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Sacred Pilgrimage to Egypt with Rae Chandran

March 31 – April 9, 2017 10 days / 9 nights Cost: $3,800 - $4,200 (airfare not included)


his magical retreat offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience Egypt with a custom guided program led by internationally renowned channeler and author Rae Chandran that combines nature, history, adventure and spiritual experiences in some of the most magnificent spots in the world. Experience daily channelings, meditations, intention ceremonies, activations and initiations in power spots guided by Chandran. Some of the places that will be visited include the Great Pyramids (private two-hour visit), Initiation in King’s chamber, Sphinx, Temple of Sekhmet and 7 Gates (private visit), Channeling in Abydos, Sakkara and Memphis, Valley of the Kings and Hatshepsut Temple, Hathor Temple, Alabaster Mosque, Coptic Church and the Cairo Museum, Isis Temple, Temple of Horus and Komombo Temple and many more.

Chandran is a teacher, channeler and energy healer. He has been on the path of self-discovery for more than three decades and through the awakenings and understandings he has had over these years, he shares these truths to all the people he comes in contact with. He teaches these truths through the various workshops he conducts in many parts of the world like Japan, USA, Brazil, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Shanghai, India and Vietnam. He also leads people to power spots and power vortexes in countries like Egypt, Israel, Greece and Morocco. Chandran is the author of five books. The content of all of these books is completely channeled.

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rom the Natural Awakenings family to yours, we’re thrilled to wish you a Happy New Year! As 2017 gets underway, and those wellness resolutions start piling up, this month’s issue is packed with inspiration to cultivate healthy habits for a vibrant lifestyle throughout this year––and even more to come. Our feature article on “Weight-Loss Saboteurs” addresses the obstacles many people face when trying to manage their weight–– whether the goal is to shed holiday pounds or reverse the effects of obesity. If you want to achieve a healthier weight in the New Year, these pointers can show you where to begin and help you stay on-track throughout the process. In addition, for anyone who wants to become stronger, more active and physically fit in 2017, “Body Sculpt with Kettlebells” explains how resistance training workouts can increase muscle tone, while burning excess fat. This results from this exercise circuit will keep you motivated and committed to turn your fitness resolutions into sustainable lifestyle habits. Wholesome and balanced nutrition is another integral part of wellness, but when choosing a dietary regimen, it’s important to understand which options are actually beneficial and which are just considered trendy. For example, “The Dark Side of Gluten-Free Living” delves into the potential risks of this elimination diet for those who aren’t gluten intolerant. This article can help you make an informed decision about your body’s unique nutritional needs. This is just a sampling of all the practical, insightful and valuable information you’ll find in this month’s issue. We hope 2017 is off to a positive start for you, and please feel free to send any comments or questions to We love hearing from our readers!

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with Deborah Mills and the Ascended Masters February 4-5, 2017 from 10:00-5:00 The Wisdom of Self-Mastery and Ascension Aligning with the Divine within the Heart A unique and powerful Heart and Soul based experiential workshop that will upgrade our energy, consciousness and operating systems to reawaken the extraordinary potential within for Personal and Planetary Evolution. Mastery Weekend Price $275 before January 20th or $300 after *Guided Meditation and Light Activation for the Heart and Soul Wed. Feb 1, 7:00­9:00 PM at Ionie Retreat ($20) 1241 Fruitville Rd. 

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newsbriefs Purification Party at Five Petals


n January 21, 6–8 p.m., come join Five Petals to kick-off the New Year with a Purification Party. The standard process purification plan offers a structured program that brings healthy lifestyle habits into focus. It is designed to purify, nourish, and help with weight maintenance and vitality by eating whole foods, exercising regularly, drinking nutritious shakes and taking whole food supplements to shorten the cleansing process. Learn the simple steps to the time proven 21-day process and enjoy free shakes, healthy snack samples, and enter to win healthy prizes and gifts. We can’t wait to toast to your health and wellness! Location: 830 Central Ave., Sarasota. For more information, call 941-315-6858, email or visit

Resolutions Out, Revolutions In: A New Year Workshop


n January 14, 4–7 p.m., and January 15, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., this two-day workshop can help you discover what you want most out of your life. This is a holistic way to set New Year’s resolutions—with soul. Based on the best-selling book The Desire Map, this workshop asks the question, “How you want to feel?” You will identify your core desired feelings and use them to guide your life decisions in your career, body, creativity, relationships and spirit. This is a revolution in goal planning from the heart. Taught by Nicole Leffler, licensed Desire Map facilitator, certified holistic health coach, business consultant, dream chaser and owner of Wild Ginger Apothecary. The workshop weekend will include refreshments and snacks, lunch on Saturday, two gentle yoga and meditation classes, gift bags, class supplies and more. Location: 6557 Superior Ave., Sarasota. Cost: $300 ($250 for early registration). Space is limited to 16 attendees. For more information and to register, 941-312-5630, email or visit

Free Consciousness Event at Starflower Spathecary 

Is your life not quite what you would like it to be? Do you desire something different? Then, join Lauren Gale, Access Consciousness Bars® Facilitator, and Kathy Oravec, Access Consciousness Bars® Practitioner, for an introductory experience of the life changing hands-on body process called The Bars®.
This refers to 32 points on the head that, when gently touched, release stored up thoughts, ideas, emotions, judgments and considerations which are no longer serving you.
 This process begins to dissipate the electrical charge of polarity stored in your brain, like activating a computer virus of consciousness that begins to unravel when you function in autopilot instead of awareness, or refusal instead of receiving. Are you ready to embrace a greater version of yourself in 2017? Then, we look forward to sharing these life changing tools with you. Come to Starflower Spathecary on January 10, 7–8:30 p.m., and leave with powerful, pragmatic and life enhancing tools that truly work. Location: 415 S Pineapple Ave., Sarasota. For more information, call 941-554-4292. 12

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Yin Yoga Series at Fusion Therapy


oin Fusion Therapy and Dr. Britt Dienes, AP, DOM, for six weeks of Yin Yoga in the Grande Salt Suite on Thursday evenings, January 12–February 16, 6–7 p.m. Yin Yoga is based on the meridian system at the heart of Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture which compassionately opens the myofascia and gently stretches connective tissue in the joints. Extended holds of basic seated poses interspersed with passive or active rest facilitates access to the connective tissue and lasting structural evolution. Yin Yoga will guide you deeper into both your body and practice by allowing you to explore the dynamism of stillness. This practice is ideal for beginners and experienced yogis alike. Slip under the yin-fluence, while breathing in the micro-salt particles. Dry Salt Therapy cleans the respiratory system, calms and heals the nervous system, and conditions the skin. Dr. Dienes is a state- and boardcertified Acupuncture Physician and Herbalist. She is also an ERYT200, experienced yoga teacher registered with Yoga Alliance, with a focus on Yin Yoga, functional anatomy and healing sequencing. She believes yoga should be practiced and taught with a full awareness of the sacredness of both practice and practitioner. Her ideal yoga class is slow, meditative and gentle to embrace balance, release grace and uncover strength. Location: 7069 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Space is limited. To register, call 941-921-7900 or visit

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usion Therapy and Dr. Britt Dienes, AP, DOM, are teaming up for a two-hour workshop, combining Yin Yoga and acupuncture in the Grande Salt Suite at Fusion Therapy. Join us January 22, 2 p.m., for Yin Yoga followed by Acupuncture––all during a Dry Salt Therapy Session. Together, these modalities are a potent combination, specifically on the body’s hormonal systems to heal connective tissue, detoxing lungs, and alleviate respiratory symptoms.  Both Yin Yoga and Acupuncture, used individually or together, have powerful anti-stress effects, reducing the stress hormone cortisol. Used together, Yin Yoga and Acupuncture can powerfully recalibrate the nervous system’s response to its environment.  The surface areas of the Dry Salt Therapy room are covered with 100% Dead Sea Salt which creates a sterilized, negative-ion environment to produce extra oxygenated air. Dry Salt Therapy can help with respiratory ailments such as allergies, cold and flu symptoms, dermatitis, Eczema, asthma, bronchitis, COPD and more.   Location: 7069 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Space is limited. To register, call 941-921-7900. For more information on Dry Salt Therapy, visit For more information on Dr. Dienes, visit


n January 20, 1 p.m., Dr. Anna Baker, DOM, will give a seminar about Pearl Cream by Dr. Anna, her revolutionary anti-aging serum made from real pearls and Chinese herbs without any preservatives. Pearls contain amino acids that retighten muscles and slowly return the face to its younger look with daily use. Dr. Anna will show photographed results of people of all different ages. Pearl Cream by Dr, Anna is also available as a muscle tightening body lotion, men’s anti-aging line and sports performance line. Location: 2721 Mall Dr., Sarasota. Hours: Monday– Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 941-921-2662 or visit AGE 32

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Four Pillars Offers Wedding Wellness Services


our Pillars can help pamper and balance your well-being as you count down to saying “I do.” Treat your whole self––not just your physical body, but your emotions, mind and spirit too. With an inner and outer glow, you’ll be prepared to walk down the aisle. For The Bride • All Eyes on You Facial: Your face is the focal point on your wedding day, so hydrate and renew with regular facial treatments for a glowing complexion. • Aromatherapy Serenity Massage: Wedding plans can be hectic, so a variety of rejuvenating massages can relieve stress and boost your immune system. For The Groom • Kissable Face Gentlemen’s Facial: Condition razor burn, unblock pores and hydrate the skin and neck for a soft kissable face. • De-Stressed Massage: Sooth stressed nerves and muscles for a strong stance and invigorated body and spirit including a wide variety of treatment options. For The Couple • Open Your Heart: Energize your inner sparkle with this Reiki healing treatment and open the heart chakra to support successful love and union of hearts. • Dancing and Grounding: Pamper your feet and ground your spirit with Reflexology Fusion for the feet and hands. For The Bridal Party • Bridal Party Wellness Day: Celebrate your friends and family with a customized pamper session just for you and your friends. • Serenity Bride Day: Soothe your spirit with an Aromatherapy Massage, Radiant Glow Facial and Reflexology Fusion. Location: 8209 Natures Way, Suite 221, Lakewood Ranch. For more information, call 941-373-3955, email or visit

Tips on Reversing Macular Degeneration in Zephyrhills


r. Edward Kondrot, a board-certified ophthalmologist with Healing the Eye Wellness Center in Zephyrhills, is presenting three events focused on helping to reverse macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness. He will host the Kondrot Eye Program from January 17–20, the Stem Cell Program on January 19–20 and Get Started with Microcurrent on January 23–24, all from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A free report on recent and ongoing studies and findings is available from Healing the Eye Wellness Center for those who cannot attend. Kondrot has written seven books on eye diseases and sees his work as a way to help prevent further blindness. Location: 40122 Mason Rd, Zephyrhills. For more information, call 800-4309328, email Info@HealingTheEye. com, or visit and for your free report.




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New Stem Cell Treatment in Miami


he Center for Regenerative Medicine, based in Miami, is offering a new, cutting-edge treatment for patients suffering from neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, other forms of dementia and strokes. Among the few practices in the U.S. now utilizing patients’ own stem cells, the Center for Regenerative Medicine reports seeing improvements and reversals of many debilitating symptoms related to these conditions including memory loss, language, focus and attention, visual perception, reasoning, judgment and mood state. The Center for Regenerative Medicine has been using stem cell therapy and techniques with other nonsurgical procedures for more than 17 years, enabling thousands of patients, both from around the country and internationally, to recover from sports injuries, reduce the effects of arthritis and osteoarthritis, and experience general pain relief, among other benefits. Natural Awakenings readers receive a free phone consultation. Location: 1001 NE 125 St., Miami. For more information or to make an appointment, call 305-866-8384 or visit

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itric Oxide (NO) is often called the “miracle molecule” or the “molecule of life” because it’s essential for healthy functioning of the body. NO improves cardiac health by signaling your blood vessels to open and expand, allowing them to relax. In addition, NO plays an important role in controlling the circulation of blood and regulating activities. When your blood flows freely, it can perform its job more efficiently, nourishing your heart, brain and other important organs. NO also positively affects the release of hormones and adrenaline. Many athletes take NO supplements because they are said to increase endurance, speed growth and recovery and increase blood flow, thereby delivering more nutrients to the muscles. In 2010 a researcher at the University of California at Los Angeles examined 16 male cyclists, ages 50 to 73. The men who were given powdered supplements, containing arginine and antioxidants, showed a 16.7 percent increase in their anaerobic threshold––the point at which lactic acid starts to accumulate in the muscles––after three weeks of use. However, the men given the placebo did not see any increase in their anaerobic thresholds. By taking a supplement such as Nitro from Kyani, you can help your brain retrieve and store information, while enhancing both inflammatory response and sexual function. For more information on the Nitro supplement from Kyani, call 941-416-0884 or 941-526-4896.

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newsbriefs Mindfulness, Food and Body Image Workshop


his six-week workshop from January 23–February 27, 6–7:30 p.m., is open to women who have struggled with eating too much, too little, too fast, too much junk food or eating for emotional fulfillment. Taking place each Monday evening, this class will include time for mindfulness meditation instruction and practice, related specifically to food or body image. There will also be time for discussions, questions and special topics like pleasant and unpleasant eating experiences, anger, deprivation, family history, and how we sabotage or nurture ourselves in regard to both food and body image. The class is taught by Lily Myers, MA, licensed clinical mental health counselor and meditation teacher with 25 years of experience leading groups in a variety of settings. She also operates a private practice in Sarasota. These sessions are for women only. No meditation experience necessary. Location: 3975 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota. Cost: $150. For more information and to register, call 603-924-2216 or email

Replace Chlorine with Oxygen Bubbles in Your City or County Water


hlorine is among the most versatile chemicals used in sanitizing drinking water and wastewater treatment. This powerful oxidizing agent is used for disinfection, control of micro-organisms, ammonia elimination, color reduction, improvement of taste and odor, organic matter destruction, and hydrogen sulfide, iron and manganese oxidation. Although chlorine is beneficial for many uses, it carries safety and environmental concerns. Therefore, replacing chlorine in your water with oxygen will yield more energy, allowing you to stay active for longer periods of time without feeling fatigued. More oxygen in your bloodstream also makes less susceptible to viral or bacterial infections according to Dr. Otto Warburg, two-time Nobel Prize winner. Sparky Healthy Water manufactures an exclusive patent-pending stainless steel bubbler that draws on oxygen from the atmosphere and sanitizes water to remove chlorine and other contaminates. This provides clean, oxygenated water for bathing, drinking and other purposes. This affordable system never requires filter replacements, chemicals or added salt. Sparky is also programmed to back-flush oxygen bubbles automatically every three days to clean itself. This back-flushed water can also be used to water your lawn and prevent waste. For more information, call Bill Nelson, Senior Water Specialist, at 941-202-9050 or visit 16

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Awaken Your Heart and Soul with Mastery Training


eborah Mills and the Ascended Masters will offer an “Evening of Acceleration in Consciousness and Light Activation for the Heart and Soul” on February 1, 7–9 p.m., at Ionie Retreat, followed by a two-day “Mastery Training” on February 4–5, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Lumina Health, Ascension means living from your divinity, or fifth dimensional state of being, through your mind, heart and soul. Mastery Trainings bring you into direct contact with the Ascended Masters, Sacred Flames and your own Divine Self. This is a unique and powerful opportunity to clear, heal and upgrade your energy and operating systems and to reawaken the extraordinary potential within you for both personal and planetary evolution. Mills lives in a state of Mastery, has direct personal connection and guidance from the Ascended Masters, and brings the teaching of self-mastery and Ascension to this world. She has been co-facilitating Mastery Trainings with the Masters in Mount Shasta since 2010. In addition, Mills is the Director of Soul Focused Healing, a gifted healer, medical intuitive and spiritual guide who has been teaching workshops on “Healing and the Awakening Consciousness” for over 20 years. If you’re ready for a life changing experience of the heart and soul, you will not want to miss this transformational experiential weekend. Ionie Retreat Location: 1241 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota. Lumina Health Location: 2301 Porter lake Dr., Sarasota. Cost: $275 before January 25, $300 after. $20 donations for February 1 workshop. For more information or to register, call 941-321-9770, email OptimumEnergy@ or visit SoulFocusedHealing. com.


Animal Rescue Coalition Celebrates 50,000th Surgery


hen Ira Barsky and Ed Sarbey started Animal Rescue Coalition (ARC) in 1998 to reduce the killing of adoptable dogs and cats in Sarasota and Manatee counties, they never anticipated performing 50,000 spay and neuter procedures. As a result, millions of unwanted pregnancies and euthanasias have been avoided. From a mobile clinic purchased in 2002, ARC moved to a stand-alone, fully equipped 3,800 square-foot facility in 2014 and adopted the Humane Alliance, a nationally recognized organization with an operating model based on offering high-volume, high-quality, low-cost spay/ neuter services to low-income families. The volume of procedures increased from 2,500 to 5,000 per year. ARC now serves Sarasota, Manatee, DeSoto and Charlotte counties, as well as providing free transportation within that vicinity. According to the ASPCA, spaying or neutering pets helps control the homeless animal crisis which results in millions of healthy dogs and cats being euthanized in the United States each year. There are also medical and behavioral benefits to spaying and neutering that help animals live longer, healthier lives.










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newsbriefs Using Sound to Bring Peace


e live in a world surrounded by noise where constant stimulation has become the norm. Both adults and children are absorbed in their smartphones rather than engaging in human communication. We’ve forgotten the power of language and sound. The ancient yoga tradition recognizes this power and teaches how to harness this power to benefit ourselves and the world around us. Sacred yoga texts describe creation as emerging from the sound-vibration, and for this reason, sound is a considered divine source of healing. and can thus be used for healing. The practice of reciting peace-inducing chants in unison with others called kirtan, or “devotional chanting.” Although an ancient practice, it has stood the test of time and remains applicable even today, so it’s not surprising that kirtan has entered the American mainstream. On January 29, Sarasota residents will have the opportunity for a direct kirtan experience with Devayani who began her spiritual journey at age 14 when she met Baba Muktananda, one of the first meditation masters to bring yoga to the West during the 1970s. She has been practicing meditation and kirtan for over 35 years, and has led thousands of people into ecstatic chanting as she travels around the world. She embodies joy and love, inspiring people to embrace the rejuvenating practice of kirtan.   See the Calendar Listing for dates, times and further details.

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Natural Hair Extensions Available at Angela’s Pure Salon & Spa


o you want longer, fuller hair? Well, at Angela’s Pure Salon & Spa, we have your solution. Our hairpieces are made of 100% human hair, giving you optimal beauty and quality. Balmain hair extensions have been developed by session stylists to create a special blend of both fine and thick hair, and the ombré colors blend brilliantly into your natural hair. We also offer a six-month guarantee which comes with all extensions, as well as information on how to care for your new longer locks. So, come in and check them out today! Location: 3510 N Lockwood Ridge Rd., Sarasota. For more information, call 941-3510670 or visit



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lysian Fields welcomes Rev. Rina Lichtinger on January 19, 7–9 p.m., for her class “Shamanic Exploration” which explores the numerous aspects of shamanism. This class defines what exactly shamanism is, then explains how to call in the Four Elements, delves into shamanic archetypes and mythical symbols, illustrates divination and shamanic card reading, helps with the discover of power animals, teaches about soul retrieval and concludes with how to activate the luminous body. Lichtinger will also explain how to use shamanic tools like sage, palo santo and crystals organize your own rituals. Shamanic rituals have been used for centuries in various cultures around the world to assist with increasing the flow of positive light and energy for healing, space clearing and spiritual growth such as higher visionary skills, creativity and psychic power. Come learn how powerful shamanism can be for helping you throughout all aspects of your life! Lichtinger is a Reiki master, shamanic healer, Healing Touch practitioner, oracle card reader, intuitive channeler and founder of Mukti-Organic Health and Beauty. She has practiced yoga and meditation for 20 years, and has taught both disciplines for 17 years. She also operates a private practice in Fort Lauderdale where she now lives. In addition, she is the author of the new book Visions of Light: The Power of Letting Go––Spiritual Evolution. Location: 1273 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. For more information, call 941-361-3006 or visit For more information on Rina Lichtinger, visit

ev. Zan Benham will launch 2017 with a Shaman Journey Experience on January 28 and new Reiki certification classes, starting with Reiki I on February 4. Rev. Zan, also known as ButterflyDeerwoman, has been offering Shaman Journeys for over 13 years, as a powerful venue for opening intuition and awakening inner guidance. The journey itself is similar to a guided meditation, enhanced by the heart beat of her mother drum. Through the drum’s reverberation and Zan’s ability to channel, each participant will enter their sub-conscious and super-conscious to access guides, helpers, relations and totems for healing and insight. Each person’s journey is customized based on individual frequencies, needs and perceptions. Participants are asked to RSVP and should bring a mat, pillow, blanket, eye covering, spirit stone or rock for enhancement, paper to record their journey. In the Reiki classes, participants will learn about this ancient and powerful hands-on healing, dating before 620 BC. Reiki was brought to the West by Dr. Mikado Usui in 1922. The word means “Rei” means “universal,” and “K” means “light force energy.” The study of Reiki aligns with this Ki, the God energy within us, through symbols and breath handed down by one Reiki Master to another. Rev. Zan, has been teaching Reiki since 2003. Location: 5102 Swift Rd., Sarasota. For more information and to register, call 941922-7839, email or visit

Sarasota Native American Indian Festival


n January 20, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 21, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and 22, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., The Sarasota Native American Indian Festival will take place at the Sarasota Fairgrounds. Come experience the culture and artistry of the of the Native American people. Find authentic, handmade, one-of-a-kind fine arts and crafts, paintings, pottery, jewelry, sculpture, bead work and leather work, while enjoying delicious Native American food. Our drummer this year is Thunder Bear from the Cherokee nation who will share traditional Native American drumming, singing and various styles of dance throughout the weekend. We will also have the Nahui Ollin Aztec Dancers joining in the festivities this year to share their culture. In addition, Nashville recording artist Traci Snowe will make a guest appearance to share her beautiful, inspiring music. This festival will serve as a tribute to the extraordinary life of artist Rex A. Begaye, its founder. His remarkable gifts as an artist and educator of Native American culture were the inspiration for this event, focused on bringing authentic Native American culture to Sarasota. Location: 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota. Cost: $8 for adults, $3 for ages 6–2, free for 5 and under. Tickets available at the gate. For more information, 941-800-1794, email, visit or like “Sarasota Native Fest” on Facebook. natural awakenings

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Stop Pain in Minutes

World Renowned Medium Comes to the Cosmic Center


osemary Altea is a world renowned Spiritual Medium and Healer who has appeared several times on international shows like CNN Larry King Live, Leeza Gibbons and 20/20. She also wrote the breakout book The Eagle and the Rose: A Remarkable True Story. With her spirit guide Grey Eagle, she will be coming to the Cosmic Center on January 21 to share her knowledge and spiritual gift. Altea states that her spirit guide Grey Eagle advised her to publish this book, first in the United States then afterwards in other countries. The essence of her message is that life exists after death, and we are all spiritual beings who come to earth to learn. Altea has dedicated her life to helping those suffering from the loss of loved ones in her capacity as a spiritual medium, and has also provided spiritual healing to several thousand people and animals worldwide.  Location: 5041 Ringwood Meadow, Bldg. G-2, Sarasota. Space is limited. To purchase tickets, visit RosemaryAltea. For more information, call 941-371-9333 or visit


n January 14, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Csongor Daniel, an internationally recognized healer, author and speaker, will teach a seminar in North Port based on his latest book Bioenergy Healing: Simple Techniques for Reducing Pain and Restoring Health through Energetic Healing. Bioenergy Healing is believed to be among the most powerful healing techniques of our time. Csongor will reveal the secrets of this method through a dynamic seminar filled with the latest theories on the human energy fields, followed by practical application. Participants will learn how to feel and see the energy field that surrounds our bodies, as well as techniques to manipulate the same energy to restore health and eliminate pain. LMTs will receive six CEUs for participating in this seminar. Csongor has been teaching Bioenergy Healing locally and internationally for the last 20 years and has published three books on the subject, as well as numerous articles and videos. His book is a unique teaching tool which contains over 100 illustrations and QR codes that lead readers directly to YouTube videos via their smartphones. While Csongor’s teacher has healed more than one million people, he would like to teach people how to become healers themselves. Cost: $300 ($250 if registered by January 1, additional $50 discount for every person you bring). For more information and to register, call 941-391-3527, email CSDaniel@ or visit

Cosmic Center for Health and Wellness Open House


he Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light is excited to share our latest addition, Cosmic Center of Health and Wellness. This beautiful, new space dedicated to healing has been co-created from scratch in full consciousness of its mission and purpose. There is literally love in the walls and floors from those who helped with the building process. As you enter, you will sense the restorative energy that is anchored there. We offer a number of healing rooms within the space which can be available to healers for rent in support of various healing modalities. Come join us at our open house on January 14, noon to 4 p.m., to munch, socialize and explore the possibilities. Everyone is welcome to attend! Location: 5041 Ringwood Meadow, Bldg. G-2, Sarasota. For more information, call 941-371-9333 or visit

Holistic Weight Loss and Weight Management Coaching


uring these personal sessions, you will benefit from information and strategies for practicing holistic, sensible, natural, and realistic weight loss and management. You can even consume your favorite foods in moderation, and you will discover gentle or moderate exercises that you enjoy. Gary Halperin is a professional-level certified yoga teacher and holistic lifestyle coach whose training has included several hours of instruction on teaching healthy diet and exercise techniques. He also has over 20 years of experience successfully managing his own weight, while teaching others to do the same. Location: 2916 Marshall Dr., Sarasota. Cost: $60 for 50-minute private session and two free gentle yoga classes ($24 value), plus free email support as needed ($50 value). For more information, call 941-952-0960, email GaryHalperin@ or visit


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ae Chandran will lead three events including a free introductory lecture to “DNA Activation” on January 13, 7:30–8:30 p.m., “DNA Level I: Activation of Our DNA” on January 14, 1:30–7:30 p.m., and “DNA Level II” on January 15, 1:30–7:30 p.m., all taking place in Naples. In addition, Chandran will also be hosting small group tours to Egypt from April 1–10, and to Israel in July. For more than 30 years, Chandran has taught workshops of self-discovery in Japan, Brazil, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Shanghai, India and Vietnam. He has also led people to power spots and vortexes in countries such as Egypt, Israel, Greece and Morocco. The author of DNA of the Spirit and Partnering with Angels and a regular writer for Sedona Journal magazine, Chandran has channeled more than 400 symbols for healing and transformation. Through these tones, he facilitates shifts in DNA to manifest higher frequencies that help participants achieve their life’s purpose. Location: Unity of Bonita Springs, 28285 Imperial Pkwy, Naples. Cost: $250 for January 14 and $400 for January 15. For more information or to register, call 239340-1036, email or visit

Acupuncture Face and Necklift Seminar with Dr. Anna


n January 18, 2 p.m., Dr. Anna Baker, DOM and founder of Faces by Dr. Anna, will present a seminar on changing the course of facial aging with her muscle tightening acupuncture face and necklift. Her technique reverses aging in the muscles of the face and neck, returning the original features. Dr. Anna has a database of over 500 people, and she will show photographed results for different ages and face types. A nationally board-certified Doctor of Oriental Medicine, Dr. Anna has been practicing in Sarasota since 1998. She has developed her specialty in a muscle tightening acupuncture face and necklift, with no needles used on the face. Up to three treatments can be done in one day with a 10-treatment minimum. After treatments are completed, a one or two treatment touch-up is suggested every 18 months to maintain the lift. Dr. Anna’s work has been nationally televised, and she has been voted Sarasota’s favorite anti-aging practitioner. To register for the seminar or schedule a free consultation, call 941-924-2723. To view before-and-after photos, visit 22

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Harmonize Your Life Energy


ere’s our mantra for the New Year: “2017! It’s my time to beam!” It’s time to take care of you. Set your goals and desires in place to achieve a healthy and vibrant body, soul and spirit. Stretching, meditation, exercise and movement, eating mostly live foods, drinking plenty of water and spending time in nature, are all excellent tools to harmonize your life energy. Receiving a 90-minute Body Tuning session, at least once per month, can also contribute to your harmony. Body Tuning is a technique created by Tonya Laughlin, LMT, which combines Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, Craniosacral Therapy and Crystal Healing Therapy. Body Tuning allows your body to release pain, discomfort, restrictions and blockages. Laughlin has over 20 years of education and experience in holistic and healthy living. Each Body Tuning session is personalized for your specific needs. You’ll feel the benefits throughout your entire system. Allow your light to shine bright, harmonizing your energy for life. Say it out loud: “2017! It’s my time to beam!” To schedule a house call or make an appointment at Laughlin’s Sarasota office, call 970389-4019 or email TonyaLaughlin@ Gift certificates and savings packages available.

