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Many doctors will look at 2 thyroid patterns: Hyper (Fast) and Hypo (Slow) thyroid. However, the latest research in functional medicine has revealed that there are actually 6 thyroid patterns and over 27 things that can go wrong which can affect the thyroid gland. This can all be revealed in a comprehensive blood test that tests all the necessary markers for thyroid. When you have been treated in the past: • You may have been given an inordinate amount of hormones and prescription drugs. • You may not have been evaluated holistically to take your overall health into consideration. • Steps may not have been taken to balance your immune system. By being prescribed and taking hormones, the hormones may have made the lab tests look good, but left you still in pain and overwhelmed. Your treatment may have concentrated on the two thyroid patterns of Hypo and Hyper, overlooking the other 4 patterns including autoimmune Hashimoto’s, under conversion (low T3), over conversion (High T3) and Thyroid Resistance.

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n light of the recent natural disasters, I find it ironic that we’re featuring travel this month. Recently many people have been required to travel and even temporarily move to other areas, doing so with uncertainty and certainly involuntarily. In addition to those who chose to get out of harm’s way, some people opened their homes to refugees, others traveled to the areas in need of help, and Scott and Daralyn millions more reached out to those affected. Yet in Chase a serendipitous way, humanity reconnected. Providing funds, supplies and solutions in a time of crisis is humane, but having an open-hearted and empathetic response can make a deep and lasting change in how we view our relationships with others. It’s not that I believe such occurrences are a good thing, but if the outcome moves us toward a greater understanding of the value of love and kindness, than let’s make lemonade. “Transformative Travel,” page 22, encourages us to do more than just make memories in new lands—it urges us to discover a deeper connection between ourselves and our world, and to unveil the treasures that lay in both places. We also are celebrating National Chiropractic Health Month, with advice for building better bones (page 28) and tips for choosing the right chiropractic care (page 26). This theme led to our recent discovery of Dr. Tony Salamay, whose personal health journey led him to apply his advanced studies in neurology and functional medicine to identify the root cause of symptoms in his patients—and himself. Learn more about his passion on page 27. On page 20, local gynecologist Karen Kennedy sheds light on a new, cutting-edge way to tackle stubborn fat—you know, the kind that seems to hang around not matter what you do. She blends FDA-approved hi-tech with her knowledge of diet, nutrition, hormones and exercise in just the right combination to target those places where fat cells tend to gather. The cool, crisp air arrives just in time for our local festival season, so take advantage of the beautiful weather to cheer on our renewable energy future at the Clean Energy Festival in Pensacola (page 9). Be enlightened as you enjoy Stone Soup’s annual Harvest Festival (page 5), and discover the inaugural Wellstock Festival in Fort Walton Beach (page 10)—a new event we are all very excited about.

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ensacola’s third annual Clean Energy Fest, celebrating a renewable energy future through art, food, live music and displays of innovative 21st century power, will be held November 4, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the UWF Historic Trust’s Museum Plaza, located at 120 Church Street in downtown Pensacola. The event is part of the 2017 Pensacola Foo Foo Festival. Displays of electric cars and solar panels, plus a tiny house newly constructed by Pensacola State College students, will show the latest realworld applications of sustainable living. Children’s activities, with hands-on play focused on conservation and clean energy, will take place all day long. Hilton Kelley, a Goldman Prize-winning poet whose themes include environmental justice, will share his work, backed by a full lineup of musicians, including up-andcoming artist Audi-Yo, regional favorite Sassafras and popular local artists such as String Farm. A centerpiece of the Clean Energy Fest is Crossing Boundaries: Art and the Future of Energy, a national juried art exhibition featuring works by national and local artists in all genres who’ve given creative expression to a clean energy future. Judges will include artists and designers from the Gulf Coast art community, university faculty and clean energy specialists. The exhibit will be a block away from the festival at the Pensacola Museum of Art, 407 South Jefferson Street.

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ellstock, a festival focused on caring for the self—mind, body and spirit— will be held November 4, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village in Destin. Festivalgoers can visit the Vendor Marketplace, Fitness Park and Nutrition Garden; attend workshops and presentations; enjoy music, art, games, giveaways and healthy foods and beverages; and participate in a silent auction and a Yogathon. Tickets are $10 at the door and free for children aged 12 and under, with proceeds benefiting local nonprofits Shelter House and Alaqua Animal Refuge. Maurice Hunter, founder of the evolfleS (Selflove) organization, which organizes Wellstock, says he was inspired to create the kind of event he would love to attend. “Wellstock takes the wellness event concept to the next level,” he says. “With a full day of interactive experiences for people to be inspired, gain knowledge and empower each other to expand their practice of wellness and self-love, Wellstock is a nonprofit community event unlike anything you've ever experienced.” He describes his vision of the event as “a grand collective celebration of self-value and self-care that includes minds, bodies and souls of all ages.” Healthy living professionals will offer merchandise, services and various activities, and yoga instructors from Fort Walton Beach to 30A will donate their expertise to the Yogathon, a full day of classes including Family and Kids Yoga, Self-Love Flow and Kundalini. For more information, visit Wellstock: Wellness and Selflove Festival on Facebook. See ad, page 37.

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atural Awakenings magazine is sporting a new look. After being unveiled in Florida’s Collier/ Lee edition that serves Naples and Fort Myers—the first of a family of magazines that has grown to encompass 85 U.S. cities, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic—in July, the new logo and cover design will appear in all editions starting in October. Other design elements are expected to be refreshed in the near future to align with the evolution of the national content already underway. The plans were announced at the Natural Awakenings’ Publishers Conference in Orlando in May. “We’ve kept up with new, cuttingedge trends and developments in all areas of sustainable, healthy living through the years, so it’s only natural for our look to also evolve,” says Sharon Bruckman, CEO and founder of Natural Awakenings Publishing Corporation. “The new cover format enables us to highlight more of the content offered inside the issue. The changes also reflect the success of our mission in supporting the presence and growth of the natural living movement to the point where it’s beneficially influencing mainstream media content.” Launched by Bruckman with a single magazine in 1994, Natural Awakenings is now one of the largest, free, local, healthy lifestyle publications worldwide, serving approximately 3.5 million readers. For more information, visit NaturalAwakeningsMag.com. See ad, page 34.


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ational Public Radio news has been named the 2017 Harris Poll EquiTrend News Service Brand of the Year. Pensacola’s listener-supported NPR affiliate, 88.1 WUWFFM, has been broadcasting since 1981. The Harris Poll EquiTrend study measures some 100,000 Americans’ perception of more than 4,000 brands, from automobiles to TVs and technology. The news service category includes newspapers, news websites, wire services and news aggregators. With journalists reporting from across the United States and 17 international bureaus, NPR news reaches millions of Americans every day through a nationwide network of member stations like WUWF. “This ranking is no surprise to our listeners and the businesses that support WUWF,” says Pat Crawford, WUWF’s executive director. “With the confusing media landscape, listeners find comfort in a news source they can trust to get fact-based information delivered in a respectful manner. That has always been the hallmark of NPR and public radio.” According to NPR, the Harris Poll EquiTrend ratings confirm its own research on the strength of NPR’s brand and how audiences distinguish it from commercial media. The study also found that compared with commercial radio, NPR listeners are 54 percent more likely to identify the programming they hear on their NPR station as “personally important to me” and 163 percent more likely to apply their high opinion of NPR to brands that support NPR through sponsorship. “Forty one million listeners trust their local public radio station each week to deliver the fact-based, unbiased journalism they need to stay informed about the news in their communities and the world,” says Meg Goldthwaite, NPR’s chief marketing officer. “But listeners love NPR because public radio provides insights on life and culture—authentic voices they may not hear anywhere else and stories that will spark their curiosity.” WUWF-FM features news/talk, music, educational and entertainment programming.

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esveratrol is a natural substance found in grapes, peanuts, blueberries and other foods that’s known for its heartprotective nature. Researchers believe it may also help promote eye health, including prevention of glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration, but not much is known about its presence in the eyes. Scientists from Tongji Medical College, in China, set out to measure the concentration of trans-resveratrol in the eyes after oral supplementation. Three daily doses of Longevinex, an oral trans-resveratrol-based capsule supplement, was administered to 35 adults prior to eye surgery on one of their eyes, and tissue samples of the conjunctiva, aqueous humor and vitreous humor were taken. Researchers measured the tissues for resveratrol concentration to determine how much of the supplement penetrated the eyes. Resveratrol metabolites were detected in the conjunctiva of 25 of the eyes, indicating that the beneficial substance does pass through the brain.

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esearchers from the Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital, in New York City, studied the impact of music therapy on 60 patients that had undergone spinal fusion surgery. Half received a 30-minute music therapy session, along with standard postoperative care, within 72 hours of surgery. The other half received only standard care. The scientists used the visual analog scale to measure pain before and after music therapy in both groups concurrently. The patients receiving music therapy experienced average pain level reductions from 6.2 to 5.09, while the control group averaged slight increases in pain, from 5.2 to 5.87. “The degree of change in the music group is notable for having been achieved by non-pharmacologic means, with little chance of adverse effects,” explains Center Director and study co-author Joanne Loewy. “Pain is subjective and personal, and warrants an individualized approach to care. Certified, licensed music therapists can tailor treatment to each patient’s musical preferences and address their pain level.”

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pirulina platensis, a singlecelled blue-green algae used in supplements, is often taken for the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases. A new study from Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, in Iran, tested the efficacy of spirulina supplementation on the body mass index (BMI), weight and cholesterol levels of 64 obese adults between the ages of 20 and 50. Subjects were divided into intervention and placebo groups. The intervention group took twice-daily supplements of Spirulina platensis for 12 weeks. BMI, fasting blood samples and lipid profiles were assessed at the beginning and end of the study, and food intake and appetite were reported daily. The scientists found more than double the reductions in both body weight and BMI in the spirulina group, compared to the control group. In addition, reductions in both total cholesterol and appetite were found in the intervention group.

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Wildlife Wipeout

Wind turbines make cleaner energy, but are dangerous to birds and bats. According to a study in the Wildlife Society Bulletin, approximately 573,000 birds and 888,000 bats are killed annually by wind turbines, which are providing increased wind power capacity nationwide. At one solar power plant in California, an estimated 3,500 birds died in just the plant’s first year of operation. What would help most is offshore turbines and knowledge about migration routes. The safest place for wind turbines is in the ocean, because songbirds and bats don’t migrate over such waters. On land, many songbirds fly at night and can’t see the wind turbines until it’s too late. Once they’ve discovered the unsafe area, they avoid it. Because migration routes are based on availability of food, water and resting areas, birds are forced to fly around the turbines, adding miles to their trip and the burning of more calories. Estimates of just how many bats are dying each year range from the tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands. Radar installations help to keep bats away from the deadly blades. Other remedies include slowing the blades at night to reduce collisions, which has proved to reduce overall wildlife deaths by 73 percent. In 2016 the American Wind Energy Association announced voluntary guidelines to halt turbines during low wind speeds, when bats are most active, to reduce bat fatalities by 30 percent. With two more industry changes, bat fatalities could drop 90 percent: feathering, or turning the blades parallel to the wind so the turbines don’t rotate; and higher cut-in speeds so they don’t rotate in light winds. Take action at NationOfChange.org/petitions/protect-bats-lethal-wind-turbines.

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Toddlers Routinely Reach for French Fries A collaborative study published in the journal Pediatrics concludes that toddlers under the age of 2 are more likely to eat French fries than vegetables on any given day; one in four 6-to-11-month-olds and one in five 1-year-olds consumed no vegetables at all. This concerning downward trend began more than a decade ago. The percentage of babies and toddlers eating canned or frozen fruits and vegetables declined by 10 percent between 2005 and 2012, and the consumption of dark, leafy greens among those under 2 has halved since 2005. Dr. Annemarie Stroustrup, an associate professor with the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital, in New York City, says, “You often have to offer a new food to a toddler up to 10 times before they will eat it.”

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Columbus Day Renamed to Honor First Peoples Many people feel that Christopher Columbus is partly responsible for the genocide of Native Americans, and bestowing him a day of celebration adds insult to injury. In a progressive move, the Anadarko City Council, in Oklahoma, unanimously voted to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day—observed this year on October 9. City employees get the holiday off, and other municipalities in Oklahoma have followed suit.

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body is indicative of more visceral fat, which increases health risks,” Kennedy says. “A woman who has an apple shape as opposed to a pear has more visceral fat and therefore more health risks.”

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here’s a reason our silhouettes look different at 70 than they do at 17. As we age, fat settles in certain areas—the belly, hips, back, thighs or upper arms—despite our best efforts to combat it. “Due to hormonal and chemical changes in the body that cannot be altered, our shape changes through life,” says Karen Kennedy, M.D., of Gulf Breeze. “This is generally what we mean by ‘stubborn fat’—the kind that even weight loss and exercise will not decrease.”

While gaining body fat is a natural part of aging, where we gain it can be an indicator of overall health, she says. Subcutaneous fat, which accumulates under the skin, is not necessarily associated with poor health. But visceral fat, which grows inside the abdomen, can increase the chance of high blood pressure, heart and vascular disease and diabetes, potentially leading to heart attack, stroke, organ dysfunction and failure, and more weight gain. “A larger belly and a waistline that’s out of proportion to the rest of their

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Given the cosmetic and health effects of stubborn fat, there’s plenty of interest in diets and exercises promising to shrink it. The problem is, those methods can’t eliminate fat selectively, Kennedy says. “The body works as a whole system to increase or decrease the fat component based on food intake and energy expenditure.” Certain foods can predispose us to gain or lose weight, she says. Simple carbohydrates (sugar, flour, starches, alcohol) will increase fat gain and prevent fat loss; eating raw whole foods does the opposite. But consuming more or less of something only affects overall fat—plus different diets may be more or less effective for different people. “It’s often hard to tell what diet will work well for a person, because most of weight is based on food intake,” she says. “I’d say 80 to 90 percent is based on food factors, but it is also based on mental aspects, body chemistry, hormones, exercise and metabolism, among other factors.” Nutritional supplements can play a role in overall fat reduction protocol, she says. “Vitamin B12 and B6 injections can help increase energy in many people. B12 can also act as a slight diuretic, releasing some excess fluid. It helps people feel better and stay on track with motivation. Supplements sometimes can be associated with in-

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creased appetite and nausea, which can cause weight gain. Generally, however, certain supplements are beneficial, and taking numerous supplements is acceptable for most people.” For clients who need a healthier diet, Kennedy sometimes recommends Isagenix meal replacements, which contain pure whey protein, vitamins and minerals. Because they are more nutritious than processed foods, they automatically improve the quality of most people’s diet. Used in conjunction with vegetables and lean meats, they provide an easy, healthy meal, helping patients avoid fast food (a diet don’t). Exercise can be another tool for losing weight, and therefore fat. But working certain muscle groups won’t significantly change the fat in those areas, Kennedy says. “It is important to do aerobic exercise, weight training and various other types of exercise to tone all the muscle groups, in order to keep your metabolism and body appearance even. But again, fat gain and loss is a general event and not localized.”

