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2017naturaldirectoryindex Acupuncture......................................13, 55, 57 Aesthetics......................................................39 Anti-Aging........................16, 29, 39, 53, 61, 64 Apothecary..............................................29, 45 Aromatherapy............................................... 29 Attorney.........................................................15 Ayurveda.........................................43, 63, 64 Bach Flowers.................................................43 Bio-Identical Hormones............................ 8, 16 Birth Center- 15 Books ............................................................43 Brainwave Optimization...................................6 CBD Oil ...................................................11, 43 Chelation Therapy ........................................25 Chi Gong.......................................................31 Chiropractor...................................................64 Coaching ................................................31, 41 Colon Hydrotherapy ..................................... 25 Cranio-Sacral ..........................................15, 31 Cryotherapy.....................................................8 Crystal Healing..................................29, 43, 46 Dentistry – Holistic..2, 13, 17,18, 21, 23, 29, 45 Divorce counseling........................................15 Dowser..........................................................23 Eco-Friendly Cleaning ..................................43 Education.............13, 21, 25, 37, 39, 49, 63, 64 Energy Work ...............................15, 31, 40, 46 Essential Oils.............................. 29, 39, 43, 45 Expos.............................................................59 Facials ........................................29, 36, 49, 61 Fitness.............................20, 25, 35, 37, 46, 47 Floatation Therapy...........................................8 Food Products/Dairy-Free ............................43 Food Products/Gluten-Free ..........................43 Food Products/Natural........................ 7, 11, 43 Food Products/Organic..................................43

Food Products/Vegan....................................43 Foot Detox.....................................................41 Frenotomy.....................................................49 Gardening/Farming/Supplies & Services.......43 Gifts...............................................................43 Gynecology .........................................8, 15, 16 Health Food Stores..................................11, 43 Hemp Oil .......................................................41 Herbs & Supplements.......................................... ........................7, 13, 23, 25, 29, 45, 53, 55, 64 Holistic Center ..................................13, 25, 45 Homeopathy ...........................................13, 43 Hyperbaric...............................................25, 33 Hypnosis/Hypnotherapy........15, 29, 31, 38, 47 Integrative Medicine....................13, 19, 33, 61 Knee Pain Treatment ....................................10 Life Coaching ..............................31, 33, 47, 52 Lymphatic Drainage ................8, 17, 33, 36, 41 Massage/Bodywork...............13, 31, 36, 39, 49 Meditation/Mental Fitness .......................10, 38 MELT Method................................................20 Microblading..................................................35 Migraines ......................................................25 Myofascial Release.......................................15 Neural Empowerment .................................... 6 Neurolinguistic Programming........................47 Nutrition...................................................43, 64 Obstetrics......................................................15 Ozone Therapy..............................................39 Orthodontics....................................................2 Orthopedic Surgeon......................................10 Past Life Regression.....................................38 Periodontal Care..............................................2 Pet Nutrition ..................................................43 Pilates......................................................15, 35

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ince 2000, Natural Awakenings Magazine (Miami-FL Keys) has been dedicated to providing unbiased and timely evaluations of newly published health related and personal growth books. Key to our success comes from the positive feedback we receive from readers and book clubs on this section. Here’s a few we like for 2017.

The Flexitarian Diet

by Dawn Jackson Blatner, RD, LDN As the name implies, it’s all about flexibility, giving readers a range of options: flexible meal plans, meat-substitute recipes, and realistic weight loss tips. Plus it’s a great way to introduce the benefits of vegetarianism into every family’s lifestyle. Includes: The latest trend: a flexible approach to dieting without giving up meat; Outlines 5 Flex Food Groups to get necessary protein and nutrients; Over 100 flavorful 5-Ingredient Flex Recipes; First ever 5-Week Flex Meal Plan with options for even your busiest days; 5 Flex Fitness Factors to build a solid foundation of an active lifestyle; Over 50 Flex Life Troubleshooters to help save time, cope with cravings and deal with real life issues and obstacles.

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pain relief– and even cleaning products that are safe enough to use on the tiniest members of your family. Andrea gives you tips for: Custom-making your own essential oils blends; Using essential oils and blends during pregnancy and on babies and kids – did someone mention diaper rash cream?; Reducing stress - Two of the most popular reasons people use essential oils is for relaxation and balance; Incorporating essential oils into your everyday life for common needs – did you pull a muscle at the gym? Need to calm an upset stomach? There’s an essential oil for that!

A Course in Money Miracles

By Cary Bayer, Life Coach and South Florida Resident A potentially life-changing book that presents ways to empower your financial life through a variety of means: awakening spirituality (the foundation of all things); overcoming your family money patterns with the development and use of your own Personal Money Mantra; selling innocently; getting out of debt; and transforming limiting belief systems through a holistic system of affirmation work that truly works. The final section, “A Course in Money Miracles,” is a 30-day program featuring 10-minute meditations that

present an awakened spirituality as the foundation for a successful and prosperous life. Cary Bayer, a Life Coach in Woodstock and south Florida, who’s worked with Oscar-winners Alan Arkin (Little Miss Sunshine), Pietro Scalia (JFK, Black Hawk Down), Emmy-winners comedian/director David Steinberg (Academy Awards presentations), Judy Henderson (Homeland), and Quality Inns, among others.

The Adventures of Camellia N.: The Artic

By Debra L. Wideroe, Illustrated by Daniela Frongia The Adventures of Camellia N. (Mom’s Choice Gold Medal for Excellence) is the first in a series of nine educational fiction books targeted to early readers 4-8. What sets The Adventures of Camellia N. apart are rich, educational stories filled with messaging and meaning. Camellia will be a catalyst for change and help educate young children (and their parents) to appreciate the natural riches of the world…and to protect them. Camellia’s nightly dreams take her on adventures to all seven continents and under the seas where she learns about and gains appreciation for the environment surrounding her. The book not only educates and entertains, but also encourages children to become global ambassadors. The first book takes Camellia and her readers on an exciting journey to the Arctic. The Adventures of Camellia N. is available at Barnes and Noble, Amazon, Ad Libris, and Indie Bound. (Debra Wideroe)

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wellnessprofiles Abraham Jaskiel DMD, PA

Brickell Ave Cosmetic, Holistic, & General Dentistry


hose who have had problems going to the dentist in the past will most likely walk away from Dr. Abraham Jaskiel DMD with a brand new attitude and a different outlook. Dr. Jaskiel is a man who loves his chosen field and wants his patients to feel the love, too. Dr. Jaskiel takes extra time to educate his patients during the first comprehensive visit. Including new parents, who aren’t aware of the effects of things like baby bottle decay before it becomes a problem. “I have many couples as patients and I’ve watched their children grow up,” said Jaskiel. “We are not getting enough education in the school, so I can at least let my patients know what to watch out for so they can pass it on to their kids. Besides, I love to teach. And I like the reaction of ‘wow, I’ve never heard that!’ Jaskiel begins by making sure his patients understand the importance of good hygiene, and emphasizes preventative care beyond all else. “Most people think they have to brush twice a day, but is that really enough? You have 17 hours in between. It’s not logical. I want people to think logically for themselves because it’s better for their overall health. I don’t want to be the kind of guy that just treats a patient and sends them home until they have to come back for another issue. I want them to learn how to help themselves. I want them to deeply internalize the information I give them so that every time they pick up a toothbrush, they hear my voice,” he said with a laugh. “Seriously, though, don’t get lazy about your oral hygiene, because it can have serious consequences,” warns Jaskiel. A proponent of conservative dentistry by taking care of small problems instead of waiting until they become larger is part of Jaskiel’s holistic approach. He firmly believes in taking a holistic approach to diagnosing and treating dental problems. “Some dentists will take a wait-and-see attitude,” he says. “But acting early is sometimes a better answer. For example, it’s important for patients to know how bacteria can enter the body through a broken filling, decay under a crown, notches or recession around the gums and/or sensitive teeth and affect their overall health. One bacterium multiplies every minute and after 24 hours, it reaches into the billion, billions.” Among the noteworthy state-of-the-art materials and techniques Jaskiel uses are zirconia unbreakable crowns “that require one-half the tooth reduction compared to standard porcelain crowns.” Jaskiel also uses Invisalign clear braces to correct smiles. “Invisalign braces stay on an average five to eight months – a lot less time than the usual minimum of 18 months for metal braces which can cause more health issues as they are difficult to clean.” The practice is also known for its needleless injections and even earned a spot on CBS Evening News with Cynthia Demos where he discussed this new technology in dentistry. Jaskiel doesn’t see a large number of patients for good reason. “I like to give everybody their set time, on time,” he shares. Dr.Jaskiel is Brooklyn born and raised. He attended Boston University where he earned a doctorate of medical dentistry degree. Upon graduation, he relocated to South Florida and became the chief resident at Nova Southeastern University. He has enjoyed volunteering and teaching other dentists who volunteer, as well as residents at Community Smiles Dental Clinic where he served on the Board of Directors for more than ten years. See ad, pages 17 and 23.

Abraham Jaskiel DMD, PA Brickell Ave Cosmetic, Holistic, & General Dentistry 1865 Brickell Ave. #207A Miami, FL 33129 305-653-2231


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Dr. Minsu D. Blanca,

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Attorney at Law 13554 SW 47th Lane, Suite 100 Miami, FL 33175, 305-598-2540, Miami Areas of Practice:



fter earning two Bachelor degrees from Northeastern University and the University of Miami respectively Dr. Blanca was chosen to be one of five students from all over the United States to receive a full scholarship to study Physiotherapy at the world renowned Hogeschool Van Amsterdam in the Netherlands. At Hogeschool she graduated with Honors and earned her degree in physical therapy, with an emphasis on manual therapy. In her physical therapy practice, Dr. Blanca realized that there were deep, underlying issues beneath the physical complaints of her patients which were not resolved with traditional physical therapy. Getting to the actual root and resolving the conditions became a passion of hers, thus she embarked on a journey that would lead her to tap into and discover a more comprehensive view of contributing factors and ways to treat them. As a result she has completed comprehensive and revolutionary trainings in Pain Neutralizing Techniques, Energy Healing; CranioSacral Therapy, Hypnotherapy, Shamanic Healing, Matrix Energetics, Family Constellation and Myofascial Release. By combining Western and Eastern modalities she has been able to reach patients in ways that go beyond traditional physical therapy thus creating long lasting and life changing outcomes.  Dr. Blanca’s results and testimonials speak for themselves and her passion is to continue to work with people all over the world helping them get rid of their pain. “It fills my heart with joy to help patients overcome issues that might have been present for years,” Dr. Blanca states.  “This is my life’s passion.” Patients are able to work with her in person or long distance.  See ad, page 31. Dr. Minsu D. Blanca, PT, MSPT, DPT, CPT, MBA, Energy Medicine Practitioner Certified Hypnotherapist CranioSacral Therapist 10095 SW 88 Street, Suite 103 Miami FL 33176 (305) 274-4351


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When Family Matters...The divorce process does not have to destroy your children, finances, relationships, self-esteem, and future. Other areas: Prenuptial Agreements and Cooperative Divorce. Florida Supreme Court Family and Civil Mediator.


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Providing midwifery care throughout pregnancy birth & the postpartum period. Located directly across from Jackson South Hospital! Water birth & Gravity BirthTM option. Family planning & women’s wellness care available.

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Angie Angelis, Attorney At Law, LLC

“An Attorney Who Cares” With Over 25 Years of Experience. Real Estate, plus.


hen you decide to purchase a new home or sell your present one, there are many decisions that must be made. Aside from being one of your largest financial transactions, a real estate purchase or sale should take place after you’ve consulted with an attorney to assure that the transaction will be handled legally and professionally. Located in Miami at 13554 Southwest 47th Lane, Suite 100, Angie Angelis is a real estate attorney who cares and is committed to protecting your interests and helping you resolve any potential legal problems before entering a legally binding contract. Specializing in foreclosure protection, loan modifications, short sales, real estate contracts, buyer/seller representation, landlord/tenant representation, real estate litigation, business matters and wills/probate, Angie Angelis has years of experience representing buyers and sellers throughout the area and will ensure a smooth and stress free transaction. She will prepare the necessary documents and fully explain each document including the deed, bill of sale, mortgage, promissory note, title commitment, etc., so that you fully understand the real estate transaction. Call “An Attorney Who Cares,” when you are ready for any real estate transaction. Angie Angelis, Attorney At Law, is ready to serve you. With the same experience and care Angie Angelis will assist you with Probate, Estates, Will document preparation, Landlord/Tenant matters, lease review, uncontested divorce settlements, Traffic matters, Civil Litigation defense, misdemeanors, consumer law, and debt settlements. Let her put her years of experience to work for you. “The hiring of a lawyer is an important decision that should not be based solely on advertisements. Before you decide, ask us to send you free written information about our qualifications and experience.”See ad, pages 15 and 57. Attorney Angie Angelis, P.A. 13554 S.W. 47th Lane, Suite 100 (305) 598-2540 – Free Consultations

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Lymphatic Wellness Miami Vera Lozina, CLT Purify and Revitalize a Holistic Approach


era Lozina is a Certified Lymphatic Therapist trained in state of the art Assisted Lymphatic Therapy instrumentation helping clients optimize one of the most important and least understood system of their body - the lymphatic system. The technology is based on noble gas ionization which reaches the energy field of the cells via light and sound frequencies. Proteins are re-polarized causing retained fluid and congested areas to FLOW. “One treatment with this machine is probably equal to 8-10 manual lymphatic drainage massages,” explains Lozina. “Clients lay on a massage table while the instrument is passed over their body. It is a very gentle yet effective therapy. Clients usually feel so relaxed, they fall asleep. My goal is to promote the health and wellbeing of each individual client with compassion. I am a strong believer that you can influence your own health not just through making the appropriate choices in nutrition and lifestyle but also by your thoughts, beliefs and the way you think about the approach to your life. My role is to provide you with treatment and information and to support you in the decisions that will affect your health and the rest of your life.” BENEFITS: Lymphatic System:  Detoxifies body tissues which supports good health and strengthens immune system, it assists with weight loss and “sluggish lymphatic system”, reduces lymphedema (swelling), supports breast health (reduce compression garments) and prostate health.  Circulatory System: BEMER technology from Europe using PEMF improves blood flow, Increases oxygen supply and nutrient absorption, Improves concentration, mental acuity and stress reduction, endurance, strength and energy. Widely used by athletes. This system has worldwide patents, awards, and is used by NASA. “Proper oxygen supply, cell nutrition and disposal of waste products equal a healthy body,” Lozina concludes. See ad, page XX. Lymphatic Wellness Miami Vera Lozina, CLT Located in New Image New Life Spa 18790 West Dixie Highway • Aventura, Florida  33180 (917) 848-9831 or (305) 918-9608

Achieve a beautiful smile with a gentle dental holistic approach on


“As a physician, I am very picky about my healthcare providers. Have had several negative experiences with dentists in particular. I must say that I have been blown away by Dr. Jaskiel and his staff.

