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A RAY OF HOPE IN CHAOTIC TIMES By Monte Leach and Marc Gregory


ven in these chaotic and perilous times, there is reason for hope. Humanity finds itself at a major crossroads: Do we choose the path of selfish separatism and inequality based on greed and competition, leading to the destruction of ourselves and planet Earth; or the path of cooperation and sharing leading to global peace and prosperity? Here to help us make the correct choice stands a group of Teachers unparalleled in their enlightenment and wisdom, unequaled in their ability to love and to serve. They are the Masters of Wisdom. At their head stands a being of the most extraordinary compassion and insight: Maitreya, the World Teacher. As the one awaited under various names by all major religious traditions, and as a Teacher for all humanity, Maitreya is here — along with the Masters of Wisdom — to guide us safely into the future. The existence of these great Teachers was first made known in the West in the late 1800s by Helena Blavatsky, who lived among the Masters of Wisdom in the Himalayas for three years. In the early 20th century, Blavatsky’s work was continued by Alice A. Bailey, and, more recently, by British esotericist and artist Benjamin Creme. All three of these authors and educators were trained by, and worked directly with, the Masters of Wisdom. According to the Ageless Wisdom tradition, as it is known, these highly advanced Teachers have lived in the remote areas of the world through the ages, helping and guiding humanity from behind the scenes. Through his work over many years, Benjamin Creme made it known that at this critical time for humanity and the planet, the Masters of Wisdom,


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headed by Maitreya, are coming forward now to live among us and teach us directly.

The path to peace and justice Maitreya and the Masters of Wisdom are teachers in the broadest sense of the word. They have attained mastery over themselves, and as enlightened individuals devote all their time and energy in loving service to humanity. They are not here to establish a new religion, but to show us how to live together in peace. This is simpler than we imagine, Maitreya has said. The key is an equitable sharing of the Earth’s resources among all the world’s people. Through sharing we lessen global tensions, generate greater trust and cooperation among the nations — and begin to build a world where all have the basic necessities of life and live in balance with the environment. Unless we share the world’s resources, there will never be economic and social justice in the world. Without justice, no peace. Without peace, little hope for the future, as we have weapons that can destroy all life on Earth — weapons that almost surely would be used in any future widescale conflict. With the future of the planet at stake, what will it take for us to abandon competition, conflict and division, and begin to manifest the grand ideals of sharing, justice and peace? What’s needed is a change of attitude, a change of consciousness — above all a change of heart in humanity. It is that which Maitreya and the Masters of Wisdom can inspire.

It is a monumental task to be sure. Fortunately, we have the help of monumental figures living among us now — a circumstance, according to the Ageless Wisdom tradition, that has never before taken place in recorded history. This group of enlightened teachers, as they touch the hearts of people everywhere, will galvanize us into action, helping us to lead our leaders toward the creation of a just and peaceful world. In the millions across the globe who are increasingly voicing their concerns for the health of our planet and demanding change in our political, economic and social systems, we see this needed change of mind and heart already beginning to take place. At this crossroads for humanity, the path ahead is up to us. Maitreya has said, “Sharing and Justice, Brotherhood and Freedom are not new concepts. From the dawn of time mankind has linked his aspiration to these beckoning stars. Now, my friends, shall we anchor them in the world.” For free information: 888-242-8272


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utumn is back in full-swing, which means hearty seasonal produce from the farmer’s market, festive candles with the warm scent of pumpkin and cool, blustery weather that makes you want to spend as much time outside as possible. This is a season of gratitude, pleasure and reflection on what matters in life. And that’s the theme of this month’s issue: a simple, natural, mindful approach to wellness that can help you finish this year off strong. Our feature article this month is all about “Living a Simpler Lifestyle” which feels especially meaningful now after two years of shifting priorities and re-examining values in the wake of this pandemic. As our society starts to move in the direction of more conscious, minimalist and sustainable living, it will also clear more space for us to embrace what’s truly important. This is the perfect time to shed what no longer serves you and prioritize what does. On the subject of simplicity, there’s no exercise more basic than walking, but as our “Fit Body” article points out, it’s also one of the most effective cardio activities you can do. Walking for at least 30 minutes a day can offer numerous wellness benefits such as increased balance, stronger bone density, robust heart and lung function, and positive mental health outcomes. So if you want to incorporate more body conditioning into your routine, just start walking. Finally, sometimes the simple life means coming back to our roots, and there’s so much we can learn about this from hunter-gatherer cultures all over the world. This month’s “Wise Words” article delves into how people in the Yucatan, Arctic Circle and Tanzania raise their children and form their communities around collective responsibility and cooperation. Not only is this a much less complicated way to live, but it also nurtures calm and peace of mind. As usual, this is just a quick snapshot of all the inspiration and enlightenment you’ll find within these pages. So take some time to intentionally savor all the natural beauty this fall season has to offer, and we’ll see you back here next month!

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Peter Kater in Concert at Unity of Sarasota


nity of Sarasota is thrilled to present Peter Kater in concert on October 2, 8 p.m., in our newly renovated sanctuary. This two-time Grammy winning, multi-platinum pianist and composer has been an innovator of contemporary instrumental music for over three decades. He’s received many awards for his rich and diverse music and illustrious career.   Kater has released over 70 critically acclaimed recordings and has scored the music for over 100 television and film productions, as well as 11 on- and off-Broadway plays. From solo piano and contemporary jazz ensembles to full orchestral works, his cross-genre music is heard all over the world from the Olympics to Carnegie Hall.   He’s collaborated with musicians such as Native American flutist R. Carlos Nakai, Sting guitarist Dominic Miller and Sacred Chantress Snatam Kaur. As an avid environmentalist and humanitarian, Kater has also received the Environment Leadership Award from the United Nations. Join us for an evening of transformative music in this beautifully renovated venue. Seating is limited to accommodate COVID safety protocols.      Location: 3023 Proctor Rd., Sarasota. Cost: $30.. To purchase tickets, call 941-955-3301 or visit Peter-Kater-Sarasota-Florida.  


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arvest² supports small farm heroes and delivers results for this vital sector of farming. Within recent years, we have come to realize an urgent need in communities: fresh food supplies are too far away. True food security must consolidate to the local level. Harvest² is pivoting into the hyper-local market to serve the needs of everyone’s inner farmer. By providing solutions in edible landscapes and new manageable controlled environment farm options, we are determined to see the communities we serve thrive by nurturing their inner farmer. All humans are designed to be connected to food sources, so when we grow physical food, we grow emotionally, spiritually and intellectually. Our focus increases, our gratitude is enhanced, and we live more abundant lives. We can help your organization realize the benefits of employee or tenant wellness programs, food service or supermarket enhancements, senior living facilities or youth programs that educate on the massive benefits and opportunities in agriculture. The United States has begun its second agricultural revolution, the likes of which have not been experienced since WWII. All of us can play a role in this constructive revolution for a massive societal impact. For more information, visit For a free evaluation or consultation, email Mention our work with Natural Awakenings, and we’ll partner with you to help create an impact in your community.

A New Spiritual Center Is Coming to Longboat Key


lease mark your calendars for a free tele-gathering on October 16, This virtual event will be hosted by Rhonda Lenair, known as “The Healer of Addictions,” a world renowned medical intuitive and founder of The Self(s) Healing Experience (SHE). SHE is a transformational program that primes you to outgrow all cravings, desires and the need to self-sabotage. Tens of thousands for over three decades have overcome self-destructive, out of control behaviors, as well as negative thoughts, stress and fears. All are welcome to attend, so please share this with your loved ones, someone you care about or someone in need. During uncertain, confusing, fearful or difficult times, Lenair is trained to offer words to feed your spirit and nourish your soul. In this special offering, you will be primed to enter into pure multitudinous calm, bliss and love, as well as learn more about all the benefits that SHE can provide. Space is limited for this call, and please be punctual, so you don’t miss this rare opportunity. Email questions in advance, and if time permits, they will be answered.  Over the years, Lenair has been commissioned by royalty and Hollywood celebrities, and has helped tens of thousands of people from all walks of life.  She has also been featured in Elle Magazine, Good Housekeeping, The Discovery Network, Total Health Journal and other major publications. Lenair will soon be relocating her work to Longboat Key, so don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn more about the SHE program.  Space is limited. To RSVP for this event, call 802-558-9200. To read what the medical community has to say about SHE, visit To read, watch and listen to unsolicited testimonials, visit Private healing experiences will also be available by appointment soon.


Taking the Next Step with HU: A Love Song to God

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onfronting life’s pains and discomforts can be daunting. But there is a way to find help that is always as close as the beat of your own heart. HU is an ancient, sacred word for the universal spirit of all life. Quietly singing or chanting HU can offer unexpected strength in waves of love and gratitude to offset distress. This simple yet profound act of singing HU can raise awareness of love that is always there for each soul including yours. Life often requires new approaches to solving problems. Change is often not easy, but singing HU opens the heart and can lift the spirit to new possibilities, helpful changes and positive steps forward. “HU: A Love Song to God” is a 60-minute recording enlivened by humorous and profound stories, spiritual exercises for dreams and Soul Travel, as well as the compassionate wisdom of the Mahanta, the Living ECK Master, Sri Harold Klemp. Eckankar in Florida offers spiritually focused virtual events for seekers of all backgrounds, including online HU Chants. To download the recording for free, visit For dates, times and login information to attend “Experience HU, the Sound of Soul,” visit This event is presented by Florida Satsang Society, Inc., a Chartered Affiliate of Eckankar.

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estore your nervous system naturally with traditional Reiki and Bach Flower Remedies This dynamic duo go hand-in-hand when it comes to feeling better and finding balance. We all deal with daily stress, but in today’s world, it can feel more extreme. In some cases, stress can lead to burnout, chronic fatigue and serious health concerns. In this pandemic climate, we are all pushing for optimum health. But how do you respond when health is challenged to the limit? Most of us want the fast road to recovery, no matter what the ailment. This might include various over-the-counter products that bring temporary relief. But what we actually need is deep nurturing and extra care. True restoration must take place on all levels—not just a surface Band-Aid solution. So rejuvenate the body by activating the parasympathetic nervous system with gentle Reiki energy. Relieve emotional burnout by incorporating Bach Flower Remedies for your specific needs. Address mental and physical exhaustion. Raise your vibration naturally and release the trauma the body feels when it is in distress. Location: 2914 Bee Ridge Rd., Sarasota. For more information, call 941-726-4784 or visit

Anti-Aging Seminars on Zoom with Dr. Anna


r. Anna Baker, DOM, invites you to join her interactive anti-aging seminars via Zoom on October 8 and 22, both at 1:30 p.m. She will showcase her Faces by Dr. Anna acupuncture facelift and muscle retightening Pearl Cream by Dr. Anna. Please contact the Pearl Cream by Dr. Anna store to access the meeting ID number. Dr. Anna performs a unique type of acupuncture facelift that she invented. The muscles of the face and neck are progressively retightened to retrace the steps that aging took. An initial package of 10 treatments is required, and the results last for 18 months before a one-treatment touchup is needed to maintain the lift. COVID-19 safety protocols include treatment rooms that have special air filtration systems that pull patients’ breath droplets out the window. In this seminar, Dr. Anna will show photographed results on people of all ages. In addition, she will discuss her proprietary Pearl Cream by Dr Anna which offers the same muscle retightening as her acupuncture facelift in a slower, more gradual process. Her Pearl Cream is an anti-aging serum made from real pearls and Chinese herbs without any preservatives. Pearl Cream by Dr. Anna is also available as a muscle tightening body lotion, men’s anti-aging line and sports performance line. Store location: 2721 Mall Dr., Sarasota. Temporary COVID-19 hours: Monday–Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. To access the meeting ID, call 941-921-2662. For more information, visit and

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The Brain Wave Center Introduces its new Neuro Diagnostic Testing and Therapy Clinic


e are launching our new Diagnostic Testing and Therapy Clinic, based on two separate needs expressed by charity organizations we work with and our own client base. The diagnostic part of the clinic evolved from requests from partners such as Easterseals and The Florida Center for Early Childhood in response to their backlog of children who require assessments such as ADOS (spectrum disorder) and general attention deficient. Since we already had two Doctors of Psychology working with us, it just made sense to help reduce this backlog and help more children and families access the care they need and deserve. Our team incorporates proven testing and assessment methods backed by qEEG Brain Map analysis to detect underlying issues and identify appropriate therapies. We are opening the therapy side of the clinic based on our own experience and peer-reviewed studies, which through advances in applied neuroscience (specifically, neurofeedback, along with evidence-based models of psychotherapy), we often see superior results. At The Brain Wave Center, we will offer psychotherapy services either alone or in combination with neurofeedback training sessions. Our goal is to achieve breakthrough results. As people become aware that it’s possible to experience healthier, more fulfilling lives, the stigma of mental health treatment has started to fade. At The Brain Wave Center, we seek to assist people improve their emotional well-being. From coaching or mentoring, to more serious mental health conditions, to traumatic brain injury, The Brain Wave Center has the professional experience and technology to assist you in both the diagnosis and intervention. To schedule a consultation, call 941-522-4500 or visit


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Divine Breath: Weekly Breathwork Circle at Wild Ginger Apothecary


ach Tuesday at 6 p.m., step into a sacred space, relax and breathe into your divine being with Elizabeth at Wild Ginger Apothecary. We will move, journal, meditate and breathe our way to relaxation, release of blockages and connection to healing. Before the session, breathing techniques will be demonstrated and practiced to help with understanding and develop comfort for the experience ahead. Here’s what you’ll need to participate: • Comfortable clothes • Journal • Water bottle • Blankets and/or pillows Elizabeth will lead participants through Pranayama rhythmic breathing and kumbhaka breath retention, while filling the space with sound and senses stimulation to guide everyone through a meditative journey to help calm the mind, connect to the heart and breathe through any stress or feelings of dis-ease. Among other benefits, breathwork has been scientifically proven to activate the vagus nerve and parasympathetic nervous system; establish a heart-mind coherence and state of calm to create harmony in the physical, emotional and energetic body; and activate the pineal gland in the brain to promote physical and emotional healing. Groups are limited, so please register to join us and connect to your own divine breath. Location: 6557 Superior Ave., Sarasota. Register in advance at or at 941-312-5630.

