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ell, readers...we survived 2020, and here we are at the starting line of 2021. Just in time for this fresh start, January marks our annual “health and wellness” issue, full of insights on how to strengthen physical, mental and spiritual vitality in 2021. So join me as together we peek inside this first issue of the New Year! Our feature article for this month is on “Integrative Hospital Care,” a recent trend that brings holistic modalities, from acupuncture to aromatherapy, into conventional healthcare settings. As a result of new clinical research and patient interest, more physicians have started to integrate these therapies into their practices. To date, more than 75 medical centers have begun to offer Reiki, yoga, biofeedback and other holistic techniques to soothe pain and manage symptoms as a less invasive alternative to surgeries or pharmaceuticals. No “wellness reset” would be complete without nutrition, and our “Conscious Eating” article explores how to rethink our diets in order to create sustainable, balanced eating habits that won’t fizzle out after just a few months. After all those holiday indulgences, it’s common to turn to “quick fix” weight loss solutions, but in reality, incremental nutrition shifts yield the most success long-term. This article introduces the “80–20” concept, in which you chose healthy, plant-based, natural foods 80 percent of the time, and allow yourself to splurge for the other 20 percent to curb any feelings of deprivation. Many of us spent an inordinate amount of time in the safety of our homes during 2020, and while this was necessary, it presented a challenge for exercise. This year, it’s crucial to make sure that we are able to move our bodies, rather than just being sedentary. However, in these pandemic times, fitness is more about strength, resilience, immune function and inner peace than it is about weight loss or aesthetics. On this note, our “Fit Body” article for January delves into the projected exercise trends for 2021 with modalities such as yoga, meditation, foam rolling and more options to combine physical activity and stress relief. As usual, this does not even begin to scratch the surface of all the inspiration and enlightenment you’ll find within these pages. I invite you to send any comments, questions or feedback to Publisher@NASRQ.com, and along with the entire Natural Awakenings team, I wish you all a positive, healthy start to 2021!

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Outdoor Fine Arts Shows Coming to Sarasota and Naples


wo outdoor events are coming to Southwest Florida in 2021: the Sarasota Fine Art Show at Phillippi Easte Park on January 23–24, and the Naples Fine Art Show on March 27–28. Both events will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All the original artwork on display is handmade by the artists in attendance, and pieces are available for sale in all price ranges. Admission is free with a $5 parking fee which supports the Institute for the Arts and Education, a non-profit organization that focuses on community enrichment, cultural diversity and youth art education. In fact, as part of this commitment local art education, these events will integrate a Youth Art and Budding Artist Competition. This will encourage young artists in grades K–8 and 6–12, or ages 5–13 and 9–19, to enter original handmade art that will be displayed at the show. A $250 award will be available for this competition. In addition, a Professional Artist Competition will also be held at both events, juried by art professionals, with the chance to win a $1500 award. Each of these art shows will take COVID-19 safety precautions seriously as well. The events will located out doors with all booths spaced a minimum of seven feet apart and wide aisles between them for social distancing. Hand sanitizer will be offered in each both, and face coverings are recommended. For more information, call 941-755-3088 or visit ArtsAndEducationInc.org. Professional artists can apply on this website also.

Anti-Aging Seminars on Zoom with Dr. Anna


r. Anna Baker, DOM, invites you to join Faces by Dr. Anna Acupuncture Facelift Age 40 her interactive anti-aging seminars via Zoom on January 13 and 22, both at 1:30 p.m. She will showcase her Faces by Dr. Anna acupuncture facelift and muscle retightening Pearl Cream by Dr. Anna. Please contact the Pearl Cream by Dr. Anna store at 941-921-2662 for the meeting ID number. Dr. Anna performs a unique type of Before After 10 acupuncture facelift that she invented. The muscles of the face and neck are progressively Pearl Cream by Dr. Anna Results retightened to retrace the steps that aging took. Age 58 An initial package of 10 treatments is required, and the results last for 18 months before a one treatment touchup is needed to maintain the lift. In this seminar, Dr. Anna will show photographed results on people of all ages. In addition, she will discuss her proprietary Pearl Cream by Dr Anna that offers the same Before After 5 Bottles muscle retightening as her acupuncture facelift in a slower, more gradual process. Her Pearl Cream is an anti-aging serum made from real pearls and Chinese herbs without any preservatives. Pearl Cream by Dr. Anna is also available as a muscle tightening body lotion, men’s anti-aging line and sports performance line. Pearl Cream by Dr. Anna location: 2721 Mall Dr., Sarasota. Temporary COVID-19 store hours: Monday–Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. To access the meeting ID, call 941-921-2662. For more information, visit FacesByDrAnna.com and PearlCreamByDrAnna.com.

Shake, Rattle and Roll


his is the true story of a young woman who found herself traveling with the Rolling Stones for a week of concerts on their 1972 American tour. Ending in New York City, the lights and vastness of this location beckoned her to embrace a new life, so she moved there. Within a short time she began to channel a spirit which spoke both to and through her, as well as in 5,000 pages of automatic writing. Small white feathers appeared to float out of nowhere when the Spirit was announcing itself. Lyrics of songs were altered in her areas as the Spirit used this medium to proclaim messages. This is not a spooky narrative, but rather a close look at the spirit world seen through the eyes of a naïve young woman. “The Voice,” as she named it remained with her for a decade and, in many near death experiences, protected her. This is an honest glimpse into how earthbound powers and unseen forces can influence our daily lives. The book is available for purchase on Amazon. For more information, call 941-776-2531 or visit AuthorChrisKline.com. January 2021


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Shining a Light on Spiritual Education in the New Year


he Center for Spiritual Living Cultural Coast welcomes this New Year committed to your spiritual growth with new online classes. On January 12, Rev. Emile Gauvreau will begin a five-week study of the essential Spiritual Principles and Practices, foundational to the Science of Mind philosophy. Gain insight into the co-creation process through “Oneness with Infinite Presence” and develop new habits to engage the 10 spiritual principles. Next, on January 13, you are invited to join Prosperity Plus III: Living “Full Spectrum” Wealth, a seven-week video program by Mary Morrisey of Life SOULutions and facilitated by Rev. Theresa Fieberts. Delve into the art and science of transformation to discover and dissolve blocks that sabotage your success. This course is about living in financial abundance and experiencing “full-spectrum” wealth in all areas of life. In addition, if you want more balance, focus, and peace in 2021, Join Julie Burch, RScP, on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. Whether you are a seasoned meditator or a beginner, her expertise as a Unified Mindfulness Coach provides an excellent environment for growth. CSLCC also will continue to open hearts and minds with inspirational messages and music Sunday mornings at 11 a.m. Find CSL Cultural Coast on YouTube or Facebook Live. For more information or registration details on the online classes, call 941-376-0177 or email Theresa@CSLCulturalCoast.org. For a link to Julie Burch’s class, visit CSLCulturalCoast.org. To watch Sunday messages, visit Facebook.com/CSLCulturalCoast.

Skye Samuel: In-House Tarot Reader at Wild Ginger Apothecary


kye Samuel is celebrating one year as the in-house reader at Sarasota’s metaphysical and wellness boutique Wild Ginger Apothecary. Samuel was born and raised in Yorkshire, England, and is a fourth-generation intuitive psychic reader and medium. She has possessed a natural ability since childhood to see, feel and hear vibrational energy. Working with this gift over many years, she can channel information from the spirit realms to give messages from loved ones and to interpret card readings. Samuel has been working as a psychic professionally for over 35 years—and for the past decade in Sarasota at area spots such as psychic fairs, Elysian Fields, Pixie Dust and more. As an intuitive and clairvoyant reader, she opens the cards to guide people on their paths. Supporting clients through their ups and downs, she helps them to manifest the soul’s highest purpose. She specializes in direct question answering for all matters of love, health, money and life. “As a child growing up, all the women in the family would sit together and read cards, palms and tea leaves. I was always fascinated in the cards, and my Grandma taught me to read them when I was about seven. The first cards she taught me were the regular playing cards. After learning, it became my passion. I soon started collecting Tarot and Oracle cards, doing readings for family and friends. With gratitude and joy, I am blessed to be able to share these gifts with you today,” Samuel explains. Skye Samuel is available Tuesday–Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., or by appointment. Readings are available in-person or virtual throughout the world, exclusively through Wild Ginger. Visit our YouTube and Facebook channels @WildGingerApothecary for daily live Tarot readings. For more information, visit WildGingerApothecary.com. 12

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New Online Classes from Feldenkrais in Sarasota


onnie Kissam of Feldenkrais in Sarasota invites you to start the year of 2021with lightness and ease through her online workshops. Take her “Awareness through Movement,” “Taste of Feldenkrais” or “Lightness of Walking” classes, all available on Kissam’s website. Or explore her e-book on YouTube titled The ABCs for a Better Balanced, Pain-Free Walk. Also in January, her “Touch to Inform” seminars offer concepts from the Feldenkrais Method® with practical applications for therapists, educators and personal coaches. This seminar will be online the weekend of January 29–31, with a two-hour introduction and a “Freeing Your Neck and Shoulders” class on Friday evening, followed by “Your Walking Engine” on Saturday and “Moving from and through Your Feet” on Sunday. 14 live CEs are available for both LMTs and yoga instructors. For more information on the classes, visit FeldenkraisInSatasota.com/SarasotaClasses-Feldenkrais. To access the e-book, visit YouTube.com/Watch?v=74D-Ly2P5iE. For more information on the January seminar, visit TouchToInform.com/OnlineSeminars-2.

Social Media and Depression


eports from the World Health Organization reveal that depression is the leading cause of global disability. Evidence is mounting that over-exposure to social media can be a contributing factor. A study at the University of Arkansas by Dr. Brian Primack et al. (2020) suggests the timeconsuming nature of social media could fuel symptoms of depression. Time spent on social media was compared in a sample of 1,000 people. Findings suggest that participants who spent more than 300 minutes per day on social media were 2.8 times more likely to become depressed within six months (McGowan, 2020). As time spent on social media increases, it can replace important activities such as in-person relationships, achievement of goals and self-reflection. Young adults are most affected since they are at critical junctures in their lives. This finding is especially important during the COVID-19 crisis, as social media has become a lifeline for staying connected to friends and family. Recently, The Brain Wave Center partnered with Resilient Retreat for an experimental study which focused on the efficacy of neurofeedback to help manage symptoms of depression. The research showed significantly positive results. Data outcomes displayed the impacts on mental health including clinical depression (52.79% decrease in symptoms of depression) and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (38.39% decrease in symptoms of PTSD when neurofeedback was a central modality used. Neurofeedback can be effective on its own; however, continued research has shown that when it is combined with traditional therapies such as medications, counseling or self-help techniques, the outcomes are typically superior. If you have questions, we always provide a free consultation before we begin. For more information, call 941-552-4500 or visit BrainWaveCenters.com.


