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appy New Year! We are so thrilled that you’re back here once again for our first issue of 2022. After a prolonged season of such immense upheaval, we’re ready to move into some exciting transitions and possibilities on the horizon, and we’re sure that you are too. So we invite you to join us as we pull back the curtain on health and wellness trends for the upcoming year. On that note, let’s peek inside what this issue has to offer! Our January feature article is chock-full of the latest trends in wellness to keep an eye on during 2022. Think: new plant-based proteins to nourish our bodies, while helping to combat the effects of climate change; wearable fitness trackers that monitor personal biometrics; telemedicine for both physical and mental health care; mindfulness coaching for optimal stress management; and intermittent fasting to enhance metabolic function. Next, we’re turning the lens to fitness-specific trends for 2022 in our “Fit Body” article. This year’s focus will be on holistic regimens that combine exercise with nutrition, sleep and mental acuity to maximize overall performance. Exercise technology will take center stage as well, with smart watches and rings, water bottles that track hydration, and resistance bands built into active wear. The fitness industry will also move away from an emphasis on aesthetics, such as toned abdominals, to instead prioritize the wellness benefits of physical activities. Finally, as our culture grows more aware of the impact our actions have on the environment, trends in sustainability will be more crucial than ever in 2022. As this month’s “Green Living” article points out, major automakers are now committed to phasing out the production of gas or diesel cars in favor of electric vehicles. Not only are these cars a more eco-conscious option, in the long-term, they can help consumers save on fuel costs due to improvements in battery-pack longevity and a rise in home-based car charger stations. As a result, 2022 could be the year when electric cars become financially accessible and even more sustainable. You know the drill, friends: as per usual, this is just a quick glimpse into all the wellness insight and inspiration that awaits you in this issue. We continue to be grateful for your support as members of our Natural Awakenings community, and we are so excited to step into what 2022 has in store for all of us together. Thanks for joining us on the ride!

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The George Creates Resurgence and Revitalization in Sarasota


he George is a new funky Florida lifestyle store, with brilliant finds and cool vibes that opened this past summer. It’s wonderful to see a resurgence of this type of boutique on North Tamiami Trail, just South of The John Ringling Museum. The name of this store was inspired by a vintage Irish pub sign which now hangs in the café window. This sign depicts one of The King Georges of The Georgian Period, a time of vibrant resurgence after the Medieval period in European history. Upon entering this unique shop, you will find an eclectic mix of Bohemian-Chic, upscale vintage and new clothing, artwork by local artists, hand-carved tikis, cast iron fountains galore, colorful tapestries, retro furniture, hippie and New Age artifacts, and a vast collection of porcelain, wooden, or glass hand statues. The George café serves fresh fruit and vegetable juices, smoothies, bubble tea and light fare. There is also space for classes, workshops or just hangouts. Anyone mentioning this article will receive 25% of all drinks and gifts through January 31, 2022. Plans are also in the works to provide even more treasures to awe and amaze, as well as to expand with more outside seating. Once you make your way into this shop, you will be inspired to reflect this creative spirit in design, art, and fashion. So enjoy a glass of carrot or celery juice and celebrate The George. Location: 5131 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. For more information, call 941-277-3707 or visit TheGeorgeSarasota.com.


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

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Workshop to Explore Personal Myth in Our Turbulent Times



est-selling author and Jungian analyst Dr. James Hollis will present the “The Personal Myth in Turbulent Times” during his January 21–22 Zoom lecture and workshop for the C. G. Jung Society of Sarasota. Myths can provide the capacity to tolerate change, reframe the evolving cultural scene and provide a source of personal authority, critical for mental health. It also can serve as a framework to assist those who are experiencing anxiety and depression as a result of social change, evolving models of society or shifting psycho-spiritual perspectives. This lecture and workshop will elaborate on these concepts, while provoking you to personalize the issues through four critical connections: to the cosmos at large, to nature and the Earth, to the community or society, and to your own psychological self. “In our postmodern era, the burden of meaning increasingly falls on the individual in one’s search for a personal myth, so as not to suffer a ‘division with oneself,’” says Dr. Hollis. “Thus, discovering one’s personal myth has become the central purpose of life. The goal is nothing less than the integration of the unconscious with the conscious in the image of ‘my fable, my truth.’” James Hollis, Ph. D., is a Zurich-trained Jungian analyst in private practice in Washington, DC, and the author of seventeen books including his latest which is Prisms: Reflections on this Journey We Call Life. Cost: $25 for members and $35 for non-members. For more information and to register, visit CGJungSarasota.org/Events, email JungSarasota@yahoo.com or call 941-952-8188.


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o you need help with your vitamin or supplement selection in 2022? Professional Supplement Center’s knowledgeable staff can assist with your individual needs. We carry top-rated professional brands such as Neuroscience, Wiley’s Finest Wild Alaskan Fish Oil, Pure Encapsulations, Ortho Molecular, Integrative Therapeutics, Thorne Research, Klaire Labs and Douglas Labs, to name a few. Fish oil is one of the most common nutritional supplements, but how do you know which one to choose? Wiley’s Finest Wild Alaskan Fish Oil products are made with MSC-Certified Sustainably Caught Wild Alaskan Pollock, produced in the USA at the Wiley’s family-owned and operated facility, then tested for exceptional quality certification. With over 25 years of expertise in dietary supplements, their devotion is to your experience and health. From high-concentration and mini softgels to liquids for children and adults, Wiley’s Finest offers expertly crafted omega-3 formulations for the whole family. However, if fish oil (or any animal product, for that matter) is not your preference, don’t worry. Both vegans and vegetarians can still enjoy the same omega-3 benefits that consumers of Wiley’s Finest Alaskan Fish Oil experience. That’s why this brand has also developed Wiley’s Finest CatchFree™ Omega, which contains all the heart healthy, brain boosting benefits of omega-3s in a Vegetarian Society Vegan Approved package. Location: 5525 Palmer Crossing Cir., Sarasota. For more information, call 941-487-5990 or visit ProfessionalSupplementCenter.com.

Year of the Water Tiger Chinese New Year Event


elebrate 2022 with the first annual Sarasota “Year of the Water Tiger” Chinese New Year event with The Feng Shui School of Chicago and Florida. This celebration will be held on January 29 at the Homewood Suites in Sarasota. The program will start at 10 a.m., and doors will open at 9 a.m. Laurie Pawli, Director and Certified Consultant will share insights on how to clear stagnant energy of the past year to make 2022 a year of rejuvenation and forward movement. To encourage the positive vibration for the Chinese New Year on February 1, Robert Austin, singing bowl expert, will provide a healing sound meditation. In addition, Leslie Harris Senec will teach a Qi Gong group exercise, and directions on how to Welcome the Gods of Wealth to your doorstep, along with astrology predictions for 2022 will be shared. Crystals, stones, sprays and jewelry will be available for purchase. Door prizes, as well as a free gift for each attendee will also be part of this event. Location: 305 N Cattlemen Rd., Sarasota. Cost: $22.22. To register, visit CreateTheFeeling. com or email LauriePawli@gmail.com.


Young Living for Life Conference


ou are invited to the Young Living for Life Conference. It’s time to return to the rhythms of life, and we are excited to share this event with a power-packed line-up of speakers, giveaways, vendors and more. You’ll enjoy speakers with backgrounds such as psychology, business and medicine who will share their knowledge and offer practical insights. You’ll also discover practical, effective steps to improve your physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well-being. Such topics include “Essential Oils and Your Brain,” “Creating a Healthy Home,” “Healthy Hormones,” “Aging Gracefully” and much more.* Young Living, which has been in business for over 28 years, is the world leader in essential oils with farms all across the globe. Their Seed to Seal guarantee ensures that all products and oils are of the highest and purest quality. Essential oils are everywhere now. Often referred to as ancient medicine, they are now mainstream, even in household products. However, there is a difference in these oils, and you will have the opportunity to experience that difference, as well as how oils can change your life. Join us and learn how to become a happier, healthier you! To purchase tickets, visit YLLife.EventBrite.com. *Speakers and topics are subject to change

Experience Shamanic Healing at The OM Shoppe & Spa


eet Don Reed Simmons, Shaman in residence at The OM Shoppe & Spa. As a Shamanic practitioner and teacher of over 40 years, Don Reed Simmons pulls back the curtain from the mystery of Shamanism and help make it available to every person, regardless of their race, gender, age, heritage, social or financial status, and religious beliefs. A Shaman is the earliest known practitioner of medicine to heal and illuminate the tribe or community. Shamans worked with nature by communicating with the Spirits of Nature, as well as what they called “Great Spirit,” and what we call Source or God. Simmons incorporates these ancient practices, combining them with the power of sound healing, to help those who seek well-being and understanding. He is available at The OM Shoppe & Spa for a number of services such as soul retrieval, past life regression, shamanic healing for resolution, chakra balancing and hypnotherapy. For more information and to book a session with Don Reed Simmons, call 941-706-3257 or visit TheOMShoppeAndSpa.com.

Anti-Aging Seminars on Zoom with Dr. Anna


r. Anna Baker, DOM, invites you to join her interactive anti-aging seminars via Zoom on January 19 and January 27, 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 to access the meeting ID number. Dr. Anna performs a unique type of acupuncture facelift that she invented. The muscles of the face and neck are progressively retightened to retrace the steps that aging took. An initial package of 10 treatments is required, and the results last for 18 months before a one-treatment touchup is required to maintain the lift. COVID-19 safety protocols include treatment rooms with special air filtration systems that pull patients’ breath droplets out the window. In these seminars, Dr. Anna will also show photographed results on people of all ages. In addition she will discuss her proprietary Pearl Cream by Dr Anna which offers the same muscle retightening as her acupuncture facelift in a slower, more gradual process. 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. Dr. Anna donates two percent of every purchase to the Environmental Defense Fund to help fight the effects of climate change. Pearl Cream by Dr. Anna location: 2721 Mall Dr., Sarasota. Temporary COVID-19 store hours: Monday through 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.

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New Expansions at Spa Experience Siesta Key


pa Experience Siesta Key has undergone a recent expansion to accommodate groups of as many as eight people. We also offer an array of new spa services including therapeutic and relaxing massage, anti-aging facials and microcurrent facial sculpting, and Connie’s Signature Facial that features a deeply exfoliating enzyme fruit peel, treatment ampoule and custom-tailored mask and cream to your specific skin type. One of our most popular spa services is our Sun ‘N Smoother. This relaxing service includes an aromatherapy salt scrub and our deeply healing hot stone massage. Other offerings include acupuncture for those who need extra help in achieving their health and wellness goals. Acupuncture can help with chronic digestive, musculoskeletal, and hormonal conditions. It’s an excellent way to restore balance in the body. Our Best of Both Worlds Facial and Massage package is for those who want it all. Indulge in this pampering and therapeutic treatment that includes a full-body relaxation or therapeutic massage and a facial. All massages include hot towels and aromatherapy. Elevate any service with our hot stone massage, CBD or full-body scrub. We now offer eight treatments at a time. Spa Experience Siesta Key has earned five-star awards on Trip Advisor for several years, and it’s owned and operated by aesthetician Connie Lewis, LMT. She has 30 years of practical experience working in the spa industry. Lewis is thrilled to offer her vast array of services in this new remodeled day spa. Location: 5700 Midnight Pass Rd., Ste. 4, Siesta Key. For more information, call 941-349-4833 or visit SpaExperienceSiestaKey.com.

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January Events at Sarasota Center of Light


n January 2022, the Sarasota Center of Light will continue to present those who are an important part of our metaphysical community. We will host a “Manifesting 1, 2, 3” and “You Don’t Need #3” workshop by best-selling author Ken Elliott via Zoom on January 8, noon to 2 p.m. The cost to participate is $25. We also will host a “Psychic Development Leading to Mediumship Course” with Rev. Mary Torrey via Zoom on January 13, 20, 27 and February 3, 7:30–9:30 p.m. The total fee for this fourweek course is $75. Psychic abilities are a critical aspect of your development as an evolving soul. Psychic abilities are also easy and fun to develop. In a psychically empowered state, you can achieve goals and improve quality of life. This class will include lectures and hands-on experience with classmates. In addition, we will host a natal astrology class, “The Blueprint of Your Life,” with Rev. Michael Schlotterbeck on January 18 and 25 and February 1 and 4 Time: 7:30–9 p.m. The total fee for this four-week course is $75, and no previous knowledge of astrology is required. Your natal astrology chart is a personal road map that reveals your best life. You are encouraged to bring your own birth chart to this class for easy reference. Please register no later than 10 a.m. on January 17 to receive the Zoom link and class handouts. Finally, we will host an auragraph class with Marie Lisseman on January 29, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost to participate is $40. Auragraphs (known as symbolic art) are creative pictorial expressions that portray the soul essence of a person. An auragraph is a vehicle for profound spiritual communications as you draw with intention and focus. This workshop consists of a lecture and hands-on experience with different techniques. The Center’s Ministry Team will conduct the services in January, offering heartfelt spiritual guidance. There is also a possibility of surprise guests, teachers and talented musicians who are eager to see this Center thrive and grow. Our services and classes will continue online, and we will immediately email and Facebook any changes that occur. Our guests for Sunday services include Rev. Gerry Greig on January 2, Rev. Michael Schlotterbeck on January 16, Rev. Rosie Bouch on January 23, and Rev. Gregory Kehn on January 30. We humbly ask for your support. Contributions can be submitted on the donate page of our website, by calling the office, by using Paypal (ChurchOffice@SarasotaCenterOfLight.com) or by mailing a check. All contributions are greatly appreciated. In addition, questions are always encouraged and welcome. Mailing address: 2710 Browning St., Sarasota, 34237. Location: 852 S Tuttle Ave., Sarasota. For more information, call 941-953-6620 or email ChurchOffice@SarasotaCenterofLight.com. To register for classes, visit SarasotaCenterofLight.com.

