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There is a stream of consciousness from the mind that constantly goes through you. Chanting the HU keeps the stream pure. Singing this sacred prayer song, this ancient name of God, purifies the thoughts which lead to your actions. It makes for a happier, more harmonious life. You’ll find by practicing this spiritual exercise every day upliftment comes as you are ready for it.
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elcome back to yet another inspiration- and enlightenment-filled issue of Natural Awakenings. Summer has once again made its presence known here on the balmy Suncoast, and as the world starts to gradually reopen, we are so excited to help you celebrate the arrival of this beautiful season. Join us as we pull back the curtain on what you’ll find within these pages! Last month, we talked all about women’s health, so this time around, we want to shine a light on men’s wellness. Our feature article focuses on “Men’s Integrative Health” to treat a variety of conditions from heart disease and prostate cancer to erectile dysfunction and mental illness. In the U.S., mens’ lifestyles tend to be less healthy than their female counterparts which can often result in premature death. But with the holistic mind-body connection of an integrative medicine approach, men can regain control of both their physical and mental wellness. On the subject of holistic modalities, our “Healthy Ways” article for this month dives into natural treatment options for relieving depression. As of 2017, an estimated 17.3 million Americans had suffered a bout of major depression, but this number has since tripled as a result of the global pandemic. With such a high rate of prevalence, more Americans are now turning to natural solutions to help treat their depression such as herbal and homeopathic remedies, as well as whole food nutrition and restorative exercises like yoga. This article explores all these natural, effective ways to create balance in your mental health. Of course, what’s a summer issue without the mention of traveling? And now that it’s finally becoming safe to enjoy this seasonal pastime, our “Conscious Eating” article for this issue is all about the benefits (and fun!) of a vegan vacation. If your summer plans include a family road trip, pack the cooler with plant-based munchies like fresh or dried fruits, raw nuts or seeds, rice cakes, muesli, oat milk, granola bars, nut butters and more. In addition to these wholesome and portable snacks, you can also use mobile apps to locate vegan eateries or search restaurant menus for vegan options. Who says vacation can’t be both indulgent and nutritious? As usual, this is just a taste of all we have in store for you throughout this month’s issue. We love hearing from you beautiful readers, so please contact Publisher@NASRQ. com with any comments, questions or feedback, and we’ll be sure to respond. On behalf of the entire Natural Awakenings team, I wish you a vibrant and healthy summer!
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Sarasota Center of Light Presents June Class Series
Purifying the Thought Stream for a More Harmonious Life
houghts are like a stream of consciousness that can nourish and enrich one’s life—or pollute it with attitudes, emotions and fears that cloud the joy of living. However, when you sing or chant HU, an ancient sacred prayer song, this can help you tune into a higher point of view. Chanting HU keeps the stream of consciousness pure. In the e-booklet HU: Your Key to Spiritual Living, Sri Harold Klemp, the spiritual leader of Eckankar, the path of spiritual freedom, states that “Chanting or singing HU is like taking a spiritual deep breath and connecting with the life force itself. Healing, life-affirming, purifying and creative, HU is a carrier of love between God and Soul.” When chanted daily for 10 to 15 minutes, HU can cleanse and refresh the thought stream to bring relief from many of life’s tensions. As Klemp advises, “You might try experimenting with it when you face a challenging situation or want to open yourself to a more loving attitude.” HU: A Love Song to God is a fascinating sixty-minute recording enlivened by humorous and profound stories, spiritual exercises for dreams and Soul Travel, and the compassionate wisdom of the Mahanta, the Living ECK Master, Sri Harold Klemp. To download this resource for free, visit Eckankar.org/HU/A-Love-Song-To-God/. Eckankar in Florida offers spiritually focused virtual events for seekers of all backgrounds, including online HU Chants. Visit ECK-Florida.org for dates, times and login information to attend Experience HU: the Sound of Soul. Presented by Florida Satsang Society, Inc., a Chartered Affiliate of Eckandar.
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ll religions of the Earth are man-made which means that God did not create any religion. So the question arises, is Metaphysical Spirituality a religion? Webster’s Dictionary defines religion as “a belief in and reverence for a supernatural power accepted as the creator and governor of the Universe.” Metaphysical Spirituality does meet Webster’s definition of a religion, but it goes much deeper than a belief in God. Metaphysical Spirituality is a way of life that can be defined as a religion, philosophy and science. It encompasses all aspects of our existence and demonstrates a common sense explanation of how all aspects of life integrate into the whole of creation. This month, the Sarasota Center of Light will present “The Beliefs of Metaphysical Spirituality” with Rev. Tom Newman on June 7 and 14, 7–8:30 p.m. This two-part class will outline the majority of beliefs that make up Metaphysical Spirituality, and it will be the first time these concepts have been taught at SCOL. Everyone is welcome to join us. The fee per class is $20 payable to SCOL, and will be taught through Zoom. All registrations should be completed no later than 10:00 a.m. on the day of the class. In addition, on June 20, our Associate Minister Mary Torrey will provide the talk, meditation and spirit messages as part of the Sunday service. Torrey is an International Medium who was formally trained at Arthur Findlay College in England and then furthered her training in the Netherlands. The Center’s Ministry Team will conduct the services in June to offer heartfelt spiritual guidance. There is always a possibility of surprise guests, teachers and talented musicians who are eager to see this Center thrive. Our services will continue online, and new classes in a wide variety of disciplines will be held virtually in June. Please let us know how we can support you during this period of challenge. We will immediately email and Facebook any changes that occur. We humbly and graciously ask for your support. Donations can be submitted on the donate page of our website, by calling the office or sending a check to the office. All contributions would be appreciated. Mailing address: 2710 Browning St, Sarasota, 34237. Location: 852 S Tuttle Ave., Sarasota. For more information, call 941-953-6620 or email ChurchOffice@SarasotaCenterofLight. com. To register for the June class, SarasotaCenterofLight.com.
Transformational Soul Coach Danielle Court Joins Sarasota Community
new addition to the Sarasota community, Danielle Kort brings with her nine years of experience as a Transformational Soul Coach. Kort received her certification through Life and Leadership Coach Training, Accomplishment Coaching in New York City. She went on to study shamanism and inner child work before earning a second certification as a facilitator for InnerGuidance International in Bali, Indonesia. “It is my greatest joy to watch my clients discover what they were born to be, create and embody, and then live it in full color. I’m humbled and honored to hold space for that kind of brilliance each day,” she explains. Kort is opening her summer schedule to qualified individuals who are ready for deep healing and life-altering transformation. “I’ve never had more personal or spiritual growth in my life than I have in working with Danielle. Her coaching is truly on another level. If you have a spiritual question for her, she has an answer, but it’s always delivered in a soft, open way. Her heart-centered approach is both comforting and inspiring, and has made me a more confident, at-ease individual,” shares Kaitlin Meek, Lead Account Executive at Culture Amp. For more information or and schedule a complimentary discovery session, email Danielle@ DanielleKort.com or visit DanielleKort.com.
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Older people with high levels of life satisfaction—a favorable attitude toward life—have healthier habits, less depression and pain, better sleep and a longer life, reports researchers from the University of British Columbia. They studied nearly 13,000 U.S. adults older than 50 for four years and found that higher life satisfaction was linked to 26 percent reduced mortality and a 46 percent lower depression rate. People that felt good about their lives had fewer chronic conditions and pain, exercised more often, were both more optimistic and likely to be living with a partner and experienced less hopelessness and loneliness. However, such positive feelings were not associated with fewer health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, arthritis or obesity; were not marked by less alcoholic binging or smoking; and were not affected by frequency of contact with children, family and friends.
Research from the University of Queensland, in Australia, has found that peptic ulcers and irritable bowel syndrome, along with other gut disorders, are linked to depression. The researchers analyzed health data from more than 450,000 people and found eight genetic variants that predispose people to peptic ulcers and other gut diseases, often with depression as a comorbidity. Lead author Yeda Wu says the research supports a holistic approach to identifying and caring for patients with gastrointestinal diseases, noting, “As a medical student, I noticed how some patients’ gastrointestinal symptoms improved after psychotherapy or psychiatry treatment.”
Eat Five Veggies and Fruits Daily to Live Longer People that struggle to eat the often-recommended nine servings of fruit and vegetables each day can relax: The latest research from Harvard, based on 26 studies of 2 million people from 29 countries, found that two and three daily servings of fruit and vegetables, respectively, were linked to the most longevity. Compared to only two servings of produce per day, five servings lowered the risk of death overall by 13 percent, cardiovascular disease by 12 percent, cancer by 10 percent and respiratory disease by 35 percent. Green, leafy vegetables, including spinach, lettuce and kale, and fruit and vegetables rich in beta carotene and vitamin C, such as citrus fruits, berries and carrots, showed benefits.Starchy vegetables, like peas and corn, fruit juices and potatoes, did not appear to reduce the risk of death. 14
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Enhancing Cellular Oscillation with PolarAid The science behind PolarAid was first demonstrated by Dr. Georges Lakhovsky and Nikola Tesla, an electrical and mechanical engineer, inventor and futurist who is best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current electricity supply system. Lakhovsky, a Russian inventor of the multiple electrode radio lamp and the multiwave oscillator, authored The Secret of Life: Electricity, Radiation and Your Body, where he explained that cells are small oscillatory circuits emitting ultra-short electromagnetic waves similar to waves radiated by stars. He demonstrated that health was determined by the relative strength of these cellular oscillations, and bacteria, cancers, and other pathogens corrupted them, causing interference with the oscillations. Tesla identified the existence of the energy that has continued to spring from the cosmos since the creation of the universe. This powerful scalar energy supporting all vegetable, animal and human life has been referenced in cultures across the globe for thousands of years. Tesla found that scalar frequencies nourish our body just as food and water do, but as we experience life’s challenges and traumas, or as we age, the cells of the body lose the capability to absorb these vital energies.
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A medical doctor practicing today in Serbia, Dr. Dino Tomic and his team was able to procure the original schematics of the two scientists and their inventions. Tomic adapted Lakhovsky and Tesla’s groundbreaking science to perfect the PolarAid antenna, a specially designed, copper-based alloy ring with a proprietary design. By reconstructing the devices and using them in a clinical setting, Tomic observed their effects and determined that the most efficient device was a polarization coil, which he used as the foundation for developing the polarization disc called PolarAid. It works like a satellite antenna, receiving and amplifying natural energy from the atmosphere. When applied to the body, the PolarAid disc redirects the energy to replenish the body’s energy flow, enhancing its capacities to heal naturally. Scientific evidence that the human body runs on electrical energy has been recognized for decades. In modern medicine diagnostic methods such as the ECG, EEG, EMG and magnetic resonance imaging are based on the measuring of electromagnetic parameters and used to assess the overall level of physical health or functioning of certain organs. PolarAid is best used in conjunction with a healthy diet, supplements, exercise and common-sense habits. For more information, call 450-486-7888 or visit PolarAidHealth.com.
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here is significant hype around testosterone replacement for men these days. We see clinics and advertisements hawking shots or creams to fix every ailment under the sun. Primarily sold as the answer for erectile dysfunction or low libido, testosterone replacement has become a real fad. However, it is a potent chemical which is so risky to use that the FDA made it a controlled substance like opiates and sedatives. Misuse of it can cause metabolic changes in those who do not want a beard. It can close the bone growth centers in adolescents to stunt their physical development. It can also cause liver damage when taken in a high dose orally. Therefore, I recommend the use of this strong and useful hormone sparingly due to these risk factors. At the Harvey Center, we use science and laboratory testing instead to guide hormone replacement. First, let’s define a term: Bioidentical. This means, the hormone replacement is exactly the same as what occurs naturally in a living organism. Androgen refers to the line of human hormones that produce masculinizing effects, so a Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (HRT) would use testosterone, the principle human male hormone, rather than synthetic steroids that mimic human ones. My preferred method is topical daily replacement with a cream gel because our human diurnal (day-night) physiologic cycle involves a daily morning spike in testosterone, which drops off steadily until night and results in less stimulation for restful, adequate sleep. One drawback of HRT topical cream is the user must be diligent to wash hands and to keep the area of application covered when in intimate contact if the cream has not yet absorbed. Linens and clothing should also be washed separately to keep the testosterone exposure away from others. Weekly injections are another relatively convenient method of administering testosterone HRT. With this method, the testosterone only reaches a low once per week instead of daily. However, pellets are one method that I do not recommend because they artificially override the normal axis of control between the master glands in the brain and the testes. Male fertility is also in question with that method. It seems safe in testing, but I prefer a more natural rhythm to mimic life’s normal diurnal pattern, as we see with daily cream use. DHEA is a bioidentical precursor hormone to testosterone, and it can support a lack of testicular production of testosterone. I always test DHEA when treating male hypogonadism (Low testosterone syndrome). Supplementation with DHEA can be helpful to support testosterone production. Estradiol is metabolically created from testosterone. Alcohol increases metabolic conversion of testosterone to estrogen. Therefore, excess alcohol could decrease available testosterone supplies. We also monitor the estradiol level to make sure that men are not wasting their testosterone through conversion to estradiol. Call the Harvey Center to discuss whether science guided HRT is right for you. The Harvey Center is located at 3982 Bee Ridge Rd, Sarasota. Ph 941-929-9355. Telehealth and second opinion consultations are available upon request. We can help you to achieve hormone balance, feel stronger and achieve better results in mental and physical activities. For more information, call 941-929-9355 or email Doc@HarveyCenter.com.
