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Every woman’s birth story is as unique as her newborn child. When I was pregnant with my first child in 1978, I avidly read the magical birthing stories in Ina May Gaskin’s book Spiritual Midwifery, and cherished the idea of having a home birth. Then my son’s birthing journey dictated otherwise. After months of coaching by my loving and capable midwife team in Traverse City, Michigan, we had to call my doctor, who had been prepared to assist with a home delivery, to meet us at the hospital. To my distress, he needed to perform many of the medical interventions we all had worked so hard to avoid. Still, I felt empowered in understanding why the interventions were necessary. For the record, I was the only one out of more than 500 births my midwife team had attended that landed in the hospital. By the time I was preparing to welcome my second child in 1983, I was living in Naples, where natural childbirth resources were limited to Lamaze classes and yoga for expectant mothers. I worked with my physician to avoid unnecessary procedures at the hospital and my daughter made her graceful entry into the world. Because of pioneers like Gaskin, mothers-to-be can now find birthing centers, doulas and even Jacuzzi tubs to ease labor in some Lee County hospitals. But it’s still hard to have an unmedicated birth in many hospitals if you don’t know your rights, understand your physiology and have a doula by your side, says Gaskin (page 52). It’s up to women to be informed and ask for the kind of birthing experience we want for ourselves and our babies. This month’s articles on pages 52 and 55 will help steer you. Childbirth is just the beginning of a mother’s concerns. Did you know that researchers are now finding traces of GMO (genetically modified organisms) in breast milk? Infertility, autism, gastrointestinal disorders and allergies are just some of the problems implicated as a result of eating GMO foods, which are rampant in grocery products. Attempts to pass laws requiring GMO food labeling are blocked by the powerful reach of Monsanto, which engineers the seeds and then poisons the plants with Roundup. This month is your opportunity to raise your awareness of how deeply GMOs have infiltrated our nation’s and world’s food supply, the devastating effects it’s having on our health and what you can do about it. On May 23 and 24, take part in a worldwide March Against Monsanto via local rallies in Naples and Ft. Myers (see page 21). On May 27, join us at the Shangri-La Springs, in Bonita Springs, for a special talk by world-renowned GMO expert Jeffrey Smith and a panel of local healthcare practitioners (keynote speaker interview and event details on pages 32 and 33). A mother only wants the best for her children. It shouldn’t be so hard to navigate choices to secure food in its natural state, safe schools and nurturing communities, and a healthy environment free of concerns about climate change. Bless all those working to change the world’s status quo. Bless Mother Earth with kind stewardship. Bless our children with a good future. Happy Mother’s Day to all that nurture life on this planet,

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Cormier Offers Musculoskeletal Exams

Natural Awakenings Helps Sponsor The Real Truth About Health Conference in Orlando



ore than 30 of the most popular and influential leading thought leaders, experts and authors from a wide variety of wellness fields will be sharing their knowledge, insights and remedies at The Real Truth About Health Conference from May 22 to 31 at the Caribe Royale All-Suite Hotel and Conference Center, in Orlando. This free event is a partnership between the Hippocrates Institute, and Brian Clement, Ph.D., author of LifeForce and director of the Hippocrates Health Institute. Joining Clement as presenting authors at what organizers term the nation’s largest health, nutrition and environmental conference, will be Dr. T. Campbell, The China Study; Gary Null, Ph.D., The Healthy Vegetarian; Dr. Helene Caldicott, Crisis Without End; Robert Whitaker, Anatomy of an Epidemic; David Simon, Meatonomics; David Kirby, Animal Factory; Joel Fuhrman, The End of Diabetes; Jeffrey Smith, Seeds of Deception; and director of the film PlantPure Nation, Nelson Campbell, plus many others. “Our Natural Awakenings network of publishers is excited to help support this important event as a sponsor and exhibitor in Orlando,” says company CEO Sharon Bruckman. “We hope our readers will take advantage of this free conference by attending or registering online for these 10 days of empowering information and inspiration.” Those that cannot attend the conference can watch a live stream or a replay of the presentations on their computers. Location: 8101 World Center Dr. For more information and to view the full schedule, visit TheRealTruthAboutHealth Those interested in being vendors or other sponsorship opportunities, call 516-605-0459 by May 15. Hotel phone: 407-238-8000. Also visit See ad, page 51.

fter attending the Andrews Research Center and muscularskeletal ultrasound (MSKUS) seminars for ultrasound guided injections and taking full Dr. Alfred Cormier cadaver courses taught by world-renowned pain management doctors last summer, Dr. Alfred Cormier has purchased an ultrasound machine and is performing free exams for musculoskeletal issues at his Cormier Health Center, in Naples. Diagnoses following the service must be done by a radiologist. A Licensed Primary Care Physician and a Doctor of Oriental Medicine, Cormier is optimistic about the excellent results of dextrose prolotherapy for pain relief and improved function of joints. Mesotherapy works remarkably well for hair loss in women, and acupuncture and Chinese herbs are beneficial for many health issues. Location: 4760 Tamiami Trail N., Ste. 21. For more information or to make an appointment, call 239-530-3997 or visit See ad, page 30.






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The Healing Arts Center Joins Forces with Anahata Studio


cupuncture Physician and Psychotherapist John Patton, Licensed Massage Therapist Brittany Snyder and Functional Nutrition Practitioner Leora Dappen, of the Healing Arts Center, are joining forces with yoga instructor and Reiki practitioner Susanna Tocco, of Anahata Yoga studio, in Naples, to form a new and expanded center, located at 1063-1065 Fifth Avenue North. This joint project fulfills Patton’s goal of fusing the many modalities together to create a complete personalized holistic wellness experience, helping clients thrive physically, mentally and spiritually. The center will offer acupuncture, psychotherapy, functional medicine, functional holistic nutrition, and massage therapy, yoga, tai chi, qigong and Tibetan singing bowl and meditation classes. Sensory awareness and mindfulness in Taoist and Gestalt practices, functional nutrition and nutraceutical use for specific health conditions and spiritual nutrition (how foods significantly affect us at an energetic, qi or life-force level) classes will be added to the schedule soon. Patton has been practicing Oriental medicine and psychotherapy for more than 30 years, and Snyder has 13 years of massage therapy experience. Tocco has been teaching yoga at Anahata Studio for five years and Dappen recently relocated to Naples from South Dakota, where she received a Master of Science degree in Holistic Nutrition in 2009. For more information, call 239-262-6828, email or visit

Kondrot Leads Two Free Healthful Seminars


estselling author and owner of Healing the Eye and Wellness Center Dr. Edward Kondrot will host two free seminars this month at his Fort Myers clinic. He will discuss the hidden dangers of diabetes treatments from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., May 5, and The revolutionary new genetic profile test, known as Fitgenes, and how it can Dr. Edward Kondrot assist with losing weight will be covered from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., May 6. Kondrot, who has written several bestselling books and has been featured on CNN, The Wall Street Journal, PBS and Fox News, explains, “Whether you suffer from Type 2 diabetes, weight management or even both, these free seminars are going to help you discover ways to dramatically improve your quality of life and revolutionize your health.” Location: 2666 Swamp Cabbage Ct. For more information, call 800-430-9328. See ad, page 35. natural awakenings

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newsbriefs House of Gaia Hosts Summer Youth Camps


he House of Gaia, in Naples, will offer a series of weeklong summer camps for children ages 4 to 10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 8 through August 14. The unique community holistic center with its integrative outside the box program approach for well-being and education will offer campers healthful topics such as art and science, gardening and cooking, theater and music and other cultural programs. Community building, leadership and promoting awareness and actions for world peace will also be covered in the sessions. Discounts are provided for the second and additional children from the same family. For convenience and flexibility, full-day sessions and shorter sessions are offered for several different time periods. A minimum of six enrolled children is needed to conduct each of the sessions. The center will offer a traditional summer camp scholarship program. “We are all building the same caring community,” says Lulu Carter, founder and president of House of Gaia. “We are much more than just a camp. We really want to make a difference in each child’s life.” Costs: $150 and up, depending on time period. Location: 1660 Trade Center Way. For more information or to preregister (required), call 239-272-6152, email or visit


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Mysore Ashtanga Yoga Classes at Shangri-La Springs


tudents will have the opportunity to sample a free introductory Mysore Ashtanga yoga class from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., May 10, at Shangri-La Springs, in Bonita Springs. Regular sessions of this system of yoga are led by Amy Cheung and Andrew Petker from 7 to AmyCheung 10 a.m. Sundays, 6:30 to 9 a.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and 7 to 8:30 a.m. Fridays. In the practice, the full ashtanga yoga sequence of poses is segregated into progressing series, including primary, intermediate, advanced A and advanced B. They all are practiced for health, to purify and Andrew Petker balance the body and more. A Mysore Ashtanga teacher gives new poses to students as they are ready to receive them. Cheung is a Shri K Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute (KPJAYI)-authorized Level 2 ashtanga yoga teacher, and Petker is a Jivamukti-certified yoga therapy trained teacher. Both were taught by Guruji, R. Saraswathi Jois and R. Sharath Jois, and Cheung also practiced with Alexander Medin and Paul Dallaghan prior to her journeys to Mysore, India, to study with the Jois family.

Cost: Drop-in $20, unlimited monthly or 12 classes in two months $200. Location: 27750 Old Hwy. 41. For more information, call 239-949-0749 or 347-843-9808, email Zawi@ or, or visit See ad, page 19.

Yoga and Surf Adventure in Costa Rica


Yoga and Surf Adventure Retreat is set for July 12 to 18, at Peace Retreat, in Guanascaste, Costa Rica. Hosted by Licensed Massage Therapist Jennifer Lynn Colucci, a Yoga Allianceregistered instructor, the owner of Awakening Through Synergy and a partner with 3rd Eye Yoga Surf Adventures, JenniferColucci the event follows a similar successful retreat in the country last March. With more than 20 years of experience in the healing arts, Colucci, who works at Bala Vinyasa Yoga, in Naples, has supervised many other Costa Rican retreats. In the spring of 2012, she studied vinyasa flow yoga with Hali and Kevin Mcquillan at the Peace Retreat, in Playa Negra, and has returned to the country on multiple occasions to study yoga and work at different eco-lodges and retreat centers. Cost: $1,250 to $2,250 depending on level of accommodations. Free manicure and pedicure available to students who book by May 15. For more information, call 239-529-7582 or 805-626-8400, email AwakeningThroughSynergy@gmail. com or visit or Facebook. com/AwakeningThroughSynergy. See ad, page 30.

Cook Returns to the Science of Light Medicine


fter a four-year sabbatical of intense research and study, Barbara Cook has opened her Biolight Medicine practice at 801 Anchor Rode Drive, Suite 203, in Naples. She will lead a special introductory session on Bio-Photonics from 2 to 4 p.m., May 16. Bio-Photonics is the biology of light in the body that was researched in the Barbara Cook 1860s by German professors of science and also later by Albert Einstein. It is being rediscovered today for its wellness benefits. Cook plans to help facilitate what she calls, “the remarkable results in Earth sciences that have people recovering from illnesses thought non-treatable.” She claims this process allows the body to balance and make itself well. “I will also offer apprenticeships to assist me and to help others learn the trade. This is not medicine as we know it, but Earth sciences, which allows the body its wellness, light medicine, particularly for those who are suffering and are told that this is all that can be done,” says Cook.

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newsbriefs Weekly Specials at Both Pizza Fusion Locations


izza Fusion, which offers an organic, artisan menu of handmade pizza sandwiches, salads and desserts, including gluten-free, vegan and dairy-free items, is serving up weekly specials at its Naples and Fort Myers locations. Customers can get a free cheese pizza with the purchase of the same size signature pizza on Mondays, dine-in or carry-out, after 4 p.m. Happy Hour takes place from 3 to 6 p.m. daily with specials on house wine and draft beer. In Naples, Half-Off Wine Tuesday allows patrons to purchase bottles of wine at a discounted price. Wednesday is Family Feast Night and includes two large pizzas (cheese or cheese and pepperoni) and a large Fusion Salad for $24.99. Date Night Thursday includes two free glasses of wine, draft beer or cola with the purchase of any large signature pizza. In Fort Myers, Free Wine Tuesday includes a complimentary bottle of organic wine with the purchase of a large signature pizza. Kid’s Night Wednesday includes one personal cheese pizza per child age 12 and under (limited to two children) with the purchase of any large signature pizza. Date Night Thursday includes two free glasses of house wine, draft beer or Boylan’s all-natural cane soda with the purchase of any large signature pizza. Locations: 2146 Tamiami Trail N., Gateway of Naples Shopping Center; 12901 McGregor Blvd,, Ste. 5, Bridge Plaza, Fort Myers. For more information, call Naples at 239-262-8111,; Fort Myers at 239-337-7979, See ad, page 30.

Yoga Teacher Training Program Preview in Bonita Springs


oyful Yoga & Spa, in Bonita Springs, will launch its summer/fall yoga teacher training semester on June 19. A free introductory preview session will be led by Marti Dowman from 2 to 3 p.m., May 9. Organizers state that theirs is the first school in the area to offer the full science and philosophy of yoga with world-class instructors that have a combined total of more than 100 years of teaching experience. Completion of the program allows participants to register with Yoga Alliance as a registered yoga teacher (RYT-200). Yoga instructors that have already completed a RYT-200 training program are encouraged to experience this teacher training to continue their education and help augment and diversify their training background. Cost: $3,695 by May 15, $3,995 by Jun. 19. Location: 3405 Pelican Landing Pkwy. For more information or to register, call 239-947-9845, email or visit See ad, page 56.

Love is Furever at Vino’s Picasso Fundraiser


ino’s Picasso, in Fort Myers, will host a Love is Furever FUNdraiser group painting event for dog lovers from 3 to 6 p.m., May 2. Participants can add their depiction of man’s best friend to Vino’s Picasso’s Lifesaver painting at its Fort Myers location. All proceeds will go to the Love is Furever Dog Rescue organization. A wine and craft beer menu is available, or attendees can bring their own beverages. Cost: $41. Location: 15250 S. Tamiami Tr., Ste. 109. For more information, call 239-288-6953 or visit See ad, page 40.


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Southwest Florida Sea Level Rise Summit


he 2015 Southwest Florida Sea Level Rise Summit will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., May 7, at the Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) Student Union Ballroom Cohen Center, in Estero. Networking, exhibitor booths and a continental breakfast will begin at 8 a.m., with presentations starting at 9 a.m. Hosted by the Florida Coastal and Ocean Coalition (FCOC) and the League of Women Voters of Lee County, the event will gather expert speakers that include Ray Judah, FCOC coordinator and former longtime Lee County commissioner; Dr. Ron Toll, provost of academic affairs of FGCU; Darren Rumbold, director of the FGCU Vester Marine Field Station. The speakers will discuss sea level rise models; legal and financial planning challenges to adapting to rises; impact on marine life, including sea turtles; other solutions to address rising tides; and other important topics. Location: 10501 FGCU Blvd. S. For more information or to register (requested), visit

Birthing a Healthy Child Workshop in Naples


dvanced Registered Nurse Practitioner Deborah J. Post, of Wellbridges Inc., and Dr. Cade Copeland, of Maximized Living Chiropractic, will lead Birthing a Healthy Child Into an Unhealthy World: Preconception thru the First Year, a workshop, from 10 a.m. to Deb Post 12:30 p.m., May 9, at Food and Thought, in Naples. The event will provide advice on investigating and assessing the environment in and around couples that want to create a healthy family. Topics include identifying environmental toxins, how to cleanse internally and in homes, nutrition, supplements and vaccines. According to the presenters, a mother Dr. Cade can pass along 90 percent of the toxins Copeland she has been or will be exposed to onto her child during gestation. Staying informed about these issues can help parents take action to ensure the health of their baby. Cost: $10 individuals, $15 couples. Location: 2132 Tamiami Tr. N. For more information or to preregister (recommended), call Post at 239-481-5600 or Copeland at 239-774-5433 or visit See ad, page 27. natural awakenings

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Journey to Manifest Vision in Fort Myers


ina Crumpacker, of TMC Productions, will host A New Journey Begins at 6:30 p.m., May 29, 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., May 30, and 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., May 31, at the Hilton Garden Inn, in Fort Myers. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. on the first day and a graduation ceremony will take place at the close of the event. “This is an opportunity to manifest your vision in all areas of your life,” says Crumpacker. “To enter the journey you must be clear on your vision in career, relationships, self and contribution, and we at TMC Productions will support you in this initial process.” Participants will schedule a onehour interview following the journey on June 1 or 2. Location: 12600 University Blvd. For more information, call 239-939-4769, email or visit See ad, page 25.

MakeUp2Stay Spa Offers Deep Tissue Bamboo Treatment


akeUp2Stay spa, in Naples, is offering warm deep tissue bamboo massage. Licensed Massage Therapist Michelle Mace, a veteran of nearly 20 years, is also an esthetician and permanent makeup technician at the spa that provides unique services in massage, facials and permanent makeup.


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Bamboo is considered a good luck plant and a natural element of nature. The warmth of the material soothes muscles while the tools, which are sized to match the contours of the body, deeply knead them into soft tissue, removing built-up kinks. The technique feels like a warm forearm massage and can be combined with hot stones or ashiatsu massage, an ayurvedic form of barefoot deep tissue massage that is very relaxing. MakeUp2Stay conducts classes for training massage therapists and the public in ashiatsu, bamboo, stone, facial and Fijian deep tissue barefoot massage. Location: 501 Goodlette Rd., Ste. C-110. For more information or an appointment, call 239-352-8200, email or visit or See ad, page 36.

Create Your Own Dance Style in Bonita Springs


aleria Hill, owner of Coco Locco Tropical Fashion & Dance, in Bonita Springs, is offering fully-customizable classes at her studio, located at 4836 Bonita Beach Road, Suite Valeria Hill 3. Students can create creative dance classes that suit their style based on Nia, samba and other techniques rooted from Hill’s hometown of Rio de Janerio. “Your dance, following your Nia instructor’s framework, will liberate your inner creativity of interpretation and promote your feeling of connection to life,” says Hill, who also teaches at ShangriLa Springs, in Bonita Springs, and the Happehatchee Center, in Estero. Coco Locco is also offering yoga sessions led by Ewa McLane on Wednesday mornings. Cost: start at $11; drop in $15, private classes available by appointment. For more information, call 239-298-3327 or visit See ad, page 63. natural awakenings

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newsbriefs Special Offer at LeMasque Facial Bar & Spa


eMasque Facial Bar & Spa, in Naples, is offering a series of three reflexology treatments for $99 ($120 value) through the end of September. “Whether you utilize reflexology in the midst of our spring allergy season or as a way of preventive maintenance, all can benefit from its relaxing and balancing results,” says owner Nir Sharon. “Reflexology is a relaxing wellness treatment for the hands and feet that’s designed to benefit the entire body. It helps relieve stress and tension, improve circulation and overall health in the body.” The spa also provides facial treatments, designer health drinks and an oxygen bar. Location: 2126 Tamiami Trl. N. For more information or to make an appointment, call spa manager Kaitlyn Hutchinson at 239-234-6473, email or visit or See ad, page 28.

Pounce Into Summer at Brigid’s Crossing in Naples


rigid’s Crossing Resale Store and Adoption Center, in Naples, will host Pounce into Summer from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., May 15 and 16. The event will showcase many loveable, adoptable kittens plus special guests, fun activities, sale items and raffle prizes. Specials will be offered for visitors who want to take a pet home, including half-price adoption fees and twofor-one adoptions. Director Heather


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Burch will present a continuation of the Healing the Circle of Life series on issues and ideas concerning cat care and the Trap-Neuter-Return No Kill Bonita program and its importance for all communities. Location: 963 Fourth Ave. N. For more information, call 239-263-6019, email or visit See ad, page 69.

Thermography Services Expand on Fort Myers Beach


outhwest Medical Thermal Imaging is opening a satellite clinic to expand the availability of its thermography services at Bennett Chiropractic and Wellness, located at 7130 Estero Boulevard, Suite 1, in Fort Myers. To celebrate, the clinic will host a learning session about the role of thermography in preventative health screenings, both in the breasts and full-body imaging, at 1:30 p.m., May 20. For more information, an appointment or to RSVP (requested), call 239-9492011 or 239-463-1640, email or visit See ad, page 47.

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kudos With new Faculty Coordinator Andrea Trank and new teachers, Estero’s Happehatchee Center is doubling its yoga and Nia (no-impact aerobics) class offerings for students of all levels. “Andrea is the perfect match for Happehatchee’s eco-spiritual mission,” says Genelle Grant, president of the board of directors. “She has a deep spiritual practice, is a skilled instructor for many forms of yoga, and she is an environmental activist and educator.” A former high school science and ecology teacher, Trank has certifications in yoga teacher training and yoga anatomy. Andrea Tank

Cost: $10 class. Location: 8791 Corkscrew Rd. For more information, call 239-992-5455 or visit See listing, page 84.

Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy. ~Leo Buscaglia


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Acupuncture Physician and Certified Clinical and Transpersonal Hypnotherapist Patricia Acerra, of A Health & Beauty Clinic, LLC, in Patricia Acerra Naples, will be a featured speaker on Chinese Face Reading at the second annual International Association of Interpersonal Hypnotherapists Conference, May 29 to 31, at the Tampa Museum of Art. Acerra, also director of the Naples Externship location of the Florida Institute of Hypnotherapy, has been studying the modality for the past decade. Her presentation will focus on recognizing personality types to quickly develop rapport and insight. The final day of the conference will encompass a full day of interpersonal hypnotherapy training certification.  A Health & Beauty Clinic, 239-6599100, 2335 9th St N., Ste. 303B, See listing, page 82. For more information on conference, visit

eventspotlights Food & Thought Presents Robert Scott Bell and Friends


n May 15, from 7 to 9 p.m., Ty Bollinger and Sayer Ji will join homeopath and radio show host Robert Scott Bell for a free live healing event, Unlock the Power to Heal, being held at Food & Thought: The Organic General Store, in Naples. The trio of dynamic voices for truth and health empowerment will engage in lively discussions on Robert Scott Bell topics covered in Bollinger’s recent online 11-part documentary. The Quest for The Cures: The Truth About Cancer features 28 doctors, 11 scientists and 9 cancer survivors in addition to one FDA “Dragon Slaying” attorney. It focuses on the multi-layered subject of modern medicine and the cancer pandemic. The series complements Bollinger’s Cancer: Step Outside the Box, in which the health freedom Sayer Ji advocate, medical researcher, author and former body builder writes extensively on nontoxic cancer treatments as well as how to prevent and treat cancer without surgery, chemotherapy or radiation. After losing several family members to cancer, Bollinger, also a talk radio host, refused to accept the notion that the present conventional medical paradigm was the most effective treatment for the disease. He made it his life mission to reveal the truth about how the majority of diseases, including cancer, can be cured without drugs or surgery. Bell grew up with a host of chronic diseases. After countless pharmaceutical drugs provided little to no benefit, he investigated other options and eventually became a homeopathic practitioner. He shares his messages of physical, emotional, mental, economic, political and even spiritual healing through his two-hour show held weekdays from 7 to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 3 p.m. on GCN and Natural News Radio. Sayer Ji, author and member of the National Health Freedom Board of Governors, founded GreenMedInfo. com, the world’s most widely referenced natural health website. This open access, evidence-based resource supports natural and integrative modalities. Food & Thought is located at 2132 Tamiami Trl. N., Naples. For more information, call 239-213-2222 or visit See ad on page 10 and calendar listing on page 70.

