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Curing the Incurable: Let Food Be Your Medicine • How Dirt Keeps You Healthy Find Wild Spring Edibles In Your Backyard • The Lighter Side of Spring Cleaning Grow Food In Your Own Kitchen and Other Urban Gardening Ideas


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MUSINGS BY CAROL BEDROSIAN

With all the nutritional experts’ knowledge and expensive research studies, you’d think

Western medicine would have been able to provide some definitive answers by now — but they hardly even seem interested in exploring food as either a cause or cure for disease. Hospital food served to nourish sick patients back to health is notoriously overcooked, unappetizing and heavily processed; heck, they even host fast food restaurants on their premises! Holistic cancer clinics, on the other hand, report reliable, long-term success reversing

Beyond Food

even end stages disease with diet; the power of food as medicine is well documented.

While it makes perfect sense “we are what we eat,” our bodies also have their own

intelligence at work. How else can we explain the 42-year old vegan marathon runner with a brain tumor, the one with the cancer-busting healthy diet and lifestyle? By contrast, there’s the fast food addict who’s still alive at 75, adding six packets of sugar to his daily cup of coffee. Clearly, food does not have the same effect on every body and other unseen factors are at work.

Fortunately, our bodies are uniquely, incredibly, adaptive and resilient to even

decades of poor food choices or addictions. This is why seemingly miraculous health turnarounds can be the result of someone making even a single ingredient change, such as eliminating dairy or adding a particular supplement to their diet. Like a parched potted plant springing to life within minutes after being watered, the body responds immediately to the nutrients it needs. It is the miracle of food.

While people who have plenty fret about which foods are healthiest, 842 million

people worldwide do not have enough to eat, according to the World Food Programme. The world produces enough food to feed everyone; the principal problem is that many people in the world do not have sufficient land to grow, or income to purchase, enough food. Americans spend about 10% of their income on food, while families in developing countries can spend up to 70% of their budget, so even the slightest increase in food prices can be devastating.

No one wants to be hungry. The prospect of future food shortages or price spikes

looms larger each day on our global horizon due to extreme soil erosion, increasing

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drought, and short-sighted food policies favoring corporate profits, not the welfare of

completely that they simply live on air, light and water) — but how much do our food

are we going to grow food once these chemicals have completely destroyed the microbi-

choices really affect our health?

al life that keeps the soil alive and fertile? This is why many European nations and even

here’s so much to say about food I don’t even know where to begin. Like air

the world’s population and precious food supply. By planting GMO crops and pour-

and water, food is a life essential — we’ve all got to eat, (although I’ve read ac-

ing their toxic soups over our fields to keep crop yields artificially high so we can feed

counts of breatharians, who have reduced their physical living requirements so

people today, we are mortgaging the world’s future soil fertility beyond repair. Where

If everything I read about what can and can’t and must be eaten to stay healthy is

countries with starving populations have rejected GMO crops entirely.

true, I certainly would have bit the dust a long time ago. Dr. Oz says my refined carbs

are killing my kidneys; Dr. Mercola insists 1000mg of krill oil is an essential daily

on global, national and local levels require the attention of everyone. While watchdog

As much as we’d prefer to deny it, food is a political issue. The policies being decided

supplement; and Dr. Terry Wahls explains — through scientific research and her own

organizations such as The Cornucopia Institute and Organic Consumers Association

dramatic recovery from seven years of immobilization due to multiple sclerosis — why

are working 24/7 on our behalf to keep organic food and farms from being swallowed

only the Paleo hunter-gatherer diet can properly feed our mitochondrial DNA. While

up by corporate takeovers and disastrous legislation, it takes the efforts and contribu-

I have no doubt certain diets or supplements can be useful to some people for some

tions of everyone who wants a safe and healthy food supply to make it happen.

time, maybe even for a lifetime, am I really putting myself at risk if I don’t take krill oil? Maybe. And haven’t billions of people lived healthy and well into their 80s, 90s and 100s enjoying their bread and butter?

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NEWS AND NOTES For mental toughness, embrace the suck. Simply repeating this famous SEAL phrase can help anyone lean in to a hard task without wavering or whining. Another tactic: Laugh. To identify and quash a negative mind-set, SEALs stop to ask themselves one simple question: Am I feeding Fear Dog or Courage Dog? Do this throughout the day to help channel negative thinking into can-do energy. — Source: Reader’s Digest, February, 2014.

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Can You Detect The Subtle Messages Your Body Is Sending You? Huge radio telescopes are used to scan the heavens, searching out the faintest signal. The larger the telescope, the fainter the signal it can detect. If we listen to our body, we can pick up the faintest, earliest warnings that something is amiss. With skill, these messages can be detected long before the health issue becomes serious. Ignore these warnings, and your body may have to literally scream to get your attention! Be sensitive to things like changes in digestion or intestinal gas, pain when attempting to turn or bend, a persistent cough or throat clearing, increased frequency of urination, sudden loss or increase of weight, dark circles under the eyes, inability to fall asleep or stay asleep. Waiting until symptoms become obvious makes correction more difficult. Contact your holistic health professional with your observations. — Source: Karen Moriarty, DC, Northboro Chiropractic Center

What Dog Are You Feeding? Physical training can help set you up for success, but mental training is just as essential. Former Navy commander Mark Divine has taken the mental exercises and routines used by the U.S. Navy SEALs and adapted them for anyone who wants to develop courage, perseverance, and uncanny intuition in his new book The Way of the SEAL (2013, Reader’s Digest). 8 Spirit of Change | SPRING 2014

Between 2008 and 2011, the national abortion rate declined by 13 percent, according to a new report from the Guttmacher Institute that will be published in a forthcoming issue of the Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health journal. That puts 2011’s abortion rate at 16.9 abortions per every 1,000 women of reproductive age, the lowest rate recorded since Roe v. Wade legalized the procedure in 1973. The Guttmacher’s report concludes that the abortion rate isn’t declining because fewer women are choosing abortion in favor of giving birth to a child; rather, it’s because fewer women are getting pregnant in the first place. “The decline in abortions coincided with a steep national drop in overall pregnancy and birth rates,” Rachel Jones, the lead author of Guttmacher’s study, explained in a statement accompanying the new report. “Contraceptive use improved during this period, as more women and couples were using highly effective, long-acting reversible contraceptive methods, such as the IUD. Moreover, the recent recession led many women and couples to want to avoid or delay pregnancy and childbearing.” In addition, Obamacare’s contraceptive coverage, which officially took effect in 2011, expanded U.S. women’s access to affordable birth control. Unfortunately, this birth control provision has also been under attack, something that could jeopardize the current downward trend in unintended pregnancy rates and abortions. — Source: ThinkProgress

Northeastern States Pursue Regional GMO Labeling While big GMO labeling initiatives were defeated recently in both California and Washington states, over 30 states currently have GMO labeling laws winding their way through the legislative process. Unfortunately, the deep pockets of GMO food companies are never far from trying to defeat such efforts, having spent over 70 million dollars to capture the vote on just these first two state battles alone.      The Organic Consumers Association has obtained the Grocery Manufacturers Association’s (GMA) “One-Pager” of talking points about GMOs and labeling laws. This document is intended for use by food industry lobbyists whose job it is to convince state lawmakers to reject GMO labeling bills in their states. The talking points include the usual misinformation about GMO safety testing and the so-called benefits of GMOs. But they also include claims that GMO labeling laws are unconstitutional — claims that the Vermont Law continues on page 10


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NEWS AND NOTES | continued from page 8 School’s Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic, and the Washington, DC constitutional law firm of Emord & Associates, say are baseless — but which are intended to strike fear in the hearts of lawmakers concerned about spending tax dollars on costly court battles. In 2012, Monsanto lobbyists threatened to sue the state of Vermont if lawmakers there passed a GMO labeling bill, citing their First Amendment rights. Vermont’s GMO labeling law stalled in 2012, in the face of these threats. Then in 2013, the Vermont House Representatives passed H.112, which “provides that food is misbranded if it is entirely or partially produced with genetic engineering and it is not labeled as genetically engineered…” and that “food shall be labeled as produced entirely or in part from genetic engineering if it is a product offered for retail sale in Vermont…” The legislative session ended before the bill could move to Senate and now that the state legislature has reconvened, the bill has been taken up again. Vermont lawmakers could pass a clean bill — supported by 90 percent of Vermonters — being the first state in the nation to require GMO labeling on all food products for sale in their state, or they could pass labeling laws with a trigger clause similar to those passed in 2013 in Maine and Connecticut. These laws do not take effect until a combination of Northeastern states that adds up to 20 million residents pass similar legislation. Currently Rhode Island has introduced its own GMO labeling law, and Massachusetts and New York are expected to follow soon. The New Hampshire legislature defeated a proposed GMO labeling bill in January, 2014, citing the alleged constitutional legal challenge. Whole Foods announced last year that it plans to label GMO products in all its U.S. and Canadian stores within five years. Dozens of nations, including the members of the European Union already have GMO labeling laws. Scott Faber, executive director of the pro-GMO labeling organization Just Label It, said he believes the U.S. will follow suit, following pressure from states passing their own requirements first. — Source: Organic Consumer’s Association

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the official kickoff to the celestial New Year. Occurring the afternoon of Sunday the 30th, it is also a harbinger of another new activity cycle. Close by unpredictable Uranus, this new Moon activates several other unstable planetary alignments. Make plans but be prepared for unexpected surprises in coming weeks. Literally, anything goes.

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Astrology Forecast for Spring 2014 “If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole world would change.” — BUDDHA

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ach year I keep my eyes open for the first sign of spring. After a winter of bitter cold blasts, spring can’t get here quickly enough. Let the season of glorious rebirth and dancing around the Maypole begin! May we know enough to stop and take time to smell the sweetness in flowers. And may the first blossoms remind us that life itself is a precious miracle.

March The Pisces New Moon on the 1st invites one and all to consider their hopes and dreams for the coming month. Although unobtrusive, this part of the lunar cycle is akin to the shot fired at the start of a race. On your mark. Set your sights on the finish line. Pace yourself. We’re not setting off on a sprint but rather a marathon. Both Mars and Saturn turn retrograde at the beginning of the month. The route is likely to prove more arduous and require more patience than imagined. There are helpful signs, though. Mental Mercury, having completed his retrograde on the final day of February, is gathering momentum. On Thursday, March 6th Jupiter also will resume forward motion. Having both travel and communications planets again moving forward facilitates progress as well as learning.  The road ahead can feel like a scramble the week of the 10th. Mercury challenges Saturn on Tuesday but then aligns favorably with Mars later in the week. Delays may 12 Spirit of Change | SPRING 2014

necessitate a change of strategy. This week the waxing Moon helps us overcome obstacles.  At 1:08PM on Sunday the 16th, the full “Worm” Moon in Virgo is said to awaken those wiggly creatures — so essential to healthy soil fertility — from their winter slumber. The Moon also keeps us humans active and fully engaged. Friendships new and old have a rosy glow as Venus nears a happy aspect with Uranus on the 18th. This is a good time to try new things or buy a computer. The astrological New Year and beginning of Spring always coincide with the Sun’s arrival in Aries. Mark the 20th down in your calendar. Press “restart” and prepare to begin anew. Mental Mercury has returned to the point at which his most recent retrograde began. Some of last month’s delays can now be resolved. The Winged Messenger overtakes Neptune on Saturday the 22nd, making this a fine day for dreaming and appreciating the wonders of Mother Nature.  Travelers, philosophers, politicians and religious leaders enjoy Mercury’s links with optimistic Jupiter on Wednesday the 26th. This is an excellent time to promote a cause or idea or finalize a business deal. Resist the temptation to make impulsive purchases on Saturday the 29th. Venus is caught betwixt and between, passionately engaged with Mars but at odds with serious Saturn. The void-of-course Moon, now at the end of its monthly cycle, says, “hold onto your cash.” The month’s second new Moon, this time in Aries, is

As April gets under way the Aries Sun is conjunct Uranus, square Jupiter, opposite Mars and square Pluto. This is an extremely tense configuration that puts enormous stresses on the Earth. It is the astrological signature of extreme weather, geological upheavals, revolutions and rapid but chaotic personal evolution. Popular leaders may champion progressive causes, speak of individual rights, respect for the Earth and a more equitable distribution of wealth. The behind the scenes powers that be are just as likely to push back hard. In fact, April is one of the year’s pivotal months. The first week sets the tone.  Stressful planetary alignments can be highly motivating and the formidable energies put to good use. But be aware. They can also be destructive. Play it safe. Don’t rush. Choose your actions, words and causes with thoughtful consideration. Respect others, no matter what their beliefs. We are all on this one small planet, together.  Universal, unconditional love and a sense of oneness are conferred by Venus’s soothing conjunction with Neptune on Friday the 11th. The aspect is also good for enjoying art and beauty. Cue up a favorite video and be transported by a cinematic drama. Mercury enters into the thick of the celestial Cardinal Cross stress zones as mid-month nears. Just as the Moon waxes full Mercury is at odds with Jupiter, Uranus, Pluto and Mars. More good judgment and lots of patience are required. A healthy sense of humor is helpful. During the early morning hours of Tuesday the 15th the full “Pink” Libra Moon sails high in the sky and is eclipsed. Talk of tax resistance is likely, even as returns are filed. Again, issues of fairness can be expected. In the shadow of the eclipse, important decisions are best put on hold. Sit quietly. A realization is a possibility. The Sun’s entry into Taurus on the 19th initiates the greatest splendors of spring. New England comes alive with echoing birdsongs, vibrant greens and the colorful splashes of crocuses, daffodils and forsythia bushes. Overhead, the skies are anything but tranquil. Mars, Pluto and Uranus now challenge Jupiter. Faith and purpose are tested. Answers do not come easily. Don’t underestimate the complexity of a challenging situation but seek simplicity in daily routines. Basic needs are a guiding principle.  Disagreements can turn rivalries into violent confrontations the week of the 21st. Drive safely, especially during the first part of the week. Uranus forms an exact square with Pluto on Monday. Many of this era’s most egregious abuses of power, law, the Earth and the rights of citizens around the globe, as well as market manipulations, are tied in with the history-making square between these two celestial heavyweights. This square is the fifth in a series of seven. The process started in 2012 and concludes next year. Making it more potent is the fact that this month we have a Cardinal Cross, with Mars and Jupiter also in play. Expect news of earthquakes and wild market fluctuations. Kinder aspects predominate during the last week of the month. The weekend of the 26th and 27th is a good


time to show your respect for Mother Nature. Plant a tree. Clean up the yard or a local park. The Taurus Sun and Mercury are making nice with Neptune. Spring fragrances or a freshly cut lawn can be intoxicating. A solar eclipse at the time of the Taurus new Moon on Tuesday the 29th can reveal another epic swindle or heist. Safeguard assets as best as you can. Keep your senses on alert, as new information will soon be surfacing.

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May The first day of May is a comparatively gentle affair. Moods are light and breezy. More serious matters weigh on minds on Friday the 2nd, thanks to Mercury’s opposition with Saturn. Juggling financial resources is one way to get out of a tight spot. Better yet, hold the line on spending and conserve funds.  The Taurus Sun forms fortunate angles with Pluto on Saturday the 3rd and Jupiter on Tuesday the 6th. Some timely alliances will take shape. Others find new meaning and purpose under these constructive alignments.  Renewal always follows an ending. Keep this in mind as the Sun tests Saturn on Saturday the 10th. For some, a parting of ways is likely and Sunday’s opposition between Venus and Mars can further emphasize differences. Stress levels are fairly high on Mother’s Day. Be on your best behavior. The waxing Moon kicks life into a higher gear as the new working week begins. On Wednesday the full “Flower” Moon in Scorpio reminds us to heed the words of Buddha and contemplate the wonders of a single flower. Venus is close to conjunct Uranus and in range of the Cardinal Cross impact zone. Love can be head over heels fun or a study in futility. In any case, relationships promise to be entertaining.  Expectations are grand and celebrations lavish during the weekend of the 17th and 18th. Enjoy the festive atmosphere. Partnerships may be volatile as Mars resumes forward motion on Monday the 19th. Many projects will soon move forward with much greater ease. The following day change is in the air. The Sun reaches the first degree of Gemini Tuesday night. Many folks will be busy making summer vacation plans. Time and money are efficiently managed this week. Jupiter forms a superb trine to Saturn on the 24th. In the days leading up to the trine make career plans and other decisions with confidence. Use caution if you’re traveling on Saturday. Pay attention at the wheel. The remainder of the long holiday weekend features relaxing trends.  The Gemini new Moon of Wednesday the 28th finds the Sun and Moon at odds with Neptune. Stay alert. Faulty logic can lead to a major disappointment. Illusions may be shattered and hopes dashed. Verve and ambitions may not fully recover until Friday. Fueled by the Sun’s pending trine to Mars, life moves along nicely. If a perplexing situation gets on your nerves Saturday afternoon, slow down and smell the perfume of May flowers. 

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s I write this, it is far from spring. The days are still short and the ground is covered in snow and ice. Spring will come, though — one day soon — and when it does, we’ll have the promise of so many gifts, such as longer days, more sunshine and the start of fresh greens that spring up from the earth. For many of us in New England, when we think of spring we get excited to see seed catalogs and start planning our spring gardens in February. Maybe we’ll even start growing seedlings in April and May just to get them into the soil. Gardens provide so much to so many. However, there’s an abundance of edible food available very soon after the snow thaws, even without benefit of a garden! With the spring comes the gift of wild edibles. You can find edibles around you everywhere, even in the cities if you are careful about the quality of the soil. So, if you live in a city, take an afternoon for your mental health and get thee to a less populated area with lots of grass and trees. In fact, if you want to find the most edible food, go to places where the people are. This means your very own lawn is cultivating good eats for you (if you aren’t spraying it with chemicals!) Just like the self-healing mechanisms that constantly regenerate our bodies, nature heals itself of lawns and fields that are continually cut and cleared by giving life to amazingly abundant wild edibles that grow in these spots. Another place to look for wild edibles is along creeks and wooded areas, as well as the sides of roads with little traffic, where vehicle exhaust would be minimal. When I think of wild edibles, I imagine how much more potent they must be to be able to grow on their own and survive the outdoor elements, wild life — and human life, too! When I eat these goodies, I know am eating highly nutritious food that is denser in vitamins and minerals than many conventionally grown vegetables. Source your backyard or neighborhood (or just visit your grocery’s produce department!) and try adding some of these fine spring wild edibles to your diet this year for sustenance and good health. If you’d like to begin wild harvesting, check out this website to get photos of these and many more wild edibles: http://www.ediblewildfood.com/edible-weeds.aspx

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NETTLES is a very potent edible that can be found in shady spots, near water or around farm lands. Use gloves when you pick them because the leaves will sting you, but please don’t let that stop you from consuming this great green. I could write a whole article dedicated to nettles. They are great for helping to create and maintain good health in people. They help with inflammation and when used as a tea, provide iron and other minerals as well as B vitamins (which help us in this very stressful world) and nettles have protein! Nettles can potentially help to lower blood pressure and can be used in soups and other dishes as you might use spinach or baby kale. When you cook nettles, the stinging goes away. Here’s a recipe for a frittata using nettles instead of spinach.

Nettles Frittata ¼-½ lb nettle leaves, washed and chopped 1-2 cloves garlic, minced 1 Tbs olive oil 6 duck or chicken eggs

¼ cup regular or non-dairy milk (unsweetened) pinch of salt pinch of cayenne pepper water (to steam the nettles)

Using water, steam cook the nettles in a pan along with the garlic. Add the olive oil after the heat has been turned off. Set aside. Whisk the other ingredients in a bowl and then add the garlic/nettle mixture. Stir together and then add to an oven-safe skillet or pie dish and cook in a preheated 350º oven for about 12-15 minutes. Serve and enjoy. DANDELION. We all know those happy yellow flowers that overtake our yards, so much so, that people have a veritable war on them each year. Dandelion, though, has a lot of value


to offer and it’s my hope that we can learn to be a little more at peace with these wild weeds. These little flowers help the bees by providing abundant pollen in the early spring. Young dandelion leaves are loaded with minerals, like calcium and potassium, and vitamin A. You can eat the leaves raw or lightly steamed and it’s best to eat them young as they are less bitter tasting then the mature ones. Dandelion root can be used in teas and tinctures to help the liver and kidneys and the flowers can be made into a wine.

Dandelion Pesto 1 cup raw pumpkin seeds 2 Tbs lemon juice 3-4 cloves garlic, peeled ¼ cup olive oil ¼ cup pine nuts 1 tsp sea salt 2 cups young dandelion leaves In a high-speed blender like a Vitamix, put all ingredients in and start at a low speed then move to high. Use the tamper tool if needed to push down ingredients safely to the blades. Blend for about 30-40 seconds or until well blended. Scoop out into a container and keep in fridge. Serve over fresh pasta, as a spread on sandwiches or as a dip for crackers or vegetables. WOOD SORREL is a sour-tasting edible plant that is high in vitamin C. It is known to help with reducing fevers and easing urinary infections, stomach aches, nausea and sore throats. Sorrel needs to be eaten in small quantities, particularly if you have issues with gout, kidney stones or rheumatism due to its high oxalic acid content, which is also found in many other greens like broccoli and spinach. The tip to remember is that greens are potent, tasty and good for you but for the best health, vary your greens! Wood sorrel, which looks very similar to clover, is found in wooded areas and can be added to fresh salads or sautéed and used in other vegetable and rice side dishes. Many people will sauté and eat with cooked fish, as the lemony flavor of this wild edible gives a nice flavor to your food.

Wood Sorrel Pesto 1 cup raw walnuts ¼ cup olive oil 2-3 cloves garlic, peeled 1 tsp sea salt ¼ cup pine nuts 2 cups fresh wood sorrel leaves See Dandelion Pesto instructions above. PLANTAIN is very commonly found just about anywhere people have walked — lawns, fields, even sidewalks! Plantain has many astringent properties and is most widely used topically as a poultice to help with insect bites and bee stings. Just chew a few leaves and apply directly to the wound. Plantain has been used in teas and tinctures to help the kidneys, lungs and liver. Interestingly enough, the young leaves can also be eaten in fresh salads or sautéed.

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Sauté greens in the sesame oil on medium heat for 2-3 minutes. Then add remainder of ingredients and stir together. Remove from heat quickly and serve. WILD LEEKS (also known as Ramps) are highly coveted here in VT. Many people will not share where their prized stashes can be found. Wild leeks are like potent and delicious onions. Both the leaves and bulbs are edible. They are rather sharp-tasting and quite strong when raw, but when you cook them, they have an absolutely delicious sweet and mild oniony taste. Add them to any of the recipes in this article for a flavor boost. Cook them and add to rice or veggie dishes for a satisfying meal. Ramps are typically found in wooded areas close to streams and other wet areas. If you harvest them, only take a few at a time so that they can come back for more good eats next year. Wild leeks are mildly anti-inflammatory and are good sources of vitamins A, C and K as well as selenium and chromium.

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FIDDLEHEADS. I have to end with fiddleheads because I love them so much that I named my business after them. Fiddleheads are little spiral baby tops of the ostrich fern plant. They are around for only about 2-3 weeks in mid to late spring. Again, you want to pick a few and leave some. They can be found in wooded areas and are very mild tasting. Typically, fiddleheads are boiled first and then cooked in other sauces. You want to rinse them well, removing any skin that might be on them, then boil them for 10 minutes. Take them out of the water and add to whatever sauce you’d like. Many people will eat them in butter and garlic sauces or pickle them for a fun treat later in the year. They are described as tasting similar to asparagus but I personally find their taste uniquely their own. Fiddleheads are a good source of fiber, vitamins C and A, and even have omega-3 fatty acids in them.

Tasty Fiddlehead Sauce 1 cup raw tahini 1 tsp ground cumin ¼ cup of your favorite miso good pinch cayenne pepper ¼ cup lemon juice ½ cup water 4-6 cloves garlic, peeled 2-3 cups fiddlehead ferns, washed and cooked, set aside In a Vitamix or other high-powered blender, add all ingredients except the fiddlehead ferns and blend on high to make a beautiful tahini sauce. Pour over the fiddleheads and heat in a saucepan. Pour over cooked rice or your favorite pasta. This recipe makes a nice change to the usual ways to eat fresh fiddleheads.

