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s the relaxing months of summer transition into another busy back-toschool season, we need all the energy we can muster right now. Our schedules are becoming more hectic which, if we’re not careful, can send our stress levels through the roof. Fortunately, this issue of Natural Awakenings is chock-full of inspiration for cultivating the mindfulness and self-empowerment to thrive—no matter how many commitments we’re balancing this time of year. Of course, we can’t discuss back-toschool season without focusing on those who shoulder the brunt of this busyness: our children. As the next generation continues to enter a world fraught with so much division, it’s crucial for both their educational and home environments to instill confidence, resilience, and other holistic life skills. And that’s what our feature article on “Raising a Well-Rounded Child” is all about. From artistic and cultural explorations, to social enrichment, to healthy eating habits, to meditation practices, to connecting with nature, there are many tools available to nurture a child’s physical, mental and spiritual growth. You might wonder how to reinforce that confidence and resilience in your children without creating a sense entitlement or attaching their self-worth to performance and achievement. Our “Healthy Kids” article for this month talks about how to mindfully praise children for their continual efforts, integrity, character and learning experiences, rather than simply rewarding them for external success. Instead of showing material accolades on them, offer sincere words of affirmation spoken directly from the heart. This will be impactful and meaningful to a child because it communicates that who they are matters so more than what they do. Finally, as this hectic season ramps into full-gear, anxiety levels can start to escalate too. But our “Healing Ways” article has an effective and inexpensive solution: essential oils. Used in holistic wellness practices for thousands of years, research shows that essential oils release calming neurochemicals in the nerve centers of the brain to soothe anxiety, stress and other heightened emotional states. Various methods of application can be used—inhaling them from the bottle, diffusing them in the atmosphere or topically rubbing them onto your skin, to name a few options. Our top essential oil choices for anxiety or stress relief include bergamot, frankincense, clary sage, lavender, lemon balm, neroli, rose and ylang-ylang. As usual, I invite you to participate in our crossword puzzle challenge in this month’s issue. Search for clues within each article, then once you’re finished, the answers can be found on It’s a fun way to de-stress in the midst of this whirlwind season. That’s all for me—so here’s wishing you mindfulness, wellness, balance and empowerment!

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Charlotte Harbor Welcomes the Spirit Fest: Metaphysical and Holistic Fair


he Spirit Fest: Metaphysical and Holistic Fair will be held on Saturday, August 20 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, August 21 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., at the Charlotte Harbor Event Center. There will be 90 booths with vendors, practitioners, readers, artists, authors and demonstrations. “Our event last year was so well received!” says producer Mary Ellen Popyk. “We have some of the best intuitive readers in the country, also crystals, jewelry, holistic health specialties, natural products and much more. We have vendors coming in from all over the U.S., including lots of new vendors in addition to the crowd favorites.” Speakers and special guests are scheduled throughout both days on a variety of topics. The entrance fee is $12 per day, or $18 for a weekend pass. Children ages 12 and under can attend for free. Discount admissions are available on their website. For more information, call 321-313-2543 or visit Location: Charlotte Harbor Event Center, 75 Taylor St, Punta Gorda.

Breathwork & Mediumship Readings Are Back at WGA


ild Ginger Apothecary welcomes two new additions to their instructor team—Brock Cannon and Connie Fusella. Cannon, a Wim Hof Method coach, will begin leading monthly breathwork classes starting June 9, at 7 p.m. After a career as a professional cyclist and ultra-runner, Cannon experienced severe mental health challenges including crippling anxiety, depression and panic attacks. While being urged to take prescribed medication, he decided to research more holistic approaches for improving mental health, and ultimately discovered the Wim Hof Method. This powerful breathing practice led Cannon to purportedly teach hundreds of people, including Fortune 500 companies like Facebook and Dropbox, professional athletes, recovering addicts and others. Cannon believes there is a breathing technique for every type of stressor or obstacle in life, and says he’s on a mission “to change the mental health paradigm around the world.” WGA’s second newest addition, Connie Fusella—a self-reported, natural-born psychic medium—has had spiritual experiences since she was a small child. After an allergic reaction in her early 20’s led to a near-death experience, Fusella says her intuitive abilities were intensified, and the experience served as a catalyst for her to pursue her gift and divine purpose. Fusella will be available for the second annual WGA Psychic Gallery, on June 20, and for additional readings in September. WGA is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Location: 6557 Superior Ave., Sarasota. For more information, call 941-312-5630 or visit

New Plant-Based Cooking Course by Conscious Breakthrough


ocal energy practitioner and owner of Conscious Breakthrough, Yoga Premananda, is offering her services through her new cooking course, High Vibe and Vegan, starting in August. Premananda says the online culinary program is designed to help people shop for, organize, prepare and follow a healthy, plantbased diet. After moving from California to Sarasota in January 2022, Premananda hopes High Vibe and Vegan will help close the gap between a balanced, plant-based diet that’s sustainable, and the common pitfalls or imbalances that often come with trying to go vegan. Premananda moved to Sarasota from California in January 2022, after receiving multiple natural healing and transformation certifications over the past two decades including Tao Healing Hands, Results Healing Master (RHM), and Nirahara Samyama. She has also apprenticed under His Divine Holiness (HDH) Bhagavan Sri Nithyananda Paramashivam, Master Sio—a Kahuna Healer and Qi Gong Master—and attended the Omega Institute where she studied under the author of the legendary book, Many Lives Many Masters, Brian Weiss. According to positive client testimonies on her YouTube channel and website, Premanada effectively “combines her psychic, intuitive abilities with natural healing modalities to provide a safe, advanced setting where clients can transform physically, mentally and emotionally, and expand spiritually.” For more information, contact Yoga Premananda at 727-251-0815 or visit Follow along on Instagram @YogaPremananda, YouTube or Facebook. August 2022


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Raise Your Divine Vibration at The OM Shoppe and Spa


sing sound healing instruments, high-vibration crystals and restorative experiences, the OM Shoppe and Spa is offering three invigorating classes this autumn to help support people on a healing journey to their highest energetic self. At The OM Shoppe & Spa, every being is seen as a reflection of the divine—pure light and energy. This philosophy allows staff to help clients connect with the celestial power within, and around them. In September, students can register to become certified in Integrated Energy Therapy (IET)® where practitioners will reportedly learn how to “open their heart to feel, see, hear and sense angel presence,” in a hands-on course that uses energy healing modality as a tool for spiritual evolution. This course requires no prerequisite to participate other than a willingness to receive. On August 22, IET® Master-Instructor Donna Messina will offer a full-day meditative workshop that explores ways to engage with the energy of nine healing angels using meditative practices. Additionally, the Om Shoppe and Spa is now offering restorative 60 or 75-minute IET® sessions. “Let our practitioners surround you with divine healing energy to shift any stagnant, unwanted or blocked energetic issues out of your tissues.”

Ascension Conference – Pathways to Healing and Guidance


lease mark your calendars for an exciting “NEW” Ascension Healing Conference on Saturday, August 27th and Sunday, August 28th from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Presented to you by Soulful Echoes and Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light on the grounds of Meadow Village in Sarasota. Join us as we celebrate the holistic community in Sarasota and the surrounding area. We are proud to offer a pathway to healing and guidance seminar workshops, Intuitive Readers, Mediums, Healers, and Artists to help you on your spiritual path. Our mission is to move earth’s population and universal dimension to a more enlightened space and find community healing on our journey to gain spiritual awakening.

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f you’ve ever heard anyone talking about “good bacteria,” it’s likely they were talking about probiotics. Probiotics are live microorganisms found in fermented foods or drinks like yogurt, kombucha, and kimchi, but are most readily taken as a nutritional supplement. Probiotics provide key health benefits, including supporting the gut’s microbiome, as well as supporting the body’s immune system by regulating nutrient absorption. Since there are several different types of probiotics, it’s a good idea to talk to a doctor about which strain, or strains, are the most beneficial for your body. The time of day you take probiotics is also essential to ensuring they actually work, since they don’t stick around in your system for very long—after just one bowel movement, they could be eliminated. That’s why probiotic supplements should be taken at night, before bedtime. While sleeping, the body enters into a state of rest so digestion can take place, allowing the probiotic to have enough time to multiply and become integrated into your gut biome. The Professional Supplement Center is now offering a variety of high-quality probiotics including Ortho Molecular, Douglas Labs, Pure Encapsulations, Xymogen, Klaire Labs, Garden of Life and Microbiome Labs, to name a few. Location: 5525 Palmer Crossing Cir., Sarasota. For more information, call 941-487-5990 or visit 12

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r. Anna Baker, D.O.M. invites you to join her interactive anti-aging seminars via Zoom on Wednesday, August 10 and Friday, August 19, at 1:30 p.m. She will be showcasing Faces by Dr. Anna, her acupuncture facelift therapy, and Pearl Cream by Dr. Anna, her proprietary muscle retightening, anti-aging serum. During the online seminar, Baker will use photographic results from clients of all ages to demonstrate how the muscles of the face and neck can be progressively retightened to correct the signs of aging. In addition, she will discuss how Pearl Cream by Dr Anna can provide the same benefits of a facelift in a slower, more gradual process. Pearl Cream is made from authentic pearls and Chinese herbs and contains no preservatives. According to Baker, a package of 10 treatments is initially required, with results lasting for 18 months, before a touchup is necessary to maintain muscle lift. Pearl Cream by Dr. Anna is also available as a muscle tightening body lotion, a men’s anti-aging line and a sports performance line. COVID-19 safety protocols include treatment rooms with special air filtration systems that pull patients’ breath droplets out the window. Participants are requested to contact the Pearl Cream by Dr. Anna store at the northeast corner of the Gulf Gate Shops, to access their meeting ID number. Location: Pearl Cream by Dr. Anna, 2721 Mall Drive, Sarasota. For more information, call 941-921-2662, or visit and

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With 82 percent of Americans using apps like Facebook, Instagram and TikTok, scrolling through social media has become an unconscious automatic behavior for many. But that distraction comes with a price, indicates a new study by the UK’s University of Bath. Half of the 154 participants ages 18 to 72 stopped using virtually all social media for one week, reducing their average usage time from eight hours to 21 minutes for that period. After the seven days, they showed significant improvements in their well-being, depression and anxiety scores compared to those in a control group that did not take such a break. “Scrolling social media is so ubiquitous that many of us do it almost without thinking, from the moment we wake up to when we close our eyes at night,” says lead researcher Jeff Lambert. “But if you are spending hours each week scrolling and you feel it is negatively impacting you, it could be worth cutting down on your usage to see if it helps.”

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Fashion Industry Sustainability Campaigns Fall Short The Changing Markets Foundation, founded in 2015 and based in the Netherlands, discovered that environmental certification programs claiming to verify the sustainability of fashion brands facilitate “greenwashing” for the apparel industry. A recent report proposes the certification programs provide, at best, a “patchy promise of sustainability.” The organization’s analysis of voluntary efforts designed to reduce fashion’s growing environmental footprint found the efforts instead led to increased pollution, and are helping to solidify the industry’s reliance on nonrenewable resources. The report, which evaluated 10 of the most prominent sustainability certification programs for the fashion industry, states that fashion retailers are “lauded for working towards the reduction of plastic hangers, bags and other packaging, while their huge and growing use of plastic for clothes passes under the radar.” George Harding-Rolls, a campaign manager at Changing Markets and lead author of the report, says, “Waste increases, utilization of clothes decreases and reliance on fossil fuels increases, yet these schemes continue to exist and say that sustainable fashion is just around the corner. This is actually preventing us from taking the more systemic action that we need, such as more regulation and legislation.”