March Against Monsanto Rallies In Southwest Florida


worldwide grassroots group March Against Monsanto has inspired a broad coalition of individuals and groups to gather in cities and towns all over the world as part of a global effort to raise public awareness and bring increasing political pressure to bear regarding Monsanto’s corporate farming and business practices and to insist upon labeling of foods that contain genetically modified organisms (GMO). The Naples rally will take place on Saturday, May 23 at Cambier Park at 4pm and the Fort Myers rally will take place on Sunday, May 24 from 11am to 3pm at Ada’s Natural Food Market. An estimated 428 cities in 38 countries on six continents will be participating in the Global March Against Monsanto for a peaceful, non-violent, informational protest. GMOs have been banned by Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, Luxembourg, Madeira, New Zealand, Peru, Russia, France and Switzerland. Monsanto and other companies such as Dow and Syngenta genetically engineered food that poses scientifically established health risks that include organ damage, sterility, infant mortality, birth defects, immune reactions, allergies and increased cancer risk. Marcher’s demands include solidarity against Monsanto predatory business and agricultural practices, rejecting “substantial equivalence” of GMO and traditional crops, independent scientific testing of GMO crops, promoting organic solutions, exposing the cronyism between big business and the government, addressing poverty, the real cause of global hunger, supporting food and seed sovereignty, supporting local farms, bees and biodiversity and labeling of all foods that contain GMOs. Long-time activist and member of the Gateway Greens, Daniel Romano warns, “Monsanto is bankrupting famers and causing soil infertility, mono-cropping, loss of biodiversity and beehive collapse. Their practices pose a very real threat to organic farming and loss of native plants and are creating dependency on a centralized food system. In aggregate, this is a recipe for global famine.” An Open Letter from World Scientists to All Governments Concerning Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) (see, signed by 828 scientists from 84 countries, details their concern regarding GMOs and a call for immediate five-year suspension of GMO crops in order to conduct “a comprehensive public enquiry of agriculture and food security for all.” For updates, visit March Against Monsanto Naples and March Against Monsanto Fort Myers on Facebook. For more information, visit

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Meditation Improves Brain Health


arvard Medical School researchers working at the Massachusetts General Hospital have determined that meditation can improve brain health. The researchers studied 16 volunteers that took part in an eight-week mindfulness meditation study at the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness. The participants conducted mindfulness meditation exercises for an average of 27 minutes a day. Before and after the trial, the subjects were given tests and magnetic resonance imaging of their brains. The researchers found that the practice of mindfulness meditation resulted in increased gray matter density in the hippocampus of the brain, an area associated with increased memory and learning capacity, plus a greater sense of compassion and introspection.

Italian Court Links Boy’s Autism to a Vaccine


ast September, a Milan Court held in favor of plaintiffs that claimed that three doses of the hexavalent GlaxoSmithKline vaccine Infanrix Hexa that were administered to an infant beginning in 2006 caused autism later when he was a young boy. The vaccine is used for polio, diphtheria, tetanus, hepatitis B, whooping cough and haemophilus influenzae type B. After hearing from several medical experts, the court ruled that the child likely suffered autism and brain damage as a result of the vaccine’s content of mercury and aluminum, combined with a genetic mutation in the child rendering greater susceptibility. The ruling ordered damages to be paid by the Italian government’s national vaccine injury compensation program. The court’s decision was also based upon GlaxoSmithKline’s list of possible adverse events resulting from the vaccine, which included five cases of autism during clinical trials. Today in the U.S., most vaccines routinely given to children under 6 years of age are free of thimerosal, a mercury-derived preservative.


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Weight Gain in Moms Lowers Toxins in Newborns


any expectant mothers try to know about everything they put into and onto their bodies as multiple studies are finding that infants are exposed to toxins during pregnancy. A new study of 325 expectant mothers has determined that the baby’s exposure to toxins in the womb decreases when the mother’s weight gain during pregnancy approaches the guidelines recommended by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in 2009. Women that are underweight at the start of pregnancy are advised to gain between 28 and 40 pounds, women of a healthy weight 25 to 35 pounds, overweight women 15 to 25 pounds and obese women 11 to 20 pounds. The researchers found that expectant mothers with a gestational weight that meets or exceeds the IOM guidelines gave birth to infants with reduced toxin levels. In their analysis of the umbilical cord blood of mothers from Spain, the researchers tested for 14 pesticides and 21 other environmental toxins, including seven polychlorobiphenyls (PCB). Other influencers such as age, education and fish consumption may also be relevant.

To Get Healthy, Get a Healthy Partner


aving a healthier partner may be one of the best things to do for our own health. Research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine finds that losing weight, stopping smoking or becoming more active is easier with a partner that has led the way in any or all healthy pursuits. The study authors reviewed data collected by the UK Health Behavior Research Center at the University College London that followed 3,700 couples between 2002 and 2012—most of them ages 50 and older and married. Those that smoked at the beginning of the study were more likely to quit by the end of it if their partners quit smoking, and those that were physically inactive at the beginning of the study were more likely to become active if their partners did so first. About two-thirds of the men became newly active during the course of the study. Men with wives that had lost weight were more likely to also shed pounds during the study, and women with husbands that didn’t lose weight were less likely to do so through the study period.

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Life Satisfaction and Pulsed Electromagnetic Frequency M Improve Bone Density


ccording to the National Library of Medicine, up to half of all women over 50 years of age will develop osteoporosis. Risk factors for this bone-thinning disease include aging, a slight frame and low body weight, low sex hormones, menopause, smoking and certain medications (cortisone and prednisone). Natural prevention and treatment has largely focused on eating calcium-rich foods such as green leafy vegetables, figs, oranges, tofu and yogurt, as well as taking vitamin D3 supplements. Other preventive measures recommended by the National Osteoporosis Foundation include 30 minutes a day of weight-bearing and muscle-strengthening exercises, as well as exercises that address balance, posture and functions such as stair climbing. Recently, Paivi Rauma and her fellow researchers at the University of Eastern Finland published study findings in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine that indicate high levels of life satisfaction in 1,100 Finnish women aged 60 to 70 helped protect against osteoporosis. Pulsed electromagnetic field therapy (PEMF) also helps promote bone tissue regeneration or improve bone density. PubMed published the results of a 1990 study on bone density changes in osteoporosis-prone women exposed to a short-term, 72-Hertz pulsating electromagnetic field for 12 weeks. This reparative technique, cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and most commonly used in the field of orthopedics for the treatment of non-union fractures and failed fusions, was noted as a promising treatment method for osteoporosis and other abnormalities related to bone loss. It is also a useful therapy for peripheral neuropathy. Robert Gilliland, DC, practices at the Southwest Florida Natural Health Center, LLC, 27499 Riverview Center Blvd., Ste. 255, in Bonita Springs. To schedule a PEMF treatment, call 239-444-3106 or visit See ad, page 17.

anufacturers add preservatives to food products in order to reduce spoilage by killing bacteria and fungus in the container. But that can do the same in the gut, killing good bacteria that help the body absorb nutrients and digest food. Diets high in sugar and carbohydrates also harm the gut, feeding intestinal fungus such as Candida and allowing it to take over. According to Steven Frank, founder of Nature’s Rite, an herbal remedies company, a well-balanced, threepronged approach can rehabilitate the digestive system. The first step is to kill off the bad bacteria and irritating fungus with a broad-spectrum antimicrobial that is biocompatible, yet effective. Frank suggests an enhanced aqueous colloid of silver that is optimized to help clear the microbes out of the digestive system. It’s best taken on an empty stomach, dosing two ounces every two hours for two to three days; this prepares the system for enhanced effectiveness of the following treatment. The second step is taking a good probiotic daily for at least one month. Finally, take a combination of herbs to increase mucus to protect the digestive system and reduce histamine sensitivity, allowing the intestines to rebuild a healthy lining. Steven Frank, innovated herbalist, suggests a combination of plantain, licorice, aloe vera, peppermint, marshmallow root and slippery elm bark. When working to heal the body, basic building blocks are required, so it’s critical that those using this approach take 2,000 milligrams of vitamin C, 10,000 international units of vitamin D and a good B-complex daily. For more information, call 888-4654404 or visit See ad, page 77.


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Corporate Climate

News and resources to inspire concerned citizens to work together in building a healthier, stronger society that benefits all.

The 2015 State of Green Business report ( 2015Green BusinessReport), which assesses the environmental performances of companies worldwide, along with the trends to watch, is produced by GreenBiz, in partnership with Trucost. Collectively, companies have been nibbling at the edges of challenges such as climate change, food security, ecosystems preservation and resource efficiency. One measure of corporate engagement going forward will be proactive involvement on political issues that could accelerate the transition to a low-carbon and more sustainable economy. It remains to be seen whether companies can afford to sit on the sidelines, letting the political process unfold, or worse, play defense against changes that might roil their status quo. 2015 will be an interesting year on multiple fronts, especially with the launch of the new sustainable development goals at the United Nations (UN) in New York this fall, along with UN climate talks in Paris in December. Both will be tests of corporate engagement and resolve in driving the kinds of change many of their CEOs publicly call for. The reports’ findings of companies’ progress in greenhouse gas and emissions, air pollutants, water use and solid waste production are all leveling off or even declining.

Persistent Pacers

Women Marathoners Better at Maintaining Speed Danish researchers studying almost 2 million marathon results from 131 marathon races over a period of five years have concluded that women are 18.6 percent better than men at maintaining a consistent pace overall, compared to the first and the last parts of the distance. Among the population studied, 68.5 percent were men and 31.5 percent were women. The research further suggests that both men and women “burn out” en route and could improve their marathon results significantly simply by starting slower. Source:

EPA Blooper

Bee-Toxic Pesticide Approved The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved cyantraniliprole, a new systemic pesticide that is toxic to bees, for agricultural use and has set allowable residue limits on almonds, berries, leafy vegetables and milk. The EPA also approved it as a seed treatment, so it may show up in GMO (genetically modified) seeds in the future. Cyantraniliprole has been proven to cause liver toxicity, and the EPA notes that it also alters the stability of the thyroid as tested on laboratory rats. Although the agency maintains that the pesticide is not a direct thyroid toxicant, any indirect effects on this glandular function are likely to disrupt the endocrine system. As its current endocrine disruptor screening program is still in the process of validating tests, EPA registration of the new active ingredient is questionable. Source:


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Companies Slowly Embrace Sustainability

Dirty Dollars

Stores Filled with Toxic Products HealthyStuff, a project of the Michiganbased Ecology Center, in collaboration with the Campaign for Healthier Solutions (CHS), has released a report, A Day Late and a Dollar Short: Discount Retailers are Falling Behind on Safer Chemicals, about toxic chemicals found in dollar store products. It includes test results for 164 dollar store products such as toys, jewelry, school supplies and household items and found that 81 percent contained at least one hazardous chemical above a level that generates concern. The campaign sent a letter to the CEOs of the four largest dollar store chains, including Family Dollar, Dollar Tree, Dollar General, and 99 Cents Only, urging them to stop the sale of these unsafe products, especially to communities of low-income and ethnic families that already live in more polluted areas and food deserts, and adopt policies that will instead protect both customers and their own businesses. Combined, these discount chains have annual sales totaling more than $36 billion and operate more stores nationally than Walmart. The CHS is asking for a comprehensive set of reforms; communities need to let dollar store chains know that they want safer products and join local and national efforts advocating for nontoxic products. Scroll to Dollar Store Report at Healthy for the complete test results. Take action at

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globalbriefs Tool Pool

Farmers Share Farm Machinery

I like to listen. I have learned

a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen. ~Ernest Hemingway

Instead of buying or renting expensive specialized machinery, farmers in Maine can now join a “lending library” of farm tools on short-term loan by using the SharedUse Farm Equipment Pool, a partnership between the Maine Farmland Trust (MFT) and the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association. There are already equipment co-ops and joint machinery ownerships around the country; now the sharing economy being established in urban areas seems to be catching on in rural America, too. For a $100 annual fee, members can gain access to a seedbed cultivator, two-shank sub-soiler, plastic mulch layer, tine weeder, and strip and ridge tillers. The 1,200-pound mulch layer, for instance, retails for more than $2,000. Each piece is undeniably useful, but pricey, especially given the cost per use. Farmers have a three-day window to use the tools. The pool came about when Mike Gold, an MFT staff member, saw the need to lower costs for both new and seasoned farmers. Currently, most of the tool pool members are newer vegetable farmers, but Gold says there’s appeal for established land stewards, too: “They see the opportunity to use that one piece of equipment that they may only need once a year or once every few years.” Source:


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Corporate Do-Gooders

U.S. Recognizes Companies for Earth-Sound Policies Each year, the U.S. Department of State presents Awards for Corporate Excellence recognizing U.S.-owned businesses that play vital roles worldwide as good corporate citizens. Parameters include supporting sustainable development, respect for human and labor rights, environmental protection, open markets, transparency and other democratic values. The 2014 winners, announced last December, include the EcoPlanet Bamboo Group, in Nicaragua, for fostering sustainable development by regenerating degraded pasturelands. The company dedicates 20 percent of its plantations as natural habitat that protects biodiversity by prohibiting illegal hunting. EcoPlanet also focuses on employing persons with disabilities and empowering women through recruitment to managerial positions. Wagner Asia Equipment, LLC, in Mongolia, a heavy equipment dealership, is recognized for its commitment to public/private partnerships with Mongolia’s local and national governments designed to protect the environment. Initiatives include planting more than 900 trees, conducting workshops for students on environment and ecology, implementing a project to build a community garden and rehabilitating a toxic waste site. Other finalists include the Coca-Cola Company, in the Philippines; Chevron Corporation, in Burma; ContourGlobal, in Togo; General Electric, in South Africa; General Electric International, in Tunisia; GlassPoint Solar, in Oman; and the Linden Centre, in China. For more information on finalists, visit natural awakenings

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actionalerts Support Mandatory GMO Labeling in Florida


wo Florida legislators, Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda (D-Tallahassee) and Sen. Jeremy Ring (D-Margate), are working to pass bills (HB 351 and SB 416) to label some foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Similar efforts died last year in the House and Senate agriculture committees. House Bill 351 and Senate Bill 416 would require 25 raw fruits and vegetables to carry labels if they contain GMOs. Wheat, corn, cotton, papaya, rice, zucchini and squash would be among the targeted produce. Both bills would require the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to annually update the list to include any newly introduced GMO produce. Additionally, products containing recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH) to increase milk production in cows would also require mention on labels. The new requirements would take effect on January 1, 2017. To ask that Florida representatives vote YES on these bills and support mandatory food labeling, visit


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Investigate Climate Censorship in Florida


cientists and state employees report that Governor Rick Scott’s office has discouraged them from using the phrases “climate change, global warming and sustainability” in official communications, including reports about the future of Florida’s coasts. Florida scientists such as David Hastings have advised the governor that the state of Florida is one of the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change in the U.S. The damaging effects of sea level rise alone may threaten 30 percent of the state’s beaches by 2100. Hastings, who met with Scott last year, called the language ban “Orwellian.” According to a report by the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting, the “unwritten policy” was implemented in 2011 after Scott took office and appointed a new Department of Environmental Protection director. Sign the petition to investigate censorship in Florida at

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Jeffrey Smith Warns Against GMOs is a reliable resource that lists about 30,000 non-GMO products. A non-GMO diet is recommended by thousands of doctors, as well as the American Academy of Environmental Medicine.

by Linda Sechrist

What more can “we the people” do to eradicate GMOs? We are in control, not government agencies. I believe that promoting a stronger message—that GMOs are dangerous and should be avoided— would better serve consumers and the food- labeling movement. High-profile campaigns will continue educating consumers about the dangers of GMOs and the necessity of rejecting them in favor of healthier non-GMO choices, especially for children that are most at risk. The desired result is that food companies will feel the loss of profits and remove GMOs as a liability. The tipping point in the U.S. is almost here. In 2013, the president of Whole Foods announced that when a product becomes verified as non-GMO, sales leap by 15 to 30 percent. Thousands of natural product brands were immediately enrolled for verification. Now conventional brands such as Post Foods’ Grape Nuts, Target’s Simply Balanced brand, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and Chipotle’s restaurant menu are GMO-free. General Mills stopped using GMO beet sugar in Cheerios. When the rest of the food industry sees these non-GMO-labeled products increase in sales in conventional supermarkets, they will be forced to eliminate GMOs as well, to protect their market share.


effrey Smith is the founder and executive director of the Institute for Responsible Technology, author of Seeds of Deception and director of the documentary Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives. Smith and his organization’s Campaign for Healthier Eating in America are spearheading consumer rejection of genetically modified foods (GM/GMO) in order to force them off the market. What basics should everyone know about GMOs? Genetic engineering is different from traditional crossbreeding. In engineering six major GMO crops—soy, corn, cotton, canola, sugar beets and alfalfa—a gene from a virus or bacteria was forced into the DNA of the plants. Derivatives such as soy lecithin, soy protein, high-fructose corn syrup and sugar (unless labeled as cane sugar) are in the vast majority of processed foods. How did GMO foods invade grocery shelves? Many U.S. consumers mistakenly believe that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves GMO crops only after careful study. Instead, the agency claimed it wasn’t aware of any significant difference from other food crops and declared safety testing unnecessary. In reality, according to FDA documents later made public in a lawsuit, the consensus among FDA scientists was that GMOs were different and dangerous and needed rigorous, long-term testing to prevent allergies, toxins, new diseases and nutritional problems. 32

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When the George W. Bush administration ordered the agency to promote biotechnology as a way to increase U.S. food exports, the FDA responded by creating a new position of Deputy Commissioner of Policy for Michael R. Taylor, a former Monsanto attorney. He later became a Monsanto vice president is now back at the FDA as the U.S. food safety czar. Why is Roundup, Monsanto’s weed killer for GMO crops, so toxic? Monsanto portrays Roundup as a benevolent herbicide. This is a lie. Glyphosate, its active patented ingredient, alters biochemical pathways in the body. Scientists such as Anthony Samsel and Stephanie Seneff have linked glyphosate to numerous diseases and disorders, including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, gluten sensitivity, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, depression, autism and reproductive disorders. In March, the World Health Organization declared it a probable carcinogen. How can we avoid unlabeled GMO foods? Eat organic foods, which are not allowed to contain GM ingredients, or products that are labeled non-GMO, or those that don’t contain derivatives of the current nine GMO food crops, which now include some zucchini, yellow squash and papaya grown in Hawaii or China. Any packaged grocery product not labeled “Non-GMO” or “Organic” is likely to contain at least one GMO; this includes meat and dairy products, from animals that have eaten GM feed.

Visit to educate family, friends and colleagues about the dangers of GMOs. Connect with writer Linda Sechrist at

Local Event with Jeffrey Smith May 27, 6:30 p.m. See ad on page 33 for details.

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A Life Worth Reading by Linda Sechrist


ookstore shelves Davis, a well-known filled with author and nutritionist biographies, who advocated strongly autobiographies and for supplementation memoirs offer eviand a healthy diet withdence that stories of out processed foods. life’s adventures and Shortly thereafter, mom transformational mobecame a healthy and ments are of interest carefree woman who to others. If readis now 88 years old,” ing isn’t a personal says Burch. pastime, then a closer Burch’s keen interHeather Burch study of the individual’s est in natural health is visible life can often obvious in her affection reveal evidence of their quest and most for Shangri-La Springs, as well as the significant life-changing experiences variety of health-oriented programs she that can be learned from. For Heather chooses to offer there—multiple forms Burch, co-owner of Shangri-La Spa, in of yoga (ashtanga, vinyasa flow and Bonita Springs, and Brigid’s Crossing, yin), Nia, qigong, Reiki, acupressure, in Naples, the surface reveals clues that crystal bowl sound baths and transeven Sherlock Holmes would consider formational breath classes. The venue quite elementary. gives her the opportunity to follow her The first pivotal moment in Burch’s father’s advice, which provided the life occurred at an early age, and her second transformational moment that passion for nutritious eating and serving took place at Unity of Naples during healthy, organic foods at Shangri-La is her mid-20s. Burch clearly recalls the the result. Burch recalls that even as simple moment in the Sunday service a child, her concern for her mother’s ritual that changed her life forever. health took precedence in her mind. “Everyone was holding hands and “By the time I was 10 years old, Mom singing, ‘Let there be peace on Earth,’ had grown weary of taking medications when something indescribable flooded for her heart problems and suddenly my body. I was so moved by the feelannounced that she was throwing them ing that I began to cry and couldn’t away. That’s when we began eating only stop for three hours. My very wise healthy foods. My parents cleaned out father leaned into me and said, ‘You the kitchen pantry, read and applied are a smart woman and very good at what they learned from books by Adelle what you do, but don’t you think it’s


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time to follow the path of your heart?’” Unsure of the meaning behind the comment, Burch slowly began to reorganize her life to make room for quiet time in nature. “One of the first things I did after easing out of real estate and finance was to go hiking with a friend at Glacier National Park and the Grand Tetons,” explains Burch. Burch’s love for the beauty of natural landscapes is evident in the way she nurtures, celebrates and preserves Shangri-La, a United Stated Department of Agriculture Certified Organic property. “The first time I came here, I knew I was stepping on sacred ground. I hope everyone who attended the Planet Earth Festival in March felt that, too.” Burch’s heartfelt desire to commune with nature is the result of reading books by Tom Brown Jr., America’s most acclaimed outdoorsman, renowned tracker, teacher and author. “I learned wilderness survival skills from Tom, and then decided to try them out for a few days in the state of Washington. I enjoyed my first time so much I returned. What I thought was going to be a two-week trip lasted for two months. During that time, I became so comfortably immersed in nature that I experienced a state of oneness. Life was deeply different after that,” she remarks. While it may not be realistic to think that every individual can be read like a book, it’s definitely possible to see if a three-dimensional, spirit-led life contains a deeper and richer story worth pursuing. Burch’s, which is full of even more such experiences, would require several volumes. Shangri-La Springs is located at 27750 Old 41 Rd., in Bonita Springs. For more information, call 239-949-0749 or visit See ad, page 19.

