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he Alachua County Fairgrounds is transformed into a bustling medieval marketplace for the 32nd annual Hoggetowne Medieval Faire on January 27 and 28 and February 2 through 4, 2018. Visitors can step back in time and cheer on jousting knights, wander through the medieval marketplace where hundreds of artisans sell their wares, witness a battle on the living chess board, partake in olde world games and rides and feast on food fit for a king. Nine stages of entertainment showcase the forgotten skills of full-flight falconry, gripping aerial acrobatics and oldworld magic, along with jugglers, knife throwers and gypsy dancers. This memorable event promises to create unique memories that will last a lifetime. Location: 3100 NE 39th Ave., next to the Gainesville Regional Airport. For more information and tickets, visit


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he River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding (RPCP) will hold their fifth annual FUNdraising Gala from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., December 2, at The Warehouse Restaurant and Lounge, in Gainesville. An afterdance party with DJ A-Train begins at 9:30 p.m. There will be delicious cuisine and wine, an inspirational RPCP program, Peacebuilder awards, unique auction items, a cash bar and more. RPCP Board President Heart Phoenix explains, “Our theme, The Art of Peace, comes about because peacebuilding is not just a science, but an art, as well. We celebrate the unique and creative ways peace is manifested to have a more vibrant and safe community.� The RPCP mission is to enrich the lives of individuals, families and communities by providing and promoting the best practices and principles of peacebuilding and global sustainability. Entry to the after-dance party included with gala admission. Location: 502 S. Main St., Gainesville. For more information, call 352-234-6595 or email Mackenzie Donovan at For tickets and sponsorships, visit

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he Crones Cradle Conserve, a 756-acre ecological preserve and education center located in Marion County, 35 miles southeast of Gainesville, is facing continuing problems with the condition of the farm. After cancelling the Fall Foods Gala on December 9, a Grand Reopening Natural Foods Gala is planned for March 24, 2018. The gardens have been moved to higher ground due to flooding. The Word Weavers Writing Workshop and potluck dinners are postponed until January. Farmstead Saturdays and Women’s First Sunday Brunches have resumed. The store is open with jams, canned vegetables, local handcrafted artwork and vegetable seedlings. Fresh vegetables will be available soon. Crones can also be found at the Ocala Downtown Market on Saturdays. For more information, call 352-595-3377, email CatCrone@ or visit See ad, page 28. natural awakenings

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-Connection Aerial Arts, founded in 2007, is having a 10th anniversary party from 7 to 10 p.m., December 1, with live music by Don Austin, cirque performances by AscenDance artists and students of S-Connection Aerial Arts school. Hors d'oeuvres by Suki's Catering and beverages will be served. This event is part of the kid-friendly Gainesville Artwalk. S-Connection Aerial Arts connects communities via cultural exchanges. Specializing in circus arts and Brazilian dance and music, they strives to produce and promote high-quality performing arts events, performing arts instruction and artist networking.

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n an art exhibit that is open to all University of Florida (UF) students, staff and faculty, the deadline for submissions is December 20. Prizes include $150 for first place, $100 for second place, $50 for third place and honorable mentions. An awards reception and short presentations by contestants will This image of a mosquito, Psorophora take place in 2018. ferox, carrying a load of bot fly eggs in The seventh annual Elegance of French Guiana, won first place in last Science art competition, organized by year’s competition. the Marston Science Library and Florida Museum of Natural History, features two-dimensional images or videos that are part of their research or incorporate scientific tools or concepts in the artwork. The Florida Museum of Natural History is celebrating its centennial year. Each participant may submit up to five entries. Andrei Sourakov, collection coordinator at the Florida Museum McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity, states, “This event teaches the public about diverse sciences at UF and bridges gaps between people from across campus.” For more information on entering the competition, contest rules and to view past entries, visit

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Boston researchers found a reduction in depressive symptoms among people that practice tai chi via 50 ChineseAmericans diagnosed with depression. They were divided into three groups. One GUT BACTERIA IMBALANCE group participated in tai LINKED TO CHRONIC FATIGUE chi sessions twice a week and Fifty healthy patients and 50 were encouraged to practice with chronic fatigue syndrome the movements at home three were tested for bacteria and times a week. Another group immune molecules by researchattended twice weekly depresers from Columbia University. sion education sessions and They discovered that imbalances a third served as the control in the levels of certain gut group. After 12 weeks, the tai bacteria are prevalent in individuals with chronic fatigue syndrome, chi group reported significant a disorder often accompanied by extreme fatigue, muscle and joint improvements in depression pain, cognitive issues and insomnia. symptoms, which continued after the study was completed, measured at 24 weeks.


igh-cacao dark chocolate contains high levels of flavanol, a compound known for its heart health benefits, but less is known about diluted foods such as milk chocolate candy. Harvard researchers followed 55,502 subjects for 13 years, comparing levels of high blood pressure, diabetes and cardiovascular disease to lifestyle traits. They found those eating one to three servings of chocolate a month (including milk chocolate) displayed a 10 percent lower risk of irregular heartbeat than those eating an ounce or less a month. Eating one serving per week of chocolate yielded a 17 percent lower risk and two to six servings a week 20 percent, and then leveled off after eating one or more servings per day. “Eating excessive amounts of chocolate is not recommended, because many chocolate products are high in calories from sugar and fat, and could lead to weight gain and other metabolic problems,� advises Elizabeth Mostofsky, author of the study.

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esearchers from Northwestern University have found that acoustic stimulation using pink noise (random sound with more low frequencies than white noise) increases slow-wave brain activity, thus improving sleep-dependent memory retention. Thirteen mature adults completed two nights of sleep; one with the pink noise and one without, in random order. Specific brainwave activity increased during the periods when the pink noise was being delivered, suggesting that it could help older adults preserve some memory functions.

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Chimps, orangutans and bonobo apes are now known to be capable of understanding what others are thinking and recognize human thoughts, an ability once thought to be impossible. A team led by Christopher Krupenye, of Duke University, had apes take part in a visual experiment where they watched videos on a monitor while their gaze was being tracked. They discovered an anticipation of events that went beyond the visual cues presented. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has determined that zebrafish are social animals, similar to humans and other mammals— they form friendships, experience positive emotions and have individual personalities. The group advises people that eat fish or keep them as pets to consider the moral implications. Honey hunters in sub-Saharan Africa have a unique form of communication with honeyguide birds that fly ahead to point out beehives which the hunters raid, leaving wax for the birds to eat. A study in the journal Science reports that they listen for a specific call made by their human collaborators. Dr. Claire Spottiswoode, of the University of Cambridge, in England, and University of Cape Town, in South Africa, observes, “It seems to be a two-way conversation between our own species and a wild animal.”

