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Welcome to a new year and a new decade! I love the start of a fresh year, its invitation to tune into what we want to create in the world and what we’re willing to do to make it happen. Here in the Natural Awakenings office, we set the intention to embrace the possibilities for this new year with an exclusive interview with legendary journalist Bill Moyers, who is leading the charge for a new generation to make a critical difference in our world where it counts: climate change. We’ve accepted his challenge to join a global media project called Covering Climate Now to spread awareness of the urgency of this issue. Throughout this year, we’ll step up our efforts to share with readers the many aspects of how we eat and how we live impact the planet—and how each of us can shrink our own climate change footprint (page 36). Meanwhile, schools across the country and around the world are growing the next generation of environmentalists with innovative, hands-on courses that teach students about climate change, the importance of renewable energy, sustainable food production, water quality/quantity and other conservation issues. Yvette Hammett explores this trend in “Raising Environmentalists: Teachers Prep Kids for the Future” (page 50). If a quiet, 16-year-old Greta Thunberg can start a climate protest in her native Sweden in 2018 that spearheaded the youth global movement for climate action, become the voice for millions of young people and Time magazine’s 2019 Person of the Year, perhaps nothing is impossible. I feel fortunate that I took an early interest in living a healthy lifestyle, and it’s continuing to pay dividends in my senior years. At the time, it wasn’t as apparent to me how directly related my personal health choices were to our planetary health. Thus, our enhanced focus on the environment will complement our ongoing commitment to leave no stone unturned in all facets of personal health. This month, the eternal quest for the fountain of youth leads us to examine the factors that contribute not only to living long, but living well. Melinda Hemmelgarn’s feature looks at the role of genes, environment and lifestyle factors; she offers age-defying strategies from diet, exercise and sleep to protecting our telomeres and adjusting our attitudes (page 38). We have plenty of work to do, and it can seem overwhelming and have us question what difference we can make. But we can do this! Make it your New Year’s resolution to up your game: Some things just can’t wait any longer. Let’s create a better story that makes headlines in 2020, one that future generations can live with. Here’s to an empowered new year and all its possibilities,

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Getting a Grip on Pain

36 BILL MOYERS

On Covering Climate Now

38 LIVING LONG & WELL Age-Defying Habits and the Fountain of Youth

42 NEW YEAR NEW YOU 44 GUT CHECK Feeding the Immune System

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48 GREEN THERAPY

Ecopsychology and the Nature Cure

50 RAISING ENVIRONMENTALISTS

Teachers Prep Kids for the Future

52 WHEN WORKOUTS

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Why Less Is Sometimes More

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news briefs

Many Changes at Naples Boutique Studio

Internal Health and Well-Being Workshops in Naples

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aren Ann Gallagher, with a master’s degree from the Maryland University of Integrative Health, is leading three Internal Health and Well-Being workshops at Beautiful Health, an all-natural beauty and health shop in Naples. The series of events, all taking place at 5 p.m., is designed to provide participants with new and valuable evidence-based information about herbal medicines and supplementation, and how it affects individual health and well-being. Topics and dates will be the Power of Herbs – A Scientific Perspective on January 16; Trending Herbs – Implications for Health on February 18; and Herbs for Beauty on March 19. Gallagher, who is currently pursuing a certification in nutrition, has been published in scientific journals, online and in local newspapers. Specializing in formulating custom herbs for her clients, her clinical practice focuses on nutritional restorative GI tract health. Besides offering natural and skincare, beauty and other types of products, Beautiful Health will also conduct other health classes and workshops throughout the year. Cost: $25 per session. Location: 4947 Tamiami Tr. N., Ste. 105. For more information, call 239-241-5111 or visit BeautifulHealth.biz. See ad, page 31.

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ore to Core Fitness, a leading Pilates and fitness boutique studio in Naples now owned by Arceli “Pinky” Bacsinila, has changed its name to Skylight Yoga & Fitness and offers expanded hours of a wider variety of classes, including late afternoon and early evening to support health, fitness and well-being. To highlight the many changes, they are offering new clients a special three classes in a three-week period for $36 or one month of unlimited classes for $99. The studio includes Pilates Reformer, Pilates Mat, yoga, cardio kickboxing, barre and TRX suspension training for all levels. Personal training is also available. Bacsinila, who had a career in accounting, finance and operations, holds multiple certifications, including ACE Group and therapeutic exercise, RYT-200 yoga teacher and a martial arts black belt. Location: 5002 Tamiami Tr. N., Ste. 100. For more information or to register, call 239-649-5002, email info@SkylightYogaFit.com or visit SkylightYogaFit.com or NaplesCoreToCore.com. See ad, page 43.

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Paradise Coast Wellness Experience

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he second annual Paradise Coast Wellness Experience will feature more than 100 different wellness activities January 10, 11 and 12 from Naples to Marco Island and the Everglades. Signature events by Be Well in Paradise include a Wellness EXPO with interactive experiences and educational presentations, healthy food tastings and a concert with Paul Todd from 2 to 10 p.m., January 10, at Naples Hilton (5111 Tamiami Trail North); a Yoga & Wellness Fest with a drum circle, yoga and cooking classes, wellness vendors, healing modalities, kids’ yoga, tennis and more, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., January 11, at Vineyards Community Park (6231 Arbor Boulevard West), in Naples; and a Sunset Meditation on January 12 at the Edgewater Beach Hotel (1901 Gulf Shore Boulevard North), in Naples. Cost: Jan. 11: $25 online beforehand, $30 at the event, $5 without yoga, kids under 12, free. For more information, call 239-269-2221 or visit BeWellInParadise.com. For tickets, visit EventBrite.com. See ad, page 59.

Virtual Reality Travel at Purely You Spa

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atisfying wanderlust is now easy at any time with armchair travel via virtual reality at Purely You Spa in Naples. Consider an immersion virtual reality experience at destinations such as Nepal’s capital city of Kathmandu, surrounded by the Himalayan Mountains, inside Egypt’s great pyramids, the clear blue waters of Bali, visiting the Golden Buddhas of Vietnam, or any other exotic destination. Then schedule an armchair tour in the relaxation lounge prior to any spa treatment at Purely You Spa. An amazing virtual reality session is totally customized for each guest. In January guests that schedule a massage will be able to enjoy this unique service, normally priced at $30, for free.

Seven Free CBD and CBG Seminars

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oseph Catalano, RPH, owner of Apothicare360 Pharmacy, will present seven, free, educational seminars throughout our area this month on cannabidiol (CBD) and cannabigerol (CBG) to provide helpful information for attendees on making decisions on gaining the health benefits of using them. The events will be held at 6:30 p.m. on both January 9 and 16 and at 10:30 a.m. on January 25 at Apothicare360 Pharmacy (6631 Orion Joseph Catalano Drive, Suite 112) in Fort Myers where related products can be purchased; 10:30 a.m. on January 11 and 4:30 p.m. on January 23 at the Port Charlotte Library (2280 Aaron Street), in Port Charlotte; at 2 p.m. on January 11 at the Punta Gorda Library (401 Shreve Street); and 6:30 p.m. on January 13 at the Collier County Library (650 Central Avenue), in Naples. Attendees at all events will be able to learn how to navigate through the CBD explosion, CBG (the stem cell of the hemp plant) and safe CBD/CBG oil, and have all of their related questions answered. For more information or to RSVP, text or call Laura Cavanagh at 847-452-8357. Also, call 239690-7700, email Joe@Apothicare360.com or visit Apothicare360.com. See ad, page 25.

Special Health Course at Naples Center for Functional Medicine

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arol Roberts, M.D., ABIHM, will lead An Apple-A-Day Course sessions on a wide range of health matters from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Mondays from January 13 through February 17 at the Naples Center for Functional Medicine. Attendees will learn the benefits of proper diet, nutrition and exercise, how to avoid toxins and how the body’s energy influences health from Roberts and guest lecturer Dr. Carol Roberts Eduardo Maristany. The course is geared for people that may have adopted healthy lifestyle habits, but want to further enhance their health and well-being. Cost: $150 for six sessions. Location: 800 Goodlette Rd., Ste. 270. For more information or to register, call 715-887-325 or visit NaplesCFM.com. See ad, page 75.

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Seed & Bean Market Launches Online CBD Marketplace

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eed & Bean Market, in downtown Fort Myers, has launched an online CBD marketplace that features many of their bestselling and trusted CBD products. The development makes it easier for customers to purchase favorite products shipped to their residence and to keep up with a healthy CBD lifestyle. “We are excited about the launch of our online marketplace with the level of trust, loyalty and respect we have built with our customers. It will allow us to service our loyal customers nationwide,” says co-founder Cole Peacock. “It’s exciting to have this opportunity in the wake of our customers’ requests.” Location: 1520 Broadway. For more information including store hours, email Info@ SeedAndBeanMarket.com or visit SeedAndBeanMarket.com. See ad, page 19.

Awakening the Voice of Healing at Lotus Blossom Clinic

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Acupuncture Center of Naples CUSTOM PRESCRIPTION HERBAL MEDICINE for all your health concerns Dr. Cen has more than 25 years experience in Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine. Arthritis • Chronic Pain • Injuries • Insomnia • Stress Menopause • Stroke Recovery • Shingles • Anxiety Migraines • Fibromyalgia • Well-being • Bell’s Palsy & More 5683 Naples Boulevard • Naples, FL 34109 Dr.Xiu Qiong Cen A.P., D.O.M Licensed Acupuncture Physician

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he Lotus Blossom Clinic, in Fort Myers, will host Awakening the Voice of Healing from 6 to 8 p.m., January 16, in its movement medicine room. Attendees will have their spirits stimulated by hearing thoughtful, poignant passages from books by local authors Kandy Love, Ph.D., LMT, and Phyllis Brooks Licis, MSW, LICSW; and create vision and anchor intentions by listening to In2itive Wisdom Gulf Coast Meditation’s Awaken the Spirit Within and Chakras CDs that include the voices of Love, Brooks Licis and Lotus Blossom Clinic owner Deb Martin; and Love’s solo recording Gentle Breath. The audio presentations will all be augmented by a special colorful display of soothing images. Overall, it will be “an evening of audio and visual experiences


that will touch one’s being,” says Martin. Signed copies of books and CDs will be available for purchase. Awaken the Spirit Within was recently Amazon’s number-one new release in the spiritual recording genre. Admission is $15. Location: 6710 Winkler Rd., Ste. 3. For more information, call 239-277-1399, email Deb@LotusBlossomClinic. com or visit LotusBlossomClinic.com. See ad, page 21.

Natural Defenses Against Red Tide

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or Goodness Sake, in Bonita Springs, offers natural preventive measures for allergic reactions including congestion, headaches and more serious potential future health dangers caused by mycotoxins excreted by red tide algae bloom. The business suggests taking a tablespoon of food-grade diatomaceous earth in the morning that can act as a biological sieve to clear mycotoxins from the blood. In addition, they offer neuro-protective supplements like BulletProof Unfair Advantage, consisting of an ampule of Brain Octane coconut oil with PQQ and COQ10 brain supplements. The caprylic acid in the oil has been proven to help with ALS, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. Location: 9118 Bonita Beach Rd. SE. For more information, call 239-992-5838 or visit ForGoodnessSakes.com. See ad, page 20.

Cypress Cove Conservancy Fundraiser at Quail Creek

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ypress Cove Conservancy will hold its second annual Puttin’ for Preservation fundraiser on February 9 at Quail Creek Country Club, in Naples. A shotgun start for the golf tournament in a scramble format will begin at 1:30 p.m., followed by a Blue Zonesinspired dinner. All donations, including auction and raffle prizes, are tax-deductible. Funds raised at the organization’s 2019 tournament were instrumental in the recent purchase of a 10-acre parcel of property in Collier County called Cypress Cove Sanctuary, and part of a 179-acre preserve acquired and presided over by biologist Dr. Robert H. Gore. Golf entry fee including dinner is $175. Dinner only is $75. Location: 13300 Valewood Dr. For more information or tickets, visit CypressCoveConservancy.com.

In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on. ~Robert Frost January 2020

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Festival of Resolutions at Ada’s Natural Market

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da’s Natural Market, in Fort Myers, invites shoppers to not let New Year’s resolutions be passed up by presenting a free Festival of Resolutions event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., January 11. There will be free food tastings, information on new healthy foods and vendors representing area fitness and wellness studios offering introductory classes every hour of the event. Location: 7070 College Pkwy., Ste. 101. For more information, call 239-939-9600, email Lindsey@AdasMarket.com or visit AdasMarket.com. Register for attending classes on the website before the event. See ad, page 25.

Special Ahimsa Vegan Meal Serving in Naples

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he Love Yoga Center is presenting an ahimsa (meaning “non-harm to others” in Sanskrit) at the Home Small Plates and Vegan Cooking class led by Megan Healey from 3 to 5 p.m., January 18, at a private residence in Naples. Participants will learn how to prepare healthy, delicious and fulfilling vegan meals. A three-course vegan meal including a fresh, local salad, main dish, desserts and nutmylks will be served. Cooking demonstrations and recipe details will also be provided. Healey, also a yoga teacher, is a plantbased chef who specializes in organic, locally sourced and vegan meal creations. Cost is $40 per guest. Location provided upon registration. For more information or to RSVP, call 239-273-5613, email MHealey@1125@gmail.com or visit LoveYogaCenter.com. See ad, page 46.


Pre Qualified - Referenced - Member Showcase Cape Coral - Fort Myers - Naples Let 2020 be the year you feel more comfortable, strong and magical in your own skin. Through yoga, massage, energy, nutrition, laughter and love, Kandy guides you to health, harmony and happiness in the moment. Check out her new album release! Kandy Taylor Love, PhD, Certified Iyengar Teacher, FL LMT#9704 LoveWorks, LLC yoginikandy62@gmail.com Becauseloveworks.com • 239.851.8815 RELIEVE STRESS & PAIN Organic Beyond Juice Bar, Float Therapy, Wellness & Marriage Counseling, Spinal Health with Bio Structural Correction, Kinesiology, Therapeutic Massage. Visit our Site for JANUARY Specials!

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Free Trager Approach Class at Lotus Blossom Clinic

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ecause the new year is a perfect time to find natural ways to reduce stress, anxiety and pain, Marva Sletten, PT, LMT, CLTLANA, CTP, will conduct a free Change Your Mind—Change Your Body class in Trager Approach Bodywork and Movement from 10 to 11:30 a.m., January 25, at Lotus Blossom Clinic, in Fort Myers. Trager, a mind-body method in which Mary Sletten recipients experience a deep state of relaxation, an improved sense of mobility and mental clarity, is unique in that it is the manner in which the practitioner works rather than a specific technique or protocol that produces such effective results. She’ll teach movements attendees can do on their own, a quality of touch that communicates safety, security, calm and peace to the client that is lulled into a deep state of relaxation with gentle, rhythmic, rocking, shimmering, elongating movements of their head, torso and limbs. Being done in a meditative state, the modality is able to convey mental as well as physical information to the person which allows them to experience new sensations of ease, space, flexibility and freedom of movement in their body. Admission is free. Location: 6710 Winkler Rd., Ste. 2 and 3. For more information or to RSVP (requested), call 239-910-7577, MarvaSletten@gmail.com or visit TheNatureOfWellnessFlorida. com. See ad, page 72.

Durham to Speak at Energy Healing Event

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ichele Durham, owner and creator of Access Holistic Healing, in Naples, will be the guest speaker at a presentation on energy healing from 1 to 4 p.m., January 25, at the Naples Hilton. She will join researcher and scientist Tom Michele Durham Paladino on the use and benefits of drugfree, natural healing with U.S. Food and Drug Administrationapproved devices and the issues they can help resolve. A holistic practitioner since 2010, Durham is a certified wellness coach with the International Association of Wellness Professionals, a certified facilitator in Access Bars, a licensed BrainTap practitioner and authorized Celluma representative, and has traveled to more than 20 countries. Participants can sign up to experience future sessions of Access Bars (32-point head massage), BrainTap sound and light therapy, and Celluma light therapy, which was developed by NASA. Admission is free. Location: 5111 Tamiami Tr. N. For more information, call Durham at 239-776-2211, email Info@ AccessHolisticHealing.com or visit AccessHolisticHealing.com. See ad, page 27. 16

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Spirit of Wellness Event at Light the Way

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he Spiritual Communities Network will host a free Spirit of Wellness event with holistic modalities for wellness and self-care from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., January 11 at Light the Way, in Naples. Participants will be able to delve into EFT, ThetaHealing, BEMER, Light Code Activation and meditation, guided by teachers such as Michelle Love, Beth BrownRinella, Denise Flood, Kristi Oen, Valerie Johnston and Gwen Peterson. From 3 to 5 p.m., personal healing and reading sessions will take place for a small fee that’ will vary by service on a firstcome, first-served basis. The event, part of the second annual Paradise Coast Wellness Experience, will teach about new tools for self-care and present an opportunity to sample alternative methods of self-care for wellness (most of which can be continued at home), ask questions and meet area practitioners. Location: 5600 Trail Blvd., Ste. 15. For more information, call 239595-1587, email SpiritualCommunitiesNetwork.com@gmail.com or visit them on Facebook. See ad, page 40.

Van Duren Joins AHA! A Holistic Approach Center

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andy Van Duren, of the Irish Intuitive, has joined AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, in Fort Myers. An Irish native and natural-born intuitive who recently relocated to here from Atlanta, where she has been helping people feel better about themselves by discovering their life paths, has been offering such services as chakra balancing, intuitive readings, reiki, THeta and more since 2002. Ninety-minute healing sessions Zandy Van Duren are $95, intuitive readings are $50 for 30 minutes and $75 for one hour. Her approach is to help people go from where they are in life to where they want to be in creating a balance of mind-body-spirit healing that’s so important to the complete health of individuals. Available by appointment Monday through Saturday, Van Duren’s services can help one connect with their loved ones, spirit guides, angel and provide intuitive insight using therapy and angel cards.

Costs: Location: 15971 McGregor Blvd. For more information or to make an appointment, call 239-433-5995, email aha@ AHolisticApproachCenter.com or visit AHolisticApproach Center.com. See ad, page 50.

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New Omega Point Podcast to Launch Soon

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Weight-Loss Program at Fort Myers Chiropractic Studio

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ort Myers Chiropractic Studio is offering its popular and effective weight-loss program that uses a low-calorie ketogenic diet from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays by appointment. Their approach applies four important factors that the practice says research and studies have identified which slow metabolism and cause people to gain and store fat: Dr. Christina Hoch poor digestion and absorption of nutrients from foods, low vitamin D levels, stress on the adrenal system as an actual metabolism issue and increased belly fat. The practice adds that belly fat is metabolically active, contributing to hormone imbalance and resistance which prevents weight loss, which is why previous attempts to lose weight have failed. “This program is my go-to for those patients who have tried various diets without success because this diet succeeds where all others have failed,” says Dr. Christine Hoch. Location: 12566 New Brittany Blvd., St. 13W. For more information or to make an appointment, call 239-243-8735, email FrontDesk@ FortMyersChiroStudio.com or visit FortMyersChiroStudio.com. See ad, page 28.

BodyWellness of Naples Relocates to Larger Space

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odyWellness of Naples, LLC, owned by Mary Lambrecht, LMT, FB, and a certified cupping therapist through the International Cupping Therapy Association, has relocated to the Fairway Building, 1000 Tamiami Trail North, Suite 203. The larger quarters create an Mary Lambrecht expanded wellness center offing advanced cupping therapy that complements all massage modalities, lymphatic drainage, structural integration and facial rejuvenation. Cupping aids lymphatic activation, toxin release, reduced muscle pain and scar tissue, increased oxygen flow in fascia and muscular tissue. Clients can experience immediate results for rehabilitation, fascial release when enhanced with therapeutic massage therapy. Skincare and wellness facials include high-performance natural products for sensitive, health-challenged skin and anti-aging treatments. Also, a new skincare product line will be added this month to further enhance massage and facial treatments. For more information, including on the new skincare product line, visit BodyWellnessOfNaples.com. See ad, page 73.

