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ur May issue is always a significant one here at Natural Awakenings because it marks the arrival of Women’s Health Month. From reproductive wellness to parenting dynamics to mental health resilience and more, we are turning our attention to all the various components that influence women’s quality of life. The more you know, the more primed you will be to make informed, intentional decisions about your own well-being (and if you’re not a woman, be sure to pass this issue along to the women you care about). Now let’s dive right in! As usual, we are starting with the feature article, and this month’s iteration is not to be missed. We know mothers are real-life superheroes, and our “Resilient Mothering” feature is all about showering moms with the appreciation and acknowledgement they deserve. As a result of this pandemic, mothers have been forced to reimagine what it means to be a parent, friend, employee and partner, while still carving out time for their own self-care. This balancing act has caused nearly 70 percent of mothers to experience an increase in stress, worry or other negative mental health outcomes. But in the midst of these challenges, moms have also summoned the resilience to create new priorities, manage both home and job commitments, keep their families safe, and celebrate pockets of gratitude. They are undeniable inspirations. Women have such miraculous bodies with the strength to deliver new life, the fortitude to balance a plate full of responsibilities, and the vitality to continue putting one foot in front of the other. It’s important to nourish that beautiful body with the fuel it needs to perform those incredible feats—but beyond nourishment itself, the timing of meals also plays a role in health and wellness. This month’s “Conscious Eating” article delves into the basics of how to time out your eating habits with a technique called intermittent fasting. Once mostly a religious practice, intermittent fasting has become a more ubiquitous trend in recent years. Whether you practice intermittent fasting for several hours or even days at a time, this strategy improves metabolic function, cholesterol markers and insulin levels. Not to mention, it can be used in conjunction with numerous dietary plans, from vegan to paleo to keto and more. Women are the backbone of their families, but no two nuclear unit is alike, and some are restructured from previous unions to blend together and create a new step-family. One in six children live within this complex dynamic, so it’s crucial to maintain a safe, secure environment where they can adapt—and ultimately, thrive. This month’s “Healthy Kids” article pulls back the curtain on how to build a successful step-family with practical, actionable guidance. For example, both partners must work as a team to establish clear disciplinary roles and parenting boundaries with their own biological children, while at the same time, facilitating activities and traditions for everyone to participate in together. Hold space for conversations, prioritize family meals, plan weekend outings, determine how to celebrate holidays or special events. Make the transition as smooth as possible to create a harmonious, stable home. We are so honored to embark on this Women’s Health Month with you. The importance of nourishing women’s physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellness cannot be overstated, so whether you are a women or there are special women in your life, we hope this issue will enlighten, inspire, refresh and nurture you from the inside out. We’re also continuing the crossword puzzle challenge this month—look for clues in each article, then head on over to to check your answers. That’s all for now, see you back here in June!

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The Stress Relief You Need at Resonance Holistic Wellness

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veryone feels stress, but the current state of world affairs has led to a dramatic increase in stress, along with corresponding physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellness issues. In response to this, the practitioners at Resonance Holistic Wellness have developed a stress relief protocol which combines the health benefits of Pulsed Electromagnetic Frequency, Brainwave Entrainment, Vibroacoustic Therapy, Infrared Therapy, Grounding Therapy and Crystal Therapy. Both 30-and 60-minute sessions are available.

ave you always wanted to learn how to play the piano? Or maybe you played as a child and want to return to it as an adult? Perhaps you sing and want to be able to accompany yourself on the piano while you sing. Or maybe you want to learn to read music and discover how the elements of music fit together to form the sounds we play and hear. Jennifer Loftus teaches private piano lessons in Northport, having recently moved to Southwest Florida from Maui. She specializes in helping you access the musician inside of you. During lessons, you will play on a grand piano in her beautiful studio to explore your creativity, stimulate your brain and elevate your spirit. She is currently accepting new students.

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Welcome to the Silesian Holistic Center of Sarasota


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ere at the Silesian Holistic Center, we believe that balance and natural wellness promote healing, relieve pain and help to induce homeostasis. The cornerstone of the remedies we provide is called Hirudo-Therapy, better known as leech therapy. These medicinal leeches work to rectify specific disorders through healing and detoxification in the body. The human body can be sick only when it is either born with defects or it is poisoned with food preservatives and industrial chemicals, which masquerade as household cleaners, cosmetic products or pharmaceutical drugs. These contaminants are common and unmeasured in the modern environment. Our philosophy is that whole-body health can be achieved through natural cleansing and detoxification. By unlocking our natural ability to self-heal, the body will restore its natural homeostasis once toxins are removed. To help accomplish this, we use leech therapy in various methods—the comprehensive body detoxifications, spine communication restoration, energy chakras restoration, organic face lifts and leeches per ailments. This constitutes local leech application, while adhering to established protocols. The dysfunctions treated with this method are sciatica, sinus infection, high blood pressure, migraines, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, infections, bruises, PMS or fertility issues, and arthritis or joint problems, along with many other conditions. Of course, Leech Therapy is not a panacea for all diseases, but it can and will significantly help with a variety of ailments. Leeches are used all over the world, including the United States. For much more information, we encourage you to visit our website or simply call the Silesian Holistic Center for a free consultation. Location: 1903 Northgate Blvd., Sarasota. For a free consultation call 646-460-4212, email or visit


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t Professional Supplement Center, we know that stress can leave you feeling tired, flat and unproductive. These daytime symptoms are often caused by imbalances in brain messengers like dopamine, norepinephrine and epinephrine (adrenaline). This group of brain messengers, or neurotransmitters, are responsible for many functions in the body, and are critical for energy, mood, memory and attention. The amino acid L-tyrosine can nutritionally support anyone who feels stressed or depleted. This amino acid is the key building block to naturally produce more of those crucial brain messengers.* Vitamins C and B6 also help to efficiently transform L-tyrosine into the neurotransmitters dopamine and norepinephrine.* Along with vitamin C and activated B6, AttenTrex by Neuroscience features 250mg of L-tyrosine per serving to boost the energy levels you need.* This berry flavored chewable supplement is vegetarian, free of both gluten and artificial sugars, and comes with age-specific doses, starting at 4 years old. This daytime chewable supplement is designed to spark attention and vitality for the whole family.* Stop by Professional Supplement Center for a free sample and, while you’re here, check out the variety of other professional brands we offer. You’ll find options such as Neuroscience, Wiley’s Finest Fish Oil, Pure Encapsulations, Designs For Health, Xymogen, Apex Energetics and Douglas Labs, to name just a few. For the month of May, get 15% off your entire purchase (manufacturer’s restrictions apply, in-store only, ends May 31, 2022). *These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This product is not intended for the diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any disease.

Anti-Aging Seminars on Zoom with Dr. Anna


r. Anna Baker, DOM, invites you to join her interactive anti-aging seminars via Zoom on May 11 and 20, both at 1:30 p.m. She will discuss her Faces by Dr. Anna acupuncture facelift and muscle retightening Pearl Cream by Dr. Anna. Please contact the Pearl Cream by Dr. Anna store to access the meeting ID number. Dr. Anna performs a unique type of acupuncture facelift that she invented. The muscles of the face and neck are progressively retightened to retrace the steps that aging took. An initial package of 10 treatments is required, and the results last for 18 months before a one-treatment touchup is required to maintain the lift. COVID-19 safety protocols include treatment rooms with special air filtration systems that pull patients’ breath droplets out the window. In this seminar, Dr. Anna will show photographed results on people of all ages, as well as discuss her proprietary Pearl Cream by Dr Anna, which offers the same muscle retightening as her acupuncture facelift in a slower, more gradual process. This anti-aging serum is made from real pearls and Chinese herbs without any preservatives. Pearl Cream by Dr. Anna is also available as a muscle tightening body lotion, men’s anti-aging line and sports performance line. Location: 2721 Mall Dr., Sarasota. Temporary COVID-19 store hours: Monday–Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. To access the meeting ID, call 941-921-2662. For more information, visit and




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Celebrate the Last Quarter at the Meadows Farmer’s Market

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Start Your Sound Healing Journey at The OM Shoppe & Spa


fter hearing a singing bowl or experiencing a sound bath for the first time, many people find themselves fascinated, captivated by the experience and eager to learn more. Here at The OM Shoppe & Spa, we know that feeling—which is why we offer in person and online courses in sound healing on a regular basis. This past month, The Sound Healing Academy’s Natalie Brown returned to The OM Shoppe & Spa. During her visit, she taught two immersive workshops to students enrolled in the following courses: • •

Level I Foundations of Sound Healing (five-day workshop, certificate course) Level II Sound Healing for Working with Clients (five-day workshop, diploma course)

Both these courses (as well as others we offer) empower students to discover and develop their relationship with Himalayan and crystal singing bowls, tuning forks, drums and gongs, as well as their own voices. Brown gave students personalized mentorship and structured coursework to enhance and share their sound healing skills. “By journeying into sound and holistic healing, I have discovered a rich and powerful tool to help others and I hope to share this knowledge, empower individuals and the community,” she explains. The OM Shoppe & Spa is here to support you wherever you are on this sound journey. For more information, call 941-706-3257 or visit


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he new Meadows Farmer’s Market is located in The Meadows, a sprawling community in northeast Sarasota with thousands of residents and 14 miles of recreational trails. The perfect setting for a day outing on a Sunday afternoon. “Our motto is to feed your mind, body and soul,” says Ashley Millington, one of the market’s co-founders and co-creator of CMC Inc. Wellness, a health center located in The Meadows’ shopping village. CMC Inc Wellness is the premier sponsor of the market to bring this whole community together. The market launched in early October 2021 and operates from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Sunday. This market is seasonal and closed for the summer, making June 19 the last market of the season. It will reopen October 3. In the meantime, please mark your calendar for our upcoming holiday events over these next few months. On May 8, we will host a special Mother’s Day Market, and on May 30, we will host a Memorial Day Market. In addition, June 19 will be our end of season party. With more than 50 vendors, the market has drawn hundreds of visitors each weekend. We also offer live music, art, games and wellness activities. Customers love our fresh local produce, prepared foods, flowers, artisan goods and other local retail products. Food trucks are also onsite to fix you a quick lunch. Don’t miss our holiday markets each month with one of a kind experiences for the whole family, from interactive workshops to costumed characters. Location: 5041 Ringwood Meadow, Building G, Sarasota. For more information, call 941-315-7773, visit, or follow us on Facebook and Instagram. Holiday Events May 8th- Mother’s Day Market, May 30th- Memorial Day Market, June 19th - Hello Summer- End of the Season Party, Oct 2nd - Back open for 2nd season!

