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W contact us PUBLISHER Daralyn Chase Publisher@NWFNaturally.com

e are often in awe of our fellow publishers—their talents, their caring hearts, their mindfulness—but this month, after the recent tragedies, there’s no better way to express that awe than to share this letter from our closest NA “relative” and friend, Meredith Montgomery, publisher of Natural Awakenings Mobile. Meredith is a fabulous writer who regularly enlightens us by her way with words. This letter is no exception. With all that has transScott and Daralyn pired, our lives have been permanently changed, and MerChase edith elegantly explains our shared thoughts and feelings: As I worked on this month’s issue, I listened to an interview with Tom Petty where he recalled the time an arsonist set his home on fire while he was in it. The only material possessions remaining after the fire were the clothes on his back, yet the horrific experience had a positive influence on his life. “I’m sure it had a great effect on the music I did, because I came back with this very positive, happy kind of music, that I didn’t want to go into any dark corner or anything like that,” he said. “I was just so glad to be alive and to have escaped something like that.” I still had the late singer’s optimism on my mind when I was alerted a day later that the publisher of Natural Awakenings Long Island, Kelly Martinsen, woke up in the middle of the night to an electrical fire burning her house to the ground. She posted on Facebook, “We had a fire and I know that there is word out there that we ‘lost everything.’ I want to assure everyone that this is not the case. While our house may be totaled, ‘everything’ I need was found the morning after the fire as I held my kids (all three!) and my husband in my driveway … for now we have no needs.” She then went on to thank Waleska Sallaberry, who was staying with her and who woke Kelly in time to get everyone out of the house. Waleska publishes Natural Awakenings Puerto Rico and relocated to New York with her children after Hurricane Maria so she could enroll them in school. Her husband is still in Puerto Rico, and together they are doing everything they can to help rebuild their beautiful surfing village. After having her life turned upside down and then witnessing fire demolish Kelly’s home, Waleska posted a picture of her new 2018 planner, which reads “Best year ever” in beautiful script on the cover. As headlines are flooded with reports of hurricanes, fires, shootings and the untimely passing of familiar faces, these positive stories shine a bright light on the power of perspective. What if we all lived with such unattachment to material things, and maintained a peaceful sense of trust in what lies ahead. Thanksgiving arrives this month as a reminder to feel gratitude for all that we have—especially those things that can’t be bought or burned down. Whether it’s a beautiful sunset, a compliment from a stranger or the embrace of a loved one, those are the things that can make us feel the richest.

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onnie McLean, a doctor of Oriental medicine who practices in Pensacola, will be signing her newly published book, Integrative Medicine: The Return of the Soul to Healthcare, November 3, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Page & Palette, in Fairhope, Alabama. The book signing will correspond with the First Friday Art Walk in downtown Fairhope. Integrative Medicine, published by Balboa Press, is both a research-based explanation of this East-meets-West approach to health, and the story of how McLean transformed her own physical, mental and emotional health by adopting natural mind-body-spirit practices rooted in ancient and indigenous healing. “Integrative medicine certainly dances between the worlds of allopathic medicine, natural medicine, and quantum medicine,” McLean writes. “It incorporates the wonderful technology, diagnostic tools, and lifesaving procedures and surgeries of Western medicine with energy medicine, natural approaches to health, and the touch of the healer. I think it would be fair to call it a ‘medicine of the in-between.’” Page and Palette is located at 32 S. Section St., Fairhope, AL. For more information, visit PageAndPalette.com.

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he Epilepsy Foundation of Florida will provide free help, in person or by phone, for anyone who wants to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act during its open enrollment period, which runs from November 1 through December 31st. Assistance is available in 36 counties across Florida. EFOF has provided this service during every open enrollment period since the ACA law took effect in late 2013. Its navigators help consumers shop, compare and enroll in health insurance plans on the federal Health Insurance Marketplace. They can also answer questions about eligibility for subsidies to help pay for insurance, or offer help with using health coverage. EFOF navigators are federally certified, state licensed providers of no-cost enrollment assistance. “With so much misinformation about health coverage and the Affordable Care Act, we’re happy to provide this free help so Floridians can get the coverage they need,” says Karen Basha Egozi, CEO of the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida. “For those facing chronic health issues, those with pre-existing conditions or even healthy people, health insurance can be lifesaving.” The EFOF’s assistance is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. To make an appointment at a local enrollment site, visit EFOF.org and click on Enroll ACA to find an enrollment center. To get help by phone, call 1-877-553-7453.

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Margie Kalaluhi, an intuitive holistic practitioner who is experienced in several energy healing modalities. She weaves together facets from many practices to create a flowing energetic healing session.

Plus: Holidays December articles include: Uplifting Your Family New Year Inspirations Tips for a Peaceful and Happy Holiday and so much more!

Renee and Barry, who offer sessions on the John of God Crystal Light Healing Bed, an extension of the healing that happens at the Casa de Dom Inacio in Abadiania, Brazil. Will Rosasco, who has 20 years’ experience as an intuitive counselor, medium and psychic. He says he seeks to share divine messages from the angels and to help others by sharing messages from their departed love ones. “It is my intuitive path to share divine guidance and understanding about life's many questions,” he says. Linda Stalder, whose passion for natural healing and metaphysics led her to attend Florida’s Therapeutic Massage School and the Barbara Brennan School of Healing. She is also a wellness advocate for DoTerra essential oils, which she uses in her practice. Unity Church is located at 716 N. 9th Ave., Pensacola, FL. For more information, call Margie Kalaluhi at 850-2910848 or visit UnityPNS.com. Marina C. Quick is a contributing writer.

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Monsanto’s toxic Roundup herbicide glyphosate has been found in all 10 California vintages tested, including organic wines. While glyphosate isn’t sprayed directly onto grapes because it would kill the vines, it’s often used to spray the ground in the vineyard to be absorbed via the roots. Sometimes, glyphosate drifts from conventional vineyards into nearby organic and biodynamic vineyards. Other times, the toxin remains in the soil after a conventional farm has been converted to organic; the chemical may persist onsite for more than 20 years. Glyphosate is patented as an antibiotic. Designed to kill bacteria, it harms both soils and human health, and has been cited as a human carcinogen by the World Health Organization.

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In a major marker of renewable growth, sources of energy that includes wind, solar, hydro and wood pellet burning briefly generated more electricity—50.7 percent—than coal and gas in Great Britain for the first time on June 7. When nuclear sources are added, the number increased to 72.1 percent. Records for wind power are also being set across Northern Europe.

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Sweden Dumps its Dumps Landfills generate environmental problems such as the greenhouse gas methane that warms the atmosphere and toxic chemicals from household cleaning products that pollute soil and groundwater. Installations are smelly, noisy and can breed disease-transmitting vermin, as well as harm wildlife. Recycling helps cut the volume of waste, but the bulk of all trash continues to fill these dumps. Sweden produces about the same amount of waste as other European nations, but less than 1 percent of its household refuse ends up in landfills. Thirty-two waste-to-energy (WTE) plants that have been operating across the country for years incinerate more than 2 million tons of trash annually—almost 50 percent of all waste. The country still recycles, but anything else normally ends up in the WTE incinerators, creating steam to generate electricity distributed on the grid. This system heats close to a million homes and powers more than a quarter-million, thus reducing Sweden’s reliance on fossil fuels. Sweden also helps to clean up other countries in the European Union by importing their trash and burning it. Because specific products contain materials that cannot be recycled or incinerated, some landfills are still necessary.

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Artificial intelligence (AI) is helping doctors and scientists worldwide do their jobs better. In wildlife preservation, many researchers want to know how many animals there are and where they live, but Tanya Berger-Wolf, a professor of computer science at the University of Illinois at Chicago, states, “Scientists do not have the capacity to do this, and there are not enough GPS collars or satellite tracks in the world.” At AI-driven Wildbook.org, photos are uploaded by experts and the public and analyzed for species, age and even gender. One massive Kenyan study in 2015 prompted officials to alter their lion management program. Also, the locations of stranded victims of floods, earthquakes or other disasters can be determined via computer programmers writing basic algorithms that examine extensive footage. In flooded areas, AI technology can also find debris that harbors trapped people. AI techniques can even monitor social media sites to find out more about missing people and disasters.


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One night earlier this year, nearly 400 birds migrating north from Central and South America died in the midst of a storm from slamming into the 23-story American National Insurance Company skyscraper in Galveston, Texas. Among the victims were Nashville warblers, yellow warblers and ovenbirds. The American Bird Conservancy estimates as many as 1 billion birds die annually from colliding with glass in the U.S. as they see and therefore fly into the reflection of landscapes and the sky or inside vegetation. The exterior of the Galveston building, previously lit by large floodlights, is now illuminated only by green lights on its top level for air travel safety considerations. Other widely available means to protect birds include products to make residential and commercial windows less attractive to them. Specially placed tape or mullions creating stripes or patterns can help birds identify glass and avoid deadly crashes. Awnings, shutters and outside screens can also reduce bird collisions with buildings.

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Conventional street lights collectively emit more than 100 million tons of carbon dioxide annually. The city of Las Vegas, a leader in municipal sustainability, has contracted with EnGoPlanet, a New York City clean tech startup, to install the world’s first Smart Street Lights powered by pedestrians’ footsteps via kinetic energy pads and solar energy. When someone steps on a kinetic tile, energy is created and goes directly to a battery. Petar Mirovic, CEO of EnGoPlanet, says, “Clean and free energy is all around us. Urban cities have to build the smart infrastructures of tomorrow that will be able to harvest all of that energy. This project is a small but important step in that direction.” Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman says, “Through our LEED-certified buildings, solar projects, water reclamation, alternativefueled vehicles and sustainable streetlights, Las Vegas continues to lead the way.” The company also cites Smart Street Light projects in Chicago, Detroit, Auburn Hills (Michigan), Asbury Park (New Jersey) and at stadiums such as the MercedesBenz Superdome, in New Orleans.

