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Cantilena Chamber Choir Sings
American Psalms and Spirituals
Date: Fri, June 7, 2013, 7pm
Place: Church of St. James, 129 Hudson
Avenue, Chatham, NY - (518) 791-0185
Price: $15 - The choir will present a concert of
American Psalms featuring Psalm 90 by Charles
Ives for chorus and organ. Arrangements of fa-
miliar spirituals such as Deep River, Ride up in
the Chariot, and Wade in the Water.
www.cantilenachoir.org
Berkshire Lyric 50th Anniversary Concert
Date: Sunday, June 9, 2013, 3pm
Place: Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood, Lenox, MA -
(413) 298-5365, Price: $25
The Berkshire Lyric Chorus and Blafield Chil-
dren’s Chorus will perform choral pieces from
several centuries, as well as contemporary
American work. Special appearance by Founder,
Robert Blafield. Guest soloist soprano Maureen
O’Flynn. www.berkshirelyricinfo.org

Music at the Mansion Presents
“ChampagneJam”
Date: Fri, June 14, 2013, 6:30pm
Place: North Adams Public Library, 74 Church
Street, North Adams, MA - (413) 662-3133
Price: Free - Join us on the library lawn for an
evening of oldies “rock and roll.” Bring a lawn
chair or blanket and enjoy. www.naplibrary.com
Fabulous Fabric and Fiber Show
Date: Opening Fri, June 14, 2013 5-7pm
through July 7 (Fri, Sat, and Sun 11am to 4pm)
Place: New Marlborough Meeting House Gallery,
Rt 57, New Marlborough, MA - Price: Free
Extraordinary creations of quilt, rug hook, thread
paintings, wearable art, basket weave, and more.
newmarlborough.org/meeting-house-gallery
Origami in the Galleries
Date: Tues, July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; Aug 6, 13, 20,
and 27, 1pm
Place: Berkshire Museum, 39 South Street
Pittsfield, MA - (413) 443-7171
Price: Free with Museum admission
Celebrate paper with the timeless paper folding
art form known as origami. Each week features
new designs and skills.
www.berkshiremuseum.org
sat“ART”day in the Park
Date: Sat, July 6, 13, and 20, 2013, 10am-5pm
Place: First Congregational Church Park, 25
Park Place, Lee, MA - (413) 446-1988
Price: Free - A&M Events is proud to present
the 3rd Annual satARTday in the Park. This hand-
made marketplace features local artisans. Accept-
ing Artisan Applications now. Please visit A&M
Events Facebook page or www.eventsbyam.com
for an application.
Movie Camp
Date: Mon, July 15, to Aug 19, 2013, 9am-4pm
Place: Berkshire Museum, 39 South Street
Pittsfield MA - (413) 443-7171
Calling all budding writers, actors, and directors
(grades 3-6) – let’s make a movie! From concep-
tion to the rolling credits, campers are in on the
action. Write the script, cast the actors, direct the
action, and man the cameras!
www.berkshiremuseum.org
Verdi�s Requiem
Date: Sun, July 28, 2013, 3pm
Place: Yale Summer School of Music and Art
Rt. 44/272, Norfolk, CT - (860) 868-0739
Price: $25 - Major choral work with full or-
chestra put on by the Litchfield County Choral
Union. www.lccu-us.org
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8th Annual Rock, Rattle & Drum Pow Wow
Gifts of the Four Directions
Saturday, August 10 and Sunday, August 11, 2013
Bowe Field, the Adams Agricultural Fairgrounds
Old Columbia Street (off of Route 8), Adams, MA
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t’s Pow Wow time again! After eight years of celebratory dance,
song, and drumming, this year’s 8th Annual Rock, Rattle &
Drum Pow Wow will explode in another weekend of American
Indian music, dance, education, entertainment, arts and crafts
vendors, and cultural festivities fun for the whole family!
Everyone is welcome. American Indian vendors will sell na-
tive made arts and crafts such as native beadwork, quill work, and
silver. Traditional native foods such as Indian fry bread, Indian
corn soup, and buffalo will be available for purchase. (413) 443-
2481, www.healingwinds.net, humanityinconcert@earthlink.net
W
e didn’t invent outdoor music in
the Berkshires, but it’s usually
much sweeter here. Tanglewood is
the most elegant option and some
of us will go there several times each summer.
But music lovers with a little ingenuity and a
willingness to drive a few miles can fnd great
concerts just about every night in July and Au-
gust, most of them outdoors and free!
