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LEARN ABOUT THE 4 MOST COMMON THYROID PATTERNS OFTEN OVERLOOKED THAT ARE CRUCIAL TO YOUR HEALTH ARE YOU EXPERIENCING THE FOLLOWING SYMPTOMS? • Unusual weight gain or hair loss • Muscles and joints that ache all the time • Constant fatigue and lack of energy • Trouble getting a decent night’s sleep • Feeling emotionally drained and unstable • Constipation and having trouble losing weight • Difficulty with concentration and memory • Cold hands and feet • Sluggish metabolism


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Why is it that your thyroid test may at times come back normal when you’re still confounded with anxiety and feeling dreadful? In all probability, the reason could be that you may have some type of functional thyroid problem that is being overlooked.


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


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This is the most common cause of hypothyroidism in the United States, and it’s an immune rather than a hormonal issue. It is where your body’s immune system attacks your thyroid.


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ou might not believe this, having just wrapped up the holiday season, but there’s no such thing as stress. At least that was the assertion of the late self-help author Dr. Wayne Dyer, who wrote, “The truth is that there is no actual stress or anxiety in the world; it’s your thoughts that create these false beliefs. You can’t package stress, touch it or see it. There are only people engaged in stressful thinking.” At TEDGlobal 2013, psychologist Kelly McGonigal Scott and Daralyn described a study that changed the way she thought Chase about stress: “This study tracked 30,000 adults in the United States for eight years, and they started by asking people, ‘How much stress have you experienced in the last year?’ They also asked, ‘Do you believe that stress is harmful for your health?’ And then they used public death records to find out who died. Some bad news first. People who experienced a lot of stress in the previous year had a 43 percent increased risk of dying. But that was only true for the people who also believed that stress is harmful for your health.” She went on to explain that the stress response pumps out the “feel good” hormone oxytocin, which provides many health benefits and physically strengthens your heart. Furthermore, she said, another study showed that “people who spent time caring for others showed absolutely no stress-related increase in dying. Zero. Caring created resilience.” So what’s all the stress over stress? Much of the stress we feel may have to do with how we view stress, our limiting beliefs and our lifestyle habits, as explained in our January feature article, “Dial Down Stress,” page 24. This month, instead of focusing on those same old New Year’s resolutions, perhaps we could improve many areas of our lives at once by changing how we view and manage stress. How many bad habits, health issues and even financial problems could we eliminate by addressing stress first—first reducing stress by eliminating stressful thoughts, and then embracing the stress response in a positive way? Every month, we at Natural Awakenings provide you support, inspiration and assistance with information about new resources, workshops, advice and helpful hints to keep you on track to a healthier lifestyle. We offer two stress-free ways to receive your monthly issue—either by mail ($30 per year) or by email subscription—or, as always, you can pick up the magazine locally for free at your favorite distribution spot. Check out our new online link at to find a Natural Awakenings distribution partner near you. For even more support, plan to get inspired, revitalized and rejuvenated at the third annual Emerald Coast Holistic Health Expo, March 10-11. This year we are excited to introduce a new stage featuring demonstrations, fashion shows and live performances, as well as the “No Stress Zone” private session sanctuary, and to double the number of our exhibitors, who come from all over the country. Check out the next month’s Natural Awakenings for a full line-up of presenters and practitioner panels. It’s our goal to make 2018 your happiest, healthiest, leaststressed year ever.


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haralee Hoelscher has relocated her Rolfing and craniosacral practice from Cordova Square in Pensacola to a larger space in a newly remodeled building right next door—suite 22 of the Madison Park Office Complex at 12th and Bayou. It was a small move with big results, Hoelscher says. “I made the move in order to offer ample parking in a building that’s easier to find,” she says. “My old location was quite good, but my clients agree that the new location is much better. It’s peaceful, private, upscale and spacious—exactly what I envisioned for my clients to feel completely at ease and get the most Sharalee Hoelscher out of their sessions.” As Pensacola’s only certified Rolfer and registered craniosacral therapist, Hoelscher says she has a passion for resolving the source of painful symptoms so they don’t return. “Rolfing is a specialized type of physical rehabilitation that gets the body moving freely without pain,” she says. “It works to get ligaments, tendons and the tissues that support joints, organs and muscles into the right position so they can function correctly and the body can move painlessly, as it’s designed to.” She says Rolfing may resolve back or neck pain; limited movement or pain in the shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee, ankle, hand or foot; new, old or recurring injuries; poor posture; and problems that get only temporary relief from other treatments. Craniosacral therapy balances the nervous system and can address anxiety, insomnia, PTSD and other nervous system related disorders. Hoelscher has been a bodyworker in private practice for 25 years (license number MA34039).

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ellness Rocks Naturally, a group of wellness practitioners and natural living advocates who come together for networking, educational presentations and other events and gatherings to raise awareness of green and alternative wellness practices, will host a series of natural health classes on the Emerald Coast in 2018. Daralyn Chase, publisher of Natural Awakenings in Northwest Florida, founded Wellness Rocks Naturally in 2013. “As in previous years, these classes, workshops and lectures will be presented by the network of Natural Awakenings practitioners, physicians and experts to continue educating and creating awareness,” she says. “Many will be available live online and through Facebook classes and camps.” All 2018 events will be announced at and Facebook. com/WellnessRocksNaturally. Anyone interested in hosting or providing an event should contact Daralyn Chase at 850687-0826 or visit

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Emerald Coast Theatre Company Presents The Amish Project Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) will present the one-woman docudrama The Amish Project January 18 through 28 at 560 Grand Boulevard (upstairs) in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin in Miramar Beach. Conceived in the wake of the 2006 school shootings in the Amish community of Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania, Jessica Dickey’s fictional exploration of a real-life tragedy allows a glimpse into the world of Amish culture and explores the true limits of compassion and forgiveness. Praised by the New York Times as “extraordinary,” Dickey’s acclaimed play features a single actress portraying a host of characters in a community devastated by tragedy. This production will star Kristin Devine, who appeared on ECTC’s stage last fall in Constellations. Among her other credits are A Chorus Line (Val); Gypsy (Marjorie May); The Drowsy Chaperone with Pat Sajack at Connecticut Repertory Theatre; Henry V at Delaware Shakespeare; My Fair Lady (Lady Tarrington) with the Quintessence Theatre Group; and Love’s Labor’s Lost (Maria). Nathanael Fisher, ECTC’s producing artistic director, will direct the show. “As a community I feel that it is imperative to take a moment and consider what so many other communities have had to face,” he says. “We consider the challenges, and more importantly, we consider what recovery looks like.” Performances run Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sundays. Tickets are $28 for adults, $24 for seniors and $20 for students. Due to mature content, this production is appropriate for ages 13 and up. For more information about this or upcoming productions, find the Emerald Coast Theatre Company on Facebook, call 850684-0323 or visit

Every year, the Gulf Coast Grandmothers host a three-day gathering where women of all ages, from across the United States, can share their wisdom, creativity and power. This year’s gathering, scheduled for March 22-25 at Camp Beckwith, in Fairhope, Alabama, will focus on “the authentic woman.” With the theme “Be Brave, Be Strong, Be You! Claiming Your Authentic Voice,” the event will provide women an opportunity to meet and connect with each other for inspiration and guidance through daily circles, workshops, meditation, music and healing arts, sharing laughter, tears and more, says Carolyn Garbett, registrar for the Gulf Coast Grandmothers. “Who is the authentic woman? She’s me. She’s you. She’s every woman who desires to enter the realm of reawakening to their greatest truths, embraced by the sacred feminine,” Garbett says. A collective of women of all ages, the Gulf Coast Grandmothers embrace the archetype of the loving, wise Grandmother, she says. They gather yearly to reflect, rejoice and renew their spirit together, embodying unconditional acceptance and fulfilling the ancient prophecy “When the grandmothers speak, the Earth will heal.” For more information and to register, contact Garbett at 251-945-1295, email msparis98@ or visit

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Researchers at the Imperial College London say that five servings of fruits and vegetables is a good start, but more is better. After conducting a worldwide meta-analysis of 2 million people that compared early mortality rates from cardiovascular disease and cancer, they recommend eating at least 10 three-ounce vegetable and fruit servings per day, which could prevent up to 7.8 million premature deaths each year.

AEROBICS KEEP THE BRAIN YOUNG Simple movement turns out to be the best way to lift mood, improve memory and protect the brain against age-related cognitive decline, according to Harvard Medical School researchers in an article, “Aerobic Exercise is the Key for Your Head, Just as It is for Your Heart.” Even brisk walking or jogging for 45 minutes can alleviate depression. The Journal of Physical Therapy Science notes that aerobic workouts can help people feel less stressed by reducing levels of the body’s natural stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol. 10

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Healthy diet options of spinach and kale may also help keep our brains fit. In a study from the University of Illinois appearing in Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 60 adults between 25 and 45 years old having higher levels of lutein, a nutrient found in green, leafy vegetables, avocados and eggs, had neural responses more on par with younger people than others of their own age. Lutein is a nutrient that the body can’t make on its own, so it must be acquired through diet. It accumulates in brain tissues and the eyes, which allows researchers to measure levels without using invasive techniques.