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With diet and exercise largely ineffective against stubborn fat, medical scientists have been working to develop a technological answer to the problem. In June, the Food and Drug Administration approved the first nonsurgical solution. SculpSure uses a laser to permanently eliminate fat cells, resulting in a decrease of up to 24 percent of fat thickness at each treatment. Kennedy, who began offering SculpSure in August, says the manufacturer reports more than 90 percent

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After client satisfaction and has photos and clinical studies supporting the treatment’s effectiveness. She’s “anxiously awaiting” her own clients’ before and interim photos. A treatment takes 25 minutes, and a single laser covers an area about the size of a deck of cards, she says. “The laser feathers out to avoid uneven areas and shelving. We can treat four areas at once, and multiple treatments can be done—most people require two to three.” SculpSure is approved for use on the upper and lower abdomen, “love handles,” back, and inner and outer thighs. “All fat in general responds to the laser treatment, since fat cells are all the same,” Kennedy says. “This will not cause weight loss, but loss of inches and thickness of fat.” While the treatment is moderately uncomfortable—Kennedy describes it as “a pressure, pulling, burning sensation”—the power can be ad-

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An open-hearted journey can take unexpected paths. More travelers today are searching for deep and lasting changes in their view of themselves and the world.

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Cousineau suggests that travelers prepare to open their thinking by reading about the history, culture and geography of a place, and then continue to learn en route by talking to locals for insight rather than relying only on a guidebook. “Make yourself vulnerable. Ask questions and be humble. Talk to your waiter or cab driver about their lives and conditions in their country. Those that become most delighted and transformed by their experiences are the most curious,” observes Cousineau. Anna Pollock, of London, England, founder of Conscious Travel and a sustainable travel expert, elaborates on potential results. “Travelers may see the world and their part in it differently or feel greater clarity, peace, freedom or hope. For some, it’s about insights into their personal purpose. Others may return with a deeper sense of connectedness or feeling of mastery that comes from trying something completely new.” Jake Haupert, of Seattle, owner of Evergreen Escapes International, co-founded the Transformational Travel Council to help people embark on such life-altering journeys, and translate “Aha!” moments on the road into meaningful changes back home. He has witnessed individuals undergo radical shifts from changing careers to becoming parents. One couple was so moved by their experiences on an African safari that they adopted their first child from Kenya.

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Attention and intention are the main ingredients for transformative travel for Phil Cousineau, acclaimed author of The Art of Pilgrimage. “Ask yourself what is motivating the journey: Are you going just to check something off your bucket list because you read about it or are you going because your grandma told you how magical her visit there was in the 1920s? Are you going because you’re at a crossroads in your life, marriage or work?” queries Cousineau. Naming your intention helps open up the heart and psyche for transformation. Cousineau recommends sharing our choice beforehand with a friend or even a casual acquaintance. Writing it down can also unpack those yearnings and understand the pull to a place.

Part of the intention setting is clarifying what we hope to accomplish through making a journey, suggests Nathaniel Boyle, creator of The Travelers podcast and the travel platform Holocene that facilitates community among transformation-seeking travelers. It might be climbing a mountain with our spouse to strengthen a marriage, or taking a cooking class in Italy or a basket weaving workshop in Indonesia to rekindle a sense of fresh input and creative expression.

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times, and some travelers feel unhappy, unprepared, bored or disappointed,” remarks Cousineau. “But the flip side is that travels can stretch us, just like a medieval rack.” If you have stretch goals, you can build them into an itinerary, advises Haupert, whether it’s getting up the courage to skydive or negotiating a purchase in a foreign street market.

Do Less, Experience More If we truly want to know the secret of soulful traveling, we need to believe there is something sacred waiting to be discovered in virtually every journey. ~Phil Cousineau

Move Beyond Comfort

“Travel can serve as a vehicle for expansive personal growth. Through it, we learn to explore the world and ourselves,” Boyle observes. “When you venture outside the controlled environment of prepackaged trips for tourists to face difficult decisions and confusing and chaotic situations that require problem solving, that’s where real change can occur,” says Haupert. “My 12,000-mile journey from Washington, D.C., to Antarctica was transformative in so many ways,” says journalist Andrew Evans, author of The Black Penguin memoir. “I’m a geographer by training and spent four years studying maps, but I never understood the true size of the world until I traveled across it on a Greyhound bus. I now see the world as much smaller and much more accessible. The trip made me a stronger, more confident person, and less afraid of what other people think of me; it also made me want to keep traveling.” “Travel comes from the word travail, to labor, and trip from tripalium, Latin for a medieval torture rack. Metaphorically, travel can feel like torture at

To heighten experiential awareness while traveling, build fewer to-dos into an itinerary, the experts recommend. “Immerse yourself in a place. Leave time for unplanned explorations, rather than bouncing between destinations without space for spontaneity and restful reflection,” says Haupert. “Also build in time for meditation, yoga, simple relaxation or other intentionally restorative moments in-between the high-intensity peak experiences.” Haupert suggests staging a ceremonial start to a journey, such as a special dinner or bike ride upon arrival. Similarly, Cousineau recommends starting a new journal on every journey, to ceremoniously start anew in one’s thinking. Engaging in ritual can also help awaken the traveler, says Cousineau. He suggests walking in silence as we approach a sacred site, or physically engaging with it, as pilgrims might do when they palm the feet of a Buddha statue or press their forehead to the Wailing Wall. Sacred sites are fertile ground for transformative experiences, says Lori Erickson, an Episcopal deacon, travel writer and author of Holy Rover: Journeys in Search of Mystery, Miracles, and God, a memoir of her trips to a dozen of the world’s holy sites. “So many people have prayed and opened their hearts in a holy place that you can feel the energy,” she says. Erickson suggests that travelers seek out hallowed ground from different traditions, which can help heal divides among people of divergent faiths. “The art and architecture of holy sites are beautiful manifestations of spiritual longing and human creativity. These places have the power to move you, regardless of your own spiritual background.”

Journey Jump-Offs Here’s a short list of resources to inspire transformative adventuring. n The blog at AyanaJourneys.com explores Cambodia’s sacred Buddhist sites.   n Evergreen Escapes at Evergreen EscapesIntl.com specializes in unforgettable locales tailored to the traveler’s inner calling.   n “The Travelers” podcast via Holocene.io/travelers features stories and advice from 200-plus changemakers on topics ranging from creativity, fear and gratitude to travel-related careers.   n Muddy Shoe Adventures at MuddyShoeAdventures.com offers small-group trips that challenge participants with combinations of physical activities and cultural experiences.   n OuterTravelsInnerJourneys.com connects people through shared spiritual adventures like mind-body healing and immersion in nature.   n Phil Cousineau (PhilCousineau.net) hosts writer’s retreats, literary tours and pilgrimages to historic sacred sites.   n Responsible Travel at Responsible Travel.com offers socially and environmentally conscious tours to all seven continents, including small-ship cruises to more authentic, lesserknown ports of call.   n Transformational Travel Council’s website Transformational.travel conveys uplifting stories, a travelers’ forum and other tools for changeseekers.                                                                                 n World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (wwoof.net) links volunteers with organic farmers to help build a sustainable global community.

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When you give while traveling, you often get back even more, says Cousineau. “A pilgrim never travels empty-handed. Bring gifts; even postcards from home can make a meaningful connection.” He recently brought baseball equipment along on a group tour he led to give to kids in baseball-crazed Cuba. Giving appreciation is as important as tangible mementos, he notes. “Gratitude makes transformation possible; that’s what modern people are longing for, to be touched.” Boyle suggests that finding ways to give back can unlock unique opportunities. Quinn Vanderberg and Jonathon Button, guests on Boyle’s podcast, left stable lives and jobs in California for Nicaragua in 2012 with only their travel bags and a shared dream. Brainstorming a vision for a new life together, the 25-year-old pair had realized, “We wanted life to be filled with travel, culture and people, and to make an impact along the way,” says Vanderburg. “We went knowing we wanted to create a social venture, but first wanted to see what was really needed by the community.” They went on to partner with local educational nonprofits and artisans to launch Life Out of the Box, a line of

clothing and accessories modeled after Toms’ “Buy one, give one” business model. For every product sold, the entrepreneurs donate school supplies to a child in need. Since 2012, the project has expanded to also support kids in Guatemala, Kenya, Mexico and Morocco.

Drive Home Transformation

Starting with a moment of reflection before departing a place, take advantage of a trip’s afterglow to recall insights learned, gel memories, share insights and move to make changes stick. Haupert sees this as a good time to develop an action plan to “express gratitude for the journey and create a framework for your homecoming.” Then, take a day to reflect upon returning home before jumping back into work or other obligations, internalizing your experience and integrating your “traveler self” back into normalcy. It might involve a trip to the spa, an afternoon of journaling or organizing trip photos, suggests Haupert. “Resist the urge to check emails the minute the plane touches down or start planning the next trip. Take time to remember the journey and see your home turf with fresh eyes,” adds Cousineau.

Close Encounters Eager for a transformative adventure without traveling afar? Here are some ideas for exploring cultures and connecting with others closer to home. 4 Attend festivals celebrating varied cultures in your local community. Every spring in Washington, D.C., embassies showcase the cuisine, art and history of 70 countries. Frackville, Pennsylvania’s 103-year-old Lithuanian Days is the oldest ethnic festival in the country. 4 Host a traveling cyclist and hear tales from the trails via WarmShowers.org, a hospitality exchange for 90,000 touring cyclists and hosts. 4 Take advantage of local, state and national parks, including 88 ocean and coastal parks within the National Park Service (nps.gov). Along with wilderness sites, the service also stewards important cultural heritage sites nationwide. 4 Find a spiritual retreat center at RetreatFinder.com. 4 Overnight on an organic farm. Visit FarmStayUS.com to sample what’s in season in the region. 4 Meet and host individual travelers via CouchSurfing.com, a network of 11 million globetrotters in 150,000 cities. 24

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Adventure travelers named transformation and an expanded worldview as top motives for their explorations. ~Adventure Travel Trade Association The returned pilgrim has a responsibility to memorialize the journey, an ancient tradition of Judeo-Christian and Islamic faiths, advises Cousineau. The San Francisco writer traveled with a group on foot from Louisville, Kentucky, to Thomas Merton’s Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani, near Bardstown, Kentucky, to celebrate the legacy of Merton and Mahatma Gandhi. One of the women inked a footprint from each of 100-plus travelers, sewing them into a quilt to commemorate the pilgrimage. Chronicling the journey can be as simple as a dinner party with friends to share what we have learned, says Cousineau, but suggests that travelers engage attendees to also contribute their own stories and reflections. “We have a choice upon returning; do nothing and just let that experience fade or own it for ourselves,” concurs Boyle. “It’s incumbent to extract the meaning of our experiences and find a way to express them, whether through a photo series, article, painting or video. The traveler’s ‘third act’ of creativity after preparation and execution is how we process change.” Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at AprilWrites.com.


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Address Specific Needs

Clarifying the desired outcome is helpful, because some clients are just looking for a quick fix to reduce pain, while others may be seeking overall better health, lasting wellness and an improved quality of life. “Due to insurance issues, we’ve become known as pain doctors, but that’s not the full extent of chiropractic,” explains Dr. Michelle Robin, owner of Your Wellness Connection and the educational DrMichelleRobin.com website, in Shawnee, Kansas. “Also, you can see more than one chiropractor, as each has their own strength.” Dr. Michael Aho, of Crosstown Chiropractic, in Chicago, agrees. “Chiropractic care encompasses many 26

styles, so one of the biggest variables is the type of treatment the doctor uses. Most offices commonly treat neck, mid-back and low back pain. If you have a specific shoulder, knee or foot problem, you may want to find a doctor that frequently treats those issues. If you are pregnant, choose a chiropractor that has experience working with pregnant women.” “There are more than 140 different chiropractic techniques. Some are light touch, while others are aggressive. Some are hands-on and some use instruments for adjusting. It’s important that the doctor’s approach resonates with your nature,” advises Dr. Jackie St.Cyr of the Innate Chiropractic Healing Arts Center, in Houston. Robin advises that sitting in a doctor’s reception room to just observe and trusting our intuition is helpful before moving forward with a consultation.

Ask Questions

First, find out if a chiropractor has embraced either a conventional medical or holistic model, and then delve more deeply to find the right approach and level of care. “Ask how long a doctor

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has practiced and their governing philosophy. Do they treat the full spine or focus on the point of pain, and what range of techniques do they apply? You want them to know your spine before they adjust it; make sure they conduct a new patient exam,” suggests St.Cyr. An exam may include a thermography scan and X-rays. Helpful questions include what to expect during the initial visit, recommended frequency of treatment, the desired doctor’s office hours and how treatment might benefit a particular condition. Because most chiropractic offices offer compatible treatments, also ask about complementary modalities such as acupuncture, massage therapy, heat therapy, and interferential current therapy using minute electrical pulses for deep tissue pain relief.