Relaxation with Reflexology at Heart and Sole Organics


here are reflexes in the hands and feet that correspond to every organ, gland and other body parts down to a cellular level. The application of compression technique which utilizes the thumbs and fingers to activate these reflex points can promote benefits like stress and tension relief, circulation improvement and the general enhancement of overall health. This technique is called reflexology. Reflexologists do not diagnose, cure health disorders or take the place of medical intervention, but their work complements other treatments for conditions like anxiety, asthma, cancer, cardiovascular issues, diabetes, headaches, kidney function, PMS and sinusitis. Research states that around 70% of illnesses are a direct result of prolonged stress in the body. The main attribute of reflexology is its positive effect on the nervous system by promoting a “relaxation state,” also known as the parasympathetic nervous system. This part of the involuntary nervous system slows the heart rate, increases intestinal and glandular activity, and relaxes the sphincter muscles. Reflexologists are trained to help balance the mind and body, sustaining a natural equilibrium or “homeostasis” that promotes relaxation, health and well-being. Cindy Heard, certified Reflexologist, LMT, LE, and owner of Heart and Sole Organics, offers a one-hour reflexology session for $59. Also, throughout the month of January, experience a 100% organic facial and a one-hour reflexology session for $125 for first time clients. Location: 1435 S Osprey Ave., #200, Sarasota. For more information or to make an appointment, call 941-228-9724 or visit

Access Your Personal Warehouse of Abundance Playshop


o you feel lacking in any area of your life? Do you desire more vitality, a healthier financial position, better relationships or greater happiness? Then, join Michelle Giambra of Suncoast Jin Shin Jyutsu in her “Access Your Personal Warehouse of Abundance Playshop.” In this creative and fun atmosphere, you will be lead through exercises to help you identify what you desire, uncover your personal blockages and learn helpful tools. You will leave with your own personal toolkit, including hands-on energy harmonizing holds, to help you release these blockages and make space for receiving. You have two opportunities in January to experience The Access Your Personal Warehouse of Abundance Playshop––January 8 and January 28. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. Early Bird Discounts are available. Michelle Giambra, LMT, Certified Jin Shin Jyutsu Self-Help Instructor and Practitioner, has over 19 years of experience with Jin Shin Jyutsu. She provides personal energy harmonizing sessions and self-care classes. In addition, she has received the honor of being voted the Natural Choice Awards’ “Favorite Energy Healer” and “Favorite Holistic Practitioner.” Location: 810 Central Ave., Sarasota. For more information, call 941-228-2972, email or visit

Learn Eight Dynamic Finger Mudras for Daily Tension and Stress Relief


ack by popular demand, this special class introduces eight finger mudras that are the birth of what is now known as the hands-on healing art Jin Shin Jyutsu. Widely practiced more than 3,000 years ago, this ancient wisdom was dramatically revived in 1912 in Japan by Jiro Murai when he cleared himself of a “terminal” illness while holding these finger poses. In this casual lecture and fun, experiential self-care class you will gain the following: • Learn how to hold each of the Eight Finger Poses • Understand the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual applications • Identify which poses are most beneficial for you • Experience a dynamic, profound guided practice of the Eight Mudras This class is presented by Michelle Giambra, LMT, Certified Jin Shin Jyutsu Self-Help Instructor and Practitioner. Giambra has over 19 years of experience with Jin Shin Jyutsu, providing personal energy harmonizing sessions and self-care classes. She has also received the honor of being voted the Natural Choice Awards’ “Favorite Energy Healer” and “Favorite Holistic Practitioner.” The Mudra Class takes place on January 21. Space is limited. To secure your space, payment must be received by January 18. Early Bird Discount is available before January 13. Location: 810 Central Ave., Sarasota. For more information, call 941-2282972, email or visit

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Autism Risk Linked to Banned Chemicals


study from Drexel University, in Philadelphia, has linked autism spectrum disorder with prenatal exposure to organochlorine chemicals. The researchers examined 1,144 children born in southern California between 2000 and 2003 with mothers that had enrolled in a state-sponsored prenatal screening program. Blood tests were taken during their second trimester of pregnancy, a critical time for neurodevelopment, to measure exposure to organochlorine chemicals, including polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) and pesticides such as DDT. These compounds were banned from production in the U.S. in 1977, but remain in the environment. It’s well known that they can cross the placental barrier, impacting neurodevelopment in fetuses. The researchers selected participants based on previous health diagnoses: 545 children with autism spectrum disorder and 181 with intellectual disabilities, plus 418 free of both issues as a control group. They found a 50 to 82 percent increased autism risk in children with the highest levels of four identified PCB compounds in utero, based on which ones were present. “The results suggest that prenatal exposure to these chemicals above a certain level may influence neurodevelopment in adverse ways,” says Kristen Lyall, Sc.D., assistant professor in the university’s A.J. Drexel Autism Institute, promising further related studies.

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Ayurvedic Program Improves Blood Chemistry

clinical trial from the University of California-San Diego School of Medicine found that participants in a six-day, ayurvedic-based, well-being program showed metabolic improvements in blood tests for inflammation, cardiovascular disease risk (CDR) and cholesterol levels. Study participants consisted of 119 healthy men and women between the ages of 30 and 80. Sixty-five experienced a panchakarma program, a detox and rejuvenation protocol involving a vegetarian diet, meditation, yoga, massage, herbal therapy and other healing therapies. The other 54 served as a control group. Blood was analyzed before and after the test period. The researchers, led by Dr. Deepak Chopra, found measurable decreases in 12 phosphatidycholines (cell-membrane chemicals) associated with cholesterol, inflammation, CDR and Type 2 diabetes risk. They acknowledge that due to the short duration of the trial, the immediate changes were likely attributable to the vegetarian diet; more research is needed to determine the complementary role of the other therapies. “It appears that a one-week panchakarma program can significantly alter the metabolic profile of the person undergoing it,” remarks Chopra. 24

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ave you spent more money than expected on holiday gifts and parties? In light of this, have you made a resolution to cut down on expenses throughout 2017? The U.S. Department of Commerce reports that Americans now spend more money dining out than buying groceries which is a shame, considering that eating at home offers numerous benefits like saving money, for instance. It’s not just a money matter though. Whether you’re with family or friends, connecting around meal preparation and enjoyment is an opportunity to grow together and learn from each other. Even when you’re alone, making your own meal can be a meditative experience too. Young Living Essential Oils offers a new “Vitality” line, specifically created with cooking in mind. This blend is so powerful that just small amounts of the all-natural, plant-based oils can transform even the most mundane kitchen creations. Oils can also be used in place of various expensive, exotic, store-bought spices.  Here’s a quick example––spice up your usual spaghetti recipe with oregano, basil and black pepper Vitality essential oils. You can also use Cinnamon essential oil in cookie and muffin recipes, and there are dozens of uses for celery, carrot, and dill seed essential oils too.  Preparing and eating meals at home gives you the chance to “be present” and reconnect with the flow of life. Take a few minutes to focus on yourself, family and friends who are integral to both your life and spiritual well-being.   For more DIY recipes to make your home an uplifting, chemical-free place for both you and your family, call 941-203-1225, email, visit or like “Sarasota Essential Oils” on Facebook.

Exercise in Midlife Helps Preserve Mental Sharpness



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study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease in July confirms that physical activity in midlife can help reduce the chances of developing cognitive impairment in old age. Scientists studied data on the physical activity levels from 3,050 twins in Finland given questionnaires in 1975 and 1981. A phone interview more than 25 years later served as a follow-up cognitive evaluation, and the subjects were divided into three categories: cognitively impaired, suffering mild cognitive impairment or cognitively healthy. Individuals that participated in vigorous physical activity when they were middle-aged displayed lower levels of cognitive impairment compared to those that did less vigorous exercise.

Early Job Satisfaction Supports LongTerm Health

Early-to-Bed Kids at Less Risk of Obesity



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esearch from the Ohio State University College of Public Health, in Columbus, suggests that the risk of childhood obesity, a growing concern in the U.S., can be reduced by putting children to bed before 8 p.m. The researchers examined reports from mothers of 977 4-and-a-half-year-old children born in 1991 regarding their typical weekday bedtimes. The answers were divided into three categories: 8 p.m. or earlier, between 8 and 9 p.m. and later. Responses were compared to the obesity levels of the same children at an average age of 15. Of the group with the earliest bedtime, comprising about 25 percent of the subjects, only one in 10 were obese, compared to 16 percent of those with childhood bedtimes between 8 and 9 p.m., representing 50 percent of the subjects. The youngsters that went to bed the latest reported a 23 percent obesity rate, the highest overall. Dr. Meena Khan, a sleep medicine specialist at the university’s Wexner Medical Study Center, comments about the challenge of maintaining proper bedtimes: “Kids do well with a schedule and a routine.”

esearchers from Ohio State University, in Columbus, started with data from 6,432 participants in the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, conducted in 1979, to study the impact that early job satisfaction has upon health as we age. The new study examined reports of job satisfaction on a scale of one (dislike very much) to four (like very much) for participants between the ages of 25 and 39. Then they compared the responses to mental and physical health reports measured after the participants turned 40. Those that reported low job satisfaction throughout their 20s and 30s exhibited higher levels of emotional problems, depression, sleep problems and excessive worry. Individuals that started out satisfied with their jobs but became less satisfied over time also faced sleep and anxiety difficulties, but exhibited less depression. The participants that reported increasing job satisfaction in their 20s and 30s reported fewer mental health problems. The correlation between physical health after 40 and early job satisfaction was not as strong, but university associate professor of sociology Hui Zheng notes, “Increased anxiety and depression could lead to cardiovascular or other health problems that won’t show up until they are older.”

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Protecting Pollinators

Maryland Bans Bee-Killing Pesticides

Reforesting India

Indian officials report that volunteers planted more than 49 million trees on a single day in 2016, surpassing the 2013 world record of 850,000 in Pakistan. An estimated 800,000 volunteers worked for 24 hours planting 80 species of saplings raised in local nurseries along roads, railways and other public land. The effort is part of the commitment India made at the Paris Climate Conference in December 2015. The country agreed to spend $6 billion to reforest 12 percent of its land and bring the total forest cover to 235 million acres by 2030, or about 29 percent of its territory. Trees sequester carbon dioxide from the air and reduce greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. India has experienced substantial loss of its forest cover in recent centuries as people cut down trees for firewood, pasture and development. Still, saplings need water and care and are susceptible to disease. Mortality rates can reach 40 percent after such massive tree plantings. Other countries are also replanting trees. Last December, African nations pledged to reforest 100 million hectares (386 square miles). A wide range of stakeholders from countries to companies also signed on to the non-binding New York Declaration of Forests that month, with the goal of halving deforestation by 2020 and ending it by 2030.

Maryland is the first state in the nation to pass strict restrictions on pesticides thought to be responsible for significant reductions in bee populations with enactment of its Pollinator Protection Act. Maryland lost more than 60 percent of its hives in 2015, each containing up to 20,000 honeybees, making it one of the states with the highest recorded declines. The national average is about 42 percent, yet across the country, farmers and gardeners are still using pesticides linked to colony collapse disorder. Globally, more than one-third of the world’s food supply could be a risk if these and other pollinators are lost. Neonicotinoids are one potent class of systemic pesticides introduced to agriculture in the 1990s that have been linked to bees’ demise. In recent years, pesticides such as Knockout Ready-to-Use Grub Killer, Ortho Bug B Gon, and All-In-One Rose & Flower Care have been made available to consumers and beekeepers have noticed a corresponding increase in bee deaths. The Maryland law bans the use of neonicotinoids by everyday consumers that have been spraying home gardens and trees with these deadly pesticides. Farmers and professional gardeners are exempt from the law. A similar law is awaiting the governor’s signature in Connecticut. Although the U.S. Department of Agriculture has not officially recognized the well-researched link, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is reviewing it.

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Feeding wild birds helps fuel them and provides viewing pleasure, yet a communal feeder may hold hidden risks, reports a recent study in Ecology Letters.  In reviewing 20 published research papers on host/pathogen interactions in human-fed wild populations, researchers at the University of Georgia’s Odum School of Ecology, in Athens, found that intentional feeding changed their behavior and diet enough to foster potentially harmful growth of parasites and viruses. “Feeders can bring unexpected species and more birds together more frequently than normal, facilitating conditions for parasites and other contaminates,” says lead researcher Daniel Becker. Birds crowding into tight spaces to reach tasty morsels also makes it easier for pathogens like house finch eye disease and respiratory ailments to be passed among them. Maintain cleanliness. Stephen Kress, director of the National Audubon Society’s Project Puffin, advises that safe bird feeding includes completely scrubbing out feeders with a 10 percent non-chlorinated bleach solution at least a few times a year, and certainly between seasons. Be food-specific. While using bird seed mixtures to attract a wide range of species is cheaper, such food usually includes fillers like milo that most birds quickly pass through, making a mess under the feeder that can make birds sick. Kress suggests, “Buy specific seeds for specific feeders—like cracked corn and millet in one and only sunflowers in another. This decreases interactions between species that eat the different seeds and dramatically cuts waste.” Creative option. Try some peanut butter and other healthful ingredients, suggests Julie Craves, supervisor of avian research at the Rogue River Bird Observatory at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, in a recent edition of BirdWatching magazine. “It’s high in fat, protein and calories.” Avoid nut butter made with the artificial sweetener xylitol, as it can kill birds. She recommends mixing one part organic peanut butter with four or five parts plain, non-GMO (genetically modified) cornmeal and add oats and raisins. Plain or chunky works. “The dough can then be shaped into portions that will fit in suet feeders or logs, or just placed in feeding trays.”

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The Benefits of Cupping by Josh Zimmer, DOM Licensed Acupuncturist at Four Pillars


he ancient medical modality of Cupping grew famous during the Rio Olympics, thanks to those round purple marks that swimmers like Michael Phelps proudly sported before audiences around the world. Questions inevitably arose––what is Cupping and what does it accomplish? Not surprisingly, references are sparse in Western medical literature, but in the Traditional Chinese Medicine field, Cupping is widely recognized for its ability to treat musculoskeletal pain, soreness and dysfunction. Essentially, the suction created by Cupping draws an immediate rush of blood to the site, breaking up tissue adhesions which cause pain or block normal movement. In Phelps’ case, you can understand why the cup marks were centered around his shoulders and scapulae. In Fire Cupping––the oldest method and the one used on Phelps––an alcohol-laden medium is ignited and inserted into the cup to eliminate all ambient oxygen. Once the fire is retracted, the cup is placed on the body to provide

suction. This entire process takes place in a matter of seconds. However, a more modern approach involves attaching a suction pump to the cups without any fire. Both methods are effective, although purists––like––might argue the ancient technique is more energetically healing. When executed properly, there’s no danger of burning. Cupping isn’t just for alleviating pain either. It’s an excellent therapeutic option for various respiratory conditions. Cups placed on the upper-back help break up stubborn lung mucous in the cases of cold, flu, bronchitis, asthma and COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease). “Moving” Cupping, a variation during which applied oil allows the cups to move across broad sections of the body while maintaining the suction, reduces fevers by opening up the pores and releasing heat. The marks that Cupping leaves behind are considered a small price to pay for the relief they provide. As dark and swollen as they might appear, they don’t leave behind scars. Instead, the marks gradually dissipate as the body heals. According to one doctor who just happens to be a Cupping aficionado, “Basically, it feels like getting a hickey.” On January 22, 1–8 p.m., Four Pillars is hosting a Cupping Appreciation Day. You can schedule one of these pain-reducing energy sessions for yourself at the special price of $25 for 45 minutes of relaxation, balancing and healing. In addition, Four Pillars offers a wide range of other acupuncture treatments as well. To reserve your session, call Four Pillars at 941-373-3955.

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SABOTEURS Tackling Obesity’s Hidden Causes by Lisa Marshall


at less, move more. These words have been the cornerstone of diet advice for decades, leading millions of Americans to greet the new year with vows to cut calories and hit the gym. In all, one in five U.S. adults are dieting at any given time, according to the international market research firm The NPD Group, and 57 percent would like to lose 20 pounds or more. Yet few will reach that goal. One survey of 14,000 dieters published in the International Journal of Obesity found that only one in six had ever been able to lose 10 percent of their body weight and keep it off for a year. Another study, published in the last year in Obesity, followed up with 14 contestants from the 2009 TV reality show The Biggest Loser and found that despite efforts to keep their eating and exercise habits on track, 13 had regained significant weight since the competition. Four are heavier now than before participating on the show.


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Diet experts say the battle of the bulge has been exceedingly hard to win for one clear reason: We’re oversimplifying the solution and underestimating the saboteurs. “We’re learning that it’s not as simple as calories-in and calories-out,” says Dr. Pamela Wartian Smith, an Ann Arbor, Michigan, physician specializing in functional and nutritional medicine and author of Why You Can’t Lose Weight. Research reveals that everything from food allergies to hormone imbalances and disruptions in gut bacteria can subtly undermine the best-laid weight management plans. Working out too much or eating too little can also backfire. Even a mean boss or a cold workplace cubicle can factor in. Certainly, diet and exercise are key, experts emphasize. Yet, if we’re doing all the right things and still seeing disappointing numbers on the scale, there’s still more we can do. Here are some common weight-loss saboteurs and what to do about them.

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Bite into a food we’re sensitive to and our body switches into “fight-or-flight” mode. It stores fat and water, releases histamines that widen blood vessels and inflame tissue, and cranks out stress hormones like epinephrine and norepinephrine that make us want to eat more of that food. “You literally get a high so that you crave more,” says Smith. She notes that unlike true allergies, which can prompt an immediate reaction, food intolerances often manifest subtly over several days. When we are repeatedly exposed to a food we’re sensitive to, we feel bloated and sluggish, regardless of the calorie count. Allergy medications can also prompt weight gain, in part by boosting appetite. One study by Yale researchers found people that regularly ingested antihistamines like Zyrtec and Allegra were far more likely to be overweight than those not using them. What to do: First, cut out the most-craved foods. “If someone tells me they just cannot live without cheese, I assume they are allergic to it,” says Smith. Or, try an elimination diet. Ban common allergens like milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts and gluten (if possible, try sticking to only rice and lamb— two hypoallergenic foods—for four days). Then reintroduce other foods slowly and monitor the results. To combat seasonal allergies naturally, try vitamin C, quercetin and butterbur supplements.

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Underperforming Thyroid

The thyroid serves as a key metabolism regulator, dictating how efficiently the heart beats and muscles contract, how quickly the body turns nutrients into energy, and how well we burn off stored fat. When thyroid hormone production falls, metabolism can also decrease by as much as 40 percent. Yet as many as four in 13 women suffer from a thyroid hormone deficiency, says Toronto naturopathic doctor Natasha Turner, author of the new book The Hormone Boost. “You can diet and exercise until you are blue in the face, but if your thyroid is out of balance, you won’t achieve the body you’re looking for,” she says. “It’s a common cause of weight gain.” What to do: Get tested for levels of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) and, if possible, T4 (thyroxine) and T3 (triiodothyronine) also. TSH signals the thyroid to make more T4, the inactive form of thyroid hormone that is converted into T3, the form the body is able to use. Abnormal blood levels of any of these can impact metabolism adversely, and a TSH test alone may be unable to identify a problem, caution Smith and Turner. In some cases, medication may be required. Otherwise, move to embrace lifestyle habits that reduce stress levels, because the stress hormone cortisol can inhibit thyroid function. Get eight hours of sleep; sleep deprivation also impairs thyroid function. Eat lots of fiber, which helps the body eliminate excess estrogen and other thyroid-damaging metabolic byproducts. Also, stock up on foods containing tyrosine (almonds and avocadoes), and selenium (Brazil nuts). In some cases, if an iodine deficiency is at play, a doctor may suggest iodine supplements or iodine-rich foods like kelp and sea bass.

Imbalanced Gut

The trillions of microorganisms in our gut have a profound impact on our ability to maintain a healthy weight, says Dr. Raphael Kellman, a New York City physician practicing functional medicine and

author of The Microbiome Diet. “The gut bacteria are the gatekeepers of the calories that enter our body,” he explains. Research shows that certain species of bacteria aid in the metabolizing of carbohydrates, while others help break down fats and protein. Some turn on genes that fight inflammation; others influence how well the body responds to insulin. Diversity and balance of helpful bacteria species are keys to health. “If changes in the percentages of certain bacteria occur, the microbiome loses its ability to help us maintain a healthy weight,” says Kellman. In one landmark 21st-century study by University of Colorado researchers, swapping the gut bacteria of a skinny mouse with that of an obese one made the skinny mouse gain weight. What to do: Go easy on antibiotics, which can wipe out gut bacteria diversity. Load up on fermented foods like kim chi, sauerkraut, kefir and yogurt. Eat lots of inulin-containing plant fiber to give desirable bacteria something to chew on, and consider taking a probiotic supplement until weight loss and health goals are achieved.

Overdoing Diets

As The Biggest Loser contestants learned, losing too much weight too fast can bring metabolism to a screeching halt; the body, coaxed into starvation mode, moves to conserve fuel and store fat. “If you try to lose weight by drastically slashing calorie intake and going crazy on the cardio machines, you’ll do more harm than good,” says Turner. Performing intense cardiovascular exercise such as running, cycling or swimming for more than 45 minutes can make cortisol levels surge, accelerating muscle loss and impairing the immune system. That’s counter-

productive because muscles burn calories at rest, too. Consistent over-exercise can also prompt the stressed body to respond in a fight-or-flight fashion, storing more belly fat and leading to the “skinny but fat” body composition common among models and marathon runners, she says. Skipping meals can prompt the key thyroid hormone T3 to fall off too, further slowing metabolism. Plus, six weeks into a restrictive weight-loss program, levels of the feel-good hormones dopamine and serotonin also start to decline, killing motivation and fueling cravings. The result is a weight plateau or even weight gain. What to do: Unless walking, limit workouts to 40 minutes, advises Turner. Instead of slogging away at a steady pace on the treadmill, try intervals (short, high-intensity efforts separated by brief rest periods), which have been shown to boost both fat burning and cardiovascular fitness. For example: five-minute warm-up, one-minute run at fast pace, one-minute run at moderate pace, repeat 10 times, five-minute cool-down. Also, incorporate strength training into three workouts each week. Include some fat, protein and carbohydrates with every meal. If insisting on counting calories, shoot for 450 to 500 per meal and 150 per snack for women; 500 to 600 per meal and 200 to 300 per snack for men. Every week to 10 days, enjoy a carb-loaded “cheat meal” such as pancakes or pasta; it supports any languishing thyroid and feel-good hormones, gives associated neurotransmitters a jump-start and keeps us from feeling deprived.

Dark, Cold, Stressful Workplaces

Alan Hedge, Ph.D., a workplace design researcher with Cornell University, in New York, says women, who tend to have less muscle and body hair to provide natural warmth, are at particular risk of packing on pounds due to an overly cold environment. “When the body is cold, it adapts by laying down insulation, which is fat,” he says. Even without eating extra calories, if we’re constantly cold at work, as 31 percent of women are according to a recent Career-

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Builder survey, we tend to gain about a pound or two per year, says Hedge. Other research, conducted at Northwestern University, in Illinois, shows that workers exposed to more light in the morning weigh about 1.4 pounds less on average than those toiling in windowless cubicles. The suspected reason is that morning light triggers a cascade of hormones that positively impact appetite and metabolism. Another study, by Ohio State University researchers, found women that experienced a stressful event at work or elsewhere and then ate a fat- and calorie-laden meal the next day burned 100 fewer calories from that meal than non-stressed workers. What to do: At work, move the desk toward a window or at least take a walk every morning. Bring a space heater, extra sweater or hot tea fixings. After an ultra-stressful workday, eat especially healthfully that night.

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sclerosis, lupus, Crohn’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia and Parkinson’s, because all of them have an autoimmune component if they are not directly autoimmune diseases. Similarly, the ketogenic diet is now being studied as a treatment for cancers, especially brain tumors, brain injuries, autism, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Intravenous alpha lipoic acid is also used to address autoimmune diseases, some cancers and other conditions.

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What are some of the most significant natural alternatives you report on in Honest Medicine? The ketogenic diet is one standout because it was the standard of care for children with epilepsy in the 1920s—until pharmaceutical companies began to produce lucrative anti-seizure medications; then its use

diminished through a lack of proponents in the medical field. Its use was revived in the 1990s due to the efforts of Jim Abrahams, a Hollywood writer/director, father of a child with epilepsy and one of my heroes. I found small studies that proved that the ketogenic diet successfully stops children’s seizures nearly 70 percent of the time. This highly effective alternative has none of the negative side effects of antiseizure drugs. Most doctors aren’t in favor of the diet approach and instead often prescribe affected children up to three or four meds as an easier option. The diet follows Hippocrates’ dictum, “Let food be thy medicine.” Another standout is intravenous alpha lipoic acid, pioneered since the 1970s by Dr. Burt Berkson, who used it mainly for end-stage liver disease and diabetic neuropathy. He saved many people from needing liver transplants with infusions of this powerful, versatile antioxidant. photo by Keith Peterson


ollowing up on the success of her bestselling book Honest Medicine: Effective, Time-Tested, Inexpensive Treatments for LifeThreatening Diseases, Julia Schopick plans to spread awareness of the efficacy of low-dose naltrexone (LDN) in treating autoimmune and other ailments later this year with a new book co-authored with professional writer Don Schwartz. Her first book, endorsed by many leading integrative health practitioners, earned the top National Indie Excellence Award for Alternative Medicine. It taps into nearly 200 scientific studies, with her research into innovative treatments driven by a quest that she and her late husband both believed added 15 years to his life after a terminal prognosis at age 40. The former English teacher at Long Island University and Virginia State University, now an Oak Park, Illinois resident, has contributed to the American Medical Association publication AM News, writes online and print guest columns and shares her journey in media interviews.

