May 2023 Natural Awakening Sarasota

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HEALTHY LIVING | HEALTHY PLANET FREE WOMEN’S WELLNESS Stress Success Holistic Coping Strategies Achieving Radiant SkinTips to Feel and Look Great Hormone Balance Foods that Tip the Scale Toward Vitality MAY 2023 | Sarasota/Manatee/Charlotte Edition |
2 Sarasota/Manatee Edition Transforming Lives Through Holistic Care | Christina A. Captain, DAOM, MSHN, AP 2650 Bahia Vista St, Suite 101, Sarasota, Florida 34239 | 941.951.1119 | Our Offerings • Acupuncture • Acupuncture Point Injection • Cosmetic Acupuncture • Weight Management • Nutritional Assessment and Counseling • Fertility Care • Stop Smoking • Diagnostics • Treatment for Cancer Patients • Gastrointestinal Disturbances

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May 21: Where Are My Keys? Preventing & Reversing Cognitive Decline, Naturally

June 3: Connect with Your Womb: Harp Accompanied Womb Discovery & Vaginal Steam

June 18: Writing Your Previous Life Story

July 30: Too Sweet: High? Low? Autoimmune? Adrenal-based? Mycotoxins? Understand Your Blood Sugar

August 27: Loving Through the Chakras

November 12: All About Poop: How It Works, and What Can Go Wrong

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Caroline Peterson, DC, PhD, MPH Functional & Manual Hands-On Medicine for Natural Women’s Health Care
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If the first two bones in your neck are misaligned, communication between the brain and body is interrupted and can cause numerous health problems.

Dr. Drew Hall has practiced the Blair Upper Cervical Chiropractic technique for the last 20 years in Los Angeles and Carson California before opening his third clinic right here in Sarasota, Florida

Blair Upper Cervical Chiropractic is a unique chiropractic technique that focuses all its attention on the upper neck and how it impacts the brainstem and central nerve system. The Blair technique is precise, gentle, and does not use any pulling, popping, or twisting of the neck.

We have helped people with the following conditions:

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“I have over 20 years of practice experience and taking care of 10,000 patients f rom Los Angeles to Sarasota Florida. I recovered f rom severe chronic health problems 30 years ago after being introduced to blair upper cervical technique. It’s my lasting purpose to help as many people as possible live a life of health and happiness”.

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Monday Meditation Night 7pm weekly. All are welcome to come and explore with us a variety of meditation practices as we allow spirit to guide us. Come gather connect and breath we open to the possibilities. Arrive early, doors close at 7pm to honor our sacred space, Love donations welcomed. Spirit Speaks 411 W. Dearborn St. Englewood 734-464-6828

“Amazing! I’m now able to enjoy my activities. My husband and I started bowling and going to the driving range again. We used to go biking, but donated our bikes because we thought it was something I’d never be able to enjoy again, but NOW we’re looking to purchase bikes again! Thank you Dr. Korman!” - Linda

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Light-minded” Souls is a sacred circle that meets to honor and support each other weekly. We are all awakening and expanding in new ways. Whether you are just becoming aware or have been on your path. We offer a safe and supportive space to share. Bring your stories and experiences, or just listen as others share theirs. Arrive early, doors close at 7pm to honor our sacred space, Love donations welcomed. Spirit Speaks 411 W. Dearborn St. Englewood 734 -464-6828

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6 Sarasota/Manatee Edition Knee Pain? Laura R. Korman, DC, DACBN 16954 Toledo Blade Blvd. • Port Charlotte, FL 33954 (941)629-6700 • Functional Medicine | Over 30 Years in Private Practice Diplomate, American Clinical Board of Nutrition | Doctor of Chiropractic FINALLY, Get Rid of Knee Pain Without Drugs, Shots or Surgery! Do You Have Any Of The Following Conditions? •Arthritis • Knee pain • Cartilage damage • ‘Bone-on-bone’ • Tendonitis • Bursitis •Crunching & popping sounds A Non-Surgical, Non-Invasive, Knee Pain Treatment NOW AVAILABLE! Pain Relief With Laser Therapy!
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RELIEVE STRESS Let us guide your mind and body to RESTORE BALANCE • Over 30 years of clinical experience • Board-Certified Acupuncture Physician • Masters in Traditional Chinese Medicine • Acupuncture Diplomate NCCAOM Now in our new location! The Integrated Path, PA 2801 Fruitville Rd., Suite 135 (On the corner of Tuttle & Fruitville Roads) Sarasota, Fl 34237 941.924.8833 Favorite Acupuncture Physician Favorite Energy Healer Caryn L. Young, DOM, AP, OT We’ve Moved! Our Services Include: • Acupuncture • Oriental Medicine • Energetic Emotional Release • Bloodwork Analysis • Clinical Nutrition Assessments • Weight Management • Reiki Master • Occupational Therapy • ZYTO Elite (Computerized Bio-communication Technology) 22 THE DIVINE MESSINESS OF MOTHERHOOD 22 DETOXIFYING FOR WOMEN’S HEALTH 24 THE HEALING POWER OF INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE 26 ACHILLES TENDON RELIEF 28 CAROL PENN 30 SOLVING STRESS Holistic Tips From Lifestyle Doctors 32 TAKING CONTROL OF OUR HORMONES 34 GARDENING THERAPY 35 SKIN FITNESS 36 FIRST SIGNS OF MENOPAUSE 37 MICROPLASTIC OVERLOAD 38 BRINGING THE BOUNCE BACK 34 36 37 Contents DEPARTMENTS 11 news briefs 18 health briefs 18 eco tip 22 inspiration 24 community spotlight 28 wise words 32 conscious eating 34 green living 35 fit body 36 healing ways 37 healthy kids 38 natural pet 40 calendar 40 classifieds 45 resource guide

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Across the United States, May is recognized as National Women’s Healthcare Month, and over here at Natural Awakenings, our theme for this issue also centers around the importance of women’s wellness. From reproductive health and hormonal balance to stress management and natural skincare, we are examining the full spectrum of holistic wellness and longevity from the inside out. So join me for a snapshot of all the valuable insight and practical information this issue has to offer—let’s dive right in.

Our feature article for this month is titled, “Solving Stress: Holistic Tips from Lifestyle Doctors.” Chronic stress is both a physical and mental health issue, but it can be treated effectively using holistic interventions which take the whole person into account, rather than just focusing on surface-level symptoms. As this article points out, a combination of integrative and functional medicine, along with actionable lifestyle shifts, it’s possible to find the root cause of stress and formulate customizable solutions to improve mental, emotional and physical health.

Next, we’ll move on to our “Conscious Eating” article which explores the connection between hormonal balance and nutritional intake. Stabilizing your hormones is critical for overall health, whereas potential imbalances can lead to a host of chronic illnesses or other medical concerns such as diabetes, weight fluctuations, thyroid issues, skin problems, mood swings, infertility and persistent fatigue. Many factors can impact your hormones—and the foods you consume are no exception. In this article, you will learn which dietary choices benefit hormone production versus which ingredients can cause imbalances. You’ll find two healthy recipes from OB/GYN and hormonal health expert Dr. Anna Cabeca in there too.

While we’re on the subject of lifestyle factors and their overarching impact on wellness, we would be remiss not to mention exercise. But while it’s crucial to work out for strong muscles, resilient bones and mobile joints, another (often overlooked) organ also needs some toning—your skin. This month’s “Fit Body” makes the case for incorporating skin fitness into your normal routine. Exposure to irritants such as ultraviolent rays, pollution, weather extremes or processed ingredients can cause all types of skin conditions. However, with natural interventions and lifestyle modifications, a radiant appearance is within reach.

You know the drill—this is just a taste of all the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual enlightenment that awaits you inside these pages. As always, I hope that you will come away from this issue with a renewed sense of inspiration for your own wellness journey, and I will see you back here next month as we usher in the summertime.

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For Wellness Living, Joy & Empowerment Rev. Zan Benham (Butterfly Deerwoman) Private sessions: Counseling, Energy work, Reiki Master III, Teacher, Shamanism, Hypnosis, Past life Regression, Soul Retrieval, Oracle Card Readings, Ceremonialist, Intuitive and Visionary • • 941-922-7839 Sun. May 21 - Universal Service - 10:30am “The Natural Laws of Give and Take.” At Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd. or PW: RTI2021

Combat Spring Allergies at Professional Supplement Center

It’sthat season when pollen seems to be everywhere, and we are sneezing up a storm. According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI), as many as 30 percent of Americans suffer from allergic rhinitis, and that number continues to escalate across all industrialized nations. There are many reasons for such an increase, but it’s certainly possible to manage this condition.

Seasonal allergic rhinitis is associated with a chronic runny nose, laryngitis, ear infections, sleep problems, itchy skin and asthma. Allergic rhinitis is an overactive immune response characterized by a marked histamine release. Histamine signals an overproduction of mucus to prevent further airway absorption of allergens. However, the increase in histamine and mucus causes nasal congestion, rhinitis, itching and sneezing.

There are effective natural solutions to address allergic rhinitis without the side-effects of mainstream antihistamines. Professional Supplement Center offers a wide variety of formulas with ingredients such as quercetin, stinging nettle leaf, bromelain and NAC. Homeopathic combinations that yield reliable results are also available. Stop by for assistance in choosing the right option for you.

The numerous professional supplement brands offered here include Ortho Molecular, Pure Encapsulations, Xymogen, Standard Process, Douglas Laboratories, Thorne Research, Neuroscience, Wiley’s Finest Fish Oil and many more.

Location: 5525 Palmer Crossing Cir., Sarasota. For more information, call 941-487-5990 or visit

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New Class Offerings at Dance Alliance of Bradenton

TheDance Alliance of Bradenton announces the addition of DivaDance, with adult classes held at the new Monarch Studio on SR64. These classes run for 60 minutes, and will take place on Wednesdays at 10 a.m., Tuesdays at 8:15 p.m. and Thursdays at 7:15 p.m.

This dance program has been offered in St. Petersburg, Bradenton and Sarasota for several years. No experience is necessary, and the Dance Alliance has a new student trial offer for a free 10-day pass. In addition to DivaDance, there are many other classes available as well such as Freedom in Motion, Adult Yoga, Adult Creative Dance, Tap Dance, Jazz Dance, Hot Hula Fitness, Polynesian Dance and Balletone Standing Flow Fitness.

These classes are ideal for moving the body, activating the mind, releasing stress and promoting fun. Some classes, such as Yoga, also incorporate breathwork. All of these dance and movement offerings are sponsored by the Dance Alliance of Bradenton, and the full class schedule is listed on the website calendar.

For more information, call 941-718-0847, visit or follow

New Retreats, Workshops and Events at Objects

of Magic

The Objects of Magic Farm and Retreat now offers Healing Birthday Parties. The team will create a private à la carte special event for you and your guests to ensure a memorable healing celebration. These healing parties will take place in the natural, peaceful setting of Myakka, where Objects of Magic also hosts four-hour mini retreats.

Starting this month, two-hour mini treats will be held in the South Gate Community Center, and the four-hour retreats will take place at the Myakka Farm and Retreat center with the inclusion of dinner. Both are fantastic experiences to recharge and rejuvenate without the expense of a weekend trip.

The following retreats and programs are currently available. The two-hour Full Moon and New Moon Mini Retreats include light stretches, guided meditation, a sound bath and powerful intention setting. The four-hour Full Moon and New Moon Retreats feature light stretches with Kundalini yoga, guided meditations, a sound bath and intention setting with a hearty dinner and a bonfire.

Yoga in Myakka classes are also offered weekly, along with Reiki levels I, II or III. You can also experience a private sound bath healing session, relax in an infrared sauna, awaken your senses with a cold plunge, enroll in a farm or flower arrangement workshop, and register for either a private or group Power of Intention class.

In addition, you can book a private farm-to-table meal under the stars at the Myakka Farm and Retreat to share with your business clients or friends. This unforgettable evening will feature an international fusion of Asian, French and Italian cuisine.

Location: 14900 Coker Gully Rd., Myakka City. For more information or to sign up for classes, call 818-739-7834 or visit

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Invest in Health and Sustainability at Om Body Studios

Om Body Studios is a local company that embodies and exercises ideals of personal health and environmental sustainability. As educators in both yoga and artistic practice, the team strives to offer personalized instruction and exploration in yoga practices and immersive events.

Om Body Studios also has organic, plant-dyed clothing, body products, cosmetics and paints made by plants. All clothing is hand-crafted with 100% organic, sustainable, eco-conscious fabrics, and each product is created using earth pigments from sources such as plants, flowers, herbs, crystals, stones, clay, metals, nuts and seeds, lichen and mushrooms.

At Om Body Studios, you can take private yoga classes at any level, from beginner to advanced, at your choice of location (home, the beach, a park, etc.). Or you can schedule a corporate yoga and group event. The studio supplies yoga mats and organic towels. Essential oils can also be incorporated into the practice if you choose.

Om Body Studios also offers meditative sound baths with crystal singing bowls attuned to each chakra. These sound baths can help to balance energy fields in the body, often leaving participants with a sense of euphoria.

Om Body Studios is rooted in the belief that the earth provides everything humans need in all creative endeavors. Om Body Studios is a lifestyle brand for anyone looking to find a connection with the earth and to rediscover what has long been lost. From the inside out, this local business cares deeply about human and environmental wellness.

For more information, call 980-475-0229 or visit

Dr. Anna Can Make You Look Like Your Snapchat

Dr. Anna Baker, DOM, invites you to join her interactive anti-aging seminars via Zoom on May 10 and May 19, both at 1:30 p.m. During each seminar, she will showcase her Faces by Dr. Anna acupuncture facelift and muscle retightening Pearl Cream by Dr. Anna, both of which can make you look like your Snapchat filter pictures. Please contact the Pearl Cream by Dr. Anna store to access the meeting ID number. If you cannot attend either seminar live, Dr. Anna will send you a link to view a copy of the recording.

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 you will need a one-treatment touchup to maintain the lift. In these seminars, Dr. Anna will show photographed results on people of all ages. She will also discuss her proprietary Pearl Cream by Dr Anna that 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, a men’s anti-aging line and a sports performance line. The current Pearl Cream by Dr. Anna store hours are Monday–Friday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Pearl Cream by Dr. Anna location: 2721 Mall Dr., Sarasota. To access the meeting ID, call 941921-2662. For more information, visit and

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In Person & Love-Streaming!
Sundays at 11 am Sarasota Garden Club, 1131 Blvd of the Arts Love-Streaming on YouTube Live Our Channel is CSL Cultural Coast or try: See Calendar for Events • Email:
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How Tuning Forks Work in Sound Healing

Sound healing is on the rise, and tuning forks have started to become more mainstream. One reason for this is the influence of Marie Kondo, the tidying expert who has brought much attention to the use of tiny tuning forks to clear spaces.

There is a vast history of tuning forks and their applications in personal wellness, sound healing, music and the medical profession. Aside from helping to clear the energy of a space, how can tuning forks help enhance your personal well-being?

Research studies on tuning forks and the production of nitric oxide and brainwave entrainment point to the correlation of tuning fork therapy and the physiological reaction in the body. Sir Peter Guy Manners was likely the original pioneer of using Sound Therapy as a modality of healing. His research led to discovering the specific vibration of each human organ.

Much like a piano, the human body can fall out of tune. Tuning forks help to restore harmonic resonance and allow the body to enter a relaxed state of homeostasis, ultimately enabling it to heal. If you want to learn how to use these beautiful healing tools for personal or professional use, join the OM Shoppe and Spa for a full two-day immersion course.

