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Medical marijuana uses the marijuana plant or chemicals in it to treat diseases or conditions. It’s basically the same product as recreational marijuana, but it’s taken for medical purposes.

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What is Functional Medicine?

The Harvey Center for Integrative Medicine has a strong focus on preventative care and wellness offering treatments for unique health challenges in people of all ages. Listen to Dr. Fred Harvey on the live broadcast, bi-weekly radio show ”Alternative Health” on WMNF 88.5 Community Conscious Radio, Mondays 10 - 11am. Dr. Fred will be taking your questions on air July 8th & 22nd. Phone in questions 813.239.9663 or email the host at



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ummer is a time of abundant freshness, liveliness and brightness. Our daily activities tend to relocate from inside the house to the great outdoors. Our farmer’s markets are bursting with colorful produce like vine ripe tomatoes, jewel toned berries, crisp sweet corn and luscious watermelon. Our evenings consist of patio cookouts with the grill fired-up and a warm breeze in the backyard. This is a season of wellness, and the July issue of Natural Awakenings is all about channeling the health benefits of this vibrant summer bounty. The feature article for this month is on “Urban Agriculture Trends” which emphasizes the recent increase in both hobbyist and commercial farming in metropolitan areas. As rooftop, vertical and hydroponic methods of natural food production continue to gain traction with urban farmers, it’s now become easier than ever to grow fresh-from-theearth herbs, fruits and vegetables in a limited amount of space. This article also draws focus to the community garden trend and how anyone can start this initiative in their own neck of the woods. Next, if you want to exercise that green thumb this summer and cultivate a home garden on your porch or in the yard, our “Green Living” article offers useful information on how to plant with organic sustainability at the forefront. From testing the soil to making rain barrels to raising native plants to conserving natural resources, this column has all you need to know about how to cultivate a garden that is beneficial and healthy for the environment. Finally, to continue our deep dive into the bold, nutritious and irresistible flavors of summer, our “Conscious Eating” article describes how to add fresh herbs to your lineup of favorite seasonal dishes. Nutrient-dense sprigs of basil, mint, thyme, chives, dill and parsley are delicious complements to homemade smoothies, pizzas, salads or grain bowls, for instance. In addition, this article features some herbaceous plant-based recipes that you’ll want to include in your dinner rotation all throughout this season. Well, once again, this is just a snapshot of everything our July issue has in store for you. Please reach out with any comments, questions or feedback you might have to Publisher@NASRQ. And until next month, cheers to the beauty of summer!

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Ascension Training with Waxela Sananda


new cuttingedge training to elevate your frequency is now being offered by Waxela Sananda of Lucia Light Florida. Ascension Training guides you to unlock the code to your soul‘s purpose, the reason you are here on this planet right now. Uncover, activate and gain confidence in your spiritual gifts and deepen your trust in your innate wisdom. Understand who you are as a being of light, an ambassador for the soul codes that you brought into this lifetime, and gain access to your soul’s wealth and the resources you need to serve your highest purpose. The Ascension Training 12-week program will teach you to elevate your frequency, embody and trust your wisdom, activate your light and heart codes, accelerate your transformation, change your relationship to money and wealth, expand your spiritual gifts and strengths, manifest your own reality, practice energy and breath work, and benefit from guided meditations and quantum sound therapy. You will receive the extremely powerful Diamond Light Scepter Activation and training which will be with you forever for you to use in all of creative endeavors. This will make the manifestation of your dreams feel so much faster and easier. Waxela (wa-shay-la) has been practicing shamanism, channeling, meditation and energy work for over 20 years, all of which she combines to help elevate her clients’ frequencies and spiritual gifts. To inquire if this program is right for you, contact her today. For more information, call 512-585-9265, email or visit

A Therapist for All Seasons: The Unique Story of D.J. Kovaly, Holistic Healing Consultant


ife often presents solutions in adversity. The seeds of D.J. Kovaly’s resilient, even miraculous, recovery were germinated in the fires of a severe September 1975 auto accident when he was hit by a drunk driver and, for a time, was unable to escape the burning vehicle. With burns covering 90% of his body, combined with multiple impact injuries, doctors did not expect him to live. Yet he did, and he believes that he survived for a special reason. Kovaly’s healing process made medical history at the time and now forms the foundation of his diverse therapeutic mastery of recovery and rehabilitation. His complete understanding of pain is born of personal experience, both past and present, since he still loves and copes with some pain on a daily basis. As he recovered, he sought answers not only for himself, but for others too, and he found an even deeper healing in the process. Kovaly’s positive reaction to his constant pain drove him on an amazingly diverse educational journey. Rarely do you find a therapist so fully steeped in a blend of Eastern and Western medical traditions directed toward the body, mind and spirit. It was this thorough mix of the integrative arts that helped give Kovaly his life back and that now serves as the inspiration for his life’s work. The length and breadth of his studies indicates the extent of his passion for healing. With Kovaly as a speaker, consultant or therapist for your own recovery process, you will benefit from his multi-faceted synthesis of modalities and therapeutic expertise. He is truly a Renaissance man of the healing arts whom you’ll want to hear more from. D.J. Kovaly offers free consultations, and his sessions are mobile, so he will come to his patients to make the experience as accessible and convenient as possible. For more information, call 941-350-7232 or email

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Free Yoga Weekend at Garden of the Heart


arden of the Heart Yoga Center is offering a weekend of free yoga classes on July 13-14 for all Sarasota residents and guests. Garden of the Heart Yoga Center is one of Sarasota’s original yoga schools, established in 2003 and founded by Betsey Downing. In 2011, Cheryl Chaffee purchased the yoga school, and has brought her own love of yoga and music to this community. The focus of Garden of the Heart is alignment-based Hatha yoga, where the teachers provide individual attention, postural cues and detailed instruction, allowing students to have personalized attention and solid biomechanics. Focusing on alignment helps to improve posture, prevent injury, release habitual body patterns and create a free-flow of energy. Instructors at Garden of the Heart also teach yoga philosophy, breathing techniques, meditation, chanting and more. Each class has a heart-felt theme, so students can transform their minds and hearts as much as their bodies. People of all ages, sizes, colors and fitness levels are welcome at Garden of the Heart Yoga. The class schedule for July 13 is “Mixed Levels,” 9 a.m., taught by Amanda Hansell, “Basic Yoga,” 11 a.m., taught by Randall Buskirk, “Advanced Yoga” (for students and teachers with a strong practice), 1 p.m., taught by Jaye Martin, and “Gentle Yoga,” 3 p.m., taught by Harmony Ananda Joyce. The class schedule for July 14 is “Meditation,” 8:30 a.m., taught by Stephen Gillum, “Mixed Levels,” 10 a.m., taught Cynthia Turner, “Beginner’s Yoga,” noon, taught by Maureen Gillum, “Intermediate Yoga,” 2 p.m., taught by Cheryl Chaffee, and “Restorative Yoga,” 4 p.m., taught by Eva Saunders. A limited number of yoga mats and props are available, or students can bring their own. All classes will run for 75 minutes, so there will be ample time in between classes for students to ask questions and learn about the teachers and the community. Space is limited. Location: 2888 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota. For more information, call 941-341-9781. To register, visit

New Specials for Cannabis and More at Point Lumineux


he body has a whole system dedicated to the movement of cannabinoids called the endocannabinoid system. With receptors concentrated in the brain and nervous system and spanning all major organs, this system is the most important physiologic system involved in establishing and maintaining human health. Low endocannabinoid tone is associated with all major chronic illnesses in existence today. Medicinal plants, including cannabis, are the best sources for exogenous cannabinoids to boost cannabinoid tone and halt or reverse disease progression. The most medicinal cannabinoids and terpenes are not intoxicating. The human body needs cannabis—but not just any cannabis. One of the first to provide medical cannabis consultations in Sarasota, Point Lumineux is now leading the way in personalized genetic testing, a new concept using science to help patients find what is best for their genetic makeup. What works for one person’s pain, nausea, inflammation or panic attacks might not be as effective for someone else. With every certification you will also receive your choice of either a free 30-minute facial or massage or $50 off an acupuncture treatment. For the month of July Point Lumineux will also be offering other specials as well. These include 25% off lasers, radio frequency and Cool Sculpting. You can also take advantage of special pricing of Botox at $9.95 per unit and $495 per syringe of filler. Location: 2206 Jo an Dr, Sarasota. Cost: $47 for a new patient transfer, $197 for a new patient consultation. For more information, call 941-217-6828 or visit 14

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Why Organic, Natural Hair Dye Is the Better Option


ur clients always ask, “Does organic hair dye really work?” Before coming to Angela’s Pure Salon & Spa the majority of our clients experienced red splotches, rashes and burning on the scalp from the use of harsh chemicals. However, like many others, they just assumed this is how hair dye is and continued using it every few months. An estimated 70% of people in the U.S. apply chemicals such as ammonia, resorcinol and paraphenylenediamine to their heads on a regular basis. Once our clients came across natural hair dye, they were often skeptical, but after an initial consultation, they decided to give it a try. The first aspect they noticed when the color was being applied was the lack of odor. Clients then learned that natural hair dye does not have ammonia, PPD or resorcinol which helped transition them into using natural hair color. PPD is a chemical substance that is used in all mainstream permanent hair dyes, known as a possible carcinogen which often causes allergic reactions like reddening and swelling of the scalp. Ammonia is another chemical found in common hair dyes which forces the hair cuticle to open fast, so the color can be absorbed. Finally, resorcinol is another coloring agent found in mainstream dyes. So how does natural hair dye work? Instead of relying on chemicals, it contains ingredients like minerals, sunflower seed wax and sweet almond oil that nourishes the hair while treating. To dye the hair, it uses direct mineral color pigments to either mute or enhance a tone. Natural hair dye also lasts as long as the mainstream variety because the illite and kaolin clays gently open the hair cuticle, allowing mineral color pigments to penetrate the shaft as deeply as mainstream ammonia and dyes. After using natural color, our clients tend to notice a difference in both their hair and overall health. Location: 3510 N Lockwood Ridge Rd., Sarasota. For more information, call 941-3510670 or visit

Mirabai Devi Comes to the Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light

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irabai Devi, international spiritual teacher, healing facilitator and author, will visit Sarasota from from August 8–15. Her visit will kick-off with a public event on August 9 called “An Evening with Mirabai Devi,” followed by a paid event on August 10, 7 p.m., called “An Evening of Miraculous Healing, Light Transmissions and Prayer with Mirabai Devi.” Both events will be at the Cosmic Center of Spiritual Lights. Devi will also offer private sessions during this time.  Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, she is also the founder of the Mirabai Devi Foundation which is dedicated to raising world consciousness through the awakening and healing of humanity. Devi’s programs include spiritual teachings, guided meditations, prayers, devotional music and healings through the Transmission of Divine Light. She encourages all who attend her events to focus on the Divine Light within to directly experience their own divine nature. Her programs and group healings have transformed the lives of millions of people around the world.   Event Location: 5041 Ringwood Meadow Bldg G-25, Sarasota. Cost: free on August 9 (no registration required), $50 (pre-register) or $65 (at the door) on August 10. To register, visit For more information, visit

n July, 19 p.m., Dr. Anna Baker, DOM, will present a seminar on receiving a $300 facelift with Pearl Cream by Dr. Anna, her revolutionary anti-aging serum made from real pearls and Chinese herbs without any preservatives. Pearls contain amino acids that retighten muscles and slowly return the face to its younger look with daily use. Preservatives destroy the pearl amino acid muscle tightening action, so Pearl Cream by Dr. Anna is the only pearl cream on the market that provides these results. Dr. Anna will show photographed results of people of all different ages. Pearl Cream by Dr, Anna is also available as a muscle tightening body lotion, men’s anti-aging line and sports performance line. Location: 2721 Mall Dr., Sarasota. Store hours: Monday–Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 941-921-2662 or visit AGE 32

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Wizarding World Weekend at The Spirit University


our invitation to The Spirit University School of Wizardry has arrived! Leave your muggle self behind and enter a realm of magic and endless possibility. Our professors will teach you topics such as Charms, Defense Against the Dark Arts, Divination and more. We will offer a variety of activities to educate and enchant your inner witch or wizard Our goal with this event is to mirror the fantastical world JK Rowling created in practical lessons on spiritual growth you can use in the real world. Rowling’s Divination Professor Trelawney might have had her head in the clouds, but she came from a line of “seers.” Perhaps if she had adequate training, she would have been more effective at interpreting the messages sent from her Higher Self to help Harry on his quest. The curriculum we will explore at our Wizarding World Weekend will include divination, mediumships, automatic writing and more. We will also help your creative juices flow with a “God’s Eye” spiritual arts and crafts project. Also, a séance will be conducted for guests to connect with those who have moved on. This is an opportunity for our spiritual community here in Sarasota to receive hands-on lessons and guidance from experienced mediums and psychics. The Spirit University’s mission is to enlighten others who are on their own spiritual paths and connect them with others who share their gifts in a supportive environment. With these workshops, we hope to have created a fun and fantastical event where the muggle can find the magical within themselves. Location: 373 Braden Ave., Sarasota. For more information, call 941-544-5874 or visit

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Questions You Should Ask Your Aesthetician


here is such a concept as skin fitness. Many skincare lines will give you a plan of attack when you decide to use their products and skin-wise expertise. Usually, the goal is to maintain ideal hydration, balanced oil production, and healing from acne, dryness, fine lines or redness. We all want strong, resilient, clear skin with a healthy glow. Unfortunately, not everyone knows what is in these protocols for skin fitness unless you are a trained professional. Many clients in the spa environment still confuse basic concepts for example the difference between dry and dehydrated skin. Those are two different problems and can be resolved with different products and home treatments. There are still people out there who bathe their face in alcohol in an attempt to cure their acne and experience quick relief. And there is the issue of peels where more is not better, and knowing when to take a break would be wise. Skin care is just like everything else in life. We have to learn how to take care of it with the help of trained professionals. And there are the new technological advancements which come out every few years, and some of these are actually effective and affordable. Learning about these devices and machines can also become handy. Talk to your local skincare professionals, aestheticians and facial specialists. Allow them to look at your skin and help you find products, treatments, technologies, and a home skincare routine that you can maintain between regular facials or treatments. Some of these skin factors can be measured too. Beata Molnar licensed aesthetician, energy healer and biofeedback specialist, uses a simple skin tool in her treatment room that takes less than eight seconds to measure skin hydration, oil production and softness. Every guest who comes to her spa will be scanned before the facial starts which allows her to establish a “skin conversation.” Clients will receive an evaluation and a condensed lecture about what can be done to initiate their own comprehensive skin fitness regimen. If you have any questions about treatments, facials and products, contact Massage Heights at the Landings and ask for Beata Molnar licensed aesthetician. Location: 4948 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. For more information, call 941-927-1030 or visit