The Importance of Nitric Oxide


itric Oxide is one of the key molecules produced in the human body. It has a significant role in both the cardiovascular and circulatory systems. Nitric Oxide is made and stored in the lining of blood vessels. Unfortunately, the aging process will cause this molecule to decline by around 20 percent every 10 years. Nitric Oxide is also key for maintaining a healthy immune system, mitochondrial function and energy levels. Here is a list of symptoms that might indicate you are low in Nitric Oxide: fatigue, high blood pressure, mood disorders, sleep issues, loss of libido, erectile dysfunction, lack of energy, memory issues, poor lung function or weak bones. Fortunately, there are methods to slow this decline

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October Events at Sarasota Center of Light


e are currently renting out our detached event buildings and single Education Center classrooms to the public. Our spaces are bright and airy with a central location off Tuttle Avenue and ample free parking. We are adjacent to a beautiful healing garden, and the interior décor will create a perfect environment for yoga, Tai Chi, movement, meditations, and other classes or meetings. The rental cost is just $25 an hour. In addition, this month the Sarasota Center of Light will continue to present those who are an important part of our metaphysical community You are welcome to register for any of the following classes on our website under the Calendar tab. First, please mark your calendars for the free “Basic Concepts” class via Zoom on October 2, 10 a.m. to noon. Join us to learn more about our Center and consider becoming a member. Next, David Winfree will be teaching a two-hour Zoom class, “Spiritual Growth,” on October 9, 2–4 p.m. (Cost: $20). This course will delve into what it means to be spiritual, live with a sense of spiritual purpose and achieve spiritual growth. Rev. Mary Torrey will teach her “Mediumship Fundamentals” course on October 5, 12, 19 and 26, 7:30–9:30 p.m. (Cost for four-week course: $75). Rev. Torrey is a member of the Sarasota Center of Light’s Ministerial Team, a certified Medium and a certified Spiritual Healer. These Zoom classes include handouts. Please complete your class registration no later than 10:00 a.m. on October 4. Rev. Elaine Kuzmeskus will teach a Zoom class on October 16, 1–4 p.m., called “Dreams and Astral Travel” (Cost: $50). Rev. Kuzmeskus is the Director of the New England School of Metaphysics, and is a nationally-recognized Spiritualist medium and author of nine books. Finally, Rev. Bill Patridge will return to teach a Zoom seminar on October 30, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., called “Remote Viewing” (Cost: $20). The Center’s Ministry Team will conduct the services in October on Zoom, offering heartfelt spiritual guidance. Our special guests in October include Rev. Steve Hermann on October 10, Rev. Rosie Bouch on October 17, and Rev. Bill Patridge on October 3 and 24. We humbly ask for your support. Donations can be submitted by calling the office at 941-9536620 or (after hours at 727-492-2977), visiting or mailing a check to the office. All contributions are appreciated. In addition, questions are encouraged and always welcomed. Mailing address: 2710 Browning St, Sarasota, 34237. Location: 852 S Tuttle Ave., Sarasota. For more information, email


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Eliminate Stubborn Fat or Reduce Wrinkles, Tighten Crepe-y Skin with Cryoskin


f you could eliminate stubborn body fat on any part of your body, or have smoother, more radiant skin on your face, neck or cleavage, without surgery or down time would you try? Cryoskin is a Natural Treatment that works by using sub-zero temperatures to eliminate body fat. We utilize this science to provide slimming, skin tightening, toning, cellulite and facial treatments with non-invasive results. Cryoskin slimming helps our customers lose inches off their stomach, love-handles, thighs and other areas. Toning sessions help to diminish cellulite, tone the body and tighten the skin. Toning is effective for the face, neck and cleavage areas because it reduces the look of crepe-y skin. Our treatments are neither painful nor invasive, and there is no downtime. Better results with Presso Massage: We use compression therapy to aid the lymphatic system to process the fat cells lost at your treatments. This treatment can significantly improve the speed of your results. In addition to lymphatic drainage, compression therapy is very effective with the following modalities: • Cellulite treatments • Muscle recovery and regeneration for athletes • Detox and circulation disorders • Relieved muscle and joint pain • Accelerate healing time after injury or post surgery. During this month, Natural Awakenings readers will receive $100 off their first body treatment, as well as a free consultation. Cryo Studio Sarasota, 2100 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, and 965 University Parkway, Sarasota, 941-241-1540,

Drink Green Tea to Ward Off Flu Green tea, a staple of Japanese culture now enjoyed in many American homes, contains compounds called catechins that have significant antiviral activity against influenza, report researchers from Thailand’s University of Phayao in the journal Molecules. They analyzed eight studies involving 5,048 people and found that gargling or drinking green tea reduced the risk of influenza by 33 percent in randomized controlled trials and by 48 percent in longitudinal cohort studies.

Poor sleepers can cut their health risks by exercising more, reports a new study of 380,055 middle-age people in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Both physical inactivity and poor sleep are independently linked to a heightened risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer and death, but Australian researchers found that more exercise lowers the consequence of poor sleep. People that ate better, drank less alcohol and were more physically active also tended to sleep better. The lower the sleep score, the higher were risks of death from any cause, including cardiovascular disease and ischemic stroke. Those at the bottom of the scales with both poor sleep scores and little physical activity had a 57 percent higher risk of death from any cause. People that were younger, female, thinner or better off financially tended to have healthier sleep scores, as did those that ate more fruits and vegetables, spent less time seated, had no mental health issues, never smoked, didn't work shifts, drank less alcohol and were more physically active. blue bird/

A new study from Chicago’s Illinois Institute of Technology demonstrates that strawberries increase flow in blood vessels and reduce systolic blood pressure. In the randomized, controlled, double-blind trial, overweight and obese adults with moderately high cholesterol were assigned to drink either a beverage containing 25 grams of freezedried strawberry powder or a similar drink without the strawberry powder twice daily for four weeks, followed by a four-week washout period. An hour after consumption, the strawberry powder improved flow-mediated dilation, indicating healthier blood pressure function; systolic blood pressure was lower even four weeks later.

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Consider Barberry to Reduce Diabetes Markers Barberries (Berberis integerrima), the tart, red fruits that grow on bushes, have been used for centuries in traditional medicine for digestive issues, and now evidence has emerged from Iranian researchers that barberry extract can help lower Type 2 diabetes markers. For eight weeks, 30 patients were given 1,000 milligrams of barberry extract daily, along with the standard anti-diabetic medication metformin, while another 35 patients were given only metformin. Afterwards, fasting blood sugar levels were significantly lower among the barberry group as were HbA1c levels, which measure blood sugar levels for two to three months. petra kopásková/

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A more sustainable approach for recycling polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic used in single-use beverage bottles, clothing and food packaging, has been found by Bio-Optimized Technologies to keep Thermoplastics out of Landfills and the Environment (BOTTLE) consortium, which includes the U.S. Department of Energy National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the UK University of Portsmouth. A paper, “Techno-economic, life-cycle, and socioeconomic impact analysis of enzymatic recycling of poly(ethylene terephthalate),” in the journal Joule, shows that enzyme-recycled PET has potential advantages over conventional, fossil-based methods across a broad spectrum of energy and carbon impacts. The concept could lead to new opportunities for PET recycling and create a mechanism for recycling textiles and other materials also made from PET that traditionally are not recycled. PET ranks among the most abundantly produced synthetic polymers in the world; roughly 54 percent is used in the manufacture of clothing and carpet. “From all the plastics that were produced since the 1950s, less than 10 percent of it has ever been recycled,” says Avantika Singh, first author of the paper. “Most waste plastics end up in landfills.” BOTTLE is addressing plastic pollution by developing energy-efficient, cost-effective and scalable recycling and upcycling technologies; and formulating modern plastics to be recyclable by design.

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Throughout the country, land is being transferred to or co-managed by Indigenous tribes, repatriating culturally and ecologically important resources with the former occupants and local communities to accommodate their perspective and participation in the management of the land, wildlife and plants. Some tribes are using traditional knowledge of how to support wildlife, use prescribed fires and protect ancestral grounds. In California, a land trust recently transferred 1,199 acres of redwood forest and prairie to the Esselen tribe. In Maine, the Five Tribes of the Wabanaki Confederacy recently reacquired a 150-acre island with the help of land trusts. Other recent land transfers to tribes with the goal of conservation have taken place in Oregon, New York and elsewhere. Traditional Ecological Knowledge, a system of Indigenous management styles that evolved over centuries of culture immersed in nature, is increasingly seen by conservationists as synergistic with the global campaign to protect biodiversity and manage nature in a way that hedges against climate change. The Nature Conservancy has institutionalized the transfer of ecologically important land with its Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities Program worldwide. Erin Myers Madeira, director of the program, says, “Indigenous people are the original stewards of all the lands and waters in North America, and there’s an extensive knowledge and management practices that date back millennia.”

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Global Industry Turns to Solar Energy

The investment bank Lazard states that production costs for solar energy dropped by 90 percent between 2009 and 2020. Today, electricity from large-scale solar plants costs an average of $.037 per kilowatt hour (kWh). New coal-powered plants cost three times as much; $.112/ kWh, with natural gas at $.059/kWh, nuclear at $.163/kWh and wind at $.04/kWh. New, more efficient solar panels 16

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will lower costs even further. Christian Breyer, a professor of solar economy at LUT University, in Finland, says, “We’re going to see solar power plants all over the world. In some places, wind power is still a bit cheaper,” depending on available sunlight. Experts estimate that photovoltaic plants with a total capacity of around 60 million megawatts (MW) will be needed to supply the entire world with electricity. That’s 70 times more than all of today’s existing solar capacity. The industrial sector needs a lion’s share of that energy. Starting in 2022, several Bayer Group chemical plants will run on 100 percent green electricity from a 590 MW solar power plant in southern Spain. For the energy-intensive steel industry, low-cost energy availability is a decisive factor when planning the location of new mills. Aluminum plants, car factories, cement manufacturers and data centers are all powered by solar farms.




cupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day is observed annually on October 24. since its initial commemoration in 2002. It is part of an effort designed to increase public awareness of the progress, promise and benefits of acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. What Is Acupuncture? Acupuncture, a single modality in the complete medical model of Oriental Medicine. is between 4,000 and 6,000 years old. The World Health Organization recognizes over 43 common disorders that acupuncture and Oriental Medicine can effectively treat. Some of these include respiratory disorders such as asthma and allergies; musculoskeletal disorders such as joint pain and arthritis; gastrointestinal disorders such as acid reflux and irritable bowel syndrome; gynecological disorders such as painful menstruation and menopausal symptoms; infertility; urinary disorders such as incontinence and sexual dysfunction; psychological disorders such as depression; skin disorders; and endocrine disorders. Acupuncture can also be used as a complementary treatment for chemo and radiation therapies. This list only represents some of the complaints that can be effectively addressed with acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. How Does Acupuncture Work? One aspect of Traditional Chinese Medical theory on which acupuncture is based, is the theory of qi (chi) and meridians. Qi is the vital substance that animates the human body to help all of its systems and organs function properly. Qi must be in ample supply and must flow smoothly without obstruction through the meridians. Meridians are pathways that the qi flows through. Each meridian is connected to an organ, and has several branches through-

out the body. Imagine these meridians are streams off a larger river, and the water that flows through the streams is qi flowing through meridian pathways. Imagine the trees lining the banks of the streams fell and blocked the flow of the water through the stream. If we think of this as the qi being blocked, then we have a stagnation or stoppage of the flow of qi. This stagnation translates into pain or system dysfunction. Acupuncture and herbs allow us to manipulate the flow of qi in the body to relieve pain and restore organ system function. For example, if you experience neck injury in a car accident which results in pain, then theoretically, the qi in your neck is blocked, and an acupuncture treatment can help to relieve the pain by restoring the smooth flow of qi. A more scientific theory on acupuncture’s mechanism of action is that it is based on a series of responses by the nervous, hormonal and vascular systems of the body. Common acupuncture effects include the secretion and regulation of neuro-hormones such as serotonin, dopamine, enkephalin and endorphins. The production of these substances creates a balance at the biochemical level of the body which can imbue a feeling of peace and wellness. There are several well reviewed studies that support acupuncture’s efficacy in the treatment of low backpain, opioid addiction and chemotherapy induced neuropathy. What Are the Credentials of Acupuncture Physicians? In the state of Florida, acupuncture physicians are required to complete a five academic year course of study after meeting the mandatory prerequisites for acceptance, resulting in a Master’s degree. After completing the required didactic and clinical coursework, four National Board examina-

tion tests must be passed and malpractice insurance obtained before a license will be issued. Chapter 457 of the Florida code describes acupuncture physicians as primary care practitioners who can order and utilize laboratory testing. Acupuncture physicians are regulated under the same federal laws and rules of the Healthcare Privacy Act. Specialization in the form of an advanced practice Doctoral degree is soon to be the terminal degree in the field. Individuals with an advanced practice Doctoral degree utilize the initials DAOM. It is crucial to receive acupuncture from a licensed acupuncturist or Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. I compare it to taking your car to a plumber and hoping for the best when you receive acupuncture from someone without an acupuncture education and board certification. Who Has Received Acupuncture? Nearly one in 10 adults (approximately 20 million people) in the United States has received acupuncture, and 60 percent agree they would readily consider acupuncture as a treatment option, according to a national survey from the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Nearly half of the individuals surveyed who had received acupuncture reported they were “extremely” or “very” satisfied with their treatment. Why Not Try Acupuncture for Yourself? The truth is, you miss all the shots you do not attempt. So why not give acupuncture a try? You have nothing to lose. Seek out qualified licensed practitioners and experience complementary medicine for yourself. is the national accrediting body for acupuncture physicians. Visit this website to find a board-certified practitioner in your area. Dr. Christina Captain, DAOM, MSAOM, MSHN, MA, AP, is nationally board-certified by the National Commission for Certification in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). She is the lead practitioner at Sarasota Center for Acupuncture and Nutrition. Her practice is located at 2650 Bahia Vista Street, Suite 101, Sarasota. For more information, call 941951-1119 or email October 2021


