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letterfrompublisher Happy This Year As I grabbed my tattered original 1980s edition of Louise Hay’s book, You Can Heal Your Life, from my bookshelf to prep for this month’s interview, I thought about all the people I have shared it with in the past 30 years and how I still regularly open it for inspiration. Seeing Louise Hay’s 88-year-old portrait grace our cover adds to the charm. Her continuing rich, full life encourages me, in my early 60s, to look forward to creatively contributing well into my 90s. She beautifully illustrates the principle that we don’t need to accept the notion that aging must necessarily entail deterioration of body and mind. She says. “I don’t believe in ‘thinking’ old. Don’t program yourself to break down as you age with thoughts that ‘decline is inevitable.’ Time may be passing for our bodies, but because they house our ageless souls, we never need to see ourselves as old and infirm.” Hay is one of many teachers and authors that have inspired me to explore and pursue the untapped potential we all have to create a life and world of our dreams. From quantum physics scientists to spiritual teachers, the message is the same: It is we who shape and color our experience through our thoughts and beliefs. We are far more powerful than we imagine, because each thought, word and act is a powerful, living entity. Early on, I liked to play with ideas and affirmations, but was admittedly undisciplined. I am grateful that pivotal losses and challenges have always led me back to more diligent study and practice of the mental genesis of a life as I’ve sought to feel more joy-filled peace. I eventually became adept at catching myself in the act of saying or thinking something that didn’t support that desire and hitting the delete button. Then, I’d turn it around as quickly as possible to reaffirming what I wish to experience. Little by little, my life began better reflecting the direction of my improving thoughts and beliefs. I’m still a work in progress, but am seeing daily evidence of success in living creatively and joyfully with greater peace. My intention to steer a happy course accelerated a few years ago thanks to the book, A Complaint Free World. Author Will Bowen’s program opened my eyes to see how every little complaint is typically a disguise for something else, and the value to us and others in eradicating complaining, gossiping or criticizing from our lives. Bowen found that the average person complains 15 to 30 times a day. Since it takes 21 days to form a new habit, Bowen clues people into ways to reach 21 continuous days with no complaints or criticisms. His team discovered that it takes an average person four to 10 months to make it to 21 days straight… but what a vital breakthrough. It’s a marvelous resolution for the new year, coupled with attaining clarity about the life we want and aligning all our thoughts and actions to support that. We have the power to bring about our best year yet. You’ll find plenty of resources in this issue to support you in realizing your dreams in 2015. Happy New Year,

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newsbriefs Collier Citizens for Sustainability New Functional Medicine Practice in Bonita Requests Community Support ollier Citizens for Sustainability (CCS) is celebrating its first anniversary. The grassroots organization seeks to encourage dialogue among local government, interest groups, private citizens and the scientific community so these stakeholders can come to a consensus and take action to insure a sustainable future for county residents. To help celebrate, CCS needs citizens to sign the online Collier Sustainability petition. “The petition is part of a campaign to protect Florida’s water and natural resources and is largely intended to show community support for the Board of Collier County Commissioners to appoint a Collier County sustainability director who will oversee development in terms of our valuable resources, particularly our water resources,” says CCS President Bonnie Michaels. “Increasingly, decisions tied to natural resources within the community are so complex that the end result of any resolution to an environmental challenge can affect everyone. This is why we believe that we not only need a director of sustainability, but also for each resident to accept the responsibility for becoming more informed,” advises Michaels.


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new functional medicine consultation service, provided by an experienced, board-certified internist, is available in Bonita Springs. Zorayda “Jiji” Torres, M.D., of Upstream Medical Consults, PLLC, is practicing this comprehensive approach to help anyone with chronic disease at 27499 Riverview Center Boulevard, “Jiji” Torres Suite 255. Torres is confident that the addition of functional medicine will allow her to help patients with complex symptoms that she could not assist with before. She is aware of the limitations of conventional medicine and her goal is to help those that want more evaluation and treatment than the typical physician can provide. Torres’ practice is cash-based and not a primary care clinic. Chronic diseases have hidden causes and functional medicine can help determine and eliminate them to start the healing process. At Upstream, Torres, a diplomate of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine and a candidate for certification by the Institute for Functional Medicine, can also provide a highly comprehensive preventive care evaluation that includes the use of epigenetics to achieve optimal health.

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Miracle March for Lolita at Miami Seaquarium


esidents can support the quality of life and freedom of local whales and dolphins by joining the Miracle March for Lolita, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., January 17, at Virginia Key Park, across from the Miami Seaquarium. Organizers say it will be the largest march in U.S. history for a captive cetacean. The orca whale Lolita has been in the facility for 44 years. Guest speakers will include Howard Garrett, of Orca Network; Dr. Naomi Rose, of the Animal Welfare Institute; entertainer Robbyne Kaamil; teen activist Zach Affolter; Peggy Oki, of the Origami Whales Project; Jane Velez Mitchell, director of; and activist Ric O’Barry. Cost: $6 parking fee. For more information, including reduced rates at a local hotel, call 269-506-8422 or visit

Tuttle to Lecture and Perform at Unity in Fort Myers


r. Will Tuttle will discuss his bestselling book, The World Peace Diet, and perform inspiring original piano music in Planting Peace: Words and Music for an Awakening World, at 6:30 p.m., February 6, at Unity Church, in Fort Myers. The visionary educator has lectured and Dr. Will Tuttle performed worldwide. Julia Butterfly Hill, environmental activist and founder of Circle of Life Foundation, has called the book “a guide to empower yourselves and others in making dietary choices that are powerful beyond what you can possibly imagine.” Referring to Tuttle’s musical skills, New Dimensions Radio founder Micheal Toms terms him “a master at recreating the deepest vibrations of the soul.” Tuttle has taught college courses in creativity, humanities, mythology, religion and philosophy, and is a dharma master in the Zen tradition. Devoted to cultural healing and awakening, he has created eight popular CDs of original piano music. Donations accepted. Complimentary refreshments will be served. Location: 11120 Ranchette Rd. For more information, call 239-278-1511 or visit natural awakenings

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Many Free Ways to Experience ‘Ding’ Darling Refuge


rom birding and biking the refuge to learning about gators and crocs, many free programs and tours at J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, on Sanibel Island, will begin on January 6 and run through April 12. Daily programs start at 8:30 a.m. and include such topics as Nature Photography, Plants of the Bailey Tract Tour, Calusa Shell Mound Trail Tour, Florida’s Venomous Wildlife and Family Craft & Story Time. “We have something for visitors of all ages,” says Refuge Education Specialist Ranger Becky Wolff Larkins. “The free refuge programs and tours last anywhere from a half-hour to two hours.” Free educational programs are made possible through support from the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge. Location: 1 Wildlife Dr. For more information or to make a tax-deductible gift, call 239-292-0566, email or visit DingDarling

Carlin Relocates Practice in Naples


yurvedic practitioner, massage therapist, esthetician and yoga teacher Christina Carlin has relocated the Ayurveda, Massage and Yoga Institute to 501 Goodlette Road North, Suite A107, in Naples. She is a professional member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association and has practiced here since 1996. Carlin offers a full range of massage techniques, energy work, panChristina cha karma and personalized therapeutic yoga sessions, plus ayurvedic Carlin body treatments, herbal facials, lifestyle and spiritual coaching. She also teaches a traditional meditation class and the Five Tibetan Rites at 8 a.m. Sundays. For more information, call 239-450-6903 or email See ad, page 6.


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Dollinger Provides Reflexology Treatments


ulia F. Dollinger, licensed massage therapist of Breathe-A-Sigh-OfRelief and a nationally board-certified reflexologist with advanced training in several methods, is now providing one-hour and 90-minute hand/foot and craniosacral reflexology treatments at Collins Physical Therapy, in Naples. She also works at Skin Renewal Systems Salon & Spa, on Marco Island. Reflexology is a natural, non-invasive, complementary modality involving the use of alternating pressure applied to the reflexes within the maps located on the feet, hands and outer ears. Treatments can reduce stress, improve lymph circulation, increase blood supply to the cells, clear energy pathways and balance the body systems. American Reflexology Certification Board (ARCB) foot certified in 2009, Dollinger is a certified personal trainer and certified holistic health coach. She moved to Southwest Florida and received her national and state massage licenses in 2010. She sat on the board of directors of the Reflexology Association of America for more than four years and is now with ARCB. Cost: $125 90 minutes, $80 one hour. Locations: 800 Goodlette Rd. N., Ste. 140, Naples; 1000 N. Collier Blvd., Stes. 11 and 13, Marco. For more information or to make an appointment, call 239-384-5952. See ad, page 55.

Cancer Survivor Support Program at Bonita YMCA


he next edition of LIVESTRONG, a 12-week, small-group program designed for adult cancer survivors, will begin from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., January 15, at the Bonita Springs YMCA and continue each Tuesday and Thursday at the same time. The program supports the increasing number of cancer survivors in the transitional period between completing treatment and shifting to feeling physically and emotionally strong enough to attempt to return to normal life. Participants are taught how to develop their own physical fitness program, learn to build muscle mass and strength; increase flexibility and endurance; improve functional ability; reduce the severity of therapy side effects; prevent unwanted weight changes; and improve energy levels and self-esteem. The supportive environment provides a sense of community with fellow survivors, the YMCA staff and members. YMCA fitness instructors are trained in the elements of cancer, post-rehab exercise and supportive cancer care. They work with each participant to tailor the program to their individual needs. A physician’s referral is required.

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newsbriefs Health Lectures at Ada’s Natural Market


ocal author of Your Prostate, Your Libido, Your Life, natural health practitioner and herbalist James Occhiogrosso is giving free lectures on ways to improve overall health and minimize age-related changes in the body. He will present Supplements for Health from 6 to 7:30 p.m., January 12, and Herbal Support for Health Conditions at the James Occhiogrosso same time on January 26, at Ada’s Natural Market, in Fort Myers. Both presentations include an hour-long lecture followed by a Q&A session. The first lecture includes the basics of what vitamin, mineral and herbal supplements are needed to maintain health and how to make affordable and reasoned choices. Occhiogrosso will discuss the myriad herbal blends that are available to support various health conditions at the second presentation, teaching attendees how to research and evaluate these blends to discern which are worth trying. Location: 7070 College Pkwy. For more information or to preregister (requested), call 239-652-0421, email DrJim@ or visit or See ads, pages 79 and 35.


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Reconnective Healing Practice in Naples and Fort Myers


ertified Reconnective Healing Foundational Practitioner Terry Hiduke has opened a practice at 1250 Tamiami Trail North, in Naples, and at Gulf Coast Acupuncture, located at 6300 Corporate Court, Suite 301, in Fort Myers. He is available by appointment Mondays, Thursdays and Terry Hiduke Saturdays in Fort Myers, and Wednesdays and Fridays in Naples. Introduced by Dr. Eric Pearl in his bestselling book, The Reconnection: Heal Others, Heal Yourself, Reconnective Healing is a return to an optimal state of balance and the result of interacting with the fully comprehensive spectrum of frequencies that consists of energy, light and information. Stanford Professor Emeritus Dr. William Tiller says that when information carried through the Reconnective Healing frequencies is introduced, it creates internal coherence, order, greater harmony and balance. Many clients report significant healings in mind body and spirit. Along with other Southwest Florida practitioners, Hiduke will present a seminar, The New Frequencies of Healing, from 6 to 8 p.m., January 16, at his Naples office. For more information or to make an appointment, call 239-691-9112, email or visit See ad, page 84.

Joyful Juicing Pours Healthy Drinks in Naples


oyful Juicing recently launched its flagship location in the Collier Business Center at 1035 Collier Center Way, Suite 10, in Naples. Family-owned and operated, the practice’s cuttingedge nutritionists, dieticians, doctors and mixologists provide holistic health and wellness remedies. All ingredients used for the handcrafted juices are United States Department of Agriculture organic and genetically modified organism (GMO)-free and include elixirs, frozen treats, teas, nut milks, shots and cleanses. The healthy concoctions are available for pickup or delivery with loyalty discount programs for both consumers and businesses. They are created with locally grown (when available) and organic, high-quality produce. Mixologists cold press the juices three times a week for ultimate and maximized nutrition, freshness and taste. The juices are never heated or pasteurized. The Joyful Juicing Wellness Team consists of Derrek Desilva, M.D.; Brent Again, M.D.; Dr. Lionel King; Dee Harris, registered and licensed dietician and nutritionist and certified diabetes educator; Sayer Ji, founder of and of the steering committee—Global Non GMO Coalition; Betsey Opyt, registered dietician, licensed dietician/nutritionist and certified diabetes educator, with; Dr. Cade Copeland; plus Andy Hartnett, Annie Bond, Evonn Peterson, Hannah Peterson and Nicolas Fina. For more information, call 239-9086879 or visit

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newsbriefs Anahata Expands Space and Adds to Staff


ith its fifth anniversary approaching next month, the Anahata Holistic Healing & Spiritual Center, in Naples, recently expanded to 1,800 square feet of space and hired many new staff members. Owner Susanna Tocco welcomes spiritual counselor and medium Jay Higgins, who offers private reading sessions and workshops; certified Holistic Health Ayurveda practitioner Joyce S. Spaver, who offers private consultations; plus certified yoga teachers Gigi Felicetta, Kaylee Hull and Lili Nicoletta, who will focus on group classes in the expanded space. Monthly psychic and healing fairs will also take on a new look with the addition of vendor and artist booths. Location: 1065 5th Ave. N. For more information, call 239-262-0811 or visit

Acerra and Beatty Team Up for Healthy Happy Hours


ocal licensed holistic professionals Patricia Acerra and Karen Beatty are teaming up to offer free Healthy Happy Hours presentations starting this month for those seeking a simple, easy-to-follow way to detox the body and lose weight. The first sessions will be held from 3 to 5 p.m., January 10 and 17, and 6 to 8 p.m., January 12 and 26, at A Health and Beauty Clinic, in Naples. Both women have accumulated a wealth of health information over the past 30 years. They will share the ins and outs with attendees, including the principles and protocols of detoxing, plus the positive effects of organic products. Location: 2335 9th St. N., Ste. 303B, Moorings Professional Bldg. For more information, call or email Acerra at 239-450-3985 or


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Weitkamp to Perform at Alliance for the Arts


im Weitkamp will give a solo performance of The Wandering Mind from 7 to 9 p.m., January 14, at the Alliance for the Arts, in Fort Myers. A soughtKim Weitkamp after storyteller, humorist and musician, she shares her original stories and songs at theaters and festivals throughout the United States, including the National Storytelling Festival, in Jonesborough, Tennessee. Weitkamp has been acclaimed for her ability to seamlessly weave the threads of her individual stories into a tapestry full of singular characters, fantastic situations and heartfelt wisdom. She has released six audio collections and has enjoyed airplay on Sirius XM radio and NPR affiliate stations. She will perform some of her best-loved stories from her award-winning albums, The Lap, Penny Candy Love, Pickle in the Middle Blues and Head Bone Rattles. Cost: $15. Location: 10091 McGregor Blvd. For more information, call 239-939-2787 or visit ArtInLee. org or See ad, page 71.

Natural Awakenings’ Family of Franchises Keeps Growing


atural Awakenings Publishing Corp. (NAPC) recently welcomed a group of new publishers that completed a December training program at the corporate headquarters in Naples. The NAPC training staff spent several days with the entrepreneurs launching new Natural Awakenings magazines in Buffalo and Salt Lake City, plus existing markets in Houston and New Orleans. Company CEO Sharon Bruckman launched the first edition of Natural Awakenings in 1994 and began franchising it in 1999. The company currently publishes 95 Natural Awakenings magazines throughout the United States and in Puerto Rico, with a collective readership exceeding 3.5 million. “Interest in naturally healthy living that’s good for people and the planet is now influencing mainstream America, thanks in part to our active and growing readership,” says Bruckman. “Natural Awakenings’ dedicated family of publishers, supported by loyal advertisers, connects readers with a wealth of national and local resources mapping out alternate routes to a healthier, happier, longer life.” For a list of locations where Natural Awakenings is publishing or to learn more about franchising opportunities, call 239-530-1377 or visit See ad, page 36.

Soup’s On to Help Fight World Hunger


mpty Bowls Naples will serve soup donated by outstanding local restaurants in painted bowls that can be taken home from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., January 24, at Cambier Park. Guests can enjoy delicious food and add to their kitchenware and decorations while helping to end hunger. The annual event raises funds for the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida and is part of an international grassroots effort to raise money and awareness in the fight to end hunger. $15 suggested donation. Location: Park St. For more information, call 239-591-8848 or visit natural awakenings

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newsbriefs New Wellness Program at Mindful Life Academy


ric Eccles, author, holistic fitness practitioner, CPT, E-RYT, of Mindful Life Academy, now offers a comprehensive total wellness program in Bonita Springs. Utilizing group and private training sessions, nutrition counseling, yoga and meditation, the program helps participants achieve results that are much more than physical while having fun and building friendships. “This program is the evolution of 24 years as a student and Eric Eccles teacher in the fitness and wellness industries,” says Eccles. “I’ve taken what I’ve learned to build a program that creates results for the whole person. Not only will you see your waistline shrink, you will begin to enjoy improved health, increased confidence, reduced stress and much more. We’ll educate you on how to exercise, eat and live mindfully. You’ll learn core practices based in science and proven to get results for the body and mind.” Location: 9122 Bonita Beach Rd., in Sunshine Ace Plaza. For more information, including program dates, times and costs, call 239-676-5009, email or visit

Experience Nature at World Wetlands Day Festival


he World Wetlands Day Festival features three days of environmental learning and fun for the entire family from January 31 through February 2 at the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, in Naples. Event highlights include back country adventures in a swamp buggy, boardwalk themed walks, kids’ exhibits and art and music performances. Free, guided 90-minute walks focused on flora, birds and other wildlife along the way begin on the hour from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., January 31; 8 to 10 a.m., February 1; and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., February 2. Hands-on and interactive experiences will teach kids about nature crafts, alligators, mammals, aquatic invertebrates, Calusa Indians, Florida Panthers and more. The event will feature live music throughout the day on February 1 in the Blair Audubon Center and sanctuary volunteers will exhibit their photos all three days of the festival. Celebrated worldwide on February 2 since 1997, World Wetlands Day commemorates the 1971 signing of the intergovernmental treaty called the Ramsar Convention, in Iran. Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary was designated a wetland of international importance by the convention in 2010. There are currently 2,066 Ramsar-designated wetlands in 163 countries. Location: 375 Sanctuary Rd. W. For more information, call 239-348-9151 or visit Corkscrew, Corkscrew. or


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Seize the Day Offers Healthy Brain, Happy Life Classes


ellness speaker and health coach Christine Sullivan, of Seize the Day Wellness, is launching a six-week class beginning on January 20 in Naples, exploring how to improve memory and brain power to live well and longer. Participants will learn how to adopt a brain-healthy diet and receive lifestyle tips to reduce the risk of dementia and improve overall health. Sullivan points to research that shows that the risk of dementia and late-onset Alzheimer’s disease can be reduced by diet and lifestyle choices. She says, “With no cure on the horizon, prevention is our best defense. My mother is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, so this is personal for me. I’m doing everything I can to protect my brain so I’ll be healthy for my young daughter. I want to educate and inspire people to do the same.” Topics include taking action now to protect the brain, foods that hamper the brain versus those that strengthen it, and how stress levels, sleep and exercise habits help or hurt. Sullivan will also give free talks on brain health at 2 p.m., January 15, and 6 p.m., January 28, at the House of Gaia, in Naples. Cost: $199. For more information including location or to register, call 239-250-2592 or visit Brain. See ad, page 57.

Casabianca to Speak at Mental Health Conference


ilvia Casabianca, director of the Eyes Wide Open holistic center, in Bonita Springs, will be a featured speaker for the fifth consecutive year at the annual Florida Mental Health Counselors Association conference, co-sponsored by the American Silvia Mental Health Counselor’s Association and Casabianca the National Board of Forensic Evaluators, from February 5 to 7 at the Orlando Marriott, in Lake Mary, Florida. Her presentation, Regaining Body Wisdom: Rewiring the Brain through Touch and Movement, will explore how applying the principles can be essential to help a person lead a healthier life. Author of Regaining Body Wisdom: a Multidimensional Perspective, Casabianca is a board-certified professional counselor and a licensed mental health counselor in Florida. Eyes Wide Open offers holistic counseling, Reiki, psychophysical integration of the Trager Approach and psychodynamic psychotherapy for individuals, couples, families and groups. “The process of helping clients break bodily restrictive patterns is not only very similar to helping patients break mental restrictive patterns; there is a direct correlation,” she says. “There’s scientific evidence that body and mind are ultimately one, even though the idea is not yet mainstream.” CE units are available. For more information, visit flmhca. org. See ad, page 84.