Brazilian Atlantic Forest Faces Danger

Abandoned Farmland Regeneration Can Mitigate Climate Change A new study, “Rural Land Abandonment Is Too Ephemeral to Provide Major Benefits for Biodiversity and Climate,” from the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs published in the journal Science Advances analyzed the phenomenon of farmers worldwide moving to urban centers due to finances, conflicts or climate change. This rural outmigration is leaving hundreds of millions of acres of cropland abandoned, affording an opportunity for ecological restoration and carbon sequestration that could lead to a positive impact on the climate crisis if the land is allowed to regenerate. The report states, “Unless policymakers take steps to reduce recultivation or provide incentives for regeneration, abandonment will remain a missed opportunity to reduce biodiversity loss and climate change.” David Wilcove, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and public affairs at the High Meadows Environmental Institute, one of the co-authors of the study, says, “As people move from rural areas into cities, there is a chance for wildlife and the climate to gain ground, literally, as abandoned farms and pastures revert back to forests and grasslands.” However, he also notes, “Our work shows that this is not happening, because the abandoned lands are being rapidly recultivated.” Jesse Zheng/

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The enormous green blob of Amazon rainforest that dominates Brazil’s interior known as the “lungs of the world” has become a familiar topic of preservation. But there is another important region along the coast, the Mata Atlantica, that is fighting for its life against overdevelopment, where deforestation surged 66 percent last year. A report from SOS Mata Atlantica documents the loss of 53,479 acres of forest cover from November 2020 to October 2021, up two-thirds from the previous year based on satellite monitoring data, releasing around 11 million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. SOS spokesman Luis Guedes Pinto says, “We weren’t expecting such a huge increase. We thought the Atlantic forest would be a bit more immune to the explosion of deforestation (in other parts of Brazil) as a region with more governance and policing.” Critics cite the government undermining environmental protection programs to benefit agribusiness. Since 2019, average annual deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon overall has increased by 75 percent from the previous decade, according to official figures. “Research shows the Atlantic forest is one of the biomes that will have to be urgently restored if we are to reach the goal of holding global warming to 1.5 degrees C in line with the Paris climate accord,” says Pinto. 18

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The Real Causes of Low Back Pain M

y patient, “John,” had daily low back pain for many years. Sitting in my office, he related a story of x-rays and MRIs, spinal arthritis and disc bulges, therapy with stretches and exercises and treatment with spinal manipulation and massage. He had even tried steroid injections and a nerve-killing procedure called RFA. Some things had helped for a while, some not at all. In the end, he was still in pain after years of seeking help. This is the story of how he finally got some lasting relief. To understand John’s lack of success, and why he finally got relief, we’ll need to take a deeper look at the causes of low back pain. First, however, it is important to clear up a common misunderstanding. At least two large studies have shown that there is not much correlation between severity of low back pain and how much spinal degeneration (arthritis, spurs, disc bulges or misalignments) a person has. In other words, your spine can be painful but look great on an MRI or feel


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pretty good while having advanced arthritis. It should be no surprise then that MRI imaging has not really improved outcomes for treating low back pain, except in some very specific cases. If arthritis and degeneration are not the main factors in low back pain, then where can we look? In my clinical experience, there are three main factors in chronic low back pain. Most cases have some combination of muscular imbalance, joint instability and stiffening of the connective tissue called fascia. Let’s take a look now at how these three factors can cause pain. Three Little Problems The first main factor, muscular balance, means the muscles that move or support a joint have the right amount of strength and tension to protect a joint in motion. Muscles can be imbalanced if they are either “too tight,” possibly to the point of spasm, or “too loose,” but a painful joint often has both tight and slack muscles. Such imbalances are almost always present with low back pain.

The second factor in chronic low back pain is joint stability, meaning that a joint should move only in the directions that it is supposed to, not a little bit to one side or the other. If a joint has even a tiny bit of excess motion, this means that the tissues which hold it in place are repeatedly going to be overstressed, which can result in pain. Not surprisingly, one of the most common reasons for joint instability is muscular imbalance. The third common factor which I see in almost all cases of low back pain is stiffening of the fascia. This sheet-like connective tissue covers muscles, bones, joints and other tissues and serves as the structural fabric of our bodies. Fascia also holds the nerve endings that give us position sense, by sensing pressure and stretch in our tissues. Position sense, or proprioception, is what gives us the ability to have coordinated movement and upright posture. Stiffening of the fascia, which is typically caused by prior injury or trauma, can cause problems. This restricted fascia doesn’t stretch and flex the way it should, and that interferes with its ability to send correct signals to the nervous system for position sense. The Perception of Injury A glitch in position sense can cause several different problems. A disruption of position sense is one of the ways that our nervous system recognizes an injury, such as a broken bone or a torn ligament. Stiffened fascia can cause distorted perception, which makes our nervous system think that there is an injury, even though there isn’t one. Thus, a person with perfect looking spinal health on an MRI may still have intense low back pain from that ‘invisible’ misperception. Position sense from fascia is also what makes proper muscular balance and joint stability possible. When muscle imbalance and joint instability are involved in low back pain, it is typically due to restricted or stiff fascia. The nerve endings in fascia that give us our

Changing the Misperceptions In John’s case, I found intense stiffening of fascia around his left knee and hip, throughout his lumbar spine area and in his ribcage and upper neck. With a series of treatments to release these restrictions, his muscle spasms relaxed and slack muscles gained tone. Joint instabilities in the lower lumbar spine and left pelvic joint became firm, while still mobile in the right ways. Early on, pain relief lasted only hours or a few days after treatment. But eventually, as we neared completion of treatment, John’s average pain had decreased from eight (on a scale from one to 10) down to three. By the time he was released from treatment, he was able to be much more active and began to lose weight as a result. His spouse remarked on the improvement in his mood, and his final pain rating averaged two out of 10 after years of much higher levels of pain. If we took another MRI of John’s low back today, it would probably look just the same as it did in years past, with the same disc bulges and arthritis. We did not change any structure that would be visible in medical imaging. We did, however, improve muscular balance, joint stability and stiffening of the fascia. I find treating these three elements is key to helping most cases of low back pain. Dr. Eric Winder has been practicing chiropractic for 25 years, with a focus on treatment of fascia and soft tissue for the past 22 years. Dr. Winder’s practice focuses on relieving pain and restoring alignment and motion through gentle therapies. For more information, call 941-957-8390 or visit


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position sense are also the primary source of information our nervous system uses to control muscular balance and make our joints stable. Like Goldilocks, our bodies want our joint and muscle tension to be not too loose and not too tight—rather, it needs to be exactly right. Fascia stiffening and distortion can make us lose that ability to be ‘just right’.




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like dyes and sweeteners. We can’t change the environmental challenges, but we can protect ourselves from them with clean foods, clean water, sleep, and exercise. Add some targeted nutritional supplements from our Healthy Steps Store, for detoxification and to support resilience to help eliminate diseases and improve happiness. Finally, maybe the most critical factor for happiness is in your relationships. Many interpersonal relationships have been strained in recent years. People are polarized, and emotions are high. If we remember that all people are going through their own evolutionary process, and no one is “bad” but simply struggling with their own obstacles. Forgiveness allows one to move beyond the drama to achieve peace, which facilitates the pursuit of… happiness! If you want to experience functional medicine and discover the root cause of your health issues, call Dr. Harvey’s office - Functional Medicine Florida (formerly known as The Harvey Center), at 941- 9299355 or join the conversation and ask Dr. Harvey healthy & wellness questions every Monday at 10 AM on 88.5FM WMNF radio as he hosts “The Healthy Steps Radio Show.”

The Pursuit of Happiness! By Dr. Fred Harvey


hat is the true definition of happiness? Happiness is an emotional state characterized by feelings of joy, satisfaction, contentment, and fulfillment. While happiness has many different definitions, it is often described as involving positive emotions and life satisfaction. Happiness is a crucial foundation for good health, and good health is crucial for happiness. We have many challenges to our happiness these days, and many of them come from our cultural approach to life. For example, there is the continued use of toxic synthetic chemicals in our food supply. We still see the use of dyes like tartrazine (yellow 5) and allure red (Red 40) in many “foods.” These chemicals cause allergies. Aspartame causes seizures, and Sucralose disrupts gut bacterial harmony. Toxic heavy foods like this are anti-health and thus are not good for overall happiness. The excessive consumption of oil and gas creates hydrocarbon pollution that changes the climate and toxifies the environment. This results in a variety of stresses on the environment and on humans, which create disease. Pollution and disease do not cause happiness. We can make some personal changes despite the challenges to our health and happiness in our daily lives. We can reduce our exposure to toxic substances by reading labels and eliminating things


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ver 6.4 million American children between the ages of four to 17 have been diagnosed with Attention-Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Two out of three children diagnosed with ADD/ADHD will exhibit co-occurring conditions such as anxiety, depression, autism or behavioral problems. Childhood or teen ADD/ADHD has also been associated with low self-esteem, poor academic performance, poor interpersonal skills and substance abuse issues that can persist well into adult years. Neurofeedback, however, is a successful breakthrough treatment for ADD/ ADHD. If your child has been diagnosed with ADD/ADHD or experiences its symptoms, and you are looking to avoid the use of pharmaceutical medication, The BrainWave Center’s ADD/ADHD treatment modality—qEEG neurofeedback— has demonstrated considerable success with treating ADD/ADHD in adults, teens and children. Brain Mapping or Quantitative Electroencephalogram (qEEG) Brain mapping, or qEEG, measures brain electrical activity in a similar way that an EKG measures our heart’s electrical activity. A Brain Map is a useful tool to help identify areas of the brain that may be dysregulated, or operating at speeds that are either too fast or too slow. By looking at the patterns where the brain might not be operating properly, we can determine the underlying cause of various symptoms that are commonly found with ADD/ADHD. The Triad of Healing ADD/ADHD At The BrainWave Center, our core triad for improving the lives of those with ADD/ADHD is neuropsychological assessment, nutrition and neurofeedback. Neurofeedback is a revolutionary technology that can safely adjust brainwaves to their proper speed, which can then reduce or eliminate the symptoms associated with

attention deficits, anxiety, PTSD, panic attacks and many other common symptoms associated with brain health. Neurofeedback is a method of brain training that enables the brain to function more effectively. It is painless, non-invasive, uses no drugs and can be expertly and easily performed in our Sarasota office. ADD/ADHD Diagnosis and Advanced Treatment Accurately diagnosing ADD/ADHD is an in-depth and complex process. These conditions cannot be diagnosed with a physical exam or a lab test, such as a blood test or simple brain scan, alone. Instead, healthcare professionals use a sophisticated evaluation process to diagnose ADD/ADHD. The BrainWave Center has developed a new comprehensive assessment program to identify or to verify the possibility of ADD/ ADHD. This program combines standard tests and rating scales typically used to detect the presence of ADHD, but also adds electrophysiologic measures (qEEG) to validate the findings and identify other potential problems. The program includes a Clinical Review, Parent Questionnaire, Parent and Teacher Rating Scales, Psychometric Test Data, and Electrophysiological Measures (qEEG or Brain Map.) We also investigate sleep issues, diet including food allergies and digestion issues and other potential causes of ADD/ADHD. A physical exam and laboratory testing may take place to rule out medical conditions that can mimic ADHD symptoms, such as thyroid issues. Subtype Patterns of ADD/ADHD In individuals with attention deficits, we see distinct brain map patterns that help us determine which subtype pattern(s) are associated with your diagnosis. Since other conditions like anxiety may look a lot like ADD/ADHD, a Brain Map is often very useful to confirm the diagnosis of ADD/ADHD and identify the correct treatment protocol, as it allows us to determine exactly what is taking place and how to best address any imbalances or dysregulation. Comprehensive Treatment Programs Once a diagnosis is confirmed, the next step is to assist families in developing an intervention program. It’s important to note that some combination of medical and non-medical interventions may be the best approach to managing ADD/ADHD for some individuals. At the BrainWave Center, we specialize in non-drug approaches to addressing ADD/ADHD. Our comprehensive ADD/ADHD assessment includes Brain Mapping, Neurofeedback, psychotherapy, nutrition counseling and sophisticated laboratory testing to identify the underlying causes of you or your child’s ADD/ADHD. For more information, or to schedule a free introductory consultation, call 941-552-4500 or visit or August 2022


RAISING A WELL-ROUNDED CHILD PRACTICAL WAYS TO BUILD LASTING LIFE SKILLS by Marlaina Donato trying times, a powerful approach is a full-spectrum one that rounds out their experiences and skills, while instilling confidence and resilience. It includes a broad-based education, artistic and cultural exploration, experiences of diverse cultures, training in mind-body tools, healthy eating habits and connecting with nature. These facets enable children to cope, adapt and thrive in a changing world. It gives them the necessary building blocks for the rest of their lives, which has an invaluable return for all of us now and for future generations. Halfpoint/

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hildhood is a time of magical discovery and a training ground for adult life. Yet today’s world introduces unprecedented problems that can challenge a child’s bedrock: escalating violence including mass shootings, bullying, social media pressure, environmental crises and cultural conflict, not to mention the COVID-19 lockdowns. For kids to develop the solid foundation they will need in these


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Boston-based Casey O’Brien Martin, an expressive arts therapist and author of Skills for Big Feelings: A Guide for Teaching Kids Relaxation, Regulation, and Coping Techniques, defines a well-rounded child as “one who is balanced in the many different areas of their life: socially with friends and by having their own interests and hobbies; physically by being active and eating nourishing foods; emotionally by accepting and acknowledging their feelings and using coping skills to deal with uncomfortable or stressful situations.” Encouraging kids to try new things—and allowing them to experience failure—affects how they respond to life. “Well-rounded children are flexible in their thinking toward changes in schedule or environment, have been exposed to boundaries and as they mature, can apply their different experiences to their understanding of safety, social skills, fundamental learning and communication,” says April Christopherson, an occupational therapist and owner of

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Exploration Kids Therapy, in Gunnison, Colorado. Kids keenly observe and try on adult behavior, and in this practice lies tremendous potential. “One of the very best things parents, caregivers and educators can do is to model healthy coping skills. Just telling kids what to do is not enough. We need to walk the talk, too,” Martin says. Attaining family balance is key to avoid overscheduling and feeling overwhelmed, especially if prompting kids to follow their bliss. Integrating mindfulness techniques like meditation, yoga and sensory engagement into a household’s everyday routines can help to fortify emotional stability when kids experience rough waters. “When kids learn to focus on their breathing, it helps to bring their attention to the present moment. By practicing mindfulness daily, these practices become second nature, and kids are able to tap into them whenever they need to. By teaching children these tools at a young age, we are planting seeds that they will be able to grow and cultivate throughout their lives,” says Maura Bradley, founder of Bee You Yoga and Mindfulness, in Manasquan, New Jersey. The author of Mindfulness For Kids In 10 Minutes A Day emphasizes that mindfulness can be a formal or informal practice, can involve the entire family and does not require a lot of time. It can be as simple as taking a moment each morning to connect with each other, notice the weather or play an “eye spy” game on the way to school. Christopherson concurs: “I suggest a child practice medita-

tion, breathwork and mindfulness, first together with a parent or caregiver to get familiar with the practices, and then practice the techniques during non-stressful times.”