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O Maya Abdominal & Visceral Massage for Organ Function and Reproductive Health


isceral Massage can optimize organ function for those with digestive complaints, and it also enhances fertility and reproductive health. Visceral Massage is used for pain management and mobilization to ease pelvic discomfort, menstruation cramps, endometriosis, PCOS, digestive complaints, acid reflux, irritable bowels, bloating and surgical scarring. Manual therapy also can improve digestive system function and post-surgical adhesions. Of patients who undergo abdominal surgery, 93% develop abdominal adhesions. Surgery in the lower abdomen and pelvis, including bowel and gynecological operations, carries an even better chance of abdominal adhesions, which can contribute to infertility, chronic constipation, nausea and twisted bowels. Abdominal adhesions can become larger and tighter over time. In the case of endometriosis, many women in later stages have organs stuck together or develop scar tissue after surgery, so they could benefit from enhanced blood and lymph flow and gentle nerve stimulation. By decreasing pain levels, women are able to find more ease in daily activities while on their periods. In addition, people who are considering bowel resections or uterus and ovary removals due to the pain and discomfort of endometriosis, might be able to delay these procedures for many years with visceral massage which is a huge bonus too! Heather Boreske, LMT, has been practicing for almost 20 years and specializes in a variety of modalities to support the body, mind and spirit. To schedule a free consultation, call 941-248-9127 or visit

n July 17, 2 p.m., Anna Baker, DOM and founder of Faces by Dr. Anna, will present a seminar on her muscle-tightening acupuncture facelift and necklift procedure. She will show pictures from her database of over 500 patients and discuss the details of her procedure. She will also highlight how the procedure can retighten surgical facelifts that have drooped and correct problems experienced from Botox and fillers. A nationally board-certified Doctor of Oriental Medicine, Dr. Anna has been practicing in Sarasota since 1998. She has developed her specialty in a muscle tightening acupuncture face and necklift, with no needles used on the face. Up to three treatments can be performed in one day with a 10-treatment minimum. After the treatments are completed, a one or two treatment touch-up is suggested every 18 months to maintain the lift. Dr. Anna’s work has been nationally televised, and she has been voted Sarasota’s favorite anti-aging practitioner. Location: 2721 Mall Dr., Sarasota. To make seminar reservations or to schedule a free consultation, call 941-921-2662. For more information, visit

Mineral vs. Chemical Sunscreen


ummer has arrived, and we are fortunate to have the most beautiful beaches in Florida, and these crowded beaches also mean a massive use of sunscreen. This is needed to protect your skin from the damage of the sun’s rays, but most beach-goers use chemical sunscreen which is convenient but

also unsafe. Chemical SPF contains chemicals that are absorbed into your skin and bloodstream, as recently reported by the FDA, to filter and absorb UV rays. Once in the bloodstream, these chemicals can affect breast milk, impair the liver, generate free radicals and mimic hormones that disrupt endocrine system. Oxybenzone and octinoxate are the most toxic and dangerous, both to humans and to marine life and coral reefs. By contrast, mineral sunscreens contain two earth minerals—zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. Some natural brands contain only zinc oxide which is a broad-spectrum sunscreen, but the combination of the two ingredients offer superior UVA and UVB protection. They are safe and healing to the skin and non-toxic to ocean ecosystems. The downside of mineral sunscreens is they leave a white, pasty residue on your skin, and are more expensive than chemical products. Both chemical and natural SPF block the production of vitamin D which naturally occurs when your skin is exposed to sunlight. Depending on your skin type and health history, enjoy the sunshine in the morning and late afternoon to avoid the peak UV hours. If you must remain outdoors during the hottest hours of the day, wear a protective white or light-colored swim shirt, wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses and apply sunscreen liberally on any exposed skin. Elysian Fields carries Absolutely Natural Sunscreen which is reef safe and made here in Florida. Location: 1273 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. For more information, call 941-361-3006 or visit July 2019


news briefs

HRI Labs Launches Tests for Glyphosate to Be Used in Crowd-Funded Study


RI Labs has launched tests for glyphosate in urine with LC-MS/MS, the gold standard among scientists for sensitivity and reliability in testing pesticides. The test is offered as part of a crowd-funded study to document correlations between diet, lifestyle, geography, exposure to glyphosate, and the levels found in the urine of people and pets across the United States. This test is the most sensitive and most affordable screen for glyphosate available in North America. It also screens for AMPA, a metabolite of glyphosate, at no extra cost. This is important because it is necessary to take both glyphosate and AMPA into account to more fully assess exposure to glyphosate. In 2015, glyphosate was classified as a probable human carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, the World Health Organization’s cancer arm. In 2018, glyphosate was added to the list of substances that cause cancer under California’s Proposition 65. Peer reviewed animal feeding studies also link glyphosate to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, kidney disease and other chronic health problems. The effective level of glyphosate measured in urine is an indicator of environmental exposure through food, air and water. The test is an excellent tool which can be used to gauge whether dietary or other changes are needed to reduce your exposure. 
 You can participate in the study and order your test at Use discount code GMOFREE79 to receive a $20 discount off the regular price of $99 per kit. For more information, visit

Why Neurofeedback After Abuse?


rauma is prevalent and can have a devastating impact on the community. In fact, research indicates that in Florida alone, one in three women and one in five men have experienced sexual violence in their lifetimes. Moreover, 38% of women and 29% of men in Florida have experienced domestic violence in their lifetimes too (NISVS, 2017). Together with Resilient Retreat, a new and innovative center based in Sarasota, The Brain Wave Center is conducting a joint study to evaluate if and how neurofeedback is helpful for survivors. In the psychological community, it is known that abuse (e.g., domestic violence, sexual violence, child abuse, trafficking or stalking) can have adverse effects on the victim’s well-being. Continuous exposure to the stress of abuse can negatively affect the brain and body. These negative effects can be seen in different regions of the brain through brainwaves which can lead to PTSD, anxiety and depression. Given this knowledge, neurofeedback retrains a person’s brainwaves to minimize or subside the effects of PTSD, anxiety and depression. Several research studies have suggested that neurofeedback can be helpful for trauma survivors (e.g., van der Kolk et al., 2016; Brown, Clark, & Pooley, 2019). Our partnership is seeking to help survivors and gauge the effectiveness of neurofeedback as part of a complete wellness plan. Currently, Resilient Retreat is looking for 20 survivors of abuse who can dedicate time to complete 20 neurofeedback sessions (40 minutes each) and two brain scans (two hours each). If you are 18 or older and have experienced some kind of abuse in your lifetime, neurofeedback could be an ideal fit. There is no cost to you for participating. To find out if you are eligible, call 941-343-0039 or visit For more information on neurofeedback, call 941-552-4500 or visit

For Wellness Living, Joy & Empowerment Private Sessions: Counseling, Energy Work, Reiki, Hypnosis, Past Life Regression, Soul Retrieval, Intuitive and Oracle Card Readings Sun. July 28 – Universal Service, 10:30pm At Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd. Sarasota Rev. Zan Benham (Butterfly Deerwoman) • • 941-922-7839 Visionary • Intuitive Counselor • Shamanism • Reiki Master Teacher • Ceremonialist • Reader 18

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Summer Education Institute and Concert at Sarasota Center of Light


arasota Center of Light has scheduled our Summer Education Institute Series of classes and events for July and August. The series in July will include creative drawing, a healing symposium, a summer concert and workshops on healing, meditation and intuition. Join us for our second Summer Concert Series on July 20, 7 p.m. This will be an evening of incredible music with pianist and vocalist Eddie Tobin. Come be a part of the community, connection and enjoyment of this fundraising event. A symposium on comparative healing modalities will be offered on July 13, 2–5 p.m. This will be a unique opportunity to compare spiritual healing, shamanic healing and Reiki. Each will be discussed and demonstrated with an opportunity for questions and answers too. The center is also excited to announce that Jo Mooy and Patiricia Cockerill will offer a meditation workshop on July 27, 10 a.m. to noon. Both Mooy and Cockerill have made a profound difference in our spiritual community. Other workshops offered are “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain” with Lija Moore on July 16 and “Accessing, Elevating and Following Your Intuition” with Rev. Jim Toole on July 30. Please check the NA calendar and our website for details, costs and locations of these events and others that are scheduled. Join us for our services, extensive education programs, events, visiting mediums and musical events throughout the year. Location: 852 S Tuttle Ave., Sarasota. For more information, call 941-953-6620, email or visit

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Midsummer is prime time for outdoor family meals, barbecues and picnics. Selecting the healthiest food, along with eco-friendly materials in preparing for the fun feasts, can fulfill a more environmentally sustainable lifestyle and conserve resources at the same time. n recommends using organic cloth, reusable mesh or string produce bags when grocery shopping; use bamboo utensil sets and plastic straw alternatives made of stainless steel, food-grade silicone, bamboo or glass. n To keep uninvited flying pests like mosquitoes, flies and the like away from humans and food, apply natural repellents—many made of natural, essential oil; plant-based and foodgrade ingredients can be found at

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n According to, charcoal grilling of meat can expose us to two potentially cancer-causing compounds—polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons that form when fat from meat drips onto hot coals and are “deposited on food courtesy of flame-ups and rising smoke,” and heterocyclic amines that “are produced when red meat, poultry and fish meet high-

heat cooking.” Instead, consider using a closed-flame gas grill to reduce exposure to toxins and cook fresh and organic fruits and vegetables like zucchini, tomatoes, peppers, onions and mushrooms. n Both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency warn against eating shark, swordfish, king mackerel and tilefish due to high levels of mercury, and to consume no more than six ounces of albacore tuna per week for the same reason. Some studies point to avoiding farmed salmon due to potentially high amounts of PCBs. Bypass larger fish of the food chain; look for those that have earned the Marine Stewardship Council or Aquaculture Stewardship Council labels. n The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently estimated that between 30 to 40 percent of all food in the country is wasted. To improve this situation, use glass containers instead of plastic bags to store leftovers. Also consider sustainable food wraps like Bees Wrap ( Made from beeswax, organic cotton, jojoba oil and tree resin, they seal and conform to the shape of whatever food is being stored.

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health briefs

In further confirmation of the importance of the gut-brain axis, 18 Italian students at the University of Verona from ages 18 to 33 that took a freezedried mixture of four probiotics for six weeks experienced less depression, anger and fatigue compared to a control group of 15 that consumed a placebo. The positive effects continued, as discovered in follow-up testing three weeks later. The probiotics group also slept better. The probiotic bacteria blend of 4 billion colonyforming units included Lactobacillus fermentum, Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Lactobacillus plantarum and Bifidobacterium longum.

Munch Nuts for a Healthy Brain

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Seniors that ate more than 10 grams—about two teaspoons—of nuts a day were able to ward off normal cognitive decline and even improve their cognitive functions by up to 60 percent, according to University of South Australia researchers. The study was based on 22 years of records of 4,822 Chinese adults ages 55 and older; 17 percent of them ate nuts every day, most often peanuts. These seniors had as much as 60 percent improved cognitive function compared to those that didn’t eat nuts, and they showed better thinking, reasoning and memory. “Nuts are known to be high in healthy fats, protein and fiber with nutritional properties that can lower cholesterol and improve cognitive health,” says study author Ming Li.

August 2019 Events

Mirabai Devi is an international spiritual teacher, facilitator for healing, author and the founder of Mirabai Devi Foundation. The Foundation is dedicated to her mission of raising world consciousness through the awakening and healing of humanity.

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Sleep Better and Feel Happier With Probiotics

Mirabai Devi will visit the Sarasota area from August 8th-22nd. Mirabai will also be offering private sessions during her time in Sarasota. Friday, August 9th

FREE public event, An Evening with Mirabai Devi Saturday, August 10th

An Evening of Miraculous Healing, Light Transmissions and Prayer with Mirabai Devi 7pm, $50 pre-register / $65 at the door, to register: Both events held at the Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadow, Bldg G-25, Sarasota

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Take B12 to Help With Parkinson’s

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Eat Mostly Plants to Ease Gum Inflammation The inflamed gum condition known as gingivitis is fairly common and often mild, but can be a precursor of more serious periodontal disease linked to Alzheimer’s and rheumatoid arthritis. German researchers at the University of Freiburg tested 30 people: half in a control group that did not change their diet, and half that switched to a diet low in meat and processed carbohydrates and rich in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin C, vitamin D, antioxidants, plant nitrates and fiber. After four weeks, those on the plant-based diet had significantly less gum inflammation and bleeding. They also lost weight and had higher vitamin D levels.

New research has found the basic micronutrient vitamin B12 may be the first good tool for averting the hereditary form of Parkinson’s disease, which accounts for about 15 percent of such cases worldwide. In lab tests, an international team of scientists found that AdoCbl, one of the active forms of vitamin B12, inhibits the activity of a mutated enzyme linked to Parkinson’s. Inhibiting this enzyme appears to help stabilize dopamine release in the brain. Dopamine deficiencies manifest in the muscle rigidity and tremors that are hallmark symptoms of Parkinson’s. Another recent study from the University of California San Francisco that included nonhereditary Parkinson’s patients found that symptoms worsened more quickly in early-stage patients that had low B12 levels than in those with higher levels of the vitamin.

Try Cordyceps to Strengthen the Lungs People suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis, can breathe easier by taking the Chinese medicinal fungus Cordyceps sinensis, a new meta-analysis shows. Researchers at the Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine conducted a review of 15 high-quality studies that involved 1,238 COPD patients and found that cordyceps significantly improved lung function, exercise endurance and quality of life with no report of any serious adverse effects. Cordyceps, which is said to relax and open the airways, has long been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine as an anti-asthmatic, expectorant and cough suppressant.

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global briefs

Alarm Sounded

Ireland Declares Climate Emergency

The Republic of Ireland is the third country worldwide to declare a climate emergency, with both the government and opposition parties agreeing to an amendment to a climate action report. “We’re reaching a tipping point in respect of climate deterioration,” says Climate Action Minister Richard Bruton. “Things will deteriorate very rapidly unless we move very swiftly, and the window of opportunity to do that is fast closing.” The UK governments of Wales and Scotland have also declared climate emergencies. Suggested responses include limiting oil and gas exploration, and issuing an additional biodiversity emergency measure.


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Dangerous Dozen Produce to Avoid

The 2019 Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce ( DirtyDozen-Clean15List) highlights increased pesticide use on up to 70 percent of conventionally grown U.S. produce. Several different types of pesticide, insecticide and fungicide residues are present on many fruits and vegetables. The Dirty Dozen list includes strawberries, spinach, kale, nectarines, apples, grapes, peaches, cherries, pears, tomatoes, celery and potatoes. The clean 15 list includes avocados, sweet corn, pineapples, frozen sweet peas, onions, papayas, eggplant, asparagus, kiwi, cabbage, cauliflower, cantaloupes, broccoli, mushrooms and honeydew melon. The EWG advises that eating organic produce, especially for pregnant and nursing mothers and young children, should be a national priority.

Cannabis is enjoying a renaissance of sorts, and one new application for hemp, the no-buzz industrial variety used in fabrics, oils and foods, is cleaning nuclear radiation from toxic soil and removing metals like cadmium, lead, mercury and other pollutants via phytoremediation. Allison Beckett, a cultivation expert at, says, “Industrial hemp has been used in areas of high radiation, such as Fukushima, [in Japan,] with promising results. Not only does hemp pull toxic, heavy metals from the soil, it actually improves soil structure, making it usable as productive farmland again. Plus, hemp is a vigorous plant that absorbs CO2 rapidly, making it an encouraging solution to climate change.” Hemp phytoremediation has been used in Italy to clean up the small town of Taranto, where a steel plant has been leaking dioxin into the air and soil. The Pennsylvania Industrial Hemp Council and Lehigh University, in Bethlehem, are running a project to test the process in an arsenic-contaminated area in Upper Saucon Township that once harbored a zinc mine.


Hemp to the Rescue at Detox Sites

The world’s oceans may be getting bluer, thanks to climate change. The effect is more likely to be detected by satellites than Earthbound people, and is caused by the depletion of marine phytoplankton as seawater warms. A new study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology published in the journal Nature Communications predicts that more than 50 percent of the oceans’ collective 140 million square miles of surface area will likely be affected by 2100. Marine ecologist and leader of the study Stephanie Dutkiewicz says, “These microscopic organisms live in the water and are the base of the marine food chain. If there are less of them in it, the water will be slightly bluer.” Phytoplankton serves as a food source for small sea creatures that are eaten by fish, squid and shellfish. If phytoplankton populations dip too low, vital fisheries in certain areas could be decimated.