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Consider Basil to Fend Off Alzheimer’s A natural compound called fenchol, found in basil and other plants, may help to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease by preventing toxic proteins from accumulating in the brain, report researchers from the University of South Florida. In a new study published in Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, researchers reported that a sensing mechanism called the FFAR2 receptor on short-chain fatty acids in the gut microbiome reduces neurotoxicity in a brain with Alzheimer’s. After screening more than 144,000 natural compounds to find those that activate that receptor, they discovered that the fenchol in basil bound to it the best. Fenchol was also found to clear harmful amyloid protein from the brain much faster than other compounds and to prevent the formation of half-dead, inflammatory “zombie cells” found in deteriorating brains. Future research will focus on on whether fenchol is best delivered through basil itself, a nasal application spray or a pill.

Try Lavender and Valerian to Ease Heart Fatigue People with chronic heart failure often struggle with fatigue, making simple daily tasks difficult, but a new Iranian study suggests that lavender and valerian may help counter this symptom. Researchers divided 120 patients with heart failure into three groups that were given either a 530-milligram valerian root capsule, lavender aromatherapy or routine care. In a two-week period, people taking either of the herbal therapies reported significantly less fatigue than the control group.

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Dr. David Cifra Earns National Certificate for Back Pain Treatment

Never Forget

Tuskless Elephants Adapting to Poaching Scourge

Location: 2415 University Pkwy., Suite 216, Sarasota. For more information, call 941-358-2224 or visit SarasotaDiscCenter.com. For more information see ad on pg 11.

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r. David Cifra, DC, lead practitioner of Sarasota Disc Center, was recently recognized by the International Medical Advisory Board on Spinal Decompression in Palm Beach County. At this time, he was also presented with a National Certificate in Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression. Dr. Cifra received this honor after completion of an education program on Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression, alongside some of the most specialized physicians in the U.S. This advanced certification is the gold standard in both training and research to perform the most effective treatment of spinal disc disorders which often contribute to lower back and neck pain, sciatica, numbness and other issues related to the spine. As this certification proves, Dr. Cifra is both skilled and committed to offer the highest level of care to his patients without the use of narcotics, epidural injections, or unnecessary and invasive operations. In fact, Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression is safe, gentle and effective for 90 percent of those who qualify to experience this level of care. Dr. Cifra is currently accepting new patients on a limited basis, so contact his office within the next seven days to receive free consultation and a priority appointment to determine if this treatment is right for you.

Approximately 90 percent of the elephants in the present-day Gorongosa National Park, called one of the “last wild places” by National Geographic, were poached for ivory to finance the civil war in Mozambique from 1977 to 1992. Before the conflict, less than one-fifth of females were born without tusks. Now the number is closer to 50 percent. A study published in Science Friday reveals “smoking-gun evidence for genetic changes,” according to University of Victoria (Canada) conservation scientist Chris Darimont. He believes the study helps us understand how humans can have a major influence on evolution. The same phenomenon has also been observed in Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya after periods of intense poaching. Although female and male elephants can be born with tusks, tusklessness occurs at around 2 percent in a well-protected population. Study co-author and Princeton evolutionary biologist Robert Pringle thinks the changes are reversible as the population recovers, saying, “There’s such a blizzard of depressing news about biodiversity and humans in the environment, and I think it’s important to emphasize that there are some bright spots in that picture.”

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elieving shoulder pain requires a careful, thorough approach for this complicated joint. The shoulder moves more freely than any other joint in the human body, and its movement and stability hinge on more than a dozen different muscles. Whether dealing with tendinitis, arthritis or mild tears of the rotator cuff, successful treatment of most shoulder problems requires applying treatments that restore muscle function and balance. Restrictions in the connective tissue called fascia, from prior injuries, are often the cause of shoulder muscle dysfunction. However, finding and treating these restrictions can restore muscle balance and strength to relieve shoulder pain. To better illustrate the complexity of shoulder issues, let’s look at the cases of three recent patients of mine, whom I will refer to as Pat, Larry and Sue. Pat could not raise her left arm to her head which led to a diagnosis of tendonitis. Larry could not reach behind him or even into the back seat of his car. He was told that he had bursitis in his right shoulder. An MRI of Sue’s right shoulder showed a small rotator cuff tear. She was unable to lift a coffee mug or drive her car without intense pain. Each of these patients had different problems, but the roots of their pain could be traced back to their fascia, or fibrous connective tissue.

Pat’s tendonitis occurred because lifting her arm caused pinching of a tendon. Examination showed that her latissimus dorsi muscle (which is the largest shoulder muscle) was contracted and overly tight whenever she lifter her arm. This caused the joint to align incorrectly while in motion which resulted in the painful pinch. Larry could not reach behind him due to tension in the pectoral (chest) muscles and restriction of the fascia at the front of his shoulder joint. These issues were probably caused by a hard fall on concrete two years prior which made his shoulder painful for several weeks. Sue’s shoulder movement was weak and unstable due to uneven tension and weakness of muscles around her shoulder blade. Her pain and discomfort increased gradually over several months, rather than making a sudden appearance. The instability and awkwardness in her shoulder movements caused degeneration that led to her rotator cuff tear.

Solving the Problems

The solutions to these three different problems shared one commonality—the need to restore muscular balance and stability to the shoulder. By using therapy to release restriction in the fascia, stress was removed from the irritated tendons and connective tissue, allowing it to heal. This kind of fascia release in the shoulder often relieves pain even when there is a minor tear or other injury. In the cases of Pat, Larry and Sue, all three found significant relief and ability to return to their normal daily activities. Pat required fascia treatment in the lower back area which is where the latissimus muscle is anchored. There were also restrictions in the fascia of the left side of her rib cage and her left biceps muscle. In addition to fascia release therapy, she was also given specific massage therapy to coincide with treatment to her lower back. After a few weeks of treatment, she was able to raise her left arm almost as high as the right with comfort and ease. In addition to treating Larry’s pectoral

muscles and right shoulder joint, fascia restriction in his thoracic spine (mid-back) also needed to be released. Low-level laser therapy was also used to relieve pain and inflammation deep within the shoulder joint. Over time, he gained full range of motion. However, I warned him to stop reaching behind him from the front seat of his car into the back to grab his briefcase. That position is unnatural and stressful to the shoulder which, therefore, caused repetitive re-injury each time he did it. Sue’s primary problem was in the serratus anterior muscle (under the shoulder blade). She also had restricted fascia at the base of her neck and down her triceps. After fascia release therapy, Sue learned to do specific shoulder stretches and exercises to speed healing and prevent re-injury. After her treatment was complete, Sue could drink her morning coffee and drive without complaint. She still had to avoid heavy lifting due to the rotator cuff tear, but otherwise, she had no problems with daily activities.

The Common Thread

No two shoulder problems are exactly the same. However, almost all issues with the shoulder can be improved by restoring muscular balance and stability to the joint. There are many important parts to a successful treatment plan for the shoulder which include stretching and strengthening, as well as low-level laser or microcurrent therapy in some cases. The treatment that I find most critical is fascia therapy because restrictions in the fascia are often the main cause of muscle weakness, tension or imbalance. When fascia therapy is combined with other treatment methods to restore muscular balance and control of the shoulder joint, many types of shoulder pain can be reduced or relieved entirely. This is even true when shoulder surgery has failed to resolve shoulder pain, or has created new pain due to scar tissue. Dr. Eric Winder has 24 years in practice, with a focus on relieving pain and restoring alignment and motion through fascia release therapies without forceful manipulation. For more information, visit GentleBay.com. January 2022


Intermittent Fasting A Key Strategy to Optimize Metabolic Health and Longevity by Dr. Laura Korman, DC


ere we are again, at the time of intake of calories for given periods of time. year when many people are highly When we fast, our bodies begin to shift motivated to take off those extra “holiday from burning glucose and glycogen (fuels pounds.” When asked about my recomneeded for immediate energy needs) to mendation for the best strategy to lose that burning body fat (fuel stored for future excess weight, my quick answer is to follow energy needs). the ancestral practice of intermittent fastThe key to remember is that we must ing. Most of us are familiar with fasting as burn through the glucose available in our it applies to prayer or for religious reasons, bodies before we can “earn the right” to tap but many are not aware of its many benefits into our stored fat reserves. This metabolic related to metabolic health, anti-aging and shift from burning glucose to burning fat disease prevention. happens at different rates, depending on Intermittent fasting is an eating plan our age, activity level, the type of foods we Openings Available thatImmediate alternates between consuming and consume and the percent of excess body fat Call today schedule yourthe Free Consultation. abstaining from, to or greatly reducing, we already have on board.

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and keep our metabolisms stimulated. While continuous feeding can be beneficial to a young active athlete, it is not optimal advice for most Americans. In fact, this notion of needing to frequently feed ourselves has played a contributing role in the steady rise of obesity and related chronic diseases during this same 50 year period of time. We live in a much different world than our ancestors did. We are more sedentary, working indoors, spending more time on computers, social media and TV, and frequently eating late into the evening. Many of us also have more accessibility to food than in previous times, with grocery stores, convenient stores and drive through restaurants full of packaged, preserved, processed, and sugar laden foods or beverages. These refined foods quickly raise blood glucose levels and, subsequently, insulin levels. This signals the body to store more fat than the unprocessed foods commonly consumed 100 years ago. Frequent consumption of these “convenience” foods keep us in a constantly fed state, storing fat. The feast and famine cycling of our ancestors was always a normal way of life, and now we’re finding that, by mimicking this lifestyle, we can tap into some powerful health benefits for optimal metabolism, disease prevention and improved longevity. Intermittent fasting is shown to not only to lower risk for obesity and diabetes, but according to the New England Journal of Medicine, it is also shown to improve multiple risk factors for heart disease including blood pressure, resting heart rate, lipids and insulin resistance. Strong pre-clinical studies show that neurodegenerative disorders including Alzheimer’s and Parkinsons can be slowed or delayed with fasting strategies by reducing neuroinflammation and boosting mitochondrial (the powerhouse of our cells) function. Fasting is also shown to improve cognition, memory and recall in adults. In addition, fasting stimulates autophagy where the body cleanses itself from damaged and precancerous cells. It improves antioxidant function, DNA repair and lowers chronic systemic inflammatory responses. In athletes, strategic fasting not only lowers body fat composition, but also improves endurance and maintains muscle mass with weight training. While intermittent fasting is considered safe for the majority of people, it should be avoided in those who are severely malnourished or underweight, children under 18 years of age, and pregnant or breastfeeding women. Caution or professional guidance should be taken with people taking medications, or have type-1 or -2 diabetes. I have found intermittent fasting to be a beneficial switch when it comes to breaking through weight loss plateaus for my patients, and I highly recommend it during my various nutritional programs. I will be holding a free five-pound challenge in January 2022 for those interested in ensuring their weight is back on track after the holidays. For more information about this challenge or how to make intermittent fasting part of your lifestyle, please call my office at 941-6296700 or visit DrLauraKorman.com.