The Colors of Learning Focusing on grades with a one-size-fits-all educational model poses many problems, and changing times demand a broader, more vibrant paradigm. COVID-19 lockdowns brought radical changes to the classroom, and more than ever, parents are opting for a more holistic approach with various methods of homeschooling or whole-child curriculums like those offered at Waldorf, Sudbury and Montessori schools. Alternative learning presents the world as a laboratory, goes beyond math, reading and science, and endorses character-building immersion in community, compassion and culture. “Montessori learning stresses the beauty of nature,” says Ruth Tencati, a Montessori teacher in Charlotte, North Carolina. “Geography, music, art and practical life skills are taught. Ideally, each child is given lessons that balance learning in all areas and at the right time for each child’s level of skill and curiosity.” Students are given peace education, “where they are encouraged to think of others, as well as themselves, and to see themselves as part of a community of learners,” she says. Tencati views technology as an ally when it is used to deepen students’ understanding of lessons, but believes it should never be used as a pacifier. Familiarity with the arts is key to a well-rounded view of life, August 2022


but the number of school-based arts programs has been declining since 1980 due to a heavy focus on standardized testing. To assess the impact of art on children, Rice University researchers ran a randomized controlled trial in 2019 with 10,548 students enrolled in 42 schools in the Houston area. They found that students that participated in the arts at elementary and middle school levels improved their writing skills, increased their compassion for others and were less likely to misbehave in class. In lieu of school-based art programs, kids can learn from virtual tours designed specifically for them by the Louvre, the Van Gogh Museum and other outstanding art museums. For a fun dive into history, the British Museum, Boston Children’s Museum and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History bring the past to life with online “field trips” just for kids. When kids learn about other cultures, religions, languages and belief systems, it increases their capacity for empathy and the ability to see different perspectives, a trait often found in successful adults. To introduce kids to an expanded worldview, families can enjoy a weekly ethnic meal, go to local heritage festivals and celebrate the holidays of different countries.

Food for Life Giving a child lifelong tools includes instilling a healthy respect for good health. Positive eating habits have been shown to boost academic performance and lessen the potential for speech and language acquisition delays. Research on laboratory animals by the University of Georgia in 2021 published in Translational Psychiatry showed that sugar consumption in adolescence diminished learning capacity even into adulthood, possibly due to imbalances in gut bacteria. “Hundreds of studies identify nutrition as one of the most critical factors in the development of robust brains,” says Lorie Eber, a holistic nutritionist in Orange County, California. “Consumption of whole foods such as eggs (choline), oily fish (omega-3 fatty acids), vegetables (folate and antioxidants), beans (zinc) and Greek yogurt (gut health) are vital for the healthy development of children’s brains in the first years of life.” Nutrition has a measurable impact on psychological health, she

says. “Diets high in refined sugars and saturated fats increase the risk of kids developing hyperactivity and ADHD. Children who skip breakfast have difficulty concentrating and low moods, which detract from learning.” Eber encourages children’s participation in meal planning and food preparation, as well as weekly excursions to farmers markets, to experience the colors and tastes of local produce. “All of these things will lay the foundation for your children to develop a healthy relationship with food. That is a rare gift in today’s food-centric society.”

Natural Instincts Connecting to nature is not only good for growing bodies, but also for self-image. A 2018 systematic review of 35 studies published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health shows time spent outdoors positively impacts young people’s mental health. Research conducted by the Institute of Education at University College London drives it home even further: Primary school children that connected with nature in brief Wildlife Trust programs felt better about themselves and experienced more positive relationships with their teachers and classmates. Adding to Mother Nature’s feel-good benefits, exercise during childhood and adolescence, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, lowers the risk of depression, improves academic performance and reduces the risk for chronic diseases later in life. In the end, parenting is about doing our best for our children while being human. “Being a parent is hard. One of my mantras for myself is ‘grace, gratitude and grit,’” muses Martin. “Giving grace to myself by forgiving myself for my parenting mistakes, being grateful for my family and having grit to keep persevering and working hard to build a good life for my family.” Each parent’s formula might be different, but the basics never get old. “Let a child experience life! Give them opportunities to get into nature, play with non-toy items, interact with animals and support their curiosity,” advises Christopherson. “Be safe, but let your kids be kids.” Marlaina Donato is an author, painter and visionary composer. Connect at

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Change Your Words Change Your Life by Christy Whitman


he words we speak are never neutral, because language doesn’t simply describe reality. It creates it. With every word we utter, we’re either speaking into existence a reality we desire or actively creating a reality we dread. We cannot speak about being broke and attract prosperity. We can’t complain about feeling abandoned and attract great love. We can’t criticize everything that’s wrong with a situation and simultaneously invent its improvement. We can only focus on one reality at a time—what we want or the absence of it—and the words we speak moment-by-moment are an indication of which way we’re leaning.

WORDS SUMMON CREATIVE ENERGY When we say, “It shouldn’t be like this,” “Life is hard” or “Why can’t I get what I want?” we set into motion a powerful stream of unwanted energy. If you’ve ever watched one person’s negativity amplify the negativity in others, you understand this firsthand. Fortunately, the reverse is also true. We all have the ability to choose our thoughts, our perceptions—and our words—on purpose. When we change the way we speak about our life, we reclaim the power to change its trajectory. Here’s how to go about it:

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longing to experience a certain feeling. If life has shown you that you want a better job, a bigger house or a fitter body, try to identify the emotional payoff you believe you’ll receive once this goal is realized. Do you believe you’ll experience a feeling of pride or satisfaction, or one of serenity or freedom? Use as many words as you can conjure to describe the energy you’re reaching for. Invite the Essence of Your Desire into Your Life As you connect with the energetic essence of your desire in each important area of your life, allow yourself to identify the thoughts, the attitudes—and the words—that would align you with this energy. In other words, if you had already attained everything you’re now striving for, what types of conversations would you be having with yourself and with others? Have these conversations now. When you shift your language, you shift everything. Celebrity coach Christy Whitman is The New York Times bestselling author of The Art of Having It All and Taming Your Alpha Bitch. She is founder and CEO of the Quantum Success Coaching Academy and creator of, a free, 30-day, language training program.

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Use Unwanted Experiences to Clarify Your Desire Every unwanted experience presents you with a fundamental choice: You can complain about all that appears to be going wrong, or you can focus on what you now desire. In any uncomfortable circumstance, resist the temptation to complain, and focus instead on the clarity that’s been born within you. Ask yourself, “What do I want to experience in this area of my life, and how would I like this situation or relationship to look and feel?” Then make a commitment to speak always in favor of what you desire, never in contradiction to it. Break Your Desire into Its Essential Form Behind every desire—big or small—is a

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Sustainable Shellfish by April Thompson




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he perfect food may not be underfoot, but rather, underwater. It’s delicious, fast-growing, nutritionally dense, sustainably produced, locally available from coast to coast and comes in nature’s own sturdy packaging. “Shellfish is the most sustainable protein on the planet. There are no antibiotics, no pesticides, no fertilizer and no feed needed to raise shellfish,” says Bob Rheault, executive director of the East Coast Shellfish Growers Association, which represents 1,500 shellfish farmers from Maine to Florida. Shellfish is a nutritional powerhouse, providing proteins, essential amino acids, long-chain polyunsaturated fats, vitamins and carotenoids. The drastically shorter life cycle of shellfish compared to other farmed seafood also means shellfish producers can generate more food more quickly. Shellfish also offer many ecological benefits; they filter the water, remove excess nutrients and create habitat for juvenile fish, Rheault says. A single oyster can filter up to 50 gallons of water per day, according to the Oyster Recovery Partnership, an organization that restores reefs in conjunction with a shell recycling network of restaurants and public drop sites across the mid-Atlantic region. Ray Hilborn, a biologist and professor at the University of Washington School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, in Seattle, has compared the relative environmental costs of different food sources, including grains, poultry and imitation, plant-based meats. He has found that farmed shellfish, specifically mollusks like oysters, clams and mussels, provide the lowest impact protein of them all. “Shellfish has a very low carbon footprint and enormous yield per area,” he says. “Mussel farms, for example, are pretty



“Shellfish has a very low carbon footprint and enormous yield per area.” Ray Hilborn much just ropes hung from rafts, with no changes to the ecosystem or loss of biodiversity, as compared to agriculture.” Bivalve shellfish like clams and oysters are mainly sourced from farms because wild stocks are largely depleted due to overharvesting, habitat loss and other contributing factors. “Somewhere around 90 percent of mussels and oysters on the market are farmed,” Rheault says. “If you see perfect-looking oysters at the raw bar, you know they are farmed. Out of the wild, they can look gnarly.” Restorative aquaculture, which produces seafood using scientific principles that enhance coastal environments, may be one of the best opportunities to restore ecosystems while feeding the Earth’s growing population, according to a report from The Nature Conservancy. However, Hilborn points to “the impact of food, not just how it’s grown, but how it got to you.” Processed shellfish has a bigger carbon footprint, so it’s ecologically desirable to look for fresh, local options whenever possible. Local production has a culinary benefit, too. “Every waterway has its own unique ‘merroir’, or flavor, that comes from the local environment. The differing levels of salinity and minerality, among other things, can lead to a very different flavor,” adds Rheault. While there is only one dominant species of oyster on the East Coast, there are three varieties found on the West Coast and dozens more around the world, each with different flavor profiles, according to Rheault; oysters also have differing flavors throughout the year. “Fall oysters have a rich, full flavor; they can be skinny in the spring. I like them in winter best of all.” Perry Raso, owner of the Matunuck Oyster Bar and Farm, in Wakefield, Rhode Island, and a leader in the growing shellfish farming industry, grew up digging littleneck clams as a youngster. He earned a graduate degree in aquaculture before launching and growing a multifaceted business, including a restaurant, a seven-acre oyster farm and an organic vegetable farm. He raises and sells more than 1 million mature oysters a year and also supplies 5 million seed oysters to other aqua farmers. Voted one of the top 20 seafood restaurants in the country by Time Out, Matunuck Oyster Bar serves several shellfish delicacies, including a classic oyster stew made with rosemary broth, scallop ceviche, quinoa crab salad and oysters on the half shell with a cucumber passionfruit gazpacho. The menu also features “vegan scallops” made from seared king oyster mushrooms. Rheault’s favorite way to eat an oyster, though, is simply with two drops of lime. “The lime knocks out your salt receptors and allows you to really taste the other flavors,” he says. “Grilling is another great way to introduce people to oysters. You don’t even need to shuck them; the grilling firms up the meat.” Connect with Washington, D.C., freelance writer April Thompson at


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The Greening of Packaging CLEANING AND PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS GO ECO by Sheryl DeVore can also be purchased at certain big-box stores like Target.


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ealth-conscious consumers have been purchasing home cleaning and personal care products with nontoxic ingredients for years. Now they’re demanding these products come in environmentally friendly packaging that reduces waste and plastic use. “It’s green movement 2.0,” says Tim Murphy, CEO of, a Minneapolis company that sells nontoxic cleaners. “First there was the green movement 1.0 to eliminate the toxins from the conventional products like bleach. Now green 2.0 is about the removal of plastic and waste reduction.” Today, consumers can find refillable, concentrated cleaning products; eco-laundry sheets; reusable cleansing face pads; eco-toothbrushes made of bamboo; zero-waste toothpaste bits; plastic-free, refillable deodorant; and refillable lipstick. These and a host of other innovative products designed to be healthy and eco-friendly are available online via manufacturers’ websites or, and


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A December 2020 Mintel Trends survey showed nearly all of the internet users 18 and older that shop for household items say brands should consider the environment when creating packaging. Many respondents said they wanted products that had easy-to-recycle packaging and were refillable to reduce waste. “There’s a clear preference for lightweight packaging, plastic-free packaging, refillable and reusable products,” says Danielle Jezienicki, director of sustainability for San Francisco-based Grove Collaborative, an online retailer of eco-products. “It makes sense, because 90 percent of the weight of most cleaning and personal care products you buy consists of water and packaging. The formulated ingredients are a small fraction. It saves money. There’s growing awareness of this.”