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Tree Tally

Digitalizing Data Helps Rainforest Census The Amazon rainforest is thought to harbor a greater diversity of trees than anywhere else on Earth, but the exact number has long been a mystery. In 2013, scientists estimated that the number of species was around 16,000, but no actual count had been done. In a new paper in Scientific Reports, researchers delved into museum collections from around the world to confirm the current number of tree species recorded in the Amazon and assess possibilities of those yet to be discovered. “Since 1900, between 50 and 200 new trees have been discovered in the Amazon every year,” notes Nigel Pitman, a Mellon senior conservation ecologist with the Field Museum. “Our analysis suggests that we won’t finish discovering new tree species there for three more centuries.” The study relied upon the digitization of museum collections data— photographs and digital records—of the specimens housed there and shared worldwide through aggregator sites like “It gives scientists a better sense of what’s actually growing in the Amazon Basin, aiding conservation efforts,” says Pitman.

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When replacing holiday purchases of smartphones and other electronic devices, don’t just trash the old ones. Manufacturing electronics consumes many resources and discarded waste can leak harmful chemicals into ecosystems. There are far better ways to redirect and repurpose them. Besides trading in phones for a rebate, another good option is transferring them to an official recycling program that makes sure all components are dealt with properly. Some states offer special provisions. Check the E-Cycling Central website at Major phone makers and carriers offer recycling programs, and some retailers accept select electronic devices. Best of all, give a device a new life by gifting it. accepts obsolete personal electronic devices by mail; the donor selects a charity to receive the proceeds., and are kindred organizations. lets users find nearby charity recycling initiatives via zip code. It provides scholarships for U.S. children that have lost a parent through warfare or terrorism, feeds malnourished children in Asia, builds lowincome housing and donates prepaid calling cards to military personnel. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, other unwanted electronic devices can be recycled so that incorporated copper, steel and glass can be recovered and reused. Other materials like lead (in circuit board solder, glass cathode ray tubes of many TVs and computer screens, and batteries) and mercury (in fluorescent backlights of many flat-panel screen displays) can be captured and recycled, instead of polluting the environment. Small appliances like toasters, coffee makers and clothing irons aren’t considered e-waste and generally aren’t recyclable because they are made of a mix of plastic and metal. Using them for many years helps.

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Conscious Giving Meaningful gifts for the most meaningful people in your life. This holiday season give gifts of health, well-being and sustainability. Neuromuscular Massage by Design’s Patricia Sutton has gift certificates available for massage. She is certified in neuromuscular massage and specializes in neck and back pain, cranial release technique, TMJ therapy, microcurrent point stimulation and more. Location: 1920 SW 20th Pl., Ocala. Call 352-694-4503.

High Springs Emporium is the most unusual store in town to find rocks, crystals, gifts, jewelry, some of the wonders of the mineral world and much more. Celebrate with us at their Peace on Earth - A Blissful Shopping Experience on from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., December 23. All countdown-to-the-holidays sale prices will be honored, with champagne and chocolate, BioMat sessions, holiday raffle and a free crystal gift for everyone. Location: 19765 NW Hwy. 441, High Springs. Call 386454-8657 or visit

Fairy Dust Crystals & Such has something for everyone, including gifts for children—tarot and oracle cards, inspiration books, drums, wind chimes, singing bowls, crystals, gorgeous shawls, an assortment of candles, incense, essential oils and sage sticks, plus fountains and Himalayan salt lamps. Gift certificates available in any amount. Location: 11781 SE Hwy. 441, Belleview. Call 352-693-4592 or visit 12

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LuDawn Spa and Salon is offering Spa Package gift cards. LuDawn merges the very best of natural skin care along with hair design, organic hair coloring, massage, manicure, pedicure, acupuncture and the Intelligent Nutrients product line. Location: 4620 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala. Call 352-236-5353 or visit or

Sandy Wilson is offering 15% off an hour session-EFT or Emotion Code for the month of December. It’s a perfect gift to give yourself. Call 352-454-8959 or visit

At CBD By Golly, ease discomfort and inflammation with sustainable hemp oil Salve, featuring 50 milligrams of CBD in every jar. This revolutionary product brings rich, nourishing moisture to all skin types, absorbs quickly and leaves skin feeling great. Cost: $55, 1.3 oz. jar. Request $50 off coupon on first order at

Thai Massage: The Simple Sequence, Ariela Grodner’s full-color, beautifully illustrated book gives the tools to give a simple session that can be applied for most needs and miraculously seems to be the session that is the magic cure all for the upper and lower back.

Crones’ Cradle Conserve has original, unique handmade crafts by local artists such as wooden bowls, pottery, jewelry, baskets, plus books, jams, jellies and more. Location: 6411 NE 217 Pl., Citra. Call 352-595-3377 or visit

Cost: $19. Nadi Om Wellness offers massage therapy, yoga and ayurveda wellness and has gift vouchers for classes and services.

Local Charities for Gift Donations

Cost: $10-85. Location: 6158 SW Hwy. 200, Ste. 204, Ocala. Call 352-525-0247 or visit

Unity of Ocala has been in Ocala for more than 35 years as a positive, practical, progressive approach to Christianity, based on the teachings of Jesus and the power of prayer. Unity honors the universal truths in all religions and respects each individual’s right to choose a spiritual path. Location: 101 Cedar Rd., Ocala. To donate:

Sea Turtle Conservancy, based in Gainesville, is a nonprofit with a mission to ensure the survival of sea turtles in the Caribbean, Atlantic and Pacific oceans through research, education, training, advocacy and protection of the natural habitats upon which they depend.

Endangered Animal Rescue Sanctuary (EARS) is a nonprofit that exists specifically to provide a permanent home for unwanted and/or abused endangered animals such as tigers, lions, cougars, bears and primates, in Citra. Tours of the sanctuary and T-shirts make great gifts. For information and to donate:

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Local Charities for Gift Donations Our Concious Giving Guide will help you find the perfect products, services and charities for your gift giving needs!