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Sarasota Center of Light Kicks Off Events for the New Year


he Sarasota Center of Light plans to make 2021 one of its best years ever, and will start with a Burning Bowl Ceremony hosted by Cyril and Cyndi Mayer on January 3, 11:00 a.m. Afterward, Cyndi will also present a Threshold Choir of the Harp and Bowls. This service will be facilitated by Rev. Phyllis Lambert and Jeff Rosenthal, A.S. On January 10, 11:00 a.m., Rev. Tom Newman will return via social media to teach us as both a speaker and medium. Rev. Tom devoted years to the Center in the past, and has contributed countless hours to its development, always striving to continue the dreams of our Founder, Rev. Dorothy Flexer. Music will be provided by Jeff Lambert on the guitar. Rev. Phyllis Lambert and Associate Minister Jeffrey Rosenthal, along with the Center’s ministry team, will offer heartfelt spiritual guidance until January 31. Plans also include the talents of our own ministers who will offer messages from loved ones and Spirit which will be complimented by Cyndi Mayer’s harp selections. Fred Mann will gift our Center as the speaker on January 31, 11:00 a.m., followed by his enchanting Native American music on the flute. You will not want to miss this profound blessing. In addition, during the month, there is a possibility for other surprise guests, teachers and talented musicians who are eager to see this Center thrive and grow. We continue to prioritize your health and safety as we all grow and evolve. Our services will remain online and new classes are planned for January and February. Let us know how we can support you during this period of change as we move into the New Year. We will notify via email and Facebook if additional changes or special offerings occur. We also humbly and graciously ask for support. Donations can be submitted on our website and by calling the office or sending a check to the center. All contributions are appreciated. Mailing address: 2710 Browning St., Sarasota 34237. Location: 852 S Tuttle Ave., Sarasota. For more information, call 941-953-6620, email ChurchOffice@SarasotaCenterofLight.com or visit SarasotaCenterofLight.com

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e are all experiencing the emotional and mental stress of living in a pandemic which can feel overwhelming and traumatic. Therefore, learning mindfulness tools to break free from anxiety and stress is more important now than ever. Colleen Keegan of Heart Centered Soul-utions recently moved her holistic healing and life coach practice from Hawaii to Sarasota, and is available now to serve you. With multiple national certifications and over 25 years of professional experience, she blends hypnotherapy, neurolinguistic programming and Eye Movement Densensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) in her heartcentered wellness and resiliency coaching practice. This powerful and effective combination helps to address negative or anxious thought patterns and release trauma, so that you can lead a healthy, productive life. EMDR is a highly effective and powerful technique that releases stuck emotional and physical energies in the cellular memory of the body through the movement and blinking of the eyes. It is effective for releasing fears, phobias, negative habits, trauma and abuse. Hypnotherapy helps to quiet your conscious mind, so the subconscious mind can accept your suggestions and effect changes on a deeper level. You are always in control. Both therapies help you learn to break unhelpful habits, manage stress, and remove blocks to optimal health, career satisfaction and thriving relationships. Keegan is also recognized for her work with those who are highly sensitive (HSP) and who want to learn how to navigate this highly stimulating world. For more information and to schedule a free consultation, call 808-224-6164 or visit ColleenKeegan.com. Appointments remote either by phone or video conference in the safety and comfort of your home.

Eliminate Back or Neck Pain Without Drugs, Injections or Risky Surgery


r. Cifra brings to the Sarasota area an unparalleled ability to diagnose and treat spinal disc disorders using Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression. He has received advance training in Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression in an exclusive award ceremony held at the national training center for Disc Centers of America. This program is administered by the International Disc Education Association, Disc Centers of America, and the International Medical Advisory Board on Spinal Decompression. Certification through The International Medical Advisory Board on Spinal Decompression is obtained by physicians who demonstrate an exemplary level of excellence in the diagnosis and treatment of spinal disc disorders. Master status in Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression is an elite status, and is awarded to a handful of doctors each year. This certification is considered the gold standard in training and research of the most effective options for treating spinal disc disorders such as bulging, herniated and degenerative disc, low back pain, neck pain, sciatica, numbness

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

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C.G. Jung Society January Lecture: “Weathering the Storm in Our Unprecedented Times”


ollowing one of the most controversial presidential elections in U.S. history and in the midst of this COVID-19 pandemic, international speaker, cultural historian, author and astrologer Dr. Richard Tarnas will give a lecture on “Weathering the Storm in Our Unprecedented Times on January 29, 7–9 p.m. Presented by the C.G. Jung Society of Sarasota, this live Zoom lecture will provide a state of the world report through a archetypal astrological context. Drawing on the work of Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Carl Jung, who recognized the value of astrology in shining a light on the archetypal dynamics of human life, Dr. Tarnas will review the current planetary situation, what gods are now in motion, and historical precedents for these modern conditions. He will also explore the question of how our culture could be transformed by recognition of a bond between the deep psyche and the cosmos. Dr. Tarnas is a professor of philosophy and cultural history at the California Institute of Integral Studies. His book Cosmos and Psyche: Intimations of a New World View received the Book of the Year award from the Scientific and Medical Network, and is the basis for an upcoming documentary Changing of the Gods. He also wrote The Passion of the Western Mind, a history of the Western worldview, from the ancient Greeks to postmodern societies. Cost: $15 (members), $25 (non-members). For more information and to register, call 941-952-8188, email JungSarasota@yahoo.com or visit CGJungSarasota.org/Events.

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A downside of the rising number of caesarean (C-section) births is that it deprives babies of contact with bacteria from the mother’s gut microbiome, which impoverishes the baby’s own microbiome and raises the risk of allergies and obesity later in life, as studies show. Previously, researchers swabbed C-section babies’ mouths with vaginal bacteria, but it had no effect. In fact, the valuable gut bacteria are released in the mother’s fecal matter during the messy process of birth. In a pilot study, doctors from the University of Helsinki tested 17 mothers that were about to need C-sections and chose seven that had fecal matter free of pathogens and antibiotics. After the babies were born, doctors used a syringe to feed the infants a tiny amount of the previously harvested fecal matter mixed with breast milk. The babies had no negative responses. Within three weeks, those babies’ gut flora came to resemble more strongly the gut flora of babies born vaginally than that of those born through C-sections.

Vitamin D Important for Reducing Risk of Preeclampsia Something as simple as a mother’s vitamin D level can have a future impact on her children, a study from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health shows. Researchers examined 20 years of health data from 754 Boston-area mothers and their children and found that preeclampsia—abnormally high blood pressure during pregnancy— was linked to a higher systolic blood pressure in the children during their early and teen years. However, the effect was minimized or even eliminated among children exposed to higher levels of vitamin D in the womb, as measured by blood levels in the umbilical cord.

Fluoride is added to public water supplies to reduce tooth decay, but its effects on health are contentious enough that only 38 percent of Canadian and 3 percent of European public water supplies are fluoridated, compared to 74 percent in America. Its effects on neurodevelopment in children are a particular concern: a meta-analysis correlated high levels of fluoride in water with a seven-point drop in children’s IQ scores. Two new studies have linked fluoride exposure to ADHD and other behavioral issues in children. Canadian researchers that collected urine samples and tap water information on 1,877 children between ages 6 and 17 found those that lived in areas with fluoridated water had 2.8 times the incidences of ADHD diagnoses, as well as increased symptoms of hyperactivity and inattention. The effect was most pronounced in teenagers, suggesting a cumulative effect over time, wrote the authors in the journal Environment International. In a Chinese study published in the International Journal of Environmental Health Research, 325 children between ages 7 and 13 were studied, and higher levels of fluoride exposure were correlated with rises in behavioral issues, especially psychosomatic symptoms. Storyblocks.com

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Generosity Fosters Increased Longevity


A new study published in the journal PNAS suggests that people that share more live longer because the act of giving and receiving increases well-being. The recipient benefits directly from the gift, while the giver benefits indirectly through emotional satisfaction. Co-authors Fanny Kluge and Tobias Vogt found a strong relationship between a society’s generosity and the average life expectancy of its members. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, in Rostock, Germany, conclude that people are living longer in societies where members support each other with resources. Residents of African countries such as Senegal and South Africa share the lowest percentage of their lifetime income and have the highest mortality rate of the countries studied. Western European countries and Japan transfer more to the youngest and oldest, and their mortality rates are lower. Kluge notes that the relationship between generosity and lifetime income doesn’t depend on whether the benefits come from the state or from the wider community.

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A new paper in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B may explain why some animals, including birds, fish and lobsters, are able to sense the Earth’s magnetic fields. It allows sea turtles to return to the beach where they were born. Researchers hypothesize that this ability comes from a symbiotic relationship with magnetotactic bacteria that are influenced by magnetic fields, including the Earth’s. In support of this theory, Robert Fitak, assistant professor at the University of Central Florida Department of Biology and co-author of the paper, drew from one of the largest genetic databases of its kind, the Metagenomic Rapid Annotations using Subsystems Technology, to identify the presence of these magnetotactic bacteria in animal samples. The researchers are working to develop a genetic test to help with further study. They have not yet identified exactly where the bacteria live in the animals, although they theorize that it could be associated with nervous tissue like the eye or brain. Learning how organisms interact with magnetic fields could facilitate our use of them for navigation, while also understanding how human modifications of magnetism— such as constructing power lines—might be affecting biodiversity. This knowledge may also help develop therapeutic drug delivery systems. petrovich12/AdobeStock.com

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An international team of coastal scientists from the United Kingdom, France, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and the U.S. has disproved the theory that half the world’s beaches will become extinct over the course of the 21st century (see Tinyurl.com/SandyCoastlinesUnderThreat) in a paper published in Nature Climate Change. The team re-examined the data and methodology underpinning the original study and published their rebuttal in the same journal, after concluding that it is impossible to make such global and wide-reaching predictions with the data and numerical methods available today. The new report sees potential for beaches to migrate landward as sea level rises and shorelines retreat. Beaches backed by hard coastal cliffs and structures such as seawalls are likely to experience “coastal squeeze”, resulting in decreased width, and eventually be submerged because they are unable to migrate, but those with space to move inland will retain their overall shape and form. As such, removal of coastline structures or beach nourishment may be the only methods to safeguard at-risk beaches.



When Emotions Become Physical by Julee LePera


Techno-Threads New Fabric Generates Solar Energy

Scientists at the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology have developed a material that works like a luminescent solar concentrator for producing energy directly where needed that can even be applied to textiles. Because people are constantly on the move and dependent on a power supply to recharge smartphones, tablets and laptops, the needed electricity will come from our clothing by means of the new polymer applied on textile fibers, jackets and T-shirts. Based on amphiphilic polymer co-networks already available on the market in the form of siliconehydrogel contact lenses, this new material is permeable to air and water vapor, as well as flexible and stable. The luminescent solar concentrators capture and transfer diffuse ambient light to a solar cell that converts it into electrical energy. By adding two different luminescent materials to the gel tissue, the solar concentrator becomes flexible, preventing the textile to which it is attached from becoming brittle or susceptible to cracking, or accumulating water vapor in the form of sweat.

know in advance when I am sick. I think everyone does on some level. I might not realize it at first, but I feel run-down, and I am not interested in doing the activities that I enjoy such as bike riding or even the most mundane tasks like sorting out my emails. Then I begin to sleep more, and I start to feel achy. Finally, I succumb to chills, fever and full-blown sickness. The steps can be quick or are drawn out, but the end result is basically the same. Similarly, the emotional system takes on similar attributes. A trauma occurs in life such as a divorce or the death of a loved one. These events change a person’s aura or electromagnetic energy fields that surround the body at all times. Kirlian Photography has been able to capture on film the body’s “field” of energy and even designates which colors this field will emits to specific characteristics and qualities. It is thought that a reaction to trauma will create energy waves and move into physical patterns outside of the body but inside of the aura. From the aura, it then moves into the body through energy centers located all over the physical body. These energy centers or “chakras” have specific qualities and are affected by the trauma. As the energy states of the trauma persist, other chakras become affected. Much like when I am sick, the first way the chakras respond are through emotions and attitude. Have you ever noticed that if you are in a wonderful mood, negative incidents seem to be less of an issue than if you are in an angry or frustrated mood? If you are in a state of anger, a constructive criticism might even cause you to become hostile, whereas a positive attitude could mitigate the emotional reaction or outburst. If on the other hand, you internalize the criticism, you might find changes in the body itself. The anger could upset your stomach or make your neck and shoulders feel tense. You might not be able to sleep because of the pain and discomfort which could then spiral you into more negative physical side-effects. Your body might also start to round its shoulders, cave in the chest, and lower your head. Perhaps your back will ache which can throw off your hips, then you start to ache all over, as even the smallest movements begin to feel cumbersome. Now with these blockages, your tissues, blood vessels and nerves tighten, and your skin loses its suppleness and luster. In essence, the unconscious where in the body an emotional imbalance exists due to trauma. The way the unconscious handles these interactions is how you will find them in the body (e.g. pain, discomfort). One way to overt spiraling emotions is to approach the situation from a standpoint of asking yourself, “What can this situation show me? What can I learn from this without having a ‘knee jerk’ reaction?” The event will be what you make of it and, in turn, how far down the path you allow it to take you on both the emotional ride and physical ride. Meditation is an excellent way to become more centered in the mind and body. Even taking 15 minutes each day to center yourself will help with emotions gone wild. Exercise, nutrition and preventative measures like massage or energy work can do wonders too. January 2021


before she came into my office. An exam showed restrictions in the fascia at three points around her shoulder joint, as well as between her shoulder blade and spine. She also showed weakness in two important stabilizing muscles of the shoulder, but these immediately strengthened upon treatment of the fascia restrictions. As a result, reaching above her head or behind her back became much easier and less painful, and with further treatment, she was entirely pain-free.