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Discover an Integration

of East and West at Sarasota Center for Acupuncture & Nutrition by Mary-Elizabeth Schurrer


hen Dr. Christina Captain, a nationally board-certified Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, invited me to experience one of the latest additions to Sarasota Center for Acupuncture and Nutrition—her newly rebranded practice on Bahia Vista Street—I was curious but unsure of what to expect. As I walked into Dr. Captain’s office, however, and absorbed the tranquility of her space, I knew this would be an educational, restorative and illuminating encounter. She then proceeded to introduce me to the ZYTO Elite System, a computerized bio-meridian scanning device used to unearth subtle imbalances within the body. This software probes the acupuncture meridians located in the hands to identify energetic stressors in the cells, tissues, glands, bones, muscles, organs and other elements which are connected to those meridian points. These imbalances could be a result of nutrition deficiencies, hormone issues, bacterial or viral pathogens, and toxin, chemical or heavy metal exposures, and the ZYTO Elite System can delve into all of these root causes. Once the scan is done, this software generates a comprehensive profile on the body that indicates which biomarkers are outside a healthy range of balance and how they can be restored to alignment and homeostasis. When Dr. Captain explained to me the results of my own scan, I was fascinated—not to mention, surprised—to learn that my veins and arteries are over-worked, while in contrast, my thyroid is under-functioning. As a side note, my stress levels ranked off the charts too, so it would appear the ZYTO Elite System is telling me I need a vacation—and a physical examination. I should address that order of business, huh? But I digress, this can be utilized to identify all kinds of physiological, emotional and mental disturbances—from potential cancer to infertility to weight issues to autoimmune disorders to unresolved trauma to addictions. Dr. Captain takes this data 26

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obtained from the ZYTO Elite System and funnels it into creating a treatment protocol based on each of her patients’ unique health conditions and therapeutic needs. She combines the ancient wisdom of traditional Chinese medicine with the modern science of conventional Western medicine for an approach that is both holistic and integrative. “In addition to acupuncture, [my practice] offers oral and injectable herbs, vitamin and mineral supplements, homeopathic and glandular substances, infrared saunas and detoxification foot baths to assist people in the achievement of their health goals,” Dr. Captain enumerates. With such a broad scope of modalities in her wheelhouse, Dr. Captain is able to curate individualized treatment plans that not only focus on the origin of an illness, but also empower and educate her patients to continue their own health maintenance outside the walls of her office. One avenue, in particular, through which she does this is nutritional counseling. “We carry 10 different lines of nutrition products, all of which are Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) certified,” Dr. Captain affirms. This verification means that a product is formulated without artificial colors, sweeteners or flavors to ensure the natural quality of ingredients. Her practice’s litany of pharmaceutical-grade supplements runs the gamut from vitamins and minerals to herbs and botanicals to homeopathic remedies. What makes these formulas the superior alternative to a brand you might find at the supermarket is that only licensed practitioners are authorized to retail the products which Dr. Captain has stored in her cabinets. “With our various nutritional offerings, concepts of traditional Chinese medicine, functional laboratory tests and access to modern innovations [such as the ZYTO Elite System], we at the Sarasota Center for Acupuncture and Nutrition strive to be a one-stop-shop for all of our patients’ integrative healthcare needs,” she concludes. And after spending over an hour with her on a hectic Monday morning, I can attest to the passion, enthusiasm, knowledge, commitment and expertise that Dr. Captain delivers in each aspect of her multi-faceted healing work. Dr. Christina Captain is nationally board-certified by the National Commission for Certification in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). She is the lead practitioner at Sarasota Center for Acupuncture and Nutrition which she founded in 2000. Dr. Captain is also an expert Feng Shui practitioner and teacher who studied under Nancilee Wydra of the Feng Shui Institute of America, before originating her own style, Essential Balance Feng Shui. Since this discipline is a branch of Oriental Medicine, she often blends Feng Shui principles into her treatment plans. Sarasota Center for Acupuncture and Nutrition is located at 2650 Bahia Vista St., Suite 101, Sarasota. For more information, call 941-951-1119. Mary-Elizabeth Schurrer is the Managing Editor of Natural Awakenings Sarasota–Manatee. She also works as a freelance writer, blogger and social media marketer based in Southwest Florida. Her personal blog features practical tips for embracing an active, nutritious and empowered lifestyle.

Feng Shui Summer by Dr. Christina Captain, DAOM, MSAOM, MSHN, MA, AP Lucky Dragon says: “Get active this summer and don’t sweat the small stuff,”


alance is essential in any climate, but summertime in Florida needs a special kind of balance. Increased activity in warmer temperatures means there is increased opportunity for both heat stroke and intense emotion. In Feng Shui, summer is associated with yang or hot energy. Too much of this hot energy can make us feel tired, listless and just plain burned out. Balance comes in the indulgence of cooling and quiet times. So take advantage of that evening

swim and the ice-cold air conditioning in your meditation space. Balance the hot yang energy of fire with cooling water colors like ice blue or pale greens. Use a lighter weight and lighter color blanket for your bed which can also make a huge impact. When it comes to fashion, add cooling blues, greens, pinks or grays into your home decor and clothing choices. In your home and office, turn off the overhead lights and utilize natural daylight. Also be sure to eat cooling, raw foods such as melons and salads, while lessening hot foods such as curry, beef and lamb. Keep it cool and enjoy!   Dr. Christina Captain is nationally board-certified by the National Commission for Certification in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). She is the lead practitioner at Sarasota Center for Acupuncture and Nutrition which she founded in 2000. Dr. Captain is also an expert Feng Shui practitioner and teacher who studied under Nancilee Wydra of the Feng Shui Institute of America, before originating her own style, Essential Balance Feng Shui. Since this discipline is a branch of Oriental Medicine, she often blends Feng Shui principles into her treatment plans. Sarasota Center for Acupuncture and Nutrition is located at 2650 Bahia Vista St., Suite 101, Sarasota. For more information, call 941-951-1119.

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Wendy Coleman, founder of LA Urban Farms, works with chefs, resorts, hotels, universities and corporate clients to set up aeroponic tower gardens, such as these kale and lettuce crops.

from elementary school gardens where kids learn to grow, cook and eat nutritious food to corporate gardens inside a new office building for lender Fannie Mae’s employee café. One of its crown jewels is a 6,500-square-foot rooftop garden on the Nationals Park baseball stadium, where edible flowers end up in cocktails and organic produce feeds fine diners and VIP ticket holders. Ray grew his business organically, fueled by passion and curiosity, rather than any horticultural background. “I grew up in NYC, where I had nothing to grow on. When I moved to Florida for grad school, I had a huge backyard to play around with,” says Ray.

CROPS IN THE CITY Urban Agriculture Breaks New Ground by April Thompson


he average American meal travels 1,500 miles to reach its plate, according to the nonprofit Center for Urban Education About Sustainable Agriculture. Yet, enterprising green thumbs across the country are bringing the farm back to plate’s reach, growing hyperlocal food in backyards, on rooftops, through indoor farms and more. City farming reconnects urbanites to their food sources while bettering the environment, communities, diets and health. Urban agriculture, harkening back to the Victory Gardens planted to ward off food shortages during World War I and II, is nothing new. While today’s home gardeners have staked out balconies, window boxes and vacant lots in this locavore resurgence, noteworthy pioneers are 28

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forging a path to organic urban agriculture on a commercial scale—tapping into new technologies and markets, and turning challenges like dealing with space constraints into fresh opportunities.

A View From the Roofs

Take Niraj Ray, whose company Cultivate the City is working to transform urban food deserts in the nation’s capital into thriving local food systems. “We want to get more people interested in growing their own food and show them how they can grow more with less square footage through vertical gardens and sustainable techniques like [soil-less] hydroponic systems,” says Ray. Cultivate the City manages numerous gardens for clients around Washington, D.C.,

Like many other urban farms, Cultivate the City offers a seasonal farm subscription known as a community supported agriculture (CSA) program that allows city dwellers to buy directly from local producers. Ray’s rooftop greenhouse, located on top of a local hardware store that sells his edible plants at retail, offers all the fixings for a healthy, diverse diet: hydroponic towers of leafy greens, trays of microgreens for corporate clients, specialty varieties of hot peppers for the company’s hot sauce and stacking cubes of an albino strawberry variety that Ray crossbred himself. “There are so many ways to contribute to urban farming, from aquaponics to vermicomposting; it’s about finding your niche,” he says.

Growing Up With Vertical Farming

By 2050, it’s estimated that 9 billion people will be living on the planet—7 billion in

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cities. “City planners and adults throughThere are so many need innovative soluways to contribute to urban out South Florida. tions like vertical farmThrough their entity ing to feed the growing farming, from aquaponics The Urban Beekeepto vermicomposting; it’s ers, the Coldwells offer population. We can grow at scale, with about finding your niche. beekeeping classes, minimum space and consult with local gov~Niraj Ray environmental impact,” ernments, sell equipsays Wendy Coleman, ment and rescue “feral who began her California-based business hives” to integrate into managed hives. LA Urban Farms in 2013. Today, Coleman’s They’ve worked successfully with parks, team works with chefs, resorts, hotels, uniairports, golf clubs and country clubs to versities, greenhouses and corporate clients put honeybee habitats on site. like Google and Ikea to set up aeroponic Urban beekeeping works in synergy tower gardens across the U.S. and Europe. with city farms, as honeybees forage up to With aeroponics, nutrient-enriched five miles for food, and in so doing polwater is pumped through a garden tower linate a lot of crops. Seventy of the top 100 to shower the roots of plants suspended in human food crops are pollinated by bees, air. “It actually uses 90 percent less water according to the Food and Agriculture than conventional growing, which is a Organization of the United Nations. “We huge benefit in a place like California, and often hear people say their garden is doing avoids any kind of agricultural runoff,” better than it has in years, thanks to the says Coleman. In conjunction with urban apiaries nearby,” says John Coldwell. farming partners, the business churns out The challenges of growing at scale are 30,000 seedlings a month using aeroponic a recurrent theme among urban farmtechnology to grow for their diverse client ers. Ian Marvy, the U.S. Department of base and working with chefs to plan seaAgriculture (USDA) outreach specialist sonal menus around their produce. for the greater New York City area, ran his Aeroponics and other innovaown urban farm, grossing six figures for 14 tive farm technologies are transforming years. However, Marvy says most farmers spaces in cities across the U.S., reclaiming growing in the city aren’t operating at a peripheral and idle spaces like alleys and profitable scale or producing enough for warehouses to grow herbs and vegetables everyone to eat local. in abundance, using 90 percent less land Even so, locally grown produce is by growing vertically, notes Coleman. a booming market in New York City. “With our gardens, diners can see their Greenmarket, founded in 1976, operates food growing at their table; they get such a more than 50 farmers’ markets, limited personal connection with their food. It’s an to vendors that grow within a 200-mile interactive way for hotels and restaurants radius, some of whom take home five to demonstrate their commitment to local, figures on a good day, says Marvy. Interest sustainable food,” she says. in growing at the community level has also mushroomed, adds Marvy, who estimates Breaking into Hives: that 90 percent of the city’s more than 500 City Beekeepers school gardens weren’t there 15 years ago when he started this work. “The USDA “I had a backyard garden that wasn’t doing so well, and I thought it was the lack of pol- has a huge opportunity here and nationally to make cities more sustainable and feed linators, so I got bees; but then I realized I more people. I’m really excited and comwas just a bad gardener,” quips master beemitted to that,” he says. keeper John Coldwell, of Fort Lauderdale. While urban agriculture efforts are Since this humble beginning in 2012 with a few backyard hives, Coldwell and his sometimes criticized for catering to upper wife Teresa have been leading a movement income residents that can afford to pay top to repurpose public land for “microapiardollar for specialty items like microgreens, ies” and provide apiary education for youth many businesses and organizations are

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hose that have never nurtured more than a houseplant shouldn’t be intimidated, says Wendy Coleman, founder of LA Urban Farms. “Growing food is easy and doesn’t require any special background,” says Coleman, who was green to growing when she started her business six years ago. When growing commercially, find a niche, says Niraj Ray, of Cultivate the City. The company grows plants of ethnic or cultural significance to appeal to Asian, African and Latino populations, from the nutrition-packed moringa to okra, a staple of both Indian and African cooking, given it is a growing market for immigrant populations not served by most traditional garden centers. Seek natural allies like sustainability-minded chefs to bolster an urban ag business. The farm-to-fork chef ’s movement has been a boon for beekeepers and farmers, with chefs acting as patrons of the farms, according to beekeeping expert Teresa Coldwell. Sette Bello Ristorante, an Italian restaurant in Fort Lauderdale, funds vertical gardens at a community garden where the Coldwells have hives so its chef can have pure organic food like squash blossoms pollinated by local bees. Urban farming has its pleasures and rewards, but can also bring hardships. Ray struggles with employee turnover when newbie farmers face the realities of working in the heat and rain, even from a sleek, trendy, rooftop garden. July 2019


working on multiple fronts, with lucrative specialty crops helping to subsidize programs serving families lacking access to healthy affordable food. Grow Ohio Valley takes an integrated approach to food sovereignty in Wheeling,

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The USDA has a huge opportunity here and nationally to make cities more sustainable and feed more people.~Ian Marvy to transform the urban landscape from falling-down buildings and vacant lots into productive community assets,” says founder Danny Swan. The operation’s food hub aggregates produce from small local farmers, providing a guaranteed market for their produce and the opportunity to reach a larger market, usually only served by food grown thousands of miles away. The produce is supplemented by four urban farm sites run by the organization, including an apple orchard on the site of a demolished housing project. Grow Ohio Valley also works to reach the “last-mile customers” that lack access to high-quality affordable produce via a mobile farmers’ market that goes to housing projects, senior communities and schools six days a week. Their latest project, the Public Market, is a retail location on Wheeling’s Main Street that will serve as a year-round farmers’ market. The organization is also building alliances between local farmers and healthcare providers through a project called The Farmacy. A partnership with a local free clinic, it targets people suffering from diabetes and other diseases linked to poor diets with a doctor’s prescription for organic produce offered free through the organization’s CSA. These urban agriculture pioneers are helping to not only grow food, but community, and are nurturing renewed connections to the Earth. City growing has so many benefits: decreasing packaging, costs and food miles traveled, making it easier to eat organic seasonal food and a more diverse diet. “The connection people feel when they plant seed and get to harvest the mature plant is transformative. Growing food is something we can all do to make a difference, for our health and the environment,” says Coleman. Connect with Washington, D.C. freelance writer April Thompson at

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any home gardeners readily list flies, wasps and beetles among the “pests” in their gardens. However, many of these are actually pollinators that help boost production of fruits and vegetables; others are beneficial insects that keep the real plant-killers at bay. A quick call to the local cooperative extension service can help sort out friend from foe— and that’s just the beginning of what this valuable, underutilized resource can offer.

Each year, millions in federal taxpayer dollars help fund county agricultural extension programs administered through the 108 colleges and universities that comprise the nation’s land grant university system. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), which supplies the money, also helps fund science-based research meant to reach not only farmers, but home gardeners seeking advice on best practices. The USDA is trying to do a better job

“The good news is that the 2018 Farm Bill provided increases for many of our programs, including the organic agriculture research and extension initiative program for which we received significant funding,” says Mathieu Ngouajio, program leader for the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The USDA is eager to see the connections their constituents are making with the research. “We want to identify the needs of organic gardeners, and the best way to meet those needs to get our research into their hands,” Ngouajio says. County extension agents are on the front lines of this effort, offering low- or no-cost soil testing, handbooks on a variety of local gardening topics and workshops on everything from making rain barrels and creating rain gardens to implementing eco-friendly pest control, cultivating native plants and employing best practices for organic gardening. Master gardeners that volunteer their expertise are central to supporting extension outreach activities. “We would love more business from the public,” says Weston Miller, an associate professor with Oregon State University’s extension service. “The public service of the master gardener program is to answer questions,” including what and when to plant and how much irrigation is required. In Oregon, there are 3,500 master gardeners, with 650 volunteers in Portland alone. “We train master gardeners in how to use our resources and interpret the

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research to the public,” Miller says. “There are trained volunteers in pretty much every county in the country ready and willing to answer any gardening question,” Miller says. For example, a new organic gardener might not know the correct soil amendments to use or how to start a composting pile to supplement the soil in an organic garden. There is also a nationwide network called Ask the Expert ( and questions will automatically go to an extension staff person or master gardener in the area where the inquiring gardener lives.