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Avoid Living Near a Fracking Facility The 17.6 million Americans living within one kilometer of one of the country’s 100,000 hydraulic fracturing (fracking) facilities face a higher risk of heart problems, cancer and respiratory disease, recent research suggests. In the latest study from Harvard, statisticians found that living near or downwind from a fracking site contributes to earlier death among elderly people. Combining the Medicare records of 15 million people over age 65 with zip codes of fracking wells, they found that the closer to the wells people lived, the greater their risk of premature mortality. Those that lived closest had a statistically significant elevated mortality risk (2.5 percent higher) compared with those that didn’t live close by, and those living downwind faced a higher risk of premature death than those upwind. The results suggest that airborne contaminants emitted by the wells are contributing to the increased mortality, the researchers write.

Eat Prunes and Anti-Inflammatory Food to Reduce Bone Loss and Fragility A popular staple since ancient times, prunes have long been esteemed for their culinary, nutritional and medicinal purposes, and a new review of research has found that they can also help counter the bone loss linked to fragility in postmenopausal women. After reviewing 28 studies, Penn State University researchers reported in the journal Advances in Nutrition that eating five to 10 prunes each day can help prevent or delay bone loss, lowering the risk of fractures. In one study, women that ate 100 grams of prunes (about 10) per day for one year experienced improved bone mineral density in their forearms and lower spines. In another study, eating five to 10 prunes a day for six months was shown to prevent bone density loss and decrease TRAP-5b, a boneloss marker. The nutritional benefits of prunes, including minerals, vitamin K, phenolic compounds and dietary fiber, may reduce the inflammation and oxidative stress that contribute to bone loss, said the authors. In a separate study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Harvard Medical School researchers that studied 1,700 older adults for 12 years found that those that ate a highly pro-inflammatory diet rich in simple carbohydrates and saturated fats were more than twice as likely to develop fragility—increasing the risk of falls, hospitalization and death—as those eating the least amount of those sweet, fatty foods.

Try Tai Chi to Boost Neurological Health With its slow, rhythmic, controlled movements and synchronized, deep breathing, the ancient Chinese practice of tai chi has been shown to improve balance, reduce falls and enhance the quality of life for people with neurological challenges such as strokes, Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis. A meta-review of 24 studies by researchers at the University of North Texas Health Science Center concluded that tai chi may be able to reduce pro-inflammatory contributors to cellular activity, increase anti-inflammatory cytokines that help regulate immune response, decrease oxidative stress factors and increase neurotrophic factors regulating neural health. Researchers pointed to its “potential effectiveness in neurorehabilitation,” which aims to improve the functions and well-being of people with diseases, trauma or disorders of the nervous system. May 2022


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Dealing with Infertility? GIVE ACUPUNCTURE A TRY. Q&A with Dr. Christina Captain by Mary-Elizabeth Meagher In honor of Women’s Health Month, I have asked Dr. Christina Captain, DAOM and owner of Sarasota Center for Acupuncture and Nutrition, to share her wealth of knowledge on how this natural modality just might be the solution you’ve been looking for to combat infertility and achieve your dream of motherhood.


n the United States alone, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that one in five women experience infertility, and another one in four women suffer complications that result in miscarriage. These statistics can feel overwhelming to those who want to be parents but find it a challenge to conceive or sustain a full-term pregnancy. Of course, there are conventional medicine options that seek to help with infertility, such as in vitro fertilization (IVF). But these treatments can cost upwards of $12,000, and the results are not always effective. What you might not know, however, is that a holistic alternative to artificial insemination exists. Not only is this treatment less invasive, but with patience and consistency, it can be quite successful. Believe it or not, I’m referring to acupuncture.


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Natural Awakenings: How prevalent have you found infertility issues to be in your practice, and are there any specific known causes to be aware of? Dr. Christina Captain: Difficulties with fertility in both men and women become increasingly more common with each passing year that I spend in practice. While most infertility cases occur due to numerous factors, I would say the most common threads are stress, anxiety and the feeling of pressure to conceive a healthy child. NA: Which holistic treatment modalities do you recommend for the clients who come to your practice seeking help with infertility? Dr. Captain: Acupuncture is the main modality I use to treat infertility issues, but supplements, dietary counseling and lifestyle change recommendations are also part of the treatment plan. I have a subspecialty in lab testing analysis as well. Assessing lab results from a functional medicine perspective can be the linchpin in a successful pregnancy. NA: Are there any misconceptions that you encounter around infertility—and if so, can you give the facts that both men and women need to know? Dr. Captain: In my experience, most peo-

ple wait too long to investigate alternative modalities to the conventional assisted reproductive technologies. In addition, many do not understand that receiving acupuncture as an adjunct to their IVF cycle can improve the chances of a healthy, full-term pregnancy and birth. In fact, the chance of a successful conception is higher with the use of acupuncture before and after transfer during an IVF cycle than with IVF alone. You can also use acupuncture as a solo treatment plan for fertility. Six months is the recommended time frame to prepare a woman’s body to sustain a successful pregnancy. Treatment frequency will depend on the age of the mother, but it’s usually two or three times per week, and commitment is essential. It’s also expensive, but the fact is, everything about parenthood—from delivering to raising a child—is a major financial investment. Ultimately, keep in mind, the goal is not just to become pregnant—that’s only the first step. The goal is to conceive, maintain a full-term pregnancy, then deliver a healthy newborn into its mother’s arms. However, there is no guarantee of a successful outcome. As with reproductive technologies, you invest in the process with no certainty of how it will turn out. Infertility is not just relegated to women’s bodies either. In some cases, the father will experience infertility issues due to the impact of both external and internal stressors on healthy sperm production. Therefore, acupuncture sessions for the father are also part of my holistic treatment plan until a pregnancy is achieved. NA: Which steps do you recommend that someone, who wants to conceive, take in order to optimize their reproductive health? Dr. Captain: First, determine that you want to have a child. Some people who come to my practice arrive with the mindset of, “Maybe I want to be pregnant,” or “Maybe I should work to increase fertility along with my other acupuncture therapy goals.” This ambivalence does not work— it has to be a firm commitment. Once you make this decision, the next



step is to schedule an appointment with a licensed acupuncture physician. You are welcome to see me at the Sarasota Center for Acupuncture and Nutrition (SCAN). In addition to these treatments, some other lifestyle habits and factors you’ll want to take into account include consistent exercise, healthy eating, optimal sleep, and stress management. Follow this protocol for the best chance of reproductive wellness. To further illustrate, I have a story of someone who came in for fertility treatments. A 39-year-old female, whom I will refer to as Katie (not her real name), had not been able to conceive naturally despite several attempts over a number of years. She had previously undergone tests from her OB/GYN, but no diagnosable cause of infertility was found. She came to my practice and began a treatment plan of acupuncture sessions, dietary changes and a supplement regime. Several life issues surfaced for her in the midst of those treatments, and the COVID-19 pandemic hit during this time as well. But in spite of the setbacks, both Katie and her husband chose to commit to the plan. Eventually, discouragement set in, influencing her to consider IVF therapy, but I asked her to wait for just one more menstrual cycle. The next week, Katie and her husband were able to celebrate the news that she was finally pregnant, and she has since fulfilled her lifelong dream of becoming a mother to a healthy, vibrant little boy. Dr. Christina Captain, DAOM, is the owner and lead practitioner of Sarasota Center for Acupuncture and Nutrition. Her practice is located at 2650 Bahia Vista Street, Suite 101, Sarasota. For more information and to schedule an appointment, call 941-951-1119 or visit Mary-Elizabeth Schurrer is the Managing Editor of Natural Awakenings Sarasota–Manatee. She also works as a freelance writer, blogger and social media marketer. Her personal blog HealthBeAHippie.Wordpress. com features tips for embracing an active, nutritious, balanced and empowered lifestyle.

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Scoliosis and Fascia by Eric Winder, DC


ver four million people in the U.S, have scoliosis, a sideways curvature of the spine, and most experience pain as a result. However, the pain of scoliosis in both adults and children can often be relieved, allowing for a better quality of life. In children, this curvature can often be reduced or stopped from progressing further. How are such results possible? Through a treatment protocol that focuses on releasing restrictions from the connective tissue called fascia. Fascia is a tough, fibrous tissue that covers muscles, joints, bones and other tissues. It contains millions of nerve endings that deliver position sense or proprioception, telling our brains where our body parts are in space. Scoliosis, with its abnormal curve of the spine, is the result of a problem with proprioception. Most cases of scoliosis are idiopathic which means the cause is unknown. However, in my clinical experience, problems with restricted fascia play a major role in causing this spinal distortion, as well as the pain that results. Restricted fascia can distort normal proprioception, activating the muscular imbalance which causes these abnormal curves.