Fascia and Coordination By Eric Winder, DC


oordination is one of the major lynchpins to optimal health and quality of life, although people rarely give much thought to it. Even if you are not a ballerina or a star athlete, you still are highly coordinated as a human being. Just the acts of getting out of bed, walking around or brushing your teeth require an extraordinary level of coordinated contraction, tension and relaxation of the muscles that move your bones and joints.  This muscle orchestration is not just about movement. The muscles need to maintain proper joint alignment and stability as you move in order to protect against injury. Even the simplest movements require finely-tuned control. However, what happens when there is a glitch in this control system? 20

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Wrench in the Works Even a small problem with stability or alignment while moving can result in injury and pain over time. The source of many such problems can be found in a key element of coordination––the tissue called fascia. Embedded in this fibrous connective tissue are millions of nerve endings for position sense. This position-sense information comes from the fascia of the muscles, bones, joints and other tissues of the body. If the information coming from fascia is confused, painful problems can result. In other words, a restriction or distortion in the fascia can create a “wrench in the works.” For example, I recently treated an active, athletic young woman with shoulder pain. More than two years prior, she had torn her rotator cuff, but it healed and was pain-free until about one month


Our Structural Fabric Fascia can be thought of as a fabric covering and connecting all tissues. As it provides constant feedback to the nervous system about the position and motion of all of the parts of the body, fascia makes coordinated movement possible. However, if there is restriction and distortion in this “structural fabric,” then problems in coordination can result. If position-sense feedback is distorted or confused, then joint alignment and stability could suffer which can result in shoulder pain, knee arthritis, hip bursitis and many other painful issues. Restoring proper pliability and tension to restricted fascia can restore lost joint alignment and stability. This can help all kinds of pain in the body through gentle hands-on treatment. While there are multiple forms of myofascial therapy, treatment at our clinic focuses on finding the critical restrictions that disturb position-sense and cause pain. To ensure proper treatment success, we measure progress in muscle tone and strength, joint stability and alignment, range-of-motion and orthopedic testing. These tests usually show improvement immediately after fascia release therapy and offer evidence of a successful treatment that will bring pain relief. Our evening programs have moved online. You are invited to attend a Zoom webinar on Fascia and Pain on January 26, 6:30 p.m. You will learn in-depth about fascia, why it is important, and how fascia problems are involved with pain. Dr. Eric Winder will discuss case examples and hold a Q&A session following the presentation. Visit GentleBay.com to register.

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of Minnesota, Northwestern College of Chiropractic and the American Functional Neurology Institute. She has also completed a 300-hour post-doctoral Diplomate in Nutrition certification from the American Clinical Board of Nutrition. During her 31 years in practice, Dr. Korman has created INNATE28, a 28-day metabolic reset program, and GEARED2bewell, a six-week inclusive online program which delves into the roles of stress, mindset, nutrition, exercise and sleep in treating various forms of chronic illness. So on this note, allow me to introduce Dr. Korman in our first Community Spotlight of 2021.


by Mary-Elizabeth Schurrer


he events of this past year took a physical, mental and emotional toll on most—if not all—of us to at least some degree. Of course, there was the invisible but continual threat of COVID-19, but even beyond that, we also had an undercurrent of both societal and personal stress to contend with almost daily. Stress can lead to acute and chronic issues in the body such as heart conditions, hormonal imbalances, gastrointestinal pain, inflammation, autoimmune diseases or high blood pressure, the American Heart Association points out. While 2020 is finally in our rearview mirror, the residual impact of this stressful year remains, so it’s crucial to prioritize the health of our bodies as we enter 2021. Circumstances that generate 22

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a stress response are often inevitable and out of our control, but when are bodies are strong, healthy, active and resilient, we can manage the outcome of stress more effectively. We can endure the situation without compromising our physical stamina or wellness. So how can we shed the remnants of 2020 from our systems and reset our bodies for optimal health in the New Year? Dr. Laura Korman, owner of the Korman Relief and Wellness Center in Port Charlotte, is here to explore that question. As a chiropractic physician, functional medicine doctor and nutritional consultant, Dr. Korman teaches her patients how to combat weight issues, chronic pain, illness or fatigue with sustainable, holistic lifestyle changes. Dr. Korman is a graduate of the University


Natural Awakenings: After a stressful year in 2020, what are some practices or modalities that we all can use to help reset our bodies at the start of 2021? Dr. Laura Korman: The message I share with my patients right now is, “Get healthy before you get sick,” because the best defense is always our own defense. So with that being said, here are three ways to reset the body and strengthen immune resistance. First, I recommend that we all practice gratitude and resist the fear saturating our world right now. Whether real or perceived, fear has a negative impact on our health, and I believe it can lead to more detrimental effects than being infected by this virus in the long-term. A thankful attitude and a focus on what truly matters in life—family members, friendships and community—can lower our stress response and optimize immune function. Another defense is to eliminate refined sugars and reduce processed carbohydrates including those which contain gluten. Void of real nutrition, these “junk foods” are highly addictive, promote inflammation and lower the white blood cell response. But on the other hand, consuming “live” food, which requires refrigeration and is found primarily around the perimeter of the grocery store, can fuel our bodies with most of the nutrition they need to resist diseases and maintain optimal health. Finally, I recommend more outdoor activities in the New Year such as walking, biking or gardening, for example. This

allows us to oxygenate our bodies and brains, reduce the effects of stress, and increase our Vitamin D levels which are directly correlated with immune health. Research has shown a sedentary lifestyle to be as detrimental to health as smoking. Not to mention, with more of us working from home now, excessive sitting is a real problem which contributes to increased mortality rates due to various causes. NA: Could you describe the basis of functional medicine, how it can provide more benefits than conventional medicine alone, and what motivated you to practice it? Dr. Korman: Functional medicine, also known as “root case medicine,” is a whole-body treatment approach that focuses on why someone exhibits certain symptoms, and then seeks to treat the whole person through lifestyle and nutritional intervention. This differs from traditional medicine where the primary focus is to diagnose isolated symptoms, then suppress them with medication and other invasive procedures like surgery. Although both methods have their place in healthcare, conventional allopathic medicine works best in acute situations such as trauma, heart attacks, strokes and infections. Functional medicine, however, is better able to care for those with long-term, chronic illnesses such as digestive disorders, obesity, diabetes, heart disease and auto-immunity. NA: Finally, what health and safety measures are you taking in the midst of COVID-19? Dr. Korman: We strive to facilitate both cleanliness and social distancing as much as possible in our practice for the safety of our patients and staff. Hand sanitizer is available throughout the office, and we ensure that all common areas are clean and sterile. As always, patients who exhibit fever or flu-like symptoms are asked not to come in. Currently, we do not have a mask mandate in our office, but we encourage patients to wear one if they or a loved one is immuno-compromised. Our staff members wear masks if interacting with patients in a confined room or in close proximity. Please join me in thanking Dr. Laura Korman—and all of our local healthcare heroes—for her commitment to preserving the wellness of our community. Whatever this year might hold, it’s important to ensure our bodies are able to function optimally in the midst of stressors that come our way. So if now is the time for a physical reset, Dr. Korman has you covered. The Korman Relief and Wellness Center is located at 16954 Toledo Blade Blvd., Port Charlotte. For more information, visit DrLauraKorman.com. To schedule an appointment, call 941-6296700 or email DrLKorman@aol.com. Mary-Elizabeth Schurrer is the Managing Editor of Natural Awakenings Sarasota–Manatee. She also works as a freelance writer, blogger and social media marketer. Her personal blog HealthBeAHippie.Wordpress.com features tips for embracing an active, nutritious, balanced and empowered lifestyle.

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A New Trend in Dental Health... Holistically Speaking by Mary-Elizabeth Schurrer


bout 15 years ago, when Dr. Martina Mallery received her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from the University of Southern California and became a licensed dentist, she was just on the threshold of a remarkable career trajectory. This relocated her from the West Coast of Orange Country, where she practiced in a major corporate setting, to the Gulf Coast of Bradenton, where she opened her own practice called White Sands Dentistry. A native of the former Czechoslovakia who studied to become a dietary nurse in Prague before her immigration to the United States, Dr. Mallery’s passion has always been healthcare. But it was not until 2016 that she chose to separate from the model of conventional mainstream dentistry and embrace a more holistic biological approach instead. “Holistic dentistry is still on the fringes, but the public awareness of it continues to grow, and I predict it will eventually be the norm,” Dr. Mallery explains. “I first began to take notice of holistic biological dentistry as a result of pressure from my patients who refused to have fluoride treatments due to the chemical toxicity. I viewed their concern as an opportunity to research and learn about new scientific methodologies in oral medicine, and this information urged me to convert my practice from mainstream to holistic biological—a transition of four years and counting.” 24

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This process included becoming accredited as a biological dentist by the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, and to become an active member of Holistic Dental Association, and International Academy of Biological Dentistry and Medicine. Her practice is also the only dental office in Manatee County so far to earn a SMART certification which stands for “safe mercury amalgam removal technique.” In fact, this elimination of both fluoride and mercury from the dental procedures and materials she uses is what distinguishes Dr. Mallery’s modus operandi. “These chemicals are not biocompatible with the human body which can lead to chronic disease in certain susceptible individuals. So holistic dentistry seeks to minimize that exposure,” she adds. Her practice tackles this mission with a two-pronged method of conservative treatment and preventative education. “I teach my patients about the importance of making sure their mouths and bodies are protected from toxins in the environment. This includes clean water, organic nutrition, naturopathic remedies and biocompatible modalities like ozone therapy which uses ozone gas to disinfect and revitalize the teeth, gums and surgical sites.” She continues, “I also focus more effort and attention on a patient’s health over financial gain. Rather than a quick and invasive dental crown preparation, I want to spend the time necessary to rebuild a tooth and restore its function, using composite resin material to preserve as much of a healthy tooth structure as possible. Teeth are organs connected to the rest of the body—they contain their own blood supply, nervous system and lymphatic drainage—so I care for each patient’s teeth meticulously and ethically.” As a result, her office is metal-free since these elements can impair both immune and brain function over time. In addition to finding safer alternatives, Dr. Mallery also offers dental-material biocompatibility testing for her patients to help minimize a negative reaction to the materials before any dental work takes place in order to prioritize their well-being. “I am especially committed to the safe and environmentally sound removal of mercury, as dental practices are the numberone mercury polluters. The dental amalgam fillings often used to treat cavities are made of 50% mercury which is the second most dangerous toxin to humans after radioactive plutonium. “When a patient receives one of these fillings, a trace amount of mercury is vaporized on a recurring basis and released into the bloodstream where it can bioaccumulate in the organs and cause numerous chronic—or even terminal—diseases in some people,” she warns. Another mainstream procedure that Dr. Mallery cautions against is root canal therapy, in which an infected or abscessed tooth is embalmed in the mouth, so it can be preserved without needing to be extracted. However, this dead tooth harbors unsafe bacteria and pressures the immune system into overdrive which can lead to cancers or autoimmune disorders in individuals who are susceptible. “I make a point to educate my patients on the science behind why root canals can be harmful in the long run, and I offer biological extraction as a more holistic option instead. This procedure

removes the infected tooth, along with its periodontal ligament, which otherwise prevents the bone from regenerating completely and causes chronic entrapment of bacteria in the extraction site,” Dr. Mallery clarifies. As with her entire approach, this technique is natural, effective and so much healthier than its more widely-known counterpart. For those who are interested in learning more about the benefits of holistic biological dentistry, Dr. Mallery confirms there has been a recent trend in the exponential increase of science-backed research and data accessible to the public. “I recommend starting with ‘Root Cause,’ ‘Evidence of Harm’ and ‘Fluoride Deception’ as informative documentaries you can watch on YouTube. Or you can find scientific resources, articles or videos on IAOMT.org and IABDM.org.” These are websites for the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology and the International Academy of Biological Dentistry and Medicine, respectively. Dr. Martina Mallery is the owner of White Sands Dentistry. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Nevada Las Vegas, then earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Southern California. She then became an Accredited Biological Dentist by the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology. She has been a dentist for more than a decade, and her practice is located at 520 48th Street Ct. E, Bradenton. To schedule an appointment, call 941-7489393, email WSDentalManager@gmail.com or visit WhiteSandsDentistry.com 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 HealthBeAHippie.Wordpress.com features practical tips for embracing an active, nutritious and empowered lifestyle.