Shipping Water “It’s really expensive to be shipping water all over the country,” Murphy says. “It’s just extra bulk and extra weight, and the carbon footprint is much higher. If you take that water out, it’s lighter and smaller, so it’s better for the environment.” His company,, sells a concentrate that can be used as a laundry detergent, hand wash or bathroom cleaner by mixing it with water in a glass bottle at home. The concentrate comes in a recyclable plastic bottle and is shipped in cardboard, without plastic wrap or foam. In the past few years, Grove Collaborative, which sells nontoxic personal care and home cleaning items, has changed its

packaging to be even more environmentally friendly, according to Jezienicki. “The company has vowed to sell products with zero percent plastic packaging by 2025,” she says. To that end, it has created a brand of hair, body, facial and hand care products that come in a concentrated bar with no plastic packaging. Its concentrated household cleaners, which can be used on floors, glass, tiles, tubs and other surfaces in the home, come in glass bottles, and consumers can use a glass spray bottle with a silicone sleeve to dilute the product with water.

Plastic-Free “In 2020, we avoided shipping more than 1.1 million pounds of plastic with our concentrated cleaners alone,” Jezienicki says. Grove sells products from other companies such as Seventh Generation if they are plastic-free, and has recently placed some of its products on the shelves at Target. Consumer Denise Monson Haberkorn, of Skokie, Illinois, welcomes these changes and says her friends call her the “plastics police”. She began ordering Tru Earth laundry detergent strips to replace the large plastic bottles of liquid detergent she was using, and she loves them so much, she’s been giving them away for friends to try. “The detergent strips are about three times the thickness of a Band-Aid. You put the strip in where you used to put in your regular detergent, and they dissolve,” Haberkorn explains, adding, “There’s no plastic to get rid of. Some people don’t think they can make a difference with their choices, but I think I can.” Sheryl DeVore is an award-winning author of six books on science, health and nature. Connect at

How to Save Your Brain by Dr. Laura Korman, DC, DACBN


eurodegeneration is a state in which the brain and or nervous system becomes impaired or abnormal, ultimately ceasing and resulting in cellular death. Forms of neurodegeneration include Dementia, Parkinson’s and Multiple Sclerosis. Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia and affects 6.5 million Americans. This number is expected to reach 15 million by the year 2050 and to date there is no effective medical treatment known to stop this horrific disease. The average person with Alzheimer’s will survive for 5-10 years, requiring constant care giving in the last 3 or more years of their life as they lose the ability to even care for their most basic needs. It requires a tremendous emotional, physical and financial burden to care for a loved one with AD. The average caregiver will often encounter over $50,000 in out-of-pocket expenses per year to care for their loved one in the final years with a

neurogenerative condition. The good news is that neurodegeneration take decades to develop, and early nutritional and lifestyle strategies are slowing and even reversing this progressive condition. Alzheimer’s disease like other chronic illnesses is driven by inflammation. Brain inflammation is caused by a diet high in sugar and processed foods, genetically modified foods, food sensitivities, including gluten, artificial sweeteners, MSG, vegetable oils, vitamin deficiencies, herbicides, insecticides, chronic infections, mold and heavy metals including aluminum found in deodorants, canned foods, some medications and vaccines. A lack of proper fuel to the brain is another reason our brains begin to deteriorate and blood sugar dysregulation is one of the biggest culprits. This process is similar to what happens in our body with type-2 diabetes and researchers have now labeled this condition in the brain as type-3 diabetes. One of the biggest breakthroughs in science is the discovery of neurogenesis. This refers to how the brain can regenerate new cellular connections. This is very exciting news because now we have the ability within ourselves to build or rewire our brains! Brained derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is a compound that is secreted by healthy nerve cells that can be stimulated by exercise, learning new things, social engagement, laughing and intermittent fasting. Mitochondria are the powerhouses of the cell and every cell in the body including brain cells have mitochondria in them that produces energy. People with Alzheimer’s disease have poor mitochondrial function in the cells of their brain and as a result find the first signs of early dementia to be

brain fog and poor focus or concentration. Mitochondria are damaged by free radicals or oxidative stress from our food, environment or lifestyle. Glutathione is an antioxidant that normally detoxifies and protects the brain but is depleted when brain cells are continually bombarded by various stressors. By adhering to a healthy diet and lifestyle choices, dementia and other neurodegenerative conditions can often be curtailed. A nutrient dense diet with organic vegetables, berries, pasture raised animal proteins and eggs, wild caught fish, and healthy sources of fats including, avocados, coconut, olive oil, nuts, seeds and fermented foods will be the first defense in protecting your brain. Exercise, sunshine, stress management, deep breathing, prayer, meditation, social connection, learning new things and prioritizing sleep are lifestyle factors that can be implemented daily to help promote neurogenesis and the formation of new brain cell pathways. Optimizing vitamin D and taking adequate nutrients like magnesium, omega 3 oils, activated B vitamins, probiotics and antioxidants like glutathione are all important in maintaining healthy brain function and minimizing our risk for the development of neurodegenerative disease. Testing for sources of inflammation, sugar dysregulation, vitamin deficiencies, anemia, food sensitivities, infection, leaky gut and auto-immunity will provide valuable information about specific imbalances which can be addressed to optimize your strategy to save your brain at any age. Dr. Laura Korman, DC, DACBN, is the lead practitioner of Korman Relief and Wellness Center, located at 16954 Toledo Blade Blvd., Port Charlotte. For more information and to schedule an appointment, call 941629-6700 or visit August 2022


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iving ample kudos to our kids is an everyday part of parenting. To motivate youngsters to excel in school and activities, we pat them on the back repeatedly in ways that were unimaginable a century ago, when even kissing babies was frowned upon by many. In one survey, 85 percent of American parents said that praising their children’s ability or intelligence when they perform well helps kids feel smarter. But praise turns out to be a double-edged sword, as recent decades of psychological and educational research have made clear. Yes, praise can build character, motivation and resilience, just as parents hope. But when done unskillfully, say psychologists, it can have the opposite effect and actually lower children’s confidence, dampen their motivation and stifle intellectual growth. Some of the research-based advice that has emerged includes:

Praise Effort, Not Intelligence

Numerous studies have found that when children are repeatedly given accolades for their intellect or talent, they can come to believe those traits are innate and fixed, which then makes them more fearful of failing or even encountering challenges. On the other hand, when kids are taught that success depends on continued effort and hard work, they are more likely to seek out challenges, apply themselves to tough tasks and be resilient in the face of failure. Suggested parental statements include: “I like the way you tried a lot of different strategies on that math problem until you finally got it.” “That was a hard English assignment, but you stuck with it until you got it done.” “Mistakes are so interesting. Let’s see what we can learn from it.”

Don’t Go Over the Top

Paradoxically, getting praised too lavishly can shake children and make them less likely to take risks. “Research has shown that


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extreme praise—using words like “incredible” or “best ever”—can create an excessive expectation that the child can feel incapable of meeting. They tend to become less tolerant of their mistakes, and tolerance of mistakes is a critical element in ultimate success,” says clinical psychologist John F. Tholen, Ph.D., in Seal Beach, California, author of Focused Positivity. Excessive praise can also nudge overconfident children toward narcissism, especially if it involves comparison with other children.

Focus on Character and Agency

When children are praised for positive aspects of their character such as being kind, resourceful or helpful, they are more likely to be generous and openhearted with others. Researchers have also found that when parents focus on and support a child’s self-determined reasons for engaging in a task, it increases the child’s sense of agency and capacity to act effectively, which helps them to move through the world with greater ease and self-confidence. Some suggested parental statements are: “You made that decision very carefully and wisely.” “You were very kind in how you made the new girl feel welcome.” “It’s great to see how determined you are to do something exciting for your science fair project.”

Be Specific

Research shows that when praise is general or sweeping, like, “Good job!”, kids tend to doubt its sincerity, whereas praise that gives more information is felt by them to be meaningful. “Focusing on increasing the specificity of the praise allows children to learn more quickly which behaviors you like and want to see more frequently,” says pediatric psychologist Alyssa Fritz, Ph.D., of the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Institute for Brain Protection Sciences, in St. Petersburg, Florida. “A good rule of thumb is to provide three instances of specific positive attention for every one command or correction.” Suggested parental statements are: “You kept practicing pumping your legs on the swing, and now you can do it!” “Thank you so much for cleaning up the garage. I really appreciate how hard you worked.” “That was a tough skill to learn on the ball field, but you kept at it until you could do it.”

Be Sincere

If children detect insincerity in a parent’s praise, they may assume they are being manipulated or misunderstood. Older kids in particular have a keen ear for offhand words of meaningless praise. “Be enthusiastic, while remaining genuine. Praise those things that truly make your heart warm, or make your day easier, or make you proud of your child’s progress,” says Carole Swiecicki, Ph.D., a psychologist and owner of Harbor Maple Counseling and Psychological Services, in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. “Even small statements, when said from the heart, have a positive impact on children.” Health and wellness writer Ronica O’Hara can be reached at

proactively cultivate through deeper, more intentional meditation, the higher the consciousness we internalize and manifest. It boils down to what you’re doing. Are you spending your time producing illness or producing wellness?

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Mark Mincolla on the Healing Power of Our Superconsciousness by Sandra Yeyati

or 40 years, nutritional therapist and quantum energy healer Mark Mincolla, Ph.D., has integrated ancient Chinese energy healing techniques with emerging nutritional science in what he calls Electromagnetic Muscle Testing, an approach that zeros in on each individual’s unique dietary needs. He has authored seven books, including The Wu Way, The Tao of Ch’i and Whole Health. In his most recent work, The Way of Miracles: Accessing Your Superconsciousness—and an accompanying documentary film of the same title—he shares his experiences, documented research and exercises to cultivate our natural ability to heal and create miracles.

How do you define consciousness? Consciousness is the essence of presence. What we think is empty space in the universe is actually filled with consciousness. While we understand the presence of our physical stuff and our ego, we have a harder time understanding our reductionistic self, the stuff that is reduced to the essence of energy. That’s what the soulful being of our consciousness is.

How do you define superconsciousness, and how does it help us experience healing and create miracles? It’s a trance state we can attain if we go deep within ourselves through meditation into the delta frequencies, and then visualize that we’re blending that higher realm of consciousness into the universe like a raindrop entering the ocean. By doing this, you arrive at the place where miracles exist.



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There’s nothing to create. It’s like being in a field of fruit. The abundance is there, you just have to go where the abundance is.

How can we develop and tap into our superconsciousness? My book has exercises at the end of each chapter. One of my favorites is looking into the pupils of your eyes in the mirror for 10 minutes straight, uninterrupted. In doing that, you will feel the essence of your presence. That is your superconsciousness.

Do we cause our own illnesses? I think we play a role in that process. Many people are cultivating ease and healing themselves. A lot of people are unconsciously cultivating “dis-ease”. Your choices are to be consciously proactive, which is healing, or unconsciously reactive, which is disease-producing. There are two possibilities related to the energy of consciousness: flow or resistance. When we’re in resistance, we can spend so much time in negative, reactive situations. The more negatively reactive we are, the less flow and the more resistance we encounter and produce. The more consciousness that we

It started the night I had a bad fall and was paralyzed on the bathroom floor for 14 hours. My spirit became really challenged and really elevated and engaged. It was time to take inventory and to confront myself about my quality of life. During that horrible process, that trauma, I made an unconditional commitment to write this book, make this film and do whatever I had to do to get my messages out there, which is the reason I was put on this planet. From there, I tapped into natural medicines and foods to help me recover. I’ve helped 60,000 people over the last 40 years, so I can help myself, you know? And I did.

What should more people realize about themselves? That they have far greater power and far greater access to remarkable outcomes than they are aware of. You’re born in this culture, automatically surrendering to the establishment. You surrender to the medical and pharmaceutical establishments. As a little kid, you get a sore throat, and your mom takes you to the doctor for antibiotics. There’s a lot of doctoring and not enough healing in the world. As I say in the film, compassion is the key. My patients come to me and they’re really heartbroken, sick and broken down, diseased. They’ve been so bottled up—so much depression, so much pain, so much suffering. The doctor makes it worse—doesn’t help anything. So I feel like we’re working at a very different, compassionate level for the patient to be whole, soulful, spiritual, emotionally tapped in. We strive to be concerned, to be loved and to both diagnose and treat at a high frequency. Sandra Yeyati, J.D., is a professional writer and editor. Reach her at August 2022


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Soothing Scents TOP EIGHT ESSENTIAL OILS FOR ANXIETY RELIEF by Karolyn Gazella and Natacha Montpellier

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ssential oils are highly concentrated compounds extracted from aromatic plants that are used in aromatherapy for a variety of conditions. These fragrant oils have been incorporated into wellness practices for thousands of years, and decades of research confirm their benefits, especially their effects on mental health and well-being. Breathing in essential oils, whether applied topically or inhaled when diffused in the air, has been shown to improve mood and mental wellness by triggering the release of calming neurochemicals such as gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the nerve centers of the brain. In particular, eight unique essential oils for anxiety have been explored in scientific literature.