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newsbriefs Ignite Your Vision in January


MC Productions, a company that has empowered thousands with experiential learning in the last 22 years, will present Igniting your Vision in the Journey, from 7 to 9 p.m., January 9; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., January 10; and 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., January 11, plus a free workshop from 7:30 to 9 p.m., January 13, at Beacon Executive Suites, in Fort Myers. Expert speakers will enable participants to manifest their vision in all areas of life: relationships, career, self and community. The events will showcase how self-awareness will bring a shift in paradigm so we can leave limiting beliefs behind and take on life with a new commitment and rigor to create an unprecedented future that has been mapped out through our vision. In addition, instructors Tina and Pete Crumpacker, who have been married for 30 years, will share how couples can create closeness instead of distance from their disagreements in a Loving Couples course held from February 6 through 8. The program will offer tools to create intimacy, understanding and acceptance, instead of withholding, expectations and resentment.

Location: 8359 Beacon Blvd. For more information, including costs, and to register, call 239-939-4769, email or visit See ad, page 23.

Clyde Butcher to Appear at Happehatchee Center Fundraiser


ward-winning photographer Clyde Butcher and his wife, Niki, will spend an evening at the Happehatchee Center, in Estero, in honor of Ellen Peterson, from 5 to 8 p.m., January 17. Clyde will deliver a keynote speech, sign copies of his most recent book and 2015 Happehatchee calendar and join Niki in meeting attendees who will enjoy wines, teas and cheeses in the Peace Pavilion. All proceeds from the event, for which Clyde Butcher sponsorships are available and volunteers are needed, will help fund the ongoing activities and maintenance of the center. Peterson, regarded by many as the state’s top advocate for the environment, who died in 2011, created the Happehatchee Center, Inc., a private nonprofit eco-spiritual center, to preserve the five lush “Old Florida” acres of riverfront, bamboo and oaks, and to offer the community the healing powers of being in nature. “We have always enjoyed Ellen’s company and her heartfelt love for the environment,” says Clyde. “This center is her legacy and we want to help keep it and Ellen’s passion alive.” Cost: $100. Location: 8731 Corkscrew Rd. For more information or to order tickets, call 239-992-5455 or visit See ad, page 84.

Andrea’s Studio & Spa Adds New Cosmetologist


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ndrea’s Organic Hair Studio & Day Spa, in Naples, has added Cosmetologist Vicki Deskaj to the staff. The specialist in coloring, highlighting and styling of both women’s and men’s hair has worked in Germany, Italy, New York City and Chicago. Deskaj says her recent move to Naples is “the best decision I ever made,” and adds, “I take the time to fully consult with each client, which is very important to perform the right service.”

Location: 6714 Lone Oak Blvd. For more information or to make an appointment, call 239-514-4707. See ad, page 19.

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Two Free Health Events in North Naples


on-GMO Vitamins and More is partnering with Pelletiere Healing Center to offer two free events this month. A Health Fair will take place from Dr. Michele 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Pelletiere January 10, at NonGMO Vitamins and More, in North Naples, and a showing of the documentary film, Food Matters, will be presented from 6 to 8 p.m., January 22 at the same location. Vendors and health practitioners will be on hand at the health fair to share their expertise about clean eating, healing foods and other health practices. Samples, demonstrations and a workshop on self-healing will also be available. Food Matters helps educate and empower people to make better decisions about the way they shop and eat. Location: 877 91st Ave. N., Ste. 4. For more information, call 239-9491222 or 239-596-9017, email or visit or See ads, pages 38 and 83.

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kudos Dee Harris, a registered and licensed dietician and nutritionist, certified diabetes educator and the owner of D-Signed Nutrition, in Bonita Springs, Dee Harris recently became certified as a functional medicine practitioner through the Institute of Functional Medicine, becoming one of only four registered dietitians in the country with this distinction. Addressing the root cause of health issues, she customizes diet and lifestyle plans and offers personalized programs, including nutritional recommendations, meal planning and supplement plans. Location:Â 27499 Riverview Center Blvd., Ste. 214. For more information or to make an appointment, call 239-4444204 or visit See ad, page 18.

Anthony F. Hansen, with Therapy on the Gulf, in Naples, is now a certified lymph therapist. Some of the many services he provides at Anthony Hansen the treatment and massage center, along with Candace Van Ree, are Reiki, qigong, aromatherapy, craniosacral therapy, myofascial release and deep tissue massage. Location: 824 Anchor Rode Dr. For more information or to make an appointment, call 239-262-8722. See ad page 61.

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Body Symmetry Correlates with Male Strength


esearch from Germany’s University of Göttingen has determined that men with greater body symmetry also have greater strength. The scientists sampled 69 heterosexual, right-handed adult men, measuring handgrip strength as a scientifically recognized means for determining power and strength, as well as fluctuating asymmetry (FA), a measure of subtle, random deviations from perfect bilateral symmetry in traits that are typically symmetrical in the general population. FA was evaluated by measuring and comparing 12 body feature traits on the right and left sides, including breadth of the hand, wrist and elbow; finger length; and facial features. After eliminating the effects of body mass index, the researchers determined that the men with the greatest physical symmetry were stronger. Facial symmetry in males was associated with greater intelligence and better information-processing efficiency at age 83.


Research from Brazil’s Universidade Nove de Julho has confirmed that pulsed lasers and LED therapy applied during treatment can significantly reduce knee pain. The 86 patients that participated in the study were divided into two groups; one received 12 treatments using superpulsed red laser and infrared LED phototherapy and the control (placebo) group received 12 treatments using non-therapeutic phototherapy instruments. The patients given therapeutic phototherapy reported feeling significantly less pain, beginning with and continuing after the tenth treatment through a one-month follow-up visit, and showed improved quality of life compared with the study’s placebo group.



esearchers from Brazil’s University of São Paulo have found that hatha yoga breathing exercises can significantly improve lung function in children with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a disease that often ends in premature death from respiratory failure. The average age of the 26 children that completed the study was 9-and-a-half years old. Participants were taught how to perform hatha yoga breathing exercises and instructed to perform them three times a day for 10 months. The researchers performed spirometry [breathing] tests before, during and after the study period. At the end of the 10 months of practice, the scientists found the breathing exercises improved both the children’s forced vital capacity (the volume of air that can forcibly be blown out after full inspiration) and forced expiratory volume in one second (the volume of air that can forcibly be exhaled in one second after full inspiration).


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he AcuGraph is a commercially available instrument that measures electrodermal activity, also known as electrical conductance or galvanic skin response, on the skin. Largely used by acupuncturists and health practitioners as a diagnostic aid to monitor therapeutic effectiveness, the AcuGraph was the subject of recent research conducted on the nature of acupuncture meridians, or channels, in the body through which life energy flows and along which the acupuncture points (acupoints) are distributed. The 2011 study, published in Acupuncture in Medicine, determined that the AcuGraph 3 Digital Meridian Imaging System measures accurately and reliably. The AcuGraph consists of computer software, an electronic control unit and a probe set. The operator holds the plastic probe while the patient holds a metal hand mass that provides a return path for the electrical current used for measurement. The software, which runs on a standard personal computer, illustrates the points where the operator should measure. Over a an examination period of four to six minutes, the software collects, calculates and reports the data from skin conductance at each of the measured acupoints located at the beginning or end of the meridians on the fingers, toes, wrists and ankles. The software also interprets the data by producing a series of charts, graphs and recommendations. Local Resource: Scott J. Erickson, DC, AP. Location: 6714 Lone Oak Blvd. (in Andrea’s Organic Hair Studio & Day Spa), Naples. For more information, call 239-450-7073 or visit See ad, page 19.

Legumes, Nuts and Corn Cut Risk of Breast Cancer


Harvard Medical School study concluded that eating more peanut butter, corn, nuts and beans, including lentils and soybeans, during adolescence significantly reduces the risk of breast cancer later on. The researchers followed 9,039 young women that were between 9 and 15 years old when the study started in 1996, having the subjects complete diet questionnaires every year through 2001, and also in 2003, 2004, 2007 and 2010. When the women were ages 18 to 30, the number of benign breast diseases that had developed was recorded. The statistics associated a daily serving of nuts and legumes at age 14 with a 66 percent reduction in the risk of developing breast cancer. Just a single serving of peanut butter once every three days at the age of 11 was associated with a 44 percent reduction of breast cancer risk. Intake of at least one serving of corn every three days was correlated with a 39 percent reduction in the disease. Earlier studies by Harvard researchers found that eating pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, soybeans, tofu and other vegetable fats also reduces breast cancer risk. natural awakenings

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Don’t Let Bacteria Spoil the Party


uring New Year and Super Bowl Sunday celebrations, we may eat more often from dishes of food that have been sitting out for some time. Mayonnaise in noodles, egg and potato salads and unwashed fruit can deliver sickening doses of numerous bacteria. Turkey and chicken can be a significant source of Salmonella. Even lettuce and spinach in salads can harbor E. coli. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control estimates that 50 million Americans each year get sick from foodborne illnesses. As many as 3,000 people will die. With 50 million reported cases a year, how is the U.S. Food and Drug Administration going to protect us from home-cooked meals? There is something that we can do to protect ourselves. Laboratory testing and clinical studies have shown that a strongly enhanced, aqueous silver colloid will kill E. coli, salmonella, staph and other foodborne bacteria. Drinking one ounce, waiting 30 minutes and drinking another ounce can stop even the most severe occurrence of food poisoning without antibiotics. This technique has been shown to be so effective against Salmonella typhi that it was recently delivered for humanitarian aid to health clinics in Haiti. Enjoy dining, just have enhanced aqueous silver colloid on hand to administer the antidote at the first sign of stomach pain or belly ache. For more information, call 888-4654404 or visit See ad, page 67.


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Low Magnesium Levels Linked to Kidney Disease


study from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine found that people with low levels of magnesium in their blood have a significantly greater risk of chronic kidney disease. The researchers correlated the blood levels of magnesium in 13,226 people ages 45 to 65 with the incidence of chronic kidney disease and end-stage renal disease among them. Subjects that had blood serum magnesium levels below what is generally considered the normal range (0.7–1 millimole per liter) were associated with a 58 percent increased risk of chronic kidney disease and a 139 percent increased risk of end-stage renal disease. Abnormally low levels of magnesium may result from a number of conditions, including inadequate intake of serum magnesium due to chronic diarrhea, malabsorption, alcoholism, chronic stress and the use of medications such as diuretics. Foods rich in magnesium include leafy greens, nuts and seeds, beans, whole grains, avocados, bananas and figs.

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Eucalyptus Oil Inhibits Spread of TB


any of the natural compounds in the essential oil of Eucalyptus citriodora may prevent the airborne spread of the tuberculosis (TB) bacterium (Mycobacterium tuberculosis), according to a study from the Institute for Tuberculosis Research at the University of Illinois College of Pharmacy. Several of the compounds in the eucalyptus oil inhibited the airborne spread of the infection by 90 percent, while the major component of the oil was only weakly active, at 18 percent. The scientists used an array of analytical laboratory tests to measure the airborne spread of TB from contagious patients. They also identified 32 active airborne compounds within the essential oil of eucalyptus and studied the impact of the interaction of multiple components in artificial mixtures. The researchers undertook the study because “the rapid emergence of extensively and multidrug-resistant tuberculosis has created a pressing public health problem… and represents a new constraint in the already challenging disease management of TB.”


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esearchers from São Paulo’s School of Medical Sciences of Santa Casa have found that secondhand smoke negatively affects a child’s hearing. The researchers tested 145 students between ages 8 and 10 that showed normal hearing in standardized tests. Their secondhand smoke exposure was measured by the level of a nicotine metabolite in the children’s urine. The 60 youngsters that had been exposed to secondhand smoke showed significantly lower responses to certain frequencies in both ears when compared to the others that weren’t exposed to the smoke. Researchers suspect that the affecting mechanism may be the acrolein gas that forms from burning tobacco cigarettes. The chemical was found to damage ear cells in a study published in the International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology. A 2012 study of diesel exhaust, which likewise produces acrolein gas, by the Republic of Korea’s Dongguk University, also showed damage to middle ear cells. Supporting these results, a study published in the American Medical Association Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery journal found that smoking during pregnancy almost triples the risk of lowfrequency hearing loss in the child. The study tested 964 adolescents between ages 12 and 15, of whom 16 percent were exposed to prenatal smoking.

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

Smart Solar

Japan Floats New Nuclear Alternative Two companies in Japan will begin building two huge new solar power islands that will float on reservoirs, following the inception of the Kagoshima floating solar plant as the country’s largest, which opened in late 2013 just off the country’s southern coast. The new direction comes as Japan looks to move on from the Fukushima atomic disaster of 2011 and meet the energy needs of its 127 million people without relying on nuclear power. Before the incident, about 30 percent of the country’s power was generated by nuclear plants, but Fukushima destroyed public confidence, and with earthquakes highly likely in regions containing reactors, Japan is looking for alternatives. Solar islands could also be a solution for other countries where space or nuclear concerns are an issue. It’s possible that one day a significant portion of Europe’s power could come from use of the technology; experts believe the engineering challenges can be surmounted. Source:

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Holistic Healers Reach Out to the Underserved An annual report issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that up to 33 percent of uninsured people are avoiding needed treatment for economic reasons. Lifestyle changes and natural remedies like yoga and massage therapy can be highly effective when treating conditions such as high blood pressure, depression or aching joints, and groups nationwide are making these modalities more affordable for everyone. At California’s Healing Clinic Collective (HealingClinicCollective., in Oakland, women receive a day of free holistic health care—from acupuncture to massage therapy and nutritional counseling— and discounted rates for follow-up appointments. The Third Root Community Health Center (, in Brooklyn, helps arrange for acupuncturists, herbalists, Reiki practitioners and others to treat low-income people in New York City, especially community organizers and activists that are often overworked and lack the resources for these types of care. The Samarya Center (Samarya, in Seattle, Washington, uses revenue from its yoga studio to provide free yoga to critically ill patients served by the city’s Bailey-Boushay House and the local VA hospital, and also to patients with chronic pain at the Pike Place Medical Clinic, which treats many homeless and lowincome Seattle residents. Source: YES! magazine


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globalbriefs Corn Guzzler

Downsides of Ethanol Ethanol, which makes up 10 percent of the gasoline available at filling stations, together with other biofuels made from crops, appeared to be a way to reduce reliance on fossil fuels. However, recent research shows that the federal government’s push to up production of corn-derived ethanol as a gasoline additive since the U.S. Renewable Fuels Standard was enacted in 2007 has instead expanded our national carbon footprint and contributed to a range of other problems. The nonprofit Environmental Working Group warns that continued production of corn ethanol is both worse for the climate than gasoline and bad for farmers, the land and consumers. “It’s driving up food prices, straining agricultural markets, increasing competition for arable land and promoting conversion of uncultivated land to grow crops,” according to this watchdog organization. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is reportedly weighing a proposal to cut the amount of ethanol currently required by law to be blended into gasoline by 1.39 billion gallons, equivalent to taking 580,000 cars off the roads for a year. Researchers have been trying to develop greener forms of ethanol, but none are ready for market yet. For more information, visit

Safer Groceries Landmark Food Law Being Enforced

The Center for Food Safety (CFS) has reached a settlement agreement ( with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that sets firm deadlines for the agency to fully enact the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act. A federal court will maintain supervision to ensure FDA compliance. CFS senior attorney George Kimbrell, who led the case, says, “The first major update to our food safety laws since 1938 must now be implemented in a closed-ended, timely fashion. That means safer food for American families.” Congress passed the law to combat the epidemic of foodborne illnesses affecting one in six Americans annually. After repeated delays, the FDA must now comply with the following courtoverseen schedule to implement the final rules: preventative controls for human and animal food (8/30/2015); imported food and foreign suppliers (10/31/2015); produce safety (10/31/2015); food transportation (3/31/2016); and intentional adulteration of food (5/31/2016). Source:


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Pristine Protection America’s Huge New Underwater Park

The Pacific Remote Islands National Marine Monument—about 470,000 square miles of ocean surrounding a couple of remote U.S. Pacific islands—is now officially set aside to protect its pristine habitat from deepsea mining and commercial fishing. Although smaller than the nearly 800,000 square miles of its original plan, the park is still twice the size of Texas. In a final compromise, fishermen will have access to the waters around half of the islands and atolls, while the other half remains protected. Only 2 percent of the entire Pacific enjoys similar protection.

Water Cartons

Paper Can Easily Replace Plastic The Boxed Water is Better company was launched in 2009 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to provide a more sustainable alternative to the ubiquitous plastic containers that are made from petroleum products, have big carbon footprints and clog U.S. landfills. Boxed Water containers resemble milk cartons and are far more sustainable because about 75 percent of the box comes from a renewable resource— trees in certified, well-managed forests— and are completely recyclable. The company uses reverse osmosis and carbon filters for its purified drinking water from the municipal source at the location of their filling plant, and then ships the product to retailers via the shortest route to curtail the transportation footprint. Boxed Water has partnered with 1% for the Planet to help with world water relief, reforestation and environmental protection projects, benefiting both humanitarian and environmental efforts. For more information, visit Boxed natural awakenings

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Dignity First

Most End-of-Life Care in U.S. Neglects Patient Needs

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“An old Fashioned Approach to Modern Medicine”


The U.S. healthcare system is not properly designed to meet the needs of patients nearing the end of life and those of their families, and major changes to the system are necessary, according to a new report from the Institute of Medicine, Dying in America: Improving Quality and Honoring Individual Preferences Near the End of Life. A 21-member committee has called for more advanced end-of-life care planning by individuals, improved training and credentialing for clinicians, and for governments and private sectors to provide incentives to patients and clinicians to discuss issues, values, preferences and appropriate services and care. Dr. Philip Pizzo, co-chair of the committee, states, “Patients can and should take control of the quality of their life through their entire lifetime, choosing how they live and how they die, and doctors should help initiate discussions with their patients about such decisions.” Susan Heckerman, former dean of medicine at Stanford University, says, “It’s important that healthcare options available to individuals facing the end of life help relieve pain and discomfort, maximize the individual’s ability to function, alleviate depression and anxiety, and ease the burdens of loved ones in a manner consistent with individual preferences and choices.” The report is available at DyingInAmerica.


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Alpha Hydroxy Facial Peels Restore Youthful Beauty by Lillie Viola


ntended to remove the outermost layer of dead skin cells, facial peels can uncover brighter, more youthful skin and give the face a smoother, more radiant appearance. When used correctly, peels add moisture, minimize pores and increase the thickness of deeper layers of skin to promote firmness and help diminish the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. The majority of peels, whether applied at home or in spas by professional estheticians, contain alpha hydroxy acids (AHA), a group of natural acids found in foods—citric acid from citrus fruits, glycolic acid in sugar cane, lactic acid in sour milk, malic acid in apples,

tartaric acid in grapes and mandelic acid derived from bitter almonds, as well as others. AHA is also helpful in treating acne and improving the appearance of acne scars. The peels offered in salons, which are categorized as mild, moderate or advanced, contain varying concentrations of alpha hydroxy acids, as well as vitamins that help to fight the signs of aging. The combined ingredients, said to increase circulation, typically produce a tingling sensation. Microdermabrasion can be incorporated into a more extensive spa treatment for deeper exfoliation and more effective regeneration of the epidermis.

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514-4494. Care-Bodyworx. See ad, page 3.

Andrea’s Organic Hair Studio & Day Spa. 6714 Lone Oak Blvd., Naples. 239-514-4707. NaplesOrganicHair See ad, page 19. Assuage Spa. 9407 Cypress Lake Dr., Ste. C, Fort Myers. 239-333-1450. See ad, page 25. LeMasque Facial Bar. 2126 Tamiami Tr. N., Naples. 239-234-6473. Organic Skincare & Bodyworx. 13240 Tamiami Tr. N., Ste. 207, Naples. 239-

Purely You Spa. 3066 Tamiami Tr. N., Ste. 302, Naples. 239-331-8266. See ad, page 21. Skin…A Wellness Retreat. 806 Anchor Rode Dr., Naples. 239-250-5812. See ad, page 61. Spa de Larissa. 3811 Airport Rd. N., Ste. 201B, Naples, 239-571-9900. See ad, page 13.

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Score Healthy and EcoFriendly Points at Parties For healthy eaters, Super Bowl parties’ bent toward rich, calorie-laden foods compete with our desire to shed some holiday pounds and return to regular diet regimens. Whether supplying eco-beer selections for guests or bringing refreshments to a gathering, armchair players can score green points both in terms of natural ingredients and supporting the domestic economy and environment.  Sierra Nevada Brewing Company’s plant in Chico, California, uses 10,000-plus solar panels and a large on-site water treatment facility for recycling and conserving water. “It’s the number one ingredient in brewing,” says Sustainability Manager Cheri Chastain. “You can generate more energy, but you can’t make water.” Other American microbrews deploy varied eco-solutions. Dave’s BrewFarm, in Wilson, Wisconsin, for instance, obtains most of its energy via a wind-powered generator. Goats “mow” the grass outside the Anderson Valley Brewing plant in Boonville, California. Odell Brewing Company, in Fort Collins, Colorado, practices waste reduction and recycling and uses renewable energy sources. The 100 percent wind-powered brewery also encourages employees to bike to work and/or carpool, and uses biodiesel-powered delivery trucks (the biodegradable fuel emits 78 percent less CO2 than standard fuel). Five of the 2014 Good Food Awards’ winning beers—exceeding the criteria of recycling water, local sourcing and banning genetically modified ingredients—are Port City Brewing Co., Alexandria, Virginia; Deschutes Brewery, Bend, Oregon; Bear Republic Brewing Co., Healdsburg, California; Victory Brewing Co., Downingtown, Pennsylvania; and Ninkasi Brewing Co., Eugene, Oregon ( offers information on many other U.S. craft breweries that operate in sustainable ways, including the Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn, New York; New Belgium Beer, Fort Collins, Colorado; and the Great Lakes Brewing Co., Cleveland, Ohio. If none of these brews is yet a current favorite, seek them out at a specialty beverage retailer that stocks from multiple regions in order to score a touchdown for us and the Earth. Some just may become part of local fans’ first-string beverage “team” after the game is over. 