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ing sure organic gardeners receive only scientifically researched information, says Nicole Pinson, an urban horticulture agent with the Hillsborough County Extension Service, in Tampa, Florida. “Gardening information is available on websites and on social media. Some information that pops up is not research-based, or they are selling a product and are not unbiased,” Pinson says. “We generally stick to recommendations we have been able to vet through research. When we make a recommendation, we give folks all of the options of what they can do.” To find a nearby extension office, visit

Many of those getting into organic gardening might feel confused as to what connotes organic, Miller says. “Organic gardening is using a naturally formed material for fertilizer and pesticide, from plant, animal or mineral sources.” The biggest area of confusion is that many people think organic means pesticide-free. But that is not always true. There is organic pest control, Miller says. “In terms of gardening, there are certified organic products you can use and still be organic.” One thing to look for on a label is the seal of the Organic Materials Review Institute, which indicates the product is suitable for organic gardening. However, there aren’t many good options for weed management, he adds. “You have to do weeding by hand or use an herbicide that isn’t organic.” Another issue that extension programs can help with is mak-

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There is also a handheld, non-invasive VNS option called gammaCore, a U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved device that offers hope for sufferers of cluster and migraine headaches. Its effectiveness for chronic pain management, as well as in cases of epilepsy and depression, was published in the Neuromodulation Journal in 2015. PTSD researcher Imanuel Lerman, M.D., and his colleagues with the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System, found that VNS affects areas of the brain responsible for processing emotional pain. The findings, published in the journal PLOS ONE earlier this year, also show that VNS delays the brain’s response to pain signals in individuals with PTSD.

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When it comes to the vagus nerve, anxiety is physical. Post-traumatic stress is rooted in neurobiology and experienced in the body, not just the mind, says Arielle Schwartz, Ph.D., a Boulder, Colorado-based clinical psychologist and author of The Complex PTSD Workbook: A Mind-Body Approach to Regaining Emotional Control and Becoming Whole. “This is why you can’t simply think or talk your way out of your trauma reactions.” According to Schwartz, “Disruptions in the gut flora, which often occur with overuse of antibiotics, can have a significant impact on mental health. An imbalance in the gut can lead to an inflammatory response in the immune system and a wide range of disruptive symptoms.” Aylward notes that 95 percent of the body’s mood-boosting chemical serotonin

esearch is helping life for individuals sufThe vagus nerve doctors connect fering from numerous stems from the brain the dots between conditions. One type to the abdomen like seemingly unrelated is a device that can be a communication conditions like irritable implanted by a neurobowel syndrome, rheusuperhighway between surgeon, which sends matoid arthritis, postelectrical impulses to your gut and brain. traumatic stress disorder the vagus nerve in chil~Hannah Aylward (PTSD), chronic fatigue dren that suffer from syndrome and fibromyseizures and adults with algia, revealing a common denominator: the depression as a supplemental treatment multitasking vagus nerve, the longest in the when surgery or medications are not posautonomic nervous system. sible or effective. The superpower of this doublebranched cranial nerve lies in transporting major neurotransmitters along what is known as the brain-gut axis. “The vagus Advice from gut health expert Hannah Aylward: nerve stems from the brain to the abdo4 Eat plenty of vegetables, high-quality proteins, fiber and healthy fats. men like a communication superhighway between your gut and brain,” says Han4 A diet low in sugar and processed carbohydrates supports healthy vagus nerve nah Aylward, an Orlando-based certified function by maintaining a healthy gut microbiome. holistic health coach and gut health expert. 4 Practice intermittent fasting, which stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system “Studies show that the vagus nerve regu(not recommended for people suffering from adrenal fatigue or high stress). lates inflammation throughout the body.” 4 Take probiotics. Lactobacillus has been shown to increase GABA via stimulation of the vagus nerve. Bifidobacterium longum has demonstrated it can normalize anxietyPromising Research like behavior in mice by acting through the vagus nerve. Recent studies have shown that vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) can improve quality of

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resides in the enteric nervous system, which governs the function of the gastrointestinal tract. “The brain-gut axis is becoming increasingly important as a therapeutic target for psychiatric and GI disorders,” she says. Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and founding co-director of UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center, explains the trauma loop. “Developmental trauma impairs the integrative circuits of the brain and nervous system—the prefrontal cortex. When this happens, the brain will be hyperalert, interpreting some non-threatening situations as threatening. “Learning to be aware of our internal state and learning calming techniques helps to regulate the autonomic nervous system and can go a long way,” says Siegel. “High ventral vagal tone means having a state of calm.”

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ummer is an ideal time to add a healthy dose of fresh, organic herbs to make cool salads, luscious smoothies and other hot-weather eats and treats. Herbs are not only a flavorful addition to any meal, they are also chock-full of health benefits, from lowering blood pressure and improving mineral balance to increasing immune support, hydration, energy and healthy skin. Most people consider using herbs in small amounts as seasonings for recipes such as spaghetti sauce, soups or desserts. However, they are edible plants, just like kale and spinach. Although they tend to have strong flavors when dried, fresh herbs are usually quite mild and can be eaten in large amounts like any other vegetable.

Cool Benefits “Summertime herbs are important for dealing with the heat and humidity that the season brings,” says Nathaniel Whitmore, a Chinese medicine herbalist and shiatsu massage practitioner in Milford, Pennsylvania. An herb that he recommends for this time of year is American ginseng, which, unlike its Chinese namesake, is considered a “cooling” herb and helps keep the body moist. When combined with fresh chrysanthemum flowers, the result is a powerful elixir that both hydrates and energizes. “A piece of American ginseng root and a few chrysanthemums placed in a jar of water and set on a windowsill for a few days makes a great cold infusion,” says Whitmore. “You can store it in the fridge for a few days and drink it in small amounts at a time to benefit from its energizing and hydrating properties.”

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~Nathaniel Whitmore Soft-stemmed herbs such as parsley and dill can be used in large amounts in salads and summer sandwiches. Other heat-tolerant herbs that are easy to grow include lemon balm, rosemary, lavender, mint and basil. “Lemon balm is great for headaches and insomnia that are common during summer heat waves,” says Michelle Schoffro Cook, Ph.D., an herbalist and doctor of natural medicine, in Ontario, Canada. “Basil can help reduce summer achiness, while lavender serves as a relaxant and an excellent bug repellant.” In addition to relieving headaches and restlessness, lemon balm is also beneficial for those that suffer from high blood pressure. A study in the Journal of Herbal Medicine reports that it is helpful in reducing blood pressure in patients with chronic stable angina. Rosemary, another herb used for sleep disorders, was found to also help improve memory and decrease anxiety in a study conducted in Iran at the Kerman University of Medical Sciences. One study in 2009 by researchers in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Allahbad, in India, revealed that polyphenols found in herbs and plants harbor antioxidant properties that can help reduce the risk of developing cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis and neurodegenerative disorders.

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Fresh Is Best While herbs can be used in their extracted and dried forms, the most significant health benefits are often found in the raw, organic plant. “Fresh is better,” says Whitmore. “This is especially true when it comes to the more aromatic plants such as basil and lavender. A lot of the more volatile constituents are lost during the drying process.” Most herbs grow best in dry garden areas that receive at least eight hours of sun each day. Although some herbs can grow in partially shaded locations, they won’t be as flavorful. Many herbs can also be grown in containers or pots. Maria Noël Groves, a clinical herbalist in Allenstown, New Hampshire, and author of Grow Your Own Herbal Remedies: How to Create a Customized Herb Garden to Support Your Health & Well-Being, lists lemon balm, Korean mint, anise hyssop and purple basil as among her favorite summer culinary and beverage herbs that are easy to grow in pots. These make easy pickings for wraps, salads, sandwiches and more. “Lemon balm can also be used to make infused water,” says Groves. “With lemon verbena, lemon grass or holy basil, the result is refreshing and calming.” Just take a few sprigs and place them in either plain or seltzer water. The result is a delicately flavored beverage that’s also healthy and hydrating. Kajsa Nickels is a freelance writer and a music composer. She resides in northeastern Pennsylvania. Contact her at

Herbal Chill-Outs Lemon Balm Vinegar This infusion can be used in place of plain vinegar in summer salad dressings. According to the Journal of Medicine, lemon balm is helpful in lowering blood pressure and cholesterol. Combining it with apple cider vinegar adds extra health benefits to the mix, including digestion enhancement, detoxing and inflammation reduction. 2-3 cups fresh lemon balm, washed 1 qt apple cider vinegar Add coarsely chopped lemon balm leaves and stems to a 32-ounce mason jar. Add vinegar until lemon balm is completely covered. Allow to sit in a cool, dark place for two to four weeks before straining. From the book Be Your Own Herbalist by Michelle Schoffro Cook. Used with permission from New World Library.

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The main purpose is not exercise or getting from point A to point B, but rather having a mindful, sensory experience in nature. ~Hannah Fries

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n 1982, the Japanese government coined the term Shinrin-yoku (“taking in the forest atmosphere” or “forest bathing”) to inspire people to visit and appreciate national parks. Today, that walk in the woods has become a medically recommended activity worldwide for improving immunity, reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression, managing chronic pain and promoting better sleep. The research supporting the physical and mental benefits of forest bathing is so compelling that it’s advocated by the National Institute of Public Health of Japan and prescribed to patients there. Researchers from the University of East Anglia, in England, examined years of studies and found significant evidence that experiencing nature has a positive impact on health. Published in the journal Environmental Research in 2018, the metaanalysis involving 290 million participants from 20 countries concluded that spending time in green spaces lowers blood pressure and cholesterol, and reduces the


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stress hormone cortisol. The study also noted a lower risk of Type 2 diabetes and death from heart disease.

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Another recent review of studies, published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, concluded that Shinrin-yoku can ease the symptoms of adult depression. “Forest bathing plugs us into

something we all seek—a source of peace and well-being. The thing that first hooked me into being a forest bathing guide was reading the robust body of research that proves the benefits of forest bathing,” says Judy Beaudette, board secretary of Friends of North Creek Forest, in Bothell, Washington. Melanie Choukas-Bradley, a certified forest therapy guide and author of The Joy of Forest Bathing: Reconnect With Wild Places & Rejuvenate Your Life, in Chevy Chase, Maryland, attests to the therapeutic value of forest bathing. “Even occasional nature immersion can have beneficial health effects that can last for days. Many doctors are now prescribing nature to patients. There’s an organization devoted to this called Park Rx America.” She recommends just 20 minutes during a lunch break to sit on a bench or on the ground beneath trees. There are many theories of why spending time in the woods or any other natural place makes us feel good; for example, findings published in the journal Toxicological Research in 2017 attribute the immune-boosting, mood-lifting benefits of forest bathing to natural terpenes released into the air by trees, especially conifers. Terpenes contain anti-inflammatory properties that strengthen the body’s natural defenses.

Sensory Immersion, Not Exercise Shinrin-yoku is intended to engage the trinity of body-mind-spirit. “The main purpose is not exercise or getting from point A to point B, but rather having a mindful, sensory experience in nature. It isn’t some prescribed task you need to do,

A Simple Meditation Forest bathing guide Judy Beaudette suggests: n Find something you can put your attention on that is natural—a plant, a stone, a bird’s song, a stream or a forest, the sky, even a tuft of grass or weeds growing out of a crack in the sidewalk. n Practice noticing something small in nature, like an acorn, a leaf or a grain of sand. Put it in the palm of your hand and for five minutes, notice the details. Keep noticing. See what thoughts come to mind and keep returning your attention to this small thing. After the five minutes have elapsed, write down your observations.

like pushups,” explains Hannah Fries, a poet and author of Forest Bathing Retreat: Find Wholeness in the Company of Trees. She communes with the wild for both health and inspiration. “Even if it’s only 20 minutes a week, go outside without a phone or other electronic device. Walk slowly. Look more closely. Listen. Smell. Touch. Interact with the living, breathing world around you. It’s that simple.” Choukas-Bradley says that observance is key. Recalling her first forest bathing experience, she says, “We paid attention to our breath and tuned in to the sights, sounds and sensations all around us. I noticed a perfect spider’s web, just barely trembling in the slightest breeze, its creator clinging to the center.” She recommends finding a “wild home”—a neighborhood park, garden or backyard tree. “Make it a practice to find a ‘sit spot’ where you can quietly observe beauty and are apt to feel a sense of awe. Psychology researchers have shown that experiencing awe has many positive effects on emotional health.”

It doesn’t matter if we commune with nature in a rural or urban setting, only that we remain dialed in to our surroundings. “Forest bathing is a tool for slowing down our buzzing minds and practicing a secret superpower—the skill of consciously choosing what we put our attention on,” says Beaudette.

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the first one wasn’t fully administered and the infection wasn’t effectively cleared. It’s important to reseed the pet’s gastrointestinal (GI) system with friendly microorganisms—probiotics—during and after antibiotic therapy to reestablish a healthy balance of gut bacteria. This will also help keep a dog or cat’s digestive system working optimally and the immune system strong.

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Alternatives to Antibiotics

Beyond Antibiotics Pets Can Heal With Natural Approaches by Karen Shaw Becker


ike people, pets can develop allergies to medications that are overprescribed, including antibiotics, which also have a long list of side effects—many of which are long-term. There is also the escalating problem of resistance, which is the result of too-frequent and unnecessary use of these drugs. One of the most important things to know is that dogs and cats are exposed to antibiotics when they eat food containing the meat of factory-farmed animals, which includes about 99 percent of pet foods on the market today. The exception is a very small number that contain free-range, organic ingredients.

Antibiotic Resistance

In many cases, even when bacteria are exposed for the first time to a particular antibiotic, the majority will die, but some will survive and pass on that resistance to other bacteria. The problem is not that certain disease-causing bacteria are antibioticresistant, but that the resistance genes in any type of bacteria can transfer their ability to survive to billions of other bacteria. 40

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This is how superbugs are born. These are a strain of bacteria able to withstand assault by multiple types of antibiotics. When a veterinarian can no longer eliminate bacterial infections with antibiotics, the life of the animal is threatened, and that’s the biggest concern. If a veterinarian makes a diagnosis of infection, ask for a culture and sensitivity test. Otherwise, he or she is making a guess at what type of organism is present and the best antibiotic to treat it. Each time an unnecessary or inappropriate antibiotic is prescribed, the potential for resistance increases. Only in an emergency situation should a veterinarian prescribe an antibiotic before the culture and sensitivity test can be performed. The vet can then switch medications if necessary when the results arrive. Giving the proper dose of the antibiotic at the proper intervals and using up the entire prescription is important, even if the pet seems to be fully recovered before the medication has run out. This will ensure the infection is totally resolved and prevent the pet from having to take another full course of antibiotics because

Many conditions for which antibiotics are often indiscriminately prescribed respond very well to a combination of natural therapies, including herbs, homeopathic remedies, nutraceuticals, immune system stimulants and specific nutritional interventions. Functional medicine veterinarians, a group that is thankfully growing in number, realize this and are able to partner with pet parents to offer alternatives to antibiotics. A 2016 study showed cranberry extract to be as or more effective in preventing E. coli-related urinary tract infections (UTIs) in dogs as short-term antibiotic treatment. In addition, cranberry extract can help fight multidrug-resistant bacteria in dogs with recurrent E. coli UTIs. In a study of shelter dogs, researchers compared the use of probiotics to antibiotics to treat acute diarrhea caused by stress. They concluded probiotic therapy was as effective as antibiotic therapy. In addition, dogs that were unresponsive to antibiotics appeared to benefit significantly from subsequent probiotic treatment. Oregano oil, propolis, olive leaf, essential oils, colloidal silver and Manuka honey help reduce bacterial skin infections caused by methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) with good success. If a dog or cat isn’t facing a lifethreatening health situation, talk with the veterinarian about alternatives to antibiotics. In these situations, pet parents often find it beneficial to consult a functional medicine or integrative veterinarian whose goal is to treat these problems by starting with the least toxic options first. Karen Shaw Becker is a proactive, integrative doctor of veterinary medicine who consults internationally and writes for Mercola Healthy Pets (

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bundance means plenty—a flowing of love, vitality, wealth, joy, prosperity, success and more. GRACE is an acronym representing five practices that can magnify abundance in all areas of life, including finances.

