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Welcome to 2018, everyone! This issue marks the 24th anniversary of Natural Awakenings, and we invite you to join us in celebrating the magazine’s fresh, bold redesign. It’s all intended to serve you even better via a new logo, snappy layout, larger graphics and overall crisp look and feel aligned with the times. It represents the commitment of our high-energy family of 80+ publishers to provide up-to-date content in a reader-friendly context. Many people I encounter are more than ready to leave much of 2017 behind, including the series of natural and manmade upheavals that distinctly show that old mindsets and ways of operating aren’t working for us anymore, both in our personal lives and the collective human consciousness. A friend and I laughed recently in recounting yet another stressful event when I commented: “Oh, that was so 2017… we’ve moved past it now that we’re moving into new 2018 energy.” I’ve been diligent in working to overcome sources of stress using many of the tips you’ll find in this month’s “Dial Down Stress” feature article by Lisa Marshall on page 36. In doing so, I’ve been forced to let go of old patterns and ways of being that no longer serve me. I’m convinced that as we do this in our inner life and personal circles, it ripples out into the world. Observing the larger picture from this standpoint, I’m focused on how individual and collective paradigms of fear and separation are being replaced with cooperative alliances, trust, faith and the means to empower one another to make decisions for the greater good. In contrast to news reports of escalating violence and increasing polarization, I’m discerning evidence to the contrary. People are embracing their differences while discovering our underlying oneness, open-hearted conversations are on the rise, innovative solutions are emerging and people are feeling more empowered to make a difference in their own lives and those of others. So I am boldly leaping into 2018 expressing a deeper, heartfelt commitment to our collective awakening to who we are and the kind of world we are capable of creating together. I’ve discovered some sure kick-starters to fresh, hopeful feelings that you might find work for you, too. They include lending a helping hand to someone in need; telling people close to you that you love and appreciate them; and admiring the beauty in nature’s big and little wonders all around us. Beginning with the first breath and thought when you awaken each morning, envision the kind of world you want to live in and align all your thoughts, words and actions with your intentions. Just take one breath, thought and step at a time… mindfully, calmly, lovingly. I am always grateful for the loving, wise, supportive advertisers and contributors that fill the pages of Natural Awakenings with their special energy each month. I encourage you to step out of your comfort zone in this new year to make the most of the opportunities presented here and elsewhere; try something that stretches and expands you, and then keep going. Here’s to your best year ever!

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Fisher to Host Two Group Programs


icensed Clinical Social Worker and Psychotherapist Ann M. Fisher, in Naples, will host two, six-week group programs to help participants be their best selves and improve their physical, emotional and spiritual health. A Happier Hour begins January 29 and will examine the relationship that many have with alcohol. Participants will have Ann M. Fisher the opportunity to meet with other women that are also examining the role of alcohol in their lives. Fisher will host a Wellness Circle beginning February 1, offering expert advice on how mindfulness and positive self-care can improve health and sustained well-being. The first group examines the research about the impact of alcohol on women’s health in a safe, non-judgmental setting. The second program will provide many techniques to improve physical and mental health, including mindfulness, relaxation, cognitive-behavioral strategies, movement and nutrition, in a small, highly supportive setting. Fisher also provides therapeutic services for individuals, couples and families to create positive change and sustained wellbeing. “I can help you clarify your personal goals and develop a plan for change that nurtures resilience, restores a sense of balance and brings joy to your life,� she says. Location: 5100 Tamiami Tr. N., Ste. 103. For more information or an appointment, call 781-771-8068, email AnnMFisher3@gmail. com or visit See ad, page 53.


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ee Harris, owner of D-Signed Nutrition, will present Introduction to Cancer Care and Prevention with Nutrition, Lifestyle and Other Modalities, a six-part monthly Dee Harris series, from 5:45 to 7 p.m., beginning January 24, at Wellbridges, in Bonita Springs. Participants will learn about locally available alternative treatments, the power of meditation and how to practice it effectively, the importance of sleep and how to improve it for healing, stress management and post-treatment detoxification. Individuals and families faced with a cancer challenge have better outcomes when they are empowered and educated. Harris wants to dispel the common misconception that nutrition has nothing to do with cancer, contending that it is one of the most important factors in the prevention and healing process. The classes will educate and empower participants with tips and strategies to implement immediately to help decrease the risk of cancer risk and improve quality of life during treatments. Cost: free first class and $20 for remaining five. Location: 9200 Bonita Beach Rd., Ste. 213. For more information or to register, call 239-676-5249 or email See ad, page 54.

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Grand Opening of Paradise Wellness and Event Center


he Paradise Wellness and Event Center, located at 28410 Bonita Crossings Boulevard, Suite 11, in Bonita Professional Park, will hold a Grand Opening event from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., January 6. In addition to participating in a spa package raffle valued at $500, attendees can visit several vendors and enjoy giveaways, music and food. The 8,400-square-foot facility is open seven days a week, offering spa services, workshops, exercises, coaching and more. For more information, call 239-253-4862 or visit See ad, page 23.

Monarch Wellness Opens Second Location


ith the opening of a new facility at 1250 Tamiami Trail, Suite 206, in Naples, Monarch Wellness now has two locations to serve our area. The new site serves as a safe space that empowers children, teens and adults to reach their fullest potential through emotional transformations of peace, balance and purpose. Monarch Wellness offers many services, including professional and life counseling to better handle anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder, relationships and many other life situations and experiences; corporate wellness; therapeutic and caterpillar kids’ yoga; meditation; and restorative sound. Original location: 12264 Tamiami Tr. E., Ste. 202. For more information or an appointment, call 239-231-3208 or visit See ad, page 33.


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Hypnosis Counseling Center Opens in Fort Myers


he Hypnosis Counseling Center is open at 10453 Washingtonia Palm Way, in Fort Myers. The center offers individual and group sessions in smoking cessation and weight loss, as well as Director Barry Wolfson’s Keep New Year’s Barry Wolfson Resolutions group classes in stress management and improving sleep and golf performances in Naples and Bonita Springs. These classes are provided in conjunction with the Florida Gulf Coast University’s Renaissance Academy. The Hypnosis Counseling Center has been in operation for more than 30 years, with four offices in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. It has provided group sessions in more than 30 adult schools, as well as many universities, hospitals and Fortune 500 companies. Wolfson has a master’s degree in counseling and 31 years of experience in hypnotherapy. Hypnosis taps into the area of the brain that is typically unavailable to aid people in achieving goals that are difficult to do on their own.

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Hohle to Speak on Improving Time Management


ave Hohle, a Christian Science practitioner, teacher and international speaker from Chicago, will present Time is Not a Factor in Your Life, a talk about gaining freedom from the limitations of time concerns, at 3 p.m., January 13, at the Lely South Regional Library, in Naples. Sponsored by the Christian Science Church in Naples, event attendees will learn to overcome time Dave Hohle limitations to accomplish their goals and needs. Child care is provided. “This talk distinguishes between time and timeliness, age and agelessness, and encourages freedom from mortal limitations associated with time by understanding more about the spiritual nature of life,” says Hohle. “This understanding leads to freedom, more productivity and more harmony.” Admission is free. Location: 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy. For more information, call 239-434-2035 or email

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Open House at Wellbridges Health Center


ellbridges Health Center, in Bonita Springs, will host an Open House from 5 to 8 p.m., January 12. The event features healthy food, chair massages, office tours and the Deb Post opportunity to meet owner and Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner Deb Post, along with other new therapists. Visitors are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to the Bonita Springs Assistance Office. The professionals at Wellbridges practice functional medicine, helping clients find solutions to problems that they may not have known existed. Location: 9200 Bonita Beach Rd., Ste. 213. For more information, call 239-231-8354, email or visit See ad, page 61.

Barre Fusion Offers Free Pilates Demo Class and Discounts


he Barre Fusion Pilates Studio, in Naples, is kicking off the new year with a free Pilates Power Reformer demonstration class from noon to 1 p.m., January 9. The studio will also offer discounted rates for ongoing package or single-class sessions. Nine spots are available. Participants must arrive at least 15 minutes beforehand and bring water and toe socks, which can be purchased on-site if needed. Location: 13040 Livingston Rd., Ste. 2. For more information or to preregister (required), call 239-231-4178 or email Lisa@ See ad, page 16.


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12 Powers of Soul Lessons at Unity of Fort Myers


everend Clive deLaporte, the new minister and spiritual leader at Unity of Fort Myers, will begin a series of lessons this month on The 12 Powers of the Soul, focusing on the spiritual abilities we already possess. The classes will help attendees understand each power and its relevance in their lives. The series will conReverend Clive tinue one Sunday of each month. deLaporte deLaporte will focus on faith, strength, wisdom, love, power, imagination, understanding, will, order, zeal, elimination and culminate with life, the 12th power, in December. Attendees will receive spiritual insight and inspiration to reach a deeper understanding and fuller experience of the soul’s faculties, abilities and powers for authentic wholeness, health and happiness. deLaporte will guide the Sunday services, Wednesday evening meditations and offer workshops throughout the year. Location: 11120 Ranchette Rd. For more information, call 239-596-8917, email or visit See ad, page 56.

Tasty Event to Support Project HELP


njoy chocolate treats generously donated by local restaurants, bakeries, hotels, chefs and caterers, plus hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, wine and more, while supporting Project HELP at the 21st annual Chocolate Extravaganza, from 6 to 9 p.m., January 20, at Hodges University, in Naples. The event includes music, dancing, raffles, costume contests and silent auctions. Project HELP is a nonprofit organization staffed by professional counselors and advocates committed to providing hope, empowerment and healing to those affected by sexual violence, sudden death and other crimes.

Cost: $95. Location: 2655 Northbrooke Dr. For more information or to register, call 239-649-1404, email ProjectHelp@ or visit Potential donors and sponsors may call 239-649-5520 or email Eileen@

Di Palma Opens Dental Practice in Naples


oard-Certified Orthodontist Dr. Dennis Di Palma has opened Bella Braces at 9975 Tamiami Trail North, Suite 4, in Naples. Specializing in providing discount braces for adults, he is offering a free initial consultation for new clients. Di Palma provides nickel-free hypoaller- Dr. Dennis Di Palma genic braces, as well as standard silver braces, clear ceramic braces, lingual braces and Invisalign. For more information or an appointment, call 239-228-2280, email See ad, page 58. January 2018


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Healing Circle Event at Food and Thought


nternational healer Bart Smyth will be leading a Healing Circle from 6 to 8 p.m., January 18, at Food and Thought’s Thoughtful Threads dining area, in Naples. His transformative gatherings address chronic health chalBart Smyth lenges, the cutting of psychic ties, removal of toxic aggressive energies, clearing of ancestral patterns, traumas, emotional wounds, depression and more. Attendees can express their healing needs to the group and Smyth will teach empowering and beneficial interactive tai chi and qigong exercises that can be used daily to strengthen the core and relieve stress. A shamanic healer with 44 years of experience in martial arts and 30 years in the healing arts, Smyth is a master practitioner and instructor of the Yuen Method, a medicine man ordained by the Shipibo tribe in Peru, grand master of tai chi, qigong, and certified in Thai shiatsu, hansa shiatsu, massage, reiki and abayanga massage. He is available for private sessions and weekend classes, with phone and skype consultations offered for non-local clients. Location: 2132 Tamiami Tr. N. For more information, call 941-3219770, email or visit

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articipants can learn about “all things spleen” in a fun jin shin jyutsu self-help class led by instructor and practitioner Michelle Giambra, licensed massage therapist and owner of Suncoast Jin Shin Jyutsu, in Sarasota, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., January 27, in Naples. The unique healing modality, widely practiced in ancient times, that enhances the body-mind-spirit connection by providing tools to maintain and restore the harmonious flow of life energy, was revived by Japanese Master Jiro Murai in 1912, after he cleared himself of a terminal illness. Attendees will connect with the spleen, an important organ for physical, mental and emotional vitality, the immune system, breast health and more on many levels, with an informal lecture, in-class worksheets, handouts and practical experience that increases awareness of the body’s innate healing wisdom. They will discover how to support their spleen function with hands-on energy harmonizing holds and sequences, and learn insights and tools that can be used for the rest of their lives. Cost: $108 by Jan. 15; $120 after. Six CEUs available to massage therapists. Location: 5600 Tamiami Tr. N., Pine Ridge Plaza, Ste. 15. For more information and to register (required by Jan. 24), call Gabriela Goertz at 239-682-3992, email Gabrielanha5600@ or visit

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Larsen Provides Health Consultations


ilde Larsen, CEO and founder of Inspired By Hilde, and the author of From Hell to Inspired, No More Bullshit and Know the Truth and Get Hilde Larsen Healthy, is offering health consultations via Skype, along with online and other programs. A certified health and success coach, detox specialist, raw food teacher and worldwide keynote speaker, Larsen has gone from being bedridden with severe rheumatoid arthritis, Lyme disease and ulcers to living her dreams of helping others increase their vitality and achieve better health. “Health is wealth, and this is the time to take charge of one’s own health and success on all levels,” says Larsen. For more information or to make an appointment, email Hilde@InspiredByHilde. com or visit See ad, page 39.

Three-in-One Open House Event


urely You Spa, Food and Thought, and the Life Strength Health Center are combining to present a free New Year, New You Organic Open House from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., January 18, at Food and Thought’s Thoughtful Threads dining area, in Naples. Visitors can enjoy organic skincare, appetizers and wine, minimassages, essential oils, local jewelry, live music and more. Attendees will learn about creating a healthy and organic lifestyle from local experts Jennifer Alvarez Linguidi, owner of Purely You Spa, and Dr. Cade Copeland, owner of the Life Strength Health Center. Location: 2144 Tamiami Tr. N. For more information, email Danielle@ See ads, pages 10 and 15. January 2018


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Mindfulness Foundations Course in Bonita Springs


ngela Tarquini-Sanders, founder of Mindful Mindz, LLC, will present her popular Mindfulness Foundations course in four sessions from 7 to 8:30 p.m., January 23 and 30, and February 1 and 6, at Integrative Mindfulness, in Bonita Springs. Ideal for anyone new to mindfulness meditation, as well as those wishing to refresh their practice, the program combines research, formal and informal meditation practices, discussion of mindfulness concepts, engaging activities and support materials to help participants realize the benefits of mindfulness in their daily lives. Angela An emerging body of evidence supports the benefits of mindTarquini-Sanders fulness to reduce stress and anxiety, improve focus and concentration and enhance healthy aging. Mindfulness meditation is a simple, natural and effective practice that is becoming more mainstream, with many corporations, hospitals and schools incorporating the practice to improve outcomes. Tarquini-Sanders, who has conducted mindfulness classes in Naples and around the country, brings warmth, enthusiasm and genuine interest for greater well-being to each class she teaches. Fee: $225 for all sessions. Location: The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir., Ste. 102. For more information or to register, call 610-804-2035, email or visit See ad, page 28.

ReWired App Promotes Healthy Ways


he free ReWired app can help users relax, meditate and quit smoking, along with many other benefits. Available for download at the Apple App Store, a message or a mantra in any language can be recorded and played on a loop in the background while listening to a favorite music, beats, podcast or workout mix. The app was created after extensive experimentation with many compact discs by Richard Ulrich, a Naples-based acupuncturist with hypnosis experience, and Silver Logic, of Boca Raton. “I use it for tennis, and it helps remind me of things I want to do,” he says, adding that it can also help for inspirational and increased self-esteem. For more information or to order, visit See ad, page 38.

Simply Divine Offers Special Discount


ileen Patat, owner of the recently opened Simply Divine skin and wellness center, is offering a 30 percent savings on all treatments and products this month. Located at 1044 Castello Drive, Suite 102, in Naples, the business provides express treatments during lunchtime, as well as gift certificates. Patat has extensive experience in the healthcare industry, working as a women’s care nurse at Gulf Coast Hospital, volunteering at Hope Hospice and establishing an aesthetics practice for an area physician. Along with custom facials for both men and women, Simply Divine offers anti-aging, microdermabrasion, LED light therapy, dermaplaning and reiki. For more information or an appointment, call 239-989-5995, email SimplyDivine or visit See ad, page 33.