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Bill 132, banning sunscreens containing the chemicals avobenzone or octocrylene, has progressed through the Hawaiian House and Senate. If it passes, the bill will go into effect January 1, 2023, to prohibit the sale or distribution of any sunscreen containing the targeted chemicals unless the buyer has a valid prescription. The outlawed chemicals can make corals more susceptible to viral infections and bleaching. Octocrylene can disrupt human hormones and harm marine animals. Avobenzone is an endocrine disruptor and can make coral less resilient to high temperatures. Maxx Phillips, Hawaii director and staff attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity, says, “This is great news for our imperiled coral reefs and marine life. People can protect their skin without harmful petrochemicals while Hawaii protects public and environmental health.” For those needing to protect themselves from the sun without harming ocean life, scientists and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recommend products containing non-nanoized titanium dioxide and non-nanoized zinc oxide.
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A new study by scientists at the State Key Laboratory of Tropical Oceanography, in China, and published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, predicts that if emissions of greenhouse gases go unchecked, summers in the Northern Hemisphere could last nearly six months by 2100. The impacts will be felt on human health, agriculture and ecology, such as the timing of animal feeding, breeding and migration, as well as promoting more heat waves, droughts and wildfires. The research analyzed six decades of historical daily climate records and employed climate models to project future trends. Summer was defined as the onset of temperatures in the hottest 25 percent of the year and winter as temperatures in the coldest 25 percent. The number of summer days in the Northern Hemisphere increased from 78 to 95 between 1952 and 2011.
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Train Your Brain into Greater Emotional Health and Wellness: Q&A with The Brain Wave Center by Mary-Elizabeth Schurrer
ver these last 15 months since the pandemic abruptly changed life as we once knew it, the rate of emotional distress and mental illness has skyrocketed among Americans. Near the end of 2020, the number of both children and adults in the U.S. seeking help for anxiety, depression, loneliness and even suicidal thoughts increased to levels unseen in recent years prior (State of Mental Health in America 2020 data). The prevalence of these mental health challenges tends to be further exacerbated within marginalized communities where resources are often inaccessible or unaffordable. However, treatment for mental and emotional wellness should be a basic human right for all of us, not reserved just for those with financial means. This, in fact, is the ethos of The Brain Wave Center which exists to make healthy cognitive function attainable to everyone who needs it in the Southwest Florida community. With depression, anxiety and
other related concerns at an all-time high, optimal brain health is just as crucial as physical wellness. For more insights on how to relieve the symptoms of emotional distress and help restore the brain’s neural pathways to a state of balance, I spoke to Gregg Sledziewski, Executive Director of The Brain Wave Center. Our conversation was rife with practical information and solutions that anyone can benefit from, as you will see in the Q&A below. Natural Awakenings: How does Neurofeedback specifically help in the treatment of depression and other mental health conditions? Gregg Sledziewski: Depression and other common mental health conditions such as anxiety, post-traumatic stress and ADHD are accompanied by abnormal brain electrical activity. Just as the electrical activity of the heart can be determined by an EKG, brain electrical activity can be observed by qEEG brain mapping, then trained into healthier,
NA: Can you describe Transmagnetic Cranial Stimulation, how this modality works and how it can also be used to treat depression? Sledziewski: Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a drug-free, painless and non-invasive treatment therapy that uses magnetic pulses to stimulate activity in the neurons of the brain. There are several TMS medical devices cleared by the FDA for use in treating Major Depressive Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and migraine headaches. At The Brain Wave Center, we use a repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (PrTMS.) This method of treatment was designed to offer a gentler, more personalized approach to this modality. Unlike traditional TMS, where all clients receive the same treatment therapy, PrTMS incorporates diagnostic assessments and a brain function analysis for a TMS treatment plan tailored to each individual to help yield more optimal results. Research indicates that PrTMS could be helpful for patients suffering from a variety of mental health conditions, as well as for healthy individuals, such as athletes, who are interested in high-level human performance. This is an outpatient therapy, and clients are able to drive themselves both to and from appointments. NA: Can you talk about the Diagnostic Testing and Therapy Clinic that’s being launched and how this will further serve the community? Sledziewski: The launch of our new Diagnostic Testing and Therapy Clinic is rooted in the specific needs of the charity organizations we partner with, as well as our own client base. The diagnostic part of this clinic evolved from requests from partners, such as Easterseals and The Florida Center for Early Childhood, in response to their backlog of children who require assessments such as ADOS (autistic spectrum disorder) and general attention deficient. These organizations have cited a several
month waiting period, which is too long for many families who need interventions for their children. Since The Brain Wave Center already has two Doctors of Psychology working with us, it just made sense to help reduce this backlog, so more children and families can access the care they both need and deserve. Our team incorporates proven testing and assessment methods, backed by qEEG Brain Map analysis, in order to identify conditions and determine the most accurate, comprehensive therapies for them. We are opening the therapeutic side of this clinic based on our own experience and peer-reviewed studies. Through the use of advances in applied neuroscience— specifically, neurofeedback with evidenced based models of psychotherapy—we often see superior results for our clients. At The Brain Wave Center, we offer psychotherapy services, either alone or in conjunction with neurofeedback training sessions. Since our goal is to achieve breakthrough results, we use proven treatment approaches, combined with the latest effective technology to build a customized treatment solution for each unique individual.
Gregg Sledziewski is the Executive Director of The Brain Wave Center, located at 640 S Washington Blvd., Sarasota. The hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information and to schedule an appointment, call 941-552-4500 or visit BrainWaveCenters.com. The Brain Wave Center offers an extensive range of treatments such as Brain Mapping, Neurofeedback Training, Psychotherapy and Nutrition Therapy.
NA: Why is it important to ensure that mental health treatment resources and interventions are widely accessible to the public? Sledziewski: The stigma of mental health treatment has begun to fade, as people become aware that it’s possible to experience a healthier, more fulfilling life. At The Brain Wave Center we want to assist everyone in balancing their emotional health in order to overcome anxiety, depression, PTSD and other common mood disorders.
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Treatment for Shin Splints
by Eric Winder, D.C.
elief for shin splint pain is almost always possible, but some cases are easy, while others require professional help. This ailment of runners (and some walkers) might simply be rectified with a change of shoes or learning how to stretch properly. However, other cases can be stubborn, continuing to hurt months after ending the culprit activity. In this article, we will look at why the pain can persist and how it can be relieved. Shin splints result in microtears or inflammation in certain lower leg muscles and along the bone where those muscles attach. The pain can continue for many hours after running or walking. This frequently causes pain when a person first starts to move in the morning, as their muscles have stiffened overnight. This common injury is caused by excessive force on both the lower leg muscles and their attachments. Many people who have shin splints must stop running completely while healing which can take anywhere from several weeks to months without intervention. The cause of shin splints is often simple and can be easily fixed in many cases. For instance, a runner might realize that she jumped too quickly into a strenuous running program on hard pavement. After taking two weeks off, buying shoes that are adequate for hard surface running and following a more incremental training schedule, she will likely be able to run pain-free and never look back. Another runner might be advised that his shoes show a foot pronation wear pattern and then find that using shoe inserts or finding another shoe that corrects the pronation will end the pain. These above examples illustrate the three simplest causes of shin splints: • • •
Doing too much activity, too soon Running or walking extensively on hard surfaces with inadequate shoes Pronation, or collapsing of the ankle and foot arch
However, most of the patients I see have already tried correcting the above problems. They improved their shoes, altered the pace of their training, taken breaks if needed, and begun to stretch in addition to their running or walking routine—but they still have pain. In these cases, we need to look at other problems that cause excess strain of the leg muscles. For these people, I find there is generally some kind of imbalance in the muscles of their lower back, hips or thighs. These, in turn, cause 20
a loss of perfect control of their joint alignment and stability while they are in motion which their leg muscles try to compensate for. This overstresses the leg muscles and results in painful shin splints. Let’s examine two cases that further illustrate this problem. A patient, whom I will refer to as Tammy, had been a long-distance runner in high school, but experienced shin splint problems when she tried to resume running in her 30s. She thought that the pain would resolve once her body acclimated to the running, but instead, it continued to worsen. She took weeks off and tried to ease back into running at a slower pace, but still the pain persisted. She changed shoes, wore arch supports and became a diligent stretcher—all to no avail. She was upset and frustrated to see how something that came so easily to her in her teenage years could have become so difficult now. As it turned out, Tammy had tight hip flexor muscles and weak, underdeveloped glutes. This was not from a lack of stretching and exercise, but rather, the result of restrictions in her lower back and hip areas in the connective tissue, called fascia. This tissue provides the position sense that allows for proper muscle balance. A series of treatments to release the restrictions, combined with low-level laser therapy to reduce inflammation and promote healing in the leg muscles, corrected the muscle imbalance. This allowed Tammy to resume running completely pain-free in four weeks’ time. A second patient, whom I will refer to as Michael, was a high school student whose track and field career was at risk due to intense shin splint pain. With the help of his team’s athletic trainer, he tried both the application of ice and stretching, and he even underwent more intense treatment with a physical therapist, but nothing could resolve the pain. A teammate referred him to our office, and on examination, it was clear the problem did not actually start with his legs. There was a serious imbalance between Michael’s overly tight quadriceps in the front of his thighs and underactive hamstrings in the backs of his thighs. However, the source of his problem was unusual. The restricted fascia that triggered his imbalanced leg muscles was actually located in his neck, caused by mild whiplash in a car accident earlier that year. Neck posture can affect posture in the rest of the body, although many people are not aware of this fact. When we treated and released the restrictions in his neck, Michael’s leg muscles balanced out and became toned. As a result, this eliminated lower leg stress that had originally caused the shin splints. Low-level laser was also used in his therapy to reduce inflammation, and his pain disappeared over the course of the next six weeks. Treating the base cause of the problem allowed this healing to occur even though Michael continued to run (and frequently win) in competitive meets during the entire course of treatment. For those suffering from shin splints, it is important to first consider the obvious solutions. Proper shoes or inserts for ankle support if necessary and slowing down the pace of training are all possible solutions. But if those simple fixes are not enough, consult an expert in posture and muscular function who can also address problems with fascia restrictions. Fascia is the source of position sense in the body which makes muscular balance possible. Eric Winder, D.C., uses gentle manual therapy and rehab techniques, without forceful manipulation, to help patients with a wide range of pain and injury problems. For more information, call 941-957-8390 or visit Gentlebay.com. Dr. Winder’s offices are located in Sarasota and Osprey.
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Let’s Talk about Your Mercury Fillings by Dr. Martina Mallery DDS
ccording to the Environmental Protection Agency, dental offices are the main contributors of environmental mercury pollution. This problem has become so severe that an EPA mandate has been approved which requires all dentists to equip their practices with a mercury scavenging system called an amalgam separator. This amalgam separator collects the material from the fillings for proper disposal. However, this begs the question: if mercury fillings are considered a severe hazard for the health of our environment, would it be possible that these fillings could also have a negative impact on the health of the person who
currently has those fillings in their mouth? The American Dental Association maintains that the amount of mercury released from amalgam fillings is too small to cause any documented adverse effects on human health. And yet, the World Health Organization released the following statement in 2005: “Adverse health effects from mercury exposure can be tremors, impaired vision and hearing, paralysis, insomnia, emotional instability, developmental deficits during fetal development, and attention deficit and development delays during childhood…. Recent studies suggest that mercury may have no threshold below which some adverse
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INTEGRATIVE HEALTH FOR MEN Natural Approaches for Robust Vitality by Ronica O’Hara
tatistically speaking, living long and well is an uphill battle for most American men. Compared to women, they eat worse, smoke more, drink harder, exercise less and suffer more injuries. They live on average five fewer years than women. At birth, they outnumber women 105 to 100, but by age 60, it’s flipped to 95 to 100. Of the 15 leading causes of death, the only one men don’t lead in is Alzheimer’s, because many of them don’t live long enough to develop it. Men are markedly slow to consult doctors. Seventy-two percent would rather do household chores like cleaning toilets, one survey found, and 37 percent admitted that they withheld information from doctors to avoid hearing a bad diagnosis. When more serious symptoms arise like chest pain or painful urination, they can turn to medical specialists and the latest technology to get heart stents inserted, kidneys flushed out and pain lowered with pharmaceuticals. By then, however, disease can be advanced and the prognosis dimmer. But that “macho man” approach is ebbing as men—especially millennials—increasingly adopt proactive integrative strategies to take control of their health. “As traditional gender roles continue to fade with the times, there will be less of a stigma around men’s health care and we’ll start to see more and more men placing greater importance on their health,” says integrative internist Myles Spar, M.D., co-author of Integrative Men’s Health and chief medical officer of Vault, a men’s health care organization. By dealing head-on with not just a condition’s symptoms, but also with its physical, mental and emotional roots, men can become better equipped to enjoy long years of robust health.