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Dear EarthTalk: Is it true that human overpopulation isn’t such a big issue any more as numbers are expected to start declining in a few decades? — Melinda Mason, Boone, IA Ever since Thomas Malthus published “An Essay on the Principle of Population” in 1798, positing incorrectly that humans’ proclivity for procreation would exhaust the global food supply within a matter of decades, population growth has been a hot button issue among those contemplating humankind’s future. Indeed our very success going forth and multiplying, paired with our ability to extend our life expectancy, has meant that we are perpetually pushing the limits of the resource base that supports us. When Malthus was worrying about the planet’s “carrying capacity,” there were only about a billion of us on the planet. Today our population tops seven billion. While better health care and medicine along with advances in food production and access to freshwater and sanitation have allowed us to feed ourselves and stave off many health ills, some so-called Neo-Malthusians believe we may still be heading for some kind of population crash, perhaps triggered or exacerbated by environmental factors related to climate change. But others are less concerned given projections that world population will likely start to decline once the world’s less developed nations urbanize and start lowering their birth rates, as has already happened in Europe, the U.S., Australia and parts of Asia. For example, Europe’s “fertility rate” between 2005 and 2010 was just 1.53 live births per woman (the standard replacement rate to maintain a stable population is 2.1). Without immigration, Europe’s population would already be shrinking. Of course, the immigration that continues to fuel population numbers in developed countries is coming from somewhere. Indeed, population numbers are still growing in many of the world’s developing countries, including the world’s most populous nation, China, and its close rival, India. Also, fertility rates in Africa continue to be among the highest in the world, as many

countries there are growing fast, too. Poverty and health problems due to poor sanitation, lack of access to food and water, the low social status of women and other ills continue to cripple these regions. Overpopulation could plague us indefinitely if fertility rates don’t drop in these areas, especially as they ramp up their Western-style development. Globally, the United Nations estimates that the number of humans populating the planet in 2100 will range from as few as 6.2 billion — almost a billion less than today — to as many as 15.8 billion on the high end. Meanwhile, other researchers confirm the likelihood of world population levels flattening out and starting to decline by 2100 according to the lower UN estimate. To wit, the Austria-based International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) recently unveiled research showing that if the world stabilizes at a fertility rate comparable to that of many European nations today (roughly 1.5), the global human population will be only half of what it is today by the year 2200, and only one-seventh by 2300. It is difficult to say which way the global population pendulum will swing in centuries to come, given everchanging cultural, economic and political attitudes and the development demographics they affect. As such the jury is still out as to whether human overpopulation will become a footnote in history or the dominant ill that stands in the way of all other efforts to achieve sustainability and a kinder, gentler world. CONTACTS: Thomas Malthus, www.esp.org/books/ malthus/population/malthus.pdf; United Nations, www.un.org/esa/population/; IIASA, http://webarchive. iiasa.ac.at/Admin/PUB/Documents/IR-08-022.pdf.

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The trend to work at home continues to increase for the reasons you stated above. As with any situation, there are benefits and challenges. Speaking from many years of personal experience, if you utilize the space well the benefits definitely overcome the trade-offs! Your easy commute and decrease of expenses will be challenged by the location of your new office. Equally important is the necessity of maintaining strong boundaries between your living and working areas, especially with clients coming into your home. The basement is considered the most yin — or still area — of a dwelling. Locating an office space in this still quality of energy can work at odds with the more active — or yang energy — of a business. The basement also represents the subconscious or “shadow,” which can often exert an unexpected or hidden influence in our lives. Being aware of these challenges can help you minimize any potential impact they may bring. First assess the obvious condition and features of this area as you prepare to move into your office. Make sure it is not damp or moldy. Strive for bright lighting

that provides ambient brightness as well as specific task illumination. Ideally, you will have a separate room with a door you can close for privacy. If you are designating an area within an open basement space, you need to be mindful that you and your clients are not surrounded by clutter, storage, laundry facilities, oil or gas burners, tools, or any other sort of rusty, broken stuff. The presence of any item on that list in your office space sends the message that your business is not thriving. Use screens and partition walls to create an office enclosure where the environment visually and energetically supports your work. Workspace basics start with the correct placement of your desk. Be sure it is situated in the command position — not in direct alignment with the door opening, but at a diagonal towards the rear with support from a solid wall. This way you’ll have the widest view, which is the most powerful. Seeing the front door equals success. This position also lets your clients know that you are in charge. Mindfully assess the entrance to the basement. The basement stairs must be safe and covered with stair treads or a runner in good condition. Do clients enter through a separate door directly to the basement or do they use the front door leading into your living space? If the latter is the case, make sure there is a clear path to the basement door so clients are not wandering through your home, distracted by observing your décor and drawing conclusions about you — right or wrong! The five elements can also be used to enhance this location and the intention of your business. The metal el-


ement is the most important as it supports work in the financial industry and anything relating to money. Activate its presence by placing a small metal box holding 3, 6 or 8 coins. 6 and 8 are auspicious numbers for prosperity and luck throughout China; three feng shui coins tied together with a red thread is the traditional Chinese remedy to attract wealth. Place this metal box in the wealth area of your desk located in the upper left corner. Whites, grays, gold, silver, appropriate pastel tones, circular and oval shapes, as well as the actual substance of metal will also strengthen this important energy in your office area. To curb the yin energy of the basement, introduce the zestful yang qualities of the fire element, which represents our passion for what we do, with reds, triangular or pointed shapes, lighting or anything made from animals. Splurge on a few high-design floor and table lamps strategically placed in your office to “fire up” your passion to accomplish your goals and be successful with your clients. To further help counteract the yin energies of the basement, a large ceramic pot holding a low-maintenance jade plant adds a grounding earth element and brings the business-building wood element in as well. Use the water element sparingly, such as mirror, glass, dark blues and black; water is often very yin, and this, added to the tendency of a basement to be the dampest, most still area of the house, is not helpful.

Living In A Snout House Q:

We are seriously considering a move to a new housing development. One of the drawbacks is the housing layout common to all — the garages protrude from the house fronts and each one looks the same. Is there some way I can use feng shui to overcome this repetitiveness? The homes are new and lovely but something doesn’t feel quite right.

A: You are right in having some doubts about the suitability of living here.

A house with a protruding front garage is often described as a “snout house.” With the garage as the dominant visual element on the façade, the chi, or vital energy of the property, is drawn toward the cars and the function of driving rather than the house and the function of living. Occupants in such a configuration often report they are living their lives at a driving pace, with an unusual amount of attention placed on coming and going. Energy flows where attention goes. Additionally, exiting and entering the house will most likely be through the garage as well. The front of the house, considered the proper “mouth of chi,” will not be used often and thus energy will not move through the house in the way it was intended. To correct this, it’s necessary to make the house the dominant visual element. If the housing association allows it, consider painting your front door a strong, bright color (red is classic) to reroute the chi to enter your house more auspiciously. Create another strong visual directional with landscaping. A meandering path to your door, perhaps accented with flowers, shrubbery and rocks, will refocus your eye to see the front door first, and allow chi to easily flow to your house and not the garage. Try to avoid a straight line directly from the street to your front door; the energy can be quite strong and fast and may possibly upset the harmony of your dwelling. Outdoor lighting could also enhance this pathway. Use the front door as frequently as possible, even if it requires adjusting your usual routine. Keep the garage interior clean, uncluttered, and organized since it will be used as the transition space between your private dwelling and the more public space of a garage. Start and end your day with harmonious and pleasing visual cues; it will help in keeping the hectic pace in check as well.

Karen Feldman is a certified feng shui practitioner and interior designer, and the owner since 1994 of Urban Eden, a full-service holistic interior design firm in Providence, RI. Karen helps her residential, commercial and corporate clients to co-create spaces that are beautiful, functional and in alignment with the best interests of their well being along with the planet’s. Contact Karen at urbaneden@cox.net or visit www.karenfeldmanurbaneden.com. www.spiritofchange.org

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Halting Smart Meter Installation in Massachusetts and Beyond By Patricia Burke

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n January of this year, Governor Patrick announced that the state will pour millions of dollars into “demand response systems” that will advance a mandate to install wireless so-called “smart meters” in Massachusetts. Activist groups in at least 31 states oppose smart meters due to cost, security, safety, privacy, greenwashing, customer choice, and health concerns. In 2011, radio frequencies (RF), including microwaves like those emitted by the three wireless networks utilized in smart metering, were declared a class 2B possible human carcinogen by the World Health Organization. Radio frequency limits in the US are hundreds of times higher than those in countries that recognize biological impacts of RF at levels lower than the thermal threshold. The American Academy of Environmental Medicine has updated its smart meter position statement from caution to a call for a complete moratorium. A review of 92 histories indicated that the vast majority of cases were not electromagnetically hypersensitive until after installation of smart meters and that “smart meters may have unique characteristics that lower people’s threshold for symptom development.” When smart meters were deployed in California in 2009, a portion of residents were driven from their homes due to heart arrhythmias, headaches, tinnitus, seizures, and the acute onset of electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS), a condition that Swedish authorities estimate impacts up to 35% of the population, with 3% severely impaired. Sweden recognizes EHS as a functional impairment sourced in the environment, and for affected individuals provides shielding of the home and/or relocation, job retraining, accurate diagnosis, and treatment, at government expense.

Many states are embroiled in consumer choice battles after wide scale smart meter deployment, with utilities surcharging customers who opt out of a radio frequencyemitting meter. California-based activist Jerry Day compared out-out surcharges to extortion. Fairfax, California, was the first municipality to declare a moratorium on smart meters, in part to protect electro-sensitive residents. Mayor Larry Bragman stated that opt-out fees discriminate against those who have a medical condition, and noted that within a mesh network, because the signal bounces to multiple meters in the neighborhood blanketing the coverage area with radio frequencies, opting out of an individual meter will not protect medically vulnerable individuals unless the entire jurisdiction opts out.   In July of 2013, National Grid laid the groundwork for Massachusetts opt-out surcharges in DPU docket 13-83, requesting a $26 installation/de-install fee and an $11 per month surcharge for electricity customers seeking to opt out of the first generation of wireless meters. Gas customers would be required to pay a $67 install/de-installation fee and $13 per month surcharge for billing reads. Nina Anderson of the Scientific Alliance for Education in Sheffield, MA, is spearheading what may be the first jurisdictional opt out petition drive in Massachusetts through her blog http://NoMassSmartMeters.wordpress.com.

What Happens in Worcester Won’t Stay in Worcester Worcester, Massachusetts, was chosen as the site for National Grid’s controversial $48M smart meter and WiMax pilot program, (recently renamed Smart Energy Solutions,) despite objections of ratepayer advocate Attorney General Martha Coakley, whose office pointed to large-scale tests in Illinois and elsewhere where smart meters failed to justify the cost. In a 2012 letter to the Department of Public Utilities, Coakley’s office wrote, “Despite these clear trends, [National Grid] proposes to launch a massive pilot at great ratepayer expense to test already tested hypotheses.” The DPU ignored concerns for consumers, including cost, and approved Worcester’s pilot.   Zoning hearings for a 90-foot, 5-microwave antenna data tower on Tory Fort Lane, a bucolic residential neighborhood in Worcester, have been delayed nine times over nine months. The tower in the Tatnuck area is considered the final piece to the puzzle for implementation of the smart grid program. Among those who testified against the towers were Worcester Councilorat-Large Konstantina B. Lukes, District 5 Councilor Gary Rosen, Councilor-at-Large Morris A. Bergman and Councilor-at-Large Michael Gaffney. “People have their doubts and questions about this,” Mr. Rosen said. “These towers aren’t just an eyesore; they lower property values and there are a number of privacy, security and safety issues with these [smart] meters. There is so much doubt, why take a risk with this? We should establish a moratorium and stop this now.” Opponents of the Worcester program host the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/STOP-NGSMART-GRID/269138816433075


Connecticut’s Attorney General George Jepsen opposed a plan to roll out smart meters, citing an earlier pilot program “showed no beneficial impact on total energy usage.” Rhode Island DPU Commissioner Paul J. Roberti says smart meters don’t come close to justifying their costs and represent a misguided attempt to modify the behavior of consumers in ways that don’t conform to the real world. Smart meters enable the utility to manipulate customer behaviors through punitive pricing structures such as time-ofuse and peak period rates, penalizing stay-at-home parents, the elderly, self employed individuals and shift workers, while catering to the two-wage earner family charging an electric car in the middle of the night.  Maine’s smart meter program is under audit due to cost overruns that resulted in a request for an 8% rate increase, instead of promised savings. Maine’s Supreme Court ruled that the Public Utilities Commission did not adequately address health and safety issues with meter installation. Vermont presently offers the only no-fee opt out program in the country.

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“Were these population-wide exposures to smart meters to be part of a project carried out in a medical setting, to test the risks and benefits of a new technology on human health and well being, it would be rejected by a Medical Institutional Review Board on ethical grounds as an unethical exercise in human experimentation.” eliHu d riCHter md, mPH

“Smart meters are the tyranny of technology being imposed on us by corporations in violation of local democracy.” fairfax Ca mayor larry bragman

EMF Sickness On January 14, 2014, Massachusetts Governor Patrick announced plans for investments of $52 million for comprehensive climate change preparedness plan. Hidden within the plan are references to demand-response and grid modernization initiatives that translate to the installation of wireless smart meters and infrastructure.  Over the last year, the DPU spent ratepayer’s money facilitating various working groups that systematically ignored evidence of adverse health effects and failure of meter deployments to justify costs. State consumer advocacy groups HaltMAsmartmeters. org (Wayland) and StopSmartMetersMassachusetts (Danvers) warn that footnote 39 on page 31 of DPU Docket 12-76-A, “Modernization of the Electric Grid,” provides outdated, misleading, and biased health data to the state’s electric companies, mandating investment in infrastructure that endangers the public. In addition, the rush to install wireless utility meters ostensibly to address climate change has yielded greenwashing charges, as well as concerns about the impact on low-income residents. In Fairfax, California, the utility company installed microwave transmission devices without informing the community, and many EHS individuals in Massachusetts perceive the same dynamic occurring in the Commonwealth. Symptoms of electromagnetic sensitivity can include indigestion and nausea, extreme vertigo, eye dryness and skin problems, headaches, nosebleeds, overheating, exhaustion, depression, sleep disorders, aggression, focusing issues, fertility challenges, internal bleeding, and brain fog. Comments opposing docket 12-76-A have been filed by the Massachusetts Association for the Chemically Injured, the Low Income Network, the EMR Policy Institute, the Scientific Alliance for Education, Healing Earth and EMF Refuge, the Berkshire Litchfield Environmental Council, the American Academy of Environmental Medicine and from experts around the world. Residents testified at the July 2013, DPU hearing for docket 13-83 that wireless infrastructure has adversely impacted their health. The Massachusetts Senate and House Joint Committee for Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy also heard testimony in June 2013, from affected residents.  According to the provisions of docket 12-76 DPU “must ensure that electric companies provide safe and reliable electric service to customers….” and smart meters are not safe. Victims of this misguided experiment, which has also been described as the largest IT disaster the world has known, are watching and waiting in hopes that Massachusetts will help to guide the nation away from this disastrous trajectory, towards true ecological stewardship of nature.

Take Action Contact legislators and policy makers to express your objection to wireless utility meters and add your voice to the next comment period for DPU docket 12-76 by March 21, 2014. Visit http://www.mass.gov/dpu or email dpu.efiling@state.ma.us. If you believe your wireless utility meter has adversely affected your health or the health of a loved one, please contact the Secretary of Massachusetts Health and Human Services at john.polanowicz@state.ma.us. If possible, please cc HaltMAsmartmeters@gmail.com on your email with this information.

Patricia Burke is a meridian yoga teacher advocating with activists across the country and around the world for new RF exposure limits based on biological standards. For more information, visit StopSmartMetersMassachusetts.org and HaltMAsmartmeters.org or call (888) 272-6510.  www.spiritofchange.org

‘This is a devastating wrong technology.” dr. dietriCH klingHardt

Learn more about Smart Meters: Visit the video archive at WCCA Channel 13, Worcester, The People’s Channel:

http://www.wccatv.com/video/about-smart-meters Call your legislators and loCal government offiCials now: While I agree that the electric grid requires updating, I am registering my opposition to the Massachusetts DPU’s position that ‘smart’ meters “must be in place before all of the benefits of grid modernization can be fully realized.” No further taxpayer and ratepayer moneys should be misused promoting unsafe, unsecure, unsustainable, unproven, invasive, inefficient, and exorbitantly costly wireless ‘smart’ meters and smart grid technology. My primary concerns are: exorbitant Cost: • $7.5 billion borne by ratepayers to” stimulate economy” while increasing misery index of residents in need of essential service • Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan June 2012: “The utilities have shown no evidence of billions of dollars in benefits to consumers from these new meters, but they have shown they know how to profit. “I think the only real question is: How dumb do they think we are?” • CT Attorney General George Jepsen: “The pilot (program) results showed no beneficial impact on total energy usage, and the savings that were seen in the pilot were limited to certain types of customers and would be far outweighed by the cost of installing the new meter systems.” • Society will bear the cost when system has to be replaced because it is unsafe • Cost for health issues is being shifted to the social sector • Maine under audit when cost savings evaporated into 8% rate hike request • Rising electric bills reported nation-wide following installation of meters HealtH • Increased long term risk for cancer according to World Health Organization • No premarket safety or monitoring of health and environmental impact, reports and evidence of harm have been ignored. Maine Supreme Court health lawsuit underway • Associated with onset of disabling Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity • No epidemiological data on safety of RF exposure for children, ignores medically vulnerable populations • Interference with medical devices • RF limits in the US are ineffective, outdated, and not in line with those in other countries • Human experimentation without knowledge or informed consent • Medical professionals not trained, not informed of increased exposures to pulsed RF • Diminished sleep quality due to 24/7/365 pulsed RF exposure impairs immune function and health. • Bio-Initiative Report Research provides adequate proof of risks of RF Human rigHts, disCrimination • Burden of “money saving” falls on families at home with children, elderly, unemployed, retired and handicapped people who live and work at home, and whose use of electricity is between 8 am and 8 pm. • Over-running of local zoning ordinances, stealth installations • Chicago area Health Impact Assessment on Urban Poor: “Heat or Eat” • Ignores Americans with Disabilities Act recognition of EHS as a cognizable disability, leaves vulnerable residents with no options for safe housing; creates lack of access to society, including health care, education, religious participation and housing for EHS population PrivaCy

Unprecedented household electricity usage monitoring and control

not green or sustainable, manmade emf Harmful to nature • Wireless technology is an energy hog, according to Melbourne Study • Functional meters with useful life wastefully discarded • Micro-chipped appliance requirement fuels wave of consumption while covertly introducing health hazard into home • Pulsed Radiofrequencies Harmful to Wildlife not seCure from HaCking smart meters do not integrate renewables • AZ surcharging solar producers • Reimbursement rates penalize solar producers, favor industry does not signifiCantly Contribute to storm resPonse • Trees, trucks and training are the significant variables

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urging those with spiritual training to step up and out, to take responsibility for the part we came here to play. In November 2012, I flew with my daughter to Los Angeles for spiritual teacher and author Marianne Williams’ Sister Giant Conference, focusing on encouraging women’s voice in governance. Marianne’s energy and passion was galvanic; she had me, when standing alone on stage she said, “Children are hungry. Feed the babies and feed them now!� In the eight hours following, I didn’t turn away and couldn’t hear enough, though it was difficult to hear. Passionate speakers laced us with the need: hunger and poverty, horrendous and racially biased incarceration rates, undue influence of big money on politics through the Citizen’s United ruling, the poisoning of our food sources with GMOs, and of course, gun violence. Voices of political solutions were also heard — EMILY’s list, the Green Party, Yale’s Women’s Campaign School — and of course, the inspiration from Marianne herself, walking the talk and running for Congress in 2014. We returned to Connecticut ignited and ferociously engaged. Newtown happened only 3 weeks later. As I faced parents and children gathered for our Christmas piano concert, “these are all our children� came home. In March an acquaintance invited me to join a RESULTS group that was meeting twice monthly in my town. The information — the scope — felt overwhelming at first, but by July my husband, Bill, had joined and we finally began acting like engaged citizens with three Letters to the Editor published in local papers and calls to our congressional members on important issues. We also decided to attend the RESULTS 2013 International Conference in Washington, D.C. in July.

THE UNBEATABLE POWER of Strong Grassroots RESULTS is a 34-year-old non-partisan grassroots advocacy group. Its mission is to “create the political will to end poverty worldwide and domestically by empowering


individuals to have breakthroughs in exercising their personal and political power.” Based in Washington, D.C., the organization researches issues and plans strategy in health and nutrition, education and economic opportunity on both global and U.S. fronts. When Daly-Harris founded the non-profit over three decades ago, 43,000 children worldwide were dying of hunger and poverty every day. Today that figure has been reduced to 19,000 — still far too high, but cause for optimism. RESULTS has grassroots chapters in over 100 locations in the US, forming one of the most engaged and effective grassroots networks in the world. In the bitterly partisan climate in Washington last year, RESULTS succeeded in efforts to increase U.S. funding for international TB, global nutrition, maternal and child health, microfinance and education programs. Despite what many believe to be a much higher number, international aid amounts to less than 1% of our national budget. At home, RESULTS’ fight against poverty has resulted in expansions of the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit, expansions of Head Start and child care assistance, and protecting SNAP from devastating, heartless cuts in Congress. RESULTS volunteers have let the media and Congress know Americans won’t accept heartless indifference for those in trouble. Over 500 people from over 25 countries and 40 states, including my husband and I, attended the 4-day handson, training conference. We were inspired from the start by RESULTS board member Marianne Williamson’s vision for the healing of America — “The New Activism: Combining Spirit and Action.” Use the spiritual tools and self-work you’ve engaged for so long, she encouraged. “If you’ve done the work, it takes a short time to learn the issues. It will take a long time for those in politics to catch up to where you are.” It’s love in action that counts. The conference training was intense and prepared us well. We were immersed in the issues, heard directly from people living in poverty, and learned how to persuade those not in agreement with us. We practiced crafting and delivering three-minute “laser talks” tailored to the voting record of each member of Connecticut’s congressional delegation, and created “asks” for specific actions on SNAP, early childhood education and tax initiatives to help low income families. Then we spent an entire day on the Hill meeting with our congressional representatives and their aides. And they listened. It was exhilarating. Our voices do matter. We do count. It’s now 2014, the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty, and we are making plans to go farther. We know now the “mistaken sense of powerlessness” was just that — a mistake. There is every reason to be hopeful. If enough of us step up, lending our voices, stories and committed action, we can make a difference. If you’re not already up to your elbows in this kind of service, consider joining in or finding something you care deeply about. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.

Lucinda Winslow works to support conscious leadership in awakening greater levels of goodness and care in the world. An opera director by training, she has Transformational Leadership certification from Feminine Power and was a founding member of Vistar Foundation and its theater company Voicepoint. She is a member of Coastal CT RESULTS and can be reached at Lucindawinslow@optonline.net. To learn more visit www.results.org. www.spiritofchange.org

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A better jobs and growth strategy for towns and cities By Christopher Robbins

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assachusetts communities can no longer rely on state or federal aid to fill their budget gaps. If communities want to enjoy the benefits of a robust economy, each municipality must become a high performing, self-reliant economic engine operating on four cylinders: residential, business, public sector, and nonprofit. Each cylinder represents an indispensable component of the local and regional economy, employing thousands and fueling millions of dollars of activity through wages, the purchase of goods and services, and payment of taxes. Governor Deval Patrick’s Economic Development Policy and Strategic Plan, “Choosing to Compete in the 21st Century,” recommends that each municipality needs a “CEO” and team to create and implement an economic development plan for job growth. Towns and cities must learn to take advantage of economic development opportunities and tax revenues. They must understand how to create the optimum number of local jobs, and how municipal metrics determine their economic well-being. They must know their industry clusters, especially which ones are thriving or struggling, and the decision makers at those enterprises who pay business taxes and create jobs. Each municipality must take responsibility for its own economic fate. Many municipalities are forming economic development corporations or committees to encourage new business establishments, developing supportive customer service policies, and providing predictable regulatory processes that are committed to respecting developers and residents.


TechSandbox, an incubation center for technology and science startups, moved to Hopkinton after selectmen voted to waive building permit fees and explore a special tax deal — the kind of public-private partnership that is key to supporting small business, creating new jobs for the innovation economy, and encouraging growth. Marlborough formed an Economic Development Corporation that works with municipal and private investors to create jobs and community revitalization. Cambridge and Somerville implemented Buy Local First programs to build sustainable local economies and vibrant communities. To understand how the various components influence our municipal and regional economies, towns and cities can design and implement a three-step process.

Step One: Develop your municipality’s economic profile.

Include an appropriate set of metrics, and then track their historical performance. With this information, a municipality can better understand how its local economy works — its strengths, weaknesses, and hidden potential. Examples of these metrics include payroll data from local employers; tax base and rates; commercial land available; office and retail vacancies; school budgets and per-pupil expenditures; housing starts and trends; municipal revenues; cost of living measures; number of employers by sector; job statistics; population trends and demographics. An excellent source for data relating to economic conditions is Framingham State University’s MetroWest Economic Research Center. MassBenchmarks provides information concerning the performance of and prospects for the state’s economy, which gives a context for a local and regional economy. It’s published by the UMASS Donahue Institute with the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.

Step Two: Develop an economic portrait of your primary industry and small business clusters. Include nonprofits and possibili-

ties such as manufacturing, software, medical devices, financial, education, healthcare, information technology, leisure/hospitality, public sector, construction, legal, retail, professional, and business services. That portrait will provide a wealth of information and assist municipal leaders to answer three questions: 1. How do we support businesses and nonprofits? 2. What industries should we strive to retain or attract? 3. A  re we too dependent on any particular industry? If so, how might that dependence be a problem or strength for encouraging job growth? Only a diverse business base can help municipalities survive economic storms and capitalize on opportunities during prosperous times. Within industry clusters, metrics can be highlighted, including number of local employees, top employers, income data, products and services made or provided locally, economic outlook for each sector, and contact information for business and nonprofit leaders. Outreach then becomes possible. The Southborough Economic Development Committee schedules meetings monthly with business and nonprofit leaders to learn how the town can help them prosper. MIT developed a Community Economic Development Tool Box, where one can view profiles of economic indicators by county and compare the profiles to state and national data. The website, mass.gov/lwd/economic-data/ (click on: other resources/ municipal data), as well as municipal tax rolls are good sources for identifying your local businesses.