The citrus essential oil bergamot (Citrus bergamia), taken either alone or with other oils, has been shown to help ease symptoms of anxiety and stress. A 2017 pilot study found that bergamot oil diffused into the air helped reduce anxiety and improve mental health and overall well-being in patients in the waiting room of a mental health treatment facility.

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2. CLARY SAGE The earthy, floral scent of clary sage (Salvia sclarea) may also help with anxiety. A 2013 study featuring women undergoing a stressful medical exam found that inhaling clary sage essential oil not only led to a subjective relaxation response, but also lowered blood pressure. Researchers noted a decreasing trend in salivary cortisol concentrations, a measure of stress; however,

it was not significantly different compared to a placebo. Nevertheless, the reduced pressure suggests that clary sage may have stress-lowering capabilities.

3. FRANKINCENSE Frankincense (Boswellia sacra) comes from the resin of the Boswellia tree and has a woody aroma. A 2011 study found that anxiety levels of women were decreased in the first stage of labor when a combination of frankincense and other calming oils were used topically.



Neroli oil comes from the Citrus aurantium plant and has been found to help with symptoms of stress and anxiety. In a 2014 randomized controlled trial involving menopausal women, inhalation of neroli essential oil both helped with menopausal symptoms and stress, but also lowered blood pressure, improved sexual desire and helped to balance cortisol and estrogen levels.

Often used in the fragrance industry, ylang ylang (Cananga odorata) has a slightly sweet and floral aroma. Research shows that inhaling the essential oil of ylang ylang may help reduce blood pressure and symptoms of depression and anxiety. Some of the methods for using essential oils include:


Lavender (Lavandula) oil has long been used topically and aromatically as a calming agent. Research has shown the benefit of inhaling lavender oil in a variety of anxiety-provoking medical scenarios, including cosmetic surgery, preoperative anxiety and postpartum anxiety. While most essential oils should not be taken orally, standardized lavender essential oil found in dietary supplement form has been shown to be safe and effective in easing anxiety when inhaled and taken orally.

5. LEMON BALM Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis L.) has been proven to have anxiolytic, mood-enhancing and cognitive-improving effects in a variety of human clinical trials. As a dietary supplement and inhaled as an essential oil, lemon balm may help reduce symptoms of stress and anxiety.

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7. ROSE As with most other essential oils, rose (Rosa) water has been used since ancient times to enhance health and healing, including mental health. A 2016 study involving hemodialysis patients found that inhaling rose water helped noticeably improve symptoms of anxiety. A 2019 randomized, controlled trial found that inhalation of both rose and neroli essential oils helped improve the psychological, physical and social symptoms associated with premenstrual syndrome.

n Added to bath water (six to 12 drops) n Spread through the air via a room diffuser (three to four drops) n Inhaled directly from a cotton pad or tissue (one to two drops) or from a bottle itself n As a massage fragrance by adding one to two drops per two tablespoons of massage oil or lotion n As a spray by adding 10 to 15 drops to a two-ounce spray bottle of distilled water n As a steam fragrance when adding one to two drops to a bowl of boiling water and inhaling with a towel placed over the head and bowl To learn more about using essential oils for anxiety, consider consulting with an integrative practitioner for further guidance, or visit Karolyn A. Gazella is the founder of the Natural Medicine Journal and the host of the Natural Medicine Journal podcast. Natacha Montpellier, ND, is a registered naturopathic doctor with the College of Naturopaths of Ontario whose clinical practice focuses on women’s hormonal and reproductive health. They are both associated with Fullscript, an online platform helping integrative practitioners provide personalized patient care and supplement information.







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Take a Silent Hike TIPS FOR WALKING MINDFULLY IN NATURE by Sheila Julson




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ilent hikes offer an opportunity to be immersed in nature and quiet the internal chatter that too often consumes our daily routine. Wesley Trimble, communications and creative director of the American Hiking Society, has observed a growing interest in ecotherapies such as silent hikes that meld solitude and mindfulness with outdoor recreation. “Just getting out into nature, no matter where you are, is a great way to enjoy its beauty and focus on the experience,” he says. When heading out on a silent hike or walk, in a group or alone, in a park or around the neighborhood, Trimble recommends taking long, deep, deliberate breaths. This allows the body to relax and focus on moving through space while being aware of sensory experiences. Acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton takes a quiet hike every day. The author of One Square Inch of Silence has traveled the globe for four decades in search of quiet, natural spaces in which to record ecological soundscapes such as crashing ocean waves or the snowy crickets of Washington State. “Opening up in a naturally quiet place in nature or the wilderness lets you become physically healthier, mentally clearer and more in touch with what you really want,” he says. Hempton suggests that a silent hike begin with listening, which for mammals is a primary way to gather information: “Any event creates a sound, and that sound carries information about that event.” When heading into a natural area, he recommends listening for the furthest sounds and focusing on the faintest ones. “Then listen to the whole place and notice what you feel. There’s nothing you need to say, but everything you need to hear.”

According to Hempton, it takes less time to enjoy the benefits of a silent hike than people might imagine. “Even five minutes can produce huge relief,” he says. “Don’t make it a stressful thing. Recognize how much time you have, give it that and notice how you feel.” Advice for silent wilderness experiences can be found at the website of Quiet Parks International (, a nonprofit that Hempton co-founded which is dedicated to preserving quiet in the wilderness.

Exercises to Quiet the Mind on a Silent Hike Author and nature educator Joseph Bharat Cornell affirms that silent hikes help instill a sense of vibrant calmness. He created an outdoor learning strategy named Flow Learning, which is highly recommended by the U.S. National Park Service. It incorporates playful experiences into wellness walks to lessen internal dialogue and sharpen intuitive perception. His book, Sharing Nature: Nature Awareness Activities for All Ages, includes activities like the Silent Sharing Walk. “Teams of three people walk along and don’t say anything, but look and enjoy together,” he explains. “When you see something intriguing, gently tap the others on the shoulder, point and look together, and then quietly move on.” The Trail of Beauty exercise encourages hikers to consider quotations like George Washington Carver’s “If you love it enough, anything will talk with you.” Participants explore trails to find something captivating that relates to the noteworthy words. Cornell advises to not use quotes that are too philosophical, because that can lead to internal dialogue that takes focus away from nature. Group hikers can use the Nature In Me exercise to develop points of awareness. After finding a captivating spot outdoors, participants sit down and rest their hands palms-down on their thighs, allowing awareness to flow from one observation to the next. Lightly press a finger on the leg for each noticeable observation—a passing cloud, chirping birds or the splash of a river otter. Cornell advises against slipping into passivity, because then the mind tends to wander. The Sound Map activity encourages hikers to take paper and pencil on a silent hike. “Close your eyes and cup your hands around both ears and listen for a sound,” Cornell explains. "Mark an X at the center of your paper to represent where you are. Then make a simple symbol to represent your sound and its location. This encourages people to listen and focus.” Trimble cautions that silent hikes can increase the chances of an animal encounter, so it’s important to remain aware of surroundings at all times. Silent hikes can also help wildlife. “One of the components of ‘leave no trace’ is the respect of wildlife,” he says. “Many studies show the impact of noise pollution on different types of ecosystems. Silent hikes let us enjoy nature without disturbing wildlife.” Sheila Julson is a freelance writer and regular contributor to Natural Awakenings magazines throughout the country.

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mong the many traits that dogs and humans share is the potential with aging for progressive cognitive decline, which canines can experience as early as 7 years of age. Clinical signs of cognitive decline appear in 50 percent of dogs over 11 and by the time they are 15, 68 percent display at least one sign. The five classic and easily observable indicators of cognitive decline in dogs are decreased attention to surroundings, disinterest and apathy; decreased purposeful activity; increased sleep during a 24-hour period; intermittent anxiety expressed through apprehension, panting, moaning or shivering; and loss of formerly acquired knowledge, including house training. Other symptoms include failure to respond to commands, difficulty hearing, inability to recognize familiar people and difficulty navigating their environment. Physical manifestations may show up as excessive licking, lack of grooming, fecal and urinary incontinence and loss of appetite.

Gum Disease Linked to Canine Cognitive Dysfunction

A connection has been established between Alzheimer’s disease and periodontal disease


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in humans, and a recent study has revealed a similar association between gum disease and canine cognitive dysfunction (CCD). By comparing dogs with CCD and a control group of healthy dogs, New York integrative veterinarian Curtis Dewey, of Elemental Pet Vets, and Mark Rishniw, of the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, found that older dogs with CCD tend to show higher levels of periodontal disease, and that the more severe the gum disease is, the more significant their cognitive decline. Based on these results, at-home and veterinary dental care may be very beneficial to reduce the risk of cognitive dysfunction and should be added to these CCD prevention steps. 1. Incorporate regular exercise, socialization and mental stimulation. While they can’t exert themselves with the same intensity as younger dogs, senior canines derive tremendous benefits from walks—especially unhurried “sniffaris”—and other age-appropriate physical activity and strengthening exercises. Short periods of play time with people and other pets in controlled situations can also help. Food puzzles and treat-release toys provide fun, mental stimulation, while brief training sessions refresh their memory or teach new skills. 2. Take them to twice-yearly wellness visits. Keep abreast of metabolic changes to catch disease early. Many Alzheimer’s patients have insulin resistance and persistent hyperglycemia, so keeping a dog’s A1c levels low and steady is important. 3. Optimize their nutrition. The best fuel for canine cognitive health is a combination of healthy fats—especially omega-3 fatty acids like sustainably sourced krill oil and medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil—and a variety of antioxidant-rich whole foods suitable for a carnivore, including high-quality

protein. Eliminate refined carbohydrates like sugar, grains, potatoes and legumes, as well as extruded diets (kibble) that contain toxic byproducts of the manufacturing process that are linked to neurodegenerative disease. 4. Improve memory with nutraceuticals. Because studies show that MCT in coconut oil can improve cognitive function in older dogs, add a quarter-teaspoon of coconut oil for every 10 pounds of body weight to food daily. Other supplements to consider are S-adenosylmethionine (SAMe), jellyfish extracts, glutathione, resveratrol (Japanese knotweed), lion’s mane mushroom, vinpocetine, phosphatidylserine, curcumin, ubiquinol, digestive enzymes and probiotics. 5. Reduce doggie stress. Senior dogs, especially those with dementia, often become disoriented. To help them remain stable and reduce anxiety, stick to a consistent daily routine, feeding and walking them on a set schedule. To control arthritis and degenerative joint disease, keep dogs active and at a healthy weight. Consider acupuncture, massage, chiropractic care, stretching and hydrotherapy (exercising in water). If a dog is experiencing incontinence because of age (and not caused by an underlying condition that should be addressed), provide them with more frequent potty trips outside or reintroduce them to a crate if they were cratetrained initially. Acupuncture may also help. If a dog has problems hearing or seeing, use odor cues like pet-friendly essential oils or pheromone products to help them find their way around. Also consider purchasing or building ramps if they’re having trouble getting into the car or up on the bed or a favorite chair. If they’re slipping or unsure on bare floors, add runners, yoga mats or area rugs. For sleep problems, try increasing their daytime activity level. Let the dog sleep in the bedroom to ease any anxiety that may be contributing to nighttime restlessness. Melatonin supplementation may help. Guide the precious pet with clear cues and easy-to-follow instructions, and when talking to them, use a quiet, calm and loving voice. Veterinarian Karen Shaw Becker, DVM, has spent her career empowering animal guardians to make knowledgeable decisions to extend the life and well-being of their animals. Visit

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 5 Gallery by Advanced Student Mediums - 7-9pm. On this night a number of our advanced student mediums will present a Spirit Messages Gallery, supported by two CMF Certified Mediums. Each attendee will have the opportunity to receive information from their spirit loved ones or guides, by the different styles of each student. Come and enjoy this informative evening. $15 donation is requested. No reservations needed. We are providing separated seating and masks are optional. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Drive, Suite 204, Sarasota, 941-266-8435,, Facebook is: CMF of Sarasota.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 7 Universal Service - 10:30am. with Rev. Tara Anne Muir, “Responding To Today’s Call.” We live in changing times. What is it asking of us. In person at Rising Tide and on Zoom. Go to Input: Meeting ID: 830 1791 6524 / Passcode: RTI2021. This weekly egalitarian service celebrates all of humanity’s religions on a single altar. Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd. Sarasota, RisingTideInternational. org. For info, Rev. Zan, 941-922-7839.