Be Consistent

“You shouldn’t expect instant results,” says Aho. “You’ll benefit the most if you don’t wait too long after first experiencing symptoms of a problem before starting treatment, and are consistent with your treatment.” Being proactive can foster good results. St.Cyr concurs, stating, “When patients follow their chiropractor’s recommended routine of regular corrective care, they get the best results. Be consistent with visits and do your customized spinal exercises; they’ve been proven to work.” Robin expounds that not following through with homecare is a common pitfall for patients. “Like dental care, you always need to do something for your spine every day, be it stretching, other exercise or good nutrition.” She notes that everyone’s response to chiropractic is different. “Be realistic. If you’ve experienced injuries or accidents, it will take longer, and your healing might look different from that of someone else that is free of injuries and follows a healthier diet. Sometimes people give up on chiropractic instead of finding a chiropractor that is good for them. You wouldn’t give up going to the dentist, and the same should apply to chiropractic care.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at MarlainaDonato.com.


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“Peak bone strength is reached by the age of 30, so it’s vital for young people to engage in dynamic impact movement through their teen years and 20s,” says Sherri Betz, chair of the American Physical Therapy Association bone health group, a doctor of physical therapy and geriatric-certified specialist with a private practice in Santa Cruz, California.

Engaging in sports during our youthful developing years helps build strong, wide and dense bones that will carry us well into old age, literally giving us a firmer base to stand on. It’s paramount to encourage children and young people to be physically active and for us all to continue with athletic activities throughout adulthood to preserve the bone health peak we reach at age 30.

“Adulthood is a perfectly good time to start building and improving bone fitness and health. The outcome is just a little bit less,” says Steven A. Hawkins, Ph.D., a professor of exercise science at California Lutheran University, in Thousand Oaks. “Bone responds to exercise much like muscle,” explains Larry Tucker, Ph.D., professor of exercise sciences at Brigham Young University, in Provo, Utah. “Bone doesn’t grow, per se, but like muscle, it does get denser and stronger according to the stresses and strains put on it.” “The key is to put a heavy load on bones to stimulate them to grow,” Hawkins notes. Standing exercises are recommended, because the bones most likely to benefit from strengthening exercise are 30 targeted leg and hip bones, says Tucker. “Surprising the bone is your best bet,” points out Betz. “Don’t do the same things over and over again at the same time, either repetitive exercises like running or weight lifting or consistent combinations; even high-intensity exercise can diminish the effects.” The most highly recommended exercises involve those that require changing directions, bouncing and leaping—from basketball to lively dances, and even some intense yoga postures. Hopping and jumping are probably the best way

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to strengthen bones, but must be done in the proper way, according to Tucker and others. Research by Tucker’s team published in the American Journal of Health Promotion studied the effects of jumping on hip bone density in premenopausal women. It may seem counterintuitive, but Tucker reports that most benefits are gained from jumping as high as possible, resting 30 seconds and repeating up to 10 times twice a day in intervals at least eight hours apart. “If you jump continuously, the exercise loses effectiveness pretty quickly,” he says. Those that enjoy circuit training should do something else during the 30-second rests between repetitions, Tucker advises. Because it’s the jolt of jumping that stimulates bone strength, using a mini-trampoline or another cushioning device to lessen impact on the body won’t increase bone density. Betz cautions against starting a jumping program too quickly. “Proper alignment, balance and body awareness come first,” she says. “Do 20 to 25 heel raises in a row, a full squat with good alignment and a full lunge to ready the body for a jumping program.” Such strengthening safeguards against falling and injury.

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Jennifer McGruther, who lives in the Pacific Northwest, is the author of The Nourished Kitchen cookbook, an offshoot of her blog of the same name. Her first batch of fermented food was yogurt. Now she visits her local farmers’ market every Saturday before spending Sunday prepping foods for the rest of the week. “Traditional foods like fermented vegetables, yogurt or kombucha don’t take long to prepare; they take time to culture, but it’s so rewarding,” she says. casanisa/Shutterstock.com

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Colorful jars of fermented Korean kimchee, Indian chutney, German sauerkraut and bottles of kombucha line many grocery store shelves today. We’re in the midst of a fermented food revival.

Grassroots Groundswell

“I grew up in New York City as the grandson of immigrants from Belarus, and sauerkraut and pickles were common foods I always loved, but neither my grandparents nor anyone else I knew made them,” says Sandor Katz. This Woodbury, Tennessee, writer who travels the world giving related workshops is credited with bringing fermented foods back into the limelight. He explains, “I am self-taught and learned to ferment by experimentation. It was that first successful batch of sauerkraut that sparked my obsession. I also love eating cheese, beer, chocolate, coffee, yogurt and many other products of fermentation.”

Kirsten and Christopher Shockey, the authors of Fermented Vegetables: Creative Recipes for Fermenting 64 Vegetables & Herbs in Krauts, Kimchis, Brined Pickles, Chutneys, Relishes & Pastes, homestead in Oregon’s Jackson Valley. “A fateful Christmas gift—a ceramic crock full of bubbling, fermenting cabbage under the tree, funky fermenty smell and all,” first piqued their interest, Kirsten recalls. “Eventually, we started our own small farmstead fermentation company.” Christopher explains that the combination of salt and shredded or chopped vegetables can launch the production of probiotic lactic acid bacteria that preserves the food and drives off “bad bacteria”.

How Much Is Enough?

Fermented foods offer a variety of positive effects on health. “If you’re consuming a diet rich in fermented foods, you’re essentially bathing your GI tract in healthy, food-related organisms,” says food research scientist Robert Hutkins, Ph.D., a professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Fermented foods with live probiotics can also improve brain function, according to a study in the journal Gastroenterology. Fermented foods are meant to be eaten as condiments, not consumed in large quantities. Overdoing such intake might cause bloating, cramping and other digestion problems. Dr. Leonard Smith, a gastrointestinal and vascular surgeon and medical advisor for the University of Miami Department of Integrative Medicine, recommends “a half-cup of cultured vegetables or two ounces of your favorite probiotic liquid per day to start.” He says it’s possible to eventually work up to having a serving of cultured vegetables and probiotic liquids at every meal, or possibly as a between-meal snack. Christopher Shockey adds, “We don’t see these foods as a ‘medicine’ to be eaten daily because you have to force yourself; instead, we see it as a fun, delicious, easy, healthful addition to mealtime.” Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (JudithFertig.com).

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ermented foods are well known for building gut health. Now a growing body of research shows that they improve immunity, brain and heart functions,” says Michelle Schoffro Cook, Ph.D. The board-certified doctor of natural medicine, certified herbalist and author blogs from Vancouver, Canada. Get started with these simple, plant-based recipes from her latest book, The Cultured Cook: Delicious Fermented Foods with Probiotics to Knock Out Inflammation, Boost Gut Health, Lose Weight & Extend Your Life. Transfer to a crock or a large glass or ceramic bowl, and mix well. In a pitcher or large measuring cup, dissolve the salt in the water, stirring if necessary to dissolve the salt. Pour the saltwater over the salsa mixture until all ingredients are submerged, leaving a couple of inches at the top for expansion.

Salvadoran Salsa Yields: about 1 quart This gingery and spicy salsa, also known as curtido, is a traditional Salvadoran food. The twist here is added turmeric and green apple. Serve on its own, as a condiment with chips, on sausages or over salad. Maybe mix a couple of heaping spoonfuls with freshly mashed avocado for a fresh take on guacamole. ½ green cabbage 1 to 2 carrots 1 green apple, cored and quartered One 2-inch piece fresh ginger ½ cayenne chili ½ small purple or red onion One 2-inch piece fresh turmeric 3 Tbsp unrefined fine or 6 Tbsp unrefined coarse sea salt 1 quart (or liter) filtered water Use a food processor with a coarse grating blade to shred the cabbage, carrots, apple, ginger, chili, onion and turmeric. (Consider wearing food-safe gloves to avoid touching the chili.)

Place a snug-fitting plate inside the crock or bowl over the salsa-water mixture; then weigh it down with food-safe weights or a bowl or jar of water, so the vegetables remain submerged under the brine as they ferment. Cover with a lid or a cloth, and allow it to ferment five to seven days, checking periodically to ensure the salsa is still submerged below the water line. If any mold forms on the surface, simply scoop it out. It won’t spoil the salsa unless it gets deeper inside the crock. (It may form where the mixture meets the air, but it rarely forms deeper.)

about one tablespoon of kefir grains is needed to keep the kefir going; remove the extras to eat, give to friends or add to compost. 1 quart (or liter) filtered water ½ cup raw, unsalted cashews 1 tsp coconut sugar, pure maple syrup or agave nectar 1 Tbsp kefir grains (a natural starter, available at health food stores and online) Mandarin sections for garnish (optional) Use a blender to blend the water, cashews and coconut sugar (or maple syrup or agave nectar) until it’s smooth and creamy. Pour the cashew milk into a 1½- to 2-quart glass jar, making sure it isless than two-thirds full. Add the kefir grains, stir and then place the cap on the jar.

After one week, put the salsa in jars or a bowl, cover and place in the fridge, where it usually lasts up to a year.

Leave the jar at room temperature for 24 to 48 hours, gently shaking it periodically.

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The cashew milk will become somewhat bubbly, then will begin to coagulate and separate; shake it to remix the kefir or scoop out the thicker curds and use them like soft cheese or sour cream.

Yields: about 1 quart Traditional kefir is made with cow’s milk, but can be made with plantbased milks like cashew, almond, sunflower seed or coconut. The sweetener feeds the kefir microbes, leaving minimal sugar in the end product. The grains will grow over time; only

Refrigerate up to one week. When ready to serve, pour the kefir into a glass and garnish the rim with mandarin orange sections, if desired.

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Place the grape leaves or other leafy greens on top of the chopped ingredients to help hold them under the brine; then weigh the mix down with foodsafe weights or a jar or bowl of water.

Yields: about 6 cups Unlike other salads, this version stores for many months in the fridge. Serve on its own or toss it in vinaigrette and serve over brown rice for a quick and nutritious rice bowl dinner. 1 radish, finely chopped ½ small onion, finely chopped 1 turnip, chopped into ½-inch chunks 1 carrot, chopped into ½-inch chunks 3 small apples, chopped into ½-inch chunks Handful of green beans, cut into 1-inch lengths 1 rutabaga, chopped into ½-inch chunks 1 to 2 grape leaves, kale leaves or other large leafy greens (optional) 3 Tbsp unrefined fine or 6 Tbsp unrefined coarse sea salt 1 quart (or liter) filtered water

In a pitcher or large measuring cup, dissolve the salt in the water, stirring if necessary to dissolve the salt. Pour the brine over the salad, cover with a lid or cloth, and let ferment for one week. Remove the covering, weights and grape leaves or other leafy greens. Dish out into jars or a bowl, cover and refrigerate, where the salad should last six to 12 months. In a medium bowl, mix the radish, onion, turnip, carrot, apples, green beans and rutabaga; then transfer to a small crock.

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Collective problem solving. People bond into a community when they participate in solving a real-world community problem, helping someone in need or addressing a situation that demands a community solution. Consider using Robert’s Rules of Order or other guidelines for discussions that maintain civility, discourage competitiveness and peacefully resolve conflicts in order to reach consensus.

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Storytelling. Humans learn best when seeing and hearing stories. Facts don’t arouse us as much as narratives and full-body experiences do. Bombarding people with facts won’t create desired change. We must be inspired to act on the knowledge.

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Provide food and drink. Traditional societies have always taken hospitality seriously. Having people bring items to add to the collective feast is better than catering.

Elders. Shared history, respect and affection are vital to belonging. Adults coping with a high-stress, industrialized culture might tend to find elders’ stories slow-moving and boring, but they are a critical resource for our collective survival. Beware of the “star from afar” syndrome that posits outsiders as experts, rather than honoring and developing our own community resources, which won’t disappear at the end of an event.

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Connect with nature and the seasons. Tying gatherings into what’s happening seasonally with all life forms is a traditionally effective way of fostering community.

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flower, organic seeds or regifted items to event attendees. It’s a simple way to help everyone feel valued, appreciated and welcomed. The key is keeping events local, simple and created by the community for the community. Many hands make light work, and some of the best community events cost the host little, while everyone involved brings their own chair or blanket, serving ware and potluck dish.

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Shopping. People have been bonding through meeting others in the marketplace since ancient times. Sales or silent auctions are popular when the money paid becomes a gift to the community.

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A little excitement. Raffles and door prizes add fun as long as any money raised goes into the common coffers as a gift to all. Child care. Children provide a necessary source of untamed energy and entertainment for any gathering. Multigen-

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Transportation. Facilitating carpools and providing transportation for those without cars or unable to walk builds community even before the event starts.

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Dance and body movement. Modern society makes us sit a lot. Physical action connects us in a way nothing else can.

Beauty and music. Our eyes and ears are portals to the soul and spirit of the human psyche. Even a simple drum can bond individuals into a coherent group. Community singing can be powerful medicine, as places of worship ever demonstrate. A simple flower on the table or painting on the wall brings powerful archetypal energies to bear as we come together. An outdoor meeting brings nature’s magnificence to our senses, adding extraordinary power to events. The bottom line is that any community gathering, organization or event that engages body, mind and spirit has a far greater chance of surviving and thriving. Linda Buzzell is a psychotherapist, ecotherapist, blogger and co-editor of Ecotherapy: Healing with Nature in Mind. She co-founded a local permaculture guild, and a voluntary simplicity circle which met for 10 years in her local community. Connect at EcotherapyHeals.com.

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choolchildren are learning the calming effect of tuning into their minds and bodies through a pioneering program in Baltimore, Maryland, that’s replacing time outs and school detentions with mindful moments. Trained staff—including many former students—teach yoga, mindfulness practices, meditation, centering and breath work that empower kids to resolve conflicts peacefully. Brothers Atman and Ali Smith and friend Andres Gonzalez founded the nonprofit Holistic Life Foundation (HLF) in 2001 in response to the pressing need to help kids living in challenging urban environments better manage stress, anger and other heightened emotions. Today, the organization is sowing the seeds of mindfulness with some 7,500 students a week across 18 Baltimore-area schools, usually beginning through daylong, school-wide interventions and afterschool programs supporting targeted populations. Frustrated kids cool off and center themselves through breathing exercises and meditation in the Mindful Moment Room in the HLF flagship Robert W. Coleman Elementary

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School. “Sometimes when I get mad, I just breathe deep. I picture being in a certain place I like and I just stop being mad… I think of being a bigger person and doing something maybe a wise man would do,” advises one fifth-grade participant. “When we had to take a big test, before I took it and in the middle, I took deep breaths to stay calm and finish the test. When everybody around you is making a lot of noises, you just try to tune them out and be yourself, do your breathing,” says another fifth-grader. The training starts with educators learning mindfulness techniques both to help their students and also manage their own stress in the classroom. “The program was a fantastic experience,” says Lori Gustovson, a teacher at Baltimore’s Lincoln Elementary School. “We integrated the exercises into our daily schedules, helping many students and teachers focus their attention and regulate emotions such as anxiety, anger and frustration. We are a better school because of the time they spent in our classrooms teaching us the beauty of paying attention to breath, movement and each other,” she observes.