Step Three: Create and communicate your action plan to interested parties. Collect and interpret your municipal financial data and

trends. Integrate your economic profile, portrait information, and economic development action plan into the annual municipal budget process. Review of this information can be useful in determining the best opportunities and to plan next steps for job creation and growth. Then, explore opportunities to create public-private partnerships to reduce the cost of government, lower residential taxes, and improve the delivery of core services. To succeed, citizen leaders committed to job growth and economic well-being must come forward in each municipality and lead us in a way that will help ensure our fiscal sustainability and quality of life.

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nterest in urban agriculture is growing locally as well as nationally — a trend that is truly a cause for celebration. In fact, I’ve been encouraging everyone to plant a Victory Garden as a step toward fixing our broken food system. During the previous Victory Garden period Americans produced over 40% of the vegetables in the United States in their yards. Growing your own garden or participating in a community garden is a great way to improve your health, help build a sustainable food system, and support our planet as it struggles to make room for increasing numbers of us. Food grown in your own garden is fresher, more nutritious, and tastes better than store-bought food — and you can’t beat the price! Urban gardens are key to saving energy, protecting water quality and topsoil, and promoting biodiversity and beautifying densely populated communities. Plants are our richest source of natural medicine. For all of those reasons and many more, urban agriculture is growing so quickly that changes in local ordinances are often not able to keep up. Zoning laws are outdated and


out of step with today’s world, causing a flurry of legal conflicts, as well as a good deal of confusion about what people can and cannot do on their own land. Every city has different laws and ordinances, and there are no standards spanning jurisdictional lines. Get involved in growing your own food, but remember the important preliminary step of first finding out what your zoning laws allow. There are often restrictions governing the raising of goats, chickens, bees, and even where you can plant a simple vegetable garden. Failing to follow these ordinances can result in some very unpleasant legal snafus.

How to Grow Great Food in Small Spaces Regardless of space, you can produce your own food. Take sprouts, for example. Sprouts are a nutritional powerhouse, containing up to 30 times the nutrients of organic vegetables from your own garden. Sprouts also allow your body to extract more of the vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and essential fats from the other foods you eat. Growing your own sprouts is quite practical and takes less space and time than a full sized garden.   Rather than growing them in Ball jars, try growing them in potting soil. It only takes about a week before you can harvest, and in a 10x10 tray you can harvest between one and two pounds of sunflower sprouts. That will last you about three days and you can store them in the fridge for about a week. I have been doing this for the past year and have used the sprouts to replace my salad greens. The sunflower spouts give you the most volume for your work and, in my palate, have the best taste. Nevertheless, there are many different ways to grow your own food, even if you live in an apartment. If you have a yard, you are truly blessed! But if not, Alex Mitchell’s book The Edible Balcony is an excellent resource for how to grow produce in small spaces. You can use virtually every square foot of your space, including vertical space, for growing food. Hanging baskets are ideal for a wide variety of foods, such as strawberries, leafy greens, runner beans, pea shoots, tomatoes, and a variety of herbs. And instead of flowers, window boxes can hold herbs, greens, radishes, scallions, bush beans, strawberries, chard, and chilies, to name just a few. While you will obviously need to use pots if you don’t have a garden plot, avoid using lots of small pots because they dry out too quickly. Instead, opt for large, yet lightweight, containers or even the newer cloth pots. You may also want to consider selfwatering containers, which can save you time. You could even make your own; Mitchell shows you how in her book. And don’t forget to compost; even apartment dwellers can compost successfully.

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on a large percentage of your yard, or restrict them to only certain areas like the backyard, out of view of the public, truly defy common sense — especially considering the negative impact lawns have on the environment. With resources being increasingly stretched, we need a clear, comprehensive policy on urban agriculture that crosses jurisdictional and geographic boundaries. It’s time for agricultural entrepreneurs, activists, policy makers, and ordinary homeowners to band together and propose some well-defined, fully articulated policies and codes, with incentives that make it attractive for people to grow their own food. Even some of the cities that espouse the virtues of healthy living, buying local, and spending time outdoors fail to update their zoning codes, which prohibit urban agriculture and encourage the proliferation of fast food drive-thrus. The more involved you can be with your local urban planning and development agencies, the faster our outdated zoning laws will be changed. If you want to see a beautiful example of this, take a look at a report called “Cultivate L.A.,”4 prepared as a Masters thesis project by a few UCLA students. The report takes an intensive look at how to best support the growth of urban agriculture in Los Angeles, including a comprehensive needs assessment of the city. Imagine if students were to do one of these for every American city!

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• A new law in California, signed by Governor Jerry Brown, promotes community gardens and small farms by allowing municipalities to lower property taxes for homeowners who commit to dedicating their land to growing food for a minimum of five years. There are five innovative urban gardening programs in LA alone, and others in San Francisco. • Seattle has loosened its rules for backyard goats, domestic fowl, farm animals, and even bees. Seattle also basically wrote the book on community gardening, now boasting 82 neighborhood pea patches, 24 of which are new or expanded. Seattle’s community gardens give about 10 tons of food to local food banks and hot meal programs every year. • Detroit has revised its rules governing compost and greenhouses and has new urban agriculture ordinances. Detroit and Cleveland are offering abandoned lots at almost zero cost to those who commit to growing food on them. In 2010, New York City lifted the ban against urban beekeeping. • Santa Fe, New Mexico, is drafting amendments to city code for urban agriculture that will permit zoning for urban food production, farm stands, and even largescale community gardens.

• Chicago O’Hare Airport is using goats and llamas to clear airfield brush instead of lawnmowers. And in Seattle, 120 goats from Rent-A-Ruminant are hard at work clearing a hillside below the Alaska Way Viaduct, as well as providing an entertaining diversion for local businessmen.

Resources for the Urban Gardener Growing numbers of people are becoming excited about local food, healthier eating, and greener cities, sparking renewed interest in the development of urban agriculture around the country. But many don’t know anything about their local ordinances or where to go for help before enthusiastically plunging their shovels into the ground — only to be surprised later with a citation for breaking the law. These ordinances are constantly changing, so you really need to do your due diligence in planning your urban garden. Below are a few organizations and resources that may assist you on your quest. Whether it’s organic veggies, a berry patch, or a chicken tractor you want to build, make sure you are proceeding within the legal guidelines before you start in order to avoid major headaches down the road. American Community Gardening Association (ACGA) — Devoted to community gardening and greening up communities across the nation. The organization has local chapters across the country. www.communitygarden.org Sustainable Cities Institute — Research and innovation about how to make cities more sustainable, including planning and zoning for urban agriculture. www.sustainablecitiesinstitute.org Foods Not Lawns — A sustainability movement focused on getting rid of lawns in favor of more ecofriendly alternatives; also has chapters in nearly every state across the country. www.foodsnotlawns.com Lots 2 Green — Provides technical assistance to communities in order to facilitate their using vacant lots and other urban properties for community gardens and farms. http://codegreen-usa.org/Lots2Green.htm. REFERENCES 1. www.ted.com/talks/ron_finley_a_guerilla_gardener_ in_south_central_la.html 2. “Is Your Lawn Bad for the Environment?” EarthyReport.com, January 26, 2010. 3. “Are Lawns Worse Than Cornfields?” E-magazine, April 30, 2013 4. “Cultivate LA: An Assessment of Urban Agriculture in Los Angeles County,” http://cultivatelosangeles.files. wordpress.com/2013/07/cultivate-l-a-7-24.pdf June, 2013.

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transferring carbon and nutrients from the soil to the plant, and eventually to our plates. Given this nutrient flow from soil microbes to us, how can we boost and diversify life in the soil? Studies consistently show that ecological farming consistently produces a greater microbial biomass and diversity than conventional farming. Ecological farming (or eco-farming, as my farmer friends call it) includes many systems (biodynamic, regenerative, permaculture, full-cycle, etc.) that share core holistic tenets: protecting topsoil with cover crops and minimal plowing, rotating crops, conserving water, limiting the use of chemicals (synthetic or natural), and recycling all animal and vegetable waste back into the land. Much of this research supports what traditional farmers around the world have long known to be true: the more ecologically we farm, the more nutrients we harvest.

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ecently I’ve been enjoying dirty thoughts. I spend my days in a sterile 8x10 room practicing family medicine and yet my mind is in the soil. This is because I’m discovering just how much this rich, dark substance influences the day-to-day health of my patients. I’m even beginning to wonder whether Hippocrates was wrong, or at least somewhat misguided, when he proclaimed, “Let food be thy medicine.” Don’t get me wrong — food is important to our health. But it might be the soil where our food is grown rather than the food itself that offers us the real medicine. You would find little to support these assertions within the medical literature. Enter the terms “soil” and “health” into a PubMed database and the top search results portray soil as a risky substance, filled with pathogenic yeast, antibiotic-resistant bacteria, radon, heavy metals, and pesticides. But move past these grim reports, and you will uncover a small, but growing collection of research that paints soil in a very different light. These studies suggest that soil, or at least some types of soil, can be beneficial to our health. The scientists investigating this soil-health connection are a varied bunch — botanists, agronomists, ecologists, geneticists, immunologists, microbiologists — and collectively they are giving us new reasons to care about the places where our food is grown. For example, using DNA sequencing technology, agronomists at Washington State University have recently established that soil teeming with a wide diversity of life (especially bacteria, fungi, and nematodes) is more likely to produce nutrient-dense food. Of course, this makes sense when you understand that it is the cooperation between bacteria, fungi, and plants’ roots (collectively referred to as the rhizosphere) that is responsible for 30 Spirit of Change | SPRING 2014

While soil scientists are busy documenting these soil-to-food links, immunologists and allergists in Europe are working above ground to uncover another intriguing soil-health connection, the so-called “farm effect.” Why is it that children raised on ecologically managed farms in Central Europe have much lower rates of allergy and asthma than urban children or those raised on industrialized farms? Once again, almost everything points to microbes — in manure, in unpasteurized milk, in stable dust, on unwashed food and, yes, in the soil. In one study, researchers cultured farm children’s mattresses and found a potpourri of bacteria — most of which are typically found in soil. How soil microbes and other farm microbes protect against allergic diseases is still a matter of debate, but research is increasingly pointing to a new idea that, for lack of a better term, I will call the “microbiome exchange hypothesis.” The standard explanation for the “farm effect” is the hygiene hypothesis, which contends that early life (including in utero) exposure to a variety of microbes dampens the allergic response of our adaptive immune system. The problem with this theory is that our immune system is surprisingly simplistic and seems to react similarly whether it is encountering the diverse portfolio of microbes on an ecological farm or the relatively homogeneous collection of microbes typically found in an urban apartment or a conventional farm. But what if our own immune cells are simply a backup mechanism to a more sophisticated first line of defense — our resident microbes?

Gene-Swapping With Our Dirt And what if a healthy and diverse soil microbiome can foster a more diverse and protective human microbiome? In fact, newer research suggests that this is the case and that an ongoing soil-to-gut microbial exchange might offer the real “farm effect.” Of course this is all very new, and for me, as a physician, somewhat disorienting. In medical school I was taught that our internal bacteria belong to a private club and that they have nothing to do with the microbes in our external environment. Pathogens such as salmonella or E. coli might pass through, as happens when we suffer from food poisoning or other infections, but their influence was considered to be transient — albeit occasionally devastating. But now that we can sequence the DNA of an entire microbiome, using a technique called metagenomics, we’re beginning to connect the dots and we’re discovering that genetic swaps can take place between our microbiome and the outside world, particularly the places where our food is grown. A group of French microbiologists were among the first to document this game of passthe-gene when they identified the exact same sequence of DNA in two different Bacteroidetes bacteria species, one living on seaweed and the other in the intestines of Japanese people. They concluded that the marine bacteria had hitchhiked their way into the human gut via sushi and other seaweed dishes and passed their seaweed-digesting DNA on to resident microbes of the human host. The end result of this exchange is that many Japanese — and possibly people from other seaweed-eating cultures — have acquired a greater ability than the rest of us to extract valuable nutrients from their nori. Justin Sonnenburg, a microbiologist at Stanford who studies how our environment influences our microbiome, told me that the findings from this nori study are, most likely, just the tip of the iceberg. He believes that we’ll continue to discover ways that the microbes in soil and oceans are interacting with our microbiome and playing a huge role in our health.

What Makes Healthy Soil? Impressed by the growing evidence that our health depends on healthy soil, my “dirty thoughts” have turned to action. I now tell my patients that food grown in well-treated soil


might offer distinct advantages when it comes to scoring the best nutrients and building a healthy immune system. Of course, identifying this food can be tricky since USDA Organic certification, while certainly a helpful guide, does not always lead us to the healthiest farms. Many certified organic farms do qualify as ecological, but some large-scale farms with this certification still till deeply and use approved pesticides — both practices that damage soil and the microbes in it. On the other hand, there are farmers who can’t afford organic certification, and who are implementing the practices of eco-farming, practices that have been shown to produce a rich soil and a thriving microbial population. Since there is no “healthy soil/healthy microbe” label that can steer us toward these farms, my suggestion is to ask this simple question: “Does the farmer live on the farm?” Farmers who live on their land and feed their family from it tend to care for their soil as if it were another family member. Going to farmers markets and joining a CSA (community-supported agriculture) are reliable ways to get this type of produce, and supermarkets are also beginning to support local farmers. Remember, the more we demand it, the more they will carry it. Of course, another option is to grow our own food. Eating fresh-grown food from healthy soil is not an all-or-nothing proposition, and even a daily handful of herbs from a container garden can have a positive impact on our health. Whether it is homegrown or from a local farm, I do mention to my patients that they should think twice before peeling or scrubbing their farm bounty. After all, who knows what beneficial bacteria might be coming along for the ride? By the way, eating fermented farm-fresh vegetables is a great way to get a mega-dose of soil bacteria. I also tell patients about other (non-edible) health advantages to connecting with healthy farms. For example, although the data is far from conclusive, spending time on a local farm might offer a relatively safe, low-tech prevention strategy for families predisposed to allergies. “Farm time” looks especially attractive if it obviates the need for allergy shots or rounds of antihistamine. Emerging research says time spent working the soil is a means to build community, improve strength and fitness, slow dementia in seniors, and improve school performance in teens. It would be simplistic to promote a connection to healthy farms as a panacea for all that ails us, but it has become an important part of my medical toolkit.

We Are Soil Finally, I have come to see my patients as an integral part of a farm eco-cycle where the flow of health is bidirectional. In other words, our choices directly influence the farm’s health, which, in turn, impacts our health. For this reason, composting is a way to nourish local farms and ultimately fortify ourselves. I encourage patients to protect the soil like they protect their bodies. While many of us are aware that chemicals used in the soil might be harmful to us, we rarely consider how products that we use on ourselves or in our homes — such as triclosans, VOCs, parabens, PBAs, PVCs, and lye — might affect the health of the soil and its microbes. (By the way, rosemary or basil extracts make excellent antiseptics, vinegar is the best cleaner, shea or cocoa butter are perfect moisturizers, and diluted baking soda is an excellent shampoo.) Similarly, while I’ve long recognized how antibiotics, steroids, and other bactericidal drugs might cause unintended side effects in my patients, I now understand how these drugs can impact the microbial life underfoot and ultimately our own cells. Certainly, any chemical that decreases microbial diversity will, in turn, decrease the nutritional value of our food. But there is another concern: microbiologists at Washington University in St. Louis have recently noted that soil bacteria exposed to antibiotics and other chemicals can develop antibiotic resistant genes which, similar to the nori-digesting enzyme, can be transferred to our microbiome, turning otherwise benign resident bacteria into “superbugs.” Thinking of a healthy body as an extension of a healthy farm, and vice versa, is a paradigm shift for many of us. But when we consider that all of our cells get their building blocks from plants and soil then, suddenly, it all makes sense. In fact, it is not too much of a stretch to say: We are soil.

Daphne Miller, M.D., wrote this article for “How to Eat Like Our Lives Depend on It,” the Winter 2014 issue of YES! Magazine. She is a family physician, writer, and associate professor at U.C. San Francisco. Her latest book is Farmacology: What Innovative Family Farming Can Teach Us About Health and Healing (William Morrow, 2013). www.spiritofchange.org

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This tightening of world food supplies contrasts sharply with the last half of the twentieth century, when the dominant issues in agriculture were overproduction, huge grain surpluses, and access to markets by grain exporters. During that time, the world in effect had two reserves: large carryover stocks of grain (the amount in the bin when the new harvest begins) and a large area of cropland idled under U.S. farm programs to avoid overproduction. When the world harvest was good, the United States would idle more land. When the harvest was subpar, it

would return land to production. The excess production capacity was used to maintain stability in world grain markets. The large stocks of grain cushioned world crop shortfalls. When India’s monsoon failed in 1965, for example, the United States shipped a fifth of its wheat harvest to India to avert a potentially massive famine. And because of abundant stocks, this had little effect on the world grain price. When this period of food abundance began, the world had 2.5 billion people. Today it has 7 billion. From 1950 to 2000 there were occasional grain price spikes as a result of weather-induced events, such as a severe drought in Russia or an intense heat wave in the U.S. Midwest. But their effects on price were short-lived. Within a year or so things were back to normal. The combination of abundant stocks and idled cropland made this period one of the most food-secure in world history. But it was not to last. By 1986, steadily rising world demand for grain and unacceptably high budgetary costs led to a phasing out of the U.S. cropland set-aside program. Today the United States has some land idled in its Conservation Reserve Program, but it targets land that is highly susceptible to erosion. The days of productive land ready to be quickly brought into production when needed are over. Ever since agriculture began, carryover stocks of grain have been the most basic indicator of food security. The goal of farmers everywhere is to produce enough grain not just to make it to the next harvest, but to do so with a comfortable margin. From 1986, when we lost the idled cropland buffer, through 2001, the annual world carryover stocks of grain averaged a comfortable 107 days of consumption. This safety cushion was not to last either. After 2001, the carryover stocks of grain dropped sharply as world consumption exceeded production. From 2002 through 2011, they averaged only 74 days of consumption, a drop of one third. An unprecedented period of world food security has come to an end. The world is now living from one year to the next, hoping always to produce enough to cover the growth in demand. Farmers everywhere are making an all-out effort to keep pace with the accelerated growth in demand, but they are having difficulty doing so. Today the temptation for exporting countries to restrict exports in order to dampen domestic food price rises is greater than ever. With another big jump in grain prices, we could see a breakdown in the world food supply


system. If countries give in to the temptation to restrict exports, some lower-income importing countries might not be able to import any grain at all. When could this happen? We are not talking about the distant future. It could be anytime.

The Mayans and Sumerians Fell Prey to Food Scarcity Food shortages undermined earlier civilizations. The Sumerians and Mayans are just two of the many early civilizations that declined apparently because they moved onto an agricultural path that was environmentally unsustainable. For the Sumerians, rising salt levels in the soil as a result of a defect in their otherwise well-engineered irrigation system eventually brought down their food system and thus their civilization. For the Mayans, soil erosion was one of the keys to their downfall, as it was for so many other early civilizations. We, too, are on such a path. While the Sumerians suffered from rising salt levels in the soil, our modern-day agriculture is suffering from rising carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere. And like the Mayans, we too are mismanaging our land and generating record losses of soil from erosion. While the decline of early civilizations can be traced to one or possibly two environmental trends such as deforestation and soil erosion that undermined their food supply, we are now dealing with several. In addition to some of the most severe soil erosion in human history, we are also facing newer trends such as the depletion of aquifers, the plateauing of grain yields in the more agriculturally advanced countries, and rising temperature. Against this backdrop, it is not surprising that the U.N. Food Price Index was at 201 in June 2012, twice the base level of 100 in 2002–04. For most Americans, who spend on average 9 percent of their income on food, this is not a big deal. But for consumers who spend 50–70 percent of their income on food, a doubling of food prices is a serious matter. There is little latitude for them to offset the price rise simply by spending more. Closely associated with the decline in stocks of grain and the rise in food prices is the spread of hunger. During the closing decades of the last century, the number of hungry people in the world was falling, dropping to a low of 792 million in 1997. After that it began to rise, climbing toward 1 billion. Unfortunately, if we continue with business as usual, the ranks of the hungry will continue to expand. Those trapped between low incomes and the doubling of world food prices are forced to eat less. Most of the nearly 1 billion people who are chronically hungry and malnourished live in the Indian subcontinent or sub-Saharan Africa. There are pockets of hunger elsewhere, but these are the two remaining regions where hunger is pervasive. India, which now has a thriving economy, should be experiencing a steady decline in the number who are hungry and malnourished. But it is not, presumably because rising incomes among the poor cannot keep up with rising food prices.

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FOOD: THE WEAK LINK | continued from page 33 Historically there have been two sources of grain demand growth. The oldest of these is population growth. Each year the world adds nearly 80 million people. Tonight there will be 219,000 people at the dinner table who were not there last night, many of them with empty plates. Tomorrow night there will be another 219,000 people. Relentless population growth is putting excessive pressure on local land and water resources in many countries, making it difficult if not impossible for farmers to keep pace. The second source of growing demand for grain is consumers moving up the food chain. As incomes rose in industrial countries after World War II, people began to consume more grain-intensive livestock and poultry products: meat, milk, and eggs. Today, with incomes rising fast in emerging economies, there are at least 3 billion people moving up the food chain in the same way. The largest single concentration of these new meat eaters is in China, which now consumes twice as much meat as the United States does.

Feed Cars Or People? Now there is a third source of demand for grain: the automobile. Distillers use grain to produce fuel ethanol for cars, an activity that is concentrated in the United States and that has developed largely since 2005. In 2011, the United States harvested nearly 400 million tons of grain. Of this, 127 million tons (32 percent) went to ethanol distilleries. With this massive industrial capacity to convert grain into automotive fuel, the price of grain is now more closely linked to the price of oil than ever before. As the price of oil rises, it becomes more profitable to convert grain into ethanol. This sets the stage for competition for the grain harvest between the affluent owners of the world’s one billion automobiles and the world’s poorest people. Population growth, the rising consumption of livestock and poultry products, and the use of grain to fuel cars together raised the world growth in grain consumption from an average of 21 million tons per year from 1990 to 2005 to 45 million tons per year from 2005 to 2011. Almost overnight, the annual growth in grain consumption doubled.

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As food supplies tighten, the geopolitics of food is fast overshadowing the geopolitics of oil. The first signs of trouble came in 2007, when world grain production fell behind demand. Grain and soybean prices started to climb, doubling by mid-2008. In response, many exporting countries tried to curb rising domestic food prices by restricting exports. Among them were Russia and Argentina, two leading wheat exporters. Viet Nam, the world’s number two rice exporter, banned exports entirely in the early months of 2008. Several other smaller grain suppliers also restricted exports. With key suppliers restricting or banning exports, importing countries panicked. No longer able to rely on the market for grain, several countries tried to negotiate long-term grain supply agreements with exporting countries. The Philippines, a chronically rice-deficit country, attempted to negotiate a three-year agreement with Viet Nam for 1.5 million tons of rice per year. A delegation of

Yemenis traveled to Australia with a similar goal in mind for wheat, but they had no luck. In a seller’s market, exporters were reluctant to make long-term commitments. Fearing they might not be able to buy needed grain from the market, some of the more affluent countries, led by Saudi Arabia, China, and South Korea, then took the unusual step of buying or leasing land long term in other countries on which to grow food for themselves. These land acquisitions have since grown rapidly in number. Most of them are in Africa. Among the principal destinations for land hunters are Ethiopia, Sudan, and South Sudan, each of them countries where millions of people are being sustained with food donations from the U.N. World Food Programme. As of mid-2012, hundreds of land acquisition deals had been negotiated or were under negotiation, some of them exceeding a million acres. A 2011 World Bank analysis of these “land grabs” reported that at least 140 million acres were involved — an area that exceeds the cropland devoted to corn and wheat combined in the United States. This onslaught of land acquisitions has become a land rush as governments, agribusiness firms, and private investors seek control of land wherever they can find it.

Water Conflicts High Such acquisitions also typically involve water rights, meaning that land grabs potentially affect downstream countries as well. Any water extracted from the upper Nile River basin to irrigate newly planted crops in Ethiopia, Sudan, or South Sudan, for instance, will now not reach Egypt, upending the delicate water politics of the Nile by adding new countries that Egypt must compete with for water. The potential for conflict is high. Many of the land deals have been made in secret, and much of the time the land involved was already being farmed by villagers when it was sold or leased. Often those already farming the land were neither consulted nor even informed of the new arrangements. And because there typically are no formal land titles in many developing-country villages, the farmers who lost their land have had little support for bringing their cases to court. The bottom line is that it is becoming much more difficult for the world’s farmers to keep up with the world’s rapidly growing demand for grain. World grain stocks were drawn down a decade ago and we have not been able to rebuild them. If we cannot do so, we can expect that with the next poor harvest, food prices will soar, hunger will intensify, and food unrest will spread. We are entering a time of chronic food scarcity, one that is leading to intense competition for control of land and water resources — in short, a new geopolitics of food. Reprinted from Lester R. Brown, Full Planet, Empty Plates: The New Geopolitics of Food Scarcity (W.W. Norton & Company, 2012). Discounted books available at www.earth-policy.org.