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Natural Awakenings Family of Franchises Keeps Growing


atural Awakenings Publishing Corp. (NAPC) welcomed two new publishers to a recent training session at the corporate headquarters in Naples. The NAPC staff spent several days with these entrepreneurs, discussing the ins and outs of taking over publication of existing Natural Awakenings magazines in Washington, D.C. and the Twin Cities of Minnesota. Founded by Chief Executive Officer Sharon Bruckman with a single edition in Naples in 1994, Natural Awakenings has grown to become one of the largest, free, local, healthy living publications in the world, serving more than 3.5 million readers each month via more than 80 magazines published in cities across the U.S. and in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. “Our devoted family of publishers, supported by advertisers, informs readers of many leading-edge national and local resources that offer paths to a happier, healthier and longer life,” says Bruckman. “Our active and growing readership has helped increase interest in naturally healthy living that has influenced mainstream America and is beneficial for people and the planet.” For a list of locations where Natural Awakenings is published or to learn more about franchising opportunities, call 239-5301377 or visit See ad, page 66.


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kudos Dr. Victor Marcial-Vega has joined The Hughes Center for Functional Medicine, formerly the Perlmutter Health Center, in Naples. Boardcertified in radiation oncology and integrative medicine, he provides comprehensive medical care for patients that have been diagnosed with cancer or are in remission. Dedicated to the research and implementation of alternative and complementary medicines in treating cancer and healing diseases, Dr. Victor Marcial-Vega was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Marcial-Vega Academy of Comprehensive and Integrative Medicine in 2015 for his work in integrative medicine. Location: 800 Goodlette Rd., Ste. 270. For more information or an appointment, call 239-649-7400 or visit See ad, inside back cover. Genelle Grant, president of the board of directors of the Happehatchee Center, in Estero, was part of an all-volunteer Guatemalan Rural Adult and Children’s Education (GRACE) Project group that visited the country in November to inform girls and women about health issues such as menstrual management and family planning. Presentations and workshops included distribution of 260 Days for Girls kits in rural regions. WGCU Public Media news reporter Jessica Meszaros also attended to produce segments to air on the radio station. “Most of them wouldn’t be able to afford the items we provided,” says Grant, who founded the GRACE Project, which provides family and reproductive health, music, art and teacher training for indigenous, Latina and farmworker women, youth, community leaders and educators in Southwest Florida and Central America, has visited Guatemala at least once a year for the last 12 years. For more information, visit,, and

Certified Yoga Therapist Susan Pataky has joined AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, in Fort Myers, as a teacher and manager of yoga. She brings Susan Pataky decades of experience in yoga and the holistic arts, along with new ideas and visions to strengthen the center’s offerings. Pataky, who is also available for private sessions, has mastered the merging of ancient teachings with modern science into all her services, allowing students to feel empowered in their bodies, giving them the ability to move, stretch, connect to breath, relax the mind and brighten the heart, while finding their own safe, authentic interpretation every step of the way. In addition, AHA! has added new yoga classes, events and workshops, providing more options for students. Location: 15971 McGregor Blvd. For more information or appointments, call 239-433-5995, email Info@AHolistic or visit AHolistic See ad, page 18.

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Mark Anthony, the Psychic Lawyer


n February 9 at 7 p.m., Mark Anthony, psychic lawyer (The Psychic Explorer), will connect random audience members with loved ones in spirit at Unity of Naples. Anthony is a science-based evidential medium and the author of the best-selling Never Letting Go and Pulitzer-submitted Evidence of Eternity. His books have been released in several languages and are recommended by hospices and grief counselors worldwide. They’re available at all fine bookstores, including the Unity of Naples bookstore. Anthony, a world-renowned fourth generation psychic medium, communicates with spirits. His family’s psychic legacy has been documented to the early 1900s on both sides of the family. His psychic great-grandmother was recently featured in the “Italian-Americans” on PBS. Anthony is an Oxford-educated attorney, licensed to practice law in Florida, Washington, D.C., and before the U.S. Supreme Court. He is a regular guest on TV, radio and print media as a legal analyst, psychic medium and paranormal expert. Recently, Anthony was featured on the Emmy Awardwinning show The Doctors. He will appear in an upcoming miniseries in 2018 about a highprofile cold case. Anthony comes from a long line of engineers and scientists. His father, also a psychic, was a key player in the Apollo program (U.S. manned missions to the Moon). His work bridges the gap between the spiritual and the scientific, and he explains the

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existence of the afterlife and the reality of spirit communication based on quantum physics. Currently, he is on a nationwide tour using his natural abilities as a medium to connect random audience members with loved ones in spirit. Anthony is a spellbinding speaker who employs humor to raise the vibration of the audience. This is one of the reasons he is a headline speaker at conventions, expos and spiritual organizations such as the Edgar Cayce A.R.E., International Association of Near Death Studies, Afterlife Research Education Institute and the Sedona Spirit Symposium, as well as universities including Brown, Columbia, Harvard and Yale. On a personal level, Anthony demonstrates how loved ones in spirit often try to get a message across from the other side. “When you sense the presence of a deceased loved one, this is a contact experience which is real. Many people have them. Spirit contact can be very subtle and can be overlooked. Although I can help individuals to make a connection with a loved one who has crossed over, spirit contact will not take away the pain of what happened. For some of the thousands of individuals I have discerned for, it has been an important step in the healing process.”

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Admission is $50. Unity of Naples is located at 2000 Unity Way, in Naples. For tickets, call 239-775-3009 or order at For more information on Mark Anthony, visit See ad, page 55. January 2018


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Plant-Based VegFest Expands Presenters

A will present the 2018 SWFL VegFest from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., January 28, at Riverside Park, in historic downtown Bonita Springs. While learning the science behind the benefits of and where to find healthy plantbased foods locally, as well as the sources of eco-friendly and cruelty-free products, attendees of the free event will enjoy food vendors and samples, entertainment, cooking demonstrations, a kids zone, competitions and animal adoptions. Guest speakers include Chef AJ, host of her own television series, Healthy Living, and the creator of the Ultimate Weight Loss program; Gene Baur, co-founder and president of the Farm Sanctuary; Dr. George Guthrie, president of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine; Dr. Hans Diehl, founder of the Complete Health Improvement Program; Jim Hicks, author of Health Eating, HealthyWorld; Dr. Sal Lacagnina, system medical director of wellness and employee health at Lee Health; and Dr. Scott Stoll, of the Plantrician Project at Rouxbe cooking school. A second stage is being added for this year’s event to make room for presentations by fitness experts Brenden Fitzgerald, of Planet Protein, Inc., a former Marine Corps infantry squad leader; Erica Graziani, a triathlete and Lee Health registered dietitian; and Marcus Watts, fitness liaison to the Fort Myers Police Department SWAT team and a former pro basketball player. “The guest speakers do tremendous work around the country and internationally, and we’ve worked with many of them for other Lee Health events and previous VegFest editions,” says Lacagnina, also the festival presenter coordinator. “While nutrition is the foundation, the fitness experts help reinforce the importance of physical activity in our Wellness Wheel program that we follow.” Event sponsors include Lee Health, the Blue Zones Project, Natural Awakenings Collier/Lee edition, Jason’s Deli, Whole Foods, Ada’s Natural Market, Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Co., PA, Pyuve Brands and the Prawnbroker Restaurant and Fish Market. Free admission. Free valet service for bicyclists. Location: Old 41 Rd., between Terry St. and Bonita Beach Rd. For more information, visit or See ad, page 41. 22

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health briefs

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

AEROBICS KEEP THE BRAIN YOUNG Simple movement turns out to be the best way to lift mood, improve memory and protect the brain against age-related cognitive decline, according to Harvard Medical School researchers in an article, “Aerobic Exercise is the Key for Your Head, Just as It is for Your Heart.” Even brisk walking or jogging for 45 minutes can alleviate depression. The Journal of Physical Therapy Science notes that aerobic workouts can help people feel less stressed by reducing levels of the body’s natural stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol. 24

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Daily Produce Servings Prevent Early Death


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

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Lutein in Greens and Eggs Slows Cognitive Aging

Hemp Oil Cuts Seizure Frequency in Half

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

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


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

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



global briefs

Urban Trees

City Greenery Boosts Public Health

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

Cigarette Cutback Higher Prices Lower Use

Research from the Medical University of Vienna found in a 30-year study that increasing prices for tobacco products by 5 percent reduced tobacco use by 3.5 percent.


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Veggie Doctors

Cardiologists Urge Plant-Based Hospital Meals

The American College of Cardiology (ACC) is advising hospitals in improving patient menus by adding healthy, plant-based options and removing processed meats, which have been linked to 60,000 cardiovascular deaths annually. The ACC Heart-Healthy Food Recommendations for Hospitals states, “At least one plant-based main dish should be offered and promoted at every meal.” ACC also urges that processed meats such as bacon, sausage, ham, hot dogs and deli meats should not be offered at all. These guidelines extend to hospital cafeterias and onsite restaurants. The American Medical Association has also passed a resolution that calls on hospitals to provide similarly healthy meals. Processed meats are now considered carcinogenic to humans, according to the World Health Organization. A 50-gram serving a day—one hot dog or two strips of bacon—increases colorectal cancer risk by 18 percent. “Too many heart disease patients have had their recovery undermined by bacon and hot dogs on their hospital trays,” says Dr. Neal Barnard, president of the nonprofit Physicians Committee. January 2018


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

Wellness Works

Corporate Programs Boost Health and Bottom Line

Corporate wellness programs are linked to a 25 percent reduction in absenteeism and sick leave, 25 percent reduction in health costs and 32 percent reduction in workers compensation and disability costs, according to a 2016 meta-analysis of corporate wellness studies by Edelman Intelligence.

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Young Vegetarians Worry Meat Industry

The 2017 Chicken Marketing Summit in North Carolina involved hundreds of leaders from fastfood chains, marketing agencies and poultry production companies discussing the fact that Americans are eating less poultry—and what to do about it. Richard Kottmeyer, a senior managing partner at Fork to Farm Advisory Services, explained that Millennials need to be “inspired and coached” to consume more animal products, according to an article published on, an industry website. “Compared to their parents, Millennials are more likely to believe in evolution and accept that climate change is occurring. They seek out facts and science to better understand a complex world, but the poultry industry doesn’t have any fact-based information to defend its cruel, unsanitary practices,” states animal rights advocate Nathan Runkle via The majority of chickens raised for meat have been bred to grow so large so quickly that they collapse under their own unnatural weight. North Carolina has enacted an “ag-gag” bill, making it illegal to photograph or videotape animal abuse.

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Meatless Millennials

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eco tip

Recreate Comfort

Secrets to Better Furniture

A new year can prompt us to refresh the look and feel of our home. Eco-minded individuals may wish to spruce up a treasured piece of furniture or find a replacement that’s light on environmental impact.

MConsider wood furniture made from

sustainably harvested forests and tree farms or reclaimed wood. Find explanations of Forest Stewardship Council certification requirements at

MChoose vintage and secondhand furniture to extend its life with a bonus of nostalgia. Avoid painted furniture from the early to mid-20th century, which may contain lead, or use a paint-testing kit.

MLook for furniture with organic substances such as natural wood finishes, naturally tanned leather or organic cotton. Look for Greenguard product certification to ensure low toxicity (

MSome businesses, like Upholstery on Broadway, in Arlington, Massachu-

setts, conduct money-saving classes for people that want to learn to repair or restore their own furniture. Owner Kevin Kennedy finds, “People bring in their own projects, often wing chairs and side chairs, along with stray pieces of materials. As long as they have ‘good bones’ [solid wood frames], new fabric can add many years.” For those afraid of making mistakes in cutting fabric, “We help them measure carefully first, and that relieves their anxiety.” A carpenter’s rule is to measure twice, cut once.

MGet creative. cites Pentatonic, a furniture line made from

100 percent recycled materials, including glass, plastics and metals, for easy assembly without tools. Standardized components deliver efficient manufacturing and shipping; each part has an identification number with the manufacturer’s date and location, and the type of waste used in production.

MIn replacing furniture, make sure the old piece gets reused, as well. Sell it via,, local classifieds or a yard sale; donate through or a local thrift store; or just give it away.

January 2018


therapy brief


Traditional and Holistic C

Microcurrent Point Stimulation

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved Microcurrent Point Stimulation (MPS) is a needleless treatment modality that applies concentrated, low frequency, DC electrical microcurrent stimulation to a special combination of key acupuncture trigger points for the treatment of pain and the release of scar tissue and adhesions. Combining the principles of acupuncture and neurology, MPS is a successful treatment for chronic pain. MPS Therapy applies concentrated DC microstimulation to produce an acupuncture-like response that “releases� muscle tissue which is impinging nerves and causing pain. This permits increased re-innervation of affected neural pathways, allowing pain levels to be substantially decreased, often instantaneously. This multi-pronged approach that uses the principles of acupuncture and musculoskeletal trigger points, as well as neuromuscular and neural therapies, is the reason why MPS Therapy works so well on pain. MPS Therapy has proved successful in the treatment of back and neck pain, whiplash, temporomandibular joint syndrome (TMJ), fibromyalgia, neuropathies, migraines, headaches, joint pain, sports injuries, carpal tunnel, torticollis, postoperative radiculopathy, neuropathy, plantar fasciitis, frozen shoulder and shoulder pain, scar tissue, tennis elbow and many other neuromyofascial pain syndromes. This technology is unsurpassed in the area of scar release. Whether immediately post-op, several years or even decades after surgery or injury, release of scar tissue has been shown to improve conditions presenting in other areas of the body. MPS also carries no risk of physical dependence, a growing concern with the potent pain medications currently on the market.

Sandra Urrea, owner of Circuit Tree Healing LLC, 5600 N. Tamiami Tr., Ste. 14, in Naples, is a physical therapist providing individuals with comprehensive and unique treatment plans, including MPS. For more information call 239-776-4164 or visit ad, page 20. 30

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business spotlight

The Salt Therapy Grotto


he Salt Therapy Grotto, in Naples, owned and operated by the husband and wife team of Dariusz Klentak and Magdalena Bykowska, offers adults and children the opportunity to benefit from wellness services such as natural, non-invasive salt therapy, a far-infrared sauna and red light therapy. An adult salt room and a separate children’s salt room are designed to mimic the grotto caves located along the coast of the Black Sea on the Crimean Peninsula. They are built primarily with a base of tons of Himalayan salt and salt from Poland, in addition to salt from Pakistan, Japan, the Dead Sea area of Jordan, France, Cyprus, Morocco, Portugal, Hawaii, Peru, India and England. The salt contains 84 minerals that the body needs to function properly.

Halotherapy The salt rooms use halogenerators to crush pure 100 percent dry salt into micronized particles that are dispersed through the air. During a 50-minute session breathing in the salty air, salt molecules comprised of a positive sodium ion and a negative chloride ion enter the moist airways of the lungs and break down, releasing negative ions which stimulate airway linings, improving mucous clearance and the immune response to pathogens. People with chronic respiratory conditions may lack sodium chloride in

by Lily Viola ing muscle pain, improving the immune system, removing toxins and improving the appearance of cellulite. Additionally, farinfrared heat eases joint pain and stiffness, increases metabolism, burns calories and aids in weight loss.

Red Light Technology

their airway linings. Halotherapy helps resolve this deficiency, alleviates symptoms, helps prevent reoccurrences and reduces dependence on medications such as nasal sprays and inhalers. It also reduces stress, headaches, lethargy and depression, while improving energy and mental acuity, and stabilizing mood and sleep patterns. The airborne salt also clears up a variety of skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. Clinical studies show that it is an effective natural treatment for allergies, asthma, sinusitis and other respiratory conditions.