The very best option for free outdoor music
lovers is The Clark Art Institute, which provides
free events on the South Lawn every Tuesday
evening during the month of July. This sum-
mer you can drag your blankets and chairs to
225 South Street in “Village Beautiful” (Wil-
liamstown) for bluegrass, soul, folk, and even
a Beatles tribute band. Go to www.clarkart.edu
for details. Arrive earlier than the 6pm start and
you can tour the galleries and the spectacular
grounds.
Lenox’s Lilac Park Concerts take place Wednes-
day nights at 7pm on Main Street (Route 7A). The
schedule has yet to be announced, but you can
count on some jazz, folk, and traditional American
music under a lush canopy of greenery. They pass
the hat, but it is otherwise free. Like The Clark,
concerts go on even in the rain as a nearby hall is
available. Watch the chamber of commerce web
site for details, www.lenox.org.
Pittsfeld offers two free concert series each
summer. For upbeat modern sounds, try “Live
at the Lake” Wednesday nights at 7 at Burbank
Park off Valentine Road on the west side of
Pittsfeld. Parking can be diffcult at these well-
attended events, but some people solve that by
cruising to the bandstand in their Lake Onota
boats. Springside Park on upper North Street
has quieter fare with The Eagles Band, folk
groups, and Dixieland Tuesday nights at 7. The
web site www.discoverpittsfeld.com will have
details for both when they are announced.
Great Barrington offers three free summer con-
cert series. Friday evenings at 5:30 in the band-
stand behind Town Hall at Main and Castle
Streets you can hear selected local performers
with acoustic, folk, and jazz in a low-key setting.
Children’s concerts are offered at the same lo-
cation on Saturday mornings. The “Sounds of
Summer” series is held on Tuesday nights at the
VFW grounds on South Main Street (Route 7).
Information is usually on the town site www.
townofgb.org when available.
With a very pleasant drive down the Jacob’s
Ladder Scenic Byway (Route 20) to the City of
Westfeld you can stretch your weekend enter-
tainment into Sunday nights at the Stanley Park
Concert Series. It’s a 30-year tradition at the
Beveridge Pavilion near Westfeld State Univer-
sity. The 6pm offerings will include traditional
band concert fare, country-western, and even a
polka party. Go early and try one of the easy
walking trails. You can see the full 2013 season’s
schedule at www.stanleypark.org.
One tip for fnding free music is to watch the
local listings (as opposed to tourist events) in
the area newspapers. Other venues that invite
the public for concerts include the Hotchkiss
School in Lakeville, the scenic Mount Greylock
Visitor Center in Lanesborough, Heron Cove in
Cheshire, North Adams’ Windsor Lake, the Ad-
ams downtown bandstand, Laurel Lake Nurs-
ing Home in Lee, and the North Adams Public
Library. Watch local listings every day for up-
dates as these events are not usually advertised
or publicized as well as commercial concerts.
A few Frisbees will fy through the air, kids
will dance by the bandstand, and neighbors
will greet neighbors at these informal events.
Bolstered by an excellent local talent pool, the
music is often surprisingly good. There is an in-
comparable joy to a picnic with some fne mu-
sic in the invigorating early chill of a Berkshire
summer evening.
~ Phil Smith is the former Executive Director and
a current volunteer for the Lee Chamber of Com-
merce. He is a Trustee of Housatonic Heritage.
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A unique boutique in downtown
Pittsfeld for you to explore!
Clothing  Accessories  Gifts
137 North Street, Pittsfeld, MA
The Shops In Crawford Square
www.pateezboutique.com
T
he West Stockbridge Farmers’ Mar-
ket made its debut on May 24, 2012,
and has been building in momen-
tum ever since. It started this year on May
23, 2013, and will be open every Thursday
from 3 to 7pm through October 10, 2013.
Held in the middle of the village, Merritt
Green on Harris Street,
on property donated
by Matt Merritt, the
Market has become a
popular meeting and
greeting ground for
the residents of West
Stockbridge and sur-
rounding towns.
With Tom Tenuta of
SoMa Catering mak-
ing delicious wood-
fred fatbread pizzas
every week and Ra-
ven & Boar grilling
amazing sausages on
a stick, the Market is
a destination point
for families out for an
evening’s entertainment and for working folk
heading home.