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It’s Time for Some Re-Alignment in the New Year: Q&A with Dr. Andrew Hall

by Mary-Elizabeth Schurrer


s we enter 2022 and continue to transition out of the global health crisis of these last two years, chances are, optimal wellness and quality of life are at the top of our New Year’s resolution lists. But as many of us know, health maintenance does not just mean dulling painful or uncomfortable symptoms or learning how to function in spite of these issues in the background. True well-being is achieved when we’re able to find the root cause of pain and move beyond it into a life of real, vibrant, sustainable healing. That’s exactly the kind of treatment philosophy Dr. Andrew Hall, DC, subscribes to and practices on a daily basis. Just ask those who have experienced his unique approach to Chiropractic firsthand. “Dr. Hall has an intuitive understanding of how to treat each patient’s needs. For this, I am grateful. I no longer have any recurring, debilitating headaches, thanks to his care. Working [with him], I look forward to more years of optimal health,” one patient notes. Another confirms, “Dr. Hall saved my life. I had post-concussion syndrome, and for four years, I struggled with blurred vision, headaches, faintness, anxiety and depression. I saw three neurologists, three medical doctors and a psychiatrist. I had two MRIs done, along with blood work, and everything came back normal. “I was put on seizure medication, antidepressants and pain killers. Most doctors told me there was no hope, and I would have these symptoms for the rest of my life. But Dr. Hall took 3D x-rays of my neck to discover the root of my symptoms. After I was put in alignment, my entire life started coming back to me, and today, I am blessed 20

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to be symptom-free and healthy again. Dr. Hall is a true healer who makes miracles happen in his office!” So what is this modality that Dr. Hall performs with such effectiveness and precision? It’s called the Blair Upper Cervical Technique, and in this month’s Community Spotlight article, he was kind enough to share what it entails and how it can help all of us find wellness in 2022. On that note, I am thrilled to introduce you to Dr. Hall in the Q&A below. Natural Awakenings: Can you summarize your educational and professional background in health care, as well as the branch of medicine that your practice focuses on? Dr. Andrew Hall: I have a Bachelor of Science from Excelsior College, as well as a Doctorate of Chiropractic from Cleveland College in Los Angeles. I am certified to teach the Blair Upper Cervical Chiropractic Technique, and I was the president of the Blair Upper Cervical Society from 2011 to 2020. I was also featured in the documentary “The Power of Upper Cervical,” produced by Storeyville. I practiced this technique in Los Angeles for 20 years where I treated over 12,000 cases before relocating to the Sarasota area. NA: Will you describe the Blair Upper Cervical Technique—how this procedure works, the types of conditions it will treat, and the healing benefits it can provide? Dr. Hall: The Blair Upper Cervical Technique uses a three-dimensional cone beam computed tomography (CBCT). This precise low-dose radiation imaging machine allows the practitioner to clearly view each joint of the upper cervical spine in order to correct spinal misalignments in the neck. These spinal misalignments usually result from trauma (car accidents, sports injuries, slip and falls, or other blunt type traumas). Since misalignments occur at the joint level, CBCT allows the doctor to see each individual joint’s angle and direction of spinal misalignment. This, in turn, enables


the doctor to custom tailor the correction for each patient’s unique joint anatomy and misalignment direction. The precision not only corrects the misalignment, but also holds the spine in its normal position, which improves central nervous system functioning, so the body can heal and repair itself. Here are the most common conditions we see in our office: • • • • • • •

Meniere’s disease and vertigo Chronic pain conditions Post-concussion syndrome Headaches and migraines Depression and anxiety TMJ and Eustachian tube dysfunction Trigeminal, occipital and glossopharyngeal neuralgia

NA: What drew you to this particular modality in the first place? Do you have personal experience with using the Blair Upper Cervical Technique, and has it changed your state of wellness and overall quality of life for the better? Dr. Hall: In 1991, I suffered a neck injury from a wrestling match. I heard a crunch in my neck upon impact, but in the immediate aftermath of this injury, I felt no pain and initially thought I averted disaster. But over the next two years, I spiraled into a series of chronic health problems such as constant headaches, nausea, energy loss, dizziness, vision blackouts, brain fog, sinus inflamation and pain at the base of my skull. These physical issues caused my mental health to plummet as well. I dealt with anxiety, depression and insomnia. I began to fear that I had cancer, and in some of the lowest moments of this ordeal, I even had a thought of suicide. Fortunately, this scared me into action, so I consulted with a primary care doctor who ran an examination and, rather quickly, revealed to me that he didn’t know what was wrong. After this initial consultation, I saw a number of specialists, internal medicine practitioners, neurologists and even a psychiatrist. But none of these doctors were able to identify the root cause of my severe chronic pain. After all of these attempts to mask the symptoms without addressing the issue at its source, I knew this conventional model of health care was not the answer. So I embarked on a quest not to feel better, but to get better. Finally, I was referred to a homeopath who asked me a question no one else had previously thought to—she inquired about my past trauma history, at which point, the neck injury from 1991 resurfaced. This homeopath advised I see a chiropractor named Dr. Tom Forest who

practiced a unique modality in which the top vertebra of the neck is corrected with a gentle, specific form of realignment. That was my first exposure to the Blair Upper Cervical Technique. As I soon learned from Dr. Forest, physical trauma can cause dysfunction and misalignment in the spine which interferes with the central nervous system and can manifest as chronic pain. The correction he then performed on me unlocked my own body’s inherent ability to heal itself and restore optimal functioning when no other modality worked. In short, the Blair Upper Cervical Technique has transformed my life, and I am passionate about sharing it with others. NA: Are there any health and wellness strategies or action steps that you recommend to our Sarasota community as we enter this New Year in 2022? Dr. Hall: The central nervous system controls and coordinates each cell’s function in the body. If you experience a misalignment in the upper cervical spine from a prior injury, this will irritate and interfere with the body’s optimal function. This dysfunction can manifest in any area of the body and could then result in a plethora of health conditions. Therefore, I recommend that every man, woman and child be screened for upper cervical spine misalignment, whether you’re sick or asymptomatic. This will ensure the most vital aspect of your health–– the nervous system––is functioning as well as possible. The Blair Upper Cervical Technique is known for helping patients with chronic health challenges who have not experienced relief from other types of care. We pride ourselves on resolving these issues in patients who have nearly lost all hope in recovering. Dr. Andrew Hall, DC, is the lead practitioner at Sarasota Upper Cervical Chiropractic. He has been performing the Blair Upper Cervical Technique since 2002, and his current practice is located at 3920 Bee Ridge Road, Building D, Suite 101, Sarasota. For more information and to schedule an appointment, call 855745-1821, email Contact@SarasotaUpperCervical.com or visit SarasotaUpperCervical.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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Detoxification for the Start of 2022

by Fred Harvey, MD


ast month, I discussed toxicity and the possible sources of toxic burden in our lives. We explored natural toxins and synthetic toxicants, toxic metals and excessive electromagnetic radiation exposures. We also touched on psychospiritual stresses and physical traumas as further toxic burden. We can reduce this toxic burden and improve our overall function, energy and satisfaction in life with simple action steps towards optimal health. The first step is to develop awareness that you are not functioning as well as you believe could be possible. Once you realize

this functionality is not at the level it could be, you can then take the next step toward recovery, which is to explore what you feel through discussion with family, friends and doctors. Fortunately, there are doctors who understand these issues. Functional Medicine is uniquely positioned to help you delve into this complex process. Our goal is to discover why you are ill, so we can stop the damage. Our client history intake process dives deep in order to help guide the search for the root cause. We use unique tools to find toxins

and toxicants in patients. Initially, we test for these toxins based on the signs and symptoms discerned from the intake exam. We look for the presence of toxic metals, petrochemical solvents, pesticides and glyphosate. There are specific ways to look for human metabolic toxic byproducts and environmental or food-borne mycotoxins. Once we find these, the next step is eliminating the source, which will depend on which toxins are found. For instance, mercury in tuna fish or pesticides on a peach would each require different elimination plans. We can also take basic steps to support a cleaner, healthier lifestyle. Use resources like the EWG.org “Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen” food lists. Drink only filtered water. Eliminate pesticide and herbicide use in your local environment. Stop eating processed foods from companies like Kellogg, Kraft and Nabisco and all “fast foods” establishments. Reduce intake of most

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Health in the New Year 10 Top Wellness Trends for 2022


very new year marks the convergence of endings and beginnings—an opportunity to assess where we’ve been and anticipate where we’re going. As this dynamic relates to our health, this year promises an intensification in the development and adoption of several trends that have been years in the making.

Plant-Based Foods Take Center Stage The consensus among researchers is that filling our plates with colorful vegetables and fruits improves health and reduces our risk of developing a number of chronic degenerative diseases. “This approach, along with eating less meat and avoiding sugar, is wonderful to control blood sugar,


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lower uric acid and nurture your microbiome, which is fundamentally important to reduce inflammation, increase your body’s production of antioxidants and vitamins and help maintain the integrity of the gut lining so that you don’t get leaky gut and, therefore, inflammation,” says board-certified neurologist David Perlmutter, author of Grain Brain and four other New York Times bestsellers. Awareness of the devastating effects of industrialized meat production is also accelerating. “Avoiding animal products is probably the first and most important ethical choice one can make,” says Princeton University bioethics professor Peter Singer, author of the seminal Animal Liberation. “That’s going to dramatically lower your carbon footprint. You will no longer be


complicit in the suffering of tens of billions of factory-farmed animals, and you won’t be contributing to the increasing risks of viruses being bred in factory farms.” According to market analysis firm CB Insights, “As COVID-19 spread across the globe, shifting consumer behavior and virus outbreaks in factories has dealt major blows to the meat supply chain, with the beef industry alone facing an estimated $13.6 billion in losses.” Several U.S. meat processing plants were forced to close their doors. In response, a growing inventory of plant-based alternative proteins is emerging, offering new products that seek to mimic the experience of eating a juicy hamburger (Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods) or crispy chicken nugget (Simulate). Banza makes high-protein pasta from chickpeas. Retail sales of plant-based meals in the U.S. have grown by 25.5 percent over the past two years, and other manufacturers joining the field are Plantible Foods, Rebellyous Foods, Livekindly and InnovoPro. A recent survey found that 36 percent of consumers intend to increase their consumption of alternative protein sources in the near future. Perlmutter cautions, “Just because they’re plant-based doesn’t give them full sanction. They may contain unfermented soy, which may not be non-GMO or organic, and per an article in the New York Times, their carbon footprint may be a lot higher in production of these products than we have been led to believe. Do a little research on these manufactured foods and go for plant-based options that aren’t processed. Shop the periphery of the grocery store.”

Telemedicine Will Continue After the Pandemic According to management consultants McKinsey and Company, when

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COVID-19 began, the level of telemedicine increased in America 78-fold, peaking in April 2020. Although it has been declining since then, the use of telemedicine is still at a 38-fold increase compared to pre-pandemic times. “While it has leveled off, we are going to see persisting use of telemedicine in situations that involve basic communication with a patient,” says Perlmutter, citing compelling attributes such as cost savings, convenience and a lower carbon footprint because people don’t have to commute to a doctor’s office.

Wearable Devices and Home Testing Empower Patients Perlmutter also anticipates an amplification of the use of wearable devices and home testing to provide biometric data that informs people about their health status and inspires them to modify lifestyle choices. The Oura Ring records the time it takes to get to sleep, how many times the wearer awakens during the night and how much time they spend in REM and deep sleep. This information enables people to modify day-to-day activities to improve the quality and quantity of sleep. Apple Watch aficionados are increasingly relying on the device’s biofeedback features, including its newest metric, blood oxygenation, while diabetics and non-diabetics alike employ continuous glucose monitoring systems to pinpoint how lifestyle choices like food, exercise and sleep affect blood sugar levels. “That is not only trending now, but will increase quite dramatically as consumers push to learn more about themselves,” Perlmutter predicts. “No longer is this information going to be siloed in the doctor’s office. People are becoming more and more empowered to learn this data about themselves and act on it.”

matter,” Perlmutter says. “When I went to medical school, we thought our DNA was locked in a glass case and that it would determine everything about us. Nowadays, we know that the expression of more than 70 percent of our DNA that codes for health and longevity is under our control and influenced by our lifestyle choices. The food we eat, whether or not we slept well last night, the stress in our lives, whether or not we spent time in nature—all of these things, moment-to-moment, change our

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Mental Health Destigmatized

When U.S. gymnast Simone Biles dropped out of the 2021 Summer Olympic Games citing mental health challenges, she created an opening for other people to speak up. If a world champion could reveal her vulnerability on the global stage when the stakes were so high, certainly so could they. Her compelling story is emblematic of an emerging trend: Mental health is gradually becoming destigmatized. “It’s becoming acceptable to talk about our feelings and ask for help, and this trend is shattering unhealthy cultural myths, like the erroneous assumption that if we talk about our emotions we’re going to fall into a pit of despair and sadness,” says Licensed Integrative Psychotherapist Leslie Davenport, the author of Emotional Resiliency in the Era of Climate Change. “There’s a boldness among younger generations that are challenging the status quo and demanding to be accepted as

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they are. Tucking away anything that might not be socially acceptable is a part of the past. Kids want their families and adults to accept and love them exactly as they are.” On Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, #itsoknottobeok is a popular hashtag. Mental health surveys show that eco-anxiety in particular is prevalent among the young. Late last year, scientists at the University of Bath, in England, interviewed 10,000 youth between the ages of 16 and 25 across 10 continents. In the U.S., 68 percent said that the future was frightening. Almost half admitted that they had distressing feelings related to climate change on a daily basis, 42 percent believed that the things they valued most would be destroyed and 35 percent feared that their family security would be threatened.