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~Ali Smith Participating schools have reported fewer fights, better attendance and higher grades, among other benefits, according to Ali Smith, all results backed by independent research. Recent studies in schools from San Francisco to Columbus, Ohio, have shown that teaching kids mindfulness practices can heighten attentiveness, self-control and empathy, while reducing stress, hyperactivity and depression, and improving academic performance. The kids also apply their newfound skills at home. “To take ownership of the practice and understand the benefits, you have to know how to explain it, so we use a reciprocal teaching model,” says Ali. “We teach the kids to say, ‘Mom, Dad, you look stressed; can you take a breather with me?’” Martin, a Lincoln Elementary student, was pleased to report, “I went to my house and taught my mom how to do all the things you guys taught us.” Virginia, another student, noted, “This morning I got mad at my dad, but then I remembered to breathe, and then I didn’t shout.” Other schools are following suit. Mindful Schools began in 2007 as a single-school program in Oakland, California, and then expanded to support online and in-person courses and a network of mindful educators spanning all 50 states and more than 100 countries. The David Lynch Foundation funds efforts to bring transcendental meditation to underserved kids in classrooms like the Brooklyn Urban Garden Charter School, in Queens, New York; Wilson High School, in Portland, Oregon; and Wayzata West Middle School, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, among others. Find easy instruction at Tinyurl.com/ MindfulnessStarterLesson. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at AprilWrites.com.


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“Pompous Albert, a rejected show cat, works at SafeWise, in Salt Lake City,” relates Sage Singleton, who handles Albert’s Instagram account. “He boosts morale, reduces stress and provides entertainment.” Carlos, a former rescue kitten, greets employees at PetNovations, in Norristown, Pennsylvania, each morning. He’s the star of the corporate Instagram account and blog, and promotes the company’s eco-friendly Cat Genie litterless cat box. Smith’s Ace Hardware and Housewares, in Princeton, New Jersey, has Dusty patrol its 18,000-square-foot facility, often escorting customers along the aisles. At St. Augustine Health Ministries, in Cleveland, the furry receptionist is Oreo. This black-and-white stray claimed the job by installing herself at the front desk to welcome guests and visit with residents that miss having their own pet.

Therapists At the University of California Medical Center in San Francisco, Duke Ellington Morris visits with patients while nurses check vital signs; he’s part of an animalassisted therapy program through the city’s Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. With the help of his humans, Jessica and Eric Hagan, of Pennsylvania’s Wolf Creek Township, Draven was certified through a local Love on a Leash chapter that qualifies pet-provided therapy animals. He showed My Cat From Hell host Jackson Galaxy his hospital routine for a segment called “My Cat From Heaven.” Draven regularly visits the Grove City Medical Center, in Pine Township, local nursing homes and service groups.

Literacy Aids “At 18, Cleo, my small, gray cat, retired from therapy visits and missed the attention,” says Michelle Cardosi, a retail clerk in Silt, Colorado. “Kids reading to her at the school library provided a solution that satisfied everyone.” In 2010, the public library in White Settlement, Texas, adopted Browser to remedy a rodent problem. Five years


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Private Security Less socially developed feral felines can provide needed services. The Kitty Bungalow Charm School for Wayward Cats rescues such cats from Los Angeles shelters. Each is vetted, spayed/ neutered and microchipped. “When they’re adopted out in threes, community cats are more likely to stay on the job,” notes founder and headmistress Shawn Simons. “In Southern California, working cats are employed as assistants to brewmasters at the Monkish Brewery to protect the grain and hops and at Saluti Cellars as vintner support in charge of gopher population control,” says Simons. “More traditionally, cats at the Portuguese Bend Riding Club barn discourage mice and make friends with horses and riders.” The school’s Working Cat Program partners with area recycling centers, golf courses, warehouses and industrial parks that could otherwise lose hundreds of millions of dollars annually due to vermin-related structural damage, including gnawed wiring and other potential fire hazards. “Businesses get an all-natural, safe and effective way to control pests and cats live life naturally,” says Simons. Working cats of many stripes are becoming increasingly common. For a business, it’s a money-saver; for a cat, it’s a lifesaver. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelanceWriter@mindspring.com.

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pollen grain this way.” Llewellyn lives with his wife on a 60-acre farm in tree-studded Albemarle County, enjoying 200-yearold oaks outside their front door. His latest of nearly 40 books, The Living Forest, is due out in October.

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or the past 40 years, Robert Llewellyn has photographed thousands of unique beauties— many of them trees, flowers, seeds and other landscape elements. “For a photographer, anything can be a good subject, even dirt,” he says. “My mission is to move people from merely looking at things to deeply seeing things as they are.” For Llewellyn’s first collaboration with garden writer Nancy Ross Hugo, Remarkable Trees of Virginia, published in 2008, the pair drove 20,000 miles in four years observing and

capturing the complex lives of 100 notable trees. It was on this assignment that the Earlysville, Virginia, photographer developed his now-signature technique, subsequently used to illustrate one of their follow-up books, Seeing Trees. “I wanted to photograph small parts—leaves, fruit, bark and flowers— so I would cut off a bloom, twig or seed pod and put it on a light table and take hundreds of photos, which, strung together, were infinitely sharp, like a botanic drawing. I found I could zoom into my subject up to a

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When I first started photographing trees, I thought of them as objects in the design of a photograph, rather than something that’s alive. When I began to look at a tree’s acorns, flowers and pollen, I realized that this tree is doing what we do: it’s born, grows, has offspring and dies; it seeks air, nutrients and light. Trees all have a fascinating master plan for survival and reproduction. Some trees can build an architectural structure that grows 150 feet high and can withstand 100-milean-hour winds.

How do you suggest that a newbie tree-watcher start learning how to see trees more intimately? Read a book like Seeing Trees, then get up, go out and observe trees in real time, at different times of the year and track what they do. Take pencil and paper and draw them, or take pictures. Start by exploring trees in your backyard or a nearby park. Share a quality magnifying glass to encourage youngsters to get closer to the trees, too. Challenge them to find flowers, fruit or spots where last year’s leaves fell off. Kids love that. I visit schools and have kids go out and collect fallen tree debris that we look at together.

What makes some of your favorite trees so distinctive? Red maples make an early entrance in spring, their flowers appearing before the leaves, and drop their “helicopter”


seeds in spring to germinate before anything can eat them. In spring, an entire hill will turn red with these maples, but it’s not their leaves; it’s the trees’ flowers, getting ready to drop their showy red dresses on the ground before anything else is blooming. You can learn a lot about trees by seeing what’s on the ground through their life cycles. Sycamore, for example, has both male and female flowers. The female flowers develop into fruiting seedpods that dry out and hang on through winter until a spring wind blows them apart.

Rather than seeing trees as dead in winter, what can we look for? Trees are very much alive in winter. When leaves fall off, they leave behind little pointed leaf buds. You can cut them open and find tiny green leaves encapsulated which remain unfrozen, waiting to open up in the spring. Twigs in winter show leaf scars where the leaves dropped. We can also witness the diverse life in and on trees in all seasons. That includes bugs, plants, fungi and parasites, in addition to the animals that nest in them and eat their fruits and nuts. I once found a round ball on an oak tree that turned out to be a wasp gall for its offspring, its larvae hanging in the middle.

How are tree-viewing skills transferrable to other aspects of our lives? The skill of observation is vital: moving from looking to seeing. At a party, you can just mindlessly chatter with people or you can really see them—what their bodies, gestures and emotions are communicating. Labels and names get in the way of seeing things as they are. Stop labeling things or worrying about what they are called; as in meditation, just relax into observing, to embrace things as they are.

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days course is an amazing essential oil home spa experience. Learn to pamper yourself and create your own custom facial cleansers, body scrubs, bath salts and even a natural, safer deodorant. At your own convenience and pace. Facebook Event for your convenience. Link: http://bit.ly/2vfYsGX. 850-499-3670. DianaPereira@live.com. Pereira ProduceAndHealth.weebly.com.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 23 DIY Green Cleaning – 6:30am-4:30pm. Learn step-by-step how to create carpet to car cleaners. Plus, stain removers, mold killers and healthy germ fighters. Rid your home of toxic fumes, allergy irritants and harmful chemicals. Replace those expensive eco-friendly cleaning products. Discover tried-and-true recipes made with simple household ingredients and the right combination of specific essential oils that will grace the inside of your home and are much more effective than simple vinegar and baking soda with. Link: https://www.facebook. com/PereiraProduce. 850-499-3670. DianaPereira@ live.com. Pereira ProduceAndHealth.weebly.com.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28 TUESDAY, OCTOBER 3 Yoga4Cancer Class – 1-2:15pm. A researchbased, specialized yoga methodology addressing the specific physical and emotional needs left by cancer and its treatments. Designed to increase lymphatic flow in order to optimize the immune system. Begins with breath awareness, meditation, a gentle five¬directional spinal warm up, followed with supported, energized movement, a restorative cool down and savasana. Instructor is certified in y4c method with knowledge and awareness of the special needs of cancer patients and survivors. Free. Dragonfly Yoga Studio, 184 Brooks St, Ste. 2, FWB. 850-244-0184. DragonflyYoga.com.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7 DIY Natural Cough Drops – 2-3:15pm. Take a closer look at the ingredients in conventional cough drops and discover why and how a completely natural option can effectively sooths sore throats and calm the coughs while providing additional health benefits and boost the immune system. Esther’s Garden of Healing, 8184 Navarre Pkwy, Navarre. 850-499-3670. DianaPereira@live.com. Pereira ProduceAndHealth.weebly.com. Cancer Support with Essential Oils – 6:30-8:15pm. Discover the possibility of supporting cancer treatment and recovery with essential oils. Less than 1% of all plant species on earth have been exhaustively studied for medicinal value, making essential oils one of the most obvious places to search for new approaches to cancer treatment. Each person attending will receive the protocol successfully used by many local customers. Esther’s Garden of Healing, 8184 Navarre Pkwy, Navarre. 850-499-3670. DianaPereira@live.com. PereiraProduceAndHealth.weebly.com.

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12 Beginners Yoga & Essential Oils – 6pm. The therapeutic benefits of essential oils and basic yoga poses are a good combination. Learn the benefits of both. Limited to 10 participants. $10. Navarre Living Yoga, 8162 Navarre Parkway, Navarre. 850-684-1065. NavarreLivingYoga@gmail.com. NavarreLivingYoga.com.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14 Community HU Chant – 9:30-10am. Expand your spiritual awareness, open your heart to God’s love. For more information, view the video at MiraclesInYourLife.org. Free. Unitarian Universalist Lobby, 9888 Pensacola Blvd. (Hwy. 29), Pensacola. 850-862-0446. Joanie920@gmal.com. ECK-Florida.org. Aromatherapy for Animals – 2-3pm. An overview of how essential oils can be utilized on our animal friends and which oils are unsafe to use and how to apply. Safe and effective recipes and alternatives for treating your best friend’s ailment. Ever’man Co-operative, Pensacola. 850-499-3670. DianaPereira@live.com. PereiraProduceAndHealth.weebly.com. Naturally Simple Hormone Balance – 6:30-7:30pm. Discover a new approach to controlling fluctuations, imbalances, hot flashes, and chronic fatigue naturally. Plus, natural ways to address other female concerns. Esther’s Garden of Healing, 8184 Navarre Pkwy, Navarre. 850-499-3670. DianaPereira@live.com. PereiraProduceAndHealth.weebly.com.

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plan ahead THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2 Free Introduction to THETAHealing – 5:306:30pm. Felicia McQuaid, certified ThetaHealer® and Teacher explains the core principles of ThetaHealing and how you can discover more unconditional love and improve your life. This ThetaHealing meditation technique uses focused prayer and the THETA brain wave to make permanent changes from the core level of each individual and was created by Vianna Stibal in 1995 during her own personal journey back to health. One lucky attendee will receive a complimentary intuitive reading. Free. The Healing Clinic, 184 Brooks St, Ste 1, Downtown FWB. 850-217-2771. YoginiFelicia@ yahoo.com. TheHealingClinicFWB.com.


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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 7 SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 5 Learn Raindrop Essential Oils Therapy – 11:30am3:30pm. This workshop teaches others how to share this experience and it’s benefits with family and friends. A demonstration of the technique and instruction is provided by Felicia McQuaid who will prepare each participant to give and receive the treatment following the demonstration, with one-

Emotional Aromatherapy – 6:15am-6:15pm. Smells evoke different responses from our emotional system. Some crave one certain scents but detest another. Our response maybe affecting our physical conditions. Learn how our limbic system allows essential oils to affect change quickly in our emotions —even irate reactions. Learn what can calm and balanced our emotions regardless of what life throws in our direction. Facebook Event for your convenience. Link: http://bit. ly/2vzOEqx. 850-499-3670. DianaPereira@live.com. PereiraProduceAndHealth.weebly.com.

