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ocated in the heart of Tampa, EPIC Services, a holistic health and wellness facility, will be holding its Grand Opening, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on May 2, at 4002 West State Street, Suite 200. EPIC recently opened up its new salt therapy wing and attendees enjoy 50 percent off all salt therapy services, dollara-minute chair massage and free giveaways of products and services. EPIC specializes in structural energetic therapy (SET), breathing sessions, massage therapy, salt therapy and yoga classes. One of EPIC’s clients shares, “EPIC Services was incredible as always! Received bodywork from Nelson, then used the salt booth for the first time. I was feeling a little under the weather at the time and I left feeling refreshed and restored! My breathing was much better, sinuses cleared up and my skin felt great! Definitely need to use the booth again.” Cost: Parking and entry are free. Cash or card accepted for any products or services purchased. For more information, call or text 813-898-0601, on social media @epicservicesco or visit See ad below.


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llarah LaVelle, MS, LASAC, CAC, CHt is back after 14 years in Tucson, Arizona, restarting her practice in Hypnotherapy, Spiritual Counseling and Sound Healing. Finally, Spirit said, “Yes Allarah, you are done here, and it is time to go back home!” Allarah has reopened Allarah’s Holistic Alternatives located at Pathways to Health, 28960 US Highway 19N, Suite 112, Clearwater. She is welcoming the return of old clients and accepting new ones. Allarah followed a strong urging from Spirit and left behind a thriving practice, simply trusting in Spirit’s guidance, not knowing what awaited in her new location. She spent those years helping inmates in prison and later in jail to change their thinking and manifest transformation in their lives; three years learning acupuncture/Chinese Medicine, including an internship in Tui Na (Asian bodywork therapy); and then completing a Masters in Addiction Counseling. Over the last four years, LaVelle has been offering her services at an outpatient program with mandated DUI and the drug addicted as well as anger management/domestic violence offenders, while also conducting a private practice in hypnotherapy and healing modalities. See website for details on fees for services, types of sessions, modalities and more. Call or email for a free consultation, 520-349-4884, For more information, visit See ad page 53.

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veryone seems to be getting genetic testing these days, but its purpose is much more than whether you will contract a disease or not; its higher purposes is to help the body function optimally. There is genetic testing that can tell us how to fix certain genes or why we have certain medical conditions and why they may (or may not) be improving. You can use genetic testing to actually improve your health. John D. Young, MD has been treating patients at Young Foundational Health Center since he opened the private practice in 2005. As the author of Beyond Treatment and creator of Young Health Products, he continues to treat patients with the motto: “Treat the cell, heal the body.” He is the innovator for human umbilical cord stem cells and has trained doctors worldwide on its effectiveness. Dr. Young is sought after because of his out-of-the-box thinking in conjunction with integrative and natural medicine. Attend an upcoming gratis seminar on the intriguing topic of genetic testing for optimizing body function, to be held at 6:30 p.m., on May 21, at Nature’s Food Patch, in Clearwater (see calendar this issue for details). Location: Young Foundational Health, 7241 Bryan Dairy Rd., Largo. To schedule an appointment, call 727-545-4600. Most major medical insurances accepted. For more information, visit See ad page 5.

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Air pollution has long been linked to lung cancer, stroke and respiratory disease, and now research has found that it can lead to osteoporosis, as well. Researchers from the Barcelona Institute for Global Health studied the bone mass and density of 3,717 people living in villages near Hyderabad, India. These were compared to fine particulate air pollution levels, which averaged more than three times the recommendations of the World Health Organization. The researchers also surveyed in-home cooking over wood, coal and other biomass sources. The results showed that exposure to ambient air pollution was associated with lower levels of bone mass, and that cooking over fires did not have that effect. “Inhalation of polluting particles could lead to bone mass loss through the oxidative stress and inflammation caused by air pollution,” says lead author Otavio T. Ranzani. 14

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Grape seed extract, an antioxidant-rich supplement that is a byproduct of the wine and juice industry, significantly improves both total and LDL cholesterol levels and triglyceride levels, and lowers markers of inflammation, concludes a metareview of 15 randomized trials in the journal Phytotherapy Research. Researchers from Iran, Canada and Croatia concluded that the popular extract also improves fasting glucose levels, but has little effect on HbA1c or HDL cholesterol levels.

Try Pine Bark to Improve Erectile Function and Cholesterol Erectile dysfunction, an early diabetic indicator, responds to treatment with pine bark extract, Slovakian researchers report. They tested 53 diabetic and non-diabetic patients with erectile dysfunction, giving half of them the extract (marketed as Pycnogenol) and the other half a placebo for three months. The pine bark extract improved erectile function by 45 percent in the diabetes group and 22 percent in the non-diabetes group. It also lowered LDL cholesterol by 21 percent and reduced blood sugar levels in the diabetes group.

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Echinacea extract may be helpful for situation-induced anxiety, indicates a new study from Hungary’s Institute of Experimental Medicine, in Budapest. The researchers tested 64 middle-aged people that had scored high on the State Trait Anxiety Inventory. They were given either 80 milligrams Echinacea angustifolia root extract or a placebo every day for seven days, followed by a three-week washout period during which no pills were taken. Those taking the echinacea started experiencing less anxiety than the placebo-takers by day seven, and scored significantly lower in “state anxiety”, marked by arousal connected to specific dangers or threats. Measures of “trait anxiety”, in which anxiety is an ongoing personal characteristic, improved slightly compared to the placebo group. Improvements were maintained even during the washout period.

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Poor eating habits are not only disease-producing, they are also costly, the latest research shows. “Suboptimal eating” incurs approximately $300 in healthcare costs annually per person, and $481 for older people on Medicare, adding up to $50 billion a year nationally—84 percent of which goes to acute care, say Harvard-associated Brigham and Women’s Hospital researchers. This means that poor diets account for almost 20 percent of heart disease, stroke and diabetes costs in the U.S. Researchers studied the impact of 10 dietary factors, including fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, processed meats, sugary drinks and salt, and found that the top three risks were overconsuming processed meats and underconsuming nuts/seeds and omega-3-rich seafood. “There is a lot to be gained in terms of reducing risk and cost associated with heart disease, stroke and diabetes by making relatively simple changes to one’s diet,” says study co-author Thomas Gaziano, M.D. “Our work illustrates the need for interventions or policies that incentivize healthier dietary behavior, as these changes have the potential to have a big impact and reduce the health and financial burden of cardiometabolic disease.”

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The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has found contamination of U.S. drinking water with manmade “forever chemicals” to be much worse than estimated. Miami, Philadelphia and New Orleans have some of the highest levels. Perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are resistant to breaking down in the environment and some have been linked to cancer, liver damage, low birth weight and other health problems. David Andrews, a senior scientist at EWG and co-author of the report, says, “It’s nearly impossible to avoid contaminated drinking water from these chemicals.” Sources include products like Teflon, Scotchguard and firefighting foam. Only one location in the country, Meridian, Mississippi, which has 700-footdeep wells, had no detectable PFAS, while Seattle and Tuscaloosa, Alabama, had levels below 1 part per trillion, the limit EWG recommends. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has known since at least 2001 about the problem of PFAS in drinking water, but has so far failed to set an enforceable, nationwide legal limit.

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Success by Design Shares Important Information re: Covid-19


his month, Natural Awakenings Tampa Bay is shining the spotlight on Success by Design, in Pinellas Park, and the sensible precautions they are employing to ensure the health of patients and staff. Here is their message to one and all concerned: … we ask that if any of the following (symptoms) apply, you call our office to reschedule your appointment or schedule a telephone conference with one of our providers in lieu of coming to the office: • Symptoms of a new onset cough • Fever or other flu-like symptoms • Traveled outside of the country or on a cruise within the last two weeks • Been in contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus   As an extra protection to our patients, we have 2 HyperHepa Filter IQ Air Health Pro running during clinic hours: https://

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• Vitamin C - 500 to 1000 mg daily and increase to 1000 mg 3 times a day at onset of any cold/flu symptoms • Vitamin D3 5000 - 10,000 IU per day; first sign of symptoms increase to 20,000 IU per day for 3 days • Zinc lozenges - found to shorten the duration of common cold episodes by up to 40 percent in a study published in the Open Respiratory Medicine Journal. In addition, a Cochrane review concluded that taking “zinc (lozenges or syrup) is beneficial in reducing the duration and severity of the common cold in healthy people, when taken within 24 hours of onset of symptoms.”

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• Stay at home if you are sick and restrict contact with other people • Even at home, remain at least six feet away from other people while you are sick • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands • Avoid close contact with people who are sick • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces • The CDC continues to recommend against the use of face masks for people who do not have symptoms.

We encourage you to keep yourself updated on information about coronavirus at the following websites: • World Health Organization: diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019 • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): https:// • Florida Department of Health: diseases-and-conditions/COVID-19/ Success by Design Wellness Center, located at 9095 Belcher Rd., Pinellas Park, is now offering Peptide Therapy to boost immunity. For more information, call 727-548-0001. See ad right.

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The ice chests we haul to picnics are typically made of Styrofoam, Dow Chemical’s trademarked name for extruded polystyrene, but it is a highly flammable source of greenhouse gases that animals can mistake for food and won’t degrade for hundreds of years, leading thousands of landfills to ban it. Now, Igloo, the top global cooler maker, has introduced a new, less-destructive alternative made out of paraffin wax and recycled tree pulp called Recool. The 16-quart, waterresistant cooler, sold at REI and other stores, keeps 75 pounds of contents ice-cold for up to 12 hours and goes up to five days without leaking water. The coolers can be stored and reused many times and then recycled, composted or used as a dry storage container. It’s also less likely to break or chip than Styrofoam. 18

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Plastics Adios

A new law bans popular plastic bags in the Mexican capital, and grocery stores are poised to sell reusable synthetic fiber bags. The same law will ban handing out plastic straws, spoons, coffee capsules and other single-use items by 2021. Claudia Hernández, the city’s director of environmental awareness, says, “We are finding that people are returning to baskets, to cucuruchos [cone-shaped rolls of paper].” The old ways are present in other aspects, too. Many residents still use wheeled, folding shopping baskets and some vendors still measure out bulk goods in discarded sardine cans. Grocery stores that give out plastic bags will be fined, so most will opt for reusable shopping bags made of thick plastic fiber for about 75 cents. For hygienic reasons, the law leaves the door open to using plastic bags for such items as perishable deli meats or cheese.

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Climate Change City Index for 2050

Temperature changes, water shortages and rising sea levels will impact some of the world’s most populous cities during the next 30 years. Apartment rental hub commissioned researchers to comb through data and determine how the ongoing climate shift could impact specific cities to help people choose where to live and add to the debate about procedures that can be put in place to ensure the longevity and livability of cities. Bangkok faces the highest risk of flooding from rising sea levels and a projected temperature increase of 3° F. Nairobi may move from a temperate humid warm summer climate to a tropical-type savanna wet summer climate due to rising temperatures. The demand for water is projected to be double the supply in Melbourne. Ho Chi Minh City and Amsterdam are also very high on the list.


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Between 2005 and 2016, the shutdown of coal-fired plants in the U.S. saved an estimated 26,610 lives and the equivalent of around 570 million bushels of corn, soybeans and wheat, reports a new University of California at San Diego (UCSD) study published in Nature Sustainability. The coal plants were typically decommissioned as utilities transitioned from coal to natural gas for electric power generation, thus reducing particulate matter and ozone in the lower atmosphere. “When a coal-fired unit shuts down, local pollution [including particulate matter] levels drop, mortality rates drop and crop yields of major staple crops rise,” writes study author and UCSD associate professor Jennifer Ann Burney. The newer, naturalgas and coal-fired units that have supplanted them are not entirely benign and deserve further study, she notes.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has clarified its standards regarding organic crop container systems such as hydroponics and aquaponics, requiring that those operations stop using synthetic chemicals not approved for organic crop production in the soil underneath, as well as in containers, for three years prior to achieving certification. The clarification arose after soil-based farmers reported that hydroponics operations were spraying the soil to clear weeds with Monsanto’s glyphosate shortly before building a greenhouse and applying for quick organic certification. The World Health Organization classified glyphosate as a Group 2A carcinogen, and it is absolutely prohibited on organic farms. The Real Organic Project, a family farmer-driven organization, is lobbying for an add-on label to USDA Certified Organic to provide more transparency on whether organic crops are grown in soil or hydroponic greenhouses.

A “green” sunscreen has been synthesized from discarded cashew-nut shells by a team of scientists from South Africa, Malawi, Tanzania and Germany, reports the European Journal of Organic Chemistry. Using xylochemistry (wood chemistry), the scientists produced new aromatic compounds that show good UVA and UVB absorbance, which can protect humans, as well as polymers and coatings, from harmful rays from the sun. The research was published in the European Journal of Organic Chemistry. UV rays can lead to sunburn, premature aging and the development of lethal melanomas in humans and animals, and are also damaging to most materials, causing the discoloration of dyes and pigments, weathering, yellowing of plastics and the loss of gloss and mechanical properties.


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Regenerative Medicine for Your Eyes by Les Cole, MD, ABAARM, ABIHM


egenerative medicine has the potential to fill significant gaps in our ability to treat many health conditions. It is tremendously powerful medicine. Research is showing that it also has applications for a number of eye conditions for which there are few effective therapies. If you have one of these eye conditions, you may find the research very encouraging.