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readersnapshot Who’s a Natural Awakenings reader? Meet Indira Dyal-Dominguez Life’s mission: For the majority of my life, I have been on a quest to live true to myself. In 2000, I had a profound awakening that revealed how I could do this. I now share what I learned with others through my book, YOU: A Spiritual Being on a Spiritual Journey: a New Paradigm for Living Life. Work: I am the president of INDIRA Intuitively Improving Life, a website and community designed to support individuals by giving them tools to help them live a better life. Since 2005, my husband, Paul, and I have been delivering programs to individuals and executives on living from the realm of self. Proudest Achievements: My book and the relationship I have with my husband. Our journey and partnership honors that which brought us together in this lifetime. Expectations for the Future: I intend to be a guide for creating a new and different paradigm on how to better resolve issues such as how to be a parent in a more complex society or how to have a marriage that sustains the complexities of life. Local causes supported: I help women to find their inner strength, as well as know that they can be heard and honored. Favorite thing about Natural Awakenings: I love that Natural Awakenings is a hub for spiritual growth. Featured articles continue to give life to the many new voices that are rising up and giving us new ways of seeing and living. The magazine gives me a renewed sense of how much our community is expanding and growing. Most frequented healthy food restaurant: Chef Brooke’s Natural Café, Fort Myers. How do you invest in your community? I host events to freely share with groups on how to connect to their self. Favorite quote: “This above all: to thine own self be true…” ~William Shakespeare What you are doing to be the change you want to see in the world: My life is dedicated to the work of sharing conversation with others about how living from the self is where we find the most joy and fulfillment, as well as how we bring a higher vibration to life.


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Keep it fun, so that your kids will try new things like vegetables. Remember, it takes 12 times before a baby actually prefers a new food, so don’t give up!


~Veronika Van de Geer Buckley, Maine mother

KIDS ¤ VEGGIES How to Instill Healthy Lifelong Habits by Clancy Cash Harrison

Starting at conception, the early years of a child’s life are a perfect window of opportunity to establish a foundation of healthy eating.


ant a child to love veggies? Here are simple tips parents can practice in the first three years to establish lifelong good eating habits. Start early. We all know that eating healthy during pregnancy will help a baby grow, but many may not realize


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that an infant can taste flavors in utero and through breast milk. Eating a variety of fresh produce during pregnancy and breastfeeding helps shape a healthy diet later in life. Treat weaning as a time for the infant to explore the texture, taste and aroma of an array of foods. After six

months of exclusive breastfeeding, food can be introduced, although breast milk is still the primary source of nutrients. Small, repeated exposures to many foods during this stage will help minimize refusals to try or accept foods in the toddler years. Children’s foods should be exploding with nutrients. Offering a variety of organic produce ensures optimal nutrition and decreases chemical exposure. Research reported by the Harvard Medical School and the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, among others, shows that richly colored foods help build dense bones, powerful brains and tough immunity. Good candidates include butternut squash, sweet potatoes, leafy greens, carrots, broccoli, berries and citrus. Also go for those naturally high in iron, such as peas, leafy greens, apricots, raisins and legumes. Avoid anything high in sugar and other sweeteners, hydrogenated oils, artificial colorings and other harmful additives. Another important yet often overlooked foundation of healthy eating is encouraging a child to self-regulate his or her calorie intake. Self-regulation starts on the first day of breastfeeding and is carried through adulthood. Respecting

a child’s decision to end a meal allows them to control their own food intake. Common signals infants use to end a meal include turning their head away, arching back, throwing food on the floor and showing an interest in other activities. To encourage self-regulation, always serve meals and healthy snacks on a schedule and allow the child to feed himself when possible. As early as 7 months of age, most healthy infants are developmentally ready to do this, which should optimize nutrient consumption, increase participation in family meals and contribute to a less stressful mealtime. Appropriate foods for self-feeding should easily melt in an infant’s mouth and be a safe size, such as soft fruits and cooked vegetables. To prevent choking, avoid round,

Kid Feeding Tips by Clancy Cash Harrison n Holding off on fruits as a first food to prevent development of a sweet tooth is a myth. A sweet taste preference is engrained in an infant’s DNA (Annual Review of Nutrition; Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care).

It’s important to give the child the same food that the family eats, but in smaller servings. This allows the child to watch others eat and enjoy the same meal. ~Maria Myers Maiden, North Carolina mother hard and sticky foods such as whole grapes, peanuts, popcorn and nut or seed butters. Don’t be afraid to add mild herbs and spices to a child’s food. An easy way to teach healthy flavor preferences, develop taste buds and reduce pickiness when they’re older is to expose children to many foods, textures and aromas. A dash of cumin in smashed avocado or freshly chopped mint mixed with diced strawberries introduces new perspective on a favorite food. Food refusal is inevitable, normal behavior. Children will love a food one day and hate it the next. Rethinking the

definition of variety empowers parents to reintroduce a not-so-favorite food many times. If children don’t like the way an item feels or looks, they may not taste it. The refusal of a carrot doesn’t necessarily doom carrots. They can be coined, minced, mashed, puréed and diced to change the texture, plus they can be served cold, at room temperature or tepid. A child’s early adventurous eating increases the willingness to experiment with a wider range of less familiar foods as a young adult in a multicultural foodscape. Kids are not born reciting an alphabet; it takes time and practice to read and learn a new language. Similarly, it requires time and patient practice to establish a healthy foundation for eating. Have faith in the family’s ability to make eating together enjoyable for everyone. Clancy Cash Harrison is a mother of two, pediatric feeding therapist, registered dietitian and author of Feeding Baby: Simple Approaches to Raising a Healthy Baby and Creating a Lifetime of Nutritious Eating. Connect at

n Restricting foods high in sugar and fat increases a child’s preference for them. Then, when sweets are made available, the child feels compelled to overeat them (Appetite; The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition; Proceedings of the Nutrition Society). n Most children will refuse a new food and by age 2, become afraid of anything new. Therefore, introduce a large variety of foods early in life (Appetite; International Journal of Obesity). n Infants and children can regulate calorie needs based on current growth patterns and age. Some days an infant will eat large amounts of food, on others very little. n Pressuring a child to eat is a behavior associated with unhealthy eating habits. Not only does it set them up for long-term food aversions, it teaches them to distrust their internal feelings of hunger and fullness, often leading to a habit of overeating. natural awakenings

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Easy Kid-Pleasing Recipes T

hese recipes are designed to build dense bones, powerful brains and tough immunity by strategically pairing foods to increase the absorption of vital nutrients. Even toddlers love to use the creamy recipes as dips for their favorite vegetable sticks. To encourage self-feeding with a thinner-texture recipe, place food on a spoon and let the infant lean into it or pull the spoon to their mouth.

In a cast iron skillet, heat coconut oil over medium heat. Add peas and cook for 5 minutes, constantly stirring. Toss with dill before serving.

Basil and Banana

1 tsp finely chopped fresh organic basil ½ diced organic banana In a blender, mix all ingredients until smooth. Add breast milk to thin as needed.

Cinnamon Smashed Sweet Potatoes

2 Tbsp smashed organic sweet potato Dash organic cinnamon

Sweet and Chunky Avocado

½ ripe organic avocado, mashed with a fork ½ ripe organic banana Pinch of organic cinnamon (optional) Mix ingredients well until smooth and creamy. Add breast milk to thin as needed. For more texture, dice the banana and gently mix into mashed avocado.

Bake sweet potato until its center is soft. Remove flesh from peel. Smashing with a fork, mix in cinnamon. Add breast milk to thin as needed.

Strawberry and Almond Purée

8 raw, soaked almonds 4 large organic strawberries, diced 1 tsp fresh chopped organic herbs (basil, cilantro or mint) Pulse almonds in a blender until finely chopped. Add strawberries and herb of choice. Mix until well blended.

Dilled Peas

/4 tsp organic coconut oil 1 Tbsp organic peas 1 pinch fresh chopped organic dill 1

Banana and Coconut Ice Cream 4 frozen organic bananas (without peels) ½ cup unsweetened organic coconut milk 1 tsp organic vanilla extract

In a blender, mix all ingredients until smooth. Top with fresh organic berries. Recipes and photos courtesy of Clancy Cash Harrison from Feeding Baby: Simple Approaches to Raising a Healthy Baby and Creating a Lifetime of Nutritious Eating. 40

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so you get the marrow; I’m partial to knuckle bones. I always have soup broth in my refrigerator.

Laura Prepon’s Journey to Health

What’s key to your ability to naturally stay healthy and fit in the midst of an intense schedule of work and travel? I love modalities like acupuncture, massage … all of that. I fully believe in keeping energy flowing to benefit the functioning of all our organs. As school kids, we learn about the circulatory system and central nervous system, but who knows much about the lymphatic system? It’s extremely important, and people are starting to get the idea. Activities like yoga, swimming and bouncing on the trampoline can help.

Home Cooking, Organics and Massage Are Key by Gerry Strauss

How do you manage to consistently eat local organic food instead of fast food?

My mother was a gourmet chef and an advocate of organic food, so we always had amazing meals growing up. Eating organic produce that’s in season locally seems to help me assimilate nutrition more readily. Whenever I can, I also try to tap into biodynamic agriculture, which takes an even broader holistic approach to food production and nutrition. I view GMOs [genetically modified foods] as toxic to the system. As a self-taught chef, I like to cook at least 80 percent of my food at home

and bring meals to work so I don’t stress about food during the day. It feels good to get people together in the kitchen and I’ve taught friends how to cook healthy foods in simple ways, so they now bring their own meals with them to work. It’s all about preparation, so that you’re not just grabbing something on the run. Knowing what’s going into the food we’re eating is important.

Do you see society’s penchant for medicating as a way to avoid listening to and addressing our body’s real needs? I do. That’s why I study Eastern medicine, because I feel that Western medicine treats problems and Eastern medicine prevents problems from happening. I grew up in a family of doctors and “full-on” Western medicine and respect the medical community. Unfortunately, these days, most people are continually medicated and they’re not getting better. As a society, we tend to just take a drug to handle a symptom instead of addressing the actual cause of the problem.

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rom That ‘70s Show to Orange is the New Black, actress Laura Prepon has long been considered by TV audiences to be a welcome image of health. Yet Prepon’s recent discovery that she’d been falling short in nourishing her body as effectively as possible has set in motion a complete redirection of lifestyle, from her diet to fitness routine. Now working on a book about clean living and eating due out next year, Prepon has rededicated herself to educating us just as much as she’s entertained us through the years.

Why do you include a lot of soup in your diet? With all of the GMO food sprayed with chemicals in the typical American diet and the other environmental toxins everyone has to deal with, our gut flora, intestines and bodies in general are becoming compromised. Ten years ago, few had even heard of gluten allergies unless you had celiac disease, which was rare even then. Now, everywhere you go, there’s a gluten-free option. I love eating soup because the healthful ingredients I use are broken down completely, so the body can immediately assimilate needed micronutrients, which help heal us from the inside out. I’m talking about homemade broth from grass-fed beef bones,

As a celebrity, do you see yourself as a conduit to facilitate a shift away from unnatural lifestyles? Yes. The reason I decided to write a book was because I’ve been struggling with a bunch of different ailments in secret for a long time. When I began working with my integrated health coach, Elizabeth Troy, I started to heal for the first time in all the years of reading books on health, diet and fitness, seeing doctors, taking loads of pills and spending crazy amounts of money on all of these activities. I want to help people struggling to regain their health to get answers. Gerry Strauss is a freelance writer in Hamilton, NJ. Connect at

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EATING SKINNY Why Vegans and Vegetarians are Naturally Trim by Judith Fertig


e read the labels touting low sugar, carbs, fats and calories. We try this and that diet, hoping the pounds will melt away. Yet more than a third of U.S. adults, nearly 80 million of us, remain overweight or obese, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in Atlanta. The problem might be that we’re getting the wrong advice. While most weight-loss plans focus on reducing calories, recent research shows that vegan and vegetarian dietary patterns can result in more weight loss than those that include meat, without even emphasizing caloric restriction. Scientists at the University of South Carolina, in Columbia, point to their study, How Plant-Based Do We Need to Be to Achieve Weight Loss?


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Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. ~Michael Pollan Study participants were divided into five groups, according to eating style, from vegan to flexitarian to carnivore, and monitored for an eight-week period. At the end of the evaluation, those that followed an entirely plant-based diet achieved the greatest weight loss. Study leader Gabrielle Turner-McGrievy, Ph.D., notes, “Many researchers agree that vegan eating styles are tied to lower

BMI [body mass index], lower prevalence of Type 2 diabetes and less weight gain with age.” Can it really be that simple… eat more plants and lose weight? “Yes,” says clean food coach Jeannette Bessinger, of Newport, Rhode Island. “Most people could benefit from eating more vegetables.” Co-author of Natural Solutions for Digestive Health with Naturopath Jillian Sarno Teta, Bessinger advises her clients to start by eating more green, leafy vegetables. Vegetables contribute to weight control in several ways, says Bessinger. They fill us up and help calm cravings. Plus, when plants become the bulk of what we eat, we naturally consume fewer high-fat, high-calorie foods. For an easy appetite-control strategy, Bessinger suggests having a cup of vegetable soup about 10 minutes before a meal. “It shuts off your appetite valve and you’ll eat noticeably less,” she says, while still feeling full. She also recommends slowing down and being mindful when we eat. Vegetables help us do that. “It takes two-and-ahalf minutes to eat a piece of cheesecake, but much more time to eat a big salad,” she says.   For New York City-based Victoria Moran, author of Main Street Vegan and The Good Karma Diet, losing weight and maintaining a healthy lifestyle became easier once she adopted a vegan diet. “I’ve been through life and loss and ages 40 and 50, and my weight stays

Nothing can be delicious when you are holding your breath. For something to be delicious, you have to be present to savor it; and presence is in attention and in the flow of breath. It begins in the mouth, and then it connects our heads to our bodies through our throats and into our lungs and tummies, a beautiful, connective cord of air. ~Anne Lamott steady, some 60 pounds less than it once was,” she says. “Every year when I put away my winter clothes and get out my summer clothes, they fit.” Her eating strategy is easy, too. “Make your plate look like a Christmas tree,” says Moran, “mostly green with splashes of other bright colors from vegetables and fruits.” She eats green veggies in several ways. She makes her own green juices—one favorite combines celery, kale, apple and lemon juice. She also adds tender greens like romaine or spinach to smoothies that might also contain fruit and citrus juice.

She steams greens with plenty of garlic and makes big salads. “I bought my salad bowl at a restaurant supply house,” Moran exclaims. Salads get an oomph factor with a selection of avocado, pumpkin or hemp seeds, mushrooms, chickpeas or red beans, artichoke hearts, chunks of steamed yam and sautéed tofu or tempeh. Moran cites benefits of more energy to do more physical activity and “feeling really good” as additional outcomes of her dietary shift. Sophie Uliano, a Los Angeles-

based natural beauty expert and author of the new Gorgeous for Good, agrees, believing that eating a vegan diet 80 percent of the time can pay dividends in weight loss, well-being, energy and beauty. “Most of the time, eat clean and healthy,” she recommends. “It’s not a diet. It’s a ‘live-it’, a way of life.” Uliano recently asked two colleagues on the Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family show to try eating vegan, while also eliminating gluten, alcohol, caffeine and refined grains. The pair lost weight, gained energy and improved their skin tone. “Transformation comes in a series of small, consistent decisions over time,” concludes Bessinger, eating salad instead of cheeseburgers and vegetables instead of fries. For natural weight management, “Make strategic, long-term changes in stages that you can actually sustain over time.” Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFood from Overland Park, KS.

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RETHINKING BREAST HEALTH Natural ways to keep breasts smooth, pain-free and firm, while reducing the risk of cancer. by Lisa Marshall


e’ve been conditioned to narrowly define breast health in terms of pink ribbon campaigns, cancer awareness marches and cold, steel mammography machines. Nearly 30 years after anticancer drug maker Imperial Chemical Industries (now AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals) established the first National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October 1985, many women have come to equate healthy breasts with cancer-free breasts, and assume the most important thing they can do is undergo regular screening. But amid this chorus, some women’s health advocates are striving to get a different message across: There are a host of steps women can take to not only fend off disease in the future, but keep their breasts in optimal condition today. “We need to change the conversation about our breasts from how to avoid breast cancer and detect it early to how to have healthy breasts and enjoy them,” says Dr. Christiane Northrup, an obstetrician and gynecologist from Yarmouth, Maine, and author of the new book Goddesses Never Age: The Secret Prescription for Radiance, Vitality, and Well-Being.

Healthy Breasts, Healthy Body

In adolescence, breast changes are the first to signal the arrival of womanhood. When she’s aroused, a woman’s nipples harden and change color. When a woman gives birth, her breasts fill with life-giving milk. “In all these ways, your breasts are deeply connected to your femininity, compassion and sensuality,” says Hawaiian Naturopathic Doctor 44

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Laurie Steelsmith, co-author of Natural Choices for Women’s Health. Because breasts are extremely sensitive to hormonal fluctuations throughout the body, they can also serve as a barometer of overall health. “If you’re having chronic breast symptoms, it can be your body’s wisdom saying, ‘Help. Something’s wrong.’ Women need to listen.” While some premenstrual swelling and tenderness is normal, exaggerated or persistent pain is often a sign of systemic estrogen dominance in relation to progesterone. It’s common in the years leading up to menopause, but can also hint at impaired thyroid function, because low levels of thyroid hormones have been shown to boost estrogen in breast tissue, advises Steelsmith. Large, fluid-filled cysts or fibrous lumps, while non-cancerous, can also be a reflection of overexposure to harmful chemicals and toxin buildup, combined with poor lymph flow, notes Dr. Elizabeth Vaughan, an integrative physician in Greensboro, North Carolina. “If a woman has lumpy, bumpy breasts, they probably contain too many toxins, and those toxins are primarily estrogenic.” Addressing such symptoms is important not only to relieve discomfort, but also

because excess estrogen can fuel future cancer risk, says Vaughan. Any new, suspicious lump should be evaluated by a professional. Also, severe breast tenderness combined with nipple discharge could be a sign of infection or a problem with the pituitary gland, so it should also be checked. But typically, subtle natural healthcare steps can go a long way toward restoring breast wellness. For nipple tenderness, Steelsmith recommends chaste-tree berry (175 milligrams [mg] of powdered extract or 40 drops daily). The herbal supplement mimics naturally occurring progesterone in the body, helping to counter estrogen dominance. Vitamin E (400 to 800 international units [IU] per day) and evening primrose oil (1,500 mg twice a day) have also been shown to alleviate breast tenderness. For fibrous or cyst-filled breasts, Vaughan advises supplementing with iodine (up to 12.5 mg per day via kelp, seaweed or oral tablets) or applying an iodine solution to the breasts at night. A key constituent of thyroid hormones, iodine helps the liver convert unfriendly forms of estrogen into friendlier forms and flush toxins out of lymph nodes in the breast. Also, steer clear of chocolate and coffee, because caffeine is

believed to interact with enzymes in the breast, exaggerating pain and lumpiness. Also consider ditching the bra, says Vaughan. Brassieres can constrict lymph nodes and hinder blood circulation in breasts, locking toxins in and aggravating fibrocystic symptoms. The link between bras and breast cancer risk remains hotly debated, with one 2014 U.S. National Cancer Institute study of 1,400 women concluding unequivocally that, “There’s no evidence that wearing a bra increases a woman’s risk of breast cancer,” while smaller studies from the United States, China, Venezuela, Scotland and Africa suggest a link. Vaughan, the founder of, says the science is compelling enough that she has chosen to keep her own bra use to a minimum and advises her patients to do the same. “Obviously, there are certain sports where you should wear a sports bra and there are certain dresses that only look right with a bra,” says Vaughan. At a minimum, avoid wearing a bra to bed and steer clear of underwires and overly tight bras that leave red marks. “This is not about guilt-tripping women into never wearing a bra. It’s about wearing a bra less.”

Beautiful Breasts Naturally

Too small or too big, lopsided or riddled with stretch marks… it seems almost every woman has a complaint

about the appearance of her breasts. That’s a problem, says Northrup, because, “Healthy breasts are breasts that are loved. We have to stop beating them up.” According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the number of women getting breast implants for cosmetic reasons ballooned from 212,500 in 2000 to 286,254 in 2014. Physicians—including Northrup—claim that modern implants don’t, in the majority of cases, promote disease like older silicone implants did. Yet even plastic surgeons warn that having implants should be fully thought out, and at some point they’ll probably have to come out. “They are manmade devices, and are not intended to be lifelong. At some point, you will probably have to have further surgery,” says Dr. Anureet Bajaj, an Oklahoma City plastic surgeon. Bajaj notes that implants can rupture, forming scar tissue and lending irregular shape to the breast. Often, as a woman ages and her body changes, the larger breasts she chose in her 20s no longer look right and may cause back and shoulder pain. In some cases, implants can also lead to loss of nipple sensitivity. For these and other reasons, 23,774 women—including actress Melissa Gilbert and model Victoria Beckham—had their implants removed in 2014, often following up with a breast lift (using their own tissue) to restore their shape.

