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Fusion Therapy Announce Debut of “Massage Mondays” Fusion Therapy’s clients love both dry salt therapy and therapeutic massage. Therefore, starting on March 1, Fusion Therapy will combine the benefits of full-body massage with dry salt therapy in our Grande Salt Suite. A massage in the salt room is called Halotherapy massage. Dry salt therapy, coupled with therapeutic massage, is a unique combination of Fusion’s “Elements of Healing” that will leave you feeling relaxed and renewed. Massage increases circulation, relieves tension, reduces stress and anxiety, improves sleep and promotes full-body relaxation. Dry salt therapy is a safe and natural technique to detoxify the respiratory system, improve skin conditions, boost the immune system and calm the central nervous system. It even helps to keep your sinuses open during the facedown portion of the massage. The rooms are supplied with fresh air filtered by HEPA air filters, which capture and remove up to 99.97 percent of all airborne particles, and activated carbon filters that further remove volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that can have a negative effect on health. The surface areas at Fusion Therapy are also covered with Dead Sea Salt to create a sterilized and negative ion environment. Fusion’s talented massage therapist Gigi brings a heart for helping others and years of experience at five-star hotels and spas. Experience a Halotherapy massage for yourself or gift the benefits of this massage to a loved one. These exclusive one-hour sessions will be offered for $100. Call 941-921-7900 for more information and to schedule your next Halotherapy massage on a Monday.
Anti-Aging Seminars on Zoom with Dr. Anna
r. Anna Baker, DOM, invites you to join her interactive anti-aging seminars via Zoom on March 10 and March 19, both at 1:30 p.m. She will showcase her Faces by Dr. Anna acupuncture facelift and her muscle retightening Pearl Cream by Dr. Anna. Please contact the Pearl Cream by Dr. Anna store at 941-921-2662 to access the meeting ID number. Dr. Anna performs a unique type of acupuncture facelift that she invented. The muscles of the face and neck are progressively retightened to retrace the steps that aging took. An initial package of 10 treatments is required, and the results last for 18 months before a one treatment touchup is needed to maintain the lift. In this seminar, Dr. Anna will show photographed results on people of all ages. In addition, she will discuss her proprietary Pearl Cream by Dr Anna which offers the same muscle retightening as her acupuncture facelift in a slower, more gradual process. Her Pearl Cream is an anti-aging serum made from real pearls and Chinese herbs without any preservatives. Pearl Cream by Dr. Anna is also available as a muscle tightening body lotion, men’s anti-aging line and sports performance line. Store location: 2721 Mall Dr., Sarasota. Temporary COVID-19 store hours: Monday–Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. To access the meeting ID, call 941-921-2662. For more information, visit FacesByDrAnna.com and PearlCreamByDrAnna.com.
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Hypertension in the U.S.
igh blood pressure is rampant in America. One in three adults suffer from hypertension. and about 20 percent do not know they have it. To identify the causes of hypertension, we have to look at numerous factors in a interconnected system. One of the main jobs of the blood is to transport oxygen, but if our cells do not receive sufficient amounts of this oxygen, the innate intelligence of our bodies will compensate by raising blood pressure to enhance this oxygen flow. In other words, hypertension is an adaptation to an unhealthy environment. We can only imagine what happens when we decide to take medication to artificially manipulate this life-saving function of our bodies to adapt. There are many causes, lifestyle choices which cause these circulation problems. Some of these are mineral deficiencies, kidney problems, arterial narrowing, calcification, oxidative damage, plaguing, alcohol consumption, excess weight, unhealthy diet, a sedentary lifestyle, lack of exercise and stress. In fact, stress injects adrenaline into the bloodstream which causes the arteries to narrow. Many people are not aware of this, but it is key to practice stress reduction techniques, as well as to make sure we do not have mineral deficiencies or an excess of toxins. Drinking appropriate water, breathing correctly and stress management are all healthy strategies to decrease the risk of hypertension. Visiting functional medicine doctors, naturopaths or holistic practitioners can also help to address this condition. Biofeedback Evaluation, for example, is one of the most useful and affordable ways to receive lifestyle, nutrition and stress management solutions. These evaluations are energetic, therefore, sensitive in nature. If you have any questions about these readings, please contact Beata Molnar, Energy Healer and Biofeedback Technician at the Healing Room. Molnar utilizes PEMF, Red Light Therapy, Sound Healing and Rife Applications, in addition to her scans and energy work. Location: The Healing Room, Aaron Ct., Sarasota. For more information, call 941-586-9539 or visit Facebook.com/CreateBalanceAndHealing.
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his is the true story of a young woman who found herself traveling with the Rolling Stones for a week of concerts on their 1972 American tour. Ending in New York City, the lights and vastness of this location beckoned her to embrace a new life, so she moved there. Within a short time she began to channel a spirit which spoke both to and through her, as well as in 5,000 pages of automatic writing. Small white feathers appeared to float out of nowhere when the Spirit was announcing itself. Lyrics of songs were altered in her areas as the Spirit used this medium to proclaim messages. This is not a spooky narrative, but rather a close look at the spirit world seen through the eyes of a naïve young woman. “The Voice,” as she named it remained with her for a decade and, in many near death experiences, protected her. This is an honest glimpse into how earthbound powers and unseen forces can influence our daily lives. The book is available for purchase on Amazon. For more information, call 941-776-2531 or visit AuthorChrisKline.com. 10
Sarasota Center of Light Announces Events for this Month
n March, the Sarasota Center of Light is continuing to spotlight individuals who are integral to our metaphysical community. We are delighted to announce that Elizabeth Wilson will share a spiritually uplifting talk during our Sunday service on March 21. In addition, our Divine Light service with messages will take place on March 31. We are pleased to announce that our free “Basic Concepts” class will be taught on March 6, 2 p.m., via Zoom. This class is essential for those who want join our Center as members, as well as those who are curious about our Tenets of Metaphysical Spirituality. Also in March, we welcome Tom Newman who will teach the last two workshops on ‘Getting to Know Your Spirit Guides” via Zoom. By the end of these workshops, you will know the names of your six Primary Guides. The remaining Workshops will be broken down as follows: “Chemist and Healing Sister” on March 4, and “Master Teacher” on March 18. The Center’s ministry team will conduct the services in March, offering heartfelt spiritual guidance. There is also the possibility of surprise guests, teachers and talented musicians who are eager to see this beautiful Center thrive and grow. We continue to prioritize your well-being and safety during this time, so our services and classes will be held online this month. Please let us know how we can support you in this period of challenge. We will immediately send an email and share updates on Facebook if any changes occur at the Center. In addition, we humbly and graciously ask for your support. Contributions can be submitted through the “donate page” on our website, by calling the office, or the by mailing a check. All contributions are appreciated. Questions are also encouraged and welcomed. Mailing address: 2710 Browning St, Sarasota, 34237. Location: 852 S Tuttle Ave., Sarasota. For more information, call 941-953-6620, email ChurchOffice@SarasotaCenterofLight. com or visit SarasotaCenterofLight.com.
The Sarasota Center for Acupuncture and Nutrition Welcomes New Practitioner
he Sarasota Center for Acupuncture and Nutrition and Dr. Christina Captain are excited to announce that Sydnie Bryant, L.Ac., MSAOM, Dipl. O.M., will be seeing new patients at our Sarasota office. Dr. Bryant has a wealth of experience with over 20 years in practice. She is a nationally board-certified (NCCAOM) Diplomate of Oriental Medicine (Dipl.OM) who has practiced in Florida since 2020, and is qualified to provide injection therapies. In 2001, Dr. Bryant earned a Master’s degree in Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (MSAOM) from AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine in Austin, Texas. She began her studies in natural health as a graduate of the New Mexico School of Natural Medicine in 1989, then practiced as a licensed massage therapist in Boulder, Colorado for many years. Dr. Bryant also practiced in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she was co-founder and owner of Way Wellness Clinic, a multi-practitioner whole health resource center providing acupuncture, massage and yoga. Dr. Bryant’s studies include cleansing therapies and cranio-sacral therapy with both Hugh Milne and the Upledger Institute. She is also a doTerra enthusiast who utilizes essential oils in her practice when appropriate. In addition, Dr. Bryant is an advanced student practitioner of meditation with Dr. Joe Dispenza. To make an appointment for a complimentary meet-and-greet with Dr. Sydnie Bryant, call the Sarasota Center for Acupuncture and Nutrition at 941-951-1119.
Women in Wellness Helping Women in Crisis
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Try Ginger to Lower Diabetes Markers Ginger root (Zingiber officinale), used historically in traditional medicine to treat indigestion and nausea, may also help people with Type 2 diabetes, suggests a new study from Brazil. Researchers conducted a randomized, double-blind study of 103 people with Type 2 diabetes that were taking medications. Those taking 1.2 grams of ginger powder for 90 days experienced a significant drop in the level of fasting blood sugar, total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol compared to those taking a placebo.
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Early signs of oral cancer can include white patches, sores and lumps inside the mouth, biomarkers known collectively as oral potentially malignant disorders (OPMD). To see if two natural chemopreventive agents—green tea extract and curcumin—could reverse these conditions, researchers in India tested 60 people with OPMD, splitting them into three groups. One group was given 400 milligrams (mg) of green tea extract in a capsule, as well as a gel; a second group was given 475 mg of curcumin; and the third received a combinaMindfulness training can lower blood pressure and tion of the first two treatments. After positively influence behavior that promotes cardio12 weeks, researchers found that the vascular health, report Brown University researchsupplementation had significantly ers. The study published in Plos One involved reduced OPMD biomarkers in all three 43 people with hypertension. In eight weekly groups, with particularly strong results 150-minute sessions, participants learned in the combination group, suggesting a mindfulness meditation movements and techsynergistic effect. niques, including eating food mindfully, while
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Improve Children’s Brain Health with Better Nutrition In a study with important implications for underfed children in lowincome countries and elsewhere, a new study in The BMJ medical journal found that six months of nutritional supplements can improve working memory and blood flow in children’s brains. Researchers from Tufts University travelled to villages in Guinea-Bissau, West Africa, where they gave 1,059 children, ages 1 through 7 years, a breakfast supplement high in plant polyphenols, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins, minerals and protein. They compared results with children eating the standard local breakfast of rice or a common lower-quality supplement. They found that the enhanced nutritional supplement boosted cognition and increased cerebral blood flow in children younger than 4 and raised their hemoglobin concentration if they were anemic. Children older than 4 had improved body compositions—more lean tissue and less fat. With at least 250 million children worldwide younger than 5 that are failing to reach their cognitive developmental potential, these results pose significant impacts for children’s education and national development in low-income countries, say the researchers.
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The Benefits of Using Electric Bikes Gas-guzzlers are the worst of vehicles, emitting harmful pollutants and using up non-renewable natural resources. An Earth-friendlier alternative for work commutes or pleasurable neighborhood spins is the e-bike, powered by pedaling and an electric motor. Reaching maximum speeds of 20 to 28 miles per hour and costing $400 and up, an electric bicycle offers a more scenic and easier ride that gets us to our destinations without trashing the planet.
improvements regardless of whether they used an electric bicycle or a conventional, non-motorized model. With the power assist, e-bikers were able to cycle at higher speeds and climb hills more easily, which also proved to be highly motivating.
Be visible. Outfit the bike with lights and a bell and wear eye-catching clothing.
Zero emissions. Electric bikes run on clean energy, eliminating the devastating carbon emissions associated with cars, vans, trucks and motorcycles.