Far-Infrared Sauna A 30-minute session in the full-spectrum infrared sauna heats the muscles and produces an increased blood flow level similar to that seen during exercise. Infrared heat, which heats the body directly without warming the surrounding air, assists in alleviating inflammatory conditions, reliev-

Clinical treatment trials using red light in the U.S. and across much of Europe has led to its application in varied medical fields, including anti-aging medicine. Results of a 2014 study published in Photomedicine and Laser Surgery demonstrate both efficacy and safety for red light therapy in promoting anti-aging skin rejuvenation and an increase in intradermal collagen. Subjects that were treated experienced significant improvements in skin complexion, skin tone, texture, reduced skin roughness, reduced signs of wrinkles and fine lines, and an increase in collagen density. A series of red light therapy sessions has proved successful as a treatment for rosacea and acne, as well as for healing wounds, scar tissue and many skin, joint and muscle problems. The Salt Therapy Grotto is located in the Cambridge Square OďŹƒces at 3443 Pine Ridge Rd., Unit 102, in Naples. For an appointment and more information, call 239-598-0990 or visit SaltTherapyGrotto. com. See ad on back cover.

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How They Differ from Health Store Supplements by Linda Sechrist

Savvy consumers seeking products that might help them achieve and maintain good health may be noticing two new categories: medical food and nutraceuticals.


edicalized terminology is now being used to describe certain products we may already have been buying from brand-name dietary supplement companies and retailers, and they have a higher price tag. One common example: powdered protein mealreplacement shakes that can cost up to $16 more than a retail store brand, as nutraceutical and medical food purveyors want to differentiate their products as having clinical research and development behind them. This raises the bar on the quality of contents and assures consumers of third-party testing for proof of ingredients. Although both are regulated under the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) of 1994, there is no legal distinction between dietary supplements and nutraceuticals, yet each serves different purposes. Dietary supplements, comprising vitamins, minerals and/ or herbs and botanicals, are intended to enhance wellness among healthy adults.


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Nutraceuticals encompass nutrients, foods or parts of foods used as medicine to provide health benefits beyond nutrition and combat chronic disease. Some of the most popular formulations involve botanicals like ginseng, ginkgo biloba, St. John’s wort and echinacea. “Medical foods, formulated for dietary management of a specific medical condition for which nutritional needs are unmet by a normal diet, are regulated under the Orphan Drug Act of 1983,” explains Bill Shaddle, senior director of medical education at Metagenics, Inc. “Our nutraceuticals and medical foods are supported by verifiable science that provides solid evidence regarding the therapeutic benefits produced by ingredients in our products.” The word nutraceutical, blending nutrition and pharmaceutics, was coined in 1989 by Stephen L. DeFelice, the founder and chairman of the nonprofit Foundation for Innovation in Medicine, in Mountainside, New Jersey, which promotes clinical research and development of dietary supplements and

foods specifically for their health benefits. Reputable companies that manufacture private-label nutraceuticals, such as Metagenics and Xymogen, among others, research and develop products for functional nutrition and quality. While such products are solely distributed through partnerships with healthcare professionals such as medical doctors, nutritionists and pharmacists, some of the evidence-based, professional-grade formulas are available through online physician websites. Metagenics and Xymogen collaborate with institutions such as the Cleveland Clinic, Bastyr University and National College of Natural Medicine in conducting clinical research that demonstrates how their formulas impact healthy aging, cognitive function and overall health.

Federal Regulations Medical foods and nutraceuticals, orally administered dietary products formulated to support the management of conditions such as compromised gut function, agerelated muscle loss, metabolic syndrome, Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular

disease, are subject to standard food and safety labeling requirements of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. Although they may be used under medical supervision, patients don’t need a prescription. Many healthcare practitioners, including dietitians, currently recommend them under a physician’s direction. Unlike pharmaceuticals, which are accountable to the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, patent-protected and supported by expensive testing documentation, nutraceuticals are not. However, many manufacturers do choose to undergo costly testing. Like all dietary supplements, the majority of which do not undergo third-party testing, they are regulated by DSHEA, which defines and regulates labeling and claims of benefits related to classic nutrient-deficiency diseases.

Private Quality Control Xymogen is strictly a physician’s line of nutraceuticals, explains Cheryl Burdette, a doctor of naturopathy and director of clinical research and outreach for the company. “In our manufacturing process, to avoid contami-

nation and validate ingredients, every batch is third-party assayed by an independent laboratory, whereas some companies only do this for every fifth or 20th lot. Xymogen’s validation extends to packaging and controlling the level of humidity because it affects how ingredients oxidize,” says Burdette. Gary Kracoff, a registered pharmacist and naturopathic doctor at Johnson Compounding & Wellness, in Waltham, Massachusetts, researches the nutraceuticals that he carries and recommends for his clients. “I like professional-grade nutraceuticals because their formulas are researched and science-based. They are excellent products for specific purposes. Individuals that take the medical foods come to appreciate their disease-modifying therapeutic results. While pricier, they include healthier sources of carbohydrates and fats, as well as natural, rather than synthetic nutrients to provide what the body needs to return to a state of balance,” says Kracoff. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings who blogs at

January 2018


Filling an In-Between Niche


Southwest Florida Healthcare Professionals Weigh In


by Linda Sechrist

ccording to the 2017 TABS Analytics 10th Vitamins, Minerals and Supplements (VMS) Study, the explanation for the 20 percent soar in the sale of online VMS from 2016 to 2017 was the successful performance of Amazon. com, the largest Internet retailer in the world, and the brick and mortar online retailers such as Walmart. Among Southwest Florida healthcare professionals, the staggering $2.4 billion in 2017 online sales, along with the $13.5 billion in total retail and online U.S. sales volume, has raised notable concern regarding important issues that impact consumers. These range from quality of VMS contents such as GMOs, artificial colors and fillers to hyped online marketing propaganda, misleading information and lack of proper labeling information, as well as added ingredients for long-term stabilization and extended shelf life. An additional concern is for outdated nutraceuticals that are being sold online at reduced prices. Healthcare professionals that practice a functional medicine lifestyle approach prefer to recommend nutraceuticals and medical foods as part of a patient’s “big 34

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picture” plan to correct deficiencies, manage chronic health conditions and restore health and wellness. The basis of their preference is trust in the manufacturers as well as in their research, processes and testing procedures.

Trusting Purity Pamela Hughes, DO, owner of Hughes Functional Medicine, in Naples, sees successful clinical changes in patients that switch from using their retail products to the nutraceuticals and medical foods made by the trusted companies she purchases from. “Changes are most prevalent when I’m collaborating with a patient who is working to heal the intestinal barrier and brain health issues. I predominantly use two particular brands because I know their process for ensuring purity on individual ingredients arriving to their facilities and on each batch produced. These companies insure ingredients meet more stringent European and Canadian manufacturing standards. The majority of nutraceuticals and diet aids advertised on TV and in stores contains ingredients such as red and yellow dyes, GMO, soy, corn products and others.”

During her 25 years as a physician, Carol Roberts, M.D., who practices at Hughes Functional Medicine, has sold nutraceuticals directly to patients and recommended particular VMS purchases at health food stores and online. “I believe nutraceuticals, which are on a level between food and drugs, are filling a niche that will make many prescribed drugs unnecessary and keep us healthy for our entire lifespan. Adding them to a good diet is important because we’ve no way of knowing what is actually in the foods we are eating, and what gut factors are interfering with our ability to absorb and utilize nutrients,” says Roberts, who considers it essential to do testing that indicates where a patient stands nutritionally. “Otherwise, I’d be guessing, just like most patients who self-diagnose.”

Results Match Product Claims When Terri Evans, doctor of Oriental medicine, licensed acupuncturist and owner of TAE Healthy Aging Center, in Naples, guides a patient through the repair and restoration phases of their health plan, she’s aiming to hit the bull’s-eye with a personalized support program. “I can only achieve this by using researchbacked products from nutraceutical companies that take measures to ensure quality. I’ve recommended these since the 1990s and achieve the results that patients deserve. Products may initially cost more; however, because patient outcomes match product claims, in the long run, products are more cost-effective. Blue light and Internet specials don’t pay health dividends,” she says.

Good Manufacturing Practice Teresa Spano, a certified nutrition specialist and naturopathic consultant at Lee Physician Group Integrative Medicine, in Fort Myers, sees results from nutraceuticals that are remarkably different from retail VMS products. “Carefully formulated nutraceuticals are made to produce measurable results. Reputable companies are certified through good manufacturing practice (GMP) regulations promulgated by the FDA, which ensures the consumer that

they are purchasing a product that is high quality. GMP certification is voluntary. Many companies choose not to participate, which leaves the consumer questioning quality,” advises Spano.

Be Knowledgeable and Use Discernment When Dee Harris, a registered, licensed dietitian-nutritionist and owner of DSigned Nutrition, in Bonita Springs, had to unexpectedly evacuate her home because of Hurricane Irma, she had two hours to pack and get to the airport. “I forgot my supplements, so at my destination, I went to a highly regarded national supermarket chain that is supposed to exclusively feature foods without artificial preservatives, colors, flavors, sweeteners and hydrogenated fats. Searching through multi-vitamins and fish oils, I found slim pickings, based on what I know as a result of my training,” says Harris. She cautions that people need to be discerning and knowledgeable about what they are looking for. “If a patient asks about buying retail or online, I research the product before giving an answer. Some retail products might be okay for a healthy person who doesn’t have gut permeability, gastric or autoimmune problems and food sensitivities, but few of my patients are that fortunate,” remarks Harris.

Check for Verifiable Research Deb Post, a nationally board-certified, advanced nurse practitioner and owner of Wellbridges Health Center, in Bonita Springs, knows how difficult it is to determine which supplements have been verified by research analysis and how to see through the marketing hype used by pharmaceutical companies. “Even with medications, health professionals see less than 50 percent of the actual research which is done by the drug company. Although this sometimes happens with nutraceuticals, we have so much more data on how vitamins and minerals work in the body,” says Post. Professional brands generally have better studies and better-quality processing, as well as third-party analysis. Health professionals chart the efficacy of supplements that their patients use. “Clients

rarely follow a protocol on their own in documenting where they start with a problem’s severity or look clinically at how well something worked. It is important to a treatment plan that I use a safe and consistent amount of any VMS or nutraceutical that I know is as exacting as any medication is supposed to be,” clarifies Post, who scrutinizes retail supplements that patients bring to her office. “Most contain GMOs, substances for long-term stabilization, artificial colors and toxins. Many are expired.” She notes, “People spend unnecessary amounts of money trying to fix their health, sometimes causing more harm than good. Add to this the problems of expired and improperly stored products, all purchased for what consumers consider a ‘good price’.”

Customized Nutritional Support At her Fort Myers Chiropractic Studio, Christine Hoch, DC, carries many of the nutraceuticals that she recommends. “After consulting with a patient and reviewing their lab results, I frequently find that they need a much more customized nutritional support regimen to get the best results. I do this by using a variety of professional, high-quality herbs, homeopathic remedies and nutritional supplements to help them reset hormones, decrease inflammation, improve joint motion, reduce pain, correct digestive issues and encourage weight loss,” says Hoch.

Health Practitioners Collaborate in Research “Our bodies are meant to get nutrition and what they need to heal from food. Because there are obstacles such as genetic mutations and food sensitivities that prevent this, we need supplements, nutraceuticals and medical food. I use brands that don’t sell to public. One that I use only distributes through licensed practitioners. They want practitioners to participate in their research by providing feedback regarding the effectiveness of their products in treating specific health challenges,” says Linell King, M.D., owner of Ultimate Vitality Partners, in Naples. Regarding retail products sold directly to the public, King believes that small, local

stores specializing in health products typically have higher standards for what they carry and spend more time researching products. King advises, “Generally, their staff is knowledgeable and their goal is customer satisfaction and repeat business.” There is much to learn about supplements and nutraceuticals, which is why healthcare professionals agree that selfdiagnosis and self-treatment is a problem. Without the guidance of a professional health practitioner, proper testing and a strategy for correcting undetected deficiencies and imbalances, more serious problems may develop.

The Best-Quality Care “Nutraceuticals work best when they are specifically selected for an individual, based on their personal history. Everyone has a different story and path that led to their current health status. Figuring out the missing and necessary pieces ensures the best-quality care,” advises Spano.

Local Resource D-Signed Nutrition, 3531 Bonita Bay Blvd., Ste. 300, Bonita Springs. 239-676-5249. See ad, page 54. Fort Myers Chiropractic Studio, 8971 Daniels Center D., Ste. 304, Ft. Myers. 239-2438735. See ad, page 30. Hughes Functional Medicine, 800 Goodlette Rd. N., Ste. 270, Naples. 239-571-6585. See ad, inside back cover. LPG Integrative Medicine, 26800 S. Tamiami Tr., Ste. 350, Bonita Springs. 239495-4480. See ad, page 14. TAE Healthy Aging Center, 11983 Tamiami Tr. N., Ste. 100A, Naples. 239-430-6800. See ad, page 38. Ultimate Vitality Partners, 9010 Strada Stell Ct., Ste. 103, Naples. 239-465-0098. See ad, page 19. Wellbridges Health Center, 9200 Bonita Beach Rd. SE, Ste. 213, Bonita Springs. 239316-4815. See ad, page 61. January 2018


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DIAL DOWN STRESS How to Stay Calm and Cool by Lisa Marshall


hether from natural disasters, divisive politics, unmanageable workloads or a smartphone culture that makes it tough to unplug, U.S. adults are feeling more strain now than they have at any other time in the past decade, according to the American Psychological Association’s 2017 Stress in America Survey. One in three say their stress has increased in the past year and one in five rate the level at eight or more on a scale of one to 10. About three in five, or 59 percent, say they believe this is “the lowest point in the nation’s history” and nearly two-thirds say concerns about our nation’s future (including its health care, economy and international relations) are key sources of their stress. “We’re seeing significant stress transcending party lines,” notes Arthur C. Evans Jr., Ph.D., the association’s CEO. All that stress is having a powerful impact on health, with as many as 80 percent of visits to primary care physicians characterized as stress-related, according to the American Medical Association. 36

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

Our Brain on Stress

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

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

Stress-Proofing Our Body

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

Seven Ways to Banish Stress by Lisa Marshall


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


Multitask less, monotask more:

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


Don’t be a chronic media checker: Eighty-six percent of

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


Limit choices: Making decisions can

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

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


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


Daydream: Idle times, like standing

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


Meditate: Invest 10 minutes daily to

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


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



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

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

the track or an intense gym workout) can boost inflammation, whither brain cells, and aggravate the physical impacts of stress, says Storoni. “If you want to exercise to relieve the stress you just experienced, keep it at low intensity,” counsels Storoni. If possible, work out in the morning, as it can boost melatonin levels at night, helping you get to sleep faster, she notes.