A Surge in Coaching According to Davenport, “In addition to therapy becoming more acceptable, I’ve seen coaching become more common as another option in which people don’t have to examine their past and can instead look forward. A coach can help them make sense of their life, set goals and hold them accountable.”

Mindfulness Becomes Ubiquitous In a few decades, mindfulness practices have catapulted from Buddhist monasteries to corporate boardrooms and have become a billion-dollar industry in the U.S. with an 11 percent annual growth rate. “Mindfulness has been emerging for a while, but at this point, it’s a household word,” Davenport says. “People are talking about mindful eating or mindful conversations. Core concepts like being present in the moment or taking in the other person in an empathetic way are rippling out into so many aspects of life.”

Therapy and Meditation Apps Abound Redefining the conventional, in-person therapy session that is 50 minutes in a quiet room, therapy apps allow people to have short phone calls, video chats or text exchanges with a therapist for a low monthly fee. Notable therapy apps include BetterHelp. com, OnlineTherapy.com, BrightSide.com and Calmerry.com. For meditation, Calm.com, InsightTimer.com and HeadSpace.com are dominating the field.

Virtual Experiences Are Here to Stay Many people that were devastated by isolation and loneliness during the pandemic sought social engagement via streaming and app-enabled webinars, exercise routines or art classes. Suddenly, virtual conferences attracted participants from all over the world. Davenport relishes the fact that she was able to take tap dancing classes from a renowned New York City teacher, even though she lives in Washington State. “In a surprising silver lining, we’ve come to appreciate the convenience of these virtual experiences, which we likely wouldn’t have attended in person before the pandemic.” Sandra Yeyati is a professional writer and editor. Reach her at SandraYeyati@gmail.com.

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Peter Russell on the Healing Power of Letting Go by Linda Sechrist

and the writings of contemporary teachers including Eckhart Tolle and Ram Dass.


n Letting Go of Nothing: Relax Your Mind and Discover the Wonder of Your True Nature, Peter Russell reminds readers what lies at the heart of all spiritual traditions. Based on his half-century of practicing Transcendental Meditation and applying the lessons of ancient and contemporary spiritual teachers, he offers a new perspective on the age-old practice of letting go, which involves not being attached to outcomes, surrendering desires, accepting the present, opening to a higher power, relinquishing the ego and practicing forgiveness. He traces the seeds of many ideas in the book to his time in India studying with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, as well as immersing in A Course in Miracles

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What exactly do you advise us to let go of? While the thought-provoking title suggests that individuals might be asked to let go of a situation, possessions or a relationship, the fundamental theme running through the book is not the letting go of things themselves, but rather letting go the things that only exist in the mind—thoughts, interpretations, fixed beliefs, points of view, expectations of the future, attachments to possessions and relationships, judgements, grievances, assumptions about how things should or should not be. These things in the mind are the lens through which the things of the world are experienced. For example, looking at things through blue-tinted spectacles gives everything a blueish tinge. But the lens itself is not part of the world you see. In a similar way, the lens through which we see our world is not another thing we see. In this sense, we are letting go of the “non-things” that color our view of the world.

What led to your understanding of this? The questions “Is there another way of seeing this?” and “Could there, just possibly, be another way of seeing this?” occurred spontaneously, without an effort on my part. With an open, curious attitude and without trying to find an answer or

even assuming there was one, my inner knowing was able to shine through and reveal another more helpful way of seeing things.

What benefits have you experienced from letting go? I’m more in touch with my intuition and my feelings and less consumed by my thoughts. I feel better, experience more peace and am content. Discontent is largely self-created by thinking how things should or should not be. When discontent drops away, contentment becomes more prevalent. No one walks around wonderfully enlightened all the time. Letting go is a lifetime process. Noticing where I get caught up, pausing, coming back to the present, to what is, has a feeling of “Ahhh.” It’s a sense of coming home to my inner home. The world pulls us outward, taking us out of ourselves. When we step back from it and let go for a while, it’s like coming home to our self.

How can we better savor each moment? In just pausing and noticing what is in the present moment of experience, you’ll simply be stopping and withdrawing your interest from the thoughts that showed up when you paused. If you notice that your attention relaxes and if there is a sense of ease, a gentle sense of happiness or joy or a quality of spaciousness and clarity, savor it. Later, when it occurs to you, pause again and again. But don’t let the practice of pausing become routine or a ritual. Instead, make each pause a fresh inquiry into the moment and be curious about what it feels like, as if it were the first time, because it is the first and only time you will savor “this” moment. Linda Sechrist is the Natural Awakenings senior staff writer. Connect at LindaSechrist.com. January 2022


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A Better Morning Jolt



ost Americans enjoy a daily dose of coffee, and an increasing body of research indicates it’s not a bad habit to have. Meanwhile, a growing number of people are adapting their morning drink rituals to incorporate ingredients ranging from matcha to mushrooms in search of additional health benefits. “After many years of research, we have concluded that coffee can be a fantastic additive to the diet. Coffee consumption is associated with a decrease in all-cause mortality, risk of cardiovascular death and stroke,” says Claudia Hleap, a registered dietician nutritionist in Philadelphia. Regular coffee consumption is also correlated with a decreased risk of Type 2 diabetes, potentially due to its naturally containing polyphenols, which are plant compounds with protective antioxidant properties. The caffeine in coffee, as well as in tea and cocoa, can also boost short-term metabolism and brain function.


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As with most things in life, moderation is key; overconsumption of coffee can result in insomnia, irritability, gastrointestinal issues and other short-lived side effects. “Caffeine intake may negatively impact sleep duration and quality, which is essential for optimal health,” says Hleap. “Coffee can also serve as a vessel for added sugars and unhealthy fats in the diet if you are adding sweeteners and artificial creamers.” Many java drinkers today are experimenting with healthy alternatives and add-ons to shake up their routine morning pickme-up. Chicory-based drinks, made from roasted ground chicory root, are a favorite for Lauren O’Connor, a Los Angeles registered dietitian nutritionist and author of Healthy Cooking for One. “Chicory is caffeine-free, acid-free and a gut-friendly alternative to coffee,” she says. “It also has a robust, roasted taste that can satisfy those who desire more than an herbal tea. Date ‘coffee’, made from date seed, also has a deep, rich flavor.” Some chicory tea blends also incorporate roasted dandelion root, which has been used by herbalists for centuries to enhance the body’s detoxifying functions, particularly of the liver. Golden milk, a traditional Indian beverage associated with Ayurvedic medicine, is another flavorful alternative with numerous health benefits. Recipes vary, but golden milk is typically prepared by heating milk or a plant-based milk alternative along with turmeric, black pepper, ginger, cinnamon, honey, vanilla and/or cardamom. “These warming spices go above a simple caffeine replacement to provide powerful anti-inflammatory benefits,” says Trista Best, a registered dietitian in Dalton, Georgia. Best also recommends matcha, a traditional Japanese drink

Rather than swap out coffee altogether, some java lovers are bettering their beloved beans with healthy add-ons such as powdered mushrooms, ghee and spices. made from powdered, young, green tea leaves whisked in water as a coffee alternative with less caffeine and other added benefits. Because the tea leaves are essentially consumed in powder form rather than just steeped in water, matcha contains more catechins, an important antioxidant, than a typical preparation of green tea. “The L-theanine, an amino acid, in matcha is known to improve brain health, which shows itself through improved memory, attention and reaction time,” notes Best.

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Rather than swap out coffee altogether, some java lovers are bettering their beloved beans with healthy add-ons such as powdered mushrooms, ghee and spices. “A healthy addition to coffee can include coconut oil, collagen or butter. These can add some fat and protein content, which will provide more energy while also jumpstarting your metabolism at the beginning of the day,” says holistic health coach Virginia Gruhler. Ghee, a clarified butter that originated in ancient India, has been touted as a “keto-friendly” way to help neutralize the acidity of coffee while adding healthy fats and nutrients. Spices like cinnamon and cardamom have been added to coffee and black tea for centuries in the Middle East and Asia to enhance both flavor and health. Cinnamon, for example, may help lower blood sugar, in addition to having antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. Mushroom coffee is another popular “coffee-plus” beverage which combines the flavor and energy boost of java with the benefits of medicinal fungi like turkey tail, lion’s mane and chaga, boosting the immune system and potentially warding off serious health conditions like dementia and cancer. Because caffeine can stay in the bloodstream for up to 10 hours, staying clear of all caffeinated drinks in the later hours of the day will help ensure a better night’s sleep. When a mid-afternoon slump hits, a brisk walk followed by a cup of a flavorful herbal tea like Rooibos or lemongrass can wake up the body and the brain naturally. Connect with Washington, D.C., freelance writer April Thompson at AprilWrites.com.

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High Times for the Cannabis Industry Emerging Trends with a COVID-19 Caveat by Jim Motavalli


t’s fair to say that the cannabis industry has arrived. Recreational marijuana has now been approved in 17 states, and 37 have allowed marijuana for medical purposes. “We have CBD!” proclaim store signs selling the buzz-free cannabidiol. In 2020, more than 240,000 people worked in cannabis-related jobs. The Brightfield Group says the medical cannabis industry will reach $16 billion in annual U.S. sales by 2025. Cannabis market research firm Headset predicts this will be “a year of positive growth” for the industry. Legalization and expansion are strongly in line with public sentiment: Two-thirds of Americans believe marijuana should be legal, says the Pew Research Center. Opposition has fallen from 52 percent in 2010 to just 32 percent by the end of 2019. “Dispensaries and cannabis cafés are as commonplace as Starbucks, and ordering edibles is as easy as getting pizza,” reports


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marketing firm Grassfed Media. The National Retail Federation noted a 700 percent increase in the demand for CBD-based products in 2019. One caveat, however, is COVID-19. Ron Newman, a sustainable development analyst with Lee Enterprises Consulting, says the hemp/CBD business was flat during 2020 because of the pandemic. “With the economic situation, people were buying only essentials,” he says. “But we’re seeing the business start to come back now.” With COVID-19 recovery, more growth is certain, and here are some upcoming trends. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the active ingredient in marijuana that gets the user high. The natural compound CBD—said to have healing and pain/anxiety relief properties—is being heavily marketed in the form of oils, edibles (including gummy bears and lollipops), oral sprays, creams and pills. The third-most

popular food-related Google search term in 2018 was “CBD gummies”. CBD dietary supplements are the biggest category, followed by topical applications and third, food and beverage additives. THC is still illegal in many parts of the U.S., but CBD cultivation and sales were legalized by the 2018 Farm Bill. California offers a model for the states in regulating cannabis. Both medicinal cannabis and adult recreational use are legal, but the industry is strictly regulated by the Department of Cannabis Control to ensure that businesses operate safely and that products are free from contamination, properly labeled and kept away from children. Research into cannabis is an emerging field, with 23,000 papers published since 2010, and Grassfed believes that some future products will be based on “other cannabinoids and terpenes such as CBN, CBG, THCA and THCV.” In addition, strains labeled indica, sativa or hybrid, or with names like Gorilla Glue and Wedding Crasher, may increasingly be replaced by a scientifically supported classification system. Bar & Restaurant magazine wants its bartenders to know there might be THC-free CBD cocktails on their future bar menus. It reports that these drinks are “a legal grey area; federally they’re illegal, but some states have their own CBD-related laws.” The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says flatly, “It is currently illegal to market CBD by adding it to a food or labeling it as a dietary supplement,” but the agency has said it is considering relaxing this prohibition. There’s a Wild West quality to the CBD/hemp industry today. An FDA study found many CBD products to be mislabeled, with either more or less CBD than indicated. A significant number contained THC. And then there are the laws, with federal prohibitions and state regulations, that can be quite different. For instance, New York bans CBD products with more than 0.3 percent THC, and bans CBD from any alcohol or tobacco product. So determining whether any specific product is “legal” or not in different locations is complex. But marketing benefits are plain. Wynk alcohol-free seltzer says it has “2.5 milligrams of THC and 2.5 milligrams of CBD in every can.” However, Wynk is not widely available. Casey Coughlin, Wynk brand manager, says, “We only sell Wynk through the dispensary channel, which is highly regulated on a state-bystate basis. So, although CBD and THC beverages are not federally

legal, they are at the state level under regulation.” Jody McGinness, executive director of the Hemp Industries Association, says the FDA doesn’t actually have strong enforcement powers, and that the worst thing CBD/THC legal violators can expect from the agency is a warning letter posted on the FDA website. Gregg Sturz, co-founder of Florida-based CBD Hemp Experts, a leading wholesale provider of cannabis-derived products, says he expects the FDA to eventually approve CBD for use in dietary supplements. “I don’t think they’re trying to shut the industry down, just come up with some clear guidelines,” he says. The legal status of THC is such a question mark that, according to Investopedia’s Marijuana Investing Guide, large banks “are currently afraid of money-laundering charges they may face if they work with these businesses … The American Bankers’ Association has been pushing for more legal clarity.” Newman, who studies the medicinal uses of CBD, notes that in some cases it’s being marketed as a topical analgesic for pain relief, when actually the other proven ingredients in analgesics—including methanol and camphor—are doing the heavy lifting. This situation has also produced FDA warning letters, because if CBD is claimed to relieve pain, then it is required to go through a new drug application process for efficacy. In 2018, the FDA approved Epidiolex, an oral solution with CBD as an active ingredient, used for the treatment of rare and severe forms of epilepsy. While it’s the only approved product so far, studies suggest CBD might be useful for anxiety, insomnia, skin protection and addiction. McGinness sees the major growth area for cannabis-related products not in CBD, but in industrial hemp fiber. As hemp growers gear up in the Midwest after decades of federal bans, they’re likely to expand beyond cottage clothing companies into such areas as auto and industrial parts and building materials, he says. “Hemp products made in a green way create fewer emissions,” McGinness says. “And the bioplastics made from hemp are lighter-weight, which increases fuel efficiency. I expect we’ll see heartland industrial hemp grow so much it will make CBD look like a niche.” Jim Motavalli is a Connecticut-based journalist who writes about the environment, cars and music. He can be contacted via JimMotavalli.com.