Safety Tips Pay attention to traffic. Many car drivers may not expect a biker to reach 20 or more miles per hour. Ride defensively.
Start slow. Get a feel for the bike’s capabilities at lower speeds before cranking it up.
Long-lasting power. The batteries last for years—much longer than traditional types. They don’t contain lead and can be recycled.
Give it a brake. With the added speed and power, slowing down well ahead of stop signs, lights and road crossings is a must.
Easier on roads. Bikes are considerably lighter than larger vehicles and cause much less damage to infrastructure.
Be careful on the mount and dismount. An e-bike is about 20 pounds heavier than a regular bike, so a stepthrough frame might make good sense, even for men.
E-bikes are a great way to bring some physical activity to an otherwise sedentary lifestyle. In a 2018 study, Swiss researchers found that commuters enjoyed similar cardiorespiratory
Wear a helmet. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, head injury is the most common cause of death and serious disability in bicycle-related crashes. March 2021
Honey Bees Have a Dirty Secret
Hazardous Pollutants Found in Mount Everest Snow
Manmade perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) used in water-repellant outdoor gear and linked to birth defects, high cholesterol and increased risk of kidney and testicular cancer have been detected in snow at the top of Mount Everest, posing a risk for trekkers, climbers and residents that drink the water. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry suggests that exposure to high levels of PFAS may suppress the immune system and increase the risk of getting COVID-19. The PFAS discovery was reported by Kimberley Miner, a research assistant professor at the University of Maine Climate Change Institute, who along with 20 co-authors published a paper, “Deposition of PFAS ‘forever chemicals’ on Mt. Everest,” in the online journal Science of the Total Environment. The PFAS pollution shows that people unknowingly shed these chemicals. Some companies that make outdoor gear are phasing them out, while others cite “technical challenges” in delaying such implementation.
Scientists looking for ways to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere have increasingly focused on the aviation industry, which accounts for approximately 12 percent of transportation-related carbon dioxide emissions. Installing heavy batteries aboard aircraft is problematic, but a team of researchers affiliated with several institutions in the UK and Saudi Arabia have developed a way to produce jet fuel using carbon dioxide as a main ingredient, as published in the journal Nature Communications. The process, which uses an iron catalyst with added potassium and manganese, along with hydrogen, citric acid and carbon dioxide heated to 662° F, forces the carbon atoms apart from the oxygen atoms in CO2 molecules, which then bond with hydrogen atoms to produce the kind of hydrocarbon molecules that comprise liquid jet fuel, with water as a byproduct. This is less expensive than converting hydrogen and water into fuel because it uses less electricity. Use of this fuel in aircraft would be carbon-neutral because burning it would release the same amount of carbon dioxide that was used to make it. lisa fotios/Pexels.co m
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Although honey bees symbolize prosperity, sustainability and environmentalism, and are vital to farmers, they also have a distressing effect on the environment—destabilizing natural ecosystems by competing with native bees. Thousands of beekeeping hobbyists and campaigns to save the bees provide honey bees much more media coverage than native pollinators. High densities of honey bee colonies increase competition with the native pollinators for forage, putting even more pressure on the wild species that are already in decline. Honey bees are extremely general foragers and monopolize floral resources, leading to exploitative competition where one species uses up a resource, not leaving enough to go around. Sheila Colla, an assistant professor and conservation biologist at Toronto’s York University, tells Scientific American, “Beekeeping is for people; it’s not a conservation practice. People mistakenly think keeping honey bees, or helping honey bees, is somehow helping the native bees, which are at risk of extinction. The focus on neonics [pesticide] and honey bees has taken a ton of resources away from conserving wild pollinators from their most important threats.”
and muscular instability. In turn, this can cause pain and injury including problems like Achilles tendinitis.
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painful Achilles tendon can cramp your lifestyle. Achilles tendinitis leads to pain and inflammation in the large tendon that connects your calf muscles to the back of your heel. While traditional treatments of rest, physical therapy and antiinflammatory medications can provide relief, for many, the issue still persists, or the relief does not last once you return to a regular lifestyle. Fortunately, problems with this tendon can often be relieved when underlying causes are addressed in the connective tissue called fascia. Most cases of Achilles tendinitis are not caused by a specific injury. The traditional view is the cause is most often unknown, but there are also many cases attributed to repetitive stress by activities such as running or jumping. In my practice, I find these cases—whether in casual walkers or running athletes—can usually be traced to problems in fascia which is a fabric-like fibrous tissue found throughout the body.
Fascia covers other tissues, like muscle and bone, and connects them to other tissues. This “structural fabric” is found everywhere in the body and holds special nerve endings that sense pressure and tension. When we move, these nerve endings send signals that tell our brains where our body parts are in space. This information gives us the ability to have coordination, balance, joint alignment and muscular stability. A restriction or distortion in the fascia in one area of the body can confuse those signals with another area, resulting in subtle postural weakness
Recently, a patient I will refer to as Stan came to our office, looking for help with tendinitis that had caused him heel pain for years. While he could walk normally for short distances, he would start to limp after more than ten minutes of walking. The extra muscle challenge of walking on sand made beach walks with his wife out of the question. Physical therapy with ultrasound, stretching and strengthening would help to relieve acute pain flares, but no treatment had resolved the problem. He heard that we took a whole-body approach to find the underlying causes and, therefore, wondered if we could find an explanation for his problem. Stan’s initial examination at our office showed restriction of the fascia near the Achilles tendon and in the muscle just above it. More importantly, there were tight restrictions in the fascia of certain hip and lower back muscles that triggered uneven muscle tension in the hip and thigh on his painful side. This instability caused a deep tension in his calf muscle that resulted in excess stress on the Achilles tendon. Stan could stretch the calf for temporary relief, but the calf tension would not leave entirely since it was triggered from another part of the body.
Treatment for Stan focused on hands-on therapy to release restrictions in the lower back and hip area, then eventually in the calf muscle also. Low level laser therapy was also applied to the Achilles tendon itself to improve tissue health and decrease pain and inflammation. After several weeks of treatment, he was able to resume two-mile walks for exercise around his neighborhood with only mild discomfort. By the time his treatment was finished, Stan could walk in the sand and enjoy the beach with his wife. There were two keys to successfully relieving Stan’s pain. The first was realizing the importance of fascia restrictions in creating muscular imbalance and pain in the body. The second was looking beyond the area of pain and assessing his entire body framework to locate the true underlying sources of the problem. No two cases of Achilles tendinitis are exactly the same. However, I find that using the above principles leads to successful treatment almost every time. This is true even when there is a bone spur, bony enlargement of the tendon attachment (Haglund’s deformity) or even scar tissue from surgical repair of the tendon. Therapies that treat and release restriction from fascia can offer remarkable results when treating Achilles tendinitis. I recommend that anyone suffering from this type of pain consider seeking out a practitioner who can evaluate for potential problems in the fascia, using a whole-body approach. 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 941957-8390 or visit Gentlebay.com. Dr. Winder’s offices are located in Sarasota and Osprey. March 2021
Saving Coral Reefs Worldwide
The International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) has urged governments to take action to save the planet’s remaining coral reefs and their attendant fish populations, because collective human impacts are leaving fewer places untouched, with only 15 percent of the Earth’s land mass formally protected and global biodiversity declining at an unprecedented rate. To that end, a new online data platform, MERMAID (DataMermaid.org) helps scientists and management officials collect, organize and disseminate data on reef fish biomass and diversity, as well as the cover of hard corals, fleshy algae and other benthic groups—all identified by ICRI as key indicators of coral reef health, integrity and function. The newly published 5th Global Biodiversity Outlook and other sources endorsed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services clearly indicate that governments are failing to meet existing global targets for biodiversity and that critical ecosystems like coral reefs will be altered to the point that the biodiversity they harbor, and the services they provide, will be irreparably damaged. Currently, only 2.5 percent of the world’s reefs are being actively protected.
Caribbean Offshore Drilling Threatens Florida Beaches
The Britishowned Bahamas Petroleum Company (BPC), under a license from the Bahamian government, has begun exploratory oil drilling as deep as 18,000 feet in an area southwest of Andros Island and 150 miles from South Florida. Eighteen members of the U.S. Congress, including the entire South Florida delegation, have warned Bahamian Prime Minister Hubert Minnis of the potential for severe, even catastrophic impact if a spill occurs. BPC has made assurances that the exploratory well will be sealed and never used again after it completes its exploratory drilling, and supporters of the project say that the process is closely regulated and accidents are rare. Still, Floridians remember the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico that leaked an estimated 164 million gallons of oil and caused billions of dollars in economic and environmental damage. Even a minor accident that leads to a small oil spill could cost the state millions of dollars and disrupt tourism and businesses. Casuarina McKinney-Lambert, executive director of the Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation, says that delicate areas of the Florida Keys would be particularly vulnerable to a spill.
The Benefits of Renewable Geothermal Energy
Due to the ongoing decay of radioactive elements in the Earth’s core, temperatures 4,000 miles below the surface can reach 10,800° F. The molten magma we call lava carries enormous heat to the surface. But despite its enormous potential, geothermal energy supplied just 0.4 percent of U.S. electricity in 2019. In California, the perimeter of the inland Salton Sea lies several thousand feet above a mineral-rich cauldron of hot water that powers 10 geothermal plants. The state has emphasized wind and solar power while neglecting the development of geothermal plants, despite possessing our most productive geothermal fields. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology estimated in 2007 that releasing just 2 percent of this untapped resource in sites around the country could supply 2,000 times our overall primary energy needs without needing any improvements in drilling technology. While the first geothermal plants in the 1960s drained reservoirs of their steam or water, binary plants—a new design from the 1980s—allow operators to extract the heat while maintaining the generating potential. Between 2006 and 2019, the U.S. Department of Energy spent only $1 billion on geothermal technology due to falling coal prices, a fraction of what was spent on fossil fuels and solar investment. 16
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CHINESE MEDICINE AND INFERTILITY by Christina Captain, DAOM, MSAOM, MSHN, MA
he need for reproductive medicine intervention is more common now than ever before. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) state that 6.7 million women have an impaired abil-
ity to become pregnant or carry a baby to term. The percentage of married women who are infertile is 6% in the United States alone. Couples are desperate to conceive, and in that desperation, look to reproductive and alternative medicines for safe, effective treatment. Chinese medicine is one of
those alternatives that many future parents investigate. With recent studies published in Great Britain, Sweden and Germany, indicating that acupuncture can be beneficial as an assistive reproductive technique (ART), Chinese Medicine (CM) now finds itself at the forefront of the infertility scene. Traditional Chinese Medicine has always had a firm grasp on women’s issues, including infertility. A main concept in CM, with regard to fertility, is constitutional strength. The blunt nature of CM information is sometimes hard to hear, but is frequently full of common sense. For example the concept of age and fertility is a challenge from conventional reproductive medicine, and is exceptionally important in CM as well. The health of both parents at the time of conception plays a huge role in the ease of conception. Chinese Medicine dictates that hopeful parents should take one full year to become clean in mind, body and spirit before attempting to become pregnant. This includes healthy eating, abstaining from alcohol, appropriate exercise and meditation upon the intention to create life. This is a purposeful progression in the mind, body and spirit—one that builds on the foundation set by the couple. In America, almost everyone seems to move at the speed of light, so with that in mind, another important concept in CM is that of overwork and excessive physical exercise. Overwork is defined as long hours without adequate rest which includes an irregular diet. Excessive physical exercise includes workouts, sports and excessive sexual activity which can cause difficulty in conceiving later in life. Chinese Medicine also has a strong conviction with regard to various patho-
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genic factors. One of the most prolific of these pathogenic factors is the cold. It is believed in Chinese Medicine that cold can invade the uterus and create an inability to conceive. If you think about it, it would be hard to bake bread in an oven that didn’t have the ability to become warm. This always reminds me of the cliché phrase, “a bun in the oven.” That concept also relates to the excessive consumption of cold or iced foods which can also lead to cold in the uterus and make conception really difficult. Another concept in CM that leads to infertility is the stagnation of energy (Qi). This is common in our modern world where women are under great amounts of stress. Women do not stop to rest during their menstrual cycles, even when they are losing what is considered the essence of their energy. Women continue to push to the point of mental, physical and spiritual exhaustion. This stress and subsequent exhaustion leads to stagnated energy which causes all sorts of imbalances in health. If a woman is out of balance, pregnancy will become extremely difficult. Add in the factors of age, health, constitution and lifestyle, and viable pregnancy is sometimes impossible. As such, there are many factors that can contribute to infertility. Energy levels, age, stress, lifestyle, diet and exercise can all affect how available the body is for conceiving and nurturing. It is easy to see that, while acupuncture can help with many of these issues, it is not the only modality that is required. Proper alignment and balance of the body, mind and spirit are essential for the desired result. Acupuncture can be utilized as a sole therapy for fertility or as a compliment to reproductive medicine. Receiving acupuncture during conventional fertility
Dr. Christina Captain is nationally board-certified by the National Commission for Certification in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). She is the lead practitioner at Sarasota Center for Acupuncture and Nutrition. Dr. Captain is also an expert Feng Shui practitioner and teacher who studied under Nancilee Wydra of the Feng Shui Institute of America, before originating her own style, Essential Balance Feng Shui. Since this discipline is a branch of Oriental Medicine, she often blends Feng Shui principles into her treatment plans. Her practice is located at 2650 Bahia Vista St., Suite 101, Sarasota. For more information, call 941951-1119 or email DrCaptain@SarasotaCenterForAcupunctureAndNutrition.com.
