TUESDAY, MARCH 1, 6-8 PM
IBS & DIGESTIVE PROBLEMSIrritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a functional bowel disorder (diagnosis of exclusion) characterized by chronic abdominal pain, discomfort, bloating, and alteration of bowel habits in the absence of any detectable organic cause. Diarrhea or constipation may predominate, or they may alternate. Several conditions may present as IBS including parasitic infections, several inflammatory bowel diseases, functional chronic constipation, and chronic functional abdominal pain. The exact cause of IBS is unknown. In fact, medical doctors do not really understand this condition and therefore do not provide help to people dealing with this. IBS is a source of chronic pain, fatigue, and other symptoms, and it increases a patient’s medical costs, and contributes to work absenteeism. Researchers have reported that the high prevalence of IBS, in conjunction with increased costs produces a disease with a high societal cost. It is also regarded as a chronic illness and can dramatically affect the quality of a sufferer’s life. Come to learn how to handle IBS and other digestives problems naturally! Dr Serge Gregoire is a clinical nutritionist and owns a PhD in the field of cardiology. He did his PhD at McGill University in Canada and his nutritionist training at Ulan Nutritional Systems in Florida. He owns a nutritional practice where he is helping people with heart disease, digestion issues, fatigue, women related issues, and other health problems.
TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 6-8 PM
Herbal Medicine MakingCome make medicine with spiritual herbalist Iris Weaver. Learn about making herbal medicines and do some medicine-making of your own! Activities include some or all of these: putting up tinctures, vinegars, and oils, making make tea blends, and what ever else presents itself. Lots of learning, books to consult, handouts, and fun! Iris Weaver is an herbalist and educator with over 30 years experience. She has an herbal business making and selling herbal products locally, as well as teaching classes and doing consultations. Iris is also an avid gardener, and grows many of the herbs she works with and uses in her classes.
Costs for supplies for this class are on a sliding scale $10-$20 per person – and everyone goes home with something we’ve made! MONDAY, MARCH 14, 6-7 PM
VermicompostingAre you an apartment dweller wishing for some backyard space to compost? Don’t worry, you can compost indoors and start now! Join us for a free Worm Composting (Vermicomposting) workshop led by Cambridge Recycling Director Randi Mail. Randi will describe the worm composting techniques in Worms Eat My Garbage by Mary Appelhof and her own experience.