Location: 4801 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. For more information, call 941-706-3257 or visit

Life Spectrum Institute Offers

CEs for Florida LMTs

Renewal time has arrived for Florida LMTs. Life Spectrum Institute offers both digital home study and live, handson courses for CE credits. Registration is now open for discerning, experienced therapists who are looking to take their practice to the next level.

Autonomic Fascial Integration provides 16 live, in-person CE credits. Instructor Juliet Mathison invites students to explore leading edge concepts in whole-system biomechanics. Students will discover the dynamics of the tensegrity matrix and learn to release trapped trauma from the global fascial network. The work is unique, innovative and not found elsewhere.

Autonomic Fascial Integration is a multifaceted approach to the release of contractive holding patterns in the connective tissue. This gentle, non-invasive method can facilitate a recalibration of the autonomic nervous system, resulting in lowered levels of stress and creating a positive feedback loop to maximize therapeutic outcomes. The approach is grounded in the context of the tensegrity matrix model of human biomechanics, a concept at the leading edge of scientific research in the neurobiology of fascial plasticity. Live courses will be offered in Orlando on June 17–18, Sarasota on July 8–9 and Miami on July 29–30.

Additionally, Life Spectrum Institute also offers Psycho-Emotional Functions of the Meridians, a digital home study course that can be taken anytime providing 2.5 CE credits. This course explores the inherent interconnectedness of physical and emotional well-being, known to Western medical science as psychoneuroimmunology. Within the Oriental model, we find a sophisticated system of body psychology that allows for precise specificity in identifying patterns of imbalance in both the body and emotions. This course provides the practitioner with comprehensive meridian therapy protocols to reduce stress and support well-being by facilitating physiological and psycho-emotional balance.

For more information and to register for these courses, visit Life Spectrum Institute is an NCBTMB (#1000129) approved provider and Florida Board of Massage Therapy (#50-25165) approved provider.

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Entertaining Sarasota

Trolley Tours

Hop aboard Discover Sarasota

Tours’ air-conditioned Dolly the Trolley for our newest tour, Sunset Cabaret, with local tour guide, actor, songwriter and raconteur Steve McAllister. Enjoy a free wine or beer in the Trolley Cottage Tiki Bar, then head out for a two-hour adventure.

This will include a stop at Lido Beach for a sunset view, as well as Sun King Brewery in the Limelight District for a craft beer sample. Enjoy entertaining tales about Sarasota’s colorful history, seasoned with cabaret-style songs, jokes and trivia along the way. The tour includes free parking and a complimentary drink at the Trolley Cottage Tiki Bar. The cost of this excursion is $52.99 plus a tax and handling fee.

Are you a foodie? Savor our Dine Along Tour with chef and guide Kelley Hawks on Wednesday nights, from 4–6:30 p.m., and enjoy a progressive dining experience with three unique stops. Enjoy pasta samples from Salute, a main dish from Spice Station and dessert from Main Street Creamery. You will also be treated to a mini food-related tour of downtown Sarasota along the way. This tour also includes free parking and a complimentary drink at the Trolley Cottage Tiki Bar. The cost (which includes all food) is $99, plus a tax and handling fee.

Check out the dates for these tours—as well as an Architecture Tour, Circus Secrets Tour, Haunted Sarasota Tour and Murder Mystery Trolley: Who Killed the Circus Queen?—on the calendar section of the website. 15 different informative and entertaining daytime and nighttime tours are currently available. In addition, the Trolley Cottage Gift Shop offers whimsical and charming Sarasota souvenirs for all ages.

Location: 1826 4th St., Sarasota. For more information and to book a tour, call 941-2609818 or visit


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Experience a New Spiritual Awakening with Sherry Lord

Sherry Lord is a world-renowned deep trance channel. As an inspirational speaker and founder of the Light Consciousness Expo, Lord channels the “Golden Keys of Aeroth” teachings to connect with angels, spiritual guides and those who have crossed to the other side.

Do you ever feel stuck, miss a loved one who has passed on, or have an important life decision to make? Lord can help you find the right path and direction, while empowering you to trust and follow your own inner wisdom.

During her “Golden Keys of Aeroth” seminars, you will also receive new spiritual insights and clarity to awaken and expand your own spiritual awareness. This will bring forth a wealth of information about the new paradigm of evolution taking place, both within the universe and Mother Gaia.

Aeroth has a unique, entertaining personality that is fun to interact with. Meditation upgrades are also available during these seminars. Each seminar will dive into various topics of awakening, as well as question-and-answer sessions. You’re sure to discover all sorts of new information and insights on the consciousness of our planetary evolution. You will also receive and experience one of Aeroth’s Complete Program Clearing.

For more information, call 941-961-2731 or visit

Five-Year Celebration at the Divine Chapel of Love

TheCosmic Center of Spiritual Light’s Divine Chapel of Love celebrates five years of offering a beautiful environment for those who come to commit their love for one another. This venue helps to create special, lifelong memories and unique, customizable experiences.

Also, at the Cosmic Center, Reverend Nancy Robinson will offer a deep breath and crystal healing interactive workshop on May 12 at 7 p.m. Robinson will take participants through several deep breathing exercises to prepare the chakras and body to receive healing energies. Each person will then relax in a reclining chair and have a clear quartz crystal placed on their Ajna chakra, Heart chakra and Solar Plexus chakra to aid in the release of trapped energies.

Finally, Robinson will guide the participants in a meditative crystal healing experience accompanied by a crystal sound bowl. After the healing, Robinson will place an energetic auric shield around each participant. The cost to attend this workshop is $40. To register, visit the calendar tab on the Cosmic Center’s website.

Location: 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Sarasota. For more information, call 941-371-9333, visit or, or follow on Facebook and Instagram.

Flobucha, Sarasota’s All-Natural, Organic Kombucha Bar

Comeand visit Sarasota’s first non-alcoholic bar, focused 100 percent on kombucha. Flobucha is a brewery and taproom located in the beautiful Gulfgate Village which produces and serves premium raw kombucha, fermented to perfection.

Flobucha comes in six unique flavors, all of which are meticulously crafted and balanced. It’s brewed with all-natural, organic ingredients, raw, unfiltered and never pasteurized. Not only does this kombucha taste delicious, but it’s also rich in natural probiotics, healthy organic nutrients and antioxidants.

“We always combine a fruit or berry flavor with fresh organic herbs or flowers to create unique and rich flavor profiles,” says founder Florian Trinkwalder. The results are delicious combinations like Blueberry Lemon Basil or Guava Lemon Ginger Hibiscus.

Blackberry Fennel Lemon Lavender tastes almost like a wine, and Trinkwalder loves to enjoy it in a wine glass as a non-alcoholic wine alternative. Passionfruit Orange Guava is inspired by a Hawaiian drink called POG which is a mix of Passionfruit, Orange and Guava juices. “My friend Samy recently moved to Hawaii, and when he told me about POG, I knew that I had to try to make a POG kombucha. It was an instant hit,” says Trinkwalder.

Raspberry Lemon Lavender is the tartest Flobucha flavor, and it’s most refreshing when served over ice. There’s also Pomegranate Lemon Ginger, which is just as exceptional as all the other flavor profiles—in fact, it’s hard to even pick a favorite.

The Flobucha taproom is also a fun hangout place. As a sober venue, it is ideal for people who want to meet for a drink with their friends or socialize in a safe, non-toxic environment. There are also fun events like food pop-ups, open mics, live music and more.

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Earth-Friendly Delights for Mom

This year, consider putting an ecological spin on Mother’s Day by showering her with gifts that honor Mother Earth. Here are some sustainable gifting ideas.

Flower Power

Lavish her with an eco-friendly bouquet. Conventional blooms that are flown in from South America can be riddled with fungicides, carcinogen-laden floral foams, sheens and other hazardous chemicals, not to mention the huge carbon footprint required to bring them here. Locally grown, organic flowers at farmers markets, sustainable florists and small-business greenhouses are produced with fewer or no chemicals, support pollinators and require no jet fuel to get to mom’s doorstep.

Choice Chocolates

Satisfy mama’s sweet tooth with organic, fair-trade chocolate that helps cocoa farmers earn a living wage and does not promote deforestation. Opting to buy ethical chocolate prevents child and slave labor and provides women equal pay as well as opportunities to own a business. Look for certified, fair-trade labels as well as non-GMO and organic certifications.

Bling Blessings

Adorn her with ethically sourced and sustainable jewelry created from recycled precious metals, Fairmined Ecological gold and conflict-free gemstones. Beautiful, one-of-a-kind creations can be found at local artisan fairs or online from eco-conscious jewelers. Look for sellers with sustainable jewelry certifications and those that use recycled, upcycled or reclaimed materials.

Climate Café

Fill her cup with bird-friendly, shade-grown, fair-trade coffees and teas that offer a healthier caffeine fix while protecting bird populations and canopy cover. Choosing products labeled Rainforest Alliance Certified or Bird Friendly helps to ensure the habitat for 40 species of migratory songbirds that winter in plantations.

Local Luxuries

There are so many ways to support the local economy while treating mom to an unforgettable experience that makes her feel extra-special. Give her a gift certificate for a massage, aromatherapy session or makeover at an organic salon. Treat her to a fabulous dinner at a vegan restaurant. Subscribe her to receive a monthly produce box from a community-supported agriculture outlet. Pack a healthy picnic and spend the afternoon together at the park. Create a gift basket of goods made by local artisans, including beeswax candles, pottery or body treats like handmade soaps and lotions.

Hope for Chronic Pain Relief

Those who suffer from chronic pain might wonder if there is any hope for relief or improvement. This can lead many to opt for narcotics, injections and surgeries. However, it’s possible to alleviate chronic pain without an invasive procedure. Initial pain can be triggered by various factors, but the root cause of chronic pain is rarely that initial trigger.

Instead, it’s usually the act of compensating for pain that creates dysfunctional movement patterns, which then exacerbate the discomfort. Pain is an alarm that signals a problem. Gas pain hurts, but it dissipates once the gas is relieved. Broken bones are painful, but the pain leaves once they heal. However, repeated compensatory movements lead to one side of the

body functioning differently from the other. Over time, this will inevitably cause chronic pain.

The body only has 206 bones but has over 600 muscles. Muscular compensations made to avoid pain often create muscular asymmetries throughout the whole body. As such, treatment should be holistic, rather than only addressing the area of pain.

Try standing in front of a mirror to assess any potential biomechanical asymmetries. For example, you might notice the navel is not aligned with the breastbone. Maybe one shoulder is higher than the other, or one foot points outward, while the other foot is straight. Correcting asymmetries is often the key to solving chronic pain. Few medical professionals discuss pain from this angle, but it could be a solution to lasting pain relief.

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Chronic Pelvic Pain: Find Your Cause to Find Your Cure

Over25% of women experience chronic pelvic pain that lasts consistently for more than six months. This is one of the most difficult conditions to diagnose. In fact, only about 50 percent of cases receive a diagnosis. Without a diagnosis, it is hard to know what and how to treat.

What’s more, 80 percent of chronic pelvic pain is unrelated to gynecologic conditions, but accounts for 40 percent of laparoscopies and 12 percent of hysterectomies in the U.S. Since biomedical testing is limited in its efficacy, functional medicine can help us understand the root cause of chronic pelvic pain.

We know that chronic pelvic pain usually has multiple contributing factors. These include organs and other structures that are outside of the pelvis, a history of trauma (including emotional trauma), inflammatory conditions and a myofascial component to pain. As such, when someone visits a healthcare provider to help with chronic pelvic pain, this practitioner will not only look at the pelvis or the muscles and joints.

An adequate work-up includes assessing structures and systems outside of the pelvis, as well as involving the patient in both treatment protocols and decision-making. There is no home-run intervention for chronic pelvic pain. This could mean chronic pelvic pain has many possible origins, so for an intervention to be successful, the specific origin of pelvic pain must be identified in order to treat it correctly.

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Reversing Type 2 Diabetes With Diet

A Type 2 diabetes (T2D) diagnosis is often regarded as a lifelong sentence and typically treated as such, requiring an increasing number of drugs. However, sustained remission of T2D is now well established.

In a recent primary care-based cohort study published in BMJ Nutrition, Prevention & Health, advice on a lower-carbohydrate diet and weight loss protocols was offered routinely to 9,800 patients with T2D between 2013 and 2021. Overall, remission was achieved in 51 percent of the patients that adopted a low-carb lifestyle, with individuals diagnosed with T2D within the previous year more likely to achieve remission (77 percent) than those that had been diagnosed for longer (20 percent for patients with a T2D duration greater than 15 years). Additionally, about 97 percent of the patients experienced improvements in blood glycemic control. Average low-density lipoprotein cholesterol and systolic blood pressure decreased, and there were also significant financial savings on drugs.

A low-carb diet may give hope to those with T2D as a practical, manageable way to achieve remission, as well as substantial health and financial benefits. Even for those with poorly controlled T2D that may not achieve remission, improvements in diabetic control may be within reach.

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Benefits of Water Immersion

During Birth Seniors Avoid the Hospital With Nature

New research has found that exposure to natural environments may reduce the risk of hospitalization for older adults with Alzheimer’s disease, related dementias and Parkinson’s disease. The cohort study included approximately 62 million Medicare beneficiaries aged 65 years or older that lived in the contiguous United States from 2000 to 2016. Researchers looked at ZIPCode-level greenness, percentages of park cover and blue space (water) cover, as well as hospitalizations. They found that exposure to greenness, park cover and blue space cover reduced hospitalizations for patients with Parkinson’s. Greenness—but not park or blue space cover—was associated with a lower risk of hospitalization due to Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

Water immersion during labor is an increasingly popular birthing option for healthy women that experience a straightforward pregnancy, labor spontaneously at full term and plan to give birth in a midwifery-led care setting. The process involves immersion in a birth pool to achieve relaxation and pain relief during the first and possibly part of the second stage of labor. The mother exits the pool for the actual birth, allowing the infant to emerge outside of the water. This method is different from a water birth, during which the woman remains in the pool as the infant emerges into the water and is then brought to the surface to initiate breathing.

In a new systematic review and meta-analysis published in BMJ Open, researchers compared the interventions and outcomes of water immersion, water birth and no-water-immersion births. After reviewing 36 studies encompassing the experiences of about 150,000 women, researchers found that water immersion significantly reduced the use of epidurals, injected opioids, episiotomy, maternal pain and postpartum hemorrhage. There was also an increase in maternal satisfaction and improved odds of an intact perineum with water immersion. Water births were associated with increased odds of the tearing of the umbilical cord from the placenta, making delivery of the placenta difficult, although the absolute risk remained low (4.3 versus 1.3 per 1,000). There were no differences in any other identified neonatal outcomes.

Ashwagandha May Improve Women’s Sexual Experience

Poor sexual function affects about 40 percent of women and may worsen their quality of life. Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is a known adaptogenic herb that has been reported to improve sexual satisfaction, sleep and quality of life in women. Researchers in Mumbai set out to evaluate the efficacy and safety of standardized ashwagandha root extract in improving sexual function in healthy females.

A randomized, placebo-controlled study of 80 women between the ages of 18 and 50 with hypoactive sexual desire disorder and no other hormonal imbalances were given either 300 milligrams of ashwagandha root extract twice daily or a placebo for eight weeks. Sexual function, quality of life and safety were assessed. In comparison to the control group, the ashwagandha participants experienced statistically significant improvements in sexual desire, arousal and satisfaction; improved lubrication and orgasm; and less pain.

