob Javits Convention Center, 655 W. 34th St., New York, NY. For more information and to register, call 800-654-5126 or visit HayHouse. com/events/NY-2015. See ad, page 9.

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newsbriefs Free Talks on the Benefits of Chinese Medicine and Meditation


arlo Fogelman, owner of Marlo Marketing in Boston, will present a free, monthly health and wellness series featuring leading experts in alternative therapies. The next session, Chinese Medicine for Dummies, will be led by Flourish Boston’s Amy Jo Gengler from 6 to 7:30 p.m., October 21. “This series is our way of connecting those who teach with those who want to learn in a friendly, welcoming environment Amy Jo Gengler for people at all levels of interest,” says Fogelman. “I believe Natural Awakenings readers are constantly looking to educate themselves on topics related to natural health and wellness.” During the October session, Gengler will address such questions as how acupuncture can help with acid reflux, how Chinese herbs can assist the body in healing naturally, and how incorporating Chinese medicine practices into daily life can improve health and longevity. The final fall session on November 18 will feature Andy Kelley, the “Blue Collar Buddha”, speaking about the benefits and practice of meditation. Cost: Free. Location: Marlo Marketing, 38 Chauncy St., Flr. 3, Boston. For more information, call 617-375-9700 or visit

Groton Wellness Open House Offers Services and Fun


roton Wellness will host its annual fall open house from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., October 3. Visitors can enjoy complimentary mini-spa services such as shea butter hand-moisturizing treatments, chair massage and light touch hand-and-brush facial stimulation for radiant skin. Groton’s integrative medicine practitioners will also be on hand to discuss their healing modalities, from herbal remedies and thermography, to health coaching, detoxification and holistic dentistry. Live music will entertain visitors as they shop participating vendors, and complimentary 20-minute educational discussions will be presented on various health and wellness topics. This family-friendly event features a farm animal petting zoo, bounce house and crafts for the kids. Groton’s healthy café will be showcasing its “clean food” fall menu, with organic, whole, nutrient-rich, non-GMO natural foods and glutenfree options.

Location: Groton Wellness, Mill Run Plaza, 493-495 Main St., Groton. For more information, call 978-449-9919 or visit Groton See ad, page 48 and Resource Guide, page 44. natural awakenings

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newsbriefs New Functional Medicine Practice in Hopkinton


r. Patrica Zub and Nurse Practitioner Lisa Vasile have opened 4 Better Health, Inc., in Hopkinton. The new functional medicine practice allows both women to use their combined 40 years of medical experience to serve those whose needs have not been met by other healthcare providers. “We want to help people who experience annoying and chronic symptoms that other doctors and testing are not addressing or solving,” says Vasile. “4 Better Health dives deeper, getting a patient’s detailed history, piecing the puzzle together and developing an individualized treatment plan.” Zub and Vasile specialize in digestive disorders, thyroid function, food intolerance, adrenal issues, fatigue, auto-immunity challenges and migraines. “About one-third of our patients are also coming to us to feel more vibrant and decrease medications they are on for such chronic conditions as diabetes, cholesterol and high blood pressure,” says Zub. “Functional medicine works in partnership with the patient to find the underlying root cause of their symptoms, using cutting-edge advanced diagnostic testing to understand what’s going on in the body and where it needs support.” Location: 85 Main St., Hopkinton. For more information, call 508-296-9292 or visit See Resource Guide, page 45.

Positive Psychology Program for Authentic Happiness in Arlington


im Childs, owner of Take the Leap Coaching, in Arlington, presents a nine-week program this fall for cultivating happiness and well-being from the inside out. The program is based on the book Happy for No Reason, by Marci Shimoff, and other positive psychology research-based practices for increasing optimism, resilience and fulfillment in life. Happier from the Inside Out begins October 6 in Arlington, and takes place on Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. Childs, a certified positive psychology coach, will guide participants through the weekly practices and include individual phone coaching for each student. “The science of positive psychology can be applied to take us from surviving to thriving in life,” she says. “It takes practice, however, and we learn and use those practices and tools for more authentic happiness in this class. My students see remarkable changes in their lives, based on the attitude shifts they experience with this powerful work.” The weekly meetings include discussion, experiential exercises and sharing of the homework. While the class is not a therapy group or mental health counseling, it may complement such treatment. Cost: $450. Location: Take the Leap Coaching, 1025 Mass. Ave., Arlington. For more information, call 617-640-3813 or visit See Resource Guide, page 43.


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newsbriefs Mastermind Group for Women Yoga Teachers in Brookline Village


ecile Raynor, founder and director of Off-the-Mat Yoga, is introducing a new mastermind program called Body Synergy Lab. Designed for womCecile Raynor en yoga teachers, the program is for those who wish to learn about the practice of strain-free yoga and a strain-free body on and off the mat. It begins in November in Brookline Village and spans one year. “The Body Synergy Lab will help us to be increasingly free from harmful habits that no longer serve us,” says Raynor. “The program itself is a one-year commitment due to the fact that habits don’t change in a sustainable way overnight.” Raynor is offering a free presentation on the program on October 23, and she’ll be on hand at The Revolution of Consciousness Expo, in Waltham, on November 1, when she will offer hands-on treatments in the Bodywork Oasis. ( “My intention for the mastermind program is to work with women yoga teachers who are ready to invest in themselves and deepen their teaching skills so as to better serve their students and impact the evolution of yoga teaching,” says Raynor. “They will do this by discovering and studying foundational skills based on the Alexander Technique, the best kept secret of famous performers and Olympic athletes who use it to reach their highest potential with grace.” For more information, call 617 359 7841 or visit See Resource Guide, page 46.

Green Solutions Expo


n partnership with Newton’s Harvest Fair, the Green Solutions Expo will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., October 18, in the Newton Centre Parking Lot. The Green Solutions Expo allows local citizens and families to connect with Newton-area businesses in order to learn about reducing their carbon footprint and save money by incorporating sustainable practices into their everyday lives. Up to 60 exhibitors will be present in Newton Centre during the city’s annual Harvest Fair. Attendees will learn tips on how to be more environmentally friendly and how to live a “green” lifestyle. Cost: Free. Location: Newton Centre Parking Lot. For more information, call 617-244-5300, email or visit


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newsbriefs Upcoming Events and Programs at CommonWealth Center for Holistic Herbalism


ommonWealth Center for Holistic Herbalism is now accepting applications for its Herbal Apprenticeship Program. This program has expanded over the years, and currently includes 230 classroom hours over nine months, an online forum and a class camping trip to newly acquired school property in Royalston for medicinal plant harvesting. “We’re so proud of how this program has grown,” says Director Katja Swift. “We’re able to cover a lot more material with the extra classroom hours, and having home study supported with an online forum allows students to tailor their learning to their individual interests.” Other programs are growing and expanding as well with a focus on bringing in exciting teachers from across the country. The guest lecture series wraps up for this year on October 31 and November 1, featuring Tammi Sweet, an herbal teacher from New York. “We’re so excited to host Tammi Sweet to speak on her favorite topic: Stress, Relaxation and the Heart,” says Swift. “Tammi offers great insight in how to survive in our stressful modern lives, and she’s such a fun teacher, she really makes learning enjoyable. This time of year is a very pivotal time for making change, and what better way than to learn about how we can change our relationship with stress?” Location: 25 St. Mary’s Ct., Brookline. For more information, call 617-750-5274 or visit See ads, pages 15 and 41, and Resource Guide, page 44.

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Brain-Lymphatic Discovery May Hasten Science


study at the University of Virginia (UVA) School of Medicine has found that the brain is directly connected to the body’s immune system through a previously unknown set of lymphatic vessels. The discovery furthers the understanding for medical scientists of how the brain’s immune system works. While it’s been known for decades that lymphatic vessels transport immune cells through the rest of the body, confirming that this also occurs within the brain has been elusive. The discovery is attributed to Antoine Louveau, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow at UVA. He says, “It changes entirely the way we perceive the neuro-immune interaction. We always perceived it before as something esoteric that can’t be studied, but now we can ask mechanistic questions.” According to researchers, physicians can now examine the physical connection between the immune system and the brain instead of only studying how the brain responds to immune issues; it might also improve how diseases like Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, autism and others are understood and treated.

Colon Cancer Linked to Gut Bacteria


study from the University of Minnesota has found that two strains of virulent bacteria in the gut significantly increase the incidence of colon cancer, and a change in microbiology of the gut often coincides with colon cancer. The study tested 88 people, of which half had colon tumors. The scientists sampled and analyzed gut bacteria within the subjects to assess their microbiomes. They found that colon cancers were linked to those with microbiomes that had increased levels of Fusobacteria and Providencia species of bacteria. The latter is considered more virulent and responsible for the production of certain enzymes that have been previously linked with colon cancer. These two species of bacteria have also been linked with higher rates of inflammation and infection in other research. Fusobacteria has been found prevalent among people with ulcerative colitis. Providencia species include E. coli and Klebsiella, both found among urinary tract infections, throat infections and others. Microbiological science over the past half a century has found that better food choices can bring about significant healthful changes in the body’s microbiome. These include incorporating prebiotic and fermented foods into one’s diet.

U.S. Kids Not Drinking Enough Liquids


2015 study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control has found that more than half of American children are dehydrated. The research analyzed data from the 2009-2012 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey for children 6 to 19 years old. The study also found that boys have a 76 percent greater likelihood of being dehydrated, and African-Americans were 34 percent more likely to not drink enough water compared with U.S. Caucasians. “Dehydration accounts for hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations each year due to a number of illnesses that can lead to depletion of fluids and electrolytes from the body,” says Dr. Daniel Rauch, associate professor of pediatrics at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, in New York City. It can be difficult for parents to gauge the level of hydration in children. Researchers from the University of Arkansas have determined that urine color provides a reliable indicator of hydration levels, with darker urine indicating increasing levels of dehydration.

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study published in Pediatric Surgery International has determined that children that listened to music or audio books experienced significantly less pain after undergoing major surgery than those that did not. Pain scores were monitored before and after treatments. Fifty-six children, ages 9 to 14, were divided into three groups—one heard 30 minutes of songs chosen by the children from a list of popular music, another listened to audio books and the third (control) wore noise-canceling headphones. Pain scores were monitored before and after treatments. Those that listened to the music or audio books experienced significant reductions in pain compared to the control group.