International Foundation for Spiritual Knowledge is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to promoting the religion, science and philosophy of spiritualism. Marilyn Jenquin’s first meditation CD, Sitting in the Power of Higher Consciousness, with music by Inna Goerisch, is now available for purchase. To donate and purchase CD:


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Unity Spiritual Center’s mission is to nurture and inspire spiritual growth by modeling and teaching universal spiritual principles. Location: 509 CR 468, Fruitland Park. To donate:

The Hippodrome Theater is Gainesville’s official cultural centerpiece, offering live theatre, films, gallery exhibits, classes and special events 340 days a year. Location: 25 SE 2nd Pl., Gainesville. To donate:


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nspiration may strike anywhere, at any time. The trick is nurturing the process to appear on demand when we need it most. Often, an inspiration is sparked when we perceive someone being selfless, courageous, physically extraordinary or deliciously creative. However, we don’t need to wait for outside stimulus when we can discover internal stirrings by invoking any of these self-inspiring tips. Just Do It – The Nike slogan has never been more appropriate. We all have something we’ve thought about doing or trying. Whether traveling to a new location, trying a different sport, joining a new-to-us group or club, or making more friends, don’t put it off— just do it.

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PEACE ON EARTH Conflict Resolutions that Work to Bridge Divides Healing happens when we handle conflict in a healthy and transformative way.

Call to Action

Roughly 30 years ago, notable voices began urging Americans to embrace a sustainable worldview of unity in diversity, recognizing our core oneness as a solution to an increasingly out-of-balance society. Success in this endeavor depends primarily on the “habits of the heart” of our citizens, developed in local milieus of families, neighborhoods, classrooms, congregations, voluntary associations, workplaces and public places where strangers gather.

Activating Answers

While mainstream media often largely focuses on the negative aspects of conflict—discord, divisiveness, intolerance, violence, incivility, injustice, chaos and complex problems—a countermovement is convening constructive conversations. Participants are initiating dialogue and deliberations intended to resolve conflicts and create cohesiveness, collaboration, cooperation and compromise among local factions that disagree on how to deal with everything from health care and social justice to environmental protection and climate science. Educational training materials and books are giving outdated models of conflict resolution a facelift. In The Revolution Where You Live: Stories from a 12,000 Mile Journey Through a New America, Sarah Van Gelder devotes a chapter to a Greens16

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boro, North Carolina, battle over a story about a deadly, racially charged incident from the city’s recent past. She quotes James Lamar Gibson, a 20-something AfricanAmerican activist and core organizer for the Counter Stories Project: “We’ve been stuck in an old conversation for a couple of decades. We want to have an army of people with restorative conversation skills, so we can get past the divisiveness and imagine together a different sort of Greensboro,” he says. The project began with facilitator training, and then developed story circles in which residents were able to have the difficult discussions that don’t ordinarily take place among the police, city council, churches and social agencies. Today’s conflict resolution experts are discovering that conflict is an essential and powerful call for applying spiritual principles and exercising spiritual practices.

Provocative Questions

“What if we considered conflict as a secret ally or a guidepost, showing us what really matters to us and how much we care? What if our intense emotions are sources of invincible energy, with the power to build the world we want, together? What does having conflict in a healthy and transformative way look like?” queries Ma’ikwe Ludwig, executive director of Commonomics USA,

an organization which educates and advocates for a world where a commons-based economy creates economic and ecological security for all. “Conflict has the power to bring to the surface what’s really at stake and to unite people toward a common goal,” advises Ludwig. Her thought-provoking questions can help shift perceptions toward the idea that we need to use conflict; maybe even welcome it. Ludwig, author of Together Resilient: Building Community in the Age of Climate Disruption, recently helped present new perspectives on conflict resolution during a webinar for Transition US members interested in creating inclusive and diverse communities through collaboration. The nonprofit inspires, encourages, supports and provides networking and training for grassroots initiatives seeking to build community resilience in the face of such challenges as oil spills, climate change and economic crises. Courtney Breese, managing director for the nonprofit National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) and her colleagues, together with thousands of innovative thinkers, are helping by introducing people to simple dialogue and deliberation structures, processes and resources that invite meaningful and productive conversations leading to constructive civic

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A community is a group that can fight gracefully… Chaos is not just a state; it is an essential process of community development. ~Dr. M. Scott Peck, The Different Drum: Community Making and Peace engagement. Breese remarks, “We’re open to working with anyone interested in learning processes that can help bridge divides. We also like sharing stories about what is working.”


The group’s downloadable free tools help newcomers: A beginner’s guide for exploring dialogue ( beginners-guide); a how-to-guide for Conversation Café (CC) hosts (Tinyurl. com/ManualForConversationCafe); and the American Library Association Libraries Transforming Communities: Models for Change Project ( ltc-models). “To date, we’ve had at least 800 librarians participate in free NCDD webinars,” Breese notes. CC is a simple tool useful in exploring difficult topics and provides a safe space to process different perspectives. “Initial agreement on basic rules includes suspending judgment while listening and seeking to understand others, refraining from persuading or converting and talking only from personal experience,” explains Breese.

One new network member, J. Scott Wagner, author of The Liberal’s Guide to Conservatives, speaks about the importance of using neutral language in dialogue. “I learned from him how words can be emotional triggers and signal one-sided perspectives, leaving some group members feeling angry or excluded because they feel the speaker won’t be open to hearing their perspective,” says Breese. After three tours of the U.S. and hundreds of interviews with conservative individuals, Wagner, founder of the nonprofit Reach the Right, was inspired to use his knowledge of five arenas—neurology/cognitive psychology, personality, bias, social conformity and morality—to help progressives understand conservatives that are not only their political leaders, but also their relatives, partners, friends and managers. He offers a simple explanation for anyone drenched in inaccurate biases. “We inherit unconscious genetic personality characteristics that lead us to develop our ideology, with which we construct our world and align with others that are in agreement. Differences in our personality characteristics are the culprits that create conflict.”

Community Needs Erase Enmity

Drawing on 25 years of experience of enabling sworn enemies to create peace in places such as South Africa, Northern Ireland and Colombia, Adam Kahane, author of Collaborating with the Enemy: How to Work with People You Don’t Agree with or Like or Trust, shares insights into the “enemyfying syndrome” that instigates conflict. This habit of thinking and acting as if people we are dealing with are our enemies and the cause of our problems is all around us and dominates the media. “The enemies are always the others, ‘those people’. Enemyfying, which feels exciting and satisfying— even righteous and heroic—usually obscures, rather than clarifies, the reality of the challenges we face. It amplifies conflicts, narrows the space for problem solving and creativity, and distracts us with unrealizable dreams of decisive victory from the real work we need to do,” observes Kahane.