Founding vendors include the aforementioned
SoMa and Raven & Boar as well as Hosta Hill
Farm, Pittsfeld Rye, Sticky Fingers Farm, We
Dream Farm, Sarah and Peter Thorne, and
Tortured Orchard.
Also on the roster are New Leaf Farm, Abode
Farm, the local bistro Rouge, Pretiolas Pret-
zels, and, rare for regional Farmers Markets,
Furnace Brook Winery/Hilltop Orchards
with an array of lovely wines and ciders as
well as a selection of baked goods, preserves,
and local cheeses.
Beautiful plants, hanging baskets, annuals, herbs,
and vegetables will be available from a selection
of vendors including VanAlstyne Horticultur-
als & Herbs, and a charming lemonade stand,
a la Charlie Brown, lends a touch of whimsy
while offering refreshing cold drinks for those
warm summer afternoons.
Drop-in vendors include Berkshire Botani-
cal Garden, Woolie Glen, and Glendouglas
Farm (who bring their ever-popular llamas
to delight the young and young-at-heart
at the Market), Out of Vietnam, and The
Bookloft with their collection of summer-
and market-related material. Local restau-
rants are on board to make some of their
signature provisions available to Market
shoppers. Barefoot Farm offers a lovely
selection of all-natural body products, just
perfect to beat the drying
effects of summer.
Local artist Peter Thorne
will be on hand with
pieces from his collec-
tion, and fber artist Pam
Barich of Otavalo Tex-
tiles shows a wide collec-
tion of scarves, shawls,
ponchos, and handbags
of Alpaca wool. Jill’s Jew-
elry and Kathy’s Quilts
offer lovely original and
handmade pieces. Potter
Elaine Hoffman exhibits
a few of her pieces weekly
as well, some particularly
appropriate to the season
like her unique and useful
berry bowls. There are monthly (or more)
Special Event Themed Markets when ad-
ditional craftspeople and artists are invited
along with family-oriented amusements such
as pony rides and petting zoos.
In addition to the live music every week,
there is a raffle drawing for a basket of
goodies provided by all of the vendors.
There is also a Find the Rooster Contest
where a wooden rooster (the Market logo
and mascot) is hidden somewhere on the
property. Whoever is lucky enough to find
it wins a prize! At the end of the season, all
of the previous winners will be entered into
a Grand Drawing. Since the season is only
21 weeks long, only 42 entries will qualify
(one winner of each contest each week).
The odds are hard to beat!
Local authors Jennifer Trainer Thompson
West Stockbridge
June - July Event Sampler
To see more events or to post your event for free go to
www.OurBerkshireCalendar.com
Summer Herbs Workshop: Healing Balms for Bites,
Stings and Rashes
Date: Sat, June 29, 2013, 10am-3pm
Place: Hawthorne Valley Farm Learning Center
327 County Route 21C, Ghent, NY - (518) 672-7500
Price: $55
The summer heat brings with it the things that “bug” us most!
We’ll discuss natural ways in which we can work with plants to
calm the calamities of common stings, bites, burns, and rashes.
Workshop includes materials and a simple organic vegetarian
lunch. hawthornevalleyfarm.org/classes-workshops
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5pm dinner only, seasonal hours
150 Main Street
Lee, Mass.
413.243.6397
cheznousbistro.com
BTW save room
French chef,
American baker,
real food
www.SullivanStationRestaurant.com
Visit our historic landmark
Railroad Street, Lee, Massachusetts
(413) 243-2082
Live Entertainment on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights
Sullivan Station Restaurant
Open for lunch & dinner Tuesday through Sunday
Host your special event in our historic location or let us cater at your home
Vegan, Gluten-free, Vegetarian upon request
Open Weekly 7:30 - 5
(Closed Tuesday)
Sunday Musical Brunch 9 - 3
Crepes • Paninis • Soups • Salads
Espresso • Coffee • Tea • Juices
www.StavingArtstCreperie.com
40 Main St • Lee, MA • 413-394-5046
Farmers' Market Flourishes

By Ginna Dudney
(The Fresh Egg Cookbook, Hot Sauce!), Alana
Chernila (The Homemade Pantry: 101 Foods You
Can Stop Buying & Start Making), Kathy Har-
rison (Just in Case) and Bernie Fallon (Goodol-
ogy) held book signings in 2012, and more are
planned for this year.