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oin Natural Awakenings for a day-long film festival event from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., November 1, at the Westin Waltham Hotel. The event includes screenings of three enlightening documentaries, more than 80 exhibitors including The Bodywork Oasis featuring a wide variety of hands-on body and energy workers, and a diverse selection of workshops relating to mind-body medicine and higher consciousness. The films include the feature documentary by Shannon Harvey, The Connection, which reveals groundbreaking research by the world’s leading experts in mind-body medicine and true stories of recovery. People v. The State of Illusion, a film by Austin Vickers, questions the very nature of reality, and through an examination of our perceptions, beliefs and imagination, makes viewers both judge and jury in what will be the most important trial ever witnessed. And The Power of the Heart, from the director of THE SECRET, Drew Heriot, comes this unparalleled and life-changing film about the astonishing power and intelligence of the heart. The day will feature a Q&A and book/DVD signing with Baptist de Pape, author of The Power of The Heart and co-creator of the film of the same name following the screening of the film. The event will also include a labyrinth walk complemented by music from Christine Tulis (, internationally renowned healing artist, harpist, singer and award-winning composer exploring the spiritual and healing qualities of the harp and the power of music to connect us to our hearts and inspired states of being. Don Moore, of Walk In Beauty (, will also be on hand as a Veriditas-trained facilitator. Moore can enable others to fully appreciate, embrace and share the labyrinth experience. Maisie Raftery, event producer and publisher of Natural Awakenings Boston magazine states, “Our hope and intention is that every attendee, exhibitor, presenter and bodyworker come away from this event feeling uplifted, energized and empowered to keep the momentum moving forward by the experiences and connections made. Requests for more from attendees at our May event are what prompted us to create The Revolution of Consciousness.” Raftery adds, “We were blown away by the number of requests from attendees as they exited asking when we would be creating another event.”

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

Bright Future

Upbeat Forecast for Long-Term Emissions New data from the U.S. Department of Energy shows that overall domestic energy consumption is slowing and isn’t expected to grow much over the next 25 years, despite a growing economy and population. Usage is forecast to rise 0.3 percent annually between now and 2040, or just half the expected population growth rate, and dramatically less than the 2.4 percent projections for economic growth through 2040. Greenhouse gas emissions from burning fossil fuels are expected to increase only 0.1 percent in the same

period. Thanks to a public embrace of energy efficiency, residential fuel consumption may not grow at all over the next quarter-century. With more Americans driving electric and other energy-efficient vehicles, energy use in the transportation sector will decline slightly and gasoline consumption is expected to drop more than 20 percent by 2040. Industrial energy use is expected to grow at less than 1 percent. College students nationwide are supporting the reported progress by conducting divestment campaigns at universities, including Divest Harvard. At a recent event, alumni, including Bill McKibben, founder of, and former Colorado Senator Tim Wirth, joined students in protesting any investment of the school’s huge endowment fund in fossil fuel companies. Source:

Nano No-No

EPA to Regulate Nanotechnology Pesticides The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will begin to regulate new nanomaterial pesticides due to a lawsuit filed by the Center for Food Safety (CFS). In 2008, a coalition of nonprofits filed a legal petition requesting that the agency recognize the growing class of nanosilver consumer products and their risks, and regulate them as new pesticides. After the EPA failed to acknowledge the petition last December, the coalition sued the agency last March to force it to respond. Nanotechnology manipulates materials at the atomic and molecular levels; they are so tiny they cannot be seen with an ordinary microscope and possess extraordinary mobility and unique chemical and biological properties that increase the potential for biological interaction and toxicity. There are no labeling requirements for nanoscale products. The EPA has since agreed that nanosilver products intended to kill microorganisms qualify as pesticides, and that developers of such products must now seek EPA review and approval before the products are marketed. The agency has not committed, however, to undertake enforcement actions against currently commercialized products that haven’t undergone the EPA registration process, although it has taken action against some noncompliant manufacturers. Source: 14

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New York State Bans Fracking The Empire State has now officially banned fracking after a seven-year review process. New York Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens states, “After exhaustive research and examination of the science and facts, prohibiting high-volume hydraulic fracturing is the only reasonable alternative. Highvolume hydraulic fracturing poses significant adverse impacts to land, air, water, natural resources and potential significant public health impacts that cannot be adequately mitigated.” A findings statement concludes, “There are no feasible or prudent alternatives that adequately avoid or minimize adverse environmental impacts and address risks to public health from this activity.” Two groups heavily involved in the campaign, New Yorkers Against Fracking and Americans Against Fracking, praised the decision. Industry groups have threatened to sue, but the attorneys at Earthjustice ( are confident that the New York Department of Environmental Conservation’s exhaustive review will withstand any legal challenges and the nonprofit pledges to stand alongside the state in case of such actions. Vermont outlawed the practice in 2012. Source:

globalbriefs Corn Row

Farmers Sue GMO-Maker Over Lost Revenue Swiss biotech giant Syngenta AG may have destroyed much of the corn export business that U.S. farmers count on. China has rejected huge shipments of U.S.-grown corn, largely because Syngenta released a GMO (genetically modified organism) version before it was approved. Consequently, $1 billion in class action suits are being brought in federal court by farmers in three states. The MIR162 strain of GM corn comprises only about 3 percent of U.S. crops, but it cannot be contained due to crossbreeding. The National Grain and Feed Association estimates that the Chinese refusal of U.S. corn has reduced corn prices by 11 cents per bushel, and it has asked Syngenta to stop selling the GM corn seed varieties. Syngenta was formed in 2000 by the merger of Novartis Agribusiness and Zeneca Agrochemicals. Source:

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

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


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r. Amy Rothenberg has been in private practice since 1986 with her husband Paul Herscu, both doctors of naturopathic medicine. She is also president of the Massachusetts Society of Naturopathic Doctors and a board member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians. Rothenberg and Herscu run a general naturopathic practice in Enfield, Connecticut, treating patients of all ages for a wide range of acute and chronic ailments. Rothenberg says that evidence to support the effectiveness of naturopathic medicine modalities is growing. “That’s especially true as it relates to treatments affecting diet, exercise, individual nutrients and botanicals, along with stress reduction,” she says. “Additionally, naturopathic medicine is cost-effective too, with its emphasis on preventive medicine.” Currently in Massachusetts, there is a bill in the legislature to license naturopathic doctors, with a public hearing scheduled for November 17. Those wishing to support this effort can write to their state senator and state representative and ask for support of HB 1992 and SB 1205, An Act Establishing a Board of Registration in Naturopathy. To locate lawmakers, visit people/findmylegislator. Rothenberg and her colleagues are also seeking insurance coverage for naturopathic prescriptions and treatments. “Under the Affordable Care Act known as Obamacare, Section 2706 represents a nondiscrimination section wherein anyone licensed to practice must be covered by insurance,” she explains. “I

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strongly agree with this sentiment. It is difficult to enforce, but our national association of naturopathic practitioners is working hard to make sure it is.” Rothenberg was inspired to study holistic medicine after losing her father to a heart attack and her mother to breast cancer. “In the 1970s, there was not much that conventional medicine could offer,” she recalls. “I had always wanted to be a doctor, but I was let down by the medicine of that day. While at Antioch College I had an internship in Portland, Oregon, where I met students at the naturopathic medical school and knew immediately that I had found the perfect profession.” Last year, Rothenberg faced her own health challenges with breast and ovarian cancer. She reports taking advantage of everything offered by oncology doctors, from surgery, to chemotherapy to radiation, while also consulting naturopathic colleagues who specialized in supporting patients through cancer

care. “The approaches I used aimed to increase the efficacy of the oncology treatments and decrease or address their side effects,” says Rothenberg. “As a testament to how excellent I felt a few months after finishing treatment, I completed a triathlon!” Rothenberg and Herscu have successfully treated patients with naturopathic medicine for everything from digestive issues to skin conditions. “I had one patient who’d suffered with disfiguring cystic acne for more than 20 years and had been on antibiotics and Accutane. By the time I saw her, she was at her wit’s end,” Rothenberg recalls. “With very basic naturopathic medicine tools around diet and a small number of supplements, her skin cleared beautifully within six months.” Another patient with gout showed up at Rothenberg’s office a few weeks before his daughter’s wedding, determined to walk down the aisle but struggling with excruciating pain. After a treatment that involved dietary changes, recommended nutrients and botanical medicines, the man was able to dance at his daughter’s wedding. Rothenberg notes that patients need to follow her suggestions around diet, lifestyle, stress reduction techniques and exercise patterns if they really want to heal. Dr. Amy Rothenberg is president of the Massachusetts Society of Naturopathic Doctors. To learn more, visit To find a naturopathic doctor, visit


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AWAKENING THE GLOBAL HEART Compassionate Activists Unite to Write Earth’s New Story by Linda Sechrist


s individuals and in groups, more people today are expressing deep inner caring and compassion for fellow humans and all life on this planet by hitching their heartfelt energies to powerful actions that hold the promise of a sustainable future. In This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate, author Naomi Klein attests that the power of ferocious love is underestimated by companies and their government advocates. Suggesting that climate change be considered a framework for broader social improvements instead of a single issue, she invites “seizing the moment of discontent” to advance healing the planet and its broken economies and communities. Stories about how ordinary people are energizing local and online communities of practice to improve intergenerational communication, eliminate monetary influence in politics and restore democracy, and support social 18

justice, community wealth building, independent media, sound health care and clean food and water are frequently missing from mainstream media. Pioneering efforts by activists such as Mario Tigueros, Pachamama Alliance program manager for the Game Changer Intensive; Joshua Gorman, founder of Generation Waking Up; and Cole Kleitsch, founder and director of Walking Civics, warrant widespread attention and support.

Hearts Afire

When hundreds of participants in Pachamama’s Awakening the Dreamer symposium, held in cities throughout the U.S., kept asking “What’s next?” Tigueros facilitated the creation of Game Changers, which explores present challenges and possibilities and ways to create a new future. He says, “We wanted to help them in awakening to their personal qualities and strengths before setting out to change the world. While engaging with others and creat-

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ing a global society for all beings to flourish is a goal to strive for, we came to recognize that it takes a collective and collaborative approach within a community of practice to keep the message alive and implement what’s learned in the 12-week training.” A love for social justice prompted Tigueros to recognize the corporate capture of America’s democracy. “Suggesting that symposium participants work with Move to Amend and Citizens’ Climate Lobby made sense,” he explains. One is a nonpartisan coalition of organizations and individuals seeking to end corporate personhood and demand true democracy; the other empowers individuals to exercise their political power. It takes love to inspire the youth of GenY, Generation We and the Digital Generation, all names for the Millenials, to create a new story and transform their lives and communities. Gorman is counting on his peers to help make it happen. “We’re writing a different story than the worn-out one we’ve been led to believe is inevitable,” he says. Some of Generation Waking Up’s young leaders have formed local communities of practice that campaign to get big money out of politics, pressure universities to divest fossil fuel investments, build local and just food systems, end mass incarceration, enroll residents to go solar and inspire everyday citizens to live in more just, sustainable ways.

People have the power, when we choose to use it, to act on it, to dedicate ourselves to change. ~Rebecca Solnit “Young people have a leadership role in spearheading the change our world is calling for. Ultimately, it will only come about with every generation working together,” observes Gorman, who operates from Oakland, California. He’s encouraged when Generation Waking Up members say they want to learn from older adults that spent decades struggling for positive social change.

If we are brave enough, often enough, we will fall. When we own our stories of struggle, we can write our own new endings. ~Brené Brown, Rising Strong A deep love for the potential of civic engagement prompted Gladstone, New Jersey, resident Kleitsch’s Walking Civics initiative. The intergenerational nonprofit, endorsed by the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools, trains military veterans and students as young as 16 as poll workers. “I want to inspire future voters by letting them learn how to do the job competently and with integrity, and lead them to participate in democracy’s most cherished act of voting,” advises Kleitsch. It’s currently active in several jurisdictions across the country and will scale up for 2016 and beyond.

