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April Events at Sarasota Center of Light


his month, the Sarasota Center of Light continues to spotlight individuals who are part of our metaphysical community. Due to the COVID–19 public health emergency, reduced participation and contributions and our current financial state, the members voted to end the employment of Rev. Jim Toole, our Senior Pastor. Please be assured that our services will continue, and new classes on metaphysical spirituality will be offered. We encourage all members and friends to join our services and classes as we forge a new path forward for the Center. On April 4, please join us on Easter Sunday. Rev. Tom Newman will give the Spirit talk and meditation, as well as offer messages from loved ones in Spirit. On April 25, Mary Torrey, an international medium from Denver, Colorado, will give the Spirit talk and meditation, and will offer messages from loved ones in Spirit. In addition, The Center’s Ministry Team will conduct the services in April, offering heartfelt spiritual guidance. There is always the potential for surprise guests, teachers and musicians who are eager to see this Center thrive. Our Center continues to prioritize your well-being and safety as we all continue to grow and evolve. Our services are still online, and a variety of new classes will continue online as well this month. Please let us know how we can support you in this period of change and challenge. We will immediately email and Facebook any changes that occur at the Center. We humbly and graciously ask for your support. Donations can be submitted through the “donate” page on our website, by calling the office, or by mailing a check. All contributions would are greatly appreciated. In addition, questions are encouraged and welcomed. Mailing Address: 2710 Browning St., Sarasota, 34237. Location: 852 S Tuttle Ave., Sarasota. For more information, call 941-953-6620, email ChurchOffice@SarasotaCenterofLight. com or visit SarasotaCenterofLight.com.

Anti-Aging Seminars on Zoom with Dr. Anna


r. Anna Baker, DOM, invites you to join her interactive anti-aging seminars via Zoom on April 14 and April 23, both at 1:30 p.m. She will showcase her Faces by Dr. Anna acupuncture facelift and her muscle retightening Pearl Cream by Dr. Anna. Please contact the Pearl Cream by Dr. Anna store at 941-921-2662 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 needed to maintain the lift. COVID-19 safety protocols include treatment rooms that have special air filtration systems that pull patients’ breath droplets out the window. In this seminar, Dr. Anna will show photographed results on people of all ages. In addition, she will discuss her proprietary Pearl Cream by Dr Anna that offers the same muscle retightening as her acupuncture facelift in a slower, more gradual process. Her 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, men’s anti-aging line and sports performance line. Store location: 2721 Mall Dr., Sarasota. Temporary COVID-19 hours: Monday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. To access the meeting ID, call 941921-2662. For more information, visit FacesByDrAnna.com and PearlCreamByDrAnna.com.

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The Spirit Fest Returns to Sarasota


he Spirit Fest: Metaphysical and Holistic Fair will be held on April 24, 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and April 25, 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be over 40 booths (limited for social distancing) with vendors, practitioners, readers, artists and demonstrations. “We are excited to bring Spirit Fest back to the Sarasota area,” says producer Mary Ellen Popyk. “You’ll find some of the best intuitive readers in the country, crystals, jewelry, holistic health specialties, natural products and much more. There is something for everyone—our last event was so well received, people have been asking for us to return.” Speakers and special guests are scheduled throughout both days on a variety of topics. The entrance fee is $7 per day or $12 for both days. Children 12 and under can attend for free. Vendor opportunities are still available. Location: 500 N Beneva Rd., Sarasota. For more information, call 407-850-8440 or visit SanctuaryFL.com. This event will adhere to Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines for a safe and enjoyable experience.

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his past year has been different for sure, so The OM Shoppe wants to give back to our community by offering a Free Sound Bath Concert on May 16, 4–5 p.m., at the Phillippi Estate Park here in Sarasota. Come early and find your perfect space in the garden by the Phillippi Creek. Then relax into a Crystalline Sound Bath led by the professional sound therapy practitioners and musicians of The OM Shoppe & Spa. The OM Shoppe provides over 50 different instruments for this amazing sound immersion in nature. An OM Singing Bowl Sound Bath is unlike any other, and is truly the gold standard for a sound healing experience. Drift into this vibrational immersion of sound, expertly composed with certified practitioners and musicians trained in the science of sound. This event is free to the public, and participants are encouraged to make a love donation to Streets of Paradise, a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to the outreach and awareness of providing comfort to the homeless and at-risk communities through no-cost street access to the basic necessities of life. Come join us and dust off your favorite blanket to participate in this community sound healing event, simple time to let the magic of sound healing remind us that we are all truly united. It is recommended to arrive 15 to 30 minutes early, and bring a blanket and a personal beverage to enjoy this sound bath experience. Phillippi Estate Park location: 5500 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. The OM Shoppe & Spa location: 4801 S Tamiami Trail, #5, Sarasota. For more information, call 941-706-3257 or visit TheOMShoppeAndSpa.com. For more information on the Streets of Paradise organization, visit StreetsOfParadise.org. 10

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s your life a roller coaster of ups and downs when it comes to your relationships, employment or personal achievements? If you desire to balance these highs and lows for more serenity and stress relief, look to Eckankar, the Path of Spiritual Freedom, an individual and creative spiritual practice with keys to finding harmony in life. One such key is a two-letter word, HU. This sacred mantra and ancient name for God can restore a sense of divine calm that is natural to the soul—the true you. Singing or chanting HU daily for 10 to 15 minutes can refresh the creative spirit within to awaken new perspectives on the roller coaster of life. Eckankar in Florida offers spiritually focused virtual events for seekers of all backgrounds. “Experience HU: the Sound of Soul” features a powerful 20-minute spiritual exercise and contemplation using HU. When practiced with an open heart, HU opens the lines of communication to the most sacred part of yourself. Other online events include “Finding Your Life’s Purpose,” “The Power of Gratitude,” “Spiritual Stress Relief ” and more. In addition, “Animals are Soul Too!” explores our divine connections with all life in one-hour weekly discussions. The ECK Light and Sound Service highlights a spiritual topic with a blend of insightful stories, uplifting creative arts and contemplative exercises for your own experience of spiritual light and sound. For dates, times and login information, visit ECK-Florida.org. Presented by Florida Satsang Society, Inc., a Chartered Affiliate of ECKANKAR.

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Hypertension is a global disease that particularly affects people in low-income communities, but a new study by the UK University of Nottingham suggests that beetroot juice may be a practical solution for people with high blood pressure that have little access to diagnostic help or money for medication. Researchers divided 47 people between 50 and 70 years of age in Tanzania into three groups. For 60 days, one group drank nitrate-rich beetroot juice and folic acid; another was given nitrate-rich beetroot juice and a placebo; and the third drank nitrate-depleted beetroot juice. The researchers found that systolic blood pressure dropped by 10.8 millimeters (mm) Hg (mercury) in the nitrate-rich plus folic acid group and 6.1 mm Hg in the nitrate-rich and placebo group. Studies have shown that the high level of nitrates in beets is converted by the digestive system into nitric oxide, which relaxes and widens blood vessels.

Iranian researchers tested 90 patients undergoing elective heart angioplasty, giving one group 500 milligrams (mg) curcumin, the second group 80 mg nanocurcumin, and the third a placebo. After eight weeks, both types of curcumin significantly improved cholesterol, triglyceride and LDL-C levels. They also boosted antioxidant levels, superoxide dismutase and glutathione, and reduced C-reactive protein levels, indicating less inflammation. The nano-curcumin, however, produced even better results in five of those indexes, leading the authors to conclude that the effects of curcumin on the nano formula may be more conducive for cardiac patients due to its high bioavailability. Nano-curcumin is made through a process that encapsulates the herb, allowing it to be metabolized better.

B12 and Prenatal Supplements Keep Off Junk Foods for Cognitive Gain Official Nod In updated 2020-2025 dietary guidelines, the U.S. DepartWellness ment of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health New research from Rush Medical College, in Chicago, shows that regularly cheating on a healthy diet undermines its cognitive benefits. For 19 years, researchers followed 5,001 adults over age 65 that were asked to eat the Mediterranean diet, with its emphasis on daily servings of fruit, vegetables, legumes, olive oil, fish, potatoes and unrefined cereals, plus moderate wine consumption. Every three years, their cognitive abilities were tested and their diets reviewed, including how often they ate a Western diet of fried foods, sweets, refined grains, red meat and processed meats. After almost two decades, those that adhered most faithfully to the Mediterranean diet were cognitively 5.8 years younger than those that followed it the least. 12

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and Human Services have endorsed the specific use of certain supplements, noting that under-consumption of some nutrients among Americans is linked to health concerns. The guidelines advise that infants being fed breast milk exclusively or partially should be given a vitamin D supplement of 400 IU per day beginning soon after birth and perhaps continuing for more than a year. Women that are pregnant or planning to become pregnant should take a daily prenatal vitamin and mineral supplement. Pregnant or lactating women that follow a vegetarian or vegan diet are advised to talk to their healthcare provider about supplementation to ensure that they get adequate amounts of iron, vitamin B12, choline, zinc, iodine and omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). The guidelines also state that some older adults may require vitamin B12 supplements, noting concerns over the amount of the vitamin absorbed from food.



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Annual Tree Fair to be Hosted by People for Trees


he Annual Tree Fair sponsored by People for Trees will take place on April 24, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the City Center Green in North Port. Hundreds of three-gallon native trees (four to eight feet tall) will be for sale for only $15 each. Choose from numerous tree varieties such as sweetgum, elm, bald cypress, slash pine, longleaf pine, southern red cedar, dahoon holly, pignut hickory, red maple, sycamore and sugarberry.

Informational “Tree Talks” will be also held throughout the morning on all of these native trees, starting at 10 a.m. There will be tree planting and tree climbing demonstrations. Florida Master Gardeners will be in the tree nursery area to answer questions about the native trees for sale and to provide information on Floridafriendly gardening. Music and food trucks will be onsite as well. People for Trees is a non-profit native tree advocacy group that has operated in North Port since 1997.


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National Wildlife Refuges are Overwhelmed and Understaffed

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President Theodore Roosevelt designated Florida’s Pelican Island as the first unit of what would become the National Wildlife Refuge System in 1903 to shield brown pelicans from hunters. Now, the world’s largest set of 568 refuges, encompassing 95 million acres dedicated to preserving wildlife, is under pressure from increasing numbers of visitors, maintenance needs and chronic underfunding. The system has lost more than 700 staff positions since 2011, despite growing by 15 refuges. Managers of the system under the authority of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) report that staff morale is low. Local conservation nonprofits have stepped in with fundraising and volunteers, but the lack of resources throughout the refuge system is limiting its capacity to provide healthy habitat for birds and other wildlife. Essential infrastructure is crumbling and staff can’t provide the community outreach and visitor services they want to offer. The FWS oversees 25,000 structures and 14,000 roads, bridges and dams. Many of them have fallen into disrepair due to a lack of funding. Advocates claim that a remedy will require $900 million per year, while the system’s 2020 budget was only $502.4 million.

Honest Ingredients

Global sales of organic products totaled $90 billion in 2017 according to the 2018 edition of the study The World of Organic Agriculture, published by the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture and Organics International. In the U.S., the figure is $50 billion, or 5 percent of all grocery store sales. Demand for organic products is increasing, more farmers cultivate organically, more land is certified organic and 178 countries report organic farming activities. The challenge is to safeguard organic standards from large corporations that buy up organic brands and try to weaken U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) requirements. This has led to an erosion of both organic standards and consumer trust in the organic labeling of products such as eggs, milk and grains. To restore public trust, the Organic Consumers Association is committed to exposing the fraudulent players in the organic industry while fighting for stronger organic protections. At one time, states could develop their own rules for organic food production and processing. But in 1990, Congress passed the Organic Foods Production Act, which created the National Organic Program and the National Organic Standards Board. Foods labeled USDA Organic are the gold standard for health and sustainability. 14

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Discarded Safety Gear Used to Build Highways

With the plethora of used, disposable face masks accumulating worldwide due to the COVID-19 pandemic, avenues of incorporating them into the recycling stream are underway. An estimated 6.8 billion disposable masks are used around the world each day. Researchers at RMIT University, in Melbourne, Australia, have formulated a new road-making material comprised of a mix of shredded single-use face masks and processed building rubble designed to meet civil engineering safety standards. Their study in the journal Science of the Total Environment shows that using the recycled face mask material to make one kilometer of a two-lane road would use up about 3 million masks, preventing 93 tons of waste from going to landfills. Roads are made of four layers—a subgrade, base, sub-base and asphalt on top. All the layers must be both strong and flexible to withstand the pressures of heavy vehicles and prevent cracking. Processed building rubble, or recycled concrete aggregate (RCA), can be used on its own for the three base layers, and adding shredded face masks to RCA enhances the material while addressing environmental challenges.