Did anything surprise you? I chose to include effective treatments that are non-toxic and inexpensive. I didn’t realize that several of them were effective for many different conditions. For example, LDN has been used since the mid-1980s to treat autoimmune diseases, of which there are more than 100; it also treats some cancers and AIDS. Research shows good results for conditions as varied as multiple

Are you finding that people are increasingly moving away from drugs and, if so, why? Yes. The norm used to be that patients followed their doctors’ orders without question, which routinely entailed prescription drugs. Today, people are realizing that drugs often come with horrendous side effects. Consider, for instance, that ads for some injectible treatments for autoimmune diseases caution against side effects of cancers, including lymphomas. A side effect of some multiple sclerosis drugs is a serious brain infection called progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy, or PML. People are listening closely, reading and researching their health issues, and don’t want risky side effects, especially when safer options are available.

In dealing with chronic illnesses, how crucial is it for caregiver and patient to maintain a positive, optimistic attitude? Multiple studies, like those referenced in Mind Over Medicine, by Dr. Lissa Rankin, and Radical Remission, by Kelly Turner, Ph.D., show that a positive state of mind is crucial to healing. One of the benefits I report in my book is that patients and caregivers will do even more research looking for alternatives when doctors tell them nothing else can be done. And many find healing treatments; there are many such cases reported in my book. I like the African proverb, “When you pray, move your feet.” Randy Kambic is a freelance writer and editor in Estero, FL, and regular contributor to Natural Awakenings magazine.

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value coverage that includes annual wellness exams, phone or virtual appointments and educational classes, plus followups and urgent care at minimal costs. The U.S. mainstream fee-for-service approach, whether paid by insurance or cash, has been criticized for encouraging unnecessary tests and procedures because doctors are paid for services performed. To maintain income, they typically shorten appointments to increase the number of patients they see. Lewis emphasizes, “Time is the valuable factor in DPC—healthy lifestyle changes, which can prevent or reverse 70 percent of health concerns, cannot be communicated in 10 minutes.”

Medical Cost-Sharing


For generations, Christian communities have operated health care sharing ministries (HCSM) to collectively share the cost of each other’s medical bills as an alternative to outside insurance. Members are exempt from current Affordable Healthcare Act (ACA) mandates. Liberty HealthShare, a nonprofit HCSM chartered by the Mennonite church, believes that everyone has the right to practice religion as they see fit. Their members share a commitment to personal health and sharing in the burden of health expenses with others that have these values. “Many in the functional and integrative medical arenas also believe in these principles,” says Tom Blue, of Richmond, Virginia, a director with The Institute for Functional Medicine. “Cost sharing feels very familiar; you present your card to your provider, but there’s no set network of providers, which is favorable for those seeking more progressive forms of care.” Expanding upon this model, Blue worked with the company to create its Liberty Direct program ( Individuals pay an annual membership fee plus a monthly share amount. After fulfilling their annual unshared amount of out-of-pocket expenses (similar to a deductible), participants’ healthcare costs—including approved naturopathic and alternative treatments—can be submitted as expenses to be shared by the group. Liberty Direct provides financial advantages to DPC practitioners and patients by subsidizing membership fees; it favors nutrition over chronic prescription dependence by reimbursing physician-prescribed nutritional supplement and pharmaceutical expenses under the same terms. Members must be in good health with a lifestyle that helps sustain wellness, including good nutrition, exercise and abstinence from tobacco use and drug and alcohol abuse. The program also accepts approximately 7 percent of applicants on provisional terms when pre-existing conditions such as hypertension, obesity and diabetes can be improved through lifestyle changes. They pay an extra fee per month to cover the cost of a health coach; when they achieve their goals, they become full members paying regular rates.

Complementary Care Alternatives to Insurance Cost Less by Meredith Montgomery


he latest National Health Interview Survey available, from 2012, shows an annual expenditure of $30.2 billion in out-of-pocket costs for complementary health approaches, benefiting 33 percent of adults and 12 percent of children, and representing about 10 percent of out-of-pocket U.S. healthcare costs. Insurance rarely covers complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in full. As provider networks shrink, premiums rise and the future of healthcare reform remains uncertain, health-conscious consumers yearn for innovative ways to afford this kind of care.

Membership-Based Care

When Dr. Chad Krisel worked at an urgent care center, he saw up to 55 patients a day. Since opening Integrative Family Medicine of Asheville (, in North Carolina, with Dr. Brian Lewis, he averages 12 patients a day. His team provides a membership-based practice in a payment model known as direct primary care (DPC). Endorsed by the American Academy of Family Physicians, DPC is broadly accessible. By applying simplicity, sustainability, quality and collaboration, their integrative practice provides comprehensive care for less than what many pay for phone service. “DPC removes traditional financial incentives and conflicts of interest because membership fees fund us. Our only incentive is to help and heal patients,” Krisel explains. Paying for memberships out-of-pocket (often electing high-deductible plans) or via a health-sharing plan, clients 34

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“The economics are staggering,” says Blue, who used to pay $760 a month for insurance with a $12,400 deductible and now pays a monthly share of $449 with a family unshared amount of $1,500. HCSMs are affordable because of restricted overhead budgets. Plus, they appeal to naturalhealth conscious clients and can decline unsuitable applicants. “This concept of communal cost sharing works—Liberty’s share amounts decreased in 2013 and have not changed since,” comments Blue.


Told she was past medical hope, Kari Gray, of Kahului, Hawaii, sought to heal from cancer using natural medicine. “When thousands of dollars spent for natural protocols were denied reimbursement by my insurance company, I saw that the system needs to change,” Gray recalls. CAM therapies still deemed “unproven” by traditional insurance companies gave Gray a second chance at life. Following remission, she began a 20-year search for alternative medicine insurance. Finding none, in 2014, she created GreenSurance ( Serving people that proactively care for their health and prefer natural medicine as primary care, GreenSurance developed an evidence-based and science-backed list

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Getting to ‘Yes’ with an Insurer

onventional insurance rules adversely affect Americans’ consideration of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). According to the 2012 National Health Interview Survey, acupuncture, chiropractic and massage therapy use increased over the prior decade, but only among those without insurance. For those with progressive policies, coverage for CAM approaches is usually only partial.

Know What a Policy Covers

Before using a complementary or integrative service, inquire about specifics: Sometimes preapproval or a referral is required to qualify; coverage may be limited to a certain network of practitioners; verify visit limits or the number required; and get details of out-of-pocket costs. Keep insurance-related communications records, including notes on calls and copies of bills, claims and letters, to help with any claim disputes.

Explore Available Options

Ask the insurance provider about coverage of CAM approaches, including whether a rider or supplement to the standard plan is required to cover them. Inquire about discount programs, such as when members pay for fees and out-of-pocket costs, but at a lower rate. State insurance departments and professional associations for

complementary health specialties may know which insurance companies cover specific CAM approaches.

Ask Practitioners About Payments

When seeing a complementary or integrative practitioner, clarify payment and insurance details before the first visit. Learn the cost of initial and follow-up appointments; how many appointments are needed; additional costs such as for tests, supplements or equipment; and if they offer an incomebased sliding scale. Also confirm which insurance plans are accepted and if the patient or provider files claims. When insurance doesn’t cover a service, inquire about installment plans and discounts for cash payments. Jeanette Dietl/


of 40-plus covered CAM modalities, including thermography, energy therapy, biofeedback, essential oils and homeopathy. It also covers conventional medical and emergency care. Enrollees of the member-owned organization are supplied third-party payer information for provider direct billing once the member’s out-of-pocket amount is met. They use any state-licensed provider and the program is often more affordable than traditional insurance. GreenSurance is currently investing resources to broaden consumer access to the tax advantages of a health spending account (HSA). H.R. 1752 would allow enrollees in any healthcare-sharing program to open an HSA. “Simply, we’re a co-op whose members empower us to create an exempt program that protects members from ACA penalties and traditional health insurance,” says Gray. “More, we’re a grassroots movement for change.” Krisel notes, “Doctors too, are livid about the current status of America’s healthcare system. Be vocal about what’s important to you. The more voices heard in Washington, the more change we’ll see.”

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Flexible spending accounts offered by some employers allow participants to set aside pretax dollars for health-related expenses. Health savings accounts can be established by individuals with high-deductible health plans to save for medical expenses. Contributions are tax-deductible and interest is tax-free. Source: National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health natural awakenings

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Chinese Health Gem of the Month: Nutrition for the Face


by Rene Ng, DOM, AP, L.Ac. n Chinese Medicine, lines, wrinkles, age spots, puffiness, rashes, pimples and other conditions that appear on the face are directly related to imbalances happening inside your body. In China, nutrition is the primary means for maintaining the balance in the body, and this practice helps keep the face looking healthy, lustrous and young. For example, foods that have been known to address dark spots and facial discoloration include the following: • Tomatoes • Mung Beans • Eggplants • Peas • Cucumbers • Chinese Cabbage • Water Chestnuts In addition, the following foods can help brighten and energize the eyes: • Yams • Carrots • Apricots • Seaweed • Walnuts • Almonds • Fish

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Workouts Burn Fat and Tone Muscle by Taylor Geiger

Kettlebell training promotes fat loss, toning of major muscle groups and greater functional strength, while requiring less time than its dumbbell counterpart.


Rene Ng, AP, L.Ac., is a board-certified, licensed Acupuncture Physician and Chinese Herbalist in Sarasota. Depression, cancer care, Multiple Sclerosis, trauma, insomnia, thyroid issues and pain management are among the many health challenges he addresses at his clinic located near Sarasota Memorial Hospital. Ng is also a four-time winner of Sarasota’s “Favorite Acupuncture Physician” award. For more information, call 941-773-5156, email RNG@ or visit 36



ettlebells can replace almost all other exercise equipment in providing an all-in-one workout, combining strength and cardio benefits,” explains Shelly Bumpus, an Athletics and Fitness Association of America-certified personal trainer and owner of the Studio Women’s Fitness Center, in Scott, Louisiana. Bumpus often uses kettlebells in strength and conditioning exercise classes to afford a balanced full-body workout that’s fun and engaging. “Consistent kettlebell training imitates and strengthens movements we use to function in daily life,” explains Athena Concannon, an American College of Sports Medicine-certified personal trainer and healthy lifestyle blogger at, in Boston. For example, actions like lifting grocery bags and standing up from a sitting position become easier.

She notes that the growing popularity of different kinds of functional training in the past decade has bolstered recognition of kettlebell benefits as people seek ways to move away from assisted weight machines toward natural body movements. Kettlebells now show up in circuit training, CrossFit and both functional fitness and step classes. People see results because, “It takes multiple small and large muscle groups to redirect movement while maintaining control with a kettlebell, requiring more muscle recruitment than with a traditional dumbbell; it’s because its shape provides unbalanced weight resistance that strengthens a multitude of different muscles,” explains Julie Joffrion, owner of All-Inclusive Health, in New Orleans. A kettlebell’s configuration requires exercisers to pay close attention to

maintaining a neutral spinal posture and avoid locking knees and wrists to avoid pain or injury. By starting with a smaller weight and focusing on form first, exercisers build a foundation that allows them to more fully enjoy the benefits. Momentum training with kettlebells also compares favorably to traditional dumbbells or weighted bars. “The distinctive shape and weight distribution allows for a variety of exercises and grip positions that are not as comfortable and effective or even possible with a dumbbell,” says Joffrion. Although kettlebells have been popular with Russian athletes since the 1700s, they are a relatively new addition to U.S. fitness clubs. “I first learned about kettlebell fitness in 2005 when some gyms were purchasing them. However, because trainers didn’t yet know how to use or instruct on proper movement of the bells, they sat dormant for awhile. I started using them and fell in love. After a few months, I knew this would be something I’d stick with for a long time,” recalls Lorna Kleidman, an accomplished kettlebell champion who has earned

Learn more at KettlebellsFitnessStudy. gold awards in 17 national and international competitions. Now the founder of KettleX, a business focused on making kettlebell fitness available to everyone through DVDs, private sessions, online coaching and seminars, Kleidman says, “The beauty is that the bells keep you strong and looking great, no matter what your age or fitness experience. I’ve rarely met a person that didn’t get hooked after working out with the appropriate bells, be it a child or an 80-year-young client. “They are excellent for power, cardiovascular enhancement, endurance and physical symmetry, which is important for the health of the tissues and joints. At the same time, they create a healthful-looking physique, including toned arms, flat abs and a round, lifted butt,” she adds. Participants completing 20 minutes of a high-intensity kettlebell workout

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ales of gluten-free products reached $973 million in 2014 and are projected to grow to $2.34 billion in 2019, according to Packaged Facts, a market research publisher. Many such products cost more than their gluten-based counterparts.

Gluten Sufferers

The latest study, published in the American Medical Association publication JAMA Internal Medicine, found that the number of Americans with celiac disease remained relatively stable from 2009 through 2014 at about 2.7 million. Meanwhile, marketers for gluten-free products report about 40 million consumers.

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Celiac disease is a serious autoimmune disorder in which ingesting gluten causes issues such as intestinal damage, anemia and fatigue. Those afflicted improve when gluten is removed from their diets and their intestinal tracts heal, according to the Center for Celiac Research and Treatment at Massachusetts General Hospital, in Boston. Those with a non-celiac gluten sensitivity or wheat allergy also experience a range of symptoms, including bloating, brain fog and joint pain, when they ingest gluten. According to the Center, as many as 7 percent of Americans, or 18 million people, fall into this vague category, due to a far less

The many Americans unaffected by gluten may want to avoid gluten-free products, says Dr. Michael Greger, a Washington, D.C., physician specializing in clinical nutrition. The bestselling author of How Not to Die, Greger founded the educational nonprofit and is a founding fellow of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. “Just because some people have a peanut allergy doesn’t mean everyone should avoid peanuts,” says Greger. “Some evidence suggests that a gluten-free diet may adversely affect gut health in people without celiac disease, gluten sensitivity or wheat allergy.” He cites a small study published in Gut Microbes which found that a one-month, gluten-free diet may hurt gut flora and immune function, potentially precipitating an overgrowth of harmful intestinal bacteria for those on gluten-free diets. The gluten components that cause problems for the wheat-sensitive may act as prebiotics and feed good bacteria for the rest of us, says Greger. “Wheat bran contains the important wheat-based prebiotic arabinoxylan-oligosaccharide,” explains Case Adams, a Morro Bay, California, naturopath and author of The Gluten Cure: Scientifically Proven Natural Solutions to Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivities. “It feeds the probiotics that produce enzymes which help break down gluten and gliadin proteins.” Researchers from Pennsylvania’s University of Reading conducted mul-

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tiple studies showing that arabino-xylan-oligosaccharide derived from wheat bran increases beneficial bifidobacteria populations in the guts of humans. It is disappointing that a number of highly publicized studies done on celiac patients have been inappropriately applied to the general population, notes Adams. Gluten may also boost immune function. In a study published in the journal Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry, researchers found that after less than a week on a diet with added gluten protein, subjects experienced significantly increased natural killer cell activity, which could improve their ability to fight cancer and viral infections. An earlier study in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition found that high-gluten bread improved triglyceride levels better than regular gluten bread. Plus, Greger says, avoiding gluten means missing out on all the fiber, B vitamins, trace minerals and other nutrients from whole grains like wheat, barley and rye. A whole-grain-rich diet has been repeatedly shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, Type 2 diabe-

tes, obesity and some forms of cancer in studies from such institutions as the University of Minnesota and Lund University, in Sweden. “Most gluten-free processed foods are not made with nutrient-rich, health-protecting whole grains,” adds Katherine Tallmadge, a Washington, D.C., registered dietitian, nutrition coach and author of Diet Simple. Ingredients such as potato starch and cornstarch with little nutritional value typically help take the place of wheat flour. “The gluten-free label has little to do with nutritional value.” French fries and many candies, for example, are naturally gluten-free.

slices of gluten-packed bread daily for at least a month before they come in for a diagnostic exam.” Studies are ongoing and information continues to evolve regarding the pluses and minuses of a gluten-free diet. Judith Fertig writes food health articles and cookbooks from Overland Park, KS (

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SKY HIGH A Simple Gaze Invokes the Infinite by Sandy C. Newbigging


magine being outside on a sunny day, looking at a clear, blue sky. It’s natural to feel calm and wonderful while contemplating this expansive view. Then a solitary bird flies across our field of vision. Noticing it takes our attention away from the stillness of the sky to instead track its movement as it flies by. Then we start thinking about the bird: “I wonder where it’s coming from and going? Why is it alone? Has it lost its mate?” At that point, we are no longer feeling calm, but concerned. Inside of each of us, right now, there is a “big blue sky” of awareness with all kinds of “birds” flying around, including thoughts, emotions, physical sensations and anything in the external world that catches our attention.  Attaining a consistent inner calm is possible by learning to be more interested in and attentive to the conscious awareness that is calmly observing what’s going on in our thinking, emotions, bodily sensations and life. We can live permanently engaged with this awareness and the inner dominion it contains instead of being helplessly caught up in the content of our own or others’ thinking or emotion, which are often conditioned by the world to be more negative than positive. As we mature in this skill, we discover that such awareness is always still, silent, peaceful, powerful, unlimited and infinite. It reflects who we really are as opposed to who we think we are. Through practice, it becomes our natural way of being and we awake to an excellent way of living To experience this, try the Gently Alert Attention Wide Open (GAAWO) technique. Look at something that’s straight ahead while simultaneously letting the gaze gently open up wider, looking neither left nor right, using passive peripheral vision. Now do the same with up and down, so gentle alertness encompasses an even greater scope. As we do this, we will likely notice that our thoughts are stilled and we feel more present, calm and quiet than a moment earlier. This simple technique works for everyone. By playing with it regularly, we can discover that a sense of peace never leaves us; rather, we leave our innate, peaceful center when we focus on and feel the to and fro movements of our mind. Exchanging typical thinking for staying in a conscious state of awareness helps us to unchain our being from limiting views and perspectives, so that we live more freely. Sandy C. Newbigging is the creator of Calmology principles and techniques, including the transformative GAAWO. He offers a 12-week Calmology foundation course at Connect at


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Holistic Dermatology Inner Health, Radiant Skin by Linda Sechrist

Holistic skin care practices are simple, healthy and sustainably good for people and the planet because they follow nature’s example.


edical Doctor Alan M. Dattner, a 35-year pioneer in the field of holistic dermatology, faithfully follows nature’s principles in supporting skin health. His book Radiant Skin from the Inside Out: The Holistic Dermatologist’s Guide to Healing Your Skin Naturally maps out how skin reflects the body’s healthy or unhealthy organs and systems. Finding the internal root cause of problems on the skin, the body’s largest organ, takes time to investigate. Dattner, who practices in New York City and New Rochelle, New York, and considers himself a “skin detective”, says that although his forensic work continues to expand, he still begins his sleuthing by compiling a detailed and comprehensive history that yields clues for solving health puzzles and points him in the direction of what’s causing problems. Some patients with acne also have symptoms of bloating, gastrointestinal issues or chronic bowel disease. Others may have traveled to another country where they contracted diarrhea from a parasite or foreign bacteria that upset their intestinal microbiome.

Skin outbreaks can also be the result of food sensitivities or food allergies. “I make patients aware of the issues underlying their skin problems so that they understand the connection between internal health and skin. Then they can make conscious food choices,” says Dattner. Diet is a critical aspect of healthy skin. Food sensitivities can cause inflammation that can show up on the skin, he explains. Dattner incorporates several diagnostic techniques and remedies from other medical traditions, including herbal, homeopathic and ayurvedic. A tongue diagnosis he uses is taken from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). He uses Applied Kinesiology to refine his therapeutic choices as the results align with his knowledge of dermatology, immunology and integrative medicine. Janice MacKenzie, acupuncture practitioner, teacher and author of Discovering the Five Elements: One Day at a Time, views the skin as a third lung, because it breathes. “If the organs of elimination aren’t working well—large intestine, liver and kidney—then toxins leave through the

skin, another organ of elimination,” says MacKenzie, who practices in Perkasie, Pennsylvania. “When constipation leaves toxins to be reabsorbed into the blood and recirculated through the liver, the body, out of desperation, seeks ways to get rid of toxins through the skin. This can result in eczema, psoriasis, rashes, boils and acne,” notes MacKenzie. In TCM, the facial redness of rosacea originates in a heating of the blood caused by toxicity. An inflammatory condition of excess energy and toxicity in the stomach travels upward through the stomach energy meridian that runs from the eye to the second toe. It’s supposed to flow downward through the mouth, throat and intestines and out. Elina Fedatova, cosmetic chemist, aesthetician, owner of spas in Chicago and Kalamazoo, Michigan, and formulator of Elina Organics, addresses skin as an aspect of a whole healthy body. Her product line is created wholly from organic plant extracts and essential oils, made in batches every two weeks. These purely natural products can be ingested without harmful effects. “Formulas are made using holistic principles and adjusted for each season,” says Fedatova. She agrees with Dattner, “Protecting skin from the inside with a nutritious diet that benefits the entire body is vital, as important as keeping the skin’s surface clean.” In caring for skin from the outside, a gentle exfoliation that can be done at home three times a week using a honey mask is the first step. Skin cells produced in the deepest layer gradually push their way to the epidermis every 30 days and die. Dead cells pile up unevenly and give the skin’s surface a dry, dull appearance. Treatment serums, moisturizing lotions and eye and neck creams are necessary elements of a complete facial skin care regimen, as is a natural sunscreen with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. “Using skincare practices and products that follow nature’s example are the perfect external complement to good internal health,” says Fedatova. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

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Give Yourself a Total Health Makeover by Rene Ng, DOM, AP, L.Ac.


ow time flies––2017 is officially here, and during this time of the year, many people create resolutions to help reach their goals for this new season of life. So, how about a “Total Health Makeover” to manifest your optimal degree of wellness in 2017? This makeover focuses on the core of your being––mind, body and spirit. If you focus on improving the health, integrity and vitality of this core, your entire self will be enhanced. These three elements are mutually independent on each other. If one is weak, eventually all three will become weakened too. Therefore, it’s important to strengthen all three at the same time.

Makeover Focus: The Body

When you think about resolutions for the body, you likely focus on three areas––weight, face and hair. Let’s first address the weight factor, as it’s often the primary concern on most resolution lists. To effectively manage weight, you’ll need to manage how fat and water are produced in the body, and why they are often retained in the midsection. Exercise and good nutrition play a major role in this issue, but they aren’t the only contributing factors. In fact, with aging, the body’s organ systems begin to decline, inhibiting the body’s ability to manage fat and water. The liver is responsible for the production and management of fat, the spleen for the absorption of water, and the kidney for addressing leftover water and fluids through urination. If any one of these organ systems are impaired, you will experience weight gain, and neither increased exercise nor proper nutrition can produce a sustainable effect on reducing this weight gain. Therefore, as part of your resolution, include an action item to address any impairment or imbalance within your liver, spleen and kidney systems.

Advanced Weight Reduction with Cold Lipo Laser

There are many natural options available to help with weight reduction. The most advanced and effective is cold lasers to “burn off” the fat. These lasers––including the FDA-approved Zerona laser used at my clinic––dissolve the fat cells and move them into the interstitial space after which they are excreted from the body as waste. The process is similar to liposuction, but with one major difference––rather than cutting into the body, lasers are non-invasive, and are instead used to sculpt the body. Patients do not feel any pain during this entire process. 42

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Cold laser treatments reduce inches from the waist, hip and thigh areas. The procedure works quickly, and is completed over the span of just two weeks. During this time, patients typically report an average loss of three to five inches. This process is even more effective when used in conjunction with Acupuncture and Chinese herbs. The laser removes the physical excess fat and water, while the complementary Acupuncture and Chinese herbs address imbalances inside the body which caused weight gain in the first place. If you desire to rapidly shed unwanted inches, consider cold laser treatments as a primary option. Of course, the results differ for each individual, and effectiveness cannot be predicted.

Weight Reduction with Nutrition

“You are what you eat” is a common yet accurate phrase. However, contrary to popular belief, avoiding sweets, fatty foods, dairy and desserts alone does not result in weight loss. This is not the type of nutrition I’m even talking about. Instead, I’m referring to foods that benefit the spleen, kidney and liver systems, while minimizing or avoiding foods that hurt them. For example, Chinese Medicine states that eating raw, uncooked vegetables is unhealthy. These are believed to strain the spleen and stomach, impairing their digestive and absorbing functions. This results in bloating and water retention, and can also cause food sensitivity or intolerance, gastrointestinal disorders, fatigue, blood deficiency, iron deficiency and general malaise. Since the spleen is also responsible for managing the muscles, those who frequently consume raw vegetables often report muscle weakness and anemic-like conditions in addition to the previously mentioned symptoms. This is why you won’t find raw vegetable item on the menu at most Chinese restaurants. In my clinic, I have helped many patients reduce their excess weight just by advising them to reduce or eliminate their raw vegetable intake. Your natural healthcare practitioner––especially a qualified and licensed Acupuncture Physician––can help you create a diet plan to strengthen spleen, liver and kidney systems, returning them to homeostasis. This helps the body to function more actively and smoothly which results in excess weight reduction.

Weight Reduction with Herbs

There are many herbal products on the market, both Eastern and Western, that are extremely effective in helping the body eliminate excess fat and water. Diuretic foods like mushrooms and barley are also effective means of achieving this. Find the right herbs that, not only remove excess weight, but also benefit the organ systems causing this issue to begin with. In China, oolong tea is often consumed to increase the body’s Yang and metabolic energy, leading to fat reduction and weight loss. Green tea is also consumed to strengthen both the spleen and stomach which enhances the absorption of food and water, meaning less retention.

Facial Makeover

The state of health inside your body is commonly reflected on your face. The actual location where lines, pimples, discoloration, rashes, wrinkles, age spots or puffiness manifests can directly correlate to imbalances in the body. Through

addressing those imbalances, the facial symptoms will recede and diminish. Increased circulation to the face also rejuvenates the skin, reduces puffiness, restores color and luster, and improves skin tone. In my clinic, I combine several techniques to address skin issues like Chinese herbs, Acupuncture, Chinese An Mo massage with Jade Roller, follicle and skin cell stimulation with laser and dermarollers, cellular activation with RF, electrical stimulation and infrared, and lifting with Gua Sha and moxibustion.

Hair Conditioning

Many people confront hair issues on a daily basis––thinning, receding hairlines, greying, bald spots and split ends, for example. Hair is comprised of cells which need nutrition to stay healthy and grow. The hair receives nutrition from blood circulating to the area, so it’s imperative that an adequate supply of blood reaches the scalp to feed your hair. If you frequently consume processed sugars, consider reducing your intake because these ingredients contribute to thinning hair. Stressing the cells can also lead to poor hair health and thinning, so discuss with your hairdresser about how to keep the cells de-stressed with the right types of shampoos and conditioners. Certain cold lasers, dermarollers, electrical stimulation, and massage devices can also be effective in promoting hair health and regrowth. In China, herbs like He Shou Wu are taken to strengthen and grow the hair, while maintaining its natural color.