Optic Nerve Damage

Non-arteritic ischemic optic neuropathy (NAION): In the patients with visual loss from NAION (loss duration from 1 to 35 years, average 9 years), 73.6 percent of eyes treated had an average improvement of 3.53 lines of vision per eye. Other optic nerve diseases that showed improvement in the same Stem Cell Ophthalmology Treatment Study 20

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(SCOTS) include Leber’s Optic Atrophy: Visual acuity gains of up to 35 letters on the Snellen Chart and improved visual fields; Dominant Optic Atrophy: 83.3 percent experienced gains in visual acuity with a median improvement of 2.125 Snellen lines; Autoimmune Optic Neuropathy: (multiple sclerosis and Devic’s disease) only one patient but both eyes had profound improvements in both visual acuity and visual fields. Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness. A 2019 review article shows stem cells and their exosomes can repair optic nerve damage and retinal ganglion cells and stimulate retinal stem cells to become new retinal ganglion cells and thus induce “alleviation of glaucoma”.

Retinal Damage

Retinitis pigmentosa is due to a cluster of

genetic mutations and relatively rare. It is, however, a model for most degenerative retinal diseases because it is so severe and causes damage of all retinal layers. It starts at a young age and leads to both loss of visual acuity and peripheral vision and damages most retinal cells. This fact makes the SCOTS (study) of Retinitis Pigmentosa results profound. This is a progressive disease meaning vision continually declines. In this study, 17 patients were treated with mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) which secrete exosomes as their mechanism of acting on adjacent tissues. The average duration of disease prior to treatment was 27.6 years and ranged from 4 to approximately 60 years. Treated with MSCs and their exosomes were 33 eyes with the results: 15 eyes (45.5 percent) improved an average of 7.9 lines of Snellen acuity; 15 eyes (45.5 percent) remained stable; and 3 eyes (9 percent) worsened by an average of 1.7 lines. So, in 30 eyes, the vision was improved or stabilized during the treatment period and only three eyes had progressive vision loss. This has implications for most retinal degenerative diseases: Age related dry macular degeneration (AMD), a leading cause of blindness along with glaucoma, Stargardt’s disease, serpiginous chorioretinopathy, etc. The recent research for all of these conditions isn’t whether or not to use stem cells and their exosomes, but which stem cells and exosomes to use.

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PLANET RESCUE Grassroots Strategies Combat Climate Crisis by Julie Marshall


ike most kids, Azalea Morgan loves polar bears. “They’re fluffy and cute,” the 8-year-old says, and after watching a documentary on how climate change is affecting these Arctic apex predators, she badly wanted to help. Her mom, Molly Morgan, suggested she do something big, because the problem of global warming is monumental. For nearly three weeks last September, Azalea pedaled her bike alongside her mom and 9-year-old sister, Ember, setting out from their hometown of Andover, New Hampshire, en route to New York City to attend the United Nations (UN) Climate Action Summit, where Greta Thunberg and other global youth leaders marched for change. The trip was a fundraiser to put solar panels on their school and for future projects under KidsCare4PolarBears, a Facebook page that documents their ongoing efforts.


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While not everyone has the time or inclination to ride 250 miles and camp— some of it in the rain—or as Thunberg did, sail across the Atlantic in a zero-emissions yacht, there are steps individuals can take to combat climate change on a grassroots level, experts say, because the crisis is undeniable, as seen most recently in the catastrophic bushfires across Australia. There are peaceful protests taking place worldwide scheduled throughout 2020 at and other organizations, but a growing number of individuals that want to do more are using their imaginations and creative endeavors, inspiring others to take unique action. Students at a school in Spain wrote and performed a play and illustrated a book to raise climate change awareness, while a teen from California used her artistic skills to raise thousands of dollars for wildlife. On March 28, people around

the world participated in the World Wildlife Fund’s Earth Hour by collectively turning off lights at 8:30 p.m. while holding eco-events, and others are joining in the global tree-planting campaign of The Nature Conservancy (TNC). Reversing course may seem insurmountable, but individuals have a lot of power, says Dan Shepard, UN global communications officer: “The choices we make, the things we do, collectively matter and can have a huge impact on the world.”

Stepping Up for Biodiversity “I wanted to inspire other kids,” Ember says of her bicycle trek for polar bears. “I love animals and they deserve to not die.” According to a 2019 UN Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, more than 1 million species are threatened with extinction, and one of the main reasons is climate

I love to see what young people are doing, because if we collectively use our voice to amplify the facts about climate change, we can work to find solutions. ~Elan Strait change, say experts, including Nikhil Advani, director of Climate Communities and Wildlife at the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Protecting large predators is one key to enriching biodiversity, Advani says. “The top of the food chain has a significant impact on prey species and the ecosystem.” But predators are suffering because of humans that are feeling the impacts of climate change, Advani says. Long droughts have forced many Kenyan pastoralists to enter protected parks and compete with wildlife for water and grazing land, resulting in lion deaths as retaliation for killing livestock. In the Himalayas, as the Earth warms, snow leopard habitat is being encroached for pastureland. In Zimbabwe, farmers have turned to chopping down trees for wood as an alternative economic opportunity. “Everybody is stressed and competing for resources,” Advani says. “It is a very severe result of climate change.” Advani and researchers are working in tandem with local societies in 30 countries across Africa, Central America and Asia to fund novel projects under the Wildlife Adaptation Innovation Fund. For instance, they are piloting a rainwater harvesting project to help farmers get through the dry seasons and are constructing concrete and mudbrick nests to help albatross breed better in Tasmania. These special projects are based on available levels of donations that are sometimes crowd-sourced. Raising funds for innovative projects, as well as increasing awareness of what’s happening, is an important grassroots strategy, says Elan Strait, WWF director of U.S. climate campaigns. It can be as simple as sharing updates, tagging social media influencers and instigating a rallying cry. WWF has its own program called Panda Ambassadors in which conservation activists of all ages can get tips and tools to promote specific projects they feel most passionate about. “I love to see what young people are doing, because if we collectively use our voice to amplify the facts about climate

change, we can work to find solutions,” Strait says. “And we need facts to get out there because, at least in the U.S., some people think climate change is still a controversy and are afraid to talk about it, but we should have that conversation with friends and family so we can find solutions.”

Youth Rising to the Challenge

Getting involved in grassroots-level strategies is empowering not only for kids, but for adults that need their resiliency and inspiration, says Janet Stringer, manager of donor relations at Polar Bears International, in Bozeman, Montana. “In my work, I hear from so many people who are feeling deep despair about the climate crisis. I draw hope from the children who write to us, sharing stories and pictures about their dreams for a future that includes polar bears,” says Stringer. “I think we owe it to the next generation to work as hard as we can to come together and make the necessary changes to ensure that polar bears—and all wildlife—are not a species we learn about in the pages of a book, but a wild species that we can see with our own eyes, reminding us of how special our planet is and why it deserves our respect.” One of her favorite examples comes from students at the Daina-Isard school, in Olesa de Montserrat, Spain, and their climate-driven projects with teacher Connie Darilek, who asked the Aquarium of Barcelona to help them grow plankton, an organism threatened by warming seas. “They gave us plankton and jellyfish, and it was really amazing for the students to learn the [Arctic] food chain and how serious it would be losing the polar bear on top,” Darilek says. Students recently published the book Nanuc, a story about a polar bear that they also illustrated, now in its second printing. Josie Martin, 13, of Solana Beach, California, has raised $8,700 for conservation of rhinos, elephants, pangolins, gorillas and polar bears by giving

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ith the help of her mother, Jill, Josie Martin dedicated her 9th birthday to the conservation of rhinos with a fundraiser. This marks the fifth time Josie has chosen to actively support an animal she loves to paint for her birthday month. She raises money for the animal and creates awareness about climate change and the resulting possibility of their extinctions. Donors received signed and numbered copies of watercolor paintings in her Extinction Is Forever series. The young artist’s fundraisers provide well-researched information on animals and the issues they face. With an upbeat message and a photo of her joyful smile, Josie requests that donors provide their email address so that she and her mom can keep them updated. She works to improve her skills as an artist and sets a modestly higher goal for the number of donors and amount of funds to raise each year. She believes her events are a small thing that she can do for a big world and wants to help ensure that animals do not go extinct in her lifetime. View the artist’s latest fundraiser at 2458766. April 2020


Getting Started Climate Action Opportunities

Fridays For Future – This is a

global movement sparked by Greta Thunberg, with a map for climate strikes around the world (FridaysFor

The United Nations – Consider

supporting several campaigns for climate change with grassroots strategies, including Climate Neutral Now, ACT Now and Good Life Goals (

Moms Clean Air Force – Parents protecting children from climate-driven pollution, offering strategies to get kids involved ( Earth Hour 2020 – Read about

the global effort to dramatize environmental concerns that occurred on March 28 when lights were turned off for an hour around the world (

Panda Ambassadors – World

Wildlife Fund engages activists of all ages with a toolkit and inspirational stories (

Plant a Billion Trees – Join in the massive reforestation project by supporting the Nature Conservancy and planting trees ( Polar Bears International – Get involved and inspired through creative projects for polar bears (


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It’s important that everyone feel they can contribute because everything does make a difference, and no action is too small. ~Catherine Macdonald watercolor paintings to those that donate to charities through her PayPal Giving page at “Each year, I think I’m getting a little bit better at creating art which sends a strong message,” she says. “The message I try to express is that some of our best-known wild animals might in my lifetime no longer be on the planet. I think the difference I make through art is that I am helping to raise awareness for important animal conservation work.”

Every Action Counts

There’s no one solution to climate change, says Catherine Macdonald, TNC director of natural climate solutions for North America. “We really have to try, all of us. It’s important that everyone feel they can contribute, because everything does make a difference, and no action is too small.” For those that are not art-inclined, one of the best things people can do is to plant trees, Macdonald says, whether it’s replanting forests or increasing their numbers in urban areas. According to a 2018 study by TNC published in Science Advances, nature-driven land management could sequester 21 percent of America’s annual greenhouse gas pollution—the equivalent of emissions from all cars and trucks on the roads today. Planting trees emerged in

the study as the most significant among 21 strategies to mitigate global warming. One good way to get started is join the TNC Plant a Billion Trees program, Macdonald says; details are at Tinyurl. com/TNCPlantABillionTrees. “Climate change is definitely a growing concern that we are facing, and as more people understand there is a problem and what the solutions are, the more influence we can have on the big decision-makers, whether that’s government or corporations that make our products,” she says. “And being aware informs voters to advance climate action.” While Josie, Ember, Azalea and the students at Daina-Isard aren’t old enough to vote, their message is strong. “I’m worried about the impact climate change will have on our future,” Josie says. “I think people should protest peacefully for the things they believe in and that more people should exercise their right to vote for leaders who care about the youth in our world and the generations to come. I also think people should try to spend a little bit of their time taking action for what they want to see changed in our world.” Julie Marshall is a Colorado-based writer and author of Making Burros Fly: Cleveland Amory, Animal Rescue Pioneer. Connect with her at


Stretch Rx Offers Natural Solutions to Chronic Pain and Tightness by Deborah Bostock-Kelley


tretch Rx Founder Ronda Musca wants the community to be feeling wonderful in 2020. From adolescent to senior citizen, health benefits abound at Stretch Rx. After noticing that people were experiencing chronic pain with limited options for pain management, Musca opened Stretch Rx to fill a void and offer an alternative approach to feeling better—no prescription required. With a degree in Physical Science and Health Management and years of fitness and wellness expertise, Musca opened Stretch Rx (her third fitness company) to provide alternative solutions to chronic pain, muscle tightness and poor balance. Open seven days a week by appointment, with locations in Palm Harbor, Westchase and Naples, Musca and her team stretch their clients back to feeling great in private rooms filled with soothing aromatherapy and soft music. Using a far-infrared heated ionic BioMat (endorsed by the Pope) that helps release serotonin, practitioners stretch the client’s body to improve range of motion and flexibility. When done correctly, therapeutic stretching and exercise can improve circulation, reduce muscle tension, decrease pain, help with menstrual cramps and eliminate toxins, among others. Musca states, “Negative ion therapy is perfect for cell regeneration. People with fibromyalgia, arthritis and generalized pain feel amazing when they get off of this mat.” As a complement to these stretching and exercise services, Stretch Rx offers reflexology, massage therapy and ionic foot baths by professionals having at least ten years of experience. During a reflexology session, the practitioner stimulates pressure points on the client’s feet that target various organs of the body to promote 26

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blood circulation and detoxification. While clients relax in a massage chair, ionic foot baths pull out toxins from the body during a 20-minute soak, and at the close of the session, the color of the water indicates which toxins were removed from within the body. If the client wants a massage, Musca and her team advise the massage therapists where the most work is needed. In November 2019, Musca further advanced her services, working with a manufacturer to perfect a small-batch CBD fullspectrum (.3 percent or under THC) topical salve that combined the benefits of essential oils, menthol and arnica with the pain and inflammation relief of CBD that can be incorporated into a therapeutic stretching, reflexology and massage session instead of lotion. New CBD products created are Joint Jam topical salve, Salt Buzz bath salts, Bubble Buzz bubble bath and Spa Jam topical salve available for purchase on or in the Stretch Rx offices in Palm Harbor and Westchase. The bubble bath and bath salts make excellent gifts for parties and showers. Customers can choose a decorative bag that matches the occasion. “We use organic essential oils, CBD made in the U.S. grown in small batches, third-party tested, which makes us different from what you’d find in stores,” Musca explains. “Those have added chemicals in them. Ours is natural, without synthetic fillers—the real deal—and it works.” An added benefit of the product’s use for pain and inflammation is skin relief. Musca’s clients have seen dramatic reductions in psoriasis, splotched skin and crepe skin. Testimonial client photos are showcased on Joint Jam and Stretch Rx’s Facebook pages. Client Douglas Palamara said that his feet caused him extreme pain. Using the topical CBD in reflexology treatment gave him intense relief. “Between the ionic foot bath and CBD foot reflexology, it’s great. I used to have plantar fasciitis. I put my shoes on and walked out of here. I didn’t even notice any problems with my foot. Before that, I was going for about a year and a half getting cortisone shots from the foot doctor, and it didn’t help. This worked.” To schedule an appointment, clients call and briefly explain any issues they are experiencing. A comprehensive health assessment form is completed by new clients. When they come to their first appointment, the practitioner reviews their health history, pain, accidents and metals in the body and zeroes in on the client’s specific issues to create a wellness plan customized to their individual needs. “What I’m finding in combining modalities—traditional like exercise, stretching and massage with non-traditional BioMat, reflexology, ionic foot bath and CBD—is just amazing. I want people to feel better, and I want it to be done healthily,” Musca shares. “I love hearing what people say, to hear that I changed lives makes me feel such joy. I love giving my clients a way to feel good.” For more information about the Palm Harbor, Westchase or Naples location, visit Stretch Though Stretch Rx does not take insurance, its affordable rates are structured much like an insurance copay. Cost: $35 for 30 minutes and $65 for an hour. Package rates are also available at a discount. To order CBD products or make an appointment seven days a week, email or call 813-382-2363, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. See ad right.