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Feng Shui Tips for the Year of the Metal Ox by Christina Captain, DAOM, MSAOM, MSHN, MA Lucky Dragon says:
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A: As a chiropractic physician of nearly 32 years, I have treated thousands of people with various types of spine and joint pain. Most joint pain is musculoskeletal in nature and arises from improper alignment, repetitive stress or injuries. This type of pain is often worse on one side of the body, and without proper care, it can lead to osteoarthritis, a localized inflammatory, or a wear-and-tear condition. Often, I see patients who present with bilateral joint pain, meaning the pain exists on both sides of their bodies. When this happens, especially in the same joint (e.g. bilateral shoulder pain), I become suspicious of a systemic inflammatory process throughout the entire body. This type of inflammation can affect multiple joints with or without a significant history of trauma. This inflammatory joint pain and destruction can occur in patients with unresolved infections, toxins or food sensitivities. Several years ago, I had a mother of three young children come in to see me, complaining of bilateral hand pain and numbness that interfered with her ability to care for her children. She was told that she had carpal tunnel and required surgery in both hands. After carefully listening to her history and asking questions about what made her pain worse or better, I suggested we test her for food sensitivities. Two weeks after eliminating gluten (found in wheat) and processed carbohydrates from her diet, she was completely free from hand pain and numbness which also eliminated her need for surgery. She told me that she had her life back, and was now able to care for her home and family without pain. Traditionally, we are programmed to reach for an Advil or Tylenol to manage our aches and pains. Although these over-thecounter medications can help to “put the fire out” or allow us to feel better for the time being, they do not address the root cause of pain. The analogy I use is that if local firemen were called repeatedly to the same house to extinguish fires, they would probably ask who the arsonist is or why the house keeps catching on fire. This is what I do as a Functional Medicine physician—I find the root cause of chronic pain so that optimal health and mobility can be restored without unnecessary medications or surgeries. For more information on how lifestyle programs can help you achieve permanent weight loss, call Dr. Korman at 941-629-6700 or visit DrLauraKorman.com/Learn-More. 20
•The year of the yin metal ox is foremost a stabilizing energy which is most welcome after an erratic energy year. The ox is the strongest of will and a lifter of morale. The energy of 2021 will create the opportunity to repair and rebuild faith, trust and security in yourself and others. Use these feng shui strategies to stabilize and ground your environment. Take advantage of the metal ox energy to enhance your experience of 2021. 1. Clear your clutter, as this is main cause of scattered and stuck energy. If you haven’t used something for at least one year, then it’s time to find a new home for this item. 2. Earth is the element which harnesses the energies of stability and security. Various materials and colors can be used to promote the element of earth such as tile, terracotta, pottery, rocks and décor. Yellow is the representative color of the earth element. 3. The shape of the wood element is square. Adding furniture and accessories in this shape helps to increase earth energy in a space. 4. Too much of anything can be a problem, so balance the amounts of earth element in your home with wood items such as picture frames, furniture and other accessories. 5. Rid your personal space of anything toxic—people, chemicals, food or thoughts. This will renew and refresh your spirit beyond what you could imagine. Dr. Christina Captain is nationally board-certified by the National Commission for Certification in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). She is the lead practitioner at Sarasota Center for Acupuncture and Nutrition. Dr. Captain is also an expert Feng Shui practitioner and teacher who studied under Nancilee Wydra of the Feng Shui Institute of America, before originating her own style, Essential Balance Feng Shui. Since this discipline is a branch of Oriental Medicine, she often blends Feng Shui principles into her treatment plans. Her practice is located at 2650 Bahia Vista St., Suite 101, Sarasota. For more information, call 941-951-1119 or email DrCaptain@SarasotaCenterForAcupunctureAndNutrition.com.
DOWN TO EARTH The Promise of Regenerative Organic Farming by Sandra Yeyati
ith its dependence on chemical pesticides and fertilizers, heavy tilling techniques, concentrated animal feeding practices and mono-crops—all designed to maximize yields—conventional farming has come at a great cost. “Conventional intensive farming practices have significant negative consequences for the land and surrounding ecosystems,” says Richard Teague, Texas A&M professor of Ecosystem Science and Management. “By disrupting the natural function of these habitats, the valuable ecosystem services they provide are compromised.”
The way we’re growing food now is not sustainable. “According to the United Nations, we only have 60 harvests left before our soil is completely depleted. Years of conventional industrial agriculture have drained the soil dry of all of the organic matter, all the microbes, that microbiome that brings nutrients to our plants and to our planet as a whole,” says Margaret Wilson, content creation and media relations specialist at the Rodale Institute. The UN also reported last year that agriculture and forestry were responsible for nearly a quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions. “Agriculture is a climate-intensive process and conventional practices make that even worse because they’re fossil fuel-intensive,” Wilson says. “They require a lot of machinery to plow fields and distribute pesticides. Fertilizers 22
are fossil fuel-based. Tillage is a huge part of conventional agriculture, where you’re turning the soil over, and that releases carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.” One third of the world’s land surface is considered desert, and according to Judith D. Schwartz, the Vermont author of The Reindeer Chronicles and Cows Save the Planet, most deserts are manmade. “If we look historically, we learn that most deserts
were once thriving grasslands or some other kind of ecosystem and became deserts after hundreds of years of poor grazing management or farming that was no longer putting nutrients back into the soil.” The good news is that deserts can be brought back to life. In the state of Chihuahua, Mexico, where much of the land is degraded, ingenious ranchers have figured out a way to support healthy animals and plant biodiversity. “The ranchers were earning money by managing the livestock holistically in a way that was reviving the ecological function of these lands, so there were thick grasses, birds and butterflies flourishing right next to land that looked horrible—absolute deserts with a lot of erosion, the soil so depleted that it couldn’t hold water,” recalls Schwartz, who visited the area. Regenerative organic farming holds great promise to rebuild soil, draw carbon from the atmosphere and ultimately grow healthier food. “When you take out the pesticides, fertilizers and intensive tilling, our farming systems trial concluded that regenerative organic agriculture uses 45 percent fewer fossil fuels and releases 40 percent fewer carbon emissions than conventional practices,” Wilson says, adding that a recent Rodale Institute white paper postulated that by transitioning all global crop and pastureland to regenerative management, we could sequester 100 percent of annual carbon dioxide emissions. As the founder of the Rodale Institute, J.I. Rodale, said, “Healthy soil equals healthy food equals healthy people.” Soil restoration is job one, and we know how to do this. “The goal of regenerative farming is to farm and ranch in nature’s image,” says Gabe Brown, a North Dakota farmer and author of Dirt to Soil. He offers the following six principles to create a thriving, regenerating agricultural ecosystem:
Context: “There’s a reason bananas do not grow in North Dakota. They don’t fit the context, whereas more spring wheat is grown in North Dakota than anywhere else. You have to farm and ranch in your context.” The least amount of mechanical and chemical disturbance possible: “Nature tills with earthworms and burrowing rodents, but it certainly doesn’t till the soil like we do in farming or even in gardening. Tilling is the worst thing you can do if you want to raise nutrient-dense food. Nature aerates the soil with the use of living plants and soil aggregates. Those soil aggregates will only last about four weeks, then new ones need to be formed, and the only way to form them is by not tilling and allowing biology and fungi to secrete substances that help bind sand, silt and clay to form soil aggregates.”
Armor on the soil: “Nature always tries to cover the soil, whether it be leaves in a forest or decaying plants in a pasture or field. Nature does not like bare soil.”
Diversity: “Where in nature do you see a monoculture? Usually only where man put it or man’s actions have driven it to be a monoculture. Nature is very diverse, so hundreds of different grasses, legumes all growing in harmony. We’ve gotten away from that. Now we plant monocultures. That’s not the way nature functions.”
Livestock and insect integration: “Nature does not function properly without animals. Too many people think we have to remove the animals from the landscape. That’s the worst thing you can do. What’s going to pollinate the plants? The way our rich soils were formed was with large herds of ruminants, grazing the plants. That plant, once grazed, starts sloughing off root exudates to attract biology, to regrow, and then that plant is able to cycle more carbon out of the atmosphere.”
A living root being in the soil as long as possible throughout the year: “I go out in the spring here in North Dakota, and you’ve got crocuses coming up through the snow. That’s nature’s way of trying to take the solar energy and all of these compounds out of the atmosphere, and through photosynthesis convert it into carbon to feed soil biology.”