Hearts Joining Hearts

At 15, Kelsey Juliana’s love of family, friends and future generations far outweighed any trepidation she felt in acting as one of two plaintiffs in a legal strategy to protect the atmosphere, guided by Mary Christina Wood, a law professor and author of Nature’s Trust. Wood created the Oregon nonprofit Our Children’s Trust, now operating in all 50 states and internationally, to enforce the duty of government to protect natural resources for present and future generations. It supports youth in bringing legal action in courts, administrative agencies and local legislative bodies. In local Sierra Club chapters, organizers work with facilitators to educate and empower youth to lead campaigns with town councils, legislative chambers and the courts.

Mounting research is confirming what many have long suspected— extensive media coverage of negative news can trigger stress, fear and trauma. Images & Voices of Hope (ivoh) Executive Director Mallary Tenore cares deeply about how the media can benefit the world by catalyzing change and meaningful awareness of issues such as those raised by Our Children’s Trust. “At ivoh, we believe in focusing on the world we want to live in—not only problem-solving in the world we have. We are currently helping our global community of media practitioners tell ‘restorative narratives’, stories that show how people and communities are making a meaningful progression from despair to resilience. Instead of focusing solely on tragedy and trauma, these narratives extend the storyline by showing signs of renewal, recovery and restoration,” explains Tenore.

On-Task Learning Curve

James Maskell wishes every media outlet would cover the doctors and health professionals that are applying the “functional/integrative/root cause” approaches to health care. Formerly a vendor of supplements to health professionals, Maskell has morphed his focus to found the Evolution of Medicine Functional Forum, a monthly educational Web show for health professionals and industry insiders. After becoming captivated by functional medicine at a trade show,

he developed this fresh, high-tech concept that combines the latest health news, functional medicine research, practice developments and health technologies in a mixed-media format. Offered free on YouTube, it combines interviews, TED-style talks, videos and audience interaction. “With health politics raising more questions than answers and with technology changing the healthcare landscape, there’s never been a more ripe time for health innovation and accelerating a shift toward what works for most doctors,” remarks Maskell, who also recently collaborated with the Institute for Functional Medicine to live-stream Genomics and Functional Medicine, the most cuttingedge clinical Functional Forum to date. Andrew Brandeis, a licensed naturopathic doctor in San Francisco, developed a challenging new skill set in creating the easy-to-use, mobile Share Practice app, launched 18 months ago and now also available on the Internet. It’s already used by 15,000 doctors nationwide to rate and review the effectiveness of drugs, herbs and supplements. They also ask questions and receive quick feedback about patient treatments. Brandeis sees an even bigger future opportunity. “As we spot trends and see what is working where and why, we can direct research dollars. There are all kinds of off-label uses for drugs, herbs and supplements that we’ll support when we see that 10,000 doctors are using them in the same way for the same thing,” says Brandeis, who enjoys the meaningfulness of this collective contribution. Gery Juleff, of Hopewell, New Jersey, reinvented himself and his career to

Great things are done by a series of small things brought together. ~Vincent Van Gogh

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The only ethical decision is to take responsibility for our own existence and that of our children. ~Bill Mollison, Permaculture: A Designer’s Manual serve a greater good. Seeking to inspire change through intelligent discussion on environmental issues he founded and hosts the Green Radio Hour broadcast on He was formerly a member of the British Foreign Service, serving for 25 years as a diplomat, mostly in Africa and Brazil. In Juleff’s last London foreign office assignment, he dealt with policies on climate change, renewable energy technology and energy security. “My love of Africa, the continent likely to be affected the most by climate change, quickened my sense of needing to do whatever I could to limit any negative effects,” he says. Even though he was innocent about the scope of such an undertaking, “When the station owner suggested I use my knowledge to host a radio show, I said yes.” In What Then Must We Do? Straight Talk About the Next American Revolution, economist and co-founder of the Democracy Collaborative Gar Alperovitz provides many examples of successful community wealth building. He’s been part of a team partnering with others in cities that include Cleveland, Ohio; Jackson, Mississippi; Rochester, New York; and Washington, D.C. As co-chair of The Next System Project, he’s dealing with the bigger

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picture of long-term systemic change. “The economics of sustainability focus on partnerships with local assets like universities, hospitals and cultural institutions to facilitate broad-based economic security for the entire community,” says Alperovitz. He’s deeply committed to the concept of an ecologically sustainable society, where problemsolving activities nurture democracy.

Waking Up

This small sampling of individuals whose actions are affirming their heart’s directives is not random and signals a larger movement. It represents author Anodea Judith’s explanation for the evolution of our human journey, captured in the title and essence of her book Waking the Global Heart: Humanity’s Rite of Passage from the Love of Power to the Power of Love. James O’Dea, author of The Conscious Activist, says, “As we evolve, we recognize that it’s the heart which holds the great key to our collective healing, to real civility, the courage to face our own shadow and true progress.” Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Visit ItsAllAbout for the recorded interviews.

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ratitude, simply defined as the feeling of appreciation or thanks, is a powerful practice that goes beyond the utterance of words. Receiving wonderful news, such as a great score on an exam or good results from a medical test, can bring about a profound sense of gratitude that may be expressed silently or with outward exuberance. When people say “Thank you” in such cases, to whom are they really offering their thanks? Each person has their own answer. With negative news proliferating the media, it can sometimes seem as if there is little to be happy about, let alone grateful. But the reality is there is always something to be grateful for, whether large or small. While it’s easier for most people to feel grateful when things are going well and “good” things are received, gratitude can also be applied to

difficult situations and misfortune. One way to feel thankful for these experiences is to recognize what is learned from them. People that have overcome tragedies not only learn from the experience, but often gain strength and wisdom. Being grateful for what we currently have is the best way to achieve the future we desire, as it brings contentment. Focusing on lessons learned, opportunities presented and good fortune generates positive emotions, while guilt, resentment, anger and criticism create blocks to our own success. So, how can gratitude be proactively integrated in one’s life? Here are some ideas for daily practices: 1. Write one to three things you are grateful for every day. As a challenge, try to think of a few new things each day. 2. Look in the mirror and be grateful for the person looking back at you. If judgments arise, let them go. Write down what you are grateful for about yourself. 3. Think of a difficult situation or a mistake made and be grateful for the lessons learned. Write down what you are grateful for. 4. Think of the people around you, both inspiring and challenging, and create a sense of gratitude for what you have received from them. Write down your insights. 5. Envision what you want in your future with as much detail as possible. Now write down what you are grateful for about that future in the present tense, as if you have it now. Experiment with these ideas and choose one or two that resonate. Continue with those daily, and notice any changes they bring about over time. Creating a mindset of gratitude and appreciation is a foundation for lasting happiness. Alan Rosen is a certified professional coach and founder of L7 Coaching. To learn more, call 617-320-1325 or visit See Resource Guide, page 43.

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ANNA CLAYTON: Insightful Transformation

nna Clayton, founder of Insightful Transformation, helps people achieve effortless, rapid healing with her unique energy healing gifts. As the child of two psychotherapists, she always knew she wanted to help people. She became a licensed psychotherapist herself, but was frustrated by how long it took for clients to achieve their goals. She began studying energy healing in 2004 and then in 2012, she was sitting in meditation and could feel a download of powerful energy. “I thought I was just receiving a healing, but my spiritual teacher ‘appeared’ and said that I had received the first of many transmissions of a new healing gift, Mother’s Milk Divine Mother Energy.”

With this unique gift and another healing tool from the angels, AngelHeart Healing Energy, Clayton is able to work below the level of consciousness and clear issues at the root, whether the origin is this lifetime or a past life. Working in this way releases issues at the karmic level and even the genetic level, bypassing the resistance that can arise at the ordinary level of consciousness and achieving rapid and permanent transformation. Clayton went on to expand her holistic health education by becoming a certified herbalist and shamanic healer, and certified holistic health coach. That expertise adds depth to her energy healing work, which she calls “Transformational Healing.” She says “I love to work with highly sensitive people since I am one myself.” She offers individual 90-minute healing sessions, as well as monthly group healing events, in her office in Arlington. Clayton teaches her AngelHeart Healing Energy by transmitting the ability to students in classes several times a year. She is a collaborative author of the forthcoming book, Essential Healing for Your Spirit and Soul. Insightful Transformation is located at 259 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington, in The Healing Center. To learn more and receive her free e-book on Accessing Your Intuition, visit See ad, page 31 and Resource Guide, page 44.

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Yoga and The Alexander Technique Unite Body and Mind in Practice by Cecile Raynor


hen it comes to fitness and exercising, most people have been influenced by a cultural conditioning that emerged in the 19th century, when a new interest in body appearance and health came about during the Industrial Revolution. Europeans enjoying the new affluence of that time traveled and became interested in art. The beautiful bodies painted on Greek pottery turned people’s attention to their own body appearance and bodybuilding developed as the fitness model of


choice, making bodybuilders popular in entertainment circles. At that time, the body was viewed as a machine made of parts that could be used and replaced. This primitive way of understanding and exploring the attributes of the body in Europe influenced the whole world, including India, and found its way into modern yoga. Previously, yoga poses, or asanas, were taught as part of an Ayurvedic treatment, along with meditation, herbs and a special diet. Asanas were not taught in big groups for the

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purpose of exercise, but were highly individualized. The modern concept of exercising, as taught by yoga teachers, physical therapists and trainers, has strongly been shaped by the bodybuilding influence. While many can benefit from what they teach or recommend, people may still often end up with lingering body stiffness, discomfort or injuries related to how they use their bodies on or off the mat. Another school of thought that also appeared in the19th century is now reemerging. Delsartism, a system evolved from French acting, singing and aesthetics teacher Francois Delsarte, taught an in-depth understanding of the connection between mind, body and soul. The mind and the body are the two sides of the same coin, so when the body and mind are tended to separately, stiffness and injuries can eventually result. This is why it is essential to go back to basics with the mind/body foundation of movement and stillness, which allows us to function at our highest potential. Fortunately, Delsartism had tremendous influence, especially in America, where it was an integral part of the evolution of movies, and instrumental in the emergence and shaping of modern dance. It’s also the starting point of many integrative techniques still taught, including the Alexander Technique, which offers an integrated understanding of body movement and stillness in which all body parts are working together as a coordinated whole rather than addressed separately as if they were disconnected. Applied to yoga, the Alexander

The mind and the body are the two sides of the same coin, so when the body and mind are tended to separately, stiffness and injuries can eventually result. Technique allows yogis to get the most out of their practice and prevent injuries as they learn to let their innate body wisdom be in charge more than their mind with its pre-conceived ideas about movement. Always listening to the whole body at once helps the yogi be guided by and learn from that wisdom in any pose. The technique offers foundational skills that can bring integrated motion back to the practice of asanas, as well as effortless and sustainable good posture, both on and off the mat. Yoga teachers that study the Alexander Technique find it elevates their teaching skills and allows them to help their students in a groundbreaking way as they can make more of a lasting impact. Cecile Raynor is founder and director of Off-the-Mat Yoga, located at 33A Harvard St., Brookline Village. For more information, call 617-359-7841 or visit her blog at See Resource Guide, page 46.

