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If the first two bones in your neck are misaligned, communication between the brain and body is interrupted and can cause numerous health problems. Dr. Drew Hall has practiced the Blair Upper Cervical Chiropractic technique for the last 20 years in Los Angeles and Carson California before opening his third clinic right here in Sarasota, Florida. Blair Upper Cervical Chiropractic is a unique chiropractic technique that focuses all its attention on the upper neck and how it impacts the brainstem and central nerve system. The Blair technique is precise, gentle, and does not use any pulling, popping, or twisting of the neck.

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cientists have discovered a with a tip to fit in the bottom of the natural way to kill germs fast. nostril, where viruses collect. Now thousands of people When he felt a tickle in his nose are using it against viruses and bacteria like a cold about to start, he rubbed that cause illness. the copper gently in his nose for 60 Colds and seconds. many other “It illnesses start worked!” he when viruses exclaimed. get in your “The cold nose and never multiply. If happened. you don’t stop I used to them early, get 2-3 bad they spread colds every and cause year. Now New research: Copper kills viruses in seconds. misery. I use my Hundreds of studies confirm copper device whenever I feel a sign I am about kills viruses and bacteria almost to get sick.” instantly just by touch. He hasn’t had a cold in 10 years. That’s why ancient Greeks and Users say: Egyptians used copper to purify water “It works! I love it!” and heal wounds. They didn’t know “I can’t believe how good my nose about viruses and bacteria, but now we feels.” do. “Is it supposed to work that fast?” “The antimicrobial activity of copper “One of the best presents ever.” is well established.” National Institutes “Sixteen flights, not a sniffle!” of Health. Scientists say copper’s high “Cold sores gone!” conductance disrupts the electrical “It saved me last holidays. The kids balance in a microbe cell and destroys it all got sick, but not me.” in seconds. “I am shocked! My sinus cleared, The EPA recommended hospitals use no more headache, no more copper for touch surfaces like faucets congestion.” and doorknobs. This cut the spread of “Best sleep I’ve had in years!” MRSA and other illnesses by over half, and saved lives. After his first success with it, he The strong scientific evidence asked relatives and friends to try it. gave inventor Doug Cornell an idea. They all said it worked, so he patented He made a smooth copper probe CopperZap® and put it on the market. ADVERTORIAL 6

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

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eptember ushers in a flurry of transitions. Children are entering back into the rhythms of school. Parents are balancing their professional commitments with soccer games, piano lessons and other family activities. The ease of summer is fading into the busyness of autumn. And before we know it, another holiday season will be rounding the corner. In the spirit of transitions, our theme for this Natural Awakenings issue is inspired living as the seasons change and time moves us forward. Transitions can be exciting and beautiful, but they can also be uncertain and stressful—so wherever you land on this spectrum, we’re here to fill your month with inspiration and rejuvenation. Let’s peek inside! Our feature article, “Growing Younger,” is the ideal place to start. This isn’t about trying to stop the natural passage of time. It’s about reversing the health risks that often come with age, so we can experience a vibrant life of wellness and longevity. This article explores how the quest for longevity has become more attainable now than ever before due to scientific advancements to promote metabolic renewal at the cellular level. Not to mention, making a few simple but crucial lifestyle shifts—such as fine-tuning sleep, dietary, self-care and exercise practices—can redirect the biological clock towards health and vitality. Next in our inspired living lineup comes this month’s Fit Body article: “How a Yoga Practice Keeps Us Young.” September is National Yoga Awareness Month, and there are so many life-enhancing attributes of this ancient practice to discover. Yoga offers a host of benefits for both mental and physical health. From increasing your balance, coordination, strength and flexibility, to reinforcing mindfulness techniques that help manage stress, alleviate depression and center your thoughts on the present, there are numerous reasons to maintain a consistent yoga practice. It’s even accessible for those with chronic pain or limited mobility. Finally, we cannot talk about transition without also being honest about the stress, anxiety and overwhelm that so often accompanies it. If you could use some relief from the physical side-effects of stress—particularly, headaches—look no further than our Healing Ways article. It’s all about “Heading off Headaches,” which about three in four adults have suffered from in this past year alone. If the tension of a hectic schedule or the emotional distress of this chaotic world leaves you with a throbbing head, there are a number of ways to ease the pain and return to a life of vitality. Mindfulness practices, consistent exercise, acupuncture treatments and optimal nutrition are just a few of the natural remedies this article will delve into. Here at Natural Awakenings, our hope is that you will find inspiration within these pages—both in seasons of transition and all year long. Please continue to join us for this month’s edition of the crossword puzzle as well. Clues can be found throughout the issue, and the answers will be available on In the meantime, here’s to a healthy September, and we look forward to seeing you back here in October!

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What Can Your Genes Reveal About Your Diet and Exercise?


ave you ever wondered why someone can eat the same foods or perform the same exercises as you, but achieve different results? The answer likely exists within your DNA. Genetic testing can reveal your unique likelihood of weight loss, macronutrient (fat, carbohydrate, protein) utilization, training response, recovery and injury risk—even your intrinsic motivation to exercise and your level of impulse control. Using this information, you can develop a nutrition and exercise program that takes your genetic individuality into account. For example, should you do long, slow cardio or short bursts or intense activity? Do you respond better to power workouts or endurance training? Can including more protein in your diet affect the amount of weight you will lose? And most importantly for your long-term health and risk of disease, what is the likelihood that you have increased systemic inflammation? You can change how you age. Humans lose bone and muscle mass over time, but armed with specific information on the best way to maintain your own individual body, you might be able to slow or stop this decline. You can even measure the amount of muscle and fat you have—especially dangerous visceral fat—with a simple test. For more information or to schedule a free 15-minute consultation, text or call HealthSpan DNA at 941-345-0430.

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(Sarasota, Florida) Dr. David Cifra, DC who is board certified in the specialty of NonSurgical Spinal Decompression has been peer-nominated and recently recognized by the International Medical Advisory Board on Spinal Decompression. This advanced certification is provided in conjunction with Disc Centers of America, which sets the gold standard in training and research, on the latest, most effective options for the alleviation & treatment of

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Illuminate Festivals Return to Florida


fter a two-year hiatus, Illuminate Mind-BodySpirit-Arts Festivals will return to Punta Gorda on October 30, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center. Also, this year we’re presenting a new Illuminate Fort Myers to be held on November 5, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Crown Plaza Fort Myers. Both of these events will feature local holistic wellness practitioners and artists. Beautiful crystals, handmade jewelry and gifts, essential oils, luxurious spa products, original art and photography will be available. Intuitives, including vetted psychic mediums, Angel readers, tarot and oracle card readers, will offer special festival rates for their services. Energy healers will perform Reiki treatments and chakra balancing. There will also be free workshops to attend throughout the day. Admission is free as well. “We are excited to be back in Florida, offering our special brand of boutique festival. We are especially excited to be collaborating with SWFL local Lainie Sevante Wulkan and her business In2uitive Wisdom Productions, LLC. Lainie’s experience as a fourth-generation intuitive and wellness event coordinator is an added boost to our festivals,” says Illuminate Festivals founder, Judy Bazis. “We have missed serving the community in person. We have chosen to view the last two years as a sacred pause, and it has given practitioners an opportunity to broaden and deepen their spiritual gifts. I know they are looking forward to bring even more of those good vibes to Illuminate Punta Gorda and Illuminate Fort Myers!” Punta Gorda Location: 75 Taylor St., Punta Gorda. Fort Myers Location: 13051 Bell Tower Dr., Fort Myers. Exhibitor spaces (including a table, tablecloth, chairs and electricity access) might still be available for $150 plus registration fees. For more information, visit

Exploring the Sound and Vibration of Sacred Geometry at The OM Shoppe & Spa


acred geometry explores the cultural, traditional and metaphysical meaning behind the various mathematical patterns found in nature. From the spinning spiral of a nautilus shell to the intricate curves and angles of a delicate snowflake, sacred geometry is all around us. At The OM Shoppe & Spa, we have a wide array of instruments and crystals that take sacred geometry to the sonic and vibrational level. Here are a few examples of this: •

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What does a titanium quartz merkaba sound like? What does the sound of a rainbow quartz dodecahedron feel like? Come visit The OM Shoppe & Spa to find out. The high vibrations from these works of art are sure to transform your energy in a number of positive ways. For more information, call 941-706-3257 or visit 12

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Dr. Anna Can Make You Look Like Your Snap Chat

Upcoming Night Classes September 26


r. Anna Baker, DOM, invites you to join her interactive anti-aging seminars via Zoom on September 14 and 23, both at 1:30 p.m. During these seminars, she will showcase her Faces by Dr. Anna acupuncture facelift and muscle retightening Pearl Cream by Dr. Anna, both of which can help you look like your Snap Chat filter pictures. 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 her seminars, Dr. Anna will also show photographed results on people of all ages. In addition, she will 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 Pearl Cream is an anti-aging serum made from real pearls and Chinese herbs without any preservatives. Pearl Cream by Dr. Anna is also available as a muscle tightening body lotion, a men’s anti-aging line and a sports performance line. Store 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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Do You Have a Leaky Brain?


hen the blood-brain barrier is broken down, it becomes “leaky.” In other words, harmful substances can enter the brain. If we look at all the factors that cause this permeability, we can see that it’s a common problem. Some of the factors we need to monitor in order to maintain a healthy brain include stress, systemic inflammation, head trauma, vaccine injury, poor sleep, elevated glucose, heavy metals, chronic infections, poor diet, leaky gut and a sedentary lifestyle. One of the most harmful substances for the brain is gluten. David Perlmutter, MD, has a book out on this, titled Grain Brain. This book discusses the global brain epidemic caused by our diets. Some of the solutions to facilitate healing include stress management, full detox, nootropics, mental stimulation, exercise, anti-inflammatory diets and less toxic exposure. These are some indicators of a leaky brain: depression, brain fog, anxiety, headaches, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, ADHD and various psychological diseases. According to statistics, about 20 percent of Americans suffer from some kind of mental illness. So what can you do to diagnose if you have one of these conditions? You can order a lab test for S100-B for markers or a full comprehensive Biofeedback Evaluation. This will provide you with map of your wellness including an energetic brain scan. For a Biofeedback Evaluation, please contact Beata Molnar, owner of the Healing Room in Sarasota. In addition to Biofeedback Evaluations, she also performs Energy Healing, PEMF, Red Light Therapy, Sound Tuning, and Frequency Applications with plasma tubes. Location: Healing Room, Aaron Ct., Sarasota. For more information, call 941-586-9539 or visit

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“High Vibe & Vegan” Online Course by Yoga Premananda


ocal energy healer Yoga Premananda, (that’s her real name), helps people safely become fully or partially vegan in order to heal physical challenges and raise their vibration. She closes the gap on the common pitfalls most people experience when trying to become more plant based. Yoga talks about how many doctors today are recommending to their patients to go more plant based to heal heart related issues, deal with weight loss and other ailments. Yoga received multiple credentials over the past two decades including Tao Healing Hands, Results Healing Master (RHM), and Nirahara Samyama. She trained with His Divine Holiness (HDH) Bhagavan Sri Nithyananda Paramashivam, Master Sio, an authentic Kahuna Healer and Qi Gong Master, and attended The Omega Institute where she studied with the author of the legendary book, Many Lives Many Masters, Brian Weiss. The High Vibe & Vegan online course was directly inspired by her 16 years being plant based and the quantum energy healing she practices with clients. She moved to Sarasota from Los Angeles in January 2022, opened her office in downtown Sarasota, as well as sees clients on Zoom. Yoga combines custom detox, quantum energy healing and an all or mostly plant based lifestyle for her clients while she’s guiding them to achieve holistic results. According to client testimonials on her Youtube Channel and website, “Yoga effectively combines her intuitive gifts with natural healing modalities to provide a safe yet advanced setting where clients can transform.” You can see more details, testimonials and how to work with her on her site: For more information, contact Yoga Premananda at 727-251-0815 or visit Follow along on Instagram @YogaPremananda, YouTube, Facebook and Linkedin @YogaPremananda.