Humpback whales are famous for their prodigious leaps from the water. A recent paper published in Marine Mammal Science proposes that breaching the surface and making a big splash serves as an acoustic telegram to communicate with far-off pods. The phenomenon may be compared to a distant drumbeat, which probably carries farther than the whales’ signature songs. Former University of Queensland marine biologist Ailbhe S. Kavanagh, Ph.D., and her colleagues observed 76 humpback groups off the coast of Australia for 200 hours between 2010 and 2011 and found that breaching is much more common when pods are at least 2.5 miles apart, with more local slapping of fins and flukes when fellow whales are nearby.

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The Healer Returns to Modern Medicine Local Author Bonnie McLean’s New Book Reveals the Future of Healing Review by Allison Gorman

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ike the best books about health care, Integrative Medicine: The Return of the Soul of Healthcare is written by someone who’s been both patient and healer. Bonnie McLean, a doctor of Oriental medicine in Pensacola, spent 20 years as a registered nurse before leaving a broken healthcare system to embark on a second, 35-year career as a natural healing practitioner. By immersing herself in therapies rooted in ancient and indigenous medicine, she learned not just to guide other people to better health, but also to resolve her own chronic health problems naturally. Those parallel journeys, professional and personal, radically changed her life. Now, as an author— her third career—McLean shares her story and explains the foundations of integrative medicine, the East-meetsWest approach that she believes is the future of health care. Integrative Medicine is at once encyclopedic and engaging. McLean paints a compelling portrait of her World War II vet dad, a surgeon, and her mom, a nurse, who, like many of their generation, battled their demons by drinking and smoking. Her dad almost certainly suffered from PTSD; McLean later did too, as the child of alcoholic parents. But her dad was also the healer modern medicine now mourns. He made house calls. His patients knew his home phone number. He was also atypically enlightened: he

sought out acupuncture for his vertigo and tinnitus, and homeopathic remedies for McLean’s asthma. Certainly McLean learned from his example what to do and not to do when it came to her patients and her own health. It also left her open to trying holistic healing in the 1970s, when that concept gained traction in the United States. Plagued by chronic illness and depression, she explored acupuncture, Chinese medicine and nutritional therapy, marveling at her body’s ability to heal itself given patience and support. At the same time, she was growing disenchanted with her job as a registered nurse whose patients had no voice in their own health care. The rest of her story—her long journey of healing and being healed—is expertly woven into the more academic discussion of integrative medicine. A remarkable thing about this relatively compact book is how much information McLean manages to include in it without overwhelming the reader. She summarizes the vast history of Western medicine—how we got from Mesopotamian healing, with its similarities to Chinese medicine, to the American system of corporate health care. She profiles pioneers in holistic and integrative medicine—cultural icons (Dr. Andrew Weil, Deepak Chopra) and lesser-known luminaries (Louise Hay, Dr. Norm Shealy)—and explains the basics

of ancient healing systems like Ayurveda and Oriental medicine, which have found fresh life in Western medicine. McLean discusses the science behind natural treatments that are gaining popularity in the West, such as quantum (energy) medicine and acupuncture, and explains how something intangible like stress triggers a tangible physiological response. But she also discusses esoteric subjects still largely unknown here, such as spiritual and shamanic healing. She uses her own experience to illustrate how these ancient, often misunderstood practices can complement traditional medical treatments. Ultimately, McLean gives readers the foundation they need to understand integrative medicine the way she does: as a way to reintroduce the ancient concept of the healer into the sterile world of modern medicine, where the “healing” is done by technology and drugs. “Integrative medicine certainly dances between the worlds of allopathic medicine, natural medicine, and quantum medicine,” she writes. “It incorporates the wonderful technology, diagnostic tools, and lifesaving procedures and surgeries of Western medicine with energy medicine, natural approaches to health, and the touch of the healer. I think it would be fair to call it a ‘medicine of the in-between.’” But McLean doesn’t leave the subject there. She also takes on the tar baby of American politics—the U.S. healthcare system—and lays out a practical and moral argument for extracting the profit motive from medicine and using an integrative medical model to make health care more effective and affordable. At times like this, when, as McLean notes, Americans are 5 percent of the world’s population but consume 80 percent of its prescription drugs, her vision of the medical future may seem like an impossible dream. But it’s worth noting that hospitals on the leading edge of American medicine have already established departments of integrative medicine. Maybe that’s a sign that our health system— like our body—can heal itself, given patience and support. Copyright 2016 By Bonnie McLean, O.M.D.Balboa Press, 299 pages $20.99

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Preventing, Reversing and Managing Diabetes Naturally by Linda Sechrist

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ore health practitioners today are recognizing both the mind-body connection, as well as energetic and metaphysical insights into preventing and reversing illnesses. As a result, those facing diabetes and other health challenges are accessing contemporary resources such as Louise L. Hay’s explanation of the emotional roots of disease in You Can Heal Your Life, and the medical science and natural methods explained by health researcher and author Gary Null, Ph.D., in No More Diabetes: A Complete Guide to Preventing, Treating, and Overcoming Diabetes. Applying a “both” rather than an “either” approach illuminates the importance of recognizing the ways our thoughts, emotions and lifestyle choices can impact chronic illness and long-term health.

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Hay suggests that this metabolic disorder may be rooted in a feeling of being deprived of life’s sweetness and longing for what might have been, accompanied by a great need to control deep sorrow. Such chronic unease can show up as Type 1, or insulin-dependent, diabetes; Type 2, or non-insulin-dependent diabetes; latent autoimmune diabetes in adults (LADA), a slowly progressing variation of Type 1; or gestational diabetes, which occurs during pregnancy.

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Eavesdropping on our repetitive inner mind chatter and observing its impact on outer experiences can reveal faulty thinking that disrupts the mindbody connection. Hay, a firm believer in the power of affirmations to send a message to the subconscious mind, recommends them to aid healing. For diabetes, she suggests, “This moment is filled with joy. I now choose to experience the sweetness of today.” Null cites medical evidence that explains how the physical causes of diabetes are related to the pancreatic production of the hormone insulin and the body’s use of it, together with rollercoaster blood sugar levels determined by food selections, stress, sleeplessness, insufficient rest and lack of exercise. His approach for preventing, reversing or managing this debilitating condition is to raise awareness of the physical, behavioral and mental causes that lead to its emergence, and making healthy lifestyle choices that regulate blood sugar levels.

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Glucose, the human body’s key source of cellular energy, is the end product of the digestive system breaking down carbohydrates, proteins and fats for absorption in the intestines. From there, it passes into the bloodstream. Glucose also supplies energy for the brain. Normal blood glucose levels vary throughout the day. For healthy individuals, a fasting blood sugar level upon awakening is less than 100 milligrams (mg) per deciliter (dl) of blood. Before meals, normal levels are 70 to 99 mg/dl; otherwise, 100 to 125. Consistent readings above 126 indicate that lifestyle changes are needed to avoid eventual progression into full Type 2 diabetes. When there’s an inability to efficiently transport glucose from the blood into cells, cells don’t receive the energy they need to function properly. “Elevated glucose levels contribute to blood vessel damage, high blood pressure and inflammation among other issues. High glucose causes insulin levels to spike in an effort to draw the glucose into cells. This stresses the pancreas and causes a sugar crash, called hypoglycemia, which can lead individuals to make impulsive, poor food choices,” advises Marcy

processed foods, have a higher risk for developing Type 2 diabetes. Iankowitz’s effective, patientcentered practice follows a practical, four-month healing plan that includes tracking foods, moods, blood pressure, sleeping habits and exercise, all necessary to manage or reverse Type 2 diabetes.

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Nourishing myself is a joyful experience, and I am worth the time spent on my healing. ~Louise L. Hay Kirshenbaum, a board-certified clinical nutritionist and owner of Enhance Nutrition, in Northbrook, Illinois. She notes, “Elevated sugar and insulin levels raise triglycerides, a fat that circulates in the blood, and cholesterol, specifically the LDL (low-density lipoprotein) levels. Triglycerides and cholesterol are important measures of heart health. Triglyceride levels of 150 mg/dl in fasting blood is a risk factor for a stroke or heart attack.”

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According to the American Diabetes Association, 8.1 million of the 29.1 million individuals diagnosed with diabetes were previously unaware of any early symptoms such as dry mouth, excessive thirst, frequent urination, constant hunger (even after meals), unusual weight gain or loss and lack of energy. “Many individuals only learn of their condition from a doctor-ordered routine blood test such as the A1C glycated hemoglobin procedure, which reads blood sugar levels over a three-month period,” advises Dr. Nancy Iankowitz, a boardcertified family nurse practitioner and founding director of Holistic and Integrative Healing, in Holmes, New York. Individuals that consume large amounts of simple carbohydrates and sugars, are overweight or are exceedingly sedentary and eat unhealthy

Making the highest-impact food choices is critical in the earliest stages of diabetes. That’s why nutritionist and holistic integrative health practitioner Saskia Kleinert, an independent practitioner who also serves as director of the Emeryville Health & Wellness Center, in California, helps patients integrate dietary changes into everyday life. “Patient education includes the necessity of eating low-glycemic index foods and reducing blood glucose levels, while increasing healthy fats with nuts, avocado and olive oil,” advises Kleinert. She notes that antioxidant-rich plant foods are another key component of an effective dietary plan for all age groups. The role of exercise is also vital for those needing to reverse pre-diabetes or managing diabetes aided by insulin injections. “Exercise increases the muscle cell’s demand for glucose, moving it out of the blood into muscle cells that use it as fuel, and so lowering insulin levels,” explains Jamie Coughlan, a naturopathic doctor who practices in Pleasanton and Pleasant Hill, California. Dr. Angelo Baccellieri, owner of Westchester Wellness Medicine, in Harrison, New York, introduces patients to intermittent fasting, an eating pattern that helps treat insulin resistance and control blood sugar. “The concept is predicated on going 14 to 16 hours without food, replicating how our primitive ancestors ate. They feasted when food was available and fasted during famines, sometimes going several days without eating,” advises Baccellieri, who notes that intermittent fasting can be done one day a week. “Our biochemistry actually does very well with this approach, which isn’t hard to do when your last meal is at 7 p.m. and you skip breakfast and delay lunch the next day until 1 p.m. You can drink water with lemon, teas

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and black coffee throughout. By 1 p.m., the body has been 18 hours without protein and carbohydrates, allowing insulin levels to remain at a low level. Excess insulin from too much sugar shifts the body into a storage mode. Having no sugar stores available, the body can then switch into a ketogenic state that allows the body to burn fat for fuel,” explains Baccellieri. Herbs such as turmeric reduce inflammation. Berberine can help cells use glucose efficiently. Supplements such as vitamin C, B-complex, resveratrol and pycnogenol (pine bark extract) can raise antioxidant levels, in which most pre-diabetic and diabetic individuals are deficient, according to a study published in PubMed. Cautious health professionals tailor supplement recommendations to each patient.