Gentle Relief for Chronic Concussion Symptoms by Eric Winder, DC


ost concussion injuries are mild, and symptoms heal quickly. However, for some people, concussion symptoms can last for months or even years after the injury supposedly heals. Headaches, fatigue, difficulty concentrating and neck pain are some of the problems that can persist. Fortunately, these symptoms are often relieved by gentle fascia release therapies. In this country, over three million people suffer from concussions each year. These injuries are mostly diagnosed by symptoms because concussion does not show on MRI or CT scans. This lack of test findings means that when symptoms from such a mild brain injury last beyond the normal recovery time, the reason is usually


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unknown. But the success of hands-on fascia therapies to improve or eliminate persistent symptoms points to the connective tissue called fascia as a source of these problems. As an example, a short while ago, a patient I will refer to as Bill came into our office for help with lower back pain and concussion symptoms that started six months prior. Bill stood beneath an open cabinet door in his garage which caused the concussion injury. While the nausea and disorientation that appeared at the time of injury disappeared, he still had frequent headaches, neck pain, dizziness and difficulty concentrating at times. On examination, Bill exhibited subtle

stiffening of the fibrous connective tissue (or fascia) around the area of the original injury, as well as on both sides of his upper neck and mid-back. Sudden impact to the body can cause a change in fascia where the connective tissue stiffens. Because our “position sense” for coordinated motion comes from fascia, this stiffening can disturb position sense and cause abnormal muscle tension and joint alignment. This can result in pain and other uncomfortable symptoms. After one treatment, the intensity of Bill’s headaches decreased greatly. Over a course of several visits, his mental focus returned to normal, the headaches disappeared, and his neck stiffness decreased. His lower back pain disappeared also. Bill was surprised that he achieved so much relief from such a gentle hands-on therapy. Because the stiffness in fascia from injury is caused by the nervous system, not an “adhesion” in the fibrous tissue, treatment does not require much force. Instead, the therapy used at our office utilizes precise, light pressure to reflexively trigger relaxation of tight fascia. When explaining this to patients, I often compare the treatment to popping a dent from a

can. The tissue is returned to normal, and it remains that way. Again, the reason fascial stiffening can contribute to head injury symptoms might be due to glitches in proprioception, or position sense. Most of the nerve endings for position sense are embedded in fascia, so the stiffening that can occur from head impact can cause subtle confusion in the body’s position sense, leading to abnormal muscle tension, nerve irritation, dizziness and other symptoms. One effective way to help chronic issues from head injury is to treat the restriction in the fascia. If you or a loved one suffer from lasting, unresolved symptoms after a head injury, I recommend an evaluation by a practitioner experienced in using fascial therapy to treat persistent concussion symptoms. Dr. Eric Winder has 24 years in practice with a focus on pain relief and restoration of alignment and motion. He uses fascia release therapies, without forceful manipulation. For more information, visit

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What’s the Problem, Dr. Korman? by Laura Korman, DC

Q: What can I do to strengthen my immune system? A: A year and a half ago, I was answering many patient questions about how to prevent heart disease, diabetes or cognitive decline. But today, their concerns are predominately centered around another question: how to improve their immune health. My answer is that the same foundational principles apply, whether your goal is to prevent a chronic illness or an acute infection. It has been shown that having a chronic illness, such as obesity, hypertension, heart disease or diabetes, weakens immune resistance and puts you at a much greater risk for negative outcomes from COVID-19. Whether you are vaccinated or not, metabolic health should be the top priority. Therefore, my advice starts with improving metabolic health which I believe is under-emphasized, and even ignored, by healthcare leaders as a first-line defense against the COVID-19 virus. According to the CDC, 73.6% of American adults are overweight with a Body Mass Index (BMI) over 25, and 42.5%, are now obese with a Body Mass Index or over 30. Childhood obesity is also on the rise, affecting nearly one in five children between the ages of two and 19. This


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puts them at serious risk for a lifetime of poor health. In fact, obesity is the primary driver of heart disease, diabetes, and some forms of dementia and cancers.1 In addition, a recent study of COVID-19 cases suggests that risks of hospitalization, intensive care unit admission, invasive mechanical ventilation and even death are higher in those with an increasing BMI. The increased risk for hospitalization or death was particularly pronounced in those under the age of 65. More than 900,000 adult COVID-19 hospitalizations occurred in the United States between the start of this pandemic and November 18, 2020. Models estimate that 271,800 (30.2%) of these hospitalizations were attributed to obesity. Even more alarming, most people who are hospitalized with COVID-19 have more than one disease (comorbidity).2 Another study looked at 5,700 patients in New York City and found that 88% of them had more than one chronic condition. Only 6.3% had just one underlying condition, and 6.1% had no other coexisting conditions.3 The most common thread connecting these comorbidities is insulin resistance which is at the root of poor metabolic and immune health. This occurs when people consistently consume foods that raise blood sugar levels beyond what

the body is burning or requires for energy. This excess blood glucose, stimulates higher levels of insulin which, over time causes, the cells to become less and less responsive to the effects of insulin. Insulin is there to drive blood sugar from food that was just consumed into the cells, both for immediate energy needs and to store it as fat for later energy reserves. Insulin resistance is also known as metabolic syndrome or pre-diabetes, and is the metabolic dysfunction of Type-2 Diabetes. It is estimated that 40% of Americans have pre-diabetes, and most of these individuals do not even realize it. The first recommendation I have for a patient who wants to strengthen immune health is to lower their BMI if it is above 25—which is the case for nearly three out of four adults. Then, order a HgA1c test along with a fasting insulin test. Optimal functional levels should be below 5.7ng/mL and 5.0ng/mL., respectively. I also instruct my patients to avoid foods that elevate blood glucose and insulin levels like sugary foods and beverages, processed carbohydrates, pre-packaged and fast foods. Sugar directly lowers the white blood cell defense against pathogens. Shop for whole, limited ingredient foods (found primarily around the perimeter of the grocery store) and focus on organic, non-GMO, pasture raised and local sources if possible. Avoid inflammatory vegetable and seed oils like canola, soybean, corn, sunflower and safflower oils (found in most dressings and condiments). Extra virgin olive oil and avocado oils are preferred. My second recommendation is that patients have their serum vitamin D levels checked, as there is overwhelming evidence of the correlation between low vitamin D levels and poor COVID-19 outcomes. Optimizing vitamin D could be the easiest and single most important strategy to minimize the risk of COVID-19. I advise my patients to take enough vitamin D3 to keep their serum levels optimally between 60-80 ng/ mL. Vitamin K2 should also be taken with vitamin D3 as these two vital nutrients work together to help absorb and divert calcium into the bones and away from the arteries.

Other supplements that have been shown to improve immune function are vitamin C, zinc, quercitin, (which helps zinc work better) and N-acetylcysteine (NAC) which helps to increase glutathione levels. Glutathione deficiency is associated with more severe COVID-19 outcomes. In addition, glutathione could also help prevent harmful cytokine storms and the formation of blood clots. Finally, I emphasize the importance of regular exercise, stress management and adequate sleep when trying to optimize immune health. The goal should be 20–30 minutes of gentle aerobic exercise, preferably outside, to help lower blood sugar and insulin levels. This can be especially effective following a meal. Exercise also decreases stress hormones and improves oxygenation and lung function. Stress is at an all-time high and negatively impacts the body’s resistance to infection. We need to make quiet time, prayer, meditation or exposure to nature daily priorities—even if just for a few minutes—to be mindful, present and grateful. This will shift the nervous system from a fight-or flight state to a restand-digest state. This will help the stress hormones to become more balanced, digestion to improve and blood pressure to normalize. Unmanaged stress can also affect the quality of sleep. One restless or insufficient night of sleep can increase insulin resistance and blood sugar levels the following day. My advice to improve sleep is to set a bedtime for later than 11:00 p.m. (preferably earlier) to achieve seven or eight hours of quality sleep in a completely dark room, void of electronics and cooled to about 70 degrees. Avoid eating three hours before bedtime, and discontinue the use of LED screens an hour before bedtime. Eating too close to bedtime puts stress on the liver and the digestive system which decreases the body’s potential to rest and recover. LED lights can also block the body’s production of melatonin which is essential for initiating sleep. It is my hope that the information I shared about our nation’s state of poor metabolic health is not only a wake-up call but also a call to action. While we might not always have control over outside forces or environmental influences that surround us, we do have the power to make personal decisions to move more frequently, eat healthier, sleep better and manage stress more effectively. These simple and sustainable lifestyle strategies would make a huge impact on improving both metabolic and immune health on an individual and goal scale. If you want additional help improving your own metabolic health, please reach out to me at 941-629-6700 or visit my website at for more information.


1. Adult Obesity Facts/Overweight & Obesity, 2. Obesity, Race/Ethnicity and COVID-19, Overweight & Obesity, CDC 3., Maaike van Gerwin, et al., J Med Virol., 2021 Feb.

Feng Shui for the Fall by Christina Captain, DAOM, MSAOM, MSHN, MA Lucky Dragon says: “Use these tips to welcome the fall season!”


all is a time for expansion. New opportunities, career growth and relationships are all hallmarks of the season. Follow these helpful hints to enhance your own expansion, and exciting adventures are sure to present themselves. 1. Refresh the entrance to your home by replacing the doormat to welcome in new energies. 2. Open your windows to allow fresh air inside and invite positive energy into the space. 3. Tend to your garden and landscape, cut away dead branches and make room for new life. 4. Lower the lights in your space by replacing higher wattage bulbs with lower wattage. This will help you slow down and enjoy the simpler pleasures. 5. Rearrange your furniture to shift the energies in your most occupied spaces such the living room, kitchen and bedroom. 6. Keep yourself healthy by investing in a “whole body detox”. This preparation will enable you to enjoy all the holiday festivities with ease and grace. Dr. Christina Captain is nationally board-certified by the National Commission for Certification in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). She is the lead practitioner at Sarasota Center for Acupuncture and Nutrition. Dr. Captain is also an expert Feng Shui practitioner and teacher who studied under Nancilee Wydra of the Feng Shui Institute of America, before originating her own style, Essential Balance Feng Shui. Since this discipline is a branch of Oriental Medicine, she often blends Feng Shui principles into her treatment plans. Her practice is located at 2650 Bahia Vista St., Suite 101, Sarasota. For more information, call 941-951-1119 or email October 2021


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Breathing Easy in these COVID Times Q&A with Fusion Therapy by Mary-Elizabeth Schurrer Salt Therapy rooms are made to replicate the naturally occurring salt caves of Eastern and Central Europe. We have a Grande Salt Suite for families and groups, and we also offer a Petite Suite for private Dry Salt Therapy treatments. Dry Salt Therapy helps with numerous respiratory ailments such as asthma; chronic ear, nose or throat conditions; bronchitis; emphysema; and allergy cold or flu symptoms. This modality also helps to relieve a number of post-COVID symptoms. In addition, it calms the nervous system to hether it’s residual symptoms of relieve mental strain, anxiety and insomnia. COVID, chronic stress from all the In our Salt Suites, a person is surchanges to our normal, or other health isrounded by tons of mineral-rich Dead Sea sues taking a toll on the body, I think most Salt. Once inside a Salt Suite, a halogenerof us can agree that it’s been difficult to breathe easy over the last two years. In both ator crushes then disperses microparticles of pharmaceutical-grade salt into the air the literal and figurative sense, we could all use a deep, full exhale to relieve the tension which reach deep into the lungs and function as a powerful healing force. These tiny our systems are encumbered with. salt particles work like sponges to absorb And that’s where Fusion Therapy foreign substances and help to thin mucus comes in. This local wellness retreat is in which allows the body to expel troublethe business of helping our community some toxins naturally. relax, de-stress and breathe. What a difBy clearing out debris, those with reference it makes when the lungs are clear, spiratory conditions can breathe easier and the mind is calm, and the body can start to deeper. We have seen remarkable results in heal itself, right? It’s for this exact reason clients with asthma, pneumonia, bronchitis, that I wanted to feature Fusion Therapy sinus infections, coughs or colds, chronic in this month’s edition of the Community wheezing and even oxygen dependence. Spotlight, and Gena Lewis-Schibler, LMT and Senior Partner of Fusion Therapy, was NA: What does the process of visceral maso gracious to lend her expertise to the nipulation of the lungs entail, and how can it conversation below. benefit anyone who is experiencing residual COVID symptoms or vaccine side-effects? Natural Awakenings: Can you describe how the Dry Salt treatments at Fusion Therapy can Lewis-Schibler: Visceral Manipulation is a gentle, manual therapy that evaluates the improve lung function and help those with structural relationships between the viscera respiratory issues breathe deeper and easier? (organs) and their fascial or ligamentous Gena Lewis-Schibler: Our modern Dry