Professional Intuitive Healer Certification Starts this Month at Wild Ginger Apothecary


he School of Awakened Living’s ninemonth Professional Intuitive Healer Certification program will start on September 12 at Wild Ginger Apothecary. Learn how to give powerful intuitive readings and healings with five, highly-trained, experienced and gifted teachers, while healing yourself at the same time. By the end of this program, you will have everything you need to begin your own professional intuitive healing practice. For more information, visit

Rest Easy with Harvest Green Mattresses at The Sleep Store


ptimal rest and sleep hygiene are vital for all facets of wellness. Sleep allows you to refresh and recover from the daily stressors of life, so it’s important to create a healthy sleep environment that feels conducive to a peaceful night’s rest. This starts with the quality of mattress you choose. Here at The Sleep Store, we know firsthand just how crucial it is to pick a mattress that’s not only comfortable and supportive, but is also made from all-natural materials that are safe for you and the planet. To this end, we offer Harvest Green Mattresses which are certified organic, eco-conscious, vegan-friendly, and contain no flame retardants, pesticides, volatile chemicals, gases or other toxins. In other words, you can trust these mattresses to offer the healthiest, most luxurious sleep you could ask for. With the hectic pace of today’s world, there’s no better time to invest in your rest. Location: 2391 S McCall Rd., Englewood. For more information, call 941-999-4442 or visit

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Digestion Help Is Just Around the Corner


oes it feel like you just can’t eat like you used to without bloating, heartburn or indigestion? According to science, you are most likely correct! The body relies on enzymes in the digestive tract to break down foods. However, after you reach the age of 20, the body produces 10% fewer digestive enzymes than the decade before. Age isn’t the only reason behind poor digestion. An increase in stress levels, an active immune system, overeating or eating too quickly, and consuming processed foods can also impact the body’s digestive health. This matters because undigested food particles can leak past the lining of your gut to cause an immune response. So how can you counteract this issue? Enter: Digest DTX™ by NeuroScience, a unique blend of vegetarian sourced digestive enzymes with extra botanicals for promoting detoxification and immune function. * The digestive enzymes in Digest DTX™ have been shown to remain active in the gut by safely passing the acidic stomach environment to significantly increase carbohydrate and protein digestion in the small intestine. * These enzymes were carefully selected to support the breakdown of starchy foods, refined sugars, lactose, and complex fats or oils. * Digest DTX also contains plant-based ingredients such as turmeric, apple cider vinegar and cilantro to support detoxification and balance healthy gut bacteria. * Stop by the Professional Supplement Center for a free sample of Digest DTX. Also, feel free to browse the variety of high-quality supplements such as NeuroScience, Standard Process, Ortho Molecular, Douglas Labs, Pure Encapsulations, Xymogen, Klaire Labs, Thorne Research and Microbiome Labs, just to name a few. Location: 5525 Palmer Crossing Cir., Sarasota. For more information, call 941-487-5990 or visit * These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.


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s fall approaches, Wild Ginger Apothecary’s event schedule is full of new offerings to enjoy. One of our newest guest readers Akasha Jen Smith will be leading two new events this month, starting with “Awakening Activations.” Awakening Activations are divinely channeled group transmissions in alignment with the highest good. Each month, we will focus on a different topic like abundance, love or joy. These transmissions include clearings, healings, sound baths, meditations, activations and messages. The goal is to release any mental, emotional, physical and spiritual energetic resistance or blockages, so you will be open to receive and manifest with ease and grace. These special group transmissions will take place on the third Friday of each month, 7–8:30 p.m. The second event Akasha will lead is “Temple Fusion Bellydance & Yoga.” This unique practice will help you cultivate body love and acceptance, open your heart, and connect to your own radiance. All bodies, genders and levels of dance experience are welcome. We will begin with a short meditation, transition into relaxed yoga, then move on to the dance. With bellydance as the foundation, other dance forms are also woven in, such as Flamenco, Classical Indian Dance, Persian and Hip Hop. Sacred geometry, energetic opening techniques, mudras (sacred hand gestures), and facial or emotional expression will be integrated as well. For more information or to register for these events, visit


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known as “stem cell exhaustion.” Regenerative medicine usually involves harvesting mesenchymal stem cells from a patient’s own body fat or bone marrow, or from the umbilical cord of a heavily screened healthy newborn at the time of delivery (neither the mother or baby are harmed in this procedure). Conversely, the process of retrieving stem cells from an adult patient involves inherent risks of surgery, and it can be quite painful. Not to mention, the quality and quantity of stem

Is Regenerative Medicine the New Foundation of Youth? by Dr. Laura Korman, DC


hile aging is inevitable and a normal part of life on this planet, crippling pain and degenerative diseases should not be inevitable. Regenerative medicine is a branch of medicine that works to regenerate and repair cells or tissues damage to restore both their structure and function. This revolutionary form of healthcare is leading the way in medical advancements to treat many conditions that would otherwise require more invasive or risky solutions. In this article, I want to share what regenerative medicine is, how it’s being utilized, and what we can do to enhance our own regenerative capabilities. When people hear the term regenerative medicine, they often think of stem cells. While stem cells are a significant component of regenerative medicine, they aren’t the only contributing factor to jumpstart this healing, reparative and regenerative process. Stem cells are neutral or undifferentiated cells with the potential to either duplicate themselves or differentiate into a new cell the body needs. Stem cells are the most abundant in newborn babies, with 1/10,000 cells in an infant being a stem cell. These cells continually decline as we age, with only 1/ 2,000,000 cells being a stem cell by the time we are 80. One theory of aging centers around a biological process


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cells will be limited due to the health and age of the patient. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) collected from the Wharton’s jelly of the umbilical cord of a newborn baby will contain millions more healthy and viable cells than that of an adult. MSCs are most commonly used in medicine for orthopedic applications in joints, such as the knees, shoulders, hips, hands and feet. However, we also see promise in their ability to help with some autoimmune conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, lupus and Crohn’s disease, as well as neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and stroke or traumatic brain injuries. One of the most exciting developments in the field of regenerative medicine is understanding the crucial role that stem cells play in releasing chemical messengers to communicate with other cells and substances involved in the repair of damaged and inflamed tissues. These extracellular components include cytokines, growth factors, collagen, proteins, hyaluronic acid, and peptides—all of which contribute like a symphony to orchestrate both the healing and regeneration of our bodies. As we age, our own stem cell numbers naturally decline and slow their function or become exhausted. This is one of the main contributors to unhealthy aging or even death. However, there are several lifestyle strategies

that we can practice to activate or stimulate the activity of our own stem cells at any age. Eat a low inflammatory diet by avoiding sugar, processed carbohydrates, and vegetable or seed oils. Consume fresh and organic (if possible) vegetables and low-glycemic fruits, as well as pasture-raised animal proteins, eggs and dairy. Manage stress and prioritize sleep. A 2018 study found that sleep helps the regenerative capacity of stem cells and tissue regeneration. Maintain regular physical movement. Exercise helps with the activation, mobilization and differentiation of various types of stem cells, as well as tissue regeneration and function. Consume nutraceuticals with polyphenolic compounds, including resveratrol, quercitin, EGCG (found in green tea) and curcumin (the active component in the spice turmeric). Research has shown that polyphenolic compounds help activate stem cells by reducing inflammation and oxidative stress, which activates autophagy (self-cleaning or “eating” of damaged cells) to enhance mitochondria function and promote the migration and differentiation of stem cells. Practice fasting or work to achieve a state of ketosis (during which most of your energy comes from burning body fat). Fasting stimulates autophagy when the body recycles its own damaged cellular components to make healthier cells. This process of self-renewal is associated with the activation of stem cells. While stem cell therapy is still being researched, it is not a cure for any disease at this point. However, it has a premise to help the body lower inflammation, regulate the immune system, and regenerate tissue that has been damaged over time. By allowing tissue repair and lowering inflammation, stem cell therapy or regenerative medicine can help patients embrace a healthier, more vibrant aging process with a better quality of life overall. Dr. Laura Korman is the owner of the Korman Relief and Wellness Center, located at 16954 Toledo Blade Blvd., Port Charlotte. For more information and to schedule an appointment, call 941-629-6700 or visit

Breathing to Find Inspired Living by Fred Harvey


he phrase “inspired living” brings forth a host of possibilities. I imagine many of us run a series of fantasies in our minds when we think of inspired living. For example, residing in a mansion with unlimited money to spend. However, these fantasies often fall short in the real world. I’ve come to believe this occurs because we have forgotten the origin of the

word inspired. From the Latin inspirare, meaning “to breathe or blow into,” the term has since evolved, yet it still retains this basic meaning. In fact, one of the current dictionary definitions for inspire is “to breathe in (air); inhale.” This word was initially used by a divine or supernatural being to “impart a truth or idea to someone.” It was also used to designate life—the spirit enters the body with the first inspiration! Inspired living starts with the breath. Breath is life, and breath is love. Simple breathing exercises can offer a pause to allow further inspiration to guide the day. When we set aside time to reflect on our lives, we can understand what we truly need to thrive. There are several ways to be mindful of our own lives. We can practice meditation. We can take a mindful stroll. We can listen to classical music. Many beautiful creations come out of contemplative time in prayer or meditation. In fact, meditation can take place in movement and action as well. A sculptor is inspired to create works of beauty. A functional medicine doctor is inspired to teach others how to obtain optimal health. An Uber driver is inspired to offer his

passenger a comfortable and pleasant ride. The key factor behind all of this inspiration is love. At the root of each of these examples is a human being who loves to serve others through their actions and, in doing so, nurtures an inspired life. So before you start making plans for a new inspired life, just take a moment to pause…and breathe! Experience functional medicine and discover the root cause of your health issues by calling Dr. Harvey’s office, Functional Medicine Florida (formerly known as The Harvey Center), at 941-929-9355. You can also join the conversation and ask Dr. Harvey health and wellness questions 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 Functional Medicine Florida. 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

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these issues can cause referred pain to the sciatic nerve area, muscle spasms and, occasionally, spinal problems that exert pressure on the sciatic nerve directly. To treat sciatica correctly, we need to focus on the underlying causes of fascia restriction, weak core muscles, and strenuous or excessive lifting.