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The Divine Messiness of Motherhood

The pitter-patter of little feet is one of life’s most beautiful blessings, but motherhood has always been a challenging role. In today’s world, the calling is more complicated than ever, and the average Mama Bear has a lot on her many plates. Despite support systems, juggling it all is often an obstacle course moms navigate behind closed doors.

It’s okay to not be okay. Society tends to impose unnecessary guilt upon mothers for voicing what most parents feel at one time or another. Feelings are human, and so too is being overwhelmed. Self-care enables us to nurture others, and it begins by being gentle with ourselves as we weave a tapestry of work, soccer games, homework and bedtime baths. Even when the threads are haphazard and tangled, it is healing to surrender to the realization that sometimes we cannot do it all, and it is not a sign of failure. Showing only the good days on social media or going on autopilot can add pressure, instead of peace.

“There’s no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one,” says author Jill Churchill. Being a good mother begins by being good to ourselves, and it doesn’t require a miracle to make it happen. A few minor routine adjustments can renew sanity and energy:

n Take one minute to run comfortably hot water over your hands and relax into the stream. Hot water helps the body release dopamine, a neurotransmitter responsible for inducing joyful feelings, lessening pain and lifting anxiety.

n Instead of scrolling through social media, take 10 or 15 minutes to do nothing. Lie down on the floor, close your eyes and just breathe. Surrender completely to letting go; begin by relaxing facial muscles and work your way down to your toes.

n Play a favorite song and dance with your kids.

n Avoid overscheduling and “shoulds”.

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Detoxifying for Women’s Health:


The incidence and prevalence of diseases or death in women are different from men in several ways, but similar in others. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for everyone, while cancer is responsible for more female deaths, accounting for 22 percent of all female deaths in the United States, regardless of race or age.

In addition, the types of cancer that impact women differ from those that impact men. Breast and lung cancer are the primary cancers in women, while lung and prostate cancer are more prevalent in men. Other conditions that affect women include vascular disease, stroke, COPD (chronic lower lung disease), Alzheimer’s disease and diabetes, the latter of which contributes to the severity of all aforementioned diseases. Interestingly, each of those diseases has one common factor—

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toxicity. Biochemical, physical, emotional and spiritual toxicity all contribute to the development of degenerative diseases. However, in today’s world, biochemical toxins also cause damage across all ecosystems and species. Toxins can result in vascular damage which, in turn, leads to vascular disease. Toxins also impair sugar management, often leading to diabetes or causing inflammation in the body. This can ultimately cause degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s.

Interventions in a toxic world are for improving the current and future health of women. Here are some tips to help with detoxification and promote overall health:

Choose whole, unprocessed foods, free of harmful additives and chemicals. Organic produce and meat are healthy choices to reduce pesticide exposure and other toxins.

Drink enough water to flush toxins from the system and help the organs function optimally. Aim for at least eight glasses of water each day. Infuse a slice of lemon or lime in the water for more flavor

and detoxifying benefits.

Exercise regularly to increase circulation, flush toxins out of the system and support organ health, while reducing inflammation in the body.

Practice mind-body techniques such as meditation, deep breathing or yoga to reduce stress and promote emotional wellness. This also helps reduce emotional toxicity.

Consider consuming daily supplements such as milk thistle, N-acetylcysteine or alpha-lipoic acid to support liver function and eliminate toxins from the body.

Use natural cleaning products, free of harmful chemicals, to reduce overall exposure to toxins throughout the home.

Prioritize adequate sleep each night to help the body repair, regenerate and eliminate toxins, while supporting overall health.

Avoid foods that contain toxic pesticide residue. The Environmental Working Group provides an annual report called “The Dirty Dozen and Clean 15.” This re-

source will make it easier to choose foods that are free of these toxins.

Avoid types of fish that contain toxic metals such as tuna, swordfish, shark and lobster. Choose safer alternatives instead. Limit added sugar intake to reduce the toxins that challenge metabolic health. Drink filtered water that removes lead, chlorine and petrochemicals, including PFAS.

By following these tips, women can feel better and avoid degenerative illnesses in the future. Detoxifying the body is crucial for maintaining health and wellness, and reducing exposure to toxins is a vital step of this process.

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The Healing Power of Integrative Medicine:


Hereon the balmy Florida Suncoast, we have a host of wellness benefits—the healing sunshine, the salty ocean breeze, the biodiverse ecosystems and health practitioners who combine the latest science of conventional medicine with the ancient wisdom of holistic care.

One such practitioner is Dr. Leo Gallego, DOM, AP, a new associate at the Sarasota Center for Acupuncture and Nutrition. Dr. Leo is on a mission to make quality, sustainable, empowering healthcare accessible to everyone, and I had the honor of speaking with him for this month’s Community Spotlight.

Natural Awakenings: What specific qualities drew you to join the team at Sarasota Center for Acupuncture and Nutrition?

Dr. Leo Gallego: This might sound cliche, but I’ll say it. Sarasota Center for Acupuncture and Nutrition (SCAN) encompasses all I have ever wanted in a healthcare clinic—acupuncture, nutritional counseling, functional medicine (or as I like to call it, systemic holistic medicine) and so much more. The SCAN clinic aims to provide optimal wellness care to the entire community of Sarasota and its surrounding areas.

SCAN sees patients daily for a multitude of health concerns such as pain management, internal medicine, mental health, weight loss and insomnia, just to name a few. My goal as an associate at SCAN is not only to provide the best healthcare possible to my patients, but also to create an environment that resonates with everything this clinic stands for—integrity, respect and a sincere commitment to each patient’s well-being. This includes empowering and educating patients to take an active role in their own health journeys.

NA: Can you summarize both your educational and professional background within the holistic or alternative healthcare space?

Dr. Leo: It started with a passion for nutrition and science during my experience with weight loss as a youth. This led me to pursue an undergraduate education in Public Health with a focus in Nutrition. I worked in the prevention and education sector with an HIV/AIDs non-profit organization for several years. As a medical case manager, I saw firsthand the many obstacles and gaps in our conventional healthcare system.

I subsequently left that position to work as a Medical Education Coordinator in St. Petersburg General Hospital, where I built

out continuing medical education (CME) programs for various medical specialties. During this time, my respect for science and medicine grew, but I also could not overlook certain limitations in conventional healthcare, which sparked my interest in holistic and integrative medicine.

I returned to school here in Sarasota to receive my graduate education in Traditional Chinese Medicine and became a Nationally Board-Certified Diplomate of Oriental Medicine and Licensed Doctor of Oriental Medicine (DOM).

For the past two years, I have been privileged to work alongside Dr. Chistina Captain (DAOM), the founder of SCAN clinic, where I continue to see the success of this medicine on a daily basis. Now more than ever, I can attest to the powerful and effective symbiotic relationship between both conventional and integrative medicine.

NA: What treatment modalities do you specialize in, and what unique attributes do you have to offer the patients who walk into your office?

Dr. Leo: Here at SCAN, we offer a variety of modalities such as Acupuncture, Acupoint Injection Therapy (AIT), Frequency Specific Microcurrent (FSM), Nutritional Counseling, Herbal Supplements and more. These are the modalities I primarily focus on. My specialties lie in chronic pain management and interventions for depression, anxiety or other mood disorders. In my 20s, I practiced yoga with a renowned international yoga teacher named Jade Skinner. Through this, I learned the importance of the mind-body connection.

Many times, emotional trauma can either cause or exacerbate physical pain—and vice versa. In my own experience as a teacher and practitioner of movement therapy, I have not only witnessed this phenomenon, but I have also encountered it myself. Therefore, when I meet a patient for the first time, I view this person as a whole, from every angle. I consider their fitness level, occupation, dietary habits, social interactions, stress management and other lifestyle factors. As a result, I can form a treatment plan tailored to their specific needs.

I am also a firm believer that each patient’s wellness is in both of our hands—mine and theirs. This is the most efficient and effective way to provide sustainable results. In the clinic setting, we form a practitioner-to-patient relationship that includes honest communication and collaborative goal pursuit. I will invest my time and knowledge into the health of each person, and I encourage all of my patients to do the same.

NA: As a new clinician at Sarasota Center for Acupuncture and Nutrition, what are your main objectives for this practice?

Dr. Leo: My mission is simple—to continue offering the best healthcare possible to Sarasota and its surrounding communities, while also promoting the benefits of Traditional Chinese Medicine in conjunction with other more conventional modalities. As a native of beautiful Cali, Colombia, I also aspire to reach our local Latinx community and welcome all Spanish speakers with open arms. Sí, se habla Español.

At SCAN, my goal is to educate all patients who walk through our doors, so they can leave the clinic with the resources and confidence to empower their lives. We treat a multitude of conditions at

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our clinic, so I feel it is important for each patient to not only find hope, but also to access education on how to feel their best in the long run.

NA: What excites you the most about helping and empowering others to improve both their wellness and quality of life?

Dr. Leo: Everything. I respect each patient from the moment they walk in, knowing they are coming to me in a humble state, to the moment they walk out the door, trusting they will do their own part to continue the healing journey. I feel a powerful sense of gratitude for everyone who seeks out my guidance and entrusts their healthcare to me.

Of course, it’s always rewarding to see a patient come into the clinic and show off their newfound abilities to dance without pain or share how refreshed they feel after finally achieving an entire week of sound sleep. However, the whole process from start to finish is truly a blessing, and I am so thankful for all of it. Generally, I see a patient more than once, and it is a pleasure to learn about them and their experiences. These authentic interactions provide me with insight on how to approach each unique healing journey—I would not have it another way.

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Stan could stretch the calf for temporary relief, but the calf tension would never fully alleviate since it was triggered from another part of the body.

Getting Relief



due to a painful, inflamed Achilles tendon can cramp your lifestyle. A form of tendonitis, this problem affects the large tendon that connects your calf muscles to the back of your heel. For many, this pain becomes persistent, making it difficult to treat. Frustration builds when treatment brings the sufferer initial relief, only to flare up again later.

Fortunately, problems with this tendon can often be greatly relieved by looking at underlying causes in the connective tissue called fascia. Many cases of Achilles tendonitis are caused by repetitive stress in activities like running or jumping. However, most cases are not caused by a specific injury and seem to develop for no obvious reason. In my practice, I find that inflammation and pain in the tendon can be traced to problems in the fascia, which is a fabric-like fibrous tissue found throughout the body.

Structural Fabric

Fascia covers the muscles and bones, connecting them to other tissues. This structural fabric, which is found everywhere in the body, holds special nerve endings that sense pressure and tension. When you move, these nerve endings send signals that tell your brain where the body parts are located in space.

The medical term for this is proprioception, which means “position sense.” This information allows you to maintain coordination, balance, joint alignment and muscular stability. A restriction or distor-

tion in the fascia in one area of the body can confuse those signals and affect another area, resulting in subtle weakness and instability of muscles or joints. As a result, this can cause pain and injury, including problems like Achilles tendonitis.

No Beach Walks

A patient, whom I will refer to as Stan, came into my office looking for help with tendonitis that had caused heel pain for years. While he could walk normally for short distances, he would start to limp after more than 10 minutes of walking. The extra muscle resistance of walking on sand made beach walks with his wife out of the question.

Physical therapy with ultrasound, stretching and strengthening exercises would help to relieve acute pain flares, but no treatment had resolved the problem long-term. He heard that my practice took a wholebody approach to finding the underlying causes of pain, and he wondered if we could find an explanation for his own problem.

Stan’s initial examination at the office showed restriction of the fascia near his Achilles tendon and in the muscle just above. More importantly, there were tight restrictions in the fascia of certain hip and low back muscles that triggered uneven muscle tension in both the hip and thigh on his painful side.

That instability caused a deep tension in his calf muscle, resulting in excess strain on the Achilles tendon. In this situation,

Treatment for Stan focused on hands-on therapy to release fascia restrictions in the low back and hip area, then eventually in the calf muscle as well. Low-level laser therapy was 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 twomile walks for exercise around his neighborhood with only mild discomfort. By the time his treatment was finished, Stan could walk in the sand again and enjoy strolling 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 muscular imbalance or pain throughout 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 tendonitis are exactly the same. However, I find that using the principles above 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 provide remarkable results when treating Achilles tendonitis. I recommend that anyone who is suffering from this type of pain consider seeking out a practitioner who can evaluate potential problems in the fascia, using a whole-body approach.

Dr. Eric Winder uses gentle manual therapy and rehabilitation techniques to help patients with a wide range of pain and injury problems. For more information, call 941-9578390 or visit Dr. Winder’s offices are located in Sarasota and Osprey.

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Why did you write your book?

Because I was heartbroken after speaking to an 8-year-old in Parkland, Florida. I asked him, “Are you looking forward to going back to school?” not realizing his older sibling was one of the teenagers murdered in the Stoneman Douglas school shooting. He responded, “I feel like something bad could happen, and no one will be able to help me—not my parents, not my teachers, not even the president.”

An 8-year-old shouldn’t be afraid to go to school, and if that’s what our society is becoming, then children need resiliency skills, a way to self-soothe, and so do their parents. The book is a response to gun violence, but it also applies to the pandemic and other unprecedented events that cause that kind of internal chaos and disorientation that leads to mood disorders, depression, anxiety and suicidality. Whether it’s meditation, yoga, journaling or something else, mind-body skills can get you back to your center so you can function at a higher level from a place of calm and relaxed awareness, versus out of fear and nervousness.

Why do you define meditation as relaxed awareness?

Many people think that you have to sit in a certain posture and have no thoughts to meditate, but that isn’t true. We have 60,000 thoughts a day, and we don’t pay attention to most of them. Meditation allows you to slow your thoughts so they’re not as overwhelming and don’t interfere as much. When thoughts slow down and there’s space between them, your body also begins to slow down. Neurotransmitters like dopamine, oxytocin, serotonin and endorphins are released in the brain, and you feel their downstream effect, which we call relaxation.

What is soft belly breathing?

Many times, you get into this rigid kind of breath where you’re holding your belly in and your shoulders are thrown back. People think they look better if they have a flat, tight belly, and that’s how they’re moving in the world, but they’re not getting the full experience of the breath. Soft belly breathing relaxes the torso, particularly that area just below your navel. This type of breathing allows the diaphragm to push down and massage everything beneath it, improving digestion and elimination processes and allowing the lungs to fill out from their bases where you pick up all the oxygen and nutrients that need to be carried throughout the body. As you inhale, say the word “soft” to remind yourself to soften and let go of any muscle tension. As you exhale, say “belly” to be reminded not to hold that part of the body in a rigid way.

Why do you say that movement is medicine?

Motion is synonymous with life. There’s always something moving, even when we’re asleep. Even gentle movement helps the body release endorphins, which elevate our mood, reduce pain and bring us pleasure. We want to bring that flow and fluidity into our lives so that we can tap into it on purpose. Have you ever noticed the less you move, the harder it is to move? Movement needs to be encouraged throughout the lifespan.

What movements do you recommend?

One starts in a standing position. Notice how the rib cage moves as you soft belly breathe. Soften the knees, drop the chin to the chest and as you inhale, lift the arms and feel yourself float away slightly from the body to create a gentle undulation of the spine. This stimulates the “mu” receptors that cause our brain to release pain-reducing endorphins.