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Brown waxes poetic when he talks about the amazing results of regenerative farming. “Healthy soil looks like dark chocolate cake. It’s full of pore spaces. Healthy soil is dark because of the amount of carbon in it. It smells good, whereas unhealthy soil is very compacted. There’s no pore spaces. Water cannot infiltrate into it. It’s a dull, pale color. You can see it, you can smell it, you can feel it.” According to Wilson, the Rodale Institute is poised to help farmers adopt these principles and make them profitable. “People say regenerative organic isn’t scalable, but through our farming systems trial, we’re proving that you can do this on a large scale. It might require customization, but that’s why we’re investing so much in providing support and research to farmers to help them navigate that, and we’re seeing that scalability is not a barrier to implementation because so many big companies like Dr. Bronner’s and Patagonia are starting to implement these practices because people are demanding it. The market finds a way to make it doable and as long as we keep up our consumer education and show people that this is a benefit to everybody, I think large-scale farmers and corporations that buy their products will respond.” Last year, Graham Christensen’s father gave him and his brother full control of a 750-acre farm in Oakland, Nebraska, that has been in the family since 1867. Over the decades, the farm has seen many changes, but the biggest transformation is still to come, as the brothers eagerly transition their once conventional operation into a regenerative organic one. The family began to incorporate a few innovations 12 years ago when they stopped tilling the land and adopted solar energy, but this year they’ll take bolder steps to eliminate their dependence on GMO seeds and chemical fertilizers and pesticides which over the years have reduced organic matter levels in the soil and led to increased and unhealthy nutrient levels in their waterways. “For the first time, we’ll be cover-cropping 612 acres and expanding habitats for wildlife, especially in some riparian areas, so we can get more roots in the soil and have better filtration and cleaner water,” Christensen explains. “We’re going to produce nutrients by building a biodiverse ecosystem and we’re incorporating animal grazing systems to help us fertilize naturally rather than having to add synthetics like nitrogen and phosphorus.” They have planted a 100-tree hazelnut orchard that they hope to expand as a tree crop. “That’s going to help us stop soil erosion, store more carbon in the ground, produce another form of income and also be able to fit right into our cropping system, virtually taking out no extra land; just creating a higher layer, so now we’re farming higher in the air.” The transition is not without its risks, Christensen adds. “Farms like ours have been heavily subsidized by the federal government to ship our grain to other countries. What we’re trying to do now is produce more small grains and hazelnuts for a regional market and reintroduce livestock to the land—not in confinement—so we can focus more on feeding people in our local community and in Omaha or Lincoln or Kansas City or Des Moines.” Sandra Yeyati, J.D., is a professional writer. Reach her at SandraYeyati@gmail.com.
Regenerative Healthcare and Agriculture by Fred Harvey, MD
pring is in the air, and Dr. Fred Harvey’s “food forest” is bursting with life. Bananas and papayas are fattening. New pineapples are crowning. Lettuces, mustards and brassicas are growing tall. Squash are tomatoes are ripening. Mangoes and lychee are flowering. The diversity of plants in his yard has increased exponentially. At the same time, the soil microbiome has also grown healthy. Insects, worms and fungi are abundant in the soil. This was a barren grass plot three years ago when Dr. Harvey first started to regenerate the land
by his home. Regenerative agriculture is critical for planetary health. Extractive agriculture steals vitality from the land which, in turn, reduces crop nutrients and abundance. There is evidence that regenerative agriculture directly affects human health. In one study, asthma rates were lower in an urban area after an organic community garden was created in the neighborhood. The basis of regenerative healthcare follows same principles as regenerative agriculture, both of which are conservative
in nature. These systems utilize holistic management practices to leverage the natural power of an organism. This involves nourishment with organic materials, clean hydration and microbial diversity within the system. Both regenerative healthcare and agriculture conserve the integrity of the system, minimize aggressive intrusions and improve the ecosystem diversity. This is how Functional Medicine practitioners view healthcare, by treating each individual as a diverse and complex ecosystem that needs to be holistically managed to optimal function. Regenerative medicine uses the definition of a “process of replacing, engineering or regenerating human or animal cells, tissues or organs to restore or establish normal function.” Therefore, Functional Medicine practitioners believe that human bodies can regenerate once the root cause of a dysfunction is found and then removed with the implementation of dietary and nutritional supplements to help the body establish optimal function. As an example from his own life, four years ago, Dr. Harvey suffered two rotator cuff tears after doing excessive power yoga with poor posture. However, he did not believe that surgery was the kindest or most effective way to approach the dysfunction. Instead, he stopped the exercise regimen in order to prevent further damage, then he embarked on a two-year journey with a class-four hot laser, chiropractic therapy, deep tissue massage and a regenerative therapy called Muscle Activation Technique. He also took SynovX Tendon & Ligament, which yields strong evidence for tendon repair, and Regenemax-plus, which helps the body make collagen to repair tendons. Just like the blossoming plants in his yard, Dr. Harvey’s shoulders have since regained their functionality with no residual pain. Come in for a Functional Medicine consultation to start on your regeneration journey. The Harvey Center is located at 3982 Bee Ridge Rd., Sarasota. Telehealth and second opinion consultations are available upon request. For more information, call 941-9299355 or email Doc@HarveyCenter.com. March 2021
The Healing Potential of Psychedelic Medicines
“Psilocybin Can Occasion Mystical-Type Experiences Having Substantial and Sustained Personal Meaning and Spiritual Significance.” Pollan turned his journalistic skills to researching the potential of psychedelics to actually heal the mind and treat mental and behavioral disorders, and the book that resulted became a number one New York Times bestseller.
Promising Studies on Stress Disorder, Depression and Addiction
Research Breaks New Ground
by Linda Sechrist
or more than 30 years, intersections of the human and natural world—our plates, farms and gardens—have been of interest to author Michael Pollan, who recently added the mind as another significant association in his latest book, How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression and Transcendence. Pollan’s interest was sparked by two articles. The first, a New York Times story, “Hallucinogens Have Doctors Tuning In Again,” details how researchers from Johns Hopkins, the University of Arizona, Harvard, New York University (NYU), the University of California/ Los Angeles and other institutions had been giving doses of psilocybin—the psychoactive compound in certain mushrooms—to terminal cancer patients as a way to help them deal with their “existential distress” at the approach of death. The second, a peer-reviewed article in the Journal of Psychopharmacology by Johns Hopkins researchers, was entitled 26
Much of the research for studying psychedelic medicine has been supported by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). The 35-yearold Santa Cruz, California, nonprofit is currently backing research into psychoactive methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), also referred to as ecstasy, which produces effects resembling stimulants and psychedelics, as well as a feeling of connectedness. It plans to publish the full results of phase three clinical trials for MDMA-assisted therapy for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in 2022, the final stage before seeking U.S. Food & Drug Administration approval for its use as a prescription treatment. MAPS founder and Executive Director Rick Doblin, Ph.D., who spent 30 years studying how psychedelics might help heal trauma and mental illness, was trained and mentored by Stanislav Grof, M.D. A renowned psychiatrist with more than 60 years of experience researching non-ordinary states of consciousness, Grof proposes that psychedelics are to the study of the mind what microscopes are to biology and the telescope is to astronomy. When used wisely, he suggests, they can heal, inspire and perhaps save us. Researchers have found that psychedelics reduce activity in the brain’s default mode network that creates our sense of self—the equivalent of our ego—filtering all incoming information according to personal needs and priorities. When activity is reduced in the default mode network, the ego shifts from the foreground to the background, allowing us to see that we’re part of a larger field of awareness. This can
Johns Hopkins and NYU research has demonstrated how psilocybin can help with treatment-resistant depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety and addiction. be among an individual’s most important experiences, allowing for feelings of connectedness, altruism and acceptance of death.
portunity for healthy people across their entire adult lifespan. Wininger explains that MDMA floods the body with serotonin and oxytocin, creating a sense of safety and well-being. “It’s best to do it with a trained psychotherapist or sitter, so that if any trauma surfaces, it can be relieved with a sense of safety. While individuals report that their relationship to trauma is altered permanently, integration groups give them opportunities to share and anchor their experiences.”
Psychedelics as Treatment
Since 2010, in addition to treating PTSD, MDMA has shown positive results for depression, social anxiety in autistic adults and anxiety associated with a life-threatening illness. Johns Hopkins and NYU research has demonstrated how psilocybin can help with treatment-resistant depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety and addiction. Both MDMA and psilocybin have been studied as adjuncts or catalysts to psychotherapy rather than as standalone treatments. Jennifer Phelps, M.D., who teaches for the Center for MindBody Medicine, in Washington, D.C., and practices family and integrative medicine in Georgetown, Connecticut, says that psilocybin can transform a terminally ill individual’s quality of life for the remainder of their time. “This compassionate use can presently only be prescribed by a physician with the required license issued by the Drug Enforcement Administration. Presently, LSD, MDMA and psilocybin can only be prescribed for research,” she says. Charley Wininger, a Brooklyn-based psychotherapist, authored Listening to Ecstasy: The Transformative Power of MDMA after experiencing its positive effects on his marriage and psyche. “For those who experiment responsibly, psychedelics can open their lives up to spiritual growth and transformation. It’s a way to learn about how connected we are to each other, to the natural world and to the world at large. When you experience this level of connection, you and your worldview are transformed,” he says. “MDMA helped me with the aging process. I keep growing and exploring consciousness in an unconventional way,” he adds, enthusing that psychedelics can be a unique, life-enhancing op-
Daniel Shankin, program director of the wellness organization Tam Integration, Align and Flow, in Fairfax, California, offers mindfulness-based coaching and mentorships to integrate psychedelics with life, education and a related career. “Having a guide, preparation coach or therapist is good,” he says. “For the transformation to be lasting, preparation work is needed. Answering questions such as—Why are you here? What are your expectations? And what makes you feel safe and comfortable?—helps to build rapport with a guide that can help you form a simple, powerful intention beforehand. “Personal growth work is invaluable to psychonauts,” says Shankin, who offers podcast interviews on TamIntegration.com, as well as replays of a 2019 Psilocybin Summit in which notable speakers explore the facets of psilocybin mushrooms and methods for creating ceremony and holding a safe space. Also discussed are traditional and indigenous use, as well as efforts to change public policy so that individuals can legally have access to psychedelic medicine. The Center for Psychedelic Therapies and Research at the California Institute of Integral Studies also educates the public about psychedelic medicines and trains psychotherapists to work in the expanding field of psychedelic studies. Its online programs inform the general public via podcasts about conscious medicine and the future of psychedelic-assisted therapy, which appears promising in light of the recent decriminalization of psilocybin in Oakland, Denver and Washington, D.C. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings.
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ver since the Farm Bill of 2018 legalized the commercial production of hemp, U.S. sales of cannabidiol (CBD) have exploded onto the scene with hundreds, perhaps thousands, of vendors popping up around the country. CBD, a cannabinoid, is abundant in the hemp flower. “By law, hemp is defined as a variety of cannabis plant that has less than 0.3 percent THC, the psychoactive cannabinoid that induces a high,” says Shannon Livingston, a cannabis consultant for Florida Gulf Coast University, in Fort Myers. Proven Benefits of CBD: “The enthusiasm for CBD is soaring above the actual scientific evidence,” says Peter Grinspoon, M.D., a leading medical cannabis expert and primary care physician at Massachusetts General Hospital. “What’s known is that it helps with childhood epilepsy, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a CBD drug for that. It is believed, and there’s good animal data and some human data to suggest, that CBD helps with chronic pain, insomnia and anxiety.”
Anxiety Under Study: A clinical trial examining a high-CBD, low-THC (the psychoactive component) sublingual custom formulation for patients with moderate to severe anxiety is being conducted by Staci Gruber, Ph.D., director of Marijuana Investigations for Neuroscientific Discovery at McLean Hospital, in Belmont, Massachusetts, and associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. “In the open label phase of this study, we’ve seen a rather dramatic and precipitous drop in symptoms of anxiety and depression after four weeks of treatment. We’ll see if this holds in the doubleblind phase, which is underway now,” she explains.