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attachments to various systems in the body. It assists with functional and structural imbalances such as musculoskeletal, lymphatic, vascular, digestive, respiratory and nervous dysfunction. In these COVID times, Visceral Work has helped many of our clients with their breathing function with gentle manipulation of their lungs. For a number of people, post-COVID symptoms will include scar tissue in the lungs. This makes it difficult to inhale and exhale fully. Some people will even continue to experience a reduction in oxygen absorption long after the COVID virus has left their system. Terry Schibler, LMT, our Lead Therapist, has several years of experience helping the body to release restrictions and unhealthy compensations that cause pain or deep-rooted tension. As a result, many of our clients experience their first full, nurturing breath after visceral manipulation. Usually one lung is more restricted than the other, so when performing these osteopathic techniques, the touch will be light. It can feel like a gentle stretch or pressure which results in mild tingles, numbness or heat as blood flow increases to the area. NA: Are there any other natural health and wellness properties of Dry Salt Therapy that our readers ought to know about? Lewis-Schibler: Dry Salt Therapy has numerous benefits. It acts as a detoxifier for the respiratory system; it helps to strengthen the immune system; and it both restores and relaxes the central nervous system. This is because salt’s nature is to pull toxins—in fact, before the invention of the refrigerator, salt was used to prevent food from spoiling. So when breathing in these salt particles, the pharmaceutical-grade salt pulls mucus and toxins from the respiratory system. It can even liquify and pull toxins from the lower rails of the lungs. Some of our oxygen dependent clients have been released by their doctors from using oxygen after a series of Dry Salt Therapy treatments. Fusion Therapy offers a 30-day, unlimited package of Dy Salt Therapy sessions for just $99 to jumpstart the healing process. In

addition, because Salt Therapy targets the respiratory tract—not the digestive tract—Dry Salt Therapy can also be used by those with high blood pressure or limited salt diets. NA: Could you talk about the holistic benefits of combining Dry Salt Therapy with other therapeutic modalities such as massage? Lewis-Schibler: Fusion Therapy now offers Therapeutic Massage in the Petite Salt Suite each week on “Massage Mondays,” during which time, our studio will only be open for Dry Salt Therapy Massage treatments. Massage is a form of therapy that utilizes hands-on techniques to increase circulation, relieve tension, reduce stress or anxiety, improve sleep and down-regulate the nervous system, so it can heal. Dry Salt Therapy in conjunction with massage helps to increase these benefits by calming the body and pulling out toxins or stressors, so the body can achieve balance. The benefits of Dry Salt Therapy are magnified when combined with other modalities such as therapeutic massage. The body is at ease during this treatment which allows for more effective tissue mobilization. In addition, greater skin exposure allows for the salt to interact with more areas of the body which increases moisture in the skin, improves skin pH balance and acts as a gentle exfoliant over the course of the massage. Gena Lewis-Schibler is a licensed massage therapist, esthetician and Senior Partner of Fusion Therapy. Her expertise and training spans across numerous modalities such as pranic healing, aromatherapy, sound healing, lymphatic drainage, craniosacral therapy and Reiki treatments. Fusion Therapy is located at 7069 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. For more information and to schedule an appointment, call 941-921-7900 or visit Mary-Elizabeth Schurrer is the Managing Editor of Natural Awakenings Sarasota– Manatee. She also works as a freelance writer, blogger and social media marketer. Her personal blog HealthBeAHippie.Wordpress. com features tips for embracing an active, nutritious, balanced and empowered lifestyle.

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hen holistic wellness coach and personal trainer Sergio Rojas saw his contract with a trucking company terminated by the pandemic, he and his wife Krista turned it into an opportunity to step away from a life of too much stuff and over-scheduled activities. “When life gets too complicated and there’s too much going on, you get stressed and irritated easier,” he says. “You don’t feel connected to yourself.” The couple sold their 4,200-square-foot house in Dubuque, Iowa, along with 85 percent of their belongings and spent eight months living out of suitcases exploring the southeastern United States and Latin America with their 14-year-old daughter and 12-year-old son. “We wanted our kids to see what it’s like to downsize, to live with less,” says Rojas. After considering Vancouver and Miami, they settled in the Atlanta area in a townhouse half the size of their Iowa home not far from extended family. “A simpler life lets you focus on what’s important,” he says. “We have deep, deep conversations with our kids, and dinner can be a two-and-a-half-hour experience, with a game of cards and singing songs.” Not everyone moves in such dramatic fashion toward a simpler lifestyle, but thanks in part to the lessons of COVID-19, intentionally living with less is gaining currency across the country. “The pandemic gave us an uninvited sample of a more minimalist and simple life, and we have all become acutely aware of what feels good to let go of and what’s really important to us,” says minimalist blogger Ema Hidlebaugh, of 24

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According to research from the multinational consulting firm Accenture, the pandemic made consumers more mindful of purchases, more conscious of food waste and more interested in sustainable, local options. Other polls found that two out of three Americans adopted more eco-friendly habits during the pandemic, and that 52 percent are open now to living in a van. There is no one-size-fits-all approach for simpler living; each person crafts what best fits their values and needs. Three common strands have emerged: minimalist simplicity—living with less clutter and busyness; ecological simplicity—living with the sustainability of the planet as the priority; and conscious simplicity—driven by deep personal and spiritual values. The approaches can overlap, yet each has its unique flavor. None has an end stage: All are dynamic explorations and encourage continual experimentation and growth. With time, they often merge together. In an in-depth study published in the International Journal of Applied Positive Psychology, people living long-term minimalist lifestyles reported spending more time with family and friends, volunteering, engaging in pro-ecological behaviors, making sustainable and ethical purchases, and choosing to spend money on experiences rather than material objects. They described their mental space as a feeling of clear-headedness, spaciousness and lightness, and some said that stripping back to minimal possessions enabled them to strip back to their true identity. Moving toward simplicity often starts with a decision—sometimes thrust upon us—to reconsider how to spend our energy.

“Whatever you own, owns you,” counselled pacifist, mystic and environmental activist Peace Pilgrim in the 1980s—a sobering thought, given that the average American household is estimated to hold 300,000 separate items, from T-shirts to coffee cups. As one woman told her, “I’ve just realized I’m working my fingers to the bone to provide a home for my furniture!”

Minimalist Simplicity

Minimalism involves “owning less, practicing sufficiency and improving the quality of life by not indulging in consumerism,” says Aniruddha Pangarkar, assistant professor of marketing at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, whose study on the topic appeared in the Journal of Business Research. “By practicing minimalism, consumers can achieve life-goals through experiencing well-being, satisfaction, happiness and peace.” A 2019 YouGov survey reported that 17 percent of Americans describe themselves as minimalists, 23 percent would like to become one and 31 percent have no interest in the idea. Historically, minimalism in America goes back to the Quakers and Henry David Thoreau’s writings, but it gained new life in 2014 with Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. She says holding each object and asking, “Does it spark joy?” If it doesn’t, thank it and toss it, she advises. After her Netflix series ran in 2019, thrift stores reported a dramatic upswing in donations. Because research suggests that clutter is linked to depression, fatigue and higher levels of stress, decluttering alone can be life-changing. Journalist Ellen Pober Rittberg, of Brooklyn, moved into a one-room studio when she downsized from her house. “I could have chosen a one-bedroom apartment, but it would have meant more places to put things that I probably didn’t need to acquire,” she says. Asking if something “sparks joy” can also be applied to everything from friendships to jobs to food and finances, whittling away what is not essential. As millennials are discovering, renting instead of owning a home frees up weekends for fun instead of home repairs. Using Lyft or Uber and mass transit saves money otherwise spent on car loans, repairs and gas. Spurning designer brands opens up funds for trips to Yellowstone or Iceland. “Even though everyone embraces minimalism differently, each path leads to the same place: a life with more time, more money and more freedom to live a more meaningful life,” advise Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus in their top-rated blog, which has 20 million followers. “Getting started is as simple as asking yourself one question: How might your life be better if you owned fewer material possessions?”

Ecological Simplicity

This green approach means “to choose ways of living that touch the Earth more lightly and that reduce our ecological impact on the web of life,” writes eco-activist Duane Elgin in his seminal book Voluntary Simplicity. Half a century ago, the Whole Earth Catalog kicked off the movement with its Earth-centered living strategies. Today, thousands of websites and books offer step-by-step ecological advice, recycling has become commonplace, electric cars are the hottest sellers and according to the National Retail Federation, 70 percent of American consumers value sustainability in products. Lowering our impact on the planet means living more simply

with less. Among other strategies, this means going without household plastics or lawn chemicals; gardening and buying local produce in season to lower shipping emissions; choosing equipment and clothes made to last many years; and reducing energy consumption at home, work and on the road. Sustainable living can be as simple as using a personal mug when ordering a latte or as complex as joining a stockholders’ rebellion to force sustainable corporate policies. It also can mean returning to the simpler practices of yesteryear, such as line-drying clothes and bonding more closely with the natural world. For Barbi Gardiner, owner of The Outdoor Apothecary, in Plainfield, Connecticut, embracing a simpler, sustainable lifestyle after leaving a high-pressure job meant “adopting a do-it-yourself attitude” that included starting a permaculture garden, composting, raising chickens, foraging and cooking wild food, and creating healing remedies from homegrown and foraged herbs. “Nature is the medicine for what ails us,” she says.

Conscious Simplicity

Deeply held values, not money and possessions, shape this form of simpler living, sometimes called soulful or conscious simplicity. Its focus is on life-enhancing experiences, inner growth, spirituality, natural health, creativity, nurturing relationships and social action. Owning bling has little allure. “With conscious simplicity, we can seek lives that are rich with experiences, satisfaction and learning, rather than packed with things,” writes Elgin. Sometimes passion is the driver. Alex Honnold, the renowned rock climber profiled in Free Solo, lived in a van for 10 years while scaling Yosemite’s El Capitan and other formidable peaks. He donates onethird of his income to global solar power initiatives. Millennials like him are finding stuff less enticing: The Harris Group reports that 72 percent of them say they would rather spend money on experiences than material things. A study from San Francisco State University found that the happiness of buying something new like a car or a laptop fades over time, while spending money on an experience provides joy long after the experience has ended. Deeply held values can mandate a simpler life. Ross Martinie Eiler found his calling 15 years ago when he read about the voluntary poverty of the Catholic Worker Movement, which offers hospitality to the homeless in 178 centers worldwide. “It struck me as an authentic way of living that’s true to the beauty and goodness of the religion,” he says. Today his life is built around the Bloomington, Indiana, Catholic Worker community. He, his wife Andrea and their four children live communally in four houses with other members and guests, sharing meals, belongings and easy-going conversations with the homeless. He tunes pianos part time for money, half of which he donates to the community. For fun, he pounds the keys in a rollicking boogie-woogie band. The committed communal life isn’t always easy. “Every day there’s a new challenge that needs a new approach. Against my will, I’ve been forced to become a better person,” he chuckles. “I have little money on paper—I’m probably in the bottom 10 percent—but I don’t need anything. And yeah, I feel it’s very right for me.” Denver-based health writer Ronica O’Hara can be contacted at October 2021


What is Aging? by Dr. Fred Harvey, MD


e all have a mental image of what we consider aging to be, but I prefer a simple definition: gradual loss of function over time. Chronic illness is the major cause of aging. Illness causes oxidative stress, inflammation, hormone imbalance, insulin resistance, infections, allergies and disruption of the microbiome. Factors that produce chronic illness such as environmental toxins also cause aging, as does psychological stress. When we talk about aging, we need to address both the lifespan and the health span. Lifespan is the amount of time a

person is alive, while health span is the amount of time a person is alive in a vibrant state of health. This leads us to differentiate between biological age and chronological age. Often, we see that chronic illness has accelerated the aging process such that the actual biological age is older than the expected chronological age. Consider that 80% of Americans over 65 have at least one chronic illness, and many have several. In America, the 65-plus age group has 58% hypertension, 47% high cholesterol, 31% arthritis, 29% coronary heart disease and 27% diabetes.

There are markers that we can use to evaluate the biologic age such as telomere length, which is the length of the protective end cap on DNA. Other markers include insulin resistance associated with diabetes, sperm count reduction, bone loss, altered hormone balance and withdrawal, and genomic instability. Functional medicine addresses the issue of biologic agent. Functional Medicine is age management medicine. We look for dysfunction before a disease develops to avoid a progressive disease and preserve aging. I have patients whose biological age is younger than their chronological age because they are invested in their health and apply functional medicine proactive planning and intervention to create vibrant health and optimal function. It is never too late to plan for and improve health. At the Harvey Center for Integrative, my team is prepared and eager to transform patient health. A functional medicine consultation is the ideal place to begin. In our initial consultation, we dive deep into the patient’s prior history and review medical records related to the current health issues. We obtain valuable new information through examination and testing to decide the best course of action in promoting individualized optimal health. Health coaching can assist in implementing necessary lifestyle changes and nutritional programs, the foundation of vibrant health. Location: 3982 Bee Ridge Rd., Suite J, Sarasota. For more information, call The Harvey Center for Integrative Medicine at 941-9299355 or email


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Cannabis and Canines How Cannabidiol Benefits Dogs by Caroline Coile


family members that have found relief with CBD, one of 113 cannabinoids found in cannabis (hemp) plants. Success stories abound of how CBD has helped dogs overcome anxiety, reduce seizures and even beat cancer. Cannabinoids, including CBD and the psychoactive compound THC, are substances that mimic the naturally occurring chemicals produced in all vertebrates. Receptors for these endocannabinoids are found throughout the body, especially in the brain, nervous system and immune

system, as well as the heart, lungs, liver, spleen, intestinal tract, muscles, bones and both the reproductive and circulatory systems. They act as master regulators that signal other systems when to speed up or slow down, working to stabilize the body and return it to homeostasis. Cannabinoids from the cannabis plant affect these same receptors, each in slightly different ways. Unlike THC, which is toxic for dogs at prescribed human dosages, the most significant, documented side effects of CBD


truck with severe arthritis, Topper, a 7-year-old Ibizan Hound, was in such pain he could hardly walk. He had to be carried outside to eat or use the bathroom, and medication wasn’t working. On a friend’s recommendation, his owner, Christy Moore, of Florence, Arizona, gave him cannabidiol (CBD). “Within three days, he could walk on all four legs and I was crying tears of joy,” she recalls. “It was the miracle we needed.” Topper is among the thousands of furry


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are diarrhea and changes in some liver enzyme values after several weeks. The main concern with CBD is that it inhibits cytochrome P450, a chemical in the body responsible for metabolizing most drugs. That means CBD could affect the effective potency of a prescribed drug.