Kahane sees the challenge of conflict becoming more acute. “People today are generally more free, individualistic and diverse, with stronger voices and less deference. Volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity are growing.” Yet, contrary to the common view, it is possible for people that hold contradictory positions to find ways to collaborate. That’s what he and 40 others representing military officers, guerrillas and paramilitaries; activists and politicians; businesspeople and trade unionists; landowners and farmers; and academics, journalists and young people, accomplished in the Destino Colombia project. They organized to contribute to ending their country’s 52-year civil war.


orld Café-style conversations used in Conversation Cafés to discuss issues that matter offer a powerful social technology to engage people in meaningful and constructive dialog in corporate, government and community settings. Understanding that conversation is the core process that drives personal, business and organizational life, it’s a way of thinking and being together sourced in a philosophy of conversational leadership. Embracing a combination of these guiding principles can foster collaborative exchanges, active engagement and helpful possibilities for action. n Clarify the Purpose n Create a Hospitable Space n Explore Questions that Matter n Encourage Everyone’s Contribution n Connect Diverse Perspectives n Listen for Insights and Share Discoveries Source: Principles

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Motivated to Act

Jonathan Bender, founder of The Performance of Your Life, a public speaking and personal development business, has been on a lifelong quest of fostering personal growth and societal transformation. His therapeutic classes and workshops demonstrate how to connect, honor and deeply resonate with others, even if they have different worldviews, and how to listen and hear in the same way we want to be heard. Acknowledging the adrenalin rush that’s a common response to fear of conflict, Bender says, “When we learn to be mindful and speak from our entire body, rather than just from our head, we notice that the voice resonates and originates from a much bigger place. This teaches us to cultivate greater awareness of our emotions and how we express them. “Begin by acknowledging an emotion, and then reduce its intensity through slow, deep breaths, paying attention to the correlating physical sensation. Shifting our focus back to the heart allows us to recognize parts of ourselves in the stories of others and come to understand that our personal history is


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Intense emotions can become sources of invincible energy with the collective power to build the world we want.

the filter through which we ‘enemyfy’,” says Bender, who speaks and presents publicly, educating audiences and clients about the universally challenging performances of everyday life. According to Robert Atkinson, Ph.D., author of The Story of Our Time: From Duality to Interconnectedness to Oneness, today’s rugged individualism amid conflicts comprises a crisis of consciousness. “No longer can we settle only on seeing things in opposition to one another; we need to shift our consciousness to be able to see the parts coming together in a new whole. Accepting the oneness of humanity as a biological fact, a social necessity and a spiritual reality will lead us further along our journey toward lasting world peace.” His observation fits with what Joanna Macy, author and scholar of Buddhism and deep ecology, believes is the call of our time: “As planetary citizens, we are being called to wake up together.” Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings who blogs at



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Express Feelings in a Healthy Way Family gatherings can sometimes test our boundaries and patience. Avoid repressing feelings by finding a way to speak a personal truth in the moment, in a calm and healthy fashion. It’s better than returning home stewing about what we wish we could or should have said.

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Eschew Perfection Guests are much more interested in filling their stomachs with great food than judging the scuff marks and wall dings. The perfection of the season is found in the special moments when families and friends sit down together.


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inter citrus fruits that arrive in a gift basket or show up on sale at the grocer present a welcome bright spot on winter’s darker days. Valencia and blood oranges, limes and Meyer lemons are delicious in their own right, and deserve their place on the breakfast table. Yet there are many other intriguing ways to enjoy them in vinaigrettes, salads, main dishes, baked goods and desserts. Winter citrus is full of health benefits, just when we need them most: during the busy holiday season. To start, they help bolster our immune system, guarding against colds or helping us recover faster. Their high vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, content is water soluble. According to a comprehensive study by the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University, a daily intake of 400 milligrams of vitamin C can halve the incidence of colds in adults and cut their duration by 14 percent.

The flavonoid hesperidin in citrus helps boost “good” HDL cholesterol and lowers “bad” LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, report researchers in the Journal of Nutrition. In a new study in Nutritional Neuroscience, hesperidin in citrus also was found to ameliorate brain deterioration found in Alzheimer’s patients. Other studies further show that the grapefruit diet wasn’t wrong; eating half a fresh grapefruit before each meal can help us lose weight. In a study conducted at the Scripps Clinic, in La Jolla, California, and published in the Journal of Medicinal Food, researchers put overweight volunteers on an exercise plan for 12 weeks and asked them to eat either half a fresh grapefruit or drink apple juice and pop a placebo pill before each meal. The grapefruit group dropped an average of three-and-a-half pounds, compared to only one-half pound for the apple group.

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citrus groves between the Atlantic Coast and Indian River. “Winters meant Dad’s workbench in the garage groaning under the weight of brown paper grocery bags filled to bursting with navels, tangerines, grapefruits, Valencias and tangelos,” writes Schler. “I fondly recall trips in the old green station wagon to the groves on chilly weekend mornings where we could pick them ourselves.” Today, Schler and her husband own and operate the boutique Hotel Diderot, in Chinon, France, where life’s a feast—especially during citrus season.

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Limonoids, an antioxidant found in most citrus, may help guard against stomach, lung, breast and skin cancer, according to the U.S. Agricultural Research Service. Animal and human cell studies found that limonoids—especially those in fresh oranges—harbor potential as anticancer compounds. Another study in Nutritional Neuroscience showed that the volatile compound limonene, found in the rind of a lemon, can enhance memory. As nights grow colder and longer, winter citrus “adds a little sunshine to every meal,” says Jamie Schler, author of the recently released cookbook Orange Appeal: Savory & Sweet. Schler grew up in Florida, surrounded by

Meyer Lemon Chia Seed Bowl with Tangerines

Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (

Yields: 2 servings for breakfast, or as a snack or dessert ¼ heaping cup chia seeds 1½ cups dairy or non-dairy milk 2 Tbsp maple syrup, or to taste 1 Tbsp Meyer lemon juice (or other citrus juice) Pinch of sea salt ½ tsp lemon zest Fresh tangerine segments for garnish

Zesty Citrus Holiday Recipes Moroccan Spiced Orange Slices with Orange Blossom Water

In a bowl, stir together the chia seeds, milk, maple syrup, Meyer lemon juice, salt and lemon zest.

Orange blossom or orange flower water is available at better grocery stores, kitchen shops, Middle Eastern markets or online.