Stress-Proofing Our Mindset

to aim to broaden and brighten our view in tough times, explaining, “Feeling stress biases your brain to think in terms of avoiding threat and loss, rather than what you can gain or learn from the situation.” Start by jotting down three ways this challenging situation may be beneficial in the long run; also make a list of things and people we are grateful for, she suggests. “Practicing gratitude helps you realize that you have a choice about what to

focus your attention on and you don’t have to let stressors take all the joy out of life,” according to Greenberg. As an added bonus, “You’re less likely to take your stress out on loved ones when you think about what they mean to you and how they have helped you,” she says. Lisa Marshall is a freelance health writer in Boulder, CO. Connect at

While diet and exercise can buffer our body from the impacts of chronic stress, a shift in mindset can keep it from becoming chronic in the first place, says Greenberg.“The goal is not to eliminate stress, but to put it in its place—to use its energizing and motivating aspects to take care of what needs to be done, and then relax,” and stop paying attention to it. This, she says, requires being mindful of what’s happening in the present moment. “When you feel your heart racing at the sight of another urgent demand at home or work, stop what you are doing, take a deep breath and tune into what’s happening in your body,” advises Greenberg. She notes that when the highly reactive amygdala “hijacks the brain”, we often say and do things in the heat of the moment that we later regret. Waiting just a moment (like counting to 10) allows the more rational part of our brain (the prefrontal cortex) to kick in. “It allows you to go from panic to, ‘I’ve got this.’” Greenberg observes that we often feel most stressed when we feel out of control. When faced with a daunting task, it may help to make a list of the things we have control over and a list of the things we can’t control—then make a plan to act on the manageable one and let the others go. “Mindfulness is also about keeping our self-judging and ruminating mind at bay, which may keep repeating, ‘I’m not doing enough,’” she says. “Realize that you do not have to listen to every thought that comes into your head. Ask yourself, ‘What is the most important thing for me to focus on right now?’” Greenberg also says it’s important January 2018


Workforce Wellness for Stress Management by Lisa Marlene


n ever-increasing number of U.S. companies are not only recognizing that employee well-being is the foundation of their success, but also that their wellness programs are returning approximately three dollars in health care savings and about the same in costs associated with absenteeism for every dollar invested. These returns alone may be why approximately 85 percent of U.S. companies offer a wellness program. “Workplace wellness initiatives are any kind of organized effort to support employees in being more human at work: moving more, eating more natural foods, finding balance, building meaningful connections and working toward a higher purpose. Done well, workplace wellness has the potential to offset the ill effects of the increasingly demanding and toxic environment and culture we live in,” advises Laura Putnam in Workplace Wellness that Works: 10 Steps to Infuse Well-Being and Vitality into Any Organization. Locally, Monarch Wellness, LLC, in Naples, offers workplace wellness workshops to small and large businesses in Southwest Florida. “We customize workshops on team building, stress management, staff development, team goal setting and the importance of self-care within the workplace specifically to fit the needs of


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a particular group or business. We also have tailored them precisely for the needs of individual departments, such as those we presented to Ave International School, Florida Gulf Coast University and the school counselors of Collier and Lee counties. At the moment, self-care for stress Kimberly Rodgers management is our most popular workplace program,” says Kimberly Rodgers, a licensed social worker and owner of Monarch Wellness, LLC. “One of our self-care wellness programs might include a restorative sound facilitator, a therapist and a yoga teacher that delivers a psychologically based explanation of the experience of integrative relaxation for stress management that we facilitate. Overall, we’ve seen that the most successful programs providing the best support possible for employees happen when the CEO or owner has a solid understanding of what his or her workforce’s needs are,” says Rodgers. Monarch Wellness is located at 1250 Tamiami Tr., N., Ste. 206, in Naples. To schedule a workforce wellness program, call 239231-3208. For more information, visit See ad, page 33. presents...

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10,000 Steps and Counting Keep Moving to Stay Fit


by Kathleen Barnes

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

Making 10,000 Steps Possible For those already physically fit and physically active, 10,000 steps is a no-brainer. However, it’s never too late to start for those with exercise programs that have been supplanted by a too-busy-toworkout lifestyle. There’s probably no easier exercise than walking, says Dr. Melina Jampolis, the Los Angeles author of The Doctor on Demand Diet. “Walking is the number one exercise I recommend to most of my patients, because it is exceptionally easy to do, requires only a supportive pair of quality sneakers and 42

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

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

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

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


How to Do It Wave breath: Inhale steadily through the nose to the count of four while taking four steps, exhale through the mouth to a count of four while taking another four steps. Stair breath: Make four distinct inhalations through the nose to a count of four while taking four steps; and then exhale through the mouth in four sharp exhalations while taking another four steps. Dr. Jim Nicolai, who is affiliated with the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, in Tucson, has created a helpful instructional video at

Walking Moais Build Community as Well as Health This Blue Zones Project Organizes Group Walks with the Added Benefit of Exposure to Nature


hile the health benefits of regular brisk walking— maintaining a healthy weight, preventing or managing conditions such as heart disease and Type 2 diabetes, strengthening bones and muscles and improving mood, as well as balance and coordination—are well recognized. Less light has been shed on the social benefits of walking in a group with friends, neighbors or work colleagues. According to the Mayo Clinic, individuals that walk together in a group receive added benefits such as accountability, motivation, safety, socialization and support, which help them to stick to health and fitness goals. Local residents will be able to realize these benefits thanks to the Blue Zones Project, Walking Moai, which is launching organized group walks with the added benefit of exposure to nature. Moai (pronounced mow-eye) is a concept from Okinawa, Japan, which roughly means meeting for a common purpose. Walking moais consisting of five to eight people that meet weekly for at least 10 weeks can help Southwest Floridians to create strong, healthy, committed social networks, in addition to giving people a reason to explore and discover their community parks on foot. Upcoming Naples events include a Walking Moai at Immokalee Community Park from 9 to 10:30 a.m., January 6; a Walking Moai at North Collier Regional Park from 6 to 7:30 p.m., January 11; and a Walking Moai at Sugden Park from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., January 18.

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EAT WHEAT AGAIN Eight Ways to Restore Gut Health by John Douillard


he New York University Langone Medical Center recently reported that 74 percent of Americans experience some form of digestive distress, a quarter are obese and more than 100 million U.S. adults are pre-diabetic and don’t know it. While many blame such problems on eating wheat, some food scientists disagree, including those citing two major studies by Harvard researchers; following more than 100,000 people for 25 years, they concluded that those eating the most wheat compared to low-gluten folks had a 13 percent lower diabetes risk and no greater risk of heart disease. While the standard American diet, which includes highly processed wheat, is likely responsible for many of these health concerns, plenty of science links a diet rich in whole grains, including whole wheat, to weight loss, better digestion and lower blood sugar. The Mediterranean Diet, replete with whole grains and wheat, is still revered as one of the healthiest-known diets. Centenarians that live in the famed “blue zones”, recognized for their longevityenhancing environment and lifestyles, eat a non-processed, whole-food diet rich in whole grains and wheat.


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Many Americans that are gluten-sensitive today digested wheat fine when they were young. At some point, our ability to digest foods that are a bit harder to digest, like wheat and dairy, became compromised. It’s possible to reboot.

Delete Processed Foods

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

Restore Liver and Gallbladder Function

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

n Eat more artichokes, bitter roots and leafy greens. n Drink fennel and fenugreek tea with meals.

Strengthen Stomach Fire

Instead of taking digestive enzymes or a hydrochloric acid-based stomach acid pill, stimulate the stomach to make its own acid and the small intestine and pancreas to produce digestive enzymes. This is best done regularly with the following five spices:

intestine enzyme activity, and fat and sugar metabolism 4 Decrease H. pylori, an opportunistic acid-producing microbe, from adhering to the stomach 4 Decrease gas and bloating 4 Support optimal weight, microbiology health, growth of good gut bacteria and elimination 4 Act as powerful free-radical scavengers

n Use ginger, cumin, coriander, cardamom and fennel.

Following these simple steps of nutrition will set gluten sufferers on the right path to retraining the body to digest and enjoy wheat again.

Studies published in journals such as Molecular Nutrition & Food Research and the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry suggest that when these five spices are used together —as a supplement, in cooking or to flavor food—they act as a total upper digestive reset. These five-star spices: 4 Stimulate digestion 4 Increase bile flow, pancreatic and small

John Douillard, a Boulder, CO, doctor of chiropractic and creator of the wellness website, is the former director of player development and nutrition advisor to the New Jersey Nets NBA team. He is author of the book Eat Wheat: A Scientific and Clinically-Proven Approach to Safely Bringing Wheat and Dairy Back into Your Diet. Learn more at

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Breakfast and Snacks

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

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


n 2010, President Obama and Michelle Obama launched Let’s Move! as their signature initiative to tackle epidemic levels of U.S. childhood obesity. While modest progress has been made, it remains a public health crisis. A brief by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the obesity rate remained fairly stable at nearly 17 percent between 2011 and 2014 for children 2 to 19 years old. Caused mainly by inadequate physical activity, unhealthy diets and rare genetic factors, obesity increases the risk of significant health problems, including high blood pressure and Type 2 diabetes, plus joint and breathing issues. “We must launch our own family anti-obesity campaigns,” urges pediatrician Ricardo Riesco, co-owner of Peds Care, in Dalton, Georgia. “Along with increasing activity levels, we can encourage healthier eating habits at home and lead by example.” 46

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

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

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

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

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nutrients, and high in sugars and calories that pack on the pounds.” Jones says the best way to combat obesity and form healthy eating habits is to replace processed foods with a whole foods diet plentiful in colorful fruits and vegetables, with sides of whole grains, nuts and seeds, and beans and legumes. “These foods are high in vitamins, nutrients, fiber, proteins and healthy fats. Lean meats, chicken and fish are good choices for protein, as well.”

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Water and unsweetened seltzer water are great alternatives.” Palmer notes that many eating patterns are set before a child turns 3, so limiting all sugary drinks, including juices, is an important component of teaching young children healthier eating habits that will last a lifetime. Studies suggest a strong link between obese children and obese adults, so for parents concerned that their child’s cute baby fat has turned into something more, the time to act is now.


Expect a Miracle

Five Ways to Manifest Our Desires by J. Marie Novak

Amber Lanier Nagle is a freelance writer in Northwest Georgia (

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

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Teach Kids About Advertising—Watch some ads with children. Talk to them about misleading messaging, underscoring how most advertisers’ intentions aren’t in the audience’s best interests.


Fast Forward Through Commercials— Take control and bypass ads using a DVR player or streaming service; mute the TV during ads. Primary source:


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


Be Grateful for Everything

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


Stop Using Excuses to Do Nothing

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


Step Beyond Routine

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


Help Others Receive the Miracles They Pray For

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


Trust Intuition

When we listen to our intellect instead of our inner heart-and-soul guidance system, we get turned around and off course. We all have an inner knowing that can help us get where we want to go. Divine wisdom always trumps the human mind. When we tune into it and trust what it’s telling us, we invite miracles into our lives. We all have the power to participate in creating miracles for ourselves and others by bringing to fruition what did not seem remotely possible. It’s easy to start by practicing these five miracle-creating strategies.

J. Marie Novak is an author, life transformation mentor and founder of the Believe and Create online community. Learn how to believe in and create the life you were born to live at January 2018


Exploring Personal Creativity Through Art


ndividuals that are searching for ideas about how to start fresh in the New Year might benefit from considering the possibility of exploring personal creativity. “Any form of art is an invitation to experience a physical feeling of beauty that occurs simply when the beautiful colors of pigments blend together on a canvas. Even the first time artist, who taps this aspect of beauty, can experience a deep knowing that what they are doing holds the potential for not only sparking a new direction for life but also for inspiring endless fresh ideas,” says Paula Brody, a mixed media artist and owner of Inspirations Artists and Design Gallery in Naples. The gallery features classes and demonstrations as well as contemporary paintings, photography and handcrafted necklaces created by the studios working artists. “Becoming an artist influences the way you see your world. You begin to see color differently and experience light and reflections of light in a new way. An abstract and less representational


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way of painting is an easier way to tap one’s own inner artist. It provides not only a less intimidating outlet for creativity but also an opportunity for free expression and a more multi-dimensional way to experience yourself in the world,” says Brody. In pure process of creativity, even first-time artists can delight in how beautiful paintings emerge without a focus on the outcome. “Any concept of an outcome is in the future. Letting go of any outcome allows for being in the present. In my one-day workshop, Creation and Creativity: Discover Your Inner Artist, the goal is to work from the perspective of surrendering to the process of creativity in order to be present to art, a goal that is easily transferrable to life. From this perspective there emerges the chance of beautiful, spontaneous moments of pure joy in art and on the canvas of life,” says Brody. Inspirations Artists & Design Gallery, 5450B Shirley St., Naples. For more information call 239-272-7110. See ad, page 40.

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Shedding Holiday Pounds


by Lisa Marlene

ince 2005, fans of the TV show Dancing Doctor-Assisted With the Stars have watched celebrities Weight-Loss Programs dance away pounds and shape up after Programs such as that offered by Christine weeks of performing vigorous dance routines. Hoch, DC, owner of Fort Myers ChiroIn addition to making ballroom dancing pop- practic Studio, add professional guidance, ular again for Southwest Floridians of all ages, encouragement and accountability for fat the show delivers a clear message—dancing loss, maintaining muscle mass and improvcan play a serious role in weight loss. ing nutrition. While on Hoch’s 30-day “While one evening of salsa, jive and weight-loss phase, participants can expect swing dancing won’t immediately help to lose one-half to one pound per day. In anyone to shed weight, all those dance steps the maintenance phase, they learn how quickly accumulate to reach the 10,000 steps to adapt lifestyle and dietary changes that we need to be healthy,” says Andrea Marta, help maintain weight loss, healthy habits a top professional dance instructor at All and good nutrition for a lifetime. Star Dance Studio, in Naples. “What makes “The program utilizes a sublingual form a larger impact on reaching that goal is of the prescription hormone human choribecoming a regular in our private or group onic gonadotrophin (HCG), which is a fat dance classes, combined with open dance mobilizer. Combined with a low-calorie diet, nights and dance parties, which also make it HCG helps burn stored central body fat from possible for students to increase stamina, im- hips, waist and thighs to be used for fuel. prove circulation, have fun and lose weight.” When the body burns fat for fuel, it produces To lose one pound of fat, the body ketones, which give you energy and supmust burn 3,500 calories more than they presses the appetite,” says Hoch, who believes consume. While dancing several days a week the program is successful because factors can burn a vast quanthat interfere with tity of calories, adding weight loss—poor other lifestyle modifidigestion and cations such as eating absorption of small-portion meals nutrients from loaded with healthy foods, low vitamin vegetables and lean D levels, stress protein, it helps to on the adrenal add regular strength system (actual metraining activities to tabolism issues)— increase weight loss. Christine Hoch before (left) and after program are honored.

“With Barre strength training at least twice a week, the body grows stronger, metabolism is boosted and individuals can feel more graceful, on and off the dance floor,” says Lisa Daniel, owner of Barre Fusion Pilates Studio, in Naples. Daniel’s clients frequently see the results of her unique blend of Pilates principles, strength training and Barre floor high-energy workouts that build muscle and burn fat. “Our classes are designed to transform your physique through a fusion of unique resistance exercises, flexibility training and cardio exercises that create a toned, shapely body. The focus on intense core and total body training incorporates many elements of Pilates (mat and machine) and Barre exercises based on classical ballet movements,” advises Daniels.

Barre strength training at Barre Fusion Pilates Studio

Local Resources

All Star Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr. N., Ste. 118, Naples, 239-3049013. See ad, page 22. Fort Myers Chiropractic Studio, 8971 Daniels Ctr. Dr., Ste. 304, Ft. Myers. 239-243-8735. FortMyersChiroStudio. com. See ad, page 33. Barre Fusion Pilates Studio, 13040 Livingston Rd., Ste. 2, Naples, 239231-4178. See ad, page 16.

January 2018


Don’t Overfeed Fido Plus Other Tips to Keep a Dog Cancer-Free


by Karen Becker

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


Avoid Pet Obesity

In studies across species, caloric restriction has been shown to help prevent tumor development and progression. Obe-


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sity is strongly linked to increased cancer risk in humans and is assumed so in dogs. For people, cancer is also connected with excessive glucose, increased insulin sensitivity, inflammation and oxidative stress. Overfeeding a dog is not a loving thing to do.