HEART DISEASE The leading cause of death for men in the U.S., heart disease kills one in four men. Half of those that died suddenly exhibited no previous symptoms. Men develop heart disease 10 years younger than women on average, possibly because estrogen has a protective effect on coronary arteries. Stress, especially in economically beleaguered occupations and areas, takes a toll, as evidenced by rising drug abuse among men nationwide. “Overall, it appears that men’s coping with stressful events may be less adaptive physiologically, behaviorally and emotionally, contributing to their increased risk for coronary heart disease,” concludes a State University of New York at Stonybrook study. SYMPTOMS: chest pain, irregular heartbeat, dizziness, shortness of breath, extreme fatigue, sensations in arms and legs such as pain, swelling, weakness or tingling. NEW RESEARCH: Active, 40-ish men that were able to do 40 pushups had a 96 percent lower risk of cardiovascular disease in the next 10 years than men doing less than 10 pushups, a Harvard study concludes. A 10-year study of 134,297 people from 21 countries found that eating six ounces or more each week of processed meat like bacon, sausages and salami was linked to a 46 percent higher risk of cardiovascular disease and a 51 percent higher risk of death.
hampered by such conditions as hypertension, diabetes, obesity, high cholesterol, insomnia and alcohol use. Although a quarter of new patients with ED are under age 40, mild and moderate ED affects approximately 50 percent of men in their 50s and 60 percent in their 60s. Integrative medicine offers potent strategies such as exercise, weight loss, good sleep and a varied diet, factors that can reverse ED, according to Australian researchers. “Men aren’t ever going to stop eating hotdogs in the name of ‘wellness’, but if you tell a man that eating hotdogs will impact his ability to get erections, he’ll never eat a hotdog again,” says Spar. SYMPTOMS: repeated difficulty getting or maintaining an erection, reduced sexual desire. NEW RESEARCH: In a survey of 12 studies involving 8,300 participants, the longer-lasting erection drug Cialis (tadalafil) beat out Viagra (sildenafil) as the drug of choice by a three to one margin. Cornell researchers found that of the 48 percent of older men in one study with ED, only 7 percent had tried an erection drug, and fewer than half refilled the initial prescription, partly due to unpleasant side effects.
INTEGRATIVE APPROACHES: “An integrative model for heart disease, when done properly, hunts down chronic inflammation in the body wherever it is and attempts to remedy it naturally, which is why we have had so much more success and significantly fewer side effects than conventional medicine,” says naturopathic cardiologist Decker Weiss, of Scottsdale, Arizona, a pioneer in the field. Typically, integrative cardiologists will interview a patient to determine the root causes of inflammation, including diet, physical activity and emotional stress. After targeted lab tests, they may prescribe botanicals along with pharmaceuticals like diuretics and beta blockers to manage fluids and vital signs. They often focus on repairing the gastrointestinal tract with specific probiotics and restoring the endothelium (the inner lining of blood vessels) with nutrients like magnesium, coenzyme Q10 and alpha-lipoic acid. They’ll encourage patients to switch to healthier, plant-based diets; perhaps to undergo a colon, liver or lymph cleanse; and exercise and use stress-reducing practices like meditation or martial arts.
INTEGRATIVE APPROACHES: An integrative strategy typically involves a doctor checking and increasing a man’s testosterone levels if necessary; a thorough checkup and lab tests to detect and treat causes such as diabetes and high cholesterol; and vetting and replacing medications such as antihistamines and blood pressure drugs that might cause ED. For relationship problems, anxiety or depression, a cognitive behavioral therapist might be recommended and mindfulness meditation might be encouraged to reduce stress. A weight-loss plan featuring more produce and less meat is typically suggested: men with a 42-inch waist are 50 percent more likely to have ED than men with a 32-inch waist. Some foods like arginine-rich oatmeal and antioxidant-rich pomegranate juice, as well as supplements like DHEA, L-arginine, zinc and panax ginseng have also proven helpful in studies. Effective exercises include Kegels to strengthen pelvic floor muscles, Pilates to build core strength and aerobic workouts to strengthen blood vessels. Just 30 minutes of walking each day was linked to a 41 percent drop in risk for ED, Harvard researchers found.
Erectile dysfunction (ED), the inability to get and keep an erection firm enough for sex, often drives a man to seek medical care. An erection—a complex interplay among the brain, hormones, emotions, nerves, muscles and blood vessels—can be
Prostate cancer affects one in eight men, 60 percent of which are over age 65. African American men get prostate cancer younger, have more severe cases and are twice as likely to die from it. Although it’s not as virulent as most other cancers, it
SYMPTOMS: They may be silent or involve frequent urination, weak or interrupted urine flow, urinary leaking, needing to urinate frequently at night, blood in the urine, erectile dysfunction or discomfort when sitting.
SYMPTOMS: Besides anger and irritability, depressed men are more prone to lose weight rather than gain it, become obsessive-compulsive rather than anxious and experience physical problems like headaches, stomach ailments and chronic pain.
Up to one-third of men may experience depression, but it’s marked more by bravado than tears. “Rather than appearing sad, men with depression are more likely to react with anger, self-destructive behavior, self-distraction, or numbing of pain with substance use, gambling, womanizing and workaholism,” concludes a major University of Michigan study in JAMA Psychiatry. Irritability, blowing up at minor annoyances, sudden spells of aggression and risky behaviors are other hallmarks. Men are far less likely than women to seek treatment and four times as likely to die by suicide.
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NEW RESEARCH: The more faithfully that men with localized prostate cancer followed a Mediterranean diet, the better their disease fared, report University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center researchers. Drinking several cups of coffee every day may be linked to a lower risk of developing prostate cancer, suggests a pooled data analysis in the online journal BMJ Open. A new urine test for prostate cancer is so accurate it could have eliminated the need for one-third of biopsies in a recent study of 1,500 patients in the Journal of Urology. INTEGRATIVE APPROACHES: In a 2018 comprehensive review of prostate cancer studies published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Abrams recommends a plant-based, antioxidant-rich diet that emphasizes cruciferous vegetables, tomatoes, soy, pomegranate, green tea and fish-based omega-3s; limiting meat, sugary drinks and saturated fats; supplementing with vitamin D3 and omega-3s while avoiding selenium and vitamin E; exercising daily, with yoga and tai chi especially providing mind-body benefits; and using acupuncture to manage the side effects of conventional treatments. To combat the anxiety that can arise during the period between a diagnosis and surgery, Abrams suggests stress-reducing therapies like mindfulness training, reiki and support groups.
NEW RESEARCH: Men with moderate to high levels of what Russian researchers call “vital exhaustion”, marked by excessive fatigue, demoralization and irritability, are 16 percent more likely to have a heart attack within 15 years. The risk doubles for men that never married, were divorced or became widowed. INTEGRATIVE APPROACHES: “First, it is important to get a lab screening to rule out low testosterone, vitamin deficiencies, anemia and thyroid problems,” says holistic psychiatrist W. Nate Upshaw, M.D., medical director of NeuroSpaTMS, in Tampa. He also checks for sleep disorders, treats with cognitive behavioral therapy and after getting lab results, suggests such supplements as vitamins B12, D3 and methylfolate. His lab focuses particularly on transcranial magnetic stimulation therapy, which a 2020 Stanford study found to be 90 percent effective in relieving drug-resistant depression. “It restores healthy brain function without medications, and with essentially no side effects,” says Upshaw, adding that the approach is particularly good for men that want to avoid the sexual side effects of antidepressants. Natural health writer Ronica O’Hara can be reached at OHaraRonica@gmail.com.
TO LEARN MORE Integrative cancer care: A four-part video lecture series by integrative oncologist Donald Abrams, M.D., of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of California at San Francisco. Osher.ucsf.edu/patient-care/patient-careteam/donald-abrams. 26
Health self-quiz: Myles Spar, M.D., co-author of Integrative Men’s Health, offers a simple quiz that helps identify health problems and proposes integrative strategies. Tinyurl. com/DrSparHealthQuiz.
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requires monitoring, sometimes for decades, which compels some men to get serious about diet and exercise. “If you hear you have cancer, the rug is pulled out from underneath you and you feel you’ve lost your locus of control to surgeons and other doctors,” says integrative oncologist Donald Abrams, of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of California at San Francisco. “But lifestyle changes are important, useful and have an impact, and they’re something patients themselves have control over and can decide to do.”
What’s the Problem, Dr. Korman? by Dr. Laura Korman
Q: Should I be taking Vitamin D? A: Most of us know that vitamin D is important for our health, but I am often asked about whether we need to take this as a supplement—especially while living here in sunny Florida—and if so, what dosage would I recommend? Both of these are important questions, but they are not necessarily straightforward ones to answer. First, we need to understand that a deficiency in vitamin D cannot be on the basis of a specific intake levels of this nutrient, but rather, adequate circulating blood levels of 25-hydroxy(OH)D, the active form of vitamin D3 we measure in a blood test. The reason is there are many variables such as our age, where we live, the color of our skin and the amount of sun exposure we receive, as well as certain health issues such as obesity, gastrointestinal disorders, and vitamin deficiencies like magnesium and vitamin K2. These variables determine the amount of vitamin D3 required to maintain blood levels of 25(OH)D in a healthy range. Therefore, I always recommend my patients have their blood levels of 25(OH) D tested before I answer their specific questions about dosing. The second factor to consider is there are significant—and quite confusing—differences in how lab values measure 25(OH)D levels in the “normal” range verses those levels shown to be in the “optimal” range. About 42% of the population us estimated to be deficient in Vitamin D with levels of 25(OH)D less than 12ng/ml (deficiency according to WebMD). In addition, there is a slightly wider percentage of those with blood levels measuring less than 20ng/ml which is considered inadequate and requires supplementation. Moreover, as many as 80% of Americans could be at sub-optimal levels of 25(OH) D, meaning less than 40ng/ml. In fact some researchers now recommend levels of 60-80ng/ml for ideal health and disease protection. There has been a clear association with vitamin D deficiency and bone loss; however, evidence has emerged about this vitamin’s role in almost all bodily systems including, most recently, our fight against bacterial and viral illnesses. In fact, one study released in late 2020, found that 82.2% of those with COVID-19
had vitamin D levels lower than 20ng/ml. The Health and Medicine Division of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine has reported an association between vitamin D and overall mortality risk from all causes of mortality including cancer. Having a serum vitamin D level of at least 40ng/ml has been shown to reduce cancer risk by 67%, compared to a level of only 20ng/ml. Levels of Vitamin D found to be the most protective are between 40 and 60ng/ml. Considering the fact that vitamin D is required for healthy genetic expression, and there are vitamin D receptors found throughout the body, cancer is not the only disease risk affected by vitamin D levels. Sufficient Vitamin D levels could lower your risk for Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and autoimmune disorders including multiple sclerosis, lupus, Hashimoto’s and rheumatoid arthritis, as well as neurological conditions such as depression, dementia, Alzheimer’s and epilepsy. Although vitamin D deficiency is diagnosed with a low blood level of 25(OH)D, few symptoms could suggest that you have suboptimal levels. Nearly half of adults report having achy muscles, and researchers believe most of those afflicted are deficient in vitamin D. Bone pain can be a precursor to osteoporosis, and fatigue, common in many health conditions, were shown to improve after optimizing vitamin D levels. Hair loss, slow-healing wounds and dizziness were also associated with low levels of vitamin D. Multiple epidemiological studies have shown vitamin D deficiency to increase the risk of recurring infections, particularly in the respiratory tract. So to answer the first question of whether someone should take a vitamin D3 supplement, my answer in most cases would be, “Yes.” But to answer the second question as to what dosage, it’s probably safe to take somewhere between 4,000IU-5,000IU/day; however, for a long-term dose, you will need to have your 25(OH) D tested and fine-tune your levels to 60-80ng/ml for optimal health and disease prevention. I also need to mention there is a powerful synergistic benefit to taking magnesium and vitamin K2 in conjunction with vitamin D3. These will improve absorption of vitamin D3 in order to allow the proper distribution of calcium into bones and away from soft tissues including the arteries. I recommend a vitamin D3K2 supplement and a highly absorbable magnesium supplement as well. Hopefully, this provides a better understanding of how prevalent vitamin D deficiency is and how important maintaining not only “normal,” but optimal levels, are in reducing the impact of nearly all chronic illnesses and reoccurring infections. I also trust that you now understand how to test for your 25(OH)D levels and fine-tune your vitamin D3 dosing to optimize health and become more resilient against disease and illness. If you have any other questions or need help in the management of your vitamin D levels, please contact me at 941-629-6700. June 2021
Andria Somers on Being United for Better Parenting
ndria Somers is the executive director of the Holistic Moms Network (HMN), which connects families interested in positive, holistic parenting, health and green living, providing them with helpful information and other support. The organization was formed in Essex County, New Jersey, in 2002 by a handful of mothers seeking to associate with others sharing the same goals. One of the moms, Nancy Peplinski, decided to expand the vision of the informal group and established it as a nonprofit in 2003. Rapid growth made apparent the need for community support of naturally minded families across the country. In its first year of operation, HMN evolved from a local group to a nationwide organization with more than 25 chapters in 14 states. Founded on the cornerstones of community and connection, the mission of HMN is to provide a safe, supportive environment in which families can access resources and experience camaraderie in attaining natural living and gentle parenting.