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Cover and chill for at least 1 hour.

Yields: 4 to 5 servings 5 medium to large navel or large blood oranges 3 Tbsp orange blossom water 1 tsp ground cinnamon 2 Tbsp honey or date sugar ½ pomegranate, seeded 1½ to 2 Tbsp coarsely chopped unsalted pistachios 8 to 10 mint leaves, chopped or torn, for garnish Peel the oranges and cut away all of the white pith and outer membrane. Slice each orange across the core into ¼-inch slices, six per orange, reserving any juice that runs off. Push out and discard any spongy white core. Fan the slices in concentric circles, slightly overlapping the fruit, on a large round serving platter.

To serve, spoon the chia seed mixture into bowls and garnish with tangerine segments.

Shiitake Mushroom and Pea Risotto with Orange Yields: 6 servings as side dish or starter or 4 as main dish

Drizzle the orange blossom water and any reserved runoff juice over the fruit. Using a fine sieve, lightly and evenly dust with cinnamon and a generous drizzle of honey. Chill the oranges for at least 1 hour or longer in the refrigerator before serving. When ready to serve, sprinkle the pomegranate seeds, pistachios and mint leaves evenly over the top.

2 Tbsp butter or margarine, divided 2 Tbsp olive oil, divided, plus more as needed 8.8 oz shiitake mushrooms, stems removed, caps sliced into ¼- to ½-inch strips Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste Zest of 1 orange 2 large oranges, juiced, about 1 cup, divided 1 small yellow onion, peeled and chopped 9 oz Arborio rice

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Heat 1 tablespoon each of the butter and oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat until sizzling starts. Add the mushrooms and salt and pepper and cook, stirring, until tender, 4 to 5 minutes, adding more oil if needed. Add ¼ cup orange juice and simmer for 3 to 5 minutes until the juice evaporates and the mushrooms are very tender and glazed. Transfer the mushrooms to a bowl and set aside. Add the remaining butter and oil to the skillet and return to the heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring, for 3 to 4 minutes over medium heat until softened, transparent and just starting to turn golden. Add the rice and zest and toss with the onions until all the grains are coated in oil. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes more, stirring, until the rice becomes translucent. Add 2 ladles (about 2/3 cup) of stock and cook, stirring constantly and gently, until the liquid is almost absorbed. 24

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Grill for 4 to 5 minutes, turning often, until the vegetables have just started to brown at the edges. Zest the limes and set the zest aside. Halve the limes and grill, cut sides down, for 1 to 2 minutes or until they have good grill marks; adds a smoky, caramelized flavor.

When the rice has cooked for 10 minutes in this manner, add all the remaining juice and cook until it’s absorbed. Continue cooking the rice, stirring, adding 2 ladles (about 2/3 cup) of broth at a time until the liquid is absorbed, about another 10 minutes.

For the Charry Lime Vinaigrette, squeeze the juice of the grilled lime halves into a bowl. Whisk in the reserved lime zest, rice wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, sorghum and olive oil together until well blended. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

When the rice has cooked for a total of 20 minutes, if using frozen peas, stir in the peas, as well as the mushrooms.

Arrange the vegetables on salad plates and garnish with microgreens. Spoon the vinaigrette over all and serve.

Add any remaining stock and cook, stirring, until the liquid is absorbed and the rice is tender and creamy. Total cooking time should be 20 to 25 minutes from the moment the rice is added to the skillet. Taste and add more salt or pepper if needed.

Adapted lemon and lime recipes are from Red, White, and ’Que: Farm Fresh Foods for the American Grill by Karen Adler and Judith Fertig, permission of Running Press.

Baby Vegetables and Microgreens with Charry Lime Vinaigrette

Adapted orange recipes are from Orange Appeal, by Jamie Schler, permission of Gibbs Smith.

Yields: 4 servings Charry Lime Vinaigrette: Zest of 2 limes Juice from the grilled limes 1 Tbsp seasoned rice wine vinegar 1 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro 1 tsp Dijon mustard 1 tsp sorghum or maple syrup ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper Vegetables: 4 oz baby radishes 4 oz baby carrots, with some of the green top 4 oz baby leeks, trimmed 4 oz baby yellow pattypan squash 2 oz microgreens Prepare a medium-hot fire in the grill. Brush the radishes, carrots and leeks

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photo by Stephen Blancett

4 cups warm chicken or vegetable stock or broth 2 Tbsp chopped fresh basil or 2 tsp dried; or 1 Tbsp finely chopped fresh sage leaves or 1 tsp dried 1½ cups young, tiny sweet peas, fresh or frozen

with olive oil and place in a grilling basket or on a perforated grill rack.

If using fresh peas, add them with the first addition of stock. Stir in the fresh or dried herbs at the same time. Continue cooking the risotto over medium heat, adding 2 more ladles (about 2/3 cup) of stock at a time, stirring constantly, allowing each addition of liquid to be almost absorbed before adding more broth.

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1 Mainstage Play – through December 17. A Year with Frog and Toad. This holiday season, audiences of all ages will delight in this Broadway hit which was nominated for three Tony Awards – including Best Musical. The Hippodrome, 25 SE 2nd Pl, Gainesville. 352-375-4477. Mainstage Play – through December 22. A Christmas Carol. The Hipp’s production carries the timeless messages of redemption, charity and goodwill in a heartfelt adaptation. The Hippodrome, 25 SE 2nd Pl, Gainesville. 352-375-4477.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2 Readings – noon-5:30pm. Tarot, Palm and I Ching Readings. With Many Deer. Give yourself a gift and choose your favorite king of reading with Many Deer. $35/half hour, $60/hour. Call to register. Walk-ins welcome if time is available. High Springs Emporium, 19765 NW US Hwy 441, High Springs. 386-454-8657.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5 Natural Eye Program – December 5-7. Learn what you can do about wet/dry macular degeneration, glaucoma, and cataracts without injections. Seating is limited, call to pre-register. Lemire Clinic, 9401 SW Hwy 200, Ste 301, Ocala. 352-291-9459. Transformation, Detox/Healing Group series – 4pm. Decrease weight, lower A1C and cholesterol, increase energy. Seating is limited, must pre-register. Lemire Clinic, 9401 SW Hwy 200, Ste 301, Ocala. 352-291-9459.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6 Workshop – 2:30-4:30pm. Working with Angels. With JoEllen Blue. Find your guardian angel and do angel card readings. $30. Call to register. Fairy Dust Crystals & Such, 11781 SE Hwy 441, Belleview. 352-693-4592. Soul-to-Soul – 7-9pm. Hosted by Rev. Cindy Grimes. Bringing people together who want to change the world. Guest speakers, refreshments and live music. Love offering. Oakbrook Center for Spiritual Living, 1009 NE 28th Ave, Ocala. 352-629-3897.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9 Buddha Card Readings and Sound Healing – noon-5:30pm. With Rev. Steve Henry. Your choice of a reading with Rev. Steve’s Buddha cards which provides insight using different aspects of Buddha nature or a sound healing with Tibetan bowls and other magical sound healing tools. $35/half hour, $60/hour. Call to register. High Springs Emporium, 19765 NW US Hwy 441, High Springs. 386-4548657. Class – 2-4:30pm. Psychic / Medium Spiritual Development. Includes meditation, lesson and practice. $30. Held at Unity of Gainesville, 8801 NW 39th