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Brain Training for ADHD by Dianne Kosto


eurofeedback, also known as EEG biofeedback, trains children to become more aware of their physiological responses and how to gain control of the brain’s frontal lobe, which is the executive functioning center. The American Academy of Pediatrics approved neurofeedback as a Level 1 or “best support” treatment option for children suffering from attention and hyperactivity issues. Children with ADHD have higher rates of EEG abnormalities compared to children without ADHD, such as higher theta wave rhythms (drowsiness), lower

sensorimotor rhythms (movement control), and lower beta waves (attention and memory processes). It also has been studied and reported that the brains of children with ADHD are lacking regulation from the frontal region, allowing the mid-brain to quickly react without a type of checking system. Neurofeedback restores the strength of the frontal region of the brain, and builds a better connection between the mid-brain and forebrain, allowing focus, attention, impulses and emotional reactions to become manageable. During a neurofeedback session,

EEG sensors are situated on the scalp. Specific brain wave activity is then detected, amplified and the information is instantaneously fed back to the technician and client on a screen. With the help of a video game or movie, the individual’s brain is guided to maintain the correct pattern or the game will not continue to play. With this, the individual exercises the brain and increases focus and attention. The brain quickly recognizes this treatment as positive feedback, thus striving to produce these more efficient brain waves more often. Parents will typically see a reduction of symptoms within the first 10 sessions. Methylphenidate (Ritalin) is a psychostimulant drug commonly used for the treatment of ADHD in children and adolescents. Nearly all pharmaceuticals create some type of side effects, and most psychostimulants suppress appetite. This can lead to weight loss, which is not necessarily desirable in all cases, especially growing children. Psychostimulants can also cause difficulty sleeping, nervousness or restlessness, and elevated heart rate and blood pressure. This can make them unsuitable for many individuals, such as those with anxiety, bipolar depression, or predisposition to cardiovascular problems. Neurofeedback can be an equally effective treatment. For parents that prefer other options aside from medication, neurofeedback is an effective, non-invasive and no-stress option with permanent change. More than 40 years of neurofeedback research and more recent clinical use has shown both a reduction in symptoms and enhancement of subjective feelings of well-being, without unwanted or negative effects. This stands in stark contrast to almost all medications. This makes neurofeedback therapy especially appealing and useful for those that do poorly on most medications designed for their particular condition or do not want the risk of side effects and unknown longer term issues. Dianne Kosto, BCN-T, is owner of Braincore Neurofeedback, located at 132 Central St., Ste. 205A, in Foxboro. To learn more, call 1-844-272-4666 or visit See Resource Guide, page 43.


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Try changing your view of the world to one of awe and wonder. Rather than looking for miracles, shift to seeing everything as miraculous. By being in a state of awe, you won’t be able to mentally experience boredom or disappointment. Try seeing the invisible Divine flowing through and supporting everyone and everything. A rainstorm becomes a miraculous event, the lightning a fascinating display of electrical fireworks, the thunder a booming reminder of the invisible power of nature. Live the mystery by beginning to perceive what average eyes fail to notice.


Wayne Dyer, Ph.D. (May 10, 1940 – Aug. 29, 2015), affectionately called the “Father of Motivation” by his fans, was an internationally renowned author, speaker and pioneer in the field of self-development. Over the four decades of his career, he wrote more than 40 books (including 21 New York Times bestsellers), created numerous audio programs and videos and appeared on thousands of television and radio shows.

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eaven is a state of mind, not a location, since Spirit is everywhere and in everything. You can begin making a conscious decision to look for the unfolding of Spirit in everything and everyone that you encounter. I personally do this by making an effort to look upon my world as if I were observing it through lenses that filter out the form and all of the material aspects of what I’m seeing, and I can only view the spiritual energy that allows what I’m noticing to exist. Try putting on these imaginary magical lenses and see how

different everything appears. I now see spiritual energy in everyone I encounter. When I’m tempted to judge anyone, I remind myself to view them through my special lenses. When I can do so, all negative judgment dissolves. I feel more peaceful knowing that I’m not just this body that I’m destined to discard. I also feel the life-giving Spirit within me on a daily basis, and it’s exhilarating! Being more balanced spiritually and physically gives me the opportunity to be in a continual state of gratitude and awe. I see miracles everywhere. includes information on his new book, Memories of Heaven: Children’s Astounding Recollections of the Time Before They Came to Earth, being released this month.

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Legislative Alert: Act on Solar in Massachusetts by Lucy Alexander

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ay State residents support solar—it’s the largest source of clean renewable energy in Massachusetts, not to mention the world, and has abundant benefits for the environment and economy. It reduces our dependence on fossil fuels and has benefits for public health, community resiliency and peak demand reductions. When an increase in something is desired, puttin a “cap” on its growth is generally not practiced, but that’s exactly what the Massachusetts legislature has done with solar energy. Currently, there are caps that limit the amount of solar energy that certain solar projects can net meter. Net metering is the form of compensation that people receive for excess solar energy that they send to the grid, and is essential for making solar projects financially viable. This past spring, the net metering caps for commercial projects in National Grid’s utility territory, which covers 171 communities, reached their caps. This means that local businesses

that want to put solar panels on their business won’t receive full compensation for the excess energy that is sent to the grid through net metering. The reasoning behind limiting which projects can use solar net metering is not in line with the goals and priorities of Massachusetts’ citizens or government. People care about having access and encouraging clean energy options, especially solar, and both former Governor Deval Patrick and Governor Charlie Baker established a goal of 1600MW of solar by 2020. The Solar and Net Metering Task Force report, which was commissioned by the legislature and released in March 2015, found that the most expensive option for meeting that 1600MW by 2020 target was keeping the net metering caps. The good news is that the state Senate and Baker have both taken steps to address lifting the caps on solar net metering. Last month, the Senate unanimously voted on a bill that would lift the net metering caps, and Baker also submitted a different bill to the legislature that would lift the caps. Unfortunately, the House of Representatives has yet to take any action on solar as of early September of this year. To show support for solar and uncapping solar net metering, call or set up a meeting with state representatives so that Massachusetts can continue growing this important source of clean, renewable energy. Lucy Alexander is the policy manager for the Climate Action Business Association, an organization of local business leaders taking targeted action on climate change. For more information on supporting clean energy like solar, visit

It’s one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive. Forgive everybody. ~Maya Angelou

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EARLY PUBERTY The New Normal? by Kathleen Barnes

21st-century girls are reaching puberty at dramatically earlier ages than their mothers and grandmothers.


any American girls today are experiencing budding breasts and pubic hair before they are 7 years old, according to the government’s National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. The threshold age has been steadily falling for decades, with the most dramatic decrease between 1997 and 2011. A pivotal 2011 study from the University of Cincinnati showed that U.S. Caucasian girls on average entered puberty at 9.7 years old, three to four months younger than the average age reported by University of North Carolina scientists 14 years earlier and much younger than data from the 1960s. Girls of other ethnicities are also entering puberty at earlier ages, but at less dramatic rates. A 2009 Danish study also showed that their country’s girls were developing breasts a full year earlier than those born 15 years earlier.

Burgers, Fries and Sodas to Blame

The rise in childhood obesity is the major culprit in today’s lower ages of puberty, according to the 2011 study’s lead researcher, Dr. Frank Biro, director of adolescent medicine at 30

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He explains, “Body mass index [BMI] is the overwhelmingly predominant factor in the age at which a girl reaches puberty. It’s become more important than race or ethnicity. Heavy white girls and heavy black girls are all maturing earlier.” Science has long shown that fat tissue produces hormones, including estrogen, that can accelerate the process of puberty, especially early breast development, according to Dr. Louise Greenspan and Julianna Deardorff, Ph.D., authors of The New Puberty. Greenspan specializes in pediatric endocrinology at San Francisco’s Kaiser Permanente Hospital; Deardorff is a clinical psychologist researching pubertal development at the University of California, Berkeley. They cite one foundational study from the 1980s that showed for every BMI point increase, the age of first menstruation dropped by about one month.

Toxic Soup

Ubiquitous hormone-disrupting chemicals are undoubtedly a culprit in the early puberty epidemic, says Doctor of Naturopathy Michael Murray, of Phoenix, Arizona, who publishes widely on

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the topic of natural medicine. Endocrine disruptors that trigger the body to produce excess amounts of estrogen include chemicals in clothing, especially children’s sleepwear, furniture and carpets, anything plastic, personal care products, cleaning solvents, glues, dry cleaning chemicals, pesticides, herbicides and non-organic meat and milk. Collectively, they trigger puberty before its natural time. “There’s certainly a link between these persistent pollutants and obesity,” Murray observes. Antibiotics contained in commercial meat and dairy products may be a greater risk than the added hormones, says Greenspan. “Chronic, low-dose antibiotic exposure could affect the body’s microbiome [the microorganism colony in the digestive tract], which can lead to obesity and may also influence puberty.”

The Stress Monster

“Considerable research now supports the notion that excessive stress early in life can affect the timing of puberty,” says Greenspan. Stressors can range from sexual or child abuse to stressful family relationships, low emotional investment on the part of parents or a depressed mother. “Girls that grow up in homes without their biological fathers are twice as likely to experience early menarche as girls that grow up with both parents,” advises Deardorff. Biro points out that stress is associated with higher levels of cortisol and obesity. Cortisol, the stress hormone, has been directly related to belly fat in numerous studies.

Added Risks

“Early puberty also increases social risks,” says Deardorff. “Girls that develop ahead of their peers have more anxiety, a higher incidence of depression, poorer body image and more eating disorders.” Research from St. Thomas’ Hospital, in London, reports that reaching puberty early may also increase risks for diabetes and breast cancer later in life, says Biro, the latter “possibly

due to greater lifetime exposure to female hormones and the susceptibility of rapidly developing breast tissue to environmental toxins.” Framingham Heart Study results published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism support earlier studies that found menstruating before age 12 may contribute to a 23 percent greater risk of developing heart disease and 28 percent higher risk of dying from heart attack or stroke.