12-week Why WAIT (Weight Achievement and Intensive Treatment) program offered at the Joslin Diabetes Center, affiliated with Harvard Medical School, in Boston. WAIT allows participants to reach their weight and blood glucose goals, along with improvements in blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and liver and kidney function. The program’s success is due to doable increases in exercising that put greater emphasis on strengthening muscles; effective ways to change bad habits; successful portion control; healthy alternatives to favorite foods; carbohydrate counting; and meals composed of the right balance of complex carbohydrates and antioxidantrich plant foods, protein and fat, all to achieve optimum body weight and diabetes control.

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Restoration of health begins with the most important lifestyle changes. n Replace processed and sugary foods in meals and snacks with nutrient dense, whole foods.

n Determine possible food sensitivities with an elimination diet. n Eat some protein with every meal. n Eliminate environmental toxins. n Perform some form of cardiovascular exercise and resistance training at least three to five times a week. n Add stress-relieving practices such as yoga, tai chi or qigong. According to Hamdy, “On average, diabetes has the potential to rob you of more than 12 years of life, while dramatically reducing the quality of life for more than 20 years through chronic pain, loss of mobility, blindness, chronic dialysis and heart disease.” Such serious consequences also include stroke, hearing impairment and Alzheimer’s, he adds. All provide good reasons to live responsibly every day, cherishing longterm goals of laying claim to the best possible health. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at LindaSechrist.com.

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number of herbs and essential oils are considered beneficial for people with diabetes. Fenugreek, cumin, oregano and melissa are just a few. But one of the most useful and versatile is cinnamon, which also happens to be a ubiquitous this time of year. With its healing, restorative and preventive benefits, cinnamon can quickly become a diabetic’s most trusted ally. A 2013 study evaluating the essential oil of cinnamon leaves concluded that “all tested doses significantly lowered fasting blood glucose and fructosamine.” The researchers theorized that cinnamon achieves these results by affecting pancreatic function. Cinnamon essential oil is powerful, however, and it can be an irritant if it’s not used properly. One or two drops a day is a safe and sufficient amount to include in recipes.

A wonderful recipe for cool weather is Blood Sugar Balancing Cinnamon Tea. Mix a drop or two of cinnamon bark oil in half a cup of warm water, and then sweeten with a teaspoon of raw honey or agave nectar. When using cinnamon in any form, remember to monitor your blood sugar carefully and talk to your doctor before adjusting your medication. If you have diabetes and want to start using essential oils to manage your health, the best strategy is to learn all you can about their various uses and then begin incorporating

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hether working out at the gym or taking to the trails, stretching is sometimes an overlooked asset to any exercise regimen. Eliminating stretches or not doing them properly increases the risk of injury and deprives muscles of what they need for optimum performance. “Just because you are in shape doesn’t always mean you have good flexibility,” notes LaReine Chabut, a Los Angeles fitness expert and author of Stretching for Dummies. “If you do plenty of strength training and cardio, but you don’t do any stretching, you’re creating an imbalance in your body. Flexibility plays a big part in overall fitness.” Loosening up correctly not only fosters flexibility, but also improves muscle endurance and coordination. “Everyone should be stretching, especially as you age, to maintain range of motion and balance,” advises fitness trainer Ben Wegman, of The Fhitting Room, in New York City. “A personal workout regime can be enhanced with stretching, which also increases mobility, improves posture and performance, and reduces stress levels.”

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Four Categories, Many Variations “Different types of stretches access different muscles and different types of flexibility, but together, can benefit everyone,” says Wegman. There are many ways to stretch, but knowing what to do and when to do it can be key to optimum results and injury prevention. Warming up to different types of stretches can be a little daunting, but the basic four (sometimes combined in terminology) are passive, static, active and dynamic. In the past, ballistic stretching was common and included potentially harmful bouncing techniques, but today dynamic stretching has become a favorite among trainers, consisting of specific, controlled movements that prepare the body for the demands of both engaging in sports and an average workout. “Stretches can be confusing, so as a rule of thumb, I suggest dynamic stretching for any workout that involves movement and passive stretching for cooling down after a workout to release the muscles,” says Chabut. Stretching also plays an important role in yoga, which generally complements different stretches by adding a mind-body connection. “Breath is the key difference between yoga and regular stretching,” notes Chabut.

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“The use of breath allows you to get deeper into the muscle. Yoga also places particular emphasis on core muscles: the abdominals, lower back and spinal muscles. Through focus and deep breathing, yoga allows you to move beyond stretching into a deeper physical experience that both strengthens and focuses your body.”

Injury Prevention and Recovery

Nancy Whelan, a physical therapist and owner of The Physical Therapy Center, in West Palm Beach, Florida, emphasizes the importance of proper technique for clients to avoid further injury, especially individuals that had a torn Achilles tendon. “Stretching is important when doing any exercise, and especially important following surgery or injury, because the body’s reaction to either one is to contract, which can cause secondary problems,” explains Whelan. “I think the body has an intelligence we must listen to. We must acknowledge our limitations and the signals our body sends us to let us know that something is harmful or painful,” she notes. “When you take responsibility to take care of your body, it will take care of you.” For injury prevention, dynamic stretching offers many benefits. “It’s the best because it ensures that all major joints have full range of motion and suf-

ficient muscle length,” says Wegman. She advises never to stretch an injured muscle or stretch too forcefully. “Introduce low-intensity stretching back into a regime only under a doctor’s supervision,” she cautions.

Daily Moderation

For Chabut, moderation is everything. “Gently warm up the body before moving into deeper stretches. Build heat in the muscles slowly to avoid potential injury,” she advises. Proper stretching is beneficial, but not doing so can foster bad habits and cause muscle or tendon tears. “Stretching cold muscles or using improper techniques such as bouncing when holding a stretch position are common mistakes,” observes Whelan. Stretching doesn’t have to be reserved for workouts, and with a little discipline, its benefits can easily be attained at home or the office. “Take 10 minutes during your favorite TV program and perform a couple of stretches,” suggests Wegman. “Make it a point to get up every half-hour and stretch for five minutes before resuming work. If you aren’t being pushed or pushing yourself, you won’t see results or make improvements. If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at MarlainaDonato.com.

Stretching Guide at a Glance

Benefit: Increases flexibility in the muscles being stretched and increases strength in the opposing muscles.

STATIC What it is: Hold a stretch in a challenging, but not painful position, for 10 to 30 seconds until feeling discomfort; once this is felt, the muscle then releases and relaxes.

PASSIVE What it is: Employ an outside force such as a stretching device, strap or another’s body weight such as a trainer, physical therapist or massage therapist, which assists the stretch while the individual remains passive. The targeted muscles are not actively engaged. Examples include postworkout stretches applying pressure with a body part, towel or other prop or piece of equipment.

Benefit: Improves flexibility. ACTIVE (aka Static Active) What it is: Engage and contract the muscle group opposite the one being stretched to initiate the stretch; repeat. Many yoga poses are examples of active stretching.

Benefit: Increases range of motion, decreases muscle tension (spasm)

Helpful Resources BOOKS Dynamic Stretching: The Revolutionary New Warm-Up Method to Improve Power, Performance and Range of Motion, by Mark Kovacs Dynamic Stretching vs. Static Stretching and Their Benefits, by Jack Cascio Exercise Balls for Dummies (including safe stretches for pregnant woman) and Stretching for Dummies, both by LeReine Chabut Stretching: 20 Simple Stretching Techniques to Relieve Pain and Increase Flexibility, by Neb Notliar ONLINE VIDEOS BlackBeltWiki.com/stretching (range of stretches specific to martial arts styles and body parts) DoYogaWithMe.com/yoga-beginners (free yoga videos for all levels) ElderGym.com/elderly-flexibility (highly detailed instruction tailored to seniors) Essentrics.com/media.html (videos from the PBS series Classical Stretch) StretchCoach.com/resources/ stretching-videos (instruction specific to sports and muscle groups) StudioSweatOnDemand.com/classes/ feature/good-for-beginners (select stretching videos) and reduces post-workout soreness and fatigue. DYNAMIC What it is: Use controlled, gradual movements and stretches that involve repeated range of motion moves, especially in relation to a specific activity or sport that will follow the warm-up. Benefit: Prepares the body for activity and warms the muscles; especially advantageous after static stretches. Builds strength. Primary sources: Fitness Science; Scott White, a power trainer in Scottsdale, AZ.