Freedom of Information

A two-year, open-access project organized by more than 20 organizations, including Wellcome, in London, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, in Seattle, and Dutch NOW—some of the world’s largest research funders—began requiring in January that scholarly papers published from the work they fund be made immediately available for public reading at no charge. The initiative, Plan S, may usher in the end of journal subscriptions and allow anyone to read scientific literature. Plan S has already prompted several titles, including Nature, to offer open-access publishing for the first time.

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Deforestation Alert System Mitigates Climate Change

While human activity has transformed 75 percent of the Earth’s surface and 66 percent of ocean ecosystems, the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services determined in a 2019 assessment that approximately 1 million plant and animal species are threatened with extinction, some in mere decades. In response to the crisis, more than 50 countries representing 30 percent of the world’s land-based biodiversity, 25 percent of its land-based carbon sinks, 28 percent of important areas of marine biodiversity and more than 30 percent of ocean carbon sinks have united as the High Ambition Coalition for Nature and People (HAC 30x30), avowing to preserve 30 percent of the planet’s land and oceans by 2030. The group announced its goal at the One Planet Summit for Biodiversity in January, hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron, along with the World Bank and the United Nations. “We call on all nations to join us,” Macron said in the video launching of the plan. Biologist E.O. Wilson has called for the “conservation moonshot” of protecting half of the land and the sea. Goals include preventing biodiversity loss, solving the climate crisis and preventing pandemics.

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Deforestation, which contributes to warming the planet, is a key factor behind the 40 percent increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide since the beginning of the industrial age. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the global average atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration in 2018 was 407.4 parts per million, higher than it’s been in almost 1 million years. Avoiding deforestation is much better than conducting reforestation efforts after the fact, and should be a key global climate change mitigation strategy, says Jennifer Alix-Garcia, a researcher at Oregon State University. The Global Land Analysis and Discovery System (GLAD), founded in 2016 by the University of Maryland’s Department of Geographical Sciences, is based on high-resolution satellite imaging from the NASA Landsat Science program. Subscribers can access data via a free interactive web application, Global Forest Watch. So far, forest loss has declined 18 percent in African nations where GLAD provided alerts when detecting deforestation activities. Previously, government agencies and other groups had to use reports from volunteers or forest rangers.

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ported our beliefs, so we attended a few meetings, then volunteered to help on the Board. I’m the Membership Chair, and my husband Dave is the Historian and Website Manager. We also share photos of the Mangrove Chapter’s guided nature walks on our Facebook page.

How Eco-Friendly Is Your Landscape? Q&A with Florida Native Plant Society by Mary-Elizabeth Schurrer


iven the concerning projections of our climate’s future, it’s vital that we all make contributions toward a safer, healthier, more sustainable planet right now. But while we conserve our water, reduce our plastic waste, monitor our energy consumption in an effort to decrease our overall carbon footprint, how much attention do we give to our lawncare? One unexpected but effective way to become more eco-conscious at home is to evaluate our landscaping. Plants that are native to the state of Florida are enormously beneficial to the natural ecosystems around us which is a crucial fact to keep in mind when cultivating and caring for our yards. Just in time for Earth Day this month, I asked Linda Manley of the Florida Native Planet Society’s Mangrove Chapter to share her insights on how the use of native plants will reinforce environmental conservation as a whole. Natural Awakenings: How long has the Mangrove Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society been in existence? Linda Manley: In 1986, the Charlotte Harbor Chapter was admitted to the Florida Native Plant Society and later was renamed the Mangrove Chapter upon relocating to Englewood. Currently, the Mangrove Chapter serves many of our surrounding communities such as Venice, North Port, Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda. NA: Could you summarize your involvement with the organization and what drew you to this area of advocacy? Manley: I’ve had a lifelong fascination with nature and science, so when we moved to Florida, my husband and I looked for an organization that would help us foster that love and help others to realize the benefits of plants and animals. We found the principles of the Florida Native Plant Society sup16

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NA: What are some of the practical and environmental benefits of using native plant species in home landscapes? Manley: Many people have read of the startling decline in insects and birds worldwide, and the loss of native habitat is one primary cause of this. Because insects, birds and plants have evolved together over millions of years, they depend on each other for food and reproduction. However, when non-native plants are used in yards or commercial plantings, insects are unable to recognize them as food, so the area essentially becomes a desert. To these insects, the landscape might as well be made of concrete. In his book Nature’s Best Hope, [entomologist] Douglas Tallamy emphasizes that using native plants in our home landscapes is the best chance that nature has to survive in the future. In addition, native plants require much less care and expense than non-natives do. They require little to no fertilizer or water once they are established. Selecting the ideal native plant varieties in terms of size and growth conditions can provide a nearly carefree garden filled with birds, bees, butterflies and other pollinators. NA: What are some accessible, low-maintenance Florida native plant species for homeowners to grow in their yards? Manley: For palm trees, choose a native sabal or royal palm. For large trees, choose a laurel oak or sand live oak. For small shrubs in sunny areas, choose firebush to attract butterflies, wax myrtle to attract birds and Simpson’s stopper to attract both. For shady areas, wild coffee attracts pollinators and birds with both flowers and berries (no...you can’t make coffee from those berries!). To infuse color with flowers, select gaillardia (blanket flower), dune sunflower or spotted bee palm. In addition, Southern red cedar makes an excellent screening hedge, and tropical sage or blue porterweed attract hummingbirds. NA: With Earth Day around the corner, what are some eco-conscious lifestyle changes we can make on a daily basis? Manley: Recycle, recycle, recycle! Stop drinking bottled water. Instead, purchase a reusable aluminum bottle that you can refill. Use few or no fertilizers and pesticides on your lawn, as insects must feed on plants in order to reproduce. Install a rain barrel that will catch and store rainwater to irrigate your landscape. Plant shade trees to help reduce the expense of air conditioning. Convert part of the yard’s turf grass to low native ground-covers, such as sunshine mimosa, which don’t require mowing. Use your own washable, reusable bags at stores, rather than

plastic bags. If you do accumulate plastic bags, reuse them for disposing of trash or packing donations for charity. Reduce fuel costs and air pollution by consolidating several errands into one car trip. NA: Could you elaborate on the connection between native plants and environmental protection at a macro level? Manley: The need for all of us to be more environmentally responsible is of utmost importance. The increasing loss of natural habitat to urban development is alarming, and the removal of native flora, which is often replaced by non-native vegetation, has consequences. Wildlife habitats are significantly reducing, and many people make detrimental plant choices or sustain too much turf grass which results in the overuse of water and chemicals to support an unnatural landscape. These practices disturb the natural balance of our environment, as displaced wildlife have access to fewer and fewer natural ecosystems. The Florida panther is on the road to extinction, and our beloved manatees are dying at an alarming rate due to poor water quality and loss of habitat. This is the result of pollution in our rivers and coastal waters which have become repositories for farming and mining chemicals, as well as lawn fertilizers and pesticides.

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NA: What makes you so passionate about sharing this information with our readers and the local community? Manley: We need to educate the public about favoring plants that would naturally grow in our yards versus landscaping with plants that don’t belong there. The latest book on conservation, Nature’s Best Hope [referenced earlier] by Douglas Tallamy, should be required reading for homeowners around the country as well. This book explains how we can easily turn our lawns into “conservation corridors” that provide safe wildlife habitats. Finally, we humans must develop a new mindfulness about how our daily actions impact the living and physical world that surrounds us. The Mangrove Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society serves both Charlotte and Sarasota Counties. For more information, visit Mangrove.FNPSChapters.org or join the “Mangrove Chapter of Florida Native Plant Society” Facebook Group. You can also contact this organization by mail at Mangrove Chapter FNPS, P.O. Box 1153, Englewood, FL 34295. Mary-Elizabeth Schurrer is the Managing Editor of Natural Awakenings Sarasota–Manatee. She also works as a freelance writer, blogger and social media marketer. Her personal blog HealthBeAHippie. Wordpress.com features tips for embracing an active, nutritious, balanced and empowered lifestyle. April 2021


The Silver Linings of COVID-19 by Christina Captain, DAOM, MSAOM, MSHN, MA, AP


have been feeling tired lately—no...weary more aptly describes my current status. Like you, dear reader, I have experienced that endless sensation of “Groundhog Day,” the redundancy of life activities on repeat each day without something to look forward to. In fact, this has been the extent of my routine of late: Dress for work (or not), begin work, eat then eat some more, maybe venture out for a grocery shopping trip, attempt to schedule a vaccine appointment, return to the workday, come home (or just head into the next room), maybe exercise but surely eat and possibly drink again, watch the talking heads, then drift off the sleep, and start it all over again tomorrow. During the past several months, hope was hard to capture and seemed so far away. But knowing that I needed to make a change, I consulted my most valuable asset—my patients. So I asked them, “What do you find valuable about the pandemic isolation?” Or in other words, “Is there a silver lining for you?” For the most part, I heard the answers 18

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of reconnection with family, home improvement projects, respites from business travel, more money saved, a rescue pet and so on. Some of my patients also expressed anger with those who refuse to acknowledge the crisis, wear a mask and take other precautions, or on the opposite end of the spectrum, those who are angry because they are forced to acknowledge there is actually a pandemic crisis. Then, one of my astute patients told me that she felt a sense of loss due to the isolation this pandemic has created. This strongly resonated within me, and I thought, “Yes! There is so much loss. As a collective society, we are mourning our “everything.” Our way of life has been disrupted so much so that many have plummeted into despair. It occurs to me that, in one way or another, our entire community is experiencing some level of daily hopelessness, anger, loss, anxiety or depression. So what can we do then in response? How can we change this seemingly collective experience? How do we recapture hope? My reflections took me to a place of remembrance. Some time ago, I became interested in how individuals overcame extreme trauma, how they persisted despite all odds. How was it that a human being could endure unimaginable acts of violence (both physical and psychological), imprisonment, bereavement or other traumatic experiences, and yet still persevere? Entering my research mode; I read a dissertation on compensatory techniques women utilized to survive the concentration camps in Nazi Germany. I watched a documentary on John McCain’s torture and imprisonment by the North Vietnamese during the war. I would never compare our pandemic isolation with these two events, but I will draw a parallel from them. I found that the common thread was hope that there would be an end—hope that they would both individually and col-


lectively “make it.” The question then became: How did they capture this elusive hope? And that, dear reader, brings me to faith. I’m not talking specifically a religious faith, but rather, a faith in what could be—a faith that indeed there would be a future of new beginnings. Both the women in the concentration camps and the heroes of the “Hanoi Hilton” were able to capture hope because they could also cultivate faith. They could believe, both as individuals and as a community, that indeed there was life after the present now. Both groups communicated that to each other with secret messages and codes to remind one other, “ I am still here, and so are you. We can and will make it.” The important point not to be missed in this brief reflection on our pandemic is not just that faith is a stepping stone to hope, but that we need the collective to “make it” effectively. We need each other. We need communication, compassion and physical contact. For me, this is the silver lining. The recognition of love that we can give and receive. Consider this my message to you that “I am still here, and so are you. We can and will make it” to the other side of this pandemic. Until then, cultivate your faith so much so that it becomes your stepping stone to hope. “He who has a why to live can endure almost any how.” —F. Neitzsche Dr. Christina Captain is nationally boardcertified by the National Commission for Certification in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). She is the lead practitioner at Sarasota Center for Acupuncture and Nutrition. Dr. Captain is also an expert Feng Shui practitioner and teacher who studied under Nancilee Wydra of the Feng Shui Institute of America, before originating her own style, Essential Balance Feng Shui. Since this discipline is a branch of Oriental Medicine, she often blends Feng Shui principles into her treatment plans. Her practice is located at 2650 Bahia Vista St., Suite 101, Sarasota. For more information, call 41-951-1119 or email DrCaptain@SarasotaCenterForAcupunctureAndNutrition.com.

