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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.

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hen you think about hypnosis, your mind might picture watching an entertainment show during which a hypnotist transforms a burly man into a ballerina or influences someone to hop across the stage like a rabbit. Many of us fear being out of control, but modern Hypnosis is far from this. Today, this is used as a healing tool to help you live a better quality of life. Hypnosis can help with addictions such as alcohol, nicotine or drugs, and it can support healthy life choices like exercise, nutrition and sleep. This experience is soothing as the body enters a state of relaxation, and the mind takes a journey through creative visualization. Most participants fall asleep and remember just the initial stages of release, while others prefer to remain aware, and in this case, they’ll receive practical tools to make changes. If you are relocating to a new home or a new state, hypnosis tools can help you transition with less stress. When moving to a new job and learning new skills, hypnosis can also alleviate your fears and anxieties. If you are downsizing your lifestyle, stepping outside your comfort zone or moving away from issues in the past, hypnosis can help you create space for a fresh start. Hypnosis is a gentle way to incorporate subtle, natural effective changes into daily life. Learn more about the benefits of hypnosis at The Remedy Room on September 14, 6:30–7:30 p.m. for this free one hour class. For more information, call 941-726-4784, email or visit

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Massage Mondays at Fusion Therapy


ome enjoy the combined benefits of a full-body massage and halo therapy (dry salt therapy) in our Dead Sea Salt suites on Massage Mondays. Rooted in the Greek word halos, the therapeutic properties of salt have long been recognized by physicians. Modern salt rooms are made to replicate the naturally occurring salt caves of Eastern and Central Europe, and this traditional therapy could help treat and prevent a wide range of conditions. With mineral-rich salt from the Dead Sea, our salt suite is a destination unto itself. Once inside the dry salt therapy room, a special halo generator pushes microparticles of pharmaceutical grade salt into the air which pull toxins from the lower lungs and upper respiratory track. Acting as a sort of sponge, the salt particles absorb foreign matter and help thin mucus which allows the body to expel the toxins naturally. Beyond these respiratory benefits, halotherapy can help to alleviate skin conditions, calm the nervous system and enhance immune function. In addition to feeling like a healing oasis, the salt creates a sterile environment because it is naturally antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal. The salt room is also safe for those with high blood pressure since the salt is inhaled rather than ingested. The advantages of halotherapy are multiplied when combined with a therapeutic massage. Our talented massage therapist Gigi provides a healing touch with massage inside the Petite Salt Suite on Mondays here at Fusion Therapy. Clients have the option to enjoy 60 or 90 minutes of bliss, and scheduling is flexible. To book an appointment, call 941-921-7900 or visit

e are renting out our detached building for events or meetings at a reasonable price of $25 an hour. With free parking and a central location off Tuttle Avenue that’s adjacent to our beautiful healing garden, this environment is perfect for yoga or tai chi, movement, meditation, one-on-one meeting or a class. In addition, our single classrooms in the Education Center are also available for rent with whiteboards, kitchen facilities and chairs. This month, the Sarasota Center of Light will continue to spotlight those that are an important part of our metaphysical community. Join us for Mary Torrey’s class series on “Psychic Development Leading to Mediumship” on September 7, 14, 21, and 28 via ZOOM, 7:30–9:30 p.m. Torrey is a member of the Sarasota Center of Light’s Ministerial Team, a certified medium and a certified spiritual healer. This course is created to inspire and encourage you on the spiritual journey. Each Zoom class will include handouts. The fee for each installment this four-week class is $75, for a total of $225. The Center’s Ministry Team will conduct the services in September to offer heartfelt spiritual guidance. Our special guests in September include medium Marie Lisseman on September 5, Rev. AdaRA Walton on September 12, medium Elaine Kuzmeskus on September 19, and mediums Carolyn Molnar and Ben Gleisser on September 26. We humbly ask for your financial support. Contributions can be submitted on the donate page of our website, by calling the office or by mailing a check. All donations are appreciated. Thank you. In addition, questions are encouraged and welcomed. Mailing address: 2710 Browning St, Sarasota, 34237. Location: 852 S Tuttle Ave., Sarasota. Complete the registration for Mary Torrey’s class at by 10 a.m. on September 7. For more information, call 941-953-6620, or after hours 727492-2977, and email

Angel Healing Meditations Have Arrived at Wild Ginger Apothecary


ur spirit guides, spirit team and angels are always with us. There are several ways to connect with your own spirit team and angels. The Angel Healing Meditation, facilitated by Bridget each Thursday, 7 p.m., at Wild Ginger Apothecary is one such way to experience and connect with your guides and angels. The unique part of this meditation is that we call in, and work with, the Seraphim angels. The Seraph are the highest order of the angels. The Seraph are the teachers and guides to the Ascended Masters. The Seraphim angel energy is one of unconditional love and harmony. Their purpose is to bring harmony and oneness to individual energy systems, then spread that energy worldwide to raise the vibration of our planet. This energy is extremely healing and high-vibrational, so you could feel an instant transmutation within your first meditation experience. We start out with some grounding techniques and visualizations to help raise your vibration, so that you can have the clearest connection possible for this meditation experience! Click “book now” on our website to save your spot for the next Angel Healing class. In addition, please stay tuned for one-onone sessions with Bridget coming soon. Location: 6557 Superior Ave., Sarasota. Cost: $15. For more information, call 941-312-5630 or visit September 2021


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oost your immune function this fall with the herbal immune booster Essiac by Essiac from Canada International. Essiac is a dietary supplement which offers excellent immune support with its formulation containing four whole plant-sourced™ ingredients of burdock root, sheep sorrel, slippery elm and Indian rhubarb. Available as an herbal powder, herbal extract and vegetable capsule, the Essiac formula honors the work of Rene Caisse, a Canadian nurse who introduced the Essiac formulation in 1922, inspired by Ontario’s Ojibwa nation’s traditional herbal remedies. This holistic solution allows people to restore life and legacy which helps to create a world in which we can all thrive, overcome barriers and triumph. The Essiac herbal powder, Essiac extract and Essiac capsules, are vegan, non-GMO and free of pesticides.


Tuning Forks, Biomagnetism, Immune Support and More at the Healing Room

upporting your immune function has never been more crucial or relevant than it is right now in the pandemic. Stress, toxicity, malnourishment, EMF or Dirty Electricity overload, imbalanced emotions, drug or alcohol use, pharmaceuticals, acid or alkaline imbalances, and inconsistent breathing habits can all contribute to weak immune health. One modality to help boost immunity is called Biomagnetism. During these sessions, we place high-field North and South Pole seeking magnets on the body. These magnets support pH balance in the body to restore homeostasis, so the body can heal itself. In the book Biomag Healing 101 by James W. Lee anyone is an excellent resource on this healing protocol. A sound healing Bio-field tuning fork is another unique modality to balance emotions, reduce stress levels and support immune function is. A Bio-field is a biological electromagnetic field which all living creatures have both in and around them. This is kind of like a blueprint for cell renewal, and memories like traumas or unprocessed emotions are stored in this field which can cause a host of problems. Bio-field tuning clears this egg-shaped area with sound frequency. Less noise in the energy field will manifest less noise in the troubled individual. If you have any questions about these modalities, please contact Beata Molnar, an energy healer in Sarasota. Molnar operates the Healing Room where she also offers Biofeedback evaluation, PEMF sessions, Red Light therapy, Rife Frequency applications and Energy Healing, in-person and virtually. Her biofeedback evaluation can help you paint a picture of your well-being in order to create healthy, practical habits. Location: Healing Room, Aaron Ct., Sarasota. For more information, call 941-586-9539 or visit


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r. Cifra brings an unparalleled ability to diagnose and treat spinal disc disorders with a treatment called Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression. This is the most effective option for treating spinal disc disorders such as bulging, herniated and degenerative discs, neck or low back pain, sciatica, numbness and tingling.  With this procedure, there is no pain, no drugs, no surgery, and no injections. This is not traction. Dr. Cifra is committed to providing exceptional non-invasive care to patients who want to avoid narcotics, epidural injections and unnecessary surgeries. Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression provides safe, gentle and effective relief for upwards of 90% of patients who qualify for care. Dr. Cifra is currently accepting new patients, so please contact his office in Sarasota for a free consultation. In addition, Dr. Cifra received advance training in Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression in an award ceremony held at the national training center for Disc Centers of America.  This program is administered by the International Disc Education Association, Disc Centers of America and the International Medical Advisory Board on Spinal Decompression. Certification is given to physicians who demonstrate excellence in the diagnosis and treatment of spinal disc disorders. Master status in Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression is an elite status, awarded to a handful of doctors each year.  This certification is the gold standard in training. Location: 2415 University Parkway, Bldg. 3, Suite 216, Sarasota. For more information, to make an appointment or to schedule your free consultation, call 941-358-2224 or 315-3457390 (cell) and visit

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r. Anna Baker, DOM, invites you to join her interactive anti-aging seminars via Zoom on September 10 and 24, both at 1:30 p.m. She will showcase her Faces by Dr. Anna acupuncture facelift and her muscle retightening Pearl Cream by Dr. Anna. Please contact the Pearl Cream by Dr. Anna store 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 necessary to maintain the lift. COVID-19 safety protocols include treatment rooms with 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. Pearl Cream by Dr. Anna store location: 2721 Mall Dr., Sarasota. Temporary COVID-19 store hours: Monday–Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. To access the meeting ID, call 941-921-2662. For more information, visit and

(Sarasota, Florida) Dr. David Cifra, DC who is board certified in the specialty of NonSurgical Spinal Decompression has been peer-nominated and recently recognized by the International Medical Advisory Board on Spinal Decompression. This advanced certification is provided in conjunction with Disc Centers of America, which sets the gold standard in training and research, on the latest, most effective options for the alleviation & treatment of

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Plant-Based Meals Reduce Severe COVID-19 Risks

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Eating more plants than meat is not only good for the planet, it might also be protective against COVID-19 severity, reports a new study in BMJ Nutrition, Prevention & Health. Researchers from Johns Hopkins and other universities analyzed web-based responses from almost 2,900 frontline doctors and nurses in the U.S., France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK that had been significantly exposed to COVID-19, 95 percent of which were doctors and 70 percent males. Those that ate a plant-based diet, described as high in vegetables, legumes and nuts, and low in poultry and meats, were 73 percent less likely to contract moderate to severe COVID-19. Those with pescatarian diets allowing fish were 59 percent less likely. However, those following low-carbohydrate, high-protein diets had 48 percent greater odds of moderate to severe COVID-19. “Our results suggest that a healthy diet rich in Eating two servings of fruit a day lowers the risk of nutrient-dense foods may be considered for protection developing Type 2 diabetes by 36 percent in five years against severe COVID-19,” researchers concluded. compared to eating less than half a serving, suggests

Certain Fruits Can Protect Against Diabetes

research from Australia’s Edith Cowan University Institute for Nutrition Research. The study followed 7,676 people and found that higher total fruit intake of apples, bananas, oranges and other citrus fruits was linked to better measures of glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity. The same pattern did not hold for fruit juice. Previous U.S. cohort studies have found that eating three servings per week of certain fruits lowers the risk of Type 2 diabetes by the following percentages: blueberries (26 percent), grapes and raisins (12 percent), apples and pears (7 percent) and bananas and grapefruits (5 percent). Three servings of cantaloupe, however, raises the risk by 10 percent.