They are the consummate professionals. Extremely

dedicated to making sure that I got the best possible outcome. I had a lot of work done, some of it not easy, and they were outstanding. Customer service is also amazing - caring and always with a smile. Good sense of humor also helped. We will definitely have a long-term relationship.”

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Brickell Avenue Cosmetic, Holistic & Family Dentistry DR. ABRAHAM JASKIEL DMD, PA

1865 Brickell Avenue #A207 Miami, FL 33129

305.653.2231 open until 8pm

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Dr. Fredda Rosenbaum

Dentistry with A Woman’s Touch


r. Rosenbaum’s office strives to create a safe, non-toxic environment taking into consideration each patient’s unique sensitivities. They teach their patients about the long term care of their dental health. They consider this to be an integral part of their overall health. Often conversations about nutrition, eating habits and supplements can be heard throughout the friendly, warm, caring office staff, Rosenbaum shares. Holistic Dentistry, many times referred to today as Biological or Biocompatible Dentistry, is based on the concept that the mouth and oral structures are an integrated part of the body. It is a paradigm or a philosophy within dentistry and not a specialty. Holistic dentists make fillings, take x-rays and use anesthesia to numb your mouth. However we only use mercuryfree white fillings. More importantly, we take extra precautions when removing your old silver fillings to minimize your exposure to mercury vapor. We use a digital computer generated x-ray unit to take your x-rays which reduces your exposure to radiation by as much as 90%. We don’t advocate the indiscriminant use of fluoride in adults or children, for it is a known poison (check the label on your toothpaste tube) and a commonly used pesticide. We have installed distilled water sources in our office to minimize bacterial contamination. We research and attend courses to find the safest and most biocompatible materials available for dental work. Further, because we recognize that each individual has a different threshold of tolerance for dental materials, we sometimes suggest further testing to determine an individual’s ability to tolerate particular restorative material over long periods of time. As holistic dentists we also recognize that the mouth is connected to the body and that it cannot be viewed as an independent system. It is a reflection of the overall health of the body and much can be done to impact it both positively and negatively. Like many conventional dentists we first look to see if the foundation is solid. Are your gums bleeding and swollen? Is this a reflection of poor nutritional habits? Or are there signs of infection and disease? Are the teeth moving? Is there a stable bite? Can you chew comfortably on both sides of your mouth? Do you get frequent headaches? Are your teeth in harmony with your jaw joint? Are there signs of oral cancer? We check the condition of the teeth themselves. Is there more filling than tooth structure? Are the fillings made from the most non-toxic materials available? Are they supporting the bite correctly? Will they be there in five years? Is there decay? Does your diet support your oral health? Then together with our patients we formulate a plan to determine what we can do to help you achieve a stable and healthy mouth. “Do you know we can see the signs of acid damage from the frequent use of lemon water? While I graduated in 1982 as a “regular” dentist, I became a Holistic/biologic dentist in 1993. My eyes were opened to the inherent toxicity in many materials. I strive to use the safest, highest quality materials available and place long lasting restorations that will serve for years, Rosenbaum adds. We bridge the gap between conventional clinical dentistry and natural healing modalities.  We see beyond the gumline and look to your body and your health at the horizon. We welcome you to experience our friendly, laughter ridden office!  See ad, pages 23 and 45.   Fredda Rosenbaum, D.D.S. 2925 Aventura Blvd. Suite 201 Aventura, FL 33180 (305)933-3350-Phone (305)933-6787-Fax

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wellnessprofiles Integrative Wellness

Josiane Bonte Apollon, LMHC


lmost “killed” at birth, I have equaled my philosophy of life with my epistemology of treatment—the art and science of loving. In Confucius’ terms, “to love a thing means wanting it to live.” Against all odds, my pregnant mother shifted from hate to love, and wanted me to live. Although I grew up with faith in a French nation of “romantics,” romantic places, movies, music, food, and a collective consciousness of love, somehow an insidious pattern of relationship, mixed with feelings of resentment, anxiety, and anger arose in me towards my mother, in spite of my conscious effort and struggle not to reject her. For many of us, making the right choices in our daily lives is a task as great as choosing between death or life, pain or joy, and ultimately, fear or love. In our minds, it gets complicated. Yet somewhere between the fast-paced, technological modern world we live in and the depth of our hearts, Maturana and Zoller (1996) affirm that we are not only “biologically wired for love,” but also that love is “The grounding of our human existence” (p. 7). Then, how do we surrender to the full flow of life and infinite possibilities within our relationships, without feeling cheated, lost, or giving up on parts of our selves and accept love to ground us, in good and bad times? While my mother’s presence brought me mixed feelings, her unbounded love kept bringing us back closer together. Her choice for being and art of loving became such a larger thread in my life that I could not restrain or narrowly define them into the patterns and shapes of an emotional triangle. Since we cannot not communicate (Watzlawick, Beavin, & Jackson, 1967), and cannot not be in relationships (Flemons, 2004), we also cannot not love. According to Mathieu Ricard (2007), a biologist who turned into a Buddhist monk and was recently described by scientists, as the world’s happiest man, love is the antidote of violence and the cause of happiness. Indeed, love surpasses the boundaries of our family systems. It opens up into the circumference of a circle with greater human connections that weaves together all the different parts of our selves into a net of interactions for our evolution. Contrary to mainstream idea, using love as a skill, doesn’t make us weak. It allows to strengthen and process life beyond the acceptance of ourselves, by getting access to the essence of who we are and learning about being in relationship with all of humanity and all there is. Integrating system thinking and relational theories, I now utilize love as a force and skill to invite individuals, couples, and families to shift their relationships with others, their problems, and themselves towards a greater relational maturity and love for what is. All within the boundaries of the therapeutic process, the journey towards an intentional connection with—the good, bad, and the ugly—lies in the shift to love and reach out to more relational freedom within our relationships. As a licensed psychotherapist, and Integrative Strategic coach, with 15 years of experience, I love helping individuals, couples, and families shift their relationships with others, and themselves, and enjoy using heart-centered, breathing techniques, to collaboratively create with clients emotional balance and help them living a life of their choices. See ad, pages 33 and 61. Josiane Bonte Apollon, LMHC Licensed psychotherapist Certified Integrative Strategic coach 2000 South Dixie Highway, Suite 104 Coconut Grove, FL 33133 (786) 553-5871

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wellnessprofiles The MELT Method: A Breakthrough for Chronic Pain Suffers and Others by Melinda Atkins


s an accredited yoga therapist who has been working in the field for more than 10 years, I’ve used multiple techniques to approach a vast range of health conditions—for clients ranging from Paralympic athletes to stressed-out teens at a Florida prep school. Over the past five years, I’ve added a new tool to my kit: the MELT Method®, a technique for myofascial release created by somatic-movement educator and manual therapist Sue Hitzmann, based on her decades of practice, research, and study of anatomical science and alternative therapies. MELT is designed to release trapped stress caused by daily living—carrying groceries, exercising, sitting at a desk and using a computer—by rehydrating connective tissue, increasing body awareness, and calming the nervous system. It is incredibly helpful for clients like a beloved rabbi and teacher in our community whose hand had been crushed by an overzealous congregant, making writing and grading papers extremely painful. We used MELT balls to release the fascia in the joints of his hand so he could do his job again with greater ease. I’ve also used this method with wheelchair-bound and congenitally challenged athletes, to decrease pain and improve range of movement. MELT is a perfect complement to yoga because it increases flexibility, mobility, and range of motion—allowing practitioners to practice yoga postures and breathing exercises more safely. When the risk of overstretching or misalignment is decreased, the efficacy of yoga for helping to heal diseases and conditions increases exponentially. According to Hitzmann, “If muscles are not responsive, stretching can in fact be hazardous to our overall balance and stability.” This is particularly important when working with yoga therapy clients with Parkinson’s disease (PD) or other neuromotor degenerative diseases, a population AUM hOMe Shala is dedicated to serving. With the support of grants from the National Parkinson Foundation, we are now in our second year of delivering free group classes for those with PD, designed to improve balance, stability, mobility, and general well-being. We’ve also recently begun offering classes and workshops that tailor MELT exercises specifically to this population. Regarding MELT and PD, Hitzmann says, “At the very least, just a sense of balance is achieved with MELTing. [It’s so] important on a neurological level to sustain that connection to the center of gravity.” The MELT Method is also helpful as a resource for improving the mobility of the diaphragm and musculoskeletal system, making yogic breathing exercises (pranayama) more accessible. MELT exercises strengthen and loosens the accessory breathing muscles in the neck, abdomen, and thoracic area. This is important because pranayama techniques are just as important as postures in yoga therapy. I use pranayama protocols to help clients enter deep states of healing relaxation, easing depression, anxiety, and insomnia, and to enhance athletic performance by improving breathing efficiency. For a paraplegic client I worked with, learning to unite breath and movement through pranayama exercises was key to her ability to effectively use Functional Electrical Stimulation technology. Yoga therapy and MELT are also “sister sciences” in that they both acknowledge and respect the power of the mindbody connection. Both MELT and yoga calm the nervous system, de-stress the body, and heighten our awareness by guiding us to tune in to how the body feels and reacts in each movement, with every breath. This mindful observation is the cornerstone of self-healing. Melinda Atkins is a yoga teacher, yoga therapist, certified MELT Method instructor, and founder and director of AUM hOMe Shala, a yoga school in Coconut Grove. See ad, pages 39 and 46. Melinda Atkins AUM hOMe Shala Yoga School 3104 Florida Avenue, Coconut Grove (305) 441-9441


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wellnessprofiles Assure A Smile

Dr. Theodore Herrmann, DMD South Florida’s Renowned Holistic Dentist


r. Ted Herrmann, DMD, is an acclaimed holistic practitioner in South Florida and founder of Miami-based dentistry Assure A Smile. For nearly three decades, Dr. Herrmann has made it his mission to improve patient wellbeing through advanced oral healthcare practices. Dr. Herrmann helps patients avert advanced oral complications, reduce toxin exposure, improve cardiovascular health and strengthen total body immunity using holistic principles. Assure A Smile patients can anticipate immense improvement to general health and wellness concerns after consulting with the knowledgeable and sympathetic team at Assure A Smile. We offer the latest in dental technology to deliver streamlined, effective and biocompatible alternatives for common oral ailments. Keeping innovation at the forefront of our practice, Assure A Smile uses 3d dental imaging, digital x-rays and laser dentistry. Those seeking a higher level of oral care visit our office for a wide-ranging list of services, including safe mercury filling removal, natural gum disease treatment, TMJ relief, orthodontics, bite alignment, cosmetic bonding, zirconia implants, veneers, professional teeth whitening, reconstructive dentistry and nutritional recommendations. Dr. Herrmann opened Assure A Smile with the goal of providing a more appealing and informative dental experience in Miami. At just six-years-old, he knew his career path in dentistry was clear. Dr. Herrmann later received his medical degree from Georgetown University and the University of Medicine and Dentistry in New Jersey. After a personal experience with mercury poisoning, he was inspired to integrate holistic values with dentistry nearly a decade ago. And, as a certified Nutritionist, Dr. Herrmann educates patients on the importance of a well-rounded diet for both oral and total body benefits. Patients take comfort in our relaxed and family-oriented office environment. We address all questions, concerns and feedback prior to scheduling and fulfilling one of our transformative procedures. Each member of the Assure A Smile staff works diligently to uphold our company philosophy while maintaining a clean and soothing facility. Assure A Smile announces new in-office production of crowns, inlays, onlays, veneers, bridges, abutments, and more using CEREC technology. Say goodbye to temporary crowns and follow-up visits. With CEREC, we take impressions and create your crown during your visit. CEREC represents the pinnacle of Digital Dentistry, a new approach with advanced video imaging to gather digital impressions to aid in dental cleanings, restorations, implants, and orthodontic procedures. Experience a faster, more comfortable and precise treatment with CEREC! Our Zirconia dental implants are growing in popularity due to their unique biocompatible makeup, making them favorable to titanium implants which have a systemic sensitivity for many patients. Zirconia implants are both durable and “metal free,” the ideal implant material with no history of adverse side effects. We also offer top-of-the-line ZOOM! Teeth Whitening treatment. This is more effective than standard teeth bleaching and can make your teeth up to 8 shades lighter in less than a single hour! Cosmetic dentistry is both an art and a science. In Miami, dental professionals too often perform cosmetic procedures with little regard to body health and longevity. As a holistic dentist, Dr. Herrmann helps patients improve smile aesthetics and oral health with safe and minimally invasive cosmetic procedures. At our dentistry office, patients always receive the latest, safest, and most effective cosmetic treatments. We offer biocompatible dental implants, veneers, crowns, fillings, and much more. Through a combination of patient education, communication and comprehensive services, Dr. Herrmann and his team effectively restore patients’ personal confidence and physical vitality. Above all, we empower patients to prioritize their health and commit to permanent enrichment. See ad, pages 2 and 29. Assure A Smile 9220 SW 72nd St. #205 Miami, FL 33173 305-274-0047

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January 2017


newsbriefs Bell Products Now Sporting New Helpful Packaging


ith 20 years of customer service under its belt, Bell Lifestyle Products Inc., in South Haven, Michigan, which now offers 60 natural health products in 10 categories, is making it easier to know which products to use for what purpose. The company is rolling out all-new, colorcoded packaging for their dietary supplements lines that also provides a more distinctive and appealing look. To help navigate their offerings, the new packaging displays an image of the predominant herb or part of an herb that gives the formulation its uniqueness. Products are then correspondingly coded to match different wellness categories. For example, Bell Blood Sugar Metabolism (number 40) includes a light shade of blue, just like all of Bell’s other weightmanagement products. The new packages describe the product benefits and the famous Bell Lifestyle money-back guarantee prominently. Customers can see all of the new color codes and packaging features across Bell Lifestyle’s website and catalog, as well. Bell Lifestyle Products has been selling quality natural supplements since 1996, now sold in more than 80 countries. For more information, call 800-333-7995, email or visit ad, page 53.