Parental Strategies

These experts all agree that a clean diet is one of the most powerful strategies to protect young girls. Murray recommends reviewing the Environmental Working Group’s list at Tinyurl. com/EWGDirtyDozen. He says, “If you buy these foods organic, you’ll both avoid hormone-disrupting pesticides and herbicides and give children the protection of antioxidants that can help protect against other toxins.” Kathleen Barnes is author of numerous natural health books, including Food Is Medicine. Connect at Kathleen

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Natural Ways To Help Teens Through Puberty by Katja Swift


here are many natural ways to help teens navigate through the difficult changes in their bodies during puberty. Here are some tips that parents can follow. Replace junk food with healthy snacks. Try sticking to proteins, fats and whole carbohydrates such as fruit. Some examples include paleo muffins made from nut meal and eggs. To sweeten, add a bit of honey. Easier snacks include nuts, hard-boiled eggs, carrots and jerky. Teens need a lot of sleep, 12 hours a night or more, because of the work their bodies are doing to transition to adulthood. There are plenty of herbs to help teens that are having problems sleeping. Popular ones include linden tea, chamomile and peppermint. Another tea that can help sleep and manage stress hormones is tulsi. Additionally, red clover is another tea that can benefit teens. Add mint or any other favorite flavor. Even nettle can be added to keep mineral levels up. Red clover’s beta-estrogens will help combat the xeno-estrogens in the environment. Since a lot of work is going on inside the changing body, some internal organs can also be affected. Dark circles that may show up under teen’s eyes are linked not just to lack of sleep but also to an overworking of the kidneys and adrenals, two organs that can be supported with herbs found in a tea called Nettle and Friends. This is a blend of nettle, dandelion, red clover and a bit of licorice. Mint or ginger can be added for flavor if desired. The tea combines the benefits of red clover with nettle and dandelion, which are kidney powerhouses. The licorice supports adrenal health, and also makes it tasty. By regularly using these herbs and teas, teens, and parents, can enjoy a better and calmer experience during puberty. Katja Swift is an herbalist and healer with 18 years of clinical experience. She is also director of CommonWealth Center for Holistic Herbalism, located at 25 St. Marys Ct., in Brookline. For more information or to schedule a consultation, call 617750-5274 or visit See ads, pages 15 and 41, and Resource Guide, page 44.


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Animal Chiropractic The Benefits of a Well-Adjusted Pet

and acupuncture on animals. Having practiced equine sports medicine since 1982, Willard elected in 2005 to extend his education with 200 hours of classroom and laboratory training according to the standard of the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association. Willard had been a skeptic prior to his personal experience. “To help me deal with a compound fracture, my wife dragged me to see a chiropractor. After reaping the physical benefits, I was naturally curious to learn more. Today, I treat the majority of my patients with chiropractic and acupuncture before using conventional treatments,” advises Willard, who emphasizes that he finds these complementary therapies useful in preventing injuries. At one of the barns Willard works with, nearly every performance horse gets an adjustment every 30 days, because the owners can spot subtle differences long before a potential injury occurs. In North America, laws and regulations governing animal chiropractic differ by state. American Veterinary Medicine Association guidelines recommend that a veterinarian should examine an animal and establish a preliminary diagnosis before initiating any alternative treatment. In some locations, a veterinarian must supervise treatments by an animal chiropractor that’s not also a vet. Doctor of Chiropractic Donna Gigliotti, who practices at Macungie Animal Hospital, in Macungie, Pennsylvania, has been treating animals in collaboration with local veterinarians since 1997. She regularly lectures on the benefits and combines techniques such as neurofascial release, which affects the joints, muscles, ligaments and brain. This

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lthough pet owners may consider animal chiropractic services as a modern-day phenomenon, it’s been around since the early 1920s. Proof resides at the Palmer College of Chiropractic library in a report describing an equine chiropractic adjustment course created by B. J. Palmer, who expanded on the work of his father, D.D. Palmer, the founder of chiropractic. It also houses the doctor of chiropractic veterinary diploma issued to graduates. Today, the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association (AVCA) is the primary national source of credentials in a field of medicine that treats horses, dogs, cats, cattle, pigs, sheep, goats, elephants, birds and reptiles. Human and animal chiropractic medicine deals with describing the relationship between the spinal column and nervous system, as well as its crucial role in maintaining overall health. This methodology for animals is especially helpful for enhancing performance—in breeding, training and grooming dogs to conform to the specifications of American Kennel Club dog shows and/or agility competitions—and for horses that compete as jumpers, distance race horses or barrel racers.

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type of therapy is highly effective in treating genetic predispositions such as canine intervertebral disc disease, which can occur in any dog, but most particularly the dachshund, Lhasa apso and Shih Tzu. Selected for a genetic form of dwarfism, these breeds have discs prone to this age-related form of degeneration. To help delay such related impacts, Gigliotti teaches owners to work with their pet to train them to perform balance exercises that develop the core muscles which hold the spine firmly in place. “I don’t want to repeatedly see a dog for the same issues when it’s pos-

October is National Chiropractic Health Month. sible for the animal to maintain the adjustment with the owner’s help,” notes Gigliotti, who is among a few doctors that have completed advanced neurology training for animals at the Healing Oasis Wellness Center, in Sturtevant, Wisconsin. “Animal chiropractic techniques can also help with symptoms such as lameness, skin problems, bladder and

bowel irregularities, sight and hearing loss, breathing difficulties, food and environmental allergies and gait abnormalities,” advises Doctor of Chiropractic Sherry Bresnahan. Licensed in the care of humans and animals, she holds AVCA certification and applies her extensive postgraduate training at Crystal Lake Veterinary Hospital, in Crystal Lake, Illinois.

Owner Alert

“A pet’s biggest asset is an observant owner. No one knows their constant companion better,” says Bresnahan. “It’s why vets hear statements such as, ‘My cat’s meow is off,’ or, ‘My dog is acting lethargic,’ or ‘My pet’s eyes seem dull.’ In performance animals like horses, it’s generally the rider that spots something that’s off.” She explains that although she doesn’t need to apply any more chiropractic pressure on animals than she uses on people, it is necessary to stand on bales of hay to place the upper body and hands at the correct angle when making an adjustment on a horse or rodeo bull. Chiropractors that specialize in treating animals are adept at reading the body language of nearly any creature, which can speak volumes about their health challenges. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at


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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1 The Art and Science of Negotiating Sexual Boundaries – 7pm. Discern where your boundaries are and approach the delicate topic of communicating them clearly and respectfully to your partner(s). Learn effective tools to communicate what you need and want as well as what you don’t. $25. Paul’s House, 340 Brook Rd, Milton.


savethedate Vision Quest Mitote Retreat A powerful weekend of ceremony, transformation and rebirth, with Shaman Janet StraightArrow. Awaken clarity, life purpose and joy, as we break through illusions, fears and ego blocks in our deep Mitote practices and overnight dreaming work. Sunday we will move into our own space on the earth for 4 hours of reflection and experience. A gentle yet powerful weekend is life changing with a new beginning as you go home. Preparation and follow up included.

Friday, Oct. 2, 6pm Sunday, Oct. 4, 3pm $325. Private Retreat Woodpecker Ln, Brattleboro. Janet StraightArrow: 973-647-2500 • Ancient Strategies for Today’s World – Too often we rush into action to solve a situation before considering what that situation actually is. This societal leadership program will examine how to live strategically in body and mind. $410. Karmê Chöling, 369 Patneaude Ln, Barnet, VT. 802-6332384. Autumn Yoga and Hiking Retreat – Oct 2-4. Begin each day with qigong, breakfast, walk and yoga. After a full day outdoors enjoy a floating meditation pool, qigong and yoga. Rates vary, see website. Eastover Estate and Retreat, 430 East St, Lenox. 866-264-5139.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3 Reiki Level 1 Certification – 10am-4pm. Learn the Usui method of channeling Reiki energy. Reiki has been used to help support healing both physically and emotionally. $149, $299/both courses (Level 2, Oct 4). Skin to Soul, 800 W Cummings Park, Ste 3950, Woburn. 781-435-0587.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4 Reiki Level 2 Certification – 10am-3pm. Learn the Usui method of channeling Reiki energy. Reiki has been used to help support healing both physically and emotionally. $189, $299/both courses (Level 1,

Oct 3). Skin to Soul, 800 W Cummings Park, Ste 3950, Woburn. 781-435-0587. Permaculture Tour of an Edible Forest Garden – 11am-12:30pm. With Jonathan Bates, author and owner. Learn through all your senses. Find out about permaculture design, plantings and systems at the Food Forest Farm. $25. Food Forest Farm, Holyoke. 781-646-6319.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 6 Opening the Third Eye with Crystals and Meditation – 7-8:30pm. Learn to tap your intuition and listen to your inner guidance. Experiment with various crystals and stones along with some meditation and mindfulness techniques to open the 3rd Eye. $20. TS Center for Spiritual Studies, 21 Maple St, Arlington. 781-223-8900. Ripples of Awakened Compassion: An Introduction to Bodhicitta – 7-9pm. Bodhicitta is the compassionate mind that aspires to attain full enlightenment in order to benefit others. Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi Rinpche will explore methods for cultivating the compassionate mind and heart of enlightenment. $25. Newton South High School, 140 Brandeis Rd, Newton. 617-559-6999.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7 Natural Solutions for Executive Function Struggles and ADHD – 6:45-8:45pm. A drug-free approach to cognitive health. Dr. Ross discusses a researched and effective method for achieving brain wellness and executive function success. Emotional control, initiation, working memory, planning, organization and task completion are only a few areas that make up executive functioning. Free. Thayer Public Library, 798 Washington St, Braintree. 781444-9115. Group Transformation Healing – 7-8:30pm. Powerful, relaxing energy healing on a group level.

markyourcalendar LyceumLive Presents: Connecting to Infinite Power and Joy Kathleen Fox Redmond, director of the Center for Heart Intention, offers her wisdom, research, and experience in offering a look at life through a new paradigm. By integrating both science and spirituality, we learn to live our lives consciously, from the inside out and to create the lives we so truly desire..

Thursday, Oct. 8 • 6:30pm $25/adults $10/students. Center at Westwoods, 590 Gay St, Westwood. 425-205-1692.

Shift physical, emotional, karmic, even genetic issues, release blocks, clear chakras. $35 by Oct 6; $50 at door if space available. The Healing Center, 259 Massachusetts Ave, Lower Level, Arlington. Pre-registration required: 617-943-6980. Making Percolation Tinctures – 7-9pm. Learn this powerful method of herbal medicine preparation, along with the ins and outs of tincture-making. $20. CommonWealth Center for Holistic Herbalism, 25 Saint Mary’s Ct, Brookline. 617-750-5274.

markyourcalendar Relationship & Vulnerability: Pathways of Healing and Transformation Participants will consider the essential components and qualities of a transformative healing relationship, ways in which one’s cultural and spiritual beliefs provide safety for exploring vulnerability and healing, how transference and counter-transference can be in service of desired change, and how trauma healing is enhanced through re-connection with self and other.

Thursday, Oct. 8 • 9am-5pm $125/clinicians, professionals, $75/students; lunch included. Approved for 6 CEU. 666 Dorchester Ave, South Boston. Register, Colleen Sharka, LMHC: 617-816-9278,

savethedate Digesting the Universe: A Revolutionary Framework for Healthy Metabolism Function Unique professional training with Nan Lu, OMD. Now more than ever, healthcare professionals need a new framework for dealing with chronic metabolic conditions swamping society. The biggest impact we can make on health issues like diabetes, obesity and hypertension is to re-see them through the lens of an integrated, whole system approach that accounts for body, mind and spirit. Dr Lu will introduce metabolism function, an exciting, multidimensional process that takes physical treatment into the realm of energy.

Thursday, Oct. 8-11 Open to all healthcare practitioners. Eastover Estate and Retreat, 430 East St, Lenox.