G = Gratitude There is tremendous power in being grateful, because what we focus on expands. Gratitude opens our heart to receive and give blessings. This puts us in a space to have more things to be grateful for. Practicing gratitude can be as simple as saying, “I am grateful for…” or “I am thankful for…” If we find ourselves in a negative state, practice gratitude even for as brief a period as 60 seconds. It will positively shift our emotion, thereby allowing us to be open to abundance.

Commit to gifting ourselves with an abundant mindset because our mindset is critical to our success. One way to quickly shift our mindset to the positive is to concentrate on our desire and ask ourselves, “What do I have to believe for this to be true?” Our mind will creatively generate many possibilities that can get us excited, which then shifts how we think and feel to what is positive. As we do this, we will also create greater confidence in the knowledge that the universe is always working in our favor.

E = Expression Express our passion by first doing what we love. Then find a way to use our passion, purpose and life to serve others.When we do this, our world, our financial abundance and our joy will expand exponentially. Meriflor Toneatto is the author of Money, Manifestation & Miracles: A Guide to Transforming Women’s Relationships with Money. Connect at

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A = Alignment The key way to get into alignment for more abundance is to know our purpose, follow our passion and work on releasing internal fears and doubts.

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home daily. While the movements were not strenuous, they were unusual and required coordination that made them slightly difficult at first. Despite the challenge, she found that she could feel a decrease in pain after performing the exercises.

New Moves for Pain Relief

Taking it Further

by Eric Winder, DC


ovel movement” describes a new therapy concept that helps people break out of chronic pain. A patient I will refer to as Sally is a clear demonstration of this idea. Sally can now climb stairs again and relishes her evening walks without the pain that plagued her for over a year. A major part of her improvement came from applying the concepts of novel movement. Research on pain has shown that using new techniques to move your whole body or individual joints can help convince a person’s nervous system to release the “habit” of pain and allow you to move freely again. To understand the benefit of moving the body in new ways, first consider the mysterious nature of pain. In many cases, the pain that you experience has no clear explanation, and it continues long after the injuries heal. Findings on x-rays or MRIs that seem like possible causes of pain often have no actual relationship to the pain itself. Studies indicate, for example, the severity of findings on a spinal MRI—problems such as disc bulges, arthritis and bone spurs—actually have low correlation with how much pain you suffer. In fact, some people with severe degeneration can experience minimal or no pain, while others with no degeneration can feel severe pain.

Pain is Weird

Persistent pain, then, is often a mystery. To understand where novel movement fits into the picture, it is important to understand

what can cause pain to endure years after an injury. Pain is a perception that your nervous system has about what is happening in the body that could be harmful. Pain is not just about what is happening at the moment, it also includes your nervous system’s interpretation of what has happened in the past or the anticipation of possible future injury. This does not always reflect the actual truth, as many people with healed injuries can attest to, when they are still experiencing pain years later. A simpler method to explain this is that pain is an opinion that your nervous system has about the body. Please note that your nervous system having an “opinion” about pain is not the same as the assumption, “It’s all in your head.” Scientifically, if you feel pain, it is real, and it has damaging effects, no matter the source.

A New Perspective

Novel movement offers a means to help change this opinion your nervous system holds about possible harm. Moving in new ways the nervous system has not yet formed an opinion about can bypass the tendency to react to motion with pain. This helps your brain to form a new opinion that allows for increased movement with less pain. As an example of this, we can explore how Sally benefited from new ways of moving. During her treatment sessions at our office, she learned new core exercises for her trunk muscles that she could perform at

Sally took this idea of new movement even further. She attended yoga classes and started learning how to hula hoop. While we provided improvements in connective tissue restrictions that were affecting her muscles and joints, Sally provided additional stimulus to her nervous system to help convince it to change its opinion. As a result, she now feels significant improvement and can enjoy activities that she hasn’t done for years. Novel movement can take many forms. It might mean doing a familiar movement at a slow speed, stretching muscles in a different way or practicing a new exercise. Self-guided novel movement can be helpful for anyone working out minor aches and stiffness. However, for anyone with a significant pain problem, a qualified healthcare practitioner should be consulted in order to guide the process. This therapy method is often combined with other forms of treatment such as the manual therapy we do at our clinic. While there is no single answer for the treatment and alleviation of persistent pain, for many people, this process of moving in new ways can be an important tool for improving their quality of life. You are invited to attend an evening program on July 31, where you can learn more about new solutions for chronic pain including novel movement. Dr. Eric Winder will discuss case examples and hold a Q&A session following the presentation. Attendees are invited to arrive at 6:50 p.m. for refreshments, and the program itself will take place from 7–8 p.m. This free event is located at 3131 S Tamiami Trail, #102, Sarasota. To RSVP, call 941-957-8390. Dr. Eric Winder has 22 years in practice, and he focuses on relieving pain and restoring alignment and motion through fascia release therapies without forceful manipulation. For more information, visit    July 2019


might be bored at first—but boredom enhances creativity, partly by allowing for daydreaming, concludes a study from the UK’s University of Central Lancashire.

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The Pure Joy of Play

Why Kids Need Unstructured Fun


by Ronica O’Hara

ot so long ago, kids would be shooed out the door to play and told to return home at meal time. But the rising use of digital devices and kids’ highly scheduled sports and school activities, as well as parental fears about safety, has made that kind of unstructured play rare—with resulting drops in children’s independence, resilience and creativity, experts say. In fact, play has been shown to be so critical to children’s development that an American Academy of Pediatrics 2018 clinical report, “The Power of Play,” recommends that doctors write prescriptions for it. “Play is not frivolous; it is brain building,” concludes the report. It defines play as voluntary, fun and spontaneous activities that engross a child, often resulting in joyous discovery, and includes imaginative make-believe, experimenting and risk-taking. It cites 147 studies showing that play builds skills critical for adult success such as problem solving, collaboration and creativity; decreases stress, fatigue, injury and depression; and increases range of motion, agility, coordi-


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Play is how children learn to create and govern their own activities and solve their own problem independently of adults.~Peter Gray nation, balance and flexibility. Here are some ways to up the play in children’s lives:


Give them lots of free time away from devices. Yes, they

of American boys and 47 percent of girls are participating on organized sport teams, but three out of four kids quit sports by age 13—one major reason being, “I was not having fun.” Play, on the other hand, is based on pure enjoyment and spontaneous collaboration among kids, minus overanxious adult “sidelining”. “When children play in their own ways, they generally play cooperatively. We adults impose competition, unfortunately. Yet even in our competitive society, the really successful and happy people are the ones who are oriented toward cooperation,” says Peter Gray, Ph.D., a Boston College psychology professor and author of Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life.


Encourage them to take the lead. Let kids decide whether they

want to play with friends, siblings or alone. They will happily make up their own games with lots of raw materials that are on hand—blocks, balls, puzzles, crayons, boxes, wooden spoons, old costumes and hats, sand, water, tarps and shovels. “Play is how children learn to create and govern their own activities and solve their own problems independently of adults,” says Gray. “Stated differently, it is how children learn to become adults. This value

Explore Free Play This online, 20-minute, self-quiz helps parents reflect upon their own childhood adventures and figure out a plan they feel comfortable with for their children’s unstructured “risky play”. Preliminary study data show that by three months, 93 percent of parents using the quiz had accomplished their goals. “The Power of Play”: This study by the

American Academy of Pediatrics lays out the body of research on the benefits of unstructured play for children.

“Say Yes to Play”: A Psychology Today online article offers 12 strategies to encourage play, as well as additional references.

is destroyed when adults take charge of children’s activities.”


Back off from hovering supervision. It can rob them of a

sense of ownership and accomplishment. Leigh Ellen Magness, a clinical social worker and registered play therapist in Athens, Georgia, grappled with anxiety as she watched her 5-year-old son clamber up a roadside sculpture designed for climbing. “He climbed so high that my stomach flip-flopped to see him so far from me. But I knew there was no better way for him to learn the limits of his own body than to test them,” she says. Mariana Brussoni, Ph.D., an associate professor in the department of pediatrics and the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia, Canada, concurs: “When they’re given the chance, even very young children show clear abilities to manage risks and figure out their own limits. The potential for learning is enormous.”


Don’t worry. “The data show that children are far more likely to get injured in adult-directed sports, where they are pushed to compete, than in free play,” says Gray. “Moreover, the kinds of injuries that occur in free play are relatively easy to recover from.” As for the fear of kidnapping by strangers, the odds are very small—one in a million, according to the latest U.S. Department of Justice data. “Weigh the effect of the limits you place on your kids to prevent that very, very, very unlikely possibility versus the fundamental importance for their own health and development of exploring freedom,” advises Brussoni. Ronica A. O’Hara is a Denver-based freelance health writer. Connect at

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e know and your study that sleep of them? is good for It was where it all got mental and physical started for me and health, but whether even though it was dreams can play a role eight years ago, I still is a fascinating topic. remember my first luWhen we journey cid dream as if it was into that state, science yesterday. If I hadn’t journalist Alice Robb had that experience feels we can reap even of doing the exercises more benefits and make to elicit lucid dreamour waking lives more ing, I don’t know if I productive, healthier would’ve written the and happier. book—although I’ve Her recent book always been fascinated Why We Dream: The Knowing you are by my regular dreams, Transformative Power lying in bed, but also which have been of Our Nightly Journey, vivid, and have often feeling, physically, that which blossomed from you are in another place, wondered what was a trip to Peru, posits a going on in my brain new way to look at our is very powerful. to produce them—esdreams including how pecially when I felt ~Alice Robb to recall and even influthey were affecting my ence them, and how doing so benefits us moods or my daily life. when awake. Rich with recent studies and evoking famous artists, thinkers and othHow is lucid dreaming different ers over centuries, she traces the intricate links between dreaming and creativity, and than normal dreaming? offers tips on how we can relish the intense In lucid dreams, you are aware that you adventure of lucid dreaming. are dreaming. A lot of people will be in Robb was a staff writer for The New a nightmare; it’s really scary, and you say Republic and has also written for New York to yourself, “This can’t be real, this must Magazine, The Atlantic, Elle, The Washbe a dream,” and then maybe you can get ington Post, the BBC and British Vogue. A yourself out of it. You can train yourself to graduate of Oxford with Bachelor of Arts prolong those lucid moments. Some people degrees in both Archaeology and Anthrodo it naturally while others can do different pology, she resides in Brooklyn, New York. meditation exercises to learn to gain aware-

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ness within their dreams. Before you start trying to have lucid dreams, it’s important to have very good

recall of your regular dreams. We’re all dreaming every night, every time we have a REM cycle, about every 90 minutes that we are asleep, even if you don’t remember your dreams. It’s easier for most people to improve their dream recall. It’s as simple as saying to yourself before bed, “I want to remember my dreams tonight.” The more intention you have, the more you think about your dreams during the day, can be enough to trigger you to better remember your dreams. If you pay close attention to your environment, looking and examining it and asking yourself whether it’s real, you will then ask yourself the same question in a dream.

How do you feel lucid dreaming can improve our overall well-being?

You can practice a speech you are worried about. If you are an athlete, you can mentally prepare. It can help with your mental health. You can use lucid dreams to confront your demons; you can summon someone that you want to have a conversation with and practice talking with them. They are awe-inspiring. Knowing you are lying in bed, but also feeling, physically, that you are in another place, is very powerful.

What steps can we take to improve our ability to recall dreams?

Keep a dream journal. It doesn’t have to be pen and paper; you can speak your dreams into your phone in the morning or in the middle of the night if you wake up… whatever you can do to train yourself to hold onto them because if you don’t remember them when you wake up, then they will fade pretty quickly. As soon as I started keeping a dream journal, I was amazed at how many I was remembering. When getting started, make sure to write something every morning, even “I don’t remember anything.” The habits will become ingrained and you’ll start to remember dreams. Randy Kambic, of Estero, Florida, is a freelance editor and writer.

Mind, Body, Spirit: The Real Cure for Cancer by Dr. Rene Ng, DACM, AP, L.Ac.


ancer is a horrific illness that can affect any one of us. Unfortunately, even despite the new technologies and medications, cancer incidents are also on the rise. In fact, according to a recent study from the National Cancer Institute, “in 2018, an estimated 1,735,350 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in the USA, and 609,640 people will die from the disease.” This is a frightening statistic. The main reason why cancer, along with a host of other chronic ailments such as autoimmune diseases, are so prevalent can be attributed to three factors: • • •

our immune systems have become weaker our environment has become more toxic and polluted our overall mental, spiritual and emotional health has deteriorated

Understanding Cancer The American Cancer Society defines cancer as a “collection of related diseases in which some of the body’s cells begin to divide without stopping and spread into surrounding tissues.” Each of our bodies will deveop cancer cells, but for most of us, in the course of our lives, our immune systems remain strong enough to keep these rogue cells under control, so we are not affected. However, some people are not as fortunate, and are diagnosed with cancer.

Fighting Cancer In order to effectively fight cancer, we first need to understand why cancer is able to exist and profilerate. Each cell in the body undergoes a normal life growth and development, then at the end of this cycle, the cell dies through a process called apoptosis. In the situation behind cancers, however, the apoptosis is impaired, and some of the cells live longer than they are supposed to. When this happens, they start to mutate into harmful, rogue cells which eventually bond together to form tumors and malignant tissues. Cancer cells are just another form of living organisms which need the right environment to survive and the right source of nourishment to feed on. So if we are able to discern how the body provided this essential requirement for the cancer cells and then eliminate this root cause, we can make the body uninhabitable for these cancer cells to live. The Mind-Body-Spirit Nucleus of Health We are all creatures of energy. We live on energy, we breathe energy, we exert energy, and we are impacted by energy. The energy in our environment becomes more toxic by the day, and we are doing our best to combat this with natural products, organic foods and essential oils but we can only do so much. The real key is keeping the immune system healthy and strong. The immune system refers to the quality of our blood and circulation. If that is smooth and healthy, our natural defenses will be strengthened, and diseases will find it difficult to prevail. Unfortunately, improper diet and lack of exercise are not the only factors that can impair circulation. The major detrimant is actually our mental health. Emotions have a more significant part in harming our bodies than most people think. In Chinese Medicine, the lungs are injured by grief, the kidneys by fear, the liver by anger and depression, the spleen by worrying, and the heart from over-excitement. These organs are all critical to the production and circulation of blood. And even worse, as the organs are mutually dependent and continuously interact with each other to keep us alive, their impair-

ment can lead to a reduced oxygen intake in our bodies. It is difficult, if not impossible, for cancer cells to survive in an oxygen-rich environment, and therefore, the weakening of our organs makes our bodies more conducive to cancer growth. Even in cancer remission, we need to repair and improve our mental health, otherwise the chances of the cancer returning will increase. Maintaining a healthy emotional state leads to a healthy mind, body and spirit which, in turn, leads to a strong circulatory and immune system. In Summary Cancer is not a death sentence. There are beneficial treatments in Western medicine, such as chemotherapy and radiation, that can manage the cancer’s spread and even eradicate a current crop in the body. There are also a wide variety of effective natural treatment options such as Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, immunotherapy, ozone therapies or anti-cancer diets that form a formidable arsenal of cancer eliminating weapons. However, the real key to keeping the body cancer-free and winning the battle against currently active cancer in the body is maintaining solid mental health. A strong and healthy mind, body and spirit helps to keep our bodily defenses top-notch. As humans, we cannot avoid sickness, but it is how fast we are able to recover from our ailments and how much we are able to prevent the spread of illness that determines the quality of life for each and every one of us. Dr. Rene Ng, DACM, AP, L.Ac., is a boardcertified, licensed Acupuncture Physician and Chinese Herbalist in Sarasota. He is the first-place winner of Sarasota’s 2019 Readers’ Choice award for “Best in Acupuncture” and a four-time winner of Sarasota’s “Favorite Acupuncturist” award. He helps patients with a wide variety of diseases, including cancer care, MS, autoimmune diseases, and thyroid disorders. For more information and to schedule an appointment, call 941-773-5156 or email July 2019


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MONDAY, JULY 1 ECKANKAR Center and Reading Room of Sarasota Open - 11am-1pm. If you have a true desire to experience God for yourself, Eckankar can help you reach that goal. Discover a better understanding of your true spiritual purpose. Complimentary materials available. 3650F Webber St. Sarasota, 941-358-0325,

WEDNESDAY, JULY 3 Storewide Sale at Super Value Nutrition! - Demos, Free Samples, Tastings, BIG Discounts and more! Largest Selection of CBD in SRQ! Open 9-6, 2163 Siesta Drive, 941-366-1997 and 5842 Bee Ridge Road, 941-342-1908, Sarasota, Circle of Light Meditation - 7-9:30pm. At our New Location. You will be empowered by the Universal Light through guided meditation lead by Andrea Blood. Invite your guides and angels to join you as we grow and evolve spiritually and emotionally. Each session held on alternating Wednesdays, will be unique as we explore the infinite possibilities from different points of view. You may meet spirits, guides, angels, loved ones or even past lives or your lessons of this life and even more. At the close of the circle you will find that you feel calm, relaxed, refreshed and empowered on all levels of your being. Reservations requested. $20 donation. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Drive, Suite 203-C, Sarasota, 941-266-8435,, Facebook is CMF of Sarasota.