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readersnapshot Who’s a Natural Awakenings reader? Meet Judi Woods

Life’s mission: to be love and peace and to model the love of Divine Mother and offer tools of empowerment to all women. Work: I have owned Judi Woods Insurance Agency in Fort Myers for 30 years. In 2000, I became the founder and executive director of the nonprofit Footsteps to the Future ( This unique mentoring, tutoring and self-sufficiency program is for young women that are in the Southwest Florida foster care system or have recently aged out (Foster care only provides services and programs for children up to age 18.). Proudest Achievements: learning the power of forgiveness. Expectations for the Future: I hope that everyone sees and appreciates the value and importance of teaching by example, promoting education and a positive work ethic, and of seeing the ripple effect of their own behavior on not just those around them, but also our entire planet. Favorite App: I have a terrible sense of direction, which is why my favorite app is Google Maps, which keeps me from getting lost. Favorite websites:, Local causes supported: Footsteps to the Future Favorite thing about Natural Awakenings: It features local people and directs us to who does what in our community regarding health and general well-being, and it supports positive community activities and environmental issues. Most frequented healthy food restaurant: Senor Tequila’s Fine Mexican Grill, Blu Sushi and O’mei Chinese Cuisine. How do you invest in your community? I advocate for youth and their human rights, especially those at risk, as well as those who have no voice. Favorite quote: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” ~Margaret Mead What are you doing to be the change you want to see in the world? I am living my life in such a way that I express love, hope, tolerance and non-judgment. I embrace diversity and loving kindness in not only my actions, but also in my thoughts. My purpose in life is to love and be loved; so I have chosen to listen to the small, yet powerful voice in my heart and to follow a path of service. I had a remarkable teacher and mentor—my mother, Peg—who taught me about the power of unconditional love; it was such a gift to feel so loved. By sharing the gift of love and a big heart with my family of amazing young women in Footsteps to the Future, I am being that change I wish to see in the world. I am so grateful.

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Movement 4 Life

Interweaves Dance and Energy Healing by Lisa Marlene


he 3,000 miles between California and Fort Myers no longer separate Lisa and Keith Banks from their dream of enhancing wellness, mobility and flexibility for non-dancers of all ages. The master dance educators recently left behind their successful Studio 10 Dance, in San Jose, to come to Southwest Florida, where they opened Movement 4 Life to teach and convey the importance of dance to life and learning beyond the studio. The relocation was also motivated by a mutual decision to continue working on a documentary film about a friend diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. “Our friend built a beautiful home in Fort Myers. We had been working with her at Studio 10 Dance, using a variation of stretching exercises, bodywork and energy work to help her remain mobile and maintain a positive mindset,” explain the couple, who are both certified level three practitioners of Reconnective Healing, a type of energy healing created by chiropractic physician Eric Pearl, author of The Reconnection: Heal Others, Heal Yourself. Lisa and Keith combine their 25 years of professional dance experience with Reconnective Healing in the field of sensitivity to body movement to enhance overall wellness and wisdom. This form of energy work operates on the belief that changes in the “life force” of the body can affect human health and healing. By using an all-inclusive spectrum of healing frequencies to uncover and harmonize the root causes of imbalances at an energetic level, the healers work to inhibit the imbalances from solidifying as illness in the body. “The positive feedback that we have received from the community since we opened affirms that our decision to move here wasn’t just about us. It was also about helping others,” says Keith, who is recognized for his coaching, choreography and personal fitness training for dancers that tour with pop singers such as Lady Gaga and Niki Minaj. He also mentored choreographer Nick Lazzarini, the season one winner of Fox Television’s So You Think You Can Dance and founding member of the Los Angeles-based dance company Shaping Sound. 40

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Lisa, who co-owned Studio 10 Dance for 15 years, is executive producer of Caribe Road, an award-winning web-series drama, and has also produced commercials, television programs, fashion shows and charitable events. “It’s so exciting that I am getting new opportunities here for pouring my enthusiasm, background and experience with all skill levels and individuals of all ages into everything that Keith and I are doing and plan to do,” she remarks. This year, the Banks are especially looking forward to teaching basic dance and “street funk” to children at Six Mile Charter Academy, in Fort Myers. “Street funk is a blend of creative dance, hip hop, break dance, tumbling and conditioning. Initially, the class will be scheduled as an after-school club to enhance a burgeoning performing arts program. Elements of music appreciation, showmanship and personal goal setting will be woven into the club for optimal benefit,” advises Keith, who served on the teaching staff at Evergreen Valley College and San Jose State University, both in San Jose, California. “Teaching allowed me to put to work my Bachelor of Science degree in dance and pre-physical therapy from Kansas State University. Now, we are here to teach individuals of all ages how to reconnect their inner and outer energy flow with movement and basic dance.” The Movement 4 Life schedule comprises dance classes, such as Basic Movement 4 Life, Creative Dance, Ballet, Jazz, Tap and Street Jazz, as well as instruction in meditation, relaxation/stress reduction, body and mind awareness, body shaping and toning, movement efficiency and similar topics. Private coaching, workshops and couples classes are also offered. In-home and community offerings are a fusion of dance, fitness and energy training. “We also offer these teachings in the workplace, school or in any location that our clients choose,” advises Lisa. Movement 4 Life is located at 12450 Metro Pkwy., in Fort Myers. For more information, call 239-841-4044, email or visit See ad, page 72.

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Louise Hay on Loving Yourself to Ageless Health by S. Alison Chabonais


renowned leader of the self-help movement from its early days, Louise Hay is celebrated worldwide for teaching—by personal example and through her bestselling book, You Can Heal Your Life—how each of us can transform our mind, body and spirit by changing the way we think. Her positive philosophy has sparked an industry and her Hay House publishing group. Nourishing mind and body, loving life, learning and growing, giving back and moving ahead—these comprise Hay’s program for creating health, happiness and longevity. At 88, she continues to travel for business and pleasure, embracing vital, joy-filled days with a thankful smile. Her new book, Loving Yourself to Great Health, co-authored with Ahlea Khadro and Heather Dane, explains how she’s taking all she knows to the next level.

Why does first applying love and forgiveness to yourself make a happy, healthy and long life possible? Loving yourself is the foundation for living the life you want. A healthy and happy life is rooted in self-love, and forgiveness is an act of self-love. It all comes down to how you think and treat yourself. What we give out we get 42

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back, so it all starts with us. Remember, no matter what the problem is, there is only one answer: loving yourself. Start with small steps and be gentle. If you start there, magical things will happen.

How do you manage to engage in a stream of loving affirmations 24/7? Practice, practice, practice! Slowly, bit-by-bit, start each day with a loving act towards yourself. Loving affirmations and worrying about things take up the same amount of time; you still get the same things done along the way, but worrying creates stress, while affirmations will brighten your life. It can be exhausting if you fight the shift and make it difficult. If you make kindness to yourself and others a simple part of everyday life, it isn’t exhausting at all.

What are some key elements to crafting a life experience that supports and nourishes ageless being? Choose thoughts that bring love into your life and laugh a lot. Say yes to life and the magic it brings. I trust that life will bring me exactly what I need, and part of that is realizing that I don’t need to know everything, because life brings me people like Ahlea and Heather. A third of our life is spent eating, and

it’s essential that we know the best way to do this. Start your day with water and an act of self-love. Eat real food; seasonal, organic, natural foods are a positive affirmation to your body. Poop every day, figuratively and literally. Learn to listen to your body and its wisdom. Choose exercise that you love and that makes you feel good. Also, go on a media diet. Filter out from your consciousness any messages that say you are not good enough or that separate you from the beautiful and lovable person you are. Surround yourself with like-minded people that share good news and love to laugh.

The core belief founding your lifework is that every thought we have is creating our future. Is scientific research now supporting that? When I began teaching people about affirmations, there wasn’t any science to support it, but we knew it worked, and now studies verify that. I particularly love Bruce Lipton’s scientific research showing that we are not controlled by our genes because the genetic blueprint can be altered through positive changes in our beliefs. I hear reports every day of how people are healing their lives by changing their thoughts through cultivating selflove and personal affirmations. They are seeing healing of autoimmune diseases, obesity, addictions, post-traumatic stress and many other so-called incurable illnesses. It’s amazing what happens when you are kind and loving to yourself.

What is your secret to aging gracefully through the years? It’s simple. It’s about getting your thoughts and food right and having fun along the way. If you are thinking positive thoughts but feeding yourself processed, unnatural or sugary foods, you are sending yourself mixed messages. Feed yourself nourishing foods and think loving thoughts. Any time you don’t know what else to do, focus on love. Loving yourself makes you feel good, and good health comes from feeling good. S. Alison Chabonais is the national content editor for Natural Awakenings magazines.

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This past August, 12 nationally recognized functional medicine experts participated in the country’s first online Metabolic Revolution Summit to discuss the importance of recognizing the dots that connect the majority of today’s chronic diseases—high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, pre-diabetes, Type 2 diabetes, weight gain, obesity, fatty liver disease, Alzheimer’s, dementia, cancer and even infertility. All of the panelists pointed to the root cause that links them all—the craze for a highcarbohydrate, low-fat diet starting in the 1990s combined with a sedentary lifestyle. When several complex conditions exist simultaneously, medical science refers to them as a syndrome. Regardless of how such intricate interrelationships become manifest, all of these syndromes have early-stage signs that include inflammation, high blood sugar and insulin resistance, which can affect metabolic health.

A Holistic Approach

Doctors that specialize in functional integrative medicine strive to improve the health and well-being of patients by

It’s All About Metabolism Getting to the Root Cause of Disease by Linda Sechrist


ttempts to tender lay explanations of how to attain and maintain better health have become fragmented and compartmentalized, with complex scientific cause-and-effect explanations of disease regularly reduced to isolated infographics and sound bites in the media. But understanding our body’s sophisticated, self-regulating, selfcorrecting and interdependent physiological systems, which work in collaboration with each other and inform us of the body’s status by means of symptoms, deserves a whole-systems frame of reference. Stepping back from immediate concerns to grasp the bigger picture allows for rethinking the Western approach to health. A perspective that connects all the dots works best, beginning with the foundation of wellness—the functioning of 73 trillion cells that are organized into a variety of tissues, including interconnected systems of organs. Optimally, they function together harmoniously to achieve homeostasis, the overall chemical and energetic balance that defines metabolic health.

The Reign of Metabolism

Many perceive the role of metabolism as limited to determining energy expenditure via the number of calories burned per day, but it does much more. Metabolism actually encompasses thousands of physical and chemical processes that take place in the functioning of every cell, the building blocks of life; healthy cell function produces proper endocrine (hormonal) functioning, influencing homeostasis. 44

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engaging them in their own healing process. One popular approach is practiced by Durango, Colorado, Doctor of Chiropractic James Forleo, author of Health is Simple, Disease is Complicated: A Systems Approach to Vibrant Health. He starts by educating people about the basic functioning of the major body systems involved in their specific health challenges. “To maintain metabolic health, no one should overlook that the body’s intelligence works 24/7 to solve multiple problems simultaneously, including balancing their metabolism. The more complex the pattern of symptoms, the more systems are involved. Whether a single or group of symptoms indicate metabolic dysfunction, it means that numerous systems that rely on healthy cells are unable to perform their normal functions,” explains Forleo. For example, blood sugar issues, excess circulating insulin and buildup of excess glucose stored as fat can lead to metabolic dysfunction. The pancreas, thyroid and gastrointestinal tract—primary glands in the endocrine system that plays a major role in balancing body chemistry by secreting hormones directly into the circulatory system—are negatively impacted. Well-functioning adrenals are necessary to balance blood sugar and one role of the pancreas is to produce insulin. When four of the eight major organ systems—immune, endocrine, cardiovascular and digestive—are impacted by metabolic dysfunction, a more holistic and systemic approach to health can provide a broader understanding of how they interrelate, and why preventive measures can preclude having to later pursue ways to reverse serious chronic diseases.


Pioneering integrative doctors are connecting the dots that point to the root causes of the majority of today’s chronic diseases. Lifestyle Factors

Functional medicine’s integrative approach to metabolic health is based on proper nutrition and regular exercise. “The inflammatory agents present in much of the food consumed at each meal in the standard American diet—highglycemic refined carbohydrates, high-fructose corn syrup and other sugars, and hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated fats—are the biggest offenders,” says Forleo, who notes that the body instead needs good fats, such as those obtained from olive and coconut oils. Factors over which we can exercise some control— physical activity, stress, sleep, diet and circadian rhythms— all play roles in metabolic health. Unfortunately, “We are moving further away from our ancestors’ healthier diet and lifestyle. We’re overfed and undernourished because we’re no longer eating for nutrition, but for entertainment,” remarks Doctor of Chiropractic Brian Mowll, the medical director of Sweet Life Diabetes Health Centers in Pennsylvania and Delaware. He characterizes metabolic dysfunction as the ultimate problem because it’s the doorway to many other ailments. “A hundred years ago, infectious diseases plagued humanity. Today and in the future, it’ll be metabolic disorders such as obesity, cancer, metabolic syndrome, thyroid disorders and other endocrine problems, diabetes and Type 2 diabetes,” predicts Mowll.

Metabolic Health Education

Dr. Caroline Cederquist, author of The MD Factor Diet: A Physician’s Proven Diet for Metabolism Correction and Healthy Weight Loss, and founder of Cederquist Medical Wellness Center, in Naples, Florida, conducted a one-year study of patients to identify their health issues via blood work analysis. Eighty-nine percent of the men, women and children showed evidence of insulin resistance. This often-overlooked metabolic condition affects how the body processes glucose, a simple sugar and the body’s primary fuel, making gaining weight easy and losing it difficult. Treated with proper diet, lifestyle changes and supplements, plus medication in advanced stages, Cederquist found that metabolic dysfunction is reversible. She explains that long-term insulin resistance can lead to fatty liver disease, high blood sugar and eventually, diabetes. It also directly affects cholesterol levels and can induce triglycerides, high blood pressure, low HDL (high-density lipoprotein, or “good” cholesterol), increased waist circumference and heart disease. In Cederquist’s young adult patients, metabolic dysfunction was also associated with polycystic ovarian syndrome, a cause of infertility. Germany’s Dr. Wolf Funfack, a specialist in internal and nutritional medicine and creator of a well-regarded



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metabolic balancing program, noted that insulin resistance both increases the production of stress hormones and blocks production of the anti-inflammatory hormones that slow the aging process. Funfack’s all-natural, personalized nutrition plan, backed by more than 25 years of scientific study, is designed to bring hormonal balance, optimize health and lead to long-term weight management. Cardiologist Stephen Sinatra, author of Metabolic Cardiology, goes a step further. He believes that metabolic dysfunction involving cells, hormones and inflammation encompasses the molecular-based essence of all disease. He observes, “Individuals diagnosed with several conditions can leave a doctor’s office with three or four prescriptions, rather than the one solution for reversal and prevention—a healthy lifestyle and non-inflammatory diet to offset and neutralize weight gain, blood pressure elevation and other abnormalities such as high blood sugar.” Mowll agrees that many conventional healthcare practitioners don’t address the root cause of metabolic disorders or provide lifestyle interventions. “They simply reach for the prescription pad,” he says. This growing problem presents an opportunity to educate the entire populace. Bestselling Virgin Diet author JJ Virgin, who characterizes the human body as a “chemistry lab,” adopts an easy-tofollow nutritional and fitness approach for metabolic health. She recommends eating the types of healthy fats found in wild fish, raw nuts and seeds, coconut, avocado and olives. Virgin prefers the clean, lean protein of grass-fed beef and wild fish, plus low-glycemic lentils and legumes and plenty of low-glycemic fruits like raspberries, blueberries, pears and grapefruits. Low-glycemic vegetables on her list include green peas, green beans, broccoli, cauliflower, onion and eggplant. “When you eat this way, there’s a slow release of sugar, and insulin remains at lower levels,” advises Virgin. As in any systems theory, the whole must be understood in relationship to the parts, as well as the relevant environment. Experts agree that it’s paramount to take an expanded, systemic approach to metabolic health, rather than fixating on only one or two aspects at a time. Metabolic health—from basic cells to the most sophisticated of organized systems—can only be achieved and sustained when the whole system is healthy. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings and host of the online Metabolic Revolution Summit. Visit her website for a free audio sample.


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How to Talk with a Doctor by Carol L. Roberts


any patients, both men and women, have a heroworshipping attitude toward their physicians and can be intimidated during visits. They may feel it’s impolite to question a doctor, even to get information needed to make critical decisions for one’s self or a loved one. Getting ready for a visit to a doctor often entails following instructions, but should also include preparing questions you want answered. If a serious health issue has surfaced, such as an abnormal lab test or a diagnosis that requires treatment, make key questions count: “Where did this come from? Is there anything I can do for myself? What is the recommended treatment? What are the expected effects and unintended side effects of the proposed treatment? Are there alternative forms of treatment? Can I speak to one of your patients that has undergone this treatment?” Then, do online research upon returning home. The Internet has placed the entire library of medicine at our fingertips. Sift out the science from the hype, refine questions and go back for deeper answers. Get a second opinion from another medical doctor or naturopath (some states license them) or doctor of Oriental medicine (acupuncture and herbs). No matter if the proposed treatment is as seemingly simple as a course of antibiotics or as serious as surgery, question it before automatically submitting to a diagnosis and drug prescription. Each of us is the only person on Earth with the unique vantage point of living inside our body. We shouldn’t let anyone label us as depressed if a sick body says otherwise, that “It’s all in your head,” if it’s real, or that there’s no cure. That’s where alternative medicine usually begins and miracles can happen. The best results come from standing up for ourselves. Dr. Carol L. Roberts practices integrative medicine at the Perlmutter Health Center, in Naples, FL ( She is a founding diplomate of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine. See ad, page 21.

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Kiersten Mooney instructing at recent Yoga Journal Live conference.

Yoga’s True Benefits Local Yoga teacher Kiersten Mooney helps spur medical research that shows yoga provides health benefits previously unrecognized. by Linda Sechrist


n intellectual pursuit for understanding the biomechanics and physiology of the human body led Kiersten Mooney, co-owner of Bala Vinyasa and Green Monkey yoga studios, to pursue a life in the health and well-being industry. After earning degrees from the University of Miami (UM) in both sociology and exercise science/ sports medicine, Mooney continued her graduate studies at UM in exercise physiology with a specialization in sports-specific training before embarking on a career in fitness in 1991. One of her favorite teachers, Baron Baptiste, opened her eyes to her ultimate vocation—teaching yoga, which creates results for individuals on the physical, mental and emotional levels. Mooney opened her first studio in Naples in 2008 and has grown exponentially due in part to a recent merger with Green Monkey, a yoga studio with


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locations in South Miami, Miami Beach and Fort Lauderdale. “My first space in Peacock Court was small, recalls Mooney. “Before we expanded into what was once a furniture store next door, we regularly had students on yoga mats that covered our entire floor space from wall to wall, and sometimes even a few in the bathroom and prop room,” quips Mooney. Bala Vinyasa expanded to the Coral Gables market in 2012. In 2013, a second Naples location was opened at the Naples Bay Resort. At present, there are a total of six Bala Vinyasa and Green Monkey yoga studios across south Florida. Amid this growth, Mooney remains true to her original mission to reach as many individuals as possible and introduce them to the powerful impact that yoga can have on the health of their body and emotional state, as well as their relationships.