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A Chinese study of 6,160 adults 80 or older found that a healthy lifestyle cuts the risk of cognitive impairment by half, even if a person carries the APOE ε4 gene that is linked to cognitive loss and Alzheimer’s. Researchers used data from the ongoing Chinese Longitudinal Healthy Longevity Survey to determine the eating, exercising and smoking habits of subjects. They found that those with healthy lifestyles were 55 percent less likely to be cognitively impaired and those with intermediately healthy lifestyles lowered their risk 28 percent. This reduction was greater than the increased risk of cognitive impairment resulting from the APOE ε4 gene, which was 17 percent.

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Scientists from the University of Freiburg surveyed the German Black Forest National Park to determine the number of tree species, how the trees are scattered, the heights of individual tree crowns and if there are fallen trees or hollowed-out tree trunks. They found that creating deadwood in coniferous forests is a promising restoration measure to promote an abundance of aboveground nesting bees. Their findings, “Wild Bees Benefit from Structural Complexity Enhancement in a Forest Restoration Experiment,” were published in the journal Forest Ecology and Management. As part of an experiment, structural richness was artificially created in 2016 on several sample plots by felling and uprooting 20 spruce trees per plot, creating deadwood and small gaps. Six other plots were left in their natural state as a control group. The researchers compared how many wild bees were in the different plots in June 2018 and 2019. Results show that deadwood increases the abundance and biodiversity of wild bees. Professor Dr. Alexandra Klein, head of the Chair of Nature Conservation and Landscape Ecology, says, “In the course of climate change, forest areas will be increasingly characterized by deadwood and sparse areas caused by storms, droughts or bark beetles. As a result, forest habitat will increase in importance for wild bees.”

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Farm Waste Doubles as Construction Material Agricultural waste (agro-waste) such as manure, leaf litter and crop residues may not be thought of as likely raw materials for sustainable construction, but with traditional materials like concrete eliciting a negative environmental reputation, implementation of agro-waste is being explored around the world. Recycling, as an important part of agrowaste’s green potential, is making the use of construction materials more organic and sustainable, and helping reduce landfill issues. A 2018 study, Agro-industrial wastes and their utilization using solid state fermentation: a review, notes agro-wastes are an eco-friendly means of manufacturing “biofuels, enzymes, vitamins, antioxidants, animal feed, antibiotics and other chemicals.” This same study observed, “Many agro-industrial wastes are untreated and underutilized, therefore disposed of either by burning, dumping or unplanned landfilling, which contributes to climate change by increasing greenhouse gases.” Another study found that integrating agro-wastes such as sugarcane bagasse, rice husks and groundnut shells improved the construction materials by enhancing their sustainability properties, boosting their durability and reducing costs.

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It’s not surprising that more urban trees lower the levels of heat and pollution. Although many cities maintain tree-planting programs, not all canopies have equivalent value. A new analysis from the American Forests conservation organization states that the U.S needs to plant more than half a billion trees across 500 metropolitan areas and 150,000 local communities. A new Tree Equity Score data tool ( allows users to see where urban trees exist and where they don’t. American Forests identified 20 large American cities that are lacking in canopies to protect their populations from hotter temperatures. Tree canopies are particularly effective in reducing health stress associated with urban heat “islands”. It was also found that a pattern of inequitable distribution of trees has deprived many communities of the health and other benefits that sufficient tree cover can deliver. Communities of color have 33 percent less tree canopy on average than majority white communities. Jad Daley, American Forests president and CEO, says, “We need to make sure the trees go where the people are, and more than 70 percent of the people live in cities or suburbs, so it’s a place-based problem with a place-based solution.” September 2021


NA: What particular massage therapy modalities will this expansion of the practice offer?

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Manage Your September Stress with the Benefits of Massage by Mary-Elizabeth Schurrer


s this final month of summer transitions into the first whispers of autumn, life is accelerating at a busy, hectic pace. Children are back in school and extra-curricular activities. Adults are balancing their job and family obligations. Calendars are full to the brim with piano lessons, soccer games, work projects, household chores, the list goes on. It’s no wonder that stress levels tend to peak more in September than most other times of year (Google Misery Index). But if you feel stretched in numerous directions right now, physical and mental relief is available. In this month’s Community Spotlight, I want to introduce you to one of Southwest Florida’s newest massage therapy practices and an extension of Sandhill Healing Center, located in the Port Charlotte area. To learn more about what this massage 18

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therapy clinic has to offer, I spoke with Dr. Cecilia “Cheech” Hill, DOM, AP, CCT (MA13356), who owns Sandhill Healing Center. As a Licensed Massage Therapist herself, Dr. Hill was quick to answer my questions and share her insights on just how beneficial this modality can be for relaxation, stress management, pain alleviation and health overall. Please enjoy our conversation below:

Natural Awakenings: When will this new massage therapy branch open its doors?

Dr. Cheech Hill: It is with so much excitement and pleasure that the former massage therapists from Bayfront Health in Punta Gorda will be joining our team at Sandhill Healing Center. We are currently accepting massage appointments while our expansion facility is under construction, and we anticipate the official grand opening this fall.

Dr Hill: Below is a breakdown of just a few of the massage techniques we provide. • Swedish: This modality uses kneading, compression and long strokes to help soothe the muscles, increase circulation, and promote energy and relaxation. • Deep Tissue: This modality uses firm pressure to target the deep muscle layers and connective tissues to relieve pain and muscular tension. • Sports: This modality helps to strengthen, stretch and lengthen the muscles, tendons and ligaments in order to alleviate the pain of athletic injuries. • Aromatherapy: This modality combines both gentle and firm strokes, along with the use of essential oils, to promote healing and deep relaxation. • Hot Stone: This modality helps to melt away muscular tension and stiffness with the placement of smooth, water-heated stones on the body. • Thai: This modality compresses, pulls and stretches the entire body in order to help increase flexibility and boost energy levels. • Lymphatic Drainage: This modality uses gentle motions and pressure to help stimulate blood circulation, body fluid balance and immune function.

NA: Who are the massage therapists joining your team at Sandhill Healing Center? Dr. Hill: Suzie Boland is a Licensed Massage Therapist with over 29 years of experience in her current field, as well as over 30 years of experience as a recreational therapist. She is trained in both craniosacral and relaxation massage with techniques specifically designed to enhance circulation, blood flow and overall health. She feels that a team approach to therapy ensures the best outcome for achieving health and wellness (Lic. #MA20202). Dawn Lautner is a Licensed Massage

Therapist with over 14 years of experience. She has an Occupational Associates of Science degree in therapeutic massage and holds certifications for manual lymphatic drainage in medicine and aesthetics. She is experienced in various massage techniques including Swedish, joint mobilization, sports and neuromuscular therapy, but she specializes in deep tissue. She also believes in community involvement to help make a positive impact on the lives and well-being of others (Lic. #MA57359). Crystal Lacen is a Licensed Massage Therapist with 14 years of experience. She is a graduate of Heritage Institute who specializes in prenatal, Swedish, deep tissue and trigger points massage, as well as the unique art of Thai massage on the table. She believes in assisting in the process of the body’s natural abilities to heal (Lic. #MA52712). Kelly Dinnan is a Licensed Massage Therapist with over 14 years of experience in her current field. She received her Associate’s Degree from Heritage Institute in Fort Myers, and she is trained in Swedish, neuromuscular and therapeutic massage with a special certification in medical massage. She also has extensive training in reflexology, hot stone massage, prenatal, craniosacral, Swe-Thai and MyoZen techniques. Dinnan believes in the mindbody connection in order to help the body achieve total wellness (Lic. # MA 50409).

safe for all ages, from infants and children to adults and seniors.

NA: What COVID-19 safety measures are being taken here to protect both clients and staff ?

Dr. Hill: Our massage therapy practice at Sandhill Healing Center will implement comprehensive sanitation protocols and utilize guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We ask that everyone in our building follow these precautions under all circumstances when they perform or receive massage therapy services.

Dr. Cheech Hill is a Licensed Massage Therapist (MA13356), Licensed Doctor of Oriental Medicine, Licensed Acupuncturist and Certified Neuromuscular Therapist in the state of Florida. Dr. Hill is the owner of Sandhill Healing Center, and is a board-certified diplomate of the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She has 25 years of experience in bodywork, as well as 20 years of experience in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Sandhill Healing Center is located at 24901 Sandhill Blvd., Suite 8, Port Charlotte. For more information, call 941-235-8929 or visit

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NA: Why is massage therapy such a beneficial part of holistic wellness and self-care?

Dr. Hill: In today’s hectic world, we all need time to pause, breathe and relax. Massage offers a safe space to disconnect from these stress and anxiety triggers. In clinical trials, massage reduces anxiety, increases emotional resilience and promotes a sense well-being. Massage is a low-risk modality with extensive health benefits. Massage increases overall energy and boosts immune function. It can even make you a kinder person by increasing oxytocin levels. You’ll feel calm, at ease and more connected to others. Massage also helps increase serotonin and dopamine for a natural mood lift. Massage therapy is also September 2021


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The Delta Strain


elta is an extremely contagious strain of the COVID-19 virus. Delta and other strains have battled for supremacy, and Delta is almost the last variant standing. The Alpha strain that came from the United Kingdom dominated for months until the third week of June, and now it barely accounts for one percent of infection cases, while Delta is responsible for 87–93 percent of all cases. It is efficient in its ability both to produce and then spread many copies after inundating the victim with the virus particles. This is the crucial piece of information that is unclear in the experts’ current descriptions of the Delta variant. Mitigation education is necessary for understanding and behavior changes in the public. This variant is a breeder—Delta makes 200 times more particles than Alpha. So we know that particle density in the air determines infectivity and severity of illness. The inoculum (the dose of virus particles) determines both, so Delta is more efficient in spreading the infection rate. This is especially dangerous if you’re indoors with those others who might be infected but are asymptomatic. Masks reduce particle exposure which, therefore, can lower the risk. Remember: even vaccinated


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Some people have inflammation or irritated immune systems associated with their diets or lifestyle choices, which can make them susceptible to both COVID-19 and long-haul syndromes. people who are infected with Delta can still transmit it, so everyone must wear a mask to ultimately end this pandemic.