FRIDAY, JULY 5 Inquire Within Goddess Shoppe: Ask Susan! - Susan’s Tarot Readings are straightforward and offer the opportunity to receive clarity and wisdom. You will walk away feeling empowered to navigate your life’s journey toward fulfillment with clear guidance and insight. 30 mins/$60, 1 hr/ $100. Appointment is recommended; however, walk-ins are welcomed. Inquire Within Goddess Shoppe, 6283 Lake Osprey Dr. Sarasota, 941-822-8056, Soul Travel - Voyages into Higher Worlds, 2019 Florida Regional ECKANKAR Seminar -July 5, 6 7. Sri Harold Klemp, spiritual leader of Eckankar, states in Eck Wisdom on Soul Travel, that Soul Travel is for every aspect of life. It is much more than traveling out of the body. It is the expansion of consciousness: “Love and wonder define Soul Travel the best”. Featured speaker seminar speaker Carolyn Walsh who grew up in ECKANKAR will share Soul Travel experiences from her earliest memories, speaking every day and facilitate a workshop. And, she will sing for us! Seminar events are free to guests for any or all 3 days. 941-3580325, click on “Florida Regional ECK Seminar”. Loc- Orlando Marriott Lake Mary, 1501 International Parkway, Lake Mary, Florida. Call 407- 995-1100 to request the ECK Group Rate by July 3 of $93/1-4 people per room. Code: ECK

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Psychic Saturday - 10:30am-1pm. Readings and Healings. 15-minute readings $20. Vibrational Healing, Love Donation. Gift certificates available. Sarasota Center of Light. 852 S Tuttle Ave., Sarasota, 941-953-6620,

SUNDAY, JULY 7 ECK Light and Sound Service - 11am-noon. Recognizing God’s Help in Every Moment. If we remember to ask, divine love comes to us, often in unrecognized ways. We may not realize that the Holy Spirit has spoken to us until we learn how to listen for these divine messages that help make our sojourn in this world a little better, a little more enlightening. LaQuinta Inn & Suites, 812 Kings Highway, Port Charlotte, 941-358-0325, Meetup. com/EckankarInSarasota.

TUESDAY, JULY 9 Do You Have More Questions Than Answers? 6:30pm, the second Monday of the month. Meet at Pub 32, 8383 South Tamiami Trail, Share spiritual ideas and great conversation. For more information, Unity of Sarasota, 3023 Proctor Rd. 941-955-3301 ext. 123,

THURSDAY, JULY 11 Inquire Within Goddess Shoppe: Crystal Records Readings with Debbie - Debbie now has developed the ability to access a person’s soul information from the Crystal Library on the etheric plane which is several dimensions above the Akashic Records. The Crystal Library records contain energetically recorded information of each soul and it’s human journey through all time and space. This includes all soul and human thoughts, feelings, intent, words and deeds. The Crystal Libraries are an informational catalog that Debbie can access to give insight, guidance, wisdom and healing from our past, present and future self. 30 mins/$60, 1 hr/$100. Inquire Within Goddess Shoppe, 6283 Lake Osprey Dr. Sarasota, 941-822-8056, Free Medical Cannabis Educational Event – Sponsored by Muv, Trulieve, Surterra -  5:307pm. Please join us for our informational event. Here, you will find answers to your questions, obtain product knowledge, and speak with our doctors in reference to consultations – now available to clients who qualify at Point Lumineux! We are excited about this educational seminar sponsored by Muv, Trulieve & Surterra. We hope to see you there! Event Sponsors Muv, Trulieve & Surterra will be providing food! Call 941-217-6828 to register, Point Lumineux, 2206 Jo An Drive, Ste 4, Sarasota.

FRIDAY, JULY 12 Inquire Within Goddess Shoppe: Ask Susan! - Susan’s Tarot Readings are straightforward and offer the opportunity to receive clarity and wisdom. You will walk away feeling empowered to navigate your life’s journey toward fulfillment with clear guidance and insight. 30 mins/$60, 1 hr/ $100. Appointment is recommended; however, walk-ins are welcomed. Inquire Within Goddess Shoppe, 6283 Lake Osprey Dr. Sarasota, 941-822-8056, ECKANKAR Center and Reading Room of Sarasota Open - 3-6pm. If you have a true desire to experience God for yourself, Eckankar can help you reach that goal. Discover a better understanding of your true spiritual purpose. Complimentary materials available. 3650F Webber St. Sarasota, 941-358-0325,

Protection When Working with Spirit - 7-9pm. Presented by Rev. Diana Mier At our New Location. Seldom talked about and rarely taught, here is an opportunity to seriously understand protection when working on the other side of the veil. Each Tradition of magic, religion and ceremony practice protection, though some are never revealed openly. Some might say no need for anything like that, that it is foolish, but without taken the precautions, troubles may soon follow. Join this interesting class of hidden knowledge and please feel free to share your experiences. Reservations requested. $20 donation. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Drive, Suite 203-C, Sarasota, 941-266-8435,, Facebook is CMF of Sarasota.

SATURDAY, JULY 13 Donation Based Yoga Class - 9-10:30am. All Levels. Class meets every Saturday. At Garden of the Heart Yoga, 2888 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, Learn Energetic Healing with REIKI 1 - 10am2pm. In this fun and powerful one-day class you will learn Reiki healing along with other advanced techniques. Anyone with a compassionate heart and a commitment to learn can become a practitioner of energy healing. Workshop includes: Reiki 1 Certification and Attunement, Aura Clearing, Hand Positions, Self-Treatment, Healing Others, Body Scanning, Develop your Practice, Reiki in Hospitals. Enable yourself to fully claim the healing power within you. Facilitated by Cathy Zapsalis. Class size is limited; pre-registration required. $118/advance, $138/ATD, plus $18 manual. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Ave, Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@, Symposium on Comparative Healing Modalities - 2-5pm. Learn about, through interactive question and comments, and experience, with group and individual demonstrations, the similarities and differences of three different vibrational healing techniques: Rev. Jim Toole, Spiritual Healing (used at Sarasota Center of Light); Joan Volpe, a Shamanic practitioner, energy healing techniques taught by the ancient Incas of Peru and Reiki a Reiki master. $20. Davis Hall, Sarasota Center of Light. 852 S Tuttle Ave., Sarasota, 941-953-6620,

MONDAY, JULY 15 ECKANKAR Center and Reading Room of Sarasota Open - 11am-1pm. If you have a true desire to experience God for yourself, Eckankar can help you reach that goal. Discover a better understanding of your true spiritual purpose. Complimentary materials available. 3650F Webber St. Sarasota, 941-358-0325,

TUESDAY, JULY 16 Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain 7-8:30pm. With Lija Moore. Learn to draw with an artist’s eye. Discover how to bring clarity, focus and vision to your insight and awareness of your inner self.  Explore cathartic and cleansing experiences developing third eye vision. Beginners and advanced welcome. Please bring pencils and sketch pad. $20. Learning Center, Sarasota Center of Light. 852 S Tuttle Ave., Sarasota, 941-953-6620,

WEDNESDAY, JULY 17 Join us for a Cool Night Out at Point Lumineux - 5-7pm. CoolSculpting Event - Sponsored by Allergan. We will be performing demonstrations on a few different procedures and you will be given the opportunity to sit in on scheduled consultations to

answer any additional questions you may have. This is a Free Event! We’ll have a raffle to win up to two free cycles, a $1,500 value, and we’ll offer special pricing to anyone who signs up for CoolSculpting procedures that evening. Also, we’re so excited to announce we’re now offering financing through Green Sky Financing. RSVP and learn everything you need to know about the CoolSculpting procedure. Call 941-217-6828 to schedule your consultation and reserve your spot today! Point Lumineux, 2206 Jo An Drive, Ste 4, Sarasota. ECK Wisdom on Spiritual Freedom - 6-7pm. What Is the Secret of True Freedom? Are you everything you want to be? You came into this life to spread your wings and live in freedom– heart, mind, and Soul! We will be discussing various tools described in the new book ECK Wisdom on Spiritual Freedom, which will be given as a free gift to attendees. ECKANKAR Center and Reading Room, 3650 F Webber St., Sarasota, 941-358-0325, EckankarInSarasota. The ABC’s of CBD - 6-7:15pm. A 2-part summer lecture with Dr. John Mauriello MD and Provida Health representative Kevin Mundaca. For more info or to register for this free lecture call, 941-3421908. At Super Value Nutrition (5842 Bee Ridge Road), Sarasota,

THURSDAY, JULY 18 Round Table for Your Business - 12-1pm. This is a business luncheon and discussion, hosted by The Spirit University and Whole You Magazine, to explore possible business solutions for growth, company exposure, and out of the box ideas! Each month will have a different topic of discussion that is designed to enhance your business. With Shirley Smolko. Perkin’s Restaurant, 6023 14th St W, Bradenton, 941-544-5874, Light@VictoriaAckerman. com, CBD and Cancer & Why Seniors Need CBD 6-7:15pm. A 2-part summer lecture with Dr. John Mauriello MD and Provida Health representative Kevin Mundaca. For more info or to register for this free lecture call, 941-342-1908. At Super Value Nutrition (5842 Bee Ridge Road), Sarasota, “Using Crystals for Grounding and Protection” Class with Rod Pettit CCH - 6:30-8:30pm. Join certified crystal healer Rod Pettit as he shows us how Crystals can be used to help us keep grounded and protect us from unwanted energies. Rod will discuss the differences between the protection crystals and how to best use each one, the importance of psychic protection and protecting one’s aura. Other topics include grounding, using crystals to block electromagnetic radiation, how to make a protection grid, and how to use crystals to protect your home. Elysian Fields, 1273 S Tamiami Trail, 941-361-3006, Bentley’s House: Loosing a Pet is a Traumatic Experience for Everyone - 7pm, the 3rd Thursday of every month. Bring your pictures and be in a safe place to share your experience. Unity of Sarasota, 3023 Proctor Rd. Call Rev. Amy at 955-3301 if you have more questions.

FRIDAY, JULY 19 ECKANKAR Center and Reading Room of Sarasota Open - 3-6pm. If you have a true desire to experience God for yourself, Eckankar can help you reach that goal. Discover a better understanding of your true spiritual purpose. Complimentary materials available. 3650F Webber St. Sarasota, 941-358-0325,

Gallery by Advanced Student Mediums - 7-9pm. On this night, at our New Location, four of our advanced student mediums will present a SPIRIT MESSAGES GALLERY, supported by two of our certified Spirit 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. $5 donation is requested. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Drive, Suite 203-C, Sarasota, 941-266-8435,, Facebook is CMF of Sarasota. Transformational Group Healing with Bart Smyth - 7-9pm. Join international renowned Quantum Healer and Modern-Day Shaman, Bart Smyth, for a transformational healing gathering. Bart uses his alchemical skills and gifts working on chronic health challenges, cutting of psychic ties, removal of toxic aggressive energies, clearing of ancestral patterns, traumas, emotional wounds, depression as well or you can ask for a general upgrade regarding any area of your life. Every person that comes receives. These events are extremely potent and can bring forth very powerful shifts in your vitality and well-being on many levels. $20 donation. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-371-9333,,

SATURDAY, JULY 20 Bhakti Yoga Weekend led by Cheryl Chaffee, ERYT-500 - July 20-21. Includes yoga asana, chanting, meditation, kirtan, pranayama, and more. Garden of the Heart Yoga, 2888 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota. Details at Donation Based Yoga Class - 9-10:30am. All Levels. Class meets every Saturday. At Garden of the Heart Yoga, 2888 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, Channeled Writing: The Mysterious Art - 1011:30am. Find some of the answers of life. Reuniting with the ancestors and the heavenly guides, teachers, and protectors at our beck and call. Continue your blessed voyage of self-discovery one understanding at a time by rekindling your divinity and humanity in one fell swoop through channeling beautiful inspirations. To find love and peace and become them again for another moment. With Ivan Pozo-Illas. $19. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Ave, Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@, Book Signing with Jolie Demarco - 12-2:30pm. Jolie’s book High-Vibe Crystal Healing is all about working with crystals for healing, fun, knowledge, and a higher frequency life. Within these pages, you’ll find twenty-six epic crystal body layouts as well as information on sixty-six individual crystals and gemstones that will help you harmonize the energy field known as your aura. Additionally, you will learn to release negative baggage, improve your health, balance your energy, and connect to spirits and guides. Master crystal healer Jolie DeMarco is the perfect guide to finding which crystals and stones best align with your specific physical ailments, emotional blockages, and spiritual-elevation goals. Useful whether you’re just a beginner or an by readings, as well as doing readings on July 21st. Elysian Fields, 1273 S Tamiami Trail, 941-3613006, See Auras and Emanations - 12:30-2pm. Every person has an “aura” about them, an energy that is uniquely theirs many intuitively sense and unmistakable. We all have this ability to not only “get a feel” for someone’s energy, but to see it as well. Discover the definition of what an aura is,