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Vaughan sees breast implant removal as a wise and courageous choice to restore optimal breast health. Better yet, don’t get implants in the first place. “There are a lot of other things you can do to improve the appearance of your breasts,” she advises. Vaughan recommends breastperking exercises like dumbbell bench presses and flys that tone the pectoral muscles beneath the breasts, making them more resilient and look larger. To prevent or reverse sagging, she again urges women to go bra-free. “We have ligaments in the upper outer quadrant of our breasts called Cooper’s ligaments, and they’re responsible for holding our breasts up. Just like your muscles atrophy when you put your arm in a sling, your Cooper’s ligaments atrophy if you wear a bra all the time.” In one unpublished, yet highly publicized 2013 study, French Exercise Physiologist Jean-Denis Rouillon measured the busts of 330 women ages 18 to 35 over a period of 15 years and found those that regularly wore a bra had droopier breasts with lower nipples than those that didn’t. In another, smaller, Japanese study, researchers found that when women stopped wearing a bra for three months, their breasts perked up. Those worried about stretch marks also have options. They can be a sign of inadequate copper, which promotes collagen integrity and helps skin stretch without injury, says Steelsmith. If rapid weight gain is occurring due to adolescence, pregnancy or for other reasons, try taking copper supplements or applying a topical copper spray on the breasts. Remember to massage your breasts daily, not only as a “search and destroy mission” for early detection of cancerous lumps, says Northrup, but as a way to get waste products flowing out and loving energy flowing in. “It concerns me that women feel pressured to think of their breasts as two potentially pre-malignant lesions sitting on their chests,” Northrup says. “These are organs of nourishment and pleasure for both ourselves and others. We need to remember that, too.” Lisa Marshall is a freelance health writer in Boulder, CO. Connect at 46

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Bust Musts for Cancer Prevention by Lisa Marshall


ccording to the American Cancer Society, one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and nearly 40,000 will die annually of the disease. But at least 38 percent of those diagnoses could be prevented via diet and lifestyle changes, affirms the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR). “For decades, the dominant public message about breast cancer has been about early detection,” says Medical Doctor Robert Pendergrast, an associate professor at the Medical College of Georgia, in Augusta, and author of Breast Cancer: Reduce Your Risk with Foods You Love. “Screening is important, but not nearly enough attention is being paid to prevention.” Here’s what we can do to keep cancer at bay or from recurring. Eat more veggies: Cruciferous vegetables, like broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts, are loaded with indole-3-carbinol, or I3C, a potent anticancer compound that helps break down excess estrogen and convert it into a more friendly, or benign form, says Steelsmith. One study in Alternative Medicine Review found that women that ate high amounts of cruciferous vegetables were 30 percent less likely to develop breast cancer over 30 years. I3C can also be taken as a supplement (300 milligrams [mg] per day). Eat more fiber, especially flax: Fiber, via whole grains, fruits and vegetables, helps flush out toxins including unfriendly estrogen. Flax contains cancer-fighting compounds called lignans, which block the effects of excess or unfriendly estrogen on cells. Drink less alcohol: Alcohol boosts estrogen levels in women and is broken down in the liver to acetaldehyde, a known toxin that causes cancer in laboratory animals, notes Naturopath

Laurie Steelsmith. According to the AICR, a woman that has five drinks per week boosts her risk by 5 percent. Two or more drinks per day boosts such risk by more than 40 percent. Skip the barbecue: Charring meat produces carcinogenic compounds called heterocyclic amines. A study of 42,000 women, published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, found that those that routinely ate welldone hamburger, beef or bacon had four times the risk of those that opted for medium or medium-rare. Keep weight in check: Excessive estrogen, which lives in fat cells, fuels cancer risk. According to the AICR, a woman with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 (obese) has a 13 percent higher risk of cancer than a woman with a BMI of 25 (slightly overweight). Spice up life: Curcumin from the turmeric plant has been shown in many studies to have potent immune-boosting and anticancer properties, reactivating sleeping tumor-suppressor genes that can kill cancer cells. De-stress: Growing evidence that includes studies from Ohio State University suggest that stress can boost the risk of breast cancer and recurrence, plus heighten its aggressiveness by altering hormones and impairing immunity. One study from Finland’s University of Helsinki followed 10,808 Finnish women for 15 years and found as much as double the rate of breast cancer among those that had experienced a divorce or death of a spouse or family member. Drink green tea: It’s loaded with epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a potent antioxidant believed to suppress new blood vessel growth in tumors and keep cancerous cells from invading healthy tissue.

Triumph Over The ‘Big C’ by Lisa Marshall


hen Sandy Messonnier was diagnosed with breast cancer, she faced scary treatment decisions as doctors pressured her to consider all means available. “I was more afraid of the treatment than the cancer itself,” says Messonnier, 52, of Plano, Texas. “I kept feeling like I was being lumped into one big category of all women that got breast cancer, rather than treated as an individual.” With the help of her holistic veterinarian husband Shawn Messonnier, Sandy took a more measured approach, blending conventional and complementary medicine in an individualized protocol the couple describes in their book, Breast Choices for the Best Chances: Your Breasts, Your Life, and How You Can Win the Battle! After careful consideration, Sandy opted for two lumpectomies three weeks apart, instead of a mastectomy, to remove

the small tumor. The second one was done to clear up a few remaining cells indicated by a biopsy. Meanwhile, she took supplements including green tea and coriolus mushrooms to impede the spread of the cancer cells. Several tests helped determine if she needed chemotherapy and the optimum dose for some of her supplements. The results prompted her to decline chemotherapy and opt for a brief stint of radiation while taking the supplements quercetin and curcumin to help combat the fatigue and other side effects. Afterward, she cleansed her body with homeopathic mistletoe, herbal milk thistle and other detoxifying supplements. Then she began the work of keeping cancer at bay. “A lot of doctors never talk to you about what you are going to do after the poisoning [chemo], the burning and

surgery,” she says. “Rather than taking a cancer-fighting drug, I chose to be more mindful of what I do with my body.” Her regimen called for committing to keeping up with the healthy diet, plus regular walks, yoga and Pilates that she believes helped keep the cancer relatively mild to begin with. But she also made some life changes to address the one thing she believes may have driven the outbreak in the first place—stress. She made peace with her mother, which reduced a lot of stress, began to cultivate a spiritual life and now takes time to meditate or walk when she feels even lightly stressed. She also vowed to keep the fear of recurrence from overwhelming her. “Many women never stop worrying about it,” she observes. “That is toxic energy you are putting back into your body.” As of this October, Messonnier will be five years cancer-free. Her advice for women newly diagnosed with breast cancer: “Chemotherapy, radiation and mastectomy are not among the right choices for all women. There are other options, depending on the type of cancer. Don’t be so fearful that you make hasty decisions you don’t need to make.”

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An Integrative Approach for Breast Health and Early Cancer Detection Local health practitioners offer insights on thermography, mammograms and other proactive tools. by Linda Sechrist


o one can dispute that prevention and the early detection of breast cancer are saving lives. What is debatable is the mammogram as the only medical standard of care upon which the majority of medical care providers rely for early detection. A more integrative approach includes thermography and vital advice regarding how diet and lifestyle changes are essential to prevention, recovery and even the reversal of breast cancer. Thermography, a diagnostic screening procedure that focuses on abnormalities in the physical or anatomical structure within the breast, is unlikely to be embraced by the entire medical community until the standard of care includes it. Prescribing anything other than the medical best practice puts doctors at risk for malpractice. With the present lack of standardization and absence of large, randomized trials that result in evidence-based criteria, critics consider digital infrared thermal imaging (DITI) as pseudoscience, and insurance providers deem it medically unnecessary, discounting any beneficial impact that it may have on health outcomes. Another major obstacle is that DITI is missing from the curriculum of medical schools, which means that doctors know little about it.

Building a New Local Paradigm

Helping to shift the breast screening paradigm to a more integrative and comprehensive approach are local, functional medical practitioners such as Dr. Pamela Hughes, owner of the Hughes Center for Functional Medicine, in Naples, and her colleague, Dr. Carol Roberts; Dr. Zorayda Torres, owner of Upstream MD, in Bonita Springs; Kimberly Lemons, CCT, owner of Suncoast Thermal Imaging, in Cape Coral; Graydon Snow, AP, owner of 48

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Axis Natural Medicine, in Fort Myers; and Terri Evans, AP, owner of Tae Health Aging; and Taryn Kean, CCT Level III, owner of Southwest Thermal Imaging, in Bonita Springs. These savvy experts offer insights into preventive approaches, as well as the present standard of care that doctors and insurance providers abide by. For patients and doctors such as Roberts, Torres, Evans and Snow, who are concerned about the potential harm of mammography’s repeated radiation exposure and breast compression, integration can’t happen fast enough. Sensing a need to protect a woman’s most sensitive body parts, these experts have had their instincts confirmed. The National Cancer Institute has noted potential harms due to radiation exposure, and a 2006 study published in the British Journal of Radiobiology states that the type of radiation used in X-raybased screenings is more carcinogenic than previously believed.

An Integrative Approach for Better Odds

According to Roberts, an integrative thermography/mammography approach

can result in 98 percent accuracy in diagnosis, whereas either screening alone results in only 85 percent accuracy. Roberts, who has only had one mammogram in Dr. Carol Roberts her lifetime, sees thermography as a commonsense option. “It doesn’t matter what I believe, because like all doctors who are trained to order mammograms, I am constrained by the standard of care,” says Roberts, who offers patients the information they need to make their own decision. This includes guidelines for improving diet and lifestyle.

Inhibiting Aromatase

When a patient refuses mammograms or wants to stop getting annual mammograms and they are not at high risk, Torres may recommend a DITI screening. “More importantly, Dr. Zorayda Torres I advise them about preventive measures such as how to inhibit aromatase, an enzyme in the body that converts testosterone and other androgens into the female hormone estrogen. Aromatase has been found at higher levels in breast cancer tissue than in normal breast tissue,” explains Torres. Certain foods inhibit aromatase activity: cruciferous vegetables, celery, red wine, white button mushrooms, oysters, garlic, onions and healthy fatrich foods such as coconut oil, avocados and extra virgin olive oil. Chamomile and antioxidant-rich herbs such as

oregano, thyme, rosemary and turmeric are also useful. Additional inhibitors are chlorophyll and fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kimchi and fermented soy, apple cider vinegar and kombucha. “Diet and other lifestyle changes can diminish aromatase levels, reducing the risk of breast cancer. Being proactive is more logical than being diligent about breast screening and hoping for normal results,” says Torres.

Whole Body Thermography

Hughes feels conflicted about DITI for breast screening. However, she does appreciate the benefits it offers for detection of inflammation in other parts of the body. “A patient Dr. Pamela Hughes recently came to me with the results of her whole body thermogram. Fortunately, the abnormality is likely the detection of the earliest stage of cancer,” says Hughes.

DITI as a Monitoring Tool for Whole Body Health

Snow is a fan of whole body thermography for similar reasons. “It’s a beneficial tool to monitor physical injuries, as well as back, neck and joint pain, in addition to fibroGraydon Snow myalgia, stroke screening, TMJ, digestive disorders, spinal dysfunction and cardiovascular changes. It is helpful for investigating what prevents a patient from responding to treatment or for when an MRI or X-ray hasn’t indicated a problem. More importantly, it’s a great tool for a proactive approach to wellness and healthcare,” she remarks.

Slow-Growing Tumors

Hughes is skeptical about recommending only DITI. “Thermography’s specificity is lower than mammography in the detection of small and early breast

cancers. Adhering to the recommendations by the American Cancer Society and the Society of Breast Imaging, she notes that neither endorses it. “For patients who do not want radiation and pain, DITI is a reasonable alternative,” says Hughes. “However, women must be aware of the 17 percent chance of missing a small, early cancer. Studies I have read conclude that when used alone, thermography is not more effective than mammography, but rather a good adjunct.” Kean confirms that 17 percent of cancers, including encapsulated tumors and existing slow-growing pathologies, are thermograpically silent. “In DITI, doctors trained to Taryn Kean read the images are looking for angiogenesis activity, new blood vessels formed to create a nutrient supply for a developing tumor. Thermography detects inflammation, vascular patterns, lymph changes (congestion or activity), and hormonal activity associated with estrogen dominance. In other words, it tells a patient’s physician where in the body to begin additional testing or treatments. This is what it did for Dr. Hughes’ patient,” explains Kean. “A body adapts to a very slow-growing tumor, which means physiological changes from scan to scan may not be visible. All women, not just those who are Terri Evans high-risk, should do a DITI annually, as well as some form of structural testing. They all have their strengths and weaknesses,” clarifies Kean, who gets regular referrals from local physicians as well as from Snow and Evans.

Better Treatment and Wellness Plans

Evans’ Magnify Your Health Program focuses on wellness and prevention.

“The subtle imbalances, stagnation and inflammation that I see in digital imaging results enable me to be very specific with my treatment and patient wellness plans. I consider my patients who use this tool as prevention pioneers who are taking control of their health,” remarks Evans.

Antiogenic-Inhibiting Foods as Medicine

Generally, by the time a mammogram detects something, it’s been growing silently for five to eight years. Thermography detects changes earlier, giving women the opportunity to be proactive by reducing stress, getting more sleep, balancing hormone levels and including antiogenic-inhibiting foods such as red grapes, strawberries, green tea, kale, turmeric, cherries, nutmeg, artichokes, parsley, garlic, tomatoes and Maitake mushrooms in their diet.

Assess Hormone Levels

When Lemons was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009, she had a lumpectomy, refused chemotherapy and radiation and went looking for a naturopathic docKimberly Lemons tor that specialized in nutrition. “I wanted to know why I had breast cancer,” she recalls. After many blood tests, Lemons was told that her oestradiol (estrogen) level was extremely high. “Studies, such as those now published at show that this condition in premenopausal women is positively associated with breast cancer risk. While I believe that blood endogenous hormone levels should be assessed by healthcare providers, they aren’t,” advises Lemons. Her full recovery included taking Protocel, a unique type of liquid formulation purported to work on a cellular level to make cancer cells fall apart, eating a healthy diet, eliminating antiperspirant deodorant and tight, underwire bras. She continues to take vitamin D3 and selenium and regularly uses lymph drainage massage. With risk factors that are modifi-

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able by individuals, the future of breast cancer prevention and treatment puts the patient in the driver’s seat. Consider working with a professional that is open to thermography and identifying risk factors, as well as to developing a customized strategy and long-term solutions that can result in a significantly lower risk of developing cancer.

Resources Axis Natural Medicine, 7680 Cambridge Manor Pl., Ste. 100, Fort Myers; 239288-0900. Hughes Center for Functional Medicine, 800 Goodlette Rd. N., Ste. 270, Naples; 239-649-7400. See ad, page 87. Suncoast Thermal Imaging, 308 S.E. 43rd Lane, Cape Coral; 239-5401002., Lemons2860@ See ad, page 45. Southwest Medical Thermal Imaging, 9148 Bonita Beach Rd., Ste. 202, Bonita Springs; 239-949-2011. See ad, page 47. Tae Healthy Aging Center, 11983 Tamiami Tr. N., 100A, Naples; 239430-6800. See ad, page 14. UpstreamMD, 27499 Riverview Center Blvd., Ste. 255, Bonita Springs; 239-444-5636. See ad, page 7.


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Giving Birth Naturally Conscious Choices Lead to Less Intervention by Meredith Montgomery


abor and delivery birth would have posed Most births is a natural process a relatively low risk to should be viewed the health of mother and that can be enjoyed. “It’s not something as a natural life child. Entirely natural to be afraid of,” says childbirth is now rare process instead here compared with Mel Campbell, author of The Yoga of Pregnanother countries, but that of a potential cy. “It’s a wonderful and wasn’t always the case. beautiful experience. We medical emergency. In 1900, 95 perneed to remember that cent of all U.S. births ~Abby Epstein, The took place in the home; the body is designed for Business of Being Born when more moved to giving birth.” hospitals here in the early Natural childbirth 20th century, midwives still typically uses few or no artificial medical inhandled the delivery in other countries, terventions such as drugs, continuous sometimes without a doctor present. In fetal monitoring, forceps delivery or America, obstetrics became a profession episiotomies (cuts to enlarge the vagiand a doctor-attended birth in a hospital nal opening). According to the U.S. was promoted as a safer alternative. By Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 32.7 percent of deliveries were by 1938, half of domestic births took place Cesarean section in 2013—most perin hospitals, and by 1960 it rose to 97 formed in situations where a vaginal percent. Currently, midwives attend less


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than 8 percent of births here, and fewer than 1 percent occur outside a hospital. Natural labor and delivery in a hospital is possible, but, “It’s hard to have an unmedicated birth in many hospitals if you don’t know your rights, understand your physiology and have a doula by your side helping you avoid unnecessary interventions,” says Ina May Gaskin, a pioneering midwife and author of Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth. Key factors to discuss include fetal monitoring, intravenous tubes and the option to eat or drink during labor.

Benefits of Home Births

Women choose home births and homey birthing centers because they labor there more comfortably, feel more in control of the process and can more easily avoid interventions. Many moms seek out a midwife’s services because they don’t want to repeat the conventional hospital experience that accompanied their first baby’s arrival. When actress Ricki Lake gave birth to her second child in her home bathtub with the assistance of a midwife, she felt empowered by doing it on her own terms. “Giving birth wasn’t an illness, something that needed to be numbed. It was something to be experienced,” she says. When women let their bodies naturally lead, labor can last as little as 20 minutes or as long as two weeks, and the spectrum of pain intensity is equally broad. A healthy prenatal lifestyle that prepares a mom-to-be for a natural physical, emotional and spiritual experience of childbirth is highly beneficial.

Compassionate Self-Care

“Pregnancy’s not the time to overexert yourself; let go of the temptation to overachieve and instead practice breathing and mindfulness,” advises Campbell. “If you’re experiencing morning sickness, try to embrace it and how it serves you. By doing so, you’ll be more in tune with your body. These lessons are gifts you can take with you into labor.” She reminds women that the baby is always getting nourishment from all that mom eats and breathes in, and also feeds off of her feelings and emotions. “The more we can feel at peace with ourselves and incorporate the baby into our being, the more we feel a connection and union,” she says. “It’s vital that you let

By 2006 Cesarean delivery was the number one surgical procedure in American hospitals. ~U.S. Centers for Disease Control your body’s innate wisdom be your guide and respect any cues it may give.” Campbell guides expectant mothers through a yoga practice that embraces the changes occurring each trimester. For example, a more physical practice in the second trimester utilizes the surge of energy to build stamina and strength, while opening the heart, hips and pelvis. Complementary relaxation techniques for labor include breathing practices, visualization, meditation and massage. When a mother isn’t connected to monitors and tubes, she’s free to experiment with positions and props

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There is a great deal of fear and ignorance about allowing labor and birth to proceed without disturbance. Rates of routine intervention are so high, most nurses and physicians rarely see a fully natural birth. ~Ina May Gaskin such as balls, bars and pillows, plus a warm shower or bath. If a hospital birth is planned, Gaskin notes that labor often slows once a woman leaves the comfort of home, and recommends laboring at home as long as possible. There is no way to predict the course of labor and delivery when women let nature take the lead. Campbell, a mother of three, says, “I tried to focus on the intention of what I wanted for my birthing experience, while also surrendering expectations, knowing that I would have whatever type of birth I was supposed to have.” She adds, “The breath is the most important thing—it keeps us in the moment, helps us to relax and supports us through labor.” While the home birth option is important to America’s new generation of trailblazing women, it’s also significant on a macro level. Gaskin explains, “It’s hard for staff to change routine practices in hospitals but home births make innovation possible.” Home births demonstrated that women don’t require routine episiotomies and have shown how maternal mobility and position changes can help labor progress and free badly stuck babies (earlier methods often injured mother and child). Gaskin has found, “Wherever and however you decide to give birth, your experience will impact your emotions, mind, body and spirit for the rest of your life. No one should have a home birth who doesn’t want one, but it must be one of the choices.” Meredith Montgomery publishes Natural Awakenings of Mobile/Baldwin, AL ( 54

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etermining the best birth setting for a mother necessitates sound planning. If an unmedicated birth is a goal, these insights may help in making decisions. Home birth takes place in the comfort of home, typically with the assistance of a midwife, and is suitable for a healthy woman with a low-risk pregnancy. She is able to wear her own clothing and eat as she pleases. Because monitoring of mother and baby is done intermittently, she is free to move around. Confirm the midwife’s training and experience; ask how many home births she’s attended and which obstetricians she consults. Discuss the signs and symptoms that might necessitate a move to the hospital and how quickly it can be done. While a midwife’s fee is often far less than the cost of a hospital birth, not all insurance companies cover home births. A birth center provides personalized, family-centered care in a homelike environment for healthy women. Practitioners follow principles of problem prevention, sensitivity, safety, appropriate medical intervention and cost-effectiveness. A midwife typically delivers the baby, but the collaborative practice team also includes obstetricians, pediatricians and other specialists.

Mothers experience personal freedoms similar to a home birth, and tubs for water births are usually available, plus other birthing props such as squatting bars, stools and balls. The center should be accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Birth Centers. Inquire what the protocol for care will be if complications arise, learn what the center’s charges for care cover and confirm if the family’s insurance policy will pay for the services provided. A hospital generally has access to the latest medical technology, making it a preferred option for medium-to-highrisk pregnancies. With proper preparations, an unmedicated birth is possible in this traditional setting. Investigate their rates of Cesarean births and episiotomies and the determining parameters. To allow for an active labor, request intermittent fetal monitoring, avoid intravenous fluids and ask about the availability of birthing props. Become familiar with hospital policies, such as who can be in the delivery room and whether the baby will stay with mom after the birth. If a nurse midwife is not on staff, consider hiring a doula to assist in preparing for and carrying out the family’s birth plan.

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The Wondrous Process of Bringing Life into the World by Yvette Lyn


rom inception to delivery, the wondrous process of bringing life into the world hasn’t changed since the first woman gave birth. While babies continue to be born the same way as they have for generations, the nine-month journey for parents now presents many more important decisionmaking opportunities such as how to approach birth—by natural, anesthetic-assisted or surgical means.

The Plethora of Options Prenatal options such as birth plans, childbirth and breathing classes can make the birthing experience less unfamiliar. Prenatal exercises such as dancing for birth and learning how to use birth balls keep muscles toned throughout pregnancy and provide pain management benefits in the early and active stages of labor, as well as birth. Soothing prenatal massage and yoga classes, guided visualization techniques and specially created soundtracks for the delivery also prove helpful. Self-hypnosis, which uses focused attention and relaxation, develops a woman’s natural physiological ability to birth through confidence, understanding and control. Other things to contemplate are: does mom want a doula, also known as a birth companion and birth supporter, to assist before, during and/or after childbirth? Who will deliver the new babe—an obstetrician, nurse-midwife (Lee County) or licensed midwife (Collier County). Should birth be at home, in a hospital or a birthing center? With so much to learn and consider, the precious nine-month countdown passes quickly. In Collier and Lee County, skilled and proficient professionals with years of experience in these areas can help with these decisions. Doula Cheryl Bernardi, yoga teacher, doula,

Bernardi asserts that the birth of a child is one of the most important events in a woman’s life. Her mission is to help women prepare and be at ease with the process. “My Prenatal Yoga as well as Movement and Breath for Labor workshops acquaint women with positions that can help to increase dilation and aid the baby’s descent through the birth canal. The breath and self-hypnosis, as well as guided meditation can help with pain management. The practical birth rehearsals allow dads to practice their supporting role,” says Bernardi, who appreciates positive feedback from experienced moms who note that pre-birth training made their second delivery easier.

Family Birth Center of Naples The birthing center’s private suites feel as comfortable as a lovely, decorated bedroom with a bath. One additional asset is the big Jacuzzi bathtub where a woman can ease her laboring hours or give birth. The mother-to-be has the freedom to walk around, use a birthing ball or even make a cup of tea or a snack in the full kitchen. Children have a place to watch TV while mom is busy giving birth. Although the center’s approach to birthing is more relaxed, everyone is fully prepared for any medical emergency. “This is where women who anticipate a normal pregnancy without complications can have their delivery by a highly trained and experienced Licensed Midwife, Dawn Meir, who is also the center’s owner and director, ” explains Bernardi. Doula Paula Terry has nearly six years of experience and attends women at the birthing center. She trained with Ina May Gaskin, a midwife with international notoriety for her life’s work of teaching and advocating safe, woman-centered childbirth methods that best promote the physical and mental health of mother and child. Terry, who teaches her clients to see their child’s birth through the eyes of their heart, brings a sense of order, peacefulness and calm to labor and delivery. “I like to support my families on every level,” says Terry, who recently attended Noel and James Michalski at the birth of their second daughter, Emma Marie. “Having such a loving, feminine presence with me to offer encouragement, love and support was so wonderful and very different than my first birth at a hospital,” says Noel.