What Research Shows While thousands of reports on CBD’s effect on laboratory animals and humans have been published, only a few have been conducted with dogs or cats. Still, CBD seems promising for arthritis, anxiety, itchiness and possibly seizures, cancer and other maladies. ARTHRITIS: In a Cornell University study, some dogs were initially so decrepit that their owners considered euthanasia, but after just days on CBD they were trotting around and even climbing stairs. A Baylor University study found similar improvement. ITCHINESS: An Australian study found CBD reduced itchiness, inflammation and skin lesions by 51 percent after eight weeks of treatment. An American study also found CBD significantly reduced reports of itchiness. CANCER: Cannabinoids are reported to induce cancer cell death and prevent metastasis. A Cornell University study found that CBD along with a standard chemotherapy drug reduced cancer cell proliferation in vitro more than the chemotherapy drug alone. Anecdotal reports from veterinarians have claimed CBD shrunk cancer cells or put dogs into remission. BEHAVIOR: Despite those reports, no controlled study has shown CBD to be more effective than prescription medications in reducing anxiety. A University of Kentucky study found physiological measurements of anxiety in response to noise were not significantly different for CBD versus a placebo, and were worse compared to trazodone (a drug commonly prescribed for anxiety).

A University of Western Australia study found shelter dogs with aggressive tendencies exhibited less aggression toward humans after two weeks of taking CBD. SEIZURES: Many anecdotal reports hail CBD’s success in combatting seizures in dogs, but the single controlled study delivered only moderate results. A Colorado State University study found CBD only worked with some dogs, and it reduced, but didn’t eliminate, seizures. OTHER: Evidence from laboratory animals supports CBD’s effectiveness in promoting bone healing, fighting infection, treating inflammatory bowel disease, slowing degenerative myelopathy, quelling nausea and relieving pain.

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Choosing Wisely Broad-spectrum products work better than isolated CBD because they use the whole cannabis plant. Choose those with third-party certificates of analysis of potency and testing for heavy metals, mycotoxins or pesticides. Avoid human edible products that often contain ingredients such as xylitol that are toxic to pets. Aim for about 0.1 to 0.2 milligram per kilogram of a dog’s weight, given twice daily by mouth. Work up gradually, but beware that more is not always better with CBD, because sometimes the response is biphasic—it doesn’t work if they get too little or too much. Discuss CBD with a veterinarian, but realize that not all of them are familiar or comfortable with the subject. CBD, like many supplements and drugs designed for humans and used on canines, is not yet approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Overall, the evidence is compelling that CBD can help some conditions. The endocannabinoid system is the largest system in the body and the least explored. CBD is not a miracle drug, but it may be the miracle our four-footed friends need. Caroline Coile, Ph.D., is an award-winning writer of 34 books, thousands of magazine and web articles, and an app, All About Dogs. Learn more at

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WALK ABOUT Simple Steps to Well-Being by Laura Paisley Beck real.” McClerkin recommends a minimum of 30 minutes of brisk walking a day to increase blood flow throughout the entire body, especially the legs.

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eople that wear a fitness watch get a little buzz on the wrist as a reminder to get more steps in each hour, but many ignore the simple opportunity that exists to exercise upright for free anytime and anywhere. “Yes, we take walking for granted,” says Alexia McClerkin, a Houston chiropractor whose clients include professional and elite athletes. “Most people only walk as far as it takes to get to their car.”

Sitting is the New Smoking According to On Your Feet America, Americans sit 10 hours or more each day, and that sedentary habit is considered hazardous to our health. It may contribute to climbing obesity rates in the U.S., currently at 44.5 percent among those ages 40 to 59. Today’s most common preventable diseases are directly linked to obesity, the key word being “preventable.” Walking briskly daily has proven to increase metabolism, lower both blood pressure and resting heart rates, and burn calories. Other benefits include improving mobility, equilibrium and stamina. Benjamin Horning, a Laguna Hills, California, chiropractor and author of A Kid’s Guide to a Healthy Spine, says, “I’m a big believer that movement is life. I recommend that if you can move, get moving. Walking is a good starting point. If you can walk instead of drive, go for it. If you’re stuck indoors, schedule 15-to-20-minute walks in your calendar.” It’s important to put it in the calendar because, he says, “You have to make it 30

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In the U.S., dogs and humans face similar obesity statistics with similar obesity-related health issues like heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. Taking dogs out for brisk walks helps prevent and reduce those risks. Horning says that people may not realize how walking a dog conditions their own bodies. With natural surfaces like grassy or gravel trails and dirt paths, “there are so many neurobiological adjustments you’re making,” he says. Every nature walk provides an opportunity for our bodies to practice balance and sharpen its reflexes.

Foundation Fundamentals “Proper shoes make a world of difference,” McClerkin says. They can help prevent plantar fasciitis, hammertoe and many other causes of pain and discomfort. Anya Jensen, of, a shoe review website, suffered painful foot health issues and discovered the life-changing results of wearing “barefoot” shoes, which have a flat sole and high flexibility. Now she makes it her mission to educate others that fashion doesn’t have to compromise health. “Walking was an important part of my health journey,” she says. “The feet literally are your foundation when you’re walking. Walking in pointed-toed shoes, you’re missing out on so many benefits for your physical health.” Jensen walks with her kids daily in nature

and is proud of their mobility. “With the kids, we need a destination and we pack snacks,” she says. “I like how the world has opened up to us because we’re prepared. We’re wearing the right shoes. We can encounter hills, rocks or the right tree.”

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McClerkin and Horning both ask patients to be mindful of their limitations when taking on a new physical activity and to be careful to prevent injuries when adding brisk walks to a daily routine for the first time. “Too heavy a walk on cement and other hard surfaces like roads can cause shin splints,” McClerkin says. “Walk on a track to prevent injuries from an uneven surface.” “Just be responsible,” says Horning. “Walking is so beneficial. The basics of health just can’t be ignored or taken for granted.” Humans walk upright on two feet, unlike any other animal on Earth. Walking allows us to connect with our bodies and environment in a very special way, something we can take advantage of instead of taking for granted. Let’s go for a walk. Laura Paisley Beck is a freelance writer in Madison, Wisconsin. Reach out at

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ove over, summer berries and stone fruits—‘tis the season for a cornucopia of fall fruits, including crunchy apples, chewy figs and tart pomegranates. By taking a page from the playbooks of orchard chefs, home cooks can flex the unique flavors and health powers of these autumn delights with savory mains and sides. Fall fruits boast many healthful properties, from the apple’s plentiful soluble fiber and vitamin C to heart-healthy lycopene and beta-carotene found in orange-skinned persimmons. Pears are also loaded with pectin, which helps lower cholesterol, fight diabetes and promote gut health. Opting for light, savory prepa32

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rations of fruit such as seasonal salads and soups over sugary desserts makes them an even healthier choice. Healdsburg, California, restauranteur Kyle Connaughton creates dishes highlighting different fruit varieties for his restaurant’s 11-course menu, which changes daily. “This region was actually known for its heirloom apples and cider-making long before it was known for wine. We have these incredible heirloom fruits, including experimental varietals from the 1800s that no one even knows what they are. So many varietals got lost in the quest to grow fruit bigger and faster,” says Connaughton, who runs SingleThread Farms with his wife Katina. Their 25 acres include an heirloom fruit orchard, olive trees, beehives, grapevines and chicken coops that supply fresh ingredients to their three-Michelin-star restaurant. “Some pear varieties are very crisp and dense, and poach and roast well, whereas other soft-skin varieties are better pureed into drinks or sorbet,” says Connaughton. He creates dishes that celebrate all of the season’s bounty, and in California, fall brings persimmons and Dungeness crab. “Persimmons have a fibrous texture that don’t blend well into sauces and don’t freeze well for things like sorbets, which we like to make with other fall fruits like pomegranate. We prefer to use them in savory dishes, like a first course of cold steamed crab with persimmon.” The orchard also grows Asian pears, which SingleThread Farms tends to use raw, often paired with raw fish. “Asian pears are very crisp, but not incredibly sweet, with an undertone of acidity. It has the watery crunch of a jicama that makes a nice backdrop for raw fish dishes like sashimi,” says Connaughton. While the restaurant’s innovative menu focuses on small bites in curious combinations, the Connaughtons frequently have a simple family meal before the dinner service. In autumn, they will often toss together a salad featuring local goat or blue cheese; bitter chicory, frisee or radicchio greens; roasted fall hazelnuts or walnuts; and figs, persimmons or pomegranates from the orchard, served with a vinaigrette made with pomegranate molasses and macerated shallots. The pink-fleshed, mountain rose apple, an autumn specialty of the Hood River Fruit Loop region of Oregon, often makes its way into salads at the dinner table of Katrina McAlexander, a third-generation farmer and owner of Grateful Vineyard, in Mount Hood. This 51-acre orchard and vineyard, brewery, winery and tasting room boasts more than 500 fruit varieties, including

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150 kinds of apples alone. Grateful Vineyard hosted the cooking competition show Top Chef this year for a Fruit Loop challenge, with competitors coming up with savory dishes such as pear risotto and scallops with an apple shallot relish. McAlexander’s fall salads often feature fennel, herbs and arugula, topped with croutons made from leftover pizza dough. Pears and apples from the orchard also get pickled, a nod to McAlexander’s Swiss heritage. One of the vineyard tasting room’s signature dishes is an orchard pear pizza, with Anjou pears, caramelized onion and other savory ingredients on a base of olive oil and a long-ferment crust. The kitchen also uses pears in a vegan ceviche, tossing them with red onion, tomato, cucumber, cilantro and lime. As the weather starts to shift, fruit adds a nice dimension to warming soups for chilly fall days. Adding cooked apples or pears to classics like puréed carrot or squash soup provides an extra dose of sweetness and fiber; sneak in fall greens like kale for even more nutrients. Fruits also help fill out hearty grain bowls alongside fall veggies like carrots, arugula and sweet potato, particularly paired with nutty grains like farro.

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Pear and Lentil Salad Salad: A few handfuls of arugula A few handfuls of spinach ½ pear, sliced into thin slices 2 Tbsp chopped pecans ¼ cup cooked lentils ¼ cup pomegranate seeds ¼ cup feta or goat cheese Dressing: 2 Tbsp Dijon mustard ¼ cup olive oil 2 Tbsp maple syrup ¼ tsp cinnamon Salt and pepper Pour a desired amount of dressing onto the salad and toss. Store the rest in the fridge.

Pear Barley Salad Salad: ⅓ cup walnuts 1 cup uncooked barley 1 cup cooked chickpeas 2 green Anjou pears, divided ⅓ cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes ¾ cup crumbled feta ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley 1 handful baby arugula Dressing: 3 Tbsp red onion minced ¼ cup apple cider vinegar ⅓ cup olive oil 2 tsp maple syrup 1 tsp Dijon mustard 1 tsp dried oregano ½ tsp sea salt ¼ tsp pepper Cook barley according to package instructions. Drain. Toast walnuts in a small skillet. Let cool. Add minced onion in a small bowl with the vinegar and let marinate while you prep the salad. Chop 1-½ pears and save remaining half for fanning and decorating the salad. Add cooked barley, chickpeas, pear, sun-dried tomatoes, arugula, parsley and feta to a large bowl. Mix the remaining dressing ingredients with the vinegar and red onion, and whisk until combined. Pour dressing over salad mixture and toss to coat. Taste and season with additional salt and pepper, if needed. Recipe by Brittany Mullins (@eatingbirdfood), courtesy of USA Pears.

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they need. Climate change, population growth, agricultural demands and mismanagement of water resources all contribute to the growing water crisis.


ater scarcity is a legitimate concern. It is true that the hydrologic cycle, the process in which the Earth circulates water throughout its ecosystems, is a closed-loop cycle that neither adds nor takes away water. In theory, the amount of water on Earth will always remain the same. But problems occur when the hydrologic cycle is disrupted, causing some regions to grow arid while others get constant floods. The human activities that disrupt that process include the building of dams, the industrial pollution of waterways, the paving of roads, excessive drilling and bottled water privatization. Here are 10 of the most alarming water scarcity facts that the world is currently facing. By 2025, half of the world’s population will be living in areas of water stress as people will be unable to access the water


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Three in 10 people on Earth currently do not have access to safe and clean water. According to the World Health Organization, 2.1 billion people do not have access to a safely managed water source. An estimated 263 million people must travel over 30 minutes to access water that isn’t clean, and 159 million still drink from untreated surface water sources. One in three people worldwide does not have access to a toilet. Around 2.3 billion people lack access to even basic sanitation services, forcing them to either practice open defecation or use pit latrines and buckets. Fecal contamination in the water supply is a major cause of deadly waterborne diseases such as hepatitis A, norovirus and

Annually, 1.6 million people die from waterborne diseases. Of the 5 million people that become ill from bad water, most are children. Water privatization causes harm. When corporations site water bottling operations in developing countries like India and Bolivia, they significantly deplete supplies needed by local farmers. In the U.S., when a struggling public water or electricity utility sells their rights to a private corporation, household water and sewer services typically become, respectively, 59 percent and 63 percent more costly. In the U.S., 2.1 trillion gallons of clean water is lost each year due to poor infrastructure, including old, leaky pipes and broken water mains. David Le France, CEO of the American Water Works Association, estimates that repairing America’s water infrastructure will be a trillion-dollar program. Due to divided efforts in governmental decision making, adequate policies and budgeting are often difficult to come by. Often, water burdens fall upon women, some of whom walk four miles a day just to fetch water that is likely contaminated. In sub-Saharan Africa, for example, it takes about six hours to carry a 44-pound container of water from a source that often has the potential to make them sick, according to the Global Water Institute. One-third of the world’s largest aquifers are water-stressed. Underground aquifers are naturally replenished through rainfall and surface water, but a deficit occurs when more water is pumped out than replenished. Eight of the biggest aquifers, including those

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The world’s population will rise to 9.7 billion by 2050, leaving even more people in water-stressed conditions. An estimated 60 percent of all surface water on Earth comes from river basins shared by separate nations and almost 600 aquifers cross national boundaries. In places where water is already scarce, this can lead to geopolitical conflict.

in Saudi Arabia, northwestern India and Pakistan, are not being replenished at all. Meeting the United Nations’ sustainable development goals for the water crisis will cost $114 billion per year. Attaining these critical goals will be time-consuming, expensive and may face political division. Yet the cost of not doing so is also high. Addressing healthcare needs due to water-related diseases and poor sanitation costs $260 billion globally each year. Water scarcity is real. To ignore it or to assume that it is only a problem of the developing world is to be blind to the reality that the rest of the world is experiencing. Excessive water consumption and poor water management are factors that can be controlled. Supporting clean water initiatives will certainly help the movement against the global water crisis. Finally, educating ourselves and raising awareness is a task we should all take on. Jeremiah Castelo is the founder of World, which publishes information on water scarcity and purification methods. This article is excerpted and reprinted with permission.