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Seeking natural pain relief and immunity boosters? The BioMat has been shown to help boost immunity and reduce pain associated with arthritis and fibromyalgia. Reflexology is another great way to relieve body pain, improve circulation and promote relaxation. Stretch Rx offers BioMat sessions, CBD ionic foot baths and reflexology to decrease pain and boost immunity.

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50th EARTH DAY TAKES ON CLIMATE CHANGE Golden Anniversary Marks Call to Action


n April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans—10 percent of the nation—took to the streets and campuses to protest environmental degradation so severe that rivers were literally catching on fire. That groundswell was followed by the passage of landmark environmental laws, including the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act and the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, laws soon adopted by many other countries. Half a century later, as temperatures approach 70 degrees in Antarctica, catastrophic wildfires race through Australia and species die off around the world, the planet’s status seems anything but golden. On this Earth Day, the climate crisis that precipitated these events and trends take center stage: The goal is to mobilize millions, perhaps billions, of Earth’s human inhabitants to rise up in its defense. “The urgency has never been greater and the stakes have never been higher,” say the organizers of the Earth Day Network. “We are now in an environmental emergency and a climate breakdown. The world needs you—and your actions—for Earth Day 2020.”


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To learn about personal actions, including step-by-step instructions on how to organize an event, consult Participants can join in a cleanup of trash from rivers, beaches, streets and forests; host a teach-in; take part in a climate strike or campus rally to show united action; join the world’s largest citizen science initiative to document declining environmental conditions and participate in social media campaigns to raise awareness. Help celebrate victories and support future progress by participating in local Earth Day 2020 events. Due to the recent mandatory cancellations of events in our area please visit for an updated Earth Day Event Calendar, and note some events are going virtual as below. Virtual Online Currently Planned Earthday Wed.-Fri, Apr. 22-24 People across the country are mobilizing for climate action in this largest youthled climate mobilization ever; taking the movement to the next level. USF, 140 7th Ave. So., St. Petersburg. FMI:; Greenpeace St. Pete.

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Six Oaks

Wellness Apothecary


arolyn Zinober, clinical herbalist, massage therapist and aromatherapist, opened the doors to Six Oaks Wellness Apothecary, in Largo, three years ago. She, along with Debi Castonguay, a licensed massage therapist and clinical herbalist, are the heartbeat of the apothecary, a unique world class herbal dispensary that prides itself on a standard to quality “lost in time”. Trained in both Western and Chinese Medicine, Zinober and the apothecary offer visitors an opportunity to indulge in self-care products that allow the body, mind and spirit to heal. When someone has a complaint, Six Oaks applies their twopronged approach: address the immediate concern while concurrently finding the root or underlying cause of the concern. A typical consultation takes up to 90 minutes. Zinober is also an educator offering workshops and classes on herbal medicine making. Guided medicinal plant walks are held regularly. Hugging the oak trees (especially Moses) is encouraged. Clients are invited to stroll through the garden, home to more than 80 medicinal herbs and 50 orchids among the 11 oaks trees that grow at the apothecary. Zinober’s holistic journey as a complementary health and mind-body practitioner began more than 25 years ago. Her formal studies include Trichology,

Massage Therapy, Aromatherapy, Chinese and Western Herbal Medicine. Her keen interest in natural healing stems from her upbringing with her Italian mother and grandmother as guides. Growing up on a two-hundred-acre farm in the Midwest, she was encouraged to use common sense along with common herbs for common illnesses. For that reason, she is able to see the world with a can-do approach to whatever crosses her path; she uses this same approach at her practice at Six Oaks Wellness. She also holds certifications in Manual Lymphatic Drainage, Aromatherapy, CLAS Therapy, MPS Therapy, Chinese Cupping, Neuromuscular and Auricular Therapy. She completed extensive self-study and training in the areas of meditation, light therapy, color therapy, Ayurveda and indigenous American culture. Zinober is the Vice President of the American Herbalist Guild (AHG) West Coast Regional chapter, a member of American Botanical Council (ABC), United Plant Savers (UPS), American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) and the World Trichology Society (WTS). Zinober shares how she long held a vision of where and how her wellness business would appear, and how it took more than three years of searching and planning to find the right property to buy and restore. “I was afraid this was never going to come to fruition, but because I think an

herbal wellness apothecary is so needed in this area, my dream came through.” When queried as to her intestinal fortitude, Zinober shares, “My inner strength after all these years I would have to say is my passion because I still love the job and all of its complications. And I feel it is the position of “service” that has made me feel most like I am in some small way giving back.” When queried as to a major challenge, she responds, “Surprisingly, it is the name of my business—Apothecary. It means an old-fashioned pharmacy (before allopathic medicine came along) and so many people do not know how to pronounce it or what it means. I find it interesting that people between 25 to 35 years of age are the ones most familiar with the term. So, in a way, it helps me because I get to explain to the unfamiliar what I am doing!” Six Oaks Wellness Apothecary’s mission is upgrading the quality of people’s lives by providing a place of relaxation, peace and well-being through the healing power of complementary medicine. Their goal is to design a specific treatment protocol specific to each client seeking wellness and a better quality of life. Wisely, Zinober is not about growing more and bigger but rather continuing to concentrate on individualized, dedicated service to each client. “I don’t want to expand at this point of my career—just continue to give oneon-one service to anyone who walks through my doors. It’s a simple business model…so much of what we really need is less not more.” Six Oaks Wellness Apothecary is located at 607 1st Ave. SW, Largo. For more information, call 727-501-1700, email or visit See ad page 47.

every tuesday Qigong and Meditation Six Oaks Wellness Apothecary 6:30 - 7:45pm The ultimate mind-body practice. For beginners, or to deepen your practice, experience lessons in the ancient art of syncing breath with movement and focus to cultivate the circulation of vital life force energy. Paired with guidance and support to help develop your personal journey within through mindful meditation. $14. $60/5 classes. Info, Mark Hayward 727-519-8786 •

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I want you to act as if the house is on fire, because it is. ~Greta Thunberg 2019 World Economic Forum

Climate Warriors Unite A Call to Action by Sandra Yeyati


world to make their voices n November 2018, one of We are the the worst fires in Caliones we’ve been heard,” she says of the Swedish teenager whose school fornia history overtook waiting for. strike initiative—Fridays the town of Paradise and surrounding communities, ~Solemi Hernandez for Future—has become a worldwide phenomenon. killing 88 people and destroy On December 14, 2018, Villaseñor ing more than 18,000 buildings. Alexandria Villaseñor, who was visiting family 100 miles began her own Friday vigils outside the away in her hometown of Davis, experienced U.N.—sometimes alone, other times with friends she’s inspired to take action; she also the suffocating effects of the smoke: Every helped organize the 2019 Global Climate breath was difficult for the asthmatic teen Strike in New York City, attended by more who is now 14 and lives in New York City. than 300,000 people, and founded Earth The fire changed Villaseñor’s life. “I was very upset, and I wanted to understand Uprising, a nonprofit global youth movement. She’s one of 16 youngsters, along with why these fires were happening,” she says. Thunberg, that filed a legal complaint with “I started to research climate change and the U.N. demanding that France, Germany, wildfires, and began to see the scientific Brazil, Argentina and Turkey curb their connection between the two.” carbon emissions. Awakened by personal concerns and “There are so many ways that young ignited by emerging role models, activpeople can get involved,” says Villaseñor. ists of all ages are learning how to become “They can give presentations about climate effective climate warriors. Watching Greta change in their classes and communities. Thunberg speak soon after the California Go out with a sign and protest, or lobby disaster to world leaders at COP 24, the politicians. Have clear demands of what United Nations Climate Change Conferyou want your city or town to do. I’ve seen ence in Poland, empowered Villaseñor local action influence action nationally to take to the streets and protest. “Greta and internationally.” gave permission to students all around the


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Dianne Rhodes, 76, of Saskatoon, Canahoods, and how we can go after our city da, began her activism in 2006 after seeing Al governments to get them behind this as fast Gore’s documentary An Inconvenient Truth. as possible.” “It was shocking what we were doing to the Solemi Hernandez, 41, a Venezuelan immienvironment, our home, our planet. It hit me grant raising two sons in Naples, Florida, quit her like a freight train, and I saw the urgency,” job and took out a loan so she could dedicate all she says. her time to environmental activism. “Ecosystems Rhodes trained with Gore, enabling are about to collapse and we don’t know the exact herself to give up-to-date, truthful and tipping point. I don’t see a healthy future for my science-based slide presentations. Her talks kids,” she says. One month after her dramatic vary in subject and audience, from compostdecision, the Citizens Climate Lobby hired her to ing instructions for a group of pre-K kids to become its southeast regional coordinator. “We’re in-depth climate science for business profesgoing to create and elect new decision-makers sionals. “Activism is a way of letting people instead of trying to change those leaders that are know what’s happening. It’s so important to get not representing us.” that awareness, to give people hope and then In 2019, Hernandez attended COP 25 in Activism is a way of to show them how they can make a difference,” Spain and saw Thunberg up close speaking to letting people know she explains. thousands of cheering activists. “Greta is an in Rhodes recommends both grassroots spiration, but it’s not on her shoulders to solve what’s happening. and “grass-top” action, including protest the issues,” she says. “It’s on us to organize in ~Dianne Rhodes marches, working directly with city planners our communities, see what can we do personand changing personal behavior and choices ally and not look to her to be the savior. We are at home. She’s excited about a new initiative in Canada: “We’re the ones we’ve been waiting for.” doing town hall meetings all across the country based on the Sandra Yeyati is a contributor to Natural Awakenings and Green New Deal … where people talk about how to get a city’s past president of the Naples, Florida, Press Club. Connect at carbon emissions down—what we can do in our

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Plants have so much medicine to share, and it’s fun to play with that.

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than heat or boiling flowers to retain their flavors and aromas. She also recommends picking flowers early in the morning or late afternoon, when their scent peaks.