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Research from the New York University Langone Comprehensive Epilepsy Center has found that cannabidiol, a non-psychoactive extract of hemp oil, significantly reduces seizure rates in epileptics. Scientists there tested 120 children and young adults with epilepsy and found that the cannabidiol group’s number of seizures per month decreased from 12.4 to 5.9 compared to a statistically insignificant change in the placebo group.

RED WINE LESS TOXIC THAN WHITE Alcohol has been linked with cancer in about 3.6 percent of cases worldwide, due to the presence of acetaldehyde, which damages DNA and prevents it from repairing itself. A study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention that involved 200,000 people found a distinct connection between white wine in particular and melanoma, the deadliest type of skin cancer. Sun exposure is a well-known cancer risk, but this and other studies have found that subjects often develop melanoma primarily on the trunks of their bodies, which are usually covered by clothing, and it is almost always curable if the cancer is caught early.


Eating fish at least twice a week may significantly reduce the pain and swelling associated with rheumatoid arthritis,in which the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks the joints, creating swelling and pain. Studies have already shown the beneficial effect of fish oil supplements on rheumatoid arthritis symptoms, but a new study of 176 participants at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in Boston, found that increasing the amount of fish containing omega-3 they ate weekly as a whole food lowered their disease activity. The Arthritis Foundation estimates that about 1.5 million people in the U.S. have the disease; women far more often than men.

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A Swiss study gave volunteers $25 a week for four weeks, and told half of them to spend the money on themselves and the others to spend it to benefit others. Subsequent brain scans revealed a link between the altruistic acts and feelings of contentment, activating neurons in the ventral striatum associated with happiness. Even the intention alone to be more generous was enough to create these changes, and the amount spent did not influence the increase in levels of well-being. The discovery sheds fresh light on why many people feel gratified when giving, even when it costs them something.

Mercury/Autism Brain Research Alert As the debate rages between health officials and vaccine critics about possible links to autism, mercury seems to be a specific bone of contention. It has long been present in the form of thimerisol, a preservative that inhibits bacterial contamination. Under government pressure, amounts have been reduced by the pharmaceutical industry to trace levels or eliminated, except in commonly recommended flu vaccines, some of which contain the food emulsifier polysorbate 80, which disrupts the blood-brain barrier and helps create an extremely effective delivery system for escorting neurotoxic ethylmercury and other heavy metals straight to the brain. The U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences reports that ethylmercury, in particular, gets metabolized into even more toxic inorganic mercury and remains in the brain for years.

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Urban trees help reduce obesity and depression, improve productivity, boost educational outcomes and reduce incidences of asthma and heart disease for residents, yet according to The Nature Conservancy, American cities spend less than a third of 1 percent of municipal budgets on tree planting and maintenance. As a result, U.S. cities are losing 4 million trees per year. Each summer, thousands of unnecessary deaths result from heat waves in urban areas. Studies have shown that trees are a cost-effective solution. Too often, the presence or absence of urban nature and its associated benefits is tied to a neighborhood’s income level, resulting in dramatic health inequities. In some American cities, life expectancies in different neighborhoods located just a few miles apart can differ by as much as a decade. Not all of this health disparity is connected to the tree cover, but researchers are increasingly finding that neighborhoods with fewer trees have worse health outcomes, so inequality in access to urban nature can lead to worse health inequities.

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Cardiologists Urge Plant-Based Hospital Meals

The American College of Cardiology (ACC) is advising hospitals in improving patient menus by adding healthy, plant-based options and removing processed meats, which have been linked to 60,000 cardiovascular deaths annually. The ACC Heart-Healthy Food Recommendations for Hospitals states, “At least one plant-based main dish should be offered and promoted at every meal.” ACC also urges that processed meats such as bacon, sausage, ham, hot dogs and deli meats should not be offered at all. These guidelines extend to hospital cafeterias and onsite restaurants. The American Medical Association has also passed a resolution that calls on hospitals to provide similarly healthy meals. Processed meats are now considered carcinogenic to humans, according to the World Health Organization. A 50-gram serving a day—one hot dog or two strips of bacon—increases colorectal cancer risk by 18 percent. “Too many heart disease patients have had their recovery undermined by bacon and hot dogs on their hospital trays,” says Dr. Neal Barnard, president of the nonprofit Physicians Committee. 14

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Of 24 breakfast food samples tested by the Alliance for Natural Health USA, 10 showed the presence of glyphosate. Executive and Legal Director Gretchen DuBeau states, “We expected that trace amounts would show up in foods containing large amounts of corn and soy. However, we were unprepared for just how invasive this poison has been to our entire food chain.” In the study, the chemical, now revealed to be a probable carcinogen by the World Health Organization, was found in oatmeal, bagels, eggs, potatoes and non-GMO soy coffee creamer. The presence of glyphosate in dairy products may be due to bioaccumulation in the tissue of animals. DuBeau adds, “Glyphosate has been linked to increases in levels of breast, thyroid, kidney, pancreatic, liver and bladder cancers, and is being served for breakfast, lunch and dinner worldwide. The fact that it is showing up in foods like eggs and coffee creamers, which don’t directly contact the herbicide, proves that it’s being passed on by animals that ingest it in their feed. This is contrary to everything that regulators and industry scientists have been telling the public.”

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Australia’s Centre for Advanced Design in Engineering Training at Deakin University is practicing an affordable way to increase the availability of potable (drinkable) water in needy areas of the world. The project involves collecting plastic garbage from around the Pacific Islands and turning it into pellets, which are then extruded as 3-D printer filament to make replacement plumbing parts, often in short supply in those locations. That effort is called 3D WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene), and the children’s charity Plan International Australia will be the first recipient (


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hether from natural disasters, divisive politics, unmanageable workloads or a smartphone culture that makes it tough to unplug, U.S. adults are feeling more strain now than they have at any other time in the past decade, according to the American Psychological Association’s 2017 Stress in America Survey. One in three say their stress has increased in the past year and one in five rate the level at eight or more on a scale of one to 10. About three in five, or 59 percent, say they believe this is “the lowest point in the nation’s history” and nearly two-thirds say concerns about our nation’s future (including its health care, economy and international relations) are key sources of their stress. “We’re seeing significant stress transcending party lines,” notes Arthur C. Evans Jr., Ph.D., the association’s CEO. All that stress is having a powerful impact on health, with as many as 80 percent of visits to primary care physicians characterized as stress-related, according to the American Medical Association. 24

Adopting the right attitude can convert a negative stress into a positive one. ~Hans Selye Workplace stress accounts for 120,000 deaths a year—more than influenza, diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease combined—according to a 2015 Stanford University study. Yet, empowering news has emerged amid this epidemic of anxiety-related illness. Research shows that by eating right, exercising and changing our mindset about stress itself, we can buffer our bodies from many health hazards. “Unfortunately, you can’t always avoid the things that stress you out. But you can control how you respond to stress before it takes over your life,” says Melanie Greenberg, Ph.D., a Mill Valley, California, psychologist and author of the recent book The Stress-Proof Brain: Master Your Emotional Response to Stress Using Mindfulness and Neuroplasticity.

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Whether it’s an urgent email from the boss or a rude motorist driving unsafely, tense situations elicit a physiological response remarkably similar to what might occur if we were chased by a lion. Deep inside an almond-shaped region of the brain called the amygdala, an alarm goes off, signaling the release of hormones like adrenaline and cortisol that boost heart rate, usher extra blood to muscles, hasten breathing and spike blood sugar to provide more fuel for the brain to react. Evolutionarily, this response was key to early human survival, providing the energy boost needed to flee predators. Even today, it has its upside, says Greenberg. “In the short term, stress can be exciting and even beneficial, revving you up so you can put your passion and energy into something.” But chronic excess can lead to high blood pressure and blood sugar, inflammation, cognitive problems and a hair-trigger response to stress, in which our body overreacts even to mild annoyances. It can also, research suggests, accelerate aging by

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eroding the protective caps on our chromosomes, called telomeres. “Think of the stress response as an elastic band,” says Dr. Mithu Storoni, a Hong Kong physician and author of the new book Stress Proof: The Scientific Solution to Protect Your Brain and Body — and Be More Resilient Every Day. “If you pull it and it snaps back immediately, that’s fine. But if you pull it too intensely or too frequently, it doesn’t snap back, and there are lots of downstream consequences.”

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Eating right can better protect our bodies, says New York City Registered Dietitian Malina Malkani. She recommends loading up on nutrient-dense, high-fiber foods like leafy greens, beans and lentils, nuts and seeds during stressful times, because they can slow our rate of digestion and minimize unhealthy dips and spikes in blood sugar. Beneficial, bacteria-rich foods like yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut and kimchi are other foundational foods for stressresilience, says Storoni, because they can dampen bodily inflammation that arises from chronic tension. They can also replenish bacterial strains like lactobacillus and bifidobacteria which, according to studies of college students, tend to decrease when we feel pushed beyond our limits to handle what’s coming at us. One 2016 study of 171 volunteers, published in the Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, found that those that ate yogurt containing lactobacillus plantarum daily for two months had fewer markers of stress in their blood. Another study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2007 found that when 132 adults drank a probiotic-infused milk drink daily for three weeks and were then subjected to an anxiety-prone situation, their brains reacted more calmly than those of a control group. “Probably the most important thing you can do to make your body stressresilient is to maintain a healthy ecosystem of bacteria in your gut,” advises Malkani, who recommends exchanging dessert for low-sugar yogurt every day and taking probiotic supplements as well as steering clear of sweetened beverages and refined

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e can take charge and do even more things to keep stress at bay in the first place, says Christine Carter, Ph.D., a University of California, Berkeley, sociologist and author of The Sweet Spot: How to Accomplish More by Doing Less. “I’m all about prevention,” she says. “There are many ways to set up your life to be less stressful.”