Family Birth Suites in Fort Myers and Cape Coral Lee Memorial Health System’s HealthPark Medical Center and Cape Coral Hospital Family Birth Suites not only have a Jacuzzi tub for hydrotherapy during labor and after birthing, but also the option of two certified nurse-midwives to deliver babies with the guidance of an obstetrician. Many birth practices here, such as playing Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star when a baby is born, are unique to these hospitals. “Other examples are our high-tech fetal monitoring system that allows women to be up and walking during labor. Other significant practices are that healthy mothers and babies are not separated after birth. We feel that skin-to-skin contact for a healthy mother and baby after birth, as well as in the operating room natural awakenings

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immediately following a gentle Cesarean, is essential. Delayed bathing of the baby means even more skin-to-skin bonding time. Also, all of our registered nurses on staff are certified breastfeeding counselors,” says Nancy Travis, RN, nursing director of Labor & Delivery and Women’s Care. Amy Buteau, an experienced childbirth assistant, lactation educator and labor doula attends women at the birth suites. The veteran of numerous births generally hears from potential clients early in their pregnancy. “It’s best to establish a rapport with a doula beforehand,” says Buteau. When there is sufficient time, she helps parents prepare birth plans. “They can express their wishes regarding a variety of things, from whether or not there should be any anesthesia or a Cesarean section if there is an emergency to the name of the doula, as well as names of friends and family members allowed to be present during labor and delivery,” explains Buteau, who notes that no matter how many births she has attended, every one feels like a “first”. Terry agrees, “A birth is something that infuses a room with love and life.”

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The Watsu Experience by Lee Walker


atsu, a gentle form of bodywork performed in warm water (94 to 98 degrees), combines elements of massage, joint mobilization, shiatsu, muscle stretching and dance. With continuous and nurturing support from a watsu therapist, the receiver is floated, cradled, rocked and stretched. Deeply relaxing moments of stillness alternate with rhythmical, flowing moves and stretches that are coordinated with the breath. Recognized as a link between the inner and outer worlds, the breath, along with the sound of the heartbeat, becomes the meditative focus of the receiver. Watsu got its start in the early 1980s when Harold Dull, director of the Harbin School of Shiatsu and Massage, in northern California, began applying the stretches and moves of Zen shiatsu in warm water. Since then, it has evolved into a leadingedge aquatic therapy that allows the spine, joints and muscles to be manipulated and freed in a way unique to water work. Increased mobility and flexibility, muscle relaxation, deeper breathing, reduction in anxiety and stress levels,

decreased pain, improved sleep and digestion, as well as a general sense of well-being, are reported by individuals that have experienced aquatic bodywork. Nationally recognized physician and author Dr. Andrew Weil, who has received the therapy many times, recommends this modality for its nearly gravity-free, three-dimensional environment. He points out that the warm and comforting fluid-space, paired with the opportunity to connect with another person, has obvious therapeutic potential. The Worldwide Aquatic Bodywork Association, an educational nonprofit organization based in California, maintains a worldwide registry of students, practitioners and instructors. Resource: Stillwater, Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa, 5001 Coconut Rd., Bonita Springs. For more information, call 239-390-4360 or visit See ad, page 59.


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Flexing Our

MUSCLES Weightlifting Makes Us

Fit, Healthy and Self-Confident by Debra Melani


omen who shy away from the traditionally male-centric weight rooms might want to reconsider. Standing their ground amid the deadlift bars and iron plates could lead to a host of unimagined benefits. Research has found that among other things, hoisting dumbbells can amp up the fat burn, ward off some common diseases and make women stronger, both inside and out.

Burn Calories When Resting

Aerobic activity can burn more calories while doing it (e.g., 14 to 16 per minute when running), but strength training prolongs the burn, even when resting afterward, according to Wayne Westcott, Ph.D., of Quincy, Massachusetts, who publishes widely on the topic in scientific journals, magazine articles and books. Women will burn fewer calories while pumping iron than when running (between eight and 10 calories a minute), but because of weightlifting’s action— traumatizing muscle tissue and forcing it to rebuild—muscle recovery requires increased expenditure of energy, and thus calories, when the person is at rest. The research shows a revvedup burn of between 5 percent and 7 percent for three full days after a workout, says Westcott, who developed the exercise science major at Quincy College and has reviewed and directed strength-training research for more than 25 years. “On average, a woman burns an extra 100 calories a day by having done 30 minutes of strength training twice a week. That’s an extra 3,000 calories a month, or nearly an extra pound of fat she can burn.” Additional “free” calorie burning 60

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comes from the after-burn effect. By initiating the anaerobic, rather than aerobic, system, weightlifting requires more energy just to return to the resting state. “So, after you finish a workout, you will burn approximately 30 percent of the amount of calories you burned during the workout in the first hour afterward as your body transitions back. It’s a bonus of resistance training.” “It’s like there’s a furnace inside you,” says Naturopathic Doctor and CrossFit instructor Holly Lucille, of West Hollywood, California. The more buff a woman becomes, the more fat she burns. “It can help minimize that natural effect of slowed metabolism as you age and control body weight,” she notes. To maximize the burn, eat a healthy combined protein/carb snack within an hour of the workout, advises Jen Hoehl, a personal trainer in New York City, who says, “Adding amino acids helps the muscles rebuild more efficiently.” Westcott agrees, adding that 90 percent of studies he’s reviewed concur that about 25 extra grams of protein such as a Greek yogurt, more for heavier men, just before or after a workout, enhances fat loss, bone strength and lean muscle gain.

Don’t Fear ‘Hulk’ Bulk

Experts agree that it’s impossible for women to look like the Hulk character of comic book fame. “They don’t have enough anabolic hormones, such as testosterone,” Westcott explains. “Our team has written 26 books on strength training, with not one title exclusively for women. The muscles are exactly the same for both genders, so the same training works, but women will just get toned, not bulky.”

To build muscle and become toned absent injury, create a full-body routine, balance muscle groups targeted in workouts, and progress properly through increased weight loads. “I train a lot of tiny girls that deadlift 225,” Hoehl says. One tip: Don’t overeat, a mistake many women make when starting out. “Often, people will be hungrier, and they lose track of what they eat or think, ‘Now I can reward myself,’” Lucille explains. “You have to figure out what your new normal is. Eat lean, clean protein.” All three experts agree that braving the free-weight area boosts success at toning and trimming the whole body. “If you use free weights, you use your core and more muscle groups to help stabilize both the weight and your body, which is often standing,” Hoehl explains, versus machines that are often worked while sitting, and generally exercise only one targeted muscle group at a time.

Recover Muscle

Weightlifters also slow Mother Nature’s habit of stealing muscle during aging. “Women lose an average of five pounds of muscle per decade after age 30 until menopause, when the rate increases even more,” Westcott says. Studies have found that during a woman’s first six months of twice-weekly weight training, she can rebuild about one-quarter pound of muscle per week, he says. Because becoming stronger makes everything from chores to other kinds of workouts easier, women become firmer, fitter and more self-confident, Lucille observes. Independence rises, along with self-esteem. “As with all things in life: If you push against resistance, you get stronger,” she says. “That’s true both mentally and physically.” Note: Experts recommend using a certified trainer or weightlifting class to get started. Debra Melani writes about health care and fitness from Lyons, CO. Connect at

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A Conversation with Seane Corn Acclaimed yoga teacher and activist shares her strategy for staying connected to her practice. What is your biggest challenge as a teacher? My biggest challenge is the projections that I sometimes experience from students. When someone opens, it is natural to look to the source of that opening—the teacher— and project onto that person qualities or perceptions that are idealistic. I manage projection by trying to be as honest as I can about my own humanity, and I work hard to not buy into any hype that might be projected onto me by others—otherwise it is difficult to stay grounded and centered in my message.

Are there particular asanas that have been challenging for you? How do you work with them? Twisting triangle continues to be the most challenging pose for me. There are a lot of nuances to that pose and because I have a slight scoliosis, I find it difficult to access specific parts of my spine when I do it correctly. It can be frustrating and feel limiting in my body. Therefore, I include it in every one of my practices. I tend to move toward that which I resist so I can learn and grow from it.

Have you ever lost connection with your practice? If so, how did you reconnect? There have certainly been some ebbs and flows in my practice during my 28 years on the mat. When I use my practice to pray, when I dedicate every movement and breath to something bigger than myself, I can usually tap into something deeper than the physical and reinspire my practice as a result.

How do you see yoga as a catalyst for personal and global transformation? The more work I do on myself and understand the challenges of the human experience, the more it prepares me to engage with all aspects of humanity with compassion and grace. If we want to change the world and create a happy and healthy planet for all, then the true revolution will begin within.

How does your practice inform your activism? When I practice yoga and release physical and emotional tension, it allows me to experience myself, each being, and this planet as interdependent and connected. It gives me the tools to recognize the privileges I have, and empowers me to serve my community from a place of wisdom, confidence, and compassion. I can be a conscious activist, because yoga keeps me grounded and

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Infinite Stones Packs Infinite Potential by J. F. Walker


tewart Sullivan and Sullivan, now the Matt Abate, coprimary traveler, goes beowners of Infinite tween the U.S., Brazil and Stones, LLC, in Fort India, from where he has Myers, are not typical been importing marble rockhounds hunting and semiprecious slabs, gemstones for a sense sinks and tiles for more of adventure and disthan 13 years. “I also covery. Neither do they own a natural stone slabs fall under the category wholesale company and Stewart Sullivan (R) of hobbyists. Instead, offer counseling for freight and Matt Abate the two men who have procedures,” he says. been friends for more than 25 years Eager to delve into the metaphysiare in the unique business of artisan cal aspect of the gemstones they immining in Minas Gerais, Brazil, one port, Sullivan and Abate open up their of the most productive gem-mining large warehouse to events such as a regions on Earth. It is known through- psychic fair on the first Tuesday of every month. “We don’t just want to buy out the world for the finest Brazilian and sell,” explains Abate. “We want aquamarine and tourmaline, as well to invite the community in and allow as significant finds of quartz, chrysoindividuals to offer things such as tarot beryl, diamond, emerald, kyanite, card readings and pendulum classes.” morganite, mica, feldspar (for the ceramic industry) and granite. Infinite Stones LLC, 12901 Metro Pkwy., Sullivan and Abate recently moved Fort Myers. Appointments are required their wholesale warehouse and retail for wholesale transactions. Call 239store from Massachusetts to Fort Myers, where they intend to become more active 561-1981 or visit See ad, page 50. and involved in the community.


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Upcycled Décor Old and Oh-So-Stylish by Avery Mack



Chairs are plentiful in garage and whole-house sales, flea markets and on Craigslist. Sometimes all that’s needed is a coat of paint and fun fabric. New cushions, bought or made, are easy upgrades. Recovering a padded seat only requires the right amount of fabric and a sturdy staple gun. Mismatched chairs, painted a neutral color and redone with the same fabric, turn a mishmash of styles into a coordinated set. Chevron

(zig zag) or checkerboard patterns in black and white are popular—understated, yet posh. Bright colors in a pop art style or 70s florals brighten any room and give the owner style points. Benches created from a bookcase, shortened dresser or car parts can be padded or plain and incorporate storage capacity. A child’s bench may have been a skateboard in its former life. When buying reclaimed wood, ask about its origin; factory pieces might still retain unhealthy contaminants.


Old dressers and desks are frequent throwaway finds. Often big and bulky, scratched and ugly, it’s easier to set them out for pickup than list them for sale. Paint can transform a desk that shows its age into a welcome addition to a home office. For added interest or to hide imperfections, découpage with maps, postcards, kid’s artwork, pages from beyond-repair cookbooks or old sheet music. Need a shelf above the desk? A pair of old shutters works well; cast iron brackets add flair. Matching or complementary paint colors will make the

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Search the words recycled, repurposed and upcycled on Pinterest, Etsy or any search engine to picture results ranked from simple-to-do to how-inthe-world astonishment. Light fixtures can be made from almost anything. Cookie jars and books turn into lamps, wine bottles become a chandelier—go homespun or industrial, follow a theme or incorporate a hobby. Freshen lamp

shades using old sewing patterns, vintage fabrics or ribbon applied as découpage. A coat of paint transforms tacky, tarnished brass chandeliers into elegant décor. At a flea market, look for boxes of stainless forks, knives and spoons—avoid costly sterling silver that can tarnish. A drill, frame, wiring and bulb later, we can have an intriguing hanging light or lamp. Combining a chafing dish, silverware and assorted tea cups in a chandelier creates artful lighting. photo courtesy of Lit for a Queen/Etsy


ld furniture used to go to college dorms and student apartments. At graduation, it was moved to the curb to be picked up by incoming students or the trash man. Now, with the influx of TV shows like Flea Market Flip and American Pickers, the DIY Network, HGTV and complementary books and magazines, vintage and mid-century recyclables barely touch the curb before being reinvented. Lighting, storage and seating provide ample opportunities for one-of-a-kind creations of imagination, vision and innovation.


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pieces look like they belong together. Broken pieces of furniture can live on if cobbled together. A coffee table’s sturdy legs and frame, an old window and a little paint combine to furnish a unique table with built-in storage. To protect fragile glass and create an even surface, top with a sheet of Plexiglass or sturdy beveled-edge glass. Look beyond what is there and imagine what it could be. Ideas are everywhere, especially with spring cleanouts, garage sales and flea markets. Expect upcycling to become an obsession, because everything will become a possibility. Connect with freelance writer Avery Mack at

Finders Keepers by Avery Mack n Take cash to garage sales. Flea markets are more apt to take credit cards. Discounts may by possible with cash, which saves the seller the transaction fee. n Negotiate. It’s expected and half the fun. But don’t offer an offensively low price. Ask, “What is the best you can do on this?” Then, making a slightly lower counteroffer is often acceptable. n Although the general theory of, “Buy it when you see it,” is sound advice, be prepared to walk away. n Set a budget and stick to it, especially at an auction. Smartphones can help research what price to offer.

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Natural Steps to Nurture Immunity by Shawn Messonnier


ith pets, as with kids, vaccine safety and necessity are likely concerns. While holistic veterinarians tend to minimize the use of vaccines, their strongest stance is against unnecessary vaccinations. The point is to immunize only when it’s needed by individual patients while maximizing natural immunity. In the late 1970s, amid the discovery of the canine parvo virus, vets saw many puppies under 4 months of age suffer from this mysterious disease and die or be euthanized. Once a vaccine was made, we rarely saw pets dying from the parvo virus or parvoviral infection. So, in certain cases, vaccines can be life-saving. However, unnecessary and multiple simultaneous vaccines can also be life-taking, which doctors rarely mention. The truth is that only minimal vaccines are needed for dogs


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and cats over the course of a pet’s life. No pet needs all of the vaccines that are currently manufactured, and none needs vaccines every six to 12 months. Pets do need veterinary checkups once or twice a year to screen for diseases affecting the liver, heart, kidneys, lungs and gastrointestinal and urinary systems, as well as cancer. Blood and urine testing, including blood testing for undiagnosed cancer, is vital, easy and inexpensive (every six months for pets 5 years and older and annually for those that are younger). A good protocol is akin to that developed by Dr. Jean Dodds, founder of Hemopet, of Garden Grove, California, a holistic veterinarian and an expert in animal vaccination and immunology. Her system involves administering limited vaccines to puppies and kittens based on their individual needs, and not more often than every three weeks for those younger than 8 weeks. Following this course, by 4 months of age the pet has been injected with four to six vaccines, compared to double to triple the amount supported by vaccine manufacturers and administered by breeders and most conventional doctors.

Such a judicious, limited vaccine protocol offers protection against the diseases that are the most lethal to the puppy or kitten while doing no harm to its natural immune system. As needed, individual pets may also receive a natural detoxification protocol to minimize vaccine reactions. Antioxidant supplements can boost the immune response, as well. Adult pet patients can also be given blood titer testing instead of vaccines. This measures the animal’s individual antibody responses to prior immunizations or common disease exposure and assures us the pet has adequate immunity against a specific disease. All of this assures the pet owner that the pet is protected against infectious diseases without the risks of annual multiple vaccinations. In most cases a protective titer is maintained for many years, which preempts disease and further reduces the number of vaccines the animal receives over its lifetime. Titer testing costs less than $100 for three common infectious diseases, is safer than routine immunization, protects the immune system, prevents vaccine reactions and assures owners, vets, boarding facilities, groomers and day care facilities that it’s safe to introduce the pet into such environments. This approach of minimal vaccinations is a prime reason holistic veterinarian patients tend to be healthier and live longer than the average pet, with even larger dogs regularly living in good health up to 15 to 20 years of age. Holistic veterinarians perform limited vaccines supplemented by titer testing to ensure levels of care that meet accepted standards. They base their approach on supportive science from institutions including the American Animal Hospital Association and American Association of Feline Practitioners to provide safe, proven, ongoing immunity for patients. Shawn Messonnier, a doctor of veterinary medicine practicing in Plano, TX, is the award-winning author of The Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats and Unexpected Miracles: Hope and Holistic Healing for Pets. For more information, visit natural awakenings

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calendarofevents FRIDAY, MAY 1 Crystal Bowl Sound Bath – 6:30-8pm. With Sue Lovett. Experience good vibrations. $20. Limited space. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 949-0749. An Evening with Spirit – 7-9pm. Gallery psychic and mediumship demonstrations with 2015 Psychic of the Year Jill M Jackson, tested and certified member of Best American Psychics. Mediumship messages random audience members. $33. Altered Elements, 532 Park St, Naples. Info: 828-414-4765.

SATURDAY, MAY 2 Journey into the New Energies – May 2-3. 9am5pm, Sat; 9am-2pm, Sun. With Ed Kuiper, accomplished teacher and author. Learn how to transition from third-dimensional energy into fourth- and fifth-dimensional energy in this exciting workshop. Expect fun and surprises. $225. Kuan Yin Sanctuary, 2380 8th NE, Naples. 207-512-5645. The Art of Energy Medicine – May 2-4. A transforming weekend to learn skills to clear your energy and others and bring a new dimension into your life. Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. Info: 403-9170. Really, Really Free Market – 10am-2pm. Potluck of reusable items. No money, barter or trade; everything is free. Fleischmann Park, Naples. Facebook page: Naples Really Really Free Market. Live Blood Cell Analysis – 10am-5pm. With Brandi Stewart. Utilizing one drop of blood, see 42 anomalies of your health relating to digestive dysfunction, liver stress, toxicity, inflammation markers, yeast imbalances, lymphocytes, health of white and red blood cells and more. $50 includes DVD and personal score sheet. For Goodness Sake, 7211 Radio Rd, Naples. RSVP: 353-7778. Psychic Intuitive Development Course – May 2-3. 1-5pm. With 2015 Psychic of the Year Jill M Jackson, certified member of Best American Psychics. Course includes grounding, clairvoyance, chakras, spirit guides, animal totems, pendulum and more. $222 includes workbook. Altered Elements, 532 Park St, Naples. Info/register: 828-414-4765 or

The Poison in Your Teeth Book Giveaway – 9:30am-5pm. Dr Mark Corke will distribute the book, The Poison in Your Teeth, by Dr Tom McGuire. Call the office for a tour or with questions on holistic care. Laser Dentistry, 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers. 936-5442. Psychic or Mediumship Readings – 1-5pm. With 2015 Psychic of the Year Jill M Jackson, certified member of Best American Psychics and Certified Psychic Society. Altered Elements, 532 Park St, Naples. Info: 828-414-4765. Mini Sessions – 5:30-9pm. With psychic Candyce Strafford. Daniela’s Restaurant, Wiggins Pass Plaza, 13500 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. RSVP: 514-4414.

Mini Readings – 1-9pm. With Candyce Strafford. Petunias of Naples, 825 5th Ave S, Naples. RSVP: 403-3550. Crystal Grids – 2pm. Learn how to lay out stones on a crystal grid in your space to enhance and bring in what you choose. Use crystal grids for protection, prosperity, healing, stress relief, connecting to spirit energies and more. Based on the “flower of life” known as sacred geometry. Free. Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. LIFE FUNdraiser – 3pm. A guided paint session with Vino’s Picasso. Proceeds benefit Love Is Furever Dog Rescue. BYOB (beer/wine only) or try something from our wine bar/craft beer selection. $41 includes art supplies. 15250 S Tamiami Trl, Ste 109, Ft Myers. RSVP: 288-6953 or VinosPicasso. com. See news brief, page 14.

SUNDAY, MAY 3 Fijian Deep Tissue Barefoot Massage Class – 8:30am-6:30pm. $129. 12 Fl CEUs. Barefoot Masters, 501 Goodlette Rd, Bldg C110, Naples. Preregister: Michelle Mace: 352-8200 or Full Moon Celebration – 6:45pm. With Cathy Blair. Honor the moon, Mother Earth and the divine creator. Heal the waters of the planet. Bring beach chair or towel. Love offering goes to wildlife rescue. Horizon Way Public Beach, on Gulf Shore Blvd N off Park Shore Dr, Naples. 398-3953.

MONDAY, MAY 4 Women’s Health Acupressure Protocol – 9am-5pm, with lunch break. A proactive approach to health and well-being. $175. 8 CEUs. Naples. Register: Alvina: 732-266-5276.

TUESDAY, MAY 5 Hidden Dangers of Diabetes Treatment – 11amnoon, seminar; noon-1pm, discussion and healthy organic lunch. Learn why some Type 2 diabetes therapies are dangerous and what can be done with Dr Edward Kondrot, MD. Free plus bonuses for all registrants. Healing the Eye and Wellness Center, 2666 Swamp Cabbage Ct, Ft Myers. RSVP: 800-4309328. See ad on page 35 and news brief on page 11. Psychic or Mediumship Readings – 1-5pm. With 2015 Psychic of the Year Jill M Jackson, certified member of Best American Psychics and Certified Psychic Society. Altered Elements, 532 Park St, Naples. Info: 828-414-4765. Intro to Wicca – 2pm. In this weekly progressive class, learn what Wicca is, concept of deity, altars, holidays, magick and more. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Psychic Fair – 5-8pm. Psychic readings, healing, tarot readings, crystal instruction by request. Infinite Stones, 12911 Metro Pkwy, Ft Myers. RSVP: 678717-8584 or Full Moon Sacred Sounds: Honoring the Temple – 6:30pm. With Dana House. Experience the energy of vibrational awakening, cosmic connection. Sacred sounds of the empowering gongs and bowls accelerate energetic healing, spiritual awakenings and immersion into blissful remembrances of unity with all creation. $15. Anahata, 5th Ave N, Naples. RSVP: 262-0811. Complimentary Meditation – 7-8pm. Jennifer Stevens guides students through an hour of meditation and provides an opportunity to explore new ways to begin or deepen a meditation practice in a comfortable and supportive environment. Free. Bala Vinyasa Yoga, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 598-1938 or

WEDNESDAY, MAY 6 Introduction to Genetic Profile Testing – 11am-1pm. With Dr Edward Kondrot, MD. Fitgenes is an innovative new tool for profiling your genetic makeup. Learn how customized healthcare can help with weight loss, health, chronic pain and lifespan. Free plus bonuses for all registrants. Healing the Eye and Wellness Center, 2666 Swamp Cabbage Ct, Ft Myers. RSVP: 800-4309328. See ad on page 35 and news brief on page 11. Celebration of Art & Nature – 6-9pm. Art opening, live piano and flute by Alchemie, live painting by master sidewalk artist Jane Portaluppi Durand, community drumming circle, community yoga class, kirtan and sound healing by In the Bhav Project. Free. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41, Bonita Springs. 949-0749.