Choose an AntiInflammatory Diet

Creating or promoting inflammation raises cancer risk by facilitating abnormal cells to proliferate. Current research suggests cancer is actually a chronic, inflammatory disease. Because cancer cells require

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


Reduce Exposure to Toxins

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

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Refuse Unnecessary Vaccinations

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


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

Studies from Purdue University, the University of California, Davis, and others show a clear link between spaying/ neutering and increased cancer rates in dogs, especially large breeds. These include increased risk of osteosarcoma in Rottweilers neutered or spayed before their first birthday; double the risk of bone cancer in neutered or spayed large, purebred dogs versus intact (not neutered) dogs; and three to four times the cancer rates for spayed female golden retrievers versus intact females. Opting for ovary-sparing spays (hysterectomy) is another option that preserves sex hormones while rendering the animal sterile. Applying these five suggestions in caring for a dog throughout its life offers a pet a good chance for a cancer-free and overall healthy, high-quality life. Karen Becker, a doctor of veterinary medicine, is a proactive, integrative practitioner who consults internationally and writes for Mercola Healthy Pets ( January 2018



Natural device stops a cold before it starts

New research: Copper stops colds if used early.


ew research shows you can stop a cold in its tracks if you take one simple step with a new device when you first feel a cold coming on. Colds start when cold viruses get in your nose. Viruses multiply fast. If you don’t stop them early, they spread in your airways and cause misery. But scientists have found a quick way to stop a virus. Touch it with copper. Researchers at labs and universities worldwide agree — copper is “antimicrobial.” It kills microbes, such as viruses and bacteria, just by touch. Four thousand years ago ancient Greeks and Egyptians used copper to purify water and heal wounds. Now we know why it worked so well. Researchers say a tiny electric charge in microbe cells gets short-circuited by the high conductance of copper. This destroys the cell in seconds. Tests by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) show germs die fast on copper. So some hospitals switched to copper touch surfaces, like faucets and doorknobs. This cut the spread of MRSA and other illnesses by over half, and saved lives. The strong scientific evidence gave inventor Doug Cornell an idea. When he felt a cold coming on he fashioned a smooth copper probe and rubbed it gently in his nose for 60 seconds. “It worked!” he exclaimed. “The cold went away completely.” It worked 52

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

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


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of 5. 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. RSVP: 277-1399.


THURSDAY, JANUARY 4 Candle Magick – 2pm. Learn how to anoint and infuse candles with energy for healing, blessings, prosperity and more. Attendees will make their own personal candle. $30 includes materials. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

Release and Renew Meditation – 6-7:30pm. Begins with a burning ceremony, accompanied by crystal bowls; a guided meditation will follow. The evening will close with individual messages from the angelic realm. Free. All donations go to local charities. Kunjani Craft Coffee and Gallery, 780 Seagate Dr, Naples. Cancer Full Moon Celebration –7pm. With Cathy Blair. Celebrate the first full moon of the year as we break on through to the other side. Free yourself of limiting beliefs and become the master you are to be. Set your intentions for 2018 and let the singing bowls lift them into the heart of creation. Bring beach chair/blanket. $11cash. The Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 398-3953.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 2 Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:30pm. With Laurie Barraco. The crystal bowls are a form of sound vibrational healing and gently remove energetic blockages and instantly align your chakras. Bring a pillow and/or blanket. $10. The Mystical Moon, 8951 Bonita Beach Rd SE, Ste 255, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 301-0655.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 3 Another Joyful Day in Paradise Group Exhibition Opening – 5-8pm. Visitors will choose the Best of Show from Linda Thompson’s vibrant oils,

Jill Segal’s expressionistic abstracts, Paula Brody and Tara Funk Grim’s colorful collages and the luminous photography of Marty Hulsebos. Enjoy sparkling wine and chocolate delights. Open MonThur, 1-4pm or by appointment. Inspirations Artists & Design Gallery, Naples Art District, 5450B Shirley St. 272-7110. Introduction to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Course – 6-8pm. Required introduction session for eight-week MBSR course that begins January 10. Free. Caloosahatchee Mindfulness, 6719 Winkler Rd, Ste 100, Ft Myers. Anne Louise: 825-1557. Feel Relaxed and Supported EFT Tapping – 6:30-8pm. Also Jan 10, 17, 24 & 31. With Jenny Li Ciconne. An introduction to unlocking your personal journey to peace and joy, this series will focus on relationships and lights the way to bring the calm success we all seek. $30/class, $150/series

Songwriters at Sunset – 3:45pm. Original Americana/acoustic songs and background stories performed by members of the Americana Community Music Association (ACMA). Co-sponsored by FOLKS and the ACMA, the concerts are at the gazebo and end with Lovers Key’s fabulous sunset. Free with paid park admission. 8700 Estero Blvd, Ft Myers Bch.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 5 Art Walk – Jan 5-6. 6-10pm, Fri; 11am-4pm, Sat. Fourteen art galleries invite locals and visitors to a self-guided walking tour throughout downtown Fort Myers River District core and the Gardener’s Park area. Art enthusiasts can meet the artists and enjoy the live art demonstrations. Sound Healing Concert – 6:30-8pm. With Robert Austin. With more than 50 crystal and Tibetan bowls, Robert Austin opens the door to healing for all levels of consciousness. Feel the healing vibrations of sound that soothe both your ears and your soul. $20. AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. Preregister: 433-5995.

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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.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 6 Walking Moai Launch and Celebration – 9-10:30am. Moai walking groups now forming to create strong, healthy and committed social networks. Groups are made up of 5-8 people who meet weekly for at least 10 weeks. Your Moai should be viewed as your personal board of directors – a group you consult with regularly to get advice and feedback. Free. Immokalee Community Park, 321 N 1st St. Come. Sit Under the Bodhi Tree – 9:30am-3pm. An Introduction to Buddhism and Mindful Meditation with Mary Tracy Sigman, dharma teacher/ leader Rissho Kosei-kai Buddhists of Ft Myers. Presented by the House of Prayer Retreat Center. $30. Peace Lutheran Church, 15840 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. Register: Really, Really Free Market – 10am-2pm. 1st

Sat. Potluck of reusable items. No money, barter or trade; everything is free. Fleischmann Park, Naples. Facebook page: Naples Really Really Free Market.

uisite. $50. AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. Preregister/info: 433-5995.

Downtown Street Bazaar – 10am-4pm. Join more than 40 local vendors for a day of shopping and find some great unique treasures and trinkets. The street will be closed to traffic. Downtown Ft Myers. Info/ vendors: 226-1220.

Crystals and Gemstones Workshop – 2pm. Learn how to choose, cleanse, and work with crystals and gemstones. Crystal grids will also be demonstrated using the flower of life pattern also known as sacred geometry. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

Grand Opening Celebration – 11am-5pm. Join Paradise Wellness and Event Center for music, food, vendors, giveaways and the chance to win a spa package raffle ($500 value). The 8400-sq-ft center offers spa services, workshops, exercise classes, coaching and more. 28410 Bonita Crossings Blvd, Bonita Professional Park, Ste 11, Bonita Springs. 253-4862. See news brief, page 12. Yoga for Osteoporosis II – 1-3:30pm. With Susan Carter. Creating a Home Practice Series continues with sequence two from Dr Loren Fischman’s book Yoga for Osteoporosis. This workshop is for students that practice yoga and would like to deepen/ start a home practice for bone health. No prereq-

Movement and Breath for Labor –3-4:30pm. Join Cheryl Bernardi with LifeBehold to prepare your mind and body for labor and birth through movement and breathing exercises. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2. 248-7931. $25/ early bird, $30/door. Register:

SUNDAY, JANUARY 7 Crystal Bowl Meditation –10am & 1pm. With Cathy Blair. Relax and expand into the new frequencies received during the full moon. Let the loving harmonics soothe your soul as you integrate the new light codes and prepare for the lunar eclipse at the end of the month. Bring pillow, mat and blanket. $20 cash. The Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 398-3953. Yin Yoga Nidra Restore and Renew – 1:30-3pm. Join Registered Yoga Teacher Bob Newman for this 90-minute class featuring gentle yin yoga to warm up, followed by the soothing, guided relaxation of yoga nidra. No yoga experience necessary. $15. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Bonita. 404-9744. 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. Argentine Milonga Dance – 4-8pm. $15. Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 118, Naples. 304-9013.

MONDAY, JANUARY 8 Book Giveaway – 9:30am-5pm. Dr Mark Corke will distribute the book The Poison in Your Teeth, by Dr Tom McGuire. Watch the video Evidence of Harm, a new documentary about mercury fillings. Call the office for a tour or with questions on holistic care. Laser Dentistry, 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers. 936-5442.


Hatha Yoga Morning Flow – 10am. With Marque Kolack. Awaken to gentle stretching and move into intense strength-building yoga postures in a meditative, well-rounded practice that will energize you for the day. $20. Paradise Wellness and Event Center, 28410 Bonita Crossings Blvd, Bonita Springs. 2534862.

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The Teachings of Jesus – 10am-noon & 6:308:30pm. Seven-weeks. Carla Palmer, LUT, teaches this accredited Unity course to enable students to metaphysically interpret Biblical scriptures for themselves, explore an in-depth study of Jesus’ teachings, while delving even deeper. Experience discussions, drama, art, video and metaphysical interpretation practice. Love offering. Unity of Ft Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. 229-1820. Marque’s Mindful Meditation Class – 6pm. Find your center and learn to live in the peace it brings when the mind is still and the ego is quiet. Discover your inner self, open to the expansive world beyond

thought. $20. Paradise Wellness and Event Center, 28410 Bonita Crossings Blvd, Ste 11, Bonita Springs. 253-4862.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 9 Unity Prayer Class – 12:30-1:30pm. Five-weeks. A special Unity-credited class by the lake facilitated by Licensed Unity Teacher Kathleen Kerswig. Based on the book How to Pray Without Talking to God by Linda Martella-Whitsett, understand the Unity way of affirmative prayer, and explore the traditional Unity five-step prayer process. Love offering. Unity of Ft Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. 229-1820. 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 offered 1/16. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:30pm. With Laurie Barraco. The crystal bowls are a form of sound vibrational healing and gently remove energetic blockages and instantly align your chakras. Bring a pillow and/or blanket. $10. The Mystical Moon, 8890 Salrose Ln, Ste 107, Ft Myers. RSVP: 9393339.

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Energy Massage for Self-Care: Meridians and Acupoints – 7-9pm. With Alvina Quatrano. This class is offered during an FSMTA member meeting. Free for members, drop-ins welcome for a $25 fee. Bass Pro Shoppes, upstairs conference room, 10801 Corkscrew Rd, Ste 358, Estero. 732-266-5276. Theta Healing: A New Year, A New You – 7-9pm. Learn how to rapidly change limited thinking and low emotional states that affect your health and hold you back from achieving radiant wellbeing and happiness. Theta Healing practitioner Patti Wilson, MA, Med, will show you the magic of this powerful energy healing modality. Free. Wellbridges Health Center, 9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 213, Bonita. RSVP: 246-6622. Mediumship Gallery Event – 7:30pm. Internationally known mediums Janet Nohavec and Joseph Shiel present an evening of evidential mediumship messages and spirit art. $30/prepaid (non-refundable). Center For Spiritual Living, 406 SE 24th Ave, Cape Coral. Info: 599-4700. Register:

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 10 Vibration Training – 9:15am. Power Plate: gentle total body workout in 27 minutes. This revolutionary machine will involuntarily contract your muscles 40 times per second. First class free. Paradise Wellness and Event Center, 28410 Bonita Crossings Blvd, Ste 11, Bonita Springs. 813-4448229.

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Nutrition Support in Multiple Sclerosis – Noon1pm. With Dee Harris. MS Center of SW Florida, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 435-1901. Usui Reiki Level II – 2pm. Learn long-distance healing method using channeled universal life force energies. Symbols, visualizations, meditations and exercises are included. Attunement and certification available upon completion. Prerequisite: Usui Reiki Level I. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Eckankar Sound of Soul Event – 5pm. Collier County Public Library, 650 Central Ave, Naples. 482-4034.

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Spiritual Development Circles – Jan 10-Mar 28. 7-8:30pm. Traditional-style weekly development circle with instruction in meditation and message work. Attendees will practice, share and develop their mediumistic abilities. Open to all levels. $20. Brooks Executive Suites, 9990 Coconut Rd, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 716-680-0379 or

THURSDAY, JANUARY 11 Magical Metallics – 9:30am-4:30pm. Also 1/18. With Paula Brody, artist. Create metallic papers to use in collage, and a variety of painting techniques. Explore “interference” acrylics to achieve metallic effects. Work with a variety of textures to complete exquisite artwork. Bring a lunch; snacks provided. $85 includes supplies. Inspirations Artists & Design Gallery, Naples Art District, 5450B Shirley St. Register: 272-7110 (text) or 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 offered 1/18. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. The Power of a Woman’s Self Image – 6pm. Join Eden Myers, a consultant and coach who is passionate about woman’s issues, for a discussion on self image and confidence for women for manifestation. Genesis Non-GMO Vitamins, 877 91st Ave N, Ste 4 Naples. RSVP: 596-9017.



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Introduction to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) – 6-7pm. 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. Free. Advance registration requested. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102 Bonita. 590-9485. Walking Moai Launch and Celebration – 6-7:30pm. Moai walking groups now forming to create strong, healthy and committed social networks. Groups are made up of 5-8 people who meet weekly for at least 10 weeks. Your Moai should be viewed as your personal board of directors – a group you consult with regularly to get advice and feedback. Free. North Collier Regional Park,

15000 Livingston Rd, Naples. SouthwestFlorida. The Personal Empowerment Program – 6:30pm. With Marque Kolack. Learn what disempowers us and how to have permanent transformational breakthroughs in our life, business, health and relationships almost immediately by hacking our brain to deliver intuitive empowerment from your soul 24/7. Paradise Wellness and Event Center, 28410 Bonita Crossings Blvd, Ste 11, Bonita Springs. 253-4862.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 12 Wellbridges Open House – 5-8pm. Join for some good conversation, good food, chair massage, and a tour of the office to meet our new therapists and Deb Post, ARNP. Bring nonperishable food items for another food drive for the Bonita Assistance Office to help replenish after the holidays. Wellbridges Health Center, 9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 213, Bonita. 2318354. See news brief, page 14. America Grows Wings, In Love we Trust – 7pm. Increase awareness, mindfulness, and love and cultivate virtues and values within, especially in these challenging times. This program will be offered at schools, businesses, colleges, universities and hospitals. Healing Light Center, 4810 Hickory Wood Dr, Naples. Info: 269-2221 or HealthAndWellnessNaples. com/america-grows-wings.html.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 13 Reiki for Pets – 9-11am. Bring your dog, cat, small animal or bird and receive a five-to-15-minute reiki session for them. Whether ill or healthy, animals benefit from the healing energy of reiki. Pets must be leased or comfortably crated. Donations support local charities. Kunjani Cafe, 780 Seagate Dr, Naples. 980-3257. or Couples Massage Class – 9am-3pm with lunch break. Begins with three-hour Meaningful Touch segment leading into a three-hour practicum. The Meaningful Touch class is offered separately and suggested for any practitioner who uses touch in their work including yoga teachers to learn basic, good touch that is noninvasive, clear and conscious. $150/couple; $75/Mean-

ingful Touch segment only. 3-6 CEUs LMTs. Naples. Register: Alvina: 732-266-5276 or Weekend Childbirth Education – Jan 13-14. 10am-3pm. Learn about stages of labor, pain coping practices, moving beyond your birth worries and more. Breastfeeding class included. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2. 594-0400. Info/register: or Psychic Faire – 10am-5pm. Choose from a list of readers and healers offering many services: psychic readings, palm readings, mediumship, reiki and more. $25/20 min. The Mystical Moon Ft Myers, 8890 Salrose Lane, Ste 107. RSVP: 939-3339. Intro to Iyengar Yoga – 10:30-11:45am. This six-week Saturday series will focus on the proper alignment for each pose and how to use props to achieve the best results. $99/series. AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. Preregister: 433-5995. Kundalini Yoga and Meditation Workshop – 1-3pm. With Lizz Cohoon. In this workshop, you will be led through an hour of physical postures coordinating breath and movement followed by a crystal bowl sound bath, meditation, breathing and chanting. $40. AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. Preregister: 4335995. Introduction to Food Healing –1:30-4:30pm. Discover the power of the phytochemicals in foods to reverse disease and support radiant health. Enjoy generous samples from the food-healing protocols. $25. 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. RSVP required: 277-1399. Pendulum Workshop – 2pm. Learn how to choose, cleanse and program your pendulum. Also learn how to use it for divination, to find lost objects, to dowse and to test energy fields and chakras. Free charts available. Free admission. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Time is Not a Factor in Your Life – 3pm. Free onehour talk with David Hohle. Lely South Regional Library, 8065 Cultural Pkwy, Naples. See news brief, page 13.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 14 Stress, Hormones and Health Lecture – 1pm. With Dr Linell King, MD. Learn how hormone imbalances can affect your sleep cycles, carbohydrate cravings and fat burning; why counting calories

doesn’t work for belly fat; and more. Free admission and healthy treats. Café Nutrients Organic Health Café, 285 9th St S, Naples. RSVP: 465-0098. See ad, page 19.

and frequency of feeds will be discussed. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2, Naples. 594-0400. Info/register: FBCNaples@ or

Jazz Concert – 2pm. With Jerry Stawski and the Magnificent Seven. Doors open at 1:15pm. $25/ ticket. Unity Church, 28285 Imperial Pkwy, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 947-3100.