This mission has led Mooney to teach in Israel, collaborate on the Africa Yoga Project, to accompany Michelle Obama as a part of the Let’s Move initiative and to lead classes at Yoga Journal conferences across the country. In 2012, Mooney visited UM to thank her professor of kinesiology and sport sciences, Joseph Signorile, Ph.D., for the profound effect he had on her life and educational foundation, which she continues to use. The conversation yielded more than just a pleasant catching up. “During the conversation I mentioned the lack of science-based research on the benefits of yoga. Dr. Signorile has a joint appointment as a member of the research faculty at the Center on Aging at the UM Miller School of Medicine. He was interested in how a regular practice of yoga might help seniors to prevent falls and the impact yoga could have on individu-

als with neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease,” remarks Mooney. According to the 2013 Medscapes. com article, “Geriatric Rehabilitation,” falls are the leading cause of death from injury in older individuals, with a third of 65-year-old individuals likely to experience one fall annually. Even noninjurious falls often result in inactivity and subsequent loss of independence. Poor postural stability, lack of physical activity and reduced muscle strength and power are all strongly correlated with increased fall risk. Mooney’s dialogue with Signorile became the catalyst for several research projects at the UM Laboratory of Neuromuscular Research and Active Aging with Kysha Hariell, Ph.D., a clinical assistant professor and program director in the UM Department of Kinesiology and Sport Sciences. The results from three individual clinical studies have been published in Complementary Therapies in Medicine (2014) and the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (2014). “Eventually, even the head trainer for the football team wanted to get his players involved in our research,” remarks Mooney. For the journal article, “Core Muscle Function During Specific Yoga Poses,” the research team assessed such things as the potential use of yoga poses in specific training and rehabilitation programs. The team studied the muscle activation patterns in selected trunk and hip muscles

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among 30 healthy yoga practitioner volunteers that had more than three months yoga experience. The results demonstrated that individual core muscles could be targeted using specific poses. The researchers concluded that the variations in core muscle firing patterns depended on the trunk and pelvic positions during the particular poses. The findings can be useful in developing training programs that target specific core muscles related to reducing the probability of back injury and low back pain. Another study compared the impacts of tai chi, balance training and a specifically designed yoga program on balance in older fallers. For this, 48 healthy older adults with a history of falling participated in training twice a week for 12 weeks. The researchers concluded that the yoga program was as effective as tai chi and the balance training for improving postural stability. The third published study involved 36 yoga practitioners. Muscle activation patterns were compared in 14 dominant-side muscles during 11 different poses across three skill levels. The results indicated that individual muscles could be targeted by specific poses and were used differently by practitioners depending upon their skill levels, which means yoga is useful in designing rehabilitation and training programs that can be adjusted to the skill and fitness levels of individual students. For Mooney, the research just affirmed what she already knew about vinyasa yoga from experience. “At the age of 61, my mom had been wrestling with a recurring leg issue for 10 years,” Mooney relates. “I watched her thrive as a result of a regular yoga practice and our 200-hour yoga teacher training. The significant improvement in her strength and flexibility rehabilitated her leg. She became an inspiration and role model for everyone.” As more individuals look beyond the effectiveness of conventional medicine, they look for new ways to take control of their health. Medical research over the past decade shows that yoga may provide many health benefits for which it was previously unrecognized. “We are multi-dimensional beings functioning in a multi-dimensional world,” Mooney points out. “Walking,

Yoga research riding a bike or swimming doesn’t train the body physiologically for functional living in the dynamic way that yoga’s up, down, twisting, turning, stretching and balancing poses, combined with meditative attention and breath, does. “If we hope to prevent illness or injuries with a well-being approach that includes diet and regular exercise, yoga is an optimal choice because of its preventive and prescriptive multidimensional benefits. “I truly believe that what we are doing has the power to change the world, one person at a time,” says Mooney. Bala Vinyasa Yoga and Green Monkey offer 200- and 300-hour yoga teacher training courses, as well as programs, classes, retreats, consulting, corporate wellness, research and development, licensing opportunities, and product development. For more information, visit or See ad, back cover. Naples locations: Naples, 6200 Trail Blvd., 239-598-1938; S. Naples, The Club at Naples Bay Resort, 1800 Tamiami Tr. E., 239-598-1938. Other Florida locations: Coral Gables, 1430 S. Dixie Highway, Ste. 116, 786953-7709; Miami Beach, 1827 Purdy Ave., 305-397-8566; S. Miami, 5792 Sunset Dr., 305-669-494.; Fort Lauderdale, 1445 SE 17 St., 954-533-6782.

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Interval Training Knocks Down Blood Sugar Exercise Bursts are Fast and Effective by Lisa Marlene


abels may vary, but results are what count. Whether called highintensity intermittent exercise (HIIE), interval or burst-style training, recent research proves that this form of exercise improves insulin levels. This is promising news for the estimated 50 million American adults that have abdominal obesity and are on the path toward metabolic dys-


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function due to a high-sugar diet that causes spikes and crashes in blood sugar levels and eventually contributes to insulin resistance. According to a recent study published in the Journal of Obesity, the benefits of doing HIIE at least three times a week for two to six weeks include reduction of abdominal body fat, improved

aerobic and anaerobic fitness and lower levels of insulin resistance. In a separate study, Norwegian researchers examined the impact that different types of exercise programs had on individuals seeking to reverse metabolic dysfunction, an overall chemical imbalance largely attributed to insulin resistance. They concluded that despite producing similar effects on body weight and blood pressure, the aerobic interval training group also showed greater improvement in insulin sensitivity, aerobic capacity and highdensity lipoprotein (HDL, or “good” cholesterol) than those performing continuous moderate exercise. They also exhibited lower blood glucose (sugar) levels. Another beneficial HIIE characteristic is that it involves markedly fewer exercise repetitions and less training time. JJ Virgin, a fitness and nutrition expert and author of The Virgin Diet, recommends incorporating burst-style and resistance training for fast, lasting fat loss and improving insulin resistance. Best of all, you can do these exercises in minutes a day. “Burst exercise means working out in short intense bursts of 30 to 60 seconds, coupled with one to two minutes of active recovery time, moving at a lower intensity that allows you to catch your breath and lower your heart rate,” she explains. Two easy examples of this are sprinting to burst and then walking to recover, and running up stairs to burst, and then walking down them to recover. “This should be repeated for a total of four to eight minutes of high-intensity bursts per session. Overall, this will take 20 to 30 minutes,” says Virgin. She notes that the increase in stress hormones that occurs during HIIE are counteracted by the simultaneously raised levels of anabolicbuilding hormones. “Short bursts train the body in how to handle stress and recover. Repeated intense bursts raise the lactic acid level, which in turn raises growth hormone production and supports fat burning. The research is clear that the more intense the exercise, the bigger the metabolic benefit is afterward.”

The Skinny on Glycemic Foods by Kathleen Barnes


hose wanting to reduce carbohydrate intake by eating foods with a low glycemic index based on their impact on blood sugar levels might consider using newer tables that instead measure glycemic load, suggests New York City Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist Susan Weiner. She explains that the glycemic index only considers how quickly sugars from food are released into the bloodstream. The glycemic load charts a more accurate accounting of the amount of carbohydrates in an actual serving, rather than the 50-gram (1.76-ounce) portion used in calculating a food’s ranking on the glycemic index scale of 1 to 100. “Glycemic load is a better indicator of how a carbohydrate food will affect blood sugar in realistic portions, especially in combination with other foods, including proteins and fats,” advises Weiner. Here are a few compelling comparisons:

Food/Snack Carrot Watermelon Graham crackers Baguette Snickers bar Cornflakes Baked Potato

Glycemic Index 35 (low) 72 (high) 74 (high) 95 (very high) 51 (medium) 93 (very high) 111 (very high)

Glycemic Load 2 (low) 4 (low) 14 (medium) 15 (medium) 18 (medium high) 23 (high) 33 (high)

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The Perfect 10 Strength Training by Lillie Viola


igh-intensity interval training (HIIT), also known as burst training, is becoming a preferred fitness routine for busy individuals that want strong, toned muscles and good cardiovascular health without the investment of hours spent at the gym. Marcy Hess, who recently moved The Perfect 10 Strength Training studio to The French Quarter condominium community in Olde Naples, has been ahead of this recent fitness trend, which helps the body to burn fat better and faster. Hess, who opened her first HIIT studio in Naples in 2005, has been personally training individuals how to use the six pieces of fitness equipment designed to build and maintain lean muscle. “A chest press works the pectorals and triceps. The pull-down machine works the muscles in the shoulders and back, as well as the biceps and triceps. A leg press works all leg muscles, while the abdominal machine works the abs more effectively than crunches, and without injury. The lower lumbar machine works the low back muscles that cannot be worked on any other equipment or using free weights. The neck machine strengthens the neck muscles to reduce tightness and tension in the upper back and shoulders,” explains Hess, who uses her degrees in health education, nutrition and exercise physiology to counsel clients regarding their diet and lifestyle. Although do-it-yourself individuals might easily couple four to eight minutes of high intensity exercise with one or two minutes of active recovery time by sprinting up hills


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or stair steps, Hess has found that teaming up with a personal trainer produces better and faster results. “Exercise works best when it’s done properly,” she advises. “A certified personal trainer lends the benefit of accountability, shows you how to exercise correctly and observes your movements to make sure you are building lean muscle without physical injury. Leaner muscle requires more oxygen and helps the cardiovascular system work at its peak performance, 24/7. The more lean muscle you have, the more calories you burn and the leaner the body becomes,” advises Hess. Hess’s quick and convenient 20-minute workout is intense. “Some people see and feel the difference quickly,” notes Hess, adding that HIIT is also good for building bone density. She cites an example of one 60-year-old client diagnosed with osteopenia, a condition in which bone density is significantly lower than normal. After several months of HIIT exercise, she returned to her physician and was informed that her condition had significantly improved. “HIIT on my equipment, which was developed for elite athletes, also works well to rehabilitate muscles and to improve flexibility and balance,” comments Hess. The Perfect 10 Strength Training is located at 501 Goodlette Rd. N., Ste. C 208, in Naples. For more information, call 239-231-6028 or visit See ad, page 65.

Whole grains, legumes, root vegetables, green, red and yellow vegetables and fruit are the best sources of fat. Can removing oils from our diet create deficiencies in healthy people? Eating a variety of plant-sourced nutrients avoids any deficiencies. This is perhaps best exemplified by the Tarahumara. They thrive on the three sisters of beans, corn and squash, and manifest no nutrient deficits.

Edible Plant Power

Eating to Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease by John Belleme


r. Caldwell Esselstyn, a pioneer in preventive and restorative cardiovascular medicine, is also a world-class athlete. Interviewed in the popular plant-based diet documentary, Forks Over Knives, and appearing in the CNN special, The Last Heart Attack, he contends that the current epidemic of cardiovascular disease can be overcome through a whole-food, plant-based diet that excludes oils. He summarizes his research in his bestselling book, Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease.

our earlier work. Among the 89.3 percent of those that adhered to our program, 99.4 percent avoided any further adverse cardiac events during close to four years of follow-ups, and a significant number were able to reverse their disease or avoid having a recommended stent operation or bypass surgery. Another study we published in the Journal of Experimental and Clinical Cardiology focused on three patients, each of whom had cardiovascular disease, primarily in different areas. All What led you to the belief that diet three received the full cocktail of cardiac may be the solution for cardiovascu- drugs and operative procedures at excellar disease? lent medical institutions. When these In reviewing global differences in the approaches failed, they were told that incidence of breast cancer, it became nothing further could be done. We then apparent that there are cultures and counseled these same individuals in our regions where cardiovascular disease plant-based approach to nutrition and all is virtually nonexistent, such as among experienced healing that has continued residents of rural China, the highlands of for more than three years now. Papua New Guinea, Central Africa and the Tarahumara lands, in northwestern How do you respond to health profesMexico. The common denominator is sionals that believe that your recomwhole-food, plant-based nutrition. mended oil-free diet is too extreme? The most extreme diet on the planet is presWhat have you learned from your ently consumed by 95 percent of Amerilatest research? cans. It is destroying their health, making Our recent study of 200 seriously us one of the sickest nations on Earth. ill cardiac patients, published in the Excluding oil might be a significant change for some, but it is not overly extreme. Journal of Family Practice, validates

Why does your approach contradict the conclusion regarding the health benefits of following a Mediterranean diet published in the New England Journal of Medicine? The PREDIMED Spanish study started with people without cardiovascular disease and during the course of the study, deaths from heart attack and strokes occurred in all three groups—both of the Mediterranean subsets and the so-called 39 percent fat group, which was not low-fat. In contrast, our study comprised patients with cardiovascular disease at the onset that were able to halt and reverse their condition. That has never been demonstrated with a Mediterranean diet. How much fat do you recommend consuming on a daily basis? Eating must remain spontaneous and enjoyable. Our research confirms that eating the full range of plant-based foods provides a healthy diet of approximately 10 to 11 percent fat. Whole grains, legumes, root vegetables, green, red and yellow vegetables and fruit are the best sources of fat. Chia seeds and ground flax seeds, which contain omega-3 fats, are a healthy addition to any diet. Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn is a presenter on this year’s Holistic Holiday at Sea cruise from Mar. 14 to 21. For more information, call 828-479-9537, email or visit See ad, page 69.

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Acupuncture for Prevention and Wellness by Lee Walker


he concept of prevention—committing to health and wellness by cultivating it every day, rather than trying to restore it during a crisis— requires an upfront investment. Although spending money now to avoid potential health challenges in the future still seems to be a new concept in the Western medical and American healthcare system, the underlying premise of preventive care has been the foundation of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for more than 2,500 years. Based on an understanding of health and harmony, both internally and with the world at large, TCM uses acupuncture and herbal medicine, along with various mind-body practices, such as tai chi and qigong, to balance qi, the body’s vital energy, and to prevent or treat health problems. Acupuncture is an essential part of TCM. The insertion of sterile, stainless steel needles about as thin as a strand of hair into specific acupoints on the body is used to balance qi circulating through the body’s energy pathways, or meridians. As modalities of complementary medicine have become more popular in the U.S., clinical research is accumulating on the use of acupuncture to treat everything from pain, migraines, fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis to depression, insomnia, fertility and recovery from breast cancer, vascular dementia and stroke. The results of more than 21,000 studies are archived on the website of the U.S. National 54

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Library of Medicine, Throughout the centuries, Western medicine’s theories and treatments have evolved from such primitive practices as leeching and bloodletting to today’s most recent development, lifestyle medicine, which advocates proper nutrition and exercise. Contrast this with the fact that the same philosophy and gentle practices used to maintain health in TCM have remained fairly consistent for more than 20 centuries. Presently in Florida, where the legislature vigorously enforces licensure regulations for all healthcare professionals, a doctor of Oriental medicine (DOM) and a board-certified acupuncture physician (AP) are designated as primary healthcare providers that can treat common medical problems, provide preventive care in the form of teaching healthy lifestyle choices and identify and treat common medical conditions based on the results of laboratory testing. These professionals can also assess the urgency of health problems and direct patients to the best place for care, making referrals to medical specialists when necessary. The strict regulations and stringent standards for education set by Florida’s Department of Health (DOH) Board of Acupuncture requires DOMs and APs to complete 60 college credits from an accredited postsecondary institution as a prerequisite to enrollment in an authorized four-year course of study that meets established standards in

acupuncture and Oriental medicine. Candidates must successfully complete academic courses in Western medicine subjects including anatomy, physiology, pathology, biomedical terminology, first-aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation. In addition, whether as part of an education curriculum or continuing education, the profession requires an eight-hour program that incorporates the safe and beneficial use of laboratory tests and imaging. It also calls for a minimum of 2,700 hours of supervised instruction. The Florida DOH determines the adjunctive therapies that can be used by APs: nutritional counseling and the recommendation of nonprescription substances (dietary supplements to promote health) that meet U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) labeling requirements; breathing techniques; therapeutic exercises; lifestyle and stress management coaching; and homeopathic preparations approved by the FDA and U.S. Homeopathic Pharmacopeia Committee. Also permitted are herbology and acupoint injection therapy, which uses hypodermic needles to inject herbs, homeopathic medicines and nutritional supplements into acupuncture points to promote, maintain and restore health, prevent disease and assist with pain management and for palliative care. Adjunctive therapies include lowfrequency electrical current applied to needles to produce greater stimulation. Other procedures used separately or together with acupuncture include moxibustion (burning of floss or herbs applied to the skin), applications of laser beams (laserpuncture), placement of needles in the external ear (auriculotherapy) and acupressure (use of manual pressure). DOMs and APs consider health as more than disease and well-being as more than the absence of symptoms. In A Return to Healing: Radical Health Care Reform and the Future of Medicine, Dr. Len Saputo and Byron Belitsos suggest that the responsibility for our health should lie in our own hands, which makes prevention a necessity. Acupuncture as an effective and useful tool for prevention can be an important focus of primary health care.

Local Resources Pat Acerra, AP, CHt. 2335 9th St. N., Ste. 303B, Naples. 239-659-9100. See ad, page 82. Michelle S. Brown, AP. Alternative Natural Healthcare, 16517 Vanderbilt Dr., Ste. 3, Bonita Springs. 239-947-6234. See ad, page 52.

2670 Horseshoe Dr. N., Ste. 202, Naples; 239-263-7089. See ad, page 34. John E. Patton, AP, LMHC. Healing Arts Center, 971 Michigan Ave., Naples. 239-649-4915. www.HealingArts See ad, page 82. Nicholas A. Shirghio, AP, DOM. 3811 Airport Rd. N., Ste. 206, Naples. 239-7777063. See ad, page 57.

Graydon Snow, AP, DOM. Axis Natural Medicine, 7680 Cambridge Manor Pl., Ste. 100, Fort Myers. 239-2880900. See ad, page 82. Phyllis C. Weber, AP, DOM. 1250 Tamiami Tr. N., Ste. 301, Naples; 239841-6611; and 6300 Corporate Ct., Ste. 104, Fort Myers; 239-936-4199. See ad, page 18.

Charles Caccamesi, AP. Acupuncture Care of Naples, 501 Goodlette Rd. N., Ste. D100, Naples. 239-877-2531. See ad, page 23. Xiu Qiong Cen, AP, M.D. (China). Acupuncture Center of Naples, 5683 Naples Blvd., Naples. 239-513-9232. See ad, page 21. Scott J. Erickson, AP, DC. Andrea’s Studio & Spa, 6714 Lone Oak Blvd., Naples. 239-450-7073. See ad, page 19. Terri Evans, AP, DOM. 3811 Airport Rd. N., Naples, and The Office Center of Naples, 11983 Tamiami Tr. N., Ste. 100A, Naples. 239-430-6800. See ad, page 28. Rosemary Harris, AP. Complete Well Being Center, 684 Goodlette Rd. N., Ste. 200, Naples. 239-404-0648. See ad, page 25. Annaliese Klein, AP, LMT. Silver Wave Acupuncture, 24850 Burnt Pine Dr., Ste. 2, Bonita Springs. 239-949-6002. Zongwei Liu, AP, OMD. Liu’s Acupuncture Center, 803 Myrtle Terrace, Naples; 239-403-9077; and 8971 Daniels Center Dr. Ste. 304, Fort Myers. 239-939-1222. See ad, page 6. Hu Pan, AP, DOM. Gulfcoast Chinese Medicine, 8981 Daniels Center Dr., Ste. 206, Fort Myers; 239-821-4482; and natural awakenings

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plants can contain machine oils, harsh chemical residue, lead paint or asbestos,” explains Shafer. “Know where it came from; follow the chain of evidence.”

High Traffic, Pets, Long Life–Linoleum


FLOORS Sustainable Beauty Underfoot by Avery Mack


ruly good flooring is beautiful, practical and eco-friendly. The best choices may change from room-to-room, as well as with geography, depending on family needs. Here are some key factors to consider for an optimum installation.

Added Value–Hardwood Wood comes in many colors, polished to a high gloss or textured, and can be refinished when styles change. “Timber used to float downriver to the sawmill and not

all of it arrived. We salvage logs from the bottom of the Penobscot River for flooring and other products,” says Tom Shafer, co-owner of Maine Heritage Timber, in Millinocket. “Our wood is as fresh as the day it was cut decades ago.” Cold water preserves the resource and adds a natural patina. Removal of the estimated 700,000 cords of underwater wood will help restore the waterway’s natural eco-system. Note: Wood can scratch or dent and be susceptible to water damage. Even recycled wood might not be eco-friendly. “Wood reclaimed from manufacturing

Linoleum is made from linseed oil, wood powder, resins and ground limestone. Mineral pigments provide rich color throughout, which prevents paler worn spots. A personalized pattern may include borders using linoleum sheets or tiles. It’s long-lasting, durable, fireresistant, biodegradable, has no harmful volatile organic compounds (VOC) and repels dirt and dust. Note: Vinyl, made from unnatural chlorinated petrochemicals, won’t wear as well or last as long as linoleum.


Bottles recycled into glass tile reflect light, brightening smaller rooms like the bath. Long-lasting ceramic or porcelain tile has no VOCs, is easy to clean and won’t host germs, bacteria or dust mites. Note: Look for lead-free glazed tile. Glass tile may be cost-prohibitive for larger spaces. Most tile can be slick when wet; texturing increases safety.

Child-, Pet- and ElderFriendly, Warm and Comfy–Cork Cork is lightweight, flexible and can mimic stone, granite, tile, marble and wood, while providing comfortable cushioning. “Cork assumes the ambient temperature in the room, keeping feet warmer. It holds up to dogs, too,” says Tim Tompkins, a Portuguese Cork Association committee member in Greenville, South Carolina. “Cork is both healthy for the consumer and sustainable for the environment.” Note: Due to its cushioning nature, heavy furniture or high-heeled shoes may make indentations.

Wood-Like and Sturdy–Bamboo

Bamboo generally regrows in three to five years, is twice as hard as red oak and can be stained almost any color. Edge-grained bamboo, banded together, turns flooring into a statement. 56

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Note: “It’s shipped from Asia and may have formaldehyde glues and durability problems, so shop carefully,” advises David Bergman, a New York City green architect and author of Sustainable Design: A Critical Guide.

Long-Wearing Classic Look–Stone Travertine, limestone, granite, slate and marble are all stone flooring options. Stone can increase home value, has a classic look and is a piece of history that adds to any décor, although it’s not a renewable resource. Cork or nonpetroleum-based laminated floors can give the look of stone without destroying an in-situ natural resource. Note: Large blocks of stone are cut at quarries and transported to processing plants, cut into slabs and transported to a processor to be cut again, shaped and polished before being shipped to the store—a big carbon footprint.