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CLASSES/WORKSHOPS REIKI REINVENTED is the benchmark for alternative wellness. Let’s be the ultimate in Love and Happiness. Free phone consultation. Text 941-330-3942, and its relations to the chakras. Includes simple exercises to open your third eye let your vision behold. With facilitator Mary Linn Clarke. $19. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Ave, Sarasota, 941-544-5874,, Magic, Methods, Yesteryear of Mediumship 2-3pm. Delve into ancient accounts of spirit communication and the exciting origins of Spiritualism. You’ll also learn techniques used to communicate with Spirits right here and right now. Unfold and learn what type of spirit communicators are in practice today. Come and let “Professor Binn’s” history protoge put the spell of mediumship on you! With Shirley Smolko. $19. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Ave, Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@, Eye of the Infinite Universe - 3:30-5pm. Delve into ancient accounts of spirit communication and the exciting origins of Spiritualism. You’ll also learn techniques used to communicate with Spirits right here and right now. Unfold and learn what type of spirit communicators are in practice today. Come and let Professor Binn’s history protoge put the spell of mediumship on you! With Shirley Smolko. $19. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Ave, Sarasota, 941-544-5874,, Nearly Headless Ghost Stories - 6-7pm. You are invited to hear first-hand ghost stories and childhood experiences. Tales based on imagination rather than fact… or are they really? There’s a reason why ghost stories, witch-hunts and tales of haunting and folklore from days past are some of the most coveted and interesting tales of all time. People can’t get enough of hearing about the spooky sightings and downright frightening legends passed down through generations. With Barbara Harrison. $19. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Ave, Sarasota, 941-544-5874,, Into the Paranormal - 7-8:30pm. What do orbs, spears, balls of light vs ghostly mist, and ectoplasm have in common? What are ghosts or spirits? What is a haunting? Ancients believed that some form of communication between the living and the dead is possible. Learn about modern approaches to ghost and spirit hunting and understand more about the spirit world. See photographs from real paranormal investigations and spiritual encounters. With certified paranormal investigator and parapsychology specialist AnnMarie Touchette. $19. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Ave, Sarasota, 941-544-5874,,

July 2019


Summer Series Fundraiser Concert - 7pm. Join us for another amazing evening of great music as part of our Summer Concert Series to raise money for our wonderful healing garden. Enjoy pianist/ vocalist Eddie Tobin for a summer theme of music offered in his R&B, rock, jazz and Latin styles. $15 suggested love offering. Nobody turned away. All are welcome. Sarasota Center of Light Sanctuary, 852 S Tuttle Ave., Sarasota, 941-953-6620, The Grey Lady Séance - 8:30-9:30pm. Spirits are among us and they want to talk to you! Spirit talking boards have been used since the early 20th century to communicate with those who have passed on. As a group we will guide participants on how to connect with those on other side in a safe, supportive environment. See what messages come through! Come join this enchanting talking table experience with the specters of The Spirit University! With Helen Greene. $19. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Ave, Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@VictoriaAckerman. com,

SUNDAY, JULY 21 Bhakti Yoga Weekend led by Cheryl Chaffee, ERYT-500 - July 20-21. Includes yoga asana, chanting, meditation, kirtan, pranayama, and more. Garden of the Heart Yoga, 2888 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota. Details at Experience HU, the Sound of Soul - 10-11am. Chanting HU can bring you peace, calm, and harmony, regardless of your religion, culture, or walk of life. There will be 15-20 minutes of chanting followed by 2-5 minutes of quiet contemplation, then a discussion and light refreshments. Free.Visit for a video and further explanation of the Sound of Soul. ECKANKAR Center and Reading Room, 3650F Webber St. Sarasota, 941-358-0325, 5 Magical Talismans for Transformation 10:30am-12pm. Transforming Pain into Power. We have been told, “You create your own reality!” and, “Change your thinking, change your life!” Years later, many of us are still experiencing a reality that is less than we desire. Discover 5 alchemical talismans that, if used in the right way and order, will change a painful, unsatisfactory reality into a joyful reality; struggle and suffering into a life of ease and grace. With Richard Powell. $19. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Ave, Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@, 13 Easy Steps for Empath and Psychic Shields 1-2:30pm. Ever feel like you miss the best part of a party? Or, worse, that something feels off when you arrive? You are probably picking up on other people’s energy. There is nothing more important than psychic protection! Learn to control your own energy with the simple techniques of grounding, cloaking, energetic domes, talismans, and more. Includes chakra clearing and “growing a tree” during this session. With Pam Jacobs. $19. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Ave, Sarasota, 941-544-5874,, The Art of Divination: How to Interpret Messages - 2:30-4pm. Enter the world of divination and learn simple ways to strengthen your intuitive abilities. Explore knowledge of the potential future, hidden significance, and cause of events. Astrology, Numerology, Tarot and Oracle cards, Dowsing using a pendulum or dowsing rod, Lithomancy using stones and crystals, Scrying using a crystal ball, fire or water and Tasseomancy using tea leaves. Bring crystals, any tarot/oracle cards, pendulums if you have them, a pen, notebook. With Indira. $19. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Ave, Sarasota, 941-544-5874,,


Sarasota/Manatee Edition

Scrying: The Ancient Art of Second Sight - 4-5pm. Scrying is about revealing the unseen using your in-born Second Sight - our capacity to see things that can’t usually be perceived through our five senses. Get in touch with your unconscious minds: the realm of the soul. Crystal balls are fascinating. This technique allows us to receive meaningful visions and messages. Includes your own crystal bowl to take home. With Victoria Ackerman. $19. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Ave, Sarasota, 941-544-5874,,

TUESDAY, JULY 23 Free Cannabis Educational Event - Sponsored by Muv, Trulieve, Surterra – 5:30-7pm. Please join us for our informational event. Here, you will find answers to your questions, obtain product knowledge, and speak with our doctors in reference to consultations – now available to clients who qualify at Point Lumineux! We are excited about this educational seminar sponsored by Muv, Trulieve & Surterra. We hope to see you there! Event Sponsors Muv, Trulieve & Surterra will be providing food! Location, ALT MED MUV dispensary, 5045 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota.

THURSDAY, JULY 25 Inquire Within Goddess Shoppe: Crystal Records Readings with Debbie - Debbie now has developed the ability to access a person’s soul information from the Crystal Library on the etheric plane which is several dimensions above the Akashic Records. The Crystal Library records contain energetically recorded information of each soul and it’s human journey through all time and space. This includes all soul and human thoughts, feelings, intent, words and deeds. The Crystal Libraries are an informational catalog that Debbie can access to give insight, guidance, wisdom and healing from our past, present and future self. 30 mins/$60, 1 hr/$100. Inquire Within Goddess Shoppe, 6283 Lake Osprey Dr. Sarasota, 941-822-8056, Join us for a Cool Night Out at Point Lumineux - 5-7pm. CoolSculpting Event - Sponsored by Allergan. We will be performing demonstrations on a few different procedures and you will be given the opportunity to sit in on scheduled consultations to answer any additional questions you may have. This is a Free Event! We’ll have a raffle to win up to two free cycles, a $1,500 value, and we’ll offer special pricing to anyone who signs up for CoolSculpting procedures that evening. Also, we’re so excited to announce we’re now offering financing through Green Sky Financing. RSVP and learn everything you need to know about the CoolSculpting procedure. Call 941-217-6828 to schedule your consultation and reserve your spot today! Point Lumineux, 2206 Jo An Drive, Ste 4, Sarasota. Double Pyramid Activation Workshop - 7-9pm. Lead by Robert Austin, at our New Location, you will lie under the Copper Frame Pyramids, infused with energy of large Stones of Selenite, Rose Quartz Sodalite and Crystals for ten to fifteen minutes. Tibetan Bowls will be played to experience the Sacred Geometry and Amazing Healing Energy, in a dream-like state of relaxation. Guests will share their observations of what they perceive, during this period. Reservations required - only 8 to 16 guests allowed. Two Double Pyramids will be set up for this event. Contact Robert at 941-475-2187 for reservations and more info. $25 donation requested. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Drive, Suite 203-C, Sarasota. 941-266-8435,

FRIDAY, JULY 26 Inquire Within Goddess Shoppe: Ask Susan! - Susan’s Tarot Readings are straightforward and offer the opportunity to receive clarity and wisdom. You will walk away feeling empowered to navigate

your life’s journey toward fulfillment with clear guidance and insight. 30 mins/$60, 1 hr/ $100. Appointment is recommended; however, walk-ins are welcomed. Inquire Within Goddess Shoppe, 6283 Lake Osprey Dr. Sarasota, 941-822-8056, ECKANKAR Center and Reading Room of Sarasota Open - 3-6pm. If you have a true desire to experience God for yourself, Eckankar can help you reach that goal. Discover a better understanding of your true spiritual purpose. Complimentary materials available. 3650F Webber St. Sarasota, 941-358-0325,

SATURDAY, JULY 27 Donation Based Yoga Class - 9-10:30am. All Levels. Class meets every Saturday. At Garden of the Heart Yoga, 2888 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, Meditation with Jo Mooy and Patricia Cockerill - 10am-12pm. Join these recognized leaders in Sarasota for their gifts and commitment to metaphysical spirituality for women, for a workshop on Meditation. New to the experience of meditating or an “old hand”, you will find this experience to be valuable to your overall well-being and peace of mind. Enjoy discussion on the health benefits of meditation followed by examples and group involvement in three types of meditation. $20. Sarasota Center of Light, 852 S Tuttle Ave., Sarasota, 941-953-6620, Experience HU, the Sound of Soul - 11am-noon. Chanting HU can bring you peace, calm, and harmony, regardless of your religion, culture, or walk of life. There will be 15-20 minutes of chanting followed by 2-5 minutes of quiet contemplation, then a discussion and light refreshments. Free. Visit for a video and further explanation of the Sound of Soul. Mid County Regional Library, Meeting Room B, 2050 Forest Nelson Blvd., Port Charlotte, 941-358-0325,

SUNDAY, JULY 28 ECK Light and Sound Service - 11am-noon. The Purpose of Living. In case you haven’t discovered it, the whole purpose in living, the whole purpose of God’s plan, is so each of us - you and you and you learn how to love. That’s it.” ECKANKAR Center and Reading Room, 3650F Webber St., Sarasota, 941-358-0325,

TUESDAY, JULY 30 Accessing, Elevating and Following Your Intuition - 7-9pm. With Rev Jim Toole. Discover and experience how to tap into, deepen, trust and follow your intuition in your everyday life and on your spiritual path. Awaken your inner knowing and inspiration to new levels, creating heightened awareness and expanded consciousness. Feel the freedom, joy and fulfillment of being the true you. All are welcome. Nobody turned away. $15. Learning Center, Sarasota Center of Light Sanctuary, 852 S Tuttle Ave., Sarasota, 941-953-6620,

WEDNESDAY, JULY 31 New Solutions for Chronic Pain - 7 pm. With Dr. Eric Winder. You are invited to attend an evening program, where you can learn more about new solutions for chronic pain including novel movement. Case examples will be discussed, and a Q&A session will follow the presentation. Arrive at 6:50p.m. for refreshments, and the program itself will take place from 7–8 p.m. Free. RSVP, 941-957-8390. GentleBay Chiropractic, 3131 S Tamiami Trail, #102, Sarasota,

plan ahead SATURDAY, AUGUST 3 Reduce Stress & Make Confident Decisions using a Simple Tool - 10am-2:30pm. You can deepen self-realization and find truth and peace of mind in your life using a process called Pendulum Dowsing. Learn how to tap into your own Inner Wisdom for the answers you need… anytime, anywhere. In this workshop you will discover meaningful, interesting ways to apply dowsing to get the answers you need, answers your brain cannot give you. This class also includes a session on “device-less dowsing” for when you can’t use your pendulum. With Richard Powell. $30. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Ave, Sarasota, 941-544-5874,,

SUNDAY AUGUST 4 Vibration-Raising TSU Community Potluck 12-1:30pm. Come to a get together of light minds and hearts in a casual environment with a welcoming group. Bring your favorite dish. This event will be held directly after the Sunday Celebration (held from 10:30am to 12pm). Bring your instruments if you wish to join in. You’ll find people to connect with through spirit, music, and food. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Ave, Sarasota, 941-544-5874,,

TUESDAY AUGUST 6 Isha Kriya Meditation - 7-8pm. Every 1st Tuesday. A simple and powerful guided meditation called Isha Kriya, designed by Sadhguru, a worldrenowned yogi. It has the potential to transform the life of anyone who gives it a few minutes each day. In this meditation workshop, you will learn the methods to utilize Isha Kriya wherever you go. This life-changing practice might be exactly the relaxation and concentration tool you are seeking. Facilitated by a member of the Isha Kriya Foundation. $5. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Ave, Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@VictoriaAckerman. com,

on going events

sunday Unity of Sarasota - 10-10:15am. Meditation Service and Daily Word. 3023 Proctor Rd, Sarasota, 941-955-3301, Nia - 10am. With Becky. Say yes to living well with Nia: a blend of the dance, martial, and healing arts.  Also Wednesdays and Fridays at 9am.  All classes only $10! Wild Ginger Apothecary in Gulf Gate, 6557 Superior Avenue. 941-312-5630, Sunday Service at CMF - 10:30am. At our New Location, Open House Event coming August 4th. Please join us each Sunday morning for spiritual healing, an inspirational talk, special music and messages from spirit. Leave refreshed and inspired to start the new week. Refreshments and fellowship period follow the service. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Drive, Sarasota, 941266-8435,  Sunday Celebration - 10:30am-12pm. Join us for a beautiful celebration each Sunday in the Spiritualist tradition. We begin with healings at 10:30am, followed by inspirational trance lectures at 11am. Each service is ended with inspiring and uplifting Spirit Messages. We invite people of all faiths and

backgrounds. With Rev. Mary Linn Clarke and Rev. Thomas Clarke. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Ave, Sarasota, 941-544-5874,, The Universal Worship Service -10:30am. This weekly egalitarian worship service celebrates all of humanity’s religions and spiritual traditions on a single altar. Scriptures, songs, prayers, chants, and offerings from each religious tradition are accompanied with universalist prayers that honor all faiths as lights serving humanity’s unfoldment. Different officiates/Cherags rotate on leading the services each week. At Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd. Sarasota, Rev. Zan, 941-922-7839, Unity of Sarasota- 10:30am. Uplifting service with music and inspiration with Rev. Dr. Suzi Schadle. All Welcome! 3023 Proctor Rd., 941-955-3301, Sunday Morning Celebration Service - 11am. (Vibrational Healing available 10:30–11am). We celebrate life in an uplifting and inspirational morning service that includes singing, music, a guided meditation, greeting of the community and an inspirational talk by Rev. Jim Toole. Vibrational Healing 10:30 – 11am in the sanctuary. Enjoy the energy, fellowship and inspiration of this Spiritual Community. Sarasota Center of Light, 852 S Tuttle Ave. 941-953-6620, Cosmic In-Service Gathering of Lightworkers – 12:15pm. Open Heart Divine Healing Service with Rev Sharon-Elizabeth James (1st Sunday of the month). Rev. Eric Watrous, Connecting with Angels, Masters and Teachers (2nd Sunday of the month), Rev. Lea Chapin, Celestial Messages Service (3rd Sunday of the month), Rev. Mary Gemming, Ph.D., Ascended Master Teachings (4th Sunday of the month). Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg G-2, Sarasota. 941-371-9333, Sunday Evening Celebration Service - 7pm. Our evening service is special for the Spirit communication offered by our Pastor, Rev. Jim Toole, one of our mediums, or a guest medium.  Experience the inspiration and joy as we come together for an inspirational talk, singing, music, prayer and celebrating life. Sarasota Center of Light, 852 S Tuttle Ave. 941-953-6620, Unity of Sarasota - 7pm. Music and Inspiration. All are welcome! 3023 Proctor Rd. 941-955-3301,

monday Drop-In Psychic Intuitive, Tarot, and Astrology - 10am-6pm, Monday through Friday, Sat 12-4pm. Psychic, Tarot/ Astrology. Also, by appointment and special scheduled events! $25/15 minutes. Wild Ginger Apothecary in Gulf Gate, 6557 Superior Avenue. 941-312-5630, Feldenkrais with Bonnie K - 5:45pm. Ongoing Awareness Through Movement lessons. Improve posture, body/mind connection, self-reliance. $15. Ionie’s, 1241 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota. 941-360-2248. Paganism 101 - 6:30-8pm. Ever wondered what paganism is? What are their practices? Holidays? What exactly is “magick” and how can you incorporate it into your own life? Pagan high-priestess Helen Greene will be presenting a series of classes to answer questions, dispel myths, and give practical lessons on connecting with your inner witch. Please come join us and discover what natures’ power has to offer. $10. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@, Joyful Findings: Intuition and More - 7pm. Explore ways of finding and living your joy, through tapping into your intuition and healing abilities.