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Rest & Restore Yoga – 3:15-04:15pm. Relieve tension as you rest in calming poses fully supported with blankets, blocks, etc. allowing the mind to reconnect with the breath leaving you feeling relaxed and restored—often referred to as adult naptime without the snoring. rrive 15 minutes early to sign-in and set up. Fall Special $12. Bodyworks by Bull, 4 9th Ave, Ste B, Shalimar. 850-651-2286. BodyworksByBull.com. Yoga Movement & Reiki Sharing – 5-9pm. 5pm (Yoga) 7pm (Reiki Healing) with Ben Orr . Donation Fee. Capstone House, 1713 Beck Ave, Panama City. 850-747-9224. CapstoneHouse28@gmail. com. CapstoneHouse.org Pilates Multi-Level Mat Fusion Class – 5:156:15pm. And Thur. 8:30am. A fusion of Pilates mat exercises, myofascial release stretches and body rolling. Release restrictions causing pain, fatigue and stiffness then align and strengthen with Pilates. $15 drop in, $10/account rate. Pilates Core Training, 1308 Dunmire St, Pensacola. 850-287-5836. Pilates CoreTraining.com.

sunday Group Meditation Intro/Workshop – 9am10:30am. Group Transmission Meditation a dynamic, scientific service to the world in cooperation with the Masters of Wisdom. Simple, potent. Free. Everman’s Co-op Educational Center, 327 West Garden Street, Pensacola. TransmissionMeditation.org. Beach Yoga – 10-11:30am. Sun, Thu & Sat. THE Healing clinic offers a 60-minute held outdoors on Okaloosa Island along the peaceful water’s edge for an energizing yoga practice. Young Living essential oils are included in the practice to deepen and enhance the experience. Bring your mat, towel and water. Mats available for purchase. $5 1st class, $10 dropin. $20 1st class and mat. The Gulf Restaurant, 1284 Marler Ave, Okaloosa Island, FWB. 850-217-2771. THEHealingClinicFWB.com. Community Yoga Class – 4:30-5:30pm. Free Yoga class to introduce our newest teachers at Dragonfly Yoga, with donations for this class going to The Southern Dog Rescue. Beginning with breath, meditation and then a multi-level Vinyasa flow, cool down and savasana. Free. Dragonfly Yoga Studio, 184 Brooks St, Ste 2, FWB. DragonflyYoga.com.

Gentle-time Yoga – 11:30am-12:30pm. An easy yoga class with slow movements focusing on proper alignment with the use of blankets, blocks, and straps. Perfect for the beginner and experienced student wanting an easier pace. Arrive 15 minutes early to sign-in and set up. Fall Special $12. Bodyworks by Bull, 4 9th Ave, Ste B, Shalimar. 850-651-2286. BodyworksByBull.com. Pilates Equipment Class – Noon-1pm. For those individuals who have attended an Into to Equipment class, or have prior experience on Pilates equipment. Limited to 6 participants. $30 drop in, $25/account rate. Pilates Core Training, 1308 Dunmire St, Pensacola. 850-287-5836. PilatesCoreTraining.com. Yoga4Cancer Class – 1-2:15pm. A researchbased, specialized yoga methodology addressing the specific physical and emotional needs left by cancer and its treatments. Designed to increase lymphatic flow in order to optimize the immune system. Begins with breath awareness, meditation, a gentle five¬directional spinal warm up, followed with supported, energized movement, a restorative cool down and savasana. Instructor is certified in y4c method with knowledge and awareness of the special needs of cancer patients and survivors. Free. Dragonfly Yoga Studio, 184 Brooks St, Ste. 2, FWB. 850-244-0184. DragonflyYoga.com.

monday Pilates Advanced Equipment Class – 8:309:30am. For those individuals who have a strong foundation in the Pilates fundamentals. Limited to 6 participants. $30 drop in, $25/account rate. Pilates Core Training, 1308 Dunmire St, Pensacola. 850287-5836. PilatesCoreTraining.com.

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Pilates Intermediate Equipment Class – 5:306:30pm. Challenging exercises for those who have a foundations in the Pilates fundamentals. $30 drop in, $25/account rate. Pilates Core Training, 1308 Dunmire St, Pensacola. 850-287-5836. PilatesCoreTraining.com. Reiki Sharing – 7-9pm. Reiki Healing with Ben Orr . Donation Fee. Capstone House, 1713 Beck Ave, Panama City. 850-747-9224. CapstoneHouse28@ gmail.com. CapstoneHouse.org

tuesday Pilates Multi-Level Mat Class – 8:30-9:30am. For those who have basic understanding of fundamentals of Pilates mat. Uses a variety of different props; stability balls, rollers, rings, etc. to strengthen and increase flexibility. $15 drop in, $10/account rate. Pilates Core Training, 1308 Dunmire St, Pensacola. 850-287-5836. PilatesCoreTraining.com. Pilates Beginning Level Mat Class – 9:4510:45am. Increase strength and flexibility and love how your body feels after just one hour of corrective movement exercises. $15 drop in, $10/account rate. Pilates Core Training, 1308 Dunmire St, Pensacola. 850-287-5836. PilatesCoreTraining.com. Meditation – 6pm. Meditation offers innumerable benefits for your body, mind and spirit. The rest you gain in meditation is deeper than the deepest sleep. Reverend Jamie Sanders leads. Love Offering. Unity of Pensacola, 716 North 9th Ave, Pensacola. 850438-2277. UnityPNS.org.

Pilates Modified Equipment Class – 9.45-10:45am. Mon,Wed,Fri. For those with conditions such as ostoporosis, disc pathologies, arthritis and joint replacements. Limited to 6 participants. $30 drop in, $25/ account rate. Pilates Core Training, 1308 Dunmire St, Pensacola. 850-287-5836. PilatesCoreTraining.com.

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ZUMBA Fitness Class – 5:15-6:15pm, Mon & Thurs. 9-10am, Sat. Shrink everything but your smile. Let the music free your body. The ultimate dance fitness party will groove you into shape. Licensed ZUMBA® Instructor - Ivelysse Reed, Member of ZUMBA® Instructor Network (ZIN). $5 or Punch Card 6 Classes/$25. Frisbee Fitness Studio, 119 Truxton Avenue, Fort Walton Beach. 850-461-2220. Email Dancenrg@outlook.com or website IReed.Zumba.com

Thought Technology Techniques – 6:30-8:30pm. 1st & 3rd Tues, with Tali Cluxton. Law of Attraction studies. Learn and practice techniques to use your intentions in a way that will help you to live a happier, more fulfilling life. Public welcome. Donation

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for an energizing yoga practice. Young Living essential oils are included in the practice to deepen and enhance the experience. Bring your mat, towel and water. Mats available for purchase. $5 1st class, $10 drop-in. $20 1st class and mat. The Gulf Restaurant, 1284 Marler Ave, Okaloosa Island, FWB. 850-2172771. THEHealingClinicFWB.com. Gentle-time Yoga – 3:15-4:15pm. An easy yoga class with slow movements focusing on proper alignment with the use of blankets, blocks, and straps. Perfect for the beginner and experienced student wanting an easier pace. Arrive 15 minutes early to sign-in and set up. Fall Special $12. Bodyworks by Bull, 4 9th Ave, Ste B, Shalimar. 850-651-2286. BodyworksByBull.com. Yogateen – 4:30-5:30pm. Begins 9/14. Yoga for children ages 9 - 14. An Energize class with a fun, young adult format. $10. Navarre Living Yoga, 8162 Navarre Parkway, Navarre. 850-684-1065. NavarreLivingYoga@gmail.com. NavarreLivingYoga.com.

Fee. Capstone House, 1713 Beck Ave , Panama City. 850-747-9224. CapstoneHouse28@gmail.com. Urantia Book Study Group – 6:30-8:30pm. 2nd & 4th. Tue.with Meda Arbour. Reading and group discussion of passages from the Urantia Book, a spiritual text that includes information on cosmology, history, biology, deity, man’s origin and future, our spiritual ascension, and more. Public welcome. Donation Fee. Capstone House, 1713 Beck Ave, Panama City. 850-747-9224. CapstoneHouse28@ gmail.com. CapstoneHouse.org Honor Military Yoga Class – 7-8:15pm. Honoring those who serve, have served, and family members holding DOD ID’s - US Armed Forces welcome for free. All others may join for a drop-in fee of $12. Beginners welcome and multi-level Hatha yoga class with breath awareness, meditation, sun salutations, restorative cool down, and savasana. Come build strength, flexibility, and clarity of the mind with those that serve this country. Free. Dragonfly Yoga Studio , 184 Brooks St. SE, Bldg 2, FWB. 850-218-2575. DragonflyYoga.com Meditation for World Peace – 7-9pm. Crystal Cottage Peace Center, as we meditate for World Peace and Sharing. Music, massage therapy, intuitives and Reiki. Crystal Cottage Peace Center, 7338 Highway 2301, Panama City. 850-763-4504. Darce@CrystalCottage.net. CrystalCottage.net.

wednesday Pilates Modified Equipment Class – 9:4510:45am. For those with conditions such as osteoporosis, disc pathologies, arthritis and joint replacements. $30 drop in, $25/account rate. Pilates Core Training, 1308 Dunmire St, Pensacola. 850-2875836. PilatesCoreTraining.com.

and straps. Perfect for the beginner and experienced student wanting an easier pace. Arrive 15 minutes early to sign-in and set up. Fall Special $12. Bodyworks by Bull, 4 9th Ave, Ste B, Shalimar. 850-6512286. BodyworksByBull.com. Yogamentary – 3:45-4:45pm. Begins 9/13. Yoga for children ages 4 - 11. Asana, pranayama, and guided imagery fused with creativity, literature and music. $10. Navarre Living Yoga, 8162 Navarre Parkway, Navarre. 850-684-1065. NavarreLivingYoga.com. Rest & Restore Yoga – 4:45-5:45pm. Wed & Thu. Relieve tension as you rest in calming poses fully supported with blankets, blocks, etc. allowing the mind to reconnect with the breath leaving you feeling relaxed and restored —often referred to as adult naptime without the snoring. rrive 15 minutes early to sign-in and set up. Fall Special $12. Bodyworks by Bull, 4 9th Ave, Ste B, Shalimar. 850-651-2286. BodyworksByBull.com. Pranic Healing and Twin Hearts Meditation – 6:30pm. with MarVin Corbin. Enjoy the cleansing, de-stressing, and peace of the Life Force Energy Healing. Public welcome. Donation Fee. Capstone House, 1713 Beck Ave , Panama City. 850-7479224. CapstoneHouse28@gmail.com. Transmission: Group Meditation for the New Age – 7-8:30pm. World Service Group Meditation, dynamic, scientific, group meditation; both a world service (Karma yoga) & a very potent technique of personal development (Laya yoga). Simple, nondenominational. Free. Everman’s Co-op Educational Center, 327 West Garden Street, Pensacola. TransmissionMeditation.org.

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Gyrokenisis Mat Class – 2-3pm. This movement system allows the entire body to be worked through spinal movement. Gently works the joints and muscles through rhythmic and undulating movements. $15 drop in, $10/account rate. Pilates Core Training, 1308 Dunmire St, Pensacola. 850-2875836. PilatesCoreTraining.com.

Pilates Multi-Level Mat Fusion Class – 8:30-9:30am. And Mon. 5:15pm. A fusion of Pilates mat exercises, myofascial release stretches and body rolling. Release restrictions causing pain, fatigue and stiffness then align and strengthen with Pilates. $15 drop in, $10/account rate. Pilates Core Training, 1308 Dunmire St, Pensacola. 850-287-5836. Pilates CoreTraining.com.

Gentle-time Yoga – 3:15-4:15pm. Wed & Thu. An easy yoga class with slow movements focusing on proper alignment with the use of blankets, blocks,

Beach Yoga – 10-11:30am. Sun, Thu & Sat. THE Healing clinic offers a 60-minute held outdoors on Okaloosa Island along the peaceful water’s edge

Rest & Restore Yoga – 4:45-5:45pm. Wed & Thu. Relieve tension as you rest in calming poses fully supported with blankets, blocks, etc. allowing the mind to reconnect with the breath leaving you feeling relaxed and restored —often referred to as adult naptime without the snoring. rrive 15 minutes early to sign-in and set up. Fall Special $12. Bodyworks by Bull, 4 9th Ave, Ste B, Shalimar. 850-651-2286. BodyworksByBull.com. Beginner Yoga Classes at Dragonfly – 5:306:45pm. Back to school with beginner yoga classes with Kat. $18 drop-in or $40/5 classes. Dragonfly Yoga Studio, 184 Brooks St. SE, Bldg 2, FWB. 850-244-0184. DragonflyYoga.com. Discover Yourself Through Astrology – 6pm. 1st & 3rd Thu. —with Vayla Nugyn. Donation Fee. Capstone House, 1713 Beck Ave, Panama City. 850-747-9224. CapstoneHouse28@gmail.com. CapstoneHouse.org. UFO Exploration – 7-9pm. 2nd Thr.—with Jill Tomlinson. Discussion of recent UFO sightings and newly disclosed information from leaders in the feild. Donation Fee. Capstone House, 1713 Beck Ave, Panama City. 850-747-9224. Capstone House28@gmail.com. CapstoneHouse.org.

friday Slow Flow and Meditation – 9-10:15am. A gentle, slow-paced yoga class for a simple practice to build flexibility and strength, as you clear your mind and relax your body in preparation for a nourishing seated meditation. All levels class, and those new to yoga and experienced students who want a slower paced, less strenuous class. This class may include gentle asana, restorative and yin poses, and breathing techniques (pranayama). Each class will end with a 10- to 15-minute seated meditation. $13. Navarre Living Yoga, 8162 Navarre Parkway, Navarre. 850-684-1065. NavarreLivingYoga@ gmail.com. NavarreLivingYoga.com. Pilates Modified Equipment Class – 9:4510:45am. For those with conditions such as osteoporosis, disc pathologies, arthritis and joint replacements. $30 drop in, $25/account rate. Pilates Core Training, 1308 Dunmire St, Pensacola. 850287-5836. PilatesCoreTraining.com. Rest & Restore Yoga – 10:30am. Relieve tension as you rest in calming poses fully supported with

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blankets, blocks, etc. allowing the mind to reconnect with the breath leaving you feeling relaxed and restored—often referred to as adult naptime without the snoring. rrive 15 minutes early to sign-in and set up. Fall Special $12. Bodyworks by Bull, 4 9th Ave, Ste B, Shalimar. 850-651-2286. BodyworksByBull.com. Energy Healing – 6:30-8:30pm. 4th Fri. Certified practitioners sharing energy healing each month using a variety of techniques, including reiki, pendulum, quantum touch, stones and others. Call in advance for the technique of the month. Crystal Cottage, 7338 Highway 2301, Panama City. 850763-4504. CrystalCottage.net. Entrepreneurial Consultation – 6:30-8:30pm. 3rd Fri. For those interested in starting or growing a business. Discussions on a variety of business strategies and models for the upcoming economic climate. Crystal Cottage, 7338 Highway 2301, Panama City. 850-763-4504. CrystalCottage.net.