2013 Musical Entertainment Schedule
May 23 ..............................................John Myers
May 30 .........................................Bruce Mandel
June 6 .......................................Ryan Hollander
June 13 .......................................Robin O’Herin
June 20 .................................Moonshine Holler
June 27 ...................................Oakes and Smith
July 4 ........................................Ryan Hollander
July 11 .............................................Kevin Jones
July 18 ...........................................Steve Kelman
July 25 .....................................Oakes and Smith
August 1 .......................................Steve Kelman
August 8 .....................................Robin O’Herin
August 15 .............................Richard Sandmeyer
August 22 ............................Berkshire Hillsmen
August 29 ...............................Oakes and Smith
September 5 ...................................Kevin Jones
September 12 ............................Robin O’Herin
September 19 ...........................................RJ Trio
September 26 ........................Oakes and Smith
October 3 .........................................John Myers
October 10 ......................................Andy Styles
A Sampling of Our 2013 Vendors
Barefoot Farm
Berkshire Botanical Garden
Berkshire’s Own Fudge
For the Love of Pie
Furnace Brook Winery
Graham Farmhouse
Hosta Hill
Jill’s Jewelry
Kathy’s Quilts
MamaMakes3
Mary & Sarah’s Garden
New Leaf Farm
Otavalo Textiles
Pet Partners
Peter Bartlett
Pittsfeld Rye & Specialty Breads
Raven & Boar
SoMa Catering
The Bookloft
Tortured Orchard
VanAlstyne Horticulturals & Herbs

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H
aving worked in a variety of veteri-
nary practices, and having an ark-
load of pets, I’ve spent a fair amount
of time on one side or another of a veterinar-
ian’s exam table. My experiences at that table
have given me the opportunity to develop
some insight into what I believe constitutes
quality patient care and quality client service.
With regard to client service (patient care
being fodder for other articles), I’ve come
to understand that quality client service, the
kind that keeps a pet owner coming back to
a particular veterinary practice, begins with a
demonstrated willingness on the part of the
veterinarians and the staff at the veterinary
practice not only to accept but to appreciate,
respect, and empower the pet owner as an in-
tegral part of the veterinary care team.
For a pet owner’s empowerment to occur, the
holy trinity of the veterinary care team must
be observed as including the veterinarian, the
pet owner (the client), and the pet (the patient).
Ancillary members of the veterinary care team
(veterinary assistants and technicians) certainly
have a very important role to play on the team,
but they should be there to lend assistance and
technical support as needed, never mistaking
themselves to be a veterinarian-surrogate, and
remembering that they are there as much in
service to the client as they are to the veterinar-
ian, or at least lending that feeling to the client.
The importance of ancillary staff remember-
ing their proper place outside the holy trinity
was made very clear to me one day some 40
years ago when I was assisting in a veterinary
clinic exam room. I entered the exam room
with instructions to remove a cat from its car-
rier ahead of the veterinarian’s arrival. I greet-
ed the client, and then proceeded to begin to
open the carrier. The client said, “Please don’t
do that.” Continuing to proceed to open the
carrier, I assured her, “It will be okay.” With
that, the client quietly put her hand on my
arm, looked me straight in the eye, and said,
“It will be okay if and when I say it’s okay.”
Almost four decades later, I have learned that
there are two important protocols which re-
inforce the holy trinity of the veterinary care
team, and, as well, improve the quality of pa-
tient care. The frst is for the veterinarian to take
offce visit case history directly from the client,
rather than receive the case history as notes
from an exam-room interview performed by
ancillary staff. The second is for the veterinar-
ian to perform as many routine procedures as
reasonably possible in the exam room, with the
client present, rather than removing the patient
from the exam room (and from the client), and
taking the patient to the back of the hospital
for others to perform the routine workups.
When the veterinarian, rather than ancillary
staff, takes offce visit case history directly
from the client, the conversation that ensues
allows for a complete, uncensored sharing of
information with back-and-forth questioning
between the client and the veterinarian while
the veterinarian references past history in the
patient’s chart. Moreover, while speaking with
the client, the veterinarian has the opportunity
to observe general patient condition quietly
before beginning a hands-on examination.
When routine procedures (blood draws, med-
ication administration, vaccinations) are per-
formed by the veterinarian in the exam room
with the client present, as opposed to moving
the patient to the back of the hospital for the
routine workups, it’s usually much less stress-
ful for both the patient and the client, both
of whom are concerned and worried, and
neither of whom wants to be separated from
the other. But, more importantly, mistakes can
easily occur with a transition of the patient to
the back of the hospital. There can be a lot
going on, a lot of distractions, in the back of
the hospital. The veterinarian may have their
attention called to a hospital patient, a verbal
instruction may be misunderstood, or a note
in the chart may be misread. Mistakes ensue.