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A large proportion of scoliosis cases start in childhood or adolescence. Many cases are found by a school nurse in routine screening programs. In mild cases, conventional medical care involves simply watching to make sure the curve doesn’t worsen, with an X-ray taken every six months to monitor the curvature. If a curve does become more severe, physical therapy with stretching and exercises can be used in an effort to stop the curve from worsening, and this can be helpful. A brace worn to support the spine might also stop the curve from progressing. However, in some cases, these treatments do not help, and the curve continues to increase. If the scoliosis becomes severe enough, an operation to place supportive metal rods next to the spine will often be the next step. In my experience, while stretching and specific exercises are important, treating restricted fascia is the most critical part of addressing non-surgical scoliosis. In children younger than 16, I have never seen a curvature worsen after fascial treatment has been started. In many cases, I have seen children’s curvatures improve by as much

Scoliosis in most adults starts in their youth, but there are some situations where the curvature will develop after adulthood. Sometimes trauma, surgeries or other medical issues can cause scoliosis to develop. Regardless, adults with scoliosis are even more likely to suffer from spinal pain than children with the same problem. In fact, more than three quarters of adults with this problem will experience some degree of back pain. Many of these patients come to my office, feeling they have run out of options for finding relief or achieving a better quality of life. However, successful treatment of scoliosis pain in adults is similar to that in children, and the results are also excellent. Once again, the focus is on fascia release, gentle manual stretching by a therapist and specific exercises. Although the curvature generally cannot be reduced in adults, pain relief is still quite successful. An illustrative example is a 78-yearold woman I will refer to as June, who was brought somewhat reluctantly to my practice by a friend. She experienced a lifetime of pain from her severe scoliosis that caused a visible deformity to her posture. Her level of pain had increased significantly in recent months, but she did not want to be dependent on medications that did not offer pain relief to begin with Every patient is unique, but overall June’s treatment was similar to most cases of scoliosis I see. She received manual therapy to release fascial restriction, along with some gentle stretching and exercises. Over time, her pain was reduced from an average of 10 out of 10 when she was standing (where 10 is unbearable pain) to an average of three out of 10, which she found to greatly improve her quality of life.

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Most adults can experience enormous relief of pain and discomfort, despite not improving the actual curvature of their scoliosis. Fascial therapies to remove restriction in connective

tissue can decrease muscle spasm, joint restriction and painful motion. Some people with scoliosis will need occasional “tune-ups” because their curvature causes new restrictions to develop. How often these wellness visits are required will vary from person to person, but once the initial pain relief is achieved, an occasional tune-up is usually all that it takes to keep that pain at bay. I hope that more practitioners begin to explore fascial treatment in the care of scoliosis. The benefits can be profound for those who deal with pain from spinal curvature. Experiencing pain relief without powerful drugs is a major win for someone’s health and overall lifestyle. Dr. Eric Winder has been practicing chiropractic for 25 years, with a focus on fascial treatment and soft tissue therapies for the past 22 years. Dr. Winder’s practice focuses on relieving pain and restoring alignment and motion through gentle soft tissue therapies. For more information, call 941-9578390 or visit

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You Can’t Defy the Clock, So Defy the Aging Process by Dr. Fred Harvey


’ve heard it said that age is just a state of mind. “If that’s true, then why am I feeling so old?” you might ask yourself. Aging is a process that can be either swift and devastating or slow and graceful. I look at aging as an accrual of damage from imbalances in metabolism that result in loss of organ reserve and present as symptoms of dysfunction or disease. In some cases, genetic inheritance will drive the aging process. However, most of us accelerate it ourselves. For example, cigarette smoke damages the collagen and elastin metabolism of the skin to increase the speed at which skin ages. This will


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cause premature and severe wrinkling. Cigarettes are an obvious source of body damage, but how often do we consider some of the less obvious offenders? Many of us have been sold on the hormone replacement and supplementation paradigm of modern chemistry by doctors who focus on “anti-aging” medicine. In many instances, we’ll feel better initially from these products, but over time, our vitality will deteriorate because hormones can become toxic when the underlying cause of hormonal deficiency is not addressed. Hormone replacements treat the symptoms, but they do not resolve the root cause of hormonal imbalance, which can

Reduce Stress: In times of stress, our bodies can release cortisol after the initial “fight or flight” hormones. Cortisol then activates the release of glucose from the liver. Cortisol can cause a hormonal imbalance that results in accelerated aging. Exercise: Consistent physical activities are vital to help clear the system and reset many intracellular processes that boost energy. There is no benefit quite like some high-intensity interval training to boost my own energy and mood. Eat Organic: Organic food is the other critical leg of the foundational health platform. Natural, balanced nutrition can help to reverse heart disease and prostate cancer, as well as turn on the rejuvenation and vitality genes.

If you want to learn more about how to defy aging, call Dr. Harvey’s office at 941-929-9355 or listen to Dr. Harvey talk about this and many other health topics each Monday, 10 a.m., on 88.5FM WMNF radio as he hosts “The Healthy Steps Radio Show.” Dr. Fred Harvey is the Medical Director of The Harvey Center for Integrative Medicine. He is quadruple board-certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, Functional Medicine and Holistic-Integrative Medicine, specializing in chronic illness recovery and prevention and defiant aging. For more information, visit


It’s Not Just an Iron Problem by Dr. Laura Korman, DC


nemia is a state in which the body is deficient in its ability to deliver oxygen to various tissues, muscles and organs, including the brain. This condition is quite common—especially in children, adolescents, athletes, pregnant women, and those with heavy or frequent menstrual cycles. Most people don’t know that two types of anemia exist, so before you reach for that bottle of iron pills, you should be aware of their differences. The two primary types of anemia are diagnosed with blood tests, including a Hemoglobin (Hgb) and a Mean Cell Volume (MCV) test, which measures the size of the cells. These two tests are part of a CBC panel regularly ordered by a primary care physician. When looking at a Hgb level, the “normal lab value” a doctor generally uses to diagnose anemia is between 11.1-15.9g/dl. But an “optimal” level used by a Functional Medicine Practitioner will be in a narrower range of 13.5-14.5 for women and 14.5-15.5 for men. Anything higher than the upper range can mean an iron overload, while anything under the lower limit indicates anemia. Even a mild anemia indicates the patient is suffering from a lower level of oxygen to their body and brain. The next question to answer is what kind of anemia does the patient have— an iron deficient anemia or one caused by low vitamin B levels? This can be determined by looking at the MCV marker.

If this level is on the lower end—below 90—it will most likely indicate an iron deficiency anemia, and other tests such as a serum iron and a ferritin (stored iron) test can be run to confirm this diagnoses. However, if the MCV runs on the higher side—greater than 90—it might indicate a deficiency in either B12 or Folate (B9). The tricky part here is often in differentiating between these two. Typical tests for B vitamins use serum blood levels. Serum is the clear part of the blood which does not contain any red blood cells (where the body actually uses these vitamins). I often use an analogy to compare red blood cells flowing in serum to boats floating on a river. The river might be full of fish, like the serum might be full of vitamins, but if you can’t get the fish into the boat or your vitamins (in serum) into the cells, they will not offer any benefit. We can more accurately measure a true B vitamin deficiency by running a blood test called Homocysteine. This test is a “functional” marker for B vitamin levels that, when elevated, indicates the body does not have

enough B12, Folate or B6 to metabolize or break it down adequately. To further differentiate between a Folate and a B12 deficiency, we can run another functional test called a Methylmalonic Acid (MMA) test which, when elevated, specifically indicates a B12 deficiency. These Homocysteine and MMA tests are not part of the annual blood panels run by a doctor and, unfortunately, might not be covered by insurance. An important side note here is that a B12 deficiency can do more than cause anemia—it might also contribute to feelings of depression, confusion, poor balance, dementia and the development of neuropathy (tingles and numbness in the feet or hands). By taking a closer look at the CBC panel, you can detect the early markers of anemia, as well as most probable root cause—either an iron or B vitamin deficiency. Further functional medicine testing could be necessary to confirm the type of B vitamin deficiency. An accurate diagnosis of anemia is vital to provide you with the specific treatment for optimal oxygen delivery to the entire body and brain, as well as prevent the many long-term health consequences of iron or B vitamin deficiencies. For more information, call Dr. Laura Korman at 941-929-6700 or visit DrLauraKorman. com. Her practice is located at 16954 Toledo Blade Blvd., Port Charlotte.

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Resilient Mothering How Moms Are Forging Ahead in a Changing World


wo years after “coronavirus” became a household word, the pandemic continues to affect every aspect of our lives. Mothers, in particular, have learned to reimagine what it means to be a parent, employee, partner and friend, while still finding time for themselves. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, almost 70 percent of mothers say that worry and stress from the pandemic have damaged their mental health. While social distancing, quarantining, remote learning and masking quickly became a new and often unwelcome normal, positive shifts have also been developing. Already resilient mothers are exploring how to adapt to an ever-changing situation and learning when to hold on and when to let go. They are discovering new ways to be available for their children’s mental health, maintain their jobs, stay connected with other moms and prioritize self-care. Shae Marcus, publisher of Natural Awakenings South Jersey (, says that the pandemic has brought a number of unforeseen silver linings. As a single mother of two young children, she has been in a constant state of transition the last two years and is starting to achieve greater balance. “Like most other mothers, my life before the pandemic was nonstop. I was getting by, and at the same time comparing


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myself to other parents. The world had to slow down so I could catch up, and I’ve been forced to stop, breathe and take it in stride,” she says. Marcus shares a common concern, that the isolation has affected her kids’ development. “I worry that the lack of social integration over the past two years will have a lasting impact on my children. My son, who is now in third grade, was in kindergarten the last time he had a full year in a ‘normal’ school setting. That’s a lot to miss out on. While he is academically on track, I’m concerned about him being mature enough. Having sports and other extracurricular activities starting back now is helping to get them integrated again, and I’m able to fully appreciate going to an outdoor spring football game that wasn’t able to happen for so long,” she says. Marcus has discovered that working from home has had advantages. “Now, I can do a load of laundry in-between meetings, go to the grocery store when I would have been commuting and be more present when my kids are home. Since I’m not worried about rushing out the door, we have time to talk during breakfast, and I’m able to accompany them to the bus stop. Afterwards, I take 10 minutes for myself to walk around the block and gather my thoughts for the day,” she explains.