Healing Sciatica by Eric Winder, DC


ciatica causes pain that starts in the lower spine or buttock, then travels down the back of a person’s thigh and sometimes into the back of their leg. To relieve this often debilitating pain, we must understand what is causing it. Let’s look at the main triggers of sciatica to determine how each of them is best treated for maximum pain relief. True sciatica is caused by pressure or irritation to the sciatic nerve (in the buttock) or one of its roots (in the lower back). However, what some refer to as “sciatica” is usually not the real condition. The more common causes of this “sciatic-like” pain involve muscle spasm, weak core muscles or referred pain. This referred pain occurs when the actual source of pain is different from where a person feels it. An example of this is left arm pain from a heart attack. Finding the Source Sciatica and sciatic-like pain have similar causes. For the sake of simplicity, I’ll refer to both as sciatica moving forward. These types of pain can be caused by repeated strenuous activity, especially lifting. How-


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ever, the opposite of strenuous movement can also have the same effect. Being too sedentary and letting core trunk muscles become too weak can cause similar end results. In either case of weakness or overworked tissues, sciatica also often involves subtle problems with an important sense called proprioception. Proprioception, or position sense, refers to the ability to know where our body parts are in space and how they relate to each other. This sense allows us to maintain muscular balance, joint alignment and stability, and upright posture. Most importantly, it allows for coordinated motion —to walk around, brush our teeth or even do back flips. This incredible and vital sense comes from millions of nerve endings in the body’s fibrous connective tissue called fascia. In my experience, those who suffer from sciatica often have restrictions in their fascia from either past injuries or the daily wear-and-tear of living. These restrictions can cause glitches in the body’s position sense, resulting in joint instability, muscle imbalance and misalignment. In turn,

Achieving Relief Let’s consider the case of a patient I will refer to as Helen. She had been suffering from sciatica in her right side for over a year when she came our office. The pain started after moving heavy pots while gardening in her backyard. Physical therapy had given her temporary relief, but the pain quickly came back once she finished therapy. She had begun to take ibuprofen daily for relief, while cutting back heavily on her normal activities. Upon examination at our office, I found that Helen had restricted fascia in her lumbar muscles and right thigh. Her right knee had been injured two years prior in a boating accident, and I found that it also had fascia restrictions. Some core exercises that she had learned in therapy strengthened trunk area, but her lower abdominal muscles were still weak. We started Helen’s treatment by releasing the restrictions in her fascia with hands-on treatments and low-level laser therapy. Treating the knee area relieved much of her pain in that area, but she experienced even more pain relief as we treated other areas. The release of fascia restrictions also improved function in her lower abdominal muscles. This made it possible for her to use the exercises she had already learned during her time in physical therapy to strengthen her abdominal muscles for better stability. Helen reported that she was feeling 90% improved at this point, but then she encountered a setback. Not Again! Helen had been feeling so much improvement that she restarted her gardening activities, but this seemed to cause more pain to flare. I asked her to show me the method that she normally used to move her plant-

ing pots, and she then demonstrated what I consider to be one of the most dangerous activities for back health. She had been lifting and twisting— planting her feet in one spot, lifting her garden pots, then twisting her back to set the pots down in their new positions, all without ever shifting her feet. We treated her for new muscle injuries and fascia restrictions, and by the time she returned to gardening a few weeks later, she was pain free. She was also much more careful about how she used her body to move these heavy items. Occasionally, I have seen more serious causes of sciatica such as a severe disk herniation pressing on the sciatic nerve or an allergic reaction to a metal hip joint that irritated the sciatic nerve. Cases like this might require more invasive intervention such as surgery. However, they are few and far between. Most cases of sciatica, whether true or sciatic-like, are caused by the three factors mentioned above. Fortunately, most sciatica cases are easily resolved after treating fascia restrictions, stabilizing the core muscles, and alleviating issues with physical movement (or lack thereof) to allow for healing and injury prevention. Dr. Eric Winder has been practicing chiropractic for 25 years, with a focus on treatment of fascia and soft tissue for the past 22 years. Dr. Winder’s practice emphasizes relieving pain and restoring alignment and motion with gentle therapies. For more information, call 941-957-8390 or visit

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time alone has its own set of health benefits. Acupuncture releases neurotransmitters such as endorphins and enkephalins. These brain chemicals induce feelings of wellness and pain relief. I believe that acupuncture can activate the release of other chemicals too, such as dopamine and serotonin. As a result, acupuncture can be used to treat mild symptoms of depression, including postpartum. It could also have a role in balancing hormones and resolving menstrual and menopausal issues. Because of this, we often see women particularly respond to acupuncture treatments, but the stress-relieving benefits are for everyone. Acupuncture is a major player in the treatment of chronic pain and tension—especially headaches or migraines. Bottom line: When you reduce stress with acupuncture, you’ll feel so much better.

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by Mary-Elizabeth Schurrer

tress does not always take the form of mental and emotional turbulence. In many cases, it can also manifest as physical tension. When this occurs, you might experience issues like joint or muscle soreness, headaches or migraines, and other sources of chronic pain or discomfort. The trouble is, however, stress can often feel inescapable in our busy, fast-paced lives. As summer wanes into autumn, and you swap out that beach vacation for a calendar full of work and school activities, it’s not uncommon to notice your stress accelerating in response. But while stress itself is part of life, the painful or uncomfortable symptoms of stress don’t have to be. Lasting relief is available from an unlikely but effective source: Acupuncture. In this month’s Community Spotlight, Dr. Christina Captain, board-certified Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine


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(DAOM), is here to shed light on the all stress-reducing benefits of acupuncture. As lead practitioner of Sarasota Center for Acupuncture and Nutrition—as well as a longtime contributor to Natural Awakenings—Dr. Captain has a wealth of insight to share on this powerful holistic modality, so let’s dive right in! Natural Awakenings: This is a hectic time of year—back to school season is in full-swing, and the holidays are just around the corner. How can acupuncture provide relief from both the physical and mental effects of stress, from headaches to general tension? Dr. Christina Captain: Acupuncture is wellknown to reduce the impacts of stress, which is what also makes it so beneficial for treating anxiety. I mean, how often do you get 30 minutes of uninterrupted “me” time? This quiet

NA: What sets acupuncture apart from some of the more conventional or mainstream methods of treating those symptoms? In addition to using acupuncture as a standalone therapy, how effective is it as an adjunct to other healthcare modalities? Dr. Captain: What makes acupuncture such an excellent healing modality is that, unlike some medications and hormone replacement therapies, it will not cause any known negative side-effects. Not only is acupuncture benign, it can also produce highly effective results. With that said, I also love integration, and in my own practice, I have found that a combination of treatments is sometimes the best method to care for a patient. I believe no healthcare practitioner should think their specialization is the only option that works. It’s helpful to use an integrative team approach. One example of this is treating post-surgical joint pain. Integrate acupuncture into the treatment plan, and a patient will feel relief almost immediately. It almost seems like a miracle, but it’s just how acupuncture sparks the human body’s innate abilities to heal. NA: For those who are unfamiliar with acupuncture but are curious to learn more

about it, how does this treatment specifically work? Which types of acupuncture does your practice offer, how many sessions are usually advisable, and which factors do you take into account when developing a treatment protocol for each of your clients? Dr. Captain: Acupuncture works in all sorts of different ways. We provide acupuncture in any form that a patient needs to receive it. Our team is trained in numerous styles of acupuncture, from Korean to Chinese to Japanese. Our modalities also include injection therapies, electro-acupuncture, ear acupuncture and laser acupuncture—we also offer painless sessions. In my practice, we evaluate each patient according to their specific needs, as well as the duration of the problem they want to improve or resolve. We’ll then determine the number of sessions during that initial assessment. However, I would estimate that we cannot expect to see any real, lasting improvements without a minimum of 10 sessions. NA: In addition to helping relieve stress and tension, what other health challenges can acupuncture be used to treat? What would you tell someone who currently needs relief from one of these ailments, but is hesitant to try acupuncture for themselves? Dr. Captain: Acupuncture is a rockstar at helping to resolve chronic pain from any source including osteoarthritis, peripheral neuropathy, post-herpetic neuropathy (pain from shingles), failed surgeries, fertil-

ity issues (either with or without reproductive endocrinology treatments), headaches, migraines, menstrual or menopausal issues, and the residual effects of COVID or any post-viral illness, just to name a few of its numerous applications. Acupuncture has become much more mainstream than it was 23 years ago when I first started practice. However, if anyone is still hesitant to experience this modality for themselves, I would encourage them to call our office for a new patient consultation. I would also urge them to look for these five qualifications before choosing an acupuncturist: 1. Make sure they have a doctorate-level education in acupuncture, signified by the DAOM (advanced practice doctorate or DACM first professional doctorate). 2. Confirm they are a licensed acupuncturist—not some other healthcare practitioner. This distinction should be prominently visible in their office. 3. Check to see if they hold an NCCAOM professional acupuncturist board certification. 4. Take into account their experience, treatment success and number of years in practice. 5. Visit their office to meet in person and to see if you click. Dr. Christina Captain, DAOM, MSAOM, MSHN, MA, AP, 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 or to schedule a patient consultation, call 941-951-1119 or visit Sarasota-

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ongevity, a human quest through the ages, is now a hot topic among scientific researchers that assert there has never been a better time to maximize our potential for metabolic renewal. Biological age—the state of our health at the cellular level—is in the spotlight, as are the anti-aging benefits of science-supported phytonutrients, cell-rejuvenating foods and safe, non-surgical, stem cell procedures. Functional medicine, with its focus on the biology-based root causes of disease, is also a rising star in the arena of age reversal. No matter which path we follow to aging vibrantly, the most inspiring takeaway is that lifestyle, not genes, determines destiny. “On average in the United States, the last 16 years of life are spent with multiple diagnoses and on multiple medications. We are giving our hard-earned money to pharmacies, hospitals and nursing facilities,” says Kara Fitzgerald, a naturopathic doctor in Newtown, Connecticut, and the author of Younger You: Reduce Your Bio Age and Live Longer, Better. She and other researchers contrast “lifespan”, the years from birth to death, to “healthspan”, the years spent in good health free of age-related disease and disability. “Lifespan is not necessarily healthspan, and we can change that,” she says.


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Until recently, age was determined by the year on our birth certificate, but “bio age” is the new number to pay attention to. It might not only predict health outcomes down the road, but also add years to our lives. In groundbreaking work in 2017, anti-aging researcher Steven Horvath at the University of California, Los Angeles, used algorithms to calculate biological age on the basis of how extensively our genome is modified by a process called DNA methylation. Researchers are now understanding what factors can turn on positive gene expressions and turn off those that may activate life-threatening diseases. “Bio age is how fast our bodies are aging, and aging is the main risk factor for all diseases, including Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, de-


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mentia and neurodegenerative disorders,” says Fitzgerald, noting that only 10 to 20 percent of longevity outcomes are genetic. Fitzgerald and her team drove this point home with the first randomized, controlled study on the power of lifestyle and diet to turn back the biological age clock. Based upon functional medicine, the program enrolled 18 healthy men between ages 50 and 72 in a target group and 20 in a control group. Those in the target group ate a nutrient-rich diet, slept seven hours a night, practiced relaxation techniques and took supplemental probiotics and phytonutrients. They ate only between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., exercised for at least 30 minutes five days a week, avoided sweets and consumed two cups of dark, leafy, greens and three cups each of cruciferous vegetables and colorful vegetables daily, as well as six ounces of animal protein. The results, published last year in the journal Aging, showed that three years of bio age were reduced in the target group in just eight weeks compared to the control group. “What we eat, our stress load and our response to it, the quality of the air we breathe and if we exercise are all drivers or reducers of our bio age. Knowing this, we absolutely need to take responsibility for our lives,” says Fitzgerald. This bio age reversal is good news when we look at the grim statistics. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Cancer Society, approximately 610,000 people die of heart disease in this country each year and more than 600,000 Americans are predicted to succumb to cancer this year alone.