Entourage Effect: Gruber notes that this customized formulation is a full-spectrum, whole-plant formula, saying, “You often seem to get a bigger bang for the buck using a full-spectrum or broad-spectrum (whole plant minus THC) product, rather than just a single extracted compound.” The process she’s describing is called the entourage
effect—an assumption that all elements of the cannabis plant, working together, are most effective. “I believe there’s a significant role for terpenoids, flavonoids and other cannabinoid constituents of the plant, in addition to the big two (THC and CBD), and I have a grant to look at that very question,” she says. How to Start CBD: Experts agree that the best approach is to start low and go slow. “With experimentation, the patient will know what works for them,” Grinspoon says. “When CBD doesn’t work with my patients, the next step is to add a little bit of medical cannabis; it often takes a very little dose to help them with their sleep or their chronic pain.” Medical marijuana has been legalized in 36 states and the District of Columbia. Route of Administration: “When you smoke or vape, it’s an almost immediate onset, which is helpful for breakthrough pain, nausea and anything you want to treat immediately, but the effect is very short-lived,” Livingston explains. “For chronic pain, you might take a capsule or the patch that will last six to eight hours. If you want to fall asleep, a sublingual will work. For a skin condition, you might rub an oil on your skin. It’s really about the time of onset, how long you need it to last and what you’re treating.” Ensuring Quality Control: “Choose CBD providers that are certified for good manufactur-
ing practices; conduct batch-specific, third-party testing on all of their products; and provide certificates of analysis directly from those labs. These tests can detect the presence of heavy metals, bacterial or microbial life, mycotoxins and pesticides, and also provide cannabinoid potency and terpene profiles,” says Grace Kaucic, senior communications and content manager at Bluebird Botanicals, a CBD company in Louisville, Colorado. Our Built-In Cannabinoids: In the mid-1990s, researchers discovered the endocannabinoid system of receptors and neurotransmitters throughout the body, which uses cannabinoids that our own bodies produce. “This system is believed to control homeostasis, the body’s ability to regulate itself and maintain normal functioning,” Grinspoon says, adding that he believes this system will become central to medicine over the next few years as more research is conducted. Research is Ongoing: “It’s an incredibly exciting time for cannabis science,” Gruber says. “There’s every reason to be optimistic about the potential of harnessing and exploiting the benefits of cannabis and cannabinoids in ways that may still surprise us, but to be cautiously optimistic. It is not a panacea. It will never be one-size-fits-all.” Sandra Yeyati, J.D., is a professional writer. Reach her at SandraYeyati@gmail.com.
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Indoor Edible Gardening Grow Veggies, Sprouts and Microgreens Year-Round by April Thompson
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Mini-Greens, Major Nutrients Many health-conscious gardeners are drawn to sprouts and microgreens for their nutritional benefits, as they contain as much as 40 times the nutrients as their full-grown counterparts. Sprouts can easily be grown with or without soil, and are eaten before the first tiny cotyledon leaves emerge, whereas microgreens are harvested later, often just before or after the first true leaves, the second pair, pop up. “Sprouted greens grown at home are the freshest food you’ll ever eat. Being able to grow your own salads is also a lot of fun in the winter, to see the wonderful colors growing on your shelf,” says Peter Burke,
here’s no need to wait until the last frost date to sow a kitchen garden. Impatient gardeners or those without outdoor space can grow almost anything indoors with a little light and creativity. “You can start many edible plants from seed on a sunny windowsill, even in late winter. You’ll be surprised how quickly everything germinates this time of year,” says Zia Allaway, the British author of Indoor Edible Garden: Creative Ways to Grow Herbs, Fruits, and Vegetables in Your Home. Herbs, tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers are among the many foods that can be easily grown from seed indoors, according to Allaway. Many fruiting plants that are not self-pollinating, such as cucumbers, need a boost from hand pollination if growing them indoors. Allaway adds, “When growing any plants on a windowsill, rotate them periodically so they grow evenly, as they will turn toward the light.” While crops like garlic, beets and carrots won’t reach maturity indoors, they can still be grown inside for their tasty, nutritious leaves. To grow garlic shoots, for example, remove the papery outer case and submerge the flat end of a garlic bulb in a container of water, leaving the top exposed to air. Within a few weeks, garlicky-flavored shoots will sprout up that can be harvested and used like chives, advises Allaway. To maximize space, she suggests growing plants vertically, perhaps by hanging bushy herbs or trailing plants in a window basket. She has also used interior walls to erect a
the Calais, Vermont, author of Year-Round Indoor Salad Gardening: How to Grow Nutrient-Dense, Soil-Sprouted Greens in Less Than 10 Days. Burke’s tried and true method is to plant a small amount of seed every day from a mix of sunflower, peas, radish, buckwheat and brassicas like broccoli or kohlrabi, providing a steady supply of his family’s daily dose of greens. While some gardeners grow sprouts or microgreens directly on paper towels or coconut coir, Burke prefers using a storebought, germination soil mix, spread up to two inches deep in reusable trays, watered once a day and grown without artificial light. Many seeds commonly found in the home pantry can be turned into sprouts and shoots, says Lina Wallentinson, the Swedish author of Sprouts, Shoots and Microgreens: Tiny Plants to Grow and Eat in Your Kitchen. “Mustard seeds from the spice shelf, whole lentils in all colors, chickpeas and yellow peas can all be easily grown for sprouts and shoots without any special equipment,” she says. Seeds can be put into wide-mouthed jars, soaked overnight, and then drained and rinsed two to three times a day. Germination of seeds into sprouts, from mung beans to quinoa, can typically take less than 24 hours with this method. Sprouts and microgreens make great toppers for salads, soups, sandwiches or smoothies, and they can also be cooked. “Newly sprouted mung and lentil seeds with a short ‘tail’ are perfect to flash-fry and season with soy, chili and a little sesame oil as an alternative to rice or pasta,” says Wallentinson. “Sprouts are also nice to bake with. Like seeds and nuts, they give a good little chew in all kind of breads.” Whether growing sprouts, microgreens or full-sized plants, Allaway advises home gardeners to make drainage holes at the bottom of the containers to avoid overwatering. “It’s better to underwater than overwater a plant, because once it starts to rot, it’s game over. There is also research showing that a little stress from occasional underwatering can trigger the plant to produce more phytochemicals, which are nutritionally beneficial,” she says.
Tasty, Sprout-inspired Recipes Noodle Soup with Coconut, Sprouts and Shoots This soup is a favorite in our home. Simple to make, it’s warming thanks to just the right amount of bite from the chili. Yield: 4 servings 1 8¾ oz pack of noodles 1 Tbsp canola oil 1 carrot 2 tsp red curry paste Canola oil, for frying 1 13½ oz can coconut milk 1 tsp tomato purée 2 Tbsp fish sauce (or Japanese soy sauce) 1 vegetable stock cube 1 tsp sugar 1¼ cups water 2 tsp freshly squeezed lime juice 1 red bell pepper About 7 oz mung bean sprouts Pea and radish shoots, for garnish Prepare the noodles according to the instructions on the package. Drain off the water, and mix the noodles with the oil. Peel and thinly slice the carrot. In a saucepan, cook the curry paste and carrot in some oil for about 1 minute. Add in the coconut milk, tomato purée, fish sauce, stock cube, sugar and water, and cook for about 5 minutes. Add in the lime juice. Halve, seed and julienne the bell pepper; add it to the soup. Divide the noodles between the bowls, add the soup and sprinkle with sprouts and shoots.
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Green Smoothie Bowl Here’s a recipe that contains both sprouts and shoots. The buckwheat provides a little extra satiety. Top the bowl with some poppy seeds, grated coconut, nuts and berries. Yield: 2 bowls Approx. 1¼ cup mild, tender shoots such as broccoli, chia, pea or sunflower 2 frozen bananas 3½ oz frozen mango, diced 2 Tbsp buckwheat sprouts 6¾ oz mild plain yogurt (3 percent) or coconut or almond milk Hemp hearts, poppy seeds, grated coconut, nuts and frozen red and/or black currants, for topping Blend shoots, bananas, mango, sprouted buckwheat and yogurt until smooth using a countertop or immersion blender. Pour into bowls and top with hemp hearts, poppy seeds, nuts, coconut and berries.
Sprouted Hummus Every Middle Eastern family has their own recipe for hummus. Naturally, there has to be a sprouted version of it, too. With a jar of hummus in the refrigerator, I can always cobble together some kind of dish for lunch or dinner. Yield: about 6.75 fluid oz (nearly 1 cup) 7 oz sprouted chickpeas (or yellow peas) 1 garlic clove 2 Tbsp tahini 2 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice ½ tsp sambal oelek ½ tsp cumin ½ tsp salt 4 Tbsp olive oil Put the sprouted peas in a small saucepan and cover them with water. Bring the water to a boil and cook the peas for 10 minutes. Pour off the water. Peel and finely chop the garlic. Mix the peas in a food processor or with an immersion blender, along with the garlic, tahini, lemon juice, sambal oelek, cumin, salt and oil. Dilute with some water if the hummus seems too thick. Option: Turmeric adds a nice yellow color to hummus. But sample the hummus as you add it in—some enjoy the taste of turmeric, others less so. Start with ½ teaspoon per recipe. Recipes excerpted from Sprouts, Shoots & Microgreens: Tiny Plants to Grow and Eat in Your Home Kitchen, by Lina Wallentinson. Photography by Lennart Weibull.
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Jeff Tkach on Regenerative Healthcare by Patricia Trenchak
or over 70 years, Rodale Institute— a pioneer of the organic food movement—has championed the concept of farming without herbicides and pesticides by funding and supporting scientific studies and education. Now entering his fifth year with Rodale Institute, Chief Impact Officer Jeff Tkach is committed to upholding the legacy of the Institute’s founder, J.I. Rodale, who believed that healthy soil equals healthy food equals healthy people. According to Tkach, farmers and healthcare professionals need to embrace a prevention-based approach to human and environmental health, and Rodale Institute is here to bridge the gap between these two industries by unlocking the transformational power of regenerative healthcare.
How did your personal journey lead you to explore regenerative healthcare? In 2016, I experienced a tremendous health collapse in my own life. I went through six conventional medical doctors and $50,000 in medical bills. I had been a highperforming businessperson up until that point, and found myself on medical leave, bedridden and unable to work. I sought out a doctor who practiced something called functional medicine, which focuses on finding the root of whatever caused the breakdown in health. After numerous
tests, it was discovered that I had chronic Lyme disease. The doctor explained that there was nothing he could prescribe that was going to instantly make me better. Through my work with him, I had to look at my body as a whole system and came to realize that food is medicine. Ultimately, alternative modalities like acupuncture and IV [intravenous] therapy, as well as food healed me.
What is regenerative healthcare? It is a system in which farming and healthcare work together focused on a prevention-based approach to human and environmental health. Instead of using toxic chemicals to farm, regenerative healthcare aims to prevent disease through an organic, plant-based, whole-foods diet. Regenerative healthcare begins on farms that work in harmony with nature. At Rodale Institute, we see ourselves as a human health organization, not an agricultural organization. We use agriculture as a tool to promote human health. Our goal is to build the first brick and mortar facility in the world, called the Regenerative Health Institute, that will connect medical doctors and farmers. The facility will be a 333acre certified organic farm in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, that will provide innovative research on the links between farming and human health. We’re going to be doing scientific research that demonstrates the
link between soil health and the health of people, and we’re going to educate and train tomorrow’s doctors to become more literate in agriculture and to understand how they can use food as medicine.
How can we harness the power of regenerative organic farming to foster good health? The current mode of farming is systemically broken, and farmers need to move in a healthier direction. The science is showing that elements in pesticides and herbicides are known carcinogens that are wreaking havoc on our immune systems. They are ubiquitous in our air and drinking water. Farmers are no longer able to control where those chemicals land. They’re leaching into our groundwater, killing the life in the soil and causing major soil erosion. Ultimately, they’re causing imbalances in nature of mass proportion.