Post Covid-19

Long Haulers by Fred Harvey, MD


t is hard to believe, but we have entered year two of the coronavirus pandemic, and the stories continue to circulate of people who experience symptoms well beyond the usual course of a viral illness. We have also seen this in other viral conditions such as the persistence of fatigue after Epstein-Barr virus infection, otherwise known as “mono.” Some other examples of this include a weakened immune system after influenza, which results in secondary pneumonia, or the neuropathy after Herpes Zoster. Similarly, many people experience a range of symptoms in recovery period after the acute infection phase of coronavirus has passed. These “long haulers” might be susceptible to a variety of health issues.

The main symptoms, ranked by patient-led researchers from the mostto least- reported, are mild shortness of breath, mild tightness of chest, mild or moderate fatigue, chills or sweats, mild body aches, dry cough, elevated body temperature (98.8–100), mild headache, brain fog or concentration problems, and dizziness. Neurologic symptoms are the most underreported in the media. “Long hauler” patients report that an average recovery time is 27 days, but if they have not recovered by day 50, the chance of recovery drops to less than 20 percent. Most of these patients are now sedentary, although they were physically active prior to the illness. These individuals can probably trace their severe COVID-19 response to one of three causes: excess inflammation, compromised immunity and organ system dysfunction. However, to minimize the risk of these long-term issues, we can prepare the body ahead of infection with lifestyle and nutritional programs. To optimally support the immune system, adequate sleep (at least seven hours daily), consistent exercise, and water and nutrient intake are essential.

In addition, we can use vitamins, herbs and minerals in order to both enhance and protect metabolic functions and organ reserves. Some of these help to reduce inflammation, support the immune system and can repair organ dysfunction. Once infected, other interventions can also be useful. Increased doses of the preventive programs like quercetin, astragalus, elderberry and Andrographis will help. In addition, nettle’s extract, resveratrol and melatonin can promote better response. Of course, increased doses of vitamin C and D, Zinc and B vitamins are also supportive. Recent evidence suggests that Ivermectin could be of value as well. Conflicting reports in the literature have resulted in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) not recommending this protocol, but the Institute for Functional Medicine asserts that it could be helpful. These reports are always evolving, so please stay tuned for more information. For more information on prevention and treatment protocols, contact Dr. Fred Harvey, MD, at Doc@HarveyCenter.com.

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Special Nutrition Has You Covered!

by Mary-Elizabeth Schurrer


t has been just over a year since the first COVID-19 state of emergency went into effect here in the U.S. While much about life has changed between then and now, one question that’s still on many of our minds is, “What steps can I take to remain as healthy as possible?” This, of course, begins with optimal immune function, and nutrients play an active role in bolstering immunity. Based on epidemiological research from the Harvard School of Public Health, poor nourishment can increase the risk of bacterial and viral infections. In other words, the nutrients you consume on a daily basis can offer protection in the midst of this pandemic—and Special Nutrition can help with that. A local institution for 20 years, Special Nutrition has the largest selection of vitamins, supplements and natural health foods at the lowest prices you will find in Sarasota. In addition, owner Louise Mastro recently began to offer gluten-free baked items in store as well. Sourced from three dedicated 20

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gluten-free bakeries and one FDA certified gluten-free bakery around the state of Florida, these baked items are freshly made just for Special Nutrition. In terms of immune strength, the aisles


are stocked with anti-viral supplements and herbs such as vitamin C, zinc, elderberry, colloidal silver, andrographis and more. “Our knowledgeable staff does extensive research on anti-viral supplements to provide our customers with as much information as possible,” Mastro explains. In addition, if Special Nutrition does not currently have a specific brand or product available in stock, the staff will order it for you and ship it anywhere in the continental U.S. “Special orders are our pleasure,” continues Mastro. To uphold safety precautions and limit the spread of COVID-19, Special Nutrition also offers minimal contact services including mail order, curbside pickup and local delivery. This is just another one of the numerous ways this establishment is working to prioritize the wellness of our community. These times are uncertain, and health often feels tenuous—but when it comes to immunity, rest assured that Special Nutrition has you covered. Special Nutrition has two locations in the Sarasota area. The first store is located at 1882 Stickney Point Road, Sarasota. The second is located at 3737 Bahia Vista Street, Sarasota. For more information, call 941-929-0884 or visit SpecialNutrition.net. Mary-Elizabeth Schurrer is the Managing Editor of Natural Awakenings Sarasota–Manatee. She also works as a freelance writer, blogger and social media marketer. Her personal blog HealthBeAHippie.Wordpress.com features tips for embracing an active, nutritious, balanced and empowered lifestyle.

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which we do thousands of times every day. If the spinal rib joints are stiff or restricted, it forces more motion into the cartilage where ribs meet sternum. Over time, this can stress the cartilage and lead to chest pain. What causes the spinal rib joints to stiffen? Coughing, physical trauma and scoliosis are known triggers for costochondritis, and these factors can cause rib joint stiffness. I find that, in many cases, patients with this problem cannot recall experiencing any of the above issues recently, but upon examination, they do have restriction of movement of the rib joints. In cases like this, I typically find significant restrictions in the fibrous connective tissue called fascia which trigger muscle imbalance and joint tension, resulting in stiff rib joints. These fascia restrictions are usually in the muscles and joints of the rib cage, shoulder girdle and neck. Releasing these restrictions can restore better motion to the spinal rib joints, taking stress off the rib cartilage in the front of the rib cage. This usually relieves the chest pain.

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Costochondritis Relief by Eric Winder, D.C.


ostochondritis, the most common source of chest pain, ranges from mild to severe. This condition causes 30% of all emergency room visits for chest pain which arises from irritation of the cartilage that joins your upper ribs to your sternum (breast bone). This pain can last just weeks before disappearing, but it can also persist for a year or longer, while causing problems like loss of sleep, limited physical activities and even pain from taking a deep breath. While the conventional medical viewpoint asserts that, in most cases, the cause is unknown, many experts feel the cause lies in the mechanical motion of the rib cage. In my experience, this understanding is crucial to relieving the pain.

Rib Problems Can Travel

The upper ribs all attach to the back of the body at the spine and curve around to the front of the chest. The last inch or two of rib as it approaches the breast bone is flexible cartilage instead of bone. This cartilage attaches the rib to the bone of the sternum in the center of the chest. When we bend or twist our trunk, there has to be some flexibility at both the joints where the rib is attached to the spine, as well as at the cartilage where the rib joins the breast bone. This flexibility is also important just with the simple act of breathing 22

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A patient I will refer to as Sally came to our office wanting treatment for costochondritis pain that had persisted for two months. This pain had progressed to the point where she could no longer swing a golf club or pick up her grandson. Taking a deep breath caused sharp pain. She also experienced intense pain between her shoulder blades which is not unusual with costochondritis. An examination revealed restrictions of the fascia in several of the muscles that attach to her left shoulder blade, as well as at the base of the skull and along the edges of two of her ribs. Of course, there was also restricted motion of the rib joints on the left side of the spine. After her first treatment with fascia release therapy, she was able to take a deep breath with only mild discomfort. After three of these gentle treatments, she was able to play nine holes of golf with only mild aggravation that calmed down within an hour of finishing the round. With just a few more treatments after that, she had normal rib joint motion, her fascia restrictions were gone, and she was pain-free. Sally’s excellent response to treatment is not unusual. While there are several different treatment methods that can help to restore the range of motion and relieve the pain of costochondritis, my preferred method is fascia release therapy. I find releasing the fascia to be effective, while at the same time gentle, which is important when dealing with extremely tender or sensitive joints. For those who suffer from the pain of costochondritis, I recommend consulting with a practitioner who understands the role of rib joint restriction and how to effectively treat it in order to relieve this aggravating problem. Eric Winder, D.C., uses gentle manual therapy and rehab techniques, without forceful manipulation, to help patients with a wide range of pain and injury problems. For more information, call 941957-8390 or visit Gentlebay.com. Dr. Winder’s offices are located in Sarasota and Osprey.

GentleBay Chiropractic Dr. Eric Winder Fascia, a fibrous connective tissue, is the “structural fabric” of your body. It houses the position sense nerve endings which allow for coordination, muscular balance, and joint stability. Restrictions in fascia can cause a wide range of pain problems from tendinitis to back pain and from chronic headaches to joint arthritis. Fascia therapy relieves this pain and restores flexibility. We are open and accepting new patients, while adhering to strict hygiene protocols in light of COVID-19.

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What’s the Problem, Dr. Korman?

By Dr. Laura Korman, DC

Q: Why do I still have thyroid symptoms even though my other doctor tells me that all my lab tests are normal? A: Hypothyroidism, or low-functioning thyroid, affects nearly five percent of the total population, and is five to eight times more common in women than in men. What most people are not aware of is that 95 percent of hypothyroid cases can be caused by a self-destructive process called Hashimoto’s. This is one of many autoimmune (AI) conditions, where the body’s own immune system mounts an attack against self tissue—in this case, the thyroid gland. Hashimoto’s often goes undiagnosed because the only blood marker that is tested and monitored in thyroid disease is usually the TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone). In order to diagnose the presence of Hashimoto’s, two blood tests, including a 24

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thyroid peroxidase antibody (TPO) and an anti-thyroglobulin antibody (TGAb), must be ordered to rule out any auto-immunity against the thyroid. The important factor to understand is that if auto-antibodies are present, the primary diagnosis then becomes an overreactive immune system that causes a secondary thyroid problem and subsequently shifts the treatment protocol to address the overzealous immune process. Another reason Hashimoto’s goes undiagnosed is that the symptoms of an AI (auto-immune) thyroid can be subtle, intermittent and different from one person to the next. Often times, I see a combination of both low and high thyroid symptoms like fatigue, depression, weight gain, constipation, anxiety, rapid or irregular heartbeat, weight loss and diarrhea. A patient might notice their symptoms remain unchanged even though their TSH falls in the “normal” range, or they require frequent changes in medication doses in order to help stabilize their thyroid function. Another issue to be aware of is that once a person experiences one AI process, it is more likely for them to develop an AI reaction against other tissues and organs like the gut, joints or brain. While AI diseases are considered permanent since they involve the part of the immune system that “never forgets,” these conditions can be carefully managed and monitored with functional medicine and lifestyle changes. Traditional medical treatment of an AI condition often involves prescribing medications that suppress inflammation or the immune system as a whole. This can make a person more susceptible to infection which can have obvious implications. The functional medicine approach is much different in that it looks to treat a person by supporting, rather than suppressing, their


immune system. This can be done by assessing and then minimizing environmental, dietary or lifestyle triggers that could be responsible for activating an AI “attack.” The often occurring increase and decrease of symptoms is a classic pattern for patients with an AI disease. The waxing and waning of fatigue, pain, brain fog and excess weight are some of the signs of unmanaged inflammation which can be caused by the persistent on-and-off activation of the immune response. Factors such as, foods, infections, toxins, allergens, stress or even sleeplessness can also trigger unwanted “flair-ups.” The positive news here is that once the environmental or lifestyle culprits of immune activation are discovered with a thorough examination of medical history, as well as the correct functional lab testing, these issues can often be removed, treated or minimized for a more balanced approach to treatment. This can help to provide a long-term solution against the progressive and destructive processes of an AI condition. For more information on how lifestyle programs can help you achieve permanent weight loss, call Dr. Korman at 941-629-6700 or visit DrLauraKorman.com/Learn-More.

Improve Finances with Feng Shui by Dr. Christina Captain, DAOM, MSAOM, MSHN, MA, AP


Lucky Dragon says: “Use these tips to improve your financial prosperity.” This month, we will focus on how to increase money energy with these Feng Shui tips. Emphasize the element of water. Money is water in Feng Shui, so utilizing a water element such as a fountain or fish tank in your home is essential to increasing wealth. The front entrance of your home should be welcoming and have an easy flow to the inside. Adding water elements to the front entrance can attract more financial prosperity as well. Find the money area of the space. Locate the money corner in the area to the left diagonally across from your front entrance. There are some nuances to this, but generally, it can be found in this way. The traditional corner is located using the Bagua (you night need a professional to help with this). There can be multiple money corners, one to represent the house (larger structure), and one in each room. The master bedroom is the most important money corner, so it should be clean and uncluttered. Display symbols of wealth. Store change in a glass bowl in your wealth area to create the image of abundance and wealth. Also, do not take money out of this jar and make sure to keep adding more to it. Let it symbolize that you want your finances to continue increasing. Make sure this jar has a lid or cap to keep money from accidentally spilling out. Keep the kitchen & plumbing well maintained. The kitchen is the Feng Shui heart of the home, and is the source of true wealth. The kitchen should be clear of clutter, and all appliances should be in working order. Most importantly, the plumbing should never leak and should be repaired as soon as a problem is found. Leaking water is literally leaking money, so this needs to be suppressed as soon as possible. Follow these tips, and you will feel a shift in your bank account. Dr. Christina Captain is nationally board-certified by the National Commission for Certification in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). She is the lead practitioner at Sarasota Center for Acupuncture and Nutrition. Dr. Captain is also an expert Feng Shui practitioner and teacher who studied under Nancilee Wydra of the Feng Shui Institute of America, before originating her own style, Essential Balance Feng Shui. Since this discipline is a branch of Oriental Medicine, she often blends Feng Shui principles into her treatment plans. Her practice is located at 2650 Bahia Vista St., Suite 101, Sarasota. For more information, call 941-951-1119 or email DrCaptain@SarasotaCenterForAcupunctureAndNutrition.com.


