Health & Wellness Gallery

Have a Narcissist or Sociopath in Your Life? Cambridge Has a Support Group for You

Photo: figure of human in dark clothing and hood with hands covering face in apparent shame or fear
Narcissists and sociopaths wreak havoc on others' lives. There is no need to be alone with it. Cambridge has a support group for you.

Have a Narcissist or a Sociopath in Your Life? You’re in Good Company, and There’s a Cambridge Support Group for You

If you have a true narcissist or sociopath in your life, you feel the consequences. It is no fun. It is harrowing.

Cambridge Starts by Believing

City Council
Cambridge signs on to the global Start by Believing Campaign, with the goal of transforming the way we respond to sexual assault.

“We hear from survivor after survivor of sexual assault that when they disclosed what happened to them, people frequently said ‘are you sure?’” stated Katia Santiago-Taylor, M.S., Advocacy and Legislative Affairs Manager for the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC), which was founded in Cambridge in 1973. Santiago-Taylor was speaking at Cambridge City Hall at the April 10 Start by Believing pledge and proclamation.

VOTE for PB Project Laundry Truck (s) for the Homeless ( Happening at City of Cambridge Participatory Budgeting!

  • Posted on: 13 November 2018
Cambridge,MA Fifth (5) Cycle Participatory Budgeting is Back "Vote" Homeless Laundry Truck at from 12/ 1-7/18; !

Join Me Hasson Rashid from December 1-7, 2018( and VOTE for PB Project Laundry Truck (s) for the Homeless ( Happening at City of Cambridge Participatory Budgeting! Mr. Hasson J. Rashid suggested this Public Health & Safety idea near Massachusetts Ave @ Pleasant St., Cambridge,MA 02139....

Pets in Construction Areas = Pets in Distress: Help them Cope

Jackhammer on sidewalk.
Photo closeup of dog bearing teeth.
Photo closeup of cat with wounded ear.
Closeup photo of woman comforting small dog, holding them close to her face.
Jackhammers and bulldozing affect our pets' well-being just as much as our own. Catch some pet care ideas, when construction is too much.

Two long-time, loving friends, are attacking each other.
Biting, clawing. Raising welts. Causing bleeding. They are mauling each other, far from the snuggling together they used to enjoy. Actually, these friends are blood relatives. Now they are drawing blood, that's how distressed they are.

So who are these now-miserable, aggressive friends/relatives? They are the pet cats of William O’Neill, a long-time East Cambridge resident. “They always got along, never any fighting” William says. “Now they have fights. Really big fights.”

Shingles: Prevention and Care for House and Body

Close photo of yellow house shingles.
Close photo of shingles rash.
Want to prevent or care for shingles on your house or body? Read on!

Some of us want not to get house shingles. They usually require unique maintenance (like scraping, repainting, or staining every four or five years). Laborious. So if you want to prevent your house from getting shingles, you have to stay home all the time by day during outdoor work season, to watch out for the industrious people who come ‘round to your house and put up shingles. (These are people are maybe from the House Shingles Benevolent Society, but I’m not sure.) If you can’t stay home all day, ask a neighbor to pay attention for you.

Cambridge Naturals: A Long Time Growing Natural Health Store

Cambridge Naturals located in Porter Square sells Natural Wellness Products

Cambridge Naturals is a natural health store located in Cambridge on 23 White Street. This store is in the Porter Square area, and provides natural wellness products such as; nutritional supplements, body care, food and many more! The business was founded in 1974, and ever since they have been striving for a better environment in our community. They also aim to partner with businesses owned by women only. All of the products seem to come with love in every package or individually, and to help care for the person purchasing it.

Boxing Up Parkinson's Disease Symptoms at the Cambridge YMCA

Photo: Three Rock Steady Boxing students punching individual bags.
Group Photo: Seven RSB students, in a line in front of boxing ring, flanked by Al and Matthew (RSB coaches)
Photo: RSB stduents punching indivudual punching bags.
Gloves on! Punching bags ready! Rock Steady Boxing changes the lives of people with Parkinson's Disease.

It can start with a slight tremor, or mere changes in posture or walking. But you can still do what you’ve loved and needed to do, with relative ease. (A whisper in the mind: “Nothing is wrong.”) Then it moves on, to increasing tremor, muscle rigidity, and some challenges in walking. (A whisper in the mind: “I don’t think anything’s wrong.”) It’s getting harder, and the loss of confidence, ease, and enjoyable activities are beginning to mount. (A whisper in the mind: “This is happening.”) This is no easy thing.

Safe Haven for Newborn Babies, and an Easing of Suffering for the Parent

Photo: Woman closely cradling newborn, the latter wearing tiny, white cap.
Photo: Outside of firestation, photo of Safe haven signage and direction to doorbell. (Detailed, lengthy info on sign.)
Photo: Safe Haven signage outside of firehouse.
Are you overwhelmed by new parenthood? Safe Haven gives you options.