Ave. International Foundation for Spiritual Knowledge. 407-247-7823. Party – Ninth Anniversary Green Drinks. Network with individuals who are passionate about taking care of our planet while also enjoying drinks during happy hour. Water party/picnic on the Santa Fe River followed by cocktails and a film screening. Location: Rum 138 Art Gallery, 2070 SW CR 138, Fort White. For info:

MONDAY, DECEMBER 11 Patient Education – 6pm. Learn about the clinic followed by Q&A. Free. Seating is limited, call to reserve your seat. Lemire Clinic, 9401 SW Hwy 200, Suite 301, Ocala. 352-291-9459.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12 Save Your Mind Intensive Program – December 12-14. What can you do to clear mental fog, remember, and sharpen your thinking? Seating is limited, need to pre-register. Lemire Clinic, 9401 SW Hwy 200, Ste 301, Ocala. 352-291-9459. Transformation, Detox/Healing Group series – 4pm. Decrease weight, lower A1C and cholesterol, increase energy. Seating is limited, must pre-register. Lemire Clinic, 9401 SW Hwy 200, Ste 301, Ocala. 352-291-9459. Class – 6-8:30pm. New Psychic / Mediumship Classes – The Villages/Belleview. Includes meditation, lesson and practice. $30. Held at Holiday Inn Express, 1205 Avenida Central, Lady Lake. International Foundation for Spiritual Knowledge. 407247-7823. Webinar – 8-10pm. Mentoring webinar with Suzanne Giesemann. The acclaimed evidence-based medium shares the latest teachings from her team in spirit. All attendees have a front row seat and the opportunity to ask questions. $25 includes private link to recording.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13 Class – 2-4:30pm. New Psychic / Mediumship Classes – The Villages/Belleview. Includes meditation, lesson and practice. $30. Held at Holiday Inn Express, 1205 Avenida Central, Lady Lake. International Foundation for Spiritual Knowledge. 407247-7823. Oneness Meditation – 6-7pm. With Dana. Love donation. Fairy Dust Crystals & Such, 11781 SE Hwy 441, Belleview. 352-693-4592.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14 Workshop – 10am-noon. Spiritual Dowsing. With Karen Durham. Learn the basics of dowsing. $35. Call to register. Fairy Dust Crystals & Such, 11781 SE Hwy 441, Belleview. 352-693-4592. Class – 10:30am-1pm. New Psychic / Mediumship Classes – The Villages/Belleview. Includes meditation, lesson and practice. $30. Held at Holiday Inn

Express, 1205 Avenida Central, Lady Lake. International Foundation for Spiritual Knowledge. 407247-7823. Workshop – 1-4pm. Choosing the Spiritual Path. With Steve Priester. Monthly workshop addressing the choices we experience in our spiritual journey. $10. Call to register. Fairy Dust Crystals & Such, 11781 SE Hwy 441, Belleview. 352-693-4592.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16 Course – December 16-17. 9am-4:30pm. Serving Spirit. With Suzanne Giesemann. How-to course in Evidence-Based Mediumship. The acclaimed evidential medium holds nothing back in this course for students of all levels. Learn to connect with those in spirit. Location: Comfort Suites, 1202 Avenida Central, The Villages. For info and to register: Workshop – 2-4pm. Darkness into Light – Bringing a New Vision into Being. With Sharron Britton. We’ll be working with the stones of high ascension and creating a crystal grid to hold the vision of peace on earth. $20. Call to register. High Springs Emporium, 19765 NW US Hwy 441, High Springs. 386-4548657.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 18 Thermography Screenings – 8am-5pm; by appointment. Thermography is a healthy alternative to mammograms. Lemire Clinic, 9401 SW Hwy 200, Ste 301, Ocala. 352-291-9459.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 19 Transformation, Detox/Healing Group series – 4pm. Decrease weight, lower A1C and cholesterol, increase energy. Seating is limited, must pre-register. Lemire Clinic, 9401 SW Hwy 200, Ste 301, Ocala. 352-291-9459.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 20 Lightworkers Gathering – 6-7:30pm. A monthly open floor discussion group on a variety of topics. Love donation. Call to register. Fairy Dust Crystals & Such, 11781 SE Hwy 441, Belleview. 352-6934592. Soul-to-Soul – 7-9pm. Hosted by Rev. Cindy Grimes. Bringing people together who want to change the world. Guest speakers, refreshments and live music. Love offering. Oakbrook Center for Spiritual Living, 1009 NE 28th Ave, Ocala. 352-629-3897.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 23 Celebration – 11am-6pm. Peace on Earth – a Blissful Holiday Shopping Experience. Champagne,

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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 24 Christmas Candle Lighting Service – 10am. Every year, each person attending the Unity Christmas Eve service chooses a candle coming into the service with a spiritual tool to use for the year. Come and claim your divinity. Unity Spiritual Center, 509 County Rd 468, Fruitland Park. 352-454-3120. Christmas Candle Light Service – 10am. Unity of Ocala, 101 Cedar Rd, Ocala. 352-687-2113.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 30 Workshop – 1-4pm. Flutes and Feathers – a Journey into Native American Healing Modalities. With Bruce Capin. $35. Call to register. High Springs Emporium, 19765 NW US Hwy 441, High Springs. 386-454-8657.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 31 White Stone Ceremony – 10am. Unity’s White Stone Ceremony is based on Revelation 2:17: “Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches. To everyone who conquers I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give a white stone, and on the white stone is written a new name that no one knows except the one who receives it.” Unity of Ocala, 101 Cedar Rd, Ocala. 352-687-2113.