COVID long-haulers are those who have persistent symptoms long after the infection has left their bodies. These people experience an inappropriate immune activation which, in this case, means the COVID-19 virus is not actually the killer—it is their own immune system’s inappropriate and excessive response that cause most of the harm. Some people have inflammation or irritated immune systems associated with their diets or lifestyle choices, which can make them susceptible to both COVID-19 and long-haul syndromes. Therefore, to support both prevention and recovery, it’s import-

You can also use supportive plant extracts and oils to support the reduction of inflammation. ant to choose an anti-inflammatory diet. The Wahls’ paleo protocol is effective at eliminating many autoimmune triggers from the diet, and it stresses food-based phytochemical therapy. The foundation of this diet is to eat nine cups of fruits and vegetables daily. Regular exercise is also crucial. If you are bed- or chair-bound, restorative Tai Chi breathing and movement can help to promote recovery. You can also use supportive plant extracts and oils to support the reduction of inflammation. Some of these include quercetin, resveratrol, curcumin, green tea and Vitamin D3. In addition, carnitine and CoQ 10 help mitochondrial energy. Acetyl glutathione, acetyl carnitine, omega-3 and choline help to rebuild organs. Melatonin helps protect the brain and restore the sleep cycle.

With the surge in Delta cases, it is obvious that we are in this pandemic for the long-haul, so adjust your lifestyle, change your diet, take nutritional supplements, and wear a mask to protect yourself and others from contagion.

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Potentially as severe as migraines, cervicogenic headaches can be triggered by problems in many different parts of the neck.




he neurosurgeon Karl Lewit is well known in my profession for saying, “He who treats the site of pain is lost.” What he meant by this statement is that pain is often caused in a different part of the body than where it is felt. For example, a lower back problem can cause sciatica in

the leg, or hip arthritis can cause pain in the knee. Similarly, the neck can cause the pain in the head, known as a cervicogenic headache. Potentially as severe as migraines, cervicogenic headaches can be triggered by problems in many different parts of the

neck. While a Google search will quickly reveal this kind of pain can come from joints, ligaments, muscles and other soft tissue in the neck, all these tissues have one factor in common—fascia. This fibrous connective tissue surrounds, or even runs through, almost every part of the body. Fascia is like the structural fabric of the body. In the neck, it is filled with millions of nerve endings which means that fascia restriction in different parts of the neck can potentially trigger intense, painful headaches. Finding Relief This kind of pain is common. In 24 years of practice, I have seen dozens of people with this problem. Many of them experienced headaches at least two or more times per week, typically lasting for several hours. One of the patients, whom I will refer to as George, developed a headache each morning which lasted for the rest of the day. This made it difficult for him to tolerate reading a book or using his computer, and it affected his ability to concentrate on mental tasks. George came into our clinic for lower back pain treatment since he felt this was a more pressing issue for him at the time. However, because we achieve our best results when we treat the whole framework


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of the body, assessing his neck for possible problems was part of the complete exam. He had significant restriction in the fascia of some specific neck muscles and two of the spinal joints in his neck. When his treatment began, therapy to release the fascial restriction in his neck was part of the process. While George’s lower back pain was responding to treatment, he was also thrilled to find that his headaches were reduced even more quickly. Within three visits, his headaches were occurring only one or two times a week. They continued to improve, and eventually disappeared completely. So how did releasing fascia restriction help his neck? When fascia is restricted, it can trigger joint stress and muscle imbalances which cause pain. Releasing the restrictions can offer relief to the painful areas. There can be other causes of cervicogenic headaches than restricted fascia such as whiplash, tumors or repetitive stress (think: holding a phone to your head with your shoulder). However, I find that stiffness or distor-

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When fascia is restricted, it can trigger joint stress and muscle imbalances which cause pain. Releasing the restrictions can offer relief to the painful areas. tion in the fascia of muscle, bone or tissue in the neck to be the most common cause. Fascia restriction responds to safe and gentle treatment, and most of my patients with this type of headache respond quickly to treatment. With or Without Neck Pain The term cervicogenic headache means the pain is coming from the neck. However, this doesn’t always mean there is pain in the neck itself. There might be no neck pain at all, but restrictions in the neck can still cause referred pain that is felt in the head. On the other hand, it is not unusual for people to have neck pain combined with head pain. In fact, many patients feel

discomfort in their necks before a headache starts. Another feature of cervicogenic headache is a consistent pattern of pain. Migraines tend to cause pain on just one side of the head, but which side feels pain can vary from time to time. Cervicogenic pain can be on one or both sides, but the location of pain tends to be the same each time. This type of headache also most commonly starts at the back of the skull, although it can affect almost any part of the head. There are many approaches to treat a cervicogenic headache such as prescription medication, spinal or trigger point injections, spinal manipulation, acupuncture and more. Any of these treatments can be successful. In my experience, fascia release therapy provides relief by addressing root causes (fascia restrictions) in a safe, gentle and non-invasive way. 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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ART’S EMBRACE Healing Through Creativity by Sandra Yeyati


rt can be a powerful force for healing. Its potential manifests in a disabled man’s triumphant dance or cancer patient’s stirring self-portrait. Throughout America, art’s redemption takes center stage at hospitals, nursing homes, jails and homeless shelters. Even an entire city can be transformed when its citizens embrace public art to add beauty, create community and heal its broken places.

Art in Medical Settings According to Jill Sonke, director of the University of Florida (UF) Center for Arts in Medicine, approximately half of U.S. hospitals have art programs that provide positive distraction, enjoyment and connection. To humanize otherwise intimidating environments, visual artists and musicians are employed to install appealing exhibits and play relaxing music. Artists also work at the bedside with patients as part of inter-professional care teams. Serving as an artist-in-residence early in her career, Sonke remembers a young female patient with sickle cell disease whose bouts of extreme pain required hospitalization. Dance sessions eased her suffering and enabled doctors to reduce pain medications. “The way the patient described it was not that the pain was going away, but that she didn’t mind it as much because she was enjoying dancing,” she says. While facilitating Dance for Life classes for Parkinson’s patients, Sonke encountered a man suffering limited mobility and an inability to form facial expressions. After two months of biweekly sessions, he could lift his arms over his head and, to his wife’s delight, smile again. “It’s that multimodal capacity of the arts,” Sonke explains. “All at the same time, he was engaging in music, movement and imagery. He was moving with others and experiencing joy and laughter.”

According to Sonke, ongoing research seeks to pinpoint the public health benefits of art. In Britain, they have learned that people over 50 visiting museums or concerts once a month are almost half as likely to develop depression in older age. Other studies suggest that music can unlock memories and improve cognition. UF researchers are currently investigating whether live music in emergency and trauma care settings can reduce the need for opioids. “When people engage in the arts, they often enter into a flow state, that experience of losing yourself in art where we lose track of time and what we’re doing is intrinsically motivated,” Sonke says. “A flow state can engage a relaxation response, helping to reduce stress and anxiety, which can enhance immune function.”

Art Therapy for Cancer Patients Board-certified art therapist Mallory Montgomery helps cancer patients in Detroit’s Henry Ford Hospital work through symptoms of depression, anxiety or trauma. “Any person seeking a talk therapist or social worker could also consult with an art therapist,” she says. “We have the same training, but use art instead of just words. Evidence suggests that art therapy accesses healing faster because you’re forging a deep mind/body connection.” When counseling a double mastectomy patient that has questions about who they are now that they’re missing a part of their identity, Montgomery might offer a printed body map so that they can pinpoint where they carry feelings of loss, pain or confusion. “By drawing or coloring in those areas, I’m asking them to show how they’re being affected physically, emotionally and spiritually, and to externalize the overwhelming, negative side of their problem,” she explains. Using a second body map, Montgomery might invite the patient to draw or paint in those same areas to transform the pain into something more positive. “Is it going to blossom like a flower or be soothed with water? What imagery can you create that represents the opposite of your pain or an improvement of your concerns? We might also do a portrait to highlight other aspects of you and your personality that still exist, even though you no longer have a body part that was killing you,” she says. Montgomery’s emphasis is never on the quality of the art. “I walk the fine line between allowing patients to problem-solve how to make something look like what’s in their head and providing them with comfort and intervention so they don’t get so frustrated that they want to give up,” she notes. Montgomery keeps a visual journal for her own self-expression. “It helps me make sense of the world,” she says. “Art gives my voice September 2021


and thoughts an outlet, something concrete and representational that reaches into the depth of what I’m experiencing.”

Redemption Songs in Skid Row

About 10 years ago, violinist and recording artist Vijay Gupta took a wrong turn and ended up in Skid Row, a disadvantaged downtown Los Angeles neighborhood. “It felt like a gut punch,” he recalls. “I saw the gross inequality between Walt Disney Concert Hall where I performed for the LA Philharmonic and a community of 5,000 people less than two miles away sleeping in tents in extreme poverty.” To uplift and inspire people recovering from homelessness, addiction and incarceration, Gupta founded Street Symphony in 2011 as a series of concert performances by world-class musicians. “One of our first venues was the Department of Mental Health,” he recalls. “After the second movement, the young violist I was performing with turned to the audience with tears in his eyes and said, ‘I’ve loved playing for you because I can feel your hearts.’ He shared that his mother had grappled with schizophrenia, his father was a prison guard and whenever he played for his family, he felt more connected to them. That’s when I began to see him as a human being who was in deep need of this work himself.” Gupta has learned firsthand that healing is a two-way street. “When I come to Skid Row, I’m the one who feels lifted,” he says. As a result, Street Symphony has morphed into a collection of workshops and conversations that also employs jazz, reggae, hip-hop and West African musicians and vocalists from the Skid Row community. “We might play 30 minutes of music and then ask the audience what images, thoughts or memories came up for them,” he explains. In this community, art is neither entertainment nor a commodity, Gupta says. “It’s a lifeline; a way for people that have been devastated by poverty, addiction or trauma to add to their lives in a constructive way. We all have devastated places within ourselves that need healing and attention. Visiting Skid Row is a pilgrimage to the broken place within myself, and in that way, it’s a spiritual place; my temple where I go to worship.”

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Research published in the journal Military Medicine in 2018 reports that U.S. veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq that participated in a one-hour vinyasa-style yoga session for six weeks showed significantly lowered post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms, as well as less insomnia, depression and anxiety.

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etting on the yoga mat can be a powerful stress-buster that lowers blood pressure and excessive cortisol, but yoga can offer an added boon for those living with the lasting effects of traumatic events. Trauma-informed yoga (also called trauma-sensitive yoga) is a promising therapeutic branch of the yogic system designed to quell the body’s programmed “fight-or-flight” responses. Founded on yoga, psychology and neurobiology principles, the approach is in harmony with the ancient yogic concept of samskaras, or memories imprinted on our cellular consciousness. People from many walks of life can benefit from trauma-sensitive yoga including bullied teens, women rebounding from abuse and anyone impacted by pandemic turmoil. 28

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Yoga performed with trauma sensitivity can pick up where talk therapy leaves off, targeting the amygdala, the danger detector in the brain, and the vagus nerve that runs from the brain to the abdomen, which plays a vital role in processing trauma. “Somatic processing and treatment methodologies like yoga are now being used to help repair and rebuild distressed nervous systems, which in turn helps the brain integrate and ‘file’ distressing memories,” says Beth Shaw, founder of YogaFit Training Systems Worldwide, the largest yoga teacher training school in North America, and the author of Healing Trauma with Yoga: Go From Surviving to Thriving with Mind-Body Techniques. The Fort Lauderdale-based yoga therapist and entrepreneur highlights the body’s role in trauma and stress. “The brain rewires itself around the traumatic event and memories stored in the tissues throughout the body. Yoga can help to free those


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memories, alleviating troubling emotions and thought patterns, as well as chronic somatic tension and hypervigilance.” Shaw draws upon new psychological and neurological discoveries, including polyvagal theory, that help explain the full impact of trauma and most importantly, how and why yoga helps to lessen these impacts. Trauma-informed yoga keeps the nervous system in mind, excluding poses and breathing techniques that might provoke a sense of vulnerability or overstimulation. Trained teachers adhere to non-touch assistance methods and often opt for well-lit studios to avoid a possible triggering atmosphere.