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“I think true sustenance is when our hunger for connection and belonging meet,” says Sarah Ban Breathnach, the Los Angeles author of The Simple Abundance Journal of Gratitude. “When my daughter was small, we would purchase a complete Thanksgiving dinner for the local food pantry when we shopped for our own, saying, ‘One for us, one for them.’” Nourishment of our emotional and spiritual selves often begins with choosing simple, whole food. Rocco DiSpirito, a New York City celebrity chef and author of Rocco’s Healthy + Delicious, reminds us, “Eat real food! Return to the basics of eating what’s produced by Mother Nature. You’ll become a better partner, parent and person.” Cooking is more enjoyable when shared; beyond partaking together, partnering in meal preparation is a fun way to nurture bonds with others any time of the year.

Bangor, Pennsylvania, has opened her doors for intimate community events through the years. “My former home, a converted church, was a perfect space for organizing and a way to give back,” says Caldara, who has hosted gatherings on local environmental issues, music performances, literary nights and annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebrations. Small living spaces can be just as welcoming and facilitate simple conversation, a valuable gesture. “The art of listening is such a beautiful, but rare act of kindness. I love technology, but there’s no denying that our devices have made us poor listeners,” says Michael J. Chase, of southern Maine, the founder of The Kindness Center, whose books include Am I Being Kind and Off: A Memoir of Darkness, a Manual of Hope. Each month, Chase makes it a point to visit friends and send some handwritten notes instead of using social media.

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The deliberate, conscientious practices of my first silent retreat made me appreciate each moment: the gifts, blessings, music, stretching, meditation, prayers and practice of stillness.

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ndividuals seeking to escape life’s ceaseless distractions, deepen their personal spiritual practice, enhance well-being and gain fresh perspective, are patronizing silent retreats in rising numbers. “Retreats are a special opportunity to enter a healing space where your natural energy, insight, intelligence and wisdom can arise,” says Linda Mary Peacock, known as Thanissara, a former Buddhist nun, cofounder of South Africa’s Dharmagiri Hermitage and Outreach and a retreat leader at the Spirit Rock Insight Meditation Center, in Woodacre, California. Sheila Russ, of Richmond, Virginia, has participated in several retreats with silent components, hosted by spiritual traditions spanning Baptist to Benedictine. “People of different faiths all have

the same need to reach inside and listen. If we don’t slow down and get quiet, we can’t hear what’s going on with us,” says Russ. “Spending time in contemplation is cleansing and freeing; I feel like mentally and spiritually I can breathe.”

Scientific Support

Attaining heightened well-being after a retreat may have a neurological basis, according to research from Thomas Jefferson University’s Marcus Institute of Integrative Health, in Philadelphia. Silent retreats appear to raise the brain’s levels of mood-boosting chemicals, according to Dr. Andrew Newberg, director of research there. Newberg’s team tested the brains of retreat participants before and one week

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Formats vary, but most silent retreats entail extended periods of sitting meditation or prayer, often alternating with walking meditation or other mindful movement. Some may also entail a work detail, like sweeping the meditation hall or helping prepare meals. “Work tasks help bring mindfulness into everyday life,” says Chas DiCapua, a resident teacher for the Insight Meditation Society’s flagship retreat center in BarreMassachusetts, who has led silent retreats teaching Buddhist practices for 20 years. “The community aspect is equally important; being surrounded by people that support your spiritual practice can encourage you on what can be a lonely path.” Silence doesn’t mean being static and somber or not thinking, counsels

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Retreat Back to Everyday Life Afterwards, ease back into the daily routine; don’t rush back into old patterns of media and food consumption, recommends Howd. “Try to build-in a day or two of down time. You may still be processing things emotionally.” DiCapua suggests finding a local community of a kindred practice to keep the momentum going, and not expect to keep it up as earnestly at home

as at the retreat. Attending daylong maintenance retreats on Saturdays or Sundays can also help sustain individual practice. Above all, “Appreciate yourself for having thought to go on a retreat and follow it through,” says DiCapua. “It can be a radical thing.” Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at AprilWrites.com.

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David Harshada Wagner, of Ojai, California, whose meditation retreats draw from the Indian mystical traditions of yoga, vedanta and tantra. “Silence is more than the absence of talking; it’s a powerful energy,” says Wagner. “Silent retreats are the loudest, as the energy is roaring within. It should be a joyous practice.” Yet retreats aren’t a cakewalk. Los Angeles author and mindfulness facilitator Jennifer Howd chronicles the challenges of her first nine-day silent retreat in Joshua Tree, California, in her memoir Sit, Walk, Don’t Talk. Seven retreats later, Howd says that although the journey isn’t always easy, she always gains insights about herself and the nature of the mind.

Choosing a Retreat

Retreat leaders caution that while it’s good to jettison expectations and approach the experience with an open mind, choose a retreat that fits individual needs. The level of personal attention at retreats can vary greatly, remarks Thanissara. “Some may host 100 or more people, relying largely on taped instruction without much interaction with group leaders. A small group might be better for a first retreat,” she suggests. Thanissara recommends an upfront review of instructor credentials and starting with a weekend retreat before embarking on one of longer duration. Regardless of length, retreats aren’t always for everyone. “If you’re going through emotional or psychological difficulties, it’s best to discuss your circumstances with a teacher at the retreat center before deciding to attend. If you’re in therapy, talk with your therapist,” counsels DiCapua.

Silence is more than the absence of talking; it’s a powerful energy. Silent retreats are the loudest, as the energy is roaring within. It should be a joyous practice. ~ David Harshada Wagner, of Ojai, California

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etreat centers vary from nondenominational to those aligned with a faith, but even within a tradition, styles of meditation vary. The following opportunities highlight some of the more prevalent offerings. RetreatFinder. com and RetreatsOnline.com can be helpful tools.

Omega Institute: One of the largest centers on the East Coast, the Omega Institute (eOmega.org), in Rhinebeck, New York, offers yoga, meditation and mindfulness retreats led by notable and varied spiritual teachers. Unity: The Unity church, a Christian

faith honoring all paths to God, offers an annual silent retreat facilitated by Rev. Paulette Pipe (TouchingTheStillness. org). Held at Unity Center, in Kansas City, Missouri, the experience incorporates soulful music, labyrinth walks and meditation practice.

Tassajara Zen Mountain Center:

A working monastery for more than 50 years, Tassajara Zen Mountain Center and Hot Springs (sfzc.org/tassajara), in the Ventana Mountains of northern California, offers lay meditation practitioners a sense of monastic life each summer. Retreats are mainly taught in

the Zen Buddhist tradition, focused on observing the breath and mind.

Rolling Meadows: Located in rural Brooks, Maine, Rolling Meadows (RollingMeadowsRetreat.com) offers silent retreats combining yoga and meditation. Leaders Patricia Sunyata Brown and Surya-Chandra Das take an eclectic approach incorporating multiple traditions to stimulate selfinquiry and compassion. Insight Meditation Society:

Founded by Sharon Salzberg, Jack Kornfield and Joseph Goldstein in the 1970s, the Insight Meditation Society (Dharma.org) focuses on the Buddhist practices of metta (spreading lovingkindness) and vipassana (insight) meditation. Silent retreats at its historic center in Barre, Massachusetts, range from two days to three months.

Jesuits: A Roman Catholic order cofounded by St. Ignatius, the Jesuit tradition incorporates prayer, meditation, self-awareness and other contemplative practices. Jesuits.org/ retreat-centers lists Jesuit retreat centers across the U.S. where seekers can deepen their relationship with God through silence.

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movement by chronicling the dangers of pollution. Children’s fascination with nature and wildlife can also be met through the Dog and Bear series by Laura Vaccaro Seeger, out of Long Island, New York, and Vermonter Jim Arnosky’s scientifically sound wildlife chronicles (JimArnosky.com). Kelly Barnhill, of Minneapolis, whose latest work is The Girl Who Drank the Moon, characterizes children as quiet, yet highly active when reading. “They are encountering characters and then building, inserting themselves and more information into the stories, making it more relevant to them,” she says. The former middle school language arts teacher advocates parental reading aloud with children. “Make it a daily practice of turning to a separate book from what they may be reading on their own. You’re helping them develop cognitive structure by reinforcing and explaining. It’s a shared lens on life.”

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hile kids may list movies, kids 8 and up about math, science and video games, music downengineering—cultivates positive role loads and other media featur- models via inspirational personal stoing their favorite athlete, actor or music ries. She points out that most of those star as priority holiday gifts, books will depicted were not that well known, and expand their thoughts, curiosity and therefore can be emulated and more dreams by exposing them to a different readily related to. set of role models and aspirations. One of these is Katherine Coleman Reading takes kids away from tech Johnson, a black National Aeronauscreens and expands horizons in ways tics and Space Administration research that can improve their mathematician and physischool grades, maturity cist, portrayed in the recent Holiday gift and overall inquisitiveHidden Figures. Mabooks can inspire film ness. Many wise-hearted rine scientist Eugenie Clark, lifetime readers. known as the “shark lady” parents are recognizing the benefits, as children’s for her daring underwater book sales were up 5 percent in the research, and major pioneers in cartog12-month period ending in mid-Octoraphy, archaeology and other fields also ber 2016, according to the American stir inquiring minds. Booksellers Association. Humor, fantasy “I wanted to provide a variety and magic, classics, nonfiction, time of fields, backgrounds and ethnicitravel and participatory activities rank ties,” remarks Lawlor. “They were all among the most popular topics. determined, very smart and persistent, and made strides in opening Award-Winners’ Advice doors for women.” Lawlor’s 2012 “Children can’t be what they can’t see,” children’s book Rachel Carson and says author Laurie Lawlor, of Evanston, Her Book That Changed The World Illinois. Her 2017 book Super Women: describes how Carson’s seminal 1962 Six Scientists that Changed the World— book Silent Spring helped spawn the a nonfiction account designed to excite conservation and pro-environment

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reading or gardening or making things invites them to learn more about what they like,” says Lawlor.