How has HMN impacted your life? I attended my first HMN meeting in 2012, after my oldest daughter was born. I became a member after learning about the organization and all that they offered. That was a life-changing moment for me. HMN very quickly became a central aspect of my 28
mothering journey. I joined the national team in November of 2012, and my role evolved to executive director in 2017. Parenting has been my most transformative experience thus far, and HMN inspires me every day on this journey with all that its volunteers, members and advocates give as far as support, knowledge, ideas and most importantly, community.
What is holistic parenting?
Holistic parenting begins with an understanding and respect for how all living things are connected and how we impact one another. Holistic parenting embraces green and non-toxic living, non-violent communication and natural health. We believe there are seven guiding principles for holistic parenting which we follow: make informed and educated parenting decisions; seek respectful and nurturing relationships with others; actively participate in one’s own healing process; balance and integrate physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of being; teach children how to respect and care about the natural world; limit children’s exposure to advertising, marketing and a consumer-driven culture; and live more simply and consume less.
yet on this journey together. Members are encouraged to respect one another’s views, offer support and learn from each other. HMN wants to generate national awareness, education and support for holistic parenting and green living. Our groups meet about once a month in a public venue where all are welcome. We provide nurturing, open-minded and respectful local community networks that encourage families to share these ideals and learn from each other.
What advice would you offer to a new parent just beginning their journey of holistic parenting?
As a parent, it’s important to have a network of support. Being connected to like-minded individuals who do not judge makes all the difference in the world. It truly does take a village to raise a child, and you can choose how you build your village. There will be countless people offering advice, so be discerning and see what resonates with you. I truly believe that we are all here to help and support one another. HMN is a way to build relationships and connect with other parents to form friendships that last a lifetime.
How does HMN differ from other parenting groups?
For more information, including on becoming a member, visit HolisticMoms.org.
The heart and soul of HMN is to connect families through volunteer-led chapters and intentional communities across the country. We are authentic, passionate about our purpose and committed to our mission. HMN is how we bring together local parents for support and join our voices as a national community. We recognize that everyone is on their own path,
This article was written by a KnoWEwell (KWW) staff member. Holistic Moms Network and Natural Awakenings are collaborative partners of KWW, a benefits and services company that operates the global Regenerative Whole Health community and marketplace platform KnoWEwell.com.
Simple Acts Can Change the World
by Julie Peterson t’s easy to feel small and helpless in a world full of big problems, but there are simple, daily actions we can take to change it for the better.
BE THE CHANGE. If the park needs more shade, ask permission to plant a tree. If there is trash on the sidewalk, pick it up. An eyesore building could be a community art project. The possibilities are endless. Sometimes the very things that we complain about can be turned into action items, improving conditions for everyone. Fix something. CHOOSE GRATITUDE. It’s difficult to miss the news as it pops up on phones, computers and TV. But media outlets can offer a repetitive loop of negativity and conflict. When exposed to this for hours, it can erode faith in humanity and hope for the future. To prevent feeling a sense of soul-crushing doom, we must tune out of the constant chatter. Select 30 minutes every other day to read news. We will become more positive if we spend the former news time listening to music or writing in a gratitude journal. Appreciate the good.
meal or help with chores. Offer time without expectation of a reward. Random acts of kindness can be done anonymously: pay the toll for the next car, deliver a care package, donate supplies to a local nonprofit or simply smile at strangers. Give freely. Every time we fix, appreciate, respect and give with a genuine heart, there is a ripple effect. Everyone we touch feels better. Moving forward, these people likely will be kinder to others. Envision each genuine act pouring forth like a wave of light, gathering momentum as others add their light. Imagine it can wash over the Earth, touching everyone. We can make a difference. Start now. Julie Peterson is a Random Acts of Kindness activist (RAKtivist.com), an assistant to the Wisconsin Kindness Angel and an advisor for Kindness Bank, a nonprofit invested in improving community health and well-being.
FIND COMPASSION. When there is no shortage of road rage, angry customers and political divisiveness, don’t engage. We never know what another person has gone through in life or earlier that day. Don’t be a judge; be a vector to peace. Let the driver merge, let others be right, let our buttons get pushed without escalating the situation. Loving kindness for others involves wishing them health, happiness and safety. It doesn’t need to be outwardly expressed; it can be an internal thought. Respect everyone. BE KIND. Perhaps there is someone that would appreciate a June 2021
Beat the Blues Naturally Drug-Free Ways to Treat Depression
by Julie Peterson
ack of interest, low energy, changes in weight, difficulty concentrating and feelings of worthlessness are some of the symptoms that can occur in varying degrees with depression. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, an estimated 17.3 million adults in the U.S. experienced at least one major depressive episode in 2017. With the pandemic, the rate tripled, with 27.8 percent of adults reporting symptoms, according to a September 2020 study published in JAMA Network Open. Mainstream medical doctors typically prescribe antidepressant drugs, but the plethora of adverse effects such as anxiety, digestive disturbances, headaches, weight gain and sexual dysfunction can cause additional woes. In addition, efficacy is in question. In The 30
Emperor’s New Drugs: Exploding the Antidepressant Myth, Irving Kirsch, Ph.D., professor of psychology at the UK University of Hull, declares, “The belief that antidepressants can cure depression chemically is simply wrong.” Antidepressants may merely mask symptoms. “Covering over symptoms is a missed opportunity to resolve the root cause of the problem,” says Manhattan-based holistic psychiatrist Kelly Brogan, author of A Mind of Your Own and co-editor of the textbook Integrative Therapies for Depression. Further, because many depressed people do not receive treatment due to financial, cultural or personal reasons, effective alternative therapies are necessary for improving public health.
Nature’s Medicine Before starting any treatment, it’s important to verify that depression exists and rule out potential conditions like nutritional deficiencies, low thyroid function, food allergies or other issues. Many people find that herbs provide gentler action and fewer adverse effects than conventional antidepressants. Even some conventional health practitioners are beginning to get on board. Women’s health expert Nicole Galan, RN, wrote in a 2019 article in Medical News Today, “Medications and counseling are conventional ways to alleviate the symptoms of depression. However, some herbs and supplements may also help.” Common herbs include St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum), which has been shown to work about the same as antidepressants for mild and moderate depression; American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) and Asian ginseng (Panax ginseng), which improve mental clarity and energy, and reduce the effects of stress; and saffron (Crocus sativus), which is safe and effective, although expensive. While herbal medicines are available over the counter, it’s important to consult with a doctor or herbalist, as some are not safe in conjunction with other medications or during pregnancy. Homeopathic remedies are more complex, personalized and diluted, but have no contraindications. Lone Pedersen, a certified classical homeopath in Seattle, says that homeopathy treatments are “gentle, safe, non-toxic and side-effect free.”
Clean Food Improves Mood Several studies have found that eating a poor-quality diet high in processed meat, sweets, fried food, refined cereals and high-fat dairy leads to a higher likelihood of depression. “The single greatest thing anyone can do for their health is to eat whole foods, including organic vegetables, fruits, high-quality proteins, whole grains and healthy fats,” says Dorothy Calimeris, an author and wellness coach in Oakland, whose cookbooks promote anti-inflammatory diets for optimal health. Inflammation has been linked to numerous health issues, including depression. To start an anti-inflammatory diet, eliminate
foods that commonly trigger inflammation, starting with gluten, soy, corn and the biggest culprit of all, sugar. A 2019 study by University of Kansas researchers and other studies indicate that sugar itself is a trigger for mental health issues. Don’t forget about the “food” the skin absorbs. Switching to organic body care and home cleaning products minimizes exposure to biology-disrupting toxins that have been linked to depression.
Set the Endorphins Free Many studies have shown that exercise reduces the symptoms of depression. Extra boosts come from getting outside to increase levels of vitamin D and exercising with a friend to enhance social support. Just 20 to 30 minutes of activity several times each week improves well-being. The
best news is that any movement helps— walking, tai chi, gardening, dancing—anything that feels good. “Taking a yoga class helps to relieve depression by increasing focus and attention, releasing endorphins and oxytocin, stretching the body, relaxing tension, creating community and adjusting breathing patterns,” says Rose Kress, owner and director of LifeForce Yoga Institute, in Lebanon, Oregon, and author of Awakening Your Inner Radiance with LifeForce Yoga. She recommends determining one enjoyable pose and practicing it every day: “Five minutes a day is enough to make a change.” Julie Peterson writes about wellness and environmental issues and has contributed to Natural Awakenings for more than a decade.
Next Steps “Mental health requires the ‘whole enchilada’, as the saying goes. Bring it all in! I use crystals, music, meditation, chanting, massage, painting, images, vitamins, essential oils, prayer, food, exercise, nature, friends and psychotherapy to remind me that I am already whole. Yoga is just one ingredient in the enchilada of mental health,” says Rose Kress, owner and director of the LifeForce Yoga Institute, in Lebanon, Oregon, and author of Awakening Your Inner Radiance with LifeForce Yoga. “If it brings you a sense of ease around your feelings of depression, use it. If you are not sure, ask your support network for help.” Psychologists, support groups and counselors can be found through the Anxiety and Depression Association of America or by calling 1-800-662-HELP (4357), the national helpline of the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Both are free, confidential referral and information services. Depression can become severe and warrant intervention. If someone is suicidal, stay with them and contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, a 24/7 national network of local crisis centers, providing free and confidential emotional support to people in emotional distress. Alternative modalities for depression could fill volumes, and they have. Check these out for more information: ■ Eat to Beat Depression and Anxiety: Nourish Your Way to Better Mental Health in Six Weeks, by Drew Ramsey, M.D. ■ Ayurveda for Depression: An Integrative Approach to Restoring Balance and
Reclaiming Your Health, by L. Eduardo Cardona-Sanclemente
■ How Come They’re Happy and I’m Not?: The Complete Natural Program for
Healing Depression for Good, by Peter Bongiorno, ND
■ How to Heal Yourself from Depression When No One Else Can: A Self-Guided
Program to Stop Feeling Like Sh*t, by Amy B. Scher
■ Yoga for Depression: A Compassionate Guide to Relieve Suffering Through Yoga,
by Amy Weintraub “While it may take dedication to embody the peace you seek, the glimpse of that peace can be enough to fuel you through the times you want to give up,” adds Kress. June 2021
Vegan Road-Tripping Travel Tips for Plant-Based Eaters by Carol Sanders
o maximize health and minimize our impact on the planet, a whole-food, plantbased diet reigns supreme. Cooking at home ensures quality-controlled ingredients, but when traveling, extra measures are needed to enjoy healthy options while avoiding the allure of diet-busting, processed foods. The key to success is a combination of planning and resolve.