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plan ahead JANUARY 10, 2018 Class – 9am-noon. 8-week Ayurveda and Yoga Healthy Weight Series starts January 10. 2-hour Ayurveda Nutrition Class and 1-hour Yoga for Healthy Weight Class. $30/week – ask about discounts. Limited Space. Nadi Om Wellness, 6158 SW Hwy 200, Suite 204. Ocala. 352-525-0247.

JANUARY 13, 2018 Festival – 9am-5pm. Mushroom Festival. Workshops, vendors, contests, music. Free. Location: The Interlachen Caboose and Old Town Hall, Interlachen, FL. For info: 386-546-6554.

JANUARY 22, 2018 Workshop – 6pm. New Year, New You…This is Your Year. What is Your Resolution? $10 includes handouts. SMD members, bring your card.) Lemire Clinic, 9401 SW Hwy 200, Ste 301, Ocala. 352-2919459.

JANUARY 27-28, 2018 Course – 9am-4:30pm. Serving Spirit Level Two. With Suzanne Giesemann. Advanced two-day course in Evidence-Based Mediumship with acclaimed evidential medium. Learn new tools to expand connections. Prerequisite is Serving Spirit Level One. Location: Comfort Suites, 1202 Avenida Central, The Villages. For info and to register:

Workshop – 9am-5pm. Beginning Shamanic Journeying Workshop. Two-day course ncludes break for lunch. $175 if enrolled by January 20, then $200. Limited space. Location: Nadi Om Wellness, 6158 SW Hwy 200, Suite 204, Ocala. For info and to enroll: 352-509-4370 or

JANUARY 27-28 & FEBRUARY 2-4, 2018 The 32nd Annual Hoggetowne Medieval Faire 3100 NE 39th Ave., next to the Gainesville Regional Airport. For more information and tickets, visit

FEBRUARY 8-11, 2018 Film Fest – The Ninth Annual Cinema Verde International Environmental Film and Arts Festival in Gainesville. For info and updates:

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2018 Gainesville VegFest – 10am-5pm. Informative exhibitors, vegan food vendors, animal rescue organizations and sanctuaries, speakers, food demos, music and more. Everyone is welcome! Free. Depot Park, 200 SE Depot Ave, Gainesville.

SATURDAY, MARCH 24. 2018 Grand Re-Opening Natural Foods Gala – Crones’ Cradle Conserve Foundation, 6411 NE 217th Pl, Citra. For info, 352-595-3377 or CatCrone@aol. com.



NOTE: All calendar events must be submitted via our website by the 10th of the month and must adhere to our guidelines. Visit for guidelines and to submit entries.



Sunday Spiritual Service – 10am. Unity of Ocala, 101 Cedar Rd, Ocala. 352­-687-­2113.

A Course in Miracles – 4pm. Discussion Group. Unity of Ocala, 101 Cedar Rd, Ocala. 352-687-2113.

Unity Spiritual Center Sunday Service – 10am. Transformational message focuses on oneness, sustainability, the use of prayer, the power of your imagination and remembering who you are and why you are here. Unity Spiritual Center, 509 County Rd 468, Fruitland Park. 352­-454-­3120.


Oakbrook Sunday Service – 10:30am; Guided Meditation – 9:45am. Awaken and LIVE. Oakbrook Center for Spiritual Living, 1009 NE 28th Ave, Ocala. 352-629-3897.


Health Happens Farmers Market – 9am-2:30pm. Shop for fresh produce, seafood, honey, baked goods, gluten-free snacks and prepared meals for lunch. McPherson Governmental Complex field, 601 SE 25th Ave. Ocala. 352-438-2360.

Brewery Yoga at First Magnitude – 1-2pm Bring your own mat for yoga in the warehouse. All experience levels. Suggested donation $5. First Magnitude Brewing Co., 1220 SE Veitch, Gainesville. 352-727-4677.

Open House – 1-3pm. If you are looking for a place to teach a class or hold a workshop, please come by and look at our facilities. Our sanctuary seats 220 and our community room seats 100. We have an institutional kitchen. Unity Spiritual Center, 509 County Rd 468, Fruitland Park. 352-454-3120.



Course in Miracles – 9am. Drop in classes any week. Come and find out why students study this book for decades. Love offering. Unity Spiritual Center, 509 County Rd 468, Fruitland Park. 352­-454-­3120.

Haile Farmers Market – 8:30am-12pm. Open rain or shine, heat or cold. Haile Village Center in Haile Plantation, SW 91st Terr, Gainesville.

tuesday Course in Miracles – 9:30am. Drop in classes any week. Come and find out why students study this book for decades. Love offering. Unity Spiritual Center, 509 County Rd 468, Fruitland Park. 352-­ 454-­3120. Technology Help Center – 2-4pm. Free. Belleview Public Library, 13145 SE Hwy 484, Belleview. 352-438-2500.

wednesday Hearing Screenings – 8am-5pm. With Dr. David Ditchfield. By appointment. Qualifying Participants with hearing loss will receive a free Personal TV listening device. Free. Lemire Clinic, 9401 SW Hwy 200, Ste 301, Ocala. 352-­291-­9459. Qigong – 9-9:30am. With Dr. Neil Crenshaw and Dr. Don Mederios. Donations go to Connected Warriors. Van Ness Park Civic Center, G Ave and 7th St, McIntosh. 352-425-2975.

Farmstead Saturdays – 9am­3pm. Free. Crones Cradle Conserve, 6411 NE 217 Pl, Citra. 352-­595-­ 3377. Ocala Farm Market – 9am-2pm. Locally grown farm fresh seasonal produce, homemade jellies and jams, crafts and plants. Location: Corner of SE 3rd St and SE 3rd Ave, Ocala. 352-426-8244. Yoga Teacher Training Program – 1-6pm. Program covers the 8-limbs of yoga, including meditation, asana, pranayama, relaxation techniques, philosophy, Yoga Sutras, chants and anatomy & physiology. After completing 180 hours, graduates receive a certificate to teach yoga and the ability to register with Yoga Alliance at RYT200. $50 per session. McIntosh School of Yoga, 6369 E Place, McIntosh. 352-591-5739. Class – 2-4:30pm. One Saturday each month. Psychic / Medium Spiritual Development. Includes meditation, lesson and practice. $30. Call or check website to confirm date. Held at Unity of Gainesville, 8801 NW 39th Ave. International Foundation for Spiritual Knowledge. 407-2477823.