Christian Science Event at Shangri-La Springs

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iulia Nesi Tetreau, a spiritual healer and teacher of Christian Science, will lead a free talk and discussion entitled A Spiritual Revolution: The Quest to Experience God, at 5:30 p.m., February 4, at Shangri-La Springs, in Bonita Springs. Participants of the event, Giulia Nesi Tetreau sponsored by the Christian Science Church of Bonita Springs, will explore whether there is more to life than what they are experiencing, and if there’s a deeper, lasting and more satisfying peace or happiness that might fill the emptiness inside. “Despite professional accomplishments and having achieved everything I had been told would make me happy, I still had this empty feeling inside, and felt dissatisfied and restless,” says Tetreau. “I wanted to feel and actually experience a power or influence that was larger than what I knew, and that I could rely on this power no matter what I was dealing with.” She experienced the “spiritual revolution” in her life by reading Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. She served on the faculty and conducted seminars at Harvard Medical School’s Conference Spirituality and Healing in Medicine. Location: 27750 Old 41 Rd. For more information, call 813-9516233 or visit ChristianScience.com.

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he Naples Green Scene (NGS) will present How Not to Diet: EvidenceBased Weight Loss with Dr. Michael Greger, FACLM, in their next national speaker series event from 6 to 7 p.m., Dr. Michael Greger March 1, in the Sanctuary Room at Unity of Naples. Greger, an internationally renowned physician, author, speaker and online trailblazer on nutrition, food safety and public health issues, will cover 17 ingredients to the optimal weight-loss diet, some of the 21 tips to fast track weight loss, which include specific foods that can double as fat blockers and fat burners, starch blockers and appetite suppressants. A New York Times bestselling author of How Not to Die, he is a founding member and fellow of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, has lectured at the Conference on World Affairs and testified before Congress. All proceeds he receives from his books, DVDs and speaking engagements are donated to charity. NGS is a local, 800-plus member plant-powered wellness community with a mission of empowering our community to reclaim health and vitality through a whole-food, plantbased lifestyle. Cost is $35 to $75. Location: 2000 Unity Way. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit NaplesGreenScene.org. For sponsorship opportunities, email info@NaplesGreenScene.org. Also visit NutritionFacts.org. See ad, page 29.

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Free Presentation on Energy Healing

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he world was believed flat until Ferdinand Magellan proved it wasn’t. The sun was thought to revolve around the Earth until Nicolaus Copernicus discovered otherwise. Psychiatrist and researcher Dr. Norman Doidge’s discovery of the brain’s neuroplasticity and its ability to change and heal itself overturned the medical assumption that the organ was fixed and unchangeable. Tom Paladino Today’s technology frequently throws unexpected curveballs, including negating disregard of the body’s energy highway of meridians and energy points known as chakras. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that research scientist Tom Paladino, who has been working for more than 30 years with the energy, frequency and vibration technology of futurist and inventor Nikola Tesla, has thrown us a scalar energy curveball capable of impacting the body. Paladino will give a free slide presentation from 1 to 4 p.m., January 25, at the Hilton Naples, and talk about his scalar energy technique, which involves working with scalar waves that exist only in the vacuum of empty space and constitute an ocean of infinite energy known as prana, qi, or the life force. He will also show examples regarding the difference between electromagnetic energy versus scalar waves and offer demonstrations of his completely safe, painless and subtle scalar energy sessions that have no side effects. Testimonials and explanations of Paladino’s scientific background and work with Tesla’s research will also help participants understand how humans, as subtle energy beings, can benefit from this form of energy, which can be used to improve health conditions such as headaches, viral infections, parasites, sleep disorders, arthritis, fibromyalgia, Epstein-Barr virus, chronic fatigue and more. The afternoon includes a Q&A session, as well as a free experience with remote scalar energy healing. Admission is free. Location: 5111 Tamiami Tr. N., Naples. For more information, call Alyssa at 404-274-1544 or visit ScalarLight.com. See ad, page 27.

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hose interested in learning Level I and II Shamanic Reiki self-care practices that can also be used on others have the opportunity to participate in the Integrative Life Institute three-day weekend workshop at Unity of Naples from 6 to 9 p.m., January 17, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Grace Barr January 18, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., January 19. Led by Grace Barr and MaryAnne Battaglia, the reiki spiritual healing method, synergistically combined with ancient shamanic teachings, is for novices and advanced reiki practitioners. “These wisdoms are not only for individuals wishing to pursue professional healing careers, but also anyone looking to enrich their life with spiritual and emotional well-being,” says Barr, an integraMary Anne tive life guide and licensed massage therapist Battaglia who practices in Naples. “Shamanic reiki demonstrates how we are all hollow reeds that can connect in deep ways and receive universal energy and messages from spirit,” says the Naples resident, who notes that early in childhood her approach to spirit began through a connection to nature, animals and dance. Battaglia’s connection to spirit developed through her training in the traditional Usui system of reiki healing. “Grace and I trained with Lynn Roberts through her Shamanic Reiki worldwide programs. Shamanism and reiki are powerful paths to healing. When combined, their powers are multiplied. Grace and I are master teachers and can certify anyone who completes level I and II. In June, we plan to do Shamanic Reiki Level III,” she says. Barr and Battaglia have traveled in India, Guatemala and Peru, where they studied with the O’ero shamans and Mayan elders. Worldwide, they have participated in ceremonies at numerous sacred sites and have received the Munay-ki initiation rites taught by Alberto Villoldo, founder of The Four Winds Society. Munay in Quechua means love and will. Combined with ki, from the Korean word for energy, the meaning is “energy of love”.

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Women March to Win in Downtown Naples

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articipants in Naples’ fourth annual Women’s March, Women March to Win, on January 18, will assemble at 9 a.m. in Cambier Park and at 10 a.m. begin walking south on 6th Street South, turning west on 8th Avenue South, north on 3rd Street South to 5th Avenue, and finish back in Cambier Park. Lead organizers for Women March to Win are individuals from Collier Freedom (CF), a social justice nonprofit. Additional organizations and sponsors aiding CF are Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ), SWFLJustice4All Coalition, Moms Demand Action, Students Demand Action, Naples Pride, PFLAG (the extended family of the LGBTQ community), Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Naples, Planned Parenthood, Collier County Democratic Party and other groups. Three emcees will handle duties in three languages. Tamara Paquette, who has emceed the last three March ceremonies, will speak in English, Javier Estevez Spanish and noted educator and activist Juniace Senecharles Etienne in Creole. The march will be followed by a celebration in Cambier Park with speakers, musical entertainment by the all-female R&B band Women Don’t Conform, video vignettes and food trucks. In addition, march organizers will recognize female leading lights of the community that have proven, sometimes through decades of service, their devotion to bettering our community. Speakers include noted environmentalist and member of the Miccosukee Tribe Betty Osceola; President of Planned Parenthood, Stephanie Fraim; and Lupe Gonzalez, of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW). Filmed testimonials by a multi-ethnic, diverse group of students, adults and teachers will be produced by the Media Department of the Lorenzo Walker Technical College and displayed on large video screens from the stage. Vendors will sell merchandise and nonprofits will be dispense information on behalf of supporters and organizing groups. The event concludes at 2 p.m. This year’s logo pays homage to the women that fought and won the right to vote in 1920 and celebrates that centennial landmark. Women March to Win is affiliated with the national March on the Polls organization, which currently has more than 40 affiliate marches across North America. For more information, call KC Shulberg, member of CF at 239-7840880, email Kcs@wwom.com or visit WeAreMarchOn.org/affiliates. See ad, page 63.

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Drink Pomegranate Juice to Protect Fetal Brain Growth About one in 10 babies in utero struggles with a dangerous condition known as intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR), in which the flow of oxygen and nutrients through the placenta is restricted, hampering development of the growing fetus. Now, a simple solution—of mom drinking an eight-ounce glass of pomegranate juice a day—offers hope of a way to reduce infant deaths and lower the need for infant surgery. Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in Boston, studied 77 mothers with IUGR at St. Louis’ Barnes-Jewish Hospital that received either one cup a day of pomegranate juice or a placebo. Evaluating 55 of the babies’ development with MRIs after birth, researchers found that the babies with pomegranate-drinking moms had evidence of both better brain connectivity and development of white matter—tissue through which messages pass in the central nervous system. Pomegranate juice is a rich source of polyphenols, a class of foods also found in nuts, berries, vegetables and teas that’s known to cross the blood-brain barrier and have neuroprotective effects.

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Eating and drinking fermented probiotic dairy products such as yogurt, kefir, cheese and sour cream reduces the risk of heart disease for women, report researchers from the Netherlands that analyzed data from nearly 8,000 Australian women over a 15-year period. The effect was particularly strong for those that were obese and had Type 2 diabetes, according to the research. “In the process of dairy fermentation, beneficial compounds are released that have shown promise for improving glycemic control, blood lipids, cholesterol concentrations and blood pressure,” write the study authors.

Chomping on more nuts daily keeps the pounds at bay, according to research published in the journal BMJ Nutrition, Prevention & Health. Using records from three long-term longitudinal studies spanning 20 years and including nearly 300,000 health professionals, the report from Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that increasing nut intake by a half serving a day—about 12 almonds or seven walnut halves—was linked to lower instances of weight gain and obesity. Swapping out a serving of meats, refined grains or desserts for half a serving of nuts was associated with staving off weight gain of between 0.9 and 1.5 pounds in any four-year period. A consistently higher nut intake of at least half a serving a day was associated with a 23 percent lower risk of putting on 11 or more pounds and becoming obese in the same timeframe. No such links were found for eating more peanut butter. The researchers suggest the high fiber content of nuts can make a person feel full longer, and that that the fiber also binds well to fats in the gut, affecting a greater discharge of calories.

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Live Near Green Spaces to Ward Off Metabolic Syndrome Middle-aged and older adults that live in greener neighborhoods have a lower risk of metabolic syndrome, reports research from the Barcelona Institute for Global Health in the journal Environmental Pollution. The study followed more than 6,000 British adults in a cohort initially between ages 45 and 69 for 14 years, and correlated health records and interviews with satellite images of greenery. They found that exposure to green spaces seemed to help prevent metabolic syndrome and its individual components such as large waist circumference, high levels of blood fats and hypertension. The results “could be related to better opportunities provided by green spaces to perform physical activity, as well as a decrease in exposure to air pollution,” notes Carmen de Keijzer, first author of the study. Women fared even better than men, perhaps because women may spend more time in green spaces.

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Eat Garlic and Onion for Breast Health Women eating more onions and garlic reduced their risk of breast cancer by 59 percent compared to those that ate less of these, according to a study in the journal Nutrition and Cancer. Researchers from the State University of New York at Buffalo and the University of Puerto Rico surveyed 660 women in Puerto Rico to measure their intake of onions and garlic, as well as sofrito, a local dish also cooked with bell peppers, tomatoes, cilantro and black pepper. Women that ate the onion- and garlicrich sofrito sauce more than once a day slashed their risk of breast cancer by 67 percent compared to those that didn’t eat it. Both garlic and onions contain compounds with anticarcinogenic properties, and earlier studies have found a link between higher onion and garlic intake and fewer cancers of the lung, prostate and stomach. Puerto Rican women eat more onions and garlic than women in Europe and the U.S., mainly due to the popularity of those two ingredients in sofrito, and also have markedly lower breast cancer rates.

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Growing up in Gambia, Nfamara Badjie’s parents taught him it’s much healthier to eat food they grew rather than food bought in a store. Badjie, a well-known drummer who moved to the U.S. in 2005, bought a plot of marshy land in Ulster Park, New York, two hours north of New York City, and is learning how to adapt the rice-growing practices of his West African ethnic group, the Jola, to East Coast climates. Agronomists hope the innovative operation, Ever-Growing Family Farm, can provide a blueprint for other area farmers to introduce new crops due to the threat of climate change. Erika Styger, an agronomist from nearby Cornell University, says, “We can reinvent agriculture even today, and if we have that mindset, there is a lot that can be done. We shouldn’t get stuck in how we have done things, and we need to adapt to climate change.”

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According to researchers, each airline passenger produces about three pounds of trash per flight, from disposable headphones and plastic cutlery to food scraps and toilet waste. To increase mindfulness about the trash, British design firm PriestmanGoode has refashioned the economy meal tray, replacing plastic with renewable materials such as coffee grounds, banana leaves and coconut wood. Associate Strategy Director Jo Rowan says, “Onboard waste is a big issue. Knowing that you have 4 billion passengers per year, it all adds up very quickly.” The redesigned items are featured in an exhibit, “Get Onboard: Reduce.Reuse.Rethink.” at the Design Museum, in London. The biggest environmental issue with air travel is carbon emissions, which are growing at a faster rate than previously projected. But as air travel becomes increasingly accessible and more people fly, airlines have been making public pledges to curb their environmental footprint, including the plastic forks and leftovers their passengers leave behind.

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Factors like leaky gut syndrome, stress and inadequate nutrition can all kick inflammation into overdrive. The right dietary adjustments can go a long way toward putting on the brakes. “Inflammation from compromised gut health can contribute to both rheumatoid and osteoarthritis,” Blum notes. “Abdominal fat releases inflammatory molecules into the joints, so metabolic syndrome should [also] be looked at as a factor in osteoarthritis.” The simplest place to begin is to pay attention to food quality, she says. “Choose whole foods high in nutrients and fiber; eliminate all processed food; read labels to spot hidden sugars and food dyes.”


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Systemic inflammation will be an issue in any case, but the root condition needs to be addressed. ~Kiva Rose Hardin Blum, the founder of the Blum Center for Health, in Rye Brook, New York, initially guides her patients on an elimination diet to find dietary triggers like soy, corn, gluten, dairy, sugar and eggs. She also recommends a diet that is 70 percent plant-based and includes cold-pressed, solvent-free oils such as high-quality olive oil. Blum cautions against nightshade vegetables like eggplant, tomatoes, peppers and white potatoes that can trigger osteoarthritis pain.

Exercise and Prevention

Improper posture can set off a domino effect from neck to fingertips, resulting in carpal tunnel syndrome and other troublesome conditions. Prevention can go a long way. “Stretching and strengthening are the best ways to prevent injury or pain,” says physiotherapist Kelly Picciurro, of Spring Forward Physical Therapy, in New York City. Picciurro emphasizes exercise for rheumatoid arthritis sufferers. “It’s vital that these patients maintain a certain level of mobility, and [physical therapy] can improve that.” Those with repetitive strain injuries also respond well to gentle yoga postures like tree pose, upward hands and upward fingers. In general, yoga helps upper body muscles support and align the hands, wrists and elbows.

Snuffing Out Pain

Acupuncture, especially with a focus on postural muscles of the neck and back, can be effective in reducing pain and inflammation. Hot and cold treatments can bring relief for arthritis flare-ups. Circulation and resulting improved cell nutrition can be achieved by employing heat via showers, baths and heating pads. For acute pain, cold from an ice bag or frozen vegetables wrapped in a towel for 20-minute intervals reduces swelling by reducing circulation and dulling pain signals. Pain-reducing herbs such as cat’s claw, aloe vera, green tea, ginger, borage oil and chili pepper can all help fight systemic inflammation. Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, is also a heavy hitter. Blum recommends at least 1,000 milligrams daily of curcumin that is formulated with pepper or a phospholipid for optimal absorption. A 2018 study published in The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry found that the combination of curcumin and black pepper can repress inflammation signals in the intestines. Essential oils such as peppermint, eucalyptus, ginger, Roman and German chamomile, lavender and balsam fir are also effective in reducing pain, and have anti-inflammatory properties. A few drops can be added to Epsom salts for a bath or diluted and rubbed onto the area three times daily. Marlaina Donato is an author and composer. Connect at AutumnEmbersMusic.com.

STRATEGIES FROM THE EXPERTS

Food tips from Susan Blum, M.D.

Replace refined sugar with maple sugar, coconut sugar or honey, all of which offer nutrients and minerals. Avoid overly processed agave nectar. If meats are consumed, choose organic and grass-fed. Choose whole grains.

Herbal suggestions from Kiva Rose Hardin For topical pain-relieving applications, look for a fat/oil-based preparation with mint or cayenne for faster action.

Powdered herbs in mass-produced capsules can lose medicinal efficacy quickly. Alcohol or glycerine-based tinctures are good choices that can be convenient when traveling. Ginger is an effective anti-inflammatory that can be added to food. Solomon’s Seal (Polygonatum), sustainably sourced, is especially useful in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis; the rhizome of this plant seems to work on the synovial fluid of the joints. Reishi (Ganoderma lucidim) is an important part of any autoimmune formula. A decoction or extract is beneficial for arthritis, fibromyalgia and lupus. Ashwagandha (Withania somniferum) reduces stress and anxiety while moderating inflammation; it is especially effective in the treatment of autoimmune disorders and endocrine disruption. Hawthorn (Crataegus) reduces systemic inflammation and has a moderating effect on most forms of arthritis and joint pain; it also strengthens the collagen matrix of the body and supports overall joint health.

Computer posture reminders from Kelly Picciurro

Elbows should rest at about a 90-degree angle and comfortably at the side. Wrists should lie in a neutral position; not be too extended or flexed. The keyboard and mouse should be close to the body to avoid excessive reaching of the hands. January 2020

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here are several differences between traditional Chinese massage and massage taught in the U.S. The most significant is the focus on directly addressing the root cause of an individual’s chronic pain with a particular treatment, rather than simply inducing a state of relaxation or bringing about temporary relief of chronic pain. Chinese massage therapy practiced at Holistic Happy Feet, in Naples, is a holistic approach to health care. As an aspect of Traditional Chinese Medicine for 2,000 years, it combines the goal of helping the body repair itself from physical ailments and is also used for revitalizing the body and mind, as well as inducing a state of relaxation. “Since we opened in 2013, we have helped many people who suffer from chronic pain related to sports injuries. Using deep tis-

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sue shiatsu, we helped an avid golfer that suffered from back pain for more than 10 years. He had previously tried several different modalities and conventional methods that were not effective. After seven treatments, which were performed every other day, he returned to playing golf without any pain,” says Lola Yang, manager of Holistic Happy Feet Massage. Shiatsu is an ancient form of massage based on Chinese acupuncture theory that includes the use of breathing and stretching. “Shiatsu can be done with clothes on or on bare skin. It’s better to perform shiatsu on bare skin using light holding to deep physical pressure applied with the palm of the hand or thumb. By stimulating acupuncture points, therapists aim to promote the flow of vital energy, also known as qi,” explains Yang. Tennis players and windsurfers are also benefitting from traditional Chinese massage. “It’s important for any sports enthusiast to understand that from a therapeutic perspective, it will not work if you return to the sport because you feel 40 or 50 percent better after the first treatment. There needs to be a series of 60- to 90-minute treatments every day or every other day. And you must take a break from the activity because it was the repetitive muscle movements that caused the problem. The muscles need sufficient time to recuperate, with is part of the instructions we emphasize to all our clients,” says Yang. “We talk with our clients and carefully listen to the words they use to describe their physical problems and limitations. As massage therapists, we also listen to their body via our hands,” advises Yang. “A traditional Chinese massage therapist is highly trained to use their hands to feel for tightness and restrictions.” Holistic Happy Feet Massage is located 4661 Tamiami Tr. N., in Naples. For more information, call 239-465-0708 or visit HappyFeetMassageNaples.com. See ad, page 17.