Another is to shake it off, like when a dog is walking along and all of a sudden their back twitches, they shake and then continue along their merry way. If we’re bothering them, dogs will literally shake it off. They don’t let it anchor in the body, in their muscles and in their nervous system the way that humans do. Some people wake up tired. Their jaw hurts because they were clenching their teeth all night. By shaking off that tension for one to three minutes, you loosen the tight ligaments where we habitually hold tension.

What is “taking your seat on your throne,” and how can it help us?

I came up with that when teaching women how to meditate from a seated position. Women wear so many hats that life can feel weary, so asking them to sit down as if they’re taking a seat upon the throne of their own well-being gives them a way of sitting that’s different than just plopping down and collapsing because they’re exhausted. It shifts the energy and mental picture. You are more than the exhausted mother, executive, wife or caretaker. There’s a regal elegance, calm and quiet strength inside, and we’re going to meet her in our time of meditation.

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Medicine is changing as a new class of doctors endeavors to treat the whole person rather than the symptoms of disease, helping their patients achieve optimal health with lifestyle changes, medicine, herbs, supplements and modalities tailored to the individual. No longer reaching for a prescription pad as often, these functional and integrative physicians are spending an average of 45 minutes per office visit. Using their sleuthing skills and innovative skillsets, they ask probing questions about a patient’s current lifestyle and history, pinpoint the root cause of a problem and craft customized solutions.

To help someone manage stress, a functional or integrative doctor may suggest a daily dose of herbal tea, nightly entries in a gratitude journal, a visualization practice, brisk walks, gardening, art therapy, mindful meditation, a nutrient-rich diet that reduces food allergies, yoga poses and regular sessions of qigong or tai chi. Armed with an extensive list of better-for-you choices than addictive, prescription sleeping pills or tranquilizers, individuals are empowered to improve their health and eliminate stress. Studies suggest that 75 to 90 percent of illnesses are stress related. Getting to the root cause before it escalates into cardiovascular disease, depression or diabetes is what curious and compassionate doctors do.

“Because sleep is a great resolution to almost anything, it’s one

of the first things I consider,” says Carrie Jones, a functional and naturopathic doctor in Portland, Oregon. “Stress can be physiological, caused by parasites, viruses, bacteria and toxins, as well as blood sugar imbalances. Not getting enough sleep, or poor sleep, is stressful to the body, which is on alert all the time.”

According to Jones, finding ways to coax the body into feeling safe can help people relieve stress and get a good night’s sleep. “People rarely realize that basic things such as joy, play, laughter and a community of supportive people have anything to do with feeling safe enough to sleep deeply. It’s why I inquire about those things,” she explains.

Tips for Sounder Slumber

n Turn the thermostat down in the bedroom. A cool temperature combats insomnia.

n Snuggle under a weighted blanket. The gentle pressure signals the autonomic nervous system to go into rest mode.

n Install blackout shades. Light decreases melatonin, the sleep hormone.

n Avoid alcohol before bed, as it can disrupt the sleep cycle.

n Stop using electronics, including social media, television and phones, two hours before getting under the covers. The blue light emitted by screens restrains the production of melatonin.

Connecting and spending quality social time with friends helps to alleviate stress. Anna Cabeca, a triple board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist, advises, “Every day, stress causes the stress hormone cortisol to go up and oxytocin, the connecting hormone, to go down, lessening the desire to connect. It’s a double whammy for women in perimenopause and menopause, because hormones are declining, and

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stress overloads the already overtaxed endocrine system.”

Rebecca Hunton, personalized medicine doctor and founder of Radiantly Healthy MD, in Melbourne, Florida, coaches her patients to modify unhelpful habits. “I’m always looking for that one thing that patients can easily change. Sometimes it’s teaching them the difference between stress resilience and stress avoidance. A stress avoidance activity is spending two hours playing a game on your phone that leaves you beating yourself up and feeling like, ‘Why did I waste all that time?’ If, on the other hand, an activity leaves you feeling energized and wanting to tackle the other things on your to-do list, you just did a stress resilience activity,” says Hunton.

Stress Resilience Activities

n Meditation

n Prayer

n Chanting a mantra

n Expressing creativity, such as cooking or painting

Carol Penn is a dual board-certified physician and movement coach in New Jersey. While observing her 87-year-old father practicing qigong, a form of meditation in motion, she had an epiphany and saw a powerful life lesson occurring before her eyes. “Moving with strength and grace through his practice so close to the end of his life, it occurred to me that he was role-modeling what it would be like for me to be kind to my future self. I teach my patients from this perspective, visualizing their future selves full of health, vitality, wonder and awe,” says the author of Meditation in a Time of Madness

Qigong has psychological and physical components, regulating the mind, body movement, breath and posture. “It balances and calms the autonomic, sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems so that you feel less stress upon completion of the practice. Movements are designed to build longevity on a cellular level,” Penn explains.

According to Lorraine Maita, a board-certified functional and integrative doctor in New Jersey, “The body sends out hormonal fight-or-flight signals when it’s distressed. In the initial stages, there’s a release of adrenaline, followed by cortisol, keeping your body on high alert. To most people, stress is just worry, and they’re thinking they’re handling it, but stress can be like a viral program running in the background all the time. It’s still there whether you’re reacting to it or not, whether you’re stuffing it under the surface or not. It’s why you go to therapy with mental stress, or why you need someone to talk to for processing it.”

Maita is a proponent of alternative modalities that help people modulate the stress response. “I recommend HeartMath to my patients, which is self-regulation technology based on more than 32 years of scientific research on the psychophysiology of stress, resilience and the interactions between the heart and brain,” says the author of Vibrance for Life: How to Live Younger and Healthier.

Jaquel Patterson, a naturopathic physician and medical director of Fairfield Family Health, in Connecticut, might determine if her patient is suffering from chronic stress by testing their saliva for cortisol levels in the morning and evening. Noting that her favorite teas for sleep and relaxation are chamomile and passionflower, she explains that passionflower is for someone that can’t fall asleep because there’s a radio playing in their head. “For dealing with stress, I like adaptogens, such as Siberian ginseng, rhodiola rosea, ashwagandha, holy basil and L-theanine. The stress response requires a lot of B vitamins, along with magnesium and vitamin C,” she says.

Citing Hal Elrod’s book The Miracle Morning, Patterson recommends starting every day with a set of stress-relieving rituals Elrod calls “Life S.A.V.E.R.S.” She explains, “S is for silence, like meditation. A is for affirmations. V is for visualization, so you can visualize how your day is going to be. E is for exercise. R is for reading, and S is for scribing, writing things in a journal.”

Pointing out the differences between stress and anxiety, Patterson notes that anxiety is a continual rumination of thoughts, second-guessing and overthinking. Anxiety can cause stress, but stress can occur without anxiety. People with high anxiety sometimes have heart palpitations. Some stress is good for us. Without any stressors, Patterson cautions, we are unmotivated, lethargic and lacking in enthusiasm.

Technological Solutions to Quiet the Anxious Mind

n Reflect Orb: This handheld biofeedback device can help an individual self-monitor their body’s physiology and learn to control the involuntary body-mind connection.

n Meditation apps: Insight Timer, Calm and similar apps offer guided meditations, relaxing music videos and meditation instruction for newbies and experienced practitioners.

n YouTube videos: Look for musical compositions with energy frequencies and binaural beats that encourage relaxation, promote positivity and decrease anxiety.

Linda Sechrist has been a contributing writer to Natural Awakenings publications for almost 20 years.

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Taking Control of Our Hormones


Keeping these hormones in proper balance is critical for health, and imbalances can lead to a wide range of effects, including diabetes, thyroid disease, unintended weight fluctuations, skin problems, fatigue, mood swings and infertility. While inactivity, stress, age and genetics impact hormone production, our food choices can significantly tip the scales.

Dr. Ann Lee is a naturopathic doctor and licensed acupuncturist based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. When treating hormonal, thyroid and adrenal imbalances, she says it is important to focus on foods that provide the minerals and vitamins that support those systems. For women of all ages, she recommends blueberries, asparagus, lettuce, celery and papaya. Teens and women in their 20s can also benefit from apples, bananas, mangoes, avocados, cauliflower, broccoli, cucumbers, sweet potatoes and most lettuce varieties. The nutrients in these vegetables and fruits become even more important as women reach 30 and for those dealing with menopause, so Lee recommends more frequent consumption of these fresh, whole foods to support the adrenal and thyroid glands.

According to Lee, it is equally important to avoid foods that interfere with hormonal nutrition. She advises women over 50 to lower their caffeine intake. Dairy products contain naturally occurring hormones that can impede human hormone balance and should be eaten in moderation. “ The less external hormon-

al exposure you have, the easier it is for your own hormones to balance,” Lee explains.

Despite the popularity of intermittent fasting, Lee believes that the trendy eating pattern can deny the body the vitamins and minerals it needs, causing it to produce more adrenalin and cortisol to make up for the loss. “People do intermittent fasting because it might feel good to have more adrenalin, and thus more energy, but it does come at a price—your hormones,” she says.

Most of the foods Lee recommends are low in calories. “In order to curb hunger, you have to eat them regularly, and that goes against intermittent fasting. People that do intermittent fasting often focus on proteins and fats, so they don’t have to eat for a long time, but that can cause adrenal burnout because the body is not getting what it needs,” she explains, noting that avocados and potatoes tend to help people feel full longer.

Jaclyn Downs is a functional nutrigenomics practitioner in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and author of Enhancing Fertility Through Functional Medicine: Using Nutrigenomics to Solve ‘Unexplained’ Infertility. She notes that for hormones to be produced by the body, nutritional cofactors or “helper nutrients” are required. “Magnesium, zinc and B vitamins are a few of the spark plugs that move these processes and keep the wheels spinning,” she emphasizes. “Grass-fed beef liver or capsules contain all of these.”

According to Downs, menstrual problems can be an indicator of eventual fertility issues. To support female reproductive hormones, she recommends cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, broccoli sprouts, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts. These foods also support liver detoxification pathways due to their high concentrations of vitamins and sulfur. “ The liver helps clear used or ‘dirty’ hormones,” she notes.

Downs also recommends pomegranates, which are rich in antioxidants and fight inflammation-producing free radicals. Healthy fats from cold-water, wild-caught fish support pregnant women and growing fetuses. “Folate is often emphasized as a nutrient for pregnant women, but choline is just as important for everybody, regardless of life stage or gender,” Downs notes. Choline is found in egg yolks, sunflower lecithin and shiitake mushrooms. For 50plus women, Downs prescribes fish or high-quality fish oil, which can benefit brain, liver and hormonal health.

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While inactivity, stress, age and genetics impact hormone production, our food choices can significantly tip the scales.


In this yummy, low-carb taco recipe, cabbage leaves substitute for the tortillas and are filled with a mixture of protein-packed tempeh, veggies and lots of great spices. Compounds in tempeh called isoflavones serve as a natural remedy for menopausal relief.


1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

1 small onion, chopped

2 garlic cloves, chopped

4 oz tempeh, cubed

½ tsp sea salt or more, to taste

½ tsp black pepper or more, to taste

½ tsp ground cumin

½ tsp chili powder

¼ tsp paprika

¼ tsp cayenne

¼ cup vegetable broth

2 cups stemmed and chopped fresh kale

4 to 6 large, green cabbage leaves, dipped for 30 seconds into hot water to soften

½ avocado, sliced

1 radish, sliced

¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro

½ lime, cut into wedges

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion, garlic and tempeh and cook for 2 to 3 minutes until the onion softens and becomes translucent. Add the salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder, paprika and cayenne, stir, then add the

broth and kale. Stir again to combine and cook until the broth thickens and reduces by at least one-half. Taste and adjust the salt and pepper as needed.

Spread the cabbage leaves open on a large plate. Spoon the kale mixture into the center of the leaves. Add some of the avocado, radish slices and cilantro, then fold in the sides like a taco.

Serve with lime wedges.

Adapted from MenuPause. Copyright © 2022 by Dr. Anna Cabeca. Used by permission of Rodale Books, an imprint of Random House, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, New York. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.


A great dessert or breakfast treat, a scone is a baked good usually made with wheat flour and butter. This recipe calls for almond flour instead to reduce the carbs and increase the nutrition. The pastry has been enjoyed in Scotland since 1513, and its name probably derives from the Dutch word for bread. Figs and pistachios sweeten the scones and give them a bit of crunch.


2½ cups almond flour

½ tsp sea salt

½ tsp baking soda

⅓ cup coconut oil, melted

¼ cup honey

2 large eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

½ cup chopped dried figs, plus some for garnish

½ cup pistachios, roughly chopped

Preheat the oven to 350° F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl, combine the almond flour, salt and baking soda. In a medium bowl, whisk together the oil, honey, eggs and vanilla. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry until thoroughly combined. Fold in the ½ cup of figs and the pistachios.

Place the dough on the baking sheet and shape into a rectangle about 1 inch thick. Cut into squares and then cut the squares diagonally into triangular wedges. Separate the wedges so they are about 1 inch apart to allow for even cooking. Press a few pieces of fig into the top of each wedge.

Bake for 12 to 17 minutes until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in a scone comes out clean. Let cool for 30 minutes on the baking sheet, then serve.

Adapted from MenuPause. Copyright © 2022 by Dr. Anna Cabeca. Used by permission of Rodale Books, an imprint of Random House, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, New York. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

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“Being in the sunlight is a great way to get vitamin D, which is linked to mood and well-being. We spend so much time inside, where our perspective and thoughts can close around us. Getting outdoors can improve mindfulness and the sense of being in the moment, especially when we leave our phones inside,” says Pennsylvania-based psychologist Seth J. Gillihan, author of Mindful Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: A Simple Path to Healing, Hope and Peace

In a study of the health and well-being benefits of allotment gardening published in the Journal of Public Health, researchers measured the mood, self-esteem and general health markers of people given plots for gardening versus those that didn’t garden at all. The scientists found that the gardeners displayed significantly better self-esteem and experienced less depression and fatigue. The top three reasons participants gave for enjoying their time tinkering in the soil were: being outdoors and having contact with nature (70 percent); feeling a sense of achievement (50 percent); and having the opportunity for restoration and stress relief (35 percent).

Cultivating our outdoor space also gives us a healthy perspective, helping us to accept our limitations and better understand our place in nature. “It’s easy to see in the garden how many things are outside of our control, such as rain, temperature

Gardening Therapy


and pests. We can do our best, but at some point, we need to let go,” Gillihan notes, adding that learning to let go is a lesson we can apply to other aspects of our lives.

When he faced a long-term illness coupled with depression, Gillihan built raised garden beds and planted herbs and vegetables. “I knew I needed to get more involved in something that would bring me a sense of reward and engagement. All of that creative effort really helped to bring me back to life,” he recalls. “In a garden, you’re exercising, but it’s not a repetitive thing like running, so that can make it more fun and seem like less of a task.”

“Digging, walking, carrying and squatting circulate our blood and release dopamine and endorphins in our brains,” says Karen Hugg, author of Leaf Your Troubles Behind: How to Destress and Grow Happiness Through Plants. “We feel more energetic and happier. Similarly, puttering in the garden or designing an ornamental bed is really about playing, and playing is integral to mental health.”

By merely observing greenery we can find peace and clarity. “A tree’s subdividing branches or the whorled arrangement of leaves are patterns that can calm the nervous system. If you look at plants during even a five-minute break, either indoors or out, you’re practicing a kind of relaxation therapy,” Hugg affirms.