Capricorn New Moon Celebration –7pm. With Cathy Blair. Anchor the new you into the Earth and shine this cosmic light upon your path. Spiral upward in union with your higher self preparing for the upcoming lunar eclipse and filament of the divine plan.  Bring beach chair/blanket. $25 cash. The Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 403-9170.

The New Year Vision Board Group Event – 4pm. Be inspired while creating your dreams and aspirations tangibly by creating your very own vision board. Find out what Oprah, Ellen and many other successful visionaries attribute their success to. Canvas, paints and materials provided. Paradise Wellness and Event Center, 28410 Bonita Crossings Blvd, Ste 11, Bonita Springs. 253-4862.  Sacred Sound Ceremony – 6:30-8:30pm. Experience vibrational awakening and profound cosmic connections. Evoke divine will through the empowering gongs and unconditional love through the gentle bowls, 3-D mandalas and ancient aromatic blends. Bring mat, pillow, blanket and musical expression. $20. Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 118, Naples. 304-9013.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 16 Winter Wellness Workshop: Essential Oils – 6:158pm. Learn specific oils to use to help you stay healthy during the holidays and beyond. Make and take home customized blends for yourself or make a gift. $15 includes doTERRA oils and other supplies. Ft Myers. RSVP: 277-1399. Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:30pm. With Laurie Barraco. The crystal bowls are a form of sound vibrational healing and gently remove energetic blockages and instantly align your chakras. Bring a pillow and/or blanket. $10. The Mystical Moon, 8951 Bonita Beach Rd SE, Ste 255, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 301-0655. Parent Support Group – 6:30-8pm. Unity principles are the anchors for experiencing selfawareness and spirituality. By sharing ideas, support and fellowship, we can move through situations, becoming stronger and wiser than before, while feeling happiness and peaceful within. Love offering. Unity of Ft Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. 229-1820. Breastfeeding Class – 6:30-8:30pm. Learn how to successfully breastfeed your newborn baby, use breast pumps and transition to returning to work while breastfeeding. Benefits of breastfeeding, the techniques for positioning and latching-on, timing

Breath Awareness Workshop – 7-8pm. Interactive workshop with mindfulness teacher Angela Tarquini-Sanders exploring ways to experience and connect with the breath to induce a relaxation response. Building a connection with the breath can guide you through life’s challenging moments. $35. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. 610-804-2035. See news brief, page 18. Maya New Moon Manifestation Meditation – 8pm. Join author John Kralovec for a guided meditation teleconference to connect with the Maya Moon Goddess and Sacred Earth Mother to harness the power of the divine feminine, new moon and Venus to aid in manifestation for the upcoming month and year. Call in free: 319-527-3182.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17 Specialty Paints, Glazes and Textures Demo – 4-6pm. Join for an introduction to some of the newest products on the market available to artists to achieve exquisite metallic effects and an array of textural variations in artwork. Demonstrations and refreshments provided. Free. Inspirations Artists & Design Gallery, Naples Art District, 5450B Shirley St. 272-7110. Nutrition Class –7-8:30pm. Nutrition for pregnancy, lactation, postpartum and family. Pregnant moms receive a free gift. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2, Naples. 5940400. Register:

THURSDAY, JANUARY 18 Book Giveaway – 8am-5pm. Dr Mark Corke will distribute the book The Poison in Your Teeth, by Dr Tom McGuire. Watch the video Evidence of Harm, a new documentary about mercury fillings. Call the office for a tour or with questions on holistic care. Laser Dentistry, 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers. 9365442.

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New Year New You Organic Open House – 5:307:30pm. Join Purely You Spa for mini massages, organic skincare, organic appetizers, organic wine tasting, essential oils, local jewelry, live music and more. Learn more about creating a healthy and organic lifestyle from Jennifer Alvarez Linguidi and Dr Cade Copeland. Thoughtful Threads, 2144 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. See news brief, page 17. Walking Moai Launch and Celebration – 5:307:30pm. Moai walking groups now forming to create strong, healthy and committed social networks. Groups are made up of 5-8 people that meet weekly for at least 10 weeks. Your Moai should be viewed as your personal board of directors – a group you consult with regularly to get advice and feedback. Free. Sugden Park, 4284 Avalon Dr, Naples. Introduction to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) – 6-7pm. 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. Free. Advance registration requested. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102 Bonita. 590-9485. Healing Circle – 6-8pm. With Bart Smyth, international healer. Smyth addresses each individual’s request while working with the whole group. His work addresses all issues including chronic health challenges, cutting of psychic ties, removal of toxic aggressive energies, clearing of ancestral patterns, traumas, emotional wounds, depression and more. Thoughtful Threads dining area, 2144 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 941321-9770 or Info: See news brief, page 16.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 19 Intro to ThetaHealing – 1-4pm. Join Karen CoratelliSmith and David Karg to learn about the international healing technique of Vianna Stibal. This hands-on session offers readings of your guides and angels, releasing and claiming soul fragments, guided meditations to awaken and empower your being to co-create and to manifest your 2018 new year.  $20/love offering. Unity of Naples, The Gathering Place. Register: 692-9120 or Women’s Gathering (CBC) – 7pm. A monthly gathering for women over 21. The purpose is to discuss women’s issues in society, religion, relationships, etc, and to have women support and help empower one another and network. There will be fun included after venting in a safe environment. Refreshments served. $5. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Connect to the Healer Within –7-9pm. With Dan and Karin. Firefly Within hosts an evening of learning, conversation and sharing of reiki energy to awaken and connect to the healer within. Donation for local charity groups. Kunjani Café, 780 Seagate Dr, Naples. 980-3257. Namaste Music and Arts Festival – 8pm-12am. Music and arts event hosted by Namaste Music, Arts, Wellness, and Education, Inc. at the riverfront basin on Hendry St, Ft Myers.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 20 Baby Basics 5K Fun Run/Walk – 8:30am. Opening ceremony at 9am. A family-friendly event open to all ages that includes 1.5 to 6-mile walk or 5K run to increase public awareness about Baby Basics of Collier County. North Collier Regional Park, 15000 Livings-

ton Rd, Naples. BabyBasics5KFunRunAndWalkingChallenge. Precision of Vision: Life Purpose through Clarity of Function and Mind – Jan 20-21. 9am-6:30pm. With Bart Smyth, international master healer and shaman. Lumina Health, 2301 Porter Lake Dr, Sarasota. Info: 941-321-9770 or See news brief, page 16. Women of UniTea – 10am-noon. Unity of Fort Myers’ themed monthly women’s luncheon. Each gathering is different, so come and enjoy activities, entertainment, surprises and have fun. The community is welcome, so bring your sister-friends, a dish to share and your own place setting. $5/love offering. 11120 Ranchette Rd. RSVP: 278-1511. Psychic Development Series – 11am. First class of a series of 10 classes, two per month on psychism. For those already psychic, will show your strengths and weaknesses. Each class will build upon the previous class. $20 includes materials. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Starry, Starry Night: In the Steps of Van Gogh Solo Exhibition – 11am-5pm opening. Continues thru Jan, Mon-Thur, 1-4pm.View the vibrant oil paintings created by Linda Thompson as she traveled in France in the steps of Van Gogh. Bold colors, unique perspective and charming images inspired by Van Gogh are reflected in these beautiful contemporary works of art. Inspirations Artists & Design Gallery, Naples Art District, 5450B Shirley St. 269-209-1069. Health Fair – Noon-4pm. Meet local practitioners, holistic healers, massage therapists and vendors; live demos and samples. Genesis Non-GMO Vitamins, 877 91st Ave N, Ste 4 Naples. RSVP: 596-9017.

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Wand Construction – 2pm. Make your own wand using local materials available. Choose from willow, oak or orange woods. Learn the history of the wand, what it is used for and how to cleanse and empower it. $30 includes materials. Bring your own embellishments such as crystals, gems, etc. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. The Four Seals of the Dharma – 4pm. Join Dr Sandi Towers for a lecture and discussion on the four seals of the dharma. Learn what seems so important to you may just be an illusion. Explore how to create a consciousness and a reality that is more peaceful and balanced. $30. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

to the sounds of the crystal bowls as you are led through a restorative yoga practice. Postures are practiced on the floor supported by yoga props. $40. AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. Preregister: 433-5995. Yin Yoga Nidra Restore and Renew – 1:30-3pm. Join Registered Yoga Teacher Bob Newman for this 90-minute class featuring gentle yin yoga to warm up, followed by the soothing, guided relaxation of yoga nidra. No yoga experience necessary. $15. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Bonita. 404-9744.

21st Annual Chocolate Extravaganza – 6-9pm. A rocking event to benefit Project HELP. The evening includes savory hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, wine, music, dancing, raffles, costume contest, silent auction and lots of chocolate. $95. Hodges University, 2655 Northbrooke Dr, Naples. ProjectHelpNaples. org. See news brief, page 15.




Book Signing and Chair Yoga Class – 11:30am12:30pm. With Jean Erlbaum, author of Sit with Less Pain: Gentle Yoga for Meditators and Everyone Else. She will give a short talk and then lead participants through a 30-minute sample chair yoga class, based on the techniques in her book. Followed by Q&A and book signing. Free. Open Mind Zen, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205, Naples. 961-2491. Info@ Crystal Bowl Restorative Yoga Workshop – 1-3pm. With Lizz Cohoon. Relax and rejuvenate

Food Talk: The Benefits of Fasting – 6:15-7:45pm. Explore some of the myths about fasting. Discuss some of the fasting protocols you can use, how to avoid pitfalls. Learn the benefits for your body and mind. $5. 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. RSVP: 277-1399.

Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:30pm. With Laurie Barraco. The crystal bowls are a form of sound vibrational healing and gently remove energetic blockages and instantly align your chakras. Bring a pillow and/or blanket. $10. The Mystical Moon, 8890 Salrose Ln, Ste 107, Ft Myers. RSVP: 9393339. Mindfulness Foundation Series – 7-8:30pm. Four-week series with mindfulness teacher Angela Tarquini-Sanders combines scientific research, formal and informal meditation practices, discussion

and activities to help you realize the benefits of a mindfulness meditation practice. $225. Limited to 12 participants. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. 610-804-2035. See news brief, page 18.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 24 Usui Reiki Level II – 2pm. Learn long-distance healing method using channeled universal life force energies. Symbols, visualizations, meditations and exercises are included. Attunement and certification available upon completion. Prerequisite: Usui Reiki Level I. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Nutrition and Cancer – 5:45-7pm. With Dee Harris. WellBridges, 9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 213, Bonita Springs. RSVP to D-Signed Nutrition: 676-5249. Healing Night Sound Immersion –7pm. With Cathy Blair. Bathe in the loving frequencies of the singing bowls and the healing vibrations of the Himalayan salt. Bring all aspects of self into alignment for your soul’s expansion into oneness. Bring beach chair/blanket. $25 cash. The original Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 398-3953.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 25 Keep Your New Year’s Resolution with Hypnosis – 9:30-10:30am. With Barry Wolfson. 90% of all people who make resolutions fail. Permanent lifestyle changes require an effective plan. Hypnosis helps achieve lasting success. $20. Brooks Commons Club, 9930 Coconut Rd, Bonita Springs. 908-303-7767 or 434-4737.

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Better Sleep with Hypnosis – 10:40-11:30am. With Barry Wolfson. Do you have difficulty falling asleep? Do you have difficulty getting back to sleep if you wake up during the night? Imagine leaving life’s cares and worries behind at the end of each day. $20. Brooks Commons Club, 9930 Coconut Rd, Bonita Springs. 908-303-7767 or 434-4737.

6:30-8:40pm. Non-denominational session with healing members Rev Karen Coratelli-Smith and Rev David Karg. Arrive by 6:15pm. Reservations required. No walk-ins. $20 cash or check. Unity of Naples, Fellowship Hall, 2000 Unity Way. Info/ RSVP: 692-9120 or

Intro to Aromatherapy – 2pm. Learn the many uses of mother nature’s bounty for healing, raising your vibration and bringing peace and calm back into your life. Attendees will create their own personal aroma blend. $30 includes supplies. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

Psychic Faire –10am-4pm. Reduced price readings; choose from an assortment of well-established and gifted psychics and healers. Tarot readers, soul chart progression, full chart astrology analysis, oracle card readers, rune caster, mediums, chakra cleansing and alignment, and shamanic journeys. $25/25 minutes. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. 939-2769.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) – 6-8:30pm. Eight-week stress-reduction course using mindfulness meditation, gentle yoga and scientific research pioneered by Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn at U Mass. Weekly classes, materials, recordings for home practice. $530. Advance registration requested. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102 Bonita. 590-9485. Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:45-7:45pm. Experience the vibrational healing power of quartz crystal bowls as you lie or sit in comfort. Jenny will also channel the healing energies of reiki. $10. 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. RSVP: Naples Storytelling Guild – 7-9pm. Community of storytellers and story-listeners. Bring a story or just come to listen. Discover the power of storytelling to connect, inspire and entertain. Office of Dr Joel Ying. 2335 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 206, Naples.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 26 Health Talk – Noon-1pm. Nationally renowned, Dr Hans Diehl will present The Role of Diet in Etiology, Prevention and Regression of Coronary Artery Disease. Free. NCH Baker Hospital, Telford Auditorium, 350 7th St N, Naples. RSVP: 624-2312. Pet Walk – 6-8pm. The River District Alliance invites well-trained and leashed pets and their owners to enjoy an evening at the Butterfly Estates for petthemed activities and exploration. Owners assume all responsibility and risk for their pet. 1815 Fowler St, Ft Myers. National Federation of Spiritual Healers (NFSH)/ The Healing Trust Community Healing Session –


‘All Things Spleen’ Class – 10am-5pm. Spleen organ function energy is important to physical, mental and emotional vitality, the immune system, breast wellness, and more.  Get to know more about yourself and your body’s innate healing wisdom. Learn hands-on energy harmonizing holds and sequences. $108/ by 1/15, $120/thereafter. 5600 Tamiami Tr N, Pine Ridge Plaza, Ste 15, Naples. 682-3992 or Gabrielanha5600@ See news brief, page 16. Psychic Faire – 10am-5pm. Choose from a list of readers and healers offering many services: psychic readings, palm readings, mediumship, reiki and more. $25/20 min. The Mystical Moon Ft Myers, 8890 Salrose Lane, Ste 107. RSVP: 939-3339. Family Constellation Workshop – 11am-6pm. This group process is intended to help people break free of destructive, non-fulfilling life patterns. $100/ before 1/15, $125/thereafter. Goddess I Am, 600 N Goodlette Rd, Naples. Tobey Burton: 502-664-0614.