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ndividuals suffering joint instability deal with chronic pain due to increased motion between two adjacent bones. The excessive tension on the supporting structures impacts nerve endings, which should not be stretched within these structures, and is the root cause of the chronic pain. Frequently, the injury or weakness is in the joint where the ligaments and bones connect. When the connections are not tight, the bones move too much. Ligament damage from auto accidents, exercise, and routine twisting and bending can injure, tear and weaken ligaments, allowing adjacent bones to move excessively. To limit this motion, the body will swell the joint, cause muscle spasms around the joint or over the long term, form bone spurs. Cortisone shots to limit swelling, massage to relax muscles and surgery to remove bone spurs generally only result in the temporary alleviation of chronic pain because they fail to address the root cause—joint instability.

Digital Motion X-ray (DMX)

While stationary X-rays and MRIs rarely show joint instability from a ligament injury, the condition can be seen using DMX while an individual is moving or while there is pressure on the joint. MRI and DMX are complementary, as the MRI is designed to show disc problems well, just as DMX is designed to show other soft tissue injuries.

DMX Video of Bone Movement Once in position for a DMX, an individual puts the neck, spine or peripheral

joint through a series of motions while the DMX is videotaping the bone movement. DMX is similar to a movie camera and takes 30 individual X-ray frames per second to create the motion X-ray. The successive X-rays are digitized and sequenced to create a video representation of the movement of the bones. Sometimes, additional views are done where the joint is put under stress by the individual holding a weight, doing a specific exercise or by the radiology technician or physician putting passive pressure in a certain direction to help document the instability. Scan results are immediate, and a comprehensive analysis of what was found during the scan provides a healthcare team with the information to make informed decisions about diagnosis and future medical care.

Prolotherapy

Prolotherapy, a regenerative injection treatment used to repair incomplete healing of the ligament and tendons, is the only treatment that addresses joint instability in a non-surgical manner, offering long-term pain relief. Plateletrich plasma (PRP) prolotherapy involves concentrating platelets/growth factors found in the blood and injecting them directly into the joint. Ross A. Hauser, M.D., is a prolotherapy doctor at Caring Medical Regenerative Medicine Clinic, located at 9738 Commerce Center Ct., in Fort Myers. For more information, call 239-308-4701 or visit CaringMedical.com. See ad, page 57. January 2020

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Bill Moyers on Covering Climate Now by Julie Marshall

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ill Moyers, an American icon of broadcast journalism, continues to inspire generations through his political commentary, documentaries and award-winning books, including the landmark 1988 PBS series Joseph Campbell and The Power of Myth. Beginning his career at 16 as a cub reporter in Marshall, Texas, he went on to earn more than 30 television Emmys, as well as prestigious career awards in film and television. Moyers announced his retirement in 2017 at the age of 83. However, this past spring, the journalist spoke at a Columbia Journalism Review conference, calling upon the nation’s reporters and news outlets to join the Covering Climate Now project in order to push a cohesive message of science and truth—that it’s not too late for our planet and all of its inhabitants, but first we all need to grasp what’s at stake.

When did you first hear of global warming?

Early in 1965. I was a special assistant to President Lyndon Johnson, and famous oceanographer Roger Revelle was a member of the White House science advisory committee. The scientific community had largely believed that we didn’t have to worry about carbon dioxide because the oceans would quickly absorb any excess. Revelle blew that consensus apart with his discovery that it was instead rising into the atmosphere— which meant slowly, then more swiftly turning up the temperature of the planet, as 36

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if the Earth was now a vast furnace; warming oceans, melting Antarctica, rising seas.

What was your response?

A twinge of disbelief, a little shock. But this was no wild alarmist sitting at that table. Well, LBJ took science seriously. As president, he gave the green light for the first official report on the potential threat to humanity from rising CO2 levels. Go online to “Restoring the Quality of Our Environment—1965,” and read Appendix Y4—Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide. He told us to distribute the report widely. One year later, his energy and attention and our resources were diverted to the war in Vietnam.

What prompted your sense of urgency now in taking the media specifically to task for its general lack of coverage of the climate crisis?

Reality. The hottest temperatures on record, fueled by greenhouse gas emissions. Hurricanes of extraordinary force and frequency. Floods, tornados, wildfires. Mass migration as a result of crop failures. A president who calls climate disruption a hoax. A cabinet and Congress protecting the profits of the fossil fuel industry. David Attenborough told the UN Climate Summit, in Poland, that we’re talking about “the collapse of our civilizations and the extinction of much of the natural world.” But our corporate media was more obsessed with the new “royal” baby born in Britain.

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What is the nature of the Covering Climate Now project?

Covering Climate Now is a big cooperative effort to tell the true story of what is happening and what we can do to change it—the story of fighting back against extinction, of coming to our senses. Our aim is to help beleaguered journalists and news organizations to abandon old habits, adopt best practices and overcome the usual obstacles—such as how to convince their own management to invest in better climate coverage and how to pay for it.

How crucial will the role of media be in influencing meaningful action on the most critical issue of our time?

Who else will sound the trumpet and be heard? We can take our readers, viewers and listeners to the ends of Earth, where oil palm growers and commodities companies are stripping away forests vital to carbon storage—and connect the dots. We can take them to the American Midwest, where this past spring’s crops brought despair and bankruptcy as farmers and their families were overwhelmed by floods—and connect the dots. And we can take them to Washington, D.C., and a government that scorns reality as fake news, denies the truths of nature and embraces a theocratic theology that welcomes catastrophe as a sign of the returning Messiah—and connect the dots.

What accounts for your own sense of urgency?

Photographs of my five grandchildren above my desk. Facts taped to the wall, like this one: The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change—an essentially conservative body—gives us 12 years to make the massive changes to drastically reduce global greenhouse gas emissions 45 percent below 2010 levels. And something Roger Revelle said many years ago that is lodged in my head: “Earth’s our home. Let’s not burn it up.” Julie Marshall is a Colorado-based journalist and author. Connect at FlyingBurros@gmail.com.

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environmentally speaking Environmentally Speaking is intended to alert, inform and educate residents of Collier and Lee counties regarding educational events and threats that challenge our unique and delicate Southwest Florida ecosystem. January 7

Waging Peace: Global Adventures of a Lifelong Activist, 6:30 p.m. The talk by David Hartsough at the Collaboratory, 2031 Jackson St., in Fort Myers, is a testament to the difference one person can make and includes stories of his work in peacemaking and building nonviolent movements. Tinyurl.com/ WagingPeaceEvent.

January 11

Citizen’s Climate Lobby Climate Advocate Training. from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. The Fort Myers CCL Chapter’s half-day workshop at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fort Myers, 13411 Lane Shire, covers CCL history, mission, values and more, with interactive breakout sessions and a mock meeting with a member of congress.

January 25

The Estero Bay is in trouble: What Citizens Can Do To Help, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Cela Tega 2020 conference at the Florida Gulf Coast University ballroom at the Cohen Center, 10501 FGCU Boulevard South, in Fort Myers, includes presentations by experts in science, policy and civic engagement that will help residents obtain knowledge, information and skills to be a positive influence in addressing problems of excess nutrients in our waters causing red tide and blue-green cyanobacteria blooms. The economic vitality of the region is based on a healthy environment for visitors and residents alike, which is why this conference is important to all Southwest Florida residents.

January 25

Art for Nature Fundraiser and Student Art Contest, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Clean Water Now’s art contest for children that use upcycled materials in their art is aimed at building children’s awareness of the impact of trash in the environment. Millennial Brewing Company, 1811 Royal Palm Ave, Fort Myers. Music, vegetarian food, exhibits and vendors. Proceeds support Rights of Nature Movement in Lee county. $5 donation at entry. More information at Facebook.com/CleanWaterNowInc. 239-898-2044.

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We know caloric restriction extends life. But no one wants to do it, because it’s no fun. ~Lori Taylor

In their search for secrets to longevity, investigators often look for lifestyle clues provided by long-lived populations. Those residing in what National Geographic Fellow and bestselling author Dan Buettner calls “Blue Zones”, for example, are more likely to celebrate their 100th birthday and escape chronic maladies such as heart disease and cancer—the two biggest killers in the U.S. Buettner has identified the “Power 9” lifestyle habits commonly practiced by centenarians living in the five designated Blue Zones—Sardinia, Italy; Okinawa, Japan; Ikaria, Greece; Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica; and the Seventh Day Adventist community in Loma Linda, California.

LIVING LONG & WELL Age-Defying Habits and the Fountain of Youth by Melinda Hemmelgarn

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t age 29, Betty Holston Smith, of Rockville, Maryland, weighed more than 200 pounds, smoked cigarettes and ate processed junk food. Now, almost 79 years young, she is a vegan ultra-marathon runner and an inspiration to anyone wanting to age well. Smith’s story underscores the findings of researchers that have long pursued the keys to a long and healthy life. Some of these factors—heredity, for instance—are beyond our control. However, the most critical ingredient seems to be our daily habits. Although we’ve all likely heard or read about someone that lived into their 90s, ate bacon, drank whiskey and smoked a pack a day, these individuals are outliers: In truth, longevity is determined by a combination of genes, environment, lifestyle choices and luck. 38

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For example, some individuals may be born with genes that confer longevity, but be unlucky due to where they live. The National Center for Health Statistics reports that life expectancy varies by zip code. That’s because where we live influences how we live, predicting access to healthful food, clean air and water, safe neighborhoods and stress-relieving green spaces such as parks and gardens. Genes are important, but our social and physical environments play a greater role in predicting our “healthspan” —the essence of a long and healthy life. According to researchers at the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health, in New York City, even our first environment—the womb—can spawn diseases later in life if pregnant women are exposed to air pollutants, pesticides and the toxic stress of poverty.

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Regardless of genetics, the following behaviors can help anyone slow the aging process and improve quality of life: n Eat a plant-based diet. n Stop eating when 80 percent full. n Practice stress reduction techniques. n Find a sense of purpose. n Engage in physical activity throughout the day. n Consume moderate amounts of alcohol with food and friends. n Join a faith community, regardless of denomination. n Belong to a social network that engages in healthy behaviors. n Share love and time with children, parents and partners.

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Survival of the Fittest

Tom LaFontaine, Ph.D., a clinical exercise physiologist based in Columbia, Missouri, says, “Mounting evidence shows that engaging in regular aerobic and strength exercise offers robust defenses against life-threatening diseases such as heart disease and several cancers.” One important marker of long-term health, particularly among women, notes LaFontaine, is bone mineral density (BMD). After menopause, BMD decreases in women and can lead to osteopenia—low BMD—and osteoporosis—pathological loss of BMD. “Women with osteoporosis are particularly at risk for fractures, especially of the hip, which can lead to a reduced lifespan.” LaFontaine recommends weightbearing exercises such as walking, jogging and high-intensity weight training to significantly improve BMD; and he’s proven that it works. “In 2012, we started a program called Older Women on Weights (OWOW), in which 40 post-menopausal women with an average age in the low 60s train with heavy weights. Some even participate in weightlifting competitions.” “We have observed women in this group move from osteopenia to normal BMD and from osteoporosis to osteope-

Finding Inspiration

Studies in centenarians have suggested that people who live long and in good health have a regular lifestyle. They spend time in community, eat meals and go to bed at regular times, in sync with circadian rhythms. ~Eve Van Cauter nia based on pre- and post-bone density DXA scans,” he says. What’s more, the women in LaFontaine’s program have formed new friendships, benefitting from a strong network of social support.

LEARN MORE, LIVE LONGER Blue Zones: BlueZones.com Reducing Environmental Cancer Risk, President’s Cancer Panel Report: Tinyurl.com/CancerRiskReport Life expectancy by zip code: Tinyurl.com/ZipCodeLongevity Plant-based diets explained: Tinyurl.com/PlantDietExplained Dietary Guidelines for Americans: Health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015 Hara Hachi Bu: Tinyurl.com/HaraHachiBuDiet Food Sleuth Radio segments: Lori Taylor: keto diets and intermittent fasting: Tinyurl.com/LoriTaylorInterview Dorothy Sears: intermittent fasting and circadian rhythm: Tinyurl.com/DorothySearsInterview Eve Van Cauter: importance of sleep: Tinyurl.com/EveVanCauterInterview Tips to cope with loneliness: Tinyurl.com/TheEffectsOfLoneliness Vitamin N: 500 Ways to Enrich Your Family’s Health & Happiness, by Richard Louv Improve sleep quality by reducing exposure to blue light at night: JustGetFlux.com

Smith, the septuagenarian marathoner, was inspired to make a change nearly 50 years ago when her 3-year-old daughter teased, “You can’t catch me!” during an innocent game of tag. She knew she had to make a change. She tried diet pills, fad diets and other quick fixes, but realized they were worthless. However, each evening Smith tuned in to Gabe Mirkin, a physician who hosted a national radio program about health and fitness. Following his advice, Smith began eating a diet rich in organic fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts and seeds, and says today she doesn’t want to put anything in her body that interferes with her lifestyle. She outlines the steps to her transformation in the book, Lifestyle by Nature: One Woman’s Break from the Unhealthy Herd to Roam Forever Healthy in Nature’s Lifestyle Change Herd. The first step—finding internal strength—is the most important, she says. “Most people have something in their lives they can point to for strength.” In addition to running 60 to 100 miles each week, Smith practices tai chi, meditates and enjoys camaraderie with her running mates. She also has an upbeat attitude, believing in the importance of passion, perseverance and “taking negative experiences and making them positive.” According to a report in the Journal of the American Medical Association Network, this spirit of optimism is protective against heart disease and other causes of death.

Eating Well, but Not Too Much

Food is a major contributor to both quality of life and life extension. Global and national recommendations to eat more fiber-rich whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, and omega-3 fatty acids, while decreasing added sugars and sodium, all help reduce our risk for life-shortening diseases. The plant-based Mediterranean diet consistently rises to the top for its health-fortifying benefits. However, in contrast to our Western culture’s practice of eating until belt-bust January 2020

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the structures at the end of chromosomes that protect our DNA. The Mediterranean diet, with its abundance of protective antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients such as vitamins C and E, polyphenols and omega-3 fatty acids, help prevent age-associated telomere shortening.

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ing full, Blue Zone Okinawans practice hara hachi bu—eating until one is no longer hungry, but stopping before feeling full. “We know caloric restriction extends life,” says Lori Taylor, clinical dietitian and Core Faculty of Integrative and Functional Nutrition at Saybrook University, in Pasadena. “But no one wants to do it, because it’s no fun.” Instead, Taylor recommends intermittent fasting, eating only during a set window of 10 or 12 hours each day to reduce caloric intake. Similarly, Dorothy Sears, Ph.D., a professor of nutrition at the Arizona State University College of Health Solutions, has researched the impacts of both intermittent fasting and circadian rhythm on how our bodies handle calories. She recommends a “prolonged nightly fast” of 12 to 13 hours, as well as reducing caloric intake after 6 to 8 p.m. to help maintain a healthy weight and stave off such diseases as Type 2 diabetes and obesity-related cancers. Most significantly, she found that a 13-hour nightly fast reduced breast cancer recurrence by 36 percent among 2,300 breast cancer survivors in the Women’s Healthy Eating and Living study. Both improving diet quality and restricting calories appear to help slow the rate of aging at the genetic level, in part by preserving the length of our telomeres—

The Sleep Connection

Michael Grandner, Ph.D., director of the Sleep and Health Research Program at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, says Americans tend to see sleep as unproductive time, but it’s a “biological requirement for life.” In fact, it is one of the three pillars of health, along with good nutrition and exercise, says Eve Van Cauter, Ph.D., former director of the Sleep, Metabolism and Health Center at the University of Chicago. “Studies in centenarians have suggested that people who live long and in good health have a regular lifestyle. They spend time in community, eat meals and go to bed at regular times, in sync with circadian rhythms.” No matter how long we live, we want to make the most of our time on Earth. Beyond diet and exercise, finding our personal passion, reducing stress and spending time in nature and with those we love can add years to our lives. Despite our virtual social networks, real human connection is vital for physical and mental health. According to a report in

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Most people have something in their lives they can point to for strength. ~Betty Holston Smith the journal Heart, loneliness is as dangerous as smoking for heart disease and stroke risk. So volunteer, join a club, sign up for a community garden plot, yoga or dance class, or host regular potlucks or game nights—these just might be among the best prescriptions for staying young. Melinda Hemmelgarn, the “Food Sleuth,” is an award-winning registered dietitian, writer and nationally syndicated radio show host based in Columbia, MO. Reach her at FoodSleuth@gmail.com.


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New Year New Body by Linda Sechrist

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o lose one pound of fat, the body must burn 3,500 calories more than it consumes. Dancing, aerobic exercises and regular strength training several days a week can burn a vast quantity of calories and increase weight loss. Adding other lifestyle modifications such as eating small-portion meals with lean protein and a rainbow of healthy vegetables also helps. In other words, forget looking for a silver bullet to weight loss and embrace a combo approach.

Doctor-Assisted Weight Loss Programs

For many individuals, a New Year’s goal of having a healthier, trimmer and more toned body might be more reachable with the help of a doctor-supervised weight-loss program. Here in Southwest Florida, doctors of chiropractic Debra Hopp, in Cape Coral, and Christine Hoch, in Fort Myers, offer excellent dietary and behavioral modification guidance, as well as a strategy for maintaining long-term weight loss.

ChiroThin

ChiroThin, offered by Hopp, is a natural dietary supplement containing nutritional ingredients aiding fatty acid transportation, fatty acid metabolism, blood sugar stabilization and increasing metabolism and detoxification. “The supplement allows the body to more efficiently metabolize fat 42

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and use it as energy when consuming healthy and specific amounts of antiinflammatory foods with a low glycemic index and fewer calories. It aids the body with blood Debra Hopp sugar stabilization, hunger and craving suppression while providing a mild detoxification. It does this with no fad diet or ‘protein only’ program. There are no meal replacement shakes or bars, or stimulants involved with ChiroThin’s nutritional support formula. You can actually lose 20 to 35 pounds in six weeks by eating real food you buy at your local grocery store,” says Hopp, who used the program to lose weight quickly and maintain the loss. “ChiroThin helped my body establish a higher metabolic rate.”

how to adapt lifestyle and dietary changes that help maintain weight loss, healthy habits and good nutrition for a lifetime. “The program utilizes a sublingual form of the prescription hormone human chorionic gonadotrophin (HCG), which is a fat mobilizer. Combined with a low-calorie diet, HCG helps burn stored central body fat from hips, waist and thighs for fuel. A body that burns fat for fuel produces ketones which produce energy and suppress the appetite,” says Hoch, who believes the program is successful because metabolic factors that interfere with weight loss—poor digestion and absorption of nutrients from foods, low vitamin D levels, and stress on the adrenal system—are honored. “Following this program, I lost 50 pounds over the course of about three months and went from a size 14 to a size 6. At age 40, I was back to my high school size, and I did it without any blood, sweat or tears. Finally, the image in the mirror matched the image of myself in my head, and I could stop the obsessing over how my clothes fit,” enthuses Hoch. Central body fat around internal organs puts undue pressure on the heart, acts as storage for hormones and toxins that influence glandular and hormone function, and can have a negative influence on insulin and metabolism. “This is fat that the human chorionic gonadotropin diet is superior in targeting. With my metabolic weight-loss program, you stay motivated to stick to your healthy eating plan. Caloric

Metabolic Weight Loss Using HCG

Christine Hoch, owner of Fort Myers Chiropractic Studio, uses her professional guidance, encouragement and accountability for fat loss, maintaining muscle mass and improving nutrition. While on her 30-day weight-loss phase, participants can expect to lose one-half to one pound per day. In the maintenance phase, they learn

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intake can be reduced comfortably without hunger because the body is supported by the HCG hormone which assists the body in using the stored body fat for fuel, naturally suppressing the appetite. I support my patients nutritionally, which helps improve digestion and hormone balance. This program has been a great tool in assisting patients with autoimmune disorders, diabetes, digestive disorders and other conditions to alter their diets in a healthy way that impacts their health in a positive way,” explains Hoch.