Shaw also stresses a tailored approach. “How one wishes to practice is up to the individual, but I suggest a combination of both one-on-one instruction and class format. If someone is in the throes of trauma, they will need a private session to start.” Eubanks adds the importance of consistency. “In my experience, it is about finding which yoga practices work best for the client and then encouraging them to find time to practice every day. Yoga for PTSD is not a one-and-done deal. It takes time, effort and belief in oneself.” Marlaina Donato is a body-mind-spirit author and recording artist. Connect at

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A trauma-informed yoga teacher knows the inner workings of the nervous system,” explains Mandy Eubanks, a trauma-trained yoga educator and certified yoga instructor in Tulsa. “We have respect for the variety of responses that our clients have to yoga, meditation and breathwork practices. For example, we understand deep breathing will be calming to one person and agitating to another. We normalize clients’ responses and work with them to find an effective technique for that individual.” Teachers with specialized training and access to props can also support people on a yoga journey that are limited physically. Eubanks emphasizes, “Yoga truly is for everyone and every body.”

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The Power of Choice and Individuality Lisa Danylchuk, the Oakland-based author of Yoga for Trauma Recovery: Theory, Philosophy, and Practice, underscores that in a trauma-informed environment, everything a teacher instructs is an offering or invitation. “This is important because people who have endured trauma have often not had a say over what happens to their bodies. A good trauma-informed class cultivates somatic and psychological resources, and focuses, above all, on cultivating a sense of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual safety.” The founder of The Center for Yoga and Trauma Recovery believes it’s important to be responsive to individual needs. “Trauma affects so many different individuals and groups of people and in such a variety of ways that it is impossible to give one prescription. Some people might benefit from a weekly, 60- to 90-minute vinyasa-style class. Others might benefit from a short, five-minute daily restorative practice.”

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Cooking with Wild Mushrooms


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ild mushrooms can infuse exciting new flavors and textures into familiar dishes, along with a taste of the local terroir, the natural habitat, from woods to plate. “I first encountered wild mushrooms through local foragers, then later from specialty food purveyors who would fly mushrooms from around the world into our kitchen. They were the most unique ingredients I could find, offering colors, flavors and textures I had never experienced … pure catnip for a chef,” says Alan Bergo, a Minnesota chef and author of The Forager Chef ’s Book of Flora. Recipes at feature more than 60 species of wild edible fungi, from common deer mushrooms to prized porcinis. The intriguing flavors of wild mushrooms in part come from their diets, akin to the difference between grain- and grass-fed meats. “For fungi, their food is their habitat. Cultivated mushrooms have less variety of the micronutrients and secondary metabolites that can add flavor to a wild mushroom,” says Eugenia Bone, a New York City food journalist and editor of Fantastic Fungi: The Community Cookbook. Foraged fungi also offer a host of nutritional benefits surpassing commercially


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grown mushrooms. Wild mushrooms like chanterelles and morels can contain up to 1,200 international units (IU) of vitamin D per serving, whereas commercial mushrooms, typically grown in dark conditions, contain less than 40 IU, according to the Harvard School of Public Health. While foraging is the most satisfying way to procure wild mushrooms, they are becoming increasingly available through farmers’ markets, online purveyors and gourmet stores. Some species that grow wild throughout North America such as oysters, maitake (hen of the woods) and lion’s mane are also grown commercially; these can be suitable for transitioning from buying to hunting. Sam Fitz, owner of ANXO Cidery & Tasting Room, a neighborhood taproom in Washington, D.C., picked up mushrooming when COVID-19 hit, in part mentored by the restaurant’s wild food purveyor. Fitz started ANXO making hyperlocal ciders from crabapples foraged on bike rides through the nation’s capital, salvaging fruit that otherwise would go to waste. Today, the seasonally focused menu often features wild fungi and other foraged ingredients from savory tartelettes made with beech and hedgehog mushrooms to cocktails

made from bitter boletes. One of ANXO’s signature dishes is a vegan “chicken of the woods” sandwich, served hot, Nashville-style. This orange-colored tree mushroom, also known as sulphur shelf, has a taste, texture and color that so closely resembles chicken that many recipes use it as a meat substitute. “People are so blown away by its meaty texture they can’t believe they are being served mushrooms,” says Fitz. When preparing mushrooms, “Forget what you know about cooking vegetables,” says Bone. “Also forget the notion that mushrooms are too delicate to take washing or high heat. Mushrooms are extremely hardy because of the chitin in their cell walls, a compound that is more like fingernails than the cellulose of plants. You can cook mushrooms twice and they will still retain their integrity.” Because the amino acids in mushrooms respond to heat more like meat than vegetables, Bone suggests searing mushrooms on the grill or under the broiler. “A slice of maitake will cook beautifully on the grill,” she says. When cooking a particular species for the first time, Bone recommends oven-roasting the mushrooms wrapped in parchment paper. “When you open up the parchment, you can really smell the mushroom. It’s a wonderful way to pick up subtle flavor differences and see how the mushroom handles,” she says. Since fungi take on all sorts of shapes and sizes, Bergo suggests letting a mushroom’s morphology inform how to cook it. Lion’s mane, for example, has a texture that mimics crabmeat, so faux crab cakes make a fun dish that honors its form. “Chefs tend to chop things up, but I prefer to cook many mushrooms whole, especially when they have interesting shapes,” says Bergo. One of the chef ’s go-to preparations of oyster mushrooms is to toss large pieces in seasoned flour or brush them with mustard, then bake until crispy. “They turn into cool-looking, crispy croutons you can put on a salad or eat as a snack,” he says. Connect with Washington, D.C., freelance writer April Thompson at

Wild mushrooms are a culinary delight, but beginning foragers should harvest with caution. The forager’s rule of thumb is to be 100 percent sure of an identification 100 percent of the time given that toxic lookalikes can exist. It’s also important to try a small amount of a mushroom the first time around, as some individuals can respond adversely to a particular species despite its general edibility.

Hen of the Woods Steaks yield: 1 serving per 4 ounces mushrooms Alan Bergo,

4-oz pieces of hen of the woods (Grifola frondosa) mushrooms, broken into large clusters Kosher salt Cooking oil as needed, about ¼ cup Clean the hens by swishing them in cool water, gently peering inside the caps to make sure they are cleaned, trimming with a paring knife as needed, then allowing to drain on paper towels.


Heat the oil in a pan or on a griddle until hot, but not smoking. Add the mushroom clump and season with salt, placing a weight—like a rock, log, crumbly wood or cinder block wrapped in foil or a pan—on top, then cook until the underside is deeply caramelized, then flip and repeat. If the pan gets dry, add a little more oil. When both sides of the mushrooms are deeply caramelized and browned, serve immediately, with extra finishing salt on the side. Recipe from Alan Bergo,

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by Dr. Laura Korman, DC Q: What is the healthiest diet? A: With all the latest fad diets featured on the front page of health magazines, screaming for your attention in the checkout lines, or those so-called “scientific studies,” touting another exotic superfood that promises to heal all your ailments, it can be confusing and frustrating to determine where to turn for healthier dietary choices. My first response to this question is there is no one perfect diet for everyone. We are all unique, so what would be one person’s “health” food could be another’s “toxic” food. In addition, people generally have different ideas about what even constitutes a healthy diet. For instance, 10 people who tell me they eat a nutritious diet might offer 10 different explanations of what “nutrition” means to them. Many people still subscribe to the notion that a low fat, low salt diet is what everyone should consume in order to lose weight or avoid heart disease. Whereas others might think a vegan diet is the solution for optimal health and longevity. There are many factors I consider when recommending the best diet for one of my patients such as age bracket, gender, activity level, genetics, environment, food sensitivities, toxicities, other sources of


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inflammation, and ability to metabolize carbohydrates. For example, a 23-yearold athletic male needs to eat completely different than a post-menopausal sedentary woman with insulin resistance (pre-diabetes). I have seen many women switch to a gluten-free diet which often helps lessen bloating and inflammatory joint pain, but can also increase weight and fat in the midsection. This is due to the fact that gluten-free foods are often high in carbohydrates which can increase blood sugar levels and elevate the risk for insulin resistance and diabetes. Does this make a gluten-free diet detrimental across the board? Not at all, but if a woman has excess weight in her midsection and shows insulin resistance in her blood work, then she might need to avoid all grains—which include gluten—to improve her ability to metabolize carbohydrates and lose some body fat. Interesting to note, approximately 40 percent of Americans have insulin resistance or pre-diabetes, and most are undiagnosed until Type-2 diabetes has already developed. Most diabetes is preventable and even reversible with the correct diet and lifestyle changes. I frequently find that women who chose to eat a vegan diet gain weight for similar reasons. Often times, a diet absent of animal proteins is higher in starchy or processed carbohydrates like rice, potatoes, beans, bread, and other baked goods or crackers which contributes to insulin resistance and stored midsection fat in susceptible individuals. This same group can also be susceptible to increased inflammation due to a higher consumption of nuts, seeds and vegetable oils like soybean, corn and canola. These foods are rich in omega-6 oils and low in omega-3 oils which are found primarily in fish. While both omega-6 and -3 fats are essential for optimal health, they need to be in an optimal ratio. This can be

measured in a blood test and ideally must be no greater than a four-to-one ratio of omega-6 and -3 fats. Another diet many people are confused about is the ketogenic diet. Most seem to think of it as a high-protein, Atkins type diet which it is not. Too much protein will be metabolized like excess sugar and cause the body to store fat. The type of animal protein consumed is important to consider here as well. 97 percent of meat consumed in America comes from confined, grain-fed feeding lots where the animals consume an unnatural diet of genetically modified grains, rather than pastured on grasslands. This meat is inflammatory to humans. Pasture-raised animals that are fed without pesticides and herbicides, on the other hand, are anti- inflammatory to the human body. The Ketogenic diet is extremely low in carbohydrates which limits people them to leafy greens and cruciferous vegetables, moderate protein and high in healthy fats. The type of fat is important because people often mistakenly consume an excess of omega06 oils found in most salad dressings, condiments and nuts and seeds, leading to an elevated omega-6 to -3 ratio and, therefore, unwanted inflammation. This diet is designed to mimic our feast and famine ancestors which can be effective for people with insulin resistance or unhealthy weight issues. As you can see, there are numerous factors to consider when choosing the food you consume or diet you follow. So consider your age, genetics, activity levels, and inflammatory and insulin sensitivities when trying to decide which foods will benefit you the most. The blood markers I mentioned in this article are not typically run in annual check-up panels, so primary care doctors might not understand the value in requesting them, and many insurance companies might not see the need to cover them. If you are concerned about your inflammatory levels and want to have these tests run, you can reach out to me or another doctor specializing in functional medicine, who will be trained in how to order and interpret these markers to help determine the optimal diet for you. For more information and to contact Dr. Korman’s office, please call 941-629-6700 or visit


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Healthy Cookware How to Choose Non-Toxic Pots and Pans


by Amy Coyle

rganic and locally sourced foods are eco-friendly and contribute to better health, a greener world and thriving communities. However, once the food is cooked, it may no longer be as healthy, depending on the cookware used. The myriad options, from classic pots and pans to the latest modern synthetic materials, can be confusing, but there are some basic factors to watch for in choosing environmentally sound and chemical-free cookware.