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Let Food Heal Your Body An interview with Dr. Brian Clement by Carol Bedrosian

For close to four decades, Brian Clement, Ph.D, NMD, LN, has stood at the forefront of the progressive health movement through his pioneering research on disease recovery and prevention at Hippocrates Health Institute in West Palm Beach, Florida. New Englanders might remember the original Hippocrates Institute founded by Ann Wigmore, located first in Stoughton, Massachusetts, and then in downtown Boston for over twenty years. Hippocrates moved to its present Florida location in 1987, with Dr. Clement as the Director, to take advantage of the warm weather and year round growing season to supply all those healthy organic vegetables that fuel the remarkable recoveries their health program is so famous for. Over the course of their sixty-year history Hippocrates Institute has guided tens of thousands of people back from stage four cancer and other allegedly incurable death sentences to living healthy lives again without surgery, drugs, radiation or chemotherapy. Their remarkable success rate with simple, healthy lifestyle changes calls into the question the necessity for today’s harsh cancer treatments and the validity of its genetic origins. And Dr. Clement is not afraid to say so: “If you can release yourself emotionally, spiritually and physically from the chains of oppressive diets, lack of movement, all the things that make stagnation remain, you can liberate disease.” Dr. Clement will be a keynote speaker at the Natural Living Expo, Saturday, November 15 in Marlborough, MA to share his latest radical healing information.

Carol Bedrosian: How did you become interested in using food as medicine? Brian Clement: I was a pioneer in the field of American obesity. I was big and fat before other Americans were. By the time I was 20 years old I recognized that I had a problem. I was walking up and down stairs — I was panting, I couldn’t breathe — and a very weird thing happened. My girlfriend’s best friend’s boyfriend was 30, and we were about 20. He was a weirdo as far as we were concerned. He ate plant-based foods, and I’d never heard of anyone in my life that didn’t eat meat, especially a male. But when my other friends were not around I would say to my girlfriend, “Let’s try some of that.” And before you know it, we fell in love with it. I started to feel a change in my body, but ultimately why I moved in this direction was I found a change in my consciousness. Carol Bedrosian: Your consciousness? Brian Clement: That’s right. By eliminating death and dying from my menu, I started to get light and awareness — and without even trying. I certainly wasn’t on any pathway to awareness. I had never felt anything like that before. At that point I was in school for science and I ran into my very first mentor. She was a woman from New York who had decades earlier reversed catastrophic cancer from eating a good diet. She took me under her wing and said to me, “You know, we need you to work in this field.” She said you’re not going to make money, but you’re going to help people. And most importantly, I could actually work at something I love. Before that, I was married and living in Oregon and we were about to seriously consider opening a health center on the Oregon coast. It was going to have plant-based diets, a lot of hiking and outdoor activities. My wife and I at that time had only lived in Oregon and we decided that before we go through this endeavor — we were both relatively young — why don’t we move to the East Coast for a year and then we’ll come back? My wife chose the state of Maine, and looking back I know why, because the people are very much like Oregonians — down to earth, nature lovers, truth tellers, simple people. And when I was there I was full blast a raw foodie because the summer before I was actually gravitating to 100% raw food. The part of Oregon that I lived on was actually on the border of California and Oregon, and it was literally 100 degrees every day from May until September. I just didn’t want to eat anything. I recognized after about two months that I hadn’t put a morsel of cooked food in my mouth and I felt a whole different level of awareness that I hadn’t felt before. I remember reading this really weird book by a person who lived in Boston, Massachusetts, called Be Your Own Doctor. That person was Ann Wigmore. Ann, back in 1952, was told by a Harvard doctor that she had only several months to live because she had advanced stage four colon cancer. The good news for her, and us, and this conversation we’re having, was that she was brought up in Europe — Eastern Europe, Lithuania — and her grandmom, her surrogate grandmom, I should say, was a village doctor. continues on page 38

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LET FOOD HEAL YOUR BODY continued from page 36 Doctors back 100 years ago and before that were all natural doctors. There was no such thing as the pharmaceutical industry then, no pushing drugs just for the heck of it. Her grandmom used herbs, food, tree barks and love. Lithuania was occupied for about 100 years during that period, first by Germany and then Russia. So Grandmom wasn’t just taking care of baby births or common colds, but taking care of sewing arms back onto people. And this little girl Ann was watching this entire process. Ironically she was the sickly member of her family. Her mom and dad had left her in that village anticipating her death, and they got on a boat and came to Boston to become bakers, literally saying good-bye to her, never thinking they’d see her again. But the surrogate grandmom asked a wealthy person to fund Ann coming to Boston. In a matter of weeks from the time she came to the United States, she mangled her legs in a horse and carriage accident. She had a horrible life, her parents abandoned her, she mangled her legs, and then at 50 was told, “You’re going to die; the gig is up.” But in 1956 after reversing stage four colon cancer, she had the chutzpah, as they say, to survive and talk about it, because people have been told they must die by someone who is seemingly well educated. They don’t have to. I have to let people know. She opened the doors to Hippocrates in Stoughton, Massachusetts, 22 miles outside of downtown Boston, and that was the beginning of Hippocrates Health Institute nearly 60 years ago. It was the very first alternative health center in the United States, and the first one that talked about what we call today the self care movement, not the health care movement. Ann’s mantra and our current mission statement throughout our 60 years has been “Help people help themselves.” Not heal people. Not tell people lies. Not say that we have some magic bullet. But to tell people if you’re into tools that have made hundreds of thousands of people well, that reverse disease and premature aging, then by using these tools you can prevent and reverse disease.

me to go home and die. I went home and packed my bags, and I went to you because my neighbor had come in 1962 and reversed cancer, and I did too. So I want to tell you, I apologize for not writing to you and telling you, but I’ve been well from cancer for a year and a half.” Stage four cancer, we see this every day. Carol Bedrosian: Is this a residential program? Brian Clement: Yes, it’s an in-house residential program. We built a resort, so it’s not a hospital setting; it’s comfortable. What’s wonderful is many of these people come back every year for holidays now. It’s an educational process. Ann Wigmore was a genius in realizing that we couldn’t heal people, but people had to heal themselves. Right now we’re in the middle of a project with the University of California to disprove genetics have anything at all to do with cancer. They approached us two or three years ago and said, “You’re the epicenter of proof that genetics have nothing to do with cancer because if genetics cause cancer, lifestyle couldn’t change that.” And look what has happened from lifestyle change. What we’re trying to prove is the validity of self care. The validity of food as medicine. The validity of mind as powerful. The validity of natural, non-invasive treatments that help to boost the immune system, be it a positive mind or exercise or attitude or diet or therapies that are supportive. Your body heals itself through the immune system. There’s no magic in this process, it’s biochemistry. Carol Bedrosian: What is an average length stay if someone has stage four cancer? Brian Clement: The program is 21 days, so if people are ill they have to be there 21 days, which was a learning curve for us too. Every rehab program in the world knows it takes 21 days to break and change habits. If you want to get rid of a disease, or prevent a disease, or be educated, you need to go from A to Z, not get off the train at M. People can come for less time but those who do are generally alumni.

Carol Bedrosian: It must be such a relief for people to come there under a death sentence and then find this reversed. It must be a place of incredible joy. “All light from the sun, which is where Carol Bedrosian: How did the Hippocrates Institute relocate Brian Clement: It is and the opportunity to do this extraordiall life comes from, is captured on a down to Florida? nary work — to watch human potential in action every second green leaf. That’s what we’ve been Brian Clement: Let’s first get from Stoughton to Boston. Ann was of my life. There’s no disease, no problem that a person cannot bringing only the poorest people out there because most of the feeding people for sixty years.” reverse. This whole mythology about it’s too bad, it’s severe, it’s people in the middle of the 20th century thought science was going — Dr. Brian Clement very serious, look at what the diagnostics say. And we’re not to take care of everything and that by the year 2000 there would no lucky like the hospitals. We don’t get people in early stage anylonger be disease. All of us in the middle class and certainly those thing. Most people have to be on the carousel and spun around who were in the upper class would never have considered old-fashioned medicine. Modin circles and then eventually someone bothers enough to say there’s nothing more we ern medicine was the only way to go. So the only people that would come to Ann out in can do. And then they come here to us. Stoughton were the very poorest who were really sick, who would consider doing this back in the 50’s and 60’s as they were dying and told there was no other option. Carol Bedrosian: Even though these people have been ravaged with chemotherapy and At one point a woman came out with early stage multiple sclerosis, Ann gave her radiation and overloaded with pharmaceuticals, their bodies are still able to heal themthe tools, she reversed that, and her symptoms went away. It turned out her best friend selves with natural medicine and foods? owned a brownstone on Commonwealth and Exeter Street. She went out to see Ann Brian Clement: Absolutely, absolutely. It gets increasingly harder the more you assault the and she said, “Why don’t you come and use the top floor of my brownstone?” So we body, the sicker you are. There’s not magic in this process, so recognize that the human body resided there from ’63 until the late 80’s when our Board of Directors said, “Let’s find a completely, thoroughly, 100% regenerates in seven years. As we’re sitting and listening, pinch location that’s more natural, possibly warmer, so that people can really make this transyour skin because that will not be here six months from now. Your entire anatomy, includformation that’s radically changing their diets and their minds and everything else in a ing your bones, will be completely renewed within seven years. The human brain has parts more peaceful place, and not on Exeter Street next to Boylston and Newbury Street.” that change in two and a half days. The human stomach lining, five days. The human heart, So we settled on West Palm Beach. In 1987 we moved the Institute down here and we’ve completely regenerated in 30 days. Human lungs, 70 days. So the snapshot approach of been here for about 28 years now. As you know, the field of complimentary health care, medicine, we have to rethink this thing. If we take a snapshot, in that very second we assume natural and alternative medicine, has become mainstream, so it’s wildly different than in that it’s permanent, it’s etched in stone. When you have this body that is transforming, it’s 1975 when I joined the staff and actually resided on Commonwealth and Exeter Street, and part of the universal continuum of change. If you can release yourself emotionally, spirituthe only people that came in were given days to live. “Okay, okay, everything else failed so ally and physically from the chains of oppressive diets, lack of movement, all the things that I’ll do it.” Now about half the people who come are what I call serious health seekers, that make stagnation remain, you can liberate disease. have had enough experience watching their mothers and fathers suffer and die. From every Carol Bedrosian: What is the Hippocrates diet? corner of the globe they come, not only people sick, but today people come for prevention Brian Clement: It’s the most nutritious and highest protein diet in the world. It’s fresh, raw, and longevity because of our 60-year long reputation for helping tens of thousands of people plant-based food. All life on planet Earth comes from the sun. Every single drop of life on reverse diseases they were told were incurable. We still have those people coming too. We were doing a seminar last week and a woman stood up, and in this very filled continues on page 40 room said, “ You know, when I came to you three and a half years ago, they actually told 38 Spirit of Change | SPRING 2014


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Carol Bedrosian: So no animal products at all — just plant products — is a complete diet? Brian Clement: 50%, of all pollution, all greenhouse gases, comes from humans choosing to consume animal-based food. Somehow, along the way we thought that we should be drinking the milk from another species. So if you think organic milk and organic cheese is really a healthy food, I challenge you to get under the cow and suck from its breast. But the real authorities, the truth tellers, like Dr. Colin Campbell, after 55 years of research showed that the number one dietary cause for cancer wasn’t meat — that was number two — it was casein from milk. Organic milk and homogenized milk. We’ve taken 100% of the people off milk and dairy and all forms of meat including fish. Six out of ten people on the planet Earth are pretty much plant-based eaters; if they eat any meat, it’s minimal or none. Watch what happens when you get rid of these horrific nonhuman foods. We are not carnivores. Carol Bedrosian: Can you talk a little bit about fruit and the evolution of fruit? Brian Clement: Yeah this is a scary thing. The easiest diet to be on was called raw food when it contained lots of fruit. The one thing we all want is sugar; we’re all sugar addicts. What the health industry has learned to do is make white sugar the bad guy, but somehow leads you to believe that other forms of sugar, like fructose, are perfectly healthy. A woman who came to us with stage four breast cancer, reversed it and wrote a book called How I Conquered Cancer Naturally. She would come to Hippocrates and speak, and one day she called to say her tumors were growing back, but not the cancer. It took her three years to figure out that it was all the dates she was eating in her desert part of Southern California, over a pound a day. When date season was over, her tumors shrunk. The fruit was causing the growth of the cancer, so we removed fruit from the diet of anyone with cancer. I had to go out and tell people not only do you have to give up meat and dairy and eat mostly raw food, but you have to stop eating fruit. I was like the Grim Reaper! Here’s a funny story. I’m flying to Los Angeles, and this guy sitting next to me asks, “What do you do?” “Director of an alternative health center in Boston,” I said. “It’s not Hippocrates, is it?” and told me his aunt had lived there, had pancreatic cancer and had recovered from it. I asked him what he did and he said he was an expert in fruit. He was sorry he ever opened his mouth to me! I almost jumped on top of him and I pushed him for an hour. What I got out of him was really remarkable. I was stunned. He said 85% of the fruit we eat today has all been hybridized. Just to give you an example he said, “What’s your favorite orange?” Well, that was easy because it’s the sweetest one. It’s called the Honeybell. He said that was developed back 30-some years earlier as a splicing between a tangerine and a grapefruit. He asked what my favorite apple was. “Red Delicious,” I said. He said Red Delicious has 50 times more sugar than the original apple. “Was the original apple sour?” I asked. He replied, “Do you like crab apples?” “Too sour,” I said. The original apple was more sour than a crab apple, he said! The average amount of sugar increase in fruit is 30 times across the board, some are 50, some are 20, and 85% of the fruit you’re now eating is hybrid. No fruit is picked ripe. Even organic fruit — unless you’re at the organic farm and the wind blows and the fruit falls and you get it before the birds and the bugs, or you shake the tree gently and it falls — all fruit sold commercially, even organic, is picked unripened because they cannot ship ripe fruit. So you now have the secondary problem — acid sugar — because this unripened fruit creates acidity in the body, rots your bones and your cells, weakens your immune system, and pits your teeth. Now the third issue is that your pancreas doesn’t work. If you go back only a century ago, most likely our families would not have eaten processed sugar. The only people that ate processed, white sugar in those days, were the very elite wealthy. In a year those people ate about 2 pounds — a kilo of sugar a year — at Christmas, Hanukkah, Easter


or celebrations. Today it’s just the opposite: the poorer you are, the more sugar you’ve eaten. So the average person who’s poor in the United States eats 160 pounds of sugar in a year. Better educated, wealthier people consume 120 pounds a year, but here’s the real problem: The average American child below 16 consumes double their weight in sugar a year, and a hundred pound child would consume 200 pounds of sugar. We broke the pancreas. The pancreas regulates sugar and now you’re putting massive sugar in it, and so the whole idea of “fruit is normal” – yes, it was normal hundreds of thousands of years ago. It’s no longer normal. So we pulled it out from our diet and took it away from people with viruses, molds, yeasts, fungus, bacteria, certainly low and high blood sugar, hypoglycemia and diabetes, but we were the oddballs then. Now every major institute that has legitimate doctors in it for cancer, be it Sloan Kettering or Mass General, the doctors are telling people not to eat fruit. Carol Bedrosian: So all the fruit juices and smoothies that people are eating that are mostly fruit are actually not very healthy? Brian Clement: Not healthy. They’re all unripened, even if they’re organic. Now, let me not go completely nuts here either. I’d much rather see you take a fruit smoothie with organic fruit that’s unripened than a soda, yes. But it’s not a real option. It’s like asking, “Do you want to be stabbed by a knife or an axe?” A little bit of ripe organic fruit when you don’t have a disease is perfectly fine. We did the work at Tufts University when we were still in Boston. We found out that a healthy person can eat up to 15% of their diet by weight as ripe organic fruit and you won’t have extra sugar in the bloodstream. Once you get over a disease, which is your objective, you can eat that much fruit, but you always have to make sure it’s ripe. Some of the fruits that we know are almost always picked ripe are apples, but now the latest thing is they’re making genetically modified apples that ripen way ahead of time so you’ve got to watch for that. Choose organic food or you’ll be eating genetically modified food. So there is a time when a little bit of fruit is okay, but you can live without it; you don’t need it. Carol Bedrosian: I’d always heard that fruit is supposed to be nature’s perfect food for the human being, but perhaps that was the original forms of fruit and not the hybrids we’re eating now. Brian Clement: You hit it. I honestly believe the original diet of man was fruit. Geological anthropologists tell us that we had seven times more oxygen than we’re breathing now. Can you imagine if they gave us seven times, or six times, or four times more, we’d all pass out. It was a totally different environment on the planet then and people were also different than we are today. The other thing you have to understand is that all the original fruit had little to no sugar in it, plus you were expending massive amounts of energy. Primal people were constantly moving. They were either laying down sleeping or moving. Even 700 years ago we were nomadic, moving. Carol Bedrosian: Is exercise a part of the lifestyle retraining? Brian Clement: Oh yeah. You cannot be healthy without exercise. I hated exercise. First I hated the diet when I started it because I had never eaten anything but meat and dairy and junk food. I also believed that the only people who exercise were dumb jocks. So this was really a difficult transition for me, but I’ve never looked back. Even if you eat a perfect diet, you cannot be healthy without exercise. At this point, humanity on the planet has to change. The air, the water, every drop of water on Earth that people drink is contaminated with pharmaceutical drugs, even the water in the North and South Poles. Every bit of the water has plastics in it. The largest dump in the world is now floating in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. It’s larger than the state of California, and it’s a plastic dump. They have to navigate ships around it. The citizens are no longer served by government, corporate interests are served by government. I think there are some people who are really authentic in government, but to get reelected they have to have dirty money. And the only people who have that level of money, they have to do favors for. I know some of these people — honorable, good people that I trust and think have integrity. They say that if they want to stay where they are and do a little bit of good, they have to agree to do two bad things to get one good thing done. So you are on your own. We’ve got to understand that; it should empower you rather than scare you. You are on your own but part of the human race.

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10 Ways To Invite New Spring Energy Into Your Home By Jill Angelo 1. Learn to say “no” more often. It sets boundaries and clears repetitive patterns, allowing new energy to come in. 2. Release psychic weight by letting go of physical weight, including clothes that don’t fit or furniture you no longer use. 3. Bring Mother Nature inside. Grow an indoor herb garden, put fresh flowers in every room, hang a sprig of eucalyptus in your shower. 4. Add a splash of your favorite color into your home and wardrobe to bring immediate joy and happiness. Feel the energy shift. 5. Honor yourself by repeating this phrase every day: “I am sacred.” Say it like you mean it, because you are. Feel your mood and spirit change. 6. Heal the clutter and pain in your heart by journaling and forgiving yourself and those you know who also need to be forgiven. 7. Fuel your body — your temple — with the freshest local, organic foods you can. Say no to GMOs. 8. Declare “electronic free” moments, hours, or — better yet — days. In solitude, hear the deeply nourishing silence that you and your soul crave. 9. While showering, recapture your awareness and energy by releasing anger, anxiety, stress and worry. As you lather and rinse, envision it all flowing down the drain.

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Bedford Serenity Yoga Center, 363 Great Road, Bedford, MA 01730. Kripalu-affiliated studio. Fully equipped. Daily classes: beginners to experienced. 781-275-4092 • www.serenityyoga.com. Bridgewater Maha Yoga Center, 992 Bedford St. (Rt. 18), Bridgewater, MA 02324, 508-697-3273 www.mahayogacenter.com. Yoga all levels, Hatha, Ashtanga, meditation, massage. Yoga teacher training (YA). Brighton Ayurvedic Rehabilitation Center, 103 Bennett St., Brighton, MA 02135. 617-782-1727. Loretta Levitz, Dir. Yoga, all levels (including disability), Ayurveda, teacher training, private or small groups. Cambridge Kundalini Yoga Boston, 14 Arrow Street. Develop a more vibrant body, a focused mind and an everexpanding spirit that is free from stress and worry. $25: 2 weeks unlimited yoga. 617-868-0055 www.kundaliniyogaboston.com. Holbrook Real Life Yoga Studio, 239 North Franklin St.(Rt 37). Traditional hatha, power flow, Kundalini with meditation, monthly restorative yoga, tai chi, gong meditation. 781-767-1827 • www.reallifeyoga.com. Holden Opening Lotus Yoga. An eco-green studio. Main Street, Holden, MA, 01520. Beginner-advanced. Gentle-vigorous. Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin. Vibrant health courses. Detoxing chronic stress. www.openinglotusyoga.com • 508-829-7435 456

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Westborough Westborough Yoga for healing, transformation and health. www.westboroughyoga.com. Offering Svaroopa Yoga, meditation, private yoga therapy and embodyment, prenatal and gentle yoga. Contact Michelle Gross: 508-341-6424.

The Yoga Studio. Experience a tranquil and welcoming environment to practice yoga amid calming music, soft lighting and a peaceful, restorative atmosphere. Beginners welcome! 508-376-8508 www.theyogastudiomillis.com.

Worcester Amethyst Point. 232 Chandler St., Worcester. Hatha/Iyengar yoga, meditation and tai chi/qigong. All levels. Monday-Saturday. 508-753-3975. www.amethystpoint.com.

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Worcester Yoga Center. Ann Bissanti. Over 30 years teaching experience. Trained in India by B.K.S. Iyengar. Ambq2@yahoo.com. 508-829-6300.

Princeton FrogPond Yoga Centre. Classes in the tradition of Raja Yoga for all levels of practitioners. 200 and 500-hr classes begin January 2014. www.frogpondyoga.org. Uxbridge State of Grace Yoga and Wellness Center. Yoga, 200-hour teacher training, massage, Reiki, reflexology, energy healing, channeling, readings and workshops. www.StateofGraceWellness.com 508-278-2818. Wellfleet Quiet Mind Yoga with Zack Dixon, 95 Commercial Street, Wellfleet. Also offering simple, clear podcast instruction for one hour home practice. www.quietmindstudio.com • 508-349-2429. West Boylston Central Mass Yoga And Wellness, Inc., 45 Sterling Street. 200 and 500 hour teacher training, 45 classes a week. All levels welcome! info@centralmassyoga.com. www.yogawarriors.com www.centralmassyoga.com • 508-835-1176.

Flowforms Yoga. First class free. Lakeside. Daily group classes. Introductory-master. Restorative. Prenatal. Athletic. Private sessions. Singing bowls. Meditation. Massage. 195 Lake Ave., Worcester 508-752-4700 • www.Flowformsyoga.com.

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MULTIPLE LOCATIONS Open Doors Yoga Studios. 15 Locations in MA. Hot power yoga and gentle yoga, all levels. 200 & 500 hour Yoga Teacher Training. www.OpenDoors.com. 781-843-8224. Spirit of Change’s Online Alternative Health Directory offers over 200 New England Yoga studios. Search by keyword or town to find your studio. Visit www.spiritofchange.org/directory

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Book Reviews

By Gail Lord

Lebowski?” is also a koan, Glassman points out, as doing nothing is still an action. The Dude’s love of bowling is an acceptance of life’s strikes and gutters, ups and downs. While Lebowski fans will find special amusement revisiting characters and lines, the multi-layered discussion includes social activism, Glassman’s tours to concentration camps for compassionate witnessing, as well as Bridges work with the No Kid Hungry hunger relief campaign. Also offered is a suggestion to deal with our current polarized politic system; take a dude-like attitude of “that’s just your opinion, man.”

the sun, processed foods lack many of these components, and they contain a host of undesirable additives as well. Taking all this into account, processed foods actually have negative nutrition! Buying organic food may seem more expensive initially, but there’s more to consider than the bill at the check-out line. Cheap food is less nutritious. The lack of nutrients create imbalances in your body which can leave you undernourished, and that’s what causes food cravings. You need to eat two pounds of Cheerios to get the true nutritional equivalent of two ounces of organic oatmeal! So now you’re undernourished, overweight and sick. Plus, you’ve spent $3.79 on a box of cereal compared to 60 cents for a bowl of oatmeal. When you add in the cost of medical treatment and other side effects, including damage to the planet, cheap food is actually outlandishly expansive!

Jeff Bridges and Bernie Glassman The Dude and the Zen Master Penguin/Plume, New York, NY 2014 The Big Lebowski is a cult movie classic. More than a decade and a half after its original release (to less than stellar box office reviews) legions of dialoguequoting fans embrace this Coen brothers’ comedy with unparalleled enthusiasm; they attend annual Lebowski-themed conventions, invoke the film’s laid-back pacifist main character The Dude as a Master’s thesis topic, and even espouse the religion of Dudeism — Church of the Latter-Day-Dude. The Dude is such a pop cultural icon that before Olympic gold medalist Tara Lipinski traveled to watch this year’s Winter Games in Russia she donned a very Dude-like brown bathrobe and put on a Lebowski-esque performance at the Rockefeller Center skating rink! Why so much passion about a fictional story of mellow guy lounging in his sleepwear and his misadventures with his bowling buddies? The Dude and the Zen Master explores the often noted, and according to the Coen brothers, unintended, Zen wisdom as the film’s appeal. Zen koans, or parables, investigated in “Dude parlance” are the jumping off point for the witty and often tangential conversation between the movie’s Dude, actor Jeff Bridges, and his friend, leading rocket scientist turned Zen teacher, Bernie Glassman. Lines such as “The Dude abides” and the spiritual gift of genuine abiding, and “Dude, you’re being very unDude” are among the familiar koans explored. “What do you do, Mr.