Regular Health Maintenance and Tune-up

Our body operates like a vehicle. When a car is brand new, its engine runs smoothly. However, with time, that car will begin showing signs of wear-and-tear. The same regression occurs within the body as age takes its toll. Therefore, just like it’s important to schedule car maintenance on a regular basis, taking consistent care of the body and addressing problems as they occur, can help you maintain wellness––relatively free from aches, pains and ailments. You can achieve this with the following factors: • Proper nutrition based on each individual’s constitution, body needs, lifestyle and place of residence • Physical exercise on a consistent basis 
 • Whole body circulatory massage to promote blood flow and invigorate the muscles, tendons, ligaments and soft tissues 
 • Yoga, Tai Chi and other stretching exercises 
 • Regular treatments with Acupuncture, herbs, moxa or cupping to invigorate and balance the body’s organ systems

Makeover Focus: The Mind 

Which type are you––a “half-empty” or “half-full” kind of person? If your mind is not spirited, then you will view circumstances as “half-empty.” You will become more introverted, passive, lethargic, unmotivated, and you might even show signs of anger or depression. On the other side of the spectrum, if your mind is spirited, you will view those same circumstances from a “half-full” perspective. You will become positive, alert, energized, creative and eager to take initiative. So, how can you invigorate the mind? 
 First, remember the brain––although considered an

organ––also functions like a muscle. Therefore, it needs both nutrients and oxygen. Without these components, the brain will become weakened, flaccid and heavy. Dull headaches are often a symptom of the brain not receiving adequate nourishment. The following factors can help you invigorate the brain.

Oxygen and Fresh Air 

Make time in your schedule to stroll through a wooded area with ample trees and foliage. The presence of trees generally indicates abundant oxygen. Spending time in these surroundings will oxygenate the blood which enlivens the brain. 

Scalp Massage 

You can stimulate blood flow to the brain through local, physical stimulation. Perform a gentle massage on your scalp area, using either your fingers or a massage tool. Adequate blood circulation to the scalp can also benefit hair health and growth as well.


In Chinese Medicine, brain health is maintained by the kidney organ system. Therefore, eating foods that benefit the kidney system like cashews, goji berries, Chinese yam, seaweed and bone broth (especially when rich in marrow) can help nourish the kidneys. In addition, various herbs are also known to directly affect the brain health. In China, royal jelly is consumed to restore vitality to the brain, but make sure you’re not allergic to bees before consuming this. Other herbs like Ginkgo Biloba also known to improve memory and focus. Your nutritionist and Acupuncture Physician can help identify herbal supplements that benefit the brain and can help address your specific needs.

Neck and Shoulder Massage

Stiff neck and shoulder muscles can prevent the smooth flow of Qi and blood to the brain by causing obstructions at the base of your skull. In this case, you might present with symptoms like dull headaches, muffled hearing or pressure behind the eyes. A neck and shoulder massage can relieve those muscles and loosen congestion to promote circulatory flow to the brain.

Lymphatic Drainage

Cranial Sacral Therapy and Lymphatic Drainage would also increase circulatory flow to the brain. When the lymph nodes are clogged, a congestion below the cranial bone of the skull can impede with the flow of Qi and blood into the brain. This can also make the muscles around the neck and shoulders tight which worsens the condition.

Makeover Focus: The Spirit

Now, let’s turn our attention to the engine of your body–– the spirit. This component drives our body to function and remain active. In order to maintain a positive outlook, a healthy spirit is essential. If your spirit becomes dull and lethargic, you experience boredom and disinterest in your own life. So, how can you perform a successful makeover on the spirit? natural awakenings

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Many people, including myself, are religious, and this can be a powerful avenue. In religion, we find some of the deepest meanings and values in life––kindness, respect, appreciation and generosity, for example. One of the greatest benefits of religion is having a reference point to becoming a quality human being. There are many resources that you can turn to for this guidance, whether through a church or temple, or a spiritual text. If you value religion, placing a deeper emphasis on your personal belief system can help stimulate your spirit.

body. If that organ becomes impaired, then the corresponding component is affected, and your spirit will suffer. Therefore, by treating the keeping the organs healthy, you can positively enhance the spirit. The Hun is tied to the liver and governs emotions, the Po is tied to the lungs and governs sensitivity, the Shen is tied to the heart and governs mental functions and sleep, the Yi tied to the spleen and governs intellect, and the Zhi is tied to the kidney and governs will-power. Your Acupuncture Physician can help differentiate which components are imbalanced and how they can return to homeostasis.


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For those who are not religious, you can stimulate the spirit through becoming one with nature. Being in-tune with your surroundings jumpstarts the energy in your body and accentuates your appreciation for life. Nature helps the human soul to become grounded with its roots. Taking a walk outside and listening to the birds chirping overhead, the rustling of leaves or the twigs snapping under your feet can refresh your spirit, bringing the turbulent energies in the body back into harmony.

Charity Work

Another wonderful and effective way to stimulate your spirit is to volunteer with a charity. Many people in our community are impoverished, homeless and less fortunate than ourselves. Fortunately, organizations like the Salvation Army and Catholic Charities have been established to help those in need. These organizations depend on donations and volunteers to function. Schedule time to volunteer for these causes. Ring a bell for the Salvation Army. Collect canned goods for the hungry. By giving to others, you’ll receive nourishment for your spirit. You might be surprised how acts of kindness can positively fuel your zest for life.

Strengthening the Organ Systems

In Chinese Medicine, the human spirit can be divided into five components––Hun, Po, Shen, Yi and Zhi. In last month’s Natural Awakenings issue, I wrote an article that chronicled out these elements affect a person’s overall health. Each component is tied to an organ system within the

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On January 16, I will be giving a seminar on weight management at Four Pillars, located in Lakewood Ranch. During this seminar, I will be covering in detail why the body accumulates weight (other than because of poor diet and insufficient exercise). I will also discuss how you can reduce this excess weight naturally.


The mind, body and spirit dictate our entire lives––how we function, who we are as individuals and what helps us maintain wellness. If you resolve to address these components in 2017, you could experience happiness and vitality like never before. Your Acupuncture Physician and other natural healthcare practitioners can help you create a plan of attack to achieve this. Then, as 2017 draws to a close, and 2018 approaches, you can reflect on this year with positive memories. Have a safe, blessed and exciting New Year! Rene Ng, AP, L.Ac., is a board-certified, licensed Acupuncture Physician and Chinese Herbalist in Sarasota. Depression, cancer care, Multiple Sclerosis, trauma, insomnia, thyroid issues and pain management are among the many health challenges he addresses at his clinic located near Sarasota Memorial Hospital. Ng is also a four-time winner of Sarasota’s “Favorite Acupuncture Physician” award. For more information, call 941-7735156, email or visit To register for his upcoming seminar, call 941-373-3955. Space is limited.

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Functional Medicine for Pets Why the Best Vets Use It by Shawn Messonnier

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any pet owners have chosen functional medicine for their own care, so they logically turn to it for their four-legged family members, as well. Most veterinarians are still unfamiliar with this approach to pet health care and may even discourage its use because they see it as being out of synch with conventional ideology. Functional medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach and engaging patients and doctors in a partnership designed to improve health. This evolved practice better addresses individual needs than a traditional approach that focuses on illness and treating disease rather than restoring overall health. By shifting from an allopathic platform to a more holistic, patient-centered one, functional medicine addresses the whole pet, not just a set of symptoms.


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Why Functional Medicine

The system of medicine practiced by most vets is geared toward acute care of a severe trauma or a climax in illness that necessitates urgent diagnosis and treatment. They typically apply specific, prescribed treatments such as drugs or perform surgery to treat the immediate problem or symptom. This approach works well for pets experiencing a crisis, but isn’t appropriate for restoring health when animals have chronic disorders. It also doesn’t help them to at least live comfortably with incurable problems without the side effects often caused by extensive administration of medications. Conventional veterinary science lacks the proper tools for preventing and treating complex, chronic disease. In most cas-

es, it doesn’t take into account an individual’s unique genetic makeup or exposure to toxins such as too many vaccines, drugs or environmental chemicals. Functional medicine always focuses on the unique nature of the patient; there is no “one treatment fits all” mentality. Functional medicine vets are specifically trained to assess the underlying causes of complex, chronic disease and to apply strategies such as nutrition, diet and naturopathic remedies to both treat and prevent these illnesses. They can ably help the increasing number of pets suffering from complex, chronic health issues such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, allergies, arthritis, seizures, bowel and bladder problems and immune system disorders. Functional medicine best addresses these concerns because it involves understanding the origins, prevention and treatment of ailments and emphasizes customized care. The goal is to promote health as a positive force well beyond the absence of disease. It’s possible for many pets to appear to be healthy while specialized, noninvasive testing shows underlying issues that must be addressed if illness is to be prevented. Conventional medicine either doesn’t offer such testing or ignores minor abnormalities, placing the pet at risk for developing serious and potentially irreversible problems.

Integrative Approach

An integrative, science-based healthcare approach considers interactions in the pet’s history, physiology and lifestyle that might lead to problems. All of the diagnostic and treatment modalities are based upon proven scientific principles and follow evidence-based

medicine to yield the best results in terms of total function. Functional medicine integrates traditional Western medical practices with what are sometimes considered “holistic” or “complementary” healing methods. The focus is on prevention through nutrition, diet and exercise; use of the latest laboratory testing and other diagnostic techniques; and prescribed combinations of botanical medicines, supplements, therapeutic diets and detoxification programs, using drugs only when necessary as a last, rather than a first, resort. This whole-pet approach allows doctors to choose whichever therapies are best for each patient. Holistic vets see many patients for which conventional medicine has proven ineffective. Sometimes conventional doctors back away from offering treatment, either because the pet is “too old,” the treatment is “too expensive” or the results are unlikely to be “satisfactory.” Functional medicine can help many of these so-called hopeless cases, return pets to health and often heal disease after principles of functional medicine have been consistently applied to the pet’s everyday lifestyle. Finding a functional medicine vet is challenging, but worth the effort. Focusing on the individual needs of a pet ensures the optimum chance for achieving and sustaining proper health. Shawn Messonnier, a doctor of veterinary medicine practicing in Plano, TX, is the author of The Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats and Unexpected Miracles: Hope and Holistic Healing for Pets. For more information, visit




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The Outer Limits, the Inner Authority by Juliette Jones


ow does each individual come to a different definition of healing? This is an interesting question, but the answers are both relative and varied, depending upon one’s understanding or unique approach to the subject. All true forms of healing are ultimately aimed at supporting the lifeforce of whoever is being healed. This could mean the elimination of factors that cast a shadow on well-being or the supplementation of elements that contribute to balance and wholeness–– or both. This process takes place on a dynamic continuum connected to specific health challenges, life cycles, environmental factors and other influences. The modern allopathic approach to healing, which has gained supremacy in mainstream culture, is based on an alleged scientific and technological approach to healthcare that grants physicians legal authority to intervene in the course of a disease, subject to the strictures inherent to the system and supported economically by financial mechanisms that leave much to be desired. The art and science of healing


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is more profound than what we can observe in conventional medicine which often reminds me of fundamental religion, bound to certain dogmas that prove unsatisfying to the truth-seeker. This previous statement is not intended to discard the proverbial “baby with the bathwater” or fail to appreciate the life-giving advances in allopathic medicine which have saved or improved numerous lives. But speaking as someone who has worked in allopathy for over twenty years, this approach to healing has become gravely fragmented––often rushed––and unable to consider viable solutions outside of the scope of a doctor’s practice. If healing is a function of modern medicine, then a more comprehensive definition of wholeness as a core value needs to come forth, as does the personal, subjective nature of healing and qualitative research. This present system is not constructed to recognize the healing process in support of the whole person or the relationship between one’s physical, mental, cultural and spirit essence––each having a powerful and determining influence on the status

of health. The complexities of this interconnection and the balance––or lack thereof––should be of paramount interest to the healer. In practice, the modern construct of the healthcare system has barely scratched the surface of this mind-body connection or the psyche’s power to influence healing Further, the relationship between practitioner and patient––as concerns a personal, subjective understanding and ability to reach healing potential within the deeper levels of the psyche––commonly remains denied, ill-considered and untapped. “I don’t do healing. The individual always does the healing. There’s no way I could make anyone do it, no matter how much I knew. They just need someone present to create a safe space for healing and serve as a catalyst.” –– Jerry Church An amazing healing power resides in the core essence of each individual. This power can be unleashed under certain conditions or circumstances to literally reverse conditions which have been deemed irreversible. Mainstream healthcare is not structured to embrace such eventualities. You won’t witness the Department of Quantum Healing at a hospital or an option for quantum care on your insurance policy. But for those who have witnessed such seemingly miraculous healing events, and aren’t blinded by denial, our latent powers of self-healing become a source of great interest. It is inspiring to read the accounts of gifted healers like Olga Worrell whose healing energies caused her to become the object of intense study by the physicians, laboratories and universities of her time. The documented successes of Edgar Cayce inspired “The Hospital of Enlightenment” built in Virginia Beach during 1928, so that physicians could align their arts with his transpersonal skills. In addition, the internal abilities of Jack Schwarz––founder of the Aletheia Psycho-Physical Foundation, an internationally recognized authority on holistic health and voluntary control

of human energy systems––were studied at the Menninger Institute and Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center.

The Outer Limits. Sometimes, the shock of loosing physical health can rebirth a desire to fully live again. A significant trauma or disappointment will become a turning point for a completely new life. What might destroy one person can be causal to motivate another. I have personally witnessed numerous “impossible healings,” ranging from a cure for blindness to reversals of advanced terminal illness to the successful pregnancy and delivery of a woman who was deemed “physically incapable” of conception. In each instance, a profoundly deep internal change was instigated by a catalyst that assisted the person to unleash an inexplicable healing event. “You cannot relate to anything unless you have knowledge of it, and you cannot know something unless you can become it.” ––Jack Schwarz Dr. Eli Kolp, a psychiatrist presently residing and practicing in Florida, tells a fascinating story about a patient he helped treat while attending medical school in the former Soviet Union. Initially, he’d planned to become a surgeon, but during one particular instance, a patient presented with a condition ultimately diagnosed as stomach cancer. Dr. Kolp was on the team that performed exploratory surgery, and it became abundantly clear to all present, that this cancer was advanced, inoperable and terminal. The medical ethic concerning the delivery of unpleasant news to a patient was different than what is practiced in the U.S. today. The standard of care was to actually withhold that information by telling the patient the operation was successful, so he should go home and enjoy life. The theory being, it’s pointless to throw the patient into a state of despair. Dr. Kolp had reservations about lying to this patient, but was required to follow the guidelines. As the newest member of that surgical team, the responsibility of talking to the patient fell to him. He decided to inform this man that he was extraordinarily fortunate, and that his disease was caught just in time––provided he must exercise and absolutely refrain from smoking or alcohol consumption. The patient went on his way. Several months later, long after the patient should have passed away, Dr. Kolp ran into him on a bus. The man was vibrant, animated and thrilled to see his doctor. Dr. Kolp didn’t telegraph any surprise whatsoever, but invited him to the clinic to visit the entire staff. When he arrived, the physicians were amazed beyond words. In view of this experience, Dr. Kolp changed his major from surgery to psychiatry. His subjective experience had revealed what appeared to be a miracle of mind-over-matter. He is quick to point out, “It’s one thing to hear a story like this, another to be present and witness the depth and progression of the disease, and yet another to conduct such an intervention and see what was essentially a dead man come back to life.” To read more information on Dr. Kolp’s experience and research on self-healing work, visit

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Muscular fascia is called the “myofascia,” and various massage or manual treatment techniques aim to help this tissue. In addition, fascia supports and protects several other tissues in the body. Fascia covers bones and joints, wraps each organ in a protective tunic, and gives strength to nerves and arteries. Tendons, ligaments and discs are also considered fascia. A tough fascia called the meninges protects the brain and spinal cord. In addition, fascia from all these different areas interconnects like a complicated web.

A Sixth Sense Fascia makes up the structural support fabric of our bodies, and it does something else important too. Just like our eyes take in light and send pictures to our brain, fascia also gathers information and sends a picture. Like the special nerves in the retina that sense light, there are special nerve endings in fascia that sense stretch and pressure––millions of them. These nerves sense posture and motion, then paint a picture for your brain of where all the body parts exist in space. Can you close your eyes and then touch your finger to your nose? Thank your fascia for sending the signals of position sense, or proprioception. Without proprioception, you couldn’t walk, talk or get out of bed each morning. This makes proprioception just as important as sight and hearing. And when this position sense becomes impaired, pain can result.

Fascia and Pain Fascia often becomes stiff, restricted and irritated from changes caused by injury, impact, repetitive stress and chronic tension. This can alter the quality of nerve input for position sense which

affects muscle tension and joint alignment or stability. In other words, “dings and dents” in the fascia cause muscle and joint issues. From minor complaints to severe disabling pain, I find most problems with chronic spine pain involve serious problems with restrictions in the fascia. Therefore, Sam’s spinal stenosis resulted from instability caused by confused position sense, resulting from fascia stiffened by a car accident. Karen’s discs bulged because scar tissue from a surgery distorted her abdominal fascia and weakened her back. And Martin’s football injuries left him with dozens of fascial restrictions that weakened and confused the control of his deep spinal muscles, leading to arthritis.

Fixing Fascia Fascia is the reason Sam, Karen and Martin developed spinal pain. Fascial therapy–– restoring pliability and suppleness to the fascia––offered them pain relief. However, they still have stenosis, disc bulges and arthritis. These conditions resulted from muscular weakness and joint instability, and they aren’t going to disappear. These structural changes still tend to cause mild stiffness and achiness. But with treatment focused on relieving specific, primary restrictions in the fascia, their spines are much stronger and more stable. So, daily activities no longer cause persistent, repetitive injury and pain. Many therapy methods treat the fascia, but few are specific and thorough enough to bring powerful change to muscle health and joint alignment. I invite you to attend a program detailing different types of fascia treatment, that I, along with Rowan Winder, LMT, will present on January 26. We will discuss case examples, provide a treatment demonstration and hold a Q&A session at following the presentation. Arrive at 6:45 p.m. for refreshments, and the program itself will take place from 7–8 p.m.


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What is the Difference between Craniosacral Therapy and Chiropractic? by Terrence B. Grywinski


hiropractic adjusts structure. If a vertebra or your sacrum is subluxated (i.e. misaligned in your spine), the chiropractor makes an appropriate adjustment which moves the misaligned part back into place. Most of the time, you will experience relief. Unfortunately, about three days later, the same pain or stress that prompted you to visit the chiropractor often returns. The solution, according to your chiropractor, is to get an adjustment two or three times per week until the problem area is resolved. However, this chiropractor has only treated part of the problem. Your body’s structure, including your spine, is controlled by fascia (i.e. connective tissue) that intersperses and envelops your muscles and organs. At some point in your life––based on issues stemming from physical or emotional trauma––the fascia shortened and tightened to reduce the energy entering your body and minimize this traumatic affect on your body. When fascia shortens, three issues are experienced: pain in that area or a related area, impaired range of motion and reduced energy for daily activities. Getting back to your Chiropractic adjustment, however, the reason your comfort level has regressed days later is because the tightened fascia was not addressed, causing it to reassert itself and necessitating multiple adjustments to relieve that cycle of pain. Although many chiropractors have massage therapists on-staff, massage is too superficial to release the tightened fascia.

Craniosacral Therapy releases fascia by prompting the body to correct and reorganize itself. The Craniosacral therapist uses gentle holding techniques,

while the client lies fully clothed on a massage table, to create a safe place for the body, allowing the fascia to unwind and return its original length. Depending upon where the Craniosacral therapist is working on your body, you will feel parts of your spine, hip or shoulder soften and relax. As the areas of fascial restriction release, this results in decreased or eliminated pain, increased range of motion and mobility, and enhanced functional energy.

Craniosacral Therapy and Chiropractic complement each other. When a structural adjustment is required after a Craniosacral session, I refer that client to an excellent chiropractor. His often remarks, “Your clients are easy to adjust, and the adjustments tend to hold.” The chiropractor has an easier time adjusting the body because the released fascia isn’t trying to pull the adjustment out of place. Several of my clients find undergoing a Craniosacral session before visiting a chiropractor to be extremely helpful. During an initial examination, about 85% of my clients experience misalignments, causing one of their legs to appear shorter than the other. This is a common condition that many people live with. Fascia in the hip and lower back has shortened due to a trauma which pulls one leg up by about one-half to one inch. When the client stands with both feet flat on the floor, one hip is lower than the other, forcing the hips to be diagonal rather than horizontal to the ground. Standing and walking becomes a challenge because with every step, the body tries to compensate for the shortened leg, causing a torque in the sacrum and the bottom of the spine. Over time, this tension is transferred up the spine into the shoulders, neck and cranium. Many headaches and migraines result from this tension being transferred from the hips. Most sciatic pain is also caused by this shortened leg condition. Your chiropractor will adjust your sacrum to drop that short leg down which seems effective for a couple days until the tight fascia in the hip and lumbar area pulls that leg back up. In my Craniosacral session, we are able to release enough fascia to drop that short leg down, relieving

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WSLR, Sarasota Community Radio: Have You Heard It?

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y wife Terry and I discovered the original Fogartyville Café in Bradenton, located under the right-field foul post of McKechnie Field, in early 2002 just prior to WSLR’s co-founder Arlene Sweeting’s run for the state House. Fogartyville Cafe was a unique experience, hosting live music and performers, serving wholesome food and operating with the help of volunteers. Many friendships formed there and still thrive, and several of us are now affiliated with Sarasota’s non-profit, commercial-free Community Radio Station WSLR 96.5 FM, either on-air or behind-the-scenes. In 2004, Terry came home from a Green Party meeting and exclaimed, “There was a new radio station presented to us tonight, and you know all the people involved!” So, I got connected. For several months, we found spots at clubs and open mic nights to inform the community about our radio station, long before we had a FCC construction permit. We officially became approved and assigned the call letters “WSLR” in 2004, giving us 18 months to transform the radio station from a dream into a reality. By FCC rules, we were required to be on-air between July 25 and August 9, 2005. By serendipity, I was the first live programmer on-air during Jerry Garcia’s birthday on August. Since then, it has been a fantastic ride. With support from the greater Sarasota-Bradenton community, we relocated from the small converted house at Royal Palm and US 41 to the full WSLR studio at Kumquat Court. We now share space with the Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center where we host nationally- and internationally-known musicians, as well as spoken-word events, art exhibits, and book discussions.   Between WSLR and Fogartyville, we can provide a space for events that otherwise might not happen in Sarasota including Latin jazz, Scottish and Irish world-class touring


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bands, world-class Brazilian artists Diego Figueirido and Badi Assad, classical Indian concerts, and well-known American performers such as Jonathan Edwards, Melanie, Marshall Crenshaw and Aztec Two-Step, to name a few. The station offers an eclectic mix of music to listeners, from bluegrass to folk to rock (both classic and indie) to jazz, Latin, alternative hip hop and more. Programmers supply their own music and form their own playlists for each show. Several shows are hosted by New College students or alumni. With the collaboration of New College students, whose radio club partnered with community activists David Beaton and Arlene Sweeting, the embryonic radio station was born and WSLR continues today, now in its eleventh year. WSLR also features live local news and informational shows including call-in and in-studio guests, Surreal News (Fridays, 9 a.m.) and Micro-Macro-Enviro (Tuesdays, 6 p.m.). In addition, WSLR has participated in national events such as the annual Homelessness Marathon, even hosting the national radio broadcast one year. WSLR carries nationallysyndicated talk and news shows like Amy Goodman’s “Democracy Now,” while producing a local news show, “The Jumping Mullet Report”. This is possible with the support of both listeners and local businesses who understand the importance of independent media giving people a voice. Although our broadcast signal is limited to 100 watts, WSLR is available worldwide to listeners through our internet stream available on a mobile app, as well as our website. WSLR listeners have also supported the station in two campaigns to bring solar power to our operations. We now have 10KW of solar power on our roof which provide about 50% of the energy used at our studio. Thanks goes out to Brilliant Harvest and Region Solar for installation. Also, we have two 500-gallon water cisterns collecting rain water from our roof for all watering needs, and we have switched most of our lighting to LED. Reducing the carbon footprint is always on our radar. Too often, media emanates from larger sources, resulting in a smaller voice for everyday people. Low power community radio is people-powered radio, live and local. If you support our mission, we encourage you to get involved! As Amy Goodman says, “…they’re your airwaves; take them back…”  

“WSLR is an innovative, listener-supported nonprofit, noncommercial FM radio station dedicated to serving the Sarasota community.  WSLR features locally produced programming and events that present cultural, artistic and political perspectives currently underrepresented in the media.  Our goal is to inform and empower listeners to play an active role in WSLR and in their community.  WSLR promotes equality, peace, sustainability, democracy, health, and social and economic justice.” Mark Binder is the programmer of “Yesterday’s Dead Today” which airs Mondays, 7–9 p.m. To listen, visit Yesterdays-Dead-Today. For more information on the radio station, visit

Practical Skincare Basics 101 by Nancy Brown, Licensed Esthetician at Four Pillars


o you have a drawer or cabinet full of skin care products that you aren’t satisfied with don’t even know how to use properly? You are not alone, but the New Year is an optimal time to reset intentions with your skincare regimen. As an esthetician, I often hear clients complaining about their dissatisfaction with some of the products they use––most of which are over-the-counter purchases they bought based on buzzwords and claims from an advertisement or commercial. I hear stories of breakouts, dryness and irritation with one common theme––the products just didn’t deliver on those claims. The revenue of the skincare industry throughout 2016 has been estimated to reach over 62 billion dollars in the U.S., and about 30% is generated from the individual sale of products. Based on the money spend, people want results, but education on the use of products and which ingredients work for each skin type is essential. I have found that a lack of information is available regarding which effectively treat which skin issues, as well as the misconception regarding what ingredients are needed for a particular skin type. For example, a person in their twenties does not require what a person in their forties

might. This is a basic concept, but more specifics are involved to yield the desired results. There are a number of factors an esthetician must consider when assessing skin types and needs including dryness, oil, wrinkles and creasing, age, lifestyle, scarring, hyperpigmentation/sunspots, elasticity, sensitivity, acne/breakouts, allergies and more. Once these issues have been assessed, along with the client’s goals, an appropriate treatment is recommended with products to effectively treat, correct and maintain optimal skin health. It’s also important to understand key ingredients found in products and how they help the skin. You likely hear buzzwords all the time, but do you really know what they do, and whether they are beneficial for you? On February 2, 7–9 p.m., come to Four Pillars for a free skincare workshop and learn about different ingredients like Alpha- and Beta-Hydroxy Acids, Hyaluronic Acid, Peptides, Retinoids and Vitamin C, just to name a few. Learn about a daily care regimen and receive a free skin analysis. Enjoy a treatment demonstration, then receive a free gift and special discounts for attending. Discover which treatments and products can help you achieve radiant, healthy and glowing skin. Workshop space is limited, so register by calling 941-3733955.