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The Trifecta of Acid, Inflammation and Stress Chronic systemic inflammation is now understood to be the physiological springboard for most diseases ranging from cancer to depression, but its connection to uric acid is critical in producing free radicals that accelerate aging. “Unfortunately, most doctors look upon uric acid solely as a risk marker for gout. We now recognize that uric acid serves as a powerful signal in the body to prepare for food and water scarcity,” says neurologist David Perlmutter, author of The New York Times bestseller Grain Brain and the recent Drop Acid, a guide to lowering uric acid in the body. “Uric acid levels above 5.5 milligrams per decilitre trigger the body to raise the blood pressure, increase the blood sugar, become insulin-resistant and increase the formation and storage of body fat,” he says. “Central to regaining metabolic health and reducing risk for metabolic conditions like Alzheimer’s disease, coronary artery disease and Type 2 diabetes is reining in uric acid.” Chronic, unmanaged stress is a major factor in physical and mental decline due to elevated levels of cortisol. “Stress threatens


Molecular Magic Harvard genetics professor David Sinclair, author of the seminal Lifespan: Why We Age—And Why We Don’t Have To, discovered antioxidant-rich resveratrol in grapes in 2003. Since then, he and other researchers have found additional compounds with the ability to activate longevity pathways. Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD, or B3), a coenzyme involved in many metabolic processes essential to life, has been shown to rejuvenate aging mice, increasing energy-producing mitochondria in the cells and fortifying muscle mass. The body makes less NAD as we age, but research suggests that intermittent fasting, exercise and heat saunas can stimulate this youth-preserving molecule. NAD-boosting supplements are also on the market, but consuming foods like naturally fermented sauerkraut, raw milk, nutritional yeast and pumpkin seeds is also a good strategy. SIRT6, an enzyme in close relationship with NAD and responsible for many molecular anti-aging processes, including DNA repair, is abundant in seaweeds, especially the strain Fucus vesiculosus, commonly known as bladder wrack. Research published in the journal Marine Drugs in 2017 indicates bladder wrack’s anti-inflammatory and anti-tumoral properties, as well as its potential to protect the liver and normalize high blood sugar and blood pressure. Fisetin, a powerful flavonoid found in certain foods like strawberries, peaches, apples, persimmons, tomatoes, onions and

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the health and diversity of our gut bacteria, leading to increased gut permeability, a central mechanism underlying widespread inflammation, which is the cornerstone of all chronic degenerative conditions,” says Perlmutter. “Those conditions as a category are ranked by the World Health Organization as the number one cause of death on our planet today.” Fitzgerald concurs, “Excessive inflammation—an imbalanced immune response—accelerates the aging process, and it increases with stress. Stress is the gasoline on the fire of aging.” Eating to reduce inflammation is key, and there is power on our plates when we add some of Fitzgerald’s longevity boosters like turmeric, green tea, shitake mushrooms, wild-caught salmon, eggs, liver and sunflower seeds. A study last year in Experimental Gerontology reported that the amino acid L-theanine, found particularly in green tea, reduced oxidative stress, liver degeneration and inflammatory responses in aging rats.

No matter which path we follow to aging vibrantly, the most inspiring takeaway is that lifestyle, not genes, determines destiny.

Radical Renewal Without Surgery In the daily survival game, the body’s stem cells generate specialized cells to replace those throughout the body that are damaged and dying. This ongoing repair process slows down as we advance in years, but cutting-edge procedures offer new hope for conditions ranging from arthritis to age-related brain fog. “Stem cells improve DNA methylation and telomere length, and result in a reduced physiologic age compared to your chronologic age,” says Chadwick Prodromos, a Chicago-based, board-certified orthopedic surgeon and the founder of the Prodromos Stem Cell Institute, in Antigua. “Joint replacements are offered quite liberally nowadays, but most of our patients with severe arthritis who were offered joint replacements do well in our care without them for virtually any joint in the body.” Prodromos and his team combine umbilical cord-derived stem cell treatment (non-embryonic/fetal) with specially selected nutritional supplements and in some patients, platelet-rich plasma and hyaluronic acid injections. Even with exciting advances in the promotion of long life, experts are unanimous in stressing that going into our golden years disease-free begins and ends with individual lifestyle choices, starting with what we put in our mouths. “Diet is the most critical variable in terms of our metabolic destiny. It’s been said that a person can’t exercise away a poor diet, and there’s great wisdom in this statement,” says Perlmutter. “While stem cell treatment has been quite effective, it is important to remember that avoiding chemicals in the environment, exercising vigorously and maintaining a low BMI [body mass index] are clearly the most important factors in good health,” advises Prodromos. Marlaina Donato is an author, composer and painter. Connect at

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Lissa Rankin on the Mysteries of Healing


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ind-body physician Lissa Rankin, a New York Times bestselling author and founder of the Whole Health Medicine Institute in the San Francisco Bay Area, takes readers on her decade-long journey in her latest book, Sacred Medicine: A Doctor’s Quest to Unravel the Mysteries of Healing. She provides a discerning guide to the sometimes perilous paths available to patients when wellness fads, lifestyle changes and doctors have failed them.

What motivated you to write Sacred Medicine? After 14 years of studying and practicing conventional medicine, I left it at age 37 because I became disillusioned and “morally injured” by the limitations of conventional medicine and the U.S. health care system, which give lip service to a patient’s well-being and ultimately are about the financial bottom line. I never lost respect for the life-saving aspects of conventional medicine. I simply believed it shouldn’t be the only medicine in my medicine bag. It only took me nine months to realize that I could quit my job as an Ob-Gyn, but I couldn’t quit my calling. That which drew me to medicine from age 7 was still alive in me. I began spiritually seeking to find out what else heals. During my years of studying and practicing everything along the health, wellness, psychology, yoga and spirituality gamut, I tried many things, cherry-picking from various spiritual traditions, Eastern religions and New Age spirituality. None of these quite fit either. I found as much shadow in this camp as I did in the conventional medicine camp.

Why use a carefully balanced brew of several healing interventions? Limiting how you approach your health care to one camp or the other could prevent you from having the best possible health outcome. There’s light and shadow in both camps. My book helps educate readers so they can practice discernment and make wise choices about which tools from the world’s medicine bag serves them best. It’s meant to help them become more miracle-prone and hopefully to embrace the paradoxes of healing, one of which is: You can heal yourself and you can’t do it alone. A lot of the practices I write about are intended to facilitate the restoration of wholeness. That doesn’t mean that people shouldn’t also seek out potentially curative treatments with their conventional medical doctor. But those treatments often don’t cure either, so I really see it that individuals don’t have to choose one or the other. Rather, they can choose conventional medicine and sacred medicine.

What’s the difference between curing and healing? Generally, curing is about the elimination of all evidence of disease. Healing is a restoration of wholeness, which is what the word “heal” is based upon. When I’ve been present with people during end-of-life care, I’ve witnessed the restoration of wholeness in the tying up of the loose ends of a welllived life or a life not so well-lived, even in the presence of physical decline. Repair,

healing and forgiveness in both internal and external relationships in our lives can come from doing deep shadow work.

What are our whole health intelligences? Because healing is a return to wholeness, connecting with your whole health intelligences—mental, intuitive, emotional and somatic—must be the foundational part of your healing journey to create conditions which make the body miracle-prone. I think of the work of integrating them as I do a symphony that requires a conductor to arrange and harmonize the intelligences. I call the conductor the “inner pilot light”. For example, if we’re making medical decisions or any significant decision, it’s important to consult all the intelligences. Consider not only what the mind is telling you about what’s wise and smart and what the science shows, but what intuition is telling you about what might be in your best interests. Or consider what your gut or other aspects of your body are feeling. It’s not only the gut that can give us somatic intelligence. We can tune into various intelligences all over our body. Some healers I’ve met are finely tuned into this kind of intelligence to the point that they can ask a “yes” or “no” question and feel the answer somatically. They use this as one of the ways to guide themselves and their clients.

What part does trauma play in sacred medicine? Although trauma as a cause of physical disease might be disputed by skeptics who resist information that contradicts their worldview, the body of scientific data linking psychological trauma and both pediatric and adult-onset disease is airtight. According to so many sources in the mainstream medical literature, anywhere from 60 to 80 percent of illnesses have stress-related emotional underpinnings. What causes stress? Trauma does. Linda Sechrist is Natural Awakenings senior staff writer. Connect at September 2022


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Aging Gracefully HOW A YOGA PRACTICE KEEPS US YOUNG by Maya Whitman


ballroom dancing to her list of passions and at 93, she landed in the Guinness World Records as the oldest yoga teacher on the planet. She continued to teach a weekly yoga class just days before her death at age 101. “I love seeing students realize what is possible,” Porchon-Lynch said in an interview, and her words are an added incentive to reap the many benefits of a regular yoga practice at any age. Whether it involves getting down on a mat or practicing modified poses with the use of a chair, yoga helps us to stay nimble, manage stress, reduce symptoms of depression and tame high blood pressure. Yoga has been around for thousands of years for good reason, and health organizations like the Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center are now recommending the healing modality for a better quality of life.


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life as we age—strength, flexibility, balance and agility—and we get that from yoga. We can find independence in our everyday life, and we don’t need a vigorous yoga class to do that,” says Ruth Pipitone, a gentle yoga instructor at various studios and senior centers in Northeastern Pennsylvania. For those that only associate the practice with youthful bodies and hip yoga gear, yoga is a full-spectrum practice. “Anyone can do yoga—gentle yoga, chair yoga and even wheelchair yoga.” According to a 2016 study of 227 participants reported in the journal Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation, just 12 minutes of daily gentle yoga over 10 years improved bone mineral density in the spine and upper legs. About four in five participants had osteoporosis or osteopenia (low bone density), indicating that yoga is a good strategy for the 10 million Americans over the age of 50 with osteoporosis and the 44 million with osteopenia. For Terecita “Ti” Blair, yoga offered a new way of life after a catastrophic automobile accident in 2009. The Denver-based trauma and resilience educator and 2017 SilverSneakers Instructor of the Year says, “Virtually any style or type of yoga can appeal and work well for you today, but not tomorrow. Therefore real ‘yoga’ is about adaptability, and yes, those of us with compromised joints, immune systems, pain, disability and illness can absolutely benefit from yoga.” Those with conditions ranging from cancer to Parkinson’s disease can reap benefits from an appropriate yoga environment. In 2021, a meta-analysis of 12 studies published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health found that yoga can increase

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The Breath of Now The keystone of all yoga practice is working with the breath, an action that is naturally compromised by just getting out of bed and into the day’s challenges. “Most adults breathe from their chest. That’s where we activate the stress response of fight, flight or freeze. We need to use the lower lungs, too, so we can activate the parasympathetic nervous system to find calm,” says Pipitone. Blair, who specializes in helping others to find emotional equilibrium after trauma, concurs: “The nervous system is symbiotic with the breath, and vice versa. A long, deep inhale and a long, slow exhale can act as an immediate elixir for the nervous system to recognize that, in that moment, we are okay.” She has taught groups of people, some in wheelchairs and hospital beds, and she “still experienced the entire room shift when breathing together. As long as we are able to consciously notice breath, we can do yoga.” No matter how many trips we take around the sun, tapping into the life force can give us a new perspective. “I use asana (yoga poses) to examine my thoughts and feelings and to find introspection to examine what is happening with myself physically, as well as mentally and emotionally,” says Pipitone. “You become more mindful of what you need to carry with you and what you don’t need to carry with you.” In essence, we deepen as we age, and yoga can meet us on a multidimensional level. “Yoga does not have to mean poses. Possibilities are infinite, and adaptations are unlimited, based upon our needs,” says Blair. Connect with Maya Whitman at

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Heading Off Headaches NATURAL STRATEGIES HELP HALT THE PAIN by Carrie Jackson


triggered by changes in a routine or schedule, which throws the body’s regulatory rhythm off. Skipping meals, varying your sleep patterns and exercising inconsistently can all confuse the body and lead to a headache, varying in intensity from dull and distracting to severe and debilitating,” he explains.

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eadaches are one of the most common pain conditions in the world. According to the Cleveland Clinic, up to 75 percent of adults have had a headache in the past year. While symptoms vary in scope and intensity, understanding the underlying cause of a headache can lead to better treatment outcomes. Most headaches can be treated holistically, and lifestyle modifications can be key to lasting relief. There are more than 150 types of headaches, with the most common being tension, migraine and cluster. Migraine attacks, which according to the Migraine Research Foundation affect 12 percent of people in the U.S., are about three times more common in women than in men. Classic symptoms, which can be mild to severe, include throbbing or pounding pain located in the sinuses, forehead, back of the head or one of the temples.

Triggers Migraine can be triggered by changes in the weather, fatigue, stress, anxiety, insufficient sleep, dehydration and hormonal changes, according to the American Migraine Foundation. Headaches can also be provoked by certain allergens, such as cigarette smoke, exposure to harsh chemicals in cleaning or beauty products, mold, dust, caffeine, alcohol and fermented foods. According to Alexander Feoktistov, M.D., Ph.D., founder of the Synergy Integrative Headache Center, in Chicago, many headaches are caused by some form of stress. “Both physical and emotional stress can manifest with headaches. These are often 30

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While not completely understood, mental stress and anxiety can also be a trigger. “The mind-body connection is fierce,” says Christina P. Kantzavelos, a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in chronic illness and pain at Begin Within Today, in San Diego. “It’s important to keep in mind that pain literally originates in the brain. I use a Constructed Awareness approach with clients and bring curiosity to the pain they are experiencing, including headaches. What thoughts and emotions are coming up when they focus on the pain?” she says. “Physical symptoms are often the manifestation or tangible evidence of what is going on in your unconscious mind. Our bodies become stronger or weaker, depending on our emotional state. Fear, self-criticism and invalidating the self can be the root of a headache.”