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hirty years ago, hospital patients were treated for symptoms based on the Western medical model, and holistic modalities were excluded, largely due to a lack of reliable scientific studies. More recently, because of promising research, the traditional template is expanding. The Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine & Health encompasses 75 university health centers and health systems that offer integrative approaches—a remarkable seven-fold increase in 21 years. America’s top hospitals, including the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, the Mayo Clinic, the Duke University Medical Center and the Yale New Haven Hospital, now offer therapies such as acupuncture, reiki, homeopathy, touch therapy, yoga, clinical aromatherapy and chiropractic. According to a report in Advances in Medical Education and Practice, nearly half of Americans receiving medical care use alternative medicine (although 80 percent don’t inform their doctors) and physicians 26

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agree on the importance of further research and training in such modalities. A 2017 University of California survey published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that hospital patients of all ages were willing to pay out of pocket for healthier food, therapeutic massage and energy work.

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“Research has repeatedly shown that even with full medical access and optimal medical treatments, a population’s health improves by only about 15 to 20 percent. The rest comes from lifestyle, environment and the social and personal determinants of health. Even factors like emotional health, what you feel is your purpose in life and what motivates you to be healthy plays a role,” says physician Wayne Jonas, in Alexandria, Virginia, a clinical professor of family medicine at Georgetown University and former director of the World Health Organization Center for Traditional Medicine. As executive director of Samueli


Integrative Health Programs, which aims to make integrative health regular and routine, Jonas emphasizes that patients become healthier and medical costs are reduced when they are engaged in the healing process. For Jonas, the shift toward integrative health care has become most evident during the current opioid crisis and the search for non-pharmacological approaches like acupuncture and therapeutic massage therapy for pain management. “The evidence body for many of these approaches has grown tremendously over just the past five years, and has shown a spotlight on what works and what doesn’t. These approaches are now recommended in national guidelines as mainstream for chronic pain.” Denise Millstine, integrative physician and internal medicine specialist at Mayo Clinic in Arizona, concurs: “The opiate crisis is an example of the need to broaden our clinical toolbox to incorporate care strategies that are less risky. I believe this

change has been multifactorial, based on patient demand and more awareness of the importance of lifestyle management.” Patient demand is also fueled by a desire to avoid medication side effects. In 1998, the Journal of the American Medical Association reported that 106,000 hospital deaths take place each year from adverse reactions to prescription drugs. With more than half of Americans already taking a pharmaceutical drug, and three being the average, adverse side effects can easily mount in a hospital setting. For Millstine, integrative medicine offers many solutions. “We might recommend the best medication or provide cutting-edge therapies, but without considering stress management, resilience, movement and what people ingest, it’s hard to get optimal results. Integrative medicine expanded my approach to include nutrition, exercise, mind-body (connection), spirituality and other medical philosophies like Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in the patient’s therapeutic plan.”

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A 2016 meta-analysis by Taipei Medical University published in the journal PLOS ONE concluded that certain applications of acupuncture reduce pain and opioid use on the first day after surgery. Acupuncture—an ancient modality based on the concept of energy meridians in the body—is also offered in many major hospitals to offset the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation. Acupuncture treatments at the Mayo Clinic are given in a calming atmosphere of soft lighting and music, and performed by trained doctors, as well as licensed acupuncturists with a firm TCM foundation. Integrative health care addresses the emotions that accompany a cancer diagnosis, and patients undergoing conventional treatment now have access to not only acupuncture but therapeutic massage, meditation, movement therapy, clinical aromatherapy, herbal applications, biofeedback and yoga. Millstine says of theMayo Clinic, “We have oncologytrained massage providers who are

comfortable with what is and what isn’t safe after someone has had a cancer diagnosis and/or treatment.” Jonas highlights that when given under the supervision of a doctor and with conventional cancer care, complementary therapies may help people to manage cancer symptoms, boost overall wellbeing, better handle side effects of treatment and reduce the risk of cancer recurrence. “Integrative cancer care can help by activating one’s ability to heal and feel better physically and emotionally,” he says. “Lectures on nutrition, yoga classes and support groups for cancer patients are now common.” The Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Program, launched by American fashion designer Donna Karan in 2009 after her husband died from cancer, partners with heavy hitters such as the American Cancer Society and the Beth Israel Medical Center, in New York City. In many hospital settings, Urban Zen is creating “Zen dens”, calming nooks where staff can discuss cases with colleagues, take a break for selfcare or talk to their patients in a nurturing

environment. Urban Zen’s dedication to healthcare integration is international and promotes therapeutic applications of reiki, essential oil therapy, nutrition and other contemplative care.

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“Alternative therapies are no longer considered ‘alternative’ when conventional medicine adopts them—for example, using calcium and vitamin D supplements, which are a standard consideration,” says Millstine. “With high-deductible plans, many patients are accustomed to paying out of pocket for care, thus making payment for alternative providers possibly more palatable.” Reiki, a Japanese form of energy medicine once considered alternative, is now offered at major hospitals like Yale New Haven, where it’s given free of charge to cancer patients. Many hospitals are also offering classes in energy work to families of patients, hospital staff and the community. “A medical doctor introduced me

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to the practice when my grandmother was diagnosed with lung cancer,” says Denise Baron, a Philadelphia-based reiki practitioner who works with referrals from clients and wellness professionals. “A hospital does not hire me directly, but the staff know I am available. I’ve worked on patients post-surgery, during and after births, people with cancer and people in hospice. I would say 96 percent of clients walk away with a deep experience of peace, harmony and lower stress levels.” Most recently, she has seen an increase in nurses asking for support during stressful times, with many wanting to learn how to practice reiki themselves. According to a 2017 study published in the Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, reiki is more effective than a placebo and activates the parasympathetic nervous system via the vagus nerve. Results include lower blood pressure and less anxiety and depression. Other research shows that the modality also reduces nausea, improves appetite and lessens fatigue.

Holistic Nursing’s Role

Collaborating with physicians and holistic practitioners, nurses play a key role in integrative hospital care. “We all work together to facilitate the client towards a higher level of well-being. Each profession brings something to the table,” says Margaret Erickson, in Cedar Park, Texas, CEO of the American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation. The nurse’s role in a patient’s healing journey is an intimate one, and holistic nurses ensure that the whole patient is tended

to. “The roots of holistic nursing, grounded in holism, were verbalized over 150 years ago by Florence Nightingale,” says Erickson. “She believed in the mind-body-spirit-emotion connections and that all aspects need to be nurtured in order for people to heal.” Due to increased demand, more nursing schools are creating educational programs grounded in holistic philosophy, she says. “What makes a nurse holistic is not the skills or alternative therapies she/he/they do, but rather how they show up in their interactions with others. They value and recognize that they are gifted with sharing a person’s most vulnerable moments, and that this shared space is sacred.” Some holistic nurses may use healing therapies such as guided imagery, aromatherapy, energy work, bodywork, deep breathing, mindfulness and meditation to help both their clients and other healthcare providers. Those in the field of integrative medicine agree that the future of medicine is now. “People are becoming more self-aware and taking responsibility for their health and life. Consciousness is growing [by] leaps and bounds,” says Baron. Jonas, drawing on 40 years of experience, agrees. “By working as partners with our patients to help find the care that works for them, we can help them achieve better health and quality of life.” Marlaina Donato is the author of several books and a composer. Connect at AutumnEmbersMusic.com.

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CLIMATE ANXIETY Navigating Our Emotions as the Planet Changes by Sandra Yeyati


ollowing a record-breaking hurricane season, out-ofcontrol wildfires and a deadly prolonged pandemic, many of us are anxious and fearful, prompted by the growing realization of being in a state of environmental insecurity. These inklings of impending doom are nothing new for members of the youth climate movement—kids in their teens or younger—succumbing to hopelessness, anger and rage as they learn the science and watch leaders do nothing to address it. Hardest hit are “marginalized communities, including indigenous people, climate refugees, farmers struggling with drought and communities of color, who disproportionately suffer from the health effects of polluting industries,” says Jennifer Atkinson, associate professor of environmental studies at the University of Washington-Bothell. Some of us are affected in more subtle ways. Perhaps we’re noticing slow-moving changes around us, like the gradual loss of bees or a disappearance of trees, and we develop a sense of loss the philosopher Glenn Albrecht coined “solastalgia”, which plays on the concept of nostalgia—a longing for a time or place we can’t go back to.

Or, we’re standing in front of a package of blueberries at the grocery store feeling confusion and ambivalence. A desire to be healthy and adopt a sustainable, vegetarian lifestyle is playing tug-of-war with the fact that these blueberries were flown in from South America, are wrapped in plastic and were grown in a monoculture that depletes the soil. It’s hard to know whether to eat or boycott them. “The greater this dissonance grows, the more likely we’ll tell ourselves that the problems are too big. We decide that we can’t make a difference, so why try? We check out,” says integrative psychotherapist Leslie Davenport, author of Emotional Resiliency in the Era of Climate Change. The first step to alleviate this anguish is to validate and normalize the dark feelings. “It’s important to remember that there’s nothing wrong with you. What’s happening is actually painful and difficult; there’s a lot of loss involved. Eco-anxiety is a natural response to having your heart and mind open, being an attentive and caring person, if you tune in to what’s happening in the world,” says Davenport, adding that good self-care, including mindfulness practices, will expand our tolerance for

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dealing with tough times. Another powerful antidote can be found in community, according to Sarah Jaquette Ray, associate professor of environmental studies at Humboldt State University, in Arcata, California, and author of A Field Guide to Climate Anxiety: How to Keep Your Cool on a Warming Planet. “People feel like they can’t impact the world because they’re only one person. But when they start to shift the lens toward the collective, it allows them to realize that the positive things that are happening in the world are actually happening at scale, and it allows them to feel like they’re part of some larger purpose,” says Ray. As we accept climate-related anxiety and seek the company of like-minded people to affect change, surprisingly positive emotions will arise, including joy, laughter, dancing and camaraderie at street protests. “Those positive feelings help us process grief and anger, engage us in the work long term and help us maintain the stamina we need for sustained work,” Ray says. “Think of climate anxiety as a kind of superpower, a signal that goes off to tell us something’s wrong and needs to be addressed,” says Atkinson, the creator and host of the climate-anxiety podcast Facing It. She points to grief as a compelling motivator. “You can’t feel grief without love,” she explains. “Grief is an expression of compassion and connection to others and to the pain we feel when those lives are destroyed. Love is far more powerful in motivating us to fight than any other affect. There’s no limit to the lengths we’ll go to protect what we love.” We are only limited by a lack of ecological imagination, Davenport proposes. “Our contemporary Western culture emphasizes the rational, cognitive way of thinking, which is linear and analytical. But another part of the brain—the imaginative, creative and intuitive part—views the world synergistically and holistically. If we open up to this ecological imagination, we can have a visceral knowing of interconnectedness, making it simpler to act in a way that’s beneficial to all of us.” Sandra Yeyati, J.D., is a professional writer. Reach her at SandraYeyati@gmail.com. January 2021