Gillian Drake The Truth About Food: the Good, the Bad and the Downright Dangerous Shank Painter Publishing, North Eastham, MA 2013 Warning: trying to eat healthfully may cause serious food confusion. “Eat fish! Don’t eat fish, it’s toxic! Vegan is best! You need animal protein! Go raw!” We’re bombarded with food messages and we can’t trust the food industry or government agencies to help us know what’s best to eat. How can we find the truth? Nutritional consultant and medical intuitive Gillian Drake sorts it all out in The Truth About Food. Using objective, timely and scientifically-driven information, Drake’s unique approach is based on food quality and not just vitamin and mineral value. The total nutritional value of a food includes its vitality and vibration. Using a calibration method based on applied kinesiology, Drake thoroughly investigates everything we eat, from snack foods and nuts, to soy and rice products, to vegetables and beans, and finds the good, the not-so-bad, the bad, and the downright dangerous in each category. Food myths, such as eggs are bad for you (they’re not), and a burger is the worst part of a fast food meal (the bun is worse), are exposed. Processed supermarket food is designed to generate profits, not to make you healthy. Extended shelf-life habitually trumps nutritional consideration. While healthy food consists of a combination of many nutrients, including energy from

Sandra Kynes Mixing Essential Oils for Magic: Aromatic Alchemy for Personal Blends Llewellyn Publications, Woodbury, Minnesota 2013 Scents stir our deep memories and in doing so support psychic work and connect us to something beyond ourselves. Containing the life force of the plants from which they come, essential oils give clarity and purpose to magic and ritual. Mixing Essential Oils for Magic is a wellorganized guidebook to creatively blend specific oils together to boost intentions and amplify energy. Step-by-step directions for magical mixing by botanical family, scent group and perfume note are imaginative, well laid-out and easy to understand. An extensive profile section highlights specific essential oils and includes history, blending information, warnings and magical uses. Hyssop, for example, is perfect for clearing negativity and purifying a space or person. It manifests change and can be used to attract money and beauty. Aromatic alchemy creates powerful potions. By providing the energy of the green world, plant aromas become our magical messengers.

Thich Nhat Hanh Love Letter to the Earth Parallax Press, Berkley, California 2013 In the Buddhist tradition, a bodhisattva is someone who offers happiness to others and cultivates love. In Love Letter to the Earth beloved monk Thich Nhat Hanh reminds us that bodhisattvas don’t always take human form. An animal or a rock can be a bodhisattva, as can a tree with its offering of oxygen, beauty, shade and sanctuary to many creatures. But the most beautiful of all bodhisattvas is our Mother Earth. She accepts and transforms everything, without judgment. Regardless of what is thrown at her she tries to heal herself. With patience and creativity she recovers from the hardship of meteors, droughts and earthquakes. But destruction from manmade pollution and poison in the air, land and water has caused her to lose her equilibrium. Mother Earth is a living breathing organism. For life on this planet to continue, it is essential we help her restore balance. We must shift our focus beyond seeing Earth as an “environment” that we take from and that can do something for us. This unsustainable economic approach to our planet needs to be replaced with an attitude of ecological mindfulness, an evidence-supported understanding that Earth is not separate from us. We are not two separate entities; together we are the cosmos. “There is a revolution that needs to happen and it starts from inside each one of us.” A cosmic religion, not one based on myth, dogma, or beliefs, but shaped entirely on evidence, is a practice that will benefit the universe. The foundation for such a practice, open to all of humanity, is Earth’s observable and verifiable qualities: endurance, inclusiveness and stability. As Walter Schirra, astronaut on Mercury, Gemini and Apollo space flights remarked, “I left Earth three times and found no other place to go. Please take care of spaceship Earth.” A deeper spirituality that includes Earth will strengthen our right relationship with her.

Gail Lord is a freelance writer living in Massachusetts. Please send book review copies to 51 North Street, Grafton, MA 01519 or email socbookreviewer@gmail.com. 44 Spirit of Change | SPRING 2014


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FEBRUARY 2/22 — PSYCHIC AND HOLISTIC FAIRE. Women of Wisdom. North Easton, MA. Psychics, angel readings, mediums, crystal healings, Gaiadon Heart, chair massage, Reiki and more! Sign yourself up for a few appointments and bring your friends! www.womenofwisdominc.com (508) 230-3680

MARCH 3/1 — BIOMORPHIC GEOMETRY: NEW SCIENCE OF HEALING. Inventor/visionary/intuitive healer Aaron Singleton teaches you how to apply new BioMorphic Geometry™ (BMG) prototypes into daily life. The Balance Card, a Master BMG design, uniquely creates a carrier wave, which gathers holographic imprints of crystals/oils/herbs/homeopathy/ supplements and transfers their unique frequencies into the body/DNA/bioplasmic field/aura. Balance Card easily clears physical/emotional/energetic imbalances from our bodies/energy fields. BMG Restore Your Divine Blueprint Cards transmute critical life issues to help us move forward in our personal/professional/spiritual development. These specific six designs help clear blockages to Joy/Peace/Inner Harmony/Release Judgment/Connect the Heart of God to the Heart of Man/the I am. 3 hours of transformative healing. Register www.TheWayToBalance.com. Webinar or in-person. (978) 834-0341. 3/8 — FAMILY CONSTELLATION SEMINAR. Jamy and Peter Faust introduce the concepts and teachings of Family Lineage Healing through The Constellation Approach. The seminar is experiential with various ways to participate throughout the day. All can benefit regardless of your relationship with family members or knowledge of family history. Saturday: 9:30-6, Waltham, MA. Information and registration: ConstellationApproach.com/seminars. 3/13-5/8 — WEBINAR: NINE SIMPLE LAWS TO CREATE JOY AND GRACE. Guided study with book’s author. Internationally renowned medical intuitive/healer/author Sue Singleton’s near-death experience provided invaluable insights into how the universe works. Author of the highly acclaimed book, Nine Simple Laws to Create Joy and Grace: A Comprehensive Guide to Manifestation, Sue offers you opportunities to create the life you love, in 7-module biweekly webinar series. Work with the Law of Attraction? Manifestation is simpler with the missing puzzle pieces — the other 8 laws! Required earlier modules on video. Register www.TheWayToBalance.com (978) 834-0341. 3/14 — AN EVENING OF MESSAGES FROM SPIRIT WITH LAUREN RAINBOW. With the energy of joy and heartcenteredness, Lauren will talk a bit about her connection with spirit and will deliver messages from departed loved ones to as many audience members as time allows. Limited to 40 people. www.circlesofwisdom.com. Andover, MA (978) 474-8010

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3/15 — REIKI CERTIFICATION. Concord, MA. Libby Barnett, MSW. 33 years experience. Reiki Energy Medicine author. Notebook, pin, certificate awarded. Credit cards accepted. CEU’s/contact hours. Call (603) 654-2787. www.reikienergy.com. Reiki II: 3/16 3/15-3/16 — 2-DAY CLEANSE TO GO. All food included. Pick up be tween 7-10am on March 15 at Groton Wellness, 493 Main Street (Rte. 119), Groton, MA. Take Chef Karen’s cooking home with you, free of grain, soy, dairy, cane sugar and gluten. Includes a cooler full of immune-boosting, delicious food and instructions for 2 full days. Register at GrotonWellness.com. 3/15 — PSYCHIC DEVELOPMENT, PAST LIVES AND ANGEL COMMUNICATION WORKSHOP WITH ROSS J. MILLER, psychic healer, medium, regression therapist. In this unique, experiential workshop you’ll learn how to identify your guardian angels and spirit guides by name and receive their guidance, healing and inspiration; discover your soul’s life purpose; experience two of your past lives and heal the residual karma from them; give psychic readings to others in class and more. Saturday, 10:00am-5:00pm, Newton, MA. To register for the workshop or to schedule a psychic or past-life reading or healing session in person or over the phone, visit our website www.TheMysticWay.com or call Ross J. Miller (617) 527-3583.

3/21-3/23 — THE TELLING YOUR STORY WORKSHOP. Through writing, dialogue and art participants are given the opportunity to retell, rewrite and newly respond to the story of their life and by doing so draw a larger sense of themselves. Come and join the uplifting energy of this experience! Information and registration: (508) 560-6891. centerforpersonalevolution@gmail.com, www.capecodscenterforpersonalevolution.com. 3/22 — REIKI CERTIFICATION. Newton, MA. Libby Barnett, MSW. 33 years experience. Reiki Energy Medicine author. Notebook, pin, certificate awarded. Credit cards accepted. CEU’s/contact hours. Call (603) 654-2787. www.reikienergy.com. Reiki II: 3/23 3/23 — HERBAL APPRENTICESHIP. Start of a nine-month herbal apprenticeship program guiding you into the very heart of herbalism, using as its base curriculum written by Rosemary Gladstar. Meets one Sunday a month in Boylston, MA. For more information contact Scentsibilities, (508) 869-3300, www.scentsibilities.com. 3/28-3/30 — REIKI ONE is a healing and empowering class. Learn how to give Reiki treatments, and more. All levels of Reiki offered at One Voice Spiritual Center, North Smithfield, RI (borders Massachusetts). Visit www.onevoicespiritualcenter.com. 3/28-3/31 — ATLAS BALANCING™ PRACTITIONER CERTIFICATION TRAINING coming to Boston from Germany. Taught by creator Elisabeth Westermann. A new protocol… a new paradigm. Are you looking for that extra edge for your healing practice? Info www.atlasbalancingusa.com/ atlas-balancing-humans.

3/16 — ELECTROMAGNETIC HYPERSENSITIVITY, THE HEALTH CRISIS OF OUR TIME. 1:00-3:00pm. Health care experts in many countries predict an epidemic of electromagnetic hypersensitivity, which is an adverse reaction to artificial radiofrequencies, often misdiagnosed, being introduced into ecosystems by utilities, including wireless smart meters. Learn about this emerging health and human rights crisis. Millis, MA. Pre-registation required for location. (888) 272-6510, HaltMAsmartmeters@gmail.com by 3/12. Space limited, donations accepted. 3/18 — FIND OPPORTUNITY IN YOUR OBSTACLES. A tele-discussion series on love, forgiveness, empowerment and more, based on Trish Whynot’s book: “Why Me? Why Now? Why Not? Finding Opportunity In Your Obstacles.” 8-9PM. Visit www.trishwhynot.com for details. 3/20-4/15 — WIRELESS UTILITY INFRASTRUCTURE CONCERNS VOLUNTARY ONLINE SURVEY. For MA residents. Participate in voluntary survey regarding attitudes, health concerns, policies, politics, cost, and ecosystem implications of pulsed RF-emitting utility infrastructure in MA and beyond. HaltMAsmartmeters.org and StopSmartMetersMassachusetts.org beginning 3/20. 3/21 — OUR SPRING EQUINOX OPEN HOUSE is a joyous gathering to celebrate the coming of spring. Experience group guided meditations, chanting, music, and more. One Voice Spiritual Center, North Smithfield, RI. Learn more atwww.onevoicespiritualcenter.com.

6/9-6/21 — John Of God is perhaps the world’s most renowned spiritual healer. Witness and/or experience spiritual enlightenment and healing on this two-week retreat in Brazil. See June listing or JohnofGodGuide.net.

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Vanguard Building. Refreshments offered. RSVP to Maxine Bornstein, RN, HWNC-BC at (508) 292-5258 or maxine@ReikiByTheSea.com. Additional details at www.ReikiByTheSea.com.

4/12 — REIKI MASTER: Wilton, NH. Libby Barnett, MSW. 33 years experience. Reiki Energy Medicine author. Graduates of other teachers welcome. Call (603) 654-2787. www.reikienergy.com. Reiki Master Teacher: 4/13

4/4-4/7 — ATLAS BALANCING™ PRACTITIONER CERTIFICATION TRAINING coming to Boston from Germany. Taught by creator Elisabeth Westermann. A new protocol… a new paradigm. Are you looking for that extra edge for your healing practice? Info www.atlasbalancingusa.com/ atlas-balancing-humans.

4/17 — REIKI CERTIFICATION. Newton, MA. Libby Barnett, MSW. 33 years experience. Reiki Energy Medicine author. Notebook, pin, certificate awarded. Credit cards accepted. CEU’s/contact hours. Call (603) 654-2787. www.reikienergy.com. Reiki II: 4/18.

4/5 — ANCIENT EGYPTIAN HAND AND BODY POWER POSTURES. Sue/Aaron Singleton introduce to you what they believe is one of the biggest secrets yet to be discovered in the art of ancient Egypt. Beginning with their first trip to Egypt in 1998, the Singletons began exploring placement of the hands/head/body in statues/temple/tomb art. Their next several trips, they realized they’d finally found the true origins of their own Energy Of Life®/EOL Integrative Healing Process. You will learn hand/body postures to clear/ balance chakras, release fears, open the heart, enhance intuition, etc. They recreate the energy of the King’s and Queen’s Chambers by combining a number of their own EOL transformative tools. Workshop: Portland, CT. Register www.TheWayToBalance.com. (978) 834-0341.

4/27 — Come for connection, education and community at the Celebration of Reiki Conference in Brookline, MA. See April listing or www.CelebrationOfReikiConference.org.

3/29-30 — WESTERN MASS MINERAL, JEWELRY AND FOSSIL SHOW. Clarion Hotel, Northampton, MA. www.WesternMassMineralShow.com 3/29 — ANDEAN CHUNPI WORKSHOP. Chunpi Paqos are considered master weavers of the body’s living energy belts. Each belt is comprised of an energy source assisting individual’s to broaden their relationship to the unseen worlds. Sandy Corcoran shares instruction of the energetic alignments and initiation. Roots & Wings Healing Arts Center, Natick. 10am-5pm. 12 participants only. Pre-registration required: (508) 435-2681 or sandy@starwalkervisions.com. 3/29-3/30 — INSULIN RESISTANCE, NATURAL AND HERBAL THERAPEUTICS. Students will learn the pathophysiology of insulin resistance and how diet, exercise and specific herbal protocols can successfully address this health epidemic. Boston School of Herbal Studies, Arlington. (781) 646-6319, bostonherbalstudies.com.

APRIL 4/2 — 6TH ANNUAL COMPLEMENTARY AND INTEGRATIVE THERAPIES EXPO. See page 27. 4/3 — CHRISTINE TULIS AT WATERTOWN CENTER FOR HEALING ARTS. April 3-May 4. Offering bodywork, anointing with holy oils, and energy healing. More info and online booking link at www.christinetulis.com. 4/3 — INTRO TO WELLNESS COACHING. You’re invited to learn more and ask questions. 5-6pm at Boston/Harvard

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4/5 — REIKI CERTIFICATION. Wilton, NH, Libby Barnett, MSW. 33 years experience. Reiki Energy Medicine author. Notebook, pin, certificate awarded. Credit cards accepted. CEU’s/contact hours. Call (603) 654-2787. www.reikienergy.com. Reiki II: 4/6 4/5 — FAMILY CONSTELLATION SEMINAR. Jamy and Peter Faust introduce the concepts and teachings of Family Lineage Healing through The Constellation Approach. The seminar is experiential with various ways to participate throughout the day. All can benefit regardless of your relationship with family members or knowledge of family history. Saturday: 9:30-6, Waltham, MA. Information and registration: ConstellationApproach.com/seminars. 4/6 — HEALTH AND WELLNESS SHOW 2014. Sheraton Needham Hotel, Needham, MA. healthandwellnessshow.net. 4/4-6 — THE BO.ND EXPERIENCE, a unique writing retreat with your body in mind, opens its 2014 season April 4-6 at the Blueberry Farm B&B in picturesque Lisbon, NH. This balance of writing and movement is designed for those who want to explore the range of personal memoirs with award-winning author Helen-Chantal Pike. Alternative therapies practitioner Kate Kelly uses gentle exercises in a variety of modalities to unlock sedentary muscle memory. For info on other retreats: Helen@PikeCountry.com. 4/11-13 — READ AND PLAY MUSIC IN A WEEKEND! Any instrument, any style. This world famous seminar turns beginners into musicians, revitalizes and inspires even pro musicians. 169 Mass Ave., Boston. www.understandingofmusic. com. Sign up online http://signup.understandingofmusic.com or (781) 599-1476. sallee@dlorien.com 4/11-4/13 — 2014 TONG REN SYMPOSIUM AND EDUCATION CONFERENCE. Marlborough, MA. Join us for an exciting weekend of Tong Ren therapy activities! Seminars, exhibits, practitioner demonstrations, group healings. Post-conference April 14-15. (617) 334-9432. www.tongrensymposium.com.

4/18-4/20 — THE TELLING YOUR STORY WORKSHOP. Through writing, dialogue and art participants are given the opportunity to retell, rewrite and newly respond to the story of their life and by doing so draw a larger sense of themselves. Come and join the uplifting energy of this experience! Information and registration: (508) 560-6891. centerforpersonalevolution@gmail.com, www.capecodscenterforpersonalevolution.com. 4/19 — HARP AND YOGA FOR HEALING WORKSHOP with harpist/healer Christine Tulis and yogini Brahmi Gold-Bernstein. 1-4 pm at TriYoga Boston, 60 Prospect St., Waltham, MA. $40. Registration and more info www.triyogaboston.com. 4/21 — SAMA’S REGISTERED AYURVEDIC HEALTH COUNSELOR PROGRAM. 10am-5pm. 21-months. Meets 3rd weekend (4 days)/month. Approved by National Ayurvedic Medical Association. Come as a student; leave as a guru! (401) 845-8950. samaseasidewellness.com. Newport, RI. Karyn@Sacredstonehealing.com 4/23 — ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS TO GET WHAT YOU WANT! Kate Rivera, certified life coach, will teach you a simple process for knowing the questions you need to ask yourself to fulfill your dreams and desires. Stop the frustration and get focused on well-defined goals you can actually accomplish. In Cambridge, 7:00–8:45pm, $15. (617) 479–5443 or www.katerivera.com 4/24-4/27 — AWAKENING THE ILLUMINATED HEART WORKSHOP. A Drunvalo Melchizedek workshop. Activate your MerKaBa, prepare for ascension by living from your heart. Create a world of Oneness. Live a life of joy! Call Debor~ah; (978) 526-8826. www.StepsAndWings.com. 4/25-4/27 — SCHOOL OF HYPNOTHERAPY. Women of Wisdom. North Easton, MA, prepares individuals interested in career as professional certified hypnotist/hypnotherapist. Live demonstration, supervised practice, hands-on experience. Tuition includes: training manual, scripts, over 220+ hours. All inclusive. www.womenofwisdomcinc.com (508) 230-3680. 4/26 — SOUND TEMPLE CONCERT with harpist/healer Christine Tulis. 7:30 pm at TriYoga Boston, 60 Prospect St., Waltham, MA. $20 advance, $30 at the door. Tickets at www.triyogaboston.com. Hear the music at www.christinetulis.com. 4/26 — HIMALAYAN SINGING BOWL CIRCLE. Gather up your Himalayan singing bowls and come out and sit down with the leading western expert, Mitch Nur, PhD. 7-9pm. Circles of Wisdom, 90 Main St., Andover, MA, www.circlesofwisdom.com (978)474-8010 4/27 — CELEBRATION OF REIKI CONFERENCE. “Reiki: Making the Connection.” 8:45-5:30. Come for connection, education and community! Brookline Holiday Inn, 1200


Beacon Street, Brookline; $80; www.CelebrationOfReikiConference.org or contact Elise Brenner at eliseb@rcn.com. 4/30- 6/18 — STRESS MANAGEMENT AND THE PRACTICE OF MINDFULNESS MEDITATION. 8-week series starting 4/30. Wednesdays from 7-9 pm. Beverly, MA. For information go to www.centerforwholenessofbeing.com or contact Denise Koelsch at dkoelsch@comcast.net or (978) 969-2513.

MAY 5/3 — GENETICS ARE NOT DESTINY: FREE WEBINAR. Learn why the instances of chronic disease (like cancer, diabetes and heart disease) are soaring and what you can do to reduce your risk. Take back the power over your health and make the rest of your life the best of your life! To Register visit www.AlbatrossWellness.com/events or call (781) 629-9659 5/10 — RESTORE YOUR DIVINE BLUEPRINT. BMG Restore Your Divine Blueprint designs empower a shift within your conscious/unconscious minds/body, because our DNA can read/respond to frequencies created by BMG Cards. Six introductory cards by Sue/Aaron Singleton help transmute critical life issues and allow us to move forward in our personal/professional/spiritual development: Inner Harmony, Peace, Joy, Connect the Heart of God to the Heart of Man, the I Am, and Release Judgment. The Singletons incorporate some of their other Energy of Life® Transformative Tools/Techniques, Rings of Oden™, timeline regression, aromatherapy, Stone Play™ and much more, for a transformative day. Workshop: Portland, CT, register www.TheWayToBalance.com. (978) 834-0341. 5/10 — FAMILY CONSTELLATION SEMINAR. Jamy and Peter Faust introduce the concepts and teachings of Family Lineage Healing through The Constellation Approach. The seminar is experiential with various ways to participate throughout the day. All can benefit regardless of your relationship with family members or knowledge of family history. Saturday: 9:30-6, Waltham, MA. Information and registration: ConstellationApproach.com/seminars.

5/14 — ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS TO GET WHAT YOU WANT! Kate Rivera, certified life coach, will teach you a simple process for knowing the questions you need to ask yourself to fulfill your dreams and desires. Stop the frustration and get focused on well-defined goals you can actually accomplish. In Quincy, 7:00–8:45pm, $15. (617) 479–5443 or www.katerivera.com

6/6-6/9 — MARTHA’S VINEYARD HEALING RETREAT. 4 days, 3 nights. $1195. Early bird by 4/14/14 for $995. Reconnect with nature using aromatherapy, crystals, Qi Gong, and meditation. Contact Erik at chiforhealing.com or John at tru-elements.com. (860) 593-8397.

5/16-5/18 — THE TELLING YOUR STORY WORKSHOP. Through writing, dialogue and art participants are given the opportunity to retell, rewrite and newly respond to the story of their life and by doing so draw a larger sense of themselves. Come and join the uplifting energy of this experience! Information and registration: (508) 560-6891. centerforpersonalevolution@gmail.com, www.capecodscenterforpersonalevolution.com.

6/6-6/12 — BOSTON HEALING TAO PRESENTS GRANDMASTER MANTAK CHIA’S WORLD TOUR 2014. Chi Kung and meditation for more energy! Grandmaster Chia is one of the most important figures in contemporary Taoism. He has revolutionized the healing arts by openly teaching many previously hidden techniques in Chi Kung. He is in the top 20 List of 100 Most Spiritually Influential teachers in the world. Do not miss this special opportunity to learn from the Grandmaster! Arlington, MA. Contact: Marie Favorito. www.bostonhealingtao.com. (617) 501-9118.

5/31 — REIKI CERTIFICATION. Wilton, NH, Libby Barnett, MSW. 33 years experience. Reiki Energy Medicine author. Notebook, pin, certificate awarded. Credit cards accepted. CEU’s/contact hours. Call (603) 654-2787. www.reikienergy.com. Reiki II: 6/1

6/07 — PSYCHIC AND HOLISTIC FAIRE. Women of Wisdom. North Easton, MA. Psychics, angel readings, mediums, crystal healings, Gaiadon Heart, chair massage, Reiki and more! Sign yourself up for a few appointments and bring your friends! www.womenofwisdominc.com. (508) 230-3680

5/31-6/1 — HERBAL APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM. Seven weekends. Students get hands-on experience making tinctures, teas, salves oils, herbal sprays, and flower essences, and are exposed to such various herbal traditions as Chinese, Ayurveda and Western herbalism. Each month we cover a different body system and the herbs that nourish and support it. We focus on plant identification and do medicinal plant walks each weekend. Boston School of Herbal Studies. (781) 646-6319. bostonherbalstudies.com

6/9-6/21 — JOHN OF GOD is perhaps the world’s most renowned spiritual healer. This two-week spiritual retreat in breathtaking central Brazil offers the opportunity to witness up close and/or personally experience spiritual enlightenment, physical and emotional healing that is described as life-changing. $1,600 includes all meals, transportation to and from the hotel, personal and group time, journey to the sacred waterfall, one crystal bed session, translation and any personal assistance. Contact: JohnOfGodGuide@gmail.com or Patrick: (617) 866-3302 or Priscilla: (978) 897-8846.