A Cup of Wildflowers

FLOWER POWER Botanical Libations Pack Healthy Punch by April Thompson


lowers and other budding botanical elements this spring aren’t just eye candy to dress the table; they can bless an everyday beverage with intoxicating new scents, flavors and colors. “It’s such a joy to see a beautiful flower or plant, smell it and then add it to a delightful beverage or meal. Plants have so much medicine to share, and it’s fun to play with that,” says Myra Sinnott, an aromatherapist and owner of Essential Botany, in Washington, D.C. Many beverage favorites can be given a floral twist with little effort, says Cassie Winslow, author of Floral Libations: 41 Drinks + Ingredients and founder of the blog, in Santa Cruz, California. Winslow’s go-to drinks include lavender-infused lemonade and rose petal almond milk, which can be served hot or cold. “I also love an iced lavender café au lait. If I’m feeling extra fancy, I’ll use fresh flower ice cubes, too.” Dried hibiscus is another favorite of Winslow’s, as even a few petals of the concentrated dark magenta flower will brighten and beautify any beverage—even a yogurt-based drink. While many botanical drink recipes call for simple sugar syrup, Winslow suggests honey with a splash of water as a 32

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substitute. Other drinks are naturally sweet, like jasmine tea steeped in apple cider. Sinnott likes to fuse the power of flowers with other botanical elements such as rose petals in a light raspberry drink. “I also use rosewater in a warm elixir with a base of reishi mushroom tea, goji berries, turmeric, cinnamon and ginger, cacao, pearl powder and honey. Rose is a heart-opener and vitalizes the body with the immune-boosting reishi and the other tonifying ingredients,” says Sinnott. Winslow stresses the importance of buying organic ingredients, as many flowers are sprayed with toxic pesticides—or better yet, home-grown. She suggests the tea aisle of natural food stores is a good place for procuring organic floral ingredients such as chamomile and jasmine, which often come unblended in whole form. Dried flowers are easier to source and are often more potent than fresh, she says. “Fresh is pretty, but can be more subtle in flavor.” Her rose salt recipe, which can be used to rim drinks or seasonal dishes, calls for dried roses, which have a longer shelf life and won’t clump up like fresh petals. Marie Viljoen, Brooklyn-based author of Forage, Harvest, Feast: A Wild-Inspired Cuisine, suggests using cold infusions rather

While botanical ingredients can be obtained commercially, it can be more fun—and frugal—to forage for them, suggests Viljoen, founder of the blog 66SquareFeet.blogspot. com. “It’s a lot of fun to go out to collect ingredients you cannot find in the store. You can experience unique textures, flavors and perfumes, and play with wild ingredients that have been all but forgotten,” she says. Some of Viljoen’s seasonal foraged favorites include the fragrant elderflower, honeysuckle and common milkweed flower. “I like to capture milkweed’s fragrance and deep pink color in a wild soda or a sweet cordial.” For newbie foragers, drink ingredients can be sourced as easily as herbs from a window box, like the antiviral thyme, which makes for a delicious wild soda made from a handful of herbs, sweetener and water left on the countertop a few days to lightly ferment and fizz. Another spring favorite, tender young spruce tips, has a sour flavor that ferments well with strawberries and rhubarb, says Viljoen. The same recipe can also be used to make vinegar, a longer process resulting in a more enduring product with great botanical properties. “You can create a sipping vinegar, which is good to mix with seltzer or slow-cook with,” says Viljoen. Whether botanical ingredients are foraged, bought or brought in from the backyard garden to be put in a hot tea, a cocktail or a cold brew, the magic is in the making. “Flowers are endless fun to experiment with, especially when added to everyday drinks and dishes. It brings life to the kitchen,” says Winslow. April Thompson, a freelance writer in Washington, D.C., can be reached at

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Flowers are endless fun to experiment with, especially when added to everyday drinks and dishes. It brings life to the kitchen. ~Cassie Winslow

Cleanse the crystals, by first rinsing and gently scrubbing them under running water, then place in the sun for a few hours and whisper some love poetry to them.

Unconditional Love Here’s an Indian-inspired herbal infusion featuring classic Ayurvedic herbs that help spread unconditional love that is so needed in the world right now. It’s recommended that you serve the infusion on heated rose quartz crystals; this will continue to emanate the love. This recipe is best made in larger quantities and stored for use throughout the year or whenever you need to spread or share more love with friends and family. Yields: 3½ oz beverage .7 oz cinnamon bark (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) ½ oz ginger root (Zingiber officinalis), dried .2 oz ashwagandha root (Withania somnifera), dried .2 oz rhatavari root (Asparagus racemosus), dried ½ oz rose petals (Rosa spp), dried .4 oz rose hips (Rosa canina), dried 1 oz tulsi (Ocimum tenuiflorum), dried

Place the crystals in the oven on a low heat (158 to 170° F) for 15 minutes, or until hot. Place the crystals in the teacups. For a pot for 3 to 4 people, take 6 heaping teaspoons of the blend, pour over freshly boiled water, infuse with the lid on for 5 to 6 minutes, then fine strain and serve in cups over the warm pieces of rose quartz crystal. Recipe courtesy of Michael Isted, the Herball.

Dandelion Honey Bowl of Soul “I love to make a bowl of soul when I need to unwind, as this beverage is quite soothing,” says Cassie Winslow. “Dandelions have a subtle spice that pairs so nicely with other warming spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg. Steeped in your favorite nutty milk, this’ll be your new go-to goodie when you want to sit with your thoughts, gaze out the window and sip on something warm.” Yields: one beverage

For the warm rose quartz: 3-4 Rough pieces of rose quartz crystal

1 cup, unsweetened, almond milk or hazelnut milk 1 Tbsp honey (or agave sweetener) 1 dandelion tea bag

Mix all the herbs together in a large bowl, then decant into a sealable pouch or jar, being sure to store away from direct sunlight.

Freshly ground nutmeg for garnish In a small saucepan, warm the milk over medium heat until it just begins to simmer.

Natural Awakenings recommends using organic, non-GMO (genetically modified) and non-bromated ingredients whenever possible. April 2020


Whisk the milk, then slowly add the honey or agave sweetener and whisk together. Pour the milk mixture into a large mug. Add the tea bag and allow to steep for five minutes.

or those that want to impress guests with a little floral flourish at their next dinner party, here are some tips from the experts. Garnishing is a great way to use fresh edible flowers and show off their natural shapes and colors, says Cassie Winslow, author of Floral Libations: 41 Drinks + Ingredients and founder of the blog, in Santa Cruz, California. “Unless it’s a small pretty bloom, you’ll want to just use a couple of petals though, as whole flowers can be hard to drink around otherwise.” Simply infusing fragrant flowers in water overnight can be a refreshing upgrade to table water, says Marie Viljoen, author of Forage, Harvest, Feast and the

66-Square-Feet blog, based in Brooklyn. “Go for flowers with lots of fragrance, like jasmine, roses or violets. Just put in cool water overnight and strain out the flowers in the morning.” Drinks can be dressed up with a floral sugar or salt rim using rose or lavender. “I like to rim half the glass on the side and not just the top, to give it a cascading effect,” says Winslow. Winslow suggests almost any cocktail recipe can be turned into a mocktail by using sparkling water instead of alcohol. Floral ice cubes also add a fancy touch to the dinner table. To capture the blossoms in ice, Viljoen suggests filling the tray halfway with water, putting in the flowers, freezing and then filling in the rest of the water to refreeze.

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Discard the tea bag. Sprinkle the nutmeg on top.


Recipe courtesy of Cassie Winslow, Floral Libations: 41 Drinks + Ingredients.


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There’s no clear logic to explain why the American Dental Association has not banned the use of mercury in fillings. How Mercury Silver Fillings Threaten Your Health

Mercury Silver Fillings Are they affecting your health?

What to Do if You Have Mercury Fillings in Your Mouth

by Beata Carlson, DDS


ou’d never intentionally pour chemicals into your mouth or ask for extra pesticides on your food, so why do so many Americans accept mercury fillings in their teeth? Mercury fillings, also known as silver fillings, are so dangerous that it seems inconceivable that any dentist would still use them to fill cavities. Yet most adults in America have at least one mercury filling in their mouth. By recognizing these fillings as the poison they really are, you can take steps to remove them from your mouth and safeguard your health.

What are the dangers of mercury silver?

These fillings contain about 50 percent mercury, a highly toxic element that presents serious health concerns. Mercury is actually one of the most poisonous elements on Earth! As a result, the World Health Organization believes there is no safe level of mercury for humans to touch or ingest.

If you have mercury fillings, the mercury vapors are released into your bloodstream every time you brush, drink a hot beverage or chew your food. Those vapors pass easily through cell membranes, across the blood-brain barrier and into the central nervous system, and can seep into every cell contacted to cause immunological, neurological and psychological problems. Since the effects of a heavy metal like mercury are gradual, you may not even realize the damage occurring until your health has become compromised.

There’s no clear logic to explain why the American Dental Association has not banned the use of mercury in fillings. Mercury vapor is known to cause immunological, neurological and psychological problems. Here listed are some of the most common symptoms of mercury poisoning: • Frequent headaches • Emotional instability • Vision problems • Sinusitis • Memory loss • Chronic fatigue Mercury has also been linked to serious diseases like Alzheimer’s, thyroid disorder and multiple sclerosis because it has such a destructive effect on the body’s immune and detoxification systems. So why do dentists continue to provide amalgam fillings to patients?

If you are like so many other adults who did not learn about the perils of mercury fillings until years after you received them, it’s not too late to restore your health. We, at Natural and Cosmetic Dentistry, follow the safe protocol for mercury filling removal. Taking precautions that prevent the mercury from causing health problems, our holistic dentists use a rubber dam to isolate other teeth and prevent the mercury from going down the throat. They also utilize a super strong dry suction to ensure vapors are eliminated and exit the building immediately as well as charcoal to absorb the amalgam dust. Don’t wait to make an appointment to begin the important process of helping your body to heal from mercury poisoning. Natural and Cosmetic Dentistry is located at 2701 Park Dr., Ste. 4, Clearwater. To make an appointment, call 727-888-2563, email and/or visit See ad back cover. April 2020


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Think Outside the House

Expanding Spring Cleaning

Spring cleaning traditionally heralds a new beginning, an opportunity to take stock of hearth and home and a time of renewal regardless of the season. While most folks focus on giving their abode a thorough airing and scrubbing, there’s plenty to tend to outside before the heat of summer sets in. Clear out potentially dead grass and leaves and other organic matter near the sides of the house to prevent termites and other insect infestations. Collect the organic matter, add in food scraps and compost it all to benefit the garden. Composting sends the nutrients of loose ingredients into the soil as a natural fertilizer. reports it can help divert as much as 30 percent of household waste from the garbage can. Make sure to check the top and outer walls of the house. Upraised nails in a shingled roof or deteriorated shingles or gaps where plumbing vent pipes penetrate the surface—possibly due to high winds, falling branches or ice thawing in colder climes—can produce small breaks and holes for water to seep through onto tops of ceilings. That can possibly lead to mold as summer temperatures rise and water leaks into the interior of the house. says collars of vent pipes should be tight, as “some older [ones] can loosen over time and even some newer rubber collars crack and leak long before the shingles fail. 36

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MOVING THROUGH CHRONIC PAIN How Exercise Can Heal What Hurts


by Julie Peterson

hen our body keeps hurting, especially if it’s been that way for a long time, it’s natural to want to snuggle into pillows with a good movie and move as little as possible. And for many years, that’s the kind of rest that doctors recommended for the 20 percent of American adults suffering from chronic pain. But with a plethora of studies showing that exercise can reduce pain severity, enable better physical functioning and boost morale with virtually no adverse side effects, that advice is fast changing. “Exercise helps to release endorphins, which are the body’s natural painkiller chemicals,” explains Rumki Banerjee, M.D., medical director of Apex MD, in Glen Allen, Virginia. For those suffering from conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia and low back pain, the thought of moving may be uncomfortable, and even the sight of stairs may trigger pain signals. But walking up just one step can give the brain new information. “If it’s possible to do a movement one time without pain, the brain starts to change, the door to movement reopens and we begin to end the chronic pain cycle,” says Annie Forest, a fitness trainer who

specializes in the neurology of pain at Forest Coaching Studios, in Madison, Wisconsin. A good first step is to consult an expert. “If your doctor approves, take advantage of the knowledge and expertise of a movement expert. Physical therapists, occupational therapists, Pilates trainers and yoga teachers are trained to help others move safely and more effectively,” says Peter Abaci, M.D., medical director of the Bay Area Pain and Wellness Center, in Los Gatos, California, and author of Conquer Your Chronic Pain: A Life-Changing Drug-Free Approach for Relief, Recovery, and Restoration. The muscle pain that occurs in everyone starting a new exercise regime— known as delayed onset muscle soreness— typically lasts only a day or two, and is a sign the body is slowly gathering strength, say physical therapists. It’s best—and probably the only thing possible for those in chronic pain—to start slow. “Walking is one exercise that gets your body moving, blood and fluids circulating, and if done outdoors, can take you out into nature to offset the amount of time spent indoors,” says physical therapist Karena

Wu, owner of ActiveCare Physical Therapy, in New York City and Mumbai. Slow stretching, especially if it involves holding positions up to one minute, and gentle versions of yoga, including chair yoga, have also proven helpful. A study of 228 people with chronic back pain published in the Internal Archives of Medicine found that both approaches reduced symptoms within 12 weeks and lowered the use of pain medications, and that results lasted at least six months. Tai chi, an ancient Chinese practice that involves breath control combined with slow, fluid movements, has been shown to benefit people with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and tension headaches, among other chronic conditions. In a study in the New England Journal of Medicine,

people with fibromyalgia taking tai chi classes twice a week for 12 weeks reported less pain and depression and better sleep than another group taking wellness classes and stretching sessions. Chi kung (qigong), another slow-moving, mind-body exercise, supplies similar benefits, concluded a February study published in the journal Holistic Nursing Practice. Compared to aerobics, especially for older people with lower back pain, “Pilates may be more effective for pain and disability because exercises are more targeted to the muscles of the pelvis and trunk,” concludes a recent Brazilian study. Aqua therapy, also known as water aerobics, reduces pressure on aching joints while still providing enough gentle resistance to build strength, plus a heated pool

can relax the whole body. Swimming was shown in a 2013 study in Clinical Rehabilitation to ease the lingering pain of cancer survivors better than land exercises; studies of arthritis and fibromyalgia patients showed similar results. It’s also key to have goals—even as simple as cooking a meal without pain. “I ask people to envision a pain-free life and imagine what that would look like, what they would do if they didn’t hurt,” says Forest. “If you say, ‘I’m a softball player and a mom who picks up her kids,’ then your brain wants to head in that direction. Having a target is really important.” Julie Peterson writes from rural Wisconsin. Reach her at

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essential oils “not only kill mold, but neutralize the toxins,” she says. “It won’t fix mold on porous surfaces, which require professional remediation.” n Ban smoking. Children that breathe secondhand smoke are more prone to ear infections, coughs and colds, tooth decay and respiratory problems like asthma and pneumonia, and they miss more days of school, reports the American Academy of Pediatrics. Even smoke residue that clings to clothes, furniture, bedding and other surfaces can harm a child when this third-hand smoke is inhaled, absorbed or ingested.