Our pets depend upon us to make informed
decisions on their behalf, and to safeguard
them from harm. The care of our pets will
be the better for our having surrounded our-
selves with a team of veterinary care provid-
ers who support us in our pivotal role as an
integral part of the veterinary care team.
~ Kristina “Tina” Dow is a retired college adminis-
trator, former veterinary assistant, and self-described
Born-Again Raw-Feeder. Tina’s shop, BensDotter’s
Pet, is located in Great Barrington, MA. The shop
carries a wide array of supplies and natural treats, and
specializes in raw-food diets. www.bensdotters.com.
See ad at left and on inside back cover

A Wise Old Veterinarian Once Told Me
By Kristina Dow
You and Me and the Vet Makes Three
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Enjoy a scenic ride through
Bennington, Vermont, and visit
Great Works Antiques.
Discover four rooms of unique
antiques, furniture, home
furnishings, collectibles, art
Deco, pottery, oil paintings, and
garden accessories. Browse
through our store and find
hidden treasures from America
and around the world. Prices
to suit every budget. Visit Great
Works Antiques at 254½ Benmont
Avenue, Bennington, VT. Con-
tact Israel Dimas, proprietor, by
phone at (802) 688-6742, or by
email at isrdm@aol.com.
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ave you ever
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often default to “let’s romp around and have
some fun.” Yet by engaging playfully, we can
actually create more closeness, cooperation,
and confidence in our children.
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adults, too) need their cups filled. A child’s
need for attachment is like a cup that gets
emptied by being tired, hungry, hurt, or lonely,
and then refilled by being loved, cuddled, en-
couraged, and even fed. Cohen suggests look-
ing at children’s behavior and thinking about
these “cups.” Is a child running around des-
perately trying to get a refill? Is she bouncing
off the walls in the process and even spilling
what little is in her cup? Does a child have a
leaky cup, always needing more attention but
never feeling satisfied? Is the child who really
needs a refill blocking others from giving him
just what he needs to feel better?
When children need their cups refilled, it’s
time for us to re-establish connection. And a
very effective way to rekindle that connection
is through play.
Cohen’s work on playful relationships with
children really expands how we can approach
discipline in a proactive way. His insight into
how we can approach interactions and con-
nections with lighthearted, yet meaningful,
play is something that can benefit us all.
For more information about Cohen’s work
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Date: Sun, June 30, 2013, 1pm
Place: Eleven, 11 School Street,
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Step away from the kitchen sink or conference
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Adams: The Recreational Hub of the
Berkshires / By Jonathan Butler
Adams is an evolving Berkshire Town, nestled
beautifully at the base of Mt. Greylock, the
highest peak in the Commonwealth. It is a
cultural, historical, and recreational destina-
tion located right between the cities of North
Adams and Pittsfeld.
Visitors to Adams are often well served in
beginning their travels at the Adams Visitor’s
Center, located right in the downtown along
the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail. Historical and
cultural enthusiasts often fnd their way to visit
the Susan B. Anthony Birthplace and Museum.
The Quaker Meeting House, situated at the
top of the historic Maple Street Cemetery, was
constructed in the 1780s by settlers of East
Hoosuck, the original name of Adams.
The Ashuwillticook Rail Trail is a regional
destination for outdoor enthusiasts, offering
stunning views of our landscape. If it is hiking
that one is seeking, there is perhaps no better
place in the Northeast than Mt. Greylock. At the
bottom of Mt. Greylock sits the Greylock Glen,
a beautiful stretch of ponds and meadows that
offers additional options for those seeking na-
ture, tranquility, or just a nice meandering hike.
Whether it’s an afternoon stop, a week-
end destination, or just a place to grab some
breakfast, Adams welcomes all and looks for-
ward to becoming a bigger part of the Berk-
shire economy. www.town.adams.ma.us
The City of North Adams
By Veronica Bosley
North Adams is located in the northwest
corner of Massachusetts, just minutes from
the New York and Vermont Borders, and is
the least populous city in the state. It is home
to the largest contemporary art museum in
the country (MASS MoCA), and the highest
mountain in the state (Mount Greylock).