UPCOMING 6/4-6/9 — AMERICAN SOCIETY OF DOWSERS NATIONAL CONVENTION. With dozens of presentations, dowsing schools, vendors, practitioners and two keynote evenings, it’s a life-changing event! Lydonville, VT. www.dowsers.org

6/14-6/21 — RITUAL HEALING VILLAGE WITH MALIDOMA SOMÉ. Join us for this 7-day intensive rite of passage journey, including powerful healing rituals in nature to reconnect with the ancestors and awaken the healer within. Cherry Plain, NY. Pre-requisite for apprenticeship. www.eastcoastvillage.org

5/10 — PSYCHIC DEVELOPMENT, PAST LIVES AND ANGEL COMMUNICATION WORKSHOP WITH ROSS J. MILLER, psychic healer, medium, regression therapist. In this unique, experiential workshop you’ll learn how to identify your guardian angels and spirit guides by name and receive their guidance, healing and inspiration; discover your soul’s life purpose; experience two of your past lives and heal the residual karma from them; give psychic readings to others in class and more. Saturday, 10:00am-5:00pm, Newton, MA. To register for the workshop or to schedule a psychic or past-life reading or healing session in person or over the phone, visit our website www.TheMysticWay.com or call Ross J. Miller (617) 527-3583. 5/10-5/13 — KEYS TO EXPERIENCE THE KAWSAY PACHA. In the Andean Tradition there are three paths to align your personal power within the world of living energies. These workshops offer the first two aspects: Paña-mystical side of the path (May 10 & 11) Chaupi-heart catalyzer (May 12-13). Sandy Corcoran, sponsors Juan Nunez del Prado, foremost authority on the pure Andean mystical tradition, and his son Ivan, for 4 days teachings. Roots and Wings Healing Arts, Natick. Early discounts. (508) 435-2681 or www.starwalkervisions.com

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5/31-6/1 — Get hands-on experience making tinctures, teas, salves and flower essences at the Boston School of Herbal Studies Herbal Apprenticeship program beginning May 31. See May listing or bostonherbalstudies.com.

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6/18 — ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS TO GET WHAT YOU WANT! Kate Rivera, certified life coach, will teach you a simple process for knowing the questions you need to ask yourself to fulfill your dreams and desires. Stop the frustration and get focused on well-defined goals you can actually accomplish. In Cambridge, 7:00–8:45pm, $15. (617) 479–5443 or www.katerivera.com 6/20-26 — 2014 INTERNATIONAL SOUND THERAPY CONFERENCE RETREAT. “In the Service of Sound.” North Andover, MA. 14 speakers, 2 dozen workshops, live evening performances. www.istcr.org or 2014istcr@ gmail.com. 6/24-25 — SINGING SEMINAR. Find your voice and become the singer you want to be in 2 days! World famous seminar teaches beginners to sing and professionals to reach new notes. Strengthen your voice, become more confident, increase your range and more. 169 Mass Ave., Boston. www. understandingofmusic.com. Sign up online http://signup.understandingofmusic.com or (781) 599-1476. sallee@dlorien.com 6/28-29 — INCREASING CREATIVITY THROUGH MOVEMENT WORKSHOP with dancer/choreographer Sallee Slagle. Free your creative body, increase personal space and experience your body as the instrument of expression. For anyone wanting to be more creative and comfortable with their body. www.dancedimensions.org/creativity. sallee@dancedimensions.org. (781) 599-1476. 10/11-10/13 — JILL PURCE “THE HEALING VOICE” WORKSHOP Liberation through the ecstasy of chant. Cost for three days: $425. http://tinyurl.com/Jill-Purce. mandala.world@yahoo.com. (508) 429-9716 10/12 — JOURNEY OF THE SOUL. Join past life regression expert Dr. Brian Weiss and medium John Holland for an evening of healing and enlightenment for your body, mind and soul. Back Bay Events Center, Boston. 10am5pm. Register early and save www.hayhouse. com/events or (800) 654-5126.

ONGOING MISTY MEADOWS HERBAL CENTER APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM begins April. Advanced program begins March 15 with Caroline Gagnon, Dr. Jody Noe, Chris Marano, David Winston and Dr. Mary Bove. Details at www.mistymeadows.org. Misty Meadows Herbal Center in Lee, NH. (603) 659-7211 SPRING CLEANSE. An Ayurvedic cleanse with Adena Rose Ayurveda is a self-guided cleanse course available online. Learn how a clean, simple diet, and self-care techniques can remove toxins and make lasting changes in

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your health. Registration information at www. adenaroseayurveda.com/ayurvediccleanse. POLARITY’S FIVE ELEMENTS AND THE SEVEN CHAKRAS. An asana, nutrition and emotional balance program! Webinar format. CEU’s. Clear blocked energy and harness your personal power to live a vibrant life! March 5, 19 and April 2 from 7-9pm or March 11, 18 and April 8 from 12-2pm. Details www.circle-of-energy.com. BOSTON SCHOOL OF HERBAL STUDIES. Arlington and Lincoln, MA. Affordable, evening and weekend classes, aromatherapy certification courses, herbal apprenticeship programs and advanced training. Call (781) 646-6319 or see bostonherbalstudies.com. CLASSES IN CHANNELING AND SPIRITUAL EVOLUTION with master Vywamus, channeled by Andrea Seiver. Have a personal reading, enjoy 2014 Evenings with Vywamus April 11, May 2. Learn to Channel class begins April. (617) 332-1541. www.andreaseiver.com THE RAINBOW DIET AND HOW TO REALLY LOVE YOUR LIFE! WEEKEND RETREATS. Reverse pre-diabetes, reverse autoimmune disorders and learn how to lose weight eating a rainbow a day! Upcoming retreats in Oakham, MA: May 23-25, July 25-27, August 29-31, October 10-12. Cost: $195-$250/day includes meals, lodging, workshops, live music, swimming, yoga, labyrinth and more. www.aPlacetoEvolve.com or (508) 882-3739. SHAMANIC DRUMMING CIRCLE founded 1993. Usually second and fourth Fridays of every month. 7pm. Quaker Meetinghouse, Cambridge, MA. Open to all, instruction available on website: http://www.friendsjourneycircle.org/. Terrence (978) 952-2704 or Emily (781) 641-3980. PRANIC HEALING. Private sessions and Level 1 workshops: April 5/6 North Andover, MA, and May 17/18 Burlington, VT. Thursday night meditations. North Andover. Miriam Smith, certified healer and teacher. (978) 807-1634. mgsenergy@comcast.net. www.PranicHealingNE.com. WOMEN’S GATHERINGS: FREE DINNER & SPEAKER. 2nd Wednesday each month. True North Holistic Center and Retreat House, Hubbardston, MA. 6:30-9:00 pm. Potluck dinner-bring a dish to share. See True North’s full schedule at www.truenorthholisticcenter. org. (978) 820-1139. THE ECLECTIC INSTITUTE OF AROMATHERAPY AND HERBAL STUDIES offers: Palmistry as a Tool of Diagnosis beginning 3/7, Arlington; 7-month Herbal Certification beginning 3/15, Harwich; Introduction to European Based Aromatherapy beginning 3/2 Boylston; 3/16 Providence; 4/13 Harwich. www.aromatherapyandherbalstudies.com


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Treatments and classes for healing all stress-related ailments, sports injuries, women’s health issues and more Specialties include: anxiety, mild to moderate depression, back pain, migraines, and infertility, as well as other health issues. We also specialize in facial rejuvenation (micro-current facial) and offer non-needle options. Bryn has over 22 years experience. Available weekdays and weekends by appointment. 481 Great Road #6, Acton, MA 01720 info@acupunctureplusyoga.com www.acupunctureplusyoga.com S 978-266-9889 S

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Dr. Yvonne Chen, Lic. Acupuncturist One of the first practicing acupuncturists in the United States, Dr. Yvonne Chen began her acupuncture practice in Washington, D.C. in 1973, moving to Worcester one year later. Trained in China as a medical doctor, Dr. Chen’s years of study and research included in-depth work with both traditional Chinese and Western medicine. Her approach to health incorporates keen knowledge on the nature of disease, use of

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energy balancing, nut­ritional counseling and the promotion of spiritual well-being. Acupuncture is especially effective in the treatment of: • Pain: migraine headaches, stress relief, tendonitis, arthritis, lower back pain, neuralgia, whiplash, accident and trauma injuries and TMJ syndrome • Improving bodily functions: respiratory ailments, insomnia and impotency • Nervous system disorders: Bell’s Palsy, paralysis, multiple sclerosis and stroke recovery • Behavioral changes: weight control and smoking cessation. Located at 110 June Street, Worcester, MA 01602. For an appointment or for more information, please contact Dr. Yvonne Chen at 508-755-5557.

Whether your issue is chronic pain, allergies, asthma, irritable bowel syndrome, acid reflux, plantar fascitis, golfer’s elbow, infertility, uterine fibroids, menopausal symptoms, insomnia, a compromised immune system, or a host of other problems, I can help you. Call for a free “meet and greet” appointment. 259 Mass Ave., Arlington, MA Free parking in rear. www.anappleadayacupuncture.com 781.648.0911

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Astrology illuminates one’s psychological landscape and journey. It times life developments and reveals their designs for the soul. I offer astrological services and ongoing psychospiritual counseling with astrology, Jungian and esoteric psychology as a comprehensive ground of exploration and guidance

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Questions? Astrologer Eric Linter has answers. Changes in relationships, career, health, finances or spiritual practice are inevitable. Eric’s clarity will help you stay on the right path. His insights help you better understand and appreciate life’s challenges. His clients say Eric Linter is “profound and enlightening” and “one of the best astrologers on the East Coast.”

on current issues and lifelong questionings. By accessing the deeper order of your life, you gain transformative insights into the evolutionary meaning of particular challenges and new perspectives to direct your choices. My background includes an MS and PhD in Esoteric Psychology and Philosophy. Jungian psychology, Eastern and Western Traditions are key foundations in my approach. I have been in practice for 25 years. U Astrological Consultations U U Psychospiritual Counseling U www.astrologicalpsychology.com 617-524-7072

Eric, a professional astrologer for 25 years, works with individuals, couples and businesses. Specialties include career moves, personal creativity and karmic relationships. Consultations are available in person, by telephone, or on cassette. Eric also offers classes, lectures and appearances at parties and special events. For more information and to schedule a private session, contact Eric by email or call: stars@ericlinter.com X 508-541-4115 X

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Psychic Readings G Reiki G IET Chair Massage G Classes Workshop and Events

Metaphysical Shop

122 West Emerson St., Melrose, MA www.zuzusbeads.com G 781-665-8844

gift shop

Unique Jewelry G Healing Tools G Statues Crystal Bowls G Ritual Items G Angels Psychic and Medium

Witch Owned and Operated Ritual Supplies G Crystals G Gemstones Jewelry G Incense G Candles G Gifts

www.womenofwisdominc.com 508-230-3680

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Center for Complementary Medicine and Holistic Therapies

Mediums and Spiritual Counselors on staff Various classes and workshops! 78 N. Washington St, N. Attleborough, MA 508-643-3400 G 877-33-WITCH andromedasalley@aol.com www.andromedasalley.com

Hours: M-F 10 am-8 pm, S/S 10 am-6 pm 118 Washington Street, N. Easton, MA

Full-time, part-time and hourly space available for rent.

Acupuncture Chiropractic Colon Hydrotherapy Massage Couples Counseling Hypnotherapy Reiki EMDR Psychotherapy Reflexology 214 Market Street, Brighton, MA 02135 www.marketstreethealth.com 617-787-3511

you achieve your goals in life — for love, relationships and finances.

Centers

Offering S Healing with Reiki sessions S Spiritual sessions with angels and your

guides/a loved one

WHAT INTEGRATED REALLY MEANS

Wish your health care providers would work together to better understand the whole YOU? That’s what we do. All of our practitioners meet in a weekly Round Table to do just that. The result? More comprehensive treatment for you.

HOLISTIC SERVICES

Acupuncture Therapeutic Massage Nutrition Counseling Chiropractic Custom Orthotics

Insurance Accepted! Most insurance plans accepted for acupuncture, chiropractic & nutrition counseling. We accept all health flex spending cards for ALL of our services. 102 Shore Drive, Worcester, MA 508.853.7500 www.body-therapeutics.com

Bodywork and Readings

Learn to Love your Life At Bhavna’s Wellness Group, we help you to connect with yourself at different levels. We believe in realeasing and taking care of all of your stresses in every aspect of your life. We help you to rediscover who you really are, to help you to grow and to be happy and loving in life. S Have a thirst for more spirituality? S Do you feel you are an older soul? S Do you feel you deserve happiness now but

are stuck and don’t know what to do next? Join our Advanced Spirituality and Goal Achievement Course. Clear your negative karmas from all your past lives and receive connection with the Universe, let them help

S Clearings, food detox programs S Licensed mental health counselor support S Make more money, save more money

with a financial professional S Learn Reiki 1 and Reiki 2

Join the weekly unique divine/chakra/angel meditation every Tue. eve. from 6:15-7 pm. Free monthly support group for cancer and heart patients ~ Free 20 min. Reiki sessions Summer Solstice, June 21: Golden Light Retreat bring love and peace inside you and your lineage Always welcoming new members! Contact Bhavna at: bhavnasrivastava@bhwellnessgroup.com www.bhwellnessgroup.com S 774-242-2112

Massage Z Cranial-Sacral Z Reiki Z Polarity Full Spectrum Healing Z Angel Readings Spiritual Counseling Z Psychic Readings We are a nonprofit Center devoted to teaching meditation and exploring Advaita, the spiritual tradition of self-realization. To learn more about us, go to our website or visit us at our lovely, historic house in Waltham.

Classes and Workshops

Yoga Z Tai-Chi, NIA Z Journey Dance Qi Gong Z Crystal Bowl Workshops Psychic Development Classes Z Meditations Healer Training Programs Host your event here!

163 Main St., Suite 6, Medway, MA 02053 solsticehealing@yahoo.com 508 533-0669 Z www.solsticehealing.com

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Our two gorgeous workshop rooms are available for rent by the hour and the day. Charming, light filled practitioner rooms are also available for rent. Reasonable rates!

Ample parking and wheelchair accessibility. Wednesday Evening Open Meditation Introductory Classes Reading Groups and other Activities

28 Worcester Lane, Waltham, MA 02451 info@advaitameditation.org www.advaitameditation.org G 781-647-0020


COMING THIS SPRING!! Blue Lotus Healing Arts opens its beautiful new Healing Center in downtown Needham.

Touchstone offers:

OFFERING

Yoga

Massage Acupuncture Shamanic Healing

Watch for our Open House: Prizes, Packages and Promotions!

5-element Acupuncture & more Nature’s Path to Healing & Personal Transformation

For appointments and information, please call: 617-965-6440 945 Great Plain Avenue, Needham, MA www.bluelotushealingarts.com

OPEN DOORS

Touchstone Community School offers a progressive, child-centered approach to education. For more than 30 years, we have nurtured and inspired children to be creative, independent partners in their learning.

Small, mixed-age classes Thematic studies that integrate subjects Dedicated, expert teachers A diverse community and highly positive culture Parent-teacher-child partnership in educational development To learn more about our holistic approach to education for children ages 4 to 14: www.touchstoneschool.com 508-839-0038

Classes, Certifications & Schools

Largest New Age Store in New England

Hot Power Yoga and Gentle Yoga Classes YOGA TEACHER TRAINING

Private Readings Tarot, Psychic or Mediumship Telephone Readings or Walk-Ins

200 & 500 Hours u 14 Yoga Studio Locations

Huge selection of health-related products, jewelry and metaphysical needs

Dorchester, Roslindale, Easton, Westwood, Canton, Braintree, No. Attleboro, No.Scituate, Plymouth, Duxbury, Hingham, Weymouth, Hanover, E. Bridgewater

395 Washington Street, Braintree, MA Store open daily, 9 am - 9 pm, 7 days a week www.OpenDoors7.com u 781-843-8224

exclusively or incorporated into your healing practice. Two-year certification program. To learn more, or for free home study course and more information including course descriptions, certification requirements, and links to online videos and teleseminars, please visit: Energy workers : Learn advanced protocols for applying therapeutic gems

~ Multiple Synergistic Therapies ~

Discover Our Natural Approach To Wellness Check for upcoming events, classes and promotions www.BodyMindandSpine.com Learn how to regain and maintain a happier and healthier life in an atmosphere of abundant support

Chiropractic BioPhysics Nutrition & Health Coaching S RE-SIZE-ME Whole Body Vibration S Postural Fitness Infrared Sauna S Thermography Massage S Mineral Clay Therapy Integrative Energy S Kundalini Yoga Svaroopa Yoga S Meditation Classes Reiki S Emotional Freedom Technique Energy Medicine Free Green/Health Workshops 201 Boston Post Rd. West, Marlborough, MA 508-460-0091

Children's Health Services self-esteem, guide them in learning to relate effectively with others and foster their natural enthusiasm for learning. S Child-centered preschool program S Nurturing, small group setting

limited openings available At Small Miracles Preschool the unique spirit of each child is acknowledged and cherished. Our mission is to provide a loving, supportive environment where children thrive in an atmosphere of security and mutual respect. We strive to nurture children’s

S Developmentally appropriate, standards-

based curriculum S Ages 2.9 to 5 S Two or three days, 9 am - 1 pm (5-day

option available) Ellen Kerstein, M.S. in Ed S Holliston, MA ellenkerstein@gmail.com ellenkerstein.com S 508-429-5764

The (W)hole Point Institute The heart of The Wisdom WAY™ is the point at which our psychology intersects with our spirituality. This point is the space in which we awaken — for real. Alaya Chadwick has drawn on her 28+ years of experience to develop The Wisdom WAY™, a personal, practical, self-sustainable map and method for personal and spiritual growth. Found in The Wisdom WAY™ are the tools you can use to Walk Awake saying Yes to life. Oftentimes we feel like we are simply sleepwalking through life. We find ourselves responding to people and experiences as if we are on “auto pilot.” We can feel like we have little energy or joy in our lives. We may wonder, “How do we wake up?” The Wisdom WAY™ is the skeleton found inside most healing modalities, including conventional therapy and alternative practices. What makes this WAY different is that you are the expert. By following the map using your own life experiences, you unravel the mysteries of yourself and reveal the wonder you truly are on all levels — emotional, physical, and spiritual.

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The (W)hole Point Institute offers a wide range of self-development experiences, healing opportunities, and empowerment trainings for individuals and couples or partners. These workshops are both experiential and educational and are offered in group and/or one-on-one settings. Additionally, there are intensive apprenticeship programs which offer personal in-depth study. 2-Day Intensive (W)hole Workshops Learn practical tools to reveal your own unique pathway to (W)holeness. 2-Day PAIRing™ Workshops (People Activating Intimate Relating™) Open to couples and singles, this workshop is for those who wish to bring their relationships to a deeper level of self-appreciation and intimate union. One-on-One (W)hole Life Coaching Relationship Intensives for Couples Awakening Divinity Apprenticeship Reiki Level I and II classes Learn this ancient healing art to support yourself and those around you. …and much, much more! NASW-approved CEU’s available “Alaya Chadwick is able to put ‘hands and feet’on extremely complex concepts in a way which connects them to the living reality of everyday life.” — Martha Harrell, MSN, Ph.D. Elizabeth “Alaya” Chadwick M.Div., MSW., L.I.C.S.W., Reiki Master,

Author of: Wake up to your (W)hole Life Raymond, NH www.wholepoint.us r 603-895-4530 Classes, Certifications and Schools continued

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Classes, Certifications and Schools continued Affordable Herbal Education Throughout the Year

Intensive starting in July of 2014. It consists of three intense 4-day weekends in July, August and September. We have offered this training for 34 years in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. Full program information is available on our web site.

The Synthesis Center Professional Training in Psychosynthesis Psychosynthesis is a holistic, transpersonal model of human development integrating psychology and spirit in the healing arts. The Center offers two professional training programs in psychosynthesis for all helping professionals and students. The Psychosynthesis Professional Training Program teaches psychosynthesis theory, the principles of holistic psychology and the process of psychological and spiritual development. It provides an in-depth theoretical and practical training as well as intensive personal, professional and spiritual growth in a face-to-face setting. This training is open to those actively engaged in or studying the helping professions. This is a comprehensive three-year program that leads to certification as a Certified Psychosynthesis Practitioner (CPP). CEU’s for social work and mental health counseling are available. The next Level I training is our Summer

Free Introductory sessions for our programs will be offered in the spring and summer of 2014, both as teleconferences and in-person sessions in both Amherst, MA and Brattleboro, VT. The Synthesis Center e Amherst, MA training@synthesiscenter.org www.synthesiscenter.org e 413-256-0772

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Energy Medicine Practitioner Certificate Program

The Rhys Thomas Institute of Energy Medicine is for anyone who is ready to take a quantum leap into their personal power to create conscious relationships and passionbased careers and businesses by living fearlessly and finding their deepest purpose in life. We work with people who are successful and heart-centered, and feel deeply that there is something big missing in their life, but they can’t quite put their finger on it.

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Herbal Classes Herbal Apprenticeships Advanced Training Ongoing Classes, Medicinal Plant Walks

ChangeYour Life Workshops with Ed Langan

We show them how to access their deepest calling and the extraordinary power that is often hidden deep within them, so they can be inspirational lights in the world today. This is an amazing transformational personal growth program which will also provide you with the best, cutting edge tools and healing technology. Our program offers you the opportunity to: Master the Rhys Method Life Purpose Profiles, Chakras, and 12 Gateways of Consciousness F Create conscious relationships & inspired careers F Be a leader in the field of energy medicine F Become part of a larger spiritual community F

Classes begin in June with six amazing full weekend retreats starting in October and running through May. For more information: support@RhysThomasInstitute.com RhysThomasInstitute.com F 508-740-3038

These leading-edge workshops are taught by Ed Langan, author of Creating with the Law of Attraction: 10 Principles that will Change Your Life.

Ready to Change? For times, dates and descriptions of the workshops South of Boston visit:

Attract money Improve relationships F Achieve better self-esteem F

www.BeYourBean.com

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Herbal Apprenticeship

750 Main Street, Boylston, MA 01505 508-869-0545 a www.scentsibilities.com

For more information on all of our classes, see www.bostonherbalstudies.com Arlington, MA ❖ 781.646.6319

Learn how to use the Law of Attraction to create whatever you desire:

Herbal Workshops and Seminars

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Mar. 9 Natural Baby and Toddler Care Mar. 20 Fertility Awareness Mar. 29, 30 Insulin Resistance

“Ed was very good at explaining the key points and keeping it simple. It was very positive and uplifting.” — D.A.

Your source for organic, high quality dried herbs and teas

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New England’s Premier Personal Growth and

❖ Advanced

The Will to Grow: Transformational Life Coaching is a nationally certified, coach training program, offered for the first time in the fall of 2012. This program trains people in psychosynthesis coaching and leads to a Psychosynthesis Life Coach (PLC) certification through the Center and to the prestigious and nationally certified Board Certified Coach (BCC). The program is offered via teleconference, live sessions or independent study formats and prepares people to work in the expanding field of life and business coaching and its many variations. The training process is deep and rich, supporting the coach trainee in stepping fully into the field, through personal and shared processes, didactic training and on-going cocoaching practice.

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Herbal Education Center

Intensive 7 Month Herbal Apprenticeships Training with Facial, Tongue, and Pulse Diagnosis ❖ Monthly Medicinal Plant Walks ❖ Aromatherapy Certification ❖ Weekend Intensives and Evening Classes ❖

Training Programs to complement all medical and holistic modalities Aaron & Sue Singleton, Founders

Internationally renowned Medical Intuitives, Authors, Visionaries, Inventors and Founders of The Energy of Life® (EOL) Integrative and Intuitive Healing Process, Sue and Aaron Singleton offer a diverse variety of Training Programs to complement all medical and holistic modalities, and to empower practitioners and laypersons. EOL I.D.E.A.L. Process for Creating a Life You Love! Workshop Series A totally unique intuitive development and healing process that transforms lives for healers, doctors, executives, and fulltime parents. Apply the EOL Process alone, or to enhance Reiki, Pranic Healing, etc. The EOL Process for Discernment is prerequisite for medical intuitive training with Sue Singleton. EOL Visionary Acupressure System

Workshop Series This fusion of ancient and modern techniques makes a quantum leap to address

Ed is also available for coaching.

trauma and illness, without relying solely on linear meridian techniques. Learn powerful protocols for deeper, more rapid release of the Root Cause. Our easy to learn 60-point number system includes detailed diagrams; no prior acupressure experience or knowledge required. EOL Rings of Oden™ Net-Neutral Ionic

Technology for Quantum Healing: Revolutionary technology imbedded in The Rings of Oden accelerates light resonance and provides modulating energy frequencies for healing. Users resport rapid resolution of chronic pain, injuries, glaucoma, chronic emotional patterns and illnesses. The Rings combine Crop Circles, and DNA Holographic Re-Patterning to create specific vortices and frequencies for various conditions and spiritual transformation. Powerful for self-healing, as well as helping others. Other Workshops and Programs EOL Radical Hands-On Healing™ F Introduction to Medical Intuition F BioMorphic Geometry™ F Stone Play™ Crystal Matrix Technology F

Classes as online webinars, DVDs/CDs, home-study manuals, and in-person in MA/CT. 21 Water Street, Amesbury, MA 01913 www.TheWayToBalance.com 978-834-0341 Follow us on Facebook, YouTube and LinkedIn.