saturday Pilates Advanced Equipment Class – 6:458:45am. For those with a strong core and strong foundation in the Pilates fundamentals. Challenging exercises using the reformer, tower, jumping board and Pilates chair. $30 drop in, $25/account rate. Pilates Core Training, 1308 Dunmire St, Pensacola. 850-287-5836. PilatesCoreTraining.com. Pilates Modified Equipment Class – 9-10am. Mon,Wed,Fri. For those with conditions such as ostoporosis, disc pathologies, arthritis and joint replacements. Limited to 6 participants. $30 drop in, $25/account rate. Pilates Core Training, 1308 Dunmire St, Pensacola. 850-287-5836. Pilates CoreTraining.com. Pilates Beginning Equipment Class – 9-10am. Learn the basics of reformer and tower exercises along with alignment fundamentals. $30 drop in, $25/account rate. Pilates Core Training, 1308 Dunmire St, Pensacola. 850-287-5836. PilatesCore Training.com. ZUMBA Fitness Class – 9-10am and 5:15-6:15pm, Mon & Thurs. 9-10 Sat. Shrink everything but your smile. Let the music free your body. The ultimate dance fitness party will groove you into shape. Licensed ZUMBA® Instructor - Ivelysse Reed, Member of ZUMBA® Instructor Network (ZIN). $5 or Punch Card 6 Classes/$25. Frisbee Fitness Studio, 119 Truxton Avenue, Fort Walton Beach. 850-461-2220. Email Dancenrg@outlook.com or website IReed.Zumba.com Beach Yoga – 10-11:30am. Sun, Thu & Sat. THE Healing clinic offers a 60-minute held outdoors on Okaloosa Island along the peaceful water’s edge for an energizing yoga practice. Young Living essential oils are included in the practice to deepen and enhance the experience. Bring your mat, towel and water. Mats available for purchase. $5 1st class, $10 drop-in. $20 1st class and mat. The Gulf Restaurant, 1284 Marler Ave, Okaloosa Island, FWB. 850-2172771. THEHealingClinicFWB.com. Intro To Pilates – 10:15-11:15am. Learn the basics of Pilates exercise, including use of the reformer and basic alignment fundamentals. $25 account rate /$30 Drop-in. Limited to 6. Pilates Core Training, 1308 Dunmire St, Pensacola. 850-287-5836. Pilates CoreTraining.com.

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classifieds Submit classified entries online only at NWFNaturally.com. The submission form is located on the Advertising web page or call 850-687-0826. $20 for 20 words, $1 per extra word, per month. Due date is the 15th of the month prior to month published. COMMERCIAL KITCHEN RENTAL RENTAL SPACE TO START A FOOD BUSINESS – Commercial kitchen for lease hourly. YourProKitchen is a shared, licensed, culinary incubator that will help you start or grow your own food business. We will help with licensing, safety certification and insurance. Chefs have 24-hour access to a beautiful fully-equipped commercial kitchen located in Panama City Beach. Go to YourProKitchen.com or call 850-527-1085.

EMPLOYMENT WANTED AN EXPERIENCED CAREGIVER FOR PRIVATE CARE – Personable, trained individual with references. Not an Agency. Transportation to appointments or for personal needs like shopping. Light housekeeping and laundry assistance. In your home care, assist with dressing, prepare light meals. Flexible hourly fees. Available from Penscola through Destin. Please call for an interview 518-222-5563.

EVENT SPACE UNITY OF PENSACOLA FACILITY RENTAL AVAILABLE – Beautiful historical sanctuary that seats up to 300 and/or our Fellowship Hall with tables, chairs and stage for up to 65. For more information, call 850-438-2277. UnityPNS.org.

FOR SALE MEDICAL OFFICE SPACE FOR SALE BY OWNER – Custom finished medical office space in the Heart of Destin. 8 treatment rooms, conference room, large reception area, office space, 3 restrooms, kitchen. Serious inquiries only to: officespacefor sale15@gmail.com.

HELP WANTED ALTERNATIVE HEALTH PRACTITIONERWANTED – for a growing and expanding health and wellness establishment. Therapist rooms and retails space is available. Seeking a knowledgeable and experienced nutritionist, herbalist, homeopathic, ayurvedic or oriental medicine, acupuncturists. 850684-3230. Email EsthersGardenOfHealing@live. com. Facebook.com/EsthersGardenOfHealing1. COMPREHENSIVELY TRAINED PILATES INSTRUCTOR WANTED – Join Barbara Bruni’s team at her busy studio, Pilates Core Training, Pensacola. The studio encompasses a warm and caring environment for clients specializing in Pilates, Gyrotonics, Myofascial Release and Structural Integration. Minimum of three years Pilates experience required; preferably trained in Contemporary Pilates with a

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rehabilitation background. Must be a team player with the ability to retain and recruit new clients. Send resume to info@pilatescoretraining.com. MASSAGE THERAPIST FT/PT – Flexible Schedules, Benefits, Clean, supplied, professional environment, so you can focus on doing what you love. Massage Envy in Pier Park, Destin and Fort Walton Beach, Destin, 850-650-8500. FWB, 850-301-2000 Panama City Beach, 850-563-0070 MM#35714, 36004, 36005.

PRODUCE SHARES ESTABLISHED EXPANDING ORGANIC PRODUCE SHARES – Every other Friday pick-up at Esther’s Garden of Healing, 8184 Navarre Parkway. Call or email by Monday prior to for updated produce list and reserve. $55. 850-684-3230. Email EsthersGardenOfHealing@live.com. Facebook. com/EsthersGardenOfHealing1. F R ES H O R G A N IC PR O D U C E C O- O P SHARES – Only 3 shares remain available, biweekly pick-ups conveniently located off Racetrack Rd in FWB. $50. Email Marlice@EmeraldCoast OrganicFoodCoop.org.

SERVICES MYOFASCIAL RELEASE FOR HEALTH MAINTENANCE – Janet Hardy, LMT, BCTMB, John F. Barnes’ expert Myofascial Release therapist is now offering treatment for many womens’ health issues. For more information, please call 850-2319131or email CaringTouch 4Therapy@gmail.com. SMUDGING AND HOME ENERGY CLEARING – A house is like a sponge where energies transpire and become absorbed in the elements – negative emotions accumulate over time – especially in older homes. Clearing the energies creates a harmonious environment. In addition to the smudging, Alex uses different methods to lift, brighten and circulates higher positive feelings. Alex - 850-582-2285.

TREATMENT ROOM RENTAL PRACTITIONERS – looking for a reliable, enthusiastic alternative health care practitioner to share meeting/workshop space and treatment rooms. Join a well established, growing wellness center and participate in ongoing educational, marketing and promotional programs. 8th Element Wellness, 90 Beal Pkwy, FWB. Please call Christie at 850-5987515 or Alex at 850-582-2285.


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ACUPUNCTURE KOVAR CHIROPRACTIC & WELLNESS CENTER

John S Kovar, DC 29 G Miracle Strip Hwy SW, FWB 850-244-1200 • DrKovar.com Experience the many benefits of acupuncture. Restoring health naturally to patients for more than 30 years, Dr. Kovar also offers chiropractic care, nutrition response testing with designed clinical nutrition, and massage.

ANTI-AGING SKIN AND VEIN WELLNESS CENTER Richard Adelman, MD 738 Harrison Ave, Panama City 850-747-8346 SkinAndVeinMD.com

Board certified physician focusing on anti-aging treatments, skin rejuvenation, age management, weight management and veins. See ad, page 14.

BEAUTY ORGANIC CONCEPTS BY CAMY AT LE VOGUE SALON

609 W Chase St, Pensacola 850-582-0177 • CamyKilker@gmail.com Providing an organic solution to beauty in a world full of chemicals. Organic Salon Systems gives you clean and healthy hair with ammonia free hair color and chemical free styling products. See ad, page 11(Pensacola Edition).

Organic Salon Systems started a revolution of healthier, natural, organic, better performing professional products. Beauty without sacrificing health. Coloring and smoothing treatments for silky, healthy hair. No SLS, ammonia, parabens, plastics. See ad, page 4.

8th Element Wellness, LLC 90 Beal Pkwy NW, Ste A1, FWB 850-225-4031 Highly skilled therapist specializing in deep tissue, medical massage, and Aromatouch sessions. Personalized treatments including essential oils. Experience deep relief from pain along with the sweet sensation of relaxation. MA81403. See ad, page 32.

VERITY & VICTORIA NATURALS 8123 Navarre Pkwy, Navarre 850-490-3853 VnVNaturals@gmail.com

CHRISTIE MORGAN, LMT

Offering exclusively created natural skincare, body care, and bath products, both for sale and for all spa services including manicures, pedicures, specialized facials, personalized massage, waxing, and make-up instruction. Pet and children’s services are also available. All products are cruelty free without animal testing. See ad, page 7.

8th Element Wellness LLC 90 Beal Pkwy NW, Ste A1, FWB 850-598-7515

Specializing in pain management massage and a blend of therapeutic massage techniques with focused intention to de-stress the body and mind. MA50499. See ad, page 32.

CBD OIL

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CARUN U.S.

Can benefit those with anxiety or depression, increase well being, mental focus and concentration. L.I.F.E. System biofeedback a quantum device is designed to reduce stress, restore balance and allow the mind, body and spirit to heal naturally. Teresa is a biofeedback practitioner. See ad, page 10.

Providing the best CBD oil and hemp products in North America. Hemp oil extracts & tinctures, food, personal hygiene, soap, mouth wash, skin care. Go online to order or visit our store. See ad, page 39..

11525 Hutchison Blvd, Ste 103, PC 850-775-4913 CarunUS@gmail.com Carun.us

Teresa Brown-Konell 1211 E Strong St 850-776-1076 MySerenityStressRelief.com

GOLDEN ALMOND HEALTH FOOD STORE

339 Racetrack Rd NW, Ste 3 850-863-5811 • GoldenAlmond.com Hours: M-F 9-6, S 10-5, Closed Sun

BODYWORKERS CARING TOUCH

Janet Hardy, LMT Board Certified Myofascial Release Therapist Expert Level Santa Rosa Beach • 850-231-9131 CaringTouchTherapy.net In her 22+ years of massage therapy Janet has found the John F. Barnes’ Approach® to be the most effective and holistic treatment for the relief of pain and optimal health. MA17333. See ad, page 18.

ORGANIC SALON VEDAT

Janice Skene 114-B Benning Dr, Destin • 850-837-2690 SalonVedat@gmail.com OrganicSalonVedat.co

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ALEXANDREA MCALLASTER, LMT 8th Element Wellness, LLC 90 Beal Pkwy NW, Ste A1, FWB 850-582-2285

Dedicated to a heart centered practice specializing in Healing Touch energy therapy, chakra balancing and Neuromuscular pain management with focus on neck release and low back pain. MA59372. See ad, page 32.

Providing the largest selection of CBD oils, tinctures, sprays, softgels, balms, and vape liquid, in the area, including high dose options for pain, anxiety, sleep, and much more. See ad, page 2.

CHILDBEARING BELLY TO CRADLE

850-324-5393 BellyToCradle@gmail.com BellyToCradle.com

Comprehensive birth support for the whole family, including doula care, childbirth education, and placenta encapsulation in the Greater Pensacola area. See ad, page 14 (Pensacola Edition).

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CHILDREN’S YOGA SUNSHINE YOGA

211-E Main St, Destin 850-687-8603 • SunshineYogaStudio.com At Sunshine Yoga we teach kids through discussion, movement, song and expression. In kids yoga, children learn yoga postures, selflove and respect for all living things.

CHIROPRACTIC BLUEWATER CHIROPRACTIC WELLNESS CENTER

April Lee, DC 4400 Hwy 20 E, Niceville 850-897-1177 • BluewaterChiropractic.com

KOVAR CHIROPRACTIC & WELLNESS CENTER

John S Kovar, DC 29 G Miracle Strip Hwy SW, FWB 850-244-1200 • DrKovar.com Practicing locally for over 30 years, expertise in treating pain conditions, auto injury and restoring health naturally through nutrition response testing, clinical nutrition, acupuncture, massage and chiropractic wellness care.

Dr Karen Henard-Carter, DC 4566 Hwy 20 E, Ste 205, Niceville 850-897-1105 • HenardChiro.com

A second generation chiropractor, Dr. Henard is committed to chiropractic wellness for the family, improving health naturally. More than 16 years’ experience in pediatrics, sports and automobile injuries. Most insurance and affordable cash plans.

JOINT VENTURE CHIROPRACTIC & WELLNESS 2475 E Nine Mile Rd, PNS 850-791-6222 JointVentureChiropractic.com

Pregnancy and pediatric-focused chiropractic care, acupuncture, and massage therapy in Pensacola. Dr. Kaitlin M. Ross, born, raised and educated in the Pensacola community earned her Doctor of Chiropractic Degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic. See ad, page 14 (Pensacola Edition).

Certified Rolfer (MA34039) Registered Craniosacral Therapist 850-450-8508 HealingWithBodywork.com

Get out of pain once and for all. Treat the source, not the symptom. Enjoy moving freely in a more organized, comfortable and balanced body. See ad, page 12.

DR. TONY SALAMAY, DC, MS, FASA 520 N MacAurthur Ave, Panama City 850-785-9372 TheBayDoctor.com

Treating conditions through chiropractic, functional neurology and clinical nutrition such as fibromyalgia and thyroid issues. We treat the root causes and not just masking your symptoms. Always accepting new patients. See ad, page 3.

Natural and holistic healthcare. Offering chiropractic care, lumbar decompression, physical therapies, massage therapy, nutritional education and supplementation. Allow the body to heal the way it was designed.