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The Human Costs of a Warming Planet by Sandra Yeyati


lobal warming is not just threatening polar bears far away in the Arctic, and its effects are not somewhere in the distant future. With every new wildfire, hurricane and flash flood, people are understanding that the warming of the planet poses dire consequences for human health right here, right now. It’s personal, and while some sectors of the population are unfairly and disproportionately impacted, we are all in harm’s way.

This is no time to panic, say climate and public health advocates, but rather a moment for preparation, adaptation and mobilization. Prospects are hopeful as we tackle new realities together and evolve our conversations about climate change so we can build resilient, thriving communities. The good news is that many of the individual and policy changes we need to make are exciting opportunities for positive transformation and justice.


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The warming of the planet is becoming more noticeable. “That historic two weeks anywhere in the United States where it’s the heat wave of high summer is now six weeks to two months,” says Jay Lemery, M.D., professor of emergency medicine at the University of Colorado and co-author of Enviromedics: The Impact of Climate Change on Human Health. “There are parts of the Middle East now where you can’t be outside and meaningfully cool your body during certain parts of the day.” “With warming, we’re seeing drought, wildfires, hurricanes, extreme precipitation, flooding and sea level rise, all of which have health consequences,” says Surili Patel, director of the Center for Climate, Health and Equity at the American Public Health Association. “With rising temperature and heat waves, we’re seeing heat stroke, dehydration, diarrheal disease, cardiovascular distress and respiratory illnesses. Extreme weather like wildfires, hurricanes and flooding cause direct injuries, as well as vector-borne illnesses (Lyme

Their inhalers aren’t working anymore, and they’re having chest pain and shortness of breath when they’re on oxygen at baseline,” says Lemery. “These are people normally able to walk across a parking lot with their walker and their oxygen, but now they can’t. We see this all summer long, and we admit them for asthma exacerbation, shortness of breath and COPD (i.e., emphysema), but what we don’t write down is that the air quality is the worst it’s been all year, or that it’s the hottest day of the year.” “Air pollution contributes to climate change, but it also gets into your lungs and irritates them, exacerbating chronic respiratory illnesses, and can even lead to a heart attack,” says Jennifer Roberts, director of the Path of Positive Communities program at EcoAmerica, noting that the biggest culprits are carbon emissions from coal-burning power plants, diesel fuels and ground-level ozone, which is created when pollution reacts to heat and sunlight. “With sea level rise, things are flooding more often and we get septic tanks overflowing, sending fecal matter into our drinking water supplies and expos



disease carried by ticks or dengue fever and malaria by mosquitoes), mold and harmful algal blooms that happen when it’s really hot, but also show up in places that otherwise wouldn’t have because of the combination of heat and flooding.” Lemery notes that incidences of mosquito- and tick-borne diseases are moving higher in altitude and latitude, affecting historically naive populations that have not had levels of disease immunity, the infrastructure or cultural habits to protect them. “These are huge killers worldwide, and we’re seeing more and more of that,” he says. “When you have a warmer winter, spring starts earlier, trees bloom early and pollen season starts early too, and longer exposure to pollen increases your risk of having an asthma attack,” says Professor Amir Sapkota at the University of Maryland School of Public Health, adding that the Northeast is heavily impacted by this phenomenon. “Here in Colorado, in the summer heat, we have these huge swaths of wildfire smoke hanging over Denver, and people come in to the emergency department.

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ing us to diarrheal diseases. We also see offices and industrial sites getting flooded and, whether it’s paint, fertilizers or other toxins, those get into our water and it’s very unhealthy,” Roberts says.

The Most Vulnerable Among Us Certain segments of the population are more at risk. “Lower socioeconomic groups are suffering more from extreme heat events. The urban heat island effect, which unfortunately correlates very well with poorer neighborhoods, means that they’ll have heat waves seven to 10 degrees hotter in their neighborhoods than surrounding places with more green space,” Lemery says. “You see the public health infrastructure less robust to be able to attend to communities of color—like you saw with COVID. There are also physiologic vulnerabilities. Climate change affects the very young, the very old and the very sick much more because of their preexisting vulnerabilities, and then we have geographic vulnerabilities—people who live on the coast without sea walls or in flood plains. As sea level rise proliferates, and that data is really straightforward, they’re going to be going under increased storm surge stress and flat-out flooding.”

gen and taking up carbon,” says Roberts, who adds that much can be done to restore and protect streams, ponds and lakes from the ill effects of pollution and development. “You get volunteers to clean up the gunk and increase regulations for developers to keep stuff out of the waterways.”

hazards with “credible messaging repeated over and over again with clarity and no hedging: Wear a mask. Stay indoors during high-heat events. Don’t let children play outdoors when the air quality index is at a dangerous level.” There are many ways to mitigate threats. As experts point out, we know what to do, and it’s just a matter of putting our attention and resources on their implementation. “One of the biggest ways is let’s remove the sources of harmful spewing pollution—move away from coal, oil and gas—and invest in clean sources of energy, which will also create jobs in these new industries,” says Patel. Another big step would be to promote mass transit and active transportation— walking and biking—over individual, gasguzzling vehicles. Patel advocates for local investments in bike lanes and sidewalks that encourage the switch. Both Lemery and Roberts express excitement about clean-running electric cars as potential game-changers in transportation. Planting trees and vegetable gardens are easy, community-building solutions. “Trees are very beneficial to everything from shade to water filtration to producing oxy-

Eco-Anxiety and Making Positive Change

The experts agree that it’s important to frame climate change as a public health issue because it brings a sense of urgency to act. “If it isn’t a crisis, if it isn’t something we’re seeing every day on the front page, then you forget about it. And when you forget about it, the funding doesn’t come,” says Patel, whose work focuses on underprivileged communities that need special attention and funding. Sapkota advocates for the development of early warning systems so that local health departments can anticipate and adapt to impending extreme weather events, directing resources to the most impacted and vulnerable communities. In some cases, moving people out of flood plains and vulnerable coastal areas through eminent domain might be needed. Lemery believes that doctors are in a prime position to counsel their patients on preventive measures against climate 28

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Jessica Schiff, a second-year master of science student at the Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health, struggles with eco-anxiety—the depression, anxiety or dread associated with climate change. She says, “It impacts the decisions I make for my life and the future, just trying to think about overall impacts. Where is my food coming from? Do I want to have kids or adopt? Should I live in the suburbs or the city because of transportation and fossil fuel consumption? This all adds a layer of unease or uncertainty about the future. Sometimes I look at Greta [Thunberg] and how far she’s taken things, and feel guilty about not taking things to such an extreme. Is it hypocritical for me to care about climate change but still eat meat occasionally or take a plane to explore the world?” Schiff deals with eco-anxiety by taking action. “We’re not going to reverse climate change at this point, but that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t take steps to slow it down or reduce emissions. There are many small things we can each do, like biking or walking instead of taking a car or bus and reducing our use of plastic. It’s a process. You can’t do it overnight, but if you make a lot of small changes, and if everybody makes small changes, that has a bigger effect.” Roberts acknowledges the power of small, individual actions, but stresses that we should not let the big polluters off the hook. “We need to continue to press for policy changes, holding polluters accountable, passing regulations based on protecting human health and climate, requiring cleaner cars and buildings, and more. That’s the only way we will get to the scale of change needed to truly bring global warming to a halt.” Sandra Yeyati, J.D., is a professional writer. Reach her at SandraYeyati@gmail.com.

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Appreciating Nature and Wildlife by Randy Kambic


s we spend more time outside for pandemic safety to exercise and reduce stress, Sheryl DeVore suggests maximizing these experiences by being more aware of the wonders we see and the need to preserve them. The award-winning author of five books on science, health and nature also writes for the Birds & Blooms national magazine, the Chicago Tribune and Natural Awakenings Chicago. With degrees in writing and education from Northwestern University and Northern Illinois University, respectively, plus extensive studies in biology and botany, she assists the Illinois Audubon Society, including writing for and editing a 2019 book on the state’s endangered species.

Is climate change impacting wildlife and nature? Recent worldwide studies are showing how climate changes affect bird migration times, bloom times of plants and mammal behavior. All of this is interconnected and can harm the environment and the flora and the fauna that live within it. For example, we’re finding that the relationship between healthy oak woods and migratory birds like warblers is being affected by climate change. Warblers time their migrations to pass through regions when oaks are just starting to leaf out. Insects are attracted to the buds and the early leaves, and warblers

are attracted to the insects. Once the leaves emerge, chemicals in the oaks deter the insects and there isn’t any food for the warblers. Climate change can cause the oaks to leaf out early, so if warblers arrive on their normal schedule, they’ll find less food and therefore have less energy to make it to their nesting grounds. Plants and animals are trying to adapt in different ways, and this can be a huge issue if climate change continues.

Are there any new trends you’ve noticed in people growing vegetables at home? Especially during the pandemic, people that have limited space are learning that they can grow their own food at home—growing vegetables and herbs in containers, both indoors and outdoors. Online classes can be helpful in teaching them to grow vegetables such as carrots, lettuce, spinach and peppers, which are great sources for antioxidants and vitamins. This trend coincides with the movement to eat healthier.

Have you seen any changes in how people observe nature during the pandemic? When I go to forest preserves, parks and nature centers, even in my neighborhood, I have noticed more people, including families with their children, outdoors. Parents can inspire their children anywhere to learn

to appreciate nature. Ask a child what kind of tree is in the yard. Maybe they can take a photo or draw a picture of it to create a memory and inspire them to want to learn more. Ask them, “What’s that bug on that plant?” or, “What is the bird that’s singing?” There’s so much for them to enjoy.

What can we do to try to protect and preserve the environment? Sometimes people think they can’t make a difference as individuals. Small things can make a difference—have a ripple effect. People volunteer to return native habitats to their past, remove non-native species, plant new ones. Volunteers are planting and restoring prairies, woodlands. In your own backyard, you can plant native species or create a butterfly garden or capture rainwater in a rain barrel to water your plants, which will conserve resources. There are so many things you can do with the family.

Why should we care about endangered species? Endangered species serve as canaries in a coal mine. When their numbers decline, that can be a signal that something is going wrong with the environment. When DDT was widely used in the U.S., the bald eagle and other species began to decline. The DDT thinned their egg shells so they weren’t able to raise their young. They showed us that DDT pollutes and harms the environment, and in turn, humans. By discovering that, by saving eagles, we helped save ourselves. By protecting endangered species, we truly are saving ourselves. We don’t know what unknown species are out there that might be useful in helping to treat diseases. Anyone who sees an endangered species knows how satisfying an experience this is, and to me, it also translates to a healthier mind and body. For more information, visit SherylDeVore.wordpress.com. Randy Kambic, in Estero, Florida, is a freelance editor and writer. April 2021


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Healthy Home

How to Detoxify a Living Space by Yvette Hammett


s the world moves into its second year of a viral pandemic, many of us are still spending most of our time at home—working, exercising, hanging out with family and as with any other year, cooking and cleaning. There’s no better time to take stock of these surroundings and purge them of any toxins—gases, inhalants or fumes—that may be contributing to a harmful environment. Start with the air. Research shows that indoor air is two to five times more toxic than the air outside, due to inadequate ventilation. This condition, coupled with fumes from synthetic fibers, makeup, paints, cleansers or even a baby’s plastic toys, can contribute to health issues and a less environmentally beneficial abode. A straightforward solution—in addition to getting rid of the pollution-causing objects—is to open the windows and use fans to recirculate the air. A high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter can safely remove many contaminants, but don’t spritz a commercial air freshener: A University of Washington study found that eight widely used air fresheners released an average of 18 chemicals into the air, some of them hazardous, including the likely human carcinogen acetaldehyde.