For much of its existence North Adams
was known as a mill town. In the 1940s, Sprague
Electric Company purchased a large mill com-
plex on Marshall Street. Among other things,
Sprague worked with the US government to
develop components of the atomic bomb. At
its height, Sprague employed 25 percent of the
city’s population, but closed in 1985. The city’s
population declined drastically over the next
decade, but after a long road of renovation and
revitalization, North Adams is currently an art,
culture, and recreation destination.
There is a vibrant art scene in North Ad-
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work, and exhibit in North Adams – with galler-
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a contemporary art festival put on by MCLA,
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work. The city also hosts a plethora of events
and street fairs that draw people from around
the country, and is home to two state parks, plac-
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of hiking trails. So stop in. Stay a while. Explore
North Adams! www.explorenorthadams.com
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Williamstown is located in the far northwest
corner of Massachusetts bordering Vermont
and New York. It is the home of the Ster-
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College, and 8,220 residents including 2,000
Williams College students.
Until the Industrial Revolution, the town
fourished on a combination of dairy farming,
sheep herding and wool production, small lo-
cal mills, and general stores. The coming of
the railroad and the Industrial Revolution
changed the face of Williamstown – after
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Today the local chamber states (www.
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beautiful setting with the rolling hills and low
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ermented foods have been a part of hu-
man history since before we were even
human. Approximately ten times our
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and archaea (an ancient critter that resembles
bacteria) called the human microbiome. This
symbiotic ecosystem is associated with various
parts of our biological functioning and is cur-
rently known to concentrate in our eyes, skin,
digestion, and elimination systems. Researchers
are still uncovering the human microbiome and
are trying to get it classified as another organ
because they consider it to be so valuable to
our lives. There are even certain parts of our
brains that are believed to have evolved from
symbiotic bacteria. Humans aren’t the only
ones to have evolved in this way. All life on
the planet evolved with and from bacteria and
other single-celled organisms. So it stands to
reason that we would still have strong relation-
ships with such forms of life.
Before refrigerators, existed people would
preserve various foods by fermenting them.
Kefir, sauerkraut, and pickles are examples of
traditional fermented foods that are still con-
sidered good to eat by today’s standards. Fer-
mented foods have become popular again and
many products can be found in natural food
stores, but if you have time nothing can beat
your own recipe. Not to mention that fer-
menting your own food is liberating and fun!
When first starting my journey into fer-
mented foods, I took on an easy project. I got
some good organic milk and fermented it to
make clabber, also known as kefir. One of the
first batches had a hard time starting, so I im-
patiently added some sugar, in hope that the
extra food would help it along. What ended up
happening is that the bacteria ate up the sugar
and created sparkling milk-wine, which sounds
bad but it ended up being great. As a “foodie” I
thought this result was incredible fun. What kind
of new flavors and concoctions could I come
up with that would both taste great and be great
for the health of myself and my family? It turns
out that the list is quite long.
Following are some simple recipes and
resources that will help empower you. If you
can master these you will have a handle on
anything you wish to ferment.
Kefir
The easiest way to make kefir is to buy a start-
er online. I recommend kefir crystals because
they are supposed to contain more strains of
probiotic bacteria than powdered starter and
are quicker to colonize the milk. The crystals
are comprised of a matrix of bacteria and
milk proteins. If you only have the powdered
starter you are still in good shape, just make
sure it’s new and vital. Once you have your
starter, get the best milk you can find. If you
start with a low-quality product you will end
up with a low-quality result. Take your milk
and flash pasteurize it by bringing it to a light
simmer (200°F) and allow it to cool while
covered. Once the milk reaches between 92°F
and 72°F, you can add the kefir crystals and
let them sit for eight hours. After eight hours,
strain the crystals out, gently rinse in luke-
warm water, and allow them to dry. If you be-
gan with a powdered starter you may still find
kefir crystals as they will form as a byproduct
of the kefir fermentation process.
Drying your crystals puts the bacteria into
a dormancy cycle and they will last for about
one year in this state. You will know when
your kefir is ready when it smells like an effer-
vescent yogurt. Your kefir may have separated
into liquid and solid. This is OK – what you
are looking at are curds and whey, whey be-
ing the slightly clear liquid. Just stir the solids
in and note that the finished product should
resemble a watery yogurt.