HEALTHY HOME, HEALTHY KIDS How to Keep Them Safe by Ronica O’Hara


healthy home for kids looks much like what’s needed for a healthy planet: clean air, clean water and clean food, all of which create a space in which our children can be well and thrive. This means taking active steps to eliminate everyday contaminants that can harm their developing organs and brains. “Children are not mini-adults. Their bodies cannot filter out toxins and chemicals as effectively as a full-grown adult body can,” says Kimberly Button, author of The Everything Guide to a Healthy Home: All You Need to Know to Protect You and Your Family from Hidden Dangers. Here are some practical steps to take.

Clean Air

n Clean “green”. The chemicals in popular disinfectants alter children’s gut microbes and heavy use leads to higher body mass index by age 3, reports Canadian researchers; eco-friendly 38

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cleaning agents do not harm kids’ health, they found. A solution of one part white vinegar to three parts water can be used to clean counters, floors and toilets. The acetic acid in vinegar can deactivate even the flu and tuberculosis viruses, recent studies have shown. n Get rid of mold. Mold, especially if it’s black, is highly toxic to children: a Polish study found it lowered IQs in children under 6. “When the mycotoxins in mold affect children’s developing nervous systems we may see fatigue, difficulty learning, and attention issues,” says naturopath Jill Crista of Janesville, Wisconsin, author of Break The Mold: 5 Tools to Conquer Mold and Take Back Your Health. She recommends mixing in a glass (not plastic) spray bottle essential oils, such as rosemary, holy basil, tea tree or eucalyptus, spraying the mold, and using a disposable cloth to wipe it off. The

Clean Water

n Get a water test. Because children drink more water per pound than adults, even low levels of contaminants can impact their IQ and behavior. Check with the local health department to see if it offers free test kits, buy one at a hardware store or find a local lab by calling the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 800-426-4791. n Purify it. Several types of water purification systems, including tap-mounted, under-sink and pitchers, are effective and affordable, ranging from $20 to $300. Seek filters certified by the National Sanitation Foundation testing agency that address contaminants identified by the water test.

Clean Food

n Buy organic when possible. “Swapping to mostly organic foods is a good way to reduce your child’s daily toxic burden and reduce their risk of developing gut issues, autoimmune diseases, and food sensitivities and allergies,” says Caitlin Self, a licensed dietitian and functional nutritionist in Baltimore who blogs at Using the list of the Dirty Dozen pesticide-laden produce compiled by the Environmental Working Group ( as well as its recommended Clean 15 makes shopping organic easier.

n Clean produce of pesticides. Simply rinsing produce under cold water for 30 seconds reduces pesticide residues for nine of 12 pesticides, a study by the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station found. Saltwater or vinegar rinses also remove pesticides effectively, and in a recent Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry study, soaking apples in one ounce of baking soda to 100 ounces of water for 15 minutes removed 80 and 96 percent of two pesticides, respectively, even under the skin of the fruit. n Stock up on healthy snacks. After-school munchies are not only natural, but healthy. “Kids’ little tummies tend to need more frequent feedings than fully formed adults to ensure they have stable blood sugar,” says Self. Rather than highly processed crackers, pudding and most granola bars, offer combos like grapes with cheese, celery with peanut butter or hummus on whole-wheat bread. “Some parents will need to rely on some more packaged snacks to get through,” says Self, who recommends trail mix, fresh fruit or crispy chickpeas. Ronica A. O’Hara is a Denver-based health writer. Connect at

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Brigit Strawbridge Howard on Rediscovering Nature


by April Thompson ee advocate, Bees have been a wildlife gardener portal to the natural and naturalworld for me. It happens ist Brigit Strawbridge when many people get Howard was alarmed interested in a specific the moment she realspecies because everyized she knew more thing is interconnected, about the French Revoand you start to notice lution than the native the whole web of life. trees around her. Howard’s realization that she What makes had lost touch with the bees distinct natural world led her from other kinds on a journey deep into of insects? the fascinating world of Bees go out specifically honeybees, bumblebees, to collect pollen and and the often unsung nectar to feed their superpollinator solitary larvae; other insects bees, chronicled in her It’s never too late to eat pollen and are book Dancing with reconnect and find important pollinators, Bees: A Journey Back to but don’t collect it for the curiosity and awe Nature. Howard writes, their young. They also speaks and campaigns that you experienced tend to visit the same to raise awareness of the as a child. flower species again importance of native and again, which other pollinators don’t wild bees and other pollinating insects. She always do. lives in North Dorset, England, with her husband, Rob, where they love to bee-watch How has your study of bees in their backyard garden.

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Initially, apocalyptic headlines about bee decline and colony collapse with female worker bees leaving hives and not coming back alarmed me from a human food chain perspective. It happened to be around the time I realized I had completely lost touch with the natural world I so loved as a child. I started looking for bees and became completely immersed in their world; the more I watched them, the more I lost track of time and the more questions I had. I also began to more worry about the bees themselves than about their decline’s effect on us.

affected you personally?

I dropped out of school as a teenager. Bees are the only thing I’ve truly ever studied; I am self-taught in insect biology and ecology. I have read scientific papers that I would have never thought were for the likes of me in my quest to understand more about bees. Also, when I feel overwhelmed with life, because of my interest in bees I have something else to focus on. I can lose hours and hours walking in the woods and totally forget my problems. I have learned to tune into the tiny things, the fungi and miniscule plants I would have otherwise walked past.

What is one of the most interesting aspects of bee behavior?

Some years ago, I remember vividly a day on my patio listening to bees with my eyes closed and seeing if I could recognize them by their buzzes. Bumblebees have a deep booming buzz, for example, and I recognized this, but suddenly it changed to a high-pitched sound like a dental drill. I opened my eyes, and it was a bumblebee going round and round the sides of a Welsh poppy, sounding really frantic and having a pollen bath. As it turns out, she was sonicating, otherwise known as buzz foraging. This is how bees pollinate tomatoes. A lot of flowers don’t give up pollen easily, but the bumblebee knows exactly what to do. It grasps the flower and continues to vibrate without moving its wings. This produces high-frequency vibrations that trigger the tomato flower to open and explodes pollen out onto the bee.

What are a few ways that we can help support bee populations?

Maintain gardens, backyards and balconies with a variety of nectar-rich plants and create habitat for bees to nest in. Plant flowers that will bloom in succession. Stop using pesticides, insecticides and other chemicals, because the bees are taking that cocktail of chemicals back to the hive or nest, and collectively they are more dangerous than the sum of their parts. Also, dare to be less tidy in your garden; grow wildflowers and let flowering weeds like clover and dandelions be. Watch and see what comes. It won’t just be the bees: If we get it right for the bees, it spirals out to other species. It’s never too late to reconnect and find the curiosity and awe that you experienced as a child. It was bees that captured my attention and imagination; for someone else it may be something else, but if you make time to stop, sit and look around you, you will find the wonder in nature. April Thompson is a freelance writer in Washington, D.C. Connect at April 2020


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ome, whether a humble studio apartment or a dream house, is a critical facet of well-being, a spiritual headquarters from which good health springs. Everyone in the family, including two- and four-legged children, can benefit from an environment that feels like a sacred space. Creating nourishing corners, along with more open areas that feed the senses and a system of functional ease, can be a deep and rewarding act of self-care. “Our home is by far one of the most significant investments we’ll ever make. Our spaces are not meant to be stagnant, but to evolve through each stage of our lives,” says feng shui expert Bridget Saraka, of Saskatoon, Canada. Ali English, owner of Eldrum Interiors, in Lincolnshire, England, concurs, “We all need a safe holt to return to, that space where we can be utterly ourselves, utterly at peace.”

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Like water and wind, harmony within the home should also flow. “Listening to the energies in your home and taking the time to move furniture around until you have a placement that makes your head feel calm is really important,” says English. Feng shui—the ancient Chinese system of creating harmony in personal and professional spaces—prioritizes color psychology. “More times than I can count, I’ve had clients report loss of motivation after painting their homes taupe. They’ve also reported weight gain and digestive disorders,” says Saraka. “It’s best to use colors that reflect light, especially for homes in locations where winter is long and days are short.” Disruptive clutter is another key player in eliciting discontent, especially for children that are sensitive to environmental stimulus. “A space that is cluttered can cause emotional distress, resulting in less-than-desirable behaviors,” says Saraka. “Something as simple as the lines of the furniture can feel sharp, creating anxiety. It all matters.”

Cultivating Comfort

Soul-inspiring visuals, satisfying textures and natural, delightful scents are all desirable domestic companions. A small, ambient lamp

Our spaces are not meant to be stagnant, but to evolve through each stage of our lives. ~Bridget Saraka in a bathroom or a spring-colored sheer in a window can invite the benediction of light. “Step outside the room and then come back in as a guest,” suggests Ridge. “What do you notice with your newcomer’s eyes? What does the room feel like? What smells are you aware of? Do you need to move a cat litter box to another area of the house? Would an area rug soften the hard sounds of foot traffic? Pause on each of your senses and make notes.”

Bringing the Outdoors In

Incorporating organic elements can boost the vitality of any living space. “House plants are a wonderful way to bring the green world into our homes. Go for organic ones if possible, and if you’re worried you may forget to water them, consider plants like scented leaf pelargoniums; for example, Royal Oak. They thrive on neglect and can also provide some wonderful room fragrances,” says English. She also suggests including natural or quality faux branches and blooms in the home as ways of decorating—berries to provide splashes of rich orange, pine cones dabbed with metallic paint, or even long stems of ivy leaves twisted into garlands. Having live plants in the home also benefits physical health. “Adding a few real plants to a space can help reduce environmental toxins found in paints and manmade products, as well as electromagnetic frequencies—by-products of electronics.” Ridge concurs, “Cacti can be a charming alternative for those of us who don’t have a green thumb, but still want to enjoy a living plant indoors.” In the end, a place of sanctuary comes from a place of love. English sums it up best: “If you pour that sense of love into your home, you will, over time, find that mirrored back at you, and you’ll feel it whenever you go through your front door.”

Tips from our experts Feng shui tips from Bridget Saraka:

Create daily rituals with small, manageable goals that’ll help sustain balance and harmony. Give everyone in the household daily, weekly and monthly chores to help maintain a clean, healthy, safe, beautiful and calm home. Make sure that each space has optimum lighting, that all light bulbs work and window treatments are opened daily to fill each room with natural light. Position the beds in the home to have a view of the door entering the room. This is called the “command position”, which instills a sense of control over the immediate environment.

Practical suggestions from Rachel Anne Ridge:

Start with the floor. Simply pick up and straighten the items there—shoes, books, papers, coats and that stack of items earmarked for donating that you set in the corner weeks ago. A clear walk space gives you immediate energy and a sense of order. Use a timer. Setting it for five minutes (or giving yourself just enough time

to let a teabag steep in a cup) is perfect motivation to unload a dishwasher, clear the junk mail from the counter or wipe down a sink. Reduce indoor noise pollution. Installing felt bumpers on cabinet doors and drawers is a tiny activity that yields big results. Cover the feet of kitchen chairs with pads and use fabric placemats on tables. Throw rugs can also soften sounds. Upgrading speakers for TVs and devices can improve sound quality and facilitate lower volumes.

Inspiration from Ali English:

One of my most favorite guidelines is William Morris’ adage, “Keep nothing in your home that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” Never feel that you are “stuck” with where you’ve placed furniture and items. I move things around my home on a regular basis, only really settling when furniture has found the place where it merges most perfectly with the overall energy of a room. Begin by creating a “mood board” where you collect ideas that inspire you.

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Become aware of our own negative conditioning about luck. Most of

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us have decided on an unconscious level how lucky we deserve to be. To turn our luck around often requires “lifting curses”; rooting out those limiting beliefs we’ve acquired along the way that become selffulfilling prophecies.

Take bold action consistently.

Think of action as a cosmic lottery ticket. The more actions we take, the more chances we have to win. To turbocharge this step, we must get out of our comfort zone; meet new people, change our daily routine and do things that stretch us. Fortune favors the bold.


An Intentional Path to Good Fortune by Carol Kline


y its very definition, luck is random, capricious and based on chance rather than our own actions. Yet there is reason to believe that might not be the whole story—that living a charmed life and being lucky both in love and a chosen field is within our control. Recent research in the field of positive psychology and the experiences of consistently lucky people show that we can, and in fact already do make our own luck. Although there will always be an element of chance to luck—both good and bad—we have more influence over the events in our lives than we realize. This means a great deal of our luck can be changed, and quickly, with a little conscious attention. The first step is changing our ideas about how luck works. Stanford University professor and luck expert Tina Seelig, Ph.D., explains that the key is “understanding that luck is rarely a lightning strike— isolated and dramatic—but a wind that blows constantly… You need to build a sail made up of certain tiny behaviors to catch the winds of luck.” Here are a few ideas and ways for us to get started in raising our sails and harnessing the winds of luck.

Believe it’s possible and commit to being lucky. This is called mindset.

It may seem simplistic, but studies clearly show that people that believe they are lucky are more open to and aware of the opportunities that come their way and act upon them, which leads to a larger number of positive outcomes.

Learn to listen to inner mental, emotional and physical promptings.