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Save Water Limit the use of water and of washing machines. Take short showers instead of full baths. Educate Empower people to help by showing them how to prevent and mitigate water scarcity problems now and in the future. Recycle Water Learn about and employ available technologies to recycle rainwater and other water used at home. Support Water Conservation Allocate money and time to help water conservation efforts around the world. Improve Farming Practices Farming and irrigation practices and technologies need to become more efficient.

Use Fewer Chemicals in Farming To ensure clean water and reduce water shortages, farmers need to decrease their use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, which leads to groundwater pollution. Improve Sewage Systems Improving sewage systems in underserved areas will help to provide clean drinking water and prevent disease and water scarcity.

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s scientists have been predicting, climate-related fires, floods and drought are becoming commonplace. Our children are seeing and hearing about them on social media and the news or living through them in their own neighborhoods. Kids have questions. They’re afraid, anxious and angry about inheriting these problems. “We’re living a climate emergency, so we should talk about it honestly with our children whenever they ask us. They deserve to hear it from trusted messengers, the people they know and love, such as parents, guardians and teachers,” says Harriet Shugarman, the New York City author of How to Talk to Your Kids About


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Climate Change: Turning Angst into Action, who trained with Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project and founded the online community

Fostering a Love of Nature For our youngest children, “You want to be calming and reassuring, engendering a sense of safety and love of nature. This is the time to go outside and connect with the many delights of our world,” says integrative psychotherapist Leslie Davenport, the San Francisco author of All the Feelings Under the Sun: How to Deal with Climate Change, an illustrated book for 8-to-12-year-olds published by the American Psychological Association.

United Kingdom-based children’s book author Catherine Barr offers a gentle and enjoyable way to develop love and concern for nature in her 10 Reasons to Love picture book series that showcases endangered animals. “When talking to children that young, it’s important to present climate issues in positive ways, encouraging kindness, inclusivity, empathy and understanding,” says the former Greenpeace campaigner. “Young children are so impressionable. It’s best to empower them with hope than scare them unnecessarily.” Still, Shugarman notes, “It’s not too young to say that we turn off lights when we leave a room to save energy. Sometimes our kids think that fruit comes

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“We’re living a climate emergency, so we should talk about it honestly with our children whenever they ask us. They deserve to hear it from trusted messengers, the people they know and love, such as parents, guardians and teachers,” says Harriet Shugarman, the New York City from the grocery store. We should remind them where it really grows.”

Learning the Facts Together According to Davenport, as kids reach 9 and beyond, they tend to be mentally and emotionally capable of processing more complex concepts and emotions. This is the time for parents to present vetted, science-based facts as objectively as possible. “There’s a tendency to want to either sugarcoat or over-dramatize. We flip from ‘It’s not so bad; it’ll be fine’, to ‘It’s too late; there’s nothing I can do.’ Neither of those views are helpful or accurate,” she explains. Barr recommends that parents stick to the facts and encourage curiosity. “Parents shouldn’t feel that they have to have all the answers. It can be a journey of learning with your children to look something up together,” the author of The Story of Climate Change advises.

“It’s also a good idea to empower kids to challenge grownups. A child can start a conversation at the dinner table by asking, ‘Where did this fish come from?’ or ‘Could we grow our own carrots?’ or ‘Are we recycling?’”

Building Resiliency Davenport’s book toggles between the presentation of environmentally triggered realities and calming, reflective exercises such as journaling or deep breathing. “The idea is that when you hear difficult news or have a difficult experience, you go back and forth between talking about or processing it and something that helps you regulate or calm your nervous system,” she explains. This approach helps to build resiliency, which Davenport defines as the capacity to stay present,

“We can give our kids hope by pointing to people that are working to address the climate crisis, including the uprise of youth voices, as well as efforts to save animal species, build resiliency in cities and reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” says Shugarman. “It’s also critical that parents show their kids that they care about the crisis and are doing things like reducing energy use, driving electric cars, voting for pro-climate candidates and supporting climate education in schools.” “People think you have to talk about how awful the world is going to be, but I think you can turn that upside-down and offer a strong, positive message of hope,” says Barr. “We need to help kids understand that the choices they make and the things they do can lead to a more sustainable, fairer way of living.” “According to climate scientists, if we don’t do anything, we’re in big trouble, and if we intervene and make significant changes, we’re still going to feel impacts, but it’s not too late,” says Davenport. “Encourage kids to become part of meaningful change. Our actions make a difference.” Sandra Yeyati, J.D., is a professional writer and editor. Reach her at

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ne in eight women in the United States develops breast cancer in the course of her lifetime. “Notably, only five to 10 percent can be blamed on inherited gene mutations, and merely 13 percent of women with breast cancer have a first-degree relative with a history of disease,” says Kristi Funk, a board-certified breast surgeon in Santa Monica, California, and medical director of “It’s empowering to realize that the causes for the vast majority of breast cancer are under our control in the choices we make every day.” “Whenever you lift fork to mouth, you move closer to cancer, or farther away,” says the author of Breasts: The Owner’s Manual—a vegan proponent. “Plants, legumes and whole grains provide nutritional armor for your cells, decreasing cancer risk. They release molecules that scavenge free radicals, eliminate carcinogens, prevent and repair DNA damage, identify and destroy harmful cells, inhibit the supply of blood to tumors, stimulate the immune system, regulate hormone metabolism and reduce inflammation.” Funk recommends regular consumption of cruciferous vegetables, leafy greens, soy, ground flaxseed, berries, matcha green tea, mushrooms, turmeric, aloe vera, garlic, onion, chives and cacao. Functional doctor Elizabeth Boham, the medical director of Dr. Mark Hyman’s UltraWellness Center in Lenox, Massachusetts, proposes a balance of animal and vegetable protein, as long as the animal sources are good, like eggs, salmon or grass-fed beef without antibiotics. “Organic, non-GMO soy like tofu or edamame may decrease a woman’s risk of breast cancer, but avoid bad soy that’s added to processed food, including soy-

bean oils and soy lecithins,” she advises. “I also suggest cutting back on dairy for women at high risk of breast cancer because it naturally contains growth hormones, which may cause things to grow in our body that we don’t want to grow.” Citing a clear association between alcohol consumption and breast cancer risk, Boham recommends eliminating or moderating drinks to no more than five a week. She also highlights the importance of seven to nine hours of sleep and relaxation techniques to improve stress response. Maintaining a healthy weight is also important. “Our body fat is where hormones get turned into estrogen, which has been associated with an increase in breast cancer,” Boham says, adding that 35 grams of fiber per day will feed healthy bacteria in the gut which helps eliminate used-up estrogen and other toxins. “Avoid xenoestrogens, too, which can act on the estrogen receptor, such as BPA in plastics and store receipts, parabens in skincare products and pesticides and herbicides on lawns and in non-organic foods.” Boham suggests eliminating refined and processed carbohydrates like bread, white rice and cookies, which cause blood sugar to spike and the body to produce insulin, the hormone that lowers blood sugar after every meal. “Over time, people develop insulin resistance, causing it to produce even more insulin to do its job. Those high levels of insulin can encourage cancer growth,” she explains. Carlos Garcia, M.D., director of the Utopia Cancer Center (Utopi-

Ensure your own health and well-being, in Oldsmar, Florida, and author of Cancer is a Symptom, uses liver and gallbladder flushes, colonic irrigations and coffee enemas to help the body purge toxins. “Gut flora imbalances compromise the immune response and nutritional absorption. Yearly colonic irrigation with recolonization is essential in the prevention of disease,” he explains. Some women experience breast tenderness or pain and lumpy, bumpy breast tissue; having dense breasts can increase breast cancer risk, Boham says, noting that too much caffeine or an iodine deficiency can exacerbate these symptoms. She recommends consuming less coffee and more iodine-rich foods like nori, kelp powder or seafood. According to Boham, there isn’t enough good research to say that we should never wear underwire bras, but good lymphatic flow and circulation to the area is important and can be facilitated with daily movement, exercise and sweating to remove stuck toxins and support the detoxification system. Boham says many women find their breast cancer during a self-exam. “Know your own body. If something looks or feels different, if you feel a lump that shouldn’t be there or see a shift in the skin, a dimpling or a pulling, have it checked. It’s often nothing, but you could find the cancer early, which makes all the difference in the world.” Sandra Yeyati, J.D., is a professional writer and editor. Reach her at

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cooperate with us. Instead, our relationship with kids centers around control. I think this is a major reason for the epidemic of depression and anxiety among American children. They have little autonomy, but they also feel disconnected from the parents because they don’t know how to cooperate with them. At the end of the day, kids are lonely. For tens of thousands of years, parents learned how to be moms and dads from older people who lived in their homes or nearby. We’ve lost this social support and structure. Parents have to look for guidance from parenting “experts” online and in books. Unfortunately, these experts offer a narrow view of parenting styles, tools and methods.

What was the catalyst that led you to travel the world with a toddler to research parenting methods?

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When my daughter Rosy was 2 years old, my husband and I were really struggling as parents. Rosy was having a lot of tantrums, which often included hitting and biting. I read a ton of books and blogs, and everything I tried seemed to make her tantrums worse. Then NPR sent me to a tiny Maya village in the Yucatan for a story about children’s attention. While I was there, the moms and dads showed me this whole other approach to parenting and relating to children, which is super gentle, calm and peaceful. There’s no yelling, arguing, bickering or even nagging. The children are respectful to their parents, kind to their siblings and very helpful. I tried out a few of the elements with Rosy and I was stunned at how well they worked.


ational Public Radio (NPR) science correspondent Michaeleen Doucleff literally searched the world to learn how to be a better parent. She learned how to raise kind and helpful children, and detailed the journey in a book, Hunt, Gather, Parent: What Ancient Cultures Teach Us About the Lost Art of Raising Happy, Helpful Little Humans. Doucleff learned the basics of parenting from experiences gathered with her 3-yearold daughter among the Maya in the Yucatan, the Inuit above the Arctic Circle and the Hadzabe in Tanzania. The hunter-gatherer parents that she encountered convinced Doucleff that modern parenting needs to be overhauled and that there is a path to healthier families.

What is wrong with 21st-century parenting?

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In general, these three cultures excel in aspects of parenting with which Western culture really struggles. The Maya parents are incredibly skilled at raising helpful and cooperative children. Inuit parents have these wonderful and sophisticated tools for teaching children … how to control their anger and other types of emotional regulation. And the Hadzabe families are world experts at raising confident, self-sufficient kids. The childhood anxiety and depression common in the United States is essentially nonexistent in these communities.

Western parents have, in many ways, forgotten how to relate to children in a way that’s calm, peaceful and cooperative. We don’t really know how to cooperate with them or teach them how to


How did you choose the Maya, Inuit and Hadzabe communities?

When did you notice a positive change in your parenting and relationship with your daughter?

Western parents have, in many ways, forgotten how to relate to children in a way that’s calm, peaceful and cooperative.

Why will ancient methods of parenting from huntergatherer families, what you coined “TEAM parenting,” work for parents everywhere? These methods are about the parent-child relationship, which is the same around the world, especially when children are young. The TEAM [Togetherness, Encouragement, Autonomy and Minimal interference] parenting method is a way of relating to children that’s independent of the surroundings or environment. For example, in Tanzania, a 5-year-old girl learns to cooperate by helping her mom gather baobab pods or carrying a jug of water back from the river. In San Francisco, Rosy is learning to cooperate and be helpful in the same way by being included in household chores. She rinses dishes, scrambles the eggs, carries a small bag of groceries to the car at the supermarket. The details are different from place to place, but the concept is the same. Julie Peterson writes about health and wellness from rural Wisconsin. Reach out at


The Quiet Power of Intuition


by Marlaina Donato

lbert Einstein considered knowledge secondary to intuition and inspiration, and modern visionaries like Steve Jobs, Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg have all endorsed the practical magic of gut feelings. The rest of us that have had that unexpected hunch to take a chance in business or get off the highway via a different exit than we first planned are in good company. Intuition—once a key factor in our ancestors’ ability to survive and later reduced to a New Age curiosity—is now a subject of research in the military, which has renamed it “sensemaking”. Beneath the clatter of modern living, the quiet voice within each of us is alive and well, an often-ignored superpower. Intuition gives us the opportunity to leave the comfortable shore of left-brain reasoning to dive into immediate somatic response. This sixth sense in our everyday toolbox can enable us to not only endure, but prosper. Research has shown that believing in the value of intuition and trusting gut feelings in business pays off. In the 1970s, parapsychologist Douglas Dean and John Mihalasky, an engineering professor at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, tested 385 American CEOs on their intuitive capacities. Eighty percent of the individuals with the highest scores had previously increased company profits twofold within five years. Out-of-the-blue flashes of “knowing” usually come without warning and can dissolve like a flake of snow under the glare of too much analysis. This sense can also warp and prove unreliable during extreme emotional states like anger or fear. Being aware of subtleties and trusting the energetic current beneath the surface invites more accurate and fruitful results. Cultivating internal knowing is a wise investment that can also quell frazzled nervous systems in the process. Adopting simple habits and activities can dial down the fight-or-flight stress response and make room for the inner voice. We might wonder how we know if it’s our fear or our desire talking, and the answer is simple: Listen to feelings, not thoughts. Other suggestions include:

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kneading bread or painting Creative projects like scrapbooking or journaling Spending quality time in nature Dialing into our everyday senses Taking a social media sabbatical for more unplugged downtime

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Many of the tips and ideas in Hunt, Gather, Parent changed Rosy and our relationship right away. For example, when I started including Rosy in household chores and cut back on the “child-centered” activities, her behavior improved essentially overnight. She needed more connection, more responsibility and more ways to contribute. Other parts of the book involve mind shifts or changes in my own behavior. Those took longer to have an impact on Rosy. But I was the slow one. Once I changed, she immediately followed.