FUN FLOOR FACTS n Mixed and matched floors create a planned flow in an open-concept house. Find fun ideas at n Most carpet is chemical-laden and not so health- or eco-friendly, although there are some exceptions. n Sustainably produced handwoven wool rugs backed with jute are susceptible to the jute retaining spills and pet odors; its yellow-tan pigment also can color rug fibers. Jute eventually disintegrates, leaving clumps of unsecured wool fibers. n In Portugal, bark is hand carved off the tree as cork, which is healthy for the tree. Trees are grown on protected land that also benefits insects and birds. NASA, Mercedes and BMW sometimes find cork a lightweight, durable replacement for steel. The Library of Congress has relied on its original cork flooring for 75 years. n Kinetic energy from people dancing or walking on special flooring can light up the area and send energy back to the grid (see

The Great Imitator–Concrete Easy-to-clean, durable concrete never needs to be replaced. Small repairs can be patched. Large repairs, such as a broken pipe beneath the surface, may require refinishing the entire floor to match the stain color. Some homeowners have created a faux rug using other stain colors to disguise the repaired area. Finishes can make concrete look like hardwood, painted tile, carpet, marble or granite, including terrazzo options. For an entryway, homeowners can design a custom welcome mat, perhaps incorporating a family crest, monogram or motto. Finishes can be textured to varying degrees to increase foot traction. Note: Ensure the structure is sturdy enough to bear the extra weight of concrete. It feels cold underfoot in winter and cool in summer. Epoxy coatings don’t let concrete breathe, so any moisture emanating from the concrete slab will be trapped. Test for the moisturevapor emission rate; problem areas can include sections covered by furniture. Avery Mack is a freelance writer in St. Louis, MO. Connect via AveryMack@ natural awakenings

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ENERGY BOOSTERS Four Ways to Recharge by Kathleen Barnes

W hen you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive; to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love. ~Marcus Aurelius


tress saps energy, and Americans feel stressed more than ever, with 20 percent of us experiencing “extreme stress” at least weekly, according to the American Institute of Stress. Could latenight TV and the ubiquitous presence of electronic devices be the culprits? Partly, according to information published by Harvard Medical School. While all light stimulates the brain, the blue light from electronic devices and some eco-light bulbs disrupt circadian rhythms, prevent production of melatonin and block deep, healthful, restorative sleep. Fortunately, there’s an easy remedy, say Harvard experts: Seek abundant exposure to bright natural sunlight, and then turn off all electronic devices an hour before bedtime. Some experts even suggest wearing orange-colored goggles for the last two waking hours to neutralize the energy-sucking blue rays. Here are a few more energy thieves and ways to neutralize them.

Avoid Energy Vampires Problem: We all know someone that exhausts us, according to Dr. Judith Orloff, Venice Beach, California, author of the new book, The Ecstasy of Surrender. Maybe he or she talks endlessly about personal matters, is incessantly negative, a gossip or a guilt-tripper. 58

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Solution: “Take control. Get in the driver’s seat,” advises Orloff. “Create a circle of positive people around you. Stay calm and centered. Distance yourself from energy vampires and if they’re family, limit time spent with them and establish boundaries.”

Recognize Time Leeches

Problem: We fall into the black hole of Facebook or cute kitten videos. Hours pass and we fall behind in more productive activities and then feel drained and groggy. Solution: Time management is essential to preserving energy, says Orloff. Limit time spent on social media. Check email once or twice a day instead of every 15 minutes. “The Internet is addictive, almost like a drug,” explains Orloff. “When you’re online, your energy is cut off and you become a zombie; you’re not in your body. Take a technology fast. Talk to your mate. Make love. Go for a walk in the woods. See your best friend.”

Get Rid of Clutter

Problem: We all have way too much “stuff,” says Linda Rauch Carter, author of Move Your Stuff, Change Your Life. “If you don’t have room, you shut

yourself off from the flow of energy in your home and become exhausted,” says the Tustin, California, feng shui expert. “When I ask a client to take half of the stuff off a shelf and then ask how it feels, they almost always take a deep breath. The clutter literally chokes off breath and vitality.” Solution: “Clear out what isn’t needed,” counsels Carter. “Keep a balance by making it a habit when bringing new things into a home or work environments to let go of a comparable number of old things at the same time.” Beware of clutter creep, the slow accumulation of energy-sapping clutter, she says. “I believe the lack of energy so many of us experience is a nearly undetectable, chronic energy drain that seems slight, yet over time becomes a big problem.”

More Ways to Recharge Take a walk. A brisk 10-minute walk gets the cobwebs out and neutralizes the four o’clock energy slump, says Dr. Judith Orloff. Just spending time outside is a simple, time-tested way of boosting energy. Recent Scottish research published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine confirms the energy-enhancing power of nature in general, noting that people that live near trees have lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Just Say No. “’No,’ is a complete sentence,” says Orloff. “You don’t have to be mean or angry about it; just firmly say ‘No,’ when someone asks you to do something you don’t want to do or because you already feel overcommitted or overwhelmed. You don’t have to explain or make excuses.” A commitment isn’t necessarily final either, remarks Orloff: “If you dread it and can’t delegate it, renegotiate the earlier agreement.”

Stop Electromagnetic Pollution Problem: We are all surrounded by energy-draining electromagnetic fields (EMF) from myriad electronic devices and systems in homes and offices, plus cell phone towers and transmission lines. All of these operate on frequencies that can be major energy drains, says Carter. Japanese research physician Ryoichi Ogawa found that 80 percent of his chronic fatigue patients were frequent users of electromagnetic technologies (Omega-News). Solution: Minimize indoor exposure to EMFs by using land lines with corded phones, power strips and shutting off electricity to nonessential appliances when not in use. “I’ve been preaching this for 20 years,” says Carter. Protecting sleep space is a primary consideration. “Make sure no beds are near electrical outlets and cell phones. Get rid of cordless phones, which are like mini cell towers, right there in the house,” she adds. The easiest solution, Carter says, is to put bare feet on bare earth for 15 to 20 minutes a day. “It will pull some of that excess EMF charge right off of you.” Kathleen Barnes is the author of numerous natural health books and publisher at Take Charge Books. Connect at natural awakenings

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Skinny Pantry Offers Grab-and-Go Meals


by Savannah Noir

he Skinny Pantry—a healthy grocer selling foods for special diets, such as gluten-free, low-carbohydrate and paleo, as well as vitamins, supplements and weight-loss products—also provides a menu of grab-and-go lunches and dinner, Mason jar salads, and healthy snacks and desserts. Fresh Fit Foods, of Naples, prepares the meals from scratch, using only the freshest ingredients. The current grab-and-go menu includes a six-week meal plan that features 48 different dishes. “The entire menu of delicious choices is available as single lunches or dinners or as part of the meal plan that people can sign up for in advance,” explains The Skinny Pantry owner Terry Foster, who is also a certified health and nutrition counselor and dietary educator. “The newest additions to our menu are our very popular salads, served in Mason jars, which our customers say are the most satisfying they have ever eaten. The salads can be preordered or chosen from the selection on hand,” Foster remarks. Here are descriptions of the most popular Mason jar salads. The Earth Bowl comprises butternut squash, wheat berries, whiskeysoaked cranberries, kale, Swiss chard, spinach, roasted turkey, beets, feta cheese and spiced pecans dressed with a balsamic vinaigrette. The Lean Machine is a hearty,


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healthy take on a Mexican fare that features lean bison, quinoa, black beans, red peppers, scallions, light cream cheese, salsa and homemade cuminlime vinaigrette. It can be made vegan by substituting almond-based “cheese” and coconut milk sour cream. The Fall Harvest is a vibrant salad featuring delicata squash, pomegranate, arugula and feta cheese, tossed in maple balsamic vinaigrette. The gluten-free salad can be made vegan by substituting a vegan cheese, and the pecans can be replaced with pumpkin seeds (pepitas) for a nut-free version. The Nurturer is a filling salad featuring farro, chickpeas, mesclun greens, pepitas and Bing cherries. “We’ve discovered that the majority of our customers seek a path to wellness that includes a more convenient way to enjoy delicious, clean food. That’s why we created the meal plan and the grab-and-go options,” shares Foster. “Also, we specifically offer fresh, healthy foods for all types of dietary needs, from diabetes to heart disease to celiac disease. Orders for individuals with dietary restrictions can be customized.” The Skinny Pantry is located at 14261 S. Tamiami Tr., Ste. 17, in Fort Myers. For more information, call 239-9355093 or visit or See ad, page 22.

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Rather than just imposing radical reductions in screen time, parents and caregivers can meet youngsters halfway by adding apps to their handheld devices that provide tips on healthy eating, exercise and behavior.

An App a Day Keeps the Doctor Away Keep Kids Engaged in Healthy Living by Julianne Hale


n today’s technology-fueled society, kids spend many hours of their free time staring at smartphones or tablets instead of exploring nature, riding bikes or playing outdoor games with their friends. Rather than just imposing radical reductions in screen time, parents and caregivers can meet youngsters halfway by adding apps to their handheld devices that provide tips on healthy eating, exercise and behavior. Here are five that are fun for kids and promote healthy lifestyle choices. Super Stretch Yoga HD. Super Stretch is the primary character in this yoga adventure in which players are encouraged to, “Create a peaceful, balanced life by living a NAMASTE mission: Nothing is impossible; Always be honest; Make the world a better place; Act with kindness; Share with others; Trust and believe in yourself; and Enjoy and have fun.” Creator and founder Jessica Rosenberg, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, explains, “I translated a curriculum that I’ve been 62

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using for kids into an ‘edutainment’ app that combines gaming and real-life kids as characters that bring yoga to life.” Players are challenged to master the skills presented by each of the game’s 12 main characters, increasing awareness of breathing and other aspects of how the body works, plus promoting self-esteem. Free in the iTunes App Store.

when she realized that while kids understand that certain foods contain too much sugar, fat or carbs, they have no idea how the information pertains to them. The award-winning app “allows children to input their age, gender and level of physical activity to measure their individual caloric need,” says De Wulf. “When they choose a food to ‘smash’ and see that eight grams of sugar cubes are in a can of soda, they’re able to process healthy food information.” Smash Your Food features audio/ video of actual food smashing. “Kids are sensorial and different kinds of learners. It’s more effective than using cartoon images,” she observes. It’s $2.99 in the iTunes App Store.

If, the Emotional IQ Game. An adventure game inspired by If, a well-known poem by Rudyard Kipling, players go on a quest through Ziggurat, a fantasy world where they enlist energy creatures called Vims to rid their avatars of dark energy. Youngsters are challenged to complete missions using emotional language. The character traits required to complete the tasks include patience, teamwork and other skills that help kids build emotional intelligence. Free in the iTunes App Store.

Oh, Ranger! Park Finder. Instead of vaguely suggesting that kids put down their electronic devices and head outdoors, why not ask them to choose an adventure for the whole family? Using the Oh, Ranger! Park Finder app, kids can search for nearby outdoor recreation areas from a comprehensive database of national parks, state parks, national forests, wildlife refuges, Bureau of Land Management sites and U.S. Army Corps recreation areas. Kids can further seek out specific activities from 20-plus categories that range from birdwatching and hiking to boating and camping. Free in the iTunes App Store or Google Play.

Smash Your Food. Nutritionist Marta De Wulf, from Bellevue, Washington, felt compelled to develop her innovative app

Kids Making Healthy Choices. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control reports that rates of childhood obesity have dou-

bled in the past 30 years. This kid- and parent-friendly app is designed to help. It springboards from San Diego, California’s Merilee Kern’s children’s book of the same title. Embedded via an e-reader, kids can play games, print coloring sheets and explore healthy recipes while parents check out the news section and resource page for links with information for keeping youngsters healthy. “Surveys show that parents often don’t realize that their child has a weight problem,” notes Kern. “It’s important to discuss this topic within the family, and the app helps facilitate this in a non-threatening, helpful way.” It’s $2.99 in the iTunes App Store. Julianne Hale writes and edits for Natural Awakenings franchise magazines and blogs about motherhood at

Healthy Web Edutainment “Parents typically spend 90 percent of their grocery budget on products from the inside aisles of stores,” says Karen Laszio, founder of this award-winning website, which teaches kids about the value of food in the outside (produce, dairy and meat) aisles and how to choose fresh, whole foods to incorporate into kid-friendly recipes for the whole family. Designed for teens and tweens, this PBS Kids Go! website teaches children to make responsible decisions about pertinent issues, including drugs, alcohol, anorexia and bulimia, and how to objectively view celebrities, dating and the challenges of puberty. Visitors can find reliable, accurate information about subjects they may not be comfortable discussing with adults or peers. The National Park Service online Web Rangers program enables kids to create a customizable ranger experience and discover national parks and historic sites around the country.

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FOODS The Right Choices Make Our Bodies Hum by Linda Sechrist


ur body’s hormones work like an orchestra. When one instrument is out of tune, the entire production struggles to maintain harmony. Each plays a part in influencing the others and determining how well the whole concert works. Fortunately, our body has masterful conductors, including the endocrine system, which coordinates all of the glands and the hormones they produce. “Players” include the adrenal, hypothalamus, pancreas, pineal, pituitary, reproductive and thyroid/ parathyroid glands. “A healthy endocrine system is essential to making hormones in appropriate amounts throughout our life,” says Theresa Dale, Ph.D., a naturopathic doctor who practices as a traditional naturopath and clinical nutritionist in Oxnard, California, and has authored Revitalizing Your Hormones. “For example, when the ovaries shut down after menopause, the adrenal glands continue producing progesterone and other essential hormones.” Dale, dean and founder of the California College of Natural Medicine, further assures that contrary to assertions from some conventional medicine reports, the body is able to produce necessary hormones throughout our entire life. Hormones function as chemical messengers that commute through the bloodstream as part of the information


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superhighway that connects the brain to the DNA managers of the body’s cells. “Hormones communicate with chemicals produced by the brain called neurotransmitters, such as serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine, which greatly influence energy levels, moods and other bodily functions such as moving memories from short- to longterm storage,” explains Dale. For 20 years, she has seen patients with critical hormonal imbalances respond to her recommended threemonth, endocrine-rebuilding diet, comprising three daily meals of steamed, sautéed and raw foods, fish, whole grains, legumes, seeds, nuts, fresh fruits and vegetables, plus two raw vegetable or seed snacks. The regimen strives to balance metabolism, cleanse the body, restore immune function and revitalize the endocrine system. Kokomo, Indiana, resident Sylvia Egel, national director of coaching and education for Metabolic Balance, a personalized nutrition plan to balance metabolism and hormones, optimize health and increase energy at any age, agrees that hormones can be restored and balanced via proper food selections. “Our lifestyle and dietary choices strongly affect our metabolism and hormonal health, as do stress levels and sleep patterns. Eating at the wrong time, in the wrong place or in the

wrong order, and even poor combinations of healthy foods, can be almost as problematic as eating junk food,” says Egel. She also warns against snacking, emotional eating, eating on the go, skipping breakfast and waiting too long between meals. Diana Hoppe, author of Healthy Sex Drive, Healthy You, an obstetrician and gynecologist in San Diego, California, who leads clinical trials related to women’s health at the Pacific Coast Research Center, also sees firsthand how what we eat directly affects our hormones. She attests that our bodies need a balance of three macronutrients: carbohydrates, protein and fat. “But for 20 years, we have been advised to decrease fat intake in favor of fat-free options that have been detrimental to us, because we need fat to produce hormones and maintain healthy hormone function. Certain fatty acids and cholesterol serve as building blocks in hormone production and cellular function, especially the reproductive hormones of estrogen and testosterone,” says Hoppe. Food can be medicine for hormones. One of the most important hormone-balancing fats is coconut oil, which heals skin, increases metabolism and supplies a quick source of energy. Egg yolks are a good source of choline and iodine, essential to the production of healthy thyroid hormones, plus are rich in vitamins A, D, E and B-complex vitamins. Avocados have lots of healthy fat that helps absorb and utilize nutrients. Nuts and seeds, olive oil and salmon are all rich in omega-3 essential fatty acids that help stabilize hormone levels. Eating the right foods and incorporating healthy fats into meals increases overall energy, reduces hormonal fluctuations and helps us feel more balanced. Says Dale, “The majority of individuals are surprised to learn that hormone health doesn’t depend on age, but rather on a complex of factors, like the air we breathe, the water we drink, the quality of our diet, good sleep and adequate exercise, plus the relative health of our relationships and emotional life—and that’s just for starters.” Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings.

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New Year, New You When ‘Good Enough’ Is Perfect by Elizabeth Lombardo


oes it sometimes feel like if we can’t do something perfectly, why should we bother doing it at all? Perfectionism feeds on such an all-ornothing approach in following rigid self-imposed rules that can sabotage relationships, health and happiness. Instead, try adopting a “better than perfect” mindset that embraces life’s imperfections without guilt or shame. A clean enough house or a good enough job is in many ways better than perfect. Here are helpful approaches to reframe the internal discussion. Remember what matters. In planning a big birthday party for her husband, one wife was so stressed trying to manage every detail that she had to stop and ask herself: What is most important—having everything look perfect, or having a fun party they would enjoy and remember for the rest of their lives? Thinking about our values keeps things in perspective and perfectionism in check. Perfection isn’t likable. We often try to be perfect to gain other people’s attention and approval, but no one wants to be around a person trying to be someone they aren’t. No one’s life is perfect. Social media often present idealized versions of people’s lives. Few post about fighting with their partner or coping with an unhappy infant; we most often hear about vacation


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adventures and baby’s first word or step. We can avoid feelings of dissatisfaction by avoiding comparisons with others. It’s not failure, it’s data. Rather than personalize a perceived failure, take it on as an opportunity. If a New Year’s resolution to work out more isn’t kept, ask why: Is the exercise location too far away or is the class schedule inconvenient? It feels better to adopt a more successful strategy than to beat ourself up about falling short. Perfectionism is a treadmill. People often think, “I’ll be happy when I weigh this or achieve that,” always seeking the next level of self-improvement. Appreciating who we are right now is a path to happiness. Perfectionism is a learned behavior, and anything learned can be unlearned at any age. As we continue to strive for excellence, we can learn to embrace what’s good. Take a perfectionist self-assessment quiz at Elizabeth Lombardo, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and the author of Better than Perfect: 7 Strategies to Crush Your Inner Critic and Create a Life You Love plus A Happy You: Your Ultimate Prescription for Happiness. Connect at

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Both the family and the veterinarian need to feel comfortable with treatments. Ask questions before submitting an animal to any anesthetic or surgery or other medical procedure. Talk with the veterinarian about using this gentle, natural approach to help relieve any concerns if a pet needs sedation or anesthesia. 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

PET ANESTHESIA How to Make it Safe and Easier on Everyone by Shawn Messonnier


any pet parents and some veterinarians have an unnecessary fear of animal anesthesia. Addressing some misconceptions about this common medical procedure can be helpful, particularly in regard to older pets.

Myth #1: Anesthesia is Dangerous Modern anesthesia has evolved into a safe medical practice since it was introduced in 1799 and uses much safer drugs than earlier versions. Still, all medications need to be approached cautiously for the welfare of all individuals connected to its use. Both injectable anesthetic drugs and inhalant anesthetic drugs (gases) can be used safely if properly chosen for a specific condition, accurately dosed and continuously monitored.

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lasting from several hours to a day or more following a procedure shouldn’t occur. Lower-quality anesthetic drugs injected during discounted spaying and neutering procedures may produce such prolonged recovery periods. It’s safer to use a high-quality, quick-acting, short-term injectable anesthetic, followed by gas anesthesia for anesthetic maintenance, during surgical procedures, including for spaying and neutering. Patients wake up quickly following surgery and can be sent home fully awake soon afterwards.

Myth #3: A Pet is Too Old

No pet is too old for proper medical care. Because older pets don’t metabolize some drugs as well as younger ones, the correct anesthesia must be chosen for the pet’s age and current state of health or medical problems. Too often, pets haven’t received proper care, especially dental cleanings and tumor removals, because their current veterinarian has deemed them too old for anesthesia.

PRINCIPLES OF HOLISTIC ANESTHESIA by Shawn Messonnier n Each patient is unique and has unique anesthetic needs. n Giving the least amount of anesthesia needed ensures the safest possible procedure. n Analgesics are used to minimize discomfort and meet anesthetic needs. n Some anesthetic drugs may be used to minimize the depth of anesthesia obtained. n Light levels of anesthesia are preferred for minimally painful procedures. n Carefully monitoring the patient during anesthesia helps ensure a good outcome. n Patients should wake up from anesthesia immediately following the procedure. n Patients are sent home immediately following anesthetic recovery. n An older pet can be safely anesthetized by a holistic vet as part of its anti-aging care.

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calendarofevents THURSDAY, JANUARY 1 Big Dave’s Polar Plunge – 9am. Event follows Dave Cranor’s 5K. Proceeds go to drug court kids. Participants donating $20 receive an event shirt. No wet suits allowed. Lowdermilk Park, entrance at north end of park, Naples. Big Dave: 435-0939. Register:

Full Moon/Sunset/Bird Rookery Kayak Tour on the Caloosahatchee – 3:30-6:30pm. See thousands of birds, sunset and moonrise. Lots of nesting birds flying in to roost for the night. $40 includes all equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides, Ft Myers. 694-5513.