Slimming and Cellulite Reduction Results

One of the newest innovations in spa technology for immediate results in slimming, cellulite reduction and toning is known as Cryoskin spa technology. Only Shelle Misiorowski a trained med spa technician such as Shelle Misiorowski, owner of Trim and Tone Med Spa, in Naples, can offer Cryoskin treatments, which destroy fat cells and increase collagen production during each session due to a thermal shock response caused by hot and cold temperatures. “Depending on the individual, as well as their lifestyle and diet, results can last several months to several years. Results are very encouraging, and generally visible from the first session. The best results appear from 15 days to three weeks following the first session, and extend for several months afterwards,” says Misiorowski, who recently began offering clients the phototherapy technology of LifeWave SP6 complete patches that complement any weight-loss program by helping to reduce cravings and appetite.” Misiorowski is hosting a fun, showand-tell weight-loss party about how to reduce fat and cellulite with the technology of Cryoskin, along with the patches and a healthy lifestyle, at 6 p.m., January 21.

Insight Hypnotherapy

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educing stress, sleeping enough, exercising and getting sunlight are all known strategies for improving the body’s ability to protect itself from harm. However, the most important factor in building a rock-star immune system is nutrition. Here is a guide to the care and feeding of the inner fortifications that fight off disease, supporting long-term wellness.

Ground Zero: The Gut

About 70 percent of the immune system resides in the gastrointestinal tract—home to a microbiome that contains trillions of bacteria. It works as a complex ecosystem in which the good bacteria prevent the bad bacteria from taking hold and causing illness or disease. Eating plants promotes the robust growth of that good bacteria. “The GI microbiome evolved closely with our immune systems and under the influence of the plants our ancestors ingested,” says Holly Poole-Kavana, who practices herbal medicine in Washington, D.C. Yet about 90 percent of Americans don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The consequent weakening of the microbiome is a double-edged sword, because the processed foods Americans commonly consume promote the growth of harmful microbes. The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans indicates that added sugars, saturated fats and sodium eaten by most Americans are far above recommended amounts. This tipping of the scales causes weight gain, toxin buildup and immune system dysfunction.

What Not to Eat

Plants and grains on grocery shelves today are typically processed into bread, cereal, pasta, desserts and snacks, abundant in added sugars, salt, detrimental fats and chemical additives. These altered foods slam the gut’s immune protection and increase the risk of chronic disease. A Czech Republic study on food additives found that gut microbes 44

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Eat the Rainbow

Fruits and vegetables get their colors from phytochemicals, which provide the human microbiome with antioxidants, minerals and vitamins that keep the gut healthy and help the immune system combat cellular damage. National guidelines suggest Americans eat 10 servings of plants a day, ideally two each from the green, red, white, purple/blue and orange/yellow categories. But data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys show that eight out of 10 people in the U.S. don’t get enough of any color category. “A good strategy is to add one new vegetable a week to your grocery cart,” suggests Canadian nutritionist Lisa Richards, founder of TheCandidaDiet.com. “Blending fruits and vegetables into shakes or smoothies is also an effective way to eat the rainbow for those who are busy.” Whatever goes into the grocery cart should be certified organic, the only sure way to avoid ubiquitous genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the food chain, which animal studies have linked to immune system damage. Herbs are also helpful to boost the body’s inherent ability to protect itself. Poole-Kavana points to medicinal herbs like astragalus and reishi mushroom, which support immunity and balance gut bacteria; antimicrobial herbs like garlic, thyme and oregano; and elderberry, an anti-inflammatory fruit that boosts the body’s ability to identify and eliminate viruses and bacteria. “The single greatest thing anyone can do for their health is to eat whole foods, including organic vegetables, fruits, high-quality proteins, whole grains and healthy fats,” says Calimeris. Julie Peterson writes from rural Wisconsin and can be reached at JuliePeterson2222@gmail.com.

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GREEN THERAPY Ecopsychology and the Nature Cure

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or clients of family therapist Christian Dymond, the path to wellness begins on his 10 acres of woods and meadows in Milton, Vermont, walking alongside him, sitting by a babbling brook, watching squirrels gather nuts or the sun slowly set, breathing in the piney air. “There is a sense of safety that comes from being in the forest,” Dymond says. “Safety is necessary in order for the client to open up and share themselves with another human being.” Children, too, readily respond: “Getting a child outside into nature can bring life back into their eyes. Every day I see this happen.” The sweeping Santa Barbara beach is the office of clinical psychologist Maria Nazarian, Ph.D., as she accompanies clients on hour-long barefoot walks that might include a mindfulness exercise, goal-setting and meditation—all while watching waves foam, pelicans glide and sun-sparkles on the water. “When we feel connected to the world around us, we experience more joy and belonging, less depression and less anxiety, all of which increase our thinking, creativity, wellbeing and generosity,” she says. Their practices, known as ecotherapy, green therapy or nature-based therapy, are an outgrowth of a ballooning branch of psychology known as ecopsychology, which investigates the critical links between nature experiences and human wellbeing. In examining such matters as our neurological responses to nature, how climate change and weather disasters lead to anxiety and depression, how nature deprivation affects chil48

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dren, and why nature can produce transcendent awe, the field is reshaping the way that therapists and doctors help both adults and children heal. Ecopsychology is a relatively new discipline. Little more than two decades ago, historian Theodore Roszak pointed out in Psychology Today that in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association, one of the most-diagnosed categories involved sex: “In mapping sexual dysfunction, therapists have been absolutely inspired… [but] the volume contains only one listing remotely connected to nature: seasonal affective disorder.” Now, as the planet’s dire plight becomes a source of mounting concern, that professional neglect is rapidly changing. The field of ecopsychology has produced more than 100 authoritative studies linking nature to not only physical, but mental health. Researchers have found that spending time in nature settings helps lower stress, anxiety and depression, boosts positive mood, improves resilience and immune response, increases life expectancy, decreases anger, reduces blood pressure, eases computer fatigue and enhances energy, concentration and cognitive functioning. Recently, Danish researchers found that children raised in the least-green neighborhoods were 55 percent more likely to develop a serious mental illness than children that grew up in the greenest neighborhoods, regardless of social standing, affluence or parental mental illness. A British study of nearly 20,000 people published in Scientific Reports concluded that spending at least two hours a week in nature, whether in brief breaks or long

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There is a sense of safety that comes from being in the forest. Safety is necessary in order for the client to open up and share themselves with another human being. ~Christian Dymond stretches, is an optimal amount of time to feel a sense of better health and well-being. Putting these findings in motion, doctors, therapists, naturopaths, nurse practitioners and other health providers are increasingly suggesting and prescribing time in nature, especially for children. As of July 2018, there were 71 provider-based nature-prescription programs in 32 states, potentially involving hundreds of thousands of patients, according to a survey by the Institute at the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy. Ecopsychology research programs are opening at medical centers and universities, and ecotherapy classes are being added to academic degree programs for therapists. Major health insurers are financing pilot programs to measure timein-nature outcomes, and electronic health records are starting to include nature prescriptions, as well as pharmaceuticals. Happily, it’s a therapy that can be selfprescribed. After Laura Durenberger, who blogs at ReduceReuseRenewBlog.com, gave birth to her son, she found symptoms of her generalized anxiety disorder at an alltime high, and ultimately linked it to rarely leaving her house. When she goes too long without being outside, she says, “My anxiety spikes. I am irritable. My energy is low. I don’t feel motivated or creative.” Now, even during the fierce Minneapolis winters, she is dedicated to spending half an hour a day in nature: “After my time outdoors, I feel grounded, renewed, energized and much more clearheaded than before I started.” As ecotherapist Dymond puts it: “Nature is always there for people to heal themselves in.” Ronica A. O’Hara is a Denver-based health writer. Contact her at OHaraRonica@gmail.com.

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RAISING ENVIRONMENTALISTS Teachers Prep Kids for the Future

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ducators have switched from preaching to kids about environmental degradation to using hands-on lessons to get K-12 students not only interested in the world’s environmental priorities, but also actively participating in solutions, maybe even seeking out related careers. “You hope students can translate passion into intellectual curiosity on these subjects and develop the expertise so they can go beyond being an activist to being an advocate,” says Kenneth Walz, Ph.D., who works on the Wisconsin K-12 Energy Education Program at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Walz, who teaches chemistry, engineering and renewable energy at Madison Area Technical College, also serves as its director of the Center for Renewable Energy Advanced Technological Education. While K-12 environmental education still has no specific niche in curriculum, according to a case study of The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, numerous groups and educators are working to ensure the next generation is prepared for the environmental challenges it will certainly face.

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Today’s educators believe hands-on learning will prepare Generation Z and those that follow to look for solutions and even seek active roles to implement them. Aaron Baker, a Sussex, New Jersey, advanced placement environmental science instructor and a two-time winner of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 2 Presidential Innovation Award, says the key to getting through to the next generation is showing them a problem that’s close to home that they can touch and feel, and then relating it to a global issue. “A major part of my philosophy for environmental education is to try to engage students in environmental issues in our own community,” Baker says. “We collaborate with the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group to restore riparian areas and increase biological diversity.” The high school students have planted more than 750 trees in the last three years along the creek that runs right below their school. “This type of hands-on work not only has a direct relationship to their lives here in Sussex County, but is also relevant to similar issues on a global scale.”


The 30-year-old National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) no longer sends speakers to schools. Instead, it encourages teachers to get the students outside working with partners like the National Park Service or the U.S. Forest Service to learn about real world problems near their homes, says Robert Sendrey, program director of environmental education. Motivation and inspiration are key, he says. “We were created to help make the environment more accessible, relatable, relevant and more connected to the average American’s life.” Rather than focusing on the negative aspects of climate change and the challenges ahead, NEEF promotes a healthy lifestyle and emphasizes the need for clean air and water. “We emphasize the well-being of people, which is directly related to the health of the environment,” Sendrey says. Success starts with a change in attitude and awareness, and ultimately needs to culminate with action, he says. For example, NEEF teamed up with zoos and aquariums for the Skip the Straw

A major part of my philosophy for environmental education is to try to engage students in environmental issues in our own community. ~Aaron Baker “I think they appreciate the issue,” Walz says of the students. “Middle schoolers bring the passion. That sort of raw, emotional angst is something we left behind in our teenage years. Adults have been way too complacent for way too long.” Yvette C. Hammett is an environmental writer based in Valrico, Florida. She can be contacted at YvetteHammett28@hotmail.com.

We emphasize the well-being of people, which is directly related to the health of the environment. ~Robert Sendrey campaign, educating the public about the environmental harm caused by single-use plastics. The University of Wisconsin K-12 education program focuses on environmental impacts of the energy sector—especially on air and water quality. “If you are burning coal to produce electricity, it creates all kinds of atmospheric pollution—acid rain and soot that causes respiratory illness,” says Walz. “If we weren’t burning fossil fuels, urban smog wouldn’t even be a thing.” The energy curriculum for students includes content on biofuels and electric transportation. “For them, it is more thinking about the types of transportation they use, whether they are driving, riding a bike or taking a bus.” They don’t get to choose what kind of fuel the bus runs on, but they can be educated to be good future consumers, he notes. January 2020

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Mansour works with a naturopath that analyzes her clients’ cortisol and other hormone levels. “One of the first things we focus on is helping the body move into the parasympathetic nervous system and out of the fight-or-flight stress response. One way we do this is by shifting into more relaxed workouts—gentle yoga, beginners’ Pilates class, light cardio or light strength training.” Fitness expert Beth Shaw chose a zealous approach in her own exercise regimen until high cortisol levels unraveled her health. The founder of YogaFit, a yoga teacher training program headquartered in Toronto, she emphasizes moderation. “The key is to not overtrain and to do just enough to adequately stimulate the system.” She recommends 30-to 45-minute cardio sessions and no longer than 45 minutes for weights. “Endorphin release from these two types of exercises should offset any release in cortisol.” When we exercise may be as important to achieving weight loss and enhancing overall energy as the type of workout we choose, a factor based on circadian rhythm—the body’s biological clock. There are some schools of thought that cortisol is higher in the morning, and therefore this is the best time to exercise, says Mansour, while others believe we should target the mid-afternoon slump. “I advise my clients to pick a time that simply feels good to them.”

Mixing It Up

Hopping on a bike, going for a brisk walk or catching the waves on a surfboard can provide a great low-intensity, steady-state (LISS) cardiovascular workout, which aims for a low level of exertion for a long, continuous period. Repetitive motion for 30 to 45 minutes not only helps to balance cortisol levels, but according to a 2014 Australian study published in the Journal of Obesity, it evens out fat distribution in overweight individuals. LISS also nudges the body to use fat as fuel, rather than taking valuable glycogen from the muscles. Yoga and Pilates classes, though distinctly different, offer valuable benefits. “If cortisol backlash is an issue, you definitely want to work with someone who knows the anatomy and physiology of breathing,” says Tori Brown, owner of The Pilates Room & Antigravity Studio, in Ithaca, New York. “By learning proper breathing techniques, practitioners are able to downregulate the nervous system into a more parasympathetic state, which leads to better focus, lower heart rate, better digestion, more optimal cortisol levels and improved sleep patterns. All of this leads to more focused workouts that build muscle while creating less stress on the nervous system.” Mansour suggests simple walking for stress-busting alternative cardio. “Brisk walking three times a week for 20 to 30 minutes is great to help reduce stress.” Marlaina Donato is an author and composer. Connect at AutumnEmbersMusic.com.

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Halogenerators crush pure 100 percent dry salt into micronized particles that are dispersed through the air. Breathing in the salt air during a 50-minute session, salt molecules 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. Halotherapy can help to resolve the deficiency of sodium chloride in the airway linings of individuals with chronic respiratory conditions. As an aid in alleviating symptoms and preventing reoccurrences, the airborne salt, which contains 234 minerals that the body needs to function properly, can also reduce dependence on medications such as nasal sprays and inhalers. Airborne salt helps clear up a variety of skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. Clinical studies show that it is an effective natural treatment for allergies,

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A 30-minute fullspectrum infrared sauna session heats the muscles and produces an increased blood flow level similar to that which occurs during exercise. Infrared heat, which heats the body directly without warming the surrounding air, assists in alleviating inflammatory conditions, relieving muscle pain, improving the immune system and removing toxins. Additionally, far-infrared heat eases joint pain and stiffness, increases metabolism and burns calories, making it an effective tool in weight loss.

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Clinical treatments 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 efficacy and safety for red light therapy in promoting anti-aging rejuvenation, increasing intradermal collagen, improving skin tone, texture, skin roughness, signs of wrinkles, fine lines and 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 Offices at 3443 Pine Ridge Rd., Unit 102, in Naples. For an appointment and more information, call 239598-0990 or visit SaltTherapyGrotto.com. See ad, back cover.


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Signs to Watch For

Issues that could point to CDS include: n Confusion or disorientation: standing in a corner, difficulty walking through doorways, walking in circles or trouble following familiar routes

WHEN OLDER PETS GET QUIRKY Dealing With Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome

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s dogs and cats get older, they may slow down or have other physical issues. Some experience cognitive decline which resembles Alzheimer’s disease in humans. It presents differently in every pet and can include numerous symptoms that begin gradually, sometimes just seeming like quirky behavior instead of a disease. Cognitive dysfunction syndrome (CDS) can affect dogs or cats, and there is currently no known cause or prevention. Progress has been made on Alzheimer’s research in humans, with neurologists

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discovering that plaque buildup in the brain does not cause the disease: That is the immune system’s response to the disease. Necropsies on dogs with CDS have shown similar plaque buildup in the brain. “Unfortunately, little research has been done regarding this condition, so we can only hope to use human studies to gather information that will help our affected pets,” says Dennis W. Thomas, DVM, a holistic veterinarian in Spokane, Washington, and author of Whole-Pet Healing: A Heart-to-Heart Guide to Connecting with and Caring for Your Animal Companion.

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n Decreased activity: sleeping excessively, seeming withdrawn, lack of grooming, loss of interest in toys, people or food n Restlessness, anxiety or compulsiveness: waking often at night, whining or yowling, new fears, pacing or constantly licking n Attention seeking: wanting to be near humans and showing high distress when left alone n Incontinence: soiling the house after previously being house-trained n Irritability or aggression: growling/ hissing or biting without cause These troubles could also be indicative of a treatable condition, such as a urinary tract infection or an injury, so it’s essential to have the pet examined.

Caring for the Patient

While CDS will continue to alter brain and nerve function, there is some hope for pet lovers faced with the diagnosis in the early stages. Thomas recommends a natural approach that includes diet modification, filtered water, vitamin and herbal supplements, and eliminating stress. Diffusing calming essential oils can be helpful for dogs (and humans), but is not recommended for cats. Kathryn Sarpong, DVM, a veterinarian at Metro Paws Animal Hospital, in Dallas, also recommends dietary changes to her patients. “Recent studies have shown that medium-chain triglycerides may be helpful, and they are in some senior pet foods. Supplementation of melatonin may help with sleep-wake cycles.” Anxiety often becomes part of the animal’s new normal, but pet parents can help cats and dogs with this by keeping them as active as possible, introducing new toys and interacting. “Keep your dog’s mind active by

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With no test available for CDS, pets are diagnosed by excluding medical and behavioral problems that can resemble having the ailment.

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Keep your dog’s mind active by providing games and opportunities for play. Daily walks provide not only exercise, but also mental stimulation. ~Lisa Lunghofer providing games and opportunities for play. Daily walks provide not only exercise, but also mental stimulation,” says Lisa Lunghofer, Ph.D., executive director of The Grey Muzzle Organization, in Washington, D.C. Pets with anxiety or pain may benefit from cannabidiol (CBD) products. Clarissa Valdes, a homemaker in Homestead, Florida, has a 15-year-old cat with CDS. Minini would wander around in the house, looking lost. Then, the all-night howling sessions began. “We started to worry that she was in pain,” says Valdes. However, a veterinarian diagnosed CDS. “The vet suggested medication, but I wanted to go in a natural direction,” says Valdes, who started Minini on CBD oil. The cat finally slept through the night. A month in, Minini is doing better overall. With time, CDS patients may lose hearing or sight in addition to experiencing a progression of symptoms. “Make sure your home is predictable and safe,” says Lunghofer. Use gates to close off stairs or move furniture or other items that could be hazardous.

Prevention on the Horizon

Because inflammation caused by an inappropriate diet is the underlying problem of most chronic diseases in pets, Thomas believes that prevention for CDS is possible. “Feeding a non-inflammatory, speciesspecific, balanced diet that is fresh and not heat-processed is critical,” he says. In addition, he advises his patients get probiotics, digestive enzymes, omega3s and antioxidant nutrients. Vaccinations, when necessary, should not contain heavy metal preservatives. “The goal is to keep the gut and immune systems healthy, avoid toxins that affect the nervous system and minimize environmental stress.” Julie Peterson writes from her home in rural Wisconsin. Contact her at JuliePeterson2222@gmail.com.

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calendar of events

Community Drum Circle – 4-6pm. Bring drums, shakers, open heart and dance. Some drums are provided; families welcome. $10/donation. The Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Happehatchee.org.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 1 Big Dave’s Polar Plunge – 9am. Event follows Dave Cranor’s 5K. Proceeds go to Drug Court Kids. First 100 participants donating $20 receive an event shirt. No wet suits allowed. Lowdermilk Park, entrance at North end of park, Naples. Register: GCRunner.org. New Year’s Day Visioning Workshop and Potluck – 1-3pm. Awaken to 2020 with a moment to anchor your intentions with meditation and then join others as we create vision boards to take home with us. The process of setting intentions and creating a visual representation of our dreams – powerfully expedites the manifestation of them. Bring a dish to share for a community pot-luck. Free. Chill of Cape Coral, 2307 Bolado Pkwy, Cape Coral. 297-0129. Info@Chillnt.com. Chillnt.com.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 2 Songwriters Showcase – 3:45pm. Join for great original music and the stories behind the songs in an intimate Songwriters Showcase. The show will finish with a fabulous Lovers Key Sunset. Arrive early to enjoy the gourmet food truck vendors, take the tram or walk the beach. Free with paid park entry fee. Lovers Key State Park, 8700 Estero Blvd, Ft Myers Bch. Info: FriendsOfLoversKey.org. Pachamama Game Changer Gathering – 6:308pm. 1st Thur. Pachamama Alliance of SW Florida. Be a part of this next step in conscious evolution toward carbon neutrality and a sustainable future. Hot cider and tea will be served. Bring a dessert. Unitarian Universalist Church of Ft Myers, 13411 Shire Ln. Info: HolleyRauen@gmail.com or Connect.Pachamama.org/group/southwest-florida.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 3 Art Walk – 6-10pm. 14 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. FortMyersArtWalk.com.