Ceramic Pure ceramic cookware is made with clay and baked in a kiln. If made in Latin America, including Mexico, such items may contain high lead levels. It’s recommended that these pieces not be used to cook, serve or store food. A kit is available to test for contaminants, if desired. Pots and crocks derived from pure, uncontaminated clay are excellent for slow-cooking stews and sauces, particularly recipes containing acidic foods like tomato


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or cabbage. Cooking foods in earthenware dates back 15,000 years.

Cast Iron For classic, durable and versatile cookware, cast iron, although heavy, will last a lifetime. While some iron can transfer to food, it’s difficult to measure and depends on the pan and the food. Naturopathic doctor Kara Fitzgerald, in Newtown, Connecticut, suggests caution. “If you have a history of iron overload (hemochromatosis), you should avoid cast iron cookware, especially for acidic foods.” Enameled cast iron has a nonstick, porcelain coating and is unaffected by acidity. Research published in the Japanese Journal of Hygiene suggests that the risk of acute or chronic toxicity associated with the use of this cookware under normal circumstances is extremely low.

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel cookware is easy to clean and durable. It releases low levels

High-quality copper pots and pans have a long lifespan and heat foods evenly. They are usually lined with stainless steel or tin to prevent toxicity. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommends staying away from unlined copper cookware because copper can leach into acidic foods like tomatoes, fish, processed meats, grains and citrus fruits. When the coating starts to wear off lined copper, it’s time to replace the pot or pan.

Ceramic-Coated Aluminum

Aluminum dipped in a ceramic mixture is safe to use, but wears away over time. To preserve the surface longer, refrain from using metal utensils or scouring pads or putting it in the dishwasher. Once the coating is compromised, the cookware may be unsafe due to aluminum toxicity. Look for ceramic-coated pans that are PFA-, PFOA-, lead- and cadmium-free.


Glass cookware is a healthy option if it’s new and handled carefully. Glass is an inert material, so nothing reacts with it or leaches from it. However, it can break easily if exposed to extreme temperature changes. If any chips or cracks develop, discard it.


Teflon coating, made from polytetrafluoroethylene, is for many consumers the go-to coating for nonstick cookware, but studies show that the chemical leaks into food at high temperatures or when scratched. Prior to 2013, the “forever chemical” perfluorooctanoic acid was used in the manufacturing process. Although discontinued after

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“Stainless steel, cast iron and ceramic-coated pans don’t fully match the oldstyle nonstick ease, but are much better for you,” says kitchenware product researcher and designer Adam Heck, creator of TheGood, in Toms River, New Jersey. “Grab a nonstick ceramic pan and use it only for busy days or super-delicate foods …. with proper care, you can enjoy years of use. Then, grab cast iron or stainless steel for everything else,” suggests Forrest. In the final analysis, the best cookware choice may be a variety of pots and pans for different meals and varied health concerns. Amy Coyle is a freelance writer in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania.

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The Power of the Written Note


by Julie Peterson

irthdays, weddings, holidays and other momentous occasions have long been celebrated with cards and letters. The rise of emailing, texting and social media has made writing letters a forgotten treasure as many of us have instead come to use quick but fleeting messages via technology. Perhaps it’s time to bring back the nostalgia, the handwriting and a box full of stationery for all occasions. A handwritten note ensures someone will know we took the time to think, write and send.

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studies showed a possible link to cancer, older Teflon pans and those made in foreign countries still may pose a risk. Overall, the American Cancer Society considers Teflon safe. Caution should be used; however, once Teflon reaches 464° F, according to the Environmental Working Group, it begins to deteriorate. At 680° F, at least six toxic gases are released which may cause flu-like symptoms. Still, some cooks find nonstick cookware to be convenient because the surface works for most foods. “As long as the coating on your nonstick pots and pans is intact without scratches, then they should be safe to use. Nonstick cookware is budget-friendly and easy to clean,” says San Luis Obispo County, California, nutritionist and cookbook author Carrie Forrest of

Here’s how to get started.

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Nothing inspires writing notes more than a box or drawer full of inviting cards and paper. Cards that are blank inside are multi-purpose. Stickers and beautiful postage stamps can make an envelope look like a gift. Get a few good pens in a variety of colors and start writing.

Be Thankful After receiving a gift or an act of kindness, send a thank-you card or letter. Do it soon after the event, so that the memory is fresh and the note will contain specifics. But even if it’s for something that took place farther in the past, “better late than never” certainly applies.

Talk-Write Don’t get stuck when pen hits paper, just imagine what would be said out loud and write those words. Our words won’t sound like the poem in a store-bought card, but words from the heart are better because they are personal and likely more meaningful to the recipient. The reader will hear the writer’s voice in the note. Be honest and sincere.

Write and Repeat Make writing a habit by sending three notes each week. If nothing spurs a thank-you, then send a card just to say hello or give appreciation. Perhaps it’s a “remember when” or an “I miss you” note. Browse through contact lists to get inspiration. If nobody strikes a chord for a note, write a self-praise letter. Be sure to list your best and most lovable qualities and put it in the mail. It will be a nice warm-fuzzy surprise when it arrives. These kinds of letters and cards are like loving hugs. For some, a sweet note via mail or tucked somewhere to be discovered may be a much needed joyful spark. Julie Peterson writes from Wisconsin. Reach her at

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child asks us for more opportunities to follow their interest. They will ask insightful questions, read books, watch videos, draw their ideas, consult with experts, put on plays, develop an understanding of the world with their whole bodies (not just their heads) and teach others. It’s truly incredible to see.”

Creative Kids

How to Nurture Imagination by Ronica O’Hara oung children are naturally curious tance, flexibility and openness can bring and inventive, yet research shows out innovation and novelty,” says Reznick. that their creative thinking skills That means not only being responsive to peak at around age 6 and start to decline kids’ questions like, “Why do strawberonce they start formal schooling—a trend ries have seeds on the outside?” but also that’s accelerating in recent years with kids’ engaging their imagination to explore the heavy digital use. world and to solve everyday problems. This doesn’t bode well for their future on “Ask them, ‘What would it take to finish our rapidly changing planet. “Our world this project?’ Make it fun, brainstorm and continues to evolve at an unprecedented mind-map, rather than make linear lists,” rate. It’s estimated that many of the jobs we she suggests. “Ask open-ended questions, will need in 10 or 20 or 30 years haven’t yet perhaps a bit out of the norm. ‘How did been invented,” says children’s education you feel when you were writing that short psychologist Charlotte Reznick, Ph.D., story? What colors crossed your mind author of The Power of Your Child’s Imagias you were singing? What music was nation. “Kids of today need to stretch their flowing through your body as you were creative juices to come up with these new painting?’ The idea is to mix things up jobs and prepare for an ever-challenging a bit to allow a new take on your child’s and changing world.” emerging creativity.” Parents are integral in nourishing creLet them follow their bliss. “The biggest ativity, but according to research from the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the Massa- mistake I see parents making in wanting chusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab, to encourage creativity is leading their children and telling them what to do,” says the role of parents is less about “teaching” Jen Lumanlan, host and founder of the creativity and more about creating a fertile research-based parenting podcast YourPaenvironment in which creativity will take renting “When we instead see root, grow and flourish. Establishing that rich forum involves some simple strategies. our role not as being the Sage on the Stage but rather the Guide on the Side, we don’t have to drag the child through a curricuEncourage their curiosity. “An attitude lum kicking and screaming; instead, the of curiosity connected to wonder, accep-



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Make creativity easy. Having lots of paper, paints, pens and other craft items on hand in a place where a child can easily access them enables creativity to flow when the mood hits. “You don’t have to have a huge budget for supplies. Save old cardboard boxes, empty paper towel rolls, cereal boxes and scrap paper. Give your child some markers and masking tape. I bet you’ll be amazed at what can be created from the simplest materials,” says Liam Davies, a Berkeley dad of two who blogs about sustainable family fishing at “Have plenty of loose parts available. Loose parts can be anything your child turns into something else,” suggests Maria Kemery, of Philadelphia, who blogs at the parenting website “Bottlecaps become money, scarves become a doll’s dress, clean recycle bin items become robot parts or a collection of acorns becomes a bowl of soup. Having an assortment of loose parts encourages your child to engage in symbolic play (substituting one item for another), which builds creativity.” Allow them to be bored. “Kids often complain they are bored. I love that, because bored is also where new ideas come from,” says Reznick. “Our mind abhors a vacuum, so sooner or later, a creative spark will ignite.” That’s what Lorton, Virginia, mom Lauren Schmitz, who blogs at, witnessed. “I turned off the screens and stopped trying to provide entertainment for my children and the results were amazing. My middle child, who is the most screen-obsessed kid that I know, started doing things like making her own magazine, building dioramas and putting on plays. She suddenly wanted to paint, build a robot and learn about aerial dancing. Boredom is the best way to give a child space to think, create, imagine and build.” Natural health writer Ronica O’Hara can be reached at

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Martha Beck on Living with Integrity by Sandra Yeyati


monthly contributor to O, The Oprah Magazine, for the last 17 years, Martha Beck, Ph.D., is a Harvard-trained sociologist and New York Times bestselling author of nine nonfiction books, one novel and more than 200 magazine articles. Her most recent book is The Way of Integrity: Finding the Path to Your True Self.

of meaning in your life. Without a sense of purpose, our lives start to feel dull, and then we start to experience anger, sadness, grief, irritability, anxiety and depression. If we don’t pay attention, our bodies start to give out because we’re deeply biologically programmed to tell the truth. Our career and relationships start to fall apart, and often we end up being addicted to cope with the pain.

Why did you write this new book? They say the truth will set you free, so 30 years ago, I decided I wouldn’t lie once for an entire calendar year, and it completely changed my life. Ever since, I’ve done integrity cleanses: If anything doesn’t feel like my real self, if it isn’t what I really want to do or what I truly believe, I just won’t do. I started my last integrity cleanse seven years ago, and I’m still in the middle of it because it’s so liberating, dramatically improving my health, business and relationships. After 30 years, I have a method, so I decided to share it with people.