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1 Sound Immersion Meditation - 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 per person. Palm Studio and Boutique, 441 W. Dearborn Street Englewood, Florida, 941-208-5568, Gallery by Advanced Student Mediums 7-8:30pm. On this night, and on the first Friday each month, a number of our advanced student mediums will present a SPIRIT MESSAGES GALLERY, supported by two Certified Mediums. Each attendee will have the opportunity to receive information from their spirit loved ones or guides, by the different styles of each student. Come and enjoy this fun and informative evening. $10 donation is requested. We offer separated seating with masks optional. No reservations needed. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Drive, Suite 204, Sarasota, 941-266-8435, CMFSarasota. org, Facebook is CMF of Sarasota.


Free “Basic Concepts” Class on ZOOM - 10am12noon. Please join us, to learn more about our Center and consider becoming a member. Sarasota Center of Light, 852 S Tuttle Ave. 941-953-6620, or after hours 727-492-2977,


Universal Service - 10:30am. With Rev. Liana Salima Rael, “Celebrating the Message of St. Francis.” The theme here is of service to people and appreciation of the natural world. This weekly egalitarian service celebrates all of humanity’s religions on a single altar. In person at Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd. Sarasota, and on Zoom: 8049 Password: RTI2020. RisingTideInternational. org. For info Rev. Zan, 941-922-7839 


OM Singing Bowl Sound Bath - 7-8pm (doors open @ 6:45). Join us for a beautiful sound bath, a form of deepened relaxation! The OM Shoppe professional Sound Therapy Practitioners, bring you these beautiful multi-instrumental sound baths to guide you into a deepened place of stillness and peace. Discover the magical way that sound can help ease you into a meditative state, and heightened mind-body awareness! The OM Shoppe 4801 S. Tamiami Tr #5, Sarasota.Tickets: or 941-706-3257.


Law of Attraction - 1-3pm. An on-going class with Rev. Zan Benham, “Back To Basics” for Unity of Sarasota, presented on Zoom. Requirements are the book, “Ask and It Is Given” by Jerry and Esther Hicks, a notebook, pen and a rock or stone. Class will include a weekly YouTube from Esther Hicks/ Abraham. $10, which may be sent via PayPal, Venmo or Zelle, to Zoom link will be sent to you after first payment and contact with Rev. Zan, 941-922-7839. For more info,


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The Relief of Release - Healing the Past to Have a Future - 7pm. With Jim Toole. Explore ways to create more clarity, freedom and openings to being able to manifest new experiences in life. Discover how letting go allows for healing and the opportunity for inspiration and transformation. The fee is $10, presented online on Zoom. Please contact Jim at or 941-330-5031 to attend.

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 per person. Palm Studio and Boutique, 441 W. Dearborn Street Englewood, Florida, 941-208-5568,

Aerial Yoga Nidra - 1-2:15pm. Yoga Nidra is a state in which the body is completely relaxed, and the participant becomes aware of their inner world. The goal is “samadhi”, meditative consciousness. $25 per person. Palm Studio and Boutique, 441 W. Dearborn Street Englewood, Florida, 941-208-5568, Practical Astrology - 7 to 9pm. Curious about how the stars influence your life? Join Alexandria Mazzarino as she helps you discover practical astrology for the everyday person.  This playful workshop will introduce you to the language of astrology and connect you with how planetary movements affect your life. For example, just like checking the weather forecast, you will learn to navigate a moon cycle to improve decision making and make better choices. Learn how to let the stars guide you. $20 donation requested. To confirm space, call or text 917-733-8878. Please be prepared to supply your birth date, place and time (if available). Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Drive, Suite 204, Sarasota, CMFSarasota. org, Facebook is CMF of Sarasota.

Beyond Visions Psychic Fair - 11am-4pm. Come join us for a personal reading using Tarot and Oracle cards or a Crystal Bowl Healing with messages from beyond, be it Guides or loved ones. Kathy Skeens will offer Numerology readings and Robert Austin is offering his several Modalities of Spiritual connection. Colleen Panebianco is offering many Sauv’e natural, handmade essential oil products. $20/15 min. readings or healings. We offer separated seating with masks optional. No Reservations needed. No reservations needed. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Drive, Suite 204, Sarasota, 941-266-8435,, Facebook is CMF of Sarasota.



“Spiritual Growth” ZOOM class by David Winfree - 2-4pm. $20. Spiritual-Growth-by-David-Winfree/Sarasota Center of Light, 852 S Tuttle Ave. 941-953-6620, or after hours 727-492-2977,


Universal Service - 10:30am. With Rev. Parvati, Karen Mikki, “Natural Silence.” Relax into the quiet, riding the deep traditions of silence, or meditation, or attunement with Nature in all religions. This weekly egalitarian service celebrates all of humanity’s religions on a single altar. In person at Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd. Sarasota and on Zoom: https://zoom. us/j/81220 8049 Password: RTI2020. For info Rev. Zan, 941-922-7839.


Zen Event - Rest, Relax & Restore via Zoom! - 6:30-8pm, eastern. Zen Jen Yoga offers a few Restorative Yoga poses, Guided Meditation, Reiki Energy, a Healing message from the comfort of your home. No yoga or meditation experience needed for this class, just be ready to rest and restore your mind, body, spirit. This Special Event offers a welcome respite among all the turbulence of life & helps us balance the nervous system. The overall calming effect on the nervous system sets a deeply relaxing tone that comforts your mind & your body down to the cellular level. This 90-minute class offers a few Restorative Poses, a full guided meditation, Reiki Energy and a Healing Message. This class can be done in bed for those that prefer. Whether on a yoga mat or in a bed, have lots of pillows, blankets & props to assure a truly restorative evening. Dress comfortably! $10. To sign up/more info, or call/text 941-830-3040. 


Floating Crystal Bowl Concert - 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


“Dreams and Astral Travel” ZOOM Class - 1-4pm. With Rev. Elaine Kuzmeskus, $50. Sarasota Center of Light, 852 S Tuttle Ave. 941-953-6620, or after hours 727-492-2977, Shaman Journey - 2-5:30pm. With Rev. Zan Benham, Butterfly Deerwoman for Rising Tide on Zoom. A Shaman Journey is similar to a guided meditation enhanced by the heartbeat of the large Mother drum. It is a wonderful venture, into the world of your own Shaman’s Dream. $25, payable by Oct. 15 at 3pm or $30 thereafter. Payment can be made on PayPal, Venmo or Zelle, via To register, contact Rev. Zan via email or 941-922-7839 and the Zoom link and other particulars will be sent to you. For info,


Universal Service - 10:30am. With Rev. Kismet Weeber, “Mysticism” Mysticism is in every human being, but not always awakened. It is born of silence and religion. This weekly egalitarian service celebrates all of humanity’s religions on a single altar. In person at Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd. Sarasota and on Zoom: 8049 Password: RTI2020. For info Rev. Zan, 941-922-7839.


Toning and Mindfulness - 6-7pm. Induce deep meditation and recalibrate the vital body with the combination of voice and breath. In this one-hour meditation class you will learn specific vowel sounds or seed mantras that can retune your vital body and awaken your physiology. Toning is a form of vocalizing that utilizes the natural voice to express open vowel sounds and humming on the full exhalation of the breath. $15/session. Rosemary Court Yoga, 810 Central Ave., Sarasota. The Masks We Wear - 7pm. With Jim Toole. Just in time for Halloween. Explore new ways to take a closer look at your own personal and spiritual truth and its effects on the roles and images you portray. Create new levels of authenticity in who and how you choose to be, express and experience your life. The fee is $10, presented online on Zoom. Please contact Jim at or 941-330-5031 to attend.


Alakazam! Paint-Fun Guides - 7-8:30pm. Want to have fun as you create a beautiful piece of art in a frolicking manner, as you learn to put together a cre-

ative and colorful product to take with you to decorate your home? During this creative process, directed by Cheryl Buchanan, your personal animal spirits, angels, and your guides will make their presence known. Some of your guides will appear immediately and others will show themselves later. Cheryl is providing all the materials needed. Nothing hard about it. No previous experience needed. So come join in the fun and fellowship and let your creative juices flow. $25 donation. Reservation please as class size limited, call 937-418-7068. We offer separated seating with masks optional. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Dr., Suite 204, Sarasota,, Facebook is CMF of Sarasota.


Fun Fit Flex Festival - 9:30am-1pm. Fun Fit Flex is The Myositis Association’s newest signature awareness campaign raising awareness for people living with myositis. This FREE event will host a non-competitive fun walk, a festival of fitness demonstrations and activities, nutrition and wellness components, and family fun! Fun Fit Flex will help support patient programs, enhance professional education efforts, and propel critical research for cures. Bring the kids, dogs & yourself & have fun! Location is Tom Bennett Park, 400 Cypress Creek boulevard, Bradenton (right off I-75 exit 220, SR 64). Get involved today at More info, Donna DeFant 941-720-5955 or Marianne Moyer 941-794-8350. Crystal & Tibetan Bowls Concert - 7-8pm. By request, Robert Austin will be performing this very popular concert once again at CMF. Experience relaxation on a deep level with this concert of over 50 singing bowls. Let the vibrations of the bowls integrate into your body and let your spirit soar! Bring a blanket, cushions and pillows if you like. $20 donation. We offer separated seating with masks optional. Reservations requested by calling or texting Robert at 941-822-9046. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Dr., Suite 204, Sarasota,, Facebook is CMF of Sarasota.


Universal Service - 10:30am. With Rev. Zan Benham, “Every Season Has A Reason Under The Sun.” The fall season is upon us. Days grow shorter and cooler and like nature, we too withdraw into ourselves. This weekly egalitarian service celebrates all of humanity’s religions on a single altar. In person at Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd. Sarasota, and on Zoom: 8049 Password: RTI2020. For info Rev. Zan, 941-922-7839. OM Shamanic Sound Journey - 3-4pm (doors open @ 2:45). You will experience a blend of, shamanic drumming, rhythm, crystal singing bowls, rattles, tuning forks, vocal toning, electric violin and more in a coordinated and orchestrated fashion to help improve participants well-being. Clinical Hypnotherapist Beth A Snyder begins your journey by gently inducing a hypnotic state. Then your journey into sound begins. Consider your intention now. The OM Shoppe 4801 S. Tamiami Tr #5, Sarasota. Tickets: or 941-706-3257.


Table Tipping Séance - 7-9:30pm. Internationally known Medium AnnMarie Touchette will conduct this physical mediumship demonstration for a small group (limited to 6). Tipping allows the spirits to move the table so that the sitters are able to feel that energy. Every participant will have the opportunity to sit at the table and receive messages. Sitters can also ask questions to receive yes or no answers. $30 donation is requested.  We are providing separated seating and masks are optional. Reservations needed. Call or text AnnMarie at 817-528-8841. Center

for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Drive, Suite 204, Sarasota, 941-266-8435, CMFSarasota. org, Facebook is CMF of Sarasota.


Sip & Yin - 5-6pm. One hour of yin yoga with cocktails to follow. Benefits of practice include: calms and balances the mind & body, reduces stress and anxiety, improves flexibility, releases fascia and improves joint mobility, and improves the flow of Chi. $20 per person. Palm Studio and Boutique, 441 W. Dearborn Street Englewood, Florida, 941-2085568,

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Exploring Your Archetypal Energies - 7-9pm. Nationally known certified medium, longtime teacher and lecturer, Reverend Diana Mier will present the 4 Major Archetypes. We all have these. Victim, Saboteur, Prostitute, and Child. There is no escape. What we learn about these in reference to our own self is paramount for how we will continue in life. This class will greatly improve your connection with your Guides and with Spirit. What archetypes are you blessed with? $20 donation. We offer separated seating with masks optional. Reservations requested by calling or texting 941-416-1622. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Drive, Suite 204, Sarasota,, Facebook is CMF of Sarasota.


“Remote Viewing” ZOOM Seminar - 11am-1pm. With Rev. Bill Patridge. SarasotaCenterofLight. com/event $20. Sarasota Center of Light, 852 S Tuttle Ave. 941-953-6620, or after hours 727-4922977,


Universal Service - 10:30am. With Rev. Tara Ann Muir, “Honoring The Ancestors. “ In many traditions, this is a time of year when the spirits of those who have passed are able to come closer to the living. This service will recognize our gratitude and celebrate our connection to ancestors and those near and dear who have passed from this world. All are welcome to bring pictures or objects belonging to those you would like to remember to place on the altar. In person at Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd. Sarasota, and on Zoom: 8049 Password: RTI2020. RisingTideInternational. org. For info Rev. Zan, 941-922-7839.

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OM Singing Bowl Sound Bath - 7-8pm (doors open @ 6:45). Join us for this beautiful form of deepened relaxation! The OM Shoppe professional Sound Therapy Practitioners, bring you these beautiful multi-instrumental sound baths to guide you into a deepened place of stillness and peace. Discover the magical way that sound can help ease you into a meditative state, and heightened mind-body awareness! The OM Shoppe 4801 S. Tamiami Tr #5, Sarasota. Tickets: or 941-706-3257.

Ho’Oponopono: A Group Workshop and Meditation with Don Reed Simmons - 2-5pm. This is a special event with The OM Shoppe & Spa based on the Hawaiian tradition of forgiveness and reconciliation. An ancient practice, Ho’Oponopono, meaning “to make right.” Now you can use this powerful method of healing through forgiveness of Ho’Oponopono. Amazing results have taken place from the over 12 years Don has been teaching and working with this powerful modality. “Being released from the chains that bind you of anger, animosity, resentment and remorse allows the individual to be free to accomplish the goals and ambitions you really want to focus on” Don says. The OM Shoppe 4801 S. Tamiami Tr #5, Sarasota. Tickets: or 941-706-3257.