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Women’s Gathering (CBC) – 7pm. A bimonthly gathering for women over 21 to discuss women’s issues in society, religion, relationships, etc. Support and empower other women and network. Vent in a safe environment. Refreshments will be served. $5. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

Spiritual Development Circle – 6:30-8pm. With Rev Michelle Love. Utilizing proven methods the group learns and takes the necessary steps to develop spiritual awareness. Attendees will explore their natural abilities for healing, prophecy and spirit communication. $20. Light The Way Spiritual Center, 5600 Trail Blvd, Ste 15, Naples. 250-4710.



Southwest Florida Sea Level Rise Summit – 8am-5pm. A gathering of expert speakers and presentations includes sea level rise models; legal and financial planning challenges to adapting rises; impact on marine life, proactive energy and other solutions to address rising tides, plus other important topics. FGCU Student Union Ballroom Center, 10501 FGCU Blvd S, Estero. Info/register: See news brief, page 15.

Tarot Part I – 2pm. Learn the meanings of the cards and how to utilize this wonderful tool. A Rider Waite deck is required. $30. Part II on 5/22. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

SEVA Stress Release Acupressure Protocol – 9am-noon & 1-4pm. The morning self-help class utilizes an acupressure protocol used for self-care, addressing a wide range of needs, including general relaxation and wellbeing or extreme shock and stress. Afternoon class offers techniques to apply the protocol to others. $60/morning class only, 3 CEUs; $120/both classes, NCBTMB and FL 6 CEUs. Naples. Register: Alvina: 732-266-5276. Tarot Part I – 2pm. Learn the meanings of the cards and how to utilize this wonderful tool. A Rider Waite deck is required. $30. Part II on 5/14. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Mother’s Day Dance Celebration – 2:30-5:30pm. Coco Locco Fashion & Dance, 4836 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 3, Bonita Springs. 298-3327. See ad on page 63 and news brief on page 17.

SATURDAY, MAY 9 Freedom to Be…Workshop – 9:30-11am. Break through challenges with movement and relaxation. Reduce symptoms related to stress, anxiety, trauma/ PTSD, grief/loss, divorce, family issues. $20 or $15/ current clients. Monarch Therapy, Naples. 325-9210. Birthing a Healthy Child into an Unhealthy World: Preconception thru the First Year – 10am-12:30pm. With Deborah J Post, MSN, ARNP and Dr Cade Copeland. Identify environmental toxins and learn how to clean things up in your body and home. Nutrition, supplements and vaccines will be discussed. $10 or $15/couple. Food & Thought, 2132 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. 481-5600. Preregister: RaisedHealthy. See news brief, page 15. Love Flow – 10am-11:15am. With Carole Westerman. $18; class packages apply. Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 204, Naples. 692-9747. Pendulum Class – 1pm. Learn the correct way to select a pendulum as well as clear, activate and in-

corporate the pendulum into your daily life and more. $30/includes pendulum; $20/BYO pendulum. Infinite Stones, 12911 Metro Pkwy, Ft Myers. RSVP: 678717-8584 or Pendulum Workshop – 2pm. Learn how to choose, cleanse and program your pendulum. Also learn how to use your pendulum for divination, to find lost objects, dowse and test energy fields and chakras. Free, includes charts. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Introduction to Yoga Teacher Training – 2-3pm. With Marti Dowman. Learn about the upcoming teacher training on June 19. Joyful Yoga & Spa, 3405 Pelican Landing Pkwy, Bonita Springs. 9479845. See ad on page 56 and news brief on page 14.

SUNDAY, MAY 10 Mother’s Day Crystal Bowl Meditation – 10am & 1pm. With Cathy Blair. Move into higher levels of awareness to begin to experience the multidimensionality of your heart. Let the loving harmonics expand your soul into the new light codes. Bring pillow, mat and blanket. $10. Winterview Ct, 2960 Immokalee Rd, Ste 3, Naples. 398-3953. Community Ashtanga – 11am-1pm. With Andrew and Amy. Discover what the ashtanga yoga practice is all about. Drop in for an hour or stay the whole time. Incorporates vinyasa, tristhana and the six positions. All levels. Free. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. See news brief, page 12.

MONDAY, MAY 11 Cloth Diapering – 5-6pm. Learn cloth diapering basics; how they are better for your baby, better for the environment and better for your bottom line. See

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different styles and brands and how to wash them, travel with them and what to do with the mess. $5 fee returned as store credit for EcoBaby and Home Store. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2, Naples. 594-0400. Preregister:

and voices. Gather for universal meditation and healing. Bring a mat or blanket, open heart and thoughts. Love donation. Unitarian Universalist Church of Fort Myers, 13411 Shire Ln, Ft Myers. 561-2700.


“Pounce into Summer” Adoption Event – May 15-16. 10am-5pm. Adoptable kitties, adoption specials, special guests, activities, sale items and raffle prizes. Healing the Circle of Life series with Heather Burch, director of Brigid’s Crossing. Shabby Cat, 963 4th Ave N, Naples. 263-6019.


Age Like a Rock Star – 6pm. With Christine Sullivan, of Seize the Day Wellness. Learn why you must act now to protect your brain. Learn which foods harm it and how a brain-healthy lifestyle will improve your overall health. $10. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Naples. 250-2592. See ad, page 19.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 13 Teacher Training Open House – 6-7pm. With Kim Clayton. Thinking about becoming a yoga teacher? Looking to dive deeper into your yoga practice? Bring your questions and get answers at this complimentary open house. 6200 Trail Blvd N, Naples. 598-1938. How to Heart Attack “Proof” Your Future – 6:30pm. With Deborah J Post, ARNP. People have focused on cholesterol as the only way to prevent heart attacks. Learn other ways to focus on the solution. Food & Thought, 2132 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. 481-5600. Guided Meditation – 7pm. Let the stress of the season melt away with a guided meditation. The group will decide which ones to use. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

THURSDAY, MAY 14 What’s All The Fuss About CBD Oil? – 5:307:40pm. Two presentations. First learn how to deal with chronic inflammation in the body and how CBD (cannabidiol) oil could improve your life. Food & Thought, 2132 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. 434-0469. Practice, Practice, Practice – 6:30-8pm. Rev Michelle Love provides structured guidance as one practices and explores their natural spiritual abilities of prophecy, mediumistic communication and spiritual healing. $20. Light The Way Spiritual Center, 5600 Trail Blvd, Ste 15, Naples. 250-4710. Reiki/Sacred Sounds Healing Circle – 7pm. Sisters of the Circle will present a Reiki and Sacred Sounds Healing Circle with crystals, Tibetan and crystal bowls

Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga Teacher Certification – May 15-17. With Jill Wheeler and Yali Zawady. Become a leader in the fastest-growing area of yoga, which combines standup paddleboarding with the ancient practice of yoga. Learn how to lead safe, all-level yoga classes in nature. $750 including board rental. Must be 200-hour certified. Eligible for 25 hours CEU credits. Naples. 5981938. Reiki Healing Circle – 7pm. Let the power of Reiki help promote healing on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Vibrational Angel Healing and Messages – 7-8:45pm. Trance channeling with Candyce Strafford. Healing and messages from the emissaries of light and Archangel Michael. Goddess I AM Healing and Art Center, Empire Plaza, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. 228-6949. Robert Scott Bell Event – 7-9pm. Experience three dynamic voices for truth and health empowerment. Internet radio show host of The Power to Heal Is Yours Robert Scott Bell returns to Naples with Ty Bollinger of and joins Sayer Ji of Food & Thought, 2132 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. 434-0469. See ad on page 10 and article on page 21.

SATURDAY, MAY 16 Ashiatsu Deep Tissue Barefoot Massage – May 16-17. 8:30am-6:30pm. $550. 20 FL CEUs. Barefoot Masters, 501 Goodlette Rd, Bldg C110, Naples. Preregister: Michelle Mace: 352-8200 or You’ve Got Soul Mail Workshop – 10am-noon. Also meets 5/23, 5/30 & 6/6. Creative Journaling for your Body, Mind and Soul with Susan Sholle-Martin. Soul Mail is the visual and verbal message of beauty, wisdom and truth that comes from within. No art experience required. $95+$30 for supplies. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41, Bonita Springs. Register: 949-0749. Core and More – 1-2:30pm. With Susie Lentz. Tone, stretch and build core strength while burning calories in this Pilates-based workshop that will challenge you to move in new ways. $30; $5 discount if preregistered by 5/15. 6200 Trail Blvd N, Naples. 598-1938. Crystal and Gemstones Workshop – 2pm. Learn how to choose, cleanse and work with your crystals and gemstones. Crystal grids will also be demonstrated using the “flower of life” pattern also known as sacred geometry. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Introduction to Light as Medicine – 2-4pm. Barbara Cook, a pioneering force in The Science of Light


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Medicine, offers an understanding of Bio-photonics, the biology of light that effects wellness. Light as medicine is the great science for self-health. $10. 801 Anchor Rode Dr, Ste 203, Naples. BioLightM@gmail. com. See news brief, page 13.

THURSDAY, MAY 21 The Poison in Your Teeth Book Giveaway – 8am5pm. Dr Mark Corke will distribute the book, The Poison in Your Teeth, by Dr Tom McGuire. Call the office for a tour or with questions on holistic care. Laser Dentistry, 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers. 9365442.

Meal in the Field – 6pm. Bring a covered dish to share for a potluck in the field. Bring family, friends and stories to tell. 8200 Immokalee Rd, East of Gulf Coast High School, Naples. Text your RSVP: 269-7341.

Reiki Master Class – 2pm. Learn advanced energy work, master symbols, chakra diagnosis and crystal grids to enhance the Reiki experience. Certification and attunement provided. Prerequisite Reiki I and II. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

Deep Basics Yoga – 6-8pm. With Suzy Goldberg. Learn the tools to develop a yoga practice with clear instructions and encouraging words that promotes greater safety, ease and stability in backbends, forward bends, twists and the traditional standing postures. $25. Ruby and Pearls Yoga Studio, 6420 Plantation Park Ct, Ste 104, Ft Myers. Info: 7681021.

SUNDAY, MAY 17 eMolecule: Harnessing Your Entrepreneurial Spirit – 9-11am. With Mary Todd and Kiersten Mooney. A 90-minute power vinyasa class followed by discussion and a book signing with author Mary Todd. $20 drop-in fee; regular class packages apply. 6200 Trail Blvd N, Naples. 598-1938. BYOB Paint Session – 12:30pm. A guided paint session to customize Blue Lobsta. BYOB (beer/wine only) or try something from our wine bar/craft beer selection. $36 includes art supplies. Vino’s Picasso, 15250 S Tamiami Trl, Ste 109, Ft Myers. RSVP: 288-6953 or

MONDAY, MAY 18 Clinical Acupressure I: Basic Applications – May 18-21. A four-day class through Soul Lightening International. Includes manual of 75 acupressure protocols. $795. NCBTMB and FL 24 CEUs. Naples. Spiritual Intuitive Readings – 11am-4pm. With published author Dona Lynn Hutchins. Author of Peacefound and Chalice of Pleiades. $20/20 minutes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 949-0749. Sand Tray Therapy – 6:30-8:30pm. Gain control over your life in a healthy way with increased awareness. Experiential activity allow a safe and contained space to explore and gain clarity. $40 or $30/current clients. Monarch Therapy, Naples. 325-9210. New Moon Sound Bath – 7pm. With Cathy Blair. Set an intention for yourself, envision for self, Mother Earth and all of humanity. Let the singing bowls carry your requests up into the universe.


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Bring beach chair and blanket. $25/cash or check. Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. 403-9170.

TUESDAY, MAY 19 Crystal Bowl Celebration – 7pm. With Cathy Blair. Move into higher states of joy and peace through the loving harmonics of the singing bowls. Open your heart to receive more love. Bring mat, pillow and blanket. $10. Peaceful Escapes, 601 E Elkcam Circle, Marco. 398-3953.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 20 Thermography Lecture – 1:30pm. Learn about the role of thermography in preventative health screening, both in breast and full-body imaging with Southwest Medical Thermal Imaging. Free. Bennett Chiropractic and Wellness Center, 7130 Estero Blvd, Ste 1, Ft Myers Beach. RSVP: 9492011. See news brief, page 19. Reset Your Body’s Hormones – 6:30pm. With Dr Gary Gendron, of Nutrition Specialists of Florida. Too hot in red, too cold in blue; reset your body’s hormones in green. Free. Whole Foods Market, 9101 Strada Place, Naples. 947-1177. See ad, page 2. Women’s Gathering (CBC) – 7pm. A bimonthly gathering for women over 21 to discuss women’s issues in society, religion, relationships, etc. Support and empower other women and network. Vent in a safe environment. Refreshments will be served. $5. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Nutrition Class – 7-8:30pm. Nutrition for pregnancy, lactation, postpartum and family. Pregnant moms receive a free gift. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2, Naples. 5940400. Preregister:

Modern Mystics Academy: Pink Love Ray #3: Dweller on the Threshold Between Two Worlds – 6pm. With Mark Kolack. Learn practices to shift dimensions, think from the heart and have your life issue forth perfectly as an expression of divine will as you on Earth. $35. Unity of Naples, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. 352-362-5417. Is Chelation for You? – 6:30pm. Snacks and drinks provided. Hughes Center for Functional Medicine, 800 Goodlette Rd, Ste 270, Naples. 649-7400. See ad, page 87. Spiritual Development Circle – 6:30-8pm. With Rev Michelle Love. Utilizing proven methods the group learns and takes the necessary steps to develop spiritual awareness. Attendees will explore their natural abilities for healing, prophecy and spirit communication. $20. Light The Way Spiritual Center, 5600 Trail Blvd, Ste 15, Naples. 250-4710. Trager for Daily Life – 6:30-8pm. With Silvia Casabianca, CTP. Playfully learn how simple practical movements from Trager Approach ease your life and lessen joint or back pain. Shift the way you move; sense your body; improve balance; enhance performance. Free. 9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 948-9444. Reiki Circle – 7-8:30pm. With Reiki master Pam Bzoch, owner of Saith Seren. $20. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 949-0749.

FRIDAY, MAY 22 #MyYogaBody “Countdown to Summer” 30-Day Challenge – May 22-June 21. Build strength, confidence and community by practicing 30 times in 30 days and win prizes doing it. Dedicate yourself to your practice and prepare your yoga body for summer. Program registration is free; discounted class packages available. 6200 Trail Blvd N, Naples. 598-1938. Movement and Breath for Labor Workshop – 6-7:30pm. With Cheryl Bernardi, LMT, Birth Doula, E-RYT. Experience hands-on practical labor run-

through. Practice movement, breathing, self-hypnosis techniques for pain management. Effective advice for pushing phase. $25/prepay or $30/door. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Naples. 248-7931. Preregister: Sacred Sound/Sacred Space – 6:30pm. With Dana House. Connect to the divine spark within through the energies of the grace-filled gongs and the blissful bowls using 3-D mandalas and ancient aromatic blends to enhance your powers of creative expression and manifest your greatest potential. Bring mat, pillow, and blanket. $20. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 949-0749.

SATURDAY, MAY 23 Bamboo Massage Class – 8:30am-6:30pm. $375. 12 CEUs. Barefoot Masters, 501 Goodlette Frank Rd, Bldg C110, Naples. Preregister: Michelle Mace: 352-8200 or Restore and Renew – 1-3pm. With Kim Clayton and Addy Huff. Enjoy a blissfully relaxing restorative yoga practice while a massage therapist assists in releasing stress and tension from the body in this deeply therapeutic workshop. $45/drop-in; $40/ preregister by 5/23. 6200 Trail Blvd N, Naples. 598-1938. Dowsing – 2pm. With Ross. Learn what dowsing is and how to use this method for finding objects underground, testing energy fields, spirit energies and also learn the different tools used for dowsing. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. March Against Monsanto Rally – 4pm. Part of a global effort to raise public awareness and bring increasing political pressure to bear regarding Mon-

santo’s corporate farming and business practices and to insist upon labeling of foods that contain GMOs. Meet under the large pavilion at Cambier Park, Park St, Naples. See event spotlight, page 21.

SUNDAY, MAY 24 Facial Massage Online Course – Anytime. For LMTs. $25. 8 FL CEUs. LMT State of FL Law, Ethics and Medical Errors Online Course – Anytime. $12. 6 FL CEUs. March Against Monsanto Rally – 11am-3pm. Part of a global effort to raise public awareness and bring increasing political pressure to bear regarding Monsanto’s corporate farming and business practices and to insist upon labeling of foods that contain GMOs. Ada’s Natural Food Market, 7070 College Pkwy, Ft Myers. See event spotlight, page 21. ECK Worship Service – 11am. Topic: Soul’s Golden Contract. SW Florida Eckankar Center, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 155, Ft Myers. 482-4034. Healing Sound Circle – 6-7:15pm. Healing sound circle with crystal bowls led by Rachel Senseny and friends. $18. Ruby and Pearls Yoga Studio, 6420 Plantation Park Ct, Ste 104, Ft Myers. Info: 768-1021.

MONDAY, MAY 25 Laughter Club – 6:30-7:30pm. With Jill Emmerich, certified Laughter Yoga leader in partnership with Mental Health Association of Southwest Florida. 4th Monday of every month. Free. Monarch Therapy, Naples. 325-9210.

TUESDAY, MAY 26 Age Like a Rock Star – 6pm. With Christine Sullivan of Seize the Day Wellness. Learn why you must act now to protect your brain. Learn which foods harm it and how a brain-healthy lifestyle will improve your overall health. $10. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Naples. 250-2592. See ad, page 19.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 27 What Do You Know About GMOs? – 5:30-8pm. Area physicians discuss the health dangers of genetically modified organisms (GMO) with worldrenowned GMO expert Jeffrey Smith (Seeds of Deception/Genetic Roulette) in a panel discussion. Come early and mingle or dine at Shangri-La Springs (RSVP before May 22nd for dining). Location: Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. RSVPs appreciated for event: 263-1214. See article on page 32 and ad on page 33. Homeopathy: What’s it About and How to Use it for Health – 6:30pm. There are many types of approaches to health. Learn why Homeopathy works and is “naturally” good for you. Food & Thought, 2132 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. 481-5600. Crystal Bowl Meditation – 7pm. With Cathy Blair. Experience newly channeled healing and rejuvenating crystalline sound frequencies and the Himalayan salt. Restore your spirit and rejuvenate your body in the loving frequencies of light. Bring beach chair and blanket. $25/cash or check. Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. 403-9170. Reiki Master Class – 7pm. Learn advanced energy work, master symbols, chakra diagnosis and crystal grids to enhance the Reiki experience. Certification

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Vibrational Angel Healing and Messages – 7-9pm. Trance channeling with Candyce Strafford. Healing and messages from the emissaries of light and Archangel Michael. $22. Mystical Moon, 8890 Salrose Lane, Ft Myers. 939-3339.

Breath of Life/Music of the Spheres – 6:30pm. Journey from the superficial daily experience to the depths of your heart and soul with Dana House and Linda. Conscious connective breathing, Reiki attunements, percussive music and the sounds of gongs and bowls. Bring pillow, blanket and mat. $25. Anahata, 1065 5th Ave N, Naples. RSVP: 2620811.



and attunement provided. Prerequisite Reiki I and II. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

Practice, Practice, Practice – 6:30-8pm. Rev Michelle Love provides structured guidance as one practices and explores their natural spiritual abilities of prophecy, mediumistic communication and spiritual healing. $20. Light The Way Spiritual Center, 5600 Trail Blvd, Ste 15, Naples. 250-4710. Tea Leaf Reading: The Art of Tasseography – 7pm. A tea party with extras. Learn how to read the tea leaves for yourself and others. Also receive a free tea leaf reading during this class. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Goddess Circle – 7-8:30pm. With Reiki master Pam Bzoch. Explore and connect with the energy of the Divine Feminine. Guided meditation, discussion, creation of a sacred altar decoration and celebration. $20. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 949-0749.

FRIDAY, MAY 29 Journey – May 29-31. Manifest your vision in all areas of your life. Must be clear on your vision in career, relationships, self and contribution; TMC Productions offers support in this initial process. Hilton Garden Inn, 12600 University Dr, Ft Myers. 939-4769. See news brief, page 25.

Reiki Level I Intensive – 8:30am-8pm. With Silvia Casabianca, RM. Become a Reiki practitioner. Heal self, support others. History, principles, energetic anatomy, healing vs curing, hand positions, attunements. $165. 12 FL CEUs, nurses, MHC, LMTs, midwives, nutritionists, CSWs, MFTs. 9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. 948-9444. Psychic Faire – 10am-4pm. Choose from an assortment of well-established and gifted psychics and healers. Tarot readers, soul chart progression, astrology, oracle card reader, energy matrix healer, rune caster, medium, chakra cleansing and alignment and shamanic journeys. 25 min for $25. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. 939-2769.

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FRIDAY, JUNE 5 The Art of Holistic Massage/Meridian Massage – June 5-7. 5-9pm, Fri; 9am-6pm, Sat; 9am-5pm, Sun. Presenting an original sequence of holistic massage, including concepts of energy, guest speakers, self-care, one-on-one tutorials and more. Hands-on workshop. Video included. $295 introductory price. 21 FL and NCBTMB MT CEUs. Naples. Alvina: 732-266-5276. Prenatal Yoga – 5:30-6:30pm. With Ashley Howard, RYT. A six-week course designed to ease the possible discomforts with pregnancy and to prepare the body both physically and emotionally for labor and delivery. Develop concentration, self awareness, breath control and balance on and off the mat. $108. Ruby and Pearls Yoga Studio, 6420 Plantation Park Ct, Ste 104, Ft Myers. Info: 768-1021.

SATURDAY, JUNE 6 Faerie and Elfin Magic – 11am-7pm. Meet faeries and elves and they share their magic and love and learn many secrets about your own unique relationship with the Earth and magical wonders of the world. $300. Limitless Light, Naples. 821-3601.


THURSDAY, JUNE 4 Introduction to Zero Balancing – 9:30am-5pm. $150. Inner Light Center, Naples. Register: Carla Van Arnam: 352-318-8974.