Much can be done before the trip begins. Research the destination and road trip stops, says Julieanna Hever, registered dietitian and author of Plant-Based Nutrition (Idiot’s Guides). She recommends reviewing online menus, calling ahead to clarify options and using apps like Yelp.com and HappyCow.net to scout for restaurants and grocery stores. Her favorite places are Thai and Mexican eateries, as well as steakhouses for their plantbased side dishes. Upon arrival at her destination, she hits a grocery store to stock up on fresh fruits and veggies. “We live in an extremely difficult food environment, with a lot of triggers and inputs that don’t go away even if you’ve been eating a healthy diet for a long time,” says Micaela Karlsen, Ph.D., senior director of research at the American College of Lifestyle Medicine and author of A Plant-Based Life. “For people that are transitioning into this new lifestyle, the highly refined foods they are used to eating are kind of low-grade addictive substances 32
and what researchers call hyper-palatable foods like added fat, sugar and salt that stimulate the brain in a similar way as addictive drugs like cocaine or alcohol, so it’s really a process of withdrawal for people initially.” To combat the temptations, especially when away from home, Hever advises writing down and clearly understanding dietary goals and the reasons for eating this way. “I work with people that are very sick and with elite athletes. Their goals may be different from everyday people that want to have a vacation,” she says. “Do you want to have another heart attack or reactivate your diabetes? No. Are you totally healthy and consciously deciding to splurge once in a while? That can totally fit into a healthy lifestyle. What matters most is choosing to eat whole food, plant-based foods most of the time.” Karlsen recommends always carrying snacks. “Don’t let yourself get too hungry or too tired, because when people are extra hungry or run-down, the reward experience of eating goes up and willpower goes down,” she explains, adding that dried fruit, nuts, rice cakes, individually packaged nut butter and fresh fruits are good portable snacks to carry. At the hotel, microwaveable popcorn, as well as oats and shelf-stable, single-portion almond or soy milk, will help stave off the munchies. “I love granola, not only for breakfast, but also as a snack in the mid-afternoon,” Karlsen says. “Most store-bought granola, however, is akin to food crime. Oats are whole, healthy and cheap, but once oil, sugar and other stuff are added, the commercial product is high in fat, way too sweet and really expensive. The first time I made granola myself, I was amazed at how I didn’t even notice that the oil and sugar weren’t there. It was delicious and so satisfying.” According to both experts, a cooler in the car or a refrigerator at the destination hotel expands the kinds of home-prepared foods that can accompany travelers, including hummus spread over crudités or sprouted, whole-grain crackers, as well as any kind of leftover dishes. They both
tout the convenience and tastiness of nori rolls—a wide variety of ingredients wrapped in a sheet of dried seaweed. Among Karlsen’s favorite nori fillings are tempeh baked with tamari and a little maple syrup, topped with tomato and kale; peanut butter and pickles; avocado rubbed with umeboshi plum vinegar; and sweet potato, avocado, red pepper and thinly sliced carrots. “Food is intertwined in our culture with entertainment, but thinking about food that way doesn’t really serve our biological potential for wellness,” says Karlsen. “People are so accustomed to these highly rewarding, intense foods like buffalo wings, pizza or chocolate cake that they actually don’t know what it feels like to enjoy something that’s simple and unrefined. There’s a lot of enjoyment in healthy eating. The longer you do it, the more it becomes enjoyable.” Carol Sanders is a professional writer and can be reached at GoodEyePress@gmail.com.
Japanese Noritos 2 sheets nori 1 tsp low-sodium miso paste ¼ cup cooked brown rice ½ small Persian cucumber, julienned 1 ½ Tbsp shredded carrots (chard, dandelion greens, kale and/or spinach) 1 tsp low-sodium tamari 1 tsp sesame seeds Place nori sheets on a flat surface. Gently and evenly place miso paste on half of each nori sheet. Add brown rice, Persian cucumber and shredded carrots on top of miso paste. Drizzle with tamari and lightly sprinkle sesame seeds over top. Tightly roll the nori sheets like a burrito from ingredient-filled side. Slice into pieces to make them easier to eat. Courtesy of Julieanna Hever. For more information, visit PlantBasedDietitian.com.
Almond Cinnamon Granola 1 12-oz jar unsweetened applesauce 10 dates, pitted 1 Tbsp vanilla extract 1 tsp cinnamon 6 cups plus 2 Tbsp thick rolled oats 1 cup sliced raw almonds (optional) 1 cup raisins (optional) Blend the applesauce, dates, vanilla, cinnamon and 2 tablespoons of oats in a blender until smooth. In a large bowl, combine the applesauce mixture with the remaining oats. Spread mixture evenly onto dehydrator racks or baking sheets. Cook in a dehydrator set on high (160º F) for 7 to 8 hours or in an oven set at 225º F for 1½ hours until slightly brown and crunchy. If using an oven, make sure to break up the granola and turn it every 15 minutes to ensure even cooking. Once cooked, add almonds and raisins, if desired. Courtesy of Micaela Karlsen. For more information, visit MicaelaKarlsen. com.
Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins 1 medium banana, mashed 15-oz can sweet pumpkin puree ¼ cup 100 percent pure maple syrup 1 tsp vanilla extract 2 cups gluten-free, all-purpose, whole-grain ﬂour blend ½ tsp baking soda ½ tsp baking powder ½ tsp salt 1 tsp ground cinnamon ½ tsp ground nutmeg ¼ tsp ground ginger 1 cup dairy-free chocolate chips (grain-sweetened) Preheat oven to 375° F. In a large bowl, combine mashed banana, pumpkin puree, maple syrup and vanilla. In a small bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. Transfer dry mixture to large bowl and mix together gently until well combined. Avoid over-mixing to prevent toughness in the final product. Fold in chocolate chips. Spoon batter into silicon muffin cups and bake for 20 minutes or until the muffins are lightly browned. Remove muffins from the oven and let cool for five minutes. Store in an airtight container. June 2021
need to break ground. Keeping up with the weeding can be a good workout in and of itself.” Hale emphasizes working within the scope of our personal fitness level and taking advantage of outdoor perks. “The fresh air and sunshine you get in your garden are benefits not found in a sweaty gym,” she says. “Many people are deficient in vitamin D, which we get primarily from sun exposure. Even if it’s cloudy outside, you’ll still be getting some benefits.”
The Fit Gardener
Backyard Workouts Good for Mind and Body by Marlaina Donato
oth gardeners and researchers know that tilling the soil can lower stress and uplift the mood, and gardening can also foster fitness, burn calories and support heart health. By offering an opportunity for moderate intensity exercise, it provides a challenging workout with aerobic benefits. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, light yardwork can help burn 330 calories an hour, so using a trowel, pruning bushes and putting down some mulch can go a long way toward realizing this benefit. Heavy yard work, like hauling buckets of dirt and moving rocks, burns 440 calories an hour. Time spent in the garden can be a dynamic fitness investment, whether it’s for 10 minutes or two hours. “Gardening is a full-body workout that uses every muscle. There’s bending and squatting, carrying 34
and lifting, digging, walking and reaching high,” says Pollyanna Hale, the British author of The Fit Mum Formula. “Another benefit to gardening is that you can go at your own pace.”
Power Up Outside Staying active fortifies the immune system, and gardening provides a way to work out while working the earth. Cynthia Miller, a seasoned bodyworker and passionate gardener for 30 years in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, attests to the fitness challenge. “Gardening can involve many forms of physical activity, including carrying plants, hoeing, shoveling, lugging buckets of compost, pulling weeds, bending, kneeling and constantly getting up and down. Initially, in the spring, there may be a lot more intense physical labor involved to get a garden started, especially if you
With mindfulness, gardening can be a self-paced power workout, especially when muscle groups are treated equally. “Incorporate some stretches when you’re raking and cleaning up before your session. Engage your core and pull your abs in tight during your movements,” recommends Chicago-based Stephanie Mansour, host of the weekly national PBS health and fitness show Step It Up with Steph. Mansour highlights the power of raking and underscores that any gardening session can become more aerobic by adding quicker movements. “Move quickly with your upper body to get in cardio. Moving faster will get your heart rate going and will help you burn calories. Another strategy to incorporate cardio into your gardening is to encourage yourself to stand up after each flower you plant or run in place for 10 seconds with each task completion.”
Yoga in the Garden Incorporating some asanas adds another dimension to garden fitness, offsetting potential bodily discomforts from hours of work. A yoga mat can be used outside to protect from wet or muddy ground. “Additionally, you may find yourself in uncomfortable positions while gardening. Kneeling or squatting can cause aches and pains,” explains Mansour. “I suggest transforming these positions into yoga movements. You can garden in a modified low lunge position, with one leg behind you and the other foot forward, resting on the knee of your back leg while getting a hip flexor stretch in the front leg. While
on your knees, put one leg out to the side so that you’re resting just on one knee and stretching the inner thigh and hamstring of your extended leg.” Depending upon climate and personal ambition, garden workouts can nourish in other ways, as well. “Once you feel the physical and mental benefits of an hour outside in nature, you’ll wonder why you didn’t do it more often,” says Hale. Miller agrees. “There is nothing like getting your hands in the soil to literally ground you. Nature calms our nervous systems. Watching the tiny seeds you planted burst forth and grow into something you can harvest is a miracle like none other.” Marlaina Donato is a body-mind-spirit author and recording artist. Connect at AutumnEmbersMusic.com.
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Relaxed Kids Simple Ways to Calm Anxious Children
Benefits of Kid Relaxation Techniques
by Sandra Yeyati
From breathing games and animal-like yoga positions to meditative art activities and mindful nature walks, child-friendly relaxation techniques are limited only by our imagination. When practiced consistently, they offer numerous benefits, including increased awareness, attention, empathy, resilience and generosity; less emotional reactivity; and improved memory, according to Whitney Stewart, meditation teacher and author of Mindful Kids: 50 Mindfulness Activities for Kindness, Focus and Calm (BarefootBooks.com/ mindful-kids).
t doesn’t take a full-on tantrum for children to experience or exhibit stress. According to licensed school psychologist and spiritual counselor Zemirah Jazwierska, anxiety is a child’s natural response to not having consistency or predictability in their environment. During the pandemic, with school closings, social isolation and associated challenges, childhood angst is on the rise, says the Boulder, Colorado, blogger at KidsRelaxation.com.
Setting a Calm Example Jazwierska believes that it’s never too early to expose kids to relaxation practices. She invites moms to incorporate meditation even while they’re pregnant, “to bathe their little babies in lots of good-feeling hormones and chemicals.” After birth, while an infant may be too young to learn how to meditate, she recommends that parents create relaxing 36
Stewart recommends that parents and caregivers consider adopting their own mindfulness or meditation practices before introducing them to their children. “The next step could be to invite children to practice with you,” she advises. “With toddlers, this may be an invitation to sit or lie down with hands on their tummy or chest to let them feel their breath coming in and going out of their body. Young children don’t always have an awareness of their breath. Parents and caregivers can help them understand how we breathe in different situations; how breath can speed up or slow down in response to our physical and emotional state.”
Making Relaxation Fun According to Stewart, small children respond best to mindfulness exercises that are both physical and fun. Her Animal Antics is one example, in which kids explore movement meditation by pretending to be different animals. Another is Shake
the Sillies Out, which involves “happyshaking until you finally flop on the floor with a deep exhalation, followed by three mindful breaths. This one really helps work out kids’ excess energy,” she says. On her website, Jazwierska offers myriad examples of fun and creative activities to calm and awaken children. She teaches breathing techniques by offering imagery kids can understand, like smelling a flower to learn deep inhalations and blowing out a candle for the exhalations. When kids are overcome with strong emotions, she offers a snow globe. “It’s a great tool for seeing how things start to swirl when our emotions are too strong and our minds too worried. As you take a deep breath and stop moving the globe, the snow settles. We have to stop moving, or move very slowly, for everything to settle for ourselves.” Jazwierska’s Rock and Floppy Sock exercise instructs a child to make a tight fist— the rock—when they feel anger or another strong negative emotion, and then release their grip, turning it into a floppy sock. “It’s related to progressive muscle relaxation where you provide tension in the body and then you provide the contrast and let go, training the mind. Next time they feel tension, they’ll know how to relax,” she says.