Natural Awakenings Magazine Welcomes a New President


atural Awakenings Publishing Corporation, the leader in local, natural health magazines, announced the promotion of Pat McGroder to company President. He joined the company this year as Executive Vice President in charge of franchise development. “We’re excited to have Pat with us and are looking forward to the positive impact he can have on our brand,” says Sharon Bruckman, Natural Awakenings’ Founder and CEO. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that will help us take advantage of our position in the market in order to expand our revenue opportunities.” McGroder joins the Natural Awakenings magazine family having already spent 24 years in the publishing industry. He began his career with Perfect Wedding Guide from 1992 through 2005, serving as the President and CEO. In 2006 he opened a boutique real estate company and served as Vice President through 2011. From 2011 through August 2016 Pat was Vice President of market development for The Real Estate Book and Homes & Land magazines. “What an exciting time to be here to lead the Natural Awakenings team,” says McGroder. “This company is poised to create new and innovative value for our readers, advertisers and franchise owners. I could not be more thrilled to accept this position and apply my decades of experience to position the company for significant growth. I look forward to working side by side with the many people that comprise the backbone of the organization as together we grow new opportunities in the coming years!” For more information, please visit 22

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ccording to the healthy industry leaders and experts, Flexitarian is a new term consumers will be embracing in 2017. This is a new more personalize approach to healthy eating. Mixing the typical vegan, vegetarian, Paleo, gluten-free and others, will provide consumers more flexibility to make conscious choices on what to eat, when, and how much. Author and dietitian Dawn Jackson Blatner says that eating mainly plant-based foods is a smart way to cut calories. But she knows not everyone is willing to become 100% vegetarian. Flexitarians (“flexible vegetarians”) eat a lot less meat than they used to but don’t give it up completely. With Flexitarinism you can add the occasional steak, chicken or fish, all while reducing your environmental footprint and improving your health. The amount and frequency is entirely up to you. You may choose to be a vegetarian all week long and then treat yourself to a nice organic grass fed steak on the weekend. As American author, journalist, healthy eating advocate Michael Pollan guideline to eating well says: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” Flexitarinism is the option reinventing the family meal encouraging more greens and nuts and still allowing free-range chicken, grass-fed beef, wildcaught fish, etc. Adopting a Flexitarian diet will also help families spend less on their groceries. The average family can’t afford to consume daily free-range chicken, grass-fed beef or wild-caught salmon. But it does fit everyone’s budget when you buy these for only a couple of meals per week. A fantastic way to embrace healthy eating without all around sacrifice. For more information check out our 2017 na reviewers choice on page 12.

Climb, Climb, Climb!

Continued from page 15


ock climbing continues its ascent. With more and more enthusiast following the sport and getting hocked on its fitness and social aspects, climbing is booming around the country and in Southwest Miami. Offering Free Wi-Fi and great music, X-treme Rock Climbing Gym, Inc., is a full service 14,000 sq feet indoor rock climbing center offering rock climbing instruction (by appointment), a spacious Yoga facility and separate party rooms. “Their climbing walls offer quality routes, set often, and by nationally certified route setters.” Additionally, they have a fully stocked pro shop where you can get all the clothing and gear you need. For everyone safety –without exception–all rope climbers using ropes and harnesses on the taller walls, must either take their introductory class, have one of their staff belay them (additional fee may apply), have a belayer certified by Xtreme, or pass a Belay Safety Test, if the person has already been trained in proper belay technique. All participants must sign a waiver. And for those under 18, the waiver must be signed by a parent or legal guardian (not a relative). Everyone must present ID’s. X-treme Rock Climbing Gym, Inc., 13972 S.W. 139 Court, Miami. For schedule and more details cal l305-233-6623, email, or visit

CERTIFIED MEDICAL HOLISTIC HERBALIST KEEP IT IN THE HEART Joyce Haddad 8100 Oak Lane, Suite 405 Miami Lakes, FL 33016 786-395-2333

Joyce Haddad is a Spiritual Therapist & Certified Medical Holistic Herbalist. Through personal one-onone sessions, workshops and holistic healing through herbal medicine, she will support you in realizing the life you truly desire and deserve. See ad, page 45.


On Brickell since 2001, Dr. Jaskiel doesn’t see a large number of patients for good reason. “I like to give everybody their set time, on time.” Free parking & Valet parking. Office open Monday-Thursday, 11:30 a.m. until 8 p.m. All Major insurance accepted. See ad, page 17

Your Inner Yoga Teacher is Calling You


fter a while, yoga students who frequent class begin to seek something more. When studios offer teacher training programs, it can be intriguing and daunting at the same time to take your practice to the next level. Betsy Mullins at Just OM Yoga Studio in South Miami wants students in her upcoming training to go on a journey of self-empowerment. “I want to make this experience as individualized as possible. This is about you finding your voice and your inherent talent, not just repeating what I’ve taught,” says Mullins. She sites three reasons why not to hesitate when thinking of taking your practice to the next level. 1. Don’t procrastinate: procrastinators cope with stress by pushing challenging tasks to a later date, leading to more stress. 2. You don’t have to be the star student: teacher trainings aren’t made for students who already know everything, so don’t feel intimidated. 3. Opportunity for transformation: The connections made in teacher trainings are lifelong bonds that foster transformational change. Even if you never plan on teaching a class, you will learn more about yourself than could be described in a curriculum. And that discovery is priceless. Just OM Yoga Studio is registered with the Yoga Alliance and is offering a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training led by Mullins starting February 10, 2017. The training will include topics on physiology, philosophy, meditation and teaching methodology. Guest teacher includes Swami Brahmavidyananda with an intensive portion on Ayurveda and Restorative Yoga.

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newsbriefs Tips on Reversing Macular Degeneration in Zephyrhills


r. Edward Kondrot, a boardcertified ophthalmologist with Healing The Eye Wellness Center, in Zephyrhills, Florida, is presenting three events focused on helping to reverse macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness. He will host the Kondrot Eye Program from January 17 to 20, the Stem Cell Program on January 19 and 20 and Get Started with Microcurrent on January 23 and 24, all from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A free report on recent and ongoing studies and findings is available from The Eye Wellness Center by those that cannot attend. Kondrot has written seven books on eye diseases and sees his work as a way to help prevent further blindness. Location: 40122 Mason Rd, Zephyrhills, Florida. For more information, call 800430-9328, email or visit & for your free report. See ad page 37.

Oxygen Therapy Supports Healing


yperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is being used to treat a variety of medical issues. As a noninvasive medical treatment, HBOT delivers medical grade oxygen in a safe, controlled, pressurized environment. This allows every fluid in the body (tissues, blood plasma, lymphatic, cerebral and synovial) to exponentially absorb oxygen and efficiently deliver it to areas where circulation is diminished or blocked. “While mostly known for treating scuba diving injuries and diabetic wound care, HBOT is used around the world for over 150 debilitating conditions and in the enhancement of overall health,” explains Laura H. Betts, ANDI IT, HCO, CHT, owner of HyperbaricsRX. “It has been clinically documented to increase stem cell mobilization by 800 percent, boost the immune system and shorten healing times. Inflammation is often an underlying cause of pain, disease and chronic illness. HBOT is highly effective at reducing inflammation, often after a single treatment. This is one of the many reasons HBOT is compelling as both a primary and adjunctive (combined) viable medical modality. HBOT enhances the body’s natural healing process. After the session is complete, most feel rejuvenated, calm and experience an overall sense of wellbeing.” Hyperbaric means above normal atmospheric pressure where Medical grade oxygen is delivered under increased pressure inside a comfortable hyperbaric chamber. For more information, call Laura Betts, 954-749-9998 or visit HyperbaricsRx. com. HyperbaricsRx LLC, 4654 North University Drive, Lauderhill FL 33351. See ad, page 33. 24

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OM the streets of Hollywood, FL n Saturday February 4th from 2pm to 8pm, the Urban Yoga Fest will OM the streets of Hollywood, Florida. This is the first yoga event that will take the yoga mats to the streets and combine yoga, vegetarian food, music and arts in the area of Downtown Hollywood.    The Urban Yoga Fest is where Yoga meets the City. It’s a mindful gathering of the South Florida yoga tribe, where everyone, including your 4 legged friends, will have the opportunity to join a wide variety of thoughtful experiences. Roll out your mat and strike your favorite pose in front of one of the many walkable murals, experience a wide variety of yoga classes taught by inspiring yoga teachers, and prepare yourself to sweat with a hot Vinyasa yoga class. Visit the Vegetarian Village, discover our Pop-Up of yoga lifestyle artisans, and learn from our unique workshops at the Hollywood’s vendors’ corner. The little yogis (kids) can learn fun animal poses and enjoy tribal art. Urban Yoga Fest Hollywood provides an extraordinary opportunity to create a yoga and wellness movement and bring together Hollywood’s and South Florida leading yoga teachers and studios, wellness and healing gurus, local chefs and everyone that wishes to live a conscious and mindful lifestyle in the city. 


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ae Chandran will lead three events, including a free introductory lecture to DNA Activation workshops from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., January 13; DNA Level I: Activation of Our DNA from 1:30 to 7:30 p.m., January 14; and DNA Level II from 1:30 to 7:30 p.m., January 15, in Naples Florida. For more than 30 years, Chandran has taught workshops of self-discovery in Japan, Brazil, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Shanghai, India and Vietnam and led people to power spots and vortexes in countries such as Egypt, Israel, Greece and Morocco. The author of DNA of the Spirit and Partnering with Angels and a regular writer for Sedona Journal magazine, Chandran has channeled more than 400 symbols for healing and transformation. Through these tones, he facilitates shifts in DNA to manifest higher frequencies that help participants achieve their life’s purpose. Chandran is also hosting small group tours to Egypt from April 1 to 10, and to Israel in July. Workshop prices are $250 for Jan. 14 and $400 for Jan. 15. Location: Unity of Bonita Springs, 28285 Imperial Pkwy. For more information or to register, call 239-340-1036 or email Visit See ad, page 47.

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entral Florida’s largest natural and green living expo will be held Sunday, March 26 at the Florida Tech Clemente Center in Melbourne. Excitement is building for this year’s 13th annual Healthy Living Expo and producers expect it to be the best yet with a wide variety of new and interesting exhibitors and workshops. Each year the Healthy Living Expo brings together a wide array of natural, organic, and green living products, services, providers, information, and experts for the home, pets, and the whole family. The Healthy Living Expo features many exciting speakers presenting natural living topics to help you live a natural life and the exhibit hall is filled with exciting products, samples, and interactive displays to get your organic juices flowing. If you are interested in promoting your business at the expo be sure and register by February 10th to be included in the expo program that will be featured in the March Melbourne/Vero Beach edition of Natural Awakenings magazine. For more information visit or call 321-777-6433. See ad, page 59.

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he Center for Regenerative Medicine, based in Miami, is offering a new, cutting-edge treatment for patients suffering from neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, as well as stroke patients. As one of the few practices in the U.S. now utilizing patients’ own stem cells, the center reports seeing improvements in and reversals of many debilitating symptoms related to these conditions, including loss of memory, language, focus and attention, visual perception, reasoning, judgment and good mood. The center has been using stem cell therapy and techniques with other nonsurgical procedures for more than 17 years in enabling thousands of athletes, dancers and others, both from around the country and internationally, to recover from sports injuries, lessen the effects of arthritis and osteoarthritis and obtain general pain relief, along with other benefits.

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or the past 11 years, Ayesha D’Mello has been teaching thousands of enthusiasts how to spice up dinner with authentic Indian flavors. Ayesha’s recipes allow you to easily replicate not only a delicious, but also a healthy meal in your own kitchen. Ayesha focuses on organic ingredients and grinding spices fresh. She creates a lighthearted, casual and interactive environment, giving precise instructions, highlighting key information and interspersing entertaining tips with personal stories about the dishes that make the whole experience much more enjoyable. All of her 22 menus are well balanced (plenty of proteins, fiber and good fats) and tailored for beginners though advanced students. The latest menus include Healthy Street Foods of India, Vegetarian Delights, Classic Indian Cuisine and Bring on the Beef which comprise of beef lettuce wraps and Masala Roast Beef. By popular demand from locals and visitors, Ayesha has just introduced her first of a series of online cooking classes – “Dinner on the Spice Route”. The response has been extremely positive from both new students and past in-person students. Get a sneak peak at online_cooking_classes. Or, get a cooking companion online and/or a life changing in-person experience at Ayesha’s Kitchen. Check out upcoming events and classes at and take the next step into a healthier lifestyle. for more information call 305-254-0693. 26

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Veterans Rehab Through Cycling


arriors, Families, Caregivers and supporters, this is a call to BIKE! Wounded Warriors Project supported by USAA and TREK successfully present Soldier Ride. a call to rehab through cycling! As stated on, Soldier Ride is a unique four-day cycling opportunity for wounded service members and veterans to use cycling and camaraderie to overcome physical, mental, or emotional wounds. The rides are exhilarating and a great way to help warriors gain confidence and realize you can do this! Warriors of all ability levels can cycle on Soldier Ride. State-of-the-art adaptive hand cycles, trikes, and bicycles accommodate warriors with various injuries and disabilities, as well as, unmodified road bikes for riders not requiring adaptive equipment are provided free of charge. A sample schedule of what each ride has to offer looks like this. Day One - Arrival day, warrior bike-fitting, and lunch. In the evening, you will have the opportunity to meet and greet fellow warriors on the ride. Day Two - Enjoy a short program ride (10-15 miles) where you will have a chance to test out your bike while getting to know fellow warriors and Soldier Ride team members. Day Three - Challenge yourself with a 15-20+ mile ride with your fellow warriors and Soldier Ride teammates. Day Four Closing breakfast and departure day. One Day Ride: Saturday, January 07, 2017 10:30 AM - 12:45 PM Sponsored by Military Affairs Community, this ride begins at BocaChica NAS Key West and ends at the Vietnam Memorial in Bayview Park with a Welcome Ceremony, followed by The Community Ride. For Ride info call 305-6008441. For other rides information or if you like to support the Soldier Ride® program through donation, visit www.woundedwarriorproject. org/programs/soldier-ride.

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clinical trial from the University of California-San Diego School of Medicine found that participants in a six-day, ayurvedic-based, well-being program showed metabolic improvements in blood tests for inflammation, cardiovascular disease risk (CDR) and cholesterol levels. Study participants consisted of 119 healthy men and women between the ages of 30 and 80. Sixty-five experienced a panchakarma program, a detox and rejuvenation protocol involving a vegetarian diet, meditation, yoga, massage, herbal therapy and other healing therapies. The other 54 served as a control group. Blood was analyzed before and after the test period. The researchers, led by Dr. Deepak Chopra, found measurable decreases in 12 phosphatidycholines (cell-membrane chemicals) associated with cholesterol, inflammation, CDR and Type 2 diabetes risk. They acknowledge that due to the short duration of the trial, the immediate changes were likely attributable to the vegetarian diet; more research is needed to determine the complementary role of the other therapies. “It appears that a one-week panchakarma program can significantly alter the metabolic profile of the person undergoing it,” remarks Chopra.