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WHOLE-PERSON FITNESS Current Trends in Wellness Tools by Maya Whitman


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nsiders agree that the idea of fitness is changing, and this means an exciting wave of trackers and apps that go beyond achieving the ultimate six-pack abs. “So many of us want a nice exterior, but now more than ever, we realize how important it is that the interior match that exterior,” says Dominic Kennedy, a Los Angeles trainer and founder of the Dominic Effect, an app that provides fitness workouts, customized meal plans and mind-body tools like meditation, yoga and affirmations. The industry of wearable technology has been expanding since the advent of the FitBit Tracker in 2014, and the trend is not slowing down. Current fitness wearables even include rings that offer more detailed biometric data including blood pressure, heart rate, sleep and calories burned. With some smartwatches now priced under $50, it’s clear why the business marketing firm Grandview Research predicts significant annual growth for such products for the next six years.

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For this year, fitness and wellness choices will focus more on practical effectiveness within the new normal. “I see that most don’t want to spend hours in the gym. The way life is now, we do things differently: home gyms, home office, home childcare,” notes Kennedy. The world of fitness is extending beyond the gym, taking inventory of all the aspects that factor into maintaining wellness. “This year, fitness is all about making workouts work for you and your lifestyle. Whether it be wearable technology, customized online personal training apps or mindset workouts that work on getting your mind

“So many of us want a nice exterior, but now more than ever, we realize how important it is that the interior match that exterior,” says Dominic Kennedy in gear, 2022 has me excited,” says Stephanie Mansour, a Chicago-based fitness coach and host of the national PBS fitness and wellness show Step it Up with Steph. “I think we’re going to be focusing on habits and other areas of life like food, sleep and mindset that contribute to the effectiveness of workouts.” She also foresees people picking up inspiration from hardcore fitness devotees that share more of their personal daily habits such as journaling, affirmations and how they stay committed to investing in health. Bringing a water bottle to a yoga class or slipping on activewear is becoming digitalized, making it easier to target overall health. Staying hydrated based on individual needs is effortless using a Thermos app-connected hydration bottle with a smart lid that tracks daily intake. Mansour’s favorite fitness ally is clothing inlaid with resistance bands. “You can actually get in a workout while doing everyday activities with this resistance apparel. I love how resistance bands are built into these pants so my daily walk, yoga session or washing dishes and doing laundry turns into a workout because my muscles engage and work harder,” she says.

guilt. The founder of Core Program, designed to help entrepreneurial mothers take charge of their health and fitness, she warns about the possible trigger effect of digital trackers that use pop-up screens or reminders about daily steps. “I would suggest asking yourself why you want to use a tracker. Once you have identified the reason, you can now seek out alternative options that may cause less pressure,” she says. To stay accountable without mental anguish, she suggests using a multisport watch that offers the perk of real-time audio coaching. Kennedy concurs, saying, “The point is not to cause any more anxiety and to create

a safe space. We should not be obsessing about weight and putting ourselves down, but finding a space that will lift our spirits.” Despite the benefits of the latest technology and extras, Mansour reminds us to adhere to “tried and true methodologies like regular workouts that you enjoy, eating nutritious foods and taking care of your mental health through meditation, stress-reduction techniques and getting adequate sleep.” Maya Whitman writes about natural health and living a more beautiful life. Connect at Ekstasis28@gmail.com.

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More Support, Less Pressure Kennedy sees a sense of community taking root since the start of pandemic, especially via online forums and groups centered on health and fitness. “We spend so much time on the internet and social media, and during the pandemic, it was a huge outreach that will continue to grow since you can do it right from your computer or phone.” New Jersey-based fitness trainer Nadia Murdock sees a trend of prioritizing ourselves without all-too-common feelings of January 2022


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The Electric Vehicle Revolution Moving Toward an All-EV Future this Year by Jim Motavalli


lmost certainly, electric cars are in everyone’s future. Not only are automakers—from General Motors and Volvo to Rolls-Royce and Bentley— pledging to stop producing gas and diesel cars, but a long list of countries in Europe and Asia plus three U.S. states are planning to ban them by 2040 or earlier, often citing climate change imperatives. This wouldn’t be happening if electrification technology was standing still. Instead, it’s made rapid progress to the point that electric vehicles (EV) are more often than not better cars than their internal combustion counterparts. A range of 300 miles or more (the top model of the luxurious Lucid Air claims 520) has become commonplace, and the inherent properties of electric motors—such as lots of low-end torque— means they’re very fast off the line. The Rimac Nevera, an EV supercar, reaches 60 mph in an incredible 1.85 seconds. But there’s more. Fuel and service costs have been dramatically reduced with EVs. A 2018 University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute study


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pegged the average cost to operate an EV at $485 a year, compared to $1,117 for a gasoperated car, and battery packs and electric motors take up less space than engines, transmissions and radiators. This means larger passenger compartments with more legroom and no center “hump”, and storage up front (the so-called “frunk”), as well as behind. Designers are even able to ditch the grille—a feature shared by all but a few air-cooled cars on the market.

EVs Get More Affordable

The high cost of EVs has been off-putting. The Tesla Model S Plaid Edition, made in California, starts at $129,990, the Arizona-produced Lucid sells for up to $170,000, and the Croatian-made Rimac costs $2.4 million. That’s one reason EV penetration is low—accounting for only 2 percent of U.S. sales in 2020. By last year, there were almost 1.8 million EVs on American roads—three times the number of 2016— but affordable cars would make the numbers grow much faster. The federal $7,500 federal income tax credit for EVs helps, but


it has a 200,000-unit sales cap, and General Motors and Tesla have already met it. Some states, and especially EV-friendly California, have generous additional incentives, and a proposed increase in the tax credit from $7,500 to $12,500 is under consideration by Congress. Battery pack costs—the key reason EVs are expensive—went down an average of 16 percent per year between 2007 and 2020, the University of Pennsylvania reports. And that has created cheaper electric vehicles such as the Chevrolet Bolt ($31,995), Hyundai Kona ($34,000), Mini Cooper SE ($30,750), Nissan Leaf ($32,620) and Tesla Model 3 ($41,190). The big news for truck fans is that the country’s bestselling vehicle for many years, the Ford F-150 pickup, will have a battery electric variant called the Lightning on the market this spring with a price under $40,000. For some people, hybrid or plug-in hybrid vehicles are a better choice. They’re certainly cheaper. Toyota’s long-lived Prius (with 58 mpg city/53 highway) starts at $24,525. And there’s an appealing Ford hybrid truck, too—the Maverick—at $19,995. It went on sale late last year. These “green” trucks are undoubtedly better for the environment than their gas and diesel counterparts. Greenhouse gas production is directly tied to fuel economy, and some versions of the current F-150 pickup get only 15 mpg combined. The only emissions from its EV counterpart and battery trucks like it will be from the generation of the electricity to run them. The Maverick hybrid gets 40 mpg in city driving. In 2020, researchers in England and Holland said that driving an EV is better for the environment in 95 percent of the world—the exception would be in areas with very dirty coal-based grids. For a complete lifecycle analysis, it’s necessary to factor in the effects of manufacturing, the mining of rare earth minerals, the makeup of the local grid, end-of-life recycling and other factors. EVs do have slightly higher greenhouse gas production from recycling (1.8 tons versus 2.4 tons) because of battery processing, a Chinese study says. But that same study reports that complete lifecycle

emissions for EVs are 18 percent lower. The good news is that many of the factors that go into lifecycle analysis are getting better for EVs. Renewable energy is the fastest-growing energy source, and the amount in the U.S. grid increased 100 percent between 2000 and 2018. Lithium is essential for modern EV batteries, and both General Motors and BMW have invested in more sustainable methods of extraction.


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Another EV cost is the installation of 240-volt electricity for home charging. But in 2020 the International Code Council (ICC) set new voluntary guidelines for new homes that would make all of them “EV-Ready”. Installing the necessary wiring when the house is built would cost $920, compared to $3,550 for a retrofit, says the ICC. Some municipalities, such as Seattle, already require EV wiring for new homes with off-street parking. Increasingly, EVs are being equipped for two-way power, meaning they can power homes or construction sites. That’s one part of the appeal of Ford’s Lightning, which has 9.6 kilowatts of power available to keep the lights on during a power outage. It can provide full-home electricity for three days.

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Buying an EV will require some lifestyle changes, most but not all of them positive. Passing up gas stations is a plus. Studies show that 80 percent or more of EV charging will be done at home,

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Why Words Matter by Marlaina Donato


rom witchy incantations in Shakespeare’s Macbeth to ancient Sanskrit mantras; from the stirring speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr. to the divinely inspired poetry of the Sufis, words have bridged the chasm between the visible and the invisible since the dawn of human language. They have the capacity to conjure change, rock the boat, manipulate mood and alter the inner landscape. According to language research center Ethnologue, there are more than 7,000 languages in the world. We use words every day to communicate, to learn, to teach, to bond with kindred souls and to win opinion wars on social media. We can use words as medicine or weapons, and we too often forget their power. Many religious texts draw attention to the spoken word, especially in creation stories and the creative capacity of deity. In the Vedanta Sutra, an ancient Vedic text, the phrase anavritti sabdat translates to “by sound vibration, one becomes liberated.” Consider what it would be like if we each made a daily commitment to use everyday words as a conscious tool for healing—a practical form of spiritual discipline from which everyone might benefit. In our age of rapidly developing technology and jam-packed schedules, the spoken word is becoming a casualty in the daily blur of abbreviated texts and emojis. Forty percent of the world’s languages are on the threshold of extinction, and so is the language of everyday courtesy and compassion. “Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me,” the old saying goes, but words do hurt, chipping away at our mental health in the classroom, on the checkout line at the supermarket and in our social media newsfeeds. Negativity-overwhelm has become the norm. If the mystics of old are correct regarding the energetic impact of our words, thoughts and self-talk, incredible power awaits on the tip of our tongues. With a little bit of attention and intention, there’s so much we might be able to create for ourselves and others. Words are seeds, and we can sow life-sustaining gardens for generations to follow. Consider what to plant today. Marlaina Donato is the author of several books and a composer of visionary music. Connect at WildflowerLady.com.



mostly at night. Regular servicing for tuneups and oil changes will become a distant memory, and so will the financial bite. AAA says EVs will cost on average $949 less per year to maintain. Many of today’s electric cars have range limitations, and this needs to be factored into trip planning. The 2021 Volkswagen I.D. 4 Pro can travel 260 miles on a charge, perhaps not enough to get to grandma’s house. The 2021 Nissan Leaf only has a 150-mile range, although the Leaf Plus increases that to 226. Buying used is tempting, because some EVs—such as early Nissan Leafs—are highly affordable, with good ones costing about $7,000. But its range is poor, just 73 miles. While some older Teslas have credible range, they’ve also retained their value pretty well. In general, buying new—which includes claiming the federal income tax credit—is a better idea. First-time EV buyers worry about high prices, range, finding public chargers (although the $7.5 billion allocated to build them in the recent infrastructure bill may help), the considerable time needed to recharge at home, compromised interior space and replacing the expensive battery packs. These are all legitimate concerns, but the lower-priced, roomy, fast-charging EVs coming on the market now—and a network of more than 41,000 public chargers—go a long way toward addressing them.