Purge plastics. Perfluorinated compounds PFAS and PFOS, known as “forever chemicals”, are found in nonstick cookware, water-repellent clothing, stain-resistant fabrics and carpets, some cosmetics, and products that resist grease, water and oil. They have been found to cause a wide range of health problems from kidney and testicular cancers to endocrine disruptions. Consider doing a clean sweep of the house to determine which of these can be replaced, paying special attention to plastics. “If you really limit plastics to a few things, you are fine,” says Heather Patisaul, Ph.D., a neuroscience and toxicology expert at North Carolina State University.


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Reconsider kitchenware. Eliminate all nonstick cookware, Patisaul advises. “Use ceramic and other materials that do not have perfluorinated chemicals.” Debbie Steinbock, a nutrition counselor at Mindful Family Medical, in Boulder, Colorado, suggests replacing plastic storage containers, which can leach chemicals when heated. “Use a cast iron skillet and use glass jars and mason jars for food storage.” Chuck out toxic cleaners. Many commercial kitchen, bathroom and other cleaning products are loaded with chemicals linked to asthma, cancer, reproductive disorders, hormone disruption

Get the lead out. Andrew Rooney, deputy director at the National Toxicology Program of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, sees lead, which causes brain damage and other serious defects, as a major risk present in water supplies and the paint of older homes. “The thing I want to emphasize is there is no safe level of lead exposure, so eliminating exposure sources is the best protection for your health,” he says. Drinking water contamination comes from the distribution lines and plumbing fixtures, with lead leaching out from repairs or adjustments. “Having your household water tested by a certified lab is the best option to determine if you have water issues,” he says. Consult state and local health agencies for guidance on lead paint or lead in the water lines and how to remove it. Also consider a water filter: ConsumerReports.com has a comprehensive rating of models from pitchers to under-sink setups. Take it a step further. The new EWG downloadable Healthy Living app makes it easy to use a smartphone to check out 120,000 products for toxic ingredients, including cosmetics and foods. “It has a barcode scanner to scan your favorite lipstick or shampoo, and it will pop up an ingredient list and give it a score,” says Patisaul. The database includes ingredients not found on packaging and scores products on a zero to 10 scale. “It pretty much has to be water to get a zero,” she says. Yvette Hammett is an environmental writer based in Valrico, Florida. She can be contacted at YvetteHammettHull49@gmail.com.


Create a Nurturing Nest by Marlaina Donato


ore than being a roof over our heads, home is where we live, love and heal. This past year, we all have been reminded of the importance of having a refuge; a place that shelters not only our physical beings, but our souls, too. With ongoing pandemic restrictions, we have more time on our hands, and with this comes a blessed opportunity to catch up with our bliss. Living space should be inspired space. Creating a haven doesn’t require remodeling the kitchen or buying new furniture, only distilling new joy from the mundane. Adding a luxurious throw to a sofa or putting books to read in a pretty basket by an easy chair invites us to tend to the muchneglected inner life. Putting cut flowers at the bedside or turning a chair toward the sunlight says, “Yes” to life and renewal. Playing uplifting, infectious music on laundry day rouses an element of fun. Practicing easy principles of feng shui—the art of placement—can get previously stagnant energy moving. Repositioning furniture for optimal flow and creating more open space are simple actions that can lighten heavy thoughts or memories. Home is a harbor of habit, and breaking out of the usual routine can be transformative. Here are some activities to try. kelly sikkema/Unsplash.com

and neurotoxicity. They can be particularly toxic for children: A recent Canadian study found that repeated use of a disinfectant reduced beneficial gut bacteria in toddlers, probably contributing to obesity. A good place to start in cleaning out the cleaners is at the Environmental Working Group (EWG) website ewg.org; its Healthy Living Home Guide evaluates the health risks of 2,500 cleaning products. It also advises a simple strategy of using vinegar and water or baking soda.

n Reserve an evening every week for an old-fashioned “Sunday supper” by candlelight or have a rainy-day indoor picnic on the floor in the living room.

n Add one item per day for a month to a bag intended for a local thrift store and then follow through by dropping it off.

n Tidy the desk every other day and keep it uncluttered. n Hang new art prints, photos or paintings to set a new mood. Consider bright splashes of color—a set of red cups, a turquoise pillow or sunny yellow bathroom towels.

n Bring the seasons in; hang a garland of faux ivy, roses or autumn leaves over the showerhead. n Buy or adopt low-maintenance indoor plants like philodendrons and snake plants for a spot of lovely green, even in deep winter.

In a world that fosters a “grass is always greener on the other side” mentality, cultivating soul-nourishment is a sure way to turn the humblest space into a castle. Marlaina Donato is the author of Spiritual Famine in the Age of Plenty: Baby Steps to Bliss. Connect at AutumnEmbersMusic.com. April 2021


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Spring Cleaning the Body Simple Ways to Detox Naturally by April Thompson

Everyday Toxin Cleaners

Simple dietary strategies can help sweep out toxins, explains Robin Foroutan, an integrative dietitian and nutritionist in New York City. She points to cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, broccoli, collards and kale, which promote cytochromes P450, a family of enzymes critical in helping toxins clear the body. She also recommends foods high in fiber that can bind to toxins and bile, and transport them out of the body through the stool. Berries, green tea and turmeric are also helpful for their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties; even water facilitates the excretion process, supports the lymphatic system and replenishes fluids lost through sweat. Using a water filter and eating organic foods when possible also reduces incoming toxins, she says. Healthy smoothies are a great way to get water, fiber and easily digestible nutrients into our body at the same time, according to Junger. “When using a good, clean, protein powder in addition to fruits and leafy greens, healthy fats such as nuts, and coconut or cashew milk, a smoothie can provide us the nutrients needed to support our energy for hours,” he says. Adding herbs like mint or holy basil (tulsi) and spices like turmeric and cinnamon elevate both flavor and healing. Liquids such as celery juice provide highly concentrated nutrients and hydration, but lack the fiber of 32

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a blended drink. Both juices and smoothies give overtaxed digestive systems a needed break.

Deep Detox

Fasting (occasionally for a prolonged period, such as three days without food) and intermittent fasting (abstaining from food for a shorter period, such as 16 hours per day on a regular basis) are great tools for deeper detoxification, says Junger. “Digestion takes energy and resources from the detox functions, so eating less, eating less often and allowing time for digestion to stop so that detox can intensify is crucial.” For a comprehensive detox, experts recommend working with a health practitioner to assess toxic burdens and develop a personalized plan. Russell Jaffe, a physician in Ashburn, Virginia, crafts a detox program based on four self-assessments, including digestive transit time, urine pH, hydration levels and vitamin C levels. Jaffe claims our bodies are burdened by excess acid, rendering them less resilient to stress and resulting in fatigue, illness and infection risks. “When we enjoy a diet rich in greens, fruits, vegetables, minerals and antioxidants, our cells become more alkaline and more resistant to everyday stress,” he states. Experts emphasize that a short-term program must be part of a longerlasting lifestyle and diet shift. “It is not enough to do periodic detoxes if you go back to old habits. I offer these programs as a jumpstart in hopes that participants feel so much better that they never want to go back to what they were doing and eating before,” says Junger. Connect with Washington, D.C., freelance writer April Thompson at AprilWrites.com.



s we shake off the sluggishness of winter, many of us feel an urge to “spring clean” our bodies with a detox or cleanse. Yet health experts say such programs should help jumpstart new healthy habits and not necessarily be seen as a short-term fix. “The air we breathe, the water we drink, the cosmetics we use, the materials we build with and most notably, the food that we eat, are loaded with chemicals that are toxic to our metabolism,” says Alejandro Junger, a Los Angeles cardiologist, author and founder of CleanProgram.com. “The systems in the body designed to clear toxicity are overwhelmed, and this leads to the imbalances and damage that is at the root of most diseases today.” Detoxification functions are performed by many different organs and tissues, including intestinal flora, the immune system, the nervous system and the liver, so its imbalances can manifest in diverse ways, according to Junger. “Symptoms of detox imbalance include sleep and mood disorders, anxiety, rashes, lack of energy and libido, autoimmune disorders, inflammation and cancer.” While some health professionals say that detoxes are unnecessary because the body is capable of cleansing itself, others make a compelling case for the need to help it along, given our heightened exposure to manmade toxic elements. Information of varying repute swirls around the internet, offering approaches ranging from juice cleanses to total fasts.

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Sweet Mango Smoothie Sweet fruit paired with spinach for an extra dose of fiber, vitamins and supergreen-detoxifying antioxidants won’t change the taste of this beloved fruit smoothie. 1 cup fresh or frozen mango 1 to 3 cups spinach ¼ cup packed mint ½ cup coconut water ½ cup coconut milk 1 Tbsp chia seeds 1 serving dairy-free protein powder Handful of ice Skin and chop mango. Wash spinach. Remove mint leaves from their stems and rinse them with water. Place all ingredients in a blender. Blend on high until smooth (30-60 seconds). Pour and serve immediately. Sprinkle chia seeds on top if desired. Recipe by Kaitlyn Noble of the Clean Program.

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Yield: 4 to 6 Servings 1 Tbsp vegetable oil 1 garlic clove, minced 2 Tbsp fresh ginger, grated 1 stalk lemongrass, minced ½ tsp crushed red pepper ¾ cup shiitake mushrooms, sliced 2 cups sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped ½ cup green bell pepper, chopped 5 to 6 cups vegetable stock 1 (14-oz) can coconut milk 2 Tbsp low-sodium soy sauce 3 Tbsp cilantro or parsley, chopped Heat the oil in a large pot and sauté garlic, ginger, lemongrass and crushed red pepper. Stir in the mushrooms, sweet potatoes and bell pepper, and cook for 1-2 minutes. Add the stock, bring to boil and then reduce heat. Simmer for 10 minutes until the vegetables are tender. Add the coconut milk and soy sauce, and stir. Serve sprinkled with cilantro or parsley (optional). Source: Russell Jaffe, The Joy in Living: The Alkaline Way. April 2021


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Working Out with the Planet in Mind by Marlaina Donato


rom human-powered gyms that generate electricity to Earth-friendly activewear, professional and recreational athletes alike are increasingly working out with the planet in mind. Taking a recycled yoga mat to class, nixing the plastic water bottle and going “plogging”—picking up litter while out for a run—are just a few examples of eco-fitness in motion. “We believe that movement and nature go hand-in-hand, yet the world of sports isn’t as green as it should be, with plastic bottles at events, junk food in canteens and monotonous movement in the gym,” says Saraï Pannekoek, co-founder of the Sustainable Athlete Foundation, which strives to create a sustainable sports environment through coaching, workshops and campaigns.

sonally gratifying, it also makes you keenly aware of just how far the world is from taking action sufficient to keep climate change in check. We all need to do more,” says Bruce Rayner, founder and chief green officer at Athletes for a Fit Planet, in Portland, Maine, who was enlightened to the problems firsthand at a half-ironman distance race. “When I got to the finish line, I was given my obligatory plastic water bottle. I looked around for a recycling bin, and all I saw was an overflowing trash bin.” Founded in 2008, Rayner’s organization partners with pro-environment races like the TD Beach to Beacon 10K, in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, recently named the most sustainable 10-miles-or-less race in the country.


Fueling Up, Protecting Natural Resources

Working Out Green Links between personal fitness and environmental toxicity are critical. Sixty percent of clothing is manufactured with fossil fuel-derived plastics, and activewear rates highest for eco-toxic fibers. Choosing workout clothes made from sustainable bamboo and cotton can soften the impact. With name brands like Adidas offering sustainable footwear, staying fit doesn’t need to increase the toll on the environment. Pannekoek, who hosts the Sustainable Athlete Podcast with co-founder Paul Venner in Amsterdam, emphasizes personal responsibility. “We believe that there isn’t a quick fix. It’s all about habits and conscious behavior, while still being able to peak perform.” Supplementing the usual gym routine with self-powered workouts and outdoor activities like gardening, sustainable charity races and hiking are sound choices that can help to buffer climate change. “Being eco-centric enriches life and enhances health, but while it’s per34

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A pillar of the eco-fitness movement is eating clean and going plant-based for the health of people and planet. “Diet is a big part of being eco-fit. The best action you can take is to support local farms, specifically organic farms,” emphasizes Rayner. To minimize global greenhouse gas emissions and water usage, eating more nutrition-packed produce, whole grains, legumes and nuts instead of animal products supports sustainability. For Adam Layzell, sports therapist, nutritionist and author of How to Train Your Vegan: The Comprehensive Guide to Plant-Based Fitness, going vegan is a win-win situation. “A vegan diet encourages fat loss, improves endurance and recovery and has plenty of all the necessary components such as protein to build strength and muscle.” Layzell underscores that the vegan diet preserves animals and their ecosystems, prevents deforestation and destruction of wild land and lowers the impact on climate change and global warming.