Full Moon/Sunset/Bird Rookery Kayak Tour – 3:30-6:30pm. With GAEA guides. Paddle on the Caloosahatchee and wild creeks with thousands of birds going to roost for the night. This area is a perfect place to see sunset and moonrise. Includes all equipment and a Florida master naturalist as your guide. $40/person. Caloosahatchee River near Ft Myers. RSVP: 694-5513.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 30 Tea Leaf Reading – The Art of Tasseography – 7pm. Learn how to read the tea leaves for yourself and others and receive a free tea leaf reading during this class. A tea party with extras. All materials included. $30. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 31 Leo Full Moon Lunar Eclipse Celebration –7pm. With Cathy Blair. Drink from the chalice of divine love under the radiation of the Leo Lunar Eclipse. Recalibrate as you harness the frequencies of light to expand you into your mastery. Bring beach chair or towel. Love offering to support wildlife rescue. Miramar Public Beach on Gulf Shore Blvd N, (southernmost public beach) off Harbour Dr, Naples. 398-3953. The Elephant: Stories You’ll Never Forget – 7-9pm. Join 10 local storytellers for an evening of laughter, tears, joy, sadness, fun and excitement. Hear personal tales, Tall tales, folk tales, historical tales and experience the range and power of storytelling.  The ancient art of storytelling is now avant-garde. The Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers.  $15/members, $20/ nonmembers. Tickets: 939-2787.

Eckankar Spiritual Skill Shop – 10:30am-noon. Have You Lived Before? Lakes Regional Library, 15290 Bass Rd, Ft Myers. 482-4034.

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2nd Annual SWFL Veg Fest - 10am-4pm. Discover how easy it is to find healthy, plant-based foods in Southwest Florida. Learn about the science behind the benefits of a plant-based diet. Featuring expert speakers, cooking demos, vendors and animal rescues – with entertainment and activities for the whole family. Free. Riverside Park, 10451 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. See article, page 22.

Wellness Circle – A six-week group with Ann Fisher. Learn techniques to improve physical and mental health: mindfulness, relaxation, cognitive-behavioral strategies, movement, and nutrition. Develop your natural capacity to care for yourself, finding greater balance, ease and peace of mind. Register: 781-771-8068 or See ad on page 53 and news brief on page 10.

First Anniversary Patrons Party – 4-8pm. An open invitation to celebrate the first anniversary of one of the newest studio/galleries in the Naples Art District. Meet Inspirations’ five working artists and view an exquisite array of vibrant contemporary paintings and photography while sipping on sparkling wine and enjoying chocolate delights. Inspirations Artists & Design Gallery, 5450B Shirley St. 272-7110.

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A Happier Hour – A six-week group for women with Ann Fisher. Examine your relationship to alcohol and meet with other women who are examining the role of alcohol in their lives. We’ll consider what research tells us about the effects of alcohol on women’s health in a safe, non-judgmental setting. Naples. Register: 781-771-8068 or See ad on page 53 and news brief on page 10.

Plant the Seed – 4-7pm. A fundraiser for the SWFL Veg Fest. Sample an assortment of irresistible plant-based foods while relaxing away the evening lakeside. Enjoy complementary wine and entertainment while mingling with the stellar lineup of presenters scheduled to speak at the 2018 SWFL Veg Fest. Plus, a chance to win fabulous prizes. The Commons Club at The Brooks, 9930 Coconut Rd, Estero. See article, page 22.

Eckankar Sound of Soul Event – 11am. ECK Center of Southwest Florida, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 155, Ft Myers. 482-4034.



FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2 Vianna Stibal’s ThetaHealing Basic DNA Weekend Class – Feb 2-4. With Karen and David. Includes Vianna Stibal’s ThetaHealing book. First class in the series. Class offers practitioners authority to practice the work. Private home in Naples. $444. Preregistration required: Karen Coratelli-Smith, licensed ThetaHealing instructor: 692-9120 or Info: 

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9 Evidence of Eternity – 7pm. With Mark Anthony, the psychic lawyer, fourth-generation psychic medium, best-selling author and media personality. Anthony will connect random audience members with loved ones in spirit. Unity of Naples, 2000 Unity Way. 775-3009. See ad on page 55 and article on page 21.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15 Holistic Holiday at Sea – Feb 15-25. Join more than 1,800 like-minded vegans during a vacation that will nourish your body, stimulate your mind and rejuvenate your spirit. Featuring renowned chefs, teachers and healers, learn the latest in diet and nutrition science, cooking classes, yoga, exotic ports and more. 1-800496-0989.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20 Mindful Self-Compassion – Eight-week series with Paulette Grotrian. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Bonita Springs. 590-9485. Register: See ad, page 28.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24 Spiritual Tools from the Ancient Maya Indians – Feb 24-25. For self-healing, manifestation, and rising above life’s challenges. Immerse yourself in the deeply spiritual world of the Maya Indians with bestselling authors and master shamanic teachers Molly Larkin and John Kralovec. This workshop uses ceremony and guided meditation to share ancient spiritual wisdom. Unity of Naples. Info/ registration:

FRIDAY, MARCH 2 National Federation of Spiritual Healers (NFSH)/The Healing Trust Energy Healing Therapy Training – Mar 2-4. 9am-5pm. With Karen Coratelli-Smith and David Karg. Learn the energy healing technique of Harry Edwards, the world-famous UK spiritual healer. This threeday class offers hands-on experience and tools to self-heal and to heal others; physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Preregister: 692-9120 or

SATURDAY, MARCH 3 Birth Arts International Doula Certification Workshop – Mar 3-4. Become a Doula – Make Birth Better with instructor Demetria Clark. Learn the essential skills to become an incredible doula and how to run a business that makes it all come together. $450. Hampton Inn, 619 SE 47th Terr, Cape Coral. 336-280-8414. Demetria@birtharts. com.

SUNDAY, MARCH 4 POSIpalooza Concert – 7-9pm. Freebo, Harold Payne and Richard Mekdeci join together in a unique musical conversation. These artists perform in a round robin format, engaging in banter, sharing how songs were written and creating impromptu arrangements. CD giveaways, laughter and empowering positive music. Susie Hulcher opens. $20. Unity of Fort Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd.Tickets/info: 278-1511. See ad, page 56.

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

Shamatha Meditation and Intro to Tibetan Buddhism Study Group – 4-6pm. Every other Sunday in Naples. Free. Info: Mary: 505-310-3811.

Yoga in Nature – Several days a week; see website for schedule. Multilevel yoga classes. $10/drop-in (cash/check). Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Schedule:

Introductory Buddhist Teach-Ins and Meditation Practice – 4:45pm. Last Sun each month. greenmonkey, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples.


Rodes Farmers’ Market – Thru Apr. 9am-2pm. Produce, seafood, specialty foods, BBQ, arts and crafts. Supporting the Bonita Springs Lions Club. Rodes Fresh & Fancy Restaurant, 3756 Bonita Beach Rd SW, Bonita Springs. Celebration Church Services – 9:30-10:30am. A church that meets outdoors, welcomes everyone and has a huge heart. Cambier Park, 580 8th St S, Naples. 649-1588. Church of Spiritual Light – 9:45-11:30am. Sunday service. Spiritual connection, meditation, ritual, prayer and song. 1939 Park Meadows Dr, Ste 1, Ft Myers. 560-6314. Center for Spiritual Living, Cape Coral – 10am meditation; 10:30am service. Celebration, connection, community and more. 406 SE 24th Ave, Cape Coral. 574-6463. Unity of Bonita Springs Sunday Service – 10am. With Rev Phil Schlaefer, music by Jerry Stawski.

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Inspiring lesson, music and meditation. 28285 Imperial Pkwy. 947-3100. Unity of Ft Myers Sunday service/youth and family ministry – 10am. Join at 9:30am for The Gathering, a 20-minute meditation and reiki session before and after service. 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511. 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. Guided Historic Tours – 10-11:30am. Explore the 19th-century Koreshan religious settlement, its structures and gardens; learn about these idealistic pioneers. $2/adults, $1/kids under 6 years old. Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. Tickets: 992-0311. River and Creeks Manatee Kayak Tour – 10am2pm. Get up close and personal and learn about their history, habitat and habits. $55 includes equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides. Ft Myers. 694-5513. Spiritual Study Group – 10:30am. With Rev Joyce Heist. Study and discuss Science of Mind principles.

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Unitarian Universalist Church of Ft Myers Sunday Service – 10:30-11:30am. All welcome. 13411 Shire Ln, Ft Myers. 561-2700. Southwest Florida Amma Satsang – 4:30-6:30pm. 2nd Sun. Share in Amma’s blessings; meditation, bhajans, videos of Amma and her teachings. Vegetarian potluck afterwards. Free. Cape Coral. Info: 671-6058 or


Koreshan Farmers’ Market – 8am-1pm. Unique market in the historic settlement of the Koreshans. Fresh and local goods; native plants and trees. Free park admission; $1 environmental impact fee. Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-0311.

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.

Buddhist Teach-Ins and Meditation Practice – 6:30pm. With dharma teacher Fred Epsteiner, in the spirit of Thich Nhat Hanh. greenmonkey, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 6:30pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Cape Christian Fellowship, 2110 Chiquita Blvd, Cape Coral. 338-5948. Drum and Dance Circle – 7-9pm. Drummers, dancers, jugglers, everyone welcome. BYO chair and instrument or come just to enjoy. Under the pavilion by the water in Centennial Park, Ft Myers. Info: Facebook page: Fort Myers Drum Circle.

monday Pilates Level I – 8:40am. With Lisa. $35/drop-in (packages available). Barre Fusion, 13040 Livingston Rd, Naples. 231-4178. Meditation Class – 9:30-10:30am. Guided meditation and practical advice with Buddhist monk Kelsang Chopag. No experience necessary. $10. Sanibel Community House, 2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel. Yoga on the Gazebo – Thru Apr. 9:30-10:30am. Multi-level vinyasa flow yoga with Sandy McShane. $10/class plus park entry fee. Lovers Key State Park, 8700 Estero Blvd, Ft Myers Beach. 592-4809. Depression Support Group – 11am. With Peg Walsh, MS. Offering participants intensive and selfcare ways to work through issues and develop bonds with others that are undergoing similar challenges and struggles. 9990 Coconut Rd, Bonita Springs. 718-208-6986. Miracles Among Us – 1-3pm. 3rd Mon. Providing support for and education about the effects brain injuries have on people’s lives (the person with the brain injury and their caretakers). North Collier Fire Station 45, 1885 Veterans Park Dr, Naples. Journey Within Meditation – 6-7pm. Crystal bowls and guided meditation followed by reiki energy healing. Receive a personal message. 100% of donations go to local charity groups. Kunjani, 780 Seagate Dr, Naples. 980-3257.

Adult Children of Alcoholics/Dysfunctional Families (ACA) – 6-7:30pm. 12-step meeting. Unity Church of Naples choir room, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. Lissa: 908-752-0068. FloridaState.

sitting and walking meditation and discussion of significant Buddhist teachings. Taylor Executive Court, 6719 Winkler Rd, Ste 100, Ft Myers. 9803887. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. St John Catholic Church, 625 111th Ave N, Naples. Mary: 216870-0653.

Clay Handbuilding and Raku Techniques – 6-9pm. Reduce stress in this five-week class with Richard Rosen. $195 plus materials ($50). Rosen Gallery & Studios, Naples Art District, 2172 J&C Blvd, Naples. RSVP: 821-1061. rictra@ Moral Monday Meetup – 6:30pm. 1st Mon. With SWFL Justice4All Coalition. 3640 Napa Wood Way. Info: 917-553-3776 or PeterSuzanne2@hotmail. com. A Course in Miracles – 6:30-7pm, Q&A for beginners; 7-8:30pm, formal class reading and discussion. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church Fireplace Room, 2000 Unity Way. 775-3009. Candlelight Yoga Flow – 7-8pm. With Dina Radcliffe, RYT. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. No class Jan 1. Integrative Mindfulness, Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. 280-9095. Gurdjieff/The Fourth Way Discussion Group – 7-8pm. An exploration of the teachings of G I Gurdjieff, with readings and discussion. Introductory sessions meet in Bonita Springs. Info: 565-1410. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7-8:30pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. St John the Evangelist Church, 625 111th Ave, N Naples. Mary: 216-870-0653. Nar-Anon Family Groups – 7:30pm. Providing support and hope to those in despair because of a relative or friend’s addiction. First Baptist Church, 4117 Coronado Pkwy, Cape Coral. 940-2615. Nu Tango Practica – 8-9:30pm. 2nd & 4th Mon. $10. Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 118, Naples. 304-9013.


La Leche League – 7pm. 1st Tue. Mother-to-mother breastfeeding support group. Children welcome. Free. St Hilary’s Episcopal Church, 5011 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides, Bonita Bch. 694-5513. Classical Hatha Yoga – 11am-12:30pm. With Meredith Musick. The Yoga House, Naples. Register/ location: 269-8846. Mid-Day Meditation – Noon-12:30pm. Mindful meditation overlooking the Peace Lake, Kathleen Kerswig guides participants into silent self-reflection. Love donation. Unity of Ft Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511. Hawaiian Hula Classes – 6-6:45pm Keiki Hula (kids 5+); 6:45-7:30pm Adult Hula. With Sherry Coffey. Explore authentic dances of the Polynesian islands. $50/month; family discounts. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1, Naples. 7685575. Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA) Group – 6-7:30pm. 12-step program. A fellowship of men and women that have suffered from anxiety or depression and anger after growing up in highly stressful environments. 10051 Plantation Rd, Ft Myers. 931-9009. Co-Ed Co-Dependents Anonymous (CoDA) – 6:30-7:30pm. A 12-step program for men and women whose common purpose is a desire for healthier relationships. 9470 Corkscrew Palms Cir, Ste 104, Estero. David: 470-0899. Tuesday Night Meditation – 6:30-8pm. Meditation in the Thich Nhat Hahn tradition. Join the community of mindfulness for meditation, including

Belly Dance Classes – 7:45-8:45pm. With Sherry Coffey. Have fun learning the ancient art and modern styles of this dynamic dance. Adults; beginners welcome. $50/month. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1, Naples. 768-5575.

wednesday Pilates Level I – 7:05am & 6:30pm. With Cathy. $35/drop-in (packages available). Barre Fusion, 13040 Livingston Rd, Naples. 231-4178. Guided Walks – Thru Mar. 9am-noon. Bird Rookery Swamp Trail, 1295 Shady Hollow Blvd, Naples. Registration required: Beach Baptist Farmers’ Market – Thru Apr. 9am2pm. Large selection of fresh produce, seafood, specialty foods, BBQ, local arts and crafts. Beach Baptist Church, 130 Connecticut St, Ft Myers Beach. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 9:30am. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. St Leo Catholic Church, 28290 Beaumont Rd, Bonita Springs. Sandy: 301938-7503. Women Seeking Serenity Through the 12 Steps – 10am. Free. Hope Lutheran Church, Old US 41, Bonita. Carol: 405-1947. Cocohatchee River/Wiggins Pass Estuary Kayak Tour – 10am-1pm. Birds, dolphins and

Meditation Class – 8:30-9:30am. Guided meditation and practical advice with Buddhist monk Kelsang Chopag. No experience necessary. $10. Sanibel Community House, 2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel. Guided Walks – Thru Mar. 9am-noon. CREW Marsh Trails, 4600 Corkscrew Rd (CR 850), Immokalee. Registration required: Beginners Music Classes – 9:30am-1:30pm. Piano/ voice/guitar lessons with Jodie Fox. Children, adults and homeschool community. $25/half-hour lesson. Academy of Light – Home of the Light Warriors, 9132 Aster Rd, Ft Myers. 707-0253. bjsriyantra@ Pilates for Beginners – 9:45am. With Gina. $35/ drop-in (packages available). Barre Fusion, 13040 Livingston Rd, Naples. 231-4178. Women’s Overeaters Anonymous Step Writing Meeting – 10am. Free. 9470 Corkscrew Palms Circle, Ste 104, Estero. Sandy: 973-809-5338 or Helen: 247-0385. Estuary Kayak Tour in Estero Bay – 10am-1pm. Birds, dolphins, manatees and more. $40. Includes