HENARD FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC

CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY SHARALEE HOELSCHER, RCST

DENTISTRY DR DAYTON HART, DMD

IAOMT Protocol 225 W Laurel Ave, Foley, AL 251-943-2471 • DrDaytonHart.com Free book: Mercury Free Dentistry. Ozone, laser no-suture gum surgery, test for compatible materials, cavity-causing bacteria. Examine for gum disease bacteria. Laser cavity diagnoses, saliva, ph check, oral galvanic screening; no fluoride. See ad, page 11.

COLONIC THERAPY THE METAMORPHOSIS CLINIC

(Formerly Skindeep) Cindy Butler, Owner/Therapist SkindeepDestin.com • 850-269-1414 TheMetamorphosisClinic@gmail.com Body & Mind Wellness Services including colonics, total body detox footbath, skin rejuvenation treatments, infrared sauna, transcendental meditation training, Lifestyle transition coaching, Proven weight-loss program. MA49032/MM27113.

CRAFTS & GIFTS STONE SOUP

Intuitive Spiritual Center 700 Beal Pkwy, Unit D, FWB ShadowBonus@gmail.com • 850-533-6565 Fort Walton’s newest eclectic intuitive center. Locally made crafts by local artisans. Intuitive readings, jewelry, paintings, incense, crystals, pottery, semi-precious stones, wind chimes, diaper cakes, hand-painted furniture. See ad, page 18

DR SUSAN WELCH, FAGD

106 Wright Pkwy SW, FWB 850-243-1534 WrightParkwayDentalCenter.com Healthy digestion, well aligned physical structure, proper breathing and a good nights sleep begin with a healthy mouth. We treat snoring, sleep apnea and TMJ disorders. Plus crowns,teeth whitening, bridges,veneers, implant restorations, aligner orthodontics, cleanings, digital X-ray imaging, CO 2 Laser periodontal treatment. No mercury fillings. See ads, pages 15 &43 (Emerald Coast Edition).

DINING SYNERGY ORGANIC JUICE BAR AND CAFÉ 120 Miraclestrip Pkwy SE 850-865-4919 SynergyOrganicCafeFWB.com

Juice Bar and Café offers farm-to-table meals prepared with regionally sourced organic produce and pantry items; gluten-free, dairy-free. Whole food cooking, juicing, gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan and raw food classes are available. See ad, page 37.

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ESSENTIAL OILS LAURIE AZZARELLA, LMT, CRR

Young Living Educator, Sponsor #327923 850-380-4943 LaurieAzzarella@gmail.com WellnessPurposeAbundance.com/YL/123 Experience the healing, uplifting and detoxifying benefits of therapeuticgrade essential oils and supplements. Contact us for personal consultations, in-home classes, household products, health supplements, diffusers, group presentations and business training. See ad, page 43 (Pensacola Edition).

FARMERS’ MARKETS 30A FARMER’S MARKETS

850-499-4697 • 30AFarmersMarket.com 3 Locations: 30Avenue at Inlet Beach 12805 Highway 98 E, Inlet Beach 9am-1pm Thursdays (Year Round) 30A Farmers’ Market at Palm Plaza 1003C John Sims Parkway, Niceville Grand Boulevard at Sandestin, on Hwy 98 600 Grand Boulevard, Miramar Beach 9am-1pm Saturdays (Year Round) Rosemary Beach Town Center, on 30 A 28 S. Barrett Square, Panama City Beach 9am-1pm Sundays (Year Round) Serene, beautiful, distinctive and exclusive is the best way to describe the 30A Farmers’ Market Family. European and coastalinspired markets feature local farmers, makers, bakers, and specialty vendors in an inviting market experience. See ad, page 41 (Emerald Coast and Panama City Edition).

FLOAT THERAPY FLOAT BROTHERS

4463 Commons Dr W, Destin 850-460-8720 FloatBrothers.com Experience the ultimate state of relaxation through flotation in a epsom salt water tank. Relieve stress, enhance healing, deepen meditation along with many other healthy benefits. Call to book your session. See ad, page 40.

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EVER’MAN COOPERATIVE GROCERY & CAFE

3101 E Cervantes St, Pensacola 850-454-4082 ModeMindAndBody.com

315 W Garden St, Pensacola 850-438-0402 • EverMan.org

It’s time to take better care of yourself. Start by doing nothing. Experience float therapy and start living life without pain, anxiety and stress. We provide efffective wellnes with state-of-the art science and technology with Wholebody Sonic Vibe, infrared sauna, float therapy and magnesphere magnetic resonance therapy. See ad, page 14 (Pensacola Edition).

FOODS & SUPPLEMENTS ALTERNATIVE HEALTH FOOD STORE 5533 Highway 90 850-994-3606 AlternativeHealthFoodStore.com Alternative Health Food Store Since 1998.

An educated and friendly staff, quality vitamins and supplements.Essential oils for a healthy lifestyle. Natural holistic health assessments­—iridology, tongue and fingernail assessment, reflex nutrition assessment—by appointment, $60. See ad, page 15 (Pensacola Edition).

BODY-B-HEALTHY

2227 Ferdon Blvd, Crestview 850-682-8893 • Find us on Facebook Knowledgeable staff and cutting edge digital health assessments. Dairyfree and gluten-free food items, supplements, homeopathic solutions and anti-aging products, plus delicious nutritional smoothies. See ad, page 7.

ESTHER’S GARDEN OF HEALING 8184 Navarre Pkwy Navarre FL 32566 850-865-7014 EsthersGardenofHealing.com

Offering complimentary health consultations with recommendations including nutrition, essential oils, and natural remedies. Additionally carrying vitamins, tinctures, essential oils, natural body care products, health foods and homeopathics. See ad, page 33.

We travel initially to lose ourselves; and we travel next to find ourselves. ~Pico Iyer

Natural and certified organic products, vitamin supplements, local and organic produce, whole-some baked goods, hot deli lunches, environmentally friendly products, and educational classes and events. Mon-Sat, 7am-9pm; Sun, 10am-7pm. See ad, page 39(Pensacola Edition).

GOLDEN ALMOND HEALTH FOOD STORE

339 Racetrack Rd NW, Ste 3 850-863-5811 • GoldenAlmond.com Hours: M-F 9-6, S 10-5, Closed Sun Natural supplements, herbs, skincare, and essential oils plus organic/specialty foods. In-store 100% organic café (weekdays 9-4) w/ juices, smoothies, etc. Very knowledgeable staff. See ad, page 2.

OLD THYME REMEDIES

Theresa Ellis and Beth Workman 2475 E 9 Mile Rd, Ste E, Pensacola 850-912-6996 • OldThymeRemedies.com Offers more than 200 varieties of loose herbs, top brands of essential oils, tools and accessories, herbal formulas and homeopathics, ionic foot detox and infrared sauna. Kangen water is also available. See ad, page 21.

OLIVE LEAVES HEALTH FOOD CENTER

In the Publix Shopping Center 634 W 23rd St, PC 850-763-8871 OliveLeavesPC.com Olive Leaves is here to provide you with the finest quality fresh, natural, organic and whole foods, nutritional products, body care products and health information in a fun comfortable clean, safe environment. See ad, page 32 (Panama City Edition.)

PENSACOLA NATURAL FOODS, INC 916 W Michigan Ave, Unit C, Pensacola 850-433-8583 PensacolaNaturalFoods.com

1 0 % o ff v i t a m i n s , h e r b s , homeopathics. 10% off groceries for military. 15% off bulk special orders. Natural, organic groceries. Dairy-,gluten- and nitrate-free foods. Organic wine, beer, jewelry, gift items. See ad, page 18.

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PEREIRA PRODUCE & HEALTH

Mundy and Diana Pereira PereiraProduceAndHealth.weebly.com 850-499-3670 DianaPereira@live.com or via Facebook A holistic approach incorporating nutrition, herbalism, and essential oils to find renewed vitality and energy. Offering, complimentary health consultations with personalized recommendations. certified Aromatouch sessions, wellness educational classes throughout NW Florida. Organic produce share program with a flexibity, non-committal service available weekly via Facebook or our website.

SYNERGY ORGANIC JUICE BAR AND CAFÉ 120 Miraclestrip Pkwy SE 850-865-4919 SynergyOrganicCafeFWB.com

Juice Bar and Café offers farm-to-table meals prepared with regionally sourced organic produce and pantry items; glutenfree, dairy-free. Whole food cooking, juicing, glutenfree, vegetarian, vegan and raw food classes are available. See ad, page 37.

VITAMINS R US HEALTH FOODS

15500 Panama City Beach Pkwy, Unit 420 850-588-7575 • VitaminsRusPCB.com Panama City Beach’s most complete health food store. Quality supplements, vitamins & minerals, organic food and more. We have gluten -free, non-GMO, dairy-free and vegan products at everyday low prices. See ad, page 15 (Panama City Edition).

FELICIA MCQUAID

ThetaHealing® Teacher & Healer THE Healing Clinic Downtown FWB TheHealingClinicFWB.com 850-217-2771 Choose new beliefs and consciously create a life of health, wealth and happiness. ThetaHealing® is best described as an attainable miracle. Experience or learn it with the only certified instructor in this area.

HERBAL MEDICINE OLD THYME REMEDIES

Theresa Ellis and Beth Workman 2475 E 9 Mile Rd, Ste E, Pensacola 850-912-6996 • OldThymeRemedies.com Offering more than 200 varieties of loose herbs, top brands of essential oils, tools and accessories, herbal formulas and homeopathics, ionic foot detox and infrared sauna. Kangen water is also available. See ad, page 21.

HOLISTIC MEDICINE BALDWIN PEDIATRICS

Center For Intregrative and Holistic Medicine 528 W Baldwin Rd, Panama City 850-522-1522 IntegrativeAndHolistic.com Functional medicine practice for women and children. Fellowship trained and American Board Certified in integrative and holistic medicine. Fellowship trained in integrative medicine with Dr. Andrew Weil. See ads, pages 41 and 29 (Panama City Edition).

HEALING ARTS TERESA BROWN

1211 E Strong St, Pensacola 850-206-1853 TeresaBrown.net Experienced intuitive medium, public speaker and author. Find peace, healing and renewal of energy through energetic clearing, past life regression and spiritual counseling. Consultations in person or by phone. See ad, page 10.

KAREN KENNEDY, MD

Board Certified Gynecologist 1118 Gulf Breeze Pkwy, GB 7552 Navarre Pkwy, Navarre 850-916-7766 KarenKennedyMD.com Board Certified Gynecologist MD, offering full GYN services and proud to feature MonaLisa Touch Laser, a non-invasive treatment for symptoms of low hormones or menopause. Stop suffering and start living. Call for appointment. Offices in Gulf Breeze and Navarre. See ad, page 29.

DR. TONY SALAMAY, DC, MS, FASA 520 N MacAurthur Ave, Panama City 850-785-9372 TheBayDoctor.com

Treating conditions through chiropractic, functional neurology and clinical nutrition such as fibromyalgia and thyroid issues. We treat the root causes and not just masking your symptoms. Always accepting new patients. See ad, page 3.

HOLISTIC SPA 8TH ELEMENT WELLNESS, LLC 90 Beal Pkwy NW, Ste A1, FWB 850-301-0081

Wellness spa features a variety of therapeutic massage including deep tissue and sports massage styles. Other modalities include: energy therapy, chakra balancing, hypnotherapy, plus infrared sauna. 10% military discount. See calendar for group workshops on nutrition, alternative medicine, supplements and essential oils. See ad, page 32.

INDIGO EARTH SPA

443 Grace Ave, Panama City 850-303-3669 IndigoEarthSpa.com

Enjoy Earthfriendly, socially responsible, holistic day spa with a unique earthy style, warm and welcoming to all. Our treatments are from sustainable, organic and naturally derived ingredients, handcrafted for every guest. We have services to balance everyone’s needs. Lic #31358/# 69341. See ad, page 39 (Panama City Edition).

HORMONE THERAPY KAREN KENNEDY, MD

Board Certified Gynecologist 1118 Gulf Breeze Pkwy, GB 7552 Navarre Pkwy, Navarre 850-916-7766 KarenKennedyMD.com Board Certified Gynecologist MD, offering full GYN services and proud to feature MonaLisa Touch Laser, a non-invasive treatment for symptoms of low hormones or menopause. Stop suffering and start living. Call for appointment. Offices in Gulf Breeze and Navarre. See ad, page 29.

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HOT YOGA STUDIO HOT YOGA OM

222 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Unit A Downtown Fort Walton Beach 850-430-9434 • HotYogaOM.com Hot Yoga Om features far infrared heat, radiant heat, radiant life. Daily classes, amazing teachers. Your first class is $5. Experience it for yourself. See ad, page 39 (Emerald Coast Edition).

HYPNOSIS DCC HYPNOSIS & HYPNOSIS TRAINING CERTIFICATION Deana Cooper Chapman Hypnosist and Hypnosis Training 850-261-3596 • DCCHypnosis.com

The mind is the most powerful gift we have. Using hypnosis, NLP and life coaching you can improve, change or accept anything you truly desire. Reach your full potential. Also offering certified hypnosist training program. See ad, page 20.

INFRARED SAUNA 8TH ELEMENT WELLNESS LLC 90 Beal Pkwy NW, Ste A1, FWB 850-301-0081

Cleans and detoxes. Improve circulations. Skin purifications. Lower blood pressure, boost metabolism and lose weight while you relax. Wellness spa features a variety of therapeutic massage including deep tissue and sports massage styles. Other modalities, energy therapy, chakra balancing, hypnotherapy. 10% Military discount. See calendar for group workshops on nutrition, alternative medicine, supplements and essential oils. See ad, page 32.