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Four Pillars Announces January 2017 Workshops & Speakers by Leann Spofford


our Pillars, a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to building a positive foundation for wellness through life coaching and self-care practices, is bringing various workshops, practitioners and experts to the community for learning, rejuvenating and enhancing your life. The following events are scheduled for a mindful start to the New Year throughout the month of January. “New Year’s Reflection & Intention Setting,” January 1, 1:11 p.m. Celebrate a New Year’s Day tradition going on the healing crystal sands of Lido Beach to reflect, release and write a personal letter for your inspiration of living. Gratitude, lessons, special memories, accomplishments and intentions add to the festivities as well. Everyone is welcome to join this free event as we release 2016 and welcome 2017. “A Vision for Your Life,” January 5, 7–9 p.m. Vision boards are effective tools for achieving clarity on your goals, making decisions to support your dreams and co-creating your life direction with the Universe. Join Four Pillars to make your own vision board, identify your dreams and turn them into a reality. The cost to attend is $15 including supplies, a glass of wine and unlimited enjoyment. No experience or planning is required––just bring your creative intuition. “Author Spotlight Series: The ABC’s of Writing and Publishing a Book,” January 12, 7–9 p.m. Have you ever dreamed of writing and publishing a book? In this workshop series, international best-selling author and writing/publishing coach D.D. Scott will guide you through detailed steps of everything from Writing Craft, Cover Design, Formatting, Promotion and Marketing, Your Writing Style and Space, Plotting Tips, Who Are Your Readers, Day One Page One more. Each class includes entertaining stories from the author’s own journey and expertise. The cost to attend is $10,

and her guide The ABC’s of Writing and Publishing a Book will be available for purchase as well. “Resolutions Out, Revolutions In: A New Year Workshop for Planning the 2017 You Desire,” January 22, 10–4 p.m. This two-day workshop, is based on Danielle LaPorte’s nationally acclaimed book and program “The Desire Map.”. Every New Year, we write our resolutions, strategic plans and aspirations driven by an innate desire to discover our highest potential. However, there is a new holistic method of creating New Year’s resolutions—with soul. This approach examines the question, how do you want to feel? During this workshop, you will identify Core Desired Feelings to guide life decisions in your career, body, creativity, relationships and spirit. The cost to attend is $300 (register by January 3 for $250) which includes a Desire Map Workbook, wellness gifts, refreshments and a yoga/meditation experience. Pre-register with payment to reserve your space. “Is Disharmony Within Your Body Causing Weight Gain?” January 16, 6:30–8:30 p.m. Excess weight is a major problem in our society today. We are also experiencing a significant increase in the number of chronic illnesses connected with these issues. However, weight gain is not limited to just poor nutrition or lifestyle. Many people maintain wholesome diets and exercise regularly, but are unable to get shed their excess pounds. In many cases, this is directly related to disharmony inside your body which needs to be addressed. In this informative and interactive discussion, Dr. Rene Ng, Board-Certified Acupuncturist and Doctor of Oriental Medicine, will explore why weight gain occurs and how to counteract it naturally. He will also discuss how an integrative approach, combining both Eastern and Western medicine, is the optimal solution to weight management and health maintenance. The cost to attend is $15. “Author Spotlight Series: I Am Good Enough with D.D. Scott,” January 18, 7–9 p.m. In this workshop series, D.D. Scott will guide you through your own spiritual awakening in a light-hearted way. Scott believes that whenever you’re looking for a certain piece of information, it will appear presented by modern spiritual teachers who live according to ancient gurus who walked the earth centuries ago. In her wholehearted approach to life, Scott shares lessons that have been practiced successfully for thousands of years across various cultures,

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Don’t Let Your 30’s Be Your New 40’s: Anti-Aging Safely & Naturally with Dr. Anna

by Dr. Anna Baker, DOM


omen have a deeply ingrained biological program to look attractive. In the past, it was imperative to find a mate and reproduce to keep the species alive. Lifespans were much shorter than today. However, dynamics have changed in this modern world. Lifespans are longer than those childbearing years. Even having children is not a biological necessity anymore, and women can experience fulfilling lives either with or without mates. But the biological “beat” goes on. This beat has precipitated the development of an antiaging industry, worth trillions of dollars with offerings from surgical manipulation to toxic chemical treatments of all kinds which are marketed as “necessary” for women as they age. In addition, the starting age for using these products is getting younger and younger. Women in their late teens are now asking doctors for treatments because they think it will prevent them from developing fine lines, or they want to use fillers to restructure areas on their faces. According to the September 2016 issue of Elle magazine in an article titled “30 Is The New 40?”, the use of fillers by 20–29-year-olds increased by 33% in 2015. The use of Botox and fillers in 30–39-year-olds has increased even more rapidly. However, there is no long-term use data for people starting these toxic chemicals injected into the body at such an early age. Plus, as Dr. S. Jay Olshansky, a researcher at the University of Chicago’s Center on Aging says, these modifications to the face make it look odd and abnormal.


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We have a program in our brains that knows the proportions of a normal face. When someone starts to make modifications in different areas, we are confused and spend more time looking at the face to try to figure out what is wrong. Also, since we know there are many procedures available to women now, our brains assume the woman is older than she appears. That defeats the purpose of having all these expensive and potentially health damaging procedures which is why I have directed my practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine to muscle retightening through both acupuncture and amino acids from pearls to return the face safely and slowly to its younger appearance. The stages of aging begin the 20’s, with the muscles just starting to lose their tightness. They also begin to expand three-dimensionally. So, the first stage of the aging process is when the face slowly becomes fuller and puffier. By the 40’s, the muscle has lost enough tone that the face begins lengthening and getting flatter. By the 50’s, the face has become flat and round. The cheeks have lost much of their fullness, and the jawline has become heavier. Then, as aging continues, the face gets droopier and droopier with more lines and wrinkles. The best metaphor to describe this progression is that a face resembles a full balloon with muscle as the “air” when the person is young. However, as the muscle “air” loses its tone with age, the result is just like a balloon deflating. Subsequently, the face gets long, wide, flat and ripply. In my acupuncture facelift practice Faces by Dr. Anna, I have developed a special technique that retightens the muscles along the way they aged (i.e. blowing the balloon back up to the younger look) from muscle attachment groups on the scalp and neck. This is a different procedure from the other commonly done acupuncture facelift which uses multiple needles on the face to micro-injure the muscles, causing temporary puffing by collagen that is reabsorbed within a month. My muscle tightening technique uses only 12 needles and lasts 18 months before just one touchup treatment is needed. I have been performing this procedure for 15 years on over 700 people, ranging in age from 32 to 96. The results are photo-documented, so people can decide how much younger they want to look. Eight years ago, I discovered the amino acids in pearls–– if not subjected to preservatives or other chemicals––can also three-dimensionally retighten the muscles the same way I can do it with my acupuncture. Pearls are formed when the oyster secretes a mixture of microscopic shell pieces and amino acids called signal proteins which has a three-dimensional tightening motion for encapsulating any parasites or grit sucked into its shell. In humans, these signal proteins can retighten muscles when applied topically and densify bones when taken internally. Pearls have been used in Asia for several thousands years as a beauty and health treatment. The pearl creams that are available today are loaded with preservatives which destroy the amino acids’ muscle tightening effects, making them just moisturizers. Because of my background as a research

and development engineer with 21 U.S. Patents, I was able to make a formula from pearls and Chinese herbs with no chemicals or preservatives, called Pearl Cream by Dr. Anna, which slowly retightens the muscles of the face and body, returning the younger look. All results are from these products are photodocumented as well. Pearl Cream by Dr. Anna is a breakthrough in natural products because it is completely fresh and, therefore, must be refrigerated. Several formulas have evolved from the initial product to include a muscle tightening body lotion, a formula for women over 45, a formula for men that can also restore hair and boost low testosterone, and sports performance formulas. In addition, I give monthly seminars on both Faces by Dr. Anna acupuncture facelift and Pearl Cream by Dr. Anna. I also offer free facial evaluations to show you the results you can attain. I want people to know there is a safe and natural way to reverse aging that actually works.

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January 2017


Ghosts, Spirits and Energy…Oh My! by Harald Anderson


leve Backster was the world’s foremost expert on the polygraph lie detector machine. One day, he decided to perform a small experiment, which has yielded powerful consequences, by connecting his polygraph machine to the leaf of a lab plants. In his book Primary Perception: Biocommunication with Plants, Living Foods and Human Cells, he wrote the following: “My whole fascinating experience started on February 2, 1966, around 7:00 in the morning when I was taking a coffee break after working in the polygraph lab all night.  After about fourteen minutes of elapsed chart time, I had this thought, as the ultimate plant threat, I would get a match and burn the plant’s eletroded leaf. At that time, the plant was about fifteen feet away from where I was standing, and the polygraph equipment was about five feet away.  “The only new thing that occurred was this thought. It was early in the morning, and no other person was in the laboratory.  My thought and intent was I’m going to burn that leaf! The very moment the imagery of burning that leaf entered my mind, the polygraph recording pen moved rapidly to the top of the chart! No words were spoken, no touching the plant, no lighting of matches, just my clear intention to burn the leaf. The plant recording showed dramatic excitation.  To me this, was a powerful, high-quality observation.” He decided eventually not to burn the leaf and, in the process, find out if the plant would calm down which it did, in fact.   Then in 1971, Ingo Swann, who is probably the world’s most famous remote viewer, came to visit Backster. Remote viewing is the process of seeing remote or hidden objects 60

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clairvoyantly with the inner eye. Swann wanted to repeat Backster’s initial experiment with his lab plants in which the plant reacted, as shown on polygraph equipment, to Backster’s thought of burning one of its leaves. With Swann’s study, the plant’s polygraph began to spike when Swann imagined burning the plant with a match. He tried it again, and the plant reacted wildly, then stopped. Back in the 1960s, the discovery Backster stumbled upon has changed the way we view energy and consciousness today. Traditional science is still struggling to reconcile how a plant understood the intent and “energy” of an individual. This experiment rocked the foundation of traditional thought regarding what consciousness “is” and how it behaves. Have you ever noticed how vocabulary can change the way you look at something? Literally, the words used to describe an event or experience will completely bias your perception. Take for example the word “ghost” which is defined as an apparition of a dead person. This word carries both baggage and fear. Compare that to the word “spirit” which is derived from the Latin “spiritus,” meaning breath. The word “spirit” is more friendly but has religious connotations. However, compare both the word “ghost” and “spirit” to the word “energy,” a term which even the most skeptical person can understand and appreciate. How can some people connect with energy and use its wisdom to help others? This question exists at the heart of what gifted psychic mediums do. Today, psychic mediums have been put under the microscope to better understand how they manifest their abilities. Observing these mediums is an experience you will never forget. One such medium is world renowned psychic Janet Nohavec, a former Catholic nun who discovered her psychic talents late in life. Witnessing one of Nohavec’s public readings is a stark reminder that life is richer and more mysterious than our philosophies can encompass. How can a person connect with the ghost, spirit or energy of deceased loved ones and prove that connection beyond the shadow of a doubt to the receiver of her message? I often wonder about how excited Backster must have been when his lab plant reacted wildly when responding to his thoughts about burning a leaf on its branch. Opening the doorway to new knowledge and experiences is often similar. When science begins to introspectively question its own processes for determining truth, we will better understand these ghosts, spirits and energies. Janet Nohavec is internationally known for her evidential mediumship. She is an approved overseas tutor for the Arthur Findlay College in Stansted, England, and has been recognized as a pioneer in the field of mediumship and afterlife communication. Her evidential form of mediumship has been researched by several university groups. Nohavec’s private practice and church are based in Pompton Lakes, New Jersey. In addition, Nohavec has the authored Through the Darkness, her autobiography, and Where Two Worlds Meet, a book on the development of Mediumship. She will be visiting The Spirit University on January 20–22. For more information, visit

Your Bedroom Chemistry One of Massage Therapy’s by Rebekah Greer


hen we mention chemistry in the bedroom, you might think we’re referring to romantic chemistry. But while that’s indeed an important factor, we’re referring instead to the hidden chemistry which could be lying beneath your sheets and might cause worse issues than unpleasant vibes in the bedroom. If you’re sleeping on a conventional mattress, you could be exposing yourself to harmful chemicals and toxics that you’re breathing in for eight hours each night. That number adds up to one-third of your entire life! These toxic chemicals and flame retardants have been found to emit off-gases, creating an unhealthy indoor air quality that you could be completely unaware of.  The positive news? There are safer and healthier alternatives. Look for mattresses and bedding that are free of flame retardants and any toxic chemicals that might cause off-gassing. A healthier mattress should be made of materials like organic cotton, organic wool, organic latex, organic kapok or even buckwheat. Many organic and natural mattresses feature a cover constructed of organic cotton with organic wool batting which acts as a natural flame barrier––no chemicals needed. Not only are these mattresses better for your breathing space in the bedroom, but they can also improve certain health issues like aches and pains, for example. In addition, many organic mattresses are completely customizable, allowing you to mix and match firmness layers or even further customize each side of your mattress if you partner needs a firmer or softer feel. There’s no need to make compromises, not even in the bedroom. Beyond your mattress, the wood furniture in your bedroom could also have toxic stains or finishes which could emit harmful VOCs.  If your furniture contains particle board, MDF or toxic glues, the chemistry could become even worse.  You can breathe easy, however, with furniture options that feature low or no-VOC and water based stains or finishes. Most are built here in the U.S. with North American hardwoods.  It doesn’t get more natural than that! Your bedroom should be your sanctuary––the place where you retreat and recharge. Why not make it the most natural place in your home without any negative chemistry that could be affecting your health or sleep?  Switching to these products, even if you just start with your pillows, can bring a more natural balance to your bedroom chemistry. Rebekah Greer is the owner of Sleep Organics, Sarasota’s only natural and organic sleep center featuring mattresses, bedding and furniture that create a healthier sleeping environment. For more information, call 941-312-5906 or visit

Best Kept Secrets: The Foam Roller by Nancy Tegan


ave you made your New Year’s resolutions yet? If you’re anything like me, then you start out the New Year prepared to change the world, but when February rolls around, you’ve forgotten what your resolutions even were to begin with. So, this year instead, let’s get rolling! I know a resolution which is simple and practical to maintain, while significantly improving your health and fitness. It’s one of the best kept secrets in massage therapy–– the foam roller. You might be asking yourself, “What is this foam roller, and how is it going to help me?” Excellent questions! Foam rollers work by using the body’s natural response to pressure. As you roll over tight spots, the muscles relax. In addition, roam rollers are inexpensive tools for breaking up adhesions, softening connective tissues, flushing out metabolic wastes, increasing circulation into your tired muscles and speeding up post-workout recovery. What do they look like? Rollers are about six inches in diameter and three feet long, made of polyethylene foam or plastic. They are also color coded based on firmness. Generally, white rollers are the softest, and black are the firmest. There are numerous variations including shorter, hollow rollers with raised areas for extra pressure. How do you use them? Position yourself on top of the roller and use your body weight to slowly roll back and forth––much like a rolling pin and dough. Simply place the roller on tight fascia or trigger points, gradually increase pressure and hold the pressure between 30 seconds and one minute. More specifically: • Us the foam roller for fascial release. Fascia is the connective tissue that surrounds your muscles or body parts and allows for movement. This internal webbing can stiffen with repetitive movements. • Target your trigger points. These are areas in muscles where knots have developed over time. Trigger points start as micro-tears that can become chronic through a tear and repair repetitive cycle, leading to increased tension. Trigger points respond to direct pressure, making the foam roller is a beneficial choice. If you find a trigger point, work on it in repeated shorter bouts which is more effective and will increase the blood flow. After releasing tight areas and trigger points, make sure to do some stretching. When using your foam roller, remember it should “hurt so good.” However, if you begin wincing in pain, then back

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Make 2017 a Year of Wellness Compliments of Special Nutrition by Mary-Elizabeth Schurrer


hat’s so “special” about Special Nutrition? Just amble inside those welcoming doors located within the Stickney Point shopping plaza, and the answer to this question becomes immediately evident. Under the dedicated leadership and recognized expertise of owner Louise Mastro, this family-operated business has been a Suncoast mainstay for over 15 years––known for its three core tenets of “Largest Selection,” “Lowest Prices” and “Customer Satisfaction.”

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With the recent launch of 2017, Sarasota residents can now expect even more knowledgeable assistance, personalized service and quality assurance from this neighborhood institution. “No other store in the area carries the vast selection of supplements that we do,” Mastro expounds. “Even if we don’t have a specific product in-stock, special orders are our pleasure. We pride ourselves on going that ‘extra mile’ for each customer, and our staff is wellversed in nutrition to assist customers with choosing the right supplement for their lifestyle needs. “Special Nutrition is constantly keeping abreast of the latest advancements in the supplement industry. Our extensive product selection reflects this, and we offer the most trusted brands in terms of purity, potency and reputability. In addition, we provide our loyal customers another option to save on the first Wednesday of each month, during which we’ll take an extra 10% off our already discounted assortment of supplements.” Given her demonstrated experience and proficiency within the nutritional sector, Mastro also recognizes firsthand that comprehensive wellness is attained through a variety of factors, and she is eager to impart this knowledge with anyone seeking to prioritize their health resolutions in the New Year. “Everything in moderation is the simplest, most practical starting point,” she elaborates. “Make an effort to consume less refined and processed ingredients. Replace those artificial foods with fruits and vegetables whenever possible. Begin moving and exercising on a more consistent basis. Time management is also important––fitness and nutrition become easier to practice when they’re incorporated into your entire lifestyle. “And of course, take the right supplements for health maintenance throughout the year. First and foremost, always purchase vitamins from a reliable source. Here at Special Nutrition, we offer the most trusted brands in the industry–– nothing less. Our customers can rest assured they’re getting optimal vitamins and nutrients void of synthetic colors, sweeteners or ingredients.” So, next time you’re driving past that trademark yellow storefront, don’t just wonder, what’s so “special” about Special Nutrition? Venture inside. Discover the hospitable environment, discounted prices and unmatched selection for yourself. Stretching your budget and improving your health–– that’s two resolutions already in the books for 2017! Special Nutrition is located at 1882 Stickney Point Rd., Sarasota (next to Gluten-Free Bakery).. For more information, call 941-929-0884, email, visit or like “Special Nutrition Discount Prices” on Facebook. Mary-Elizabeth Schurrer is the Managing Editor of Natural Awakenings Sarasota–Manatee. She also works as a freelance writer, blogger and social media marketer based in Southwest Florida. Her personal blog features practical tips for embracing an active, nutritious and empowered lifestyle.

large amount of fluid before bed. In addition, try melatonin supplements in a control release formula which can help you both fall and stay asleep. For those with more difficult issues of sleep, try acupuncture which offers wonderful sleep enhancement properties and can significantly change the way you live.


Be Healthy During the “Sarasota Season” by Christina Captain


he holidays have both come and gone, but some of us might not have made it through them exactly the way we’d hoped. However, now the “Sarasota Season” is upon us––you know what I’m talking about. This “SRQ Season” begins in October and ends in April, sometimes with as many as three events occurring in one day. I personally know individuals who attend up to 20 events in one week during this peak season. Of course, with these events, come food––especially desserts and alcoholic beverages. So, how does someone striving for balance in their health and lifestyle manage the Sarasota Season?  Here are a few pointers that have been known to help these social butterflies maintain their wellness throughout this time of year:

Detox The balanced socialite should complete a purification program before embarking on and after the completion of their busy season. This could be anything from a 30-day program of sauna and foot baths to a complete digestive tract cleansing and rebalancing. Once a 30-day program has been completed, the next part isn’t too difficult––returning to a limited clean nutritional plan between events. This break where all sugar and alcohol is eliminated is essential for getting though the season without having to start all over again. This might only be a 24-hour break––longer is better but not essential. Other ways to detox are acupuncture, massage and chiropractic. Weekly treatments will keep your mind sharp, body healthy and spirit soaring.

Sleep Adequate, restful sleep is required to rejuvenate the body. Without sleep, there is no chance of making it though the season without an episode of illness. Plus, your skin health can suffer as well. If you have trouble sleeping, try some of these simple rules––don’t consume alcohol or large meals before bed, don’t go to bed starving and don’t drink a

If your stomach is upset, try consuming digestive enzymes with your meals. Make sure the product is a broad spectrum formula that covers both protein and carbohydrates, and take one capsule or tablet with every meal. If you indulge in alcohol, try a liver support supplement like milk thistle which is excellent for helping the liver clear the various toxins it can become exposed to, and is found in almost any health food or supplement stores. If you suffer from muscle cramps–– especially in the calf––after you go to bed, try a magnesium citrate or glycinate supplement. If you prefer not to swallow pills, try a topical magnesium.

Food and Water During events, make healthy food choices like veggies and proteins. For drinks, order club soda with lime, so you can look the part even if you know the truth. When you are not in the social scene, eat fresh fruits, vegetables and lean proteins. Whole grains like millet and barley will assist your digestive system in removing the toxins accumulated while partying. Small meals and eliminating sugar during these rest times will be a winning combination. Increasing filtered spring water intake will also keep your body functioning and help to clear additional toxins. Keeping up with these simple rules will get you through the SRQ Season with a healthy and happy body. One positive side-effect is an increased immune system which will enhance your cold and flu prevention abilities. People will wonder how you get through all these events looking fabulous and never getting sick. But don’t worry––it’s our secret. To learn more about how to prevent cold and flu symptoms naturally, attend Christina Captain’s free presentation on January 18. To register, call 941-951-1119 or email Christina Captain, DAOM(c), MSAOM, MSHN, MA, is the founder of Family Healing Center, located at 1219 S East Ave., Suite 104, Sarasota.

For Wellness Living, Joy & Empowerment Sundays,11:30am – Universal New Thought Service Sat. Jan. 28, 2-5:30pm – Shaman Journey Sat. Feb. 4, 1-6pm – Reiki I Class All at Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd., Sarasota For more info: Rev. Zan Benham - - 941-922-7839 Visionary • Intuitive Counselor • Shamanism • Reiki Teacher • Reader. natural awakenings

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Treat yourself to 20 minutes of relaxation, rejuvenation & relief for only $20 with a Rejuvenating Jin Shin Jyutsu (hands-on energy harmonizing) session with Michelle Giambra, LMT, Jin Shin Jyutsu NOTE: All calendar events must be received via email by the 12th of the month Practitioner & Instructor. Advanced reservation and adhere to our guidelines. Email for guidelines. No phone suggested & walk-ins welcomed. 941-228-2972, calls or faxes, please. Visit to submit online.

calendarofevents SUNDAY, JANUARY 1, 2017 HAPPY NEW YEAR! Universal New Thought Service – 11:30am12:30pm. This Sunday: Burning Bowl and White Stone Ceremony for all participants. Each Sunday we bring forth an offering and an opening towards joyous Divine connection. An interfaith service. Donation. Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd, Sarasota. Rev Zan Benham, 941-922-7839. New Year’s Reflection & Intention Setting – 1:11pm. Celebrate a New Year’s Day tradition going to the healing crystal sands of Lido Beach and reflect, release, and write a nice letter for your inspiration of living. Gratitude, lessons, special memories, accomplishments and intentions add to the festivities. Individuals, families, kids, friends, all welcome. Free. Four Pillars, San Marco Plaza, 8209 Nature’s Way, Ste 221, Lakewood Ranch, 941-373-3955. New Year’s Romance on the Piano – 4pm. Celebrate New Year’s beginning experiencing Soulful Romantic Classical Music played by the passionate, world-acclaimed concert virtuoso, Eleonora Lvov. Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 322 15th St W, Bradenton. 941-358-0235. Ganesh Ceremony and Mantra for the Removal of Obstacles – 7pm. We will start the New Year of 2017 with a special ceremony and Mantra to Ganesh, the Hindu Elephant Deity who through his benevolence removes obstacles in the lives of those who focus and tune into this energy. It will be the culmination of a 9 week Mantra class that has been building the energy for this grand finale. So many have given testimony of Ganesh’s special blessings in all areas of their lives. Come and join us in creating this special intention. Love Offering. The Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Mdws, Bldg G-2, Sarasota. 941-371-9333,

MONDAY, JANUARY 2 Channeled Anchoring Light Meditation – 7:45pm. Serving the Ascension of our planet with the Ascended Realms as Anchors of Light, with Rev Sharon-Elizabeth James since July 16, 2007. Love Offering. The Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Mdws, Bldg G-2, Sarasota. 941-371-9333,

TUESDAY, JANUARY 3 Paddle from Ponce De Leon Park – 10am-2pm. Explore mangrove tunnels and the shoreline of Charlotte Harbor with Florida Master Naturalists Helen Buonviri and Bill Schuyler. Facilities available. Participants are required to wear a PFD. Bring your kayak/canoe (no inflatables), water, bug spray, lunch/snack. Donations to the Sierra club are gratefully accepted. Reserve at 941-4670974 Helen or 941-763-9248 Bill.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 4 Keys of Enoch – 7-9pm. With Kim Converse, explore how The Keys of Enoch works directly with the spiritual truths of our past, present and future.


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Through music, sacred expressions, higher education and prayer, we will develop a deeper understanding of our cosmic birthright and our ability to co-participate with our spiritual counterparts connected with the Divine. $7. The Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Mdws, Bldg G-2, Sarasota. 941-371-9333,

THURSDAY, JANUARY 5 Yoga – 9am. With Pauline Dimitry. Awakening for the Heart-Body-Mind. All ages and experiences welcome. Accepting new students. $10. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Mdws, Bldg G-2, Sarasota. Call 941- 822-0263. Paddle Lettuce Lake – 9am-3pm. Paddle through the wooded maze of channels from the lake out into the Peace River. Then downstream, exploring side lagoons, and on to the Nav-a-Gator for a leisurely lunch, and then back through a different route. Master Naturalist Rick Fried guides you through the tricky channels here. The outing is free to the public. Voluntary donations to the local Charlotte Harbor Sierra Club are always gratefully accepted. Reservations and info 941-637-8805. Intuitive Healing – 11am-6pm. With Adam “Way” Wawrzyniak, an intuitive healer, Reiki master, minister of Universal Ministries with a healing modality strongly connected to his heart. Energy touch in contact with your internal multi-dimensional structure which directly affects physical body, emotions, mind balance, connection with inner child, heart opening, connection with your higher self, and adjustment to new multi-dimensional collective consciousness. Adam uses knowledge of sacred geometry and multi-dimensional holographic consciousness. $80. The Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Mdws, Bldg G-2, Sarasota. 941-371-9333, 4-Week Self Workshop – 6:30-8:30pm. Loving yourself can be the key to unlock any door. Topics: Changing Patterns, Create New Thoughts, Meditation, Love Yourself, Dreams & Vision. $100. Registration Required. Contact Sandy Moon, 941-5254549, A Vision for Your Life – 7-9pm. A vision board is a wonderful tool to help you get clarity on your goals, a guide to make decisions to support your dreams, and to let the Universe know all of the things in life that you would like assistance co-creating. Join Four Pillars to create your vision board, remember who you are, remember your dreams and Life Vision and watch them one by one become a reality. $15/includes supplies, a glass of wine & creative fun! Bring a friend. San Marco Plaza, 8209 Nature’s Way, Ste 221, Lakewood Ranch, 941-3733955.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 6 Reiki Share Circle – 7-9pm. Are you a new student, advanced practitioner, seasoned Reiki master? Perhaps you want to know more about this ancient healing art. Everyone is welcome! $5. Angel Ministries, 2269 Tamiami Trl, Venice. Rev Patricia Charnley 941-492-4995.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 7 Jin Shin Jyutsu Sampler Sessions – 9am-noon.