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Reordering Priorities Seventy-one percent of mothers describe being a working mom during the pandemic as very challenging, according to research done by the global consultancy group APCO Impact. As president of Families and Work Institute (, a New York-based research nonprofit, Ellen Galinsky has seen employers grant access to a wider variety of benefits that fit their employees’ individual and family needs. “The pandemic, coupled with racial reckoning, has made many of us rethink our priorities. It now is becoming clear that the world that seemed relatively normal before wasn’t working. Mothers and fathers were thrust on the front lines of schooling and saw firsthand how different teaching and parenting are,” Galinsky notes. An estimated 82 percent of employers plan to allow their employees to keep working remotely after the pandemic, reports a survey by human resources consultancy Mercer, but that turnaround is just a first step, says Galinsky. “Studies show that having workplace flexibility procedures in place is a floor, but how employers treat you when you need that flexibility matters the most. The pandemic made us all experience collective and multiple losses together and brought some difficult issues to light,” she explains. In juggling work and life duties, Galinsky shies away from the word “balance”, which suggests that time and energy needs to be split evenly. “Work and home lives are deeply intermingled,

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and often when one is in sync, the other will follow,” she says. “It’s important for mothers to set realistic expectations for themselves and let go of the notion that they’re not doing a good job, their kids have to be perfect or they don’t have time to take care of themselves. Children will absorb what they see, so being mindful in your words and actions around work will have an impact on them. If you have a stressful meeting and bring that home with you, the energy in the house will

change. It’s okay to tell the kids that you’re upset at your boss and are going to call a friend and talk or go for a walk; let them know it’s not their fault and that parents get stressed, too.”

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ers of toddlers found that ongoing strains can disrupt the body’s natural stress response, making it more difficult to respond with patience and sensitivity to a child’s needs. Elizabeth Cohen, a clinical psychologist and director of the Center for CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) in New York City (, says that a shock to the nervous system can only be released with the acknowledgement that the trauma is being experienced in the first place. “Having an understanding of how you’re responding to this stress and uncertainty is key to moving through it. Even going back to the office after so long may trigger a panic attack if the trauma of the past two years isn’t addressed,” she says. “Mothers need to practice compassionate awareness for themselves and what they’ve gone through. They need to be seen, heard and witnessed in the same way their children are.” Cohen advises that while part of a mother’s job is to make kids feel emotionally safe, it’s not as effective if they are themselves depleted. She recommends adopting simple, actionable practices throughout the day to help restore and reset the mind and body, suggesting, “Put some Epsom salt in the bottom of the tub and allow your feet to soak for a few minutes during a shower. Before brushing your teeth, take three deep breaths and pay attention to where you might be feeling tension in your body. Keep a gratitude journal handy to reflect and record your observations and interactions.” She advises us to remember that we have all had different experiences of this trauma, and nobody is the same as they were in 2019. “It’s okay to tell a friend, ‘I’m excited to see you and also, I’m uncomfortable not wearing a mask.’ We’ve also had to be more selective about who we spend time with, and that has allowed us to foster more nurturing relationships,” she says. “Be more discerning about who you spend time with, instead of saying yes to every invitation to get coffee. It’s okay to do less, and making authentic decisions in the moment will help you truly feel aligned with your thoughts and actions.”

Claire Zulkey, a Chicago-based writer and mother of two young boys, has found creative ways to stay connected with other mothers and not feel so isolated. She pens a newsletter, Evil Witches (EvilWitches., which gives her a platform to share stories of everyday motherhood triumphs and concerns. Topics have included perimenopause, end-of-life options for the family pet, finding the best hand lotion and other subjects that mothers in her circle think about. She also maintains a Facebook group of 100-plus mothers, providing a safe place for members to commiserate and support each other. “The group has allowed me to really get to know mothers in a more intimate way, truly understand what they’re going through and appreciate how much they care about their kids,” says Zulkey. She made a personal decision to stop drinking a few months into the pandemic, a lifestyle choice that she has maintained for the past year. “While I was not an alcoholic, there were too many times when I would wake up with a hangover or get into a tipsy argument with my husband. I quickly learned to appreciate how much easier parenting is when I’m in a stable mood, and the entire household has benefited, especially during the pandemic, when we were in such close quarters,” she says. For all of us, moving forward after two years of collective grief, loss and uncertainty will undoubtedly present new unforeseen challenges, yet maintaining a sense of perspective can help if things start to feel overwhelming. “At the start of the pandemic, I started to feel sorry for myself, but soon I realized that I actually was so much better off than a lot of people. Once I oriented myself with that reality, it was easier for me to move on with a sense of gratitude and desire to help others,” says Zulkey. Carrie Jackson is an Evanston, IL-based freelance writer and frequent contributor to Natural Awakenings magazine. Connect at


Mothering the World by Marlaina Donato


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ll that is brought to fruition has someone behind the scenes tending to its innate potential. The quality of nurturing permeates both the human and the natural world and goes much deeper than raising beloved offspring. Whether it be a well-balanced child, a verdant backyard garden or the premiere performance of a symphony, tending to what we love can yield great things. Equally rewarding, nourishing what we find challenging or uncomfortable can deepen our human experience. “Every blade of grass has its angel that bends over it and whispers, ‘Grow, grow,’” states the Talmud, and we, too, can be angels. Whether or not we are inborn nourishers, every day we have simple opportunities to refine this beautiful impulse. We flex the “mother muscle” whenever we acknowledge someone else’s accomplishments, welcome a new neighbor or heat a bowl of soup for a loved one after a long day. We can nourish community when we pick up trash along a hiking trail, whip up a sweet treat for the local bake sale, invite friends for a potluck supper or offer a helping hand at a local food pantry. The smallest gestures—smiling at a stranger, giving or asking someone for a hug or saying “I’m sorry”—don’t require time, money or effort, yet exemplify spiritual generosity which is the nucleus of all nurturing. We also cannot forget ourselves. Too often, we place our most fervent callings last, shuffling our sources of joy to the back of the line because there aren’t enough hours in the day. When we starve our talents and interests, lock down our emotions and neglect our spiritual needs, we become energetically malnourished, and from this famished core, have little from which to draw. Sometimes we are so invested in mothering the well-being of others that we forget to do the same for ourselves. It is not selfish to tend to our own potential to thrive. It is a beautiful necessity, and we are worth it. Marlaina Donato is a mind-body-spirit author, composer and artist. Connect at May 2022


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ptimal reproductive health is key to our vitality, which is why living with uterine fibroids can be debilitating. Studies indicate that as many as 80 percent of American women develop these non-cancerous growths during their childbearing years. Oftentimes, the condition is free of symptoms, but an estimated 26 million women currently suffer from associated effects like chronic pelvic and back pain, frequent urination, excessive menstrual bleeding and a swollen abdomen. Also called myomas, fibroids can often be a hidden cause of infertility, even in asymptomatic cases. Asian women have a lower incidence of fibroids, while African American women are two to three times more likely to develop them than white women, particularly at a younger age. Genetics, obesity, estrogen-promoting foods and environmental toxins can fuel the fire of this condition, but a tailored, natural approach can minimize symptoms and for some, ward off the need for invasive surgery.

Happier Hormones Through Diet While there is no definitively known cause of fibroids, the most accepted theory is a disruption in the ratio between estrogen and progesterone. Italian researchers that examined data from 1990 to 2020 reported in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health last year that diets deficient in fresh fruits, green vegetables and vitamin D increase the risk for the onset and formation of uterine fibroids. “I do believe prevention is important by avoiding the use of toxic cosmetics and cookware with chemical components, and by choosing lower-inflammatory foods,” says Crystal Fedele, a doctor of Chinese medicine who treats patients with acupuncture and Chinese herbs at her clinic, Holistic Women and Families Natural Health Center, in Port Orange, Florida. Conventionally farmed produce and farm-raised fish are treated with environmental estrogens to stimulate growth, which in turn contribute to estrogen dominance and an increased risk of fibroids in women that consume such foods. “It’s important to elimi-


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nate dairy and meat raised with synthetic hormones that can act like estrogen in the body,” advises Alisa Vitti, a New York City-based women’s hormone expert and author of In the FLO: Unlock Your Hormonal Advantage and Revolutionize Your Life. “While no diet can guarantee fibroid prevention, altering the food you eat may help slow fibroid growth. When it comes to food, your first step is to remove inflammatory foods.” Vitti recommends opting for fiber-rich whole grains that aid in the elimination of excess estrogen, as well as nixing gluten and all dairy products unless they are made from organic goat or sheep milk. “High insulin levels from white, starchy stuff— which acts like sugar in the body—is a factor in making fibroids grow,” she says. Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, kale and bok choy are allies in the fight against fibroids by boosting detoxifying enzymes in the liver. Regular servings of sweet potatoes, carrots, apricots, pumpkin, spinach and other carotene-rich foods are also valuable.

Ancient Healing Modalities Traditional Chinese Medicine offers promising benefits, but when using recommended herbs, it’s important to seek out qualified practitioners rather than self-treat, advises Fedele. “In Chinese medicine, each case is individual, so herbal formulations are often constructed to treat the whole health of the person and modified as we see improvements,” she says. “We also use a lot of supplements that can help regulate hormones—DIM (diindolylmethane) and broccoli seed extract being two that are commonly used for estrogen-related disorders.” Fedele also recommends acupuncture, but says it is most effective when combined with herbals, supplements and dietary therapies. Susannah Neal, a licensed acupuncturist in Iowa City, Iowa, concurs, saying, “Chinese medicine is highly effective for rebalancing the flow or energy and breaking up old patterns of imbalances.” Neal, certified in the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy, attests to this gentle modality designed to invigorate the circulatory, lymphatic and nervous systems of the digestive and reproductive organs. “Fibroids may be a result of impaired blood flow in the uterus, and while many styles of massage use techniques to improve circulation, these techniques focus specifically on the reproductive and pelvic organs,” she says. According to Neal, one benefit of the Arvigo technique is regulation of the menstrual cycle. When applied regularly, the massage may reduce the size and severity of fibroids. In cases of larger,

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ontainer gardening offers something for everyone, from beginners to seasoned green thumbs. Growing vegetables, flowers and herbs in pots can be cost-effective, inspiring and tailored for any urban balcony or country patio. The perks of planting in pots include a reduced risk of disease spreading from one crop to another, fewer critters helping themselves to a free lunch, and less weeding and overall work. For urban garden expert Mark Ridsdill Smith, in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, tending to plants has provided a sense of community. “When I lived in London, I knew almost no one on my street after 10 years, but when I started growing food by the front door, I was constantly chatting to passersby as I tended my tomatoes and squash,” says the author of The Vertical Veg Guide to Container Gardening, who also enjoys the practical side of making connections: swapping seeds, gifting produce and exchanging advice.