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study from Drexel University, in Philadelphia, has linked autism spectrum disorder with prenatal exposure to organochlorine chemicals. The researchers examined 1,144 children born in southern California between 2000 and 2003 with mothers that had enrolled in a state-sponsored prenatal screening program. Blood tests were taken during their second trimester of pregnancy, a critical time for neurodevelopment, to measure exposure to organochlorine chemicals, including polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) and pesticides such as DDT. These compounds were banned from production in the U.S. in 1977, but remain in the environment. It’s well known that they can cross the placental barrier, impacting neurodevelopment in fetuses. The researchers selected participants based on previous health diagnoses: 545 children with autism spectrum disorder and 181 with intellectual disabilities, plus 418 free of both issues as a control group. They found a 50 to 82 percent increased autism risk in children with the highest levels of four identified PCB compounds in utero, based on which ones were present. “The results suggest that prenatal exposure to these chemicals above a certain level may influence neurodevelopment in adverse ways,” says Kristen Lyall, Sc.D., assistant professor in the university’s A.J. Drexel Autism Institute, promising further related studies.

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esearchers from Ohio State University, in Columbus, started with data from 6,432 participants in the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, conducted in 1979, to study the impact that early job satisfaction has upon health as we age. The new study examined reports of job satisfaction on a scale of one (dislike very much) to four (like very much) for participants between the ages of 25 and 39. Then they compared the responses to mental and physical health reports measured after the participants turned 40. Those that reported low job satisfaction throughout their 20s and 30s exhibited higher levels of emotional problems, depression, sleep problems and excessive worry. Individuals that started out satisfied with their jobs but became less satisfied over time also faced sleep and anxiety difficulties, but exhibited less depression. The participants that reported increasing job satisfaction in their 20s and 30s reported fewer mental health problems. The correlation between physical health after 40 and early job satisfaction was not as strong, but university associate professor of sociology Hui Zheng notes, “Increased anxiety and depression could lead to cardiovascular or other health problems that won’t show up until they are older.”

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he 2012 National Health Interview Survey, published in 2015, included a survey on the use of complementary medicine practices. Nearly 45,000 Americans were questioned, including more than 10,000 children between the ages of 4 and 17. The survey found that nearly 12 percent of children had used complementary medicine, either in a practice or product, during the year studied. The most common form of alternative medicine among children was natural supplements, such as fish oil, probiotics and melatonin. Chiropractic care and yoga were also popular choices. Researchers found that parents sought complementary approaches most often for children due to back or neck pain, musculoskeletal conditions, colds, anxiety, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder or insomnia.

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Reforesting India

Massive Tree-Planting Against Climate Change Indian officials report that volunteers planted more than 49 million trees on a single day in 2016, surpassing the 2013 world record of 850,000 in Pakistan. An estimated 800,000 volunteers worked for 24 hours planting 80 species of saplings raised in local nurseries along roads, railways and other public land. The effort is part of the commitment India made at the Paris Climate Conference in December 2015. The country agreed to spend $6 billion to reforest 12 percent of its land and bring the total forest cover to 235 million acres by 2030, or about 29 percent of its territory. Trees sequester carbon dioxide from the air and reduce greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. India has experienced substantial loss of its forest cover in recent centuries as people cut down trees for firewood, pasture and development. Still, saplings need water and care and are susceptible to disease. Mortality rates can reach 40 percent after such massive tree plantings. Other countries are also replanting trees. Last December, African nations pledged to reforest 100 million hectares (386 square miles). A wide range of stakeholders from countries to companies also signed on to the non-binding New York Declaration of Forests that month, with the goal of halving deforestation by 2020 and ending it by 2030.

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Maryland is the first state in the nation to pass strict restrictions on pesticides thought to be responsible for significant reductions in bee populations with enactment of its Pollinator Protection Act. Maryland lost more than 60 percent of its hives in 2015, each containing up to 20,000 honeybees, making it one of the states with the highest recorded declines. The national average is about 42 percent, yet across the country, farmers and gardeners are still using pesticides linked to colony collapse disorder. Globally, more than one-third of the world’s food supply could be at risk if these and other pollinators are lost. Neonicotinoids are one potent class of systemic pesticides introduced to agriculture in the 1990s that have been linked to bees’ demise. In recent years, pesticides such as Knockout Ready-to-Use Grub Killer, Ortho Bug B Gon, and All-InOne Rose & Flower Care have been made available to consumers and beekeepers have noticed a corresponding increase in bee deaths. The Maryland law bans the use of neonicotinoids by everyday consumers that have been spraying home gardens and trees with these deadly pesticides. Farmers and professional gardeners are exempt from the law. A similar law is awaiting the governor’s signature in Connecticut. Although the U.S. Department of Agriculture has not officially recognized the well-researched link, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is reviewing it. Source: 30

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Aerotoxic syndrome is the medical term for the illness caused by exposure to contaminated air in jet aircraft, and it’s causing that ailment, plus the permanent disability and even death of airline employees and passengers. Whistleblowers have been met with ridicule and termination. The problem has been called the “asbestos of the airline industry” by critics. French scientist Jean-Cristophe Balouet, Ph.D., who discovered the syndrome in 1999, thinks it may have already affected 250,000 pilots, cabin crew and passengers worldwide. In 1963, aircraft moved from drawing fresh air into the cabin to “bleeding” part of it from the engines. The synthetic oil used by jets contains organophosphates used in pesticides and nerve gas, and was banned by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for residential use in 2001 because of known toxicity. The byproducts of these carcinogenic organophosphates can also include aldehydes and carbon monoxide. Airplane seals wear out and there are no chemical sensors onboard aircraft to detect fumes—only noses to detect the “dirty sock” odor. The Aerotoxic Association continues to push for air quality detectors on all planes and the Cabin Air Quality Act sponsored by California Senator Dianne Feinstein. For more information, visit

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Monks Free Creatures from Certain Doom A handful of monks from the Great Enlightenment Buddhist Institute Society living on Canada’s Prince Edward Island spent a day buying up all the live lobsters they could find at the local fish market, and then chartered a boat. Once out to sea, they recited a brief prayer over their writhing cargo and set them loose in the Atlantic. “The whole purpose for us is to cultivate this compassion toward others,” says one of the monks. “It doesn’t have to be lobsters, it can be worms, flies, any animals; it can also be driving slower, so we don’t run over little critters on the street.” One participant, Victoria Fan, says, “It’s rethinking the way you normally see these creatures. Their happiness is as important as your happiness, their suffering is as important as your suffering.” Source:


Although food manufacturers have pledged to voluntarily eliminate bisphenol A (BPA)—an endocrine disruptor linked to developmental problems in fetuses, infants and children—in their packaging materials, it’s still found in the lining of many canned goods. Recent testing by an advocacy group found BPA in 70 percent of nearly 200 samples, including products from Campbell and Kroger, which have joined the pledge. “It’s in beer, coffee, tea, energy drinks and aerosol cans for whipped cream... it’s everywhere,” says Samara Geller, a database and research analyst with the Environmental Working Group (EWG). According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, BPA is safe at the levels people are exposed to via canned foods, but many consumers would rather not take the risk. Consequently, EWG created a new tool to help consumers avoid the 16,000 products that may have BPA in their packaging. The numbers listed on package UPC codes can be compared against the database at “Our main goal was to get this out quickly to as many people as possible,” says Geller. “The UPC code is really your best defense to finding out what they’re talking about,” because product names can change.

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Lucky 13, Really? by Pastor Shaun W. Smith


s 13 really lucky? For me, not so much. Allow me to briefly explain my journey with Tooth 13 for the last sixteen years. It was Winter 2000 when I first began experiencing pain with Tooth 13 in the top left of my mouth. This pain was in the gum area just above the tooth as well as in my head. Sensing the urgency of the moment, I immediately scheduled an appointment with a local dentist in Raleigh, NC, nearby where I was attending Bible seminary in Wake Forest, NC. After a complete oral evaluation, the dentist recommended those now dreaded words: Tooth 13 requires a root canal due to infection. I was young and inexperienced with dental procedures at the time, so, I trusted this was the best option without seeking a second opinion. We moved forward with the root canal, which was not an enjoyable procedure, by the way. After the procedure, I departed the dentist’s office with high hopes that my problems with Tooth 13 were now in the past. Of course, a couple of months later I quickly realized this was not the case as the infection reoccurred. Frustrated, I went back to the same dentist who advised me he made a mistake and missed a second canal that needed to be cleaned. He performed the root canal again to include the second canal at no additional charge. I thought to myself, this should take care of the problem for good! Again, the problem was not resolved. I continued to experience headaches, and the infection reappeared within months. At this point, the dentist referred me to a endodontic specialist who would perform the first apicoectomy on Tooth 13. From 2000 to 2016, I continued to experience daily headaches along with pressure in my head and foggy thinking. And, from 2010 to 2014 I had three additional apicoectomy

procedures on Tooth 13 in Miami, FL, due to reoccurring infections. I was at the end of my rope trying to “save” a dead tooth. Was I receiving bad advice? As a believer in Jesus Christ, I strongly believe the Word of God. The Bible teaches God loves us and desires for us to walk in wholeness in spirit, soul (mind, will & emotions) and body. This was purchased for you and me by the sacrificial death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. I thought to myself, this includes Tooth 13! But, my daily pain was a constant reminder of my internal disappointment and frustration that I was not fully walking in the abundant, healthy life Jesus died for me to experience NOW in this life. Questions would arise in my mind: Why was I not getting better? Why did it seem my body’s immune system was always fighting off a virus? What was causing the constant headaches and foggy thinking? Why was I always lacking energy throughout the day? Some days the pain was debilitating negatively impacting my daily routine. Even with weekly visits to the chiropractor, I would only feel good and energetic for one or two days maximum. This pain had become my norm; it was as if this situation was never going to get better after sixteen years two root canals and four apicoectomies. Enter Stage Right: Dr. Yolanda Cintron. I believe my introduction to Dr. Cintron was a divine appointment through a mutual Christian friend. I actually received her contact information in January 2016, but I did not call until November 2016 because I was believing God for a healing miracle in my tooth. Sometimes in life, though, God works miracles through great doctors like Dr. Cintron, who compassionately and holistically care for their patients. Dr. Cintron instructed her friendly staff to schedule my appointment

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as quickly as I could travel to Fort Lauderdale from Miami, FL. During my appointment, she performed a complete oral evaluation and advised me the best plan would be to extract Tooth 13, which was infected again. She also explained to me there was mercury at the root tip due to the previous apicoecotomy procedures. This mercury was the culprit behind many of the negative symptoms I had experienced the previous sixteen years. As you can imagine, the extraction of your first tooth can be an emotional decision, but Dr. Cintron and her staff showed much compassion and care as I made the decision to deal with Tooth 13 once and for all. Tooth 13 has been gone for two weeks now, and I am feeling more energetic and excited as each day passes. What a joy to wake up without pain! I am very thankful to Dr. Cintron and her staff for allowing the Lord Jesus Christ to minister His compassion and care through them to me. What a blessing, what a miracle! I am forever grateful. I pray the Lord will continue to bless you, keep you and make His face to shine upon you, in Jesus’ name. To God be the Glory, Pastor Shaun W. Smith Miami, FL

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Bite into a food we’re sensitive to and our body switches into “fight-or-flight” mode. It stores fat and water, releases histamines that widen blood vessels and inflame tissue, and cranks out stress hormones like epinephrine and norepinephrine that make us want to eat more of that food. “You literally get a high so that you crave more,” says Smith. She notes that unlike true allergies, which can prompt an immediate reaction, food intolerances often manifest subtly over several days. When we are repeatedly exposed to a food we’re sensitive to, we feel bloated and sluggish, regardless of the calorie count. Allergy medications can also prompt weight gain, in part by boosting appetite. One study by Yale researchers found people that regularly ingested antihistamines like Zyrtec and Allegra were far more likely to be overweight than those not using them. What to do: First, cut out the most-craved foods. “If someone tells me they just cannot live without cheese, I assume they are allergic to it,” says Smith. Or, try an elimination diet. Ban common allergens like milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts and gluten (if possible, try sticking to only rice and lamb— two hypoallergenic foods—for four days). Then reintroduce other foods slowly and monitor the results. To combat seasonal allergies naturally, try vitamin C, quercetin and butterbur supplements.

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The thyroid serves as a key metabolism regulator, dictating how efficiently the heart beats and muscles contract, how quickly the body turns nutrients into energy, and how well we burn off stored fat. When thyroid hormone production falls, metabolism can also decrease by as much as 40 percent. Yet as many as four in 13 women suffer from a thyroid hormone deficiency, says Toronto naturopathic doctor Natasha Turner, author of the new book The Hormone Boost. “You can diet and exercise until you are blue in the face, but if your thyroid is out of balance, you won’t achieve the body you’re looking for,” she says. “It’s a common cause of weight gain.” What to do: Get tested for levels of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) and, if possible, T4 (thyroxine) and T3 (triiodothyronine) also. TSH signals the thyroid to make more T4, the inactive form of thyroid hormone that is converted into T3, the form the body is able to use. Abnormal blood levels of any of these can impact metabolism adversely, and a TSH test alone may be unable to identify a problem, caution Smith and Turner. In some cases, medication may be required. Otherwise, move to embrace lifestyle habits that reduce stress levels, because the stress hormone cortisol can inhibit thyroid function. Get eight hours of sleep; sleep deprivation also impairs thyroid function. Eat lots of fiber, which helps the body eliminate excess estrogen and other thyroiddamaging metabolic byproducts. Also, stock up on foods containing tyrosine (almonds and avocadoes), and selenium (Brazil nuts). In some cases, if an iodine deficiency is at play, a doctor may suggest iodine supplements or iodine-rich foods like kelp and sea bass.

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Kellman, a New York City physician practicing functional medicine and author of The Microbiome Diet. “The gut bacteria are the gatekeepers of the calories that enter our body,” he explains. Research shows that certain species of bacteria aid in the metabolizing of carbohydrates, while others help break down fats and protein. Some turn on genes that fight inflammation; others influence how well the body responds to insulin. Diversity and balance of helpful bacteria species are keys to health. “If changes in the percentages of certain bacteria occur, the microbiome loses its ability to help us maintain a healthy weight,” says Kellman. In one landmark 21st-century study by University of Colorado researchers, swapping the gut bacteria of a skinny mouse with that of an obese one made the skinny mouse gain weight. What to do: Go easy on antibiotics, which can wipe out gut bacteria diversity. Load up on fermented foods like kim chi, sauerkraut, kefir and yogurt. Eat lots of inulincontaining plant fiber to give desirable bacteria something to chew on, and consider taking a probiotic supplement until weight loss and health goals are achieved.