A little bit of earth under our fingernails is good for us. “When you get your hands dirty, there are beneficial microbes in the soil that improve your health and well-being,” says Charlie Hall, professor of horticultural studies and department chair at Texas A&M University, who has researched the physiological, psychological and social benefits of plants.

According to Hall, horticultural therapy

reduces stress and anxiety, enhances memory and attention span and can improve quality of life for those with physical, mental or cognitive challenges. Citing the example of disabled adults helping to run a garden center and greenhouse at the Brookwood Community in Brookshire, Texas, he notes, “Working together in a garden builds a sense of belonging. Even those who are not physically able to participate in those activities benefit. Just being in the garden can dramatically reduce the levels of the stress hormone cortisol.”

Gardening Tips to Improve Human and Planetary Health

n Choose a modest space outdoors or purchase small containers.

n Keep it simple and start small with just a few plants.

n Read books to learn about plant needs by region.

n Talk to nurseries that sell native species.

n Think of the garden as a refuge, a place to smell flowers and watch plants thrive.

n View gardening as a fun exercise.

n Join a community garden to cultivate flowers and vegetables in a social setting.

n Grow houseplants, herbs and lettuces to bring in the outdoors.

n Volunteer at a nonprofit that propagates vegetables for food pantries.

Sheryl DeVore is a frequent contributor to national and regional publications and has authored six books on science, health and nature. Learn more at SherylDeVore.

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Skin Fitness


hile many of us work out to tone our muscles, we may be neglecting the largest organ in the body: our skin. Every day, it is exposed to a variety of irritants, including ultraviolet rays, air pollution, extreme weather and highly processed foods. Stress can also cause skin irritations and conditions. To serve its important functions and look healthy, our skin needs a fitness regimen. With a few daily routines, lifestyle modifications and coping strategies, a radiant appearance is within reach.

Skin Conditions Exacerbated by Stress

ACNE: When we are stressed, our body releases cortisol, a hormone that stimulates the production of pore-clogging oils, which can lead to the formation of acne. Stress also triggers inflammation, which can worsen existing acne.

PREMATURE AGING: Stress can accelerate the aging process by reducing the skin’s elasticity and causing wrinkles and fine lines. It triggers the production of free

radicals, precipitating damage to collagen and elastin fibers, which are responsible for keeping the skin firm and supple. When they are damaged, the skin becomes saggy.

CHRONIC CONDITIONS: Stress can trigger or worsen skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and rosacea, which are characterized by inflammation, dryness and itching.

Lifestyle Tips to Improve Skin Health

GET ENOUGH SLEEP. A good night’s sleep is essential for skin health. It also helps reduce the impact of daily stress. Aim for no less than seven hours of shut-eye each night.

EXERCISE REGULARLY. Getting our bodies moving is essential to reduce stress levels and improve skin health by increasing blood flow, nutrient delivery and oxygenation to the skin.

EAT A HEALTHY DIET. “An anti-inflammatory diet full of fruits, veggies and healthy fats like those from seeds and nuts will help to keep skin healthy,” says Jennifer Scheinman, a registered dietitian and nutrition coach. “Foods rich in omega-3 fats like salmon and walnuts are great for skin health since they have natural anti-inflammatory properties, and the fats help to keep skin moisturized.”



TECHNIQUES. Engage in activities that help manage stress, such as yoga, meditation or deep-breathing exercises.

APPLY SKIN-CARE PRODUCTS DESIGNED FOR THE PERSON’S SKIN TYPE. According to Dr. Trevor Cates, author of Clean Skin From Within and Natural Beauty Reset, “The most important care tip is to find skin care with mild acidity [4.5 to 5.4 pH] and natural actives [plantbased extracts] that support the skin microbiome. A healthy skin microbiome means less chance for breakouts, blemishes and premature aging.”

According to Dr. Anne Marie Fine, author of Cracking the Beauty Code, “Air

pollution has been demonstrated to prematurely age the skin and cause age spots. This is why you want to make sure to consume antioxidants and use antioxidant-containing, clean skin-care products.”

Therapies to Enhance the Skin

RED-LIGHT THERAPY DEVICES use infrared light to stimulate collagen production, improve circulation and promote healing. This reduces wrinkles, fine lines, age spots and other signs of aging.

MICROCURRENT FACIAL TOOLS use low-level electrical currents to stimulate facial muscles, helping to tone, reduce puffiness and promote a youthful appearance.

LASERS DESIGNED FOR HOME USE offer a safe way to treat various skin issues such as wrinkles, acne scars, sun damage and pigmentation problems. They can also help even out skin tone by stimulating collagen production in the deeper layers of the skin.

GUA SHA is an ancient Chinese technique that involves gently scraping the surface of the skin with a special tool to increase blood flow, promote healing and reduce puffiness and inflammation.

OXYGEN TREATMENTS infused into pores using a special device can help nourish skin cells, decrease inflammation, reduce wrinkles and improve overall complexion.

FACIAL ACUPUNCTURE involves inserting tiny needles into specific points to stimulate energy flow, which may improve circulation, reduce tension and promote smoother skin.

FACIAL MASSAGE reduces wrinkles by stimulating collagen production in the deeper layers of the skin. It promotes circulation, drainage and toning.

David J. Sautter is a certified personal trainer specializing in fitness nutrition and sports conditioning, as well as a professional fitness writer. Learn more at

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First Signs of Menopause


When The New York Times and National Geographic cover the subject of menopause in the same calendar year, perhaps it’s a sign that the inevitable phase of a woman’s life that ushers in vaginal dryness, irregular periods, hot flashes, brain fog, mood swings, night sweats, sleep problems, decreased sex drive and weight gain is finally getting the attention it deserves.

Solutions for women experiencing perimenopause, menopause and post-menopause are not covered in medical school. Instead, they stem from the work of pioneers like Dr. Pamela Wartian Smith, author of What You Must Know About Women’s Hormones: Your Guide to Natural Hormone Treatments for PMS, Menopause, Osteoporosis, PCOS, and More, and Dr. Christiane Northrup, who wrote Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom: Creating Physical and Emotional Health and Healing. Today, integrative and functional doctors, researchers and continuing education instructors are leading the charge to provide innovative and customized answers for women experiencing vaginal dryness and other hormone-related symptoms.

The earliest sign of changes occurs between the ages of 40 to 44, during perimenopause,

and according to Dr. Lindsey Berkson, author of Safe Hormones, Smart Women, vaginal dryness is the flashing red light. “A sign of insufficient hormone signaling, vaginal dryness is the body’s warning that bones are beginning to thin; the brain’s structure, activity and neuron connectivity are beginning to decline; and the aging process has begun,” she explains.

A continuing-education instructor for doctors and pharmacists, Berkson notes, “The vagina doesn’t exist alone. Treating only the vagina is minimized medicine. It’ s so important to find a doctor who practices functional medicine, has completed continuing-education hours in hormone replacement therapy and nutrition, and has experience in these areas.”

Dr. Meena Malhotra, a double board-certified internist practicing functional and integrative medicine for 27 years, understands that vaginal tissue is hormone-dependent, and dryness left untreated can lead to urinary tract infections that can progress to kidney infections. “Atrophic vaginitis with dryness, itching and burning doesn’t happen overnight; it happens gradually. Many women who are not seeing a gynecologist regularly for checkups are unaware of the gradual decrease of

their progesterone and estrogen,” advises the founder of the Heal n Cure Medical Wellness Center, in Glenview, Illinois.

“Women generally self-treat sexual discomfort from dryness first with self-prescribed, over-the-counter gels, suppositories and creams, which are temporary fixes,” Malhotra says. “Functional medicine, which allows for longer appointments, in-depth intake and more intimate conversations, can determine the root cause of vaginal dryness, which can be treated early with FormaV, a non-surgical, painless rejuvenation procedure which tightens loose labia, improves vaginal health and makes sexual intimacy desirable again.”

Known as “the girlfriend doctor”, triple board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist Anna Cabeca has been in practice for 23 years and is the author of The Hormone Fix: Burn Fat Naturally, Boost Energy, Sleep Better, and Stop Hot Flashes, the Keto-Green Way. Recognizing that many over-the-counter lubricants perpetuate dryness and create damage to the tissue, she formulated her own products. “Inflammation can happen because of a reaction to the ingredients in the lubricant. I tell my patients that they can make their own lubricant using organic coconut oil mixed with aloe vera gel and a few drops of an essential oil that turns their partner on. They can also strengthen the pelvic floor with Kegel exercises and eat a keto-green diet,” Cabeca suggests.

Dr. Rebecca Hunton, the founder of Radiantly Healthy MD, in Melbourne, Florida, believes that treating the changes in a woman ’s body is a form of personalized medicine. “Every woman’s journey is different, but generally before vaginal dryness comes progesterone deficiency. Symptoms include trouble falling asleep, anxiousness and moodiness,” she says, adding that not all vaginal dryness is hormone-related, as an autoimmune disorder could also be a cause.

Hunton recommends, “Starting early with a transdermal progesterone cream can mitigate some dryness, but at a certain point, progesterone won’t suffice. There are nonsurgical treatments such as MonaLisa Touch, a laser treatment that brings the tissue in the vagina to a more youthful state. It needs to be repeated every 18 months to two years.”

These doctors all agree that women no longer have to power through the changes. There are answers. As Cabeca asserts, “This is a time that heralds a second spring of our lives and should be a beautiful journey.”

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Microplastic Overload


Global plastic production was estimated to be about 430 million tons in 2021, and humans are continually finding new ways to use it because of its light weight, extreme temperature resistance and low cost. Although plastic takes hundreds of years to fully biodegrade, it breaks down into smaller components that find their way into the ground, air, water, food, clothing, wildlife and our bodies. Microplastics are smaller than five millimeters, while nanoplastics measure from one to 1,000 nanometers. Regardless of size, plastics are packed with toxic compounds, including phthalates, bisphenol A (BPA), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, pesticides, heavy metals and polychlorinated biphenyls.

Studies have shown that microplastics are found in human tissue, including the lungs, placenta and blood. According to research published in Environmental Science & Technology, children consume and inhale an estimated 74,000 to 81,000 particles of microplastics annually. Those amounts could be higher for those that drink more water from plastic bottles than from the tap.

Nano and microplastics (NMPs) build up in the body. Another study published in Environmental Science & Technology reported that by age 18, children accumulate an average of 8,300 particles of microplastics in their tissues, and by age 70 that accumulation grows to 50,100 particles.

A small, but increasing, amount of research links plastic exposure to human health conditions. A review of data to date published in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences found evidence that exposure to NMPs affects both the digestive and nervous systems. The review identified microbiota alterations, intestinal barrier permeability (leaky gut), oxidative stress, inflammation, neurotoxicity and behavioral disturbances. While toxicological research on NMPs has not specifically focused on child health, kids’ immature defense mechanisms make them particularly vulnerable.

“Microplastics are a big problem for fertility,” asserts Jaclyn Smeaton, a licensed naturopathic physician specializing in fertility. The chemicals found in NMPs pose a threat to children’s future reproductive abilities.

Phthalates are chemicals used to make plastics more durable and can be found in flooring, lubricating oils and personal-care products. According to Yvonne Karney, a gynecologist and CEO of Vitality Renewal, “Phthalates are hormone disruptors that mimic estrogen. They off-gas chemicals that damage the cell membrane and mitochondria.” Studies have linked this chemical to reduced egg quality, less reproductive success and increased gynecological diseases in women; and lower sperm count, lower testosterone, reduced sperm quality and increased DNA damage in men.

Children have higher levels of exposure and are more vulnerable to phthalates. Research conducted by scientists from Columbia University, University of North Carolina and Harvard University found that phthalates increase children’s risks for learning, attention and behavioral disorders. Another study linked prenatal phthalate exposure to lower IQ and problems with attention, hyperactivity and poor social communication in children. “This is all so new that we are just starting to learn about the effects of microplastics,” Karney remarks.

Limiting Microplastic Exposure

“The first tip is avoidance,” Smeaton says. Eliminate harmful plastics, in particular those labeled with the recycling codes 3 (phthalates), 6 (styrene) and 7 (bisphenols). To protect children, soft vinyl toys, old plastic toys and teething rings should be shunned.

“Wear cotton or wool,” recommends Karney. “Air dry synthetic clothes to limit microplastic release. Laundry balls can keep microfibers from breaking off.”

“I can’t overemphasize the importance of ensuring children are eating clean food and drinking clean water,” states Smeaton. In 2020, researchers found microplastics in fruit and vegetables, with highest levels of microplastics in carrots and apples.

“Eating organic can also help, though when contaminants are in soil or water, they can affect even organic produce,” warns Smeaton. “Limit the consumption of shellfish, rice, tea made using a tea bag, table salt and premade meals. Avoid cans and takeaway cups as these are lined with plastic to protect the food. Even if a container states BPA-free, it may still contain BPA’s cousin, bisphenol S.”

“Employing a water filter is great to remove contaminants, which exist both in city and well water. Reverse osmosis is best, but anything is better than nothing,” says Karney. Look for plastic-free alternatives for cooking and storing food like glass, steel, ceramic and bamboo. Karney also recommends never microwaving foods in plastic, limiting use of bottled water and dusting and vacuuming regularly to remove settled microplastics.

“Avoid exposing children to NMPs in personal-care products,” says Smeaton. She recommends choosing those that meet the standards of the Environmental Working Group (

“Pick your battles; focus on what you can control,” Karney advises. “Find things that will not disrupt our life that are doable. It’s not that hard to get a filter for tap water; it is not that hard to get glassware for storing your food.”

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Madiha Saeed is a holistic, functional and integrative doctor in Naperville, Illinois, and director of education for Documenting Hope and KnoWEwell.

Bringing the Bounce Back


All pet owners want to see their animals live long, healthy lives filled with activity, but sometimes our furry friends find it difficult to move comfortably due to aging, injuries and other ailments. While vets often suggest surgery for certain debilitating conditions, less invasive treatments might be just as effective with considerably less risk, particularly for animals that cannot tolerate anesthesia.

For example, a 2013 University of Minnesota study focused on large-breed, overweight dogs with torn knee ligaments. Half of the dogs were treated with medical management consisting of weight loss, pain medication and physical therapy, and the other half received surgery to repair the torn ligament, followed by the same medical management. After a year, 75 percent of the dogs treated with surgery and medical management were considered treatment successes, based on leg function, quality of life and gait analysis. Surprisingly, 63.6 percent of the dogs that did not have surgery and received only medical management were also deemed successful cases.

Before considering surgery or other in-

vasive treatments, integrative pet mobility and rehabilitation (IPMR) might be a good way to help a pet regain its vitality without going under the knife. It is a holistic approach to helping pets recover from injuries, manage pain and improve mobility that combines various techniques to provide a comprehensive and personalized plan for each pet.

“It is all about educating pet parents and preserving the best quality of life for my patients,” says Dr. Joyce Gerardi, of Synergy Integrative Veterinary Clinic. “Over time, my special interests have grown to include platelet-rich plasma, bone marrow aspirate, adipose-derived and allogeneic amniotic stem cell therapies, acupuncture, food therapy, cold laser, herbal medicine, tuina massage, ozone and physical rehabilitation services.”

Here is a look at a few such modalities.

LASER THERAPY uses light energy to stimulate tissue repair and reduce pain. The procedure involves the application of laser light to the damaged area using a handheld device. The severity of the ailment and the location being treated determines the

length and frequency of treatments. The patient will feel a gentle, warm sensation as the laser technician or veterinarian moves the device over the affected area. Pets usually relax and take pleasure in the calming warmth of laser therapy, which is painless.