Lose Weight Without Dieting How to Eat to Feel and Look Your Best by April Thompson


ne of the top New Year’s resolutions is to lose weight, and to that end, millions of Americans go on a diet each year. As we look to reset after holiday indulgences, nutrition experts say it’s a great time to cultivate healthy, long-term eating habits rather than unsustainable diets that lead us in circles. “A ‘live it’ is better than a diet: small, manageable changes you can live with over time,” says Lisa Mallonee, a registered dietician and professor at the Texas A&M College of Dentistry, in Dallas. “People get focused on losing 15 pounds, but once they get to the finish line, they don’t have a plan for after and often end up regaining the weight.” While navigating the labyrinth of 30

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nutrition information can be tough, eating better is actually simple, says David Katz, M.D., founder of both the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center and the nonprofit True Health Initiative, and co-author of How to Eat: All Your Food and Diet Questions Answered. “There are two general shifts to make: first, to less processed foods, and second, to more plant-based foods,” says Katz. In making such shifts, Mallonee suggests applying the 80/20 rule to food. “If 80 percent of the time you are making healthy choices, and the other 20 percent of the time you allow splurges, you’re less likely to feel deprived and revert to old ways.” Katz agrees that small shifts are


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more likely to stick, in part because of our adaptable palates. “If you commit to improving your diet little by little, you will find that taste buds are adaptable fellas that will learn to love the foods they are with. For example, try something as simple as switching from regular soda to diet to seltzer to water over time.” The good news for dieters with questions, suggests Katz, is there is no one superior diet. “You can have a highquality diet whether you are flexitarian, pescatarian or vegetarian, low-carb or high-carb,” he says. For Jill Weisenberger, a registered dietitian nutritionist, in Yorktown, Virginia, and author of The Overworked Person’s Guide to Better Nutrition, a healthy diet comes down to three meals a day, each with a good source of protein and fiber. “When losing weight, it’s especially important to eat enough protein so you don’t lose muscle mass with the fat,” she says, suggesting a target of 25 to 35 grams of fiber a day, achieved through a diverse diet that focuses on fruits, vegetables and legumes. Katz, Mallonee and Weisenberger all caution against a diet like keto that restricts many nourishing foods only because they contain carbs. “There is no evidence of long-term safety or benefit of keto,” says Katz. “A truly keto diet cuts out a lot of highly nutritious foods like fruit, grains and beans, all associated with better health and longer life. I think a diet excluding these foods would be a colossal mistake.”

Weighing In While it’s not healthy to obsess over numbers on the scale, it is important to understand the health risks of carrying extra weight, particularly around the middle. “Belly fat is a concern for comorbidities like pre-diabetes, diabetes, increased blood pressure and even sleep apnea,” says Mallonee, stating that women should aim for a waist circumference of less than 35 inches and men of less than 40. Katz advises that the effects of abdominal fat can vary. “Certain

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ethnicities are extremely vulnerable to excess weight around the middle, which can result in insulin resistance and metabolic mayhem. However, many people can gain considerable amounts of weight and show no metabolic effects,” he says, suggesting that a comprehensive health checkup can clear up any doubts. Physiologically, it is hard to keep weight off, says Weisenberger, but people should not get discouraged if they fall short of their goals. “If you are overweight, you will get an enormous boost from the first 5 to 10 percent of weight loss—it’s much more important than that last 5 to 10 percent.” While weight loss is an exercise in delayed gratification, the power of high-quality food is immediate, advises Katz. “You can improve the quality of your immune response with a single meal. It’s the gift that keeps on giving, too, as those positive health benefits accumulate over time.”

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Virtual Variety, No Pressure Having the option to work out at home might motivate more people to begin a fitness routine without the pressure of comparing with others. Sampling classes online can help them find what they like

before they sign up at their local gym or studio. “Virtual fitness classes provide an opportunity for people to test out different instructors at different times all around the country and even the world,” says Paris Alexandra, co-founder of the BK Yoga Club, in New York City. “People are now realizing the things we can control is our breath and our bodies. Because of this, there’s an appreciation of our capacity, challenging ourselves to try something new.” Even with gym cutbacks, there is a silver lining. “One of my private weight-loss clients has loved our FaceTime workouts so much that she swears she will never go back to in-person training with a coach,” says Chicago-based Stephanie Mansour, host of the weekly national PBS show Step it Up With Steph. “Even on vacation or while traveling, people can still get in their workout because everything is virtual. Trainers also win because they can still do their job, but at a distance.” Me-time with a private virtual coach will offer a tailored regimen for those that prefer a one-on-one experience. Mansour muses, “Private fitness and health coaching sessions will be the hottest trend in 2021. By now, many people’s excitement toward their ‘pandemic workout’ is waning, and they’ll be looking for a totally customized approach to kickstart their motivation and goals.”

Allies for Body and Mind Davis predicts there’ll be greater appreciation for stress-recovery tools such as massage guns for percussive self-treatments, foam rollers to release muscle tightness and stretching apps, noting, “There’s so much noise, uncertainty and anxiety that has come with this pandemic; on-demand meditation classes will be huge.” Mansour concurs, “Focusing on finding inner peace, meditating and positive programming are all huge trends that have emerged due to COVID. By getting your head in the game, you’re 75 percent of the way to your goal.” Mostly, 2021 will be a year for self-care. “I think growth mindset is everything right now,” says Kennedy. “We need to fill our minds with positive affirmations, thoughts or whatever it is that makes you light up inside.” Marlaina Donato is an author and recording artist. Connect at AutumnEmbersMusic.com.

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hen Jackie Jones’ 4-year-old daughter had a persistent runny nose and cough, three visits to the pediatrician proved fruitless. “He would see us for two minutes, listen to her chest, saying she had ‘a cold’, and yet still prescribe an antibiotic and steroid that would just trash her immune system,” the Atlanta mom says. “She ended up developing pneumonia in both lungs that landed her in the hospital.” This propelled Jones to switch her children’s care to a holistic pediatrician. “He actually listens to me and takes time with his patients, and recommends vitamins and supplements to keep them healthy, in comparison to just handing out antibiotics,” she says. On the first visit, he queried Jones about family use of shampoos, soaps and cleaning products that might contain chemicals. “Definitely not a conversation I had with my old pediatrician!” she related. Jones, who dispenses pregnancy


advice at PisforPregnant.com, benefitted from a growing trend among pediatricians. The number of doctors that self-identify as holistic by joining the integrative medicine section of the American Academy of Pediatrics has grown from a dozen in the early 1990s to more than 400 today, says Kathi Kemper, M.D., an Ohio State University pediatrics professor who founded the section and authored The Holistic Pediatrician. “Holistic pediatricians are interested in helping children and families meet their health goals, not just diagnosing and dispensing drugs,” she says. “We use an evidence-informed approach, including all appropriate therapies and therapists, with a strong emphasis on healthy lifestyle behaviors such as diet, exercise, sleep, stress management, social and emotional skills, spirituality and a healthy environment.” Many pediatricians report they want to know more about integrative approaches because of their frustration in treating the


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chronic conditions in one-quarter to one-half of the children they see, as well as to answer questions posed by Google-savvy parents. Yet most pediatricians have limited training in natural health and are wary to suggest such approaches, and parents are often reluctant to disclose their use of natural methods. Holistic pediatricians, on the other hand, typically get additional training in healing modalities that allows them to integrate natural options into mainstream methods. Unlike many pediatricians in busy clinics that can see a child only briefly, holistic pediatricians typically take longer. “It’s not a one-size-fits-all conventional approach,” says holistic pediatrician Elisa Song, of Belmont, California, who blogs at HealthyKidsHappyKids.com. For a child with asthma, for example, Song checks for environmental, dietary or social triggers, including mold, food allergies or sensitivities and stress. She looks for underlying biomedical imbalances such as nutritional deficiencies, abnormal gut microbes and signs of a leaky gut. “Based upon clinical and laboratory

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FRUGAL WELLNESS Healthy Living on a Tight Budget


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iving healthy on a tight budget may seem like a daunting task, but by setting up a self-care plan, prioritizing and shopping smart, the barriers can seem not quite so tall. With so many people unemployed or under-employed during the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for workable options is more important than ever. A sports and nutrition company, My Protein, did a study that shows the average

American spends $155 per month on health and fitness. That’s $112,000 over a lifetime. There are, however, strategies that can lower these costs. Jen Smith, a financial writer and cohost of the podcast Frugal Friends, often talks about ways to spend less, save money and be in control of our spending. “You may spend more up front or more on the things you really care about, but cutting out the waste or things that are not so

necessary can be a huge cost savings. This is not just for a penny-pinching, stay-athome mom. Being frugal doesn’t mean you are a cheapskate, but being wise with the limited resources that you have.” Smith says she had a pricey membership to a cross-fit gym, but in the long run, staying in shape can greatly reduce the costs of health care and prescriptions. “Any way you can stay active is what you need to do. Spending money in any way that gets you to commit to and consistently move your body is the answer.” Focus on eating good food and moving your body, Smith says. “When emphasis is placed more on that and on self-care, you save more money.” The National Institute on Aging recommends several ways to eat healthy on a budget: use coupons, consider purchasing store brands, know that convenience costs more, focus on priority foods, buy store-brand organics and forgo fresh for frozen organics. Sotiria Everett, a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Family, Population & Preventive Medicine at the Stony Brook Renaissance School of Medicine, in New York, agrees. “One thing to consider is seasonality. If out of season and organic, that will increase the cost. If you want clean living and healthy eating for the planet, that doesn’t make sense either, because of the cost of fuel and the pollution involved.” Everett recommends frequenting farmers’ markets because they offer seasonal, fresh, local, organic produce that is easier on the wallet and better for health. Her favorite tip is, “Learn how to plant foods. You don’t need a lot of space,


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oving into a house, office or any new space prompts us to envision bright days ahead filled with hope and joy. Perhaps this is why, from first-century Christians praying to dissuade evil influences to the Mayans smudging herbs to welcome positive energy, the act of blessing a house is such a time-honored tradition. Whether held in private or with a group of kindred souls, with or without religious elements, blessing a new dwelling takes the concept of housewarming to a sacred level. A house blessing can temper the hair-pulling stresses of a move and be a wonderful way to restore harmony after life gives us a jolt, be it a job loss, a broken relationship, a loved one’s passing or an illness. Simple gestures of intention, sprinkled with some beauty, enable us to claim our space and sow a new beginning. Arranging seasonal blooms in jewel-toned vases, scattering fresh rose petals over the threshold or misting the air with ethereal scents consecrates what might otherwise seem mundane. Singing a favorite song, whispering a spontaneous prayer or reciting a Buddhist chant during the flurry of unpacking invites calm and attracts benevolent influences. Pungent smudges of dried, white sage, sweetgrass,

pine or lilac flowers help dissolve unpleasant memories and energetic imprints from the past. Honoring the four elements of earth, air, fire and water can create balance and celebrate ancient customs. Adding one or more essential oils to a spray bottle filled with distilled water or culinary rose water is an easy way to mist the air and the space inside drawers, closets and cupboards before filling or refilling them. Hanging fresh evergreens, leafy branches or tufts of blossoms over doorways evokes what 10th-century mystic and healer Hildegard of Bingen called veriditas—the greening energy of the Earth. Employing a crystal or Tibetan singing bowl, beating a shamanic drum or playing an instrument in select rooms can charge the atmosphere with fiery hope. Opening windows, even briefly during cooler seasons, invites in the fresh air of possibility. Stepping into a new life—or revitalizing an existing one—is one of the most beautiful acts of caring for soul and self. Blessing our spaces is also an expression of gratitude, something that can make any life wonderful. Marlaina Donato is an author and recording artist. Connect at AutumnEmbersMusic.com. January 2021