Try Acupuncture or Acupressure Evidence suggests that acupuncture is effective in relieving the pain of headaches by changing the flow of energy, increasing blood circulation, releasing endorphins and relaxing muscles. Acupressure and other techniques can be done anywhere, says chiropractor and acupuncturist Michele Renee, director of integrative care at Northwestern Health Sciences University, in Bloomington, Minnesota. “The best acupressure point for headaches is the soft skin in-between the thumb and pointer finger. Massage it for 20 to 30 seconds at a time to relieve pain or hold it for 10 seconds,” she says. “Migraines are caused by vascular dilation in the head, so I recommend putting your hands and feet in hot water or taking a bath to stimulate blood flow away from the head to the rest of the body.”

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Renee also suggests maintaining a regular exercise routine to ward off headaches. “The less active someone is, the tighter their muscles

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are and the more likely they will experience headaches. Make sure to get out for a walk every day, or try running to keep the body and mind moving. Yoga is another great activity as a mindfulness practice that decreases stress and also keeps the body moving to eliminate tension.”

Nutritional supplements can also be helpful, Renee says. “Increasing nutrients such as magnesium, coenzyme Q-10 and riboflavin can help minimize pain. Before stocking up on supplements, be sure to consult with a holistic practitioner to make sure you are making the wisest and safest selections for you. Many nutrients can be found in common foods like dark chocolate, leafy greens, seeds and nuts, meat, fatty fish and legumes.”

Good Practices Feoktistov recommends that patients experiencing headaches start with lifestyle modifications and over-the-counter meds such as ibuprofen. “Practice good sleep hygiene, stay hydrated by drinking water and minimizing caffeine, and introduce meditation as a way of focusing on what’s physically and emotionally going on in your body,” he says. “If headaches disrupt your daily routine, are severe or frequent and/or poorly controlled with over-thecounter medications, it’s time to seek help from a headache specialist or other medical professional who can work with you on a path to healing.” Carrie Jackson is a Chicago-based writer and frequent contributor to Natural Awakenings magazine. Connect at

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ature concludes each day with a fiery mural, never again to be exactly duplicated and missed if we look away for a moment too long. “What color is in a picture, enthusiasm is in life,” said Vincent van Gogh, and to live with passion is to live life in full color. As children, it was in our nature to live out loud. We sang off-key, belly-laughed and showed off our blueberry-stained tongues. Somewhere between grade school and adolescence, we learned to swim with the social current, content to blend in for comfort. As adults, too often we are barely aware of our lives stuck in grayscale, but if we look deep inside, we long to be the brave red rose in a black-and-white world. Sometimes it takes something drastic, like being faced with a terminal illness, to throw off the shackles of, “What would they think?” and follow our own brand of bliss. Hopefully, most of us can make that decision without such a drastic wake-up call. In many parts of the world, nature saves her best for last and pulls out all the stops. She dresses the trees in unapologetic glory, inviting us to live more boldly before it’s too late, and to express the passions we’ve held in for dear life. If we are wise, we will follow our bliss, whether it’s painting that wall in a color that might compromise resale value or dusting off the violin we set aside after high school. Autumn gives us much-needed permission to let our hair down, let our locks go silver or feisty red, let our souls blow in the wind and come in for dinner a little late and disheveled. What parts of ourselves do we hold inside for fear of standing out a little too much? What would we wear if we defied fickle trends? How would we love if we realized that there is nothing more important than embodying love? Here’s to living in full color, come what may. Marlaina Donato is an author, composer and painter. Connect at September 2022


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Conscious Consumerism THE RISE OF SHARING AND RESELLING by Sheila Julson


ucked into the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Asheville is a DIY kind of community, attracting artists, musicians, yoginis, homesteaders and other folks looking to live a simpler life. When they garden and undertake home repairs, Ashevillans find it easy to cut expenses: They’ve formed a collective tool shed, the Asheville Tool Library, which offers them the use of 2,000 donated tools ranging from safety goggles to leaf mulchers and circular saws. “When you need a pressure washer once a year or decide to put in a garden, you don’t really need to own those tools,” says treasurer Stephanie Kane. People are allowed to take on projects they couldn’t otherwise afford, she says, “or they utilize existing skills to build the life they want, or even get a business off the ground.” To combat inflation, which is squeezing family budgets, Americans are increasingly exploring shared resources and eco-friend-

ly alternatives like thrift stores, flea markets and rummage sales. Often aided by online technology, local shared enterprises and secondhand shops are saving people money and reducing the impact of excess consumerism on the environment.

Neighborly Sharing More than 50 tool-lending libraries exist in cities like Denver, Seattle, Atlanta and Washington, D.C., allowing people to “cut down on waste and overbuying, while helping out neighbors,” reports The Washington Post. Typically, they are staffed by volunteers and supported by nominal, income-based annual fees. Starting a tool-lending library begins by connecting with other people in the community, using local online groups and co-op bulletin boards to attract volunteers and donations, or hosting a drive for people to clean out their basements, Kane says. As memberships grow, additional tools can be

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purchased and employees can be hired. Website design and inventory tracking in Asheville and elsewhere is simplified by the “library of things” software from Another way that people share resources is through Little Free Libraries—the charming “library on a stick” boxes on neighborhood posts and fences that give away books to passersby. It began in Hudson, Wisconsin, in 2009, when Todd Bol built a tiny model of a one-room schoolhouse as a tribute to his deceased mother, an educator and voracious reader. He stocked it with books and put it on a post in his front yard for neighbors and friends. The concept became so popular that he built more and gave them away. Today, more than 150,000 Little Free Libraries are found in communities worldwide.

Secondhand Thrifting Whether housed in a local storefront or existing digitally online, resale shops have become big business due to pandemic-inspired decluttering and belt-tightening pursuits. Industry analysts expect thrift store clothing sales to grow globally 11 times faster than fast fashion and to be worth twice as much, at $84 billion, by 2030. Buying secondhand benefits not only shoppers, but also local governments struggling with the expense of operating landfills. Hennepin County, Minnesota, which includes Minneapolis, has resolved to send zero waste to its landfills by 2030. Part of this effort includes the Choose to Reuse campaign, which encourages people to shop secondhand as a way to save money, help the environment, reduce packaging, support local businesses and find unique items. Nonprofit thrift stores like Goodwill Industries and The Salvation Army or those

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run by longtime charities like the American Cancer Society and Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals have well-established reputations and proven track records. Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore has more than 900 locations nationwide, offering an ever-changing stock of secondhand furniture, household items and building materials like doors, windows and lighting fixtures. On the other hand, for-profit thrift stores, even if they claim a link to a worthy cause, often donate a much smaller percentage of profits to charity and are reluctant to release financial figures, reports

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An influx of online resellers adds even more choices for secondhand items. Although they make shopping more convenient, online sites carry risks: In 2019, the Federal Trade Commission reported more than 173,000 instances of online shopping fraud. When shopping online for secondhand items, experts advise, it’s wise to shop and pay on a trusted website or app, and to avoid using a personal debit card. Be sure there are photos of the product. On sites like Craigslist, eBay and Facebook, check each seller’s rating and thoroughly review all buyers’ comments before making a purchase. With a little enterprise, savvy and flexibility, mass consumerism can be circumvented by sharing community resources and frequenting quality secondhand stores. As Kane puts it, “The sharing economy is essentially about leading a less consumerist lifestyle.”

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Food Dehydration Made Easy BEST WAYS TO PRESERVE THE HARVEST by Sheila Julson

Almost Anything Can be Dehydrated Many types of food can be dehydrated, including fruit, veggies, meat, fish, herbs and nuts. “It’s easier to say what can’t be dehydrated,” Cancler says. “The general rule is you don’t want to dehydrate food that has a high fat content, such as fatty meats or avocados.” They go rancid quickly during storage. While there are dehydrated, high-fat foods sold


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commercially such as cheese, peanut butter and eggs, these are processed using special equipment and techniques that can’t be copied in a home kitchen. Sliced strawberries, chopped onions or celery are good foods for beginners. “People tend to throw those foods away a lot. They buy them and don’t use it all up before they spoil. Dehydrate leftover strawberries for snacks and dehydrate vegetables to use in soups or stews,” Cancler suggests.

Getting Started Starter model home food dehydrators, often found at resale stores or rummage sales, can be purchased for about $50. Some have adjustable temperature settings for different kinds of foods. When purchased new, most food dehydrators include recipe booklets. When using a dehydrator, Skinner advises, turn it on to the appropriate setting and lay the food in a single



rying food is the oldest known method of food preservation. Middle and Far Eastern cultures have used the sun and wind to dry foods since 12,000 B.C., according to the National Center for Home Food Preservation (NCHFP). Today, the easy availability of food dehydrators offers a convenient way to preserve the fall harvest. When done correctly, dehydrating food is a safe method for maintaining its original state, says Tracey Brigman, NCHFP associate director and University of Georgia clinical assistant professor. “Dehydrators remove the water content in foods, resulting in a low risk of bacteria and spoilage.” Unlike other food preservation methods such as canning or fermenting, dehydrating food does not require lots of special equipment, tools or skill. “Dehydrating food is super easy to do,” says Carole Cancler, the Hawaii-based author of the Complete Dehydrator Cookbook. “Drying food is more forgiving. You can’t make a lot of mistakes. Canning, if you do it wrong, can make everyone in your family sick.” The only caveat, Cancler says, is that food not thoroughly dried will get moldy. In humid environments, dehydrated foods must be kept tightly sealed to keep out moisture and prevent mold from forming. Julia Skinner, founder and director of, an online fermentation and food history company, adds that when foods are dehydrated, they shrink and therefore take up less storage space. “They’re great to pack for traveling or for small kitchens. Dehydrating can also concentrate some flavors, such as with dried tomatoes.”

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layer on the trays provided, then let the dehydrator run for a few hours. She usually turns food halfway through to prevent sticking. Cancler says that in some cases an oven can be used to dehydrate food, but it isn’t the most cost-effective method. “I don’t recommend continued use of the oven, because depending on where you live and the type or size of food being dried, drying can take anywhere from eight to 36 hours. Running an electric or gas range for that long uses a lot of energy.” She says that ideal temperatures are 125 to 135 degrees, but most standard ovens only go as low as 170 degrees, which is too warm to dehydrate fruits or vegetables. “Then you must do wacky things like prop the door open to cool down the oven.” The exception, she says, is jerky: “It must be dried at a higher temperature, and lower-end food dehydrator models don’t get hot enough.” Sun-drying foods outdoors is risky, Brigman cautions, due to varied weather conditions. In addition, insects and air pollution have to be considered. “For safety reasons, consumers should really purchase a food dehydrator. While it may be a high cost when you begin dehydrating, if you are a serious food preserver, it will save you money in the long term,” she says. Sheila Julson is a freelance writer and regular contributor to Natural Awakenings magazines throughout the country.

AIR-DRYING FRESH HERBS Fresh herbs of choice (basil, parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme and dill are all good candidates) String (such as cotton baker’s twine) Rinse off the fresh herbs and pat them dry. Tie the herbs by the stems in small bunches. Hang them upside-down indoors and out of direct sunlight. Depending on the type of herb, they will take several days to a week or longer to dry. When dry, crush herbs with a mortar and pestle or in a clean coffee grinder. Store in glass jars with tight-fitting lids.