How can you convince people to adopt organic and consider food as medicine? We need to encourage people to get to know a farmer. There are incredible regenerative organic farmers in our own communities that oftentimes don’t have access to mainstream markets. During the pandemic, we saw a major increase in sales directly from farms to consumers. When the supply chains in the grocery stores broke down, we turned to farmers. That’s profound. As a result of the pandemic, 22 million new gardens were planted in the United States, according to the National Gardening Association. We need to keep that going. It’s very exciting to be a part of this movement as people around the world come to understand the importance of food as medicine. I truly believe that regenerative healthcare is the key to healing our planet. For more information, visit RodaleInstitute.org. Patricia Trenchak writes for KnoWEwell, a Regenerative Whole Health Community platform and a collaborative partner of Natural Awakenings Publishing Corp. See ad on page 48. March 2021
ON A ROLL
Foam Rollers Ease Pain and Workout Recovery
by Marlaina Donato
oam rolling— rolling parts of the body on top of a lightweight foam cylinder—targets trigger points or painful knots in muscles and is a valuable tool for reducing chronic pain and enhancing workout recovery. From sciatica to pelvic floor dysfunction, there is a foam roller for almost every condition, including low- to high-density, heated and textured types for massage-like benefits. Research during the past several years shows that using foam rollers before or after exercise quells fatigue, improves joint mobility, lowers risk of injury and eases muscle soreness. Its effectiveness is attributed to the activation of the central nervous system resulting in better circulation and reduced inflammation. “Foam rollers are used to relieve tension in the fascia (connective tissue), ‘roll’ out sore muscles and provide a soothing, self-controlled, soft-tissue massage,” says Amber Kivett, owner of Kivett Kinetic Solutions, in Monrovia, Indiana. “They can 34
also be used for proprioception, balance, flexibility, core stability training and most importantly, natural pain relief.”
Freeing the Body Fascia, the body’s all-pervasive connective tissue, tightens like an invisible net from injury and other stresses and can adhere to the underlying muscles, creating pain and restriction. “Foam rolling has the power to change and realign the 12 fascial lines responsible for human movement and support,” says Kivett. “Those same fascial lines also sense and transmit pain and emotion far greater than any nerve or muscle and respond well to foam rolling. There’s an emotional and spiritual release in the body when fascia is compressed and released. That response facilitates a structural change to human alignment and an immediate change in pain levels for all types and causes of pain.” Foam rollers offer an opportunity for self-care, according to Los Angeles fitness trainer Ashley Borden. “Foam rolling is one of the best ways to troubleshoot your own body, keep it healthy and mobile. Us-
ing an inexpensive tool like a foam roller not only feels good, but it also connects you to your body. Foam rolling the entire body encourages circulation and an immediate feeling of relief afterwards. My clients who don’t like to work out are usually surprised how good they feel post-rollout and feel encouraged to do more.” She cites research that shows that a dynamic warm-up, paired with the use of foam rollers before and after workouts, amplifies recovery and aids in the repair of muscular micro-tears. For Rafal Augustynowicz, founder of TeamRAF Fitness, in Kent, England, it’s about counteracting lifestyle stresses. “The foam roller is a beautiful and great tool, especially in the 21st century, when we sit too many hours. It is a great tool to get our mobility and our posture back to normal.”
Recovery, Joint Pain and Sciatica Gently rolling targeted muscles below and above specific joints can help to resolve certain types of pain, including in the knee. “Many times, when a person has pain in the knee, it’s more than likely they have
tight muscles elsewhere—calves, inner thighs, hip flexors or glutes—and the pain shows up in the knee,” says Augustynowicz. “Foam rolling and using a massage ball have saved me many times when I had a lot of problems with my back, neck, hip and a dislocated shoulder.” The practice can help ease sciatica, a sometimes-excruciating condition. “Most cases of sciatic pain are caused by tight muscles deep in the buttocks, including the piriformis muscle,” says Kivett. “The sciatic nerve travels through the piriformis, so if it’s tight, it will cause a sensation similar to that of sciatica nerve pain. A foam roller can be used along the back, throughout the buttocks and the legs to relieve tension, soften tissues and calm the nervous system for instant pain relief.” Kivett, who was introduced to foam rollers during intensive physical therapy after a life-altering accident, found them to be a way to recover from severe fibromyalgia pain. “My nerves were hypersensitive from the injuries, and I used foam rolling to reboot the ‘software’ in my brain, which allowed me to engage in recovering.” Foam rolling is an all-around boon, Borden highlights. “The immediate relief, the muscle definition, the decrease in cellulite, all of these are added benefits.” Marlaina Donato is an author and composer. Connect at AutumnEmbersMusic.com.
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Amber Kivett: Ideally, it’s best to perform foam rolling right after a light warm-up for five to 10 minutes to increase circulation to the muscles and decrease tension and stiffness. If there is extra time, do a quick three to five minutes of foam rolling after a workout, but preferably after you’ve done your cool-down or some walking. You don’t have to foam-roll the entire body post-workout; just do a quick “scan” of areas that are more sensitive or painful. For those with high levels of pain, fibromyalgia, MS, autoimmune conditions or an acute injury, I would recommend buying a lowdensity, soft, foam roller or [one] that vibrates, because soft and/or vibrating foam rollers are gentle to fragile areas. Ashley Borden: Foam rolling is a valuable tool for the senior population to improve overall body tightness and circulation. Assistance is needed if you have a hard time getting up and down. I would also suggest a non-slip yoga mat and using the softest foam roller first to gauge the pressure. If you feel like you have to hold your breath when you are foam rolling, the surface is too hard. Rafal Augustynowicz: Never use foam rollers on bones, joints, the spine or armpits; only on the muscle/flesh. Be informed to avoid arteries, etc. If it hurts too much, it’s probably not right. Watch tutorials or go to a professional.
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Getting Pregnant Lifestyle Strategies to Boost Fertility by Ronica O’Hara
More than 7 million American women face one of life’s deepest heartbreaks: They want a newborn in their arms, but their bodies are not cooperating. Happily, the growing use of natural approaches like healthier diets, supplements and acupuncture is changing that outcome for many.
Egg Matters A healthy pregnancy depends on a healthy egg. Chromosomal abnormalities severely hamper fertilization and account for more than half of first-trimester miscarriages. Yet, contrary to common belief, egg quality is not determined solely by a woman’s age: it can be highly influenced by her lifestyle choices and nutrients in the three-month window before an egg is fertilized, Fett advises. Based on the latest research, she offers the following recommendations for women trying to conceive naturally or through such means as in vitro fertilization (IVF): Detox the diet. To manage critically important blood sugar and insulin levels, eat low-glycemic, nutrient-rich foods and avoid sugar, caffeine and alcohol. An organic, largely plant- and fish-based Mediterranean diet boosts fertility. Dutch researchers found that women following this diet before an IVF cycle had a 40 percent higher chance of becoming pregnant. Supplement correctly. Take a prenatal vitamin, vitamins C and E, ubiquinol and melatonin. For women with diagnosed low ovarian reserve, consider carefully dosed DHEA.
hen Rebecca Fett was told at age 26 that she had “incredibly low odds” of being able to conceive with her own eggs, she used her biochemistry and genetics training to plunge into research on egg quality and fertility. By taking targeted supplements, upgrading her diet and detoxing her house of harmful chemicals, the result was not only two healthy baby boys, but a book entitled It Starts with the Egg: How the Science of Egg Quality Can Help You Get Pregnant Naturally, Prevent Miscarriage, and Improve Your Odds in IV. It sells at the fast clip of about 600 copies a week, showing that even amidst the traumas of the pandemic, couples fervently want to bear children. Some doula groups on the East Coast report a 30 percent rise in early 2021 births, and sperm banks are running so low that sperm from a handsome new donor posted online can be bought out within hours, reports The New York Times. “There is nothing more hopeful than the creation of a new life,” says Randine Lewis, who used acupuncture and Chinese herbs to enable a hard-won pregnancy and then wrote The Infertility Cure: The Ancient Chinese Wellness Program for Getting Pregnant and Having Healthy Babies.
Detox the house. The Bisphenol A (BPA) in many household items and the phthalates in most scented products are endocrine disrupters that increase the risk of infertility and miscarriages, numerous studies show. Exchange plastic storage containers and water bottles for glass or stainless steel ones. Steer clear of fast food and processed food. Buy milk, oil, drinks and condiments in glass bottles rather than plastic ones. In the bathroom, toss hairspray, perfume and nail polish, and be wary of scented skin care products, air fresheners and detergents. Use non-toxic cleaning products.
An Eastern Perspective Taking a different tack, “Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) does not focus on forcing maximum egg production,” says Lewis. “We improve the quality and receptivity of the entire body, mind and spirit, and the reproductive physiology responds.” TCM involves identifying imbalances in the body that are creating obstacles to pregnancy and then using acupuncture, herbs and diet to restore full health. Diagnosis is typically done by an acupuncturist or Chinese medicine doctor. (To find one locally, Lewis suggests asking pointedly, “How many cases of infertility have you been successful in resolving?”) According to Lewis, self-diagnosis can also work. For example, sore breasts and irritability during ovulation can signify liver qi stagnation, and can be relieved by massaging certain acupressure points, taking black cohosh and meditating or doing yoga. General TCM strategies include: Acupuncture: Regular treatments “can stimulate the body’s hormonal system to do what it is supposed to: secrete the right hormones at the right time in a woman’s cycle,” says Lewis. Self-administered acupressure also works. Diet: Choose organic foods and hormonefree meats, and eat veggies cooked rather than raw. Nix caffeine, nicotine and alcohol. Supplements: Besides a high-potency, multivitamin-mineral complex, such nutrients as bee pollen, blue-green algae,
wheatgrass, vitamin B6, CoQ10 and folic acid are often useful. Herbs: Specific herbal concoctions and powders can target imbalances and deficiencies at key points in the menstrual cycle.
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Guys and Infertility Although researchers have long focused on female infertility, studies now show that for 40 percent of infertile couples, the problem lies in male sperm that is too sparse, slow, damaged or misshapen. Many of the strategies that improve egg quality also improve sperm quality, researchers are learning. This includes a healthier diet with more antioxidants, supplements that include a multivitamin and ubiquinol, detoxing the home and workplace of chemicals, cutting out smoking and lowering or stopping alcohol use. Other strategies include:
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n Acupuncture to improve the concentration, volume and motility of sperm. n Tossing lubricants with ingredients like petroleum, propylene glycol, glycerin, parabens, silicone and Nonoxynol-9 that hamper sperm movement and viability. n Keeping cell phones out of side pockets. A Cleveland Clinic study found that pocketing cellphones more than four hours daily reduces sperm count, motility and viability. n Wearing boxer shorts instead of briefs and forgoing hot tubs to keep testes temperatures low for sperm production. n Exercising just enough. Studies show that men who exercise regularly, but not too extremely, have higher testosterone levels and better semen quality.
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hen I was 13, my mom was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. At 15, I was at her graveside, navigating my first experience with the other side of love: loss. Ten years later, my beloved and only brother died tragically as a result of PTSD and untreated addiction. In a word: suicide. Where my mom’s death silenced me, my brother’s death pushed me into a deep pursuit of healing. In the nine years since then, I have committed to discovering the light side of grief, to identifying and embracing the invitations that lay within its deep layers. What I’ve come to learn is that grieving is actually a renewal state—a cycle of releasing and reconnecting. The tears and sadness are, quite literally, just a more fluid connection to love. These are the four invitations I’ve found within the grief:
HEALING FROM GRIEF Four Ways to Find Peace by Jasmin Jenkins
1 The invitation to pause
When someone we love dies, our whole world changes in an instant and forever. And with this disruption, there is an opportunity for sacred inquiry that arrives as we pause and honor the absence of our loved one: the impressions they made on our lives, what we will miss about them, how we will continue to celebrate their lives and what their story taught us.