Being true to our deepest values, priorities and intuitions, and staying centered in our bodies while we move through space, are the keys to being in the right place at the right time, a common definition of luck. When we focus on the elements of luck that are within our control, chance becomes less important. Begin today and watch good fortune blossom. Carol Kline is a New York Times bestselling author and the co-author of Happy for No Reason, Love for No Reason, five books in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series and the upcoming Conscious Luck: Eight Secrets to Intentionally Change Your Fortune, with Gay Hendricks.

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Needles Work Wonders on Pets by Julie Peterson


eedles make most pet parents cringe, but those used for acupuncture don’t hurt animals, they help. They are what traditional Chinese veterinary medicine has used for thousands of years to enhance blood circulation, balance the nervous system and promote release of pain-relieving hormones in animals ranging from rabbits to horses. “It’s a holistic approach that pinpoints the issues, unlike medicines that must go through the entire body,” says C.J. Schnier, coach for the University of Wisconsin women’s polo team. The five thoroughbreds and a quarter horse on her Verona, Wisconsin, farm have a standing appointment every three weeks with a veterinarian that performs acupuncture for their injuries, arthritis, colic and immune systems. Since the founding of the Boulder, Colorado-based International Veterinary Acupuncture Society in 1974, the number of certified animal acupuncturists has grown from 80 to about 1,800, making the


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Treating the Ark

Beyond the usual four-legged friends, acupuncture helps animals such as reptiles, rabbits and livestock as a complement to Western medicine or other body work to alleviate pain and speed recovery. “All animals can have acupuncture,” says veterinarian Carol Jean Tillman, of the Animal Kingdom Veterinary Hospital, in Las Vegas. She uses acupuncture for dogs and cats with musculoskeletal conditions such as lameness due to injuries, arthritis and paralysis, and also finds it helpful for allergies, immune system problems and digestive issues. A 2016 review of veterinary acupuncture clinical trials published in the American Journal of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine concluded that it was safe and effective in treating a wide range of medical conditions like canine hip dysplasia, pain from osteoarthritis and

The Many Methods

Dry needle acupuncture is what most people recognize—the use of thin, solid, metallic needles inserted into specific meridian acupoints on a body. There is also aquapuncture, that involves injection of a liquid, such as diluted vitamin B12, into an acupoint to relieve muscle pain and discomfort. Moxibustion is a technique used for joint stiffness or allergies in which a heated Chinese herbal compound is applied to or held over acupoints. Electrostimulation, sending an electrical current through pairs of inserted needles, takes less time and creates longer-lasting effects. “Electrostimulation is very effective for treating neurological conditions such as radial nerve paralysis, facial nerve paralysis, disc disease and any condition that requires strong stimulation,” says veterinarian Bernadette Aleksey, at the Adorable Pets Veterinary Center, in Haddam, Connecticut. She regularly treats dogs, cats and horses for arthritis, neck and back pain, as well as neurological and gastrointestinal problems. Results similar to acupuncture can be obtained without using needles. Acupressure using hands, cupping therapy using special cups or cool laser stimulation using low levels of light can stimulate hard-to-reach acupoints or work for animals that are too restless for needles. “Depending on the severity of the condition, acupuncture treatment could be recommended daily for several days, then spaced out to every week, then as-needed or once a month,” says Tillman. Precise placement of tiny needles into an ailing dog or a massive horse seems fraught with risk, but the animals only need to be gently restrained and plied with treats during the first treatment. They generally relax quietly for subsequent treatments. Even Sienna, Schnier’s typically reactive thoroughbred mare, stands still for acupuncture around a swollen eye. “She knows it’s being done to help her,” Schnier says. And her 17-year-old cat held still for

tiny needles placed in the sinus areas that helped it breathe better. In a clinical setting, pets may be more apprehensive, but there are workarounds such as lasers or aquapuncture. “We provide a relaxing environment. The lighting is dimmed, we play relaxing music and treats are encouraged,” says Aleksey. Pet parents can search for a certified veterinary acupuncturist at Julie Peterson writes about pets, health and environmental issues. Connect at

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surgery, intervertebral disc disease, seizure disorders, vomiting, inflammatory bowel disease, cardiac and respiratory problems, and depression and anxiety.

It’s a holistic approach that pinpoints the issues, unlike medicines that must go through the entire body. ~C.J. Schnier

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release old patterns using rebirthing and meditation practices as taught by Yogi Bhajan. The kriyas are simple but the unusual powerful impact will surprise you. A lot will be cleared and it will bring ease and joy. $22 in advance; $27 day of event. Yoga Village, 2760 Daniel St., Clearwater. 727-712-1475, Info@,

TUESDAY, APRIL 14 Qigong and Meditation – 6:30-7:45pm. The ultimate mind-body practice. For beginners, or to deepen your practice, experience lessons in the ancient art of syncing breath with movement and focus, to cultivate the circulation of your vital life force energy. Paired with guidance and support to help develop your personal journey within through mindful meditation. $14. $60/5 classes. Six Oaks Wellness Apothecary, 607 1st. Ave. SW, Largo. Mark Hayward, 727-519-8786

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15 Free Mini Webinar: Hypnosis-NLP for Everyday – 7:30-8:15pm. Live webinar discussing Hypnosis & NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) Fundamentals with Certified Master Trainer, Patricia V. Scott. With 28 years’ experience as a Medical Hypnotherapist & NLP Master Practitioner, Patricia will discuss & answer questions on this live Zoom webinar (3rd Weds monthly). Must register by Noon 4/15 for log-in details: 727-943-5003,,

THURSDAY, APRIL 16 Acupuncture Basics for Physical, Mental & Emotional Health – 6pm. Presented by Liana Kramer, DOM. Free. Peaks of Health Metabolic Medical Center, 1120 Belcher Rd. S, Ste. 2, Largo. RSVP 727-826-0838. Webinar: Improve Immune Function with Hypnosis – 7-9pm. Research confirms hypnosis boosts the body’s natural immune function to fight off infections and heal faster. Patricia V. Scott, Certified Medical Hypnotherapist (since 1992) & Master Trainer guides you on this remarkable journey into your inner mind. $25 or $20 (UPHI Members) includes hypnosis recording, scripts/materials. Must register by Midnight 4/15. 727-943-5003.

Release Your Jaw, Your Voice, Your Whole Self – 5pm Fri. to 4pm Sun., Apr. 5. Learn concepts and practical applications from the Feldenkrais Method, with Bonnie Kissam, MA, Feldenkrais practitioner, and through slow, gentle movements and quiet, deep-seated muscular holding patterns, even in the jaw. Experience movements that develop better organization of your head, neck and shoulders as you discover how simple shifts in action in fingers or eyes can affect your voice and whole self. 15 CEs for LMTs & movement/yoga teachers. Ionie’s, 1241 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota. Info and RSVP, 941-3602248,



Preparing Your Pets for the Heat – 6-7:15pm. Presented by Healthy PAWsibilities Natural Pet Wellness Center and Granger Health. Event held at Clearwater Historical Society, 610 S Ft Harrison. Info & registration, 727-510-3665, Info@

Extreme Communications – 7-9pm. Lisa Miliaresis, medium & author, channels in a gallery setting. Embrace the opportunity to connect to loved ones on the other side. Early Registration $45 before April 15; $50 after This workshop requires advanced registration of 5 students or it will be cancelled or rescheduled. Yoga Village, 2760 Daniel St., Clearwater. Register, 727-712-1475,,


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FRIDAY, APRIL 10 Rebirthing Meditation – 7-9pm. Join in community with Sunder Luber as we set new intentions and

SATURDAY, APRIL 18 Introduction to Somatic Movement Workshop – 1:30-3pm. Lisa Abernathy, E-RYT 500 certified Hatha Yoga Teacher registered with Yoga Alliance; certification in Amrit Yoga Therapy Method of body Psychology. This workshop will introduce you to the basic somatic exercises that can help eliminate or significantly reduce chronic muscle pain. $40/with two day advanced purchase; $45 after. Yoga Village, 2760 Daniel St., Clearwater. 727-712-1475, Info@,

TUESDAY, APRIL 21 Regenerative Medicine for Your Eyes – 6-7:30pm. Presented by Dr. Les Cole. Free. St. Petersburg Health & Wellness, 2100 Dr. MLK Jr. St. N, St. Petersburg. Seating is limited; RSVP 727-202-6807. Qigong and Meditation – 6:30-7:45pm. The ultimate mind-body practice. For beginners, or to deepen your practice, experience lessons in the ancient art of syncing breath with movement and focus, to cultivate the circulation of your vital life force energy. Paired with guidance and support to help develop your personal journey within through mindful meditation. $14. $60/5 classes. Six Oaks Wellness Apothecary, 607 1st. Ave. SW, Largo. Mark Hayward, 727-519-8786


up at odd times and possibly in destructive ways. After the cleanse, we will relax to the sound of multiple gongs. $30. Psycho Gong Yoga, 11561 Walsingham Rd., Ste. C, Largo. 727-914-4900, Intuition, Awareness & Practice – 6pm. Lisa Miliaresis, medium and author, will introduce you to tools that can be used to tap into your intuition. Come practice interactive exercises to awaken your awareness and the light within you. Learn how to connect with and trust the voice within. $40. Serenity Now Books and Gifts, 3273 Tampa Rd., Palm Harbor. Register 727-787-5400. Information on Lisa and her services, visit

TUESDAY, APRIL 28 Qigong and Meditation – 6:30-7:45pm. The ultimate mind-body practice. For beginners, or to deepen your practice, experience lessons in the ancient art of syncing breath with movement and focus, to cultivate the circulation of your vital life force energy. Paired with guidance and support to help develop your personal journey within through mindful meditation. $14. $60/5 classes. Six Oaks Wellness Apothecary, 607 1st. Ave. SW, Largo. Mark Hayward, 727-519-8786 Hypnosis & NLP to Control Weight – 7-9pm. On-line Live webinar. Learn exciting Mind-Body Cohesion System developed by Patricia V. Scott, PhD, which uses Hypnosis, NLP, guided imagery & more for confidence, controlling cravings, exercising motivation & self-empowerment. Hypnosis Recording, Scripts/Materials provided. $25 or $20/ UPHI Mbrs. Repeat $15 (last Tuesday monthly). Must register by Noon 4/28. 727-943-5003.

plan ahead SATURDAY, MAY 2

Medical Hypnotherapy Specialty On-line Training – April 22 & 23. Patricia V. Scott, PhD and Dr. Eric Rosen offer advanced Medical Hypnotherapy techniques, theory & practice at Hypno Expo (Now Virtual due to Coronavirus). $275 (Pre-requisite – 200 hrs. hypnosis training). Workbook, PowerPoints, scripts & Certificate of Completion. Optional certification available post-training at an additional fee. Register at

SATURDAY, APRIL 25 Rebirthing Kriya – 10am-noon. Join Dr. Adele Giotta, DC (Joti Nam Kaur), RYT and master gong practitioner, to bathe your subconscious. Everyone bathes their physical body but they don’t bathe their subconscious. Whenever we have feelings that we don’t deal with, they become part of our subconscious. If continually ignored, they come

EPIC Services Grand Opening – 10am-5pm. Attendees enjoy 50 percent off salt therapy services, dollar-a-minute chair massage and giveaways of products and services. EPIC’s specialties include structural energetic therapy, breathing, massage, salt therapy and yoga. 4002 West State St., Ste. 200, Tampa. Info, call or text 813-898-0601, on social media @epicservicesco or visit Medical Hypnotherapy Specialty On-line Training – 10am-6pm, May 2 & 3, plus additional on-line training & assignments. Patricia V. Scott, PhD and Dr. Eric Rosen offer advanced Medical Hypnotherapy techniques, theory & practice. Pre-requisite: 200 hrs. prior hypnosis training. Register by 4/14: $495 or $395/UPHI Mbrs After 4/14: $545 or $495/ Mbrs. Includes workbook, PowerPoints & scripts. 727-943-5003.


Andy, Reverend and Yogini, snapped this sweet photo of her Boston, Peaches, resting in her public meditation garden at The White Lotus Lounge Meditation Center. multiple gongs while you lie on a futon in candlelight with a blanket, bolster and pillows. We will also do a Full Moon Meditation to open your energy channels and make you peaceful and secure. $20. Psycho Gong Yoga, 11561 Walsingham Rd., Ste. C, Largo. 727-914-4900,

THURSDAY, MAY 21 Genetic Testing – 6:30pm. Dr. John D. Young, Young Foundational Health, and Alex DeOliveira, RN present this intriguing topic on genetic testing for optimizing body function. Free. Natures Food Patch, 1225 Cleveland St, Clearwater.

SATURDAY, MAY 23 Creating a Home Yoga Practice – 10:30am-noon. Dr. Adele Giotta, DC (Joti Nam Kaur). It’s great to be able to practice yoga every day. It’s optimal to practice in a group. This is the ideal, but sometimes we cannot make it to class. For those times, we need to set aside a space in our home to practice. We will learn how to: create a sacred space, choose a time to practice, make yourself comfortable practicing, and plan your practice. $25. Psycho Gong Yoga, 11561 Walsingham Rd., Ste. C, Largo. 727-914-4900,

SATURDAY, MAY 30 Hypnosis International Certification – Receive two certifications: International Assoc. of Counselors & Therapists & UP Hypnosis Institute. Two live weekends (Dunedin, FL) plus online training, private coaching and outside assignments. Learn basic & advanced techniques, medical uses, regression, parts integration, Time-Line, NLP & more. Enroll by 5/4: $3095; $2895/UPHI Members; After 5/4: $3395/$3095. Full details & to register: 727943-5003.