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As The Biggest Loser contestants learned, losing too much weight too fast can bring metabolism to a screeching halt; the body, coaxed into starvation mode, moves to conserve fuel and store fat. “If you try to lose weight by drastically slashing calorie intake and going crazy on the cardio machines, you’ll do more harm than good,” says Turner. Performing intense cardiovascular exercise such as running,

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training into three workouts each week. Include some fat, protein and carbohydrates with every meal. If insisting on counting calories, shoot for 450 to 500 per meal and 150 per snack for women; 500 to 600 per meal and 200 to 300 per snack for men. Every week to 10 days, enjoy a carb-loaded “cheat meal” such as pancakes or pasta; it supports any languishing thyroid and feel-good hormones, gives associated neurotransmitters a jump-start and keeps us from feeling deprived.

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Alan Hedge, Ph.D., a workplace design researcher with Cornell University, in New York, says women, who tend to have less muscle and body hair to provide natural warmth, are at particular risk of packing on pounds due to an overly cold environment. “When the body is cold, it adapts by laying down insulation, which is fat,” he says. Even without eating extra calories, if we’re constantly cold at work, as 31 percent of women are according to a recent CareerBuilder survey, we tend to gain about a pound or two per year, says Hedge. Other research, conducted at Northwestern University, in Illinois, shows that workers exposed to more light in the morning weigh about 1.4 pounds less on average than those toiling in windowless cubicles. The suspected reason is that morning light triggers a cascade of hormones that positively impact appetite and metabolism. Another study, by Ohio State University researchers, found women that experienced a stressful event at work or elsewhere and then ate a fat- and calorie-laden meal the next day burned 100 fewer calories from that meal than non-stressed workers. What to do: At work, move the desk toward a window or at least take a walk every morning. Bring a space heater, extra sweater or hot tea fixings. After an ultra-stressful workday, eat especially healthfully that night. Lisa Marshall is a freelance health writer in Boulder, CO. Connect at

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ettlebells can replace almost all other exercise equipment in providing an all-in-one workout, combining strength and cardio benefits,” explains Shelly Bumpus, an Athletics and Fitness Association of America-certified personal trainer and owner of the Studio Women’s Fitness Center, in Scott, Louisiana. Bumpus often uses kettlebells in strength and conditioning exercise classes to afford a balanced full-body workout that’s fun and engaging. “Consistent kettlebell training imitates and strengthens movements we use to function in daily life,” explains Athena Concannon, an American College of Sports Medicine-certified personal trainer and healthy lifestyle blogger at, in Boston. For example, actions like lift-

ing grocery bags and standing up from a sitting position become easier. She notes that the growing popularity of different kinds of functional training in the past decade has bolstered recognition of kettlebell benefits as people seek ways to move away from assisted weight machines toward natural body movements. Kettlebells now show up in circuit training, CrossFit and both functional fitness and step classes. People see results because, “It takes multiple small and large muscle groups to redirect movement while maintaining control with a kettlebell, requiring more muscle recruitment than with a traditional dumbbell; it’s because its shape provides unbalanced weight resistance that strengthens a multitude of differ-

ent muscles,” explains Julie Joffrion, owner of All-Inclusive Health, in New Orleans. A kettlebell’s configuration requires exercisers to pay close attention to maintaining a neutral spinal posture and avoid locking knees and wrists to avoid pain or injury. By starting with a smaller weight and focusing on form first, exercisers build a foundation that allows them to more fully enjoy the benefits. Momentum training with kettlebells also compares favorably to traditional dumbbells or weighted bars. “The distinctive shape and weight distribution allows for a variety of exercises and grip positions that are not as comfortable and effective or even possible with a dumbbell,” says Joffrion. Although kettlebells have been popular with Russian athletes since the 1700s, they are a relatively new addition to U.S. fitness clubs. “I first learned about kettlebell fitness in 2005 when some gyms were purchasing them. However, because trainers didn’t yet know how to use or instruct on proper movement of the bells, they sat dormant for awhile. I started using them and fell in love. After a few

months, I knew this would be something I’d stick with for a long time,” recalls Lorna Kleidman, an accomplished kettlebell champion who has earned gold awards in 17 national and international competitions. Now the founder of KettleX, a business focused on making kettlebell fitness available to everyone through DVDs, private sessions, online coaching and seminars, Kleidman says, “The beauty is

Learn more at KettlebellsFitnessStudy. that the bells keep you strong and looking great, no matter what your age or fitness experience. I’ve rarely met a person that didn’t get hooked after working out with the appropriate bells, be it a child or an 80-year-young client. “They are excellent for power, cardiovascular enhancement, endurance and physical symmetry, which is important for the health of the tissues and joints. At the same time, they create a healthful-looking physique, including toned arms, flat abs and a round, lifted

butt,” she adds. Participants completing 20 minutes of a high-intensity kettlebell workout burned an average of 20 calories per minute in a study sponsored by the American Council of Exercise. The researchers compared this level to running a six-minute mile and credited the more intensive calorie burn as a result of challenging the total body, which quickly raises the heart rate when performed with speed. The study concluded that kettlebell training is especially beneficial for those that want to fit in a time-efficient, total body workout. Proponents go a step further, claiming that kettlebells can deliver increased benefits in half the time of traditional workouts. Bumpus advises, “If you’re solely interested in building strength and muscle power, stick with free weights, but if you’re looking for a way to burn fat while increasing muscular and cardiovascular endurance, kettlebells are a valuable option to incorporate into your training.” Taylor Geiger is a freelance writer in Phoenix, Arizona. Connect at

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ales of gluten-free products reached $973 million in 2014 and are projected to grow to $2.34 billion in 2019, according to Packaged Facts, a market research publisher. Many such products cost more than their gluten-based counterparts.

bloating, brain fog and joint pain, when they ingest gluten. According to the Center, as many as 7 percent of Americans, or 18 million people, fall into this vague category, due to a far less understood immune response distinct from what’s linked to celiac disease.

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The latest study, published in the American Medical Association publication JAMA Internal Medicine, found that the number of Americans with celiac disease remained relatively stable from 2009 through 2014 at about 2.7 million. Meanwhile, marketers for gluten-free products report about 40 million consumers. Celiac disease is a serious autoimmune disorder in which ingesting gluten causes issues such as intestinal damage, anemia and fatigue. Those afflicted improve when gluten is removed from their diets and their intestinal tracts heal, according to the Center for Celiac Research and Treatment at Massachusetts General Hospital, in Boston. Those with a non-celiac gluten sensitivity or wheat allergy also experience a range of symptoms, including 44

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The many Americans unaffected by gluten may want to avoid gluten-free products, says Dr. Michael Greger, a Washington, D.C., physician specializing in clinical nutrition. The bestselling author of How Not to Die, Greger founded the educational nonprofit and is a founding fellow of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. “Just because some people have a peanut allergy doesn’t mean everyone should avoid peanuts,” says Greger. “Some evidence suggests that a gluten-free diet may adversely affect gut health in people without celiac disease, gluten sensitivity or wheat allergy.” He cites a small study published in Gut Microbes which found that a one-month, gluten-free diet may hurt gut flora and immune function, potentially precipitating an overgrowth

of harmful intestinal bacteria for those on gluten-free diets. The gluten components that cause problems for the wheat-sensitive may act as prebiotics and feed good bacteria for the rest of us, says Greger. “Wheat bran contains the important wheat-based prebiotic arabino-xylanoligosaccharide,” explains Case Adams, a Morro Bay, California, naturopath and author of The Gluten Cure: Scientifically Proven Natural Solutions to Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivities. “It feeds the probiotics that produce enzymes which help break down gluten and gliadin proteins.” Researchers from Pennsylvania’s University of Reading conducted multiple studies showing that arabino-xylanoligosaccharide derived from wheat bran increases beneficial bifidobacteria populations in the guts of humans. It is disappointing that a number of highly publicized studies done on celiac patients have been inappropriately applied to the general population, notes Adams. Gluten may also boost immune function. In a study published in the journal Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry, researchers found that after less than a week on a diet with added gluten protein, subjects experienced significantly increased natural killer cell activity, which could improve their ability to fight cancer and viral infections. An earlier study in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition found that highgluten bread improved triglyceride levels better than regular gluten bread. Plus, Greger says, avoiding gluten means missing out on all the fiber, B vitamins, trace minerals and other nutrients from whole grains like wheat, barley and rye. A whole-grain-rich diet has been repeatedly shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, obesity and some forms of cancer in studies from such institutions as the University of Minnesota and Lund University, in Sweden. “Most gluten-free processed foods are not made with nutrient-rich, healthprotecting whole grains,” adds Katherine Tallmadge, a Washington, D.C., registered dietitian, nutrition coach and author of Diet Simple. Ingredients such

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Self-diagnosing a gluten issue can delay a doctor’s accurate assessment, cautions Greger. “We diagnose celiac by looking for the inflammation caused by gluten in celiac sufferers. If they haven’t been eating a lot of gluten, we might miss diagnosing the disease. Thus, instead of being on a gluten-free diet, we want celiac suspects to be on a gluten-loaded diet, such as four to six slices of gluten-packed bread daily for at least a month before they come in for a diagnostic exam.” Studies are ongoing and information continues to evolve regarding the pluses and minuses of a gluten-free diet. C






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SKY HIGH A Simple Gaze Invokes the Infinite by Sandy C. Newbigging


magine being outside on a sunny day, looking at a clear, blue sky. It’s natural to feel calm and wonderful while contemplating this expansive view. Then a solitary bird flies across our field of vision. Noticing it takes our attention away from the stillness of the sky to instead track its movement as it flies by. Then we start thinking about the bird: “I wonder where it’s coming from and going? Why is it alone? Has it lost its mate?” At that point, we are no longer feeling calm, but concerned. Inside of each of us, right now, there is a “big blue sky” of awareness with all kinds of “birds” flying around, including thoughts, emotions, physical sensations and anything in the external world that catches our attention.  Attaining a consistent inner calm is possible by learning to be more interested in and attentive to the conscious awareness that is calmly observing what’s going on in our thinking, emotions, bodily sensations and life. We can live permanently engaged with this awareness and the inner dominion it contains instead of being helplessly caught up in the content of our own or others’ thinking or emotion, which are often conditioned by the world to be more negative than positive. As we mature in this skill, we discover that such awareness is always still, silent, peaceful, powerful, unlimited and infinite. It reflects who we really are as opposed to who we think we are. Through practice, it becomes our natural way of being and we awake to an excellent way of living To experience this, try the Gently Alert Attention Wide Open (GAAWO) technique. Look at something that’s straight ahead while simultaneously letting the gaze gently open up wider, looking neither left nor right, using passive peripheral vision. Now do the same with up and down, so gentle alertness encompasses an even greater scope. As we do this, we will likely notice that our thoughts are stilled and we feel more present, calm and quiet than a moment earlier. This simple technique works for everyone. By playing with it regularly, we can discover that a sense of peace never leaves us; rather, we leave our innate, peaceful center when we focus on and feel the to and fro movements of our mind. Exchanging typical thinking for staying in a conscious state of awareness helps us to unchain our being from limiting views and perspectives, so that we live more freely. Sandy C. Newbigging is the creator of Calmology principles and techniques, including the transformative GAAWO. He offers a 12-week Calmology foundation course at Connect at


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eer pressure and body consciousness are universal challenges facing teens and their parents. Experts find that by modeling healthy habits and maintaining open lines of communication, adults can help foster healthy independent thinking and responses to inevitable situations.

Respect Developing Capacities

Some teen struggles are literally all in their heads, according to Dr. Frances Jensen, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine, in Philadelphia. “The brain is the last organ to mature, and isn’t fully complete until young people reach their late 20s. This allows the brain to adapt to its environment, which can be both good and bad,” says Jensen, author of The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults. Compounding the challenge, the frontal lobes, responsible for higher functions like insight, judgment, impulse control and empathy, fully mature last; it’s no

coincidence that teens struggle in these areas, according to Jensen. The plasticity of the teenage brain is optimal for learning and adaption, but without the frontal lobe feedback, it’s a challenge for them to moderate the heightened emotions, novelty seeking and sexual impulses adolescents are also experiencing. “We expect teenagers to act rationally, but there are many reasons why their brains aren’t taking them there,” says Jensen. “Acknowledging this can lower frustration levels for everyone.”

Create a Safe Haven

Teens learn more from experience than lectures, so parents should facilitate positive experiences and influences at home, advises Carla Atherton, director of The Healthy Family Formula, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, which fosters family well-being by holistically addressing root causes of poor health. Such activities can include regularly preparing meals together and going for family walks, rather than eating dinner in front of the TV.

“Doing everything you can to connect with kids while they are in an environment you can control gives them a good foundation they can take into the world,” says Atherton, the mother of three teens. Parents have to give trust to gain kids’ trust stresses educator Naomi Katz, of Galilee, Israel, author of Beautiful: Being an Empowered Young Woman. “Create an environment where kids feel like they don’t have to hide or lie about anything,” Katz says. She also encourages parents to empower adolescents in decision making: Rather than telling them not to try drugs or alcohol “because I said so,” provide them real facts to help them draw their own conclusions.

Support Quiet Respites

In today’s hyper-connected world, Katz observes, “Social dynamics can get really confusing and painful and impact kids in far-reaching ways. We used to come home from school and be away from those issues until the next day; now that break doesn’t come because of social media and smartphones.” Katz recommends encouraging

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Stay Alert to Signs

Despite a parent’s best efforts, kids can and will make unhealthy choices, and parents need to be prepared to manage the consequences. If a child is suspected or found to be engaging in dangerous or addictive behaviors like self-harming or an eating disorder, it’s important to address these immediately, seeking professional help if needed, counsels Katz. Jensen remarks that it’s easier to learn unhealthy patterns when the brain is malleable, and addictive behaviors are harder to eliminate than if they are acquired as an adult. The signs of unhealthy behaviors can be subtle, so it’s important to recognize

cues without making flash judgments or placing blame, says Atherton, For example, a parent that notices her teen eating differently or obsessed with working out should consider initiating a conversation with him or her about body image. Talking to teens about images in the media can help them gain a more balanced and positive self-perspective. “You can tell your kids, ‘These advertising images are trying to sell you someone’s idea of a perfect look, but it’s not reality,’” says Atherton. For whatever issues teens are trying to cope with, parents need to cultivate their own sense of inner calm; to be the rock that they can cling to. “Caring adults need to give teens a periodic frontal lobe assist,” says Jensen. “It helps when we share more details and insights about how we organize our lives and make decisions. Modeling the rationality and empathy that teenagers may lack can be an effective counterbalance.” Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, of Washington, D.C., at


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or virtual appointments and educational classes, plus followups and urgent care at minimal costs. The U.S. mainstream fee-for-service approach, whether paid by insurance or cash, has been criticized for encouraging unnecessary tests and procedures because doctors are paid for services performed. To maintain income, they typically shorten appointments to increase the number of patients they see. Lewis emphasizes, “Time is the valuable factor in DPC—healthy lifestyle changes, which can prevent or reverse 70 percent of health concerns, cannot be communicated in 10 minutes.”