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Pet-Pleasing Food Trends What Dogs and Cats Will Eat This Year by Ronica O’Hara


most cats were free-range explorers of the outdoors. Today, two in three American households have a pet, and the animals are increasingly part of the family—sometimes even more beloved than human family members. One study, for example, found young children more likely to confide in a pet than in a sibling. A mattress company survey found that 71 percent of pet owners sleep with their furry friends. The forced togetherness of the pandemic drew pets and owners even closer. “Today, pet owners want to reward their pets in every way possible to let them know how grateful they are for the unconditional love and companionship they provide,” says Osborne. The urge to lovingly pamper pets starts at the food dish with many emerging trends.

Custom Tailoring According to market analyst firm Mintel, three in five U.S. pet owners are willing to pay more for foods that are customized to their pet’s specific dietary needs, a trend being eagerly met by more than 700 brands and 10,000 products. Today, a dizzying array of foods are tailored to pets’ ages, breeds and physical and emotional conditions. Obese dogs can chomp down on high-protein, low-fat foods; anxious pups can mellow out with foods that contain hemp and CBD oil; and dogs prone to kidney stones may find relief on a renal-support formula. Consumers unable to purchase pricey, specialized formulas are making kibble less boring by adding flavorful mix-ins and toppers such as shredded tuna and lamb liver flakes.


og and cat food is becoming ever more humanized in the U.S. Market researchers and veterinarians report that consumers are increasingly demanding for their pets what they want for themselves: high-quality, sustainably sourced ingredients that are free of questionable byproducts. “Organic, gluten-free and even vegan are now mainstream when it comes to Fido and Fluffy,” says integrative veterinarian Carol Osborne, of Chagrin Falls, Ohio. “Fancy foods, gourmet treats, even personal pet chefs have become the norm.” In a turnabout on animal testing, some companies advertise that their pet food products are tested on humans. It’s the logical outcome of an evolution in how pets are regarded, say psychologists. Only a few decades ago, most dogs slept in doghouses rather than in bedrooms, and


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Going Plant-Based


The slow but sure rise in the number of Americans that eat natural, plant-based diets has its parallel in animal diets. Organic pet food free of pesticides, antibiotics and chemicals constitute a robust, $22-billion-a-year business in the U.S., and vegan pet food sales are predicted to grow globally by 12 percent a year. Ancient grains like amaranth, quinoa, buckwheat and millet are included in gluten-free formulas to satisfy a small but growing market. To make plant-based chow more appealing, pet food makers are adding savory flavors and substituting chemical enhancers with kitchen ingredients like vinegar.

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Rethinking Meat Some manufacturers are replacing chicken and beef with more adventurous, gamey proteins such as rabbit, venison, bison and wild boar. “Products are advertising how you can bring out their inner wolf by feeding them that food, because it is more natural to their instincts,” says Heather Venkat, the acting public health veterinarian for Arizona. Revenues are predicted to nearly double from $277 million in 2018 to $525 million in 2025 for a growing favorite: raw meat in the form of freeze-dried kibble.

Ethical Buys Consumers are examining labels to find pet food that is sustainable and responsibly sourced. “‘Made in the USA’ remains a popular claim and feature that may even be increasing, along with a demand for ethical claims, sustainability concerns and cause marketing,” writes Debbie Phillips-Donaldson, editor-in-chief of Petfood Industry. In a survey of U.S. dog and cat owners conducted by Packaged Facts in early 2020, 69 percent reported concern about the treatment of animals raised for use in pet food.

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Cautionary Notes When buying pet food, veterinarians urge pet owners not to be overly swayed by advertising claims. “For example, the words ‘holistic’, ‘ancestral’, ‘instinctual’, ‘gourmet’ and ‘premium’ are really just marketing. On the other hand, ‘organic’, ‘natural’ and ‘human-grade’ all have specific definitions when they are applied to pet foods,” says veterinarian Jennifer Coates, of Fort Collins, Colorado, author of The Dictionary of Veterinary Terms. “Most importantly, watch how your pet does while eating a particular food. If your pet is maintaining a healthy weight and has normal digestive function (firm stools, no vomiting), good energy levels, normal amounts of shedding and that ‘glow’ of good health, the diet you’ve picked is probably a good match,” she says. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Health writer Ronica O’Hara can be contacted at OHaraRonica@gmail.com.

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Create the Perfect Calm-Down Corner at Home by Marlaina Donato

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hildren and teens are sensitive beings, and like adults, they need daily tools to offset the stresses of life. Whether a child is overwhelmed by COVID-19 protocols at school, is on the autism spectrum or is highly sensitive or anxious, creating a special place to decompress can help manage big emotions. “Children, including teens, often don’t recognize the combination of sensory stimuli that is causing anxiety, irritation or exhaustion that can then lead to emotional reactivity in the form of anger, outbursts, silence, crying, inappropriate laughing or teasing,” says occupational therapist April Christopherson, owner of ExplorationTherapy.com, in Gunnison, Colorado.

A calm space can be an inviting corner, a designated room or a place outdoors. “Sensory processing is a blanket term for how our brains and bodies integrate and use the sensory information/input around us. This is mostly environmental,” says Christopherson. Triggers may include uncomfortable room temperature, noise, inadequate or intrusive lighting, even scratchy clothing. Unlike time-out spaces that prompt kids to process actions and think about behavior, calm-down spaces can soothe a nervous system in overdrive and quell uncontrollable meltdowns. “It’s common for kids with sensory processing needs to be misunderstood and labeled as overly sensitive or explosive. Creating a space that meets your child’s sensory needs gives them a safe space to retreat to when they’re feeling overwhelmed,” says Alisha Grogan, a Pittsburgh occupational therapist and creator of YourKidsTable.com for picky eaters.

Calming Nerves, Engaging the Senses Kids’ tranquil areas can be simple or elaborate, but part of the magic formula is including objects that soothe the senses. “The calm space can contain items that allow time for stress hormones to decrease,” says certified autism specialist Cara Koscinski, of Jacksonville, Florida, founder of PocketOccupationalTherapist.com, an online source for parents, therapists and students. She recommends including sensory allies such as bean bags, therapy putty or dough, slow or classical music, a white noise machine, books, emotion identification cards and fidget toys (squishy or gel-filled balls, tangle toys or a Rubik’s Cube). A weighted 40

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blanket or stuffed animal, especially for younger children, is also a good option. “Time to refocus and allow deep breathing can make a world of difference,” says Koscinski, recommending cards with cues or instructions for deep breathing. Sarah Norris, founder of the coaching website SensoryCoach.org, with offices in Denver, Atlanta and Chicago, believes we can all benefit from sensory strategies. “Using sensation is a powerful way to change how you feel without much thought or expression,” she says. “Sensory objects can often be used in more than one way, which allows you to discover how to help yourself feel better in a fun, nonjudgmental way.” She recommends including scented items with calming essential oils and drawing pads, as well as age-appropriate coloring books. Grogan’s sensory picks are stress balls, kinetic sand, noise-cancelling headphones, scented teddy bears and chewy necklaces for a child to bite on. “Families may want to have a variety of sensory tools and toys available so a child can choose what’s helpful for them,” she says. Ambient lighting, including lava lamps and year-round holiday lights, can set the mood of any sensory space.


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Tranquil Possibilities Setting up stress-free zones at home doesn’t have to be a one-sizefits all approach. Norris favors going outside the box. “If you have the space to set up a reading nook or a semi-permanent pillow fort, your kids will love you for it. Don’t overlook the possibility of using outdoor spaces as places to promote calm. Being in nature can be very regulating, especially if there is a comfy seat or fun swing to enjoy.” If making an area at home doesn’t work for some families, Norris suggests highly effective portable kits that can come along in the car or to doctor’s appointments. Christopherson encourages creative options like a comfortable beanbag at the bottom of a closet, a rocking chair with a heavy blanket or an outside fort or tree house. For multi-sibling homes, Grogan recommends a pop-up tent in a corner or in smaller spaces or a blanket thrown over a table for an instant fort. Whatever the setup or individual needs, calm spaces encourage kids to find their center and claim their space in a chaotic world. “All kids should be given what they need for success,” underscores Koscinski. Marlaina Donato is an author and a recording artist. Connect at WildflowerLady.com.

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SUNDAY, JANUARY 2 Universal Service - 10:30am. With Rev. Zan Benham, “Calling in Our Light for 2022.” Celebrating our Universal Service with the Burning Bowl and White Stone Ceremonies. We let go of the agonies of 2021 and bring in the joy, innocence, and good expectations for 2022. In person at Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd. Sarasota, and on Zoom: https://zoom. us/i/83017916524 Password: RTI2021. This weekly egalitarian service celebrates all of humanity’s religions on a single altar. RisingTideInternational.org. For info Rev. Zan, 941-922-7839.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 7 Gallery by Advanced Student Mediums 7-8:30pm. On this night, and on the 1st Friday each month, a number of our advanced student mediums will present a SPIRIT MESSAGES GALLERY, supported by two Certified Mediums. Each attendee will have the opportunity to receive information from their spirit loved ones or guides, by the different styles of each student. Come and enjoy this fun and informative evening. $10 donation is requested. We offer separated seating with masks optional. No reservations needed. More info at CMFSarasota. org, Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Drive, Suite 204, 941-266-8435, Facebook is: CMF of Sarasota.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 8 Manifesting 1, 2, 3 and You Don’t Need #3 Workshop - 12-2pm on Zoom. By Ken Elliott. You will discover what your thoughts have been creating, how Manifesting and Creation work, (the REAL Secret) and you will come away with an empowering script to start making changes in your life beginning now! The Manifesting 123 workshop will clearly explain how our thoughts begin to take form in the non-physical realm and then flow into our physical world. $25. SarasotaCenterofLight.com. Introduction to Aerial Yoga Workshop with Cheridan Smith - 1-2:15pm. Learn the fundamentals of Aerial Yoga in this introductory workshop. You will learn how to use the “hammock” or “silk” as an assist with traditional yoga poses. Aerial Yoga combines traditional yoga with moves inspired by Pilates, dance and acrobatics. Aerial Yoga can be performed by people of all fitness levels. Please note: those attending the workshop are not to wear jewelry, zippers or anything that can become caught in the fabric. $20/pp. Palm Studio and Boutique, 441 W. Dearborn Street, Englewood, 941-208-5568, PalmStudioEnglewood.com Double Pyramid Activation Workshop with Robert Austin - 7-9pm. This is an interactive workshop where individuals will be laying under a 7 and 9-foot Copper Pyramid infused with large healing stones, selenite, crystals and the Rods of Isis. Individuals will experience the Sacred Geometry and amazing Energy of the Pyramids. Experiences have been of a release, healing, deep relaxation and or traveling! Others will be sharing their observations of what is occurring within the Pyramid. $25/pp. Palm Studio and Boutique, 441 W. Dearborn Street, Englewood, 941-208-5568, PalmStudioEnglewood.com.


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Universal Service - 10:30am. With Rev. Tara Anne Muir, “What is this Love?” Love is the power that turns universes. In person at Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd. Sarasota, and on Zoom: https://zoom. us/i/83017916524 Password: RTI2021. This weekly egalitarian service celebrates all of humanity’s religions on a single altar. RisingTideInternational. org. For info Rev. Zan, 941-922-7839.