Hermetic Moon Magick – 11am-4pm. Learn about moon cycles (understand ourselves through numbers), esbats magick (to have full power in life), moon astrology, soul retrieval (shamanic way of becoming whole again), moon ceremonies and moon mirror magick. $300. Limitless Light, Naples. 821-3601.

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Introduction to Process Acupressure – June 9-10. Developed by Dr Aminah Raheem, learn a method of combining bodywork (acupressure and Zero Balancing) with psychological processing (Arnold Mindell). Book: Soul Return by Aminah Raheem. $375. 12 CEUs NCTMB, Fl. Naples. Alvina: 732-266-5276.

Reflexology: Release Stress From the Whole Body Through The Hands and Feet – 9am-3pm; lunch break. $100. 6 CEUs. Holistic Healing Arts, Naples. Alvina: 732-266-5276.


Neuro-Linguistic Hypnotist Training – June 14-21, eight-day class; July 8-Aug 29, eight-week format. End your financial struggles; become certified in one of the highest-demand professions in alternative healing. Also includes life coach and trauma release specialist certification. $2,998; payment plans available. 784-9559. See ad, page 29.

Surf into Yoga Retreat – July 12-18. With Jennifer Colucci. Play in the water on a paddle board, deepen your yoga practice and explore your world in an adventure of a lifetime in one of the most beautiful places on the planet. $1,250-2,250. Peace Retreat, Guanacaste, Costa Rica. 529-7582. See ad on page 30 and news brief on page 13.

The Body and Beyond Workshop Part I & II – June 11-12. 6:30-9pm, Thurs; 9-11:30am, Fri. With Seane Corn. Learn foundational cues to a healthy vinyasa practice. Includes a challenging yoga sequence ending in restorative, meditative and yin poses. Proper alignment, pranayama, meditation, reflection and prayer will be facilitated. $68 per class. Fiddlesticks Country Club, 15391 Cannongate Dr, Ft Myers. 7681111. Info: 768-1021. See ad on page 28 and article on page 62.

FRIDAY, JUNE 12 The Loving Couples Course – June 12-14. Learn the tools to create closeness instead of distance from your disagreements. Develop a whole new level of intimacy, communication, acceptance and understanding in your relationship. Ft Myers. Info: 822-6006. 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training – June 12-28. This two-week intensive program is an immersion of transformation and inspiration that will give you the tools to live your life to your fullest potential. For aspiring teachers, current teachers or students interested in deepening your practice. $3795; $250 discount if prepaid by 5/11. 6200 Trail Blvd N, Naples. 598-1938.


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FRIDAY, JUNE 19 Joyful Yoga Academy’s Teacher Training – A Yoga Alliance accredited, 200-hour program offering the full science and philosophy, Raja Yoga, with world class instructors. $3,995 or $3,695 if prepaid by 5/15. Includes unlimited yoga classes for the duration of the program. Joyful Yoga & Spa, 3405 Pelican Landing Pkwy, Bonita Springs. 947-9845. See ad on page 56 and news brief on page 14.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 Magical Journey Retreat – Sept 24-Oct 3. Experience the authentic spiritual and cultural wonders of Peru, Cusco, Sacred Valley and Macchu Picchu. Optional yoga classes offered each day with Naples Yoga Center owner Jacqueline Glasgow. 592-4809. Details:

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6 Journey to India – Nov 6-24. The Taj Mahal; Arati on the Ganga River, in Rishikesh; Diwali at the Johari residence, in Haridwar; ancient temples; walking on the holy sand of Vrindavin; visit the “Pink City” of Jaipur; stay at a palace in Udaipur. $3,500 + airfare to/from India. Love Yoga Center, Naples. Carla: 692-9747. See ad, page 70.



Ancient Oils in Ancient Times Workshop – 1:305:30pm. With Dolores Gozzi. History of Aromatherapy and use of essential oils through the ages. Learn how to make an infusion, guidelines, safety use and how to mix and blend. Experience hands on time with the oils and make personal anointing oil blend. $75 or $60/members. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455.

Yoga Teacher Training 2016 – With Suzy Goldberg, E-RYT. This course is designed for those who are passionate about practicing yoga. The curriculum provides the tools to deepen your personal practice and the tools to share your yoga experience as a teacher. $3,000. Ruby & Pearl’s, 6420 Plantation Park Ct, Ste 104, Ft Myers. Register: 768-1021. See ad, page 25.

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Al-Anon Family Groups – Support for families and friends troubled by someone else’s drinking. Naples. 263-5907 or 888-425-2666 for 24/7 info. Schedule at

Guided Tour and Organic Lunch – Mon-Fri. 10am-3pm, gift shop open. 11am & 2pm, guided tour, $15; 11:30am-2:30pm, organic lunch: vegan, vegetarian and protein offerings. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Yoga in Nature – Tue-Sat. All levels. Mindful movement, breath work and meditation in nature. Bring mat and wear comfortable clothes. Props available. $10/drop-in (cash/check). Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455.

sunday Mysore Ashtanga Practice – 7-10am. With Andrew and Amy. Vinyasa, tristhana and the six positions. $20/drop-in or $200/monthly unlimited. ShangriLa Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Beach Yoga – 8:45-10am. With Caryn Gallagher. All levels. Bring a large beach towel. Ideal shade

Center for Spiritual Living, Cape Coral – 10:30am service. Celebration, connection, community and more. 406 SE 24th Ave, Cape Coral. 574-6463. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Greater Naples – 10:30am. Service, youth classes and childcare. Celebrate freedom, reason and compassion. All welcome. 6340 Napa Woods Way, Naples. 4556553.

daily Shelling in the Ten Thousand Islands – 8am-2pm. An approximately 20-minute scenic boat ride to a barrier island. Choose from a 1.5-hr-to-3.5-hour trip. Goodland Boat Park, Goodland. Info/RSVP: 249-9878.

Rivers and Creek Kayak Tour – 10am-2pm. Mangrove forest and nesting birds. Includes equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides. Ft Myers. 694-5513.

Unitarian Universalist Church of Ft Myers Sunday Service – 10:30-11:30am. All welcome. 13411 Shire Ln, Ft Myers. 561-2700.

area behind highrise at Sea Gate/North Gulf Shore public beach, Naples. CC Yoga: 312-505-9642. Celebration Church Services – 9:30-10:30am. A church that meets outdoors, welcomes everyone and has a huge heart. Cambier Park, 580 8th St S, Naples. 649-1588. Church of Spiritual Light – 9:45-11am. Sunday service. Spiritual connection, meditation, ritual, prayer and song. 1939 Park Meadows Dr, Ste 1, Ft Myers. 560-6314. Unity of Bonita Springs Sunday Service – 10am. With Rev Phil Schlaefer, music by Jerry Stawski. Inspiring lesson, music and meditation. 28285 Imperial Pkwy. 947-3100. Unity of Ft Myers – 10am. With Rev Jim Rosemergy, minister. Susie Hulcher, music. Children’s ministry. Open to all. 11120 Ranchette Rd. 2781511. Unity of Naples – 10am. Service and Sunday school conducted in open, accepting and empowering environment. Children deepen their relationship with God. Nursery care provided. Naples. 775-3009.

Cycling Class for Parkinson’s – 12:30-2pm. Find support from other people with Parkinson’s, feel better and reduce your symptoms. Physician referral required. Free. Bonita Springs YMCA, 27200 Kent Rd. Marla Ramsey: 221-7560. Adult Children of Alcoholic/Dysfunctional Families – 3:30-5pm. Did you marry an alcoholic and/or become one yourself? YANA Foundation Building, 1185 Lake McGregor Dr, Ft Myers. Jane: 728-7106. Introductory Buddhist Teach-Ins and Meditation Practice – 4:45pm. Last Sun each month. Bala Vinyasa Yoga, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Buddhist Teach-Ins and Meditation Practice – 6:30pm. With dharma teacher Fred Epsteiner, in the spirit of Thich Nhat Hanh. Bala Vinyasa Yoga, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 6:30pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Cape Christian Fellowship, 2110 Chiquita Blvd, Cape Coral. 338-5948. Drum Circle – 7-9:30pm. Drummers, dancers, jugglers, everyone welcome. BYO chair and instrument. Under the pavilion, by the water in Centennial Park, Ft Myers. Info: Facebook page: Fort Myers Drum Circle. 935-5551.

monday Mysore Ashtanga Practice – 6:30-9am. With Andrew and Amy. Vinyasa, tristhana and the six positions. $20/drop-in or $200/monthly unlimited. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Gentle Yoga and Body Mechanics – 9-10am. With Jacqueline Glasgow. Gentle movement with fascia release and soft tissue work to free the body from limitations. Naples Yoga Center, 13240 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 206, Naples. 592-4809. Mindful Movements – 9:30-10:45am. With Francis Reilly. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 9490749. Chair Yoga – 12:15pm. $10. Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 204, Naples. 692-9747. Kids Yoga – 4-5pm. With Heather Pilling and Jenny Deeley. Kids are taught playful yoga in a non-competitive, self-accepting and team-building atmosphere. $10/drop-in. Optional simultaneous heated power


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vinyasa yoga class for grown-ups. $20/drop-in. 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. 598-1938. Yin Harmony Yoga – 4-5:15pm. With Sue Lovett. A quiet, insightful yoga practice with roots in meridian theory of Chinese medicine and mindfulness training. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. ShangriLa Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Body Mechanics – 4:30-5:45pm. With Jacqueline Glasgow, certified yoga therapist. An incorporation of yoga postures to introduce proper body movement to prevent and correct health problems, reduce stress and physical capabilities. Naples Yoga Center, 13240 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 206, Naples. 592-4809. Caterpillar Kids Club – 4:30-5:30pm. With rotating teachers. Ages 5-12 build positive coping skills, improve focus, self-control, self-regulation. $20, $70/4 sessions or $10/current clients. Monarch Therapy, 843 Myrtle Terrace, Naples. 325-9210. Qigong for Everyone – 5:30-6:30pm. With Dona Matera. Standing, or sitting if needed, with slow movements to harmonize physical health. $15/ drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA) – 6pm. 12step meeting. Lamb of God Church, 19691 Cypress View Dr, Ft Myers. Rob: 948-9162. Prenatal Yoga – 6-7pm or 7:15-8:15pm. With Cheryl Bernardi. Yoga and movement exercises for pregnancy. Energize pelvis, practice pain management and breathing for birth. $15. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Naples. 248-7931. Adult Children of Alcoholics/Dysfunctional Families (ACA) – 6-7:30pm. 12-step meeting. Unity Church of Naples, choir room, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. Lissa: 908-752-0068. Clay Handbuilding and Raku Techniques – 6-9pm. Five-week class with Richard W Rosen. $195 plus materials ($20). Rosen Gallery & Studios, Naples Art District, 2172 J&C Blvd, Naples. RSVP: 821-1061. David Essel Alive – 6-9pm EST. Get inspired. Join the national radio show with guests like Deepak Chopra and Wayne Dyer. Tune in at A Course in Miracles – 7pm. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, Fireplace Room, 2000 Unity Way. 775-3009. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7pm.

A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Community Congregational Church, 15300 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. Nancy: 352-0527. Reiki Healing – 7pm. 1st & 3rd Mon. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, Fellowship Hall, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. 775-3009. Gurdjieff/Ouspensky Study Group – 7-8pm. An exploration of the teachings of GI Gurdjieff, with readings and discussion. Introductory sessions meet in Bonita Springs. Info: 565-1410. Conscious Community Class – 7-9pm. Online class on a variety of topics providing insight for personal and career growth through the power of transforming the subconscious mind via hypnosis. Classes are live, with a chance to be interactive and ask questions. Compassionate Friends: Collier County Group – 7:30pm. 2nd Mon. For bereaved parents. YMCA, 5450 YMCA Rd, Naples. 690-7801.

tuesday Mysore Ashtanga Practice – 6:30-9am. With Andrew and Amy. Vinyasa, tristhana and the six positions. $20/drop-in or $200/monthly unlimited. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Morning Series – 8-9am. With Meredith Musick. All levels yoga class. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. 213-9276. Yoga – 8:30am. With Julie Christenbury. Beginners to intermediate. All ages. Strengthen/lengthen your muscles while calming, soothing your mind. $15. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 948-9444. Beach Yoga – 8:45-10am. With Caryn Gallagher. All levels. Bring a large beach towel. Ideal shade area behind highrise at Sea Gate/North Gulf Shore public beach, Naples. CC Yoga: 312-505-9642. Guided Nature Walk – Thru May. 9-11am. 1st Tue. Explore natural plant communities. Limit 25 participants. Free with paid parking. Hickey’s Creek Mitigation Park, Alva. Info: 822-5212. Guided Nature Walk – Thru May. 9-11am. 3rd Tue. Walk through natural plant communities. Limit 25 participants. Free with paid parking. Caloosahatchee Regional Park, Alva. Info: 694-0398.

Kundalini Yoga – 9:30-10:45am. With Jessica Hesser. Asana based kriyas, pranayama and meditations. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Women’s Overeaters Anonymous – 10am. Free. 9470 Corkscrew Palms Circle, Ste 104, Estero. Sandy: 973-809-5338 or Carol: 676-7793. Estuary Kayak Tour in Estero Bay – 10am-1pm. Birds, dolphins, manatees and more. $40. Includes equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides, Bonita Bch. 694-5513. Nia – 10:30-11:30am. With Valeria Hill. Combines marital arts, dance and healing arts. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 949-0749. Yin/Yang Gentle Yoga – 5-6pm. With Michele Gugliotta. Breathing exercises and postures, meditations and crystal bowls. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Cycling Class for Parkinson’s – 12:30-2pm. Find support from other people with Parkinson’s, feel better and reduce your symptoms. Physician referral required. Free. Bonita Springs YMCA, 27200 Kent Rd. Marla Ramsey: 221-7560. Hatha Yoga – 5:30pm. With Chris Neal. Beginners to advanced. Quiet your mind, improve balance, range of motion, performance. $15. Private classes available. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita. 948-9444. Chakra Yoga – 6-7pm. With Cheryl Bernardi. Warm up with the Five Tibetan Rites, followed by yoga sequences to balance and revitalize the chakras. $15. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Adult Children of Alcoholic/Dysfunctional Families – 6:30-8pm. Did you marry an alcoholic and/or become one yourself? YANA Foundation Building, 1185 Lake McGregor Dr, Ft Myers. Jane: 728-7106. Men’s Co-Dependents Anonymous (CoDA) – 6:30-8pm. A 12-step program. Common purpose is a desire for healthier relationships. 9470 Corkscrew Palms Cir, Ste 104, Estero. David: 470-0899. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Riverside Church, 8660 Daniels Pkwy, Ft Myers. 338-5948.

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Spano’s Meditation – 7pm. 2nd & 4th Tues. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, 2000 Unity Way. 775-3009. Ecstatic Kirtan – 7:15-8:45pm. Last Tue. With Missy Balsam. An evening of connection, community building and heart-opening singing. No experience necessary. $15 love offering. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 & 3, Naples. 272-6152.

wednesday Mysore Ashtanga Practice – 6:30-9am. With Andrew and Amy. Vinyasa, tristhana and the six positions. $20/drop-in or $200/monthly unlimited. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 9am. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Community Congregational Church, 15300 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. Nancy: 352-0527. Yamuna Body Rolling Class – 9-10am. Self-massage techniques to create space back into the body and tone muscles. Call to reserve balls. $18. Arthur Murray Dance Center, Naples. Patti: 649-0814. Healing Yoga – 9:30-10:45am. With Mary Cline Golbitz. Gentle class for beginners or those suffering from chronic illness or injury. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Women Seeking Serenity Through the 12 Steps – 10am. Free. Hope Lutheran Church, Old US 41, Bonita. Carol: 676-7793. Cocohatchee River/Wiggins Pass Estuary Kayak Tour – 10am-1pm. Birds, dolphins and other critters. $45. Includes all equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides. N Naples. 694-5513. Gentle Yoga and Reflexology – 10:15-11:30am. With Cory. A combination of reflexology and gentle yoga to relieve tension and stress and create a healthy body. Naples Yoga Center, 13240 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 206, Naples. 592-4809. Emie Qigong – 11am-noon. With Melanie Hope. A moving meditation and healing art for all fitness levels. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 9490749. Shake, Rattle and Roll – 11am-noon. Parent and

baby yoga class in the garden. For babies 4 weeks to crawling. $18/drop-in or $56/four-class pass. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Lunchtime Meditations – 12:15-1pm. With Joann Lawrence. Two guided meditations and a teaching on the way of inner peace. $10/drop-in. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 9490749. Adult Children of Alcoholic/Dysfunctional Families – 2:30-4pm. Did you marry an alcoholic and/or become one yourself? Dry Palms Foundation Building, 1251 Lamar Rd, N Ft Myers. Jane: 728-7106. Kids Yoga – 4-5pm. With Heather Pilling and Jenny Deeley. Kids are taught playful yoga in a non-competitive, self-accepting and team-building atmosphere. $10/drop-in. Optional simultaneous heated Power Vinyasa Yoga class for grown-ups. $20/drop-in. 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. 598-1938. Guided Meditation – 6pm. With Cici. Breathing and relaxation exercises; focusing and quieting the mind. Love donation. 9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. 948-9444. Healing, Prayer and Meditation Service – 6pm. 1st Wed. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, Sanctuary, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. 775-3009. Prenatal Yoga – 6-7pm. With Cheryl Bernardi. Yoga and movement exercises for pregnancy. Breathing techniques, relaxation, pain management. $15/dropin or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, Bonita Springs. La Leche League – 7pm. 3rd Wed. Mother-tomother breastfeeding support group. Children welcome. Free. Cape Coral Hospital Women’s Center, 2nd floor, 636 Del Prado Blvd S, Cape Coral. Pet Loss and Grief Support Group – 6:30pm. 2nd Wed. Compassionate support: pet loss, medical crisis, chronic illness. Free. 1939 Park Meadows Dr, Ft Myers. 936-1732. ARTS Anonymous – 6:30-8pm. Only requirement is a desire to develop creative potential. Crossroads Community Church, 1055 Pine Ridge Rd, Naples. Dennis: 608-345-2726. A Course in Miracles – 7-8pm. 2nd & 4th Wed. Readings and interpretation. Everyone is welcome. Love offering. Unity Church of Bonita Springs, 28285 Imperial Pkwy, Bonita. 272-5456.

Sunset Beach Yoga – 7-8pm. With Candice Oligney. Take your practice outdoors at Delnor-Wiggins State Park. Enjoy yoga while being surrounded by the beauty of nature. $5 plus state park entry fees. Naples. Info: 598-1938 or Beginning Figure Drawing Class – 7-9pm. Live nude model with drawing instruction by professional artist. For beginners, novice and experienced artists. $25. DaVinci’s Vine Paint and Wine, 24850 Old 41 Rd, Ste 14, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 405-7892 or

thursday Mysore Ashtanga Practice – 6:30-9am. With Andrew and Amy. Vinyasa, tristhana and the six positions. $20/drop-in or $200/monthly unlimited. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Morning Series – 8-9am. With Meredith Musick. All levels yoga class. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. 213-9276. Beach Yoga – 8:45-10am. With Caryn Gallagher. All levels. Bring a large beach towel. Ideal shade area behind highrise at Sea Gate/North Gulf Shore public beach, Naples. CC Yoga: 312-505-9642. Yoga – 9am. With Julie Christenbury. Beginners to intermediate. All ages. Strengthen/lengthen your muscles, while calming, soothing your mind. $15. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 948-9444. Intro to Ashtanga – 9:30-10:45am. Vinyasa, tristhana and the six positions. All levels. $15/drop-in. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Warrior2Warrior: Yoga for Veterans – 11amnoon. With Gary Granza. Adaptive yoga with long sequences to calm your spirit. Followed by coffee, water and snacks. Free. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 1:30pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Community Church of Christ, 368 Herron Rd, N Ft Myers. 585-955-3910. Vinyasa Flow – 5:30-6:30pm. With Karen Lepree. Sun salutations, movement and stretching. $15/ drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Reiki Circle – 6:30pm. 2nd & 4th Thurs. With Reiki master Silvia Casabianca. Open to all. Satsang, meditation, tea potluck and receive healing. Love offering. Eyes Wide Open Center, Bonita Springs. 948-9444. Peaceful Mind – 6:30-8pm. With rotating teachers. Unwind and energize through use of breath, sound, humor and relaxation exercises. $20, $70/four weeks or $10/clients. Monarch Therapy, 843 Myrtle Terrace, Naples. 325-9210. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Riverside Church, 8660 Daniels Pkwy, Ft Myers. 338-5948. La Leche League – 7pm. 1st Thurs. Mother-to-


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inner and outer well-being. Free. Mats and towels for rent or BYO. 6200 Trail Blvd N, Naples. 5981938. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 6:30pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Cape Christian Fellowship, 2110 Chiquita Blvd, Cape Coral. 338-5948.

mother breastfeeding support group. Children welcome. Free. St Hilary’s Episcopal Church, 5011 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 454-1350. Transformational Breath – 7-8:30pm. 2nd & 4th Thurs. With Carrie Sopko. A self-healing system using conscious breath work. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 949-0749. Spiritual Connection, Guided Meditation and Messages – 7-9pm. With Candyce Strafford, psychic/medium. Connect to higher consciousness, be more intuitive and feel better. Love offering. Naples. 949-3387.

friday Ashtanga Primary Class – 7-10am. With Andrew and Amy. Vinyasa, tristhana and the six positions. $20/drop-in or $200/monthly unlimited. ShangriLa Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Hatha Yoga Level II – 9-10:30am. With Meredith Musick. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. 213-9276. Restorative Yoga – 9:30-10:45am. With Sue Lovett. Quiet the mind, soothe the nervous system and increase mind/body awareness and connect with nature. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 9490749. La Leche League – 10am. 2nd Fri. Mother-tomother breastfeeding support group. Center Point Community Church, 6590 Golden Gate Pkwy, Naples. 404-4933. Co-Dependents Anonymous – 12pm. Hope Lutheran Church, Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Sally: 948-9162. Cycling Class for Parkinson’s – 12:30-2pm. Find support from other people with Parkinson’s, feel better and reduce your symptoms. Physician referral required. Free. Bonita Springs YMCA, 27200 Kent Rd. Marla Ramsey: 221-7560. Chair Yoga – 2-3:15pm. With Dina Radcliffe. Breath work, mindful meditations, stretches and balance work. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Body Mechanics – 4:30-5:30pm. With Jacqueline Glasgow, certified yoga therapist. An incorporation of yoga postures to introduce proper body movement to prevent and correct health problems, reduce stress and physical capabilities. Naples Yoga Center, 13240 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 206, Naples. 592-4809. Yoga for Sobriety – 5:15-6:30pm. With guest teachers. A judgment-free zone to work on your

Reiki Healing Circle – 6:30-8pm. 4th Fri. With Nancy Nevision and/or Lenka Spiska. Reiki, crystal bowls, sound healing circle. $15 donation. Happehatchee Center, peace pavilion, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455.