Yoga Class – 10-11:30am. With Carla Olla and Julie Kirkpatrick. All levels. Free. Make a donation toward helping a deserving student study yoga. Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 204, Naples. 692-9747. See ad, page 38. New Year Power Vinyasa – 11am-12:15pm. With Andrea Sanchez. Start the New Year off powerfully with an invigorating heated vinyasa class designed to create new possibilities in your practice and life. $20 drop-in or regular class packages apply. 6200 Trail Blvd N, Naples. 598-1938. New Year Slow Flow Restorative – 3-4:15pm. With Jennifer Stevens. Find serenity through a gentle slow flow restorative class which encourages deep stretching and increased flexibility through the use of poses and props. $20 drop-in or regular class packages apply. 6200 Trail Blvd N, Naples. 5981938.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 2 Chakra Cleansing and Clearing – 11am-4pm. Have your energy centers and aura cleansed and aligned for the new year. $25/25 minutes. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Happy Fascia Hour – 5:45-6:45pm. With Tania Melkonian. A special Myofascial Release class offered the first Friday of every month. This technique helps break down scar tissue, increase circulation, reduce chronic pain and improve range of motion. Naples Yoga Center, 13240 Tamiami Trail N, Ste 206, Naples. 592-4809. Crystal Bowl Sound Bath – 6:30-8pm. With Sue Lovett. Experience good vibrations. $20.

Crystal Grids – 2pm. Learn how to lay out stones on a crystal grid in your space to enhance and bring in what you choose. Used for protection, prosperity, healing, stress relief, connecting to spirit energies and more. Based on using the “flower of life” known as sacred geometry. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108. Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 4 Limited space. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 949-0749.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 3 Live Blood Cell Analysis – 10am-5pm. With Brandi Stewart, of Stewart Analysis, nutritional microscopist and wellness educator. 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. Green Difference Spa Make Over and Mini Facial – 12-6pm. With local formulator Sheri Lewis. All products are raw, vegan, gluten-free, soy and preservative-free. Genesis Non-GMO Vitamins and More, 877 91st Ave N, Ste 4, Naples. RSVP: 596-9017. BYOB Matlacha Paint Sessions – 1pm. Enjoy a guided paint session at Leoma Lovegrove’s Studio on Matlacha Island. $42 includes all art supplies. 4637 Pine Island Rd NW, Matlacha Island, RSVP: 288-6953. Mini Readings – 1-9pm. With Candyce Strafford. Petunias of Naples, 825 5th Ave S, Naples. 403-3550.

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. Full Moon Celebration – 4:30pm. 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 going to wildlife rescue. Horizon Way Public Beach on Gulf Shore Blvd N off Park Shore Dr, Naples. 398-3953. 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.

MONDAY, JANUARY 5 40-Day Challenge Begins – All day. Create the breakthrough you want in your life. 40 days of unlimited yoga, weekly inspirational emails, community, connection and a T-shirt for completing the challenge. Naples Yoga Center, 13240 Tamiami Trail N, Ste 206, Naples. 592-4809. The Poison in Your Teeth Book Giveaway – 9:30am5pm. Dr Mark Corke will distribute the book, The Poison in Your Teeth, by Dr Tom McGuire. Let the office know if you would like a tour or have questions on holistic care. Laser Dentistry, 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers. 936-5442. Mini Readings – 5:30-8:30pm. With Candyce Strafford. $20/10 minutes. Daniela’s Restaurant, 13500 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. RSVP: 514-4414. 40-Day Challenge – 7-8pm. With Debi Grilo. Weekly meetings 01/05-02/16. It takes 40 days to establish new habits. The 40-Day Challenge utilizes yoga, meditation, weekly meetings and a balanced diet, based on the book by Baron Baptiste, to help you live your life to its highest power. Bala Vinyasa Yoga, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. 598-1938. Details:

TUESDAY, JANUARY 6 Refuge Programs – 8:30am. Daily programs begin and run through 4/12. Offering Nature Photography, Plants of the Bailey Tract Tour, Calusa Shell Mound Trail Tour, Florida’s Venomous Wildlife and family Craft and Story Time. JN “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, 1 Wildlife Dr, Sanibel. 472-1100. See news brief, page 12. Mindful Yoga – 9am. Tuesdays and Thursdays. All levels. A gentle practice to start your day. Breath


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work, mindful movement and crystal bowl meditation. Pose modifications and props provided for additional support. $15. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Circle, Ste 102, Bonita. 617-921-1037. Chelation Therapy Lecture – 12pm. Learn how heavy toxic metals bind to your tissues and an accumulation of toxic metals may contribute to many unhealthy conditions. Free. Chelation Center of Naples, 975 Imperial Golf Course Blvd, Ste 107, Naples. RSVP: 594-9355. See ad, page 59. Chair Yoga – 1pm. With Dina Radcliffe, RYT. Tuesdays. All levels. A heart-centered practice to calm the spirit and restore the body. Balancing strategies, strengthening poses, breathing techniques and mindful meditation. $15. Integrative Mindfulness, the Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Circle, Ste 102, Bonita. 280-9095. Psychic Fair – 5pm. Three Psychics and three healers available. Infinite Stones, 12911 Metro Pkwy, Ft Myers. 678-717-8584. Guided Meditation – 7pm. Let the stress of the season melt away with a guided meditation. The group will decide which ones we use. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. 939-2769. Complimentary Meditation – 7-8pm. With Jennifer Stevens. Whether you have never meditated or have years of experience, this class will provide you the opportunity to explore new ways to begin or deepen your practice in a supportive and relaxed environment. Free. Bala Vinyasa Yoga, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 598-1938 or



Rune Class – Jan 7-8. 9am each day. With rune master, Jacqueline. Make your own personal runes and how to use this powerful tool in your life. $125, material provided. Infinite Stones, 12911 Metro Pkwy, Ft Myers. $125. 678-717-8584.

All Creatures Great and Small at the Garden – Jan 8-Mar 8. Naples Botanical Gardens and National Sculpture Society present 32 sculptures, all with an animal theme and mainly created in bronze, on display throughout the garden. Free with general admission. 4820 Bayshore Dr, Naples. 643-7275.

Nature Mysteries Preschool Program – 1011:30am. Preschoolers will learn about insect galls, lichens, seeds that look like bugs, bugs that look like leaves and other unusual and mysterious things. Play an observation game, hike as nature detectives and make a craft. $5 and parking fee. Caloosahatchee Regional Park, 18500 N River Rd, Alva. Preregister: 533-7440. Communicating with Nature: The Art of Awareness Movement – 2-4:30pm. Communicating with nature counteracts stress and trains your mind and body to respond to “the suchness experience” of being fully aware of your surroundings. Slow motion movement and exercises inspired by Japanese Butoh will be facilitated. $30 in advance, $35 drop in. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 949-0749. Celebration of Art and Nature – 6-9pm. Featuring the works of Andrew McClure, Betty Newman, Cesar Aguilera and Danielle Branchaud. Live street chalk art by Jane Portaluppi Durand, live piano and Native American flute by Alchymie. Community drum circle and community yoga for the whole family. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Live Healing Concert – 6:30-8pm. Janet Spahr will share her love of the Handpan, also called a Hang, with us for an evening of healing through music. $20. Anahata, 1065 5th Ave N, Naples. RSVP required: 262-0811.

Oxbow Kayak Clinic – 9-11am. Learn the basic techniques of paddling. All ages and abilities. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. BYO drink, sunscreen, binoculars, clothing and shoes that can get wet. $25 includes equipment. Caloosahatchee Regional Park, campground entrance, 19130 N River Rd, Alva. 694-0398. 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 1/15. 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, all during the same evening with students and others willing to receive. $20. Light The Way Spiritual Center, 5600 Trail Blvd, Ste 15, Naples. 250-4710.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 9 Vision in the Journey – Jan 9-11. 2015 can be the same old, same old or it can be the beginning of manifesting your vision in all areas of your life: relationships, career, self and community. Beacon Executives Suites, 8359 Beacon Blvd, Ft Myers. Info/tuition: 939-4769. See news brief, page 20.

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Mangrove Mazes of Matlacha Pass Kayak Tour – 10am-2pm. With GAEA Guides. Visit the mangrove mazes and tunnels of Matlacha Pass, “nature’s cathedrals”. See lots of birds, fish and critters in these mysterious tunnels. $50 includes equipment and a Florida Master Naturalist as your guide. Matlacha. RSVP: 694-5513.

health professionals Pat Acerra and Karen Beatty and learn a simple to follow, affordable organic, vegan, nutritionally dense system of cleansing toxins out of the body and losing weight. Free. A Health and Beauty Clinic, Moorings Professional Bldg, 2335 9th St, Ste 303B, Naples. RSVP: 450-3985. MyPurim. com/ See news brief, page 16.

Mini Readings – 10am-3pm. With Candyce Strafford. $25/15 minutes. Summer Day Market and Café, Towne Center, Marco Island. 394-8361. See ad, page 80.

Mindful Transformation Saturday – 4:30-6pm. Sound therapy (crystal and Tibetan bowls) and Transformational Breath with William Ward and Carrie Sopko. $40 or $30 for current clients. Monarch Therapy, Naples. 325-9210.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 10 Breathwork – 8:30am-Noon. Christian de la Huerta, author of Coming Out Spiritually, will facilitate a morning of healing breathwork. $25. Institute for Evolving Spirituality at Lamb of God Church, 19691 Cypress View Dr, Estero. Mary Ann Whalen: Reiki Level I Intensive – 8:30am-8pm. With Silva Casabianca, RM. Become a Reiki practitioner. Heal self, support others. History, principles, energetic anatomy, healing versus curing, hand positions, attunements. $165. 12 FL CEUs, nurses, MHC, LMs, midwives, nutritionists, CSWs, MFTs. 9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 204, Bonita. Preregister: 948-9444. Soul’s Purpose and Path Class – 9am-1pm. Michelle Love will outline a concept to understand the role of the personality and a process to discover your soul’s purpose and path. Learn what your personality is and look at the role of the soul and how to discern your soul’s purpose. $75. Light The Way Spiritual Center, 5600 Trail Blvd, Ste 15, Naples. RSVP by 1/9: 250-4710. Health Fair – 11am-3pm. Vendors and health practitioners will share their expertise about clean eating, healing foods and other health practices. There will be samples, demonstrations and a workshop on healing. Genesis Non-GMO Vitamins and More, 877 91st Ave N, Ste 4, Naples. 596-9017. See news brief, page 21. Sight Unseen: Elevating Your Practice – 11:30am1pm. With Rina Jakubowicz, founder of Rina Yoga. Come practice yoga blindfolded, heightening the connection to your breath, movement and inner guidance. $35. Blindfold provided. Ruby and Pearls, 6420 Plantation Park Court, Ste 104, Ft Myers. 7681021. Psychic Faire and Trunk Show – 12pm-4pm. Naples’ largest ongoing monthly faire. On the 2nd Saturday of each month, the staff and special guests of Anahata offer 20-minute appointments


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SUNDAY, JANUARY 11 at discounted rates and vendor booths. Free entry. Anahata, 1065 5th Ave N, Naples. RSVP required: 262-0811. Bhakti Workshop – 1pm. Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 204, Naples. 692-9747. See ad, page 38. The Unresolved Thyroid Seminar – 1pm. With Dr Robert Gilliland, DC, DM(P). Learn about a drugfree alternative. Free. Southwest Florida Natural Health Center, 27499 Riverview Center Blvd, Ste 255, Bonita. Seating limited; reserve: 444-3106. See ad, page 51. Foam Rolling for Anyone with a Human Body – 1-3:30pm. With Dr Danny Porcelli and Hanna Riley. In this workshop, you will be richly educated in a technique called self-myofascial release. Working with a foam roller, learn the basics of this enhancing self-care modality, whether you’re an athlete, yogi or think your body has become shaped like your office chair. BYO foam roller. $55. Bala Vinyasa Yoga, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Register: 598-1938 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, to dowse and to test energy fields and chakras. Free charts available. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. The 7 Wonders of Your World: A Chakra Workshop – 2:30-5:30pm. With Rina Jakubowicz, founder of Rina Yoga. Travel through different points in your body to map out your road to deeper healing. Dance through poses and affirmations that fuel your seven chakras and their emotional connections or disconnections. $75. Bring pen and paper. Ruby and Pearls, 6420 Plantation Park Court, Ste 104, Ft Myers. 768-1021. Healthy Happy Hour – 3-5pm. Join licensed holistic

12th Annual River, Roots and Ruts Half Marathon and Two-Person Relay – 8am and 8:15am, 5K Run. The main event is a 13.1-mile half marathon set on nature trails and bike trails. Also offering a 3.1mile 5K Fun Run. Caloosahatchee Regional Park, Alva. 694-0398. Info/fees/register: Spiritualist Church Service – 10-11:30am. With Rev Michelle Love. The service includes greetings from Spirit, a healing session, and an inspirational talk. Donation. Light The Way Spiritual Center, 5600 Trail Blvd, Ste 15, Naples. 250-4710. ECK Worship Service – 11am. Topic: Have You Heard the Call of Soul? SW Florida Eckankar Center, 16387 S Tamiami Tr, Ste H, 2nd floor, Ft Myers. 482-4034. Forrest ‘Fire’ – 1:30-3:30pm. Deepen your practice with a four part yoga intensive designed to delve into the dynamics of the practice. Part I: Delightful Breath. Enjoy a sensation-full practice that will cultivate a new and exciting relationship with your breath. All ages and levels welcome. Naples Yoga Center, 13240 Tamiami Trail N, Ste 206, Naples. 592-4809. Kirtan – 7:45pm. With Sri Kirtan. $25 in advance or $35 day of event. Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 204, Naples. Preregister: 692-9747. See ad, page 38.

MONDAY, JANUARY 12 Clean, Green and Toxin-Free – 6-7:30pm. Eating In The Raw-Naples hosts Susan Ellison, RN, GSN, RTC. Decrease your exposure to toxic chemicals. Learn to make your own green personal care products and household cleansers. Receive a free homemade product sample. $10. Fleischmann Park, 1600 Fleischmann Blvd, Naples. Linda: 518-5228191. Supplements for Health – 6-7:30pm. With James

Occhiogrosso. Learn what supplements are generally needed for the body to maintain health. Free. Ada’s Natural Market, 7070 College Pkwy, Ft Myers. Preregister: 652-0421. See news brief, page 14. Healthy Happy Hour – 6-8pm. Join licensed holistic health professionals Pat Acerra and Karen Beatty and learn a simple to follow, affordable organic, vegan, nutritionally dense system of cleansing toxins out of the body and losing weight. Free. A Health and Beauty Clinic, Moorings Professional Bldg, 2335 9th St, Ste 303B, Naples. RSVP: 450-3985. MyPurim. com/ See news brief, page 16.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 13 Guided Mindfulness Practice – 10am. Every Tuesday. Guided meditation practice with Madeline Ebelini, MA, RYT. For beginners and more experienced practitioners. The Brooks Common Club/Outdoor Pavilion (behind the fitness center), 9930 Coconut Rd, Bonita. 590-9485. Tarot Part I – 7pm. Learn the meanings of the cards and how to utilize this wonderful tool. A Rider Waite deck is required. $30. Part II on 1/20. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Vision Workshop – 7:30-9pm. Learn how to manifest your vision in all areas of your life: relationships, career, self and community. Free. Beacon Executives Suites, 8359 Beacon Blvd, Ft Myers. Info: 939-4769. See news brief, page 20.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 14 Calling all Shining Ones – 3:30-5:30pm. Special invite to share your story with others for snow birds and locals. Shining Ones are those who are consciously living love and working with positive energy. Goddess I AM Healing & Art Center, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. Info: 412-389-0679. Intuitive Development Workshop Part I – 6-8pm. With Jay Higgins. Learn to protect and balance using your energies. Learn to use tools like dowsing, pendulum and psychometry. Connect to your chakras, spirit guides and learn dialogue with angels and guides. Three-part class. $35/class or $90/all. Anahata, 1065 5th Ave N, Naples RSVP required: 262-0811. Mind Over Body: Connection or Disconnection – 6:30pm. With Deborah J Post, ARNP. More and more we hear of the mind-body connection. What are the realities and how can you max out your con-

nection? Food & Thought Café, Naples 481-5600. Unlock Your Healing Potential: Foods That Heal – 6:30-7:30pm. With Dr Gary Gendron, of Nutrition Specialists of Florida. Limited seating. Whole Foods Market, Mercato, 9101 Strada Place, Naples. RSVP: 947-1177. See ad, page 2. Usui Reiki Level II – 7pm. Learn long-distance healing method using channeled life force energies. Symbols, visualizations, meditations and exercise are included. Attunement and certification available upon completion. Prerequisite level one. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. A Wandering Mind: An Evening of Storytelling – 7-9pm. Kim Weitkamp, nationally acclaimed storyteller, humorist and musician, will perform her best-loved stories from her award-winning albums, The Lap, Penny Candy Love and Pickle in the Middle Blues. Featured on Sirius XM radio and NPR. $15. Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. Info: 939-2787. See ad on page 71 and news brief on page 16.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 15 The Poison in Your Teeth Book Giveaway – 8am-5pm. Dr Mark Corke will distribute the book, The Poison in Your Teeth, by Dr Tom McGuire. Let the office know if you would like a tour or have questions on holistic care. Laser Dentistry, 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers. 936-5442. Cypress Creek Kayak Tour – 9-11am. Learn the basic techniques of paddling. All ages and abilities. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. BYO drink, sunscreen, binoculars, clothing and shoes that can get wet. $25 includes equipment. Caloosahatchee Regional Park, campground entrance, 19130 N River Rd, Alva. 694-0398. LIVESTRONG at the YMCA – 11:30am-1:30pm. A 12-week program for adult cancer survivors on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Build muscle mass and muscle strength, increase flexibility and endurance and improve functional ability. Physician referral required. Free. Bonita Springs YMCA, 27200 Kent Rd, Bonita Springs. Marla Ramsey: 221-7560. See news brief, page 13. Brain Health Talk – 2pm. With Christine Sullivan, Seize the Day Wellness. Learn why prevention is the best defense against memory loss and why it’s never too early or too late to start. Free. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Naples. 250-2592. See news brief, page 19.

Introduction to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) – 5:30pm. Introduction to internationally acclaimed eight-week stress-reduction course using mindfulness meditation, gentle yoga and scientific research pioneered by Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn at U Mass Medical Center. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Circle, Ste 102, Bonita. 590-9485. Spiritual Development Circle – 6:30-8pm. Rev Michelle Love leads this circle with care and skill. Utilizing proven methods the group learns and takes the necessary steps to develop spiritual awareness. This circle is for people who are exploring their natural abilities for healing, prophecy and spirit communication. $20. Light The Way Spiritual Center, 5600 Trail Blvd, Ste 15, Naples. 250-4710. Regain Body Wisdom: Take Care of Your Multidimensional Body – 6:30-8:30pm. With Silvia Casabianca, LMHC, RM. Lifestyle determines biology; love your body, listen and respond to its signals with proper nutrition, optimal movement. Prevent degenerative illnesses, return to wholeness. $15. 9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 204, Bonita. Preregister: 948-9444. 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 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. 859-329-7991. Reiki Circle – 7-8:30pm. With Reiki Master Pam Bzoch. Focus on the Solar Plexis. $20. Limited seating. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 949-0749.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 16 Introduction to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) – 10am. Introduction to internationally acclaimed eight-week stress-reduction course using mindfulness meditation, gentle yoga and scientific research pioneered by Dr Jon KabatZinn at U Mass Medical Center. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Circle, Ste 102, Bonita. 590-9485. Infant Massage – 1-2pm. Learn skills for helping your baby sleep and enhance bonding, while also improving baby’s physical and emotional health. $15. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930

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Immokalee Rd, Ste 2, Naples. 594-0400. Register:

9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 204, Bonita. Preregister: 948-9444.

Naples Yoga Center Teacher Training Begins – 4-10:30pm. Presented in five weekend modules. Facilitated by Jacqueline Glasgow, RYT-500, ERYT-200, certified yoga therapist, certified power yoga instructor, certified yoga life coach. Assisted by Naples Yoga Center master teachers trained and certified with masters in their field. Yoga Alliance-approved school. Naples Yoga Center, 13240 Tamiami Trail N, Ste 206, Naples. 592-4809. See ad, page 31.

Miracle March for Lolita – 9am-5:30pm. March to help end captivity of cetaceans such as Lolita and help free whales and dolphin in performance tanks for entertainment. Guest speakers, vegetarian and vegan food and entertainment will be provided. Hotel group rates available at the Miami Airport Red Roof Inn. $6 parking fee. Virginia Key Park, across from the Miami Seaquarium, in Miami. 269-506-8422. See news brief, page 11.