MANGO LEATHER YIELD: 8 FRUIT ROLLS FROM ABOUT 2, 14-INCH-DIAMETER DRYER TRAYS 4 cups mango purée (from about 4 large, unripe mangoes) 1 cup clover honey ½ tsp ground cinnamon ¼ tsp ground nutmeg ¼ tsp ground cloves Preheat electric dehydrator to 140° F. Wash and peel mangoes, chop roughly into chunks. Purée in blender until smooth. Pass purée through a food mill or sieve; discard any coarse fiber extracted in food mill. Add honey and spices to the purée and mix thoroughly. Lightly spray two fruit roll tray liners from an electric dehydrator with vegetable oil cooking spray. Spread mango mixture evenly to ¼-inch thickness on the trays. Position fruit roll liners on dryer trays and place in dehydrator. Dry continuously for about 10 hours. Maintain dehydrator air temperature steadily at 140° F. (Monitor the dehydrator air temperature periodically with a thermometer.) Remove trays from dehydrator when purée is dry, with no sticky areas (about 10 hours—this will be highly dependent on the relative humidity of the drying room). Test for dryness by touching gently in several places near the center of leather; no indentation should be evident. Peel leather from trays while still warm. Leave the second tray on the dehydrator while peeling the first leather, or re-warm leathers slightly in the dehydrator if they cool too much prior to peeling. Cut into quarters, lay on a piece of clean parchment paper about 1 to 2 inches longer at each end of the leather and roll into fruit leather rolls. When cool, twist the ends of the parchment paper tightly to close. Store fruit rolls in an airtight container for short-term storage, up to about 1 month. Leathers should be stored in a cool, dark dry place. For longer storage up to one year, place tightly wrapped rolls in the freezer. Source: National Center for Home Food Preservation

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dults often want to shield children from suffering, but that isn’t always possible or advisable. Loss and grief are natural parts of life. Acknowledging and expressing uncomfortable feelings are necessary lessons in being human, and while there is no right way to grieve, adults can provide gentle guideposts. Most importantly, kids need to know that they aren’t alone as they process complicated emotions and integrate lessons of empathy and acceptance. In My Yellow Balloon, an award-winning children’s picture book, a little boy named Joey comes to love the lemon-colored balloon he receives at a carnival. Tied to his wrist, it isn’t just Joey’s favorite toy, it also becomes a loyal companion through many fun adventures. One day, the string slips off his wrist and Joey’s best friend flies away, catapulting him on a journey through grief. “The yellow balloon is a metaphor for all kinds of losses—divorce, death, grade school graduation,” explains the book’s author and certified grief worker Tiffany Papageorge. “We think of loss as the death


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of a person, but loss can also be any change, transition or disappointment—big or small. The older we get, the more we shake them off, but some disappointments can feel big in the moment, especially for little kids.” The beginning pages of My Yellow Balloon are rendered in full color to illustrate Joey’s innocence. He has never known pain. After he loses the balloon, the ensuing pages turn black-and-white. “Loss is disorienting. I wanted to give kids that visceral understanding that it feels like the whole world turns upside-down and you just have to sit there helpless and watch your balloon float away—watch your life as you knew it getting away from you,” Papageorge says. “At first, Joey misses his yellow balloon all of the time, then he misses it most of the time, then a lot of the time and then just some of the time, and the color slowly comes back into his world. At the end, when he says, ‘I still miss you, but whenever I see the sun, I’ll feel you with me,’ that’s when the color has shadow, light and range, because when you go through a profound loss and feel your feelings, you can see the world with greater depth and empathy for those around you.” According to Papageorge, her book is intended to serve as a roadmap through grief that parents and kids can read together. “It’s important to acknowledge and validate the pain a child is experiencing,” she says. “When a toddler throws a tantrum at the store, instead of ignoring them or telling them to stop it, say ‘I know you’re disappointed and sad. I understand that; it doesn’t feel good. I’m here with you.’ Something magical happens when anyone at any age is acknowledged and understood.” According to Brittany Collins, an edu-

cator, curriculum designer and author of Learning from Loss: A Trauma-Informed Approach to Supporting Grieving Students, “Grief elicits a fight-or-flight stress response, and chronic exposure to high levels of stress hormones can have deleterious effects on development, especially in adolescents when the prefrontal cortex is still in development. At the same time, neuroplasticity, the ability of the brain to grow, change and adapt at any point in life, is also at play. So, adolescence is a wonderful moment to introduce teens to coping strategies they can use throughout their life, whether that’s mindfulness, different types of emotional regulations, storytelling activities, meditation, journaling or yoga.” Expressive writing (journaling using emotion words) promotes regulation of the nervous system, which in turn lowers that stress response and creates physiological relief, Collins notes, adding, “Scientific data suggests that the metacognition involved in identifying feelings and writing feeling-based words in narratives improves immune and liver function, elicits higher quality-of-life scores and improves psychological well-being.” When we lose a loved one, we lose what psychologists call hidden regulators—sensory facets that subconsciously make us feel that things are okay in the world. It could be the sound of a parent’s car pulling into the driveway after work or the smell of a loved one’s cologne. Collins says that teachers and parents can counterbalance a destabilizing loss by introducing routine and predictability in children’s schedules, perhaps starting class the same way every day

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with a five-minute free-write, or scheduling regular visits with a special mentor or relative every Saturday. Kids come to rely on such anchors in times of stress, upheaval and loss. Collins suggests that caring adults shift their mindset away from being a savior, because grief is not something to be fixed or solved, and instead serve as a facilitator of connection. “Think about what form of outlet might resonate with young people and shift the onus away from one adult being the person that says and does the right thing, and instead wrapping a community around them for support,” she says. Helpful resources include mental health professionals; youth engagement programs where kids experiencing loss can share and learn from each other; and activities that offer release and friendship, such as theater, dance, sports or music. Adults should resist the temptation to jump in and assume they know what’s best for a grieving child, Collins counsels. “Ask open-ended questions like, ‘What would be most helpful to you in this moment?’ or, ‘What makes you feel calm or connected?’ Find ways to inspire introspection and reflection without telling young people that we know the answer.” Making space to remember a lost loved one or to honor something we’ve lost can be healing for both kids and adults. Collins suggests that we ask kids how they’d like to memorialize a loss, preferably in community. Maybe they want to plant a tree in honor of someone’s memory or create a fundraiser for a cause that the loved one cared about. Ultimately, the greatest gift we can give grieving children is our presence. According to Collins, one of the best predictors of adjustment is a psychological concept called “perceived support availability.” Letting young people know that we’re thinking about them and that we’re there if and when they need us can go a long way.


he market for pet products is awash with supplements, so it’s not surprising that it can be challenging to figure out what a dog or cat really needs. The foundation of any healthcare program for dogs and cats, regardless of age and breed, is a healthy diet, well-chosen and appropriate supplements, minimal vaccines and medications, and veterinary check-ups. Basic helpful additions to a pet diet include a vitamin-mineral product, an enzyme and probiotic combination, and a fatty acid. For older animals, a choline supplement may delay the onset of cognitive disorder. Any tweaking of diet and supplements should follow regular testing that may diagnose a disease in its early stages. Here’s an overview of the top basic supplements every dog or cat should have.

Vitamins, Minerals and Joint Support To provide immune and antioxidant support, and to bolster digestion, skin and coat health and overall wellness, a basic supplement should contain vitamins and minerals as well as small amounts of glucosamine and chondroitin for joint support.

Enzymes and Probiotics Digestive enzymes are used in supplemental form to improve or increase digestion and nutrient absorption. They can be derived from pancreatic, plant or microbial sources such as bacteria or fungi. Enzymes are important especially when the animal’s digestive processes become exhausted or inefficient, such as during periods of stress or such gasSeptember 2022


trointestinal diseases as acute gastroenteritis, pancreatitis or either liver or inflammatory bowel disease. Enzymes may also be helpful for cancer, allergies and arthritis. Probiotics are living, healthy bacteria and yeasts, many of which are a part of a dog’s or cat’s microbiome. They can assist with healing in a variety of ways, including producing healthy fatty acids; decreasing the attachment of harmful bacteria and yeasts to the intestinal walls; increasing antibody production; supporting immunity; restoring healthy GI flora; and reducing inflammation. As a result, probiotics are useful for treating dogs and cats with a variety of medical problems, including leaky gut syndrome, acute non-specific gastroenteritis, antibiotic or other medication-induced diarrhea, allergies, stress, obesity, neurodegenerative disorders, high cholesterol levels, inflammatory and irritable bowel disorders, and GI and parasite infestations. Probiotics may also be helpful for middle-aged and older dogs and cats, because GI microbial diversity diminishes with aging.

(not farmed) salmon, mackerel, sardines and herring. This is beneficial for the treatment of heart disease and may reduce atherosclerosis, thrombosis (blood clots), coronary heart disease, arrhythmias, heart failure, sudden cardiac death and stroke. Due to its anti-inflammatory effects, fish oil is often used for dogs and cats for the treatment of skin problems, arthritis and cancer, along with heart, inflammatory bowel, autoimmune and kidney diseases. It may reduce the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation therapy in cancer patients, decrease cancer growth and metastasis, and reduce wasting in undernourished animals.

Choline For dogs and cats 5 years old and up, a choline (phosphatidylcholine) supplement addresses aging changes that affect the brain and can lead to cognitive disorder. Choline is a component of several major phospholipids that are critical for normal cell membrane structure and function. The

body uses it to maintain water balance; to control cell growth and gene expression; as a component of lung surfactant; and most importantly, to produce the major nerve transmitter acetylcholine. It may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by lowering homocysteine levels. Choline is used to treat high cholesterol, improve memory and protect the liver. It may prevent fatty liver syndrome (especially in diabetics), help prevent or treat cognitive disorder and support liver function. It may reduce insulin requirements in diabetics and can reduce seizure frequency. Supplements other than these can be used as needed, based on the results of diagnostic testing and regular veterinary health exams. Under the guidance of a holistic or integrative veterinarian, supplements can add to a dog’s or cat’s health and longevity. Shawn Messonnier, DVM, owner of Paws & Claws Animal Hospital and Holistic Pet Center, in Plano, Texas, is the author of several books on veterinary medicine.

Fatty Acids A good fatty acid fish oil supplement is also important. There are many brands on the market; some offer the flexibility of being administered either as a liquid (pump) or gel capsule. Phytoplankton, which serves as a food source for fish, is the source of the active ingredients docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). Fish oil tends to be derived from cold-water fish rich in EPA and DHA such as wild









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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 Gallery by Advanced Student Mediums 7-9pm. On this night a number of our advanced student mediums will present a Spirit Messages Gallery, supported by two CMF Certified Mediums. Each attendee will have the opportunity to receive information from their spirit loved ones or guides, by the different styles of each student. Come and enjoy this informative evening. $15 donation is requested. No reservations needed. We are providing separated seating and masks are optional. More info at, Facebook is: CMF of Sarasota and 941-266-8435. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Drive, Suite 204, Sarasota.

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

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 Light Language Healing Circle - 7-9pm. At first you may not understand what is being said, but soon your heart will. Join Reiki Master and certified Reconnective Healer JoAnn Cooke to learn what this is all about, and how to activate this powerful energy. Light Language is the universal language of love, communicated via spoken word, song, dance, written symbol and other actions. It bypasses the logical brain and is interpreted through the heart. This healing circle will benefit all and each one will experience a light language healing communication. $20 donation requested. Attendance Limited to 6. Reservations 509-520-0377. We are providing separated seating and masks are optional. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Drive, Suite 204, Sarasota., Facebook is: CMF of Sarasota.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 Sherry Lord An International Channel, Deep Trance Channel, Energy Healer - Sept 8, 9th, & 10th. Who connects with angels and guides, sees auras, and channels loved ones who have crossed over to the other side. Do you ever feel stuck, miss a loved one who has passed on, or are trying to make an important life decision? Sherry can help clarify your life’s path and direction; with the ultimate goal to empower and help you find your own inner wisdom including business and helping you on your spiritual path. Call Spirit Speaks 411 W. Dearborn Street, Englewood, 734-564-6828 to schedule your appointment today.