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but do need sun and water access. You can keep it organic. A couple of seeds can give you a whole season’s worth of produce.” Jody Gatewood, assistant state nutrition program specialist for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and a registered dietitian, works with people on tight budgets through the university’s Spend Smart Eat Smart program. “We do a lot with families with young children,” she says. “They are on a budget and concerned about having enough food to eat. One thing we teach a lot, and it helps with a budget, is to plan your meals. Look and see what is on sale at the grocery store. If there’s a big meat sale, buy it then and use it throughout. I think what happens is if we don’t plan, we go to a restaurant or get convenience foods which can really add up.” Fresh, frozen, canned and dried foods can all have a part in our diet, she says. “I use a lot of frozen vegetables. If you use frozen, you just heat it up and it is ready to go. Protein can be expensive, so have some meals where black beans or lentils are the source of protein. Have that balance.” As for healthcare costs, Smith recommends to those that cannot afford typical insurance or costly prescriptions in their budget to consider using manufacturer discounts and a service like GoodRx.com, which details how much prescriptions will cost at different pharmacies. Consider using a “sharing ministry” for other costs, Smith says. With Liberty HealthShare, for example, people pay in every month and are billed like a cash payer when they have a medical bill while Liberty pays the cash. “When a doctor or hospital is billing an insurance company, they try to get as much as they can, but cash payers pay a lower amount,” she says.

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Terry Wahls on Taking Control of Chronic Conditions by Sandra Yeyati


wenty years ago, University of Iowa Clinical Professor of Medicine Terry Wahls was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS). Conventional treatments didn’t work, and her health deteriorated to the point where she was wheelchair-bound and facing a progressively grim future. Through rigorous scientific study and clinical trials, she developed a groundbreaking diet and lifestyle protocol that allows people to take control of their health, reversing many chronic disease states, including her own. She is the author of The Wahls Protocol: A Radical New Way to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions Using Paleo Principles, as well as an accompanying cookbook, The Wahls Protocol Cooking for Life.

What is your personal journey with multiple sclerosis?

In 2000, I had problems walking, which led to the MS diagnosis. After consulting the best doctors and taking the newest drugs, I went downhill anyway. At my lowest point, already in a tilt-recline wheelchair, I realized that conventional medicine wasn’t going to stop my decline into a bedridden, possibly demented state with intractable face pain due to trigeminal neuralgia. My physicians introduced me to the 38

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work of Loren Cordain, who developed the paleo diet, so after 20 years of being a vegetarian, I went back to eating meat; gave up grains, legumes and dairy. I also studied the basic science for animal models of multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and ALS, and decided that mitochondria—the organelles that generate the energy that cells use to run the chemistry of life—were leading to my early loss of myelin and brain cells. I also discovered The Institute for Functional Medicine and took their course in neuroprotection. Based on the science, I devised a supplement program to support my mitochondria. My decline slowed. Then came my “Aha!” moment: What if I redesigned my paleo diet, combining ancestral health with functional medicine principles, relying less on supplements and more on food to support my mitochondria? I did that, and my pain, brain fog and fatigue resolved. I began to get stronger, started walking. In three months, I was able to go for a bike ride with my family around the block for the first time in six years. It felt miraculous. It changed the way I think about disease and how I practice medicine. I now talk to patients about diet, lifestyle, exercise, toxics exposures and stress management, and I’m able to stabilize, reverse and greatly improve their blood pressure, blood sugar, pain and chronic diseases that I was struggling to manage using the latest drugs.


What have you learned about resilience?

People who maintain a sense of control have more robust immune function and are generally healthier. Many of my patients say that their diagnosis ended up being a tremendous gift because it allowed them to take stock of their lives and understand their priorities. That’s true for me. If I eat gluten, dairy or eggs, or I’m exposed to too much stress or toxins, my trigeminal neuralgia will turn on and I’ll have horrific facial pain, but I consider it to be a tremendous gift, because that’s my barometer for the inflammation levels in my brain, which reminds me to look at my triggers and recommit to my self-care. We teach patients how to track their biosensors.

Are you cured of MS?

No. I still have the genetic vulnerability and lesions in my spinal cord, and will always be sensitive to gluten, dairy and eggs. If I become severely stressed or don’t sleep, I’ll probably have a problem again. I caution all of my patients: If you go back to your previous diet and lifestyle, your disease states will return.

Isn’t it easier to just take a prescription drug for symptoms?

It’s a smaller level of effort, but they’re not cures, either. The underlying disease state progresses, so people typically need higher doses of their medications. They also develop co-morbid diagnoses that require new medications. Conventional medicine is effective for some symptom improvements, but it has never been evaluated for improving global health, whereas studies have shown that improving diet quality and incorporating exercise and meditation will improve multiple chemical pathways in the body, gene expression and your microbiome, and dramatically improve health outcomes across many disease states. For more information, including diet protocol guidelines and online courses, visit TerryWahls.com. Sandra Yeyati, J.D., is a professional writer. Reach her at SandraYeyati@gmail.com.

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we tend to treat the symptoms, versus treating the root cause of disease, which is why a majority of the time, the symptoms return when the drug is finished,” says veterinarian Katie Woodley, in Fort Collins, Colorado, who blogs at TheNaturalPetDoctor.com. “With a holistic approach, we look at the nutrition, gut health and how all the systems are connected … and resolve the imbalance.” Holistic veterinarians may specialize in acupuncture, herbal medicine, kinesiology, chiropractic, laser therapy or any of many other natural modalities as an adjunct to conventional medicine. They first must earn a doctor of veterinary medicine (DVM) degree and then may pursue optional holistic training. Following this path can take a great deal of time.

Healing Pets Holistically Integrative Vets Treat Root Causes by Julie Peterson


mma, a mini-schnauzer mix, was 4 years old when she started acting like a senior lacking zest for running or playing. After being treated by an integrative veterinarian for one month, she regained vibrancy. “She’s 6 years old now, and she’s her normal, barky, running, zig-zagging self,” says Yvonnda Agent, a volunteer with animal transport rescue operations, near Rockvale, Tennessee. Agent’s practitioner determined Emma had kidney issues that were slowing her down. Upon deeper investigation,

these problems were found to be the only visible symptom of a tick-borne illness. Once given immune-boosting, antiinflammatory and liver-detox herbs, the dog made a full recovery.

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Getting to the root cause of the condition is what integrative veterinarians are known for. They combine both conventional and holistic medicine, may use fewer drugs and limit vaccinations. “With conventional medicine,

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of green pus in her ears,” says Agent. Gabby’s medical history indicated that the ears, in addition to digestive problems, had been unsuccessfully treated with antibiotics and changes in diet. “Our holistic vet recommended a raw diet with no grains and no starchy vegetables. Gabby hasn’t had a single instance of ear irritation since,” says Agent, who believes that whole foods served as medicine and now serve as prevention for her pets.

Vexing Vaccinations

There is ongoing debate whether pet vaccination boosters that may be required by law or strongly recommended by vets provide increased protection or are harmful. Mounting evidence says that they are often overdone: for example, both five-pound and 100-pound dogs receive the same dosage. Yet vaccinations do prevent some serious diseases. “We do not like to over-vaccinate, but provide appropriate protection by minimal vaccination and encourage titers,” says Ingram. Titers are blood tests used to determine if a pet’s antibodies are high enough from a previous vaccination to warrant a booster shot for the specific disease. “Many of the core vaccines that your pet needs to be protected from diseases like parvovirus and distemper actually provide lifelong immunity with one vaccine,” says Woodley.

hours for a consultation,” says Ingram, who fully understands that demand is outstripping supply for integrative veterinary care. The American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, which has 1,500 members, has a search-by-state feature that also lists the modalities practiced by each veterinarian at ahvma.org/find-aholistic-veterinarian. In addition, Woodley, Ingram and others offer telehealth or long-distance consults. In lieu of finding a vet that is listed as holistic, pet parents can call clinics to ask questions about alternative treatments. Some facilities are more flexible than others. Choosing a veterinarian is a personal decision for owners. “I feel that traditional versus holistic care is simply sick care versus well care,” says Agent. “Their quality of life is so important to me and they’re solely dependent on the choices I make for them. I’m going to choose well care.” Julie Peterson writes from rural Wisconsin and has contributed to Natural Awakenings for more than a decade. Contact her at JuliePeterson2222@gmail.com.

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SUNDAY, JANUARY 3 Sunday Morning Celebration - 11am. A Burning Bowl Ceremony will be presented by Cyril and Cyndi Mayer followed by Harp and Bowls Threshold Choir. There will be delightful music sure to lift your Spirit and fill your hearts. The service will be presented on Zoom and Facebook Live. 941-953-6620, SarasotaCenterofLight.com. The Universal Service - 10:30am with Rev. Zan Benham, “Endings and New Beginnings: Setting Ourselves Aright for 2021.” We will release the old year and call upon the Divine within to guide us to a word that will set our intentions for 2021. These we will imprint on a White Stone. On Dec.28, the stones from the quarry in Hebron will be placed by the peace pole at RTI. You may pick yours up there. Faerie Elaine Silver will be our guest singer. On Zoom: https://zoom. us/j/812208049\  Password: RTI2020.This weekly egalitarian service celebrates all of humanity’s religions on a single altar. For Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd. Sarasota, RisingTideInternational.org. For info Rev. Zan, 941-922-7839.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 7 Healing Hope and Happiness in 2021 - 7pm. With Jim Toole. Identify and release what holds you back from experiencing joy, fulfillment and freedom in your life. Learn practical and inspirational ways to heal the past, find your truth and allow it to set you free into a healthy, hope filled and happy 2021. $10. Presented online on Zoom. Please contact Jim at RevJimToole@gmail.com or 941-330-5031 to attend.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 10 The Universal Service - 10:30am. With Patty Quinlan, “Gratitude According to Faith and Traditions,” The service will focus on gratitude for the gifts of creation, focusing on faith, its traditions and the oneness of God. On Zoom: https://zoom. us/j/812208049\ Password: RTI2020. This weekly egalitarian service celebrates all of humanities on a single altar. For Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd. Sarasota, RisingTideInternational.org, For info Rev. Zan, 941-922-7839. Sunday Morning Celebration - 11am. Reverend Tom Newman returns via Social Media as Guest Speaker and will share his wonderful Mediumistic talents during the service. Music will be provided by Jeff Rosenthal on guitar. Sarasota Center of Light, 852 S Tuttle Ave. 941-953-6620, SarasotaCenterofLight.com.


Dream-Building! Participants will delve into the art and science of Transformation, discover and dissolve blocks that sabotage efforts to succeed, and hone the tools needed to live in harmony with Universal Laws that govern success. This course is about living a life of financial abundance, experiencing “Full Spectrum” Wealth in every area of life! Video based program by Mary Morrisey of Life SOULutions and facilitated by Rev. Theresa Fieberts. On-line via Zoom. For more info or to register, either email Theresa@CSLCulturalCoast. org or call 941-376-0177.



ADVANCED CLINICAL HYPNOTHERAPY. Advanced Clinical Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy is available in Sarasota. Specializing in healing trauma and coping with life transitions. La-Alza.com.