Movement and Breath Workshop for Labor – 6-7:30pm. With Cheryl Bernardi, LMT, birth doula. Experience a hands-on practice of specific exercises for labor. Movement, breathing, self-hypnosis techniques for pain management. Detailed instructions for the pushing phase. $25 in advance/$30 at the door. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Naples. Preregister: 248-7931. The New Frequencies of Healing Seminar – 6-8pm. With Terry Hiduke and Southwest Florida Reconnective Healing practitioners. Learn about Reconnective Healing and the supporting scientific research, experience the Reconnective Healing frequencies and hear client and practitioner testimonials. 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 301, Naples. 691-9112. See news brief, page 14. Astronomy for Amateurs – 6:30pm. Learn how to find stars, constellations and planets. Bring binoculars, water, bug spray, a flashlight and a lawn chair or something to sit on. Free. Hickey’s Creek Mitigation Park, 17980 Palm Beach Blvd, Ft Myers. Preregister: 822-5212 or Breath of Life/Music of the Spheres – 6:30pm. With Dana House and Linda. Conscious connective breathing is a dynamic meditation of breathing in a room filled with sounds of trans-ambient, ethereal and percussive music. Take a powerful journey from the superficial daily experience to the depths of your heart and soul. $25. Anahata, 1065 5th Ave N, Naples. RSVP: 262-0811.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 17 Trager for Daily Life – 9am-12:30pm. With Silvia Casabianca, CTP. In a playful environment, learn simple practical movements and ideas from Trager Approach to make daily life easier: lessen joint or back pain by shifting the way you move by sensing the body; improve balance; enhance performance. Open to both body workers and lay people. Free.

Practical Feng Shui Workshop – 10-11:30am. With Bunny Hossain. This interactive workshop will explore the principles of Western feng shui. Learn how to redesign your environment to allow happiness, health and prosperity back in your life. Bring a floor plan or sketch of your home. $35. Anahata, 1065 5th Ave N, Naples. Preregister: 262-0811. Psychic Faire – 11am-4pm. Join us for mini readings with experienced readers. Tarot, angel readings, past life, meet your sacred animal helper or spirit guide, crystal intuitive and more. Cash for services. Goddess I AM Healing & Art Center, Empire Plaza, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. RSVP: 228-6949. Green Difference Spa Make Over and Mini Facial – 12-6pm. With local formulator Sheri Lewis. All products are raw, vegan, gluten free, soy and preservative free. Genesis Non-GMO Vitamins and More, 877 91st Ave N, Ste 4, Naples. RSVP: 5969017. Transition with Precision – 1-3pm. With Nico Sanchez. Yogis of all levels are invited to transform their everyday practice into a practice filled with freedom and grace as they learn step-by-step instructions on how to fluidly transition from one pose to the next. $30 drop in or $25 preregistered by 1/16. Bala Vinyasa Yoga, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 598-1938 or Happy Hour Without the Hangover – 1-3:30pm. Learn the history/concepts of Laughter Yoga, games, movement and spontaneous fun. Learn to look at the lighter side, to reduce stress and the importance of proper breathing. $45. Health & Harmony, 15951 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. Meg Scott: 614-2169371. Mythological Symbolism of Roman Gods and Goddesses in Astrology – 1-4pm. Taught by Dr Zahid Hossain. Understand the meaning of the significance of ancient Roman Gods and Goddesses and the influence they have in your life when interpreted in your charts. $50. Anahata, 1065 5th Ave N,

Naples. Preregister: 262-0811. Crystal and Gemstones Workshop – 2pm. Learn how to choose, cleanse and work with your crystal 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. Healthy Happy Hour – 3-5pm. Join licensed holistic health professionals Pat Acerra and Karen Beatty and learn a simple to follow, affordable organic, vegan, nutritionally dense system of cleansing toxins out of the body and losing weight. Free. A Health and Beauty Clinic, Moorings Professional Bldg, 2335 9th St, Ste 303B, Naples. RSVP: 450-3985. See news brief, page 16. Wines, Cheese and Teas: An Evening with Clyde and Niki Butcher – 5-8pm. Admission includes a keynote speech by Clyde Butcher, social time with Clyde and his wife Niki and an assortment of wines, cheese and teas under the stars in the beautiful Peace Pavilion. Butcher’s most recent book and 2015 calendar will be available for purchase. $100. Happehatchee Nature Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 9225455. See news brief, page 20. Meal In The Field – 6pm. Bring a covered dish to share for a pot luck 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.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 18 Confessions of a Spiritually Promiscuous Woman – 2pm. Spiritual teacher and humorist Dr Pamela Gerali will present an amusing and inspiring onewoman show about the spiritual journey. $15. Unity Church of Bonita Springs, 28285 Imperial Pkwy, Bonita Springs. 947-3100. Meditation Seminar – 2-5pm. With Roy Eugene Davis, a direct disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda. Effective routines and techniques and a guided practice session. Donation. Center for Spiritual Living, 406 SE 24 Ave, Cape Coral. revgauvreau@gmail. com. See ad, page 36. Wand Construction – 3:30pm. Make your own wand using local materials available. Choose from a variety of local woods for your wand. Learn the history of the wand, what it is used for and how to cleanse and empower it. All materials are included. Bring additional embellishments such as crystals, gems, etc, if you would like. $30. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Soaring Sacred Sounds – 6:30pm. With Dana House. Evoke divine will through the empowering gongs and unconditional love through the gentle bowls for helping, healing, transformation and planetary and ancient aromatic blends. Bring mat, pillow and blanket. $15. Arthur Murray, 3339 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. RSVP: 571-5234.

MONDAY, JANUARY 19 Create Your Own Soul Fire Cards – 10am-1pm. With artist Rosemary Claire Allen. Connect with your own inner wisdom. Bring your wonder and playfulness as we work with textured watercolor paper, paints, glitter and pens to create one-of-a-kind affirmation cards. $47. Goddess I AM Healing & Art Center, Empire Plaza, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. RSVP: 228-6949.


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New Moon Sacred Sounds – 6:30pm. With Dana House. Using the elevating frequencies of the dynamic gongs and the ethereal bowls in setting forth your intentions to manifest the highest and greatest good for yourself and the cosmos. Bring pillow, blanket and mat. Suggested $15 donation. Light The Way Spiritual Center, 5600 Trail Blvd N, Ste 15, Naples. RSVP: 571-5234.

Medical Center. Weekly classes, materials, recordings for home practice. $530. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Circle, Ste 102, Bonita. Preregister: 590-9485. 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.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 20 Healthy Brain, Happy Life – 10am. With Christine Sullivan, Seize the Day Wellness. Six-week class to improve memory and brain power. Learn how to adopt a brain-healthy diet and lifestyle to reduce the risk of dementia and improve overall health. $199. NUCC, 5200 Crayton Rd, Naples. 250-2592. See news brief, page 19. Chelation Therapy Lecture – 12pm. Learn how heavy toxic metals bind to your tissues and an accumulation of toxic metals may contribute to many unhealthy conditions. Free. Chelation Center of Naples, 975 Imperial Golf Course Blvd, Ste 107, Naples. RSVP: 594-9355. See ad, page 59. Super New Moon Celebration – 7pm. With Cathy Blair. Set an intention for the new you, envision for you, Mother Earth and all of humanity. Let the singing bowls carry your request up into the universe. Bring beach chair and blanket. $25. Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Trail N, Naples. 403-9170.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21 Bel Canto, Live Opera – 12-3pm. With SWFL Italian opera singer Dino. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Nutrition Class – 7pm. Nutrition for pregnancy, lactation, postpartum and family. Pregnant moms receive a free gift. Free. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2, Naples. 5940400. Register:

SATURDAY, JANUARY 24 – 6pm. Eight-week stress-reduction course using mindfulness meditation, gentle yoga and scientific research pioneered by Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn at U Mass Medical Center. Weekly classes, materials, recordings for home practice. $530. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Circle, Ste 102, Bonita. Preregister: 590-9485. Movie Night: Food Matters – 6-8pm. Free. Genesis Non-GMO Vitamins and More, 877 91st Ave N, Ste 4, Naples. RSVP: 596-9017. See news brief, page 21. Learn to Deal with Anxiety – 6:30-8pm. Neuroscience-based, holistic approach. Group members will gain new tools for managing worry, stress and anxious thoughts. Confidentiality agreement. Includes relaxation, meditation techniques and selfcare strategies. Complements psychotherapy. $25. 9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 204, Bonita. Preregister: 948-9444. 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, all during the same evening with students and others willing to receive. $20. Light The Way Spiritual Center, 5600 Trail Blvd, Ste 15, Naples. 250-4710.

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

Goddess Circle – 7-8:30pm. With Reiki Master Pam Bzoch. $20. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preegister: 949-0749.


Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) – 9:30am. Eight-week stress-reduction course using mindfulness meditation, gentle yoga and scientific research pioneered by Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn at U Mass

Birding Home School Program – 9-11am. Learn about bird body parts and how to quickly identify birds in the field and join for a hike to finds birds using binoculars. Ages 8-12. $5/student. Caloosahatchee Regional Park, campground entrance, 19130 N River Rd, Alva. 822-5212. Register:


Goddess Yantra Painting – Jan 24-25. 1-6pm.With Mavis Gewant. Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 204, Naples. 692-9747. LoveYogaCenter. com. See ad, page 38. Reiki Clinic – 9am-12pm. Unique opportunity to receive a private 45-minute Reiki session by a volunteer practitioner at an affordable rate (value $75). Reduce stress, boost stamina, recover peace and balance. $11 fee offsets center’s costs. 9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 204, Bonita. Preregister: 948-9444. Empty Bowls Naples – 11am-2pm. Volunteerpainted bowls and local restaurants will donate soup and bread to participants in exchange for a $15 cash donation. Participants keep the bowl as a reminder of all the “empty bowls” in the world. The Harry Chapin Food Bank of SW Florida Empty Bowls Project is an international grassroots effort to raise both money and awareness in the fight to end hunger. Cambier Park, Naples. Betsy Dawson: 591-8848. See news brief, page 17. SWFL Dance Fest – 11am-4pm. Learn about different dance styles and local dance classes. Performances, demonstrations and challenges, plus a DJ for open dancing. Join a world record group hand jive attempt. Jet Blue Park, 11500 Fenway S Dr, Ft Myers. Restore and Renew – 1-3pm. With Kim Clayton and Laurie Orlando. 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 or $40 preregistered by 1/23. Bala Vinyasa Yoga, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 598-1938 or Explore Zentangle – 1-3:30pm. Explore the meditative art form, Zentangle. An easy-to-learn method of creating beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. No artistic ability needed. Promotes focus, relaxation and boosts artistic self confidence. $45. Health

Clean Eating, Clean Living – 12pm. Join Integrative Nutrition Health Coach Kristi Willems to learn how to eat and live clean. Tips will be given on how to shop, cook and eat clean and how to clean up your home environment. $20. The Riverview Suites, 27499 Riverview Center Blvd, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 444-4204. Usui Reiki Level II – 2pm. Learn long-distance healing method using channeled life force energies. Symbols, visualizations, meditations and exercise are included. Attunement and certification available upon completion. Prerequisite level one. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

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& Harmony, 15951 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. Meg Scott: 614-216-9371. Yin Harmony Retreat: Winter Season Tune-Up – 1-4:30pm. With Sue Lovett. Based on the Five Element theory of Chinese medicine, discover self-care practices to balance the meridian energy specific to each of the five seasons. Yin and restorative yoga, mindful movement, breath work and meditation to balance the water element of winter. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregistration required: 949-0749. Labyrinths – 2pm. Learn the history of various kinds and uses for labyrinths. Also learn how to make your own labyrinth. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 25 Forrest “Fire” – 1:30-3:30pm. Deepen your practice with a four-part yoga intensive designed to delve into the dynamics of the practice. Part II: Luminous Core. Brighten up your core and incorporate its luminosity to enhance your playfulness with fun arm balances and inversions. All ages and levels welcome. Naples Yoga Center, 13240 Tamiami Trail N, Ste 206, Naples. 592-4809.

MONDAY, JANUARY 26 Herbal Support for Health Conditions – 6-7:30pm. A discussion of the myriad herbal blends that are available over the counter to help support numerous health conditions and how to research and evaluate those that may help, while avoiding those that are based on phony science, hearsay and

one-party reference. Ada’s Natural Market, 7070 College Pkwy, Ft Myers. Preregister: 652-0421. See news brief, page 14. Healthy Happy Hour – 6-8pm. Join licensed holistic health professionals Pat Acerra and Karen Beatty and learn a simple-to-follow, affordable organic, vegan, nutritionally dense system of cleansing toxins out of the body and losing weight. Free. A Health and Beauty Clinic, Moorings Professional Bldg, 2335 9th St, Ste 303B, Naples. RSVP: 450-3985. MyPurim. com/ See news brief, page 16.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 27 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, JANUARY 28 Brain Health Talk – 6pm. With Christine Sullivan, Seize the Day Wellness. Learn why prevention is the best defense against memory loss and why it’s never too early or too late to start. Free. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Naples. 250-2592. SeizeTheDay See news brief, page 19. Angels, Gemstones and the Oracle – 6-6:30pm. Meet and greet with Margaret Ann Lembo, bestselling author. 6:30-9:30pm. Awaken the inner oracle to receive angelic gemstones messages. Learn how to use crystals to create reality and see how color and chakras give you the guidance you are seeking. $35 prepaid or $50 at the door. Goddess I AM Healing & Art Center, Empire Plaza, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. 228-6949.

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How to Diagnosis Hormone Deficiencies with Physical Exam – 6:30pm. With Deborah J Post, ARNP. Learn how to tell if there are primary hormone deficiencies in your body by looking in the mirror. Food & Thought Café, Naples. 481-5600.

~Martin Luther King, Jr.

Financial Freedom Now – 6:30-8pm. With David Essel, MS. Find financial peace of mind. Release underlying beliefs about money. Let go of spending habits. Follow the financial action steps to create financial and material peace of mind. Hyatt Regency Coconut Point, 5001 Coconut Rd, Bonita Springs. Register: See ad with coupon, page 15.

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Crystal Bowl Meditation – 7pm. With Cathy Blair. Combine the healing therapies of the Himalayan Salt and the alchemical singing bowls. Restore your spirit and rejuvenate your body in the loving frequencies of light. Bring beach chair and blanket. $25. Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 403-9170. 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.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 29 Caloosahatchee to Hickey’s Creek Kayak Trip – 9am-3pm. Paddlers should be in good physical condition and/or experienced for a five-mile roundtrip paddle on the Great Calusa Blueway. BYO drink, lunch, sunscreen, binoculars and clothing/shoes that can get wet. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. $40/pp, kayaking equipment included.


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Campground entrance, 19130 N River Rd, Alva. Register: 533-7440. First Anniversary Celebration – 11am-9pm. The Cider Press Café, 1201 Piper Blvd, Ste 26, Naples. 631-2500. See ad, page 52. Tea Leaf Reading: The Art of Tasseography – 2pm. 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. Spiritual Development Circle – 6:30-8pm. Rev Michelle Love leads this circle with care and skill. Utilizing proven methods the group learns and takes the necessary steps to develop spiritual awareness. This circle is for people who are exploring their natural abilities for: healing, prophecy and spirit communication. $20. Light The Way Spiritual Center, 5600 Trail Blvd, Ste 15, Naples. 250-4710. Margaret Ann Lembo Class – 6:30-9:30pm. Tap into the Akashic field with Archangel Michael: intuition, psychometry and billets. Practice different tools to increase your intuitive skills. $35 prepaid or $50 at the door. Goddess I AM Healing & Art Center, Empire Plaza, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. RSVP: 228-6949.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 30 Esoteric Healing Part I – Jan 30-Feb 2. 10am-6pm. With Maria Hubbuch. Learn techniques to heal yourself, pets and others. Using the ancient wisdom teachings, learn to align with your higher self and soul purpose. Learn to assess and treat the energy field to alleviate imbalance and promote optimal health. $450. 24 CEUs for massage therapists. Altered Elements Meditation Center, 5630 Yahl St, Naples. 910-6576 or

SATURDAY, JANUARY 31 World Wetlands Day Festival – Jan 31-Feb 2. Three days of environmental learning and fun for the entire family. Back country adventures in a swamp buggy; boardwalk themed walks; kids’ exhibits; and art and music performances will be event highlights. Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, 375 Sanctuary Rd W, Naples. 348-9151. See news brief, page 18. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) Info Session – 10-11:30am. An information session for anyone in the community suffering from overeating, food obsession, under-eating, or bulimia or concerned family and friends. FA is a nonprofit 12-Step fellowship based on the principles of AA. There are no dues or fees for members. Free. Moorings Presbyterian Church, 791 Harbour Dr, Naples. Nancy O: 352-0527. 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. Smallwood Music Fest – 11am. A spectacular array of performers will turn out to help the beleaguered Smallwood Store and Museum. Music all day, arts and crafts booths, raffles and auction. BYO chair. $40/VIP seating, or $10 general admission goes to the Smallwood Benefit Fund. Everglades City. Info/ tickets:

Discover the Enneagram – 1-3:30pm. Explore nine personality types or natures. What makes you tick? Discover your strengths and your weaknesses and explore your true nature. $45. Health & Harmony, 15951 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. Meg Scott: 614216-9371.

ness instead of distance from their disagreements. Learn tools to create intimacy, understanding and acceptance instead of withholding, expectations and resentment. Beacon Executives Suites, 8359 Beacon Blvd, Ft Myers. Info/tuition: 939-4769. See news brief, page 20.

supplements companies will offer information and special promotions. Food & Thought, 2132 Tamiami Trail N, Naples. 213-2222. See ad on page 45 and news brief on page 12.

The Elements of Floating – 1-3:30pm. With Hanna Riley. Practice the balance between strength and softness, focus and flow and learn to find your core and float with ease. Course is eligible for RYT continuing education and as credit towards our 300-hour yoga teacher training program. $45 drop in or $40 preregistered by 1/30. Bala Vinyasa Yoga, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 598-1938 or

Planting Peace: Words and Music for an Awakening World – 6:30pm. Join for an evening of uplifting original music and a lecture by Dr Will Tuttle about his acclaimed best-seller The World Peace Diet. Complimentary refreshments served. Donations accepted. Unity Church, 11120 Ranchette Rd, Ft Myers. 278-1511. See news brief, page 11.

Self-Help Acupressure – 9-12pm. Learn the Seva Stress Release Protocol for self-care, addressing a wide range of needs, including general relaxation and well-being or extreme shock and stress. Demonstration and hands-on practice. Includes chakra tai chi. No previous bodywork experience required. $60. 3 CEUs. Naples. Alvina: 732-266-5276.

Late Life Transition: The Re-Marriage of Spirit and Matter – 1:30-4:30pm. Facilitated by Joseph G Spano, MD, and Vera Lindabury. Resources for transcending disease and distress. $45 love offering. Proceeds to Unity Church of Naples. Fellowship Hall at Unity of Naples, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. 403-4794. Register:

Skills for Awakening – 8:30am-Noon. Ramgiri Braun, PhD in transpersonal psychology, founder of Kashi Ashram, will facilitate this program. Institute for Evolving Spirituality at Lamb of God Church, 19691 Cypress View Dr, Ft Myers. RSVP: Mary Ann Whalen:

plan ahead THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 5 Mastery of Teaching Restorative Yoga – Feb 5-6. 12-5pm. With Debi Grilo. This 10-hour restorative yoga teacher training will give yoga teachers the basic tools needed to lead a restorative practice. Be prepared for lecture, discussion, practice and practice teaching restorative poses. RYT continuing education credit. Bring mat, snack, water, journal and pen. $175 drop-in or $160 enrolled by 2/4. Bala Vinyasa Yoga, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 598-1938 or Florida Mental Health Counselors Association Conference – Feb 5-7. Silvia Casabianca, director of the Eyes Wide Open holistic center in Bonita will be a featured speaker. Her presentation, Regaining Body Wisdom: Rewiring the Brain through Touch and Movement, will cover how applying the principles can be essential to help a person lead a healthier life. Orlando Marriot. See news brief, page 19.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 6 Loving Couples Course – Feb 6-8. With instructors Tina and Pete Crumpacker, who have been married 30 years. Couples will learn how to create close-


Reflexology Class – 9am-3pm. With lunch break. Release stress from the whole body through the hands and feet. $100. 6 CEUs Holistic Healing Arts, Naples. Alvina: 732-266-5276. The Four Agreements – 1-3:30pm. A comprehensive conversation that will teach you how to incorporate the principles of Don Miguel Ruiz’s book into your life. Explore real-life scenarios using these ancient tools as a means to transform your relationships with yourself and others. Bring a mat, journal, pen and water. $55 drop in or $50 enrolled/ paid by 2/6. Bala Vinyasa Yoga, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 598-1938 or


Seva/Stress Release Protocol – 9am-12pm and 1-4pm. Developed by Aminah Raheem and process acupressure teachers. Learn acupoints to help self and others. No prior experience needed. $120. NCBTMB and FL 6 CEUs. Naples. Alvina: 732266-5276.

TUESDAY, MARCH 3 Crossing Over – 7pm. Live with John Edward, Psychic Medium. Harborside Event Center, 1375 Monroe St, Ft Myers. Tickets: 1-800-514-3849 or See ad, page 41.