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Zenful Conversations Guest Speaker Keryl Pesce - Free - VIA ZOOM - 6:30pm. Keryl Pesce is an author, entrepreneur, and co-host of the award-winning radio show “Happy Hour” on K104.7 FM. Through writing, speaking, and her social media presence, Keryl is on a mission to help women lessen worries and self-doubt, and increase happiness, confidence, and enjoyment of life. Her goal into help lift unnecessary emotional burdens so they can step into their power and pursue their passions. We’ll be discussing her newest book “21 Ways to Raise Your Vibe in 21 Days” and positively energize your life!” These free zoom conversations are open to the public and includes time for your questions! For more info call 941-830-3040. Sign up for the Zoom Link at Replay available for those unable to make the Live Zoom Event.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 Sound Immersion Meditation with Sandra and Michael Katala - 6:30-7:30pm, and Oct 14th 6:30-7:30pm. Various sound techniques will be used to cleanse negative energies and create space to align the body on an emotional, physical, mental and spiritual levels. This meditation will be done off the floor and in the air! You will be cocooned in Aerial Hammocks for an ethereal experience. $25/pp. Palm Studio and Boutique, 441 W. Dearborn Street Englewood, 941-208-5568,

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 Universal Service - 10:30am. A Group Service headed by Rev. Tara Anne Muir, “Celebrating Hazrat Day,”the day Inayat Khan left India 1910. This service celebrates his bringing the idea of religious harmony to the West, with all religions on one altar. At Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd. Sarasota, and on Zoom. Go to Input: Meeting ID: 830 1791 6524 / Passcode: RTI2021. RisingTideInternational. org. For info Rev. Zan, 941-922-7839. Eckankar: The Path of Spiritual Freedom, Light & Sound Service - “Connecting the Diamonds” - 11am. The service is a celebration of God’s love for Soul, for spiritual seekers of all faiths and religious backgrounds. It is an uplifting opportunity to reflect and connect with the divine aspect within yourself. Eckankar Center & Reading Room, 3650 Webber St., Unit F, Sarasota, 941-358-0325. Cellular Healing and Group Multidimensional Light Transmission with Akasha at Vibrant! A Time to Connect and Dance! - 11am-2pm. Hosted by Joh Morris Benichou and Brett Diamond. Light Language and Divine Healing will be channeled to awaken these sweet gifts within each of us. As these seeds of light are activated, may you and all of the people you continue to connect with be blessed. $30 for the whole Vibrant event in advance. Get tickets on Eventbrite. $40/ATD. South Gate Community Center, 3145 Southgate Circle. Sarasota.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 School of Awakened Living’s 9 Month Professional Intuitive Healer Certification Program - 7-9:30pm. Learn how to give powerful intuitive readings and healings with five, highly-trained, experienced and gifted teachers while at the same time healing yourself. By the end of the program, you’ll have everything you need to begin your professional intuitive healing practice. Learn more at or call 941-323-3145. Wild Ginger Apothecary, 6557 Superior Avenue, Sarasota.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 Sound Bath - 7pm. OM Singing Bowl Sound Baths help you reach a deepened state of meditation more easily, while being nurtured in a group energy that is rooted in unconditional love. Besides the enhanced meditation effects, your body will also absorb the beautiful, powerful crystalline vibrations of crystal singing bowls & other gentle sound therapy instruments, rich in harmonic overtones. With a professionally facilitated sound meditation by certified sound therapy practitioners, your mood can be lifted, and your ability to stay centered and at peace can improve! With renewed confidence, the day-to-day stresses can decrease, and your emotional weight can be lightened. The OM Shoppe 4801 S. Tamiami Tr #5 Sarasota, 941-706-3257,

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 Automatic Writing Class - 7-9pm. Marina Shafir will conduct this new class and will begin with a very effective meditation to help each one connect with their higher self, and to ultimately connect with their loved ones or guides. Please bring pen or pencil and a tablet, for recording the messages you receive while in your meditative state. Come to learn this simple and effective technique of connecting with your spirit loved ones and guides. After a few classes you will likely be pleased with the ability you develop, and you should be able to do this in your own home. $15 donation is requested. We are providing separated seating and masks are optional. Reservations Needed. Call or text 941-266-1696. Facebook is: CMF of Sarasota. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Drive, Suite 204, Sarasota, 941-266-8435, Awakening Activation on JOY with Akasha Jen Smith PhD(c) - 7-8:30pm. Awakening Activations are Divinely channeled group transmissions in alignment with The Highest Good. Each month we focus on a different topic like Abundance or Love. The Transmissions include Clearings, Healings, Sound Baths, Meditations, Activations and Messages specially channeled for our group. They have the capacity to awaken and attract gifts for you, both in the moment and in the time after our gatherings. They’re designed to meet you right where you are. We’re all energy first so getting this aspect of your being cleared and upgraded regularly can create wonderful outcomes for you mentally, emotionally, spiritually and physically. With less energetic blockages and resistance in your system, you’re more open to receive and manifest with ease and grace. You also get to come together and connect with like-minded Souls. Pre-registration required. $33. To register call 941-312-5630 or go to Wild Ginger Apothecary, 6557 Superior Avenue, Sarasota.

Cosmic Center Toning and Mindfulness with Carlos Cuellar Brown - 7-8pm. Re-tune your vital body and awaken your psychic powers in one hour! In this transformative session you will experience the healing power of voice and breath. You will learn simple Bija mantras or seed syllables that will augment your awareness and recalibrate your body. With the use of your natural voice along with sacred frequencies, you will re-calibrate your chakras while you bathe in healing sound and light. Experience enhanced reality with Seed Mantras, Crystal Sound Bowls, Drone Boxes and an Interactive Mandala Projection that will take you on a transformative journey to a higher plane. Please bring your own mat and puff + arrive 10 minutes early so you can get ready. Much more than a sound healer! Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows - Bldg G-2, Sarasota, 941-371-9333,

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 Universal Service - 10:30am. With Parvati Karen Miki, “Joy!” We remind ourselves that Joy is our natural state. At Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd. Sarasota, and on Zoom. Go to Input: Meeting ID: 830 1791 6524 / Passcode: RTI2021. This weekly egalitarian service celebrates all of humanity’s religions on a single altar. RisingTideInternational. org. For info Rev. Zan, 941-922-7839.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 Basic Level One Integrated Energy Therapy® 10am-5pm. This training will show you how to work at the 1st (physical) and 2nd (emotional) level with channeled angelic energy. Learn how to use this energy to support healing physical and emotional blockages at the cellular memory level. This is an excellent course for healers and practitioners looking to imprint positive, empowering energy on their clients and gain a deeper understanding of Angelic energies. The OM Shoppe 4801 S. Tamiami Tr #5 Sarasota, 941-706-3257,

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 Fall Equinox Celebration - 7pm. With Rev. Zan Benham, Outdoor at the Labyrinth behind Unity Church, at 3023 Proctor Rd. The Fall Equinox is the season after the Harvest, a time for balance, and to seek the path of inner dialog within oneself, “the looks within time.” It is time to appreciate and honor all our blessings. Bring drums and rattles, a chair upon which to sit, and some bug spray for comfort. Donations will be requested for the upkeep of the Labyrinth. This will be an earth-ways, fire ceremony. All are invited. For info contact Rev. Zan at 941-922-7839.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 Blindfold Billets Event - 7-9pm. All are invited to this unique event to receive messages from spirit by four student mediums. The four student mediums are each blindfolded and seated at a small table. The student takes a billet from the attendee seated across the table from him/her, and for 7 to 10 minutes makes the connection to a spirit loved one or guide, and delivers the message received. Each attendee then moves to the next student/table until each student has been visited. $15 donation is requested. No reservations needed. Each attendee is encouraged to bring pencil and paper to jot down the messages they receive. We offer separated seating with masks optional. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Drive, Suite 204, Sarasota, CMFSarasota. org, Facebook is: CMF of Sarasota.



Double Pyramid Activation with Robert Austin - 7-9pm.Various sound techniques will be used to cleanse negative energies and create space to align the body on an emotional, physical, mental and spiritual levels. This meditation will be done off the floor and in the air! You will be cocooned in Aerial Hammocks for an ethereal experience. $25/pp. Palm Studio and Boutique, 441 W. Dearborn Street Englewood, 941-208-5568,

Floating Crystal Bowl Concert with Robert Austin - 6:30-7:30pm, and Oct 21st 6:30 - 7:30pm. Stimulate and restore the harmony between the physical and spiritual planes of the body, while suspended in an Aerial Hammock. Crystal Bowl Energy healing through harmonic sounds and crystals resonates with the body balancing the chakras and re-energize the auric field. The powerful 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,

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 Universal Service - 10:30am. With Rev. Zan Benham. Celebrating Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year! This offers an opportunity to begin again, or reboot ourselves. How do “New Beginnings’ translate in the various religions? At Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd. Sarasota, and on Zoom. Go to Zoom. us. Input: Meeting ID: 830 1791 6524 / Passcode: RTI2021. This weekly egalitarian service celebrates all of humanity’s religions on a single altar. For info Rev. Zan, 941-922-7839. Sound Journey - 3pm. Besides having a guided imagery and hypnosis induction (performed by our certified clinical hypnotherapist), Sound Journeys at the OM are very intentionally composed to take you deep into an exploration of your inner world. A group of experienced sound therapy practitioners and professional musicians use various rhythmic and melodic elements designed to lower your brainwaves into a theta state and keep you in a light trance. Their musical expertise inspires a whole voyage of imagery and invites resolution as they bring you back to conscious waking reality. Each composition is based on ancient shamanic techniques that have been used for centuries and updated with the latest in mindbody and neuroscience research. With the powerful intention of unconditional love, guided imagery, and waves of sonic channeling, you will be gently entrained into a state of deep calm, setting the tone for the expansion of consciousness, and triggering the body’s relaxation response and self-healing capacity. The OM Shoppe 4801 S. Tamiami Tr #5 Sarasota, 941-706-3257,

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 Singing Crystal Bowls for Personal Wellness Series - 3-5pm. During each two-hour class you will receive instruction for 45 minutes and enjoy a deeply relaxing sound bath experience for the additional 20 minutes. This allows your subconscious mind to process all that you are learning and makes memory retention easier. You will receive teaching materials with each class and The OM Shoppe provides you the use of a Quartz Crystal Singing Bowl. You simply bring yourself and the rest is taken care of for you. We ask that you do not bring your personal singing bowl, this is so we can ensure a harmonic experience when practicing at The OM Shoppe. The OM Shoppe 4801 S. Tamiami Tr #5 Sarasota, 941706-3257,

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 Lunch & Learn: Lifestyle Medicine - 1pm. Join us to learn impactful solutions to reduce/prevent chronic disease. We will address fatigue, weight, depression, nutritional options, inattention, and so much more. Includes lunch. $25. Open to non-members. RSVP by 9/20. Call Cass 813-500-1065. Moose Lodge, 110 Gulf Dr S, Bradenton.