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FOR SALE SURPLUS SALE – We are relocating our office and have office and medical equipment for sale. Furniture, folding chairs, washer and dryer, instant heat machine, microdermabrasion and much more! Lemire Clinic, 9401 SW Hwy 200, Ste 301, Ocala. Call Nuris or Kathy at 352-291-9459 or stop by!

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AUDIOLOGY DAVID DITCHFIELD ACA BCHIS Audioprosthologist 352-291-9459

David has served the hearing needs of people in this area since the 1980s. He is the president of TriCounty Hearing Aid Inc. and has joined the audiology department at Lemire Clinic. His practice has fit thousands with hearing instrumentation and has been appointed exclusive area dispenser for Nuear products with the renowned Starkey engineering. By appointment. See ad, page 2.


CBD BY GOLLY Nancy Golly 404-242-2656

Our CBD products are LEGAL in all 50 states. No Prescription Needed – Pharmaceutical Grade – NonGMO and Organic – Triple Lab TestingTM by ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accredited testing labs – Supercritical CO2 Extraction Process – ‘Pure CBD’ line has zero THC and will pass testing restrictions of World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) for competitive athletes and military. Contact me for $50.00 off coupon!


1140 SE 18th Pl, Ocala 352-620-0093

Dr. Link stresses a biologic balance in the mouth as part of total body health. Dr. Link announces the return to his former office in the Southwood Medical Center to practice as an associate of Dr. Astrid Sand, DDS and Dr. Manuel De Leon, DDS. The office is refurbished with the newest and latest dental digital technology, prompting the motto “Modern Dentistry the Old-Fashioned Way: We do it all with empathy, care and integrity.” See ad, page 7.

Helen Kornblum, MA 352-871-4499 • 352-505-0541

Helen helps teens and young adults deal with the challenges of ADHD by working on strategies for positive change, building selfesteem and confidence. Students can develop better social skills and improve their organizing skills. See ad, page 6.



Patricia Sutton LMT, NMT, CRT MA22645 1920 SW 20th Pl, Ste 202, Ocala 352-694-4503 Offering Certified Neuromuscular Masssage, cranial release technique, ETPS acupuncture to treat the pain you were told you would have to live with. Specializing in back, neck and post-surgical pain, fibromyalgia, migraines and TMJ therapies. See ad, page 18.

GENTLE WATERS HEALING CENTER 352-374-0600 Gainesville

The therapists at Gentle Waters Healing Center assist each individual with detoxing using colon hydrotherapy, far infrared sauna, and/or aqua chi lymphatic drainage. Call Dawn Brower for more information or visit G e n t l e Wa t e r s H e a l i n g . c o m . MA41024, MM15426.

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ENERGY WORK OUR SPIRITUAL JOURNEY, LLC Janice M. Puta On Top of the World, Ocala 352-615-7745

SRA Certified Teacher and Consultant in Spiritual Response Therapy, Janice helps you claim the life you really want to be living through classes, and customized sessions, that clear past life energies, subconscious blocks, and negative programming.


Lemire Clinic 11115 SW 93rd Ct Rd, Ste 600, Ocala 352-291-9459 Dr. Lemire is both Board Certified in Family Practice for 40 years and is an Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) Certified Practitioner. Some of the common protocols Dr. Lemire works with are: Thyroid conditions, Chronic Fatigue, MS, Fibromyalgia, Arthritis, Leaky Gut, Cancer, Hormone Unbalances, Heavy Metal Toxicity, Inflammatory and Auto Immune Conditions, Lyme Disease, Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes, and Weight Management. Dr. Lemire sees children and adults. See ad, page 2.

HEALING ARTS SANDY WILSON, TEC, EFT, MCHT Certified Emotion Code & EFT Practitioner/Hypnotist 352-454-8959

When nothing else works, call Sandy. With The Emotion Code and EFT, you can unload emotional baggage and eliminate negative emotions; you can release pain; you can remove blocks and achieve goals. See website or call to schedule your session.


The conserve is an ecological preserve, retreat center and organic farm. Local fresh produce can be bought at The Farm Store on property, through Farm to Fare weekly Baskets or delivered to your restaurant. The Farm Store is open 7 days a week. Certified kitchen honey house and event space available. See ad, page 28.







LuDawn Spa & Salon MM36632 4620 East Silver Spring Blvd, Ocala 352-236-5353 or 352-362-4919

Students can advance in their studies of Thai Massage and Tr a d i t i o n a l T h a i F o l k Medicine. Courses offered are; Thai Foot Reflexology, Double Practitioner Thai Massage, and Thai Herbal Bundle Therapeutics. The Bodhi Sangha Shala is a place to grow and learn, to build community, to cultivate mindfulness and compassion, and to deepen one’s studies of the ancient healing art of Thai Massage. See ad, page 8.

Shauna Cantwell, DVM Ocala 352-538-3021 •

Sarah is a Licensed Massage Therapist and Certified Reflexologist. She is trained in Prenatal Massage. Promoting wellness through the bodywork of Therapeutic Massage.

Holistic veterinary medicine for small animals and horses. Arthritis, neurologic and hormonal dysfunction, skin, allergies, cancer, pain, immune and chronic disease. Certified veterinary acu-puncture, certified-AVCA animal chiropractic, herbal therapy, tui na medical massage, functional neurology, postural rehabilitation, ozone therapy, homotoxicology and nutrition. Available for workshops. See ad, page 10.

Dragon Rises College of Oriental Medicine Transform your Life! EARN A Masters Degree in Oriental Medicine

• Study Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs • ACAOM Accredited 10-semester Program • The leading college for Chinese Diagnosis TRY OUR AFFORDABLE ACUPUNCTURE


1000 NE 16th Ave., Bldg F, Gainesville, FL 32601 Licensed No. 2425, the Florida Commission for Independent Education


Animal Rescue Sanctuary EARS Endangered

Located near Ocala and spans over 35 acres, EARS exists to provide dignified living for endangered lions, tigers, bears and more.

One Day Membership Tours Every Wed. & Sat. at 2pm Ages Over 12 – $18/pp Not Open to the Public – RSVP Required, Please.

PLEASE SEND DONATIONS to: P.O. Box 306, Citra, FL 32113 Make Check Payable to EARS Inc. EARS is a Non-Profit Organization, Federal ID # 59-3741622

R.S.V.P. to Sue by email: or call Gail: 352-454-6454. Please bring a bottle of bleach or liquid soap.


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