Multitask less, monotask more:

“The brain was not evolved to multitask and it can be stressful when we try to do so,” says Carter, referencing a Stanford University study. “At the end of the day, we end up feeling fried.” She recommends setting up a “fortress against interruption” for an hour or two each day when we feel most alert. Put the phone on mute, don noisecanceling headphones and ask coworkers or family members to not interrupt your focus on an important priority.


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Americans say they constantly or often check their email, texts or social media accounts, according to the latest Stress in America Survey. Half of U.S. workers say they respond to every email within a half-hour. Carter recommends instead scheduling a block of time at the beginning and end of each day for the task. During weekends and evenings, disable email and social media notifications. Research shows the more often we check, the more stressed we are. One recent study of British office workers found that checking email almost immediately boosts heart rate, blood pressure and cortisol levels, while refraining causes the stress response to subside.


Limit choices: Making decisions can

be stressful, and we are all faced with an increasing number of them every day. To limit a personal decision-making load, get boring. Devise a meal plan that doesn’t vary from week to week (unless it’s a happy creative outlet). Stock the wardrobe with favorite styles of shirts and shoes in different

colors. Select and stick with one brand of natural toothpaste or granola.


Don’t overthink things: Ruminating on past events and relationship problems can be a great source of stress in the present moment. If there’s nothing that can be done about it, stop thinking about it. Literally visualize a stop sign when the thought bubbles up.


Daydream: Idle times, like standing

in line, sitting in traffic or showering can allow our brain to rest and recover from hassles. Embrace such opportunities and don’t clutter them up with technology; leave the phone and radio off.


Meditate: Invest 10 minutes daily to

sit still, focus on breathing, visualize an image or stare at an object and try to keep thoughts from drifting. Brain imaging studies published in the Brain Research Bulletin show that “Through [such] meditation, it’s possible to rewire your brain to create a new, stronger circuit that keeps your emotional reactivity under control,” says Dr. Mithu Storoni, who has published a book on the topic.


Heighten spirituality: Whether it’s regularly attending religious services, yoga meditation sessions or quiet walks in the woods, a spiritual practice can be a powerfully effective means of coping with stress and mitigating its health impacts. Duke University research shows that people regularly engaged in a spiritual practice are more likely to survive heart surgery, recover better from stroke, have shorter hospital stays and become depressed and stressed less often. “Spirituality connects you to the broader world, which in turn enables you to stop trying to control things all by yourself,” explains Dr. Roberta Lee, an integrative physician, in her book The SuperStress Solution. “When you feel part of a greater whole, it’s easy to understand that you aren’t responsible for everything that happens in life.” January 2018


and aggravate the physical impacts of stress, says Storoni. “If you want to exercise to relieve the stress you just experienced, keep it at low intensity,” counsels Storoni. If possible, work out in the morning, as it can boost melatonin levels at night, helping you get to sleep faster, she notes. pathdoc/

carbohydrates. The spice turmeric is also a good stress-buster due to its anti-inflammatory properties and ability to help normalize blood sugar, Storoni notes. Despite our natural craving for comfort food, it’s a good idea to go easy on saturated fats in the immediate aftermath of a traumatic situation, because stress slows fat metabolism. In one recent study, Ohio State University researchers asked 58 women about their previous day’s stressors, and then fed them the fat-loaded equivalent of a double cheeseburger and fries; the stressedout women burned 104 fewer calories. “If a woman had a stressful day at work every day and ate a meal like this, she could easily gain seven to 11 pounds in a year,” says study author Jan Kiecolt-Glaser, a professor of psychiatry and psychology and director of the university’s Institute for Behavioral Medicine. Exercise, too, can help combat stress-related illness. But Storoni attests that not all exercise is created equal. One recent study in the Journal of Physiology found that in animals daily moderate exercise (the equivalent of a light jog) can boost levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), a critical brain protein diminished by stress and sleep deprivation, significantly more than weight training or intense exercise. On the flip side, excess strenuous exercise (laps around the track or an intense gym workout) can boost inflammation, whither brain cells,

People with a stress-hardy mindset may temper stress as an “excite-and-delight” challenge in adventurous situations. Others “tendand-befriend”, reaching out to help and comfort in times of tragedy. Studies show that when participants are told, “You’re the kind of person whose performance improves under pressure,” it does—by as much as one-third. ~Harvard Medical School Healthbeat

Stress-Proofing Our Mindset

While diet and exercise can buffer our body from the impacts of chronic stress, a shift in mindset can keep it from becoming chronic in the first place, says Greenberg.“The goal is not to eliminate stress, but to put it in its place—to use its energizing and motivating aspects to take care of what needs to be done, and then relax,” and stop paying attention to it. This, she says, requires being mindful of what’s happening in the present moment. “When you feel your heart racing at the sight of another urgent demand at home or work, stop what you are doing, take a deep breath and tune into what’s happening in your body,–––” advises Greenberg. She notes that when the highly reactive amygdala “hijacks the brain”, we often say and do things in the heat of the moment that we later regret. Waiting just a moment (like counting to 10) allows the more rational part of our brain (the prefrontal cortex) to kick in. “It allows you to go from panic to, ‘I’ve got this.’” Greenberg observes that we often feel most stressed when we feel out of control.

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e have become a nation of couch potatoes. The average American takes only 5,900 steps a day, somewhat better than the sedentary Brits that average less than 4,000. The notion that overall we need to take 10,000 steps a day to be physically fit started with manpo-kei, a 1960s Japanese marketing tool to sell pedometers. While the 10,000 steps concept lacks specific supporting science, it’s widely acknowledged that we are healthier the more that we move. Affixing a target number to it helped spread the notion of the benefits of walking, says Catrine Tudor-Locke, Ph.D., a walking behavior researcher at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Tudor-Locke is a proponent of the walking goal, although she readily admits the real objective is to get people moving more. “Any opportunity to walk more, more frequently and farther, wherever that is—it all adds up,” she says.

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has tremendous mental and physical benefits that increase just by getting outside in the fresh air.” The biggest bang for the increased effort is the first 3,000 to 4,000 steps between the sedentary baseline and 10,000 steps, Tudor-Locke explains. “Still, 10,000 steps is the magic number for the average American,” says Dr. Michael Roizen, chief wellness officer at the Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, Ohio. “That specific number of steps seems to help break down insulin resistance, an underlying cause of Type 2 diabetes. We’re not exactly sure how this happens, but we know that this amount of exercise takes the glucose from the blood where it is a hazard to the cells, so that it becomes less hazardous.”

Exponential Health Benefits Many more well-documented health benefits of a walking program include: 4 increased heart health 4 lower blood pressure 4 stronger muscles 4 improved balance 4 weight control 4 natural stress relief Several studies from places like Harvard Medical School’s affiliate Brigham and Women’s Hospital also show that a brisk walking program nearly cut in half the risk of early death in breast cancer patients. Most exercise experts note that a walking pace that leaves the walker only slightly out of breath reaps the greatest rewards. “One hundred steps a minute is a good cadence,” advises Tudor-Locke. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends at least 150 minutes of exercise weekly, or 30 minutes five days a week, for virtually everyone. Many experts don’t believe it’s necessary to move for 30 minutes straight. Ten-minute increments work fine; so a quick morning walk around the block, another outing during the lunch hour and a refreshing walk with the dog after work can do the trick. Some evidence from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion suggests that varying walking speed is even more effective in overcoming insulin resistance and burning calories.

Counting Up Roizen recommends wearing a pedometer or using a free iPhone app (no need for a fitness band), mainly to keep up awareness of our daily step count. There’s no age when we don’t need to walk anymore. If a consistent 10,000 steps does wonders for health, some ask if more would be better. “Ten thousand is the answer for health and longevity, but 12,000 or more makes a difference for fitness and calorie burning, so go for it!” Roizen says. Kathleen Barnes is the author of numerous books on natural health, including Our Toxic World: A Survivor’s Guide. Connect at

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his kundalini yoga breathing technique, when combined with a brisk walking program, changes the basic rhythms of the body, even at cellular levels, according to the Kundalini Research Institute, in Santa Cruz, New Mexico. Breathwalking, a particular combination of breathing and walking, improves several brain functions, according to research the institute conducted with the University of Arizona. Breathwalking, compared to normal walking, increases executive function by as much as 80 percent and improves cognitive function, judgment and mental focus. Other findings by the institute are that breathwalking improves vision, including depth of field and clarity of detail, as well as muscle balance and heart function. “If aerobic exercise resembles the pure power of a single frequency emanating from a strong radio station, then breathwalking looks like many frequencies mixed into complex and richly textured patterns. One is a tone; the others add melody, chords and harmonies. It is like comparing loud noise to sophisticated music,” notes the organization’s website.