Seed & Bean Market Art Walk – 7-10pm. Esau Rodriguez is a local artist who paints realism, pop art and portraits. He works with different techniques and styles for every art piece from oil, acrylic and spray-paint. Esau’s unique talent will be displayed during the January downtown Art Walk.1520 Broadway, Ste 107, Ft Myers. SeedAndBeanMarket.com.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 4 Hair Services Special – 9am-5pm. 50% off any service of your choice plus a deep conditioning treatment or gloss. Also receive a free $20 gift card at the end of your appointment. 931 Creech Rd, Naples. To book an appointment, call Edmond: 773-882-7799. 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. Hypno-Wellness: Virtual Gastric Band Hypnosis – 11:30am-12:30pm. Melissa Stefanski, MA will show how to use hypnotherapy as a powerful tool to help easily retrain your brain to adopt healthier habits and attitudes. $25. 15050 Elderberry Ln, Ste 6-3, Ft Myers. 980-2507. Register: Hypnotherapy-Zone.com. Inversion Workshop – 1-3pm. With Nancy and Karen. Get over your fear of flying upside-down and change your perspective! Explore forearm, head, shoulder and hand stand with the safe techniques to achieve the best version of your asanas. All levels! $25. Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Tr, Ste 204, Naples. 692-9747.

3rd Annual Neapolopalooza! – 6:30pm (doors open), 7-10:30pm (show with intermission). A mini music and art festival intended to bring you sights and sounds not always available in our town. Enjoy some new musical acts and artists traveling from afar, and the best food and coffee in Naples. Hosted by The Woodwork, featuring four musical acts, artists of all kinds, two food trucks, coffee, and one magical host. $25. The Norris Center, Cambier Park. Tickets: 213-3058 or at the Norris Center. The Pitbull of Blues – 8-11pm. The Pitbull of Blues will perform live at Seed & Bean Market. Enjoy their daily 4:20 Happy Happy Hour before jamming out to some awesome live blues music. 1520 Broadway, Ste 107, Ft Myers. SeedAndBeanMarket.com. 

SUNDAY, JANUARY 5 Fort Myers Veg Fest – Come see how easy it is to find healthy plant-based foods in Fort Myers, Florida. Find local sources of eco-friendly and cruelty-free products; 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. 8099 College Pkwy, Ft Myers. Info: FortMyersVegFest.org. RSVP: Facebook.com/ events/625512834521013/. White Stone Ceremony – 10am. Each attendee will receive a white stone to write one word that represents their own intention for 2020. Unity of Ft Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd, Ft Myers. Office@ UnityOfFortMyers.org. Gifts of the Spirit Part – 10am-5pm.This workshop gives you the tools to connect with your higher self, your spirit guides, masters of light, and other beings of light. $250. Goddess I AM, 600 Goodlette Rd N. 228-6949. GoddessIAM.com.

MONDAY, JANUARY 6 Tai Chi – 9:30-10:30am. Chill of Cape Coral, 2307 Bolado Pkwy, Cape Coral. 297-0129. Info@Chillnt. com. Chillnt.com. 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.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 7 The Vagus Nerve Webinar – 2-4pm. Ross Hauser, MD, will host a Facebook live webinar, covering both basic and in-depth information about the vagus nerve from his upcoming book Joint Instability: The Missing Diagnosis. Free. Facebook: Caring Medical Rehabilitation Services. 708-462-6377. DrHauser@ CaringMedical.com. Facebook.com/CaringMedical. See ad, page 57. Waging Peace: Global Adventures of a Lifelong Activist – 6:30 pm. The talk by David Hartsough is a testament to the difference one person can make and includes stories of his work in peacemaking and building nonviolent movements. Collaboratory, 2031 Jackson St, Fort Myers. Tinyurl.com/ WagingPeaceEvent.

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Reiki Share – 6:30-8pm. Bringing together reiki practitioners and the public for an evening of healing. Facilitator will lead the group through a Holy Fire Reiki experience, followed by hands-on reiki by volunteer reiki practitioners. Love offering. Lotus Blossom Clinic, 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2 & 3, Ft Myers. RSVP: 273-3402. LotusBlossomClinic.com. Living Our Best Life: A Support Group for Change – 6:30-8:30pm. Also Jan 14, & 21. With Patti Wilson, MA, M.Ed. Feeling stuck? Want to change your bad habits? Learn to easily shift into new thought and behavior patterns that promote health and well-being. $30. Lotus Blossom Clinic, 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2-3, Ft Myers. LotusBlossomClinic.com.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 8 White Light Meditation and Drum Healing Circle – Jan 8-Feb 26. 1pm. Awaken to who you are through this sacred healing circle facilitated by Denise Exler every Wednesday in the outdoor pavilion at Happehatchee. Each circle offers a white light guided meditation accessing the sacred rays of light and your divine guidance and follows with a shamanic drum healing for all present. The use of crystals, essential oils and light language may be included. $15 donation. Happehatchee, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. Happehatchee.org. See news brief, page 20. Eckankar Sound of Soul Event – 5:45pm. Collier County Public Library, 650 Central Ave, Naples. 482-4034. Drum Circle: Art and Soul Community Night – 6-9pm. Every second Wednesday through April, gather for a community drum circle under the Mysore fig tree during this creative and lively event. Bring your rhythm makers, dancing feet, hula-hoops and positive energy. Entertainment, food, live music and art exhibits will also be featured. ShangriLa Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. ShangriLaSprings.com. 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 the chakras. Bring a pillow and/or blanket. $10. The Mystical Moon, 8951 Bonita Beach Rd SE, Ste 255. RSVP: 3010655. TheMysticalMoon.com. Crystal Bowl Sound Immersion – 7pm. With Cathy Blair. Prepare for the Cancer lunar eclipse. Align to the galactic heart core and bathe in the light of the new paradigm. Prepare your body to hold more of the rarified light uplifting humanity. Heal the past to become a visionary of world peace and harmony. Let the loving harmonics of the master alchemy singing bowls align you to your soul purpose. $25/door. Bring pillow and blanket. Soulshine Yoga Marco Island, 20 Marco Lake Dr, Unit 11. 248-9624 or 398-3953. Open Mic Night – 7:30-10:30pm. Seed & Bean Market will host local singers, songwriters, musicians, poets, comedians and more during their first ever open mic night! 1520 Broadway, Ste 107, Ft Myers. SeedAndBeanMarket.com.

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Full Moon /Sunset /Bird Rookery Kayak Tour – 3:30-6:30pm. Paddle on the Caloosahatchee River near Ft. Myers with GAEA Guides Guided Kayak Nature Tours. Explore wild creeks with 1000’s of birds going to roost for the night. This area is a perfect place to see sunset and moonrise. In-

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Patient Testimonial:

After 20 years of headaches, I woke up with no pain! by Dr. Yolanda Cintron

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assiel: How do you feel today, the day after your full mouth reconstruction surgery?

Martha: I feel 100 percent better, after 20 years of headaches and doctors and just thinking that I was going crazy. I woke up this morning and I have no pain; it’s amazing.

Massiel: How many doctors have you seen regarding the same issues, your headaches and the pain? Martha: Well, this whole process started about 20 years ago. I’d go to an ENT [ear, nose, throat doctor], I’d go to my regular doctor, and if I had a sinus infection where I couldn’t breathe and had an excruciating headache, then they’d prescribe some antibiotics and it’d get a little better and I’d go about my business. Then, about six weeks later, I’d have to go back and get more antibiotics because it would recur. Finally, I went to a doctor who ended up giving me prednisone. All this time, I am having oral care; I’m going to my dentist every six months; I’m checking my dental records, so it’s not like I was negligent in my dental health. Then about six months ago, I started having excruciating headaches that would take over my left eye and come up over the left top of my head, down left throat side, down into my left shoulder and upper torso. I even thought I had a brain tumor. So, I went to my regular doctor and all my scans, including CT, blood tests, you name it, came back normal because I’m basically a healthy person. But I insisted on a referral to an ENT doctor and at that time he did a CT scan on me and said, “Well, you have a slightly deviated septum but it shouldn’t be causing the problems that you have; there are no polyps, you look good to me!” So, then I went to my eye doctor and she said, “On your left eye, does anyone in your family have glaucoma?” to which I replied no. She said, “Well you’re showing signs of degradation in your left optic nerve.” So that scares me. Not only am I going to lose my sight, but I have these tremendous headaches that just won’t go away. Next, I go to a neurologist and he does some tests and says,

“You’re fine, I don’t know what’s wrong with you. It must all be in your head.” I then saw my dentist as I was having severe pain with several teeth but I had just seen her a week before; she says, “I don’t understand what’s going on with you, something’s not right, but those two upper left teeth look like they need some extra work of some sort. I’m going to send you to an endodontist (root canal specialist).” I already had four root canals done and I didn’t know the difference between a root canal and a crown but I knew I had a lot of dental work in my life because my teeth have always been bad. I walk into the endodontist’s office and he grabs his tools and tells me I need two more root canals after seeing my X-rays; he starts drilling and that’s when I got up and said, “I can’t do this anymore; I can’t even stand the pain of fixing it.” I went home, crying; I was real upset and thought I was dying; it was just so painful all the time. A couple of days pass and I go to have my monthly massage and there was a magazine on the table of the waiting area called Natural Awakenings and the article titled “Mouth Matters” and it just so happened to be written by Dr. Yolanda Cintron. When the massage was done, I went home, read the article and thought, “You know, this sounds kind of off the wall... I wonder if it’s really true.” I decided to pursue it. I called her and she said, “You can come to my office for an evaluation and we can really figure out if it’s in your head or not.” Well, I came over to her office in Fort Lauderdale (we live all the way in Cape Coral which is about three hours away so it’s not an easy trip) and she examined me and explained to me some of the issues that she saw in my mouth; at that point, I cried, because I thought if this is really true, I’m not crazy! So anyway, I came back, she fixed me up and it’s the first day after the surgery and I have NO pain. For more information or to book an appointment, call 954-938-4599 and/or visit GoNaturalDentistry.com. We will take care of your needs and get you healthy again—pain free! Love, Dr. Yolie

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cludes all equipment and a Florida Master Naturalist as your guide. $50/person. Reservations: 694-5513. Navigating Your Way Through the CBD Explosion – 6:30pm. Learn about safe CBD/CBG oil, benefits for your health and get your questions answered. Get your CBD questions answered by Joe Catalano, RPH, owner of Apothicare360 pharmacy. Free seminar. Apothicare 360 Pharmacy, 6631 Orion Dr, Ste 112, Ft Myers. RSVP/info: 847-452-8357. See ad page 25 and news brief on page 11. Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:45-8pm. Also Jan 23. With Jenny Hong. $15. Lotus Blossom Clinic, 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 3, Ft Myers. RSVP required: text/call: 785-7650 or Meetup.com/Fort-Myers-Crystal-BowlMeditation. Info: JennyLotusBlossom@gmail.com.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 10 Lunch and Learn Lecture: Rookery Bay & the Next Generation of Scientists – Noon-1pm. The Sea Turtle Nesting Program: Connecting Science, Stewardship and Education co-presented by Jill Schmid, Rookery Bay GIS specialist and Sarah Norris, Rookery Bay environmental specialist on the sea turtle monitoring and research program at Rookery Bay Research Reserve. $15 includes lunch. Rookery Bay, 300 Tower Rd, Naples. Register: RookeryBay.org/events. Wellness Expo – 2-10pm. Signature events by Be Well in Paradise with interactive experiences and educational presentations, plus healthy food tastings and concert with Paul Todd. Naples Hilton, 5111 Tamiami Tr N. BeWellInParadise.com. Tickets: EventBrite. com. See ad on page 59 and news brief on page 11. Psychic Fair – 5-8pm. Mini-readings with some of Naples’ most experienced psychics and healers. Services include: mediumship, tarot, reiki, angel, past-life, chakra balancing, intuitive, body scanning, oracle and more. $30/20 minutes. Goddess I AM, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. 228-6949. GoddessIAM.com.

issues that fuel your health problems. Talk and demo: $20 followed by private sessions; $30/30 minutes (one per person). Lotus Blossom Clinic, 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2-3, Ft Myers. LotusBlossomClinic.com. Festival of Resolutions – 10am-2pm. Don’t let your New Year’s Resolutions pass you by! Ada’s is here to help you find what works best for you and to be the best you in 2020. Ada’s Natural Market, 7070 College Pkwy, Unit 101, Ft Myers. 939-9600. AdasMarket.com. See ad on page 25 and news brief on page 14. Spirit of Wellness Event – 10am-3pm. Featuring free holistic wellness demonstrations and modalities for wellness and self-care. Delve into EFT, ThetaHealing, BEMER, Light Code Activation and meditation. From 3-5pm: personal healing and reading sessions available for a fee. Complimentary light lunch at noon. Light The Way, 5600 Trail Blvd, Ste 15, Naples. SpiritualCommunitiesNetwork. com@gmail.com. See ad on page 40 and news brief on page 16. Yoga and Wellness Fest – 10am-4pm. Presented by Be Well in Paradise. Opens with a drum circle at 10am, followed by yoga classes, cooking classes, wellness vendors, healing modalities, kids yoga, tennis and fun. $25/Eventbrite, $30/door, $5/w/o yoga. Vineyards Community Park, 6231 Arbor Blvd W, Naples. 269-2221. BeWellInParadise.com. See ad on page 59 and news brief on page 11. 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, 8890 Salrose Lane, Ste 107, Ft Myers. RSVP: 301-0655. TheMysticalMoon.com.

Navigating Your Way Through the CBD Explosion – 10:30am. Learn about safe CBD/CBG oil, benefits for your health and get your questions answered. Get your CBD questions answered by Joe Catalano, RPH, owner of Apothicare360 pharmacy. Free seminar. Port Charlotte Library, 2280 Aaron St. RSVP/info: 847-452-8357. See ad page 25 and news brief on page 11. Climate Activist Training – 12:30-4:30pm. Hosted by Citizens’ Climate Lobby-Fort Myers. Unitarian Universalist Church, 13412 Shire Ln, Ft Myers. FortMyerseccl@gmail.com. See page 37 for more info. Food as Medicine Workshop – 1:30-4:30pm. Discover the power of foods to reverse diseases and create radiant health. Enjoy samples from Conquering Any Disease Food-Healing System. $30. Lotus Blossom Clinic, 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. RSVP required: 277-1399. Navigating Your Way Through the CBD Explosion – 2pm. Learn about safe CBD/CBG oil, benefits for your health and get your questions answered. Get your CBD questions answered by Joe Catalano, RPH, owner of Apothicare360 pharmacy. Free seminar. Punta Gorda Public Library, 401 Shreve St. RSVP/info: 847-452-8357. See ad page 25 and news brief on page 11. Yoga 101 – 2-3:15pm. A four-art workshop series for everyone with Wendy Campbell. Also Jan 19, 25 & Feb 1. Learn, refine and empower your yoga practice. Come ready to learn and incorporate practice in-between sessions with online video practice and Q&A with Wendy throughout. Friendly, noncompetitive environment for beginners or those beginning again. Bring the benefits of yoga into

Mystery Walk – 6-8pm. Join the mystery every second Friday of the month in the River District. Registration begins at First and Hendry streets, in front of Iberia Bank. Free to play; leisurely stroll through the core downtown area finding the mystery locations; finish by 8pm to enter for cash prizes. Age-friendly. Downtown Ft Myers. RiverDistrictEvents.com. Cancer Lunar Eclipse Sound Immersion – 7pm. With Cathy Blair. A powerful time of readjustment as we continue to clear the past the lunar eclipse sets the tone for the next six months. Let the loving frequencies of the bowls expand your heart center and synchronize you to the new galactic dispensations. Join in the power of the group to receive your piece of the divine plan setting the intention for the world you wish to see. Bring beach chair or towel.  $25 cash.  The Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 403-9170 or 398-3953.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 11 Hair Services Special – 9am-5pm. 50% off any service of your choice plus a deep conditioning treatment or gloss. Also receive a free $20 gift card at the end of your appointment. 931 Creech Rd. Naples. To book an appointment, call Edmond: 773-882-7799. ThetaHealing Body-Mind Clinic – 9:30-11am. With Patti Wilson, MA, M.Ed. Learn to understand your body-mind connection and clear the emotional

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board-certified music therapist. Benefits include: stress reduction, relaxation, interpersonal support and bonding, strengthened immune system, spiritual connection, exercise and fun. Instruments included; no experience necessary. $15/session. Creative Connection, 1084 Business Ln, Naples. 973-568-1470. UniBeatDrumCircles@yahoo.com.

your daily life! $70/early-bird by 1/8. NPAA, 654 104th Ave N Naples. Info/register: 828-273-6354 or WendyCampbellYoga.com. Intro to Senior Fitness – 2:30-3:45pm. Fourweek series also Jan 17, 24, 31. Learn about the benefits of keeping active and how to do so safely. Dan Mahoney, certified senior fitness specialist, will teach the basics of fitness geared toward the older population to help you start confidently on your fitness journey. $75/series. AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. Must preregister: 433-5995. AHolisticApproachCenter.com. Yoga Cottage Skin Repair Clinic – 4:30-5:30pm. Receive pharmaceutical grade glycolic peel, complimentary ($125 value). RSVP and get location. Meredith Musick, LMT: 269-8846. Psychic Development 101 – 6-8pm. With Dragonclaw. Receive hands-on training from an experienced practitioner. Class focus: developing “the sight”, learning to sense energy, and how to see the aura. $50. Goddess I AM, 600 Goodlette Rd N. 228-6949. GoddessIAM.com. Kyle Anne Live Music – 8-11pm. The lovely Kyle Anne is performing live at Seed & Bean Market. Enjoy the daily 4:20 Happy Happy Hour before her thoughtfully curated mix of original songs and classic hits. 1520 Broadway, Ste 107, Ft Myers. SeedAndBeanMarket.com.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 12 Light Code Activations – 9-10:30am. Join for more than an hour of channeled energy, activations and messages. These activations can be shortcuts to ease and grace, healing and prosperity. $22. Goddess I AM, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. 228-6949. GoddessIAM.com. Naples Veg Fest – 10am-3pm. Come see how easy it is to find healthy, plant-based foods in Naples. Find local sources of eco-friendly and cruelty-free products; 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. 4284 Avalon Dr, Naples. RSVP: Facebook.com/ events/616728912164936. Eckankar Light and Sound Service – 11am. Topic: How Does God Speak to Us? ECK Center of Southwest Florida, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 155, Ft Myers. 482-4034. Meditation Experience – 1-3pm. In this workshop, experience different types of meditation including breath, presence, somatic, mantra, and sound. Learn how to find a comfortable meditation posture, the history of meditation, and how meditation brings balance and health to your body, mind, emotions and energy. Light yoga stretches will be incorporated between meditations to support the body. The final experience is a 25-minute sound meditation with gong and crystal singing bowls. Bring a yoga mat or rent one. $35. Revival Yoga, 4270 Tamiami Tr E, Ste 16, Naples. Sunset Meditation – Time TBD. Hosted by Be Well in Paradise in conjunction with their Wellness Expo and Yoga and Wellness Fest to conclude the event weekend. Edgewater Beach Hotel, 1901 Gulf Shore Blvd N, Naples. See ad on page 59 and news brief on page 11. Somatic Meditation – 6pm. Recorded dharma talk by spiritual teacher Reggie Ray, of the Tibetan Buddhist lineage Dharma Ocean, followed by guided meditation practice and discussion. Newcomers welcome! Donation. Integrative Mindfulness, The

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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15 How Genetic Testing Supports Your Health – 6pm. Dr Maristany explains how genetic testing IntellxxDNA can provide in-depth, evidence-based genomic intelligence to further personalize your health care. Naples Center for Functional Medicine, 800 Goodlette Rd, Ste 270, Naples. 649-7400. NaplesCFM.com. See ad, page 75. Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Circle, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. 590-9485. Facebook.com/DharmaOceanSWFL.