New England Institute of Reflexology & Universal Studies v Professional Reflexology Certification and Approved Continuing Education in Reflexology, Massage, and Reiki v Integrative techniques give students a strong foundation and create a balanced treatment style v Students qualify as professional therapists upon completion

Massage | Aesthetics Polarity | RYSE Ipswich • Plymouth • Westboro You deserve an education that honors who you are and who you are becoming. A great education is spiritually transforming: You overcome your limitations and realize your highest potential, at the same time you learn the foundation and skills to succeed. Excellent education is not by chance; it comes from years of listening to employers, graduates and students to find the best way to teach the most valuable information to make you successful. As a leader in energy medicine and

v Courses meet state and national standards; CE’s approved from ARCB and NCBTMB. School is licensed by Commonwealth of MA, Dept. of Education

“The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will interest her/his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.”

Our goal is to act as a bridge between complimentary and conventional medicine through the training of qualified holistic practitioners. Join us!

– Thomas A. Edison

Seaside Academy for

~ Now teaching Reflexology at ~ Hyannis, MA Cortiva Massage School in Watertown, MA www.walkinbalance.com v 508-317-3044 v

energy based education since 1980, Nancy Risley recognizes that your education is a transformational healing process. As a successful therapist, author and teacher, her vision is to help you realize your dream of work that is creative and supports all aspects of who you are. Whether you work in a spa, clinic, or have your own business, you gain the required skills to create satisfaction as well as increased flexibility, control and income. The next step to fulfilling your future is to call for a no obligation, information interview with our Career Advisor. We look forward to meeting you and learning about your future.

Massage & Ayurveda Karyn Chabot, D.Ay, LMT

Home of Sacred Stone, 1999 B Registered Yoga Teacher Training B Licensed Massage Therapy Training B Registered Ayurvedic Health Counselor Training

Eclectic Institute of Aromatherapy and Herbal Studies Instructor Linda Patterson offers over 20 years of experience in the science, art and principles of herbalism and aromatherapy.

Programs take from 4 to 12 months, depending on your schedule: Full-time, mother’s hours or part-time evenings. Accredited. Licensed. Financial Aid available for qualified students. 800-262-8530 v www.spatech.edu

• 200 and 500 Hour Classical Yoga Teacher Training • Yoga classes offered daily

Supporting World Peace, One Family at a Time

• Monthly Workshops • Yoga Therapy Training

www.aromatherapyandherbalstudies.com 978-297-4502

Coaching A strengths-based, forward-looking approach that will help you develop strategies to move aspirations into actionable plans.

lisa borchetta, macp, cmc, aCC

“I feel peace in my heart for the first time in months.” ~ Barbara

“I had no idea of the love that I could feel in relation to my family.” ~ William

Are you...

The Immersion Program is offered over seven weekends held between Oct. 2014 and May 2015. Appropriate for those with a serious interest in embarking on a personal journey of transformation in relation to

Private Constellations Sessions available with Peter or Jamy in person, by phone or Skype.

www.spiritofchange.org

Ongoing certification courses offered throughout the northeast including: ✴ 7-Month Herbal Certification ✴ 4-Month European-Based Aromatherapy Introduction ✴ 4-Month Advanced Aromatherapy Course ✴ 3-Month Conscious Nutrition Course ✴ Palmistry a tool of diagnoses

8 Clifford Street, Exeter, NH www.yogalifenh.com v 603-479-3865

“My constellation changed everything with me and my mother!” ~ Kathren

Jamy and Peter Faust F 617-484-4325 www.ConstellationApproach.com

128 Long Wharf Newport, RI 02840 samaseasidewellness.com 401-845-8950

Julie Rost, Director

• Weekend Intensives

Saturday Public Seminars are open to participation in The Constellation Approach™ and learning about Family Lineage Healing. You will have the opportunity to observe Constellations, be a representative within the Family Energy Field of a Constellation and possibly set up your own Constellation. Space is limited to assure an intimate and sacred experience. See Calendar listings for upcoming Saturday Seminars.

The Constellation Approach™ is a healing modality that evolves consciousness in relation to your Family Lineage. The process combines Energy Medicine, Family Constellation methodology and Spiritual Awareness. The Approach opens the heart, shifts your perception, and brings about inner peace regardless of your current relationship with family members or knowledge of your family history.

Arrive as a student. Leave as a guru.

Join our yoga community as we study, practice and share the transformative benefits of Yoga. All levels of ability and experience are welcome to an environment that is safe and open to diversity in body, mind and spirit. Therapeutic, scientific and heartcentered in our approach, we unite in our desire to understand and live Yoga’s five branches.

• Meditation Training

their Family Lineage. Each weekend is a complete immersion into the major themes that are universal to all human beings: Father’s Lineage, Mother’s Lineage, Sibling Relationships, Effects of Illness, Disease and Death, Effects of Migration and Immigration, Conflict, War and Religion, Romantic Relationships (previous and current).

SAMA is recognized by the National Ayurvedic Medical Association, The Yoga Alliance and The Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork. Earn continuing education credits with us!

“I believe each of us has at our core a fundamental sense of self and we are at our happiest and most productive when our day-to-day lives align with this inner core.”

In transition: divorce, career change, etc.? Seeking clarity and re-connection with your core? Pursuing personal and professional goals? Actualize the change you seek.

Lisa Borchetta is a Certified Mentor Coach and an IFC Certified Life and Executive Coach, public speaker, coach-trainer, teacher and published writer, with a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology. Schedule a complimentary half-hour telephone session! Individual and Group Sessions In person / Telephone / Skype Firebird Life Coaching r 508-366-2003 www.FirebirdLifeCoaching.com

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Coaching continued

Co-Active

Life Coaching W i t h K at e R i v e r a , C P C C

The life you want is waiting for you.

You have everything inside you to fulfill your dreams and desires—to live a life of authentic happiness and fulfillment. We all do. But sometimes we need a little support to make it happen. This is where having a coach can be useful. A life coach can help you bring your strengths, talents, and fullest self-expression to the surface. I’m a skilled and experienced life coach and I’d like to help you. The integration of body, mind and spirit is essential for creating grounded and sustainable change. This integrative dimension is the focus of my coaching. My 25 years of holistic bodywork, mindfulness practice, and coaching training/practice support us as we work together to

effectively design a program that’s right for you—a program that will help you use your strengths and talents to best express yourself, achieve your goals and have the life you want.

Counseling and Therapy Holistic Psychotherapy

Call or email today to schedule a free consultation. We’ll talk about how life coaching can best help you realize your dreams and desires.

Dedicated to the freedom to explore and express the authentic self.

Testimonials Kate was the perfect supporter. She helped me to see myself and believe in my value. She created a safe space for me to dream big, take risks and get to where I needed to go. — LB, Dir. of International Enrollment, major university

Working with Kate enabled me to leave a secure and ‘good enough’ job to create the work I really love. — MG, Designer of kids yoga programs The models Kate and I developed for self awareness, decision making, and time and energy management fueled and sustained the confidence I needed to succeed in my new role. — AW, Asst. Dir. of Charitable Giving, major

Jonathan Chisholm, MA Present moment awareness is the technique and goal of this psychotherapeutic process. Healing begins as you learn to be fully aware of and respectful to your own inner state while being present with another person. In this way, you can learn to let go of old relational habits and the self-limiting beliefs that lead to them. You can genuinely address various addictions and learn to release the traumas and hurts that underlie them. Emotions that were once overwhelming become

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Spiritual Teacher Kristin Kirk After experiencing a dramatic shift in consciousness, Kristin began healing within the multidimensional soul and universe. She works in unison with a team of spirit guides to transform the soul by releasing layers of density, old trauma, and conditioning, that have hindered a brighter and clearer expression of the Radiant Self.

Andrea Seiver, Ph.D. Channeled Readings Classes Have you spoken with an ascended master recently? Vywamus, channeled by Andrea Seiver, is a master and teacher who is working to help all humans make the shift into the higher levels of consciousness. Readings with Vywamus cover your life work, relationships, past lives, and other

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This work must be done gently. You will need the guidance of someone who will keep you on task but at the same time allow you to go at a pace that feels safe. You need someone you can learn to trust. We enter into a collaboration that is itself a form of meditation. By learning to be present to each other in the therapeutic setting, a new possibility for being in the world emerges. 100 Lafayette St, Pawtucket, RI 02860 Jonathan@HolisticPsychotherapy.com www.HolisticPsychotherapy.com 401-952-0142

corporation

Kate Rivera, CPCC Certified Professional Life Coach

Member: International Coaching Federation 617-479-5443 S kate@katerivera.com www.katerivera.com

Consciousness Transformation Transformational Healer

a guide to who you are and what you need from life. As you begin to respect your feelings and perceptions as valid, you realize you are free to live your life in a way that naturally flows from who you are. You become yourself.

This may occur as soul clearing, past life and current life healing, emotional and mental release, balancing of subtle energetic anatomy, integration of multidimensional consciousness, embodiment support, and channeled guidance. With 20 years in practice, Kristin offers healing sessions, both long distance, and locally, for individuals, couples, groups, pets, loved ones, and those who have passed on. She also offers ‘Journey Into Awakening’, a transformational and educational series to support and facilitate the awakening process. www.kristinkirk.com

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Body-Centered Psychotherapy Listen to your body…follow your heart. The heart is the first organ to form in the body, and is the organizing factor for physical formation, including brain formation. Trauma, deprivation or neglect creates heart wounds, which keep us from accessing our deepest selves. Emotional-Kinesthetic Psychotherapy (EKP) facilitates an emotional, energetic rewiring, helping us activate and express the power of the heart. Emotional safety,

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issues with his characteristic warmth, humor, and practical advice. Channeled Classes and Spiritual Tutoring help you personally evolve and begin to live in a state of higher consciousness. Evenings with Vywamus: Vywamus shares his energy and discusses your questions on topics of general interest. Donation $10. Other Classes: Learn to Channel • Advanced Channeling For information, contact Andrea at 617-332-1541 • www.andreaseiver.com Available Now! The Next Big Bang: The Explosion of Human Consciousness A Vywamus Book Read more at www.andreaseiver.com

Books: Living with Vision, and Healing the War Between the Genders Blog: www.heartspacecafe.com/blog Mediation for couples and families. Coaching for soul-centered living. Body psychotherapy groups. Apprenticeship training. Newton, MA www.healingheartpower.com LSMHEART@aol.com 617-965-7846

Holistic Counseling Concepts

Learn perspectives for living and loving that expect opportunities even during challenging times. You can’t thrive on problems but you can thrive on the wisdom, understanding and compassion gained from them.

Trish Whynot, D.C.Ed.

Dr. Trish Whynot is a holistic counselor, speaker and author of “Why Me? Why Now? WHY NOT? Finding Opportunity in Your Obstacles.” Visit www.TrishWhynot.com for ordering information.

Doctor of C.O.R.E. Education Dr. Trish Whynot’s way incorporates ASAT™ C.O.R.E. Counseling, meditative

techniques and wise guidance that comes through the Mineral Kingdom. Eliminate the root of physical, social, and financial problems: Discover, address, and release issues blocking health and wealth. G View relationship discord and illness as opportunities for growth and change. G Open to an array of extraordinary futures. G

words, touch, meditation, movement, presence and silence facilitate verbal and non-verbal expression. Meaningful work, fulfilling relationships, self-esteem, purpose and passion, love, intimacy and sexuality follow. Straight, GLBT and poly-friendly. Coaching for soul-centered living. Body psychotherapy groups Sunday nights in Newton. Apprenticeship training.

“What im­pres­sed me about Dr. Trish Whynot was her ability to see through the chaos of life’s web and identify the root cause of any problem.” — Bob Olson, Editor, OfSpirit.com Workshops and Sessions Available In Office, Phone or Skype Middleton, MA G trish@trishwhynot.com www.TrishWhynot.com G 978-314-4545


Weekly Group and Various Workshops Offered

Glenn utilizes heart-centered therapeutic techniques, and at times powerfully combines hypnosis and psychotherapy. This method is safe, effective and faster than using only talk therapy. The results will amaze you! You’ll notice a huge change in your life as he works with you to make your goals a reality. Don’t wait! Call now to set up your FREE initial consultation. It’s time to create the change you desire.

Conveniently located near the commuter rail in Needham. Just a short drive from Rte. 128/I-95

www.GlennBigonet.com 617-462-6642

Helping People Live Better Lives Glenn Bigonet, M.A. Mental Health Counselor Clinical Hypnotherapist

Barbara Madden Johnson M.A., C.A.G.S., L.R.C., L.P.C. Do you have a belief that, inside of you, you have the potential that yearns to be released? For most, a fleeting glimpse is all they’ll ever have. For others, there is a way. Just imagine…releasing your true potential. Work­ing together, one-on-one, you can over-

come problems that have kept you from achieving your goals and desires. Unlock your potential! Restore inner bal­ance! Come alive! Barbara Madden Johnson, M.A., C.A.G.S., L.R.C., L.P.C., a certified master practitioner and licensed trainer in Neuro Linguistic Programming, has over 25 years experience helping individuals with: u Career and identity is­sues u Immune and autoimmune illnesses u Chronic fatigue syndrome u Depression u Learning disabilities and ADD u Relationships u NLP Certification Training Program u Bel­mont, MA. Some insurance accepted. For an appointment, call 617-484-1716.

Healing and Bodywork Healing in Harmony A Massage Therapy and Wellness Center

Kristy Taylor LMT

Nationally Certified, Reiki Master

Experience integration of body, mind, heart and spirit. Choose your path to wellness and be present for every step of the journey.

Whole Health Integration

Joan Holzman, Psy. D. Lic. Psychologist, Lic. Marriage and Family Therapist Dance/Movement Therapist From the time we are very young we take life’s experiences to heart. Over time we may forget our core, hurts and feelings, but they remain with us. Our heartfelt experiences help shape our sense of self and our interactions with others.

I offer a variety of modalities such as: EMDR, Sandtray Therapy, Relaxation Techniques, Therapeutic Movement & Psychotherapy to help heal our core issues and attain a more integrated sense of health and well being. I look forward to meeting you. Client Comments: s Sandtray – “Sand tray therapy helped me see my life more clearly.”

Divine Intervention

Advanced Energetic Hands on Healing from the Mayan Lineage. Miraculous Healing for all issues that require attention.

The John Harvey Gray Center for

Reiki Healing

s EMDR – “I had insights I never had before.” s Therapeutic Movement – “It was great to feel the freedom in my body after working with you.” 42 Thoreau Street, Concord, MA 01742 978-369-6138

Lourdes Gray, Ph.D. Awaken your healing skills immediately and be a powerful channel for Reiki energy! Life Coaching

Improve motivation, accomplish tasks & more

Holistic Psychotherapy & Life Coaching Lori Miller-Freitas, LICSW

Holistic Psychotherapy/Clinical Consultation

Using extensive professional experience to resolve issues related to: Trauma, Grief, PTSD, Anxiety and Phobias, ADD.

Get to the core — Transform your life! You are on this earth to be happy and realize your true potential.

Certifications: LICSW, EMDRIA Approved Consultant, National Board of Certified Clinical Hypnotherapists. Visa/MC acccepted.

EMDR R TAT R Hypnosis R Reiki I use a combination of traditional, body centered and energy therapies to increase the speed and deepen the level of holistic healing.

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$10 Discount for First Time Clients 185 Putnam Pike, Chepachet, RI healinginharmonywellness.com 401-949-5533

Divine Intervention is “Where the Impossible Becomes Possible.”

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Raindrop Aromatherapy Massage Swedish Massage Y Deep Tissue Massage Soul Massage (Swedish & Reiki combo) Hot Stone Massage Y Pregnancy Massage Shirodhara Y Reiki Integrated Energy Therapy (IET) Cupping Massage Y Chakra Balancing

The John Harvey Gray Center for Reiki Healing was established by John Harvey Gray and Dr. Lourdes Gray in 1996 to empower and develop a student’s capacity for healing. The Center offers the most thorough Reiki healing training available, ‘with no cut corners’, as it was taught by Mrs. Hawayo Takata. John Harvey Gray received his entire Reiki training from Hawayo Takata. He was one of the original 22 Reiki Master Teachers trained by her. He was also the longest-practicing Reiki Master Teacher in the Western Hemisphere until his passing into spirit on January 12, 2011.

Rev. Claire Luft is a Master Healer and Master Teacher of Divine Intervention Healing. This healing technique is sacred, powerful, and produces Physical Plane Results. Heart’s Singing Healing Center Woburn, MA 781-281-2888 u www.heartssinging.com

Lourdes was initiated by John Harvey Gray as a Reiki Master Teacher in 1996 after intensive one-on-one training by John Harvey Gray. As a Reiki Master Teacher, Lourdes has taught over 700 Reiki workshops and trained more than 8,000 Reiki students to date and serves as the director of the John Harvey Gray Center for Reiki Healing. Each workshop consists of two full days of learning and hands-on practice. You will immediately be able to effectively channel Reiki healing energy for yourself, others and pets. In Reiki First Degree you will: ✴ Quickly and easily develop your natural,

intuitive powers. Within minutes, be able to scan and feel a person’s aura and chakras for analysis. ✴ Effectively treat any condition with Reiki energy— physical, emotional or spiritual, chronic or acute. ✴ Immediately be an effective Reiki healer, confidently bringing comfort and calm to family, friends, clients and pets ✴ Receive a training manual & certificate. The John Harvey Gray Center for Reiki Healing P.O. Box 696, Rindge, NH 03461 Visa/MC Accepted See Full Class Schedule: www.learnreiki.org ✴ 603-899-3288 Healing and Bodywork continued

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Healing and Bodywork continued Bringing complimentary and alternative care to our community... We are a dedicated and professional group of practitioners providing compassionate care to assist our clients on their journey to wellness.

67 West Street, Medfield, MA www.holisticwellnesscenter.org 508-359-7400

22-Strand DNA Activation

Bring your Divine Blueprint into Physical Plane Manifestation and experience greater empowerment, improved health (mental, emotional physical and spiritual), increased utilization of your brains potential, greater creativity, and increased energy and clarity.

Patricia Warren Reiki Jin Kei Do

Our offerings include Acupuncture and Cupping, Ear Candling, Facial Rejuvination, Holistic Health Coaching, Mayan Abdominal Massage, Massage Therapy, Reflexology Reiki, Polarity, Eden Energy Healing, Wardrobe Consulting/Coaching and Holistic Life Counseling. And if all that wasn’t enough... crystals and gifts too!

Also, bring forth your greatest talents and abilities, clear many karmic and genetic patterns, hold greater amounts of light in your physical body, and much more. Great for those who feel ready to shift out of those “stuck” areas into tremendous empowerment, improved health on all levels, and living your higher destiny agreements and highest potentials. Rev. Claire Luft Master Teacher/Master Healer Ancient Mystery School Guide & Ritual Master Heart's Singing Healing Center, Woburn, MA 781-281-2888 v www.heartssinging.com

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One of Libby’s passions is teaching hospice staff and volunteers. Fueled by Reiki energy, their healing touch is enhanced, creating greater effectiveness in calming agitation, soothing pain and providing comfort. In class, a powerful slide presentation captures the essence of Reiki and highlights the latest research. Reiki stories from Libby’s extensive experience will uplift and inspire you, showing how anyone can learn Reiki. You receive attunements and practice giving and receiving Reiki. You leave class with an illustrated notebook, certificate, and Reiki pin, fully trained and certified to do Reiki on yourself, family, friends, and animals. “Hands on, Reiki’s on.” "My commitment to teach the Usui System of Reiki Healing in the authentic, traditional manner inspired me to visit Japan to retrace the roots of Reiki. I am dedicated to teaching this sacred healing art to promote health and conscious living on the planet. I invite you to give yourself the gift of Reiki. It is an easy, effective self-care tool to love, heal, and empower yourself. I look forward to meeting you and sharing Reiki.” Reiki I, Boston Area Classes: Newton, MA: Mar. 22 or May 17 Concord, MA: Mar. 15 or June 21 Reiki I, Wilton, NH Classes: Apr. 5 or May 31 Reiki II Class on day folowing Reiki I Class Reiki Master, Wilton, NH Classes: Apr 12; Graduates of other Reiki teachers welcome. All credit cards accepted. Social Work, Nursing and Massage contact hours/CEU’s available. Reiki Master Teacher Training info available on request. To register or for more information: www.reikienergy.com reiki@reikienergy.com • 603-654-2787

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Facial Rejuvenation with kate rivera, lmt, amta

After just one session, clients have said: a When I looked in the mirror I saw my eyes

sparkling with their youthful aliveness, excitement, and playfulness; this exuberant feeling extended into my heart. a Amazing experience! I felt the layers of tension

releasing one after the other behind my eyes. a …profoundly soothing, I feel as if I’ve just

slept eight hours. Experience colon hydrotherapy in a safe, relaxed environment using state-of-the-art FDA registered equipment. Stephanie Dumas I-ACT Certified Colon Hydrotherapist, Owner Lexington Medical Building 16 Clarke Street, Lexington, MA Cleansing for the body, the mind, the spirit

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Reveal Your Unique Natural Radiance! Time creates a mask of tension and habitual expression. Facial Rejuvenation is a restorative and relaxing process which uses massage, reflexology and carefully designed patterns of touch to remove this mask and release stress and tension throughout the body. The effect of this work is to free your true smile, aliveness, and radiance.

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Do you need healing or solutions for any life issues?

Healing: Combined Modalities

Katalin Matyus, MS, MA

R Clear stressful energy from home and office R Balance geopathic stressors R Clear the energy of past relationships R Clear out the energy of those who have passed R Remove draining energetic influences R Prepare your home for sale/rental

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Reconnective Healing,® The Reconnection® & The Reconnection® Healing with Animals

David Dobson: 207-749-9747 Kristine Schares: 207-749-9745

Give yourself, your loved one or beloved animal a Reconnective Healing,® uniquely customized by the intelligence of the universe, whereby you or they will receive what is needed — emotional, spiritual or physical healing, not merely just what you think you should have.

Rev. Natalia de Rezendes

Reconnective Healing 401-323-7664 Amanda de Rezendes

REIKI T RECONNECTIVE HEALING VOICE T MOVEMENT Visit our welcoming, tranquil space in northern Rhode Island on the Massachusetts state line for holistic sessions, transformative retreats and Reiki training classes.

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Support your intention for change with a Golden Ray Clearing You are intimately connected to your home. As we clear your home, we work with your energetic field to clear areas that are draining your vitality.

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The objective of The Reconnection® is to return the body to balance, while tapping into the universal healing intelligence. The Reconnection® is the activation of a human being’s innate ability to serve as an instrument of healing, to access a shift in consciousness that allows us to recognize, feel, absorb and transmit an expanded level of the universal healing intelligence. www.lightandlovehealing.com RUSSELL RICCIO r 603-935-9106

Psychotherapy, mindfulness meditation, yoga, shamanism and past life regression can assist us in living in an embodied way and in moment-to-moment awareness, can heal wounds and deepen connection to spirit. This is what I teach. This is how I help others to heal.

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Eye of the Eagle Center for Spiritual light

Leontine Hartzell is a trained shamanic practitioner and counselor, Usui and Karuna Reiki Master, certified therapeutic ener­gy healer, crystal and sound therapist, plant spirit medicine practitioner, psychic channeler, and legally ordained minister. With the help of her spirit guides,

Leontine uses soul retrieval, removal and healing of energy blocks, chakra balancing, intuitive counseling, guided imagery, and energy healing methods to heal posttraumatic stress and related disorders, depression, chronic pain and illness, anxiety, grief, and addictive behaviors. Past life issues and current life traumas that affect the client’s physical, emotional, and spiritual health are healed to allow the client to move into a life of joy and fulfillment. Private Sessions Long-distance Healing r Phone Readings Workshops and Classes Andover, MA r info@eyeofeagle.org www.eyeofeagle.org r 978-475-1268

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Cheryl Wright

We are vibrational beings. Your Vibrational Frequency informs your entire reality. Vibrational Transformation is a process whereby vibrations are introduced into the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and energetic bodies for transformation.

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Offices in Watertown, MA and Cumberland, RI Available in-person or by phone Cheryl@WrightHereNow.com 617-448-8749 G www.WrightHereNow.com

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Sessions available in West Boylston MA, and by phone and Skype Access the Power of Your Subconscious Mind with Hypnosis Change harmful habits & negative patterns Lose weight Overcome fears and anxiety Increase confidence and more...

Vibrational Transformation

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ORION’S GATEWAY to Healing & Greater Consciousness

Harry Kroner CHt, QHHTP R Certified Past life Regression

Therapist R Quantum Healing Hypnosis Practitioner R Clinical Hypnotherapist

susan powell, lmt Certified Hypnotherapist Reiki Practitioner 508 414-2619

Past Life Regression and Healing Quantum Healing Hypnosis Therapy Consult your Higher Self/Spirit Guides/Angels Discover your Purpose and Lessons in Life Soul Healing and Releasing Release issues of Mind, Body, and Soul Call us or visit our website for more information. www.orionsgateway.com R 508-740-9745 Healing: Combined Modalities continued

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Center for Healing Therapies Find more joy and energy, discover your true direction, relieve physical or emotional pain, learn self-healing techniques and feel deep relaxation.