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8 Qigong, Immunity and Medicinal Mushrooms – 6:30-9:30pm. Lewis La, Emei Qigong Instructor, Herbal Educator. Learn sitting and standing qigong meditation to support immunity. Sample and learn techniques for making medicinal mushroom extracts. $25. Boston School of Herbal Studies, 12 Pelham Terrace, Arlington. 781-646-6319. Fall Dathün: A Month of Meditation – 7:30pm. Thru Nov 7. One-month group meditation retreat. One of the most important training programs in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition. Open to anyone. $2,370. Karmê Chöling, 369 Patneaude Ln, Barnet, VT. 802-633-2384.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9 Mindful Parenting – Oct 9-11. Mindfulness meditation and related contemplative techniques are tools that can help develop awareness of the patterns of thoughts, emotions and feelings that arise when parenting. Program intended for parents; part of Family Weekend; additional programs for children and teenagers also offered. $375. Karmê Chöling, 369 Patneaude Ln, Barnet, VT. 802-633-2384. Teen Retreat: Listening Mind/Seeing Mind – Program designed for young people with a genuine curiosity about life and the wish to explore the principles of awareness and warriorship in the company of their peers. Ages 13-17. Coincides with Family Weekend. $185. Karmê Chöling, 369 Patneaude Ln, Barnet, VT. 802-633-2384. Beggars at God’s Banquet: Miracles Are Our Birthright – 7-9pm. Learn about the latest discoveries showing the connection between science and spirituality from Barry who just returned from a 5-day Institute of Noetic Sciences conference on this very topic. $10. Watertown Center for Healing Arts, 22 Mt Auburn St, Watertown. RSVP required: 857-998-3677.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10 Minfulness for Children and Teens – 9am-2pm. Workshop for parents, educators, therapists and others interested in bringing mindfulness to kids, teens and families in various settings. Led by Dr. Christopher Willard. Learn and practice mindfulness through awareness exercises, movement, games, video, lecture, small group discussions and creative activities. $90, additional $25 for CEU. The Heartwell Institute, 1015 Pleasant St, Worcester. 774-243-6800. Money Magic Workshop – 9am-2pm. Smash limiting beliefs about money with tools that create change fast. This half-day event looks into what holds you back from financial success. $125. Maine Center for Balanced Living, 74 Lunt Rd, Ste 206, Falmouth. 207-592-0377.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11 Perfect Your Singing Voice as Spiritual Path and Tool for Emotional Healing – 2-6pm. Experience vocal freedom by learning the most important aspects of vocal technique on a foundation of spiritual grace and surrender. Guaranteed noticeable improvement for beginners and those with vocal problems. $60. Watertown Center for Healing Arts,


22 Mt Auburn St, Watertown. RSVP required: 857998-3677.

Hypnosis Center, 161 Agricultural Ave, Rehoboth. Rose Siple: 774-991-0574.



Natural Solutions for Executive Function Struggles and ADHD – 7-9pm. A drug-free approach to cognitive health. Dr. Ross discusses a researched and effective method for achieving brain wellness and executive function success. Free. Cary Memorial Library, 1874 Massachusetts Ave, Lexington. 781444-9115.

Autumnal Yoga and Kayaking Retreat in the Berkshires – Oct 16-18. Be dazzled by Mother Nature’s fall foliage display and abundant animal lives. Seasoned yoga and kayaking program by Greg and Johnny. Itinerary on website. $350 plus boarding fee. Eastover Estate and Retreat, 430 East St, Lenox. 866-264-5139.

Spiritual Practice in Relationships: The Art of Mindful Relating – 7-9pm. Bill and Susan Morgan, mindfulness teachers and psychotherapists specializing in couple’s therapy, will discuss how mindful communication can enhance our connection with loved ones. $25. Newton South High School, 140 Brandeis Rd, Newton. 617-5596999.

Fear Busters for Troubled Times: Hypnosis Benefit Event – 6:30-8pm. Learn how to check-in with your self-talk to break the fear habit once and for all. Enjoy a group hypnosis session. Donations. The Healing Center at Our Weeping Angel Foundation, 190 Old Derby St, Ste 100, Hingham. 781-340-2146.

Just Breathe: Somato-Respiratory Integration Workshop – 7:30-8:30pm. Dr. Coleman teaches breathing exercises that will help to release tension and calm the mind. Somato-Respiratory Integration (SRI) helps enhance chiropractic care as well as free up energy in the body. $20. 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 breaks down the basics of Network Spinal Analysis. Help get more out of adjustments and be enlightened on how incredible the body is at healing itself. Free. Newton Chiropractic & Wellness Centre, 383 Elliot St, Ste 250, Newton. 617-964-3332.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14 Decolonizing Herbalism: A Community Discussion – 7-9pm. Join an open conversation about appropriation and exploitation in the world of herbal medicine and help define a framework for respectful relationships among plants and people. Free. CommonWealth Center for Holistic Herbalism, 25 St Mary’s Ct, Brookline. 617-7505274.


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17 Bake Sale Fundraiser to Benefit FIDO of Natick – 9am-12pm. Offerings include: treats, cupcakes, pupcakes and refreshments. FIDO is an organized group of Fun, Informed Dog Owners promoting healthy dog/owner relationships. Their first goal is to plan, fund and open the Town’s first off-leash dog park/recreation area. Especially for Pets, 44 Main St, Wayland. 508-647-6923. Reiki Certification Classes – 9am-5pm. Learn the power of Reiki healing. Learn how to raise your own vibrancy for self-healing and balance. Learn to give for your loved ones and future clients/patients. Nurses and all walks of life welcome. Ages 15+. $175 Natural Awakenings Special. Insideout Health & Wellness, 162 Main St, Wenham. 480-685-1304.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18 Reiki Certification Classes – 9am-5pm. Learn the power of Reiki healing. Learn how to raise your own vibrancy for self-healing and balance. Learn to give for your loved ones and future clients/ patients. Nurses and all walks of life welcome. Ages 15+. $175 Natural Awakenings Special. Alt Rte 2 Wellness, 35 High St, Manchester, NH. 480-6851304.

Relax, Renew and Awaken – Oct 15-18. With Jane Arthur. Discover relaxation, wakefulness and appreciation. Program offers contemplative approaches for working with the fullness of daily modern life, bringing insight and inspiration to career, family, health, relationships and personal endeavors of all kinds. $365. Karmê Chöling, 369 Patneaude Ln, Barnet, VT. 802-633-2384.

Free Introduction to Reiki – 10am-12pm. An overview of Reiki, an ancient hands-on healing method for reducing stress, relieving pain and facilitating healing and personal growth. Free. Arlington Reiki Associates, 366 Massachusetts Ave, Ste 304, Arlington. Pre-registration required: 781648-9334.

Group Meditation & Healing: Access Inner Wisdom – 7-8:30pm. Find the truth within, get grounded and access inner wisdom. Powerful, relaxing meditation and healing on a group level. $35/advance, $50/at door. The Healing Center, 259 Massachusetts Ave, Lower Level, Arlington. 617-943-6980. Pre-registration required:

Pathworking with the Tarot and The Tree of Life – 7-9pm. Tarot is actually a book of knowledge that maps out the powers of your consciousness. This weekly class unlocks the powers within you through the process of meditative-pathworkings and changes your life forever. $37/wk. Thought Alchemy’s Transformation Hypnosis Center, 161 Agricultural Ave, Rehoboth. Rose Siple: 774-9910574.

Virtual Gastric Band Hypnosis Weightloss Group – 7-9pm. Lose weight and keep it off with virtual gastric band group hypnosis. Free yourself from the emotional patterns that compel you to overeat. $450, includes private consult and 6 group sessions. Thought Alchemy’s Transformation

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Start Here Now: An Open-Hearted Guide to the Path & Practice of Meditation – 7-9pm. Meditation teacher Susan Piver will make practical suggestions for how to start, and sustain, a meditation practice. $25. Newton South High School, 140 Brandeis Rd, Newton. 617-559-6999.



Group Transformation Healing – 7-8:30pm. Powerful, relaxing energy healing on a group level. Shift physical, emotional, karmic, even genetic issues, release blocks, clear chakras. $35 by Oct 20, $50 at door if space available. The Healing Center, 259 Massachusetts Ave, Lower Level, Arlington. Pre-registration required: 617-943-6980.

Have A Chi Energy Experience – 12-2pm. Check out new energy patterns or explore the ones you are aware of. You will be guided through your journey by Clairvoyant Walter Ness. Free. 99 Massachusetts Ave, Ste 3, East Arlington. 617-6285558.

Herbs for Stress – 7-9pm. Learn simple, reliable herbal remedies to calm anxiety and build resilience. $20. CommonWealth Center for Holistic Herbalism, 25 St Mary’s Ct, Brookline. 617-750-5274.

Easy Solutions to Stress-Caused Health Problems – 7:30-8:30pm. Workshop focuses on identifying the different types of stress, their effects on the body and mind, and teaching useful tools that anyone can draw from anytime and anywhere during times of stress. Free. Newton Chiropractic & Wellness Centre, 383 Elliot St, Ste 250, Newton. 617-9643332.

Natural Solutions for Executive Function Struggles and ADHD – 7-9pm. A drug-free approach to cognitive health. Dr. Ross discusses a researched and effective method for achieving brain wellness and executive function success. Free. Mansfield Public Library, 255 Hope St, Mansfield. 781-444-9115. Pathworking with The Tree of Life – 7-9pm. A weekly class combining the power of hypnotic trance-journeying and the knowledge of the Tree of Life. Designed to transform your faulty subconscious patterns and conscious thinking, freeing you to be who you are meant to be. $37/ wk. Thought Alchemy’s Transformation Hypnosis Center, 161 Agricultural Ave, Rehoboth. Rose Siple: 774-991-0574.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23 Digesting the Dance of Life – Oct 23-25. Nutritionist and Digestive Health expert Kathie Swift and Megha Nancy Buttenheim, teacher trainer and Founding Director of Let Your Yoga Dance® team up in a weekend program that promises to delight, inform and renew your relationship with your body and your health. See website for pricing. Eastover Estate and Retreat, 430 East St, Lenox. Youth Leadership Intensive – Oct 23-25. An exploration in creating enlightened culture through the practice of social meditation, using this to create a foundation for authentic communication and fearlessness in leadership. After the program, participants will be steeped in a rich network of peer support and ongoing leadership mentoring. $275. Karmê Chöling, 369 Patneaude Ln, Barnet, VT. 802-633-2384.

savethedate Kick-Start Your Life Self-Care Bootcamp Offered by Holistic Health Coach, Cathy Zolner and Psychotherapist, Amy Matias. Includes 2 self-care workshops, cooking demonstrations, breakfast, lunch, materials and giveaways.

Thursday, Oct. 24 • 8am-5pm $250. Refer a friend who registers and receive an additional 10% discount. St. Gabriel’s House, 173 Appleton St, Arlington. 617-6509829.