2 The invitation to connect with our breath With the intensity of emotions surrounding loss, breath can serve as our anchor. Simply remembering to close our eyes and breathe allows us to stay grounded in our body, mind and spirit. In the TED talk “Breathe to Heal,” Max Strom explains how certain patterns of breathing can actually change how we feel.
3 The invitation to feel
Elizabeth Kübler–Ross taught us about the five stages of grief, but since everyone’s story and process is so unique, there is ultimately no linear order of the stages. If an emotion arises, allow for it. Feelings, after all, are just information about the state of our heart. The more we can give ourselves permission to be with where we are in our grief, the more at peace we will be in our process.
The invitation to heal
Healing is a verb requiring action and commitment. We have to allow for the pain to heal, also remembering that in doing so, we must keep our hearts open. We have to ask for help when healing, because most of us can’t heal in isolation. Therapists who specialize in grief, online grief courses, bodywork and support groups can help us move forward. Zen Buddhism reminds us that the obstacle is the path. By exploring these invitations, we arrive at the truth that grief is actually a sacred pathway into a deeper connection within our hearts. Jasmin Jenkins is a Los Angeles-based integrative grief guide and the founder of Fall Up, which supports people navigating the spectrum of grief. Learn more at WeFallUp.com.
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When Doggies Need Diets by Julie Peterson year ago, Leroy became exhausted lifting his furry head. Today, he has energy to run, chase and play, thanks to his owner helping the 11-year-old Shiba Inu lose 14 pounds. Leroy was adopted last May by Peter Nguyen, a facilities coordinator in Bellevue, Washington. Back then, Leroy weighed 56.4 pounds—twice the recommended weight. Nguyen found a holistic veterinarian to provide an integrative support plan to remove him from danger. Overweight dogs are at risk for joint problems, cancer, diabetes, kidney disease and more. According to a 2018 survey by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP), 55.8 percent of dogs (about 50 million) in the U.S. are either overweight or obese. The APOP also reports that most of the owners of these dogs don’t realize or are in denial about this important fact.
Determining Appropriate Weight “A dog that is a perfect weight, you can feel the ribs, but not see them. And you have an abdominal tuck when you look from the side. From above, right in front of the hips, you can see the waistline,” says Leroy’s veterinarian, Jackie Sehn, at Mercy Vet, in Mercer Island, Washington. She points out that the dog must be touched to feel the amount of fat, especially in long-coat breeds. This evaluation can be done at home using the online Body Condition Score chart at PetObesityPrevention.org. The American Kennel Club also has a weight chart for dozens of breeds that can help determine an initial goal weight, although ideal weight can vary among individual dogs.
Debbie Hensel, who fosters dogs, took in a morbidly obese 13-year-old Chocolate Labrador for the Mr. Mo Project, in Cary, North Carolina. Under her care, the pet went from 108 to 81 pounds within nine months. “Since Bruce was an older dog and overweight, the first thing we did was start him on a joint supplement with turmeric and a prescription diet food. In the beginning, I withheld some of his food and used it as treats throughout the day,” says Hensel. Every
four to six weeks, Hensel decreased Bruce’s food intake. She also divided up portions to feed him four times per day to help him feel full. “Portion control is important,” agrees Nguyen. “Leroy has a habit of wanting to eat more. I think he has a hard time knowing how much food he really needs.” But the problem isn’t just eating too much. Pet owners are often feeding the wrong foods. “It is the quality sometimes more than quantity. Health doesn’t come from processed food,” says Sehn, adding that most dry kibble is essentially overprocessed junk food that lacks nutrients and contains fillers. Fortunately, refrigerated and frozen dog food has made it easier to feed organic, fresh, nutritionally balanced, raw food which is based on a dog’s ancestral diet. Raw food is also available dehydrated. Treats, if included, should satisfy the chewing instinct without adding many calories. Sehn recommends dehydrated chicken or duck feet, tendons and healthy jerkies. “Switching to a raw diet helped with Leroy’s weight, but I had no idea it would have so many other benefits,” Nguyen says. “I noticed that his coat was getting a lot softer and he smelled a lot better.”
Ease into Exercise “Bruce sounded like an elephant falling when he laid down and he couldn’t stand for long,” says Hensel. Indeed, exercise can overburden the heart and joints of an obese dog. At first, Leroy and Bruce both had a hard time just getting up off the floor, so losing weight first was crucial. As the weight began to come off, they both became more engaged and stamina slowly increased. Hensel started by walking around in the backyard and letting Bruce follow. Their initial walks were to the end of the block. They would stop and rest before going back home. “As he lost weight and his strength improved, our walks got longer,” says Hensel. Weight loss must be a healthy process. “Breaking down excess fat takes time,” says Sehn, adding that losing too fast results in muscle loss. Patience and time are key. “I think Bruce just needed less food and someone that wanted to do things with him,” says Hensel, who has adopted Bruce as her “forever foster dog”.
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SUNDAY, MARCH 7 The Universal Service - 10:30am. With Rev. Zaid Smith, “The False Ego.” Learning the first and last lesson of love. On Zoom: https://zoom. us/j/812208049\<http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=00103aIgH1n42q6cjd7W7iPrCAWckAJ1MMA6WBz77sfOLUE7rrJr9wc6Q6mVxzk3T57EQ-zQGxJM A8Q9WntZAxo4Kc1wx6pdFp-90BwZZBoevA0rdU9_dJzNQpXiRE4YDPYBqFt8aVMISq_fXbM IuEXrw==&c=YBDiQkErPw8L9Kru00eKK9OeB xWKtI7myH6mnrOG2BZ74eOh82LvJw==&ch=8 Wz2hzNYTuVaJ3dbrSmC5_vwSDisjlTkGbsYhWFQD_C1qDhKiCPHFA==> 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, MARCH 11 Healing for Renewal of Life – 7pm. With Jim Toole. Reach beyond the limitations of this last year to learn and experience simple and yet powerful ways to experience healing in such a way that it brings Renewal and a new sense of fulfillment, freedom and joy to your life. Discover practical and inspirational ways to shift the way you think, feel and how you live. $10, presented online on Zoom. Please contact Jim at RevJimToole@gmail.com or 941-330-5031 to attend.
SUNDAY, MARCH 14 The Universal Service - 10:30am. With Rev. Sita, Patty Quinlan, “Walking A Sacred Path.” Using the Labyrinth as the sacred tool to explore and experience yourself in prayer. “On Zoom: https://zoom. us/j/812208049\<http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=00103aIgH1n42q6cjd7W7iPrCAWckAJ1MMA6WBz77sfOLUE7rrJr9wc6Q6mVxzk3T57EQ-zQGxJM A8Q9WntZAxo4Kc1wx6pdFp-90BwZZBoevA0 rdU9_dJzNQpXiRE4YDPYBqFt8aVMISq_fXb MIuEXrw==&c=YBDiQkErPw8L9Kru00eKK9 OeBxWKtI7myH6mnrOG2BZ74eOh82LvJw== &ch=8Wz2hzNYTuVaJ3dbrSmC5_vwSDisjlTkGbsYhWFQD_C1qDhKiCPHFA==> Password: RTI2020. This weekly egalitarian service celebrates all of humanities on a single altar. For Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd. Sarasota, RisingTideInternational. org. For info Rev. Zan, 941-922-7839.
FRIDAY, MARCH 19 Gallery by Advanced Student Mediums 7-8:30pm. On this night, several our advanced student mediums will present a SPIRIT MESSAGES GALLERY, supported by two Certified Mediums. Each attendee will have the opportunity to receive information from their spirit loved ones or guides, by the different styles of each student. Come and enjoy this fun and informative evening. $10 donation is requested. We are providing separated seating and all CDC requirements are being met. Reservations Needed, so call or text Susan Houliston at 941-266-1696. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Drive, Suite 204, Sarasota, 941-266-8435, CMFsarasota.org, Facebook: CMF of Sarasota.
The Universal Service - 10:30am. With Rev. Zan Benham “Spring, Time of New Beginnings. “ This is a time to release the past so we may come into life with the joy and innocence of little children, as we step out into Springs sweet awakening with good expectations and trust. On Zoom: https://zoom. us/j/812208049\<http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=00103aIgH1n42q6cjd7W7iPrCAWckAJ1MMA6WBz77sfOLUE7rrJr9wc6Q6mVxzk3T57EQ-zQGxJM A8Q9WntZAxo4Kc1wx6pdFp-90BwZZBoevA0 rdU9_dJzNQpXiRE4YDPYBqFt8aVMISq_fXb MIuEXrw==&c=YBDiQkErPw8L9Kru00eKK9 OeBxWKtI7myH6mnrOG2BZ74eOh82LvJw== &ch=8Wz2hzNYTuVaJ3dbrSmC5_vwSDisjlTkGbsYhWFQD_C1qDhKiCPHFA==> Password: RTI2020. This weekly egalitarian service celebrates all of humanity’s on a single altar. For Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd. Sarasota, RisingTideInternational. org. For info Rev. Zan, 941-922-7839.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 24 Empowered Transitions Support Group – 5:307pm, Mar 24-April 28. In Empowered Transitions™ you will have the support you need in order to prepare yourself for-and embrace- the changes you seek to make. Facilitated by Dr. Laura Weber Garrison, the groups meet weekly for two hours and are part group-therapy, part Mastermind, part personal work, and part interactive. The Program is structured and confidential. All the work is positive, private, non-judgmental, co-creative, and completely supportive. P rogram Includes: s ix, ninety-minute group meetings, program workbook with weekly handouts, email access to your facilitator, discounts for private Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy Sessions. Certificate of Completion for RYT and C-IAYT professionals. $297. Better Wellness Naturally, LLC, 8051 N Tamiami Tr, Suite F2, 941-260-2941, La-Alza.com
THURSDAY, MARCH 25 Living Beyond Limitation - Creating in a Chaotic World – 7pm. With Jim Toole. Discover ways to open windows to see more clearly and doors of opportunities to express, experience and create what you truly want in life beyond the limitations that impacted all of us. Explore how to approach life as it is, reach beyond what holds you back and put in place steps to manifest more of what you truly want. $10, presented online on Zoom. Please contact Jim at RevJimToole@ gmail.com or 941-330-5031 to attend.
SATURDAY, MARCH 27 Women in Wellness Helping Women in Crisis - 10am-1pm. Come and join us for an open house at Korman Relief & Wellness Center! As a group of women in the health and wellness business we are showcasing our services to the community. We are getting together to support the local “CARE Foundation” (the center for abuse and rape emergencies) that support women in crisis, those who have been affected by domestic abuse, rape, and violent crimes. We are having drawings and giveaways! Including... a free Breast Thermograpy Imaging, a free Oxygen Facial, a Phonak Wireless Bluetooth Hearing Instrument offer, a free Detox/Weight Loss Package, several Target Gift Cards and more! $15 donation for entry; all proceeds will go to CARE. Korman Relief & Wellness Center,16954 Toledo Blade Blvd, Port Charlotte, 941-629-6700.