4 Be flexible and share. There’s no clear-cut time to transition from reading aloud to having a child do it on their own. Try taking turns reading a paragraph and then a page with them. “Women tend to read more than men, so get Dad involved, as well,” says Barnhill. 4 Access quantity. “Make many

books available to kids,” advises Barnhill. “They’ll enjoy having a choice.” Thrift stores are stocked with heavily discounted used books.

4 Empower them. The interactive, hands-on format of Ellen Sabin’s new The Imagine It Book allows children to “dive in and see how they can make an impact, be innovative, play, fail and then succeed,” says Sabin. “Make them feel like they are ‘driving the bus.’” Welcoming diversity and providing a safe and reassuring community


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space for both confident and vulnerable youngsters, the American Library Association (ala.org) provides libraries with positive, unifying resources for children and families. They include a Storytime for Social Justice Kit; booklist for Hope and Inspiration storytime events; resource list on Talking to Kids about Racism and Justice for parents, caregivers and educators; and curated media list on immigration. The Barnes & Noble bookseller groups selected children’s books— including classics such as Dr. Seuss titles, poetry, nature, sports, history and science—in five age categories from newborn through teenage years. “It’s an amazing era for children’s books,” assesses Barnhill. “The success of the Harry Potter series reminded people that kids like real stories. There’s been a boom in creativity, vigor and technical skills in story construction.” Freelance writer and editor Randy Kambic, in Estero, FL, is a frequent contributor to Natural Awakenings.

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dream, ending an unhealthy relationship or leaving a toxic job can predispose us to illness. Fear is the emotional equivalent of pain in the body. Attend to it when it arises; try to understand what it is telling you and see what’s in need of healing.

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issa Rankin wears many hats: physician, mystic, author, artist, speaker and blogger. What unites her many pursuits is a passion for helping people optimize their health and understand how science and spirituality converge toward that goal. A former obstetrician and gynecologist, Rankin is the founder of the Whole Health Medicine Institute, in San Francisco, which trains doctors in mindbody-spirit medicine. She’s authored six books to date, including the bestseller Mind over Medicine, The Fear Cure and The Anatomy of a Calling. She lives in California’s Marin County and blogs at LissaRankin.com.

What common signs indicate that fear is affecting our health? When people are sick, there is almost always an element of fear. Many of us have “ridden shotgun” at one time or another with a health diagnosis, and that’s scary, so even if it’s not predisposing the illness itself, it can stimulate fear. Studies from institutions such as the Harvard School of Public Health and Carnegie Mellon University have discovered strong correlations between fear, stress and anxiety and health issues. When fear is predisposing us to illness, addressing the root cause of the issue is preventive medicine.

Whether triggered by something trivial or real, fear activates the “fight-or-flight” stress response in the brain. The body has natural self-healing mechanisms, but these only operate when our nervous system is relaxed, so effectively dealing with fear is foundationally critical to wellness.

How can we distinguish between true and false fear? True fear is an actual threat to physical survival, like being approached by someone wielding a gun. However, most fear is generated by a story we make up in our minds. Our wild imaginations, the source of beautiful creativity, can be a destructive force, too, as we envision all kinds of worst-case scenarios, most of which will not come true. Modern-day humans average more than 50 stress responses a day, which indicates we’re way off track in our relationship to fear. The mind constantly strategizes how to get what it wants and avoid what it doesn’t. A spiritual practice can help interrupt the “monkey mind” constantly ruminating on what could go wrong. Paying attention to fear around practical issues like not being able to pay bills is helpful because it can keep us from being reckless, such as buying an unneeded luxury item although our mortgage payment looms. But letting false fear prevent us from following a

Ultimately, we need to come into the right relationship with uncertainty; it’s the gateway to possibility. People often think that fear provides protection, when our intuition, which typically requires a relaxed state of mind, is a far more effective protector. There have been studies about doctors following their hunches to a patient’s underlying condition, leading to life-saving diagnoses.

How can we cultivate courage, curiosity and resilience, rather than feed our fears? Cultivating a spiritual practice such as mindfulness helps put a pause between a feeling like fear and the reaction that might ensue. You learn to sit with uncomfortable feelings and recognize the story you are spinning in your mind about what’s happening. It also means letting go of expectations when things don’t go as planned. Fear is my cue to activate a practice of surrender; to turn something over to the universe. I will also ask for help to calm my heart and let go of attachments. For me, this life-changing practice means I now trust the mystery more than my mind. I trust the unknown more than science and logic. The latter may be useful tools when doing taxes or a research paper, but I don’t trust them to be the best navigation system of my life or help me in a crisis. Psychology isn’t enough to address fear, which comes with the territory if you think that we are just flesh robots programmed to maximize self-interest, alone in a hostile universe. Once you learn to see the possibilities and hand over the wheel to a greater, benign organizing intelligence, something unwinds in the nervous system and we relax into the wonder of mystery. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson at AprilWrites.com.

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t’s an uncertain time for home-based geothermal heating and cooling, which has been increasing for years. The good news is that the cost of the technology is down and its efficiency is up. Yet a helpful 30 percent federal income tax credit inaugurated in 2009 disappeared in 2017 and may not get renewed anytime soon, even though H.R. 1090, a bill aimed at restoring the credit, has had strong support in Congress, led by New York Republican Congressman Tom Reed. While ideal spots for tapping into Earth’s energy are where tectonic plates meet and move, such as along the U.S. West Coast and in Alaska, it’s a misperception that it’s only possible in corresponding states. Anyone in the U.S. can use a geothermal heat pump, which works by accessing the constant 50-degree temperature just below the Earth’s surface. Iceland is equipped to get 50 percent of its energy from geothermal. Other countries now accessing it for at least 15 percent of their energy include Costa Rica, El Salvador, Kenya and the Philippines.

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The systems work by moving water through plastic pipes sunk into the ground, and using a heat exchanger to warm or cool refrigerant that then circulates throughout the house. Operating like a conventional heat pump, it needs less than half as much energy—just one kilowatt-hour of electricity— to produce 12,000 BTU (British thermal units, a standard energy measure). Its efficiency is double that of the best air conditioner and 50 percent superior to the best natural gas furnace, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Planetfriendly geothermal energy emits no pollution and reduces the need for fossil fuels.

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Return on Investment While they can cost $20,000 to $25,000 for an average-sized home, the systems are long-lasting; most provide a 10-year or longer warranty, based on having few moving parts that may break. The above-ground compressor and pump have a 20-year life expectancy and the expensive underground piping system should last a lifetime, says Brian Clark Howard, a National Geographic editor and co-author of Geothermal HVAC [heating, ventilation and air conditioning]. “Once the wells are dug and the loops are in, you’ll probably never have to revisit them.” According to Ryan Dougherty, chief operating officer of the Geothermal Exchange Organization, which represents manufacturers and installers, a typical home system costs approximately $24,000 installed, including the ground heat exchanger and all necessary ductwork. Renewable energy often makes sense without subsidies. Dougherty still sees geothermal as a good deal for homeowners, with a payback period of seven to 10 years. Dale Binkley of Landenberg, Pennsylvania, installed his home’s geothermal heat pump in 2006, before the 30 percent federal tax credit took effect. His out-of-pocket cost was $23,522, with a small federal credit and modest rebate from the local utility.

Binkley is pleased. “The system is easy to maintain, cost efficient, and works well. It heats and cools better than I thought it would,” he says. Binkley saved $1,000 on his heating and cooling bill the first year, a savings he continues to enjoy every year.

Added Benefits “You’ll gain outstanding temperature and humidity control, plus a better running, more-efficient HVAC system,” Howard says. “Installing geothermal will also increase property values.” Institutional customers reap comparable benefits. As a tax-exempt entity, the Cozy Green Library, in Darien, Connecticut, uses geothermal heating and cooling, along with energy-efficient computers, LED light bulbs and storm water biofiltration, Carefully evaluating options allows homeowners and commercial landlords to make an informed decision about tapping into Earth’s free energy. Jim Motavalli, of Fairfield, CT, is an author, freelance journalist and speaker specializing in clean automotive and other environmental topics. Connect at JimMotavalli.com.

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any pet parents check their kitchen cabinets first when treating their canine companion’s minor health issues. Three helpful basics are canned, 100 percent pumpkin, povidone iodine antiseptic and 3 percent hydrogen peroxide, plus apple cider vinegar and coconut oil.

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Constipation, Diarrhea and Other Minor Digestive Issues Solution: Canned pumpkin. For occasional mild tummy upsets, give a teaspoon of pumpkin for every 10 pounds of body weight, one to two times a day, either in food or as a treat, for non-allergic dogs. Pumpkin’s soluble fiber can ease diarrhea and constipation.

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Minor Skin Abrasions, Cuts, Infections or Hot Spots Solution: Povidone iodine. The gentle Betadine brand can allay staph, yeast and most common bacteria. It’s safe if a pet licks it. Dilute the povidone iodine until it looks like iced tea, soak a clean cloth and gently wipe infected skin areas. Rinse the cloth, wipe the skin, and then pat dry. Repeat twice daily for a minor issue.

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Itchy, Irritated Paws Solution: Footbaths. About 50 percent of a dog’s foot licking and chewing can be alleviated by simply rinsing off allergens and other irritants

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from its paws. For large dogs, soak one foot at a time in a bucket. Stand small dogs in a sink or tub, or dunk one paw at a time in a small container of solution. Dilute povidone iodine to the color of iced tea and add to the footbath. Swish it around while the dog stands in it for two to five minutes. Talk soothingly and offer treats as needed.