Athlete Engagement For Lewis Blaustein, managing editor of GreenSportsBlog.com, climate change action and sports are an ideal marriage. He recently launched EcoAthletes.org to encourage sports figures to speak up about global warming. “Nelson Mandela once said, ‘Sport has the power to change the world.’ EcoAthletes aims to show that athletes are the agents of that change and that they, by mobilizing millions if not billions of fans, can do so on climate.” Blaustein sees a surge of climate-concerned athletes leading radical changes. “There will be many different looks—from athletes endorsing green products à la solar power, electric vehicles, etc., to athletes speaking out for environmental/climate justice in a similar fashion to WNBA and NBA players on Black Lives Matter.” Pannekoek concurs, “All small steps taken still go a great distance. Elite athletes are role models. If they would support more conscious brands to influence the youth, we believe that they can make such a difference.” Marlaina Donato is an author and recording artist. Connect at AutumnEmbersMusic.com.

WHAT WE CAN DO Bruce Rayner: n After pandemic restrictions lift, when signing up for a race, pick one that’s local and carpool with friends.

n Washing polyester clothing means microplastics are in the wastewater, which means they make their way into the environment. Consider getting a filter for your washing machine that catches microplastics.


n Tell race directors that you appreciate their efforts to be

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Adam Layzell: n Reuse clothes to lower the carbon footprint and plastic production. Go to the charity shop, borrow, repair and buy second-hand.

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n Choose reusable water bottles. n Exercise in nature, a great way to appreciate what we need to be protecting.

n Litter pick when exercising in nature. Have a small backpack and clean up as you run.

Saraï Pannekoek: n Consume intentionally and more mindfully. Think and act long-term instead of going for quick fixes. of doing simple repetition over and over again.

n Replace sugary snacks with quick,

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Nature to the Rescue Kids Come Alive Outdoors

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s Angela Hanscom of Barrington, New Hampshire, watched her preschool daughters at play, she realized that a surprising number of their friends had problems with balance, coordination and muscle weakness, conditions she was attuned to as a pediatric occupational therapist. Teachers told her that compared to past years, young children were falling out of chairs and bumping into each other and walls more often—all evidence of poor proprioceptive skills, the “sixth sense” ability to feel and position the body in space. Hanscom also realized that almost none of the children played outdoors, which “fascinated and scared” her. Nationwide, even before the lockdowns and online schooling 36

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brought on by the pandemic, the average child spent seven hours per day looking at screens and only seven minutes per day playing freely outdoors. Recent studies show that today’s children have poorer hand grip strength, slower running speeds and lower cardiovascular fitness levels than previous generations. Meanwhile, a growing body of research finds that spending time in nature makes kids happier, healthier and more functional. Hanscom’s solution was to establish TimberNook, camps in which children from 18 months to 14 years of age are encouraged to explore natural settings in imaginative, largely unstructured, minimally supervised play. Now in its eighth year, 38 TimberNook-affiliated camps are located in the U.S., Canada, the UK and Australia. Hanscom’s book, Balanced and Barefoot: How Unrestricted Outdoor Play Makes for Strong, Confident, and Capable Children, has garnered more than 300 fivestar reviews on Amazon.com. “Children thrive physically, mentally and emotionally when they are given frequent outdoor play experiences, especially with other children. When children do not get enough of these opportunities, it comes at a great cost to their development,” she says. Journalist Richard Louv, author of the seminal Last Child in the Woods, agrees. “The scientists who study the human senses no longer talk about five senses, they list conservatively nine or 10, and some believe that humans have as many as 30 senses,” he says. “Yet today, children and adults who work and learn in a dominating digital environment expend enormous energy blocking out many of the human senses—including ones we don’t even know we have—to focus narrowly on the screen in front of the eyes. That’s the very definition of being less alive. What parent wants his or her child to be less alive? Who among us wants to be less alive?” That dawning realization is motivating parents and teachers to find ways to get their children actively involved with nature in ways that open their senses while also moving their bodies. This often means hitting the local trails and nature preserves, sometimes with binoculars, bug jars, bird and plant guides and a

scavenger list in hand. “‘Hiking’ can be a bit of a drag to young children, but ‘exploring’ (while still hiking) helps open their minds to the beauty and wonder of the outdoors,” says Tanya Gray of Woodstock, Georgia, a homeschooling blogger at TwoPineAdventure.com. To improve kids’ hearing, Lilach Saperstein, an Israeli audiologist who hosts the podcast All About Audiology, asks children to close their eyes and describe only what they hear. “The wind, the rustle of leaves, a running water stream, crickets, birds, their own breathing, the swish of their sleeve or pant—this is a great way to introduce mindfulness, as well.” To awaken sight, sound and smell, Boston plein air artist Diana Stelin hands kids paper and art supplies out in nature. “Allowing kids to sit with sounds around them and with smells of various seasons makes them truly feel part of our grand universe. It also allows their minds to quiet down and reset, making them pay more attention to detail, to their inner landscapes and to people around them.”

To engage the sense of taste, Malorie Thompson, editor of TheVeganInsider.com, takes her children foraging for edible plants on treasure hunts on a trail or around their Northern California neighborhood. She says, “Bonus activity: use the foraged food to make a meal afterward!” Most of all, nature should be both physical and fun. “Point excitedly at the full moon, shout at it and say hello. Pick up leaves and chestnuts and rocks and create beautiful art together. Stop to smell the twigs and flowers and roll on the grass—who can make it faster down the hill? Make sandcastles and animals. Tie colorful ribbons on tree branches. Look for the shapes of animals in the clouds,” says Milana Perepyolkina, of Salt Lake City, who wrote about forest bathing in Gypsy Energy Secrets. “The only way to get your children to be excited about nature is for you to be excited about nature first,” she notes. Health writer Ronica O’Hara can be reached at OHaraRonica@gmail.com.

Family Time in the Woods Richard Louv, a prominent nature writer and a co-founder of The Children & Nature Network (C&NN), offers 500 ways for families and communities to connect to the natural world in his book Vitamin N: The Essential Guide to a Nature-Rich Life. Here are more wise words. Be a hummingbird parent. One parent says, “In the range from helicopter to neglect—I probably fall a bit more toward helicopter. In fact, I call myself a hummingbird parent. I tend to stay physically distant to let them explore and problem-solve, but zoom in at moments when safety is an issue (which isn’t very often).” Notice that she isn’t hovering over her kids with nature flash cards. She stands back and makes space for independent nature play—albeit not as free as she experienced as a child; this play is important, nonetheless. Create or join a family nature club. Nature clubs for families are beginning to catch on across the country; some have membership lists of 400-plus families. The idea is that multiple families meet to go for a hike, garden together or even do stream reclamation. We hear from family nature club leaders that when families get together, the kids tend to play more creatively—with other kids or independently—than during singlefamily outings. C&NN’s Nature Clubs for Families offers a free downloadable guide on how to start your own. Get the safety information you need. Become familiar with good resources for safety tips in the outdoors, including those with information on how to guard against ticks. Check out the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s cdc.gov. AudubonPortland.org offers tips on living with a variety of urban wildlife.

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Breathe Easy Natural Remedies for Allergy Woes


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s the one in five Americans suffering from allergic rhinitis can miserably testify, the fragrant breezes of spring aren’t much fun when they bring on sneezing, coughing, watery eyes and a runny nose. The fifth-most common chronic disease in the country, allergic rhinitis—also known as hay fever—is aggravated in spring by rising pollen levels, but can occur year-round from exposure to mold, household dust mites, pet dander and vehicular air pollution.

Common remedies like over-the-counter antihistamines and decongestants bring their own share of afflictions, including drowsiness, dry mouth, blurred vision and dizziness. “By undertaking natural therapy for allergies, however, one can avoid and mitigate the unpleasant symptoms of allergies with no need for medication,” says Carrie Lam, M.D., an integrative and functional medicine doctor in Tustin, California. “Instead of loading up on drugs, you can take care of yourself in a more natural way and avoid nasty side effects.” Here are some non-pharmaceutical approaches. Probiotics: In a 173-person, double-blind study, a probiotic blend of Lactobacillus gasseri KS-13, Bifidobacterum bifidum G9-1 and Bifidobacterium longum MM-2 lowered hay fever symptoms and improved participants’ quality of life during allergy season, report University of Florida researchers in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. (Read labels to locate these strains in yogurts, kefirs and supplements.)

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Sublingual Immunotherapy: To desensitize the body, small amounts of specific allergens in the form of tablets or liquid drops are placed under the tongue, making it a gentler and safer process than allergy shots. Numerous studies have shown it to be safe and efficient in the treatment of respiratory tract allergies, reports JoAnn Yanez, ND, executive director of the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges (AANMC). After getting a diagnosis and a first dose from a health practitioner, the tablets or drops can be taken at home.


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Quercetin: Found naturally in apples, berries, red grapes, red onions, red wine and black tea, this antioxidant inhibits the release of histamine and hampers the IgE antibodies formed during allergic reactions. As a 400-milligram (mg) supplement, it takes about a month to kick in. Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica): When freeze-dried as an extract or used as a tea, this prickly roadside weed is a nontoxic

natural antihistamine. In one study, 58 percent of participants found that 300 mg per day relieved their symptoms. Omega-3s: Anti-inflammatory fatty acids found in such foods as tuna, salmon, walnuts and flaxseed oil can help reduce symptoms, research suggests. In a Japanese study, eating fish lowered respiratory symptoms for women, while fast food and sugary drinks worsened respiratory stress. Nasal Rinse: Using a neti pot with saline solution to rinse allergens out of nasal passages provides quick relief for stuffy, runny, irritated noses. In one study, people using them reported a 64 percent improvement in chronic sinus symptoms and a better quality of life. An ancient Ayurveda technique popularized by Oprah Winfrey and Dr. Oz, the pots cost about $20 in pharmacies. Nasal sprays, although easier to use initially, aren’t as effective, studies show. Unpasteurized Honey: “Local honey contains tiny amounts of pollen from nearby flowers, which can make you less sensitive when you’re exposed to them outdoors,” says chiropractor and nutritionist Josh Axe, Nashville-based author of Ancient Remedies. A Malaysian study of 40 hay fever sufferers found that high doses of local honey, taken along with an antihistamine, reduced sneezing and nasal decongestion more effectively than the antihistamine alone. Acupuncture: Based on established research, the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation recommends acupuncture for hay fever patients that want to avoid pharmaceuticals. Homeopathy: To stimulate the body’s natural healing process, homeopathy uses highly diluted doses of herbs and other substances. Although it’s best to work with a homeopath, two helpful remedies commonly found in health food stores are Allium cepa 30C, for watery eyes, sneezing and a runny or irritated nose; and Kali bichromicum 30C, for persistent sinus congestion with thick nasal discharge.

Anti-Allergen Cleaning: Simple steps recommended by AANMC to lower airborne allergens include using a highefficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter in the vacuum cleaner; replacing AC filters frequently; changing out of clothes and showering when coming in from the outdoors to rinse off pollen; leaving shoes outside; changing the air filter in the car; and avoiding toxic inhalants with synthetic ingredients like perfumes, body sprays, scented candles, room sprays, air fresheners and dryer sheets. Ronica O’Hara, a natural health writer, can be reached at OHaraRonica@gmail.com.