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. Registration required. Free. Newton Chiropractic & Wellness Centre, 383 Elliot St, Ste 250, Newton. 617-9643332.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28 Cannabis as Herbal Medicine – 7-9pm. Learn the medicinal properties of cannabis from the perspective of a practicing clinical herbalist. $20. CommonWealth Center for Holistic Herbalism, 25 St Mary’s Ct, Brookline. 617-750-5274.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31 Stress, Relaxation, and the Heart – 9am-1pm. Weave information about the nervous, endocrine and endo-cannabinoid systems into a picture of how our bodies understand our environment. Tammi Sweet will also address the role of perceptual thinking patterns in the experience of stress. Learn to choose effective herbs for stressful times and for supporting healthy stress and relaxation responses. $120-$250. CommonWealth Center for Holistic Herbalism, 25 St Mary’s Ct, Brookline. 617-7505274. Breathe Deep Boston – 10am-1pm. 5K to help raise money for lung cancer research and awareness. DCR’s Carson Beach, Carson Beach South Boston, Boston.

Adults are just outdated children. ~Dr. Seuss

savethedate Wintergreen Herbal Market Join us for an Herbstalk holiday event! The Wintergreen Market features handcrafted herbal products and gifts, music and educational demonstrations. Shop for botanical crafts, winter teas, herbal products and natural body care items. Stop in to one of our educational demonstrations, happening every hour!

Saturday, Nov. 28 • 11am-5pm The Center for the Arts at the Armory 191 Highland Ave, Somerville.

savethedate The Revolution of Consciousness Expo Join Natural Awakenings for this day-long film festival event including screenings of three enlightening documentaries, 80+ exhibitors including The Bodywork Oasis featuring a wide variety of hands-on body and energy workers, and a diverse selection of workshops relating to mind-body medicine and higher consciousness. The films include the feature documentary by Shannon Harvey, The Connection, which reveals groundbreaking research by the world’s leading experts in mindbody medicine and true stories of recovery. People v. The State of Illusion, a film by Austin Vickers, questions the very nature of reality, and through an examination of our perceptions, beliefs and imagination, makes you both judge and jury in what will be the most important trial you will ever witness. And The Power of the Heart, from the director of The Secret, Drew Heriot, comes this unparalleled and life-changing film about the astonishing power and intelligence of your heart.

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daily Free Basic Yoga, Breathing, Relaxation and Meditation Class – Learn and experience practical tools for managing stress and energy in everyday life. All ages and levels welcome. Body & Brain, 1773 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge. For times & availability: 617-354-9642. Free Tour of Symphony Hall – Join volunteers on a behind-the-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. The Tapping Club – 9-9:30pm. First day of every month. Leave behind anxiety, sadness, fear and gain amazing clarity and lightness. Led by success coach Tam Veilleux. $39. Virtual teleclass. 207592-0377. Kids’ Karate – 3-8pm, Mon-Thurs & 9am1:30pm, Sat. Designed to help students build self-confidence and self-awareness while learning and improving in this traditional martial art. $130. SSOMA, 1100 Massachusetts Ave, 3rd Fl, Arlington. 781-641-0262.

weekly Rejuvenate Retreat – Wed-Sat thru Jan 2016. Yoga, qigong, swim/hot tub, hiking, kayaking, self-guided meditation, ink brush calligraphy self-practice, all from the peace and solitude of a private 600-acre estate. Blackout dates apply. $95/ person weekend day. Eastover Estate and Retreat, 430 East St, Lenox. 866-264-5139. More info:

sunday Free Meditation Session – 7-8am. 2nd Sun. A simple and powerful process learned in a 1-hr session for health and wellbeing. Requires 12-15 mins each day to potentially transform one’s life. Free. Shri Gurusthan Sai Baba Temple, 107 Otis St, Northborough. 617-396-4742. SoWa Vintage Market – 10am-4pm. Designers, collectors, appreciators of the beautiful and unusual love this market. A cool, urban, vintage flea market featuring fresh vintage and designer finds every week. Free. SoWa Vintage Market, 460C Harrison Ave, Boston. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu – 3:30-4:30pm. A martial art, combat sport and a self-defense system. Learn techniques that not only increase their physical fitness, but also challenge the mind. $100. SSOMA,


1100 Massachusetts Ave, 3rd Fl, Arlington. 781641-0262.

monday Simply Grace Radio: Just Breathe – 10am. A meditative experience and opportunity to be still, grateful, and to set heart-centered intentions for the week. Free. Online radio. 413-267-0333. Anxiety and Panic Support Group – 6:30pm. 1st Mon. People who have been through, or are going through, a similar circumstance can empathize with you and keep you from feeling alone. Free. Newton, Washington St, Newton. 617-849-3198. Let’s Laugh Today Laughter Yoga – 7-8pm. 3rd Mon. Any age and any level of physical ability can enjoy this unique exercise of laughter and clapping combined with gentle breathing that brings oxygen to the body’s cells. Free. Unitarian Church of Sharon, 4 N Main St, Sharon. 508-660-2223. Teen Karate – 7-8pm. Every 2 wks on Mon & Wed. Also Sat, 12:30-1:30pm. A traditional Shotokan karate class for teens ages 13-18. Curriculum covers the 3 aspects of Shotokan karate. Build self-confidence, self-awareness and long-lasting friendships. All levels welcome. $130. SSOMA, 1100 Massachusetts Ave, 3rd Fl, Arlington. 781641-0262. Nia-Somatic Fitness Class – 7:30-8pm. Also Fri, 8-8:30am. Class includes elements of dance, martial arts and healing arts. No prior experience necessary. $15, multi-class discounts available. Om Namo Studio, 21 Belmont St, Cambridge. 617-620-7654.

tuesday Noon Concerts on the Freedom Trail – 12:15pm. Stop by to hear a 30-40-min concert. Performers vary each week and perform a wide variety of music ranging from jazz to folk, medieval to modern. $3 suggested donation. King’s Chapel, 64 Beacon St, Boston. 617-227-2155. Natural Healing with Wisdom Qigong – 12:30-1:30pm. An ancient Chinese self-healing exercise typically involving moving meditation, coordinating slow flowing movement, deep rhythmic breathing and a calm meditative state of mind. $80/4 sessions, $25/drop-in. TS Center for Spiritual Studies, 21 Maple St, Arlington. 617997-9922. Anxiety and Panic Support Group – 6:30pm. 1st Tues. Designed to offer a place where people with common interests and experience can

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meet. You are not alone in your experience, and knowledge is the key to living a symptom-free life. Free. Washington St, Newton. 617-849-3198.

wednesday Museum of Fine Arts Free Wednesdays – 6-9pm. An opportunity to sketch from live models and/or from objects in their collections. A drawing instructor provides insights on drawing technique and the artist-model relationship as it informs the creation of artwork. MFA, 465 Huntington Ave, Boston. 617-267-9300. Open Meditation Evenings – 7-8:30pm. Come to meditate and take part in a discussion. Both beginners and experienced meditators welcome. Light refreshments provided. Donation. Advaita Meditation Center, 28 Worcester Ln, Waltham. 781-647-0020. Public Open Night at the Observatory – 7:308:30pm. A chance to come observe the night sky through telescopes and binoculars and see things you otherwise might not get to see. Held most Wed evenings throughout the year, weather permitting. Free. Coit Observatory at Boston University, 725 Commonwealth Ave, Boston. 617-353-2630.

thursday Qigong Overlooking October Mountain – 9-10:30am. Enhance your immune system, awaken insight and stimulate life-giving forces for health, healing and wholeness in the aweinspiring 600 acres overlooking October Mountain State Forest. Guided relaxation end of each class. Complimentary to Eastover guests. Eastover Estate and Retreat, 430 East St, Lenox. 866-2645139. Adult Shotokan – 7-8pm. Also Sat, 7:45-9am. For ages 18+. Curriculum covers the 3 aspects of Shotokan karate, kala (forms), kumite (sparring) and kihon (basics). Classes consist of traditional Japanese training which helps mind, body and soul. All levels welcome. $100. SSOMA, 1100 Massachusetts Ave, 3rd Fl, Arlington. 781-6410262. SRR Thursday Night 4.06 Miler – 7:15-8:15pm. It may be raining. It may be hot or cold. The SRR Thursday night run will happen every week, no matter what. Free. Casey’s Bar, 171 Broadway, Somerville. 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 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. Simply Grace Radio: Blessing Circle – 10am. A universal, global, gratitude experience intended to awaken grace, honor sacred experience and offer blessings for the journey. Free. Online radio. 413267-0333. 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 – 5-8pm. Free with admission at the MIT Museum on the 2nd Fri each month. Mingle with friends in the unique galleries and see some of the latest research coming out of MIT. MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge. 617-253-5927. 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. Reiki Clinic – 7-8:45pm. 1st Fri. Experience a Reiki session. Facilitate healing, promote mindfulness and support personal growth in a comforting and reassuring setting. 30-min time slots available; call to schedule. $10. Brenner Reiki Healing, 324 Central St, Newton. 617-244-8856. Astronomy after Hours at the Museum of Science – Thru mid-Nov. 8:30-10pm. Weather permitting, visit the Gilliland Observatory on the roof of the Museum’s parking garage to view

stars, planets, the Moon and other astronomical phenomena. Call to ensure program is running on any given Fri. Museum of Science Boston, Gilliland Observatory, 1 Science Park, Boston. 617-589-0267.


50 Paul Revere Rd, Arlington. 617-997-9922. 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. $75. Diablo Glass School, 123 Terrace St, Boston. 617-442-7444.

Adult Shotokan – 7:45-9am. Focuses on the three main aspects of Shotokan Karate: Kata (forms), Kihon (basics) and Kumite (sparring). Traditional Japanese training to help the mind, body and soul. All levels welcome. For adults 18+. $100. SSOMA, 1100 Massachusetts Ave, 3rd floor, Arlington. 781641-0262.

Teen Karate – 12:30-1:30pm. Focuses on the three main aspects of Shotokan Karate: Kata (forms), Kihon (basics) and Kumite (sparring). Build self-confidence, self-awareness and long lasting friendships. All levels welcome. For teens 13-18. $130. SSOMA 1100 Massachusetts Ave, 3rd floor, Arlington. 781-641-0262.

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

Bershire’s Best Jazz – 5:30-7:30pm. Enjoy Peter Primamore Jazz Trio’s imaginative interpretations of jazz and rock favorites. Complimentary to Eastover guests. Eastover Estate and Retreat, 430 East St, Lenox. 866-264-5139.

Aromatherapy Certification Course – 10am5pm. 1st Sat. Learn how essential oils work to heal body, mind and spirit. Course addresses body systems, common ailments and essential oils most helpful for each condition. $400, $50 materials fee. The Boston School of Herbal Studies, 12 Pelham Terrace, Arlington. 781-646-6319. Let’s Laugh Today Laughter Yoga – 11am12pm. 2nd Sat. Any age and any level of physical ability can enjoy this unique exercise of laughter and clapping combined with gently breathing that brings more oxygen to the body’s cells. This oxygen boost gives enhanced vitality, energy and a feeling of well-being. Free. Walpole Library, 143 School St, Walpole. 508-660-2223. Natural Healing with Wisdom Qigong – 11am-12pm. Relieve allergy, headache and joint stiffness with qigong which has been shown through scientific studies to improve mobility and balance in people with ALS, Parkinson’s, MS or other movement disorders. $80/4 sessions, $25/ drop-in. Park Avenue Congregational Church,

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103 Morse St, Watertown 1-844-AIS-Today 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 29.