MONDAY, JANUARY 13 Essentials of Digital Photography – 9:30am12:30pm. Get the best pictures possible, and truly understanding your camera’s features. The class covers the essentials of your digital camera. Learn how to use your camera’s shutter, aperture, ISO control and the drive modes to create images with impact and creativity. Sonny Saunders has more than 35 years of experience in photography and instruction. $55. Rookery Bay, 300 Tower Rd, Naples. Register: RookeryBay.org/events. Navigating Your Way Through the CBD Explosion – 6:30pm. Learn about safe CBD/CBG oil, benefits for your health and get your questions answered. Get your CBD questions answered by Joe Catalano, RPH, owner of Apothicare360 pharmacy. Free seminar. Collier County Library 650 Central Ave, Naples. RSVP/info: 847-452-8357. See ad page 25 and news brief on page 11. An Apple-A-Day Course – 6:30-7:30pm. With Carol L Roberts, MD, and Eduardo Maristany, MD. Learn the benefits of diet, nutrition and exercise, how to avoid toxins, how the energy of the body influences health and more. Naples Center for Functional Medicine, 800 Goodlette Rd, Ste 270, Naples. NaplesCFM.com. See ad on page 75 and news brief on page 11. Rockin’ Your Qi Movement Medicine – 6:307:30pm. Also Jan 27. Join Dr David and feel your energy, body, brain and endorphins flowing with this fun music and movement class. No partner or experience needed. $10 love offering. Lotus Blossom Clinic, 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2-3, Ft Myers. LotusBlossomClinic.com.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 14 Soma and Psyche Series – 6:30-8pm. Eight-week series. Part 1 of a comprehensive program of embodiment, mindfulness, yoga, meditation and personal/spiritual growth with Madeline Ebelini, MA, RYT. Learn mind-body practices which build inner skills for skillfully managing stress, tension and difficult emotions. $200/series (includes video and audio guided meditations and yoga sequence for your home practice). Advance registration and commitment to home practice required. Integrative Mindfulness, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. 590-9485. IntegrativeMindfulness.net HealthRHYTHMS Group Empowerment Drumming for Health and Wellness – 7-8:15pm. With Trained HealthRhythms Facilitator Ken Straub,

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 16 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. FortMyersLaserDentist.com. Yoga and Meditation – Noon-1:15pm. Chill of Cape Coral, 2307 Bolado Pkwy, Cape Coral. 2970129. Info@Chillnt.com. Chillnt.com. Compliementary Makeovers – Noon-6pm. By appointment with the makeup artists from Jane Iredale and La Bella Donna, free mini facials (cleanse and moisturize), free wine, free food, and prizes drawn hourly. $20 admission credited back with purchase. Organic Skincare & Bodyworx, 13240 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 207, Naples. 514-4494. The Power of Herbs – A Scientific Perspective – 5pm. Those attending this lecture will hear about the facts regarding supplementation and health claims while reviewing the power of natural herbs. Beautiful Health, 4947 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 105, Naples. 241-5111. Register: BeautifulHealth.biz/events. See ad on page 31 and news brief on page 10. Awakening the Voice of Healing – 6-8pm. An evening of auditory and visual experience to Awaken the Voice of Healing Within. Join spiritual recording artists and authors Kandy Love, Phyllis Brooks Licis and Deb Martin for a beautiful, experiential way to enhance your clear vision and health for the New Year 2020. Supportive books and CD’s available. $15. Lotus Blossom Clinic, 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2-3, Ft Myers. RVSP: 277-1399. Navigating Your Way Through the CBD Explosion – 6:30pm. Learn about safe CBD/CBG oil, benefits for your health and get your questions answered. Get your CBD questions answered by Joe Catalano, RPH, owner of Apothicare360 pharmacy. Free seminar. Apothicare 360 Pharmacy, 6631 Orion Dr, Ste 112, Ft Myers. RSVP/info: 847-452-8357. See ad page 25 and news brief on page 11.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 17 Energy Healing Therapy & Healer Development Training Part 4 – Jan 17-19. The Healing Trust (THT) with Karen Coratelli-Smith and David Karg. National Federation of Spiritual Healers (NFSH) final class in the energy healing technique of Harry Edwards, the world famous UK spiritual healer taught in 12 countries. Receive a hands-on experience and tools to self-heal and to heal others; physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.


$425 plus student membership fee. Private home in Naples. 692-9120 or kSmith727@comcast.net or visit nfsh-TheHealingTrustTrainingusa.org. Festival of Birds – Jan 17-19. This annual event allows guests to explore the local environment through guided field trips to wildlife hot spots around Southwest Florida, and features programs and presentations at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center. Dozens of field trips, including birding walks, buggy rides and boat tours will be offered by Rookery Bay Research Reserve and area partners. Trips range in price from $20-$145. Rookery Bay, 300 Tower Rd, Naples. Register: RookeryBay.org/events. Hippocrates Institute Brian Clement Lecture – 6pm. Brian’s progressive ideas on natural health, coupled with his vast theoretical and practical science experience, have provided him with the opportunity to conduct countless seminars and lectures. Unity of Ft Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd, Ft Myers. Office@UnityOfFortMyers.org.

Yoga for the Senses Workshop – 1-3:15pm. With Kandy & Jenna. Our five sensory organs get bombarded with too much information. Explore how to unwind and freshen the eyes, ears, nose, tongue and skin. Present moment practices will be enhanced by wisdom from the Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, chanted by Jenna bringing clarity, connection and calm in the New Year. $55. Lotus Blossom Clinic, 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 3, Ft Myers. RSVP: 851-8815. Ahimsa at Home Small Plates and Vegan Cooking Class – 3-5pm. Join Chef Megan Healey to learn how to bring ahimsa (nonviolence) into your home with vegan recipes and demonstrations. $40 includes three-course small vegan meal. 273-5613, MHealey1125@gmail.com or

LoveYogaCenter.com. See ad on page 46 and news brief on page 14. SWFL Community Drum Circle – 6:30-8:30pm. Meets once a month (check Facebook for updates). Drummers of all nations and spectators are welcome to attend for community drumming, dancing, hulahooping and self-expression. Meet at the pavilion near the bandshell. Cambier Park, 755 8th Ave S, Naples. Facebook group: SWFL Community Drum Circle.

MONDAY, JANUARY 20 Mantra Music Monday – 6-7:15pm. Be guided through a gentle yoga flow by Megan Healey with soothing live mantra music played in the background by Kim Nguyen. All levels are welcomed. $10 special

Weekend Shamanic Reiki Practitioner Level I and II Workshops – Jan 17-19. 6-9pm, Fri; 9am-6pm, Sat-Sun. With Grace Barr and MaryAnne Battaglia, both with CRMT and MA certifications, of the Integrative Life Institute. The workshop will inform on the reiki spiritual healing method that synergistically combines with ancient shamanic healing self-care practices and traditions that can be performed on one’s self and shared with others, either as part of professional healing work or enriching one’s own life. $475. Unity Church of Naples’ Fellowship Hall, 2000 Unity Way. Info/register: 293-7711 or AmazinGraceB@gmail.com. See news brief, page 23. Music Walk – 6-10pm. The River District comes alive on the third Friday of the month as local and regional musicians line the streets. From jazz and blues to rock & roll, many genres can be heard and vary each month. Free to the public with many venues featuring additional attractions and specials. Downtown Ft Myers. RiverDistrictEvents.com. David Johnson Live Music – 8-11pm. David Johnson will perform live at Seed & Bean Market during the downtown Fort Myers Music Walk. Enjoy their daily 4:20 Happy Happy Hour before this local musical artist performs an awesome show at Seed & Bean Market. 1520 Broadway, Ste 107, Ft Myers. SeedAndBeanMarket.com.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 18 Fourth Annual Women’s March – 9am (arrive/assemble), 10am (march). Lead organizers for “Women March to Win” are individuals from Collier Freedom, a social justice nonprofit. The march will be followed by a celebration in Cambier Park with speakers, musical entertainment by the all-female R&B band Women Don’t Conform, video vignettes and food trucks. March organizers will also recognize leading lights of the community. Cambier Park, Naples. Info: 784-0880, kcs@wwom.com or WeAreMarchOn.org/affiliates. See ad on page 63 and event spotlight on page 24. Hair Services Special – 9am-5pm. 50% off any service of your choice plus a deep conditioning treatment or gloss. Also receive a free $20 gift card at the end of your appointment. 931 Creech Rd. Naples. To book an appointment, call Edmond: 773-882-7799. Psychic Fair – 11am-4pm. Mini readings with some of Naples’ most experienced psychics and healers. Services include mediumship, tarot, reiki, angel, past-life, chakra balancing, intuitive, body scanning, oracle and more. $30/20 minutes. Goddess I AM, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. 228-6949. GoddessIAM.com.

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Art for Nature Fundraiser and Student Art Contest – 5-10pm. Clean Water Now’s art contest for children that use upcycled materials in their art is aimed at building children’s awareness of the impact of trash in the environment. Music, vegetarian food, exhibits and vendors. Proceeds support Rights of Nature Movement in Lee county. $5 donation at entry. Millennial Brewing Company, 1811 Royal Palm Ave, Fort Myers. More information at Facebook.com/ CleanWaterNowInc. 239-898-2044.

rate. Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Tr, Ste 204, Naples. 692-9747. LoveYogaCenter.com.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 21 Squirrel Appreciation Day – Visit the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center for buy one get one free entrance to celebrate squirrels and the contribution they make to the environment. It is estimated that a billion oak trees are planted by squirrels worldwide when they bury acorns and then forget to retrieve them, leaving them to sprout. Rookery Bay, 300 Tower Rd, Naples. Register: RookeryBay.org/events. Wine and Weight-Loss Party – 6pm. Attendees will learn how to combine shedding pounds by reducing food cravings and their appetites with SP6 Lifewave patches. Trim and Tone Med Spa, 13020 Livingston Rd, Ste 16, Naples. RSVP/info: 596-5522 or TrimAndToneMedSpa.com. See ad on page 19 and news brief on page 20.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22 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 the chakras. Bring a pillow and/or blanket. $10. The Mystical Moon, 8890 Salrose Lane, Ste 107, Ft Myers. RSVP: 3010655. TheMysticalMoon.com.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 23 Florida Storytelling Festival – Jan 23-26. Celebrating the art and craft of oral storytelling through community and connection. Listen to featured tellers. Tell your story in swaps. Learn in workshops. Network with story lovers. Experience the captivating power of storytelling for one or all four days. Listener Pass: $60. Lakeside Inn, Mt Dora. flStory.com/festival. Navigating Your Way Through the CBD Explosion – 4:30pm. Learn about safe CBD/CBG oil, benefits for your health and get your questions answered. Get your CBD questions answered by Joe Catalano, RPH, owner of Apothicare360 pharmacy. Free seminar. Port Charlotte Library, 2280 Aaron St. RSVP/info: 847-452-8357. See ad page 25 and news brief on page 11. Sisters of the Moon Women’s Circle – 6:30pm. Experience true sisterhood by joining together on a regular basis for support, growth and friendship. Explore storytelling, ritual, art and community every first and third Thursdays monthly. $20/advance. 1084 Business Ln, Naples. 503-4515. WanderFreeWellness.com/sistersofthemoon.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 24 Aquarius New Moon Celebration – 7pm. With Cathy Blair. The winds of change are blowing at warp speed testing your mastery to flow with any and all situations around you. Things appear unstable allow the sound sequences of the galactic heart core and the singing bowls bring you into balance and peace so you can move with grace and ease. Bring beach chair and blanket. $25 (cash). The Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 403-9170 or 398-3953.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 25 Cela Tega 2020: The Estero Bay Is In Trouble: What Citizens Can Do to Help – 8am-8pm. Help

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SUNDAY, JANUARY 26 effect positive change in the health of the Estero Bay Region. Awareness of the problems of excess nutrients in our waters; the red tide and cyanobacteria blooms of 2018 brought the issue to the forefront of our collective minds. Attendees to this conference will hear from experts in science, policy and civic engagement. The goal is to help residents obtain the knowledge, information and skills to be a positive influence in addressing these issues. Cohen Center Ballroom, Florida Gulf Coast University, Ft Myers. fgcu.edu/cas/celatega. See page 37 for more info. Hair Services Special – 9am-5pm. 50% off any service of your choice plus a deep conditioning treatment or gloss. Also receive a free $20 gift card at the end of your appointment. 931 Creech Rd. Naples. To book an appointment, call Edmond: 773-882-7799.  Four Kingdoms of Consciousness – 10-11:30am. Chill of Cape Coral, 2307 Bolado Pkwy. 297-0129. Info@Chillnt.com. Chillnt.com. Introductory Trager Mentastics Class – 1011:30am. Learn to move with ease, joy and playfulness throughout your day. Free. Lotus Blossom Clinic, 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 3, Ft Myers. RSVP: Marva Sletten, LMT: 910-7577. See ad on page 27 and news brief on 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, 8951 Bonita Beach Rd SE, Ste 255, Bonita Springs, RSVP: 3010655.TheMysticalMoon.com. Navigating Your Way Through the CBD Explosion – 10:30am. Learn about safe CBD/CBG oil, benefits for your health and get your questions answered. Get your CBD questions answered by Joe Catalano, RPH, owner of Apothicare360 pharmacy. Free seminar. Apothicare 360 Pharmacy, 6631 Orion Dr, Ste 112, Ft Myers. RSVP/info: 847-452-8357. Wellness Festival – 11am-3pm. Meet and speak with local holistic nutritionists, yogis, naturopathic physicians, massage therapists and other expert service and treatment providers. Sample products and enter sweepstakes to win a gift basket. Ada’s Natural Market, US 41 & College Pkwy, Ft Myers. AdasMarket.com. Remote Energy Healing Seminar – 1-4pm. Researcher and scientist Tom Paladino and Michele Durham will lead a seminar about drug-free natural healing modalities that work. Includes experiencing the system and a Q&A session with Paladino. Sessions that are safe, painless, without side effects and completely remote can provide relief from many ailments. Hilton Naples, 5111 Tamiami Tr N. Info: 407-274-1544 or ScalarLight.com. See ad on page 27 and news brief on page 16.

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Eckankar Sound of Soul Event – 11am. ECK Center of Southwest Florida, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 155, Ft Myers. Yoga Workshop – 1-3pm. With Meredith Musick, LMT, E-RYT2000.Open your shoulders and chest with twists and backbends. $40. The Yoga House, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. 269-8846. MeredithMusick.com. Somatic Meditation – 6pm. Recorded dharma talk by spiritual teacher Reggie Ray, of the Tibetan Buddhist lineage Dharma Ocean, followed by guided meditation practice and discussion. Newcomers welcome! Donation. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Circle, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. 590-9485. Facebook.com/DharmaOceanSWFL.

MONDAY, JANUARY 27 Tai Chi – 9:30-10:30am. Chill of Cape Coral, 2307 Bolado Pkwy. 297-0129. Info@Chillnt.com. Chillnt.com. Mindfulness Foundations – 7-8:30pm. Four-week series with Mindfulness Teacher Angela TarquiniSanders combines scientific research, formal and informal meditation practices, discussion and activities to help you realize the benefits of a mindfulness meditation practice. $250. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102 Bonita Springs. Preregister: 610-8042035. MindfulMindz.com.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29 The Elephant 4: Stories You’ll Never Forget – 7-9pm. Storytelling performance, showcase of ten tellers that will hit your funny bone, touch your heart, and inspire the spirit. Captivating and fun! Dr. Joel Ying and friends perform at Alliance for the Arts, Ft Myers. 939-2787. JoelYing.com/ elephant.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 31 Art Reception – 5:30-7pm. Join for an art reception showcasing Rookery Bay’s featured artist Dora Knuteson and view her new series of paintings, Clean Our Seas II. Proceeds from the series will exclusively benefit the Friends of Rookery Bay. Attendees can also view Dora’s mural depicting the waters and wildlife of Rookery Bay on the wall leading upstairs in the Environmental Learning Center. The reception includes wine and light hors d’oeuvres. Rookery Bay, 300 Tower Rd, Naples. Register: RookeryBay.org/events. NFSH The Healing Trust Community Healing Circle – 6:15-8:45pm. Come and experience energy healing therapy. Opening meditation to clear, cleanse and release from your energetic being, followed by three healing sessions, one of which will be on the healing table. This is followed by a closing meditation. $20 (check or cash). Pre-registration is required;


no walk in’s. Unity of Naples, 2000 Unity Way. Karen Coratelli-Smith: kSmith727@comcast.net.

plan ahead SATURDAY, FEBRURARY 1 Cabo Breath Fest – Feb 1-21. With the theme of vision, clarity and focus, the Cabo Breath Fest will offer many life-changing and self-empowering workshops, plus other activities from San Jose del Cabo, Baja California Sur, Mexico. Tickets: $100 for any or all workshops. Info/tickets/accommodations: CaboBreathFest.com or on Facebook. International Medium Roland Comtois – 7-9pm. An extraordinary channeling/messaging event returns to the Center of Eternal Light for an evening of “Signs of Spirit”. $50 prepaid. 260 Professional Place, N Ft Myers. 599-4700. Tickets: CenterOfEternalLight.com. 

Have you practiced yoga, but would like to deepen your foundation and learn more about how to safely explore yoga postures? This introduction to yoga workshop is the perfect place to awaken or dive deeper into your practice. $25 by 2/9, $30/day of workshop. 4270 Tamiami Tr E, Ste 16, Naples. 3933400-760. RevivalYogaStudioswfl.com. Cypress Cove Conservancy – 1:30pm. The second annual Puttin’ for Preservation fundraiser. A shotgun start for the golf tournament in a scramble format, followed by a Blue Zones-inspired dinner. $175/ person, $75/dinner only. Sponsorship opportunities are available. All donations, including auction and raffle prizes, are tax-deductible and will be recognized in promotion materials and during tournament activities. Quail Creek Country Club, Naples. Info:

273-5226. Register: CypressCoveConservancy. com. See news brief, page 13.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16 Fourth Annual SWFL Veg Fest 2020 – 10am4pm. Featuring Dr Barnard and Dr Klaper. Come see how easy it is to find healthy plantbased foods in Southwest Florida. Find local sources of eco-friendly and cruelty-free products; learn about the science behind the benefits of a plant-based diet. With expert speakers, cooking demos, vendors, animal rescues, entertainment and activities for the whole family! Riverside Park, 10450 Reynolds St, Bonita Springs. RSVP: Facebook.com/ events/365762017592527.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4 A Spiritual Revolution: The Quest to Experience God – 5:30pm. Sponsored by the Christian Science Church of Bonita Springs, this talk will explore the search for individual meaning. Speaker Giulia Nesi Tetreau has spent years studying the subject of life and identity for herself and others, first as a psychotherapist and subsequently through cultivating an understanding of spirituality, as a spiritual healer and teacher of Christian Science. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Info: 813-951-6233. See news brief, page 18.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5 Natural Strategies for Neurological Problems – 6pm. Dr Carol Roberts will review non-traditional and natural treatments, including hyperbaric oxygen therapy, for neurological conditions like migraines, Alzheimer’s, dementia, and PTSD. Free. Naples Center for Functional Medicine, 800 Goodlette Rd, Ste 270, Naples. 649-7400. NaplesCFM.com. See ad, page 75.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6 26th Annual Public Interest Environmental Conference – Feb 6-8. Topic: PIEC 26 The Rights of Nature: Defending our Biosphere. Keynote Speakers: Pam Soltis, Doug Soltis and Thomas Linzey. University of Florida, Levin College of Law, Gainesville. ufpiec.org. See page 37 for more info.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8 Vianna Stibal’s ThetaHealing: You and The Creator Class – Feb 8-9. Two-day weekend class with licensed instructor Pam Lord, hosted by Karen Coratelli-Smith and David C. Karg. Prerequisite: ThetaHealing Basic DNA, Advanced ThetaHealing and Dig Deeper classes. Class offers practitioner’s authority to practice the work immediately. $444 includes registration and practitioner’s manual. Private home in Naples. Preregistration required: Karen Coratelli-Smith: 692-9120 or kSmith727@ comcast.net. Info: ThetaHealing.com.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 9 Beginner’s Workshop – 1-2:30pm. Are you interested in yoga, but have no or limited experience?