Living, Loving and Laughing in 2021 - 7pm. With Jim Toole. Explore practical steps and inspirational disciplines that bring fulfillment to life, open your heart and bring a smile to your face. Wipe the slate clean and establish a new foundation to step into becoming all you can be in this New Year and decade. $10. presented online on Zoom. Please contact Jim at RevJimToole@gmail.com or 941-330-5031 to attend.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 15 Gallery by Advanced Student Mediums 7-8:30pm. On this night, a number of our advanced student mediums will present a Spirit Messages Gallery, supported by two Certified Mediums. Each attendee will have the opportunity to receive information from their spirit loved ones or guides, by the different styles of each student. Come and enjoy this fun and informative evening. $10 donation requested.  We are providing separated seating and all CDC requirements are being met.  Reservations required.  Call or text Susan Houliston at 941266-1696. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Drive, Suite 204, 941-266-8435, CMFsarasota.org, Facebook: CMF of Sarasota.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 17 The Universal Service - 10:30am. With Rev. Len Mahbood Seligman, “Dr. King’s Beloved Community and the Power of Song” In honor of MLK’s B-day, we explore his vision of the Beloved Community through songs of the civil rights movement as well as contemporary songs and those from various spiritual traditions that emphasize complementary themes. On Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/812208049\ Password: RTI2020. This weekly egalitarian service celebrates all of humanities on a single altar. For Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd. Sarasota, RisingTideInternational. org, For info Rev. Zan, 941-922-7839

SATURDAY, JANUARY 23 A Reiki III Master’s Class, “Brush Up Your Reiki” - 1-4pm. With Rev. Zan Benham on Zoom. Three hours of remembering, opening, understanding, augmenting and empowering ones Rei-Ki. A wonderful opportunity for the New Year. On Zoom. $33. Deadline for registration is 3pm on Thursday, Jan. 21. Confirmation and Zoom info will be sent at that time. Woman-Spirit.com. For info, 941-922-7839 or Zan@woman-spirit.com. 

Spiritual Principles & Practices Class - This foundational class, taught by Rev. Emile Gauvreau, provides the essential Spiritual Principles and Practices that form the foundation of Science of Mind philosophy. Participants will learn to actualize 10 transforming principles through a variety of spiritual practices. The result of this 5-week course is a deeper understanding of how to put spiritual principle into action to demonstrate personal and collective transformation. Required text: This Thing Called You by Ernest Holmes. Tuition $170. Online class via Zoom. For more info or to register, either email Theresa@CSLCulturalCoast.org or call 941-376-0177.



Fascia and Pain - 6:30pm online. Via Zoom with Dr. Eric Winder. Attend this web-based program and learn in-depth about fascia, why it is important, and how fascia problems are involved with pain. Case

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The Universal Service - 10:30am. With Rev. Parvati Karen Mikki, “Reaching for the Stars.” We allow our consciousness to expand with inspirations from the writings of Pir Vilayat and Carl Sagan. On Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/812208049\  Password: RTI2020. This weekly egalitarian service celebrates all of humanity’s religions on a single altar. For Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd. Sarasota, RisingTideInternational. org, For info Rev. Zan, 941-922-7839



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FRIDAY, JANUARY 29 Weathering the Storm in Our Unprecedented Times - 7-9pm. International speaker, cultural historian, best-selling author and distinguished astrologer Dr. Richard Tarnas will provide a state of the world report using an archetypal astrological context. He will review the current planetary situation, what gods are now in motion, and historical precedents for current conditions. C. G. Jung Society of Sarasota. $15 members/$25 nonmembers. Zoom event. JungSarasota@yahoo. com, CGJungsarasota.org.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 30 Synchronicity and Its Implications - 1-5 p.m. International speaker, cultural historian, best-selling author and distinguished astrologer Dr. Richard Tarnas will summarize the origin and history of the concept of synchronicity in Carl Jung’s work, discuss the experiential and transformative dimensions of synchronistic events, analyze the new understanding of causality they presuppose, and address their larger metaphysical and perhaps evolutionary implications. C. G. Jung Society of Sarasota. $55 members/$65 nonmembers. Zoom event. JungSarasota@yahoo. com, CGJungsarasota.org. Shaman Journey - 2-5pm. On Zoom with Rev. Zan Benham, Butterfly Deerwoman. A Shaman Journey is similar to a guided meditation enhanced by the heartbeat of the large Mother Drum. Fee is $25. payable in advance by January 28 at 3pm. A confirmation will be sent with instructions and Zoom info. For info, Woman-Spirit.com. To register, contact Rev. Zan at 941-922-7839 or email at Zan@Woman-Spirit.com.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 31 Sunday Morning Celebration - 11am. The Center will host Fred Mann as Speaker and he will offer a moving and inspiring blessing to all in attendance. Native American music will be certain to touch the hearts of all as Fred performs on the flute. Sarasota Center of Light, 852 S Tuttle Ave. 941-953-6620, SarasotaCenterofLight.com. The Universal Service - 10:30am. With Rev. Anna Basira Gomez, “The Alchemy of Transformation.” This Service illuminates the arc of Alchemy from ancient Egypt to today with its influence on many world religions and its four stages of purification. Special emphasis will be given to Citrinitas phase, the transmutation of silver into gold, affecting “lunar consciousness.”  On Zoom: https://zoom. us/j/812208049\  Password: RTI2020. This weekly egalitarian service celebrates all of humanities on a single altar. For Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd. Sarasota, RisingTideInternational.org, For info Rev. Zan, 941-922-7839

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sunday Unity of Sarasota- 9am. Live service at the labyrinth. Bring your chair and wear a mask. social distance is in place. Check website for other classes available on Zoom. 3023 Proctor Rd., 941-9553301, UnityOfSarasota.org. Christian Spiritualist Sunday Morning Services - 10am. Old time camp meet style service, guided meditation, healing, presentation of truth and mini spirit message for each person. Private or group readings available daily by appointment. Contact Rev Shari. Church of Light, 2408 43rd Ave. West, Bradenton, 941-751-5683. Sunday Service at CMF - Each Sunday morning service since we re-opened our in-person worship services on September 20th, we have been offering spiritual healing, an inspirational talk, special music and messages from spirit.  Leave refreshed and inspired to start the new week. We feature a variety of speakers and spirit message bearers throughout the year. We are providing separated seating and all CDC requirements are being met. Our Board of Directors is monitoring local health data, so please check our website for any UPDATES to schedules before visiting. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Dr., Suite 204, Sarasota, 941-2668435, CMFsarasota.org, Facebook: CMF of Sarasota. Unity of Sarasota- 10:30am. Services available on the Web and Facebook Live. The Sunday Celebration service includes a message and lively music. Check website for other classes available on Zoom. 3023 Proctor Rd., 941-955-3301, UnityOfSarasota.org. Sunday Morning Celebration Service, Facebook Live - 11am. Join us as we come together as a spiritual family and community, sharing our love and light for ourselves, for each other, and the world. Be a part of sharing the energy and illumination of our hearts and souls together through conversation, music, meditation, a talk and an affirmation. Sarasota Center of Light, 852 S Tuttle Ave. 941953-6620, SarasotaCenterOfLight.com. Center for Spiritual Living Cultural Coast - 11am. Virtual Gathering Via FaceBook & YouTube Live. Join us the first Sunday each month for a contemplative/ meditative experience. The rest of the month is a bit more lively - always an inspiring message based on the Science of Mind (New Thought) philosophy, featuring local & internationally known musicians. Contact Rev. Theresa Fieberts 941-376-0177, CSLCulturalCoast.org.  

monday Living Spiritual Circle - 11am and 5pm. Circles via zoom with Rev. Suzi. Check website to sign up and for other classes available on Zoom. 3023 Proctor Rd., 941-955-3301, UnityOfSarasota.org. Monday Night Mastermind - 5:30-7pm. Group meets twice monthly in Sarasota for mentorship, peer accountability, business coaching, and cognitivebehavioral education in a small, in-person setting. Designed to challenge each member to set and accomplish big goals, the group provides an organized agenda, a creative forum, and a safe place to explore the blocks that entrepreneurs and other creators may find themselves facing while making the audacious obtainable. Facilitated by Laura Weber Garrison, Ph.D. For more information please visit: La-Alza.com Feldenkrais with Bonnie K - 5:45pm. Online! Awareness Through Movement classes: Lessons (in chairs/on floor) are designed to quiet non-working habitual patterns, invite you into a process for learning and offer experiences for more efficient movement. Ongoing classes $65/4 movement lessons w/

replays. 941-360-2248. FeldenkraisInSarasota.com. Register with Bonnie at: FeldenkraisinSarasota.com/ Sarasota-Classes-Feldenkrais/   Pub Theology - 6:30-8pm, the 2nd Mon. of the month available on Zoom. With Rev. Amy Zehe. Bring your Spiritual questions. Contact Rev.Amy@ UnityofSarasota.org for Zoom meeting instructions. Go to website for other classes available on Zoom. 3023 Proctor Rd., 941-955-3301, UnityOfSarasota.org. Learning to Connect Classes at CMF -  7-9pm. Join Susan Houliston and guest instructors every Monday & Tuesday to learn techniques for connecting with Spirit. Students are given the opportunity to practice lessons to develop their skills and each class will end with healings by the “WE” for all attending. Discussions will follow.  $10 donation is requested.  Please refer to the CMF website CMFSarasota.org for description of the programs offered for each weekly class. Reservations needed, so call or text Susan at 941-266-1696. We are providing separated seating and all CDC requirements are being met. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Drive, Suite 204, Sarasota.  A Taste of Feldenkrais, Class on Essentials 7:15pm online. The mindset of Feldenkrais Essentials is to Inquire and ask questions. This is a TIME for NO striving. We simply ask you to be quiet and notice, BE and discover, how much more potential you have when you learn to ‘move with attention’, and, with the purpose to learn and expand!  941360-2248, FeldenkraisInSarasota.com. Online - first two complimentary. Offer yourself TIME to be with yourself in your own HOME - Perfect! Sign up directly through Zoom:https://zoom.us/meeting/register/v5ctc-mqqTMsdXEmqjQYrd0SYcgZwZv2CQ

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

wednesday Feldenkrais with Bonnie K - 9:45 or 11am. Online! Awareness Through Movement classes: Lessons (in chairs/on floor) are designed to quiet non-working habitual patterns, invite you into a process for learning and offer experiences for more efficient movement. Ongoing classes $65/4 movement lessons w/replays. More info, 941-360-2248. FeldenkraisInSarasota. com. Register with Bonnie at: FeldenkraisinSarasota. com/Sarasota-Classes-Feldenkrais/   Free Healing Clinic - 4-6:30pm. Our Masters tap into the Divine Source of energy to balance and heal your being. Relax and enjoy this renewing and enlightening experience. Love Donation Appreciated. Angel Ministries, 2269 S Tamiami Trl, Venice, 941-492-4995, AngelMinistriesfl.org.

Unity of Sarasota - 7pm. Weekday service with music and inspiration. Services available on the Web and Facebook Live. Check website for other classes available on Zoom. 3023 Proctor Rd., 941955-3301, UnityOfSarasota.org. Healing, Intention and Meditation Facebook Live - 7pm. Join us for a time of healing, connection and meditation. Let us all come together and experience the energy and inspiration that can make such a powerful difference in our individual lives. Will be offered as Facebook Live. Sarasota Center of Light, 852 S Tuttle Ave. 941-953-6620, SarasotaCenterofLight.com.