Cheese and Whey
To make kefir cheese and probiotic whey drink
you start the same way as you did with the
kefir. Stop at the point where you might stir
in the separated whey and curds. Strain off
the whey by pouring the whole thing through
a cheesecloth with a pan under it. Keep the
whey as a high-protein probiotic beverage; add
it to smoothies, add pasteurized honey and al-
low it to continue fermenting and so forth.
Once the liquid fully drains off for about one
hour, the cheese will be ready for finishing
touches before use. For more information or
creative tips, please see the references and do
your own research on cheesemaking.
Sauerkraut
The basic sauerkraut recipe involves shredding
cabbage, mixing it with grey sea salt and water,
and stuffing it into jars. Let sit for two to four
weeks when ingredients look slightly cooked.
To further regulate the bacterial strains you can
purchase a vegetable bacteria starter to ensure
you are promoting probiotic strains; this will
help the fermenting process start faster. This
may only be necessary if the veggies are not or-
ganic as organic veggies are covered in healthy
bacteria that will colonize on their own. If you
really want to get fancy you can add some pur-
ple cabbage, peppercorns, shredded carrots,
beets, and celery to your green cabbage.
Resources
Body Ecology Diet - www.bodyecology.com
Wild Fermentation - www.wildfermentation.com
NIH; Human Microbiome Project -
www.commonfund.nih.gov/hmp
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A Survivor's Story

I
don’t t hi nk
anything could
have prepared
me for becoming
electrically sensitive (ES). I can’t say it was
my worst nightmare come true because ES is
something I never had nightmares about. Lit-
erally I had never heard of electrical sensitiv-
ity or electromagnetic felds (EMFs).
Up until February 2002 I was just like ev-
eryone else. I bought my frst cell phone in 1998.
Running my own small business it was a god-
send. I no longer had to be chained to my offce
desk to make telephone calls. Freedom at last.
I started to use my cell phone more and
more. But I wasn’t an intensive user by any
stretch of the imagination. I received calls but
rarely used my cell phone to ring out and I
never took it into my bedroom at night. Dur-
ing the day I occasionally carried it round
with me in my coat or pants pocket but often
I would carry it in my work-bag.
So that day in February 2002 when my cell
phone rang and I suddenly felt a strange pain,
I really had no clue as to what was going on.
Neither had the doctor. He said it was stress.
Take a few days off work, relax, you’ll be fne,
he said. After taking a week off I wasn’t fne.
The very frst time my cell phone rang and I
put it to my ear the symptoms started again.
Only now it was a very distinct, sharp pain; it
felt like my head was being held in a vice.
So I didn’t have to use my cell phone
so much, I started to do more offce work. I
worked on my computer. Before long I began
to feel symptoms when using the computer,
sensitivity to light, headaches, tingling in my
fngers when using the keyboard. After a very
short time I stopped using my cell phone al-
together, I could only use my computer for
short periods, and even using a normal corded
telephone began to be painful.
This went on for two years. It was a com-
plete mystery to me and the medical commu-
nity what was wrong with me. Neurologists, CT
scans, blood tests, ear nose and throat specialists,
psychiatrists . . . apart from high blood pressure
nobody could fnd anything wrong with me.
All I knew was that somehow I had be-
come allergic to modern life. My symptoms
came on in stores and shopping malls and in
friends’ homes. And in my own home. I felt
well nowhere, except when I was out in the
forest, far away from “everything.”
I was just 35 years old when this all started.
Up to then I was a picture of health. I’d hardly
had a day off work through illness in my entire
life. I had a nice life, a charming wife, and two
young children. I enjoyed a healthy diet and did
plenty of sport and my business was doing well.
Despite all this, from one day to the next my
life was turned upside down. I tried to convince
myself that nothing was wrong with me but there
was something wrong with me, I was in pain.
I thought I was going crazy. Then one
day I was reading my newspaper, and I read an
article about a CEO of a listed company that
could no longer use a cell phone and had to
switch the electricity off in his home at night
to get to sleep. The name they gave to this
condition was electrical sensitivity or electri-
cal hypersensitivity (EHS). The relief I felt was
immense. No longer was I on my own. There
were others like me. I was not going crazy.
I subsequently learnt that somewhere be-
tween three and fve percent of the population
is electrically sensitive and aware of their con-
dition. But it’s thought that about 35 percent
of the population have symptoms of electri-
cal sensitivity, though they may not realize that
they are electrically sensitive.
What are the Symptoms of
Electrical Sensitivity?