Capstone House • Mystic Festival Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017 • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 1713 Beck Ave. in Panama City

INTUITIVE ARTS

Programs: CAPSTONE HOUSE Upcoming FUTURISTIC Various Kinds of Intuitive LEARNING CENTER

August 19th 1PM until 3PM, “Mind over Mood” Join us for a fun and informative afternoon as we discuss how emotions like love, hate and grief release chemicals in the brain instantly affect your mood and health. We will look at simple things you can implement to minimize how you react to emotional triggers. Sept 9th Capstone Mystical Festival Sept 15th, 6:30 PM “Beyond Native American dreams” Speaker Ben W. Liggin Sr. will speak about NW Florida Native American’s learn about their history, culture, art, music, and their struggles. Sept. 16th 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM “Easy Guide to Meditation” find out how to truly meditate hosted by Jul’s Constantine. Sept. 16th 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM “Spirit Guides and How to Work with them” hosted by Jul’s Constantine. Sept 22nd 6:30 PM “Beyond E.P.I.C” Christy McBee will be speaking on the E.P.I.C. team from Life Management. Sept 23rd 6:30 PM Psychic Fun Night: Come take advantage of our psychics who are coming together to do mini readings for anyone who comes in! Sept. 29th 6:30 “Beyond the Renaissance” Speaker Marcel Hildebrand will take you on a journey back into the renaissance era along with a demonstration. October 14th 6:30 PM Capstone’s Anniversary Party everyone is welcome to Join us.

Readings Intuitive 1713 Beck Ave,Guidance Panama City Aura Interpretations 850-747-9224 Crystals and Jewelry for sale CapstoneHouse.org Refreshments additional charge

Offers; readings, channeling, pranic healing, meditations, Pranic face lift and body sculpting, reiki, spiritual growth and awareness classes, thought technology, Urantia study, astrology, exploring UFO’s. See ad, page 11 (Panama City Edition).

Weekly Classes Monday: 5pm Yoga and 7 PM Reiki Tuesday: 6:30pm odd weeks Thought Technology and even weeks Urantia Wednesday: 6:30pm Pranic Healing & Meditation Thursday: 7:00pm 1st and 3rd Astrology 2nd UFO Friday: 6:30pm Beyond Series $15 includes dinner

MEDICAL MARIJUANA

LACTATION

MARIJUANA PHYSICIANS OF NORTHWEST FLORIDA

BELLY TO CRADLE

850-324-5393 BellyToCradle@gmail.com BellyToCradle.com

Comprehensive birth support for the whole family, including doula care, childbirth education, and placenta encapsulation in the Greater Pensacola area. See ad, page 14 (Pensacola Edition).

MASSAGE THERAPY

Dr. Eddie Zant MD 913 MarWalt Dr, FWB 36468 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Ste 8102 850-862-6325 Legally prescribed Medical Marijuana for certain medical conditions by a certified MM Physician. Professional, private, compassionate. Call to learn more or schedule an appointment today. See as, page 13.

8TH ELEMENT WELLNESS LLC 90 Beal Pkwy NW, Ste A1, FWB 850-301-0081

MYOFASCIAL RELEASE

Wellness spa features a variety of therapeutic massage including deep tissue and sports massage styles. Other modalities include: energy therapy, chakra balancing, hypnotherapy, plus infrared sauna. 10% military discount. See calendar for group workshops on nutrition, alternative medicine, supplements and essential oils. See ad, page 32.

BLUEWATER CHIROPRACTIC WELLNESS CENTER

April Lee, DC 4400 Hwy 20 E, Niceville 850-897-1177 • BluewaterChiropractic.com Sports and rehabilitation massage therapy. Natural and holistic healthcare. Chiropractic care, lumbar decompression, physical therapies, nutritional education and supplementation. Allow the body to heal the way it was designed.

MASSAGE ENVY SPA DESTIN & MASSAGE ENVY SPA FWB

34904 Emerald Coast Pkwy, #132 Destin • 850-650-8500 99 Eglin Pkwy, #5B, Uptown Station FWB • 850-301-2000 Pier Park, 15801 L C Hilton Jr Dr, #120, Panama City Beach • 850-563-0070 MassageEnvy.com

BARBARA BRUNI

Pilates Core Training 1310 B Dunmire, Pensacola 850-287-5836 • PilatesCoreTraining.com Myofascial release treats the entire myofascial mind/body complex, eliminating the pressure of the restricted myofascial system (the straight-jacket) that causes painful symptoms. LMT # MA64267. See ad, page 4 (Pensacola Edition).

CARING TOUCH

Janet Hardy, LMT Board Certified Myofascial Release Therapist Expert Level Santa Rosa Beach • 850-231-9131 CaringTouchTherapy.net In her 22+ years of massage therapy Janet has found the John F. Barnes’ Approach® to be the most effective and holistic treatment for the relief of pain and optimal health. MA17333. See ad, page 18.

URBAN OASIS

Laura Tyree Snyder 850-642-1015 • MA68035 Hot Yoga Om, FWB

Looking for professional, customized massages andfacials? Our professional massage therapists and estheticians will customize massage and facial to fit your needs. Make Massage Envy your spa. Two convenient locations in Destin and Fort Walton Beach. MM#35714, 36004, 36005. See ad, page 14 (Emerald Coast Edition).

Laura is a highly skilled therapist trained under the John Barnes technique. Under her extraordinary care, clients find relief from long held pain and tension that lasts. This gentle technique of quiet pressure and stretching relieves pain from the restriction of connective tissue. See ad, page 39 (Emerald Coast Edition).

All events have different cost so please visit our website for more information on these, and future events.

I have never met a man so ignorant that I couldn’t learn something from him. ~Galileo Galilei www.capstonehouseinc.org

For more information, call 850-747-9224 or email capstonehouse28@gmail.com. $5 donation at the door.

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PEDIATRIC (HOLISTIC) BALDWIN PEDIATRICS

Rubina Azam, MD 528 W Baldwin Rd, Panama City 850-522-1522 IntegrativeAndHolistic.com Functional medicine practice for women and children. Fellowship trained and American Board Certified in Integrative and Holistic Medicine Fellowship trained in integrative medicine with Dr. Andrew Weil. See ads, pages 41 and 29 (Panama City Edition).

Prevention • Detox • Treatment

AHAVA Health Care Opens new office in

PAnAmA City September 2017

PHYSICIANS EMERALD COAST RHEUMATOLOGY Aymen A. Kenawy, MD 850-215-6400 3890 Jenks Ave, Lynn Haven/PC Info@ecrheum.com DrKenawy.com

Aymen A. Kenawy, M.D., FACP, FACR, Board Certified Rheumatologist specializes in the treatment of arthritis and other rheumatic diseases, stem cell and infusion therapy. See ad, page 28.

Truth and Facts about Cancer Are you ready to take back your health?

KAREN KENNEDY, MD

Board Certified Gynecologist 1118 Gulf Breeze Pkwy, GB 7552 Navarre Pkwy, Navarre 850-916-7766 KarenKennedyMD.com

Providing Holistic Healing

Health Coaching • Ozone Therapy Ionic Foot Detox • PH Balance Aggressive Nutrition Juicing and Raw Foods Assistance Thyroid Answers • Weight loss Life Coaching/Counseling Available Hormone Replacement Therapy

Treatment Plans

• New Medicine Foundation testing and diagnostics by distinguished MD • Naturopathic diagnosis by renowned Doctor • Ozone infusion IV with Vitamin IV therapy by local MD,PHD • Cancer treatment/healing plans • Purging chemotherapy toxic effects • Home health station set up and maintenance for Gerson style therapy

Board Certified Gynecologist MD, offering full GYN services and proud to feature MonaLisa Touch Laser, a non-invasive treatment for symptoms of low hormones or menopause. Stop suffering and start living. Call for appointment. Offices in Gulf Breeze and Navarre. See ad, page 29.

PHYSICIANS OF NORTHWEST FLORIDA

Dr. Eddie Zant MD 913 MarWalt Dr, FWB 36468 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Ste 8102 850-862-6325

SKIN AND VEIN WELLNESS CENTER Richard Adelman, MD 738 Harrison Ave, Panama City 850-747-8346 SkinAndVeinMD.com

Board certified physician focusing on anti-aging treatments, skin rejuvenation, age management, weight management and veins. See ad, page 14.

PILATES STUDIOS PILATES CORE TRAINING

Barbara Bruni, Owner 1310 B Dunmire, Pensacola 850-287-5836 • PilatesCoreTraining.com Mat, gyrokinensis and equipment classes, or private sessions for a personalized experience. Website lists instructors, class schedule and prices. See ad, page 4 (Pensacola Edition).

PURE PILATES

Gulf Breeze Proper 221 Gulf Breeze Pkwy • 850-932-3424 Downtown Pensacola 426 S Palafox • 850-607-2772 PurePilatesPensacola.com Join us at Pure to experience the largest Pilates studio on t h e c o a s t . Va r i e t y o f equipment and mat classes are offered 6 days a week. Tone your core with Pure.

ROLFING SHARALEE HOELSCHER, RCST Certified Rolfer (MA34039) Registered Craniosacral Therapist 850-450-8508 HealingWithBodywork.com

Get out of pain once and for all. Treat the source, not the symptom. Enjoy moving freely in a more organized, comfortable and balanced body. See ad, page 12.

Legally prescribed Medical Marijuana for certain medical conditions by a certified MM Physician. Professional, private, compassionate. Call to learn more or schedule an appointment today. See as, page 13.

Chiropractic Care

Integrative approach • Acupuncture Pediatric/Newborn Treatment Whole Body Wellness

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SKINCARE

YOGA STUDIOS

STRUCTURAL INTEGRATION

SKINTRENZIXS SKINCARE CENTER 348 Miracle Strip Pkwy 205-718-2611 Skintrenzixs.com

$27 spa treatments performed by Melissa Cundiff licensed cosmetologist/esthetician instructor. Call or text for your personalized appointment today. See ad, page 12.

DRAGONFLY YOGA STUDIES

BARBARA BRUNI

184 Brooks St, SE, Bldg 2 Downtown FWB • 850-244-0184 DragonFlyYoga.com

Pilates Core Training 1310 B Dunmire, Pensacola 850-287-5836 • PilatesCoreTraining.com

Serene environment for the study and practice of hatha yoga. Certified instructors. Owner/ Director Laura Tryee, E-RYT 500. See ad, page 39 (Emerald Coast Edition).

Myofascial release treats the entire myofascial mind/body complex, eliminating the pressure of the restricted myofascial system (the straight-jacket) that causes painful symptoms. LMT # MA64267. See ad, page 4 (Pensacola Edition).

HOT YOGA OM

SKINCARE (ORGANIC) THE SPA NAVARRE

TEACHER TRAINING PILATES AND BEYOND TEACHER TRAINING SCHOOL

Jessica Glenn 1814 Alpine Dr, Navarre 850-226-2260 TheSpaNavarre.com

222 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Unit A Downtown Fort Walton Beach 850-430-9434 • HotYogaOM.com Hot Yoga Om features far infrared heat, radiant heat, radiant life. Daily classes, amazing teachers experience it for yourself. See ad, page 39 (Emerald Coast Edition).

Barbara Bruni, Owner 1310 B Dunmire, Pensacola 850-287-5836 • PilatesAndBeyond.com

Located inside the Kat House Salon. Offering a non-toxic, natural alternative to standard beauty treatments that pamper both the body and the mind. Services offered include: antiaging facials, manicures & pedicures, anti-aging skin treatments, hot stone massage, waxing and more. Packages available for those that desire “not a treatment but an experience”. See ad, page 17.

SLEEP DISORDERS DR SUSAN WELCH, FAGD

106 Wright Pkwy SW, FWB 850-243-1534 WrightParkwayDentalCenter.com Healthy digestion, well aligned physical structure, proper breathing and a good nights sleep begin with a healthy mouth. We treat snoring, sleep apnea and TMJ disorders. Plus crowns, teeth whitening, bridges, veneers, implant restorations, aligner orthodontics, cleanings, digital x-ray imaging, CO2 laser periodontal treatment. No mercury fillings See ads, pages 15 and 43 (Emerald Coast Edition).

SPIRITUAL CENTER UNITY OF PENSACOLA

450-hour comprehensive training covering the fundamentals of movement, complete repertoire on the mat equipment, and includes modification movements for osteoporosis, knee and hip replacements and other various special needs. Registered with Pilates Method Alliance Registry of School. See ad, page 4 (Pensacola Edition).

THETAHEALING® FELICIA MCQUAID

ThetaHealing® Teacher & Healer THE Healing Clinic Downtown FWB TheHealingClinicFWB.com 850-217-2771

Unity of Pensacola offers spiritual teachings that empower abundant and meaningful living. We provide philosophy that is spiritual, not religious, and love-based, not fear-based. Rev. Jamie Sanders offers spiritual counseling. See ad, page 35.

Navarre Living Yoga and Health Center 8162 Navarre Pkwy 850-684-1065 • NavarreLivingYoga.com A full-service yoga studio with classes for all levels and all ages, including: hot yoga, yin yoga, restorative and gentle yoga, prenatal yoga, aerial yoga, meditation, yoga teacher training, private yoga, reiki, massage, ayurvedic consultation and more. MM#25136. See ad, page 29 Emerald Coast and Pensacola Edition).

SUNSHINE YOGA

Choose new beliefs and consciously create a life of health, wealth and happiness. ThetaHealing® is best described as an attainable miracle. Experience or learn it with the only certified instructor in this area.

211-E Main St, Destin 850-687-8603 • SunshineYogaStudio.com Experience traditional yoga in a comfortable and inviting space where you will strengthen your inner spirit and deepen your yoga practice. Sunshine Yoga offers classes for all styles and levels.

WOMEN’S WELLNESS CENTER FOR INTREGRATIVE AND HOLISTIC MEDICINE

SYNERGY YOGA AND WELLNESS Amy Likins, RYT, Holistic Nutrition Specializing in Personal Wellness 850-243-7492 SynergyOrganiCafeFWB.com

528 W Baldwin Rd, Panama City 850-522-1522 IntegrativeAndHolistic.com

Jamie Sanders, Minister 716 N 9th Ave, Pensacola 850-438-2277 • UnityPNS.org

NAVARRE LIVING YOGA

Functional medicine practice for women and children. Fellowship trained and American Board Certified in integrative and holistic medicine. Fellowship trained in integrative medicine with Dr. Andrew Weil. See ads, pages 41 and 29 (Panama City Edition).

Yoga for health and wellness, beginner and intermediate. Offering nutrition programs for cancer and immunity, juicing, detox and cleansing, weight loss, digestive health, vegan, vegetarian, gluten free and cooking lessons. See ad, page 37.

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