Full Moon Gong Meditation – 7-8 pm. Join Dr. Adele Giotta, DC (Joti Nam Kaur), RYT and master gong practitioner, to celebrate the abundance of the full moon. Enjoy a deep relaxation with the sound of

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on going events

sunday Mindfulness Meditation & Practice – 10am-noon. In the spirit of Thich Nhat Hanh. Mindfulness practice helps to cultivate compassion, develop inner peace and experience joy in daily life. FCM Practice Center, 6501 N Nebraska, Tampa. Info 25 Years of Teaching Meditation – 10:30-11:30am Sun; 6:00-7:15pm Weds; 6-7pm Fri. Learn three unique pre-Buddhist approaches to practicing meditation; techniques used by the earliest Yogis designed to awaken into the freedom and fullness of yourSelf. Practice the fundamentals, avoid common pitfalls, and get guidance creating a practical, sustainable, life-changing practice. St. Petersburg Yoga, 2842 Dr. MLK St. N., 727-8949642,,

monday Guided Meditation First & Third Mondays – 12:30-1:15pm. Jan. 6 to Apr. 20, 2020 Join guide Ellen Mooney and experience easy, enjoyable techniques to relax and create inner calm. Benefits of meditation may include less stress, better focus and increased sense of well-being. $3/with Recreation Card, $4/without. Clearwater Morningside Recreation Center, 2400 Harn Blvd., Clearwater. Info, 727-754-4340,, Rec Ctr 727-562-4280. Core Bungee – 3:30pm Mon, Weds, Fri. 2pm Sat. Engage your core in a gravity defying workout. Practice static movement combinations that strengthen and balance your core. Inversions on the bungee assist in spinal decompression and allow expanded range of movement. $20. Kinesis, The Movement Studio, 4760 East Bay Dr., Ste. D, Clearwater. Info & Class Booking, 727-331-0751, Ki Hara – 5:30pm. Stretch and strengthen your muscles in this eccentric resistance stretching technique focused on improving strength and length of full ranges of motion while correcting muscular imbalances. $15. Kinesis Movement Studio, 4760

E. Bay Dr., Clearwater. Info & Class booking, 727331-0751, Life Balance Yoga – 6-7:15pm. Alignment-based class emphasizing poses that help students balance out the effects of daily life. Props and individualized attention are used and options are offered to help each student practice at their desired level of challenge. Created by Stacy Renz OTR, C-IAYT. $18/class. Living Room Yoga, 8424 4th St. North, Ste. G, St. Petersburg. Register, 727-826-4754, Sound Spa with Mystic Voices – 6:30-7:30pm. This unique and soothing sound healing journey facilitated by “The Mystic Voices” blends music and mindfulness while incorporating essential oils for a well-rounded experience of acoustic guitar, dulcimer, ukulele, singing bowls and gentle percussion to bring love and balance to the mind, body and spirit. Come as you are. $15. Awakenings Wellness, 2126 1st Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Info and registration, 727-289-4747 and on Facebook event page via Eventbrite. Beginning Tribal Belly Dance – 6-7pm. Balance your life with belly dance workouts that burn fat fast, raise metabolism and build tone immediately. This class includes basic movements and exercises for building muscle. $20. Essential Balance Holistic Wellness Center, 5606 N Nebraska Ave., Tampa. Drop-ins welcome. To reserve your spot, text 856-379-8510.

tuesday Reiki Share – 10am-2pm. Experience the most profound, powerful & gentle relaxation technique which helps re-establish healthy frequencies of cells over your whole vibrational field, bringing back health to tissues and organs. Complements any form of therapy. Carrollwood Revello Medical Center, 10213 Lake Carrol Way, Ste. D, Tampa. Call or text 813-334-7424 Maria or 352-942-0396 Rolly or email Somatics & Yoga – 10-11am. Somatics, the intentional movement to practice subtle awareness of the body, is gentle with slow, non-habitual movements. Paired with yoga and the practice of breath and meditation, it brings a body-mind coherence that is relaxing and beneficial. Tampa Yoga Therapy, 6104 River Ter., Tampa. Info & registration, Tish 678-772-7912, Functional Movement through Dance – 12:30pm Tues, Thurs, Sat. This specialized class is designed for people with mild movement / coordination disorders such as Parkinson’s, cerebral palsy or stroke. Must be able to stand for


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extended periods and explore movements in dance. $10. Kinesis, The Movement Studio, 4760 East Bay Dr., Ste. D, Clearwater. Info & Class Booking, 727331-0751, Stretch Rx: Small Group Therapeutic Stretching Class – 1-2:30pm. Bring your mat and join us for an intimate small group class focused on learning effective stretches for the entire body. There is a 5 participant maximum for each class. $30/in advance. 2445 Tampa Rd., Unit J, Palm Harbor. Info & registration, 813-382-2363, Kids Mindful Yoga – 4-5pm. Also Thurs. Kids ages 5 to 9 can learn the fundamentals of Mindfulness in body, breath, mind & life through yoga. Taught by our Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Yoga Instructor, and Mom of two. Parents can relax at the same time in their own separate Restorative class. 4-5pm, St. Petersburg Yoga, 2842 Dr. MLK St. N., 727-894-9642,, Acupuncture & Cupping with Amparo – 4:307:30pm. 60-minute sessions with our certified Florida licensed acupuncturist, Amparo Parades. $45. Awakening Wellness Center, 6161 MLK Jr. St. N, Ste. 100, St. Petersburg. 727-289-4747. Text Amparo 727-287-8350. Gong Relaxation/Meditation – 5:30-6:30pm. Tues. & Thurs. Class starts with a short warm-up to get prana flowing. Then you will lie on a futon and get comfortable with blankets, bolsters and pillows. Multiple gongs will be played as you relax and focus on the sound. The sound waves will vibrate every cell of your body bringing you into a spontaneous meditative state, opening blocks. $15. First class $10. $100/10 class pass. Psycho Gong Yoga, 11561 Walsingham Rd., Ste. C, Largo. 727-914-4900, Health and Weight Loss Club Cooking Class – 6-7pm. Join us for a fun evening with Dr. Kevin Granger and Chef Trevor Granger while eating a delicious dish, and attain the skills to prepare healthy, tasteful meals that will help you lose weight. $5/per person. Granger Health, 205 S. Myrtle Ave., Clearwater. Info & registration, 727-248-0930, Acupuncture Intern Clinic $25 + Cost of Herbs – 6-8pm. Students spend about an hour or two using the Chinese medicine system of evaluation to see what herbs and herbal formulas to recommend for you. They are supervised by one of our experienced acupuncture & herbal practitioners. Appointments only. Acupuncture & Herbal Therapies, 2520 Central Ave.,St. Pete, 727-551-0857, Qigong and Meditation – 6:30-7:45pm. The ultimate mind-body practice. For beginners, or to deepen your practice, experience lessons in the ancient art of syncing breath with movement and focus, to cultivate the circulation of your vital life force energy. Paired with guidance and support to help develop your personal journey within through mindful meditation. $14. $60/5 classes. Six Oaks Wellness Apothecary, 607 1st. Ave. SW, Largo. Mark Hayward, 727-519-8786

Roll & Renew – 6:30pm. Yoga for Stress with Stacy Renz, E-RYT, PYT, OTR. Spend the hour on the floor luxuriating in breath, long stretches and self-massage. Learn to use the foam roller and yoga tune-up balls to alleviate trigger points and stimulate meridian lines. $16. Living Room Yoga, 8424 4th St. N, Ste. F, St. Pete. 727-826-4754, Schedulicity. com/scheduling/LRYQK9/classes. Open Hatha Yoga Class – 6:30-7:45pm. Barney Chapman, certified in Hot and Sivananda Yoga, presents a nurturing practice of breath and form with a variety of postures to enhance overall range of motion and flexibility. Infused with yoga philosophy, become more aware of the possibilities of your practice and more responsible for inner experience. First come, first served. $15. Yoga Village, 2760 Daniel St., Clearwater. 727-712-1475, Info@AYogaVillage. com, Minding Your Weight: Create Your Ideal Healthy Body – 6:30-8:30pm, 2nd Tues. monthly. Patricia V. Scott, Ph.D., teaches hypnosis & NLP techniques for achieving and maintaining a fit, healthy body & lifestyle. Guided hypnosis included. $25/One class or Buy five/get one class free. UP Hypnosis Institute, Terrace Plaza, 1810 S. Pinellas Ave., Suite G, Tarpon Springs. 727-943-5003. Warming the Flow – 6:30-8:30pm. Enjoy whole body pain relief & much more. Embrace warm relaxation on the Advanced Vascular Circulation, Class 2, FDA cleared, non-invasive Miracle Device. Free. 3530 1st Ave. N, 1st flr conference rm.  (left of stairs), St. Pete. Limited seating. Register with Harvey Pearlman, LMT, ma3019, 727-259-8232. Mindfulness Meditation & Practice – 7-8:45pm. In the spirit of Thich Nhat Hanh. Mindfulness practice helps to cultivate compassion, develop inner peace and experience joy in daily life. First Unity Campus, 460 46th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Info

wednesday Chair Yoga – 10-11am. Gentle and appropriate for beginners and those with balance and mobility challenges. Seated in a chair with some standing optional poses, Tish Ganey leads this class in the Kripalu tradition of yoga, focusing on body awareness and mind-body connection. Tampa Yoga Therapy, 6104 River Ter., Tampa. Info & registration, Tish 678772-7912, Kundalini Yoga with Gong Relaxation – 10:3011:30am. Mon-Wed-Fri. This style of yoga uses breath work, exercise sets done in a specific order and timed for a specific purpose, meditation and chanting. The gong is played in all classes to assist the students in their meditation, relaxation and/or kriyas. Gongs have been used for thousands of years to reduce stress and increase health and happiness. $15. First class $10. $100/10 class pass. Psycho Gong Yoga, 11561 Walsingham Rd., Ste. C, Largo. 727-914-4900, Breakdance Fitness – 5:30pm Wed & Fri. Learn breakdancing moves in positions targeted from the fitness standpoint. Gain mobility and strength by

conditioning different techniques done by B-Boys / B-Girls. All ages and fitness levels welcome. Must be comfortable putting weight on hands for periods of time. $15. Kinesis Movement Studio, 4760 E. Bay Dr., Clearwater. Info & Class booking, 727331-0751, Herb Student Clinic $10 + Cost of Herbs – 6-8pm. Students spend about an hour or two using the Chinese medicine system of evaluation to see what herbs and herbal formulas to recommend for you. They are supervised by one of our experienced acupuncture & herbal practitioners. Appointments only. Acupuncture & Herbal Therapies, 2520 Central Ave.,St. Pete, 727-551-0857, Open Restorative Yoga with Sandbags Class – 7:30-8:30pm. Andrea Seiler, 200 RYT hatha yoga teacher, 200 KRI certified kundalini yoga teacher, certified in restorative yoga. First come- first serve; no advance reservations available. Yoga Village, 2760 Daniel St., Clearwater. 727-712-1475, Info@,


saturday Achieving Wellness through Healthy Habits Part I – 6-8pm. 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th Fridays. Modules 3–6. Karampreet, Kundalini Yoga Teacher. Join the Yoga Village Community in any class in this 16-week program on how to apply yoga to your life. Begin or deepen your practice of yoga, meditation, pranayama and the process to heal limiting habits so you can recover your soul. $18/class; $108/reserve for 8. Yoga Village, 2760 Daniel St., Clearwater, 727-712-1475. Info@, Awakening Wellness Center Affordable Saturday Clinic – 9am-4pm. Treat yourself to any of our services at a reduced price! Includes Tibetan Bowl Relaxation Therapy, Nutritional Counseling, Acupuncture, Cupping, Sound Therapy, Individual Yoga Instruction. 50 minute sessions with our certified professionals are $25. Awakening Wellness Center, 6161 MLK Dr., Ste. 102, St. Petersburg. Call for appointment, 727-289-4747.

Stretch Rx: Small Group Therapeutic Stretching Class – 1-2:30pm. Bring your mat and join us for an intimate small group class focused on learning effective stretches for the entire body. There is a 5 participant maximum for each class. $30/in advance. 2445 Tampa Rd., Unit J, Palm Harbor. Info & registration, 813-382-2363,

Tai Chi Saturday – 11am-noon. This class is poetry in motion, revitalizing the body, freeing the mind and illuminating the spirit, on your way to creating vibrant health. Our class is designed to create interconnection between mind body & spirit. We will be working to build fluidity, flexibility and gentleness of movement. Class is perfect for anyone dealing with health issues, mental anxiety and stress. Awakening Wellness, 2126 1st Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Info on Facebook event page. 727-289-4747.

Living Your Truth Guided Meditation - 6:30-8pm. Join Phillip Walker for a gentle but powerful journey to connection. His guided imagery meditation technique allows you to focus imagination, align with intuition and deepen the insights into your True Self. The sounds of crystal bowls and drumming will bring you deeper into the experience, which creates powerful healing and balances mind, body and spirit. $10. Awakening Wellness Center (South), 2126 1st Ave. S, St. Petersburg, 727-295-5147.