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he New York University Langone Medical Center recently reported that 74 percent of Americans experience some form of digestive distress, a quarter are obese and more than 100 million U.S. adults are pre-diabetic and don’t know it. While many blame such problems on eating wheat, some food scientists disagree, including those citing two major studies by Harvard researchers; following more than 100,000 people for 25 years, they concluded that those eating the most wheat compared to low-gluten folks had a 13 percent lower diabetes risk and no greater risk of heart disease.

While the standard American diet, which includes highly processed wheat, is likely responsible for many of these health concerns, plenty of science links a diet rich in whole grains, including whole wheat, to weight loss, better digestion and lower blood sugar. The Mediterranean Diet, replete with whole grains and wheat, is still revered as one of the healthiest-known diets. Centenarians that live in the famed “blue zones”, recognized for their longevity-enhancing environment and lifestyles, eat a non-processed, whole-food diet rich in whole grains and wheat. Many Americans that are gluten-sen-

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The first step toward reestablishing digestive strength is avoiding all processed foods. A study in the journal Diabetes Care linked a processed food diet to a 141 percent increase in belly fat, high blood sugar and high cholesterol. It further showed that a diet of whole grains, including wheat, reduced the risk of these health concerns by 38 percent. Monitor these ingredients to achieve a healthier diet. n Avoid all added sugars or artificial sweeteners. Allow nothing more than six grams of naturally occurring sugar per serving. n Avoid fried foods and baked goods made with refined cooking oils used to preserve them like bread, muffins, cookies, energy bars, most packaged foods and chips. n Eat bread that’s only made of organic whole wheat, salt water and starter.

Restore Liver and Gallbladder Function

Highly processed vegetable oils are used as preservatives in most packaged foods, including bread. Processing these oils renders them indigestible. Linked to congestion of the liver and gallbladder, they disable liver bile so it can’t break down either good or bad fats, also making it insufficient to buffer stomach acids. Without adequate bile production to neutralize stomach acid, the stomach won’t produce the needed acid to digest proteins like gluten and the casein in dairy. This malady has effected a huge spike in gallbladder surgeries and epidemic levels of obesity, high blood sugar and food intolerances. To boost bile flow, enjoy these foods daily: n Eat one red beet and one apple a day— either raw, cooked, juiced or blended. Add celery and make a bile-flow smoothie. n Consume one teaspoon of both coconut oil and high-quality olive oil per day. n Eat more artichokes, bitter roots and leafy greens. n Drink fennel and fenugreek tea with meals.

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hysician Harold G. Koenig, an international authority on religion, health and ethical issues in medicine, has dedicated his career to understanding the relationship between faith and health. Koenig, who has surveyed the scientific literature, shares the mounting evidence linking the power of faith to better health and well-being. Koenig struggled for three decades to determine his life’s purpose before a spiritual transformation in 1984 set him on a Christian path. “As I’m able to surrender my will and follow God’s lead, I’ve found an increasing flow of blessings. Even in those times when I’m self-centered, the blessings continue. I can only attribute it to the incredible undeserved grace and mercy of one who understands and forgives,” he says. He’s the director of Duke University’s Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health, an associate professor of medicine at the Duke University Medical Center, in Durham, North Carolina, and author of nearly 50 books. Titles include The Healing Power of Faith, The Handbook of Religion and Health, and the recent You Are My Beloved. Really?, musings on the nature of divine love.

What maintains people’s faith in the face of worldly adversity? Adversity can increase people’s faith; when things are going well, people don’t feel the same urgent need for religion. Why do hurricanes happen? Why do people experience chronic pain? When someone is in the midst of challenges, there is no easy explanation, even though there can be many answers. Sometimes all you can do is to have faith that a good God reigns, despite appearances. That can lead to a sense of well-being and spiritual purpose, even in the midst of bad material experiences. How you’ve dealt with life prior to a challenge matters. If you follow a spiritual 32

path and practice, when bad things happen, you can lean on your foundation of faith; you’re better prepared. Once you’re in the middle of it, all you may feel is the pain and a desperate desire to get rid of it. One of the most precious gifts we have as humans is the freedom to choose. We can be selfish and strictly pleasure-seeking, or we can be kind and altruistic. We can turn toward or away from our divine source.

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the sense of trust we have as infants. In this way, parents’ faith-based moral values also can favorably affect their children’s levels of stress, depression and drug use later on.

Is there a tension between the yearning for scientific certainty and the intuitive nature of faith? I feel that tension constantly as a scientist and a believer. I’m always challenging myself; you have to be objective as a scientist, to observe without reading into things. But the wisdom of the scriptures has endured through thousands of years, applied by believers through the ages in many different groups and cultures. About 80 percent of Americans today believe in God, nearly 90 percent in a higher power, and 84 percent of the world’s people have religious faith. Such faith must serve some kind of function for it to have persisted throughout the millennia. There is much that is still unknown, and may not be knowable from a scientific perspective. You need to use common sense and intuition. It requires a leap of faith, but once you do it, everything falls into line—though I admit as a scientist I keep trying to understand things from a rational perspective.

What are the pathways by which spirituality contributes to health? Science supports firsthand experience; that the virtues instilled by a religious path ultimately lead to better decision making, relationships and greater well-being. They help to neutralize negative emotions. These benefits accrue through adulthood and yield fruit into old age. The coping mechanism that spiritual practices provide is also important. It helps us to tolerate and navigate difficult situations and integrate meaning and purpose into daily life. I don’t think science can prove to us that faith leads to divine healing. But through natural mechanisms alone, ones that we can understand and study, tremendous evidence exists to show that it benefits health and maybe even longevity. Connect with freelancer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at


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ccording to a Pew Forum study, nearly 80 percent of Americans believe in miracles. When we think we can’t handle burdensome difficulties on our own, we often seek help from a higher power, pleading: Cure me or my loved one of this illness. Aid me in providing for myself and my family. Bring me someone to love. Help me resolve this intensely painful situation. Protect loved ones from the harm they’re subjecting themselves to. If we want miracles to unfold in our lives, we must actively participate in their manifestation. Here are five ways to manifest more miracles in our lives.


Be Grateful for Everything

Gratitude deserves its positive buzz. When we’re grateful, our energy changes and our light shines. Our perspective shifts from scarcity to abundance. We bring forth divine blessings by being tuned into the giving nature of the creator of all. When we live in a state of gratitude, good people, opportunities and blessings arrive.


Stop Using Excuses to Do Nothing

When we take a positive step in our lives—it can be anything—a way forward will often appear that may be unrelated to the blessing we receive. For example, clearing out clutter may clarify a career move. Taking a course to build a new skill may introduce us to a new friend. In beginning a new exercise routine, we may discover self-confidence in other areas of life.


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Step out of routines, broaden horizons and bust through comfort zones. Bumps and bruises may occur, but bravery is rewarded. Miracles are not beyond our grasp, but we may need to extend our reach in ways we’ve never done before.


Help Others Receive the Miracles They Pray For

Experience the bliss of being a giver. Share what others need. Sponsor a child’s education. Give unused belongings to people that desperately need them. Offer words of encouragement. It all matters more than we realize.


Trust Intuition

When we listen to our intellect instead of our inner heart-and-soul guidance system, we get turned around and off course. We all have an inner knowing that can help us get where we want to go. Divine wisdom always trumps the human mind. When we tune into it and trust what it’s telling us, we invite miracles into our lives. We all have the power to participate in creating miracles for ourselves and others by bringing to fruition what did not seem remotely possible. It’s easy to start by practicing these five miracle-creating strategies. J. Marie Novak is an author, life transformation mentor and founder of the Believe and Create online community. Learn how to believe in and create the life you were born to live at

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Healthy Weight Kids Food Choices that Prevent Obesity by Amber Lanier Nagle

Small changes in daily eating routines translate into healthier weight for America’s kids.


n 2010, President Obama and Michelle Obama launched Let’s Move! as their signature initiative to tackle epidemic levels of U.S. childhood obesity. While modest progress has been made, it remains a public health crisis. A brief by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the obesity rate remained fairly stable at nearly 17 percent between 2011 and 2014 for children 2 to 19 years old. Caused mainly by inadequate physical activity, unhealthy diets and rare genetic factors, obesity increases the risk of significant health problems, including high blood pressure and Type 2 diabetes, plus joint and breathing issues. “We must launch our own family anti-obesity campaigns,” urges pediatrician Ricardo Riesco, co-owner of Peds Care, in Dalton, Georgia. “Along with increasing activity levels, we can encourage healthier eating habits at home and lead by example.” 36

Portions Matter In today’s “supersize-me” climate, teaching youngsters about appropriate portion sizes is imperative in fostering healthy eating habits. “It’s often hard for parents to find time to cook a meal at home,” Riesco acknowledges. “Too often, parents will pick up fast food for dinner, which is typically higher in calories and fat, plus the portion sizes are far too large.” When parents can’t prepare a meal from scratch, a frozen, boxed meal can be a better alternative than fast food. “The portions are more appropriate, so there’s more control of how much a child eats.” Tasty frozen organic meals are now available at many grocers.