MONDAY, AUGUST 8 School of Awakened Living’s Professional Intuitive Healer Certification Program FREE Info Meeting at Wild Ginger Apothecary - 7-8pm. With Akasha Jen Smith, PhD (c) Discover how you can have an inspiring, soulful career making a difference in the world all while working for yourself in 9 months. Even if you’re not sure whether or not you’re intuitive, we teach methods just about anyone can do. Wake up excited to start your day and feeling good about the work you’re doing in the world. Are you ready to heal yourself and make a difference in people’s lives doing work that feeds your mind, body, soul and heart? If you’re getting a YES, take the next step and register for The Free Info Meeting at Location: Wild Ginger Apothecary 6557 Superior Avenue Sarasota, 941-312-5630.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10 Light Language Healing Circle - 7-9pm. At first you may not understand what is being said, but soon your heart will. Join Reiki Master and certified Reconnective Healer JoAnn Cooke to learn what this is all about, and how to activate this powerful energy. Light Language is the universal language of love, communicated via spoken word, song, dance, written symbol and other actions. It bypasses the logical brain, and is interpreted through the heart. Whether you are familiar with Light Language or this is new to you, this healing circle will benefit all. Each one will experience a light language healing communication. Come with an open heart and be prepared for a powerful transmission of healing to assist you where most needed. $20 donation requested. Attendance Limited to 6. Reservations 509-520-0377. We are providing separated seating and masks are optional. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Drive, Suite 204, Sarasota,, Facebook is: CMF of Sarasota. Sound Bath - 7pm. OM Singing Bowl Sound Baths help you reach a deepened state of meditation more easily, while being nurtured in a group energy that is rooted in unconditional love. Besides the enhanced meditation effects, your body will also


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absorb the beautiful, powerful crystalline vibrations of crystal singing bowls & other gentle sound therapy instruments, rich in harmonic overtones. With a professionally facilitated sound meditation by certified sound therapy practitioners, your mood can be lifted, and your ability to stay centered and at peace can improve! With renewed confidence, the day-to-day stresses can decrease, and your emotional weight can be lightened. The OM Shoppe, 4801 S. Tamiami Tr #5, Sarasota, 941-706-3257,

THURSDAY, AUGUST 11 Sherry Lord, An International Channel, Deep Trance Channel, Energy Healer and Emissary for Aeroth - by appointment, also Aug 12 & 13. Sherry connects with angels and guides, sees auras, and channels loved ones who have crossed over to the other side. Do you ever feel stuck, miss a loved one who has passed on, or are trying to make an important life decision? Sherry can help clarify your life’s path and direction; with the ultimate goal to empower and help you find your own inner wisdom including business and helping you on your spiritual path. Call for appointment, 734-564-6828. Spirit Speaks 411 W. Dearborn Street Englewood.

This weekly egalitarian service celebrates all of humanity’s religions on a single altar. Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd. Sarasota, RisingTideInternational. org. For info, Rev. Zan, 941-922-7839.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 18 ZENFUL Conversations Guest Speaker Dr. Eileen Borris - 1pm. Free-Via Zoom. Free yourself from anger, pain, and the past. Have you ever felt betrayed, hurt, or wronged? Are you struggling to get over a nasty divorce, the death of a loved one, a shattered friendship, or broken family ties? Join us for this Free Zoom conversation with Dr. Eileen R. Borris-Dunchunstang, an internationally known speaker on conflict resolution and trauma recovery. We’ll be discussing her new book Finding Forgiveness, which offers a remarkably sensitive yet powerful approach to healing your heart, lifting your spirit, and finding the power to love, grow, and forgive. This free conversation is open to the public, and we’ll be taking your questions. For more info call 941-830-3040. Sign up for the Zoom Link at Replay available for those unable to make the live Zoom event.



Sound Immersion Meditation with Sandra and Michael Katala - 6:30-7:30pm, and Sept 9th 6:307:30pm. Various sound techniques will be used to cleanse negative energies and create space to align the body on an emotional, physical, mental and spiritual levels. This meditation will be done off the floor and in the air! You will be cocooned in Aerial Hammocks for an ethereal experience. $25/pp. Palm Studio and Boutique, 441 W. Dearborn Street Englewood, 941-208-5568,


Double Pyramid Activation Workshop - 79pm. Lead by Robert Austin, you will lie under the Copper Frame Pyramids, infused with energy of large Stones of Selenite, Rose Quartz Sodalite and Crystals for ten to fifteen minutes. Tibetan Bowls will be played to experience the Sacred Geometry and Amazing Healing Energy, in a dream-like state of relaxation. Guests will share their observations of what they perceive, during this period. There will be two pyramids set up for this event. We are providing separated seating and masks are optional. $25 donation requested. Reservations please. Call or text Robert at 941-822-9046. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Drive, Suite 204, Sarasota,, Facebook is: CMF of Sarasota.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 13 High Tea for Ladies and Lads - 12-3pm. Join us for an afternoon of elegance. High Tea is a British tradition of gathering people for a light meal and tea. Ladies would traditionally dress in their finest with hats, flowered dresses, gloves to look their best. Gentlemen brought out their finest suits. We intend to re-enact this event at Palmers Nutritious You Plant Based Café. $32 ticket includes lunch, dessert and beverage. You will automatically be entered into exciting door prizes with the purchase of your ticket. Palmers Nutritious You Plant Based Café, 3501 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, 941-554-4528,

SUNDAY, AUGUST 14 Universal Service - 10:30am. with Rev. Parvati Karen Miki, “Ah Youth!” Celebration of our inner child and the children around us! In person at Rising Tide and on Zoom. Go to Input: Meeting ID: 830 1791 6524 / Passcode: RTI2021.

Spirit Fest: Metaphysical and Holistic Fair - 10am6pm Saturday & 10am-5:30pm Sunday. Enjoy 90 booths with vendors, practitioners, intuitive readers, artists, and demonstrations. Something for everyone. Speakers throughout both days on a variety of topics. Entrance fee $12. Children 12 & under free. Vendor opportunities still available. Visit Charlotte Harbor Event Center, 75 Taylor St., Punta Gorda. Spirit Fest: Metaphysical and Holistic Fair 10am-5:30pm. Enjoy 90 booths with vendors, practitioners, intuitive readers, artists, and demonstrations. Something for everyone. Speakers throughout both days on a variety of topics. Entrance fee $12. Children 12 & under free. Vendor opportunities still available. Visit Charlotte Harbor Event Center, 75 Taylor St., Punta Gorda. Universal Service - 10:30am. With Rev. Kismet Weeber. “Kindling The Soul” Thinking of God, enlivens the soul and fills it with Light. In person at Rising Tide, and on Zoom. Go to Input: Meeting ID: 830 1791 6524 / Passcode: RTI2021. This weekly egalitarian service celebrates all of humanity’s religions on a single altar. Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd. Sarasota, RisingTideInternational. org. For info, Rev. Zan, 941-922-7839.

MONDAY, AUGUST 22 Meet the Healing Angels of The Energy Field, Experiential Workshop - 11am-6pm. How do you live in peace when chaos is all around you? Come and learn how to open to the Angelic Realm and allow the Angel’s loving support to fill you with peace, joy and comfort. “Meet the Healing Angels of the Energy Field” is a workshop where we will connect with 9 Healing Angels through meditation. Often those who have never meditated before and think they cannot do this because they cannot see, feel or sense energy in any way, have very powerful connections with the Healing Angels. Angels are always around us but we need to invite them to help, guide, support and communicate with us as they cannot interfere with our own free will. Everyone from angel novice to expert can benefit from this class. Each student will receive a workbook to record their experience, or they can bring a journal if they prefer. Students should also bring a lunch that does not require heating up. The OM Shoppe, 4801 S. Tamiami Tr #5, Sarasota, 941706-3257,

FRIDAY, AUGUST 26 Floating Crystal Bowl Concert with Robert Austin - 6:30-7:30pm, and Sept 30th, 6:30-7:30pm. Stimulate and restore the harmony between the physical and spiritual planes of the body, while suspended in an Aerial Hammock. Crystal Bowl Energy healing through harmonic sounds and crystals resonates with the body balancing the chakras and re-energize the auric field. The powerful vibration of sound penetrates the body which consists of approximately 70% water and gives a gentle internal massage to all your cells. Let the positive vibrations of the bowls integrate into your body and let your spirit soar! $25/pp. Palm Studio and Boutique, 441 W. Dearborn Street Englewood, 941-208-5568, Opening to Your Own Light Language - 7-9pm. This brand-new no-pressure gathering by JoAnn Cooke is for fans of light language who are curious to explore expressing their own light language. Meet with like-minded others and comfortably experiment with your own unique light language communication. Experience activations to awaken the dormant light language within you, meditation and opportunities to share your personal language, spoken or otherwise. Previous experience with speaking light language not required. Please reserve your space at 509-520-0377. $20 donation requested. We are providing separated seating and masks are optional. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Drive, Suite 204, Sarasota,, Facebook is: CMF of Sarasota.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 27 Ascension Healing Conference - 10am-6pm, and Sun Aug 28th. Offering a pathway to healing and guidance which includes seminar workshops, intuitive readers, mediums, healers and artists to help you on your spiritual path. 2 full days of workshops, up to 10 hours. $45/day or $75/for both days to participate in all our healing and guidance seminars. $10 Admission for access to exhibitors without the seminars. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows BLDG G-2, Sarasota, 941-313-5704,, Double Pyramid Activation Workshop with Robert Austin - 7-9pm. This is an interactive workshop where individuals will be laying under a 7- and 9-foot Copper Pyramid infused with large Healing Stones, Selenite, Crystals and the Rods of Isis. Individuals will experience the Sacred Geometry and amazing Energy of the Pyramids. Experiences have been of a release, healing, deep relaxation and or traveling! Others will be sharing their observations of what is occurring within the Pyramid. $25/pp. Palm Studio and Boutique, 441 W. Dearborn Street Englewood, 941-208-5568, Six Sensory Immersive Healing Experience: By Resonance Holistic Wellness -6:30-8:30pm.New Moon. $35/pp. Call to reserve: 941-312-4334. Event held at Cypress Pillar Healing Arts, 1940 Northgate Suite B2.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 28 Ascension Healing Conference - 10am-6pm. Offering a pathway to healing and guidance which includes seminar workshops, intuitive readers, mediums, healers and artists to help you on your spiritual path. 2 full days of workshops, up to 10 hours. $45/ day or $75/for both days to participate in all our healing and guidance seminars. $10 Admission for access to exhibitors without the seminars. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows BLDG G-2, Sarasota, 941-313-5704, Suzanne@, Universal Service - 10:30am. With Rev. Zan Benham, “Heading Toward The Harvest Moon.” What is your harvest, big or small? What are you grateful

unto yourself? In person at Rising Tide and on Zoom. Go to Input: Meeting ID: 830 1791 6524 / Passcode: RTI2021. This weekly egalitarian service celebrates all of humanity’s religions on a single altar. Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd. Sarasota, For info, Rev. Zan, 941-922-7839. Sound Journey - 3pm. Besides having a guided imagery and hypnosis induction (performed by our certified clinical hypnotherapist), Sound Journeys at the OM are very intentionally composed to take you deep into an exploration of your inner world. A group of experienced sound therapy practitioners and professional musicians use various rhythmic and melodic elements designed to lower your brainwaves into a theta state and keep you in a light trance. Their musical expertise inspires a whole voyage of imagery and invites resolution as they bring you back to conscious waking reality. Each composition is based on ancient shamanic techniques that have been used for centuries and updated with the latest in mindbody and neuroscience research. With the powerful intention of unconditional love, guided imagery, and waves of sonic channeling, you will be gently entrained into a state of deep calm, setting the tone for the expansion of consciousness, and triggering the body’s relaxation response and self-healing capacity. The OM Shoppe, 4801 S. Tamiami Tr #5, Sarasota, 941-706-3257,

MONDAY, AUGUST 29 Singing Crystal Bowls for Personal Wellness Series 3-5pm. During each two-hour class you will receive instruction for 45 minutes and enjoy a deeply relaxing sound bath experience for the additional 20 minutes. This allows your subconscious mind to process all that you are learning and makes memory retention easier. You will receive teaching materials with each class and The OM Shoppe provides you the use of a Quartz Crystal Singing Bowl. You simply bring yourself and the rest is taken care of for you. We ask that you do not bring your personal singing bowl, this is so we can ensure a harmonic experience when practicing at The OM Shoppe. The OM Shoppe, 4801 S. Tamiami Tr #5, Sarasota, 941-706-3257,

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31 Crystal Bowl and Tuning Fork Healings - 7-9pm. By Caleb Snyder and James Holmes. While first relaxing in the group setting, the room is filled with healing energy and the calming sound waves from a

Crystal Bowl. Then one by one, individual healings will be focused on each participant with the tones from a tuning fork. Come to relax, and to be rejuvenated for the balance of your week. $20 donation is requested. We offer separated seating with masks optional. Reservations please with call or text to 941-499-6246 or 813-850-4596. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Drive, Suite 204, Sarasota,, Facebook is: CMF of Sarasota.

plan ahead SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 4 Universal Service - 10:30am. with Rev. Liana Salima Rael, “Labors Of Love.” The spiritual, emotional and physical labors for love and subsistence and finding the balance in it all. In person at Rising Tide and on Zoom. Go to Input: Meeting ID: 830 1791 6524 / Passcode: RTI2021. This weekly egalitarian service celebrates all of humanity’s religions on a single altar. Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd. Sarasota, For info, Rev. Zan, 941-922-7839.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 Sherry Lord International Channel, Deep Trance Channel, Energy Healer - 10am-6pm, Sept 7-9. An International Channel, Deep Trance Channel, Energy Healer and Emissary for Aeroth. Sherry connects with angels and guides, sees auras, and channels loved ones who have crossed over. Do you ever feel stuck, miss a loved one who has passed on, or are trying to make an important life decision? Sherry can help clarify your life’s path and direction; with the ultimate goal to empower and help you find your own inner wisdom including business and helping you on your spiritual path. Call to schedule your appointment. Spirit Speaks 411 W. Dearborn Street Englewood, 734-564-6828,

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 School of Awakened Living’s 9 Month Professional Intuitive Healer Certification Program at Wild Ginger Apothecary - Our kind, experienced teachers will walk you through each step of becoming an excellent intuitive healer. There’s much more to it than just learning how to read oracle cards or do Reiki. By the end of the 9 months, you’ll have everything you need to thrive. Go to to learn more now! Location: Wild Ginger Apothecary 6557 Superior Avenue Sarasota, 941-312-5630.