Floating Crystal Bowl Concert with Robert Austin and Special Guest Ed Russell (on the 14th) - 6:30-7:30pm & February 25, 2022, 6:307:30pm. Stimulate and restore the harmony between the physical and spiritual planes of the body, while suspended in an aerial hammock. Crystal Bowl Energy healing through harmonic sounds and crystals resonates with the body balancing the chakras and re-energize the auric field. The powerful vibrations of sound penetrates the body which consists of approximately 70% water and gives a gentle internal massage to all your cells. Let the positive vibrations of the bowls integrate into your body and let your spirit soar! $25/pp. Palm Studio and Boutique, 441 W. Dearborn Street, Englewood, 941-208-5568, PalmStudioEnglewood.com.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 12 Light Language Healing Circle - 7-9pm. At first you may not understand what is being said, but soon your heart will. Join Reiki Master and certified Reconnective Healer JoAnn Cooke to learn what this is all about, and how to activate this powerful energy. Light Language is the universal language of love, communicated via spoken word, song, dance, written symbol and other actions. It bypasses the logical brain and is interpreted through the heart. Whether you are familiar with Light Language or this is new to you, this healing circle will benefit all. Each one will experience a light language healing communication. Come with an open heart and be prepared for a powerful transmission of healing to assist you where most needed. $20 donation requested, reservations please 509-520-0377. We offer separated seating with masks optional. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Drive, Suite 204, Sarasota, CMFSarasota.org, Facebook is: CMF of Sarasota. OM Singing Bowl Sound Bath - 7-8pm (doors open @ 6:45). Join us for this beautiful form of deepened relaxation! The OM Shoppe professional Sound Therapy Practitioners bring you these beautiful multi-instrumental sound baths to guide you into a deepened place of stillness and peace. Discover the magical way that sound can help ease you into a meditative state, and heightened mind-body awareness! The OM Shoppe, 4801 S. Tamiami Tr #5, Sarasota. Tickets: TheOmShoppeandSpa.com or 941-706-3257.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 13 Sherry Lord International Channel, Deep Trance Channel, Energy Healer and Emissary for Aeroth - Jan 13-15th. Sherry Lord is a world-renowned psychic intuitive and Deep Trance Channel (Aeroth) who connects with angels and guides, sees auras, and channels loved ones who have crossed over to the other side. Sherry can help clarify your life’s path and direction; with the ultimate goal to empower and help you find your own inner wisdom and helping you on your spiritual path. Sherry is a psychic reader and healer. She has been a keynote speaker at many spiritual expos throughout the United States and has been invited/booked as a psychic medium/deep trance channel in the US and Internationally. Visit or call Spirit Speaks 411 W. Dearborn Street, Englewood, 734-564-6828 for appt. Sherry travels worldwide and is the creator and founder of “The Light Consciousness Expo” Sarasota at the Event Center, 600 Beneva Rd, Sarasota, on May 14-15, 2022. Creating Spiritually in 2022 - 7pm. With Jim Toole. Explore spiritual techniques that compliment and amplify practical approaches to creating your soul and hearts desires for yourself and in your life in 2022. Discover how to blend and balance life as you know it with inspiration and awareness to manifest a new experience of you and way of living, inside and out. $15, presented online on Zoom. Please contact Jim at RevJimToole@gmail.com or 941330-5031 to attend.


SATURDAY, JANUARY 15 Universal Signs Psychic Fair - 11am-4pm. Come join us for a personal reading using Tarot and Oracle cards or a Crystal Bowl Healing with messages from beyond, be it Guides or loved ones. Kathy Skeens will offer Numerology readings and Robert Austin is offering his several Modalities of Spiritual connection. Colleen Panebianco is offering many Sauv’e natural, handmade essential oil products. 11am-4pm $20/15 min. readings or healings. We offer separated seating with masks optional. No reservations needed. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Drive, Suite 204. Sarasota, 941-266-8435, CMFSarasota.org, Facebook is: CMF of Sarasota. Shifting Mindsets from Dieting Towards Longevity - 1-1:30pm. Focus on food labels & how to elevate nutrients. Free. At the Braden River Library (meeting room 102) 4915 53rd Ave E, Bradenton. For more info, contact Elissa Niblick, 941-592-7273, SereneNutritionLLC@gmail.com, SereneNutrition.net.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 16 Universal Service - 10:30am. With Rev. Kismet Weeber, “Searching for God.” As we proceed through our lives, we search for God within us and outside us, in order to discover our true nature. In person at Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd. Sarasota, and on Zoom: https://zoom.us/i/83017916524 Password: RTI2021. This weekly egalitarian service celebrates all of humanity’s religions on a single altar. RisingTideInternational.org. For info Rev. Zan, 941-922-7839.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 20 Toning and Mindfulness - 6-7pm. Learn to retune your vital body and awaken your psychic powers with the use of voice and breath. Awaken your psychic powers and re-calibrate your chakras while you bathe in sacred healing frequencies and light. Experience augmented awareness with Seed Mantras, Crystal Sound Bowls, Chants, Drone Boxes and an Interactive Mandala Projection that will take you on an extraordinary journey to a higher plane. $15/ session. Rosemary Court Yoga, 810 Central Ave, Sarasota. MusicandWellness.Biz Secrets of The Essenes - 7-9pm. Except for a few scholars of ancient history, no one had heard of the Essenes until the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in 1947. You will learn from National Speaker Ed Foote how the Essenes first began in ancient times, how they progressed to develop their temple and followers at Mt. Carmel. You will learn about Judy - the Essene teacher of young Jesus. Ed will share little known information about the birth of Jesus, and the ideals held by the Essene members. So much of this class information provides valuable insight about

how we can deal with the politics and powers of today. $20 donation is requested.We offer separated seating with masks optional. Reservations please by calling 941-266-8435. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Drive, Suite 204, Sarasota, CMFSarasota.org, Facebook is: CMF of Sarasota.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 21 Sound Immersion Meditation with Sandra and Michael Katala - 6:30-7:30pm & February 11, 2022, 6:30-7:30pm. Various sound techniques will be used to cleanse negative energies and create space to align the body on an emotional, physical, mental and spiritual levels. This meditation will be done off the floor and in the air! You will be cocooned in Aerial Hammocks for an ethereal experience. $25/pp. Palm Studio and Boutique, 441 W. Dearborn Street, Englewood, 941-208-5568, PalmStudioEnglewood.com.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22 Shaman Medicine Pouch Class - 8-10am. A Shaman is the earliest known practitioner of “Medicine” to heal and illuminate the Tribe or community. To help the Shaman stay safe they wore a medicine pouch for their protection against the Spirits seeking to do harm. Often, they would also make medicine pouches for their tribe members to assist them in obtaining whatever their needs may be. The medicine pouch is filled with the medicine of what is needed, sacred icons, stones and bits of nature with specific medicine, words and symbols of the medicine necessary. Today we make medicine pouches to help heal body, mind and spirit. In this class, led by world renounced Shaman Don Reed Simmons, you will learn all about medicine pouches, including their benefits and healing properties. You will also make your own medicine pouch, pouch and contents are included in the price of the class. The OM Shoppe, 4801 S. Tamiami Tr #5, Sarasota. Tickets: TheOmShoppeandSpa.com or 941-706-3257. Reiki I, Master Class Series - 11:30am-5pm. An attunement and certification class. Includes a FREE private Reiki hands-on teaching session with Rev. Zan. Please register by January 14. $122 per class. (Purchase the series of 4 classes and save $11 per class. or $111per class, $444 for the series.) Payments can be made with cash, check or with credit card on the “Offerings” page of Zan’s website or via PayPal or preferably Zelle, using Zan@ woman-spirit.com. At Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd. Sarasota. For info go to Woman-Spirit.com/Reiki or Zan-Woman-Spirit.com, or Rev. Zan Benham at 941-922-7839. Spirit Speaks CELEBRATES 3 Years on Dearborn St! - 3-7pm. Come Celebrate with us as we Host a Psychic Fair from 3-7pm. We have an amazing group of highly evolved souls that will be joining us and offering Readings. Spirit Speaks, 411 W. Dearborn Street, Englewood, 734-564-6828 or 313-779-2921.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 23 Universal Service - 10:30am. With Rev. Carol Aisha Rosenbaum, “Praise Fest” Heart centered blessings from around the globe. This weekly egalitarian service celebrates all of humanity’s religions on a single altar. In person at Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd. Sarasota, and on Zoom: https:// zoom.us/i/83017916524 Password: RTI2021. RisingTideInternational.org. For info Rev. Zan, 941-922-7839. What is Energy Medicine? An Easy (but Scientific) Explanation of What it is, how it Works, & Why it Works - 1-2pm. Resonance Holistic

Wellness is hosting an educational session at the Southgate Circle Wellness Center. Resonance offers various energy healing modalities and is passionate about educating others regarding the scientific research that supports these modalities. The presentation will be interactive, and there will be time for group discussion and Q&A. First come, first served. We can accommodate 15 people. To attend - please call 941-312-4334. Resonance Holistic Wellness, 3148 Southgate Circle, STE 8, Sarasota, ResonanceSRQ.com. OM Shamanic Sound Journey - 3-4pm (doors open @ 2:45). You will experience a blend of shamanic drumming, rhythm, crystal singing bowls, rattles, tuning forks, vocal toning, electric violin and more in a coordinated and orchestrated fashion to help improve participants well-being. Clinical hypnotherapist Beth A Snyder begins your journey by gently inducing a hypnotic state. Then your journey into sound begins. Consider your intention now. The OM Shoppe, 4801 S. Tamiami Tr #5, Sarasota. Tickets: TheOmShoppeandSpa.com or 941-706-3257.

THURSDAY, JANAURY 27 Exercising Your Spiritual Muscles - 7pm. With Jim Toole. Explore what your spiritual muscles are and ways to work with them to create an experience of empowered and balanced well-being. Develop spiritual strength of mind, body and spirit, creating more freedom, fulfillment and fun for you and in your life. $15, presented online on Zoom. Please contact Jim at RevJimToole@gmail.com or 941-330-5031 to attend.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 28 Blindfold Billets Event - 7-8:30pm. All are invited to this NEW and exciting event to receive messages from spirit by four student mediums. The four student mediums are each blindfolded and seated at a small table. The student takes a billet from the attendee seated across the table from him/her, and for 7-10 minutes makes the connection to a spirit loved one or guide, and delivers the message received. Each attendee then moves to the next student/table until each student has been visited. No reservations needed. Each attendee is encouraged to bring pencil and paper to jot down the messages they receive. We offer separated seating with masks optional. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Drive, Suite 204, Sarasota, 941-266-8435, CMFSarasota. org, Facebook is: CMF of Sarasota.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 29 Auragraph Class - 11am-2pm. With Marie Lisseman. This auragraph class can get your intuitive juices flowing for the new year! Auragraphs (known as symbolic art) are creative pictorial expressions that can portray the soul essence of a person or bring into form unique spiritual artwork. Auragraphs are a vehicle to provide more profound and insightful spiritual communications for the recipient as you draw with a heartfelt intention and focus. This workshop consists of a lecture and hands-on experience exploring different techniques to create and interpret your auragraphs. $40. SarasotaCenterofLight.com. Reiki II, Master Class Series - 11:30am-5pm. An attunement and certification class. Includes a FREE private Reiki hands-on teaching session with Rev. Zan. Please register by January 21. $122 per class. Payments can be made with cash, check or with credit card on the “Offerings” page of Zan’s website or via PayPal or preferably Zelle, using Zan@woman-spirit.com. At Rising Tide at Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd. Sarasota. For info go to Woman-Spirit. com/Reiki or Zan-woman-spirit.com, or Rev. Zan Benham at 941-922-7839.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 30 Universal Service - 10:30am. With Rev. Liana Salima Rael, “Ways to Peace”. Inspiration from the world’s messengers on peaceful activism. This weekly egalitarian service celebrates all of humanity’s religions on a single altar. In person at Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd. Sarasota, and on Zoom: https://zoom.us/i/83017916524 Password: RTI2021. RisingTideInternational.org. For info Rev. Zan, 941-922-7839.

plan ahead FEBRUARY 1-28 27 Day Bagua Walk - 6pm. Virtual Class. Delight in the collective energy of our group, along with the beginning of Chinese New Year and the New Moon to transform your desires into reality! This class will consist of 10 short virtual (or video sessions), with explanations on how to reinforce each of the 9 areas of the bagua. There will be adjustments for you to make in career, knowledge, family, wealth, fame, relationships, children, helpful people and health to raise the vibration to the next level bringing more success to your life. Begin your year with an extra burst of energy for 27 days! $27.72. Register at CreateTheFeeling.com or LauriePawli@gmail.com.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 4 Healing Your Skin from the Inside Out - 2-4pm. Featured author Brooke Bouis, MS will talk about protecting and feeding your skin holistically. Her research has been presented at the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine World Conference. Host: Full Spectrum Health. Call 941-952-1200 to RSVP. Full Spectrum Health, 2106 Bispham Road, Sarasota.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 5 Shaman Journey - 2-5:30pm. With Rev. Zan Benham, Butterfly Deerwoman. Similar to a guided meditation enhanced by the heartbeat of the large Mother drum. It is a wonderful venture, into the world of your own Shaman’s Dream. $25 payable by February 4th at 3pm. $30/ATD. Payment can be made on PayPal, Venmo or Zelle, via Zan@woman-spirit.com. Event held in person at Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd., Sarasota (Covid depending.) For info, Woman-Spirit.com. To register, contact Rev. Zan via email or 941-922-7839 and the particulars will be sent to you. Restorative Yoga with Crystal Bowls and Poetry with Cheridan Smith and Robert Austin - 3-5pm. Join Cheridan Smith and Robert Austin as she puts you into restorative yoga postures and he plays a soft and soothing crystal bowl concert. Cheridan will read poetry from her book, “Delve Deep Inside My Soul” throughout the class. $25/pp. Palm Studio and Boutique, 441 W. Dearborn Street, Englewood, 941-208-5568, PalmStudioEnglewood.com

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 11 Begin Your Daily Tea Ritual - 2-4pm. Savor the process, engage all five senses, and build the habit of staying present through tea. Presented by Taylor Howell (Naturopath) and Jackie O’Neil (Psychotherapist) from Coyote and Rose Apothecary. $10 Attendance. Host: Full Spectrum Health. Call 941952-1200 to RSVP. Full Spectrum Health, 2106 Bispham Road, Sarasota.