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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18 ThetaHealing Basic DNA 3-Day Weekend Class – Feb 21-23. With licensed trainer Karen CoratelliSmith and David Karg. Learn how to connect with guides, angels, ancestors, and “Creator of All That Is” to instantaneously change limited beliefs and your health. $444 includes ThetaHealing book and practitioner’s manual. Register: 692-9120, kSmith727@comcast.net or ThetaHealing.com.

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Trending Herbs – Implications for Health – 5pm. Those attending this lecture will hear about and explore ways to enhance health through herbs and natural products. Beautiful Health, 4947 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 105, Naples. 241-5111. Register: BeautifulHealth.biz. See ad on page 31 and news brief on page 10.

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SUNDAY, MARCH 1 How Not to Diet: Evidence-Based Weight Loss – 6-7pm. With Michael Greger, M.D., FACLM, sponsored by The Naples Green Scene. Greger, internationally-renowned physician, author, speaker and online trailblazer on nutrition, food safety and public health issues, will cover 17 ingredients to the optimal weight-loss diet. $35-$75. Unity Naples, Sanctuary Room, 2000 Unity Way. Tickets: NaplesGreenScene.org. NutritionFacts.org. See ad on page 29 and news brief on page 19.

FRIDAY, MARCH 6 The Healing Trust Energy Healing Therapy and Healer Development Training – Mar 6-8. with Karen Coratelli-Smith and David Karg. Learn the energy healing technique of Harry Edwards, the world famous UK spiritual healer taught in 12 countries. National Federation of Spiritual Healers (NFSH) three-day class offers hands on experience and tools to self-heal and to heal others; physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. $425 plus student membership fee. Private home in Naples. 692-9120 or kSmith727@comcast.net or nfsh-TheHealingTrustTrainingusa.org.

THURSDAY, MARCH 19 Herbs for Beauty – 5pm. Those attending this lecture will hear about and investigate many different natural herbs that can be used for beauty. Beautiful Health, 4947 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 105, Naples. 241-5111. Register: BeautifulHealth. biz/events. See ad on page 31 and news brief on page 10.

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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 SouthFloridaAl-Anon.org. Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Groups – Days/ times/locations vary. Monthly meetings for those caring for loved ones in various stages of Alzheimer’s disease or related memory impairments. Bonita Springs/Cape Coral/Ft Myers. Schedule at AlzheimersSWFL.org. Year-Round Guided Kayak Tours – Paddle through beautiful mangrove tunnels, teeming mudflats and intricate oyster reefs while searching for amazing wildlife. Register: RookeryBay.org. Happe in Nature – 10am. Tue, Fri, Sat & Sun. $10. Gentle natural detoxifying yoga and sound healing meditation with Tara, Kathryn, Mary and Edric. $10. Mats, straps, blocks, bolsters, water available. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Schedule: Happehatchee.org. Very Happy Hour – 4:20-6:20pm. Sun-Sat. Relax at Seed & Bean Market and enjoy CBD-infused coffees, sodas, hemp and cannabis beers, baked goods, sparkling water, hemp protein shakes. 1520 Broadway, Downtown Ft Myers. 243-8137. SeedAndBeanMarket.com.

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Native Plant Sale – 8am-1pm. Learn about and purchase native plants from the Coccoloba Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society. Expert volunteers on hand will answer questions and explain the fertilizer ordinance and invasive exotic plants. Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 273-8945. FNPSCoccoloba.org. 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. ChurchOfSpiritualLight.org. Center for Spiritual Living, Cape Coral – 10am meditation; 10:30am service. Celebration, connection, community and more. 406 SE 24th Ave, Cape Coral. 574-6463. CSLCapeCoral.com. Unity of Bonita Springs Sunday Service – 10am. With Rev Phil Schlaefer, music by Jerry Stawski. Inspiring lesson, music and meditation. 28285 Imperial Pkwy. 947-3100.

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Unity of Ft Myers Sunday service/youth and family ministry – 10am. Join at 9:30am for The Gathering, a 20-minute meditation. Enjoy reiki sessions before and after service. Monthly lessons include how to use the 12 powers in our lives today. 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511. UnityOfFortMyers.org.

Koreshan Farmers’ Market – 8am-1pm. Unique market in the historic settlement of the Koreshans. Fresh and local goods; native plants and trees.

Unity of Naples – 10am. Service and Sunday school conducted in an open, accepting and empowering environment. Children deepen their relationship

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with God. Nursery care provided. 2000 Unity Way, Naples. 775-3009. UnityNaples.org.

combo Rd, Ft Myers. 734-629-3551. Info.LifeCareCC@gmail.com.

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Greater Naples – 10am. Service, youth classes and childcare. Celebrate freedom, reason and compassion. All welcome. 6340 Napa Woods Way, Naples. 455-6553. Office@uunaples.org. uunaples.org.

Drum Circle Social Inclusion – 6-6:30pm. Donation. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1, Naples. HouseOfGaia.org. 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. FireflyWithin.org.

Spiritualist Service – 10-11am. Rev. Michelle Love offers a traditional spiritualist service; includes spiritual healing, inspirational message, and evidential greetings from spirit. Check website for visiting mediums. Donation. Light The Way, 5600 Trail Blvd, Ste 15, Naples. LightTheWayNaples.com. Manatee Kayak Tour – 10am-1pm. Get up close with these gentle giants and learn about their history, habitat and habits. $65 includes equipment and a FL master naturalist as your guide. GAEA guides. Ft Myers. RSVP: 694-5513. Unitarian Universalist Church of Ft Myers Sunday Service – 10:30-11:30am. All welcome. 13411 Shire Ln, Ft Myers. 561-2700. uucfm.org. Energy Medicine – 11:30am. Combine EM, Vinyasa, QiGong, Pilates and Holistic Medicine to enhance the flow of energy/vitality. 4949 Tamiami Trail #204. 239-692-9747. LoveYogaCenter.com. Message Circle – 11:30am-12:30pm. Join Rev. Michelle Love; visiting and developing mediums/ psychics in a Message Circle. Experience what it is like to receive a connection from spirit or psychic insight with a mini-message for each person in the circle. $20. Light The Way, 5600 Trail Blvd., Suite 15, Naples. LightTheWayNaples.com Amma SW FL Satsang – 4-6pm. 2nd Sun. In devotion to Amma, there will be videos, teachings, meditation and songs. Veggie potluck afterward. Free. Cape Coral/Bonita. Info: 480-290-0231 or Kessel.Joyce@gmail.com. Introductory Buddhist Teach-Ins and Meditation Practice – 4:45pm. Last Sun each month. 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. FloridaMindfulness.org. Stretch and Strength Class – 6pm. Stretch your way to wellness and build strength using body weight resistance. First class is free; $6 thereafter. Outdoor venue: RYAN Hope House, 1320 Macombo Rd, Ft Myers. 734-629-3551. Info.LifeCareCC@gmail.com. Buddhist Teach-Ins and Meditation Practice – 6:30pm. With dharma teacher Fred Epsteiner, in the spirit of Thich Nhat Hanh. 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. FloridaMindfulness.org. 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. Barbara S: 410-0081. FoodAddicts.org. Goddess Yoga – 6:30pm. Goddess yoga is a sacred practice designed to awaken the goddess energy within every woman. $25. Studio 1084, 1084 Business Ln, Naples. 503-4515. Eventbrite.com/e/ goddess-yoga-tickets-54469171759. Drum and Dance Circle – 6:30-9pm. 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. Their alternate location is the downtown library. Facebook page: Fort Myers Drum Circle.

monday Beaches Alive – 10am. Thru Apr. Two-hour beach walk guided by a naturalist. Sponsored by Friends of Barefoot Beach Preserve. Barefoot Beach Preserve, Bonita Springs. FriendsOfBarefootBeach.org. Beginning Adult Fitness –1-2pm. Dan Mahoney, certified senior fitness specialist, will teach and guide you in fitness geared towards the older population. Some exercise experience is best. $13 (packages available). AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 433-5995. AHolisticApproachCenter.com. 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. MiraclesAmongUs.org. Stretch and Strength Class – 6pm. Stretch your way to wellness and build strength using body weight resistance. First class is free; $6 thereafter. Outdoor venue: RYAN Hope House, 1320 Ma-

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Adult Children of Alcoholics/Dysfunctional Families (ACA) – 6-7:30pm. 12-step meeting. Unity Church of Naples choir room, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. Lissa: 908-752-0068. Clay Handbuilding and Raku Techniques – 6-9pm. Reduce stress in this 5-week class with Richard Rosen. $200 plus materials ($50). Rosen Gallery & Studios, 2172 J&C Blvd, Naples Art District. RSVP: 821-1061. rictra@earthlink.net. Visit: Rosen.Gallery. Cardio Kickboxing and Yoga – 6:15-7:15pm. Fun, dynamic fusion class for all levels. Punches, kicks, conditioning drills followed by yoga based stretches. Inner fierce and peaceful warrior unite. $22/drop in. Skylight/Core to Core Fitness, 5002 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 100, Naples. 649-5002. SkylightYogafFit.com. 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. NaplesUnity.org. 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. TheGurdjieffSocietyOfFlorida.org. Meditation Class – 7-8:15pm. Guided Buddhist meditation and practical advice with Buddhist nun, Kelsang Namdrol. No experience necessary. $10. Samudrabadra Buddhist Center, 6338 Presidential Ct, Ft Myers. MeditationInFortMyers.org. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7-8:30pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. 13510 N Tamiami Tr, Ste 6, Naples. FoodAddicts.org. Meditation Class – 7:15-8:30pm. Guided meditation and practical advice. No experience necessary. $10. Open Mind Zen, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. MeditationInFortMyers.org.

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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.

tuesday Sunrise Yoga and Meditation – 7am. With Edric. Start your day off right with yoga in nature. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. Happehatchee.org. Women’s Overeaters Anonymous Step Writing Meeting – 10am. Free. 9470 Corkscrew Palms Circle, Ste 104, Estero. Sandy: 973-809-5338 or Helen: 247-0385.

Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1, Naples. 7685575. BellyDanceSWFL.com. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Gulf Coast Church of Christ, 9550 Six Mile Cypress Pkwy, Ft Myers. Andy: 850-4467. FoodAddicts.org. 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. lllFlorida.com.

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Estuary Kayak Tour in Estero Bay – 10am-1pm. Birds, dolphins, manatees and more. $50. Includes equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides, Bonita Bch. 694-5513. GAEAGuides.com.

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 9am. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. St Leo Catholic Church, 28290 Beaumont Rd, Bonita Springs. Mary: 216870-0653. FoodAddicts.org.

Meditation – Noon. With Ellen Barron. A half-hour meditation. The general public is invited. Love offering. Unity of Ft Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. Deb Howard: 278-1511. Office@UnityOfFortMyers.org. UnityOfFortMyers.org.

Exploring Coastal Habitats – 10am. Thru Apr. Guided walk to the estuary and along a sandy trail to the beach. Sponsored by Friends of Barefoot Beach Preserve. Free. Barefoot Beach, Bonita Springs. FriendsOfBarefootBeach.org.

Intermediate Adult Fitness – 1-2pm. Dan Mahoney, certified senior fitness specialist, will teach and lead you in fitness geared towards the older population. Focus is on strength, balance and cardio and is perfect for those who want more of a challenge. $13 (packages available). AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 433-5995. AHolisticApproachCenter.com.

Women Seeking Serenity Through the 12 Steps – 10am. Free. Hope Lutheran Church, Old US 41, Bonita. Carol: 405-1947.

Spiritual Study Group – 1-2:30pm. Readings from This Thing Called Life, by Ernest Holmes, and discussion. Begins with a prayer and meditation followed by reading. A nondenominational New Thought group led by Rev Joyce Heist. All welcome. Fusion Yoga & Wellness, 10021 Estero Town Commons Pl, Ste 102-B, Estero. sJoyceh@aol.com. Meals of Hope: Mobile Food Pantry – 3-5pm. Weekly food assistance offered by mobile food pantry outreach (3rd Tues with partner agency Harry Chapin Food Bank). East Naples Community Park, 3500 Thomasson Dr, Naples. To donate food, sponsor a meal-packing event or volunteer: 537-7775 or Info@MealsOfHope.org. MealsOfHope.org. Ashtanga Level I – 6pm. Offers a set sequence of postures/sequencing to create a complete, traditional and challenging practice. 4949 Tamiami Tr, Ste 204, Naples. 692-9747. LoveYogaCenter.com. 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. Holistic Chamber of Commerce Meetings (Ft Myers) – 6-7:30pm. 2nd Tue. Local chamber members enjoy monthly mixing and mingling opportunities that include business-focused speakers, panels and roundtable discussions. The Living Vine Organic Café, 1400 Colonial Blvd. 310-490-6862. HolisticChamberOfCommerce.com. Belly Dance Classes – 6:15-7:15pm (beginners); 7:30-8:30pm (intermediate). With Sherry Coffey. Have fun learning the ancient art and modern styles of this dynamic dance. $65/5-week series. House of

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Urantia Book Study Group – 10-12:30pm. Part IV: Life and Teachings of Jesus (10-11:30am); Part I & II: Central & Superuniverses and Local Universe (11:30am-12:30pm). Both groups meet in Chapel. Love offering. Unity of Ft Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. Ellen Barron: 278-1511. YouthAndFamilyMinistry@ yahoo.com. UnityOfFortMyers.org. Cocohatchee River/Wiggins Pass Estuary Kayak Tour – 10am-1pm. With GAEA Guides. Birds, dolphin and other critters. Includes all equipment and FL master naturalist guide. $55/person. North Naples. 694-5513. GAEAGuides.com. Meals of Hope: Mobile Food Pantry – 3-5pm. Weekly food assistance offered by mobile food pantry outreach. Max A Hasse Community Park, 3390 Golden Gate Blvd W, Naples. To donate food, sponsor a meal-packing event or volunteer: 537-7775 or Info@MealsOfHope.org. MealsOfHope.org. Kundalini Yoga – 5:30-6:30pm. With Gloria Reilly. This practice combines yoga postures, breath work, and sacred sounds of mantra to cultivate your inner radiance. Each class features a traditional exercise set, deep relaxation and kundalini meditation. $10/ class. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. Happehatchee.org. A Search for God Edgar Cayce Study Group – 6-8pm. New members welcome. Unity Church of Ft Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. Info: 850-556-7604. UnityOfFortMyers.org. UniTeens Night – 6-8:30pm. Teenagers are invited to enjoy activities, discussions, meditations, crafts, fun and food. To assure plenty of refreshments and supplies, notify in advance how many teens are coming to connect with established friends and make new ones. Unity of Fort Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. RSVP: 278-1511. UnityOfFortMyers.org. Drum Circle: Art and Soul Community Night – Thru Apr. 6-9pm. 2nd Wed. Gather for a community drum circle under the Mysore fig tree during this creative and lively event. Bring your rhythm makers, dancing feet, hula-hoops and positive

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energy. Entertainment, food, live music, and art exhibits will also be featured/available. ShangriLa Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. ShangriLaSprings.com. La Leche League – 6:30pm. 3rd Wed. Motherto-mother breastfeeding support group. Children welcome. Free. Cape Coral Hospital Women’s Center, 2nd fl, 636 Del Prado Blvd S, Cape Coral. lllflorida.com. Your Body Your Health: EFT Tapping – 6:308:30pm. With Jenny Li Ciccone. “Tap” into your body, emotion and spirit for reconnection. Regain balance and activate healing. Begin practicing this skill in earnest to find peace, love and freedom. $30. 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. Info: 851-5415. RSVP: 851-5415. LotusBlossomClinic.com. Caloosahatchee Rising Tide Sangha – 6:30-8pm. With Anne Louise Kracmer. Mindfulness meditation practice and teachings with the intention of bringing mindfulness, stability, and harmony into everyday living. The evening includes sitting and walking meditation and the discussion of significant Buddhist teachings. Love offering. Lotus Blossom Clinic, 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 3, Ft Myers. Anne. Kracmer@gmail.com. 4T Prosperity Program –7pm, Wed (12 weeks) or 10:30am, Thur (12 weeks). Learn how to change your thinking and feeling from lack and limitation to prosperity and abundance through this dynamic spiritual program, offered in a nurturing environment. Love offering. Unity of Ft Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd, Ft Myers. RSVP: Deb Howard: 278-1511. Office@UnityOfFortMyers.org. 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. No dues or fees. Moorings Presbyterian Church, Naples. 595-1938. FamiliesAnonymous.org. Kundalini Yoga, Meditation and Gong Sound Bath – 7-8:15pm. With Lizz Cohoon. $20/drop-in or $80/6-class pass. Integrative Mindfulness, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. 720-2739772. IntegrativeMindfulness.net. Meditation Class – 7-8:15pm. Guided Buddhist meditation and practical advice with Buddhist nun Kelsang Namdrol. No experience necessary. $10. Unity Church, East Classroom, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. MeditationInSWFlorida.org. 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 Sunrise Yoga and Meditation – 7am. With Edric. Start your day off right with yoga in nature. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. Happehatchee.org. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 9:30am. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Alano Club, 20 Marco Lake Dr, Marco Island. Jerry: 989-295-7911. FoodAddicts.org. Special Accommodations Yoga Class – 1pm. With Edric. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. Happehatchee.org.


Intermediate Adult Fitness – 1-2pm. Dan Mahoney, certified senior fitness specialist, will teach and lead you in fitness geared towards the older population. Focus is on strength, balance and cardio and is perfect for those who want more of a challenge. $13 (packages available). AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 433-5995. AHolisticApproachCenter.com. Clay Handbuilding and Raku Techniques – 1-4pm. Reduce stress in this five-week class with Richard Rosen. $200 plus materials ($50). Rosen Gallery & Studios, 2172 J&C Blvd, Naples Art District. RSVP: 821-1061. rictra@earthlink.net. Visit: Rosen.gallery. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 1:30pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Ft Myers Community of Christ, 368 Herron Rd, N Ft Myers. Cheryl: 603702-1898. FoodAddicts.org. Kids and Family Yoga – 3:30pm. With Jesse. All ages and stages welcomed. Prenatal accommodations and assistance available. $10/family. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. Happehatchee.org. Pet Loss Support Group – 4pm. 3rd Thur. With Tricia Black, LCSW, ACHP-SW. An opportunity to discuss feelings about our beloved animal friends and learn from the experiences of others displaying understanding that pets are an important part of our families and the loss of a cherished pet can be devastating. Free. 2430 Diplomat Pkwy E, Cape Coral. RSVP: 985-2485 (walk-ins are welcome). Info: 482-4673 or HopeHCS.org/counseling. Sculpt and Strength Yoga – 4:45-5:30pm. 1st & 3rd Thur. Blend of flow yoga with hand weights and light cardio for effective overall training. Improve flexibility and balance, increase strength, build clarity. $22/drop in. Skylight/Core to Core Fitness, 5002 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 100, Naples. 6495002. SkylightYogaFit.com. Infant and Pregnancy Loss Support Group – 5:15-6:45pm. 2nd Thurs. 1095 Whippoorwill Ln, Naples. 298-9725. Facebook page: Grieving Together. Stretch and Strength Class – 6pm. Stretch your way to wellness and build strength using body weight resistance. First class is free; $6 thereafter. Outdoor venue: RYAN Hope House, 1320 Macombo Rd, Ft Myers. 734-629-3551. Info.LifeCareCC@gmail.com. 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.