For Wellness Living, Joy & Empowerment Universal Service, Sun. August 28, 10:30am, Heading Toward The Harvest Moon at Rising Tide, 5102 Proctor Rd. and on Zoom: Password: RTI2021 Rev. Zan Benham (Butterfly Deerwoman) Private sessions: Counseling, Energy work, Reiki Master III, Teacher, Shamanism, Hypnosis, Past life Regression, Soul Retrieval, Oracle Card Readings, Ceremonialist, Intuitive and Visionary • • 941-922-7839 August 2022


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Sunday Morning Celebration Service, Zoom Live - 11am. Join us as we come together as a spiritual family and community, sharing our love and light for ourselves, for each other, and the world. Be a part of sharing the energy and illumination of our hearts and souls together through conversation, music, meditation, a talk and an affirmation. Sarasota Center of Light, 852 S Tuttle Ave. 941-953-6620, or after hours 727-492-2977,

OM Shamanic Sound Journeys with Resonance - 4th Sunday of every month. Sold out for over 2 years! You will experience a blend of, shamanic drumming, rhythm, crystal singing bowls, rattles, tuning forks, vocal toning, electric violin and more in a coordinated and orchestrated fashion to help improve participants well-being. Clinical Hypnotherapist Beth A Snyder begins your journey by gently inducing a hypnotic state. Then your journey into sound begins. Consider your intention now. Tickets: or call 941-706-3257. The OM Shoppe 4801 S. Tamiami Tr #5 Sarasota.

Reiki Training Levels 1, 2, and 3 - 12pm. These classes are dedicated to teaching you about the history and benefits of Reiki. You will open up to receive your Attunement, learn about sacred Reiki symbols and give Reiki sessions to other people. You must pre-register at to attend. Wild Ginger Apothecary 6557 Superior Avenue Sarasota, 941-312-5630.

Sunday Service at CMF - 10:30am. At each Sunday morning service, we are offering spiritual healing, an inspirational talk, messages from spirit, special music and an ever-important environment of fellowship. Leave refreshed and inspired to start the new week. We feature a variety of speakers and spirit message bearers throughout the year. We offer separated seating with masks optional. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Dr., Suite 204, Sarasota, 941-266-8435, CMFsarasota. org, Facebook: CMF of Sarasota.

“Health & Nutrition” - 10-11am. With Fred Harvey, MD of The Harvey Center for Integrative Medicine. Health & nutrition is a live call-in or email “Ask the Doc” health show from 10-11 on WMNF 88.5FM public radio Tampa. Email questions to

Sunday Sabbath Services - 10:30am. In person and on Zoom. Join our rotation of reverends every Sunday as we connect with our Family of Light. 1st Sunday - Open Heart Divine Healing Service with Rev. Sharon-Elizabeth (Baba Sharone). Through the Divine Names of God and conscious intention we create the Sacred Space to connect to the Healing Power of the Divine. Expect MIRACLES! 2nd Sunday - A Channeling of Dimensions of Love with Rev. Nancy Robinson. She will Uplift, Guide, Inspire, Heal and help promote Peace and Harmony in the Heart. 3rd Sunday - with Rev. Robin Richardson who will bring little known wisdom and answers from her vast knowledge of Ancient Wisdom from Ancient writings from all over the world. A new topic each Sunday. 4th Sunday - Ecstatic Kabbalah with Rev. Annie Eng - Anchored in Kabbalah Tree of Life Ceremony and Wisdom. This Service helps you align with the Higher Wisdom and Blessing that is available to all of us. Love Donation. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows - Bldg G-2, Sarasota, 941-371-9333,


Tai Chi - 1pm. With Reuben Fernandez. The main principle of tai chi is internal relaxation. Tai Chi is known as an internal martial art. The power and energy do not depend on muscle power, strength or speed, rather power comes from internal relaxation and release of Chi. In this class we will focus on developing a tai chi body, the basic warm up exercises, the Chen form, as well as Chi Gung for its health benefits. In person, $10/class. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows - Bldg G-2, Sarasota, 941-371-9333, Pub Theology - 6:30-8pm, the 2nd Mon. of the month. With Rev. Amy Zehe. Bring your Spiritual questions. We are meeting at the Olive Garden in the Landings. 941-955-3301,

Unity of Sarasota - 10:30am Sunday Celebration Service, meditation 10-10:15am. We are meeting in person and livestream at under the services tab. The Sunday Celebration service includes a message and lively music, 10:30-11:45am. Youth Ministry Program, 10:30-11:30am. 3023 Proctor Rd., Sarasota, 941-955-3301,

Anchoring Light Transmission Meditation - 6:45pm. With Baba Sharone. A call to all Lightworkers. The Anchoring Light Transmission Channeled Meditation has been a gathering point for Lightworkers and Planetary World Servers to come together and assist in the Ascension of our Planet and all Her life in cooperation with our expanded Family of Light. As Anchors of Light, we take our important role in the Spiritual Hierarchy to manifest the Divine Plan of Love, Light, Peace and Oneness to our planet. Participants who serve in anchoring this Celestial Radiant Light Energy from the Ascended Realms benefit from the wisdom, guidance and grace that flows from it which brings forth healing, peace and Accelerated Spiritual Growth. In Person and Online. Love Offering. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows - Bldg G-2, Sarasota, 941-371-9333,

Universal Service - 10:30am. Each Sunday with a rotation of Reverends. This is a weekly egalitarian service which celebrates all of humanity’s religions together on a single altar. It is a place where East meets West, offering opportunities for spiritual growth and sharing. At Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd. Sarasota, and on Zoom: 8049 Password: RTI2020.. RisingTideInternational. org, for info Rev. Zan, 941-922-7839.

Learning to Connect Classes at CMF - 7-9pm. Join Susan Houliston and/or experienced guest instructors every Monday & Tuesday to learn techniques for connecting with Spirit. Students are given the opportunity to practice lessons to develop their skills while exploring various modalities. $15 donation is requested. Please refer to the CMF website for the description of the programs offered for each weekly class. We offer


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separated seating with masks optional. Reservations needed, so call or text Susan at 941-266-1696. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Drive, Suite 204, Sarasota.

tuesday Restorative Stretching - 12:15pm. With Danielle Nance. Learn how to gently relax the muscles, loosen the joints, strengthen the tendons and ligaments, as well as fortify the bones. The goal of this special stretching technique is to move the Qi (life force energy), enhance circulation, and ease the body into a nourishing state of relaxation and wellbeing. In Person, $10/class. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows - Bldg G-2, Sarasota, 941-371-9333, Free Reiki Healing & Meditation Circle - 6:158:15pm. Join us at for an unforgettable Inspirational Meditative & Healing experience with 2 Reiki Masters: Victoria & Lorald (­40+ yrs of combined pro experience). Release stress & walk away energized. You’ll be glad you did! Love Offerings accepted. Must RSVP, text preferred: 702-482-3719.

wednesday Intuitive Tarot Reader Skye Samuel - 11am4pm, Wed thru Sat. Skye is a fourth generation Tarot Reader with over 35 years of practice. As an intuitive and clairvoyant reader, she opens the cards and gently guides people on their paths. She specializes in direct question answering for all matters of love, health, money and life. $30/60 min. Book at Wild Ginger Apothecary 6557 Superior Avenue Sarasota, 941-312-5630. Angel Ministries FREE Reiki Healing Clinic 4-6pm. Come and join us for a Free Reiki Energy Healing. Reiki is an energy healing technique that promotes relaxation, reduces stress and anxiety through gentle touch. Reiki practitioners use their hands to deliver energy to your body, improving the flow and balance of your energy to support healing. Love Offerings welcome. Angel Ministries, 2269 Tamiami S., Venice, 941-492-4995,, Enoch Study Group - 7pm. With Kim Converse. Join Enoch Study Group facilitator Kim Converse for the study of “Key 405 - We Are The Family” written by Dr. James Hurtak. With this teaching we begin to understand how we are part of a greater cosmic family that is multi-dimensional in reality and function. The book also speaks about how each soul is part of the family of God and we are now being introduced to our cosmic brothers and sisters as well as our inheritance as we realize planet earth is but a mere steppingstone to eternal life in the greater universe. Online Zoom only, $5/class. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows - Bldg G-2, Sarasota, 941-371-9333, Intuitive Practice Circle - 7pm.Come join our new weekly group for those interested in deepening their psychic abilities, healing gifts and are looking for practice space. Topics may include Card Divination/ Tarot/Oracle, Pendulums, Chakras, Clair Senses, Dreams, Astral Traveling, Numerology, Psychometry, Channeling, Past Lives, Guardian Angels,

Auto-writing, and more. You must pre-register at to attend. Visit us at Wild Ginger Apothecary 6557 Superior Avenue Sarasota, 941-312-5630. OM Crystalline Vibrational Immersion - 7pm, every 2nd Wednesday of the month. Join us for this beautiful form of deepened relaxation! The OM Shoppe professional Sound Therapy Practitioners bring you these beautiful multi-instrumental sound baths to guide you into a deepened place of stillness and peace. Discover the magical way that sound can help ease you into a meditative state, and heightened mind-body awareness! Tickets: or call 941-706-3257. The OM Shoppe 4801 S. Tamiami Tr #5 Sarasota. Unity of Sarasota - 7pm. Music and inspiration in person and Livestream at under the services tab. 3023 Proctor Rd., 941-955-3301,

ibility. Breathing techniques and meditation is also integrated. Each class will end with an extended period of relaxation. No experience or flexibility required. In Person, $10/class. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows - Bldg G-2, Sarasota, 941-371-9333, A Course in Miracles – 7pm. With Rev Nancy Robinson. A Course in Miracles, scribed by Dr Helen Schucman with Dr Bill Thetford in the 1970s. It is a study program of spiritual psychotherapy designed to awaken in us the truth of our oneness with God and Love. Through the course one learns how the practice of forgiveness assists in releasing elements of the past with a willingness to follow higher guidance, cultivating a miracle-mindedness. Schucman is said to have received the material through ‘inner dictation’ from Christ. Online Zoom only, $10.Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows - Bldg G-2, Sarasota, 941-371-9333,

Healing, Intention and Meditation Zoom Live 7:30pm (new time). Join us for a time of healing, connection and meditation. Let us all come together and experience the energy and inspiration that can make such a powerful difference in our individual lives. Sarasota Center of Light, 852 S Tuttle Ave. 941-953-6620, or after hours 727-492-2977,

Angel Healing Meditation - 7pm. Come experience this unique, relaxing meditation infused with grounding, visualization techniques, and connecting with the Seraphim and Archangel energy. This ancient, high vibrational energy amplifies your meditation experience and is deeply soothing. Biweekly, $20/pp. You must pre-register at to attend. Visit us at Wild Ginger Apothecary 6557 Superior Avenue Sarasota, 941-312-5630.


Bentley’s House Pet Loss Support Group - 7-8pm, third Thurs of the month. Meeting in person at Fellowship Hall. Facilitated by Rev. Amy Zehe. 3023 Proctor Rd., 941-955-3301.