PHYSICAL THERAPY is an essential component of IPMR. It involves exercises and stretches that help pets regain strength and flexibility in their muscles and joints. A trained physical therapist can customize a plan that targets specific areas of concern such as the hips, knees or spine. This can help reduce pain and improve mobility, allowing pets to move around more easily and enjoy their favorite activities.

ACUPUNCTURE involves inserting tiny needles into specific points on the body to stimulate the nervous system and promote healing. Acupuncture can help relieve pain, reduce inflammation and improve circulation, all contributing to improved pet mobility.

CHIROPRACTIC CARE involves manipulating the spine to correct misalignments and improve overall function. This can help pets with hip dysplasia, arthritis or spinal injuries.

MASSAGE involves gentle pressure and strokes to relax muscles, reduce pain and improve circulation. Massage can also help pets with anxiety or stress, which can contribute to muscle tension and pain.

NUTRITION: A well-balanced, nutrient-dense diet can help with healing, inflammation reduction and overall health. A qualified veterinarian can recommend a diet plan tailored to each pet’s needs.

Easing a Pet’s Pain While in Treatment

Reducing a pet’s discomfort with full-spectrum cannabinoids or, if needed, prescription pain medications offers better comfort and recovery time. Another option is to reduce a pet’s stress by balancing its adrenal stress hormones.

Ruth Roberts is a holistic veterinarian and certified pet health coach with more than 30 years’ experience.

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Integrated Energy Therapy® Certification Course - 10am–5pm. Advanced Level Three IET® Training. As a Level Three Advanced IET® practitioner you can confidently help your clients discover their soul’s mission and life path. Freeing clients to live a more fulfilled, peaceful life while enjoying more clarity and deeper understanding of themselves. Learn to work at the 4th pair (genetic soul profile) and 5th pair (soul cluster) of the 12 Strand DNA and gain the skill set to help others discover their soul’s mission and attract members of their soul’s cluster to help others live a more fulfilled life. Level 1 & 2 required. The OM Shoppe, 4801 S. Tamiami Tr #5 Sarasota, 941-706-3257,


Matt Venuti - 7pm. “The Ultima Zone” Live music, sound and visual Experience. This award-winning composer and multi-instrumentalist is on a coast to coast tour with his one man show performing a live soundtrack using an array of amazing acoustic and electronic instruments and video. Advance tickets online are $15, ATD/$20. At Rising Tide International, 5102 Swift Road, Sarasota. For info or call 941-923-7834.


Full Moon Mini Retreat - 6-8pm. Come join Objects of Magic to learn the cycles of the Moon and how to tune into Moon energy and benefit from it, while laying out powerful Intentions setting. We need to be stronger than ever, committed to our success. Staying connected within our community to support each other. $35/pp. 3145 Southgate circle, Sarasota, the beautiful South Gate Community Center. Sign up:

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

Gallery by Advanced Student Mediums - 7-9pm. On this night a number of our advanced student mediums will present a Spirit Messages Gallery, supported by two CMF 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 informative evening. $15 donation requested. No reservations needed. We provide separate seating. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Drive, Suite 204, Sarasota, 941-266-8435, CMFSarasota. org, Facebook is: CMF of Sarasota.


Full Moon Mini Retreat - 6-8pm. Come join Objects of Magic to learn the cycles of the Moon and how to tune into Moon energy and benefit from it, while laying out powerful Intentions setting. We need to be stronger than ever, committed to our success. Staying connected within our community to support each other. $35/pp.

14900 Coker Gully Rd., Myakka City. Sign up:

Sound Bath Practitioner Practicals - May 6-May 8. Welcome to the 1st crystal singing bowl sound bath practitioner program on the east coast. OM Education presents practitioner certification in crystal singing bowl performance & meditation. Now Enrolling for May 6, 7 & 8 2023 Practical’s. The OM Shoppe, 4801 S. Tamiami Tr #5 Sarasota, 941-706-3257,


Universal Service - 10:30am. With Rev. Kismet Weeber, “Freedom From our Mind, Freedom on Earth.” How our mind/thoughts affect our life here and in the hereafter. This weekly egalitarian service celebrates all of humanity’s religions on a single altar. At Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd. Sarasota and on Meeting ID: 830 1791 6524 /Passcode: RTI2021. For info Rev. Zan, 941-922-7839.


OM Singing Bowl Sound Bath – Deep Crystalline Sound Immersion - 7-8pm. Zooey Seraphine, Creative Director for the OM Shoppe & Sound Therapy Practitioner, brings to you these beautiful singing bowl sound baths to guide you into a deepened place of stillness and peace. Discover the magical way that sound can help ease you into a meditative state, and heighten mind-body awareness. Experience the power of sound to help you access connection, relaxation, and inspiration with a transcendental OM Singing Bowl Sound Bath. Lay on zero-gravity chairs as 2 trained sound facilitators guide you into meditation, letting go, and present awareness with celestial sounds to elevate consciousness and transform your mind, body, and spirit. The OM Shoppe, 4801 S. Tamiami Tr #5 Sarasota, 941-706-3257,


Grand Opening -Ribbon Cutting - Turning Tides with Dr Hutch Whole Body Wellness Sanctuary - 4-7pm. Come join us and learn more about how a functional medicine evidence-based approach can help with your most pressing health care needs. Games, music, snacks, wine, special event pricing, enter to win. Salt room, IV hydration, sauna, and more. Free. Location: 6672 Cortez Rd. W, Bradenton, 941-2804673 (HOPE),,

Soul Life Reading – 7-9pm. Marina Shafir will take the group on a guided journey. While each one relaxes and then using each individual’s own abilities, attendees will learn to connect with another person, through one of that individual’s chakras to identify their characteristics; life force, ambitions, and their façade (how they present themselves to the world). Working in pairs, you will be guided through this process step by step. This is a very powerful, rewarding, and fun exercise. Consider bringing a friend so they too can learn the technique and experience this unique process. We offer separate seating. $20 donation is requested. Reservations please at 941-266-1696. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Drive, Suite 204, Sarasota,, Facebook is: CMF of Sarasota.


Cosmic Center Deep Breath and Crystal Healing Interactive Workshop with Rev. Nancy Robinson - 7pm. Rev Nancy Lee Robinson will take the participants through several deep breathing exercises, which will prepare the chakras and body to receive the healing energies. Each person will then lay down

HOUSECLEANING. Enjoy your free time and let us do what we do best: Housecleaning to your healthy satisfaction. Call Paula for a free estimate 941-320-4052.

or relax in a reclining chair and have a clear quartz crystal placed on their Ajna chakra, Heart chakra and Solar Plexus chakra, which will aid in the release of negative energies that are trapped in the chakras. Rev Nancy will then take the participants through a meditative Crystal Healing experience accompanied by the Crystal Sound Bowl. After receiving the healing Rev Nancy will facilitate placing around each participant an energetic auric shield. $40. Register at webinar/register/WN_x8ja3Js1TUCnUAMkeqqlrQ


Soul Connection Psychic Fair - 11am-4pm. Come join us for a personal reading using Tarot and Oracle cards and various other modalities of spiritual connection, plus Crystal Bowl Healings with messages from guides or loved ones. We also offer Astrology and Numerology readings. Colleen Panebianco is offering many Sauv’e natural, handmade essential oil products. $20/15 min. readings or healings. We offer separate seating. No reservations needed. More info 941-586-4797. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Drive, Suite 204, Sarasota,, Facebook is: CMF of Sarasota.

Mother’s Day Aerial Yin/Reiki /Sound Bath6:30-8:30pm. Free mini reiki sessions 5-6:30pm before the workshop. Treat your mom or even yourself to a relaxing evening at Palm Studios. $30. Palm Studio and Boutique, 441 W. Dearborn Street Englewood, 941-208-5568,


MAY 14

Universal Service - 10:30am. With Rev. Liana Salima Rael, “The Divine Mother In Us All.” Where do we witness the Divine Mother in action? In Nature? In ourselves? Let us explore the lives of women and men who have felt, known and shared their experiences of the divine feminine in themselves, others and creation. This weekly egalitarian service celebrates all of humanity’s religions on a single altar. At Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd. Sarasota and on Meeting ID: 830 1791 6524 /Passcode: RTI2021. For info Rev. Zan, 941-922-7839

Eckankar: The Path of Spiritual Freedom - Experience HU: The Sound of Soul - 11am-12pm. Sound of Soul events offer the chance to chant HU and enjoy spiritual conversation in the company of like-hearted Souls. HU is a love song to God, for spiritual seekers of all faiths and religious backgrounds. Eckankar Center & Reading Room, 3650 Webber St., Unit F, Sarasota. 941-358-0325,

The Rockin’ Kirtan Band - 7pm. Celebrates, Mother’s Day, with a wonderful Kirtan Jai Ma at Rising Tide International, 5102 Swift Rd. Sarasota. We invite the Sarasota community to this fun, lively and spiritual monthly event. Please bring your family and friends. ATD/$10 or more. RTI has chairs, bolsters, blankets and pillows. For info Rev. Zan, 941-922-7839.


MAY 16

Detox at the Beach - Turning Tides with Dr Hutch - 12pm. A Whole-Body Wellness Sanctuary. Get ahead of the summer cleanse. Join us at this informational event to learn how a whole-body detox

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based on a functional medicine approach can help kick-start your summer with a clean, healthy, rockin’ body and a sound mind. Call or email us today to save your spot. Free. 6672 Cortez Rd W Bradenton, 941-280-4673 (HOPE), TurningTidesWithDrHutch. com,


Light Language Healing Circle - 7-9pm. At first you may not understand what is being said, but soon your heart will. Join Reiki Master and certified Reconnective Healer JoAnn Cooke to learn what this is all about, and how to activate this powerful energy. Light Language is the universal language of love, communicated via spoken word, song, dance, written symbol and other actions. It bypasses the logical brain and is interpreted through the heart. Whether you are familiar with Light Language or this is new to you, this healing circle will benefit all. Each one will experience a light language healing communication. Come with an open heart and be prepared for a powerful transmission of healing to assist you where most needed. We provide separate seating. $20 donation requested. Attendance limited to 6, reservations 509520-0377. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Drive, Suite 204, Sarasota, CMFSarasota. org, Facebook is: CMF of Sarasota.


New Moon Retreat at Objects of Magic - 6-8pm. Come sign up for this wonderful retreat located at Objects of Magic, 3145 Southgate Circle, Sarasota. We are organizing New Moon Mini Retreats in Beautiful Sarasota Monthly. Come Join us to learn the cycles of the moon and how to benefit from it, while laying out powerful Intentions. We need to be stronger than ever, committed to our success. $35/pp, sign up here:


“Healing Her” - A Restorative Self Love Workshop for Women - 10am-1pm. This self-love “Healing Her” restorative workshop is for Her, with Her, because I am Her, and so are You. The workshop includes very gentle Restorative Yoga, fully Guided Meditation/Yoga Nidra, time for reflection & more. This 3-Hour workshop for women is at Heartwood Yoga Institute in Bradenton, Florida - 7.5 acres of beauty with award winning gardens. Feel free to stay and enjoy tea and/or stroll the grounds in quiet reflection. Let us journey with the intention to heal. Only 15 spaces available, includes any materials needed and/or any take home gifts. No yoga or meditation experience necessary, just dress comfortably and be ready to release, relax and restore. $40. Call Heartwood Yoga Institute to register 941-745-5719. Questions or to be notified of other events email or visit

New Moon Retreat at Objects of Magic - 6-8pm. Come sign up for this wonderful retreat located at 14900 Coker Gully Rd., Myakka City. We are organizing New Moon Mini Retreats in Beautiful Sarasota Monthly. Come Join us to learn the cycles of the moon and how to benefit from it, while laying out powerful Intentions. We need to be stronger than ever, committed to our success. $35/pp, sign up here:

Sacred Sound Journey with Joseph Breton - 6:307:30pm. Class begins with breath relaxation. Participants lay down on yoga mats or in a hammock with an eye bean bag and relax into the healing sounds of the crystal healing bowls, Womb Drum, Native American flute, 34-inch diameter gong, and various handmade earthen instruments. Organic sound frequencies di-

rectly from the instruments (not digital recordings) slow down brain waves to a deep restorative state which activates the body’s internal healing processes and parasympathetic nervous system. Today we find a resurgence in modern times of the medicine of the ancient past – sound healing where we transcend physical reality and reach other dimensions. Sound can be a conduit for accessing higher consciousness or connecting to spirit. $25/pp. Palm Studio and Boutique, 441 W. Dearborn Street, Englewood, 941208-5568,

Special Tarot Gallery Event - 7-9pm. Presented by well-known psychic medium, teacher, lecturer Diana Mier, winner of the Sarasota psychic award challenge. Born to Spirit Service, Diana will bring loving, precise messages with a Tarot flare. Each person will get special attention. We provide separate seating. $25 donation requested. Seating limited to 15. Call or text Diana for your space 941-416-1622. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Drive, Suite 204, Sarasota,, Facebook is: CMF of Sarasota.


MAY 21

Sound Healing with Tuning Forks - May 21–22. Join a 2-day sound healing workshop focusing specifically on working with Tuning Forks for self-care plus therapeutic one-on-one and group sessions. This course is ideal for people who have never used Tuning Forks as well as those with experience, including people who have joined our Level 1 and / or our Level 2 courses. The OM Shoppe, 4801 S. Tamiami Tr #5 Sarasota, 941-706-3257,

Universal Service - 10:30am. With Rev. Zan Benham, “The Natural Laws of Give and Take.” Just like our breath, every part of life expands and then recedes, and we cannot have balance without it. Let’s explore. This weekly egalitarian service celebrates all of humanity’s religions on a single altar. At Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd. Sarasota, and on Meeting ID: 830 1791 6524 /Passcode: RTI2021. RisingTideInternational. org. For info Rev. Zan, 941-922-7839.


Dine Along Trolley – 4pm, May 24, June 14, July 5 &19. Are you a Foodie? Come on our Dine Along Tour with chef and guide Kelley Hawks and enjoy a progressive dining experience with three stops. Enjoy pasta samples from Salute, main dish from Spice Station, and dessert from Main Street Creamery. Along the way, enjoy a mini food-related tour of downtown Sarasota. Tour includes free parking and wine/beer at the Trolley Cottage Tiki Bar. $99 plus tax/handling fee includes all food. Ticket includes Free Parking. All tours depart from the Discover Sarasota Tours Trolley Cottage, 1826 4th Street, Sarasota, 941-260-9818. Book online at or email


Mantra Hour for Challenging Times - 7-8pm. Mantra hour for challenging times at Sacred Pathways Sarasota. Sit with others while listening, singing, or swaying to Mantra Music in a judgement-free zone for one sacred hour. Donation. Plan to arrive at 6:45 - no late entry. Text RSVP or questions to Kelly at 941-322-7284. Sacred Pathways Sarasota, 2831 Ringling Blvd. Building B, Suite108, door faces Fruitville Rd., Sarasota,

Murder Mystery Trolley: Who Killed the Circus Queen? – 7:30pm. Try to solve the Circus Queen’s murder in a fun and interactive theatrical performance! This 90-minute fantasy murder mystery tour visits many circus locations in Sarasota during

the rolling adventure, where colorful characters jump aboard to add clues and hilarity for the guests. During booking, guests can choose to be cast in a role, please arrive early if you want to play a part. $52.99 + tax/fees. Ticket includes free parking! All tours depart from the Discover Sarasota Tours Trolley Cottage, 1826 4th Street, Sarasota, 941-2609818. Book online at or email


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

Blindfold Billets Event - 7-9pm. All are invited to this unique event to receive messages from spirit by four student mediums. The four (4) student mediums are each blindfolded and seated at a small table. The student takes a billet from the attendee seated across the table from him/her, and for 7-10 minutes makes the connection to a spirit loved one or guide, and delivers the message received. Each attendee then moves to the next student/table until each student has been visited. We offer separate seating. $15 donation requested. No reservations needed. More info at 941-266-1696. Each attendee is encouraged to bring a pencil and paper to jot down the messages they receive. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Drive, Suite 204, Sarasota, CMFSarasota. org, Facebook is: CMF of Sarasota.