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For generations, Christian communities have operated health care sharing ministries (HCSM) to collectively share the cost of each other’s medical bills as an alternative to outside insurance. Members are exempt from current Affordable Healthcare Act (ACA) mandates. Liberty HealthShare, a nonprofit HCSM chartered by the Mennonite church, believes that everyone has the right to practice religion as they see fit. Their members share a commitment to personal health and sharing in the burden of health expenses with others that have these values. “Many in the functional and integrative medical arenas also believe in these principles,” says Tom Blue, of Richmond, Virginia, a director with The Institute for Functional Medicine. “Cost sharing feels very familiar; you present your card to your provider, but there’s no set network of providers, which is favorable for those seeking more progressive forms of care.” Expanding upon this model, Blue worked with the company to create its Liberty Direct program ( Individuals pay an annual membership fee plus a monthly share amount. After fulfilling their annual unshared amount of out-of-pocket expenses (similar to a deductible), participants’ healthcare costs—including approved naturopathic and alternative treatments—can be submitted as expenses to be shared by the group. Liberty Direct provides financial advantages to DPC practitioners and patients by subsidizing membership fees; it favors nutrition over chronic prescription dependence by reimbursing physician-prescribed nutritional supplement and pharmaceutical expenses under the same terms. Members must be in good health with a lifestyle that helps sustain wellness, including good nutrition, exercise and abstinence from tobacco use and drug and alcohol abuse. The program also accepts approximately 7 percent of applicants on provisional terms when pre-existing conditions such as hypertension, obesity and diabetes can be improved through lifestyle changes. They pay an extra fee per month to cover the cost of a health coach; when they achieve their goals, they become full members paying regular rates.

Complementary Care Alternatives to Insurance Cost Less by Meredith Montgomery


he latest National Health Interview Survey available, from 2012, shows an annual expenditure of $30.2 billion in out-of-pocket costs for complementary health approaches, benefiting 33 percent of adults and 12 percent of children, and representing about 10 percent of out-of-pocket U.S. healthcare costs. Insurance rarely covers complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in full. As provider networks shrink, premiums rise and the future of healthcare reform remains uncertain, health-conscious consumers yearn for innovative ways to afford this kind of care.

Membership-Based Care

When Dr. Chad Krisel worked at an urgent care center, he saw up to 55 patients a day. Since opening Integrative Family Medicine of Asheville (, in North Carolina, with Dr. Brian Lewis, he averages 12 patients a day. His team provides a membership-based practice in a payment model known as direct primary care (DPC). Endorsed by the American Academy of Family Physicians, DPC is broadly accessible. By applying simplicity, sustainability, quality and collaboration, their integrative practice provides comprehensive care for less than what many pay for phone service. “DPC removes traditional financial incentives and conflicts of interest because membership fees fund us. Our only incentive is to help and heal patients,” Krisel explains. Paying for memberships out-of-pocket (often electing high-deductible plans) or via a health-sharing plan, clients value coverage that includes annual wellness exams, phone 50

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Told she was past medical hope, Kari Gray, of Kahului, Hawaii, sought to heal from cancer using natural medicine. “When thousands of dollars spent for natural protocols were denied reimbursement by my insurance company, I saw that the system needs to change,” Gray recalls. CAM therapies still deemed “unproven” by traditional insurance companies gave Gray a second chance at life. Following remission, she began a 20-year search for alternative medicine insurance. Finding none, in 2014, she created GreenSurance ( Serving people that proactively care for their health and prefer natural medicine as primary care, GreenSurance developed an evidence-based and science-backed list of 40-plus covered CAM modalities, including thermog-

raphy, energy therapy, biofeedback, essential oils and homeopathy. It also covers conventional medical and emergency care. Enrollees of the member-owned organization are supplied third-party payer information for provider direct billing once the member’s out-of-pocket amount is met. They use any state-licensed provider and the program is often more affordable than traditional insurance. GreenSurance is currently investing resources to broaden consumer access to the tax advantages of a health spending account (HSA). H.R. 1752 would allow enrollees in any healthcare-sharing program to open an HSA. “Simply, we’re a co-op whose members empower us to create an exempt program that protects members from ACA penalties and traditional health insurance,” says Gray. “More, we’re a grassroots movement for change.” Krisel notes, “Doctors too, are livid about the current status of America’s healthcare system. Be vocal about what’s important to you. The more voices heard in Washington, the more change we’ll see.” Meredith Montgomery publishes Natural Awakenings of Gulf Coast Alabama/Mississippi (

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Know What a Policy Covers

Before using a complementary or integrative service, inquire about specifics: Sometimes preapproval or a referral is required to qualify; coverage may be limited to a certain network of practitioners; verify visit limits or the number required; and get details of out-of-pocket costs. Keep insurancerelated communications records, including notes on calls and copies of bills, claims and letters, to help with any claim disputes.

Explore Available Options

Ask the insurance provider about coverage of CAM approaches, including whether a rider or supplement to the standard plan is required to cover them. Inquire about discount programs, such as when members pay for fees and out-of-pocket costs, but at a lower rate. State insurance departments and professional asso-

ciations for complementary health specialties may know which insurance companies cover specific CAM approaches.

Ask Practitioners About Payments

When seeing a complementary or integrative practitioner, clarify payment and insurance details before the first visit. Learn the cost of initial and follow-up appointments; how many appointments are needed; additional costs such as for tests, supplements or equipment; and if they offer an income-based sliding scale. Also confirm which insurance plans are accepted and if the patient or provider files claims. When insurance doesn’t cover a service, inquire about installment plans and discounts for cash payments. Jeanette Dietl/

onventional insurance rules adversely affect Americans’ consideration of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). According to the 2012 National Health Interview Survey, acupuncture, chiropractic and massage therapy use increased over the prior decade, but only among those without insurance. For those with progressive policies, coverage for CAM approaches is usually only partial.

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Flexible spending accounts offered by some employers allow participants to set aside pretax dollars for healthrelated expenses. Health savings accounts can be established by individuals with high-deductible health plans to save for medical expenses. Contributions are tax-deductible and interest is tax-free. Source: National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health 2017 Natural Living Directory

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ith time and aging the appearance of our face and neck changes with loss of volume, sagging, uneven texture, dullness to the skin, acne scarring and sun damage. We apply creams, lotions, make up, but the underlying tissues are fundamentally unchanged. Sometimes we undergo more drastic measures with peels or plastic an unsurgery with a trip to the OR, downtime and possibly natural shape or scarring. But now, many people have the option of rejuvenating their face and neck by harnessing the powerful healing potential within their very own blood!  Imagine a short, safe, inoffice, non-surgical and non-drug treatment with little to no discomfort or down time that lasts for up to a year or longer!   How does it work?  For a long time, doctors have known that blood platelets play a vital role in healing tissue injury. Where they become activated, immediately releasing cascades of growth factors that stimulate other cells to come in, clean up and then rebuild. This includes the stimulation of our natural multi potent stem cells with the ability to develop

into whatever tissue is necessary to achieve rejuvenation and healing. In this way activated platelets act like a foreman at a construction site. Tiny capillaries increase locally to bring blood with oxygen and nutrients to allow the generation of cellular energy to fund the now bustling local cellular economy. The fatty and connective tissues plump up and smooth out. The skin regains its youthful pinkness and glow. It only takes a few tablespoons of blood with a simple blood draw. The blood is then spun into predictable layers in a machine known as a centrifuge. The platelets are then separated, concentrated and activated just prior to injection so they are tricked into healing tissue that isn’t injured! In effect, the tissues undergo a serious upgrade!  “With the Vampire Facelift a strong numbing cream is first applied to the face followed by an antiseptic prep,” explains Karen Levy, MD of KB Holistic in Miami. “A very small amount of hyaluronic acid (HA) filler is artfully injected with a tiny needle into key areas in the face to help restore a beautiful shape. Platelet rich plasma is then injected using the HA filler as a scaffolding to latch onto. With the Vampire Facial, the platelets are used during microneedling of the skin where thousands of barely perceptible tiny punctures stimulate healing and smoothing of the skin surface. This is particularly helpful with acne scars, sun damage and fine lines. You are still aging with time post therapy so some attention should be paid to diet and life style to optimize tissue regeneration to get the most out of your treatment. “  Using platelets with growth factors to accelerate healing and regenerate tissue is not new in medicine. It has been used in dentistry, wound healing and surgery for decades.  It is also excellent for sexual rejuvenation, erectile dysfunction, Peyronie’s Disease/penile scarring, stress/ urgency urinary incontinence in women, breast enhancement, hair restoration, scar therapy, and joint therapy. Karen Levy, MD of KB Holistic in Miami specializes in PRP and Ozone Regenerative Medicine in a relaxed country setting. She is licensed, trained and certified by Dr. Charles Runels, the inventor of the Vampire Face Lift and Facial using only FDA approved equipment. For more information, schedule a consultation, or make an appointment for an individualized care plan call 305-505-0455, email or visit See ad, pages 16 & 39.

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Julia Schopick on Effective, Affordable Medicine by Randy Kambic

What are some of the most significant natural alternatives you report on in Honest Medicine? The ketogenic diet is one standout because it was the standard of care for children with epilepsy in the 1920s— until pharmaceutical companies began to produce lucrative anti-seizure medications; then its use diminished 54

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through a lack of proponents in the medical field. Its use was revived in the 1990s due to the efforts of Jim Abrahams, a Hollywood writer/director, father of a child with epilepsy and one of my heroes. I found small studies that proved that the ketogenic diet successfully stops children’s seizures nearly 70 percent of the time. This highly effective alternative has none of the negative side effects of anti-seizure drugs. Most doctors aren’t in favor of the diet approach and instead often prescribe affected children up to three or four meds as an easier option. The diet follows Hippocrates’ dictum, “Let food be thy medicine.” Another standout is intravenous alpha lipoic acid, pioneered since the 1970s by Dr. Burt Berkson, who used it mainly for end-stage liver disease and diabetic neuropathy. He saved many people from needing liver transplants with infusions of this powerful, versatile antioxidant. photo by Keith Peterson


ollowing up on the success of her best-selling book Honest Medicine: Effective, Time-Tested, Inexpensive Treatments for Life-Threatening Diseases, Julia Schopick plans to spread awareness of the efficacy of low-dose naltrexone (LDN) in treating autoimmune and other ailments later this year with a new book co-authored with professional writer Don Schwartz. Her first book, endorsed by many leading integrative health practitioners, earned the top National Indie Excellence Award for Alternative Medicine. It taps into nearly 200 scientific studies, with her research into innovative treatments driven by a quest that she and her late husband both believed added 15 years to his life after a terminal prognosis at age 40. The former English teacher at Long Island University and Virginia State University, now an Oak Park, Illinois resident, has contributed to the American Medical Association publication AM News, writes online and print guest columns and shares her journey in media interviews.

Did anything surprise you? I chose to include effective treatments that are non-toxic and inexpensive. I didn’t realize that several of them were effective for many different conditions. For example, LDN has been used since the mid-1980s to treat autoimmune diseases, of which there are more than 100; it also treats some cancers and AIDS. Research shows good results for conditions as varied as multiple sclerosis, lupus, Crohn’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia and

Parkinson’s, because all of them have an autoimmune component if they are not directly autoimmune diseases. Similarly, the ketogenic diet is now being studied as a treatment for cancers, especially brain tumors, brain injuries, autism, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Intravenous alpha lipoic acid is also used to address autoimmune diseases, some cancers and other conditions.

Are you finding that people are increasingly moving away from drugs and, if so, why? Yes. The norm used to be that patients followed their doctors’ orders without question, which routinely entailed prescription drugs. Today, people are realizing that drugs often come with horrendous side effects. Consider, for instance, that ads for some injectible treatments for autoimmune diseases caution against side effects of cancers, including lymphomas. A side effect of some multiple sclerosis drugs is a serious brain infection called progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy, or PML. People are listening closely, reading and researching their health issues, and don’t want risky side effects, especially when safer options are available.

In dealing with chronic illnesses, how crucial is it for caregiver and patient to maintain a positive, optimistic attitude? Multiple studies, like those referenced in Mind Over Medicine, by Dr. Lissa Rankin, and Radical Remission, by Kelly Turner, Ph.D., show that a positive state of mind is crucial to healing. One of the benefits I report in my book is that patients and caregivers will do even more research looking for alternatives when doctors tell them nothing else can be done. And many find healing treatments; there are many such cases reported in my book. I like the African proverb, “When you pray, move your feet.” Randy Kambic is a freelance writer and editor in Estero, FL, and regular contributor to Natural Awakenings magazine.