Rethinking Family Plates “A large part of the obesity problem stems from children consuming sodas and refined, processed, junk and fried foods,” says Daemon “Dr. Dae” Jones, a Washington, D.C., naturopathic physician and author of Eat More Plants. “They are low in

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Breakfast provides fuel for the body and helps young minds concentrate and learn, so experts warn against skipping or skimping on it. “I tell parents to, ‘Get out of the box,’” says Doctor of Naturopathy JoAnn Yanez, executive director of the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges. “Offer them a balance of fats, proteins and complex carbohydrates.” She suggests making a batch of pancakes using an extra egg or almond meal for protein, served with fresh fruit and nitrate-free sausage. “I also recommend steel cut oats,” she says. “I make them in advance, and in the morning add in all sorts of good stuff such as fresh fruit, almond meal and almond milk.” “Although almost everything can be enjoyed in moderation, decreasing or eliminating high-calorie, high-fat, lownutrient treats can also help children develop healthy eating habits for life and prevent obesity,” says Registered Dietitian Wendy Palmer, manager of child wellness and a certified health education specialist at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. “A medium-sized apple or banana, or a cup of baby carrots with hummus, is a nutrientrich snack for kids. Avoid snacks that have no nutritional value or are coated in sugar.” For more good ideas, see HealthySnackingOptions.

No Sugary Drinks “There’s a strong correlation between sugary drinks and overweight, obese children,” observes Palmer. “I recommend that parents remove all sugary sodas, sports drinks and juice boxes from their children’s diets. Water and unsweetened seltzer water are great alternatives.”

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Palmer notes that many eating patterns are set before a child turns 3, so limiting all sugary drinks, including juices, is an important component of teaching young children healthier eating habits that will last a lifetime. Studies suggest a strong link between obese children and obese adults, so for parents concerned that their child’s cute baby fat has turned into something more, the time to act is now. Amber Lanier Nagle is a freelance writer in Northwest Georgia (

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econdary causes of childhood obesity include pervasive junk food marketing. A recent study in Obesity Reviews showed that young people exposed to advertising for foods and beverages high in fat, sugar and salt had a higher incidence of selecting the advertised products instead of healthier options. Parents can use simple strategies to limit their kids’ exposure to this mesmerizing influence.

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Reduce Screen Time—Decrease the amount of time children spend viewing TV, computers, tablets and smartphones.


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the Ocean Conservancy and its partners announced a $150 million preventive plan. “This is a major breakthrough for trash-free seas,” says Susan Ruffo, the conservancy’s managing director of international initiatives. “Our research found improved waste management in Southeast Asian countries [Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam and China] can halve plastic going in the ocean by 2025.” When the United Nations launched the Clean Seas campaign in 2017, Indonesia pledged $1 billion to reduce plastic waste by

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Lacking space, technology and equipment to transform waste into reusable materials, U.S. municipalities typically ship it to a sorter for processing elsewhere; often to China, where new regulations restrict what’s accepted, leaving trash haulers scrambling. Although recyclable, these are the worst plastics: #3, Polyvinyl chloride, used in plastic wrap, toys, squeeze bottles and packaging for peanut butter, contains lead and phthalate esters (chemical compounds) that affect development of testosterone, according to a study by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. #6, Polystyrene, in Styrofoam, plastic utensils and disposable or carryout containers, is toxic to our brain and nervous system; ask what restaurants use. #7, Polycarbonate, found in the lining of canned foods, sports drinks, juice drinks, ketchup bottles and clear sippy cups, contains bisphenol A (BPA), a proven endocrine disruptor.

Small Changes Make a Difference Recycling weakens plastic grocery bags, necessitating double-bagging to avoid spills. Average families annually accumulate about 1,500 plastic bags, with 99 percent ending in landfills, as litter or stuffed in the pantry, according to the Center for Biological Diversity. Worldwide, many countries ban or tax bags. “Annually, 50 billion water bottles are sold globally, including 30 billion in the U.S. That’s 1,500 individual water bottles thrown away per second,” says Deanna Latson, co-founder of ARIIX, which makes water purification systems, in Bountiful, Utah. “One filter can purify the equivalent of thousands of them a year.” The U.S. annual bottle recycling rate is 23 percent. Beth Terry, of Oakland, California, author of Plastic-Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too, offers

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ancer is the leading cause of canine fatalities in the U.S., Europe and Japan. Often diagnosed too late, the risks, heartache and expense of aggressive traditional treatments have many people searching for healthy alternatives. Although the causes are not well understood, we can give our companion the best possible chance of prevention.


Avoid Pet Obesity

In studies across species, caloric restriction has been shown to help prevent tumor development and progression. Obesity is strongly linked to increased cancer risk in humans and is assumed so in dogs. For people, cancer is also connected with excessive glucose, increased insulin sensitivity, inflammation and oxidative stress. Overfeeding a dog is not a loving thing to do.


Choose an AntiInflammatory Diet

Creating or promoting inflammation raises cancer risk by facilitating abnormal cells to proliferate. Current research suggests cancer is actually a chronic, inflamma-

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tory disease. Because cancer cells require the glucose in carbohydrates as an energy source, limit or eliminate carbs present in processed grains, fruits with fructose and starchy vegetables. Cancer cells generally can’t use dietary fats for energy, so appropriate amounts of good-quality fats are nutritionally healthy. Another major contributor to inflammation is poor-quality, processed pet food, which is typically high in omega-6 fatty acids and low in omega-3. Omega-6s increase inflammation; omega-3s do the reverse. A healthy, moist dog diet contains real, whole, organic, non-GMO (genetically modified) foods, preferably raw—also plenty of high-quality protein, including muscle meat, organs and bone; moderate amounts of animal fat; high levels of EPA and DHA (omega-3 fatty acids, such as those present in krill oil); and some fresh-cut ground veggies; plus antioxidant-rich fruit. Consider adding both vitamin/mineral and other supplements like probiotics, digestive enzymes, medicinal mushrooms and super green foods. Work with a holistic or integrative veterinarian to determine the best regime.

Exposure 3Reduce to Toxins

Harmful toxins include chemical pesticides like flea and tick preventives, lawn chemicals, tobacco smoke, flame retardants and all common household cleaners. A six-year study by the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, at Tufts University, showed that exposure to lawn pesticides, specifically those applied by lawn care companies, raised the risk of canine malignant lymphoma up to 70 percent. Conventional flea and tick preventives are pesticides, whether spot-on treatments, pills, dips, solutions, shampoos or collars. Chemical spot-on products attracted U.S. Environmental Protection Agency attention based on reports of 40,000 adverse events in 2008, including 600 animal deaths. Because avoiding all toxins is nearly impossible, consider periodic detoxification based on a vet’s recommendation. For a dog with constant exposure to toxic chemicals all summer, a daily oral detox protocol is sound. If the only source is a monthly dose of a flea and tick product, limit a detox to the week after each pill or topical treatment.



Refuse Unnecessary Vaccinations

To properly maintain a dog’s first line of defense—the immune system—don’t overstimulate it with vaccines. Tailor vaccine protocols to minimize risk and maximize protection, considering the dog’s breed, background, nutritional status and overall vitality. A good protocol with healthy puppies is to provide a single parvovirus and distemper vaccine at or before 12 weeks of age, and a second set after 14 weeks. Cautious vets then order a titer test (at a lab that uses the immunofluorescence assay method) two weeks after the last set of vaccines. If the dog has been successfully immunized, it’s protected for life. If titer tests indicate low vaccine levels (unlikely), try a booster for only the specific viruses that titered low, and only those to which the animal has a real risk of exposure. Combination vaccines (four to eight viruses in one injection), a standard booster at many veterinary practices, is not recommended.


Maintain Physical Integrity Until at Least 18 to 24 Months of Age

Studies from Purdue University, the University of California, Davis, and others show a clear link between spaying/neutering and increased cancer rates in dogs, especially large breeds. These include increased risk of osteosarcoma in Rottweilers neutered or spayed before their first birthday; double the risk of bone cancer in neutered or spayed large, purebred dogs versus intact (not neutered) dogs; and three to four times the cancer rates for spayed female golden retrievers versus intact females. Opting for ovary-sparing spays (hysterectomy) is another option that preserves sex hormones while rendering the animal sterile. Applying these five suggestions in caring for a dog throughout its life offers a pet a good chance for a cancer-free and overall healthy, high-quality life. Karen Becker, a doctor of veterinary medicine, is a proactive, integrative practitioner who consults internationally and writes for Mercola Healthy Pets (

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Annual Psychic and Healing Arts Fair January 13 • 10am-6pm Featuring amazing services, intuitive readers, life coaches, speakers, products, healers, chair massage, yoga, fitness. This is the event for experiencing real intuitive guidance, alternative healing therapies, great information and the wonderfully diverse spiritual community in the Pensacola, Florida. Door prizes. Now Accepting Vendors, Intuitive, Readers, Healers.

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New Year’s Day Yoga – 11am-12:30pm. Yoga, breath, and renewal with Laura Tyree. The time has come to let go of the past and step into the now. Step into all that can be you. Release the old and embrace the new. $25. Dragonfly Yoga Studio, 184 Brooks St. SE, Bldg 2, FWB. 850-244-0184.