REIKI Level II - 10:30am-5pm, May 27 and 28. Join us for an Inspirational Life-Changing class in our Myakka Farm & retreat. Facilitated by: Victoria Stitzer Traditional Reiki Master/ Teacher with 30+ years of pro experience. $225. for the 2-day class. Objects of Magic Farm & Retreat, 14900 Coker Gully Rd, Myakka city, 818-793-7834,


Universal Service - 10:30am. With Rev. Parvati, Karen Miki, ”The Universe: Expanding Ou,” Theon.” Astrophysicists and Mystics marvel together at the unfolding wonders of the Universe as revealed by the images in the James Webb Space Telescope. This weekly egalitarian service celebrates all of humanity’s religions on a single altar. At Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd. Sarasota, and on Meeting ID: 830 1791 6524 /Passcode: RTI2021. RisingTideInternational. org. For info Rev. Zan, 941-922-7839.


Crystal Singing Bowls for Personal Wellness Series3-5pm. Each class is designed to help you master the art of using Quartz Crystal Singing Bowls in your personal life. Classes are two hours on select Monday’s each month throughout 2022. These past few years have been a global trauma and helping ourselves recover simply must be a priority. One of the easiest ways to experience deep and profound relaxation and improve our immunity is through the ancient art of Sound Healing. The OM Shoppe, 4801 S. Tamiami Tr #5 Sarasota, 941-706-3257,

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Universal Service - 10:30am. With Rev. Tara Muir, “Reimagining Our Relationships with The Invisible Forces of Nature.” We long for friendship and integration with the unseen beings that keep our planet working. This weekly egalitarian service celebrates all of humanity’s religions on a single altar. At Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd. Sarasota, and on Meeting ID: 830 1791 6524 /Passcode: RTI2021. For info Rev. Zan, 941-922-7839.


A Way with Words - 7-8:30pm. Doors open at 6:30pm to register to perform. Come read your poetry or written words, in an accepting ambiance of our wondrous diversity. We are beginning a series of gatherings for poets, writers, wordsmiths on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. Coffee & snacks available. To sign up, first come, first heard. 5 min to 7 min each reader. $5 admission. At Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd. Sarasota. Presented by Carol Borsello with Rev. Zan Benham, 941-922-7839.


“Go From Exhausted to Loving Life” 7-Day Yoga & Selfcare Retreat - Oct 17-24. At an eco-lux retreat center in Puerto Escondido, Mexico. Group is limited to 8 students. Currently there are only 6 spots available. For more information: www.tourhero. com/en/epic-adventures/mexico/go-from-exhausted-to-loving-life-yoga-and-selfcare-retreat-201362. To ensure you are a good match for this experience book your 15-minute Selfcare Retreat Discovery Call. This exclusive and customized experience is limited to only 8 students! Schedule your call now:

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Unity of Sarasota - 10-10:15 am - Meditation, Celebration Service - 10:30- 11:45am. In person and livestream at under the services tab. The Sunday Celebration service includes a relevant talk and lively music. Youth Ministry Program, 10:30-11:45am. 3023 Proctor Rd., Sarasota, 941-955-3301,

Sunday Service at CMF - 10:30am. At each Sunday morning service, we are offering spiritual healing, an inspirational talk, messages from spirit, special music and an ever-important environment of fellowship. Leave refreshed and inspired to start the new week. We feature a variety of speakers and spirit message bearers throughout the year. We offer separated seating with masks optional. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Dr., Suite 204, Sarasota, 941-266-8435, CMFsarasota. org, Facebook: CMF of Sarasota.

Cosmic Center Sunday Sabbath Services - 10:30am. In person and on Zoom. Join our rotation of reverends every Sunday as we connect with our Family of Light. First Sunday - Open Heart Divine Healing Service

with Rev. Sharon-Elizabeth (Baba Sharone). Through the Divine Names of God and conscious intention we create the Sacred Space to connect to the Healing Power of the Divine. Expect MIRACLES! Second Sunday - A Channeling of Dimensions of Love with Rev. Nancy Robinson. She will Uplift, Guide, Inspire, Heal and help promote Peace and Harmony in the Heart. Third Sunday - Ecstatic Kabbalah with Rev. Annie Eng anchored in Kabbalah Tree of Life Ceremony and Wisdom. Fourth Sunday – Rev. Robin bringing you wisdom teachings from around the world and ages, accompanied with her crystal harp. Fifth Sunday – Rev. Richard Brooks, developing pathways to consciously unite humanity and the world in the energy of Universal Love. This Service helps you align with the Higher Wisdom and Blessing that is available to all of us. Love Donation. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows - Bldg G-2, Sarasota, 941-371-9333,, Facebook and Instagram.

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Charlotte County - 10:30am. Sunday morning service. We are a lay-led fellowship providing meaningful worship. We provide a welcoming space and time to explore what we find worthy in a variety of faith experiences. This month’s theme is change. Check the website for Sunday’s speaker and topic - guest ministers, community folks, and members. Bring your whole self: your full identity, your questioning mind, and your expansive heart to 1532 Forrest Nelson Blvd in Port Charlotte or visit

Universal Service - 10:30am. Each Sunday with a rotation of Reverends. This is a weekly egalitarian service which celebrates all of humanity’s religions together on a single altar. It is a place where East meets West, offering opportunities for spiritual growth and sharing. At Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd. Sarasota, and on Zoom: 8049 Password: RTI2020. RisingTideInternational. org, for info Rev. Zan, 941-922-7839.

Sunday Morning Celebration Service, In-Person, Zoom, YouTube and Facebook Live - 11am, in person healing at 10:30 in Flexer Healing Chapel before service. Join us as we come together as a spiritual family and community, sharing our love and light for ourselves, for each other, and the world. Be a part of sharing the energy and illumination of our hearts and souls together through conversation, music, meditation, a talk and an affirmation. Sarasota Center of Light, 852 S Tuttle Ave. 941-953-6620, or after hours 727-4922977,

Basic Intuitive Development Class - 1:30-3pm, May 7, 21, 28 & June 4. At the Learning Center, in person only. Facilitated by Rev. Marie Rowe. (This is a prerequisite for Intermediate & Advanced Development). Class fee $20. To register, contact Sarasota Center of Light, 852 S Tuttle Ave., Sarasota, 941-953-6620, or email:

OM Shamanic Sound Journeys with Resonance3-4 pm, fourth Sunday of every month. Sold out for over 2 years! You will experience a blend of, shamanic drumming, rhythm, crystal singing bowls, rattles, tuning forks, vocal toning, electric violin and more in a coordinated and orchestrated fashion to help improve participants well-being. Clinical Hypnotherapist Beth A Snyder begins your journey by gently inducing a hypnotic state. Then your journey into sound begins. Consider your intention now. $85. Tickets: or call 941-706-3257. The OM Shoppe 4801 S. Tamiami Tr #5 Sarasota.

Resident Medium, Pranic Healer and Spiritual Counselor at The Cosmic Center - 1-5pm. Rev Nancy Lee Robinson is available by appt only at The Cosmic Center for Spiritual Counseling, through medium/intuitive readings, pranic healing, aura & chakra clearing, inner child healing, past life regression and restorative release (emotional release). These sessions guide you on your spiritual path, releases energetic, mental, emotional, physical and spiritual blocks that keep you from moving forward and raising your vibration to higher levels. Other times available by appt only – call/text 941-3130418 or at Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows - Bldg G-2, Sarasota, 941-371-9333,, Facebook and Instagram.

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

Free Kids Yoga and Mindfulness - 5:15-6pm. We want to offer kids a safe space to tune in to their mind, body and soul. After the hurricane and missing so much school and their friends and experiencing fear we hope to help these kids get back on track mentally, emotionally and physically. Free. Palm Studio and Boutique, 441 W. Dearborn Street Englewood, 941-208-5568,

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 - movement lessons w/replays. More info, 941-360-2248. Register with Bonnie at

Alchemical Sound Journey - 6pm, through June 26. Completely let go and relax. As the sound healing begins and you let go of the world around you, you will be guided along a journey of sound, the vibrations will weave a sense of well-being over and through you. A plethora of healing instruments including crystal singing bowls, Tibetan bowls, shakers, drums, bar chimes, koshi chimes, crystal harp, gongs and more will transport you to another space and time and bring you back feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. $25. Meditation Sound Mindfulness A Wellness Community,7208 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, 361-318-331,

Cosmic Center Anchoring Light Transmission

Meditation - 6:45pm. With Baba Sharone. A call to all Lightworkers. The Anchoring Light Transmission Channeled Meditation has been a gathering point for Lightworkers and Planetary World Servers to come together and assist in the ascension of our planet and all her life in cooperation with our expanded family of light. As Anchors of Light, we take our important role in the spiritual hierarchy to manifest the divine plan of love, light, peace and oneness to our planet. Participants who serve in anchoring this Celestial Radiant Light Energy from the ascended realms benefit from the wisdom, guidance and grace that flows from it which brings

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forth healing, peace and accelerated spiritual growth. In person and online. Love offering. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows - Bldg G-2, Sarasota, 941-371-9333,, Facebook and Instagram.

Learning to Connect Classes at CMF - 7-9pm. Join Susan Houliston and/or experienced guest instructors every Monday & Tuesday to learn techniques for connecting with Spirit. Students are given the opportunity to practice lessons to develop their skills while exploring various modalities. $15 donation is requested. Please refer to the CMF website for the description of the programs offered for each weekly class. We offer separate seating with masks optional. $15 donation requested. Reservations needed, so call or text Susan at 941-266-1696. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Drive, Suite 204, Sarasota.

Monday Night Meditation - 7pm. All are welcome to come and explore with us a variety of meditation practices as we allow spirit to guide us. Come gather connect and breath as we open to the possibilities. Arrive early, doors close at 7pm to honor our sacred space, Love donations welcomed. Spirit Speaks, 411 W. Dearborn St., Englewood, 734-464-6828


Cosmic Center Pray the Rosary for World Peace - with Judi Hood - 10-11am via Zoom. During the apparitions, Mary told the children to pray the Rosary each day to bring peace to the world and to bring an end to the war. She asks them to pray for the conversion of Russia, to do penance and that God wanted the world to have a devotion to Her Immaculate Heart. Our Lady appeared to St. Dominic asking “the Rosary is the weapon the Blessed Trinity wants us to use to reform the world. Our Lady of Fátima is the title given to the Virgin Mary as she appeared before three shepherd children near the village of Fátima, Portugal, in 1917. She identified herself to them as the Lady of the Rosary. For Zoom link, go to Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows - Bldg G-2, Sarasota, 941-371-9333,, Facebook and Instagram.

Good Morning with Sherry Lord Podcast - 10am. Join inspirational, motivational lifestyle podcast with Sherry Lord a recognized renowned international Channel & Deep Trance Channel. Listen every Tuesday with a special guest. Stream on Facebook, YouTube & Join us with your chat questions too.

Cosmic Center Restorative Stretching - 12:15pm. With Danielle Nance. Learn how to gently relax the muscles, loosen the joints, strengthen the tendons and ligaments, as well as fortify the bones. The goal of this special stretching technique is to move the Qi (life force energy), enhance circulation, and ease the body into a nourishing state of relaxation and wellbeing. In Person, $10/class. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows - Bldg G-2, Sarasota, 941371-9333,, Facebook and Instagram.

Unity of Sarasota – Soul Sisters – 1-3pm, 2nd & 4th Tuesday of each month. An opportunity to create connection with other women along your spiritual journey. Unity of Sarasota, 3023 Proctor Rd., Sarasota 941-955-3301,

Free Kids Yoga and Mindfulness - 5:15-6pm. We want to offer kids a safe space to tune in to their mind, body and soul. After the hurricane and missing so much school and their friends and experiencing fear we hope to help these kids get back on track mentally, emotionally and physically. Free. Palm Studio and Boutique, 441 W. Dearborn Street Englewood, 941-208-5568,

Cosmic Circle of Lightworkers Discussion Group7pm. A circle of like-minded spiritual friends coming together to create a safe and sacred space to talk and discuss things on your mind, spiritual insights, experiences, questions and other dynamics related to our individual and collective spiritual path. An opportunity to meet new and old like-minded friends and to share and network. The group will be facilitated by Rev. Sharon-Elizabeth (Baba Sharone), Rev. Nancy Lee Robinson and other ministers of The Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light. Let’s come together as “The Family of Light” and grow together! Love donation. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows - Bldg G-2, Sarasota, 941-371-9333,, Facebook and Instagram.


Women Only 50 Plus Gentle Yoga - 9:30-10:45am. Gentle yoga via Zoom. Mother’s Day Special, 3 classes = $10! ($10 offer expires 06/01/2023), (Ongoing classes are just $35 / month!). Beginner friendly, cranky joint friendly, curvy body friendly, no comparison or competition, a supportive and judgement free space. Classes are offered most weekdays at 9:30am, Ongoing classes, women only, via Zoom. Come to one - or - come to them all! For more info, give me a call or text 941-830-3040, email, or visit

Architecture Tour - 10:30am. Sarasota is home to an amazing architectural legacy. On this 90-minute air-conditioned tour, led by guide Ed Simays, guests will visit some outstanding examples of architecture and design, featuring three of the city’s distinctive styles: Mid-Century Modern, Art Deco, and Mediterranean Revival. Visit historic neighborhoods and explore the Sarasota School of Architecture, structures and architects, periods, styles, and history of significant buildings. $48.99 + tax/handling fee. Tours depart from the Discover Sarasota Tours Trolley Cottage, 1826 4th Street, Sarasota. To book a tour, call 941-260-9818, email Info@DiscoverSarasotaTours. com or visit

Feldenkrais with Bonnie K - 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 - movement lessons w/replays. More info, 941-360-2248. Register with Bonnie at: FeldenkraisinSarasota. com/Sarasota-Classes-Feldenkrais/

Cosmic Center Gentle Flow Yoga - 12:30-1:30pm. With Stephanie Jarvis. Join Stefanie RYT 200 for a Gentle Flow Yoga class geared specifically for those new to yoga or those who are interested in a gentle practice. This class incorporates simple flowing sequences to warm up the body, as well as slower paced movements focusing on alignment, strength, balance, and flexibility. Breathing techniques and

meditation is also integrated. Each class will end with an extended period of relaxation. No experience or flexibility required. In Person, $10/class. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows – Bldg. G-2, Sarasota, 941-371-9333,, Facebook and Instagram.