Spirit Fest: Metaphysical and Holistic Fair - 5pm8:30pm Fri; 10am-6pm Sat & Sun. Enjoy 40+ booths with vendors, practitioners, intuitive readers, artists, and demonstrations. Special festival Friday evening. Something for everyone. Speakers throughout both days on a variety of topics. Entrance fee: $10. Children 12 & under free. Vendor opportunities still available. Visit, Sarasota Event Center, 600 North Beneva Road, Sarasota.

open @ 2:45). You will experience a blend of, shamanic drumming, rhythm, crystal singing bowls, rattles, tuning forks, vocal toning, electric violin and more in a coordinated and orchestrated fashion to help improve participants well-being. Clinical Hypnotherapist Beth A Snyder begins your journey by gently inducing a hypnotic state. Then your journey into sound begins. Consider your intention now. The OM Shoppe 4801 S. Tamiami Tr #5, Sarasota. Tickets: or 941-706-3257.


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sunday OM Shamanic Sound Journeys with Resonance - 4th Sunday of every month. Sold out for over 2 years! You will experience a blend of, shamanic drumming, rhythm, crystal singing bowls, rattles, tuning forks, vocal toning, electric violin and more in a coordinated and orchestrated fashion to help improve participants well-being. Clinical Hypnotherapist Beth A Snyder begins your journey by gently inducing a hypnotic state. Then your journey into sound begins. Consider your intention now. Tickets: or call 941-706-3257. The OM Shoppe 4801 S. Tamiami Tr #5 Sarasota. Christian Spiritualist Sunday Morning Services - 10am. Old time camp meet style service, guided meditation, healing, presentation of truth and mini spirit message for each person. Private or group readings available daily by appointment. Contact Rev Shari. Church of Light, 2408 43rd Ave. West, Bradenton, 941-751-5683. Sunday Service at CMF - 10:30am. At each Sunday morning service we are offering spiritual healing, an inspirational talk, messages from spirit, 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, 941-2668435,, Facebook: CMF of Sarasota. Unity of Sarasota - 10:30am. We are meeting in person. Services available on the Web too – live streamed. The Sunday Celebration service includes a message and lively music. 3023 Proctor Rd., 941955-3301, 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, Zoom Live - 11am. Join us as we come together as a spiritual family and community, sharing our love and light for ourselves, for each other, and the world. Be a part of sharing the energy and illumination of our hearts and souls together through conversation, music, meditation, a talk and an affirmation. Sarasota Center of Light, 852 S Tuttle Ave. 941-953-6620, or after hours 727-492-2977, Center for Spiritual Living Cultural Coast 11am. Virtual Gathering Via FaceBook & YouTube Live. Join us the first Sunday each month for a contemplative/meditative experience. The rest of the month is a bit more lively - always an inspiring message based on the Science of Mind (New Thought) philosophy, featuring local & internationally known musicians. Contact Rev. Theresa Fieberts 941-3760177,  


Sarasota/Manatee Edition

Reiki Shares - 1-3pm, Oct 3 and Oct 17. Energy healing the first and third Sunday of every month. Benefits of Practice Include: Helps you with pain, anxiety, and sleep. Cost: Donation based for rebuilding the fund of the Blue Lotus Buddhist Meditation Center and Holistic Center. Palm Studio and Boutique, 441 W. Dearborn Street Englewood, 941-208-5568

monday Modified Yoga for Women Only - “Strength & Stretch” Yoga Class via Zoom - 9:30am. Movement of the body is used in this class to help keep us strong. Bring light hand weights if you have them, or cans of beans if you don’t. Not for the advanced student, beginners welcome. This is a noncompetitive environment, a nurturing space to learn & grow. It’s via Zoom, for Women Only. This is a 75-minute class and it’s just $5, or get a multiple class discount. To sign up or more info, please contact Zen Jen Brown at ZenJenYoga@iCloud. com or 941-830-3040.  Essential Relational Skills for Personal and Therapeutic Use - 11:30am-3:30pm, Oct 4-Nov 1. This online class is designed to provide essential skills for optimizing the quality of any social or therapeutic relationship.  The course consists almost entirely of presence-centered and heart-centered exercises that promote authenticity, resonance, acceptance, and compassion.  Can be taken singularly or as part of a certification in Trauma-informed Relational Skills. $665. Virtual event, 808-345-9069. Feldenkrais with Bonnie K - 5:45pm. Online! Awareness Through Movement classes: Lessons (in chairs/on floor) are designed to quiet non-working habitual patterns, invite you into a process for learning and offer experiences for more efficient movement. Ongoing classes $65/4 movement lessons w/ replays. 941-360-2248. Register with Bonnie at: Sarasota-Classes-Feldenkrais/   Candlelight Sound Bath Meditation with Becky Moriarty - 6pm. During these crazy, stressful, weird, unbalancing times of life self-care is super important. There is no better way to relax, de-stress, take time for ourselves & boost our immune systems then with Sound Healing. The use of crystal bowls, Himalayan bowls, other deep-vibrational instruments plus intention can balance dissonant frequencies and bring them back into harmony. $20. Book at Wild Ginger Apothecary 6557 Superior Avenue Sarasota, 941-312-5630. Pub Theology - 6:30-8pm, the 2nd Mon. of the month. With Rev. Amy Zehe. Bring your Spiritual questions. WE are meeting at the Olive Garden in the Landings. 941-955-3301, Learning to Connect Classes at CMF - 7-9pm. Join Susan Houliston and guest instructors every Monday & Tuesday to learn techniques for connecting with Spirit. Students are given the opportunity to practice lessons to develop their skills and each class will end with healings by the “WE” for all attending. Discussions will follow. $15 donation is requested. Please refer to the CMF website for description of the programs offered for each weekly class. We offer separated seating with masks optional. RESERVATIONS NEEDED, so call or text Susan at 941-266-1696.  Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Drive, Suite 204, Sarasota.

tuesday Mediumship Fundamentals Course on ZOOM 7:30-9:30pm, Oct 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th. With Rev. Mary Torrey. The fee for this 4-week class is $75, registration is due no later than 10 am on Monday, October 4. Center of Light, 852 S Tuttle Ave. 941-953-6620, or after hours 727-492-2977,

wednesday Modified Yoga for Women Only - “Balance” Yoga Class via Zoom - 9:30am. This is a Gentle Yoga class with a focus on Balance. Our Balance keeps us upright and allows us to walk without assistance. This class also offers attention to reducing falls or injuries as we age. Not for the advanced student, beginners welcome. This is a noncompetitive environment, a nurturing space to learn & grow. It’s via Zoom, for Women Only. This is a 75 minute class & it’s just $5 or get a multiple class discount. To sign up or more info, please contact Zen Jen Brown at ZenJenYoga@ or 941-830-3040.  Feldenkrais with Bonnie K - 9:45 or 11am. Online! Awareness Through Movement classes: Lessons (in chairs/on floor) are designed to quiet non-working habitual patterns, invite you into a process for learning and offer experiences for more efficient movement. Ongoing classes $65/4 movement lessons w/replays. More info, 941-360-2248. Register with Bonnie at:   Course in Miracles - 10-11:30am. With presenter Ellen Fiorillo. Come join this class based on the book. Unity of Sarasota, Room A, 3023 Proctor Rd. 941-955-3301, Nondual Awakening Lido Beach Gathering 6-8pm. Join us as we listen to and discuss five-minute excerpts from favorite awakened ones featuring Mooji, Adyashanti, Byron Katie, Eckart Tolle, Nisargadatta, Gangaji, Osho, Rupert, Rumi and Hafiz. Bring YouTube links to your favorite nondual awakened ones. In person, social distancing observed or virtual. Free. For details, go to  Please check site weekly to confirm location.  OM Crystalline Vibrational Immersion - 7pm, every 2nd Wednesday of the month. Join us for this beautiful form of deepened relaxation!  The OM Shoppe professional Sound Therapy Practitioners bring you these beautiful multi-instrumental sound baths to guide you into a deepened place of stillness and peace. Discover the magical way that sound can help ease you into a meditative state, and heightened mind-body awareness! Tickets: or call 941-706-3257. The OM Shoppe 4801 S. Tamiami Tr #5 Sarasota. Unity of Sarasota - 7pm. Weekday service with music and inspiration. Meeting in person. Recorded on website as well. 3023 Proctor Rd., 941-955-3301,

Healing, Intention and Meditation Zoom Live 7:30pm (new time). Join us for a time of healing, connection and meditation. Let us all come together and experience the energy and inspiration that can make such a powerful difference in our individual lives. Will be offered on Zoom. Sarasota Center of Light, 852 S Tuttle Ave. 941-953-6620, or after hours 727-492-2977,

thursday Bentleys House - 7pm, 3rd Thurs of the month. A safe place to express your grief from loss of a pet. We are meeting in person at Unity of Sarasota, 3023 Proctor Rd., Sarasota,


Bradenton Farmers’ Market - 9am-2pm. Over thirty-five vendors offering locally grown fruits, vegetables, plants, organic products, fresh seafood, prepared foods, as well as the local artists, craftspeople and musicians. 400 12th St., W. Bradenton, 941-301-8445. Chair Yoga for Everyone - via Zoom - 9:30am. Men & Women of all ages, shapes, sizes & abilities welcome. Absolutely NO floor work in this class, it’s either sitting in the chair or standing using the chair for support. This class helps release tension, tightness and stress from the body. Not for the advanced student, beginners welcome. This is a noncompetitive environment via Zoom. Full 60-minute class is just $5 or get a multiple class discount. To sign up or more info, please contact Zen Jen Brown at or 941-830-3040.  Sound Healing Meditation with Ed Russell - 5pm, 1st Saturday of every month. Sound bowls have a centuries-old tradition throughout Asia to awaken and refresh those in sacred spaces. You will feel the vibrations move throughout your body, allowing conscious and unconscious information to come to you. $20. Book at Wild Ginger Apothecary 6557 Superior Avenue Sarasota, 941-312-5630.


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

Cleansing for digestive disorders. Licensed 49 years. Developed gentle technique. Foot bath and ear candling.


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!

saturday Sarasota Farmers Market - 7am-1pm. Rain or shine. Established in 1979, the market continues its tradition of serving the community with local produce, plants, prepared foods and artisans. They currently have a full market that includes 70 vendors and 5,000 sq ft of produce and plants. 1 N Lemon Ave., Sarasota,



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. Open Tues -Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 10am-4pm, Closed Sun + Mon


Mobile Chiropractic Or in Sarasota/Bradenton Offices 941-447-2041 •

Dr. Amy provides exceptional and compassionate chiropractic care for pregnancy, infants, children, and adults! She has over 40 years of experience providing both long-term wellness and acute injury care. She loves working with babies and kids, and also specializes in athletic care. Dr. Amy is now offering mobile chiropractic! She’s excited to either come to you at your home or office (using COVID safety protocols), or to see you at one of her Sarasota or Bradenton office spaces. Dr. Amy has a cash practice and is not currently accepting insurance.Contact Dr. Amy TODAY to discuss scheduling and pricing. She is offering complimentary phone consultations to talk about whether chiropractic is for you!


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.

October 2021





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

 Energy Healing helps the body with a long list of conditions, aches, pains and imbalances. Biofeedback Scanning locates the imbalances and it also corrects them. PEMF (Pulsed Magnetic Field Therapy) re-energizes damaged cells, it is a powerful tool to MANAGE PAIN! 941-5869539,

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 941-360-2248 ,


KORMAN RELIEF & WELLNESS CENTER 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.


Sarasota/Manatee Edition

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.


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

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


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

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


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.


at Wild Ginger Apothecary 6557 Superior Avenue (Gulf Gate Shopping Village), Sarasota 941-312-5630

Fourth-generation Psychic Intuitive Tarot Reader, Skye Samuel, is now available full time for readings Tuesday-Saturday at metaphysical and health boutique, Wild Ginger Apothecary. Skye has over 35 years’ experience and specializes in direct question answering for all matters of love, health, money, and life. In-person, virtual video or phone available. Book online or drop-in. Tues - Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 10am4pm.


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

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


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.

SPA AND WELLNESS SPA EXPERIENCE SIESTA KEY 5700 Midnight Pass Road Suite 4B 941- 350-7495

Newly relocated and remodeled day spa Formerly Massage Experience Siesta Key proudly offers an array of healing and pampering services. A sampling of our offerings include specialty anti-aging facials, facial sculpting, anti-aging facials, pampering, therapeutic massage medical massage, acupuncture, cupping and now featuring two couples rooms catering to small groups and wedding parties.Owner Connie Lewis has over 25 years of experience in the Spa industry and welcomes you to her new Spa conveniently located next to the public beach on Siesta Key.




June Drennon, CCT 2008

Rev. Theresa Fieberts 941-376-0177


Sometimes meditative, sometimes rockin’ ~ always inspirational. Our Sunday services on-line via FB or YouTube, meditation group, prayer support, on-going enrichment and Science of Mind classes, networking and community building! Sign up for our e-newsletter at


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.

The 11th Annual Tour de North Port

Sunday, October 24, 2021 Presented by People for Trees, Inc.

Be a part of it! The Tour de North Port is an on-road organized bicycle ride that takes place in North Port featuring our Florida pine flatwoods and parks that border the Myakkahatchee Creek; a great way to showcase the natural beauty and tree canopy of North Port! Riders choose a 15, 35, or 65-mile route which begins/ends at Imagine School, 2757 Sycamore St., North Port. It is NOT a race! The ride includes breakfast, lunch, desserts, rest stops with homemade snacks, SAG, t-shirt, goodie bag. For more information and to register go to We are planning for 400 riders! Proceeds benefit People for Trees, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit local group that since 1997 has been promoting the importance of protecting and maintaining a healthy, native tree canopy and support our efforts to continue our educational programs, workshops, and native tree plantings.


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.


WILD GINGER APOTHECARY 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. Open Tues - Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 10am-4pm, Closed Sun + Mon

READY TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE? Personalize Your Energy Medicine!

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October 2021


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