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Complex Commitment Birds follow only dogs and cats as the country’s favorite companion animals, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. Lovebirds, budgies and canaries have an average lifespan of eight or more years, but can live to be 20. Typically, larger birds live longer. Because it’s common for birds to outlive their owners, the Avian Welfare Coalition, based in St. Paul, Minnesota, helps ensure these pets are included in wills and estate planning. Birds need to chew, and if they play outside their cages, must be kept away from hazardous items. Besides droppings, birds also create dander and dust. “Cleaning her cage and the room is a two-hour project every week,” says Luther. There’s also the potty mouth. Kata May learned some unsavory phrases from her previous owner. She sometimes screams, “Shut the hell up!” or, “Turn that #@%&ing thing up!” to get the TV at the desired volume. Babette de Jongh, an animal communicator and romance author in Bay Minette, Alabama, once knew a bird that routinely screamed, “Fire!” resulting in 911 calls. “Birds can be loud,” says de Jongh. “They generally try to be louder than the ambient noise in the room.” Luther agrees, saying, “You can hear my bird yell from a city block away.” 40

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Happy and Healthy Talking birds are delightful. Some mimic human language, others understand word meanings and use them appropriately. “Birds are as intelligent as a young child and as emotionally temperamental as a toddler,” says Mary Miller, who has raised budgies and the small- to medium-sized parrots known as conures at her home in Buffalo and has worked with other birds in rescue facilities. Luther agrees that birds don’t just mimic what they hear. “They understand like a 2- to 3-year-old child. When we are cooking dinner, she will ask, ‘For me?’ or, ‘Can I have some?’” Kata May also articulates her fondness for the pizza delivery person with, “I love you!” Then, “Mmmmmm, thank you,” in anticipation of a treat. Even without words, birds are excellent companions. “If raised correctly and interacted with on a regular basis, birds can be very affectionate. They are highly intelligent and social animals, so they form deep and lasting bonds with humans,” says de Jongh. Nutrition is key to a raising a bird. Leslie Moran, a Reno-based holistic animal nutrition and care consultant, is working to end avian malnutrition through the Healthy Bird Project, which conducts nutritional research on exotic species. Traditional grain and seed mixes lack essential nutrients and contribute to unbalanced protein intake for caged and companion birds. Moran’s goal is to move



ata May is a 30-inch-tall, blue-and-gold macaw. “It’s nice to come home and have a conversation with a snuggly bird,” says Joshua Luther, who took over care of the avian when he was 13 years old and she was 11. Now 17 years later, Kata May holds a commanding presence in Luther’s home in Columbus, Wisconsin. “She’s set up where our dining room should be, so my wife and I can sit and talk or play with her.” Luther notes that the cherished pet has a bit of a temper and can bend the bars on her $1,000 cage if she’s bored or angry. Considering the bird has a bite force of 1,800 pounds per square inch, it’s sensible to keep her happy, which could be for another 50 years.

the food industry toward the inclusion of more wholesome choices. “Fresh fruits and vegetables can be purchased at the grocery store, but parrots need specific, high-quality, tropical bird food, which can be hard to find,” says Luther. Keeping a tropical animal healthy also requires bathing, temperature control, clean air and water, exercise and mental stimulation. Costs vary. Owning a small parakeet could include the purchase or adoption price ($12 to $65); cage ($30 and up); food; toys; and checkups (typically less than $200 a year). A large macaw might cost $500 to $5,000. Supplies, food and vet care could top $2,000 the first year.

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Birds are available from breeders and pet stores, but there are many needing adoption. Sanctuaries struggle to care for animals with such long lifespans and complex needs, including diet, space, intellectual stimulation and emotional bonding. Lacking proper care, birds may develop mental illness and pluck out feathers or bite, but happy birds can be snuggly, social and fun. Rosemary Wellner, of Mountainside, New Jersey, has owned parakeets, cockatiels and lovebirds. Currently, she has two parrots, the oldest is 24. “Many people do not understand… but birds feel true attraction for their companions—and who doesn’t want to be loved?” she says.

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SUNDAY, APRIL 4 Sunday Morning Celebration Service, Zoom Live - 11am. Please join us on Easter Sunday when Rev. Tom Newman will be our guest giving the Spirit talk, meditation and messages from loved ones in spirit. 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, SarasotaCenterOfLight.com.

THURSDAY, APRIL 8 Spiritual Principles of Easter for Everyday Life - 7pm. With Jim Toole. Explore and embrace the universal principles of Easter that can be practically used in everyday life. Learn powerful ways to release, clear, rise above, transform and recreate any aspect of your life and your experience of it. $10. Presented online on Zoom. Please contact Jim at RevJimToole@ gmail.com or 941-330-5031 to attend. Reaching Beyond and Rising Above Change 7pm. Discover and incorporate spiritual and practical techniques to identify and remove the obstacles that have been created by recent changes in our lives. Learn a new SLD (Spiritual Living Dynamic) awakening new levels of clarity and inspiration, revealing pathways for transformation in alignment with fulfillment of purpose and in life. $10. Presented online on Zoom. Please contact Jim at RevJimToole@ gmail.com or 941-330-5031 to attend.

FRIDAY, APRIL 19 Gallery by Advanced Student Mediums 7-8:30pm. On this night a number of our advanced student mediums will present a Spirit Messages Gallery, supported by two 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 fun and informative evening. $10 donation is requested. We are providing separated seating and all CDC requirements are being met. Reservations Needed. Call or text Susan Houliston at 941-2661696. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Drive, Suite 204, Sarasota, 941-266-8435, CMFsarasota.org, Facebook: CMF of Sarasota.

SATURDAY, APRIL 17 Sound Healing Academy Level One Certification Course at The OM Shoppe - 9am-6pm April 17, April 19, or Oct 9th - Oct 11th, 2021, plus online course work. Become a Certified Sound Healer! The OM Shoppe & Spa is pleased to host Natalie Brown of the Sound Healing Academy, in this incredible opportunity to learn from a master up close and personal. Learn how to work with 6 sound healing instruments for self-care plus therapeutic one-onone sessions and in groups: gongs, Tibetan singing bowls; crystal singing bowls; drums; tuning forks and your healing voice. A 3-day sound vibration intensive to enrich your soul, calm your mind and revitalize your body. This course earns you a Level 1 Foundation Certificate in Sound Healing. Level II courses available upon completion of Level I. $565 Early Bird Special. Enrollment: TheOmShoppeandSpa.com or call 941-706-3257. The OM Shoppe 4801 S. Tamiami Tr #5 Sarasota.

FRIDAY, APRIL 23 Table Tipping & Séance - 7-9:30pm. Internation-


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ally known Medium AnnMarie Touchette will conduct this physical mediumship demonstration for a small group (limited to 6). Tipping allows the spirits to move the table so that the sitters can feel that energy. Every participant will have the opportunity to sit at the table and receive messages. Sitters can also ask questions to receive yes or no answers. $30 donation is requested. We are providing separated seating and all CDC requirements are being met. Reservations Needed.  Call or text AnnMarie at 817-528-8841. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Drive, Suite 204, Sarasota, CMFsarasota.org, Facebook: CMF of Sarasota.

SATURDAY, APRIL 24 Spirit Fest: Metaphysical and Holistic Fair 10:30am-6pm, Sat. April 24 - Sun April 25. Enjoy 40+ booths with vendors, practitioners, intuitive readers, artists, and demonstrations. Something for everyone. Speakers throughout both days, Entrance fee: $7. Children 12 & under free. Vendor opportunities are still available. Visit SanctuaryFL.com or call 407-8508440 for more details. Sarasota Event Center 600 N. Beneva Rd., Sarasota. Will adhere to CDC guidelines.

SUNDAY, APRIL 25 Spirit Fest: Metaphysical and Holistic Fair 10:30am-6pm. Enjoy 40+ booths with vendors, practitioners, intuitive readers, artists, and demonstrations. Something for everyone. Speakers throughout both days, Entrance fee: $7. Children 12 & under free. Vendor opportunities are still available. Visit SanctuaryFL.com or call 407-850-8440 for more details. Sarasota Event Center 600 N. Beneva Rd., Sarasota. Will adhere to CDC guidelines. Sunday Morning Celebration Service, Zoom Live - 11am. Mary Torrey will be giving the spirit talk, meditation and will offer messages from loved ones in spirit. 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, SarasotaCenterOfLight.com.

plan ahead MONDAY, MAY 10 Meet the Angels of Integrated Energy Therapy Taught by Dr. Cynthia Higgins, MD – 1-6pm. What do you need help with changing in your life? Why not ask the Divine intercessors and messengers for help and support and insight. Learn how to open your heart to hear, feel, see and sense angel presence. “Meet the Angels of the Healing Ray” is an experiential workshop in which we will connect with at least 9 angels dedicated to healing of our human condition. These 9 angels are an integral part of a hands-on healing modality called Integrated Energy Therapy®. Connecting with these angels offers an opportunity to understand what is being offered to humanity as a tool for our spiritual evolution. This class requires no prerequisites other than the willingness to receive. $175. Reserve: TheOmShoppeandSpa.com or call 941-706-3257. The OM Shoppe 4801 S. Tamiami Tr #5 Sarasota.

SUNDAY, MAY 16 Free Community Sound Bath for Collective Community Wellness - 4-5pm. Free Sound Bath Concert offered by The OM Shoppe at Phillippi Estate Park in Sarasota. Relax back into a Crystalline Sound Bath led by the professional sound therapy practitioners and musicians of The OM Shoppe & Spa. The OM Shoppe provides over 50 different instruments for this amazing sound immersion in nature. Drift into this vibrational immersion of sound, expertly composed with certified practitioners &


musicians trained in the science of sound. Free to the public; love donation can be made to Streets of Paradise at StreetsofParadise.org which provide comfort to the homeless. It is recommended to arrive 15 to 30 minutes early; bring a blanket- Phillippi Estate Park is located at 5500 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. For more info, contact The OM Shoppe 4801 S. Tamiami Tr #5 Sarasota, TheOmShoppeandSpa.com or call 941-706-3257.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 19 Healing with Feminine Energy Taught by Dr. Jenna Peterson, AP - 7-9pm. Learn the skills of feminine energy cultivation, direction/distribution for youthfulness and healing. Learn ancient energy medicine techniques and skills you can immediately utilize and continue to develop over time. Regular practice will bring a relaxed and youthful appearance, soothe anxiety, and reduce body pains and tension. $55. Reserve: TheOmShoppeandSpa.com or call 941-706-3257. The OM Shoppe 4801 S. Tamiami Tr #5 Sarasota.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 26 Crystal Singing Bowls for Personal Wellness @ The OM Shoppe & Spa Taught by Zen Seraphine - 7-9pm, May 26th or Sept 22nd or Dec 15th 7-9pm. Learn how to play a quartz crystal singing bowl for optimum benefits. Discover the transformative power of sound therapy, and how a crystal singing bowl can enhance your quality of life! Learn how to play a crystal singing bowl with nuance, finesse, energetic sensitivity, and confidence for personal energy work, and to develop or enhance your personal meditation practice. $125/pp. Reserve: TheOmShoppeandSpa.com or call 941-706-3257. The OM Shoppe 4801 S. Tamiami Tr #5 Sarasota.

MONDAY, JUNE 7 Four Part Chopra Primordial Sound Meditation Course Taught by Maria Schaedler-Luera, Ayurvedic Health Counselor, Certified Chopra Center Meditation Instructor - 4-6pm, June 7th, 14th (by appt), 21st & 28th. What can I expect from taking this four part primordial sound meditation course? Learn Primordial Sound Meditation led by certified Chopra Center meditation instructor Maria Schaedler-Luera. Primordial Sound Meditation is a time-tested meditation technique dating back thousands of years to the Vedic traditions of India. Drs. Deepak Chopra and David Simon have revived this ancient process and made it available in a format that is easy for anyone to learn. TheOmShoppeandSpa.com or call 941-706-3257. The OM Shoppe 4801 S. Tamiami Tr #5 Sarasota.

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monday Living Spiritual Circle - 11am and 5pm. Circles via zoom with Rev. Suzi. Check website to sign up and for other classes available on Zoom. 3023 Proctor Rd., 941-955-3301, UnityOfSarasota.org. Feldenkrais with Bonnie K - 5:45pm. Online! Awareness Through Movement classes: Lessons (in chairs/on floor) are designed to quiet non-working habitual patterns, invite you into a process for learning and offer experiences for more efficient movement. Ongoing classes $65/4 movement lessons w/ replays. 941-360-2248. FeldenkraisInSarasota.com. Register with Bonnie at: FeldenkraisinSarasota. com/Sarasota-Classes-Feldenkrais/   Pub Theology - 6:30-8pm, the 2nd Mon. of the month available on Zoom. With Rev. Amy Zehe. Bring your Spiritual questions. Contact Rev.Amy@UnityofSarasota.org for Zoom meeting instructions. Go to website for other classes available on Zoom. 3023 Proctor Rd., 941-955-3301, UnityOfSarasota.org.