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Fleas Solution: Apple cider vinegar (ACV). It doesn’t kill fleas, but helps deter them. Put a solution of equal parts raw, organic ACV and water in a spray bottle and spritz the pet before they head outdoors plus dog bedding. Consider adding it to a dog’s food as well; one teaspoon for every 20 pounds of pooch.

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During baths, pour diluted ACV of one cup of vinegar to one gallon of water over a freshly bathed dog (avoid the head) for a flea-preventive rinse. Massage the ACV solution into their coat and towel dry. Don’t rinse. Alternatively, add about two cups of apple cider vinegar to their bathwater.

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Crusty Skin and Nails Solution: Coconut oil. Skin treatments using 100 percent organic, cold-pressed, human-grade coconut oil can reduce flaking and improve skin quality, especially for seniors with crusty patches of skin and funky nails. Bathe the dog, and then rub the oil into the skin all over their body, especially on dry areas. Let it absorb for about five minutes. Follow with another bath (not much lather) and a very light rinse. Also, dab it directly on hotspots, eruptions and rashes after disinfecting.

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Skunk Encounter Solution: Skunk rinse. In a pail, mix one quart of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide, one-quarter cup

of baking soda and two teaspoons dishwashing liquid. For a large dog, double, triple or quadruple the mixture, based on their size and coat. Apply the mixture to the dog’s dry coat, taking care to avoid the eyes. Massage the mixture into the coat and skin for about five minutes or until the skunk smell starts to dissipate. Use a sponge to apply the solution to the chin, cheeks, forehead and ears. Rinse thoroughly. When rinsing the head, tilt the dog’s chin upward to protect the eyes. It may be necessary to repeat the entire process up to three times. Rinse off the solution completely.

swallowing, or simply syringe it down their throat, if necessary. Walk the dog for a few minutes— movement helps the hydrogen peroxide work—which typically occurs within 15 minutes. If the dog doesn’t vomit in 15 minutes, give a second dose. If after another 15 minutes they still haven’t vomited, call a veterinarian. Don’t induce vomiting if the dog is throwing up already, has lost consciousness or can’t stand, or it’s been more than two hours since they ingested the toxin. Harsh chemicals can cause burning both as they are swallowed and come back up. For these problems, seek veterinary care immediately.

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Toxin Ingestion Solution: Hydrogen peroxide to induce vomiting. Use 3 percent hydrogen peroxide and give one teaspoon for every 10 pounds of dog weight. Add a little vanilla ice cream or honey to encourage

Dr. Karen Becker, a proactive and integrative veterinarian in the Chicago area, consults internationally and writes Mercola Healthy Pets (HealthyPets. Mercola.com).

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hanksgiving side dishes continue to evolve, even though traditional entrées still hold pride of place. New, lighter alternatives to time-honored stuffing maximize flavorful dried fruits, herbs and nuts. Healthy options may use gluten-free bread or black rice, cauliflower, chestnuts or pecans for flavor, bulk and color. A stuffing can also fill a halved acorn squash or cored apple. According to renowned health authority Dr. Joseph Mercola, pecans contain more than 19 vitamins and minerals, including anti-inflammatory

magnesium, heart-healthy oleic acid, phenolic antioxidants and immuneboosting manganese. Erica Kannall, a registered dietitian in Spokane, Washington, and a certified health and fitness specialist with the American College of Sports Medicine, likes dried fruits because they contribute antioxidants and fiber.

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“Choose a mixture that contrasts with the texture and color of the food you’re stuffing,” advises Gauguin. “I created a stuffing that has crunchy pecans, tender black rice and chewy, dried cranberries to contrast with the creaminess of the cored squash entrée. The black rice looks striking against the golden squash.” A stuffing that everyone can eat is ideal for a holiday gathering, either

to serve or bring. Lauberth observes, “While not always possible, it’s nice if the host can accommodate various dietary concerns and preferences. Bring your own hearty side dish or two so that you have enough to make a meal for yourself if needed.” Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (JudithFertig.com).

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When millet is cooked through, transfer it to a large mixing bowl.

Rocco DiSpirito’s Stuffing Yields: 8 servings 1 Tbsp grapeseed oil ¼ cup millet 1 lb crimini mushrooms, sliced 1 large onion, diced 3 stalks celery, diced 1 medium carrot, diced 4 chestnuts, chopped 1 Tbsp fresh sage, chopped 1½ Tbsp poultry seasoning 3 scoops Rocco’s Protein Powder Plus (check Amazon.com) 2 egg whites 1¾ cups low sodium chicken or vegetable stock Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground pepper Place grapeseed oil in a 12-inch cast iron pan; place the pan in the oven and preheat oven to 425˚ F. Cook a quarter-cup millet in a small saucepan on the stovetop according to package instructions.

Heat a large, safe, nonstick sauté pan over high heat and use it to sauté the mushrooms until tender and golden, approximately seven to 10 minutes. Transfer mushrooms to the same mixing bowl as the millet. Heat a large, safe, nonstick pan over medium heat and use it to sweat the onions, celery and carrots until tender and translucent, about 10 minutes. Transfer the vegetable mix to the same mixing bowl as the millet and mushrooms. Add the chestnuts, sage, poultry seasoning, protein powder, egg whites and chicken stock to the large mixing bowl, and then use a rubber spatula to mix well, so that no lumps are visible. Carefully remove the cast iron pan from the oven, and then pour stuffing batter into it. Popping occurs as the outside batter develops a crust. Return the cast iron pan to the oven and bake for 13 minutes. Remove from oven and turn the result out onto a serving dish. Recipe courtesy of Rocco DiSpirito, Rocco’s Healthy + Delicious.

Roasted Acorn Squash Stuffed With Black Rice, Pecans, Dried Cranberries and Tempeh Yields: 8 servings Squash: 4 acorn squashes (1½ lb each) 4 tsp olive oil ½ tsp sea salt Rice: 1 Tbsp olive oil ¾ cup finely diced onion 1 cup Chinese black rice (also called Forbidden Black Rice) ½ tsp sea salt ¼ tsp ground cinnamon ¼ tsp ground coriander 2 cups water 4 oz tempeh, crumbled Roasted Pecans and Cranberries: 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans 1 tsp minced ginger root 4 tsp olive oil 1 tsp ground coriander ¼ tsp ground nutmeg ¼ tsp sea salt 10 large sage leaves, chopped 1 cup dried cranberries 2 Tbsp maple syrup Preheat oven to 375° F. Cut squashes in half lengthwise, then scoop out the seeds.

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Brush the interior, plus the cut sides of the squashes with the 4 teaspoons oil, then sprinkle with ½ teaspoon sea salt. Arrange squash halves on a baking sheet, cut side down. Roast for 40 to 50 minutes on the upper middle rack of the oven until tender when pierced with a fork. While the squash is roasting, place a medium, heavy saucepan over medium heat and pour in one tablespoon of olive oil. Add the onion and sauté for two to three minutes, until the onion begins to soften. Stir in the rice, salt, cinnamon and coriander. Cook and stir for 30 seconds. Pour in the water and bring to a boil, then cover and simmer over very low heat for 30 to 60 minutes, until rice is tender. Scatter crumbled tempeh over the cooked rice. Cover the pan, then take it off the stove and let it rest for 10 minutes. While the rice is cooking, combine pecans, ginger, four teaspoons olive oil, one teaspoon coriander, nutmeg and ¼ teaspoon salt.

Stuffed Apples with Fig and Hazelnuts Yields: 4 servings 2 oz dried figs, finely chopped 1 Tbsp roasted, shelled hazelnuts, chopped 1 tsp orange zest ¼ tsp allspice 4 Granny Smith apples, cored ½ cup maple syrup 1 Tbsp coconut oil 2 Tbsp fresh orange juice Preheat oven to 350° F. Combine the chopped figs, hazelnuts, orange zest and allspice in a bowl. Place the apples in a baking dish and loosely press the fig mixture into the cavities of the apples.

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Combine the maple syrup, coconut oil and orange juice and drizzle it over the apples.

1 cup pecans 1 Tbsp coconut oil 1 medium yellow onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 3 stalks celery, diced 4 cups raw cauliflower rice (prepackaged or via a grater or food processor shredding blade) 1 Tbsp fresh sage, chopped 2 tsp fresh thyme, chopped ½ tsp kosher or sea salt ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper ¼ cup chopped fresh Italian parsley

Bake the apples for 25 minutes or until tender. Set cooked apples aside for 10 minutes to let the sauce thicken slightly, and then serve warm or at room temperature. Adapted from a recipe in Family Circle Australia.

Pour this mixture into an eight-by-eightinch baking pan; roast at 375° F for 15 minutes on the bottom middle oven rack, stirring halfway through.

Preheat oven to 250˚ F. Spread pecans on a baking sheet and place in the oven until lightly toasted, about five minutes. Monitor to ensure the nuts don’t burn.

Stir in the sage, dried cranberries and maple syrup. Roast for another 10 minutes, then remove from the oven.

Remove pecans from the oven and place in a food processor. Coarsely chop and set aside.

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Heat coconut oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add onions, garlic and celery and cook until onions are translucent, about five minutes. Add the pecans, cauliflower rice, sage, thyme, salt and pepper and cook for seven to 10 minutes, until the rice is tender.


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save the date Wellstock Festival Sat. Nov 4 – 11am-8pm. A festival focused on caring for the self —mind, body and spirit. 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.