Live your truth! $20. Wild Ginger Apothecary: Studio + Lounge, 6557 Superior Ave in Gulf Gate, Learning to Connect Classes at CMF - 7-9pm, Mondays and Tuesdays. At our New Location. Join Susan Houliston and guest instructors every Monday to learn techniques for connecting with Spirit. Students are given the opportunity to practice lessons to develop their skills and each class will end with healings by the “WE” for all attending.  Discussion and refreshments follow. $10 donation is requested. Please refer to the CMF website for description of the programs offered for each weekly class or call Susan at 941-266-1696. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Drive, Suite 203-C, Sarasota.  Basic Yoga Class - 7:15pm. Learn the basics of hatha yoga including standing, seated, and reclined poses. No prior yoga experience is needed. $18 drop in/ or new student package. Garden of the Heart Yoga,, 941-341-9781 for more info. Monday Evening Channeled Anchoring Light Meditation - 7:45pm. With Dr. Rev Sharon-Elizabeth James, serving the Ascension of our planet with the Ascended Realms as Anchors of Light every Monday since July 16, 2007! Love Offering. The Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Mdw, Bldg G-2, Sarasota. 941-371-9333,

tuesday Happy Hour Yoga - 4-5 pm, every Tuesday and Thursday. Led by Cheryl Chaffee for yogis of all levels. A wide variety of poses will be taught in this class, which meets every Tuesday & Thursday. $15 Drop/ or use a class pass. Garden of the Heart Yoga,, 941-341-9781 for more info. Energetic Chakra Balancing - 5:30-7pm. Do you have difficulty concentrating, sleep problems, feeling helpless, not able to express yourself, lack motivation, close off to others, not able to accomplish goals? The 7 chakras in the body are energy centers that have a direct impact on your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being and regulate bodily systems, influencing everything from emotional processing to resistance to disease. Using a variety of modalities, Barbara works to clear energetic blockages and find alignment balance. Facilitated by Barbara Harrison. $10. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@VictoriaAckerman. com, An Evening of Reiki Healing - 7-8pm. Reiki is a technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. These brief sessions are offered through non-touch, with the practitioner’s hands placed and held on a series of locations on the head and front of the torso and sometimes limbs to a fully clothed recipient. If you have never experienced Reiki now is the time to try it. Facilitated by Barbara Harrison. $15 suggested donation. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@, Psychic Practice Circle – 7-9pm. During this continuing series, come together with like-minded individuals to practice your psychic and mediumship skills. Develop and expand your intuitive abilities in a supportive and caring atmosphere. This is not a class, but rather an opportunity to advance and share your sacred gifts in friendly environment. Each session will be preceded by a brief meditation and blessing. Open to all regardless of experience. Join us for one, any, or all weeks! With Shirley Smolko. $5. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874,, Sierra General Meeting Notice – 7pm, 3rd Tuesday of the month. The public is invited to the Charlotte

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Sierra Club’s monthly meeting, always on the third Tuesday of each month (except during the summer). Meeting at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Bldg., 1532 Forrest Nelson Blvd., Port Charlotte, 941-423-2713.

wednesday Feldenkrais with Bonnie K - 9:45 and 11am. Awareness Through Movement class at 9:45am to improve posture, balance, and body awareness. Ongoing Awareness Through Movement at 11am. Lessons (in chairs/on floor) are designed to quiet non-working habitual patterns, invite you into a process for learning and offer experiences for more efficient movement. $15. Ionie’s, 1241 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota. 941-360-2248. Connect with Your Inner Stillness Mudra Meditation -11:30am-12:30pm. In this guided meditation format, you will hold mudras (finger poses) to ease tension & stress; quiet your mind; connect with your inner joy & serenity; and, more! In 1912, Jiro Murai used these mudras to prove that they release circulation blockages & he was cured of a terminal illness. This was the beginning of Jin Shin Jyutsu® as we know it today! Register by 10am, the day of the meditation. Special rate: Only $10! Cash or check. Suncoast Jin Shin Jyutsu, 820 Central Ave, Sarasota. Contact: Michelle 941-228-2972,, Exploring Your Psychic Potential - 2:30-4pm. Discovering different psychic and intuitive practices is made fun in this dynamic, exploratory class! From lucid dreaming to psychometry, seeing auras to telepathy, we will be diving into a different topic every week to explore what they are and how to apply them using our own psychic gifts. This is a great opportunity to learn new techniques, as well as to share your own experiences and methods with your peers. With Barbara Harrison. $10. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874,, Creative Manifestation - 4-5pm. Everyone has experienced that joyful moment when the light flashes on the Ah-ha! of intuitive connection, messages and creativity from another dimension or your higher consciousness. This class will give you the tools you need to open up new frontiers, find your own resolution to everyday problems and aid you in decision-making. Facilitated by Barbara Harrison. $5. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@VictoriaAckerman. com, Free Healing Clinic - 4-6:30pm. Our Masters tap into the Divine Source of energy to balance and heal your being. Relax and enjoy this renewing and enlightening experience. Love Donation Appreciated. Angel Ministries, 2269 S Tamiami Trl, Venice. Rev Patricia Charnley, 941-492-4995, Automatic Writing - 6-7pm. Automatic writing is a method of communicating with those that have passed on. No experience necessary, just the intention to learn. We teach easy techniques to give you a firsthand experience in being a pen-pal with those who are now in spirit. With Barbara Harrison. $5. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874,, Mediumship Series – 6:30-8:30pm. Learn how to keep “a one point of concentration” without deviating from that one point, with the help of certain exercises. This practice involves focusing on an object having a clear picture of the physical object in the mind and being able to recall it with accuracy. This hones the medium’s concentration to block out distractions and “train the brain” to give detailed information from mental images alone


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when connecting. With Mary Linn Clarke. $15. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874,, Recovery Yoga - 6:30-8pm. Ongoing group for individuals with addiction issues who wish to deepen their recovery through yoga, mindfulness, and supportive group energy. Just bring yourself (and maybe a friend!) and a willingness to expand. At Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd., Sarasota. Contact Betsy Anderson, 941-544-7423, A Course in Miracles Study Group - 7pm. With Molly Friedenfeld. Discover the peace that resides within you, illuminating the pathway for souls to remember their inner wisdom and brilliance, gather in a sacred circle, spiritual discussion and illuminations from the book, meditation, sharing and understanding the lessons from the workbook A Course in Miracles assists us with detaching from judgment and attachments of this world in order to “be in this world but not of it.” $10 donation. To register, Tarot Practice Circle - 7-8:30pm. The Tarot is a wonderful tool that can cultivate your intuition. We will find together unique ways to play with some of the meanings to strengthen one’s knowledge of most of the symbols and other pictograms within each deck of cards. This workshop will offer a bit of education, advice and practice to further your knowledge of the Tarot. Come with your favorite deck of Tarot cards! With Barbara Harrison. $5. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874,, Unity of Sarasota - 7pm. Join us at Unity of Sarasota for an hour of music, meditation and a short message. 023 Proctor Rd., 941-955-3301, Wednesday Candlelight Healing Service - 7pm. Wednesday evening is dedicated to healing. Receive a Vibrational Healing and join us in a guided meditation. We share our energy and intentions together in our candlelit sanctuary in a peaceful and loving hour together. Sarasota Center of Light, 852 S Tuttle Ave. 941-953-6620,

thursday NEW! Restorative Yoga - 2pm.Give your body the opportunity to deeply relax & rejuvenate with supported restorative poses held for a longer time. $18 Drop/or use a class pass. Garden of the Heart Yoga,, 941-341-9781 for more info. Uniting with the Hierarchy of Masters - 7-9pm. With Mark Libowitz. Building the rainbow bridge between heaven and earth. From the unreal to the real. From separation to oneness & joy – aligned group endeavor – circle around the flame. We are a Group of dedicated people who are striving for union and expression of our Higher Self; the experience of wholeness. Our circle reaches into the realms of the hierarchy of masters who are fully dedicated to serving humanity and the divine plan for human and planetary evolution. The Masters especially seek to empower the advancing servers and are guiding us toward our personal and collective freedom; the central purpose of life at this time. $10-20 love donation. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Sarasota, 941-371-9333,

friday CBD Coffee Hour - 10am-12noon. Wondering what the CBD buzz is all about? Want to try the

benefits of CBD?  Do you have questions about how CBD can support you? Free. Wild Ginger Apothecary: Studio + Lounge, 6557 Superior Avenue, for more info. Shamanic Healing with Eric - 11am-7pm. Fridays only by appointment. These powerful healing sessions are often channeled and rely on the high vibrational angels, masters, healers, and teachers that flow through Eric. All sessions are different depending on the treatment that is needed. All will receive results in accordance with your own bodies’ desire and willingness to heal. $60/1 hour, $30/30 mins. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-371-9333,, Tai Chi with Reuben Fernandez - 2pm. The main principle of tai chi is internal relaxation. Tai Chi is known as an internal martial art. The power and energy do not depend on muscle power, strength or speed, rather power comes from internal relaxation and release of Chi. In this class we will focus on developing a tai chi body the basic warm up exercises and the Chen form as well as Chi Gung for its health benefits…. Reuben D. Fernandez. Tai Chi and Chi Gung has been ongoing for the past 15 years. Presently he is instructing in Venice, Sarasota and Bradenton. To register, Developing Consciousness with Rev Jim Toole - 6pm. Enjoy a time of connection, checking in with each other, discussing spiritual topics and joining in a channeled meditation. All are welcome Love offering. Sarasota Center of Light Ed Center 852 S Tuttle Ave, Sarasota, 941-330-5031,

saturday Gentle Yoga - Perfect for beginners, anyone recovering from injury, elderly, during pregnancy and postpartum, or if you just want to take your practice down a notch. At Wild Ginger Apothecary, 6557 Superior Avenue. Class is only $10! for more info. Sarasota Farmers Market - 7am-1pm. Rain or shine. Established in 1979, the market continues its tradition of serving the community with local produce, plants, prepared foods and artisans. They currently have a full market that includes 70 vendors and 5,000 sq ft of produce and plants. 1592 Main St from Lemon Ave to Selby Five Points Park, Downtown Sarasota. Central Sarasota Year-Round Farmers Market - 8am1pm, rain or shine. Every agriculture vendor at the market (fruits, vegetables, herbs, plants, etc.) is a grower or farmer, not just a reseller. The Florida House, 4454 S Beneva Rd, Sarasota. Bradenton Farmers’ Market - 9am-2pm. Over thirty-five vendors offering locally-grown fruits, vegetables, plants, organic products, fresh seafood, prepared foods, as well as the s of local artists, craftspeople and musicians. 1005 1st Ave W, Bradenton. 941-932-9440. Downtown Bradenton Farmers’ Market - 9am2pm. Features a special activity including guest chefs, raffles, arts & crafts vendors, children’s activities. Old Main St, Downtown parking/free on weekends. Dogs on leashes welcome. 941-744-7484. Psychic Fair - 10am-3pm. 2nd & 4th Sat. Are you searching, questioning and seeking answers? Choose from some of the best Intuitive Artists in the area. See what your future holds. Complimentary refreshments. Private Readings $1/Min. Angel Ministries, 2269 Tamiami Trail, Venice. Rev Pat & Rev Donna, 941-492-4995,




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

6309 Center Ring Rd., Near WholeFoods UTC Sarasota 941-224-6716

An eco-friendly salon studio that specializes in authentic naturally derived and organic products and services. Our high performance hair care, color and smoothing services go beyond conventional methods and are healthier and safer for you and the environment.

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



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

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



2965 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota 941-706-2778

Quantum biofeedback wellness center offers multiple energetic modalities for stress reduction and health enhancement. Lotus Stress Relief uses the FDA-registered LIFE biofeedback technology to balance Physical Health, Emotions, Brainwaves and Psychological well-being. Devices include Bicom, LIFE System and InLight. New client special $20 off your first visit!


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


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 • Strictly shopnontoxic, natural, organic health + beauty . Now offering hemp CBD, sage, gifts, learn cards, metaphysical tools, essential oils, jewelry, and more! move Visit Studio + Lounge for classes 6557 SUPERIOR AVENUE • SARASOTA, FL • 34231 + events.  Open Mon-Fri 10-5 {IN GULF GATE SHOPPING VILLAGE} and Sat. 10-3.


1273 Tamiami Trail, Sarasota 941-361-3006 •

Celebrating 27 wonderful years, this award-winning store for conscious livings offers a unique assortment of quality, hand-selected gifts: jewelry, crystals, books, greeting cards, clothing, candles, aromatherapy, incense, and more… Private intuitive readings offered daily by the most reputable readers in town. Engaging classes and events monthly. Open: Mon-Sat 10am – 6pm, Sun 12pm – 5pm. Come in and meet the new owners.


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



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


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

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 •

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.


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

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


1273 Tamiami Trail, Sarasota 941-361-3006 •

Celebrating 27 wonderful years, this award-winning store for conscious livings offers a unique assortment of quality, hand-selected gifts: jewelry, crystals, books, greeting cards, clothing, candles, aromatherapy, incense, and more… Private intuitive readings offered daily by the most reputable readers in town. Engaging classes and events monthly. Open: Mon-Sat 10am – 6pm, Sun 12pm – 5pm. Come in and meet the new owners.


Dick Chapman 2401 University Pkwy # 204, Sarasota 941-893-5968

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



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941.955.6100 1161 N Tamiami Trl • Sarasota, Florida July 2019



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


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




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

Services include counseling for behavioral changes, trauma, depression, anxiety, pain relief, pain management, rehabilitation, hypnosis and Reiki. Nationally trained and practiced throughout the U.S. Recommended by Dr. Joyce Brothers, psychologist, and by Aaron L. Mathes M.S. RKT, LMT. Call for consultation, 941-350-7232.

Beth A. Snyder, CCHT 941-228-8020



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

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


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

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


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

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




Waxela (wa-shay-la) Sananda 512-585-9265 call or text

Through Waxela’s process you will expand your intuitive abilities and gain confidence in your spiritual gifts. Upgrade your frequency with Light Code Activations while integrating your soul’s wisdom and wealth.


5250 17th Street Unit 106 941-203-5347 

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Medical Marijuana E v a l u a tions,
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Medspa specializing in eyebrow Microblading, eyelash extensions, non-surgical micro needling face and neck lifting, CryoSkin fat freezing, facials, chemical peels. Dr Boyle specializes in BioTE® hormone replacement, weight loss injections, Marijuana evaluations, Botox and injectables, as well as pain management.

Counseling, Bodywork, Hypnotherapy Reiki Master, Minister 941-350-7232


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

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


4016 Cattleman Drive, Sarasota 941-929-4378

CBD American Shaman is dedicated to bringing wellness to the world through ultra-concentrated terpene rich CBD oil derived from all natural, high quality industrial hemp.


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

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


1440 Main St., Sarasota

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




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

1882 Stickney Point Rd, Sarasota 941-929-0884 •

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

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.


2163 Siesta Drive Sarasota, 941-366-1997 5842 Bee Ridge Rd. Sarasota, 941-342-1908


Sarasota’s original discount Vitamin store, family owned since 1977! Lowest prices and best selection in town!


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

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




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.




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

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

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


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

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



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


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

Community for health + wellness shop offering Yoga, Pilates, Nia, Buti Yoga, and more. Classes and workshops learnfor every interest/age/ skill level, offered daily + weekly.  Classes are all $10. Daily Psychic move Intuitive + Tarot Readers.  Event 6557 SUPERIOR AVENUE • SARASOTA, FL • 34231 spaceVILLAGE} rental available. {IN GULF GATE SHOPPING


Clinical Hypnotist and Spiritualist uses your energy to design a program specifically for you: self-confidence, fear removal, losing weight, passing tests.

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