Rev. Michelle Love utilizes proven methods. The group learns and takes the necessary steps to develop spiritual awareness. Exploring natural abilities for spiritual healing, prophecy, spirit communication/mediumship. $20.00 Light The Way, 5600 Trail Blvd., Ste 15, Naples. LightTheWayNaples.com Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Riverside Church, 8660 Daniels Pkwy, Modular B, Ft Myers. Andy: 850-4467. FoodAddicts.org. Families Anonymous (FA) Group – 7-8pm. A 12Step fellowship for families and friends dealing with the destructive behavior of someone near to them, whether caused by drugs, alcohol or related behavioral problems. Riverside Church, 8660 Daniels Pkwy, Ft Myers. FtMyersfa@gmail.com. Refuge Recovery Group – 7-8pm. A Buddhistinspired path to recovery from all addictions. Unity of Fort Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd, Chapel (1st bldg on left), Ft Myers Info: 910-7410 or RefugeRecovery.org.

Hatha Yoga – 10:15-11:30am. With Meredith Musick. All levels. $10. The Yoga House, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. 269-8846. MeredithMusick.com. Women’s Co-Dependents Anonymous – Noon. Hope Lutheran Church, Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Sally: 920-279-2388. Beginning Adult Fitness –1-2pm. Dan Mahoney, certified senior fitness specialist, will teach and guide you in fitness geared towards the older population. Some exercise experience is best. $13 (packages available). AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 433-5995. AHolisticApproachCenter.com. Sunset/Bird Rookery Kayak Tour – 3:30-6:30pm (dependent on sunset time). On the Caloosahatchee River. See thousands of birds coming in to roost for the night. $50. Includes equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides, Ft Myers. 694-5513. GaeaGuides.com.

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Meditation Class – 7-8:15pm. Guided Buddhist meditation and practical advice with Buddhist nun Kelsang Namdrol. No experience necessary. $10. Samudrabadra Buddhist Center, 6338 Presidential Ct, Ft Myers. MeditationInFortMyers.org.

Guided Nature Walk – 9am. Enjoy a guided walk through a maritime forest and coastal strand. Sponsored by Friends of Barefoot Beach Preserve. Free. Barefoot Beach, Bonita Springs. FriendsOfBarefootBeach.org.

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Beer Tasting – 9am-1pm. 2nd Sat. Free tasting during the Green Market courtesy of Coastal Dayz Brewery. Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. ArtInLee.org.

Barre Fitness – 8:45-9:45am. Feel long and lean. Strengthen and tone muscles. Improve balance and posture. $22/drop-in. Skylight/Core to Core Fitness, 5002 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 100 Naples. 6495002. SkylightYogaFit.com. Yoga Class – 9-10:30am. With Kandy Love. A safe, quiet space for 90-minutes to practice yoga together with hands-on educational assistance. Love offering: $15. Lotus Blossom Clinic, 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 3, Ft Myers. RSVP: 826-1557. LotusBlossomClinic.com. Beachcombing and Shelling Talk – 10am. Thru Apr. A one-hour talk by a naturalist. Sponsored by Friends of Barefoot Beach Preserve. Free. Barefoot Beach, Bonita Springs. FriendsOfBarefootBeach.org. La Leche League – 10am. 2nd Fri. Mother-tomother breastfeeding support group. Center Point Community Church, 6590 Golden Gate Pkwy, Naples. lllSunshineState.org/naples.

Green Market – 9am-1pm. Locally grown, caught and cultivated foods and other products available to sample and purchase. Enjoy live entertainment by local musicians and fun activities for kids, gardening classes and live cooking by local chefs. Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. ArtInLee.org. Science Saturdays – 9am-1pm. Different coastal theme each Saturday. Year-round program. Enjoy eco-crafts, a presentation, a featured film and their Lessons in Laboratories program from 11-11:45am. $5/adults, kids 12 and under/free. Rookery Bay’s Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, 300 Tower Rd, Naples. RookeryBay.org. Yoga Session – 9:30-10:30am. Free yoga sessions beneath the shade trees during the Green Market with Anna Withrow. Bring mat, sunscreen and water. Supervised children welcome. Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. ArtInLee.org.

Gentle Candlelight Yoga and Meditation – 6:307:30pm. With Madeline Ebelini, MA, RYT. $20/ drop-in or $180/10-class pass. Integrative Mindfulness, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. 590-9485. IntegrativeMindfulness.net. Pachamama Game Changer Gathering – 6:308pm. 1st Thur. Pachamama Alliance of SW Florida. Be a part of this next step in conscious evolution toward carbon neutrality and a sustainable future. Hot cider and tea will be served. Bring a dessert. Unitarian Universalist Church of Ft Myers, 13411 Shire Ln. Info: HolleyRauen@gmail.com or Pachamama.org/events. Spiritual Development Circle – 6:30-8pm.

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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.

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Wellness Festival – 11am-3pm. Last Sat. Meet and speak with local holistic nutritionists, yogis, naturopathic physicians, massage therapists and other expert service and treatment providers. Sample products and enter sweepstakes to win a gift basket. Ada’s Natural Market, US 41 & College Pkwy, Ft Myers. AdasMarket.com. Happe Gardeners for Kids – 12:30-2pm. 4th Fri. This hands-on gardening group has an array of educational and interesting projects planned for the fall. Join Happe Families on Friday’s for garden fun at Happehatchee. $10 donation to the park. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Schedule: Happehatchee.org. Holistic Chamber Community Educational Panel – 2-4pm. 4th Sat. Local chamber members enjoy monthly mixing and mingling opportunities that include business-focused speakers, panels and roundtable discussions. $5. Unity of Fort Myers Friendship Hall. HolisticChamberOfCommerce.com. Community Drum Circle – 4-6pm. 1st Sat. Bring drums, shakers, open heart and dance. Some drums are provided; families welcome. $10/donation. The Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Happehatchee.org. SWFL Community Drum Circle – 6:30-8:30pm. Jan 18. Meets once a month (check Facebook for updates). Drummers of all nations and spectators are welcome to attend for community drumming, dancing, hula-hooping and self-expression. Meet at the pavilion near the bandshell. Cambier Park, 755 8th Ave S, Naples. Facebook group: SWFL Community Drum Circle.

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SERVICES ATTENTION HOME- SCHOOLERS – Piano lessons for new students and parents at a discount! Take three private in-studio lessons and get the fourth free. Two convenient locations. Call Ms. Carol at 239-494-1006 or visit NaplesPianoTeacher.com. MEET YOUR NATURAL MATCH – Natural Awakenings Singles is the largest online conscious dating network. Join and experience a truly conscious, loving, dating environment with amazing members. Try for free and manifest an extraordinary, enlightened relationship. NaturalAwakeningsSingles.com. GIVE LOVE! THE HEALING VIOLIN – Bring love, comfort, joy, and nurturing/soothing presence for the elderly and those affected by physical, emotional or mental disability/disease. A 30-minute visit is offered in Collier ($40) and Lee counties ($50) by James Steven Farnsworth, violinist and vibrational/musical therapist with 25 years expertise in serving the elder community with healing violin music. He is also available for weddings, special events and the unique gift of the Fiddle Gram. Many excellent recommendations. For more information or to reserve a presentation, call 510-292-7786, email JsfViolin@gmail.com or visit TheHealingViolin.com.

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ACUPUNCTURE ACUPUNCTURE CARE OF NAPLES

Charles Caccamesi, Acupuncture Physician, DOM 501 Goodlette Rd N, Unit D100, Naples 239-877-2531 • AcupunctureCareNaples.com New England School of Acupuncture graduate with 29 years experience. Charles specializes in complex symptomology, chronic pain conditions, expert FDA-approved low light laser therapy for pain. See ad, page 45.

ACUPUNCTURE CENTER OF NAPLES Dr. Xiu Qiong Cen, AP, OMD (China) 5683 Naples Blvd, Naples 34109 P: 239-513-9232 • F: 239-513-9293 DrCenAcupuncture@gmail.com

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.

LOTUS BLOSSOM CLINIC

Acupuncture – Oriental Medicine David Martin, AP, DOM Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Estero, Bonita 239-277-1399 • LotusBlossomClinic.com Offering acupuncture treatment to U.S. Veterans at no out-ofpocket cost. Requires referral thru a V.A. doctor. Dr. David Martin, AP, treats pain, other chronic conditions and PTSD using acupuncture, e-stim, cold laser, acupressure and Chinese medical massage. See ad, page 21.

PHYLLIS C. WEBER, AP

Oriental Medicine Naples & Ft Myers • 239-841-6611 GulfCoastAcupuncture.com 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.

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

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

ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE DR JOEL YING, MD

2335 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 206, Naples 239-200-6796 JoelYing.com Physician-educator-storyteller. Support body, mind and spirit with a holistic approach to health and wellness. Change the story of your life. Integrate board-certified internal medicine, natural medicine, wellness, Craniosacral therapy, meditation and Tai Chi. Book an appointment. Take a course. Attend a storytelling performance.

AYURVEDA CHRISTINA CARLIN, AYURVEDIC PRACTITIONER

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 FIREFLY WITHIN, LLC

Karin S Wolfe, CBS Bonita Springs 239-980-3257 • FireflyWithin.com Info@FireflyWithin.com 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.

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ART OF HOLISTIC MASSAGE Est. 1991 Alvina Quatrano, LMT FL MA 50896 For Info or Appt: 732-266-5276 AOHMassage.com

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.

ROLFED IN PARADISE, INC

Cindi Curci-Lee, RN, BSN Advanced Certified Rolfer Movement Practitioner Yamuna Body Rolling Practitioner Muscle Activation Technique Practitioner Offices in Naples and Ft Myers RolfedInParadise@gmail.com • 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).

MARVA SLETTEN, PT, LMT, CLT-LANA, CTP

Lotus Blossom Clinic, 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2-3, Ft Myers • 239-910-7577, by appt. Certified in the Trager® approach bodywork and movement awareness, lymphatic drainage and lymphedema treatment. Also providing massage and physical therapy for orthopedic and neurological conditions.

PAULA TERRY, LMT

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.

STUART WRIGHT, ND

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.


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.

COACHING DEBORAH WOLLER COACHING, LLC

Calling in “The One” (CITO) Coach Advanced ThetaHealing DeborahWoller@gmail.com • 414-412-4999 CITO is a 7-week course designed to set your 20/20 vision for big, bold, brilliant “Love in your Life for 2020”. Free 20-minute consultation.

COLON THERAPY CLEANSING SPRINGS INC. Rosalind (Roz) Fusco LMT, CT 239-571-9816 • MA27876 CleansingSprings.com

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.

RB INSTITUTE, INC.

C. Robyn Berry, LMT, CRR, CCT, CLDT 13601 McGregor Blvd, Ste 13, Ft Myers 239-939-4646 • RobynBerry.com 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 67.

CUPPING BODYWELLNESS OF NAPLES, LLC Mary Lambrecht, LMT, FB, CCT 1000 9th St N, #203, Naples 34102 BodyWellnessOfNaples.com 239-595-2094 • MaryVSRT2@aol.com

Cupping aids lymphatic activation, toxin release, reduced muscle pain and scar tissue, increased oxygen flow in fascia and muscular tissue. Experience immediate results for rehabilitation, fascial release when enhanced with therapeutic massage therapy. New expanded wellness center also offers specialized skin care and facial treatments. Serving Naples since 2004. MA#40467, MM#23474, FB#9754375. Nationally certified NCBTMB #398123-00, CCT (Certified Cupping Therapist International Cupping Therapy Association).

DENTAL HEALTH ROGER J. PINT, MPH, DMD

9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 111 Bonita Springs, 34135 • 239-676-8730 BonitaDentalStudio.com 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 47.

DENTISTRY LASER DENTISTRY

Mark Corke, DDS 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers 33907 239-936-5442 • FortMyersLaserDentist.com 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 14.

ECO-SPIRITUAL CENTER HAPPEHATCHEE ECO-SPIRITUAL CENTER 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero 33928 239-992-5455 • Happehatchee.org

A park in the heart of the village, with Yoga in Nature several days a week, drumming and healing circles. Happehatchee events calendar link and class descriptions: Happehatchee.org/our-events.

Wrinkles will only go where the smiles have been. ~Jimmy Buffett

ENERGY HEALING REV. KAREN CORATELLI-SMITH

nfsh-TheHealingTrustTrainingusa.org HugsForHappiness.com 239-692-9120 • KSmith727@comcast.net Certified instructor & practitioner, NFSH-The Healing Trust & ThetaHealing. Past Life Regression Counselor, Shaman Mesa Carrier, CranioSacral therapy, Esoteric Healing, Seraphim Blueprint, spiritual counselor.

ENERGY MEDICINE MARY PAT FITZGIBBONS, RN,

Health Touch Certified, Nurse Coach Board-Certified 2502 2nd St, #103, Ft Myers • 740-607-4038 Stuck? Lost? In pain? Move forward when you change your energy and your thoughts. Blend coaching and Healing Touch for powerful change and new direction!

ESSENTIAL OILS I LOVE OILS, INC.

Peter and Susie Bagwell 17030 Alico Commerce Ct, #303, Ft Myers, 33967 • 239-689-3649 ILoveOils.com Full line of single and blended essential oil products as dōTERRA Wellness Advocates. Check website to RSVP for classes and special events.

FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE NAPLES CENTER FOR FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE

Carol L. Roberts, MD 800 Goodlette Rd, Ste 270, Naples 34102 239-649-7400 • HughesCenterNaples.com Carol L. Roberts, M.D. has practiced functional/integrative/holistic medicine for 25 years. She provides patients with testing to uncover causes of chronic illness, guidance in resolving health issues and education to assist the patient in her own healing. She is Medical Director at the Naples Center for Functional Medicine, formerly the Hughes Center. See ad, page 75.

ZORAYDA “JIJI” TORRES, MD, ABIHM, IFMCP

Internal Medicine, Functional Medicine Office: 239-444-5636 • UpstreamMD.com 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.

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WELLBRIDGES, INC

9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 213, Bonita Springs 239-481-5600 • 239-481-5603 fax DebPost.com 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 20.

HEALTHY DINING CAFE NUTRIENTS

Plant-Based Health Cafe 285 9th St S, Naples 239-919-8732

HOLISTIC CENTER AHA! A HOLISTIC APPROACH CENTER 15971 McGregor, Ft Myers • 239-433-5995 AHolisticApproachCenter.com

Offering many natural healing options in a single location: acupuncture, clinical psychotherapy (RRT, hypnotherapy, couples therapy), energy work, therapeutic massage, Transformational Breath®, full-spectrum infrared sauna, classes (yoga, tai chi, stretch ’n strength), workshops, retail therapy and more. See ad, page 50.

EYES WIDE OPEN

239-948-9444 • SilviaCasabianca.com

Plant-based, whole foods, grab-and-go, dining, catering, meal plans, local organic ingredients, desserts, the best-tasting smoothies and food you've ever had.

FOOD & THOUGHT ORGANIC FARM MARKET & CAFÉ

2132 Tamiami Trl N, Naples 239-213-2222 • FoodAndThought.com 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.

Regain Body Wisdom! Innov-ative, 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.

MEDICAL SPA ASSUAGE SPA

9407 Cypress Lake Dr, Ste C, Ft Myers 33919 1201 Piper Blvd, Unit 1, Naples 34110 239-333-1450 • AssuageCenters.com 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 61.

WYNN’S MARKET

141 9th St N, Naples 239-261-7157 • WynnsOnline.com 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 47.

NATURAL & ORGANIC MARKET ADA’S NATURAL MARKET

7070 College Pkwy, Ft Myers 33907 Mon-Sat: 9am-8pm, Sun: 9am-7pm Ph: 239-939-9600 • Fax: 239-288-6210 AdasMarket.com Natural and organic produce and grocery items. Vitamins and supplements. Organic juice and smoothie bar. New Green Leaf Café. Market-prepared foods. 1000s of gluten-free items. See ad, page 25.

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NUTRITION D-SIGNED NUTRITION, LLC

Dee Harris, RDN, LDN, CDE Bonita Bay Executive Center 3531 Bonita Bay Blvd, Ste 300, Bonita Sprgs 239-676-5249 • D-SignedNutrition.com 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 56.

MARCY HESS, BS

501 Goodlette Rd N, Ste C208, Naples 239-231-6028 ThePerfect10Strength@gmail.com Looking and feeling strong and healthy is the first reason for working with a nutrition coach. Let me help you get back on track for life without dieting! See ad, page 31.

PSYCHIC LIFE COACH COSMIC MOTHER DIANE DALPE, BA, MPA, LRM Phone Card Reading & Coaching 239-919-3724 • TellAFortune.com

Co-creator Tell A Fortune App in APP Store and Tellafortune Card Reading Kit. Intuitive psychic reader with 33 years experience. Receive positive advice and answers to gain insight into making wise decisions regarding life's many issues. Let me help you live drama-free! Gift certificates available.

PSYCHOTHERAPY CAROL ROLDAN, MA, CMFT, CHT, IMHC 4933 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 200, Naples 239-330-5397 • RevivePsychology@gmail.com ReviveOnline.org

Effective counseling, for life changing results. Receive holistic psychotherapy treatments, on-site or online. Individuals, couples, family. CBT, hypnosis. EFT, mindfulness, bio-energy therapies, dance-therapy, yoga.

REALTOR KAREN L. BEATTY, ABR, GRI

Downing-Frye Realty, Inc Naples • 239-269-7788 Klbeatty48@aol.com • KarenBeatty.com 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!


RECORDING STUDIO FARMADELICA SOUND

Howard and Lainie Wulkan Pine Island in Bokeelia, FL 239-785-0809 facebook.com/FarmadelicaSound/ Full-service conscious and energized recording studio: music, meditations, affirmations, channeling, audio books, commercials, podcasts. Global marketing.

REGENERATIVE MEDICINE CARING MEDICAL REGENERATIVE MEDICINE CLINICS Ross Hauser, MD Katherine Worsnick, MPAS, PA-C 9738 Commerce Center Ct, Ft Myers 239-308-4747 • CaringMedical.com

Specialists in stem cell therapy, PRP and H3 Prolotherapy: the most scientifically curative regenerative injection method for chronic pain, sports injuries and arthritis. Since 1993, we’ve helped patients who have plateaued with other pain “management” treatments to permanently resolve their pain, nerve entrapments and disabling symptoms without surgery or medication. See ad, page 57.

SKIN CARE ORGANIC SKINCARE & BODYWORX Connie Didier, CIDESCO Diplomat, Licensed Master Esthetician 13240 Tamiami Trail N, Ste 207, Naples 239-514-4494

A lifetime in wellness and beauty therapy, Connie’s functional holistic skincare combines holistic therapies with Organic Skincare Formulations achieving resultsoriented, 90-minute facials that really make a difference to total well-being. See ad, page 3.

YOGA MEREDITH MUSICK, LMT, E-RYT 2000 239-269-8846 MeredithMusick.com

Master Yoga Teacher and massage therapist with 27 years experience, serving Naples since 1999. Sun-damaged skin repair clinician, Hawaiian Lomi Lomi massage, sports and neuromuscular therapy, cranio facial and TMJ relief, heal injuries.Improve posture: alignmentbased yoga and posture classes.

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