A Course in Miracles (ACIM) - 6-7:30pm. Caroline and George Robertie. To register email Caroline. 3023 Proctor Rd., Sarasota, 941-955-3301, Gentle Flow Yoga - 6:45pm. With Stephanie Jarvis. Join Stefanie RYT 200 for a Gentle Flow Yoga class geared specifically for those new to yoga or those who are interested in a gentle practice. This class incorporates simple flowing sequences to warm up the body, as well as slower paced movements focusing on alignment, strength, balance, and flex-

friday First Friday Nights - Kirtan with Cheryl Chaffee - 7-8:30pm, First Friday of the month at Fellowship Hall. Facilitated by Cheryl and Tim Chaffee. 3023 Proctor Rd., 941-955-3301.

saturday Sarasota Farmers Market - 7am-1pm. Rain or shine. Established in 1979, the market continues its tradition of serving the community with local produce, plants, prepared foods and artisans. They currently have a full market that includes 70 vendors and 5,000 sq ft of produce and plants. 1 N Lemon Ave., Sarasota, Bradenton Farmers’ Market - 9am-2pm. Over thirty-five vendors offering locally grown fruits, vegetables, plants, organic products, fresh seafood, prepared foods, as well as the local artists, craftspeople and musicians. 400 12th St., W. Bradenton, 941-301-8445. Sound Healing Meditation - 5pm. Sound bowls have a centuries-old tradition throughout Asia to awaken and refresh those in sacred spaces. You will feel the vibrations move throughout your body, allowing conscious and unconscious information to come to you. Wild Ginger Apothecary 6557 Superior Avenue Sarasota, 941-312-5630,

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community resource guide



6557 Superior Avenue (Gulf Gate Shopping Village), Sarasota 941-312-5630

Community for health + wellness. Offering hemp CBD, health remedies, metaphysical gifts and tools, crystals, cards, essential oils, jewelry and more! Classes and drop-in tarot and psychic readers daily. Open Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, closed Sun.


Board Certified Acupuncture Physician The Integrated Path, P.A. 2801 Fruitville Rd.Suite 135, Sarasota 941-924-8833 •

The Integrated Path to Health and Wellness for the whole family utilizing Traditional Chinese Medicine,Acupuncture, Energetic Medicine, Bloodwork Analysis,Clinical Nutrition Assessments and ZYTO Elite to restore balance. Over 30 years of clinical experience!


Dr. Christina Captain, DAOM Nationally Board Certified Dipl.Ac Complimentary Meet & Greet The Medical Complex 2650 Bahia Vista Street, Suite 101, Sarasota, 941-951-1119 •

Family Healing Center, an integrative wellness practice. Addressing all health issues we will find the key to unlock your highest level of health and wellness. Complimentary Meet & Greet

Unique muscle-tightening acupuncture facelift and necklift done with 12 hair-thin needles, none of which are on the face. Results documented photographically. Only one maintenance treatment needed every 18 months. Free consultation includes facial analysis. Monthly seminars, call for schedule.

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Spiritual Miracles Intentional Living Education Michelle Marie Angel

THREE NEW BOOKS!!! Live Love: Master Vision and Vibration to Create A Better World, Forever Free: Soul Liberation with the Holy Spirit of Truth, It IS A New World After All: Poetry and Prose to Inspire A New World Vision. These book provide high vibrational messages to inspire each soul on the path to higher consciousness. Visit Smile4Love. com for books, messages, videos, and event announcements.


Professional care with a personal focus. Feel better through proper alignment, and get back to work and play! See our website for more information.




Residual Strain Therapy Eric Winder DC Offices in Sarasota and Venice, FL 941-957-8390 •

ACUPUNCTURE FACELIFT Anna L. Baker, D.O.M. Nationally Board Certified Acupuncture Physician 941-924-2723 •



Fusion Therapy 7069 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota 941-921-7900 •

Terry Schibler has 30 years experience in advanced bodywork. He has a singular ability to trace, recognize and treat complex pain patterns through numerous modalities such as CranioSacral Therapy, Lymphatic Drainage, Visceral and Fascial manipulation. Terry’s hands-on work is effective for a wide range of problems associated with pain and dysfunction such as Migraines, Chronic neck/back pain, Concussions, TMJ, Post-surgical dysfunction...and more.


HEALING ROOM, ENERGY HEALING, BIOFEEDBACK STRESS MANAGEMENT, PEMF Treatments to balance over a thousand conditions! Infrared Inversion, Sound Immersion with the Singing Bowls 718-791-3797 •

Energy Healing helps the body with a long list of conditions, aches, pains and imbalances. Biofeedback Scanning locates the imbalances and it also corrects them. PEMF (Pulsed Magnetic Field Therapy) re-energizes damaged cells, it is a powerful tool to MANAGE PAIN! 941-586-9539,

RESONANCE HOLISTIC WELLNESS 3148 Southgate Circle, Suite 8, Sarasota 941-312-4334

37 years of combined experience in Holistic Wellness. Specializing in Research-Based Energy modalities, comprehensive sessions & focalized services, using FDA approved devices. 20 modalities to choose. PEMF, VibroAcoustics, Voice Analysis, Scalar Wave Therapy, Brainwave Entrainment, etc.


Lessons for Children (ABM), Adults, Classes, Prof Seminars Bonnie Kissam, M.A., Feldenkrais® Practitioner, LMT, CE Provider 941-360-2248

The Feldenkrais® Approach , ‘Movement with Attention’, helps one ‘sense easier, improved posture and ways of moving. Clients optimize their musical, athletic or everyday activities through heightened ‘awareness’. They find unique ways to recover from injury, surgeries or illness. Call for appointments, classes or for weekend TOUCH TO INFORM seminars 941-360-2248 ,


Laura Weber Garrison, PhD 8051 N Tamiami Trail, Suite F2, Sarasota 941-260-2941

Holistic health therapist and counselor specializing in trauma. Board-certified Drugless Practitioner. Integrative clinical hypnotherapy, yoga-based and somatic therapeutics. Private sessions, groups.

KORMAN RELIEF & WELLNESS CENTER Laura Korman, DC, DACBN Chiropractor, Diplomate in Nutrition 16954 Toledo Blade Blvd, Port Charlotte 941-629-6700 •

Dr. Korman specializes in helping peri-menopausal women eliminate pain, fatigue and unwanted belly fat through functional medicine, lifestyle strategies and regenerative therapies so they can reclaim their vitality and stay engaged in the life they love. We offer PEMF (Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy), Class IV Deep Tissue Laser, Near & Far Infrared Sauna, Decompression Therapies, Whole Body Vibration and carry a professional line of supplementation.


Caroline Crawford Messages from the spirit world with clarity and compassion. 941-402-9595 •

Highly gifted British Medium and Master Healer, Caroline channels messages of healing to comfort, inspire and empower you from your loved ones and her team of Angelic beings. Receive guidance & insight into your life now and your future career, relationships, health and spiritual path with renewed confidence and optimism. Touching hearts for over four decades, Caroline is currently based in Sarasota. By appointment only, in person, by phone or zoom.


ORGANIC SALON HAIR & EARTH ORGANIC SALON 200 Central Ave, Suite 18, Sarasota 941-284-9563

Erinn offers Sarasota excellence in conscious haircare. Cuts, color, highlights, smoothing treatments and more. Metaphysical gifts too! Kevin Murphy color line as well as retail products available. Comfortable, private space for calm, creative collaboration. Call or text Erinn Earth for an appointment or consultation. Or schedule online at:


Dr. David Cifra, DC Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Specialist Office: 941-358-2224 • Cell: 315-345-7390

Medical Breakthrough Technology! Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Specialist, Dr.David Cifra,DC. Advanced procedure for patients who have back and neck pain and want to avoid narcotics, epidural injections, and unnecessary surgeries. Over 90% effective. No pain, No drugs, No surgery, NO Injections. Call today 941-358-2224. FREE CONSULTATION.


at Wild Ginger Apothecary 6557 Superior Avenue (Gulf Gate Shopping Village), Sarasota 941-312-5630

classifieds HOUSECLEANING. Enjoy your free time and let us do what we do best: Housecleaning to your healthy satisfaction. Call Paula for a free estimate 941-320-4052. SPIRITUAL HEALING. Trauma Clearing Healer, with over 30 years’ experience, will telepathically help you permanently clear your traumas, all by phone. Cost, $60/hour (average session). Guaranteed results. No payment for no results. Free consultation. 407-850-9411


Natural & Holistic Premium Pet Foods 3558 Webber Street, Sarasota 941-925-4376

Offering full lines of veterinary diets, raw and frozen diets, dog, cat and bird supplies. Huge selection of toys, treats, flea and tick products, collars and more. Certified veterinary nutritional consultant on staff. We ship and pets always welcome!


Spiritual counselor, shamanic practitioner, Reiki healing, breath, and energy work, hypnosis, soul retrieval, past life regression all to empower and help you move into the Divine flow of the joy and power within you.

Fourth-generation Psychic Intuitive Tarot Reader, Skye Samuel, is now available full time for readings Tuesday-Saturday at metaphysical and health boutique, Wild Ginger Apothecary. Skye has over 35 years’ experience and specializes in direct question answering for all matters of love, health, money, and life. In-person, virtual video or phone available. Book online or drop-in Mon-Sat 10AM-5PM. Numerous other readers also available throughout week.


801 S Tamiami Trail, Nokomis, FL 941-412-4334 •

Cafe Evergreen is a natural, organic restaurant. Our menu consists of many organic recipes designed to not only taste delicious, but also enhance your health. Open 7 days a week 11am-9pm.

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852 S Tuttle Ave, Sarasota 941-953-6620 •

Experience the peaceful energy, love and light of our metaphysical spiritual community. Join us for the inspiration, healing and connection to Spirit in our services, classes and social gatherings.



Certified Clinical Thermographer 2008. Prevention is better than early detection. Knowledge is power: Know your risk factors to make corrections and avoid developing pathology. Call for location convenient for you.

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Rev. Victoria Stitzer, CHT, Master of NLP, EFT Reiki Master/Teacher, Pranic & Thetahealer 30+ years of pro experience 702-482-3719

Spiritual Counseling, Guided Imagery, Past Life Regressions, Mental Te l e p a t h y, DNA Activation, Customized Ayurvedic Nutritional Programs, Chinese Cupping for Pain Relief.Stateof-the-Art Mind-Body Technology, Far-infrared Sauna w/o EMF emission, Virtual Vacations using Mind Machine, Complete Bioscan of 700+ Body Meridians with Precise Frequency Corrections, Zero Gravity Massage, Lazer Far-Infrared Foot Detox with pH balancing.


WILD GINGER APOTHECARY 6557 Superior Avenue (Gulf Gate Shopping Village), Sarasota 941-312-5630

Community for health + wellness. Offering hemp CBD, bulk herbs, remedies, sage, gifts, cards, metaphysical tools, essential oils, jewelry and more! Classes and drop-in psychic readers daily. Open MonSat 10am-5pm, closed Sun.


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Nature’s Virus Killer Copper can stop a virus before it starts


By Doug Cornell

cientists have discovered a with a tip to fit in the bottom of the natural way to kill germs fast. nostril, where viruses collect. Now thousands of people When he felt a tickle in his nose are using it against viruses and bacteria like a cold about to start, he rubbed that cause illness. the copper gently in his nose for 60 Colds and seconds. many other “It illnesses start worked!” he when viruses exclaimed. get in your “The cold nose and never multiply. If happened. you don’t stop I used to them early, get 2-3 bad they spread colds every and cause year. Now New research: Copper kills viruses in seconds. misery. I use my Hundreds of studies confirm copper device whenever I feel a sign I am about kills viruses and bacteria almost to get sick.” instantly just by touch. He hasn’t had a cold in 10 years. That’s why ancient Greeks and Users say: Egyptians used copper to purify water “It works! I love it!” and heal wounds. They didn’t know “I can’t believe how good my nose about viruses and bacteria, but now we feels.” do. “Is it supposed to work that fast?” “The antimicrobial activity of copper “One of the best presents ever.” is well established.” National Institutes “Sixteen flights, not a sniffle!” of Health. Scientists say copper’s high “Cold sores gone!” conductance disrupts the electrical “It saved me last holidays. The kids balance in a microbe cell and destroys it all got sick, but not me.” in seconds. “I am shocked! My sinus cleared, The EPA recommended hospitals use no more headache, no more copper for touch surfaces like faucets congestion.” and doorknobs. This cut the spread of “Best sleep I’ve had in years!” MRSA and other illnesses by over half, and saved lives. After his first success with it, he The strong scientific evidence asked relatives and friends to try it. gave inventor Doug Cornell an idea. They all said it worked, so he patented He made a smooth copper probe CopperZap® and put it on the market. ADVERTORIAL

Soon hundreds of people had tried it. 99% said copper worked if they used it right away at the first sign of germs, like a tickle in the nose or a scratchy throat. Longtime users say they haven’t been sick in years. They have less stress, less medical costs, and more time to enjoy life. Customers report using copper against: Colds Flu Virus variants Sinus trouble Cold sores Fever blisters Canker sores Strep Night stuffiness Morning congestion Skin infections Infected sores Infected wounds Styes Ringworm Other microbial threats

The handle is curved and textured to increase contact. Copper can kill germs picked up on fingers and hands after you touch things other people have touched. The EPA says copper works just as well when tarnished. Dr. Bill Keevil led one of the science teams. He placed millions of viruses on a copper surface. “They started to die literally as soon as they touched it.” CopperZap® is made in the USA of pure copper. It has a 90-day full money back guarantee. Price $79.95. Get $10 off each CopperZap with code NATA29. Go to or call tollfree 1-888-411-6114. Buy once, use forever. Statements are not intended as product health claims and have not been evaluated by the FDA. Not claimed to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.