January 2022


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sunday OM Shamanic Sound Journeys with Resonance - 4th Sunday of every month. Sold out for over 2 years! You will experience a blend of, shamanic drumming, rhythm, crystal singing bowls, rattles, tuning forks, vocal toning, electric violin and more in a coordinated and orchestrated fashion to help improve participants well-being. Clinical Hypnotherapist Beth A Snyder begins your journey by gently inducing a hypnotic state. Then your journey into sound begins. Consider your intention now. Tickets: TheOmShoppeandSpa.com or call 941-706-3257. The OM Shoppe 4801 S. Tamiami Tr #5 Sarasota. Christian Spiritualist Sunday Morning Services - 10am. Old time camp meet style service, guided meditation, healing, presentation of truth and mini spirit message for each person. Private or group readings available daily by appointment. Contact Rev Shari. Church of Light, 2408 43rd Ave. West, Bradenton, 941-751-5683. Sunday Service at CMF - 10:30am. At each Sunday morning service we are offering spiritual healing, an inspirational talk, messages from spirit, special music and an ever important environment of fellowship. Leave refreshed and inspired to start the new week. We feature a variety of speakers and spirit message bearers throughout the year. We offer separated seating with masks optional. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Dr., Suite 204, Sarasota, 941-266-8435, CMFsarasota. org, Facebook: CMF of Sarasota. Unity of Sarasota - 10:30am. We are meeting in person. Services available on the Web too – live streamed. The Sunday Celebration service includes a message and lively music. 3023 Proctor Rd., 941955-3301, UnityOfSarasota.org. Universal Service - 10:30am. Each Sunday with a rotation of Reverends. This is a weekly egalitarian service which celebrates all of humanity’s religions together on a single altar. It is a place where East meets West, offering opportunities for spiritual growth and sharing. At Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd. Sarasota, and on Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/81220 8049 Password: RTI2020.. RisingTideInternational. org, for info Rev. Zan, 941-922-7839. Sunday Morning Celebration Service, Zoom Live - 11am. Join us as we come together as a spiritual family and community, sharing our love and light for ourselves, for each other, and the world. Be a part of sharing the energy and illumination of our hearts and souls together through conversation, music, meditation, a talk and an affirmation. Sarasota Center of Light, 852 S Tuttle Ave. 941-953-6620, or after hours 727-492-2977, SarasotaCenterOfLight.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/ Candlelight Sound Bath Meditation with Becky Moriarty - 6pm. During these crazy, stressful, weird, unbalancing times of life self-care is super important. There is no better way to relax, de-stress, take time for ourselves & boost our immune systems then with Sound Healing. The use of crystal bowls, Himalayan bowls, other deep-vibrational instruments plus intention can balance dissonant frequencies and bring them back into harmony. $20. Book at WildGingerApothecary.com Wild Ginger Apothecary 6557 Superior Avenue Sarasota, 941312-5630. Pub Theology - 6:30-8pm, the 2nd Mon. of the month. With Rev. Amy Zehe. Bring your Spiritual questions. We are meeting at the Olive Garden in the Landings. 941-955-3301, 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 while exploring various modalities. $15 donation is requested. Please refer to the CMF website CMFSarasota.org for description of the programs offered for each weekly class. We offer separated seating with masks optional. RESERVATIONS NEEDED, so call or text Susan at 941-266-1696. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Drive, Suite 204, Sarasota.

tuesday Law of Attraction - 7-8pm. An on-going support group with Rev. Zan Benham on Zoom. Class will include a weekly YouTube from Esther Hicks/ Abraham. $10 fee may be sent via PayPal, Venmo or Zelle, to Zan@woman-spirit.com. Zoom link will be sent to you after you confirm your desire to take this class. Rev. Zan Benham, 941-922-7839. For more info, Woman-Spirit.com Natal Astrology Class - the Blueprint of Your Life - 7:30-9pm, starting Jan 18th, 25th, Feb 1st & 4th. With Rev. Michael Schlotterbeck, no previous knowledge of astrology is required. We are all born with a magical chart that defines who we are astrologically at birth.Your natal astrology chart is a personal road map that reveals your best life.You are encouraged to bring your own birth chart to this class so you can easily refer to it as you learn. Please complete your class registration no later than 10am January 17th to receive the zoom link and handouts before class starts. Total fee for this 4-week course: $75. SarasotaCenterofLight.com.

“Health & Nutrition” - 10-11am. With Fred Harvey, MD of The Harvey Center for Integrative Medicine. Health & nutrition is a live call-in or email “Ask the Doc” health show from 10-11 on WMNF 88.5FM public radio Tampa. Email questions to DJ@WMNF.org


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HOUSECLEANING. Enjoy your free time and let us do what we do best: Housecleaning to your healthy satisfaction. Call Paula for a free estimate 941-320-4052. ADVANCED CLINICAL HYPNOTHERAPY. Advanced Clinical Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy is available in Sarasota. Specializing in healing trauma and coping with life transitions. La-Alza.com. ORGANIZING AND DECLUTTERING. Personal Assisting, Errands, Appointments, and more. Let Me Help lower your stress and simplify your life. Call Amy 941-216-7467. LetAmyHelp.com PRIVATE CHEF. Former restaurant owner will prep and cook your healthy meals in your home. I specialize in gluten free delicious meals, vegan and healthy food. Start off the New Year with healthy meals prepped 3, 5 or 7 days a week. I offer juice cleanses and I can do the shopping too. Feel free to email or call me with any questions, 941-275-1727, MarysMyChef@gmail.com. MEETING/EVENT BUILDING AND CLASSROOMS FOR RENT. Detached building, bright interior, light and airy, central location off Tuttle Avenue, with plenty of FREE parking. Adjacent to beautiful Healing Garden. The wood floor, decor and candles create an environment perfect for yoga or tai chi, movement, meditation, one-on-one meeting or a class. $25 an hour. Also, single classrooms in the nearby Education Center on Tuttle Avenue are available for rent, with whiteboard, kitchen facilities, and chairs. For more information, call 941-953-6620 (9 am-12noon), Mon-Fri, or after hours 727-492-2977.

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/ Course in Miracles - 10-11:30am. With presenter Ellen Fiorillo. Come join this class based on the book. Unity of Sarasota, Room A, 3023 Proctor Rd. 941-955-3301, UnityOfSarasota.org. OM Crystalline Vibrational Immersion - 7pm, every 2nd Wednesday of the month. Join us for this beautiful form of deepened relaxation! The OM Shoppe professional Sound Therapy Practitioners bring you these beautiful multi-instrumental sound baths to guide you into a deepened place of stillness and peace. Discover the magical way that sound can help ease you into a meditative state, and heightened mind-body awareness! Tickets: TheOmShoppeandSpa.com or call 941-706-3257. The OM Shoppe 4801 S. Tamiami Tr #5 Sarasota.

Unity of Sarasota - 7pm. Weekday service with music and inspiration. Meeting in person. Recorded on website as well. 3023 Proctor Rd., 941-955-3301, UnityOfSarasota.org. Healing, Intention and Meditation Zoom Live 7:30pm (new time). Join us for a time of healing, connection and meditation. Let us all come together and experience the energy and inspiration that can make such a powerful difference in our individual lives. Sarasota Center of Light, 852 S Tuttle Ave. 941-953-6620, or after hours 727-492-2977, SarasotaCenterofLight.com.



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

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

Bentleys House - 7pm, 3rd Thurs of the month. A safe place to express your grief from loss of a pet. We are meeting in person at Unity of Sarasota, 3023 Proctor Rd., Sarasota, UnityOfSarasota.org. Psychic Development Leading to Mediumship Course - 7:30-9:30pm, starting Jan 13th, & 20, 27, and Feb 3rd. With Rev. Mary Torrey on Zoom. Psychic abilities are easy and fun to develop, particularly when advancing spiritually and getting in touch with yourself emotionally. In a psychically empowered state, you can achieve your loftiest goals and improve the quality of your life. This class is conducted with lectures and hands-on experience with classmates. Total fee for this 4-week course $75. SarasotaCenterofLight.com.


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

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

saturday Sarasota Farmers Market - 7am-1pm. Rain or shine. Established in 1979, the market continues its tradition of serving the community with local produce, plants, prepared foods and artisans. They currently have a full market that includes 70 vendors and 5,000 sq ft of produce and plants. 1 N Lemon Ave., Sarasota, SarasotaFarmersMarket.org. Bradenton Farmers’ Market - 9am-2pm. Over thirty-five vendors offering locally grown fruits, vegetables, plants, organic products, fresh seafood, prepared foods, as well as the local artists, craftspeople and musicians. 400 12th St., W. Bradenton, 941-301-8445. Chair Yoga for Everyone, From the Comfort of Your Home! - 9:30am. Live online via Zoom. All ages, shapes, sizes & abilities welcome in this class! Absolutely NO floor work - it’s either sitting in the chair or standing using the chair for support. This class helps release tension, tightness and stress from the body. This 60-minute class is just $5 - or - Multiple Class Discount. Not for the advanced student, beginners welcome. This is a noncompetitive environment, every Saturday 9:30 AM Eastern. To sign up or more info, please contact Zen Jen Brown at ZenJenYoga50Plus.com, ZenJenYoga@iCloud. com or 941-830-3040. Sound Healing Meditation with Ed Russell - 5pm, 1st Saturday of every month. Sound bowls have a centuries-old tradition throughout Asia to awaken and refresh those in sacred spaces. You will feel the vibrations move throughout your body, allowing conscious and unconscious information to come to you. $20. Book at WildGingerApothecary.com Wild Ginger Apothecary 6557 Superior Avenue Sarasota, 941-312-5630.


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

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



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

Community for health + wellness. Offering hemp CBD, health remedies, metaphysical gifts and tools, crystals, cards, essential oils, jewelry and more! Classes and drop-in tarot and psychic readers daily. Open Tues -Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 10am-4pm, 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.



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

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


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

ENERGY HEALING RESONANCE HOLISTIC WELLNESS 3148 Southgate Circle, Suite 8, Sarasota 941-312-4334 ResonanceSRQ.com

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

January 2022




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.


UPPER DIMENSIONAL MEDICAL INTUITIVE, QUANTUM HEALER Linda Energy Healings. Karmic Clearings. Toxicity Sweeps. 941-564-7881 Platinumray@ProtonMail.com PhotonicQuantumHealing.com

These are profound healings; designed for those ready for their inner Light-Body activations or for anyone experiencing physical issues such as pain, trauma or debilitation. As an expert in Sacred Geometry Linda is able to detect & clear the Karmic Causes of disease, degeneration & aging. This deletion of karma reaches the memory of the cell triggering a Benevolent soothing effect to all biological processes. Linda’s Healing Path began in 1992 after the 1st-Phase Mass-Awakening of 1989.


Laurie Pawli, Director, Certified Red Ribbon Consultant TheFengShuiSchoolOfChicago.com TheFengShuiSchoolOfFlorida.com CreateTheFeeling.com 630-279-8870


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

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


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



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.


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.


5411 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota, 941-378-4367 5770 Ranch Lake Blvd, East Bradenton, 753-7297 • HolisticForPets.com Specializing in Hypo-allergenic Foods, Frozen Natural Raw Foods, Herbal & Homeopathic Remedies, Detergent & Soap Free Shampoo, Natural Flee Preventatives Skin Care Products, Healthy treats, Toys and gifts.


Sarasota/Manatee Edition



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

We offer Brain Mapping, Neurofeedback Training, Psychological & Behavioral Testing and Therapy Services. Non-invasive relief for anxiety, depression, ADHD Trauma and more. Free consultations.

ORGANIC SALON HAIR & EARTH ORGANIC SALON 200 Central Ave, Suite 18, Sarasota 941-284-9563 HairandEarth.SalonsByJC.com

Erinn offers Sarasota excellence in conscious haircare. Cuts, color, highlights, smoothing treatments and more. Metaphysical gifts too! Kevin Murphy color line as well as retail products available. Comfortable, private space for calm, creative collaboration. Call or text Erinn Earth for an appointment or consultation. Or schedule online at: HairandEarth.SalonsByJC.com


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 941-358-2224. FREE CONSULTATION.


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. In-person, virtual video or phone available. Book online or drop-in. Tues - Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 10am4pm.


5411 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota 941-378-4367 5770 Ranch Lake Blvd. East Bradenton, 7537297 HolisticForPets.com

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



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.


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

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


WILD GINGER APOTHECARY 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 10am-4pm, Closed Sun + Mon


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