$10. Free for 12 and Under Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village in Destin, 4323 Commons Dr W, Destin Facebook/ Wellness and Selflove Festival DIY Succulents & Essential Oils – 2-3:30pm. Navarre Beach Florist is offering their first DIY Succulents & Oils workshop! Create your own fun and unique succulent gardens that can double as mini desk diffusers. Includes dirt, rocks, moss, use of DoTerra essential oils and two succulents plus refreshments. Bring your own container, planters, coffee mugs, mason jars, bowls, geometrical planters, or purchase a wooden container at the class ($5-$15). RSVP and pre-pay required. Space is limited. $20. Navarre Beach Florist, 8486 Navarre Parkway, Navarre. 850-499-3670. DianaPereira@ live.com. PereiraProduceAndHealth.weebly.com.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 5 Learn Raindrop Essential Oils Therapy – 11:30am-3:30pm. 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-on-one assistance. Oils required are Young Living’s Valor, Oregano, Thyme, Basil, Cypress, Wintergreen, Marjoram, Peppermint, Aroma Seiz or RC. Oils kits must be purchased in advance. Oil Kit $170. Workshop is $80/individual or $130/couple/ partners. The Healing Clinic, 184 Brooks St. #1, Downtown FWB. 850-217-2771. YoginiFelicia@ yahoo.com. TheHealingClinicFWB.com.

Emotional Aromatherapy – 6:15am-6:15pm. Thru 11/8. 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. 850-4993670. DianaPereira@live.com. PereiraProduceAnd Health.weebly.com.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10 Reflexology Proficiency Workshop – 8am-5pm. Advanced training for International Institute of Reflexology students who have completed Phase 1 & 2. Contact IIR Instructor, Laurie Azzarella to register. $350. Turkey Branch Drive, Bay Branch Estates, Daphne, AL. 850-380-4943. LaurieAzzarella@gmail.com. Reflex-OIL-ogy.com. Basic DNA: THETA Healing 1 – 10am-5pm. 3-day training, hands-on foundation to the ThetaHealing techniques. Learn to shift your brain consciously to a theta state and change beliefs on all four levels - Core, Genetic, History and Soul levels. Like reprograming a computer, choose your new beliefs and consciously create your life, health and success. Felicia, the only certified teacher of Theta Healing in the Florida Panhandle. $400. The Healing Clinic, 184 Brooks St. Ste 1, Downtown FWB. 850-217-2771. YoginiFelicia@yahoo.com. TheHealingClinicFWB.com.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11 Community HU Chant – 9:30-10am. Join us to expand your spiritual awareness and open your heart to God’s love. Free. Unitarian Universalist Lobby, 9888 Pensacola Blvd. (Hwy. 29), Pensacola . 850-862-0446. Joanie920@gmail.com. ECK- Florida.org. Naturally Simple Pain Relief – 11am-12:30pm. Explore natural options for pain relief including herbal assistants and essential oils. Discover options that support lowering the inflammatory response and bringing the body back into homeostasis and thereby relieving pain. Ever’mans Co-operative, 315 W. Garden St, Pensacola. 850499-3670. DianaPereira@live.com. PereiraProduce AndHealth.weebly.com. Chakra Yoga for the Holidays – 1-3pm. With certified chakra healing instructor and yoga teacher, Misty Fanderclai, includes gentle yoga poses, breath work, and a guided meditation to make you feel healthier and happier. Restorative poses to activate and balance your energy centers. Learn what chakra is and how chakra yoga can help you stay stress-free and centered during the holiday season. $25. Navarre Living Yoga, 8162 Navarre Pkwy, Navarre. NavarreLivingYoga@gmail.com. NavarreLivingYoga.com. DIY Candle Basics – 5-6:30 pm. Standard candles are petroleum based with synthetic scents. Learn how easy and inexpensive it is to create your own soy wax candles with essential oils. Bring your favorite container to turn into a candle for this hands-on DIY workshop. $10. Esther’s Garden of Healing, 8184 Navarre Pkwy, Navarre. 850-4993670. DianaPereira@live.com. PereiraProduce AndHealth.weebly.com.

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help achieve their potential. Help us bag up supplies to send to Sole Hope in Uganda in support of their efforts to remove jiggers from the soles of children’s feet. Monetary donations appreciated. $5. Unity of Pensacola Fellowship Hall, 716 North 9th Ave, Pensacola. 850-380-4943. LaurieAzzarella@gmail.com. Reflex-OIL-ogy.com. YoungLiving Foundation.org

Introduction to Essential Oils – 6:30-8:30pm. Learn what’s all the hype about essential oils, what are they, how are they used, how they affect change in the body and what to look for when choosing a brand for your family. Learn about natural options for preventative healthcare and the versatility of essential oils. Esther’s Garden of Healing, 8181 Navarre Pkwy, Navarre. 850-499-3670. DianaPereira@ live.com. PereiraProduceAndHealth.weebly.com.

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Natural Support for Athletes – 6:15am-6:15pm. At your own pace, delve into numerous topics supporting an athlete’s training naturally with nutrition recommendations, supplement recommendations, herbal assistants and essential oil relief. Although many supplements exist today to “support” those working towards achieving their athletic goals, most create more harm than good. Facebook - http://bit. ly/2tdQ21s. 850-499-3670. DianaPereira@live.com. PereiraProduceAndHealth.weebly.com.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18 8th Annual Seeds of Hope 5k Walk – 5:30-10pm. This Community Walk takes place on International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day. Hosted by Active Minds at the University of West Florida, the walk supports those who have lost loved ones to suicide, as well as to commemorate those lost. Atcive Minds at UWF is a student-run chapter of the national, nonprofit organization that aims to destroy the stigma surrounding mental illness and prevent suicide. $15. UWF Track, 11000 University Pkwy, Pensacola. ActiveMinds@uwf.edu. Eventbrite.com/e/8th-annual-seeds-of-hope-5k-walk-tickets-38335646952.

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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5 SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 19 ECK Light & Sound Servive – 11am-12pm. Title: “Purification of Soul”, Experience HU, the most beautiful prayer. Free. Hampton Inn, 7710 Navarre Pkwy. (Hwy. 98), Navarre. 850-862-0446. Joanie920@gmIl.com. ECK-Florida.org.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 21 Holiday Gift Giving Ideas – 6:15-8pm. Become an Oily Elf and learn how to create unique personal gifts to impress your family and friends this holiday season. Please RSVP to Debra at 251-368-1275. $5. Private Residence, Atmore.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 30 The Heart of Young Living – 7-8:30pm. Discover the D. Gary Young, Young Living Foundation, and what it does to empower individuals around the globe to

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Frankincense - King of Oils – 6:30am-4:30pm. Once used to ward off the plague in European countries, Frankincense has been traded on the Arabian Peninsula and in North Africa for more than 5000 years. This class will detail the sourcing, history, science, and many uses of the King of Oils. Discover what this amazing oil can do for you and your families health. Facebook - http://bit. ly/2vEOG0r, 850-499-3670. DianaPereira@live. com. PereiraProduceAndHealth.weebly.com.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7 DIY Holiday Gift Extravaganza – 6:45am4:45pm. At your own pace, learn DIY gifts for your friends and family using your essential oils and a few raw products through recipes and demonstration videos. You’ll be surprised how quickly and inexpensively you can check off every person on your list. Facebook- http://bit.ly/2udufK9. 850499-3670. DianaPereira@live.com. PereiraProduce AndHealth.weebly.com.


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sunday A Course in Miracles Study Group – 8:30-9:30am. A Course in Miracles is a complete self-study spiritual thought system. It teaches that the way to universal love and peace—or remembering God— is by undoing guilt through forgiving others. The Course thus focuses on the healing of relationships and making them holy. Sundays’ gathering is a time to study the text - 8:30am. Wednesdays’ discussion is time to share our experience of embracing NOW a holy instant. 6:30-7:30pm. Love Offering. Unity of Pensacola, 716 N. 9th Avenue, Pensacola. 850438-2948. unity@unitypns.org. 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. Unity Spiritual Service – 10am. Discover “A Positive Path for Spiritual Living.” All people have sacred worth and are welcome at Unity Pensacola. As ministe, Rev. Jamie’s passion for the truth and a spirit-filled life is evident in all that he does. Charismatic and soulful, his messages are clear, relevant and enlightening. . Donations Appreciated. Unity Pensacola, 716 N. 9th Avenue, Pensacoal. 850-4382277. Jamie1118@aol.com. UnityPNS.org. 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.

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.

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. Young at Heart Yoga – 10:30-11:30am. Regardless of age or physical condition, a regular yoga practice can help build strength and increase flexibility. Open to all ages and levels, this includes standing and seated postures using blocks, blankets and other props to stretch and strengthen your body and relax your mind. $6. Navarre Living Yoga, 8162 Navarre Pkwy, 850-684-1065. NavarreLivingYoga. 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. Rest & Restore Yoga – 3:15-4:15pm. 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. Prenatal Yoga – 4:30-5:30pm. Prepare for the birth of your baby and work to alleviate pregnancyrelated discomforts by practicing gentle, modified yoga poses and breathing exercises. Appropriate for expectant mothers at all stages of pregnancy. $12. Navarre Living Yoga, 8162 Navarre Parkway, Navarre. 850-684-1065. NavarreLivingYoga.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. 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 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. Awaken Your Destiny Masterclass – 7-9pm. Spend an exciting evening designing your life on purpose. Discover the 4 step awaken your destiny formula, how to regain control of your life, how to choose the right goals that will lead you to happiness and success. Bring a notebook, pen and open mind. “We can either make a living or design a life.” -Jim Rohn . FREE. Earthwaking University, 9721 Thomas Dr, Panama City Beach. 850- 896-9198. EarthWaking.com.