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

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

saturday Sarasota Farmers Market - 7am-1pm. Rain or shine. Established in 1979, the market continues its tradition of serving the community with local produce, plants, prepared foods and artisans. They currently have a full market that includes 70 vendors and 5,000 sq ft of produce and plants. 1592 Main St from Lemon Ave to Selby Five Points Park, Downtown Sarasota. Central Sarasota Year-Round Farmers Market - 8am-1pm, rain or shine. Every agriculture vendor at the market (fruits, vegetables, herbs, plants, etc.) is a grower or farmer, not just a reseller. The Florida House, 4454 S Beneva Rd, Sarasota. CentralSarasotaFamersMarket.com. Bradenton Farmers’ Market - 9am-2pm. Over thirtyfive vendors offering locally-grown fruits, vegetables, plants, organic products, fresh seafood, prepared foods, as well as the s of local artists, craftspeople and musicians. 1005 1st Ave W, Bradenton. 941-932-9440. RealizeBradenton.com/our_vendors. Downtown Bradenton Farmers’ Market - 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. Psychic Fair - 10am-3pm. 2 nd & 4th Sat. Are you searching, questioning and seeking answers? Choose from some of the best Intuitive Artists in the area. See what your future holds. Complimentary refreshments. Private Readings $1/Min. Angel Ministries, 2269 Tamiami Trail, Venice, 941-492-4995, AngelMinistriesfl.org. The Third Testament? - 11am. Introduction to the life work of Martinus. Live Stream with chat questions. Free. 941-462-3177, TheThirdTestament.info. Living Spiritual Circle - 1pm. Circles via zoom with Rev. Suzi. Check website to sign up and for other classes available on Zoom. 3023 Proctor Rd., 941-955-3301, UnityOfSarasota.org.

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community resource guide



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

Traditional Chinese Medicine, Functional Medicine, Energy Medicine, Medical Qigong, Chinese Herbology for the treatment of physical, energetic and spiritual disease. Dr. Ernesto Fernandez 528 48th Street Circle East., Bradenton 941-923-9355 Office@LongevityWC.com LongevityWellnessClinic.com

Medicine with integrity: with Traditional Chinese Medicine, energy medicine, medical Qi Gong and herbs, we help to restore vitality and full functioning to your body, mind and spirit. We do this through education, treatment and healthy methods. With safe, effective and personally tailored programs, our clients experience Health Freedom!

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


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


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

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

Medicine with integrity: with Traditional Chinese Medicine, energy medicine, medical Qi Gong and herbs, we help to restore vitality and full functioning to your body, mind and spirit. We do this through education, treatment and healthy methods. With safe, effective and personally tailored programs, our clients experience Health Freedom!


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Traditional Chinese Medicine, Functional Medicine, Energy Medicine, Medical Qigong, Chinese Herbology for the treatment of physical, energetic and spiritual disease. Dr. Cynthia Clark 528 48th Street Circle East., Bradenton 941-923-9355 Office@LongevityWC.com LongevityWellnessClinic.com


4801 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota 941-706-3257 • www.theomshoppe.com, www.theomshoppeandspa.com

Unique and one of a kind gifts, products, and spa services. The luxury spa includes services such as S o u n d W a v e 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.


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

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

Unique muscle-tightening acupuncture facelift and necklift done with 12 hair-thin needles, none of which are on the face. Results documented p h o t o g r a p h i c a l l y. O n l y o n e maintenance treatment needed every 18 months. Free consultation includes facial analysis. Monthly seminars, call for schedule.

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




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


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

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


TERRY SCHIBLER, LMT MA11621 Fusion Therapy 7069 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota 941-921-7900 FusionTherapySarasota.com

Terry Schibler has 30 years experience in advanced bodywork. He has a singular ability to trace, recognize and treat complex pain patterns through numerous modalities such a s C r a n i o S a c r a l T h e r a p y, Lymphatic Drainage, Visceral and Fascial manipulation. Terry’s hands-on work is effective for a wide range of problems associated with pain and dysfunction such as Migraines, Chronic neck/back pain, Concussions, TMJ, Post-surgical dysfunction... and more.


4801 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota 941-706-3257 • www.theomshoppe.com, www.theomshoppeandspa.com

Unique and one of a kind gifts, products, and spa services. The luxury spa includes services such as S o u n d W a v e 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.

DENTISTRY FLORIDA INTEGRATIVE DENTISTRY Dick Chapman 2401 University Pkwy # 204, Sarasota 941-893-5968 DickChapmanDDS1@gmail.com

Our Holistic practice is committed to achieving optimal health using the highest standards in professional care and safety working together with our integrative modalities. Our approach to dentistry is based on honesty, integrity and respect.


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

Our holistic & biological dental practice offers fluoride-free, mercury-free and mercury-safe procedures, Huggins Protocol, biological extractions, jaw-bone cavitation/NICO revisions, Ozone Therapy, holistic dental hygiene protocols, phasec o n t r a s t m i c r o s c o p y, homeopathic support, metal-free restorations, dental material biocompatibility testing, detoxification protocols and nutritional counseling all the while taking highly conservative and preventative approach.


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

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

 1653 5th Street, Sarasota 
 941-330-9274 TheGoddessShoppe.net

Susan Milligan is a Physician Assistant, Reiki Master, and graduate of the Barbara Brennan School of Healing specializing in Energy Healing and Past Life Regression.


Traditional Chinese Medicine, Functional Medicine, Energy Medicine, Medical Qigong, Chinese Herbology for the treatment of physical, energetic and spiritual disease. Chuck Pisa, BS, LMBT, LMT, CPEH 528 48th Street Circle East., Bradenton 941-923-9355 Office@LongevityWC.com LongevityWellnessClinic.com

Chuck Pisa, BS, LMBT, LMT, CPEH is an energy worker with a unique blend of Esoteric Healing, reconnection therapy and coaching that facilitates multilayered healing and powerful paradigm shifts in his clients’ approach to life.


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

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


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

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


Traditional Chinese Medicine, Functional Medicine, Energy Medicine, Medical Qigong, Chinese Herbology for the treatment of physical, energetic and spiritual disease. Tatiana Thompson, CHC, Health Coach 528 48th Street Circle East., Bradenton 941-923-9355 Office@LongevityWC.com LongevityWellnessClinic.com

Tatiana Thompson, CHC, is a health coach and physical therapist with a groundbreaking approach to revolutionizing her clients’ use of food for healing, impacting their health and happiness beyond measure.


2650 Bahia Vista St, Suite 303, Sarasota 941-702-8694 • WildLilyMedSpa.com Facebook.com/WildLilyMedSpa

M e d s p a specializ­ing in n o n - s u r­g i c a l micro nee­ dling face and neck lifting, Cryoskin fat freezing, facials and chemical peels. Also offering anti-ag­ing, cosmetic injectables (Botox and Fillers), lash extensions, fat freezing body contour­ing and non-invasive treatments. Call today for your free consultation.


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

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


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

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

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

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


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

Medical Breakthrough Technology! Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Specialist, Dr.David Cifra,DC. Advanced procedure for patients who have back and neck pain and want to avoid narcotics, epidural injections, and unnecessary surgeries. Over 90% effective. No pain, No drugs, No surgery, NO Injections. Call today 941-3582224. FREE CONSULTATION.


1440 Main St., Sarasota
• BrainwaveSarasota.com

We offer Brain Mapping and Neurofeedback Training. Nondrug, Non-invasive relief for anxiety, depression, ADHD, Tr a u m a , a n d m o r e . F r e e consultation. Retrain Your Brain & Enjoy Life!


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

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


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

Fourth-generation Psychic Intuitive Tarot Reader, Skye Samuel, is now available full time for readings Tuesday-Saturday at metaphysical and health boutique, Wild Ginger Apothecary. Skye has over 35 years’ experience and specializes in direct question answering for all matters of love, health, money, and life. Inperson, virtual video or phone available. Book online or drop-in. Tues - Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 10am-3pm.


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

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


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


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3231 Gulf Gate Drive, Suite 204, Sarasota 941-266-8435 CMFSarasota.org • Facebook: CMF of Sarasota 10:30 Sunday worship with inspired talk, music, spirit messages and healing. Weekly classes, special events, monthly message gallery. Come to engage, be enriched and enlightened.

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

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


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

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



727-729-2711 FloridaMedicalThermography.com


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


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

Community for health + wellness. Offering hemp CBD, bulk herbs, remedies, sage, gifts, cards, metaphysical tools, essential oils, jewelry and more! Classes and drop-in psychic readers daily. Open Tues - Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 10am3pm, Closed Sun + Mon


The Awakening of Humanity By Lynne Girdlestone


oday we are all experiencing one or more of the negative effects of an incredibly destructive ‘agent of change.’ Although horrific things happen every day on this planet, they usually affect other people elsewhere. COVID-19, however, can potentially reach anyone, anywhere, upending our lives in a multitude of ways. The obvious questions—how do we stop this virus, will a vaccine help, will the global economy recover—are all unknowns. They occupy our thoughts and emotions with every newscast. For some, the crisis is merely an inconvenient interruption in their ‘business as usual.’ For others it has created new ways to profit at the expense of others. But for most, it’s an amplified survival issue. We know that nothing happens by chance: “For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction” and “As you sow, so shall you reap.” What is happening today has its roots in everything that has gone before. When dysfunction reaches a tipping point, something extraordinary happens to get our attention. This pandemic may be saying “STOP... NOW ... look at the world you’ve built ... untold suffering amidst obscene excess ... all life forms and the planet itself in mortal danger!” The slowing and isolation are giving us the opportunity to consider these issues deeply and emerge with a better Plan B. That so many people are getting the message is an incredibly hopeful sign. Neighbors are helping each other; service organizations are expanding their roles and methods; scientific organizations around the world are sharing their research findings on possible treatments and vaccines; governments are trying to lift the financial burden of their citizens.

What would happen if this behavior were to continue post-Covid-19? Could it lead to treating a recovering planet as a ‘global village’ and its citizens as the one human family it is? It would take time, but we can start by demanding of our ‘leaders’ that we all push the ‘reset’ button and begin to move in that direction! Fortunately, at this very time, a little-known cosmic event is also taking place. As we move into the Aquarian age, characterized by energies of synthesis, unity and cooperation, the spiritual custodians of human evolution—the Masters of Wisdom—have once again sent one of their great ones into the world to act as a teacher for the coming time. Some of the past teachers we have known historically as Confucius, Krishna, Buddha, the Christ and Mohammed. Major world religions all expect another great teacher at some future time, and his imminent appearance has been foreseen by some writers since the late 1800s. For more than 40 years, British esotericist and lecturer Benjamin Creme informed the world of a coming change— of the collapse of our old structures to make way for the new. He served as a herald for the World Teacher for this age, Maitreya—the one expected by many and longed for by millions (consciously or not), who has come now to guide us through this perilous time and into a cleansed and transformed new world. Maitreya has advised humanity to make the needed changes to put our world on a saner, fairer path: “He [Maitreya] will show that essentially men are one, no matter the colour or the creed, that the bounty of Earth belongs to all, and that sharing of that

bounty is the key to man’s future. Only sharing, and the justice which it will bring, offers hope to man. Only justice wrought out of sharing will end the plagues of war and terror. Only sharing and justice can bring men to that Brotherhood which is their true inheritance. When men see this they will rise to the challenge and tackle one by one the many problems which daunt us now.” (Benjamin Creme’s Master from ‘Transformation,’ Share International magazine) Maitreya and his group have worked behind the scenes for millennia to guide our human family. Now, with these powerful, incorruptible allies openly in the world for the next 2,000 years and beyond, we have the opportunity to build a new world that works for everyone. Will we take it? In response to today’s injustices, we are marching. We are protesting. We are sharing resources and helping others. We are agitating for change. We are on the right track! Let’s not even consider returning to ‘business as usual.’ For free information: Share-International.us 888-242-8272 info@share-international.us

In The Awakening of Humanity, Benjamin Creme leads us on a journey of hope for the joyful world-changing events that are on the way. Free download at: https://share-ecart.com/ the-awakening-of-humanity-pdf/ January 2021



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