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Create a Dog-Friendly Yard Plants, Paths and Play Areas to Wag a Tail by Karen Shaw Becker
ackyards can be sanctuaries, filled with gardens and landscaping. For homeowners with dogs, consider “dogscaping”. It’s a term coined by landscape designer Maureen Gilmer of Palm Springs, California, who wrote the e-book The Dog-Scaped Yard. Gilmer points out that nobody asks Fido his opinion on how to landscape the yard, “yet he spends more time there than anyone else.” The yard should be a safe and secure place for the family dog, so fencing may be necessary to give ample room to roam. Lawn chemicals on grass are linked to cancer in dogs, so those are best avoided. Some people choose to go beyond grass to create a rich environment for the dog to explore. Gilmer recommends planting a meadow, complete with tall grasses and perennials, where the prized pet can investigate the terrain. Low troughs of wheat grass are good for a dog to nibble on and may discourage him from chewing on ornamental flowers and plants. Some dogs also enjoy rose hips from Rosa rugosa plants.
Flea-Repelling Herbs Many herbs were once known as “fleabane” because they could repel fleas. Plant a fleabane garden to discourage these pests from moving in and finding the dogs. “When my dog Dot rubs against them, I can smell the aromatic oils on her fur,” Gilmer notes. Suitable plants for this garden include pennyroyal (Mentha, pulegium), wormwood (Artemisia absinthium), tansy (Tanacetum vulgare), fleawort (Erigeron canadense), rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), sweet bay (Laurus nobilis) and eucalyptus. The plants can also be dried and added to a dog’s bedding for a more natural flea repellant. When choosing the best locations for herbs and flowers, consider keeping about 18 inches around the border of the yard free from plants. Because dogs regularly tend to patrol the boundary of their territory, any plants on this trail may get trampled.
Provide Thoughtful Areas for the Dog
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A plastic kiddie pool can be a welcome addition for dogs to escape the summer heat. To incorporate it into the landscape, dig out an area and set it into the ground. Another thoughtful addition is a post where a dog can mark his territory to his heart’s content. A large piece of driftwood or an upright log works well for this purpose. Logs are also useful as borders along planted areas where the dog is meant to stay out. Pathways for the dog to run through are also important, as dogs will create their own routes if they are allowed to. Turn the walkways into proper paths by widening them to three feet. Consider creating a designated area in the yard for the dog to relieve himself. When planting flowerbeds, put sturdier plants such as ornamental grasses at the edge, while putting more fragile plants in the middle, where a dog is less likely
to run over them. Choose plants that are sturdy, but soft, without thorns or spines that could scrape a pet. A doggy play area will also be much appreciated by a pup. Define it by using logs or stone blocks, then set out a few of the dog’s favorite toys for him to discover. For dogs that like to dig, teaching him that this is his play spot where it’s acceptable can save the gardens. Many four-legged diggers enjoy having a sand pit or designated dig spot where they can express this natural behavior. By paying careful attention to the plants and features in the yard, the perfect petfriendly environment can be created. Veterinarian Karen Shaw Becker has spent her career empowering animal guardians to make knowledgeable decisions to extend the life and well-being of their animals. Learn more at DrKarenBecker.com.
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An outdoor area for pets must be free of hazards that could cause illness. This includes cocoa bean mulch, which contains the chemical compounds theobromine and caffeine, which are highly toxic to dogs and can be fatal. Specific plants can also be poisonous to pets and can cause a variety of conditions, including diarrhea, vomiting, internal bleeding, respiratory distress, seizures, organ damage or failure, coma or death. Research any plants in the yard for safety, and be sure to keep the yard clear of the following poisonous plants, as compiled by the Pet Poison Helpline, to create a backyard that’s both fun and safe for pets: Autumn Crocus Azalea Cyclamen Daffodils Dieffenbachia www.nasrq.com
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Traveling for the Planet Sustainable Ways to Explore the World
fter more than a year in social isolation, many of us are ready to hit the road, meet new people, fly to exotic locations and enjoy the sights and flavors of anywherebut-here. Although the travel industry is raring to serve pent-up demand, this unprecedented respite can be an opportunity to reset priorities. When choosing hotels, modes of transportation, places to shop and dine, and other activities, consider their sustainability. Tourism need not harm the planet. With proper planning, it can enrich it while benefiting the people living in the places we visit.
Fly Direct and Economy “Flying is the most carbon-intensive thing we can do in our lives,” says Holly Tuppen, author of Sustainable Travel: The Essential Guide to Positive Impact Adventures. To reduce emissions, she recommends flying direct in space-saving economy seats; taking longer, less frequent vacations; and using trains or other overland transportation whenever possible.
Take it Slow In 2010, Tuppen travelled around the world without flying for 20 months. “We walked, biked, sailed across the Atlantic, got on a container ship across the Pacific, took trains, hitchhiked—a whole heap of transport cobbled together,” she recalls. “It’s not that
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bucket-list idea of flying into a place, doing everything quickly and ticking off experiences. With slow travel, you’re letting the journey be part of the experience and inevitably, you meet more people along the way.”
Don’t Overdo It In another eco-friendly aspect of that excursion, Tuppen visited places that weren’t tourism hotspots. “From Venice to Bali to Mexico, there are examples of places that before the pandemic had too many visitors—more than the infrastructure could handle,” she says. “That’s a massive problem, because it harms the life of local people. When the cruise industry started to stop in Dubrovnik, Croatia, for example, local amenities like hairdressers and grocery stores became souvenir shops.”
Keep it Local According to Tuppen, the needs of locals should take precedence over those of tourists. A related problem is tourism economic leakage. “If you spend $2,000 on a trip to Thailand, my hope would be that I’d be contributing $2,000 to the economy in Thailand, but in reality, the way that the tourism supply chain is set up, a huge proportion of that money will end up in the hands of international companies,” she explains. “Ideally, we should be looking June 2021
for accommodations, experiences, stores, restaurants that are all locally owned rather than being part of an international chain. If you’re booking a hotel, 70 percent or more of the workforce should be local.”
Pack for a Purpose To help travelers express their gratitude to a community for their hospitality, Rebecca Rothney founded PackForAPurpose.org, which lists items locals need and the accommodations and tour companies that deliver them to more than 450 community projects worldwide. Travelers dedicate a portion of their luggage space to carry in-kind donations and drop them off when they arrive at their hotel or meet their tour guide. Common items are medical and school supplies, as well as crafting materials for women to make and sell items like jewelry and trinkets, providing money to pay for their children’s education. “A stethoscope weighs less than a kilo, but it can touch 10,000 hearts,” she says.
Book Kind Hotels Finding sustainable accommodations can be challenging and time-consuming, but KindTraveler.com is helping to change that. Recognized by Travel + Leisure as a 2020 Global Vision Award recipient, the hotel booking platform offers exclusive rates and perks from vetted, Earth-friendly accommodations when travelers make a nightly donation to a local charity that positively impacts the community visited. “A $10 donation will provide care for a rescue kitten for one month in Belize, clean 250 pounds of trash out of a waterway in Sonoma, California, or provide 40 nutritious meals to individuals in need in New York City,” says co-founder Jessica Blotter. There are hundreds of participating hotels in 22 countries benefitting 70 global charities with an emphasis on fighting poverty, advancing environmental sustainability and reducing inequalities in communities. “It’s a way to connect, feel good and have meaningful experiences, knowing that your travel dollars are leaving the destination better than before you arrived,” Blotter says.
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THURSDAY, JUNE 3 Living Wide Open and Inside Out – 7pm. With Jim Toole. As we emerge from our caves of Covid isolation, it is a time to open the windows and doors of our spirit for clearing, clarity, awakening and renewal. Discover keys to unlock the inner treasure chest of your authenticity, integrity, inner strength truth as you become the “new you” in your “new normal”. The fee is $10, presented online on Zoom. Please contact Jim at RevJimToole@gmail.com or 941-330-5031 to attend.
SUNDAY, JUNE 6 The Universal Service - 10:30am. With Rev. Liana Salima Rael “Miracles.” Exploring Miracles from around the world. On Zoom: https://zoom. us/j/812208049 Password: RTI2020. This weekly egalitarian service celebrates all of humanity’s religions on a single altar. For Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd. Sarasota, RisingTideInternational.org. For info Rev. Zan, 941-922-7839. Art Fair at Angela’s Pure Salon & Spa – 11am3pm. Angela Powers is a small business owner looking to bring awareness to the incredible creative and passionate art fluttering around Sarasota. Experience what the artists of Sarasota have to offer at Angela’s Pure Salon & Spa’s (FIRST EVER!) Art Fair. This event will include local artists from around Sarasota county coming together to show off their ability to create. We are calling on artists of all kinds to come display their paintings, clay work, photography, or anything fun and creative you would like to show! There will be music, fun and more. We look forward to seeing all your creations. If you or someone you know is interested in bringing some of their art, please contact us at A.PureSalonSpa@ gmail.com. Located at 3510 N Lockwood Ridge Rd. Sarasota, between Gocio and Desoto.
MONDAY, JUNE 7 Four Part Chopra Primordial Sound Meditation Course Taught by Maria Schaedler-Luera, Ayurvedic Health Counselor, Certified Chopra Center Meditation Instructor - 4-6pm, June 7th, 14th (by appt), 21st & 28th. What can I expect from taking this four part primordial sound meditation course? Learn Primordial Sound Meditation led by certified Chopra Center meditation instructor Maria Schaedler-Luera. Primordial Sound Meditation is a time-tested meditation technique dating back thousands of years to the Vedic traditions of India. Drs. Deepak Chopra and David Simon have revived this ancient process and made it available in a format that is easy for anyone to learn. TheOmShoppeandSpa. com or call 941-706-3257. The OM Shoppe 4801 S. Tamiami Tr #5 Sarasota. The Beliefs of Metaphysical Spirituality with Rev. Tom Newman - 7-8:30pm, June 7 & 14. $20 payable to SCOL and will be taught through Zoom. To register, please go to the Center’s website: SarasotaCenterOfLight.com or call 941-953-6620 for more information.
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THURSDAY, JUNE 10 Dragons: Fact or Fantasy - 7-9pm. This discussion group will be led by Dave & Sue Pursell. Are dragons real or are they just fantasy? We will explore the origins of dragons and how to work with them in your daily life. Do you see or feel dragons and their energy – are you one of the lucky few who have been chosen? Come out and join in the discussion. Share your ideas and experiences. $10 donation is requested. CDC guidelines are followed at all our events. Reservations Needed. Call or text Sue Pursell at 812-360-0331. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Drive, Suite 204, Sarasota, CMFSarasota.org. Facebook is CMF of Sarasota.
SUNDAY, JUNE 13 The Universal Service - 10:30am. With Rev. Kismet Weeber, “True Justice.” True Justice cannot be perceived, until the veil of selfishness has been removed from our eyes. How do we develop that sense of justice? On Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/81220 8049 Password: RTI2020. This weekly egalitarian service celebrates all of humanity’s religions on a single altar. For Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd. Sarasota, RisingTideInternational.org. For info Rev. Zan, 941-922-7839.
THURSDAY, JUNE 17 The Empowerment and Peace of the Divine Masculine – 7pm. With Jim Toole. Awaken the strength of your Spirit and surrender into the Peace of your deepest, inner truth as you access the presence and power of your divine masculine energy. Male or female, discover how this integral part of all of us is a catalyst for expressing the powerful and gentle essence of our heart and soul. The fee is $10, presented online on Zoom. Please contact Jim at RevJimToole@gmail. com or 941-330-5031 to attend.
FRIDAY, JUNE 18 Gallery by Advanced Student Mediums 7-8:30pm. On this night a number of our advanced student mediums will present a SPIRIT MESSAGES GALLERY, supported by two Certified Mediums. Each attendee will have the opportunity to receive information from their spirit loved ones or guides, by the different styles of each student. Come and enjoy this fun and informative evening. $10 donation is requested. CDC guidelines are followed at all our events. Reservations Needed. Call or text Susan Houliston at 941-266-1696. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Drive, Suite 204, Sarasota, CMFSarasota.org. Facebook is CMF of Sarasota.
SUNDAY, JUNE 20 The Universal Service - 10:30am. With Rev. Zan Benham, “The Father and The Sun.” A time for celebrating powerful forces in all of our lives with Father’s Day and the Summer Solstice and the 20th Anniversary of our spiritual home, Rising Tide International. On Zoom: https://zoom. us/j/812208049 Password: RTI2020. This weekly egalitarian service celebrates all of humanity’s religions on a single altar. For Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd. Sarasota, RisingTideInternational.org. For info Rev. Zan, 941-922-7839
THURSDAY, JUNE 24 All About Your Dreams - 7-9pm. You go to sleep, then a movie begins. Dreams may be funny, mysterious, confusing or even frightening. At times you recognize these people, other times you don’t. Maybe you are in a situation where you are fighting for your life in a raging river. Understanding our dreams can help us a lot to continue on our path of life. Come have fun, let’s see what your dreams are trying to tell you. Bring your journal, share your dreams and let’s enjoy the evening. $20 donation is requested. CDC guidelines are followed at all our events. Reservations please, call or text 937-4187068. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Drive, Suite 204, Sarasota, CMFSarasota. org. Facebook is CMF of Sarasota.