How do you define integrity? The word comes from the Latin integer, meaning whole or undivided. In engineering, if an airplane is in perfect structural integrity, it can do amazing things. But if its parts aren’t all working in harmony with each other, it may not take off, it may be impossible to steer, it may crash. Being in harmony with your true self enables you to do all the things that will most fulfill you and to realize your destiny if you believe you have one—and I believe we do.

Why, when and how do we lose sight of our true selves? From the moment we’re born, we start

How do we regain our integrity?

getting messages from people about how they’d like us to behave. We try to do it to fit in, to belong. When someone tries to get us to do something that isn’t true for us, we abandon ourselves and decide to do what pleases them. Every person I’ve worked with, including psychopaths and murderers, has at some point said, “I need to please people. I need to be admired. I need to be liked. I need to be accepted.” It’s such a deep part of the psyche that we will abandon our own comfort to satisfy it, and we won’t even know that we’re out of integrity.

How does this inner conflict manifest itself? When you stray from your integrity, it’s an abandonment of self. You’ll feel a deep but sometimes subtle unease. Most of us are trained not to notice, but if you’re not paying attention to your own truth and what you really want, you eventually develop symptoms. The most painful is loss

You feel what you’re feeling and notice any place you’re uncomfortable, which is information that’s always available to you. Many of us are frightened to do that and maybe haven’t done it for many years, but once you find out you’re not comfortable, I advise making a series of one-degree turns away from the things that aren’t right for you, nudging yourself gently toward things that make you happy every day. As you edge your life in that direction with small changes, enormous things can happen.

What are the benefits of living with integrity? Any time we yearn for something in a very deep, intense way, it’s always immediately given to us, but it’s sent to the place that is our real home, which is peace. It waits for you there. When you get into your integrity, you find incredible peace. And at that point, everything you’ve wanted in your whole life seems to be waiting for you. Peace is your home. Integrity is the way to it, and everything you have ever longed for will meet you there. Sandra Yeyati, J.D., is a professional writer and editor. Reach her at SandraYeyati@ September 2021


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Conquering Chronic Pain How the Body-Mind Connection Works


by Ronica O’Hara

“Your mind and body function as a unit with no separation,” he says. “Chronic pain results when your body is exposed to sustained levels of stress hormones, excitatory neurotransmitters and inflammatory protein. Your brain is sensitized and the nerve conduction speed is faster, so you physically feel more pain. It’s not ‘all in your mind’—it’s a normal physio-logical process.” After six months of intense inner work focused on his rage, Hanscom calmed his overwrought nervous system and his symptoms “essentially disappeared.” He began applying his experience to hundreds of spine patients, helping the great majority of them to avoid surgery altogether. In the book Back in Control, he describes his approach, which is designed for people with pain that is not caused by underlying structural or organ issues. He recommends these initial steps.

■ Getting at least seven hours of sleep a night, which may require

sleeping pills or natural methods.


or three decades, David Hanscom was a top-ranked orthopedic surgeon in Seattle who daily put the scalpel to injured, deformed and twisted spines. Privately, he writhed in pain himself. He was beset over 15 years with burning feet, insomnia, tinnitus, anxiety, skin rashes, crushing chest pain, depression, sweats, heart palpitations and tension headaches, among other symptoms. That put him among the estimated 50 million American adults afflicted with chronic pain for which relief is hard to come by and often short-lived. The standard medical approaches of surgery and injections often don’t work well or last long for many patients, research shows. Opioids, once a standby, are now prescribed sparingly after being implicated in half a million overdose deaths. Treatment is especially elusive for the one in six adults and 30 to 40 percent of primary care patients with pain or chronic conditions considered “medically unexplained”. As a result, integrative pain management, which focuses on both mind and body and incorporates medical and holistic approaches, is growing in importance. Major medical centers such as the Mount Sinai Health System and Cleveland Clinic, as well as practitioners such as chiropractors and homeopaths, offer dozens of modalities to turn around painful conditions. Sometimes a single simple method works quickly for a patient with a straightforward symptom; more often, it takes a combination of approaches over time to reverse pain, especially if it is complex, sustained or recurring. Launching on his own healing path, Hanscom came to a critical understanding: The abuse he had suffered as a child from a ragefilled mother, coupled with emotional repression and a fierce drive to excel as a surgeon, produced his high levels of anxiety. It turbocharged his central nervous system and set off a cascade of reactions that fed ever-rising levels of pain.


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■ Doing expressive writing twice a day, which involves writing down in longhand whatever is on the mind using graphic and descriptive language for 10 to 30 minutes, and then promptly tearing it up. Neurological research shows that this simple practice rewires the brain. “Some people experience remarkable pain relief right away,” he says. ■ Practicing “active meditation” throughout the day by mindfully focusing each time on a sight, sound or sensation for five to 10 seconds. For deep, sustained healing, he stresses the importance of forgiveness, gratitude, self-discovery, exploring a spiritual path, relearning playfulness and connecting with others. Medication may be necessary initially, he says, and as pain levels recede, most people become ready to improve their diet and exercise more. Understanding the mind/body connection is key in pain management, concurs gastroenterologist David D. Clarke, M.D., author of They Can’t Find Anything Wrong! and president of the Portland, Oregon-based Psychophysiologic Disorders Association. “When medical evaluation shows no problems with organs or structures, then the pain is being generated by the brain, similar to what happens in phantom limb pain, where people feel pain in the location of an amputated arm or leg,” he says. “Chronic pain generated by the brain generally occurs due to stress, an emotional/psychological trauma or strong negative emotions (often toward people the patient cares about) that are not fully recognized. Often, these issues began due to adverse childhood experiences, which can be anything you would not want a child of your own to endure. I recommend people explore these possibilities on their own, with a loved one or with a therapist.” That process might sound daunting, but so is suffering crippling pain. “The most important thing for people to know is that pain can be successfully treated, relieved and often cured with the right techniques,” says Clarke. Health writer Ronica O’Hara can be reached at OHaraRonica@

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Horses as Healers Equine Therapy has Physical and Emotional Benefits


by Julie Peterson

Equine Psychotherapists Equine-assisted psychotherapy involves counseling with a mental health professional and time riding or caring for a horse. The horse is considered a co-therapist. Forming a relationship with an animal that weighs 1,000 pounds or more may be intimidating, but the required vulnerability and trust is part of the process. “Horses show us how to live together in harmony. They teach us about acceptance of others and of ourselves,” says Marcy Tocker, clinical mental health counselor and founder and executive director of Grey Muzzle Manor Sanctuary, in Mohrsville, Pennsylvania. “In some cases, I see results more

quickly using equine therapy than solely with office therapy. I also see more motivation from typically resistant clients because this can actually be fun, too,” says Meagan Good, a counselor and owner of Take Heart Counseling & Equine Assisted Therapy, in Wernersville, Pennsylvania. “Horses are relationship-oriented and intuitively sense and honestly respond to the emotions of those around them, which makes the horse-human bond a powerful healing mechanism.” “Horses have similar emotions to humans—they get stressed out, happy, impatient. That’s why equine-assisted services are so popular,” says Traci Leigh, equine manager and instructor at Dream Riders TLC, in Crystal Lake, Illinois.


orses are being increasingly used to help people work through emotional and physical challenges, and for good reason: Numerous studies have shown that equine-assisted therapy helps with anger, anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and dissociative or other emotional problems. It works whether the therapy involves riding or simply feeding and grooming. Building the relationship increases people’s self-confidence, social skills, trust, empathy and emotional regulation, and helps them establish routines, structure and a sense of responsibility—all skills that are transferable to daily life.


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Therapeutic Riding Beyond working as co-therapists for emotional issues, horses are excellent for occupational, speech and physical therapy. “Riding a horse rhythmically moves the rider’s body in a manner similar to a human gait. Their pelvic movement is the same as ours, so riders with physical needs often show improvement in flexibility, balance, muscle strength, circulation and breathing,” says Pamela J. Rogan, founder, executive director and certified therapeutic riding instructor at Harmony Farms, in Cocoa, Florida. “It will also enhance a rider’s quality of life, build confidence, independence and self-esteem. This is particularly true of riders with emotional or behavioral disabilities.” Research shows that children and adults with cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, stroke and other conditions that affect motor control saw improvements in balance, gait, gross motor function and posture after several weeks of equine-assisted treatment.

able. I have horses who try to help regulate the anxious client by breathing or yawning or nuzzling,” says Good. “For the most part, we trust the horses to just be themselves, and what they bring is always helpful for the client.” “Horses are able to be present and focus solely on what is going on around them. They do not think about the future or the past or judge people based on what they look like or what experiences they may have had,” says Tocker. “I feel like I witness miracles every time I do a session at the barn.” Julie Peterson writes about health and wellness from rural Wisconsin. Reach out at

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“I look for horses who are not afraid of new things, but curious about them … a horse that thinks through a new situation, that expresses himself freely and that enjoys interacting with humans,” says Good. “From there, my professional team works on building a relationship with that horse so that the horse feels safe to build relationships with clients who may or may not have any horse background.” There are certifications and advanced courses that ensure appropriate training of the therapists and instructors, the safety of the people receiving services and the training and well-being of the horses. Reputable organizations include the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (, the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International ( and Natural Lifemanship ( “In addition to requiring that the horses are quiet, gentle animals and physically and mentally sound, they are trained to be desensitized to noise, wheelchairs, walkers and different types of therapeutic equipment that riders may need for safety or postural assistance,” says Leigh. Her horses get four weeks off every year and work a schedule that ensures ample time to rest and recharge during the day. “The horse is a co-therapist. They are doing a job, and it’s a not an easy job,” says Tocker. “To ensure the well-being of our equine therapists, they get ample time off and massages. They’re taking on a lot, so we want to make sure they don’t burn out.” “I have horses that seem to step in and ‘protect’ clients when they are feeling vulner-

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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1 Law of Attraction, A Summer Refresher - 1-3pm, Please bring your book, “Ask and It Is Given” by Jerry and Esther Hicks, a notebook and pen. Class will include a weekly YouTube from Esther Hicks/ Abraham. $10. At Unity of Sarasota, classroom D, 3023 Proctor Rd., Sarasota For info, Rev. Zan, 941922-7839. Mask required!


Sound Immersion - 6:30-7:30 Sept 3 & Oct 1. 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, 941-208-5568, Gallery by Advanced Student Mediums - 7-8:30pm. On this night, and on the 1st Friday each month, several our advanced student mediums will present a SPIRIT MESSAGES GALLERY, supported by two Certified Mediums. Each attendee will have the opportunity to receive information from their spirit loved ones or guides, by the different styles of each student. Come and enjoy this fun and informative evening. $10 donation is requested. We offer separated seating with masks optional. No reservations needed. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Drive, Suite 204, Sarasota, 941-266-8435,, Facebook is: CMF of Sarasota.