It is impossible to predict how someone will respond to having a baby. There can be the best of intentions and expectations: joy, bonding, sharing the moment, and thinking about the future. There can be the best preparation: the stack of wee onesies and diapers, perhaps a rocking chair, a baby shower, childbirth classes, and prenatal appointments. Your baby’s name has probably been chosen. Everything is all set, awaiting the welcoming of your newborn baby girl or boy. The moment comes, and you give birth at home, a hospital, or a birthing center.

Cambridge Comforts

Places and spaces for we who are alive and sometimes miserable

Isn’t comfort the last thing you think about as you move through your sometimes harsh day? As people bump and squish you on the T? As worry sets in about being late? As your boss puts you in your place and you’d like to grab them by that little piece of vertical flesh between their nostrils (it’s called a columella), pull them to you and scream, “I am not your bread machine!!”?

"Prepare for an Emergency?...uh...

N'haw! That's okay, thanks. I'm all set."


When you think about emergency preparedness, what comes to mind? Jugs of water in your closet? Cans of beans stacked in your kitchen cabinet? A battery-powered radio and flashlights, with extra batteries? A decent, basic first aid kit? Some single-use hand warmers? A heavy coat, in case it’s cold and the heat goes out?

Cambridge Uncovered, Ep. 16, "Food Justice: Focus on Food Security"

  • Posted on: 31 December 2017
  • By: frank
Food justice advocates discuss work being done to lessen the issue facing Cambridge families

As Cambridge faces the ongoing issue of food justice and food security, moderator Joan Squeri of Healthy Communities Capital Consulting sits down with Veronica Barron of Food for Free, Alanna Mallon from the Cambridge Weekend Backpack Program and Vice Mayor Marc McGovern who chaired the city's Income Insecurity Commission, to talk about what’s being done – and what needs to be done – to lessen the problem of food matters facing many Cambridge families. "Food Justice: Focus on Food Security" is the 16th episode of Cambridge Uncovered. Record date: Dec.

Cambridge Uncovered, Ep. 2: "Men's Health & Racial Disparities"

  • Posted on: 31 December 2017
  • By: frank
Learn how certain medical conditions disproportionately affect men of color

Certain medical conditions, such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes, disproportionately affect minority populations in the U.S. In this episode of Cambridge Uncovered, NeighborMedia correspondent Maurice Wilkey delves into the issue of men's health and racial disparities, as he interviews local experts and residents on the topic. In the first segment of the show, Wilkey sits down with Albert Pless, program manager of the Men's Health League, and Dr. Jeremy Keller, a physician with Cambridge Health Alliance, to gain some insight into the problem.

Bay State Forum: Healthcare Legislation

  • Posted on: 27 March 2017
  • By: Susan
a timely look at the attempts to overturn Obamacare

Barbara Anthony interviews two healthcare policy experts and consumer advocates who have worked at the forefront of healthcare reform in this state and country. Brian Rosman is the Policy and Government Relations Director for Health Care for All. Health Care for All is a Massachusetts consumer advocacy organization that works with our state government to pursue policies for affordable, quality healthcare for everyone.

Boston Fermentation Festival: August 2016 Clip 1

  • Posted on: 1 July 2016
  • By: sean
Jeremy Ogusky will discuss the KrautMob and fermented food preparation workshops of the Boston Fermentation Festival on August 28, 2016.

You can visit, join, learn, eat, and make all sorts of fermented foods from beers to cheeses to sauerkrauts, all in one day. Learn all about it in our Aug 2016 edition of The Cambridge Calendar. Check out all of our local events programming at or on our Vimeo channel at

June 2016 Clip 1: Herbstalk

  • Posted on: 27 April 2016
  • By: sean
Henry Kesner from Herbstalk joins us to talk about their annual herbalism festival in the Armory in Somerville, MA, on June 4 and 5, 2016.

Henry Kesner from Herbstalk joins us to talk about their annual herbalism festival in the Armory in Somerville, MA, on June 4 and 5, 2016. Hear more about the festival, classes, and other opportunities at Herbstalk in the June 2016 edition of The Cambridge Calendar.

Bay State Forum: The Opioid Crisis

  • Posted on: 29 March 2016
  • By: Susan
Host Barbara Anthony speaks with experts on the crisis

This episode focuses on what has come to be called “the Opioid Crisis.” In Massachusetts and indeed across the country there has been a dramatic spike in the numbers of deaths caused by drug and heroin overdoses, especially among young people.

The guests from the Cambridge Health Alliance are Kathy Betts, who is the Director of Community Health Improvement; and Dr. Mark Albanese, Director of Adult Psychiatry and Addiction Services. The program also features Windia Rodriguez, the Regional Coordinator for the Northeast for the Massachusetts Organization for Addiction Recovery

Fresh Ideas from Whole Foods Market

  • Posted on: 26 February 2016
  • By: Clodagh
Episode 3: Get Your Beach Body Ready

Check out the third episode of Whole Food's Market's monthly series, "Fresh Ideas from Whole Foods Market." In this episode, Pat MacDonald and Erik Garbowski, Team Leaders from the River Street store,
will discuss recipes to fuel fitness workouts, and how to select lean meats for quick pre- and post-workout meals.

Fresh Ideas from Whole Foods Market airs the first Wednesday of the month at 6:30 pm on Cambridge Channel 9.