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. Truth on Tap – 5:45pm. Last Tues monthly Spiritual Discussion Group with Rev. Jamie Sanders. Lively spirited discussions of spiritual topics. . Discussion is FREE/ Food is a la carte. Cactus Flower Cafe, 3425 N. 12 Ave, Suite 111, Pensacola. 850-4382277. Jamie1118@aol.com. UnityPNS.org. Thought Technology Techniques – 6:30-8:30pm. 1st & 3rd Tues, with Tali Cluxton. Law of Attraction studies. Learn and practice techniques to use your

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intentions in a way that will help you to live a happier, more fulfilling life. Public welcome. Donation Fee. Capstone House, 1713 Beck Ave , Panama City. 850-747-9224. CapstoneHouse28@gmail.com.

rate. Pilates Core Training, 1308 Dunmire St, Pensacola. 850-287-5836. Pilates CoreTraining.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.

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 Aerial Yoga – 9:30-10:45am. Explore yoga using an aerial yoga swing. The yoga swing is used to deepen and enhance traditional yoga postures. This class is suitable for any skill level and it will offer physical benefits to enrich your yoga practice. Challenge yourself and come have fun on the swings while you build strength and discover new depths with balance, stability, and mobility. Limited 8 students. No previous aerial or yoga experience is necessary. $16. Navarre Living Yoga, 8162 Navarre Pkwy. 850-684-1065. 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. 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. 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, 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. 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 feel-

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ing 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. Aerial Yoga – 6-7:15pm. Explore yoga using an aerial yoga swing. The yoga swing is used to deepen and enhance traditional yoga postures. This class is suitable for any skill level and it will offer physical benefits to enrich your yoga practice. Challenge yourself and come have fun on the swings while you build strength and discover new depths with balance, stability, and mobility. Limited 8 students. No previous aerial or yoga experience is necessary. $16. Navarre Living Yoga, 8162 Navarre Pkwy. 850-684-1065. NavarreLivingYoga.com. A Course in Miracles Study Group– 6:30-7:30pm. A Course in Miracles is a complete self-study spiritual thought system. It teaches that the way to universal love and peace—or remembering God—is by undoing guilt through forgiving others. The Course thus focuses on the healing of relationships and making them holy. Wednesdays’ discussion is time to share our experience of embracing NOW a holy instant. Sundays’ gathering is a time to study the text - 8:30am. Love Offering. Unity of Pensacola, 716 N. 9th Avenue, Pensacola. 850-438-2948. unity@ unitypns.org. unitypns.org. 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.

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. Spiritual Capitalist Mastermind Group – 7-9pm. You’re invited! The intention for this group is for everyone in it to net at least a 6-figure income over the next 12 months by providing massive value to the world. Spiritual Capitalism is a term to describe the next evolutionary phase of business. Ethical consciousness is a framework for doing business based on creating profits while being in harmony with the people and things around you. It means doing what’s right instead of just making a quick buck. Free. Earthwaking University, 9721 Thomas Dr, Panama City Beach. 850-896-9198. Earthwaking.com. 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.

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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 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

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.

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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Rest & Restore Yoga – 10:30am. 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. 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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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. Saturdays Intuitive Development Series – 2-4pm. This hands-on class will assist you to develop and enhance your intuitive abilities in everyday life. Limited space. Call for details or to book individual appointments. $25. Wishful Treasures New Age Gift Store, 4622 Saufley Field Rd, Pensacola. 850-9414321. psychicgift@aol.com. Gallery/Salon Group Readings – 6:30-8:30pm. by Intuitive Medium Ericka Boussarhane. Ericka uses her mediumship to help others find closure and insight in the lives. As a medium, she is able to connect with loved ones who have crossed over to the other side. Call for details or to book individual appointments. $20. Wishful Treasures New Age Gift Store, 4622 Saufley Field Rd, Pensacola. 850-9414321. psychicgift@aol.com.

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ANTI-AGING Richard Adelman, MD 738 Harrison Ave, Panama City 850-747-8346 SkinAndVeinMD.com

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 36 (Pensacola Edition).

ORGANIC SALON VEDAT

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

BIOFEEDBACK

Teresa Brown-Konell 1211 E Strong St 850-776-1076 MySerenityStressRelief.com 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 43 (Emerald Coast and Pensacola Editions).

BODY CONTOURINGNON-INVASIVE SCULPSURE BODY CONTOURING Karen Kennedy, MD 1118 Gulf Breeze Pkwy, Ste 201, GB 7552 Navarre Pkwy, Navarre 850-916-7766 KarenKennedyMD.com

SculpSure is a non-surgical laser treatment for the reduction of stubborn fat in areas like the abdomen, love handles, back, and inner and outer thighs; and chin contouring. Amazing results with zero down time and without drugs. See ad, page 4.

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 36 (Emerald Coast Edition).

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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.

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 5 (Emerald Coast and Panama City Editions).

MAE MCDONNELL

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 5 (Emerald Coast and Panama City Editions).

CHRISTIE MORGAN, LMT

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

CBD OIL CARUN U.S.

11525 Hutchison Blvd, Ste 103, PC 850-775-4913 CarunUS@gmail.com Carun.us 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 24.

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 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.

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 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.

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 5 (Emerald Coast and Panama City Editions).

HENARD FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC 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.

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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. 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.

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

CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY 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.


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 6.

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 39.

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 17.

CASSANDRA LOMBARDO

Wellness Advocate doTerra Essential Oils 850-585-0787 CassandraLombardo@Educate2Eradicate.com MyDoterra.com/Educate2Eradicate For those seeking to heal through holistic preventative care, herbal applications and essential oil protacols, Cassandra provides research and DYI solutions to education through group classes, invidual consultations, facebook and skype.

FARMERS’ MARKETS 30A FARMERS’ 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 15 (Emerald Coast and Panama City Editions).

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 34.

EVER’MAN COOPERATIVE GROCERY & CAFE

FLOAT THERAPY FLOAT BROTHERS

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

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.

MODE MIND AND BODY

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 24 (Pensacola Edition).

GOLDEN ALMOND HEALTH FOOD STORE

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

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.

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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 40.

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 5 (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 13.

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).

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.

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.

PEREIRA PRODUCE & HEALTH

Mundy and Diana Pereira PereiraProduceAndHealth.weebly.com 850-499-3670 DianaPereira@live.com or via Facebook

OLD THYME REMEDIES

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.

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 40.

HERBAL MEDICINE Theresa Ellis and Beth Workman 2475 E 9 Mile Rd, Ste E, Pensacola 850-912-6996 • OldThymeRemedies.com

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 39.

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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 29 and 33.

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 4.

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 (Emerald Coast and Panama City Editions) 5.

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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 24 (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 4.

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, great benefits. Experience it for yourself. See ad, page 24 (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 30.

BLUEWATER CHIROPRACTIC WELLNESS CENTER

INFRARED SAUNA 8TH ELEMENT WELLNESS LLC

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

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. SSee ad, page 5 (Emerald Coast and Panama City Editions).

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 CENTER Intuitive LEARNING

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.

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

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 36 (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

LACTATION

BELLY TO CRADLE

All events have different cost so please visit our website for more information

on these, and future events. 850-324-5393 BellyToCradle@gmail.com For more information, call 850-747-9224 or email capstonehouse28@gmail.com. $5 donation at the door. BellyToCradle.com

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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 8TH ELEMENT WELLNESS LLC

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 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).

MEDICAL MARIJUANA MARIJUANA PHYSICIANS OF NORTHWEST FLORIDA

Dr. Eddie Zant MD 913 MarWalt Dr, FWB 36468 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Ste 8102 850-862-6325 Legally certified Medical Marijuana for certain medical conditions by a certified MM Physician. Professional, private, compassionate. Call to learn more or schedule an appointment today. See ad, page 18.

MYOFASCIAL RELEASE

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 5 (Emerald Coast and Panama City Editions).

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 5 (Pensacola Edition).

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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.

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 29 and 33.

URBAN OASIS

Laura Tyree Snyder 850-642-1015 • MA68035 Hot Yoga Om, FWB 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 24 (Emerald Coast Edition).

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 35.

PAIN MANAGEMENT MARIJUANA PHYSICIANS OF NORTHWEST FLORIDA

Dr. Eddie Zant MD 913 MarWalt Dr, FWB 36468 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Ste 8102 850-862-6325 Legally certified 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 18.

PAINCARE, LLC

Sheila Mohammed, MD, PhD 4507 Furling Ln, Ste 213, Destin 850-281-8186 DrSheilaMohammed.com Dr. Sheila, now certified to prescribe medical marijuana, specializes in pain care practices based on the body’s ability to heal itself to cure pain using forms of regenerative orthopedic medicine such as major auto-hemotherapy, prolotherapy, prolozone therapy, ozone cancer treatments, intravenous vitamins treatments, chelation therapy, neural prolotherapy, prologel treatments, platelet-rich plasma and stem cell treatments. See ad, page 13.

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 4.

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 5 (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 certified – Medical Marijuana for certain medical conditions by a certified MM Physician. Professional, private, compassionate. Call to learn more or schedule an appointment today. See ad, page 18.

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SKINCARE

TEACHER TRAINING

SKINTRENZIXS SKINCARE CENTER

PILATES AND BEYOND TEACHER TRAINING SCHOOL

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.

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

Jamie Sanders, Minister 716 N 9th Ave, Pensacola 850-438-2277 • UnityPNS.org 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 29 (Emerald Coast and Pensacola Editions).

STRUCTURAL INTEGRATION 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 5 (Pensacola Edition).

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

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 5 (Pensacola Edition).

THETAHEALING® 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.

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, great benefits. Experience it for yourself. See ad, page 24 (Emerald Coast Edition).

NAVARRE LIVING YOGA

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 33.

SUNSHINE YOGA

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

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 29 and 33.

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

YOGA STUDIOS

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 39.

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

Serene environment for the study and practice of hatha yoga. Certified instructors. Owner/ Director Laura Tryee, E-RYT 500. See ad, page 24 (Emerald Coast Edition).

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