Kristine Jelstrup, CMFT, CBK, LMT 126 Prospect St, Ste 5, Cambridge, 02139 617-833-3407 Kristine@CentralSquareHealthAnd Achieve optimal health physically, emotionally, nutritionally. Kristine uses a form of muscle response testing to identify and clear nervous system interference, facilitating optimal health. See ad, page 13.


Rachel French, MAOM 10 East Chestnut St Sharon, MA 02067 617-515-0485


With a master’s degree in acupuncture and a gentle approach to healing, Rachel provides relief for insomnia, pain, indigestion, fatigue, emotional, menstrual concerns, obstetrics and thyroid imbalances.

Mind-body mental health counselor specializing in eliminating chronic pain. Repressed emotions create pain. No exercise or medication needed. Based on Dr. John Sarno’s work. Skype sessions available.

BIOIDENTICAL HORMONE TREATMENT There is a fountain of youth: It is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age. ~Sophia Loren



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 dis-turbances. Accepting most major insurances.

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Visit for contact information updates. Effectively using Bioidentical Hormone Therapy for 10 years; expert gynecologist passionate about supporting women to ease transition through all life phases.

BIRTH DOULA PAULETTE GLORIA HARWOOD Authentic Birthing 781-626-0000

From belly to baby. Specializing in Yoga Birth Method™, prenatal, labor, delivery, postpartum doula, Yoga Birth Method Certified, E-RYT 500, RPYT, Reiki Master and Thai bodywork. See ad, page 21.

BODYWORK BARBARA GOSSELIN, PT 109 Massachusetts Ave Lexington, MA 02420 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.


Specializing in Neurotherapy, an effective, drug-free treatment for: attention, behavior, emotional, and executive function problems, autistic spectrum, anxiety, depression, postconcussion, peak performance and more. See ad, page 7.

BRAINCORE NEUROFEEDBACK 132 Central St, Ste 205A, Foxboro 844-272-4666

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


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


Joint Ventures Physical Therapy 654 Beacon St, 2nd Fl Boston, MA 02215 617-536-1161, Option 1 Patient-centered, evidence-based spinal care and soft tissue work to decrease pain and improve mobility. Experienced with athletes; ART & Graston® Certified.



Kim Childs 1025 Mass Ave, Arlington, MA 02476 617-640-3813


Life Coach, Personal/Professional Development 401-402-0819 Get the support and tools you need to connect with your true nature, get in line with your personal HorsePower and transport your life and/or business toward what matters to you. Brian’s down-to-Earth and effective no nonsense approach has created a shift for many local and international entrepreneurs, coaches and facilitators through his 1-1 trainings, webinars, seminars and speeches. See ad, page 21.


Alan Rosen, CPC, ELI-MP 617-320-1325 Together, we’ll explore your goals and desires, discover obstacles to fulfillment, and create a realistic and transformational action plan. Contentment and lightness are your reality.

Need help clarifying and reaching your goals? Asking “What’s next?” or “What do I really want?” Kim is a Certified Positive Psychology Life, Career and Wellness Coach and facilitator of The Artist’s Way, helping people to cultivate more personally rewarding lives. Initial consultations are free.

WELLING COACHING Karen Welling 617-623-3703

Coaching for artists, athletes, and everyone else with Karen Welling, musician and former competitive athlete. Together we’ll bolster your strengths and eliminate obstacles. Free initial consultation. See ad, page 22.


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

LAW OF ATTRACTION COACH David Scott Bartky “Phone Coaching At Its Best!” 973-444-7301

Receive professional colon hydrotherapy by a national board-certified therapist using the Angel of Water system. The most comfortable and private system in the industry. See ad, page 11.

The Law of Attraction is always operating in your life. Are you using it to attract what you want? I will teach you processes and techniques so you’ll not only start to attract what you want (a relationship, more money, more clients, etc.), you’ll also become more excited about your life. The first session is free.

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Stephen Bernardi 577 Main St, Waltham, MA 02452 781-893-3870 Fax: 781-899-1172 JCW is the only sterile and non-sterile PCABaccredited pharmacy in Massachusetts. In addition to our compounding service, we offer a full range of nutritional supplements, natural products, homeopathic remedies and home health care equipment. See ads, pages 6 and 28.

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



I combine my own intuitive healing gifts with transpersonal psychology to create Transformational Healing for sensitive souls. This work gently and effectively clears issues at the karmic level. See ad on page 31.


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 15.

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

Groton Wellness is a vibrant center for health and healing consisting of Holistic Family Dentistry & Orthodontics, an Integrative Medical Practice, a pampering and detoxifying Therapeutic Spa, and a clean food, farm-to-table Café—all working together to provide exceptional community health care. We also offer exciting talks, cleanses, classes and events, many of which are free to the community. Groton Wellness uses IV Therapy, Nutrition Management, Herbal Medicine, Bio-Identical Hormone Balancing, EAV Testing, Integrative Chiropractic, Acupuncture and many other Holistic Therapies to treat patients from head-to-toe. We have enormous success treating chronic health issues such as Lyme disease, cancer, diabetes, hormonal imbalance, mold, internal toxicity and more. See ad, page 47.



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 on page 25.


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In practice for over 32 years, Dr. Levine has been a prominent advocate for holistic and gentler approaches to women’s health care. Provides alternatives to hysterectomy.


All-Natural Lice Removal Salon 617-816-9487 Boston’s premier professional head lice treatment salon. Pesticide-free, non-toxic. Founded by school nurse Berit Pratt, RN, BSN, MPH, since 2004. Peace of mind for frantic families.


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 16.

COMMONWEALTH CENTER FOR HOLISTIC HERBALISM 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 ads, pages 15 and 41.


Eastover is a 600-acre sanctuary and residential holistic retreat center in the Berkshires. A dedicated facilitator of holistic events and retreats. Minutes to Stockbridge and Great Barrington, next to October Mountain with views of Mt. Greylock. See ads, pages 2 and 8.

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




Visit for contact information updates. Licensed Mental Health Clinician and Behavioral Health Specialist with over 15 years of experience; integrative approach. Specialties: anxiety, panic, depression, stress, anger, etc.

Board-certified MD in gynecology and integrative medicine. Hormone balancing, nutrition and detoxification are keys to optimal health. See ad, page 10.


Rose Siple, Certified Hypnotherapist 774-991-0574

MASH MAIN ST ANIMAL SERVICES OF HOPKINTON 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 34.

Transform yourself and achieve your goals through the transformative healing process of hypnotherapy. Aren’t you tired of talking about it and thinking about it? We specialize in Virtual Gastric Band Hypnosis for weight loss. Call today. See ads, pages 10 and 32.


Dr. Patti Zub & Lisa Vasile, NP 85 Main St, Hopkinton, MA 01748 508-296-9292 We have the pieces to your health puzzle 4 vibrant living. Comprehensive Functional Medicine. Specializing in GI disorders, thyroid, auto-immune, fatigue and reversing chronic conditions.


Rachel Katz, MD, RD 30 Lincoln St Newton Highlands, MA 02461 Newton Integrative Health Services- Family and Functional Medicine, Dietetics, Medical Hypnotherapy. Now accepting new patients for consultation.

Alison Shaw APRN, LMT, CEH 109 Massachusetts Ave Lexington, MA 02420 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 20.

BOSTON BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE 1371 Beacon St, Ste 304-305 Brookline, MA 02446 617-232-2435 Ext 0

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




Sarah’s School Of Martial Arts 1100 Massachusetts Ave., 3rd Floor Arlington 781-641-0262 We train our body to be strong, our mind and spirit to be patient, in order to become the best human beings we can be. See ad, page 8.

Over 35 years as an alternative health practitioner and neuromuscular therapist. Helps clients identify and eliminate chronic and acute pain, digestive disorders, Lyme and myriad other health disorders. See ad, page 29.


SINGING AS SPIRITUAL PATH Barry Harris 857-998-3677



383 Elliot St, Ste 250 617-964-3332

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

Perfect your singing voice as spiritual path and for emotional healing. Barry studied with Judy Oas, world famous teacher written up in Opera News for her miraculous results restoring damaged voices, by teaching detailed technique on foundation of spiritual grace/surrender. Free introductory lesson.

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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 ads, pages 6 and 28.

NATURAL NAIL & SKIN CARE ATIR NATURAL NAIL & SKIN CARE 115 Great Rd, Acton, MA 01720 978-263-1080


444 Washington St, Wellesley, MA 02481 781-431-6167 • 866-380-5892

The Clean Bedroom is an organic and all-natural mattress and bedding resource with seven showrooms, including its Wellesley location. Through its showrooms and website, eco-minded shoppers gain insights to create a healthier sleep environment. See ads, pages 11 and 34.


Organics and whole foods, plantbased and macrobiotic cooking and classes. Transformational lifestyle coaching. Pantry, refrigerator renovations and grocery store education. Don’t know where to start? I’ll help you. It’s my passion. See ad, page 21.

We challenge the nail industry to a higher standard and provide detailed maintenance of your hands and feet in a positive, relaxing and clean atmosphere. See ad, page 25.


Ree Coleman, Your Better Vision Guru Serving Greater Boston and New England 617-838-0928 In 10 visits I can completely change your relationship with your eyes. Learn techniques to improve your vision and how not to age your eyes with Computer Vision Syndrome through techniques, awareness, diet and relaxation.


Speaker & Coach 781-713-4493 Decreasing hidden toxins in your home, beauty and business products. Custom strategies and product recommendations based on your needs and health journey. See, page 39.



Based off the body’s natural reflexes, reflexology is a non-invasive healing treatment that works through contact with the feet yet supports healing throughout. All ages.


Susan Shaw Saari, Lic.Ac., CCT, MEd, MAOM, Diplomate in Acupuncture (NCCAOM) 781-899-2121 A clinical imaging technique that records thermal patterns of the body to help diagnose and monitor pain or pathology in any part of the body. See ad, page 13.


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


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

SPRING WATER SIMPSON SPRING MARKETPLACE 719 Washington St, South Easton 508-238-4472

Simpson Spring is the oldest independent bottling plant in the United States, providing pure spring water and old-fashioned, hand-mixed soda in a variety of favors, classic and new. Complimentary tours of historic museum, see the Spring, Visit the Alpacas, and fill up with crisp spring water at self-serve stations; bring your own containers. Saturday Marketplace educates, entertains and offers 30 food and artisan vendors. See ad, page 19.

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Yoga Teacher Training Coach devoted to private one-on-one and group settings; 200- and 500-hr Yoga Alliance-registered Yoga Teacher Trainings. Each yoga practitioner and student is on a unique journey and our trainings reflect that path. See ad, page 21.

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Natural Awakenings Boston October 2015  

Natural Awakenings Magazine is Boston's healthy living magazine. We're your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. Our mission is to prov...

Natural Awakenings Boston October 2015  

Natural Awakenings Magazine is Boston's healthy living magazine. We're your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. Our mission is to prov...