Stem Cell Therapy in Pets by Samantha Thompson VMD


• They are nothing to do with genetic modification • The process of harvesting stem cells is quick and does not harm the donor • Stem cells can be stored for future use or re-harvested if needed for follow up treatments • Stem cell therapy can be used to help recover from injury, heal after surgery or in some cases prevent the need for surgery • Stem cell therapy can be used for all types of arthritis and can be used in multiple areas on one patient • There are only two cases when stem cells should not be used – in the face of active infection or if any type of cancer is present • Stem cell therapy is the medicine of the future; it is regenerative medicine at its core • There is ongoing studies and research for this modality to be utilized to treat back and spinal cord injuries, as well as uses to treat partially torn ligaments to heal them as good as new The results stem cell therapy in pets has shown to be outstanding and truly gives dogs back their freedom and activity. As our pets our living longer, it is exciting that we have more and more ways to help them naturally keep their own bodies stronger and healthier.

t’s no secret that animal companions keep us happy and healthy. It’s no wonder then that the American Pet Products Association estimates that 70 to 80 million dogs and 74 to 96 million cats are owned in the United States. In fact, approximately 37 to 47 percent of all households in the United States have a dog, and Dr. Samantha Thompson is trained in the use of stem cells 30 to 37 percent have a cat. Most of these owners would do just and offers the therapy as a new treatment option. harvest’s about anything to ensure their pets are happy and healthy, too. cells from the patient’s own bone marrow (under anesthesia). Unfortunately, disorders of the joints, such as arthritis, are January 2016 For more information, call 570-421-0931. common in pets, but stem cell therapy is becoming more common in veterinary medicine in an effort to help our pets find relief. The National Stem Cell Foundation says stem cells are the body’s LEADING EXPERTS IN “master cells.” They are the building blocks of organs, tissue, blood ACUPUNCTURE AND CHINESE and the immune system. MEDICINE CLINIC TCM ACUPUNCTURE Stem cells are harvested from the pet’s own body using either TCM ACUPUNCTURE CLINIC Dr. Chen and Dr. Tang are Florida licensed acupuncture fat or bone marrow as the source. The harvesting procedure THE KEY TO A physicians and THE KEY TO Amaster pain management specialists usually takes less than a halfhour and is performed under general who use a combination of alternative and traditional HEALTHY IS BALANCE BODY ISBODY BALANCE therapies. Both physicians 11 years in a full-time anesthesia. 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Holistic Dermatology Inner Health, Radiant Skin by Linda Sechrist

Holistic skin care practices are simple, healthy and sustainably good for people and the planet because they follow nature’s example.


edical Doctor Alan M. Dattner, a 35-year pioneer in the field of holistic dermatology, faithfully follows nature’s principles in supporting skin health. His book Radiant Skin from the Inside Out: The Holistic Dermatologist’s Guide to Healing Your Skin Naturally maps out how skin reflects the body’s healthy or unhealthy organs and systems. Finding the internal root cause of problems on the skin, the body’s largest organ, takes time to investigate. Dattner, who practices in New York City and New Rochelle, New York, and considers himself a “skin detective”, says that although his forensic work continues to expand, he still begins his sleuthing by compiling a detailed and comprehensive history that yields clues for solving health puzzles and points him in the direction of what’s causing problems. Some patients with acne also have symptoms of bloating, gastrointestinal issues or chronic bowel disease. Others may have traveled to another country where they contracted diarrhea from a parasite or foreign bacteria that upset their intestinal microbiome. Skin outbreaks can also be the result


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of food sensitivities or food allergies. “I make patients aware of the issues underlying their skin problems so that they understand the connection between internal health and skin. Then they can make conscious food choices,” says Dattner. Diet is a critical aspect of healthy skin. Food sensitivities can cause inflammation that can show up on the skin, he explains. Dattner incorporates several diagnostic techniques and remedies from other medical traditions, including herbal, homeopathic and ayurvedic. A tongue diagnosis he uses is taken from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). He uses Applied Kinesiology to refine his therapeutic choices as the results align with his knowledge of dermatology, immunology and integrative medicine. Janice MacKenzie, acupuncture practitioner, teacher and author of Discovering the Five Elements: One Day at a Time, views the skin as a third lung, because it breathes. “If the organs of elimination aren’t working well—large intestine, liver and kidney—then toxins leave through the skin, another organ of elimination,”

says MacKenzie, who practices in Perkasie, Pennsylvania. “When constipation leaves toxins to be reabsorbed into the blood and recirculated through the liver, the body, out of desperation, seeks ways to get rid of toxins through the skin. This can result in eczema, psoriasis, rashes, boils and acne,” notes MacKenzie. In TCM, the facial redness of rosacea originates in a heating of the blood caused by toxicity. An inflammatory condition of excess energy and toxicity in the stomach travels upward through the stomach energy meridian that runs from the eye to the second toe. It’s supposed to flow downward through the mouth, throat and intestines and out. Elina Fedatova, cosmetic chemist, aesthetician, owner of spas in Chicago and Kalamazoo, Michigan, and formulator of Elina Organics, addresses skin as an aspect of a whole healthy body. Her product line is created wholly from organic plant extracts and essential oils, made in batches every two weeks. These purely natural products can be ingested without harmful effects. “Formulas are made using holistic principles and adjusted for each season,” says Fedatova. She agrees with Dattner, “Protecting skin from the inside with a nutritious diet that benefits the entire body is vital, as important as keeping the skin’s surface clean.” In caring for skin from the outside, a gentle exfoliation that can be done at home three times a week using a honey mask is the first step. Skin cells produced in the deepest layer gradually push their way to the epidermis every 30 days and die. Dead cells pile up unevenly and give the skin’s surface a dry, dull appearance. Treatment serums, moisturizing lotions and eye and neck creams are necessary elements of a complete facial skin care regimen, as is a natural sunscreen with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. “Using skincare practices and products that follow nature’s example are the perfect external complement to good internal health,” says Fedatova. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

Angie Angelis Law Attorney at Law

13554 SW 47th Lane, Suite 100 Miami, FL 33175


“ As a Holistic Attorney, my approach is to resolve conflict fairly and with a minimal amount of controversy and expense.”

Fax: 1-305-330-9248 • Foreclosure Protection / Defense • Uncontested Divorce Settlements • Loan Modifications • Wills and Probate • Short Sales • Criminal Misdemeanors • Real Estate Contracts • Third Degree Felonies • Buyer / Seller Representation • Consumer Law • Landlord / Tenant Issues • Traffic Matters • Real Estate Litigation • Disputes • Business Matters • Debt Settlements Member Attorney for US Legal Plan “The hiring of a lawyer is an important decision that should not be based solely on advertisements. Before you decide, ask us to send you free written information about our qualifications and experience.” 2017 Natural Living Directory

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markyourcalendar SOLDIER RIDE 2017 - WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT REHAB THROUGH CYCLING SATURDAY, January 07 10:30 AM - 12:45 PM Ride begins at BocaChica NAS Key West and ends at the Vietnam Memorial in Bayview Park with a Welcome Ceremony, followed by The Community Ride.Soldier Ride is a unique four-day cycling opportunity for wounded service members and veterans to use cycling and camaraderie to overcome physical, mental, or emotional wounds. The rides are exhilarating and a great way to help warriors gain confidence and realize you can do this! https:// soldier-ride)

JANUARY 3 & 17 Tibetan Institute and Library members will continue to study “From here to Enlightenment” by His Holiness the 14th Dalailama - 6:30 - 7:45 p.m., at South Miami Library, 6000 Sunset Drive, South Miami, FL 33143, contact 305-667-6121 or 305-271-2772. Free and open to Public. Free parking at South Miami City Hall parking lot.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 3 Free healing session with Cristovao Brilho  –– 7:00pm – Instituto Cristovao Brilho – 2811 Coral Way – 33145 - call 786-295-8665 must arrive by 7:00pm

SATURDAY, JANUARY 7 Water Magic 101 with Patrick Durkin – 1011:30 a.m. Vortexing water with sacred geometry. Learn how drinking structured water can hydrate your body and optimize your health and wellbeing. Join us at VigorMe, 3749 NE 163rd Street, NMB, FL 33160. FREE RSVP (305) 333-3315. Free healing session with Cristovao Brilho –– 5:00pm – Instituto Cristovao Brilho – 2811 Coral Way – 33145 - call 786-295-8665 must arrive by 5:00pm

JANUARY 7 & 14 Free yoga classes for Parkinson’s and other neuro-motor degenerative diseases - 10–11 am to increase balance, strength, and well-being. Participants may bring one caregiver. Space is limited; preregistration required at Aum Home Shala, 3104 Florida Ave., Coconut Grove, FL 33133. 1-305441-9441.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 12 OncoType DX for Breast Cancer Touch - 7 - 9 pm. Breast cancer surgeon, Dr. Gladys Giron, will present information about a test that analyses the particular biology of a cancer tumor to help determine the most effective course of treatment, predict the efficacy of chemotherapy, and the likelihood of a recurrence. Free and open to the general public. Call 305-668-5900. Cancer Support Community, 8609 South Dixie Highway, Miami.


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FRIDAY, JANUARY 13 SoMi Artwalk featuring Photographer Frank Navas, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Visit with us and check out the great photography work while enjoying a glass of wine and snacks before you go visit the other galleries in the area for a fun night of art in our great neighborhood. FREE EVENT. Just OM Yoga Studio, 7227 SW 57th Ct, South Miami. RSVP (305) 665-4982 DNA Activation Workshop –With Rae Chandran, spiritual teacher, channel, author of numerous books and a healer in India, now residing in Tokyo, Japan. Free introduction Friday: 7:30-8:30pm. Saturday: DNA Level I: 1:30-7:30pm. Learn ancient tones and mudras and receive channeled teachings from ascended masters, guides and angels. Activate DNA strands. $250. Sunday: DNA Level II: $400. Held in Naples FL. Call Susan at 340-1036 or Panguswf@ Visit:

SATURDAY, JANUARY 14 Become your best health Advocate! 4-5 pm.  Getting & staying healthy can be overwhelming. Learn from Professor Dr. Luis Romero & Deahni Kipnis how having a health coach can support you in clarifying, creating & achieving your health goals. Join us at VigorMe, 3749 NE 163rd Street, NMB, FL 33160. FREE RSVP (305) 333-3315.

JANUARY 14 – 15 2-Day Vedic Thai-Massage Yoga Body Work Certification with Mukti Michael Buck, 12:00 pm -8:00 pm. Learn how to apply a basic sequence of Thai-Yoga Bodywork asanas and many other  techniques, including transitions. Investment $350. Just OM Yoga Studio, 7227 SW 57th Ct, South Miami. RSVP (305) 665-4982

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18 Gynecological Cancers, Treatment & Emotional Distress - 6 – 7:30 pm. Patient Navigator, Kristina Rua, RN, will present on the impact that gynecological cancers often have in women, management of side effects of treatment, and the lingering emotional distress & uncertainties that gynecological cancers survivors may face. Free and open to the general public. Call 305-668-5900. Cancer Support Community, 8609 South Dixie Highway, Miami. The Greater Miami Holistic Chamber of Commerce presents: January Signature Event “How Well is Your Business?”. Get a jumpstart on the New Year and learn from our panel of experts as they share with you ways to take your business to new heights in the new year! 6:30 – 8:30PM, The Center for Social Change, 2103 Coral Way, Miami 33145. $5 members, $10 non-members. 305-851-1911. PATH January Meeting: Detecting Cancer Before It’s Big Enough to See. Guest Speaker Dr. Emil Schandl, PhD. 7pm - Learn about the importance of early cancer detection and monitoring for a cure. Beth David Congregation Ballroom. 2625 SW 3rd Ave, Miami, FL 33129. PATH Info Line 305275-3958.

JANUARY 20 - 22 International Chocolate Festival - Indulge in chocolate delicacies during the season’s most delicious event! Enjoy fine chocolate samples from artisan chocolatiers, lectures on chocolate making

and demonstrations from Miami’s master chefs and chocolatiers! 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables (Miami), Florida 33156, 305- 667-1651

SATURDAY, JANUARY 21 MediQi Energetics, A Whole New Way of WellBeing – 3-6 pm. You’re invited to our open-house where we introduce you to the next generation of health, wellness and high vibration. Get to know the power of hemp extract and oral stem cells formulations. Join us at VigorMe, 3749 NE 163rd Street, NMB, FL 33160. Free. RSVP (305) 333-3315. Teacher Training Informational Open House with Betsy Mullins, 4:00 pm -6:00 pm.  Thinking about taking the 200hr Yoga Teacher Training? Have questions? Or just want to deepen your yoga practice and not sure you want to teach? Free. Just OM Yoga Studio, 7227 SW 57th Ct, South Miami. RSVP (305) 665-4982 Love Your Body!   1:30-5 PM.   Release selfdefeating stories about body-image and create a NEW VISION that empowers and enlivens you. $40 Pre-register or $45 at door. 7520 SW 57th Ave South Miami 33143 305-788-0777.  

JANUARY 21 – 22 Tantra Hatha Yoga for Chronic Pain workshop. 8:30 am–5:30 pm - Delve deeply into Tantra Hatha Yoga practice, and learn how to use this practice to help heal conditions such as low back pain, headaches, fibromyalgia, chronic pain, and osteoarthritis. $325. Aum Home Shala, 3104 Florida Ave., Coconut Grove, FL 33133. 1-305-441-9441. Pinecrest Gardens Fine Arts Festival 10am5pm - Free - One of Florida’s premiere juried art shows and enjoy an afternoon surrounded by spectacular visual arts in the most lush and luxurious setting, amongst the winding paths and exotic foliage. Live music, food and fun. Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 Red Road, 308-669-6990

SUNDAY, JANUARY 22 Open House With Free Skin Analysis at Miami Natural Skincare. Get your skincare questions answered and learn how to take care of your skin naturally. Please send a text to  305-702-0272  to reserve your free 30 minute consultation for Jan 22 between 10am and 6pm. Free product samples. Miami Natural Skincare, 975 W 41 Street, Suite #409, Miami Beach, FL, 33140. Angel Soirée! Taller: La Asertividad  with Estefanía Mas, 4:00-6:00 pm.  Los Ángeles nos enseñan a ser asertivos, tener autoconfianza, crear una autoestima saludable, liberarte de relaciones tóxicas y más...   Inversión $30. Just OM Yoga Studio, 7227 SW 57th Ct, S. Miami. RSVP (305) 665-4982

TUESDAY JANUARY 24 The Greater Miami Holistic Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Center for Social Change presents: A LUNCH AND LEARN: “Best Practices for Bringing Wellness to Your Business”. Featured speakers HCC President Chad Welch and wellness expert Dr. Gabrielle Pelicci. 12:30 – 1:30PM, The Center for Social Change, 2103 Coral Way, Miami 33145. Free event, bring your own lunch. 305-851-1911.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 28 Capoeira for Kids - 9:15- 10 am.  Capoeira introduction for kids 5-12. Combines dance, music, movement, and self-defense techniques into a beautiful art form. $10 pre-paid. Bodhi Zenz Yoga & Wellness 7520 SW 57th Ave South Miami 33143 305-740-7800.  Free parking

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4 URBAN YOGA FEST – 2 - 8pm The first yoga event that will take the yoga mats to the streets and combine yoga, vegetarian food, music and arts in the area of Downtown Hollywood.   A mindful gathering, where you, dogs and kids will have the opportunity to join a wide variety of thoughtful experiences. call 305-5098319 and 305-484-7077.


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JANUARY 6 - 7 The Florida Keys Celtic Festival – At the Marathon Community Park, MM49, featuring several outstanding Celtic bands, as well as St. Andrew’s Pipe Band of Miami; athletics and hurling demonstrations. Celtic merchandise vendors, Celtic & local food fare and beverages. Family-friendly event. For more information, contact 305- 509- 7479

Support your local farmers and consumer food rights! Join us today! 703-208-3276

SATURDAY, JANUARY 7 Wounded Warrior Soldier Ride Key West - is a unique four-day cycling opportunity for Wounded Warriors to use cycling and the bonds of service to overcome physical, mental, or emotional wounds. Starts in USCGC Ingham/Truman Annex Mole Foot of Southard Street, and ends at Mallory Square Key West. Call 877- 832-6997 or See website for details.