Warming the Flow – 1-4pm. Enjoy whole body pain relief & much more. Embrace warm relaxation on the Advanced Vascular Circulation, Class 2, FDA cleared, non-invasive Miracle Device. Free. 3530 1st Ave. N, 1st flr conference rm.  (left of stairs), St. Pete. Limited seating. Register with Harvey Pearlman, LMT, ma3019, 727-259-8232.

Yin Yoga – 7-8:15pm. Presented by Barbara Allen, LMT, RYT. Emphasizing how a pose feels versus how it looks. Yin is a delicious, slow, long hold practice that addresses connective tissue, bones, tendons, ligaments and collagen, applying gentle pressure to an area to facilitate deepening in the pose. $18/class. Living Room Yoga, 8424 4th St. North, Ste. G, St. Petersburg. Register, 727-8264754,

Now Playing Saturdays: The Dr. Tracie Show – 3-4pm. Listen Live on iHeart Radio to “Your expert in Integrative Medicine.” NewsRadio WFLA 970.

Email your favorite pet picture to Debbey at for inclusion in the magazine.

friday Art for Stress Reduction – 6:30-8:30pm, second Friday monthly. Join Naty from Londono Designs by Naty Londono, as she guides you step-by-step through the process of creating your own beautiful mandala to take home. The beauty of mandalas is they combine meditation, therapy, creative process and play all in one. $25/includes all supplies. Awakening Wellness, 2126 1st Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Info and registration on Facebook event page. 727-289-4747.

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community resource guide

Connecting you to the leaders in natural healthcare and green living in our community. To find out how you can be included in the Community Resource Guide call 727.865.9339 or go to and request a media kit.

ACUPUNCTURE Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine Chris Dziubinski, DOM, AP, L. Ac 12952 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa 813-935-CARE (2273)

Florida Board Certified Acupuncture Physician offering acupuncture therapies for the whole family. Established, comfortable, caring and professional integrative medicine clinics in South & North Tampa. In-network with most medical insurances; accept payments from HRA, HSA and FSA.

Jade Tree Wellness Center Tom Elman, AP, LMT 3039 - 49th St. N, St. Petersburg 727-344-8690

Happy, Healthy, Whole! Acupuncture, Herbs and Massage to help you feel better. We treat everything from asthma to emotional issues, from Acid Reflux to Fibromyalgia. Free Consultations!

Natural Med Therapies Machelle Perkins, D.O.M. 7600 Bryan Dairy Rd # C, Largo 727-541-2211

National & state board certified with 15+ years experience in Acupuncture, Homeopathy, Naturopathy, Cold Laser & more. Bio-Puncture and Mesotherapy to treat pain, ADHD, anxiety, depression. Lab testing, most insurances. Free Nutritional Consultation.

Professional Herbalists Training Program Acupuncture & Herbal Therapies 2520 Central Ave., St. Petersburg 727-551-0857

The 2-year program meets one weekend each month for class and Wednesday nights for our hands-on student clinic. This program is designed to create clinical herbalists in a combination of Chinese and western herbalism. Many open classes. Designed to meet American Herbalists Guild standards. See ad page 30.

Orthomolecular Nutrition & Wellness 9225 Ulmerton Rd., Ste. 312, Largo 727-518-9808

Dr. David Minkoff Dr. Rodney Soto Sue Morgan, APRN and Karima Redouan, APRN 301 Turner St., Clearwater 727-466-6789 Specializing in Ozone Therapy, IV Therapy, Heavy Metal Detoxification, Neurological Issues, Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, Gut Issues, Thyroid Issues and IPT for Cancer treatment. See ad inside front cover.


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GENTLE TOUCH CHIROPRACTIC AND WELLNESS CENTER Dr. Colette Cseszko 10575 68th Ave., Seminole 727-235-3265

Spa-like wellness center offering chiropractic, acupuncture and physical therapy modalities. 18+ years’ experience in treatment of spine-related conditions, including tailbone misalignments, chronic sacroiliac dysfunction, piriformis issues and upper cervical disorders. On site X-ray. See ad page 41.

Natural Living Chiropractic & wellness center Dr. Paula Giusto 310 South Brevard Ave., Tampa 813-253-2565

Family chiropractic care, wellness care, nutritional counseling, neuromuscular massage therapy. Jin Shin Jyutsu & craniosacral therapy.

We address the underlying root cause of disease by using a variety of modalities such as Nutrient IV’s, Chelation, Weight loss, HRT, PEMF and more. To see if you qualify for Medical Marijuana go to

apothecary Six Oaks Wellness Apothecary Carolyn Zinober, LMT, Esthetician, Clinical Herbalist, Aromatherapist 607 1st. Ave. SW, Largo 727-501-1700 Clinical herbalist and massage therapist offering consultations, extensive line of Eastern/Western Herbs, Teas, Essential oils, CBD, Supplements, and learning workshops. Visit your neighborhood apothecary today! See ad page 47.

alternative medicine LIFEWORKS WELLNESS CENTER


astrology Astrology for Your Soul

Aluna Michaels, M.A., Esoteric Astrologer Dunedin 727-239-7179 Second-generation astrologer and Soul Evolutionist practitioner. Over 25 years of experience. Insightful, unique perspective on goals and issues. “Together we will unveil your soul’s purpose.”

colon Hydrotherapy RENEW LIFE

Bonnie Barrett 28469 US Hwy 19 N. #402, Clearwater 727-461-7227, Lic# MA14802 MM35406 25 years experience. Expert in colon hydrotherapy using pressure points, abdominal massage, essential oils, and lymphatic drainage. All disposable tubing used. Very comfortable and relaxing room with private bathroom. See ad page 6.

dentists Beata carlson, DDS

2701 Park Dr. Suite 4, Clearwater 727-712-3837 Natural, Holistic, Aesthetic Dentistry. Careful Silver filling removal. Non-metal crowns and bridges. Be pampered in our Spa-like atmosphere. See ad back cover.

David F. Doering, DDS

Doering Family Dental 1201 W. Linebaugh Ave., Tampa 813-933-5365 Cosmetic and restorative dentistry. Conservative approach to periodontal (gum) treatment. See ad page 39.

herbalist Rose Kalajian—Herbalist

Natural Health Hut Clinic and Herb Farm 813-991-5177 Specializing in growing the herbs used in my clinic practice and in the Herbal Remedies I formulate. Consultations are available for humans, dog, cats, and horses. Promoting health through the use of Herbs. See ad page 8.

Colors of Joy, LLC

Patricia Salas, MA, LMT (MA89483) 813-380-3762 Reiki, intuitive energy balance and healing massage; tarot/oracle readings; past life regressions, private and group sessions available; doTERRA essential oils and wellness products.

paul t. rodeghero, dds

Clearwater Family Dental 215 S Myrtle Ave., Clearwater 727-442-3363 We are a full service family dental practice that stresses metal free restorations, safe mercury removal, ozone and laser dentistry. We welcome patients of all ages and can handle any concern that you may have. See ad page 7.

Robert J. Yu, DMD

Tampa Bay Dental Implants & Periodontics 6700 Crosswinds Dr., Ste. 200-B, St. Petersburg 727-384-9122

The only board certified periodontist and implant surgeon in Tampa Bay offering ceramic/ zirconia non-metal implants. State-of-the-art treatments include CBT imaging, LANAP and digital intraoral scanner, eliminating messy impressions. See ad page 10.

feldenkrais method Bonnie Kissam, M.A., Feldenkrais Practitioner, LMT, CE Provider

integrative medicine hypnosis Allarah’s Holistic Alternatives Allarah LaVelle-MS, LASAC, CAC, CHt 28960 US Hwy 19N, Ste. 112 Clearwater 33761 520-349-4884

Release addictions, PTSD/ trauma, pain, anxiety, depression, anger, through simple, time-tested techniques. CBT/ Solution-Focused Guided Imagery, Spiritual Counseling, Sound Healing, EFT.

Integrative Therapeutics Dr. Prudhvi Karumanchi 8320 Stone Run Ct., Tampa 33615 813-322-6171

Committed to finding the root cause, Holistic MD offers: IV Nutrition, Regenerative Treatments, Functional Medicine, Heavy Metal Detox, Energy Healing, Weight Loss, Anti-aging and more. Out-of-Network Provider. See ad page 34.


Patricia V. Scott, President 727-943-5003, Professional Hypnosis & NLP Certification Training, Weekly classes & Private sessions (Smoking, Weight, Stress, Sports, Habits), Clinical/Medical Hypnotherapy available w/referral. Speaking Services & Corporate Programs. See ad page 41.

Ron N. Shemesh, M.D. 12952 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa 813-935-CARE (2273) Integrative & holistic medicine for women & men: Natural Hormone Therapy, Anti-Aging, IV Chelation, Nutritional Vitamin Therapy, Fatigue & Stress Management, Weight Loss, Yoga, Nutritional Counseling. Affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital. Most insurance accepted.


Revolutionary somatic approach that expands abilities through quieting old patterns, developing new. Offering: Touch to Inform Professional Seminars; Feldenkrais Awareness Classes with Fon Nguyen, PT.

Age is something that doesn’t matter, unless you are a cheese. ~Luis Bunuel

INTUITIVE HEALING SolGarden Holistic Therapy, LLC Ellen Mooney, Reiki Master 727-754-4340

Relax, de-stress and come back to the peace of your Soul with Guided Meditations, Intuitive Healing or Usui Reiki sessions by phone and in-person. With over 25 years’ experience and training, I will help you release energy clutter and shift you to your true light-filled self. Gift Certificates available.

Peaks of Health Metabolic Medical Center Tracie Leonhardt, DO 1120 Belcher Rd. S., Ste. 2, Largo 727-826-0838

Dr. Leonhardt is Board Certified & Fellow of the American Academy of Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine. Offers a personalized program for each individual patient. Hormone replacement therapy, weight loss, thyroid, GI issues, Diabetes, infrared sauna, IV nutrition, Anti-aging, Chronic fatigue, adrenal fatigue, and toxicities. See ad pages 11 and 25.

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St. Petersburg Health & Wellness Dr. Les Cole Kathie Gonzales, ARNP 2100 Dr. MLK Jr. St. N, St. Petersburg 727-202-6807

neurologist Dr. Rodney Soto

LifeWorks Wellness Center 301 Turner Street, Clearwater 727-466-6789

Functional, Regenerative, Integrative & Preventative Medicine. Treating Thyroid, Autoimmune Diseases, Cancer Support, Natural Hormone Replacement, Stem Cells, Exosomes, PRP and Joint Rejuvenation, IV Nutritional Therapy. See ad pages 4 and 21.

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9095 Belcher Road, Pinellas Park 727-548-0001 A Wellness Center for Age-Management, Functional Medicine and Medical Weight Loss. Specializing in Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement including Pellet Therapy, Gut Health/Food Allergies, Detoxification, Nutritional Evaluations, Acupuncture, Massage therapy and more. See ad page 17.

Young Foundational Health Center John D. Young, M.D. 7241 Bryan Dairy Road, Largo 727-545-4600

Author of Beyond Treatment. Creator of Young Health Products. Offering specialized treatments for chronic diseases. Therapies include Bio-identical Hormone, Stem Cell, Vitamin IV, Chelation, Ozone. Special Testing and Nutritional Education. See ad page 5.

Dr. Soto is a Board Certified Neurologist who specializes in treating patients with Alzheimer’s, Multiple Sclerosis, Dementia, Parkinson’s, ALS and Neurological Lyme disease. See ad inside cover.

psychologist Elizabeth Rice, LCSW

6251 Park Blvd., Ste. 9C, Pinellas Park 33781 727-300-9382, License SW15178 Heal the whole being including body, mind, spirit and emotions. Increase your quality of life; facilitate emotional healing. Specializing in Anxiety, Mood, Behavior, Trauma, Family. See ad page 24.

spiritual intuitive Lisa Miliaresis

Extreme Communication 727-239-0656 Lisa offers private individual and group channeling sessions, as well as private counseling sessions for those looking for direction in developing their own personal practice.


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John D. Bartone MD Thomas Hudson MD 7901 4th Street North, Suite 316 St. Petersburg, FL 33702 727-576-0100

The only physician owned and operated thermography practice in Tampa Bay - serving Pinellas, Hillsborough, and Pasco counties. Accredited by the American College of Clinical Thermology. See ad page 8.

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June Drennon, CCT 2008 727-729-2711 Certified Clinical Thermographer 2008. Mindful Wellness with Thermography! Knowledge is power: Know your risk factors to make corrections and avoid developing pathology. Call for location convenient for you. See ad page 39.

veterinarian Healthy PAWsibilities Natural Pet Wellness Center Dr. Cathy Alinovi DVM 628 Cleveland St, #17, Clearwater 727-510-3665

Offering only holistic health options. Nutrition, herbal support, body balancing, canine fitness, reiki and more. See ad page 48.

Medicine River Animal Hospital Shawna L. Green, DVM 13495 Gulf Boulevard Madeira Beach 727-299-9029

Compassionate health care catered toward the needs of your pet offering preventative medicine, surgery, dentistry, senior wellness, and more. See ad page 48.

yoga Psycho Gong Yoga

Adele Giotta, D.C. (Joti Nam Kaur), RYT-200, Master Gong Practitioner 11561 Walsingham Road, Suite C, Largo 727-914-4900 A soothing space for the community to come and relax. This studio specializes in Kundalini Yoga and all classes include a gong relaxation or gong meditation. See ad page 33.

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