Sleep Intentionally – 6:30-7:30pm. Dive into the comfort of a relaxing atmosphere surrounded by comfortable beds to learn about how to have a healthy nights’ sleep using herbal remedies and essential oils. 8059 Navarre Pkwy, Navarre. 850-621-2675. Florida

THURSDAY, JANUARY 4 Boost Your Immune System – 8-9pm. The immune system battles infection to keep us healthy. Discover in this webinar the factors that contribute to immune health and how doTERRA essential oils and products can contribute. Register at: http://bit. ly/eoimmune. Free. Online Zoom. 850-333-3052.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 5 DIY Body Butter Bars & Body Care Basics – 6:307:30pm. Learn a few key points of why natural body care products are extremely important to our health and turn that knowledge into soothing, moisturizing body butter bars that are naturally scented with essential oils. Each attendee leaves with their own body butter bar. $5. Esther’s Garden of Healing, 8184 Navarre Pkwy, Navarre. 850-499-3670. DianaPereira@

SATURDAY, JANUARY 6 Leave Your Fat Behind – 2-3:30pm. It’s time to say “bye-bye” to last year’s stubborn fat. Start your New Year off burning more fat, having more energy and feeling great. Learn cutting-edge science for boosting your metabolism, shedding stubborn waist, hip and belly fat, and get back to feeling vibrant. $5. Wellness Rocks, 7040 Brighton Oaks, Navarre. 850-687-0826. What’s all the Fuss about Essential Oils – 6-7:30pm. Come learn the answers to all your burning questions about the pendulum swing back to natural options for preventative healthcare and the versatility of essential oils for optimal overall wellness. Brava Hair Studio & Boutique, 7552 Navarre Pkwy, Ste 5, Navarre. 850-499-3670. PereiraProduceandHealth.


THURSDAY, JANUARY 11 Free: Introduction to THETA Healing – 5:306pm. Need more unconditional love in your life. Learn more about Theta Healing and how it can improve your life, in this free lecture by Felicia McQuaid: Certified ThetaHealer and Teacher. One lucky attendee will receive an intuitive reading. This technique uses focused prayer and the THETA brain wave to make permanent changes from the core level of each individual. Free. The Healing Clinic, 184 Brooks St, Ste 1, FWB. 850217-2771. TheHealing Naturally Simple Weight Loss Make-N-Take – 6:30-7:30pm. Join us for a talk on fat, where it comes from and how to reduce it in your body. Bring your friends and leave with a “detoxification & fat burner” roller bottle to get you started on your health and wellness journey. $5. 9089 Deer Lane, Navarre. 850-499-3670.

Days Inn & Suites Navarre Conference Center, 8700 Navarre Pkwy, Navarre. 850-941-4321. Winter Wellness Naturally – 11am-Noon. Learn the routine that has kept our family well or shortened the duration of many unwanted environmental threats that might be lurking out and about during this chilly season using vitamins, herbal remedies and essential oils. Ever’man Cooperative, 315 W Garden St, Pens. 850-499-3670. DianaPereira@ Naturally Simple Pain Relief Make-N-Take – 5-6:30pm. Explore natural options for pain relief including herbal assistants, essential oils. Discover how to make your own pain relief roller bottle to take with you. $5. Esther’s Garden of Healing, 8184 Navarre Pkwy, Navarre. 850-499-3670. PereiraProduceandHealth.


UFO Exploration – 7-9pm. Hosted by John Shelburn and Freddie Newman. $5 donation. Capstone House, 1713 Beck Ave. Panama City. 850-7479224. $5 Donation at door. Capstone House, 1713 Beck Ave., Panama City. 850-747-9224.

What’s all the Fuss about Essential Oils – 6-7:30pm. Learn what the hype is about essential oils and the answers to all your burning questions about the pendulum swing back to natural options for preventative healthcare and the versatility of essential oils for optimal overall wellness. Nutrition Time, 12109 Panama City Beach Pkwy, Panama City Beach. 740-974-7747. DianaPereira@live. com.



Live Your Passion Rally – 9:30-11:30am. Start the year off by attending the Young Living Live Your Passion Rally. Hear the latest announcements from YL Corporate, new product launches and get inspired to live a life of wellness. $5. Residence, 26 Barkley Drive, Atmore. 251-368-1275.

Basic DNA: THETA Healing 1 – 10am-5pm. About Basic DNA ThetaHealing Workshop. The Basic DNA introduces the ThetaHealing techniques and focuses on activating the 12 strands of DNA within each participant. Change life patterns held in place by core, genetic, historic and soul beliefs, either self-inflicted or externally imposed. $450. The Healing Clinic, 184 Brooks St. Ste 1, FWB. 850-217-2771.

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Wellness Coaching and Treatments – Call for apt. time. Get clear and move forward on your life path. Through setting intentions, clarity coaching, and specifically designed treatments for body, emotions, and mind, to help you release, gain lightness and calm for mind, spirit and physical body. Personalized life coaching, Ayurvedic consultations, therapeutic modalities, ancient wisdom, and customized treatments. Call for Rates. Indigo Earth Spa, 443 Grace Avenue, Panama City. 850-303-3669. Winter Wellness Naturally Make-N-Take – 6:307:30pm. Learn the routine that has kept our family well or shortened the duration of many unwanted environmental threats using vitamins, herbal remedies and essential oils. Leave the event with your own immune boosting teas and essential oils roller bottle to assist in keeping your family healthy. $10. Esther’s Garden of Healing, 8184 Navarre Pkwy, Navarre. 850-499-3670.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 20 Introduction to Herbal Medicine – 11am12:30pm. Learn how to use inexpensive bulk herbs to cure your families’ ailments and discomforts. Discover infusions, decoctions, tinctures, capsules, and salves. Plus, basic herbs and their uses. Ever’man Cooperative, 315 W Garden St, Pens. 850-499-3670. Rollin’ through the Work Week Make-N-Take – 4:30-6:30pm. A roller ball event for your 9-5 woes makes even the worst job bearable. Learn a bit about how essential oils work and create a few to get you through the next week. Bring a friend and leave with your own creation to make next week just a bit easier. $5. 417 Cobia Ave, FWB. 850-499-3670. PereiraProduceandHealth.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 25 Understanding CBD Oil – 6:30-7:30pm. An informative introduction to CDB oil and the growing potential as a medicine for maladies like anxiety, PTSD, depression, pain, seizures, inflammation, spasms, cancer, nausea and infections. Learn more about THC concerns, Charlotte’s web, uses and applications and product variances. Free. Sponsored by Wellness Rocks Naturally at Unity Pensacola, 716 North 9th Ave, Pens. 850-687-0825.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 27 Naturally Simple Weight Loss & Body Wrap – 2-4pm. Join us for a talk on fat, where it comes from and how to reduce it in your body. Bring your friends to enjoy a body wrap and leave with a “detoxification & fat burner” roller bottle to get you started on your health and wellness journey. $10. 8126 Cosica Blvd, Navarre. 850-499-3670. DianaPereira@live. com. Essential Oils for Dancers Make-N-Take – 5:307pm. Explore the world of essential oils, how they work and their benefits for the many concerns of the avid dancer — ­ and dance mamas. Bring your friends and leave with a complimentary roller-ball. $5. Broadway Lights Dance Studio, 5668 Gulf Breeze Pkwy Unit B11, GB. 850-499-3670. DianaPereira@

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7 Cooking with Essential Oils Lunch and Learn – 12pm-1:30pm. Learn to create and amplify meals with flavor and added health benefits by adding essential oils. We’ll make a drink, appetizer, salad, and dessert and give additional prized recipes and useful tips. $5. 7040 Brighton Oaks Blvd, Navarre. 850-687-0826.

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 3 Workout Wonders – 2-3pm. Workout support and pain relievers may create more concerns than good. Learn why and how to get the most out of your workout, and recovery as well as caring for pain or injuries that limit your abilities to do what you enjoy. Stay fit and flexible naturally. Bring a friend and leave with a gift. 7040 Brighton Oaks, Navarre. 850-687-0826. Rollin’ through the Work Week Make-N-Take – 4:30-6:30pm. A roller ball event for your 9-5 woes

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A Course in Miracles Study Group – 8:309:30am. A Course in Miracles is a complete selfstudy 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. 850-438-2948.

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.


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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.

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Pilates Modified Equipment Class – 9.4510:45am. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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 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. Rest & Restore Yoga – 6-7pm. 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 signin and set up. Fall Special $12. Bodyworks by Bull, 4 9th Ave, Ste B, Shalimar. 850-651-2286. Reiki Sharing – 7-9pm. Reiki Healing with Ben Orr . Donation Fee. Capstone House, 1713 Beck Ave, Panama City. 850-747-9224. CapstoneHouse28@ 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.