Universal Service - 10:30am. With Rev. Tara Anne Muir, “Activating Resilience”. Holding confidence and hope in difficult times. This weekly egalitarian service celebrates all of humanity’s religions on a single altar. At Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd., Sarasota and on Zoom: 8049 Password: RTI2020. For info Rev. Zan, 941-922-7839,


Law of Attraction, A Summer Refresher – 1-3pm. Please bring your book, “Ask and It Is Given” by Jerry and Esther Hicks, a notebook and pen. Class will include a weekly YouTube from Esther Hicks/ Abraham. $10. At Unity of Sarasota, classroom D, 3023 Proctor Rd., Sarasota, for info, Rev. Zan, 941922-7839. Mask required!


Becoming Resilient Through Courage and Connection – 7pm. With Jim Toole. Discover pathways to develop strength in your Spirit and expression by creating and awakening new levels of courage and connection in your life. Learn practical and spiritual ways to break free from the limitations that have developed in our lives in these changing times. $10. Presented online on Zoom. Please contact Jim at or 941-330-5031 to attend.


Finding Your Superpowers - 7-9pm. Conducted by Stacey Ericson. Do you see things that are not there? Do you hear voices? Do you feel energy around you? Each one of us was born to complete a task, mission, purpose, and or to find a new way of being. In this class we will look at the many gifts we are born with


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to help us live in our own truth and progress through life with greater ease. Come discover and understand the numerous beautiful superpowers we each have to help us on our life’s journey. $20 donation is requested.  We offer separated seating with masks optional. Reservations, please call or text 941-2325323. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Drive, Suite 204, Sarasota, CMFSarasota. org, Facebook is: CMF of Sarasota.


Aerial Yin Yoga - 1-2:15pm. Aerial yin is a practice that is all about slowing down and opening your body through passive stretching. You will completely re-align the spine in a supported inversion at the end of class. $20 per person. Palm Studio and Boutique, 441 W. Dearborn Street, Englewood, 941208-5568,


Universal Service - 10:30am. A Group Service headed by Rev. Tara Anne Muir, “Celebrating Hazrat Day,” the day Inayat Khan left India 1910. This service celebrates his bringing the idea of religious harmony to the West, with all religions on one altar. At Rising Tide and on Zoom: https://zoom. us/j/81220 8049 Password: RTI2020. This weekly egalitarian service celebrates all of humanity’s religions on a single altar. Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd. Sarasota, for info Rev.  Zan, 941-922-7839, Please wear mask. Psychic Sunday Tours - 1-3pm. The 90-minute Psychic Sunday safe, socially distanced tour is led by Michael Newton-Brown, whose first psychic experience came when he was three years old - awakening one night to bid farewell to the spirit of his great-grandmother, who had just passed over downstairs. Michael began tarot reading in 1970; in 1975, he attended the Arthur Findlay College for the Advancement of Spiritualism and Psychic Sciences in Stansted, England, and has been an active medium and tarot reader since. $39.99 + tax/fees (and any add-ons). All tours depart from the DST Trolley Cottage located at 1826 4th Street - a cute 1930s cottage near downtown with a charming Vintage Sarasota gift shop. Discover Sarasota Tours, 1826 4th Street, Sarasota, 941-2609818,


Integrated Energy Therapy Practitioner Training Level I Taught by Dr. Cynthia Higgins, MD 10am-5pm. Cynthia is a Master-level Instructor for Integrated Energy Therapy®, and an Angel Card reader certified by Doreen Virtue, in addition to her training in Whole Life Integration ™. This course has three levels. You may choose to do one level or participate in all three to reach mastery level. Choose all three levels and save 10% discounted price is $945 for the entire course which is all three levels. $305. The OM Shoppe & Spa 4801 S. Tamiami Trail #5, Sarasota, 941-706-3257,


Free One Hour Class on the Benefits of Hypnosis - 6:30-7:30pm. This is a healing tool to help people live a better quality of life. Hypnosis can help with addictions such as alcohol, smoking or drugs. It can support healthy life choices like exercise and nutrition. It can also help you to improve the quality of your sleep and shift your life patterns. The experience is deeply relaxing as your body is guided into relaxation and your mind takes its own journey through creative visualization. Most people fall asleep and remember the beginning stages of letting go. While others prefer to remain aware and, in this case, tools are given to them to use daily to make changes. Hypnosis tips and tools can help you transition with less stress and can release your fear

and anxiety. Modern hypnosis is a gentle way to incorporate subtle, effective changes in one’s daily life naturally. RSVP, space is limited. The Remedy Room, 2914 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota, 941-7264784,


Law of Attraction, A Summer Refresher – 1-3pm. Please bring your book, “Ask and It Is Given” by Jerry and Esther Hicks, a notebook and pen. Class will include a weekly YouTube from Esther Hicks/ Abraham. $10. At Unity of Sarasota, classroom D, 3023 Proctor Rd., Sarasota, for info, Rev. Zan, 941922-7839. Mask required!


Sherry Lord International Channel, Deep Trance Channel, Energy Healer and Emissary for Aeroth - 10am-4pm, Sept 17-19. An International Channel, Deep Trance Channel, Energy Healer and Emissary for Aeroth. Sherry connects with angels and guides, sees auras, and channels loved ones who have crossed over to the other side. Do you ever feel stuck, miss a loved one who has passed on, or are trying to make an important life decision? Sherry can help clarify your life’s path and direction; with the ultimate goal to empower and help you find your own inner wisdom including business and helping you on your spiritual path. She will be the Guest Reader this weekend, Fri-Sun. At Spirit Speaks 411 W. Dearborn Street Englewood, 734-564-6828, 313779-2921, Floating Crystal Bowl Concert - 6:30-7:30pm, Sept 17 & Oct 15. Stimulate and restore the harmony between the physical and spiritual planes of the body, while suspended in an Aerial Hammock. Crystal Bowl Energy healing through harmonic sounds and crystals resonates with the body balancing the chakras and re-energize the auric field. The powerful vibrations of sound penetrates the body which consists of approximately 70% water and gives a gentle internal massage to all your cells. Let the positive vibrations of the bowls integrate into your body and let your spirit soar! $25 per person. Palm Studio and Boutique, 441 W. Dearborn Street, Englewood, 941208-5568, Vibrational Crystal Healing - 7-9 pm. Have a health concern? Your body’s vibrational energy might be telling you something! Your body has natural harmonic frequency patterns that can be detected and interpreted to assist your body with wellbeing. Join Alexandria Mazzarino, holistic wellness practitioner, as she teaches the magical healing powers of crystals. Learn about clearing, charging and programming crystals. Last portion of the class will be demonstrating the NLS Matrix Decoder to “read” your body’s vibrational energy at a sub-cellular level and show how we can charge a crystal as your personal elixir for your wellbeing. Discounts for a personal appointment will be offered to class participants. $20 donation requested.  Confirm space please, call or text 917733-8878.  We offer separated seating with masks optional. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Drive, Suite 204, Sarasota, CMFSarasota. org, Facebook is: CMF of Sarasota.


Sherry Lord International Channel, Deep Trance Channel, Energy Healer and Emissary for Aeroth - 10am-4pm, Sept 17-19. An International Channel, Deep Trance Channel, Energy Healer and Emissary for Aeroth. Sherry connects with angels and guides, sees auras, and channels loved ones who have crossed over to the other side. Do you ever feel stuck, miss a loved one who has passed on, or are trying to make an important life decision? Sherry can help clarify your life’s path and direction; with the ultimate goal to empower and help you find your

own inner wisdom including business and helping you on your spiritual path. She will be the Guest Reader this weekend, Fri-Sun. At Spirit Speaks 411 W. Dearborn Street Englewood, 734-564-6828, 313779-2921, 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. Spirit has been on hold for some time and waiting to speak to you. We have spaced our readers for you to be respectful of our times. We are planning to include Robert Austin with all his Modalities of Spiritual connection, and Colleen is offering many Sauv’e natural, essential oil handmade products. $20/15 min. readings or healings. We offer separated seating with masks optional. No Reservations needed. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Drive, Suite 204, Sarasota, 941-266-8435,, Facebook is: CMF of Sarasota.


Sherry Lord International Channel, Deep Trance Channel, Energy Healer and Emissary for Aeroth - 10am-4pm, Sept 17-19. An International Channel, Deep Trance Channel, Energy Healer and Emissary for Aeroth. Sherry connects with angels and guides, sees auras, and channels loved ones who have crossed over to the other side. Do you ever feel stuck, miss a loved one who has passed on, or are trying to make an important life decision? Sherry can help clarify your life’s path and direction; with the ultimate goal to empower and help you find your own inner wisdom including business and helping you on your spiritual path. She will be the Guest Reader this weekend, Fri-Sun. At Spirit Speaks 411 W. Dearborn Street Englewood, 734-564-6828, 313779-2921, Universal Service - 10:30am. With Rev. Kismet Weeber, “Teachers and Students”. For spiritual knowledge, students learn from their teacher and teachers learn from their students. We are all in this together. At Rising Tide and on Zoom: https://zoom. us/j/81220 8049 Password: RTI2020. This weekly egalitarian service celebrates all of humanity’s religions on a single altar. Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd. Sarasota, for info Rev.  Zan, 941-922-7839, Please wear mask.


Integrated Energy Therapy Practitioner Training Level II Taught by Dr. Cynthia Higgins, MD 10am–5pm. Cynthia is a Master-level Instructor for Integrated Energy Therapy®, and an Angel Card reader certified by Doreen Virtue, in addition to her training in Whole Life Integration ™. This course has three levels. You may choose to do one level or participate in all three to reach mastery level. Choose all three levels and save 10% discounted price is $945 for the entire course which is all three levels. $345. The OM Shoppe & Spa 4801 S. Tamiami Trail #5, Sarasota, 941-706-3257,


Law of Attraction, A Summer Refresher – 1-3pm. Please bring your book, “Ask and It Is Given” by Jerry and Esther Hicks, a notebook and pen. Class will include a weekly YouTube from Esther Hicks/ Abraham. $10. At Unity of Sarasota, classroom D, 3023 Proctor Rd., Sarasota, for info, Rev. Zan, 941922-7839. Mask required! Crystal Singing Bowls for Personal Wellness at The OM Shoppe & Spa Taught by Zen Seraphine - 7-9pm. Learn how to play a quartz crystal singing bowl for optimum benefits. Discover the transformative power of sound therapy, and how a crystal singing bowl can enhance your quality of life! Learn

how to play a crystal singing bowl with nuance, finesse, energetic sensitivity, and confidence for personal energy work, and to develop or enhance your personal meditation practice. $125. The OM Shoppe & Spa 4801 S. Tamiami Trail #5, Sarasota, 941-706-3257, Secrets from Spirit with Sally - 7 to 9pm. Wellknown Medium Sally Barrows is conducting this message gallery. Sally will contact your spirit guides and loved one to bring each one in attendance helpful and uplifting information. Come and enjoy this opportunity to gain assistance with some of your current life challenges, and to receive encouragement from those who know you so well. $20 donation is requested. We offer separated seating with masks optional. Reservations, please call or text 941-5448116. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Drive, Suite 204, Sarasota, CMFSarasota. org, Facebook is: CMF of Sarasota.