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other critters. $45. Includes all equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides. N Naples. 694-5513. Adult Children of Alcoholic/Dysfunctional Families – 2:30-4pm. Promise #1: “We will discover our real identities by loving and accepting ourselves.” Dry Palms Foundation, 1251 Lamar Rd, N Ft Myers. Jane: 728-7106. Art Alive – 5-8pm. 1st Wed. Tour the district, meet the artists, party and bring home unique treasures for your home. Naples Art District. 596-5099. Directions/map: Healing, Prayer and Meditation Service – 6pm. First Wed. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, Sanctuary, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. 775-3009. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Course – 6-8:30pm. Eight-weeks. 6719 Winkler Rd, Ste 100, Ft Myers. Preregistration required: 825-1557. La Leche League – 6:30pm. 3rd Wed. Mother-tomother breastfeeding support group. Children welcome. Free. Cape Coral Hospital Women’s Center, 2nd fl, 636 Del Prado Blvd S, Cape Coral. Open Social Dancing – 6:30-7pm. Group class. $5. 7-9pm. Dancing. $12. Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 118, Naples. 304-9013. Evening Meditation – 6:45-7:15pm. Quiet yourself mid-week during this time of calming self-reflection, connecting with one’s own God-self. Love donation. Unity of Ft Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511. Families Anonymous – 7-8:15pm. For relatives and friends of those that suffer from a current, suspected or former problem of substance abuse or related behavioral problem. Open to all. No dues or fees. Moorings Presbyterian Church, Naples. 595-1938. Guided Meditation Class – 7-8:15pm.  Guided meditation and practical advice with Buddhist monk Kelsang Chopag. No experience necessary. $10. Open Mind Zen, 1250 N Tamiami Tr, Ste 205, Naples. Spiritual Development Circles – Jan 10-Mar 28. 7-8:30pm. Traditional-style weekly development circle with instruction in meditation and message work. $20. Brooks Executive Suites, 9990 Coconut Rd, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 716-680-0379 or Nar-Anon Family Groups – 7:30pm. Providing support and hope to those in despair because of a relative or friend’s addiction. Cape Professional Center, 1216 SW 4th St, Ste 6, Cape Coral. 691-3653.

thursday Serenity Nature Yoga – 9-10am. With Jodie Fox. Homeschooled families encouraged. $15/sign up, $20/drop-in or $60/4 weeks. Academy of Light –Home of the Light Warriors, 9132 Aster Rd, Ft Myers. 707-0253. Chair Yoga – 3:30pm. Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 204, Naples. 692-9747. Beginners Spanish Class –10-11am. With Jodie Fox. Homeschool families encouraged. $15/sign-up, $20/drop-in or $140/8-week course (certificate and


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Hope Lutheran Church, Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Sally: 920-279-2388. Adult Children of Alcoholic/Dysfunctional Families – 2:30-4pm. Promise #1: “We will discover our real identities by loving and accepting ourselves.” Dry Palms Foundation, 1251 Lamar Rd. Jane: 728-7106. Healing the Healers/Reiki Healing Circle – 2:304pm. 4th Fri. With Lenka Spiska. Healers and reiki practitioners on all levels are encouraged to give and receive. $15 donation. Happehatchee Center, peace pavilion, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455.

celebration). Academy of Light, Home of the Light Warriors, 9132 Aster Road Fort Myers.707-0253. Classical Hatha Yoga – 11am-12:30pm. With Meredith Musick. The Yoga House, Naples. Register/ location: 269-8846. Dementia/Chronic Illness Support Group – 11am. With Peg Walsh, MS. Offering participants intensive and self-care ways to work through issues and develop bonds with others that are undergoing similar challenges and struggles. 9990 Coconut Rd, Bonita Springs. 718-208-6986. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 1:30pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. New Image Tabernacle Church, 81 Pondella Rd, N Ft Myers. 585-955-3910. Pilates Level II – 4:15pm.With Lisa. $35/drop-in (packages available). Barre Fusion, 13040 Livingston Rd, Naples. 231-4178. Infant and Pregnancy Loss Support Group – 5:15-6:45pm. 2nd Thurs. 1095 Whippoorwill Ln, Naples. 298-9725. Facebook page: Grieving Together. Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA) Group – 6-7:30pm. 12-step program. A fellowship of men and women that have suffered from anxiety or depression and anger after growing up in highly stressful environments. 10051 Plantation Rd, Ft Myers. 931-9009. Salsa Night – 7-7:45pm. Group class. 8:30pm. Practica $15. Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 118, Naples. 304-9013.

friday St John Farmers’ Market – Thru Apr. 9am-2pm. Produce, seafood, specialty foods, BBQ, arts and crafts. Saint John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 625 111th St N, Naples Park. La Leche League – 10am. 2nd Fri. Mother-tomother breastfeeding support group. Center Point Community Church, 6590 Golden Gate Pkwy, Naples. Women’s Co-Dependents Anonymous – Noon.

Sunset/Bird Rookery Kayak Tour – 3-6pm. 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.

saturday Pilates Level I – 8:30am. With Cathy. Barre Fusion, 13040 Livingston Rd, Naples. 231-4178. Rodes Farmers’ Market – Thru Apr. 9am-2pm. Produce, seafood, specialty foods, BBQ, arts and crafts. Supporting the Bonita Springs Lions Club. Rodes Fresh & Fancy Restaurant, 3756 Bonita Beach Rd SW, Bonita Springs. 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. Dallas: 208-6102096. Women Seeking Serenity through the 12 Steps – 10am. Free. Hope Lutheran Church, Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Carol: 405-1947. Guided Historic Tours – 10-11:30am. Explore the 19th-century religious Koreshan settlement, its structures and gardens; learn about these idealistic pioneers. $2/adults, $1/kids under 6 years old. Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. Tickets: 992-0311. Estuary Kayak Tour in Estero Bay – 10am-1pm. Birds, dolphins, manatees and more. $40. Includes all equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides, Bonita Bch. 694-5513. Really, Really Free Market – 10am-2pm. 1st Sat. Potluck of reusable items. No money, barter or trade; everything is free. Fleischmann Park, Naples. Facebook page: Naples Really Really Free Market. Drum Class/Circle – 3-4pm, class; 4-5:30, circle. 1st Sat. With Debo Kumi. Bring your drums, shakers, open heart and dance. Learn new rhythms for the circle. $10/class; donation/circle. The Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Club Dance – 5-6pm. 1st & 2nd Sat. Group class. $15/drop-in or $100/10 class card. Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 118, Naples. 3049013.

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

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



Oriental Medicine Naples & Ft Myers • 239-841-6611 Specializing in pain, chronic disorders, overall wellness, allergy treatments (NAET) and kinesiology. Acupuncture stimulates the body’s ability to heal all on its own! AP771. See ad, page 54.

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 12.

DR. ROBERT MURDOCH, BOARDCERTIFIED ACUPUNCTURE PHYSICIAN AHA! A Holistic Approach Center 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers 33908 239-433-5995

An acupuncture physician since 1986, Dr. Murdoch has devoted his life to helping people recover from mild and severe injury and illness. Also utilizing functional medicine, he has worked in hospitals and has treated patients of all ages and states of health. In addition to television and radio appearances, Dr. Murdoch has authored three books and has been published in the British Medical Journal, Red Flags, and Acupuncture Today.

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

BIOFEEDBACK ADVANCED SPIRITUAL STUDY ECKANKAR CENTER & READING ROOM Pinebrook Park, Unit #155 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ft Myers 33907 239-482-4034

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

New England School of Acupuncture graduate with 26 years experience. Charles specializes in complex symptomology, chronic pain conditions, expert facial rejuvenation, side effects of chemotherapy and radiation. See ad, page 16.


Eckankar, the path of spiritual freedom! Explore your unique relationship with the Divine through a personalized study program. Discover your true nature as Soul!


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. As a physician and educator, visit for blog, newsletter, online study group and courses.



Karin S Wolfe, CBS 3405 Pelican Landing Pkwy, Bonita Springs 239-980-3257 • Certified Biofeedback Specialist 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. CBS#5563.

BODYWORK ART OF HOLISTIC MASSAGE 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 organic facials. Facial Specialist FB9742820. FL Provider #50-9777 – CEU Classes.

TERESA KENNEDY (MA71100) Specializing in Mystic Astrology, Numerology, Fortune Card Readings and Cartomancy. I have over 30 years experience in making a difference. Phone and email consultations available.

Therapy of the Gulf (MM21480) 824 Anchor Rode Dr, Naples 928-444-0606 • 239-262-8722

Licensed massage therapist with 14 years of experience. Myofacial orthopedic and sports massage therapist. Educated, trained and worked with patients, including individuals with cancer, in Connecticut. See ad, page 56.

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



Cindi Curci-Lee, RN, BSN Advanced Certified Rolfer Movement Practitioner Yamuna Body Rolling Instructor 5100 N Tamiami Trl, Ste 126, 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, MM35843 (Naples), MM29338 (Ft Myers).


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

CHIROPRACTOR NETWORK CHIROPRACTOR Dr. Michele Pelletiere 3411 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 302, 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.


Kelly Swan, Licensed Colon Therapist 4720 SE 15th Ave, Ste 209, Cape Coral 239-549-7559 Colon hydrotherapy is an ancient art used to support natural healing. Releasing dormant toxins may improve issues with constipation, diarrhea, skin and overall wellbeing.MA77085, M33594.


Certified Advanced Rolfer Advanced Cranial Therapist Advanced Visceral Therapist Certified Movement Educator Naturopathic Wellness Consulting By Appointment: 239-272-6443 Over 30 years excelling in quick pain relief. Specializing in back pain, structural integration & alignment, all joint-pain-related issues, mobility improvement, sports injuries, non-chiropractic spinal release. MA36890.


Rosalind (Roz) Fusco LMT, CT 239-596-1110 • 239-571-9816 • MA27876 Internationally certified with 30 years licensed nursing experience; offering colonics with stateof-the-art water system. I am a Vodder Lymphatic Specialist enhancing your progress with free sessions on the BEMER micro circulation mat and ionic footbaths. MM13162.


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

Be happy for

this moment. This moment is your life. ~Omar Khayyam

Colon therapist since 1994. Enclosed gravity method, uv/ozone purified water, superior to others. Massage, reflexology, Upledger CranioSacral/SER and lymph drainage, Visceral Manipulation, Raindrop, ear candling, ozone/ oxygen steam cabinet, BEFE foot detox, far-infrared sauna. MM7376, MA018351. See ad, page 60.


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

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


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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 26.


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 51.


A park in the heart of the village, with Yoga in Nature several days a week, drumming lessons and healing circles. Events/ceremonies and sacred wedding spaces available in nature. Happehatchee events calendar link and class descriptions:

ENERGY HEALING REV. KAREN CORATELLI-SMITH 239-692-9120 • Certified instructor & practitioner, NFSH-The Healing Trust & ThetaHealing. Past Life Regression Counselor, Shaman Mesa Carrier, CranioSacral therapy, Esoteric Healing, Seraphim Blueprint, spiritual counselor.


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.


Peter and Susie Bagwell 17030 Alico Commerce Ct, #303, Ft Myers 33967 • 239-362-0385 • 586-604-3500 Plants defend themselves from threats yet grow and thrive. Let them help you! Learn about essential oils and save money at our free classes.


9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 213, Bonita Springs 239-481-5600 • 239-481-5603 fax Comprehensive, fully integrated health care individualized for adults and children. Chronic fatigue, male and female hormone imbalance. Digestive disorders, women’s health care, autism, ADHD and related issues. See ad, page 61.


239-405-7330 • Design for homes, offices, schools, churches – we gain sustenance from the spaces we inhabit. We especially create relationships using color, textures, space design, organizing, artwork, lighting and more.

FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE HUGHES CENTER FOR FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE Pamela Hughes, D.O. 800 Goodlette Rd, Ste 270, Naples 34102 239-649-7400 •

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


Internal Medicine, Functional Medicine Office: 239-444-5636 • Dr. Torres is a board-certified internist with over 17 years of experience and knows the limitations of conventional internal medicine. She is among the few Certified Practitioner M.D.s, trained by the Institute For Functional Medicine. See ad, page 12.


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


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 17.


Come heal with us! We offer many natural healing options – acupuncture, clinical psychotherapy (RTR and couples therapy, massage, bodywork, Quantum Energetic, classes (yoga, tai chi, Stretch ‘n Strength), infrared sauna, reiki classes and much more! See ad, page 18.


PrimeMyBody Independent Affiliate 203-536-1873 • Enjoy the health promoting benefits of hemp without the high. CBD oil is the cannabinoid rich whole plant Hemp extract, legal in all 50 states. Hemp oil provides all of the plant powered wellness benefits of cannabis for the body and brain – without the psychoactive effects of THC.

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 29.


Medium, Teacher, Lecturer, Counselor 716-595-3529 Dedicating his life to help others in their quest for answers in all areas of their life. Available for in-person or phone readings.



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Regain Body Wisdom! Innovative, holistic support to reduce stress and anxiety, improve lifestyle, find life purpose or simply cultivate wellness for self, the community or the planet. Psychotherapy, couples counseling, parenting guidance. CEU classes for health professionals. Call for consultation or further information.

Specializing in intuitive counsel and psychic work including Akashic records, card readings, connection with loved ones, home and business readings/clearings, energy healing, personal mentoring and angel work with children. Working with individuals that have health concerns, mental stress and/or want to find clarity with their life situations.

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




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Living Plus: Meditation Styles

Sylvia Dreiser Farnsworth, Life-Transition Coach, Certified Facilitator for The Work of Byron Katie, Certified in Core-Process Psychotherapy, Author, Speaker • Do you experience stress, angst regarding financial security, fear around health or aging? I did, too. Today I use The Work of Byron Katie to find peace and clarity when stressful thoughts hit me. Let me help you to find back to your inner peace and joy!


February articles include:

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Pathways Toward Personal Resilience

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 26.

Finding Your Meditation Style Heart Healty Foods and so much more!


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 45.


D-Signed Nutrition 3531 Bonita Bay Blvd, Ste 300, Bonita Sprgs 239-676-5249 • Family medical nutrition therapy providing individualized programs for every life stage to restore health and wellness. Detox, GI issues, weight management, food sensitivities and allergies.

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Dee Harris, RDN, LDN, CDE Bonita Bay Executive Center 3531 Bonita Bay Blvd, Ste 300, Bonita Sprgs 239-676-5249 • Nutrition is our lifeblood. Healing with food starts with a personalized plan to address inflammation, nutrient insufficiencies, toxic burden and imbalances in the body. See ad, page 54.


AHA! A Holistic Approach Center 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers 239-433-5995 • Dorothy Rodwell can help free you from anxiety, PTSD, grief and depression with Rapid Trauma Resolution (RTR), a newer, briefer and emotionally painless therapy. She is also trained in the Gottman method of Couples Therapy. See ad, page 18.


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 MEREDITH MUSICK, LMT, E-RYT 2000 239-269-8846

Serving Naples since 1999. Hatha and therapeutic Yoga. Improve posture, breath-work, heal injuries, The Great Yoga Wall®. Massage therapy: sports, Swedish, Lomi Lomi. Nutritional counsel. Posture and stretching classes.

The number one root of all illness, as we know, is stress. ~Marianne Williamson

January 2018


Natural Awakenings Naples/Fort Myers January 2018  

Southwest Florida (SWFL) - Collier/Lee Counties - Natural Health, Green Living Magazine

Natural Awakenings Naples/Fort Myers January 2018  

Southwest Florida (SWFL) - Collier/Lee Counties - Natural Health, Green Living Magazine