Fertile Foundations Vegetables like lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, squash, radishes and beans are ideal for container gardens, and with a little know-how, other crops like watermelon and muskmelon can also thrive. “Many types of vegetables can be grown in pots if they are large enough to accommodate the root system, even potatoes,” says Lisa Hilgenberg, horticulturist at the Chicago Botanic Garden’s four-acre Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden, in Glencoe, Illinois. Choosing pots with the right size and materials is an investment worth making, she notes. “Peppers and tomatoes prefer terra cotta pots. Many herbs thrive when root-bound and do well in smallish pots or grouped together in shallow bowls. Plants needing to climb can be trained to grow on a trellis placed in a container.” 28

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Melinda Myers, the Milwaukee-based author of Small Space Gardening and more than 20 gardening books, encourages gardeners to think outside the box. “Repurposing items is another way to add fun and plantable space. I have seen old teapots, coffee makers, washtubs, coolers and more converted into planters.” For the well-meaning, but sometimes absent-minded gardener, she recommends self-watering pots to reduce maintenance. “These containers have a water reservoir you keep filled. Water moves from the reservoir into the soil, so you need to water less often.”

Generational Nourishment Using high-quality potting soil is paramount and can be store-bought or made at home for less by combining pH-fostering peat moss, vermiculite and perlite. Plants started from seed are more nourishing for both people and the planet.

“Some seeds thrive most when sown directly in the soil, and cilantro is one of them, as are all root vegetables, as well as beans and peas. Other seeds, like tomato and ground cherry, are best started indoors. Some seeds, like kale and basil, thrive either way,” explains Petra Page-Mann, co-owner of Fruition Seeds, an organic seed company in Naples, New York, that specializes in open-pollinated heirlooms and offers free online tutorials. Seeds can easily be saved for future plantings from crops such as beans, peas, cilantro, dill, sunflower and cosmos. “No one can save seeds better adapted to your garden than you,” she says. Children are prime candidates for container gardening, especially in cities. Smith muses, “Children get to smell and feel the whole plant—the extraordinary smell of tomato leaves, the bristles on zucchini—and they love getting their hands into the compost. I’ve witnessed children who rarely eat salad demolish a whole tray of fresh pea shoots in minutes!” For young gardeners, he recommends growing “pea shoots, new potatoes (they love digging them up), herbs like mint (to play with and make drinks and potions), alpine strawberries and sorrel.” Even gardeners with conventional suburban or country plots may find that container crops come in handy. “For those with plenty of garden space, it is a way to bring the garden to your back or front door,” says Myers. “Keeping pots of herbs and veggies close to the house makes harvesting and using fresh herbs and vegetables easier. I have 11 acres, but still use containers to test new plants and bring the garden to my front and back doors.” Page-Mann attests to willingness and possibility when she says, “Seeds, again and again, remind me that our imagination is the limit, that regional adaptation is the language of resilience and that we can grow so much more than we think possible.” Maya Whitman writes about natural health and living a more beautiful life. Connect at


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asting has been part of religious and cultural practices since ancient times, but now it is entering into everyday American eating habits. Intermittent fasting (IF), which involves restraining from eating for periods ranging from hours to days, was the most popular dietary strategy among Americans in 2020, outpacing low-fat keto diets and “clean eating”, reports the International Food Information Council. About 10 percent of survey respondents reported that they were following IF diet procedures, usually for weight loss and better health. “Intermittent fasting is a lifestyle,” says Jerron Hill, an anesthesiologist, in Plano, Texas, who has practiced it for two years and found himself with more energy. “Many metabolic syndromes and diseases can be avoided by making IF a way of life.” Research on the health benefits of IF is ongoing, but Hill says that advantages include stabilized blood sugar levels, because insulin levels rise after eating meals. “In a


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fasted state, insulin levels fall, blood sugar stabilizes and fat stores can be utilized as a source of energy,” he says. Other benefits he cites include lowered blood pressure, decreased low-density lipoprotein, or “bad” LDL cholesterol, and lower triglycerides There are several IF methods. The 16/8 method is most popular and involves fasting for 16 hours and eating within an eight-hour window each day. The 5:2 plan is for those that would rather fast twice a week and eat regularly the other five days. Another method known as OMAD involves eating one meal a day. While most IF models do not restrict specific foods, they encourage the consumption of nourishing, satiating, whole foods. Snacking is discouraged.

Women’s Fasting Needs Differ “In the United States, 90 percent of Americans are metabolically unhealthy. Fasting is one of many strategies that can help people improve their metabolic health. That translates to being a healthy weight and having

balanced hormones,” says Cynthia Thurlow, a nurse practitioner in Washington, D.C., and founder of the Everyday Wellness Project, an online subscription plan. Her new book, Intermittent Fasting Transformation, integrates IF with women’s hormonal needs during every stage of life. “Women need to fast differently,” Thurlow emphasizes. “A woman in peak childbearing years under age 35 has to account and fast for her menstrual cycle, meaning her body is much more sensitive to macronutrient depletion or changes than a menopausal woman. Younger women need to limit fasting if they are already lean. They need to avoid fasting five to seven days prior to their menstrual cycle and remain attuned to messages their bodies send them in response to sleep, stress, nutrition and exercise.” In general, once women reach menopause, they experience less hormonal fluctuation and thus more flexibility to fast on a daily basis, she says, although they, too, should keep an eye on their experiences with sleep, stress, nutrition and exercise.

Planning for Success The word “fasting” often conjures up thoughts of hunger and starvation, but proper planning will leave us full and satisfied while practicing IF. “When you’re eating a balanced diet and not necessarily following a particular fad or specific type of diet, you can enjoy nourishing meals without restrictions and still practice IF,” says lifestyle coach Laura Fuentes, of Madisonville, Louisiana, author of the e-book Intermittent Fasting for Women. Fuentes recommends starting with the 16/8 model, because approximately half of

the 16-hour fasting time is spent sleeping. “There’s also downtime in the evening while you’re preparing to sleep. In the morning, most of us are getting ready for work or getting kids off to school, and we don’t eat right away. Those hours are generally not focused on food.” When it’s time to eat, fasts should be broken with satiating, nutritious food, not a light snack. The first meal of the day should be nutritious, with protein and healthy fats. Breaking a fast with just an apple, or carrots and hummus, will lead to hunger and eventual snacking. A common misnomer is that we must eat ketogenic or lowcarb diets while practicing IF. While carbs need to be considered, Thurlow emphasizes eating nutrient-dense, whole foods and fewer processed foods, whether they are part of keto, paleo, omnivore or vegetarian diets. Some people practice “clean” fasting by consuming only water, black tea or other calorie-free beverages during the fasting time. Others prefer “dirty” fasting and might consume a handful of grapes, walnuts or other foods or beverages containing less than 50 calories during the fast. “I like patients to understand the value of a clean fast,” Thurlow says. “People might think 50 calories doesn’t count, but that is food, and that does break a fast.” Sheila Julson is a Milwaukee-based freelance writer and contributor to Natural Awakenings magazines throughout the country.

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he Brady Bunch aside, blended families seldom look lik TV sitcoms. ey oen come with a cast of characters— freshly remarried parents, a number of kids and step-k up to four sets of relatives and exes in the wings—all with their own needs, hopes and issues. One in six children today lives in blended family, so the stakes are high for their well-being, an understandably, two out of three blended marriages fail. ey don’t have to, says Kimberly King, a children’s book autho in Faireld, Connecticut, who was raised in blended families an as a parent, now has her own blended batch of kids. B “ lended families work when parents plan for challenges, have space for disagreements and have an incredible amount of patience and l But they are not for the faint of heart !" she says. Therapists and blended-family veterans offer advice for t on this important journey:

Go slow and steady. It can take two to four years for a blended family to adjust to living together, counsels the American - Psy chological Association. e process can be particularly hard fo youngsters from 10 to 14. D “ on’t pressure the children. If they don’t want to call you Mom or Dad, don’t take it personally. ey have their own biological parent whom they love, and they di ask for their parents to get divorced. Stay positive and realize that time itself is an important factor,” counsels Rabbi Shlomo Slatkin, a licensed clinical professional counselor, in Baltimore founder, with his wife, Rivka, of .

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To save our marriage, we agreed that I would ‘resign’ as the boy’s mother and allow my husband free rein to parent as he saw fit,” recalls Nancy Landrum, a relationship coach in Murrieta, California, and author of Stepping TwoGether: Building a Strong Stepfamily. Studies show that blended families work best when each parent disciplines his or her own child, while the stepparent works to develop affectionate bonds with their stepchild and serves as the child’s sounding board, particularly in the beginning. “One of the worst things you can do as a stepparent is talk negatively about your stepchild to the bio-parent. Nothing will strain a relationship more quickly,” says King.

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Keep an eye out for turning points. In a classic 1999 study in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, University of Iowa researchers reported on factors they called “turning points” that can knit a blended family together. These include celebrating holidays and special events together, perhaps by creating new rituals; spending quality time together, even doing such ordinary things as shopping or watching a football game, either as a family or as a parent-stepchild activity; and pulling together over a family crisis. On the other hand, unresolved conflict among parents and children drives families apart. “The best thing my dad did to blend our post-divorce, new family was take us on a four-day hike to Mount Washington,” recalls King. “We hiked, talked, helped each other, suffered, whined, got wet, struggled, laughed, slipped, learned campfire songs, slept in bunks and found a new respect for teamwork, nature, overcoming adversity, and our stepmother!”