New Year’s Retreat with Aziza Scott – 9am-5pm. Jan 7-8. Meditation & Sufi Mysticism to sweep clean for 2017! $150 or $100/day. Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd, Sarasota. rtiSeminars@comcast. net. Ascended Master Saint Germain Meetings – 11:45am. First Saturday each month. The purpose is to increase our understanding of the Ascended Masters and add our light to Theirs to help our community and world during these challenging times. We are not alone. We can channel Their Help from Their Octave of Light. We will be using songs dedicated to the Masters, invocations of decrees, a healing circle, Ascended Master Teachings and meditation. Love Offering. The Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Mdws, Bldg G-2, Sarasota. 941-371-9333, How-To workshop on Energy Cord Removal – 1-3pm. With Mo, learn what negative energy cords are and how to remove them from relationships, situations, objects and even past lives. These cords can attach to and from us, causing a breakdown in our energy fields, depleting our energy and physical body that may manifest into pain or illness. They can also keep us from moving forward with our true purpose. Pre-registration required; space is limited. $25/cash at door. Reservations, call/text 941-661-7492, Untold Revelations from The Bible – 4pm. Jan 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 28-29. Hear untold Revelations from The Bible that are not topics in church services, thus secrets. Eye and mind opening references, prescriptions, recipes and hands-on samples. $15. RSVP by Friday, 941-923-6464. Energize Your Vibes – 7-8:30pm. Saint Tone’s show penetrates consciousness using the healing effects of music combined with positive self-empowering lyrics. Tony Saint Tone & Janie Boisclair use a wide variety of musical styles with catch hooks & great harmonies to raise your energy & move you into action. $15. Angel Ministries, 2269 Tamiami Trl, Venice. Rev Patricia Charnley 941492-4995. Illuminations Yoga One-day Retreat with Vision Boards – Rediscover what you value and enjoy. $59. Faith Lutheran Church, 7750 Beneva. Reserve your space, 941-724-9922.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 8 Community HU Chant – 10-11am. Come experience for yourself, with others, how your days can be enhanced by chanting the word ‘HU’ from your heart to God, for 20 minutes. You can also do this on your own at any time. It is for everyone of any background or religious beliefs. Light refreshments follow. Free, La Quinta Inn, 5931 Commercial Way (W of I-75), Sarasota, 941-358-0325, Access Your Personal Warehouse of Abundance – Noon-3pm. In this creative, fun & experiential playshop, you will be led through exercises to help you identify what you desire & uncover what your personal blockages might be. Leave with personal toolkit, including hands-on energy harmonizing routines & holds, to help release blockages & make space for receiving. Pay by January 4 for Early Bird $54; $60/after. Last day to register Jan

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Manifest the Life you Desire: Creating a Vision Board; 1-3pm. $35. The Yoga Sanctuary, 112 Sullivan St, Punta Gorda. 941-505-9642.

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MONDAY, JANUARY 9 Channeled Anchoring Light Meditation – 7:45pm. Serving the Ascension of our planet with the Ascended Realms as Anchors of Light, with Rev Sharon-Elizabeth James since July 16, 2007. Love Offering. The Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Mdws, Bldg G-2, Sarasota. 941-371-9333, Powerful Therapy to Health and Wholeness with Intuitive Biomagnetist – RN Ralph Serrano’s true healing power comes from his ability to communicate with Spirit Guides, helping people find their true illness and through the process of Biomagnetic Pair Therapy, a revolutionary scientific, therapeutic approach, helping them to heal. It is free of side effects, compatible with traditional or alternative practices. Other times are available. $100/new clients. $75/follow-up. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Mdws, Bldg G-2, Sarasota. Appointments, 941371-9333,

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Special Note: No Sunday Services January 1st Please come to our 7pm Ganesh Mantra Event instead

10:30 AM ~ Open Arms Metaphysical Spiritualist Service Revs. Thomas & Mary Linn Clarke 12:15 PM ~ A Cosmic In-Service Gathering of Lightworkers with Rev. Sharon-Elizabeth James

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TUESDAY, JANUARY 10 Have You Had a Spiritual Experience? – 6-7 pm. Come share and/or learn about spiritual experiences such as coincidences, guidance from departed ones or angels, dreams, past lives, soul travel. These topics come from the Spiritual Experiences Guidebook which will be given as a gift to attendees. Free, Gulf Gate Library, Conf. Rm, 7112 Curtiss Ave, Sarasota, 941-358-0325,

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Practical Proven Ways to be Successful in the New Year – 6-7:30pm. Come learn effective and proven ways to fuel your motivation and mindset into lifelong habits, backed by scientific research. Free. Wild Ginger Apothecary, 6557 Superior Ave, Sarasota. 941957-8288.

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Listening To Your Inner Guide - 6:30-8:30pm. Eight-lesson course with instructor Laura Lynn Cassidy takes the mystery out of listening. Learn how to identify and listen to your loving inner voice, turn off the static of life and bypass our judgmental side. This course is included as required curriculum for any certification or degree program at CIAMSS. $15/per class. $45 tuition and exam fee. Courses can be ordered online at The Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Mdws, Bldg G-2, Sarasota. Registration is required, email

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day since July 16, 2007! Port Charlotte Beach Park, Room A, Port Charlotte. Love Offering. 941-371-9333, QiGong – 7-8pm. QiGong opens pathways in the body to circulate and stimulate the body’s internal processes to allow for the smooth flow of qi (energy), which can increase strength and produce vitality. Dr Bill Philpot, DOM, AP, LMT facilitates. $20. Angel Ministries, 2269 Tamiami Trl, Venice. Rev Patricia Charnley 941-492-4995.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11 Looking Into the Crystal Ball Fundraiser – 6-9pm. This fundraising event for the Selby Library features Elysian Fields readers: Catherine, Jackie, Laura, Skye, Suzanne, Stephanie and Wendy. $25/ advance. $30/door. Readings are included in the ticket price; first come, first served. Selby Library, 1331 1st St, Sarasota. Tickets,

THURSDAY, JANUARY 12 Hike Prairie Shell Creek Preserve – 8:30-11am. Join Florida master Naturalists John Phillips and Jamie Reynolds as they lead you on an informative nature walk in this protected area of scrub habitat. The Florida Scrub Jay and the Gopher Tortoise live here and we will discuss them. Voluntary donations to the Sierra Club are always gratefully accepted. Info 941-639-7468. Guest Reader, Deborah Chadwick – 10:30am5:30pm. Using a deck of regular playing cards, Deborah is able to communicate with her guides and angels, quickly receiving very specific information for her clients. Throughout her readings, Deborah brings forth humor and healing to aid her clients in achieving a higher level of understanding and focus. 15mins/$30; 30mins/$60; 45mins/$80. Elysian Fields, Midtown Plaza, 1273 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota. 941-361-3006, Author Spotlight Series: The ABC’s of Writing and Publishing a Book – 7-9pm. In this event workshop series, international bestselling author and writing/publishing coach, D Scott will guide you through detailed steps of everything from Writing Craft, Cover Design, Formatting, to Promotion and Marketing and Plotting Tips. Each class includes fun, entertaining stories from her own journey. $10. (Her book, The ABC’s of Writing and Publishing a Book, will be available for purchase.) Four Pillars, San Marco Plaza, 8209 Nature’s Way, Ste 221, Lakewood Ranch, 941373-3955. Introduction to Yoga Six-Week Series – Jan 12 to Feb 16. $99. The Yoga Sanctuary, 112 Sullivan St, Punta Gorda. 941-505-9642.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 13 Guest Reader, Sherry Lord – 10:30am-5:30pm. Sherry is a Reiki Master, ordained reverend, teacher, psychic intuitive and deeper trance channel. She can see angels, guides and auras as well as channel loved ones who have crossed over. She is a versatile channel who can answer your questions, both business and personal, and help you on your spiritual path. 15mins/$40; 30mins/$75; 60mins/$125. In Deep Trance Channel sessions, Sherry allows Namara, a group of non-physical beings of pure love & light, to speak through her, 50mins/$175. Elysian Fields, Midtown Plaza, 1273 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota. 941-361-3006,

Pay as You Wish Feldenkrais Class – 11:30am-1pm. Guided exploratory exercises to deepen your awareness of how you move to improve balance, flexibility, coordination and posture. Pay as you wish. Longevity Wellness Clinic. SRQ, 941-923-9355. Guided Jin Shin Jyutsu – 6-7:15pm. Be renewed as you are guided through dynamic hands-on energy balancing exercises you apply to your own body. Profound relaxation, pain relief and more. Register by 4pm, Jan 13. $18/class; $60/5 classes prepay. Cash or check. Suncoast Jin Shin Jyutsu, Rosemary Court Yoga, 810 Central Ave, Sarasota. Michelle 941-228-2972, Michelle@Suncoastjsj. com, Women’s Full Moon Meditation – 6:30pm doors open; 7pm doors close, meditation begins. Starting the 11th year for this circle, Patricia Cockerill, cofounder of the Women’s Meditation Circle, ushers in the New Year by opening to the divine feminine through love, joy and unity. The Circle meets on the New and Full Moons for a guided meditation led by a senior member of the community. $10/ donation to Rising Tide for use of the center. 5102 Swift Rd. Info, Jo Mooy 941-355-1414, Talking Stick Circle – 6:30-7:45pm. Join us biweekly for this new experience. When was the last time you felt heard? When was the last time you felt safe enough to give voice to something deep & truthful without fear of judgement or shame? $10. Angel Ministries College, 2269 Tamiami Trl, Venice. Rev Patricia Charnley 941-492-4995. Dalai Lama Awakening – 7pm. Narrated by actor Harrison Ford, this film presents the profound and life-changing journey of innovative Western thinkers who travel to India to meet with the Dalai Lama to solve many of the world’s problems. The result is beautiful and thought-provoking. This new documentary film was born from over 500 hours of video footage shot by 10 cinematographers over a 15-year period, and is a dramatically new “Poetic ReVision” and Director’s Cut of his award-winning Dalai Lama Renaissance. Sponsored by Venice Peace Project. Donations accepted. Venice Gardens Civic Assoc, 406 Shamrock Blvd, Venice. DNA Activation Workshop –7:30-8:30pm Free introduction. Jan 14, 1:30-7:30pm DNA Level I. With Rae Chandran (, spiritual teacher, channel, author and a healer in India, now residing in Tokyo, learn ancient tones and mudras and receive channeled teachings from ascended masters, guides and angels. Activate DNA strands. $250. Jan 15 DNA Level II: $400. Naples location. Susan 239-340-1036. A Weekend with Sanskrit Scholar Nicolai Bachman – Jan 13-15. From $55. The Yoga Sanctuary, 112 Sullivan St, Punta Gorda. 941-505-9642.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 14 Older, Bolder, Better – 10am-noon. An interactive workshop addressing our attitudes about aging and the best ways to stay young, while growing old. Facilitated by Angelena Craig, columnist, publishing “Boomer Talk” and former director of Beacon Light Yoga of Boston. $30/pp. $50/two. Longboat Key Education Center, 5370 Gulf of Mexico Dr, Longboat Key. Space is limited. Register early, Angelena 941-822-9620 or CMF Bohemian Psychic Festival – 11am-4pm. Come for the fun and to benefit from any one or several of the services offered. Our nine gifted

workers will be available to provide: Intuitive Readings, Bowl Readings, Voyager Tarot Card & Astrology Readings, Animal Intuitive Readings, plus Chakra Balancing, Numerology and Past Life Regression. $20/each for 15 minutes. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 2044 Bispham Rd, Sarasota. 941-266-8435. Everything about Teaching Reiki – 1-4pm. Whether used as a refresher for teaching any level, or for personal review, this course will cover everything you need to know. We’ll cover the entire program: Level 1 (basic practitioner), Level 2 (distance Reiki, touching on animal Reiki), Level 3 (master and teacher). Includes a Full Master Kit for all Levels, handouts, review cards, attunements, symbols, practice sheets, teaching resources and teaching contents. With Victoria Ackerman. $80. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Ave, Sarasota. 941-544-5874,, Traditional Hands-On Healing – 3:15-4:30pm. Join Revs Curt & Penny & learn about traditional hands-on healing. You will receive a spiritualist hands-on healing. $10. Angel Ministries, 2269 Tamiami Trl, Venice. Rev Patricia Charnley 941492-4995.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 15 Resolutions Out, Revolutions In – 10am-4pm. Jan 15 & 22. Two-day workshop for planning the 2017 you desire, based on Danielle LaPorte’s nationally acclaimed book and program The Desire Map, featured in Elle and a member of Oprah’s Super Soul 100. This is a revolution in goal-planning from the heart. You will be guided through five life areas to explore your most desired feelings in: Lifestyle + Livelihood, Creativity + Learning, Body + Wellness, Relationships + Society, Essence + Spirituality. $300 or $250/by Jan 3, includes workbook, meal & snacks, wellness gifts & yoga/meditation. Four Pillars, San Marco Plaza, 8209 Nature’s Way, Ste 221, Lakewood Ranch. Pre-registration/payment required, 941-373-3955. Soul Trauma Healing – 1-3pm. Shedding the Past to Move Forward. When the soul experiences physical, emotional or spiritual trauma from a past life, negative energy backwashes into current life. Pieces of the soul leave the body for the comfort of spirit realm. Chakras that hold past life memory become clogged and unbalanced. Clear them out, bring soul pieces back and feel lighter. Discover how and why you were bogged down. Demonstration of healing with Elissa Bentsen. $35. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Ave, Sarasota. 941-544-5874,,

MONDAY, JANUARY 16 Is Disharmony Within Your Body Causing Weight Gain? – 6:30-8:30pm. Many people eat well and exercise regularly, yet are unable to get rid of their excess weight. In many cases, it is related to a disharmony in your body that needs to be addressed. Dr Rene Ng, board-certified acupuncturist and doctor of oriental medicine, will discuss how an integrative approach, combining the best of Eastern and Western medicine, is the optimal solution to weight management and health maintenance. $15. Four Pillars, San Marco Plaza, 8209 Nature’s Way, Ste 221, Lakewood Ranch, 941-3733955.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 17 Nature Walk in Charlotte Flatwoods Preserve – 8:30-11am. Join Florida Master Naturalists Les

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and Mary Caraher for an easy 2-mile walk through this area of pine flatwoods and freshwater marshes. Voluntary donations to the Sierra Club are always gratefully accepted. Info 304-642-8851. Infinite Mind Mixed Media Art Exhibit – 5:307:30pm. Exhibit Jan 9-Feb 7. Artists’ Reception Jan 17. Artists Katya De Luisa & Elisabeth Trostli exhibit in benefit of the Neuro Challenge for Parkinson’s Foundation. Player’s Theater for the Performing Arts, 838 N Tamiami Trl, Sarasota. Learn Energetic Healing with Reiki 1 – 7-9pm. Part 1 of 2 (second part Jan 24). In this fun and powerful two-evening class, learn Reiki healing and other advanced techniques. Anyone with a compassionate heart and a commitment to learn can become a practitioner of energy healing. Reiki has the wonderful benefit of the attunement process. With Stephen Pustai. $118 plus $18/manual. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Ave, Sarasota. 941-544-5874, Light@,

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18 Astrology Discussions with Catherine – 7-9pm. Focus for this month’s class will be on what is happening in this season of winter. Catherine will also touch on the game plan of this month’s Full Moon - New Moon. As always, this will be a dynamic, informal class full of fun and wonder. $25. Pre-registration required. Elysian Fields, Midtown Plaza, 1273 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota. 941-361-3006, Author Spotlight Series: I Am Good Enough – 7-9pm. D Scott, international bestselling author, shares lessons that have been practiced successfully for thousands of years across all cultures and cosmic realms. It’s all about living from Love, Forgiveness and Gratitude so that you can create the space for miracles and sweet synchronicities to occur in your life on a daily basis. Leave this event with an open heart and mind ready to receive all the miracles around you! $10. (Her book, I Am Good Enough, will be available for purchase.) Four Pillars, San Marco Plaza, 8209 Nature’s Way, Ste 221, Lakewood Ranch, 941-373-3955. Reiki III Master Share – 7-9pm. Masters of all lineages come together to share, expand, enhance and brush up on their Reiki. Wear comfortable clothes. $5 Suggested Donation. Enlightenment Center at Unity Church, 3023 Proctor Rd, Sarasota. Rev Zan Benham, 941-922-7839. Zan@

THURSDAY, JANUARY 19 Make a Vision Board – 7-8:30pm. A Vision Board is a tool used to help clarify, concentrate and maintain focus on a specific life goal. Literally, a vision board is any sort of board on which you display images that represent whatever you want to be, do or have in your life. Bring photos, cut-outs, and anything else you’d like to use. This just be the most important thing you do for yourself this year! 25/includes supplies. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Ave, Sarasota. 941-544-5874, Light@, Shamanic Exploration Class with Rina Lichtinger – 7-9pm. In this fascinating class, we will explore many aspects of shamanism, including defining what shamanism is and how it can be helpful for you. Rina will also explain how to use shamanic tools such as sage, palo santo, and crystals to set up your own rituals. $15. Pre-registration required. Elysian Fields, Midtown Plaza, 1273 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota. 941361-3006,


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FRIDAY, JANUARY 20 Sarasota Native American Indian Festival – 9am-5pm Jan 20. 10am-6pm Jan 21. 10am-5pm Jan 22. Handmade arts and crafts, paintings, pottery, jewelry, sculpture, bead work and leather work, Native American food. Thunder Bear, Cherokee nation, shares traditional Native American drumming, singing, dance; Nahui Ollin Aztec Dancers; Nashville recording artist Traci Snowe. The festival continues to be a tribute to the extraordinary life of artist Rex A Begaye, founder. Tickets at gate: $8 adult; $3 6-12; free 5 & under. Sarasota Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd. Info 941-8001794, Guest Reader, Joann Leo – 10:30am-5:30pm. Joanne Leo has more than 30 years’ experience as a psychic reader and life coach. Combining psychic-channeled numerology and astrology with her tarot card readings, Joanne is able to provide detailed insights about your life based on your birth date and birth name. Her candid “Readings with a Heart” provide a unique and profound guide to all aspects of your life. 15mins/$30; 30mins/$50; 45mins/$70; 60mins/$90. Elysian Fields, Midtown Plaza, 1273 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota. 941361-3006, Pay as You Wish Feldenkrais Class – 11:30am1pm. Guided exploratory exercises to deepen your awareness of how you move to improve balance, flexibility, coordination and posture. Pay as you wish. Longevity Wellness Clinic. SRQ, 941-923-9355. Sacred Space Meditation – 6-7pm. Meditation is the key to spirit consciousness. Through its practice, you will discover who you truly are. You will uncover the subtle gifts of your Being, expand your consciousness and enhance your service to others. $5. Angel Ministries College, 2269 Tamiami Trl, Venice. Rev Patricia Charnley 941-492-4995. Our Moment in History – 7pm. Is modern humanity undergoing a rite of passage? Renowned author Dr Richard Tarnas will speak on Inauguration Day about the new principles and structures shaping the United States and the world in a time of intense polarization and radical change. $15$20. Unitarian Universalist Church, 3975 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota. Séance – 7-9pm. A séance is a meeting of people attempting to communicate with your loved ones that have crossed over to the other side. Do you want to hear from a departed loved one? Invite them to meet you, be specific. Tell Spirit the date, time and location. $20. Angel Ministries, 2269 Tamiami Trl, Venice. Rev Donna 561 346-6296. Where Two Worlds Meet – 7-9pm. Join International Medium Janet Nohavec for a gala demonstration of mediumship. She is internationally known for her evidential mediumship and is an approved overseas tutor for the prestigious Arthur Findlay College. Janet is a pioneer in the field of mediumship and afterlife communication. For over 20 years she has stood for the proof of continuity of life before it was popular. She will give as many messages as time of the event allows. $30. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Ave, Sarasota. 941-544-5874,,

SATURDAY, JANUARY 21 Rosemary Altea Soul Signs Workshop - 1012pm. Which elemental force drives you? Fire, Earth, Air, Water, or Sulphur? NO...we are NOT talking about astrological signs! 13 Soul Signs, each soul created and birthed from one of 5 types of energy. This workshop is designed to teach us about our own soul’s character traits, the type of energy we were born into, and why we are able to

connect with some people really well, and why we have great difficulty understanding others. Tickets $40, can be purchased at RosemaryAltea.SplashThat. com. Discounted Package: Workshop and Connecting With The Spirit World- $125.00 Please note: Seating is limited and is on a first come first serve basis so get your tickets early! This event will be videotaped! Rosemary Altea Connecting With The Spirit World - 2-5pm. In a very small and intimate environment, Rosemary will be communicating with the Spirit World, bringing messages of love and hope to many members of the audience from loved ones who have passed. She will also be answering questions directed to those in the spirit world and to her spirit guide Grey Eagle. This will prove to be a very special and enlightening afternoon wither you receive a direct message from your loved ones or not because all messages that are received from the Spiritual Realm in this experience benefits all who are in attendance. They tell us that we are never alone; that those in the Spirit World are always with us; and they are still very much a part of our lives. Tickets $100.00, can be purchased at Discounted Package:Workshop and Connecting With The Spirit World- $125.00.Please note: Seating is limited and is on a first come first serve basis so get your tickets early! This event will be videotaped! Paddle Deer Prairie Creek in North Port – 9am1pm. This twisting creek will test your skills. Lots of ins and outs, ducking underneath branches, possibly a current. For this reason, this paddle is for kayaks only and not for beginners. Participants must provide their own watercraft, be able to swim and wear a PFD. Voluntary donations to the Sierra Club are always gratefully accepted. Must reserve 941-423-2713. The Yoga Sanctuary’s Annual Open House – 10am3pm. The Yoga Sanctuary, 112 Sullivan St, Punta Gorda. 941-505-9642. Higher Levels of Mediumship – 10am-5pm. This course with Janet Nohavec has been specifically designed for those with a basic understanding of mediumship to reach new levels of accuracy in their demonstration in private readings and public/ platform work. Those committed to remaining focused on the evidential aspects of information and the clear evidential proof of the continuity of life will have their current level of gift expanded. We will explore symbolism, states of consciousness, mind focus and empowerment techniques. $99. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Ave, Sarasota. 941-544-5874,, Psychic Saturday – 10:30am-1pm. Readings, Healings and Bazaar (Pet Healings too!) There will be tables filled with arts, crafts, gifts and more for you to view and purchase. 15 min readings $20. Vibrational Healing, Love Donation. Gift certificates available. 941-953-6620. Intuitive Arts Fair – 10:30am-5:30pm. Elysian Fields has been offering this long-standing fair for over two decades. Come try one of our professional and seasoned readers for an intuitive reading, featuring Catherine, Deborah, Indira, Suzanne and Skye. No appointments made by phone; first come, first served. 30mins/$35. Elysian Fields, Midtown Plaza, 1273 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota. 941-3613006, Community HU Chant – 11am-noon. Come experience for yourself, with others, how your days can be enhanced by chanting the word “HU” for 20 minutes from your heart to God. You can also do this on your own at any time. It is for everyone of any background or religious beliefs. Light refreshments follow. Free, Jacaranda Library, Youth Activities Rm, 4143 Woodmere Park Blvd, Venice, 941-358-0325,

Mudras for Daily Tension/Stress Release – 1-4pm. Learn & practice Jin Shin Jyutsu self-care finger poses. Discover physical, mental & emotional applications. Identify poses most beneficial for your personal well-being. Pay by Jan 13 for Early Bird $54; $60/after. Last day to register is Jan 18. Suncoast Jin Shin Jyutsu, Rosemary Court Yoga, 810 Central Ave, Sarasota. Michelle 941-228-2972,, Reiki II Certification – 1-5pm. Learn 3 reiki symbols & how to draw them correctly. Discover their meanings & when to use them, or not! Learn about raku-kei, crystals and more. Receive second degree reiki attunement. $110/includes Reiki II manual. Angel Ministries, 2269 Tamiami Trl, Venice. Rev Donna 561-346-6296. Purification Party – 6-8pm. Learn the simple steps to the time proven 21-day process; purify, nourish and maintain ideal weight and vitality by eating whole foods, exercising regularly and taking whole food supplements to shorten cleansing process. Free shakes, healthy snack samples, healthy prizes and gifts. Five Petal Holistic Healing Center, 830 Central Ave, Sarasota. 941-3156858. Dances of Universal Peace – 7:30-9pm. Song & dance to awaken the heart, clear the mind, and uplift the soul. Simple group dances and easy songs, mantras and chants to illuminate & awaken. Musicians welcome! Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd, Sarasota. Info

SUNDAY, JANUARY 22 Eckankar Worship Service – 10-11am. Past Lives - Present Lessons. You are the sum of all your thoughts, feelings, and actions from this life and every past life. It’s all of your own making. La Quinta Inn, 5931 Commercial Way (W of I-75), Sarasota, 941-358-0325, Advanced Techniques of Mediumship – 1-5pm. Your personal gift of mediumship is unique to you. Although we share common aspects, no two mediums are alike. This course with Janet Nohavec is open to those who have already developed a strong foundation. Mediums of the past used certain techniques for the advancement of their mediumistic skill. This is a unique course which will you help you to improve your confidence in your work. $59. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Ave, Sarasota. 941-544-5874,,

TUESDAY, JANUARY 24 Acupuncture Series: The Connection between Emotions & Acupuncture – 7-9pm.Acupuncture is best known for treating pain. But what about the pains of the heart and mind? Traditional Chinese Medicine believes that balancing the organ associated with the emotion will balance the emotion. Learn the breakdown of the emotions, their related organs and some symptoms when imbalance occurs. Presented by Four Pillars Licensed Acupuncturist Josh Zimmer, DOM. $15. San Marco Plaza, 8209 Nature’s Way, Ste 221, Lakewood Ranch, 941-373-3955. Mastering Prosperity through Metaphysics – 7-9pm. Experiential, total immersion workshop. There is a powerful relationship between our thoughts, emotions and beliefs which forms the results that we experience. We live in an abundant universe. When we understand this concept throughout every fiber of our being, we began to transform our view of money from that of materialistic to a spiritual form of Creative Energy. $25. With Divya Melissa Schnirring. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Ave, Sarasota. 941-544-5874,,

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25 Nature Walk at Old Datsun Trail – 8:30-11:30am. Join Florida Master Naturalists John Phillips and Jamie Reynolds as they lead us through this area of pine flatwoods, saltwater and freshwater marshes with mangrove vegetation and unusual plant species. Voluntary donations to the Sierra Club are always gratefully accepted. Info 941-639-7468. Chakras + Kundalini Yoga: Balance through Yoga, Sound + Essential Oils – 7-9pm. Complete a chakra questionnaire to deepen your self-knowledge. Enjoy a beginners Kundalini Yoga Kriya (series of postures, breath and sound) and feel the experience of the chakras. Learn the benefits and everyday uses of essential oils to enhance your health and lifestyle. Facilitated by Laurel James, Kundalini Yoga instructor, essential oil wellness guide and holistic interior designer. $35. Four Pillars, San Marco Plaza, 8209 Nature’s Way, Ste 221, Lakewood Ranch, 941-3733955.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 26 Paddle Shell Creek – 9am-3pm. This is the longer upstream paddle to the shallows and Cypress Knee Garden with Florida Master Naturalist Rick Fried, who lives on the creek. Bring your lunch. Participants must provide PFD, watercraft and be able to swim. Voluntary donations to Sierra Club are gratefully accepted. Reserve 941-637-8805. Guest Reader, Deborah Chadwick – 10:30am5:30pm. Using a deck of regular playing cards, Deborah is able to communicate with her guides and angels, quickly receiving very specific information for her clients. Throughout her readings, Deborah brings forth humor and healing to aid her clients in achieving a higher level of understanding and focus. 15mins/$30; 30mins/$60; 45mins/$90. Elysian Fields, Midtown Plaza, 1273 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota. 941-361-3006, Learn to Read Tarot Cards – 7-9pm. Tarot cards are a collection of symbols or archetypes that are meant to represent human experience. Some say they view them as a map of spirit, heart and soul. You lay them out so you can get a bird’s-eye view. This is a class for those who are interested in acquiring a deeper connection with spirit and their soul. Bring your own Tarot Cards if you have them. With Pamella Horton. $20. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Ave, Sarasota. 941-544-5874, Light@,