FRIDAY, MARCH 6 Jenn Pike Workshop – Mar 6-8. Topics include: Ignite the Fire Within; The Metabolic Firestarter; Cortisol, Insulin, Sugar and Stress; Treat Your Body Like the Goddess It Is. Ruby and Pearls, 6420 Plantation Park Court, Ste 104, Ft Myers. 768-1021. See ad, page 20.


SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 8 Baptiste Yoga Intensive – 1-6pm. Create a strong foundation from which to build upon in order to explore a new kind of strength, vitality, freedom and power. A challenging and energizing physical practice, meditation practice and self inquiry used as tools for transformation. Bring a yoga mat, towel, water and journal. Yoga Alliance CEUs available. Naples Yoga Center, 13240 Tamiami Trail N, Ste 206, Naples. 592-4809.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20 Health Freedom Summit – Feb 20-22. A variety of health commentators will speak on timely and relevant ecological and health related issues. Vendors from organic food, body care and nutritional

Costa Rica Yoga and Surf Adventure Retreat – Mar 14-20. With Jennifer Colucci, owner of Awakening Through Synergy and partner in 3rd Eye Yoga Surf Adventures. Villa Shambalah, Playa Negra, Costa Rica. Elisa Perez: 805-6268400. Holistic Holiday at Sea – Mar 14-21. Life-transforming discussions on the benefits of a plant-based diet and other health and wellness activities with a community of 1,700 fellow passengers takes place aboard the luxurious, eco-friendly, Italian MSC Divina. More than 130 classes on food preparation, yoga, Pilates, meditation and other topics related to natural well-being. Departs from and returns to Miami. 1-800-496-0989. HolisticHolidayAtSea. com. See ad, page 69.

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Cycling Class for Parkinson’s – 12:30-2pm. Find support with 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. Afraid of people and authority figures? You don’t need to be anymore. 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.

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 Yoga in Nature – 9am, Tues-Sat and 6pm, Wed and Thurs. $10. Happehatchee Nature Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 922-5455.

Drum Circle – 5-9pm. Drummers, dancers, jugglers, everyone welcome. BYO chair and instrument. Under the pavilion by the water in Centennial Park, Ft Myers. Facebook page: Fort Myers Drum Circle. 935-5551.


members, $20/nonmembers and includes admission. 4820 Bayshore Dr, Naples. 598-1938.

Mindfulness Meditation Classes – 5:30-7:30pm. Crystal-clear mindfulness meditation instruction and Buddhist philosophy. UUCFM, 13411 Shire Ln, Ft Myers. 910-6598.

Traditional Meditation – 8am. Learn traditional meditation and the Five Tibetan Rites to reduce stress, improve health and rejuvenate yourself. Ayurveda Massage & Yoga Institute, 501 Goodlette Rd N, Ste A107, Naples. Register: 450-6903.

Manatee Kayak Tour on Rivers and Creek – 10am-2pm. Get up close and personal and learn about their history, habitat and habits. Includes equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides. Ft Myers. 694-5513.

Unity of Ft Myers – 9:15am and 11am service. With Rev Jim Rosemergy, minister. Susie Hulcher, music. Youth ministry at 11am. Open to all. 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511.

Gentle Vinyasa Flow – 10:15-11:15am. With Meredith Musick. Yoga Loft, Naples Strada at Mercato. Naples. 269-8846.

Celebration Church Services – 9:30-10:30am. A church that meets outdoors, welcomes everyone and has a huge heart. 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 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. Yoga in the Garden – 10-11am. With Susie Lentz. Join Bala Vinyasa Yoga at Naples Botanical Gardens for a fun, all levels, rain or shine class. $10/

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. 455-6553. Science of Mind Spirit Study Group – 10:3011:30am. Based on the Science of Mind book, This Thing is You, by Ernest Holmes. Donation. Happehatchee Nature Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 922-5455. Unitarian Universalist Church of Ft Myers Sunday Service – 10:30-11:30am. All welcome. 13411 Shire Ln, Ft Myers. 561-2700. Yoga Lab – 11:30-12:45pm. With Meredith Musick. Hatha yoga level 2-3. Yoga Loft, Naples Strada at Mercato. Naples. 269-8846.

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.

monday Beachcombing and Shelling Lecture – 10am. Through April. Free. Entrance fee without park permit. Barefoot Beach Preserve Learning Center, Barefoot Beach Blvd, Bonita. Mindful Teens – 3-4pm. Build positive healthy coping skills, improve self-regulation. With rotating teachers. $20. $70/4 sessions, or $10 for current clients. Monarch Therapy, Naples. 325-9210. Caterpillar Kids Club – 4:30-5:30pm. Ages 5-12 build positive coping skills, improve focus, self control, self-regulation. With rotating teachers. $20. $70/4 sessions, or $10 for current clients. Monarch Therapy, Naples. 325-9210. YoPiBa Class – 5-6pm. With Susie Birchenough. A fusion of movements that integrates elements of yoga, dance exercises, Pilates, barre, toning and breathing. $15 drop in. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Prenatal Yoga – 6-7pm. With Cheryl Bernardi. Yoga and movement exercises for pregnancy. Breathing techniques, relaxation, pain management. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way. 248-7931. 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. Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA) – 6:30pm. 12step meeting. Lamb of God Church, 19691 Cypress View Dr, Ft Myers. Rob: 948-9162.


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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 Trail N, Naples. Nancy: 352-0527. Reiki Healing – 7pm. 1st and 3rd Mon. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, Fellowship Hall, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. 775-3009. Gurdjieff Fourth Way Study Group – 7-8pm. An exploration of the teachings of GI Gurdjieff with readings and discussions. Introductory sessions meet at Unity Church of Bonita Springs. Info: 565-1410. Meditation Series – 7-8pm. With Joann Lawrence. Four-week series based on The Four Agreements, by Miquel Ruiz. $10. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Basic Hatha Yoga – 7:15-8:15pm. With Cheryl Bernardi. Emphasis on structural alignment. Postures and traditional breath-enhancing techniques. Guided meditation. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way. 248-7931.

tuesday 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. RSVP: 948-9444.

Beach Yoga – 8:45-9:45am. 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.

Art, Nature and Organic Lunch – 10am-4pm. Tour the historic property and buildings. Guided tour available 11am-2pm for $15. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749.

Guided Nature Walk – 9-11am. 1st Tue. Through May. Explore natural plant communities. Limit 25 participants. Free with paid parking. Hickey’s Creek Mitigation Park, Alva. Info: 822-5212.

Nia – 10:30-11:30am. With Valerie Hill. Limit 15 people. $15. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 949-0749.

Guided Nature Walk – 9-11am. 3rd Tue. Through May. Walk through natural plant communities. Limit 25 participants. Free with paid parking. Caloosahatchee Regional Park, Alva. Info: 694-0398.

Cycling Class for Parkinson’s – 12:30-2pm. Find support with 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.

Santini Sunrise Fresh Market – 9am-1pm. Live music. Optional pet food donation for Find a Home/ Give a Home Island Pet Rescue. Santini Marina Plaza, 7225 Estero Blvd, Ft Myers Beach. 443-8810. Qigong, Tai Chi and Meditation – 9:30-10:30am. Michelle Love leads a gentle, low-impact class utilizing the ancient practices of qigong, tai chi and meditation in one therapeutic session. Beginners welcome. $10. Light The Way Spiritual Center, 5600 Trail Blvd, Ste 15, Naples. 250-4710. La Leche League – 10am. 2nd Tue. Motherto-mother breastfeeding support group. Summit Church, 19601 Ben Hill Griffin Pkwy, Ft Myers. 489-3095. 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.

The Art of Bel Canto – 4-5pm. Group voice lessons with Dino Valle, director of SWFL Italian Opera. $20. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 949-0749. Hatha Yoga – 5:30pm. With Chris Neal. Beginners to advanced. Quiet your mind, improve balance, range of motion, performance. $15. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita. 948-9444. Family Drumming Event – 6pm. 1st Tue. With Cheryl Lynn Patton. You do not need a drum to join our magical event. We have many drums from Africa, Cuba, Brazil, etc. For parents and children of all age. $10 per family. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 and 3, Naples. RSVP: 272-6152. Adult Children of Alcoholic/Dysfunctional Families – 6:30-8pm. Afraid of people and authority figures? You don’t need to be anymore. YANA Foundation Building, 1185 Lake McGregor Dr, Ft Myers. Jane: 728-7106.

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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. Spano’s Meditation – 7pm. 2nd and 4th Tues. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, 2000 Unity Way. 775-3009. Ecstatic Kirtan – 7:15-8:45pm. Last Tue of the month. 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 and 3, Naples. 272-6152.

wednesday 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 Trail N, Naples. Nancy: 352-0527. Yamuna Body Rolling Class – 9-10am. $18. Selfmassage techniques to create space back into the body and tone muscles. Call to reserve balls. Arthur Murray Dance Center, Naples. Patti: 649-0814. Exploring Coastal Estuaries – 10am. Through April. Guided walk. Free. Entrance fee without park

permit. Barefoot Beach Preserve Learning Center, Barefoot Beach Blvd, Bonita. Women Seeking Serenity Through the 12 Steps – 10am. Free. Hope Lutheran Church, Old US 41, Bonita. Carol: 676-7793. Personalized Yoga Class – 10-11am. With Raquel Austin, 31 years teaching experience. Small group. Drop-ins welcome. $15. 1644 Trade Center Way, Naples. 566-2284. 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. Art, Nature and Organic Lunch – 10am-4pm. Tour the historic property and buildings. Guided tour available 11am-2pm for $15. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Shake, Rattle and Roll – 11am-12pm. 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. Urantia Book Study Group – 11:45am-1:15pm. Unity of Fort Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd, Ft Myers. 989-4052. Sunset Beach Yoga – 5-6pm. With Candice Oligney. Take your practice outdoors at Delnor-Wiggins State Park. Enjoy yoga while being surrounded by the beauty of nature. $5 per class and state park entry fees. Naples. Info: 598-1938 or Healing, Prayer and Meditation Service – 6pm.

1st Wed. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, Sanctuary, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. 775-3009. Medical Qigong – 6:30pm. With Silvia Casabianca. Mediation and exercises. Holistic system that supports health and healing. Free for Eyes Wide Open students/clients. Eyes Wide Open, Bonita. 948-9444. 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 and 4th Wed. We read from the text and give our interpretation. Everyone is welcome. Love offering. Unity Church of Bonita Springs, 28285 Imperial Pkwy, Bonita. 272-5456. Compassionate Friends: Collier County Group – 7:30pm. 1st and 3rd Wed. For bereaved parents. YMCA, 5450 YMCA Rd, Naples. Anne Arbelaez: 287-5968. Compassionate Friends: Lee County Group – 7:30pm. 3rd Wed. For bereaved parents. YMCA, 1360 Royal Palm Sq Blvd, Ft Myers. Anne Arbelaez: 287-5968.

thursday Positively Yoga – 8-9am. With Susie Birchenough. $15 drop in. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Gentle Yoga and Relaxation – 8-9:30am. With Peggy Sealfon. Traditional hatha (movement), raja (stillness) and guided relaxation for comprehensive rejuvenation and renewal. $20. $70/4 sessions, or $10 for current clients. Monarch Therapy, Naples. 325-9210. Beach Yoga – 8:45-9:45am. 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. Gentle Yoga – 9am-10am. Free. For Goodness Sake Organic Market, 7211 Radio Rd, Naples. Register: 353-7778. The McGregor Fresh Market – 9am-1pm. A fresh and artsy market with a twist. Faith United Methodist Church, 15690 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 443-8810. YoPiBa – 9:15-10:15am. With Susie Birchenough. A fusion of movements that integrates elements of yoga, dance exercises, Pilates, barre, toning and breathing. $15 drop-in. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Susie: 315-730-7182. Women Seeking Serenity Through the 12 Steps – 9:30am. Free. Lamb of God Church, 19691 Cypress View Dr, Estero. Helen: 992-4864. Art, Nature and Organic Lunch – 10am-4pm. Tour the historic property and buildings. Guided tour available 11am-2pm for $15. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Yoga for Veterans – 10:30-11:30am. 2nd and


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4th Thurs. 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.

Drop-ins welcome. $15. 1644 Trade Center Way, Naples. 566-2284.

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.

Co-Dependents Anonymous – 12pm. Hope Lutheran Church, Old 41 Rd, Bonita. Sally: 948-9162.

New Hope Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA) – 5:30-6:45pm. New Hope Presbyterian Church, 3825 McGregor Blvd, Room 106, Ft Myers. 931-9009. Reiki Circle – 6:30pm. 2nd and 4th Thurs. With Reiki master Silvia Casabianca. Open to all. Satsang, meditation, brief treatment. Contribute tea or crackers. Love offering. Eyes Wide Open Center, Bonita. 948-9444. Ecstatic Dance – 6:30-8:30pm. 1st Thur. With Andrea Bowes. Move to a playlist that will rise and fall like a wave. Wear comfortable and moveable clothing. Bring water. $15. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 and 3, Naples. RSVP: 272-6152. 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-tomother breastfeeding support group. Children welcome. Free. St Hilary’s Episcopal Church, 5001 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 454-1350. Peaceful Mind – 7-8:30pm. Relax, release and reset. Unwind and energize through use of breath, sound, humor and relaxation exercises. With rotating teachers. $20, $70/four weeks or $10 for clients. Monarch Therapy, Naples. 325-9210. Transformational Breath – 7-8:30pm. 2nd and 4th Thurs. With Carrie Sopko. $15. 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 Restorative Yoga and Crystal Bowls – 9am10:15am. With Sue Lovett. Quiet the mind, soothe the nervous system and increase mind/body awareness in nature. $15 drop in. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Beachcombing and Shelling Lecture – 10am. Through April. Free. Entrance fee without park permit. Barefoot Beach Preserve Learning Center, Barefoot Beach Blvd, Bonita. La Leche League – 10am. 2nd Fri. Mother-tomother breastfeeding support group. Center Point Community Church, 6590 Golden Gate Pkwy, Naples. 404-4933. Personalized Yoga Class – 10-11am. With Raquel Austin, 31 years teaching experience. Small group.

Gentle Vinyasa Flow Yoga – 10:15-11:15am. With Meredith Musick. Yoga Loft, Naples Strada at Mercato. Naples. 269-8846.


Fee for classifieds is a minimum charge of $20 for up to the first 20 words and $1 for each additional word. Cycling Class for Parkinson’s – 12:30-2pm. Find To place an ad, email NAclassifieds@ support with 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.


Sunset/Bird Rookery Kayak Tour – 3:15-6:15pm. On the Caloosahatchee River. See thousands of birds coming in to roost for the night. $40. Includes equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides, Ft Myers. 694-5513.

ZEN-LIKE MINI-SPA – 11-foot-by-12-foot treat-

Sacred Healing Circles – 6:30-9pm. First three Fridays. Includes sound elements for health and wellbeing. Dress appropriately for the weather. Bring a mat, flashlight and a favorite blanket. $15 donation. Happehatchee Nature Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 922-5455.

$600/month, yearly lease. Nancy: 246-3838.

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.

ment room with cabinets and windows available. Perfect for massage, esthetics, energy healer or other. Off US 41 by Promenade in Bonita Springs.

OPPORTUNITIES MASSAGE THERAPIST NEEDED – In search of honest, reliable therapist to help in Bonita Springs. Certain qualifications required. More details: Sheila: 431-0269. QIGONG TEACHER WANTED – Seeking experienced qigong teacher with local following in


North Naples and Bonita. Terms negotiable. Contact

Outdoor Farmers’ Market – 8am-1pm. Through May. Galleria Shoppes at Vanderbilt, NW corner of Airport and Vanderbilt Beach Rd, N Naples. 273-2350. Guided Nature Walk – 9-10am. Through April. Free. Entrance fee to the park without permit. Barefoot Beach Preserve Learning Center, Barefoot Beach Blvd. SEEKING PERSONAL BUSINESS ASSISTANT – 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 em-

Guided Nature Walk – 9-11am. 1st Sat. Walk through natural plant communities. Limit 25 participants. Free with paid parking. Caloosahatachee Regional Park, Alva. Info: 694-0398.

power a senior citizen to continue to produce value

Green Market – 9am-1pm. Alliance for the Arts, Ft Myers. 939-2787.

be renegotiated as the work relationship develops.

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. La Leche League – 10am. 3rd Sat. Mother-tomother breastfeeding support group. Children welcome. Free. Lee County Public Library, Lehigh Acres. 823-8219. Lecture Series – 10am. Through April. Different topic each week. Free. Entrance fee to the park without permit. Barefoot Beach Preserve Learning Center, Barefoot Beach Blvd. 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. David Essel Alive – 6-9pm EST. Get inspired. Join the national radio show with guests like Deepak Chopra and Wayne Dyer. Tune in at

to humanity. The initial agreement will include a five-to-10-hour/week work commitment that will Bill: 597-7372.

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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. AXIS NATURAL MEDICINE


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 971 Michigan Ave, Naples 34103 239-262-6828

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

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 23.

ACUPUNCTURE CENTER OF NAPLES 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 21.

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, biopuncture and B12 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. AP2378, MM29338.


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 34.

NICHOLAS A. SHIRGHIO, A.P. D.O.M 3811 Airport Pulling Road N, #206 (Across from Grey Oaks), Naples 239-777-7063

Licensed Acupuncture Physician helping relieve pain in Naples for 17 years. Specializing in relieving painful conditions with acupuncture, and bio-puncture. See ad, page 57.

PHYLLIS C. WEBER, AP Oriental Medicine 239-841-6611, Naples 239-936-4199, 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 18.


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.


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 79.


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 consulations, 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.

N othing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on Earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude. ~Thomas Jefferson 82

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Certified Advanced Rolfer™ Member – The Rolf Institute, since 1995 Member – The International Association of Structural Integrators, since 2004 2335 Tamiami Tr N, #206, Naples 239-825-8555 You can stand straighter, breathe deeply, move more easily with Rolfing®. Injuries, repetitive strain, even favorite sports and hobbies can create chronic tightness and pain; Rolfing unwinds patterns of pain and restriction. Call for free initial consultation and brief sample of the technique. MA32084/MM29763.

FEET FIRST REFLEXOLOGY Mary Ann Mugaas, NCR 5051 Castello Dr, Naples 261-8833

Reflexology is a natural system of relaxation based on the principles that the body is reflected on the feet. The application of pressure to these areas promotes circulation, balance and relaxation. Nationally certified. Practicing since 1986. MA24479, MM8962.

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.


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.


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 75.




239-821-3088, by appt. (Collier & Lee) Trained at the Upledger Institute, Paula utilizes CranioSacral Therapy combined with HeartC en ter ed Th er ap y, S o mato Emotional Release™, Lymphatic Drainage, love and nurturement to foster the healing your body needs. Doula services. MA35358.


Certified Advanced Rolfer Advanced Cranial Therapist Advanced Visceral Therapist Certified Movement Educator Naturopathic Wellness Consulting By Appointment: 239-272-6443

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.


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

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 30.

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.

P eople seldom refuse help, if one offers it in the right way. ~A. C. Benson

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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 63.


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 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 73.


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


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

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.

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 ads, pages 10 and 45.


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 27.



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.

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 26.


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


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

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


1201 Piper Blvd, Ste 26, Naples 34110 239-631-2500 Your gourmet, raw vegan dining destination! Our menu is 100% gluten free. Experience flavors that pop. Discover how delicious healthy food can be. See ad, page 52.

“ 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.

T here can be no existence of evil as a force to the healthy-minded individual. ~William James


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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.



9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 113, Bonita Springs 239-481-5600 • 239-481-5603 fax


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 25.





INTUITIVE READINGS AWAKEN TO THE TAROT WITH KIM 1342 Royal Palm Square Blvd, Ft Myers 239-910-0883 by appointment only

A Tarot reading is a gift to the soul. It provides positive information to encourage you towards spiritual growth and peace. $70/hour; $40/30 minutes.

Certified Ayurveda & Master Clinical Hypnosis 2335 Tamiami Trail N, Ste 206, Naples 239-692-6211 •

Lucy Finch Certified Crystal Healer Seraphim Blueprint Teacher 532 Park St, Naples 34102 239-430-0654 Stand in the healing center surrounded by chakra balancing crystals and receive refreshing reenergizing relief. Enjoy the eclectic variety of jazzy jewelry, art and specimen rocks, crystals and healing tools. See ad, page 16.


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 23.


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 29.


7070 College Pkwy, Ft Myers 33907 Mon-Sat: 9am-8pm, Sun: 9am-7pm Ph: 239-939-9600 • Fax: 239-288-6210 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 35.

I’m here to assist you in fulfilling your life’s purpose using simple and natural methods: hypnosis, stress relief, natural wisdom, shamanism, healing encounters, ayurveda, dance and yoga.

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

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.


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.


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.

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

Upledger Institute instructor. 30 years 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.



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.



1722 Del Prado Blvd S, Ste 12, Cape Coral 239-573-9200 • Specializing in painless, noninvasive treatment promoting a natural approach to healthy living. Gentle homeopathic management for foot and ankle problems. Traumeel, Prolo Therapy. Boardcertified.

Downing-Frye Realty, Inc Naples • 239-269-7788 • Florida native, loving and selling Naples since 1977. Karen knows the market, offers expert 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!

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.


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 50.

T here is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age. ~Sophia Loren


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