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Give talking a chance. Over shared meals, board games, nature hikes and everyday activities, stepfamilies can build bonds with each other. Having regular meetings to hash out problems also strengthens a new family unit. King’s family uses the summer camp strategy of the talking stick. “When you have the talking stick, it is your turn to talk and everyone else has to pay attention and listen. No interruptions,” she says. They also keep a family journal in which kids can write out their problems, enabling parents to respond in writing or conversation. Don’t give up. “For me, the time I knew it was going to work forever was actually directly after one of our lowest points,” says Brooke Carlock Lobaugh, of Lititz, Pennsylvania, a teacher and creator of, an online resource for stepfamilies. “We had separated, and we just both really missed each other and missed the family, and we realized that the kids would eventually get older and our problems would lessen, and that we needed to choose each other, over and over again. I realized that if our separation led to another divorce, I would either be alone or find someone new with a new set of problems, and I wanted to fix the problems with the person I loved. We haven’t looked back since.” Health and wellness writer Ronica O’Hara can be contacted at

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sea and fatigue.” “How we live today is why we’re so much more dehydrated than we were 30 to 50 years ago,” says Dana Cohen, a New York City integrative medicine physician and co-author of Quench. “Air conditioning and heating are so drying. Electronics, prescription drugs, processed foods, fluorescent lighting—all these things coming at us and affecting our cells—are sucking the hydration out of our environments and out of us.” According to Cohen—the risks of day-in-day-out, low-grade dehydration—the kind most of us experience—include constipation, joint pain, stiffness, brain fog and cognition problems. “There’s some evidence that it is also a risk factor for diabetes, Alzheimer’s and certain cancers like colon and kidney cancers,” she adds.

How to Hydrate Optimum hydration is more nuanced than simply drinking eight to 10 eight-ounce glasses of water a day. It depends on our body size, age, diet and level of physical activity or exposure to hot temperatures, Axe says. He recommends more fluids for women that are pregnant or breastfeeding, teenagers that are developing quickly and people on medications like antibiotics, diuretics, hormone pills, blood pressure medications and cancer treatments. Cohen points to a few reliable markers: “We’re meant to urinate every two to three hours throughout the day, and you want the color of your urine to be strong, but not too orange or too brown, which indicates dehydration, and not crystal-clear, because you could be over-hydrating.” In her book Quench, Cohen delineates a five-day plan to optimize hydration. Start every day with a big glass of water, which can include a squeeze of lemon and a pinch of real salt (pink or sea salt, not processed table salt). Drink a glass of water before every meal. “For people who are trying to lose weight, a few published studies suggest that this will help them lose five additional pounds over a three-month period when dieting,” she says. When feeling hungry, drink a glass of water. We often mistake hunger for thirst. Consume one or two green smoothies a day made with a blend of greens, water and added ingredients to



aintaining proper hydration is one of the most important measures we can take to benefit our health. “The human body is made up of 55 to 75 percent water, and proper fluid levels are essential for many important body functions, including nutrient and oxygen transportation, temperature regulation, blood pressure stabilization, removal of waste from the body and muscle repair,” says Josh Axe, a Nashville-based clinical nutritionist and doctor of chiropractic and natural medicine. “Drinking enough water allows for healthy digestion and detoxification, supports hunger control and improves the appearance of your skin, eyes and hair.” Throughout the day, our bodies expend liquid to perform these vital functions. “Dehydration occurs when you lose more bodily fluids than you consume,” says Axe, the author of Ancient Remedies and founder of “Your body needs water and electrolytes replenished, otherwise you’ll experience symptoms such as dry mouth, thirst, muscle weakness and spasms, headache, dizziness, nau-

taste. This will incorporate a healthy amount of daily fiber, which helps to absorb and hold on to water. Add what Cohen calls “micro-movements” throughout the day, such as nodding the head up and down, rotating the wrists and ankles, scrunching fingers and toes or twisting the torso. “These little movements help to move fluid throughout the body and lubricate joints,” she explains.

Hydrating Foods According to Axe, some foods are naturally hydrating, including coconut water, melons, celery, cucumber, kiwi, citrus fruits, carrots, bell peppers, berries, lettuce, avocado, zucchini and tomatoes. Cohen recommends one to two tablespoons of chia seeds mixed into a liquid every day. “They’re incredibly hydrating. If you soak chia seeds in water, they form this gel-like structure on them. Thanks to some fascinating research by Dr. Gerald Pollack from the University of Washington, in Seattle, this gel water, which has different properties from regular H2O, is believed to store energy like a battery. Getting more of this structured water by eating plants should be your goal, so your body and your cells are better hydrated.”

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nown worldwide as the founder of functional medicine, Jeffrey Bland, Ph.D., began his career as a professor of biochemistry at the University of Puget Sound, in Tacoma, Washington. In the 1980s, he was chosen by Nobel laureate Linus Pauling to serve as director of nutritional research at the Linus Pauling Institute of Science and Medicine. Bland’s expertise and visionary influence helped to popularize science-based nutrition and establish standards for evidence-based formulations, quality ingredient sourcing and ethical manufacturing practices in the natural products industry. Bland is the author of more than 100 peer-reviewed research publications and several bestselling books, most notably The Disease Delusion. His latest project is Big Bold Health, a company designed to transform the way people think about the immune system.

What is Immuno-Rejuvenation? Recent discoveries show that exposure to things like a toxin, a serious viral infection or even post-traumatic stress syndrome may create an alarm reaction in our immune system, and the memory of that gets encoded in something called the epigenetic programming of our immune system, becoming a controller of how the immune system functions. This new state of alarm is passed on from immune cell to immune cell, locking the immune system into an imbalanced state that is tipped either towards too much response, which we call inflammation, or too little response, which is immune suppression and increased risk to infection. A balanced immune system, on the other hand, is resilient and capable of moving forward and backward depending on the 36

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exposure that the individual is living through. We believe we can activate Immuno-Rejuvenation through a process built into our body’s system of renewal called autophagy. Its discovery won a Nobel Prize in medicine and physiology in 2016. In the immune system, autophagy selectively prunes damaged cells that are carrying bad epigenetic messages, allowing cells that are not predestined to be alarmed to take over, leading to a rejuvenated, balanced immune system that can be more resilient to the environment and isn’t overreacting or under-reacting, while still working as you would like it—to defend us.

How can we reset our immune system?

There are two parts to our immune system. One is the adaptive immune system, which produces antibodies that remember what we were exposed to in terms of viruses or bacteria, and can mount a response if we are reinfected. The other, the innate immune system, is the first line of defense, found on our mucosal surfaces like our gastrointestinal tract, our respiratory tract or on our skin. In the last five to 10 years, immunologists have discovered that the innate immune system can be epigenetically retrained to be more in balance through things like time-restricted feeding, regular activity or exercise, predictably getting into REM sleep and the incorporation of plant-derived nutrients called phytochemicals into our diet, which are believed to activate selective autophagy processes. In conjunction with these lifestyle principles, you want to remove exposure to specific chemicals, including agrochemicals, airborne pollutants, heavy metals—things known to increase inflammation. The innate immune system is cleansed in part through the activity of the lymphatic system, which is circulated by physical motion. If we’re not moving, our lymphatic system becomes sluggish. Many types of physical

medicine—massage, acupuncture, manipulation, chiropractic—are ways of activating lymphatic draining. This is a very important additional component for the improvement of our immune function. At Big Bold Health, we put together resources to take people through an assessment of their own immune system by answering a questionnaire and a host of educational assets including videos, podcasts, blogs, recipes and more. You can access these for free on our website,

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Himalayan Tartary Buckwheat. Over the millennia of its evolution, this unique plant developed the ability to activate its immune system to defend itself against bugs, pollutants, poor soils, drought, sun. As a result, it has in its genes the ability to produce the highest level of immune-activating phytochemicals of any plant we know—50 to 100 times higher. Human clinical trials indicate that people who consume about 100 grams a day of the whole-meal Himalayan Tartary Buckwheat experience distinctive health advantages, reducing inflammation, lowering blood fats and blood sugar, and improving insulin sensitivity, all of which are conditions related to dysfunctions of the immune system.

How does the ImmunoRejuvenation concept relate to women’s health?

Women have evolved mechanisms to modulate the immune system to accommodate pregnancy, but that estrogen/androgen balance that controls pregnancy also influences their immune system, and we’re starting to learn how it can significantly influence immune cell aging and injury. So this process of selective immune autophagy is very important in women who go on to have the most prevalent cases of autoimmunity, meaning they are more sensitive to some of these things that would produce an immune response that would be inflammatory. Sandra Yeyati, J.D., is a professional writer and editor. Reach her at

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hen they’re roaming outdoors, domesticated cats turn into natural-born predators. According to the American Bird Conservancy, domestic felines are the number one human-caused threat to birds in the U.S., killing an estimated 2.4 billion birds every year. Cats have contributed to the extinction of 63 species of birds, mammals and reptiles in the wild. New studies suggest ways to let a cat enjoy the outdoors without endangering winged species.

Use Rainbow-Colored Ruff Collars A small study by the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) suggests that when bright, rainbow-colored ruff collars are placed on free-roaming cats, it reduces the number of birds they kill. Birds have excellent color vision, and the flashy collars work as an early warning system of impending stealth attacks. “To the bird, this rainbow color stands out like a sore thumb,” says Ken Otter, chair of the UNBC Department of Ecosystem Science and Management. “It’s the opposite of a hunter’s camo.” Another study at the UK University of Exeter focused on 219 cats whose owners regularly let them hunt outside. The researchers divided the cats into six groups, including a control group that didn’t change their habits. For 12 weeks, the owners took pictures of every animal their cats brought home and found that collar covers like those used in the Canadian study reduced the numbers of captured birds by 42 percent.

Feed Them a Fresh Meat Diet The UK researchers found that when cats were fed a high-meat protein, grain-free food, they brought home 36 percent fewer dead birds and other wildlife. Because cats are strict carnivores, a balanced diet rich in fresh animal meat, fed raw or gently cooked (rather than rendered meat or meat meal), meets their nutritional needs and reduces their urge to kill prey animals. A feline family member will do best with a diet that replicates that of captured prey: high in moisture content with excellent-quality meat, moderate amounts of high-quality animal fat and a very low percentage of carbohydrates. This means absolutely no kibble.

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Households in which owners engaged in five to 10 minutes of daily object play with their cats (using, for example, an interactive feather toy like Da Bird) reported a 25 percent decrease in captured prey, according to the UK researchers. “Cats who are young and still kittenish will play with almost anything. Older cats who’ve been around the block a few times and know how to hunt and play with their toys do tend to get bored more easily,” explains feline behaviorist Marci Koski, Ph.D. “I recommend having a number of different lures and wand toys in your toolbox.”