FRIDAY, JANUARY 27 Pay as You Wish Feldenkrais Class – 11:30am1pm. Guided exploratory exercises to deepen your awareness of how you move to improve balance, flexibility, coordination and posture. Pay as you wish. Longevity Wellness Clinic. SRQ, 941-923-9355. Siddha Yoga Meditation Program – 6:30pm Newcomer Orientation. 7-8:30pm Programs held every Friday. All are welcome. Free. The Siddha Yoga Meditation Center, Sarasota. Info, 941-9265435, Women’s New Moon Meditation Circle – 6:30pm doors open; 7pm doors close, meditation begins. Using guided imagery techniques, Wendy Cooper, animal communication intuitive, leads a journey that connects us with the animal spirit world. Whether it be a dear pet on the other side or an animal totem, various animal spirits are invoked. The Circle meets on the New and Full Moons for a guided meditation led by a senior member of the community. $10 donation to Rising Tide for use of center. 5102 Swift Rd, Sarasota. Info, Jo Mooy 941-355-1414,

Monroe Institute Gateway Excursion Weekend – 7-9pm Fri. 9am-6pm Sat. 9am-6pm Sun. Jan 2729. Exploration of Consciousness. Through a series of 12 meditation exercises over two+ days you will have the opportunity to access, experience and explore several expanded states of consciousness. Join thousands who have embraced The Monroe Institute in advancing their own spiritual selfdiscovery, including Dr. Eben Alexander, Caroline Myss, Elizabeth Kübler-Ross, Tom Campbell and Barbara Brennan. With Meredith Cheshire. $129. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Ave, Sarasota. 941-544-5874,,

SATURDAY, JANUARY 28 Access Your Personal Warehouse of Abundance – 1-4pm. In this creative, fun & experiential playshop, you will be led through exercises to help you identify what you desire & uncover what your personal blockages might be. Leave with personal toolkit, including hands-on energy harmonizing routines & holds, to help release blockages & make space for receiving. Pay by January 20 for Early Bird $54; $60/after. Last day to register Jan 24. Suncoast Jin Shin Jyutsu, Rosemary Court Yoga, 810 Central Ave, Sarasota. Michelle 941-228-2972, Michelle@, Shaman Journey – 2-5:30pm. Similar to a guided meditation, enhanced by the heartbeat of the large mother drum, an evolving experience into a parallel reality of the wonderful world of the Shaman’s dream, where the seen and unseen, known and unknown open for guidance and insights, healing and clarity. $25. Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd, Sarasota. RSVP. Rev Zan Benham aka Butterfly Deerwoman, 941-922-7839. or Learn the Magic of Tarot – 3:30-6pm. Whether you want to become an expert or gain a basic understanding of the tarot, this class is an excellent way for you to acquire or expand your skills as an intuitive reader. $25. Angel Ministries, 2269 Tamiami Trl, Venice. Rev Donna 561 346-6296. Sound Immersion – 7-8pm. The healing sound ensemble, The Sound Sisters, invite you to an evening of healing and bliss as they blend the vibration of the crystal and Tibetan bowls with the sacred sound of the gong. Suggested donation $15 or as affordable. Rising Tide International, 5102 Swift Rd, Sarasota.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 29 Yoga Practice 101: From the Ground Up – 1-3pm. $35. The Yoga Sanctuary, 112 Sullivan St, Punta Gorda. 941-505-9642. An Evening of Kirtan with Devayani – 7-8:30pm. Experience the bliss of devotional chanting as we unify the heart, mind and spirit. $20. Rising Tide International, 5102 Swift Rd, Sarasota. 941-7761140.

plan ahead WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1 Light Activation for the Heart and Soul – 7-9pm. An Evening of Acceleration in Consciousness with Deborah Mills. Learn more deeply about the evolutionary process of Ascension and experience the Divinity within your own heart. Join us for an evening of transformation and a guided healing meditation. $20/door. Ionie Retreat, 1241 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota. Space is limited. Early Registration advised, Ariyana, 941-321-9770,

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from page 61 off. If an area is already inflamed, avoid rolling over it as this could make worsen the discomfort. My personal favorite use for the foam roller is on my feet. Try this easy and effective foot stretch and massage technique. Don’t wear shoes for this exercise. Stand with your roller under the arch of one foot. Gently apply pressure to the arch by leaning your weight forward, while slowing rolling your foot back and forth. You can also use a roller for other health enhancement activities like yoga and other athletic events. So, why would a massage therapist advise you to massage yourself at home? The answer is simple. We know that consistent homecare will lead to greater results when you receive a professional massage. Make 2017 the year of self-care. Now, get rolling–– foam rolling, that is! If you are interested in learning more about massage therapy, the East West College of Natural Medicine is now enrolling for their Massage Therapy Program (MM 32746). For more information, call 941-355-9080 or visit 3808 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Nancy Tegan, B.S., MAEd, LMT, NCBTMB, is the Massage Therapy

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4 Learn Energetic Healing with Reiki 1 – 10am2pm. Learn Reiki healing along with other advanced techniques. Anyone with a compassionate heart and a commitment to learn can become a practitioner of energy healing. Class size is limited; pre-registration required. Awaken your ability to heal yourself and others! Fully claim the healing power within you. $118 at door plus $18/manual. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Ave, Sarasota. 941-544-5874,, Mastery Training – 10am-5pm. Feb 4-5. Work with the Ascended Masters, Meditations and Activations, 5thDimensional Awareness and more. A unique and powerful opportunity to clear, heal and upgrade our energy and operating systems and reawaken the extraordinary potential within us for personal and planetary evolution. Led by Deborah Mills. $275/before January 25, $300/after. Lumina Health, 2301 Porter Lake Dr, Sarasota. Info and Registration, Ariyana, 941-321-9770,, Reiki I Certification Class – 1-6pm. The first of 4 classes towards a Reiki III Master Healer Attunement and Certification. This ancient form of hands on healing handed down by Dr Usui is a profound path of initiation into becoming a conduit of light on the planet. $122. Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd, Sarasota. Rev Zan Benham aka Butterfly Deerwoman, 941-922-7839. Zan@Woman-Spirit. com or

Discover ThetaHealing – 7-9pm. What if you could drill down and replace the bottom beliefs causing pain, suffering and discontent in your life? What if you could free yourself from any type of limitation and create the life you desire? Join us for an introductory talk and hands-on experience of ThetaHealing, a powerful, yet easy-to-learn modality based on entering a deep theta brain wave state and connecting with the energy of Universal Source Energy. With Indira. $20. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Ave, Sarasota. 941-544-5874,,


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Drum Class – 7-9pm. The ancient art of drumming has been used in many cultures for sacred ceremonies, healing and rites of passages. Explore the historical use of the drum and how it was used to empower the human spirit during ancient times. Examine a time in history when the primary drummers were women and how the music of drumming creates a connection to the divine. With Lynn Maloney. $20. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Ave, Sarasota. 941-544-5874, Light@,


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Discovering Your Soul’s Purpose – 7-9pm. A look at why we are here, and what we are meant to do while on Earth. We’ll discuss universal purposes that we are all meant to do as well as each person’s individual purpose, listing specific criteria that each person can do to determine whether they are actually achieving their soul’s purpose. With Ed Foote. $15. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Ave, Sarasota. 941-544-5874,,

The Art and Science of Meditation – 7-9pm. You sincerely desire to grow and express your magnificent self in this lifetime. Wisdom teachings, both Eastern and Western, share that excellent daily meditation practice is the foundation for self-mastery and expressing the gifts of your personality and soul radiation. The flame of intuition and joy abides within. With Mark Avraham Libowitz. $20.

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8 Numerology For Beginners – 7-9pm. Everything in the world is created and identified through vibration. The most common medium used to identify and integrate those vibrations is the language of numbers. Though them you can identify your chosen path, recognize your abilities and disabilities and plan your path of endeavors. Numerology can help you understand yourself, others, know the potential outcome of your relationships, learn the paths and abilities of your children and much more. With John Maerz. $20. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Ave, Sarasota. 941-544-5874, Light@, Tarot Practice Circle – 7-9pm. A wonderful tool that can cultivate your intuition, there are 78 cards in a Tarot deck. An individual could spend a lifetime examining the images and becoming an expert in their meanings. To become a good Tarot reader you need practice and the best kind of practice is with a warm, loving community of friends who share your interests and passion for the Tarot. With Pamella Horton. $10. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Ave, Sarasota. 941-544-5874, Light@,

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9 How to See and Read the Aura – 7-9pm. Learn and experience many ways to sensitize your eyes to perceive the colors of an aura. We will answer FAQs. Learn the difference between auras and after-images and how to cleanse our auras. Full-size booklet to take home, complete with reference material, color charts and sensitizing exercises. With Victoria Ackerman. $25. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Ave, Sarasota. 941-544-5874,,

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11 Life After Life – 7-8:45pm. Does life continue after death? In all of civilized history, understanding consciousness has become increasingly essential to a deeper understanding of our existence. Afterlife Investigations with Dr Raymond Moody, leading authority in the field of near-death-experiences, investigates case studies of people who experienced clinical death and were subsequently revived. $35. Unity in the Woods Sanctuary, 4200 32nd St West, Bradenton. 941-544-5874,,

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12 Life After Loss – 1-5pm. Finding Hope, Conquering Grief. If you could catch a glimpse of eternity what do you think you would see? Dr Raymond Moody has spent his entire life investigating what happens when we die and how those who are left behind can effectively grieve the loss. He wrote the international bestseller Life After Life which has changed the way we perceive dying. He was the first medical doctor to study the near-deathexperience. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Ave, Sarasota. 941-544-5874,, Romantic Piano Impressions – Experience romance, poetry & spirituality of magnificent works by Chopin, Liszt, Debussy & Gershwin played by the ardently passionate, world-renowned concert virtuoso, Eleonora Lvov. Free. St. Boniface Episcopal Church, 5615 Midnight Pass Rd, Sarasota. 941-358-0235.

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sunday Meet & Greet: Learn With Other Like-Minded Souls – 9-10am. Enrichment spiritual classes for adults. Free. Unity of Sarasota, 3023 Proctor Rd (between Beneva & Swift), Sarasota. 941-9553301, One from the Heart Healing Sessions – 9:3010:15am. Center of Spiritual Awareness healing practitioners offer 15-min sessions to bring a state of wholeness to body, mind, and spirit. Free. Fruitville Rd (Knights of Columbus Bldg), 941-926-7828. Sunday Services Cosmic Center – No services Jan 1. 10am Hands-on Spiritual Healing. 10:30am Open Arms Metaphysical Spiritualist Service: Inspirational lectures and messages from your loved ones and friends on “The Other Side”. Reverends Thomas & Mary Linn Clarke. The Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Mdw, Bldg G-2, Sarasota. 941-371-9333. Hatha Yoga with Jamie Coffey – 10-11:30am. A creative blend of yoga styles based on the teacher’s background. The class helps to build strength and increase flexibility. $14 or 5 for $50. Rosemary Court Yoga, 810 Central Ave, Sarasota. 941-9525280, Sarasota Center of Light Sunday Morning Celebration Service – 10:30am. 852 S Tuttle Ave. 941-953-6620. Sunday Worship Service – 10:30am. Start your week renewed and encouraged. Join the CMF for a morning of inspiration, spiritual healing, inspirational talk, special music and Spirit messages. Fellowship period follows the service. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 2044 Bispham Rd, Sarasota. 941-266-8435. Sunday AM Service – 10:30am-Noon. Join us for a free chair healing, singing, inspiring spiritual church messages and, after service, messages from Spirit with our psychic/mediums. Love Offering Welcome. Angel Ministries, 2269 S Tamiami Trl, Venice. Rev Patricia Charnley, 941-492-4995, revpat@, Universal New Thought Service – 11:30am12:30pm. There will be no service on December 25. Each Sunday bringing forth an offering and an opening towards joyous Divine connection. An interfaith service. Donation. Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd, Sarasota. Rev Zan Benham, 941-922-7839. Aerial Yoga – 11:30am-12:45pm. With Mandy. All levels. Begins with basic mat work & progresses to using a soft fabric yoga inversion swing. $15; $12/senior/student. 6260 N Lockwood Ridge Rd, Sarasota. 941-359-9642. Cosmic  In-Service  Gathering  of  Lightworkers – No service Jan 1. 12:15pm. A call to Planetary World Servers to Anchor Light and work with our Family of Light to bridge Heaven and Earth. Rev Sharon-Elizabeth James. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Mdws, Bldg G-2, Sarasota. 941-371-9333, Open Heart Divine Healing Service – No service Jan 1. 12:15pm. First Sunday monthly. Through

the gathering of the faithful, experience and cocreate the Anchoring of Powerful Divine Healing Energies within the Sacred Circle. Expect miracles! Rev Sharon-Elizabeth James. The Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Mdw, Bldg G-2, Sarasota. 941-371-9333. Sunday PM Service – 6:30-8pm. Join us for a free chair healing, singing, inspiring spiritual church messages and, after service, messages from Spirit with our Psychic/Mediums. Love Offering Welcome. Angel Ministries, 2269 S Tamiami Trl, Venice. Rev Patricia Charnley, 941-492-4995, revpat@, Sarasota Center of Light Sunday Evening Celebration Service – 7pm. 852 S Tuttle Ave. 941953-6620. Reiki Masters and Dolphin Trilogy Classes and Healing – We practice holistic health where the art and science of healing merge. We provide alternative health care options that balance body, mind and spirit. Our specialists are highly trained in Biochemistry and Oriental Medicine. Now available Sundays and by appt. Call 941-343-7052 or visit

monday Max T3 Interval Workout – 7:30am. Join Dr Dower; for all levels of fitness. Get fit before the holidays. Free. Dower Chiropractic, 2226 Gulf Gate Dr, Sarasota. No Nonsense Nutrition – 9-10am. With Eve Prang Plews, LNC, IFMCP. WSLR 96FM, Hatha Yoga with Stephanie Cole – 9:30-11am. A creative blend of yoga styles based on the teacher’s background. The class helps to build strength and increase flexibility. $14 or 5 for $50. Rosemary Court Yoga, 810 Central Ave, Sarasota. 941-9525280, Alternative Health – 10-11am. Alt Mondays. With Eve Prang Plews, LNC, IFMCP. WMNF 88SFM. Call-in line 813-239-9663, Chair Yoga – 10-11am. Class is designed for individuals with restricted mobility or who have been inactive. $10. Unity of Sarasota, 3203 Proctor Rd. Info, 941-350-3301, Meditation with Waxela Sananda – 11am-noon. Deepen your connection to the sacred source within. Love offering. Unity of Sarasota, 3203 Proctor Rd. Info, 941-955-3301, Gentle Yoga with Vesna – 11am & 3:30pm. Alignment-based, progressive levels, individual attention, small classes. $16 or $80/6. Yoga with Vesna, 7513 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota. Ashtanga Yoga with Liana Sheintal Bryant – 11:15am-12:45pm. A physically demanding practice synchronizing breath with movement through a set series of progressive postures to build strength, flexibility, and stamina. $14 or 5 for $50. Rosemary Court Yoga, 810 Central Ave, Sarasota. 941-952-5280, Mixed Levels Yoga – Noon-1pm. Mon &

Wed. Kelly facilitates. Inspired by Anusara style of Hatha Yoga, which means “flowing with grace”. First class is only $5! Wild Ginger Apothecary in Gulf Gate, 6553 Superior Ave, Sarasota. 941-3125630. Introductory Reflexology Session – Noon5:30pm. One-hour session. $49. Heart and Sole Organics, 1435 S Osprey Ave, Ste 200, Sarasota. 941-228-9724. Transitions Support Group – 5-6:30pm. A support group that helps cope with the reality of traumatic changes. Discover resources & chart strategies to achieve priority goals. Six sessions are recommended. Free. Transition Church, 2215 Sunset Dr, Ste E1, Bradenton. 941-739-7103. RevDCT@ Feldenkrais with Bonnie K – 5:45pm. Ongoing Awareness Through Movement lessons. Improve posture, body/mind connection, self-reliance. $15. Ionie’s, 1241 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota. 941-3602248. Spirit Automatic Writing – 6pm. Our spirit loved ones and guides are ever ready to help each of us. Colleen Panebianco will work with you to learn how to open up and enjoy this effective communication method with your spirit helpers. The technique comes so very naturally with just a little coaching. $10 donation. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship 2044 Bispham Rd, Sarasota. 941-2668435. Yoga Flow & Meditation – 6-7:30pm. Mon & Thurs. Thoughtful sequences and guided meditation. $15. Healsci Yoga, 3807 Belmont Blvd, Sarasota. 941-350-9623. Sai Maa Satsang & Blessing – 7-8:30pm. 1st Monday. A spiritual gathering, meditation & blessing to strengthen connection to self, truth & healing. Uses Sai Maa teachings & transformational healing. Free. Central Sarasota location. 941-4877077, Monday Evening Channeled Anchoring Light Meditation – 7:45pm. With Rev Sharon-Elizabeth James, serving the Ascension of our planet with the Ascended Realms as Anchors of Light every Monday since July 16, 2007! Love Offering. The Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Mdw, Bldg G-2, Sarasota. 941-371-9333, Chakra Clearing & Alignment – Spiritual guidance from Rev Duffy Rutledge using the Crystal Bed from John of God. $25. Call for appointment. 941-926-7828. Florida Esthetics Buy One Get One 1/2 Off – By appointment only, purchase one / second 1/2 off. Sarasota & Bradenton locations. Call for appointment, 941-216-5772. Yoga Classes – Mon, Tues, Wed. A variety of styles. Ionie Body Mind Retreat/Raw Food Café, 1241 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota. Info 941-955-4599,

tuesday Power Pilates Class – 8:30-9am. Strengthen your center in just 30 minutes. $5. Five Petal Holistic Healing Center, 830 Central Ave, Sarasota. 941315-6858. Yoga on Turtle Beach with Julie – 8:30-9:30am. All-levels class (rain or shine) takes place near the steps/ramp by the north parking lot. Bring a mat or towel. Inclement weather location is the Turtle Beach Community Center, located near entrance of

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the park. $5 suggested donation, a portion benefits local charity, Karma Yoga Outreach. Contact: Beach Fun and Fitness on Siesta Key Public Beach – 9am. Combining dance, martial arts and mindfulness, Nia tones your body while transforming your mind. More than just a workout, Nia is a holistic fitness practice and brings mindfulness to your dance movement experience leaving you energized, mentally clear, and emotionally balanced. It is non-impact, practiced barefoot, and adaptable to individual needs and abilities. Bring a towel. $15 or class card. 948 Beach Rd, Sarasota. Nia on the Beach with Kathy Oravec, 941-724-9719,, WSLR Peace & Justice Show – 9-10am. Tune in to 96.5 on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Tuesdays of the month for The Peace and Justice Report. Submit any event announcements for the show to Hatha Yoga with Stephanie Cole – 10-11:30am. A creative blend of yoga styles based on the teacher’s background. The class helps to build strength and increase flexibility. $14 or 5 for $50. Rosemary Court Yoga, 810 Central Ave, Sarasota. 941-9525280, Kidding Around Yoga/Parenting Class – 10:30am-noon. Kids learn yoga with a certified instructor while parents interact. Love offering. Unity of Sarasota, 3203 Proctor Rd. Info, 941-3503301, Pilates – Noon-1pm. Tues & Thurs. Strengthen and lengthen with mat Pilates, facilitated by Kelly. First class is only $5! Wild Ginger Apothecary in Gulf Gate, 6553 Superior Ave, Sarasota. 941312-5630. Yin Yoga with Stephanie Cole – Noon-1:15pm. A passive yoga practice that stretches connective tissue in the body. This slower practice provides time to remain in the poses for longer periods, increasing flexibility. $14 or 5 for $50. Rosemary Court Yoga, 810 Central Ave, Sarasota. 941-952-5280, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) – 6-8:30pm. Jan 17-Mar 7. 8-week series, $450, scholarships available. Sarasota Mindfulness Institute, at Unitarian Universalist Church, 3975 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota. Details: SarasotaMindfulness. org/calendar.html. Iyengar Yoga with Deborah Di Carlo – 6:308pm. Iyengar Yoga is characterized by an emphasis on precision of alignment in the yoga postures, the use of props to help students of all ability levels achieve correct alignment, and an understanding of the therapeutic potential of yoga. $14, $50/5, Rosemary Court Yoga, 810 Central Ave, Sarasota, 941-952-5280, Vinyasa Yoga with Jamie Coffey – 6:30-8pm. A vigorous style of yoga, which links breath and movement through a heat-building sequence. $14 or 5 for $50. Rosemary Court Yoga, 810 Central Ave, Sarasota. 941-952-5280, Women’s Circle – 6:30-8pm. Topics: self-growth, empowerment, life. $5. Venice. Contact Sandy Moon, 941-525-4549, Psychic Practice Circle – 7-8:30pm. Starts Jan 17. Come together with like-minded individuals to practice your psychic and mediumship skills. Develop and expand your intuitive abilities in a supportive and caring atmosphere. This is not a class, but rather an opportunity to advance and share your sacred gifts in friendly environment. Each session preceded by a brief meditation and blessing. Open


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to all regardless of experience. Join us for one, any, or all weeks! $5. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Ave, Sarasota. 941-544-5874,, Zen Meditation – 7-8:30pm. Tues & Thurs. Led by spiritual director, Rev Daito Zenei Thompson. Consists of two 20-min meditations, separated by a 5-min walking meditation. Ends with tea & conversation. Free. Sarasota Zen Center, 3947 Clark Rd, Ste A, Sarasota. 941-451-6988. The Greater Charlotte Harbor Group of the Sierra Club – 7-9pm. 3rd Tuesday monthly. Open to the public, this is a wonderful opportunity for you to discover what your local Sierra Club is all about. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Building, 1532 Forrest Nelson Blvd, Port Charlotte. Info, 941423-2713, Second Tuesday Monthly Anchoring Light Channeled Meditation Charlotte County  –7:45pm.  With Rev Sharon-Elizabeth James. Serving the Ascension of our planet with the Ascended Realms as Anchors of Light every Monday since July 16, 2007! Love Offering. The Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Mdw, Bldg G-2, Sarasota. 941-371-9333,

wednesday Nia – 9-10am Weds & Fri. Nia is a blend of the dance, martial, and healing arts. Becky facilitates. First class is only $5! Wild Ginger Apothecary in Gulf Gate, 6553 Superior Ave, Sarasota. 941-312-5630. Hands-On Self-Healing  Meditation – 1011:15am. Connect with the rejuvenating, harmonious flow of life energy in your body for deep relaxation, pain relief and more. Certified Jin Shin Jyutsu Self-Help Instructor, Michelle Giambra, guides you in sequences of hand placements to revitalize energy centers on your own body. Space is limited. Please preregister. $18/class or 5 classes for $60 (prepay). Cash or check. Suncoast Jin Shin Jyutsu, Rosemary Court Yoga, 810 Central Ave, Sarasota. Contact Michelle Giambra, 941-228-2972,, Five Points Park Farmers Market – 10am-2pm. Omega Cure bottles, vials, cookies and chocolates available. Stop by, say hi, and try a sample. First St & N Pineapple Ave, Sarasota, Feldenkrais with Bonnie K – 10:45am. Awareness Through Movement classes improve posture, balance, and body awareness. 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. $15. Ionie’s, 1241 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota. 941-360-2248. Vinyasa Yoga with Stephanie Cole – 11:30am1pm. A vigorous style of yoga, which links breath and movement through a heat-building sequence. $14 or 5 for $50. Rosemary Court Yoga, 810 Central Ave, Sarasota. 941-952-5280, 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. Rev Patricia Charnley, 941-492-4995, revpat@, Drop-in Sitting Meditation Group – 6-7pm. With instruction & discussion of reading. Dona-

tion. Sarasota Mindfulness Institute, at Unitarian Universalist Church, 3975 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota. Details: Hatha Flow – 6-7pm. Learn to connect with the breath, make space and be present through Yoga. Jen facilitates. First class is only $5! Wild Ginger Apothecary in Gulf Gate, 6553 Superior Ave, Sarasota. 941-312-5630. Intro to Hoop Dance Class – 6-7pm. Learn the basics of the art of Hoop Dance in this 4-week series that begins each month. Have fun, dance, meet new friends and burn calories. $40/month series. Prana Yoga Studio, 3840 S Osprey Ave, Sarasota. Bonnie Brown 941-404-8114. Kundalini Yoga with Erinn Earth – 6-7pm. Outdoor class for fresh air intake. Lots of breathing while stretching. Techniques for kundalini manipulation for subtle body transformation. Meditation indoors at end of class. Lesson from Sutras or Gita. $10; $40/5, Unity of Sarasota, 3023 Proctor Rd, Sarasota, 941-284-9563, Pregnancy Yoga – 6-7:15pm. Experience the benefits of pregnancy yoga for improved posture, strength, flexibility, endurance, breathing & relaxation. Appropriate for all levels. $15; $50/5. Prana Yoga, 3840 S Osprey Ave, Sarasota. 941-312-1898. Max T3 Interval Workout – 6:30pm. Join Dr Dower; for all levels of fitness. Get fit before the holidays. Free. Dower Chiropractic, 2226 Gulf Gate Dr, Sarasota. Sarasota Essential Oils Presents 8-Week Series – 6:30-8pm. Exciting, fun, informative classes on green, clean, chemical-free living. Topics include: Using and Enjoying Everyday Oils; Essential Oils for Pet & Animal Care; Green Chemical-Free Home; Maintaining Healthy Weight; Vitality Oils in the Kitchen; Oil-Infused Natural Supplements; Stress/ Emotional Upheaval; Living Green and Earning Green. Join the Green Living Challenge where you earn Green Points to win prizes. We’re creating a safe and healthy environment for people, pets, plants and planet. Come to any or all classes in this series. 2700 Orchid Oaks Dr (1 block north of Bee Ridge off Tuttle Ave).  $5/class or $25/ Three-for-Free with advance registration. Info and Registration, 941-203-1225, Facebook, Sarasota Center of Light Wednesday Candlelight Healing Service – 7pm. 852 S Tuttle Ave. 941-953-6620. Prayer & Meditation Service – 7-8pm. A midweek relaxing respite which includes Affirmative Prayer, Music and Silence. Love offering. Unity of Sarasota, 3203 Proctor Rd. Info, 941-955-3301, Hope & Support Group for Bereaved Parents & Family – 7-9pm. 2nd Wednesday monthly. $5 Donation. Unity of Sarasota, 3023 Proctor Rd, Sarasota. Sandi Crea 814-449-7481. The Keys of Enoch Study Group – 7-9pm. 1st and 3rd Weds. Known also as The Book of Knowledge, this is the study of the “code-book” or blueprint for spiritual consciousness with the reality of Divine Intelligence. Written by Dr J J Hurtak. Facilitated by Kim Converse. $7. The Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Mdw, Bldg G-2, Sarasota. 941-371-9333, Midweek-Renew – 7:20-8:30pm. Meditation, prayer, music, candle lighting & silence. Free. Sanctuary, Unity of Sarasota, 3023 Proctor Rd. 941-955-3301.