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. 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. 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. 850438-2277. 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. 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. Thought Technology Techniques – 7-9pm. 1st & 3rd Tues, with Tali Cluxton. Law of Attraction studies. Learn and practice techniques to use your intentions in a way that will help you to live a happier, more fulfilling life. Public welcome. Donation Fee. Capstone House, 1713 Beck Ave , Panama City. 850-747-9224. Urantia Book Study Group – 7-9pm. 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.

wednesday 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. Finding Balance w/Missy – 6-7:30pm. Begins 1/3. Missy for this 4-week yoga series, “Finding Balance in the New Year”. Cultivate balance on your mat and in your yoga practice and discover practical ways to create balance in your daily life. Each class will incorporate longer held Yin postures and traditional Balancing poses. Explore active, fluid movement

and learn to ‘let go’ with passive Restorative postures. $60. The Healing Clinic, 184 Brooks St. #1, FWB. 850-217-2771. A Course in Miracles Study Group – 6:307:30pm. A Course in Miracles is a complete selfstudy 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. 850438-2948. Spiritual Capitalist Mastermind Group – 7pm9pm. Join this group’s intention to net at least a 6-figure income over the next 12 months, by providing massive value to the world. Discover the next evolutionary phase of business, the mindset of the monkey and possession, love and integrity versus material possessions and a “profit above all else” mentality. (Aka greed). Evolving from material consciousness to ethical consciousness. FREE. Earthwaking University, 9721 Thomas Dr, PCB. 8508969198.

thursday Pilates Multi-Level Mat Fusion Class – 8:309:30am. And Mon. 5:15pm. A fusion of Pilates mat exercises, myofascial release stretches and body rolling. Release restrictions causing pain, fatigue and stiffness then align and strengthen with Pilates. $15 drop in, $10/account rate. Pilates Core Training, 1308 Dunmire St, Pensacola. 850-287-5836. Pilates 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.

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Belly Dancing w/Sarah – 6-7:30pm. 4-week series of lessons that nourishes your Goddess energy with belly dance. Be confident, love your body, improve posture, boost self-esteem, reduce stress and anxiety, learn the fundamentals of belly dance. Belly Dance is one of the most ancient art forms of dance. It is also a great low impact workout that tones your entire body while empowering your inner Goddess. $60. The Healing Clinic, 184 Brooks St. #1, FWB. 850-217-2771. YoginiFelicia@yahoo. com. Capstone Women’s Group – 6:30-8:30pm. Capstone House new women’s group is about mind, body, and spirit as well as supporting women. $5 donation. Capstone House, 1713 Beck Ave., PC. 850-747-9224. UFO Exploration – 7-9pm. 1st 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


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.

saturday Pilates Advanced Equipment Class – 6:458:45am. For those with a strong core and strong foundation in the Pilates fundamentals. Challenging exercises using the reformer, tower, jumping board and Pilates chair. $30 drop in, $25/account rate. Pilates Core Training, 1308 Dunmire St, Pensacola. 850-287-5836. 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 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.

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

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

Warm Yang/Yin Yoga – 6-7:15pm. The first half of the class is yang (active) yoga, where we use rhythmic, slow flowing poses following the breath.The Yin portion of this class is a gentle, quiet, and meditative practice that teaches us to relax and accept ourselves just as we are. $5. Uru Yoga Gulf Breeze, 913 Gulf Breeze Pkwy #26, Gulf Breeze.

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.

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. Entrepreneurial Consultation – 6:30-8:30pm. 3rd Fri. For those interested in starting or growing

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Intuitive 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. 850-941-4321.

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

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

FOR SALE CAFE EQUIPMENT FOR SALE – Gently used and well cared for cafe equipment and furniture.

Includes under counter refrigeration, double door refrigerator, work stations, juicers, tables and chairs. Call 850-225-7103.

is now offering treatment for many womens’ health issues. For more information, please call 850-2319131or email CaringTouch


SMUDGING AND HOME ENERGY CLEARING – A house is like a sponge where energies transpire and become absorbed in the elements – negative emotions accumulate over time – especially in older homes. Clearing the energies creates a harmonious environment. In addition to the smudging, Alex uses different methods to lift, brighten and circulates higher positive feelings. Alex - 850-582-2285.

COMPREHENSIVELY TRAINED PILATES INSTRUCTOR WANTED – Join Barbara Bruni’s team at her busy studio, Pilates Core Training, Pensacola. The studio encompasses a warm and caring environment for clients specializing in Pilates, Gyrotonics, Myofascial Release and Structural Integration. Minimum of three years Pilates experience required; preferably trained in Contemporary Pilates with a rehabilitation background. Must be a team player with the ability to retain and recruit new clients. Send resume to ESTHETICIAN / MASSAGE THERAPIST / WAX SPECIALIST FT/PT – Looking for reliable friendly therapists to join our team. Flexible schedule, benefits, everything provided for you. Indigo Earth Spa, Panama City. 850-303-3669.’ MASSAGE THERAPIST FT/PT – Flexible Schedules, Benefits, Clean, supplied, professional environment, so you can focus on doing what you love. Massage Envy in Pier Park, Destin and Fort Walton Beach, Destin, 850-650-8500. FWB, 850-301-2000 Panama City Beach, 850-563-0070 MM#35714, 36004, 36005.

SERVICES MYOFASCIAL RELEASE FOR HEALTH MAINTENANCE – Janet Hardy, LMT, BCTMB, John F. Barnes’ expert Myofascial Release therapist

SPIRITUAL COUNSELING / COACHING – Spiritual counseling and coaching available with Rev. Jamie Sanders. Metaphysical approach, meditation and affirmative prayer. 850-438-2277.

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

WEDDING SERVICE BEAUTIFUL MARRIAGE CEREMONIES – Spiritual marriage ceremonies with Rev. Jamie Sanders at Unity of Pensacola or your location of choice. Packages available. 850-438-2277

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Connecting you to the leaders in natural healthcare and green living in our community. To find out how you can be included in the Community Resource Guide email to request our media kit or call 850-687-0826.


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


BIOFEEDBACK Teresa Brown-Konell 1211 E Strong St 850-776-1076 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 39 (Emerald Coast and Pensacola Editions).


8th Element Wellness, LLC 90 Beal Pkwy NW, Ste A1, FWB 850-225-4031

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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.


Janet Hardy, LMT Board Certified Myofascial Release Therapist Expert Level Santa Rosa Beach • 850-231-9131 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.

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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,


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

Specializing in pain management massage and a blend of therapeutic massage techniques with focused intention to de-stress the body and mind. MA50499. See ad, page 13.

Karen Kennedy, MD 1118 Gulf Breeze Pkwy, Ste 201, GB 7552 Navarre Pkwy, Navarre 850-916-7766

Janice Skene 114-B Benning Dr, Destin • 850-837-2690





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 29 (Emerald Coast Edition).

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 13.


609 W Chase St, Pensacola 850-582-0177 • 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 29 (Pensacola Edition).

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


11525 Hutchison Blvd, Ste 103, PC 850-775-4913 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 22.


339 Racetrack Rd NW, Ste 3 850-863-5811 • 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 3.


211-E Main St, Destin 850-687-8603 • 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.


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

HENARD FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC Dr Karen Henard-Carter, DC 4566 Hwy 20 E, Ste 205, Niceville 850-897-1105 •

A second generation chiropractor, Dr. Henard is committed to chiropractic wellness for the f a m i l y, i m p r o v i n g h e a l t h naturally. More than 16 years’ experience in pediatrics, sports and automobile injuries. Most insurance and affordable cash plans.


John S Kovar, DC 29 G Miracle Strip Hwy SW, FWB 850-244-1200 • 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

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.



106 Wright Pkwy SW, FWB 850-243-1534 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 and 39.


Intuitive Spiritual Center 700 Beal Pkwy, Unit D, FWB • 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

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 8.


IAOMT Protocol 225 W Laurel Ave, Foley, AL 251-943-2471 • 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 17.


1191-B Eglin Pkwy, Shalimar 850-716-7226 •

Fort Walton Beach’s healthy food alternative. Whether its just for lunch or a weeks worth of pre-made meals, perfectly portioned. Clean Eatz has fresh healthy meals ready when you are. Remember, “you can’t exercise away a bad diet”. See ad, page 2.


850-499-4697 • 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 27.

The truth is that there is no actual stress or anxiety in the world; it’s your thoughts that create these false beliefs. You can’t package stress, touch it or see it. There are only people engaged in stressful thinking. ~Wayne Dyer January 2018



4463 Commons Dr W, Destin 850-460-8720 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 38.


3101 E Cervantes St, Pensacola 850-454-4082 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 19.

FOODS & SUPPLEMENTS ALTERNATIVE HEALTH FOOD STORE 5533 Highway 90 850-994-3606 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).


2227 Ferdon Blvd, Crestview 850-682-8893 • Find us on Facebook Knowledgeable staff and cutting edge digital health assessments. Dairy-free and gluten-free food items, supplements, homeopathic solutions and anti-aging products, plus delicious nutritional smoothies. See ad, page 17.



339 Racetrack Rd NW, Ste 3 850-863-5811 • 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 3.


Theresa Ellis and Beth Workman 2475 E 9 Mile Rd, Ste E, Pensacola 850-912-6996 • 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 12.

1211 E Strong St, Pensacola 850-206-1853 Experienced intuitive medium, public speaker and author. Find peace, healing and renewal of e n e rg y t h r o u g h e n e rg e t i c clearing, past life regression and spiritual counseling. Consultations in person or by phone. See ad, page 39.


ThetaHealing® Teacher & Healer THE Healing Clinic Downtown FWB 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.


In the Publix Shopping Center 634 W 23rd St, PC 850-763-8871 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 23.


15500 Panama City Beach Pkwy, Unit 420 850-588-7575 •

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).


Wishful Treasures Newage Gift Store 4622 Saufley Field Rd 850-941-4321 Ericka Boussarahne is an author, radio personality, public speaker and professional psychic intuitive who is sought after around the world. She has been featured on television programs dealing with the paranormal and interviewed by national radio stations across the country.