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SUNDAY, MARCH 28 The Universal Service - 10:30am. With Rev. Basira, Anna Gomez, “Nature’s Nurturing.” This service focuses on the nurturing gifts of nature. Nature lends us health, beauty, and stress relief; all worthy of our reflection. On Zoom: https://zoom. us/j/812208049\<http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=00103aIgH1n42q6cjd7W7iPrCAWckAJ1MMA6WBz77sfOLUE7rrJr9wc6Q6mVxzk3T57EQ-zQGxJM A8Q9WntZAxo4Kc1wx6pdFp-90BwZZBoevA0rdU9_dJzNQpXiRE4YDPYBqFt8aVMISq_fXbM IuEXrw==&c=YBDiQkErPw8L9Kru00eKK9OeB xWKtI7myH6mnrOG2BZ74eOh82LvJw==&ch=8 Wz2hzNYTuVaJ3dbrSmC5_vwSDisjlTkGbsYhWFQD_C1qDhKiCPHFA==> Password: RTI2020. This weekly egalitarian service celebrates all of humanity’s religions on a single altar. For Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd. Sarasota, RisingTideInternational. org. For info Rev. Zan, 941-922-7839.
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sunday Unity of Sarasota- 9am. Live service at the labyrinth. Bring your chair and wear a mask. social distance is in place. Check website for other classes available on Zoom. 3023 Proctor Rd., 941-9553301, UnityOfSarasota.org. Christian Spiritualist Sunday Morning Services - 10am. Old time camp meet style service, guided meditation, healing, presentation of truth and mini spirit message for each person. Private or group readings available daily by appointment. Contact Rev Shari. Church of Light, 2408 43rd Ave. West, Bradenton, 941-751-5683. Sunday Service at CMF - Each Sunday morning service 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. We are providing separated seating and all CDC requirements are being met. Our Board of Directors is monitoring local health data, so please check our website for any UPDATES to schedules before visiting. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Dr., Suite 204, Sarasota, 941-266-8435, 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, Facebook Live - 11am. Join us as we come together as a spiritual family and community, sharing our love and light for ourselves, for each other, and the world. Be a part of sharing the energy and illumination of our hearts and souls together through conversation, music, meditation, a talk and an affirmation. Sarasota Center of Light, 852 S Tuttle Ave. 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 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/ Pub Theology - 6:30-8pm, the 2nd Mon. of the month available on Zoom. With Rev. Amy Zehe. Bring your Spiritual questions. Contact Rev.Amy@UnityofSarasota.org for Zoom meeting instructions. Go to website for other classes available on Zoom. 3023 Proctor Rd., 941-955-3301, UnityOfSarasota.org. Learning to Connect Classes at CMF - 7-9pm. Join Susan Houliston and guest instructors every Monday & Tuesday to learn techniques for connecting with Spirit. Students are given the opportunity to practice lessons to develop their skills and each class will end with healings by the “WE” for all attending. Discussions will follow. $10 donation is requested. Please refer to the CMF website CMFSarasota.org for description of the programs offered for each weekly class. Reservations needed, so call or text Susan at 941-266-1696. We are providing separated seating and all CDC requirements are being met. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Drive, Suite 204, Sarasota. A Taste of Feldenkrais, Class on Essentials 7:15pm online. The mindset of Feldenkrais Essentials is to Inquire and ask questions. This is a TIME for NO striving. We simply ask you to be quiet and notice, BE and discover, how much more potential you have when you learn to ‘move with attention’, and, with the purpose to learn and expand! 941360-2248, FeldenkraisInSarasota.com. Online - first two complimentary. Offer yourself TIME to be with yourself in your own HOME - Perfect! Sign up directly through Zoom: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/v5ctc-mqqTMsdXEmqjQYrd0SYcgZwZv2CQ
tuesday Living Spiritual Circle - 3:30pm. Circles via zoom with Rev. Suzi. Check website to sign up and for other classes available on Zoom. 3023 Proctor Rd., 941-955-3301, UnityOfSarasota.org.
wednesday Feldenkrais with Bonnie K - 9:45 or 11am. Online! Awareness Through Movement classes: Lessons (in chairs/on floor) are designed to quiet non-working habitual patterns, invite you into a process for learning and offer experiences for more efficient movement. Ongoing classes $65/4 movement lessons w/replays. More info, 941-360-2248. FeldenkraisInSarasota.com. Register with Bonnie at: FeldenkraisinSarasota.com/Sarasota-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. Unity of Sarasota - 7pm. Weekday service with music and inspiration. Services available on the Web and Facebook Live. Check website for other classes available on Zoom. 3023 Proctor Rd., 941955-3301, UnityOfSarasota.org. Healing, Intention and Meditation Facebook Live - 7pm. Join us for a time of healing, connection and meditation. Let us all come together and experience the energy and inspiration that can make such a powerful difference in our individual lives. Will be offered as Facebook Live. Sarasota Center of Light, 852 S Tuttle Ave. 941-953-6620, SarasotaCenterofLight.com.
saturday Sarasota Farmers Market - 7am-1pm. Rain or shine. Established in 1979, the market continues its tradition of serving the community with local produce, plants, prepared foods and artisans. They currently have a full market that includes 70 vendors and 5,000 sq ft of produce and plants. 1592 Main St from Lemon Ave to Selby Five Points Park, Downtown Sarasota. Central Sarasota Year-Round Farmers Market - 8am-1pm, rain or shine. Every agriculture vendor at the market (fruits, vegetables, herbs, plants, etc.) is a grower or farmer, not just a reseller. The Florida House, 4454 S Beneva Rd, Sarasota. CentralSarasotaFamersMarket.com. Bradenton Farmers’ Market - 9am-2pm. Over thirty-five vendors offering locally-grown fruits, vegetables, plants, organic products, fresh seafood, prepared foods, as well as the s of local artists, craftspeople and musicians. 1005 1st Ave W, Bradenton. 941-932-9440. RealizeBradenton.com/ our_vendors. Downtown Bradenton Farmers’ Market - 9am2pm. Features a special activity including guest chefs, raffles, arts & crafts vendors, children’s activities. Old Main St, Downtown parking/free on weekends. Dogs on leashes welcome. 941744-7484. Psychic Fair - 10am-3pm. 2 nd & 4th Sat. Are you searching, questioning and seeking answers? Choose from some of the best Intuitive Artists in the area. See what your future holds. Complimentary refreshments. Private Readings $1/Min. Angel Ministries, 2269 Tamiami Trail, Venice, 941-492-4995, AngelMinistriesfl.org. The Third Testament? - 11am. Introduction to the life work of Martinus. Live Stream with chat questions. Free. 941-462-3177, TheThirdTestament.info Living Spiritual Circle - 1pm. Circles via zoom with Rev. Suzi. Check website to sign up and for other classes available on Zoom. 3023 Proctor Rd., 941-955-3301, UnityOfSarasota.org.
Living Spiritual Circle - 4pm. Circles via zoom with Rev. Suzi. Check website to sign up and for other classes available on Zoom. 3023 Proctor Rd., 941-955-3301, UnityOfSarasota.org. Bentleys House - 7pm, 3rd Thurs of the month. A safe place to express your grief from loss of a pet. Contact Rev.Amy@UnityofSarasota.org for Zoom meeting instructions. Reservations required. Unity of Sarasota, 3023 Proctor Rd., Sarasota, UnityOfSarasota.org.
friday Living Spiritual Circle - 11am. Circles via zoom with Rev. Suzi. Check website to sign up and for other classes available on Zoom. 3023 Proctor Rd., 941-955-3301, UnityOfSarasota.org.
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Community for health + wellness. Offering hemp CBD, health remedies, metaphysical gifts and tools, crystals, cards, essential oils, jewelry and more! Classes and drop-in tarot and psychic readers daily. Open Tues -Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 10am-3pm, Closed Sun + Mon
ACUPUNCTURE/ CHINESE MEDICINE CARYN L. YOUNG, DOM, AP, OTR
Board Certified Acupuncture Physician The Integrated Path, P.A. 3148 Southgate Ci, Sarasota 941-924-8833 • IntegratedPath.com
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!
FAMILY HEALING CENTER, PA
Dr. Christina Captain, DAOM Nationally Board Certified Dipl.Ac Complimentary Meet & Greet The Medical Complex 2650 Bahia Vista Street, Suite 101, Sarasota, 941-951-1119 •FamilyHealingCenter.com
Family Healing Center, an integrative wellness practice. Addressing all health issues we will find the key to unlock your highest level of health and wellness. Complimentary Meet & Greet
BOOKSTORE/GIFT SHOPS THE OM SHOPPE
4801 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota 941-706-3257 • www.theomshoppe.com, www.theomshoppeandspa.com
Unique and one of a kind gifts, products, and spa services. The luxury spa includes services such as S o u n d Wa v e A t t u n ementTM, Crystal Alchemy Energy AttunementTM , and massages that incorporate the ancient healing sounds of singing bowls & crystal gridding. We offer an array of healthful and personally empowering products. Enjoy a visit to our showroom and discover the largest selection of crystal singing bowls in Florida. We invite you to stop in and mention code Natural10 to receive 10% off any single item.
DR. AMY TAFEEN, D.C.
Mobile Chiropractic Or in Sarasota/Bradenton Offices 941-447-2041 • DrAmyTafeen.com
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!
GENTLEBAY SARASOTA CHIROPRACTIC
Residual Strain Therapy Eric Winder DC Offices in Sarasota and Venice, FL 941-957-8390 • email@example.com
Professional care with a personal focus. Feel better through proper alignment, and get back to work and play! See our website for more information.
COLON HYDROTHERAPY COLON THERAPY CLINIC
Alain Menard • Allaesia Menard 7733 Holiday Drive • Sarasota, Fl 34231 941-922-7744• ColonTherapyClinic.com
Cleansing for digestive disorders. Licensed 42 years. Developed gentle technique. Foot bath and ear candling.
ACUPUNCTURE FACELIFT FACES BY DR ANNA
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.
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.
CRYSTALS THE OM SHOPPE
4801 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota 941-706-3257 • www.theomshoppe.com, www.theomshoppeandspa.com
Unique and one of a kind gifts, products, and spa services. The luxury spa includes services such as S o u n d Wa v e A t t u n ementTM, Crystal Alchemy Energy AttunementTM , and massages that incorporate the ancient healing sounds of singing bowls & crystal gridding. We offer an array of healthful and personally empowering products. Enjoy a visit to our showroom and discover the largest selection of crystal singing bowls in Florida. We invite you to stop in and mention code Natural10 to receive 10% off any single item.
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
FELDENKRAIS METHOD® 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.
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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.
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!
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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.
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 Caroline Crawford brings messages from your loved ones, human & animals with a profound wisdom and insight. Her deep connection to the Spirit world will light your path forward to greater peace, confidence and optimism. Touching hearts and souls for over four decades now, Caroline is currently based in Sarasota. By appointment only. CarolineCrawford.org
PAIN MANAGEMENT NECK AND BACK PAIN DISC CENTERS OF AMERICA/SARASOTA
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at Wild Ginger Apothecary 6557 Superior Avenue (Gulf Gate Shopping Village), Sarasota 941-312-5630 WildGingerApothecary.com
Fourth-generation Psychic Intuitive Tarot Reader, Skye Samuel, is now available full time for readings Tuesday-Saturday at metaphysical and health boutique, Wild Ginger Apothecary. Skye has over 35 years’ experience and specializes in direct question answering for all matters of love, health, money, and life. Inperson, virtual video or phone available. Book online or drop-in. Tues - Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 10am-3pm.
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.
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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.
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.
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