thursday Beach Fun and Fitness on Siesta Key Public Beach – 9am. Combining dance, martial arts and mindfulness, Nia tones your body while transforming your mind. More than just a workout, Nia is a holistic fitness practice and brings mindfulness to your dance movement experience leaving you energized, mentally clear, and emotionally balanced. It is non-impact, practiced barefoot, and adaptable to individual needs and abilities. Bring a towel. $15 or class card. 948 Beach Rd, Sarasota. Nia on the Beach with Kathy Oravec, 941-724-9719,, Yoga Every Thursday – 9am. Join Pauline Dimitry for classical Hatha Yoga Classes. For a Life in Balance-a gentle, transforming practice. All ages and experience levels. $10. The Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Mdw, Bldg G-2, Sarasota. 941-371-9333, Englewood Farmers Market – 9am-2pm. Omega Cure bottles, vials, cookies and chocolates available. Stop by, say hi, and try a sample. Historic Dearborn St, Sarasota, Mom + Baby Yoga with Liana Sheintal Bryant – 10-10:45am. This class offers benefits for moms and their babies. Designed for babies 6 weeks to 3 years but all are welcome. $14 or 5 for $50. Rosemary Court Yoga, 810 Central Ave, Sarasota. 941952-5280, Drop-in Qigong – 10-11am. $12 per single class or $10 per class with purchase of a one-month pass. 6-7pm, Introduction to Mindfulness, 4-week series, Jan 19-Feb 9, $10/class. Sarasota Mindfulness Institute, at Unitarian Universalist Church, 3975 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota. Details: Gentle Dynamic Yoga – 11am. Alignment-based, progressive stretching & flows, ideal for a gentler workout. $16 or $80/6. Yoga with Vesna, 7513 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota. Ashtanga Yoga with Liana Sheintal Bryant – 11:15am-12:30pm. A physically demanding practice synchronizing breath with movement through a set series of progressive postures to build strength, flexibility and stamina. $14 or 5/$50. Rosemary Court Yoga, 810 Central Ave, Sarasota. 941-9525280, Healing & Messages – 6:30-8pm. Join us for a free chair healing, singing, inspiring spiritual messages with our Psychic/Mediums. Love Offering Welcome. Angel Ministries, 2269 S Tamiami Trl, Venice. Rev Patricia Charnley, 941-492-4995, revpat@, Interactive Meditation – 6:30-7:30pm. Qigong & breathwork for personal and spiritual development. 830 Central Ave, Sarasota. RSVP 941-780-0501. Pet Grief Support Group – 7pm. 3rd Thursday. For understanding, support & sharing pictures & stories of your special friend. Love offering. Unity of Sarasota. 941-955-3301. Advanced Mediumship Development – 7-8:30pm. This training is for students who have learned about, and have connected with, their spirit guide or those in spirit, and who understand the basics on how to give an evidential mediumship reading. The purpose of the series is to educate and mentor participants into a higher level of psychic mediumship. With Victoria Ackerman, $15. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Ave, Sarasota. 941-

544-5874,, Law of Attraction Class – 7-9pm. Jan 12 to May 25. This class takes you to the leading edge, working with the Principles of the Laws of Cause/Effect or Sow/Reap. We are entering a study series of intention for living life as masterfully as we can, given our various quirks and preferences. $10. Unity of Sarasota, 3023 Proctor Rd, Sarasota. Rev Zan Benham, 941-922-7839. Zan@Woman-Spirit. com. Pocket Guide to Confidence – 7-9pm. Jan 26, Feb 2, 9, 16, 23. We all have times in our life when we need a boost to get us going in the direction that we feel is best for ourselves and those around us. Uncover your true self and understand how to engage with your life to make it truly what you want. With Matthew A Wilson. $15. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Ave, Sarasota. 941-544-5874,, Introduction to Yoga Six-week Series – Jan 12 - Feb 16. $99. The Yoga Sanctuary, 112 Sullivan St, Punta Gorda. 941-505-9642. Suncoast Reiki Share – 7-9pm. 4th Thursday monthly. Open to all, no experience needed. Come experience and share the wonderful gift of Reiki energy. This is also an open invitation to all Reiki practitioners to receive as well as share your healing gifts. Hornberger Wellness & Chiropractic Bldg, 2nd flr, 4001 Swift Rd, Sarasota. Info, 941-539-0346.

friday Max T3 Interval Workout – 7:30am. Join Dr Dower; for all levels of fitness. Get fit before the holidays. Free. Dower Chiropractic, 2226 Gulf Gate Dr, Sarasota. Kundalini Yoga with Dev Atma – 8:30-9:45am. Classes includes gentle warm ups, a yoga set of postures, movements, breathing techniques, and relaxation, followed by meditation utilizing mantra, breath, and often times the healing vibration of the Gong. $14; $50/5. Rosemary Court Yoga, 810 Central Ave, Sarasota. 941-952-5280. Hatha Yoga with Stephanie Cole – 9:30-11am. A creative blend of yoga styles based on the teacher’s background. The class helps to build strength and flexibility. $14 or 5 for $50. Rosemary Court Yoga, 810 Central Ave, Sarasota. 941-952-5280, Book Study & Discussion – 10am-Noon. An ongoing book study group encouraging discussion & group interaction. $10. Unity of Sarasota. 941-9553301. Feldenkrais Class – 11:30am-1pm. Deepen your awareness of how you move to improve balance, flexibility and posture. Pay as you wish. Longevity Wellness Clinic. SRQ, 941-923-9355. Hatha Yoga with Stephanie Cole – 11:30am1pm. A creative blend of yoga styles based on the teacher’s background. The class helps to build strength and flexibility. $14 or 5 for $50. Rosemary Court Yoga, 810 Central Ave, Sarasota. 941-9525280, Drop-in Sitting Meditation Group – Noon-1pm. With instruction & discussion of reading. Donation. Sarasota Mindfulness Institute, at Unitarian Universalist Church, 3975 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota. Details:

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CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS NCBTMB AND FLORIDA CE COURSES AND RETREATS offered in Sarasota or 36 beautiful acres in the mountains of Tennessee.

SERVICES HOUSECLEANING. Enjoy your free time and let us do what we do best: Housecleaning to your healthy satisfaction. Call Paula for a free estimate 941-320-4052. WEIGHT LOSS HOLISTIC, REALISTIC, SENSIBLE, NATURAL. Eat foods you like and enjoy exercise to lose or maintain weight. 941-952-0960. Green Door Organics Co-op – 1-5:30pm. Every Friday of the month. Premium organics, affordable prices, no cross-contamination. Four locations, 941-378-9036 or Private Readings Walk-in – 6-7:30pm. End your work week on a pleasant note, and with helpful guidance from your spirit guides and angels! Come and receive a 15-minute message from a loved one or guide through one of our gifted workers. Stop anytime during 6-7:15pm on Fridays, no appointment needed. Two workers available so minimum wait time, if any. $20 donation. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship 2044 Bispham Rd, Sarasota. 941-266-8435.

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. Bradenton Farmers’ Market – 9am-2pm. Over thirty-five vendors offering locally-grown fruits, vegetables, plants, organic products, fresh seafood, prepared foods, as well as the s of local artists, craftspeople and musicians. 1005 1st Ave W, Bradenton. 941-932-9440. our_vendors.

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Downtown Bradenton Farmers’ Market – 9am2pm. 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. Tai Chi Easy – 9:30-10:30am. 8-week series, Jan 7-Feb 25. $80. Sarasota Mindfulness Institute, at Unitarian Universalist Church, 3975 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota. Details: 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 S Tamiami Trl, Venice. Rev Patricia Charnley, 941-492-4995,, Free Sleep Consultation at Sleep Organics – 10am-5pm or by appt. Find out how to remedy aches and pains and get better quality sleep. 650 Central Ave, Sarasota, 941-312-5906,

communityresourceguide Connecting you to the leaders in natural health care and green living in our community. To find out how you can be included in the Community Resource Guide email to request our media kit.

Iyengar Yoga (Introductory Series) with Deborah Di Carlo – 11am-12:30pm. Iyengar Yoga is characterized by an emphasis on precision of alignment in the yoga postures, the use of props to help students of all ability levels achieve correct alignment, and an understanding of the therapeutic potential of yoga. $14, $80/8. Rosemary Court Yoga, 810 Central Ave, Sarasota. 941-952-5280, Ascended Master Saint Germain Meetings – 11:45am-1:15pm. First Saturday of each month. The purpose is to increase our understanding of the Ascended Masters and add our light to Theirs to help our community and world during these challenging times. We are not alone. We can channel Their Help from Their Octave of Light. We will be using songs dedicated to the Masters, invocations of decrees, a healing circle, Ascended Master Teachings and meditation. Love Offering. The Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Mdw, Bldg G-2, Sarasota. 941-371-9333, ccosl. com. Silva Method (Level 1) – First Saturday each month. This 2-day workshop teaches specialized techniques. Covered topics include habit control, accelerated learning, intuition, healing. Angel Ministries, 2269 Tamiami Trl, Venice. Info, Tami Patzer, MA, CSMI, 941-421-6563.

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Dr Pam McGinnis
 8237 Cooper Creek Blvd
 941-705-1161 •

Providing acupuncture and a balance of eastern and western medicine. Offering laser, food and herbal therapies. Caring for the whole pet for over 20 years.


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

The Integrated Path to Health and Wellness for the whole family utilizing Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, Bio-Meridian Computerized Scanning, Bio-Cleanse Detoxification, Energetic Medicine, Clinical Nutrition.


Anne Luther, DVM 3646 Birky St., Sarasota 34232

Dr. Anne Luther has over 25 years experience in conventional medicine and alternative therapies such as acupuncture and homeopathy. “We treat your pet like our own!”


7222 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite 106, Coral Cove Plaza (1/2 mile south of Stickney Pt. Rd.)   941-350-8554

Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine, Massage, B-12 Shots, (Energy & Metabolism), Ionic detox footbath, Homeopathic Pain Management, Nutritional Consultation.  Special Discount Packages & Gift Certificates available!! Practicing in Sarasota over 23 years!

DR. PAULA KOGER BSN.MA AP OMD Home office in Sarasota, Florida call 941 539 4232

Combining integrative technology and techniques to bring you Dynamic results see Acupuncture, NES, Zyto, Homeopathy, Scalar


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

Sleep Consultation – Find out how you could be sleeping better at night with a free, no obligation consultation. Top Drawer Furniture, 1955 Northgate Blvd, Sarasota. 941-877-1381.




Go with the Flow Yoga – 10:30-11:30am. Flow and restorative, with a great playlist. Angie facilitates. All levels welcome. First class is only $5! Wild Ginger Apothecary in Gulf Gate, 6553 Superior Ave, Sarasota. 941-312-5630. Kundalini Yoga with Erinn Earth – 10:3011:45am. Outdoor class for fresh air intake. Lots of breathing while stretching. Techniques for kundalini manipulation for subtle body transformation. Meditation indoors at end of class. Lesson from Sutras or Gita. $10; $40/5, Unity of Sarasota, 3023 Proctor Rd, Sarasota. 941-284-9563,


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.



415 Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, Fl 34236 941-554-4292

Starflower, makers of organic skincare has expanded its store to include a fully decked Apothecary including biodynamic/organic bulk medicinal herbs, oriental longevity herbs and roots, new medicinal tinctures, organic clothing, terry robes, silk eye pillows and an array of holistic lifestyle accessories, gifts and cards. Visit our boutique and Spathecary Tuesday - Friday 10 am - 5 pm, Saturday- 11am - 4pm, and Sun & Mon – Closed.


Rob & Alina Rinato #1100150 813-644-9104

Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils for diffusing, applying topically, and even ingestion! Ask us about our free local classes.




1273 Tamiami Trail, Sarasota 941-361-3006

Laurie Letzo #1356894 941-203-1225

Create a home environment safe for people, pets and plants! Join us for on-going weekly classes on essential oils, chemical-free living, optimal wellness and even pet care! Visit our website for all the latest information, and learn how to earn points for prizes in the “Live Green / Earn Green Challenge.”


Celebrating 25 wonderful years, this award-winning store for conscious livings offers a unique assortment of quality, hand-selected gifts: jewelry, crystals, books, greeting cards, clothing, candles, aromatherapy, incense, and more… Private intuitive readings offered daily by the most reputable readers in town. Engaging classes and events monthly. Open: Mon-Sat 10am – 6pm, Sun 12pm – 5pm.

650 Central Ave, Suite 5, Sarasota (941) 312-5906

Sarasota’s sleep specialists, featuring the west coast’s largest selection of natural and organic mattresses and bedding, all constructed with non-toxic materials such as organic cotton, wool, and latex.

COLON HYDROTHERAPY Alain Menard • Allaesia Menard 7733 Holiday Drive • Sarasota, Fl 34231 941-922-7744

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


San Marco Plaza 8209 Natures Way, Suite 221 Lakewood Ranch, FL (941) 373-3955

Four Pillars brings our community a positive and healthy place to learn, relax, energize and reinvent. With our facials, massage, life coaching, bookstore and workshops, there is something for everyone to balance their mind, body, spirit and social connections. We invite you to visit Four Pillars today to see what speaks to you. Now Open: Mon-Fri 9-7, Sat 10-5

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

Dr. William J Maecker 7725 Holiday Dr, Sarasota 941-518-2247

Improving health in Sarasota, one person at a time.




Dr. Patrick Dower 2226 Gulf Gate Dr., Sarasota 941-924-1227

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






Come enjoy a complimentary dinner with your local wellness doctor. Have one on one time and learn how to live the 100 year lifestyle!

Terry Grywinksi, LMT MA6049 San Marco 205D, 1188 N Tamiami Tr, Sarasota • 941-755-3437

Gifted healer Terry Grywinski with 19 years experience and advanced craniosacral training provides rapid relief from injury, pain, and muscle restrictions. Great success with auto/ sports injury, sciatic, neck and back pain, TMJ, migraines.

Introductory Special:

$59 One Hour Reflexology Session REFLEXOLOGY - MASSAGE - ORGANIC SKIN CARE

1435 S. Osprey Avenue, Suite 200 Sarasota, Fl 34239 Cindy Heard, LMT, LE Certified IIR Reflexologist Ma#65765 FB#9715971


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San Marco Plaza 8209 Natures Way, Suite 221 Lakewood Ranch, FL (941) 373-3955 •

B.A. Behavioral Psychology & Fine Arts 941-358-9156

Individual sessions specializing in artist’s block, grief/loss, addictions, and finding your purpose. Modalities include the Enneagram for personality assessment, color and music therapy, expressive painting and writing. Over thirty years’ experience as a professional artist and behavioral psychology therapist.

Four Pillars brings our community a positive and healthy place to learn, relax, energize and reinvent. With our facials, massage, life coaching, bookstore and workshops, there is something for everyone to balance their mind, body, spirit and social connections. We invite you to visit Four Pillars today to see what speaks to you. Now Open: Mon-Fri 9-7, Sat 10-5




1899B Fruitville Rd., Sarasota 941-346-6203

Sellers of stones, crystals, mineral specimens, fossils, jewelry, books, gifts, etc. Susan has over 25 years experience working with crystals and stones .

Two locations to better Serve you! First time client Specials! 3643 Cortez Rd. W Suite 250, Bradenton 5602 Marquesas Cir Suite 107, Sarasota 941-216-5772 By appointment

Offering PRP Facials, Paramedical Facials, Manscaping, Body Treatments, Microcurrent Microneedle, Dermaplaning, and European Facials.


1273 Tamiami Trail, Sarasota 941-361-3006

Celebrating 25 wonderful years, this award-winning store for conscious livings offers a unique assortment of quality, hand-selected gifts: jewelry, crystals, books, greeting cards, clothing, candles, aromatherapy, incense, and more… Private intuitive readings offered daily by the most reputable readers in town. Engaging classes and events monthly. Open: Mon-Sat 10am – 6pm, Sun 12pm – 5pm.


Cindy Heard, LMT, LE, MA65765 Certified IIR Reflexologist 1435 S. Osprey Ave., Suite 200, Sarasota 941-228-9724

Offering therapeutic treatments in Reflexology, Massage and 100% Organic Facials. Introductory Reflexology session $59. Monthly Specials, visit


127 N Garden Ave. Clearwater, FL 727-446-6747

Save your teeth with safe natural holistic dentistry. We offer general dental services such as cleanings, checkups and emergencies. Safe appropriate amalgam removal. Metal-free crowns, bridges and dentures.Non-surgical gum treatment. Holistic extractions.


Children (ABM) and Adults Classes, Individual Lessons, Workshops Bonnie Kissam, MA, LMT, CE Provider 941-360-2248

The Feldenkrais® Approach improves posture and creates more efficient ways of moving through ‘Movement with Attention’. Clients optimize their musical, athletic or everyday movements, and improve abilities after injury, illness and trauma. Available in Sarasota, St. Pete & Orlando. Call Bonnie at email or 941-360-2248.


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Steve Kodad, CFSP, CFSRE

941-720-4480 •

Transform any environment into one that encourages success, good health, and great peace. Visit for information on evaluations, seminars, and training in SW Florida.


1955 Northgate Blvd, Sarasota (941) 877-1381

Local, family owned and operated furniture store specializing in solid wood, reclaimed wood, and FSC certified furniture. Also featuring natural and organic mattresses and bedding. For Your Home + For Your Health.


Laurie Letzo #1356894 941-203-1225

Create a home environment safe for people, pets and plants! Join us for on-going weekly classes on essential oils, chemical-free living, optimal wellness and even pet care! Visit our website for all the latest information, and learn how to earn points for prizes in the “Live Green / Earn Green Challenge.”  



Looking for a new and empowering way to create the positive change in your life you desire? Have you suffered enough, struggling with habits, sadness, anxious feelings or stress? Discover within you a new and happier way to be in the day to day. Hypnosis is a safe, simple and successful way to empower yourself. You are unique and deserve a compassionate customized approach to achieving your goals. I invite you to learn more, enjoy free resources, and schedule a complimentary compassionate consultation at or call 941.228.8020. Feel better now!


FIVE PETAL HOLISTIC HEALING CENTER Angela Rauter AP, DOM, LMT 830 Central Ave, Sarasota 941-315-6858

Acupuncture, ATMAT®, Massage, Pilates, Meditation, Herbs, Essences, Supplements, classes and events.




MA 0025928 Will meet or beat all competitor pricing. 1219 East Ave, Suite 202, Sarasota New Client Special 941-724-9992

3 Massages for $100 (regular price $65-75) each Customized massage to fit your needs. Our mission is to Specializing inMassage sports massage. Availpromote holistic • Customized to Fit Your Needs able evenings &inweekends. New client practices that sup• Specializing Sports Massage special forathletics $100. to alleviateport • Works- 3 onmassages all levels of painself-care, self-awareness and personal growth in a conscious environment. We are creating a Hub and prevent injury of integrative coaches & consultants. • Medical Insurance Accepted

Licensed Massage Therapist MA 0025928


1219 East Ave, Suite 202, Sarasota, FL 34239 NATURAL FOOD



Michelle Giambra, Certified Practitioner at Rosemary Court Yoga, 810 Central Ave 941-228-2972

Two locations to better Serve you! First time client Specials! 3643 Cortez Rd. W Suite 250, Bradenton 5602 Marquesas Cir Suite 107, Sarasota 941-216-5772 By appointment

Offering PRP Facials, Paramedical Facials, Manscaping, Body Treatments, Microcurrent Microneedle, Dermaplaning, and European Facials.

Michelle shares this ancient, hands-on art of balancing life energy in the body with individuals addressing acute, chronic and serious health projects along with those interested in maintaining wellness. MA42460



2320 Gulf Gate Drive, Sarasota and 4057 Cattlemen Rd, Sarasota (inside LA Fitness) (941) 923-8640

At CROP, we hand craft our juices daily by using the highest ORGANIC JUICE BAR & CAFE quality organic vegetables, mix the appropriate amounts of organic fruits for a burst of flavor, and package our juice in glass to ensure the freshest, highest quality juice available anywhere. We invite you to try a CROP juice today and compare the ingredients on our label to any other juice on the market.  You will then understand why we believe no other juice even comes close.


Center and Perfect Blend Acupuncture Diana Hebert, AP, DOM, RN, CLT 941-321-7171

Specializing in removing toxins naturally, promoting wellness and treating abnormal swelling due to lymphedema, trauma, surgery, or cancer with Manual Lymph Drainage. 

A Mindful Place 2020 Rose St Ste B, Sarasota


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

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


Valerie Clows 713 Honore Ave, Sarasota, 941-378-4367 5770 Ranch Lake Blvd, East Bradenton, 753-7297 •


Massage Therapy, Qigong, Reflexology David Smowton 830 Central Ave Sarasota, Rosemary Court 941-780-0501

Nourish the soul. Find insight. Transcend stress & alleviate pain. A sacred space is here for you to receive professional mind and body therapy. By Appointment Only.


MA39216 Sarasota Office & House Calls 970-389-4019

Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork, Craniosacral Therapy, Crystal Therapy. With over 20 years of education and experience in holistic living, the delicate dynamics of the human anatomy are understood and applied in your personalized session.

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.

NUTRITION LICENSED NUTRITION COUNSELOR Eve Prang Plews, LIC NC333 Full Spectrum Health, Inc. 2106 Bispham Road Sarasota, FL 941-952-1200 • M-Fri 9-5, Sat10-2

HOLISTIC HEALTH CLINIC & STORE. Superior Supplements by Xymogen and more. Professional Grade Homeopathics by Newton. Essential Oils by Oil Lady and Wind River Organic Skin Care by Éminence.

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1882 Stickney Point Rd, Sarasota 941-929-0884

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


“Keeping Your Home Healthy & Pest Free” 941-926-1190

A Natural Pest Control Inc. proudly serving Sarasota and Manatee Counties since 1996. 
We are committed to the well-being of your family, pets and environment. The pest experts you can rely on.



415 Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, Fl 34236 941-554-4292


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

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.



Contacts Guides, Angels, Loved Ones, Past Lives. Cord Removal, Healing with Sound & Color. Chakra Balancing. Home or Office Clearing. Clinical Hypnosis for Habit Change. Psychic Parties!


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

Eco-friendly shop health + beauty. Strictly nontoxic natural, organic products.  Apothecary, lounge and learn studio to shop, learn, and move.  Open Tu-Fri 10-6 and Sat 10-4.





2164 Gulf Gate Drive, Sarasota

Veg & Grill offers Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Vegetarian, vegan & gluten free menu available. Check out our website for sample of our menu- take out available.


GOOD NEWS PEST SOLUTIONS Dean Burnside, President Sarasota, Bradenton, Venice 941-371-1311

Go Green Plus 3 • Pest Control, Termite Control • Rodent Proofing and Trapping • Bat and Bird Exclusion • Mosquito and Mole Suppression • Bed Bug Control • Residential and Commercial.

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Two locations to better Serve you! First time client Specials! 3643 Cortez Rd. W Suite 250, Bradenton 5602 Marquesas Cir Suite 107, Sarasota 941-216-5772 By appointment

Offering PRP Facials, Paramedical Facials, Manscaping, Body Treatments, Microcurrent Microneedle, Dermaplaning, and European Facials.


Starflower Organic Spathecary offers an extensive line of superfoods and herbal medicinals with disease protocols. We offer a Holistic Wellness consultation for detoxification, which is a comprehensive multi-organ, total-body cleansing and natural detoxification program. It includes reducing toxin intake, enhancing toxin elimination, and using specific detoxification herbs and other supportive dietary supplements to strengthen and promote optimum function of the organs. Visit our boutique and Spathecary Tuesday - Friday 10 am - 5 pm, Saturday- 11am - 4pm, and Sun & Mon – Closed.



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.


415 Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, Fl 34236 941-554-4292

Fresh, food-grade, organic skin care made in small batches, including medicinal – grade essential oils. We specialize in anti-aging for mature skin, rosacea, and acne. Visit our boutique and Spathecary Tuesday - Friday 10 am - 5 pm, Saturday11am - 4pm, and Sun & Mon – Closed.


4801 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota 941-706-3257,

Unique and one of a kind gifts, products, and spa services. The luxury spa includes services such as Sound Wave AttunementTM, Crystal Alchemy Energy AttunementTM , and massages that incorporate the ancient healing sounds of singing bowls & crystal gridding. We offer an array of healthful and personally empowering products. Enjoy a visit to our showroom and discover the largest selection of crystal singing bowls in Florida. We invite you to stop in and mention code Natural10 to receive 10% off any single item.


5041 Ringwood Meadow, G2, Sarasota 941-371-9333

Embracing the New Paradigms of our Awakening Consciousness. A place of Knowledge,Wisdom, Healing and Comfort. Please visit our website at for more information.


Explore Eckankar at, call 941-358-0325 or on Facebook: EckankarInSarasota

Eckankar gives practical ways for people to have real spiritual experiences—even the ultimate experience of God—in this very lifetime. You can Explore Eckankar at, call 941-358-0325 or on Facebook:  EckankarInSarasota.


Rev. Elizabeth Thompson 3023 Proctor Rd, Sarasota 941-955-3301

Unity is an extremely positive approach to life, seeking to accept the good in people and all of life. God is seen as having many attributes, but most important that God is LOVE.



2888 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota. Near Tuttle 941-341-9781

ANIMAL MEDICAL CENTER 3646 Birky Street, Sarasota 941-954-4771

Alignment-based hatha yoga for all ages and abilities. Classes are taught progressively, building from one week to the next each month, so you can access more poses with ease, according you your level. Gentle Yoga, Meditation, Vinyasa, Mixed Levels, Kirtan, Restorative Yoga, Chair Yoga, Workshops, and Teacher Training. Open 7 days a week. Drop-ins welcome.

Dr. Anne Luther has over 25 years experience in conventional medicine and alternative therapies such as acupuncture and homeopathy. “We treat your pet like our own!”

 Dr Pam McGinnis
 8237 Cooper Creek Blvd
 941-705-1161 •

Providing acupuncture and a balance of eastern and western medicine. Offering laser, food and herbal therapies. Caring for the whole pet for over 20 years.


6553 Superior Avenue (Gulf Gate Shopping Village) Sarasota, Fl 941-312-5630

Community shop for health + wellness offering Yoga, Pilates, Nia, Dance, and more. Classes and workshops for learn every age / skill level.  First class with every teacher is only $5! move Special workshops offered 6557 SUPERIOR AVENUE • SARASOTA, FL • 34231 weekly. {IN GULF GATE SHOPPING VILLAGE}

YOGA ROSEMARY COURT YOGA 810 Central Ave, Sarasota 941-952-5280

Rosemary Court Yoga in downtown Sarasota offers all styles & levels of yoga classes including Beginner, Hatha, Pre & Postnatal, Iyengar, Restorative, Vinyasa, Power, Senior, Kundalini, Kripalu, and more. Come visit our welcoming and tranquil space.



Juliet Mathison, MHT, NP, SK, CNC, LMT 770-465-6294

Accelerated relief from physical or emotional pain or trauma of any kind. Anxiety, phobia, PTSD, insomnia, injury, surgery, complex pain patterns. Satisfaction guaranteed. Expect results.

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