SATURDAY, JUNE 26 Beyond Visions Psychic Fair - 11am-3pm. Come join us for a personal reading using Tarot and Oracle cards or a Crystal Bowl Healing with messages from beyond, be it Guides or loved ones. Spirit has been on hold for some time and waiting to speak to you. We have spaced our readers for you to be respectful of our times. $20 for 15 min. Also including Robert Austin with all his Modalities of Spiritual connection and Colleen of Sauv’e for all natural, essential oil handmade products. CDC guidelines are followed at all our events. No Reservations needed. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Drive, Suite 204, Sarasota, 941-266-8435, CMFSarasota.org. Facebook is CMF of Sarasota.
SUNDAY, JUNE 27 The Universal Service - 10:30am. With Rev. Parvati, Karen Mikki, “What Is The Divine Point Of View?” At this time, we notice so many examples of conflicting viewpoints. Perhaps the compassionate way to harmony is to set aside our personal point of view and see what happens. Shall we explore the possibility together? On Zoom: https://zoom. us/j/812208049 Password: RTI2020. This weekly egalitarian service celebrates all of humanity’s religions on a single altar. For Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd. Sarasota, RisingTideInternational.org. For info Rev. Zan, 941-922-7839.
plan ahead SATURDAY, JULY 31 Crystal Gridding Made Easy - 9-11am. With Erin Fangboner. Have you been interested in crystal gridding but uncertain how to start? This class is designed to help you feel comfortable creating and using a crystal grid. With so many crystals to choose from you will learn to work with crystals for more personal balance and co-creating intentions in your life. $55. Call The OM Shoppe 941-706-3257 or visit TheOmShoppeandspa.com
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 Crystal Singing Bowls for Personal Wellness @ The OM Shoppe & Spa Taught by Zen Seraphine - 7-9pm, Sept 22nd or Dec 15th 7-9pm. Learn how to play a quartz crystal singing bowl for optimum benefits. Discover the transformative power of sound therapy, and how a crystal singing bowl can enhance your quality of life! Learn how to play a crystal singing bowl with nuance, finesse, energetic sensitivity, and confidence for personal energy work, and to develop or enhance your personal meditation practice. $125/pp. Reserve: TheOmShoppeandSpa. com or call 941-706-3257. The OM Shoppe 4801 S. Tamiami Tr #5 Sarasota.
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sunday OM Shamanic Sound Journeys with Resonance - 4th Sunday of every month. Sold out for over 2 years! You will experience a blend of, shamanic drumming, rhythm, crystal singing bowls, rattles, tuning forks, vocal toning, electric violin and more in a coordinated and orchestrated fashion to help improve participants well-being. Clinical Hypnotherapist Beth A Snyder begins your journey by gently inducing a hypnotic state. Then your journey into sound begins. Consider your intention now. Tickets: TheOmShoppeandSpa.com or call 941-706-3257. The OM Shoppe 4801 S. Tamiami Tr #5 Sarasota. Unity of Sarasota- 9am. Live service at the labyrinth. Bring your chair and wear a mask. social distance is in place. Check website for other classes available on Zoom. 3023 Proctor Rd., 941-9553301, UnityOfSarasota.org. Christian Spiritualist Sunday Morning Services - 10am. Old time camp meet style service, guided meditation, healing, presentation of truth and mini spirit message for each person. Private or group readings available daily by appointment. Contact Rev Shari. Church of Light, 2408 43rd Ave. West, Bradenton, 941-751-5683. Sunday Service at CMF - Each Sunday morning service we are offering spiritual healing, an inspirational talk, messages from spirit, and an ever-important environment of fellowship. Leave refreshed and inspired to start the new week. We feature a variety of speakers and spirit message bearers throughout the year. CDC guidelines are followed at all our events. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Dr., Suite 204, Sarasota, 941-266-8435, CMFsarasota.org, Facebook: CMF of Sarasota. Unity of Sarasota- 10:30am. Services available on the Web and Facebook Live. The Sunday Celebration service includes a message and lively music. Check website for other classes available on Zoom. 3023 Proctor Rd., 941-955-3301, UnityOfSarasota.org. Sunday Morning Celebration Service, Zoom Live - 11am. Join us as we come together as a spiritual family and community, sharing our love and light for ourselves, for each other, and the world. Be a part of sharing the energy and illumination of our hearts and souls together through conversation, music, meditation, a talk and an affirmation. Sarasota Center of Light, 852 S Tuttle Ave. 941-953-6620, SarasotaCenterOfLight.com. Center for Spiritual Living Cultural Coast 11am. Virtual Gathering Via FaceBook & YouTube Live. Join us the first Sunday each month for a contemplative/meditative experience. The rest of the month is a bit more lively - always an inspiring message based on the Science of Mind (New Thought) philosophy, featuring local & internationally known musicians. Contact Rev. Theresa Fieberts 941-3760177, CSLCulturalCoast.org.
monday Strength & Stretch Yoga Class via Zoom, Modified Yoga for Women Only - 9:30am. Movement of the body used to help keep us strong. Bring light hand weights if you have them. 75 minutes, just $5 per class. Not for the advanced student, beginners welcome, women only. To sign up or more info, please contact Jen Brown at ZenJenYoga@iCloud. com or 941-830-3040. Living Spiritual Circle - 11am and 5pm. Circles via zoom with Rev. Suzi. Check website to sign up and for other classes available on Zoom. 3023 Proctor Rd., 941-955-3301, UnityOfSarasota.org. Feldenkrais with Bonnie K - 5:45pm. Online! Awareness Through Movement classes: Lessons (in chairs/on floor) are designed to quiet non-working habitual patterns, invite you into a process for learning and offer experiences for more efficient movement. Ongoing classes $65/4 movement lessons w/ replays. 941-360-2248. FeldenkraisInSarasota.com. Register with Bonnie at: FeldenkraisinSarasota. com/Sarasota-Classes-Feldenkrais/ Candlelight Sound Bath Meditation with Becky Moriarty - 6pm. During these crazy, stressful, weird, unbalancing times of life self-care is super important. There is no better way to relax, de-stress, take time for ourselves & boost our immune systems then with Sound Healing. The use of crystal bowls, Himalayan bowls, other deep-vibrational instruments plus intention can balance dissonant frequencies and bring them back into harmony. $20. Book at WildGingerApothecary.com Wild Ginger Apothecary 6557 Superior Avenue Sarasota, 941312-5630. Pub Theology - 6:30-8pm, the 2nd Mon. of the month available on Zoom. With Rev. Amy Zehe. Bring your Spiritual questions. Contact Rev.Amy@UnityofSarasota.org for Zoom meeting instructions. Go to website for other classes available on Zoom. 3023 Proctor Rd., 941-955-3301, UnityOfSarasota.org. Learning to Connect Classes at CMF - 7-9pm. Join Susan Houliston and guest instructors every Monday & Tuesday to learn techniques for connecting with Spirit. Students are given the opportunity to practice lessons to develop their skills and each class will end with healings by the “WE” for all attending. Discussions will follow. $10 donation is requested. Please refer to the CMF website CMFSarasota.org for description of the programs offered for each weekly class. Reservations needed, so call or text Susan at 941-266-1696. CDC guidelines are followed at all our events. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Drive, Suite 204, Sarasota. A Taste of Feldenkrais, Class on Essentials - 7pm online. The mindset of Feldenkrais Essentials is to Inquire and ask questions. This is a TIME for NO striving. We simply ask you to be quiet and notice, BE and discover, how much more potential you have when you learn to ‘move with attention’, and, with the purpose to learn and expand! 941-3602248, FeldenkraisInSarasota.com.
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tuesday The Lightness of Walking, for Better Balance and a Pain Free Walk, Online - Twelve Feldenkrais’ Awareness Through Movement lessons chosen to help YOU RE-DESIGN your walk. Over the years injuries, habits and illnesses have moved us away from that youthful, well-balance walk. Learn to re-embody the basic elements for walking in your own home for 6 weeks. Learn to fine tune your alignment, balance and coordination – the ABCs for Walking. You will need a chair and carpeted or padded spot on the floor and a computer, or mobile device with a camera. Sign up for free – Ebook, The ABCs for a Better Balanced, Pain-FREE Walk FeldenkraisInSarasota.com/Free-Ebook-andVideos-Registration/ For more information, current dates, times and registration, LightnessOfWalking. com, 941-360-2248. Living Spiritual Circle - 3:30pm. Circles via zoom with Rev. Suzi. Check website to sign up and for other classes available on Zoom. 3023 Proctor Rd., 941-955-3301, UnityOfSarasota.org.
wednesday Balance Yoga Class via Zoom, Modified Yoga for Women Only - 9:30am. This is modified yoga but still a challenge. This class has a focus on our Balance. 75 minutes, just $5 per class. Not for the advanced student, beginners welcome, women only. To sign up or more info, please contact Jen Brown at ZenJenYoga@iCloud.com or 941-830-3040. Feldenkrais with Bonnie K - 9:45 or 11am. Online! Awareness Through Movement classes: Lessons (in chairs/on floor) are designed to quiet non-working habitual patterns, invite you into a process for learning and offer experiences for more efficient movement. Ongoing classes $65/4 movement lessons w/replays. More info, 941-360-2248. FeldenkraisInSarasota.com. Register with Bonnie at: FeldenkraisinSarasota.com/Sarasota-ClassesFeldenkrais/
Free Healing Clinic - 4-6:30pm. Our Masters tap into the Divine Source of energy to balance and heal your being. Relax and enjoy this renewing and enlightening experience. Love Donation Appreciated. Angel Ministries, 2269 S Tamiami Trl, Venice, 941-492-4995, AngelMinistriesfl.org. OM Crystalline Vibrational Immersion – 7pm, every 2nd Wednesday of the month. Join us for this beautiful form of deepened relaxation! The OM Shoppe professional Sound Therapy Practitioners bring you these beautiful multi-instrumental sound baths to guide you into a deepened place of stillness and peace. Discover the magical way that sound can help ease you into a meditative state, and heightened mind-body awareness! Tickets: TheOmShoppeandSpa.com or call 941-706-3257. The OM Shoppe 4801 S. Tamiami Tr #5 Sarasota. Unity of Sarasota - 7pm. Weekday service with music and inspiration. Services available on the Web and Facebook Live. Check website for other classes available on Zoom. 3023 Proctor Rd., 941955-3301, UnityOfSarasota.org. Healing, Intention and Meditation Zoom Live 7pm. Join us for a time of healing, connection and meditation. Let us all come together and experience the energy and inspiration that can make such a powerful difference in our individual lives. Will be offered on Zoom. Sarasota Center of Light, 852 S Tuttle Ave. 941-953-6620, SarasotaCenterofLight.com.
thursday Slow Deep Yoga Stretch Class via Zoom, Modified Yoga for Women Only - 9:30am. We are mostly on the floor for this class – S-L-O-W, Deep, and Mindful stretches in this class. 75 minutes, just $5 per class. Not for the advanced student, beginners welcome, women only. To sign up or more info, please contact Jen Brown at ZenJenYoga@iCloud. com or 941-830-3040. Living Spiritual Circle - 4pm. Circles via zoom with Rev. Suzi. Check website to sign up and for other classes available on Zoom. 3023 Proctor Rd., 941-955-3301, UnityOfSarasota.org. Bentleys House - 7pm, 3rd Thurs of the month. A safe place to express your grief from loss of a pet. Contact Rev.Amy@UnityofSarasota.org for Zoom meeting instructions. Reservations required. Unity of Sarasota, 3023 Proctor Rd., Sarasota, UnityOfSarasota.org.
friday Restorative Yoga Class followed by Guided Imagery Meditation, via Zoom, Modified Yoga for Women Only - 9:30am. Grab your pillows, blankets, eye pillows & essential oils and be prepared to relax. Rest & Restore - Mind, Body, Soul. 90 minutes, just $5 per class. Not for the advanced student, beginners welcome, women only.To sign up or more info, please contact Jen Brown at ZenJenYoga@iCloud.com or 941-830-3040· Living Spiritual Circle - 11am. Circles via zoom with Rev. Suzi. Check website to sign up and for other classes available on Zoom. 3023 Proctor Rd., 941-955-3301, UnityOfSarasota.org.