Reiki Sessions and Classes Intuitive Energy Evaluations Wellness Coaching New 9-session Intuitive Perception and Energy Diagnosis Course: April ~ Boston Maxine Bornstein, RN, MS, HWNC-BC Cert Intuitive Healer, Reiki Master/Teacher

Nutrition perfect balance and harmony with the way nature intends for you to live!

Boston ~ Cape Cod ~ Newport

Every Bite You Take is Either Fighting Disease or Feeding it!

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Briana Piazza

certified health coach Are you fed up with feeling crappy? Controlled by cravings and food addictions?

Let’s talk, and together we can: F Crush cravings F Reduce the risk of chronic disease F Lift that mental fog F Manage stress F Look fabulous

It’s time for you to fall in love with YOU!! Contact us today to schedule your FREE initial consultation!

Intuitive Healer R Spiritual Advisor Certified Hypnotist Reconnective Healer R Psychic Medium

Did you suddenly realize you may be on the path to chronic conditions (like diabetes and heart disease) and a life full of pills and hospital bills?

Briana Piazza F Certified Health Coach

It’s time to commit to making the rest of your life, the BEST of your life. It’s time to release the inner you. The you that is in

Bee@AlbatrossWellness.com www.AlbatrossWellness.com F 781-629-9659 F

Nora V. Helbich, CCH

True wellness occurs when all parts of ourselves have released and healed. Healings address everyday problems, whether they are physical, emotional, mental, behavioral or spiritual. By resolving negative issues and patterns, clients will experience renewed opportunities to live the life of their dreams.

133 Washington St, Norwell, MA 02061 www.newdayhealing.com R 508-280-1523

Awaken your dreams for yourself and for the life you want.

Holistic Medical Natural Family Health & Integrative Medicine Dr. Jody E. Noé MS, ND Dr. Jody E. Noé, MS, ND is a Licensed, Board Certified Naturopathic Doctor, fulltime, academic and clinical faculty at the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine, and is a published natural medicine researcher. Dr. Noé has been in practice for over 15 years and is a specialist in Integrative Medicine, and Naturopathic Oncology.

Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) are trained at accredited naturopathic medical schools, which are 4-year post graduate medical schools accredited by the US Dept. of Education. These medically-trained Naturopathic Doctors are trained as primary care doctors where they can order labs, diagnostics and diagnostic imaging, perform physical examinations, and refer to specialists when indicated. A naturopathic doctor uses natural complementary and alternative therapies, in conjunction with, or in place of, conventional medicine, based on the individual. 101 West Broad Street, Pawcatuck, CT www.drjodyenoe.com v 860-495-5688

Homeopathy Safe, effective, non-toxic, no side effects Does not interact with other medicines Brings rapid, gentle balance of the immune system

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Internationally known for her work with people via phone, in person, and radio, Jocelyn has been helping and guiding others for over 24 yrs. Known for her ability to “cut to the quick” Jocelyn gives you information you can use for all aspects of your life.

Psychic Readings Energy Healings Reiki Classes

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If you are ready to take a journey into yourself and hear your story with fresh ears, you will come out with options, tools, and choices you may not have seen on your own. All sessions are recorded on audio cassette. ~ $25 off your first session. ~ For more information, call or email Jocelyn, Intuitive Consultant jocelynintuitive@hotmail.com 978-694-8946

Need insight and clarity?

A soul reading can help! By speaking directly to your guides, we will examine your life from a spiritual perspective to discover your life’s purpose and resolve issues about relationships, health, finances and career. Lisa Campion also teaches Psychic Development and Reiki Classes. Offices located at Solstice Healing Arts Center, Medway MA.

Are you in the middle of a change, crisis or transformation?

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Kelle sutliff

psychic Medium, radio Show Host and New Age Author

Kelle’s opening many NEW doors of spirit communication S Psychic medium readings in person or by phone S Intuitive web classes S Private investigation on missing person cases

505 Middlesex Tpk, Ste #13, Billerica, MA www.psychicmediumkelle.com 978-420-8213

Announcing the new “tell all” book, Listen Up The Other Side IS Talking, coming to bookstores, Amazon and Kelle’s website www.psychicmediumkelle.com in Jan. 2014. Get ready to understand how our loved ones are always communicating with us. This book gives tons of examples of just how our loved ones use signs and symbols to communicate with us daily. You just have to pay attention and listen. It is a book that is written for comfort, understanding and gives humor to how this spirit world works! Kelle shows us this through her fourteen years of being a psychic medium.

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Chill Out, Ease Stress & Restore Balance New Meditation Sessions Saturdays 8-9 am. Beginners are always welcome. Treat yourself to the ultimate in relaxation!

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The Greater Boston Church of Spiritualism The Greater Boston Church of Spiritualism embraces a religious and spiritual belief blending ancient wisdom with contemporary thought. Conveniently located off Watertown Square at the Masonic Center, 32 Church St, services are held at 10:30 am every Sunday, with mediumship, live music, inspirational talks, and healing by the laying on of hands.

As an evolving spiritual community, The Greater Boston Church of Spiritualism offers weekday evening classes in mediumship, healing and meditation; Medium’s Day the 4th Saturday of every month; plus seminars and workshops throughout the year. For a detailed brochure, a listing of upcoming events, or to speak with the Pastor call 617-923-4334, or visit our website at: www.GreaterBostonChurchofSpiritualism. com. An affiliate of the American Federation of Spiritualist Churches and the International Spiritualist Federation.

Day-long or overnight accommodations for individuals and small groups Formerly known as The Gathering Inn 82 Healdville Road, Hubbardston, MA www.truenorthholisticcenter.org 978-820-1139

Yoga, Tai Chi and Fitness founder, received a deep and well-rounded training from Master Lai Hok Soon in Hong Kong and then as a disciple of Yang Sau Chung, first-born and heir of the legendary Yang Cheng Fu.

Salons and Spas Dedicated to natural products and services that enhance inner and outer beauty while preserving the Earth’s resources. We’ve united talent with beauty and style, concern for environmental sustainability, and passion for natural living to create an eco-friendly salon experience in the heart of Central, MA.

New Location! 232 Chandler St, Worcester, MA (upstairs from The Living Earth and Evo) 508-752-1727

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A CENTER FOR DEEP TRANSFORMATIONAL WORK

3 Boston Road, Sutton, MA www.creativestrandsllc.com i 508-865-1141

Voted Best Salon in Greater Sturbridge 2011-12

“I would be honored to read for you.”

Connecting you with your Angelic Dream Team, creating your Happily Ever After

Skin care and hair care products for all skin types and hair care needs. Our whole team continues to keep up with the latest trends and state of the art techniques.

Do your part — get Green Hair!

Join her at 9 pm EST on Psychic Cup of Coffee on NewSkyRadio.com, broadcast to over 150,000 listeners!

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Enjoy a Thai Yoga Massage or enjoy a softer touch with a Swedish Massage. We also have Deep Tissue Massages and many more. Facials to fit every season.

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Gin Soon Tai Chi Chuan Federation The oldest Tai Chi school in New England, the Gin Soon Tai Chi Club was founded in 1969, authorized by Grandmaster Yang Sau Chung to propagate Classical Yang Family Style Tai Chi Chuan in North America. Grandmaster Gin Soon Chu,

The school has attracted many students from around the world with its traditional approach to training: individual attention, emphasis on correct forms, personal development, repetition, mutual respect, hard work, and integration of body, mind, and qi. All instruction is by Grandmaster Chu and his sons Master Vincent Chu and Gordon Chu. Gin Soon Tai Chi Chuan Federation 33 Harrison Ave., 2nd fl, Boston, MA 02111 617-542-4442 • www.gstaichi.org

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ANGELS

MASSAGE THERAPY

Ross J. Miller, psychic. Meet your angels and spirit guides. Visit www.The MysticWay.com. 617-527-3583

Amanda Bourbeau, LMT. Worcester, MA 508-246-6223 www.massage-worcester.com

ANIMAL SERVICES

MEDICAL INTUITIVE

Sharon R. Doolittle, DVM, Inc. Holistic. Smithfield, RI. 401-349-2668. www.holisticanimalvet.com

Sue Singleton. 20+ years accurately finding Root Cause. 978-834-0341. TheWayToBalance.com

Main Street Animal Services of Hopkinton (MASH). Dr. Margo Roman. 508-435-4077. www.mashvet.com.

BODYWORK Anna Smith, energy healing and bodywork for health and well being. 508-735-3838.

CERTIFICATIONS Hypnotherapy, NLP, Reiki, IET and crystal healing.  508-539-2885. www.capecodcenterforwholehealth.com.

CHILDREN’S HEALTH AND SERVICES Touchstone Community School. Education for ages 4-14 Grafton, MA. www.touchstoneschool.com. 508-839-0038.

COLON HYDROTHERAPY Genesis Alternative Health. 30 years of experience. I-ACT certified instructor. NBCHT certified. 603-347-1861.

Bio-Detox Center. I-ACT and NBCHT certified. 978-874-6200. Westminster, MA. drdeb@bio-detoxcenter.com. Body Balancing Center. I-ACT and National Board certified. 508-868-3624. www.bodybalancingcenter.com. Healthy Spirit. Stephanie Dumas. I-ACT certified. 781-8605116. healthyspirit@verizon.net.

Sage Guided Colon Therapy.  I-ACT and NBCHT certified. LifetimeHealth@ColonLove.com. 617-710-1337. Cambridge.

COUNSELING AND THERAPY Rev. Carol W. Bolstad, LADC I. Specialties: addiction disorders and pastoral care. 617-650-6497.

Joel Perlmutter, Ph.D. Licensed 35 yrs. Stress, anxiety, relationships. Stow & Shrewsbury, MA. Putnam, CT. 978-897-9797. Raise your consciousness with Celestial Psychology®.  Celeste Mattingly, LCSW. www.celestialpsychology.com.

CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY Lelia Joseph, Ed. D., RCST. Craniosacral polarity. Fluid biodynamic style. 508-460-7038. 802-453-7088.

DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY TREATMENT Healed in 2 Hours. Ross J. Miller, psychic healer. 617-527-3583. www.TheMysticWay.com.

FENG SHUI Home and Business. A blend of the best of feng shui traditions. LynnTaylor@bostonfengshui.com. 617-924-4205. Urban Eden. Transform and empower your home/work spaces. karenfeldmanurbaneden.com. 401-351-5632.

GHOSTS REMOVED From Your Home/Aura. Ross J. Miller, psychic medium, healer. Call 617-527-3583. www. The MysticWay.com

HEALING CENTERS Forest Circles, retreats, programs in a magical Maine forest. www.forestcircles.com

Elizabeth Thorson RN, Certified by C. Myss and Norman Shealy, MD. elizabeththorson.com. 207-712-9495. Intuitive Healing with Wendy Marks. Over 25 years of experience. www.wendymarks.com. 781-449-5368

MEDICAL TOURISM Dental and surgery in beautiful Costa Rica. www.PearlMedcr.com.

NATUROPATHIC PHYSICIANS Dr. Jody Noe, MS, ND. Naturopathic integrative medicine. 860-495-5688. www.drjodyenoe.com

NUTRITIONAL COUNSELING Holistic Nutrition Services, Westborough, MA. 978-340-0448. www. HolisticNutritionServices.com. Transform your health!

PAST LIFE THERAPY Ross J. Miller. Relive past lives and release blocked energy. 617-527-3583. www.The MysticWay.com

REFLEXOLOGY Aaron Finnegan, certified reflexologist. RI: 401-789-1523. MA: 781-296-5158. a23afinn@hotmail.com.

REIKI Amanda de Rezendes, RM/T. MA and RI, 508-612-7083,  www.onevoicespiritualcenter.com.  Hands of Light Reiki. Michelle Plume, Reiki Master. Southbridge, MA. 508-764-5390.

Libby Barnett, MSW, Reiki Master Teacher. 603-654-2787 www.reikienergy.com. CEU’s.

Florence Whipple & Kristin Webb. Reiki Masters. CEU’s. Reiki classes. (978) 777-5732. www.reikiprofessors.net. Gentle Spirit Reiki. Using your “inner wisdom” to heal. Beverly Healing Center. 978-473-1863.

The John Harvey Gray Center for Reiki Healing. 603-899-3288. www.learnreiki.org. Reiki training. CEU’s.

Reiki with a licensed psychotherapist. Cynthia L. Meeske, LICSW. www.redphoenix.comcastbiz.net. 774-573-1644.

RETREATS Brahma Kumaris Peace Village Retreat Center. Haines Falls, NY. 518-589-5000. www.peacevillage.com Still Waters Pond, Connecticut’s most private retreat center. Voluntown, CT. www.retreatcenterct.com

VISION IMPROVEMENT Rosemary Gaddum Gordon, MA. Cambridge, MA and Portsmouth, NH. www.visioneducators.com.

YOGA Wellness Works Yoga, Fern Lee, Worcester. 508-298-7836. www.WWYoga.com. Est. 1992. Worcester Yoga Center. Ann Bissanti, CYT. 30 years experience Iyengar yoga. 508-829-6300.

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ADD YOUR LISTING Classified listings are $1.50/word with a $35 minimum. Add a box around your listing for $10. To include your listing in the Summer issue, email advertise@ spiritofchange.org with your listing text and mailing address. Deadline: May 1.

ASTROLOGY The Daily Astrology Reading. Visit www.spiritofchange.org to read the daily astrology reading.

BUSINESS FOR SALE Thermography business for sale, contact ocea713@yahoo.com

CEREMONIES

Personalized Wedding! Create a truly

Available for Weddings in RI, MA, CT and NYC

Specializes in creating Spiritual and Secular ceremonies. Multi-lingual ceremonies in English, Spanish and Portuguese. Rev. Natalia believes in marriage equality.

Rev. Natalia de RezeNdes

Interfaith Minister Ordained through The New Seminary, NYC

Beautiful wedding vocals available.

(401) 323-7664 • www.OneVoiceCentral.com

CLASSES Upper Cape Tech in Bourne, MA near Cape Cod Canal is a leading provider of career training offering culinary arts, technical, trade, nurse’s aide, health careers, computers, nail tech, aromatherapy, meditation, facial reflexology. 600+ online, healing, real estate, and more. Visit  www.uppercapetech.cc or call (508) 759-7711, ext. 211 for details.

DATING/SINGLES Spiritual Singles. Meet your soul mate, twin flame, poly-partners, friends on the largest, exclusively spiritual dating site on the Internet. Multi-thousands of conscious singles in New England. Join free. www.SpiritualSingles.com  

Classifieds DOWSING

All About Dowsing. Through dowsing discover more about yourself and your health. Self-instructional DVD’s, books, instruments. www.dowsing.com. (805) 649-5721. Catalog: PO Box 30305, Santa Barbara, CA 93130.

EVENTS Spiritual Events Worldwide. Retreats, Yoga, meditations, singles events, dances, parties, classes, workshops, travel and more! Events from around the globe. www.SpiritualEvents.com

HEALING Multi-Tasker: Hypnosis, psychic, perform marriages, with years of experience in all. Contact Linda at (781) 599-8275 Spiritual and/or Shamanic Healer, Padraic Saich, healing by archangel Raphael and/ or try to find your wound(s) causing your health/social/personal problem(s) and guide by spirit(s). Rolm72@gmail.com for more information. 

St. Martin Hypnotherapy & Reiki Center

HEALING

READINGS

Is it time to pick up the puzzle pieces of your life and start putting them together? Do you wish to see yourself balanced, radiant, and joyfully confident, not defined by your pain, but rather by your wholeness? MettaTouch facilitates emotional, mental, physical and spiritual integration through a combination of healing practices sourced from a number of disciplines from the East and West. For more information please e-mail Lara at mettatouchboston@gmail.com

Holy Healing Light psychic reader Grace. I specialize in healing to mind, body and soul through my candle readings I will guide you in your life decisions on love health and career. One free question: (865) 230-5777.

HELP WANTED Advertising sales manager for Spirit of Change Magazine. Sales experience a must. This is a part-time, home office position, perfect for an ambitious, detail-oriented, self-employed person who is able to manage our schedule with four yearly deadlines. Hours will range from 5-40 hours/ week throughout the 13-week publishing cycle. Holistic interests a plus. Includes salary plus commission. Email carol@spiritofchange.org with your resume and introduction.

JEWELRY

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Pendants are

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PYRAMIDS All About Pyramids. Wellness, meditation/experimental tabletop models. Worldwide research. (805) 649-5721. www.dowsing.com. Catalog: P.O. Box 30305, Santa Barbara, CA 93130.

SPACE AVAILABLE Newton Center Office Space For Rent. Full-time/part-time availability. Inviting, furnished psychotherapy suite includes private office, waiting room, clerical space and bathroom. Contact Chris Gruener (617) 965-6552, crossroads-counseling-services.com, chris.gruener@comcast.net. 

TRAININGS Celtic Spirituality and Shamanism Training with Sharon Paice MacLeod, author of “Celtic Myth and Religion” (McFarland), former faculty at Omega and Kripalu. celticwisdom@ymail.com

VOLUNTEER

Volunteers Needed: Reiki, Massage, Reflexology, Music, Pet Therapy & More

Care Alternative is recruiting volunteers to work with terminally ill patients and their families throughout Massachusetts. Volunteers receive training and continuing education related to hospice and the support of the Hospice staff.

For information about classes and volunteer opportunities, please call 508-229-8390.

WILD DOLPHIN SWIMS Swimming with Wild Dolphins. The ultimate human-dolphin connection. Meditative, healing Caribbean Island retreats. Yoga, healthy food, Atlantean legends. www.wildquest.com. (800) 326-1618.

ACCePtS: CRedIt CARdS, CHeCkS, CASH

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INDEX OF ADVERTISERS IN THIS ISSUE A 9 Ways............................................................... 11 Abra Therapeutics........................................... 31 Acupuncture of Worcester.............................. 49 Acupuncture Plus............................................ 49 Advaita Meditation Center............................. 50 Cliff Aguirre..................................................... 23 Albatross Wellness........................................... 58 Alternatives for Health.................................... 24 American Society of Dowsers........................ 13 Amethyst Point................................................ 43 An Apple A Day Acupuncture....................... 49 Andromeda’s Alley........................................... 50 Angeltouche..................................................... 59 Nancy Slonim Aronie...................................... 18 Arvigo Massage................................................ 31 Ayurvedic Rehabilitation Center................... 43 B Libby Barnett.................................................... 56 Beadniks........................................................... 20 Bhavna’s Wellness Group................................ 50 Glenn Bigonet.................................................. 55 Blisscapes.......................................................... 29 Blue Lotus Healing Arts.................................. 51 Blossom Healings............................................ 20 Body Balancing Center................................... 41 Body, Mind & Spine........................................ 51 Body Within Healing...................................... 18 Boston School of Herbal Studies, The........... 52 Patricia Burke................................................... 21 C Nancy Canning................................................ 41 Canton Spiritualist Church............................ 28 Care Alternatives Hospice.............................. 61 Central Mass Yoga and Wellness.................... 43 Chi For Healing..................................................8 Jonathan Chisholm..................................... 39,54 Circles of Wisdom........................................... 35 Commonwealth Ctr. for Herbal Medicine..... 13 Connecticut Valley Mineral Club.................. 37 The Constellation Approach.......................... 53 Creative Strands Hair & Bodyworks............. 59 Crystal Vibrations Jewelry.................................8 D

Enchanted Fox................................................. 40 Evoking Alchemy................................................8 Evolve................................................................ 14 F Firebird Life Coaching.................................... 53 Flowforms Yoga............................................... 43 Flying Clous Design........................................ 28 The FourWinds Society.................................. 37 FrogPond Yoga Center.................................... 43 G Gemstone Therapy Institute........................... 51 Arthur Gertler.................................................. 20 Gin Soon Tai Chi Chuan Federation............ 59 Golden Ray Home Energy Clearing.............. 57 Grateful Heart, The.......................................... 28 Greater Boston Church of Spiritualism........ 59 Green Hair Company...................................... 59 Green Path Garden Supply............................. 28 Groton Wellness Center.................................. 17 H Victoria Haffer................................................. 15 BJ Hambleton................................................... 16 Leontine Hartzell............................................. 57 Hay House........................................................ 25 Healing in Harmony....................................... 55 Healing from the Body Level Up, Inc...............3 Healing Nexus.................................................. 19 Health & Wellness Spring Show.................... 10 Healthy Spirit................................................... 56 Joan Hill............................................................ 11 Holistic Wellness Center.............................. 9,56 Joan Holzman.................................................. 55 I Inner Traditions............................................... 17 Integrative Animal Health Care Center........ 35 Internal Wellness Center................................ 33 J Jocelyn............................................................... 58 John Harvey Gray Ctr. for Reiki Healing...... 55 Barbara Madden Johnson............................... 55 K

Janet Darling.................................................... 37 Developmental Alphabiotics.............................5 Sharon Doolittle............................................... 32 Down to Earth................................................. 42

Kristin Kirk...................................................... 54 Denise Koelsch................................................. 57 Kundalini Yoga Boston................................... 43

E

Eclectic Institute of Aromatherapy and Herbal Studies, The.................................................... 53 EcoCentric Salon & Spa.................................. 59

Langan Creative Arts, LLC............................. 52 Light Unlimited............................................... 63 Light & Love Healing...................................... 57

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Lightworkers Healing Method....................... 27 Eric Linter......................................................... 49 Living Earth, The............................................. 14 Lotus Flower Living......................................... 15 Claire Luft.................................................... 55,56 M Judith Mabel..................................................... 26 Maha Yoga Center........................................... 43 Tina Marian...................................................... 40 Market Street Health....................................... 50 Linda Marks..................................................... 54 Wendy Marks................................................... 11 MASH............................................................... 26 Katalin Matyus................................................. 57 Metrowest Thermal Imaging.......................... 22 MicroMinerals USA........................................ 32 Ross Miller.............................................. 13,33,41 Lori Miller-Freitas........................................... 55 Misty Meadows Herbal Center...................... 17 N Natural Living Expo...........................................7 Nature’s Rite.........................................................9 New Day Hypnosis & Healing....................... 58 New England Clinical Thermography.......... 33 New England Inst. of Reflexology................. 53 Newton Dental Wellness................................. 25 Nexus Healing.................................................. 58 Dr. Jody Noe1................................................ 6,58 O Oasis Healing................................................... 57 One Voice Spiritual Center........................ 57,61 Open Doors Yoga........................................ 43,51 Opening Lotus Yoga........................................ 43 Orion’s Gateway............................................... 57 P Pacifica Graduate Institute............................. 29 Cynthia Pierro.................................................. 22 Pipal Leaf Yoga Studio.................................... 43 Plant Spirit Medicine...................................... 26 Monique Pommier.......................................... 49 Pyramid Books................................................ 29 R Raffa Yoga and Urban Sweat....................... 2,43 Real Life Yoga Studio....................................... 43 Regina Russell’s Tea Room............................. 35 Regina’s Connection........................................ 58 Reiki By the Sea............................................... 58 Reliv International........................................... 32 Kate Rivera.................................................. 54,56 Rhys Thomas Inst. of Energy Medicine..... 52,64 Richer Life Journey.......................................... 42

S Sacred Song Reiki............................................ 39 Salve Regina..................................................... 23 Scentsibilities.................................................... 52 Science of Spirituality..................................... 39 Sea Change Energy Healing........................... 15 Seaside Academy for Massage & Ayurveda..... 53 Andrea Seiver................................................... 54 Serenity Yoga Center....................................... 43 Shank Painter Publishing............................... 40 Small Miracles Preschool................................ 51 Miriam Smith................................................... 33 Solstice Healing Arts....................................... 50 Some Enchanted Evening............................... 16 Spa Tech............................................................ 53 Frank St. Martin............................................... 61 State of Grace Yoga and Wellness Center....... 43 Kelle Sutliff....................................................... 59 Synthesis Center.............................................. 52 T Talas Art............................................................ 61 Touchstone School.......................................... 51 True North Center........................................... 59 Christine Tulis.....................................................9 U-V-W UMASS Medical School................................. 27 Vera Volfson..................................................... 58 Pat Warren........................................................ 56 Way to Balance, The................................... 37,52 Kristin Webb/Florence Whipple.................... 41 Wellness Roundtable, The............................... 24 Westborough Yoga........................................... 43 (W)hole Point Institute, The...................... 10,51 Trish Whynot................................................... 54 Wisdom of the Ages........................................ 39 Woman of Wisdom.................................... 39,50 Worcester VegFest........................................... 48 Worcester Yoga Center.................................... 43 Cheryl Wright.................................................. 57 X-Y-Z Yoga at the Ashram.......................................... 43 The Yoga Studio............................................... 43 YogaLife Institute........................................ 42,53 Zuzu’s Healing Arts......................................... 50

Summer Issue Advertising Deadline: Thursday, May 1, 2014 For info: (508) 278-9640 advertise@spiritofchange.org


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THE REJUVENIZER IS DESIGNED TO HELP :

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After wearing the Personal Rejuvenizer for only 20 minutes, she reported feeling more awake, energized and refreshed.

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