 Sleep disturbance and tiredness. Massive
fatigue and diffculty sleeping are common
symptoms.
 Various auditory problems. Ringing in the
ears, hearing loss, tinnitus, an unexpected ear-
ache, is common. Diffculty in keeping your
balance might be an indicator.
 Cognitive diffculties. Confusion, memory
loss, forgetfulness, learning diffculties, and an
inability to concentrate are not uncommon.
 Diverse neurological effects. This could
take the form of dizziness and nausea without
any discernible cause, as well as insomnia.
 Respiratory problems. Coughing and throat
problems, sinusitis, asthma.
 Cardiovascular problems. Tachycardia,
chest pains, shortness of breath, and fuctuat-
ing blood pressure.
 Ophthalmologic symptoms. Gritty and
smarting eyes, deteriorating vision, the devel-
opment of “tics.”
 Emotional problems. Irritability, such as de-
pression, anxiety, anger, and mood swings.
Musculoskeletal diffculties. Weakness and
spasms in the muscles, limb and joint pains,
numbness or tingling sensations.
 Dermatological symptoms. Acne, irritation,
or rashes, swelling in the face or fushes.
 Genitourinary symptoms. Bladder problems
and unusual sweating.
 Gastrointestinal problems. Upset stomach,
allergic reactions, and fatulence.
 Various sensitization. Allergies and sensitivi-
ties to light, chemicals, smells, or noise.
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Dealing with Electrical Sensitivity
Dealing with electrical sensitivity is hard for several
reasons:
1. It is very diffcult to diagnose because the range
of symptoms are so diverse.
2. Doctors are not trained to recognize the symptoms.
3. Many practitioners put ES down as psychosomat-
ic, all in the mind, despite proof to the contrary.
4. There is no widely accepted treatment or cure
and certainly no magic pill you can swallow which
will make it go away.
5. Sufferers very quickly become isolated. They are
unable to use accepted means of communication,
like cell phones and computers. Holding down a
regular job can become impossible.
6. ES can be combined with other sensitivities like
CFS (chronic fatigue syndrome) and MCS (multiple
chemical sensitivity), complicating diagnosis and
treatment
What You Can Do
I learned about electrical sensitivity the hard way. Most
sufferers realize there is a link between electromag-
netic feld exposures (EMFs) and their condition.
Since the wireless revolution, EMFs are
omnipresent. Wireless technologies like cell and
cordless phones, cell towers, “smart meters,” WiFi,
wireless laptops, wireless routers, and baby moni-
tors rely on EMFs to function, as do nonwireless
technologies like power lines, electrical wiring, and
other electrical appliances.
The frst step to treating this condition is to
reduce exposure to these electromagnetic felds.
Avoidance and protection are the key. This might
mean replacing your cordless phone with a land-
line, replacing your WiFi connection with an Eth-
ernet connection, etc. But buying an EMF meter is
essential. Sometimes your exposure can come from
the most unlikely sources: faulty electrical wiring,
games consoles, magnetic felds in your car, etc.
Until you can actually see and measure the EMFs in
your environment you’re going on guesswork.
The mistake many electrosensitives make is to
think that because they react to EMFs, that EMFs
are the only culprit. EMFs have an important role
to play but they are not the sole and unique cause of
electrical sensitivity. I came across this revelation by
chance. I had already reduced my EMF exposures
to a minimum and yet my symptoms were very
much present. I undertook a program of cleansing
and detox and experienced a rapid improvement in
my condition. I came to realize that toxins in my
system were the real problem. Reducing my EMF
exposures was not going to get me better. But when
I started looking at the bigger picture, at my nu-
tritional choices, my chemical exposures, that was
when I started to get the better of my condition.
I recommend a whole, natural, organic diet as far
as possible. Sport and exercise is also important. You
don’t have to have any athletic prowess but you need
to move, every day. If you can’t run then go for walks.
Even fve minutes to start with will be benefcial. Find a
new sport, something at your level, preferably outside.
Perhaps more important is managing your en-
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est to accept. We are in a culture where taking a pill
is seen as an acceptable way of dealing with illness.
Energy work gets much bad press. But nurturing
feelings of love towards others and having a posi-
tive outlook are very important. Prior to becoming
electrically sensitive I had never been concerned
with my energies. But in retrospect my energy work
was certainly the single most important element in
beating electrical sensitivity.
~ Lloyd Burrell is the author of an ebook entitled How
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growing number of people whose health is being compro-
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