Free Reiki Healing Clinic – 4-6pm. We have moved! Reiki is an ancient healing technique that is thousands of years old. Reiki is the Chi or life force energy that runs through each of us and is directed and transferred during a Reiki session. Free session every Wednesday. Angel Ministries, 1890 Tamiami Trail S., Venice, 941492-4995,

Free Teen Yoga and Mindfulness - 5:15-6pm. We want to offer teens a safe space to tune in to their mind, body and soul. After the hurricane and missing so much school and their friends and experiencing fear we hope to help these kids get back on track mentally, emotionally and physically. Free. Palm Studio and Boutique, 441 W. Dearborn Street Englewood, 941-208-5568,

Cosmic Center Enoch Study Group - 7-8:30pm. Online via Zoom. Join Enoch Study Group facilitator Kim Converse for the study of Key 403 - We Are the Name written by Dr. James Hurtak. Key 403 is a powerful book that shows the encoded information behind the Divine Name and the myriad Names associated with The Most High. It also reveals how we are part of the higher code that can be activated when we use the Names and align ourselves with the Light. We, thus, come to understand how we are composed of the power of the vibrations of the Divine and so we can energize ourselves with the Names, by calling upon their Higher Light vibration, we can be brought into alignment with the Light. $5/class, pre-registration required, Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows – Bldg. G-2, Sarasota, 941-371-9333,, Facebook and Instagram.

Intuitive Development - 7pm. This weekly group is for people who are interested in deepening their psychic abilities, healing gifts and are looking for practice space. All levels of experience are welcome! With Christine Campbell. $30. Visit us at Wild Ginger Apothecary 6557 Superior Avenue Sarasota, 941-3125630,

OM Crystalline Vibrational Immersion - 7-8pm, every second Wednesday of the month. Join us for this beautiful form of deepened relaxation! The OM Shoppe professional Sound Therapy Practitioners bring you these beautiful multi-instrumental sound baths to guide you into a deepened place of stillness and peace. Discover the magical way that sound can help ease you into a meditative state, and heightened mindbody awareness! $45. Tickets: TheOmShoppeandSpa. com or call 941-706-3257. The OM Shoppe 4801 S. Tamiami Tr #5 Sarasota.

Unity of Sarasota - 7pm. First Wednesday’s: music, prayers, peace and proceeds for Ukraine. Second Wednesday’s Mantra & Meditation with Cheryl Chaffee. See website calendar at for Wednesday Night Special offerings. Love offering. 3023 Proctor Rd., 941-955-3301,

Wisdom Share Wednesday - 7pm. A gathering of “Light-Minded” Souls is a sacred circle that meets to honor and support each other weekly. We are all awakening and expanding in new ways. Whether

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you are just becoming aware or have been on your path. We offer a safe and supportive space to share. Bring your stories and experiences, or just listen as others share theirs. Arrive early, doors close at 7pm to honor our sacred space, Love donations welcomed. Spirit Speaks, 411 W. Dearborn St., Englewood, 734-464-6828

Healing, Intention and Meditation Zoom Live7:30pm. 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 all our lives. Sarasota Center of Light, 852 S Tuttle Ave. 941-953-6620,


Energy South Demonstrations with Robert Austin - 11:15am. Robert Austin will be conducting “energy sound” demonstrations. Dip your feet into an 18-inch crystal bowl and let it clear stagnant energy in your auric field. Appts are appreciated and walk ins are welcome. Love donation of $10 and up. Call to schedule. Palm Studio and Boutique, 441 W. Dearborn Street Englewood, 941-208-5568,

Free Kombucha Tasting at Flobucha - 5-6pm. Join us for a free Kombucha tasting at Flobucha Sarasota’s first Kombucha Bar in Gulf Gate. Enjoy a free test flight of our 6 delicious locally made Kombuchas and do something good for your health at the same time. Kombucha is known for its high nutritional value and support for healthy gut bacteria. Bring your friends and come hang out and have a good time. Location: 2725 Mall Drive, Sarasota,, follow us on social media: and on Facebook: Flobucha.

Free Kids Yoga and Mindfulness - 5:15-6pm. We want to offer kids a safe space to tune in to their mind, body and soul. After the hurricane and missing so much school and their friends and experiencing fear we hope to help these kids get back on track mentally, emotionally and physically. Free. Palm Studio and Boutique, 441 W. Dearborn Street Englewood, 941208-5568,

A Course in Miracles (ACIM) - 6-7:30pm. Caroline and George Robertie. To register email Caroline. 3023 Proctor Rd., Sarasota, 941-955-3301,

Sunset Cabaret Tour - 6pm, May 4 & 18. Hop aboard Discover Sarasota Tours’ air-conditioned Dolly the Trolley for our newest tour, Sunset Cabaret with local tour guide, actor, songwriter and raconteur Steve McAllister. Kick off with free wine/beer in the Trolley Cottage Tiki Bar, and then head on a two-hour adventure with a stop at Lido Beach for the amazing sunset view and at Sun King Brewery in the Limelight District for a craft beer sample. Enjoy entertaining tales about Sarasota’s colorful history, seasoned with cabaret-style songs, jokes, and trivia along the way. Tours depart from the Discover Sarasota Tours Trolley Cottage, 1826 4th Street, Sarasota. To book a tour, call 941-2609818, email or visit

Cosmic Center A Course in Miracles - 7pm. With Rev Nancy Robinson. A Course in Miracles, scribed by Dr Helen Schucman with Dr Bill Thetford in the 1970s. It is a study program of spiritual psychotherapy designed to awaken in us the truth of our oneness with God and Love. Through the course one learns how the practice of forgiveness assists in releasing elements of the past with a willingness to follow higher guidance, cultivating a miracle-mindedness. Schucman is said to have received the material through ‘inner dictation’ from Christ. Online Zoom only, $10.Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows – Bldg. G-2, Sarasota, 941371-9333,, Facebook and Instagram.

Healing Harps & Crystal Bowls Sound Bath –7-8pm, 2nd Thursday of each month. A sound bath to reduce stress and uplift spirits. Unity of Sarasota, 3023 Proctor Rd., Sarasota, 941-955-3301,

Unity of Sarasota - Bentley’s House Pet Loss Support Group - 7-8pm, 3rd Thurs of the month. Facilitated by Rev. Amy Zehe. Meeting in person at Fellowship Hall, Unity of Sarasota, 3023 Proctor Rd., Sarasota, 941-955-3301,


Fascial Stretch Therapy Group Class - 9-10am. Fascial stretch is a unique program designed to relieve tension, tightness and discomfort in the body using a gentle approach to stretching the fascia (connective tissue) within the body. It is a functional mobility and stretch technique which progresses through entire chains or neuro-myo-fascia rather than targeting isolated muscles. This allows for ease of movement while avoiding painful pinching. Palm Studio and Boutique, 441 W. Dearborn Street Englewood, 941-208-5568, PalmStudioEnglewood. com.

Unity of Sarasota Spiritual Book Club - 10:30 am. Unity of Sarasota, 3023 Proctor Rd., 941-955-3301.

David Bradshaw Writing Workshop - 12:30–2 pm through May 26. The story of your life: write your autobiography in 8 weeks. Unity of Sarasota, 3023 Proctor Rd., 941-955-3301.

Unity of Sarasota– Friday Night Spirit Express – 7pm, 1st Friday – Kirtan; 6:30pm, 2nd Friday – Movies; 7pm, 3rd Friday – Drum Circle, 4th & 5th Friday surprise – check our website. Unity of Sarasota, 3023 Proctor Rd., 941-955-3301.

Haunted Sarasota Trolley Tour – 8pm. Hop on board our Haunted Sarasota trolley for a historical tour of Sarasota’s haunted past. Hear stories about famous murders, visit spirited buildings, and explore unsolved crimes during this 90-minute, air-conditioned nighttime tour. Sit back and listen as our entertaining Ghost Hostess brings the rich history of Sarasota to life on this fun tour—be sure to keep an eye out for surprise guests along the way. Costumes encouraged, so come dressed to kill. 52.99 + tax/ fees. Ticket includes free parking. All tours depart from the Discover Sarasota Tours Trolley Cottage, 1826 4th Street, Sarasota, 941-260-9818. Book online at or email Info@


Guided Meditation - 10:30-11:45am. Looking to find peace within the storm? Meditate with a Buddhist Monk. Perfect for beginners and experienced alike. When you learn how to find inner peace and joy among chaos, you can tap into it anytime, anywhere. Blue Lotus Buddhist Meditation Center is a space to learn how to calm your mind, cultivate peace and joy, and live in the present moment. Private meetings, corporate training, blessings, weddings, memorials and other ceremonies are available with our monks. These in-person events take place at the Sanctuary of Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Venice, 1971 Pinebrook Road, Venice. A Zoom link is available on the website Contact or 941-323-8033 for more information.

Free Kids Yoga and Mindfulness - 11:30-12:15pm. We want to offer kids a safe space to tune in to their mind, body and soul. After the hurricane and missing so much school and their friends and experiencing fear we hope to help these kids get back on track mentally, emotionally and physically. Free. Palm Studio and Boutique, 441 W. Dearborn Street Englewood, 941-208-5568,

Sacred Chants Circles - 7pm, second & fourth Sat. Journey through the world of mantra and medicine chants in these conscious singing gatherings. $20. Visit us at Wild Ginger Apothecary, 6557 Superior Avenue, Sarasota, 941-312-5630,

Murder Mystery Trolley: Who Killed the Circus Queen? - 7:30pm. Try to solve the Circus Queen’s murder in a fun and interactive theatrical performance! This 90-minute fantasy murder mystery tour visits many circus locations in Sarasota during the rolling adventure, where colorful characters jump aboard to add clues and hilarity for the guests. During booking, guests can choose to be cast in a role, please arrive early if you want to play a part! $52.99 + tax/fees. Ticket includes free parking. All tours depart from the Discover Sarasota Tours Trolley Cottage, 1826 4th Street, Sarasota, 941-2609818. Book online at or email

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community resource guide




Board Certified Acupuncture Physician

The Integrated Path, P.A. 2801 Fruitville Rd.Suite 135, Sarasota 941-924-8833 •

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


Dr. Christina Captain, DAOM

Nationally Board Certified Dipl.Ac

Complimentary Meet & Greet

The Medical Complex

2650 Bahia Vista Street, Suite 101, Sarasota, 941-951-1119 •

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

Complimentary Meet & Greet



Anna L. Baker, D.O.M.

Nationally Board Certified Acupuncture Physician

941-924-2723 •

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



6557 Superior Avenue

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

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. TueFri 10am-5pm and Sat 11am-5pm.



Residual Strain Therapy

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

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



Fusion Therapy

7069 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota 941-921-7900


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


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


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


THE FELDENKRAIS METHOD® Lessons for Children (ABM), Adults, Classes, Prof Seminars

Bonnie Kissam, M.A., Feldenkrais® Practitioner, LMT, CE Provider 941-360-2248

The Feldenkrais® Approach , ‘Movement with Attention’, helps one ‘sense easier, improved posture and ways of moving. Clients optimize their musical, athletic or everyday activities through heightened ‘awareness’. They find unique ways to recover from injury, surgeries or illness. Call for appointments, classes or for weekend TOUCH TO INFORM seminars 941360-2248 ,



Karolina Baker, MD

Board Certified Family Medicine

3976 Destination Dr., Suite 102, Osprey 941-500-2093

Dr. Baker combines her unique background and experiences to create a medical practice that emphasizes compassion and competence. She offers a systematic patient-centered approach that identifies the underlying cause of a patient’s conditions through education, sensible medical protocols and one-onone mentoring. She focuses on individual goals and long-term solutions to sustained better health. Contact us today to set up a Free 15min Discovery. Call/Visit!


Laura Weber Garrison, PhD

8051 N Tamiami Trail, Suite F2, Sarasota 941-260-2941

Holistic health therapist and counselor specializing in trauma. Board-certified Drugless Practitioner. Integrative clinical hypnotherapy, yoga-based and somatic therapeutics. Private sessions, groups.


Laura Korman, DC, DACBN

Chiropractor, Diplomate in Nutrition

16954 Toledo Blade Blvd, Port Charlotte 941-629-6700 •

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.

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VisionSOUL READINGS or CARD READINGS  Visionary Solutions & S.M.I.L.E.

Michelle Marie Angel  541-261-4483

BOOKS: Live Love: Master Vision and Vibration to Create A Better World; Forever Free: Liberation with the Holy Spirit of Truth; It IS A New World After All: Poetry and Prose to Inspire A New World Vision. Very helpful for spiritual development! Available for purchase on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and at the Higher Realm Sarasota. READINGS: “Royal Reading,” includes God’s Gifts, Angel and Tarot Cards, and Alchemy

Stone. Intuitive reading, Tarot Reading, or Angel Card reading. Visit: for Classes & Events—Local & Zoom; for Books and Decrees; and for readings - local & Zoom, or text Michelle at: 541261-4483. Check out SmileSoulPower and GailofGaia on Rumble, or SMILE Soul Power on YouTube.



Caroline Crawford Messages from the spirit world with clarity and compassion.

941-402-9595 •

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



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

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


Vegan Eatery/Meal Prep Service

1331 10th Street, Sarasota 941-445-7125

Certified Kosher and 100% Vegan. Cooking from the ground up, beginning with the freshest ingredients, sourced locally, seasonal and grown by earth-loving folks. Offering small catering, meal prep service and our location on 10th St. Come stop by for your taste buds to experience honest food. Open Mon-Sat 9am-3pm.



200 Central Ave, Suite 18, Sarasota 941-284-9563 •

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



Dr. David Cifra, DC

Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Specialist

Office: 941-358-2224 • Cell: 315-345-7390

Medical Breakthrough Technology! Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Specialist, Dr.David Cifra,DC. Advanced procedure for patients who have back and neck pain and want to avoid narcotics, epidural injections, and unnecessary surgeries. Over 90% effective. No pain, No drugs, No surgery, NO Injections. Call today 941-358-2224. FREE CONSULTATION.



Natural & Holistic Premium Pet Foods 3558 Webber Street, Sarasota 941-925-4376

Offering full lines of veterinary diets, raw and frozen diets, dog, cat and bird supplies. Huge selection of toys, treats, flea and tick products, collars and more.

Certified veterinary nutritional consultant on staff. We ship and pets always welcome!



6557 Superior Avenue

Gulf Gate Shopping Village, Sarasota 941-312-5630

Level 1, 2 and 3 Reiki Healing Certifications held monthly at Wild Ginger Apothecary with instructors

Paula and Jean-Luc Casano of The Remedy Room. Visit for more information or to schedule your training! Private classes are also available for small groups of 4 or more. Store hours, Tues-Fri 10am-5pm, and Sat 11am-5pm.



Yoga & Selfcare Coaching

Get Your Free End the Exhaustion Guide at

Personalized yoga and selfcare coaching sessions to help you find that spark of fulfillment, passion & purpose in your life.



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.



Embracing the New Paradigms of our Awak-ening Consciousness

5041 Ringwood MeadowsBldg G-2 • Sarasota


A place of Light and Uncondition-al Love bringing together awak-ened and awakening minds and hearts for healing, enlightenment, support and joy!

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

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



June Drennon, CCT 2008


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



In the Picturesque Natural Beauty of The Meadows

5041 Ringwood Meadow, Sarasota 941-295-9333

The Divine Chapel of Love offers a place for weddings, renewal of vows and ceremonies for couples who wish to commemorate their special occasion in a beautiful surrounding to form lasting memories where Love is All That Matters.



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

Community for health + wellness. Offering hemp CBD, bulk herbs, remedies, sage, gifts, cards, metaphysical tools, essential oils, jewelry and more! Classes and drop-in psychic readers daily. Tue-Fri 10am-5pm and Sat 11am-5pm.

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