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Mantra Sound Healing Circle – 6:30-8pm. 2nd Fri. With Johnny Freedom and Isabel Silva. Evening may include crystal singing bowls, drums, guitars, gongs, flutes and kirtan. $15 donation. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455.

MASSAGE THERAPIST – Receive all 24 CEUs in one class, including Florida mandatory hours. Two classes to choose from. Ellie Sandler: 9850262.

Women’s Sacred Circle – 6:30-8pm. 3rd Fri. With Dolores Gozzi. Celebrate the Divine Feminine through ritual, ceremony, meditation, prayer and sharing openly in love and trust. $15 donation. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455.

PRIVATE APARTMENT INSIDE HOME – Walk to beach. Single, quiet, clean individual. $1,300 includes everything. No pets, smoking. Naples. 220-0299.

saturday Outdoor Farmers’ Market – 8am-1pm. Thru May. Galleria Shoppes at Vanderbilt, NW corner of Airport Rd and Vanderbilt Beach Rd, N Naples. 273-2350. Compassionate Friends: Lee County Group – 9am. 4th Sat. For bereaved parents. Unity Church of Bonita, 28285 Imperial Pkwy, Bonita Springs. 690-7801. Guided Nature Walk – Thru May. 9-11am. 1st Sat. Walk through natural plant communities. Limit 25 participants. Free with paid parking. Caloosahatachee Regional Park, Alva. Info: 694-0398. Green Market – 9am-1pm. Alliance for the Arts, Ft Myers. 939-2787. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 10am. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Moorings Presbyterian Church, 791 Harbour Dr, Naples. Nancy: 352-0527. Purna Power Yoga – 9:30-11am. With Meredith Musick. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. 213-9276. Women Seeking Serenity through the 12 Steps – 10am. Free. Hope Lutheran Church, Old 41 Rd, Bonita. Carol 676-7793. Estuary Kayak Tour in Estero Bay – 10am-1pm. Birds, dolphins, manatees and more. $40. Includes all equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides, Bonita Bch. 694-5513. Really, Really Free Market – 10am-2pm. 1st Sat. Potluck of reusable items. No money, barter or trade; everything is free. Fleischmann Park, Naples. Facebook page: Naples Really Really Free Market. Eckhart Tolle Meditation Group – 3pm. Meets 5/2, 5/16 & 5/30. DVDs, CDs and discussion. Free. Unitarian/Universalist Church, 6340 Napa Woods Way, Naples. 249-6916. Ashtanga Vinyasa Flow – 4:30-5:45pm. With Laurie. This class will heat, strengthen and open up the body. Naples Yoga Center, 13240 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 206, Naples. 592-4809.


ROOM FOR RENT INSIDE HOME – Bedroom in 3/2 pool home in desirable neighborhood located off Ohio Drive, Naples. $700/mo. plus 1/2 of utilities. Seeking respectful, clean renter with no pets, no smoking indoors. I have a large, friendly dog. 239-287-7193 TREATMENT ROOM RENTAL – Run your own practice in an eight-by-12 room in North Naples office. $500/month includes utilities. 216-0759. SPACE AVAILABLE FOR GROUP MEETINGS/WORKSHOPS – Beautiful, quiet 630 sqft studio in South Bonita/North Naples. Hourly/half/ full-day/evenings. Photos:

OPPORTUNITIES SEEKING PERSONAL BUSINESS ASSISTANT – Acting/improv experience useful, not required. My work includes recognizing and energizing potential business projects while confronting boredom and distractions. The opportunity will include creating goals, marketing, managing timelines and supporting focus and personal motivation to empower a senior citizen to continue to produce value to humanity. The initial agreement will include a five-to-10-hour/week work commitment that will be renegotiated as the work relationship develops. Bill: 597-7372.

PRODUCTS IGNITE YOUR DIVINE SPARK – With Genai Ellen’s vibrational alchemy for healing and empowerment. 750 flower, star and sacred site essence waters, custom blends, shamanic chants, spiritual messenger and guide. Great gift ideas, too. 2984839.

SERVICES ARE YOU READY TO DEVELOP YOUR CONSCIOUS CHANNEL? – Sensitives, intuitives, healers, meditation or yoga teachers/students and self-healers have found support for their next step with Genai Ellen Wachs, conscious channel, coach and shaman healer. In person or by phone. 298-4839.

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communityresourceguide Connecting you to the leaders in natural health care 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. ACUPUNCTURE CENTER OF NAPLES


Patricia Acerra, LAc, Dipl Ac (NCCAOM), CCht 2335 9th St N, #303B, Naples 34103 239-659-9100 • Supporting your goals toward peace, wellness and personal growth in mind, body and spirit using traditional and Esoteric Acupuncture and Interpersonal and Transpersonal Hypnotherapy, NLP and holistic psychology. Serving Naples since 1994.

ACUPUNCTURE/PSYCHOTHERAPY John E. Patton, Board Certified Acupuncture Physician Licensed Mental Health Counselor 1063-1065 Fifth Ave N, Naples 239-262-6828

Specialty: acupuncture, psychotherapy, nutritional counseling, meditation—wellness through maintenance and prevention. Indigestion, hormone imbalance, pain, headaches, anxiety, depression, detoxification. AP488/MH2616.


Rosemary Harris, Lic. Acupuncture Physician Complete Well-Being Center 684 Goodlette Rd N, Naples 34102 239-404-0648 We combine modern medicine with the wisdom of ancient healing utilizing acupuncture, auricular therapy, herbal medicine, cupping, dietary therapy, electrical acupuncture, facial rejuvenation, a therapeutic massage chair and cold laser pain therapy. “We treat you like family!” See ad, page 39.

ACUPUNCTURE CARE OF NAPLES Charles Caccamesi, Acupuncture Physician, DOM 501 Goodlette Rd N, Unit D100, Naples 239-877-2531

New England School of Acupuncture graduate with 25 years experience. Charles specializes in complex symptomology, chronic pain conditions, expert facial rejuvenation, side effects of chemotherapy and radiation. See ad, page 43.


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Dr. Xiu Qiong Cen, AP, OMD (China) 5683 Naples Blvd, Naples 34109 P: 239-513-9232 • F: 239-513-9293

Licensed acupuncture physician with 28 years experience in acupuncture and Chinese medicine. Experienced in pain management, women’s health, insomnia, migraines, digestion issues and much more. See ad, page 23.


Oriental Medicine 239-841-6611, Naples & Ft Myers Specializing in treatment of allergies, hormonal imbalances, auto-immune problems and pain using acupuncture, herbs, NAET, Biomagnetic Pairs Therapy. AP771. See ad, page 16.


2335 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 206, Naples 239-200-6796 • Support body, mind and spirit with a holistic approach to health and wellness. Integrate natural medicine, wellness, craniosacral therapy. Yoga, tai chi, meditation classes.


Graydon Snow, AP, DOM Board Certified Acupuncture Physician Keri Garcia, LMT – Massage 7680 Cambridge Manor Pl, Ste 100; Ft Myers: 239-288-0900 All Natural Primary Care. Providing acupuncture, herbal medicine, massage therapy, lymphatic drainage, acupoint injection therapy and B 12 injections to treat pain, stress, insomnia, fibromyalgia, asthma and more. Come in for a free consultation to learn how we can help you feel well again. We bill insurance for you. AP2378, MM29338.


24850 Burnt Pine Dr, Ste 2, Bonita Springs 239-949-6002 • Providing high quality and affordable health care for all ages. Treatment options include acupuncture, massage therapy, herbal medicine and nutritional counseling. AP3481, MA35260, MM32778.


Office in Naples & Ft Myers 239-821-4482 Dr. Pan graduated from the department of acupuncture in Hubei College of Traditional Chinese Medicine and post-graduated from Tongji Medical University. He is proficient in both Eastern medicine and Western medicine with over 25 years of experience. See ad, page 29.


239-261-2840 • Picture Plan for your future. Understand your past. Have a blueprint for your life. Bob is a professional astrologer with over 40 years’ experience in achieving success for his clients. Confidential and Objective. Astrology Consulting. See ad, page 76.


Ayurveda Clinic, Massage & Yoga Therapy 501 Goodlette-Frank Rd N, Ste A107, Naples, 34102 • 239-450-6903 Practicing holistic medicine since 1987. Professional Member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association, specializing in highly personalized Ayurvedic treatments and lifestyle consultations, Massage and individual Yoga sessions for chronic and acute problems. Pancha Karma, Shirodhara and skin care. Ayurveda and Yoga Study program available. MA0023929, MM0008584, FB0716888. See ad, page 6.


Karin S Wolfe, CBT 3405 Pelican Landing Pkwy, Bonita Springs 239-980-3257 • Certified Biofeedback Technician by the Natural Therapies Certification Board. Testing nearly 7,000 patterns in your body, mind and spirit, and providing energy to the most imbalanced areas creating a space for healing. A consultation and report is provided with each session. CBT#5563.


Offices in Naples & Fort Myers 239-263-7089 MA66792 Lillian Deng is proficient in Chinese Message, Shiatsu, and Swedish Message. She specializes in pain management, relaxation, and weight loss with over 20 years of experience in medical therapy and 10 years of experience in massage therapy. See ad, page 29.

HOLISTIC HEALING ARTS Est. 1991 Alvina Quatrano, LMT FL MA 50896 For Info or Appt: 732-266-5276

Enjoy a relaxing and healing massage to suit your needs. Integrating a lifetime of experience. Swedish, Zero Balancing, Process Acupressure, Reflexology, Reiki, Sports, Cranio-Sacral, Pregnancy and facials. Facial Specialist FB9742820. FL Provider #50-9777 – Classes.



C. Robyn Berry, LMT, CRR, CCT, CLDT 13601 McGregor Blvd, Ste 13, Ft Myers 239-939-4646 •

Certified Advanced Rolfer Advanced Cranial Therapist Advanced Visceral Therapist Certified Movement Educator Naturopathic Wellness Consulting By Appointment: 239-272-6443 Over 30 years excelling in Quick Pain Relief. Specializing in Back Pain, Structural Integration & Alignment, All Joint Pain Related Issues, Mobility Improvement, Sports Injuries, Non- Chiropractic Spinal Release. MA36890.

Colon therapist since 1994. Enclosed gravity method, uv/ozone purified water, superior to others. Massage, Reflex-ology, Upledger CranioSacral/SER & Lymph Drainage, Visceral Manipulation, Raindrop, Ear Candling, Ozone/ Oxygen Steam cabinet, BEFE foot detox, Far-Infrared Sauna. MM7376, MA018351. See ad, page 66.




Dr. Michele Pelletiere 9138 Bonita Beach Rd (Sunshine Plaza) Bonita Springs • 239-949-1222 N.S.A. Practitioner level III. “Healing waves” release tension throughout the body, increasing wellness and quality of life, promoting new strategies for a healthy spine and nervous system.

Granite, Marble and Crystals 12911 Metro Pkwy, Ft Myers 33906 678-717-8584: Debbie Randolph for Crystals 561-541-3437: Dominique Fuentes for Granite Specializing in unique granite from oversea, precious stone slabs and crystals. We sell wholesale and retail. Please call for an appointment to visit our ware-house. See ad, page 50.


Cindi Curci-Lee, RN, BSN Advanced Certified Rolfer Movement Practitioner Yamuna Body Rolling Instructor 5600 Trail Blvd, Ste 15, Naples 7680 Cambridge Manor Pl, Ste 100, Ft Myers • 239-777-4070 Longing for relief from headaches, backaches, joint restrictions, or pain? Love to improve your posture or sport performance? Rolfing’s the 21st century solution! MA38152, MM28692, MM66086.


George Beahan Certified Advanced Rolfer Egoscue Postural Alignment Specialist Board Certified Structural Integrator Advanced Myoskeletal Therapist 239-919-4413 • Advanced Rolfing techniques & Egoscue structural exercises used to provide lasting relief from chronic pain & sports injuries. Improves alignment athletic performance,balances golf swing. MA50132.


239-821-3088, by appt. (Collier & Lee) Trained at the Upledger Institute, Paula utilizes CranioSacral Therapy combined with HeartCentered Therapy, Somato Emotional Release™, Lymphatic Drainage, love and nurturement to foster the healing your body needs. Doula services. MA35358.

NUTRITION SPECIALISTS OF FLORIDA 28315 S Tamiami Tr, Ste 101 Bonita Springs 34134 239-947-1177 •


Uniquely qualified, Expertise in Nutrition, Certified Sports Physician. Palmer graduate with 28 years experience. Integrative Chiropractic with Nutrition to effectively reduce pain in the body. Getting you back to enjoying sports and leisure. See ad, page 2.


Business & Residential Green Cleaning Services Naples • 239-404-7102 • Let us take care of your mess while you do what you do best. Offering summer specials, group discounts and familyfriendly personal services. Do not confuse familiarity with safety. Call today for a free estimate. See ad, page 50.

Mark Corke, DDS 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers 33907 239-936-5442 • Dr. Corke enjoys working with holistic patients and practitioners on the journey to wellness. His practice “gets it” and is worth the trip to Fort Myers to experience his many services. From dental lasers to ozone he has many tools and a sympathetic ear. See ad, page 56.


860 111th Ave N, Ste 5, Naples 239-593-4911 • Dedicated to mercury-free dentistry for over 25 years, preserving teeth and gums for a lifetime, high quality restorative dentistry, and preventative measures with cancer patients during radiation and chemotherapy. See ad, page 11.



9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 111 Bonita Springs, 34135 • 239-676-8730


Rosalind (Roz) Fusco LMT, CT 239-596-1110 • 239-571-9816 • MA27876 Internationally Certified with 30 years Licensed Nursing experience; offering a new dimension of colonics with stateof-the-art water system. Massage with Vodder trained Lymphatic Specialists. Facials, Body Wraps, and Far-infrared Sauna. MM13162.

Dr. Pint can join your health journey and play a role in minimizing toxicity; this includes protection while removing dental materials plus consultation. All X-rays are digital and minimal. See ad, page 65.

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Healing Mind, Body & Spirit since 2005 • 239-253-9008


A sanctuary in nature with weekly Healing Circles and Yoga Hours every Tuesday thru Saturday at 9am and Wednesday thru Thursday at 6pm. The Peace Pavilion and Girl Scout Meeting Room are available to rent for ceremonies and classes. See website for info on becoming a member.

Maureen’s work opens the pathways to reveal the underlying causes that prevent humans and animals from truly healing. Difficult physical, emotional and behavioral issues are resolved, spiritual growth is achieved and a more joyous life is possible.



Regain Body Wisdom! Looking to eat healthier, reduce stress, recover joy, find purpose in life? Come for counseling & art therapy (individuals, couples & families); Nutrition Education; Medical QiGong; Trager Approach®, Massage, Reflexology; Reiki classes & sessions, and free Reiki circles on 2nd & 4th Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. CEUs. Call ahead. MM21921.



Techniques which include Chakra Color/Sound Tuning, Brazilian Light Energization, Crystal and other energy therapies (e.g., John of God crystal bed) are designed to release energy blocks and improve physical energy/health. Doctor of Metaphysics, Delphi University.

Honored to continue the traditions of the retiring Dr. David Perlmutter, Dr. Hughes, through functional diagnostic medicine and a comprehensive patient-specific approach, will provide adults and children the tools to restore normal body function by locating the root source of their illness or symptoms. See ad, page 87.


8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero 33928 239-992-5455 •

Naples Abundant Health Chiropractic Greentree Shopping Ctr, 2310 Immokalee Rd 239-287-7450



Graduate of Barbara Brennan School of Healing. Jim has conducted more than 9,000 healing sessions, using many techniques to help restructure the energy body and restore health.


Leon & Suzie Favreau 2 locations in Fort Myers • 603-723-5175

A unique spiritual healing experience that combines hands off energy healing with intuitive information. Healing can take place on physical, mental, emotional and/or spiritual levels.


Terry Hiduke, Reconnective Healing Foundational Practitioner & ReconnectionCertified Practitioner 239-691-9112 • Reconnective Healing® is a holistic health philosophy of returning the body mind and spirit to an optimal state of balance by directly tapping into the universal healing intelligence.


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Pamela Hughes, D.O. 800 Goodlette Rd, Ste 270, Naples 34102 239-649-7400 •


2132 Tamiami Trl N, Naples 239-213-2222 • Open Mon-Sat 7am-8pm. Florida’s only 100% organic market and café. Fresh produce delivered daily. Homemade breakfast, lunch and dinner. See ad, page 10.

9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Stes 202-204 • 239-948-9444

INTEGRATIVE HEALING CENTER Monarch Therapy 843 Myrtle Terrace, Naples 34103 239-325-9210 •

“ Tr a n s f o r m , E m e rg e , Become…” Empowering children, families, adults. specializing in stress, anxiety, trauma, adjustment to life challenges. professional counseling/psychotherapy, yoga, laughter yoga, Transformational Breath®, sound therapy, integrative relaxation.

HYPNOTHERAPY CONCERNED HEALTH ALTERNATIVES Lynn D. Thomas, RN, CHt, Director Certified Medical Clinical Hypnotherapist & Energy Practitioner 239-494-1363 •

Achieve permanent, positive life and habit changes through safe, rapid, effective relaxation techniques. Work with your subconscious mind through direct suggestion and regression to reach your fullest potential. Release the Past = Gain Freedom. PL, LBL, EFT, NLP. See ad, page 66.


Dine-in/Take-Out/Catering 2500 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 111, Naples 239-263-8009 • Homemade, healthy food cooked Sous-Vide, from scratch without any fat or preservatives. Everything gluten-free! Open Mon-Sat 4-9pm. See ad, page 38.


141 9th St N, Naples 239-261-7157 • Discover what Wynn’s Family Market has to offer! Fresh, quality, healthy meals as well as your favorite comfort foods! Organic, natural and imported selections. Gluten-free offerings. See ad, page 67.


239-272-2583 Phone readings also available. Align your unique soul connection through the guidance of healing words infused with vibrational attunements of higher wisdom for your present need and personal transformation.


8359 Beacon Blvd, Ft Myers 33907 239-939-4769 • We offer life coaching and personal growth courses for self awareness, breakthrough, leadership, couples or parenting. Free vision workshops monthly, call for dates. Since 1992. See ad, page 21.


18500 State Rd 31, Alva, FL 33920 239-313-8213 • Family owned U-Pick Farm. Open all year-round from 9am5:30pm everyday! Farmers’ Market selling our produce along with local farms produce and local artist crafts, crystals and furniture. See ad, page 43.


9407 Cypress Lake Dr, Ste C Ft Myers 33919 239-333-1450 • The finest relaxation treatments from around the planet have been brought to Fort Myers. Each technique is perfected for your mind, body, face and skin. See ad, page 17.


9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 113, Bonita Springs 239-481-5600 • 239-481-5603 fax Comprehensive, fully integrated health care individualized for adults and children. Chronic fatigue, male and female hormone imbalance. Digestive disorders, women’s health care, autism, ADHD and related issues. See ad, page 27.


Dee Harris, RDN, LDN, CDE 27499 Riverview Center Blvd, Ste 214 Bonita Springs • 239-444-4204

28315 S Tamiami Tr, Ste 101 Bonita Springs 34134 239-947-1177 •


Natural Health Practitioner, Herbalist N Ft Myers • 239-652-0421 Improve your health naturally. Hormone testing. Bio-Identical Hormones. Powerful healing herbs and supplements. Male/ female anti-aging and sexual problems. Want to feel better? Call now! See ad, page 79.

Psychotherapy/Counseling/Life Coaching 2335 Tamiami Tr N, #206, Naples 239-595-3199 • Looking for support and guidance through a challenging situation? Ready for a fresh start? Let me help you fulfill your true potential, accomplish your goals and live your dreams.


Downing-Frye Realty, Inc Naples • 239-269-7788 • Florida native, loving and selling Naples since 1977. Karen knows t h e m a r k e t , o ff e r s e x p e r t counseling with efficient reliability. She takes the stress out of buying or selling and gets the job done with a smile. Choose Karen for ease and joy in your real estate transaction!

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Natural and organic produce and grocery items. Vitamins and supplements. Organic juice and smoothie bar. New Green Leaf Café. Market- prepared foods. 1000’s of gluten-free items. See ad, page 20.

Upledger Institute instructor. 30 years of experience. Holistic practice focusing on personal empowerment and teamwork. Craniosacral therapy, fascial mobilization, lymphatic drainage. Energy balancing, structural manual therapies with customized exercise. See ad, page 6.


State Board Certified Expert and Specialist in Nutrition. We use an individual, customized and systemic approach. Consult, exam and reassessment for optimum results. See ad, page 2.

7070 College Pkwy, Ft Myers 33907 Mon-Sat: 9am-8pm, Sun: 9am-7pm Ph: 239-939-9600 • Fax: 239-288-6210

Frederick B. Stahlman, BS, PT, CST-D Naples: 239-398-3154






Medical Nutrition Therapy and health coaching that personalizes your program to restore health and wellness. Improve digestion, elimination, brain health, immune support and hormonal balance. See ad, page 64.



You’ll love Advanced Healing Skin Cream’s clean, fresh botanical fragrance. Other uses: • Provides Ultra-Hydration of the Skin • Enhances Anti-Aging & Skin Renewal • Soothes Dry, Itchy, Cracked Skin • Comforts Wounds, Sores and Cuts • Relieves Most Burns Including Sunburn 4-oz jar $21.99 + ONLY $5 for shipping Order online today at or call: 888-822-0246

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live over, I would start barefoot earlier in the spring and stay that way later in the fall. ~Nadine Stair

9122 Bonita Beach Rd, Bonita Springs 239-676-5009


Master Yoga Teacher and Massage Therapist 239-269-8846 Positively change your life physically and mentally using time-tested, classical Hatha yoga and Hawaiian Lomi-Lomi bodywork. Specializing in therapeutic yoga and The Great Yoga Wall®. See ad, page 36.

One of the most unique holistic wellness centers in Florida. Providing a whole-person approach to physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. Call for consultation.


YOGA GREENMONKEY YOGA POWERED BY BALA VINYASA • 239-598-1938 6200 Trail Blvd N, Naples 1800 Tamiami Tr E, Naples

New South Naples location. Baptiste Power Vinyasa Affiliate studio. 200- and 300hour Registered Yoga School (RYS). Daily classes, monthly workshops and private sessions with excep-tional teachers, plus massage therapy and BV Boutique. See ad, back cover.

Teacher Training/CEs/Privates/Corporate • 239-444-8160 We balance ancient wisdom with modern research to create psychologically informed teacher trainings, CEs, private sessions and workshops designed for deep, physical and emotional transformation. See ad, page 16.

I have found that if you love life, life will love you back. ~Arthur Rubinstein


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Natural Awakenings Naples/Fort Myers May 2015  

Southwest Florida (SWFL) Collier/Lee Counties natural health, green living magazine