Avoid Cat Bells or Puzzle Feeders Cat bells have “no discernible effect” on cats’ prey catch, the UK researchers report. Puzzle feeders containing kibble actually increased killed prey by 33 percent, perhaps because of cats’ “inability to easily access food and resulting hunger or frustration,” they write.

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To ease boredom, give a cat opportunities to “hunt” for their food indoors. Try separating his daily portion of food into three to eight small meals, fed throughout the day in a variety of puzzle toys, or indoor hunting feeder mice. Or, hide his food bowls in various locations around the house. Start with one bowl in his usual spot, and then place his food portion into additional bowls in other areas where he is sure to find them. If there is more than one cat, keep the bowls in separate areas of the house.

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A sea salt scrub is an easy and inexpensive way to maintain a glowing complexion. Salt scrubs work hard to exfoliate and remove dry skin from the surface, reduce the appearance of wrinkles and pores, and improve the overall tone. Exfoliating scrubs are good for the entire body, especially dry areas like feet and hands. They are easy to make because they are a simple combination of salt and oil. In addition to standard sea salt, adding Himalayan pink salt to a scrub recipe adds an extra boost of health because it contains 84 trace minerals and nutrients. Grapeseed oil, which can be found at natural grocery stores, is a good carrier oil for a scrub because it is extremely nourishing. Adding both almond and jojoba oils, and vitamin E into the mixture increases the scrub’s moisturizing effect, making it especially good for dry skin. Essential oils add fragrance and healing qualities to the scrub, and they can include such variations as:

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SUNDAY, MAY 1 Universal Service - 10:30am. With Rev. Kismet Weeber, “The Role of Love in Our Lives.” Love is our central emotion to a joyous life. It affects everything we think, do, have, or associate with, and determines our relationships with one another. In person at Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd. Sarasota, and on Zoom: 8049 Password: RTI2020. This weekly egalitarian service celebrates all of humanity’s religions on a single altar. For info Rev. Zan, 941-922-7839.

MONDAY, MAY 2 Feng Shui in May - 11am-12:15pm, May 2-May 5. Virtual class. Learn to shift the energy in your space to bring success and abundance to you by activating with color, flow, placement. This class will teach you how to place the bagua map on your personal space, along with adjustments for life improvement. $13.

FRIDAY, MAY 6 Gallery by Advanced Student Mediums 7-8:30pm. 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. $10 donation is requested. No reservations needed. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Drive, Suite 204, Sarasota, 941-266-8435. More info at, Facebook is: CMF of Sarasota.

Celebrating Mothers and Mother Earth with Bethany Taulbee and Ed Russel - 4:30–6pm. Join Bethany and Ed as they come together to celebrate Mother’s Day with sound healing and a grounding yin style blend yoga practice. You are invited to bring a special someone to practice and celebrate with. $25/pp. Palm Studio and Boutique, 441 W. Dearborn Street Englewood, 941-208-5568,

SUNDAY, MAY 8 Mother’s Day at the Meadows Farmers Market 10am-2pm. Come and celebrate Mother’s Day at the Meadows Farmer Market. Enjoy organic and local farm produce, one-of-a-kind Items from local entrepreneurs and artisans, a variety of delicious foods all supporting wellness and the local economy. In the Meadows Shopping Village parking lot in front of 5041 Ringwood Meadow - Bldg G-2, Sarasota. For more information, please call 941-315-7773, Universal Service - 10:30am. With Rev. Tara Anne Muir, “A Mother’s Day Tribute.”Most people will name their mother as the one person who loves them to the end. Though her love may not be perfect, still she represents for most the goodness in their lives. This day we celebrate all our mothers and the Great Mother! In person at Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd., Sarasota, and on Zoom: 8049 Password: RTI2020. This weekly egalitarian service celebrates all of humanity’s religions on a single altar. For info Rev. Zan, 941-922-7839.

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Practical Astrology: 2 Parts - 7-9pm, May 12 and 19th. Curious about how the stars influence your life? This playful workshop will introduce you to the language of astrology and connect you with how planetary movements affect your life. Just like checking the weather forecast, star alignments have patterns, knowing them will help you make better decisions. You can come to either or both classes, Alexandria will review basic astrology tools and give examples with your personal chart. Donation of $25/class, or $40/both. Reservation, call or text 917-733-8878. Please be prepared to supply your birth date, place and time (if available). Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Drive, Suite 204, Sarasota. More info at CMFSarasota. org, Facebook is: CMF of Sarasota.

FRIDAY, MAY 13 Floating Crystal Bowl Concert with Robert Austin - 6:30-7:30pm, May 13 & June 17. 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 vibrations 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, Vibrational Crystal Healing - 7-9 pm. Have a health concern? Your body’s vibrational energy might be telling you something! Your body has natural harmonic frequency patterns that can be detected and interpreted to assist your body with wellbeing. Join Alexandria Mazzarino, holistic wellness practitioner, as she teaches the magical healing powers of crystals. Learn about clearing, charging and programming crystals. Last portion of the class will be demonstrating the NLS Matrix Decoder to “read” your body’s vibrational energy at a sub-cellular level, and show how we can charge a crystal as your personal elixir for your wellbeing. $20 donation requested. Reservation call or text 917-733-8878. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Dr., Suite 204, Sarasota. More info at, Facebook is: CMF of Sarasota.





The Light Consciousness Expo - May 14-15. Spirit Speaks is excited to be a sponsor, speaker and vendor at The Light Consciousness Expo. Founded by Sherry Lord International Channel, Deep Trance Channel, Energy Healer and Emissary for Aeroth. Ms. Kitty (from Spirit Speaks) will be speaking on “Spirit Speaks, are you listening?” where we will explore the many ways Spirit speaks to us and how to get tuned in. The workshop will be free to all Expo attendees. Come early and explore the wonderful readers, vendors, speakers and so much more. Light Consciousness Expo held at Sarasota Event Center, 600 Beneva Rd, Sarasota May 1415. Conference Tickets & Information available at Spirit Speaks is located at 411 W. Dearborn St., Englewood.



Universal Service - 10:30am. With Aisha Carol Rosenbaum, “Loving and Blessing Your Home.” A home is a sacred sanctuary which needs daily love. It is a reflection our inner life. In person at Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd. Sarasota, and on Zoom: https://zoom. us/j/81220 8049 Password: RTI2020. This weekly egalitarian service celebrates all of humanity’s religions on a single altar. RisingTideInternational. org. For info Rev. Zan, 941-922-7839.

Memorial Day Weekend at Meadows Farmers Market - 10am-2pm. Come and join in on a family-friendly celebration filled with food, art, shopping, music and more. In the Meadows Shopping Village parking lot in front of 5041 Ringwood Meadow Bldg G-2, Sarasota. For more information, please call 941-315-7773,

Flower Full Moon Sound Bath - 7-8:30pm. 1st half hour light snacks & mingle. Each attendee will be given a “Growth Kit” goodie bag to celebrate the Flower Full Moon. Bring a yoga mat, folding chair, blanket, pillow & be ready to be whisked away into a state of bliss. Event hosted by Resonance Holistic Wellness & will be held at Super Value Nutrition, 2300 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota, in the Colonnade shopping plaza. $35/pp. To reserve your spot please call 941-312-4334 or email

WEDNESDAY, MAY 18 Light Language Healing Circle - 7-9pm, May 18th and 25thth. 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. Reservations please 509-520-0377. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Drive, Suite 204, Sarasota. CMFSarasota. org, Facebook is: CMF of Sarasota.

SATURDAY, MAY 21 Message Gallery with Melissa Parks - 7-9pm. Join Melissa Parks, Sarasota native, and psychic medium, in her standalone energetic delivery of spirit messages. She connects with Earthly Angels and Lightworkers everywhere, to bring you the highest and best information from your loved ones and spirit guides. Melissa has been spirit connected from her childhood days, and shares her knowledge and abilities through classes, speaking events, and private healing & reading sessions. The evening will be a spiritual journey, so come and enjoy! $25 donation. Reservations please by calling or texting 941-2669250. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Drive, Suite 204, Sarasota. CMFSarasota. org, Facebook is: CMF of Sarasota.

Universal Service -10:30am. With Rev. Parvati, Karen Miki, “Gratitude.” We will draw upon the thanksgiving address of the Native Americans, from the book “Braiding Sweetgrass” by Robin Wall Kimmerer, to voice our gratitude for and connection with Nature. In person at Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd. Sarasota and on Zoom: 8049 Password: RTI2020. This weekly egalitarian service celebrates all of humanity’s religions on a single altar. For info Rev. Zan, 941-922-7839.

plan ahead SATURDAY, JUNE 11 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,

SUNDAY, JUNE 12 Psychic Sundays Tours - 1-3pm, June 12 & 26. The 120-minute Psychic Sundays tour is led by Michael Newton-Brown, whose first psychic experience came when he was three years old awakening one night to bid farewell to the spirit of his great-grandmother, who had just passed over downstairs. Michael began tarot reading in 1970; in 1975, he attended the Arthur Findlay College for the Advancement of Spiritualism and Psychic Sciences in Stansted, England, and has been an active medium and tarot reader since. $44.99 + tax/fees (and any add-ons). Individual tarot readings are available after the tour. All tours depart from the DST Trolley Cottage located at 1826 4th Street - a cute 1930s cottage near downtown with a charming Trolley Cottage Gift Shop. Discover Sarasota Tours, 1826 4th Street, Sarasota, 941-260-9818. Book online at



Universal Service - 10:30am. With Rev. Zan Benham, “Imagination Is The Path To Spiritual Connection.” Imagination can be one of our finest assets and intimate path to Source. In person at Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd. Sarasota, and on Zoom: https://zoom. us/j/81220 8049 Password: RTI2020. This weekly egalitarian service celebrates all of humanity’s religions on a single altar. RisingTideInternational. org. For info Rev. Zan, 941-922-7839.