Life Enhancement - Reaching Beyond Limitations – 7pm. With Jim Toole. Explore and experience practical and spiritual ways to create more freedom, fulfillment and fun in your experience of life and in your life. Learn how to both release the habits and beliefs that limit you and discover and develop inspirational, practical and conscious practices that transform who you are, how you are and the life you live. $10. Presented online on Zoom. Please contact Jim at RevJimToole@gmail. com or 941-330-5031 to attend.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 Fall Equinox Celebration – 7pm. With Rev. Zan Benham for the Woman’s Meditation Group and Unity of Sarasota. The Fall Equinox is the season after the Harvest, a time for balance, and to seek the path of inner dialog within oneself, “the looks within time.” It is time to appreciate and honor all our blessings. Bring drums and rattles, a chair upon which to sit, and some bug spray for comfort. Donations will be requested for the upkeep of the Labyrinth. This will be an earth-ways, fire ceremony. All are invited. For info contact Rev. Zan at 941-922-7839, Outdoor at the Labyrinth behind Unity Church, at 3023 Proctor Rd, Sarasota.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 Mandola Dots Painting Workshop – 1-4pm. Simone Santangelo will assist you in creating your own Mandala item on a poured plaster cast with paints and tools that she provides. Mandala is a spiritual and ritual symbol in Hinduism and Buddhism, representing the universe. It is sometimes drawn as a circle enclosing a square, with a deity on each side, and is often used to aid in meditation and yoga. Take home your creation from this fun, creative and meaningful class. Donation of $40. Please call 941-993-6235 to secure a spot, as this class will be limited to 6 people. We offer separated seating with masks optional. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Drive, Suite 204, Sarasota,, Facebook is: CMF of Sarasota.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 Universal Service - 10:30am. With Rev. Zan Benham. “What Is Reference and Meaning Of The Word Christ?” One of the most incendiary and sensitive words in religious understanding. What does it really mean? This weekly egalitarian service celebrates all of humanity’s religions on a single altar. At Rising Tide and on Zoom: 8049 Password: RTI2020. Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd., Sarasota, for info Rev.  Zan, 941-922-7839, Please wear mask.

classifieds HOUSECLEANING. Enjoy your free time and let us do what we do best: Housecleaning to your healthy satisfaction. Call Paula for a free estimate 941-320-4052. ADVANCED CLINICAL HYPNOTHERAPY. Advanced Clinical Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy is available in Sarasota. Specializing in healing trauma and coping with life transitions. RECOGNIZE AND HEAL YOURSELF THROUGH THE POWER OF THE SPIRIT. The human being is an energy field of the Spirit - the spiritual forces are also healing forces awaiting our request. Toll-Free: 844-576-0937. MEETING/EVENT BUILDING AND CLASSROOMS FOR RENT. Detached building, bright interior, light and airy, central location off Tuttle Avenue, with plenty of FREE parking. Adjacent to beautiful Healing Garden. The wood floor, decor and candles create an environment perfect for yoga or tai chi, movement, meditation, oneon-one meeting or a class. $25 an hour. Also, single classrooms in the nearby Education Center on Tuttle Avenue are available for rent, with whiteboard, kitchen facilities, and chairs. For more information, call 941-9536620 (9 am-12noon), Mon-Fri, or after hours 727-492-2977

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 Integrated Energy Therapy Practitioner Training Level II Taught by Dr. Cynthia Higgins, MD 10am–5pm. Cynthia is a Master-level Instructor for Integrated Energy Therapy®, and an Angel Card reader certified by Doreen Virtue, in addition to her training in Whole Life Integration ™. This course has three levels. You may choose to do one level or participate in all three to reach mastery level. Choose all three levels and save 10% discounted price is $945 for the entire course which is all three levels. $400. The OM Shoppe & Spa 4801 S. Tamiami Trail #5, Sarasota, 941-706-3257,

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 Law of Attraction, A Summer Refresher – 1-3pm. Please bring your book, “Ask and It Is Given” by Jerry and Esther Hicks, a notebook and pen. Class will include a weekly YouTube from Esther Hicks/ Abraham. $10. At Unity of Sarasota, classroom D, 3023 Proctor Rd., Sarasota, for info, Rev. Zan, 941922-7839. Mask required!

plan ahead FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8 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, 941-208-5568,

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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 941-376-0177,  

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


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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:   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. 

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 941-7063257. 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 7pm. Join us for a time of healing, connection and meditation. Let us all come together and experience the energy and inspiration that can make such a powerful difference in our individual lives. Will be offered on Zoom. Sarasota Center of Light, 852 S Tuttle Ave. 941-953-6620, or after hours 727-4922977,

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,

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, 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.


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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


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.


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.


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.


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

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


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,

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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 ,

FUNCTIONAL & LIFESTYLE WELLNESS 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.


Colleen Keegan Certified Transpersonal Hypnotherapist Eye Movement Desensitization, NLP, Reiki Master Life & Wellness Coach Releasing Trauma; Creating vitality and resiliency in Mind, Body, Spirit 808-224-6164

WOULD YOU LIKE TO BREAK FREE OF ANXIETY and negative thought patterns? Colleen is a highly skilled Certified Transpersonal Hypnotherapist, NLP, EMDR Practitioner and Life Coach. She can help you remove blocks to better sleep, improve your health, gain life balance, create satisfying relationships, enhance work performance and more! Call for a FREE Consultation. Colleen is based in Sarasota and works by phone and Zoom.


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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.


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.


3231 Gulf Gate Drive, Suite 204, Sarasota 941-266-8435 • Facebook: CMF of Sarasota


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


June Drennon, CCT 2008


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


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.


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

10:30 Sunday worship with inspired talk, music, spirit messages and healing. Weekly classes, special events, monthly message gallery. Come to engage, be enriched and enlightened.

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Proposed State Constitutional Amendments


urrent statewide efforts of are underway to amend the Florida State Constitution to grant legally recognized rights to Florida’s waterways and the right to clean water to Floridians. The drive to collect 900,000 signed petitions for each of the five proposed Right to Clean Water/Rights of Nature amendments seeks particularly to put them on the 2022 ballot. The amendments, which are described on the website, are designed to State Constitutional Amendment recognize that people and Florida’s waterways have the right to clean water; inSign the petition at Paid for by Florida Rights of Nature Network, 1105 E. Concord St. Orlando, FL 32803 creased protection for Florida’s iconic animal species, specifically the Florida black bear, Florida panther, manatee, key deer, Florida scrub jay, bald eagle, red-cockaded woodpecker, bottlenose dolphin, right whale and marine turtles; ban captive wildlife hunting; increase protection for wetlands; and prohibit construction or expansion of toll roads on conservation and rural lands. Says Florida Rights of Nature Network (FRONN) Director Chuck O’Neal, “The mission is daunting, but doable. We need every Floridian with a voter registration card to download and print the petition, sign, date and mail it within 30 days of signing.” FRONN is associated with the Rights of Nature (RON) worldwide movement seeking to legally recognize the entitlement of ecosystems to exist, flourish and evolve naturally; the inalienable rights of human beings to clean air, clean water and healthy ecosystems; and the constitutional authority of local governments to declare and defend these rights. The current regulatory system regards natural property as a simple commodity. Granting legal rights to nature provides it and its human guardians the standing to defend the natural world in court. “Rights provide the highest level of protection under law,” remarks O’Neal. At present, Florida’s waterways only have legal rights in Orange County, where on November 3, FRONN’s campaign for a Right to Clean Water Charter Amendment ended in bipartisan success with 89 percent of voter approval. Download petitions at Print. Sign. Mail to, 555 Winderley Pl., Ste. 300, Maitland, FL 32751. September 2021


Copper Stops Germs Before They Spread

presents ever. This little jewel really works.” Frequent flier Karen Gauci had been suffering after crowded flights. Though skeptical, she tried copper on travel days for 2 months. “Sixteen flights and not a sniffle!” she exclaimed. Businesswoman Rosaleen says when people around her show signs of cold or flu, she uses copper morning and night. cientists have discovered a illnesses by over half and saved lives. “It saved me last holidays,” she said. natural way to kill germs fast. The strong scientific evidence gave “The kids had crud going round and Now thousands of people are using it inventor Doug Cornell an idea. He made round, but not me.” against unwanted viruses and bacteria in a smooth copper probe with a tip to fit in Attorney Donna Blight tried copper the nose and on skin. the bottom of his nose. for her sinus. “I am shocked!” she said. Germs, such The next time “My head cleared, no more headache, no as viruses and he felt a tickle in more congestion.” bacteria, can his nose that felt A man with trouble breathing though multiply fast. like a cold about his nose at night tried copper just before When disease to start, he rubbed bed. “Best sleep I’ve had in years!” he germs get in your the copper gently said. nose they can in his nose for 60 In a lab test, technicians placed 25 spread and cause seconds. million live flu viruses on a CopperZap. misery unless you “I didn’t No viruses were found surviving soon stop them early. get sick,” he after. New device puts copper right where you need it. Hundreds exclaimed. Some people press of studies in the last 20 years by “Due to regulation we don’t copper on a lip right government and university scientists make health claims, so I can’t away if a warning tingle show that copper, a natural element, say if it is cause and effect.” suggests unwanted germs kills germs just by touch. “That was September 2012,” gathering there. The EPA officially declared copper he continued. “I have been using The handle is curved to be “antimicrobial”, meaning it kills it every time and have not had a and textured to increase microbes, including viruses, bacteria, single cold since then.” contact. Copper can and fungus. He asked relatives and kill germs picked up on The National Institutes of Health friends to try it. They reported fingers and hands after Dr. Bill Keevil: Copper kills viruses you touch things other says, “The antimicrobial activity of the same thing, so he patented on contact. copper is now well established.” CopperZap® and put it on the people have touched. Copper’s power to kill germs has market. The EPA says copper still works even been used for thousands of years. Soon hundreds of people had tried it. when tarnished. Buy once, use forever. Ancient Greeks and Egyptians used The feedback was 99% positive if they Made in America of pure copper. copper to purify water and heal wounds. used the copper within 3 hours after 90-day full money back guarantee. Price They didn’t know about microbes, but the first sign of unwanted germs, like a $79.95. Get $10 off each CopperZap now we do. tickle in the nose or a scratchy throat. with code NATA21. Scientists say the high conductance Early user Mary Pickrell said, “I Go to or call of copper disrupts the electrical balance can’t believe how good my nose feels.” toll-free 1-888-411-6114. in a microbe cell by touch and destroys “What a wonderful thing!” exclaimed Statements herein are not intended it in seconds. Physician’s Assistant Julie. Another and should not be interpreted as product Some hospitals tried copper for touch customer asked, “Is it supposed to work health claims, and have not been evaluated by the FDA. Not claimed to surfaces like faucets and doorknobs. that fast?” diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any They say this cut the spread of MRSA, Pat McAllister, 70, received one for disease. which is antibiotic resistant, and other Christmas and called it “one of the best ADVERTORIAL


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