plan ahead SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2 Universal Service - 10:30am. With Rev. Liana Salima Rael, “At-One-Ment.” At-One-Ment is what you get from Atonement; the sense of All-forgiving embrace of Divine Love that is always present, active and all prevailing. In person at Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd. Sarasota, and on Zoom. Go to Zoom. us. Input: Meeting ID: 830 1791 6524 / Passcode: RTI2021. This weekly egalitarian service celebrates all of humanity’s religions on a single altar. For info Rev. Zan, 941-922-7839.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 3 Freshen Up Your Law of Attraction - 7-8pm ish. A weekly support to overview good outcome for the week ahead. On Zoom. $10/class. Facilitated by Rev. Zan Benham. Sponsored with Unity of Sarasota. RSVP to register and receive the Zoom links. or 941-922-7839.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13 Sherry Lord International Channel, Deep Trance Channel, Energy Healer - Oct 13, 14th & 15th. An International Channel, Deep Trance Channel, Energy Healer. Sherry connects with angels and guides, sees auras, and channels loved ones who have crossed over. Do you ever feel stuck, miss a loved one who has passed on, or are trying to make an important life decision? Sherry can help clarify your life’s path and direction; with the ultimate goal to empower and help you find your own inner wisdom including business and helping you on your spiritual path. Call Spirit Speaks, 411 W. Dearborn Street, Englewood, 734-564-6828 to schedule your appointment today.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21 Illuminate: A 3 Day Immersive Healing Event to Activate Your Crystalline Light Body - Oct 21st-23rd. We combine the nourishing intimacy of a small retreat and the exhilarating energy of a large festival, all-in-one to create the spiritual launch pad of a lifetime. Energy Medicine, Somatic Movement, Beach Yoga, Sound Healing, Ecstatic Dance, Goddess Dinner & more. Get your event tickets: $444 - $888 (some meals included). At Lido Beach Resort. Contact:, more info:

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Awakening Activation on Abundance with Akasha Jen Smith PhD(c) - 7-8:30pm. wakening Activations are Divinely channeled group transmissions in alignment with The Highest Good. Each month we focus on a different topic like Joy, Abundance or Love. The Transmissions include Clearings, Healings, Sound Baths, Meditations, Activations and Messages specially channeled for our group. They have the capacity to awaken and attract gifts for you, both in the moment and in the time after our gatherings. They’re designed to meet you right where you are. We’re all energy first so getting this aspect of your being cleared and upgraded regularly can create wonderful outcomes for you mentally, emotionally, spiritually and physically. With less energetic blockages and resistance in your system, you’re more Open to receive and manifest with ease and grace. You also get to come together and connect with like-minded souls. Pre-registration required. $33.To register call 941-312-5630 or go to Wild Ginger Apothecary, 6557 Superior Avenue, Sarasota.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30 Illuminate Punta Gorda Mind-Body-Spirit-Arts Festival - 10am-5pm. Come see crystals, essential oils, energywork, bodywork, vetted intuitive readers including psychic mediums, tarot, handmade jewelry and gift items, photography, luxurious spa products, free workshops and more! Free admission, low-cost services. Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center, Punta Gorda, 575-519-5883,

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5 Illuminate Fort Myers Mind-Body-SpiritArts Festival - 10am-5pm. Crystals, essential oils, energywork, bodywork, vetted intuitive readers including psychic mediums, tarot, astrology, handmade jewelry and gift items, luxurious spa products, free workshops and more! Free admission, low-cost services, Crowne Plaza at Bell Tower Shops, Fort Myers, 575-519-5883,

plan ahead SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6 Holistic Health & Wellness Empowerment Summit - 11am-4pm. Free event for the community seeking alternative options for their well-being of body, mind, heart & soul. The purpose of the summit is to educate the community in taking back their freedom as sovereign beings, co-creating a God planet paradise where there is no disease, no more aging, no more living as victims emotionally, mentally, or physically. Integrative holistic practitioners will be presenting. Vendors and speakers include experts in: sound healing, Quantum healing tools, constitutional law, Reiki, QHHT, energy medicine, essential oils, and more. The Hollow, 826 S. Moon Dr, Venice. Please contact Nancy Caldarola by September 30, at FloridaHolisticWelln


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

Yoga and Temple Fusion Bellydance Class with Akasha - 7-8:30pm. Total beginners, all bodies and genders welcome. If you’re supportive of your other dancers, then we’d love to have you. Awaken The Divine Feminine within and learn to dance like a Goddess! This powerful form weaves in sacred dances from around the world along with sacred geometry, mudras (hand gestures) and energy healing. Pre-registration required. $20. To register call 941312-5630 or go to Yoga-Temple-Fusion. Wild Ginger Apothecary, 6557 Superior Avenue, Sarasota. Dowsing, Metaphysical and Healing Circle with Wendy M. Ed. - 2-4pm, every 1st Sunday of the month. $3 donation. Workshops offered on 3rd Sunday of the month 2-5pm, $19 ea., 1-hour lectures offered $25. Topics include Dowsing, Shamanism, Healing, Dreams, Huna, Prosperity, Humor, Crystals, Manifesting and more. More info: Rev. Wendy, M. Ed. (dowser, medium, tarot, speaker, 25+ years) 860-966-5351 Location: Clark and Approach, Sarasota.

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 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, Cosmic Center 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, Meditative Sound Bath/ Sound Healing Journey - 7pm. Submerge yourself in sound with Rebecca Owen. Guided mindful meditation will help ground and center you so you can allow the magic to happen. Gentle sounds of Koshi and Kenari will play alongside powerful healing vibrations of crystal and Tibetan bowls. Dreamlike sounds of bar chimes and crystal pyramids will play beside the healing heartbeat of the drum. This is a 1-hour electric, meditative and healing sound experience just for you. Yoga mats are provided, feel free to bring a blanket, bolster, eye pillow or anything you need to be comfortable. Please arrive 10-15 minutes early - no late entry can be permitted. $25. Private group and one on one sessions and events are available. Reservations needed, call 941-927-2278. Mandala Med Spa and Yoga Shala, 1715 Stickney Point Drive, Sarasota.

Learning to Connect Classes at CMF - 7-9pm. Join Susan Houliston and/or experienced guest instructors every Monday & Tuesday to learn techniques for connecting with Spirit. Students are given the opportunity to practice lessons to develop their skills while exploring various modalities. $15 donation is requested. Please refer to the CMF website for the description of the programs offered for each weekly class. We offer 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 Cosmic Center Restorative Stretching - 12:15pm. With Danielle Nance. Learn how to gently relax the muscles, loosen the joints, strengthen the tendons and ligaments, as well as fortify the bones. The goal of this special stretching technique is to move the Qi (life force energy), enhance circulation, and ease the body into a nourishing state of relaxation and wellbeing. In Person, $10/class. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows - Bldg G-2, Sarasota, 941-371-9333, Free Reiki Healing & Meditation Circle - 6:158:15pm, 2nd & 4th Tues. Join us at for an unforgettable Inspirational Meditative & Healing experience with 2 Reiki Masters: Victoria & Lorald (­40+ yrs of combined pro experience). Release stress & walk away energized. You’ll be glad you did! Love Offerings accepted. Must RSVP, text preferred: 702-482-3719.

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

psychic abilities, healing gifts and are looking for practice space. Topics may include Card Divination/ Tarot/Oracle, Pendulums, Chakras, Clair Senses, Dreams, Astral Traveling, Numerology, Psychometry, Channeling, Past Lives, Guardian Angels, Auto-writing, and more. You must pre-register at to attend. Visit us at Wild Ginger Apothecary 6557 Superior Avenue Sarasota, 941-312-5630. OM Crystalline Vibrational Immersion - 7pm, every 2nd Wednesday of the month. Join us for this beautiful form of deepened relaxation! The OM Shoppe professional Sound Therapy Practitioners bring you these beautiful multi-instrumental sound baths to guide you into a deepened place of stillness and peace. Discover the magical way that sound can help ease you into a meditative state, and heightened mind-body awareness! Tickets: or call 941-706-3257. The OM Shoppe 4801 S. Tamiami Tr #5 Sarasota. Unity of Sarasota - 7pm. Music and inspiration in person and Livestream at under the services tab. 3023 Proctor Rd., 941-955-3301, 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,

thursday A Course in Miracles (ACIM) - 6-7:30pm. Caroline and George Robertie. To register email Caroline. 3023 Proctor Rd., Sarasota, 941-955-3301, Cosmic Center 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, Cosmic Center 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, Quan Yin Meditation - 7pm. Come join Bridget McMullen, certified meditation teacher and practitioner, as she guides you through this peaceful meditation to cultivate compassion within ourselves, but also to spread to our world. You will learn some of the teachings of the ancient Goddess of mercy, compassion, and love. You will journal, and work with various energy tools to amplify your meditation

experience. Bring a journal, your favorite crystal, and water to this meditation. You must pre-register at to attend. Visit us at Wild Ginger Apothecary, 6557 Superior Avenue, Sarasota, 941-312-5630. Bentley’s House Pet Loss Support Group - 7-8pm, third Thurs of the month. Meeting in person at Fellowship Hall. Facilitated by Rev. Amy Zehe. 3023 Proctor Rd., 941-955-3301.

friday Third Friday-Awakening Activations with Akasha Jen Smith PhD(c) - Awakening Activations are Divinely channeled group transmissions in alignment with The Highest Good. Each month we focus on a different topic like Joy, Abundance or Love. The Transmissions include Clearings, Healings, Sound Baths, Meditations, Activations and Messages specially channeled for our group. They have the capacity to awaken and attract gifts for you both in the moment and in the time after our gatherings. They’re designed to meet you right where you are. We’re all energy first so getting this aspect of your being cleared and upgraded regularly can create wonderful outcomes for you mentally, emotionally, spiritually and physically. With less energetic blockages and resistance in your system, you’re more open to receive and manifest with ease and grace. You also get to come together and connect with like-minded souls. Pre-registration required. $33. To register call 941-312-5630 or go to Wild Ginger Apothecary, 6557 Superior Avenue Sarasota. Akashic Records Readings and Multidimensional Light Transmissions with Akasha Jen Smith, PhD(c) - 12-5pm. Discover your past lives and soul contracts. Clear the past. Receive guidance and clarity for your life and soul path to make the best decisions now. These sessions are also deeply healing. Days often fill up so booking ahead recommended. $120/hour, $60/half hour. To book call 941-312-5630 or go to Wild Ginger Apothecary, 6557 Superior Avenue Sarasota. First Friday Nights - Kirtan with Cheryl Chaffee 7-8:30pm, First Friday of the month at Fellowship Hall. Facilitated by Cheryl and Tim Chaffee. 3023 Proctor Rd., 941-955-3301.

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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Spiritual Miracles Intentional Living Education Michelle Marie Angel

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


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

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



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

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

classifieds HOUSECLEANING. Enjoy your free time and let us do what we do best: Housecleaning to your healthy satisfaction. Call Paula for a free estimate 941-320-4052. ROOMS FOR RENT. Four treatment rooms for rent available in October. Suite equipped w/ waiting room, front office, small retail space, shared restroom, kitchenette, large parking lot, elevator/stair access, & beautiful atrium. Rm #1 - 71 Sq Ft w/sink, counter, cupboards. Rm #2 - 59 Sq Ft w/sink, counter, storage. Rm #3 - 59 Sq Ft w/sink, counter, storage. Rm #4 - 107 Sq Ft w/wall of windows, L-Shaped shelving unit. Call for pricing/to see 941-312-4334.


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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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


3260 Fruitville Road, STE C Sarasota 727-273-7328

ATTENTION MEN: Supercharge Your SEX Life &Be the Hero in the Bedroom again! In our technological age, almost all cases of Erectile Dysfunction and PD are completely reversible. Plaque build-up in the arteries worsens as we age. This arterial plaque build-up inhibits the blood flow needed to get or maintain an erection. This is the main cause of ED. At American Vitality Medical Group we only use state of the art acoustic wave therapy technology, proven to remove the plaque build-up in the circulatory system and stimulate the growth of new blood vessels, thereby substantially increasing blood flow to the penis. This results in longer, harder erections. There are no drugs, no needles, and no pain. This non-invasive technology is the #1 recommended treatment for ED by The American Urological Association. Call Now at 727-273-7328 for your free no-risk consultation, and complimentary ultra-sound. Our success rate is unsurpassed. American Vitality Medical Group-Longevity You Can Trust.


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.


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

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


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

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


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:

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

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


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

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

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



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


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

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

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


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