Yin Yoga with Crystal Bowls with Cheridan Smith and Robert Austin - 1-2:30pm. Enjoy the long, deep holds of Yin Yoga to relax and restore joints, muscles and fascia while absorbing the transformative sounds of live played crystal and tibetan bowls. Rejuvenating and healing. All levels are welcome. $25/pp. Palm Studio and Boutique, 441 W. Dearborn Street Englewood, 941-208-5568,

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sunday 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. Christian Spiritualist Sunday Morning Services - 10am. Old time camp meet style service, guided meditation, healing, presentation of truth and mini spirit message for each person. Private or group readings available daily by appointment. Contact Rev Shari. Church of Light, 2408 43rd Ave. West, Bradenton, 941-751-5683. Meadows Farmers Market - 10am-2pm. Enjoy organic and local farm produce, one-of-a-kind items from local entrepreneurs and artisans, a variety of delicious foods all supporting wellness and the local economy. In the Meadows Shopping Village parking lot in front of 5041 Ringwood Meadow Bldg G-2, Sarasota. For more information, please call 941-315-7773. 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. 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,

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Unity of Sarasota - 10:30am, meditation starting at 10am. We are meeting in person and livestream at under the services tab. The Sunday Celebration service includes a message and lively music. 3023 Proctor Rd., Sarasota, 941-9553301, 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. 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, Spirit Portrait Art Class Series - 11am-12:30pm on Zoom, Mar 26, Apr 9, 23, and May 7. With Jenny de Boer. Fee $75, that’s less than $20 per class. Sarasota Center of Light, 852 S Tuttle Ave. 941-953-6620, or after hours 727-492-2977, Psychic Sundays Tours - 1-3pm, May 15 & 29. The 120-minute Psychic Sundays tour is led by Michael Newton-Brown, whose first psychic experience came when he was three years old awakening one night to bid farewell to the spirit of his great-grandmother, who had just passed over downstairs. Michael began tarot reading in 1970; in 1975, he attended the Arthur Findlay College for the Advancement of Spiritualism and Psychic Sciences in Stansted, England, and has been an active medium and tarot reader since. $44.99 + tax/fees (and any add-ons). Individual tarot readings are available after the tour. All tours depart from the DST Trolley Cottage located at 1826 4th Street - a cute 1930s cottage near downtown with a charming Trolley Cottage Gift Shop. Discover Sarasota Tours, 1826 4th Street, Sarasota, 941-260-9818. Book online at Lightness of Walking - 5-7pm, May 1, 8, 15, 22, June 5 & 12. Online! Join Bonnie Kissam M.A., Feldenkrais® Practitioner for her 6-week Lightness of Walking Program. During this class, you learn how to re-design your ABCs for walking. Past attendees have reported pure amazement at how

much lighter and more efficient their balance and walk can be when they use the Lightness of Walking tools to realign, re-balance, and re-coordinate. Registration, receive your free E-Book and more info at, 941-360-2248.

monday “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 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, Charlotte/Lee Counties Lymphdema and Venous Disorders Support Gathering - 3-4:30pm, May 9, at Serenity Gardens, 995 Tamiami Trail, Unit B, Port Charlotte and May 23, 4-5:30pm, BSM Harbormaster Deck, 3190 Matecumbe, Punta Gorda. Info text 914-523-0174. 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, 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, Deep Rest “ZEN” Sessions Via Zoom - Restorative Guided Meditation - 6:30-8pm. Provide yourself with Deep Rest & Stress Reduction via Zoom, from the comfort of your own home. Set yourself up in a comfortable, distraction free space & come ready to Deeply Relax. These ZEN Sessions relax the body, still the mind & calm the nervous system, such a benefit for better sleep and overall stress management. Restful & Restorative - There’s no way to do this wrong, can be done in a bed or on a yoga mat. Just $10. or 941-830-3040.


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Learning to Connect Classes at CMF - 7-9pm. Join Susan Houliston and 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 CMFSarasota. org for description of the programs offered for each weekly class. We offer 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 Divine Feminine Dance™ - 12-1pm. With Jennifer Loftus. Using conscious guided movement, you’ll quickly begin to experience more joy, freedom, and power in your body. By getting out of your head and surrendering to the dance, you’ll return to greater flow, balance and grace. No experience is necessary as the movements are designed for all levels. $15/class, $50/5 classes. Location: Punta Gorda Woman’s Club, 118 Sullivan St., Punta Gorda. More info, 808-283-3774 or JenniferLoftusLLC@, 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, Guest Reader Psychic Medium Cheryl Buchanan - 12-3pm. Cheryl provides messages from guides, departed family or friends, and/or advice from spirit during her gentle and detailed readings. She uses tarot to connect the answers as needed. $30/15 minutes. Book an appointment at Wild Ginger Apothecary, 6557 Superior Avenue, Sarasota, 941-312-5630. 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. Law of Attraction - 7-8pm. An on-going support group with Rev. Zan Benham on Zoom. Class will include a weekly YouTube from Esther Hicks/ Abraham. $10 fee may be sent via PayPal, Venmo or Zelle, to Zoom link will be sent to you after you confirm your desire to take this class. Rev. Zan Benham, 941-922-7839. For more info,

wednesday Lightness of Walking – 1-3pm, Apr 6-May 11, June 8-July 13. Online! Join Bonnie Kissam M.A.,

Feldenkrais® Practitioner for her 6-week Lightness of Walking Program. During this class, you learn how to re-design your ABCs for walking. Past attendees have reported pure amazement at how much lighter and more efficient their balance and walk can be when they use the Lightness of Walking tools to realign, re-balance, and re-coordinate. Registration, receive your free E-Book and more info at, 941-360-2248. Sarasota Conscious Newcomers Group 5:30pm. Are you looking to meet like - minded community members? Have you just moved into the area and are looking to meet, create, and learn from mindful connections? We are offering a beautiful, sacred space to curate these connections. Join us for our new monthly newcomers’ group! It will be an open, relaxed, safe space to meet and guide each other on our mindful paths. Select Wednesdays per month, Free. You must reserve your spot at to attend. Wild Ginger Apothecary, 6557 Superior Avenue, Sarasota, 941-312-5630. Acoustic Open Jam - 6-7:30pm. Come join us at The George Café for an evening of fun. The George, 5131 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. More info, 941-277-3707. 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, 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, 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 a deeply relaxing experience. Biweekly, $20. You must preregister at Wild Ginger Apothecary, 6557 Superior Avenue, Sarasota, 941-312-5630.

thursday 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 flexibility. 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,

friday Gentle Yoga at CMF - 10-11am. Lead by Ellen Duff, this class is open to all ages and levels, and will focus on present moment awareness. Classes begin with a short meditation and transition into a conscious and gentle movement that take us to different postures. As a deeper connection with your inner nature is established, relaxation, flexibility, and strength develop. Trained and certified by the world-renowned White Lotus Foundation in Santa Barbara, CA, Ellen has been teaching practical methods of relaxation, breathing and raising the awareness of mind, body, and spirit relationship for 25-years. Join Ellen to relax and receive your inner guidance. Donation of $15. Please bring a yoga mat. Reservations please 630-303-0779. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Dr., Suite 204, 941-266-8435, Facebook: CMF of Sarasota.

the tools and experiences that we have utilized on our paths to recovery, wellness, and healing. ALL are welcome to this informal weekly meet-up at Wild Ginger Apothecary, no matter where you are on your sobriety journey. Sober-curious are welcome. Please arrive on time for this sacred space. Feel free to bring or invite a friend. $5 minimum donation per person, cash only at the door or preregister at Wild Ginger Apothecary, 6557 Superior Avenue, Sarasota, 941-312-5630.

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. Death Cafe: Coffee, Cake and Conversations 2-4pm. 3rd Sat. Of the month. No agenda. No counseling. No judgment. Just opportunity to share and ask questions. With Rev. Robin G. White & Rev. Amy Zehe. 3023 Proctor Rd., Sarasota, Sound Healing Meditation with Ed Russell - 5pm, 1st Saturday of every month. 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. $20. Book at Wild Ginger Apothecary 6557 Superior Avenue Sarasota, 941-312-5630. Free Musical Aspirations Workshop/ Groovin’ at The George - 6-7:30pm. Join David Warren, musician, song writer, and producer in this interactive workshop to explore your musical aspirations. The George, 5131 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. More info, 941-277-3707.

Spiritual Sobriety Women’s Group - 10am. Are you searching for a women’s group to support your spiritual journey of sobriety and/or recovery? We want to welcome you to a non-denominational, non-twelve step affiliated, open discussion for women. This space will be designated for sharing

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


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


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

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.


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 Tues -Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 10am-4pm, Closed Sun + Mon


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


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 ,


Laurie Pawli, Director, Certified Red Ribbon Consultant 630-279-8870

The Feng Shui School of Chicago & Florida is recognized as a Gold Level School, the highest standard established by the International Feng Shui Guild. Basic classes through Professional Certified Consultant Training Programs are taught. Classes are based on the front door of the space with a combination of Virtual and In Person Classes. Laurie was Certified as a Feng Shui Consultant in 2001 and is a student of Grand Master Professor Thomas Lin Yun.

FUNCTIONAL & LIFESTYLE WELLNESS 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.


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.


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

Spiritual Counseling, Guided Imagery, Past Life Regressions, Mental Telepathy, DNA Activation, Customized Ayurvedic Nutritional Programs, Chinese Cupping for Pain Relief.State-of-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 Detoxwith pH balancing.

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.

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

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. Tues - Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 10am4pm.


SPA AND WELLNESS SPA EXPERIENCE SIESTA KEY 5700 Midnight Pass Road Suite 4B 941- 350-7495

Newly relocated and remodeled day spa Formerly Massage Experience Siesta Key proudly offers an array of healing and pampering services. A sampling of our offerings include specialty anti-aging facials, facial sculpting, pampering, therapeutic massage medical massage, acupuncture, cupping and now featuring two couples rooms catering to small groups and wedding parties.Owner Connie Lewis has over 25 years of experience in the Spa industry and welcomes you to her new Spa conveniently located next to the public beach on Siesta Key.


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!


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The Divine Chapel of Love offers a place for weddings, renewal of vows and ceremonies for couples who wish to commemorate their special occasion in a beautiful surrounding to form lasting memories where Love is All That Matters.


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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 Tues Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 10am-4pm, Closed Sun + Mon





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