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JANUARY 13 - 14 Annual Key West Historic House & Garden Tours - $25. Tour a series of elegant and unique private homes of Key West. Complimentary Conch Tour Train transportation is provided to whisk you from house to house. Proceeds help benefit the Old Island Restoration Foundation. Contact (305) 294-9501.

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Sunday, March 26, 2017 10:30am – 5:00pm Florida Tech Clemente Center Melbourne

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The Annual Florida Keys Seafood Festival - Family-friendly event featuring local seafood caught and prepared by Keys’ commercial fishermen and sold at reasonable prices. Live entertainment, marine-related arts & crafts, raffles, and kids’ activities.11 am- 8 pm at Bayview Park on Jose Marti Dr. & Truman Ave, Key West 33040. Contact (305) 872-9026.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 22 Annual No Name Race 5K Walk/Run- 8am. Proceeds support Domestic Abuse Shelter. Big Pine Key Old Wooden Bridge Fish Camp. $25 registration in advance, $30 on site. Children under 15 - $15, $20 on site. Contact the DAS for more information at 305743-5452

JANUARY 28 - 29 Annual Key West Craft Show - Free. Juried artisans and crafters display their talents at a popular show on lower Whitehead and Caroline Streets in historic Old Town. The show, which attracts buyers from locals, cruise boats and tourists, was rated by Sunshine Artists in the top 100 shows. Contact (305) 294-1241.

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SUNDAY, JANUARY 29 Monthly Artisan Market -- The Key West Artisan Market Green & Sustainability edition, a vibrant, open air bazaar from residents representing the diversity of creativity, ingenuity and locally made products of the Keys & Key West. Held the first Sunday of the month, during season (thru May) outdoors at the Restaurant Store, 1111 Eaton . St. in Old Town Key West. Free family & pet friendly event.

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Community Center 5800 SW 66 St. Ongoing classes available all week. Call Cathie 305-666-5457.

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Shiva’s Circle of Fire: Yoga and Meditation in Motion. 3:00pm - 5:00pm. 1760 NE 144th St, North Miami, FL 33181. Call to schedule. 305.710.0516. Donation only.

Stretch and Relaxation Class 1-2PM SoBe Kick 1860 West Ave. 2nd Floor. South Beach 33139. $10. First class is free. 917-446-2965

Women Only – Free Chi gong for cancer survivors and voice lessons for healing and empowerment. 2:30 - 4:30, N & S Miami locations. Call 305-948-6878

Support group for Anxiety and Depression -7:30 to 9:00 pm $30 fee, Zenith Miami Counseling and Coaching Center 1392 SW 22nd Terr, Miami FL 33145 (2nd floor) Dr. M. Cheour at 786-230-6591.

Dharma Meetings – 2pm. Tibetan Buddhist Dharma Center 3239 West Trade Ave. Unit 10, Coconut Grove. FREE. 305-775-7541.

Yoga and Meditation Class – 7 – 7:45. Free. West Dade Regional Library, 9445 Coral Way. RSVP Lawrence 305-926-3578.

Jazzercise® - $5. 10am. South Miami Community Center 5800 SW 66 St. Call Cathie 305-666-5457.

Are you a VET living with PTS? If so, call Banyan Holistic Healthcare Center for help, Miami Lakes or Pinecrest location. Call now to schedule, (305) 663-5696.

Miami Center for Spiritual Living- 10:30am- Free. Non-denominational. 2490 Coral Way, Miami, 786-206-6355. Sunday Services at SOUL Church – 11am at the SOUL Service at the Elks Lodge, 6304 SW 78th St in South Miami. Free pot-luck lunch. 305-221-6516.

monday Mindfulness for Stress Alleviation - $20/session - 6 to 7:20 pm - 260 Palermo Ave, # 12 Coral Gables 33155. Changes guaranteed after 4 sessions. Course in Miracles - 8pm. Free. 7855 SW Coral Way. Contact Mercedes 786-200-8410 or Nimia 305-261-3190. Connected Warriors Free Yoga for Veterans, Service Members and Families. 5:30-6:15 pm - Sampoorna Yoga Miami, 10107 Sunset Drive, Miami, FL 33173 Power of Meditation – 9 - 9:45pm – 2nd & 4th Monday. Conference Call – 312-757-3121 code: 698805965. Free. Massage Relief for Combat Veterans - 50% off therapeutic massages for our combat service personnel.  Call 305-351-0819.  Shala Spa 1119 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach. Military Mondays at Hirooka’s - 50% off Kitesurfing or Paddleboarding for all Military and Public Service Personnel - Hirooka Surf & Sport, 2377 Collins Avenue Miami Beach, FL. 954-444-3942 Bereavement & Grief Support- 7pm, during school year. Children’s Bereavement Center, 7600 S. Red Rd, Suite 307. To register: 305-668-4902. Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)- Bilingual Support group. 305-666-1778. Self-Defense for Women classes- Free. Also Wed. 7:15 – 8:30 pm at Bayfront park in downtown Miami. 305-358-7550


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Laughter Yoga Sessions - $5.00 each - 9:30-10:15 AM, North Shore Youth Center 501 72nd Street, Miami Beach 33141, 305-861-3616.

wednesday Guided Meditation - All levels welcome- 7 pmDonations-3390 Mary Street Suite 116, Coconut Grove- Please RSVP 305-607-8627 Aromatherapy Workshop – 6PM – Free. For reservations, 305 598-2822. American Apothecary of Kendall 12232 SW 132 Court, Miami FL 33186.  Connected Warriors - Free Yoga Classes for Veterans and Families of Veterans - 3pm at Brickell Hot Yoga 301 SW 17th Road, 33129 305-856-1387.  Free orientations for PTS and pain relief with discount services for military or vets. The Banyan Holistic Please call 305-663-5696 to schedule Free Veterans Sailing – with Team Paradise, the Paralympic Sport Club of Miami.  12 – 12pm Team Paradise Sailing, Inc. 2620 S. Bayshore Drive, Miami 33133.  305-776-8778. Drub-Dhe Meditation- 7:25-9:30pm. Free-donations are welcome. Regency House 353 West 47th St., Flat 7A, Miami Beach. Contact: Robert Phuntsog Ngodrub 305-213-2577. Hatha Yoga – 6-7:30pm – Free - King David Foundation, 17971 Biscayne Blvd, Aventura, FL Suite #117.  Bennett - 305-949-0950.  Free Acupuncture for Combat Veterans – 1-2pm, Acupuncture Center for Wellness, Inc., 16663 NE 19 Avenue, Suite 111, North Miami Beach, Fl. 33162, (305) 940-7763. Healing With Dance - South Miami Hospital for physical limitations from illness/surgery. No dance experience necessary. 9:30-10:30am. $5. 786-662-8106. Jazzercise® - $5. M&W 6:30pm. South Miami

Meditation for overall well-being- 7:30- 9pm. 8150 SW 92 St, Miami. 786-556-7318. Donation. Healing Meditation – 6pm – American Apothecary, $5, 12232 SW 132 CT. Miami, FL 33186, 305-598-2822

thursday Music listening therapy program Free to Veterans with PTS and anxiety related issues - For more information please call 786.453.7722 Stretch and Relaxation Class 1-2PM SoBe Kick 1860 West Ave. 2nd Floor. South Beach 33139. $10. First class is free. 917-446-2965 Connected Warriors Free Yoga for Veterans, Service Members and Families. Chair Yoga – 10-11am - Sampoorna Yoga Miami, 10107 Sunset Drive, Miami, FL 33173 Introduction to Bach Flowers - 3rd Thursdays - 10 am-11:30 am - Free - 3390 Mary Street Suite 116, Coconut Grove- Please RSVP 305607-8627 Nutrition Solutions for IBS, Fibromyalgia, Arthritis & Migraines - $15, 7-8PM, Coral Gables, Alison Grewal, RD: 786-546-6800. Weekly Yoga Classes $10 per Class! - 5:306:45pm Five Sisters…a spiritual journey. 8805 SW 132 ST, 786-250-4170 Postpartum Yoga at Key Biscayne, 10:15 - $20, 305-299-7826 Laughter Yoga Sessions - $5.00 each - 9:30-10:15 AM, North Shore Youth Center  501 72nd Street, Miami Beach 33141, 305-861-3616

friday Monthly Yoga Class for Special Needs Teens - Limited Space Call to Reserve - 4:00 - 4:45pm - 3rd Fridays - Just OM Yoga Studio, 7227 SW 57th Ct, South Miami. (305) 665-4982 Overeathers Anonymous - 7:30 pm (South, Steps/Traditions)  Don’t Eat No Matter What Group. St. Paul’s Lutheran Church   10700 SW 56 St, Miami, 33165, Room 9. Michael (305-815-2733) Monthly Free Reiki Healing Circle - 2nd Friday of the month at Five Sisters…a spiritual journey, 8805 SW 132 ST, 786-250-4170 Chair massage – 5-9pm - Enjoy 5 minute complementary chair massage every Friday Pecan’s Day Spa, 305-284-8636, 7800 SW 57th Ave Suite 120, Miami, FL 33143.  Free Acupuncture for Combat Veterans – 1-2pm, Acupuncture for Wellness Center, Inc., 7550 SW 57th Avenue, Suite 116, South Miami, FL 33143, 305-669-6699. Dharma Meetings – 8pm. Tibetan Buddhist Dharma Center 3239 West Trade Ave., Unit 10, Coconut Grove. FREE. 305-775-7541. Family Night- 3rd Friday of the month. 3-9pm. Free admission & parking. Miami Children’s Museum, 980 Macarthur Cswy. 305-373-5437.

Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA) - Free jazz concerts on the last Fri. Joan Lehman Building, 770 NE 125 St. 305-893-6211. Coral Gables Art Walk – An art walk centered around downtown Coral Gables, with all the galleries between Miracle Mile and Ponce de Leon Rd. Free trolly transportation.

saturday SW Community Farmers’ Market- in Tropical Park, 7900 Bird Rd. Every Saturday, 9:00am3:00pm. 305- 663- 0917. EBT/SNAP welcome. Free Monthly Reiki Healing Circle - 5:30-7:00 pm - Call for dates - Just OM Yoga Studio, 7227 SW 57th Ct, South Miami. (305) 665-4982 Yoga Therapy for 50+ - 10am-11:15am - 1760 N.E. 144th St, North Miami, FL 33181.  Call to schedule.  305.710.0516. $10.00 Donation.

Yoga - 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. class at Third Street, Miami Beach (donation based).

Meditation- Free. 7pm. Unity Church, 9591 Overseas Highway, Marathon.


Tai Chi – 7pm. $15. Coffee Mill Dance and Yoga Studio, 916 Pohalski St, Key West, 1-305-296-9982; 1-305-735-3519.



Big Pine Key Flea Market- 8am. South of the only traffic light in town on U.S. 1.

Ancient Indian Meditation - 6:30-8:30pm. 1-305292-6958.

Family Swim YMCA. 2-4pm. $3 Adults, $2 Kids. FKCC swimming pool. 1-305-295-9622.  

Tai Chi for Inner Harmony - 9:30-11am on Sugarloaf Key. Call Lydia at 1-305-745-2811.

Movies at The Spiritual Garden - Spiritual up lifting movies. 1st and 3rd Sun. 7pm. Good will offering is $5. Unitarian Universalist fellowship 801 Georgia St. 1-305-394-2005.

Toddler Playtime Stories- Ages 10 months to 2 years and their caregivers. Free. 10:30am-12:30pm. Key West Library, 700 Fleming Street, Key West. 1-305-292-3595. 

Nightly Sunset Celebration - Free. Enjoy a spectacular sunset entertained by the various carnival performers and vendors. Mallory Square, Key West. 1-305-292-7700.


Yoga with Drishti- 9:00 am - at Biscayne Park Recreation Center, 11400 NE 9th Court. 305-3357618.  

Lincoln Road Art Walk- 1st Sat. of the month. 7-10pm. 40+ local artists, museums and galleries in South Beach. ArtCenter/South Florida 800, 810 & 924 Lincoln Road. 305-674-8278.

Cardio-Sculpting Class 8:30-9:20am. Pirate Wellness Center, MM21.4 Cudjoe Key.  1-305744-3348


Open House/Exhibitions – 2nd Sat. Meet ArtSouth studio artists & staff. Free. Refreshments. 240 North Krome Ave. 305-247-9406.

Aerobic Dance - 1-1:55pm. CoffeMill Dance. 916 Pohalski St. 1-305-296-9982.

Miami Art Museum - 1pm. Free. 2nd Sat. 101 West Flagler St. 305-375-3000.


Yoga-Style* Exercise, Prenatal - South Miami Hospital. 10:45 am-12:15 p.m. and 5:30-7pm. $10. 786-662-8106.   Inner Space Yoga – 11am. Hotel Gaythering with Joseph. Reserve your space, email Joseph@ or call (786) 284-1176. Spinning Class – Sanctuary 7 Pilates, 1700 SW 3rd Ave, The Roads. 305-358-0909 Art Classes – for kids and teens. Programs start as early at 9:30am. Palmetto Bay, Wynwood Art District. Sculpture in Clay classes also available. Register at Yoga – 9:30am, Kennedy Park, 2400 S. Bayshore Drive, and Margaret Pace Park, 1745 N. Bayshore Dr.

Healing Yoga/Meditation – 9am. donation The Village Square, MM81 Bayside. 1-305-853-1003. Free Guided Relaxation Class - 7 -8 PM at Islamorada Fitness MM 85.9 bayside. Bring a towel or exercise mat and a pillow. (Sponsored by Keys To Peace. 305-619-0534. Mothers and Babies Group - for new moms, their babies and expecting mothers. Free. 1-3 p.m. Healthy Start, Gato Bldg, 1100 Simonton St., Key West. 1-305-293-7516 or 1-305-293-7511. Stories for Children - 10:30am. Key Largo Library, 101485 US1. 1-305-451-2396. Also Thur, 10:30am, Stories for children ages 2 ½ -6. 

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friday Salsa Dance Lessons- 7:30-9pm. Paradise Health & Fitness. 1796 N.Roosevelt Blvd. 1-305-296-6348.

saturday Healing Yoga/Meditation – 9am. $10 Islander Resort, MM82.1 Oceanside. 1-305-664-2031 Family Hour- For children of all ages. Free. 1pm. Key West Library, 700 Fleming St, Key West. 1-305-292-3595. Story Hour - ages 5 years & up. 10:30-11:30am. Games & stories. Marathon Library, 3251 Overseas Hwy. 1-305-743-5156.   Key West WPA Walking Tour – Old Town Key West. 10am. $20. 1-305-296-3573.


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