saturday Sarasota Farmers Market - 7am-1pm. Rain or shine. Established in 1979, the market continues its tradition of serving the community with local produce, plants, prepared foods and artisans. They currently have a full market that includes 70 vendors and 5,000 sq ft of produce and plants. 1 N Lemon Ave., Sarasota, SarasotaFarmersMarket.org. Bradenton Farmers’ Market - 9am-2pm. Over thirty-five vendors offering locally grown fruits, vegetables, plants, organic products, fresh seafood, prepared foods, as well as the local artists, craftspeople and musicians. 400 12th St., W. Bradenton, 941-301-8445. Gentle Chair Yoga Class, via Zoom. Modified Yoga for Men & Women of all ages, abilities, shapes & sizes - 9:30am. This class has no floor work, it’s either in the chair or standing using the chair for support. 60 minutes, just $5 per class. Not for the advanced student, beginners welcome. To sign up or more info, please contact Jen Brown at ZenJenYoga@iCloud.com or 941-830-3040. Psychic Fair - 10am-3pm. 2 nd & 4th Sat. Are you searching, questioning and seeking answers? Choose from some of the best Intuitive Artists in the area. See what your future holds. Complimentary refreshments. Private Readings $1/Min. Angel Ministries, 2269 Tamiami Trail, Venice, 941-492-4995, AngelMinistriesfl.org. Living Spiritual Circle - 1pm. Circles via zoom with Rev. Suzi. Check website to sign up and for other classes available on Zoom. 3023 Proctor Rd., 941-955-3301, UnityOfSarasota.org. Sound Healing Meditation with Ed Russell – 5pm, 1st Saturday of every month. Sound bowls have a centuries-old tradition throughout Asia to awaken and refresh those in sacred spaces. You will feel the vibrations move throughout your body, allowing conscious and unconscious information to come to you. $20. Book at WildGingerApothecary. com Wild Ginger Apothecary 6557 Superior Avenue Sarasota, 941-312-5630.
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The Integrated Path to Health and Wellness for the whole family utilizing Trad i t i o n a l C h i n e s e Medicine,Acupuncture, Energetic Medicine, Bloodwork Analysis,Clinical Nutrition Assessments and ZYTO Elite to restore balance. Over 30 years of clinical experience!
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6557 Superior Avenue (Gulf Gate Shopping Village), Sarasota 941-312-5630 WildGingerApothecary.com
Community for health + wellness. Offering hemp CBD, health remedies, metaphysical gifts and tools, crystals, cards, essential oils, jewelry and more! Classes and drop-in tarot and psychic readers daily. Open Tues -Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 10am-4pm, Closed Sun + Mon
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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
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Anna L. Baker, D.O.M. Nationally Board Certified Acupuncture Physician 941-924-2723 • FacesByDrAnna.com
Unique muscle-tightening acupuncture facelift and necklift done with 12 hair-thin needles, none of which are on the face. Results documented photographically. Only one maintenance treatment needed every 18 months. Free consultation includes facial analysis. Monthly seminars, call for schedule.
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Dr. Amy provides exceptional and compassionate chiropractic care for pregnancy, infants, children, and adults! She has over 40 years of experience providing both long-term wellness and acute injury care. She loves working with babies and kids, and also specializes in athletic care. Dr. Amy is now offering mobile chiropractic! She’s excited to either come to you at your home or office (using COVID safety protocols), or to see you at one of her Sarasota or Bradenton office spaces. Dr. Amy has a cash practice and is not currently accepting insurance. Contact Dr. Amy TODAY to discuss scheduling and pricing. She is offering complimentary phone consultations to talk about whether chiropractic is for you!
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CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY AND LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE
TERRY SCHIBLER, LMT MA11621
Fusion Therapy 7069 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota 941-921-7900 • FusionTherapySarasota.com Terry Schibler has 30 years experience in advanced bodywork. He has a singular ability to trace, recognize and treat complex pain patterns through numerous modalities such 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.
DENTISTRY WHITE SANDS DENTISTRY
Dr. Martina Mallery 520 48th Street Court E. Bradenton 941-748-9393 WSDentalManager@gmail.com WhiteSandsDentistry.com
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.
ENERGY HEALING HEALING ROOMBLUE LIGHT ENERGY HEALING
HEALING ROOM, ENERGY HEALING, BIOFEEDBACK STRESS MANAGEMENT, PEMF Treatments to balance over a thousand conditions! Infrared Inversion, Sound Immersion with the Singing Bowls 718-791-3797 • PureFieldForce@gmail.com Energy Healing helps the body with a long list of conditions, aches, pains and imbalances. Biofeedback Scanning locates the imbalances and it also corrects them. PEMF (Pulsed Magnetic Field Therapy) reenergizes damaged cells, it is a powerful tool to MANAGE PAIN! 941-586-9539, Facebook.com/CreateBalanceandHealing
MEDIUMSHIP & SPIRITUAL READINGS
THE FELDENKRAIS METHOD®
Lessons for Children (ABM), Adults, Classes, Prof Seminars Bonnie Kissam, M.A., Feldenkrais® Practitioner, LMT, CE Provider 941-360-2248 Bonnie@FeldenkraisInSarasota.com FeldenkraisInSarasota.com
The Feldenkrais® Approach , ‘Movement with Attention’, helps one ‘sense easier, improved posture and ways of moving. Clients optimize their musical, athletic or everyday activities through heightened ‘awareness’. They find unique ways to recover from injury, surgeries or illness. Call for appointments, classes or for weekend TOUCH TO INFORM seminars 941-360-2248 , Bonnie@FeldenkraisInSarasota.com.
FUNCTIONAL & LIFESTYLE WELLNESS KORMAN RELIEF & WELLNESS CENTER Laura Korman, DC, DACBN Chiropractor, Diplomate in Nutrition 16954 Toledo Blade Blvd, Port Charlotte 941-629-6700 • DrLauraKorman.com
Dr. Korman specializes in helping peri-menopausal women eliminate pain, fatigue and unwanted belly fat through functional medicine, lifestyle strategies and regenerative therapies so they can reclaim their vitality and stay engaged in the life they love. We offer PEMF (Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy), Class IV Deep Tissue Laser, Near & Far Infrared Sauna, Decompression Therapies, Whole Body Vibration and carry a professional line of supplementation.
HYPNOTHERAPY HEART CENTERED SOUL-UTIONS
Colleen Keegan Certified Transpersonal Hypnotherapist Eye Movement Desensitization, NLP, Reiki Master Life & Wellness Coach Releasing Trauma; Creating vitality and resiliency in Mind, Body, Spirit 808-224-6164 Colleen@ColleenKeegan.com WOULD YOU LIKE TO BREAK FREE OF ANXIETY and negative thought patterns? Colleen is a highly skilled Certified Transpersonal Hypnotherapist, NLP, EMDR Practitioner and Life Coach. She can help you remove blocks to better sleep, improve your health, gain life balance, create satisfying relationships, enhance work performance and more! Call for a FREE Consultation. Colleen is based in Sarasota and works by phone and Zoom.
INTERNATIONAL MEDIUM, SPIRITUAL INTUITIVE & CLAIRVOYANT
Caroline Crawford Messages from the spirit world with clarity and compassion. 941-402-9595 • CarolineCrawford.org CarolineCrawfordorg@gmail.com
Highly gifted British Medium and Master Healer, Caroline channels messages of healing to comfort, inspire and empower you from your loved ones and her team of Angelic beings. Receive guidance & insight into your life now and your future career, relationships, health and spiritual path with renewed confidence and optimism. Touching hearts for over four decades, Caroline is currently based in Sarasota. By appointment only, in person, by phone or zoom.
NATURAL FOOD CAFE EVERGREEN
801 S Tamiami Trail, Nokomis, FL 941-412-4334 • CafeEvergreen.net
Cafe Evergreen is a natural, organic restaurant. Our menu consists of many organic recipes designed to not only taste delicious, but also enhance your health. Open 7 days a week 11am-9pm.
NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS SPECIAL NUTRITION DISCOUNT PRICES
1882 Stickney Point Rd, Sarasota 941-929-0884 • SpecialNutrition.net
Offering the largest selection of all major supplement brands and natural products in the Sarasota area at discount prices. Special orders are our pleasure.
PAIN MANAGEMENT NECK AND BACK PAIN DISC CENTERS OF AMERICA/SARASOTA
Dr. David Cifra, DC Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Specialist Office: 941-358-2224 • Cell: 315-345-7390 DrCifra@SarasotaDiscCenter.com www.SarasotaDiscCenter.com
Medical Breakthrough Technology! Non-Surgical Spinal Decompress i o n S p e c i a l i s t , D r. D a v i d Cifra,DC. Advanced procedure for patients who have back and neck pain and want to avoid narcotics, epidural injections, and unnecessary surgeries. Over 90% effective. No pain, No drugs, No surgery, NO Injections. Call today 941-358-2224. FREE CONSULTATION.
PSYCHIC READERS NATURAL PET FOOD HOLISTIC FOR PETS
5411 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota, 941-378-4367 5770 Ranch Lake Blvd, East Bradenton, 753-7297 • HolisticForPets.com
Specializing in Hypo-allergenic Foods, Frozen Natural Raw Foods, Herbal & Homeopathic Remedies, Detergent & Soap Free Shampoo, Natural Flee Preventatives Skin Care Products, Healthy treats, Toys and gifts.
NEUROFEEDBACK THE BRAINWAVE CENTER
640 S. Washington Blvd., Suite 150 941-552-4500 • BrainwaveSarasota.com
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!
SKYE SAMUEL READINGS
at Wild Ginger Apothecary 6557 Superior Avenue (Gulf Gate Shopping Village), Sarasota 941-312-5630 WildGingerApothecary.com
Fourth-generation Psychic Intuitive Tarot Reader, Skye Samuel, is now available full time for readings Tuesday-Saturday at metaphysical and health boutique, Wild Ginger Apothecary. Skye has over 35 years’ experience and specializes in direct question answering for all matters of love, health, money, and life. Inperson, virtual video or phone available. Book online or drop-in. Tues - Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 10am-4pm.
PET SUPPLIES HOLISTIC FOR PETS
5411 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota 941-378-4367 5770 Ranch Lake Blvd. East Bradenton, 753-7297 HolisticForPets.com
Specializing in Hypo-allergenic Foods, Frozen Natural Raw Foods, Herbal & Homeopathic Remedies, Detergent & Soap Free Shampoo, Natural Flee Preventatives Skin Care Products, Healthy treats, Toys and gifts
SHAMANIC PRACTICES SPIRITUAL COUNSELOR, SHAMANIC AND REIKI PRACTICES
Rev. Zan Benham, BSL, BD, CHT 941-922-7839
Spiritual counselor, shamanic practitioner, Reiki healing, breath, and energy work, hypnosis, soul retrieval, past life regression all to empower and help you move into the Divine flow of the joy and power within you.
SPIRITUAL CENTERS CENTER FOR METAPHYSICAL FELLOWSHIP
3231 Gulf Gate Drive, Suite 204, Sarasota 941-266-8435 CMFSarasota.org • Facebook: CMF of Sarasota
10:30 Sunday worship with inspired talk, music, spirit messages and healing. Weekly classes, special events, monthly message gallery. Come to engage, be enriched and enlightened.
CENTER FOR SPIRITUAL LIVING CULTURAL COAST Rev. Theresa Fieberts 941-376-0177 CSLCulturalCoast.org Info@CSLCulturalCoast.org
Sometimes meditative, sometimes rockin’ ~ always inspirational. Our Sunday services on-line via FB or YouTube, meditation group, prayer support, on-going enrichment and Science of Mind classes, networking and community building! Sign up for our e-newsletter at CSLCulturalCoast.org.
THERMOGRAPHY FLORIDA MEDICAL THERMOGRAPHY
June Drennon, CCT 2008
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.
SARASOTA CENTER OF LIGHT
852 S Tuttle Ave, Sarasota 941-953-6620 • sarasotacenteroﬂight.com
Experience the peaceful energy, love and light of our metaphysical spiritual community. Join us for the inspiration, healing and connection to Spirit in our services, classes and social gatherings.
YOGA WILD GINGER APOTHECARY
6557 Superior Avenue (Gulf Gate Shopping Village), Sarasota 941-312-5630 WildGingerApothecary.com
Community for health + wellness. Offering hemp CBD, bulk herbs, remedies, sage, gifts, cards, metaphysical tools, essential oils, jewelry and more! Classes and drop-in psychic readers daily. Open Tues - Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 10am-4pm, Closed Sun + Mon
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