315 W Garden St, Pensacola 850-438-0402 •

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 33.



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Theresa Ellis and Beth Workman 2475 E 9 Mile Rd, Ste E, Pensacola 850-912-6996 • 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 12.


Center For Intregrative and Holistic Medicine 528 W Baldwin Rd, Panama City 850-522-1522 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 31 and 37.

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


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

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.


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


222 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Unit A Downtown Fort Walton Beach 850-430-9434 • Hot Yoga Om features far infrared heat, radiant heat, radiant life. Daily classes, amazing teachers, great benefits. Experience it for yourself. See ad, page 33.

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 13.


443 Grace Ave, Panama City 850-303-3669

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 41.

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

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 15.


Cleans and detoxes. Improve circulations. Skin purifications. Lower blood pressure, boost metabolism and lose weight while you relax. Wellness spa features a variety of therapeutic massage including deep tissue and sports massage styles. Other modalities, energy therapy, chakra balancing, hypnotherapy. 10% Military discount. See calendar for group workshops on nutrition, alternative medicine, supplements and essential oils. See ad, page 13.

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


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.

Readings Intuitive 1713 Beck Ave,Guidance Panama City Aura Interpretations 850-747-9224 Crystals and Jewelry for sale 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 17.

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


All events have different cost so please

visit our website for more information 8TH ELEMENT WELLNESS LLC on these, and future events.

90 Beal Pkwy NW, Ste A1, FWB For more information, call 850-747-9224 or email 850-301-0081 $5 donation at the door. 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 13.


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


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 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 19.

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence. ~Helen Keller January 2018


MEDICAL MARIJUANA MARIJUANA PHYSICIANS OF NORTHWEST FLORIDA Dr. Eddie Zant MD 913 MarWalt Dr, FWB 36468 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Ste 8102 850-862-6325


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 27.

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 9.

PHYSICAL THERAPY HEALING YOU! THERAPY William Kelley, PT 850-461-0058 417 Racetrack Rd, FWB

Myokinesthetic therapy rebalances the nervous system and with the root cause in the structure to quiet down and calm the pain and numbness. Feel better without the use of addictive drugs. Accepting Medicare and Tricare Select.





William Kelley, PT 850-461-0058 417 Racetrack Rd, FWB

Sheila Mohammed, MD, PhD 4507 Furling Ln, Ste 213, Destin 850-281-8186 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.


Myokinesthetic therapy rebalances the nervous system and with the root cause in the structure to quiet down and calm the pain and numbness. Feel better without the use of addictive drugs. Accepting Medicare and Tricare Select.


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 10.

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


Janet Hardy, LMT Board Certified Myofascial Release Therapist Expert Level Santa Rosa Beach • 850-231-9131


Rubina Azam, MD 528 W Baldwin Rd, Panama City 850-522-1522 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.

In her 23+ 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 17.

EMERALD COAST RHEUMATOLOGY Aymen A. Kenawy, MD 850-215-6400 3890 Jenks Ave, Lynn Haven/PC

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 33.


Board Certified Gynecologist 1118 Gulf Breeze Pkwy, GB 7552 Navarre Pkwy, Navarre 850-916-7766 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. Eddie Zant MD 913 MarWalt Dr, FWB 36468 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Ste 8102 850-862-6325

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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 10.


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


Gulf Breeze Proper 221 Gulf Breeze Pkwy • 850-932-3424 Downtown Pensacola 426 S Palafox • 850-607-2772 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

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.



106 Wright Pkwy SW, FWB 850-243-1534 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 39.


Jamie Sanders, Minister 716 N 9th Ave, Pensacola 850-438-2277 • 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 18.


Pilates Core Training 1310 B Dunmire, Pensacola 850-287-5836 • 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 23.

SKINTRENZIXS SKINCARE CENTER 348 Miracle Strip Pkwy 205-718-2611


ThetaHealing® Teacher & Healer THE Healing Clinic Downtown FWB 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.


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 31 and 37.

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

Serene environment for the study and practice of hatha yoga. Certified instructors. Owner/ Director Laura Tryee, E-RYT 500. See ad, page 33.



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


PILATES AND BEYOND TEACHER TRAINING SCHOOL Barbara Bruni, Owner 1310 B Dunmire, Pensacola 850-287-5836 •

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 23.

222 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Unit A Downtown Fort Walton Beach 850-430-9434 • Hot Yoga Om features far infrared heat, radiant heat, radiant life. Daily classes, amazing teachers, great benefits. Experience it for yourself. See ad, page 33.


211-E Main St, Destin 850-687-8603 • 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.

Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. ~George Bernard Shaw January 2018




10 DAY VEGAN C RUI S E FEB. 15-25, 2018 Our 15th Anniversary 10 Day* Cruise will be the best yet! Join 1800+ like-minded vegans during a vacation that will nourish your body, stimulate your mind and rejuvenate your spirit. Shop at the duty-free capital of the world in St. Thomas, USVI; watch batik-making on St. Kitts and Nevis; sip on coconut water in Fort de France, Martinique; dance in Bridgetown, Barbados; and see the waterfalls of Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe. In addition to our stellar lineup of vegan health luminaries, the 2018 cruise will add a focus on the ethical treatment of animals featuring PETA president Ingrid Newkirk. The latest in diet and nutrition science, cooking classes, yoga, exotic ports... there’s something for everyone! Learn more about the classes, cuisine and itinerary at


Chosen b y N ATIONA L G EOG RAPHIC T R A VELER as On e of the 1 00 BEST WO RL DWIDE VACAT ION S to E NR IC H YOUR L IF E Vegan, Gluten-free, Oil-free & Ship’s Menu

Featuring Renowned Chefs, Teachers & Healers New York Times BestSelling Author of The Engine 2 Diet; Featured on the Today Show, Good Morning America and The Dr. Oz Show

Daily Yoga, Meditation, Pilates, Qi Gong, Do-In, Running & Fitness Classes 150+ Lectures & Workshops

RIP ESSELSTYN Author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Plantand Other Books; TEDx Speaker; VegNews’

Special Panel Focusing on Animal Rights CME & CEU Credits Available 45+ Teachers


10+ Cooking Classes

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Natural device stops a cold before it starts

New research: Copper stops colds if used early.


ew research shows you can stop a cold in its tracks if you take one simple step with a new device when you first feel a cold coming on. Colds start when cold viruses get in your nose. Viruses multiply fast. If you don’t stop them early, they spread in your airways and cause misery. But scientists have found a quick way to stop a virus. Touch it with copper. Researchers at labs and universities worldwide agree — copper is “antimicrobial.” It kills microbes, such as viruses and bacteria, just by touch. Four thousand years ago ancient Greeks and Egyptians used copper to purify water and heal wounds. Now we know why it worked so well. Researchers say a tiny electric charge in microbe cells gets short-circuited by the high conductance of copper. This destroys the cell in seconds. Tests by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) show germs die fast on copper. So some hospitals switched to copper touch surfaces, like faucets and doorknobs. This cut the spread of MRSA and other illnesses by over half, and saved lives. The strong scientific evidence gave inventor Doug Cornell an idea. When he felt a cold coming on he fashioned a smooth copper probe and rubbed it gently in his nose for 60 seconds. “It worked!” he exclaimed. “The cold went away completely.” It worked

Some users say it also helps with sinuses. Attorney Donna Blight had a 2-day sinus headache. When her CopperZap arrived, she tried it. “I am shocked!” she said. “My head cleared, no more headache, no more congestion.” Some users say copper stops nighttime stuffiness if they use it just before bed. One man said, “Best sleep I’ve had in years.” Users also report success in stopping cold sores when used at the first sign of a tingle in the lip. One woman said, “I tried every product on the market over 20 years. Some helped a little, but this stopped it from happening in the first place.” The handle is sculptured to fit the hand and finely textured to improve contact. Tests show it kills harmful microbes on the fingers to help prevent the spread of illness.

again every time he felt a cold coming on. He reports he has never had a cold since. He asked relatives and friends to try it. They said it worked for them, too. So he patented CopperZap™ and put it on the market. Soon hundreds of people had tried it and given feedback. Nearly 100 percent said the copper stops their colds if used within 3 hours of the first sign. Even up to 2 days after the first sign, if they still get the cold it is milder and they feel better. Users wrote things like, “It stopped my cold right away,” and “Is it supposed to work that fast?” Pat McAllister, age 70, received one as a gift and called it “one of the best presents ever. This little jewel really works.” Sinus trouble, stuffiness, cold sores. People often use CopperZap Copper may even help stop flu if for prevention, before cold signs apused early and for several days. In a pear. Karen Gauci, who flies often for her job, used to get colds after crowded lab test, scientists placed 25 million live flu viruses on a CopperZap. No viruses flights. Though skeptical, she tried it were found alive soon after. several times a day on travel days for The EPA says the natural color 2 months. “Sixteen flights and not a change of copper does not reduce its sniffle!” she exclaimed. ability to kill germs. Businesswoman Rosaleen says CopperZap is made in the U.S. of when people are sick around her she pure copper. It carries a 90-day full uses CopperZap morning and night. money back guarantee and is available “It saved me last holidays,” she said. for $49.95 at or toll“The kids had colds going around and free 1-888-411-6114. around, but not me.” ADVERTORIAL

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