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Learning to Connect Classes at CMF - 7-9pm. Join Susan Houliston and guest instructors every Monday & Tuesday to learn techniques for connecting with Spirit. Students are given the opportunity to practice lessons to develop their skills and each class will end with healings by the “WE” for all attending. Discussions will follow. $10 donation is requested. Please refer to the CMF website CMFSarasota.org for description of the programs offered for each weekly class. Reservations needed, so call or text Susan at 941-266-1696. We are providing separated seating and all CDC requirements are being met. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Drive, Suite 204, Sarasota.  A Taste of Feldenkrais, Class on Essentials 7:15pm online. The mindset of Feldenkrais Essentials is to Inquire and ask questions. This is a TIME for NO striving. We simply ask you to be quiet and notice, BE and discover, how much more potential you have when you learn to ‘move with attention’, and, with the purpose to learn and expand!  941360-2248, FeldenkraisInSarasota.com. Online - first two complimentary. Offer yourself TIME to be with yourself in your own HOME - Perfect! Sign up directly through Zoom: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/v5ctc-mqqTMsdXEmqjQYrd0SYcgZwZv2CQ

tuesday The Lightness of Walking, for Better Balance and a Pain Free Walk, Online - 11am-1pm, Sept 22-Oct 27th. Twelve Feldenkrais’ Awareness Through Movement lessons chosen to help YOU RE-DESIGN your walk. Over the years injuries, habits and illnesses have moved us away from that youthful, well-balance walk. Learn to re-embody the basic elements for walking in your own home every Tuesday for 6 weeks. You will need a chair and carpeted or padded spot on the floor and a computer, or mobile device with a camera. Learn to fine tune your alignment, balance and coordination – the ABCs for Walking. Sign up for free – Ebook, The ABCs for Walking, https://www.feldenkraisinsarasota.com/sarasota-classes-feldenkrais/ For more information and registration,  https://www. feldenkraisinsarasota.com/event/lightness-ofwalking-program-online/2020-09-22/ Living Spiritual Circle - 3:30pm. Circles via zoom with Rev. Suzi. Check website to sign up and for other classes available on Zoom. 3023 Proctor Rd., 941-955-3301, UnityOfSarasota.org.

wednesday Feldenkrais with Bonnie K - 9:45 or 11am. Online! Awareness Through Movement classes: Lessons (in chairs/on floor) are designed to quiet non-working habitual patterns, invite you into a process for learning and offer experiences for more efficient movement. Ongoing classes $65/4 movement lessons w/ replays. More info, 941-360-2248. FeldenkraisInSarasota.com. Register with Bonnie at: FeldenkraisinSarasota.com/Sarasota-Classes-Feldenkrais/   Free Healing Clinic - 4-6:30pm. Our Masters tap into the Divine Source of energy to balance and heal your being. Relax and enjoy this renewing and enlightening experience. Love Donation Appreciated. Angel Ministries, 2269 S Tamiami Trl, Venice, 941-492-4995, AngelMinistriesfl.org. 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: TheOmShoppeandSpa.com or call 941-706-3257. The OM Shoppe 4801 S. Tamiami Tr #5 Sarasota. Unity of Sarasota - 7pm. Weekday service with music and inspiration. Services available on the Web and Facebook Live. Check website for other classes available on Zoom. 3023 Proctor Rd., 941955-3301, UnityOfSarasota.org. Healing, Intention and Meditation Zoom Live 7pm. 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. Will be offered on Zoom. Sarasota Center of Light, 852 S Tuttle Ave. 941-953-6620, SarasotaCenterofLight.com.

thursday Living Spiritual Circle - 4pm. Circles via zoom with Rev. Suzi. Check website to sign up and for other classes available on Zoom. 3023 Proctor Rd., 941-955-3301, UnityOfSarasota.org. Bentleys House - 7pm, 3rd Thurs of the month. A safe place to express your grief from loss of a pet. Contact Rev.Amy@UnityofSarasota.org for Zoom meeting instructions. Reservations required. Unity of Sarasota, 3023 Proctor Rd., Sarasota, UnityOfSarasota.org.

friday Living Spiritual Circle - 11am. Circles via zoom with Rev. Suzi. Check website to sign up and for other classes available on Zoom. 3023 Proctor Rd., 941-955-3301, UnityOfSarasota.org.

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. 1592 Main St from Lemon Ave to Selby Five Points Park, Downtown Sarasota. Central Sarasota Year-Round Farmers Market 8am-1pm, rain or shine. Every agriculture vendor at the market (fruits, vegetables, herbs, plants, etc.) is a grower or farmer, not just a reseller. The Florida House, 4454 S Beneva Rd, Sarasota. CentralSarasotaFamersMarket.com. Bradenton Farmers’ Market - 9am-2pm. Over thirtyfive vendors offering locally-grown fruits, vegetables, plants, organic products, fresh seafood, prepared foods, as well as the s of local artists, craftspeople and musicians. 1005 1st Ave W, Bradenton. 941-932-9440. RealizeBradenton.com/our_vendors. Downtown Bradenton Farmers’ Market - 9am-2pm. Features a special activity including guest chefs, raffles, arts & crafts vendors, children’s activities. Old Main St, Downtown parking/free on weekends. Dogs on leashes welcome. 941-744-7484. Psychic Fair - 10am-3pm. 2nd & 4th Sat. Are you searching, questioning and seeking answers? Choose from some of the best Intuitive Artists in the area. See what your future holds. Complimentary refreshments. Private Readings $1/Min. Angel Ministries, 2269 Tamiami Trail, Venice, 941-492-4995, AngelMinistriesfl.org. The Third Testament? - 11am. Introduction to the life work of Martinus. Live Stream with chat questions. Free. 941-462-3177, TheThirdTestament.info Living Spiritual Circle - 1pm. Circles via zoom with Rev. Suzi. Check website to sign up and for other classes available on Zoom. 3023 Proctor Rd., 941-955-3301, UnityOfSarasota.org.


Board Certified Acupuncture Physician The Integrated Path, P.A. 3148 Southgate Ci, Sarasota 941-924-8833 • IntegratedPath.com

The Integrated Path to Health and Wellness for the whole family utilizing Trad i t i o n a l C h i n e s e Medicine,Acupuncture, Energetic Medicine, Bloodwork Analysis,Clinical Nutrition Assessments and ZYTO Elite to restore balance. Over 30 years of clinical experience!


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

Community for health + wellness. Offering hemp CBD, health remedies, metaphysical gifts and tools, crystals, cards, essential oils, jewelry and more! Classes and drop-in tarot and psychic readers daily. Open Tues -Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 10am-3pm, Closed Sun + Mon


Alain Menard • Allaesia Menard 7733 Holiday Drive • Sarasota, Fl 34231 941-922-7744• ColonTherapyClinic.com

Cleansing for digestive disorders. Licensed 42 years. Developed gentle technique. Foot bath and ear candling.


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 •FamilyHealingCenter.com

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


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

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.


Mobile Chiropractic Or in Sarasota/Bradenton Offices 941-447-2041 • DrAmyTafeen.com

Dr. Amy provides exceptional and compassionate chiropractic care for pregnancy, infants, children, and adults! She has over 40 years of experience providing both long-term wellness and acute injury care. She loves working with babies and kids, and also specializes in athletic care. Dr. Amy is now offering mobile chiropractic! She’s excited to either come to you at your home or office (using COVID safety protocols), or to see you at one of her Sarasota or Bradenton office spaces. Dr. Amy has a cash practice and is not currently accepting insurance. Contact Dr. Amy TODAY to discuss scheduling and pricing. She is offering complimentary phone consultations to talk about whether chiropractic is for you!


Residual Strain Therapy Eric Winder DC Offices in Sarasota and Venice, FL 941-957-8390 • eric.winder.dc@gmail.com

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


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


Dr. Martina Mallery 520 48th Street Court E. Bradenton 941-748-9393

Our holistic & biological dental practice offers fluoride-free, mercury-free and mercury-safe procedures, Huggins Protocol, biological extractions, jaw-bone cavitation/NICO revisions, Ozone Therapy, holistic dental hygiene protocols, phase-contrast microscopy, homeopathic support, metal-free restorations, dental material biocompatibility testing, detoxification protocols and nutritional counseling all the while taking highly conservative and preventative approach.


HEALING ROOM, ENERGY HEALING, BIOFEEDBACK STRESS MANAGEMENT, PEMF Treatments to balance over a thousand conditions! Infrared Inversion, Sound Immersion with the Singing Bowls 
• PureFieldForce@gmail.com

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) reenergizes damaged cells, it is a powerful tool to MANAGE PAIN! 941-586-9539, Facebook.com/CreateBalanceandHealing

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

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 , Bonnie@FeldenkraisInSarasota.com.

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

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.


Colleen Keegan Certified Transpersonal Hypnotherapist Eye Movement Desensitization, NLP, Reiki Master Life & Wellness Coach Releasing Trauma; Creating vitality and resiliency in Mind, Body, Spirit 808-224-6164 Colleen@ColleenKeegan.com


Caroline Crawford Messages from the spirit world with clarity and compassion. 941-402-9595 • CarolineCrawford.org CarolineCrawfordorg@gmail.com

Highly gifted, British Medium Caroline Crawford brings messages from your loved ones, human & animals with a profound wisdom and insight. Her deep connection to the Spirit world will light your path forward to greater peace, confidence and optimism. Touching hearts and souls for over four decades now, Caroline is currently based in Sarasota. By appointment only. CarolineCrawford.org


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

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

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1882 Stickney Point Rd, Sarasota 941-929-0884 • SpecialNutrition.net

Offering the largest selection of all major supplement brands and natural products in the Sarasota area at discount prices. Special orders are our pleasure.


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

Medical Breakthrough Technology! Non-Surgical Spinal Decompress i o n S p e c i a l i s t , D r. D a v i d 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.


5411 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota, 941-378-4367 5770 Ranch Lake Blvd, East Bradenton, 753-7297 • HolisticForPets.com

Specializing in Hypo-allergenic Foods, Frozen Natural Raw Foods, Herbal & Homeopathic Remedies, Detergent & Soap Free Shampoo, Natural Flee Preventatives Skin Care Products, Healthy treats, Toys and gifts.


640 S. Washington Blvd., Suite 150 941-552-4500
• BrainwaveSarasota.com

WOULD YOU LIKE TO BREAK FREE OF ANXIETY and negative thought patterns? Colleen is a highly skilled Certified Transpersonal Hypnotherapist, NLP, EMDR Practitioner and Life Coach. She can help you remove blocks to better sleep, improve your health, gain life balance, create satisfying relationships, enhance work performance and more! Call for a FREE Consultation. Colleen is based in Sarasota and works by phone and Zoom.




We offer Brain Mapping and Neurofeedback Training. Non-drug, Non-invasive relief for anxiety, depression, ADHD, Trauma, and more. Free consultation. Retrain Your Brain & Enjoy Life!


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

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. Inperson, virtual video or phone available. Book online or drop-in. Tues - Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 10am-3pm.


5411 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota 941-378-4367 5770 Ranch Lake Blvd. East Bradenton, 753-7297 HolisticForPets.com

Specializing in Hypo-allergenic Foods, Frozen Natural Raw Foods, Herbal & Homeopathic Remedies, Detergent & Soap Free Shampoo, Natural Flee Preventatives Skin Care Products, Healthy treats, Toys and gifts


Rev. Zan Benham, BSL, BD, CHT 941-922-7839

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.


852 S Tuttle Ave, Sarasota 941-953-6620 • sarasotacenteroflight.com

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.




3231 Gulf Gate Drive, Suite 204, Sarasota 941-266-8435 CMFSarasota.org • Facebook: CMF of Sarasota

10:30 Sunday worship with inspired talk, music, spirit messages and healing. Weekly classes, special events, monthly message gallery. Come to engage, be enriched and enlightened.

727-729-2711 FloridaMedicalThermography.com


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.

YOGA WILD GINGER APOTHECARY CENTER FOR SPIRITUAL LIVING CULTURAL COAST Rev. Theresa Fieberts 941-376-0177 CSLCulturalCoast.org Info@CSLCulturalCoast.org

Sometimes meditative, sometimes rockin’ ~ always inspirational. Our Sunday services on-line via FB or YouTube, meditation group, prayer support, on-going enrichment and Science of Mind classes, networking and community building! Sign up for our e-newsletter at CSLCulturalCoast.org.

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

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